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February 20th, 2012
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.
KANE â€“ Like a 40-ton missile, a fully-loaded log truck careened out-of-control Saturday morning and sliced into a wood-frame house on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area just south of Kane.
Miraculously, the truck driver and four people inside the house were not seriously injured.
The truck driverâ€”Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kaneâ€”was taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.
KANE â€“ Bruce Peterson no longer has a house.
It was suddenly taken away Saturday when it was struck and destroyed by an out-of-control fully-loaded log truck.
Despite losing his home of 25 years, Peterson is grateful.
The impact miraculously spared his life and the lives of three other family members who were inside the house at the time of the spectacular crash on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area of Wetmore Township just south of Kane.
"It's bigger than a miracle," Peterson said Sunday with tears in his eyes. "Somehow, we all made it out alive. God was with us."
JAY TWP. â€“Â The Ridgway-based state police reported on Saturday evening that they are currently involved with the investigation of a death that took place in Jay Township between 2 and 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. According to police, Gary G. Farcus Jr., 20, of DuBois was located in the front yard of a residence along the north side of SR 555, approximately 3/10 of a mile east of Apple Street in Jay Township. Assisting at the scene were the Bennetts Valley Ambulance, St. Marys Ambulance, and the Elk County Coroner's office.
The 13th installment of the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous starts today and event organizers couldn't be happier with their plans for the week.
In addition to carvers doing their thing on South Broad Street to Center Street, then Center Street down to Mill Street, and Court Street as well, they also will be performing at other locations.
Pennsylvania residents who want to support breast cancer research and programs can do so simply by checking off a box on their state tax return.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition's "Refunds for Research" campaign allows residents to donate part or all of their state refund by checking "yes" on line 35 of their PA 40 tax form. Kevin Smith, communications director for the nonprofit coalition, said for most people, directing their refund to the coalition on their tax return is an easy way of charitable giving.
The Ridgway YMCA will again rely on donations for this year's "Sustaining Campaign" in an effort to continue to provide various programs and sustain the popular North Broad Street location in downtown Ridgway.
"Our small town YMCA offers as many programs as larger YMCAs at the fraction of the cost and we are able to do this with the help of this campaign," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Our YMCA is a unique little YMCA-- we take pride in being able to offer something for everyone."
At the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway on Thursday, Jonathan Joseph Bilodeau, 20, of St. Marys, was sentenced for the offense of sexual abuse of children, a felony of the third degree.
Bilodeau pleaded guilty in August to the charge, which stems from a July 22, 2010 incident in which Bilodeau distributed child pornography to a Pennsylvania State Trooper via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program on his laptop computer. The file contained a one-minute, 31-second video of a child under the age of 18 years old engaging in a sexual act.
ST. MARYS â€“ Some people really are out for your blood - but that's not always a bad thing. Just ask Wendy McCoy, a phlebotomist at Elk Regional Health Center since June 2011.
McCoy, a 1986 graduate of Ridgway Area High School, moved back to the area from Kitanning about two years ago and works part-time at ERHC.
Phlebotomists draw blood from a patient's veins to collect samples for testing. McCoy said "phlebotomist" comes from the Greek word "phlebos," which means "vein."
"It basically means specializing in veins," McCoy said.
A Kane woman faces 84 felony charges linked with the alleged theft of funds from the Kane Day School at the Tabor Lutheran Church.
Ashley Nicole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, allegedly took $13,377.31 in funds while serving as the treasurer of the pre-school program.
She has been arraigned before Kane District Judge Dave Engman, who set bail at $10,000 (unsecured).
Wilson is scheduled to appear today in Central Court at the courthouse in Smethport to either waive a preliminary hearing or request a hearing before Engman.