January 23rd, 2015
JOHNSONBURG â€“ At 4:46 p.m. Friday, the Johnsonburg Volunteer Fire Department (Elk Company 2) was called for a reported gas leak at 325 High St. in Johnsonburg. After inspecting the home, firefighters left the scene approximately 30 minutes later at around 5:30 p.m. National Fuel was also at the scene.
ST. MARYS â€“ In recent months, Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) has installed displays in local libraries for assistive technology for persons with disabilities, a program that LIFT staff are celebrating as a major success.
"I think it's working almost better than we had anticipated," assistive technology coordinator Charlie Williamson said. "We are having more and more people receiving their own assistive technology. I think just in the last month, I've had 12 people who have gone through the entire process and now have technology of their very own."
The Ridgway Area School District school board held a brief budget workshop meeting Thursday to discuss its budget process that officials are beginning to work through for the 2015-2016 school year.
RASD business manager Donna Sidelinger gave a presentation to inform the public about what they can expect from the board during the process that is set to last into June.
Sidelinger said that a preliminary budget presentation is expected to be made in March or April, and a final proposed budget presentation is expected to be made in May.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ On Thursday evening, the 10th annual Big Buck Contest awards banquet, sponsored by The Daily Press, Ridgway Record and Kane Republican newspapers took place at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall. A crowd of nearly 300 gathered for the event which included the announcement of this year's winners in the adult, youth and mentor divisions along with prizes for the oldest and youngest hunter, smallest buck and random male and female. A special contest tabloid will be published Wednesday, Jan. 28.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Memorial Field in Johnsonburg is in need of repairs after it was discovered that the press box is moving away from the stands, and is in danger of ending up in the middle of West Center Street.
"The way it is moving, it is going to end up out in the middle of the road," said Joe Gilmore, JASD maintenance head. "It's already moved I'd say over two inches away from the stands. It's falling towards the road."
Gilmore added it is a safety issue which will need addressed regardless of whether or not the field is utilized.
Roger Albert Padasak, 82, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 590 Walnut St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 14, 1933 in Wilcox, son of the late Peter and Antonia Feikles Padasak. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Wilcox Schools. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 1995 after 28 years of service.
On July 13, 1957 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married his loving wife, Elizabeth â€śDeloresâ€ť Mishenko, who survives.
Alice E. Rigard, 96, of 515 North St. Marys Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a short illness.
She was born June 20, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph Hannibal and Genevieve Geitner Hannibal Wilhelm.
On Jan. 18, 1937 in Olean, N.Y., she married Francis A. Rigard, who preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1979.
The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.
HORTON TWP. â€“ A PennDOT snowplow truck was damaged in a crash late Wednesday morning on state Route 219 near Shawmut Road in Horton Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 51-year-old Bruce B. Mowrey of Johnsonburg was driving a 2007 Kenworth T800 cab north on SR 219. He reportedly passed a PennDOT plow truck driven by 56-year-old Timothy J. Greenthaner of Kersey.
Mowrey's vehicle reportedly struck the wing plow and the PennDOT truck spun across the southbound lane.
The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmorland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.