2014 Woodsmen's Show

2014 Woodsmen's Show

Frosty Hollow Herbal Fair

Frosty Hollow Herbal Fair

Howards

E & G Auto

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

3 Tony Bennett Show Tickets-At University of Buffalo

I have 3 tickets for tomorrow (Sunday Night) night's Tony Bennett's Holiday Show at the University of Buffalo. 8pm start time. I am unable to use them (family member is ill).

I hate to see them go to waste and I am willng to give them away free to whoever will go to the show. The only thing I would ask is that whoever takes them makes a donation, of any amount and I mean any amount even if it's only $25, to the Potter County Meals on Wheels Program.

The tickets are 3 together, 3rd row of the balcony,

http://www.buffalo.edu/calendar/calendar?action=describe&which=1227643358&lastaction=&category=&time=&thismonth=&from=&until=

I thought a way to accomplish this would be to have anyone interested email you their phone number & I can contact them to arrange delivery.

Email--shurfine40@gmail.com if you can use these tickets.

US Census Bureau Is Hiring In Potter County

Testing For Local U.S. Census Jobs Tuesday

censusbureauU.S. Census Bureau jobs are available in Potter County. Hiring will generally begin in February, but tests are now being given. Next round of local testing is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Potter County CareerLink. Additional information on the testing schedule is available by calling (814) 274-9330 or 274-0499. Tests consist of 28 multiple-choice questions, the majority of which are focused on math and reading skills.

These are part-time, temporary positions. Most of those hired locally will be census-takers, or “enumerators,” who work flexible, daytime hours updating Census Bureau addressing and mapping records. Census-takers are paid hourly wages and receive travel compensation.

Free training is provided for those who are selected as enumerators. A limited number of supervisory positions are also being filled in the region. To contact the regional office, call 814-314-2180 during regular business hours.

General information on the Census Bureau jobs is available through a toll-free telephone number, 1-866-861-2010.

Potter County Today

Maurice H. Gavitt, 75, Genesee, PA

Maurice H. Gavitt, 75, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, December 12, 2008 in his home.

Born March 18, 1933, in Shinglehouse, PA, he was the son of George and Mildred Crum Gavitt.

On April 22, 1961, in Wellsville, NY, he married the former Joyce A. Porter, who predeceased him on June 6, 2007.

A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1951 – 1959. Maurice was employed by ABB Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY for 35 years. He was a member of the Hickox Union Church and the Wellsville VFW.

Surviving are: four children, Debera (John) Stilson of Gold, PA, Jack (Penny) Gavitt of Coudersport, PA, Pamela (John) Polen of Harrison Valley, PA, and Fred (Kris) Gavitt of Dallas, TX; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eleanor Stephans of Orlando, FL and Virginia Gavitt of Wellsville. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Earl Gavitt; and a sister, Audrey Dash.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 20, 2008 in the Hickox Union Church, with the Rev. Mel Ternes officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be Genesee Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hickox Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Tourism Is A BIG Industry In Pennsylvania

To Anonymous and Mr Negative -

First, anonymous, there hasn't been all that much money spent on tourism up here relatively speaking. While you think a penny is too much, you would be disappointed to have all that has been spent back. It's just not that much and I doubt would be enough to entice some manufacturing plant here. More of your tax dollars were spent subsidizing the KOZ zone benefits for Adelphia for the 2002-2005 period than I bet have been spent in decades on tourism. Guess what - during the three years Adelphia got substantial tax benefits - not one job created. My little ma and pa tourism business - 10 jobs last summer alone.

Look if you want to argue that you don't want your tax dollars spent on this or that then fine. I'll probably agree with you more times than not. But if Steady Eddy is going to spend xxx dollars of his budget on tourism then I say let's grab whatever we can. How does it hurt????

Moreover, you guys need to realize that manufacturing in America is never coming back the way it once was. I'm not saying this is good or bad. I'm just saying that is the way it is. So you have to stop equating "industry" with manufacturing. Again, the two biggest industries in our state are Ag and Tourism and neither is manufacturing. Neither have large "plants" where we can all work for 40 yrs and then collect a nice pension. Folks, we need to adapt. If we can get some large manufacturing plant here then great, but I don't think we can count on it happening.
"There's Something Special About Potter County"

Now to Mr Negative.....obviously we do not agree on this issue, but I suspect we likely agree on many others so my next question is not a slam but an honest question. Is it possible that you underestimate the positive impacts tourism could have up here because you take for granted what we have. I've lived in other places and for vacation I always came here. Yes, there are woods in other places north of 80 but there is something special about Potter County and the surrounding areas. When I lived in states far from here or on the road for business and Potter County comes up, people instantly recognize it as god's country. There is an intangible here that many rural communities north of 80 do not have. I think many that live here do not appreciate that fact. I think that intangible can be leveraged to help our local economy.


Folks - google/research the hatfield/mccoy atv trail system in WV. Totally depressed coal region that bet big on ATVs and tourism. It's a booming area. Not just the direct businesses but the entire area. Now again I'm not sure we want to sell our soul to ATVs, but merely use this an an example of how a community can create a tourism niche and profit nicely.

Mark

We welcome your positive comments

Mark,
Everything you argued is right on. Thanks for being a voice of reason.
Jack

Mr. Negative has left a new comment on your post "Tourism Is A BIG Industry In Pennsylvania":

Okay.....this is a public BLOG.....it is supposed to be a place where you can voice your opinion. Appaerently now this is only a "positive" blog where you can only post positive comments and if you don't agree with funding tourism or promoting potter county, your opinions aren't welcome. If you happen to post something that the BLOG owner really likes, it is posted in Extra large text. I have lived in Potter County most of my life and yes, it does have a lot of desirable things and there always has been tourism in the area...it may be the second largest industry in the state, but that doesn't make it the best thing for the people of potter county. Tourists are going to come here just the same whether money is spent on it or not....It is just my OPINION that the people that stand to profit from the tourism should be the ones spending the money and not the taxpayers. Sure..the state is going to alot the funding anyway and should potter county try to get a piece of the pie....sure...why not? Just don't try to tell me that it is the best thing for the county and that it is going to create good jobs for the majority of the people...in my opinion, that is just not true.


Suggestions For Solutions
CW has left a new comment on your post "Tourism Is A BIG Industry In Pennsylvania":

Everybody has opinions & in the United States we are free to express them, especially here in Solomon's words. I would suggest that opinions are easy but good ideas are not.

Why not develop a plan and with all of the brainpower I have seen here, I imagine someone could suggest a way out of the dilemma.

We can complain that the house roof leaks and debate the reasons. However until someone looks underneath the shingles and makes physical repairs, that roof will still leak and meanwhile the house deteriorates.

Hey guys it's time to climb up onto the roof!

Suggestion 1:

Suggestion 2:


If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say It

A Commentor Observes:

There is such ignorance and negativeness in the "comments" sections of these news items on Solomon Words. If anybody was forming an impression of Potter County based on this forum they would think we were a bunch of petty, ignorant, infighting, smallminded hill billies.

Amen---We Welcome Your Positive Comments

I agree with these sentiments. I don't know what the writer was commenting on in particular, but if people really care about this county's future they need to tone down the negative...I'm all for healthy, lively debate and that's good too, but remember you're creating an impression of people in the area whether you comment positively or negatively. Happy Holidays to all.
Potter County Is Truly "GOD'S Country--Thanks For Your Positive Comment

I hate to break it to everyone, but our reputation as "hillbillies," "ridgerunners" and "rednecks" isn't from this site or anywhere else on the Internet. This reputation is and has been EARNED for years in our communities in bars, stores, gas stations, in the woods, on the streams, etc. It's from the way we interact with "flatlanders" and "mupears" and "city slickers." The way we treat folks from outside Potter County has earned us this reputation. The way they act in return has earned them their reputation and nicknames too. It's a two way street.

Tyrone Man Jailed For Threatening Email To Rendell

E-mail to governor laced with violence

By Kay Stephens, kstephens@altoonamirror.com
Altoona Mirror

TYRONE - A Tyrone man charged with threatening Gov. Ed Rendell told a state trooper that he would not harm the governor but wouldn't care if someone else does.

Vincent Lee Stone Jr., 53, of 762 Washington Ave. remains in Blair County Prison today, where he was taken Wednesday after Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller of Tyrone set bail at $100,000 cash.

State police at Hollidaysburg charged Stone with terroristic threats, harassment and ethnic intimidation. They opened an investigation after the governor's office reported receiving an e-mail from Stone Saturday night that contained direct and indirect threats toward the governor.

"Dear Big Ed. I pray every night that a Christian or Arab puts a bullet through your corrupt jewish (sic) skull," Stone wrote in the e-mail. More....

Editor's note: At least the man got a response to his email to the Governor, he has never answered my emails.

Coyotes Become Legal Game For Mentored Youth

PCG Adds Coyote to Program

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that coyotes will become legal game under the Mentored Youth Hunting Program (MYHP) effective Saturday, Dec. 20.

The addition, which was given final approval by the Board of Game Commissioners at its Oct. 24 meeting, is slated to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Commonwealth’s official compendium of regulatory actions, which is the final step required for the change to take effect.

Roe noted that the logic behind the MYHP is simple and clear: create expanded youth hunting opportunities without compromising safety afield. More....from 1490 NewsBlog
Congratulations!

Wetzel Named SBA Loan Specialist For Citizens & Northern Bank

Star Gazette
Michael D. Wetzel Jr., branch manager of the Coudersport office of Citizens Trust Co., has been named SBA loan specialist for Citizens & Northern Bank. Citizens Trust is a division of Citizens & Northern Bank.

Wetzel will develop Small Business Administration loan volume and will work with clients to determine their eligibility for SBA programs. He also will continue as branch manager.

Wetzel joined Citizens Trust Co. in 2000. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Clarion University. He is a graduate of the Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking and an honors graduate of the PBA School of Commercial Lending.

Friday, December 12, 2008

STUDENT NURSE ORGANIZATION DONATES PRESENTS TO SENIORS, CHILDREN

Charlotte Beimel, a freshman nursing student from St. Marys wraps gifts for area children and senior citizens.


BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford nursing students have enjoyed giving $750 in gifts to area seniors and children this holiday season, including new games for the residents of Chapel Ridge in Bradford and presents for needy children, seniors and adults.

Members of the Student Nurse Organization raised money this fall by selling candles. As part of Pitt-Bradford’s Make a Difference Day activities in October, members visited Chapel Ridge to play games with residents and were surprised to find few choices.

Since they had enjoyed playing games with the residents, they used $250 of their earnings to purchase games for Chapel Ridge and wrapped them and delivered them for opening on Christmas morning.

“We here at Chapel Ridge were just so pleased that the Student Nurse Organization remembered us at this holiday time,” said Greg Ulyan, administrator. “When the students came in with those gifts, everybody’s eyes were just popping. The whole tree’s just full.”

Ulyan said the games will be well-used with the residents, and that they are looking forward to the student nurses returning to play games with them.

Members also chose to spend $500 filling gift wishes for children, adults and seniors listed on various tag trees in Bradford, Kane and St. Marys. Members also shopped for, wrapped and delivered these gifts to the ELF (Era’s Less Fortunate) Fund, Salvation Army, YWCA and various churches.

Earlier in the semester, the Student Nurse Organization held a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit The Friendship Table, St. Bernard Parish and the YWCA food pantry.

The organization is planning events for the spring, including a “SNO-ball” at the Bradford Nursing Pavilion in February.

BAILY’S BEADS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

BRADFORD, Pa. – Baily’s Beads, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine, is now accepting writing submissions through Feb. 20.

The magazine accepts poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, memoir, travel writing, personal essays, plays and translations. Written work should have a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information, but the author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Poetry should be single spaced, while prose should be double spaced. Writers may submit up to 20 pages. Submissions may be dropped off at 103 Blaisdell Hall or mailed to Baily’s Beads, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, Pa., 16701.

Mandy Colosimo, a writing major from Bradford, will be the editor of the next issue. Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing, serves as the magazine’s advisor.

Last year the magazine earned a Gold Medalist Award from Columbia University’s press association for content, organization and design, earning 993 out of a possible 1,000 points. The same issue also won a Silver Crown Award, placing it among the top 12 college magazines in the country.

It was not the magazine’s first award: in 2006, it earned a Silver Medalist Award, and in 2005 it received its first Gold Medalist Award from Columbia.

Area Obituaries

MOUNT JEWETT — Donald H. Adair, 84, of 18 E. Main St., Mount Jewett, died Friday (Dec. 12, 2008) at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Cummings Funeral Home Inc. in Mount Jewett.

Maurice H. Gavitt, 75, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, December 12, 2008 in his home. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Wires Were Down On East 2nd Street Friday Morning

Coudersport and Roulette Fire were dispatched for traffic control Friday morning for wires that were down on East Second Street. Potter County Firehouse

Vehicle Gone After Dispatch Thursday Night

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Station 48 dispatched For MVA

Station 48 (Coudersport) have been dispatched to Route 6 “cemetery Curve” for a MVA. Chief 48-20 and Rescue 48-8 responded. It was later discovered that the vehicle drove away from the scene and all units returned.

Services Available For Potter County Veterans

Legal Services, Other Referrals For Veterans

Interim arrangements are in place to deal with local military veterans’ needs on an interim basis, as long as the Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs position is vacant. Commissioner Paul Heimel is serving as the point person, assisted by Lucinda Weakland.

lawyerswarriorsThe county was recently asked to make local veterans aware that free legal services are available for those who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom through the “Lawyers Service Warriors” organization. For assistance with disability, discharge or benefits issues, active-duty service members or veterans can call 202-265-8305, extention 152, or visit the website, www.lawyersservingwarriors.com.

Any veteran calling with general inquiries, requests or concerns has the following options:

  • Governor’s Veterans Outreach and Assistance Center, 1-800-932-0930; or gvoac@comcast.net. The center’s representative for Potter County is Jim Krobath, who holds office hours at CareerLink in Coudersport.
  • Carl Haneline (Carl.Haneline@va.gov), 607-664-4869, a public affairs officer from the Veterans Administration facilities at Bath/Wellsville, N.Y., has agreed to serve as temporary liaison for Potter County veterans’ involvement with VA services.
  • Tioga County Veterans Affairs Director Tim Cleveland and Assistant Lewis Zuchowski (570-723-8141) are available to assist veterans who have questions about federal or state resources or programs.
  • Mike Fowler, veterans employment representative at CareerLink, has also agreed to speak with any veteran who has questions or concerns and to make referrals for issues other than employment services. He is available at (814) 274-9330, Ext. 17, or befowler@state.pa.us.

County staff will continue to monitor the telephone calls and emails that come into the Veterans Affairs Office through the published number and address. Veterans who have questions or concerns are encouraged to use the resources listed above, or to call the Commissioners Office at 274-8290. Potter County Today

School Bus Crashes Near Freeland--WNEP TV

Winter Wonderland

Dear Jim,

I took a couple of pictures on my way back from Cameron County this
morning. Wish I had a better camera! When I left Emporium I stopped at a
local business and was told that the power was out and they had no
computer, cell, or phone services. Makes one wonder what we all did
"before" computers, doesn't it?

Here are a couple of shots I took coming home - one along Cowley Hill and
the other on Route 872. It sure was a beautiful sight - really!

Sincerely,
Cathy Bowers

911, Phone Service, Cell Service, Has Been Restored In Cameron County

Phone Service Restored In Cameron County

Potter County Emergency Management officials have advised us that 911 service, Landline phone service and Cell Phone Service have been restored in Cameron County.


An outage this morning cut service for many customers in Cameron County. Persons were instructed to go to the State Police Barracks, The Emporium Ambulance Service or the Emporium Fire Department if emergency assistance was needed.

Emergency Notifications Feature Has Been Added

Emergency Notifications Feature Has Been Added

Solomon's words is adding an emergency notification system for schools, Emergency services, Day cares, etc.

Please email us at shurfine40@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this service.

We will provide you with a password and instructions on how to post your cancellations, delays, etc. directly to Solomon's words 24 hours a day by email.

Calendar Of Events From GerriMiller.com

December 12

The Ceres United Methodist Church will have an Outdoor Live Nativity in the church parking lot from6:30 to 7:30 both nights.

December 12

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller will be writing dog licenses at the Ulysses Library from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

December 12

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller will be writing dog licenses at the Dandy Mini Mart in Harrison Valley from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

December 12-13

The Winter Songs Concert will be presented at the Port Allegany High School beginning at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

December 13

There will be a community supper at the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church, north of Roulette beginning at 5:30. Take a dish to pass and your own table service.

December 14

Kids are invited to Breakfast with Santa at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department from 8:00 to 1:00.

Monday December 15

The Monthly Senior Luncheon will be held beginning at 12 noon in the Social Room of the Austin United Methodist Church. Menu will consist of lasagna, salad, dessert and beverage. A seasonal program will be presented by Austin Area 3rd and 4th students.

Johnsonburg man arrested for DUI in McKean County

Gerri Miller.com

Kane-based state police have charged 24 year old Jeffrey Crum Jr. of Johnsonburg with DUI after pulling him over just before midnight last night on Route 6 east of the Irons Hollow Road in Keating Township.

Troopers say after they stopped Crum for a traffic violation they found he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Man Senrenced For Fishing License Revenue Problem

WESB News: 12/12/08 - Allegheny Crossroads Owner Sentenced

Mount Jewett Borough Councilman Wil Antrim was sentenced to probation Thursday in McKean County Court for improperly dealing with fishing licenses at his Lantz Corner business Allegheny Crossroads.

Antrim will serve six months of probation and perform 100 hours of community service. He was charged with failure to make required disposition of funds, after the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission couldn't obtain $3,800 dollars in revenue from the sale of fishing licenses..

Blood Drive Monday At Charles Cole Hospital

A Community Blood Bank Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, December 15 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room.

Prize drawings will be held for employees and public donors.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 260-5550. Walk ins are welcome.

In addition, the CCMH Relay for Life team, Charlie’s Pride, will hold its first fundraising bake sale that day in the Irwin Medical Arts Center Link, starting at 10 a.m.

Turbine Noise At Iowa Wind Farm

December 11, 2008
Iowa
Turbine noise is supervisors' topic

Scott Rueter is fed up with the wind turbines that are near his home and with the company that owns them. Rueter, who was scheduled to voice his complaints to the board of supervisors at their last meeting but canceled because of illness, spent about an hour with the board on Tuesday. He said that the noise from the 2.5 megawatt turbines which are located near his home just east of Harris is overwhelming.

According to Rueter, the constant “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh” along with the noise generated by either the generator itself or a fan which operates in the turbine housing are making life on his farm almost unbearable at times.

Additionally, there is the “shadow effect” which is a problem now that the trees have lost their leaves. Rueter says that for several hours a day, the rotation of the blades cast a shadow inside his house as they turn and it’s “almost like a strobe light, just not as fast.”

Rueter stated anyone is welcome to come by his house to see and hear for themselves. He lives one mile east and half mile north of Harris. He said his two kids, ages six and 10, don’t want to go outside to play anymore, because of the noise. Rueter said the noise gets in his head and doesn’t go away when he leaves the area.

The turbines were constructed by Clipper, Inc., but have been sold to Florida Power and Light. The contract that land owners signed with Clipper stated that the turbines would be placed no closer than 1,200 feet to any residence but the closest one to Rueter’s house is actually 1,193 feet away as measured by the Osceola county engineering department with a laser.

Part of the problem is that the turbines are not located on Rueter’s property. They are on a neighbor’s property. The owner lives in Florida and has not responded to Rueter’s request for him to contact FPL.

Rueter has hired an attorney, who has contacted FPL, and got a response that they “were aware of the problem and were concerned” but there has been no other response, even after a second letter was sent by the attorney. Rueter said he has been in the local office of FPL to complain several times, and was told the last time that the company “would get a restraining order against him” if he returned.

He asked that the board of supervisors send a letter to FPL urging them to do something about the problem. He said he didn’t know if it would do any good but felt they might at least be able to get some sort of response.

Rueter said there are four turbines less than a half mile from his house and six that are within one mile (including the one that is less than 1,200 feet away). The Harris man said that Clipper had told land-owners that the turbines “would not make any more noise than a refrigerator”. He said that might be true for the 1.5 megawatt turbines but that the 2.5 megawatt size was much louder.

He also said that FPL is not living up to the contracts they have with landowners. FPL is supposed to shut down the generators whenever ice is building up on surfaces, since the blade tips reach up to 200 MPH in speed, and a chunk of ice thrown from them could do serious damage. Rueter said that Monday night, when ice was accumulating, the turbines were running.

The supervisors indicated that they will probably send a letter to FPL, although at press time no final decision had been made.

Harold F. Plank, 84, Westfield, PA

PLANK, Harold F., Age 84, of 65 Whitaker Road, Westfield, Pennsylvania, went home to be with the Lord, December 10, 2008.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Jemison Valley Church, Friday from 6-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11:00 a.m. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the visitation. Rev. James Plank officiating. Burial in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA.

Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA 16950.

Diana Mae Cady, 66, Westfield, PA

CADY, Diana Mae, Age 66, of 145 Race St., Westfield, PA, passed away December 11, 2008 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

She was born March 12, 1942 in Wellsboro, PA, the daughter of Walter and Dora Wood Davis.

She was the manager of Northwest Bank branch in Westfield, PA, and worked in banking for 27 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Knoxville VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jack; daughters and sons-in-law, Deb Haldeman, Boiling Springs, PA, Teresa "Cricket" (Rodney) Empson, Mansfield, PA, Lori (Chuck) Nelson, Ulysses, PA; grandchildren, Aubriana Haldeman, Karina Haldeman, Melinda (Greg) Lehman, Nathan Empson, Erica Empson, Troy Nelson, Ross Nelson; great-grandchildren, Corey Lehman and Emmalee Lehman; brothers, Harold (Marilyn) Davis, Addison, NY, James (Janet) Davis, Wellsboro, PA, Kent Davis, Florida; sister, Melissa (John) Davis, Antrim, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and many dear friends.

Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, Saturday, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., where funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Ed Collins officiating. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery, Harrison Twp., PA.

Memorial donations may be made to the Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA; or Sabinsville Vol. Ambulance Assn., Sabinsville, PA 16943.

Police Seeking Hit & Run Operator

Driver sought in Genesee hit-and-run crash

Star-Gazette
Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport are seeking the driver of a white vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run crash that occurred between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Main Street in Genesee township.

Police said an unidentified driver was traveling south on state Route 449 when it struck a green 1998 Saturn sedan owned by Kris D. Kopp, 29, of Genesee. The Saturn was legally parked on the west side of the street, police said.

The collision caused about $1,500 in damage, including the passenger side fender, mirror and doors, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call state police at (814) 274-8690.

Potter County Area Agency On Aging Has Items Available For No Charge Loan To Seniors

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging has an Equipment Loaner Program available to Potter County seniors age 60 or older.

Various types of equipment and assistive devices are often donated to the AAA for the Equipment Loaner Program. Senior citizens may borrow loaner items, however the equipment or assistive device must be returned in good condition to the AAA when it is no longer needed.

Currently, the AAA has the following items available for loan: walkers, crutches, bedside commode, wheelchair, shower stool, shower chair, transfer benches, grabbers, sock dressing aides, walker tray & pouches, raised toilet seat, long handled shoe horn, raised handle utensils, electric lift chair, hospital bed (no mattress) and one electric scooter.

Availability changes frequently. There is no charge for borrowing equipment.


Older adults, age 60 or older, who may be interested in borrowing an item from the Equipment Loaner Program should call Kate or Donna at the Area Agency on Aging, 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Cameron County 911 Is Down--Emergency Instructions

EAS Alert (9-1-1 Telephone Outage Emergency) from PA.074

Parts of Cameron County are currently experiencing a phone outage.

This outage includes 9-1-1 service, local, long distance and cell services.

If you need assistance and do not have a dial tone on your phone please go to the Emporium Pennsylvania State Police building, Cameron County Ambulance building or the Emporium Fire Hall.

Residents will be updated as soon as additional information is available.

Park's Ark Nursery School Closed

Park's Ark Nursery School in Coudersport is closed today (Friday, December 12

St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool - Cancellation

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool in Coudersport is closed Friday, December 12, 2008 due to the concurrent closing of the Coudersport school district.

NWS Weather Forcast From Potter County EMA

Today

Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 80%
Snow

Hi 27°F

Tonight

Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Snow
Lo 13°F

Saturday

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly
Cloudy
Hi 24°F

Saturday
Night

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly
Cloudy
Lo 19°F

Sunday

Partly Sunny
Partly
Sunny
Hi 41°F

Sunday
Night

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly
Cloudy
Lo 33°F




Today: Snow, mainly before 10am. High near 27. West wind between 9 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.


Tonight: A chance of snow showers, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 13. West wind between 6 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. West wind at 7 mph becoming south.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Southeast wind around 6 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 41. South wind between 7 and 13 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Star Hose Company Gets 2nd Rescue Unit Certified

Thursday, 11 December 2008
This morning a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Health was at the station inspecting and certifying Rescue 38 as the PAFD's second QRS (Quick Response Service) unit...and shortly after lunch personnel on the day crew were proudly applying the new decals to the side of the rig.


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Since first entering the world of emergency medicine (EMS) with the launch of QRS-3* back in November of 2006, the Star Hose Company has enjoyed considerable success with the endeavour, including several documented "saves" in the field that may possibly have not occurred were it not for the QRS. With the addition of Rescue 38 as our second QRS unit, we will now be even better equipped to serve the community. More...

NWS Weather Warning

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING.

THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING THE REGION WILL LIFT TO THE NORTHEAST TODAY. MOST OF THE AREA WILL HAVE A MIXTURE OF RAIN...SNOW...AND FREEZING RAIN EARLY THIS MORNING THAT WILL TURN TO ALL SNOW BEFORE TAPERING OFF LATE THIS MORNING OR EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS COULD PICK UP ANOTHER ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW. THIS WILL BRING STORM TOTALS UP TO 6 OR 8 INCHES THERE. BUT MOST OF THE REST OF THE AREA WILL SEE LESS THAN AN INCH OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION...WITH STORM TOTALS OF 3 INCHES OR LESS.

Oil & Gas Industry Helps Out UPB Students

Oil and Gas Industry Donation
Funds Scholarships, More

In the photo, provided by Pitt-Bradford, from left, Dr. Assad Panah, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professor of geology, shows new equipment to Douglas E. Kuntz, president and CEO of Pennsylvania General Energy Co., LLC, Tim Lyon, sales engineer for Schlumberger, and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. A donation from a Oil and Gas Industry charity auction earlier this year purchased equipment for Pitt-Bradford’s petroleum technology program and provided scholarships for students in the program.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Petroleum Technology program has received $13,500 from an annual Oil and Gas Industry charity auction that has purchased equipment and given scholarships to students to help pay for books and supplies.

Each full-time student in the program will receive $250 and each part-time student $125.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president, said the donation represented a vote of support for the reinstatement of the petroleum technology degree program two years ago. More...

Dr. Klausner Presents Paper


Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, presented a paper at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s conference held in Harrisburg last month.

Klausner’s paper, titled “Environmental Racism and Classism: Sociological Perspectives,” dealt with the nature, prevalence and responses to environmental racism and classism.

Environmental racism and classism is the disproportionate siting of various kinds of facilities, including toxic waste dumps, oil, lead, chemical refineries and other structures in areas populated primarily by members of minority groups (mainly African Americans) and those at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. More......

Centre County Marcellus Gas Well Producing 1 Million Cubic Feet A Day

County wells tap Marcellus gas

- nmalawsk@centredaily.com
Centre Daily Times

STATE COLLEGE —The first natural gas extraction wells drilled in Centre County are showing promise, placing the county in a very positive position as commercial interest in the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve increases.

One of the first wells in the area to explore the shale — owned by Exco Resources near Snow Shoe, was planned for 3,500 feet.

“And here’s the punch line for Centre County,” Penn State professor Terry Engelder said Wednesday at a natural gas summit. “Exco said it was going to drill to 3,500 feet ... in fact they only went to 1,700 feet and hit a fault.”

That fault allowed for the extraction of gas — 1,800 feet higher than expected and at a rate of 1 million cubic feet a day, according to the company’s third quarter results statement. More...

Editor's note:Range Resources has previously been reported to be harvesting 48 million cubic feet a day from 12 Marcellus Shale gas wells, producing 10% of the state's natural gas production.

Rendell Invests Your Money In Railroad Projects

Money for Rail Freight Programs

Governor Ed Rendell has announced a $30 million investment in PennDOT's Rail Freight programs, and part of that money is going to Elk and Warren counties.

In Elk County, Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad will receive $1.5 million to connect the Allegheny & Eastern and the Buffalo & Pittsburgh main lines in Johnsonburg to bypass the Johnsonburg Yard for thru trains.

In Warren County, Elkhorn Propane will get $215,000 for the construction of new siding off the Allegheny & Eastern main line for transloading natural gas liquids produced by Elkhorn.

And in Armstrong, Tioga and Warren counties, D&I Silica will receive $700,000 to build two new transloading facilities and upgrade one existing facility to transload silica sand from rail cars to trucks for local gas well production.

Emergency Notifications Feature Has Been Added

Solomon's words is adding an emergency notification system for schools, Emergency services, Day cares, etc.

Please email us at shurfine40@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this service.

We will provide you with a password and instructions on how to post your cancellations, delays, etc. directly to Solomon's words 24 hours a day by email.

Hundreds Missing Out On Tax, Rent Rebates

Less than three weeks before the deadline, more than 300 eligible older homeowners and renters in Potter County have not applied for refunds from the state under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Thanks in part to revenue from legalized slot machines, the state is providing a record $786 million in property tax relief this year for taxes paid in 2007. This includes expanded rebates in the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and the first-ever general property tax relief for all homeowners through the “Homestead Exemption,” distributed through school districts this past summer.

Deadline for those senior citizens who want to apply for a rebate this year for property taxes or rent paid in 2007 is Dec. 31. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Only half of Social Security income is applied to the eligibility formula. Household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for homeowners are: up to $8,000, $650 rebate; $8,001 to $15,000, $500; $15,001 to $18,000, $300; $18,001 to $35,000, $250.

Renters with incomes up to $8,000 receive a $650 rebate; those with incomes between $8,001 and $15,000 receive $500.

Further information is available by calling a toll-free phone line, 1-888-222-9190.

Latest Winter Storm Warning Update

240 PM EST THU DEC 11 2008

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

A STORM OVER GEORGIA EARLY THIS AFTERNOON WILL MOVE NORTHEAST AND
GRADUALLY STRENGTHEN AS IT REACHES THE NEW JERSEY COAST EARLY
FRIDAY MORNING. THIS WILL LEAD TO A WINTRY MIX OF FREEZING RAIN
AND SLEET FOR THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON...CHANGING TO ALL
FREEZING RAIN THIS EVENING...THEN SNOW OVERNIGHT.

ICE AMOUNTS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE BETWEEN
TWO AND THREE TENTHS OF AN INCH IN MOST AREAS. IN ADDITION...THE
WINTRY MIX IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO SNOW EARLY THIS EVENING OVER
THE WESTERN AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS...AND BETWEEN 8 AND 11 PM OVER
MUCH OF THE REST OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. THE SNOW COULD FALL
HEAVY AT TIMES BEFORE TAPERING OFF FRIDAY MORNING. 3 TO 5 INCHES
OF SNOW ON TOP OF THE ICE IS LIKELY...BUT HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE
POSSIBLE IF THE CHANGEOVER OCCURS EARLIER.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THOSE WILL TRAVEL
PLANS IN THE WARNED AREA ARE ADVISED TO TAKE AN ALTERNATIVE
ROUTE...OR SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.
CARRY EXTRA SUPPLIES...INCLUDING BLANKETS...FOOD AND A CELLULAR
PHONE IN CASE YOUR CAR BECOMES STRANDED. STAY TUNED TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR
THE LATEST UPDATES.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND
AT...WEATHER.GOV/STATECOLLEGE.

Get Your Dog License Tonite In Shinglehouse

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller will be selling dog licenses during evening hours in several Potter County communities during early December.


Her schedule is as follows:

Shinglehouse District Judge Office, Thursday, Dec. 11, 6-7 pm;

Ulysses Library, Friday, Dec. 12, 6-7 pm;

Harrison Valley, Dandy Mini Mart, Friday, Dec. 12, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Medicare Meetings Thursday

Informational meetings are scheduled throughout Potter County to help consumers determine if their current Medicare plan still meets their needs. Open enrollment continues until Dec. 31. Potter County Area Agency on Aging counselors are available to answer questions, compare Medicare plans and enroll beneficiaries.

Those who don’t have prescription drug coverage can enroll in a plan. Some beneficiaries may see significant premium increases or changes if they stay in the same prescription drug plan in 2009. There are four ways to review and compare plans:

  1. Call 1-800-633-4227 for help from a trained representative
  2. Visit http://www.medicare.gov. Compare costs, coverage and more. Get an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs for the year.
  3. See the listing of plans in your Medicare & You handbook and information sent to you by your plan.
  4. Talk with local experts at the Potter County Area Agency on Aging.

Counselors will be available to assist around the county as follows:


  • Thursday, Dec. 11, Genesee Library, 11 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17, Ulysses Senior Center, 11 am to 2 pm; Ulysses Library, 1-3 pm

Beneficiaries should bring their Medicare card, Medical Assistance (ACCESS) card, PACE or PACENET card, all insurance cards and a list of medications taken, including dosage. More information is available from Darcy Shutt and Susie Mainus at Potter County Human Services, (814) 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Potter Commissioners Make Progress In Union Contracts For County Employees

Negotiations With Labor Unions Continue

Progress has been made in negotiations between the Potter County Board of Commissioners and separate labor unions representing employees of the county jail and those from Potter County Human Services. Both contracts expire on Dec. 31.

Many issues in both labor agreements have been resolved in negotiations and, in each case, the two sides are zeroing-in on resolution of key language covering pay and health insurance. Three-year contracts are under discussion with both bargaining units. A negotiating session with the Human Services employees’ union will be held this afternoon.

Next year, the commissioners will be seeking to settle new labor agreements with two other unions: one representing courthouse employees and other county workers, and the other representing Probation Department employees. Potter County Today

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Marvin G. “Jingles” Lentz Jr., 59, of Austin, died Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2008) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Scarnati Maintains Raising Taxes Not The Answer

Scarnati stands ground on fending off new taxes

By Brad Bumsted
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

HARRISBURG -- Eight years ago, Joe Scarnati was running the Rocky Grill, a Jefferson County restaurant his grandfather founded in 1933.

Now, as lieutenant governor, Scarnati is trying to get used to a state police protection detail following him everywhere he goes. In the past, "I have tried to avoid the state police," Scarnati said with his trademark dry humor. More...

Video interview

Rendell Passes Out Money Despite Deficit

St. Marys Business Gets State Loan

Pennsylvania is looking at a possible $1.6 billion budget deficit, but that doesn't mean Governor Ed Rendell can't dole out money for economic development projects.

The Old Charm Bed and Breakfast in Elk County is getting a $50,000 tourism loan to go toward the purchase of a $200,000 property in St. Marys.

Rendell says this and other investments throughout the state encourage private development to generate jobs and help the commonwealth weather the national economic storm.

He says funding will help create 2,200 new jobs throughout the state.
Despite knowing we had half-billion dollar deficit, Rendell with big October & November ‘Economic Development’ Spending (PDF)…

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Free Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccines Today At CCMH

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer free influenza and pneumococcal vaccines from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 11 at CCMH’s Wellness Center in Coudersport.

The no cost, walk in clinics are made possible by a grant through the PA Department of Health and are open to adults.

CCMH pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics also recommend vaccinating children against the influenza virus; parents should contact their pediatrician for information on infant/child vaccines.

All adults should be vaccinated against the flu especially those adults with chronic conditions and diseases such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc.

Certain adults under the age of 65 should be vaccinated against pneumococcal/pneumonia and all adults ages 65 and over should receive the pneumococcal vaccine at least once depending on their health history. Please contact your family medical provider if you have any questions or concerns about receiving either vaccine.

For more information please visit www.charlescolehospital.com and click on the “Who Should be Vaccinated” link on the front page.

NWS Weather Forcast From Potter County EMA

Today

Wintry Mix. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Wintry
Mix
Hi 30°F

Tonight

Snow Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Snow
Likely
Lo 21°F

Friday

Slight Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Snow
Hi 27°F

Friday
Night

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly
Cloudy
Lo 17°F

Saturday

Partly Sunny
Partly
Sunny
Hi 34°F

Saturday
Night

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly
Cloudy
Lo 22°F




Today: A chance of snow and freezing rain before 1pm, then freezing rain likely, possibly mixed with sleet. Cloudy, with a high near 30. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Northwest wind between 10 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind between 5 and 9 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


Point Forecast: Coudersport PA


While Volunteer Fire Depts. Struggle, Some Bradford Residents Want To Do Away With Paid Fire Department

City fire department takes heat at city council meeting

The Bradford City Fire Department was taking heat at Tuesday’s meeting of Bradford City Council.

A few city residents were calling for a feasibility study to look at making the department volunteer. Several members of the fire department were at the meeting as well, and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 655 president-elect Matt Rettger said the department actually costs each taxpayer just pennies a day.

Local businessman John Kohler addressed council first with figures he researched on the Internet. He explained that according to the Pennsylvania Local Fact Sheet from the Department of Community and Economic Development, in 2007, there were 2,383 fire departments in the state. Of that, just 23 were full-time, paid departments.

“I don’t understand why we have a paid fire department,” Kohler said. “I’m asking you to look into it. Twelve-hundred communities across the state say we don’t need a paid fire department.”
More...

Just Plain "Joe" Scarnati For Governor In 2010

Scarnati Asks Rendell to Not
Re-Submit Tolling Application

Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati has written a letter to Governor Ed Rendell asking that he urge the turnpike commission to not re-submit their application to impose tolls on Interstate 80.

He says asking people who live and work along the I-80 corridor to bear the brunt of the financial burden to repair decaying roads and bridges is not the answer to the state's transportation funding problem.

Scarnati added that President-elect Barack Obama has indicated he's interested in providing infrastructure funding to states and Pennsylvania should work with the new administration to make sure any new federal funding is directed toward projects in the commonwealth.

Rendell hasn't commented yet.

You can read Scarnati's letter HERE. PDF

PA Fish & Boat Commission Has $3 Million Available For Local Projects

Money Available for Development

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has announced that more than $3 million is available to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating, and aquatic resources in McKean, Cameron, Elk and Potter counties, with primary emphasis on projects within the Sinnemahoning Creek Watershed.

This funding is available through a 2007 settlement with Norfolk Southern as restitution for environmental damages from a June 30, 2006, train derailment that spilled sodium hydroxide into the Sinnemahoning-Portage Creek.

Under the settlement, Norfolk Southern agreed to pay the Commonwealth $7.35 million as restitution for environmental damages.

Senator Says EPA Wants To Tax Cow Belches, EPA Says Thats Cow Poop

EPA tries to milk money from dairy farmers, Schumer says

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has made it his mission to ensure that New York farmers aren’t burdened with a tax against their cows’ belches.

Sen. Schumer held a statewide conference call with reporters Wednesday and said that a little-known “cow tax” could be imposed on New York farmers should the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move forward with some new regulations.

But EPA officials maintain the agency is not proposing such a cow tax. More...

Wellsville Votes To Shutter Village 911 Center

Wellsville sends 911 calls to county after 4-1 vote

By Brian Quinn

WELLSVILLE - All 911 calls in the village will be going to the county, though trustees don’t know when the change will happen.

The board Monday voted 4-1 to shift the handling of landline 911 calls from the village’s communications center to the county 911 Communications Center. Calls from cell phones already go to the county. More...

Looking For Work--Potter County's Hiring

County Hiring For After-School Positions

Potter County Human Services is seeking personnel to fill part-time positions to supervise after-school activities which promote academic and social growth for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts. These are contract positions with no benefits.

A site coordinator is sought for the Galeton program. A minimum of a bachelors degree in education, social work or related field is required. Bid range is $8.00 to $12.50 per hour.

Assistants are sought for the programs in all three school districts. These individuals will help the coordinators set up and provide activities, supervise students and collect data. A high school diploma is required. Bid range is $7.00 to $10 per hour.

Bids will be received by Chief Clerk, Gunzburger Building, 1 N. Main St., Coudersport PA 16915 until Dec. 30. Bids should be marked “21st Century Site Coordinator” or “21st Century Assistant” in the lower left corner of the envelope. They will be opened at the Dec. 31 Potter County Commissioners’ meeting. Anyone interested in bidding should call Potter County Human Services at (814) 544-7315 for a complete bid package and work specifications.

Funds are provided through the federal government’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families. Potter County Today

Smoke Investigation In Shinglehouse Boro

BREAKING NEWS:8:30pm-12-10-08
Shinglehouse firemen have been dispatched to the Siebert residence on Academy Street in the boro for a smoke investigation. Situation reported under control at 8:45.

PA Representative Questions Money For Windmills

Rep. Jerry A. Stern talks state level involvement in alternative energy and its effects locally

Tyrone Daily Herald
Republican State Representative Jerry A. Stern of the 80th Legislative District will be embarking on his ninth term in the state House of Representatives, and entering his second term as Republican Caucus Secretary in Leadership.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, under Democrat Governor Edward G. Rendell’s administration, put together an Alternative Energy Package that was passed last year, where the state borrowed $500 million to stimulate conservation efforts and alternative energy sources, such as windmills and solar.

Rep. Stern explained that all of those efforts combined are good, but at the same time, he questioned the state’s investment of $500 million in taxpayer dollars. The state’s reasoning to invest such a large amount of money was to gain investment return dollars.

“If the market was such that it was so productive and valuable to begin with, then the private sector would be investing that money and wouldn’t need the state government to come forth and put that money out there,” said Stern. More...

Diane C. Corey, 52, Montoursville, PA

Diane C. Corey, 52, of 3327 Route 87 Highway, Montoursville, died Wednesday, November 19, 2008 in the Williamsport Hospital.

Born Nov. 18, 1956 in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of Richard and Claire Bougie Holcomb.

Diane was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She and her husband were co-owners of the Pine Street Laundry and active members of the Door Fellowship.

Surviving are husband of 34 years, Glenn Alan Corey; three daughters, Steffenie (Matt) Lumbard of Germany, Lori (Dan) Glant of city and Elizabeth (James) Norton of Montoursville; three sisters, Sue Herzing of Wellsville, NY, Laura Gerhart and Doris Henry of Coudersport; a brother Daniel Holcomb of Coudersport; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, from the Door Fellowship, 470 Pine St., Williamsport, with Pastors Wayne and Margaret Holcomb officiating.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorials be given to her church.

Charles F. Irons, 83, Smethport, PA

Smethport - Charles F. Irons, 83, died Tuesday (December 9, 2008), after a short illness, surrounded by his family in his home in Smethport.

He was born Oct 30, 1925 in Smethport, a son of George W. and Anna Fields Irons, Jr. On April 26, 1952, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, PA, he married Alice Hull, who survives.

Mr. Irons was a 1943 graduate of Smethport High School, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Charles was a partner with his father at their dairy farm. He later owned and operated Irons Farm for over 50 years.

Mr. Irons was very active in many farming organizations over the years. He served as director of the McKean Conservation District, member of the McKean County Fair Board, where he had been President and an Executive Board member, and also was Dairy Superintendent and was involved with the fair’s Family Day. He was also the 4-H Dairy Club leader for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, and local snowmobile clubs, ATV clubs, and was a strong supporter of the #25 and #50 racing teams. He also was a Smethport School Board member for 14 years.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Thomas (Rebecca) Irons of Smethport, PA, Joseph Irons of Smethport, PA; two daughters: Judith (James) Larson of Smethport, PA, Janet (Edwin) DiFonzo of Smethport, PA ; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandsons; one brother: Claude Irons of Crosby, PA

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa (Robert) Dixon, on Sept. 10, 2004, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M., at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Christian Wake service will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday in the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Friday in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138, Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, may be made to Potter County Hospice, St. Elizabeth Church, or to the McKean County Fair Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

David D. Haggard, 50, Port Allegany

Port Allegany - David D. Haggard, 50, of Port Allegany, died Tuesday (December 9, 2008) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

He was born June 27, 1958 in Port Allegany, a son of Joseph O. and the Bonnie C. Dowell Haggard, On April 22, 2006 in Port Allegany; he married Brenda L. Kelley, who survives.

Mr. Haggard attended Port Allegany High School and worked as a self employed scrap metal collector. Mr. Haggard was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Bonnie (Todd) L. VanSickles of Turtlepoint, PA; a son: David (Susan M.) O. Haggard of Port Allegany, PA; a step daughter, Dani Lea Kelley of Port Allegany, PA.; four Grandchildren; four sisters: Rita (Frank) Skillman of Elderd, PA, Dorothy Lannager of Crosby, PA, Hattie (James) Prosser of Mt. Jewett, PA, Ann Lou Haggard of IN; two brothers: Joe (Clara) Haggard of Port Allegany, PA, Arvil Haggard of Port Allegany, PA.

Mr. Haggard was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Paul and Charles Haggard and one sister Mary Elizabeth Shatley.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday December 12, 2008 in the Free Methodist Church, Port Allegany, with the Rev Roger Laktash, officiating. Burial will be in the Portage Valley Cemetery, Wrights.

Memorials may be made to the Family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany.

Location Changed To Ulysses Fire Hall

2009 Potter County

Crops and Planting Clinic

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Crops and Planting Clinic hosted by the Potter County Conservation District, which will be held at the Ulysses Fire Hall. The clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009 with doors opening at 9:00 a.m. This year’s clinic will feature a variety of speakers, and everyone will have the advantage to talk with several agricultural vendors planning to attend the clinic. Attendees looking to acquire pesticide recertification credits will receive 2 Core and 2 Agronomic category 01 credits for attending. This is an opportunity to join us in planning for the 2010 planting season. The cost of the clinic is $15.00 per person and a hot lunch is included. We look forward to seeing you there, so for more information, please contact the Potter County Conservation District at (814) 274 8411 ext 4.

“Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."