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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Forecast For Potter County

Tonight
Cloudy with an isolated rain shower with patchy drizzle. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunday
A chance of rain showers along with an isolated thunderstorm in the morning...then rain showers along with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Breezy and not as cool with highs in the upper 40s early...then temperatures falling into the upper 30s in the afternoon. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Sunday Night
Cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening... tapering to just a chance of snow showers after midnight. Total accumulation up to 1 inch possible. Blustery and cooler with lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

High Wind Warning For Olean/Wellsville Area

...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 4 AM EST
MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 4 AM EST MONDAY.
THIS UPGRADES THE HIGH WIND WATCH WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY IN EFFECT.

SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE DRAMATICALLY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING
AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SUSTAINED WINDS ARE LIKELY TO
INCREASE INTO THE 30 TO 40 MPH RANGE WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH. THE
STRONGEST WINDS DURING THIS PERIOD ARE EXPECTED TO BE ACROSS THE
HIGHER TERRAIN AND POSSIBLY IN SOUTH TO NORTH ORIENTED VALLEYS.

WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE SOUTHWEST LATER SUNDAY AFTERNOON
FOLLOWING A POWERFUL COLD FRONT WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40
MPH AND GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH FOR THE ENTIRE REGION.

THE STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THE FIRST HALF OF
SUNDAY NIGHT BEFORE DIMINISHING SOMEWHAT BY MONDAY MORNING.




Former Olean Principal Had Child Porn

WESB News: 12/22/07 - Former Olean Principal Charged With Child Porn

A Florida man who served many years as the principal of East View Elementary School in Olean has been charged with possession of child pornography.

John Stelmack, now residing in Lakeland Florida was arrested on Friday and charged with having several photographs of children he taught at the elementary school superimposed onto images of naked adolescents. He is being held in Polk County jail in lieu of one hundred thousand dollars bail. Authorities seized a briefcase, laptop and desktop computer and the investigation is ongoing.

He resigned from the Olean School District in 2004 and worked in the Elmira School District, also as principal. He then left that school district in 2006 to take the job as principal of the Scott Lake Elementary School in Lakeland. He was placed on administrative leave – with pay.

Man Guilty Of Rape Of 15 Year Old

WESB News: 12/22/07 - Man Admits to Rape

A man from Wellsville plead guilty in Allegeny County Court to a felony charge of second degree rape.

21 year old Paul Kitchen of Wellsville admitted to having sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 15 in October. In addition to the rape charge he was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.

Sentencing will be in February.

Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — Ruth R. Dunbar, 87, of Genesee, died Friday (Dec. 21, 2007) in Highland Healthcare, Wellsville, N.Y. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — Clara Wynick White, 86, of Bradford, formerly of Clen Cove, N.Y., and Harrison Valley, died Saturday (Dec. 22, 2007) in the Bradford Manor, Bradford. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses.

Humidifiers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 84,000 Chinese-made humidifiers are being recalled.

The “Warm Mist Carefree” humidifiers were sold by the Hunter Fan Company.According to the company, water can leak into the electrical component, posing a fire hazard. The humidifiers are white or black with blue or green tinted water tanks. “Hunter" and "Niteglo" are printed on the unit.

For more information you can call the consumer product safety commission recall hotline at 800- 638-2772.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Police Look For Red Ranger

Vicky Repp of Genesee told troopers here that when she returned to her home on the Bingham Center Road Wednesday morning at about 11:30 she saw a stranger standing on her property, holding three plastic gasoline cans.

When he saw her, he took off and got into a red compact pick up truck which sped away.

The truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevy S-10 had a temporary registration sticker in the rear window.

Anyone who may have information about the truck is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690.
From WFRM News

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Thieves forced their way through a basement door at the home of Allan White on Indian Creek Road between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Thursday. A Zon 5-string bass guitar, black in color with Tiger’s eye maple was taken. It has the word “Legacy” written on the hand stock, was in a hard shell case and is valued at $8,000. Thieves also took a 1972 Gibson Hummingbird Standard acoustic guitar valued at $2500. It has a blonde top and rose wood sides. A green metal tool box containing various automotive tools was also taken.

Thieves also eight 15 inch automobile wheels from Andrew’s Salvage Auto on Route 155 in Eldred Township Wednesday night.

And someone forced their way through the front door at a home on the Open Brook Road near Port Allegany between 2:30 and 11:50 p.m. Thursday. Approximately $50 in damage was done to the door frame during the burglary, but apparently nothing was taken.

Potter Commissioners Make Appointments

During their regular meeting yesterday, the Potter County Commissioners:

· APPOINTED – John McLaughlin has offered to serve on the Planning Commission. He would fill the vacancy available in January when Bill Hunt’s term expires. His term will run from 2008 through 2012.

· APPOINTED– The Potter County Farmland Preservation Board requests the reappointment of Larry Hamilton, Bill Grandin and Alan Acker, whose terms are due to expire in January 2008. All of the appointments will be for a 3 year term.

· RE-APPOINTED– PCHS Aging Director Sherry Hoffman has recommended the re-appointment of Alyce Reese to the Aging Advisory Council. Here new term would be from January 2008 – January 2011.

APPOINTED Deb Hamilton to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Advisory Board to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Darlene Abbey. Ms. Hamilton’s term will run from January 2008 through January 2011.

From WFRM news.

The Connection Coming To Olean-600 New Jobs

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Hundreds of New Jobs for Olean

Olean is getting an early Christmas present – the promise of about 600 new jobs by spring.

The Connection, a Minnesota-based customer service call center will be moving into the former Cattaraugus County Empire Zone business incubator building on Wayne Street.

The company hopes to be in Olean by February or March. Most of the new jobs will be full-time with benefits.

Click on the title of this article to read another article published today in the Olean Times Herald with information on how to apply for a job.

Employment At Record Level In Pennsylvania

“Pennsylvania’s job count added 6,200 jobs this month reaching an all-time high of 5,815,200 – meaning more Pennsylvanians are working now than ever before,” Governor Rendell said. “Our growing economy is creating more opportunities for businesses and workers that will allow us to continue to capitalize on this success. Pennsylvania has added more than 187,000 jobs since January 2003.”

In addition to the record-high job count, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in November, bringing it half a percentage point below the national rate of 4.7 percent. November is the 49th month out of the past 59 that Pennsylvania’s rate has been at or below the nation’s rate, and the 10th consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has been below the nation’s unemployment rate.

In the Potter County area, Empereon Marketing, now occupying the former Adelphia/Time Warner call center in Coudersport is functioning and expects to have 100 or so employees working by the first of the new year, with projections of eventually having 500 or more. Many people who moved away when Time Warner shut down are returning to work for the new company. With three experienced job promoters taking over the County Commissioners office shortly, we can expect an all out effort to bring more jobs to Potter County.

Governor Promotes Mansfield U. Grad To BCI Post

GOVERNOR RENDELL APPOINTS MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE TO STATE POLICE BCI POST.
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today said he will appoint Jon D. Kurtz, the director of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, as the department’s deputy commissioner of staff.
“Major Kurtz has served with distinction in crime, patrol and vice units during his 23-year career,” Governor Rendell said. “He is a seasoned commander who comes highly recommended by Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller.”
As deputy commissioner of staff, Kurtz will hold the rank of lieutenant colonel and will oversee the operations of the State Police bureaus of forensic services, records and identification, research and development, staff services, and technology services.
“One of Major Kurtz’s primary missions will be to ensure that the department continues its effort to deploy the latest technology to help our troopers provide the best possible service to the citizens of the commonwealth,” Col. Miller said.
Kurtz, 47, of Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, enlisted in the State Police in 1984. As he progressed through the ranks, he served at stations in Montoursville, Dunmore, Stonington, Lamar and Harrisburg and with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He also has served as commanding officer of Troop H, Harrisburg, and commander of State Police Area I, which includes Troop H, Harrisburg; Troop J, Lancaster; Troop L, Reading, and Troop T, Pennsylvania Turnpike.
He has been the director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation since March 10, 2007.
A native of South Williamsport, Kurtz received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Mansfield University in 1983. He is married to the former Beth Ellen Fetterman. They have two sons, Joshua and Justin.

Kurtz replaces Coleman McDonough, who is retiring after more than 23 years of service with the department. Kurtz’s appointment is effective Jan. 12.

Potter County Owed $2.3 Million

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Billions Owed to State in Court Costs

Pennsylvania court officials say criminal defendants currently owe $1.55 billion in restitution, costs, fines and fees.

2 point 1 million of that is owed in McKean County; 2 point 3 million in Potter County; and 2 million in Elk County.

Across the country, states are turning to a variety of techniques to increase collections, from putting a hold on vehicle registration to hiring private agencies to go after the money.

In Pennsylvania, about a quarter of the total is owed by men and women who are currently incarcerated.

Other amounts owed in counties throughout the region include Cameron, $172,000; Forest, $1.6 million; Jefferson, $7.1 million; Venango, $5.1 million; and Warren, $3 million.

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Old Glory Flies Again

This extra large flag flies again in front of Close's Lumber Company on Route 6 in Roulette. The old flagpole crashed to the ground a couple of months ago. The flag can be seen waving for a long distance by area residents. Great job getting it back up.

Accident Reported On Route 6 East Of Port

BREAKING NEWS:

Emergency crews from Port Allegany have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 6 east of Port Allegany. Callers reported possible entrapment.

Accident Reported South Of Eldred On RT. 155

BREAKING NEWS: A one car accident on Route 155 South of Eldred in Eldred Township has been reported. Early reports indicate the operator is not at the scene. Emergency services are responding.

Post Office To Close At Noon

A sign in the Roulette Post Office states that the post office will close at 12:00 noon on Christmas eve. Post offices in NY's southern tier are also closing at that time.

Head -on Crash On RT. 646

BREAKING NEWS:
Emergency responders in McKean County are on the scene of a two car head-on crash on Route 646 in front of the Baptist Church at 12:24 pm on Friday, December 21, 2007. Reports from the scene indicated 3 persons injured and a second ambulance responding.

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Log Truck Accident Near Coryville

Emergency services have responded this morning to a report of a log truck off the road near Coryville, with a possible injury on scene. Later reports indicated that the road is shut down at that location.

PSP Looking For Trespasser

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident late Wednesday night when a Genesee woman came home to find someone on her property holding three gas cans before the person fled in a waiting vehicle.

Vicky Ann Repp, 39, reported that the individual fled to a car waiting on a road adjacent to her Bingham Center Road home after she arrived.

The vehicle was described as a red compact pick-up track, possibly a Ford Ranger or a Chevy S-10, with a temporary registration sticker in the rear window.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the PSP-Coudersport at (814) 274-8690. FRom Star Gazette

Employee To Inmate For Bradford Man

WESB News: 12/21/07 - FCI McKean Emplyee Sentenced to Prison

A former employee of FCI McKean was sentenced to at least 10 months in prison Thursday in McKean County Court.

Martin Grove of Bradford pleaded guilty last March to accepting a $2,000 dollar payment from an inmate at FCI McKean for contraband. Grove will serve his time in a Northwestern Pennsylvania prison.

Leave Your Guns At Home, Boy

WESB News: 12/21/07 - New Security Measures at Courthouse

The new security procedures at the McKean County Courthouse begin today.

All visitors will have to enter the building through the main entrance. County Administrator Michele Alfieri-Causer says people with offices in the courthouse have been issued proximity cards which will allow them to enter the other doors into the courthouse.

After entering the front door visitors will go through a security checkpoint where a metal detector and X-ray machine will be set up.

Burglary In Eldred Township Thursday Night

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Guitars and Other Items Stolen in Eldred

State Police are investigating a burglary Thursday night between 8pm and 10pm on Indian Creek Road in Eldred.

Troopers say someone forcibly entered the home of Allan White and removed a bass guitar and black hard shell case. Unknown actors also took an acoustic guitar and various automotive tools.

The total value of the stolen items is over $10,000 dollars.

No More Swap Meets

WESB News: 12/21/07 - Zippo Cancels Swap Meet

Zippo Manufacturing will no longer hold a Zippo/Case International Swap Meet.

Zippo is looking to develop a new event for both collectors and the local community. Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth says they will have a bigger and better event. The next swap meet was scheduled for next summer.

The swap meet had been held biennially since 1998.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

State Police Not Notified For 4 Hours After Murderer Escapes

WESB News: 12/20/07 - Disciplinary Action Pending After Escape
At least six prison workers, including the superintendent, will face disciplinary action as a result of the November 25 escape of Malcolm Kysor from the state correctional institution at Albion.

Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard says the escape would have been prevented if employees had been following state policies and the internal procedures. He says it also took too long for senior officials to be informed of the escape, noting that state police were not alerted until four hours after Kysor was gone.

Kysor had been serving a life sentence since 1988 for an Erie County murder in the early 1980s. He remains on the loose today.

Kysor escaped from a food service area of the kitchen that was off-limits to prisoners sentenced to life. Another inmate, John Gromer, helped Kysor get in a trash can, covered him up and loaded the bin onto a pickup truck.

Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk has said Gromer, 26, could be charged by Christmas for helping Kysor's escape.

2 Teens Arrested For Murder

WESB News: 12/20/07 - Second Teenager Arrested for Murder

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the weekend killing of 18-year-old Dusty Elderkin in the Chautauqua County Town of Stockton.

A 15-year-old is being held at a juvenile detention facility in Buffalo. Thursday, District Attorney Dave Foley said they are also holding a 14-year-old in connection with the crime.

Sheriff Joe Gerace said Elderkin was repeatedly stabbed and that the suspects then tried to dump his body in Cassadaga Creek.

Event Listings Needed For PCVA Calendar

The Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) is encouraging area groups to have their events listed in its Calendar of Events. The Calendar of Events is printed four times per year as well as being available online at www.visitpottercounty.com.

There are no fees and there are no limits to the number of submissions a group makes. PCVCA Communications Director Cindy Capatch told WFRM PCVA is hoping groups will use the calendar as a point of reference to avoid scheduling conflicts and that PCVA is attempting to make the Calendar of Events a tool the entire County can use, not only to inform visitors, but residents as well.

The Calendar of Events is an easy way to gain free publicity, for all types of public events. Since Jan 1st, 2007, there have been over 3500 event calendars mailed out along with our Visitors Guides.

People like to plan their activities ahead of time and the Calendar of Events is an easy way to reference local activities, which PCVA hopes will result in increased public participation.

If you have an event you would like added to the Calendar, you are asked to submit the information by Friday, Jan 18th, 2008. The events can be submitted electronically to potter@penn.com, by phone at 814-274-3365 or stop in personally. The office is located on North Main Street in downtown Coudersport.

From WFRM News

WESB News: 12/20/07 - Holiday Greetings from the Troops
On the radio, we can only let you listen to the holiday greetings from area troops. But, thanks to the Internet, we can show them to you, too. Holiday Greetings from the Troops.

Area Obituaries

ULYSSES — John Homer, 87, of Knoxville, died Tuesday (Dec. 18, 2007) in Three Rivers Health Care Center, Painted Post, N.Y. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses.

PORT ALLEGANY — Virginia Kallenborn, 95, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Dec. 19, 2007) at her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.'

HOMER, John of Knoxville, PA
87, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Hospitals Get Grants

WESB News: 12/20/07 - BRMC and Kane Hospital Get Grant Monies

BRMC and Kane Community Hospital are among several hospitals in the region sharing a $1.8 million dollar federal grant from the Federal Comunications Commission.

The grant provides support for telehealth services, specialty care and telepharmacy is 18 rural counties in northwestern Pennsyvlania. Senator John Peterson says the grants will help rural hospital like BRMC and Kane provide affordable health care to residents.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Event Calendar Via WFRM News

December 20

The Jacobs Brothers will have a concert at the Free Methodist Church on South Main Street in Coudersport beginning at 7:00 p.m.

December 21

There will be an outdoor live nativity at the Hebron Union Church, located 9 miles north of Coudersport on Route 44 in Hebron Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

December 21

The Jacobs Brothers will have a concert at the Bingham Center Bible Church on Collins Hill Road, Genesee beginning at 7:00 p.m.

December 22

There will be no Bingo at the Roulette Fire Hall. Bingo will resume on Sunday, December 30.

$500.00 Grants For Disabled Vets

Potter County Director of Veteran Affairs, Joe Becker has been notified by
the National Office of the American Legion that they will distribute $500
grants to service members who have a 30 percent or higher disability rating
as a result of injuries sustained while serving in the theaters of operations for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF).

This is a national endeavor sponsored by the American Legion partnered with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes.

Person's believing themselves to be qualified may contact Mr. Becker at 274-8290 extension 210 Tuesday's or Thursday's between the hours of 8:30 and
3:00 PM. From WFRM

Coudy Chamber Meets

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday watched the video appeal produced by a local citizens’ group in an effort to save the JCPenney store in Coudersport.

The 10-minute video, featuring testimonials and interviews with community leaders, customers and JCPenney employees, will eventually be delivered to senior executives at the company’s corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Tom Lamb, a member of the Renaissance Committee that has been working for the long-term betterment of the community, introduced the video and updated Chamber members on the effort to save the local store.

Lamb said earlier plans to hand-deliver the video to Texas have been put on hold. Committee members are instead working to determine which JCPenney leaders should be approached. He also pointed out that, even if the push to save JCPenney fails, the issue has helped to galvanize the Coudersport community to work together in facing economic challenges.

Both Lamb and Renaissance Committee member Doug Morley invited Chamber members to attend the organization’s meetings, held every Wednesday morning at 7:30 in the Potter County Education Council offices.

At this point, the JCPenney store in Coudersport will close in February, removing a key attraction to the downtown business district and putting 12 people out of work. From WFRM

Man Dead In RT. 219 Crash

WESB News: 12/18/07 - Lewis Run Man Dies in Route 219 Crash

A Lewis Run man died when his car pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning on Route 219 near Route 59.

82-year-old Edward Fabic was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill. State Police say Fabic's car pulled onto Route 219 from Huskins Road and drove into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by 64 year-old Earl Geisler of Cheektowaga, New York.

Geisler wasn’t injured.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Oil Tank Farm Fire Proves Challenging for Pennsylvania Crews

A slow organized plan of attack resulted in success

JAY K. BRADISH
Firehouse.com User-submitted Photo Story

On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 9:20 a.m., the Corydon Township and Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to a battery of oil tanks on fire on Route 321 in Corydon Township.

At the time of the incident, McKean County was under a snow advisory and was experiencing heavy, blowing and drifting snow with a temperature at 20 degrees without the wind chill. The fire was located in the Allegheny National Forest in the southwest portion of Corydon Township resulting in extended response times due to the weather and poor road conditions.

Click on the title of this article to see this great article with graphic pictures of this area oil tank fire Firehouse.com.



WESB News: 12/18/07 - 2 Vehicle Crash on 219 Tuesday Morning

A 2-vehicle accident on Route 219 had traffic stopped for several hours today. The accident remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police as of 6 o'clock and WESB will pass more information along as it is received from authorities.

Guilty Plea In Timber Theft

WESB News: 12/18/07 - Portville Man Pleads to Timber Theft

A Portville man pleaded guilty Monday to Timber theft in McKean County Court.

67 year-old Gerald Skiver entered guilty pleas to theft and receiving stolen property charges from incidents in 2006. District Attorney John Pavlock told the court an issue remains in the case on the number of trees that Skiver cut and the value of the timber.

Judge John Yoder has ordered a restitution hearing to determine the amount of money that Skiver must reimburse.

Salvation Army--Pa Welfare Buying Coats For Kids

HARRISBURG (Dec. 18, 2007)- The Pennsylvania Department of Public
Welfare, the Salvation Army and Operation Warm are providing thousands
of new winter coats to low-income children in need.

"As they play outside at recess or wait for the school bus,
children need to be warm and safe during the winter months," said
Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman. "I am pleased that we
have been able to deliver the gift of warmth to so many children and
their families across the state."

Started in 1998, Operation Warm is a Chester County-based
non-profit organization that provides new winter coats to low-income
children through strategic partnerships with donors and community
organizations in communities across the nation.

During the first four months of the program, more than 38,000
low-income children across Pennsylvania received coats at Department of
Public Welfare county assistance offices. To be eligible to receive a
coat, families must be enrolled in the Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families program administered by the Department of Public Welfare and
have a child between the ages of five to nine.

"Developing this partnership with the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania has doubled Operation Warm's impact in the state," said
President Kim Fremont Fortunato.

For more information on Operation Warm or to donate a coat, visit
www.operationwarm.org <http://www.operationwarm.org/> .

Former State Police Chief Charged With DUI

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The man who served eight years as Pennsylvania's state police commissioner is facing drunken driving charges.

Police in the Harrisburg suburbs say Paul Evanko was arrested Friday night and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Police say the 60-year-old Evanko was charged with drunken driving Friday night.

From Philly Burbs

Area Obituaries

BOSLEY, John T. Jr.
Formerly of Ulysses, PA
43, of Shenandoah, PA, died Saturday, December 15, 2007. Born February 23, 1964 in York, PA, he was the son of John T. and April Dill Bosley. He was a 1982 graduate of Northern Potter High School. A professional truck driver, he owned and operated Thomas Transportation. Surviving are his mother, April (John) Shimkanin of California, PA; father, John T. (Pamela) Bosley of Ten Sleep, WY; four brothers, Todd Shimkanin of Knoxville, Gerry David Shimkanin of Ulysses, Michael Shimkanin of Meadville, and Matthew Shimkanin of California; two sisters, Angela Griffin of Easton and Pamela Loder of Stewartstown; paternal grandparents, Herbert and Margaret Bosley of York; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends may call Thursday, December 20th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

CORNELL, SFC Leo J.
Formerly of Ulysses, PA
36, of Ocala, FL, died Friday, December 14, 2007. Friends may call at the Ulysses United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 19th, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Services at 2:00 p.m. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Marion County Hospice, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

SOWERS, Lewis T.
of Harrison Twp., PA
Age 81, formerly of York, died Saturday, December 15, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 20th, in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Harrison Valley, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927. Arrangements are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

HOFFMAN,
Margaret M.
nee: Quakenbush
of Westfield, PA
Age 81, died Friday, December 14, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 19th, in the Brookfield United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Brookfield U.M. Church, c/o Donna Nudd, Treas., 3135 Potter Rd., Troupsburg, NY 14885. Arrangements are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

ELDRED — Patricia J. Todd, 80, of Eldred, died Saturday (Dec. 15, 2007) in Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S.D. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.

PORTVILLE - John S. "Scott" Fegadel, 43, of 25 N. Main St., passed away on Saturday (Dec. 15, 2007) in the Olean General Hospital following a lengthy illness.
BUFFALO, Mo. - Dulcie I. Bond, 95, of Buffalo, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., died Monday (Dec. 17, 2007) at the Colonial Springs Health Care Facility in Buffalo following a long illness.

CORYVILLE, Pa. - Maynard R. Baker, 62, of Coryville died Monday (Dec. 17, 2007) at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie following a brief illness.

PORTVILLE - Brandon Zachary Green, infant son of Chad H. and Kristy R. Forrest Green of 81 N. Main St., passed away Thursday (Dec. 13, 2007) in Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo, shortly after birth.

BUFFALO, Mo. - Dulcie I. Bond, 95, of Buffalo, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., died Monday (Dec. 17, 2007) at the Colonial Springs Health Care Facility in Buffalo following a long illness.

Tioga County planners give preliminary approval for wind turbine project

December 18, 2007 WELLSBORO — The Tioga County Planning Commission granted conditional preliminary approval to Virginia-based AES Corp. to begin construction of a 124-turbine wind farm during its regular meeting last Wednesday.

AES’ application to build the turbines on more than 10,000 acres of leased private property on top of Armenia Mountain in both Tioga and Bradford counties had been tabled at the commission’s October meeting because it was “incomplete,” according to Tioga County planner Jim Weaver.

From Sun Gazette

Shinglehouse Burglar Turns Self In

WESB News: 12/18/07 - Shinglehouse Teen Surrenders

A Shinglehouse man has turned himself in to State Police on burglary and theft charges.

State Police say 19 year-old Nicholas Matasich is charged with burglarizing the Shinglehouse IGA .

Shinglehouse Police Chief Brad Buccholz is credited with negotiating Mattasich’s surrender.

He is being held in Potter County jail on $15,000 dollars bail.

Monday, December 17, 2007

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Coudy Chamber To Meet Tuesday Morning

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at the Hotel Crittenden beginning at 8:30 am on Tuesday, December 18th. Breakfast available for a small donation.

A member of the Renaissance Committee that has been working for the long-term betterment of the community will be guest speaker at Tuesday's meeting of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Lamb, who is involved in information technologyand fund development at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, will discuss several topics at the monthly membership meeting, to be held at 8:30 am in the Hotel Crittenden dining room. All Chamber affiliates and other interested citizens are welcome. Lamb is among Renaissance Committee members who have been working on a broad-based appeal to the corporate leaders at JCPenney to keep open their Coudersport
store, which is slated to close in February. He will be showing a video of the appeal that was produced by
the committee, working with videographer Rich Esposito, to be delivered to JCPenney executives.

The speaker will also discuss other Renaissance Committee activities, as well as his responsibilities at Cole Hospital. A buffet-style breakfast is available starting at 8:30 for a modest donation, with the program scheduled to start at about 8:45. From WFRM News.

Witness Helps Police Catch RR Wire Thieves

A couple of New York State residents have been committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail each after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Rich Luther over the weekend on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

Kane-based state police allege a witness saw 43 year old Kandace Mabee of Hinsdale and 26 year old Nicholas Wilber of Olean cutting copper wire Sunday afternoon from along the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad tracks next to Route 155 about three miles south of Route 6 in Liberty Township.

The pair was allegedly observed loading the wire onto a sled, and putting it into Mabee’s vehicle. The witness summoned police and the suspects were detained by Port Allegany Borough Police until state troopers arrived on the scene. From WFRM News.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Minor injuries were reported for a 17 year old passenger following a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Route 6 in Wetmore Township, McKean County. State police said David Fowler of Kane was a passenger in a sedan driven by Nick Collins of Bradford which slid off the road into a snow bank. Fowler was treated at Kane Community Hospital. Collins was not hurt.

A Genesee woman has been charged with failing to drive her vehicle entirely within a single lane following a crash Friday evening on Route 449 about a mile south of Gold. State police locally said Christie Kerschner was driving north when her Jeep Grand Cherokee hit a patch of ice, skidded off the road, and hit a tree. She was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Dennis Ayers, 52, of Shinglehouse has been cited for harassment for an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at the home of Daniel Harris on Wheeler Hill Road in Sharon Township. State police claim Ayers threatened bodily harm toward Harris during a disagreement.

Storm Could Have Been Worse Here

The weather over the weekend in the Allegheny River valley could have been a lot worse. Earlier predictions for the most part didn't develop. In Roulette, we measured 5 inches of snow from the first phase, which mixed with rain and sleet. Snow on Sunday night mostly blew away with the stiff winds that accompanied it, making it hard to measure.

In nearby Bradford, WESB was reporting 14 inches of snow from the storm. Eastern Pa in the Poconos had a lot of freezing rain and wind which took down two 800 foot TV broadcast towers putting some stations off the air in that area.

The Harrisburg area took a beating with icing. 160,000 electric cutomers in the state were without power at the peak of the storm, and thousands are still without power. A couple of brief outages were experienced in the Roulette area Sunday night, but power was restored within a minute or so.

WIVB is reporting this morning that a plane scheduled to bring the Buffalo Bills back to Buffalo skidded off the runway at Cleveland forcing the Bills to charter busses for the return trip.

Wind chills in the 0 degree range make being outdoors, this morning, a little nippy but the only snow is a few flurries off the lake with the wind predicted to calm down after 1:00 pm.

Event Calendar Via WFRM News

December 18

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at the Hotel Crittenden beginning at 8:30. Breakfast available for a small donation.

December 19

There will be a Red Cross Bloodmobile at The Port Allegany Fire Hall from 11:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. p.m. Goal is 50 units. Donors must be over 17 years of age, weigh more than 110 pounds and have positive ID. For an appointment call 368-6197.

December 19

A Veterans Outreach specialist will be on duty at the Potter County CareerLink in Coudersport from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the convenience of area veterans and their families. Vets are asked to take their DD 214 form with them. Call toll free 1-800-352-0930 for more information.

Area Obituaries

PORTVILLE - John S. "Scott" Fegadel, 43, of 25 N. Main St., passed away on Saturday (Dec. 15, 2007) in the Olean General Hospital following a lengthy illness.

John T. Bosley Jr., 43, of Shenandoah, formerly of Ulysses, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007.

Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m.

ULYSSES — Lewis T. Sowers, 81, of Harrison Township, formerly of York, died Saturday (Dec. 15, 2007) in his home. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

ULYSSES — SFC Leo J. Cornell, 36, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Ulysses, died Friday (Dec. 14, 2007) in Ocala. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

ELDRED — Patricia J. Todd, 80, of Eldred, died Saturday (Dec. 15, 2007) in Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, S.D. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.

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.

Sowers, Lewis T.
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SOWERS, Lewis T.
of Harrison Twp., PA
Age 81, formerly of York, died Saturday, December 15, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 20th, in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Harrison Valley, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927. Arrangements are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.



Hoffman, Margaret
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HOFFMAN,
Margaret M.
nee: Quakenbush
of Westfield, PA
Age 81, died Friday, December 14, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 19th, in the Brookfield United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Brookfield U.M. Church, c/o Donna Nudd, Treas., 3135 Potter Rd., Troupsburg, NY 14885. Arrangements are entrusted to the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Blogger Play Link Removed--Nude Child Images?

"Blogger Play", Google's gadget that allows us to view pictures as they are uploaded to "Blogger," has been removed from "Solomon's words for the wise."

Although the pictures are very interesting and come from all over the world, several recent pictures have shown complete nudity, and some of the girls pictured don't look like they are of age.

Solomon's Words is a family news website, and we don't want our readers to be exposed to this material through our site.

Google expressly does not allow this kind of material, but apparently is not able to stop it immediately when it is uploaded. Readers are allowed to check a (flag this blog) to bring it to Google's attention.

If you want to download this Google feature directly, go to the Google site for the instructions.

Snowmobiles Open Season On The Farm

The new snow was ideal for snowmobiling Sunday as snowmobilers buzzed around the field at Kaple's Century Farm in Roulette, Potter County, PA. Eat your heart out Brad Jones. video video

One Car Accident In Shinglehouse At 2:00 am

Shinglehouse emergency services responded to an automobile accident on Honeyoye Street at the boro limits shortly before 2:00 am this Sunday morning where one car had gone off the road. The extent of injury to the occupant was undetermined.

Area Obituaries

SOWERS, Lewis T. of Harrison Twp., PA
81, died Saturday, December 15, 2007. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

CORNELL, Leo J. formerly of Ulysses, PA
36, of Ocala, FL, died Friday, December 14, 2007, in Ocala. Arrangements (1-800-942-2258) are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

HOFFMAN, Margaret M. nee: Quackenbush of Westfield, PA
81, died Friday, December 14, 2007. Born April 15, 1926, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Coral and Blanche Hopps Quackenbush. On March 11, 1949, in Tioga, she married Harry E. Hoffman, who survives. She was employed as an electronics inspector by GTI in Saegertown, PA, for 15 years. She was a member of the Brookfield United Methodist Church and the Knoxville Rebekahs, serving as a district deputy. Surviving besides her husband are nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Quackenbush and Manley Quackenbush; and two sisters, Mildred Cratsley Smith and Nora Turner. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 19th, in the Brookfield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Deborah Watkins and the Rev. Nettie Treat co-officiating. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brookfield U.M. Church, c/o Donna Nudd, Treas., 3135 Potter Rd., Troupsburg, NY 14885. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

PORTVILLE - Larry B. Randolph, 79, of 84 Portville-Ceres Road, passed away on Friday (Dec. 14, 2007) in the Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility following a lengthy illness.

PORTVILLE - Jane G. Miller of 29 Brooklyn St., died Thursday (Dec. 13, 2007).

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.

Grants Awarded For Route 6 Projects

From the Elmira Star Gazette-

The Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corp. has been awarded $208,000 under the state Heritage Area Program, the Department of Conservations and Natural Resources said.


The grant announcement is part of a $39.4 million investment in land protection, conservation and recreation projects designed to help revitalize communities and protect natural resources.

In addition to funding the management of the corporation, several projects along the Corridor will receive funding.

They include:

•$4,500 to create a 1,750-square-foot mural reflective of the area's cultural and historical heritage on a wall of the Potter County Education Council.

•$23,500 to purchase a historic building in Linesville, Crawford County, to serve as the National U.S. Route 6 Museum.

•$50,000 to renovate the Corry Heritage Center in Corry, Erie County, and house a coffee shop, displays of artists and artisans, information section and a retail area.

•$30,000 to develop marketing strategies by analyzing travelers and to create a unified message across the corridor.

"All of these projects help enhance the Route 6 experience for both the resident and the traveler," Executive Director Terri Dennison said in a prepared statement.

Dennison said the corporation is requesting applications for the next round of grants.

Pre-applications are due by Jan. 15.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Heritage Corp. in advance to discuss the project.

Pre-application forms and guidelines are available at www.paroute6.com under Heritage Corridor or by calling the heritage corporation at (814) 435-7706.

Strong Winds Predicted Today & Tomorrow

... Strong winds expected to develop later today as a storm system
moves away from the region...

... Wind Advisory in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 1 PM EST
Monday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind
Advisory... which is in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 1 PM
EST Monday.

A storm system approaching the region from the south will
intensify into a gale center as it heads up into New England
later today. As the storm pulls away... a strong northwest flow
will develop in its wake... gusting between 40 and 50 mph at times
by later today... lasting into Monday.

The strong winds could cause additional problems in areas where
significant icing occurred and continues to cling to trees and
power lines.

A Wind Advisory means that strong... gusty winds will make driving
difficult... especially for high profile vehicles in exposed
locations. Gusty winds could also cause some minor property
damage.