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Saturday, August 25, 2007


Songwriter’s Roundtable for Saturday, September 1st

This month’s Songwriter’s Roundtable at Ski Denton will feature “The Kennedys”, http://www.kennedysmusic.com , a dynamic songwriting and performing duo with many awards and accolades from the music world. Pete and Maura Kennedy met in 1992 at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.

Maura was playing in an Austin band called the Delta Rays and Pete was playing a solo gig, taking a break from Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. They quickly became inseparable, and when Nancy Griffith needed to replace Iris Dement as a harmony singer, she needed to look no further than the significant other of her lead guitar player.

They went on tour with her to Ireland and upon finding out that they were opening for her as a duo, quickly wrote some songs, the first of which became the title track for their first album, “River of Fallen Stars”. Pete and Maura’s knowledge of music is encyclopedic, and their abilities are boundless, but what often strikes an audience right away is their on stage relationship. When asked about the pressures of living, working and constantly travelling with one's spouse, they will tell you that they are blessed to be able to do the thing they love without being separated from the person they love.

Opening for the Kennedys will be Ithaca Songwriter “Linda Stout” http://www.lindastout.com , back by popular demand of the Roundtable audience. Linda melds elements of Jazz, Pop and Folk to create some unique and personal music, and her songs can touch the listener deeply. Her songs also show the influence of her favorite poets, and in fact Linda has set the lyrics of Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost poems to music on more than one occasion.

Also opening the second set are “The Cherry Tree Laners”, featuring Gabe and Eli reprising their well received but impromptu performance from our fund raiser last year. These young lads stole the show, and may just have launched a career!

The show at Ski Denton http://www.skidenton.com will again feature home cooked dinners by Julie and Linda beginning at 5:00pm for $8, kids $5, with the show starting at 7:00pm for $10, kids $5.

The show is hosted by local songwriters Eppie Bailey and Steve Quelet of Jakob’s Hollow http://www.jakobshollow.com .

For more information about the Songwriter’s Roundtable, visit the Roundtable website at http://www.songwritersroundtable.com .

Storm Blows Down Trees--Wires In Bradford Area

A severe thunderstorm has downed many trees and wires in the Bradford Area. The weather service has issued a warning for this storm heading northeast at 30 miles per hour. Radar images indicate the bulk of the storm is moving toward the Eldred area, with lesser amounts in the Smethport, Port Allegany corridor. Residents should watch the weather channel for updates and follow the weather radar on your computer. Radio reports indicate trees and power lines down now in the Eldred area.
WESB News: 08/25/07 - Storm Ravages Area -- 8:30 pm Update
A quick-moving storm with destructive winds knocked trees into several houses, vehicles and streets in and around Bradford, and knocked out power in some parts of town.

Among the hardest hit areas were East Main Street and its side streets. A tree in front of The Learning Center brought power lines down with it. A tree in front of the YMCA knocked the traffic light on the corner off its post. City Electrician Terry Kornacki said he was glad it was as easy to fix as it was. Crews had it replaced and in working order in less than an hour. As of 7:30 p.m., he said that was the only city-related power outage he knew of.

The rest, he said, were Penelec-related. Traffic on East Main Street near the Eagles Club was down to one lane because a tree was blocking the other lane. A tree also blocked Bolivar Drive on the Uni-Mart side of the intersection with Seaward Avenue.

City DPW crews along with city, township and Limestone fire department personnel are cleaning up the debris. Bradford Special Police are directing traffic in the affected areas.

Head On Crash In Smethport Borough

A head on collision between a garbage truck and a pickup truck was reported on East Main Street in Smethport at 9:15 this morning. Early radio reports indicated at least one injury with entrapment. Fire and ambulance personnel are on scene.

Friday, August 24, 2007


Deloitte Backs Off Rigas Family

Deloitte forks over $168 million

Cable360AM — News briefing for Friday, August 24 »

Deloitte Touche has dropped all remaining claims against the Rigas family. The accounting firm had filed suit against the family, which founded and controlled Adelphia Communications, alleging fraud and misrepresentation.

Last week, a judge in Philadelphia had dismissed one of Deloitte's three claims, and the remaining claims were slated for a trial in early September.

The news comes about a week after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved a settlement regarding a lawsuit Adelphia had filed against Deloitte. As a consequence of the settlement, Deloitte will pay $167.5 million to a trust to pursue litigation on behalf of Adelphia.

After Deloitte announced it was dropping claims, James Rigas said his family believes it is entitled to a full trial, and asked his lawyers to request the court for one.

Allegheny Moon Over Roulette, Pennsylvania

WFRM Reports Area Incidents

State police at Mansfield have charged 21 year old Stephen Diehl of Willow Street, PA with disorderly conduct for the incident which took place last Sunday afternoon near the Welcome Center in Tioga Township. Authorities claim Diehl, ran naked across all lanes of Route 15 and climbed a rock cliff, before falling some 250 feet to the ground. Diehl is recovering at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

A couple of criminal mischief incidents are being probed by troopers here. Vandals dumped two piles of broken glass in Philip Urban’s driveway on Lehigh Drive in Eulalia Township Wednesday night between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. causing the right front tire on Urban’s truck to go flat .And criminals caused $250 in damage to a screen and window at a camp located on the Dogtown Road in Genesee Township earlier this week. The camp is owned by Timothy Darrenkamp of Mountville, PA.

The BRADFORD ERA is reporting today that Deloitte and Touche, Adelphia’s former accounting firm, has withdrawn all its charges filed against the Rigas family relating to the accounting scandal which resulted in the cable giant’s bankruptcy and the conviction of John and Timothy Rigas. The action, coming just a couple of weeks before the matter was to go to trial, effectively prevents the Rigases from defending themselves. Family members are quoted as saying that they have asked the court to require a trial anyway so that they will have their day in court.

A couple of area residents will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty in Potter County Court to various charges. George Sams, 38, of Austin pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident taking place this past March 2. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Sams who had been drinking, beat on his neighbor’s door repeatedly. The victim’s brother came to the house and told Sams to leave his sister alone. When she and her brother left the house to go to the brother’s house for the night, Sams tailgated them, swerved back forth on the road and made obscene gestures toward them. The victim’s brother copied down the defendant’s license plate number and notified police. He’ll be sentenced on September 5.

Derick Taft, 22, of Oswayo will be sentenced on September 19 after pleading guilty to DUI. He was arrested on January 19 by State Police who came upon his car stopped in the middle of an intersection at a red light in Coudersport. Taft backed up and almost hit the patrol car. When police questioned him, they determined he was driving under the influence and chemical testing revealed an alcohol level twice the legal limit.

Roulette Business To Offer Coffee--Newspapers

Beginning Monday, August 27, the "New You Salon" on River Street in the Village of Roulette will open at 6:00 am offering coffee and a selection of area newspapers.

The Salon is attempting to fill the void left with the closing of Faith's Cafe, a few weeks ago, which was the only location in the community offering local newspapers for sale, and a location where locals could share coffee and conversation.

Women's Outreach Breakfast Saturday At Tabernacle

A Women's Outreach Breakfast is scheduled at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2007.

5 Reported Injured In McKean County Accident

An automobile accident located at Route 219 and Route 59 in neighboring McKean County, brought several ambulances and medics to the scene around 4:00 pm where 5 injuries were reported.
Update--WESB News: 08/25/07 - Accident at Tack's Inn
Six people were hurt in an accident at the intersection of routes 219 and 59 Friday afternoon. Police say a pickup truck driven by Steven Alcock of Crosby hit a limousine driven by Fred Bradford of West Decatur. The limo then hit a truck parked in the Tack's Inn parking lot.

Two passengers in the limo, Kevin Bush of Osceola Mills and Donald Reader Jr of Houtzdale suffered moderate injures and were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Two other passengers, Jeffrey Krause of Clearfield and Robert Karuse of Oscela Mills were treated at Kane Community Hospital, then released. The drivers suffered minor injuries.

Police say Alcock will be cited for a traffic violation.

Senecas Put Up Signs on Thruway

The Seneca Nation of Indians has built signs along a western stretch of the New York State Thruway welcoming motorists to sovereign territory. The signs posted on both sides of Interstate 90 about 25 miles south of Buffalo, alert drivers that they're entering and leaving land controlled by the Seneca tribe.

The signs also tell motorists that a fee is being assessed for their passage through Seneca lands and is paid by New York State.

In June, tribal leaders announced that they had rescinded a 50-year-old agreement with the state that allowed the Thruway to be built across a stretch of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

They say they are also charging the state a one-dollar toll for each car that crosses their part of the Thruway, and then sent Governor Spitzer a bill for more $2 million. Friday, the tribe announced that the bill has risen to more than $4 million. From WESB Radio News

Causer Hosts Meeting on Timber Management, Habitat Policies

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced that the House Game and Fisheries Committee and House Republican Policy Committee will be in Bradford next week for an informational meeting to discuss timber management, reforestation and habitat policies of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
The lawmakers will also visit a local forestry project to see the impact of these policies firsthand.
“Timber management and reforestation are clearly priorities for our region, and they should be priorities for our Commonwealth as a whole, as they impact our economy," Causer said. “What we need is a balanced approach that ensures the success of our timber industry while at the same time protecting the interests of local sportsmen and the tourism industry.
“I encourage everyone who is interested in this issue to attend the meeting," he added.
Causer said a panel discussion involving members of the forestry community and sportsmen will be held on Thursday evening, Aug. 30, from 7-9 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in Blaisdell Hall.
The following morning, lawmakers will visit a local forestry project to see enclosures erected to keep wildlife out of certain areas and how the enclosures impact those areas, versus the impact wildlife has on the non-enclosed areas.
For more information, contact Causer’s office in Bradford at 814-362-4400.
Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 362-4400
(717) 787-5075
www.RepCauser.com

Causer Announces Tuna Valley Trail Grant

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today presented a $15,000 grant to the Tuna Valley Trail Association to help build a walking bridge over Bennett Brook.
“There is no better place to enjoy the great outdoors than in Bradford and McKean County, and that is due in large part to the good work of the Tuna Valley Trail Association," Causer said. “The trail system they’ve developed provides ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery, wildlife and natural resources that surround us, and it’s a great way for people to get some much-needed exercise."
The proposed bridge will extend the existing 1.5-mile Richard E. McDowell Community Trail from Onofrio Street into the City of Bradford historic district. It will enhance existing trail use opportunities for patrons of the Bradford Senior Center, youth that use the Kessell Athletic Field, and students and faculty of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Causer worked with the trail association and the Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau to obtain the grant.
Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 362-4400
(717) 787-5075
www.RepCauser.com

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Applications for Fire, Ambulance Service Grants Available Soon, Says Causer

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is reminding leaders of area volunteer fire departments and ambulance service units of the window to apply for thousands of dollars in state grant funding.
Starting Aug. 28, volunteer fire companies and ambulance service units can apply for the grants by visiting the Web site of the Office of the State Fire Commissioner at osfc.state.pa.us. The window to submit grant proposals lasts until 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Grants are used to improve and enhance capabilities of vital emergency preparedness services such as construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.
The General Assembly, noting the popularity and need for this program, recently passed Act 10 of 2007, establishing funding for two fiscal years: 2006-07 and 2007-08.
This act changed the program in several important ways. First, funding has been doubled for this year, totaling $50 million in funds. In years past, the amount has been $25 million. The maximum grant request for this year’s program is double as well—$30,000 for volunteer fire companies and $20,000 for volunteer ambulance services.
Next year, however, grant funding levels will return to previous levels—$15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services, a total of $25 million to be given to volunteer fire and ambulance companies.
Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 362-4400
(717) 787-5075
www.RepCauser.com

Gerry Shimkanin, 35 of Ulysses, was given a sentence of 30 days to six months and ordered to pay an $800 fine; perform 25 hours of community service, make restitution, attend safe driving school, undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow through with treatment recommendations after being convicted of DUI and summary traffic offenses.

Shimkanin was arrested this past January 31 when his vehicle crossed both lanes of Route 49 in Mills and struck a tree. His blood alcohol level was slightly above the legal limit at .10%

State police here have charged 20 year old Travis Marsh of North Hollow Road and 30 year old Wendy Nicka of W. Branch Dingman Run Road with possession of cocaine, marijuana and accompanying paraphernalia following a traffic stop taking place on the night of July 18 in Coudersport. Marsh was also charged with DUI. Information from WFRM News

State Trooper Shoots Aggressive Dog

A Smethport woman has been charged with confinement of dogs and harboring dangerous dogs, after her pit bull-type dog chased a state trooper at around 8 o'clock this morning.

Police say they received numerous complaints of a male dog that was acting aggressively in the Hilton Avenue neighborhood of Kassandra Hunt.

Police say while waiting for Hunt and a representative from the SPCA to arrive, the dog aggressively pursued a state trooper, who shot and killed the dog.

From WESB Radio

Re-Consideration of PIC Shutdown

Governor Ed Rendell has announced he is creating a bipartisan ad-hoc committee to review a plan by Pennsylvania State Police to take its computerized criminal history background check system off-line for an upgrade.

State Police plan to shut down the system from 6 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 2 until Thursday, Sept. 6, at noon, for the first major upgrade since the database was created in 1981. During that system shutdown, no approvals for firearms purchases can be made.

Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says he's glad the governor "saw the wisdom" in taking another look at the PIC shutdown. From WESB Radio

Condition Of Nude Rock Climber Improves

TIOGA, PA.
The condition of a downstate man who climbed a cliff near the U.S. Route 15 Welcome Center naked Sunday afternoon, then fell, improved from critical to serious Wednesday.

Steven Diehl, 21, of Willow Street, Pa., south of Lancaster, continued to receive treatment in an intensive care unit today at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Police did not have any information on why the man was climbing nude.

State police at Mansfield received a call about a nude man near the Welcome Center about 1:50 p.m. Sunday. Troopers who responded found Diehl climbing a rock-cut along the east berm of Route 15, north of the Welcome Center.

Diehl apparently lost his footing and fell down the face of the cut. A medical helicopter flew him from the scene to Geisinger. From the Elmira Star Gazette

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Vandals Trash Car In Sweden Valley

WFRM Reports:
A criminal mischief taking place over the past several months on Robyn Lane in Sweden Valley is being investigated by state police here.

Vandals slashed the tires; keyed the paint and poured sugar into the engine of a 1997 Ford Expedition owned by Scott Bundy.

Prescription Discount Card For Potter County Residents

The Potter County Commissioners have launched a prescription discount card that can be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, and are accepted by most of the county’s pharmacies.

A national network of more than 57,000 participating pharmacies also honor the National Association of Counties discount card. Participating pharmacies give a 20% discount on prescriptions, even for pet medications.

There is no enrollment process or membership fee and the cards are available at the Court House, Senior Centers, area pharmacies, hospitals, etc.

For more information, call the commissioners office at 274-8290.

Information from WFRM

No Gun Sales Allowed Sept. 2-6 In Pennsylvania

WFRM Reports:

State Police have ordered a four-day freeze on gun sales to allow them to update the computer system used for processing background checks .

Gun dealers are required to do a background check on anyone who wants to buy a gun, but they won't be able to do it between September 2 and 6, because that's when State Police plan to take the system offline .

State lawmakers are asking State Police to postpone the sales freeze, so hunters aren't inconvenienced. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati who represents the WFRM listening area is one of those lawmakers who says there ought to be another way to upgrade the system.

But a spokesman for Governor Rendell says early September is the best time to fix the computer system used to process background checks.

Recent Potter County Court Action

28 year old Jason Critchfield of Coudersport was ordered to spend one to 19 months in jail; perform 25 hours of community service, undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow recommended treatment, pay all costs and fees after being convicted of attempting to acquire a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

Potter County DA Dawn Fink explained that Critchfield was arrested this past January 25 when a pharmacist at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy tipped off borough police that Critchfield tried to obtain a prescription for Vicodin which was not written for him.

He admitted to police the prescription was not for him but said he needed it for the pain in his leg.

And, 21 year old Charles Marsh was ordered to spend six to 18 months in jail, perform 25 hours of community service, pay all costs and fees for DUI and summary traffic violations.

He was arrested in September 2006 after state police were called to an underage drinking party in Roulette and admitted to officers that he had been drinking.

Troopers were recalled to the location later that evening and observed Marsh driving a vehicle without the lights on and failing to use a turn signal. He was subsequently arrested for DUI.

Information from WFRM

Ethanol Plant To Be Built In Clearfield Boro

CLEARFIELD - It's official. BioEnergy International LLC will be building its plant in Clearfield Borough.

At Tuesday's Clearfield County Commissioner's meeting. Commissioner Rex Read spoke about BioEnergy's decision, which was announced during state Camille "Bud" George Day picnic last week honoring the area's state House representative.

Read said the commissioners commended Sam McConnell and Corrine Young of BioEnergy, as well as Rob Swales and the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation, on their efforts to find a suitable site for the Bionol Clearfield LLC ethanol plant.

"I feel that when we look back, we'll see this was the turning point in the area economy," Read said.

"It really demonstrated their commitment to the county and to Clearfield Borough that they worked so hard with the local people," McCracken said. "There was excellent communication between the people of BioEnergy and with the local people."

Read also said when the past board of commissioners received a grant to clean up the brownfield site of the former Harbison-Walker brick yard and turn it into the Clearfield Technology Park, they had envisioned a large-scale business of this type going into the area.

"It was those forward-looking people who worked with the state to clean up the site," Commissioner Mike Lytle said of the efforts to create the technology park.

BioEnergy is looking to build a 108 million-gallon-per-year conventional technology plant to produce corn-based ethanol and a smaller pilot ethanol plant using ethanol produced using plant cellulose. The key feature of the project is a five-year sales agreement for the ethanol produced in Clearfield County with Getty Petroleum and Marketing.

But the plan still has a long way to go before construction can begin. Bioenergy still needs to obtain the proper permits from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, PennDOT, and other agencies.

BioEnergy is looking to build a corn-based ethanol production plant along with a smaller pilot plant using a newer technology to produce ethanol from cellulose plant materials, such as saw grass.

From DuBois Courier Express

Google Earth--New Virtual Telescope

Google has introduced a new feature on Google Earth where you can access the stars with a virtual telescope. Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/

08/22/07 - Juveniles Steal Cigarettes in Potter Co. Four juveniles are facing charges after styealing cigarettes from Kosa’s Kountry Market in Ulysses Monday night. State Police say that a 16 year-old male, two 15-year-old males and a 14 year old were all arrested in connection with the theft. The four have been turned over to Potter County Probation office. From WESB Radio

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Terra Curtis Back On The Road


Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Somebody said, "Today's the day."

Leaving Seattle today, shooting for the 10:15am ferry to Bremerton. Should arrive by 11:15 and then start the 75 mile ride to Elma, where I'll be staying the night at Elma RV park. Tomorrow, shooting for Lewis and Clark State Park.

I'll have my cell phone the entire way. I don't have a mailing address yet, but you can send things to:

General Delivery
ATTN: Terra Curtis
San Francisco, CA 94142
*Make sure you note on the bottom: Please hold for pickup by Sept. 12, 2007

I'll be able to pick up mail once I reach SF. My email will still be out there, too, I just won't have very frequent access. (terra.curtis@gmail.com)

Here goes!

Troopers--Most ATV Crashes Caused By Careless Or Reckless Operators


WFRM Reports:

Coudersport-based state police say that an analysis of ATV crashes investigated by their department shows an increasing trend of both private property ATV crashes and on-r0ad crashes.

While specific numbers are not currently available, troopers say none of the crashes they have investigated were caused by mechanical problems or weather conditions.

Most of the crashes have resulted from careless or reckless operation while the operator was intoxicated or was exceeding his or her experience level.

State police advise all ATV riders to participate in an ATV safety class. Class schedules are available at all ATV dealerships.

Operators are reminded that all riders less than 16 years of age are required by law to complete the safety class prior to riding on any property owned by someone else.

Also, it’s illegal to operate ATV’s on roadways unless the township has passed ordinances allowing ATVs. But even if the township has passed the ordinance, the roads must be properly signed, the operator must have a regular driver’s license and wear a helmet and the ATV must be registered and insured and the operator must follow all traffic laws.

ATV’s are not allowed on any state road and troopers say they will issue citations for any violations of ATV laws.

Update On Tauscher Mountain Crash

A Jacksonsville, Florida man received moderate injuries when his motor home wrecked Monday morning on Tauscher Hill Road in Allegany Township.

State police said the brakes on Francis Griswold’s 1972 Winnebago failed while headed north causing it to travel about 110 feet through a dirt pull off area, go down a ten foot embankment and strike a felled tree in a grassy field where it came to rest.

Griswold was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance.

8/21/07 - Investigators Looking into Friar's Death

Investigators believe weather may have played a role in the death of St. Bonaventure University's Father Greg Brennan, whose body was found in the Kinzua Reservoir on Monday.

An autopsy is scheduled for today. Investigators say it's still unclear how Brennan and his boat got separated, but they do not suspect foul play. Brennan came to St. Bonaventure 21 years ago and worked in the college's business and finance offices. He was also pastor of St. Pacificus Church in Humprhey.

Information from WESB Radio

Burglaries Reported In Roulette And Genesee

A couple of recent burglaries are being investigated by state police here. Sometime last week thieves made off with an undisclosed sum of money from the home of Edwin Reigh and Joan Williams on Hester Avenue in the village of Roulette.

Burglars rummaged through some CDs and DVD’s at the home of Derek Wright and Emily Martin on the Hickox Road in Genesee between 10:30 Saturday night and 3:30 Sunday afternoon but apparently took nothing. Entry was made through a rear window.

Information from WFRM

08/21/07 - 15-Year-Old Bradford Girl Missing

A 15-year-old Bradford girl is missing after running away from a group home in Olean Monday evening. Police say the girl cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet she was wearing.

The girl is 4 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 89 pounds. She has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the word "Tool" written on the front and a wrench design on the back.

Anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts is asked to contact Olean police.

Information from WESB

Terra Curtis Posts--Continues Biking


Monday, August 20, 2007

S-E-A-T-T-L-E, we just biked across the country!

And now I'm about to leave. I'm here in West Seattle, where I've been staying since our group arrival in Seattle one week ago today. The last mile of the ride in was indescribable; we were all chanting and yelling and flying down a huge windy hill to meet the ocean in Golden Gardens park, flanked by our families and friends yelling and chanting and squirting champagne on us, too. After a couple really successful and productive days building on Vashon Island, most of the group dispersed and made their way elsewhere. I've been lucky enough to be hosted by Erin Kinneen, a P2S04 alum who lives here in W. Seattle now. The generosity I continue to experience in this country has been an eye opener, and one that makes me want to find some permanence again soon so I may, too, offer a roof or a meal to those passing through.

As for me, I'm biking out of here tomorrow, taking a ferry to Bremerton and will head south hopefully as far as Elma tomorrow night, where I plan to stay at an RV park there. I just spoke with Frida from the Elma RV park and she seemed really excited and enthusiastic about bikers and biking, so I hope I am able to make it the 70-75 miles from Bremerton by dusk. The next day I'm looking to get to Lewis and Clark state park, where camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis (I'm thinking free as well). From there I'm not too sure, but according to the forecast and a few locals' thoughts, the sun should be coming back out sometime tomorrow. It's been sort of rainy ever since my fellow B&Bers left. Ironic?

Sorry to not post any photos right now. I'm sitting in a cafe and without my camera. I also haven't taken many photos in the last week. After arriving, I think I preferred to just live in every moment rather than through the perspective of a photographer. As soon as I can, I'll get some photos up.

WESB News: 08/21/07 - Genesee Home Entered Twice
A Genesee couple’s home was burglarized twice over the weekend. State Police say someone entered the home of Derek Wright and Emily Martin Saturday night between 9am and 10:30pm. Police say the home was entered again Sunday between 11:30am and 3:30pm. The person rummaged through CDs and DVDs, but didn’t take anything.

WESB News: 08/21/07 - Friar Brennan Found in Dead in Reservoir

Police found the body of missing Roman Catholic priest Rev. Gregory Brennan Monday in the Kinzua Reservoir. The 56 year-old Brennan was reported missing by officials at St. Bonaventure University after he failed to return from a boating trip Saturday on the reservoir.

His damaged, 19-foot boat was discovered Saturday evening on the reservoir's east shore in Pennsylvania. William Martin of the Pennsylvania Fish and Wildlife Commission believes the incident occurred "between Friday evening and Saturday morning." Brennan worked in St. Bonaventure’s business and finance offices.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Naked Rock Climber Critically Inhured In Fall On Route 15

A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man was hurt after falling from a rock face along U.S. Route 15 in Tioga Township, Tioga County, Pa.

Steven Diehl of Willowstreet, Pa., was spotted climbing nude near the state Welcome Center along Route 15 around 1:50 p.m. Sunday.

State Police patrols who responded to the initial complaint found Diehl climing on a rock cut on the east berm of the highway, north of the Welcome Center.

He apparently lost his footing and fell down the face of the cut, according to a press release from state police in Mansfield.

He was flown from the scene to Geisinger Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Information from Elmira Star Gazette.


WESB News: 08/20/07 - Deaths of White-Tailed Deer Investigated The state game commission is investigating the deaths of more than 50 white-tailed deer in Greene and Washington counties. Biologists have submitted samples from some of the deer to labs, and are continuing to gather information about the other dead deer. Game Commission veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell says they are waiting for test results, but based on field signs they believe the deer died of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a common disease among white-tailed deer that is contracted by a bite from an insect called "biting midges." EHD is not infectious to humans.




WESB News: 08/20/07 - St. Bonaventure Friar is Missing
A friar at St. Bonaventure University is missing following an apparent accident near Willow Bay. Father Greg Brennan's boat was discovered on the east shore of the Kinzua Dam Reservoir below Willow Bay Saturday evening. Brennan was visiting a cabin near the reservoir on Friday that's owned by the St. Bonaventure Friary. New York and Pennsylvania State Police, along with the Pennsylvania Fish and Wildlife Commission and Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department are investigating.

Rollover Accident Reported on Tauscher's Mountain

Coudersport Firemen and ambulance personnel are reported to be on the scene of a rollover accident involving a motor home on Tauscher's Mountain off Peet Brook Road in Allegany Township where they are in the process of extricating the operator of the vehicle.

Burglary Reported In Sylvania Township

Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport are seeking information about a break-in that occurred between July 24 and Aug. 6 in which two blank checks and approximately $480 in coins, including collectibles.

The items were stolen from a home on Windy Boulevard in Sylvania Township in Potter County.

Police said the home was entered without the use of force through the front door. Besides the checks, the following was stolen: $80 worth of pennies, two Morgan silver dollars (1883 and 1900), one peace dollar, and an 1880 $5 coin, which is valued at $200.

The blank checks were forged and cashed for $340 at the Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union in St. Mary's, Pa.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (814) 274-8690.

Information from Elmira Star Gazette.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ulysses Man Hurt in Motorcycle Accident- 8-19-07- A Ulysses man was hurt when his motorcycle went out of control on Route 49, about half a mile west of Northern Potter High School.

Police say the Harley driven by 28-year-old Sean Michael Downey hit an embankment. Downey was thrown from the vehicle. Police say he was not wearing a helmet, and suffered moderate injuries. He was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by his mother.

Information from WESB Radio