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July 8th, 2011

Fugitive returned to Elk County

July 9, 2011

A fugitive who walked out on his work release approximately 11 months ago has been apprehended in Hartwell, Ga.
According to Elk County Prison Warden Gregory J. Gebauer, William Umstead, who previously was employed as a laborer for a company in Bradford, has been on the loose for nearly a year.
Umstead, serving a 90-day sentence for domestic relations [failure to pay child support], was granted work release but failed to report back to Elk County Prison following his shift nearly a year ago.

Roadway project continues on Route 120

July 9, 2011

The Elk County road improvement project on state Route 120 that began last year and resumed in April is expected to be completed by September.
The work zone on SR 120 stretches east for four miles from Ridgway toward St. Marys.
"Work includes concrete patching, concrete resurfacing, curbing and ramps, manhole adjustments, drainage and guide rail updates," said Marlaine Fannin, PennDOT community relations director.
Crews have begun moving equipment and materials and are working on drainage upgrades, tree trimming, the guide rail replacements and paving.

July 7th

Municipal Authority adopts plan

July 8, 2011

The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority adopted a flushing plan at their regular meeting Thursday night as a preventative measure to remove excess chlorine and other byproducts from the water system.
Works superintendent Carl Gosnell noted the plan has been approved by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].

July 6th

Municipal Authority accepts bid

July 7, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority held a special meeting yesterday evening to accept a bid for a pressure-reducing vault to be installed along West Center Street.
Authority members approved a bid submitted by Continental Construction for $93,250 with expected completion to be reached in mid-August.
Two other bids were proposed for a pressure reducing vault in the amounts of $144,215 from Guyer Brothers and $125,000 from Roman Excavating.

July 5th

Commissioners approve agreement

July 6, 2011

The Elk County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting yesterday morning to approve a variety of topics.
First on the agenda, the commissioners approved the use of the courthouse lawn on July 15 and 22 by the Elk County Council of the Arts for their Summer Concert Series.
The commissioners voted to approve a license agreement made effective as of June 30, 2010, by and between West Penn Power Company and Elk County.

For more, read the Wednesday, July 6 edition of The Ridgway Record.

July 4th

'Freedom Rally' receives strong turnout

July 5, 2011

The Elk County Tea Party hosted its Freedom Rally yesterday morning to a large audience on the steps of the Elk County Courthouse.
Among the many guest speakers were U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) and State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).

July 1st

Troopers hope for safe weekend

July 2, 2011

With increased construction zones in the area and holiday traffic on the rise for the Fourth of July, State Police officials are hoping for a safe weekend.
"We see an increase in traffic during pretty much any holiday," said Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgway-based state police. "The most significant one, believe it or not, is Thanksgiving, as we see an increase in DUIs along that time as well. You have college kids coming back on a break, you have hunters coming in for the deer season, so that's usually the biggest one out of all of them.

Fireworks safety at highest point in 35 years as 4th of July approaches

July 2, 2011

Americans lighting up sparklers and enjoying their own backyard fireworks displays in conjunction with this year's Fourth of July national celebration may be relieved to know that even though the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, they are the safest they've been since such information has been regularly tracked.

June 30th

Municipal authority resubmits proposal to DEP

July 1, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] held a special meeting yesterday afternoon to approve a revised proposal after the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] denied the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company's request to buy water from the municipal authority.
Authority members voted unanimously in favor of the revised proposal.
The agreement states that the JMA will supply 157,000 gallons of water at either the Silver Creek and Long Level Road intersection or at the Silver Creek Water Plant.

Forest firefighters help battle epic blaze

July 1, 2011

What began as a small unattended campfire on May 29 has turned into the biggest blaze in Arizona history. Recently helping in the battle against this epic blaze were forest firefighters Don Weis of St. Marys and Bill Maiers of Johnsonburg.
The pair recently returned from a 17-day stint out West, from June 8-24, where they were among three Pennsylvania crews sent out to assist with the firefighting efforts.
"A fire of this size will need resources from all over the country," Weis said.

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