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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cuba Lake Tax Assessments To Double

Cuba Lake Assessment rates may spike

CUBA - There are many things to like about living on Cuba Lake. There's the great access to boating, swimming, fishing and the view.

But getting property assessment rates on the cheap won't be on that list after the townwide property reassessment is completed.

John D. Brearley, of JDBrearley Consultants LLC in Hamburg, who's conducting the reassessment, said property owners along Cuba Lake will see their assessments skyrocket when they get their re-evaluations in the mail next week.

The best-case scenario for most property owners along the lake, Mr. Brearley said, is that their rates will double. more...

Ruth W. Stoughton, 96, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Ruth W. Stoughton, 96, of Mechanic Street went home to be with the Lord on Sunday (Feb. 22, 2009) at the Siloam Springs (Ark.) Nursing Home while visiting her daughter, following a brief illness.

Born June 7, 1912, in Lickingville, Clarion County, she was a daughter of Samuel Bert and Charlotte Mae Detrie Wright. On April 30, 1933, in Mineral Springs, Ohio, she married Roland M. "Gus" Stoughton, who passed away July 5, 1999.

Mrs. Stoughton was valedictorian and a 1930 graduate of Concord Township High School in Butler County and a 1934 graduate of Allegheny College, where she traveled with the choral group, The Allegheny Singers, and was a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon educational sorority.
She later attended Penn State University, Mansfield College and St. Bonaventure University to become certified in special education and secondary education.

She had lived in the Eldred area since 1934 and at her residence on Mechanic Street for 70 years.

Mrs. Stoughton had been employed in the Oswayo Valley and Olean, NY, school districts as a special-education teacher. She later substituted in the Bradford Area school district for 11 years prior to her retirement in 1981.

She was a past member of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Bradford, attended the Eldred United Methodist Church, was a current member of the American Association of University Women in Bradford and was a charter member of the AGLOW Women's Association of Olean.
Mrs. Stoughton loved God and studying and teaching the Bible. She was a joy and inspiration to all who knew her.

She enjoyed all kinds of painting, including oil, acrylics and watercolors, enjoyed needlework and loved traveling around the country to spend time with her family.

Surviving are four sons, Richard (Helen) Stoughton of Hampstead, NC, David (Sally) Stoughton of Hopewell Junction, NY, Roland "Skeet" (Lola) Stoughton and John (Charlotte) Stoughton, both of Eldred; three daughters, Carol (Rev. Gary) Kroah of Siloam Springs, Phyllis (Leonard) Baca of Diamond Bar, CA, and Diane (Stewart) Levy of Davie, FL; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews who referred to her as "Aunt Sis."

She was predeceased by a daughter, Gayle Stoughton, in 1941; a great-grandson, Dustin Kelsey; three brothers, Bruce, Dee and Gene Wright; and a sister, Arlene Curry.

Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Feb. 28, 2009) at 1 p.m. in the Eldred United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Heckman, pastor, and the Rev. Frank Hill, pastor of the Overcomers Church of Faith in Aiken, co-officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

The family requests memorials be made to the Eldred Ambulance Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Donna McCord-Webster, Zephyrhills, Formerly Eldred and Duke Center PA

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL - Donna McCord-Webster of Zephyrhills, formerly of Eldred and Duke Center, PA, and Wooster, OH, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2009) at home in Zephyrhills after a brief illness.

Born Aug. 31, 1930 in Richburg, NY, she was a daughter of Clarence and Katherine Carrier Bailey. She graduated in 1948 from Otto High School in Duke Center. In April 1949, she married Jack McCord, who predeceased her in November 1991. In 2004, she married Herbert Webster, who predeceased her in 2005.

Surviving are her children, Kathy (Dan) Gant of Haines City, Jeffrey McCord of Pacifica, CA, Tom McCord of Stuart, Scott McCord and Traci (Bill) Cline, both of Wooster, five grandchildren; a sister, Nora (Richard) Frost of Huntersville, NC; a brother, Norman (Marilyn) Bailey of DeLand; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Douglas) Warner and Marcia Karl, both of Allegany, NY and Barbara McCord of Palm Beach Gardens; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Friday (Feb. 20, 2009) at the Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City.

Inurnment will take place at a later date in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Memorials may be made to a hospice or charity of the donor's choice.

Joannah W. Mangold, 85, Port Alegany, PA

Port Allegany - Joannah W. Mangold, 85, of Port Allegany, died Friday (February 27, 2009) in her home in Port Allegany.

She was born Feb 11, 1924 in Burnham, ME, the daughter of Jasper H. and Laura Goodwin Dangler, On March 16 1945 in Port Allegany, PA, she married Donald W. Mangold, he survives. They enjoyed 63 of marriage.

Mrs. Mangold was a graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton ME.

She was a Private First Class, in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II and was the first WAC to be stationed at Jefferson Barracks Missouri. She was a private pilot and soloed at age 50

Mrs. Mangold was an electrical inspector, employed by Radiation Co now Harris Co of Florida where she preformed the final inspections on electronic controls for Railroad Engines.
She was a member of Sartwell Creek Union Church and the American Legion Post 186 in Clinton, MEIn addition to her husband, she is survived by
Two sons: Sandford(Karen) D. Mangold of Las Vegas, NV, and James J. Mangold of St. Michaels. AZ
Two daughters: Kathy J. Petersen of San Antonio, TX, and Virginia Parrish of Green Cove Springs, FL
4 grand-son, Jeffrey D Mangold, Jesse J. Mangold, Jeremiah E. Mangold, Hunter B. Mangold
2 Grand-daughter, Kimberly A. Parker and Michelle A. Mangold
1 great grandson, Jeffrey D Mangold II and 1 great granddaughter, Hadden A. Parker
Three sisters: Thelma Patterson of Burnham, ME, Cynthia Dangler of Lebanon, CN, Margaret Rusin of Fort Collins, CO
One brother: Frederick Dangler of ME
Mrs. Mangold was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 3, 2009 from 4-6pm in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wed. March 4, 2009 in the Sartwell Creek Union Church, with the Rev LaVerne Howard officiating. Burial will be Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard

Memorials may be made to S.W. Smith Library, Church St., Port Allegany, PA 16743

Online condolences may be made at hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com

A Reader Sends This...........

Life at 1,500 ft

My family and I live and farm in the Thumb area. We have three turbines within a half mile of our farm. The nearest is about 1500 ft. from our house. Since the turbines began turning this fall, we have been amazed at the amount of noise they create. The sound is like that of a distant jet. The sound can often be heard indoors- especially at night. The nature of the noise is so out of place it is hard to mask. When we’re outside, the noise created by the turbine echoes off the buildings and seems to be amplified. When the wind is strong, the noise is masked, but about 75% of the time, the turbines are the dominant sound outside. A big concern we have at this time, is that as the weather improves (which we hope it will soon) windows will open, weather proofing will be removed and the noise that dominates the outdoors will intrude on the indoors even more. At 1500 ft, we thought we may be safe, but we were mistaken. I don’t know what the answer is for setbacks, but 1500 ft. is to close.

The key to a successful wind farm is placement. Once these structures are erected, there is no turning back! If a turbine at 1500 ft. causes a disturbance when it’s new, how much more will it disturb when the components begin to deteriorate. I know some have the view of “it’s my land and I’ll do what I want”, but I’d like to believe the Thumb is different. We are all friends, neighbors and stewarts of the land. As farmers, we control erosion with cover crops, safely apply chemicals, plant filter strips, follow manure management guidelines to reduce the impact on our neighbors, etc…. all in an effort to care for the land and our community. As land owners we have a responsibility to our neighbors as well. We are all part of this peaceful area we call home. It is often said you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Be assured, you may not realize how peaceful this area is until one day, for what ever reason, the turbines aren’t turning and you hear the quiet- it’s a quiet we’ve become much more aware of in recent months. A quiet that is to rare.

We were all made promises during the development phase of this project. Two important ones were jobs and money. Jobs came- and then just as quickly went. Many of the jobs were from Wisconsin and other states. They took their paychecks and likely sent them home to their families. Some Michigan people were granted temporary construction jobs, but they have also gone back to their own areas too. There are only a handful of permanent jobs.

Money. Where to begin, Money is the driving force of wind development. It seems the only green part of wind development is the money. Subsidies and tax breaks are freely given to developers, and land owners are promised large payments. As for the actual benefit to the area- it remains to be seen. The minimum amounts promised to us (yes- we were offered a contract and after having it reviewed by a land use attorney decided not to sign it) were quite insignificant in the farm industry- less than $3000. Is the promise of more with a guarantee of so little worth the impact on our friends and neighbors? I know first hand of two homes that have been put on the market because of the windmills. Both homes are over a half mile away from the nearest turbine. Noise and other elements such as strobing and flicker are a concern, even at this distance, and has lead to their decision to sell.

Doctors are still learning about the effects windmills have on the human body. It seems quite clear that there is a direct link between health and the proximity of homes to turbines. There are so many questions and so few definitive answers. My experience with developers is that they use a lot of words like- shouldn’t, we don’t expect, probably, may, etc. Do you feel comfortable with these answers? Are you willing to sacrifice you peace and quiet and possibly your health for these types of answers?

Green energy may be critical to our future, but it needs to be done correctly. Families should not have to suffer because they don’t own enough land to make the decision for themselves.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thumb Area Homeowner

To Celebrate 150 Years Since Oil's Discovery

Oil 150 Updates Web Site

The official website of the Oil Region Alliance's Oil 150 celebration, www.oil150.com has added an entire new section of essays describing 15 of Pennsylvania's earliest commercial oil companies.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "Neil McElwee has done extensive research and has developed an extremely interesting series of essays that chronicle the development of the oil companies with roots in Western Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in the history of the petroleum industry will find these articles fascinating."

The material can be found in the "Essays" section, under "Pennsylvania Oil Companies" at www.oil150.com. The complete list of articles includes:

United Refining Company; American Refining Group, Inc.; Atlantic Refining Company; Crew Levick – Cities Service Group; Empire – Wolverine – Wolf's Head; Freedom Oil Works Co. and the Valvoline Oil Company; Galena Oil Company and Signal Oil; Gulf Oil company; Kendall Refining; Pennsylvania Refining company; Pure Oil Company; Quaker State Corporation; L. Sonneborn Sons, Witco Chemical Co. and Amalie; South Penn Oil and Pennzoil; and Sun Oil Co.

The "Calendar" section of the website contains a region- wide listing of events occurring through the remainder of 2009. A special section has been opened for the events occurring in the Titusville, Pennsylvania area. Any group or individual with an event themed around the 150th anniversary of oil can use the "Submit Event Information" form in the calendar section of www.oil150.com.

In the "Online Store" several new items have been added, including 5 fine art prints:

3 by Gary Crouch: Planning for Gold on Black Gold Mountain, Deep in the Heart of Texas, and Twenty – Four Seven;

People of Pithole by artist Daniel "Deac" Mong is available as a signed and numbered print on a foam core backing with an information sheet on the "people";

Fred Carrow's Drake Well is also available as a signed and numbered print (only 150 produced).

Other new items include coffee mugs, tee shirts, and a custom Oil 150 Zippo© pocket lighter.

Please visit www.oil150.com and see what has been added.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Joannah W. Mangold, 85, of Port Allegany died Friday (Feb. 27, 2009) at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.

Carmine J. Pagano, 96, Galeton, PA

Carmine J. Pagano, 96, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, February 26, 2009, at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born July 28, 1912 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Pasquale "Peter" and Grace (Martuscelli) Pagano. In November 1933 in Galeton, he married the former Rena Brambilla, who survives.

Carmine worked as a Car Foreman for the B&S, B&O, and WAG Railroads retiring in 1975. He was also the last local survivor of the B&S Railroad.

He was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton. He was a lifetime member of both the Knights of Columbus and the Galeton Moose. He enjoyed collecting coins and making wooden toys and furniture.

Surviving besides his wife of 75 years are two sons, Charles (Bonnie) Pagano, Bradford, PA, Carmine R. (Joyce) Pagano, Galeton; a daughter, Grace (William) Murray, Santa Fe, NM; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frederick Pagano, Braderton, FL, Ernest Pagano, Galeton; two sisters, Genevieve "Gennie" Tarantelli, Corning, NY, Edith Piaquadio, Galeton; a son-in-law, Richard Buck, Wellsville, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Carmine was predeceased by two daughters, Toni Huber and Carmela Buck; four brothers and three sisters.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, March 2, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Recalls

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Stuffed Chicken Products Due to Undeclared Allergen

Professional Recreation Organization Inc. (PRO Sports Club) Recalls 20/20 Lifestyles Peanut Toffee Crunch Bars Because of Possible Health Risk (February 27)

Dr. Smoothie Brands Recalls Peanut Butter Crunch, Bio Bars Because of Possible Health Risk (February 27)

Washington Firm Recalls Frozen Ground Chicken Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

House of Flavors Adds Products to Voluntary Nationwide Recall Due to Possible Health Risk Related to Expanded Peanut Recall by PCA (February 27)

BIC Acquisition, LLC Recalls World Classic Trading Company Ultimate Chunk Ice Cream (February 27)

Schwan Expands Voluntary Recall of Ice Cream, Citing Possible Health Risk (February 27)

Trader Joe's Announces Voluntary Recall of Trader Joe's Vegan Trail Mix Cookies (Northern California Stores Only), Sweet, Savory and Tart Trail Mix Bars and Trail Mix Fruit and Nut Bar Due to Possible Health Risk (February 27)

BIC Acquisition, LLC Recalls World Classic Trading Company Ultimate Chunk Ice Cream (February 27)

Marron Foods Recalls Instant Non Fat Dry Milk Boxes That May Contain Foreign Material (February 27)

Whole Foods Market Recalls Select Peanuts, Peanut Products, and Self-Serve Grind Peanut Butters Because of Possible Health Risk (March1)

Beneficial Foods/Nature's Candy Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter Krinkles, Karob Krinkles, Peanut Chip Crunch Bars, and Peanut Caramel Omega-3 Uplift Bars Due to Potential Health Risk (March 1)

PITT-BRADFORD, SBA HONOR ENTREPRENEURIAL ALUMNUS

Shown at the luncheon honoring alumnus Chris Napoleon with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Monday are, from left, Diana Maguire, associate project director for the entrepreneurship program; Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program; Napoleon, chief engineer of Napoleon Engineering Services; Dr. Livingston Alexander, president; and Leyla Lindsay, president of Students in Free Enterprise.

Chris Napoleon Honored By Pitt

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

BRADFORD, Pa. – A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford alumnus whose engineering business now employs 28 people in Olean, N.Y., received the second annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Monday on campus.

Chris Napoleon, owner of Napoleon Engineering Services, was honored by the Pitt-Bradford Students in Free Enterprise and the Small Business Administration at a luncheon meeting of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board.

Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program at Pitt-Bradford, and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, presented Napoleon with the award.

Napoleon was chosen, in part, for his work mentoring students from middle school through college.

“I do feel it’s important to remain involved with education. That’s the foundation of everything,” said Napoleon, who after studying engineering for two years at Pitt-Bradford finished his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. He earned his master’s degree at Kettering University.

He learned about bearings at MRC Bearings in Falconer, N.Y., and in 1997, started his own bearing company in his hometown of Olean.

Napoleon began with contracting to inspect and test bearings but soon purchased equipment to modify bearings and began manufacturing custom orders.

“I’ve always been a very hands-on person,” he said. “Starting my own business played right into that.”

Now that he has 28 employees and a planned 20,000-square-foot expansion to oversee, he doesn’t get much hands-on time as part of the manufacturing process.

“I’m responsible for our strategic planning and making sure we have the right people, equipment, training and facilities,” he said.

His interest in mentoring, he said, is directly related to his being an employer.

“I’m looking for people to hire,” he said. “We’re not going to survive without people with advanced skill sets.”

Napoleon noted that the machinery he operates requires workers with advanced skills.

“These are proud jobs and challenging jobs,” he said.

Napoleon is working with the Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) and Olean school systems to educate students, teachers and administrators about the opportunities available in advanced manufacturing.

Engineering students from both Alfred University and Alfred State College visit Napoleon Engineering to see its operation. And Napoleon regularly speaks to students of Dr. Ronald Mattis, associate professor of engineering at Pitt-Bradford.

“I’m humbled and very excited,” Napoleon said of receiving the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. “There are so many business owners that work hard every day and don’t get that recognition. I don’t often look back at what we’ve accomplished.

“I was fortunate to have received my education through Pitt, and I would not be where I am today without it.”

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Coudersport Man Arrested after Allegedly Breaking Cell Phone
Heath Snyder, 29 has been charged wsith harassment and criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday evening at Street Machines on Route 6 West in Eulalia Township. State police claim while arguing with Kate Lynch, also of Coudersport, Snyder grabbed her wrists and broke her cell phone.

Victimization of Elderly Cameron County Residents Being Probed
Emporium-based state police say they have a suspect who is accused of stealing checks from a purse belonging to 80 year old Pauline Bollinger and then cashed them for various amounts of money. And, someone charged $2000 worth of items to a credit card belonging to Rosalie Kelly,76 of Emporium during the last month without her knowledge or permission. And troopers are also probing a break-in at a Camp Sugar maple on the Four Mile Road in Shippen Township over the past week or so. Thieves forced open a shed door and removed two five gallon gasoline containers. Total loss is estimated to be $100.

Partiers Beware
Coudersport-based state police are warning drivers they will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint somewhere sometime in Potter County this week. More news...

DEP FINDS AIR QUALITY AROUND SCHOOLS TO BE SAFE

Findings Refute USA Today Report

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection today reported it found no unsafe levels of air pollutants or metals after extensively examining air quality samples taken recently near four Pennsylvania schools.

Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger said that the results of DEP’s in-depth monitoring refute reports by USA Today in December 2008 that relied only on a “snapshot” measurement approach at three of the schools. DEP sampled the air at a fourth school at the request of district officials. “The quality of the air Pennsylvania’s children breathe is a top concern,” Hanger said.

“When USA Today suggested there was a potential problem, we immediately set out to verify their findings, but have been unable to do so. We simply have not found the levels of pollutants the newspaper’s testing seemed to indicate. More...

PITT-BRADFORD OUTREACH SERVICES TO OFFER SERVSAFE FOOD SAFETY TRAINING IN MARCH

Food Safety Course
BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services will offer ServSafe food safety training courses in Bradford next month.

The training will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 23, 25 and 30 in the sixth floor conference room of the Seneca Building on Marilyn Horne Way in downtown Bradford. Those seeking ServSave certification will need to attend all three classes at a cost of $199, which includes textbook and exam fees, while those being recertified should attend the first two classes at a cost of $99. The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, March 6.

“This is the first time that Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services has offered the ServSafe course,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center. “In the past, most food service employees who needed the certification had to travel outside of Bradford and sometimes even outside of McKean County to find a course like this.”

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regulations require that every food service establishment employs at least one certified supervisory employee who has completed and passed an approved food-safety certification course such as ServSafe.

The course will be taught by certified ServSafe instructor Michael Kelly and will include information about food borne illnesses, how to identify food that can become unsafe, how food can become contaminated, ways to reduce the chance of contamination, hygiene, flow of food from purchasing to serving, cleaning, sanitizing and pest control.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or arj4@pitt.edu.

For more information or to register, call Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services at (814)362-5078.

Preview Of This Week's Endeavor News





This week's Endeavor News is out, bringing you coverage of these topics and more:

By Alex Davis

How will the federal economic stimulus package affect Potter County? For one thing, it brings two highway projects and one bridge replacement a step closer to reality.

A volunteer committee has come up with a series of suggestions to save the Coudersport Community Swimming Pool.

It's only a matter of time before energy companies begin producing natural gas from the region's Marcellus shale reserves. State officials are grappling with proposals to impose some kind of tax on the industry.

Endeavor News caught up with Todd Brown, who has been appointed chief clerk/director of administration for the Potter County Commissioners.

In local sports, two local basketball teams and a pair of varsity wrestlers continue their success in the postseason while several local collegiate basketball players recently closed out their seasons.

Also in the Endeavor is coverage of the great outdoors and offers from advertisers.

Endeavor News is available at businesses all around Coudersport and Austin.

POTTER COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE IN STATEWIDE WEATHER EMERGENCY EXERCISE


Statewide Emergency Test March 5th

Douglas Morley, Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners, today announced that Potter County will participate in a statewide weather emergency exercise on Thursday, March 5 that will include officials from Pennsylvania’s 67 county emergency management agencies as well as many area schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers.

The exercise is designed to test severe weather emergency response plans that have been developed by municipalities and public or private facilities.


Governor Edward G. Rendell proclaimed March 1-7 as “Weather Emergency Preparedness Week” in Pennsylvania. Part of the observance will include a statewide severe weather exercise and a series of local public education programs. One of the newest public education efforts is www.ReadyPA.org, a Web site intended to help citizens with all-hazards emergency preparation.

The site, which encourages citizens to “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved,” includes information on potential disasters, checklists for home and car emergency kits, and family emergency plan templates.


“Statewide weather exercises such as the one scheduled for March 5, give county and municipal governments, schools, hospitals, and other special care facilities across the state an opportunity to test their disaster preparedness and response plans,” said Robert P. French, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

“After the exercise, those plans can be reviewed to see where changes are needed so that in the event of an actual emergency, proper safety and response procedures are carried out in the most effective and efficient manner.”



On Friday, March 6 at 10:10 a.m., a statewide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be conducted originating in the state's emergency operations center in Harrisburg. EAS is a voluntary network of local radio and television stations and is the primary public alert and notification system for emergency information.

The exercise includes exercise-based severe weather reports to be issued by the National Weather Service over normal reporting channels, such as the NWS Weather Radio stations.

French said the state has reached out to all schools, day care centers, hospitals and nursing homes in Pennsylvania to encourage them to participate in the exercise. The state provides planning guides to assist these facilities in developing their emergency preparedness plans, and has supplied schools with teaching materials about floods and other weather emergencies.

“Those responsible for the safety of our state’s most vulnerable citizens need to be cognizant of the threat of severe weather here in Pennsylvania, and that includes looking back at what has happened here in the past in order to prepare for future events,” French said. “Pennsylvania is the most flood-prone state in the country, so heavy rain from violent storms or a tropical weather system that leads to flooding is always a concern.”

According to French, 1996 exemplifies just how dangerous and unpredictable severe weather conditions can be. Pennsylvania experienced a record six presidentially-declared major disasters in 1996. Five major floods and record-breaking snow storms impacted every county in the state.

Accuride In Erie Announces 50 Layoffs

Employer of the Year Announces Layoffs
Accuride, one of Erie's "Employers of the Year" for manufacturing in 2008, announced 50 layoffs today. A company spokesperson tells Newswatch that the layoffs are necessary to "flex the workforce to meet industry needs."

The company's current 114 hourly workforce will be reduced to 64 active workers
Accuride makes aluminum wheels for the commercial trucking business.

Accuride still plans to consolidate operations from the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio plant to Erie by the end of the third quarter
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The company also hopes to bring back the laid off workers as the demand for truck wheels returns.
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Services Available For Dislocated Workers

More than 2,000 area workers jobless
Courier Express
RIDGWAY - More than 2,000 people have become dislocated workers in the six-county North Central region since November.

During Wednesday's North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Executive Board meeting, Susie Snelick, director of workforce investment, said work is being done to create an "orientation" for the newly unemployed.

The information that will be presented is typically done individually, but due to the high numbers of people going to CareerLink, a group orientation would benefit both the staff and those looking for jobs, she said. The focus is on how CareerLink can best serve these people.
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Lycoming County Requires Gas Wells To Have Address

Commissioners: Gas wells must have registered address

By DAVID THOMPSON dthompson@sungazette.com

Sun Gazette

As expected, the Lycoming County commissioners Thursday passed a county ordinance that makes it mandatory for natural gas drilling sites to have an address registered with the county 911 Center.

County officials proposed the ordinance after it became apparent that gas drilling crews typically are from out-of-state and would have difficulty telling a 911 dispatcher where to send emergency responders.

"This (ordinance) will provided an added level of safety to workers on well sites," Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of county Department of Planning and Community Development, said. "(The county 911 Center) will be able to dispatch emergency services in an accurate manner."

Before the ordinance was passed, gas drillers working in the county opted to take 911 addresses on a voluntary basis, according to Craig Konkle, county Department of Public Safety operations and training supervisor.

"The industry has really stepped up to the plate," Konkle said recently. "They have done everything they've been asked to do as far as 911 addressing." More...

Extended Unemployment & Paid Schooling Approved For Eldred Plant Workers

Additional unemployment benefits approved for Ethan Allen employees

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a petition for the approximately 250 laid-off workers at Eldred’s Ethan Allen plant that will grant them access to additional unemployment benefits.

Under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, U.S. workers that lose their jobs because of foreign competition can qualify for additional benefits such as extended unemployment compensation and paid training. More...

Area Obituaries

Carmine J. Pagano, 96, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, February 26, 2009. Arrangements, entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA

Aileen Martina Hicks, 90, Coudersport, PA

Aileen Martina Hicks, 90, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on July 28, 1918 in Matamoras, PA, she was the daughter of Loren and Katherine (Martin) Dodge. On September 13, 1940 in Pocono Mts., PA, she married Russell C. Hicks who died on January 10, 2003.

Surviving are two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one brother, one sister and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters.

Friends and family are invited to attend Aileen's Life Celebration on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport, PA. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home with The Reverend Thomas Shatto officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Troy, PA.

Memorial contributions in Aileen's memory may be made to the
American Heart Association or to the Alzheimer's Association.

Teams Invited For 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament

3 On 3 Tourney In Shinglehouse
Elizabeth Jones, a senior at Oswayo Valley Middle/High School in Shinglehouse, PA is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday, March 7th to benefit Autism Awareness as a part of her senior project.


The event will take place at the high school in Shinglehouse.

Teams can consist of boys or girls ages 12-20. The entry fee is $20 per team. Teams must be registered prior to the 7th by calling 814-698-2471.

The community is invited to participate in this event by joining all of us for lunch, Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and more!

Two passes to Darien Lake will be part of the Chinese auction table.....don't miss this fun event!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Danielle Furman Named Sportsperson Of The Year

Junior Danielle Furman (Coudersport, PA/Coudersport) was honored as a Sportsperson of the Year at RIT.

Furman enjoyed a solid season for RIT, averaging 11.9 points per game, while shooting 86 percent from the foul line and draining 37 three-pointers. On Feb. 22, Furman became the all-time leader in made 3-pointers at RIT, with 123. Furman has 726 points in three seasons at RIT. More...

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri Miller.com

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Eldred Man Flown After Crash
Kane-based state police say that DUI charges are pending against 44 year old David Zielinski following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.

Troopers report Zielinski was traveling north on Route 446 just north of the McCrea Brook Road in Eldred Township at about 2:15 p.m. when his Ford Contour went out of control after negotiating a left hand curve, slid clockwise off the road, struck a concrete culvert abutment, rolled onto the driver’s side and hit a ditch before traveling through a field coming to rest on its wheels.

Zielinski was flown from the scene by helicopter to Hamot Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.

Mail Box Vandalism Investigated
Vandalism to a mail box located at the intersection of Mitchell Hollow Road and Angel Lane in Eulalia Township is being investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. Vandals used a blunt object to damage the box owned by 85 year Anthony Mezzatesta.

Austin Man Found Guilty of DUI in Potter County Trial
A Potter County jury on Tuesday found 49 year old Gerald Meyers of Austin guilty of DUI. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, on February 26, 2008 Chief Day of Austin Borough Police Department responded to a vehicle accident on Main Street in Austin. The defendant’s vehicle struck another vehicle driven by John Conerby that had pulled out from the private parking lot of Galeotti’s Bar. Upon speaking with Meyers, Chief Day was able to detect an odor of alcohol coming from his breath he was transferred to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital where blood results showed that his BAC was .146%. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08%. Sentencing will be set at a later date. Attorney Jarett Smith represented Meyers. More news...

Cell Phone Service Sucks In Rural Pennsylvania

'We're Like a Third World Country'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


During Appropriations Committee hearings today with the Office of the Administration, Senator Mary Jo White questioned why getting cell phone service in rural areas of the state seems to very low on the state's priority list.

"We're like a Third World country up there," White said, referring particularly to the western and northwestern part of the state.

She said when driving from her Warren office to her Oil City office she has coverage only about one-fifth of the time. She added that there are some places along Interstate 80 where you can't get coverage.

"I think in a state, in this time and place, that is just unimaginable," White said.

She said when the Office of Public Safety first started working on its project to provide emergency radio service to the entire state – in 1996 – she talked to the state police and technicians about making space available on their towers for cell phone providers.

"I think that is a matter of public safety every bit as much as the police and DCNR being able to talk to each other," she said. "If you happen to break a leg up in the Allegheny National Forest, don't rely on your cell phone to be able to call for help."

White said that's absolutely something the state should be addressing.

Secretary of the Administration Naomi Wyatt said the state has been contacting providers for about the last six months and they have been getting "luke warm responses."

"For a cell phone provider, it's a matter of dollars," Wyatt said. "There aren't enough people, unfortunately, in the Allegheny National Forest for them to think it's worth investing the infrastructure on our cell towers."

Wyatt did say that, because the state has the infrastructure (towers) that's available, they should think about how it can be used.

She and White agreed to discussion the issue further.

White/Wyatt Audio

Coudersport Third Graders Donate $100. To Meals On Wheels

Third-graders in Teena Erway’s class at Coudersport Elementary School donated $100 to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging’s Home-Delivered Meals Program. AAA Director Sherry Hoffman (left) accepted the donation. The students learned about the needs of senior citizens last fall. They started saving money in a piggy bank with a goal of filling it.

“The students are excited to be helping older people like their grandparents,” Mrs. Erway said.

Sherry Hoffman spoke with the class about the importance of the Meals on Wheels program and thanked the students for their contribution. Donations are still being accepted and can be mailed to Potter County AAA, c/o Home Delivered Meals, P.O. Box 241, 62 North Street, Roulette PA 16746. Potter County Today

Northern Potter Soccer Parents Seeking Donations For Chinese Auction

Northern Potter Soccer

The parents of the Northern Potter Varsity Soccer Team will be holding a Chinese Auction on March 17, 2009. At this time, we are seeking donations to help make this a successful fundraiser for our players. We will gladly accept any donations that you would like to share with us. For example: merchandise, gift baskets, gift certificates, craft items, collectibles, etc.

The team won the NTL West title this year and we would like to purchase jackets for their successful year. The team consists of 21 players and two coaches. We are proud of these athletes and would like to show them how much we appreciate all their hard work.

If you would like to make a donation, please send it to either to Darrell Gamble, 745 SR 49, Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Judi Turton, 566 Cowburn Road, Ulysses, PA 16948.

We greatly appreciate your help.

50 STUDENTS AT PITT-BRADFORD NAMED TO ‘WHO’S WHO’

Several Locals Named To Who's Who
BRADFORD, Pa. – Fifty seniors and second-term juniors at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will appear in the 2009 edition of “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Students were selected based on the following criteria: leadership and participation in co-curricular activities, service to the college community, and academic achievement.

Established in 1934, the annual directory honors students from more than 1,500 institutions across the country. Their names and a biography will appear in “Who’s Who.” Staff, faculty and a student representative made the nominations at Pitt-Bradford.

Those named are Carly Ambuske, a biology major from Bradford; Melissa Anderson, an entrepreneurship major from Port Allegany; Jennifer Autieri, an English education major from Derrick City; Benjamin Babcox, a broadcast communications major from Smethport; Brittany Barnes, a chemistry major from Butler; Debra Bell, a history-political major from Shinglehouse; Claudia Bernat, a mathematics education and applied mathematics major from Tidioute; Jacqueline Bokan, a biology major from Genesee; Kayla Copello, a radiological science major from Benezette; Stefanie Corcoran, a chemistry education major from Gibsonia;

Audrey Darling, an elementary education major from Russell; Sarah Dwyer, a business management major from Warren; Laura Jo Elmquist, a business management major from Johnsonburg; Ryan Emerson, a broadcast communications major from Corry; Amanda Enright, a business management major from Titusville; Catherine Epstein, a broadcast communications major from Bradford; Alexander Fish, an accounting and business management major from Coudersport; Heidi Gebhardt, a business management major from Titusville; Derilyn Heller, a sociology major from Bradford; Samantha Hockenberry, a biology major from Spring Run;

Eric Hund, a public relations major from Great Valley, N.Y.; James Keefer, a chemical engineering major from Franklin; Andrew Laganosky, an interdisciplinary arts major from Carlisle; Valerie Marquis, a human relations major from Warren; Vanessa Martini, a business management major from St. Marys; Jonathan McCracken, a biology and psychology major from Bradford; Caitlin Metler, a communications major from Allegany, N.Y.; Lisa Moeke, an environmental studies major from Bradford; Kathleen Moore, an accounting and business management major from Warren; Susan Niegowski, a nursing major from Bradford;

Matthew Niehaus, a sports medicine major from Sharon; Shane Phillips, an elementary education and writing major from Ellicottville, N.Y.; Katherine Pitner, a criminal justice major from Bradford; Timothy Riley, a business management major from Bradford; Kimberly Rublee, a sport and recreation management major from Salamanca, N.Y.; Kaitlyn Ryan, a sports medicine major from Emporium; Danielle Salsgiver, a biology and biology education major from Clarendon; Eric Schenfield, a sport and recreation management major from Bradford; Andrew Scolaro, a sport and recreation management major from North Royalton; Ross Sharkey, a writing and business management major from Downingtown;

Ashlee Siffrinn, a sports medicine major from Bradford; Valerie Soriano, an accounting major from Bradford; Amber Steck, an elementary education major from Bradford; Michael Steck, an elementary education major from Bradford; Adryona Taraska, a public relations major from Warren; Rachel Thayer, a human relations major from Warren; Dianna Wadlow, a psychology major from Eldred; Shellana Welsh, a sports medicine major from Quakertown; Brittany Winner, a business management major from Lewis Run; and Zachary Work, an economics and applied economics major from Erie.

Clearfield Area Township To Consider Restricting Windmills

Pine Twp. officials discuss regulatory ordinance for proposed windmills

By Dianne Byers Staff Writer

The Progress News--Clearfield, PA
Pine Township Supervisors discussed again last night the possibility of drafting an ordinance to regulate construction and operation of windmills in the township.

The board of supervisors has expressed concerns about noise, vehicle traffic associated with installation and maintenance, as well as township residents' safety from broken blades or ice buildup.

A property owner from Greenwood Road attended last night's meeting to inform the board he is against windmills. "They sound like a freight train and when they explode how far will the (debris) go?" he told the supervisors.

The man said he would like to build a camp on his property but has concerns whether he would be able to use nearby cross-country skiing trails because there are plans to erect windmills in close proximity to his property. More...

Calendar Of Events From GerriMiller.com

February 27

The Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. will be holding a Fish Fry tonight
at the fire hall on route 49 in Ulysses, PA from 5-7PM.
Cost is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children 12 & under.
Take outs are available by calling the station at 814-848-7611.

February 27

There will be a fish fry at St. Bibiana's Church in Galeton. The menu consists of breaded haddock, french fries, homemade coleslaw, rolls and drink. Serving time is 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and take-outs are available. Price is $8.50 for adults, and $6 for children under 12. The sundae bar will be available for dessert for only $1. 50-50 raffle tickets will also be sold.

February 27

The Coudersport Music Boosters will sponsor a Bingo Night in the Coudersport High School cafeteria. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and Bingo will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is 50 Cents per card per game. Prizes, food and entertainment

February 27-May2

East Stroudsburg University Continuing Professional Education will sponsor the Act 48approved course Discipline in the Classroom with instructor Joe Martin at the Potter County Education Council in Coudersport This program is designed for participants to take part in learning activities that will enable them to develop positive techniques for handling student behavior problems. This course is aimed at training teachers to use Reality Therapy as a tool in the classroom. It addresses one of the major concerns of the public school’s classroom control and behavior change. This course is approved for 3 graduate credits. Classes will be held on Friday evenings and all day Saturday beginning February 27 with subsequent classes February 28, March 27 & 28 and May 1 & 2. For more information or to register contact 274-4877.

Man Jailed, Tortured By US For Reading Article

How Mom sent a guy to Gitmo

She thought her article was satire, but U.S. officials didn't get the joke.
LA Times
My mother is a terrorist!

Or at least that's what certain unidentified U.S. interrogators seem to suspect.

It all stems from a satirical article called "How to Build Your Own Home H-Bomb" that my mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, wrote with two coauthors 30 years ago. The article, published in Seven Days magazine, was chock-full of helpful tips for would-be nuclear bomb makers.

For instance, it advised those struggling to enrich uranium to make "a simple home centrifuge. Fill a standard-size bucket one-quarter full of liquid uranium hexafluoride. Attach a six-foot rope to the bucket handle. Now swing the [bucket] around your head as fast as possible. Keep this up for about 45 minutes."
More...

Potter County Commissioners Choose Todd Brown New Chief Clerk

Todd Brown--New Chief Clerk

Coudersport native Todd Brown has been appointed chief clerk/director of administration by the Potter County Commissioners, effective March 9. His hiring is part of a reorganization of the county’s fiscal management, human resources and administrative functions, according to the commissioners.

Each county is required by state law to have a chief clerk, but the County Code is vague in its description of the responsibilities. A job description that is being prepared for the position will incorporate fiscal oversight/budgeting, personnel management, benefits administration and communications responsibilities.

Brown holds a masters degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University and was employed for many years as manager of fleet services for Adelphia Communications Corp.

Most recently, he has been employed by Lock Haven University for the development of a transportation logistics training facility in Potter County. Brown has held leadership positions with Coudersport Rotary Club, Coudersport Service Club and other community organizations.

Town Wants A Year To Study Wind Turbines

HARTSVILLE BOARD APPROVES MORATORIUM

Wants to take up to a year to study effects of wind turbines

Canisteo Valley News

The Hartsville Town Board has voted to have a one year moratorium on wind energy. According to Hartsville Supervisor Steve Dombert, if the Hartsville board wants to find out about noise issues from wind turbines, the affect of wind turbines on the neighbor's property values, and how much money the town would get. And if Hartsville Town Hall can get the answers to their questions before the moratorium is up, the Hartsville Board can end the moratorium More...

Reynoldsville Women Charged With Rape Of Child

Two Women Charged with Rape

Two Jefferson County women have been charged with rape.

31-year-old Melissa Burr and 27-year-old Jane Courson of Reynoldsville were charged in connection with an alleged incident that happened between January 1 and March 27 of last year.

Besides four counts of rape of a child, they were also charged with statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; sexual assault; aggravated indecent assault of a child; indecent exposure; indecent assault; and corruption or minors.

Man Sentenced In Bradford County Murders

Colegrove gets life sentences

Judge sentences man for killing parents, brother

Star Gazette
TOWANDA - Steven Colegrove, formerly of Deposit, N.Y., was sentenced today to three life sentences in Pennsylvania state prison for killing his mother, father and brother.

Bradford County Judge Maureen Beirne, who presided over Colegrove's trial last month, sentenced him to life terms with no possiblity of parole for each of the killings.

Colegrove was convicted on Jan. 28 of killing his parents and brother in August 2007 in Tuscarora Township.More...

Austin Fan Bus To DuBois Game

Austin Fan Bus To DuBois Game

Austin Area School District has announced that a fan bus will be taking students & community members to the Girls Playoff Game on Friday, February 27th.

Bus will leave the school at 4:30 pm.

Students in Grades 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Permission slips are due in the office on Friday.

Community members wishing to ride should contact the School Office at 647-8603.
There is no charge to ride the bus.

Admission to the game is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.

AHS Panthers will take on West Forest at 7 pm at the DuBois High School

Potter County To Appoint New Chief Clerk Today

gunzburgerbuilding1The Potter County Board of Commissioners will meet at today in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building, starting at 11 am. The meeting is open to the public.

Among the items the board will address is the appointment of a Chief Clerk/Director of Administration.

That position has been vacant for several weeks. A new job description has been drafted that will expand the responsibilities of the position beyond those that are required by the County Code.

The meeting room is located on the first floor of the Gunzburger Building, just inside the North Main Street entrance.

Several other items are on the agenda, including a preliminary decision on allotments for the county’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant. Potter County Today

Grand Jury Indicts Man In Alma Stabbing

One man for an assault, another for burglaries

Canisteo Valley News

A Wellsville man has been indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury on charges stemming from a stabbing incident in Alma last May.

The Allegany County District Attorney's office accuses Jared Wagoner, 19, of intentionally causing serious physical injuries to another person by stabbing and slicing with a knife. He's also accused of possessing several knives and burning a sweatshirt in a campfire knowing it had physical evidence on it.

Wagoner has been indicted on charges of first degree assault, three counts of possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

A Grand Jury has also indicted a Friendship man, on charges relating to a number of burglaries in Clarksville. More...

Gas Driller To Sponsor Emergency Training

County to schedule well site emergency ‘drill’

By DAVID THOMPSON - dthompson@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

Texas-based gas exploration company Range Resources is partnering with Lycoming County to help teach emergency personnel what to do if someone is injured on a gas well site.

On Wednesday, Ralph Tijerina, health, safety and environmental director - Appalachia, presented the county with $10,000 to conduct an emergency preparedness drill involving emergency responders and hospital personnel throughout the county.

The contribution was to help emergency responders understand the environment to which they will be exposed if they are called to a gas well emergency, said Craig Konkle, operations and training supervisor for the county Department of Public Safety and public safety committee chairman for the county Community Gas Exploration Task Force. More...

Georgia Pacific Moving Production To Bradford Plant

Bradford Georgia Pacific facility stands to gain from layoffs at another plant in Ohio

Layoffs at another Georgia Pacific location in Ohio will mean good news for the Bradford facility.

Melodie Ruse, senior communications manager for Georgia Pacific in Atlanta, Ga., confirmed on Wednesday the Bradford facility will benefit from another plant’s closing.

“We are moving business from another plant to Bradford. That plant is closing, and as that is closed, some of that business will be transferred to the Bradford facility,” Ruse explained. When asked if the extra business would require more space, Ruse noted “We don’t currently have any expansion plans.” More...

Governor Rendell Teaches St. Marys Civics Class

St. Marys Area High School students get civics lesson from governor


ST. MARYS — Two classes of seniors at St. Marys Area High School learned a lesson on the state budget Wednesday from a rather knowledgeable source — Gov. Ed Rendell.

Rendell hosted a video conference lesson for 10 school districts across the state. St. Marys was one of the districts invited to participate. More...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Area Obituaries

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Donna McCord-Webster of Zephyrhills, formerly of Eldred and Duke Center, Pa., and Wooster, Ohio, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2009) at home in Zephyrhills after a brief illness.

EMPORIUM — Frances M. “Giga” Tozier, 94, of Laurelwood Court, Emporium, died Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2009) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Allegany Woman Expresses Concern About Wind Farm

Wind turbines mean trouble for birds, bats
Olean Times Herald
As parents and landowners we have always sought to provide a safe, rural environment for our children, domestic animals and wildlife. We respectfully request that all residents, government agencies and lawmakers carefully investigate the impact of wind turbines on our region, wildlife and lifestyle.

The call for new research and studies on the effect of turbines on birds and bats raises questions about the real ecological impact of wind turbines.

Our own investigation of these topics finds that the proposed wind turbine plant slated for the Chipmonk Valley will adversely affect wildlife. The impact on barn swallows, turkeys, bats and eagles is especially troubling. More...

If we are endeavoring to produce “clean, renewable energy” we must investigate all aspects of energy sources and their impact on our environment. Our hope must be that energy sources we employ now will not be found to have a horrendous impact on our water, wildlife and ecological systems in the coming decades. We should be careful not to surrender control of our region and precious habitat to companies and individuals who do not live, work or thrive in our unique, beautiful corner of New York state. Doris Kelly, Chipmonk Road, Allegany



Fan Bus For Coudy--Ecc Game

Fan bus for the Coudy/Ecc game Saturday Feb. 28, 2009.

Bus will leave between 2:00 and 2:30 Saturday.

Adults and students both welcome. $5.00.

Game is at Clarion University.

Make reservations by calling the high school at 814-274-8055.

Recall

San Link Inc. Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Vacuum Packaged Dried Chechon (February 24)

Rich Ice Cream Company Expands Precautionary Voluntary Multi-State Recall to Include Rich's Candy Bar Avalanche (February 26)

American Importing Company Announces a Voluntary Recall of a Variety of Trail Mixes Because of a Possible Health Risk (February 5)

GloryBee Foods, Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall Expansion of Peanut Products (February 26)

Sweet Factory, LLC. Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut-Containing Candies Because of Possible Health Risk (February 12)

Betty Lou's Inc. Expands Nationwide Recall Of Nut Butter Peanut Butter Protein Balls Because Of Possible Health Risk (February 26)

Umpqua Dairy EXPANDS their Voluntary Recall on its Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream products Due to Expanded Peanut Recall by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) (February 26)

BioGenesis Nutraceuticals Inc. Announces an Expanded Nationwide Recall of Diabetone Gluco:Support Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Because of Possible Health Risk (February 25)

Deluxe Ice Cream Co. Expands Recall to Include Additional Codes of Tin Roof Sundae, Goo Goo Cluster, and Candy Bar Half Gallon Packaged Ice Cream Product, 3 Gallon Tin Roof Sundae and Qc 24 Pack Sundae Cone Because of Possible Health Risk (February 25)

Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks Inc. Expands Nationwide Recall of Trail Mixes and Peanut Items Because of Possible Health Risk (February 27)

Innova Nutrition Expands Recall of Diabeteze Bars Because of Possible Health Risk (February 26)

Brown and Haley Voluntarily Recalls Honey Roasted Peanut ROCA Buttercrunch Toffee and Peanut Delights Products Because of Possible Health Risk (February 27)

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri Miller.com

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Copyright: 2008 G.R. Miller. All Rights Reserved.

Couple Hurt Crossing Main Street in Coudersport
Two Coudersport residents were hurt last night when struck by a vehicle while crossing Main Street in that town. Coudersport Borough police said the accident occurred when Barbara Lias of Port Allegany, turned left from East Second Street onto Main Street and her pick up truck hit Barbara Schwenk and pushed her into her husband, Charles, knocking them both to the ground. The Schwenks were taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance, treated for minor injuries and were released.

Admitted to Potter County ARD Program
Two Potter County residents have been admitted to the ARD program on DUI charges for nine months. Chuck Favinger of Ulysses was arrested on June 2, 2008 when a state police patrol officer observed Favinger’s car weaving erratically and crossing the center line on Route 244 near Ulysses. When questioned by the officer, Favinger admitted to smoking three bowls of marijuana prior to driving. Chemical testing proved positive for the drug. Michael Proctor, 42 of Galeton was arrested on September 5 of last year when he was observed by Galeton Police Chief Brickman operating his pickup truck through that town in an unsafe manner. Proctor was speeding and almost struck another vehicle while trying to catch up t it. Chemical testing revealed an alcohol level of .16%, twice the legal limit. Both defendants were ordered to pay all costs and fees, attend DUI Alcohol Safe Driving School, complete Drug and Alcohol evaluation and treatment, perform 25 hours of community service, attend the DUI Victim Impact Panel and to surrender their driver’s licenses for 60 days.

Congressman Thompson says He Applauds President’s Call for Fiscal Discipline
U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, issued the following statement upon conclusion of President Obama’s first State of the Nation Address:“I welcome the President’s remarks, and look forward to working with him and his administration to reduce the federal deficit and begin to restore financial order to the government. That said, it is critically important that this is accomplished through smart government, pro-growth policies, which very well may require cutting back on popular programs and a tightening of the belt like most families across the Fifth District. “The goals the President outlined tonight are without question areas that must be addressed. Chief among them, and an area that the Fifth District will play a role is becoming energy independent. The All of the Above approach that I advocated for while on the campaign trail is a promise I will continue to champion while in Congress. The Fifth District has a rich energy history that we are proud of. Our future looks even brighter with the development of woody biomass, cellulosic ethanol and yes, increased domestic production of oil and natural gas.“In the coming weeks and months, there are many challenging issues that Congress will begin to address. It is my sincere hope that President Obama will take his message of bipartisanship that was on display tonight to the Democratic Leadership of the House. This would be the Change and leadership that the American people rightfully deserve.”

Now There Are Three
Two more candidates have formally announced their intention to seek election for Potter County Judge to succeed Judge John Leete who will be retiring at the end of his term this year. Dan Glassmire and Robert Kuhl both of Coudersport recently provided Black Forest Broadcasting with their official declarations. Steve Minor, a Potter County resident who has an office in Port Allegany, McKean County reportedly has also indicated he will seek the office although he has not so informed BFB. The formal announcements can be viewed in their entirety on this website. Just click on the “Milestones” tab. More news...

PITT-BRADFORD GROUP TO TRAVEL TO MEXICAN ARCHAEOLOGY SITES

BRADFORD, Pa. – Members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford community will travel to Mexico next month as part of the 6th Annual Maya Archaeology Spring Break Trip, which will take place from March 8-14.

The trip will highlight Teotihuacan, the enormous city “where time began,” the Aztec Templo Mayor discovered under the Zocalo plaza of Mexico City, agave (tequila) plantations, obsidian workshops, the Xochimilco gardens by canal boat, the Cacaxtla murals, and also the Aztec Calendar Stone and other treasures of the Museo National, the world’s best anthropological museum, featured in the best-seller book “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”

The $1050 price of the trip includes hotels, two meals each day, van transportation, tours by archaeologists, and entrance fees to museums and sites. It does not include airfare to/from Mexico City, Mexico.

The trip is open to anyone with an interest in the Maya and Aztecs, in archaeology, in the ecology of the Basin of Mexico, or in an adventuresome week, including children age 12 or older, if accompanied by a responsible parent.

Anyone interested in the trip should contact Isabelle Champlin immediately at (814) 362-7623 or ichamplin@gmail.com. This trip is not sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. A detailed itinerary is available at http://www.mayaexploration.org/study_UPitt_mar09.php .

"Can You Hear Me Now?" In Shinglehouse

Verizon accessory provides cell phone service in Shinglehouse through the internet, but only in a 5,000 square foot area.

Welcome to the Network Extender product support webpage. This page contains answers to the most frequently asked support questions, troubleshooting information, and links to the current version of the User Manual and Quick Start Guide FAQs

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I bought a Verizon extender for my house here in Shinglehouse and it actually works. I have 4 bars on my cell phone at all times!

I guess that's Verizons cheap way of getting out of putting in a tower. Especially when the extender costs 250 bucks.