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At the Summit Lodge and Grill on Monday, a packed house of about 200 hunters and enthusiasts gathered for the conclusion of the 7th annual Big Buck contest.
Food and drink were served and those in attendance took the opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and perhaps make a few new ones. Many talked shop, recounted memorable hunts from this season and ones past and debated the finer points of rifle and bow hunting.
Ridgway Borough Council on Monday unanimously adopted a $5 million budget for 2012 that keeps taxes the same.
The 2012 budget which includes a general fund of $1,514,332 will keep the tax rate at 14.92 mills.
Council member Ralph Dussia made the motion to adopt the budget.
In other business, borough manager Martin Schuller said restorations of the Pennsy Railroad Station should be completed by May.
"We finally got the train station problem resolved," Schuller said. "The contractor is in the process of repairing the roof."
Dennis D. Heindl and the Ridgway community are collaborating to restore the historic train station located along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
According to William Gentilman, Property Manager for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., the building was built the year 1907.
â€śThe station was built the last year the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad was in existence,â€ť said Gentilman. â€śThe line the station is on was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad section that ran from Erie to St. Marys, and the track is still there.â€ť
The restoration of the building has been nearly 20 years in the making.
BROCKPORT â€“ 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.
St. Leo Catholic School students held the second performance of "Touch of An Angel" Friday night in the Social Hall.
BENEZETTE â€“Â 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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ 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.
Curtains will open at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday for the St. Leo Catholic School students' performance of â€śTouch of An Angelâ€ť 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.
â€śThey pulled it together better [Wednesday] than I expected them to,â€ť Kepple said. â€śThey 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.â€ť
BROCKPORT â€“ 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.
WEEDVILLE â€“ 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.