March 4th, 2012
The 13th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous recently came to a close.
The streets of Ridgway look empty without the surplus of carvers and visitors fulfilling the downtown. This year there were reportedly 195 carvers in attendance representing nine countries including England, Germany, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, the United States, Scotland and Romania.
The new location of the event raised many concerns in citizens and officials, but Liz Boni, coordinator of the Rendezvous, said it ended a success.
SHARON â€“ Ridgway wrestling has three wrestlers in the semifinals after the first day at the PIAA Northwest Regional Class AA championships which opened up Friday at Sharon High School.
Corey Bush (126), Kyle Caggiano (160) and Jake Himes are the three who will advance to the regional semifinals. One more win qualifies each of those three for the state tournament next weekend.
Representatives from Metaldyne attended Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting to discuss the installation of two fire hydrants and a sprinkler system at its facility along Rocky Road in Ridgway.
According to Metaldyne's Safety and Environmental Manger Bob Tami, the company's insurance provider will permit up to $1.8 million to spend on the project.
"Basically we need your [municipal authority] help as we start the project," Tami said "Our problem is we have to have it done by the end of this year. We need your help, at least, to make sure it goes well."
The students at Elk County Catholic High School always seem to be involved with something, whether collecting canned food for the Christian Food Bank or traveling to the Dominican Republic for a week-long mission trip.
Victor J. "Yitter" Zawatski, 93, of Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 1, 2012 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a short illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1918 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Vincent and Leokadja Walczak Zawatski.
He married Gertrude Ann Votano on Aug. 2, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.
The varsity Ridgway girls basketball team was honored with a banquet Thursday night at The Royal Inn.
Ridgwayâ€™s lone senior, Nicole Breier, was named as the teamâ€™s MVP, scholar-athlete and Offensive Player of the Year.
Friday, March 2 will feature March Madness in downtown Ridgway as part of the First Friday initiative established by the Main Street program. First Friday encourages retail shops in downtown to remain open longer on Friday evenings.
â€śWe are encouraging those who do not have extended hours to do so at least one time a month,â€ť Main Street Manager, Michelle Bogacki said. â€śWe hope to get a little bit of a night life in Ridgway.â€ť
While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isnâ€™t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.
ST. MARYS â€“ Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.
ST. MARYS â€“ Spring is almost here, which means area residents will once again begin the tedious task of spring cleaning. For those looking to dispose of old passenger vehicle tires, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority recently set the dates for their annual tire collections.
"We've already had calls about when we're going to do tire collections. Everybody wants to know," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling/solid waste coordinator.