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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Former US Rep. Bill Clinger Backs Derek Walker



Meanwhile, former U.S. Rep. Bill Clinger, also a Republican, has endorsed Derek Walker in his bid for Pennsylvania’s 5th District.

Clinger represented the 5th Congressional District from 1978-1997.

“As your former representative, I have watched with great interest the current contest to fill this Congressional seat. Like our abundant natural resources, we have an abundant supply of candidates who are seeking your support. I am sure that many of them are qualified. However, in this difficult election year for Republicans you need to select the strongest possible candidate,” Clinger wrote.

“I believe that Derek Walker is that candidate and I am pleased to wholeheartedly endorse him for the position as your next congressman. He has solid conservative principles and a deep understanding of the district’s problems and its promise as well as its people. He has the “right stuff” to effectively represent our rural conservative values.”

Walker said having Clinger’s endorsement is “truly an honor.”

“Congressman Clinger is one of the most respected individuals in our area and has an outstanding reputation across the country,” Walker said. “As your Congressman, I will take the same approach Congressman Clinger and Ronald Reagan took — working to hold down the cost of government and to reduce taxes.”

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Copper Thieves Thwarted By Coppers

WESB News: 04/12/08 - Men Arrested for Stealing Copper Wire

Two men have been arrested for stealing copper wire from Western New York and P-A Railroad property.

State police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wilber of Olean and 24-year-old Travis Mabee of Hinsdale.

They were arrested near the tracks off of Gardeau Road in Norwich Township, about 2 miles from the Potter County line. Police found 40 pounds of stolen copper wire and tools in their car.

Wilber and Mabee were charged with conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief.

Salmonella In Cereal Suspected

Salmonella Illnesses in Multiple States may be Linked to Recently Recalled Cereal
Sat, 12 Apr 2008 13:40:00 -0500

The recalled products were distributed nationally under the Malt-O-Meal brand name as well as under private label brands including Acme, America's Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, Shaw's, ShopRite, Tops and Weis Quality. The cereals have "Best If Used By" dates from April 8, 2008 (coded as "APR0808") through March 18, 2009 (coded as "MAR1809").

2 Car Crash in Coudersport Boro Saturday AM

WFRM
A Coudersport woman was taken to Charles Cole Hospital Saturday morning following a collision at the intersection of Oak and Borie Street.


According to Coudersport Borough Police Chief Lee Gross, Debra Snyder was traveling north on Borie when she failed to stop at the posted intersection and allowed her car to collide with a car driven by Gary Duell also of Coudersport.

The intersection has a temporary stop sign due to the detour now in place while the Mike Franklin/Route 6 Bridge near the Consistory is being replaced.

Coudersport Volunteer Emergency Services responded to the scene where they found one car on it's roof with it's occupant entrapped.


Coudersport Boro Policeman stands by while
Bob Rees from Kightlinger Motors gets this car ready to load
after it was uprighted.
Firemen had to cut the top of the car off to allow access to
the victim in this car.


Pictures by James Jones for Solomon's words
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Smethport Responds To Accident On Rt. 59

BREAKING NEWS 10:30 am--4-12-08
Smethport emergency services responded to the report of a automobile crash at about 10:30 this morning on Route 59 in the area of the big rock on Ormsby Hill where 2 people were reported to be self extricated. No information was available about injuries.

Navy Destroyer Named After Scio Soldier Hero

WESB News: 04/12/08 - Navy Destroyer Named for Dunham

Jason Dunham of Scio, New York, sacrificed his life while fighting in the war in Iraq and now that sacrifice has been honored.

On Friday, a small group of people gathered for a keel laying ceremony at Bath Iron Works for a Navy destroyer named the U.S.S. Jason Dunham that will join the Pacific Fleet. The vessel is expected to be ready for active duty in 2010.

Dunham died in April of 2004 after throwing himself on a live grenade in Iraq. His action saved the lives of two of his fellow soldiers.

He was 22 years old. Dunham was also awarded with the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor.

Last August, Dunham's jersey number was retired during halftime ceremonies at the annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic All-Star Game, in which he played following his senior year of high school.

Lehigh County Man Dead In Well At Fishing Camp

WESB News: 04/12/08 - Man Falls into Well Near Sigel, Dies

A Lehigh County man is dead after he fell down a well and loosened a cinder block that then fell and hit him on the head.

State police say 53-year-old David Ober of Bethlehem died Friday afternoon at his camp near Sigel. Police say Ober was checking water lines next to the 17-foot covered well when he fell through the well cover, pulling the cinder block down with him.

Police say Ober's 19-year-old son did not immediately realize his father had fallen. Both men were at the camp for the start of fishing season on Saturday.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - A memorial service for Joyce E. Kotarski, 78, of Monroe, N.C., formerly of Millport, who died April 5, 2008, will be held Saturday (April 12, 2008) at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Shinglehouse. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, will officiate.

Details Sketchy In Cross Fork Death

WFRM
Coudersport-based state police have begun to release bits of information regarding the death Sunday night of 50 year Patricia Blouse of Cross Fork.


Authorities say following an autopsy conducted by the Erie County Coroner’s office, the preliminary cause of death was due to hypothermia which developed by being immersed in Cross Fork Creek and was likely worsened because of acute alcohol intoxication. Toxicology testing is still pending and no Blood Alcohol Content has been determined until the screening has been completed.

Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury told WFRM yesterday that it might be several weeks before those results are known.

In their most recent news release, troopers said Blouse’s boyfriend, 55 year old James Gelzenlichter was also taken from the scene and transported by ambulance to the Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo where he was treated for hypothermic-like conditions.

The first two news releases, one advising media not to call the barracks about the investigation, made no mention of another person being involved.

There has also been no confirmation by authorities that an ATV was involved although that report surfaced Monday. It is believed that Blouse “entered” the water between 8:00 and 11:15 p.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead a couple of hours later by Coroner Dusenbury.

Coudersport Man Faces Charges In Violence

WFRM
A Coudersport man has been jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail on numerous charges following an alleged domestic violence incident Sunday morning at his home on Dwight Street.


State police claim 21 year old Dennis Leber choked 20 year old Felecia Stevens on multiple occasions and made life threatening statements toward her and her family.

When police were taking him into custody, they found him to be in possession of prohibited metal knuckles.

He was arraigned before on-call District Judge Delores Bristol on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and prohibited offensive weapons.

While investigating the incident, troopers recovered a tobacco grinder novelty item which they say Leber admitted stealing from the Acorn Market in Galeton late last month.

Roulette Driver Not Injured In Gardeau Rd Crash

WFRM
A Roulette driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap late Monday night on the Gardeau Road in Shippen township, Cameron County.

Troopers said Adam Sallade was headed south when his 2000 Saturn went off the road and the right front tire got caught on a railroad track causing the car to slide sideways before coming to rest on the west side of the road.

Sallade was wearing a seatbelt at the time, according to police.

Teen Tinnitus Concert Saturday, April 12, 2008

Teen Tinnitus Concert Saturday

“It's OK to ask 4 Help!” is the message which will be conveyed at the fourth annual Teen Tinnitus concert, which will take place Saturday, April 12 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Coudersport Consistory.

Calendar of Events From WFRM

April 13

The Northern Tier Mission Team will have an all you can eat ham and scalloped potato dinner from 11:00 until 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport. A Free will donation will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the Northern Tier Mission’s trip to the Rosebud Indian Mission in South Dakota this coming May.

Hospice Antique Saturday At Gospel Tabernacle Life Center

The annual Hospice Antique Show was Saturday, April 12 from 10am to 4pm at the Gospel Tabernacle Life Center on the Port Allegany Road in Coudersport, PA.
Hospice had a bake sale in conjunction with the Antique Show




Dealers from all over the area were on hand offering a wide variety of wares for sale. Click any picture to view full screen


All proceeds Hospice makes from the show will b
e used to benefit patients and their families at the end of life.

BREAKING NEWS: Dow down about 250 after GE's outlook

Medics Called For Crash Victim On West Branch Rd.

BREAKING NEWS------NOON---4-11-08
State Police at this noon hour called for an ambulance and medics to the area of the West Branch Road where a victim of a automobile crash was suffering from possible hypothermia.


It is surmised that it may be related to a Subaru found yesterday morning crashed into a tree over a bank on the West Branch Road.

The driver from that crash was nowhere to be found according to on scene reports from a "Solomon's words" reader who lives in the area.

Rep. Peterson Picks Glenn Thompson In 5th Race


BREAKING NEWS
WESB News: 04/11/08 - Peterson Endorses Glenn Thompson


Congressman John Peterson has endorsed Glenn Thompson, one of 9 Republicans seeking the 5th District Congressional seat that Peterson is vacating.

Peterson says Thompson is the most qualified candidate to succeed him in Congress.

Peterson is retiring after 12 years in Washington. Peterson will be campaigning on Thompson’s behalf and Peterson’s aide, Patrick Creighton, will be taking a leave of absence from the congressman’s office to work on Thompson’s campaign.

Thompson is in his second term as chairman of the Centre County Republican Party.

Driver Charged With Third-Degree Murder & DUI

WESB News: 04/11/08 - Driver Charged After Fatal Crash

The driver in an accident that seriously injured a Bradford woman and killed her two sisters has been charged with third-degree murder and vehicular homicide.

33-year-old Eric Veltri of Brockway is also charged with DUI. He's in Jefferson County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bail.

Delora-Burrow-Bradish of Bradford was seriously injured in the crash. She's currently recovering at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Erie.

Her sisters, Connie Bailey of Brockway and Karen Peters of Newark, Delaware, died in the crash.

Hawbaker Gives $2,300.00 To Walker Campaign

Of local interest, The Centre Daily Times reports today that Centre County general contractor Daniel Hawbaker, president of Glenn. O. Hawbaker Inc., gave $2,300 to Derek Walker's campaign for 5th District US Congress.

Glenn O. Hawbaker operates a blacktop plant and stone sales outlet in Turtlepoint, PA and a gravel mine operation in Shinglehouse, PA as well as several other locations in Pa and NY.

They are the contractor building 2 new bridges on Route 6 in the Boro of Port Allegany and have done extensive road paving in the area.

The Turtlepoint operation was recently named in a grant for the extension of a railroad siding for unloading gravel.

For this and other information on the candidates contributions, click here.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner

Austin Fire hall

Friday, April 11, 2008

4pm - ???

10 & up - $7.50

Under 10 - $5.00

Under 3 – FREE

Dinner also includes:

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy,

Green Beans

Take outs available

50/50 Tickets being sold now and at dinner. Contact any Austin Volleyball member for yours today!

Benefits Austin Volleyball team for a summer Volleyball camp!

Leber Jailed After Choking Woman, Threatening To Kill Family

WESB News: 04/11/08 - Coudy Man Jailed on Terroristic Threats

A Coudersport man was arrested last Sunday after choking and threatening to kill a Coudersport woman.

State Police say 21 year-old Dennis Leber also threatened the victims family and was in possession of brass knuckles.

Leber was sent to the Potter County jail on $15,000 dollars bail.

Cross Fork Woman Died From Hyperthermia

Star Gazette---POTTER COUNTY

Woman died of hypothermia, police say


State police in Coudersport said Thursday that a 50-year-old Potter County woman found dead Sunday in Cross Fork Creek died of hypothermia.

The body of Patricia M. Blouse, of 5 Main St. in Cross Fork, was found late Sunday night in the creek at the end of Old Cross Fork Creek Road in Stewardson Township, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An autopsy was performed at the Erie County Coroner's Office, state police said. Police said the hypothermia developed because she was in the water, and she likely was intoxicated. Toxicology tests have not been completed, police said.

James K. Gelzenlichter, 55, who police said was with Blouse at the time of her death, was transported to Bucktail Medical Center in Renovo, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia. A spokeswoman at the medical center declined to comment.

McKean County Paying Off $9 Million In Debt

WESB News: 03/11/08 - McKean County Looking at 9 Million Dollar Debt

McKean County Commissioners have revealed that McKean County has a $9 million debt.

Commissioners say the county will be paying an average debt service of $878,000 annually until 2022 to pay off its accrued debt, which was created by taking out bonds for capital projects.

They say they will be spending less than budgeted this year and know that balancing the 2009 budget will be difficult.

Bruce Manning Named McKean Co. EMA Director

WESB News: 04/11/08 - Bruce Manning Named County EMA Director

McKean County Commissioners have named Bruce Manning Emergency Management Director.

Manning, of Port Allegany, has been the interim director since the beginning of the year. He has been with the county for the past four years and commissioners say he is highly respected by his peers.

Commissioners are now looking for an assistant for Manning.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yes, It's True!--I read It In The News!!

If you think everything you read in the news is accurate check out this story out of a Florida news report about the sale of the Adelphia Taj Mahal.

If you will note "The three story building housed 2,650 employees" and" the money will be used to pay Rigas's debts"--Here's the
link to the story.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where did these idiots get their information.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:58:00 PM EDT

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Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - A memorial service for Joyce E. Kotarski, 78, of Monroe, N.C., formerly of Millport, who died April 5, 2008, will be held Saturday (April 12, 2008) at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Shinglehouse. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, will officiate.

BOLIVAR - Athelene J. Wight, 82, of 78 Plum St. passed away Tuesday (April 8, 2008) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness.

RICHFIELD, Ohio - Richard Wayne “Dick” Baker, 42, of 3618 Harold Drive, Richfield, a former resident of Gifford, Pa., died Monday (April 7, 2008) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

EMPORIUM — Naomi Bush, 88, of Emporium died Tuesday evening (April 8, 2008) at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

SMETHPORT — Erika L. Walters, 50, of Cyclone, died Tuesday (April 8, 2008) after a lengthy battle with cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

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Potter County Signs Of Spring


Greg Doane sends this Sign of Spring Picture of the
Denton Hill Ski Area

Troop Commander Say Fatalities Might Have Been Prevented With Seat Belts

Capt. David Neal, Troop Commander of Troop C based in Punxsutawney says the troop has investigated 17 traffic fatalities already this year and 12 of the 17 victims were not wearing seatbelts.

Capt. Neal says evidence was found at the crashes which lead investigators to believe that use of a seat belt would have prevented death in many of those cases. He adds that it has been a long-standing challenge to increase the use of seat belts but officers continuing to see crash after crash where motorists fail to buckle up.

He says it has been proven the safest place to be if you are involved in A crash is inside your vehicle, secured to the seat. If you are not secured in the vehicle you will be in danger of hitting hard areas inside or being ejected partially or completely from the vehicle. Troop C includes McKean and Elk Counties.

Police With Warrant Find Marijuana In Truck

State police here have charged 19 year old Christopher Bice with violating state drug laws and corrupting the morals of a minor.

Troopers say they got a tip that controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were in Bice’s 1997 Silverado.

After obtaining a search warrant, police allegedly found four baggies containing marijuana, a marijuana pipe and related paraphernalia in the truck.

And, they say A 17 year old boy made a statement that Bice had supplied him with pot this past March 9 and 10 .

Motorcyclist DUI--Passenger Flown To Packer

Mansfield-based state police are charging a Stony Fork motorcyclist with DUI.

Troopers say Eugene Storley lost control of his westbound cycle Tuesday night on Route 6 near the Marsh Creek Baptist Church when it hit gravel. The machine laid down on its left side, after going off the road, and ejected Storley and a passenger.

The passenger was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre but police did not release the name.

Storley was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

Wildfire At Rt. 872 and Dutch Hill Intersection

BREAKING NEWS 12:24 PM 4-10-08
Coudersport Firemen have been dispatched to a wildfire at the intersection of Dutch Hill Road and Route 872. Fire reported under control 12:40 pm.

Penn Grade Crude Sees New High

WESB News: 04/10/08 - New Record Price for Penn Grade Crude

American Refining Group has set a new record price it pays for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil.

Today's price is 105-50, up 2 dollars and 25 cents from yesterday's price. A-R-G's previous record-high price was 105 a barrel, which they were paying for 4 days in mid-March.

Potter County Commissioners Pick Stroehmann


Potter County Commissioners Endorse
Republican Jeff Stroehmann


Coudersport – Potter County’s Republican County Commissioners today endorsed Lycoming County businessman Jeff Stroehmann for Congress. This is the first endorsement any candidate has received from County Commissioners in the 5th Congressional District.

Commissioners Doug Morley and Paul Heimel made the joint announcement, urging
their fellow Republicans to join them in voting for Stroehmann. “His plan for
reinventing rural Pennsylvania is just what we need here in Potter County,
particularly when it comes to his economic vision and strategies,” said
Commissioner Morley. “We ask that our fellow Republicans join with us in
supporting Jeff.”

Stroehmann is the only candidate for Congress with an economic development plan
for rural Pennsylvania, entitled, “Reinventing Rural Pennsylvania.”

“Both Doug and I were impressed by the specifics of Jeff’s plan,” said
Commissioner Heimel. “Like Jeff says, we cannot rebuild our communities until we
create more jobs. We also greatly value our natural resources and the things
that make our county special. Jeff gets it, and we are eager to work with him on
his campaign and in Congress.”

The Stroehmann plan builds on the strengths of rural Pennsylvania and calls for
greater growth by focusing on energy independence, greater use of long haul rail
and short haul trucking, and increased re-development of industrial brownfields.

“I am very thankful to Commissioners Morley and Heimel for endorsing me. I have
worked hard in Potter County during my campaign, and I am glad to have GOP
leaders like Doug and Paul onboard my team,” said Stroehmann.

Stroehmann, a conservative pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment Republican, is a
successful businessman and business owner. He serves as Vice President for Moran
Industries, a warehousing and logistics company. He also owns and operates
Stroehmann Earthworking Services.

Stroehmann has been active in his community and the GOP for many years. He is
former Chairman of the Woodward Township Board of Supervisors, and also served
as Lycoming County Republican Committee Chairman during President Bush’s 2004
re-election campaign. Stroehmann is also a former President of the Woodward
Township Volunteer Fire Company and a former member of the Board of Directors of
Lycoming County Red Cross. He is a current member of the Susquehanna Council Boy
Scouts of America Executive Board, and Chairman of the Customer Advisory Board
for District 3 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

See the latest from Jeff Stroehmann's Campaign at http://www.jeffstroehmann.com/index.html

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

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.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:13:00 PM EDT



NY Senator Wants Windmill Construction Stopped

Canisteo Valley News
Wind projects have made big news in Steuben County over the past 2 years, and in Albany Wednesday, a western New York state senator voiced his problems with wind energy on the floor of the state senate.

Monroe county Republican Senator Jim Alesi maintains that people should not put all their hopes in wind energy solving all energy problems.

State Senator Alesi is trying to get a moratorium passed so that wind projects come to a halt in New York State, until state lawmakers can study the issue and come up with some laws on how towns should deal with the many wind projects that are locating in New York State.

Copper Thieves Hit Genesee Warehouse

WESB News: 04/10/08 - Copper Wire Stolen from Warehouse

State Police are looking for the thieves who stole copper tubing and wire from an old warehouse on Main Street in Genesee.

Unknown individuals took 400 feet of the coppery wire and tubing and did $4,000 dollars damage to the warehouse. The warehouse is owned by Adam Chapman of Wellsville.

PA Senate Passes Alien Bill

WESB News: 04/09/08 - Illegal Alien Bills Passes in Senate

Illegal aliens who live in Pennsylvania will no longer be eligible for public benefits, including Medicaid, welfare and in-state college tuition, under legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati that was approved today by the Senate.

Senate Bill 9 would also ensure that the Commonwealth’s more than 100,000 illegal aliens face tighter scrutiny when applying for services.

The Federation for Immigration Reform estimates the current local annual costs of illegal immigration from just three program areas amount to about $36 billion nationwide.

In Pennsylvania, the current estimated cost is $285 million. That cost is expected to grow to $812 million by the year 2020.

Anonymous said...

They shouldn't recieve any benefits from our tax mones when they are not citizens.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Keith Richardson Asks For Financial Help To Compete With Millionaire Candidates

Down to the Wire--

Keith Richardson Blogs

April 8, 2008

Last night, I attended a forum hosted by the Tioga County Development Corporation, at the beautiful Wellsboro High School auditorium. If you’ve never been to Wellsboro in the evening, you should plan a visit. It’s a slice of Norman Rockwell’s America.

Once again, I believe the evening went very well. I had a number of people come up to me afterwards and pledge their support. I answered questions for an hour following the forum. It was, in every way, a successful evening.

I can’t help but juxtapose the success of last evening with the media blitz that’s taking place now and will intensify in the last two weeks. Two weeks out, here’s the situation. By shining in every forum, by outworking others on the ground, by getting more miles per gallon for every contribution, we’ve run an effective grassroots campaign on a modest budget.

The same certainly can’t be said of others. Three candidates come from very wealthy families. They have money, and they’re not afraid to spend it. With money, you can always buy an image. The challenge for us is to crack through the image that they have bought for themselves before April 22.

I need help to do that. I am asking you to contribute now, so that I can buy strategic radio spots and one mailer. I want to reach beyond the hundreds who have seen the substance at the forums to the thousands who may otherwise vote based solely on media-created image and name-recognition.

You know me. You know how awkward it is for me to ask. You know I would not do so if I had any other recourse. Nor would I ask if this were a lost cause, if I could not win on April 22. But the truth is, I can win. I believe I will win, if I can finish well and not be lost in the crowd as the media wars rage in these closing days.

To speak plainly, I need to raise $80,000 immediately for a 3-day mail and radio blitz. We’re confident that $80,000 is enough to give the voters a real choice during the time when media coverage is the most intense. I am asking you to help, because you know me best.

Because one candidate has already tripped the “millionaire’s amendment” to the federal election laws, other candidates can now receive up to $6,900 from a single donor. Whether you can contribute that $6,900 or just $69, please know that I will be forever grateful for your help, and that our campaign will use every penny with the same conservative spending discipline that I want to take to Washington.

Time is short. If you will “Invest in Courage,” the time is now.

Pittsburgh Area Soldier Killed In Iraq Fighting


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A soldier from Plum was killed Monday while fighting in Iraq, the Defense Department announced today.

Spc. Jason C. Kazarick, 30, and another soldier died when enemy forces in Sadr City attacked them with a rocket propelled grenade. Also killed was Sgt. Michael Lilly of Boise, Idaho.

Spc. Kazarick was a 1995 graduate of Plum High School.

They were assigned to the Army's 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany.

Lot's of Music in April...

Hello Friends!
I’ve heard the peepers….Spring is springing up all over! And that ain’t all…the geetars and the fiddles are coming out as well! Here’s what’s going on in April!

Friday, April 11th- THE HILLBILLY GYPSIES http://www.hillbillygypsies.com at the Coudersport High School auditorium 7:30pm $12 adults $3 students with CORNPONE SALLY opening…brother, you just haven’t lived until you’ve been carried away by the Gypsies, and Cornpone Sally will lead the way! Contact me by email immediately if you need tickets for this show.

Saturday, April 12th- REUNION COFFEEHOUSE EVENT IN GALETON. Back in the nineties, Alyson Leach and her students presented a really cool coffeehouse in Galeton, and it inspired many to continue the pursuit of the arts and musical endeavors . Now the Galeton Coffeehouse will experience a revival as a student senior project when a reunion of the coffeehouse takes place at Alyson’s studio at 15 West St. from 7-11pm. Alumni from the original coffeehouse will make the trip from as far away as Boston, so come on out…it’ll bring out the beatnik in you!

Thursday, April 24th- JAKOB’S HOLLOW http://www.jakobshollow.com at the Galeton High School Gym for the BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S annual dinner event, with dinner at 6:00pm and show at 7:00pm, $20 …….following Eppie Bailey’s recent return from Tennessee, a freshly reunited Jakob’s Hollow trio is raring to get back to the stage, and anticipating the release of their debut CD in late Spring.
Contact me by email if you need tickets for this event.

The Songwriter’s Roundtable open stage is right around the corner, on Sat. May 10th, so better tune up those glockenspiels! For the entire season schedule visit our website at:
http://www.songwritersroundtable.com

steve@stevequelet.com

Former Coudersport Man Winningest Softball Coach

Take 5 with Brian Neefe

A Wednesday chat with a Lehigh Valley sports figure

Keith Groller
By Keith Groller

Age: 60

Occupation: Driver's education teacher and softball coach at Southern Lehigh High School

Family: Wife, Nancy (married for 40 years after meeting in high school); two daughters, one son; five grandchildren

Education: Coudersport High and Grove City College.

Of note: In 37th year of coaching, he is the all-time winningest scholastic softball coach in Pennsylvania, with a record of 635-146 through April 4.

What was your favorite hangout growing up in Coudersport, Potter County? The pool hall where only boys were allowed. My mother thought it was an evil place.

Was Coudersport cool? It was. There was just one traffic light in town. We had a movie theater that opened only on the weekends, a five-lane bowling alley. We had everything everybody else had, just much less of it. The big thrill was to drive to Olean, N.Y., once a month because Olean had a McDonald's.

Most famous person to come from Coudersport? Besides me? The guys who pulled off the Brinks robbery, and Don Hoak, who played third base for the Pirates.

How did a football player become a softball coach? Our AD back then, Jim Abbott, was looking for a coach, and I was in my first year of teaching. When you're in your first year of teaching, you say ''yes'' to anything.

Biggest coaching influence: Jack Behringer, my football coach at Grove City, because he taught me that to be successful, you needed to prepare to be successful.

Did he ever scare you? I was the punter, and one time I just had the urge to take off and run the ball. I went around right end and made a first down, all on my own. When I went off the field, he said to me, ''Brian, if you ever do that again, you better not come off on this side of the field.''

Favorite way to celebrate: Stopping at McDonald's. I usually get a Big Mac, fries and soda. Unless it's a win in the league tournament, then it's Friendly's on Lehigh Street.

Favorite food at Pates Park: I have to have a hot dog with everything.

Favorite part of softball: The baserunning, the speed, bunting. Making things happen.

Favorite part of coaching: The practices, not the games. I just like the interaction with the kids on the field and it's just me, them and [longtime assistant Rosemary] Grube. We have a lot of fun out there. Sometimes [Grube] and I will just argue about politics because she's as far left as you can go and I'm as far right.

On an off day, you would: Spend time with my grandkids. I've seen every G-rated Disney movie there's ever been, and I love them. I'd like to work at Disney World one day.

When will you know that you've had enough? When I can no longer physically do the things I've always done, like pitching batting practice to the kids or swinging the bat. Right now, I feel as good as I ever have. I might be a little more sore the next day, but I'm fine.

Thanks to Keith Groller and the Morning Call for giving us permission to republish this article for our Coudersport readers.

Police Release Crash Info From Last Wednesday

Troopers, did release overnight, details about a collision taking place last Wednesday on Route 6 in Pike Township.

Police say both Galeton drivers involved are being charged with summary traffic offenses.

The collision occurred when 85 year old Helen Lazorchak stopped her westbound Mitsubishi Galant on the double yellow line, preparing to make a left turn.

An eastbound Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Travis Main struck the Lazorchak SUV. Neither driver was hurt but their vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Lazorchak is being charged with failing to obey traffic laws regarding left turns and Main is being charged with failing to drive at a safe speed.

Candidates Live In Franklin On PCN At 7:30 pm

WFRM

Voters who are confused about which candidate to support in the upcoming 5th Congressional District Primary have help from two sources .Pennsylvania Cable Network will begin its political coverage with a LIVE airing of the 5th Congressional District Republican Forum from the Rocky Grove Fire Hall in Franklin beginning at 7:30 p.m. All nine candidates vying for the congressional seat that is now held by Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) are expected to be in attendance. The event, which is sponsored by the Venango County Republican Committee, will feature a moderated question-and-answer format. PCN will re-air the forum on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m.

The 5th Congressional District Democratic Forum will air on PCN at 9:00 p.m. following the live event in Franklin. The Democratic Forum taped April 10 at the DuBois campus of Penn State University will feature all three democratic candidates. Representatives from three local DuBois news media services will act as moderators for the event and will author the questions of the candidates. The event is sponsored by the City of DuBois Democratic Committee. PCN will re-air the forum beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Anonymous jeffpotterpa said...

Hi Solomon, I have to stand corrected. I had mentioned that I didnt think any of the canditates would advertise on the New York TV stations which cover potter county. I believe this morning I saw and ad for Walker on Channel 18Elmira, which covers eastern potter and all of tioga county.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 9:35:00 PM EDT

Spring Is Coming To Potter County

Sheila Foust to me



Hi Jim,
Thought I would drop a line. To tell you that I and my sister Shelly, heard peepers Saturday evening. On route 6 by the Northwoods Tavern. Spring is coming!!
Sheila

Yes Shiela,
Spring is coming to Potter County. We're going to do a feature here on this website showing pictures of the indications of spring. If anyone has pictures they want to include, send them along in jpeg and we will include them in the special coming soon.
Jim

Causer and Rapp Speak Out at Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally

Less than one week after successfully voting to defeat extreme gun control legislation to impose criminal penalties on victims of lost or stolen firearms, Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) today joined with hundreds of Pennsylvania gun owners and outdoorsmen in the state Capitol rotunda for the Third Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.

“The responsible ownership of firearms remains a treasured heritage throughout Pennsylvania, especially in Warren, Forest and McKean counties,” said Rapp. “As both a lawmaker and a gun owner, I firmly believe that government should take no action that infringes on our self evident right to keep and bear arms. If and when identical or even more intrusive gun confiscation legislation comes before the Pennsylvania House, District 65 residents can count on me to cast a vote that directly reflects the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 1 of our state constitution which clearly states: ‘The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.’”
Featured speakers at today’s rally included Dr. Alan Keyes, constitutional scholar, author and Reagan administration ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council; Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America; Alan Gottlieb, chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; Jeff Knox, director of operations, Firearms Coalition; Kim Stolfer, chairman, Firearms Owners Against Crime; and Melody Zullinger, executive director, PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
“The timing of this rally could not have been better,” Causer said. “Lawmakers are under intense pressure from the big-city liberal media and others to enact gun controls that will do far more harm to law-abiding gun owners than to criminals. Rest assured that the majority of lawmakers, as demonstrated in the gun vote last week, recognize your rights to own guns and have no intention of chipping away at those rights.”
Additional Second Amendment advocacy and sportsmen’s organizations represented at today’s rally included: Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League, CCRKBA, GunWeek, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Lehigh Valley Firearms Coalition, Mothers Arms - Safely in Mothers Arms Inc., National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, PA Firearms Owners Association, PA Gun Collectors Association, PA Gun Owners Association, PA Rifle and Pistol Association, PA Sportsmen’s Association, Pink Pistols, the Second Amendment Sisters and Unified Sportsmen of PA.

For the latest Second Amendment legislative updates or to sign the “No New Gun Controls” petition, visit www.RepCauser.com or www.RepRapp.com .

Western PA Raw Milk Tainted With Listeria

Agriculture Department Warns Consumers of Tainted Raw Milk Sold By Clarion, Crawford County Dairies (April 7)
Wed, 9 Apr 2008 09:00:00 -0500

Consumers who purchased raw milk from Piney Ridge dairy farm in New Bethlehem, Clarion County, and Clark and Elaine Duncan’s farm in Meadville, Crawford County, anytime after March 10 should discard it immediately due to the risk of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination.

Some Congress Candidates Spending Big Bucks

5TH DISTRICT

Walker spending also trips FEC law

Candidate: Own polling shows he, Shaner lead race

- mjoseph@centredaily.com

Congressional candidate Derek Walker joined the Millionaires’ Amendment club Tuesday and said his own polling shows he and rival Matt Shaner are tied as front-runners for the Republican nomination.

Other Republican candidates said the poll results Walker described reflect name recognition built up by Shaner, Walker and Lycoming County businessman Jeff Stroehmann through TV commercials and other early-campaign spending.

Walker, 32, grandson and son of Clearfield County coal industry entrepreneurs, said his polling showed Stroehmann a distant third in the 5th District congressional race, with 7 percent, and the remaining candidates with less support than that. Stroehmann called those numbers “ridiculous.”

The Millionaires’ Amendment refers to a federal campaign law provision that requires congressional candidates to tell the Federal Election Commission and their opponents when they spend more than $350,000 of their own money.

Tripping the threshold allows opposing candidates to accept contributions from individuals up to $6,900, three times the typical limit, as a way to help level the playing field.

Walker told the FEC on Tuesday that he spent $365,000 of his own money in four expenditures between March 7 and April 7. Walker said he had to spend his own money to stay competitive with the more than $1.2 million that Shaner has spent of his own personal funds.

“When you have a candidate spending more money than any other race in the country, you’re kind of forced to,” Walker said.

Shaner, 28, son of Shaner Group CEO Lance Shaner, said in an e-mailed statement that he’s been informing voters of his stance on issues while Walker “continues to run his negative campaign” in the final two weeks.

“I think it is ironic and misleading that Mr. Walker would spend over a month criticizing me for spending my own money in an effort to inform the voters of my position on important issues while he fully intended to also trigger the Millionaires’ Amendment,” Shaner said.

Walker said a private poll of 5th District voters conducted March 31 and April 1 showed he and Shaner were each favored by 20 percent of the voters, almost three times more support than any other candidate.

“It’s a two-way race,” Walker said.

Former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos, 63, said candidates who have to depend on contributions did not get to spend early in the campaign or in great amounts.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to get our mailings out — we’ve got two weeks to go and people are starting to pay attention,” Exarchos said. “Those three people that you mentioned are the ones that are spending beaucoup bucks. Right now, it seems to me that it’s a direct correlation between money and ratings.”

Stroehmann, 42, said Walker was “manipulative” in stating poll results that showed Stroehmann third. The great-great-grandson of the founder of Stroehmann Bakeries refused to disclose his own spending or say what his own polling may have shown. He called the Walker statement “hilarious.”

Stroehmann said three factors compel the purchase of TV commercials: the short notice (Jan. 3) that the seat would be open; the district’s vast size (11,000 square miles); and the high number (nine) of Republican rivals in the race.

“The only option we have if we want to win this is to get our message out. Unfortunately it costs money,” Stroehmann said. “I’m going to be able to say that I’m going up against a guy that put up $1.2 million. That’s going to be a vote of confidence.”

Howard Township health care professional Glenn Thompson, 48, said he’s not surprised that Walker, Shaner and Stroehmann have pulled ahead at this point “given the tremendous amount of money that they’ve put into their campaigns.”

“I’m a little surprised that they’re only at 20 points,” Thompson said. “The reality is that the election is not today — it’s April 22.”

Clarion Mayor John Stroup, 50, said the Walker poll numbers didn’t surprise him either. “When it comes down to the people, they haven’t decided yet,” he said. “It’s going to change in the next week or so.”

Clarion pastor Keith Richardson said the candidates who came from wealthy families and inherited money are entitled to spend it as they please.

“They have spent it on this race to buy name recognition and create an image for themselves,” Richardson said. “But I’m still hopeful that the voters on April 22 will vote for substance over form and will take a deep look at the qualifications of all the candidates rather than allow any candidate to buy a seat in Congress.”

Walker said his campaign finance disclosure will show that he has raised more than $150,000 from more than 500 individual contributors. He said the $365,000 of his own money came from earnings from his work as a financial consultant with 420 clients and $25 million under management.

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910. Thanks to Mike Joseph and Centre Daily Times for allowing us to republish this article on the 5th congressional race.

Firefighter Killed When Ladder Truck Malfunctions

GoErie.com
Michael D. Crotty, a deputy fire chief for Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department and also a recently hired Erie Bureau of Fire firefighter, was killed Tuesday afternoon while commanding the scene of a blaze at Port Erie Plastics, 909 Troupe Road in Harborcreek Township. Firefighters from nine departments, including Lawrence Park, were called to the scene at 3:54 p.m.

The fire consumed several stacks of wood and plastic skids stored outside and used for moving large quantities of material. According to Lawrence Park fire officials, Crotty was on the ground directing firefighters at the plant site when the department's aerial truck's ladder "malfunctioned," causing Crotty's fatal injuries. They did not elaborate.

Area Obituaries

BOLIVAR - Athelene J. Wight, 82, of 78 Plum St. passed away Tuesday (April 8, 2008) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness.

RICHFIELD, Ohio - Richard Wayne “Dick” Baker, 42, of 3618 Harold Drive, Richfield, a former resident of Gifford, Pa., died Monday (April 7, 2008) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

EMPORIUM — Naomi Bush, 88, of Emporium died Tuesday evening (April 8, 2008) at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

SMETHPORT — Erika L. Walters, 50, of Cyclone, died Tuesday (April 8, 2008) after a lengthy battle with cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

Coudy Man Dumps Garbage With His Name On It

WESB News: 04/09/08 - Coudy Man Arrested After Dumping Garbage

A Coudersport man was arrested Tuesday for dumping garbage at a private residence in Eulalia Township.

State Police say 24 year-old Jacob Woodard scattered garbage which contained household waste with his name on it along a pull off near a wooded area. Woodard was issued a court appearance ticket.

Nerf Gun Shuts Down Alfred University Tuesday

WESB News: 04/09/08 - Alfred University Safe After Lockdown

Alfred University was on lockdown for about two hours Tuesday afternoon after a faculty member reported seeing someone with a gun.

The alleged gunman was a student with a Nerf toy gun. The student with the Nerf gun says he and others were playing a game called Zombies vs. Humans. The game features a kind of tag with Nerf guns and red arm bands.

The University's emergency plan went into effect and emails and text messages were sent to students in just minutes.

A half-dozen police agencies had swarmed the campus, looking for the gunman.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Congressional Candidate John Stroup No Stranger In These Parts

By James Jones---shurfine40@gmail.com

John Stroup was in Potter County over the weekend, talking to voters at the gun show at the Roulette Fire Hall, and again on Monday when he met with editor/publisher James Jo
nes of "Solomon's words" for an interview at the Maple Tree Restaurant in Coudersport.

John was already there when I got there on Monday. He recognized me when I came in and after an amicable greeting, we sat down to talk over a cup of coffee. I had boned up on his website so I had an idea what he was all about and what he looked like so I could pick him out when I saw him. I have to say that he is a much more attractive man than his website pictures depict as you will notice in the pictures I took of him in Coudersport.John Stroup--Candidate for US Congress
Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words
Click picture to view full screen
We spent nearly 2 hours together talking about the campaign, and discussing his feelings about different issues. I don't think his views are a whole lot different than most of the Republican candidates running for the congressional seat in the 5th District.

One important feature of his campaign is his effort to stop the tolling of Interstate 80. In the spirit of "I was country, when country wasn't cool", John was there fighting the tolls from the time that the state government came out with the idea.

As Mayor of Clarion, he immediately recognized the harm that would be done to the manufacturers in his area. The costs for a modular housing company to move their products would seriously impair their ability to continue to be competitive. He responded to that threat, and he along with Representative John Peterson have been fighting the toll idea ever since.

At this point in time, I think every candidate, and nearly every citizen of Central Pennsylvania has e
xpressed their disdain to the tolling idea. It was an idea that would have devastated business and transportation in the middle of this great state.

Stroup has a good education, having earned an accounting degree from Slippery Rock University and a Masters in Business Administration from Clarion University. After several years working for HRB Singer in Washington, DC and Westinghouse in Pittsburgh as a cost analyst, he returned to Clarion where he grew up. He wanted his kids to grow up in the rural area he loved. He was an outstanding wrestler in his high school and college days, so it's not surprising he was ready to wrestle the powers that be in Harrisburg on the I-80 Toll idea.US Congress Candidate John Stroup pictured in Coudersport
Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words

Click picture to view full screen
When John returned to Clarion, he worked as sales manager for his family small business, Source, Inc. He called on building supply and home center stores like Close's Lumber in Roulette and Seal's Lumber in Coudersport to name a few, where he sold floor coverings. He was known in stores of this type, all over the area that the 5th District encompasses. He stressed the relationships established from those sales calls, help him to know the needs and strengths of the entire area, and the difficulties of running a small business in a rural area.

Stroup accepted an opportunity to become Executive Director of the Clarion Hospital Foundation, where he is involved in fundraising, grant writing and that type of thing. In the four years he has held that position, he has learned much about the problems of rural health care, trying to keep doctors and recruit more to practice in a rural setting. Pennsylvania is not particularly friendly to physicians and there is work needed to correct some of the problems that cause that.

John's family is familiar with public service. His wife is President of the local school board. He has worked with Congressman Peterson on a lot of issues and says he would work to earn the same respect from his constituents as the congressman has earned. He says he intends to make himself available to his home district to hear their needs. It is his love for rural America that motivated him to enter this congressional race.

Stroup was scheduled to speak at a forum in Wellsboro, Pa Monday evening. I hope he wasn't late. He was easy to talk to. A regular guy. We talked for two hours and I had the feeling we could have probably talked more. He is intelligent and articulate, and has the maturity and experience to make a good congressional representative for the 5th District.

To listen to John Stroup's radio spot.....http://www.friendsofjohnstroup.com/News/radio_ad1.html

For more information on John Stroup, his website is
http://www.friendsofjohnstroup.com/


Cool----Clear---Water In Roulette Tonight

Reader e-mails pictures of Roulette Water taken Tuesday night. Mine is still clear--I drew tomorrow morning's coffee water before it gets here.

Ah, nothing like our cool, clear Roulette town water! (taken tonight)

How True It Is!!


Mandy Knapp sends this along

Brian V. Castle, 40, Belmont, NY

BELMONT -Brian V. Castle, 40, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (April 6, 2008) at Jones Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Castle was born June 13, 1967, in Sydney, to Donald and Kay (Hackett) Castle. He was a 1985 graduate of Wellsville Central School. On June 25, 1988, in Wellsville, he married Lisa M. Windus, who survives.

Brian was the postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Ceres for the past 10 years.
In addition to his wife, Brian is survived by two sons, Allen Castle and Evan Castle, both of Belmont; his mother, Kay (Dale) Hackett of Wellsville; a brother, Danny Hackett of Afton; a grandfather, Bob Hackett; one uncle, Therald Hackett; and several cousins.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Castle.

Brian had a passion for kids. He coached Little League baseball, Babe Ruth League baseball and the Bolivar-Richburg Youth Football League. He also enjoyed music and played with the Roundhouse Kick Band. But more than this, he was a loving husband and father who lived his life as a role model for his family.

There has been a change of venue for the services for Brian V. Castle of Belmont who passed away Sunday (April 6, 2008).

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will now be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Wellsville where the Rev. Glen Layfield of the Church of Christ in Scio will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery , Scio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brian Castle Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Bank, 113 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

Ceres Postmaster Collapsed/Died Sunday In Scio

Brian Castle fondly remembered

By Brian Quinn

Daily Reporter

CERES - Customers at the U.S. Postal Service on Route 417 will no longer encounter a postmaster they say liked to joke around, but was also genuinely interested in how they were doing.

Those who came to the post office Monday, if they hadn’t heard previously, learned of the death of Postmaster Brian Castle. Castle, 40, who had been postmaster at the office for about 10 years, died Sunday, apparently after collapsing while playing basketball at Scio Central School.
Castle lived in Belmont with his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Allen and Evan.
Read the rest of this story in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Here's The Official News Release On Taj Mahal

Adelphias Former Headquarters Building Finally Sold: Third Times a Charm for Coudersports Taj Mahal

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After two online auctions, two defaulted buyers, and an alleged embezzlement involving the FBI and the Boston District Attorneys Office, the LFC Group of Companies has successfully sold Adelphia Communications Corporations former headquarters building via their innovative online auction process. Located in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, local residents have referred to the massive, ornate structure as the towns Taj Mahal since its completion in 2002, and more recently deemed it jinxed and cursed because of its controversial past.

The buildings beginnings unfolded amid corporate scandal. Before the opulent headquartersmade of brick, marble, granite and bronzewas even open for business, John Rigas, Adelphias CEO, and his son Tim were indicted for corporate fraud. In 2002, Adelphia, once the nations fifth largest cable company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcyand the so called Rigas curse began. In June of 2007, the Rigases were convicted and sent to federal prison. The deserted headquarters building became a symbol of a fallen empire and, that same summer, after attempting to sell the property for more than three years with no success, Adelphia selected the LFC Group of Companies, a California-based online real estate auction marketing firm, to auction the palatial building. The building was posted on LFCs auction website LFC Online (www.LFC.com/715R5) with a minimum bid of $1 million. Previously, in February of 2007, LFC had successfully sold more than 60 of Adelphias real estate assets scattered across the country, from small residential properties to large land parcels and everything in between, as part of the corporations official Plan of Reorganization.

On November 1, 2007, after a 20-day bidding war, a winning bidder was announced with a high bid of $3.4 million. But when the winning bidder was unable to come up with the money to close the deal, he defaulted on the purchase. LFC was bombarded with backup offers, and a second buyer came out of the woodwork. A businessman from Northern Ireland entered into an agreement to purchase the property for $3.4 million and wired the funds required for the deposit, and later the additional funds to pay the remaining balance, to an attorney in the Boston area. Allegedly, according to several reports by the press citing court documents, the funds changed hands several times and much of it was later found by the FBI, in cash, concealed in brown paper and plastic bags on a private jet bound to leave the country for Venezuela.

After losing his chance to purchase the Adelphia building, the Irish buyer became the second to default and the building was put back up on the auction block in early February, at a minimum bid of $3 million. The second online auction campaign to sell the Adelphia headquarters building was much more accelerated than the first. After a week-long campaign and an additional week of day-to-day bidding in Last Call, the building found its third and final buyer at $3.6 million.

Nobody couldve anticipated the turbulence this sale encountered, but ultimately, I dont believe that the building wouldve sold any other way, comments Bill Lange, president of the LFC Group of Companies. Our specialized online auction-marketing process delivered global exposure of the property and a convenient vehicle for buyers to participate. We are proud of our accomplishment and thank Adelphia for their support. It has been an interesting journey.

Nevertheless, after all of the drama surrounding the sale of the Adelphia building, which is deserving of a made-for-TV movie, the LFC Group of Companies is finally breaking open the bottle of champagne that has been patiently chilling in the fridge for the last six months.

The Potter County Recorder of Deeds’ office has the buyer listed as Klek Development Corp., 23356 Elm Road, Lincolnshire, Ill. according to local newspaper reports.

Coming up: Watch live coverage of Petraeus and Crocker testimony, scheduled at 9:30 a.m. ET

Shinglehouse Man Flown From Rt.44 Crash

WESB News: 04/08/08 - Shinglehouse man Hospitalized After Crash

A Shinglehouse man was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident on Route 44 late Sunday night.

State Police say 18 year-old Matthew Duel fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of his vehicle hitting an embankment.

Duell was flown from the scene to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of his injuries.

Fishing Season Opens Saturday In Potter County


Trout season opens Saturday at 8 a.m. for Potter County and 48 other Pennsylvania counties. Eighteen counties in the southeastern part of the state had their trout opener on March 29.

State-stocked trout now average about 11 inches long and about 6/10 of a pound. The mass increases significantly from a 9 1/2-inch fish to an 11-inch fish.

After they are stocked, trout will migrate throughout the streams. Statewide, the commission stocks 3.3 to 3.4 million trout. In addition, a number of sportsmen’s clubs stock their own fish in streams in the region, further enhancing opportunities for anglers.

Galeton Senior To Receive Davis Award

Paige Foil, Galeton High School is one of eight students who will receive Elizabeth L. “Betty” Davis Memorial Awards, which have been presented annually since 1979 to a senior student from each of the area high schools when the Tioga County Federation of Republican Women holds its annual spring dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn Wells Hotel.

Qualifications for the awards are that the student is from a Republican family, is interested in government and political science and shows leadership in his or her class, both scholastically and in extracurricular activities.

Port Allegany Men Charged For Serving Minors

WESB News: 04/08/08 - Two Facing Alcohol Charges in Port

Two Port Allegany men have been charged in connection with an underage drinking party in Port Allegany on February 8th.

Court records indicate that 23 year-old Robert Drabert and 19 year-old Matthew Majot invited five juveniles to Drabert’s residence where they were served alcohol.

Drabert was charged with several offenses relating to the party. He also is facing failure to appear charges for skipping his preliminary hearing. Majot is free on $2,500 dollars bail.

Fire Victim Got Out But Went Back to Rescue Others

WESB News: 04/07/08 - Fire Victim Escaped, But Went Back In

One of the victims of Thursday's fatal fire in Brockway, actually got out of the burning house – but went back in to try to save the people trapped inside.

During Monday's funeral service for the Peterson family and Jason Mowry, people learned Mowry had escaped, but went back in to try to save the nine people inside the house.

During the service Rev John Helgeson said that was totally in character for Mowry because he always wanted to help others.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner

Austin Fire hall

Friday, April 11, 2008

4pm - ???

10 & up - $7.50

Under 10 - $5.00

Under 3 – FREE

Dinner also includes:

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy,

Green Beans

Take outs available

50/50 Tickets being sold now and at dinner. Contact any Austin Volleyball member for yours today!

Benefits Austin Volleyball team for a summer Volleyball camp!