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June 10th, 2014
Ridgway Area School District superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien offered a formal statement during Tuesday evening's school board meeting in order to address his recently-announced resignation. O'Brien will officially be leaving the district Aug. 8.
"It's hard to believe that three years have eclipsed so quickly," he said. "No words can articulate the deep appreciation I feel for the community and the opportunity to serve this wonderful district.
"As superintendent I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences that have allowed me to grow personally and professionally."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Borough Council discussed the borough's shortage of police officers during their regular meeting held Monday afternoon.
"We are in desperate need of part-time police officers," said Bryan Parana, chief of police. "It's becoming a real problem."
However, finding part-time hires has proved to be difficult.
Despite the major flood event in May and a few changes to the event, the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival is still set for Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19.
Water lines still stained some of the structures on the firemen's grounds last week from the May 21 flood that ravaged the area.
KERSEY â€“Â The weather could not have been better from 9 a.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday for 2014 Relay for Life of Elk County, which was held at Fox Township Community Park in Kersey. There were blue skies and sunshine throughout the day on Saturday and the rain held off until the event had concluded on Sunday morning, and a sizable crowd from throughout the area was present at the park throughout the 24-hour period of this year's Relay.
KERSEY â€“Â Many area residents know Richard Masson as the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, a post he has held for a number of years, and in which capacity he had interacted with individuals from throughout the county. On Saturday evening though, Masson addressed attendees at the Relay for Life of Elk County, held at the Fox Township Community Park, in a much different context. Masson was the guest speaker at this year's event as a 10-year throat cancer survivor.
KERSEY â€“Â Amy Armstrong, an Elk County Relay for Life committee member in charge of survivorship, addressed the crowd at this year's event at the Fox Township Community Park prior to the survivors' walk on Saturday evening.
Armstrong began her brief remarks by explaining that she was going to talk about "something a little unusual"â€“rubber bands.
"Rubber bands are a brilliant creation," she said. "They're so useful. They're simple, but they're useful in many different ways."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Local artist Tom Copella is back at it, currently working on a large-scale mural dedicated to the veterans of Johnsonburg on the side of VFW Post 6301, located at 501 Market St.
The inspiration for the mural, which was commissioned by the Johnsonburg Community Trust and funded by friends and relatives of the late George Cherry, came from a Norman Rockwell painting titled "War Stories," that was featured in an October 1945 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.
The office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released a statement early Friday indicating that Elk County and surrounding counties will be eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans following a flood disaster May 21.
Per SBA guidelines, citizens and business owners in Elk County, as well as the neighboring counties of Cameron, Clearfield, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren, may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Firefighters, auxiliary members and area residents have been chipping in to clean up the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Grounds following the May 21 flood that ravaged the area.
Water line stains on some of the structures at the grounds shows that the floodwaters were at least three to four feet high in some areas.
"You can just imagine how bad it was with the water line that high, everything was just flooded," said Keith Mader Jr., president of the Ridgway Fire Department.
Construction at the Ridgway YMCA officially began early this week as part of the â€śShape Our Future Capital Campaign.â€ť
The extensive project is a necessary venture to adhere to revised regulations for Titles II and III of the mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA].
All public accommodations and commercial pool facilities must be modified to comply with the new 2010 guidelines that include new accessibility standards for swimming pools.