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February 21st

County rebids recycling services

February 21, 2012

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.

Tynan's mastery of anatomy sets him apart in carving world

February 21, 2012

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.

Ash Wednesday ushers in Lenten season

February 21, 2012

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."

February 20th

Holbert offers advice on making faces during carving seminar

February 21, 2012

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.

Anderson appointed to fill City Council seat

February 20, 2012

Gary Anderson was elected to City Council on Monday evening following a Vacancy Board meeting held following the City Council meeting.
During the meeting each of the four candidates which submitted a letter of interest to Council had the opportunity to speak before the board, during which time they provided information about themselves, their education and employment backgrounds, community involvement and the reason they are interested in filling the position.

Request for mine spoil material approved at Jay Twp. meeting

February 20, 2012

A request by the Jay Township Board of Supervisors for permission to remove mine refuse materials from Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) property in Jay Township was one of the issues discussed at last Thursday's meeting of the board.
The request involves "two [mine] spoil piles" on WPC property located off of Pine Avenue in Force and the materials referenced include mine spoil and shale, as well as a nearby "red dog pile" to be used by the township in road improvement projects.

February 19th

Purple Heart recipients honored at St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail Banquet

February 19, 2012

The St. Marys Servicemen Burial Detail's 60th Anniversary Banquet Dinner at the Bavarian Hills Restaurant on Saturday night saw more than 95 attendees gathered for what Detail president and the evenings Master of Ceremonies Joe Rigard said is a means of thanking those in the community for supporting the organization.
"We want to thank our members and sponsors and anybody that helps us during the course of the year," Rigard said.

United Way reaches 83 percent of goal

February 19, 2012

The St. Marys Area United Way succeeded in raising 83 percent or $170,000 of it's 2012 campaign goal, however due to the unexpected loss of a significant corporate donation the organization is facing the challenge of providing adequate funding for it's 16 agencies.

ECC cheerleaders win competition for D9 teams

February 19, 2012

On Saturday morning a cheerleading competition for teams from schools within District 9 was held at Elk County Catholic High School, and for the fourth year in a row the squad from ECC came out on top.
"This is four years in a row," said ECC cheerleading coach Marlene Stubber. "Our seniors were really hoping to make a sweep of their four years, and we're glad that that was able to happen for them today."
Stubber noted that while the event was only for District 9 schools, it was not an official PIAA event and instead was sponsored by the Elk County Catholic High School Athletic Association.

Driver hurt as log truck hits, destroys house

February 19, 2012

Like a 40-ton missile, a fully-loaded log truck careened out-of-control Saturday morning and sliced into a wood-frame house on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area just south of Kane.
Miraculously, the truck driver and four people inside the house were not seriously injured.
The truck driver—Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kane—was taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.

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