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October 7th, 2014
Roseann Albaugh is resigning as the elected Wetmore Township tax collector as of Jan. 15.
Township Supervisors Steve Dyne and Elaine Bodistow received the resignation letter Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors.Â
In her notice, Albaugh asks the supervisors to appoint Becky Gullifer to take her place. Gullifer has assisted Albaugh in collecting township taxes.
Albaugh, who resides at 15 Sleepy Hollow Rd., won re-election last year. She defeated Rhonda Holt of 48 School St. in the Republican primary in May 2013. Albaugh ran unopposed last November.
Two Wetmore Township supervisors went on record Tuesday against a scrap metal ordinance proposed by McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn.
The proposed ordinance would require area scrap metal dealers to "install and maintain a retrievable electronic database containing a consecutively numbered record of each and every purchase."
The dealers also would need to take certain other action in an effort to stop thieves from unloading stolen metals.
MT. JEWETT â€“ It's now up to the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to give its blessing to the sale of the Mt. Jewett water system.
Acting at its meeting Monday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 5-0 to approve an "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua America of Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The company last summer submitted a high bid of $1,126,350 for the Mt. Jewett water system, which serves about 450 customers.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Don Martyna, Wil Antrim and Rod Danielson to accept the "asset purchase agreement" with Aqua.Â
MT. JEWETT â€“ The Mt. Jewett Borough Council may donate borough property for a new Senior Center.
The proposed site along West Main Street is a vacant parcel on the east side of the former Mt. Jewett Elementary School.
The Old Kettle Restaurant and the Baumler Building once stood on the vacant site. They have been demolished with funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Gay DeGolier, director of the CDBG program for the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority, said in a letter that the borough could donate the site for a new Senior Center.
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.