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June 8th, 2014
KERSEY â€“Â Amy Armstrong, an Elk County Relay for Life committee member in charge of survivorship, addressed the crowd at this year's event at the Fox Township Community Park prior to the survivors' walk on Saturday evening.
Armstrong began her brief remarks by explaining that she was going to talk about "something a little unusual"â€“rubber bands.
"Rubber bands are a brilliant creation," she said. "They're so useful. They're simple, but they're useful in many different ways."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Local artist Tom Copella is back at it, currently working on a large-scale mural dedicated to the veterans of Johnsonburg on the side of VFW Post 6301, located at 501 Market St.
The inspiration for the mural, which was commissioned by the Johnsonburg Community Trust and funded by friends and relatives of the late George Cherry, came from a Norman Rockwell painting titled "War Stories," that was featured in an October 1945 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.
The office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released a statement early Friday indicating that Elk County and surrounding counties will be eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans following a flood disaster May 21.
Per SBA guidelines, citizens and business owners in Elk County, as well as the neighboring counties of Cameron, Clearfield, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren, may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Firefighters, auxiliary members and area residents have been chipping in to clean up the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds following the May 21 flood that ravaged the area.
Water line stains on some of the structures at the grounds shows that the floodwaters were at least three to four feet high in some areas.
"You can just imagine how bad it was with the water line that high, everything was just flooded," said Keith Mader Jr., president of the Ridgway Fire Department.
Construction at the Ridgway YMCA officially began early this week as part of the â€śShape Our Future Capital Campaign.â€ť
The extensive project is a necessary venture to adhere to revised regulations for Titles II and III of the mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA].
All public accommodations and commercial pool facilities must be modified to comply with the new 2010 guidelines that include new accessibility standards for swimming pools.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors continued discussion on the next step to take on their search for a new superintendent during their Thursday evening workshop.
Board member Pat Rezmerski introduced a motion to list Josh Williams on the agenda for the board's Monday regular meeting to be hired as superintendent.
Phyllis and Dwight Cooke have recently opened the doors of Ridgway's newest bed and breakfast, the Cooke's Murphyhouse, located in a historic home along East Avenue.
The home, located at 111 East Ave., was built in 1894 as a gift to the bride of Sam Murphy, the son of Walter Murphy of the original Hyde-Murphy Company.
FOX TWP. â€“ Several Fox Township residents living on David Street have expressed their concern about a troublesome ditch running behind their properties which has been the cause of several issues.
The group was in attendance at Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting where they were adamant about finding a solution to the ongoing problem.
SMETHPORT â€“ A jury found a Mt. Jewett man not guilty Wednesday of all five charges linked with the alleged rape of former Mt. Jewett woman.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, had tears in his eyes after the verdict was read.
"I'm happy to get my life back and move on," Swank said as he left the McKean County courtroom following a three-day trial.Â
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors will be presenting a finalized budget for a vote at their upcoming board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the library of Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
"This budget is going to mirror the budget that was presented on May 28 at our public meeting," said office manager Donna Sidelinger.
She, along with current finance manager Brent Rhoads as well as other district administrators have been working to decrease the school's expenditures for the 2014-15 school year over the past several months.