April 13th, 2014
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Public Library recently dedicated a new genealogy room in memory of Richard and Gwendolyn Smith.
Community representatives along with family members of Richard and Gwendolyn gathered at the library to celebrate the grand opening of the genealogy room, which also features a portrait of the Smiths painted by Lynda Pontzer. The portrait was donated to the library by the Cummings and Zappia families, both relatives of the Smiths.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors recently voted to increase pay rates for substitute teachers from $80 per day to $100 per day. The resolution, suggested by superintendent Dennis Crotzer was approved unanimously by the board. The resolution was created due to the fact that Johnsonburg, along with the other districts across Elk County, have been struggling to find substitutes during the 2013-14 school year.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Single runs in the fifth and sixth inning broke a 2-2 deadlock as Redbank Valley defeated Johnsonburg 4-2 in softball action Thursday afternoon at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
Redbank Valley (2-2) was the Class AA runner-up last season.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg baseball is the defending state champion in Class A baseball as recognized by the PIAA, at least on paper.
That's the only comparison, Johnsonburg head coach Jeff Peterson wants to make about last year's team and this year's team, comprised of only four starters back.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Thursday evening, Todd Fannin, who has consistently voiced his displeasure with Common Core State Standards, asked the Johnsonburg Area School Board of Directors to consider the implications of participating in the program and presented a written statement reflecting his views.
Ridgway baseball will feature a majority of younger players as the team enters the 2014 season.
Ridgway lost its season opener to ECC 5-3.
The Elkers finished last season 10-8 and advanced past A-C Valley in the first round of the District 9 playoffs with a 3-0 victory. It was the first playoff win for Ridgway since the 2009 season. Ridgway then lost to ECC in the second round of the playoffs by a 6-3 score.
ST. MARYS â€“ The third annual Race for Education, a fundraising event under the direction of the Elk County Catholic School System PTO, is currently underway. This year's goal is $30,000 and the endeavor will conclude with an hour-long walk for students and supporters on Friday, May 9. All of the funds raised this year will be put toward educational programs and the purchase of classroom resources.
In addition to being a fundraiser, the project has also proved to be a learning experience for students at all levels of the school system, according to ECCHS Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The first year of a cooperative sports agreement between Johnsonburg and Ridgway for softball has thus far proven fruitful with a handful of wins to start the season.
Martha Jane Livingston, 94, of Palm Coast, Fla., died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Flagler Pines Nursing Home, Bunnell, Fla.
Mrs. Livingston, a resident of Palm Coast since 2008 coming from Leigh Acres, Fla., was born in Ridgway on Dec. 18, 1919, a daughter of the late Daniel Irving and Anna Zwald Law.
She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed caring for her husband and family. She loved to cook, bake, sew and read.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The numbers keep growing for Johnsonburg track and field and so does the success.
Johnsonburg heads into the 2014 season off a season which saw the teams improve.
Johnsonburg varsity head coach Rene Wenner said around 50 are out for the varsity squads with near 40 on the junior high teams. Wenner said she has been pleased with the consistently growing numbers.