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May 29th, 2014
Proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act of 1972 may spell trouble for citizens throughout the nation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.
KANE â€“ A man wielding two butcher knives came after a Kane borough police officer on foot Thursday evening in a neighborhood drama viewed by hundreds.
The man-- identified as Larry Walker of 231 Janeway St., Kane-- finally was stopped when he was shot by a Taser gun fired by Mt. Jewett Police Chief Steve Hale.
ST. MARYS â€“ April School of Dance brings to the stage yet another jam-packed, "Glam Slapped" show Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, at the St. Marys Area High School auditorium.
The 22nd annual show entitled "Glam Slapped" features numbers inspired by fashion and music throughout the decades. April Cush, director and owner of the studio, said the inspiration for the show came from past restrictions on costume choice because of the theme.
"The show sort of evolved into a fashion-type statement where glam slapped came in, and the idea of being hit by a look that you can't forget," she said.
The Elk County Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a summer celebration to be held on Saturday, May 31.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the history of the society from its beginnings in 1964 at the first unofficial meeting at the Ridgway YMCA to its present-day locale along Center Street.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, will be presenting along with Fritz Lecker of state Representative Matt Gabler's office.
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program in Pennsylvania, local officials in Ridgway on Wednesday highlighted their own initiative during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board.
"WIC is a critical component of who we are and what we do as a regional organization," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central.
On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien made a presentation to the board as well as several district residents entitled "Public Education, Battle of Money vs. Student Opportunities," in order to address some of the questions and comments that have been circulating concerning the district's budget making process.
Following O'Brien's presentation, district finance manager Brent Rhoads presented additional information on the updated proposed final budget which will be presented for a vote during the June board meeting.
Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Pa. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and state Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) were in town Tuesday morning and into the early afternoon to assess the flood damage that ravaged Ridgway last week.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman and Ray Imhof, emergency coordinator for both Ridgway Borough and Township, and assistant fire chief, spoke Tuesday morning of the severity of the disaster during an emergency briefing downtown.
A woman drowned and a man was injured Saturday afternoon while canoeing on the Clarion River near Portland Mills Road in Ridgway Township.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released, became trapped underwater after canoers reportedly got hung up on a pylon on Portland Mills Bridge.
The man was trapped with his head above water and was later reportedly flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment of a leg injury.
At least one person in the group of canoers was charged with public drunkenness, according to reports from PSP Ridgway.
Area residents gathered Monday morning in Ridgway for a solemn Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
Just days removed from a flood that ravaged the town, residents came together to remember the nation's fallen heroes.
Members of the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail led the parade down Main Street shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning followed by members of the Ridgway Area High School marching band, and members of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Fire trucks from Ridgway and Johnsonburg also took part in the parade, followed by the Ridgway Ambulance Corp.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2014
on Sunday afternoon during the school's annual commencement exercises.
Family and friends of the 62 members of the senior class filled the auditorium for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, which lasted about one hour.