Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
On Monday morning, Liz and Rick Boni, founders of Ridgway's annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, gave a presentation on the history of the Rendezvous, from its humble beginnings in 1999 to the internationally-known event it has become in its 15th year.
"Right off the bat it was kind of an international flavor," said Liz Boni of the 1999 gathering.
ST. MARYS â€“ Area emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday for a structure fire at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.
Elk Company 1 (Crystal Fire Department) and St. Marys Ambulance were dispatched at 9:08 p.m. Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department) was called out 12 minutes later, and Elk Company 2 (Johnsonburg Fire Department) was dispatched at 9:42 p.m.
Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) was later sent out at 10:06 p.m.
The building was engulfed in flames and thick smoke had limited visibility upon arrival.
ST. MARYS â€“ An outpouring of love, gratitude and respect for the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County was evident on Sunday during a special community celebration honoring those who have served at St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the U.S. which is slated to close after 162 years of service.
A large crowd gathered at Queen of the World Church for a vespers service, program and social. The guests of honor included the remaining 17 sisters serving at the monastery, their family and friends along with sisters visiting from surrounding monasteries.
ST. MARYS â€“ A part of Sunday's Community Celebration honoring the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County is a detailed program featuring a listing of each of the 281 sisters who served at St. Joseph Monastery throughout its 162-year history.
Those attending the service will receive a small 15-page program complete with vespers service details, program information and listings of each sister who served in St. Marys, their date of birth and death if applicable, locations of where they transferred and additional monastery information.
Samantha Beaver Family Child Care, a child care facility run by Samantha Beaver, 27, of Ridgway, recently opened its doors in November of 2013. She operates the facility in conjunction with Darlene Beaver, who has over 35 years in childcare experience and is currently in the process of attaining an associates degree in child development.
Early on in his papacy, Pope Francis drew criticism with remarks that the Catholic Church had become obsessed with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that the Church had been guilty of putting dogma before love.
Recently, the Pope issued a survey to Catholics worldwide to get a â€śsense of the faithfulâ€ť concerning the Churchâ€™s teachings on family-related issues. The overall results in America remain to be seen, but bishops in Switzerland and Germany have said that the results suggest that most Catholics find the Churchâ€™s teachings surrounding sex to be outdated and unrealistic.
The Ridgway Township Board of Supervisors approved the plans for TREK Development's subdivision plan, which has been in the works for several months now.
The subdivision will be a 20-unit senior housing village located behind Ridgmont Personal Care Home, located along Montmorenci Road. The plan was originally approved by the township's zoning hearing board in December and has passed through several stages including approval from the Elk County Planning Department and Ridgway Township Planning Committee before reaching the hands of the township supervisors.
The Ridgway Area School Board of Directors on Tuesday night approved the renewal of superintendent Dr. Michael O'Brien's contract for an additional five years. The contract is set to expire in June of 2019.
The Elk County Courthouse is still on track to have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the door behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.
During their regular meeting held Monday evening, the Ridgway Borough Council approved the subdivision line for TREK Development's upcoming project along Montmorenci Road. The subdivision, located near Ridgmont, is set to be a 20-unit senior living village similar to the Laurelbrooke Landing facility located in Brookville.
Council approved the motion to subdivide the current property by a 6-to-1 vote.