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May 25th, 2011
A group of Make-A-Wish supporters headed up by St. Marys residents Nancy O'Vell and Leah Leuschel is planning to hold their first annual canoe dice run on Saturday, June 11. The event is slated to begin at Lazy River Canoe Rental along Main Street in Ridgway and will end in Portland Mills.
Registration will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the last dice rolls will take place at 5 p.m. sharp. There is a small registration fee.
O'Vell explained that the idea to hold a canoe dice run "came out of the blue" when she and her husband, Roger, attended a recent canoe race in Emporium.
Nature Abounds will be assisting the Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] in an effort to monitor the water quality of the streams for the Elk County Monitoring Project.
Nature Abounds is a nonprofit organization located in Clearfield that serves as a center for people to connect with like-minded individuals interested in protecting the environment and taking action toward creating a healthier environment.
The Ridgway Area School District held a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon to accept the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Tom Butler.
The board voted unanimously in favor of accepting Butler's resignation after discussing the matter in a 45-minute executive session.
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC), set to begin its $10.3 million renovation and expansion in the next month, has pursued several avenues of funding for the project.
The Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) program was recently implemented at Silver Creek Terrace in St. Marys. Through the program, eight residents of the facility participated in 10 hours of training conducted two hours at a time over the course of five weeks. A graduation ceremony for these individuals was held in March.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney provided numerous program and maintenance updates, as well as congratulatory comments, during this month's school board meeting.
A concert was held recently at the high school, with proceeds benefitting the Chris Forster Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students raised $800 for the fund. Kearney said she appreciated the work of Zak Brenniman, Evan Gerg and Ben Schneider for their musical entertainment at the event.
RIDGWAY - The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) held a Refresh Rally to gather support from the community for the chance to win $25,000 on Thursday. Pepsi is funding the most voted-for ideas on their Refresh website by ranking each idea by its number of votes; the idea with the most votes receives the check. Beginning at 9 a.m., ECCOTA gathered the willing fingers of passersby and encouraged them to vote for their idea via the internet at (http://www.refresheverything.com/eccotaridgway, or by texting 105979 to 73774.
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the renovation and expansion project at Elk Regional Health Center.
ST. MARYS - The long-awaited expansion and renovation of Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) has begun, with bids recently opened and construction slated for early summer.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Additional charges that had been filed against Ridgway resident and Ridgway Borough Police Officer Shawn Geci for unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife have been withdrawn, and Geci also dropped an appeal of charges that were originally handed down following a conviction on Jan. 20 of operating a motorized ATV on lands leased by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and use of unlawful devices and methods to hunt wildlife.
The Elk County Conservation District will be teaming up with the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited to expand the monitoring area for the Elk County Monitoring Project as long as a stipulation proposed by chairman Russ Braun is fulfilled.
"I would like something from that organization [Iron Furnace Chapter] asking us to do this and a letter of committment from them stating that they will do what they say they are going to do," Braun said. "Trust is a good thing but with $150,000, trust can only go so far."