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Landfill cleanup could cost borough $118K

December 19, 2014

The cleanup of the former Ridgway borough municipal landfill site located along Jakes Hollow Road in Ridgway Township could cost the Ridgway Borough or Ridgway Borough Municipal Authority over $118,000.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection removed contaminants from the site in October, but it has not been determined who will be held responsible for the costs associated with the cleanup.
The total cost for the cleanup for the project sits at $118,399.46, according to Ridgway Borough Municipal Authority secretary/treasurer and Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman.

Career education initiatives highlighted

December 17, 2014

Education was a major point of discussion during Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the executive board of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.
This month’s education discussion focused around the entrepreneurial programs that are being started within the region’s high schools, as well as the rural college initiative that is being worked on to bring a post-secondary institution into the area.

Dilley waived for court on arson charges

December 17, 2014

JOHNSONBURG – Jon Frederick Dilley, 54, of Ridgway, waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge George A. "Tony" King Wednesday morning and is scheduled to be arraigned at county court on Jan. 5.
Dilley faces felony charges of arson and risking catastrophe and lesser related offenses stemming from an incident involving a large brush fire on Sept. 21 and the burning of a neighbor's couch.

3 jailed in storage shed burglaries

December 17, 2014

ST. MARYS – Three St. Marys residents have been arrested and charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, burglary and criminal trespass after police found property in a vehicle that was allegedly removed from a storage shed along Bucktail Road.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, police were on patrol in the area of Sheetz on Sept. 24 when they encountered Tracy Ann Robinson, 32, Lloyd E. Rairdan, 34, and Christopher McMillen, 23, who had an active arrest warrant.

St. Marys man charged in credit card fraud

December 17, 2014

A St. Marys man faces the felony charge of access device fraud and related offenses for the alleged theft of his mother-in-law's credit card.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

New recycling center could be on horizon

December 16, 2014

The Solid Waste Authority has received county approval for the purchase of land at the corner of Ceramic and Stackpole streets in St. Marys for the building of a new recycling center.
"We're out of room at our current location," said Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "The building is old and has served its purpose. We couldn't have done this with any other organization because we were able to get the property at a very cheap rental fee.

Shorthanded Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for matches

December 16, 2014

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Elk County is currently in dire straits as 19 youngsters are waiting for a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister match.
"If we don't find matches for those kids, that's a big opportunity missed," said Cinde Schuckers, a program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Recruitment definitely is one of our areas for concern and we are always looking for new ways to recruit and the avenues to reach out to."
The county currently has 18 volunteer "Bigs" matched with a "Little," but 19 area youth are still waiting.

Borough manager contract approved

December 16, 2014

Ridgway Borough manager Kim Zimmerman has received a new contract from the Ridgway Borough following a 5-2 vote made by the Ridgway Borough Council.
Zimmerman was in need of a new contract if he was to continue as the borough’s manager, following the expiration of his previous contract Oct. 15.
Although it had expired and he had not been offered a new contract, Zimmerman had been working under the terms of his expired contract from Oct. 15 until the council approved a new contract Monday.

Supervisors moving forward with zoning

December 16, 2014

Looking into the future, the Ridgway Township Supervisors are working on updating the township's zoning map and zoning ordinances, specifically an ordinance that addresses the oil and gas industry.
The oil and gas industry presence has been increasing in the region as of late, and because of that, the Ridgway Township Supervisors have begun working on an oil and gas ordinance in an attempt to protect citizens from the oil and gas companies.

VIDEO: NHL star Crosby diagnosed with mumps

December 16, 2014

VIDEO: NHL star Crosby diagnosed with mumps
Crosby is the latest NHL player to be diagnosed with mumps.

Future of Main Street program discussed

December 16, 2014

During Monday's Ridgway Borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki discussed the future of the Main Street Program, which is facing an uncertain future.
Bogacki asked the council for financial support, asking for enough money to make the Main Street program sustainable for the next five years.
Bogacki is attempting to get Ridgway identified as a Designated Keystone Community through the Department of Community and Economic Development which would open Ridgway up to participate within several state programs.

Kersey couple charged with dealing bath salts

December 16, 2014

KERSEY – A Kersey couple became the latest in a growing line of arrests made by the North Central Municipal Drug Force.
Michael Todd Bizzak, 44, and Cynthia Marie Bizzak, 49, of 491 Main St., Kersey, were taken into custody on Dec. 9 when a search warrant was served on their home. Items seized included approximately $3,000 in cash, over 138 grams of suspected alpha-PVP (the drug commonly known as bath salts), numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, packing materials and electronic devices typically used to order bath salts. The amount of bath salts carries a street value of over $27,000.

Candle vigil remembers lost children

December 15, 2014

"The biggest fear we have is that we won't be remembered."
Leslie Neal spoke those words during Sunday's candle lighting ceremony that she helped organize in an attempt to make sure that the area's deceased children will not be forgotten.
Last year, Neal, who lost her 16-year-old son in 2011, started a local candle lighting ceremony in Ridgway along with Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer to remember the area's children who died at a young age, much like her son.
"It's a way of honoring him and remembering him," Neal said while talking about the importance the event had for her personally.

Surra to head Fish and Game review team

December 13, 2014

It was recently announced that Governor-Elect Tom Wolf selected a variety of individuals from across the state to head transition review teams that will be tasked with examining various agencies, policies, and issues in an effort to aid him in starting off his first term as governor as effectively as possible. Among those individuals was Kersey resident Dan Surra, who will head the Fish and Game review team.

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