Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Kane native Julia Anderson has been hired as the new director of special education for the Kane Area School District.
The Kane School Board approved the appointment Thursday at its meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium. She will begin at the "entry-level" salary of $62,500 for the position.
Anderson, a 1996 graduate of Kane High School, is the daughter of Dave and Judy Carlson of Kane. She is one of six children in the family.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Dr. Linda Rettger has practiced family medicine in Mt. Jewett for 31 years.
She now will be seeing patients in a new state-of-the-art medical office complex.
"I'm very happy with our new building," Rettger said Thursday after cutting the ribbon to officially open the UPMC Hamot Medical Park at 18 W. Main St. near the Mt. Jewett Post Office. "This is a wonderful asset for our community."
The Mt. Jewett medical park is a service of Kane Community Hospital, which is an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
More than 150 awards were presented Wednesday evening at the 16th annual Academic Banquet at the Kane High School gymnasium.
A total of 335 students and their families attended the banquet. The school cafeteria staff prepared the dinner.
High School Principal Jeff Kepler said the attendance was "the largest ever" for the fete that recognizes students for their excellence in the classroom.
Joyce Magnuson, the high school librarian, made her debut as the banquet chairman for the first time.
Melanie Clabaugh was amazed last year when nearly 200 volunteers participated in the first KARE For Kane Day to tackle projects to beautify the community.
Imagine how she feels now as more than 400 â€śpre-registeredâ€ť volunteers are gearing up for the second KARE Day Friday.
â€śLast yearâ€™s turnout exceeded our expectations,â€ť Clabaugh said. â€śThis yearâ€™s response is overwhelming.â€ť
MT. JEWETT â€“ A grand-opening celebration is scheduled Thursday at the new UPMC Hamot Medical Park in Mt. Jewett.
The medical facility is a service of Kane Community Hospital, which is affiliated with UPMC Hamot.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the new building at 18 W. Main St. near the Mt. Jewett Post Office.
The grand-opening event, which is open to the public, runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Those attending the grand-opening will qualify for prizes.
Some Kane Area School District administrators will be switching buildings and duties under a staff realignment plan that goes into effect July 1.
Dr. Maryann Anderson, superintendent of the school district, conceived the plan, which she said would â€śre-energize the professional staff.â€ť
She said Monday that the nine-member school board has endorsed her plan following discussions at private meetings on personnel issues.
â€śChanges are good,â€ť Anderson said, â€śand they will help us move forward to keep our district in a good position.â€ť
Here is a summary of the changes:
MT. JEWETT â€“ A dispute between the Mt. Jewett Borough Council and the defunct Mt. Jewett Borough Water Authority is blocking the sale of a building for a local business.
Until this dispute is resolved, the borough agreed Monday to lease the building at 5 W. Main St. to Mt. Jewett residents Mike and Vera West.
Earlier this year, the Wests submitted a high bid of $29,000 to purchase the vacant building once planned as the future home for the water authority.
â€śForever Youngâ€ť was the theme for a gathering Friday of the United Church Women of Kane.
More than 50 attended the luncheon and program at Nelson Hall at the Tabor Lutheran Church at Greeves and Dawson streets in Kane.
The highlight was a performance by six women dressed as dancers wearing black tops, short shirts and red headbands.
The dancers included Connie Espen, Dee Greville, Barb Kimbrough, Susie Swanson, Mary Thompson and Ruth Truden. At least three dancers are in their 80s.
EAST DEER â€“ Two wheels fell off a school bus with 25 Elk County children on board along state Route 28 on Thursday morning, but neither they nor the bus driver were injured, state police said.
The driver, Walter Mehalko, 63, of Wilcox, was able to pull the crippled bus over to the side of the road between the Creighton (Exit 13) and Pittsburgh Mills (12A) exits at about 9 a.m.
The bus was one of two from the Johnsonburg Area School District heading to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.
The nine-week KidShape program at the Kane Middle School is teaching parents and children how to deal with weight issues.
UPMC-Hamot, which includes Kane Community Hospital, is partnering with the Highmark Foundation to bring the nationally recognized family-based weight management program to Kane.
The program is for overweight children ages 6 to 14 and their parents. The program helps children and their families through better nutrition, increased physical activity and improved self-esteem.
A total of 17 children and their parents are taking part in the program.