August 19th, 2012
Many Ridgway residents have been taking notice and voicing their concerns over unsightly, light gray, silken webs in many of the trees within the borough.
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea [Drury], got off to an early start building its impressive silk tents on the ends of limbs and sometimes enclosing entire branches.
Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller says despite the recent surge residents need not be concerned for the health of the trees.
At the most recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, Compliance Assistance Specialist Mark F. Harmon of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationâ€™s (OSHA) Erie office gave a presentation on the organizationâ€™s role and recent activities.
"We regulate workplace safety," said Harmon of OSHA's chief role.
Compliance Assistance Specialist Mark F. Harmon of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationâ€™s (OSHA) Erie office recently explained the organization's jurisdiction and procedures to members of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
"OSHA is an agency within the Department of Labor. We have the responsibility, we cover workplace safety. The first thing that we would have to establish is that we have a company and we have an employee working for that company. Weâ€™re concerned about the employeeâ€™s safety," Harmon said.
ST. MARYS â€“ During Friday's Elk County Farm Bureau tour, numerous legislative issues were discussed ranging from state to national matters.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) emphasized the importance of organizations like the Farm Bureau, which provides subject matter experts in each industry, in order to keep legislators informed of different developments taking place.
Members of the Ridgway Elks Lodge No. 872 are organizing a steak fry event to benefit the Ridgway YMCA.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. For $15 apiece, each patron will receive one 12 oz. to 14 oz. Delmonico steak, baked potato, vegetable, salad, roll, and dessert. The food will be sold from 5-9 p.m. with the band King Thaddeus performing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
According to J.R. Geitner, general manager at the lodge, there will be a maximum of 200 tickets sold. They are available at the YMCA, the lodge, and the Welcome Center in Ridgway.
Following the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors' approval to place a referendum question on the ballot of the November general election opting to increase the earned income tax in order to eliminate the occupation assessment, many taxpayers are asking themselves which way to vote.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the board approved a referendum designed to repeal its existing occupation tax and replace the lost revenue by increasing the existing earned income tax by .4 percent.
ST. MARYS â€“ Members of the Crystal Fire Department were called out Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for a reported structure fire at 330 Charles St.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor fully involved in fire. Firefighters established a water supply and knocked the fire down. They spent a considerable amount of time working on hot spots.
There was heavy fire, heat and smoke damage to the first floor, moderate heat and smoke damage to the second floor and moderate smoke damage to the basement.
There were no injuries.
The cause of the fire was attributed to unattended cooking.
Marshall E. Wilson, 81, of 78 Springbrook Dr., Ridgway died Thursday morning at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness. He was born March 9, 1931 in Ridgway, son of the late Benton C. and Margaret B. (Evans) Wilson. He married Maude Helen Salberg on March 17, 1956, she preceded him in death on March 9, 2011.
Agnes Dickant Rafaloski, 88, of Pittsburgh, died Thursday morning, Aug. 16, 2012 in the trauma center at Allegheny General Hospital after battling traumatic injuries sustained in a car accident that occurred four weeks ago.
She is the daughter of the late John and Susan Dickant.
Robert M. Johnson, 85, of 258 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 15, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a short illness.
He was born April 6, 1927 in Kane, son of the late Irving and Florence Anderson Johnson.
On July 3, 1952 he married Iva Joanne Smith, and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2003. He resided in Wilcox all his life and attended Wilcox High School. He enlisted in the Navy and received his GED later in life.