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April 14th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular meeting of the Johnsonburg Borough Council, Cindy Chiesa of the Johnsonburg Community Trust petitioned the council for permission to spruce up the area around the borough parking lot, located along Center Street.
Among the things the Trust has in mind are old-fashioned poles which would be adorned with hanging baskets or banners as well as some large planters to be placed in the area.
"We just want to beautify the town; I think that's the main thing we want to do," Chiesa said.
A Ridgway resident is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault for an incident that allegedly occurred at Kwik Fill on South St. Marys Street Friday afternoon.
A Kersey woman is charged with assaulting a man with a Nintendo GameCube Friday evening.
According to a police report, Ashley Himes, 34, of 118 Lovers Ln., Kersey, struck Exper J. Fox III in the head with a GameCube during an argument at their shared apartment on Windfall Road.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a police officer was dispatched to Penn Highlands Elk to meet with Fox, who said he had been assaulted. The officer met with Fox in the hospital parking lot where the officer observed skin and tissue hanging from Fox's left ear.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Public Library recently dedicated a new genealogy room in memory of Richard and Gwendolyn Smith.
Community representatives along with family members of Richard and Gwendolyn gathered at the library to celebrate the grand opening of the genealogy room, which also features a portrait of the Smiths painted by Lynda Pontzer. The portrait was donated to the library by the Cummings and Zappia families, both relatives of the Smiths.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors recently voted to increase pay rates for substitute teachers from $80 per day to $100 per day. The resolution, suggested by superintendent Dennis Crotzer was approved unanimously by the board. The resolution was created due to the fact that Johnsonburg, along with the other districts across Elk County, have been struggling to find substitutes during the 2013-14 school year.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Thursday evening, Todd Fannin, who has consistently voiced his displeasure with Common Core State Standards, asked the Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors to consider the implications of participating in the program and presented a written statement reflecting his views.
ST. MARYS â€“ The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.
A "Teal Ribbon Campaign" is in full swing this month as CAPSEA, Inc. (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) aims to increase sexual assault awareness.
"We're targeting the younger population," said CAPSEA executive director Billie Jo Weyant. "We as adult community members need to spread more awareness."
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, area residents are able to purchase a paper "Teal Ribbon" at various locations for a $1 donation to CAPSEA.
JAMES CITY â€“ Highland Township has received more support in its fight against a proposed injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
The Elk County Board of Commissioners and the Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors both are backing Highland in a battle that could wind up in a courtroom.
County Commissioners June Sorg, Janis Kemmer and Daniel Freeburg said in a letter they "confirm our opposition to the creation and usage of disposal injection wells within the borders of Elk County."
During the regular meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors, finance manager Brent Rhoads, along with Donna Sidelinger, presented information to the board concerning the 2014-15 budget, which is still in the preliminary stages.
Rhoads presented a possible budget which included a one-mill tax increase for next year, giving the district the potential to raise $89,500 in revenue. The current preliminary budget will see $12,460,506 in revenue with expenditures clocking in at $12,676,308, running the district a $215,802 deficit.