Now the family knows the whole story.
Relatives of Army Cpl. Ralph E. â€śDutchâ€ť Bradybaugh of Kane knew this soldier was killed in action during the â€śBattle of the Bulgeâ€ť in Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 3, 1945â€”just four months before Germany surrendered to end World War II.
What they didnâ€™t know until 66 years later is that Bradybaugh died as a hero by saving the life of his best friend and fellow soldier, Alfred M. Percival of Milan, Ohio.
This revelation surfaced last summer when Al Percival Jr. of Berlin Heights, Ohio made contact with Joan Bizzak of Kane. Bradybaugh was her uncle.
KANE â€“ Joseph William Chapman was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' this week. Authorities have been seeking the fugitive, who is wanted on charges of rape and sexual assault of minors, since he escaped from the McKean County prison on July 30, 2007, after walking away from a work detail. His prison uniform was found by a nearby stream, but he has eluded authorities and is now wanted on escape charges in addition to other charges against him.
Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard met Thursday with the borough council to explain expenses in the proposed 2012 police budget and how he is attempting to make cuts.
The discussion on the Police Department budget took up most of the 105-minute workshop at the borough building along Bayard Street.
Another budget workshop is tentatively planned for next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the borough building. The forum is open to the public.
Edwin V. â€śWinâ€ť Apel Jr., 62, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and formerly of Boise, Idaho, and Berkeley Heights, N.J., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Health after a year-long bout with his brain tumor.
Win was born Sept. 10, 1949 in Oil City, the son of Edwin V. Apel, Sr. and Marian L. Myers Apel. On Oct. 27, 1973 in Kane, he married Mary Loretta â€śLorrieâ€ť Marconi.
In 1967, he graduated valedictorian of Cranberry High School. He then graduated from Yale University, with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1972. In 1977, he graduated from the University of Idaho School of Law.
James R. Stewart passed away peacefully at his residence with his family by his side on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
He was born in Kane on April 21, 1922. Farmville became his home after transferring here with Stackpole in 1966. He worked there until his retirement in 1982.
He was a WWII and Korean War veteran, a member of VFW Post # 7059, lover of nature, his family and his country.
James W. McMurray, 86, of Concord, N.C., passed away after a serious illness, Nov. 26, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, N.C.
He was born Oct. 24,1925, in Bridgeville, and resided in Kane for 33 years, and moved to North Carolina from Myrtle Beach, S.C., five years ago. Mr. McMurray was the son of the deceased James and Clara McMurray.
He was an employee of West Penn Power Company in Kane, as an electrician for 30 years, retiring in 1986. Mr. McMurray served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C.
Gerald N. "Jerry" Kilmer, 66, of 220 Haines St., Kane, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
Born Aug. 12, 1945 in Kane, he was the son of William and Sis Croyle Kilmer.Â
After serving as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kilmer worked for National Fuel for nearly 27 years.Â He was a member of the American Legion / VFW in Mt. Jewett as well as the Wilcox Sportsman's Club.
RIDGWAY â€“ Plans are in the works for the 13th Annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous to be held in downtown Ridgway after the Ridgway Borough Council unanimously approved the proposal during their regular meeting.
Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki said, pending PennDOT approval, Main Street will be closed from Feb. 18-25 from Broad to Mill Streets to make room for the popular event.
"It's a win-win," Bogacki said. "The site never goes away and we can work with the retailers."
Gerald Kilmer, 66, of Haines Street, Kane, died Monday afternoon at Elk Regional Health Center.Â Arrangements are entrusted to the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. and will be announced. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.
Rose M. Cedar, 78,Â formerly of 113 Euclid Ave., passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 17, 1932, in upstate New York, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Zlosel) Bradley.
In 1953, she married Warren Ellsworth Cedar who preceded her in death.
She attended schools in Kane.Â
She worked at The Harvest House in The Bradford Mall, Perkins Restaurant and Corning Glass.Â She then worked for Zippo Manufacturing, from where she retired in January of 1998.