It appears certain that the 2012 Kane borough budget will carry a property tax increase.
How much of an increase? Thatâ€™s the million-dollar question.
The tentative budget calls for a modest 1.5-mill increase. However, discussion at two budget workshops indicates that council may be ready to support an even higher tax increase.
Councilwoman Janet Bard already has announced she favors a 5-mill tax increase that would, in part, provide funding for necessary repairs for some of the deteriorating streets in the borough. No other council members have endorsed her hefty tax hike.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The tentative 2012 budget for Mt. Jewett calls for a one-mill increase in the tax rate to help pay for a full-time police officer.
The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to endorse the proposed spending plan.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Chip Lannen, Brett Morgan, Wil Antrim and Don Martyna to approve the tentative budget. Councilmen John Keesee did not attend the meeting.
The generosity of the Kane area community is shining bright in this Christmas season despite gloomy economic conditions.
With just four weeks remaining in the annual Kane Area United Fund campaign, area residents and businesses have made donations that total 70 percent of the goal of $35,000.
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.
Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
KANE â€“ Joseph William Chapman was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' this week. Authorities have been seeking the fugitive, who is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault of minors, since he escaped from the McKean County prison on July 30, 2007, after walking away from a work detail. His prison uniform was found by a nearby stream, but he has eluded authorities and is now wanted on escape charges in addition to other charges against him.
Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard met Thursday with the borough council to explain expenses in the proposed 2012 police budget and how he is attempting to make cuts.
The discussion on the Police Department budget took up most of the 105-minute workshop at the borough building along Bayard Street.
Another budget workshop is tentatively planned for next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the borough building. The forum is open to the public.
Edwin V. â€śWinâ€ť Apel Jr., 62, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and formerly of Boise, Idaho, and Berkeley Heights, N.J., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Health after a year-long bout with his brain tumor.
Win was born Sept. 10, 1949 in Oil City, the son of Edwin V. Apel, Sr. and Marian L. Myers Apel. On Oct. 27, 1973 in Kane, he married Mary Loretta â€śLorrieâ€ť Marconi.
In 1967, he graduated valedictorian of Cranberry High School. He then graduated from Yale University, with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1972. In 1977, he graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law.
James R. Stewart passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
He was born in Kane on April 21, 1922. Farmville became his home after transferring here with Stackpole in 1966. He worked there until his retirement in 1982.
He was a WWII and Korean War veteran, a member of VFW Post # 7059, lover of nature, his family and his country.
James W. McMurray, 86, of Concord, N.C., passed away after a serious illness, Nov. 26, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, N.C.
He was born Oct. 24,1925, in Bridgeville, and resided in Kane for 33 years, and moved to North Carolina from Myrtle Beach, S.C., five years ago. Mr. McMurray was the son of the deceased James and Clara McMurray.
He was an employee of West Penn Power Company in Kane, as an electrician for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Mr. McMurray served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C.
Gerald N. "Jerry" Kilmer, 66, of 220 Haines St., Kane, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
Born Aug. 12, 1945 in Kane, he was the son of William and Sis Croyle Kilmer.Â
After serving as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kilmer worked for National Fuel for nearly 27 years.Â He was a member of the American Legion / VFW in Mt. Jewett as well as the Wilcox Sportsman's Club.