October 14th, 2014
SMETHPORT â€“ Kenneth D. Baldwin of Bradford is stepping down as the McKean County planner after serving only seven months on the job.
At the age of 37, Baldwin took over in March to replace Debbie Lunden, who retired after serving as the county planner for 26 years.
"I will be resigning from my position as planning director effective Thursday, Oct. 23," Baldwin said in a statement Tuesday. "I will be transitioning back to the private sector.
The Kane High School and Middle School cross country teams finished out their regular seasons competing against St. Marys and Ridgway on Tuesday on the Wolvesâ€™ home course. No team scores were kept as only the Kane boys and the St. Marys girls fielded full teams.
The KMS boys ran against four Dutch runners in the early race. Kaneâ€™s Lane Hillard crossed the finish line first in a time of 11:00 followed by teammate Ryan Hunt in 11:19. St. Marysâ€™ Ryan Hepler was next across the line in 11:28, just edging out the Wolvesâ€™ Hayden Barr (11:29).
The Kane Lady Wolves turned in what coach Judy Kessler called "their worst match of the season" as they got swept by the Sheffield Lady Wolverines in three games, 25-12, 25-9 and 25-7.
The Lady Wolverines jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game one. A block by Camryn Cummings and a kill by Maddie Stanisch were bright spots for the Lady Wolves as the visitors went on to win 25-12.
Thomas W. Mehalko, 67, of 514 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died early Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
Born Feb. 1, 1947, in Wilcox, he was a son of George and Nellie Turzanski Mehalko. On July 27, 1968, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wilcox, he married Anita Johnson who survives.
Mr. Mehalko had worked for Penn Tech and, more recently, was employed by Alpha Sintered Metals in Ridgway.
SMETHPORT â€“ The county Department of Economic Development is planning to prepare guidelines for a proposed commercial project at Main and Center streets in Mt. Jewett.
Sherri Geary, director of the Department of Economic Development, said Monday that a developer has expressed an interest in the site. She said details for the proposal are confidential and are very preliminary at this time. Sources say the developer is looking at the site for a possible department store.
SMETHPORT â€“ Wetmore Township will be receiving $6,165 from McKean County for a road project completed over the summer.
McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane approved the payment Monday during a meeting at the county courthouse in Smethport.
The payment represents the townshipâ€™s share of county liquid fuel tax revenue.
The commissioners also made a payment of $5,542 to Ceres Township for a road project funded by the liquid fuel tax revenue.
In other business at the 29-minute meeting, the commissioners:
The Kane Borough Council is pressing the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a long-awaited permit to demolish a fire-damaged building on Chase Street.
In a letter to the DEP, Council President Howard Kane is calling for the state agency to issue the permit for the removal of the eyesore at 316 Chase St.
The submission of the letter to the DEP was announced Monday at a meeting of the borough council.
The Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE)-- part of the Kane Area Development Center-- reportedly has taken the necessary steps to raze the building.
The Kane Area School District will observe their annual Pink Week all this week. Many different activities and fundraisers are planned through Friday, Oct. 17.
The Kane volleyball team has been wearing pink socks all month to show support and raise awareness of breast cancer as are members of the KHS and KMS cross country teams.
HAZEL HURST â€“Hamlin Township is looking for a replacement for Terry Morgan, who has resigned as one of two employees with the township road crew.
Township Supervisors Jim Trussell, Joni Britton and Dave Okerlund accepted Morgan's resignation Monday at a board meeting in Hazel Hurst.
Rick Keesler, foreman, is the only other member of the township road crew. Morgan's resignation takes effect Oct. 25.
The supervisors plan to hire a full-time employee who would handle the Hazel Hurst sewage treatment plant and the Lantz Corners Sewer District as well as duties with the road crew.
Less than a month ago, the Kane boysâ€™ soccer team made the trip to Port Allegany to take on a talented Gator squad and got beat soundly 9-0. Monday afternoonâ€™s rematch in Kane proved just how much the Wolves have improved as they played with the Gators for all 80 minutes before dropping a 5-3 decision.
Both teams had scoring opportunities early but neither could cash in until the Gatorsâ€™ Eli Knapp scored on a direct kick after a hand ball just outside the box. Knappâ€™s kick was just out of the reach of diving Kane goalie Tyler Schleicher with 18:44 left in the first half.