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March 21st, 2012

Despite economy, Kane United Fund tops goal

March 21, 2012

Even though the local economy is sluggish, Kane area residents have stepped to the plate to help the needs of the community through the United Fund campaign.
The United Fund drive-- which benefits 18 community-service organizations-- has ended by topping its goal of $35,000.
The total of $36,087.50 is 103 percent of the target, according to Jennifer Macey, president of the volunteer United Fund Board.

March 20th

Wounded Hazel Hurst vet receives tax exemption

March 21, 2012

SMETHPORT -- Hazel Hurst native Jamie R. Himes, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005, has been granted a Veterans Exemption and will receive a refund on her 2012 property taxes on her residence in Liberty Township near Port Allegany.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting in Smethport, the McKean County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a county tax refund of $659.59 for the property at 768 Upper Portage Road. Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane all voted in favor of the refund.

County adopts ‘impact fees’ on shale wells

March 21, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities are expected to begin receiving “impact fees” later this year on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
The county Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to adopt an ordinance to impose the fees. The action is allowable under a state law put in place earlier this year.
Joe DeMott, chairman of the board, joined with Commissioners Al Pingie and Cliff Lane to adopt the ordinance on the “impact fees.”

March 19th

Joseph S. Sivak

March 19, 2012

Joseph S. Sivak, 80, of 320 Haines St., passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Lutheran Home at Kane where he was a recent resident.
Born April 24, 1931, in Binghamton, N.Y., he was a son of Mathias and Anna Rohlicek Sivak. On June 30, 1956, in Kane, he married Carol Zimmerman who preceded him in death.
He had worked at Holgate before entering the U.S. Army where he served during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return, he again was employed by Holgate, later by Stackpole and finally worked for Kane Magnetics until his retirement.

Permit sought for sale of Kane sewer discharge

March 19, 2012

A permit application is being filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the sale of Kane sewer effluent to drillers of Marcellus Shale and other natural gas wells.
KLH Engineers of Pittsburgh is filing the application on behalf of the Kane Borough Sewer Authority. KLH is the consulting engineering firm for the authority, which met Monday evening at the borough building in Kane.
"This is the first step," Authority Chairman Dave Peterson said in reference to the permit application to be filed with the DEP. "We can't do anything else until we get permission."

March 18th

Frances E. Hammer

March 18, 2012

Frances E. Hammer, 94, formerly of Greeves Street, Kane, died Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2012 at The Lutheran Home at Kane.
   Born April 4, 1917 in McKinley Station, she was the daughter of Earl and Nina M. Quinn Conners.  She had been married to J. Clair Caldwell, and, after his death, to Donald R. Hammer, who also preceded her in death.
   Frances had been self employed as a beautician, and was a member of the Kane Country Club and the Elks Ladies Auxiliary in Kane.

County expected to adopt ‘impact fees’ on wells

March 18, 2012

SMETHPORT – The McKean County Board of Commissioners is expected to act Tuesday on legislation for “impact fees” for Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the legislation at a previous meeting and are expected to finalize the ordinance Tuesday. The meeting at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse in Smethport is open to the public.
The legislation for the “impact fees” has been approved on the state level. To take part in the program, counties must adopt their own ordinances by April.

March 16th

Plans under way for school channel on cable TV

March 16, 2012

Plans are in the works to add a Kane Area School District channel on the local Comcast cable television network.
Chris Niklaus, assistant technology director for the school district, and Brian Wymer, high school business and technology teacher, discussed the proposal earlier this week at a meeting of the school board's Curriculum Committee.
In his report to the committee, Niklaus said the channel would begin with a basic "storyboard." The "storyboard" would include slides, scrolling messages, photos and videos of school district activities.

James City woman is charged in theft

March 16, 2012

A James City woman has been charged with theft for allegedly using more than $3,400 in funds for the Highland Township Volunteer Department to pay personal bills.
Cindy Ann Hulings, 40, of 168 Maryland Ave., James City, is charged with two counts of theft by deception and one count of access device fraud, according to a criminal complaint filed with Johnsonburg District Court Judge George “Tony” King.
One of the counts is a felony, court records show.
Hulings faces a preliminary hearing in district court at 9 a.m. April 11, according to court information.

March 15th

Robert E. Smart

March 15, 2012

Robert E. Smart (Bob), age 58, a Stamford resident, passed away suddenly on March 12, 2012.
He was born on June 30, 1953, in Kane, the son of the late Robert Smart and Elizabeth (Betty) McKenna Smart. He is survived by his beloved son Nicholas R. Smart, sister Mary Smart Toth (Dave) of Hertford, N.C., sister-in-law Sheryl Smart of Edinboro, and his former wife Susan Valenzano Smart of Stamford. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive. He is predeceased by his brother James Smart. 

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