March 20th, 2015
Art in the Wilds (AIW) is piloting a regional student artist exhibit and competition during its ninth annual outdoor fine arts showÂ June 27-28 in Evergreen Park in Kane.Â
In its first eight years, student artists from Kane Area High School exhibited their art at the show.
For 2015, the AIW committee has reached out to all 22 high schools (via their art teachers and administrators) in McKean County and its five contiguous counties â€“ Cameron, Elk, Forest, Potter and Warren â€“ to engage their top student artists to participate and compete.
Itâ€™s that time of the year again. The time that most bird watchers observe our little feathered friends from the warmth of our houses. I do believe winter is never going to leave! It is amazing what might come to backyard feeders on any given day. It is also a great opportunity to photograph these backyard wanderers. Some of my best bird shots have been taken right out of my kitchen window. It was only yesterday that I photographed a tufted titmouse on my feeder. This is one bird that I canâ€™t recall ever seeing on my feeder before, but Iâ€™m glad heâ€™s around.
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The Kane United Fund has ended its 2014-15 campaign by attaining 98 percent of its record goal of $40,000.
â€śOur United Fund campaign began last with a goal of $40,000, up from $38,000 from last year,â€ť the United Fund board said in a statement. â€śThe goal was increased due to the fact that many of the agencies on our list had increased allocations that were approved by the board.
The Kane Borough Sewer Authority has approved a study of its aeration process to determine if more efficient or cost effective systems are viable options for the authority to use.
During a regular monthly meeting Monday, the authority approved KLH Engineers, Inc. of Pittsburgh to conduct a study of the borough's aeration system and report viable alternatives that could save the borough money.
Kane Borough manager Don Payne said the discussions about the authority's aeration system started after lines going into tanks at the Pine Street facility started to leak and required repairs.
SMETHPORT â€“ Citing security concerns and an inability to regulate temperatures in the 911 call center's equipment room, the McKean County commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of new air conditioning equipment for the center.
The commissioners, during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, accepted a $14,862 bid from MJ Mechanical Services, Inc., based in Tonawanda, N.Y., as it was the lowest of the three submitted bids for the new air conditioning equipment.
Needed maintenance work at Evergreen Park was the main topic of discussion at Tuesday's Kane Borough properties committee meeting.
The committee, made up of chairman Dennis Drost, Gary Schul and Tom Kase, discussed at length the wish list of tasks that the committee would like to have completed in the future at Evergreen Park, which included general maintenance work, work to fix drainage issues at the park and a project to build permanent handicap accessible bathrooms at the park.
The issue of drainage was the first discussed by the committee.
RIDGWAY â€“ Members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau have a list of key legislative issues they hope to see addressed this year according to Ernie Mattiuz, government relations director for the Elk County Farm Bureau.
Mattiuz was on hand Tuesday morning during a county Board of Commissioners meeting to update county officials on topics ranging from state pension reform to Clean Water Act issues at the national level.
RIDGWAY â€“Â Elected officials are continuing to bat for rural Pennsylvania as officials declare their support for House Bill 3344, legislation that would increase the state's in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) payments on forestry and game lands from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre.
Elk County has pledged their support and on Tuesday unveiled a detailed map illustrating the amount of tax exempt land within the county.
"Itâ€™s a real eye-opener," said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer.
Following a unanimous vote Monday, the Kane Borough Sewer Authority has approved a $9,000 expense to have a water effects ratio study completed for the borough.
The decision came after lengthly discussions about the copper level limits that have been imposed on the authority by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
In attempts to protect the wildlife in the stream that the authority discharges into, the DEP has ruled that the authority cannot exceed .007 grams of copper per liter in its discharge rate.