November 21st, 2011
William Murray Becker, beloved husband, passed away Nov. 2, 2011, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Becker was born Feb. 6, 1927 in Geneva, New York, the son of the late Edward F. Becker and Cecelia Murray Becker.
WARREN â€“ A service to honor Cold War veterans was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the St. Joseph Church in Warren.
State Representative Kathy Rapp presented a ceremony as well as a luncheon, certificates and medals to honor the veterans. The Cold War was from Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26,1991.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“Â If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.
Katherine M. Cappello, 85, formerly of 2 Greeves St., died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Sena Kean Manor after a brief illness.
Born March 12, 1926, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine Yasurek.Â In 1949, she married Joseph S. Cappello who preceded her in death in 1991.
Surviving are a son, Robert (Deb) Cappello of Kane; a daughter, Mary (Fred) Holmes of Kane; one granddaughter, Tracy (Don) Zilkofski of Kane; three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Zach and Kristen Zilkofski; a sister, Mary (Carmen) Pontoriero of Erie; and several nieces and nephews.
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 25-year-old Kane woman whose body was found Thursday afternoon behind a garage on Commons Alley in the borough.
"We don't suspect foul play," Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard said Friday in commenting on the death of Natasha Mattis of Pine Avenue.
According to the police chief, the cause of death will be determined at an autopsy in Erie. He said Dr. Eric Vey, the Erie County forensic pathologist, is expected to conduct the autopsy Monday.
Natasha L. â€śTashaâ€ť Mattis, 25, of 106 Pine Ave., passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Born Sept. 15, 1986, in Kane, she was a daughter of Ronald and Angela Asp Mattis.
Tasha was a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.Â She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Smethport - Benjamin R. Defibaugh, 63, of Smethport, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
He was born July 1, 1948 in Smethport, a son of Benjamin F. and Clara I. Shick Defibaugh. On Oct. 1, 1977 in St. Joseph Church, Mt. Jewett, he married Debbie A. Boyland, who survives.
Mr. Defibaugh was a graduate of Smethport High School and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.
Mr. Defibaugh was the Director of Veteran's Affairs for McKean County for 25 years, retiring in December 2008.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport.
It is mid July just before 10 p.m. and Iâ€™m flying over the city of Seattle, Washington. The city is spectacular at night, with the famous Space Needle illuminated against the skyline. This is actually my second visit to the city. My first trip, over forty years ago, I was heading for the Army base at Fort Lewis. In that era, I felt sure I was on my way to South Vietnam, but as fate would have it, our company was deployed to another destination. You see, the Vietnam War was winding down, and the decision was made to reduce personnel going in that direction.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners is considering a request for a public meeting on issues linked with the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Bill Belitskus, a Hamlin Township resident who said he is concerned with health and safety issues involving Shale wells, appealed Tuesday to the commissioners to schedule the meeting.
He said a meeting is needed because there is â€śa breakdown in communicationsâ€ť between the public and Shale developers such as Shell and Seneca Resources.
Property taxes will rise in 2012 in Kane under a tentative budget adopted Monday by the Kane Borough Council.
The proposed budget calls for a rate increase of 1.5 mills that will boost the overall property tax in Kane to $9.375 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The overall rate this year is 7.875 mills.
The increase means that the owner of property assessed at $50,000 would see their borough tax bill climb by about $75 from $394 to $469.