November 18th, 2011
Smethport - Benjamin R. Defibaugh, 63, of Smethport, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
He was born July 1, 1948 in Smethport, a son of Benjamin F. and Clara I. Shick Defibaugh. On Oct. 1, 1977 in St. Joseph Church, Mt. Jewett, he married Debbie A. Boyland, who survives.
Mr. Defibaugh was a graduate of Smethport High School and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.
Mr. Defibaugh was the Director of Veteran's Affairs for McKean County for 25 years, retiring in December 2008.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport.
It is mid July just before 10 p.m. and Iâ€™m flying over the city of Seattle, Washington. The city is spectacular at night, with the famous Space Needle illuminated against the skyline. This is actually my second visit to the city. My first trip, over forty years ago, I was heading for the Army base at Fort Lewis. In that era, I felt sure I was on my way to South Vietnam, but as fate would have it, our company was deployed to another destination. You see, the Vietnam War was winding down, and the decision was made to reduce personnel going in that direction.
SMETHPORT â€“ The McKean County Board of Commissioners is considering a request for a public meeting on issues linked with the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Bill Belitskus, a Hamlin Township resident who said he is concerned with health and safety issues involving Shale wells, appealed Tuesday to the commissioners to schedule the meeting.
He said a meeting is needed because there is â€śa breakdown in communicationsâ€ť between the public and Shale developers such as Shell and Seneca Resources.
Property taxes will rise in 2012 in Kane under a tentative budget adopted Monday by the Kane Borough Council.
The proposed budget calls for a rate increase of 1.5 mills that will boost the overall property tax in Kane to $9.375 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The overall rate this year is 7.875 mills.
The increase means that the owner of property assessed at $50,000 would see their borough tax bill climb by about $75 from $394 to $469.
HAZEL HURST â€“ A proposed residual waste tank holding facility in Hamlin Township is facing opposition from residents who are concerned with pollution and traffic issues.
Dr. Jan Hendryx and his wife, Christine, expressed their concerns Monday at a meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors in Hazel Hurst.
"We're concerned about our health," Dr. Hendryx told the supervisors. "Air pollution is huge."
Dr. Hendryx is associated with the Erie Medical Associates and is a faculty member at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Richard L. Riggs Jr., age 52, of Marienville, died at his home in Marienville.
He was born Sept. 22, 1959 in Brookville, son of the late Richard L. Riggs Sr., and Anna Jean (Albaugh) Riggs.
Rick was previously employed by Sheffield Container. He loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1981.
Surviving are three sisters, Delores â€śDeeâ€ť Carley and her husband David of Kane, Micky Stevenson and her husband Danny of Marienville, and Sally Cox and her partner Aaron Pertz. There are several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The Kane VFW Post 1132 held its annual Veterans Day Dinner Saturday, Nov. 12.
After social hour members and guests sat down to a fine dinner put on by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Commander Don Chittester opened the service with a prayer. He was followed by Adjutant Bert Geibel who gave an overview of the services that our local VFW does offer to the community.
The annual Veterans' Day Program was held Sunday morning at Kane's First United Methodist Church.
Organizer Colleen Lundeen, along with Associate Pastor Jay Tennies and Eagle Scout Candidate Jon Luke Gelsick helped the event become one of the biggest yet. This year's program honored all U.S. Veterans, but especially focused on those who served during World War II.
Joseph Paul Cecchetti, 80, of Ideal Farm Road, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born June 9, 1931, in James City, he was a son of Umberto and Amilea Sier Cecchetti. On May 16, 1951, in Wichita Falls, Texas, he married Shirley A. Anderson who preceded him in death.â€¨Mr. Cecchetti served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He retired as a foreman from Stackpole and then became custodian of the Kane Area School District. He was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Edward W. Dore, 61, of Bentleyville, died Friday, November 11, 2011 in The Donnell House, Washington.â€¨He was born Nov. 13, 1949 in Kane, a son of the late Francis Howard Dore and Gladys Patricia Mitchell Dore. â€¨He worked as a cook for various restaurants. â€¨A veteran, he served with the U.S. Navy. â€¨Surviving are a two brothers, Daniel Bower of Washington and Francis (Skip) Dore of Sanford, Maine; two sisters, Elizabeth Van Gilder of Warren and Deborah Moskal of Houston; three step-sisters, Sharon DorĂ© of Toronto, Canada, Mrs. Kathleen Landi of Lake Ridge, Va., and Mrs.