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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tommy Daigle, Route Leader for Bike and Build


Tommy Daigle
charlotte, NC
george mason university

Hello everyone, my name is Tommy Daigle and I will be a leader on the 2007 Providence to Seattle trip. I’m very excited about this opportunity as it combines two of my favorite activities--riding and serving others. So, not being a fan of writing bios, here I go.

I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in music education in 2004. I did my student teaching internship in Fairfax County where I taught strings. Instead of going directly into the public school system I decided to enlist in Americorps and serve with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (NC). I spent the next two years leading groups of volunteers and homeowners in all aspects of residential construction. I loved the mission, the service, the work, and the camaraderie. On the average day everyone on site was friends. On the best days they were family. That’s how powerful the Habitat mission is.

Forced to leave Americorps due to term limits (little known fact-Americorps term limits were set as a clause on the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when it was ratified in 1951. It states that “no one person shall serve more than two terms with any Americorps program unless this person switches programs and the different programs are funded under different heads. Oh, and this person can only receive two ed awards which will be extensively taxed (known as the “service tax” or more commonly the “education tax“) leaving an undue burden when they realized this on April 15 of the next fiscal year. . .” Constitutional scholars have been in heated debate over the language and implications for years; they’re very smart. You shouldn’t bother looking into it.)

I have moved back to Northern Virginia and am working as a bike courier in DC. It’s nothing if not exciting. Other things I’ve been doing since moving back to Virginia: playing cello, traveling, volunteering as a crew leader with Habitat DC as much as possible, obsessively listening to Lucero and reading Hemingway, never eating meat, riding my bike at night, riding my bike in the rain, riding my bike in the rain at night, trying to get back into music, constantly reevaluating my life and future career, trying to make conversation with random people on the street (much, much harder in DC than North Carolina), only getting flats when I have a double deadline rush in my bag, only crashing when lots of people are watching, and voting (7,437 times).

So, after all that I should get to my point. Service should be fun. I’m leading this trip because I see it as a very fun way to continue serving. I’m looking forward to making this trip as smooth as possible for all the riders. I can promise that every new road we turn down and every affiliate that we build at will offer a new adventure. I hope that when all is said and done everyone will again pick up a hammer, get on a bike, and get to work.

Godspeed
tommy

Mike Manning In Witchita, Kansas

Jenn and the kids are at a party today so I hope their having fun and wish I were there. I miss them terribly but I'll be home soon. It is very hard when they call and the kids end up crying by the time the conversation is over, that makes me feel like a jerk sometimes.

I hope they understand what I'm doing as best they can for their age. I am doing this for my kids as well, I want their lives to be lived in a kinder world than we see today. I have to remember that great things do not get accomplished without sacrifice and enthusiasm.

The Harley is going great and I removed a metric ton of bugs from the windshield today, sorry bugs.

This is only a small portion of Mike's post. Click on the link on the lower right margin to read his complete post or to make a donation to Feel The Burn 2007.

New Post From Aaron Faust On The Appalachian Trail

Cruisin' into Pearisburg, VA
by Aaron Faust

Wow! It has been a really long time since my last update. I really apologize for that, but I have been putting in some pretty serious miles, so that is a plus. I am currently in Pearisburg, VA, which is 622.1 miles into the hike! Not that I'm counting or anything!

My last update was Mother's Day, so let me try to recap the events that occurred since then.The rest day in Damascus on the 13th was incredibly necessary, but I really needed to get back moving on the trail. On the 14th of May I had my first amazing wildlife encounter of the trip. About 4 miles into that day's hike I saw my first bear of the trip! I was pretty pumped to see one, although I only saw it for half a second before it shot up into the woods. I had come around a bend in the trail and must have scared it off. It definitley gave me a bit of a scare too, but it was pretty cool!

The hiking out of Damascus that day was great. The trail paralelled the Virginia Creeper Trail for a lot of the day, which was nice because it went along side a beautiful creek. I made good time too and was able to get a little over 15 miles in. Pretty good following an off day!

May 15th was arguably one of the best days of hiking I have had yet. I ascended Mt. Rogers and the Grayson Highlands. The terrain was unbelievable. I really didn't think I was in VA, but rather somewhere out West. It was a rocky and harsh looking environment, but the wild ponies that roam throughout that area made it all worth it. Several of then actually came right up to me and I hand fed them grass I plucked from the meadow. It was very cool.

I also ran into several 2006 thru-hikers who were heading south to Damascus for Trail Days. One, named Energizer Bunny, was from Nazareth, PA. She was an older woman in her 60s and it was pretty obvious how she got her trail name. Her excitement and love for the trail was evident from the moment I met her. Her friend Tinkerbell, also an older woman, decided I needed to be blessed with "Katahdin Dust," so she sprinkled some dust on me and said I would definitley complete the journey now. Another '06er, Sourdough, offered advice for completing the trail. He offered only two phrases: Don't stop and Be happy. Good advice I suppose. It was a great day to be on the trail and I ended up doing over 18 miles. I was out of the Highlands, which was sad, but I felt encouraged by the words of the veteran hikers.

Click on the link on the lower right margin to read the rest of Aaron's post.

Surprise Party For Dr. David Minor To Celebrate 80th Birthday

Dr. David Minor, Senior Pastor of the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, was feted by his family, friends, and members of his church Friday evening at the Olean Banquet Center. Pastors from all over the country were in attendance to tell Dr. Minor what an influence he had had on their lives and ministries. There were about 350 people in attendance to wish him a happy birthday. Pastor David Minor, Jr. presented a slide show of Dr. Minor's life. The congregation presented him with a winter vacation to a warm place for a birthday present. Dr. Minor was picked up by a stretch limo at his home in Coudersport as part of the surprise event.


In the top photo, front row, left to right: David Minor, Jr.,Lorraine Minor, Dr. David Minor, John Minor; Back Row: Stephen Minor, Sharon Richter, Karen Knapp, and Tim Minor.

Bottom Photo: Dr. David Minor embraces Pastor Dominic Puglia of Philadelphia at his surprise 80th birthday party on Friday evening. Pastor Puglia was one of many pastors who traveled hundreds of miles to extend their greetings. Adelphia founder John Rigas was also in attendance.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Mike Posts a Firefighter's Prayer


Candace Blas to Ride with Bike & Build


Candace Blas
Chugiak, AK
Wake Forest University

I got lost on my bike ride today, riding 33 miles instead of the intended 26. It was a new route that I had never taken before and had found in a book. The description in the book was “rolling hills and not recommended during rush hour.” The real life interpretation or the words between the lines was, “extreme hills, random turns in the road, small stretches on a busy highway, and rabid dogs.”
While this may sound like a horrible day, I like to think of it as a learning experience, and for reasons similar to this I have been labeled an optimist many times. I am continually fascinated by life and love to learn anything that might be useful in the future. Today I learned that deviating from the bike route will show me parts of the world that I never imagined witnessing, but that the only way to get back to campus is to stay on the path.
Enough about my day; what I really should be talking about is who I am and why I want to participate in Bike and Build. I have lived in Alaska for the past four years, hiking, biking, and enjoying the outdoors. Throughout high school, I volunteered a lot for the local animal rescue organization as well as with the Kiwanis club at my school. Since my acceptance into the Bike and Build program, I have become very active with the Habitat for Humanity org. on my campus. We have completed one house and are almost finished with a second.
More that giving shelter to families, I believe that the main cause that I will be working for this summer is helping people recognize that there is always a solution to any problem and the importance of maintaining hope.
I heard about the Bike and Build program from a fellow member of the Wake Forest University cycling club. She did the central U.S. trip last summer and could not stop raving about what a wonderful adventure it was. After hearing her enthusiasm, I was certain of my plans for the upcoming summer. I figure that I will just bike home from college.
As a freshman, I am still quite unsure about my major. However, I do know that whatever I chose, I must be helping the world in some fashion. Biking across the U.S.A. and meeting new people is probably exactly what I need to discover my calling, as I will undoubtedly have many hours on the road for self-contemplation. I can’t wait to get started. Cheers!
Candace will be biking through Coudersport on June 19. Click the title to go to the Bike and Build website for more information on this adventure.

Mike Manning in Missouri--Feel The Burn

Mike Manning, cycling across the US to benefit burn survivors is in Missouri. Click on his link on the lower right hand side of this page to go to his latest report. You can donate to this worthy cause on his website. Mike is a Germantown, Ohio firefighter. He was in Coudersport last week.

Don't Forget West End Trailblazers Saturday


Up For Adoption Next Week


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Appeals Court Upholds Rigas Convictions


From WESB News:

News: 05/24/07 -

The fraud conviction of Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son has been upheld. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction today of the 82-year-old Rigas and his son, Timothy J. Rigas, on charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.

The court did reverse their conviction on one lesser count. Lawyers for the men had argued that fraud charges should be thrown out because accounting terms were not explained to the jury. John Rigas, of Coudersport, Pa., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Timothy Rigas, the company's former chief financial officer, was sentenced to 20 years. Both are free pending appeal because a judge decided that the question of whether an accounting expert should have been put before the jury was novel

Mike Manning in Illinois--On Motorcycle

Mike Manning cycling across the US for burn survivors has traded his bicycle for a Harley and is now back on the road. Read his interesting posts and pictures by clicking the link in the lower right margin.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

WHAT TO DO IF 911 DOESN'T WORK?????


Ever since this article about Potter County 911 not working was published here, I have anticipated a reply in the newspapers and here informing citizens of Potter County how to contact emergency services if and when 911 doesn't work.

That was 3 months ago and no effort has been made to inform the population with instructions as what to do.

The preceeding article published today in the Bucks County Courier Times, shows that these systems are not infallible. What will it take to get Potter County Officials to address this situation. Maybe a lawsuit over someone who dies because they can't contact emergency services.

James Jones can be contacted at shurfine40@gmail.com

Friday, February 16, 2007
POTTER COUNTY 911 DIDN'T WORK !!!
by James Jones

I woke up Wednesday morning to a lot of snow, and the state police scanner explaining to their car, on the scene of an accident, that they would have to transport an injured driver to the hospital, because the 911 center in Wellsboro could not dispatch an ambulance, due to malfunctions.

From what I was able to piece together, both the incoming 911 calls and the ability of the 911 center to dispatch fire, police and ambulance service in Potter County were down. I don't know how long this situation existed but it certainly reminded me that residents of Potter County are vulnerable, with the complex microwave system that connects us to the Tioga County 911 center in Wellsboro.

Newspapers, in the last couple of weeks, reported that portions of McKean and Potter Counties were without phone and 911 service for several hours. It reminds me of a situation, some years ago, that I tried to call 911 and found that the call was being directed to Verizon's answering service in Pittsburgh, getting only a recorded message.

As you know, when 911 was initiated in Potter County, all of the local emergency numbers were disconnected.

What does one do if you call 911 and it doesn't work? Are there local numbers to reach firemen, or ambulance personnel? Are there alternate numbers to reach the 911 center by landline or cell phone?

I know the county has a back up center at one of the radio towers, that can be manned when its found that the system is down, but what happens to a fire, ambulance, or police call if nobody has yet discovered the system is down?

It is obvious that we cannot expect the 911 system to be 100 percent infallable, but, residents should be supplied with alternate numbers to call the Tioga center, local police, fire, and ambulance, and procedure to follow if the 911 system is down.

Lets not wait until someone dies, to plug this gap in our homeland security!!

Allegheny County Finds WHY 911 Failed For 7 Hours


PITTSBURGH - An Allegheny County audit blamed a seven-hour 911 outage that blocked 217 calls on the network's designer, substandard maintenance by a contractor, and human error.

The audit of the Oct. 25 outage found that L. Robert Kimball & Associates of Ebensburg, failed to provide proper operational guidance and that system maintenance, by Embarq Inc. of Overland Park, Kan., was "substandard."

"The county, Kimball and Associates and Embarq have all allowed the 911 system to operate without effective processes or controls," county Controller Mark Flaherty said Wednesday.
The 911 system crashed after it received a call from an unrecognized phone number. The system is supposed to forward such calls to a human operator, but the call instead bounced between the main computer and a backup unit.

That happened because an Embarq technician didn't remove test programming used during system during maintenance in July, the audit found. The continuous loop that resulting from the bouncing call blocked other calls and technicians were not alerted because the system does not have an alarm for such situations.

Cell phone calls to the 911 center were answered normally because they aren't routed the same way.

Flaherty made 39 recommendations to prevent a recurrence.
County emergency services chief Bob Full said some of the issues raised have already been addressed.

The county's 911 system, Full said, "is of the most robust and most state-of-the-art that still exists around this country."


Galeton Water OK

The Boil Water Order for Galeton has been lifted.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Earl Chesson, Jr. To Ride With Bike and Build


Earl (Win) Chesson, JR

Chapel Hill, NC

UNC - Chapel Hill

My interest in completing a Bike and Build mission began over a year ago when my sister's close friend, Lindsay Michel (a trip leader for the NC2SD route), returned raving about her wonderful summer experiences with this organization. I had just returned from a semester in Amsterdam—a biker’s paradise. There I had a serious love affair with “Fiets,” a one-geared bicycle, and returned home committed to maintaining cycling as my primary form of transportation. Bike and Build sounded perfect.


I enjoy new adventures. I spent a gap year between high school and college expanding my world and worldview. During that time I explored Alaska’s Prince William Sound by kayak, completed an international language immersion program in southern Spain, studied Italian art history on location, and reached the summit of Mount Kenya during a semester in East Africa with the National Outdoor Leadership School.


Right now I’m a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – where I was born and raised. I’ve remained in this wonderful town to pursue degrees in International Relations, Women’s Studies, and Sexuality Studies. Outside the classroom my interests include brunch, postcards, swimming, journaling, and the feeling you get when water drips down your ear. I also enjoy advocating myriad social justice causes from Darfur divestment and anti-war civil disobedience to gender-neutral restrooms campaigns and queer kiss-ins. I’m eager to expand this work to include affordable housing and poverty eradication.


Bike and Build combines several of my passions: commitment to social justice through service and education; travel; environmentally sustainable transportation; enormous physical and mental challenge. As participants cycling cross-country, the Bike and Build program offers a supportive outlet that empowers us to both give back and learn from communities as we learn about ourselves. In this pursuit, I hope to contribute warm feminist energy, abundant enthusiasm, and undiluted delight about a summer spent outdoors.

Happy pedaling,

Win


Earl will be staying in Coudersport on June 19th on his way across the US with Bike and Build.

Click on the title for the complete story from Bike and Build's website.

Boil Water In Galeton

WFRM reports:

Galeton Borough residents are advised to boil water until further notice due to a water main break.

Shinglehouse Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide

From Williamsport Sun Gazette:

COUDERSPORT — Shootings that left a Potter County woman and man dead Sunday morning have been ruled a murder-suicide, state police said.

David Paul Mesler, 36, of Shinglehouse shot his ex-girlfriend Kelly Jo Sherwood, 35, of Eldred three times in the abdomen with a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle along a wooded area near Wild Cat Road in Sharon Township, Potter County, according to Trooper Glenn C. Drake II. He then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Their bodies were found in a truck parked outside Mesler’s residence about 9:15 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Autopsies were done in Erie Monday, according to Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury.

Mesler is believed to have taken his brother’s truck and a gun from his father’s gun cabinet, police said.

He met Sherwood as she was opening the Roadside Tavern in Shinglehouse about 6 a.m. and got into her vehicle at the bar parking lot at Route 44 and Horse Run Road, police said.Her vehicle was found in a wooded lot a short distance in the woods on a hill behind his parent’s home on Wild Cat Road. He was staying with his parents since moving out of Sherwood’s residence in Eldred, police said.

After shooting Sherwood, Mesler shot himself twice, once in the upper abdomen and the second time in the chest. Mesler died after Sherwood.Dusenbury determined both died as a result of multiple gunshots. He pronounced both dead at the scene.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Katie Bolen to Ride with Bike and Build


Katherine Bolin
East Brunswick, NJ
Cornell University

My name is Katie Bolin and I am a senior at Cornell University majoring in Operations Research Engineering. In essence, my classes are centered on optimization and statistics studying how to make business operations more efficient. I chose this field since it is well suited to my interests, specifically my penchant for optimal design and organization.
Before hearing about Bike and Build, I was looking forward to my graduation in May but now I'm anxious for the start of my trip. In fact, I could not think of a better way to end my four years of volunteering with Cornell Habitat for Humanity. My involvement began with my interest in architecture but it has grown with each house dedication ceremony.
I have worked on four different houses in upstate New York and recently served as our campus chapter’s President. My interest in Habitat for Humanity has actually inspired me to travel down the coast during my spring break each year to volunteer with other affiliates. This has included working in Washington D.C., Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Americus, G.A. Each site had its own flavor which made the experience unique each year.
At the time, I also considered driving in a 15-person van for 26 hours an achievement, but traveling for two months on a bike across country will be a true feat. As far as cycling goes, most of my experiences are childhood memories including the first time I broke my arm. I do not believe that is why I ever stopped riding my bike; instead I have always had a proclivity for long distance running.
I ran cross country and track in high school and continue to run today despite the snow and hilly Ithaca terrain. Last spring, I completed my first half marathon and now can conclude that cycling across country is almost certainly the better alternative. I am originally from East Brunswick, NJ which is equidistant to New York City and to the shore. However, I am preferential to the city scene.
This inclination is better for my fair skin and is probably a result of my childhood filled with trips to see Broadway plays, museum exhibits, and to go on various tours. The exposure must have rubbed off on me because I decided to become a campus tour guide at Cornell.
I enjoy learning all the fun facts about the university, practicing my public speaking skills, and meeting prospective students. Fighting substandard housing is a cause I feel strongly about and I know this will be a great opportunity to help the community. I just need to pack a lot of suntan lotion, and I’ll be there!
Katie will be riding across the US and stopping in Coudersport on June 19, 2007. Click on the title to go to the Bike and Build website for the whole story.

Cougar In Wellsboro?

May 21, 2007

by George OsgoodStar-Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

WELLSBORO – A mountain lion in Wellsboro?Maybe.Four people said they saw a mountain lion (also called a puma or a cougar) on Saturday morning in a grassy area next to the old St. Peter’s Catholic Church on upper Pearl Street.

Wellsboro Police were dispatched to an alleged cougar sighting there shortly after 8 a.m.“My son-in-law was going out to Dunkin Donuts, and he went outside and he saw it and he came back in and told us,” said Mary Antoniw of 81-1/2 Pearl St. “We looked out and we saw it, too. We watched it for a long time.“It was large, kind of orangish in color, and it had a very long tail,” Antoniw said. “I knew what it was.”The creature was across Pearl Street from Antoniw’s house, about 50 feet away, and it moved in and out of brush. Her son-in-law, Martin Ostapovich Jr., went to Dunkin Donuts and came back about 15 minutes later and it was still there, she said. In addition, Antoniw’s daughter, Nicole Ostapovich and her son, Martin, 5, also saw the big cat, she said.

There were also several deer in the grassy area, Antoniw said.“I know what I saw,” Antoniw said. “I know what a bobcat looks like. And I know a bobcat doesn’t have a long tail. Plus, this was bigger. Eventually, it went back into the woods.”

Wellsboro patrol officer Samuel M. DeLosa responded to the call with the patrol car’s camera running, hoping to catch the cat on tape. But no such luck.“All I saw was four deer and a woodchuck,” he said.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission contends that there is no native cougar population in Pennsylvania, although it is possible that cougars imported from western states and released illegally may be wandering Penn’s Woods.

Shinglehouse Shooting Victims Identified-Homicide Investigation Pursued

Shootings leave two dead in Potter County by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The bodies of a man and woman who had been shot numerous times were found in a vehicle parked on a rural road in Potter County Sunday morning, according to state police at Coudersport

Kelly Jo Sherwood, 35, of Eldred and David P. Mesler, 36, of Shinglehouse were found together in the car parked in the 100 block of Wildcat Road in Sharon Township about 9 a.m., according to a news release by Trooper Glenn Drake.

Police investigators don’t say who found their bodies, but the two appeared to have died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Drake.

The news release said a homicide investigation was under way. It didn’t indicate whether the shots were fired from outside or inside the vehicle.

Drake, who is the acting investigating officer on the case, was unavailable for comment Sunday night.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bodies Found In Sharon Township

May 20, 2007 As reported in the Elmira Star Gazette

SHINGLEHOUSE – State police continued to investigate this afternoon the discovery of two bodies outside a home in Sharon Township in northwestern Potter County.

State troopers from stations at Denton Hill and Emporium were on the scene along Wildcat Road, along with Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenberry.

The bodies are those of a man and woman, and they had been shot to death, police said. They had not determined this afternoon whether the deaths were the result of suicide, homicide or murder-suicide. The bodies remained at the scene until mid-afternoon, when they were moved to Charles Cole Hospital near Coudersport.

A family member of one of the victims reported the deaths shortly after 9 this morning.

Sam Carmichael To Ride With Bike and Build


Sam Carmichael
Brattleboro, VT
Brown University

I miss spending all day outside. I'm a senior here at Brown, and it seems like I've spent much of the last four years in libraries, classrooms, and under roofs avoiding the "slush belt" weather so prevalent in this part of the country.
That's not an entirely bad thing, but there's something sacred about being outside all day, every day. I experienced this during three summers of landscaping and housepainting, and I want it again. But this summer I want to do that while seeing the country, working hard, and getting to know other college students who share my passion for service and adventure.
I was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont, land of snow-filled winters and deep-green summers. Growing up I spent days outside, hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
I was also consumed by music-- first with classical piano, then jazz, then fingerstyle guitar. To this day music is my greatest passion. While at Brown, I've played music in bands and jazz ensembles, as well as leading the Brown Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a cappella group. I've also developed a love of writing; I'm an English major working on a thesis about race and jazz in America.
My parents are both teachers, and my father worked for years as a contractor. When I was 15, my family bought a little chunk of land at the top of a hill in the Green Mountains, and we spent the summer building a house my dad had designed. That summer I discovered the joy of crafting something from nothing, and I'm still astounded by how quickly and affordably the house came together.
I've had trouble reconciling that experience with the state of affordable housing in America-- if my family could build a comfortable home quickly and affordably, why couldn't everyone?When I played on Brown's Ultimate Frisbee team freshman year, my teammates were raving about this "new, cool summer program" called Bike & Build ("Basically, you ride a bike across the country and work on Habitat projects and eat, like, DOZENS of PB&J sandwiches a day. It's awesome.") Ever since I heard that rousing endorsement I've entertained the thought of going on a trip, and now I finally can.
This summer I hope to experience the same joy in working with my hands to create homes from scratch, this time for a terrific cause. To do it while riding across the country will only heighten the visibility and public awareness for Habitat and for affordable housing in general. I can't wait to hit the road.
Click on the title to see the details of this cross country bike ride for affordable housing. Sam will be coming to Coudersport on June 19, 2007.

Feel the Burn At Coudersport Fire Hall


Mike Manning who was riding his bike across the US for burn survivors, posted this picture from the Coudersport Fire Hall, on his website today along with a new schedule for the rest of his trip.


Mike was forced to abandon his bicycle trip near Mansfield, due to an injury, and was picked up and brought to Coudersport with the aid of Coudersport's Fire Chief.


Mike was back in his hometown of Germantown, Ohio this weekend. He will be finishing his cross country trip on a motorcycle borrowed from his Fire Chief in Germantown. His goal is to raise $100,000.00 for burn survivors.


To donate or see Mike's updated schedule, Click the title or the link on the lower right margin.

Brush Fire Reported Just South of Potter Line

Brush fire scorches 3 acres in northern part of county from the Williamsport Sun Gazette
By ERIC LONG elong@sungazette.com
An evening brush fire in northern Lycoming County, just south of the Potter County line, Saturday evening scorched several acres of forestland and threatened a state forest camp building.

Fire crews from Black Forest, Brown Township, Waterville and Pine Creek volunteer fire companies in Lycoming County, along with Kettle Creek and Haneyville fire companies in Clinton County, battled the blaze just off Route 44, two miles north of the Black Forest Inn, in Lycoming County.

Click the link in the lower Right margin to read the Williamsport Sun Gazette

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! And they may be found in our area
By DAVID KAGAN Sun-Gazette Correspondent

MILL HALL — About halfway between Mill Hall and Beech Creek in Clinton County, just off Route 150, is Bechdel’s Birds and Beasts. Charles Bechdel started this little-known zoo back in the 1970s because, as he said, “I just love animals.”

Click on the title of this article to read this story in the Williamsport Sun Gazette.