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Proposed law carries burdens, Kane scrap dealer claims

October 24, 2014

The only scrap dealer in Kane believes a proposed ordinance to regulate scrap sales would create unneeded burdens for his small business.
Jay Bednar, who operates Bednar Metals on Commons Alley in Kane with his father, John, said “paperwork” called for in the proposed ordinance would require the company to hire another person just to document and handle transactions.
McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn last month encouraged municipalities to adopt an ordinance that he contends would reduce metal thefts in the county.

Thompson, Strano Taylor debate at Red Fern

October 24, 2014

KERSEY – The Red Fern in Kersey was the location of the latest of nine scheduled debates between the congressional candidates from Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Kerith Strano Taylor and Republican candidate Glenn 'GT' Thompson.
The debate, which featured questions that were previously submitted by the community, touched on issues of education, immigration, constitutional powers, health care, Ebola and energy in Pennsylvania.

VIDEO: Student opens fire at a Washington state high school

October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Student opens fire at a Washington state high school
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle

Health of Kane Community Hospital improves, report shows

October 23, 2014

The health of Kane Community Hospital (KCH) is continuing to improve.
Gary Rhodes, chief executive officer (CEO) at the hospital, highlighted the KCH accomplishments in his annual report to the Kane community. He outlined the report Thursday in a slideshow “powerpoint” presentation at CJ Spirits near Zook Motors.
More than 30 attended the forum, which is one of the “Business After Hours” programs sponsored by the Kane Area Development Center and Chamber of Commerce.

'Suicide-by-cop' defendant in Kane pleads 'no contest'

October 23, 2014

SMETHPORT – A Kane man who who wielded large knives in an alleged "suicide-by-cop" attempt in May entered a "no contest" plea Thursday in McKean County Court.
Larry Walker II, 42, of 231 Janeway St., Kane, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. before county court President Judge John Pavlock.
Walker remains in the McKean County Jail in Smethport in lieu of $750,000 cash bail. 

Woodman's Reunion planned for Saturday

October 23, 2014

Loggers and sawmill workers of all ages from throughout the region are invited to attend a Woodman's Reunion taking place Saturday evening at the Sacred Heart Social Center in St. Marys.
Organizers planned the event as a way for loggers from Elk, Cameron, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and surrounding counties to re-live times past and share stories of how logging got its start in rural Pa. From short wooders to the newly mechanized loggers, all are welcome.

Void in flights likely as Sun Air takes over local service

October 22, 2014

LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP—As Sun Air Express prepares to take over passenger service at the Bradford Regional Airport, look for a possible two-month void in local commercial commuter flights.
Under an agreement announced Wednesday, Sun Air Express will be adding roundtrip flights to Pittsburgh International Airport “before the end of the year” from the Bradford Regional Airport. The commuter airline operates a fleet of Piper Navajo aircraft fitted with nine passenger seats.

Support given to continue 24/7 police patrols in Kane

October 21, 2014

Members of the Concerned Citizens of Kane contend that the borough could save money by foregoing around-the-clock police patrols.
But other residents believe Kane still needs police patrols on a 24/7 basis.
David Walker of 28 Pine Ave. is one of those Kane residents who supports continued 24/7 police patrols.
Speaking at a Kane Borough Council meeting last week, Walker claims it would “an injustice to the citizens of Kane” to leave some portions of the day without a police officer on patrol.

Smethport boy is named 'junior fireman'

October 21, 2014

SMETHPORT – Troy Tanner of Smethport has been named a Junior Fireman by the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department.
Troy is an eighth grade student with a learning disability. He is enrolled in the Pennsylvania Virtual Cyber Charter School.
The school teaches him to use his strengths to make up for his weaknesses. 
A tactile learner, Troy enjoys being outdoors and has always dreamed of becoming a firefighter. Through rigorous training and studying with his parents and teachers, he graduated among the top three students from the Tri-County Fire School.

VIDEO: Still not sold on Steelers?

October 21, 2014

VIDEO: Still not sold on Steelers?
The Steelers pulled off a big win over the Texans.

Kane area municipalities can seek federal money

October 21, 2014

Kane area municipalities have been advised to prepare applications for the next round of funding under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
"If you have a potential project, now is the best time to get started on meeting the program requirements," Gay DeGolier said in a recent letter to Kane area municipalities. She is the community development coordinator for the McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

October 20, 2014

VIDEO: The Top Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Be Wearing In 2014

Wildcat Park Dam removed as 1st step of restoration

October 19, 2014

The dam in Ludlow’s Wildcat Park was removed earlier this month as part of the first phase of project to enhance fishing in Two-Mile Run. The concrete footings, iron supports and big wooden planks were removed and large rock deflectors were placed against the stone wall to help support it just below the dam.

Fundraiser set Sunday for local woman who is battling cancer

October 18, 2014

Doctors often use similes to describe the size of tumors.
Just ask Elizabeth "Betsy" Edinger Lupole, a James City native who resides on Park Avenue in Kane with her husband, Terry and their 13-year-old daughter, Kayla.
Early in 2013, doctors found a cancerous tumor “as big as a softball” in Betsy’s leg.
Then, just five months ago, doctors found a tumor “as big as an orange” in her ovarian area.
Even with numerous treatments and therapy, the 41-year-old woman said she is in “constant pain.”
“I’m tired all the time,” she said. “I have trouble sleeping.”

Scientist says local deer research has global impact

October 17, 2014

Local research on the effects of whitetail deer on tree regeneration has far-reaching ramifications.
Dr. Alejandro A. Royo made this point several times Thursday during his presentation at the Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum at Kane Country Club.
Royo, a research ecologist at the Forestry Sciences Lab in Irvine near Warren, said deer studies conducted in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) have been recognized by scientists in "every continent in the world, except Antarctica."

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