May 1st, 2015
Citing a desire to fulfill community wishes for a kids' community center, FOTRA, LLC plans to turn the armory building in Ridgway into a community center and theater after the sale of the building is finalized with the state.
The owners of FOTRA (Friends of the Ridgway Armory), Dave Leske and Staci Johnson-Leske, spoke to The Ridgway Record on Friday about their decision to place a bid with the state and their goals for the future of the building.
It is spring fire season once again and the fire danger has been increasing and may become high or extreme as we move through spring, according to Bureau of Forestry officials at the Elk State Forest.
Officials advise residents to check the Smokey Bear fire danger rating signs throughout the area.
The sign was listed as "moderate" Friday afternoon in Ridgway Township.
The Bureau of Forestry would like to remind residents to be careful with fire. Whether residents are burning trash or yard debris, officials advise residents to take the time to think before lighting the fire.
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Johnsonburg softball swept a doubleheader with Bradford Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The Ramettes won 14-7 in the first game and then took the nightcap 13-3.
KANE â€“ The Kane Wolves hosted the Johnsonburg Rams for a baseball game at Pat Santilli Field on Thursday afternoon. The Rams jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and held off a Kane comeback to post a 12-6 win.
The Ridgway Borough Council and the Ridgway Area High School are working together to set up a junior councilman program that will allow an RHS student the opportunity to work with the Ridgway Borough Council.
The borough council discussed the program at its meeting earlier this month before unanimously approving the project to move forward.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman said that through the junior councilman program, an RHS student will have the opportunity to sit with the council at their meetings, to join in council discussions and to do research like the other council members.
After working for 56 years at the Ridgway Borough water plant, Dick Herzog is retiring from Ridgway Borough.
To celebrate Herzog's retirement after 56 years working for the borough, a retirement party was held by the borough for Herzog at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman gave a brief presentation at the party about Herzog's time working with the borough.
"It's a great day for us to honor someone like Mr. Herzog," Zimmerman said.
Plans have been finalized for the Family Day event held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Organizers met Tuesday night to to finalize plans according to June Johnson, vice chair and secretary for the Ridgway Township Recreation Board.
The event will feature a wide variety of educational demonstrations including items from the fish commission. Members of the Elk County Conservation District will perform water testing and show how fish survive in the water, according to Johnson.
According to a state official, the armory building in Ridgway was sold to a corporation that is located within the Ridgway Borough.
On Tuesday, Troy Thompson, the press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, confirmed that a bid was accepted from Fotra, LLC for the armory, and on Wednesday, he confirmed that Fotra, LLC was a corporation located in Ridgway Borough.
At the second of two informational sessions on the Marcellus Shale industry that were held at the Elk County Emergency Management Center in Ridgway, township officials were able to discuss their concerns with oil and gas industry representatives.