June 12th, 2014
The Elk County Boulder Dash, a 20-mile run, walk or hike event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. starting at the firemen's carnival grounds along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The event takes place on 20 miles of State Game Lands 44, just south of Ridgway, featuring about 4,000 feet of vertical rise over the course. The deadline to register online at www.elkcountyboulderdash.com is Friday, Aug. 1.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors approved several items on Tuesday evening's agenda including the appointment of a new girls varsity basketball coach. The position will be filled by Ellie Kocjancic, last year's junior varsity coach.
The board also moved to reappoint Emily Mitchell as the school's athletic director.
Both motions were approved unanimously.
Jim Grumley was approved to move from a sixth grade teacher to fifth grade, and Judy Redmond was approved to move from grade five to grade four.
Both transfers were described as "voluntary."
Francesca Salerno, 92, of 203 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday night, June 11, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a year-long illness.
She was born Nov. 17, 1921 in Nicosea, Sicily, daughter of Frank and Maria Camerano Costanzo. On Sept. 14, 1955, she married Anthony Salerno, who preceded her in death on March 30, 2005.
She resided in Johnsonburg from the time of her marriage. She attended school in Sicily. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Church and enjoyed spending time at home with her family.
WILCOX â€“ The Wilcox American Legion team hopes there isn't another night like Wednesday this season.
Smethport blew open an early lead with an eight-run fifth inning as Smethport won 14-0 over Wilcox in five innings at Jones Township Community Park in American Legion baseball action.
ST. MARYS â€“ Over the past few months, the Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team has racked up an impressive 26-0 record and has one final game remaining in their seasonâ€“the PIAA Class A State Championship on Friday afternoon.
Though only nine players can be out on the field at any given time, reaching this point and maintaining a perfect record has taken the effort of all 20 of the players on the Crusaders' roster.
Members of the Ridgway Eagles have been busy organizing several fundraisers to benefit victims of the recent flood that damaged many Ridgway residents' homes and businesses.
The first of three planned events is scheduled for this Sunday, June 15.
A group of volunteers gathered Wednesday afternoon as part of a continual effort to get the Ridgway Firemen's grounds in working order for the upcoming carnival, now roughly a month away.
The volunteers, who call themselves the "Old Geezers," are part of Habitat for Humanity of Clearfield and Jefferson counties.
"One of our groups from Clearfield was watching the news and saw that the grounds needed repaired, and volunteers were being sought," said George Joiner, a Ridgway resident and member of the group.
Ridgwayâ€™s Senior Center, located on Vine Avenue, is slowly but surely recovering after taking on roughly three feet of water during last monthâ€™s devastating flood. After losing much of what was inside, including just under three feet of the bottom portion of its inner walls, things are beginning to come together.
â€śWeâ€™re down here working, and hopefully next week our breakfast club will be able to start up again,â€ť said executive director Harry Himes.
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors adopted their 2014-15 budget which has been undergoing various changes since earlier this year.
The budget presented for vote was identical to the one presented at the board's work session last week, aside from the addition of $710 back into the non-instructional portion for the elementary school play.
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."