Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
The Kane Borough Sewer Authority voted 3-0 Monday to take what has been called "the first step" in a plan to sell treated sewage water to drillers of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Dave Peterson, the new chairman of the five-member authority, joined with board members Frank Wojcik and Phil Lingenfelter in authorizing KLH Engineers of Pittsburgh to prepare water sale permit applications with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
A four-hour training session on responses to emergencies at natural gas well-sites was held Sunday at the Kane Fire Hall.
More than 70 volunteer firefighters from eight communities attended the program.
In addition to Kane, firefighters at the forum came from Hamlin Township (Hazel Hurst), Hamilton Township (Ludlow), Highland Township (James City), Wilcox, Lafayette Township, Lewis Run and Otto Township.
State Fire Instructors Bruce Manning of McKean County and John Eckel of Venango County led the training, which included the distribution of printed materials and a slide show.
The Kane School Board has agreed to partner with the Kane Historic Preservation Society (KHPS) on a research project in the vicinity of Kane High School.
The original home for General Thomas L. Kane and his wife, Elizabeth was located in the area of the high school auditorium, according to the society.
â€śThe home marked the beginning of the community and the growth and development of an area they loved,â€ť the KHPS said in a statement presented Thursday to the school board.
The Kane School Board voted 8-0 Thursday to extend the contract of Dr. Maryann Anderson as superintendent of the Kane Area School District.
The five-year extension runs from next September through Sept. 7, 2017. She is currently in the third year of her original three-year contract.
School Board President Dave Westerburg joined with board members Dick Coleman, Ed Kocjancic Jr., Mark Paup, Harry Steele, Stephanie Eckstrom, Larry Lamping and Gary Ziegler in approving the contract extension.
Board member Ken Kane did not attend the meeting, but reportedly agrees with the contract extension.
The Kane Area School District is seeking bids for the possible sale of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School.
The school closed following the 2009-10 school year and the new Kane Elementary School adjacent to the Kane Middle School opened for the 2010-11 school year.
Several education-related agencies now are renting space in the former school along Chestnut Street.
JAMES CITY â€“ Through the first 10 days of the New Year, the Highland Township road crew has had little snow to plow.
But, due to unseasonable weather, there is another problem facing residents who live on dirt roads. That problem is dust-- usually an issue in the warmer months of the year.
"We have a dust problem," Township Supervisor Charlie Vaughn said Wednesday at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors at the township building in James City. "This is an unusual problem for this time of the year."
MT. JEWETT â€“ The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority is sticking by a billing policy that has been established at previous meetings.
One part of the policy makes landlords responsible for delinquent sewer bills incurred by their tenants. Another section of the policy accepts a one-time-only excuse for not paying a bill on time.
Both issues surfaced Tuesday at the authority's monthly meeting at the borough building.
The board has advised Denis Rettger of Mt. Jewett that he is responsible for "unpaid sewer bills" for persons who pay him rent for mobile home sites along Maple Lane.
RIDGWAY - On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
A new organization at Kane Area High School gives students an opportunity to devote more time to volunteerism in their community.
Members of the group-- called Students Modeling Ideal Life Experiences (S.M.I.L.E.)-- take part in special projects to benefit the community.
The initial members of S.M.I.L.E. include Grace Bicehouse, Emily Truden, Micah Edinger, Brent Rounsville and Salena Winston.
Kathleen Prosperi, an AmeriCorps worker at the high school, formed S.M.I.L.E. to offer students a chance to help with community projects on a year-round basis.
The Board of Directors of the Kane Chamber of Commerce has chosen the late Jim Salvamoser as its "Citizen-of-the-Year" for 2011.
The Chamber also has named the Kane Eagles Club as the local "Business-of-the-Year."
Recipients will be honored at a dinner scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Kane Country Club.
The event is slated to begin with cocktails at 5 p.m. and the ceremony at 6 p.m.Â Tickets for the event are now available at the Kane Chamber of Commerce Office, 54 Fraley St.