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November 8th, 2011
Lane returns as county commissioner
SMETHPORT -- Cliff Lane will be returning to the McKean County Board of Commissioners.
According o complete, but unofficial totals, Lane defeated incumbent Judy Church by 276 votes for a seat on the board. Both are Democrats. Lane is from Turtlepoint. Church is from Smethport. Lane received 2,552 votes and Church had 2,276, based on unofficial totals.
Incumbent Republican Commissioners Joe DeMott of Port Allegany and Al Pingie of Bradford Township both won re-election to the board. DeMott received 3,519 votes and Pingie had 3,283.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for a general election that features candidates for many local positions.
Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. All registered voters are eligible to vote.
There are 25,347 registered voters in McKean County. According to the state Bureau of Elections, this total includes 2,089 in Kane, 1,176 in Wetmore Township, 574 in Mt. Jewett, 482 in Hamlin Township and 373 in Hamilton Township.
Three local races will be drawing attention Tuesday and all three involve write-in candidates.
These races include:
Because times are tough for many Kane area families, the Kane Area United Fund more than ever needs workers and employers to step forward this year with contributions.
Donations collected during the annual United Fund drive go to 18 community-service organizations.
Without the United Fund assistance, some of these organizations would need to eliminate or reduce the services they provide.
â€śEvery dollar you give goes right back into our local community in the form of services,â€ť United Fund Board President Jennifer Macey said. â€śNo donation is too small.â€ť
SMETHPORT â€“ There are four candidates in Tuesday's election for three seats on the McKean County Board of Commissioners.
Incumbents who are seeking re-election include Republican Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, Republican Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Democrat Judy Church of Smethport. The challenger is Democrat Cliff Lane of Annin Township, a former county commissioner.
Voters will be asked to cast ballots for two of the four candidates. The top three vote-getters will comprise the new county Board of Commissioners.
The motto for the Kane Eagles Club is â€śpeople helping people.â€ť
The club at Chase and Bayard streets is doing just that.
The Eagles Club again is donating numerous canned goods and packaged grocery items to the Kane Food Pantry. The club also has presented the pantry with a check for $500.
Barb Gadley-Cheeks, secretary of the Eagles, said the club last year held a dance to benefit the Food Pantry. For admission to the dance, members and guests brought cans and packages of food, she said.
Dave Engman of Kane won the Democratic and Republican nomination for Kane District Court judge in the May primary and is the only candidate lisedt on the ballot for the election next Tuesday.
However, Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard recently announced that he is challenging Engman as a write-in candidate.
The two candidates are seeking the position formerly held by Michael Kennedy, who retired for health reasons last year and died earlier this month. Michael Fedora has been serving as acting district judge for more than a year.
No reading textbook to carry home from school every day?
Under a new reading program at the Kane Elementary School, students can â€śread anything they wantâ€ť when they go home as long as they read, Principal Linda Lorenzo said.
She said the students are directed to read books, magazines or newspapers for â€śat least 20 minutesâ€ť at home each day after school. When theyâ€™re finished reading, students are expected to discuss what theyâ€™ve read with a parent or an older sibling.
MT. JEWETT â€“ A large crowd gathered Monday evening at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall for the annual Halloween Costume Contest.
Prizes were awarded for first, second and third in nine categories.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club sponsored the contest. Rotary also sponsored the Halloween parade prior to the contest. "Trick or Treat" time followed the contest.
Judges for the contest included Lea Earley, a Mt. Jewett resident who is the reigning Miss Kane High; Barb Harp, borough secretary-treasurer; and Christine Park, secretary-treasurer for the borough water department.
Kane area children will be dressed in various costumes Monday as they go door-to-door during Halloween â€śTrick or Treatâ€ť hours.
According to borough and school officials, a Halloween parade will not be held in Kane for the first time in many years.
Halloween â€śTrick or Treatâ€ť hours in Kane, Wetmore Township, Hamlin Township and Highland Township are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Residents are asked to turn on their porch lights.
The general election Tuesday, Nov. 8 features several local races.
In McKean County, there is a four-way race for three seats on the Board of Commissioners.
The incumbents who are seeking re-election include Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Judy Church of Smethport.
DeMott, who is chairman of the board, and Pingie are Republicans. Church is a Democrat.
The challenger is Cliff Lane of Annin Township, a Democrat and former county commissioner.