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November 14th, 2011
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Willis "Bill" Simon was involved in many civic organizations, including the Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce, Johnsonburg Area Development Organization, president of the Johnsonburg Area Health Center Advisory Board, the Johnsonburg Welfare Chest, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and many more.
He especially loved Rotary International. He was a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and had 48 years of perfect attendance, and was the chairman of the annual Rotary Multi-phasic Blood Analysis Program for many years.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council approved the tentative 2012 budget and tax schedule during Monday afternoon's meeting.
Next year's budget is projected as $1,801,811.
According to borough manager Mary Polaski, there will be no tax increase. The budget includes an average three-percent raise to employees and hospitalization is projected at 1.9 percent.
"Other than that everything else pretty much stays the same," Polaski said.
Polaski said the millage for the 2012 tax schedule will remain the same as 2011.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Borough of Johnsonburg, Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce and the Johnsonburg Rotary Club held a special ceremony Monday afternoon along Market Street to dedicate two benches; one in honor of Louis "Lulu" Cherry and the other to Willis "Bill" Simon.
Cherry married Nancy (Grunthaner) Cherry. He lived all of his life in Johnsonburg and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1954. He worked for Johnsonburg Borough for 40 years, retiring in 2009 as Street Supervisor. He was a member of Central Hose Company.
The Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution for their solicitor to file a Notice of Intervention concerning a tax assessment appeal filed by Metaldyne Sintered Products currently pending in the Court of Common Pleas.
According to finance manager Brent Rhoads, Metaldyne appealed their tax assessment concerning both the Ridgway and St. Marys properties.
Rhoads said their appraisal could mean a loss to the school district of about $30,000 per year.
Rhoads said the Board of Appeals has rejected their appeal against Elk County.
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.