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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Coudersport Bridge Closed--Walkway Built


This pedestrian bridge goes across the Allegheny River
by the Five Elms Apartments--The First National Bank
is seen in the background
Photos by James Jones for Solomon's words
It saves walkers about a mile going around the construction

Rigases Want Tax Charges Dismissed

BY JOHN BEAUGE
For The Patriot-News

WILLIAMSPORT - The founder and chief executive officer of Adelphia Communications Corp. and one of his sons claim the federal government is prosecuting them twice on the same tax evasion and conspiracy charges.

John J. Rigas and his son Timothy R. Rigas this week filed a motion in U.S. Middle District Court asking Judge John E. Jones III to dismiss the charges pending because they amount to double jeopardy or duplicate prosecution.

The two are scheduled for trial in July on charges they obstructed the Internal Revenue Service from collecting more than $300 million in taxes on money they illegally obtained from Adelphia.

Read this story in the Patriot News

Anonymous Anonymous said...

they should be dropped on all accounts as they were railroaded so Time Warner could take over and then screw the people of Coudersport and the surrounding areas,,, legally ??? ,,

540 people lost jobs in 1 day
lets face it Time Warner knew they had to stop ADELPHIA before they took them over with superior products and the best TECH SUPPORT in the business and not 1 of was in INDIA. We were all in Coudersport and handled the whole country and also had a sales and retention team that none could touch remember handled each call start to finish with few transfers

NUFF SAID

Saturday, April 5, 2008 6:58:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not agree more! Boy the Feds really screwed PA for sure. Stop and think about all the tax money the state is not getting now that they shut down a large employer in our area!
But that is the government for you, they should have let the business keep running to keep the people working and the tax money coming in. Payroll state tax, social security, medicare and local tax to mention a few. Then the employers tax on each dollar spent on payroll to the commonwealth in the form of the UC-2, and believe you me this can be quite a wad!!
Too bad the government can't get their heads out of their butts quick enough to get a handle on the fuel hogs!! They have waited at least 2 years to haul those idiots in to question their record breaking net profits but keep right on giving them tax breaks, idots. I'll tell you why they have waited so long because they probable all own shares and or stock in these money making companies and have been enjoying the profits they have been raking in for themselves!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008 10:08:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

they had a plan for ADELPHIA to be a stand alone company and stay as it was but that was quickly shot down as was the deal where cable company from new york city wanted to pay CASH for it. TIME WARNER had a better idea, by it get rid of jobs and split it up and send tech support to indi by way of canada, so they didn't outsource jobs.

as far as questioning the oil big wigs what did they do? absolutly nothing. looks like the politicians got another raise at the american people expense

Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:48:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hasn't the government spent enough money completely destroying this family and the local economy up there!!The Rigas family was a scapegoat for the govt. after the Enron scandal and others!They made mistakes but never intended on stealing from anyone!Once the govt. set thier sites on Adelphia,it was all over!The govt continues to allow companies like Halliburton(vice pres.' Cheney's company)to rip the taxpayers off everyday.The govt. has stolen millions out of our social security investments and never put it back!! I can tell you John Rigas would have never intentionally stole from anyone!I hope Bush and his buddies are real proud of themselves.They have started another Viet-nam,destroyed our credibility with the whole world and almost ruined our economy!!John Rigas was and still is a saint compared to the crooks in our government! It's time for a good ol fashioned house cleaning on the hill!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008 11:50:00 PM EDT

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Anonymous MadMike said...

What's the use in crying over it? I worked for Adelphia in Coudy for 6 years and was a staunch supporter of the Rigases. Whether you are for or against...it's over. Anyone who believes that Time Warner had "theirs/your" best interests in mind is a damn fool. It was a textbook take-over and money-maker. These white collar execs do not give a damn about you and their motive is simple...money. They don't care that our jobs are going to India, they don't care about job retention in Potter county, and they certainly aren't losing any sleep over wiping out the majority of Coudersport's workforce. In real life we call this "reality." The glimmer of hope was predicated on a lie, which kept you coming in, and sitting in your seat until the very end. A good thing is over folks...face it.

Monday, April 7, 2008 12:35:00 AM EDT

Blogger HFC Director said...

I find it very humorous that every comment here is in support of the CRIMINALS who raped Coudersport. The Rigas' and their ilk greedily stole from the community as well as the stock holders of the company. The "family" deeply hurt some of the finest people I have ever have the privilege of managing. They were found guilty by a jury of their peers and made to pay the price. However, the damage they have done to the families associated with the company will never be repaired. Maybe the tax man will also take their toll on the money they stole from the fine people of Coudersport.

Monday, April 7, 2008 12:22:00 PM EDT


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To HFC Director......they were found "guilty" by a group of people that were too stupid to get out of jury duty. "Peers" in this case would have been accountants and financial people. The forman of the jury was heard to have said "I'll vote however you want....I didn't understand a thing about this case". Doesn't sound like a "peer" to me.

Monday, April 7, 2008 4:07:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

to HFC director,, question

how much money did you make riding Rigas's coattails and where would you be now if it had not been for them

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 11:13:00 AM EDT

Truckers Stage Protest In West Virginia

A reader has sent us a link to fox news for a story on the trucker's rebellion http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,346608,00.html

Mandy said...

Jim,

My uncle is a truck driver and he told me that there is a meeting today in the Harrisburg area so that truckers & citizens can unite against high fuel prices. The meeting will be held today, April 5th at 2pm EST at Gables Truck Stop (I-81, exit 77, Manada Hill exit), Harrisburg, Pa 17112.

He encourages everyone who is effected by the high fuel costs to participate. This includes gas, heating oils, & diesel.

This does affect each and every one of us. We are all digging deep into our pockets for gas, groceries, and money to buy heating oil, etc. If enough people come together and draw the attention from the right people, we will be heard and this means we will make a difference.

Remember, the prices all trickle down to the consumer. Even if you are not in the trucking industry, you are feeling the crunch.

Let's take our country back!!!

Stand up, Speak out, or go BROKE!!!

P.S. As always, I enjoy your blog. Keep up the GREAT work!

Saturday, April 5, 2008 12:54:00 PM EDT

Unfortunately the truckers are asking the government of the states to reduce the taxes on diesel fuel in an effort to reduce the cost of fuel for trucks.

This is not the answer.

The problem is the high cost of the fuel itself.

States need the fuel taxes to fund the maintenance of the roads used by the trucks.

The problem is the exhorbitant profits being made by the companies refining the fuel. Sure, the supplies are tighter than in the past, but does that give the big oil companies a right to attack our entire economy with such high prices that it has put the entire country into a tailspin.

We are all having to absorb those high prices and forgo spending on items we might want to buy, in order to have necessities. Our wages are not going up to compensate for the inflated prices, why should big oil reap the dividends.

Our economy is supposed to be competition driven to keep prices low.

Big oil does not compete, they collaborate on prices as evidenced by pricing in our area.

When sheetz goes up or down, the other stations follow suit. It is a conspiracy against the fuel user. The purpose is to accumulate all the money in the US for big oil.

Hugo Chavez would have nationalized the fuel industry long before they got it into us this far. Maybe our government should do the same if the %$#*&@$^ don't back off soon. Editor


Anonymous Anonymous said..

Stand up, Speak out, or go BROKE!!!

can we make this our new national slogan , for the people who are sick and tired of getting it up the @$$

Saturday, April 5, 2008 7:58:00 PM EDT


5th District Candidates Spending Helping Area

by James Jones
The primary race for the nominations for the 5th District Congress seat are giving the central and western Pennsylvania area radio, television and cable companies a big boost in revenues in a time when businesses have been cutting back on expenses due to the economy.


Matt Shaner leads the pack having declared over $1.2 million in campaign expenses, but several of the other candidates have also spent big bucks to get the word out.

Derek Walker has appeared on billboards in the area and sent out multiple direct mail pieces, and been featured on tv commercials.


I've seen a tv ad for Jeff Stroehmann, who had a campaign bus decorated with his ad, and I've heard radio ads for him.

Candidate John Stroup has put out a few campaign signs along some area highways, and sent out a direct mail campaign piece stating that he is the only candidate defending the route 6 corridor against extra traffic if interstate 80 is tolled.

I can only surmise that Stroup, who was an early I-80 toll opponent, must have had his brochure ordered at the printer before every other candidate also came out against tolling interstate 80.


At any rate, a lot of money is being dumped into the 5th District's 17 counties in this campaign. I am hoping that this money trickles down and is itself a boost to the area's ailing economy.

Solomon's words will not accept advertising from any of the candidates in the primary election. We want to do our best to be unbiased in our reporting. We have reported the candidates who have requested interviews, and have republished articles on the candidates appearances in other areas.

We urge you to read all you can here and in other media to try to make an informed choice in the primary, and the general election, for the candidate who will best represent our interests in the US Congress.

Penn State Website Offers Information On Candidates

Want to find out about the 5th District Congressional candidates without all the advertising hype?

Penn State University has put together a website featuring the campaigns of all of the 5th District candidates. Each candidate is featured on a video speaking on a variety of issues.

This venue will allow you to study the candidates, hear them speak and see them on the video. It takes the financial advantage out of the picture as each candidate is equally pictured without regard to his financial ability to reach out to the voter.

This is the link to the PSU website on the 5th District candidates for US Congress.

5th Candidates Talk About Spending $$$$$$$$$

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Spending takes spotlight

Candidates blast excessive spending in race

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

BELLEFONTE — Clearfield County Republican Derek Walker questioned Centre County Republican Matt Shaner's campaign spending Tuesday, asserting that Shaner is soliciting individual contributions while also saying the use of personal funds will allow him to remain independent.

The charge from Walker came at a candidate forum in Bellefonte a day after the Centre Daily Times, citing public Federal Election Commission documents, reported that Shaner has spent more than $1.2 million so far on his campaign for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District.

That $1.2 million is more in personal funds than any other congressional candidate running in the 435 U.S. House districts has spent so far for the 2008 election.

Tuesday night’s forum moderators, Vana Dainty and Wes Richards, asked candidates whether they favored campaign spending limits. Shaner, the first to reply, said in jest: “I’m sure this doesn’t pertain to me — this question.”

Shaner, 28, who has been spending heavily on TV and radio commercials and mailings, added that “I make no apologies for it.” He said incumbent U.S. Rep. John Peterson’s Jan. 3 retirement announcement was a big surprise that left little time to put a campaign together.

“You have to be something, in my opinion, more than a name,” Shaner said.

Most of the other Republican candidates, including Walker, did not favor spending limits, though some offered critiques of excessive spending.

“We want to make sure that wealth doesn’t become the major criteria for electing our candidate,” former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos, 63, told the forum audience.

“The educated vote will come through,” added Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski, 64. “That money may hurt him along the way.”

After Shaner first tripped the FEC disclosure law by spending the first $350,000 of his own money in late February, he said that “by spending my own money on my campaign, it allows me to remain independent if elected and not be beholden to large donors because they financed my campaign.” Shaner also said he planned to solicit contributions.

Walker, 32, did not mention Shaner by name but clearly referred to him when he said that the candidate spending $1.2 million had also held a big fundraiser and has a Web site that solicits contributions.

“People are OK with it,” Walker said. “You just have to be honest about it.”

Shaner did not reply during the forum but said privately afterward that he plans to raise no more than 5 percent of his campaign war chest through contributions from others.

Tripping the FEC disclosure law — only a dozen or so others candidates across the nation have done so — allows opposing candidates to accept contributions from individuals of up to $6,900, three times more than the typical limit of $2,300.

Shaner said Walker is now accepting the larger checks from individuals.

The first regular public campaign finance reports for candidates who raise more than $5,000 are due next week.

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910. Solomon's words apprecaites Mike Joseph and the Centre Daily times allowing us to republish this article on the 5th District Congress Race.

Murder Charges Dismissed--Drug Charges Stick

WESB News: 04/05/08 - Murder Charges Dismissed

Murder charges have been dismissed against a Sinnemahoning woman who had been accused in the drug-related death of an Emporium woman on January 1.

The charges against Shawna Coffman stemmed from the death of 38-year-old Melissa Marshall, who was found dead the day after attending a New Year’s Eve party with Coffman and her husband, Jesse Coffman.

Court documents indicate that Shawna Coffman crushed up several narcotic pills and gave them to Marshall, who snorted the powder.

Coffman is still charged with several drug offenses and is in Tioga County Jail in lieu of 100 thousand dollars bail.

Jesse Coffman also faces drug charges. He’s free after posting 10 thousand dollars bail.

5 Get Out After Smelling Smoke In Mt. Jewett

WESB News: 04/05/08 - No One Hurt in Mount Jewett Fire

An electrical malfunction caused a fire that did minimal damage to a Mount Jewett house Friday morning.

Tom and Vicki Victory, and their three children, got out of the house after Tom Victory smelled smoke.

Mount Jewett, Kane and Highland Township firefighters responded. They were on the scene for about 3 and a half hours.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Brockway Mourns Fire Victims--Memorial Monday

WESB News: 04/04/08 - Viewing, Service Set for Fire Victims

State police are continuing their investigation of Thursday's house fire in Brockway that claimed the lives of 10 people.

Trooper Bruce Morris says the fire is not suspicious, and is not related to any utilities connected to the house.

Morris says fire marshals are focusing their investigation on the first floor living room at the front of the house.

Authorities say space heaters were being used inside the two-story frame house, and that they did not know if the house had working smoke detectors.

A viewing for all 10 victims was scheduled for Sunday and a memorial service for Monday afternoon in a Brockway High School auditorium.

Potter Commissioners To Hold Town Meetings

The Potter County Commissioners will hold a town meeting at the Austin Area School beginning at 7:00 p.m. on April 7th.

The public is invited, especially those in the Austin School District, to attend and express their ideas and concerns.

A second meeting will be held April 22 at the Coudersport Area High School and others are planned throughout the county over the next few weeks.

Spring Gun Show At Roulette Saturday & Sunday

The Annual Spring Gun Show sponsored by the Black

Forest Conservation Association will be held from 8:00

to 4:00 Saturday and from 8:00 to 2:00 Sunday at the

Firemen’s Building on River Street in Roulette.


Admission is $3.00. Children under 12 admitted free

when accompanied by a parent or other adult. For information,

call William Sallade at 274-9087 or email bankinbill@zitomedia.net.

All You Can Eat Pancake Supper At Sartwell Ck.

The Sartwell Creek Union Church will be hosting its annual springtime Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, real maple syrup, bacon, sausage links and scrambled eggs; coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. Dietetic syrup also available.

Donation, $6.00 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6.

All you can eat.

Turn off US Route 6 at the ABC Motel and Restaurant in Burtville..

Show Choir Desert Theatre At Coudy High Gym

Show Choir Dessert Theatre this Friday and Saturday, at 7:00 pm in the Coudersport High School Gym.

Admissions is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students at the door.

It will be an evening of Live Music provided by the Coudersport Jazz Band and the Show Choir, with a dessert buffet.

Woman Killed In Crash Former Coudy Resident

WFRM
A Bradford woman, died in a fiery crash early Thursday morning on Route 59 in Keating Township outside of Smethport.


State police said 20 year old Amanda Palmer was about two miles east of Route 646 when her ’97 Buick Skylark crossed to the other side of the road and struck a large bolder.

Palmer was partially ejected from the car which burst into flames shortly after impact. She was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill.

Several emergency departments responded to the scene. Route 59 near Ormsby was closed to traffic for a couple of hours.

Palmer was born in Coudersport and her parents formerly resided here.

Persian War Vets Should Apply For Bonus

WFRM
Pennsylvania veterans who served in the Persian Gulf

War in 1990-91 are encouraged to apply for a $75 a
month bonus up to $525 made possible by the general
assembly.

Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs,
Joe Becker, has received applications for the bonus
payment for members and former members of the
Armed Forces who served in the Persian Gulf Conflict,
(August 15, 1990 through August 30, 1991) and were
Pennsylvania residents at the time of service.

Applications must be submitted with certified copies
of the Veterans DD214. Becker is an accredited
representative of the Pennsylvania Department of
Military and Veteran Affairs and has received
training to assist veterans in applying for benefits.

He is in the Potter County Courthouse and Tuesdays
and Thursdays, 8:30 AM-3 PM, no appointment is
necessary. Individuals that are not available during
those periods may call and make appointments for
times more suitable to them.

The telephone number is 274 8290 ext 210.

Wildfire Season Is Here--Chief Advises Caution

WFRM
Coudersport Fire Chief Andy Dubots is asking residents and visitors alike to exercise caution when burning outdoors on dry and windy days following a wildfire in the borough Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for the local department said the blaze on Peet Street started when a trash fire got away from a local resident and quickly spread to a nearby grassy field.

Even though several houses were threatened, firefighters were able to contain flames to the field itself. All units were back in service about a half hour after the 3:10 p.m. call.

There were no injuries.

State Police Investigate Burglary In Roulette

WFRM
State police here are continuing their probe of a burglary taking place early yesterday in Rohrer’s Trailer Court on Railroad Avenue in the village of Roulette.


An unknown male entered the home of Cheryl Card through an unlocked door.

When confronted by Card, the intruder left, and got into the passenger side of a dark blue or black pick-up which was driven away by an accomplice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690.

Galeton Construction To Resume On Monday

WFRM
PennDot says the second construction season for the Galeton project will begin on Monday.


Work last year included the demolition of seven buildings, drainage improvements, construction of retaining walls, sidewalk improvements and landscaping.

This season’s work will include roadway widening and paving, street lighting, installation of a new traffic signal, sidewalk improvements, and landscaping.

Detours will be in effect until the project is completed. A. L. Blades & Sons, Inc. of Hornell is the contractor for the $3.8 million job.

Ground Broken For Airport Armory At Bradford

WESB News: 04/04/08 - Armory Groundbreaking at Airport

Groundbreaking was held this afternoon for the Bradford Readiness Center at Bradford Regional Airport.

Once fully operational, this 8.3 million dollar, 28,000-square-foot training facility will house the 140 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Amber Alert UPDATE For 16 Year Old Bedford Girl

This Amber Alert is Cancelled
The Child was safely recovered

The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an
Amber Child Abduction Alert for the
Pennsylvania State Police – Bedford Station
in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State Police – Bedford Station
is searching for Crystal Ann Beck a 16 year
old white female, 5’02",110 lbs, with
straight brown hair and brown eyes.

Firemen Called To Mt. Jewett House Fire

WESB News: 04/04/08 - House Fire in Mount Jewett This Morning

Firefighters are battling a house fire this morning at the intersection of Route 6 and Division Street in Mount Jewett.

A second alarm has gone out to Kane volunteer firefighters. Mount Jewett firefighters answered the call around 5am.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Bradford Bypass Construction To Begin Again

WESB News: 04/03/08 - Work to Resume on Bradford Bypass

Works begins again on the Route 219 Bradford Bypass project next week.

Starting Monday crews will be backfilling abutments at the Kendall Avenue Bridge, forming approach slabs for the Bolivar Run Bridge, installing right-of-way fence through the entire project, and installing lights and signs throughout the entire project

. Mascaro Contracting expects to resume full scale operation on the project April 14.

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

OBI - A memorial service for Ila M. “Mammie” Bradley, 87, of Shinglehouse, Pa., who died March 30, 2008, will be held Saturday (April 5, 2008) at noon in the Obi Community Church, with Pastor Paul Lewis officiating. Mrs. Bradley’s obituary appeared in the April 1 edition of the Olean Times Herald.

KRAMER, Sharon L., 62, of Gaines, PA, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at her home. There will be no services. Burial will be in North Bend Cemetery. Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.

ELDRED — Betty Jean Crowley, 61, formerly of the Bradford area, died Thursday (April 3, 2008) at the Civista Medical Center in LaPlata, Md., after a 14-month courageous battle with leukemia. The Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PORT ALLEGANY — Amanda D. Ricker Palmer, 20, of 57 S. Center St., Bradford, died Thursday (April 3, 2008) from injuries sustained from an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements are made under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

COUDERSPORT — Rita C. Saix, 92, of Crafton, formerly of Austin, died Monday (March 31, 2008). The Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PORTVILLE - A memorial service for Earl T. Parish, 97, formerly of Portville and Natick, Mass., will be held Saturday (April 5, 2008) at 11:30 a.m. in the River’s Edge United Methodist Church, 10. N. Main St., Portville.

ELDRED — Richard J. Crandell, 85, of Park Avenue, died Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. The Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SMETHPORT — Pauline A. Peterson, 98, of Smethport, formerly of Colegrove, died Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in the Sena-Kean Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Timothy P. Healy, 51, of Shinglehouse, died unexpectedly Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Madelyn B. Robinson, 91, of 306 Emerald Isle, Smethport, died Monday (March 31, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.

SMETHPORT — Carl H. Hess, 82, of Reading, formerly of Smethport, died Monday (March 31, 2008) in St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading. Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

STEELTON, Pa. - Stanley James Truax, 70, who resided in Steelton, Pa., for the last eight years and was formerly of West Bingham, Pa., died Sunday (March 30, 2008) at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pa.

New Olean Call Center To Open In June

Grant ensures call center will open

Olean Community Development Coordinator Mary George helped write the successful grant application. She said The Connection President and CEO Frederick Weiner told her the call center will be ready to open in June.

The call center will not be a telemarketing operation. Mr. Weiner said his company provides customer service for the telecommunications, financial and health care industries, handling over 1 million calls each year.

Mrs. George said many people in the Olean area are eligible for the jobs. She said a single person with a household income of $29,500 or less qualifies, as will couples with a household income of $30,700 or less.

In order for The Connection to use the grant money, 390 of the first 450 jobs at the center need to go to those in the low-to-moderate income range. Read the rest of this story in the Olean Times Herald.

Lock Haven Project Officially Started Today

Several dignitaries manned the golden shovels today in
Lock Haven as Shaner Investments offically broke ground
for the Susquehanna Square project in Lock Haven

Groundbreaking on Public-Private Partnership Held today in Lock Haven

Matt Shaner, a Republican, has been running his Congressional Campaign on jobs and the economy and today he practiced what he has been preaching. Matt Shaner, President of Shaner Investments, L.P. and Lock Haven Mayor Rick Vilello broke ground on the new Susquehanna Square Project in Lock Haven.

Members of the Lock Haven City Council, the Clinton County Commissioners and Keystone Central School Districts all participated in the event. The much anticipated development project will bring a 65 room hotel and 2 restaurants along with 24 condominiums to downtown Lock Haven.

“Today is a special day for the City of Lock Haven and my company, this project is a prime example of the benefits of private-public partnerships. The development of this site required the school board, city council, and the county commissioners to all approve this endeavor. This project shows what can happen when everyone can come together with one vision.” Shaner said addressing the crowd before the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Mayor Vilello said the project will create new jobs and stimulate tourism, and described the project as a fantastic merge point between Lock Haven University and the City. Vilello is running for the congressional seat in the Democratic primary.

Area Events Via WFRM News Website

April 4 & 5
Show Choir Dessert Theatre this Friday and Saturday, at 7:00 pm in the Coudersport High School Gym. Admissions is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students at the door. It will be an evening of Live Music provided by the Coudersport Jazz Band and the Show Choir, with a dessert buffet.

April 5

The Sartwell Creek Union Church will be hosting its annual springtime Pancake Supper from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, real maple syrup, bacon, sausage links and scrambled eggs; coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. Dietetic syrup also available. Donation, $6.00 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. All you can eat. Turn off US Route 6 at the ABC Motel and Restaurant in Burtville..

April 5 & 6

The Annual Spring Gun Show sponsored by the Black Forest Conservation Association will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 Saturday and from 8:00 to 2:00 Sunday at the Firemen’s Building on River Street in Roulette. Admission is $3.00. Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by a parent or other adult. For information, call William Sallade at 274-9087 or email bankinbill@zitomedia.net.

April 7

The Potter County Commissioners will hold a town meeting at the Austin Area School beginning at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited, especially those in the Austin School District, to attend and express their ideas and concerns. A second meeting will be held April 22 at the Coudersport Area High School and others are planned throughout the county over the next few weeks.

Hit and Runs In Roulette and Sylvania Townships

WFRM
Coudersport troopers are probing a couple of recent hit and runs.

At about 1:30 Sunday morning, an unknown northbound vehicle went off of Route 872 about 300 feet north of the Old Tannery Inn in Sylvania Township and struck a 2006 Pontiac GT owned by Angela Jeffers of Ridgway and a wooden pole holding four mailboxes.

Then, at about 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, an eastbound car struck a wooden mailbox post belonging to Dale Davis at the intersection of Main Street and Fishing Creek Road extension in the village of Roulette. The car is believed to be a silver passenger car with minor damage to the passenger side and mirror.

Both drivers left the scene without notifying property owners or police. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call state police at 274-8690.

No Injuries In Phoenix Run Crash

WFRM
Coudersport based state police overnight released details about a collision taking place Sunday afternoon on the Phoenix Road in Pike Township.


Authorities say 20 year old Alexander Bailey made a left turn, after stopping at a stop sign, to travel south onto Phoenix Road failing to yield to an approaching Chevy Lumina driven by Courtney Gill of Galeton.

Apparently both drivers escaped injury however Bailey is being cited for failing to obey stop and yield signs.

2 Charged With Disorderly Conduct After Fight

WFRM
Both people involved in a fight Sunday afternoon at 319 West Branch Dingman Run Road in Eulalia Township are being cited by state police for disorderly conduct.


Police explain that the altercation erupted when 34 year old Benjamin Keech of Port Allegany accompanied his girlfriend to the home of Ray Pelchy to pick up her children from her ex-husband.

Upon their arrival, Keech and Pelchy became involved in a physical altercation.

Company Looking For A Plant Location

WESB News: 04/03/08 - Possible New Ethanol Plant in Kane

An out-of-state company would like to build an ethanol plant in Kane. A real estate agent in Warren says the company that she declined to name, is interested in building in the Kane region, but is actively looking in and around the rest of McKean County as well.

The company is looking for 25 acres or more and would employ 25 people.

Victims Listed In Tragic Brockway House Fire

WESB News: 04/03/08 - Brockway Fire Victims Identified

Ten people died this morning after fire swept through a house outside Brockway, The 10 people killed ranged in age from 4 months to 40 years old.

The dead were identified as Kimberly Peterson, 40; Rebecca Peterson, 17; Douglas Peterson III, 13; Isaac Peterson, 8; Grace Peterson, 6; Lillian Peterson, 11 months; Rebecca's daughter Kaylin Watson, 4 months; Desirre Delullo, 2; Dominic Delullo, 4; and Jason Mowry, 19.

The Delullo children were the son and daughter of one of the two survivors, 20-year-old Elizabeth Peterson. Mowry was a family friend from Brockway, a town of about 2,000 people, authorities said.

Witnesses said Elizabeth Peterson ran to a neighbor's house to get help. Her brother, James Peterson, 11, also escaped the fire. Kimberly Peterson's husband, Douglas Peterson Jr., was working a night shift when the fire broke out.

Fire marshals were at the scene trying to determine the cause, but Trooper Bruce Morris told the AP the fire did not appear to be suspicious

Best Picture Of The Day--Potter County Chickens

Picture by Tillie Hinkle
Tillie Hinkle send us this picture she took today
of a flock of Potter County Turkeys

Matt Shaner Breaks Ground In Lock Haven

65 Room Fairfield Inn--2 Restaurants--More

By WENDY STIVER — wstiver@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express
LOCK HAVEN — It’s new, it’s exciting, it’s taxable and it starts today with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 11:30 a.m. at the Painter Stadium-Hanson Field site.

Representatives of Shaner Investments L.P. of State College, the site’s new owner, and Poole Anderson Construction, its builders, are expected to join city, county and school district officials in turning the earth with gold shovels to mark what will become Susquehanna Square, a business and residential development between Lock Haven University and the downtown. Read more.

Woman Dead In Fiery Crash On Ormsby Hill

WESB News: 04/03/08 - Ricker Dies After Being Bailed Out

The Bradford woman charged Wednesday for leaving her infant son in a parked car, died early this morning in an accident after being bailed out of jail.

20-year-old Amanda Ricker was traveling on Route 59 in Keating Township at 12:10 a.m. when her vehicle crossed both lanes of traffic and hit a large boulder. Ricker was partially ejected from the vehicle, which caught on fire.

Wednesday afternoon police charged Ricker with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly leaving her 4-month-old son in her car while she shopped at Wal-Mart.

A customer noticed the baby crying in the vehicle and called police, who arrested Ricker when she came back to the car about 15 minutes later.

McKean County Children and Youth Services took custody of the baby.

Bicycle Accident Reported In Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS 11:30 am-4-3-08
Medics have responded to the report of a bicycle accident in Coudersport.
A medical helicopter on standby has been cancelled and a patient transported to the Charles Cole Hospital.

Ten People May Have Perished In Brockway Fire

2 Escape Flames!! Update!
8 Confirmed Dead,
2 More Missing &
Presumed dead!!
DuBois Courier Express
BROCKWAY - Police said several people were killed in a house fire on Pershing Avenue in Brockway early today.

State police Trooper Mark Schrecengost said it is unclear how many people were in the single-family house when it went up in flames, but several were trapped in the burning building.
He said the fire started between 2:30 and 2:45 a.m. By the time fire crews arrived, the house was engulfed.

Schrecengost said the fire had been contained, but there are still some flare-ups.
He said two fire marshals were on the scene investigating. No cause has been determined yet.

Courier-Express Lifestyles Editor Jaime Hynds, who lives across the street from the home, said she was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a woman shouting for help.

The woman, believed to be about 19 years old, was naked and had jumped from the roof of the second floor and ran to Hynds' home. The woman repeatedly told Hynds there were 10 people still inside.

A young boy also escaped the blaze. Both he and the woman were taken to a hospital by ambulance.

State police Cpl. Janice Bart told Hynds that rescuers were unable to recover any bodies from the home, due to hot spots.

There were at least five children living in the home, Hynds said.

The side of a neighboring house was melted by the heat. A van, car and truck parked in front of the home caught fire and an electric wire sparked.

John Celinski, a neighbor, said he was among the first on the scene and discovered the front of the house in flames.

He said he entered the kitchen to render aid but the smoke was too thick and he had to leave. He tried to enter a second-story window by ladder but was thwarted again by the heavy smoke.
Jefferson County Coroner Bernard P. Snyder was still on scene at press time. Click this link to see graphic picture of this fire in Brockway. Click here to go to the associated press picture.

$200 Million A Year Pumped Into Local Economy


WESB News: 04/03/08 - ARG Pumps Millions into Local Economy

Everyday on the air, we tell our listeners the price American Refining Group pays for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil.

During Wednesday night's Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner, ARG Chief Operating Officer Harvey Golubock said the refinery buys 3 million barrels of crude a year – two-thirds of it from local people.

He says "three million barrels of crude a year at 100 dollars a barrel – That's 300 million dollars – almost a million dollars a day in purchases we make – two-third of which happens locally." The other one-third is shipped in from Ohio. Today's price, by the way, is $99.50.

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Editor's note:I visited Washington, DC about 6 years ago. Enjoyed the tour, visited the White House,(where a man was apprehended with a gun that day), The Smithsonian was very interesting, but the traffic was horrendous, and I was scared to death with that many politicians congregated in one place. Luckily, I was not shot at by a drive by shooter. I was grateful to get back to Potter County God's Country where nothing ever happens and there are no traffic jams.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was disappointed, yet again, to read such negative comments about Potter county. I've served in the military, seen a great deal of the world, and lived in many places. It's stating the obvious that Potter county does not have much to offer as far as employment and amenities. It also doesn't "offer" a whole lot of crime, traffic, human congestion, smog, corruption, and "noise." Throughout life, I've noticed that people who have a bleak perception of Potter county lack innovation, self-confidence, and ambition. Those three attributes make living in Potter county much easier and without them you're destined for more "civilized" areas. I drive more than an hour to work in NY state but barring an act of God, I will never again leave the beauty that is Potter county. Maybe you need to re-visit your relatives in the late Spring when the Earth is in full bloom. While you're here you should visit Sizerville State park, reserve a room at Bailey Hill Lodge, or ride a four-wheeler from Denton Hill to Lyman Run. Those things don't pay the bills but it makes driving more than an hour to work well worth it. If it's WalMart and chain restaurants you're looking for...I'm sure you spend as much time fiddling around in traffic getting to one of these locations as it takes us to drive to Olean or Mansfield. If it's merely the "city life" you're looking for, by all means, you can have it!!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 10:43:00 AM EDT

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the beauty, safety and peacefulness of the area mean nothing to some. I can speak for most when I say we all have priorities in our lives. Please don't look down on this area because of what it doesn't have because someday you just might be looking for some of what it does have! I know I will never leave again. To each their own I guess!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 10:48:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that someone with such a low opinion of Potter County would waste their time reading news about it!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 11:15:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some day when xxxx has children that he wants to be safe, or he's tired of road rage incidents, or he wants to walk down the street and say hi to everyone or walk in a store where they know him by name.......Only THEN will he realize what he is looking down on now. It hits about age 35 or so I think! :-)

Also, opinions are like........well you know!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 12:47:00 PM EDT


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our son lived in Alexandria, VA, Middleburg, VA, and now in Maryland. He travels one hour to get to work near DC. This has been for 6 years and his main goal is using his experience and saved $ to get out of there. At first he also was delighted with all to do and places to shop. Then crime and traffic was such a minus it took down all the good points. It is great you LOVE what DC has to offer. Just don't critize the ones that LOVE where the live. That is why we are lucky to live in the USA we have choices! Happy for a vacation but happy to return home to Potter County.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 1:23:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Jess Studer said...

As the daughter of the Editor/Publisher of this site, I was born and raised in Potter County. I now reside in Coudersport, and yes the economy isn't the best in this area, but I much prefer to raise my kids in a place where Third graders aren't plotting to kill their teacher! As my dad will attest, we have lost a lot of family to the lure of sun and money. Most going to North Carolina or Florida, but to some of us there are more important things in life besides money and something to keep us occupied 24/7!! My advice is to sit outside and listen to the peeps or sit beside a campfire to get some amusement.....It's old fashioned but it kills the time without being stuck in a traffic jam or constantly looking over your shoulder to feel safe. Thank God that there still is a place like Potter County on earth!!

Thursday, April 3, 2008 10:05:00 PM EDT

Flaming Crash On Ormsby Hill Early This Morning

Radio reports, just after midnight this morning, dispatched emergency crews from Smethport to a car crash on Route 59 on Ormsby Hill where at least one car was fully involved in flames.

Responders called for a coroner, and a medical helicopter was cancelled.
See later update on this story.

Several Dead In Brockway PA House Fire

Police say rural Pa. house fire

trapped, killed several people

The Associated Press

BROCKWAY, Pa. - A fire engulfed a rural home Thursday, trapping and killing several people, police said.

State police Trooper Mark Schrecengost said it was unclear how many people were in the single-family house when it went up in flames, but several were trapped in the burning building.

Read more in the Philly Burbs.com

Bradford Woman Left Baby In Car While Shopping

WESB News: 04/03/08 - Bfd Woman Facing Child Endangerment

A Bradford woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly left her four month old son unattended in her car while she shopped at Walmart.

Foster Township Police charged 20 year-old Amanda Ricker with endangering the welfare of a child. The child was found crying inside the vehicle when officers arrived.

Ricker was sent to McKean County Jail. Her son was turned over to Children and Youth Services.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lyman Lake Coming Back--Filling Starts Monday

WFRM
Lyman Lake Filling To Begin Monday!!


After seven years of demolition, construction and intensive
testing and permitting procedures, the new dam at Lyman
Run State Park will begin retaining water, refilling the lake
and clearing the way for its reemergence as Potter County's
leading tourist attraction.

” Filling of the new dam will begin on Monday," Conservation
and Natural
Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis
said yesterday.


Visitors totaled more than 130,000 in1999 when Lyman Run's beach,
lake and fishing opportunities made it Potter County's largest tourist
destination.

Water retention and the eventual filling of the lake basin must follow
a closely regulated dam refilling plan, which was submitted by
DCNR and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The schedule provides for the lake to be filled to pre-defined depths
every 10-days, which will allow dam conditions to stabilize

.Built in the early 1950s, the old dam at the 595-acre state park
near Galeton had experienced seeps and leakage that required
close monitoring almost since its construction. Safety concerns
forced breaching and draining of the lake in April 2000.

In April 2004, Allan A. Myers Inc. of Worcester began the
nearly $17 million project to remove the old dam and spillway
and construct the new, 50-foot-high, 1,000-foot-long earthen
dam and spillway.

Hairline cracking in the concrete spillway required sealing
before dam construction completion certification could be
submitted and approved by DEP in December, at which time
a fill permit was issued

Man Flown Out From Rt. 219 Crash Today

WESB News: 04/02/08 - Man Hurt in Accident Near Mick's Mart

A Derrick City man suffered injuries in an accident at 11:35 this morning at the intersection of routes 59 and 219.

Police say 58-year-old James Bogdan was traveling west on 59 when he suffered from an apparent medical condition, left the road and hit a traffic sign. The vehicle then crossed over Route 219 and hit Mick's Mart.

Bogdan was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC, where his condition is not available. A vehicle owned by Crystal Eschrick of Lewis Run was parked at Mick's Mart and was damaged from debris that fell from the building when Bogdan's vehicle hit it.

Car Crash West Of Galeton

BREAKING NEWS: 3:04 pm--4-2-08
Galeton emergency services have been dispatched to an automobile accident West Of Galeton on Route 6 where at least one injury has been reported.

New Legion/VFW Post Rises From The Ashes


Photos by James Jones for Solomon's words



Workmen from Concreteman in Roulette
and Culver Construction
of Port Allegany
are getting the excavation and concrete work done


For the new Port Allegany Legion/VFW Post
to replace the
building lost
to an arson fire last year.


Concrete man from Roulette specializes
in installation of concrete
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""BRAVO""

if they catch the bum that did this give him to the VETERANS

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 4:12:00 PM EDT


One Dead, 3 Injured In Allegany County Crash

Canisteo Valley News

One teen is dead, three others were injured, including one seriously, in a one vehicle crash in the town of West Almond shortly before 9pm Tuesday.

State Police say the driver, Paul Sharrett, 16, lost control of the vehicle on County Route 2 (Karr Valley Road). He over-corrected, causing the vehicle to enter a culvert, overturning several times, coming to rest on its roof. Sharrett was pronounced dead on arrival at St. James Hospital.

One passenger, William Brown, 16, sustained head trauma and was flown to Strong Hospital in Rochester. Two other passengers, Lucas Cady and Tyler Bossard, both 17, were treated for minor cuts and abrasions.

All four are from the Almond area.

Anonymous said...

RIP Paul, you were great
Peace. Unity. Love.

Friday, April 4, 2008 1:11:00 AM EDT

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have doubled votes in 1 day
from 17 - 38

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 6:36:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if we vote it #1, then people from Washington DC will want to move here......no thanks.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 11:51:00 AM EDT


Police Reports

Wellsville Reporter
Coudersport, Pa.-based State Police
Troopers report Jennifer L. Labenne, 32, of Coudersport, Pa., will be charged, pending lab results from Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, following a vehicle stop at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday on Route 6, Sweden. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Troopers charged Logan M. Dorwart, 21, of Mill Hall, Pa., with driving while under suspension, driving too fast for conditions, seat belt violations, driving on the wrong side of the road and accident scene clearance after an accident between 3 and 4 a.m. Sunday on Loucks Mills Road, Ulysses. Troopers report a vehicle entered a sharp corner too quickly, went into the opposite lane, struck a snowbank and overturned. It stopped right-side-up on the road. Dorwart sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

Troopers report Richard J. Barker, 42, of Genesee, Pa., will be charged, pending lab results, after he allegedly drove under the influence of alcohol at 6:05 p.m. Saturday on Route 6, Ulysses.

Troopers report that between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a person(s) discarded a black trash bag containing clothing and garbage along Hawks Road, Harrison. The person(s) then fled the scene. Anyone with information should call troopers at (814) 274-8690.

Troopers report Valerie A. Hager, 62, of Coudersport, Pa., will be charged with driving under the influence and multiple traffic violations. At 10:30 p.m. Friday, Hager drove her vehicle off North Hollow Road and it got stuck in the mud.

Troopers report that following a traffic stop at 7:10 p.m. Friday on Ridge Road, Genesee, a 17-year-old Coudersport, Pa. male was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages. Troopers did not report Monday whether charge(s) were filed. Troopers also report charges will be filed against Clayton A. Robinson, 19, of Ulysses, Pa., after the same traffic stop. Robinson alleged drove under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers report that between Feb. 29 and Thursday, a person(s) entered a seasonal dwelling on Wiles Road, Genesee, by forcing open the front door. Several windows inside were broken before the person(s) fled.

Troopers report that between Wednesday and Friday, a person(s) removed about 100 feet of gutters from an abandoned building on Commercial Street, Genesee. The gutters were valued at about $500. Anyone with information should call troopers at (814) 274-8690.

Troopers reported Monday a person(s) charged $739.85 to a Ulysses, Pa. female’s debit card at about 10 a.m. March 8. The investigation continues. Anyone with information should call troopers at (814) 274-8690.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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 — Rita C. Saix, 92, of Crafton, formerly of Austin, died Monday (March 31, 2008). The Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PORTVILLE - A memorial service for Earl T. Parish, 97, formerly of Portville and Natick, Mass., will be held Saturday (April 5, 2008) at 11:30 a.m. in the River’s Edge United Methodist Church, 10. N. Main St., Portville.

ELDRED — Richard J. Crandell, 85, of Park Avenue, died Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. The Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SMETHPORT — Pauline A. Peterson, 98, of Smethport, formerly of Colegrove, died Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in the Sena-Kean Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Timothy P. Healy, 51, of Shinglehouse, died unexpectedly Tuesday (April 1, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Madelyn B. Robinson, 91, of 306 Emerald Isle, Smethport, died Monday (March 31, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.

SMETHPORT — Carl H. Hess, 82, of Reading, formerly of Smethport, died Monday (March 31, 2008) in St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading. Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

Gracie Iliah Card Stokes, 101, went to be with Jesus Thursday (March 20, 2008) after a long and fruitful life. The Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Disabling Damage In Rt. 6 Roulette Twp. Crash

Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words
This car didn't fare too well when it tangled with a pipe and chain
fence, Tuesday afternoon, on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words
Roulette Firemen had not yet arrived on scene when these pictures
were taken--Medic 6, enroute to another call in Roulette, had
already stopped and checked for injuries.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Port Allegany Man Charged For Working While Disabled

WFRM
A Port Allegany man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 7 on charges of committing worker’s compensation fraud and theft by deception.


Authorities assert that during April of 2006, 50 year old Charles Michael was receiving worker’s compensation benefits from Keystone Powdered Metals Co. for a work-related injury and went to work as a subcontractor for Keppel Stone Works without either business knowing about the other.

Potter Commissioners Mulling Windmills


WFRM
Reading a prepared statement at last week’s meeting, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel said the board continues to review and study the issue of wind turbines.


Heimel said it is by far the most controversial issue facing the new board and an untold amount of hours have gone into research. He said, that’s why the board has not yet taken any action on the Planning Commission’s recommendations.

Heimel added he will be going to the southern part of the state in the next few weeks on other county business and will do some first hand research on the subject while there.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

have to hand it to the new commissioners at least they are making up their own minds about issues. in face of rising costs for petroleum we need to be seriously looking at other sources and it seems wind is certainly something that we have plenty of and the best thing about it is --it is FREE and clean and very renewable if we ever run low we could always have fast eddie come to potter county. face it people we need to look at other sources for our energy. maybe with the biofeul we can get something back in potter county that we lost along time ago "FARMS" i am all for the wind mills and have seen and heard them and after living about 50 yards from the railroad growing up and later in life windmills are a whisper. as far as the shadow flicker dont we have that now "when the wind blows and the trees sway or clouds go by?"

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:48:00 PM EDT

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

I grew up in Bolivar, NY which was an oil town back then (long time ago) but vividly remember the boom, boom, boom that echoed through the hills every day and night from the pressure plant engines that pumped water down the wells to flood the oil out. Was almost hard to get used to when the oil business declined and the one bangers were quieted.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:55:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Received my Sam's Club spring club members sale book yesterday and guess what?! They are selling to club members available April 9th '08, an Eco Home Makeover!

Yup, you get Solar panels and WIND TURBINE to provide renewable energy for a 3,000 to 4,000 sq. ft home, installation included with internet monitoring, New GE Energy Star kitchen appliances along with energy star compact fluorescent light bulbs, new Energy Star front load laundry products and 1 year of sustainable laundry products. AND while your home is having this all installed you get to stay 6days/5 nights at Cape Elizabeth Maine...all for $44,000.00.

Instead of all the bitchin' at these planning commission meetings maybe these people against the wind turbines should be asking if there is a way for area homes to have solar panals installed on their roofs that could be controlled by satelite and maybe we could all have lower electric bills!

But once again, "Not In My Back Yard" complainers will drag their feet and our area will lose out on a way to bring tax revenue in to Potter County. Does not surprise me. Wonder if any of them are related to the Kennedys? After all Ted does not want wind turbines near his famous vacation home but was caught dumping gallons of diesel fuel in the water when his large expensive boat blew a hose! Bet that hurt the environment more than the noise the turbines would be making!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 6:32:00 AM EDT

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe more people that are open to the wind turbines and solar panels need to start going to the planning commission meetings and do some "bitching" of our own. but as i understand it you would not be able to speak. people need to get off their own self appionted pedestals and look at the BIG PICTURE and not their own agendas
some of these people on these commissions remind you of the left over wanna be hippies from the 60's
(oh the good ole days) but failed at that also

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 8:57:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up on the Horse Run Road near the NY border. My father worked for Messer Oil in that area. When my friends would spend the night their main complaint was hearing the pump station across from our house all night. I never understood why it bothered them until the day they stopped. We all had a hard time with the silence. Happy memories!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:13:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

living near the railroad iwas used to the trains pulling the keating summit hill all night there was 2 tracks then also when someone visited they could not sleep because of the noise then i moved couldn.t sleep "too quiet no trains" these wind turbine companies have done studies and do care about the enviorment and ultimatly give back much more than they take
THANKS JIM FOR OPENING THIS CAN OF WORMS AND I HOPE MR HEIMEL AND THE OTHER COMMISIONERS SEE THESE REMARKS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:33:00 AM EDT

Austin Man Charged In Fracas At Port Allegany

WFRM
An Austin man has been charged with harassment, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday night at the Two Mile Restaurant in Liberty Township, outside of Port Allegany.


Troopers allege 38 year old Andrew Kuhn grabbed a victim’s hand and attempted to bend it to cause pain to the victim.

While investigating, police say they found that Kuhn was disorderly and caused a disturbance while being publicly intoxicated which resulted in him being thrown out of the bar.

2 Bridges Posted In Potter County After Inspections

WESB News: 04/01/08 - Bridge Restrictions in Potter County

PennDOT has posted two bridges in Potter County with weight restrictions following recent inspections.

The bridges are the White Branch North Fork Bridge and the Clara Creek Bridge.

Until repairs can be made, only one truck at a time will be allowed to travel on the bridges.

PA Lifts Gas Drilling Ban In State Forests


WESB News: 04/01/08 - State Lifts Gas-Drilling Ban

The state of Pennsylvania is lifting a ban on drilling new shallow gas wells in state forests, although officials say drilling will be limited.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to allow shallow drilling if gas is found during the development of deeper gas fields, or on a case-by-case basis. The department will be taking bids to lease 75,000 acres in response to increased interest.

This new position comes five years after a ban was imposed in response to concerns that roads and pipelines were destroying wildlife habitat. Department Secretary Michael DiBerardinis says new provisions in the lease will protect state parks, natural areas and wild areas.

Ulysses Sewer Authority Fined By DEP

WESB News: 04/01/08 - DEP Fines Ulysses Municipal Authority
The Department of Environmental Protection has fined the Ulysses Municipal Authority in Potter County $3,450 after the authority’s certified sewage treatment plant operator was found to have improperly measured the chlorine levels discharged from the facility in September.

DEP says the chlorine levels were 9 times the level allowed by the facility's permit. A study of the tributary done by a DEP biologist more than a month after the incident revealed significant damage to all aquatic life for a stretch of about 250 yards downstream of the plant’s discharge. The effluent enters a tributary to the Genesee River.

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Gas Drilling Ban Lifted In State Forests

BREAKING NEWS

AP - Pa. to let gas drilling resume in state forests

Truckers Take Fuel Issue To Harrisburg

Scores of tractor trailer drivers circled the capitol in Harrisburg in protest to the high fuel costs as evidenced by this article on the front page the Centre Daily Times.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is gaining nationwide coverage was on CNN this morning truckers are planning a work stopage nationwide to protest high cost of feul. we should all support them as they are the lifeblood of this country and are putting it on the line everyday so we can enjoy our "comfortable" lifestyle. while we are sitting on the couch eating chips watching the ball game these men and women are delivering these goods. stop and think if they stop or go out of business where does that leave this country no sense in having wall street because there will be no goods for them to steal money from,,or was that politicians?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:42:00 AM EDT

Matt Shaner Really Serious About Campaign


Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2008

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Shaner puts more cash into campaign

Spending $1.2 million of own funds means candidate leads nation

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

With three weeks to go in the 5th Congressional District primary contests, Patton Township Republican Matt Shaner has spent more than $1.2 million of his own money on the campaign.

That is more in personal funds than any other congressional candidate running in the 435 U.S. House districts has so far spent for the 2008 election, according to public disclosures by the Federal Election Commission.

Shaner, 28, president of Shaner Investments Ltd. of State College, reported Friday under provisions of the federal campaign law’s so-called Millionaires’ Amendment that he spent another $500,000 on his campaign, bringing his total to date to $1,220,200.

The next highest spender of personal funds among the nation’s congressional candidates for this election cycle is also from Pennsylvania.

Luzerne County business owner Daniel Meuser, who is one of two Republicans competing in the April 22 primary to challenge rookie Democratic Congressman Christopher Carney, has spent $849,600 of his own money as of March 24, the FEC records show.

Congressional candidates are required to notify their opponents and the FEC when their personal expenditures surpass $350,000 and whenever the candidate makes an additional expenditure of $10,000 or more.

When the $350,000 threshold is reached, the Millionaires’ Amendment helps level the playing field by allowing opposing candidates to accept contributions from individuals of as much as $6,900, three times more than the typical limit of $2,300.

In all, 14 candidates for the U.S. House from throughout the United States — including Shaner and Meuser — have filed under the Millionaires’ Amendment this year.

Two candidates, Democrat Bill Foster and Republican James Oberweis, reported spending more than a combined $4.3 million of their own money ahead of a special election in early March to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Dennis Hastert in Illinois’ 14th District. Hastert is the former House speaker.

But Shaner’s spending leads the remaining 12 candidates in the normal campaign cycle leading to the Nov. 4 general election.

U.S. House members will receive a $169,300 salary next year. Shaner, asked why he has already spent more than seven times the yearly salary on his campaign, said he is not running for Congress to earn a large salary.

“I am running for this office because my wife and I believe strongly in public service and the ideas that empower individuals, families and small businesses,” he said in an e-mail. “Since I am not relying on large contribution checks to finance my campaign, it allows me from day one, if elected, to focus on the big issues facing the district.”

He said those issues include blocking Interstate 80 tolling, supporting a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, seeking energy independence, making the tax cuts permanent, creating and retaining jobs and securing U.S. borders.

“I make no apologies for spending my own money to inform the 650,000 residents of the 5th District where I stand on important issues,” Shaner said.

A competitor, Clearfield County Republican Derek Walker, 32, did not rule out using the Millionaires’ Amendment at some point but said “we don’t need to spend that kind of money” that Shaner is spending.

College Township Republican Chris Exarchos, 63, said he expects to spend less than $50,000 on the campaign.

“Let’s hope for everybody’s sake that we elect the best candidate,” Exarchos said. “Not the one that spends the most money.”

The first public campaign finance reports for candidates who raise more than $5,000 are due next week.

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