June 11th, 2015
The final Kane school budget shows more expenses than revenues and carries a hike in the property tax rate.
The tax rate for property in the McKean County portion of the school district is rising from 16.17 mills to 16.56 mills.
This means owners of property in Kane, Wetmore Township, Mt. Jewett and Hamilton Township (Ludlow) will be paying $16.56 for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.
The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) has honored two Kane longtime school employees for outstanding service.
Julie W. Boyer, a first-grade teacher at the Kane Elementary School, and Dora Gelatko, a para-professional, are the recipients of the PASR Lauretta Woodson Award.
Debbie Wensel, a retired Kane teacher and member of the PASR, presented the awards Thursday at a meeting of the Kane School Board in the Kane Middle School auditorium.
JAMES CITY â€“ The operation of the Highland Township government could shut down unless new insurance can be found within three weeks.
According to discussion Wednesday at a meeting of the township Board of Supervisors, Highland officials have tried in vain to find a new insurance carrier. The current policy with Trident Insurance expires July 3 and won't be renewed.
Secretary-treasurer Christy Reigel reportedly has contacted eight insurance sources to seek coverage. All have turned down the township.
"I tried everybody," Reigel said during the somber discussion.
LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP â€“ Efforts are well underway to promote "Wings Over Bradford."
The "aviation awareness day" will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bradford Regional Airport on Route 59 in Lafayette Township.
Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Airport Authority, Jim Neely said the "fun day" is designed to build local support for general aviation at the airport. The event is planned "rain or shine," Neely said.
Neely, a retired game warden who resides on Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township near Kane, is the coordinator for "Wings Over Bradford."
The Kane Community Vacation Bible School winds up today with a program at the Highlander Christian Camp on South Settlement Road in Wetmore Township.
Jim Airgood Busing of Kane is providing transportation for those children who need rides to the camp.
A total of 135 children are taking part in the Vacation Bible School (VBS), which began Monday. VBS is for children age four through those who just completed fifth grade.
RIDGWAY â€“ Convicted murderer Nicholas Martin was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday at the Elk County Courthouse after a jury of his peers found him guilty of the 2013 killing of his then girlfriend Alyssa Forsyth.
The sentence was expected; Martin's conviction of first-degree murder carried with it a mandatory life sentence.
President Judge Richard A. Masson had no choice in sentencing Martin to life in prison, but he added that the court had no reluctance to imposing the sentence of life in prison.
LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP â€“ Sun Air Express is attracting more passengers for its cheap daily flights between the Bradford Regional Airport and the Pittsburgh International Airport.
For just $29, Kane area residents can fly from the local airport on Route 39 in Lafayette Township to Pittsburgh.
With free parking at the local airport, the 55-minute flight is a quick and inexpensive way to travel to Pittsburgh.
Sun Air Bradford Station Manager Ryan Dach gave a rosy report Wednesday to the Airport Authority at its meeting at the airport.
John English will be trading in the Red and Blue for Green and White this fall. The Wolvesâ€™ standout running back will be continuing his football career this fall as a member of the Mercyhurst Lakers. English accepted a scholarship offer from the PSAC team a little more than a month prior to his KHS graduation last Friday night.
Several local races will be facing Kane area voters in the Nov. 3 general election.
One of the key races will be a five-way contest for four seats on the Kane Borough Council.
Five candidates-- including a write-in-- have won ballot spots based on final results from the May 19 primary.
The Democratic candidates for council include incumbents Howard Kane and Holly Harris and write-in candidates Brandon "Tater" Johnston and David Walker.
The Republican candidates include incumbent Tom Kase, Walker and write-in candidate Johnston.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The operation of the Mt. Jewett sewage treatment system for now will remain under local control.
The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority failed Tuesday to even hear a motion to sell the operation to a private company.
On the other hand, a motion that would retain local control failed to generate a majority vote by the six-member authority.
See full article in the June 10 edition of The Kane Republican.