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October 6th, 2014
BENEZETTE â€“Â 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.
The annual Kane Area United Fund campaign is underway to raise $40,000 for 18 agencies that improve the quality of life for local adults and children.
Jennifer Macey, past president of the volunteer Board of Directors and the current board treasurer, said the goal has been bumped up to $40,000 in an effort to provide more aid for the member agencies.
â€śMost of our agencies have not had increases in years,â€ť Macey said in announcing a $4,000 increase in the goal. â€śIt will be a challenge, but we are hoping Kane area residents will respond by giving a little more.â€ť
Student enrollment in the Kane Area School District continues to decline.
According to figures obtained from the administration, the 2014-15 school year began with 1,190 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
This is a drop of only three from the last day of school in June. However, the total is 27 less than the beginning of classes in Kane for the 2013-14 school year.
The current school year began in Kane with 46 fewer students than two years agoâ€”2012-13â€”when 1,236 started classes.
Each year, classes in the Kane Area School District celebrate â€śEarth Dayâ€ť with discussions and projects on environmental issues.
The school district is being asked to â€śpractice what we preach.â€ť
Speaking at a school board committee meeting this week, Scott Colson of Kane asked the district to consider a recycling program to reduce the amount of solid waste buried at the Casella landfill near Hutchins.
Two residents of the Kane Area School District (KASD) have submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the nine-member school board.
The candidates are identified as Shana Snyder and Scott Paul.
According to a social media network, both Snyder and Paul are listed as members of the Concerned Parents of KASD. This group formed last year and reportedly has more than 600 members.
There currently is a vacancy on the school board due to the resignation of Gary Ziegler.
Wednesday was the deadline to file applications and resumes to fill the vacant seat on the volunteer board.
RIDGWAY â€“ Hope.
This was the resounding sentiment expressed at Thursday evening's candlelight vigil for U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native who went missing Friday after wading in heavy surf on the shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands in the Guam region (situated near Guam).
LUDLOW â€“ The 10th annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday at Wildcat Park along Route 6 near Ludlow.
Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. There is no charge for parking.
The event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. features all types of crafts and foods displayed beneath a large covered pavilion at the park.
Roadway improvements on Route 6 in Kane are continuing with paving currently taking place, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Thursday.
The paving activity could impact available parking in and around the borough of Kane.
Repairs will improve the ride quality of the roadway surface and extend the useful life of the pavement, PennDOT said.
The work was made possible by Act 89, the stateâ€™s new transportation plan.Â
A tree and special plaque have been placed in Evergreen Park in Kane to honor the memory of Brenda Emer.
She died a year ago-- Oct. 1, 2013-- after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Ironically, she died on the first day of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
More than 100 family members and friends-- many with tears in their eyes-- attended a brief ceremony Wednesday to dedicate the tree and plaque on the Birch Street side of the park.
Wearing "We Remember Brenda" pink shirts, Jill Thompson of Kane and the Rev. Craig Smith spoke at the dedication ceremony.