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November 13th, 2011
WILCOX â€“ Tracie Pretak, owner of Grace Notes Studio in Wilcox, teaches piano and voice lessons to students ranging from five to adult.
Pretak held a Pro Concert Series to showcase the talents of Kathryn Polaski, Bailey Pretak and herself. Pretak developed the series so Polaski could become adept at performing difficult pieces in front of a crowd.
â€śI want to develop Kathrynâ€™s talent as much as possible because I believe she will do something with music in the future,â€ť Pretak said. â€śKathryn was born to do this. The only thing standing in the way of a career is herself.â€ť
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The recent change to the bus routes at the Johnsonburg Area School District continues to alarm parents.
Several concerned parents attended Thursday night's Board of Director's meeting voicing their concern.
Concerned parent Diane Jundzilo of Johnsonburg asked the board if there has been any recent changes made since October's meeting.
"Have you done anything in regards to changing the routes," asked Jundzilo. "Just because there is not a pile of parents here does not mean they do not know what's going on."
Students, faculty, government officials, friends and veterans got to see a different side of Dr. Michael O'Brien, Ridgway's first-year superintendent, Thursday morning during a Veterans Day ceremony.
O'Brien, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was humbled by the chance to speak Thursday as he spoke of the importance of being a veteran and just how exclusive that club is.
The Veterans Day exhibit's grand opening is today, with the showcase running through Dec. 2 at the Elk County Historical Society's Robinson Museum along Center Street in Ridgway.
For Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, the exhibit was a way to recognize the area's veterans and display local memorabilia.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District held a special assembly Thursday morning in the high school auditorium to recognize their veterans.
"We gather to honor our veterans who served our country each and every day," said superintendent Dennis Crotzer. "I acknowledge their willingness to serve so we can enjoy freedom. The sacrifices they have made in their service is greatly appreciated."
The special guests were recognized following the Pledge of Allegiance and playing of the National Anthem by the high school band.
Since its beginning in 1950, the Ridgway Lions Club has been actively involved in supporting its community. B.H. Robb, a member of the Clearfield Lions Club and District Zone Chairman, initially pursued the possibility of organizing a Ridgway charter. On April 27, 1950, the charter was successfully intact. Since then, the club has been pursuing many avenues of community support.
A current event the club produces is an annual magic show. John Charleson, Chairman and member for more than 20 years, says this is a major fundraiser.
BROCKPORT â€“ Sergeant Steve Daniel of the Ridgway-based state police attended Wednesday night's Horton Township Board of Supervisors meeting to address any concerns within the township.
"Things have been pretty calm relatively speaking," Daniel said. "There have been some traffic crashes and that is to be expected."
Daniel reported receiving speeding complaints.
Republican Janis E. Kemmer reportedly took the third seat Tuesday as she upset incumbent Democrat Ronald T. Beimel in a closely-contested election for one of three Elk County commissioner seats.
"I am in awe," Kemmer said in a telephone interview late Tuesday night. "I'm very honored, truly blessed, and I'm very humbled by the voters.
"I will do my very best to represent the voters."
With all 33 precincts reporting, Kemmer held an unofficial lead of 133 votes over Beimel with 30 write-in votes unverified as of press time. Kemmer garnered a reported 3,099 votes.
The Ridgway Area School District's Board of Directors approved a four-year administrative compensation plan during Tuesday night's meeting.
The new contract will increase the administration's salaries by six percent over four years, beginning July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016.
Raises will increase by a half percent the first year. The second and third year will each increase by two percent and the final year of the contract will increase by one and a half percent.
This yearâ€™s November and December performances by the Elk County Concert Choir will be showcasing a unique take on traditional Christmas carols.
Along with the expertise of Principal Director Gloria Almquist-Shull, fellow choir members Lois Sadley, Co-Director, and Rita Ordiway, Accompanist, strategically selected the "Tapestry of Light: a Celtic Christmas Celebration "for their upcoming Christmas season showings.