January 23rd, 2014
A partisan Legislature still appears to stand in the way of state pension reform as ârevenues in the Commonwealth continue to lag behind growing expenses,â one such expense being an âunsustainableâ pension plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
Rising pensions costs are expected to hover around $2 billion for next yearâs budget, up from $1.4 billion for fiscal year 2013.
The Kane Wolves wrestling team will take part in the Salamanca Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The team, pictured here after placing second at last weekend's North East Tournament, is now 10-1 on the season after Tuesday's 75-0 win at Bradford.
BYRNEDALE â A trophy bull elk was found dead earlier this month on Pennsylvaniaâs elk range, the apparent victim of winter wildlife feeding, which is illegal for elk. Deer and elk are among the animals that can die if grains suddenly become part of their diets.
Ellen T. Bifano, 94, of 100 High Point Dr., and previously of 330 Bayard St., died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Kane Community Hospital.
Born June 19, 1919, in Kane, she was a daughter ofÂ the late Leo and Antonio Emer Tornatela.Â On Nov. 26, 1947, in Kane, she married Frank "Bud" Bifano who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Bifano, a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church, had been employed at Stackpole Carbon before her retirement.
MT. JEWETT â The first in a series of public forums on the operation of the Mt. Jewett Police Department took place Wednesday at the borough building.
Mayor Melissa McGuire, in her first month in office, said the sessions will create an "open dialogue" between Police Chief Steve Hale and Mt. Jewett residents.
A new date will be set for a preliminary hearing for the alleged drug-influenced driver in a six-fatality traffic accident last Aug. 31 near Lantz Corners.
The hearing for Kathleen S. "Kathy" Douglas, 37, of Kane had been scheduled for Monday before Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman.
The hearing will not be held as scheduled, it was learned Wednesday. A new date is pending.
RIDGWAY â The PHARE fund appears to be gaining its footing as Marcellus Shale regions are seeing yearly allocations for local distribution.
In 2012, the base allocation for PHARE [Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement] was $2.5 million; for 2013 and beyond, the allocation has doubled.
Gary Ziegler's retirement from the Kane School Board didn't last long.
Ziegler served on the board for 12 years before deciding not to seek re-election last year. His term ended Nov. 30.
Balancing a school budget is never easy.
Developing the next Kane school spending plan will be made even more difficult by hefty increases in costs for health care benefits and the school district's share for the retirement fund.
Area agencies and volunteers continue to emphasis mentoring programs during January, recognized as National Mentoring Month.
Sara Sutter from Big Brothers Big Sisters said officials recently received a grant to expand their program but indicated Tuesday morning there are over 20 children on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister.