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November 9th, 2014
By Richie Lecker
Members of Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) are collecting signatures for an anti-fracking petition that they plan to present to the Elk County commissioners in the near future.
Mike Kamandulis, a representative of the organization, said that the Elk County C.A.R.E.S. organization, along with the Friends of the Wild organization, are preparing a petition that would ask the Elk County commissioners to make a resolution stating that they are against fracking in Elk County.
Due to their third-place finish at a BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) robotics competition that was held at Penn State DuBois, members of a Ridgway Area High School robotics class have been invited to a regional competition in Fargo, N.D.
According to the class' teacher, Dustin Oknefski, seven students have been selected to go to Fargo, N.D. for the next stage in the competition. The selected students were students in the class that have already gone to the various BEST competitions.
There are three options for the future of curbside recycling in the Ridgway Borough, according to borough manager Kim Zimmerman.
The Ridgway Borough Council is currently reviewing numbers for the 2015 budget, and due to its high cost and low usage rates, the curbside recycling program will most likely face changes unless officials can come up with more revenue to pay for the program.
The Ridgway Township Municipal Authority discussed ongoing repairs of water lines in the Boot Jack area to help find leaks that are causing the township to lose approximately 17 percent of their water in that area.
The authority's works superintendents, Chris Klase and Andrew Gosnell, said that they have finished repairs on one section, but two more sections were identified as problem areas following leak detection testing that was done in the area.
At 2 p.m. on Thursday, a 2007 Pontiac G5 driven by Anthony Wilson, 33, of Johnsonburg, was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Montmorenci Road in Ridgway Township, according the Ridgway-based state police.
FOX TWP. â€“ A Baltimore, Md. man was killed as a result of a head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and tri-axle truck on Oct. 28 on state Route 255 in Kersey.
The crash occurred at 10:20 a.m. on the Million Dollar Highway (SR 255) near the Laurel Lane intersection.
Michael Hanley Jr. was the driver of the tractor-trailer who was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of two witnesses who helped pull Hanley from the cab.
â€śItâ€™s time for the Ridgway School Board to stop playing political games and to settle a contract with the district teachers.â€ťÂ
That is the message Wednesday from the Ridgway Area Teacherâ€™s Association in response to the school boardâ€™s vote Tuesday to reject the boardâ€™s own contract proposal, according to RATA.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Catholic alumnus Ryan Jacobs and fellow Penn State students will be "canning" this weekend in town for THON, the largest student philanthropy effort in the world.
According to THON.org, "the mission of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is to conquer pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers, and staff of the Four Diamonds Fund."
During Tuesday's workshop session of the Ridgway Area School District School Board, Board President Lisa Connelly delivered a prepared speech in response to advertisements and statements made by the Ridgway Area Teachers Association.
With a high-profile governor's race on the ballot, Elk County had a high voter turnout with 44.35 percent of the registered voters coming out to vote.
York County businessman Tom Wolf ousted incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett soundly Tuesday. The Democrat could not carry Elk County, however, as Corbett got 4,420 votes to Wolf's 4,115. There were 31 write-in votes as well. Pennsylvania law was changed in 1968 to allow for consecutive gubernatorial terms. Corbett is the first Pennsylvania governor to be denied re-election since the law was changed.