July 9th, 2012
HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.
Here are some of the issues:
*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.
In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate."
SMETHPORT â A Smethport man is asking the McKean County Board of Commissioners to rescind a resolution setting 2013 âassessment ratesâ for properties enrolled in the state-authorized âClean and Greenâ tax-relief program.
Speaking Monday at a commissionersâ meeting, Jim Herzog said the resolution adopted two weeks ago âprobably is not appropriate.â
âIâd like to see you rescind it,â Herzog told Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane.
George A. Skok, 58, of 16 N. Elk Avenue, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Kane Community Hospital.
Born October 7, 1953, in Kane, he was a son of the late Niccola Skok and Rose White Hannold. On August 15, 1981, in Kane, he married Bonne Burford, who survives.
George was a former member of the Kane V.F.D. and the Kane Fire Police. He was a member and past vice president of the local union at Kane Magnetics where he worked for over 30 years. He later became the assistant manager at Kwik Fill in Kane. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
A 14-year-old boy was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating collided with a westbound vehicle on Route 321 at Apollo Drive in East Kane, Wetmore Township.
A medical helicopter transported the boy to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. The extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.
The four persons in the vehicle did not sustain major injuries, according to Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt. The vehicle flipped onto its side and the ATV and boy were trapped beneath the wreckage, sources said.
A professional forester is critical of the removal ofÂ âstreetâ trees in the borough of Kane.
Tom Kase, who is a member of the Kane Shade Commission, leveled his criticism Monday in a report presented to the Kane Borough Council.
âTo continue down the path of cutting our âstreetâ trees without replacing them is an ugly choice aesthetically and a terrible choice economically and environmentally,â Kase told council.
He said âthis idea of eliminating âstreetâ trees in Kane is terrible,â he said.
The Kane Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to award a street-paving contract to IA Construction of Franklin.
The company submitted the low bid of $99,163.41.
Other bidders included Glenn O. Hawbaker of Turtlepoint, $108,071; and Jefferson Paving of Brookville, $121,238.48.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen John Gentilman, Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to approve the low bid.
Councilwoman Holly Harris did not attend the meeting, which this month was moved from the second Monday to the first Monday at the borough building.
MT. JEWETT â Without more funding, the Mt. Jewett Memorial Public Library could be forced to close its doors in two years.
This was the somber message delivered Monday to the Mt. Jewett Borough Council at its meeting at the borough building on Center Street.
"The library is not going to close tomorrow," Library Director Debbie Deane told council. But she said the library could be forced to close in "two years" if additional funding is not found to cover expenses.
Alyce M. Avenali, 73, of 614 N. Fraley St., passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012, at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Born Sept. 4, 1938, in Marienville, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Dorothy Landess McClellan.Â On April 26, 1958, in Marienville, she married John Avenali who preceded her in death.
Alyce, a homemaker, mother and grandmother, was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Alice M. Hall, 81, of 130 Greeves St., Kane, formerly of West Kane, died Friday evening, June 29, 2012 at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie.
Born Aug. 28, 1930 in Erie, she was the daughter of Robert P. and Gertrude F. McCartney Clancey.Â On Jan. 6, 1951 in Cumberland, Md., she married Richard C. Hall, who died in 1966.
She had worked at the Kane Shirt Factory, the Bird Cage, Scutella's Cleaners and the VFW, allÂ in Kane, and was an Avon Lady.Â She then worked in the Kane Quality Markets deli for over twenty years.
It was a bittersweet road trip for six members of the field maintenance shop at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard base in Cambridge Springs near Erie.
Traveling in two large National Guard work trucks, the group came to Kane on Friday to deliver a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Tom and Sue VanGiesen residence at 137 Lincoln St.
The âHarleyâ was the pride and joy of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the National Guard.