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October 8th, 2014
SMETHPORT â McKean County's blight is increasing while the population is shrinking.
This is just one of the points made Wednesday during a three-hour forum to focus on the blight problem in the county.
During the forum, there was a discussion on ways for municipalities to address blight.
More than 50-- mainly municipal and government agency representatives-- attended the informative meeting at the Court of Angels Restaurant in Smethport. Municipal representatives from the Kane area were among those to attend.
Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, a U.S. Marine and Ridgway native, is presumed dead after efforts to rescue him have proven unsuccessful.
Marine Corps officials called off the search Monday after Clancy vanished in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian.
The search covered 1,700 square nautical miles but the military reportedly found no sign of the missing Marine. Inclement weather further shortened the search.
The Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors is being asked to help shoulder the premium cost for workers' compensation coverage for members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department.
In a letter received Tuesday at a board meeting, Kane Borough Councilwoman Janet Board asked the supervisors to pay $4,353-- 30 percent of the premium cost in 2014-15.
Bard is chairman of the Kane Borough Council Finance Committee. She said the committee believes Wetmore should "pay their fair share of the fire department's workers compensation coverage."
LUDLOW â When the Ludlow Post Office âwindowâ hours are cut to just four hours a day, Raymond âBrettâ Ferguson will end his 37-year career with the U.S. Postal Service.
Ferguson, a Wilcox resident, has served as the officer-in-charge at the Ludlow Post Office for the past six years.Â
The Postal Service has announced plans to cut the âwindowâ hours at the Ludlow Post Office to four hours a dayâ8 a.m. to noon. Saturday hours would remain at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The lobby will stay open around-the-clock to enable residents to retrieve their mail from locked boxes.
Roseann Albaugh is resigning as the elected Wetmore Township tax collector as of Jan. 15.
Township Supervisors Steve Dyne and Elaine Bodistow received the resignation letter Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors.Â
In her notice, Albaugh asks the supervisors to appoint Becky Gullifer to take her place. Gullifer has assisted Albaugh in collecting township taxes.
Albaugh, who resides at 15 Sleepy Hollow Rd., won re-election last year. She defeated Rhonda Holt of 48 School St. in the Republican primary in May 2013. Albaugh ran unopposed last November.
Two Wetmore Township supervisors went on record Tuesday against a scrap metal ordinance proposed by McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn.
The proposed ordinance would require area scrap metal dealers to "install and maintain a retrievable electronic database containing a consecutively numbered record of each and every purchase."
The dealers also would need to take certain other action in an effort to stop thieves from unloading stolen metals.
MT. JEWETT â It's now up to the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to give its blessing to the sale of the Mt. Jewett water system.
Acting at its meeting Monday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 5-0 to approve an "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua America of Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The company last summer submitted a high bid of $1,126,350 for the Mt. Jewett water system, which serves about 450 customers.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Don Martyna, Wil Antrim and Rod Danielson to accept the "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua.Â
MT. JEWETT â The Mt. Jewett Borough Council may donate borough property for a new Senior Center.
The proposed site along West Main Street is a vacant parcel on the east side of the former Mt. Jewett Elementary School.
The Old Kettle Restaurant and the Baumler Building once stood on the vacant site. They have been demolished with funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Gay DeGolier, director of the CDBG program for the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, said in a letter that the borough could donate the site for a new Senior Center.
BENEZETTE âÂ Despite the gloomy weather and increasing threat of rain late Monday afternoon, a group of over a dozen individuals could be seen gathered at one of the viewing areas located at the end of one of the walking trails at the Elk Country Visitor Center around 4:30 p.m. A few cow elk were out in the field adjacent to the center, and the location where they had decided to graze put them in close enough proximity to the viewing area that visitors gathered there to take a few photos.
The experience may be common enough now, but only a handful of years ago it was not even possible.
RIDGWAY â Ronald Gregory Dill, 58, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty on Monday's return day to seven counts of sexual abuse of children, 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felony charges.
Sentencing is pending the completion of a sexual offender assessment for which Dill has the right to request a hearing and contest the findings.