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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Deer Population Down, But So Are People

WESB News: 03/29/08 - Census Data Show Population Decline

McKean County’s population has dropped 5 percent, according to the latest US Census Bureau figures.

The county was one of 38 in the state with a declining population so far this decade, according to the Penn State Data Center, the state's official source for population and economic statistics.

In Potter County, the population is 16,987 as of July 2007, down drastically from the 17,365 figure of July 2006. Warren County had the third-largest drop in the state at 6.6 percent. Venango County's population has dropped by 4.9 percent, or 2,802; and McKean County by 5 percent, or 2,303, the Census Bureau figures show.

One northwestern county is a major exception to the declines. Forest County has had the largest increase of the decade so far at nearly 41 percent, but that is due largely to the construction of a state correctional facility in 2004, the data center said.

Anonymous Tom Maynard said...

Being 70 years old, half blind, no feelings in my fingers, totalily computer illeterate and stupid, I have been have one hell of a time taking an exception to your deer versus population in Potter County. You say a DRASTICALLY drop in populaion, from 06 to 07, 378? less than 4%, come on, what are you bitching about. Enjoy your site very much. Don't know how much longer you can do it.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 11:52:00 PM EDT

Blogger Solomon's words for the wise said...

You are absolutely right Tom. I noticed that last night. Potter County's population loss was just over 2%, much less than McKean or Warren counties, and much less than the decline in the deer population. Whoever wrote this story for WESB was obviously not a math major. Thanks for keeping us straight.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 8:58:00 AM EDT

Good Idea--Could Someone Do This Here?

New life for retired tires


By JOHN ANASTASI
Bucks County Courier Times

A Bensalem company that converts old tires into rubber landscaping mulch has inked a deal with Wal-Mart to recycle the tires that customers leave behind at its Tire & Lube Express centers.

The Arkansas-based retail giant, which operates more than 3,000 U.S. stores, has tapped Bensalem's National Sales & Supply for the recycling. Once the tires are ground up and repackaged as mulch, Wal-Mart will buy the mulch to sell at its stores.

“They're a big company, so this is a very big deal,” said Jason Shragher, the 4-year-old company's vice president. “It'll be 25 percent of our total business.”

Wal-Mart had piloted the program during the last two years. In 2006, it sold the mulch in about 200 stores. Last year, it increased the number to 600 stores. By the end of 2008, the product will be on the shelves in about 3,000 stores.

“This year, we're going companywide with it,” said Wal-Mart regional market manager John Mims. “It's a good partnership. We estimate that 2.5 million tires will end up being cut into mulch.”

Some of Wal-Mart's stores offer a car care center where customers can buy new tires for their vehicles. The old ones go to National Sales & Supply, which grinds them up at various facilities around the country.

The processed tires, which resemble woodchips, are transported to Bensalem, where the company occupies about 80,000 square feet in a State Road industrial building. There, they are colored and bagged. The mulch is then shipped to Wal-Mart stores for resale.

Rubber mulch can be layered on top of soil in gardens or landscaped areas. The rubber tends to insulate the soil from extreme cold and help it retain moisture. Some playgrounds also use the mulch because it is durable, long-lasting, more pliable and less likely to splinter than wood. It also doesn't attract bugs like wood, according to the company.“We're always looking at ways to be more ecologically friendly,” said Mims, who added the contract with National Sales & Supply will be re-evaluated annually.

In addition to finding a good use for old tires, Mims said the mulch is heartier than wood chips and it does not need to be replaced every year.

“It'll ultimately save the consumers money,” he said. “It's a win-win.”

National Sales & Supply also uses the recycled tires to create shock pads, used on pool decks and playgrounds, and tree rings — protective pads that sit on the ground surrounding tree stumps — by cooking them in molds.

According to Shragher, the recycled tires are non-toxic, organically dyed and free of metal wires, which are removed during the process.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection supports the use of recycled tires for products like these, said spokesman Charlie Young.

“It's something we encourage,” he said. “We don't tell [companies] what to do with their tire piles. That's up to the market. ... It's good to find a use for these tires.”

John Anastasi can be reached at 215-949-4170 or janastasi@phillyBurbs.com.
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would make good use of a nusiance problem that is in every area along with creating jobs and cleaning up the enviorment
"BRAVO"

Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:09:00 PM EDT

Area Obituaries

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SMETHPORT — Dan Olson, 57, of Clermont, died Friday (March 28, 2008) at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Hartle Tarbox Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Robert E. “Bob” Sisson Jr., 46, of Eldred, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Thursday (March 27, 2008) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Eldred. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Inc.

WELLSVILLE - Barton G. Jeffrey, 68, of 1935 County Road 18 died Monday (March 24, 2008) at home following a long battle with cancer.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Area Events From WFRM Website

March 28 & 29

The Oswayo Valley Middle/High School senior class is presenting a dessert theatre melodrama titled “Buried Secrets” or “It’s All My Vault” on the stage of the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse, Pa. This is the first senior class play that an OVMHS senior class has presented in over two decades. The Class of 2008 will present the melodrama as a fundraiser for their senior class trip to Toronto. The senior class of 42 students is working as a team to put on the dessert theatre production not only as actors, but also as waiters, waitresses, stage crew, set builders, scenery painters, ticket sellers, and ushers. Senior class advisors, Amy Metcalf, a 1987 alumna and Megan Dow, both new to theatre productions, have teamed with 1988 alumna, Cheri Thomas, who wrote the play to bring this theatre production to the school. Opening night for the dessert theatre will be Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, March 29, there will be a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased from a senior class member, at the OVMHS main office, or at Northwest Savings Bank and Sprout’s Drugstore in Shinglehouse. Tickets are on sale now.

March 28

The monthly meeting of the Potter County Regional Action Team will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Erway’s Restaurant Route 6 West, Coudersport. For more information, call Charlene at 1-800-341-5438, extension 118.

March 29

The Annual Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Kettle Creek Hose Company hall in Cross Fork. Admission is $3.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.The focus of the show is to highlight as many of the activities as possible that are available to visitors to the Kettle Creek valley.There will be information tables manned by clubs and organizations such as the local sportsman's clubs, Kettle Creek Watershed Association, Susquehannock Trail Club, DCNR Bureau of State Parks and Bureau of Forestry, snowmobile clubs, geocachers and more. There will be vendor booths featuring hunting items, turkey calling supplies, archery, and a local adventure lodge to name a few. The lecture series
will be back with six 45 minute lectures on the hour beginning at 10am.Topics include local CCC history, invasive species, reading the water for fly fishing and bird watching for beginners. During the course of the day, experts will be outside
demonstrating trap shooting, fly casting, hunting with bird dogs, packing with goats, and "dry land" canoeing and kayaking. Mountaineer Search and Rescue will be set up outside, giving tours of their command vehicle and making walking sticks. Food will be available throughout thecourse of the day. There will be door prizes. Contact Mary
Hirst at 814-435-5000 or Deb Forry at 814-435-2622 for more information,or if you may be interested in being a vendor.

March 29

There will be a pool tournament at the Park Hotel in Port Allegany to benefit young Star Lynn Starr who is being treated for severe burns she recently suffered. Sign up is at noon and the tourney begins at 1:00. Entry fee is $5.00. For more information, call Jessica Gross 366-2287.

There will be a chicken and biscuit dinner at the Riverside United Methodist Church in Roulette from 5:00 to 7:00. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the building fund.

March 31

The World famous Harlem "WIZARDS" be at the Austin Area School Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Wizards are an enthusiastic nationally known basketball team similar to the Harlem Globetrotters. Some of the team players are retired Harlem Globetrotters and some have appeared in various NIKE and AND 1 commercials. They will bring fun and excitement to the court as they play against the newly formed "AUSTIN PANTHERS TEAM" which will consist of AHS Teachers, Administration, Senior Basketball Players, Coaches, College Players from AHS, 1000 Point Scorers from AHS and a few others ! Advanced Tickets Available $8.00 Students / $10.00 Adults. Tickets will also be available at the door $10.00 Students / $12.00 Adults. Tickets are available at the following locations: In Austin---Austin Area School / Northwest Savings Bank in Coudersport ---Northwest SavingsBank/ 1st National Bank / Jubilee In Emporium---Emporium Pharmacy / Northwest Savings Bank/ Citizens Trust Company. For information, Call (814) 647-5561 or (814) 647-3345 in the evenings - If no answer, leave a message or Email kathyb@zitomedia.net or jlogue@zitomedia.net Checks payable to Austin Area School can be mailed to Austin Area School-Wizards138 Costello Avenue Austin, PA 16720Pre-paid tickets can be held for pick up at the door the night of the event or mailed for an additional $1.00 handling fee For more information on the Harlem Wizards, check out their website at www.harlemwizards.com.Proceeds from this event will benefit the AHS Class of 2015 & Austin Area PTO. Food & Beverages will be available along with Wizard Souvenirs.



File Tax Return To Get Economic Stimulus Check

WFRM News
The IRS recently sent out letters notifying taxpayers about the scheduled for mailing the economic stimulus checks. Anyone who files a 2007 tax return will automatically receive their check, however, there is a concern about those who do not normally file and income tax return, such as social security recipients, veterans, retired railroad employees etc.

If they receive at least $3,000 per year in some form of income, they will need to file a 1040A form in order to receive their check.

The effort to get the word out was discussed during yesterday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners. Sherry Hoffman, the director of the county’s aging services, identified those who will need to file a short form.

Hoffman says the county’s senior center managers will be available to help seniors fill out the short form. And she adds, she has checked with area tax preparers who say they will provide the service for a small fee.

Chiquita Recalls Cantalopes Nationwide

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupes Grown by Agropecuaria Montelibano, Honduras, Due to Possible Health Risk (March 27)
Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:48:00 -0500

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall of cantaloupes grown, packed and shipped by an independent third-party grower, Agropecuaria Montelibano in Honduras. The product was distributed to customers nationwide and is being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Shaner Project In Lock Haven Ready To Close

Lock Haven Express
LOCK HAVEN — Shaner Investments, L.P., is expected to close on the former Painter Stadium site today.

City Planner Leonora Hannagan reported the sale of the Spring Street properties will be completed a month and a day after Shaner Investments asked for an extension so it could get all the necessary approvals in place to create “Susquehanna Square Development.”

The former football stadium and Hanson practice field will become home to a 60-room Fairfield Inn of suites, two 6,000-foot restaurants with recognizable brand names and a building of condo apartments.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The city originally bought the properties from Keystone Central School District so it could turn around and offer them for sale but retain control over what type of development would go in that key spot between the downtown and Lock Haven University.

The sale also gave Keystone Central the $1.25 million it needed as a local match toward a new athletic facility.

City Council picked Shaner’s proposal for the 5.4 acres last July.

A Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) proposal was negotiated so Shaner could borrow $2,225,000 to create its proposed $15 million development.

Editor's note:Congressional candidate Matt Shaner is President of Shaner Investments.

Congressional Candidates Talk About Energy

Courier Express
DuBOIS - Energy was one of the most commonly heard themes throughout Wednesday's Congressional candidate forum.

With gasoline and home heating prices on an upward swing and no end in sight, all the candidates agreed the nation needs to effectively utilize its current resources while catalyzing research into alternative forms of energy.

There are 12 candidates - nine Republicans and three Democrats - vying for the 5th Congressional District seat to be vacated by retiring Rep. John Peterson. Here are their responses to the energy issue: Read the candidates answers in the DuBois Courier Express.

Brookville Killer Nearly Got Away

Courier Express
BROOKVILLE - A Brookville man accused in the shooting deaths of his parents very nearly escaped.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Richard Beck in Brookville, Richard J. Reed, 44, was stopped by Canadian Border Police at Niagara Falls, Canada, and returned to the United States.

Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett said that if Reed had crossed into Canada it would have made extradition to Pennsylvania almost impossible.

Burkett said Canada will not extradite suspects to states that have the death penalty. Pennsylvania has the death penalty.
Read more in the DuBois Courier Express.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was engaged to Richard Reed three years ago and would never have guessed he was capable of anything like this. Goes to show we can never be certain of anything in this life. His parents were wonderful people who will be terribly missed by family and friends.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:26:00 AM EDT

Former Coudersport PSP Corporal Facing Perjury Charges


WESB News: 03/28/08 - Former PSP Corporal Accused of Lying

A former Coudersport State Police corporal is accused of lying during an arbitrator's hearing into his firing.

Laurence Fisher of Mills, Potter County, is facing charges of perjury and false swearing following his arrest and bail arraignment Thursday in Galeton.

The 44-year-old was fired in October 2006 for violating the department's code of conduct.

The criminal charges relate to a January 2007 arbitration hearing at which he allegedly denied under oath that he had been read his Miranda rights during an internal affairs interview in 2004.

Police say Fisher insisted he hadn't been read his rights even after a tape recording of the interview was played. The department says Fisher claimed the audiotape was a fake.

Robert L. Pepper, 76, Coudersport, PA


Robert L. Pepper, 76, of Coudersport died of natural
causes Thursday (March 27, 2008) at his home.

Born July 16, 1931, in Painted Post, N.Y., he was a son
of Emory E. and Lillian E. Blow Pepper. On June 22,
1958, in Coudersport, he married Mary Higgins, who
survives.

Mr. Pepper was a graduate of Coudersport High School
as well as Mansfield State Teachers College. He
was an elementary teacher in Emporium for a year and
then taught at the Coudersport Elementary School
until his 1989 retirement.

He was a former member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F&AM;
the Coudersport Consistory; and Park United Methodist
Church, where he was a lay speaker. He currently attended
the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Michael D.
Pepper of Coudersport; a daughter, Jennifer Cavanaugh
of Coudersport; three brothers, Alfred Pepper
of Youngstown, Ohio, Milford Pepper of Coudersport
and Emory E. Pepper Jr. of Drexel Hill; three sisters,
Carolyn Owens and Donna Mahon, both of Coudersport,
and Jean Crosby of Sylvania, Ohio; five grandchildren;
two step-grandchildren and. many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
the Fickinger Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the
Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle. Burial will be at the
convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, Potter Unit, P.O. Box 67, Bradford; PA
16701; or to Potter County Hospice, 1001 E. Second St.,
Coudersport, PA 16915.

Area Men Sentenced For Drug Or Alcohol Charges

Three area men were sentenced in McKean County
Court on Thursday for charges regarding drugs or alcohol.

Michael Hermann, 34, of Smethport,
was sentenced to
four to 18 months in McKean County Jail and given credit
for five days served on charges of receiving stolen property
and conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

Jordan Wilson, 21, of Smethport, was ordered to per-
form one year of probation for violating the drug act.
Learn said that police had responded to a report of a
man who had overdosed and found Wilson in possession
of cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

Robert Gummo, 37, of Port Allegany, was sentenced to
one year plus 90 days to five years in jail for driving
under the influence of alcohol.
Because the sentence would normally fall under the
purview of the state prison system, Gummo must
pay the cost of his incarcerationat $50 per day, Judge
John Yoder said.
If he fails to pay, he will be remanded to state prison.

Smethport Man Sentenced To Jail

Shawn Mahon, 37, of Smethport, was sentenced to
45 days to a year in jail and given credit for one day of
time served on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest
and disorderly conduct in McKean County Court yesterday.

Railroad To Use Grant To Expand Turtlepoint Track At Glenn O. Hawbaker Stone Facility

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced
the investment of $10.2 million in rail freight infrastructure in
an effort to help create and maintain jobs at expanding
businesses throughout the commonwealth.

The 38 grants are part of PennDOT's rail freight assistance program.

In McKean County, the Western New York &
Pennsylvania Railroad will receive $75,000 for extension
of a tail track serving the Glenn 0. Hawbaker stone unloading
facility in Turtlepoint.

John Deere Dozer Parts For Sale


John Deere dozer parts - Roulette, Pa.
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Potter County Gets 2-3 Inches Rain Overnight


An overnight storm, predicted to bring several inches of snow, instead dumped between 2 and 3 inches of rain over most of Potter County according to State College radar.

The Allegheny River at Roulette is running bank full this morning.

To the north, many schools were delayed this morning in NY state, where the precipitation apparently fell as snow or sleet.

Bradford Woman Jailed For Bad Checks--Facing Theft Charges In Potter County

WESB News: 03/28/08 - Bfd Woman Off to Prison

A Bradford woman has been sentenced to one to two years in state prison on bad checks charges. McKean County Court records show that 34 year-old Debra Nichols has a long history of writing bad checks.

Nichols is also facing theft charges in Potter and Elk Counties.

Smethport Woman Gets Prison For Porno Pics

WESB News: 03/28/08 - Smethport Woman Headed to Prison

A Smethport woman has been sentenced to up to 23 months in jail on child porn charges. Court records indicate that 30 year-old Denise Windsor pleaded guilty to sending pornographic pictures of herself to a 16 year-old male in 2006.

State Police also confiscated 79 pages of computer printouts from Windsor which also included chatroom conversation with the 16 year-old.

The juvenile also told police that the two had sexual intercourse on one occasion.

Charles "Ed" Rawson, 68, Galeton, PA

RAWSON, Charles "Ed"
68, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, PA. Born November 6, 1939 in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Iva (Campfield) Rawson and the late Charles G. Rawson. He was a graduate of Galeton High School and earned an Associate's Degree in welding from Williamsport Area Community College. He retired from Consolidated Natural Gas after 38 years of service.He was married to the former Marjorie Butler, who survives. Ed was a member, a Deacon, and in the choir at The First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, a Life Member and the former Fire Chief and Assistant Chief of the Goodyear Hose Company, a driver for the Gale Hose Ambulance Association, a member of the Galeton Masons #602 and the Coudersport Consistory, a former Galeton Borough Councilman, and a former Pike Township Supervisor. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and especially his grandchildren. Surviving are: his wife of 48 years, Marjorie Rawson of Galeton; a son, Scott Edward (Bobbi) Rawson of State College, PA; two daughters, Lorie Lynne Hillyard of Galeton, and Julie Lee (Bill) Jeffries of Galeton; his mother, Iva Rawson of Galeton; grandchildren, Elaina Rawson Surdam, Janelle, Jaime and Jeff Rawson, Brett and Nathan Jeffries; great-grandson, Thomas Surdam; a brother, William (Bonnie) Rawson of Germania; and a sister, Carole (George) Hupp of Middleburg, PA. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel in Galeton on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 30, 2008, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, with a Memorial Service following at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Karl W.O. Runser, III will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church in Galeton or the Centre Life Link EMS, P.O. Box 272, State College, PA 16804.

Area Obituaries

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COUDERSPORT — Robert L. Pepper, 76, of Coudersport died of natural causes Thursday (March 27, 2008) at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dietary Suplements FDA Warning

FDA Warns Consumers about Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula (March 27)
Thu, 27 Mar 2008 18:55:00 -0500

The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.

Coudersport Woman DUI Wednesday Night

WFRM
DUI charges are pending against a Coudersport woman who was stopped on Route 6 just east of Route 44 in Sweden Township late Wednesday night.

State police say they pulled Jennifer Labenne over for a traffic violation and allgegedly found her driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for chemical testing.

Windpark Draws 50 For Public Hearing In Allegany County, NY

By Kathryn Ross

CENTERVILLE - The windpark project is not a done deal, Centerville Town Supervisor Frank Sardina told the 50 or so people at Monday night’s public windmill hearing.

The hearing on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a proposal by Noble Environmental Power to build a 100.5-megawatt, 67-windmill park in the towns of Centerville and part of Rushford (Centerville is the lead agency) was held with little agitation from the community, said Sardina.

Citizens still have eight days to submit their questions on the draft statement.Read more in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

BREAKING NEWS: American killed in rocket or mortar attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, U.S. Embassy says

Cantalopes Recalled For Salmonella Risk

T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk (March 25)
Thu, 27 Mar 2008 09:31:00 -0500

T.M. Kovacevich International, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA is recalling cantaloupes which it purchased from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ('FDA') has determined, based on current information, that cantaloupe fruit from this company has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

BREAKING NEWS: FDA probing a possible link between Singulair asthma drug and suicidal behavior

Police Say Brookville Man Killed Parents

BREAKING NEWS
Courier Express
BROOKVILLE - A Brookville man has been charged with killing his parents.

Punxsutawney-based state police said Richard J. Reed, Richards Street, Brookville, is charged with criminal homicide in connection with the death of his parents, John and Mary Lou Reed of Brookville.

Police said Reed is in custody in New York pending court proceedings that will return him to Pennsylvania.

A joint investigation is being conducted by Brookville Borough police, state police, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett and Coroner Bernard Snyder.

No other information was available from police this morning.

A news conference was scheduled later today at the Brookville Borough building.
Update:
Reed was detained after he tried to cross the Rainbow Bridge into Canada to avoid arrest. Authorities found a gun, rings, and his mothers drivers license.

Candidates Talk Issues To 150 At Clarion Hotel

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008

5th District candidates talk on several issues

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

DUBOIS — All 12 candidates for the open 5th Congressional District seat underwent questioning at a forum Wednesday night, clarifying their positions on the Iraq war, immigration, health care and other issues in a series of yes-or-no questions.

While Democrats Mark McCracken and Rick Vilello agreed that the U.S. should withdraw its troops from Iraq “immediately,” Democrat Bill Cahir and the nine Republican candidates disagreed.

“We need to stabilize Iraq as best we can and map out way out,” said Cahir, of Bellefonte, the only Iraq war veteran among the candidates.

Asked whether the government should deport the 12 million or more undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Republicans John Krupa and Centre County resident Glenn Thompson said yes, while the 10 other candidates disagreed.

Thompson said a lot of people mistakenly doubt that you can send that many people back.

“I think you can,” he said. “You do it one at a time.”

By contrast, Republican Matt Shaner said they should be made to pay a fine and return to their homeland and then be allowed to re-enter legally.

Centre County’s remaining 5th District candidate, Chris Exarchos, said: “I don’t believe you can just deport them. I think we have to find a humane way to deal with that issue.”

Asked whether all of the tax cuts approved under the Bush administration should be continued, the three Democrats said no, while eight Republicans said yes, and Exarchos, breaking with the rules, said maybe.

Similarly, the three Democrats agreed on the need for universal health care, while all nine Republicans held the opposite view.

The Democrats were put on the spot at one point, when they were asked in front of the crowd of 150 at the Clarion Hotel which candidate they favored for the Democratic nomination.

Vilello and Cahir, not wanting to alienate either Barack Obama supporters or Hillary Clinton supporters, said they were undecided. McCracken said he favors Obama. Shaner and Republican Derek Walker sparred over the issue of earmarks, the congressional practice of ensuring that specific amounts of money go to specific projects in specific congressional districts.

Walker faulted unnamed candidates for calling for an end to the practice, saying that if used wisely earmarks are fine. Shaner shot back that Walker “doesn’t understand the issue,” saying the pledge Shaner signed called only for the reform, not the elimination, of earmarks.

Republican Keith Richardson faulted the earmark system as well, blaming it for a $9.3 trillion national debt and asserting that earmark defenders mistakenly believe they can “game” the system.

Asked to describe the difference between rural and urban Pennsylvania, Republican John Stroup stirred applause by taking a sound-bite quality shot at the controversial state plan to toll Interstate 80 to help fund public transit systems in cities.

“The biggest difference I see is that Gov. Rendell keeps taking our money and giving it to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,” Stroup said.

Republican Jeff Stroehmann agreed, saying that “rural Pennsylvania is the bread basket of the state, but we pay the penalty for it.”

Elk County Republican Lou Radkowski, who lives in perhaps one of the most rural counties in the rural 17-county district, summed up the difference between rural and urban in a singular way.

“All we say is it’s down the road,” he said. “Even though it’s 30 miles to DuBois, we just say it’s down the road.”

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910. Solomon's words thanks Mike Joseph and the Centre Daily Times for letting us republish their articles on the 5th District Congressional race.

Eldred Man Dead In Crash Near State Line

WESB News: 03/27/08 - Eldred Man dies in Early Morning Crash

An Eldred man died in a one vehicle accident early this morning on Route 446 in Eldred.

State Police say 46 year-old Robert Sisson was traveling north on 446 at around midnight when he lost control of his car and rolled it several times. Sisson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt

United Refining Back To Normal After Fire

Goerie.com
WARREN -- The refinery that supplies much of northwestern Pennsylvania's gasoline was back to normal Tuesday after being hit by fire last week.

United Refining in Warren was processing 63,000 barrels of crude oil a day before the fire, and company spokesman Larry Loughlin said production is back up to that level.

The fire broke out on the morning of March 20 in a vacuum pump in the combination unit, the part of the plant where crude oil enters the refinery.

Area Obituaries

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COUDERSPORT — Mabel J. Van Volkinburg, 98, formerly of Austin, died Monday (March 24, 2008) in the Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda, N.Y. The Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

COUDERSPORT — Beverly G. Eldridge, 81, of Coudersport died Monday (March 24, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Patricia A. Daniels Taylor, 66, of Longwood, Fla., formerly of Port Allegany, died Dec. 30, 2007, at her residence. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Michael D. Manning, 63, of 1189 Lillibridge Creek Road, died Monday (March 24, 2008) at his home after a lengthy illness. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

Snow Tonight--Winter Weather Advisory

Statement as of 4:05 AM EDT on March 27, 2008


... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to
10 am EDT Friday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory... which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to
10 am EDT Friday.

A late-season snowfall will produce a moderate to heavy snowfall
over the northern mountains of Pennsylvania tonight.

A weak low pressure will bring mix of very light snow and rain
to the region today... but the daytime temperatures and light
precipitation overall will keep much snow from accumulating before
sunset.

A stronger wave of low pressure will arrive tonight and enhance
the precipitation. The air will get colder as the light
northeast winds continue... and we lose the sunshine. Accumulations
will begin in earnest after sunset.

Total nighttime snow
accumulations will range from 3 or 4 inches in the valleys to 6
inches or so on the ridge tops.

The snow should taper off during the early morning on Friday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shinglehouse Responds To Man Laying In Road

BREAKING NEWS 9:12PM--3-27-08
Shinglehouse Emergency Services have been toned out to a person laying in the roadway on Route 44, 3 miles south of the boro.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any updates on this?

Friday, March 28, 2008 8:08:00 PM EDT

BREAKING NEWS: Space shuttle Endeavour makes rare night landing after 16-day mission

Possible Structure Fire On Comes Creek

BREAKING NEWS 7:47 PM--3-26-08
Port Allegany, Roulette, and Smethport Firemen are being dispatched to a possible structure fire on the Comes Creek Road south of Port Allegany. Roulette has been recalled at 8:00 pm

Rendell Didn't Lie After All--Museum Funding Released

BREAKING NEWS STORY--POTTER COUNTY PROJECT GETS $5.4 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING

WESB News: 03/26/08 - Lumber Museum to Get $5.4 Million


Rep. Martin Causer and Sen. Joe Scarnati have announced the release of $5.4 million in state funds to support the expansion of The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County.

The lawmakers, who have been advocating for the funding for three years, were notified Wednesday afternoon by the governor's office that the money would finally be released.

"This is absolutely outstanding news, not only for Potter County but for the entire region," Causer said. "The lumber industry is not only an important part of our history - it also has a vital role to play in our future."

Scarnati agreed. "Given the growing interest in our region as a tourist attraction, this investment in the Lumber Museum could not have come at a better time. Just as the lumber industry continues to be an important contributor to our local economy, the tourism industry is increasingly generating jobs and investment in our region."

Causer and Scarnati praised the work of county government and tourism leaders who have long supported the museum and especially commended the Lumber Museum Associates, who have been a driving force for this project.

"This is just one more example of what can be accomplished when we all work together toward a common goal," Causer said. "I look forward to visiting the new and improved museum in the near future," Scarnati added.

The money will go toward the expansion of the museum's exhibits and its visitor center to supplement existing attractions, such as the 1912 Shay-geared logging locomotive, Barnhart Log Loader, Brookville locomotive and restored CCC Cabin.

The museum reopens for the season April 1.

For more information about the museum and its hours, visit the lumber museum web site

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Potter county not have more important things to worry about than the Lumber Museum? People in the area are unemployed/under employed and they are going to spend $5.4m on the museum? C'mon Causer get it together!!! (Oh no I'm sorry, you're the one who when I asked you about the effects of Adelphia on your constituents asked me "And what do you want me to do about it??" Well Mr. Representative, maybe you should do your job!)

Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:58:00 AM EDT

Pierce Murder Charge Reduced To Manslaughter

WESB News: 03/26/08 - Murder Charge Reduced to Manslaughter

A charge of second-degree murder against Stephanie Pierce has been reduced to second-degree manslaughter in the death of 3-year-old Ianna Doris Maybee.

Ianna's father and Pierce's boyfriend, Guy Maybee, is charged with second-degree murder. Maybee and Pierce are both in Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting grand jury action.

During Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Guy Maybee, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputy William Welling testified that Ianna suffered a broken clavicle and broken ribs, a damaged spinal cord, severe bleeding on her brain and internal bleeding caused by a lacerated liver.

Ianna was found dead in her bed at about 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. Authorities believe she died at 3 a.m. Friday. An autopsy was performed Saturday at ECMC. Maybee and Pierce were arrested Sunday.

Police Looking For Owners Of Recovered Tools

wfrm
Coudersport-based state police have recovered several hand and power tools over the past few months which they believe may have been stolen from several victims.

The tools include a Dremel Multi Pro Tool, a Craftsman 40 PC Rethreading tool set; a Black and Decker drill bit kit, a torque measuring instrument, steering wheel puller, Ryobi 3/8” VSR power drill, Dewalt DW250 drywall screw driver, Snap-On 12 volt timing light, Skil Circular Saw, and a tool bag containing various Craftsman and Snap-On wrenches plus multiple other hand tools.

Anyone who may have lost tools recently is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690 and describe their missing items.

Reminder From PennDOT For Walking Students

WFRM
With the Route 6 bridge replacement detour in effect, PennDot is reminding walking students and their parents that they should be using the school bus to travel to and from the Coudersport High School.


Students can catch the morning bus at the corner of East and Oak Streets. The bus drops students off in the afternoon at the corner of East and maple Streets. Both of the stops are located on one-way sections of the official detour.

The stops were added for walking students in order to make travel too and from the high school convenient and safe during the bridge project.

Pedestrians who must cross Mil Street are urged to do so at the one-way traffic section or beyond the detour route. Officials say they appreciate cooperation from pedestrians during the project.

Potter County Horse Farm For Sale By Owner

Located In Roulette,
Potter County-PA
9 Acre Horse Farm-
House, 2 Barns,
Paved Driveway-New Roof-New Wiring
New Gas Forced Air Heating
Frontage on Allegheny River
For Sale By Owner
Brad Jones-bradleykjones@yahoo.com

Trout Season Opens Saturday In SE Pennsylvania

Sun Gazette

Trout season opens Saturday in southeast region of state

By ERIC LONG - elong@sungazette.com

While the state Fish and Boat Commission continues to stock nearly 3 1/2 million trout in streams and lakes, anglers in the southeastern region of the state will get an earlier start in pursuit of the game fish.

Saturday is the opening date for trout in 18 southeastern counties, while anglers in the rest of the state will have to wait until April 12 to bait their hooks.

Anglers in Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill and York counties get to start the season at 8 a.m. Saturday.

According to Commission officials, the best conditions for trout fishing arrive about two weeks earlier there than in the rest of the state.

Climate differences there cause trout waters to warm earlier than those in the rest of the state. By mid-May, the waters are too warm for trout, officials say.

In Northumberland County, Mahantango Creek, which runs between Northumberland and Dauphin counties, is part of the earlier opening day, as is the West Branch of Mahantango Creek between Snyder and Juniata counties.

In Carbon County, Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek are part of the early trout opener.

Anglers who are 16 years or older must possess a valid fishing license and a trout-salmon stamp and must adhere to all Fish and Boat Commission regulations.

The cost of a 2008 fishing license is $22.70 for residents 16 to 64 years of age. The trout and salmon stamp costs an additional $9.70.

Some waters in the state have special regulations, such as delayed harvest, artificial lures only and catch and release.

Trout caught and kept must be at least 7 inches long. The creel limit from opening day through Labor Day is five trout, combined species.

During the extended season, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 29 and the day after Labor Day through Dec. 31, the creel limit is three trout.
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: 2008 Fishing License Cost

The cost for a 2008 fishing license is $32.40/each, which includes the trout stamp. A Lake Erie stamp is additional. Thought that you would want to correct your posting dated 03/26/2008.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 3:47:00 PM EDT

Police Reports

Wellsville Reporter
Coudersport, Pa. State Police

Troopers are investigating an accident that happened between 3 and 4:15 p.m. Saturday on Route 4003, Roulette. A red Ford left the road and struck a ditch, then struck a post. It kept moving and struck a wooden, split-rail fence on private property before fleeing the scene. Anyone with information about the incident should call troopers at (814)274-8690.

Troopers report Sean R. Easton, 40, of Genesee, Pa., will be charged with driving under the influence after a vehicle stop at 8:58 p.m. Friday on Route 449, Genesee.

State Representative Marty Causer Invites You

Keep Second Amendment Liberty in Pennsylvania, Second to None
Join me for the 3rd Annual
Right to Keep and
Bear Arms Rally
Monday, April 7
Rally kicks off at 10 a.m.
State Capitol Rotunda
in Harrisburg
Invited Speakers & Organizations:
Larry Pratt
Executive Director, Gun Owners of America
Kim Stolfer
Chairman, Firearms Owners Against Crime
Melody Zullinger
Executive Director, PA Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs
GunWeek, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, National Shooting Sports Foundation, CCRKBA, NRA, Gun Owners of America, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Mothers Arms - Safely in Mothers Arms, Inc., Second Amendment Sisters, Firearms Coalition, and many other groups.
Plus many other Pro-Gun State Lawmakers
Pro-Second Amendment Organization
Signs Only Please.

No Other Outside Signs Will Be Permitted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kegs Of Gold Coins Buried North Of Coudersport

There are many tales of lost treasure in the hills, mountains and caves of Pennsylvania.

  • Late in the 1690s, a group of French Canadians, led by Louis Frontenac, left New Orleans for Montreal.
  • They sailed up the Mississippi River to the Ohio River and on to the site of present-day Pittsburgh, taking the left fork up the Allegheny River.
  • On their rafts were kegs filled with gold coins destined for the Royal Governor of Canada's treasury.
  • Upon reaching present-day Potter County, they started overland, but the heavy kegs made the going slow.
  • Fearing an English or Indian attack, they buried the treasure north of present-day Coudersport, marking the spot with a cross chipped into a rock.
  • Indians saw the cross, but left it alone fearing it had mystical significance. In time, the marker wore away and the Indians couldn't remember where it was located.
  • The French never returned.

Candidates Sound Off On Health Care

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

Candidates tackle health care

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

The Centre Daily Times asked each of the nine Republican and three Democratic candidates for the 5th Congressional District nominations to respond to an identical set of eight questions. Below are their responses to the fourth question.

The cost of and access to health care present high hurdles to many Americans. What health care issues are especially important to the 5th Congressional District, and how would you address these issues in Congress?

Click here to go to the answers in the Centre Daily Times.

Smethport Man Was DUI In Flaming Crash Sunday

DUI charges have been filed against 23 year old Marshall Dulski of Smethport following a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening about a half mile east of Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

State police said their investigation revealed Dulski was intoxicated when his ’95 Buick Regal wrecked on the Lower Grimes Road.

Reports from the scene indicated Dulski was self extricated from the vehicle which became engulfed in flames.

Police Reports From WFRM News

State police here are investigating the theft of about 100 feet of copper gutters from an abandoned building on Commercial Street in Genesee last week. The gutters are valued at about $500 and were taken from the building owned by Adam Chapman of Wellsville.

Troopers are also probing another case of identity theft victimizing an area resident. Unknown persons used a debit card belonging to Janet Bowser of Ulysses to rack up nearly $740 in unauthorized charges.

A camp burglary taking place in Genesee Township over the past few weeks is also being investigated by state police here. Thieves forced open the front door at a camp on Wiles Road owned by Gerald Hart of Wellsville and broke several windows from inside the building.

Community Calendar From WFRM

March 27

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will hold a public meeting at the OVR office on West Third Street in Williamsport from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to receive public comment on the Draft FY 2009 Combined Agency State Plan. Counties served include Potter, Tioga, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union. For more information, contact Susan Swartz toll free 1-800-442-6359. Written comments welcome.

March 28 & 29

The Oswayo Valley Middle/High School senior class is presenting a dessert theatre melodrama titled “Buried Secrets” or “It’s All My Vault” on the stage of the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse, Pa. This is the first senior class play that an OVMHS senior class has presented in over two decades. The Class of 2008 will present the melodrama as a fundraiser for their senior class trip to Toronto. The senior class of 42 students is working as a team to put on the dessert theatre production not only as actors, but also as waiters, waitresses, stage crew, set builders, scenery painters, ticket sellers, and ushers. Senior class advisors, Amy Metcalf, a 1987 alumna and Megan Dow, both new to theatre productions, have teamed with 1988 alumna, Cheri Thomas, who wrote the play to bring this theatre production to the school. Opening night for the dessert theatre will be Friday, March 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, March 29, there will be a matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased from a senior class member, at the OVMHS main office, or at Northwest Savings Bank and Sprout’s Drugstore in Shinglehouse. Tickets are on sale now.

March 28

The monthly meeting of the Potter County Regional Action Team will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Erway’s Restaurant Route 6 West, Coudersport. For more information, call Charlene at 1-800-341-5438, extension 118.

March 29

The Annual Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Kettle Creek Hose Company hall in Cross Fork. Admission is $3.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.The focus of the show is to highlight as many of the activities as possible that are available to visitors to the Kettle Creek valley.There will be information tables manned by clubs and organizations such as the local sportsman's clubs, Kettle Creek Watershed Association, Susquehannock Trail Club, DCNR Bureau of State Parks and Bureau of Forestry, snowmobile clubs, geocachers and more. There will be vendor booths featuring hunting items, turkey calling supplies, archery, and a local adventure lodge to name a few. The lecture series
will be back with six 45 minute lectures on the hour beginning at 10am.Topics include local CCC history, invasive species, reading the water for fly fishing and bird watching for beginners. During the course of the day, experts will be outside
demonstrating trap shooting, fly casting, hunting with bird dogs, packing with goats, and "dry land" canoeing and kayaking. Mountaineer Search and Rescue will be set up outside, giving tours of their command vehicle and making walking sticks. Food will be available throughout thecourse of the day. There will be door prizes. Contact Mary
Hirst at 814-435-5000 or Deb Forry at 814-435-2622 for more information,or if you may be interested in being a vendor.

Mill Hall Driver Charged After Potter County Crash

WFRM
A Mill Hall driver is facing charges here in Potter County following a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on the Loucks Mils Road near Bailey Hill Road in Ulysses Township.

Troopers said a 1994 Chevrolet Geo Tracker owned by Jeffrey Kreger of Waterville, PA entered a sharp corner too quickly, traveled across the road, struck a snow bank, overturned and came to rest right side up just off the road.

The driver departed the scene but was located nearby and was identified as 21 year old Logan Dorwart.

He’s been charged with driving with suspended license, driving too fast conditions, seatbelt violations, driving on the wrong side of the road and accident scene clearance.

Grand Jury Will Hear Case Of Murdered 3 Year Old

News: 03/25/08 - Murder Case Headed to Grand Jury

A Cattaraugus County Grand Jury will hear the murder cases against Guy Maybee and Stephanie Pierce.

During an hour-and-a-half long preliminary hearing this afternoon Town Judge James Haltermann determined that prosecutors presented enough evidence for the charges against Maybee to move to the grand jury. Pierce waived her preliminary hearings.

According to court records, Maybee assaulted his 3-year-old daughter, Ianna Doris Maybee, Thursday in their home. Authorities believe she died at about 3 a.m. Friday.

Pierce called 9-1-1 at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon when she tried to wake her up and realized she wasn't breathing.

Sheriff Dennis John says the child had bruises on her body and died of internal injures. An autopsy was performed at ECMC on Saturday. Maybee and Pierce were arrested Sunday.

Links To Candidates For 5th District US Congress

Links to Congress crowd

With nine Republicans and three Democrats running for the 5th Congressional District seat in Pennsylvania, it can be hard to keep track.

So here they all are again, in alphabetical order, linked to their Web sites so you can check out what they say about themselves:

  • Former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos of Lemont, College Township, Centre County.
  • Insurance agent John Krupa of Avis, Clinton County, a former supervisor of Pine Creek Township.
  • Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski of Saint Marys, a funeral director.
  • Keith Richardson of Clarion, pastor of the First Baptist Church.
  • Centre County businessman Matt Shaner of Patton Township.
  • Jeff Stroehmann of Linden, Lycoming County, former Woodward Township supervisor.
  • Clarion Mayor John Stroup, executive director of a hospital foundation.
  • Health care professional Glenn Thompson of Howard Township, Centre County.
  • Financial consultant Derek Walker of Bradfor Township, Clearfield County.

Three Democrats are competing for their party's nomination:

  • Bill Cahir of Bellefonte, a Marine Corps reservist and Iraq War veteran.
  • Clearfield County Comissioner Mark McCracken of Lawrence Township.
  • Lock Haven Mayor Rick Vilello, a self-employed building inspector.
From the Centre Daily Times

This Week's Trout Stocking Schedule For Potter Co.


Sun Gazette
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has announced the following schedule for trout stocking for Potter County for this week:


East Branch Cowley Run, from unnamed tributary upstream of Mackley headwaters to its mouth, meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Tannery Inn, Route 872, Costello;

Freeman Run, from the confluence with Bark Shanty headwaters to the confluence with Freeman Run west branch and from Freeman Run west branch to its mouth, meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Tannery Inn, Route 872, Costello;

Kettle Creek, from the confluence with Long Run to the upper limits of the children’s area of Ole Bull State Park, meet at noon Thursday at Ole Bull State Park, Route 144;

Little Kettle Creek, from the confluence with Bloss headwaters to its mouth, meet at noon Thursday at Ole Bull State Park, Route 144;

Pine Creek, from the confluence with Genesee Forks to the confluence with West Pine Creek, meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Galeton Center Town Park;

Pine Creek, from the confluence with West Branch of Pine Creek to the confluence with Elk Run, meet at noon Saturday at Galeton Center Town Park;

West Branch Cowley Run, from Ensign Run to its mouth, meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Tannery Inn, Route 872, Costello.

Elner E. Plant, 86, Emporium-Lewistown

Elner E. “Dolly” Plant, 86, a resident of the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, and formerly of South Main Street, Lewistown, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2008 at the manor.

Born August 31, 1921 in Kingsport, she was the daughter of the late Iven and Nellie (Baker) Henderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John J. Plant on Sept. 15, 1992.

Children surviving are Jim J. Plant and his wife Judy of Ulysses, Dennis “Jack” Plant and his wife Suzanne of Millerstown, Donald A. Plant and his wife Jane of Greeley, Colo., John J. Plant Jr. and his wife Nancy of Moultrie, Ga., and Paul D. Plant and his wife Leslie of Emporium and daughter-in-law, Thelma Plant of Port Royal, along with 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, John I. Plant and the Rev. Robert John Plant; two grandsons, Brian and Robert J. Plant Jr. and four brothers, Wilbur, Lester, Alex and Clifton Henderson.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where she was a church choir member. She was a devoted wife of the Rev. John J. Plant and was very supportive of his ministry in the area and out of the area, including local charges, Grove Memorial UMC, Glenwood UMC and Milroy UMC, Grace UMC, Newton Hamilton UMC and Beavertown UMC.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., with the Rev. Rick Bender officiating. Interment will be in Lind Memorial Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 101 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044 or to the church of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Heller-Hoenstine Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.

Mark T. Stahli, 47, Formerly Of Westfield

STAHLI, Mark T., Age 47, of White Haven Center, White Haven, PA, formerly of Westfield, PA, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Hazleton General Hospital, Hazleton, PA.

He was born January 15, 1961 in Wellsboro, PA, the son of Edward Stahli and Marilyn Monroe. Survived by father, Edward Stahli and Darlene McNett, Westfield, PA; mother, Marilyn Haas, Mt. View, AK; brothers, Michael Stahli, Galeton, PA, Marty "Doris" Stahli, Westfield, PA, Merrit Stahli, Galeton, PA; aunts, Wilma Sama and Donna Stahli, Westfield, PA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Wednesday from 1-3:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Rev. Edward Collins officiating.

Burial in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the family for the benefit of the White Haven Center, White Haven, PA where Mark has been a resident since he was "13" years old.

Area Obituaries

Obituary Policy: Solomon's words will publish a complete obituary, with a picture, for area residents free of charge, if the funeral home will e-mail that information to shurfine40@gmail.com

COUDERSPORT — Beverly G. Eldridge, 81, of Coudersport died Monday (March 24, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Patricia A. Daniels Taylor, 66, of Longwood, Fla., formerly of Port Allegany, died Dec. 30, 2007, at her residence. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Michael D. Manning, 63, of 1189 Lillibridge Creek Road, died Monday (March 24, 2008) at his home after a lengthy illness. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

SMETHPORT — Edward David Fox, 87, of Smethport, died Sunday (March 23, 2008) surrounded with love by his daughter at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

PORT ALLEGANY - Clasa A. Catlin, 83, of 405 Broad St., Port Allegany, died Friday (March 21, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced along with a full obituary by the Switzer Funeral Home in Port Allegany.

SMETHPORT - Richard Carl Tanner, 94, of East Smethport, died Saturday (March 22, 2008) at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced along with a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

WELLSVILLE - Ray Spencer, of Fords Brook Road, passed away at home with his family at his side on Friday (March 21, 2008). A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.

ALMA - Gladys W. Dickerson, of Four Mile Woods Road, passed Friday (March 21, 2008) at the Highland Health Care Center.

WELLSVILLE - Geraldine ‘Pookie’ M. Gardner, of 3346 Riverside Drive, passed away at home with her family at her side on Saturday (March 22, 2008).

PORTVILLE - Clifford Unverdorben, 87, of Unverdorben Road, Portville, died Saturday (March 22, 2008) at the Wellsville Manor Care Facility, Wellsville, after a long illness.

Smethport Man Charged Trying To Sell Port Man's Guns

WESB News: 03/25/08 - Smethport Man charged in Gun Sale

A Smethport man has been charged with selling two stolen guns.

Court records indicate that 47 year-old Terry Gleason tried to sell a stolen 9mm handgun and AK-47 at a bar in Smethport.

The two guns along with a 30.06 rifle were stolen from a Port Allegany man.

Gleason is charged with receiving stolen property and illegal firearms ownership. He is free on $10,000 bail.

Bradford Woman Critical After Fatal DUI Crash

WESB News: 03/25/08 - Bfd Woman in Critcial Condtion After Accident

A Bradford woman remains in critical condition after an accident killed her two sisters Friday night on Route 219 near Brockway.

State Police say a car driven by Delora Burrow-Bradish was hit head-on by a pickup truck. Bradish is in UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh.

29 year-old Connie Bailey of Brockway and 39 year-old Karen Peters of Newark, Deleware were pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police say the driver of the truck, 33 year-old Erie Veltri of Brockway was determined to be DUI.

Ceres Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges

WESB News: 03/25/08 - Ceres Man Pleads to Child Pornography

A Ceres, New York man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Buffalo to possession of child pornography.

34 year-old Jeffery Sikes pleaded guilty to charges from January 4, 2006. Court records indicate that Sikes sent two movie files of child pornography to an undercover postal inspector. Sikes e-mailed a link to his Internet account of the images and videos of child pornography.

Sikes has two prior convictions for sex offenses from the year 2000. He will be sentenced on July 1 and faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Scoop On Rita's Water Ice


Potter County residents may have never heard of Rita's Water Ice unless they are visitors to the Philadelphia area. This Philadelphia delicacy is one of the most successful products ever introduced and is now being franchised over a wide area. Why is it such a hit in the Philly area? Because it tastes good! It's one of the first things a Philadelphia resident will introduce an out of towner to. Read this story about Rita's in the Bucks County Courier Times.

By CRISSA SHOEMAKER DEBREE
Bucks County Courier Times

Rita's Water Ice has come a long way from the porch of a Philadelphia firefighter 24 years ago.

The Bensalem-based company has 511 franchises in 14 states and the District of Columbia and has plans to double that amount in two years. Read more.

Roulette Rebel Website Is Back On The Web


The Roulette Rebel Website published By Josh Hatcher,
a former Roulette resident, a published author, and former
radio station news director, is now back up and running.

Josh has been bringing news to the Northern Tier for several
years and graciously hosted Solomon's words on his website
long before any of you knew we existed.

Josh says there were some problems with his hosting domain,
that required some time and money to resolve.

The Roulette Rebel and Solomon's words are totally free to
their readers and depend entirely on advertising revenue
for funding. Advertising inquiries are invited.

Use the link on the right hand side of this page to go to the
Roulette Rebel link or click here.

Glad you're back Josh, we missed you!

Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend-March 29-30


March 29-30 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Fourth Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend.

Tours of 14 area maple producing operations, from Coudersport to Liberty and Westfield to Wellsboro.

Learn how maple syrup is made and taste pure male products. Information: www.pamaple.com.

Today Is Deadline To Register For Primary

If you want to vote in the April 22nd Pennsylvania Primary Election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, March 24th.

Potter -Tioga Maple Producers Having A Good Year

Traditions in the Twin Tiers
Maple season looks sweet

Area's syrup producers praise quality and quantity.
March 22, 2008



SABINSVILLE -- Richard Patterson just had to smile.


A warm, unmistakable scent filled the sugar shack, sweet, pungent, earthy: the delicious odor of hot maple syrup pouring in a steady, nut-brown stream from the evaporator into a holding tank, where it waited to be filtered.

It was a scent that Patterson learned to love as a boy, and one that he built his livelihood around as a man. It was not a scent that Pennsylvania's largest maple producer smelled as much as he wanted to last year. This year, though, promises to be different. Read more in the Elmira Star- Gazette.

Some Congressional Candidates Able To Use TV

Election notebook: TV ads help candidates traverse 17-county district

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

The nine Republicans crisscrossing a congressional district rectangle 160 miles wide and 100 miles deep are dividing into distinct groups — those with enough money for TV commercials and those relying on gasoline to take their message around.

Those with the money to air TV commercials in the 5th District race for Congress so far include the businessmen Matt Shaner, 28, of Centre County; Derek Walker, 32, of Clearfield County; and Jeff Stroehmann, 42, of Lycoming County.

And those without: the other two Centre County candidates, Chris Exarchos, 63, of College Township, and Glenn Thompson, 48, of Howard Township; the two Clarion candidates, the Baptist pastor Keith Richardson, 46, and Mayor John Stroup, 50; and Elk County funeral director Lou Radkowski, 64, and Clinton County insurance agent John Krupa, 56.

It takes about $100,000 to put out a TV commercial with enough repetitions and distribution to have impact. But the 5th District reaches from just west of Williamsport to just east of Erie and one TV station won’t get to all of it.

“It makes it extremely hard because it’s all spread out — you can’t go on a single station like Johnstown and cover all your district,” Exarchos said.

The money in politics — Shaner apparently leads with more than $720,000 of his own spent so far — will have an even stronger impact because there are so many candidates. More candidates mean a smaller share of the vote pie for each. That means a bigger potential difference-maker for the name-recognition boost of TV.

U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pleasantville, whose unexpected decision not to seek re-election this year triggered the free-for-all, is concerned about the big number of candidates, sources said. When Peterson ran for the Republican nomination to the open seat 12 years ago, he had only three rivals, all from Centre County, and they split the vote nicely for him to win with 38 percent of the districtwide vote.

The word these days among candidates and their aides is that Peterson may endorse one candidate or maybe more than one, in order to make public his preferences in a narrowed field. If it’s one candidate that Peterson backs, then it’s Clarion Mayor Stroup who may get his support.

But a Peterson endorsement might not be able to override the impact of TV commercials, and the candidates with TV money seem to see their chief rivals as others with TV money.

At a candidate’s forum last Wednesday in Franklin, Venango County, far out in the district’s western fringe, Shaner wasn’t present and Walker seized on his absence in making a remark to a reporter in the private meet-and-greet conversations before the forum. “We feel like his candidacy is kind of like Bob Casey’s,” Walker said. “He (Casey) won by staying in the background.”

Shaner, asked to respond, said he’s traveled more than 12,000 miles across the 17-county district since the campaign began. “To compare me to Bob Casey and say I have remained in the background is absolutely ridiculous,” Shaner said.

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910.

Solomon's words appreciates political writer Mike Joseph and Centre Daily Times Editor Bob Heisse, for allowing us to republish their articles on the 5th Congressional District race.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well we wont have to worry about seeing candidate tv commercials here in eastern potter co. i can turn my attenna around and around and not pick up a single penna. station. and very doubtful their going to advertise on any n.y. stations. thats a big problem here in potter co. , you cant receive any pa. stations, so u know more whats happening in albany than harrisburg.

Monday, March 24, 2008 9:01:00 PM EDT

Blogger Solomon's words for the wise said...

Thats why "Solomon's words" has included the You Tube commercials of Matt Shaner, Jeff Stroehmann and Keith Richardson on this website, and we will do the same with any other congressional candidate who provides one. This has always been a pet peeve of mine that we are not exposed to candidates enough in this area to make an intelligent decision at the polls. Editor

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 8:18:00 AM EDT

Anonymous said...

yes solomon you are so correct.