November 10th, 2014
For the first time in recent memory, the Kane Area High School held a program on Monday afternoon in observance of Veterans Day. The program, organized by teacher Lori Lewis, included a member of the KHS faculty, as well as several local veterans.
KHS English teacher Josh Jekeliek, who is also a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, took the podium after the Kane Marching Band played â€śThe Star-Spangled Bannerâ€ť and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Jekeliek began his portion of the program by repeating a quote that is engraved on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Planning Commission gave tentative approval Monday to the building of a Country Fair store in Kane. Dick Kallenborn conducted the meeting in the absence of Board Chairman Tony Clarke at the County 911 Center near Smethport.
The commission welcomed its new planning director, Jeremy Morey. Morey is a Roulette native and resident and formerly worked for the county probation office. Also attending his first meeting was newly-appointed commissioner Ron Keim of Kushequa.
SMETHPORT â€“ Jeremy S. Morey of Roulette is the new planner for McKean County.
His appointment was announced Monday at a meeting of the county Board of Commissioners at the county courthouse.
Morey is a 2005 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society.
Morey graduated in 2009 from Mansfield University with a degree in history. His minor was in psychology.
He is president of the Roulette Alumni Association.
The proposed Kane borough budget for 2015 carries a half-mill increase in the tax rate.
The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to adopt the tentative budget, which will be display at the borough building as of Wednesday. Council is expected to vote on a final budget at its next meeting Monday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the borough building.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost and Tom Kase in approving the proposed budget.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“ A Mt. Jewett budget plan unveiled Monday calls for reducing the weekly hours for Police Chief Steve Hale from 40 to 30.
Several residents told the Mt. Jewett Borough Council they are not in favor of having a reduced police presence.
"Less police is not a good thing," one woman told council.
Joni J. Bednar Capoccioni, 51, of New Bethlehem, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 5, 1962, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of John J. Bednar of Kane, and the late Dorothy Wojcik Bednar.
Joni worked as a bookkeeper for Bednar Metals in Kane. She loved caring for her â€śfarmâ€ť of animals, enjoyed cooking, and spending time with her family.
Kaneâ€™s First United Methodist Church held its annual Veteransâ€™ Day program on Sunday, Nov. 9. The 2014 program was like previous ones in that it was standing room only and left few dry eyes in attendance.
This yearâ€™s tribute, which was under the direction of Coleen Lundeen, began with a number by the churchâ€™s Chime Choir. After participants were welcomed by Reverend William LaVelle Jr., soloist Linda Kerek gave a beautiful rendition of â€śGod Bless Americaâ€ť as the crowd joined her in honoring our country.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Kane Wolves got redemption for a loss earlier in the season to Elk County Catholic on Saturday night at Dutch Country Stadium. Although the Wolves outplayed the Crusaders back on Oct. 17 at Paul R Miller Stadium, the boys from Elk County spoiled Kaneâ€™s Senior Recognition night by capitalizing on Wolvesâ€™ turnovers and squeaking out a 13-12 win. The Wolves won the battle of the turnovers on Saturday night and dominated from start to finish as they won convincingly 39-0.
Robert L. Gerhart, 84, formerly of 525 Greeves St., Kane, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 9, 2014 at The Lutheran Home at Kane, where he resided.
Born March 24, 1930 in Kane, he was the son of Louis and Sara Heasley Gerhart. On June 8, 1957 in Kane, he married Edythe Swedenjelm, who survives.
Mr. Gerhart worked in the paint line at Stackpole Corp. in Kane for many years. He was a C.B. Radio enthusiast, going by the handle "Ringo"; enjoyed drawing and woodworking, and was a music aficionado, with the Beatles being his favorite.
LUDLOW â€“ The new Veterans Memorial for Hamilton Township will be dedicated Tuesdayâ€”Veteransâ€™ Day.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony, which is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the monument site near the back gate of Wildcat Park. There is limited parking near the gate on Wetmore Road just east of Ludlow.