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June 26th, 2012
SMETHPORT â The McKean County Board of Commissioners has established new criteria linked with the state-authorized âClean and Greenâ program.
âClean and Greenâ offers tax relief to owners of at least 10 acres of agricultural or forest land.
The program is designed to encourage property owners to retain their agricultural or forest land rather than sell it for development.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse in Smethport, County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed a resolution that sets forth criteria for the 2013 tax year.
What began as a dream seven years ago has turned into the biggest summer tourist attraction in Kane.
The sixth annual Art in the Wilds Juried Fine Arts Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Park. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission and parking are free.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors are expected during the two-day show, according to founder and director Marilyn Blackmore.
The installation of five new âWelcome To Kaneâ signs began in March and can now be enjoyed when entering Kane Northbound on 321 near Kane High school, Eastbound on Route 6 near the Kane Community Hospital, Westbound on Route 6 near Kane View Motel, Southbound on Route 321 near Glenwood Park or when entering Kane Northbound on Route 66 across from Steve Jerman Memorial Park.Â
This project was funded by local organizations, businesses and individuals.Â The signs were designed and hand-crafted by Sign Design of Westline.
Erin Vassallo is full of zest as she begins her new job as executive director of the Kane Area Development Center (KADC).
This organization includes the Kane Chamber of Commerce, the Kane Area Industrial Development Corporation (KAIDC) and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE).
The bubbly young woman can hardly contain her zeal as she discusses her key role in promoting Kane business, industry, tourism and the overall quality of life.
When the Kane High School Alumni Memorial Award (KHSAMA) Fund meets in February 2013, it will mark the first time in 28 years that a member of the Class of 1955 has not sat upon that board.
At the May Selection Meeting of the board, President John Thompson, KHS â55, formally announced that he would be retiring after 16 years of serving on the board.
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
Students taught by Debbie Lenaway may see their teacher more often outside the classroom than in school.
Lenaway spends much of her spare time watching her students perform in concerts or in sporting events such as Little League baseball or youth soccer.
âI sit with the parents in the bleachers,â Lenaway said. âOf course, I have to cheer for players on both teams on the field.â
The "Zero Sort" program offered by Casella Waste Systems has led to a 30-percent increase in recycling in Kane, a company spokesman said Monday.
Stephanie Runser, the general manager of the Olean, N.Y. Hauling Division that includes company bins in Kane, Smethport and Bradford, said "Zero Sort" is popular because residents no longer need to separate their recyclables.
She said Kane area residents are encouraged to deposit plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard and paper in any one of the six recycling bins in Kane.
Despite a smokey fire early Saturday, Corban's Temple Roller Skating Rink in Kane is open on its usual schedule.
Lori McClain who owns the business with her husband, Ivan, said Monday that skating would be held Wednesday at the "usual" time of 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
She said the rink also would be open for its weekend schedule---Â 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The rink also accepts bookings for private parties on Tuesdays and Thursday, McClain said.
There once was a time when many priests led a secluded life and stayed "home" within their own church.
They said daily and Sunday Mass and tended to the spiritual needs of their parishioners. But they seldom took part in civic activities outside the church.
The Rev. Philip A. Pinczewskiâfondly known as âFather Philââis part of a growing breed of priests and other religious leaders who are taking a very active role in the community.