Rendezvous changes locale

The Ridgway Borough Council approved a request for the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to be held along Center Street during their regular meeting Monday night.If all goes to plan, Center Street will be blocked off from S. Broad to Mill Street. Court Street and South Broad Street from Main Street to South Street will also be blocked off to make room for the event.Liz Boni, co-owner of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the main organizer of the event made the request."As we all know PennDOT is saying no Main Street," Boni said. "So we came up with a plan B which would be Center Street."Initially the proposal was for South Broad Street to be closed to Center Street, but Boni proposed South Broad be closed off to South Street if more room is needed."As is we can do 135 carvers with 15 feet per carver," Boni said. "I'm asking permission, if needed to take the next block and that would suffice."Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Joe Gasbarre stressed the importance of making sure lanes are cleared in the event of an emergency."There needs to be access around the fire hydrants as long as they don't block the fire hydrants at all and they maintain some form of access up through there," Gasbarre said.Boni said everything can be torn down and moved before the fire department can get out of the building.Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.