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March 23rd, 2015

Jury selection begins for Martin trial

March 23, 2015

RIDGWAY – Seven jurors were selected Monday from a pool of 110 for the trial of Nicholas Martin, 24, of Johnsonburg, who will stand trial for the March 23, 2013 stabbing death of his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alyssa Forsyth.
Martin is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of abuse of a corpse.
The selection process will continue Tuesday until the defense and prosecution narrows down a total of 14 jurors (12 main and two alternates) to hear the case. The trial is scheduled to commence immediately following jury selection.

Kathy Sluga is new secretary for Hamlin Township

March 23, 2015

HAZEL HURST – Kathy Sluga of Mt. Jewett is the new secretary-treasurer for Hamlin Township.
She replaces Nicole L. "Nickie" Wheatley Causer of Kane, who resigned in January. Sluga's starting pay is $12.56 per hour.
A 1979 graduate of Kane Area High School, Sluga is a former member of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council.
She attended Clarion University and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. For eight years, she worked as the office manager at TRW Mechanical in Mt. Jewett.

March 22nd

AmeriCorps volunteers look to strengthen community

March 22, 2015

AmeriCorps members make our communities safer, stronger, healthier, and improve the lives of tens of millions of our most vulnerable citizens. AmeriCorps service isn’t just nice, it’s necessary, and its impacts are proven and measurable.
AmeriCorps are proud to introduce members who are making a difference in Kane Area School District: Janelle Gilmore and Rebecca Keller.
Gilmore has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in early level education (PreK-4).

March 20th

Little dog is big hero in house fire in Mt. Jewett

March 20, 2015

MT. JEWETT – A barking Shorkie dog can be very annoying.
Thank God.
A little Shorkie is credited with saving the lives of a Mt. Jewett mother and her two young daughters when fire erupted Thursday night at their home.
The fire destroyed the two-story house at 44 E. Main St. owned by Aaron and Sarah Maynard Avenali.
But Sarah and her daughters-- Maya, 3, and Ada, 4,-- escaped from the burning house without injury.

Art show to pilot student art exhibit, competition in June

March 20, 2015

Art in the Wilds (AIW) is piloting a regional student artist exhibit and competition during its ninth annual outdoor fine arts show June 27-28 in Evergreen Park in Kane. 
In its first eight years, student artists from Kane Area High School exhibited their art at the show.
For 2015, the AIW committee has reached out to all 22 high schools (via their art teachers and administrators) in McKean County and its five contiguous counties – Cameron, Elk, Forest, Potter and Warren – to engage their top student artists to participate and compete.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice
Chef Curtis Stone makes a delicious juice your kids will love.

March 18th

 Kane United Fund reaches 98 percent of $40,000 goal

March 18, 2015

The Kane United Fund has ended its 2014-15 campaign by attaining 98 percent of its record goal of $40,000.
“Our United Fund campaign began last with a goal of $40,000, up from $38,000 from last year,” the United Fund board said in a statement. “The goal was increased due to the fact that many of the agencies on our list had increased allocations that were approved by the board.

Sewer authority ponders equipment upgrades

March 18, 2015

The Kane Borough Sewer Authority has approved a study of its aeration process to determine if more efficient or cost effective systems are viable options for the authority to use.
During a regular monthly meeting Monday, the authority approved KLH Engineers, Inc. of Pittsburgh to conduct a study of the borough's aeration system and report viable alternatives that could save the borough money.
Kane Borough manager Don Payne said the discussions about the authority's aeration system started after lines going into tanks at the Pine Street facility started to leak and required repairs.

March 17th

Commissioners address call center issue

March 17, 2015

SMETHPORT – Citing security concerns and an inability to regulate temperatures in the 911 call center's equipment room, the McKean County commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of new air conditioning equipment for the center.
The commissioners, during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, accepted a $14,862 bid from MJ Mechanical Services, Inc., based in Tonawanda, N.Y., as it was the lowest of the three submitted bids for the new air conditioning equipment.

Properties committee discuses Evergreen Park

March 17, 2015

Needed maintenance work at Evergreen Park was the main topic of discussion at Tuesday's Kane Borough properties committee meeting.
The committee, made up of chairman Dennis Drost, Gary Schul and Tom Kase, discussed at length the wish list of tasks that the committee would like to have completed in the future at Evergreen Park, which included general maintenance work, work to fix drainage issues at the park and a project to build permanent handicap accessible bathrooms at the park.
The issue of drainage was the first discussed by the committee.

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