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February 8th, 2012
By Joseph Bell
Women and Handguns, a popular longtime program offered by Elk County's sheriff's department, will enjoy continued success thanks to a $5,000 grant from the National Rifle Association [NRA].
"Several months ago, I was issuing a license-to-carry permit in the office and I wish now I have the individual's name because he certainly deserves a public thanks," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "He's a middle school teacher in St. Marys and he's very interested in and involved with the National Rifle Association, of which I am also a member.
A lengthy process came to fruition Tuesday as the Elk County Commissioners approved an energy-saving initiative that could save county officials and taxpayers over $500,000 in the next 20 years.
"Bekki Titchner and I have been developing a plan to make the county buildings as energy-efficient as possible," said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the county's planning department. "In doing so, we have hired a company called FIT Optimized Solutions to do an energy audit to tell us what the best solutions are for us to make our buildings more energy-efficient.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a license agreement with the West Penn Power company for the West Creek Wetlands classroom with the condition that the electricity magnate approves the construction of restroom facilities.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution Tuesday proclaiming their opposition to two controversial sections of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
Officials said Tuesday that the sections in question, Sections 1021 and 1022, "as proposed, in limited circumstances," allows an American citizen to be "detained by our own United States government and by our Armed Forces" and detention "could last without trial until the end of the hostilities currently authorized by the authorization for use of military force."
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.