February 14th, 2012
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners plans to take advantage of historically low interest rates and roll over the balance of bonds issued in 2007.
Acting at their meeting Tuesday, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane gave the green light to refinance the bonds that totaled $4.6 million when issued. The amount to be refinanced is somewhat lower because the county already has made payments on the loans.
The bonds were issued, in part, to pay for courthouse improvements and for the construction of the county-owned Galico Bridge in Keating Township.
Joyce M. Wallin, 85, formerly of Sheffield and Ludlow, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Warren Manor.
Born June 10, 1926, in Wildcat, she was a daughter of Olgar and Elna Olson Wallin.
Ms. Wallin was a member of Moriah Lutheran Church in Ludlow and also belonged to the American Legion AuxiliaryÂ and the Wildcat Park Auxiliary.
She was the owner/operator of Joyceâ€™s Beauty Shop and at different times had worked at New Process in Warren and Grabowskiâ€™s in Sheffield.
HAZEL HURST â€“ After months of discussion on the issue, the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Monday to approve a request from Shell for a waiver in the Stormwater Management Ordinance (SMO).
Board Chairman Don Compton joined with Supervisors Guy Raught and Joni Britton to approve the waiver for a proposed pipeline and meter station linked with a Marcellus Shale natural gas well drilled by the Shell Exploration and Production Company.
Ned J. Kopp, 80, of 313 Welsh St., Kane, formerly of St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 14, 1931 in St. Marys, he was the son of the late William C. and Caroline E. Weber Kopp.Â On June 6, 1964 in Emporium, he married Marilyn M. Haviland, who died July 4, 2011.
Ned was a mechanic for Airco Speer in St. Marys for many years.Â He served in the U.S. Army after WWII and during the Korean War, andÂ was part of the St. Marys Serviceman's Detail.
A Kane cosmetologist is volunteering to help local cancer patients through a national public service program known as â€śLook Goodâ€¦Feel Better.â€ť
Becky Gallagher Vogel, who operates Beckyâ€™s Boutique at 439 Biddle St., Kane, will conduct the first local workshop Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for female cancer patients.
The free Valentineâ€™s Day forum will be held in a conference room on the second floor of Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of Hamot/UPMC.
BROOKVILLE â€” Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
On Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
Preparation of a proposed budget for the Kane Area School District is linked with a state spending plan released this week by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Steve Perry, business manager for the school district, said Thursday that he is â€śgathering informationâ€ť for the next Kane school budget.
He said he will be scrutinizing the proposed state budget to determine how the draft will affect the Kane spending plan.
â€śItâ€™s a very challenging process,â€ť Perry said in his report to the Kane School Board at its meeting Thursday.
A Kane woman has been fined in Kane District Court after pleading guilty to a violation of a borough code on disorderly conduct.
Darlene Bizzak, 57, of 430 Park Ave. has been assessed $94 in fines and court costs in her recent appearance before District Judge Dave Engman.
She is accused of creating â€śa hazardous or physically offensive conditionâ€ť by engaging in a loud verbal altercation in the Kane Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), according to court documents.
Court records identify the victim as John Raspatello, 58, of 68 Fraley St., Kane.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The Mt. Jewett Borough Council plans to enforce regulations that ban parking on Main Street (Route 6) between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Parking on both sides of the street is banned during that time to facilitate snow removal during the winter months.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has asked the borough to enforce the parking ban on Main Street.
Council discussed the issue earlier this week at its meeting at the borough building.
Council President Chuck Paar is asking residents to â€śabideâ€ť by the parking regulations on Main Street.
The Kane Manufacturing Corporation (Kane Screens) has submitted a high bid of $100,002 for the purchase of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
The school board voted 8-0 Thursday to accept the offer for the building, which closed following the 2009-10 school year.
Board President Dave Westerburg joined with board members Dick Coleman, Mark Paup, Larry Lamping, Stephanie Eckstrom, Ed Kocjancic, Gary Ziegler and Ken Kane in approving the sale. Board member Harry Steele did not attend the meeting at the middle school auditorium.