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September 20th, 2011

Borough approves purchase of fire truck

September 20, 2011

The Ridgway Borough Council voted unanimously in favor of permitting the Ridgway Fire Department to pursue purchasing a new rescue/pumper truck during Monday night's regular meeting.
The cost for the truck is estimated at $475,000.
A meeting of the Fire, Police, Property, and Equipment Committee was held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the municipal building to discuss the proposal.
The fire department will pay $175,000 and is eligible for a two-percent loan of $150,000 with a payment of $964 for 15 years that the borough will pay.

September 19th

Bingo to resume in renovated social hall

September 19, 2011

After four months of waiting, Bingo at the St. Leo Catholic Church will resume on Saturday, Oct., 1 after the 5:15 p.m. mass in the newly renovated Social Hall.
The Social Hall has been closed since June 1 due to the renovations.
"We wanted to hold a grand reopening because there are a lot of faithful customers who come every week," said principal Mary Detwiler. "We want to welcome everyone back and thank them for their patience."
Participants will be given a $5 off coupon to welcome them back. Giveaways and Bingo dollars will also be distributed.

September 17th

Genocide survivor lives to tell her story

September 17, 2011

New York Times bestseller Immaculee Ilibagiza gave a powerful presentation in the Ridgway Area High School auditorium Thursday night recounting her personal experience of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Deacon Larry Caggeso opened the program introducing Immaculee.

September 16th

Ridgway native back in hometown teaching

September 16, 2011

Nicole Kuleck, the new fourth-grade learning support and emotional support teacher at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School, is back in the district she grew up in.
“Being a native of Ridgway, I graduated from the Ridgway Area School District,” Kuleck said. “I love being a part of the Ridgway school district family. Working here has been something that I have dreamed about for a long time and I am so happy that it is now a dream come true.”

Ribbon cut to mark opening of Kinzua Sky Walk

September 16, 2011

MT. JEWETT – A tornado in July 2003 toppled the midsection of the Kinzua Viaduct and virtually knocked out the area's major tourist attraction.
Mother Nature won this battle, but the ingenuity of man has overcome that setback with the construction of the Kinzua Sky Walk-- a pedestrian walkway built atop the very towers that once supported the historic Kinzua Bridge near Mt. Jewett.

September 15th

Kersey resident selected for cow tag in elk license drawing

September 15, 2011

HARRISBURG – After being shut out for the past two years, an Elk County resident was finally selected in this year's elk license drawing, which was held by the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the main headquarters in Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon. The drawing was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept. 9, but was delayed due to flooding in the Harrisburg area.
As has been the case since the event was moved back to Harrisburg, the drawing was broadcast via live video feed on the Game Commission's website.

Teacher shares her love for reading

September 15, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Kristine Breindel, the new Title I reading teacher at Johnsonburg Elementary School, can truly share her love for reading with her students because she says she truly does love to read.
“I realize this sounds cliché but I truly do love to read,” Breindel said. “My family always comments on how I spend my spare time reading.”
Breindel enjoys teaching because she gets to help her students with a meaningful task.
“I enjoy being there each day to work with the students in order to provide reading and writing support in a relevant and meaningful way,” said Breindel.

September 14th

Bus route changes rile parents

September 14, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Changes to the bus routes in the Johnsonburg Area School District have forced many parents to question their children's safety.
A large group of concerned parents attended Thursday night's school board meeting looking for answers to the change.

Superintendent reviews goals for upcoming year

September 14, 2011

Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien reviewed the board's goals for the upcoming year during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
"As you know we started to and we will continue to review our goals to help us understand why we are here," O'Brien said. "One of our goals is that our students will become creative problem solvers with the ability to synthesize and analyze possible solutions to challenging problems."
Another goal of the board is to make sure the students are receiving comprehensive literacy skills.

County accepts ‘Rails To Trails’ feasibility study

September 14, 2011

SMETHPORT – The “Rails To Trails” feasibility study has been finalized and now is available for public inspection at the county planning office.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday that claims the “project was completed in accordance with the grant agreement.”
“The plan and related materials will be used to guide future recreation and conservation decisions,” the commissioners said in the resolution adopted at a meeting at the county courthouse.

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