April 6th, 2012
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ During the regular April meeting of the Johnsonburg School Board, Brock Benson, High School Principal, discussed a proposal to change the current block scheduling to a traditional schedule.
â€śCurrently the students have a block schedule and classes every other day,â€ť Benson said. â€śThe good thing is there isnâ€™t a lot of transition time and it works good for labs and physical education.â€ť
On the contrary, Benson adds block scheduling isnâ€™t as beneficial for core classes.
Janice J. Casolo, 76, of 502 Dewey St., Ridgway, died, Wednesday, April 5, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Ridgway, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn Wilson Papa. She married Joseph M. Casolo, who predeceased her on Jan. 24, 2005.
Mrs. Casolo was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Ridgway Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and being with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She retired from Quality Components after 38 years of service.
A recommendation to extend the public walking at the Elementary School until May 31 was made by Superintendent Dennis Crotzer.
â€śPeople come up and walk at the elementary school which usually ends at the end of April,â€ť Crotzer said. â€śI have been approached to extend it until the end of May.â€ť
Shane Launer, board member suggested to extend the public walking not only till the end of May, but during the entire school year. After a board discussion, the motion was approved to extend the public walking at the elementary school for days that school is in session.
Dawn E. Baker, 49, of 106 Abbot Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, March 4, 2012 at her residence following an illness of the past several months.
She was born July 29, 1962 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Robert and Marion Stewert Hoffman.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1980. She was employed at MPP in St. Marys.
Eva M. Avery, age 99, formerly of 2678 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, April 4, 2012, at Hartland of Mentor in Mentor, Ohio.
She was born Jan. 29, 1913, in Bells Landing, Clearfield County, daughter of the late J.J. and Della (Hoover) Ferringer. She married Leonard C. Avery on June 28, 1938, he preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1981.
Noah R. DiNardo passed away suddenly at his residence in New Britain on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. He was 85.
Born in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late Ralph and Serafina (Marrone) DiNardo. Noah was the loving husband of Mary Louise (Dattoli) DiNardo for 52 years and dedicated father of Paul DiNardo (Teresa) of Hillsborough, Calif. and Stephen DiNardo (Laura) of Plumsteadville. Also surviving are his siblings, Dominic A. DiNardo and Almerinda DiNardo Ewing and his beloved grandchildren Christopher, Alexander, Michael, Kristen, Justin and Katherine DiNardo.
At the Tuesday meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said representatives from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the PA Recycling Markets Center will soon visit the county's community recycling center in regard to a pilot project to collect and recycle PET thermoform packaging. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a strong, food-safe plastic used to make many types of containers, including soft drink and water bottles.
Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved changes to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) documentation during a board meeting.
The changes are from contracts dating back to fiscal year 2009.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is currently living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), marking a 23 percent increase since the last report was issued in 2009. The findings were released March 29, just days before Autism Awareness Month, a national observance since the 1970s, began in April.