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February 16, 2013

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Larry Simon

James Link of New York created this great owl standing at about 21 in. tall, a howling wolf at just over three feet high, a disturbed eagle measuring nearly eight feet high and Betty Boop, which originally featured the iconic character in an ankle length dress. Link is just one of the many artists participating in the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous starting Saturday and continuing through next weekend.

ECCOTA debuts newly renovated gallery space

February 16, 2013

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Amy Cherry

Those attending recent grand-reopening events at the Elk County Council on the Arts' newly renovated gallery space, located on Main Street in Ridgway, were highly impressed with the renovations spearheaded by ECCOTA Executive Director Abbi Peters and variety of artworks displayed.

ECCOTA renovations unveiled

February 16, 2013

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Amy Cherry

Some of the mission of ECCOTA, "offering experiences in the arts, providing educational opportunity and advice and supporting performers, musicians, artists, artisans and writers," is featured on a ceiling area near the back of the ECCOTA gallery.

South students have lots of love to go around

February 14, 2013

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Photo submitted

Student council members at South St. Marys Street Elementary School wanted to share the love this Valentine's Day. SSMSES teacher Mr. Michael Anderson set the goal of making 1,000 Valentines to give to elderly residents in the community. The students put their hearts into this project, and Mr. Anderson, student council members and a few volunteers helped deliver the Valentines after school on Thursday.
Shown above are Mr. Anderson and members of the SSMSES Student Council.

Polar Sweet Express

February 12, 2013

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Amy Cherry

The Polar Sweet Express, a fun shopping event held at The Edgewood in St. Marys on Saturday to benefit Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse (CAPSEA) shelter, was packed from open to close as patrons sampled chocolate-dipped goodies, purchased a variety of items from area craftspeople and businesses, and bid on items in the silent auction. Shown above are Polar Sweet Express volunteers Mary Kay Wendel, Crystal Billie of CAPSEA and Paula Weyant, event coordinator, gather entries for the event's silent auction which took place Saturday at the Edgewood in St. Marys.

Polar Sweet Express rolls through town

February 12, 2013

Photo Credit
Amy Cherry

The Polar Sweet Express, a fun shopping event held at The Edgewood in St. Marys on Saturday to benefit Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse (CAPSEA) shelter, was packed from open to close as patrons sampled chocolate-dipped goodies, purchased a variety of items from area craftspeople and businesses, and bid on items in the silent auction. Shown above are Polar Sweet Express volunteers Mary Kay Wendel, Crystal Billie of CAPSEA and Paula Weyant, event coordinator, gather entries for the event's silent auction which took place Saturday at the Edgewood in St. Marys.

Artists unleashed at ECCOTA's annual gala

February 10, 2013

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Amy Cherry

Attendees watch the artistic process unfold during the Dueling Artists event at the Elk County Council on the Arts's annual gala fundraiser held Saturday evening at Aiello's in Ridgway. The artists were Dan Bjorkquist, Abbi Peters, Grover Slater and Peter Winklbauer, each utilizing different mediums in their creations. The unique format consisted of a 30-minute time period during which the artists completed their version of a still-life flower arrangement displayed nearby. Each piece was auctioned off, with Winklbauer's creation bringing in the highest bid.

Dueling pianos featured at ECCOTA gala

February 10, 2013

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Amy Cherry

Dueling piano musicians entertain guests at the annual Elk County Council on the Arts gala held Saturday. During the event the duo performed a wide variety of songs ranging from pop, 70s, rock and much more. The musicians interacted with the crowd by taking song requests and donning numerous costumes as part of their performance. Audience members were also called upon to participate in whimsical acts.

Polar Bear Plunge at Medix

January 23, 2013

Yes, yes they did-- this crazy crew took the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday afternoon by the Medix Hotel. A large crowd gathered to watch the brave, bold-- and cold-- group who enjoyed the balmy 32-degree weather.

Ugly Sweaters raise funds for United Way

January 23, 2013

Recently, the staff at Phoenix Physical Therapy held a fundraiser for the 2013 United Way campaign called "Ugly Sweater Day to Benefit the United Way." With her outrageous outfit, Katie Baumgratz won the event with the most money raised. Shown sporting their ugly sweaters, from left to right, are Katie Baumgratz; Chris Auman, PTA; Sherron McGowan, PT; and Kerry Hillebrand.

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