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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Kathryn D. Stevens, 71, Westfield, PA

Kathryn D. Stevens, 71, of Westfield, PA, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born June 2, 1937, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of Albert J. and Ida Clark Schweigart.

Mrs. Stevens was employed by Galeton Production, Electri-Cord in Westfield, and Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Surviving are: two daughters, Vicky (John) Brimmer of Harrison Valley, PA and Debbie (Dale Sr.) Schoonover of Knoxville, PA; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ivan “Jeff” Stevens; three brothers, Albert Schweigart, William Schweigart, and George Schweigart; and a sister, Patricia Pratt Ordway.


Friends may call Tuesday, October 7, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.

Keystone International Expo Ends Sunday

Thats A Big Pig
Reserve Grand Champion Chester White Gilt was exhibited by the Ken Wetzel family of Rossiter, Pa., at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Coudersport Man Drowned While Fishing On Canadian Lake

The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA -- Police have released the name of an elderly Pennsylvania man who died Wednesday while fishing with friends on Mink Lake in Arden, Ont., about 150 kilometres southwest of Ottawa.

The victim was Harland Bergstrom, 76, of Coudersport, Pa., the Ontario Provincial Police said in a statement released Saturday morning.

Police said the man was on a fishing trip with several other men when he left the group in a boat with a 74-year-old man.

The 74-year-old man, who had been wearing a life jacket, was later found on shore, where he had started a fire.

The body of Bergstrom, who was not wearing a life jacket, was found by divers on Thursday. Search teams also found the boat underwater.

The Lanark County OPP crime unit is investigating, but foul play is not suspected.

Ottawa Citizen

Motorcycle Crash On Fishing Creek Road

Photo by Greg Doane (c) 2008
BREAKING NEWS:12:50 pm-10-4-08
Roulette Emergency Services are responding to a reported motorcycle accident on the East Branch of Fishing Creek Road in Roulette Township, near the Doane residence. One man was injured. Roulette Fire and Ambulance people are shown loading him in the ambulance. It is thought that the man was in a large group of motorcyclists in a dice run or something of that nature.

Anonymous said...

picture or news... many thanks to the Roulette fire/ ambulance crew for a job well done. it was a brother to friends of ours from down state, & yes we were in a group of about 50 cycles from the American Eagles Motorcycle Club on a dice run raising money for 2 local accident victims. Thanks for your fast response.

3 Women Inducted Into UPB Sports Hall Of Fame


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford inducted three women into its
Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.


By Greg Clark
Pitt-Bradford S.I.D.


Jessica Coene of Baden, Nichole Spindler of Bradford and Amanda Gressley
Reese of Shinglehouse were the 2008 inductees.

Coene was a goalie on the women s soccer team from 1998 to 2001. She
graduated in 2001 with a degree in Sports Medicine.

Coene ranks first at Pitt-Bradford in career minutes played (5,019),
career shutouts (9) and career saves (496). She also holds the single-season
goals against average mark at 1.80. She was inducted by her sister Carolyn
Becker.

"When I started playing soccer at the age of seven, I never dreamed I
would be standing here to be inducted into the Pitt-Bradford Hall of Fame,"
Coene said. " This is the greatest honor of my soccer career."

Spindler was a catcher on the softball team from 2002 to 2004. She
graduated in 2004 with a degree in Biology and Secondary Education.
The Bradford native was named to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Conference First Team in 2004, to the AMCC Second Team in 2003 and was
AMCC Honorable Mention in 2002.

Spindler owns the second highest career batting average (.413) at
Pitt-Bradford and ranks fourth in slugging (.570), second for on base
percentage (.451), is ninth in games played (90), fourth in hits (121),
second in doubles (28) and ranks fourth in runs batted in (75) in just
three seasons for the Lady Panthers. She finished ninth nationally in RBIs (37)
in the NCAA Division III rankings in her senior year.

Spindler was also an outside hitter on the volleyball team. She was
inducted by head softball and volleyball coach Tina Phillips.

"I wouldn t trade this honor for anything in the world," Spindler
declared. "My senior year was the best season under coach Phillips, who was my coach
and my friend."

Gressley of Shinglehouse was a member of the volleyball team from 2000 to
2003. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in Psychology and a Masters in
Social Work.

Gressley was named to the AMCC First Team all four years. She ranks first
at Pitt-Bradford in career games played (422) and in blocks (379); and is
listed second in digs (1183), service aces (141) and kills (1363).

Gressley set a school record in 2000 with 164 blocks and was ranked ninth in the
nation. She was inducted by her father John Gressley.

"It was an honor to be a member of the Pitt-Bradford athletic family,"
Amanda stated.

Pitt-Bradford President Dr. Livingston Alexander gave the welcome speech
and Athletic Director Lori Mazza was Master of Ceremonies.

Exploring Potter County Alpaca Farm On Sartwell Creek Near Burtville

A Day at the Alpaca Farm
Chris and Carol Howard extol the virtues of alpaca
farming at their charming Cinco C's Alpacas farm out
Sartwell Creek, between Roulette and Port Allegany.


Their store offers garments made of alpaca fleece,
which is one of the world's finest natural fibers.


Out in the pasture, visitors can watch the playful,
odd-looking animals as they frolic and feed.


All photos by Ashley Thompson (c) 2008

The Howards are true alpaca enthusiasts and enjoy discussing their hobby-turned-business. They're hosting an industry seminar on Nov. 1 and a holiday shopping open house on Nov. 15 from 10 to 4.

Cinco C's Alpacas has its own website, www.cincocsalpacas.com, and an be reached by phone at 814-544-2626.

Alpacas are cousins to the llama and are native to the Andean Mountain Range of South America. They were first imported to the U.S. in 1984.

Harland W. Bergstrom, 76, Hebron Center, PA

Hebron Center, PA---Harland W. Bergstrom, 76, of Hebron Center, PA, died Wednesday, October 1, 2008 while fishing in Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada.

Born July 7, 1932 in Doylestown, PA, he was a son of Stanley and Dorothy Wismer Bergstrom.

On September 11, 1954 in Doylestown, PA, he married Dorothy E. “Dotty” Mason, who survives.

He was a graduate of Doylestown High School, class of 1951. Mr. Bergstrom was a self-employed general contractor and for many years he was the owner of Bergstrom Log Home Construction. The last home he built was his own.

He was a member of the Hebron Union Church where he served as a deacon and a trustee. He was a member of the N.R.A. Mr. Bergstrom enjoyed collecting, restoring and selling antique tools. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Audrey B. (Al) Lape of Elizabethtown, PA and Ginny A. Bergstrom of Lakewood, Colorado; one son, Harland Wm. (Carole) Bergstrom of Williamsport, PA; one grandson; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; and two nephews.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hebron Union Church with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Falling Leaves Festival This Weekend In Coudy

Coudersport will celebrate the bright aurora of autumn foliage over the Oct. 3-4 weekend with the eighth annual Falling Leaves Festival, sponsored by the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Festival Chairman Mike Harris reports that sign-ups by vendors and parade participants has been steady, setting the stage for a successful event.

It will be centered at the courthouse square from 9 am to 7 pm both days.


Harris announced that the popular Zem Zem Shriners will be returning with their miniature “roadrunners” cars for this year's parade, set to step off at 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Mural Dedication Today At 4:00 PM (Saturday)

Coudersport Community Mural Dedication


Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 4th beginning at 4:00 pm as we celebrate the dedication of the Coudersport Community Mural.

Come meet artists, Judy Johnson and Sarah Batson (Lead Coordinator) along with all the painters and volunteers that helped to create this beautiful showpiece.

The mural is located at the corner of Third and Main Streets.

Music and food will be provided.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Geraldine E. Trott, 78, of Coudersport, died Thursday (Oct. 2, 2008) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

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Bradford Little Theatre Announces Auditions For "A Christmas Story"

BRADFORD ‑‑ Bradford Little Theatre has announced audition information for its December production of the classic comedy "A Christmas Story,' humorist Jean Shepherd tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wishing to find a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under his Hohman, Ind., Christmas tree in 1938.

"I'm looking forward to bringing this iconic movie to the stage," said director Nanci K. Garris.

A pre-audition workshop is set for Monday, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m. at Bradford Area Public Library.

The script calls for a minimum cast of 11 – two men (adult Ralph and The Old Man), two women (Mother and teacher), two girls (classmates about age 9) and five boys (Ralphie and classmates about age 9, and little brother). However, there can be as many as 19 actors plus extras in the cast, Garris said, including some recorded voices and some children for classroom or playground scenes.

Auditions will be held at the BLT office, 78 Main St., Suite 302 of the Forest Oil Building on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. for youngsters, and then from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for adults, and Monday Oct. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for adults.

Also, anyone interested in working as a stagehand or in other ways offstage, may come to auditions to sign up.

The show will be BLT's first performance in the full 500-seat Bromeley Family Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Dec. 21.

Teaming up with Garris again will be producer Diane Kerner Arnett; the longstanding duo most recently led the March production of "This Day and Age" and the December 2006 production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." They also shared director/producer duties for "The Mousetrap," "War of the Worlds" and "Nunsense."

Perusal scripts are available at the Bradford Area Public Library for reading there.

The script is by Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, copyright 1983 by Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark. Based on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Shepherd.

In the show, Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."

All the elements from the motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scot Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios; and more.

For further information about the show, people may contact Garris, 53 School St., or check the BLT Web site at www.bradfordlittletheatre.org.

For information about season tickets, advance individual tickets or group rates, people may contact BLT ticket master Marcia Morrison through the Web site; by email at tickets@ bradfordlittletheatre.org; or by mail at BLT, P.O. Box 255, Bradford PA 16701.



The BLT season is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Elk County Council on the Arts. Also, McKean Arts Council supports this season.



Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Martha Caldwell-Young Writes

Hi, Jim.

I've been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy the give and take. Plus, I seem to find a lot more local news here than in the local papers.
Would it be possible for you to post the attached article? Please let me know. Thanks.
- Martha Young

IN DEFENSE OF LARGER SETBACKS – “First, Do No Harm”

The following information was submitted to the Pennsylvania’s Potter County Commissioners during their regular meeting, open to the public, on September 25, 2008. I appeared before them regarding the county’s draft ordinance for industrial wind energy facilities, to request a 1-mile setback from non-participating landowner property lines. I went in search of documentation to defend this request, and the materials presented were the results of this search. Links to these documents can be found on either of these web pages. Just scroll to the bottom of the article.

NATIONAL WIND WATCH
http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2008/09/27/in-defense-of-larger-setbacks/
INDUSTRIAL WIND ACTION GROUP
http://www.windaction.org/documents/18164

Wisconsin has been a proving ground for industrial wind turbines. Much has been documented about their experience. The Large Wind Turbine Citizens Committee from the Town of Union published a Setback Recommendations Report. It is the most comprehensive document I have found to date. More.....

New Horizons School Matinee Series At UPB

‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ TO BE PERFORMED BEFORE FULL HOUSE AT PITT-BRADFORD’S BLAISDELL HALL

BRADFORD, Pa. –– More than 1,000 elementary school children from around the region will attend a live performance next month of “Charlotte’s Web,” the first production offered by the New Horizons School Matinee Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Shows will be at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

The series, started this year, provides students with age-appropriate cultural enrichment. Each elementary show includes a study guide for teachers.

“We have had an overwhelming positive response for the first presentation of our new series,” said Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. “We are planning on expanding the number of programs offered for next year’s season.”

Based on E.B. White’s 1952 classic, “Charlotte’s Web” tells the tale of a spring pig and how he escapes the slaughterhouse. First, Farmer Arable’s daughter, Fern, convinces him to keep the runt of a litter. She cares for the piglet and names him Wilbur.

Eventually, Wilbur is sold to Uncle Homer Zuckerman, where the pig meets many new barnyard friends, including a gray spider named Charlotte.

Realizing that Wilbur may end up in the slaughterhouse, Charlotte tricks Farmer Zuckerman by weaving the words “Some Pig” in her web in the barn, giving Wilbur the award for prize pig and a permanent place on the farm.

Six actors will take the stage in the Theaterworks USA performance, produced by Joseph Robinette and directed by Rob Barron.

Additional information on New Horizons is available by contacting Colosimo at (814)362-5155 or colosimo@pitt.edu.

Recall

Tristar Food Wholesale Co Inc. Issues a Nationwide recall of Blue Cat Flavor Drink Because of Possible Health Risk (October 3)
Fri, 03 Oct 2008 13:44:00 -0500

Tristar Food, Jersey City, NJ is initiating a nationwide recall of all of their 100 ml plastic bottle packages of Blue Cat Flavor Drink (Lanmao) because it may be contaminated with Melamine.

You Have To Register If You Want To Vote!!

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday

Potter County Today

Deadline for new voter registrations, changes of address, and changes of party affiliation is Monday, Oct. 6, according to Sandy Lewis, Potter County’s director of elections.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, when all voting districts will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Registering to vote has never been easier. It can be done in person at Lewis’s office, located on the first floor of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport.

Voters can also register by printing an application from the state’s website, www.votespa.com, and mailing it or hand-delivering it to the office. Applications postmarked on or before the Oct. 6 deadline will be accepted.

Anyone with questions should contact the election/registration office at 274-8467.

A Reader Writes

Mr. Jones,
If you are reading and editing your blogs, why do you permit such outrageous lies as the one posted about Sen. Barack Obama wanting to outlaw guns? This is not true, absolutely not true, and it reflects very poorly on you and all your advertisers when you print such lies.

Sen. Obama is a Constitutional scholar and states that "I believe the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms."

On 5/16/08 in Watertown, SD, Sen. Obama made the following statement: All I can do is describe to the voters what I believe and what I think. And what I believe is that there is a Second Amendment right. I think it is an individual right. I think people have the right to lawfully bear arms.

If you have any decency and respect for truth, I request that you immediately remove the obvious and outrageous lie that is on Solomon's Word concerning Sen. Obama's position on gun rights.

Elizabeth Jarrard
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Dear Ms Jarrard,
Thank you for writing and calling attention to a letter to the editor posted on Solomon's words. I have checked out your allegations on the NRA website, and found that they do in fact, support this stance, even though the Barack Obama campaign disputes it. Mr. Deushlander is a well known, responsible citizen of Potter County and the USA. I have no reason to withdraw his letter to the editor, and I would be remiss on some other constitutional rights of I did. However, if you would like to submit a letter disputing his and NRA's position, I would be happy to allow you to express yourself. Letters and comments published here are the opinions of the commentors and not necessarily my own. My comments or editorials will always be accompanied by my name.
Jim
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Mr. Jones:
Consider this your letter.

I too am a responsible citizen of Potter County and the USA and as such respect truth, not the perpetuation of lies, nor did I write you anonymously. If you are a responsible citizen, you will not continue to perpetuate lies either and you will print the truth on Solomon's Word.

I just went to the NRA website and I notice that they refer to the investigation of their allegations by factcheck.org as supporting their "facts." Factcheck.org is a non-partisan organization of the Annenburg Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania. The following is the fact on the matter and it completely refutes the NRA claim:

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/nra_targets_obama.html

Accident In Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS:11:50 am-10-3-08
Coudersport emergency services have been dispatched to a 2 car accident on Main Street in front of the bank.

Penn Grade Oil Drops Again

WESB News: 10/03/08

- Penn Grade Price Below $90 a Barrel


The price American Refining Group is paying for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil is below $90 a barrel for the first time since Valentine's Day.

Today's price dropped $4.25 to $88.25, which is what ARG was paying on February 14. The highest price ARG paid was $138.50 a barrel in early July.

Trucker killed in mishap early Friday

Courier Express
Clearfield-based state police said a man died in a fatal crash at 3:30 a.m. today on Interstate 80 near milemarker 115 in Lawrence Township. The name of the man has not been released, pending family notification. More....

Three killed in Clarion accident

Courier Express
Three people are dead after a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier they were in struck a tree in western Pennsylvania. More....

Trial Date Set For Man Charged In Death

WESB News: 10/03/08 - Trial of Man in Death of Cameron Set

The trial of a Bradford man involved in the accidental death of Alissa Cameron has been set for November 17.

20 year-old Zachary Coon is charged with ciminal solitation in accidents involving death. Coon was charged after allegedly telling the driver of the vehicle Nikole Smock to leave the scene of the accident.

Smock is also facing charges in connection with the death of Cameron earlier this year after a December 30th accident in a parking lot in Bradford.

Smethport Woman Sentenced In Theft Case

WESB News: 10/03/08 - McKean County Court Action

A Smethport woman has received jail time in connection with the theft of funds from the family of District Judge Bill Todd.

Court records indicate that 45 year-old Ella Hahn used debit cards from the Todd family to get money.

The court sentenced Hahn to up to 18 months in jail and ordered restitution of around $4,000 dollars in the case.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor;

Here is some information I received recently from the NRA that I feel is very important. It is Obama’s Plan To “Change” The Second Amendment.

Barack Obama’a Ten Points To Change The Second Amendment are:

1) Ban use of firearms for home defense.
2) Pass Federal laws eliminating your Right-to-Carry.
3) Ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.
4) Close down 90% of the gun shops in America.
5) Ban rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.
6) Increase federal taxes on guns and ammunition by 500 percent.
7) Restore voting rights for five million criminals…including those who have been convicted of using a gun to commit a violent crime.
8) Expand the Clinton semi-auto ban to include millions more firearms.
9) Mandate a government-issued license to purchase a firearm.
10) Appoint judges to the U. S Supreme Court and Federal judiciary who share his views on the Second Amendment.

Call Now 1-877-672-4680 to receive an introductory NRA Membership which includes:
• Your choice of NRA’s award winning magazines
• NRA membership card and official decal.
• NRA Arms®Care insurance coverage and more!

Sincerely,
Otto Deutschlander
Coudersport, PA 16915

Pitt-Bradford Enrollment Up Again

Pitt-Bradford shatters enrollment records for third year

For the third year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has broken enrollment records, recruiting its largest freshman class and closing in on its long-term goal of 1,500 full-time equivalent students.

“The momentum has been building on our campus for a number of years, and I’m absolutely thrilled that our hardworking faculty and staff can see the results of our efforts,” said Pitt-Bradford president Dr. Livingston Alexander.

“The growth of our student population is wonderful for our campus and the University of Pittsburgh as a whole, but we’re also mindful of the important economic benefits to the region that come with a growing student population.” More...

Teen Faces 20 Years In Prison For Fleeing Police

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of Columbia County man accused of causing serious crash while fleeing police

10-1-08 BCI David F. NolteHARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania State Police have arrested a Columbia County man accused of causing a serious traffic accident in March 2008, while fleeing police who were responding to an earlier hit-and-run crash.

Corbett identified the defendant as David F. Nolte, 19, 3117 Old Berwick Road Bloomsburg.

Corbett said that Nolte allegedly caused a serious three-vehicle crash on March 29, 2008, while fleeing police who were responding to a 9-1-1 call about a hit-and-run accident involving Nolte's minivan. Four other motorists were injured in the accidents allegedly triggered by Nolte, including one victim who suffered permanent kidney damage, brain damage and was left in a coma for six weeks.

According to the criminal complaint, pursuing officers estimated that Nolte's vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour along Old Berwick Road, in South Centre Township, Columbia County. Nolte is also accused of swerving his vehicle toward the pursuing police car, causing the South Centre Township officer to take evasive action, as well as forcing numerous other vehicles off the road while attempting to elude police.

Corbett said that Nolte is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, both first-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 fines. Nolte is also charged with one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Additionally, Nolte is charged with three counts of simple assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, all second-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines; one count of accidents involving damage to attended vehicles or property, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine; along with numerous traffic offenses, including reckless driving, careless driving, driving at an unsafe speed, failing to obey stop signs or yield signs, following too closely, passing violations and failing to wear a seatbelt.

Nolte as preliminarily arraigned before Berwick Magisterial District Judge Richard Cashman and lodged in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2.p.m. on October 9, 2008.

Nolte will be prosecuted in Columbia County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony W. Forray of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecution Section.

Corbett noted that the case was referred to the Attorney General's Office by Columbia County District Attorney Gary E. Norton.

Corbett thanked the District Attorney's Office and Pennsylvania State Police, including accident investigation specialists from the Bloomsburg Station, for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.


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WFRM Calendar Of Events

October 4

The Sweden Feedin’ club will have a chicken barbecue at the Beef and Ale at the intersection of Route 6 East and Route 872 at Ladona beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing until sold out.Chicken halves - $4.50.

October 4

The Potter County Education Council and Curt Weinhold will present a Fall Photography Field from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will meet for an hour of technical talk and a slide show presentation and then travel to Cherry Springs State Park for hands on camera experience. Topics covered will include composition, lens selection and the best filters for your camera. Also, you will learn how to set-up the menu on your digital camera to suit the subject and lighting. This class is for the beginner with some experience to the advanced user. Please bring photo gear, camera bag and bag lunch & water. The cost for this class will be $40 per person and will start out at the PCEC’s Coudersport office. To register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

October 4th

Sizerville State Park will be celebrating its annual Heritage Festival from the hours of 12 noon to 4 PM, Activities will include Old Time Music, Candle Dipping, Scrolling/Woodworking, Bee Keeping, Knitting, Crocheting, Corn Broom Making, Seed Art, Apple Buttering, Leaf Prints, Fungus Art, Old time games, Apple Cidering, Maple Candy, Candy Apples, Baked Goods and so much more! Additionally, food concessions will be available, and children will have an opportunity to meet SMOKEY BEAR! Volunteers are needed for children’s crafts stations, pioneer skills and toys, and a lot or other fun activities. No special skills are required, just a smiling face and helping hands.If you would like additional information, call the Sizerville Park Office at 814-486-5605, or e-mail sizervillesp@state.pa.us.



October 4 & 5

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

October 5

St. Theresa’s Church will hold its annual pork and sauerkraut dinner from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Shinglehouse American Legion. The menu includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, homemade desserts, rolls, applesauce and beverage. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.

Port Allegany Artist Ardelle Herzing Shows Off Her Paintings In Reception At The Inn Sunday

The Artists Among Us

The Inn On Maple Street was the place to be last
Sunday afternoon. The Inn hosted an Open House
and a reception for Ardelle Herzing, an extremely
talented local artist who displayed over 40 pieces
of her collection of paintings she has done.

It was Ardelle's day as friends and admirers gathered
at The Inn on Maple Street, looked over her paintings,
and snacked on Red Velvet Cake, tea and coffee.

Celia Gribbien (left) asks Ardelle (right) about one
of her paintings hung at the Inn.

Joan Stromberg, a neighbor of Ardelle's, was there.
Joan, also an artist, will display her paintings, mostly
landscapes, through October at the Inn on Maple St.

Judy Lacher (left) from Roulette, tells Cynthia Jones about
the jewelry she creates. Judy will be featured at the Inn in
November with a display of her work.

Click to see photos of Ardelle's paintings.

Reports Indicate Hebron Township Has Enacted A Wind Farm Ordinance

Reports have filtered in today that members of the Hebron Township Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance affecting the operation of industrial wind turbines within the township border.

By a 2-0 vote, with Supervisor Jack Wilson abstaining, the board adopted the ordinance spelling out conditions for wind energy installations. Among the provisions is a minimum setback from neighboring property lines of 750 feet, far below the 2,000-foot or more setback being proposed by the Potter County Board of Commissioners and also less than the setback recommended in the state's model ordinance.

The reports indicated that Supervisors Jerry Lambert and Barney Saulter voted in favor of the ordinance, which was issued as a draft in August and tabled during the board's September meeting.

Pitt-Bradford To Sponsor Seminar

PITT-BRADFORD OUTREACH SERVICES
SPONSOR CASE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

BRADFORD, Pa – A seminar aimed at helping health care providers give case managers further training in the field will be held on Oct. 9 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Tina Kowlsen, case manager for Bunch & Associates of Lakeland, Fla., will present “Essentials of Case Management” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A light lunch will be served at noon. Cost to attend is $50.

Mike Hackett, workforce training coordinator at Pitt-Bradford, said the program is essential to case managers in the health field.

“Efficient case management in these challenging economic times is an avenue that helps both the patient and the provider,” he said. “This seminar will provide ideas toward more coordinated quality care and a better bottom line.”

Topics will include an overview of the role of a case manager; standards of practice, guidelines, protocols and critical paths to plan, deliver, monitor and review care; evaluation of documentation; techniques for monitoring clinical, quality and economic opportunities for improvement; patient confidentiality, legal liability and ethics; data analysis for cost savings and quality of care; techniques for effective communication; and leadership and management skills and abilities.

The program is sponsored by Tut Holdings LLC.

Registration for the seminar is available by contacting the Outreach Services office at (814) 362-5078 or lbd4@pitt.edu.

PennDOT Says Interstate 99 Open By Thanksgiving

Centre Daily Times
PATTON TOWNSHIP — All four lanes of Interstate 99, northbound and southbound, are expected to be open by Thanksgiving, state Department of Transportation officials said this morning. More...

Wellsville Firefighter Named Carnegie Hero

Thomas Named Carnegie Hero

1490 NewsBlog
A volunteer firefighter from Wellsville who died while trying to save a 16-year-old from drowning is among 25 people awarded Carnegie Hero medals today for their heroism.

56-year-old Ronald Thomas died on April 29 of last year trying to save Daniel Allen, who fell from a waterfall spanning the Genesee River into turbulent water while trying to save his father, who had also fallen. The father and son survived.

The medal is awarded throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Three other recipients besides Thomas lost their lives in the performance of their rescue acts.

Commissioners To Rent Out Gunzburger Wing


Potter County Today
A tenant has been secured for the former third-floor executive wing at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building.

Attorneys for the county and the tenant are working on a lease agreement that should be ready for action by the commissioners at their next meeting on Oct. 9. More...

Roulette Graced With Beautiful Double Rainbow

Gregg Doane sends this picture of yesterday's double rainbow,
"Sure was a pretty rainbow this afternoon, but it was too close
for me to get the whole thing in the picture."

Here's a few more that Solomon's words photographer James Jones
took in case you have a problem finding that proverbial pot of gold.

Man Faces Charges After Hitting Dog

Man Drives Drunk with Kids in the Car
WETM
GENESEE TOWNSHIP- A Northern Tier man faces charges for driving drunk with children in his car, then hitting a dog.

Pennsylvania State Police based in Coudersport say a witness saw fifty seven-year-old Barry Ezyowsky....more..

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Doris M. McManigle, 79, of 166 W. Fourth St., died Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2008) at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor. Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Gun Show At Roulette Fire Hall This Weekend

The Annual Fall Gun Show sponsored by the Black Forest Conservation Association will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 Saturday and from 8:00 to 2:00 Sunday at the Firemen’s Building on River Street in Roulette. The kitchen will be open.

Admission is $3.00. Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by a parent or other adult.

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

Awards To Be Presented At UPB Saturday

Lewicki, Fannin to be Honored

1490 NewsBlog
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will honor professor Donald Lewicki with the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award and alumnus Tim Fannin ’78 with the Distinguished Volunteer Award as part of Alumni and Family Weekend.

The awards will be given at the PBAA Awards Brunch held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. More...

Bag Coffee Mixes Recalled For Melamine

Mr. Brown 3-In-1 and and 2-In-1 Powdered Packets in Bag Coffee Mixes Due To Health Risk (October 1)
Wed, 01 Oct 2008 16:01:00 -0500

The recall was initiated after the manufacturer notified Sunny Maid that these 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 Coffee Mix products may contain melamine. Although only certain lots are potentially contaminated, Sunny Maid is recalling all lots. No illnesses associated with this product have been reported to date.

Mount Jewett Water Troubles Persist

WESB News: 10/01/08 - More Bottled Water for Mount Jewett

The Mount Jewett Borough Authority will be distributing bottled drinking water again on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The boil and conserve water advisory in the borough is still in effect.

The problem started late last week when officials discovered water levels were low and there was possible contamination in their tanks. Borough officials are still waiting for an OK from the DEP to let residents use the water again.

Marcellus Shale Driving Area Gas Drilling Activity

By Gerri Miller
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Environmental Protection Acting Secretary John Hanger told a state House panel yesterday that the department is working to maximize the opportunities citizens, communities and companies can realize through the development of the natural gas contained in the Marcellus Shale formation, while also protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

Hanger told the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee “There is no question that the Marcellus Shale holds tremendous economic potential for Pennsylvania’s families and its communities as he explained how DEP is responding to increased drilling activity in the 5,000- to 8,000-foot-deep geologic formation.

The Marcellus Shale formation is estimated to hold as much as
50 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas under Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Penn State University estimates the economic value of the formation at $1 trillion and that, for every $1 billion in royalties paid to Pennsylvania residents, nearly 8,000 new jobs will be created each year over the next three years.

Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale requires a process known as horizontal drilling, which uses far greater amounts of water than traditional natural gas exploration. The water can come from various sources, including municipal suppliers or streams.


Meanwhile, Coudersport Borough Manager Marlin Moore confirmed to WFRM today that the borough authority is selling East Resources about 60,000 gallons a day for their fracking process at a drill site in North Coudersport.

Moore says the company pays the regular rate plus 10% and the sale does not affect the town’s water supply. Moore says the only other community he knows of that’s selling water is Canton.

A Galeton borough official told us that Galeton does have an agreement in place with some drilling companies but has not acted on the request due to the current drought situation.

Concerns about the effects of large water withdrawals on streams and aquifers have prompted the need to regulate planned withdrawals at drilling operations. DEP has worked with the Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions, as well as with the oil and gas industry, to create a consistent statewide application process for Marcellus Shale drilling permits that requires gas well operators to protect Pennsylvania’s water resources.

Under the enhanced process, drilling operators must provide additional information, including the sources and locations of water to be used in the drilling process, anticipated impacts of drilling on water resources, and locations of facilities where drilling fluids will be taken for treatment and disposal.

Since Aug. 15, DEP has issued 83 permits containing the enhanced water management requirements to companies seeking to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation DEP has created a Web page specific to the Marcellus Shale that features resources for industry and information on drilling questions for landowners and the public.

The page is available at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Oil and Gas, then click on “Marcellus Page.” Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued 54 drilling permits for property in Potter County from June through August: 38 for natural gas, 13 for oil, and three for combined gas and oil.

Wells drilled from June through mid-September, by township, are as follows: Bingham, 22; Ulysses, 5; Clara, Eulalia, 5; Hector, 2; Pleasant Valley, 2; Keating, 2; Allegany, 1; and Portage, 1

Blossburg Truck Driver Charged After Damaging Property In Sweden Valley

WFRM NEWS
Troopers here have charged a Blossburg truck driver with hit and run for damage done Monday night or Tuesday morning to the front gate at Howard’s Inc. and a guardrail along the Ice Mine Road in Sweden Valley.

Investigators learned that Howard’s had recently received a shipment delivered by B & D Transfer, Inc. and traced it back to Franklin Moore who allegedly left the scene without notifying authorities or property owners of the damage.

First Citizens National Bank Announces the Acquisition of the Mansfield Office of Elmira Savings Bank

October 1, 2008 - On November 17, 2008, the Mansfield Office of Elmira Savings Bank will become part of First Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania (subject to regulatory approval). This acquisition will enhance First Citizens presence in Tioga County adding approximately $18 million in deposits to their balance sheet and increasing market share to over 40.0%.

Our profitable growth over the last 75 years is confirmation that consumers find value in our abilities as a financial services provider, stated Randall E. Black, CEO and President. We're pleased to welcome their customers and their employees, and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them.

The addition of the Elmira Savings Bank branch raises the number of offices operated by First Citizens National Bank to 17. Since the year 2000, the bank has increased their presence in Bradford County through the acquisition of offices of Sovereign Bank and Legacy Bank. In addition, they extended into New York State with the opening of their Wellsville Office in 2005. The bank currently operates 16 offices throughout Tioga, Bradford and Potter Counties as well as an office in Wellsville, New York. In Potter County, the bank has offices in Ulysses and Genesee.

Consumers may question how First Citizens is able to expand while the US economy continues to struggle. Their CEO and President explains. We had a record year of performance in 2007, despite the unstable economic environment and we continue to achieve strong financial performance in 2008. In addition, we continuously adhere to the fundamentals of safety and soundness, sound underwriting standards and due diligence which has greatly limited the impact of risky loans on our organization. Our capital remains strong and our financial performance solid. These positive conditions allow us to grow through acquisitions as well as through increased consumer and business lending.

Customers of the Mansfield Office of Elmira Savings Bank will receive a communication from First Citizens during the week of October 14, 2008, providing information on product and service features, office locations and hours, funds availability schedules and a list of frequently asked questions and answers. The communication will also cover issues related to the conversion weekend which is scheduled to begin after the office closes at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2008.

More information about First Citizens is available at firstcitizensbank.com.

Port Allegany Business Gets $350,000. LoanTo Create 8 New Jobs

Port Allegany, PA - The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission approved loans Wednesday totaling $350,000.00 for a Port Allegany business.

RecycALL Pallet of Port Allegany, McKean County, will borrow $200,000 through the Small Business First Fund, $100,000 through the Intermediary Relending Program Fund one and $50,000 through the Intermediary Relending Program Fund two for equipment, working capital and inventory.

It will help to create eight jobs.

Information from Courier Express

Gulfstream Starts Bradford Service Today

WESB News: 10/01/08 - Gulfstream's First Flight From Bfd Today

Gulfstream International Airways begins service to the Bradford area today.

The airline will fly to the Continental Airlines hub at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport. The first flight was at 6:15am this morning.

Mt. Jewett Man Charged With Rape

WESB News: 10/01/08 - Mount Jewett Man Charged With Rape

A Mount Jewett man has been charged with rape.

Court records indicate that 43 year-old Johnnie Lee is also facing numerous charges relating to incidents involving children between 2002 and 2005.

The rapes were disclosed during a Children and Youth Services interview with a female juvenile victim of Lee's.

Lee was already incarcerated at the McKean County jail on two previous sexual assault charges and is now being held on $500,000 bail.

Marcellus Drilling Holds Tremendous Opportunity

DEP SECRETARY SAYS MARCELLUS SHALE HOLDS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S COMMUNITIES, ECONOMY

Assures Committee that Environmental Safeguards Will Protect Land, Water

HARRISBURG – Environmental Protection Acting Secretary John Hanger told a state House panel today that the department is working to maximize the opportunities citizens, communities and companies can realize through the development of the natural gas contained in the Marcellus Shale formation, while also protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

“There is no question that the Marcellus Shale holds tremendous economic potential for Pennsylvania’s families and its communities,” Hanger told the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee as he explained how DEP is responding to increased drilling activity in the 5,000- to 8,000-foot-deep geologic formation. “This exciting potential also brings with it the need to act responsibly and ensure that Pennsylvania’s valuable natural resources are not sacrificed in the process.”

The Marcellus Shale formation is estimated to hold as much as 50 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas under Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Penn State University estimates the economic value of the formation at $1 trillion and that, for every $1 billion in royalties paid to Pennsylvania residents, nearly 8,000 new jobs will be created each year over the next three years. Extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale requires a process known as horizontal drilling, which uses far greater amounts of water than traditional natural gas exploration. The water can come from various sources, including municipal suppliers or streams. Concerns about the effects of large water withdrawals on streams and aquifers have prompted the need to regulate planned withdrawals at drilling operations.

“Each drilling operation in the Marcellus Shale will require substantial volumes of water, much more than conventional drilling operations,” said Hanger. “Ensuring that water withdrawals do not threaten Pennsylvania’s environment or ecosystems is one of the department’s primary concerns.”

In May, DEP inspectors found environmental violations at drilling sites in Lycoming County. The department quickly responded and has worked with the Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions, as well as with the oil and gas industry, to create a consistent statewide application process for Marcellus Shale drilling permits that requires gas well operators to protect Pennsylvania’s water resources.

Under the enhanced process, drilling operators must provide additional information, including the sources and locations of water to be used in the drilling process, anticipated impacts of drilling on water resources, and locations of facilities where drilling fluids will be taken for treatment and disposal. Since Aug. 15, DEP has issued 83 permits containing the enhanced water management requirements to companies seeking to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation

DEP has created a Web page specific to the Marcellus Shale that features resources for industry and information on drilling questions for landowners and the public. The page is available at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Oil and Gas, then click on “Marcellus Page.”

Active Emergency Responders To Get Tax Break

Causer Announces Tax Credit for Emergency Responders

BRADFORD – Area volunteer emergency responders could be eligible for a tax credit worth up to $100 on their 2008 state income tax return, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.
Act 66 of 2008 provides a credit of up to $100 against the state personal income tax liability of residents who are active members of a volunteer ambulance service or volunteer fire or rescue company.
Eligibility for the new tax incentives will be based upon how active an individual is within his or her company and is open to volunteer firefighters, rescue and emergency medical personnel.
A volunteer responder must earn a total of 50 points between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year to be eligible for the state income tax credit. Responders can accumulate points through obtaining certifications, attending training courses and organizational meetings, as well as through response rates, sleep-in and standby times, holding elected and/or appointed positions, lifetime membership, military leave, and other related administrative and support activities.
The tax credit must be earned in 2008, but may be applied against the volunteer responder’s state income tax liability for not only 2008 but also against the state income tax liability for three succeeding taxable years, until the tax credit has been exhausted.

For additional information and detailed eligibility requirements, visit Causer’s Web site at www.RepCauser.com and click on “Emergency Responder Tax Credit.” Please note that forms to apply for the tax credit will not be available until January.

Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 362-4400
(717) 787-5075
www.RepCauser.com

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Blanche C. Kowalski, 90, of Coudersport, died in her home on Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2008) with her two daughters, Christine Herzig of Coudersport and Janet Perkowski of Wellsboro, at her side. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Contamination Questioned In Mt. Jewett Water

Water problems in Mount Jewett persist

The water situation in Mount Jewett “seems to be resolving,” according to state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Freda Tarbell.

On Tuesday, Tarbell said the agency has taken two rounds of samples at the water wells that Mount Jewett uses, with the results received thus far coming back favorable. More...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Want To Learn Sign Language?

Intermediate Sign Language II
The Potter County Education Council will be offering Intermediate Sign Language II beginning Tuesday, October 14th at the Coudersport PCEC office.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will continue through November 20th. The cost of the course will be $120 per person and will include the text book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Sign Language .

This course will cover the fundamentals of communicating through sign in a variety of everyday situations. Learning how to sign for small talk, emotions, directions, weather, family and friends, special occasions, recreation, travel, around the house, dining out, shopping, education, at the workplace, emergencies, and more.

For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

$6.4 Million Renovation At Swarts Hall At Pitt-Bradford

News: 09/30/08 - Pitt-Bradford to Rededicate Swarts Hall

Rich Barton, instructor of nursing, examines Andrew Truman in the new bachelor of science in nursing lab in Swarts Hall.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will rededicate its first academic building, Swarts Hall, on Friday, Oct. 3.

Swarts Hall re-opened this fall after a year-and-a-half $6.4 million renovation.

For more, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.
(Photo Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Wellsville Teen Gets 5 Years For Robbery

WESB News: 09/30/08 - Man Going to Prison for Robbery

A Wellsville man who robbed a store at knifepoint has been sentenced to 5 years in state prison.

18-year-old James Ben Card pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in connection with an incident on May 15 when he went into Alan Hills Carpet with a knife.

He threatened the lives of store clerks and stole money.

Bucky Phillips Appealing Murder Charge

WESB News: 09/30/08 - Another Court Date for Bucky Phillips

Lawyers for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips are moving forward with an appeal of his conviction for killing a state trooper during the largest manhunt in New York history.

Phillips claims he pleaded guilty to a number of criminal charges, including murder and escape, because he got bad advice from a court-appointed lawyer. His current attorneys will ask for his convictions to be overturned so he can stand trial.

Lawyers are scheduled to argue on Phillips' behalf before the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Rochester on Oct. 20.

Turnpike Bid Expires--Legislature Not Interested

WESB News: 09/30/08 - Turnpike Bid Off the Table

The partnership that offered $12.8 billion to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike is walking away from the deal, citing inaction by the state Legislature.

Pennsylvania Transportation Partners decided not to renew its offer, which was set to expire at the end of the business day. Leaders of both chambers have said they weren't interested in putting the offer up for a floor vote.

A spokesman for the group says it's still interested in the road and they're willing to re-bid. Opponents say the bid was too low.

Candidates Forum Thursday Evening At UPB

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Smethport Area Chamber of Commerce and Kane Chamber of Commerce presents The Election 2008 Candidates Forum on October 2, 2008.

This forum is an exclusive opportunity for business owners and managers in McKean County to meet one on one with most of the candidates to appear on the November ballot. An informal reception will be followed by a pre-submitted, “Town-Meeting” format, question and answer period led by non-partisan moderator, Steve Robar, PhD. This is a unique opportunity to address critical issues facing the future of businesses in our rural area.

The following candidates will be attending: Representative in US Congress (5th District): Mark McCracken (D), Glenn Thompson (R), James Fryman (L); Senator in PA State General Assembly (25th District): Donald L. Hilliard (D), Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R); Pennsylvania Auditor General: Jack Wagner(D); Pennsylvania State Treasurer: Berlie Etzel(L); Representative in the PA State General Assembly: Representative Martin Causer.This forum for will be held from 5-7pm at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the Frame-Westerberg Building, University Room, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford.

A public forum in Bromeley Family Theatre will follow this event at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. There is a nominal fee to attend the private business forum. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Reservations are required by Tuesday, September 23. Contact Maria King at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, 121 Main Street, Bradford or 814.368.7115.

Unemployment Rate Up In Area

WFRM NEWS
The State Labor Department reports Potter County’s jobless rate went up 6/10ths of a percent between July and August to 7.5%.The figure compared to 7.3% a year ago.

Unemployment rates for neighboring counties during the period were 8.9% in Cameron;7.0% in McKean County; 6.8% in Elk and 6.2% in Tioga.

The state’s jobless rate during the period was 5.8% while the national figure was 6.1%.

Police Reports From WFRM News

By Gerri Miller
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A Port Allegany man has been cited for disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday night in the Emergency Department at Charles Cole Hospital. State police here claim 35 year old Marcus Tampuu “caused public inconvenience, annoyance and alarm or made unreasonable noise” while being treated by hospital staff and that he raised his voice and swore in earshot of other patients.. The charges are being filed before District Judge Annette Easton.

An Emporium driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening on Route 120 in Lumber Township, Cameron County. Troopers said Kenneth Miller was headed west when his Dodge Dakota went off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over one time coming to rest on its roof.

State police at Kane are probing a theft taking place earlier this month in Ceres Township and camp burglaries in Sergeant Township. Sometime since Labor Day, thieves took fuel, oil caps and an air cleaner from a Caterpillar bulldozer belonging to Robert Krieg of St. Marys while it was parked in a wooded area a mile and half off the McCrea Brook Road. Camps owned by Frank Calla of Johnsonburg, Anthony Ulyan of Loweber and Frances Gohn of Butler were forcibly entered the weekend of September 20. All three are located off of the Wilcox-Clermont Road about five and a half miles off of Route 146.

And troopers are looking for vandals who damaged a couple of parked vehicles this past weekend in Keating Township, McKean County. The suspects pulled into the driveway at the home located off of Route 46 near the Crossmire Road in Keating Township late Friday night and scratched a Dodge Ram on Shawn Larkham’s truck and wrote an obscene word on a Chevy Tracker belonging to Alicia Taylor. The pair returned and were observed in the backyard of the residence. Both times, they departed in a black Pontiac Grand prix. One is said to be thinly built with dark blonde hair. The other is a little heavier and has dark hair and possibly a goatee. Both are average height and were wearing dark clothes.

Vehicle Crash Reported On Rt. 219 South Of Bradford

BREAKING NEWS:5:27 pm-9-30-08
Bradford Ambulance has just been dispatched to a one vehicle crash with injuries reported, on Route 219, one mile south of Route 59, in Lafayette Township.

Police Searching For 2 Men In Attempted Home Break-in In Coudersport Boro

BREAKING NEWS; 4:43 PM--9-30-08

Police have just issued a bulletin for 2 men, 30 to 40 years old, with a baseball cap, driving a red Chevy S-10, who a few minutes ago attempted to break into an occupied home on the 500 block of North West Street in Coudersport Boro.

Anyone with information should contact Coudersport State Police at 814-274-8690 or 911.

Voter Registration Deadline Monday, Oct. 6,2008

Voter Registration Deadline Nearing

September 30th, 2008
Potter County Today

Deadline for new voter registrations, changes of address, and changes of party affiliation is Monday, Oct. 6. Sandy Lewis, Potter County’s director of elections, reports that voter rolls have been steadily rising for several years and there are now about 11,300 registered voters in the county. The Presidential election, headlined by Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, has been driving much of the recent voter interest. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, when all voting districts will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Registering to vote has never been easier. Mail-in registration forms are available at Lewis’s office, located on the first floor of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport. Voters can also register by printing an application from the state’s website, www.votespa.com, and mailing it or hand-delivering it to the office. Applications postmarked on or before the Oct. 6 deadline will be accepted.

Lewis asks all county residents who are voting by absentee ballot to do so as early as possible. In addition to the Presidential race, she reports, there is also significant voter interest in the contest for the Pa. 5th District seat in the U.S. Congress, where Democrat Mark McCracken, Republican Glenn Thompson and Libertarian James Fryman are running to succeed Rep. John Peterson, who is retiring when his term expires at the end of the year.

Looking ahead, the 2009 election will include the countywide offices of District Attorney, Coroner and Jury Commissioner (two). Incumbents are Dawn Fink, D.A.; Kevin Dusenbury, Coroner; and Dean Dow (R) and Norma Cobb Nichols (D), Jury Commissioners. Judge John B. Leete’s 10-year term also expires at the end of 2009 and he will be required to declare his intentions.

Six Week Square Dancing Course Offered

Basic Square Dancing
The Potter County Education Council will be sponsoring a 6-week basic square dancing course at the Sweden Valley Grange Hall. Classes will begin Wednesday, October 14th and continue through November 19th from 6 – 9 p.m.

The cost of the course is $50 per person. So if you ever wanted to learn the basic square dancing techniques then this class is for you. A minimum of 16 and maximum of 24 students are needed, so sign up early and save your space in the square!!!

For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490, or 642-2295.

Man-To-Man Answers Questions About Prostate Cancer


MAN-TO-MAN CANCER MEETING The next Man-to-Man prostate cancer meeting will be October 14, 2008 at 7 PM. This meeting is being held at the Mill Stream Inn across from Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Our program speaker will be Joe Becker, Potter County Veterans Affairs Representative.

This promises to be a very interesting and informative program. Please plan on attending. This program is for anyone who has questions regarding veterans benefits. Mr. Becker will share his journey with prostate cancer as part of the Man-to Man Program. For more information, contact Marty Weiss – Home – 814-274-8554 – Cell 814-331-1167. E-Mail weissm@zitomedia.net

PLEASE NOTE – David Lush, Sales Associate Humana Market Point, will present November’s Man-to-Man Program. His recent presentation was highly received. November begins the opening window for anyone planning on participating in Part “D” Medicare, or anyone desiring to change his or her plan

WESB News: 09/30/08 - Bradford Airport Holds Emergency Drill

Bradford Regional Airport held a drill simiulating a plane crash Monday at the airport.

The drill is a FAA requirement and has to be enacted once every three years. Airport Director Tom Frungillo says the drill takes a little over an hour and includes the McKean County 911 Center, McKean County Sheriff, Emergency Management and Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

A Boy Scout Troop from kane served as victims for the plane crash drill.

Wind Farm Developer May Have Conflict

Court appeal alleges ‘conflict of interest’ between wind farm company and county

By DAVID THOMPSON dthompson@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette
An appeal filed recently in county court alleges that the developer of the Laurel Hill wind energy project may have unfairly benefited by being represented by the same law firm that represents the county. More....

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Marjorie E. Barnhart, 56, of 6106 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, died Sunday (Sept. 28, 2008) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor following a lengthy illness. Barnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ULYSSES — Emma Kenyon Slawson, 92, formerly of Genesee, died Monday (Sept. 29, 2008) at the home of her niece in Bath, N.Y. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses. (See complete obituary previously published here)

Route 15 Four Lane To Open In Tioga County

On Wednesday, the last remaining section of Route 15 becomes Route 287, and a brand-new section of Route 15 opens, creating a complete north-south four-lane highway where, not so many years ago, only a two-lane existed. More....

DEP Secretary To Testify On Marcellus Shale Gas

DEP ACTING SECRETARY HANGER TO TESTIFY ON MARCELLUS SHALE ISSUES BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE

HARRISBURG – Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary John Hanger will testify before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Room G-50 of the Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg. This is open to the public.

Acting Secretary Hanger will discuss economic potential and environmental issues associated with developing the natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale is projected to generate billions of dollars in new economic investment for Pennsylvania, create thousands of new jobs and build upon continuing efforts to develop more homegrown energy resources that are cleaner and better for the environment.

Emma Kenyon Slawson, 92, Bath, NY, Formerly Genesee, PA

Emma Kenyon Slawson was born on February 28, 1916, in Genesee, PA, the daughter of James and Emma Hurd Kenyon.

She was a life long resident of Genesee until the last decade when she resided with her niece in Bath, NY, where she passed away peacefully on Monday, September 29, 2008.

On February 4, 1936, in Wellsville, NY, she married Harold M. Slawson and they enjoyed 47 happy years together until his death in 1983.

Emma worked for Worthington in Wellsville through the World War II years. Following the War and in subsequent years, she worked for Bausch and Lomb Optical, Galeton Production, and Mapes Woodworking.

Emma and her husband also owned and operated Slawson’s Service Station in Genesee for more than 35 years. Fellow employees would always comment on her work ethic, perfectionism, and professional dedication. For those of us who loved her, we will never forget her caring, loving nature, her absolute loyalty and devotion to her family.

For us, there will never by anyone like our Aunt “Em” or “Omie”.

A special thanks to all her caregivers over the years, most especially the family wishes to thank her principal caregiver, Kathy Luce, for her love, devotion and dedication to Aunt Emma. Without her, we couldn’t have made it!

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by four sisters, Mrs. Lowell (Hazel) Shepard, Mrs. Frank (Lina) Dean, Mrs. Sewall (Augusta) Vaughan, and Mrs. Charles (Norma) Lambert; and two brothers, Warren D. Kenyon and William S. Kenyon.

She is survived by a niece, Nancy A. Vaughan of Bath, NY; three nephews, Douglas L. (Ann) Vaughan of Erie, PA, James (Claire) Shepard of Shinglehouse, PA, and James (Yuriko) Kenyon of Las Vegas, NV; a step-daughter, Marian Feness of Depew, NY; and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. David K. Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Cemetery, c/o Robert Kenyon, Genesee, PA 16923 or the United Methodist Women, c/o Audrey Eaton, 341 O’Donnell Rd., Genesee, PA 16923.