July 16th, 2012
Recently a group of local Boy Scouts and their advisors embarked on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 ft to 12,441 ft. During their trek the Scouts and their advisors hiked 100 miles over 12 days. The group endured 100 degree temperatures and steep climbs during their trek. On day 6 they climbed to the top of Baldy Mountain which stands 12, 441 feet above sea level.
HAZEL HURST â€“ The weight limit on the Kasson Road bridge in Hamlin Township will be lowered from 26 tons to 22 tons.
Township Supervisors Don Compton, Guy Raught and Joni Britton discussed the lower weight limit at their board meeting last week.Â
In a letter to the supervisors, Derek Miller said the bridge â€śis not posted according to the most recent load rating analysis.â€ť
Work is under way on the installation of a new eight-inch water main on Hemlock Avenue in Kane.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which provides water service to Kane, is replacing a four-inch cast-iron water main that was originally installed in 1899.
Mealy Excavating and Construction of Tionesta is the contractor for the project.
Due to the work, traffic flow on Hemlock Avenue is restricted to one-lane. â€śFlaggersâ€ť are posted at both ends of the construction zone to control traffic.
June M. Smith, 94, of 3193 Rte. 6, Kane, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born June 2, 1918, in Johnsonburg, she was a daughter of Alfred and Catherine "Kate" Sweeney Hinchliffe.Â On Sept. 24, 1938, in Johnsonburg, she married James S. Smith who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church and a former member of St. Anne's Church in Wilcox and Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg.Â She also was a former member of the C.D. of A. in both Wilcox and Johnsonburg.
LANTZ CORNERS â€“ Local residents need to step to the plate and coordinate efforts to develop a trail over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Without a local organization enthusiastically behind the proposal, the "Rails To Trails" concept won't happen.
This is the message delivered Wednesday by state and county officials during a presentation at the Barrel House Restaurant at Lantz Corners.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club hosted the forum.
JAMES CITY â€“ The Highland Township Board of Supervisors appears pleased so far with work by Seneca Resources to upgrade township roads.
Speaking at a board meeting Wednesday, Supervisor Charlie Vaughn said Seneca has "double tar-and-chipped" Pig's Ear Road from the Shriner's Club to Four Corners.
"We have a high-speed road," Vaughn said in describing the improvements to the dirt road off Routes 66/948.
Vaughn, who also serves as the township roadmaster, said Seneca also has installed blacktop on sections of the road in Sackett.
There still is daily activity at the skate/bike park in Kane despite deteriorated conditions that are expected to remain indefinitely.
The Kane Borough Council at this time has no plans-- and no money-- to again repair the facility built in 2004.
Speaking at a meeting last week, Council President Howard Kane said a fundraising drive would be the only way to come up with money to fix the popular recreational site.
The borough in 2004 used $31,818 from a federal community development block grant (CDBG) to buy materials for the skate/bike facility at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
Bradley A. â€śChipâ€ť Lannen of 12 Poplar St., Mt. Jewett, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
Born Sept. 3, 1958 in Bradford, he was the son of Richard G. and Donna Kay Thornton Lannen.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. His unwavering devotion to the community of Mt. Jewett will be his legacy.
William L. "Bill" Gillespie, 78, of 824 JoJo Road, Kane, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, July 8, 2012 in the Emergency Room of the Kane Community Hospital.
Â Â Born June 15, 1934 in Coontown, he was the son of Frank A. and Reba A. Griffin Gillespie.Â On October 27, 1962 in New Bethlehem, he married Helen "Bonnie" Minich, who survives.
Â Â Mr. Gillespie had been an oil field worker in the area, then worked for James Cowan Excavating in Kane.Â Later, he worked for National Fuel in Lamont, retiring in 1992.
Â Â He was active in the Highlander Christian Camp near Kane for many years.Â
HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.
Here are some of the issues:
*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.
In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate."