The family of Staff Sgt. Ken VanGiesen of Kane is trying to cope with the brave soldierâs death, especially during this Christmas season.
A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard detachment based in Kane, VanGiesen-- because of his special skills-- was deployed with another unit in Afghanistan when he was killed in July.
To deepen the heartache of the loss, that unit returned to the U.S. just two weeks ago.
The soldier's parents are Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane.
Larry Wilson, 80, of 406 Oak St., Kane, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 21, 2011Â in the Kane Community Hospital Emergency Room.
Born March 20, 1931 in James City, he was the son of William H. and Lucille K. Burton Wilson. On Feb. 8, 1958 in Kane, he married Lois A. Galvin, who survives.
Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, then was an operations supervisor for Columbia Gas Transmission for 34 years.Â He was a professional bird dog trainer for over 40 years, and a member of VFW Post #1132 in Kane.
In just four days, excited Kane area children will be waking up Christmas morning in their homes to see what wonderful gifts Santa Claus has delivered this year.
Three young Kane boys at this point don't have a home and may be waking up Christmas morning in a motel room.
A fire Thursday night forced the boys and their guardians to flee the house they rented at 629 Park Ave., Kane. They've been staying at local motels ever since. Unless the family finds a new house to rent in the near future, it appears Santa will be dropping off Christmas gifts at their motel.
Janet R. Mealy, 58, of 8595 Rt. 6, Kane, went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at her daughter's residence surrounded by her loving family.Â
Born Oct. 26, 1953, in Bradford, PA, a daughter of the late James "Ralph" Wolfe and Lois L. (Burns) Wolfe who survives her of Gastonia, NC.
On March 31, 1973 in St. Bernard Church she married the man she always loved Clayton E. Mealy who survives.
Mrs. Mealy was a 1971 graduate of Bradford Area High School. She had been an in house nanny for many years and a stay at home mom where she home schooled her children.
Margaret Costanzo, 87, formerly of 222 Janeway Street, died Tuesday morning (December 20, 2011) at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.
Born September 12, 1924, in Kane, she was a daughter of Angelo and Margaret Discello Costanzo.
Before retirement, Miss Costanzo had been employed at the former Houston Electronics in Kane.Â She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Surviving are one sister, Lena Costanzo of Smethport and several nieces and nephews.
The Kane Lady Wolves got back on the winning ways with a convincing 55-24 win over Otto Eldred.
Kane, coming off a hard fought loss to Elk County Catholic on Friday night, wanted to get back to the things they have done in the earlier games. That is control the boards and play aggressive defense. The tight pressure defense led to several steals and layups throughout the night.
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MT. JEWETT â Acting at a special meeting Sunday, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 4-0 to adopt a 2012 budget that calls for a 1-mill increase in the property tax rate.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilwoman Linda Berry and Councilmen Don Martyna and Brett Morgan to approve the spending plan. Councilmen John Keesee, Chip Lannen and Wil Antrim did not attend the meeting. Antrim returned home recently after undergoing heart surgery at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.
Kane found itself on the short end Friday night in a 60-39 loss to visiting Elk County Catholic.
The Kane Wolves were able to stay with the Elk County Catholic Crusaders the first half despite only shooting five of 16 from the free-throw line. The Crusaders hit a big desperation 3-pointer right before the buzzer of the half to take a six-point lead into the locker room instead of a three-point lead.
James J. âJimâ Salvamoser, 71, of 349 Kinzua Avenue, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.
Born Jan. 9, 1940, in Kane, he was a son of Francis âFrankâ and Julia Powley Salvamoser.Â On Aug. 26, 1961, in Mt. Jewett, he married Marjorie Kimbrough who survives. Jim and Margie recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ruth L. Landfair, 92, of 103 High Point Dr., died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Sept. 21, 1919, in New Alexandria, she was a daughter of John H. and Laura Taylor Gallagher. On July 7, 1941, in West Virginia, she married Harry W. Landfair who preceded her in death in 1973.
Mrs. Landfair was one of Jehovahâs Witnesses and attended the Kingdom Hall in Kane. Ruth loved watching birds and wildlife, growing flowers, and reading the Bible.