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May 29th, 2014

Community pool damage under assessment

May 29, 2014

The Ridgway borough-owned community pool sustained damage during last week's flood, leaving question as to whether the pool will be open for the summer of 2014.
However, according to borough manager Kim Zimmerman, engineers were scheduled to assess the damage Thursday afternoon and have yet to make a call on the next steps.
"We've got to get the engineering assessment and that will give us a direction once we receive it," Zimmerman said.

EPA water overreach has adverse effects

May 29, 2014

Proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act of 1972 may spell trouble for citizens throughout the nation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 25 issued a proposed rule that would expand their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The expansion would reportedly include puddles, ponds, ditches, ephemerals (land that looks like a small stream during heavy rain but isn't wet most of the time) and small wetlands.

Man wielding knives comes after policeman

May 29, 2014

KANE – A man wielding two butcher knives came after a Kane borough police officer on foot Thursday evening in a neighborhood drama viewed by hundreds.
The man-- identified as Larry Walker of 231 Janeway St., Kane-- finally was stopped when he was shot by a Taser gun fired by Mt. Jewett Police Chief Steve Hale.

April School of Dance presents 'Glam Slapped'

May 29, 2014

ST. MARYS – April School of Dance brings to the stage yet another jam-packed, "Glam Slapped" show Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, at the St. Marys Area High School auditorium.
The 22nd annual show entitled "Glam Slapped" features numbers inspired by fashion and music throughout the decades. April Cush, director and owner of the studio, said the inspiration for the show came from past restrictions on costume choice because of the theme.
"The show sort of evolved into a fashion-type statement where glam slapped came in, and the idea of being hit by a look that you can't forget," she said.

May 28th

County's Historical Society celebrates 50 years

May 28, 2014

The Elk County Historical Society will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a summer celebration to be held on Saturday, May 31.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation on the history of the society from its beginnings in 1964 at the first unofficial meeting at the Ridgway YMCA to its present-day locale along Center Street.
Mary Kalinowski, executive director of the Elk County Historical Society, will be presenting along with Fritz Lecker of state Representative Matt Gabler's office.

Connecting WIC to the workforce

May 28, 2014

In celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program in Pennsylvania, local officials in Ridgway on Wednesday highlighted their own initiative during a meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board.
"WIC is a critical component of who we are and what we do as a regional organization," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central.

Jack A. Mecca

May 28, 2014

Jack A. Mecca, 64, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2014 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Born April 28, 1950 in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Betty J. (Mecca) Duffee and Charles Mecca. Jack was a 1968 graduate of Ridgway Area High School and completed his education at the Pittsburgh Aeronautical School of Technology.

Twyla C. Johnson

May 28, 2014

Twyla C. Johnson, 86, of Willamson, N.Y. and Sewickley, died Monday, May 26, 2014.
She is survived by her children, Scott (Merribeth) Johnson, Lynn (Louis) Naugle, and Kent (Cindy) Johnson; her grandchildren, Brett, Zachary, Gregory, and Briel; her great-grandchildren, Blake and Brice; and loving nieces, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Johnson, and her beloved grandson, Nicholas Johnson.
No calling hours for Twyla C. Johnson will be held per her request. Burial will take place at Lake View Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

May 27th

RASD continues to work budget

May 28, 2014

On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien made a presentation to the board as well as several district residents entitled "Public Education, Battle of Money vs. Student Opportunities," in order to address some of the questions and comments that have been circulating concerning the district's budget making process.
Following O'Brien's presentation, district finance manager Brent Rhoads presented additional information on the updated proposed final budget which will be presented for a vote during the June board meeting.

Robin J. Weitzel

May 28, 2014

Robin J. Weitzel, 51, died on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Born on April 6, 1963 in Millington, Tenn., she was the daughter of Vera (Ray) Kohler of Bradford and Robert (Michaele) Yard of Seneca, S.C.
She was married to Jay Weitzel, he survives.
She had been employed as a computer specialist for Eyecare Professionals in Bradford. She had previously been employed at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. and at Cattaraugus County.

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