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February 21st, 2012
For the past four years, hundreds of property owners in the Kane Area School District have received a discount on their annual school tax bill.
The tax relief is made possible, in part, through the allocation of state gaming revenue from casinos under state "Act 1" of a special state legislative session in 2006.
To qualify for a discount, property owners are required to file a one-time application for a Homestead or Farmstead exclusion.
Kane native Mike Myers no longer lives here, but he is connected to his hometown vicariously through customers at his new local laundromat.
Myers sells commercial laundry equipment in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
Seeing Kane go a year without a laundromat of its own, Myers stepped forward to open the Fresh-N-Go Express Laundry at 397 N. Fraley St. adjacent to the Dollar General store. A former laundromat at the same site has been closed for about a year, Myers said.
Like a 40-ton missile, a fully-loaded log truck careened out-of-control Saturday morning and sliced into a wood-frame house on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area just south of Kane.
Miraculously, the truck driver and four people inside the house were not seriously injured.
The truck driverâ€”Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kaneâ€”was taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.
Bruce Peterson no longer has a house.
It was suddenly taken away Saturday when it was struck and destroyed by an out-of-control fully-loaded log truck.
Despite losing his home of 25 years, Peterson is grateful.
The impact miraculously spared his life and the lives of three other family members who were inside the house at the time of the spectacular crash on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area of Wetmore Township just south of Kane.
"It's bigger than a miracle," Peterson said Sunday with tears in his eyes. "Somehow, we all made it out alive. God was with us."
Kane Manufacturingâ€”also known as Kane Screensâ€”plans to convert space in the former Chestnut Street Elementary School into a â€ścommand centerâ€ť for its engineering and office staff.
Under a tentative timetable, the company could be occupying office space in the building by July 1.
Kane Manufacturing, which has operated a production facility in the borough since 1890, last week submitted a high bid of $100,002 for the purchase of the vacant school.
The Kane School Board sought bids to sell the school, which closed following the 2009-10 school year.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon marks the move of the Kane Community Hospital's Home Health Care program to an office building at 198 N. Fraley St.
The site is on the east side of Fraley Street (Route 6) opposite the former Shady Point Restaurant.
"Our new location will give us better visibility and curb appeal," Gary Rhodes said. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital and vice president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot.
The Kane hospital is the first affiliate of the Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Hamot now is part of UPMC.
A Kane man has waived his preliminary hearing in Kane District Court on a burglary charge, which is a felony.
John Derrick Morrison, 28, of 7031 Route 6 Kane, allegedly broke the rear door of a residence at 333 Chase St., Apt. 1, Kane, to gain entry.
Maranda Ackley, who lives at the residence, told police the defendant was "not welcome there," court documents show.
Morrison had been sent to the county jail, but now is free on $25,000 (unsecured) bail pending his appearance in McKean County Court.
Kane Police Officer Bill Nichols placed the charges.
A Kane woman faces 84 felony charges linked with the alleged theft of funds from the Kane Day School at the Tabor Lutheran Church.
Ashley Nicole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, allegedly took $13,377.31 in funds while serving as the treasurer of the pre-school program.
She has been arraigned before Kane District Judge Dave Engman, who set bail at $10,000 (unsecured).
Wilson is scheduled to appear today in Central Court at the courthouse in Smethport to either waive a preliminary hearing or request a hearing before Engman.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Another application is being filed this month for PennVEST funding for the long-planned Lantz Corners sewer project.
In a report Monday to the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors, engineer Dan Slagle of Pittsburgh said the application is expected to be considered at the PennVEST meeting in April.
PennVEST is the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, which provides funding for municipal activities such as sewer projects.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners plans to take advantage of historically low interest rates and roll over the balance of bonds issued in 2007.
Acting at their meeting Tuesday, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane gave the green light to refinance the bonds that totaled $4.6 million when issued. The amount to be refinanced is somewhat lower because the county already has made payments on the loans.
The bonds were issued, in part, to pay for courthouse improvements and for the construction of the county-owned Galico Bridge in Keating Township.