July 12th, 2012
LANTZ CORNERS â Local residents need to step to the plate and coordinate efforts to develop a trail over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Without a local organization enthusiastically behind the proposal, the "Rails To Trails" concept won't happen.
This is the message delivered Wednesday by state and county officials during a presentation at the Barrel House Restaurant at Lantz Corners.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club hosted the forum.
JAMES CITY â The Highland Township Board of Supervisors appears pleased so far with work by Seneca Resources to upgrade township roads.
Speaking at a board meeting Wednesday, Supervisor Charlie Vaughn said Seneca has "double tar-and-chipped" Pig's Ear Road from the Shriner's Club to Four Corners.
"We have a high-speed road," Vaughn said in describing the improvements to the dirt road off Routes 66/948.
Vaughn, who also serves as the township roadmaster, said Seneca also has installed blacktop on sections of the road in Sackett.
There still is daily activity at the skate/bike park in Kane despite deteriorated conditions that are expected to remain indefinitely.
The Kane Borough Council at this time has no plans-- and no money-- to again repair the facility built in 2004.
Speaking at a meeting last week, Council President Howard Kane said a fundraising drive would be the only way to come up with money to fix the popular recreational site.
The borough in 2004 used $31,818 from a federal community development block grant (CDBG) to buy materials for the skate/bike facility at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
Bradley A. âChipâ Lannen of 12 Poplar St., Mt. Jewett, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
Born Sept. 3, 1958 in Bradford, he was the son of Richard G. and Donna Kay Thornton Lannen.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. His unwavering devotion to the community of Mt. Jewett will be his legacy.
William L. "Bill" Gillespie, 78, of 824 JoJo Road, Kane, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, July 8, 2012 in the Emergency Room of the Kane Community Hospital.
Â Â Born June 15, 1934 in Coontown, he was the son of Frank A. and Reba A. Griffin Gillespie.Â On October 27, 1962 in New Bethlehem, he married Helen "Bonnie" Minich, who survives.
Â Â Mr. Gillespie had been an oil field worker in the area, then worked for James Cowan Excavating in Kane.Â Later, he worked for National Fuel in Lamont, retiring in 1992.
Â Â He was active in the Highlander Christian Camp near Kane for many years.Â
HAZEL HURST -- Road issues dominated the discussion Monday at the monthly meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors.
The talk included several heated verbal exchanges between the supervisors and among the residents at the forum.
Here are some of the issues:
*John Verolini and Ron Keim of Kushequa said they oppose a request by John Moffett of Kushequa remove his road from township jurisdiction.
In a letter, Verolini said his property abuts a portion of the township road that Moffett wants the township to "vacate."
SMETHPORT â A Smethport man is asking the McKean County Board of Commissioners to rescind a resolution setting 2013 âassessment ratesâ for properties enrolled in the state-authorized âClean and Greenâ tax-relief program.
Speaking Monday at a commissionersâ meeting, Jim Herzog said the resolution adopted two weeks ago âprobably is not appropriate.â
âIâd like to see you rescind it,â Herzog told Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane.
George A. Skok, 58, of 16 N. Elk Avenue, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Kane Community Hospital.
Born October 7, 1953, in Kane, he was a son of the late Niccola Skok and Rose White Hannold. On August 15, 1981, in Kane, he married Bonne Burford, who survives.
George was a former member of the Kane V.F.D. and the Kane Fire Police. He was a member and past vice president of the local union at Kane Magnetics where he worked for over 30 years. He later became the assistant manager at Kwik Fill in Kane. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
A 14-year-old boy was injured Tuesday evening when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating collided with a westbound vehicle on Route 321 at Apollo Drive in East Kane, Wetmore Township.
A medical helicopter transported the boy to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. The extent of his injuries were unknown Tuesday evening.
The four persons in the vehicle did not sustain major injuries, according to Kane Fire Chief Tim Holt. The vehicle flipped onto its side and the ATV and boy were trapped beneath the wreckage, sources said.
A professional forester is critical of the removal ofÂ âstreetâ trees in the borough of Kane.
Tom Kase, who is a member of the Kane Shade Commission, leveled his criticism Monday in a report presented to the Kane Borough Council.
âTo continue down the path of cutting our âstreetâ trees without replacing them is an ugly choice aesthetically and a terrible choice economically and environmentally,â Kase told council.
He said âthis idea of eliminating âstreetâ trees in Kane is terrible,â he said.