February 1st, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.
"When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn't get â€” not in North Hills," said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. "We always hope for more winter and snow so we could play outside."
Carl E. Lantz, 89, formerly of Mt. Jewett, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at the Lutheran Home at Kane after a lengthy but courageous battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease.Â He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends.
Born in Kane on Oct. 1, 1922, he was a son of the late Victor R. and Bess Waterson Lantz. He was married to Evelyn â€śSusieâ€ť Lantz, his wife of 59 years, who survives.
In January of 1943, Carl entered the Army and served in China as part of the China Defensive during World War II; he was also involved with the â€śFlying Tigersâ€ť.
James L. â€śJimâ€ť Gibson, 75, of 336 Reynolds St., Kane and 4414 Twin Lakes Dr., Melbourne, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his Florida residence.
Born Oct. 7, 1936, in Kane, he was a son of the late Raymond F. and Gladys Johnson Gibson.Â On Sept. 28, 1984, in Kane, he married Linda Albright who survives.
Jim, a graduate of Kane High School class of 1954, served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
Before retirement, he was theÂ postmaster at the Kane Post Office.Â He later drove the ATA bus and also volunteered at Kane Community Hospital and Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne.
Vonnie Alexander Frederick, 68, of Portsmouth, Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 in her residence.
She was born in Norfolk, Va. to the late Mildred and George E. Alexander Sr. She retired from Portsmouth Public Schools and was a member of Westhaven Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Frederick; two daughters, Robin Beagle Haga and husband Mark, and Lisa Oakley and husband Chuck; two sons, Wayne Beagle and wife Wanda, and Mark A. Beagle and wife Tiffany; a brother, George E. Alexander Jr; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A major renovation project has been proposed for Kane Area High School.
The net project cost is estimated at nearly $7.9 million and would require a "net annual local effort" of $233,000 overÂ the next 20 years. The estimated millage increase required for the project is 1.44 mills.
"We're going to pursue our options to see if we can afford it," long-time school board member Ken Kane said Tuesday evening following a meeting of the board's Operations/Finance Committee. "It's something we've got to look at."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Kane had the game's highest scorer by one point Monday night but the Johnsonburg Rams took care of the rest in an 81-54 victory in the Paper City.
The visiting Wolves were fueled by sophomore forward Jeffrey Kocjancic's game-high 23 points but it wasn't enough to overcome a trio of Johnsonburg Rams scoring in double figures.
Senior Mitchell Holmberg and sophomore Cameron Grumley finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, while sophomore Cole Peterson contributed 13 points to the winning effort.
The Kane Lady Wolves picked up a much needed win over a familiar foe in the Johnsonburg Ramettes,
Kane held Johnsonburg to only five points in the first quarter and 12 for the half and was able to carry that to a hard fought 45-38 win. The Ramettes scored 17 in the first quarter in Johnsonburg earlier in the month and held off a late flurry by the Lady Wolves to win that one, 46-42.
BROOKVILLE â€” A Punxsutawney man who served as the jury foreman in the Steven Rebert double-homicide trial, which concluded late Friday, said the jury became deadlocked while deliberating whether or not Rebert should be put to death.
Rebert was sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora, after the jury could not come to a consensus as to whether or not he should be put to death in the murders of Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, Brockway, who were found shot to death in their home April 12, 2010.
Helen E. (Ernette) Hart, 92 of Smethport, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in the Sena-Kean Manor.
She was born March 29, 1919, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late August and Ellen (O'Mullen) Ernette. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, in Mt. Jewett, and its Rosary Society. Prior to being a full time homemaker, Helen was employed by the Elliott Company.
The Kane Little Dribblers, under the direction of Matt Gasbarre, performed at halftime of the junior varsity game Friday night against Sheffield.
The Little Dribblers program is a group of young boys in grades 1 through 3.
See full article by purchasing the Jan. 30 edition of The Kane Republican.