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February 23rd

Carvers working diligently on auction pieces

February 23, 2012

In preparation for the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction taking place beginning at noon on Saturday, carvers were working steadily on Thursday afternoon to complete their wooden works of art. Pieces must be completed by noon today.
Debbie Tremko of Arlington, Wash., created a large welcome sign being held by three dogs, a black, chocolate and yellow Lab. She entitled her piece "Saw Dogs." In addition, Tremko created a black dog sculpture with a welcome sign hanging from its neck which she plans to gift to a local Ridgway bar.

Website provides information on crime data 

February 23, 2012

Viewing crime statistics online has been made easier with the recent launch of a free, public website by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that acts as a clearinghouse for crime-related information from throughout the Commonwealth.
“The launch of this website demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making the work of our justice system transparent and accessible to all Pennsylvanians,” said PCCD Chair Mark Zimmer in a press release. “We recognize that to better manage our limited resources, we must first measure them. PACrimeStats.Info helps us to do just that.”

Federal budget affects North Central

February 23, 2012

Several key provisions of President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget could have adverse effects at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Obama reportedly recommends what North Central executive director Eric Bridges calls "roughly stable funding" for the Workforce Investment Act [WIA] core formula accounts for adult, youth and dislocated workers' programs.

Put some variety into meatless Lenten meals

February 23, 2012

The Lenten season means meatless dinners for many people on Fridays; 
some abstain from meat throughout Lent. For families with picky eaters 
or those who just don't care for seafood, there are some tasty 
alternatives to pizza, grilled cheese and tomato soup or spaghetti. 
"Breakfast for supper is great," said Charlene Snelick, dietic 
technician registrar with Community Nurses, Inc. "You can do a 
multitude of different omelets with as many veggies as you want; 
cheese, which would be your protein, or you can do cheese-less.

February 22nd

Krug family benefit set for Saturday

February 23, 2012

Family and friends of St. Marys native Tom Krug have worked tenaciously to organize a fundraiser being held on Saturday evening at The Edgewood to assist the family in paying their medical bills as they continue to recover from injuries they sustained in a multi-vehicle pileup crash on Interstate 80.
The benefit dance will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at The Edgewood, located at 717 S. St. Marys St. behind the Subway restaurant. Ticket costs, available for singles or couples, include the cost of food, adult beverages and entertainment. Attendees must be 21 years of age.

Local priests speak out on Obama's contraceptive plan

February 23, 2012

At the recent Deanery meeting held at the priory in St. Marys, pastors and priests of Elk County parishes gathered to discuss issues of relevance to the Catholic Church, with the prevalent topic being that of a recent mandate by the Obama administration that requires employers, including religious institutions, to provide contraceptives for employees under healthcare plans.

City changing drilling ordinance to comply with state law

February 23, 2012

Members of St. Marys City Council were informed a new state regulation could supersede an oil and gas ordinance the city has been working on for over a year.
Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer approached the council during Monday evening's meeting looking for direction in determining if the city's new ordinance is going to be in compliance with the state regulations. If changes are to be made, Pfeufer must instruct the city's planning commission to make the necessary revisions.

North Central looks at budget proposal

February 23, 2012

Reacting to Governor Tom Corbett's initial budget proposal released Feb. 7, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] said they find the spending plan to be challenging.
"The state budget is definitely a tough budget with a lot of things that, if they play out the way they are in the proposal, will present challenges to a lot of people," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "It is a budget proposal and given that it is an election year, there will be a lot of legislative wrangling.

Wood carvers discuss artistic process, technique

February 23, 2012

In a seminar at the American Legion building on Main Street in Ridgway Wednesday, two artisans participating in the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carver Rendezvous, Roger Day of England and Bob King of Seattle, Wash., spoke about the processes involved in wood carving, as well as the technique and new technology geared toward the medium of wood.
Bob King, in his seventh year at Rendezvous, delved into the topic of spatial perception which he described as "something we all have in common, how we perceive objects in the world and their relation to us in space."

February 21st

Painting complements courthouse

February 21, 2012

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.

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