November 13th, 2014
SMETHPORT â A knife-wielding man who terrified a Kane neighborhood in a "suicide-by-cop" escapade in May was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of six months in the McKean County Jail.
Larry Walker, 42, of 231 Janeway St., Kane, was given credit for serving 161 days in jail and could be released within three weeks.
County President Judge John Pavlock sentenced Walker to serve between six months and 23 1/2 months in the county jail.
Walker must undergo a mental health evaluation and have a treatment plan in place before he is released from jail.
Negotiating without lawyers, the Kane School Board and the Kane Area Education Association (KAEA) have approved a new three-year agreement.
The new contract-- retroactive to July 1-- calls for an overall 2.29 percent increase in salaries for 92 Kane teachers.
According to figures provided by school board member Tom Kerek, teachers this year will receive a 2.35 percent increase. The increase is 2.30 percent in the second year and 2.24 percent in the third year, Kerek said.
Dr. Maryann Anderson now plans to retire Dec. 31 as the superintendent of the Kane Area School District.
She announced in June that she would retire Jan. 6. The new retirement date was announced Thursday at a meeting of the Kane School Board.
Anderson, the Kane school chief since 2009, elected to retire after the school board agreed to offer her an "early retirement incentive."Â
She reportedly will receive $40,000 to retire early. She said she originally had plans to retire in September 2017.
The Kane Wolves football team will try to keep the season alive when they take on the Clarion Bobcats Saturday evening at DuBois High School Stadium. The Wolves defeated Elk County Catholic 39-0 last Saturday while the Bobcats defeated Curwensville 34-13 on Friday to set up the district semifinal showdown.
Kane coach Todd Silfies, who has led the team to a 7-3 record, calls the Clarion squad a âvery talented and well coached team.â
LAFAYETTE â A decision on the type of aircraft to be flown is a key for the resumption of commercial air service at the Bradford Regional Airport.
The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved Sun Air to replace Silver Airways as the federally-subsidized airline to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to and from the local airport.
As of now, there is no commercial airline service at the airport. Silver ended its service Oct. 31.
Libby Herbstritt is ready and willing to help Kane area diabetics plan menus to keep their disease under control.
She is the manager of the Dietary Department at Kane Community Hospital (KCH), an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)âHamot Medical Center in Erie.
Kane area residents are invited to visit the KCH on FridayââWorld Diabetes Dayââbetween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A Diabetic Information Table will be located near the cafeteria at the hospital for the âOff to the Right Startâ program.
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Kane will be out of business as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
For the past 22 years, the store at 28 Fraley St. near Greeves Street has provided Kane area shoppers with deals on new and gently-used merchandise donated by area residents.
Ironically, the store is closing due to its low prices. Sales failed to generate sufficient revenue to meet expenses.
"We've been losing money for three years," Fran Brace said Wednesday. "We simply can't absorb any more losses."
JOHNSONBURG â Following an investigation into Wednesday's Harrison Avenue fire, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Corporal Greg Agosti reported that the fire was the result of arson.
The fire, which damaged three vacant houses along Harrison Avenue, started at approximately 2:30 a.m., and firefighters did not finish leaving the scene until 10:30 a.m.
According to Agosti's investigation, the fire started at the house located at 112 Harrison Ave., and the fire then spread to the adjacent properties at 110 and 114 Harrison Ave.
LUDLOW â Bill Blauser of Ludlow has said a lot of prayers in his lifetime.
They've all been answered.
A military veteran, he prayed when he was wounded while serving aboard an U.S. Navy patrol boat in a Vietnam jungle.
As commander of the American Legion Post 489 in Ludlow, he prayed that sufficient donations would be raised for his dream-- a memorial to Hamilton Township veterans.
And Tuesday-- Veterans Day-- Blauser prayed for good weather for the dedication of the memorial at the back gate of Wildcat Park near Ludlow.
MT. JEWETT â Aqua Pennsylvania has purchased the Mt. Jewett water system and will soon take over its operation.
Now the Bryn Mawr-based company wants to buy the Mt. Jewett sewage system.
Aqua has submitted a bid of $1.1 million for the "assets" of the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority.
The authority opened the bid Tuesday at its meeting at the borough building.
It was the only bid received by the deadline for proposals. In a letter, Pennsylvania American Water said "we respectively decline to submit a bid at this time."