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February 21st, 2012

Painting complements courthouse

February 21, 2012

County officials expressed their gratitude Tuesday morning to Mrs. Lucille Armagost-Grabofski, a Ridgway native who now resides in Erie.
She recently presented a painting to the county's commissioners depicting the Elk County Courthouse.
"She grew up in Ridgway and painted this in 2010 of our courthouse," said Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg. "It's an oil painting on canvas and she did it in memory of her father, Jay Gordan Armagost, he was a police officer here and he died in 1950.

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."

St. Marys Area swimmers record wins over DuBois 

February 21, 2012

ST. MARYS - If there is a recipe for ending a regular season on the highest note possible, the St. Marys Area swim and dive team certainly found it. Mix one pool record, one school record, 13 talented seniors, 18 top times then add in two winning season records and you have the kind of night that makes months of hard work well worth the effort.

February 20th

Corinne D. "Cookie" Kuntz

February 21, 2012

Corinne D. "Cookie" Kuntz, 85, formerly of Elk Towers and 119 Maurus St., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at the Hacienda Rehab and Care Center in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

Donald L. "Slim" Cribbs

February 21, 2012

Donald L. "Slim" Cribbs, 77, of 1400 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at his home.
He was born February 13, 1935 in Fox Township, a son of the late Thomas Cribbs and Rachel Bilodeau Cribbs Reichard. On July 21, 1962 in St. Boniface Church, he married Donna Resch Cribbs, who survives.
Mr. Cribbs was educated in the Fox Township schools and was a member of the St. Boniface Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the REACT club. He enjoyed photography and 4-wheeler riding.

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.

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