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June 6th, 2012

Zoning board clears way for sale of former school

June 6, 2012

The Kane Zoning Hearing Board has cleared the way for the sale of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School to Kane Manufacturing.
Acting at a meeting Wednesday, the board approved a "special exception for 'mixed use'" at the former school.
Ed Peterson, chairman of the board, voted in favor of the request along with Vice Chairman Joe Stauffer and board member Todd Klaiber.
Norm Schreckengost and Diane Niklas, two other board members, did not attend the meeting. Mike Woods, listed as an alternate member, also was absent.

June 5th

Kane to hire company to handle sewer bills

June 5, 2012

The borough of Kane plans to hire a private company to handle sewer bills.
Acting at its meeting Tuesday, the Kane Borough Council took preliminary action to appoint the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Company (PAMS) to issue and collect sewer bills.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which serves Kane with water, has been handling the sewer bills.
But the company later this year plans to end its role for billings other than for water for its entire service area, including Kane.

Zook Motors plans to construct new building

June 5, 2012

Zook Motors is planning to construct a new 48x96-foot building adjacent to its existing complex on Route 6 west of Kane.
According to information unveiled Tuesday at a meeting of the Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors, the new building will serve as a "detail shop" for the longtime business.
The supervisors endorsed the project, which now will go the McKean County Planning Commission for its approval.
In other business at the 73-minute meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane, the supervisors:

June 4th

Engineers make pitch for Mt. Jewett pact

June 4, 2012

MT. JEWETT – Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers of State College is seeking an agreement to provide engineering services to the borough of Mt. Jewett.
According to a presentation made Monday at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, the company is ready to help the borough solve certain problems with its water service.
Speaking at the meeting, Uni-Tec President Patrick Ward said the company would "provide good services" to help remedy a "very low water pressure condition on Maple Lane."
Ward said the "only solution" is to install a small pump station.

June 3rd

Becky Christian is retiring as Kane teacher

June 3, 2012

Becky Christian can thank her husband’s passion for the outdoors for leading her to Kane where she’s had a 36-year teaching career.
Because he enjoyed hunting and fishing, Christian applied for a teaching job in Kane after graduating from Thiel College in 1976.
A native of Beaver near Pittsburgh, Christian said she had “never heard of Kane” before coming here for her first job interview after college graduation.
She learned the “next day” that she had been offered the job of kindergarten teacher at the former Clay Street Elementary School in Kane.

May 31st

Sue Grolemund to end long teaching career

May 31, 2012

Sue Grolemund, a Kane native, is wrapping up a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher in her hometown.
"After all these years, I still love what I'm doing," Grolemund said in reflecting on her long career as an educator of young children. "I've had a rewarding experience every day. I'm going to miss the kids and my peers."
Grolemund is the daughter of the late Clair and Jane McNeill of Kane. She has two brothers-- Larry of Kane and Dan of New Jersey-- and one sister-- Lori Wilson of Vermont.

May 30th

Gold Star Mother endures first Memorial Day

May 30, 2012

May has been an emotional month for Sue VanGiesen whose son, Kenneth, was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
First there was Mother's Day.
Next, the Kane woman and her family were invited guests at a memorial service May 20 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Gov. Tom Corbett spoke at the ceremony held by the Guard's 28th Infantry Division.
Then came Memorial Day earlier this week.
"Memorial Day brought back a lot of feelings and thoughts," Sue said with tears in her eyes. "It's not getting easier."

May 29th

Prizes awarded at Middle School Talent Show

May 29, 2012

Prizes totaling $85 were awarded Tuesday in the Kane Middle School Talent Show at the school auditorium.
Olivia Blackmore, a seventh-grader, won the first-place prize of $50.
She sang the song "Arms" by Christina Perri and received a standing ovation.
Kendall Watts, a sixth-grader, received $25 for second place. She performed on the piano.
Marcie Stanisch and Sadie Tunall, both seventh-graders, received the $10 third-place prize. Together they performed a dance routine.

May 28th

Memorial Day speaker salutes Ken VanGiesen

May 28, 2012

In a stirring Memorial Day address Monday in Kane, State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) saluted Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen.
The Kane native was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Rapp pointed out that VanGiesen was “serving on his fourth active tour of overseas duty.”
The 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School previously served in Germany and twice in Iraq “logging a total of 1,400 mobilized days in overseas deployment,” Rapp said.

Large crowd attends Memorial Day service in Ludlow

May 28, 2012

LUDLOW – Featuring sunny skies and hot, humid weather, the annual Ludlow Memorial Day program was held Monday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery.
A large crowd attended the event, which included the singing of “God Bless America,” the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” Georgi Rice led the singing of the patriotic songs.
The Rev. Dennis Johnson was the speaker for the program. He is the pastor of the Sheffield and Barnes United Methodist Church.
In his address, Johnson recited “In Flanders Field,” which he called “one of the most popular and most quoted war poems.”

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