Archive - 2012
Although Ken Tynan of Butler makes a significant portion of his salary carving bears, his true passion lies in creating comic book and superheroes. For this year's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction, Tynan has stuck with what comes naturally to him and has created a massive roaring grizzly out of white pine, weighing in at 400 pounds.
The 52-year-old Butler native drew attention in past years at the Rendezvous with his big green Hulk sculpture.
FOX TWP. â€“Â The Ridgway-based state police report responding to a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 along SR 948 at its intersection with Robin Road in Fox Township. According to police, a 2001 Chevrolet S10 operated by Clarence E. Bolles III, 44, of Kersey, was traveling north on Robin Road when Bolles failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Robin Road and SR 948 and traveled into the intersection. A 2004 Chevrolet Tailblazer operated by Tracy M. Robinson, 36, of Kersey, was traveling north on SR 948 and was unable to stop.
With a two-year contract drawing to a close in less than two months, county officials are reviewing bids from companies for ongoing recycling collections.
"The county is going to be ending a 2-year contract with ECSR [Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling]," said Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "They've been providing services for our yearly household hazardous waste collection as well as ongoing collections for oil-based paints, pesticides, fluorescent lamps and batteries. The contract expires in April and we're rebidding for another two years.
Today marks the start of Lent, an annual period of sacrifice and reflection that lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to Easter.
Fr. Ross Miceli, campus minister at Elk County Catholic High School, explained that Sundays are not counted because "if you do the math, you end up with like 46 days before Easter, so you can't count Sundays."
Newly-elected Ridgway Fire Department President Keith Mader and Assistant Fire Chief Joe Gasbarre attended Tuesday afternoon's Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors meeting seeking contributions for the purchase of a new fire truck.
Mader said after two years of planning the fire department is prepared to purchase a new fire truck for $476,000, which will be a combination of a rescue and pumper truck manufactured by Spartan Chassis, Inc.
County officials expressed their gratitude Tuesday morning to Mrs. Lucille Armagost-Grabofski, a Ridgway native who now resides in Erie.
She recently presented a painting to the county's commissioners depicting the Elk County Courthouse.
"She grew up in Ridgway and painted this in 2010 of our courthouse," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "It's an oil painting on canvas and she did it in memory of her father, Jay Gordan Armagost, he was a police officer here and he died in 1950.
Leo Tamburlin, 93, of Rt. 219, Brockport, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at his residence.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Leo Tamburlin will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at St. Tobias Church in Brockway.
Calling hours will be on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. Â
Complete obituary information will appear in Thursday's paper.
The Ridgway Borough Council discussed the possible impact fee grants in the near future and the status of a local downtown restaurant Monday night during their month meeting.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki presented her monthly report which included the status of the Ling Ling Chinese Restaurant in downtown Ridgway, a subject that councilman Ralph Dussia brought up.
â€śThe Chinese restaurant is making progress,â€ť Bogacki said. â€śThere have been some inspection code issues.â€ť
Mayor Guillermo Udarbe elaborated on the issue.
Each year organizers of the Ridgway Chainsaw Rendezvous offer morning seminars to both carvers and anyone interested in attending and learning more about the intricacies of the industry.
Seminar speakers offer a vast array of advice, tips and tricks. Many also welcome comments from fellow carvers as to what their experience has been regarding the specific topic at hand.
The first seminar on Monday featured Brad Bemis of North Brookfield, Mass., who spoke on "All About Wood," followed by Pat Holbert of Dalton, Ohio, who demonstrated how to make human faces.
ST. MARYS â€“ Saturday's AML championship between two of the top three seeds in the upcoming District 9 playoffs lived up to the billing, coming down to the last shot.
At the end, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming district playoffs had the AML championship and a third win over a county rival this season.
Ridgway (23-1) won the AML boys championship, 49-46 in overtime over Johnsonburg Saturday night at St. Marys Area High School, the Elkers' third win over the Rams in four tries this season.