Today we went over to the Providence chapter of Habitat for Humanity and built the walls for a house that will be going up soon. It was a cold, muggy day, so we were kind of fortunate to be inside the warehouse. My group had some trouble thanks to a wickedly bent board, but as a whole the day was a lot of fun.
Now we're just kind of hanging out until dinner when an alumni from the Providence to San Francisco 2007 group is going to come talk to us. I've already heard from two of our leaders, Shira and Jake, what its like, but I'm excited to hear someone else's perspective too.
We're scheduled to dip our tires in the Atlantic around 9:15 tomorrow (Sat.) morning. The mayor is coming to deliver a send-off speech, and then we'll head for Pomfret, CT around 9:45.
I'm not sure what internet access will be like from here on out (we've kind of gotten spoiled being here at Brown), but I'll do my best to keep the blog updated.
Tomorrow we ride!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Today we went over to the Providence chapter of Habitat for Humanity and built the walls for a house that will be going up soon. It was a cold, muggy day, so we were kind of fortunate to be inside the warehouse. My group had some trouble thanks to a wickedly bent board, but as a whole the day was a lot of fun.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 04:25:00 PM
Coudersport Police, Medic 6, and Coudersport ambulance were called to the Potter County Jail Friday evening at about 7:45 pm for a reported attempted hanging.
The 36 year old inmate was transported to Charles Cole Hospital where family members were told, citing HEPA rules, only that the attempt was unsuccessful and that any information would have to be released through the Potter County Jail.
A family member who contacted the jail around midnight, reportedly was told that the inmate was returned to the jail and placed under a suicide watch.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 04:09:00 PM
Roulette emergency medical personnel were called out this morning to transport a person who had fallen from a horse on Cow Hollow in Roulette Township.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 03:48:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 03:29:00 PM
Complete Race Results
Story By Paul Heimel
Photos By Leo Szczesny
Marathon winner was Christian Byler, 24, of Harrison Valley, who literally ran away with the championship. He posted a time of 2:42.33 in sweltering heat and high humidity. He ran like a man on a mission.
Byler is the first God's Country Marathon winner from God's Country; it took 34 years for a Potter County resident to win the local race.
Runner-up Thomas Lipsie, 40, of Indiana, Pa., a former God's Country Marathon winner, was a distant second at 3:06.42.
Women's winner was Susan Kramer, 43, of Harrisburg, who had a time of 3:33.51 and was eighth overall.
in 34th Annual God's Country Marathon
Cori Sevinsky photo
Coudersport Postmaster Steve Sevinsky, 49, placed 40th overall. His sister, Gloria Richardson, 59, was able to finish her first marathon.
Despite the tortuous conditions, some 148 runners managed to complete the certified 26.2-mile course.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 02:55:00 PM
to raise money to drill water wells in Africa
Incidentally Bruce finished 55th in the God's
Country Marathon in 2007.
The author’s name was Robert Sweetgall. I thought it was rather neat because I quickly realized that the author also had quite an adventure of his own. He walked a total of 11,208 miles around the U.S. as well as Hawaii and Alaska over a period of one year.
Riley must attract an extraordinary amount of people who travel around the U.S. by foot and/or bike. Thanks for the book Robert and congrats on such a monumental achievement.
We left around 10:30 in the morning, and by 11:30 I had arrived in Burns where I stopped for lunch. While we were there, a few people recognized us and gave us donations towards our cause. The word is traveling, and we’re getting closer to our goal! Praise the Lord.
From Burns, I had run out to the Drewsey region. Interestingly enough, the diverse birds followed me a good long ways. Where one flock left off, another began. I thought to myself, “Since I can practically see my destination from twenty-five miles away, this is a good thing. They will keep my company.”
With one gratifying experience, though, comes a couple terrifying moments. As I was running past a Bull Farm, literally 80 bulls or so immediately became alert of my presence and began to advance towards me. It looked as if they could have plowed through that fence if they wanted to, so I picked the pace up until I felt I was a comfortable distance away.
Then, perhaps only 10 miles down the road, I saw the formation of a tornado. It was capturing but nerve-racking.
It wasn’t a too terribly long day on the road, but my knees are holding up well, which is encouraging. I hope to be completely up to par before we make it through Idaho though.
I’d also like to point out that the video footage will most likely be a day behind unless we finish early because it takes quite a long time to compress and upload it. Either way, we will do our best to get everything up as soon as possible. We hope you enjoy.
May God’s will be done!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 02:19:00 PM
BREAKING NEWS 6-7-08 2:00 pm
A medical helicopter has been dispatched to the Coleville church for an atv accident near Majestic Trails. Medical crews have been on the scene for about 15 minutes.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/07/2008 01:55:00 PM
Friday, June 6, 2008
The 34th annual God’s Country Marathon will take place Saturday on Route 6 between Galeton and Coudersport.
As of news time, 175 runners had registered, a substantial increase over last year.
Because of the predicted heat and humidity, Race Director Kim Mitchell is asking people who live along the race route, to be ready with garden hoses to provide a welcome splash to runners.
Mitchell’s green Geo Tracker will be patrolling the route, loaded with water, Gatorade and other essentials. She says anyone who feels he or she must drop out due to dehydration will be given a ride.
Water stations located almost every mile along the course and the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Department from Ulysses will have a “fog” unit near the Route 449 intersection to provide relief.
The runners will step off at the Galeton School at 8:00 a.m. and the first ones to cross the finish line will arrive at about 10:30 in the Court House Square, Coudersport.
The Potter County Visitors Association, sponsor of the race, is asking as many people as possible to cheer the runners—along the course and at the finish line.
Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution while traveling over the course.
WFRM-AM 600 will be broadcasting live from the finish line, starting at about 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 05:16:00 PM
A couple of 17 year old Northern Potter students are being cited in district court in connection to incidents taking place Tuesday afternoon on a school bus. State police claim a Harrison Valley boy caused driver Francis Graves of Westfield to temporarily lose control of the bus when he squirted water on the driver’s head. And, a Genesee boy is accused of pouring a bottle of water on Graves’s head and hitting him with the empty bottle as he got off the bus.
July 31 has been scheduled as the sentencing date for a Coudersport woman who this week pleaded no contest this week in McKean County court to charges of writing bad checks, possessing an instrument of crime, theft by deception and disorderly conduct. Lisa Fongwoo, 44, was arrested last August when she was found to have eight forged American Express Travelers’ checks at the Bradford Wal-Mart and tried to pass a $500 one. Police said Fongwood became belligerent when she was detained.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 05:12:00 PM
Record heat for this year is bringing out the air conditioners today.
Temperatures at 4:30pm in the area are:
Duke Center --95
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 04:21:00 PM
The Dow Jones Industrial index dropped 400 points to day on reports of 5.5% unemployment for the month of May.
The country lost jobs at a rapid rate and more jobs can be expected to be lost as commuters find that it costs more to get to work and back than they net from their paycheck after deductions.
Meanwhile the commodity traders are making fortunes trading in the oil and gas futures. This speculation by those who are not the ultimate users of gas and oil and natural gas is driving retail prices out of the reach of the average working man.
The United States Government should stop this speculation on gas and oil. It would result in an immediate reduction of prices. It is criminal that a few should profit from the suffering of the masses.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 04:09:00 PM
Have I a blog for you this fifth day of June. So, please buckle up and join me as I share both Tim’s and my travels for the day.
Because I didn’t post it in yesterday’s blog, Matt Wright put us up for the night near Bend, Oregon and saved us from having to camp out in the desert, though that would have been an interesting, to say the very least, experience. Thanks Matt!
We got up casually this morning and had a large breakfast at a local restaurant because we knew the day ahead might be slightly arduous in terms of mileage as we were pushing for a grand total of 110 miles.
In case you don’t know, I have an additional day I must take off on June 21st, so I had to make up a day in order to be on schedule.
After breakfast we drove back out to where I left off in Southern Millican and began the route for the day. I kept a steady pace for both legs. When I arrived to the 22 mile marker in Brothers, I saw a sign somewhere that read something like “Nothing for the next 72 miles.” Of course, I may have dramatized it a bit, but I didn’t want to take a chance of not having that country western burger they had to offer.
There we met a man named Benny Clifford Brown. He truly was a riot and immensely fun to chat with. As we became deeply engrossed in a conversation with him, he told us that in 1980, he had walked across the nation with his brother over a period of 7 months. He got up early every day, walked as many as 60 miles in one day over a period of 18 hours, caught his own food, and carried a compass to guide the way. Impressive, huh? He also put our lunch on his tab. So, we thank you Benny.
After lunch, I hopped on the bike and plugged away at a few more miles. Most of the shoulder was ideal for riding bike because it was broad and well maintained. As I was finally starting to advance civilization sixty miles past brothers, I heard this semi fast approaching me coming in the same direction. It just so happened to pass me where the shoulder of the road narrowed and was full of grooves, causing me to run over a few sharp rocks and debris.
Not surprisingly, my front tire popped, and I was semi-shaken as I almost had a grave accident.
Thanks to the Lord, I was able to recover quickly and stabilize myself so that I didn’t fall into the ditch with my cleats attached to the bike. It would have made for a painful disaster.
While I regained tranquility, I was waiting for Tim to turn back around as he pulls ahead between 1-5 miles while I’m on the road. I was out waiting in the chilling air as the sun was setting for 30 minutes and I asked the Lord why this had to happen. Keep that thought for just one second.
When Tim finally came back to pick me up, I told him “I am freezing cold and my tire popped. It looks like we’re done for the day because we only have a few moments of day light left.” He said, “Okay, so let’s stop up at the general store ahead and change it.”
Interestingly enough, while I was putting my shoes on so I could get something to eat, this lady came up to us and presented us with a nice donation. She said, “we saw you on TV last night.” We were not only thrilled that it aired but that she recognized us and was able to donate towards Provisions of Life. It was very encouraging.
After that, we got out of the car, and I overheard someone speaking Spanish. For those who don’t know, I absolutely love to speak Spanish. I took advantage of the situation and introduced myself. His name was Herman Zapp. As we got to talking, we learned that he was also making some travels of his own around the world.
The neat thing was, he wasn’t the only one. There were two other groups who were talking with Herman that were traveling around the U.S. in one form or the other. It seemed as if I met everyone who was making travels across the U.S. today in one location.
Some time after we became acquainted, we met the owner of the store whose name is Pat Martin. She offered us a place to stay for the night as well as fed us. Thank you both very much both Dale and Pat. We also had time to sit down and chat, which was nice.
As we were heading up the stairwell to check our room out, we saw a book on the hood of our car. Herman wrote a book about his travels and gave a copy to us. We’ve read a bit of it and it’s fantastic. The name of his book is “Spark Your Dream.” What an amiable guy he is. It was truly nice to meet you Herman.
Now there is no wonder as to why God allowed for my tire to be popped. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t have met all of these wonderful people in the great town of Riley, Oregon and we would be camping in the desert.
Tomorrow is a new day and yet another long one because we weren’t quite able to make it to Burns as I had hoped, so tomorrow’s milage will total about 65 miles. Please pray for our safety and that we will be able to touch other’s lives in a positive way.
I know we only have a few days left in Oregon, but I would like to thank all of you Oregonians for being incredibly encouraging and helpful in so many ways.
God bless all!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 03:50:00 PM
On the tombstone is Billy, William Logue, 1943-1968.
Anyone with information should contact State Police in Kane.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 03:01:00 PM
The price of a barrel of oil catapulted to $139. a barrel today in trading. There seems to be no end in sight as any little excuse allows the stuff to jump to new records.
It is expected that social security will issue a supplement so that the elderly will still be able to drive to the store for food.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 02:52:00 PM
State seeks $18 million
for jobs not created
Pennsylvania officials offered Nationwide Appraisal Services Corp. $300,000 in December 1999 to add more than 300 jobs in its Washington County office.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Eight years and one mortgage market collapse later, Nationwide Appraisal, a middleman between banks and home appraisers, employs 250 people -- 50 fewer than when it got the grant. And the state wants its money back.
Read this story in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 02:11:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 01:38:00 PM
By request, Solomon's words, is starting a new page today called "Unclassified Reader's Ads."
Readers will be able to email want ads to be displayed on this page for a fee of $5.00.
Reader's ads will be posted as received and will run until canceled or 2 months, whichever is first.
Ads should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment may be sent, snail mail at your convenience, to James Jones, 231 Main Street, PO Box 250, Roulette, PA 16746.
Your submissions will be acknowledged by return email as received and posted immediately.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 11:17:00 AM
Kraft Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Tree Nuts In Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal (June 5)
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 08:11:00 -0500
Kraft Foods is recalling 12,553 cases of Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal with the “Best When Used By” date of 17DEC2008 because a small number of boxes may contain tree nuts (almonds, pecans and/or walnuts), and no nut ingredients are declared on the label. The Post LiveActive Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal has a UPC code of 00430000238900 and comes in a 13-oz retail carton. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 10:21:00 AM
Parents share joy over
thanks to Web cam
Altrasound Services Inc. has been digital since 2004, but until Theresa Graves asked, it hadn’t used a Web cam to Webcast an ultrasound for a spouse thousands of miles away.
Theresa Graves, who works at Northern Potter Children’s School in Ulysses, Pa., said her husband’s word for the Webcast was “awesome.”
“He wasn’t sure all the time what he was looking at. It was hard because there wasn’t any sound,” Theresa Graves said. “He was very excited. It was cute because the baby yawned. Nancy said the baby had lots of hair. We saw the heart beating. Read this story By Brian Quinn in the Daily Reporter.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/06/2008 07:57:00 AM
Thursday, June 5, 2008
WESB News: 06/05/08 - Criminal Mischief to Westline Property
An act of criminal mischief was reported to State Police.
Randall Hobbs - of Port Allegany - reported that someone entered his Westline seasonal property and threw several items of lawn furniture into a pond. A window was also shot out with a BB gun. Damages were estimated to be 90 dollars.
Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 06:48:00 PM
A soldier from Lackawanna County was seriously injured Tuesday in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. A soldier from Northampton County was killed in the same blast. Military officials said Staff Sergeant Earl Granville, 25, of Carbondale is being treated for his injuries in Germany. He will likely be transferred to the U.S. for additional treatment. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and is with the 109th Field Artillery out of Honesdale. He deployed in 2005 with his twin brother, Joseph, and cousin, Paul Granville of Simpson. Granville was riding in a Humvee when a roadside bomb exploded near the Pakistani boarder. Specialist Derek Holland of Wind Gap, Northampton County was killed in the blast.
A soldier from Lackawanna County was seriously injured Tuesday in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. A soldier from Northampton County was killed in the same blast.
Military officials said Staff Sergeant Earl Granville, 25, of Carbondale is being treated for his injuries in Germany. He will likely be transferred to the U.S. for additional treatment. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and is with the 109th Field Artillery out of Honesdale. He deployed in 2005 with his twin brother, Joseph, and cousin, Paul Granville of Simpson.
Granville was riding in a Humvee when a roadside bomb exploded near the Pakistani boarder.
Specialist Derek Holland of Wind Gap, Northampton County was killed in the blast.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 06:24:00 PM
speaks at Lyman Lake Dam Dedication
in Potter County, PA on Thursday, June 5, 2008
in Potter County, PA, waiting for the water to finish filling.
Potter County Visitors Association
After about 8 years after the dam at Lyman Run was intentionally breached due to safety concerns, the new dam was dedicated in a ceremony earlier today.
Park Manager Chip Harrison implored attendees to do a rain dance so the filling can be completed ahead of schedule. Harrison explained there are two more fill cycles before water starts going over the dam.
Many summer activities are expected to resume within a few weeks. The park is sporting new flush toilets, hot-water water showers and improved campsites.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBeradinis was among a host of officials attending and said the rebuilding of the dam is a perfect example of how a community can come together to get a job done. He said the cooperative effort is the envy of many park officials across the entire country.
Many speakers congratulated the park’s visitors, neighbors and community members who put the pressure on Harrisburg to have the county’s number one tourist destination re-opened. The project was truly a bi-partisan effort, spanning three administrations, two Republican and the current Democratic administration under Governor Ed Rendell; and three boards of county commissioners.
Former Commissioner Chairman Ken Wingo related how his first board learned of the plans to drain the lake shortly after taking office. Former Commissioner Cathy Bowers lauded the team effort in accomplishing the goal of rebuilding the dam and said its completion will be an important cornerstone in the current tourism plan.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 05:44:00 PM
A Port Allegany man suffered a broken leg Wednesday afternoon in an ATV accident near Potato City.
Bureau of Forestry personnel say 42 year old Ronald Falk lost control of his ATV on gravel, struck a culvert and embankment before coming to rest.
He was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by ambulance for treatment. Several area emergency services personnel responded to the scene.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 05:29:00 PM
State police at Kane say they are charging 42 year old Timothy Kamats of Emporium with driving with suspended or revoked license following a one-vehicle crash last Saturday afternoon in Norwich Township.
Authorities claim a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick drven by Kamats , while headed east across a parking area of the state game lands, rolled over onto its side on a left hand curve.
Police say Kamats and passenger Ray Sage and a 17 year old boy righted the vehicle and abandoned it at that location.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 05:28:00 PM
Troopers here are investigating the theft of two handicap parking signs and metal posts from the parking lot of the Ulysses American Legion Sunday between midnight and 8:00 a.m. Value of the stolen items is estimated to be $175.00.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 05:26:00 PM
Thursday, June 5, 2008Eric Rowell- One of 32 bicycle riders in this year's Bike & Build
This morning we went on our "shakedown" ride of 20 miles through Providence and into Mass. (that's one more state I can mark off my list). A couple of guys from the local bike club led us on the route through mostly nice, windy country roads. It was really cool to have all 31 of us in our Bike & Build jerseys riding down the road. "This is so awesome!" had to have been the most common phrase used during the ride, and for good reason. I think the group ride made most of realize this is the beginning of an awesome summer.
Saturday We Ride.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 03:48:00 PM
Pennsylvania State Police have put their ten most wanted criminals online. To view the wanted poster for these alleged criminals, click here.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 02:59:00 PM
The family of Army Pvt. Joshua Waltenbaugh, 19, of Shay in Kittanning Township, was notified of his death by Army personnel on Tuesday.
Bonnie Waltenbaugh said the family received few details about the circumstances surrounding her son's death other than that he died from chest wounds inflicted by small-arms fire in the past several days near Taji, about 10 miles north of Baghdad.
She was told the death remains under investigation.
Information from Pittsburgh Tribune- Review
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 02:32:00 PM
WESB News: 06/05/08 - Pilot and 2 Pax Uninjured in Crash
A pilot and two passengers were able to escape injury when their Cessna aircraft crashed this (Thursday) morning in Cattaraugus County.
Sheriff's department officials state the pilot - who is from New Jersey - had aborted his landing at Great Valley Airport and was attempting to go around for another attempt at landing when the accident occured.
The aircraft wound up in a field behind a house just north of the airport's location. The FAA is enroute to continue the investigation into that crash.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 02:14:00 PM
Dan Knapp of Port Allegany has a new blog that lists his classic cars that are for sale.
If you are interested in Classic cars or car parts, you can visit "One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure " by clicking here.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 01:49:00 PM
| June 4, 2008 . Pennsylvania |
Soldier Killed In Action
|Back to 2008|
HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldier was killed in action early Tuesday afternoon near the town of Zormat, Afghanistan.
Spc. Derek Holland, 20, Wind Gap, of Alpha Company, 228th Brigade Support Battalion, Bethlehem, died when an improvised explosive device struck his Humvee. Holland was serving as security for the Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team. The team operates in Paktia Province helping Afghanistan build its infrastructure for essential services.
An Air Force major serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team was also killed in the attack. The gunner for the vehicle, also a Pennsylvania National Guard soldier, was injured and evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany.
Holland was a 2006 graduate of Pen Argyl High School and enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard during his senior year.
“Derek was an energetic young man who was admired by his fellow Soldiers for his work ethic and devotion to duty,” said Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, Pennsylvania adjutant general. “This is a tragic loss and we keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
“He was one of the most dedicated soldiers I have known,” said Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Horner, Holland’s supervisor with Alpha Company. “He just wanted to do his part in serving his county. He wanted to do the job he came in to do.”
More than 700 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers are currently providing security for Provincial Reconstruction Teams located throughout Afghanistan. The soldiers are scheduled to return in December.
Thirty-two Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers have been killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Holland is the fifth Pennsylvania National Guard soldier to lose his life in Afghanistan.
Holland will be posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 10:45:00 AM
Governor Ed Rendell recently looked over the revolutionary cancer treatment machine developed by Erie, PA inventor John Kanzius and is looking into funding help to keep the production of the device in Erie, PA.
WSEE in Erie produced video
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 10:02:00 AM
Today marks our half way point in Oregon. So far we have crossed through the coastal region, the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountains, and the beginning of the high deserts. Seeing a different part of nature every day never makes for a dull moment, I must say.
As for this morning shortly after we woke up, KTVZ stopped by the location at which we were staying to interview us, but before they did that I got a head start on the day and plugged 13 more miles in. Today’s total was 59 miles due to having to wrap up yesterday’s route, and the overall trip totals 218 miles.
The good news is that we’re still on schedule and going strong. Tomorrow will lead us into the center of the high deserts where we may or may not camp out. We haven’t yet decided. We’ll let you know one way or another.
Since we will be a good distance away from any town, we may not have internet, so tomorrow’s and the day after tomorrow’s blog will most likely be posted in the afternoon on Friday.
Thank you for your patience. I was fairly strong today and clipped along at a pretty decent pace for both the running and biking legs. I finished running later in the evening when it was nearing sunset in the high deserts. Tim pulled over for a brief moment to watch it descend below the horizon, which I could not blame him. It was simply beautiful.
I also must share that while I was going through Bend today, I had an accident on my bike. Wind was the culprit. As I was stopping for the last traffic light to turn left on Route 20 East, I unclipped my left cleat so I could maintain a balanced position. Well, I did but for just a short moment.
Before the light turned green, a sudden gust of wind rushed up against my left side and I quickly lost my balance. Unfortunately, as I was falling, I wasn’t able to unclip my right one; consequently, I landed on the knee I’ve been having trouble with. The good news is I was able to regain position, settle in, and go without holding any traffic up.
All is well though. I have only been having minor knee pains, nothing like the first day. Your prayers mean so much. Thank you!
I know it is only the end of the fourth day of our journey, but I would like to start a chain. For each of you out there who reads this blog, make it a point to tell five people you know and have each of them pass it on to five other people and so on. Tell them our goal of raising $1,000,000 and what we’re raising the money for. Word of mouth seems to be the quickest and the most effective way of getting the news out there.
May God bless you all and His will be done.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 09:25:00 AM
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for anyone who has information on the loss of four Zinger Wingers, devices used to train retriever dogs
Police say Gregory T. Sharer, 35, of Coudersport, was driving west on Interstate 80 between exit 97 and exit 24 when at some point four Zinger Wingers fell from the bed of Sharer’s truck.
The value of the lost property is $2,000.
Anyone with information regarding these lost items is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport at (814) 274-8690.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/05/2008 09:14:00 AM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
REYNOLDSVILLE — Funeral services for Frederick G. Milliron, 77, of 11 Phoebe Lane, Coudersport, who died Wednesday (June 4, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, will be held at noon today in the Bernard P. Snyder Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven J. Hendrickson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bernard P. Snyder Funeral Home.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 11:38:00 PM
* flood advisory for...
eastern Warren County...
* until 1045 PM EDT...
* at 745 PM EDT Doppler radar indicated heavy rain was falling due to
slow moving heavy rain showers. Doppler radar estimates that up to 2
inches of rain has fallen in the last 2 hours. Expect minor flooding
to begin shortly.
* Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to
Bradford... Clarendon... Eldred... Kane... Lewis Run... Mount Jewett...
Sugar Grove... Tidioute and Warren.
* Small streams such as Tidioute creek... gar run... birch Spring
Run... Brokenstraw creek and little Brokenstraw creek will rise
rapidly and may overtop their banks.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:33:00 PM
Nearly Full With Water
On Friday May 30th the fourth fill cycle was completed taking the pool to 1630 level which is 30 feet of water in the lake (35 feet is full pool). The fourth 10 day hold cycle also started on Friday May 30th. After completing this hold period we will began a 3 foot fill cycle (At at a rate of 6" a day)
The 2nd trout stocking by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was completed on May 28th.
The new Lyman Run Dam will be dedicated on Thursday June 5th at 11:00 by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:36:00 PM
June 7 & 8 WFRM
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will offer a free Hunter/Trapper Education Course at the Black Forest Conservation Association located on the Back Road, Coudersport f rom 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Must be 11 years old to attend. Lunch will be provided Saturday. Dress for the outdoors on Sunday. Call Robert Miller at 435-2140 for more information.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:23:00 PM
The former board of Potter County Commissioners was recognized recently by the state Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums Associates as 2007 Volunteers of the Year.
Cathy Bowers, John Torok and Ken Wingo were nominated by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates because they “served as true ambassadors of the Lumber Museum” here in Potter County.
The Resolution stated that the former commissioners “promoted the facility, at every opportunity, to any group, organization or person who inquired about the museum, its programs and its potential to function as the center for telling the story of the commonwealth’s lumbering heritage.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:21:00 PM
A criminal mischief in the village of Roulette late last month is being investigated by state police here.
Troopers say vandals poured sugar into the gas tank on a 1999 Ford Explorer owned by April Stuckey while it was parked at her home on Creekside Drive.
The damage required repairs be made to the engine, and the investigation is continuing.
It’s not know if there is a connection, however a set of keys was found a week later at the same residence. The key ring contained Ford, GM, Post Office and others. The owner may claim it at the state police barracks on Denton Hill call 274-8690.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:19:00 PM
The Potter County EMA is advising listeners that propane tanks used for grills may be damaged by “meth” cooks.
The agency explains the illegal drug manufacturers are getting the propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them with anhydrous ammonia. After they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then refilled with propane, returned to the store for consumers to buy.
Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc.
You should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that one. Check out the following website for more details. Go to this link to see pictures of anhydrous ammonia corroded brass valves._http://www.npga.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=529_
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:17:00 PM
The 34th annual God’s County Marathon, sponsored by the Potter County Visitors Association will take place Saturday on Route 6 between Coudersport and Galeton.
The runners will step off at the Galeton High School at 8:00 a.m. and the first ones to cross the finish line in the Courthouse Square will arrive about two and half hours later.
Kim Mitchell, Race Director, told WFRM that as of yesterday 168 runners had registered, an increase of about 23% over last year. She also reports the response has been good this year for people to operate water stations. The goal is to have one for every mile of the 26 mile plus marathon and as of today, they are only short two.
Anyone interested in setting up a water station may call Mitchell at 274-7177 or the PCVA office at 274-3365.
WFRM will be broadcasting live from the finish line beginning at about 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:15:00 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. — Conservation officials have banned hauling, importing or selling untreated firewood in New York in an effort to stop the spread of tree-killing insects.
They prohibit importing out-of-state firewood unless treated to eliminate invasive insect species, fungi and pathogens. Transporting any untreated firewood within the state is limited to less than 50 miles.
The Sirex woodwasp, which kills pines and sometimes other conifers, has been found in at least 25 counties. The Emerald Ash Borer, a tree-eating beetle, has been found in Pennsylvania.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 05:10:00 PM
For this Work Day we need only those people who have the skills to work on the projects listed below. Please bring the tools that you will need. We are planning at least one final big Volunteer Work Day – probably on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, to finish up all the final items. The house needs to be done by SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 2008 for our family to move in by the end of the month. A list of work to be completed this Saturday is as follows: 1) Install baseboard heat 2) Secure kitchen counter top 3) Cut out counter top for double bowl sink 4) Finish hanging kitchen cabinets 5) Set in place and hook-up gas stove and dishwasher 6) Set refrigerator in place 7) Install ceiling fan in living room area 8) Put electric cover plates on 9) Hang and trim interior doors 10) Set and hook-up toilet in bathroom 11) Put tub and shower valve cover plate on 12) Set bathroom vanity and top – hook-up plumbing 13) Put baseboard down in all rooms 14) Put rake trim on both gable ends of house and check roof for screw patterns 15) Set in place laundry tub in basement and hook-up 16) Hook up smoke detector in basement If you can help with any of the above jobs, please try to give us a hand on Saturday, June 7th. Thank you again, Volunteers!!!! Jim and Charlotte Blain – email@example.com
POTTER COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
For this Work Day we need only those people who have the skills to work on the projects listed below. Please bring the tools that you will need. We are planning at least one final big Volunteer Work Day – probably on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, to finish up all the final items. The house needs to be done by SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 2008 for our family to move in by the end of the month.
A list of work to be completed this Saturday is as follows:
1) Install baseboard heat
2) Secure kitchen counter top
3) Cut out counter top for double bowl sink
4) Finish hanging kitchen cabinets
5) Set in place and hook-up gas stove and dishwasher
6) Set refrigerator in place
7) Install ceiling fan in living room area
8) Put electric cover plates on
9) Hang and trim interior doors
10) Set and hook-up toilet in bathroom
11) Put tub and shower valve cover plate on
12) Set bathroom vanity and top – hook-up plumbing
13) Put baseboard down in all rooms
14) Put rake trim on both gable ends of house and check roof for screw patterns
15) Set in place laundry tub in basement and hook-up
16) Hook up smoke detector in basement
If you can help with any of the above jobs, please try to give us a hand on Saturday, June 7th. Thank you again, Volunteers!!!!
Jim and Charlotte Blain – firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 04:32:00 PM
Ulysses Days Activities June 5th, 6th,and 7thUlysses Days will be held from 9a.m. to 4p.m. with yard sales throughout the town. Saturdays events will include chicken Bar B Q's , Strawberry Festival
and events in the Community Building. The Free Methodist Church of Ulysses will be having a yard sale, and bake sale on Saturday. All proceeds are to benefit the new Multi Purpose building fund.
The Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co will be holding a chicken BBQ at the station on Rt 49. Chicken should be ready at 11AM.
The Junior Firefighters will also be holding a car wash at the station from 10AM to 2PM. Donation is $5/vehicle.
The annual Trash and Treasure Sale will be held at the Ulysses United Methodist Church from 9-4 Thursday and Friday and 9 til noon on Saturday.
The Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary #963 of Ulysses is holding a Chinese Auction on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 AM -- 3:00 PM in the Ulysses Community Building.
What's A Chinese Auction?
A Chinese Auction, at least as it is held in Ulysses, is tables of items donated by businesses and individuals. People purchase tickets (25 cents each) and place them in the bag in front of the item they would like to win. At the conclusion of the posted time, a winner is drawn from each bag. It's a chance to have a good time and support a worthy local organization at the same time.
The Legion Auxiliary in Ulysses is a civic organization that does the following:
- Sends packages to servicemen and servicewomen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Sends special thank you cards to our active duty military people for Veteran's Day.
- Sponsors Americanism essay contests and a poppy poster contest at the Northern Potter Schools.
- Sponsors "Poppy Day" in memoriam of our deceased veterans.
- Sends manufacturers coupons ($15,000 to date) to our military families serving abroad for use in the commissaries.
- Sponsors an Easter Party, Back-to-School Party, Halloween Party, and Christmas Party for local children.
- Awards a $500.00 scholarship to a local high school senior.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 09:57:00 AM
Tuesday - Pet Parade - Thursday - Fireworks - 10pm
Friday June 6th - Pay One Price Matinee - Fri. Midnight - Mountain Bike Drawing
Pay One Price Matinee tickets will be on sale the week before the Carnival at Various Business
Grand Prize Drawing: Sat. at Midnight - Sat. Parade 3pm - Sat. - Tri-County Fireman's Convention
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 09:41:00 AM
The Livingston County Sheriff's office reports that an employee was driving a van into one of the garage bays at an auto repair shop in Dansville Tuesday evening, when a light on top of the van struck the overhead door. Startled by the sound, the employee jumped out of the vehicle to see what had happened, but left the transmission in drive. The van continued to roll forward.
A 47 year old Cuba man was looking at another vehicle directly in front of the van, unaware of what had happened behind him. That man was struck in the legs and pinned between the 2 vehicles. He was taken to Noyes Hospital for non life threatening injuries.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 09:36:00 AM
Picking up from where we left off yesterday, it was a crisp, damp morning, but it quickly turned around for us as we woke up and had breakfast at a place called Vida Cafe. The people there were very nice and donated to our cause.
Before I began my 50 mile venture for the day, we had to find a place that had internet. We stopped in at a very delightfully quaint lodge called Eagle Rock Lodge near our starting location. Randy and Debbie, the owners, were quite accommodating and allowed us to use their internet and take a shower. We took some awe-striking photos of their setting, but if you want the non-manipulated experience, just go there. There are all sorts of fun things to do.
Now for the actual duathlon performance of the day. I must say today was the most challenging day of the three as I had a fairly long, unexpected detour that added about 16 miles onto the day’s route. Today’s blog is entitled “Battle of the Elements” simply because it epitomizes what I went through. Surely you’ll be able to grasp a little of what I went through in the video for today’s blog.
My knee held up again today. I took it at a steady pace to conserve enough energy to make it. Thank you every one for your prayers. It’ll be a while until it’s up to par, but I’ll keep pressing on so long as the Lord wills.
The feat of the day, though, was climbing a mountain just 72 feet shy of 5,000 feet in elevation. With that came wind, rain, and snow. The ascension was captivating. All from one mountain, I passed lakes atop the mountain, cascading water falls, enormous rock formations, volcanic rocks, as well as, believe it or not, two rainbows. I thought that I would be able to touch one, but the closer I came the more it disappeared. I was content though because it seemed as if I was only 100 yards, if that, from both of them.
As for how my lungs held up, my breathing patterns were slightly irregular. Go figure! Unfortunately, I had to stop a few miles from Sisters, though it was at the 58 mile marker, because dusk was rolling in quickly and the descent was increasingly, agonizingly cold.
Nonetheless, we should finish tomorrow in Millican, Oregon on time. I also must interject I was nearly attacked by two blackbirds. Bizarre, huh? Oregon is a great place though and I candidly admit that I am glad I started in this state.
Go Oregon! Well, I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow, so good night and God bless!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 09:08:00 AM
Ole Bull State Park, Cross Fork
Saturday — Kid‘s Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fishing derby for kids 12 and under. Held at the Special Regulation area at Ole Bull State Park.
Registration at 9 a.m. at the stone pavilion. Fishing, 10 a.m to 12:15 p.m., prizes awarded immediately following.
Free lunch for kids, adults must pay. T-shirts, prizes. No charge to enter.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:46:00 AM
By CHERYL R. CLARKE email@example.com
MANSFIELD — Roadwork on the Route 6 bridge over the Tioga River that begins Monday will impact more than drivers.
According to state Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Mason, pedestrians and bicyclists also will be impacted by the two-month bridge closure.
According to Mason, PennDOT’s assistant construction engineer Shane Winner said when the contractor is working in the westbound lane of the bridge, which is on the north side of the structure, the sidewalk should be available to pedestrians, but when the contractor is working in the eastbound lane, which is on the south side of the bridge, pedestrian traffic will not be permitted.
Eastbound walkers will have to take the same detour route bicyclists are expected to take, up Mulberry Hill Road and then onto Spencer Road to Route 15 to reach their downtown destinations. More
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:29:00 AM
By ALISSA EATON firstname.lastname@example.org
A $5 million project to rehabilitate nearly eight miles of northbound Route 15, from Hepburnville to just south of Route 14, begins today.
The scope of the work being done by contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. includes concrete patching, small repairs, milling and paving and guide rail upgrades.
It also involves reconstruction of the bridges over Hoagland Run, Route 973, Saint Michaels Road and Pleasant Hill Road, all in the northbound direction only.
All four bridges in the area will receive an epoxy overlay to preserve the bridge deck and is expected to improve winter services, according to Rick Mason, community relations coordinator for the state Department of Transportation.
“The epoxy overlay retains salt when it is put down,” Mason said. “It keeps the salt on the travel lanes longer.”
The bridges were opened to traffic in 1990. Mason said many bridges get epoxy overlays, which are done for deck preservation purposes.
Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in the northbound direction. Southbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane at the Hoagland Run and Route 973 bridges when the deck work takes place.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of October. Mason said PennDOT does not expect many traffic tie-ups in conjunction with the project.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:20:00 AM
Wellsboro native dies while kayakingStar Gazette
Wellsboro native Eric W. Toothaker, 24, of Navarre, Fla., an airman in the U.S. Air Force assigned to Hurlburt Field, died May 27 while kayaking in Florida.
The Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach said Toothaker had taken a new kayak he received last month for his birthday out to Santa Rosa Sound on Memorial Day. The kayak was found abandoned later that afternoon and Toothaker's body was found floating face down in the sound the next morning.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:10:00 AM
EMPORIUM — Freda L. Kitchen, 83, of Masonic Villages, Elizabethtown, formerly of Sinnemahoning, died Saturday evening (May 31, 2008) at Masonic Village Health Center, Elizabethtown. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.
EMPORIUM — Martha Lucia Osti, 72, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, formerly of 3865 Meadow Road, died Monday morning (June 2, 2008) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.
PORTVILLE, N.Y. — Curtis L. Crooks, 79, of Shinglehouse, Pa., died Sunday (May 25, 2008) at Olean General Hospital after a long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home.
PORT ALLEGANY — Herman L. Roach Jr., 84, of Newell Creek Road, Eldred, died Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.
SHINGLEHOUSE — Charlene L. “Charlie” Austin, 51, of Millport died Tuesday (June 3, 2008) at her residence after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home. See complete obituary previously published.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 08:01:00 AM
WESB News: 06/04/08 - Smethport Man Charged After Incident
A Smethport man was arrested last Saturday after he recklessly backed into a yard were several children were playing and damaged an AC/DC welder.
State Police charged 57 year-old Michael Weimer with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The incident happened at the residence of Frank Hudak of Smethport.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 07:50:00 AM
WESB News: 06/04/08 - WR Case Wins International Award
Blade Magazine has named WR Case and Sons Cutlery Company and Tony Bose, an Indiana custom knife maker, as the Knife Collaboration of the Year.
The honor was presented last weekend at the International Cutlery Fair in Atlanta.
The award winning Arkansas Hunter, a four and a half inch stainless steel knife, marks the 10th collaboration between WR Case and Bose. The knife will be available in a variety of handles.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/04/2008 07:47:00 AM
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 10:05:00 PM
A Veterans Outreach specialist will be on duty at the Emporium Borough Office from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 A.m. for the convenience of area veterans and their families. Vets are asked to take their DD 214 form with them. Call toll free 1-800-352-0915 for more information.
The Port Allegany Women’s Club and local businesses will host a summer concert on the square beginning at 6:00 p.m. Free admission, entertainment and parking. Take your favorite lawn chair or a big blanket to spread out on the grass. There will be refreshments and beverages available for purchase.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 07:25:00 PM
Kane-based state police have withdrawn original charges and filed new charges against a Bradford man accused of leading police on a high speed chase during the early morning hours of May 6 when Wade and Laura Swanson of Smethport reported their 2003 Dodge Ram truck had been stolen from their residence on Route 46 in Keating Township.
When troopers located the truck, Brian Uber, 33, allegedly took off and led troopers, Bradford City Police and Pitt/Bradford police on a high speed chase until he drove the truck through a chain link fence at Dresser Manufacturing and entered the plant in an effort to escape .
He was later located with the help of information from a Dresser employee. Authorities claim when they detained Uber, he was found to be in possession of a suspected illegal substance and drug paraphernalia.
He was committed to the McKean County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail after being arraigned on charges.
However, yesterday state police filed charges of theft, fleeing, three counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with several summary traffic offenses.
Authorities now say Uber’s crime spree began on May 1 when he stole a Dodge Intrepid belonging to Michael Magnano of Allegany, NY while it was parked in the lot at Zippo Manufacturing in Bradford.
Troopers claim Uber drove the car to Emporium, filled it up with $45 worth of gasoline at the Sheetz store there, drove it to a Cameron County home looking for a former girlfriend and abandoned the car when it go stuck.
He’s accused then, of stealing a Chevy Silverado owned by Arnold Hayes and driving it to the Bordell Crossroads on Route 46 where he abandoned it when it wrecked. It was near that location that he found Swanson’s truck and took off toward the Dresser Plant.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 07:21:00 PM
There were no injuries yesterday in the third collision this spring at a temporarily posted Coudersport intersection.
According to Borough Police Chief Lee Gross, the collision occurred when Steven Gallew of Montoursville who was headed north on Borie failed to stop at the sign drove his pick up truck into the path of a tractor trailer operated by Kyle Yusko of Millerton which was headed east on Maple Street.
Chief Gross told WFRM that in all three collisions, drivers familiar with Coudersport streets have failed to stop at the posted intersections which are part of the detour in place while the Mike Franklin Bridge is being replaced over the Allegany River near the Consistory.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 07:17:00 PM
Minor injuries were reported for a Westfield driver following a car/deer accident Monday morning on Route 4005 in Brookfield Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield said Teresa Kaminski swerved her northbound Chevy Monte Carlo to avoid a whitetail which came onto the road into her path. The car crossed the road and struck a creek embankment before coming to rest.
A Mt. Jewett man who was found sleeping at the wheel of his car late last night in Hamlin Township, McKean County is being charged with DUI. Kane-based state police say they found 37 year old David Stahli Jr. passed out in his car with the engine running, parked in a travel lane of the Halsey Road at the intersection with Campbelltown Road.
Troopers here arrested 33 year old Misty Gleason of Gaines for DUI early Saturday morning when they allegedly observed her committing several traffic violations at the intersection of Germania and West Streets in Galeton.
Two Ulysses area teens have been cited for underage drinking by state police here. Authorities say while following up on an on-going investigation last Thursday evening on Kidney Road in Allegany Township, they found a group of juveniles and two girls, ages 16 and 17 were allegedly found to have consumed alcohol. Charges are being filed in District Court.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 07:16:00 PM
By Donald Gilliland
This week's Leader-Enterprise looks into why US Army uniforms carry tags that read "Made in China";
the Commissioners discuss floor plans for the new county annex and the fact they have reserved space in the new building for an "alternative education" program for problem high school students;
we have a feature on Leslie Doyle, a Coudersport woman who will be ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church this weekend;
the Potter County Historical Society is getting a new roof;
convicted child molester Terry Lee Harris was sentenced to 6 to 19 years in prison,
and we have a preview of the 34th Annual God's Country Marathon this weekend.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 6/03/2008 06:20:00 PM