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March 5th, 2014

Pension cut off for former Highland supervisor

March 5, 2014

JAMES CITY – A state agency is cutting off monthly pension payments to former Highland Township Supervisor Charles Vaughn.
The pension of $332.92 per month for Vaughn has been paid by the Trustees Insurance and Retirement Services-- part of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

Dissent over proposed personnel policy

March 5, 2014

FOX TWP. – A proposal to save township money through increased monitoring of overtime generated strong disagreement among Fox Township supervisors at Wednesday night's meeting.

March 4th

Work approved for domestic relations office

March 4, 2014

Renovations to an existing office within the Elk County Courthouse will cost over $115,000, according to bids opened Tuesday morning.
The project will renovate the existing tax claims and tax assessment office currently located in the Elk County Courthouse along Main Street in downtown Ridgway. This office is the new home of the county’s domestic relations office, which will transition into the courthouse.

March 3rd

Dancers compete in Akron, Ohio

March 3, 2014

DDCC of April School of Dance recently took six soloists to the VIP Dance Competition in Akron, Ohio.

Rotary Frostbite Open nears

March 3, 2014

The Ridgway Rotary Club is gearing up for their Frostbite Open, a miniature golf fundraiser with proceeds going to Shelter Box, an international program that provides emergency supplies to disaster victims around the world.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 8, with the event beginning and ending at Aiello's Cafe, located along North Broad Street.
Four-person teams may preregister at any of the social clubs participating in the event, including the Moose, Elks, Eagles, of VFW.

March 2nd

Rendezvous closes with Saturday auction

March 3, 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.

February 28th

Single point of entry at courthouse starts Monday

March 1, 2014

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.

Memoriam piece a favorite at Rendezvous

March 1, 2014

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.

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.

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