April 21st, 2015
BYRNEDALE â€“ Area firefighters responded late Tuesday afternoon for a structure fire at a house in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department), Elk Company 5 (Jay Township Fire Department) and Bennetts Valley Ambulance were called out at 3:55 p.m. to 14 Kennedy St., Byrnedale for a reported structure fire.
Initial reports indicated there was a fire on the first floor with smoke coming from the windows.
Allegheny Coatings of Ridgway, also known as Diversified Coatings, is in the process of expanding its business.
At a meeting Tuesday morning, the county board of commissioners green-lighted a resolution to approve the issuance of two notes by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority in connection with the business's project.
Wayne Gerhold, a Pittsburgh-based attorney specializing in government approval work for various types of financing, including financing sponsored by the Elk County Industrial Development Authority, was on hand Tuesday to explain the requirements.
Forest service officers continue to raise awareness on the suppression of the emerald ash borer and wooly adelgid populations throughout the Allegheny National Forest.
The emerald ash borer, an exotic wood boring beetle native to Asia, attacks all species of North American ash trees. ANF officials anticipate a "near total loss" of ash trees across the ANF as there are no "effective landscape scale treatment options" for emerald ash borer.
County officials on Tuesday morning addressed repeated inquires regarding a recent hire made in the Veterans Affairs office.
Following the retirement of Jenny Richards, the former assistant in the county VA office, the board of commissioners and VA Director Leslie Neal reviewed well over 100 applications before hiring Lana Vendur.
Fred Peters, a volunteer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the county's Rides for Vets program, publicly questioned the hire of a non-veteran Tuesday morning toward the end of an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Ridgway boys golfer Josh Roselli will be playing on the links at the collegiate level.
Roselli signed a letter of intent to attend St. Bonaventure University to play menâ€™s golf starting next season.
The current Ridgway Area High School senior won the District 9 Class AA Individual Golf Championship in 2014 as he won a four-hole playoff at the Punxsutawney Country Club to earn the award. Roselli also helped the Elkers to a pair of District 9 Class AA team championships in 2013 and 2014.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg track and field swept Smethport in action Tuesday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
The Johnsonburg girls won 75-53 in the team meet and the boys won the team meet 99-50.
During Monday's Ridgway Borough Council meeting, council accepted the resignation of councilman Rich Parrish, named his replacement and approved a new contract for the Ridgway Borough Police Department.
The council first addressed Parrish's resignation, which was set to leave the council with one open seat on its seven-person council.
Parrish tendered his resignation to the borough at the end of March, and that resignation became effective April 1.
For Bud Dippold of Ridgway, the Clarion River has served as a virtual hotbed for wildlife photos over the years.
Dippold, a longtime wildlife photographer in his own right, recently captured photos of an immature male whistling swan. The animal, with the tag â€śM43â€ť around its neck, was originally tagged in Ontario, Canada.
Dippold was kayaking on the Clarion River and first saw the swan in the area of J.J. Kennedy, Inc. He tracked the swan down the river near the old railroad trestle off North Broad Street near the former Elliott Company.
The 34th Annual Ridgway Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 starting at 11 a.m. in front of the Elk County Courthouse on Main Street.
Registration for the event will take place from 8-10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn with the starting line on Main Street at 11 a.m. The order of the race is run, bike, canoe. The finish line will be on the Clarion River near the Portland Mills ball field.
The awards ceremony will be at approximately 4 p.m.
So far, there are at least 30 ironmen and women signed up for the event, and roughly eight two-person teams and five four-person teams.
From the moment a crime is committed through any court proceedings with possible jail time associated with the crime, numerous individuals within Elk County are tasked with respecting and defending victims' rights.
As Sunday marked the beginning of National Victims' Rights Awareness Week, some of the men and women responsible for protecting victims' rights in Elk County discussed their roles in the issue and the challenges they face in fulfilling that role.
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, April 21, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.