May 6th, 2015
The Kane School Board acted on several personnel issues Wednesday at its monthly meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
The board accepted retirement notices from a school teacher and a school counselor.
Peggy Houser is retiring as a middle school-based art teacher.
Dottie Bence is retiring as a high school guidance counselor.
The board also received notice that Thomas Jashurek is retiring June 4 as a custodian at the elementary school and middle school.
RIDGWAY â€“ Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.
ST. MARYS â€“ Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.
As the former sales manager and residential development division manager for two different residential/commercial construction companies, materials manager for a large mechanical contractor and owner/general manager of Stanton-Jacobs Homes, Jacobs said his 20 years and 200 homes of construction experience should aid him well in his business endeavor.
Rain and cool temperatures in the upper 50s failed to damper the 40th annual McKean County Special Olympics at the Kane High School track.
Over 260 Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County competed in the Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.
Six athletes, whose names will be released soon, qualified to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 4-6.
Patrick Ryan, director of operations at the Futures Rehabilitation Center, Inc. in Bradford, again served as coordinator of Special Olympics.
A major road paving job is planned this summer in Wetmore Township.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday, the township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to accept a low bid of $323,705.59 from IA Construction of Franklin for the project.
The work calls for a "full-depth" reclamation and paving on Greendale Road from Route 6 to Dwight's Road, a distance of 1.26 miles.
Supervisors Bill Ryding, Elaine Bodistow and Steve Dyne approved the IA bid package at their meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane.
RIDGWAY â€“ With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania countiesâ€™ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.
SMETHPORT â€“ A team represented Kane High School at the "Wildâ€ť Envirothon held Tuesday at the Keating Sportsmenâ€™s Club near Smethport. Â
The Kane team includes Connor Crowley, a sophomore; Katie Detsch, a junior; and Nic Grube, a sophomore.
The overall winning team was from Otto-Eldred High School: â€śThe Saber-Tooth Bobcats."
Members include: Kylie Stuck, Quentin Claypool, Heath Stewart, Mariah Hartzell and Hannah Milliron. The team adviser is Fawn Miller.Â
The Kane Lady Wolves hosted Curwensville on Tuesday night for a scheduled doubleheader at Flickerwood Field. The Golden Tide used a three-run third inning to help propel themselves to a 7-1 victory in the first game.
Kane coach Judy Kesslerâ€™s team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game and led 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tide took advantage of the rapidly deteriorating conditions and tied it up at 4-4 before the game was halted with two outs and two runners on base.
Perhaps it was time for the fortunes to change for the Curwensville baseball team.
The Golden Tide had lost six one-run games coming into the contest Tuesday against Kane at Pat Santilli Field at Glenwood Park.
With an 8-3 lead going into the top of the seventh and final inning, it appeared that Kane (1-7) would defeat Curwensville (3-12) for the second time this season.
But the Tide plated six runs in their last inning at-bat and held off a Kane threat in the bottom of the seventh for a rare close win, 9-8.
MT. JEWETT â€“ John Hayduk begins work today as the council-picked successor to Mt. Jewett Maintenance Supervisor Rod Peterson.
Hayduk, 50, will take over as borough maintenance chief when Peterson retires in September. Due to vacation, Peterson is expected to leave the job in August.
Hayduk begins duties for the borough at $14 per hour. For now, he will be working eight hours a day for the borough.
At some point in the future, he will split duties between the borough and the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority.