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March 6th, 2012

Nora Lynn Johnson Sovik

March 6, 2012

Nora Lynn Johnson Sovik, 61, of Baltimore, Md., died Feb. 29, 2012, at Catonsville Commons under the care of Gilchrist Hospice Care after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 27, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Ruth L. and Donald H. Johnson of Kane.
She was married to Karl Sovik of Baltimore for 20 years. Nora was employed as a bank teller, at The House of Siam Restaurant, and most recently at Shoppers Food Market in Catonsville.

Wetmore Township to see drop in timber revenue

March 6, 2012

Wetmore Township will see a decrease in the amount of revenue it receives this year from its share of timber sales in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).
According to a report from the U.S. Forest Service, the township's allocation will be $94,298.44 this year. The figure is a decrease of $8,665.88 from the previous allocation of $102,9964.32.
The Wetmore Township Supervisors Steve Dyne, Bill Ryding and Elaine Bodistow received notice of the timber revenue Tuesday at a meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane.

Program focuses on overweight Kane children

March 6, 2012

A nine-week program is designed to help overweight Kane children learn how to lead healthier lives.
Called "KidShape," the program begins Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kane Middle School cafeteria and gymnasium.
A total of 16 children in kindergarten through eighth grade have registered for the nationally recognized family-based weight management program. A parent or guardian must accompany their children to each session.

Commissioners back 'prevailing wage' reform

March 6, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners went on record Tuesday in favor of state legislation to reform the "prevailing wage" act.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed legislation that boosts the "threshold" for "prevailing wage" projects from $25,000 to $185,000.
Under the current law adopted in 1961, contractors bidding on municipal projects must agree to pay "prevailing wages" to their workers if the project cost is $25,000 or more.

March 5th

Mt. Jewett council nixes medical center tax relief

March 6, 2012

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to reject a request from Kane Community Hospital for property tax relief for its new medical center now under construction on West Main Street.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilmen Chip Lannen, Don Martyna, Wil Antrim, John Keesee and Brett Morgan to shoot down the request. Councilwoman Linda Berry did not attend the meeting due to a leg injury, it was noted.

March 4th

Garold M. Oakes

March 4, 2012

Garold M. Oakes, 90, of 823 Wood St. (Route 6), Kane, died Friday morning, March 2, 2012 at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.
Born Sept. 27, 1921 in Ridgway, he was the son of Sherman P. and Cecile E. Kinter Oakes. On Nov. 26, 1944 in Kane, he married Lorraine I. Swanson, who died Aug. 4, 2003.
Mr. Oakes owned Oakes Gas Company and was a gas and oil producer all of his life.

Curtis Lee Hayduk Sr.

March 4, 2012

Curtis Lee Hayduk Sr., 74, of 569 Maple St., Kane, died early Saturday morning, March 3, 2012, at the Kane Community Hospital.
He was born on July 22, 1937 in Kane, the son of the late John and Marion (Ward) Hayduk.
Mr. Hayduk had been employed by Stackpole for 37 years until his retirement in 1999.
Surviving relatives include four daughters, Nicoll Heart, Maria Jones, Terri Dowd and Jackie Reinard; three sons, Curtis Hayduk Jr., Jim Hayduk and Cole Hayduk; four sisters, Marjorie Duchi, Kathryn Fiscus, Pearl Taylor and Audrey Marshall; and two brothers, Gene Hayduk and Larry Hayduk.

Harriet Elizabeth Spilka

March 4, 2012

Harriet Elizabeth Spilka, 86, passed away on March 3, 2012 at Warren Manor in the presence of her family.
She was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Edinboro to the late Grace and Harry Moffat. She was a graduate of Edinboro High School. Harriet retired from Groboski Industries in Sheffield.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Moffat, and a sister, Helen Hanks.

Large crowd attends auction at former school

March 4, 2012

More than 200 jammed into hallways and classrooms Saturday for an auction at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
The Kane Area School District held the auction to dispose of surplus equipment and to prepare the building for sale to Kane Manufacturing.
“It was a larger turnout than we expected,” John Rook said in commenting on the size of the auction crowd. Rook is the facilities director for the school district.
Based on preliminary figures, it appears the school district will take in more than $9,200 as its share of the auction proceeds.

March 2nd

Victor J. "Yitter" Zawatski

March 2, 2012

Victor J. "Yitter" Zawatski, 93, of Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 1, 2012 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a short illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1918 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Vincent and Leokadja Walczak Zawatski.
He married Gertrude Ann Votano on Aug. 2, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.

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