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November 10th, 2014
The proposed Kane borough budget for 2015 carries a half-mill increase in the tax rate.
The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to adopt the tentative budget, which will be display at the borough building as of Wednesday. Council is expected to vote on a final budget at its next meeting Monday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the borough building.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Dennis Drost and Tom Kase in approving the proposed budget.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“ A Mt. Jewett budget plan unveiled Monday calls for reducing the weekly hours for Police Chief Steve Hale from 40 to 30.
Several residents told the Mt. Jewett Borough Council they are not in favor of having a reduced police presence.
"Less police is not a good thing," one woman told council.
Kaneâ€™s First United Methodist Church held its annual Veteransâ€™ Day program on Sunday, Nov. 9. The 2014 program was like previous ones in that it was standing room only and left few dry eyes in attendance.
This yearâ€™s tribute, which was under the direction of Coleen Lundeen, began with a number by the churchâ€™s Chime Choir. After participants were welcomed by Reverend William LaVelle Jr., soloist Linda Kerek gave a beautiful rendition of â€śGod Bless Americaâ€ť as the crowd joined her in honoring our country.
LUDLOW â€“ The new Veterans Memorial for Hamilton Township will be dedicated Tuesdayâ€”Veteransâ€™ Day.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony, which is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the monument site near the back gate of Wildcat Park. There is limited parking near the gate on Wetmore Road just east of Ludlow.
In October, the McKean County Conservation District, partnering with Wildcat Park, the Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, PA DEP, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission, removed the dam on Twomile Run in Wildcat Park near Ludlow. Funding for the project was provided through grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Patagonia.
A Kane family was displaced when a fire damaged their home on Friday afternoon. The structure fire occurred at the 432 North Tionesta Ave. home owned by Holly Gausman. No one was home at the time of the fire.
The Kane Volunteer Fire Department and Kane Ambulance were called to the scene at 12:12 p.m. Friday and KVFD Chief Tim Holt said heavy smoke was visible to the first emergency personnel on the scene. KVFD engines 56 and 57 responded, as did the departmentâ€™s tower truck, rescue truck and utility truck 54.
Medical bills are piling up for a Ludlow man who underwent a heart transplant 11 years ago at the age of 40.
Jay Depto of Bliss Hill Road near Ludlow has since been diagnosed with cancer and is currently a patient in a Pittsburgh hospital.
A Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner will be held this weekend to help defray the cost of medical treatment for the 51-year-old man.
The dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday in the social hall at St. Callistus Catholic Church on Chase Street at Haines Street.Â
SMETHPORT â€“ A Kane man accused of threatening a woman with a knife is facing a jury trial in January.
Jared Michael Smith, 28, of 423 Poplar St., Kane, appeared Thursday in McKean County Court for his scheduled last day to enter a plea in the criminal case.
His attorney-- Assistant Public Defender Dennis Luttenauer of Kane-- advised President Court Judge John Pavlock to "list" the case "for trial."
The judge listed the case as a "backup trial" that could take place Jan. 26, Jan. 27 or Jan. 28.
The removal of demolition debris is continuing at the site of a former fire-damaged building at 318 Chase St. in Kane.
Steve Dyne Excavating of Wetmore Township is donating manpower and equipment for the demolition of the building.Â
The structure was heavily damaged in a fire Oct. 29, 2005 that destroyed the adjacent Papa Nick's Restaurant at Chase and Bayard streets.
SMETHPORT â€“ A former Kane woman charged with identity theft has been given two more weeks to enter a plea in McKean County Court.
Aimee Carol Anderson Hodgdon, 41, is accused of using the identity of 86-year-old Mabel Johnson of Wetmore Township to fraudulently obtain a credit card. The defendant allegedly used the credit card to make cash withdrawals at Hamlin Bank in Kane and purchases at the Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in Kane.