June 7th, 2012
Tom Cecchetti may be ending a 36-year career as a popular physical education teacher in Kane, but he isnâ€™t quite ready to give up coaching track.
â€śI plan on being the boysâ€™ track coach again next spring,â€ť Cecchetti said as he winds up his career as a high school teacher and school district athletic director.
â€śI still have that passion to watch our kids excel,â€ť he said. â€śI love to watch our kids progress. Iâ€™m definitely hooked.â€ť
Cecchetti has built a reputation as one the most successful high school track coaches in Pennsylvania.
Unfavorably cited in a report by the state Auditor General, Kane School Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson is ready and willing to give her side of the story.
According to the â€śfindingsâ€ť in the report issued last month by state Auditor General Jack Wagner:
The â€śformer supervisor of special servicesâ€ť for the Millcreek Township School District near Erie â€śdiverted $91,873 from the districtâ€™s special education program by purchasing gift cards with special education funds and using the gift cards for non-program purposes.â€ť
The Kane Zoning Hearing Board has cleared the way for the sale of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School to Kane Manufacturing.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, the board approved a "special exception for 'mixed use'" at the former school.
Ed Peterson, chairman of the board, voted in favor of the request along with Vice Chairman Joe Stauffer and board member Todd Klaiber.
Norm Schreckengost and Diane Niklas, two other board members, did not attend the meeting. Mike Woods, listed as an alternate member, also was absent.
Judy M. Reigel, 64, of 40 Delaware Ave. in James City, died Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born April 27, 1948 in Buckhannon, W.Va., she was the daughter of Egbert T. and Virgie D. Depoy Farnsworth.Â On April 29, 1967 in James City, she married Robert M. Reigel, who survives.
The borough of Kane plans to hire a private company to handle sewer bills.
Acting at its meeting Tuesday, the Kane Borough Council took preliminary action to appoint the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Company (PAMS) to issue and collect sewer bills.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which serves Kane with water, has been handling the sewer bills.
But the company later this year plans to end its role for billings other than for water for its entire service area, including Kane.
Zook Motors is planning to construct a new 48x96-foot building adjacent to its existing complex on Route 6 west of Kane.
According to information unveiled Tuesday at a meeting of the Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors, the new building will serve as a "detail shop" for the longtime business.
The supervisors endorsed the project, which now will go the McKean County Planning Commission for its approval.
In other business at the 73-minute meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane, the supervisors:
MT. JEWETT â€“ Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers of State College is seeking an agreement to provide engineering services to the borough of Mt. Jewett.
According to a presentation made Monday at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, the company is ready to help the borough solve certain problems with its water service.
Speaking at the meeting, Uni-Tec President Patrick Ward said the company would "provide good services" to help remedy a "very low water pressure condition on Maple Lane."
Ward said the "only solution" is to install a small pump station.
Becky Christian can thank her husbandâ€™s passion for the outdoors for leading her to Kane where sheâ€™s had a 36-year teaching career.
Because he enjoyed hunting and fishing, Christian applied for a teaching job in Kane after graduating from Thiel College in 1976.
A native of Beaver near Pittsburgh, Christian said she had â€śnever heard of Kaneâ€ť before coming here for her first job interview after college graduation.
She learned the â€śnext dayâ€ť that she had been offered the job of kindergarten teacher at the former Clay Street Elementary School in Kane.
M. Althea Weilacher, 98, formerly of Owl's Nest and Yarnall Street in Kane, died late Friday evening, June 1, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys.
Born Jan. 16, 1914 in Masten, she was the daughter of Domer R. and Beatrice A. Danley Derr.Â On Aug. 30, 1931 in Clarendon, she married Daniel E. Weilacher, who died in 1973.
Mrs. Weilacher was a nurse's aide for several years at the Kane Community Hospital, then later worked at Stackpole in Kane, also for several years.
James E. Brinkley, 88, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of Smithfield Avenue, Kane, died early Friday morning, June 1, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
BornÂ May 16, 1924 in Sigel, he was the son of Conrad and Mary Cyphert Brinkley.Â On May 10, 1952 in Ridgway, he married Donna M. Nearing, who died in 2009.
Mr. Brinkley was Army sergeant in the 5th infantry during WWII, having served three years in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, three years in Italy, and also in Okinawa.Â Â Later, he worked at Stackpole in Kane for 28 years, retiring in 1986.