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April 21st, 2015
County officials on Tuesday morning addressed repeated inquires regarding a recent hire made in the Veterans Affairs office.
Following the retirement of Jenny Richards, the former assistant in the county VA office, the board of commissioners and VA Director Leslie Neal reviewed well over 100 applications before hiring Lana Vendur.
Fred Peters, a volunteer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the county's Rides for Vets program, publicly questioned the hire of a non-veteran Tuesday morning toward the end of an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, council accepted the resignation of councilman Rich Parrish, named his replacement and approved a new contract for the Ridgway Borough Police Department.
The council first addressed Parrish's resignation, which was set to leave the council with one open seat on its seven-person council.
Parrish tendered his resignation to the borough at the end of March, and that resignation became effective April 1.
For Bud Dippold of Ridgway, the Clarion River has served as a virtual hotbed for wildlife photos over the years.
Dippold, a longtime wildlife photographer in his own right, recently captured photos of an immature male whistling swan. The animal, with the tag â€śM43â€ť around its neck, was originally tagged in Ontario, Canada.
Dippold was kayaking on the Clarion River and first saw the swan in the area of J.J. Kennedy, Inc. He tracked the swan down the river near the old railroad trestle off North Broad Street near the former Elliott Company.
The 34th Annual Ridgway Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 starting at 11 a.m. in front of the Elk County Courthouse on Main Street.
Registration for the event will take place from 8-10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn with the starting line on Main Street at 11 a.m. The order of the race is run, bike, canoe. The finish line will be on the Clarion River near the Portland Mills ball field.
The awards ceremony will be at approximately 4 p.m.
So far, there are at least 30 ironmen and women signed up for the event, and roughly eight two-person teams and five four-person teams.
From the moment a crime is committed through any court proceedings with possible jail time associated with the crime, numerous individuals within Elk County are tasked with respecting and defending victims' rights.
As Sunday marked the beginning of National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, some of the men and women responsible for protecting victims' rights in Elk County discussed their roles in the issue and the challenges they face in fulfilling that role.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 21, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys woman is facing multiple charges after a March 30 hit-and-run incident that occurred at 136 Parade St.
Kelly Jo Marie Friedl, 29, is charged with four counts of DUI and a summary offense of accidental damage to unattended vehicles or property.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, St. Marys City Police were dispatched to the Parade Street location where severe front end damage occurred to a 2004 Ford Ranger that was parked facing westbound with the right side against traffic.
ST. MARYS â€“ A Virginia Road home in St. Marys was fully engulfed in flames early Sunday afternoon as area crews battled the blaze.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 1:41 p.m. to 613 Virginia Rd. in St. Marys along with the St. Marys Ambulance and city police officers.
"141 reported smoke showing on arrival," said Crystal Fire Department spokesman Tom Bauer. "The fire had just burned through the roof at that time. We established a water supply and got the fire outâ€¦ it pretty much burned the whole roof off with water and smoke damage inside."
Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora, seeking one of three available seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, recently made a campaign stop in Ridgway and spoke with local philanthropist Denny Heindl on "Talk of the Town," broadcasted on WDDH-FM The Hound.
The future of Deckerâ€™s Chapel was the main issue addressed at Saturdayâ€™s 51st annual dinner for the Elk County Historical Society, which was held at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
Elk County Historical Society Executive Director Mary Kalinowski spoke briefly about the status of the Deckerâ€™s Chapel during the dinner.
According to Kalinowski, drainage issues at the chapel have caused the foundation to start to crumble, which has caused the historical society to close the chapel to make sure that no one goes inside to make the foundation any worse or to get hurt.
Borough workers addressed a damaged water valve Friday afternoon in Ridgway.
The valve was located underground behind Holiday Financial Services nearly on the riverbank. Borough workers had to dig into the ground to access the valve and had to pump out the excess water with a sump pump.