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February 7th, 2012
To Ridgway resident Jack Cleaver Jr. bearing witness to the last passenger train departing from the Pennsy Railroad Station along N. Broad Street in Ridgway is a wonderful childhood memory.
In 1962, Cleaver only an 11-year-old boy at the time says he remembers the scene vividly.
Authorities in Ridgway are investigating a fire that broke out Sunday night, Feb. 5, at approximately 8:30 p.m. along Depot Street.
According to reports, the 3-story brick apartment building at 260 Depot St., owned by Joseph Aiello of Ridgway, was destroyed.
Greg Agosti, a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, along with officers at the Ridgway Police Department and the Ridgway Fire Department, are investigating the origin of the blaze.
Area fire departments were called out at 8:49 p.m. Sunday evening for a structure fire at a multi-resident building located at Allenhurst Avenue and Depot streets in Ridgway. The residents of the building were reportedly evacuated safely. The building was a total loss. No further information was available at press time.
Responding units were the Ridgway Fire Department, Johnsonburg Fire Department, Crystal Fire Department, Kersey Fire Department, Wilcox Fire Department and the Cameron County Fire Department.
The 6th Annual Snow Festival at Bendigo State Park is scheduled for today, Saturday, Feb. 4, and runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. regardless of weather.
Events for the day include the snow box derby, ice fishing demo and more.Â Instruction to learn to snowshoe or cross country ski will be available, and local scout groups will be selling hot chocolate and hot dogs. Smokey the Bear will be at the festival from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The festival began to allow families to come together and enjoy one of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s state parks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Phil's 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobbler's Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except than his own instinct.
The result, as read by Vice President Mike Johnston: "As I look at the crowd of Gobbler's Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be."
When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Phil's prognostication, Corbett replied, "No. Now we've got to get PennDOT ready."
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority voted in favor of reinstating a $15 fee to send past due notices to customers during Thursday night's regular meeting.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell explained that the board opted not to charge the $15 fee to send notices to customers during the transition period to the new water meter program.
"The due day now is fixed at the 22nd of each month and there will no changes," Gosnell said. "There should be no confusion as to this point on what the procedure is and how it works."
Chairman Ed LaValle suggested the fee be reinstated.
PUNXSUTAWNEY -- This morning at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, thus declaring six more weeks of winter. See tomorrow's paper for more.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken.
Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor.
The Ridgway Township Supervisors held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to adopt a stormwater ordinance mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"This was mandated by DEP for all of the counties to adopt a stormwater management plan," said chairman John Gardner.
Now, as required by the stormwater management ordinance, a Small Project Stormwater Management Application is required whenever less than 5,000 square feet of impervious surface is proposed.