November 12th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The vacant St. Joe's Club that went up in flames Monday, July 2, 2012 will soon be razed.
Demolition for the dilapidated building at 703 Market St. in Johnsonburg is scheduled to commence next month.
Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] funds will be used to raze the structure. A bid of $31,250 was accepted in early October at a county board of commissioners meeting from Altoona Contracting and Excavating Demolition Services. The company was the low bidder.
Members of the Ridgway Area Teachers Association (RATA), led by RATA President Jason Phipps, showed up at Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District School Board meeting to express displeasure over the lack of a contract between the two parties.
With members of RATA and the Ridgway community standing behind him in support, Phipps addressed the board directly during the public comment section of Tuesday's meeting and asked the board to vote on a proposal that RATA made on Oct. 22.
DAGUS MINES â€“ Amy Gorton of Dagus Mines received a free room makeover following her selection as the winner of the hometown hero contest that was put on by Miller Brothers Furniture, Lezzer Lumber and CNB Bank.
The contest, which started in the beginning of October, asked area residents to nominate individuals who are deserving of the title of hometown hero.
Following a nomination by her husband Bob, Gorton was selected from a pool of 31 applicants from as far away as Somerset and Johnstown.
Betty J. Olmstead Calla, 90, of 6540 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2014 at Ridgeview Elder Care in Curwensville following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 21, 1924 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., daughter of the late Louis Olmstead and Leona Norlin Olmstead McMahon.
She resided in Johnsonburg most of her life and attended Johnsonburg High School.
Daniel F. Caggeso, 85, formerly of 246 Country Club Rd., Ridgway, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Ridgway, son of the late Lorenzo and Carmella (Tamburi) Caggeso. He married Edna Lucille Caldwell on July 14, 1951, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 2012.
He resided in Ridgway all his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the K of C and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII.
ST. MARYS â€“ Members of the St. Marys City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, and St. Marys Ambulance responded Monday night at 6:25 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Million Dollar Highway near the Ford Road intersection.
A St. Marys woman is charged with felony counts of identity theft and access device fraud for use of a PNC bank account belonging to someone else.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Darlene I. Fuenffinger, 61, of 1325 Glen Hazel Rd., is alleged to have made a total of nine payments to her Capital One account, using the PNC account belonging to Jacqueline Rhines of St. Marys. Transactions totaled to $1,278.64.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ After multiple work sessions for the 2015 budget, a tax hike of three mills is one step closer to fruition following Monday's Johnsonburg Borough Council meeting.
Borough Manager Mary Polaski and members of borough council on Monday voted to accept the tentative 2015 tax schedule and the tentative 2015 budget.
Area veterans and military personnel were celebrated as the Ridgway Area High School hosted a Veterans Day program Monday morning.
The featured guest speaker was Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Robert Rocco. Rocco said while he was chosen to be a guest speaker, the focus should be on the veterans.