May 28th, 2012
William R. Besecker, 92, of 130 Bayard St., Kane, died Saturday morning, May 26, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born May 14, 1920, he was the son of Edward and Margaret Jackson Besecker. In March of 1945, he married Evelyn B. Tinson, who died in 2000.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Besecker served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and later worked at Kane Hardwood as a supervisor for 20 years.
He was a member of Kane Lodge #566 F&AM and was a lifetime member of McKean County Chapter #72 of the D.A.V.
Charles Edward Bonini, age 81, of Franklinville, N.Y., of Route 16 died Friday, May 25, 2012, at the Pines in Machias following a long illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1930 in Kane, he was the son of William Bonini and Evelyn Lindblade. In 1954 he married Ray Etta Willman; she predeceased him in 1963. On Nov 23, 1963 in Bradford, he married Barbara Anderson, who survives.
In a stirring Memorial Day address Monday in Kane, State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) saluted Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen.
The Kane native was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Rapp pointed out that VanGiesen was â€śserving on his fourth active tour of overseas duty.â€ť
The 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School previously served in Germany and twice in Iraq â€ślogging a total of 1,400 mobilized days in overseas deployment,â€ť Rapp said.
LUDLOW â€“ Featuring sunny skies and hot, humid weather, the annual Ludlow Memorial Day program was held Monday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery.
A large crowd attended the event, which included the singing of â€śGod Bless America,â€ť the â€śBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť and the â€śStar Spangled Banner.â€ť Georgi Rice led the singing of the patriotic songs.
The Rev. Dennis Johnson was the speaker for the program. He is the pastor of the Sheffield and Barnes United Methodist Church.
In his address, Johnson recited â€śIn Flanders Field,â€ť which he called â€śone of the most popular and most quoted war poems.â€ť
MT. JEWETT â€“ Christopher Bierbower, SSgt United States Army Infantry was the keynote speaker for the Mt. Jewett Memorial Day Program which was held immediately after the parade. After being introduced by Master of Ceremonies SSgt Kevin Kost, Bierbower gave thanks to Patrick Eaton Commander of VFW Post 6347 and everyone for coming out to help honor all the brave men and women past and present who served our country.
State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) will speak Monday at the annual Memorial Day program in Kane.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts in Kane are sponsoring the Memorial Day activities, which features a parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The parade forms at 9 a.m. on Wetmore Avenue and proceeds south on Fraley Street to the â€śpointâ€ť area of Evergreen Park at Chestnut, Birch and Fraley streets.
"I'm always honored to be asked to speak to honor our veterans for all their sacrifices," Rapp said Friday.
A state investigation is highly critical of Kane School District Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson when she served as supervisor of Special Services for the Millcreek Township School District near Erie.
According to the report issued last week by State Auditor General Jack Wagner:
*Anderson as supervisor of Special Services "diverted $91,873 from the district's special education program by purchasing gift cards with special education funds and using the gift cards for non-program purposes."
SMETHPORT â€“ A Kane woman will spend a week in the McKean County Jail for stealing money from the Kane Day School while she was serving as the board treasurer.
Ashley Nichole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, broke down in tears Thursday after McKean County President Judge John Pavlock handed down a sentence that calls for incarceration.
Under the sentence, Wilson will spend between "7 days to one year" in the jail on Route 6 near Smethport.
In a week, she is expected to be released on parole that will last a year. Then she will go on probation for two years, the judge ruled.
David C. Bliss, Jr., 64, of 287 Spring St. in East Kane, died Thursday morning at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Aug. 6, 1947 in Kane, he was the son of David and Thelma J. Neely Bliss. On Aug. 5, 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, he married Okye Young Kim, who died in 1992. Preceded in death by his stepfather, James L. Clark.
Mr. Bliss was a Sergeant 1st Class in the Army during the Vietnam War,Â giving 23 years of service.
He was a member of the VFW #1132 in Kane.
He'd rather not have all of the attention, but Senior Trial Court Judge John M. Cleland of Kane is in the national limelight today.
He's the presiding judge for the upcoming sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former long-time Penn State assistant football coach.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin June 5 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
Barring any â€śbombshellâ€ť developments, Cleland will return home three days later to deliver the commencement address Friday, June 8 at the Kane High School auditorium.