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March 1st, 2012

Lena D. Costanzo

March 2, 2012

Lena D.  Costanzo, 89, formerly of 222 Janeway St., died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 29, 2012, at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.
Born May 3, 1922, in Kane, she was a daughter of Angelo and Margaret Discello Costanzo.
Before retirement, Miss Costanzo had been employed at Stackpole in Kane. She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Evergreen Park improvements are aired at meeting

March 2, 2012

Proposed improvements at Evergreen Park in Kane were discussed Thursday evening at a community meeting at the Kane Community Center on Fraley Street.
About a dozen residents attended the 75-minute meeting. Dick Bly, chairman of the "Friends of Evergreen Park" group, presided.
Kane Borough Council President Howard Kane and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Dennis Drost represented the borough at the forum.
"I thought it was a good meeting," Bly said. "We want to have a good working relationship with council."

County Salary Board OKs 3 new positions

March 1, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Salary Board has agreed to create three new positions.
The positions include:
*Security officer at the new county Domestic Relations Office building on Route 6 adjacent to the county jail.
The position calls for a 37.5-hour work week at the rate of $15 per hour, effective Jan. 30.
Tom Ball, county controller and secretary of the Salary Board, said the new position is held by Carl Milks, a retired Bradford city police officer.

February 29th

Francis W. Ahlberg

February 29, 2012

Francis W. Ahlberg, 89, of 6558 Route 321, Kane, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 29, 2012, at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Aug. 5, 1922 in Wilcox, he was the son of Olof and Cora Silvis Ahlberg. On Aug. 15, 1947 in East Kane, he married Mary A. Stakley, who died in 1990.
Mr. Ahlberg served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Italy and North Africa, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart medal. Later, he worked for the Pennsylvania Highway Dept. for many years, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of the Wilcox Sportsman's Club, the Kane Fish & Game Club and the American Legion in Wilcox.

New student pickup procedure to begin March 19

February 29, 2012

A new procedure for student pickup by private vehicles will begin Monday, March 19 at the Kane Elementary School.
"We'll give it a whirl a see what happens," School Principal Linda Lorenzo said Tuesday in discussing the new procedure at a public meeting at the school library.
Here are the basics of the new procedure:
*Parents who arrive in vehicles to pick up their children after school are being asked to display "school-issued" name-tags near the windshield. "The best place is on the visor on the driver's side," the school said in a statement to parents.

Local 'Leapling'  marks her 'second' birthday

February 29, 2012

Born on Feb. 29 in 2004-- a Leap Year, local resident Natalia Chittester had to wait until Wednesday to mark her official "second" birthday.
"I think it's kind of neat," Natalia said. "When I'm 8, I can be only 2."
Natalia, the daughter of Scott and Dessa Driscoll Chittester of Wetmore Township, brought cookies to school Wednesday to celebrate her birthday with her classmates at the Kane Elementary School. She is a second-grade student in the class taught by teacher Pam Karlene.
"They all sang 'happy birthday' to me," Natalia said with a wide smile.

February 28th

Commissioners act on gas well ‘impact fees’

February 28, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of “impact fees” assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.

Honors English 7 students write books

February 28, 2012

Students in the Honors English 7 class at the Kane Middle School have written children's stories that have been published as books.
Jeannine Kloss, who teachers English 7 and computer literacy classes at the school, assigned the students to each write a children's story that focused on character education.
After writing their stories, the tales were published as books through the StudentPublishing.com website.

County board OKs aid for Wetmore road work

February 28, 2012

SMETHPORT -- Wetmore Township plans to use $6,165 in county liquid fuel tax revenue for a project to "chip seal" the surface of various roads.
The McKean County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to approve the Wetmore application for county aid for the estimated $30,000 project. All work must conform with specifications set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
In other business at the 15-minute meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane:

February 27th

Linda J. Paar

February 27, 2012

Linda J. Paar, 63, of 80 E. Main St., Mt. Jewett, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 27, 2012, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Nov. 12, 1948, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence C. and Elaine Balon Greenawalt. On May 17, 1969, in Mt. Jewett, she married Kordon J. Paar who survives.
Mrs. Paar was employed as a secretary for Paar Transportation Services in Mt. Jewett. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Also, she was an avid bingo player and loved her two cats and dog.

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