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October 7th, 2014

Kane wants Wetmore to help pay firemen's premium

October 7, 2014

The Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors is being asked to help shoulder the premium cost for workers' compensation coverage for members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department.
In a letter received Tuesday at a board meeting, Kane Borough Councilwoman Janet Board asked the supervisors to pay $4,353-- 30 percent of the premium cost in 2014-15.
Bard is chairman of the Kane Borough Council Finance Committee. She said the committee believes Wetmore should "pay their fair share of the fire department's workers compensation coverage."

‘Brett’ Ferguson to end career with Ludlow Post Office

October 7, 2014

LUDLOW – When the Ludlow Post Office “window” hours are cut to just four hours a day, Raymond “Brett” Ferguson will end his 37-year career with the U.S. Postal Service.
Ferguson, a Wilcox resident, has served as the officer-in-charge at the Ludlow Post Office for the past six years. 
The Postal Service has announced plans to cut the “window” hours at the Ludlow Post Office to four hours a day—8 a.m. to noon. Saturday hours would remain at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The lobby will stay open around-the-clock to enable residents to retrieve their mail from locked boxes.

Albaugh resigns as Wetmore tax collector

October 7, 2014

Roseann Albaugh is resigning as the elected Wetmore Township tax collector as of Jan. 15.
Township Supervisors Steve Dyne and Elaine Bodistow received the resignation letter Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors. 
In her notice, Albaugh asks the supervisors to appoint Becky Gullifer to take her place. Gullifer has assisted Albaugh in collecting township taxes.
Albaugh, who resides at 15 Sleepy Hollow Rd., won re-election last year. She defeated Rhonda Holt of 48 School St. in the Republican primary in May 2013. Albaugh ran unopposed last November.

Wetmore supervisors nix DA-backed proposal on scrap

October 7, 2014

Two Wetmore Township supervisors went on record Tuesday against a scrap metal ordinance proposed by McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn.
The proposed ordinance would require area scrap metal dealers to "install and maintain a retrievable electronic database containing a consecutively numbered record of each and every purchase."
The dealers also would need to take certain other action in an effort to stop thieves from unloading stolen metals.

October 6th

Sale of Mt. Jewett water system to go before PUC

October 6, 2014

MT. JEWETT – It's now up to the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to give its blessing to the sale of the Mt. Jewett water system.
Acting at its meeting Monday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 5-0 to approve an "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua America of Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The company last summer submitted a high bid of $1,126,350 for the Mt. Jewett water system, which serves about 450 customers.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Don Martyna, Wil Antrim and Rod Danielson to accept the "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua. 

Mt. Jewett may donate site for new Senior Center

October 6, 2014

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Borough Council may donate borough property for a new Senior Center.
The proposed site along West Main Street is a vacant parcel on the east side of the former Mt. Jewett Elementary School.
The Old Kettle Restaurant and the Baumler Building once stood on the vacant site. They have been demolished with funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Gay DeGolier, director of the CDBG program for the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, said in a letter that the borough could donate the site for a new Senior Center.

Visitor center continues to improve elk viewing experience

October 6, 2014

BENEZETTE – Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.

Dill pleads guilty in child porn case

October 6, 2014

RIDGWAY – Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty on Monday's return day to seven counts of sexual abuse of children, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony charges.
Sentencing is pending the completion of a sexual offender assessment for which Dill has the right to request a hearing and contest the findings.

October 5th

Kane Area United Fund opens drive to raise $40,000

October 5, 2014

The annual Kane Area United Fund campaign is underway to raise $40,000 for 18 agencies that improve the quality of life for local adults and children.
Jennifer Macey, past president of the volunteer Board of Directors and the current board treasurer, said the goal has been bumped up to $40,000 in an effort to provide more aid for the member agencies.
“Most of our agencies have not had increases in years,” Macey said in announcing a $4,000 increase in the goal. “It will be a challenge, but we are hoping Kane area residents will respond by giving a little more.”

October 3rd

Kane school district enrollment continues to decline

October 3, 2014

Student enrollment in the Kane Area School District continues to decline.
According to figures obtained from the administration, the 2014-15 school year began with 1,190 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
This is a drop of only three from the last day of school in June. However, the total is 27 less than the beginning of classes in Kane for the 2013-14 school year.
The current school year began in Kane with 46 fewer students than two years ago—2012-13—when 1,236 started classes.

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