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March 2nd, 2012
MT. JEWETT â Where there's a need, there's a way to fill it.
That's the philosophy of the Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), which held a ceremony Friday to mark the opening the new Mt. Jewett Health Center on West Main Street.
Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executiveÂ officer of BRMC and the Upper Allegheny Health System, said the construction of the Mt. Jewett facility is "a response to enhance access to patients we serve."
"We're responding to a need," he said.
Proposed improvements at Evergreen Park in Kane were discussed Thursday evening at a community meeting at the Kane Community Center on Fraley Street.
About a dozen residents attended the 75-minute meeting. Dick Bly, chairman of the "Friends of Evergreen Park" group, presided.
Kane Borough Council President Howard Kane and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Dennis Drost represented the borough at the forum.
"I thought it was a good meeting," Bly said. "We want to have a good working relationship with council."
SMETHPORT â The McKean County Salary Board has agreed to create three new positions.
The positions include:
*Security officer at the new county Domestic Relations Office building on Route 6 adjacent to the county jail.
The position calls for a 37.5-hour work week at the rate of $15 per hour, effective Jan. 30.
Tom Ball, county controller and secretary of the Salary Board, said the new position is held by Carl Milks, a retired Bradford city police officer.
A new procedure for student pickup by private vehicles will begin Monday, March 19 at the Kane Elementary School.
"We'll give it a whirl a see what happens," School Principal Linda Lorenzo said Tuesday in discussing the new procedure at a public meeting at the school library.
Here are the basics of the new procedure:
*Parents who arrive in vehicles to pick up their children after school are being asked to display "school-issued" name-tags near the windshield. "The best place is on the visor on the driver's side," the school said in a statement to parents.
Born on Feb. 29 in 2004-- a Leap Year, local resident Natalia Chittester had to wait until Wednesday to mark her official "second" birthday.
"I think it's kind of neat," Natalia said. "When I'm 8, I can be only 2."
Natalia, the daughter of Scott and Dessa Driscoll Chittester of Wetmore Township, brought cookies to school Wednesday to celebrate her birthday with her classmates at the Kane Elementary School. She is a second-grade student in the class taught by teacher Pam Karlene.
"They all sang 'happy birthday' to me," Natalia said with a wide smile.
SMETHPORT â McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of âimpact feesâ assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.
Students in the Honors English 7 class at the Kane Middle School have written children's stories that have been published as books.
Jeannine Kloss, who teachers English 7 and computer literacy classes at the school, assigned the students to each write a children's story that focused on character education.
After writing their stories, the tales were published as books through the StudentPublishing.com website.
SMETHPORT -- Wetmore Township plans to use $6,165 in county liquid fuel tax revenue for a project to "chip seal" the surface of various roads.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to approve the Wetmore application for county aid for the estimated $30,000 project. All work must conform with specifications set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
In other business at the 15-minute meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane:
The Kane Rotary "multi-phasic" blood screening program, which is marking its 40th anniversary this year, diagnoses various medical conditions for Kane area residents.
The health-awarenessÂ program also provides the Rotary Club with funds for its high school scholarships and financial aid to the Friends' Memorial Public Library, the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, the Kane Police Department, the Kane Community Hospital and community projects.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Johnsonburg man who is charged in the theft of more than $6,000 in minted coins and currency from a garage in Wetmore Township.
Travis Allen O'Conner, 29, of 338 Water St., Johnsonburg, is charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property, both felonies.
State Police Trooper Michael Britton placed the charges following an investigation of the alleged theft at the Gary Lee Anderson residence in Wetmore Township..