August 2nd, 2012
JOHNSONBURG - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee voted Thursday to approve a resolution effectively ending the county's contract with the Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX) tax collection agency as of the end of the second fiscal quarter.
The announcement comes following ongoing difficulties with CENTAX, including payments and returns unaccounted for and the company failing to distribute collected earned income tax (EIT) monies to local municipalities and school districts.
Discussion over updating a four-year-old control system or replacing it continued during Thursday night's Ridgway Township Municipal Authority meeting.
The township's current SCADA [supervisory control and data acquisition] system, built and installed by Emerson Process in 2008, controls and monitors the tank levels and pump stations.
Emerson Process proposed a cost of about $73,900 to update the township's current system with a 90-day window of opportunity that is due to expire during the last week of August.
BOYERTOWN â€“ The Wilcox American Legion team fought until the final out but fell short in a 4-2 loss to Milton Thursday afternoon at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, a loss which eliminated Wilcox from the Pennsylvania American Legion State Tournament.
A 12-member jury delivered mostly guilty verdicts Wednesday in well over 100 individual charges against Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, stemming from a succession of camp burglaries committed in Elk, McKean, and Cameron counties between late 2010 and 2011.
The verdicts came following hours of deliberation, with the charges and jury's decision delivered individually, designated by county and camp. Some charges were listed twice on the verdict slip as Aiello was charged with burglarizing a number of camps on two separate occasions.
Like so many in Ridgway, Mary Lynne Bellottiâ€™s YMCA experiences stretch back to her early childhood. Although her home was considered to be part of Ridgway, she actually lived about 9 miles out of town. She recalls it was a treat to walk to the YMCA after school; it was a great place to swim, play games or just hang out with friends.
"You go through many stages in your life," Bellotti said, "and each stage holds its own memories."
Edward R. Flacinski, 88, of 103 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Stanley and Catherine Brzostek Flacinski. He married Shirley Nyquist, who survives, on Oct. 1, 1949 in St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Ridgway. He had resided in Johnsonburg all of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1942.
BOYERTOWN â€“ Wednesday's game seemed to mirror Tuesday's through the first few innings.
Only this time, Wilcox was the team to score late runs for the victory.
Wilcox scratched out runs in the sixth and eighth innings for a 2-0 win over host team Boyertown Wednesday afternoon at Bear Stadium in Boyertown at the Pennsyvlania American Legion Baseball Tournament.
The second day in the jury trial of Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, charged with 134 counts of felony burglary and charges related to camp burglaries that occurred across Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties between 2010 and 2011, saw testimony from investigators as well as the defendant's half-brother, who is also charged in the crimes.
Mark Paul Kimes Aiello, 20, of Kane, testified Tuesday that his half-brother Daniel Aiello burglarized over 100 camps in Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties beginning in Benezette Township in November 2010.
ST. MARYS â€“ From aircraft displays and a classic car show to an array of vendors, the St. Marys Municipal Airport's annual American Spirit Aviation Festival is hoping to attract a large crowd on Saturday, Aug. 25.
"We've been struggling in the past, but we are doing a lot better. Our nose is above water and we expect it to get better. This festival is part of all that, changing the image of the airport," said Alan McPherson, airport manager. "This has been an annual event and has been getting bigger every year. This year is more about seeing if we can make this go."
Due to a lack of funding and community support The River, a faith-based community teen center, at 20 Gillis Ave. in Ridgway will be closing its doors after four years of service to the community.
Teen Center Director Bill Braley and his wife Kristen have been with The River since its inception.