March 2nd, 2014
The 15th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous ended in a strange way Saturday: under sunny skies and favorable temperatures.
Those staked out at the auction were shielded from the wind by the buildings along Court Street as Chuck Eckert, an auctioneer from Buffalo, N.Y., flew through the auction in just under four hours.
The Ridgway varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Friday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Varsity head coach Stacy Kifer said the team is improving and knows it wonâ€™t be an overnight fix.
The Ridgway junior varsity girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Tuesday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Junior varsity head coach Dina Fullem expressed appreciation to assistant coaches Billie Jo Amacher and Charlie Jaques as well as varsity head coach Stacy Kifer and Joe Kemick for his help. Fullem was most appreciative of the fans' support.
In yet another sign of the changing times, the Elk County Courthouse in downtown Ridgway will transition to a single point of entry starting Monday morning.
The only available entrance to the building will be the back door of the courthouse-- in front of the Elk County Prison-- as all other doors to the facility will be locked.
In revealing their 2014 budget proposal Nov. 25, 2013, which also featured a one-mill tax increase (the first since 2009), the commissioners reported that the Associated Office of Pennsylvania Courts [AOPC] recommended a single point of entry at the courthouse.
Of all the intricate pieces of artwork throughout the 15th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, one particular piece sitting on Court Street has stood out to many passersby throughout the week.
The carving masterpiece, created by Mark Bosworth of Massachusetts, features a young girl with angel's wings embracing the neck of a horse. It is a memoriam piece paying tribute the late Amanda Putney of Royalston, Mass., who died in a December 2012 car crash.
Perry D. Stahli, 69, of North Mill Street, Ridgway, formerly of Johnsonburg, died suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home.
He was born April 22, 1944 in Johnsonburg, the son of the late Michael and Garnet (Wolf) Stahli. A Lutheran by faith, he enjoyed playing bingo, and watching wrestling, the Pirates, and old westerns on television.
Rudolph J. "Rudy" Pretak, 88, of 621 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 16, 1925 in Wilcox, son of the late Stephen and Mary Bursuda Pretak.
He married Mae E. Maiers on Feb. 18, 1950 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2000.
He resided in Wilcox all his life, attended Wilcox High School, and was a member of St. Anne's Church and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.
As a top female speed artist, chainsaw carver Dawna Ceriani of Brockport is quick to the saw as she is renowned for producing detailed and quality carvings in under 45 minutes.
Last year Ceriani brought in $7,000 in three days for her auction pieces during Block Bash in French Lick, Ind. The event was hosted by the Saw Dogs, a team of the world's top chainsaw carvers who are the feature of a behind the scenes television series. The previous year she placed third in the auction. In addition she also created a masterpiece carving.
On a bitterly cold and windy day in Ridgway, Cindy McMurray pours some gas in her chainsaw and prepares to continue working on a wood sculpture that breaks new ground in her carving career.
She normally enjoys carving human figures in dancersâ€™ and loversâ€™ poses, but today she is carving a tree-shaped birdhouse that stands about six feet high.
â€śIâ€™ve never done anything like this before, so weâ€™ll see how it turns out,â€ť she said with a laugh.
Rob Peterson of Louisville, Ky. is one of the many artists in town for this week's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
Having worked in construction since 1974, Peterson developed an eye for design and form, according to his website, robpetersoncarving.com. Paying attention to intricate details has paid off in dividends for Peterson as his talents for wood carving have grown with time.