August 6th, 2014
Water shutoffs for unpaid Kane sewer bills soon will be ordered four times a year instead of twice.
This is the message from Richard Lear, president of the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Co. (PAMS). The company, based in Oakmont near Pittsburgh, handles sewer bills for Kane and a portion of Wetmore Township.
Lear was a prime speaker Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Kane Borough Sewer Authority and the Kane Borough Council. The meeting was held to discuss problems in collecting delinquent sewer bills.
Police Chief Heath Boyer is hoping to bring the Kane Police Department into the "technology age."
Speaking Wednesday at a special Kane Borough Council meeting on "information technology (IT)," Boyer said obtaining a laptop computer for use in the police cruiser is his "top priority."
Donald C. McClelland, 78, of 130 Greeves St., died Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, 2014 at UPMC-Hamot. Friends will be received on Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Cummings Funeral Home in Kane. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. A full obituary will appear in tomorrow's paper.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The 44th Swedish Festival opens Friday in Mt. Jewett.
The three-day festival, which is one of the longest running summer events in the region, attracts thousands to the close-knit Mt. Jewett community for food, entertainment and special activities.
Where else can you enjoy a Swedish smorgasbord, a Swedish Meatball Contest and watch Viking Ship races?
"We're all excited about our community-oriented festival," Beth Carpenter said. "It brings us all together. We look forward to seeing the Mt. Jewett natives who come home for the festival."
Plans are being finalized for a drainage project on Dwight's Road in Wetmore Township.
Supervisors Bill Ryding, Elaine Bodistow and Steve Dyne met Tuesday with Roy Pedersen of E&M Engineers of Bradford to scrutinize the plans.
The McKean County Conservation District-- through its Dirt and Gravel Roads program-- is providing a grant of $5,625 for the project.
Kane area residents showed great support Monday at the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the First United Methodist Church.
Reports show that 45 units of blood were collected during the six-hour Blood Drive. This total more than exceeded the goal of 36 units.
District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon concerning recent drug busts and how citizens can be aware of suspicious activity involving the synthetic drug "bath salts."
As a result of an ongoing investigation the following suspects have been charged in possession and distributing bath salts:
SMETHPORT â€“ The borough of Kane is expected to receive $14,520 in federal aid to replace the doors on six garage bays at the fire hall on Poplar Street.
The borough is seeking the aid from the county's "pot" of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
The borough also is seeking $14,190 in CDBG funds for a new energy-efficient gas-fired boiler at the fire hall.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The paving of Poplar Street in Mt. Jewett apparently won't take place this year.
Acting Monday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 to reject paving bids, which came in at more than twice the estimate provided by the state.
Shawn Agosti, who handles estimates for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), pegged the Poplar Street paving job at $32,058.
The low bid from Glenn Hawbaker of State College was $71,875. IA Construction of Franklin submitted a bid of $93,343.
The Kane Area School Board of Directors met in the schoolâ€™s middle school auditorium on Monday evening for a special meeting. On the agenda were discussions regarding the hiring of a board secretary, school psychologist, technology support position and the districtâ€™s next superintendent.