November 6th, 2011
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for a general election that features candidates for many local positions.
Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. All registered voters are eligible to vote.
There are 25,347 registered voters in McKean County. According to the state Bureau of Elections, this total includes 2,089 in Kane, 1,176 in Wetmore Township, 574 in Mt. Jewett, 482 in Hamlin Township and 373 in Hamilton Township.
Three local races will be drawing attention Tuesday and all three involve write-in candidates.
These races include:
Because times are tough for many Kane area families, the Kane Area United Fund more than ever needs workers and employers to step forward this year with contributions.
Donations collected during the annual United Fund drive go to 18 community-service organizations.
Without the United Fund assistance, some of these organizations would need to eliminate or reduce the services they provide.
â€śEvery dollar you give goes right back into our local community in the form of services,â€ť United Fund Board President Jennifer Macey said. â€śNo donation is too small.â€ť
Richard L. â€śDickâ€ť Clevenger Sr. of James City, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Kane Community Hospital after a brief illness.
Born Aug. 17, 1938, in Fisher, he was a son of Benjamin and Dorothy Rhodes Clevenger.
Mr. Clevenger served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960.Â Later in Life, he joined the Army National Guard and served with the Kane Unit for 20 years.Â During that time they were deployed for service in support of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
SMETHPORT â€“ There are four candidates in Tuesday's election for three seats on the McKean County Board of Commissioners.
Incumbents who are seeking re-election include Republican Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, Republican Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Democrat Judy Church of Smethport. The challenger is Democrat Cliff Lane of Annin Township, a former county commissioner.
Voters will be asked to cast ballots for two of the four candidates. The top three vote-getters will comprise the new county Board of Commissioners.
Richard L. Clevenger Sr., 73, of New Jersey Ave., James City, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Kane Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc.
The motto for the Kane Eagles Club is â€śpeople helping people.â€ť
The club at Chase and Bayard streets is doing just that.
The Eagles Club again is donating numerous canned goods and packaged grocery items to the Kane Food Pantry. The club also has presented the pantry with a check for $500.
Barb Gadley-Cheeks, secretary of the Eagles, said the club last year held a dance to benefit the Food Pantry. For admission to the dance, members and guests brought cans and packages of food, she said.
Dave Engman of Kane won the Democratic and Republican nomination for Kane District Court judge in the May primary and is the only candidate lisedt on the ballot for the election next Tuesday.
However, Kane Borough Police Chief Brian Hillard recently announced that he is challenging Engman as a write-in candidate.
The two candidates are seeking the position formerly held by Michael Kennedy, who retired for health reasons last year and died earlier this month. Michael Fedora has been serving as acting district judge for more than a year.
No reading textbook to carry home from school every day?
Under a new reading program at the Kane Elementary School, students can â€śread anything they wantâ€ť when they go home as long as they read, Principal Linda Lorenzo said.
She said the students are directed to read books, magazines or newspapers for â€śat least 20 minutesâ€ť at home each day after school. When theyâ€™re finished reading, students are expected to discuss what theyâ€™ve read with a parent or an older sibling.
Gertrude C. Frey Sleeman, 92, of Youngsville, and formerly a resident of Clarendon, passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at the Rouse Warren County Home.
MT. JEWETT â€“ A large crowd gathered Monday evening at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall for the annual Halloween Costume Contest.
Prizes were awarded for first, second and third in nine categories.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club sponsored the contest. Rotary also sponsored the Halloween parade prior to the contest. "Trick or Treat" time followed the contest.
Judges for the contest included Lea Earley, a Mt. Jewett resident who is the reigning Miss Kane High; Barb Harp, borough secretary-treasurer; and Christine Park, secretary-treasurer for the borough water department.