March 6th, 2012
SMETHPORT â The McKean County Board of Commissioners went on record Tuesday in favor of state legislation to reform the "prevailing wage" act.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed legislation that boosts the "threshold" for "prevailing wage" projects from $25,000 to $185,000.
Under the current law adopted in 1961, contractors bidding on municipal projects must agree to pay "prevailing wages" to their workers if the project cost is $25,000 or more.
MT. JEWETT â The Mt. Jewett Borough Council voted 6-0 Monday to reject a request from Kane Community Hospital for property tax relief for its new medical center now under construction on West Main Street.
Council President Chuck Paar joined with Councilmen Chip Lannen, Don Martyna, Wil Antrim, John Keesee and Brett Morgan to shoot down the request. Councilwoman Linda Berry did not attend the meeting due to a leg injury, it was noted.
Garold M. Oakes, 90, of 823 Wood St. (Route 6), Kane, died Friday morning, March 2, 2012 at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.
Born Sept. 27, 1921 in Ridgway, he was the son of Sherman P. and Cecile E. Kinter Oakes.Â On Nov. 26, 1944 in Kane, he married Lorraine I. Swanson, who died Aug. 4, 2003.
Mr. OakesÂ owned Oakes Gas Company and was a gas and oil producer all of his life.
Curtis Lee Hayduk Sr., 74, of 569 Maple St., Kane, died early Saturday morning, March 3, 2012, at the Kane Community Hospital.
He was born on July 22, 1937 in Kane, the son of the late John and Marion (Ward) Hayduk.
Mr. Hayduk had been employed by Stackpole for 37 years until his retirement in 1999.
Surviving relatives include four daughters, Nicoll Heart, Maria Jones, Terri Dowd and Jackie Reinard; three sons, Curtis Hayduk Jr., Jim Hayduk and Cole Hayduk; four sisters, Marjorie Duchi, Kathryn Fiscus, Pearl Taylor and Audrey Marshall; and two brothers, Gene Hayduk and Larry Hayduk.
Harriet Elizabeth Spilka, 86, passed away on March 3, 2012 at Warren Manor in the presence of her family.
She was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Edinboro to the late Grace and Harry Moffat. She was a graduate of Edinboro High School. Harriet retired from Groboski Industries in Sheffield.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Moffat, and a sister, Helen Hanks.
More than 200 jammed into hallways and classrooms Saturday for an auction at the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.
The Kane Area School District held the auction to dispose of surplus equipment and to prepare the building for sale to Kane Manufacturing.
âIt was a larger turnout than we expected,â John Rook said in commenting on the size of the auction crowd. Rook is the facilities director for the school district.
Based on preliminary figures, it appears the school district will take in more than $9,200 as its share of the auction proceeds.
Victor J. "Yitter" Zawatski, 93, of Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, March 1, 2012 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a short illness.
He was born Oct. 2, 1918 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Vincent and Leokadja Walczak Zawatski.
He married Gertrude Ann Votano on Aug. 2, 1942 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.
MT. JEWETT â Where there's a need, there's a way to fill it.
That's the philosophy of the Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), which held a ceremony Friday to mark the opening the new Mt. Jewett Health Center on West Main Street.
Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executiveÂ officer of BRMC and the Upper Allegheny Health System, said the construction of the Mt. Jewett facility is "a response to enhance access to patients we serve."
"We're responding to a need," he said.
Lena D. Â Costanzo, 89, formerly of 222 Janeway St., died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 29, 2012, at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.
Born May 3, 1922, in Kane, she was a daughter of Angelo and Margaret Discello Costanzo.
Before retirement, Miss Costanzo had been employed at Stackpole in Kane. She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Proposed improvements at Evergreen Park in Kane were discussed Thursday evening at a community meeting at the Kane Community Center on Fraley Street.
About a dozen residents attended the 75-minute meeting. Dick Bly, chairman of the "Friends of Evergreen Park" group, presided.
Kane Borough Council President Howard Kane and Councilmen Harold Hallberg and Dennis Drost represented the borough at the forum.
"I thought it was a good meeting," Bly said. "We want to have a good working relationship with council."