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August 13th, 2012
There are a lot unhappy youths in Kane today.
The Kane Borough Council declared Monday that the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park are still closed.
"No trespassing" signs remain posted at the wooden structure even though most of the ramps have been repaired-- by the users themselves with volunteer adult assistance.
Speaking at a nearly three-hour meeting, Council President Howard Kane said "all of the repairs aren't done yet."
Until the work is completed and inspected, the ramped-facility is considered "uninsurable," it was pointed out.
The removal of one of the worst eyesores in Kane may be on the horizon.
The McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority may take ownership and raze the deteriorating fire-damaged Knights of Columbus (K of C) building on Chase Street near Bayard Street.
The authority may erect apartments on the site.
Part of the proposal also calls for the borough to give the authority the adjacent site that once housed Papa Nick's Restaurant. The borough demolished the restaurant, which also was heavily damaged in the same fire several years ago.
Young people in the Kane community were faced with an ultimatum and they responded in remarkable fashion.
With the help of concerned adults and donations from businesses and individuals, the youths have repaired the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
The borough last fall closed the facility due to the deteriorated condition of the wooden structure.
Claiming it doesn't have the money to make repairs, the Kane Borough Council basically told the youths to raise the money and fix the ramps themselves.
MT. JEWETT â âSwedish by Heritage, Swedish by Heart.â
Thatâs the theme for this yearâs three-day Swedish Festival in Mt. Jewett.
The festival begins Friday with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on East Main Street. The closing ceremony is at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Center Street Stage.
There is no admission charge to attend the festival.
The annual festival, which brings thousands of visitors to Mt. Jewett, features no less than 30 events.
LUDLOW â Unpatriotic thieves have stolen two aluminum flagpoles at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
The families of Tom VanGiesen and Frank Sirianni of Kane donated the flagpoles in honor of Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen. The Kane native was killed last year in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
The soldier was the son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of Lincoln Street, Kane. The soldier was the longtime girlfriend of Erin Sirianni, daughter of Frank and Sherry Sirianni of Highland Road, Kane.
Citing a "lack of support and cooperation" from the other two board members, Supervisor Steve Dyne resigned Tuesday as the volunteer roadmaster for Wetmore Township.
"At this time, I will not be able to fulfill the daily duties of roadmaster," Dyne said in his letter of resignation. "Therefore, I resign from the volunteer position."
The letter was submitted near the end of the monthly meeting of the three-member Board of Supervisors.
The brush drop-off site at Glenwood Park in Kane has been closed, Kane Borough Streets Department Foreman Mike Beane said Tuesday.
A sign posted at the closed gate at the entrance to the brush drop-off site says the closing is due to âabuseâ in not following the rules.
The brush drop-off site had been open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Beane said.
Using their own vehicles, borough residents hauled leaves, tree branches and brush to the appropriate piles at the drop-off site at the park on Hacker Street (Route 321).
Several Kane area youths are leading efforts to again repair the wooden skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
Volunteers led by former Kane borough councilman Bob OâRourke built the facility in 2004.
The borough allocated $31,818 in federal community development block grant (CDBG) money to buy the materials. The Kane Rotary Club donated $10,000 for the blacktop base for the skate/bike park.
Despite repairs in the past, the popular recreational site for youths has continued to deteriorate.
A forum was held Thursday on procedures for parents who "pick up" their children after classes at the Kane Elementary School.
About 110 attended the 35-minute meeting in the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Linda Lorenzo, principal at the elementary school, said in a letter to parents that attendance at the meeting was "mandatory."
Parents attending the meeting received forms to fill out and return before leaving the building. More than 80 forms were "completed" and returned, Lorenzo said.
"I was pleased with the turnout," Lorenzo said. "I thought the meeting went well."
Marking its 25th anniversary, the World Harmony Run-- a 50-state torch relay-- passed through the Kane area Thursday.
The runners and their support group spent Wednesday night in Clarion and were scheduled to reach Ellicottville, N.Y. by Thursday night en route to New York City.
Taking turns, runners carried a torch as they ran their legs on Route 66, Route 6 and Route 219 in the Kane area.