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School board adopts proposed budget with tax increase

May 6, 2015

The Kane School Board voted 9-0 Wednesday to adopt a tentative 2015-16 budget that carries an increase in property taxes.
The proposal, outlined for the board at a workshop last week, calls for a .39-mill increase in the tax rate for property-owners in the McKean County portion of the school district.
The new rate in the McKean County side of the district would be 16.56 mills. The 2.4 percent increase is the same in the Elk County portion of the school district. However, the tax rate is different in Elk County due to tax calculation methods.

Kane School Board acts on personnel issues

May 6, 2015

The Kane School Board acted on several personnel issues Wednesday at its monthly meeting at the Kane Middle School auditorium.
The board accepted retirement notices from a school teacher and a school counselor.
Peggy Houser is retiring as a middle school-based art teacher.
Dottie Bence is retiring as a high school guidance counselor.
The board also received notice that Thomas Jashurek is retiring June 4 as a custodian at the elementary school and middle school.

Suspicious packages cause emergency response

May 6, 2015

RIDGWAY – Three suspicious packages intercepted by law enforcement at the Elk County Courthouse prompted a large emergency response by local police officers and fire department members.
Elk County Sheriff Theresa Merritt said the "suspicious packages" were delivered to the courthouse in Ridgway and were quickly "removed from the building so everyone was safe in the building and court could operate."
The packages were discovered between 10:45-11 a.m.

Jacobs Property Inspection open for business

May 6, 2015

ST. MARYS – Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.
As the former sales manager and residential development division manager for two different residential/commercial construction companies, materials manager for a large mechanical contractor and owner/general manager of Stanton-Jacobs Homes, Jacobs said his 20 years and 200 homes of construction experience should aid him well in his business endeavor.

Wetmore supervisors OK bid for road paving job

May 5, 2015

A major road paving job is planned this summer in Wetmore Township.
Acting at a meeting Tuesday, the township Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 to accept a low bid of $323,705.59 from IA Construction of Franklin for the project.
The work calls for a "full-depth" reclamation and paving on Greendale Road from Route 6 to Dwight's Road, a distance of 1.26 miles.
Supervisors Bill Ryding, Elaine Bodistow and Steve Dyne approved the IA bid package at their meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane.

Officials still calling for 911 fee hike

May 5, 2015

RIDGWAY – With funding issues far from resolved, the state House on Monday voted 134-59 to increase the monthly fee used to help fund Pennsylvania counties’ 911 emergency communication centers.
The measure, which still must pass the Senate, calls for an increase to $1.65 a month. Currently, the 25-year-old 911 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act calls for $1 a month for cellphones, and $1.50 for landlines.

Kane High School represented at 'Wild' Envirothon

May 5, 2015

SMETHPORT – A team represented Kane High School at the "Wild” Envirothon held Tuesday at the Keating Sportsmen’s Club near Smethport.  
The Kane team includes Connor Crowley, a sophomore; Katie Detsch, a junior; and Nic Grube, a sophomore.
The overall winning team was from Otto-Eldred High School: “The Saber-Tooth Bobcats."
Members include: Kylie Stuck, Quentin Claypool, Heath Stewart, Mariah Hartzell and Hannah Milliron. The team adviser is Fawn Miller. 

John Hayduk to be new maintenance chief in Mt. Jewett

May 4, 2015

MT. JEWETT – John Hayduk begins work today as the council-picked successor to Mt. Jewett Maintenance Supervisor Rod Peterson.
Hayduk, 50, will take over as borough maintenance chief when Peterson retires in September. Due to vacation, Peterson is expected to leave the job in August.
Hayduk begins duties for the borough at $14 per hour. For now, he will be working eight hours a day for the borough.
At some point in the future, he will split duties between the borough and the Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority.

Kane hospital clinics offer 'same-day' appointments

May 3, 2015

Do you wish to see a doctor immediately for treatment of a non-emergency ailment such as a cold, sore throat or fever?
Just make a phone call to one of the seven area clinics operated by Kane Community Hospital (KCH).

Plane strikes building after failed startup

May 3, 2015

ST. MARYS – A small plane veered out of control upon startup striking a portion of a building Sunday afternoon at the St. Marys Municipal Airport.
A pilot and his passenger escaped with only minor injuries.
The incident occurred as pilot Preston Hoopes of Ulysses in Potter County was reportedly having difficulty starting his plane. He reported to Alan McPherson, airport manager, that he exited the plane to slightly move the propellor which he said suddenly started although the key in the ignition was turned to the off position as was the master switch.

Church Women United told: 'Life is like cup of tea'

May 1, 2015

There's good tea.
There's bitter tea.
There's hot tea.
There's cold tea.
In many ways, tea is just like life with its many different blends and serving temperatures.
This is the message delivered Friday at a luncheon for the Church Women United of Kane at the Presbyterian Church.
Carol Carson of Tabor Lutheran Church presented the program called "Life Is Like A Cup of Tea."
"Everyone's tea is different," Carson said. "But our lives are all like teacups waiting to be filled with tea.

Kane VFW urges local vets to participate in Memorial Day Parade

May 1, 2015

Commander David Swanson of Post 1132 King David Post of the Veterans of Foreign War, along with Post Quartermaster Russ Counts, invites all area veterans to march in this year’s Memorial Day Parade through uptown Kane.
Veterans may march in their uniforms if desired and are asked to meet at the club on Wetmore Avenue by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at Evergreen Park’s Veterans Point. A troop hauler will be traveling the parade route, so veterans that wish to ride rather than walk may participate.

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby
With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

Proposed Kane school budget carries tax increase

May 1, 2015

The proposed Kane Area School District budget for 2015-16 carries a property tax increase.
The proposal, outlined Thursday at a two-hour school board workshop, calls for a .39-mill hike in the tax rate.
The proposed jump "equates to a $14 increase for the average property owner" in school taxes, Business Manager Steve Perry said in his presentation to the board.

Tom Aiello of Kane ends long career as firefighter instructor

April 29, 2015

Tom Aiello of Kane is proud of his legacy.
By taking part in training classes taught by Aiello, thousands of volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania and nearby states have learned the proper techniques for fighting structure fires.
Aiello, a longtime volunteer firefighter himself, has been a state-certified fire instructor since 1969. He is retiring with the title of senior master instructor-- the highest level given in the state. He now is referred to as fire instructor emeritus.
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See full article in the April 30th edition of The Kane Republican.

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