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March 6th, 2012

Commissioners back 'prevailing wage' reform

March 6, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners went on record Tuesday in favor of state legislation to reform the "prevailing wage" act.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed legislation that boosts the "threshold" for "prevailing wage" projects from $25,000 to $185,000.
Under the current law adopted in 1961, contractors bidding on municipal projects must agree to pay "prevailing wages" to their workers if the project cost is $25,000 or more.

March 5th

Mt. Jewett council nixes medical center tax relief

March 6, 2012

MT. JEWETT – The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to reject a request from Kane Community Hospital for property tax relief for its new medical center now under construction on West Main Street.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilmen Chip Lannen, Don Martyna, Wil Antrim, John Keesee and Brett Morgan to shoot down the request. Councilwoman Linda Berry did not attend the meeting due to a leg injury, it was noted.

March 4th

Large crowd attends auction at former school

March 4, 2012

More than 200 jammed into hallways and classrooms Saturday for an auction at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
The Kane Area School District held the auction to dispose of surplus equipment and to prepare the building for sale to Kane Manufacturing.
“It was a larger turnout than we expected,” John Rook said in commenting on the size of the auction crowd. Rook is the facilities director for the school district.
Based on preliminary figures, it appears the school district will take in more than $9,200 as its share of the auction proceeds.

March 2nd

Ceremony marks opening of Mt. Jewett Health Center

March 2, 2012

MT. JEWETT – Where there's a need, there's a way to fill it.
That's the philosophy of the Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), which held a ceremony Friday to mark the opening the new Mt. Jewett Health Center on West Main Street.
Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer of BRMC and the Upper Allegheny Health System, said the construction of the Mt. Jewett facility is "a response to enhance access to patients we serve."
"We're responding to a need," he said.

March 1st

Evergreen Park improvements are aired at meeting

March 2, 2012

Proposed improvements at Evergreen Park in Kane were discussed Thursday evening at a community meeting at the Kane Community Center on Fraley Street.
About a dozen residents attended the 75-minute meeting. Dick Bly, chairman of the "Friends of Evergreen Park" group, presided.
Kane Borough Council President Howard Kane and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Dennis Drost represented the borough at the forum.
"I thought it was a good meeting," Bly said. "We want to have a good working relationship with council."

County Salary Board OKs 3 new positions

March 1, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Salary Board has agreed to create three new positions.
The positions include:
*Security officer at the new county Domestic Relations Office building on Route 6 adjacent to the county jail.
The position calls for a 37.5-hour work week at the rate of $15 per hour, effective Jan. 30.
Tom Ball, county controller and secretary of the Salary Board, said the new position is held by Carl Milks, a retired Bradford city police officer.

February 29th

New student pickup procedure to begin March 19

February 29, 2012

A new procedure for student pickup by private vehicles will begin Monday, March 19 at the Kane Elementary School.
"We'll give it a whirl a see what happens," School Principal Linda Lorenzo said Tuesday in discussing the new procedure at a public meeting at the school library.
Here are the basics of the new procedure:
*Parents who arrive in vehicles to pick up their children after school are being asked to display "school-issued" name-tags near the windshield. "The best place is on the visor on the driver's side," the school said in a statement to parents.

Local 'Leapling'  marks her 'second' birthday

February 29, 2012

Born on Feb. 29 in 2004-- a Leap Year, local resident Natalia Chittester had to wait until Wednesday to mark her official "second" birthday.
"I think it's kind of neat," Natalia said. "When I'm 8, I can be only 2."
Natalia, the daughter of Scott and Dessa Driscoll Chittester of Wetmore Township, brought cookies to school Wednesday to celebrate her birthday with her classmates at the Kane Elementary School. She is a second-grade student in the class taught by teacher Pam Karlene.
"They all sang 'happy birthday' to me," Natalia said with a wide smile.

February 28th

Commissioners act on gas well ‘impact fees’

February 28, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of “impact fees” assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.

Honors English 7 students write books

February 28, 2012

Students in the Honors English 7 class at the Kane Middle School have written children's stories that have been published as books.
Jeannine Kloss, who teachers English 7 and computer literacy classes at the school, assigned the students to each write a children's story that focused on character education.
After writing their stories, the tales were published as books through the StudentPublishing.com website.

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