Keystone Scholars Elk County

Category: Elk County News
Published: Friday, 18 May 2018
Elk County is pleased to have been selected by State Treasurer Joe Torsella as one of 6 counties to pilot the Keystone Scholars program.

Through this program, for each baby born to Elk County parents in 2018 and 2019, $100 will be deposited into a PA 529 Savings Account that can be used for post-secondary education.

Additional information on this program can be found on our Children & Youth Services web page.

Elk County's 175th Anniversary Celebration

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
On a cold April 18th, 2018; Elk County celebrated its 175th Anniversary as a County.  Commissioners Matt Quesenberry, Jan Kemmer, and Dan Freeburg spoke about the significance of this anniversary; the formation of the County which was carved out from neighboring Counties; and the history of the beautiful trees that surround our Courthouse campus.  The Tambine Future Farmers of America (FFA) from the Johnsonburg High School then planted a new Sugar Maple tree in the Courthouse lawn to commemorate the anniversary.  Everyone was invited into the Annex Building to celebrate with cake an coffee.  Here are a few photos including the program that was distributed during the ceremony.

Elk County's 175th Anniversary

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Today, April 11, the first of two trees on the Elk County Courthouse property was taken down.  During the past year an arborist was engaged to evaluate the health of all of the trees surrounding the Elk County Courthouse; Prison; and Annex buildings.  Several trees were identified as needing to be replaced.  The County Commissioners decided to replace 2 trees this year and 2 in the future; staggering the replacement so that trees are not all of the same age.  On April 18th, two new trees will be dedicated in honor of Elk County's 175th anniversary - one tree in front of the Courthouse and another in front of the Annex.

Recent Office Moves in the Annex Building

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

April Is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Category: Elk County News
Published: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This month and throughout the year, Elk County Children and Youth Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Elk County a better place for children and families.  By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Child abuse happens to children of all ages, in all types of family situations and across all socioeconomic statuses.  Children are abused physically, sexually and emotionally.  Child abuse occurs here in Elk County as well as across the state and nation.

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families. 

Everyone's participation is critical.  Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Throughout the month of April, you will see royal blue pinwheels placed throughout the county.  Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention.  By its very nature, pinwheels connote childlike notions and, in essence, serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all of our children.


If you suspect a child is being abused, call Childline at (800) 932-0313 or call Elk County Children and Youth Services at (814)776-1553.

It takes a village to raise a child.  That same village needs to protect these children.


For more information about Elk County Children and Youth, please refer to the Elk County website and click on Children and Youth.  You will also find valuable information about the agency, how to make a report, become a foster parent and parenting tips.


Elk County Courthouse
250 Main Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853

Elk County Courthouse Annex
300 Center Street
P.O. Box 448
Ridgway, PA 15853