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November 13th, 2011
The annual Veterans' Day Program was held Sunday morning at Kane's First United Methodist Church.
Organizer Colleen Lundeen, along with Associate Pastor Jay Tennies and Eagle Scout Candidate Jon Luke Gelsick helped the event become one of the biggest yet. This year's program honored all U.S. Veterans, but especially focused on those who served during World War II.
The Kane School Board acted Thursday to approve a new contract for wood chips for the wood-burning unit that heats Kane High School.
New Growth Resources, Inc. of Wetmore Township submitted the lone bid of $55 per ton for the chips.
Board President Ken Kane joined with board members Dick Coleman, Mark Paup, Larry Lamping, Harry Steele, Stephanie Eckstrom, Dave Westerburg and Gary Ziegler in approving the bid. Board member Ed Kocjancic abstained from voting to avoid a conflict of interest. His brother, Mike, owns New Growth Resources.
As a project to coincide with Veterans Day on Friday, the National Honor Society at Kane Area High School is collecting items for local soldiers deployed overseas.
The students are accepting items during homeroom period. Students who donate an items will have a chance to win a "mystery prize."
Community members also are encouraged to donate. Collection boxes have been placed in the lobby at the elementary, middle and high schools. Parents are asked to bring items with them to the schools when they attend conferences with teachers today and Friday.
Wearing T-shirts, Kane teens have taken advantage of recent spring-like weather to ride skateboards and bicycles on the series of ramps at Glenwood Park along Hacker Street.
The season is over-- indefinitely.
The Kane Borough Streets Department has closed the skate/bike facility. Yellow police tape has been strung around the perimeter to remind riders that the facility is closed. No trespassing signs have been posted..
Lane returns as county commissioner
SMETHPORT -- Cliff Lane will be returning to the McKean County Board of Commissioners.
According o complete, but unofficial totals, Lane defeated incumbent Judy Church by 276 votes for a seat on the board. Both are Democrats. Lane is from Turtlepoint. Church is from Smethport. Lane received 2,552 votes and Church had 2,276, based on unofficial totals.
Incumbent Republican Commissioners Joe DeMott of Port Allegany and Al Pingie of Bradford Township both won re-election to the board. DeMott received 3,519 votes and Pingie had 3,283.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for a general election that features candidates for many local positions.
Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. All registered voters are eligible to vote.
There are 25,347 registered voters in McKean County. According to the state Bureau of Elections, this total includes 2,089 in Kane, 1,176 in Wetmore Township, 574 in Mt. Jewett, 482 in Hamlin Township and 373 in Hamilton Township.
Three local races will be drawing attention Tuesday and all three involve write-in candidates.
These races include:
Because times are tough for many Kane area families, the Kane Area United Fund more than ever needs workers and employers to step forward this year with contributions.
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.
â€śEvery dollar you give goes right back into our local community in the form of services,â€ť United Fund Board President Jennifer Macey said. â€śNo donation is too small.â€ť
SMETHPORT â€“ There are four candidates in Tuesday's election for three seats on the McKean County Board of Commissioners.
Incumbents who are seeking re-election include Republican Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, Republican Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Democrat Judy Church of Smethport. The challenger is Democrat Cliff Lane of Annin Township, a former county commissioner.
Voters will be asked to cast ballots for two of the four candidates. The top three vote-getters will comprise the new county Board of Commissioners.
The motto for the Kane Eagles Club is â€śpeople helping people.â€ť
The club at Chase and Bayard streets is doing just that.
The Eagles Club again is donating numerous canned goods and packaged grocery items to the Kane Food Pantry. The club also has presented the pantry with a check for $500.
Barb Gadley-Cheeks, secretary of the Eagles, said the club last year held a dance to benefit the Food Pantry. For admission to the dance, members and guests brought cans and packages of food, she said.
Dave Engman of Kane won the Democratic and Republican nomination for Kane District Court judge in the May primary and is the only candidate lisedt on the ballot for the election next Tuesday.
However, Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard recently announced that he is challenging Engman as a write-in candidate.
The two candidates are seeking the position formerly held by Michael Kennedy, who retired for health reasons last year and died earlier this month. Michael Fedora has been serving as acting district judge for more than a year.