Archive - May 2012 - News Article
Sue Grolemund, a Kane native, is wrapping up a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher in her hometown.
"After all these years, I still love what I'm doing," Grolemund said in reflecting on her long career as an educator of young children. "I've had a rewarding experience every day. I'm going to miss the kids and my peers."
Grolemund is the daughter of the late Clair and Jane McNeill of Kane. She has two brothers-- Larry of Kane and Dan of New Jersey-- and one sister-- Lori Wilson of Vermont.
May has been an emotional month for Sue VanGiesen whose son, Kenneth, was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
First there was Mother's Day.
Next, the Kane woman and her family were invited guests at a memorial service May 20 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Gov. Tom Corbett spoke at the ceremony held by the Guard's 28th Infantry Division.
Then came Memorial Day earlier this week.
"Memorial Day brought back a lot of feelings and thoughts," Sue said with tears in her eyes. "It's not getting easier."
Prizes totaling $85 were awarded Tuesday in the Kane Middle School Talent Show at the school auditorium.
Olivia Blackmore, a seventh-grader, won the first-place prize of $50.
She sang the song "Arms" by Christina Perri and received a standing ovation.
Kendall Watts, a sixth-grader, received $25 for second place. She performed on the piano.
Marcie Stanisch and Sadie Tunall, both seventh-graders, received the $10 third-place prize. Together they performed a dance routine.
In a stirring Memorial Day address Monday in Kane, State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) saluted Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen.
The Kane native was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Rapp pointed out that VanGiesen was â€śserving on his fourth active tour of overseas duty.â€ť
The 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School previously served in Germany and twice in Iraq â€ślogging a total of 1,400 mobilized days in overseas deployment,â€ť Rapp said.
LUDLOW â€“ Featuring sunny skies and hot, humid weather, the annual Ludlow Memorial Day program was held Monday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery.
A large crowd attended the event, which included the singing of â€śGod Bless America,â€ť the â€śBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť and the â€śStar Spangled Banner.â€ť Georgi Rice led the singing of the patriotic songs.
The Rev. Dennis Johnson was the speaker for the program. He is the pastor of the Sheffield and Barnes United Methodist Church.
In his address, Johnson recited â€śIn Flanders Field,â€ť which he called â€śone of the most popular and most quoted war poems.â€ť
MT. JEWETT â€“ Christopher Bierbower, SSgt United States Army Infantry was the keynote speaker for the Mt. Jewett Memorial Day Program which was held immediately after the parade. After being introduced by Master of Ceremonies SSgt Kevin Kost, Bierbower gave thanks to Patrick Eaton Commander of VFW Post 6347 and everyone for coming out to help honor all the brave men and women past and present who served our country.
State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) will speak Monday at the annual Memorial Day program in Kane.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts in Kane are sponsoring the Memorial Day activities, which features a parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The parade forms at 9 a.m. on Wetmore Avenue and proceeds south on Fraley Street to the â€śpointâ€ť area of Evergreen Park at Chestnut, Birch and Fraley streets.
"I'm always honored to be asked to speak to honor our veterans for all their sacrifices," Rapp said Friday.
A state investigation is highly critical of Kane School District Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson when she served as supervisor of Special Services for the Millcreek Township School District near Erie.
According to the report issued last week by State Auditor General Jack Wagner:
*Anderson as supervisor of Special Services "diverted $91,873 from the district's special education program by purchasing gift cards with special education funds and using the gift cards for non-program purposes."
SMETHPORT â€“ A Kane woman will spend a week in the McKean County Jail for stealing money from the Kane Day School while she was serving as the board treasurer.
Ashley Nichole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, broke down in tears Thursday after McKean County President Judge John Pavlock handed down a sentence that calls for incarceration.
Under the sentence, Wilson will spend between "7 days to one year" in the jail on Route 6 near Smethport.
In a week, she is expected to be released on parole that will last a year. Then she will go on probation for two years, the judge ruled.
He'd rather not have all of the attention, but Senior Trial Court Judge John M. Cleland of Kane is in the national limelight today.
He's the presiding judge for the upcoming sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former long-time Penn State assistant football coach.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin June 5 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
Barring any â€śbombshellâ€ť developments, Cleland will return home three days later to deliver the commencement address Friday, June 8 at the Kane High School auditorium.