February 25th, 2014
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.
During their regular meeting for the month of February, the Elk County Conservation District further discussed upcoming increases for the dirt and gravel roads portion of the state's recently-passed transportation bill.
The program has increased funding sevenfold with Pennsylvania municipalities set to receive $28 million in 2015 as opposed to the $4 million received in 2014.
The county received its allotted funding for fiscal year 2014 on Monday, with $25,000 in the pot for registered municipalities to use on dirt and gravel roads.
Former St. Marys Area wrestling coach Wayne Fordoski was one of seven individuals inducted into the District 9 Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday night, during a ceremony held prior to the AA and AAA finals at the District 4/9 Wrestling Championships at Clarion University.
Each year, the District 9 Chapter of the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association (PWCA) recognizes inductees for their "outstanding achievements and contributions as wrestlers, coaches, and contributors to the sport of wrestling."
Theodore Lindenmuth, 76, of Ridgway, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Bigler Township, son of the late George W. and Catherine McDermott Lindenmuth.
His wife, Evelyn Edelfraud Schaffler Lindenmuth, who was originally from Augsburg, Germany, survives.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1969, and was a Vietnam era veteran. He was stationed abroad in Korea, Lebanon, and Germany, where he met his wife.
John A. Jeselnick, age 64, a resident of Naperville, Ill. since 1979, formerly of St. Marys, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill.
He was born March 9, 1949 in St. Marys.
John grew up in St. Marys as an altar boy, Eagle Scout, lifeguard, athlete and 1967 graduate of Elk County Christian High School. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Penn State University in State College, and his master's degree in industrial administration from Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind.
Recruitment and retention continues to plague fire departments throughout the U.S. including the St. Marys Crystal Fire Department.
Fire Chief Bill Kraus reported this challenge along with overhauls he believes need to be made in training requirements during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
While the number of volunteer firefighters is declining, the age of volunteer firefighters is increasing. This is evident as the average age of CFD firefighters ranges from 40 to 50 years old, proving a need to recruit younger members.
ST. MARYS â€“ State Police fire marshal Corporal Greg Agosti conducted an investigation along with Crystal Fire Department and the St. Marys City Police Department regarding a Sunday night fire that heavily damaged a residence at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.
The victim was Michael S. Murgash of St. Marys.
For the past several years the Confirmation students from St. Marys' three Catholic parishes have held collections after each Mass during the same weekend as the Super Bowl. Known as 'Souper Bowl Sunday,' the proceeds from the annual event benefit the Christian Food Bank of St. Marys. This year's collection, which was held Feb. 1-2, saw $4,951 donated for the organization.
On Monday morning, Liz and Rick Boni, founders of Ridgway's annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, gave a presentation on the history of the Rendezvous, from its humble beginnings in 1999 to the internationally-known event it has become in its fifteenth year.
"Right off the bat it was kind of an international flavor," said Liz Boni of the 1999 gathering.
The St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling team claimed the team title at the District 4/9 AAA Wrestling Championships at Clarion University on Saturday, edging District 4's Jersey Shore 161.5-157.5 in the final team standings.
St. Marys also had 11 wrestlers finish on the podium: 160-pound champion Bill Gabor; runners-up Ray Dent, Tyler Yetzer, and Josh Cameroni; third-place finishers Kyle Pecht, Alex Feldbauer, and Derek Taylor; and fourth-place finishers Cameron Resch, Willie McGonnell, DJ Salinas, and Mike Wolfel.