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May 24th, 2012

State probe is critical of Kane school chief

May 24, 2012

A state investigation is highly critical of Kane School District Superintendent Dr. Maryann Anderson when she served as supervisor of Special Services for the Millcreek Township School District near Erie.
According to the report issued last week by State Auditor General Jack Wagner:
*Anderson as supervisor of Special Services "diverted $91,873 from the district's special education program by purchasing gift cards with special education funds and using the gift cards for non-program purposes."

Woman is jailed for theft from pre-school

May 24, 2012

SMETHPORT – A Kane woman will spend a week in the McKean County Jail for stealing money from the Kane Day School while she was serving as the board treasurer.
Ashley Nichole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, broke down in tears Thursday after McKean County President Judge John Pavlock handed down a sentence that calls for incarceration.
Under the sentence, Wilson will spend between "7 days to one year" in the jail on Route 6 near Smethport.
In a week, she is expected to be released on parole that will last a year. Then she will go on probation for two years, the judge ruled.

May 23rd

Judge Cleland to speak at Kane High commencement

May 23, 2012

He'd rather not have all of the attention, but Senior Trial Court Judge John M. Cleland of Kane is in the national limelight today.
He's the presiding judge for the upcoming sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former long-time Penn State assistant football coach.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin June 5 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
Barring any “bombshell” developments, Cleland will return home three days later to deliver the commencement address Friday, June 8 at the Kane High School auditorium.

Commission eyes spending plans

May 23, 2012

RIDGWAY - Members of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] are keeping a sharp eye on federal and state spending plans as lawmakers continue to make budget adjustments.
"Not much has changed when we're looking at the federal budget updates," said Eric Bridges, the commission's executive director. "We're pretty much where we were a week ago when conversations started. Appropriation bills on the federal side are moving through each respective chamber."

May 22nd

Kane sewer board considers replacement of line

May 22, 2012

Unplugging the same clogged sewer line has become a twice-a-week routine for the Kane borough Streets Department.
Now the Kane Borough Sewer Authority is considering the replacement of a section of this line that serves the Kane Community Hospital and other customers.
Mike Beane, foreman of the Streets Department, gave a report Monday at the authority meeting at the borough building. He said between 180 feet and 200 feet of the line on Park Avenue Extension needs to be replaced. He said at least 40 feet of the eight-inch tile pipe is “packed with roots” from nearby trees.

May 18th

Deb Wensel reflects on career as Kane teacher

May 18, 2012

Deb Wensel literally followed in her husband’s footsteps when she began her Kane teaching career in 1984.
Craig Wensel’s shift to the high school that year left an opening for a math teacher at the middle school. His wife, Deb gave up her post-college role as a “stay-at-home mom” to fill the vacancy.
“I inherited his job,” Wensel joked as she reflected on a 28-year teaching career that will end in the three weeks with her retirement.

May 17th

Hamlin Township plans for ‘spring cleanup’

May 17, 2012

HAZEL HURST – The annual “spring cleanup” in Hamlin Township is scheduled next Monday through Friday, May 21-25.
Township residents with items to be hauled away by the township crew should contact the township office in Hazel Hurst at 778-5855.
Julie Graham, secretary-treasurer for the township, will answer questions about the “spring cleanup” and will provide a list of items banned from the collection. Some of these banned items include brush, paint, batteries and glass.

May 16th

Kane council gambles on another mild winter

May 16, 2012

The Kane Borough Council is looking ahead to another mild winter.
Instead of buying 1,000 tons of anti-skid material to spread on icy borough streets in the winter, council voted 5-1 Monday to seek new bids for just 500 tons of the tiny pebbles.
Council is gambling that the 500 tons—plus the stone left over from this year—will be sufficient for road maintenance next winter.

May 15th

County commissioners receive North Central update

May 15, 2012

SMETHPORT – The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is involved with several activities affecting McKean County.
This is the message delivered Tuesday by Eric Bridges, executive director of the six-county commission based in Ridgway.
Bridges outlined the commission’s work in a three-page report presented Tuesday at a meeting of the McKean County Board of Commissioners.

May 14th

Kane plans to revise handicapped parking rules

May 14, 2012

The Kane Borough Council plans to revise its rules for handicapped parking spaces in residential areas.
Council last month voted to eliminate reserved parking for handicapped on residential streets.
But council voted 6-0 Monday to initiate action to revise its ordinance covering residential handicap parking spaces.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost, Harold Hallberg and John Gentilman to approve the "first reading" of the ordinance. Councilman Bill Tunall did not attend the meeting.

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