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Her first day of school

September 1, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Madeline McDermott, 5, of Kane walks Wednesday morning to the Kane Elementary School for her first day of kindergarten. She is accompanied by her mother, Joleen Grolemund of Kane. Classes resumed Wednesday for all students in the Kane Area School District.

Conservation School students learn about wetland ecology

August 26, 2011

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Heather McKean, McKean County Conservation District Watershed Conservationist presents a hands-on Wetland Ecology presentation to participants of the Potter County Junior Conservation School. Recently, the McKean County Conservation District delivered a hands-on presentation on Wetland Ecology to the students of the Potter County Junior Conservation School sponsored by the Black Forest Conservation Association. Each year, the Black Forest Conservation Association holds the Potter County Junior Conservation School to promote awareness of our environment and the principles of conservation.

Lions Club renames award after local hero

August 5, 2011

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In May 2011, The Kane Lions Club established the Patriot Award for graduating Kane High Seniors who enlist in the U.S. Military. The Club felt that these young enlistees should be recognized for their upcoming service and sacrifice to America.
Tragically on July 18, Kane's SSGT Kenneth R. VanGiesen gave his life in Afghanistan, participating in Operation Enduring Freedom. In memory of this tragic loss the Lions Club decided to rename this award the SSGT Kenneth R. VanGiesen Patriot Award and to assume stewardship of this important award.

Ted Lutz

July 29, 2011

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Top generals at funeral

Major General Randall Marchi (left) and Major General Wesley Craig (right) participate in the private burial Thursday for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen of Kane at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow. Marchi is the commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Craig as adjutant general is the head of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard. VanGiesen was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Flag to VanGiesen family

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Wesley Craig, who as adjutant general is the leader of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard, presents a folded American flag to Tom VanGiesen, who is father of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen. The presentation took place at a private burial ceremony Thursday for the National Guard soldier killed July 18 in Afghanistan.

Flag for Erin

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Randall Marchi presents a folded American flag to Erin Sirianni, who has been the girlfriend of National Guard Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen since 1997. Sirianni and VanGiesen, both of Kane, lived together in Erie. Marchi is the commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. VanGiesen was killed July 18 while serving with the Guard in Afghanistan.

Rifle squad

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

This rifle squad from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard gave the 21-gun salute Thursday at the burial service for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.

Generals hug parents

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Major General Wesley Craig (right), head of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard, hugs Sue VanGiesen, mother of the Kane soldier killed in Afghanistan last week. Major General Randall Marchi (left), commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, hugs Tom VanGiesen, the father of the fallen soldier.

Flag ceremony at cemetery

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

The National Guard pallbearers for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen of Kane conduct the flag ceremony during the burial service Thursday at the Gibbs Hill Cemetery near Ludlow.

Wrapped in flag

July 29, 2011

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Ted Lutz

A Kane young boy wraps himself in the American flag as he stands Thursday along Fraley Street to watch the funeral procession for Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen.

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