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Balanced RASD budget shows no tax increase

May 6, 2015

The preliminary 2015-2016 budget for the Ridgway Area School District is balanced, shows no tax increases and maintains current staffing levels, according to RASD Business Manager Donna Sidelinger.
Sidelinger made a budget presentation during Tuesday's RASD work session meeting, and the budget will go to a vote during next week's May 12 meeting.
For the 2015-2016 budget, Sidelinger said the overall spending plan will see a 2.4 percent increase over the 2014-2015 numbers.
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Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, May 6, 2015 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Officials still calling for 911 fee hike

May 6, 2015

With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania counties’ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.

Prison population begins to steady

May 6, 2015

After months of topping out at well over 70 inmates a day, officials at the Elk County Prison are finally seeing those figures taper off.
“The population has drastically stabilized,” said Elk County Prison Warden Greg Gebauer. “I think that’s due to the fact that a lot of inmates are being transported to the state penitentiary.”
As cases are being settled in county court, many are being sentenced to the state penitentiary due to crime severity and other factors.
The average daily population at the prison for January was 70; February was 73; March was 63; and April was 58.

Officials recognize National Visiting Nurse Association Week

May 6, 2015

The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday morning acknowledged local home healthcare agencies for National Visiting Nurse Association Week.
The week, falling on the second week of May, is recognized this year from May 3-8.
“In Elk County, we have a number of providers that care for patients who are homebound or need assistance in their home,” said Rebecca Nelson, President and CEO of Community Nurses, Inc.

RASD to support township's oil and gas regulations

May 6, 2015

In response to concerns that were brought before the Ridgway Area School District school board during its April meeting, RASD Superintendent Robert Rocco said Tuesday that the school district will draft a letter of support to the Ridgway Township supervisors supporting their efforts to regulate the oil and gas industry through revisions to the township's zoning ordinance.

Borough considering options for Ridgway's parks

May 5, 2015

The Ridgway Borough Council's planning, grants and recreation committee met Monday at 4 p.m. at the Ridgway Borough municipal building to discuss the status of the borough's various parks, including the much talked about skatepark.
Monday's committee meeting was the first meeting held by borough officials since they received official notice from YMCA officials that the lease between the borough and the YMCA that allowed the borough to house a skatepark on YMCA property had been terminated.

Family Day at Sandy Beach a success

May 4, 2015

A large crowd turned out Saturday at the Family Day event at Sandy Beach Recreational Park held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Plane strikes building after failed startup

May 4, 2015

ST. MARYS – A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.

National Day of Prayer set for Thursday

May 4, 2015

Area residents will pause to reflect Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. for the annual National Day of Prayer event at the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway.

Ridgway armory may become a community center

May 2, 2015

Citing a desire to fulfill community wishes for a kids' community center, FOTRA, LLC plans to turn the armory building in Ridgway into a community center and theater after the sale of the building is finalized with the state.
The owners of FOTRA (Friends of the Ridgway Armory), Dave Leske and Staci Johnson-Leske, spoke to The Ridgway Record on Friday about their decision to place a bid with the state and their goals for the future of the building.

Bureau of Forestry warns of fire danger as springtime emerges

May 2, 2015

It is spring fire season once again and the fire danger has been increasing and may become high or extreme as we move through spring, according to Bureau of Forestry officials at the Elk State Forest.
Officials advise residents to check the Smokey Bear fire danger rating signs throughout the area.
The sign was listed as "moderate" Friday afternoon in Ridgway Township.
The Bureau of Forestry would like to remind residents to be careful with fire. Whether residents are burning trash or yard debris, officials advise residents to take the time to think before lighting the fire.

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby
With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

Borough to start a junior councilman program

May 1, 2015

The Ridgway Borough Council and the Ridgway Area High School are working together to set up a junior councilman program that will allow an RHS student the opportunity to work with the Ridgway Borough Council.
The borough council discussed the program at its meeting earlier this month before unanimously approving the project to move forward.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman said that through the junior councilman program, an RHS student will have the opportunity to sit with the council at their meetings, to join in council discussions and to do research like the other council members.

Borough employee retiring after 56 years

May 1, 2015

After working for 56 years at the Ridgway Borough water plant, Dick Herzog is retiring from Ridgway Borough.
To celebrate Herzog's retirement after 56 years working for the borough, a retirement party was held by the borough for Herzog at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.
Ridgway Borough Manager Kim Zimmerman gave a brief presentation at the party about Herzog's time working with the borough.
"It's a great day for us to honor someone like Mr. Herzog," Zimmerman said.

Plans finalized for Family Day at Sandy Beach

April 30, 2015

Plans have been finalized for the Family Day event held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sandy Beach Recreational Park in Ridgway Township.
Organizers met Tuesday night to to finalize plans according to June Johnson, vice chair and secretary for the Ridgway Township Recreation Board.
The event will feature a wide variety of educational demonstrations including items from the fish commission. Members of the Elk County Conservation District will perform water testing and show how fish survive in the water, according to Johnson.

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