January 21st, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“Â The candles are lit for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to celebrate its sweet 16th birthday.
A small backyard gathering has since evolved into a large community event with roughly 200 carvers attending every year along with thousands of attendees perusing the extraordinary artwork created in downtown Ridgway.
RIDGWAY â€“Â The Ridgway Elks Lodge #872 is set to host its 44th annual Cerebral Palsy Ball Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Royal Inn in Ridgway in support of Pennsylvania's Elks Home Care Program.
The Elks Home Care Program is designed to offer free help to families of children that suffer from any developmental disabilities.
The Elks Home Care Program started in 1963 with a single unit in Westmoreland County, but since then it has grown to cover the entire state with a staff of 24 registered nurses.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Without a major influx in revenue, the Johnsonburg Area School District's general fund may run out within a matter of a few years.
"I'd say we are three years from this thing being belly up without something major happening," said Robert Paladino, JASD school board president at a JASD school board budget workshop on Tuesday.
Catherine M. Overturf, 99, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Ridgway, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 28, 1915 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Lucie Ricardo Piccirillo. She married Walter Overturf, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1992.
She resided most of her life in Ridgway. Mrs. Overturf was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway S.O.I. She was a graduate of St. Leo's High School.
Wednesday night's game didn't quite start the way the Elk County Catholic Crusaders would have liked but it ended the right way.
Elk Catholic was shut out in the first eight minutes of play, 12-0. However, the next three quarters saw the Crusaders outscore the Owls 54-30 to win the game 54-42.
The St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling squad was handed their first dual meet loss of the season on Tuesday night when they were defeated 42-24 by a tough Brookville squad at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad placed fifth at the Moon Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday.
The St. Marys squad finished with 127.350 points.
RIDGWAY â€“ St. Marys Mayor Bob Howard on Tuesday morning questioned Elk County Commissioners on the possibility of a county tax decrease due to projected future windfalls from Act 13 impact fee funds.
The impact fee â€śspecifically provides for the imposition of an unconventional well fee by county (or alternatively municipalities compelling the imposition of an unconventional well fee),â€ť according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.
The Cobblestone Hotel Group stated the projected opening of the new downtown St. Marys hotel is to take place during the second quarter of 2015, most likely by the end of June.
They noted that weather has slowed down the construction process.
The Cobblestone Hotel and Suites is a three-story hotel consisting of 64 rooms and will be situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June with the anticipated opening slated for February, however the project has faced delays caused by bidding issues, permitting and weather.
RIDGWAY â€“ County officials announced Tuesday morning that they will not solicit a $5 increase on car registration fees in Elk County.
Vehicle registration fees are already scheduled to increase from $36 to $38 by 2017 in accordance with the most recent state budget. From there, future increases will reportedly be tied to inflation. The state budget plan also allowed for counties to implement a $5 car registration fee.