Stunning new signs mark gateways to Kane

Stunning new hand-crafted wooden signs are planned at the five major gateways to the borough of Kane.Two signs already have been erected.One is located on Route 6 to greet motorists traveling east into Kane from Ludlow. This sign is near the blinker light for Kane Community Hospital.The second sign is located along Route 321 to welcome motorists traveling north into Kane from Wilcox. This sign is along the northbound lane of Route 321, just north of Hemlock Avenue.Similar entrance signs are planned to go along the westbound lane of Route 6, the southbound lane of Route 321 and the northbound lane of Route 66.“We’ve had overwhelming positive feedback on the signs,”said Melanie Clabaugh, the executive director of the Kane Area Development Center (KADC). She said photos of the signs have been posted on the KanePa site on the Facebook social network on the Internet.“We’ve received favorable comments about the signs from people who live in town, Kane natives who have moved away and even people passing through,” Clabaugh said Thursday.She said the construction of the initial two signs was made possible by a Local Economic Development Assistance (LEDA) grant from McKean County.The KADC and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE) are sponsoring the project to erect the new entrance signs along the five main roads leading to Kane.Jerry Clark of Sign Design of Westline is creating the colorful carved 7x4-foot wooden signs. Local artist Denny Driscoll, a retired Kane art teacher, is providing design assistance. A digitally reprinted copy of a Driscoll water color painting of the hub of Kane is featured in the entrance signs.“These beautiful wooden signs are hand-carved with raised lettering and gold leaf flourishes,” Clabaugh said. “These are true pieces of art that we all can be proud of.”Just below the “Welcome To Kane” sign, there is space for a “message board” to announce special upcoming community events. The “message board” on the signs now is promoting the annual “Art in the Wilds” outdoor art exhibit to be held in June. If no events are pending, the “message board” will read “A Star In The Forest.”Community groups, businesses and the borough will have the opportunity to sponsor the construction of their own wooden placard for the “message board” space on the signs to promote upcoming Kane events.See full article by purchasing the March 30 edition of The Kane Republican.