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February 27th

Ceriani growing as top female speed carver

February 28, 2014

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.

McMurray continues to push the envelope at Rendezvous

February 28, 2014

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 dancers’ and lovers’ poses, but today she is carving a tree-shaped birdhouse that stands about six feet high.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, so we’ll see how it turns out,” she said with a laugh.

From residential construction to Rendezvous

February 28, 2014

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.

Prechtel argues court sentence

February 28, 2014

Sandra Prechtel, 51, of St. Marys pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in 2012 but is now arguing that her sentence is unconstitutional.
Prechtel filed a motion on Jan. 31 to set aside, vacate or correct her sentence under auspices of the Supreme Court decision in Alleyne v. United States, according to court documents. In this decision, the Supreme Court took discretionary power from judges in imposing sentences. The Court ruled last June that any element that would increase the penalty for a crime must be submitted to a jury for consideration.

Salvation Army offers rehabilitation options

February 28, 2014

Lieutenant Esther Wilson, a Corps Officer for the Western Pennsylvania Branch of the Salvation Army, has recently announced that the Ridgway-based center would be available to offer transportation to surrounding Salvation Army adult rehabilitation centers for area residents seeking treatment.
"We're all one army," she said.
However, according to Wilson, Ridgway's Salvation Army is making an attempt at "bridging the gap" between their facility and those that offer the necessary services for those seeking help.

February 26th

Officials react to Pa. budget proposal

February 27, 2014

Despite no budget increase, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 state budget of $29.4 billion would hike spending by nearly $1 billion.
The proposal provides additional funding for Pre-K-12 education, but restricts funds in a way that will make it hard to restore cuts made to the classroom in recent years.
The most significant line items are funding for education (35 percent), medical assistance and long-term living (22.8 percent), other welfare (16 percent) and corrections (7.5 percent).

Newcomer Hager enjoying Rendezvous experience

February 27, 2014

Michael Hager of Leo, Ind. is enjoying his second Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
Hager, whose carving station is located along Center Street behind the Elk County Prison, is a relative newcomer to the art form.
"I bought a book years ago, read it and thought I’d give this a try," he said. "It was probably four years ago and I’ve always been in the construction business."

Chimney fire in Wilcox

February 27, 2014

Elk Company 6 (Wilcox Fire Department) was dispatched at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to 128 Horner Rd. in Jones Township for a reported chimney fire. Firefighters set up a ladder alongside the house and cleared up the inside of the chimney.

February 25th

For Dow, it's go big or go home

February 26, 2014

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, and the chainsaw carving art form itself has evolved over the years.
Many of the carvers convening in downtown Ridgway were once humble beginners, creating mushrooms and bears from random logs. The mantra of late, however, seems to be "Go big or go home," as carvers continuously try to get better and better, and take on projects of seemingly epic proportions.
A prime example is Scott Dow, owner of Animalistic Chainsaw Carving Studio along U.S. Route 6 in Corry.

Dirt and gravel roads training approaching

February 26, 2014

During their regular meeting for the month of February, the Elk County Conservation District further discussed upcoming increases for the dirt and gravel roads portion of the state's recently-passed transportation bill.
The program has increased funding sevenfold with Pennsylvania municipalities set to receive $28 million in 2015 as opposed to the $4 million received in 2014.
The county received its allotted funding for fiscal year 2014 on Monday, with $25,000 in the pot for registered municipalities to use on dirt and gravel roads.

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