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March 20th

Wounded Hazel Hurst vet receives tax exemption

March 21, 2012

SMETHPORT -- Hazel Hurst native Jamie R. Himes, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005, has been granted a Veterans Exemption and will receive a refund on her 2012 property taxes on her residence in Liberty Township near Port Allegany.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting in Smethport, the McKean County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a county tax refund of $659.59 for the property at 768 Upper Portage Road. Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane all voted in favor of the refund.

County adopts ‘impact fees’ on shale wells

March 21, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities are expected to begin receiving “impact fees” later this year on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
The county Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to adopt an ordinance to impose the fees. The action is allowable under a state law put in place earlier this year.
Joe DeMott, chairman of the board, joined with Commissioners Al Pingie and Cliff Lane to adopt the ordinance on the “impact fees.”

March 19th

Permit sought for sale of Kane sewer discharge

March 19, 2012

A permit application is being filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the sale of Kane sewer effluent to drillers of Marcellus Shale and other natural gas wells.
KLH Engineers of Pittsburgh is filing the application on behalf of the Kane Borough Sewer Authority. KLH is the consulting engineering firm for the authority, which met Monday evening at the borough building in Kane.
"This is the first step," Authority Chairman Dave Peterson said in reference to the permit application to be filed with the DEP. "We can't do anything else until we get permission."

March 18th

County expected to adopt ‘impact fees’ on wells

March 18, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners is expected to act Tuesday on legislation for “impact fees” for Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the legislation at a previous meeting and are expected to finalize the ordinance Tuesday. The meeting at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse in Smethport is open to the public.
The legislation for the “impact fees” has been approved on the state level. To take part in the program, counties must adopt their own ordinances by April.

March 16th

Plans under way for school channel on cable TV

March 16, 2012

Plans are in the works to add a Kane Area School District channel on the local Comcast cable television network.
Chris Niklaus, assistant technology director for the school district, and Brian Wymer, high school business and technology teacher, discussed the proposal earlier this week at a meeting of the school board's Curriculum Committee.
In his report to the committee, Niklaus said the channel would begin with a basic "storyboard." The "storyboard" would include slides, scrolling messages, photos and videos of school district activities.

James City woman is charged in theft

March 16, 2012

A James City woman has been charged with theft for allegedly using more than $3,400 in funds for the Highland Township Volunteer Department to pay personal bills.
Cindy Ann Hulings, 40, of 168 Maryland Ave., James City, is charged with two counts of theft by deception and one count of access device fraud, according to a criminal complaint filed with Johnsonburg District Court Judge George “Tony” King.
One of the counts is a felony, court records show.
Hulings faces a preliminary hearing in district court at 9 a.m. April 11, according to court information.

March 15th

Program on Kane’s wolves is set Saturday

March 15, 2012

It’s no surprise that Kane native Jim Sirianni became a high school history teacher.
The late Robert “Chief” 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.
“I’ve always been interested in history,” Sirianni said.
Sirianni not only teaches history. He has dug deep into the subject—especially on the local level.

Damage estimated at $75,000 in Kane fire

March 15, 2012

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.

March 14th

Seneca may dispose of brine in old Highland well

March 14, 2012

JAMES CITY – 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 Marine carries 9/11 flag at tennis event

March 14, 2012

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 Kane Lady Wolves hosted the St. Marys Lady Dutch on Monday afternoon in soccer action. The...
The young Lady Wolves volleyball team started their home tournament off with a sweep of Johnsonburg...
The Kane Wolves football team led Sheffield 32-6 early in the third quarter but the Wolverines...

 

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