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October 15th, 2014
WILCOX â€“ The U.S. Army of Engineers has announced that work is slated to start in the next several months to begin a four-year long construction project to repair safety concerns at the East Branch Dam.
The announcement was made to the public by U.S. Army Corps of Engineer representatives during an East Branch Dam stakeholders meeting Wednesday morning after awarding a contract to install a new cutoff wall to Layne Christensen Construction of Ruther Glen, Va.
The contract was awarded to the company on Aug. 26 for a total value of $132,504,348.
This Friday, area residents will once again be encouraged to don their pink attire in support of cancer awareness as part of the annual county-wide Pink Day.
Roben Daghir, a guidance counselor for the Ridgway Area School District who coordinates the annual Pink Day, said the annual event started in 2008 in the St. Marys Area School District under the direction of St. Marys Area Middle School guidance counselor Kate McGonnell. Every year after that the event has been county-wide.
ST. MARYS â€“ Two St. Marys residents were held for court on robbery charges after a preliminary hearing Tuesday before Judge Mark S. Jacob.
Dustin Allen Courteau, 26, and Savannah Satterwhite, 47, both of St. Marys, face multiple felony charges for an incident that allegedly occurred on Friday, Oct. 22 at 430 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, home of John Boland.
Boland testified that he was wrestled out of his bed and pinned to the floor while other individuals searched his apartment.
Ridgway Area High School Principal Heather McMahon-Vargas and Ridgway Area Elementary School principal Anne Herzing announced RASD's four "Student of the Month" winners for the month of October during Tuesday's school board meeting.
Herzing announced the two winners from the elementary school, Austin Dinsmore and Megan Rohr, who are currently both fifth graders in the elementary school.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved a motion to enact a new wild and exotic pet ordinance throughout the borough during Monday's monthly borough council meeting.
The motion to approve the new ordinance was unanimously approved at the meeting, and the ordinance is now enforceable immediately.
The ordinance prohibits wild and exotic animals, including bees, from being owned, cared for or maintained throughout Johnsonburg Borough.
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The Ridgway Area Teachers Association has explained the reasons why they have rejected the latest contract offer from the RASD school board, saying that language issues surrounding evaluations and medical insurance are the only things preventing a signed contract.
RATA has been working without a contract since 2012, and it has been over 1,000 days since negotiations have begun between RATA and the RASD school board.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Alexa Marciniak of Johnsonburg was crowned as the 2014 Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Queen during the festival in Renovo.
Well-wishers treated her to a parade Sunday night as she made her way back into town escorted by several area fire trucks and police cars.
ST. MARYS â€“ Jeff Beimel, an engineer from St. Marys, tried his hand at being a farmer when he set out to grow a giant pumpkin that he would be able to enter into an annual competition for giant pumpkins in Altoona.
This year, Beimel was able to fulfill his goal after he grew a pumpkin large enough to enter into the competition in just his second year attempting to do so.
On Saturday, Oct. 4, Beimel, his pumpkin and multiple members of "Team Beimel" traveled to Altoona to have the pumpkin weighed at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Association's annual weigh-in.