February 26th, 2014
Esther J. Huff, 95, of Weedville died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918 in Weedville, daughter of the late Saba and Marie (Pratti) Betta. In 1937, she married Virgil J. Huff, who preceded her in death in 1979.
Esther was a member of St. Joseph Church and lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She graduated from Weedville High School in the Class of 1937 and was a homemaker. Esther was well known for her unique style of intricately detailed egg decoration.
Justin M. Geist, 30, of 605 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home with his parents by his side.
He was born on Feb. 23, 1984 in DuBois, son of Penny (VanAlstine) and Dennis Geist, who survive.
James Edward Challingsworth Jr., 81, of Doctor's Lane, Penfield, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1932 in Penfield, son of the late James E. and Annise Maude (Evans) Challingsworth Sr. On June 15, 1968, he married Shirley L. (Johnson), who survives.
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."
Janice I. Rodgers Kalicky, 57 of Girard, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at her home of natural causes.
She was born on Oct. 21, 1956 in New Castle, a daughter of Donna J. Sickafuse Rodgers and the late J. Stewart Rodgers.
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.