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Kane residents bark about dog feces on their property

April 17, 2015

With the advent of milder temperatures, more Kane dog-owners now are walking their dogs around town.
Most dog-owners are considerate of their neighbors and clean up feces left by their dogs. They scoop up the droppings, place them in a plastic bag and continue to walk their dogs.
Some dog-owners, however, simply let their dogs do their business along the sidewalk and leave without picking up the mess.

Family Drive-In is ready to open Friday night

April 17, 2015

The Family Drive-In on Route 6 just east of Kane will open for the season Friday with the showing of two youth-appropriate movies-- "Home" and "Cinderella."
The Lowell Watts family of Kane is the new owner of the drive-in, which closed just after the start of the season last year due to the sudden death of previous owner Fred Holmes.
"I can't wait," Watts said in looking forward to the opening of the drive-in. "We're finally ready to show movies."

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers
the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Kinzua Bridge Center seen to boost area economy

April 16, 2015

MT. JEWETT – The construction of the Visitors Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett is seen as a boost to the area economy.
"The local communities will benefit economically from the increased number of visitors as two of the favorite pastimes of visitors are eating and shopping," Linda Devlin said. She is the executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau.
"Visitors will be traveling into our communities for these services along with seeking overnight accommodations," Devlin said.

Kane has difficulty finding part-time police officers

April 16, 2015

The borough of Kane is scrambling to find part-time police officers.
The Kane Police Department has four full-time policemen, including Chief Heath Boyer.
Since the department provides around-the-clock coverage seven days a week, part-time officers are needed to fill certain shifts. Part-time officers also fill in during vacations and sick leave.
The need for more part-time policemen in Kane is heightened now that full-time officer Catrina Retterer is restricted to light duty in advance of her maternity leave later this year.
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Charges are bound over in local 'bath salts' deal

April 15, 2015

All charges against a Wetmore Township man in an alleged "bath salts" drug deal have been bound over to McKean County Court.
Kane District Judge Dave Engman sent the case to county court following a 100-minute preliminary hearing Wednesday in the local court on Fraley Street.
James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd. is charged with five counts, including:
*Two felonies for the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance-- a "designer drug" known as "bath salts."
*Possession of a controlled substance ("bath salts").

KCH donates to amphitheater project

April 15, 2015

Kane Community Hospital has recently made a $2,500 donation to KARE’s Amphitheater on Fraley Street project which is set to begin construction the week of April 20 on Main Street in Kane. The project will begin with “phase one” and, depending on funding, may keep plans for artwork, murals, lighting, etc. for future phases to improve the site. Phase one will include a public park complete with trees and landscaping along the Main Street sidewalk. 
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See full article in the April 16th edition of The Kane Republican.

Opposition heard on sale of Mt. Jewett sewer system

April 14, 2015

MT. JEWETT – The proposed sale of the Mt. Jewett sewage system to Aqua Pennsylvania-- a private company-- met with opposition Tuesday.
The criticism was presented at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority, a six-member volunteer board.
"I can't see selling it if we don't need to," Gene Ginkel told the authority. "It's an asset to Mt. Jewett, an asset that isn't hurting you."
Ginkel is a former Mt. Jewett councilman.
Gary Geer, a Mt. Jewett contractor, said "I feel more comfortable" in not selling the borough sewer system. "I don't think it's a good idea" to sell the system.

Hamilton Township sees another drop in forest revenue

April 14, 2015

LUDLOW – Hamilton Township is seeing another steep decline in the annual payment it receives from the U.S. Forest Service for its share of timber sale revenue.
According to a report discussed Monday at a meeting of the Hamilton Township Board of Supervisors, this year's forestry allocation is $58,435.76.
The figure is a $14,699.23 decline from the previous allocation of $73,134.99. This year's allocation is below the township budget figure of $70,000-- forcing the supervisors to scramble to find $11,564 to balance the township spending plan.

Hamlin supervisors criticized for park takeover

April 14, 2015

HAZEL HURST – Hamlin Township Supervisors Jim Trussell and Dave Okerlund received criticism Monday for abolishing the Parks Committee.
The township now oversees the park and collects pavilion rentals. A separate Parks Committee for years handled park activities.
Speaking at a township meeting Monday, Trussell said the supervisors several times asked the Parks Committee to submit secretary and treasury reports.
He said these reports were "never turned over" to the supervisors.

Community input is sought for use of rail corridor

April 12, 2015

MT. JEWETT – Residents of Mt. Jewett and Hamlin Township are being asked to give input on the type of use preferred for a proposed trail from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
A proposed trail is planned over the corridor of the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad between Mt. Jewett and the park.
Headwaters Charitable Trust of DuBois is hoping to buy the 74-mile rail corridor from the current owner-- Indiana, Pa. scrap dealer Joe Kovalchick. The transaction is not expected to be completed until September 2016.

State Route 120 first used by Native Americans  

April 12, 2015

The earliest makings of what is now state Route 120 (SR 120) was a trail used by North American Indians to cross the continental divide between the Susquehanna and Allegheny rivers, according to the Elk County Historical Society.
The western Pennsylvania section of the trail would have been established by the Erie tribe, a sub tribe of Indians who spoke the Iroquoian language but were destroyed and dispersed by the northern Iroquois for helping refugees from the enemy of the Iroquois, the Huron Indians, during the Beaver Wars, a battle over hunting grounds for the fur trade.

Federal official hears plea for more ANF timber harvests

April 9, 2015

A key U.S. Forest Service official came to Kane to outline the agency's robust plans for building "a strong forest industry."
But the presentation Thursday evening failed to impress several local foresters, who claim the Forest Service is failing in its mission to maintain a sustainable Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in the Kane area.
"We're not cutting wood," Jack Hedlund of Kane said during a question-and-answer session at the biannual Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum at Kelly's Restaurant at Kane Country Club. 

Kane School Board holds monthly meeting in Mt. Jewett

April 9, 2015

MT. JEWETT – The Kane School Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Mt Jewett Fire Hall on Thursday evening. After opening the meeting, Board President Claire Ann Buckley thanked the Mt Jewett community for hosting the meeting and recalled when the board held meetings at the Mt Jewett Elementary School once a year.

2 donors reach milestones at Blood Drive in Kane

April 9, 2015

Two longtime donors reached milestones at the Red Cross Blood Drive held earlier this week in Kane.
Jim McCloskey of Kane hit the 18-gallon mark with his latest donation of blood. Leanna Schleicher of Kane reached the 11-gallon figure.
McCloskey and Schleicher are two of 29 donors at the Blood Drive. 
A total of 34 showed up for the blood drive at the First United Methodist Church in Kane. However, four were deferred for various reasons and another produced an insufficient unit.
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See full article in the April 10 edition of The Kane Republican.

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