August 3rd, 2012
Several Kane area youths are leading efforts to again repair the wooden skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
Volunteers led by former Kane borough councilman Bob OâRourke built the facility in 2004.
The borough allocated $31,818 in federal community development block grant (CDBG) money to buy the materials. The Kane Rotary Club donated $10,000 for the blacktop base for the skate/bike park.
Despite repairs in the past, the popular recreational site for youths has continued to deteriorate.
A forum was held Thursday on procedures for parents who "pick up" their children after classes at the Kane Elementary School.
About 110 attended the 35-minute meeting in the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Linda Lorenzo, principal at the elementary school, said in a letter to parents that attendance at the meeting was "mandatory."
Parents attending the meeting received forms to fill out and return before leaving the building. More than 80 forms were "completed" and returned, Lorenzo said.
"I was pleased with the turnout," Lorenzo said. "I thought the meeting went well."
Marking its 25th anniversary, the World Harmony Run-- a 50-state torch relay-- passed through the Kane area Thursday.
The runners and their support group spent Wednesday night in Clarion and were scheduled to reach Ellicottville, N.Y. by Thursday night en route to New York City.
Taking turns, runners carried a torch as they ran their legs on Route 66, Route 6 and Route 219 in the Kane area.
Jane Ann Karns, 50, of Rural Valley, passed away on July 31, 2012 at the ACMH Hospital - Kittanning.
She was born on May 28, 1962 to Jack and Judy (Bowser) Boyer in Kittanning. Jane retired from Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge.
She graduated from Shannock Valley High School in 1980, enjoyed traveling to Ocean City, spending time with her grandchildren, scrap booking, shopping and going to lunch and breakfast with the ladies from Allegheny Ludlum..
A meeting is slated tonight for parents who transport their children to the Kane Elementary School in private vehicles.
According to School Principal Linda Lorenzo, the meeting is âmandatoryâ for parents and guardians who intend to use âparent pick-upâ at âany timeâ during the upcoming school year.
âThey have to be here,â Lorenzo said in emphasizing the point that parents who âpick-upâ their children after school must attend tonightâs meeting. She said parents who do not attend the meeting âwonât be able to pick up their children after schoolâ when classes resume later this month.
Gannon University of Erie is ready to offer college classes in Kane in late August.
The classes, which will lead to a two-year Associate Degree in either Liberal Arts or Business Administration, will be held at the Kane Middle School.
Gannon is offering the "community college" program in Kane in partnership with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA).
Nearly 20 prospective students attended Gannon's "open house" program Monday at the Kane Middle School.
For 28 years, Camp JJ has provided a fun summer experience for Kane area children with âspecial needs.â
Camp JJ for the past four years has been located at the Highlander Christian Camp complex in Wetmore Township. Camp JJ this month offered two three-day sessions. The camp ended Saturday.
The first three-day session last week served 25 children. The second three-day session served 22 children.
Jeanette Smith of Mt. Jewett has been the camp director for the past eight years. She previously served as the âcamp cookâ for 11 years.
The Kane Area School District is saving $372,502 by refinancing loans linked with the renovation of the middle school and the construction of a new elementary school.
Nearly $339,000 of the savings will be seen in the current fiscal year that began July 1.
The savings wonât affect the school taxes due in August. Instead, the savings of $338,922 will be seen in the form of a budget transfer from debt service to the capital reserve fund. This is the fund tapped to pay for major school repairs such as the new roof at the high school.
A fast-moving storm with booming thunder, spectacular lightning and high winds roared through the Kane area Thursday afternoon and left many downed trees in its wake.
"You've had a busy afternoon up there," Meteorologist Richard Grumm said Thursday from his office at the National Weather Service complex in State College.
Grumm said the storm packed winds of between 50 and 55 mph. He said these damaging winds toppled trees.
Falling trees knocked out electrical service to many residents in the area.
John Street, 98, formerly of 157 Grandview Rd., Kane, died Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2012 at The Lutheran Home at Kane, where he resided.
Born Dec. 4, 1913 in Corry, he was the son of Fitch Roy and Fern Ida Munger Street.Â On May 26, 1939 in Corry, he married Ruth C. Keppel, who died June 28, 1998.
Mr. Street was a plant engineer at Houston Electronics in Kane for many years.