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July 2nd, 2012

Kane council awards contract for paving work

July 2, 2012

The Kane Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to award a street-paving contract to IA Construction of Franklin.
The company submitted the low bid of $99,163.41.
Other bidders included Glenn O. Hawbaker of Turtlepoint, $108,071; and Jefferson Paving of Brookville, $121,238.48.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen John Gentilman, Harold Hallberg, Dennis Drost and Bill Tunall to approve the low bid.
Councilwoman Holly Harris did not attend the meeting, which this month was moved from the second Monday to the first Monday at the borough building.

Mt. Jewett library faces financial woes

July 2, 2012

MT. JEWETT – Without more funding, the Mt. Jewett Memorial Public Library could be forced to close its doors in two years.
This was the somber message delivered Monday to the Mt. Jewett Borough Council at its meeting at the borough building on Center Street.
"The library is not going to close tomorrow," Library Director Debbie Deane told council. But she said the library could be forced to close in "two years" if additional funding is not found to cover expenses.

July 1st

National Guard hauls soldier’s ‘Harley’ to Kane

July 1, 2012

It was a bittersweet road trip for six members of the field maintenance shop at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard base in Cambridge Springs near Erie.
Traveling in two large National Guard work trucks, the group came to Kane on Friday to deliver a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Tom and Sue VanGiesen residence at 137 Lincoln St.
The “Harley” was the pride and joy of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the National Guard.

June 29th

Darrel Goodman marks 45th year in business in Kane

June 29, 2012

Darrel Goodman has performed with "country and western" music legends Loretta Lynn, Eddie Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins and many more.
But most Kane area residents know Goodman as the gregarious owner-operator of the Arlington Hotel restaurant and bar at the traffic light at Fraley and Greeves streets in Kane.
Goodman now is marking his 45th anniversary in business in Kane.

Services for homebound outlined at Chamber forum

June 29, 2012

Many services are available in the home for the elderly, the disabled, the sick and others who require help with medical or hygiene needs.
Tiffany Winkler, private duty manager for home support services for Community Nurses, Inc., outlined some of these programs during a presentation Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor.
She said the “main purpose” the services permits residents to “stay in their own homes” rather than enter a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility.

June 28th

Refinancing loans saves county over $205,000

June 28, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County will save over $205,000 by refinancing loans from 2007.
Acting at a special meeting Thursday, County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane approved a “debt ordinance” that calls for the issuance of $3,590,000 in new bonds to be repaid over an 11-year period.
The new loan pays off three bonds issued in 2007 for such projects as the courthouse renovation and the replacement of the Galico Bridge in Keating Township.
Falling interest rates prompted the commissioners to consider refinancing the 2007 bonds to save interest payments.

‘Artist in Residence’ helps students with video

June 28, 2012

An “Artist in Residence” is helping 10 Kane Middle School students lay the groundwork for a video linked with the Kane Sesquicentennial in 2014.
Author PJ Piccirillo, a historical novelist from Brockport in southern Elk County, is showing the students how to gather information for the video. His appearance in Kane is sponsored, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Arts in Education Partnership.
The school district, the Kane Historical Preservation Society, the Kane 150th Anniversary Committee and the Keystone SMILES Americorps also are hosting his visit to Kane.

June 27th

Nearly 100 are in elementary summer school

June 27, 2012

Nearly 100 students are taking part in summer classes at the Kane Elementary School.
The “summer school” is for children who have completed classes from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.
In a report at a meeting of the Kane School Board earlier this month, Elementary School Principal Linda Lorenzo said children “were invited to summer school based on academic needs.”
”Students will be working on targeted areas with the summer school staff,” she said. “Pre and post-assessments will track student progress and growth as a result of the summer school program.”

June 26th

County updates criteria for ‘Clean and Green’

June 26, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners has established new criteria linked with the state-authorized “Clean and Green” program.
“Clean and Green” offers tax relief to owners of at least 10 acres of agricultural or forest land.
The program is designed to encourage property owners to retain their agricultural or forest land rather than sell it for development.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Smethport, County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed a resolution that sets forth criteria for the 2013 tax year.

June 21st

Art In The Wilds to attract big crowds to Kane

June 21, 2012

What began as a dream seven years ago has turned into the biggest summer tourist attraction in Kane.
The sixth annual Art in the Wilds Juried Fine Arts Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Park. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission and parking are free.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors are expected during the two-day show, according to founder and director Marilyn Blackmore.

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