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April 10th, 2012

Campaign for renovations

April 10, 2012

The Ridgway YMCA "Shape the Future" Capital Campaign is under way as officials are seeking $1.5 million in donations for a joint swimming pool and exercise room project.
"We chose 'Shape the Future' because we need to have a YMCA for our future," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "We need to move it forward and improve it so that it's here for generations to come.
"There are rules and regulations that come out every year that we must comply with, the newest involving handicap accessibility. That is going to be our main focus."

Testing requirements concern school district

April 10, 2012

State requirements for the Keystone Exams continue to 'bewilder' Ridgway Area School District Superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien.
O'Brien explained his confusion for the shifting requirements during Tuesday night's board of directors meeting.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. The exams are designed to assist school districts in guiding students toward meeting state standards.

Testicular cancer screenings for young men encouraged

April 10, 2012

Experts are urging more young men to get themselves screened for testicular cancer, as the disease is most often found in males between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. In addition, the disease is the most common form of cancer for white males between the ages of 20 to 34 years old.
The National Cancer Institute says most testicular cancers are found first by the patient, whether through self-examination or randomly.

Voters advance Pip to next round of 'The Voice'

April 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – The results from Monday night's live voting round of NBC's "The Voice" were announced during another live show on Tuesday. Votes were cast from 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday and the top three vote getters on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo were automatically advanced to the next round of the competition. The bottom three vote getters on each team had the opportunity to perform one last song, with their coach then selecting one to "save," while the other two were eliminated from the competition.

Task force takes a look at Marcellus drilling

April 10, 2012

Members of the Elk County Gas Task Force learned more about the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that recently took effect at their Tuesday meeting, including a brief overview of shale deposits in the state.
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Manager Craig Lobins discussed what a typical well site might look like and some history about drilling. According to Lobins, the first Marcellus well in Pennsylvania was drilled in 2004.

Elk County Women's Social looks to 'Spruce Up for Spring'

April 10, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Women's Social, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking to 'Spruce Up for Spring' for its 24th annual dinner, which includes tips by local experts on interior design, painting, decorating and much more.

Darrel R. Roof

April 10, 2012

Darrel R. Roof, 74, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 235 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 25, 1937, in Ridgway, the son of the late Floyd and Vara Rhines Roof.
Mr. Roof was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. He was active in the Special Olympics and the Boy Scouts of America.
He was the last of his immediate family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Engeman and Jean Orlosky; and by a nephew, James Engeman.

April 9th

Community Center pool closes indefinitely

April 9, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – The basement of the Johnsonburg Community Center at 600 Market St. in Johnsonburg will be closed indefinitely beginning Sunday, April 15 due to mold in the swimming pool and archery room of the building.
Council accepted quotes from Kimball Environmental for $3,500 to remove the mold in the swimming pool and $6,200 for the archery room during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.
Recreation Board president Ronald King said the basement can be reopened once construction is finished and the new dehumidifiers have been installed.

Results of live show to be announced tonight on 'The Voice'

April 9, 2012

St. Marys, Pa. – On last night's live show on NBC's "The Voice," Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, put on a rousing performance of The Killers' 'When You Were Young.' Voting opened immediately after the show, at 10 p.m. EST, and will continue through 10 a.m. today.
Pip and the five other remaining members of Adam Levine's team performed last night, and after the votes are tallied, the top three vote-getters will be saved while the remaining three will have one last chance to perform in hopes of being "saved" by Levine.

Dutch baseball downs Elkers 13-8 for first win of the season

April 9, 2012

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team picked up their first win of the season Monday when they handed the Ridgway Elkers a 13-8 loss at Berwind Park.

The Dutchmen held a slim 5-4 lead over the Elkers heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning. In that at bat, St. Marys scored eight runs on seven hits and two errors to take a 13-4 lead into the seventh inning. The Elkers were able to come up with four runs on three hits and two errors, making the final margin of victory for the Dutch 13-8.

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