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Highland supervisor says: lawsuit could ‘bankrupt us’

February 26, 2015

JAMES CITY – A federal lawsuit filed by Seneca Resources against Highland Township over the “injection well’ controversy “has the potential to bankrupt us.”
This is the opinion of Jim Wolfe, chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors.
Wolfe said Thursday that the board has called a special meeting Monday to discuss the lawsuit with township residents. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the township building in James City.

Engine fire destroys parked car in Kane

February 26, 2015

A fire that erupted in an engine Thursday destroyed a car parked adjacent to a residence at 426 Biddle St. (Route 6) in Kane.
Fire Chief Tim Holt said no injuries were reported in the blaze that destroyed a 1998 Oldsmobile 88 owned by Jessie Mae Bucher. He said there is "not much left" of the fire-damaged vehicle.
The cause of the fire is unknown, Holt said.
The owner of the vehicle resides at 428 Biddle St., but parks her car in a parking space adjacent to the residence of her daughter, Brenda Aponte.

Police advise parents to monitor kids’ phone, internet use

February 26, 2015

Parents of Kane school students need to be “diligent and observant” as they monitor their children’s activity on cellphones and the internet.
This is the advice from State Police Trooper Bruce A. Morris, the featured speaker at a public meeting Thursday evening at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
Morris is the area State Police Community Services Officer based at the State Police station in Ridgway.

Support sought for trail from Mt. Jewett to state park

February 25, 2015

MT. JEWETT – Support is being sought for a proposed 3.9-mile trail from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
The trail would run over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad, which featured a tourist train ride to the park.
Carolyn Stroup and Karen Sees-- neighbors on Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township-- are attempting to form a volunteer organization to develop and maintain the proposed trail.
They presided Wednesday at a 105-minute public meeting at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall.

3 counties offer support of regional rail authority

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – The counties of Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson have all adopted non-binding resolutions in support of the creation of a regional rail authority, according to North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Director Eric Bridges.
The possibility of creating a regional rail authority has become a reoccurring topic at North Central meetings after as the organization is looking into having a part in the restoration of 20 miles of railroad between Curwensville and DuBois.

North Central hears audit presentation

February 25, 2015

RIDGWAY – Representatives from North Central's auditing firm attended Wednesday's executive committee meeting to give a presentation on the audit that was completed for North Central for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Baker Tilly, the company contracted by the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission to complete the organization's audits, sent Karen Larsen, Baker Tilly partner, and Adam Hartzel, senior manager at Baker Tilly, to Wednesday's meeting to speak about the process and results relating to the most recent audit.

3 local residents are linked with 'bath salts'

February 25, 2015

Three Kane area residents have been charged with receiving and possession with intent to deliver 13.78 ounces of "bath salts."
According to the office of McKean County District Attorney (DA) Ray Learn, the estimated "street value" of the illicit drugs is nearly $80,000.
The defendants include:
*James Patrick Perry, 51, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.
*Roger Allen Akins, 29, of Kane
*Jill Marie Cleer, 55, of 484 West Wind Rd., Wetmore Township.

Seneca Resources files federal suit vs. Highland

February 25, 2015

As expected, Seneca Resources has filed a federal lawsuit against Highland Township for its attempt to block a federally-approved injection well for the disposal of drilling waste fluids.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Seneca is seeking action to "temporarily and permanently" ban the township and its Board of Supervisors from enforcing an ordinance adopted two years ago.
The ordinance, crafted under the guidance of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), bans underground injection control (UIC) wells used for the disposal of natural gas brines.

Bradford judge dismisses murder charge against Stidd

February 25, 2015

BRADFORD – Bradford District Court Judge Dominic A. Cercone has dismissed a criminal homicide charge against a prominent Bradford businessman.
The dismissal came Tuesday following a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing before Cercone.
Stephen Daniel Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., Bradford, was charged with murder in the Jan. 16 shooting death of his son-in-law Melvin Daniel Bizzarro, 43, also of Bradford.
Stidd allegedly shot Bizzarro about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 behind Togi’s Restaurant at 412 E. Main St., Bradford. Togi's Restaurant is operated by Stidd's daughter, Michelle.

Compromise will allow football coaches to attend clinic

February 25, 2015

A compromise will permit Kane High School football coaches to attend a two-day clinic near Cleveland this weekend.
After voting 4-3 earlier this month to deny the trip, the school board voted 7-0 Tuesday to authorize the coaches to attend the Glazair Football Clinic in Aurora, Ohio.
"We're all on the same team," Head Football Coach Todd Silfies told the board after its vote at a special meeting at the middle school auditorium. "We're not foes."

Superintendent comments on 2017 graduation criteria

February 24, 2015

Starting with the Class of 2017, Kane students will need to pass tests in three key courses to qualify for a high school diploma.
This controversial Department of Education statewide requirement requires students to show proficiency in Algebra 1, Biology and English Language Arts (reading and writing) to graduate from high school.
The graduation requirement will first affect current Kane High School sophomores-- the Class of 2017.
Bob Gaetano, the new superintendent of the Kane Area School District, tackled this state mandate Monday as the guest speaker at a meeting of the Kane Rotary Club.

Cheerleading teams enjoy success at Dunkirk event

February 23, 2015

DUNKIRK, N.Y. – The Kane Cheerleading teams had a successful weekend at the Winter Break Nationals in Dunkirk, N.Y. put on by CheerStarz Events.
This event was also a qualifier for the U.S. Finals. The high school team started off the day with a win in the Small Varsity Division. Not to be outdone, the younger middle school Wolves followed with their first win of the season as well.

Kane couple seriously injured in Ludlow accident

February 20, 2015

A Kane couple were injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle traffic accident on Route 6 near Ludlow.
Dominic C. "Mick" O'Rourke Jr., 44, and his wife, Tara Oertly O'Rourke, 41, of 510 Elk Ave., Kane, are patients at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)-Hamot in Erie, a family member said Friday.
"Mick," employed by the American Refining Group (ARG) of Bradford, suffered a "moderate injury," State Police said in a report. Tara, employed as a nurse at the Elk County Regional Medical Center in St. Marys, sustained a "major injury," police said.

Kane hasn’t seen the last of below-zero temperatures

February 20, 2015

There’s a reason Kane is called the “Ice Box of Pennsylvania.”
It’s cold in the winter.
But a National Weather Service meteorologist said Friday that the prolonged string of “below-zero” temperatures is “ridiculous—even for Kane.”
“You’ve been exceptionally cold for this time of the year,” Craig Evanego said in trying to explain the seemingly endless bitter sub-zero temperatures in the Kane area over the past month or so. Evanego is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in State College. Kane is part of this office’s coverage area.

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