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October 10th, 2014
The Kane School Board wonât be endorsing a 2015-16 budget for seven months.
But it already looks like any property tax hike included in the spending plan for the next school year would be limited to less than $1.50 per month for the âaverageâ residential property-owner.
School Business Manager Steve Perry, in a report to the school board Thursday, said the state âadjusted indexâ for the Kane Area School District for 2015-16 is just 2.9 percent.
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D. Scott Paul is the newest member of the Kane School Board.
By a 7-1 vote Thursday, Paul was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Gary Ziegler.
Claire Ann Depto Buckley, president of the school board, supported Paul for the appointment along with board members John Ball, Dick Coleman, Linda A. Anderson, Susan Grolemund, Krista Jamerson and Keith Hastings.
Board member Tom Kerek cast the lone negative vote. He said he favored the appointment of Shana Snyder, the only other candidate for the seat.
ERIE âÂ A federal judge has ruled this week that Dr. Maryann Anderson is not liable for legal fees incurred by defendants in her lawsuit against three former colleagues in the Millcreek Township School District (MTSD) near Erie.
Anderson, who has been the superintendent of the Kane Area School District for over five years, in 2007 filed a federal "whistle-blower" lawsuit against three Millcreek school officials for allegedly retaliating against her. She claimed the retaliation came after she brought up cases of wrong-doings in the school district.
SMETHPORT â A Kane man who wielded knives in an alleged "suicide-by-cop" attempt has been given two more weeks to enter a plea in McKean County Court.
Larry Walker II, 42, of 231 Janeway St., Kane, remains in the McKean County Jail in Smethport in lieu of $750,000 cash bail.Â
He appeared Thursday before McKean County Court President Judge John Pavlock, but did not enter a plea. Dennis Luttenauer, a Kane attorney who is representing Walker, asked to delay the last day to enter the plea until Oct. 23. The judge approved the request and Walker was returned to jail.
Northwest Savings Bank and the Kane Area Community Center will launch Operation Overcoat on Saturday, Oct. 11.Â
With public support, the sponsors will work together to collect and distribute warm winter coats to local children in need.
Residents of Kane are asked to participate in the program by donating warm, new or gently-used fall and winter coats in all childrenâs sizes.
SMETHPORT â McKean County's blight is increasing while the population is shrinking.
This is just one of the points made Wednesday during a three-hour forum to focus on the blight problem in the county.
During the forum, there was a discussion on ways for municipalities to address blight.
More than 50-- mainly municipal and government agency representatives-- attended the informative meeting at the Court of Angels Restaurant in Smethport. Municipal representatives from the Kane area were among those to attend.
Cpl. Donovan Clancy, 26, a U.S. Marine and Ridgway native, is presumed dead after efforts to rescue him have proven unsuccessful.
Marine Corps officials called off the search Monday after Clancy vanished in heavy surf in the remote waters off Tinian.
The search covered 1,700 square nautical miles but the military reportedly found no sign of the missing Marine. Inclement weather further shortened the search.
The Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors is being asked to help shoulder the premium cost for workers' compensation coverage for members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department.
In a letter received Tuesday at a board meeting, Kane Borough Councilwoman Janet Board asked the supervisors to pay $4,353-- 30 percent of the premium cost in 2014-15.
Bard is chairman of the Kane Borough Council Finance Committee. She said the committee believes Wetmore should "pay their fair share of the fire department's workers compensation coverage."
LUDLOW â When the Ludlow Post Office âwindowâ hours are cut to just four hours a day, Raymond âBrettâ Ferguson will end his 37-year career with the U.S. Postal Service.
Ferguson, a Wilcox resident, has served as the officer-in-charge at the Ludlow Post Office for the past six years.Â
The Postal Service has announced plans to cut the âwindowâ hours at the Ludlow Post Office to four hours a dayâ8 a.m. to noon. Saturday hours would remain at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The lobby will stay open around-the-clock to enable residents to retrieve their mail from locked boxes.