The Kane Republican | AP iAtom feed 2015-05-06T23:43:36-04:00 Drupal School board adopts proposed budget with tax increase http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8991 2015-05-06T23:43:36-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican School board adopts proposed budget with tax increase 8991 article en 14 1 2015-05-06T23:43:36-04:00 2015-05-06T23:43:36-04:00 8991 14 School board adopts proposed budget with tax increase 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. The proposed increase is less than the maximum of 2.9 percent allowed under the state index for Kane. The board decided last December not to exceed the state index. A hike above 2.9 percent would require voter approval at a referendum. According to School District Business Manager Steve Perry, the average residential property owner will see a school tax increase of $14 under the proposed budget. 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. 1430970216 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430970216 100 Ted Lutz 7282 14 5.6.15 comp plan reception.jpg sites/default/files/5.6.15 comp plan reception.jpg image/jpeg 74845 1 1430970215 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/5.6.15 comp plan reception.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Kane School Board acts on personnel issues http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8990 2015-05-06T23:37:53-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane School Board acts on personnel issues 8990 article en 14 1 2015-05-06T23:37:53-04:00 2015-05-06T23:37:53-04:00 8990 14 Kane School Board acts on personnel issues 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. 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. 1430969873 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430969873 100 Ted Lutz 7281 14 school board2.jpg sites/default/files/school board2_10.jpg image/jpeg 683962 1 1430969873 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/school board2_10.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Suspicious packages cause emergency response http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8989 2015-05-06T23:36:46-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Suspicious packages cause emergency response 8989 article en 14 1 2015-05-06T23:36:46-04:00 2015-05-06T23:36:46-04:00 8989 14 Suspicious packages cause emergency response 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. 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. 1430969806 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430969806 100 Joseph Bell 7280 14 0506151221.jpg sites/default/files/0506151221.jpg image/jpeg 87141 1 1430969806 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:179:"Photo by Aimee Coder – The side parking lot at the Elk County Courthouse is shown after it was taped off Wednesday while law enforcement personnel tended to suspicious packages.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/0506151221.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Jacobs Property Inspection open for business http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8987 2015-05-06T23:30:59-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Jacobs Property Inspection open for business 8987 article en 14 1 2015-05-06T23:30:59-04:00 2015-05-06T23:30:59-04:00 8987 14 Jacobs Property Inspection open for business 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. "Roughly 15 years ago, there was a big move for this as real estate transactions and the banks wanted inspections on the properties, really as a safeguard for the investment," he said. "I thought about doing this several years ago but like a lot of things, what happens in the bigger cities, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, they've been doing this for a number of years and it's pretty much mandatory now for almost all real estate transactions in those areas." Jacobs said the necessity of home inspections in real estate transactions has recently gained momentum in the area. 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. 1430969459 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430969459 100 Joseph Bell 7278 14 5-7 Jacobs Property Inspection ORIG.JPG sites/default/files/5-7 Jacobs Property Inspection ORIG.JPG image/jpeg 89536 1 1430969459 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:162:"Photo by Joseph Bell – Brian Jacobs of St. Marys has recently started Jacobs Property Inspection, an independent locally-owned home inspection service provider.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/5-7 Jacobs Property Inspection ORIG.JPG Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Wetmore supervisors OK bid for road paving job http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8982 2015-05-05T23:53:45-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Wetmore supervisors OK bid for road paving job 8982 article en 14 1 2015-05-05T23:53:45-04:00 2015-05-05T23:53:45-04:00 8982 14 Wetmore supervisors OK bid for road paving job 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. Glenn Hawbaker Construction of Turtlepoint submitted a bid of $324,894, less than $1,200 higher than the winning IA figure. The township budget includes $300,000 for a paving project. Although the IA bid is higher than this total, the township is hoping to save money in other accounts to cover the paving work cost. The supervisors also endorsed a plan to "tar and chip" another three to four miles of township roads this summer. 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. 1430884425 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430884425 100 Ted Lutz 7273 14 Wetmore Township.jpg sites/default/files/Wetmore Township_2.jpg image/jpeg 72865 1 1430884424 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Wetmore Township_2.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Officials still calling for 911 fee hike http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8981 2015-05-05T23:52:32-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Officials still calling for 911 fee hike 8981 article en 14 1 2015-05-05T23:52:32-04:00 2015-05-05T23:52:32-04:00 8981 14 Officials still calling for 911 fee hike 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. “The numbers haven’t changed since the beginning and we’re losing a lot of landlines, and those were $1.50 and the cellphones $1, and our state association wants to see it at $2 because it’s been so long since this has been changed,” said Elk County Commissioner June Sorg. “The costs continue as we have to buy equipment for our facilities whenever it’s needed. It’s quite costly for the county.” 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. 1430884352 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430884352 100 Joseph Bell 7272 14 IMG_4615.JPG sites/default/files/IMG_4615.JPG image/jpeg 69280 1 1430884352 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:112:"Photo by Joseph Bell – From left to right, Elk County Commissioners Dan Freeburg, Jan Kemmer, and June Sorg. ";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/IMG_4615.JPG Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Editor Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Kane High School represented at 'Wild' Envirothon http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8980 2015-05-05T23:51:28-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane High School represented at 'Wild' Envirothon 8980 article en 14 1 2015-05-05T23:51:28-04:00 2015-05-05T23:51:28-04:00 8980 14 Kane High School represented at 'Wild' Envirothon 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.  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.  1430884288 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430884288 100 7271 14 Envirothon.jpg sites/default/files/Envirothon.jpg image/jpeg 76263 1 1430884288 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:281:"Photo by Ted Lutz – These three students represented Kane Area High School in the 26th annual Envirothon held Tuesday at the Keating Sportsmen's Club near Smethport. The Kane team includes, left to right: Connor Crowley, sophomore; Katie Detsch, junior; and Nic Grube, sophomore.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/Envirothon.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 John Hayduk to be new maintenance chief in Mt. Jewett http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8974 2015-05-04T23:48:20-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican John Hayduk to be new maintenance chief in Mt. Jewett 8974 article en 14 1 2015-05-04T23:48:20-04:00 2015-05-04T23:48:20-04:00 8974 14 John Hayduk to be new maintenance chief in Mt. Jewett 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. Peterson is the state-licensed sewage treatment plant operation for Mt. Jewett. Hayduk has agreed to obtain his state license to assume similar duties-- unless the authority decides to sell the sewage system to a private company. 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. 1430797700 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430797700 100 Ted Lutz 7262 14 NEW breaking news.jpg sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_52.jpg image/jpeg 828771 1 1430797699 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:0:"";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/NEW breaking news_52.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Kane hospital clinics offer 'same-day' appointments http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8968 2015-05-03T23:32:52-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane hospital clinics offer 'same-day' appointments 8968 article en 14 1 2015-05-03T23:32:52-04:00 2015-05-03T23:32:52-04:00 8968 14 Kane hospital clinics offer 'same-day' appointments 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). 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). 1430710372 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430710372 100 Ted Lutz 7255 14 4.30.15 gary rhodes.jpg sites/default/files/4.30.15 gary rhodes.jpg image/jpeg 73557 1 1430710371 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:259:"Photo by Ted Lutz – Gary Rhodes, chief executive officer at Kane Community Hospital (KCH), looks over a notice of a new program that enables Kane residents with minor health issues to make "same-day" appointments with physicians at seven area KCH clinics. ";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/4.30.15 gary rhodes.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72 Plane strikes building after failed startup http://www.kanerepublican.com/node/8967 2015-05-03T23:30:44-04:00 Kane Republican Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Plane strikes building after failed startup 8967 article en 14 1 2015-05-03T23:30:44-04:00 2015-05-03T23:30:44-04:00 8967 14 Plane strikes building after failed startup 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. At the time, Hoopes was standing in front of the plane and ran after it and attempted to get inside of it. When this proved unsuccessful Hoopes dove out of the way of the plane as it veered right and traveled a few feet until striking the front corner of the building which houses airport offices on the bottom floor and the West Wind Restaurant on the second floor. 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. 1430710244 2 editor a:1:{s:13:"form_build_id";s:37:"form-6d779c1a1b426a0713d269ad5d4f8a01";} 1 1 1 1 1 1 1430710244 100 Amy Cherry 7254 14 5-4 Al's plane accident pic.jpg sites/default/files/5-4 Al's plane accident pic.jpg image/jpeg 78063 1 1430710244 1 a:2:{s:5:"title";s:132:"This Cessna 182 T plane struck a building at the St. Marys Municipal Airport on Sunday afternoon following a failed startup attempt.";s:3:"alt";s:0:"";} http://www.kanerepublican.com/sites/default/files/5-4 Al's plane accident pic.jpg Copyright 2010 Kane Republican Kane, PA Staff Writer Kane Republican f55440c1c89d242b776bd5b0ba71bd72