September 27th, 2011
ST. MARYS - "Large or small, we want 'em all."
That's the theme of this year's 7th Annual Big Buck Contest, which promises to be better than ever with a new scoring system for bucks and a contest for readers of The Daily Press, The Ridgway Record and The Kane Republican every week.
Darlene Coder, publisher of the three newspapers, explained several changes to this year's contest that she said would benefit both hunters and readers.
BRADFORD â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams Golf Team placedÂ second in theÂ District 9 Championships at Pine Acres Country Club.
The team of Calvin Christoff, Cameron Grumley, Luke Shreffler, and J.P. Allegretto carded a teamÂ total of 336 to claim runner-up honors; defeating the Bradford Owls byÂ two strokes, but falling short of team champion Punxsutawney, who shot a 332. Only nine of theÂ 24Â schools competing in theÂ District Championships qualified for the team portion of the competition, including Ridgway and Elk County Catholic.Â
Ridgway girls soccer used a second-half goal for the difference in a 3-2 win over St. Marys Monday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.
â€śI knew coming in this was going to be a hard game,â€ť Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena said. â€śItâ€™s the third time weâ€™ve seen them. I told the girls itâ€™s going to be an 80-minute game. They (St. Marys) made some adjustments, theyâ€™re not a bad team at all, theyâ€™re a very good team. They played well. We just have to step up to that challenge and raise our level, play as a team and weâ€™ll come out winners.â€ť
The Elk County Conservation District held their regular meeting Monday night to discuss the progress of the Elk County Monitoring Project.
Watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine announced that data loggers have been deployed and have recorded two weeks worth of baseline data in the Big Mill Creek and Bear Creek watersheds.
Bonfardine plans to have all 12 data loggers in Elk County streams by October.
Project interns have built six housing units for the data loggers.
KANE â€“ Bolstered by its business link with the Hamot Medical Center in Erie and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Kane Community Hospital (KCH) now has a healthy â€śbottom line.â€ť
This is the â€śgood newsâ€ť message delivered Monday by KCH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gary Rhodes in his annual report to the community.
According to figures released by Rhodes, KCH ended its fiscal year June 30 with a net income of $1,353,181. This is a â€śturn-aroundâ€ť of $1.56 million from the previous fiscal year that showed a loss of $209,000.
PORT ALLEGANY â€“ With under one minute remaining in regulation and the seconds quickly ticking away in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoonâ€™s football game, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders faced fourth-and-goal at Port Alleganyâ€™s one-yard-line with the score tied at 19-all. Two possessions earlier the team had been in a similar scenario, driving all the way to the Gatorâ€™s three-yard-line before being shut down by Portâ€™s defense and turning the ball over on downs.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg soccer won 3-2 over Clearfield Saturday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
It was the Rams' first win of the season and a one-goal win for Johnsonburg after losing four straight one-goal decisions.
B. Patricia Stitt is the new Spanish and General Biology teacher at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School.
Stitt originated from Bogota, Colombia where she was a practicing veterinarian for 12 years, and an adjunct biology professor at the University in Bogota. It wasnâ€™t until 2004 that Stitt arrived in the United States and attended Clarion University for teaching.
Upon graduation, Stitt began teaching in the Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center.
The Borough of Ridgway will use money allotted from Community Development Block Grant Funds for the remainder of repairs to the 700-foot retaining wall along Front Street.
The Borough was allotted $95,871 for financial fiscal year 2011.
"We completed about a third of it last year," said borough manager Martin Schuller. "We pressure-washed, stained and treated it."
During Monday night's meeting council members approved to submit another application to the Department of Community & Economic Development to finish the last section of the wall.
Repairs to the wall will begin in the fall.
Ridgway football will enter AML South play on a 3-game winning streak after a 19-0 victory over Cameron County Friday night at Memorial Field.
"It's a great feeling, I'm so proud of my kids right now," Ridgway coach Mark Heindl said. "What a heck of a defensive game our guys played. Offensively, we moved the ball, we showed some things that we can do. We got to capitalize more in the red zone. We're happy, we're 3-1 going into AML South divisional play, tied for first place. Our kids are excited right now and they have every right to be."