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March 11th, 2012
Anxiety is building in the Kane Area School District as student testing begins this week under the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).
Naturally, students are nervous about taking PSSA tests in math, reading, science and writing.
But teachers and school administrators also are feeling the tension. Thatâ€™s because the annual tests determine whether the school district and its three schools are making â€śannual yearly progress (AYP)â€ť under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program.
It's a community project that everyone wishes never had to be undertaken.
Plans are under way to add a memorial stone in Evergreen Park to honor Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed in Afghanistan last July while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
The Eagles Club in Kane has purchased the stone, which is similar to those already located in the memorial area at the "point" at Evergreen Park. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other Kane organizations are contributing to cover the cost of the community project to honor VanGiesen.
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"Big Brothers Big Sisters" of McKean and Elk Counties has a "big" need for volunteers in the Kane area.
There are 38 children on a McKean County list "waiting" to be matched with a "Big Brother" or a "Big Sister." The list includes at least six boys and two girls from the Kane area.
"We need mentors," Erin Vassallo said during a recent trip to Kane to "recruit" men and women for the one-on-one program with children. "We have a big need for volunteers."
Without local funds in place, it appeared earlier this year that the annual Kane Summer School program could be shelved.
The district, however, now is expecting federal funds to cover the Summer School cost, estimated at $42,000.
Acting at its meeting Wednesday at the Kane Middle School auditorium, the school board voted 8-0 to approve a five-week Summer School program-- pending receipt of the federal funds.
More than 70 Kane school children have reasons to smile today after undergoing dental checkups earlier this week.
The exams for children in kindergarten through eighth grade were given during the school day as part of the Mobile Dentist program.
Dr. Janice McVay, a Pittsburgh dentist, performed the dental exams in the nurseâ€™s office for the Kane Elementary School and Kane Middle School. Assisting were dental hygienists Kelly Bidwell of Union City and Brenda Bosworth of Port Allegany.
Wetmore Township will see a decrease in the amount of revenue it receives this year from its share of timber sales in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF).
According to a report from the U.S. Forest Service, the township's allocation will be $94,298.44 this year. The figure is a decrease of $8,665.88 from the previous allocation of $102,9964.32.
The Wetmore Township Supervisors Steve Dyne, Bill Ryding and Elaine Bodistow received notice of the timber revenue Tuesday at a meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane.
A nine-week program is designed to help overweight Kane children learn how to lead healthier lives.
Called "KidShape," the program begins Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kane Middle School cafeteria and gymnasium.
A total of 16 children in kindergarten through eighth grade have registered for the nationally recognized family-based weight management program. A parent or guardian must accompany their children to each session.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners went on record Tuesday in favor of state legislation to reform the "prevailing wage" act.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed legislation that boosts the "threshold" for "prevailing wage" projects from $25,000 to $185,000.
Under the current law adopted in 1961, contractors bidding on municipal projects must agree to pay "prevailing wages" to their workers if the project cost is $25,000 or more.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to reject a request from Kane Community Hospital for property tax relief for its new medical center now under construction on West Main Street.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilmen Chip Lannen, Don Martyna, Wil Antrim, John Keesee and Brett Morgan to shoot down the request. Councilwoman Linda Berry did not attend the meeting due to a leg injury, it was noted.
More than 200 jammed into hallways and classrooms Saturday for an auction at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
The Kane Area School District held the auction to dispose of surplus equipment and to prepare the building for sale to Kane Manufacturing.
â€śIt was a larger turnout than we expected,â€ť John Rook said in commenting on the size of the auction crowd. Rook is the facilities director for the school district.
Based on preliminary figures, it appears the school district will take in more than $9,200 as its share of the auction proceeds.