March 23rd, 2015
RIDGWAY â€“ Seven jurors were selected Monday from a pool of 110 for the trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who will stand trial for the March 23, 2013 stabbing death of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of abuse of a corpse.
The selection process will continue Tuesday until the defense and prosecution narrows down a total of 14 jurors (12 main and two alternates) to hear the case. The trial is scheduled to commence immediately following jury selection.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Kathy Sluga of Mt. Jewett is the new secretary-treasurer for Hamlin Township.
She replaces Nicole L. "Nickie" Wheatley Causer of Kane, who resigned in January. Sluga's starting pay is $12.56 per hour.
A 1979 graduate of Kane Area High School, Sluga is a former member of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council.
She attended Clarion University and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. For eight years, she worked as the office manager at TRW Mechanical in Mt. Jewett.
CLARION â€“ Kane native Francis "Fran" Sirianni is one of six new members of the Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame.
He is a 19699 graduate of Clarion with a degree in education (science).
Sirianni was a four-year starter at defensive back for the Golden Eagles from 1965-1968, helping lead Clarion to PSAC-West titles in 1966 and 1967, as well as a perfect 10-0 season and the PSAC crown in 1966 and a runner-up PSAC finish and an 8-2 record in 1967.
Big Dance Roundup and Look Ahead
Last week we gave you a preview of the tournament and some predictions of teams that we felt could make a run to the Final 4. Well, those predictions were way off and the bracket this writer submitted to his friends and a couple websites sits in about 10 millionth place. All the wise guys were talking about Iowa State and Virginia. Those teams won a combined 1 game. Now we are going to go region by region to see what happened and what we can look forward to seeing next weekend.
AmeriCorps members make our communities safer, stronger, healthier, and improve the lives of tens of millions of our most vulnerable citizens. AmeriCorps service isnâ€™t just nice, itâ€™s necessary, and its impacts are proven and measurable.
AmeriCorps are proud to introduce members who are making a difference in Kane Area School District: Janelle Gilmore and Rebecca Keller.
Gilmore has a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in early level education (PreK-4).
MT. JEWETT â€“ A barking Shorkie dog can be very annoying.
A little Shorkie is credited with saving the lives of a Mt. Jewett mother and her two young daughters when fire erupted Thursday night at their home.
The fire destroyed the two-story house at 44 E. Main St. owned by Aaron and Sarah Maynard Avenali.
But Sarah and her daughters-- Maya, 3, and Ada, 4,-- escaped from the burning house without injury.
Art in the Wilds (AIW) is piloting a regional student artist exhibit and competition during its ninth annual outdoor fine arts showÂ June 27-28 in Evergreen Park in Kane.Â
In its first eight years, student artists from Kane Area High School exhibited their art at the show.
For 2015, the AIW committee has reached out to all 22 high schools (via their art teachers and administrators) in McKean County and its five contiguous counties â€“ Cameron, Elk, Forest, Potter and Warren â€“ to engage their top student artists to participate and compete.
Itâ€™s that time of the year again. The time that most bird watchers observe our little feathered friends from the warmth of our houses. I do believe winter is never going to leave! It is amazing what might come to backyard feeders on any given day. It is also a great opportunity to photograph these backyard wanderers. Some of my best bird shots have been taken right out of my kitchen window. It was only yesterday that I photographed a tufted titmouse on my feeder. This is one bird that I canâ€™t recall ever seeing on my feeder before, but Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s around.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice
Chef Curtis Stone makes a delicious juice your kids will love.
The Kane United Fund has ended its 2014-15 campaign by attaining 98 percent of its record goal of $40,000.
â€śOur United Fund campaign began last with a goal of $40,000, up from $38,000 from last year,â€ť the United Fund board said in a statement. â€śThe goal was increased due to the fact that many of the agencies on our list had increased allocations that were approved by the board.