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May 28th, 2012
In a stirring Memorial Day address Monday in Kane, State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) saluted Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen.
The Kane native was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Rapp pointed out that VanGiesen was â€śserving on his fourth active tour of overseas duty.â€ť
The 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School previously served in Germany and twice in Iraq â€ślogging a total of 1,400 mobilized days in overseas deployment,â€ť Rapp said.
LUDLOW â€“ Featuring sunny skies and hot, humid weather, the annual Ludlow Memorial Day program was held Monday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery.
A large crowd attended the event, which included the singing of â€śGod Bless America,â€ť the â€śBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť and the â€śStar Spangled Banner.â€ť Georgi Rice led the singing of the patriotic songs.
The Rev. Dennis Johnson was the speaker for the program. He is the pastor of the Sheffield and Barnes United Methodist Church.
In his address, Johnson recited â€śIn Flanders Field,â€ť which he called â€śone of the most popular and most quoted war poems.â€ť
MT. JEWETT â€“ Christopher Bierbower, SSgt United States Army Infantry was the keynote speaker for the Mt. Jewett Memorial Day Program which was held immediately after the parade. After being introduced by Master of Ceremonies SSgt Kevin Kost, Bierbower gave thanks to Patrick Eaton Commander of VFW Post 6347 and everyone for coming out to help honor all the brave men and women past and present who served our country.
State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) will speak Monday at the annual Memorial Day program in Kane.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion posts in Kane are sponsoring the Memorial Day activities, which features a parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The parade forms at 9 a.m. on Wetmore Avenue and proceeds south on Fraley Street to the â€śpointâ€ť area of Evergreen Park at Chestnut, Birch and Fraley streets.
"I'm always honored to be asked to speak to honor our veterans for all their sacrifices," Rapp said Friday.
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."
SMETHPORT â€“ 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.
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 â€śbombshellâ€ť developments, Cleland will return home three days later to deliver the commencement address Friday, June 8 at the Kane High School auditorium.
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."
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 â€śpacked with rootsâ€ť from nearby trees.
Deb Wensel literally followed in her husbandâ€™s footsteps when she began her Kane teaching career in 1984.
Craig Wenselâ€™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 â€śstay-at-home momâ€ť to fill the vacancy.
â€śI inherited his job,â€ť Wensel joked as she reflected on a 28-year teaching career that will end in the three weeks with her retirement.