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April 13th, 2015
LUDLOW â€“ Hamilton Township is seeing another steep decline in the annual payment it receives from the U.S. Forest Service for its share of timber sale revenue.
According to a report discussed Monday at a meeting of the Hamilton Township Board of Supervisors, this year's forestry allocation is $58,435.76.
The figure is a $14,699.23 decline from the previous allocation of $73,134.99. This year's allocation is below the township budget figure of $70,000-- forcing the supervisors to scramble to find $11,564 to balance the township spending plan.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Hamlin Township Supervisors Jim Trussell and Dave Okerlund received criticism Monday for abolishing the Parks Committee.
The township now oversees the park and collects pavilion rentals. A separate Parks Committee for years handled park activities.
Speaking at a township meeting Monday, Trussell said the supervisors several times asked the Parks Committee to submit secretary and treasury reports.
He said these reports were "never turned over" to the supervisors.
MT. JEWETT â€“ Residents of Mt. Jewett and Hamlin Township are being asked to give input on the type of use preferred for a proposed trail from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
A proposed trail is planned over the corridor of the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad between Mt. Jewett and the park.
Headwaters Charitable Trust of DuBois is hoping to buy the 74-mile rail corridor from the current owner-- Indiana, Pa. scrap dealer Joe Kovalchick. The transaction is not expected to be completed until September 2016.
The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.
A key U.S. Forest Service official came to Kane to outline the agency's robust plans for building "a strong forest industry."
But the presentation Thursday evening failed to impress several local foresters, who claim the Forest Service is failing in its mission to maintain a sustainable Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in the Kane area.
"We're not cutting wood," Jack Hedlund of Kane said during a question-and-answer session at the biannual Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum at Kelly's Restaurant at Kane Country Club.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“Â The Kane School Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Mt Jewett Fire Hall on Thursday evening. After opening the meeting, Board President Claire Ann Buckley thanked the Mt Jewett community for hosting the meeting and recalled when the board held meetings at the Mt Jewett Elementary School once a year.
Two longtime donors reached milestones at the Red Cross Blood Drive held earlier this week in Kane.
Jim McCloskey of Kane hit the 18-gallon mark with his latest donation of blood. Leanna Schleicher of Kane reached the 11-gallon figure.
McCloskey and Schleicher are two of 29 donors at the Blood Drive.Â
A total of 34 showed up for the blood drive at the First United Methodist Church in Kane. However, four were deferred for various reasons and another produced an insufficient unit.
See full article in the April 10 edition of The Kane Republican.
The "people side" of the timber industry is a key in the successful management of a forest-related business.
Guest speaker Wendy Farrand stressed this point Wednesday at the 17th annual Women in Timber luncheon at the Kane Country Club.
More than 35 women attended the event hosted by the Kane-based Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG).
Farrand, a forest industry consultant from Limerick, Maine, said "leaders must have vision and the ability to get things done through processes and people."
LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP â€“ Sun Air Express is off to a flying start as the new commuter airlines at the Bradford Regional Airport in Lafayette Township.
In a report Wednesday at a meeting of the airport authority, Sun Air Station Manager Ryan Dach said the airlines served 143 outbound passengers in March-- the first month of service.
Another 81 passengers arrived on Sun Air flights in March from the Pittsburgh International Airport, Dach said.
Because wintry weather conditions caused flight delays and cancellations in March, the initial figures are considered better than expected.
Kelly's On The Green is the name of a new public restaurant that is occupying all dining room space, the bar and the patio at the Kane Country Club.
The restaurant opened this week and is serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Bar food will be available Sundays.
Kelly Martin of Bradford is the operator of the restaurant at Kane Country Club (KCC).Â
She has operated Kelly's on Main Street in Bradford for the past six years. She had plans to operate both her Bradford restaurant and the second restaurant at the country club on Route 6 east of Kane across from the Family Drive-In.