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December 11th

'A Christmas Carol' opens tonight at Chapel

December 12, 2014

"A Christmas Carol"-- a one-man play by Brandon Meeks of Kane-- opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kane Memorial Chapel on Chestnut Street.
It will be the first of three performances featuring a trained actor, who has appeared in numerous plays.
He adapted his one-man play from the classic "A Christmas Carol" by author Charles Dickens. 
In the 90-minute play, Meeks portrays over 25 characters-- including Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future and, of course, Scrooge.

Red Cross Blood Drive just misses its goal

December 11, 2014

The Red Cross Blood Drive held Monday in Kane just missed its goal for the visit.
The goal for the Red Cross Blood Drive at the First United Methodist Church was 44 units. A total of 43 units were donated.
A total of 48 area residents showed up to donate blood. However, five would-be donors were deferred for health reasons.
There were three first-time Blood Drive donors. They include Dennis DeMarte and Dan Koza of Kane and Jordan Barnard of Port Allegany.

December 10th

Seneca to seek state OK for Highland injection well

December 11, 2014

JAMES CITY – With federal approval in hand, Seneca Resources now is seeking state permission for a controversial injection well in Highland Township.
Seneca plans to convert one of its existing natural gas wells on Lamont Road to an injection well for the disposal of wastewater from drilling operations-- including Marcellus Shale wells.
In a letter to Highland Township, Seneca indicated that it is filing an application with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make the "proposed change in use" of the well.

Sun Air flights to Pittsburgh to begin next month

December 11, 2014

MT. ALTON – Sun Air is flexing its wings as it prepares to provide daily flights between the Bradford Regional Airport and the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The commuter service is expected to begin next month.
Mike Glesk of Bradford, the chairman of the airport Advisory Committee, said the one-way fare of just $29 would be the “real incentive” for area residents to try the Sun Air flights.
Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the Airport Authority, Glesk said he is “very optimistic” that the Sun Air service will increase commercial passenger counts.

December 9th

Mt. Jewett council sets new standards for police

December 10, 2014

MT. JEWETT – In an emotional spiel, Mt. Jewett Borough Council President Chuck Paar described the operation of a mythical donut company to drive home his point about council's issues with Police Chief Steve Hale.
The analogy was directed at Hale for allegedly setting his own criteria for operating the police department and sometimes providing more "donuts" than ordered.
After the Paar oration, the borough council voted 7-0 Monday to adopt new guidelines for police coverage.

County declines to back expansion of state forest

December 10, 2014

SMETHPORT – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is seeking support for its plan to add 17,488 contiguous acres to the Elk State Forest near Clermont in Sergeant Township.
But McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane aren't buying this one.
They agreed Tuesday to decline to back the plan.
“At this point, I’m not going to endorse the project,” DeMott said following a presentation of the plan at a meeting of the commissioners at the courthouse in Smethport.

Work is underway on Mt. Jewett sewage pump station

December 10, 2014

MT. JEWETT –Work is underway on a project to upgrade the East End Sewage Pump Station in Mt. Jewett.
The pump station, located in a small building off Route 6 east of the Mt. Jewett Veterans Memorial Club, pushes sewage from 95 customers to the treatment lagoons on Kushequa Avenue.
"The East End Pump Station project is moving along," Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Rod Peterson said in his report Tuesday to the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority. "The new electric panel has been installed; the rails for the hoist have been installed as well as a new door and window."

December 8th

Planning board tables action on McDonald's for Kane

December 9, 2014

SMETHPORT – The proposed erection of "Golden Arches" in Kane has been delayed.
The McKean County Planning Commission agreed Monday to table action on the proposed construction of a McDonald's Restaurant on North Fraley Street in Kane.
Jeremy Morey, county planning director, said the proposal submitted to the board for consideration is "missing a lot of stuff."

Mt. Jewett 'mural building' will be demolished this week

December 9, 2014

MT. JEWETT – The former Odd Fellows historic building-- the one with the huge colorful mural-- soon will be demolished in Mt. Jewett..
"We're losing that mural," Mayor Melissa McGuire said Monday. "It's a sad situation."
Speaking at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, she said the dilapidated building will be demolished by "the end of the week."
Bricks from the building have been falling for some time. Due to debris, the sidewalk on the north side of East Main Street near Center Street has been closed off with orange snow fencing.

Kane council adopts budget with 1/2-mill tax hike

December 9, 2014

The Kane Borough Council agreed Monday to adopt a 2015 budget that carries a half-mill increase in the property tax rate.
The budget carries a tax rate of 9.875 mills or about $9.88 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. 
According to Councilwoman Janet Bard, the proposed tax increase would add $10 to the property tax bill for properties assessed at $20,000. Owners of properties assessed at $50,000 would see a tax increase of $50, she said.
Bard is chairman of the Finance Committee, which proposed the tentative budget last month.

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