February 26th, 2014
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.
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.
Theodore Lindenmuth, 76, of Ridgway, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Bigler Township, son of the late George W. and Catherine McDermott Lindenmuth.
His wife, Evelyn Edelfraud Schaffler Lindenmuth, who was originally from Augsburg, Germany, survives.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1969, and was a Vietnam era veteran. He was stationed abroad in Korea, Lebanon, and Germany, where he met his wife.
CLARION â€“Â Former St. Marys Area wrestling coach Wayne Fordoski was one of seven individuals inducted into the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday night, during a ceremony held prior to the AA and AAA finals at the District 4/9 Wrestling Championships at Clarion University.
Each year, the District 9 Chapter of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association (PWCA) recognizes inductees for their "outstanding achievements and contributions as wrestlers, coaches, and contributors to the sport of wrestling."
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.
Thomasina "Tommie" (Giffi) Hanlon-Werschek, 87, of Lincoln, Neb. formerly of Philadelphia, died at 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2014 in Lincoln.
Born Nov. 9, 1926 in Ridgway, to Carmen and Clotilda (Judice) Giffi.
She spent over 50 years as a dedicated registered nurse in Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard W. Hanlon; her second husband, Harry Raymond Werschek; two sisters, Mary Sue Grandinetti and Rosina (Rose) Olay; and three brothers, Frank Charles Giffi, Nickolas C. Giffi and Joseph James Giffi.