July 25th, 2014
A week-long celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Kane begins Sunday.
Sesquicentennial events are scheduled every day of next week through the Sunday, Aug. 3.
Thousands of Kane residents, Kane natives who now live elsewhere and summer tourists are expected to turn out for the Sesquicentennial activitiesâ€”including a â€śgiantâ€ť two-hour parade next Saturday, Aug. 2.
WILCOX â€“ Precision Compacted Components, Inc. is adding a 26,700 square foot addition to their facilities in Wilcox, according to the company's Facilities and Maintenance Manager, Cole Wiesner.
At these facilities, PCC produces sintered metal products, including a variety of parts ranging from general industry parts to automotive parts.
The new additions include a 24,000 square foot addition to existing production facilities, and a 2,700 square foot addition for a maintenance department to support the increased size of the production facilities, Wiesner said.
The Kane 150th anniversary worship celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Gazebo in Evergreen Park.
This event is jointly sponsoring by the Sesquicentennial Committee and the congregations of the Kane Area Ministerial Association.
John F. Hill Jr., 68, of 231 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, July 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1945 in Erie, son of the late John F. Hill Sr. and Helen E. (Smith) Hill
On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Karol Givens.
He had resided in Ridgway for the past 36 years, but he was also a former Kane resident.
He was a 1963 graduate of the Kane High School, a 1973 graduate of Penn State and a 1976 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam Era.
Preliminary data indicates that Kane school students are showing improvement on state tests.
Even so, school officials are planning more remedial work to raise the number of students who are proficient in the basic skills of math, reading, writing and science.
The school board's Curriculum Committee reviewed the preliminary data on state test results during a 2 1/2-hour meeting Thursday at the Kane Middle School library.
KERSEY â€“ A new addition to Saint Boniface Parish is a wooden carving of the saint himself, created by Rick Boni, co-founder of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous.
The masterpiece, carved from bass wood, a favorite of the hand carvers, stands to the left of the altar in the church in Kersey.
"Father Jim Faluszczak gave me some key points that he wanted to see in the piece," Boni said, explaining the initial project took at least seven weeks to complete. "It's such a long time to focus on one piece and that really takes a lot of discipline."
WARREN â€“ Two Kane youths were injured Tuesday afternoon in a chain-reaction traffic accident on Route 6 just east of Warren.
The youths include:
*Nik Guadagnino, 18, a June graduate of Kane High School. He is the son of Steve and Leslie Lindquist Guadagnino.
*Ryan Avenali, 16, who will be a junior at Kane High School. He is the son of Dan Avenali and Michele Johnston Avenali.
Elizabeth Ann â€śBethâ€ť McConnell Sallack, 90, beloved wife of Myles Sallack for more than 60 years, died peacefully at her home in Florence, S.C., on July 24, 2014.
Born June 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Johnson McConnell. She and Myles moved to South Carolina in 1994 after residing in Johnsonburg and Kane for more than 40 years.
A 1942 graduate of Kane High School, Beth graduated from Mt. Aloysius College and Montefiore Hospitalâ€™s Med Tech Program. She worked as a lab technician at Tokyo Army Hospital during the Korean War.
Carol J. Benicky, 75, of Belle Vernon died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Thorpes Personal Care Home.
Born in Kane on Feb. 16, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Doris (Hutchens) Gustafson.
Carol retired from Corning Glass and also worked at Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods Warehouse.
She is survived by her two brothers, Robert Gustafson of Kane, and Richard Gustafson of Columbus, Ohio; and a sister, Janice Crew of Venice, Fla.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Benicky Jr.; and a brother, Thomas Gustafson.
The Thomas L. Kane Memorial Chapel, perhaps the only building in Kane borough where both the townâ€™s founder and his wife, Elizabeth Kane, stood in, has been deeded over to the Kane Historic Preservation Society from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The chapel was built between 1876 and 1878 under the direction of Thomas L. Kane with money given to him by his aunt, Ann Gray Thomas. The Presbyterian Church was dedicated to his motherâ€™s parents, Thomas Leiper and Elizabeth Coultas Gray and their ten children.