Archive - Feb 21, 2012 - News Article
County officials expressed their gratitude Tuesday morning to Mrs. Lucille Armagost-Grabofski, a Ridgway native who now resides in Erie.
She recently presented a painting to the county's commissioners depicting the Elk County Courthouse.
"She grew up in Ridgway and painted this in 2010 of our courthouse," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "It's an oil painting on canvas and she did it in memory of her father, Jay Gordan Armagost, he was a police officer here and he died in 1950.
With a two-year contract drawing to a close in less than two months, county officials are reviewing bids from companies for ongoing recycling collections.
"The county is going to be ending a 2-year contract with ECSR [Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling]," said Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator for Elk County. "They've been providing services for our yearly household hazardous waste collection as well as ongoing collections for oil-based paints, pesticides, fluorescent lamps and batteries. The contract expires in April and we're rebidding for another two years.
Although Ken Tynan of Butler makes a significant portion of his salary carving bears, his true passion lies in creating comic book and superheroes. For this year's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction, Tynan has stuck with what comes naturally to him and has created a massive roaring grizzly out of white pine, weighing in at 400 pounds.
The 52-year-old Butler native drew attention in past years at the Rendezvous with his big green Hulk sculpture.
Today marks the start of Lent, an annual period of sacrifice and reflection that lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, leading up to Easter.
Fr. Ross Miceli, campus minister at Elk County Catholic High School, explained that Sundays are not counted because "if you do the math, you end up with like 46 days before Easter, so you can't count Sundays."
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.