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GRACETON — The township crew and workers under contracts have made progress on road work on West Fourth Street in Aultman; Booster Lane; Smith, Henry, Long, Power Plant, Crownover, Rhine and Six Flat roads and plan work soon in Yankeetown, the Center Township board of supervisors reported Monday.

Supervisors David “Butch” Smyers and James Gatskie gave updates and heard comments from township residents at the monthly town-hall-style meeting.

They took no official action.

Smyers reminded residents that each household is entitled to dump one truckload of rubbish at Evergreen Landfill at a discount rate with a “permit” that they must obtain from the borough office.

Halloween activities are designated for Oct. 31 at times aligned with Homer City Borough: a parade in Homer City at 5 p.m. and neighborhood trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., Smyers said.

Township Secretary Esther Yankuskie reported that a crate of 2015 township documents reappeared in the township office building as mysteriously as it had disappeared several months ago.

She said she discovered the box in the office about one week after she contacted state police and filed a report of theft for investigation.

Sarah Shaffer, of the Aultman volunteer fire department, reported that Coral-Graceton fire company holds bingo games on Mondays and would host a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9; Homer City fire department is raffling a safe full of guns for giveaway on Dec. 25 and organizing Light Up Night activities on Dec. 6; and that Aultman fire company holds bingo games on Thursdays, a gun bash on Oct. 19, drag queen bingo on Dec. 8 and Light Up Night on Dec. 7.

The fire companies will send representatives to Homer-Center Elementary School on Friday for Fire Prevention Week activities and post trucks on area roads on Oct. 31 to promote safety during trick-or-treating.

Shaffer said the Coral-Graceton fire company received a clean report in a recent audit.

Residents, supervisors and a township ordinance officer, David Burnheimer, discussed small games of chance permits, setback requirements for sheds, storage of filled rubbish bags and the outcome of a hearing held earlier in the day on citations filed by the township against Supervisor John Bertolino and his wife, Rosemary Bertolino, charging that they failed to obtain a building permit before constructing a carport and modifying it as a garage at the rear of their property along Oak Street.

Smyers reported that District Judge Susanne Steffee upheld the citations; Bertolino was absent from the supervisors’ meeting.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.