August 15th, 2012
The future of around-the-clock coverage by the Kane Borough Police Department may be in jeopardy.
For the past eight months, vocal â€śconcerned citizensâ€ť have called on the Kane Borough Council to tighten its belt and cut spending to reduce property taxes.
â€śOur main objection is to get the borough to save money,â€ť Mick Petruney of 321 Kearney St. has said. He is a leader of the informal group of â€śconcerned citizens.â€ť
When classes begin in Kane later this month, students will be able to bring certain electronic devices to school.
The policy change allows students to come to school with their personal laptop computer, "netbook" or E-reader.
However, none of the devices may have accessibility to the internet. The devices will not be allowed to connect to the school district's wireless network.
HAZEL HURST â€“ Long-awaited funding finally has been approved for the proposed Lantz Corners Sewer District.
According to information outlined Monday at a meeting of the Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors, the funding could lead to construction next spring.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority (PennVest) has awarded a grant of $2,383,827 for the project. PennVest also has agreed to a handle a 30-year-old loan of $2,424,173 with a low interest rate of just 1 percent.
LUDLOW â€“ Two memorial flagpolesâ€”stolen earlier this month from the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlowâ€”were recovered Monday morning.
The flagpoles were found among tall vegetation in a wooded area just across the road from the cemetery.
High weeds on an embankment along the road obscured vision of the site where the toppled flagpoles were located.
John Eckstrom, a laborer with the Hamilton Township road crew, spotted the shaft of one of the flagpoles Monday morning. He and Township Roadmaster â€śDutchâ€ť Davidson were working on a project near the cemetery entrance.
There are a lot unhappy youths in Kane today.
The Kane Borough Council declared Monday that the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park are still closed.
"No trespassing" signs remain posted at the wooden structure even though most of the ramps have been repaired-- by the users themselves with volunteer adult assistance.
Speaking at a nearly three-hour meeting, Council President Howard Kane said "all of the repairs aren't done yet."
Until the work is completed and inspected, the ramped-facility is considered "uninsurable," it was pointed out.
The removal of one of the worst eyesores in Kane may be on the horizon.
The McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority may take ownership and raze the deteriorating fire-damaged Knights of Columbus (K of C) building on Chase Street near Bayard Street.
The authority may erect apartments on the site.
Part of the proposal also calls for the borough to give the authority the adjacent site that once housed Papa Nick's Restaurant. The borough demolished the restaurant, which also was heavily damaged in the same fire several years ago.
Young people in the Kane community were faced with an ultimatum and they responded in remarkable fashion.
With the help of concerned adults and donations from businesses and individuals, the youths have repaired the skate/bike ramps at Glenwood Park on Hacker Street.
The borough last fall closed the facility due to the deteriorated condition of the wooden structure.
Claiming it doesn't have the money to make repairs, the Kane Borough Council basically told the youths to raise the money and fix the ramps themselves.
MT. JEWETT â€“ â€śSwedish by Heritage, Swedish by Heart.â€ť
Thatâ€™s the theme for this yearâ€™s three-day Swedish Festival in Mt. Jewett.
The festival begins Friday with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on East Main Street. The closing ceremony is at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Center Street Stage.
There is no admission charge to attend the festival.
The annual festival, which brings thousands of visitors to Mt. Jewett, features no less than 30 events.
LUDLOW â€“ Unpatriotic thieves have stolen two aluminum flagpoles at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.
The families of Tom VanGiesen and Frank Sirianni of Kane donated the flagpoles in honor of Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. VanGiesen. The Kane native was killed last year in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
The soldier was the son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of Lincoln Street, Kane. The soldier was the longtime girlfriend of Erin Sirianni, daughter of Frank and Sherry Sirianni of Highland Road, Kane.
Citing a "lack of support and cooperation" from the other two board members, Supervisor Steve Dyne resigned Tuesday as the volunteer roadmaster for Wetmore Township.
"At this time, I will not be able to fulfill the daily duties of roadmaster," Dyne said in his letter of resignation. "Therefore, I resign from the volunteer position."
The letter was submitted near the end of the monthly meeting of the three-member Board of Supervisors.