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May 11th, 2012
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors voted against participating in a co-op swimming program with the St. Marys Area School District during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien said even though the board did not reach an agreement Tuesday night they will continue to work toward instituting a co-op program.
A festival to celebrate ethnicity will be coming to Ridgway, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Center Street. The Taste of Ethnicity Festival is courtesy of the Elk County Historical Society. The festival will offer a variety of food and music pertaining to the major ethnicities found in Elk County in the early 1800s.
The Ridgway Area School District's Students of the Month were honored during Tuesday night's school board meeting.
Fifth-grader Jocelyn Viglione was selected as the Elementary School Student of the Month. Jocelyn said she was very happy to be selected because it was her first time. Her future plans are to become a hairstylist and "maybe a teacher."
If she could change the world she would help to make it a better place by cleaning up litter and helping others when they are sick.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Area School District Superintendent Dennis Crotzter responded to the bus accident that occurred on the morning of May 3 that was transporting 25 Elk County children on a field trip to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for Karen Fox's Child Care at 235 Monterey Ave. in the Borough of Ridgway.
Fox who graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Childhood Field of Studies and having worked in a large daycare facility in Pittsburgh for a year and a half is excited to begin her next venture back in her hometown.
Unlike the large daycare facilities that care for hundreds of children, Fox says her home center provides children with valuable one-on-one time that could potentially lead to a faster development.
BROCKPORT â€“ Following the Spring Cleanup, the Horton Township Supervisors voted in favor of reinstating a Fall Cleanup to be held Sept. 1.
Chairman Jeff Johnson said the cleanup will be held in the fall on a trial basis.
"We did get some stuff; not an overwhelming amount," Johnson said. "What we are going to try to do now is have one in the fall now to see how it goes."
According to Johnson, the township had held a cleanup twice a year.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a preliminary budget during Tuesday night's regular meeting, which will not include a tax increase for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
The board voted unanimously in favor of approving the preliminary budget with revenues and expenditures of $11,840,091.
According to Finance Manager Brent Rhoads, one of the first changes to the budget included the elimination of a .8 tax mill increase.
Three of the five defendants charged in the vandalization of the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville were sentenced Monday in Elk County Court.
Martin Andrew Chicola, 22, of St. Marys, John Paul Gier, 22, of St. Marys, and Bradley Alan Vanvoorhis, 19, of Weedville, pleaded guilty to charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal mischief before Judge Richard Masson during Monday's Return Day proceedings.
Although the third annual Polar Sweet Express event hosted by CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] is 10 months away, Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant has already begun making plans.
The event, sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank, is expected to be held in the beginning of February of 2013.
Last year's event held in the Franklin Center in St. Marys raised over $4,500 to assist in supplying abuse victims seeking shelter with basic necessities.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ben Carson Reading Room is now open for students to get lost in the many pages of books within the aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.
The Ben Carson Reading Room is within the Johnsonburg Elementary School library, and it not only offers a variety of books but also cozy chairs and colors. The accomplishment is a thing to celebrate for Johnsonburg. Jennifer Hobbs, Elementary Principal at Johnsonburg Area Elementary School was enthusiastic about the renovated space.