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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.
An email and text message alert sent out by the St. Marys Area School District (SMASD) through its automated emergency text/email notification systemÂ 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.
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.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ 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.
WILCOX â€“ The Jones Township Supervisors adopted the 2012 budget during the regular meeting Monday night.
Supervisor Laurie Storrar reported a general fund budget of about $650,000 without a tax increase for the upcoming year.
The real estate tax will remain at 6.6 mills and the occupation tax will remain at 14 mills.
Supervisors discussed a joint meeting that was held with Al Vanderpoel of E&M Engineers and Thomas Wagner of Meyer & Wagner, on Dec. 8 concerning the seven Elk County Municipalities that need to address the Federal Emergency Management Agency's [FEMA] Plan B Ordinance.
Plans to shut down Main Street for the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous were quickly stifled by PennDOT officials as borough council and event organizers struggle to settle on an agreeable locale.
After the initial plans for Main Street were halted, talks of returning the event to the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival Lot along North Broad Street were shot down as borough officials have reportedly been entertaining thoughts of holding the event on Court and Center Streets in down Ridgway.