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August 24th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Borough of Johnsonburg officially terminated its contract with the Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania [CENTAX] at a special council meeting Thursday morning.
In its place officials voted unanimously to appoint H. A. Berkheimer as its tax collector.
"Right now we have an agreement with CENTAX to collect our local earned income tax," said borough manager Mary Polaski. "The Elk County Tax Collection Committee has recently cancelled their contract and has hired Berkheimer to replace them because CENTAX was not living up to the contract."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The wastewater treatment plant upgrade project is in its final stages of completion.
During Tuesday's Johnsonburg Municipal Authority meeting, Uni-Tec Engineer Dan Guss said the project is in the process of being closed but due to a technical problem with the PENNVEST computer system they have been unable to process a recent payment request.
The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology [BCAT], a multiyear collaborative effort, is currently in the final stage of its planning phase. Its doors are scheduled to open in January 2013 with initial program offerings in medical billing and coding, and pharmacy technician.
BCAT board members were on hand during a recent meeting of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's board of directors to discuss the newly-established facility.
Following the replacement of Elk County's former earned income tax (EIT) collector CENTAX, by officials citing the company's failure to process tax returns and distribute funds in a timely manner, reports that the company is soon to shut down operations for good have begun to surface.
Skateboarders and bike riders at the Ridgway Skatepark will be riding smoother after Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller gave the go-ahead for renovation during Monday night's council meeting.
According to a report from the Planning, Grants and Recreation Committee held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the municipal building, a contingent of 12 youth attended the meeting addressing their concerns for the condition of the skatepark.
Following the meeting, council member Richard Parrish and Gene Zelcs inspected the park to a make a recommendation to the borough for the renovation.
Guidelines for the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance [PREP] program, as well as funding allocations, have been released by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
"Funding for economic development programs for PREP came in the same as last year, $11.8 million," said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. "Guidance from DCED indicates that each individual PREP region will be getting the same amount that they did last year."
MARIENVILLE â€“ An early-morning attack Wednesday, Aug. 22, in a prison cell at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County resulted in the death of a 63-year-old inmate.
According to reports, Elwood Braswell, a 26-year-old inmate, assaulted another inmate, 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, beginning at approximately 1:40 a.m. in a cell located at SCI Forest.
EMPORIUM â€“ As the manhunt continues for fugitive Thomas Smith, 58, of Emporium, wanted in connection with the Aug. 8 attempted abduction of an Emporium bank employee at gunpoint, Emporium-based newspaper The Cameron County Echo received what is allegedly a letter written by Smith himself.
According to the Echo, the letter, dated Aug. 17, 2012, was dropped off at the paper's Broad Street office and reportedly contained a different version of the events of Aug. 8 than those put forth in news and police reports.
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Elk County was burned with another arson case after an early-morning fire torched a residence owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, age 59, at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg.
The initial call was placed at 12:58 a.m. as a fire destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures, and a vehicle. The residence at 208 Church St. sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated only a few feet away.
Area youth had a chance to spend time in nature and improve their artistic skills with the "Walk, Talk & Print" program offered by ECCOTA over the past few weeks.
Area students from fourth through eighth grade took to the outdoors around the Rails to Trails and Sandy Beach areas in the morning with Lora Zill. Zill teaches writing and critical analysis at Gannon University, and is also a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is also a faculty member in a program for gifted public school students at Allegheny College.