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February 19th, 2012

Driver hurt as log truck hits, destroys house

February 20, 2012

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 driver—Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kane—was taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.

'It's bigger than a miracle,' crash survivor says

February 19, 2012

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."

February 17th

Kane Screens unveils plans for space in former school

February 18, 2012

Kane Manufacturing—also known as Kane Screens—plans to convert space in the former Chestnut Street Elementary School into a “command center” 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.

February 16th

Ceremony marks hospital's Home Health Care move

February 17, 2012

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.

Man waives hearing on burglary charge

February 17, 2012

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.

February 15th

Woman charged with theft of funds from Kane Day School

February 16, 2012

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.

Another bid made for Lantz Corners sewer aid

February 16, 2012

HAZEL HURST – 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.

February 14th

County plans to roll over balances on bond issues

February 15, 2012

SMETHPORT – 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.

February 13th

Hamlin supervisors OK waiver for Shell project

February 14, 2012

HAZEL HURST – After months of discussion on the issue, the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Monday to approve a request from Shell for a waiver in the Stormwater Management Ordinance (SMO).
Board Chairman Don Compton joined with Supervisors Guy Raught and Joni Britton to approve the waiver for a proposed pipeline and meter station linked with a Marcellus Shale natural gas well drilled by the Shell Exploration and Production Company.

February 12th

Kane cosmetologist to help cancer patients

February 12, 2012

A Kane cosmetologist is volunteering to help local cancer patients through a national public service program known as “Look Good…Feel Better.”
Becky Gallagher Vogel, who operates Becky’s Boutique at 439 Biddle St., Kane, will conduct the first local workshop Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for female cancer patients.
The free Valentine’s Day forum will be held in a conference room on the second floor of Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of Hamot/UPMC.

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