Archive - Mar 2012 - News Article
Itâ€™s no surprise that Kane native Jim Sirianni became a high school history teacher.
The late Robert â€śChiefâ€ť Carson, a Kane teacher, heavily influenced Sirianni. And he listened to his tutor and has had a 36-year career as a history teacher at Kane Area High School.
â€śIâ€™ve always been interested in history,â€ť Sirianni said.
Sirianni not only teaches history. He has dug deep into the subjectâ€”especially on the local level.
Damage is estimated at $75,000 in a late Wednesday night fire at a residence in Kane.
Tim Holt, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, said firefighters were called at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday for a fire at a residence at 118 Ash St.
Charles Johnson, the lone occupant of the residence, escaped without injury, Holt said. No injuries to firefighters were reported, Holt said.
Holt said the fire broke out in the basement of the one-story residence, which has an attached garage. There is extensive smoke and water damage to the home, Holt said.
JAMES CITY â€“ Seneca Resources is conducting a test to determine the feasibility of disposing of drilling brine fluids in an old gas well in Highland Township.
"The purpose of this test is to evaluate the potential of depleted sands as a means of disposing of produced brine from other Seneca wells," Doug Kepler of Seneca Resources said in a letter to Highland Township Supervisor Charlie Vaughn.
According to Kepler, the "injectivity test" is "strictly monitored" by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Kane native Marty Niklas is one of the U.S. Marines chosen to carry the special National 9/11 American flag during a ceremony last week at the BNP Paribas Open professional tennis tournament at Indian Wells, Calif.
Private First Class (Pfc.) Niklas is a 2011 graduate of Kane Area High School. He is the leader of his platoon based at the Marine base at 29 Palms, Calif.
The Lutheran Home at Kane is seeking permission to link with Biddle Street (Route 6) over an alleged right-of-way known as Lincoln Street Extension.
"Is there a right-of-way and are we permitted to construct a road to improve our land accessibility?" Lutheran Home Administrator Linda Carlson asked in a letter to the Kane Borough Council.
She said the Lutheran Home has the "understanding" that Lincoln Street Extension "comes off Route 6" and extends to the Lutheran Home property at 100 High Point Drive.
The fund is building for the purchase and installation of a new memorial stone for the "point" at Evergreen Park in Kane.
The stone is for "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan.
The stone will carry the name of Sgt. Staff Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native killed in Afghanistan last July while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
The Kane Eagles Club has purchased the stone. Plans call for the installation of the stone before Memorial Day in May.
HAZEL HURST â€“ A revised property tax-relief program for business and industry is coming in Hamlin Township.
The state-authorized Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program is designed to encourage commercial development in the township.
Portville Truckingâ€”referred to as â€śBig Dogâ€ťâ€”at Lantz Corners is expected to qualify for participation in the new LERTA, according to Julie Graham, secretary-treasurer for the township.
It appears that a group of Kane residents will continue to show up at borough council meetings to criticize the borough operation.
"We're here for the duration," spokesman Mick Petruney of 321 Kearney St. said Monday as he read a four-page statement to assail the borough government.
He is a vocal member of the group that he said has been meeting on a regular basis to discuss the borough operation-- and a property tax hike adopted earlier this year.
Anxiety is building in the Kane Area School District as student testing begins this week under the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).
Naturally, students are nervous about taking PSSA tests in math, reading, science and writing.
But teachers and school administrators also are feeling the tension. Thatâ€™s because the annual tests determine whether the school district and its three schools are making â€śannual yearly progress (AYP)â€ť under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program.
It's a community project that everyone wishes never had to be undertaken.
Plans are under way to add a memorial stone in Evergreen Park to honor Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed in Afghanistan last July while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
The Eagles Club in Kane has purchased the stone, which is similar to those already located in the memorial area at the "point" at Evergreen Park. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other Kane organizations are contributing to cover the cost of the community project to honor VanGiesen.