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July 9th, 2012

Hamlin Twp. supervisors discuss several road issues

July 9, 2012

HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.
Here are some of the issues:
*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.
In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate."

Owner of timber objects to ‘Clean and Green’ rates

July 9, 2012

SMETHPORT – A Smethport man is asking the McKean County Board of Commissioners to rescind a resolution setting 2013 “assessment rates” for properties enrolled in the state-authorized “Clean and Green” tax-relief program.
Speaking Monday at a commissioners’ meeting, Jim Herzog said the resolution adopted two weeks ago “probably is not appropriate.”
“I’d like to see you rescind it,” Herzog told Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane.

July 4th

Boy injured in ATV-vehicle accident on Route 321

July 4, 2012

A 14-year-old boy was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating collided with a westbound vehicle on Route 321 at Apollo Drive in East Kane, Wetmore Township.
A medical helicopter transported the boy to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. The extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.
The four persons in the vehicle did not sustain major injuries, according to Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt. The vehicle flipped onto its side and the ATV and boy were trapped beneath the wreckage, sources said.

Removal of ‘street’ trees in Kane draws criticism

July 4, 2012

A professional forester is critical of the removal of  “street” 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.
“To continue down the path of cutting our ‘street’ trees without replacing them is an ugly choice aesthetically and a terrible choice economically and environmentally,” Kase told council.
He said “this idea of eliminating ‘street’ trees in Kane is terrible,” he said.

July 2nd

Kane council awards contract for paving work

July 2, 2012

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 library faces financial woes

July 2, 2012

MT. JEWETT – 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.

July 1st

National Guard hauls soldier’s ‘Harley’ to Kane

July 1, 2012

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 “Harley” 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.

June 29th

Darrel Goodman marks 45th year in business in Kane

June 29, 2012

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.

Services for homebound outlined at Chamber forum

June 29, 2012

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 “main purpose” the services permits residents to “stay in their own homes” rather than enter a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.

June 28th

Refinancing loans saves county over $205,000

June 28, 2012

SMETHPORT – 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 “debt ordinance” 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.

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