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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Last Picture Of Matt Baker and son Dezmond


Matt Baker and Dezmond--July 4, 2008

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This is a letter to Matt Baker following his death.
7/13/08

Matt,
You have touched so many peoples lives in so many wonderful ways, anyone who knew you will never forget you. You are such a special person.

We will never see your smile again.
We will never see you laugh again.
We will never see you hold your son again.
We will never see you play with Koda again.
We will never see you walk hand in hand with your son again.
We will never see you walking into our house again.
We will never see you at family gatherings again.
We will never hear you say hi Mom or Dad again.
We will never be able to help you with your problems again.
We will never see you drive by and wave again.
We will never be able to tell you goodbye again.
We will never see you on the computer again.
We can not even invite you to supper again.
There are so many things we will never be able to share again.
We will never be able to talk to you again.
We will never be able to hug you again.
You have no idea the pain and grief you have left us with, but we love you so much and never took the time to tell you.
We hope you can look down on us and guide us when we need help with Dezmond.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
Donna & Bill Baker

joshhatcher said...

Donna and Bill...

I can't begin to imagine the pain you two are feeling.
I am so sorry for your loss.

I don't know if it is any comfort or not, but I will be praying for you both through this struggle.

Dear God,
Please heal these parents hurt. Wrap your arms around them and bring them peace and comfort.

YOU, God, are good, despite how broken and torn up this world is. We trust that You will bring healing to their hurt. Show them that You do love them, and You want to work good in their lives. Show them that they matter to You, and bring them a peace they can't understand or explain.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

Donna and Bill, my prayers for you will continue.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss, and if there is anything I can do, please email me.
joshhatcher@openarmsbradford.org

Anonymous said...

Bill (Pepper) and Donna,
Matt will forever be in our hearts...I can remember all the times when I would be at your house having dinner with you and Matt, or when he and I would race our bikes up and down the hill.... boy he could always beat me, or just playing with trucks in the feild between our houses. These are times that I will always treasure now. You would never think that these little things would be some of the best memories of your childhood. This has been such a tragedy. You will be in my prayers.
Becky (Salt)

Anonymous said...

Not to sound unkind, but can we not also show some sympathy to the family of the woman who was murdered?

Anonymous said...

Why would you post this letter? and why would the family give you this letter to post?? The picture sure, but I think the letter is uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

Betty you are in my prayers. I can't imagine what you are going thru. Everyone who worked with her and who knew her just loved her. Just keep looking at her son and you will see her every day.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there another victim here?

Anonymous said...

~In loving memory of Matthew David Baker~
A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone's friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget.

I miss you uncle Matt! You really were a great person and would do anything to help someone in need. You would even give the shirt off your back. I will cherish the memories of you and I forever. Please watch down on Dezy and keep him out of harms way. Be the strong guardian angel for the family as we struggle to get through this pain. I miss you and love you so much Uncle Matt!!
Love Always,
Jessica Lynn

Anonymous said...

You people are messed up for letting this get edited. I could not even imagine what is going through you heads. unbelievable.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posting this note is in very poor taste!

Sunday, July 20, 2008 6:59:00 PM EDT

Anonymous said...

Some people need to really realize that posting a letter on here is probably not intended to make anyone have mixed feelings about the matter. I think that letter is posted because like everyone else they want there own son to know how they feel about the fact that he left this world and they will never see him do the things mentioned in the letter above. Also as indicated in the other blogs people have mentioned about "isn't there another victim here" well yes there is another victim here if you just schroll up the page you will see there is a posting about the other victim and anyone can post there memories, thoughts, and prayers on cheri's blog as well as matt's. This tragedy is so sad as it is i just can't believe people have the guts to come on here and post such negative thoughts, when knowing these families are having a difficult time. My prayers and thoughts go out to both cheri and matt and there parents....

Anonymous said...

God bless you sweet people who are showing some sympathy to both families in this case. as mentioned above the families are not to blame. we love you always and forever matt and cheri

Anonymous said...

Matt's family is grieving and I do feel for their loss, but posting this is in very poor taste.

Cheri, and Dezmond, are the true victims of this tragedy. They did not cause, nor was it their decision to participate.

Anonymous said...

My most deepest sympathy to the familys. No one can replace or change what has happened. You all must focus on the future and most important, the well being and the care that there son will need.

Out of all the letters and notes, not one time has anyone mentioned your first responders. you all need to remember what your local fireman have had to go through. Those people deserve a world of thanks. One must as yourselves what would we do without them??????

Anonymous said...

all of you inconsiderate people that think posting matt's picture on here need to stop running your mouths and think for a minute. Put yourself in the Baker's shoes. How would you feel if you just lost your own son (or daughter) and had no clue it was coming, and knowing you couldnt control it or stop it. You would want him to know in so many ways how much you did care about them and love them right? Everyone needs to be fair and look at the big picture, yes someone else might have been taken with matt, but do you really know what has been going on the past 6 months?!?! Hmmm I didnt think so, but I do know. You should probably really grow up and keep your ignorant comments to yourself, unless you know all facts of both sides. Yes we all do miss matt and cheri so very much, but you cannot change the past. God makes the decisions in the world not us, so apparently this is what god wanted, two beautiful people to comfort him.
~Rest in peace Matt and Cheri~

Anonymous said...

There should be much more sympathy for Cheri... I do feel sorry for Matt's parents and other family and friends... But this is way to much.

Anonymous said...

It is such a shame...
He chose that, Not Cheri.
Rest in Peace *Matt & Cheri.... and as for Dezmond.. I give you, little man,,... the best of luck and support! I know that families of both your mom and dad will do their best to help out with your childhood...

Anonymous said...

For The one who wants to call everyone idiots because they don't know what is going on or what has been going on for the last 14 years.

a little advice to you.

People are not as stupid as you think, and the ones posting here know full well what was going on before, DURING and after this tragedy.

The best thing everyone can do is just drop all this posting, Because it is only going to get worse, and it is not going to accomplish anything.

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Austin Dam Show A Big Hit On Friday NIght

Cherylann Hawk Sings On
The Stage At The Base Of The Austin Dam

6 Charged With Selling Cocaine In Elk, Cameron Counties

July 18, 2008

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Justin Austin


Jonathan Aikens


Luis Dutton


Jessica Skillman


Dustin Smith


Danielle Aikens

Attorney General Corbett announces charges against six accused of cocaine trafficking in Cameron and Elk Counties

HARRISBURG - Six suspected drug dealers were charged today by the Attorney General's Office following an investigation into the alleged cocaine trafficking in and around Cameron and Elk counties.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said that the investigation began in November 2006 and focused on the street-level cocaine trafficking of Justin Austin, Jonathan Aikens, Jessica Skillman, Dustin Smith, Danielle Aikens and Luis Dutton.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

According to the grand jury, confidential informants were used to make a series of undercover controlled purchases at the defendants' residences and at locations throughout Cameron County.

The grand jury found that over the course of the investigation a total of 15 controlled purchases were made for more than 180 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $10,000. Additionally, nine Oxycontin pills and 10 Vicodin pills were purchased from Jonathon Aikens and Jessica Skillman.

"These local drug dealers were moving a substantial amount of drugs through Cameron and Elk counties," Corbett said. "They were selling relatively small amounts for as little as $270 and large quantities for as much as $4,000."

The defendants will be prosecuted in Cameron County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Douglas J. Wright of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force.

Below is a list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Justin Austin, 19, 601 E. Allegany, Emporium, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of delivery of a look-a-like non-controlled substance.

--Jonathan Aikens, 20, 359 South Mountain Road, Emporium, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of delivery of a look-a-like non-controlled substance.

--Luis Dutton, 39, currently incarcerated in the Lackawanna Federal Detention Center, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Jessica Skillman, 27, 1277 Old N. Creek Road, Emporium, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

--Dustin Smith, 25, 513 Wood St., Emporium, is charged with one count of delivery of a look-a-like non-controlled substance.

--Danielle Aikens, 24, 359 South Mountain Road, Emporium, is charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Anonymous said...

There is more to life than drugs... People really need to recognize that... & dealing ANYTHING doesnt make you cool... Good job ya'll! Keep up the ridiculous work!

Anonymous said...

LOSERS!



Weather Blog Talks About The World Record Rainfall In Smethport In 1942

The WeatherMatrix Blog
Friday, July 18, 2008 3:41 PM

Blog reader Matt writes:

In the 7/17/08 edition of the Syracuse Post Standard (Syracuse, NY), the weather history column states that "Excessive rain hit north-central Pennsylvania in the early morning hours of 7/17/42. Smethport received 30.8 inches in 4.5 hours, a state record." I have a hard time fathoming this. Do you know anything about this event?

Matt, it sounds unbelievable, but in times like these I turn to Chris Burt [JessePedia], Author of "Extreme Weather" . The latest edition of his book says this about "The Deluge at Smethport, PA" says on Page 116 and 119:

Perhaps the most extraordinary rainfall ever measured in the world... [snip] Over 600 sheets of data were compiled to substantiate this record. [snip] All told, 34.50" fell in an 18-hour period, of which... 30.70" in 4 hours, 30 minutes. No such rain intensity has ever been recorded anywhere else in the world.

Categories: Extreme Weather
Posted by Jesse Ferrell on Friday, July 18, 2008 3:41 PM

James Jones, Editor of Solomon's words comments:
The entire North Central PA area suffered devastating flooding in this 1942 event. Water flooded areas of Coudersport, Roulette, Port Allegany, Smethport etc.

In Roulette, the house I live in had water up to the kitchen window, portions of hillsides washed out in chunks, 3 people were reported drowned in the Allegheny River when a large rescue boat hit a cable and overturned in the river behind my home. Residents could hear people screaming from the trees next to the river, but were helpless to get to them.

In Port Allegany, a man had to swim for his life as water from Lillibridge Creek washed the milk cans from his pickup as he drove down the street.

I was almost two years old at the time, but I remember flooded areas in the flat behind where I lived in Bolivar , NY.

It was definitely the Flood Of A Lifetime. Other major floods in the area in 1972 and 1996 could not compare to that '42 Flood.

Nick said...

Very interesting. I remember the 1996 rainstorm very well. It was said to be the most rain that ever fell in an hour, in this hemisphere. But didn't come close to the 7 inches per hour we're talking about here. I can't imagine breathing. In that '96 storm it was as if lakes were dropping from the sky. My house was and is high on a hill in Bradford, so I never expected to see my yard flooded, but water was coming down the hillside like a river, carrying away boulders and pieces of road. It was an afternoon thunderstorm I will never forget. If you come across more info on ANY of these big storms please let me know. I THINK that 1996 storm was on June 30. Or am I thinking of a different event in 1998??

Wife Reports Bearly Missing Baby Bear

The wife of Solomon's words editor, James Jones, reports late this Saturday morning that she barely missed a baby bear, about the size of our cocker spaniel, as it crossed Route 6.

Cynthia Jones reported that she was about a mile from the Lickety Split when she had to dodge the little bear. She was hoping people would use caution in the area. She saw no sign of mama bear, and hoped the little baby bear was not on it's own near the highway.

Marlin H. Foster, 77, Galeton, PA

FOSTER, Marlin H., Jr. 77, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Mechanicsburg, PA, died on Friday, July 18, 2008, at his home.

Born July 25, 1930 in Harrisburg, PA, he was a son of the late Marlin H., Sr. and A. Isabel (Neumyer) Foster. He was married for 57 years to the former Leona Minium, who survives.

Marlin retired from the Bell Telephone Company of PA and then, along with his wife, owned and operated Pigeon Hill Art & Frame in Galeton. He was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church and the Mechanicsburg American Legion Post 109. Marlin was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, and the Verizon Pioneers.

Surviving, besides his wife, are two daughters, Victoria Foster, Shermansdale, PA, and Lynn (Jim) Long, Newport, PA; a son, Mark Foster, Mechanicsburg, PA; two sisters, Barbara (Leonard) Portzline, West Fairview, PA, and Joyce Forscht, Carlisle, PA; two grandsons, Ryan Clement and Mark Foster; a granddaughter, Denise Clement; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Rte. 6, Gaines, PA 16921; or to the Salvation Army.

Bottle Smelled Like Marijuana, Woman Charged

Woman charged with possession of marijuana

Sun Gazette

ELKLAND April D. Hand, 36, Osceola, was charged by Elkland Borough Police with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and misbranding of a prescription bottle in Elkland District Court.

According to court documents, on April 15, Hand gave a prescription bottle labeled Citalopran for a refill to a receptionist at Laurel Health Center in Elkland. The bottle smelled like marijuana, the receptionist said, and laboratory research later determined that it had contained marijuana, according to police.

Hand waived a hearing before District Judge Brian Edgcomb, with an arraignment set before Judge Robert E. Dalton in Tioga County Court on Aug. 18.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the receptionist should be charged for knowing what marijuna smalls like!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, so since the bottle "smelled" like marijuana they were legally able to send it to a lab to have it tested? She owns the bottle and the pharmacy is a private business not a formal legal police agency so who's to say that the receptionist didn't have a grudge against the person dropping off the bottle and taint it? It just seems really weak to me....

Domestic Violence On The Rise In PA

Preventing domestic violence is everyone’s responsibility

July 19, 2008

Because of domestic violence 23 people throughout the state were murdered in 24 days, from June 22 to July 15 — 14 deaths were victims, eight were perpetrators who committed suicide, one was shot in self-defense and one man was killed in a shoot-out

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Tolls Still Possible Despite Residents Opposition

Coalition cautions: Don’t let guard down on I-80 tolls

By MIKE REUTHER - mreuther@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

The month of July sends state lawmakers fleeing to their home districts and, like many people, to vacation sites, but the dog days of summer are no time for complacency when it comes to Interstate 80 tolls.

People such as Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vince Matteo recall all too well a year ago when the state Legislature approved Act 44 to approve tolling of the statewide highway.

Matteo and Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce President Ed Edwards want to ensure tolling does not happen along the road, home to business and industry and used by area residents and truckers.

Both claim the issue is not dead, despite the federal government's decision to further review the legality of tolling the road.

"It still could happen," Edwards said.

"It's a law until it's repealed," Matteo added.

The chambers are part of Alliance to Stop I-80 Tolling, a group of organizations committed to fight Act 44.

The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber has committed $30,000 toward the effort and is circulating a petition in the county to let state and federal lawmakers know there is little support for tolls.

"Tolling of I-80 is going to be crippling to our economy," Edwards said. "This is another tax to our businesses."

Edwards and Matteo said they have talked to numerous people, including those with business interests along 80, who have made it clear they will feel the devastating effects of tolls.

Matteo made it clear that alternative roads will become jammed with traffic from vehicles avoiding the tolls.

Other options exist, they said, to raise money for the state's road, bridge and other transportation needs.

"I-80 was built to be toll-free," Matteo said. "That was the understanding of the businesses locating there."

Why, he asked, was I-80 selected for a toll road, instead of say, I-70 or I-81?

Both men agreed that the I-80 tolling issue is the result of political, business and regional interests coming together.

Edwards said he can't help but be cynical about how tolls were rammed through the Legislature at the end of the budget season last year, with a consultant paid for by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission used to draw up the plan.

The commission is expected to re-apply to the Federal Highway for approval of I-80 tolling later this year.

While making it clear they are not pushing for any single alternative to tolling, the two questioned why state lawmakers can't adopt a plan for leasing the turnpike for transportation funding needs.

"It avoids tolling. It avoids debt," Edwards said.

And while neither endorses gasoline taxes, Matteo conceded that such revenue sources at least call for everyone to pay their fair share.

"Let's look at everything because we do need to fix our roads," Matteo said.

Edwards said most people know that tolling is a bad idea and Alliance to Stop I-80 Tolling is gathering its forces to push the issue.

Copies of the petition can be downloaded at www.noi80tolls.com.

Pig Roast In Ulysses Today (Saturday)

The Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. will be having
a pig roast on
Saturday July 19th beginning at 4PM
at the firehall on Rt. 49 in
Ulysses.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
Both
indoor and out door seating will be available
so rain or shine all will
have a good time.

Take outs will be available.

Saturday Schedule At The Fantastic Dam Show

SATURDAY, July 19th
1:00-1:30 Grateful Floyd Folk / Country Jam Band
1:30-2:15 Free Grass Union
2:15-3:45 Amazing Buddhahood African/Brazillion/World Drum Workshop"
3:45-4:30 Tom Martin
4:30-5:15 Freakish Owl Boy
5:15-6:00 The Slant
6:00-7:30 Buddhahood
7:30-9:00 The Ryan Montbleau Band
9:00-10:30 The Hackensaw Boys
10:30-11:30 Red Headed Stepchild

8:45 p.m. to close - Spectacular Groovin'Lumens Lights on the dam behind performers

Other Activities
Brazilian and West African Drumming Workshop
Painting, Beading, Sand Art,Wagon Rides,Games for kids and everybody
Beautiful trails & wandering streams,Lots of great food

Friday, July 18, 2008

Letter To Matt From Mom And Dad

This is a letter to Matt Baker following his death.
7/13/08

Matt,
You have touched so many peoples lives in so many wonderful ways, anyone who knew you will never forget you. You are such a special person.

We will never see your smile again.
We will never see you laugh again.
We will never see you hold your son again.
We will never see you play with Koda again.
We will never see you walk hand in hand with your son again.
We will never see you walking into our house again.
We will never see you at family gatherings again.
We will never hear you say hi Mom or Dad again.
We will never be able to help you with your problems again.
We will never see you drive by and wave again.
We will never be able to tell you goodbye again.
We will never see you on the computer again.
We can not even invite you to supper again.
There are so many things we will never be able to share again.
We will never be able to talk to you again.
We will never be able to hug you again.
You have no idea the pain and grief you have left us with, but we love you so much and never took the time to tell you.
We hope you can look down on us and guide us when we need help with Dezmond.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
Donna & Bill Baker

joshhatcher said...

Donna and Bill...

I can't begin to imagine the pain you two are feeling.
I am so sorry for your loss.

I don't know if it is any comfort or not, but I will be praying for you both through this struggle.

Dear God,
Please heal these parents hurt. Wrap your arms around them and bring them peace and comfort.

YOU, God, are good, despite how broken and torn up this world is. We trust that You will bring healing to their hurt. Show them that You do love them, and You want to work good in their lives. Show them that they matter to You, and bring them a peace they can't understand or explain.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

Donna and Bill, my prayers for you will continue.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss, and if there is anything I can do, please email me.
joshhatcher@openarmsbradford.org

Anonymous said...

Bill (Pepper) and Donna,
Matt will forever be in our hearts...I can remember all the times when I would be at your house having dinner with you and Matt, or when he and I would race our bikes up and down the hill.... boy he could always beat me, or just playing with trucks in the feild between our houses. These are times that I will always treasure now. You would never think that these little things would be some of the best memories of your childhood. This has been such a tragedy. You will be in my prayers.
Becky (Salt)

Anonymous said...

It is such a sad thing.. but I really feel bad for the mother. There could have been some other way to deal with his anger.

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We're Heading To The Dam Show

My wife and I are heading to the Austin Dam Show.

The news won't be updated here for the next few hours, and I'll answer your email when we get back.

You can find the updates on the news on the links on the right side of the blog while we're gone or wait till we get back and post them.

We're hoping to see you all at the Dam Show.

Want To Host A Foreign Exchange Student?

Seeking Host Families for Foreign Exchange Students


Open your heart and home to an international high school student! We are looking for families just like yours who are willing to open up their heart and home to one of our students. Our families are interested in other cultures and youth and want the experience of a lifetime!

As a host family, you will become part of the worldwide Face The World family, a leader in student exchange programs. Your generous hospitality, understanding, and enthusiasm form the foundation of our programs. You will build friendships and relationships with students and families around the world. By hosting an international student you are providing an opportunity for community and school outreach and can impact the lives of those around you.

We're looking for host families in the McKean, Potter, and Cameron County areas!

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, contact:
Zoe Hatcher
814-362-2813
helgazoe@atlanticbb.ne

Fiber Optic Loop Will Be Done In 5 Or 6 Weeks

Zito signs loan papers

Written by George Petrisek
Friday, 18 July 2008

The fiber optic loop around McKean County will be “basically complete” in five or six weeks, Zito Media President Jim Rigas said Tuesday. More.....

Potter Commissioners Moving To New Offices

WFRM
It’s moving day for the Potter County Commissioners.

The board announced at their Wednesday meeting that they would be the next group to re-locate to the former Adelphia School Building, now the Gunzburger Annex on North Main Street.

Register and Recorder Gary Kelsey was the first row officer to move into the new digs.

Treasurer Krista Miller moved in a couple of weeks ago.

Starting July 31, the regular meetings of the commissioners and salary board will be held in the first floor conference room located to the left at the top of the Main Street steps. All offices are accessible by elevator according to Commissioner Paul Heimel.

When the move is completed, only the court and court-related offices will be housed in the courthouse.

Chairman Doug Morley says the most challenging aspect of the move so far is matching keys with offices, desks and filing cabinets. The building was donated to the county by Time-Warner before the new board took office.

The previous board of commissioners had planned to move Potter County Human Services into the structure but the new administration announced shortly after taking office earlier this year that a feasibility study of the building indicated the space would better be utilized for County offices.

Taxpayers are thus spared the expense of erecting a new annex which had been considered by several previous boards.

State Police Investigating Roulette Twp. Theft

WFRM
State police locally are probing a theft taking place this past Tuesday or Wednesday, between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in Roulette Township.

Thieves took $450 worth of items including a 25 Cobra CB radio, a 29 Cobra CB radio, a tool box with various tools along with $455 in cash from a truck owned by Eugene Yentzer while it was parked at his residence on Sartwell Creek Road.

Update On ATV Land Rescue

WFRM
Coudersport volunteer emergency services personnel assisted in a land rescue Thursday afternoon on Pioneer Drive off of the Heath Road.

According to Tad Ostrosky, from the local fire department, volunteers were dispatched just before 5:00 p.m. and transported the ATV operator from a remote area to a waiting ambulance which took her to to Charles Cole Hospital.

According to Ostrosky, the woman was from out of the area and was staying at a camp near the accident scene.

Bruce's Blog--Day 47--West Virginia

Taking detours seems to be a normal occurrence for our journey. One detour led me to a dead end, so I had to go quite a few miles to get back to where I came from, but it was well worth it.

The backwoods of Ohio are quite a lot of fun because you never know what you’ll run into. I ran into this bizarre looking animal I could not distinguish. It apparently wanted to know what I was doing near its domain with the uncanny look it gave me.

As I was advancing towards West Virginia during my running leg, it was becoming increasingly dark and fast. It was nice, though, because for the first time in a while I was able to do a “most night run!” For miles and miles, there were sidewalks lined up against a steep embankment leading to West Virginia, and right before I cross the border, I leaped with joy. That was the last state, en route, that I had never been to.

When we arrived to our campsite this evening, we found out that we had internet but weren’t able to upload anything. So, I’m going to include tomorrow’s day of rest in today’s blog.

Where to begin. Today was a major day of catch up. We ran errands, did laundry, and cleaned the car, which brought us nearly to the end of the day. Before we called it a day, however, we decided to go to the pool.

It was there that I saw this lady with a monkey. Of course, it struck my curiosity, and I asked her what kind it was. It is a Capuchin from South America. I asked if I could hold it, but even as gentle as I was, I terrified it. It gave me a face not even words can describe. We took a few pictures and some video footage of it.

Check it out!

For the finale to our night, we had a “roaring” bonfire. Well, not really! It was a fire, we think. I can assure you it sufficed, though, for cooking hotdogs and marshmallows for smores. Some of Tim’s relatives from Pittsburgh joined us for a while, which was great fun!

Now that they’ve left, it’s time for some shuteye, for tomorrow’s day will bring me into my home state. See you soon! God bless!

Burglars Get $450.00

WESB News: 07/18/08 - Burglary in Hamlin Township

Police are investigating a burglary at home on Route 6, about a mile east of Route 219.

They say sometime between noon on Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday someone broke into a shed behind Mary Housler-Slocum's house and removed a key to the house. The person used the key to get into the house, took $450 dollars in cash and left through a side door of the house.

Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact state police.

55 Year Old Man Charged With Indecent Assault

WESB News: 07/18/08 - Man Charged with Indecent Assault

Bradford City Police have arrested the man they believe assaulted a 13-year-old girl Sunday evening near Silicon Way and East Main Street.

55-year-old Victor Manuel Medina allegedly kissed the girl, touched her inappropriately and exposed himself to her. At that point, two workers on a train saw what was going on and called police.

Wednesday, the victim's father saw a man he believed was the same person he saw Sunday when he was looking for his daughter, and called police. The father and daughter identified Medina and he was charged with indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

He's in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

2008 DAM SHOW

DailyTicket Price Individual Family
Friday July 18th 5 to midnight $15 $30
Saturday July 19th 1 to midnight $15 $30


Weekend Ticket Price $25 $45
A Free Shuttle Service is available from the Park Entrance to the festival. Shuttles will run
every 15 minutes.

Parking --
Parking will be available at the Park Entrance Lot for a $5 fee.
Shuttles will run continuous from the lot to the festival..

Primitive Camping is availble for $15/weekend.
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Fanton Sentenced For Robbery, Attempted Murder

Daily Reporter
Gene Fanton Jr. stood before Allegany County Court Judge Thomas Brown, apparently ready to own up to the robbery he committed in Wellsville Nov. 19, 2007.

Fanton Jr., 53, described as a quiet, law-abiding man who has dealt with both physical and psychological problems in the last several years, was sentenced to 20 years to life for first-degree attempted murder and 10 years for first-degree robbery, both felonies. The state prison sentences are to be served concurrently. More....

Potter County Commissioners Endorse Scarnati's Plan To Repair PA Roads And Bridges

COUDERSPORT -- The Potter County Board of Commissioners today signed on with State Senator Joe Scarnati’s transportation plan and encouraged other public officials throughout northcentral Pennsylvania to support it.

Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel announced their support for the plan after meeting with Senator Scarnati in Coudersport on Monday.

“The key element of the senator’s plan is the development of a sustainable source of revenue to address the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges, dozens of which can be found in Potter and neighboring counties,” said Chairman Morley.

“Another important part of Senator Scarnati’s plan is its support of continued economic development in this region by removing any possibility of tolling the traffic on Interstate 80,” Morley added.

Among other elements of Scarnati’s long-term transportation funding plan are:

--transfer the funding of the Pennsylvania State Police out of the state’s Motor License Fund and instead using a dedicated portion of the existing personal income tax; issue general obligation bonds to cover the transitional period for the shift of Motor License Funds away from the state police and back to highway funding ($255 million);

--continue to rely on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to fund a large portion of the revenue used to support public transportation; lower the expected growth in tolls expected by Pa. Act 44 on the mainline of the turnpike by 20 percent; audit turnpike finances and use any cost-savings from ensuing recommendations to supplement statewide transportation spending;

--increase the required local match for transit operating expenses from 15 percent to 18 percent;

-plan for up to $1 billion in additional debt to be issued over the next 20 years, as needed, to fund long-term transportation projects;

--initiate public/private partnerships to construct and manage new-capacity highway and transportation improvement projects.

The major provisions of Senator Scarnati’s plan can be found in Senate Bill 1505, introduced in June and currently before the Transportation Committee.

The commissioners vowed to continue advocating for state funds to improve deteriorating highways and bridges in Potter County. They pointed out that the recently passed state budget includes 411 structurally deficient state-owned bridges that are anticipated to be repaired or replaced in fiscal year 2008-09. Three of those bridges are in Potter County: replacement of Rt. 872 bridge over Sinnemahoning Creek in Portage and Sylvania townships; rehabilitation of the Rt. 4019 bridge over Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse Borough; and replacement of the Rt. 1001 bridge over Rogers Run in Ulysses Township.

Friday News From 1490 NewsBlog

Austin Dam Show Starts Today

FRIDAY, July 18th
5:00-6:00 Dam Jam (local talents)
6:00-7:00 Free Grass Union
7:00-7:30 Cherylanne Hawk
7:30-8:00 Gail Ayers
8:00-0:30 Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeeper
9:30-10:30 Blue Sky Mission Club
10:30-11:30 Willy Jack

8:45 p.m.to close - Spectacular Groovin'Lumens Lights on the dam behind performers

I-80 Tolls Far From A Dead Issue

Coalition against tolls on I-80 worried how funds will be used

Citizen Voice.com
A coalition against the proposed Interstate 80 tolling spoke out Wednesday against the way revenue from the tolls will be used.

Ed Edwards, spokesman for the Alliance to Stop I-80 Tolling, said the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission doesn’t plan to use money raised from the tolls entirely for maintenance of the highway, which is required by the Federal Highway Administration. More....

Man Killed Skidding Logs In Canisteo

STEUBEN COUNTY
Man killed in logging accident

Star Gazette

A 47-year-old Beaver Dams man was killed Thursday afternoon in a logging accident in the town of Canisteo.

State police said Charles E. Burlew was pulling logs using a log skidder on a steep hillside about 3:20 p.m. when the skidder started rolling down the hill, ejecting Burlew.

Burlew was struck by the skidder or the logs, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, near the intersection of county Routes 119 and 14. His body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester for an autopsy.

Nature Quest Buys Coach Stop Inn In Ansonia

Star Gazette
ANSONIA, Pa. -- Nature Quest, a longtime provider of outdoor recreation activities in the Pine Creek Gorge and Pennsylvania Wilds, on Thursday announced the acquisition of the historic Coach Stop Inn -- and celebrated the event by holding the first "Quest Fest," showcasing several regional tourism options.
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Jamestown Soldier Dies In Iraq

WESB NEWS: 07/18/08 - Jamestown Soldier Dies in Iraq

A Jamestown native has died in Iraq. The Department of Defense reports that Staff Sgt. David W. Textor died in a vehicle accident.

The 27 year-old Textor was a Green Beret. This was his first deployment to Iraq. Textor played football at Randolph High School.

Jules Delgotto Writes/ Sends Links

Is this what is going to replace our God given mountains?

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Anonymous said...

Because this looks much better...
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Anonymous said...

I don't understand. We complain about the cost of energy and polluting the environment but yet we don't want to allow something that would be beneficial to both? I guess it would be ok if it wasn't in our little piece of the world.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the picture from a mattress store web site, it was almost meanacing, if you didn't know what you were looking at.

We as a county need to be selfish about our fragile countryside. we have no infrastructure, no major employers, we have no major attraction for todays employers to relocate here. All we have is what was given to us, the land.

We should not latch on to something that makes us feel good inside but brings little long term benefit directly to Potter County.

just my 2c NIMBY

Anonymous said...

At one point in time I considered my self an environmentalist. I have since come around this is just stupid. Wind power is clean and cheap and we need to build every wind mill we can while we still have the oil to do so. In fact I dare say I like the looks of these windmills. I would put one in my front yard. I hear the stories these are not the windmills of old they where pretty. Well there where idiots back then who hated them to. Yes I know it’s the sign of a bad debate to personally attack the other side but in order to have a debate you need to be rational NIMBY is not a rational concept as it is always someone’s back yard. We need to utilize or resources wisely, and hydro electric and wind are two of the best we have come up with so far.

Anonymous said...

With the set back distance our planning commission has proposed Potter County area will NOT look like this... We Need to use wind, solar and water energy.
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

I dare say some miss the point.

Our resourses in Potter County are the unspoiled natural beauty of the ridges, valleys and hilltops.

Any time spent in suburbia will make one appreciate the Potter County Countryside. We take it so much for granted.

How do the wind turbine machines benefit Potter County?

I believe the local goverment may be able to stop this by instituting the power of eminent domain, not over all of the rights associated with the property ownership, but with the air rights of the area in question. ( Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005))

The air rights would be taken for the public benefit. Us. Unpopular for some, beneficial for all longterm.

It's just a working theory at this point and it would take courage. Pass it on.

As far as energy, the recent exciting advances in solar panels will make the wind turbine machines. (not windmills, windmills is a fluff term used to soften the perception) look prehistoric.

Anonymous said...

Potter County threatened

There has never been an industrial threat quite like the wind turbines to Potter County’s future. It seems such a shame that our precious county, with all its appealing natural attractions, should be so carelessly jeopardized.

The financial enticements offered up by AES Corporation, a global energy conglomerate that doesn’t give one hoot about Potter County and its residents, cannot possibly offset all that is good about this special place at the top of the world.

In Ulysses and Hector Townships, more than 13,000 acres spread out over dozens of miles would be given over to the construction of 79 mammoth wind turbine generators, each equivalent in height to a 40-story metropolitan office building.

If this industrial wind installation is allowed to move forward, additional wind plants will be constructed in other sections of the county. Homer Township has already passed a “come on in” wind ordinance that will place turbines on the south side of Coudersport, twice as close to residences as even the wind companies proposed. Unbelievable! Other turbine sites are being considered in Hebron, Eulalia and Sweden townships.

These wind installations are close to Cherry Springs and there will be no way to protect the park’s dark skies or the Pennsylvania Wilds. Dutch Hill, in Homer Township, is located just six miles from Cherry Springs. These turbines will be clearly visible from Coudersport and very possibly Cherry Springs.

Here’s what we will get in exchange for losing the dark skies and our beautiful ridgetops:

• Noise. AES claims its turbine generators do not cause excessive noise. But there are currently people all over the world filing lawsuits against wind developers who said the same thing. Their lives are ruined by the noise. Because the turbine generators are already up, it is too late for them.

• An increase in electric bills on top of the increases that are predicted after the caps come off in 2011, because wind-generated electricity is very expensive to produce and the electric companies are forced to buy this power at above wholesale rates.

• No appreciable decrease in carbon dioxide emissions, because “when the wind don’t blow, the power don’t flow,” causing a backup conventional power plant to run all the time.

(Also keep in mind that the ramping up and down of coal-burning power plants produces more carbon dioxide emissions as it tries to keep up with the erratic performance of the turbines.)

• No local jobs of any significance. The turbines are erected and maintained by outside professional contractors.

• No significant tax revenue. The turbines themselves are tax-exempt because they are considered equipment, not real estate.

• Devaluation of millions of dollars in real estate around the turbines (even though the wind industry tries to prove otherwise with slanted surveys). Dozens of home owners who live in close proximity to industrial wind installations have learned this already. Why some people believe that having a 410-foot turbine generator situated 1,300 feet from the nearest home will increase its value astonishes me.

• Potential compromise of the dark skies at Cherry Springs.

Potter County has too much to lose. We need to stand together.

For details on how to join the fight, please send an email to savegodscountry@aol.com.

(Arthur Kear is a restaurant owner in Ulysses and active member of “Save God’s Country,” a citizens group formed to battle an industrial wind installation in the Ulysses area. He lives in the area being targeted by energy company AES Corporation for approximately 80 turbines)

Endeavor News

12 July 2008

Anonymous said...

Wind: Who are we?

Development of alternative energy is a complex issue and demands a response that is well researched, investigated and debated.

It does not call for a kneejerk reaction, giving an enormous handout to an industry (wind) whose contribution to our quest for clean energy is at best minimal, leaving in its wake a heavy widening scar across our land.

Sensitive ecosystems are being disrupted. Bird and bat mortality is a fact the industry can no longer deny. Human health and safety, and the basic right to enjoy our homes in relative peace, are being jeopardized, while industrial wind complexes are springing up as unwanted and intrusive “neighbors” in residential areas.

Yet, the industry attempts to trivialize valid concerns by labeling those who oppose as NIMBYs (”Not in MY back yard!).

The ridge tops of Potter and Tioga counties represent much more than just a back yard. Our unspoiled natural beauty is what makes us unique.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and professor at Pace University Law School, writes:

“All of us need periodically to experience wilderness to renew our spirits and reconnect ourselves to the common history of our nation, humanity and to God. The worst trap that environmentalists can fall into is the conviction that the only wilderness worth preserving is in the Rocky Mountains or Alaska. To the contrary, our most important wildernesses are those that are closest to our densest population centers.”

We are the home of the Pennsylvania Wilds. We are her caretakers.

To close, I’d like to borrow from a quote by Mark Walsh of Manchester, Vermont:

“Potter and Tioga County mountain ridges may not be as impressive as Yosemite’s El Capitan or the Grand Tetons, but something very real would be sacrificed on the questionable altar of renewable energy for profit. Potter and Tioga County mountain ridges are not just a back yard. They are a heritage and a legacy. And they are as good a place as any to make a stand.”

Preserve the beauty of our region. Say no to industrial wind.

Beth Ann Steffy
Mansfield

Endeavor News

12 July 2008

Wendy Erickson said...

Are you suggesting that you should be or are entitled to dictate what those private landowners on the hill can or cannot do with thier property? Have you ever excersised the thought that maybe those who live on the hill have spent years paying taxes on that hill for their right to be able to do with their property as they see fit. I think the real concern with property values will be if those who own more than a few acres are are told what they can or cannot have on thier property because that would render any smaller lots worthless for anything except drilling mock wells on to prove they have fresh water for no good reason. If you want to follow the money trail charity starts at home. If you want a view shed, go buy your own.

Anonymous said...

Paul, is that your comment??

W R Case Collector's Appreciation Weekend

WESB News: 07/18/08 - WR Case Collectors Appreciation Weekend

WR Case Collector Appreciation Weekend begins this morning at 7am.

The Morning Buzz with Scott Douglas will be broadcasting live from Case this morning.

There’s free admission and free parking A shuttle will run people from the Zippo Case Vistors Center to the Case plant on Owens Way.

The weekend festivities include knife swap exhibitors, pin trading, auction, wood carving clinics, apple peeling contests, knife appraisals and more.

Also, there’s fireworks tonight at 9:45 p.m.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — George R. Packer Sr., 80, of Eleven Mile Road died Thursday (July 17, 2008) in his home after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home. (see complete obituary previously published)

ELDRED — Jeanette M. Hennigan Brandes, 90, formerly of Central Street, died Thursday (July 17, 2008) in the Absolut of Allegany Nursing Home, Allegany, N.Y. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

Sandra J. Grover, 71, formerly of Bradford, PA, died Monday, July 14, 2008 in the Baldock Skilled Nursing Facility, Irwin, PA.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 18, 2008 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Full obituary previously published.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

George A. Packer, Sr., 80, Shinglehouse, PA

Shinglehouse, PA----George R. Packer, Sr., 80, of Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA, died Thursday, July 17, 2008 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.

Born January 2, 1928 in Shinglehouse, PA, he was a son of Charles E. and Gertrude Prince Packer. On September 18, 1992 in Chrystal, PA, he married Judy E. Frederick, who survives.

Mr. Packer attended area country schools and was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II as a medical aidman. He enlisted at age 18.

He was employed as a pipe fitter for 37 years by Dresser Rand in Olean, NY, starting in September of 1952 and retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the Chrystal United Methodist Church, a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, and a member of the United Steelworkers Union.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and mowing his lawn.

Surviving besides his wife are his mother, Gertrude Kemp of Coudersport, PA; seven children: Linda P. Fagan of Bartow, Florida, Janice (Jerry) Sutton of Lakeland, Florida, Adam C. (Sonia Blakemore) Packer of Shinglehouse, PA, Bonita (Shane) Snyder of Ulysses, PA, Sheila (Jeff Jobe) Dodd of Shinglehouse, PA, Kathy (Ricky Stover) Frederick of Great Valley, NY, and Jennifer (Ron) Weik of Uniontown, Washington; nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a half brother, Richard (Sharon) Packer of Shinglehouse, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Mr. Packer was predeceased by a son, George R. Packer, Jr.; a brother, Chuck Packer; two stepsisters, Virginia Ogilvie and Florence Walker; and a stepbrother, Virgil Kemp.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Chrystal United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Chrystal Cemetery.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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