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December 18th

Deliquent water accounts raise questions for Horton Twp. Supervisors

December 18, 2011

BROCKPORT – Brockway Borough Municipal Authority [BBMA] president Mike Arnold discussed the possibility of raising rates to cover the costs for three delinquent accounts in the Elbon area during Wednesday night's Horton Township Supervisors meeting.

December 16th

"Touch of An Angel"

December 17, 2011

St. Leo Catholic School students held the second performance of "Touch of An Angel" Friday night in the Social Hall.

December 15th

Ornaments add unique character to Christmas tree at Elk Country Visitor Center

December 16, 2011

BENEZETTE – With Christmas less than two weeks away, holiday cheer is evident throughout the community, and at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. The center has had its Christmas tree on display since late November and is once again looking for ornaments to decorate it.
According to Carla Wehler, Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager, the tree is bigger than last year's and was selected by staff members Brandi Hanes, Jean Germer, and Scott Rhodes.

Borough lowers retirement age

December 16, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Borough employees in Johnsonburg can now retire at the age of 58 after council members unanimously approved the plan during their regular meeting.
According to council member Ronald King, the additional cost per year of $2,300 is to be absorbed out of the employee's retirement plan.
The retirement plan is to become effective Jan. 1, 2015.
In other business, council voted in favor of putting secured properties throughout the community up for sale to adjacent landowners first.

December 14th

Christmas play kicks off tonight

December 15, 2011

Curtains will open at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday for the St. Leo Catholic School students' performance of “Touch of An Angel” in the brand new Social Hall.
Third-grade teacher and director Joey Kepple said the students are getting very excited for the big night and have been working hard.
“They pulled it together better [Wednesday] than I expected them to,” Kepple said. “They are right on target every year. I always fret and think this is going to be the year that this is going to flop, but I think not now.”

Horton Township adopts budget; No tax increase

December 15, 2011

BROCKPORT – Residents in Horton Township will not see an increase in taxes after the board of supervisors adopted the 2012 budget during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
Supervisors unanimously approved a budget of $286,435 that will keep taxes the same.
A budget meeting was held Nov. 23.
In other business, officials are looking to address FEMA's [Federal Emergency Management Agency] Plan B floodplain ordinance.
Supervisor Dennis Thompson said he attended a meeting in Fox Township to meet with other municipalities to discuss the ordinance.

Charges filed regarding Gardner Hill Church incident

December 15, 2011

WEEDVILLE – On the morning of Oct. 26, it was discovered that the Gardner Hill Community Church had been vandalized overnight. During that incident, a table and stereo were taken and a dead deer was left inside the church. The incident was subsequently investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission and charges were filed against five individuals through District Judge Wilhelm's office on Dec. 12.

Gabler, Kearney discuss 'turf battles' of voucher debate

December 15, 2011

An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification system informing recipients of the "attempt to pass voucher charter school expansion legislation next week" and instructing them to contact their legislators and "tell them to vote no on vouchers" has come under fire for what some perceive as misuse of a public address system intended for emergency purposes only.

December 13th

CAPSEA involved at FSG Elementary

December 14, 2011

Tracy Ross, Community Outreach Training Coordinator for the Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse is involved at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School with the fifth grade classes teaching tolerance and conflict resolution in the Diversity/Tolerance Program.
The program focuses on teaching the children to respond confidently and with success.

December 12th

No change in Johnsonburg taxes

December 12, 2011

JOHNSONBURG – Residents in the Borough of Johnsonburg will not see an increase in taxes after council members voted in favor of fixing the tax rates to remain the same from last year.
The real estate tax will remain at 21.36 mills and the occupation tax will remain at 237.5 mills.
The 2012 budget was adopted at $1,801,811 during Monday afternoon's regular borough council meeting.
Other taxes include a one-half of one percent earned income tax, a local services tax of $47; a $5 per capita tax and a one-half of one percent realty transfer tax.

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