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Saturday, December 15, 2007

WESB News: 12/15/07 - Bradford Doctor to Serve Prison Time

A doctor who practiced medicine in Bradford was sentenced in Erie to 24 months of Federal prison time arising from tax evasion yesterday (Friday).

Martin D. Jacobs was also ordered to pay all back taxes.

According to the Prosecution Attorney, Jacobs evaded paying his income taxes for several years, from 1997 to 2006.

He further claims that Jacobs tried to hide very large amounts of personal assets from the IRS, and transferred money to several bank accounts under a false social security number, in the United States, and in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The total assets he attempted to hide from authorities equal to appx $554 thousand dollars.

No Injuries In Coudy Crash

WESB News: 12/15/07 - 2 Escape Injury in Wreck

No injuries resulted in a 1 car crash on Route 6 west of Coudersport.

19 year old Dorothy Nichols of Roulette lost control of her car and stuck an embankment. Neither she, or her passenger – Vincent Langworthy, also of Roulette – were injured.

Storm Warning Still In Effect

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until midnight EST
Sunday night.

Light snow will arrive through the evening hours. The snow could
become heavy later this evening before mixing with or changing to
sleet and freezing rain around midnight. Snow and sleet
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected Saturday night. In
addition... significant icing can be expected to coat the snow and
trees... with up to a quarter inch of glazing in some areas.

The wintry mix will likely change back to snow Sunday afternoon
with additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible. A
gusty northwest wind will develop behind the departing storm
system Sunday night... resulting in areas of blowing and drifting
snow.



U.S. Government to Release New Dollar Coins


You guessed it - 'IN GOD WE TRUST'
IS GONE!!!


If ever there was a reason to boycott something, THIS IS IT!!!!

DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS AS CHANGE

Together we can force them out of circulation.


Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — Margaret M. Hoffman, 81, of Westfield, died Friday (Dec. 14, 2007) in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

PORT ALLEGANY — Eugene M. Bressen, 55, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (Dec. 13, 2007) at his home. Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SMETHPORT — Robert Elliot Rogge, 85, of Smethport, passed away Friday (Dec. 14, 2007).

THORNE, Ruby E.
formerly of Westfield, PA
96, died Friday, December 14, 2007. Born September 20, 1911, in Mannington, WV, she was the daughter of James D. and Bertha Jane Toothman Jones. On February 19, 1932, in Fairview, WV, she married Addison Thorne, who predeceased her in 1961. She was a homemaker and a member of the Potter Brook Happy Hour Club. Surviving are: three sons, James (Crystle) Thorne of Middlebury Center, Arthur (Pat) Thorne of Westfield, and Aaron (Bessie) Thorne of Galeton; two daughters, Barbara (John) McNeill of Osceola, and Betty (David) Inghram of Hanes City, FL; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; a sister, Bessie (Arthor) Stuckey of Knoxville; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers. Friends may call Monday, December 17th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.

SYKORA, Theodore R. "T.Bear"
62, of Galeton, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2007, in Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro. Born May 4, 1945, in Wellsboro, he was the son of the late Theodore J. and Doris (Williams) Sykora. He was a graduate of Galeton High School. On January 7, 1972, in Galeton, he married the former Wendy Persing. Mr. Sykora was employed as a welder with Snyder Tank Corporation in Galeton for many years. He served with the National Guard, was a member of the Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose #826, the Gaines Game Feeders Club, and the Kettle Creek Sportsman's Club. Ted was an avid hunter and greatly enjoyed time spent at his hunting camp with his friends and family. He found his faith and hope in "God's Country" and lived his life with this quote in mind, "Live Well, Laugh Often, and Love Much". Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Wendy Sykora; his beloved children, Kevin (Valerie) Sykora and Janelle Sykora; one grandson, the joy of his life, Gavin Sykora; two brothers, David (Joyce) Sykora and Tim (Renee) Sykora; two sisters, Lana (Robert) Bennett and Lucille (Donald) Whitney; mother-in-law, Marjorie Persing; two sisters-in-law, Jackie Bosek of Galeton, and Carole (Pete) Stultz; one brother-in-law, Larry (Peggy) Persing; and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Monday, December 17, 2007, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association or to a sportsman's club of the donor's choice.

Fire-ravaged building in Knoxville razed

December 14, 2007--By Bryan Robinson--Sun Gazette

KNOXVILLE — Thursday’s snowstorm didn’t prevent the demolition of a two-story building that burned earlier this week.

‘‘They’ll be hauling it away Monday,’’ said Knoxville Fire Chief Dutch Bloom of the rubble from 101 Main St.

The blaze, which occurred Monday afternoon, left three families homeless and a business, Penn York Tax Service, without an office. The owner of the building, Louise Simon of Chatham Township, said she doesn’t plan to rebuild.

The cause was a candle in a closet that an unidentified 16-year-old tenant was using for light, according to Bloom.

About 11 fire departments responded to the fire at the corner of Main and North Water streets in the small Tioga County borough shortly after 1 p.m.

HRI Beats Out Hawbaker On Mansfield Business Park Project

By Cheryl R. Clarke--Sun Gazette

MANSFIELD — The awarding of a $3.1 million contract Friday brings the start of construction on a new business park here one step closer to reality.

HRI of Williamsport was awarded a contract for the 84-acre I-99 Business Park, said Betterment Organization of Mansfield president Tom Freeman, who is spearheading the project.

The park, which has received PennVEST funding totaling $3.6 million, will contain about 25 lots of various sizes.

Construction could begin as soon as this spring, Freeman said.

Only two companies bid on the project, though four bid packages were picked up, Freeman said.

Bids were opened Nov. 29, Freeman said.

The high bidder was Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., State College, who bid $3.6 million, he added.

Route 15 Work To Start In Spring

From Sun Gazette

Work on the last major upgrade to Route 15 between Williamsport and New York border is expected to begin in the spring.


The project involves replacing about 5.5 miles of southbound lanes and three miles of northbound lanes along Steam Valley Mountain between Trout Run and Buttonwood.

According to the state Department of Transportation, the unofficial low bid received is about $60 million by Trumbull Corp., although the contract will not be awarded until all bids are reviewed by sometime early next year.

The upgrades are expected to enhance safety by easing some curves in the roadway. The work is expected to be completed in three construction seasons, ending in 2010.

Weather Statement

Statement as of 4:47 AM EST on December 15, 2007



... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 PM this
afternoon to midnight EST Sunday night...

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon
to midnight EST Sunday night.

Light snow is expected to arrive late Saturday afternoon or
evening. The snow could become heavy towards midnight before
mixing with or changing to sleet and freezing rain. Snow and
sleet accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected Saturday night.
In addition... significant icing can expected to coat the
snow... with up to a quarter inch of glazing in some areas.

The wintry mix will likely change back to snow Sunday afternoon
with additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible. A
gusty northwest wind will develop behind the departing storm
system Sunday night... resulting in areas of blowing and drifting
snow.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow or ice
are expected or are occurring. Any travel is strongly discouraged.
Those with travel plans in the warned area are advised to choose
an alternative Route... or should use extreme caution if travel is
unavoidable. Carry extra supplies... including blankets... food and
a cellular phone... in case your car becomes stranded.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Market Crashes Too

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Area Crashes Reported

Injuries were reported in two-weather related mishaps occurring within minutes of each other Thursday morning here in Potter County.


Coudersport-based state police said Delores Broscius of Shinglehouse suffered minor injuries at about 8:45 a.m. when her Chevy Blazer went off of ice and snow-covered Route 44 in Hebron Township, traveled into a ditch and rolled onto its side. She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment.

About 15 minutes later, Fannie Yoder of Genesee lost control of her Jeep Grand Cherokee while rounding a curve on snow and ice covered Route 449 in Ulysses Township. The SUV skidded off the road and struck a utility pole before coming to rest. Yoder was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by a passing motorist for treatment of moderate injuries.

A Port Allegany driver escaped injury Thursday evening when his GMC Safari hit a deer on Route 6 near Freer Road in Liberty Township. Troopers said Kenneth Main was headed east when the whitetail bounded into his path. From WFRM News

Heavy Snow Sure Thing Now

Statement as of 3:51 PM EST on December 14, 2007


... A major winter storm headed toward central Pennsylvania...

... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 1 PM Saturday to midnight
EST Sunday night...
... Winter Storm Watch no longer in effect...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Storm Warning... which is in effect from 1 PM Saturday to midnight
EST Sunday night. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Light snow is expected to arrive Saturday afternoon or evening.
Snow should become heavy around midnight. The snow could mix with
with sleet... especially in southern portions of the warning area.
Precipitation should change to all snow Sunday morning and taper
to snow showers in the afternoon.

Most likely 6 to 9 inches will fall over the area. Less sleet
could produce higher snow amounts which would be in the 9 to 15
inch range.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow or ice
are expected or occurring. Any travel is strongly discouraged.
Those with travel plans in the warned area are advised to choose
an alternative Route... or should use extreme caution if travel is
unavoidable. Carry extra supplies... including blankets... food and
a cellular phone... in case your car becomes stranded.

Heavy Snow Possible This Weekend

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon
through Sunday evening.

Snow will likely develop across the region from the south during
the late afternoon hours Saturday... and could accumulate several
inches by late Saturday evening.

A layer of slightly above freezing air located between 7 and
10 thousand feet above ground will be pushed north across the
central mountains and Susquehanna valley region... beginning
around or shortly after midnight Saturday night. This should lead
to a transition to sleet... and possibly some areas of freezing
rain across the south central mountains.

The potential exists for an extended period of moderate to heavy
amounts of sleet and freezing rain lasting 6 to 10 hours. This
would significantly cut down on the storm total snow amounts in
places such as Altoona... State College... Williamsport and
locations further to the southeast.

This will be in Stark contrast to the north central and northwest
mountains of the state that could see in excess of 1 foot of snow
by Sunday night should the current forecast track of the storm
hold... keeping practically all of the precipitation in the form
of snow in that area.Forecasters for NY's Southern Tier are calling
for 8 to 14 inches in that area. Yuk!

Another few to several inches of snow are possible Sunday
afternoon and evening... especially across the northern and
western mountains... as colder air sweeps in to the region from
the west.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow or ice accumulation that may impact travel. The exact path
of this storm system is uncertain. However... if heavy snow or ice
becomes imminent... a Winter Storm Warning will be issued.

Ex Deputy Sheriff Trys To Rob Franklinville Bank

WESB News: 12/14/07 - Robbery Suspect is Ex-Sheriff's Deputy

The man arrested for a bank robbery in Franklinville yesterday is a former Erie County sheriff's deputy.

The sheriff's office confirms 32-year-old Joseph O'Shei was hired as a deputy last April and was then dismissed in July.

Police in Franklinville say O'Shei was arrested Thursday after trying to rob the Cattaraugus County Bank on Route 16.

Bank customers Daniel Gan and Ted Ellis stopped O'Shei and held him until officers arrived. O'Shei was arraigned Thursday night on robbery and grand larceny charges.

Activity Calendar Via WFRM News

December 13 & 14

The Ceres United Methodist Church will have an Outdoor Live Nativity from 6:30 to 7:30 both nights. Everyone is welcome.

December 15

The Portville Library will have Fun with Santa beginning at 10:00a.m. The library staff will be on hand to take pictures of children with Santa and to help them decorate a personalized frame. Free of charge.

December 15

The North Country Voices, an SATB choral organization, will be presenting a Christmas Concert “Rhapsody of Christmas” at 2:300 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets, in Coudersport. The program will offer a diversity of choral literature, sacred and secular pieces performed a cappella and with accompaniment with piano, flute and more. As an added highlight, some members of the group will be featured as soloists. The concert will include music of noted composers such as “Carol of the Bells” by Wilhousky, “Christmas Day: A Choral Fantasy on Old Carols” by Holst, “God Rest You Merry” from Nine Carols for male voices arranged by Vaughn Williams, and many more. There will also be a Christmas sing-a-long during the program This is a free concert but a free will offering will be graciously accepted. The proceeds will be used to benefit the Coudersport Area Ministerium of Churches and the North Country Voices.The program was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 9 but was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Burglar Gets State Time

WESB News: 12/14/07 - Smethport Man Gets State Prison Time

Thursday in McKean County Court 21 year-old Daryl Grimes of Smethport was sentenced to one to two years in state prison.

Grimes and two other men burglarized Dave’s Gun Shop in Eldred, the Army-Navy Store in Bradford and a private residence in 2006. Grimes has already served 125 days of the sentence.

Kane Man Dead In Tractor Trailer/ Pickup Crash

WESB News: 12/14/07 - Kane Man Dies in Accident

A Kane man died in a two vehicle accident Thursday afternoon at 2:55pm on Route 321 in Wetmore Township.

State Police say a tractor trailer operated by 26 year-old Craig Boschert of St. Marys crossed the center line on a curve striking a pickup truck operated by 80 year-old Carl Danielson.

Danielson was taken to Kane Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A passenger in the Danielson truck was hospitalized with injuries.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Snow Causes Many Accidents

WESB News: 12/13/07 - Accidents Across the Twin Tiers

The snow, freezing rain and slippery roads have been keeping emergency crews across the Twin Tiers busy Thursday.

On Route 321 3 miles south of Kane an accident has closed the road, reportedly for the rest of the night. People going to Kane from the Wilcox area are being diverted to Lantz Corners.

McKean County, accidents, and vehicles off the road – or having trouble on the roads -- have been reported in numerous sections of Bradford as well as Rew Hill, Red Rock Hill and Custer City among other parts of the county.

Accidents, and vehicles off the road, have been reported all along Interstate 86 as well as many other streets in Cattaraugus County from Ashford to Hinsdale to Portville to Cold Spring to Randolph. In Freedom, a vehicle reportedly went off the road and into a creek.

Click On Pictures To Enlarge


Five inches of new snow covers Cynthia Jones' flower
garden in Roulette, Potter County, PA.
Photo by James Jones
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Road to nowhere. Photo by James Jones, Roulette, PA
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Will have to shovel to get to the outside heater.
Photo by James Jones, Roulette, PA.
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I've seen a lot worse than this!
Photo by James Jones, Roulette, PA.
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And how do I shovel snow off of this?
Photo by James Jones, Roulette, PA
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This barn stands out in the midst of a covering of snow.
Barn is on Ted and Diane Kaple's Century Farm in
Roulette, Potter County, PA.
Photo by James Jones
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This photo marks the beginning of snowmobile season.
Shown is West Main Street in Roulette, Potter County, PA
Photo by James Jones
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Larry Cook cleans up the snow after Thursday's storm
at Ted and Diane Kaple's Century Farm in
Roulette, Potter County, PA.
Photo by James Jones
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Snow Curtails Activities In The Area

Snow began falling in the WFRM listening area at around 5:00 o’clock this morning, and continued steadily until early afternoon.

By then, six or more inches had fallen in the downtown Coudersport area.

Northern Potter, Galeton and Austin school districts cancelled classes for the day while Wellsville Central dismissed students at 2:00 p.m. Penn College of Technology closed the North Campus at 2:00 p.m. also, and cancelled activities for the evening.

Coudersport School district remained in session but cancelled or postponed evening activities. The band and choral concert scheduled for tonight will be held Tuesday night at 7:30 and the wrestling match scheduled for that evening will now take place at 4:00 p.m.

IU9 Pre-school classes in Coudersport and Smethport were cancelled. Coudersport and Galeton Senior Centers were closed for the day. The Galeton District Judge’s office and the Cameron County Courthouse were closed.

All Potter County offices closed at 2:00 p.m. First Citizens National Bank closed all bank offices at 1:30 and “in-store” offices closed at 3:00 p.m.

Bowling at Old Hickory Lanes in Coudersport scheduled for tonight has been cancelled as has bingo at the Norwich Fire Department.

Therapeutic touch scheduled for tonight at Charles Cole Hospital’s Women’s Center has been cancelled.

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller has cancelled her dog license writing session at the Genesee fire hall. Dog owners can go online to apply or call her office at 274-9775 for more information.

She plans on writing dog licenses tomorrow night at the Austin Fire Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Austin Borough postponed garbage pickup until Friday.

The fish fry scheduled for Friday night at the Tri-Town Fire Hall in Ulysses has been cancelled and the Fire and Ambulance Recognition dinner scheduled for Saturday night has been cancelled due to more anticipated bad weather. From WFRM News

Second Woman Charged In Roulette Dumpster Sting

Another Roulette woman has been cited for theft of services for putting garbage into a dumpster used by the Friendly Inn on Main Street.

State police claim 49 year old Pamela Lanphere used it without permission early Monday morning.

Cynthia Sullivan has also been charged in district court with depositing garbage into the dumpster, also without permission. From WFRM.

Genesee Woman Bounced Checks

Troopers are charging 40 year old Danette Sauners of Genesee with writing bad checks to the State Line One Stop in that town. Authorities claim Saunders wrote four checks about $100 during a two-week period in early October which were returned due to insufficient funds. From WFRM.

Feds Want More Information

WESB News: 12/13/07 - Feds Want More Info on I-80 Tolling Plan

Federal officials are looking for more information from Pennsylvania officials about a plan to add tollbooths to Interstate 80.

State Representative Kathy Rapp says the failure of the state to obtain federal approval for I-80 tolling is a victory for legislators who joined her in opposing the funding plan. Rapp added that this development will throw a monkey wrench into the state’s new transportation funding plan that would have used I-80 toll revenue to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in highway and bridge repairs state wide and would also have sent at least one hundred and fifty million new dollars each year to large mass transit systems like SEPTA.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission executive director Joe Brimmeier calls the memorandum that arrived Wednesday an expected step before approval of a major transportation project.

The memo says Pennsylvania's original application doesn't sufficiently describe the planned reconstruction and rehabilitation of I-80. Among the other information sought is a schedule of projected toll revenues.

Snow Making Travel Hazardous This Afternoon

There are reports of a vehicle off the roadway, three miles West of Coudersport on Route 6 at this hour. Coudersport emergency services are responding to the scene. Early reports from the scene indicated no injuries, but the roadway was partially blocked.

Market Still Down At Mid Day

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Red Rock Hill Closing In McKean County

Red Rock Hill in McKean County is being shut down at this hour, as a tractor trailer is stuck in the roadway. 5 and a half inches of wet snow has fallen as of 12:30 pm today now mixed with sleet. The air temperature is 29.5 degrees making for very slippery driving conditions.

Officials Report Cause Of Emporiuim Fire

The fire that destroyed the NAPA building on E. 4th Street in the Boro Of Emporium last week was started by electrical wiring on the second floor, according to reports today.

Market Down This Morning

The market is dropping again this morning in the first hour of trading.

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Report Snow Depth To NWS

To report snow depth to the National Weather Service, click the title of this article. It will take you to a page where you can either report your snow depth or look at other reports of snow depth across Pennsylvania.

Area Obituaries

WESTFIELD---RUMSEY, George H. Age 94, of 697 North Fork Road, Westfield, PA, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro, PA. He was born June 17, 1913 in Westfield, PA, the son of Harvey and Helen Patton Rumsey. George worked as a heavy equipment operator, ran a milk route, owned a grocery store, and farmed the family farm during his working life. George and his late wife, Thelma were members of the Westfield United Methodist Church. Survived by sons, George C. (Patricia) Rumsey, Reading Ctr., NY, Harvey A. (Janet) Rumsey, Westfield, PA; daughters, Joan (Ken) Bubb, Camp Hill, PA, Joyce (Bruce) Broadbent, York, PA; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was predeced in death by his wife, Thelma; sister, Mittie Simmons; and brother, D.H. Rumsey. Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Friday from 6-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1-2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Edward Heyler, offc. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Westfield, PA. Memorials may be made to the Westfield United Methodist Church in George's memory.

Wellsville — Marilyn A. Perry, 69, of 2899 Sheridan Avenue died unexpectedly on Sunday (Dec. 9, 2007) at home. She was born June 23, 1938, in Ulysses, Pa., the daughter of George and Gertrude (Stillson) Henry. On Aug. 11, 1956, in Bolivar, she married Clinton A. Perry, who predeceased her on June 30, 2006.

A former longtime resident of Allentown, Marilyn was raised in Ulysses and was a graduate of Northern Potter High School. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and a social member of the Bolivar American Legion. She enjoyed puzzles, crosswords, camping, fishing and NASCAR.

A loving mother and homemaker, she is survived by three sons; Douglas (Wendy) Perry and Michael (Dawn) Perry, both of Scio, and Daniel (Teressa) Perry of Allentown; two daughters, Theresa (Monte) Ives of Wellsville and Roxanne (George Lewis) Eisenhart of Scio; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; her mother, Gertrude Henry of Macedon; two brothers, Robert (Paula) Henry of Macedon and Roger (Betty) Henry of Ulysses; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her father and husband, by a grandson, Ryan Ives.

Snowy Roads Causing Crashes This Morning

Snow falling at the rate of several inches an hour this morning is making area roads treacherous.

At just after 11 o'clock Thursday morning, a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle collided on Route 219 in Custer City near the Penn Brad Oil Musuem. Reports indicate 4 people suffered minor injuries.

Eldred Township Firemen and Eldred ambulance responded to a report of a car on its side on the Prentisvale Road. Early reports from the scene are reporting occupants are ok.

Coudersport emergency services responded to a report of a car on it's side on Route 44 North, near the gas plant.

Earlier calls were recorded for an accident on Rt. 770 near the golf course, a car on its side on Rt. 155 , 3 miles south of Port Allegany, and an accident on Summit Road in Foster Township.

Weather forecasters are predicting snow totals anywhere from 5 to 12 inches , depending on whether it falls as snow or sleet. Already this morning, about 4 inches has fallen in Roulette, with the heavy snow falling steadily.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winter Storm Warning****

Statement as of 7:57 PM EST on December 12, 2007

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Storm Warning... which is in effect from 6 am to 10 PM EST
Thursday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Snow will overspread the region from the southwest around sunrise
Thursday... and increase in intensity... becoming heavy at times
through the late morning and early afternoon hours before
gradually tapering off to intermittent light snow or freezing
drizzle Thursday night. The snow may also mix with sleet at times
during the day.

Snow amounts of 5 to 8 inches are likely by late Thursday... with
the higher amounts expected near and to the north of Route
6... where less sleet is expected. Across the central
mountains... the mixture with sleet will is expected to cut down on
accumulations... but less of a mix with sleet would result in
snow amounts exceeding 6 inches.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow or ice
are expected or occurring. Any travel is strongly discouraged.
Those with travel plans in the warned area are advised to choose
an alternative Route... or should use extreme caution if travel is
unavoidable. Carry extra supplies... including blankets... food and
a cellular phone... in case your car becomes stranded.

Rollover Crash On Route 6

Port Allegany emergency services responded to a roll over crash on Route 6 near Open Brook Road around 5:00 pm this afternoon where a person was reported to be entrapped.

A Port Allegany woman suffered minor injuries in a weather-related crash Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 near the Open Brook Road in Liberty Township. Troopers said Mary Gregg was a passenger in a 2006 For Ranger driven by her husband, Duane, which slid out of control after hitting a patch of ice caused by water flowing onto the road. The truck rolled onto its side after hitting an embankment. Mrs. Gregg was taken to Charles Cole Hospital. Mr. Gregg was unhurt.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Coudersport based state police are investigating an access device fraud victimizing a local resident. Authorities say unknown persons obtained identity information belonging to Norma Hicks of Dingman Run Road and used it earlier this week to purchase numerous items over the internet in the amount of $136.80 and then attempted to have the items shipped to a known Kentucky address. The investigation continues.

Kane-based state police are investigating a burglary taking place over the weekend at the Otto-Eldred Head Start building on Indian Creek Road. Burglars entered the building through an unlocked rear window and once inside, damaged a picture, tampered with desk drawers and computer but apparently left empty-handed.

A McKean County mother-daughter team was arraigned earlier this week on charges of theft, conspiracy to commit theft, and bad checks. The daughter was additionally charged with three counts of forgery. Joan Pessia, 70, and Sally Pessia Ramadhan, 47, of Bradford were released on $5,000 unsecured bail each pending a preliminary hearing on January 2. Authorities claim the mother deposited two checks amounting to $6700 from a Dale Smith drawn on an account at North Fork Bank and then wrote a check for $6000 to her daughter which was then cashed. About a month later, Pessia deposited another check from Smith, this one for $14,000 into her account at the Bradford office of Hamlin Bank and wrote a check for $13,000 to Ramadhan which she in turn cashed. Authorities were notified by a Hamlin Bank official when North Fork Bank declined the checks because they had been drawn on a closed account.

Details about a one-vehicle crash taking place last Tuesday on Route 6 in Coudersport Borough were just released overnight by state police here. Authorities claim Kimberly Buchsen of Galeton was speeding when her Ford Ranger went off the road near Paul’s Motel at a round 6:15 a.m. and struck an Allegheny Power electric pole. She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by an unknown person for treatment of moderate injuries

Snow Day Predicted For Thursday''''''''''''''''''''

Statement as of 2:52 PM EST on December 12, 2007

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday morning
through Thursday evening.

Snow will overspread the region around sunrise Thursday... and
increase in intensity through the late morning and afternoon
hours before gradually tapering off Thursday night. The snow may
mix with sleet at times during the day.

Snow amounts of 4 to 8 inches are possible by late Thursday...
with higher amounts expected along the New York border where less
sleet is expected. Across the central mountains... the mixture
with sleet will is expected to effectively cut down on
accumulations... but less of a mix with sleet would result in
amounts potentially exceeding 6 inches.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow or ice accumulation that may impact travel. The exact path
of this storm system is uncertain. However... if heavy snow or ice
becomes imminent... a Winter Storm Warning will be issued.

Market Comes Back, Then Drops Sharply

An early morning surge on the stock exchange nearly erased yesterday's losses, but has been followed by a steep selloff, with the market currently dropping like a rock, with traders taking a quick profit from the run up.

Kennywood Sold

The historic Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh has been sold to a Spanish firm according to reports this morning.

PA Liquor Stores Adopt New Marketing Strategy

By KORI WALTER

Bucks County Courier Times

HARRISBURG — Some people might celebrate an anniversary by uncorking a bottle of champagne.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plans to mark its 75th anniversary by rearranging the champagne racks and unfurling a new logo.

Former Bucks County Republican state Sen. Joe Conti and other Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials unveiled on Tuesday preliminary plans for updating the agency's sales strategies and freshening up the look of the state-run liquor stores starting in 2008 when the system turns 75.

Conti, the liquor control board's first chief executive officer, appeared before a joint meeting of the House Liquor Control Committee and Senate Law and Justice Committee, which oversees the state-run liquor monopoly.

The appearance was his first before a legislative panel since taking the $150,000 per-year post with the liquor control board in 2006. He had served 13 years in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

Conti said the agency has started what he called a true renaissance.

That renaissance includes hiring consulting firms to review the layout of state stores and to come up with new marketing pitches, including new signs on storefronts and a logo.

The idea is to make the system run more like a major retailer instead of a government monopoly, Conti said.

“We really hope to be able to brand image our stores,” Conti said.

He added that the system's Web site will be modernized and may eventually allow customers to place orders online.

“I'm very optimistic that we are going to be able to meet the expectations of this very aggressive plan,” Conti said.

Area Obituaries


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ARGENTIERI, Thomas O. Jr.
Age 21 of Horseheads, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, December 9, 2007. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13 on Friday, December 14, 2007, from 2-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY, on Saturday, December 15, 2007, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Paul Bonacci will be the celebrant. A more complete notice will appear in tomorrow's edition.

BUCK, Carmela Grace
of Wellsville, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Carmela Grace Buck will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2007 at St. Bibianas Catholic Church, Galeton, Pa.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Church at 10 a.m. preceding the Mass.

Ulysses Man Faces Bad Check Charge

STATE POLICE, COUDERSPORT
•Roger G. Mattison Jr., 34, of South Main Street in Ulysses, was charged Dec. 10 with issuing a bad check at Wagner Ace Hardware in Ulysses. From Star Gazette

Hamlin Bank On Hook For $19,000. In Check Fraud

WESB News: 12/12/07 - 2 Bfd Woman Accused of Bank Fraud

Two Bradford woman were arraigned Monday on charges they stole $19,000 dollars from Hamlin Bank.

Court records indicate that 70 year-old Joan Pessia deposited two checks on July 2 and 5 at Hamlin Bank. Pessia then wrote checks for her daughter 47 year-old Sally Ramadhan on two North Fork Bank checks which she cashed for $19,000 dollars.

Bradford City Police then were contacted by Hamlin Bank after discovering Pessia’s North Fork accounts were closed. The two were charged with theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks. They are free on $5,000 dollars bail.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Calendar Of Events From WFRM

December 12

Life and Independence for Today will hold a coalition meeting at 1:00 p.m. in the Coudersport Public Library to discuss disability related issues in Potter County. For more information, call 1-800-341-5438 ext. 117.

December 12 & 13

The Smethport Area Junior Senior High School will present their annual Christmas Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The program will feature selections by the 7th grade, Junior, Concert and Music ‘N’ Motion Choirs. Thew will also be several solos and small ensembles.

December 13

Therapeutic Touch will be provided free of charge at 7:00 p.m. in the Women and Family Center at Charles Cole Hospital.

Traders React To Fed's 1/4 Point Drop

The stock market reacted to the Fed's quarter point drop in interest rates, with the Dow dropping nearly 300 points this afternoon. Traders had been expecting a half point drop, but the figures for several indicators did not warrant that much of a drop. The drop or lack of it affects everything from credit card interest to variable rate mortgages.

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Lyman Lake To Be Filled In The Spring

From WFRM News

Potter County Commissioner Catherine Bowers tells WFRM that the Department of Environmental Protection has signed off on the re-filling of Lyman Lake.

Rich Adams, manager of DEP Watershed Programs in Williamsport told Bowers the Bureau of Dams last week issued an approval for filling the lake which is now scheduled to begin sometime next spring.

The original earthen dam was intentionally breached several years ago due to safety concerns.

Local officials were successful in convincing three different Governors to okay state funding for the re-building which was completed last spring. However, surface cracks were discovered in early summer and experts from Lehigh University, after inspecting the new structure, recommended filling the cracks with a special epoxy.

That project was completed too late to begin the fill process this fall.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

A Genesee man was arraigned last Thursday before on-call District Judge Annette Easton on charges of violating Megan’s Law. State police claim 56 year old James Enty was four days late in updating residence, employment and other information required annually for convicted sex offenders. Enty was released on $5,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing before District Judge Barbara Easton. Enty’s original conviction followed the discovery by law enforcement authorities of child pornography on his personal computer.

Criminal Trespass charges have been filed against 50 year old Cynthia Sullivan of Roulette. State police claim she deposited garbage into a dumpster owned by the Friendly Inn without permission. Her identity was discovered when items with her name were found in the garbage. The charges are being filed before District Judge Barbara Easton.

Troopers are probing the theft of a jacket from a coat rack at a local bar late Saturday night. A blue Columbia jacket belonging to Susan Breck of Dingman Run Road Coudersport was taken sometime between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:00 a.m. Sunday at the Northwoods Tavern.

State police at Kane have charged 43 year old Kevin Saulter of Port Allegany with public drunkenness for an incident allegedly taking place Monday morning at around 11:30 on Mechanic Street in Smethport. Troopers claim Saulter was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage “to the degree that he was a danger to himself and or others.”

3 Families Homeless In Knoxville Blaze

By Bryan Robinson, Sun Gazette

KNOXVILLE — A candle is believed to be the cause of a fire at a two-story building at 101 Main St. that closed Route 49 Monday afternoon, left three families homeless and a business without an office.

“It must have been around 1:30 or so that I got a phone call at home,” said Louise Simon of Chatham Township, who owns the building and Penn-York Tax Service. “A co-worker said the tax office was on fire.”

Upon arriving at the scene, Simon said a tenant told her that her 5-year-old son had been playing with a candle in a closet in one of the three apartments in the building while she was in the bathroom.

Knoxville Fire Chief Dutch Bloom said he did not know the cause of the fire and could not confirm Simon’s story. However, he said a boy and a girl were both burned in the fire that started shortly after 1 p.m. Both, he said, were taken to a nearby hospital by a private vehicle and the extent of their injuries was unknown. “I don’t know too many details right now,” he said.

He said about 11 fire departments responded to the fire at the corner of Main and North Water streets in the small Tioga County borough shortly after 1 p.m. Departments responding included Knoxville, Westfield, Osceola, Elkland, Chatham, Wellsboro, Galeton, Lawrenceville, Clymer, Middlebury and Troupsburg, N.Y., with several other departments on standby.

By 4 p.m., the fire was mostly out, according to Bloom. He added a loader would tear the building down later in the afternoon, because the structure was unsafe for living.

New Salvation Army Manager Needs Help

From an article by
Cheryl L. Clarke, in the Sun Gazette

MANSFIELD — Betty Ellen Barrett is looking for volunteers.

Barrett, of Waymart, recently was named the Salvation Army’s regional manager for an area that includes Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Potter, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna, Luzerne and Carbon counties. And with the bell-ringing, red-kettle campaign in full swing, she could use more help — especially in Tioga and Potter counties.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Police Reports From WFRM News

A Coudersport woman escaped injury in a weather-related crash taking place last Wednesday on Route 49 about four miles east of Coudersport. State police said Lindsay Russell lost control of her Pontiac Sunfire while headed west. The compact slid off the road and became stuck in the snow.

Several car/deer crashes have been investigated by state police across the region. Philip Staib of Johnstown escaped injury Thursday evening when his Ford Spor Trac hit a whitetail on Route 6 in Ulysses Township. The driver and his passenger, Charles Staib, also of Johnstown were both wearing seatbelts and escaped injury. The driver of a cargo van also escaped injury when his vehicle struck a deer Friday night on Route 872 just north of the Southwoods road in Homer Township. William, Bataille of Pittsford, NY was headed south when deer came onto the road into his path. And, Edward Grimes of Port Allegany escaped injury Saturday afternoon when a whitetail jumped in front of him on Route 155 two miles south of that town.

Troopers locally are charging 47 year old Dale Marks of Tremont, PA hit and run for a crash taking place early Friday morning in Cross Fork. Authorities say a pick up truck driven by Marks destroyed a Tri-County Electric pole and sent several customers into the dark. Police claim Marks fled the scene but was later located at a nearby establishment.

A theft taking place sometime between 2:00 p.m. Friday and 1:45 a.m. Saturday is being investigated by state police here. Thieves forced their way through a back door at the home of Kenneth Dixon on Grover Hollow Road and removed two 56” inch Sony tvs, a Sony Surround Sound system and an X-box 360 valued at a total of $5,000. Damage to the door was said to be about $50.

Troopers at Kane are investigating a theft from a vehicle taking place Friday night or Saturday morning. Thieves reached into a vehicle owned by Adam Miles of Port Allegany while it was parked in a driveway on Broad Street and took a hunting rifle, hand gun and flashlight.

Main Street Blaze Closes Rt. 49 In Knoxville

BREAKING NEWS: From Star Gazette

KNOXVILLE – Firefighters from 12 Pennsylvania and New York departments battled a major fire in Knoxville’s business district this afternoon.


More than 70 firefighters responded to the 1:11 p.m. alarm and found heavy smoke in a two-story building at 101 W. Main St. that housed the Penn York tax preparation office and three apartments. All residents got out safely, but several pets may have been lost, emergency workers said.

Firefighters contained the blaze in the Penn-York building, protecting several commercial exposures in the business district and other residential exposures nearby.

The fire in Knoxville has shut down Route 49, the major east-west highway in the area, at Knoxville. The road may be closed for several hours, PennDOT spokesmen said. Traffic is bring re-routed from west of Knoxville to Osceola.

No injuries were reported. No information on cause was available this afternoon.

Philly Man Tops Rod Howard For Biggest Bear

The biggest bear taken in Pennsylvania last month came not during the "traditional" bear season, but instead on the third day of deer season.

The basic bear season ran Nov. 19-21, but in some parts of the state an "extended" season let hunters harvest bruins during the first week of deer season. That made all the difference for a Philadelphia man who took the Keystone State's biggest bear of the year.

Scott Spaeth shot the 727-pound male on Nov. 28 in Pike County's Dingman Township.

Rod Howard, from Port Allegany, shot the state's second-largest bruin, a 712-pounder, in Potter County's Roulette Township on Nov. 19.

Information from Star Gazette atricle by George Osgood.

Ice Storm--Elevation Makes The Difference

This picture this morning, from the Allegheny River valley in the Village of Roulette, Potter County, shows the ice line on the mountain, with the trees in the higher elevations being coated with a layer of ice, while the lower trees are ice free. Amazing what a couple of hundred feet in elevation can do when it comes to an ice storm. Temperatures in the valley areas this morning were several degrees above freezing. Click on the picture to enlarge.Picture by James Jones.

Event Calendar Via WFRM

December 10

The Potter County Regional Action Team will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Potter County Assistance Office, Route 6 West, Coudersport

December 11

The Rural Transportation Planning Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Office located at 651 Montmorenci Road in Ridgeway, PA. Contact Amy Kessler with any questions for special needs for the meeting at 814-773-3162.

December 11

Coudersport Area Junior-Senior High School will hold a financial aid workshop on from 6:30 to 7:30. Students in grades 11 and 12 and their parents are encouraged to attend to gather information about financing a college education. For more information, call 274-8553.

State Police Report Charges

STATE POLICE, COUDERSPORT
•Christina M. Yale, 34, of Bradford, Pa., was charged Dec. 5 with issuing a bad check at Diamond Auto Glass in Eulalia Township.

•Steven J. Scholl, 18, of Wellsboro, was charged Nov. 24 with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

•Michael R. Adamski, 43, of Jasper, Ga., was charged Nov. 24 with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Crippen Run Road in West Branch Township in Potter County.

•Police are investigating a burglary at Pine Creek Inn in Pike Township that occurred sometime Nov. 28 or 29. Entry was gained by forcing open a back door; $100 in cash taken.

•Nicholas J. Matasich, 19, of Shinglehouse, Pa., was charged Dec. 3 with burglary stemming from a Nov. 16 break-in at the IGA Market in Shinglehouse. Taken were 36 cartons of cigarettes valued at $1,500 and $50 in rolled and loose change.

•Eugenio Charles III, 20, of Genesee, Pa., was charged Nov. 22 with driving under the influence of marijuana, underage possession of an alcoholic beverage and possession of a controlled substance.
From Star Gazette

Missing Child Reported Found

A request from the New York State Police for assistance from Wellsville, NY ambulance and fire department to look for a missing child on the Whiteman Road was cancelled about 8:30 this morning as the child was reported found.

Area Obituaries

ROCHESTER — Joan M. Borro, 74, of Port Allegany, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) in Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh. Arrangements are under the direction of the William Murphy Funeral Home Inc., 349 Adams St., Rochester, Pa.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Patricia Jane Weckerly, 72, of Shinglehouse, died Friday (Dec. 7, 2007) in her home after recently suffering a stroke. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

SMETHPORT — Sheridan R. Strait, 95, of Smethport, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2007) in Sena-Kean Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

SMETHPORT — Hanford Robert Johnson, 84, died Saturday (Dec. 7, 2007) at the home of his daughter, Jessica Renner. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred.

Buck, Carmela Grace
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BUCK, Carmela Grace
Of Wellsville
Age 73, of 376 E. Dyke Street, died on Friday, December 7, 2007, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born December 26, 1933 in Galeton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Carmine J. and Rena L. (Brambilla) Pagano. On October 24, 1959 at St. Bibiana Church in Galeton, she married Richard R. Buck who survives. Surviving in addition to her husband, "Dick," are her parents, Carmine and Rena Pagano of Galeton, beloved mother of 6 children; Gina N. Smith of Conesus, Nicki L. (Charles) Booker of Pearland, TX, and Camilla (Todd) Merrick of Geneseo, Jay R. (Lisa) Buck of Concord, NC, and her twins, Frank R. Buck and Guy J. (Theresa Shaw) Buck, both of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Cori Booker, Levi Buck and Colten Buck; three stepgrandchildren, Jade Deming, Branden and Kevin Merrick; three siblings, Charles (Bonnie) Pagano of Bradford, PA, and Carmine (Joyce) Pagano of Galeton, PA, and Grace (William) Murray of Big Sur, CA; a brother-in-law, Max Huber of North Hills, CA; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by a sister, Toni Huber in 1995. "Carm" was a graduate of Galeton High School and the Rochester Business Institute. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, an ardent patron of The David A. Howe Public Library, an enthusiast of Jazz Music, a devoted fan of the Oakland Raiders, and well-known by her friends and family for her unending ability to laugh herself to tears. She lived her life with quiet grace, unshakeable dignity, unending devotion to family, extreme tolerance, and boundless love. It is with heavy hearts that we give this most beautiful soul back to God, and His heavenly community, with our sincere gratitude for allowing us the privilege of being a part of this most precious life. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Monsignor Vincent Becker as Celebrant. There will be no prior visitation. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery in Galeton, PA. Memorial suggestions include the Terrace Renovation Fund, c/o The David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Ice Storm Warning Continues

Statement as of 2:52 PM EST on December 09, 2007

... A new area of rain and freezing rain will overspread the
region through late day... with significant icing expected across
the north central mountains...

... Ice Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 am EST Monday...

A nearly stationary frontal system will act as a focus for a
prolonged period of intermittent wintry weather through early
Monday... as warm... moist air aloft overruns a cold... sub-freezing
airmass entrenched near the surface.

A new area of precipitation is streaming out of the Ohio Valley
this afternoon. With surface temperatures near or below 32
degrees over most of the area... icing conditions are expected to
develop as the rain comes in contact with surfaces that are in
many areas below freezing.

With temperatures expected very near freezing for this event...
conditions can vary greatly over a very small area. Ridge tops
will tend to stay coolest while valley locations could very well
remain just a degree or two above freezing. This will increase
the threat for icing over higher elevations while valley areas
could see just plain rain or drizzle. The temperature on Main Street in Roulette at 3:30 was 33.1 degrees and rain was falling with no icing on roads or wires.

An Ice Storm Warning means that significant ice accumulations of
a quarter of an inch or greater are expected. Ice accumulations
will likely lead to falling tree branches and snapped power
lines. People are urged to be prepared for prolonged power
outages. The freezing rain will also make travel on untreated
roads dangerous or impossible. If you must travel... allow extra
time to reach your destination... let someone know your travel
plans and carry a cellular phone.

Police Investigate Student's Death At Alfred U.

BREAKING NEWS:

Alfred village police are investigating the death of an Alfred University student early this morning.


The student was identified as Thomas Argentieri, 21, a senior in the College of Business at Alfred. Argentieri is a resident of Horseheads, according to university records.

The death occurred during an altercation between two students in a residence at 57 N. Main St. in the village, according to Alfred Police Chief Timothy O'Grady.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting village police, who are currently conducting interviews and processing the crime scene.

Police told university officials there is no immediate danger to other Alfred students and personnel, said Dean of Students Norman Pollard.

Potter County --Learn To Make Holiday Wreaths


A holiday wreath workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Potter County Educational Council Port Allegany Education Center, 8 N. Main St.

Participants will create a wreath using evergreen (silks) or grapevine, with berries, ribbon, holly and other seasonal embellishments.

They'll be able to greet guests with their own spirit of season or give the wreaths as gifts.

Taught by Kim Nelson and Karen Sewell, the cost of the class is $25.

To register, call the Potter Country Education Council at (814) 642-2295, 274-4877 or 435-9490.

Ice Storm Warning Issued

Statement as of 9:16 AM EST on December 09, 2007



... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 1 PM EST this
afternoon...
... Ice Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon
to 7 am EST Monday...

An Ice Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon
to 7 am EST Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect
until 1 PM EST this afternoon.

A nearly stationary frontal system will act as a focus for a
prolonged period of intermittent wintry weather through early
Monday... as warm... moist air aloft overruns a cold... sub-freezing
airmass entrenched near the surface.

Precipitation has tapered to just a few scattered light showers
or patches of freezing drizzle early today. However more
precipitation is expected to redevelop later today and last into
tonight. With temperatures only expected to recover to within a
couple of degrees either side of freezing... the threat for icing
will remain.

With temperatures expected very near freezing for this
event... conditions can vary greatly over a very small area.
Ridge tops will tend to stay coolest while valley locations could
very well remain just a degree or two above freezing. This will
increase the threat for icing over higher elevations while valley
areas could see just plain rain or drizzle.

An Ice Storm Warning means that significant ice accumulations of a
quarter of an inch or greater are expected. Ice accumulations
will likely lead to falling tree branches and snapped power lines.
People are urged to be prepared for prolonged power outages. The
freezing rain will also make travel on untreated roads dangerous
or impossible. If you must travel... allow extra time to reach
your destination... let someone know your travel plans and carry a
cellular phone.