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Count your blessings

March 14, 2015

Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company, was laid to rest Friday in a large but solemn ceremony in Clearfield.
Jeff's sendoff was complete with roughly 200 emergency response vehicles in the procession.
While it was a sight to behold, what is even more impressive are the accomplishments this young man made in such a short period of time.

No cuts for our school students

March 13, 2015

Despite possible education cuts at the state and national levels, we're glad to see that, on a local level, our elected leaders have the foresight to ensure that our students are taken care of nonetheless.

Come on America, use your turn signals!

January 7, 2013

A study released over the summer has confirmed what I think a lot of the population already knew: Turn signal neglect is causing millions of crashes each year, with no end in sight.
According to a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] in 2012, 12,000 lane-changing and turning vehicles were observed and a whopping 25 percent of those drivers were incompetent to the point where they were unable to use their turn signals, and 48 percent, nearly half of those observed, did not use a turn signal when changing lanes or failed to turn the signals off. That is beyond asinine.

PA high school basketball needs a shot clock

January 12, 2011

By Joseph Bell – Republican Editor – Enough is enough already. Far too often (at the local level in Pennsylvania high school basketball) we've seen an opposing team build a two-possession lead and attempt to run the clock out with four minutes left in the game. A shot clock for Pennsylvania high school basketball is long overdue... to be fair... let's say 40 seconds.

Time clock in Hamlin Township

December 17, 2010

Hamlin Township soon will begin using a time clock to keep track of the hours worked by its three full-time employees-- two in the Public Works Department and the township secretary-treasurer.

What's your favorite Ken Holmes story?

December 14, 2010

Ken Holmes is planning to retire later this month as a jovial window clerk at the Kane Post Office.
He's touched many hearts and souls in more than two decades of dealing with customers at the post office.
We all have "stories" about Ken.
We heard about an elderly widow who lost  her husband after many years of marriage and companionship and was naturally depressed. She came to the post office with a "long" face and left with a smile for the first time in many months because of a humorous story told by Ken.
Share your favorite tale of Ken Holmes.

Should council raise taxes?

November 23, 2010

The Kane Borough Council has adopted a budget calling for an increase in the tax rate. Many residents, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes, stand to see their property taxes rise. Should council raise taxes or seek more ways to cut expenses and services?

Let voters decide on Mt. Jewett water issue

October 30, 2010

Why not hold a permissive referendum next spring and let the voters chime in on the Mt. Jewett water controversy?
As we've reported, the Mt. Jewett Borough Council is considering action to abolish the local volunteer water authority, which oversees the borough water operation.
The borough council has also discussed plans to sell the water system to a private company.
If a private company takes over, local control over the water operation would be lost. Rates would be subject to approval by the Public Utility Commission.

Why does vacancy continue on Hamlin Township board?

October 22, 2010

Next month, McKean County Judge John Pavlock is scheduled to hold a hearing at the county courthouse in Smethport to hear from people interested in serving as a supervisor in Hamlin Township.
The judge is expected to select one of the applicants to fill a vacancy on the three-member Board of Supervisors.
As we've reported, the issue went to the judge after the township couldn't act on its own to fill the vacancy created when John Moffett resigned earlier this year.

Kane Eagles parking issues

September 30, 2010

Do you think the Kane Eagles should be able to use the 314 Chase St. property as a parking lot?

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Kane High fall sports teams got their official practices underway this week. Here, members of the...
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