June 10th, 2012
Raymond "Ray" Hillard, formerly of Kane, passed away early Thursday morning, June 7, 2012 in Palm Coast, Fla.Â
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lois and their son Darrel.Â He proudly served his country as a second lieuetant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Hillard retired from the timber management division of the U.S. Forest Service before moving to Florida to spend time with his family.Â He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and bird watching during his free time.Â
Donald Chittester, 84, of 43 Brickyard Rd., passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Heinz V.A.Â Hospital in Aspinwall.
Born April 12, 1928, in Brandy Camp, he was a son of Oran and Nellie Daugherty Chittester.
Mr. Chittester had been employed as a truck driver for Kane Manufacturing and alsoÂ had been previouslyÂ employed as a driver for JB Hunt.Â In addition,he had taught truck driving at Dublin Tech College in Georgia and had worked for the California Forestry Service.
Don was the present Commander of King David VFW Post 1132 in Kane and had served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Seabee.
Diplomas were awarded Friday to 60 graduating seniors at the 122nd commencement for Kane High School.
The program at the packed high school auditorium featured the presentation of more than $80,000 in scholarships.
State Senior Judge John Cleland, a 1965 Kane High graduate who has lived in Kane most of his life, delivered the commencement address.
In his remarks, entitled â€śUnfinished Business,â€ť Cleland told the graduates they are â€ślucky to have grown up in a small town.â€ť
LaVerta M."Bootsie" Rose, 85, formerly of 3 Southgate Rd., passed away Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Bradford Manor.
Born in Russell City on Aug. 23, 1926 she was a daughter of the late Emanuel and Reba (Clawges) Cunningham.
On Feb. 24, 1949 in Kane, she married Francis G. Rose, who died on February 23, 2010.
Mrs. Rose attended Bradford schools. She had worked for many years as a waitress at the Emery Hotel and DeSoto Holiday House. She later worked at AirCo. Speers and and prior to her retirement at Top's Market's in the deli department.
Carl Melvin Davidson, 87, loving husband of Susan Jane Landfair Davidson, of 207 Amethyst Way, Seneca, S.C., died Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Cottingham Hospice House of Seneca, S.C.
A native of Kane, Mr. Davidson was the son of the late Hugh and Margaret Brigger Davidson. He was a veteran of the US Navy Amphibious Force where he took part in the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach during WWII.
Bob "Robert" Car Whippo, 70, of Tucson and formally of Kane, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2012.
Born Aug. 27, 1941 in Kane, he was the son of the late Carl Whippo and Louise Deemer. He was a 1959 graduate of Kane Area High School. He served in the USAF for four years. He had varied jobs throughout his life and finally retired several years ago.
Tom Cecchetti may be ending a 36-year career as a popular physical education teacher in Kane, but he isnâ€™t quite ready to give up coaching track.
â€śI plan on being the boysâ€™ track coach again next spring,â€ť Cecchetti said as he winds up his career as a high school teacher and school district athletic director.
â€śI still have that passion to watch our kids excel,â€ť he said. â€śI love to watch our kids progress. Iâ€™m definitely hooked.â€ť
Cecchetti has built a reputation as one the most successful high school track coaches in Pennsylvania.
Unfavorably cited in a report by the state Auditor General, Kane School Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson is ready and willing to give her side of the story.
According to the â€śfindingsâ€ť in the report issued last month by state Auditor General Jack Wagner:
The â€śformer supervisor of special servicesâ€ť for the Millcreek Township School District near Erie â€śdiverted $91,873 from the districtâ€™s special education program by purchasing gift cards with special education funds and using the gift cards for non-program purposes.â€ť
The Kane Zoning Hearing Board has cleared the way for the sale of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School to Kane Manufacturing.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, the board approved a "special exception for 'mixed use'" at the former school.
Ed Peterson, chairman of the board, voted in favor of the request along with Vice Chairman Joe Stauffer and board member Todd Klaiber.
Norm Schreckengost and Diane Niklas, two other board members, did not attend the meeting. Mike Woods, listed as an alternate member, also was absent.
Judy M. Reigel, 64, of 40 Delaware Ave. in James City, died Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born April 27, 1948 in Buckhannon, W.Va., she was the daughter of Egbert T. and Virgie D. Depoy Farnsworth.Â On April 29, 1967 in James City, she married Robert M. Reigel, who survives.