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January 8th, 2012
Workers in the Marcellus Shale industry and a local well fire department were on hand Saturday for a confined space entry and rescue training and certification program held at the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds.
During the program, simulations and drills were held that practiced rescuing injured workers from a frac tank. An actual frac tank, a tank that is used to hold water used in the hydrofracturing process that extracts natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, was used as part of the activities.
Keeping up with consistent demand over the years, the Ridgway YMCA is installing a new class at its facility along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
Jennifer Stolburg is back at the site teaching a new-age step aerobic class.
"Step & Sculpt is a new cardio fitness class that is being offered," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director at the Ridgway YMCA. "This new program is designed for both men & women and is suitable for all ages. This exercise session is done to choreographed rhythmic music and is step designed.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority approved the 2012 estimated operating budget during Thursday night's regular meeting.
Accountant Jeff Schutz estimates a total operating revenue of $993,910 with a capital expense of $75,000.
"I did hear some discussion of grinder pumps at Montmorenci and other issues that you may need to spend some money," Schutz said. "So you will have that $75,000."
According to Schutz, the 2012 budget is "in comparison" with the 2011 budget.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority held a reorganizational meeting Thursday night prior to the regular meeting to appoint officials.
Officials voted unanimously to reappoint Ed LaValle as chairman to the municipal authority.
Bill Seely was appointed as vice chairman and Bill Briggs will remain as treasurer.
A vacancy on the board exists for a recording secretary. Janis E. Kemmer resigned earlier from the position as she was elected in November 2011 as an Elk County commissioner.
A grant through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation has initiated an out-of-school youth program to be carried out by a collaboration with the Ridgway YMCA and the Elk County 4-H Program.
The 4-H program will open the door for Elk County children between the ages of eight and 18 years old to learn leadership, teamwork and other valuable skills that will encourage them to be proactive forces within the community.
According to 4-H Out-Of-School Programs Coordinator Jody Johnson, the program will focus on a variety of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] activities.
The Ridgway Township Supervisors held a reorganizational meeting Tuesday afternoon to appoint officials.
Ridgway Township Supervisor John Gardner was reelected as chairman.
Newly elected supervisor Rick Glover was appointed as vice chairman. Glover replaced supervisor Sarah Dickinson, who first joined the board on July 21, 2003.
Milly Bowers was reappointed as secretary and treasurer.
Jim DeVittorio will serve as solicitor.
Supervisors voted in favor of appointing Frank Ferragine as zoning officer and Denise Casilio as assistant code enforcement and junkyard officer.
The Elk County Commissioners started 2012 yesterday morning with several reorganizational meetings to begin the calendar year.
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg, who took over as chairperson a month ago, will continue until April 30, 2013, completing a 16-month term as chair. Freeburg will be followed by fellow commissioner June H. Sorg from May 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014; incoming commissioner Janis E. Kemmer will serve as chairperson from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2015.
Applications are still being accepted for drinking water sampling.
The Ridgway Borough Council held a reorganizational meeting Tuesday to deliver the Oath of Office to incoming council members.
Nina Stolburg was elected as council president in a 4-3 decision over former president J.R. Geitner.
Council member Ralph Dussia nominated Geitner to continue his role as president and was seconded by Frank Quattrone.
Council member Heather Mader nominated Stolburg to take over Geitner's seat.
BRADY TWP. â€“Â A 93-year-old DuBois man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his vehicle on a snow-covered roadway in Brady Township.
According to reports, Raymond G. Young, age 93, of DuBois, was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday along Oklahoma Salem Road in Brady Township.
BROCKPORT â€“ Horton Township Supervisor Jeff Johnson was reelected as chairman during Tuesday night's reorganizational meeting.
Newly-elected supervisor Levi P. Donahue was appointed as vice chairman. Donahue replaced outgoing supervisor Jack Carlson, who did not seek reelection.
Dennis Thompson was appointed as permanent secretary and treasurer.
Supervisors voted in favor of raising township employees' hourly wages by 25 cents.
David Pontzer was reappointed as solicitor.
The regular monthly meeting will continue to take place on the second Wednesday of the Month at 6 p.m.