April 12th, 2012
Robert E. Menteer, 83, of Green Bay passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Blackstone. He was born in Nebraska, Pa. on May 7, 1928 to the later Robert Elias and Marguerite Catlin Menteer. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran having served 21 years including deployment during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
A mild winter has left Kane and many other area communities with piles of unneeded anti-skid material that is spread on slippery roads.
Kaneâ€™s â€śmountainâ€ť of unused anti-skid is located at the Streets Department storage site near the rear of the fire hall on Poplar Street.
With plenty of anti-skid still on hand, the Kane Borough Council voted 7-0 Monday to table bids received for 1,000 tons for the 2012-13 winter season.
George E. Matis, 57, of 785 Wetmore Road, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Sept. 6, 1954, in Kane, he was a son of the late George and Leverna Larson Matis.
George was a dairy farmer for many years and soldÂ milk to several different producers in the area. He was also head sawyer for Kane Hardwood where he had been employed for 35 years.
JAMES CITY -- Heavy truck traffic to a Marcellus Shale natural gas well near Owl's Nest is spawning more complaints in Highland Township.
Joe Niklas of Sackett and Ken Painter of Pig's Ear Road both complained Wednesday about the dust stirred up by the truck traffic to the well site.
Speaking at a meeting of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors, Niklas said the road leading to his residence is "still dusty" due to the volume of trucks heading to the well site.
"I can't see out my windows," Niklas said.
There once was a time when the Kane Borough Council conducted its monthly business meetings in relative obscurity.
Few residents, if any, ever attended the public forums.
Thatâ€™s all changed this year.
Councilâ€™s approval of a tax increase earlier this year has spurred the formation of a citizensâ€™ group. This informal group has met several times and has undertaken a â€śfact-finderâ€ť mission to look inside the borough operation.
The group also has encouraged Kane residents to speak up at council meetings. And they have.
The Ridgway trap team traveled to Kane and came away with a 2-shot victory in a tightly contested match. Top shooters were Reid Thompson from Kane with a 24-25 and Jared Casola 24-25. It was a good day for Kane as they shot eight points better than the first match.
See team scores by purchasing the April 11 edition of The Kane Republican.
Special reserved parking spaces for handicapped residents in Kane will be ending.
The Kane Borough Council voted 5-2 Monday to eliminate all parking spaces in residential areas that have been reserved near the homes of handicapped residents.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Bill Tunall to end the reserved parking program.
Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost opposed the move.
Council action came following a report by Hallberg, chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
Several criminal cases have been filed in Kane District Court.
Dave Engman is the presiding judge.
Information on the following cases is from official court documents:
*Randy Hugh McCaslin, 45, of 9 High St., Mt. Jewett, is charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failure to drive within a single lane, careless driving, operating a vehicle while possessing an open container of alcohol and failure to produce a driverâ€™s license.
A test showed the defendantâ€™s blood alcohol content (BAC) to be .26 percentâ€”more than triple the legal limit.
Plans call for the widening of a section of Detrick Road where it intersects with Route 6 near the Family Drive-In in Wetmore Township.
Shell is acquiring property at the intersection to enlarge the entrance of the road that leads to its Marcellus Shale natural gas well.
Once the intersection is expanded and inspected, the township will become responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the road.
The American Red Cross Blood Drive in Kane earlier this week exceeded the goal.
The Red Cross blood collection team from Buffalo held a six-hour Bloodmobile stop at Bartlett Hall at the First United Methodist Church on Greeves Street.
The goal was 26 full units of blood.
A total of 39 Kane area residents showed up to donate blood. Five persons were deferred for various reasons.
The total of 34 full units of blood collected exceeded the goal by eight units.
Three local residents donated blood for the first time. This group includes Mitz Lindquist, Sheila Swanson and Mary Mohney.