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Following in father's footsteps

July 22, 2011

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Photo courtesy of family

As a youngster, Ken VanGiesen (left) of Kane often wore a camouflage shirt and cap to dress like his father, Tom VanGiesen, a 21-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ken VanGiesen, who joined the National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999, was killed Monday while serving in Afghanistan.

Working beneath an Army truck

July 20, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Ken VanGiesen of Kane is shown working as a mechanic beneath an Army truck while training at Camp Shelby, Miss. in 2005 for deployment in Iraq. VanGiesen, a 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School, was killed Monday while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in eastern Afghanistan.

Farewell before duty in Iraq

July 20, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Ken VanGiesen shares time with his family before his deployment to Iraq in 2005. The group includes his father, Tom (left) his mother, Sue (right), his long-time girlfriend Erin Sirianni of Kane, his nephew, Isaac and his niece, Hannah. Isaac and Hannah are the children of his sister, Amie VanGiesen Gullifer and her husband, Joe Gullifer of Kane.

Heading to Iraq in 2005

July 20, 2011

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Ted Lutz

This photo shows Ken VanGiesen as he prepared for deployment to Iraq in 2005 with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit based in Kane. He is shown with his long-time girlfriend Erin Sirianni (left) of Kane and his mother, Sue and his father, Tom. VanGiesen was killed Monday while serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan.

Smokey the Bear gives warning

July 18, 2011

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Ted Lutz

This "Smokey the Bear" sign near the U.S. Forest Service in Marienville warns the public not to leave their campfires unattended. Due to dry conditions, campers are urged to pay close attention to their fires.

Sashy & Gladys Kane Scholarship

July 16, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Craig Perry (left) ad Christine Mosier (right) are the recipients of the Sashy and Gladys Kane Scholarship. The 2011 graduates of Kane Area High School received the scholarship at commencement last month.

Coder Memorial Scholarship

July 15, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Andrea Saquin (left) and Dominic Sirianni (right) are the recipients of the Charlene Weiser Coder Memorial Teaching Scholarship. The 2011 graduates of Kane Area High School received the scholarship at commencement last month. Saquin also received the Pat Santilli Memorial Teaching Award and the scholarship given by the McKean County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).

'Locks of Love'

July 12, 2011

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Ted Lutz

Kendra Farnsworth, who will be entering the fifth grade at the Kane Elementary School, holds 14 inches of her hair that was cut for the "Locks of Love" program. Kendra, 10, is the daughter of Robert Farnsworth and Stephanie Korchak of 318 1/2 Poplar St., Kane. "Locks of Love" is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term hair loss due to a medical condition.

Scholarship winners

July 9, 2011

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Ted Lutz

These three 2011 Kane High School graduates are among many to receive scholarships at commencement last month. The group and the scholarships not previously announced includes, left to right: Christine Mosier-- the Harold Carter Scholarship Phoenix Chapter 15 Order of Eastern Star and the Sybil Kane Nursing Award; Melia Brocious-- the Philip Imbrogno Scholarship and one of two VFW Post 1132 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarships; and Dominic Sirianni-- the Kane Area Education Association and the Parent Teachers Organization Scholarship, the Kane Players Scholarship and the David A.

New water line in Kane

July 9, 2011

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Ted Lutz

The Pennsylvania American Water Company is installing new water lines in Kane. This work is for a new water line on West Hemlock Avenue. Mealy Construction of Tionesta is the contractor for the project on the north side of the street. A new water line also is being installed on South Fraley Street between Spruce Street and Pine Avenue. Large trees in the utility right-of-way on the east side of South Fraley Street already have been removed in preparation for the installation of the new water line.

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