Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Elk County was burned with another arson case after an early-morning fire torched a residence owned by Albert Lee Abplanalp, age 59, at 208 Church St. in Johnsonburg.
The initial call was placed at 12:58 a.m. as a fire destroyed a single-stall garage, four residential structures, and a vehicle. The residence at 208 Church St. sustained the most damage, as the fire originated in a detached single-stall garage at the property and spread to the main residence situated only a few feet away.
JOHNSONBURG-- An additional charge of theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor of the first degree, has been filed against a Ridgway woman already charged with embezzling insurance monies following a fire at her home.
The affidavit alleges that Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of 45 Fremont Ave. in Ridgway, took into her possession a laptop computer belonging to the WDDH radio station following her resignation from the station on May 29, 2012.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Area youth had a chance to spend time in nature and improve their artistic skills with the "Walk, Talk & Print" program offered by ECCOTA over the past few weeks.
Area students from fourth through eighth grade took to the outdoors around the Rails to Trails and Sandy Beach areas in the morning with Lora Zill. Zill teaches writing and critical analysis at Gannon University, and is also a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is also a faculty member in a program for gifted public school students at Allegheny College.
In a move echoed by surrounding township and municipalities, the City of St. Marys plans to sever its ties with Central Tax Bureau (CENTAX), a tax collection agency, appointed in January 2012 by the Elk County Tax Collection Committee (ECTCC) as the permanent income tax collector agency.
"Since that time we've had nothing but problems with CENTAX," said St. Marys City Manager Dave Greene. "We have not received any reports from them, although we have received money. They continue to be behind on distributing the money to us."
Dual enrollment programs providing high school students the opportunity to earn college credits in the course of a normal school day will be offered by the St. Marys Area High School in the upcoming school year.
RIDGWAY - At the most recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force, Compliance Assistance Specialist Mark F. Harmon of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationâ€™s (OSHA) Erie office gave a presentation on the organizationâ€™s role and recent activities.
"We regulate workplace safety," said Harmon of OSHA's chief role.
RIDGWAY - Compliance Assistance Specialist Mark F. Harmon of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationâ€™s (OSHA) Erie office recently explained the organization's jurisdiction and procedures to members of the Elk County Gas Task Force.
"OSHA is an agency within the Department of Labor. We have the responsibility, we cover workplace safety. The first thing that we would have to establish is that we have a company and we have an employee working for that company. Weâ€™re concerned about the employeeâ€™s safety," Harmon said.
During Friday's Elk County Farm Bureau tour, numerous legislative issues were discussed ranging from state to national matters.
State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Elk/Clearfield) emphasized the importance of organizations like the Farm Bureau, which provides subject matter experts in each industry, in order to keep legislators informed of different developments taking place.
In the wake of the Elk County Tax Collection Commission voting to appoint a replacement for the county's earned income tax (EIT) collector CENTAX, the county's municipalities must now decide whether to also appoint the firm chosen by the committee to take over the local services tax (LST) collections also performed by CENTAX prior to its termination.
Many Ridgway residents have been taking notice and voicing their concerns over unsightly, light gray, silken webs in many of the trees within the borough.
The fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea [Drury], got off to an early start building its impressive silk tents on the ends of limbs and sometimes enclosing entire branches.
Ridgway Borough Manager Martin Schuller says despite the recent surge, residents need not be concerned for the health of the trees.