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Overheated bathroom ceiling fan reported cause of St. Marys fire

April 20, 2015

ST. MARYS – A Virginia Road home in St. Marys was fully engulfed in flames early Sunday afternoon as area crews battled the blaze.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) was called out at 1:41 p.m. to 613 Virginia Rd. in St. Marys along with the St. Marys Ambulance and city police officers.
"141 reported smoke showing on arrival," said Crystal Fire Department spokesman Tom Bauer. "The fire had just burned through the roof at that time. We established a water supply and got the fire out… it pretty much burned the whole roof off with water and smoke damage inside."

Foradora running for Supreme Court seat

April 20, 2015

Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora, seeking one of three available seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, recently made a campaign stop in Ridgway and spoke with local philanthropist Denny Heindl on "Talk of the Town," broadcasted on WDDH-FM The Hound.

Elk County Historical Society hosts 51st annual dinner

April 20, 2015

The future of Decker’s Chapel was the main issue addressed at Saturday’s 51st annual dinner for the Elk County Historical Society, which was held at The Royal Inn in Ridgway.
Elk County Historical Society Executive Director Mary Kalinowski spoke briefly about the status of the Decker’s Chapel during the dinner.
According to Kalinowski, drainage issues at the chapel have caused the foundation to start to crumble, which has caused the historical society to close the chapel to make sure that no one goes inside to make the foundation any worse or to get hurt.

Damaged water valve found

April 18, 2015

Borough workers addressed a damaged water valve Friday afternoon in Ridgway.
The valve was located underground behind Holiday Financial Services nearly on the riverbank. Borough workers had to dig into the ground to access the valve and had to pump out the excess water with a sump pump.

Paying it forward with pillows for patients

April 18, 2015

ST. MARYS – Fifteen-year-old Justin Johnson is paying it forward by helping children through a traumatic experience via a friendly frog-shaped pillow.
The Elk County Catholic High School sophomore recently donated four frog pillows to Penn Highlands Elk's emergency department for staff to distribute them to children who are airlifted from the hospital.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers
the 100 most influential people in the world.

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RHS students warned about dating violence dangers

April 17, 2015

Students at the Ridgway Area High School were visited on Thursday by Gary Cuccia, an advocate for increased awareness for dating violence, who spoke about his daughter's murder that occurred eight years ago as a result of dating violence that went unnoticed by his daughter's friends and loved ones.
Cuccia, the executive director of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization, shared the story of his 16-year old daughter who was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend on Aug. 15, 2007, just one day after her 16th birthday.

Multiple units respond to brush fire in St. Marys

April 17, 2015

ST. MARYS – Multiple county fire companies were called out Thursday evening for a brush fire off West Creek Road in St. Marys.
Elk County Emergency Services listed the address at 255 Grunthaner Glen in St. Marys for what was initially reported as a large brush fire at 6:06 p.m.
According to Crystal Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Mike Kraus, a property owner was attempting to burn off the field.

'The Addams Family' musical comedy now playing at ECCHS

April 17, 2015

ST. MARYS – They're creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky and they're taking the stage at Elk County Catholic High School as part of the school's annual musical taking place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
"The Addams Family" musical is a humor filled show with characters many will recognize from the television show and movie.

Students working on Ridgway Little League complex

April 17, 2015

With the help of a $1,900 grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation of St. Marys, the Ridgway Little League complex is getting a facelift on the concession stand.

Pick up a copy of the Friday, April 17, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Borough: Agreement reached on police contract

April 16, 2015

By Richie Lecker
Staff Writer

According to Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman, the Ridgway Borough Council and the Ridgway Borough Police Department agreed on a contract Monday during a personnel and finance committee meeting.
This agreement, which is pending a final vote by council on Monday, April 20, ends negotiations that started in May 2014 to renew the contract for patrolmen in the Ridgway Borough Police Department.

Main Street cleanup this weekend

April 16, 2015

The annual Main Street community cleanup is planned for this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with a tentative end time of noon.
The group will meet at the gazebo.
"It started through the Main Street Program and more so the Heritage Council as well," said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki. "It identifies volunteer group efforts and organizes something fun, but it also gets the job done.
"It's been organized mostly to sweep away 'Old Man Winter'… get the cinders off the sidewalks, get the flowerbeds back together, fix the bricks at the base of the trees, and other things."

Borough: No official notice on skatepark

April 15, 2015

According to Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman, borough officials have received no official correspondence from the Ridgway YMCA regarding the lease between the Ridgway YMCA and the Ridgway Borough for the property currently occupied by the skate park.
Zimmerman made the statement to The Ridgway Record on Tuesday in response to rumors on Facebook that state that the YMCA board of directors have voted to end the lease and to give the Ridgway Borough 120 days to remove the skatepark from YMCA-owned property.

RASD board urged to support tougher drilling regulations

April 15, 2015

During Tuesday's Ridgway Area School District school board meeting, the board was urged by a Ridgway Borough resident to support the Ridgway Township's efforts to increase setbacks for oil and gas.
Bill Granche spoke during the board's public comment section about supporting the Ridgway Township supervisors' attempts to keep oil and gas wells 2,000 feet from schools.
The Ridgway Township supervisors are currently working through a curative amendment process to add the oil and gas industry to its zoning ordinance and map.

Healthy Kids Day upcoming at YMCA

April 15, 2015

The Ridgway YMCA will be hosting various Healthy Kids Day events this Friday at the North Broad Street facility.
The day is the YMCA's "national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids."
"The YMCA enjoys putting on this event as it gives the kids something to do on a Friday night," said Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti. "We open up the entire facility and welcome everyone to come in."