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February 2nd, 2013
Thousands of fans watched as Pennsylvania's world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication on Saturday, commemorating 127 years of Pennsylvania's unique Groundhog Day tradition.
Phil predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow Saturday morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
According to holiday folklore, if the groundhog emerges in the early morning on Feb. 2 and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of wintry weather are expected.
Until now, it's been a roller coaster winter season in the Kane area.
For example, the area last month had a string of days with frigid sub-20-degree high temperatures, but little snow.Â
RIDGWAY â€“ A 12-member jury after two hours of deliberation acquitted Francis Anthony Milliard, 55, of Ridgway, on 12 counts of arson, insurance fraud, and related offenses stemming from a Dec. 4, 2008 fire at his 115 First Ave. property in Johnsonburg. Milliard said he "absolutely [felt] vindicated by the verdict" as he has steadfastly maintained his innocence since his arrest and incarceration in July of 2012.
RIDGWAY - The jury trial of Francis Anthony Milliard, 55, of Ridgway, on charges of arson and related offenses as well as insurance fraud stemming from a Dec. 4, 2008 fire at a Johnsonburg property owned by him is headed into its third and final day.
It kills more American women annually than all forms of cancer combined-- one woman every minute. Ninety percent of women have at least one factor that puts them at risk. It doesnâ€™t discriminate based on age. Yet heart disease is still often misunderstood as a disease that is more prevalent in men.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It could be an all-time record crowd with Groundhog Day returning to the weekend for the first time in a number of years for the 127th-annual trek to Gobblerâ€™s Knob.
"The all-time record was approximately 33,000 people, back when it was last held on a weekend," said Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.
Kane school administrators are considering a plan that would provide students with locks for their school lockers.
If approved, the plan would go into effect with the start of the next school year, according to Dr. Maryann Anderson, superintendent of the Kane Area School District.
Major repairs are under consideration for the indoor swimming pool at Kane High School.
Preliminary estimates place the price-tag for just the high-priority repairs at about $260,000.
SMETHPORT â€“ A part-time position of secretary has been created at the McKean County Jail near Smethport.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 earlier this month to create the position at the rate of $11 per hour.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Kane has made a donation of $1,300 to the Kane Senior Center.