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July 26th, 2012

Two charged in area arsons

July 26, 2012

JOHNSONBURG - Criminal charges have been filed in district court against a father and son for their alleged respective roles in arsons perpetrated in Johnsonburg and Ridgway in 2008 and most recently in 2012.
Francis Anthony Milliard, 54, and Anthony Karl Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway, have been charged with multiple counts of felony arson and related offenses, felony criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, recklessly endangering another person, insurance fraud, and disorderly conduct.

Bank collecting Canadian currency to benefit Humane Society

July 26, 2012

Got some loose change lying around the house? Northwest Savings Bank branches in St. Marys, Ridgway and Johnsonburg are collecting unwanted Canadian currency to benefit the Elk County Humane Society.

Elk Regional scene of Thursday evening fire

July 26, 2012

Members of the Crystal Fire Department responded to a call at Elk Regional Health Center on Thursday evening. Firefighters quickly got to work on a third-floor portion of the building where they doused a fire on the structure's roof. Shown above is the CFD's snorkel truck in use as a firefighter hands off equipment to a fellow firefighter, and below is a firefighter running hose. According to reports, patients were never in any danger and the fire was quickly contained.

Committee looking to ax CENTAX

July 26, 2012

ST. MARYS - The Elk County Tax Collection Committee met Wednesday at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway to further discuss measures involved in replacing Elk County's current earned income tax (EIT) collector following the firm's breach of contract.
CENTAX was contracted to collect and disburse earned income tax monies to Elk County municipalities following the standardization of that state's earned income tax system under Act 32, which mandated one EIT collector per county as well as the formation of county tax collection committees.

July 25th

North Central eyeing key legislation

July 25, 2012

Keeping a close eye on key federal legislation, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development [NCPRPDC] officials are carefully watching the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act [House Resolution 6083], which was advanced July 12 by the House Agriculture Committee.

Event to benefit local family following death of patriarch

July 25, 2012

ST. MARYS - On March 4, Glenn Bauer of St. Marys, a husband and father of twin sons, died unexpectedly at the age of 44 as the result of an embolism. In response to his death, friends of the family have rallied around his wife Connie and 14-year-old sons Nick and Brady, and planned a benefit for them to take place Aug. 4 at Edgewood Hall in St. Marys.
Doors will open at 2 p.m., with the event continuing until midnight.
The efforts to offer the family a helping hand in their time of need have been spearheaded by event coordinator Kathy Kunes, a personal friend of the Bauer family.

Shawmut also plagued by high operating costs

July 25, 2012

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, & Northern Railroad.
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During a recent presentation on the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut, and Northern Railorad, local historian Ray Beimel discussed the high operating costs that plagued the business.
According to Beimel, the main purpose of the railroad was to haul coal, and a branch known as the Kersey Railroad was also formed to transport coal from the mines located in Byrnedale and Force.

July 24th

Milliards charged with multiple counts of arson

July 24, 2012

RIDGWAY – A joint investigation between the Pennsylvania State Police at the Ridgway barracks and the Ridgway Borough Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Francis "Tony" Milliard, 54, and Anthony Milliard, 28, both of Ridgway.
Francis Milliard was apprehended on felony arrest warrants for multiple counts of arson, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person, charges related to a May 30 fire at the residence of Pauline Smith, 521 West Main St. in Ridgway Township.
Anthony Milliard was also charged as a co-defendant in the matter.

Dickinson Center, Inc. relocating

July 24, 2012

With Dickinson Center, Inc. just days away from unveiling its new 28,200-square-foot facility located at 43 Servidea Drive along Route 219 in Ridgway Township, Dickinson CEO Jack Goga explained the motives and incentives behind the new $4.1 million facility.
Groundbreaking at the site took place in October 2011 and according to the DMHC website, the construction is ahead of schedule. As a result, DMHC programs to be housed within the new facility are scheduled to begin their relocations as soon as Aug. 1, with the process continuing through Aug. 9.

Youngsters take part in Benzinger Park Activity Day

July 24, 2012

Warm weather and abundant sunshine on Tuesday morning made for nice conditions for Activity Day at Benzinger Park. This year's 35th annual event got under way at 10 a.m. and, according to Park Director John Schneider, saw a turnout of between 60 and 70 participants.
"We'd like to see it (participation) a little bit more, but we're happy that we have the turnout that we have," Schneider said.
While the event was open to youth between the ages of four and 15 years old, Schneider noted that the majority of attendees were actually four through 12 years old.

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