Archive - 2014 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ As a top female speed artist, chainsaw carver Dawna Ceriani of Brockport is quick to the saw as she is renowned for producing detailed and quality carvings in under 45 minutes.
Last year Ceriani brought in $7,000 in three days for her auction pieces during Block Bash in French Lick, Ind. The event was hosted by the Saw Dogs, a team of the world's top chainsaw carvers who are the feature of a behind the scenes television series. The previous year she placed third in the auction. In addition she also created a masterpiece carving.
RIDGWAY â€“ Rob Peterson of Louisville, Ky. is one of the many artists in town for this week's Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
Having worked in construction since 1974, Peterson developed an eye for design and form, according to his website, robpetersoncarving.com. Paying attention to intricate details has paid off in dividends for Peterson as his talents for wood carving have grown with time.
RIDGWAY â€“ Lieutenant Esther Wilson, a Corps Officer for the Western Pennsylvania Branch of the Salvation Army, has recently announced that the Ridgway-based center would be available to offer transportation to surrounding Salvation Army adult rehabilitation centers for area residents seeking treatment.
Several issues were touched on during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting. Among them were road repairs, drainage issues and the manager's report.
Councilman Greg Gebauer suggested City Manager Dave Greene contact someone to repair the intersection of Mill Street and South St. Marys Street. Despite the sewer line repairs completed in that area, that portion of the road remains in disrepair.
"It's very bad," Gebauer said.
RIDGWAY â€“ Despite no budget increase, Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2014-2015 state budget of $29.4 billion would hike spending by nearly $1 billion.
The proposal provides additional funding for Pre-K-12 education, but restricts funds in a way that will make it hard to restore cuts made to the classroom in recent years.
The most significant line items are funding for education (35 percent), medical assistance and long-term living (22.8 percent), other welfare (16 percent) and corrections (7.5 percent).
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Solid Waste Authority is currently gearing up for the Pick it Up PA campaign set to run from April 21 to May 6 this year.
The campaign is part of the Great American Cleanup which began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and has since seen nearly 5,000 special events and over 130,000 volunteers who have collected 6.2 million pounds of trash and recyclable materials.
Pick it Up PA events are sponsored through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association.
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."
Several members of St. Marys City Council have shown interest in potentially having a new study conducted regarding the city. The study would focus on various aspects related to finances, management and implementation.
Councilman Gary Anderson said he recently reviewed Bradford's report done by Delta Development Ground, Inc. under the Pa. Early Intervention Program (EIP) for analysis of its city's financial condition which he said provides a good base when reviewing wage, expenditures and more.
RIDGWAY â€“Â 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.