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August 8th, 2012
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.
A meeting is slated tonight for parents who transport their children to the Kane Elementary School in private vehicles.
According to School Principal Linda Lorenzo, the meeting is âmandatoryâ for parents and guardians who intend to use âparent pick-upâ at âany timeâ during the upcoming school year.
âThey have to be here,â Lorenzo said in emphasizing the point that parents who âpick-upâ their children after school must attend tonightâs meeting. She said parents who do not attend the meeting âwonât be able to pick up their children after schoolâ when classes resume later this month.
Gannon University of Erie is ready to offer college classes in Kane in late August.
The classes, which will lead to a two-year Associate Degree in either Liberal Arts or Business Administration, will be held at the Kane Middle School.
Gannon is offering the "community college" program in Kane in partnership with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA).
Nearly 20 prospective students attended Gannon's "open house" program Monday at the Kane Middle School.
For 28 years, Camp JJ has provided a fun summer experience for Kane area children with âspecial needs.â
Camp JJ for the past four years has been located at the Highlander Christian Camp complex in Wetmore Township. Camp JJ this month offered two three-day sessions. The camp ended Saturday.
The first three-day session last week served 25 children. The second three-day session served 22 children.
Jeanette Smith of Mt. Jewett has been the camp director for the past eight years. She previously served as the âcamp cookâ for 11 years.
The Kane Area School District is saving $372,502 by refinancing loans linked with the renovation of the middle school and the construction of a new elementary school.
Nearly $339,000 of the savings will be seen in the current fiscal year that began July 1.
The savings wonât affect the school taxes due in August. Instead, the savings of $338,922 will be seen in the form of a budget transfer from debt service to the capital reserve fund. This is the fund tapped to pay for major school repairs such as the new roof at the high school.