February 21st, 2012
For the past four years, hundreds of property owners in the Kane Area School District have received a discount on their annual school tax bill.
The tax relief is made possible, in part, through the allocation of state gaming revenue from casinos under state "Act 1" of a special state legislative session in 2006.
To qualify for a discount, property owners are required to file a one-time application for a Homestead or Farmstead exclusion.
Kane native Mike Myers no longer lives here, but he is connected to his hometown vicariously through customers at his new local laundromat.
Myers sells commercial laundry equipment in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.
Seeing Kane go a year without a laundromat of its own, Myers stepped forward to open the Fresh-N-Go Express Laundry at 397 N. Fraley St. adjacent to the Dollar General store. A former laundromat at the same site has been closed for about a year, Myers said.
Leroy â€śLeeâ€ť E. Magnuson, 82, of 407 E. Hemlock Avenue, Kane, passed away peacefully onÂ Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Warren Manor, after a courageous battle with kidney disease.
Born Dec. 14, 1929, in Kane, he was a son of the late Dwight and Alice Alexis Magnuson.Â In 1953, he married Carroll Christie who survives.
A graduate of Kane High School Class of 1948, Lee joined the U.S. Marine Corps after school and served during the Korean War.
Like a 40-ton missile, a fully-loaded log truck careened out-of-control Saturday morning and sliced into a wood-frame house on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area just south of Kane.
Miraculously, the truck driver and four people inside the house were not seriously injured.
The truck driverâ€”Thomas L. Jashurek, 39, of Kaneâ€”was taken from the scene by Emergycare ambulance and immediately placed on a medical helicopter at the landing pad at Kane Community Hospital.
Bruce Peterson no longer has a house.
It was suddenly taken away Saturday when it was struck and destroyed by an out-of-control fully-loaded log truck.
Despite losing his home of 25 years, Peterson is grateful.
The impact miraculously spared his life and the lives of three other family members who were inside the house at the time of the spectacular crash on Route 66 in the Ten Commandments area of Wetmore Township just south of Kane.
"It's bigger than a miracle," Peterson said Sunday with tears in his eyes. "Somehow, we all made it out alive. God was with us."
Kane Manufacturingâ€”also known as Kane Screensâ€”plans to convert space in the former Chestnut Street Elementary School into a â€ścommand centerâ€ť for its engineering and office staff.
Under a tentative timetable, the company could be occupying office space in the building by July 1.
Kane Manufacturing, which has operated a production facility in the borough since 1890, last week submitted a high bid of $100,002 for the purchase of the vacant school.
The Kane School Board sought bids to sell the school, which closed following the 2009-10 school year.
Carol E. Zook, 78, of 124 Birch St., died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at her residence.
Born Dec. 7, 1933, in Kane, she was a daughter of Charles and Mabel Peterson Eliason.Â On Feb. 14, 1953, in Kane, she married Bruce G. Zook who preceded her in death in 1984.
Carol was an employee of the Kane Community Hospital until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church.
Edward C. Zettle, 73, of 545 Hacker St., Kane, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Feb. 10, 1939, in Johnsonburg, he was a son of Clarence E. and Evelyn R. Vasbinder Zettle. On Aug. 5, 2005, in Kane, he married Martha (Buckley) Johnson who survives.
A graduate of Johnsonburg class of 1957, he also attended Penn State University and Purdue University.
Robert Scott Dunkle, 47, of 217 Dawson St., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at his residence.
Born Oct. 11, 1964, in Bucks County,Â he was a son of Richard Dunkle and Barbara Stanley Dunkle Miller. He was married to Connie Snyder who survives.
Before becoming disabled over 12 years ago, he had been a sawmill operator.
Robert belonged to the First Church of God and was a former member of both the Kane Eagles and the Kane Moose Lodge.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon marks the move of the Kane Community Hospital's Home Health Care program to an office building at 198 N. Fraley St.
The site is on the east side of Fraley Street (Route 6) opposite the former Shady Point Restaurant.
"Our new location will give us better visibility and curb appeal," Gary Rhodes said. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital and vice president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hamot.
The Kane hospital is the first affiliate of the Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Hamot now is part of UPMC.