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February 23rd, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Elk County Conservation District is considering creating an allowance for its staff members that would allow them to purchase work related clothing items that would be embroidered with the district's logo.
The district's board of directors held discussions about the potential allowance during the district's regular monthly meeting on Monday.
The idea was proposed by the Elk County Conservation District's manager, Steve Putt, as a way to help identify district workers out in the field.
RIDGWAY â€“ Aaron Booker started carving with a utility knife when he was just a young boy. His first big project was a bear roughly four feet tall that someone had asked if he could create.
He did not jump into using a chainsaw but rather explored his way, discovering he could cut a section here and another there using the chainsaw. Booker approached his painting and finishing techniques the same way. He would try something on an idea and discover if he liked the results.
Aaron Booker gave this 16th Rendezvous its second seminar demonstrating his painting technique.
A strong desire to help disadvantaged teens attend their school proms is what drives Laura Kuntz's efforts every year.
Kuntz has been working with community organizers in the impoverished area of Beatyville, Ky. for over 15 years where she also delivers toys and other needed "wish list" items to families during the holiday season as part of her Christmas in Kentucky program. This marks her seventh year organizing a prom gown collection.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Tim Klock has been attending the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous for 12 years. This year he started out teaching his son Elijah how to carve a wooden rose.
Klock pays attention to detail including the veins in the sepals (leaf-like structures directly under the flower) and the leaf if he puts one on that rose as well as an occasional thorn or two.
A new location, expanded hours and seminars are among the new changes and offerings this year at 2015 Business Expo sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and The River 98.9.
Saturday will mark the expo's first appearance at the Sacred Heart Parish Center located along Center Street. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., an additional two hours later than previous years.
"We moved the expo to the Sacred Heart Parish Center for its central location especially for the people who live downtown," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
The Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) hosted their annual gala fundraiser on Saturday evening at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway. This year's gala theme, "An Evening at the Moulin Rouge", featured live music by Dueling Pianos International as well as a live and silent auction, a dessert auction and cash drawings. The Dueling Artist portion of the evening featured three local artists including Pete Winklbauer, Ashley Denio and Dan Bjorkquist, who had one hour to complete a piece depicting a floral centerpiece on display at the event.
RIDGWAY â€“ Jenny Richards, VSO/assistant in Elk County's Veterans Affairs office, is retiring this Friday.
She has been on the job for five years for the county, and previously worked in the assessment office for four years.
"The best thing about this job is seeing how grateful the veterans are for every little thing we do," she said. "It's really impressive."
RIDGWAY â€“ In what Elk County Veterans Affairs Director Leslie Neal calls a "step in the right direction," the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has now included non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a presumptive illness for blue water veterans serving during the Vietnam War.
The VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a veteranâ€™s qualifying military service, called "presumptive diseases."
Those missing playful winter days are encouraged to attend Winterfest featuring such activities as ice skating and snowman building as well as treats including hot chocolate, cookies, hot dogs, drinks and s'mores around a fire.
Winterfest is taking place Sunday, March 1 at Kaulmont Park in St. Marys from 1-3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and is being hosted by the Elk County Volunteer Alliance.
In addition, the park offers complimentary ice skates to borrow as well as a warming area to change into skates.
Randy Wagner hails from Spillville, Iowa and started chainsaw carving for his love of art and the chainsaw. â€śItâ€™s quick gratificationâ€ť when you can create a sculpture in the relatively short period of time it takes to carve with the chainsaw. Busy during the warmer months in pest control and lawn care, Wagner is attending his first Rendezvous in hopes of picking up some tips and learning more advanced techniques in one of his winter time occupations which also includes ice fishing and trapping along the Mississippi