Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
RIDGWAY â€“ Plans are in the works for the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to be held in downtown Ridgway after the Ridgway Borough Council unanimously approved the proposal during their regular meeting.
Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki said, pending PennDOT approval, Main Street will be closed from Feb. 18-25 from Broad to Mill Streets to make room for the popular event.
"It's a win-win," Bogacki said. "The site never goes away and we can work with the retailers."
A part-time police officer for three Pittsburgh area communities was one of three men killed in a crash early Saturday morning on the James City hill on Route 66 south of Kane.
State police said the men were headed north in a pickup truck on Route 66 at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the vehicle traveled off of the east side of the roadway and struck a tree on James City hill in Wetmore Township near the border of McKean and Elk counties.
The vehicle hit two more trees before rolling over several times and landing on its roof, police said.
Dr. Ken Langille was quite happy practicing medicine as a physician in a small town in his native Nova Scotia, Canada.
This feeling of euphoria came to an unexpected end when the local hospital closed its doors.
Langille had to explore other options to continue to practice medicine.
â€śI decided to look around and see whatâ€™s available,â€ť Langille said.
His search brought him to Kane and the Kane Community Hospital in 1994. He looked at other opportunities in the U.S. before finally deciding on Kane as his new home. He opened his practice in Kane on Oct. 10, 1995.
More than 75 came out on a cold rainy night to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Kane Area Ministerial Association.
The event, which included hymns, prayers and a sermon, was held at the newly-renovated St. Callistus Catholic Church along Chase Street.
Kane area residents who have no place to go for Thanksgiving dinner are again invited to dine for free at the Eagles Club at Chase and Bayard streets in Kane.
Elderly and other persons confined to their homes also can contact the Eagles for "home delivery" of the dinners. Call 837-9422.
"We like helping people," Barb Gadley-Cheeks said in commenting on the annual Eagles' Thanksgiving dinner. "It's a very warm feeling when the people show up."
Persons who are alone or are in need can dine at the Eagles Club between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
The Kane Borough Council last week endorsed a tentative 2012 budget that carries a property tax increase of 1.5 mills.
At least three council members now are supporting a tax increase of at least 4 mills.
Speaking at a budget workshop Monday, Councilwoman Janet Bard said she would "recommend" a tax increase of 5 mills-- nearly a 40 percent increase in borough taxes.
Councilmen Jim Salvamoser and Dennis Drost both supported a 4-mill tax increase-- and the elimination of one full-time officer in the Kane Police Department.
WARREN â€“ A service to honor Cold War veterans was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the St. Joseph Church in Warren.
State Representative Kathy Rapp presented a ceremony as well as a luncheon, certificates and medals to honor the veterans. The Cold War was from Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26,1991.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“Â If the number of bears processed over the weekend at the bear check station located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall in McKean County is any indication, hunters are meeting with quite a bit of success in their quest to bag a bruin this year.
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a 25-year-old Kane woman whose body was found Thursday afternoon behind a garage on Commons Alley in the borough.
"We don't suspect foul play," Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard said Friday in commenting on the death of Natasha Mattis of Pine Avenue.
According to the police chief, the cause of death will be determined at an autopsy in Erie. He said Dr. Eric Vey, the Erie County forensic pathologist, is expected to conduct the autopsy Monday.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners is considering a request for a public meeting on issues linked with the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Bill Belitskus, a Hamlin Township resident who said he is concerned with health and safety issues involving Shale wells, appealed Tuesday to the commissioners to schedule the meeting.
He said a meeting is needed because there is â€śa breakdown in communicationsâ€ť between the public and Shale developers such as Shell and Seneca Resources.