Archive - 2014
SMETHPORTâ€” The McKean County 911 Center has announced the implementation of the Medical Priority Dispatch System to better serve the citizens of McKean County in emergency situations.
The new system allows dispatchers to accurately assess each emergency call and identify life-threatening situations by automatically prompting dispatchers to ask a list of questions. When each question is answered, the system will then direct them to another question depending on the response, according to 911 Director Andrew Johnson.
"A Christmas Carol"-- a one-man play by Brandon Meeks of Kane-- opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kane Memorial Chapel on Chestnut Street.
It will be the first of three performances featuring a trained actor, who has appeared in numerous plays.
He adapted his one-man play from the classic "A Christmas Carol" by author Charles Dickens.Â
In the 90-minute play, Meeks portrays over 25 characters-- including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future and, of course, Scrooge.
The Red Cross Blood Drive held Monday in Kane just missed its goal for the visit.
The goal for the Red Cross Blood Drive at the First United Methodist Church was 44 units. A total of 43 units were donated.
A total of 48 area residents showed up to donate blood. However, five would-be donors were deferred for health reasons.
There were three first-time Blood Drive donors. They include Dennis DeMarte and Dan Koza of Kane and Jordan Barnard of Port Allegany.
D. Neal Meckley, 87, formerly of 121 Oak St., Kane, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2014 at The Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born Dec. 22, 1926 in Lamont, he was the son of Orvis S. and Mabel A. Asp Meckley. On Aug. 26, 1950 in Kane, he married Joann Jerman, who died Aug. 28 of this year.
Mr. Meckley served in the U.S. Army during WWII, discharged at the rank of sergeant.
He owned and operated Meckley's Feed Store in Kane, then was a supervisor at Houston Electronics in Kane until his retirement in 1986.
Christopher McCormack, 40, of Regent Square in Pittsburgh, formerly of Mt. Jewett, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. in Mt. Jewett.
The Kane Wrestling team had one of their best seasons in recent history last year, sending seven wrestlers to the AA Northwest Regional Wrestling tournament and having a PIAA Champion (Evan DeLong) and third-place state finisher (Cody Blankenship). Unfortunately for coach Mike Swartwood, only one of those regional qualifiers is returning this season, Austin Hulings. Swartwood has limited lineup options this year as he has only 11 wrestlers on the roster.
Kane girlsâ€™ basketball coach Dave Kiehl thinks this yearâ€™s team has a good mix of size and experience. Kiehl, beginning his seventh year at the helm of the Lady Wolves, lost two players to graduation and his starting point guard to a move outside of the district, but is adding some good young players that will see extensive minutes on the court.
Matt Gasbarre is in his second season as head coach of the Kane boysâ€™ basketball team. Gasbarre led the 2013-2014 Wolves to a 7-16 record and a spot in the playoffs. The Wolvesâ€™ season came to a close with a heartbreaking 44-43 loss to Karns City in the District 9 AA quarterfinals.
JAMES CITY â€“ With federal approval in hand, Seneca Resources now is seeking state permission for a controversial injection well in Highland Township.
Seneca plans to convert one of its existing natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an injection well for the disposal of wastewater from drilling operations-- including Marcellus Shale wells.
In a letter to Highland Township, Seneca indicated that it is filing an application with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make the "proposed change in use" of the well.
MT. ALTON â€“ Sun Air is flexing its wings as it prepares to provide daily flights between the Bradford Regional Airport and the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The commuter service is expected to begin next month.
Mike Glesk of Bradford, the chairman of the airport Advisory Committee, said the one-way fare of just $29 would be the â€śreal incentiveâ€ť for area residents to try the Sun Air flights.
Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Airport Authority, Glesk said he is â€śvery optimisticâ€ť that the Sun Air service will increase commercial passenger counts.