February 27th, 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.
Virginia Busatto Westover, 88, died in Bluffton, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
She was born in Challenge on Nov. 1, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Arthur John Busatto and Angelina Ronca Busatto.
She is survived by one son, John S. Westover of Bluffton, SC; one daughter, Diana (Bernie) Seighman of Bluffton, SC; five grandchildren, John S. Westover II, James (Sabrina) Westover, Travis Westover, Christopher Westover and Gary (Jennifer) Seighman; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Evan.
She was predeceased by eight sisters and four brothers.
Kenneth E. (Duck) Gasbarre Sr., 57, of 155 Main St., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 10, 1956, son of the late Richard G. and Zelma L. (Gearhart) Gasbarre.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a 1974 graduate of the Ridgway High School.
He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, going to camp, and socializing with his friends. He had been employed by Elk County Heat Treaters for the last 22 years.
CLARION â€“ Once, twice, three times a finalist.
Ridgway advanced to the District 9 Class A boys championship game with a 49-46 overtime victory over Clarion-Limestone Wednesday night at Tippin Gym on the campus of Clarion University.
Ridgway will face Elk County Catholic Saturday night in the final game of the evening. An exact time has yet to be announced.
CLARION â€” The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team advanced to the District 9 Class A championship game by defeating the Johnsonburg Rams by a 66-47 score Wednesday night at Clarion University.
The Crusaders were able to take advantage of a poor shooting night by the Rams. Johnsonburg was 15 of 53 from the field for 28 percent while Elk Catholic was 20 of 38 for 61 percent. Elk Catholic was seven of 17 from behind the three-point arc while the Rams wee three of 29.
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).
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 Iâ€™d give this a try," he said. "It was probably four years ago and Iâ€™ve always been in the construction business."
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.
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.
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.