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July 4th, 2012
A professional forester is critical of the removal ofÂ âstreetâ trees in the borough of Kane.
Tom Kase, who is a member of the Kane Shade Commission, leveled his criticism Monday in a report presented to the Kane Borough Council.
âTo continue down the path of cutting our âstreetâ trees without replacing them is an ugly choice aesthetically and a terrible choice economically and environmentally,â Kase told council.
He said âthis idea of eliminating âstreetâ trees in Kane is terrible,â he said.
The Kane Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to award a street-paving contract to IA Construction of Franklin.
The company submitted the low bid of $99,163.41.
Other bidders included Glenn O. Hawbaker of Turtlepoint, $108,071; and Jefferson Paving of Brookville, $121,238.48.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen John Gentilman, Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to approve the low bid.
Councilwoman Holly Harris did not attend the meeting, which this month was moved from the second Monday to the first Monday at the borough building.
MT. JEWETT â Without more funding, the Mt. Jewett Memorial Public Library could be forced to close its doors in two years.
This was the somber message delivered Monday to the Mt. Jewett Borough Council at its meeting at the borough building on Center Street.
"The library is not going to close tomorrow," Library Director Debbie Deane told council. But she said the library could be forced to close in "two years" if additional funding is not found to cover expenses.
It was a bittersweet road trip for six members of the field maintenance shop at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard base in Cambridge Springs near Erie.
Traveling in two large National Guard work trucks, the group came to Kane on Friday to deliver a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Tom and Sue VanGiesen residence at 137 Lincoln St.
The âHarleyâ was the pride and joy of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the National Guard.
Darrel Goodman has performed with "country and western" music legends Loretta Lynn, Eddie Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins and many more.
But most Kane area residents know Goodman as the gregarious owner-operator of the Arlington Hotel restaurant and bar at the traffic light at Fraley and Greeves streets in Kane.
Goodman now is marking his 45th anniversary in business in Kane.
Many services are available in the home for the elderly, the disabled, the sick and others who require help with medical or hygiene needs.
Tiffany Winkler, private duty manager for home support services for Community Nurses, Inc., outlined some of these programs during a presentation Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor.
She said the âmain purposeâ the services permits residents to âstay in their own homesâ rather than enter a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.
SMETHPORT â McKean County will save over $205,000 by refinancing loans from 2007.
Acting at a special meeting Thursday, County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane approved a âdebt ordinanceâ that calls for the issuance of $3,590,000 in new bonds to be repaid over an 11-year period.
The new loan pays off three bonds issued in 2007 for such projects as the courthouse renovation and the replacement of the Galico Bridge in Keating Township.
Falling interest rates prompted the commissioners to consider refinancing the 2007 bonds to save interest payments.
An âArtist in Residenceâ is helping 10 Kane Middle School students lay the groundwork for a video linked with the Kane Sesquicentennial in 2014.
Author PJ Piccirillo, a historical novelist from Brockport in southern Elk County, is showing the students how to gather information for the video. His appearance in Kane is sponsored, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Arts in Education Partnership.
The school district, the Kane Historical Preservation Society, the Kane 150th Anniversary Committee and the Keystone SMILES Americorps also are hosting his visit to Kane.
Nearly 100 students are taking part in summer classes at the Kane Elementary School.
The âsummer schoolâ is for children who have completed classes from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.
In a report at a meeting of the Kane School Board earlier this month, Elementary School Principal Linda Lorenzo said children âwere invited to summer school based on academic needs.â
âStudents will be working on targeted areas with the summer school staff,â she said. âPre and post-assessments will track student progress and growth as a result of the summer school program.â
SMETHPORT â The McKean County Board of Commissioners has established new criteria linked with the state-authorized âClean and Greenâ program.
âClean and Greenâ offers tax relief to owners of at least 10 acres of agricultural or forest land.
The program is designed to encourage property owners to retain their agricultural or forest land rather than sell it for development.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Smethport, County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed a resolution that sets forth criteria for the 2013 tax year.