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July 22nd

Tears are flowing at National Guard unit in Kane

July 23, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – There's a somber mood today at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street where the local National Guard unit is undergoing its monthly drill.
The unit-- Detachment 1, Company A, 128th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), Second Brigade of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard-- is mourning the loss of Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, who was killed Monday while serving with another Guard unit in Afghanistan.

July 21st

Ken VanGiesen's family relies on faith to endure pain

July 22, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Tom and Sue VanGiesen on Tuesday heard the worst news parents can ever hear.
Their 30-year-old son-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen-- had been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
As can be imaged, it's been a painful four days for the VanGiesen family as plans still are being made for the soldier's funeral in Kane.
Despite their heartache and tears, the VanGiesens both claim their faith in God will see them through these darkest days of their lives.

'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday

July 22, 2011

The Ridgway Heritage Council will present the sixth annual 'Tasting in the Wilds' festival this Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Grounds along Route 219 in Ridgway.
The festival offers a great opportunity for patrons to sample beverages from eight local wineries and an even larger selection of beers from breweries such as Otto's Pub and Brewery out of State College, Erie-based Erie Brewing Company, Straub Brewery of St. Marys and more.
With a tasting ticket, participants can sample beers by Troegs Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Samuel Adams and many others.

Restoration project on schedule

July 22, 2011

During Monday night's borough council meeting, Main Street manager Michelle Bogacki reported that the restoration project for the Aiello Building at 205 Main Street in Ridgway, is running according to schedule.
"They are actually on schedule or a little ahead because of the dry weather that we have been having," Bogacki said. "Once they get the roof, windows and building contained they will have their own power source. Right now, they are focusing on the structure."
Bogacki noted that the target date for the building to be structurally sound was projected at six months.

July 20th

Fellow soldiers show highest respect for Ken VanGiesen

July 21, 2011

*This article is part of a special internet edition*

KANE – Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an "improvised explosive device (IED)" exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion. Five others were wounded.

Municipal Authority evaluates wastewater system

July 21, 2011

WILCOX – Manager Jeff Allio from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership [RCAP] out of Meadville evaluated the Jones Township Municipal Authority's rate structure Wednesday night during a board meeting.
RCAP's goal is to help small, rural communities that are seeking to build, maintain or expand their water and wastewater infrastructure by providing training in the financial, managerial and operational areas of water and wastewater systems.

July 19th

Ken VanGiesen, Kane soldier, is killed in Afghanistan

July 20, 2011

*This article is part of a special online edition*

Ken VanGiesen never had any regrets about his decision to join the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after graduating from Kane Area High School in 1999.
"If I had it to do over again, I still would do it," VanGiesen told The Kane Republican in 2005 before the first of his two deployments in Iraq. "I'm proud to be able to do it."
This brave and loyal American lost his life Monday while serving with a National Guard unit in Afghanistan.

ITEC finance questions answered

July 20, 2011

Officials from the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] attended Tuesday morning's Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting to again reiterate the fact that the sale of the Industrial Technology Education Center [ITEC] to the county features no spending of county tax dollars of any kind.
"When ITEC was built in 1997 or 1998, a bond issue was taken out," said Jim Chorney, director of finances for the commission. "The bond issue was backed by Jefferson and Elk counties.

Rohrback bound over on trespass charge

July 20, 2011

ST. MARYS – Connor McKenzie Rohrback, 18, of 200 Neubert St., St. Marys, was held to court on third-degree misdemeanor charges of defiant trespass-posted on school grounds and disorderly conduct-hazardous/physically offensive condition following a preliminary hearing and arraignment at District Judge Donald Wilhelm's office on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilhelm set standard bail at $1,000, which was posted by Rohrback. A formal arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse.

Sheriff's office upgrades software

July 20, 2011

Officials working in the Elk County Sheriff's Office will soon have an easier time thanks to the addition of state-of-the-art software.
Commissioners signed an agreement Tuesday morning with Teleosoft, Inc. for improvements to the sheriff's office totaling $18,900.
"I extend my appreciation to the commissioners for the approval of this contract," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "We're replacing software in our office that is actually DOS-based, pretty much nearly 28 years old.

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