Archive - Feb 23, 2012 - News Article
While completing taxes can be confusing for even the most well-organized person, trying to understand the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and how it applies is perhaps one of the most confusing tax issues for the average American.
Robin L. Kuleck, a certified financial planner working in Elk and Cameron counties, said the main goal of taxing people is to raise revenue to support essential government functions and can also be used to change behaviors, such as tax benefits for pursuing higher education or tax penalties for early distribution from a retirement plan.
In preparation for the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous auction taking place beginning at noon on Saturday, carvers were working steadily on Thursday afternoon to complete their wooden works of art. Pieces must be completed by noon today.
Debbie Tremko of Arlington, Wash., created a large welcome sign being held by three dogs, a black, chocolate and yellow Lab. She entitled her piece "Saw Dogs." In addition, Tremko created a black dog sculpture with a welcome sign hanging from its neck which she plans to gift to a local Ridgway bar.
Viewing crime statistics online has been made easier with the recent launch of a free, public website by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) that acts as a clearinghouse for crime-related information from throughout the Commonwealth.
â€śThe launch of this website demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making the work of our justice system transparent and accessible to all Pennsylvanians,â€ť said PCCD Chair Mark Zimmer in a press release. â€śWe recognize that to better manage our limited resources, we must first measure them. PACrimeStats.Info helps us to do just that.â€ť
Several key provisions of President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget could have adverse effects at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Obama reportedly recommends what North Central executive director Eric Bridges calls "roughly stable funding" for the Workforce Investment Act [WIA] core formula accounts for adult, youth and dislocated workers' programs.
The Lenten season means meatless dinners for many people on Fridays; â€¨some abstain from meat throughout Lent. For families with picky eaters â€¨or those who just don't care for seafood, there are some tasty â€¨alternatives to pizza, grilled cheese and tomato soup or spaghetti. â€¨"Breakfast for supper is great," said Charlene Snelick, dietic â€¨technician registrar with Community Nurses, Inc. "You can do a â€¨multitude of different omelets with as many veggies as you want; â€¨cheese, which would be your protein, or you can do cheese-less.
Family and friends of St. Marys native Tom Krug have worked tenaciously to organize a fundraiser being held on Saturday evening at The Edgewood to assist the family in paying their medical bills as they continue to recover from injuries they sustained in a multi-vehicle pileup crash on Interstate 80.
The benefit dance will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at The Edgewood, located at 717 S. St. Marys St. behind the Subway restaurant. Ticket costs, available for singles or couples, include the cost of food, adult beverages and entertainment. Attendees must be 21 years of age.
At the recent Deanery meeting held at the priory in St. Marys, pastors and priests of Elk County parishes gathered to discuss issues of relevance to the Catholic Church, with the prevalent topic being that of a recent mandate by the Obama administration that requires employers, including religious institutions, to provide contraceptives for employees under healthcare plans.
Members of St. Marys City Council were informed a new state regulation could supersede an oil and gas ordinance the city has been working on for over a year.
Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer approached the council during Monday evening's meeting looking for direction in determining if the city's new ordinance is going to be in compliance with the state regulations. If changes are to be made, Pfeufer must instruct the city's planning commission to make the necessary revisions.
Reacting to Governor Tom Corbett's initial budget proposal released Feb. 7, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] said they find the spending plan to be challenging.
"The state budget is definitely a tough budget with a lot of things that, if they play out the way they are in the proposal, will present challenges to a lot of people," said Eric Bridges, executive director at North Central. "It is a budget proposal and given that it is an election year, there will be a lot of legislative wrangling.
In a seminar at the American Legion building on Main Street in Ridgway Wednesday, two artisans participating in the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carver Rendezvous, Roger Day of England and Bob King of Seattle, Wash., spoke about the processes involved in wood carving, as well as the technique and new technology geared toward the medium of wood.
Bob King, in his seventh year at Rendezvous, delved into the topic of spatial perception which he described as "something we all have in common, how we perceive objects in the world and their relation to us in space."