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August 26th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ A small fire reportedly originated in the basement of an unoccupied house along Main Street in Johnsonburg early Saturday morning. The fire has been ruled an arson, at least the ninth such case reported in Elk County since May 30.
Fire departments were called at 1:52 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 25 at 236 Main St. in Johnsonburg. The fire damaged the abandoned residential structure and State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti ruled the blaze to be arson.
Damage was reportedly minimal although a dollar estimate is not available at this time. There were no injuries reported.
June was a time of transition for South Street Botanicals in Ridgway, something owner Brandy Raubenstrauch says was simply cosmetic.
â€śI like change a lot,â€ť Raubenstrauch said. â€śThis also gave us the opportunity to help us increase our retail space and separate the Tea House.â€ť
The new layout features the gift shop in the garden conservatory where the Tea House was originally.
Flying Dove Ranch located along Old Red Mill Dam Road just outside of Ridgway will hold their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be food, refreshments, games, horse and buggy rides, face painting, clowns, balloon animals and more. The ranch is conveniently located 8.5 miles north of Ridgway off of Montmorenci Road and encases visitors within its 82 acres of outdoor tranquility.
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.