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MT. JEWETT â€“ The tentative 2012 budget for Mt. Jewett calls for a one-mill increase in the tax rate to help pay for a full-time police officer.
The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to endorse the proposed spending plan.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Chip Lannen, Brett Morgan, Wil Antrim and Don Martyna to approve the tentative budget. Councilmen John Keesee did not attend the meeting.
The generosity of the Kane area community is shining bright in this Christmas season despite gloomy economic conditions.
With just four weeks remaining in the annual Kane Area United Fund campaign, area residents and businesses have made donations that total 70 percent of the goal of $35,000.
Donations collected during the annual United Fund drive go to 18 community-service organizations.
Without the United Fund assistance, some of these organizations would need to eliminate or reduce the services they provide.
Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
KANE â€“ Joseph William Chapman was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' this week. Authorities have been seeking the fugitive, who is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault of minors, since he escaped from the McKean County prison on July 30, 2007, after walking away from a work detail. His prison uniform was found by a nearby stream, but he has eluded authorities and is now wanted on escape charges in addition to other charges against him.
Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard met Thursday with the borough council to explain expenses in the proposed 2012 police budget and how he is attempting to make cuts.
The discussion on the Police Department budget took up most of the 105-minute workshop at the borough building along Bayard Street.
Another budget workshop is tentatively planned for next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the borough building. The forum is open to the public.
RIDGWAY â€“ Plans are in the works for the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to be held in downtown Ridgway after the Ridgway Borough Council unanimously approved the proposal during their regular meeting.
Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki said, pending PennDOT approval, Main Street will be closed from Feb. 18-25 from Broad to Mill Streets to make room for the popular event.
"It's a win-win," Bogacki said. "The site never goes away and we can work with the retailers."
A part-time police officer for three Pittsburgh area communities was one of three men killed in a crash early Saturday morning on the James City hill on Route 66 south of Kane.
State police said the men were headed north in a pickup truck on Route 66 at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the vehicle traveled off of the east side of the roadway and struck a tree on James City hill in Wetmore Township near the border of McKean and Elk counties.
The vehicle hit two more trees before rolling over several times and landing on its roof, police said.
Dr. Ken Langille was quite happy practicing medicine as a physician in a small town in his native Nova Scotia, Canada.
This feeling of euphoria came to an unexpected end when the local hospital closed its doors.
Langille had to explore other options to continue to practice medicine.
â€śI decided to look around and see whatâ€™s available,â€ť Langille said.
His search brought him to Kane and the Kane Community Hospital in 1994. He looked at other opportunities in the U.S. before finally deciding on Kane as his new home. He opened his practice in Kane on Oct. 10, 1995.
More than 75 came out on a cold rainy night to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Kane Area Ministerial Association.
The event, which included hymns, prayers and a sermon, was held at the newly-renovated St. Callistus Catholic Church along Chase Street.
Kane area residents who have no place to go for Thanksgiving dinner are again invited to dine for free at the Eagles Club at Chase and Bayard streets in Kane.
Elderly and other persons confined to their homes also can contact the Eagles for "home delivery" of the dinners. Call 837-9422.
"We like helping people," Barb Gadley-Cheeks said in commenting on the annual Eagles' Thanksgiving dinner. "It's a very warm feeling when the people show up."
Persons who are alone or are in need can dine at the Eagles Club between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.