February 24th, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous had Jason Stoner of Fairfield present a seminar Tuesday at the American Legion along Main Street.
Jason Stoner began carving 10 years ago after receiving a chainsaw as a gift and seeing works done by Duane Bender. Firewood soon became artwork. Stoner began full-time carving four years ago.
KANE â€“ As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.
RIDGWAY â€“ Damian Tristan Annis, 24, of St. Marys was sentenced to nine to 24 months of incarceration and five years of probation after pleading guilty in several cases Monday at Elk County Court.
Annis pleaded guilty to three felony counts of burglary, one misdemeanor count of theft from a motor vehicle, one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night time and two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception
The St. Marys Area High School gymnastics team finished as the runner-up in the Bronze division at the Pa. Classic Gymnastics Championships over the weekend, ending up just over five points behind Chambersburg in the battle for the title. Chambersburg had a team score of 133.241, while St. Marys earned a 127.809. Placing third was Bellefonte with a score of 125.759 while DuBois Area was fourth with a score of 116.758.
Seven individuals were inducted into the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday night prior to the start of the finals of the District 9 Class AA and AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament at Clarion University, and among those individuals was current St. Marys Area assistant wrestling coach Doug Surra.
The St. Marys Sportsmen's 12th Annual "Size Doesn't Matter" Coyote Hunt was held this past weekend with 140 hunters signed up from around the state. The registered hunters ranged from Harrisburg to Erie to Pittsburgh, and two from New York State.
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.