June 29th, 2011
ERIE â€“ A Kersey man has been sentenced to seven months in federal prison on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Richard "Rick" Alan Raspatello, 56, of 1418 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, who pleaded guilty to the charge, also has been ordered to make restitution in the amount of $86,953.14, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Erie.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Area School District recently approved a policy to establish guidelines limiting district employees' use of personal wireless devices.
â€śThis includes any wireless device of a personal nature that is brought into the workplace, largely cell phones,â€ť said superintendent Dr. Walter Fitch. â€śWe have to make sure work and the students' safety is not compromised as employees are on their cell phones while they should be watching students or doing their work which they are getting paid for.
Donald C. Smoot Jr., age 62, of Stump Creek, formerly of Ridgway for many years, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at his residence after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 29, 1948, in Philadelphia, son of Donald Sr. and Elizabeth (Herens) Smoot, deceased. He married Sandra (Thompson) Smoot, also of Stump Creek; she survives.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during Vietnam. He was formerly an orderly at Elk Regional Health Center in Ridgway and was Catholic by faith. He attended Bishop Newman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and enjoyed camping.
With tax revenue already budgeted and a bond issue, Elk County officials have been able to purchase the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to house the county's 911 Center with no new taxes.
"In the taxes that we bring in in our budgeted tax revenue, there is a small percentage for at least the last 20 years that has been levied for capital improvements," said Daniel R. Freeburg, one of three commissioners for Elk County.
As many people have read or seen in news reports, a northeastern Pennsylvania couple was arrested this month on charges of killing their unwanted newborn. While this is an extreme and rare situation, it is important for people to know that the state has a program in place to help people who are unwilling or unable to care for their child to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
The River Outreach Center held the final drama performance of Reality Outreach Ministries "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames" Tuesday night along Gillis Avenue in Ridgway.
"I have known of this program for 20 some years now," said pastor Bill Braley of Living Waters Christian Church. "I saw what a huge impact it had on people that attended. I have never seen an audience moved as much as I have in this production and that is the reason why we went all out to try and get them here.
"They are very busy. We had to book them way in advance."
David J. Hanlin, age 75, of Erie, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday June 21, 2011 at â€śEagles Nest,â€ť his acreage of timber and wetlands in Corry. He was pursuing his passion of habitat enhancement to aid wildlife.
The Ridgway Minor League All-Stars lost 12-6 to the Warren Americans Tuesday at the Ridgway Little League fields along Grant Road.
Warren used an 11-run first inning to take the lead, a lead the Americans would ultimately hang on to.
Ridgway, designated as the visiting team in the game, led 1-0 after the first inning as Matt Dush reached and later came around to score.
The Ridgway Area School District held a special board meeting Monday night to adopt the 2011-2012 General Fund Budget with total revenues and expenditures of $12,023,105 as presented at the May board meeting.
The budget was not approved at the regular school board meeting held June 14 when board members Lucy Bobby, Kathy Lampman and president Eugene Pierce voted in favor of the general fund budget and board member Bill Seely voted against it.
On Monday night, the motion was carried to adopt the budget on a 5-1 vote.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt announced during the group's meeting Monday evening that organization is teaming up with the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) to conduct an invasive and noxious weed survey on a limited number of area properties between now and the end of August. According to Putt, only 17 property surveys will be conducted.
"We have the ability to do up to 17 of these surveys and at this point we're open to do 17," Putt said.