April 16th, 2015
MT. JEWETT â€“ The construction of the Visitors Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett is seen as a boost to the area economy.
"The local communities will benefit economically from the increased number of visitors as two of the favorite pastimes of visitors are eating and shopping," Linda Devlin said. She is the executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau.
"Visitors will be traveling into our communities for these services along with seeking overnight accommodations," Devlin said.
The borough of Kane is scrambling to find part-time police officers.
The Kane Police Department has four full-time policemen, including Chief Heath Boyer.
Since the department provides around-the-clock coverage seven days a week, part-time officers are needed to fill certain shifts. Part-time officers also fill in during vacations and sick leave.
The need for more part-time policemen in Kane is heightened now that full-time officer Catrina Retterer is restricted to light duty in advance of her maternity leave later this year.
All charges against a Wetmore Township man in an alleged "bath salts" drug deal have been bound over to McKean County Court.
Kane District Judge Dave Engman sent the case to county court following a 100-minute preliminary hearing Wednesday in the local court on Fraley Street.
James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd. is charged with five counts, including:
*Two felonies for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance-- a "designer drug" known as "bath salts."
*Possession of a controlled substance ("bath salts").
Kane Community Hospital has recently made a $2,500 donation to KAREâ€™s Amphitheater on Fraley Street project which is set to begin construction the week of April 20 on Main Street in Kane. The project will begin with â€śphase oneâ€ť and, depending on funding, may keep plans for artwork, murals, lighting, etc. for future phases to improve the site. Phase one will include a public park complete with trees and landscaping along the Main Street sidewalk.Â
See full article in the April 16th edition of The Kane Republican.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The proposed sale of the Mt. Jewett sewage system to Aqua Pennsylvania-- a private company-- met with opposition Tuesday.
The criticism was presented at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority, a six-member volunteer board.
"I can't see selling it if we don't need to," Gene Ginkel told the authority. "It's an asset to Mt. Jewett, an asset that isn't hurting you."
Ginkel is a former Mt. Jewett councilman.
Gary Geer, a Mt. Jewett contractor, said "I feel more comfortable" in not selling the borough sewer system. "I don't think it's a good idea" to sell the system.
The Kane Softball team was winless last season but put that losing steak behind them with a win over Sheffield in their season opener on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Wolves scored two runs in the sixth, allowed the Wolverines to tie it up in the top of the seventh, then plated the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for the dramatic win.
The Redbank Valley Lady Bulldogs came to Kane on Tuesday afternoon to take on the Lady Wolves in a track and field dual meet and left town with a 93-56 victory. The Redbank team had too much depth for the young Lady Wolves, although a number of Kane girls came through with good performances in preparation for Saturdayâ€™s Kane Invitational.
The Kane boys track team evened its dual meet record to 1-1 on the season as they downed a tough Redbank Valley track Squad by a score of 83-67.
Kane was led by two first-place finishes on the track by junior Hunter Yasurek as he won the 400 in 54.95 and the 800 in a time of 2:06.32. Other Kane winners on the track were Tyler Weidenhoff in the 100 dash with a time of 12.24. Tyler was also third in the 200 dash. Joey Newton won the 300 hurdles in a time of 45.12 and was second in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 16.21. Joe also won the triple jump with a leap of 39'1 '1/2".
LUDLOW â€“ Hamilton Township is seeing another steep decline in the annual payment it receives from the U.S. Forest Service for its share of timber sale revenue.
According to a report discussed Monday at a meeting of the Hamilton Township Board of Supervisors, this year's forestry allocation is $58,435.76.
The figure is a $14,699.23 decline from the previous allocation of $73,134.99. This year's allocation is below the township budget figure of $70,000-- forcing the supervisors to scramble to find $11,564 to balance the township spending plan.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Hamlin Township Supervisors Jim Trussell and Dave Okerlund received criticism Monday for abolishing the Parks Committee.
The township now oversees the park and collects pavilion rentals. A separate Parks Committee for years handled park activities.
Speaking at a township meeting Monday, Trussell said the supervisors several times asked the Parks Committee to submit secretary and treasury reports.
He said these reports were "never turned over" to the supervisors.