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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.
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."
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.
The Main Courtroom at the Elk County Courthouse was near capacity Monday, with members of the public and witnesses arriving for the first day in the jury trial of Daniel Aiello, 27, of St. Marys, charged with over 100 counts of felony burglary in a spree that spanned 13 months and three counties.
For his alleged role in the crimes, Daniel Aiello is charged with the following: felony burglary; felony and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking of moveable property; criminal conspiracy; and criminal mischief with damage to property through reckless, negligence, or intention.
ST. MARYS â€“ When Janet Wolfe received an email earlier this years from an acquaintance who was trying to raise funds to host an orphaned child from Eastern Europe through New Horizons For Children, Inc., she was less interested in helping them fundraise than she was in also potentially hosting one of the children during the five-week-long summer program.
The Trinity United Methodist Church has been led by new pastor, Rev. Roger A. Peterson since early July.
Peterson is from Jamestown, N.Y., a community where Lucille Ball grew up. Peterson has been ministering for over 30 years. He is a 1975 graduate of Houghton College and a 1980 graduate of the Asbury Theological Seminary. He hasnâ€™t always worked with a general audience like he does at Trinity church.