May 8th, 2015
Mother Nature has a soft spot in her heart for KARE For Kane.
Just two weeks after a late-April snowfall with temperatures in the 30s, a summer-like day Friday warmed the 400 volunteers who took part in the fifth annual community-wide beautification program.
"The weather couldn't be better," Erin Vassallo said with a big smile on her face.Â
She is the executive director of the Kane Area Development Center (KADC). The KADC includes the Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE), the sponsor of the event.
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A standing-room-only Kane crowd estimated at over 100 heard remarks Thursday from 23 candidates in the May 19 primary election.
The Kane Area Development Center (KADC), which includes the Chamber of Commerce, hosted the "Meet The Candidates" event at the Kane Area Community Center on Fraley Street in Uptown Kane.
Four seats are up for election on the Kane Borough Council this year.Â
The only candidates to attend the forum included David Walker, a newcomer to local politics who is seeking a Republican nomination, and Brandon "Tater" Johnston, who is running as a write-in candidate.
A total of 330 parents and award-winning students took part in the 21st Kane High School Academic Banquet held Thursday evening at the school gymnasium.
Following dinner, 144 awards were given to 100 students for academic achievement during the school year.
"We don't give enough academic recognition," High School Principal Todd Stanko said in praising the "phenomenal students" who received the awards.
Stanko was impressed by the turnout.
Kane alumni and hero of the 1949 Pennsylvania State Championship basketball team, Don Frase, came back to Kane on Thursday to visit with Jim Sirianniâ€™s senior Social Studies class.
Frase shared some recollections of the 1948-49 basketball season, the state title game and growing up in Kane while sharing some life lessons with the soon-to-be grads.
The Kane School Board voted 9-0 Wednesday to adopt a tentative 2015-16 budget that carries an increase in property taxes.
The proposal, outlined for the board at a workshop last week, calls for a .39-mill increase in the tax rate for property-owners in the McKean County portion of the school district.
The new rate in the McKean County side of the district would be 16.56 mills. The 2.4 percent increase is the same in the Elk County portion of the school district. However, the tax rate is different in Elk County due to tax calculation methods.
The Kane School Board acted on several personnel issues Wednesday at its monthly meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
The board accepted retirement notices from a school teacher and a school counselor.
Peggy Houser is retiring as a middle school-based art teacher.
Dottie Bence is retiring as a high school guidance counselor.
The board also received notice that Thomas Jashurek is retiring June 4 as a custodian at the elementary school and middle school.
RIDGWAY â€“ Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
ST. MARYS â€“ Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.
As the former sales manager and residential development division manager for two different residential/commercial construction companies, materials manager for a large mechanical contractor and owner/general manager of Stanton-Jacobs Homes, Jacobs said his 20 years and 200 homes of construction experience should aid him well in his business endeavor.
Rain and cool temperatures in the upper 50s failed to damper the 40th annual McKean County Special Olympics at the Kane High School track.
Over 260 Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County competed in the Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.
Six athletes, whose names will be released soon, qualified to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 4-6.
Patrick Ryan, director of operations at the Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc. in Bradford, again served as coordinator of Special Olympics.