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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hemlock Campgrounds Now Open Under New Management

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5,000 Flags To Remember Fallen Heroes--WHTM

GENEALOGY CLUB ANNOUNCES UPGRADES TO WEB SITE

EMPORIUM, Pa. – Cameron County Genealogy Club has made improvements to its Web site.

Included on the site are a news feed, a new logo and revised content.

The site is accessible at www.cameroncountygenealogy.org.

Suggestions can be made by contacting club leader Wendy Davis or public relations director Alex Davis at cameroncountygenealogy@gmail.com.

World-Renowned Experts Coming For Austin Dam Site ‘BioBlitz’

hellbenderPotter County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Potter County Commissioners are participating in the May 29-30 “BioBlitz” at Austin Dam Memorial Park. More than a dozen scientists and environmental authorities, several of them known worldwide, will converge on the park for an educational event involving dozens of students and many members of the community. On the surface, BioBlitz is an event to identify as many species of life as possible in a highly engaging 24-hour period. Viewing more broadly, it’s a way to spark the interest of local school students in the fascinating world of science.

Marla Coppolino, a malacologist with the American Museum of Natural History, recently confirmed her attendance. She’s an authority on land snails and other species. David LaPuma, who is conducting important bird research, will be attending. Dr. Brady Porter, a noted zoologist from Duquesne University, has studied native fishes in Potter County.

billshearOther heavyweights, such as spider expert Dr. William Shear, small mammal authority Dr. Kyle Selcer, and botanist Bonnie Isaac are also booked. Dr. Shear (shown), a Coudersport native and biology professor, was recently in the news for his role in the discovery of 27 previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures, and other animals. Bill Powers of Pix Controllers, an expert on motion-driven photography, will be sharing the discoveries he makes in the dark. Other authorities on herpetology, birds, forestry, conservation and other specialties are also coming. They’ll guide students along the valley between Austin Dam Memorial Park and Austin Borough, which provides an outdoor laboratory.

BioBlitz organizer is Arthur Metzger, a teacher in the Austin Area School District. The district is sponsoring the event, with the cooperation of the Austin Dam Memorial Association and support from partners such as Patterson Lumber Company, Austin Borough, the Dominion Foundation, and others.

Additional information on BioBlitz is available on a website, http://austindambioblitz.blogspot.com/, or from Arthur Metzger at 647-8603 (school), 274- 8004 (home) or by email at greenbullet@hotmail.com.

Potter County Today

Falls Creek Motorcyclist Injured In DUI Crash In Southern Potter County

A Falls Creek man and his female passenger were injured when his Harley crashed on Route 872 near the Portage Road in southern Potter County Friday evening.

Jeffrey L. Striegel, 54, of Falls Creek, was not wearing a helmet and received major injuries.

Striegel was traveling south on Route 872, too fast to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway. His motorcycle crossed the northbound lane, struck guardrails, slid along the guardrails for about 90 feet, overturned on it's left side, then slid another 75 feet, before coming to rest in the northbound lane facing south.

His passenger, Patricia K. Fields, 40, of Reynoldsville, PA, who was wearing a helmet, received minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Striegel and Fields left the scene of the crash, but were located a short time later near the Wharton Tavern. He was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport by the Austin VFD ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

Trooper Seth R. Rupp alleged the driver was DUI at the time of the crash and indicated that DUI and multiple summary traffic violations will be filed in District Court 55-3-01.

Trooper Rupp was assisted at the scene by members of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department and the Austin Borough Police Department. The motorcycle was towed from the scene by Kightlinger's.

On scene photos are available at Austin VFD website.

Two Injured When Deer Hits Motorcycle Thursday

Dann Thompson, 26, of the O'Donnell Road, Genesee, and a 15 year old female passenger, were moderately injured Thursday evening at 7:30 when a deer entered the Kinney Road, about a mile and a half from Genesee, and struck their motorcycle head-on.

The 1996 Harley Sportster riders were transported by Genesee Ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY for treatment of their injuries. The passenger was wearing a helmet but the operator was not. The motorcycle was moderately damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

The crash was investigated by Trooper M. Davis, of the Coudersport PSP. He was assisted at the scene by members of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance.

Coudy Purple Babe Ruth now 8-1

Coudy Purple took one on the chin Tuesday night losing @
Eldred 9-3. " the
kids didn't show up tonight" One Purple
coach said.


They did rebound Friday night when they found themselves
in a slug fest
with town rivals Coudy Blue. Blue came out of
the gates fast to take the
lead but in the end, Purple came
out on top winning 11-10 in the bottom of
the 7th.

They came together as a team tonight and hopefully it
carries out
to the end of the season.

Next two games:

Tuesday, May 26th @ Port

Friday, May 29th Home against Roulette.

Warrington Man's Cabin Burglarized In Potter County

Coudersport based State Police are investigating a burglary of a cabin on Stonylick Road in Hector Township belonging to Dick Reinheimer of Warrington, PA.

The burglar forcefully entered the unoccupied cabin, causing $500.00 worth of damage to a door and door frame. Inside the cabin, drawers and cabinets were opened. It is unknown at this time if anything was removed or not.

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact Trooper J.J. Kowalski of the PA State Police at 814-274-8690.

Former Area Woman, Angela Larkin Sentenced To 30 Years For Pimping Her Children

BREAKING NEWS

‘Unspeakable abuse’ costs woman 30 years

By R.A. WALKER - rwalker@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

Details of child sex crimes that earned Angela Larkin a 30-year federal prison sentence Friday are so "vile" U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III closed his courtroom here to the public during testimony about the "severe" physical and emotional damage done to two children.

The testimony lasted about a half hour and included witnesses involved in caring for the victims, one only two years old when used to create child pornography by Larkin and sold to pedophiles for sex.

Larkin was arrested in Reading more than five years ago but - according to court records - the sexual abuse included a trip to Buffalo, N.Y. and pedophiles in the western part of the state.

Jones called the case the ugliest of his legal career. What occurred was "unspeakable," he said, describing Larkin as a woman who sought love and affection from pedophiles by providing them a child for sex. More...

Also known as Angela McCullen--Reading Eagle story

McKean County Primary Election Results Posted

McKean County Web site results show election upset

The absentee ballots from Tuesday’s primary election have been counted by the McKean County Board of Elections, and unofficial results show an upset in the race for Bradford Township supervisor.

According to the results posted on the McKean County Web site, political newcomer Jim Erwin, with 310 votes, defeated incumbent Don Cummins, who garnered 305 tallies. Erwin will appear unopposed in the fall general election on the Republican ballot. More...

Erwin Hoppe, 95, of Gaines, PA

Erwin Hoppe, 95, of Gaines, PA, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Born June 3, 1913 in Carter Camp, PA, he was a son of the late Eugene and Phoebe Mae (Baker) Hoppe. He was married to the former Dorothy Foster, who predeceased him on January 9, 2002.

Mr. Hoppe was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked at the Westfield Tannery, and then for Fontonella Construction, and retired as the caretaker for the Galeton Cemetery Association in 2000. Erwin greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are a son, Junior E. (Nancy) Foster, Gaines; a daughter, Mabel L. (Earl) Short, Gaines; three brothers, Robert (Mary) Hoppe, Harrison Valley, PA, Fred Hoppe, Sabinsville, PA, and Herman (Nancy) Hoppe, Stanton, VA; a sister, Ethel Hoppe, Carter Camp; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and his parents, Erwin was predeceased by a son, William Foster; three brothers, Howard, Carl and Donald; and four sisters, Edna, Clara, Velma and Helen.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, May 25, 2009, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery.

Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association.

Marvene A.Low, 78, of Galeton, PA

Marvene A.Low, 78, of Galeton, PA, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Born April 10, 1931, in Waverly, NY, she was a daughter of the late Floyd S. and Mabel (Armour) Grabb.

Mrs. Low was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. She was married to Gale A. Low, who survives.

She was an inspector at the former Merganthaler Company in Wellsboro for 17 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading, hunting and watching WWE.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Sharon Stone, Galeton and Vicki (Jack) Cobb, Indiana; two sisters, Opal and Louise; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Library. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

Friday, May 22, 2009

GALETON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 4TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE

1. SANDRA EISENHART FURNITURE, MISC HOUSEHOLD ITEMS 1057 RT 6, GAINES

2. CANYON MOTORSPORTS KTM HONDA-POLARIS HRS. M-F 9-7, W&S CLOSED, SAT 9-2 US RT 6, GAINES

3. LINDA YONKIN MOVING SALE, BEDS, FURNITURE 130 PINE STR

4. LINDA YONKIN MOVING SALE, 2 FAMILIES, DOORS, TIRES, LG CLOTHES 442 YAHN RD

5. BOB & BONNIE DENLINGER FRIDAY & SATURDAY 35 CLINTON STR

6. LYDIA’S PORCH SALE E MAIN STR

7. BRICK HOUSE DELI SIDEWALK SALE 4 W MAIN STR

8. HEART’S DESIRE HUGE SIDEWALK SALE! DRAWINGS & GIVEAWAYS 27 W MAIN STR

9. ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS LIVE BAIT! BUY 1 GET 1 25% OFF 31 W MAIN STR

10. CHARLEY’S CORNER COMPUTERS & TOOLS 35 W MAIN STR

11. LINDA’S CLOTHING OUTLET BRAND NEW CLOTHES & CERAMICS 35 W MAIN STR

12. TAMMY GREEN TO BENEFIT THE GIRLSCOUTS 8 RT 6 W

13. FOX’S PIZZA MENTION THIS MAP GET $1 OFF ANY PIZZA 2 WEST STR

14. CAROL DRUCK JOHN J COLLINS PARK

15. GALETON BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PLANT SALE JOHN J COLLINS PARK

16. GALETON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFORMATION BOOTH JOHN J COLLINS PARK

17. CIMINO’S HARDWARE SIDEWALK SALE WEST STR

18. GALETON DRUG STORE SIDEWALK SALE 20 WEST STR (PLAZA)

19. GB MAX CUSTOM VINYL SIGNS DESIGN SPECIAL SALES & DISCOUNTS. DRAWING 480 W BRANCH RD

20. ST BIBIANA’S PARISH CENTER GERMANIA STR

21. JACKIE BOSEK 85 GERMANIA STR

22. KRICKET’S RESTAURANT PORCH SALE,BOOK SALE, CHICKEN & BISQUITS 75 GERMANIA STR

23. STARLIGHT VIDEO HUGE MOVIE SALE-NEW & USED VHS, DVD, GAMES 13 GERMANIA STR

24. LAKEVIEW CINEMA NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM “BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONION” 11 GERMANIA STR

25. RENEE KRATZ 2 FIRST STR

26. COLEEN OSGOOD FRIDAY 9-3, SATURDAY 9-NOON 126 FIRST STR

Scarnati Rebuts Rendell Administration Claims

Scarnati: I Refuse to Raise Taxes

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Senator Joe Scarnati says his goal in negotiating a state budget is balancing the needs and the wants of state agencies.

He says the Senate Republicans have been criticized for passing a budget with major cuts in it – even more cuts than the governor's proposed budget.

But, Scarnati says, there has been continuing economic decline and loss of revenue since February when Governor Ed Rendell proposed his budget.

The Senate bill would spend $27.3 billion while the governor proposed a $29 billion spending plan.

Scarnati says Senate Bill 850 "reflects the current revenues the state expects to receive and the federal stimulus dollars, and (we) used those to craft the budget to live within our means."

He says while good programs are being cut and eliminated he believes "working families and our job creators would well-prefer to have state cuts than to take more money out of their pocketbooks."

"I refuse to raise taxes," he stresses.

Rendell, on the other hand, wants to raise personal income tax "to a rate that will just stifle economic development in this state," Scarnati says.

"I'm committed to trying to find a balance between the needs and wants of state government," he says

He says at a time when families, businesses and corporations are tightening their belts, he thinks all the special interest groups have to look at tightening their belts to survive the economic downturn.

Scarnati also talked about a recent press release from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary John Quigley that said if Senate Bill 850 passes 35 state parks would have to close.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Scarnati says, adding that Rendell's budget could be interpreted as closing up to 30 state parks.

"So he put out a press release saying we're closing 35."

"I don't believe for one minute that the constituents of the 25th District buy into the fact that I, or anybody else, would vote to close 35 state parks and do these drastic things," he says.

He says the state parks will stay open but will have to cut back and find a better way to fund the system over the next several years.

Scarnati says Pennsylvania is in a cycle in which every time the economy runs sour the governor and the Legislature have raised taxes dramatically.

"Those tax increases have put Pennsylvania at the tail end of economic development for the last several decades," Scarnati says. "It's my intent to get us out of that cycle."

The budget deadline is June 30, but there hasn't been an on-time budget since Rendell became governor.

ATV Crash Injures Woman At Majestic Trails

BREAKING NEWS: 7:35pm-5-22-09
McKean County Station 8 & 9 and Medic 1 responded to a ATV accident at Majestic Trails Friday evening.


The initial report indicated that 2 ATVs had crashed head-on into each other and 2 people are reported injured. A later report indicated a rear end type collision with a female victim thrown from the vehicle.

The patient was prepared for transport at the scene and transported by ambulance to a landing zone at the Coleville Church on Route 46, where a waiting Mercy Flight 2 helicopter flew the patient to a Rochester, NY hospital.

Face Paint Recalled Due To Skin Reactions

Fun Express Expands Nationwide Recall of Water-Based Face Paint (May 22)

Part Of PA Unemployment Payment To Be Week Late

Unemployment benefits held up by computer glitch
Friday, May 22, 2009

About 100,000 jobless Pennsylvanians will be receiving a portion of their unemployment compensation a week later than they usually do.

The delay was caused by a computer glitch, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Labor and Industry. More...



Express Details Lock Haven Plane Crash

‘A miracle he survived’

Pilot seriously injured when plane crashes off Route 120

By SCOTT JOHNSON - sjohnson@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS- A pilot spraying to suppress gypsy moths off of mountainous Scootac Road, near Route 120 north of town, crashed his plane after hitting overhead tension lines Thursday.

Pilot Jimmie F. Kemp, 54, of St. Johns, Mich., was taken via LifeFlight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for what appears to be moderate injuries after he crashed his Turbine Thrush single-seat spraying plane onto the Ian Stewart property from about 75 feet in the air.

It took emergency responders about an hour to extricate Kemp as he was pinned under the plane More....

PITT-BRADFORD TO OFFER DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING FOR SCHOOL NURSES, RURAL RESPONDERS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer disaster preparedness training for school nurses, crisis response team members, school administrators and rural responders this summer.

The three-day course will take place June 22-24 in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The first day, which will focus on “What All Rural Responders Must Know About Public Health Emergencies,” will be presented by Sherie Wallace, program coordinator for the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford, and Dave Piposzar. The first session is free.

The second day will be presented by nurses Cindi Stanton and Cyndy Dougherty and will focus on “Disaster Preparedness for School Nurses.” The curriculum will include discussions of emerging diseases, first aid and CPR certifications and more. The fee for the second session is $119 for commuter students and includes lunch.

Dougherty will present the third day’s topic “School Emergency Triage Training: A Program for School Nurses,” which will talk about practice, psychological issues, documentation and building first aid teams as well as present treatment and rescue scenarios. The fee for the third session is also $119 for commuter students.

For those who want to stay on campus, resident rates are $199 for the first and second sessions or $399 for all three sessions.

School nurses can receive Act 48 credit for attending. Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics can receive four continuing education no-trauma credits for attending the first day.

The classes are being co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Health Practice, Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Health Preparedness.

For more information or to register, contact Laurie Dennis in the Pitt-Bradford office of Outreach Services at 1-800-872-1787 or 1-814-362-5078 or reach@pitt.edu or visit www.prepare.pitt.edu.

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

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GENESEE RESIDENT SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGES

Jeremy Cramer, 33, of Genesee was sentenced this week in Potter County Court for Delivery of a Controlled Substance (F), and two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver (F). According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, on 8/27/2007 26.4 grams of marijuana was purchased by undercover agents from Cramer and his co-defendant Brenda Davenport at their residence in Genesee and then again on 9/10/2007, 26.1 grams of marijuana was purchased at their home. Cramer was ordered to spend 2-23 ½ months in jail and to and 25 hours of Community Service. He was also ordered to spend a year on probation and pay a $500 fine. Cramer was also ordered to spend 2-23-1/2 months in jail concurrent with the previous sentence for Intent to Deliver marijuana. He was arrested last June 16 when State Police arrived with a warrant to search his home and a quantity of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia were found. Meanwhile, Davenport will be sentenced on June 3 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to deliver.

ULYSSES WOMAN ACCUSED OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Coudersport-based state police have charged 46 year old Michele Lynn Kline of Cowburn Lane, Ulysses with disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday afternoon at about 4:30 pm in front of the Northern Potter High School in Bingham Township. Troopers claim Kline became verbally abusive and shouted obscenities while confronting a 16 year old girl and they say the tirade was witnessed by several students, staff and others. More news...

PENNDOT TO POST WEIGHT LIMITS ON TWO MORE POTTER COUNTY BRIDGES

BREAKING NEWS--PennDot Posts 2 More Potter County Bridges
Postings effective Wednesday, May 27 on Route 4031 and Route 4017 bridges

CLEARFIELD – On Wednesday, May 27, PennDOT will post weight limit changes on two more Potter County bridges.

Effective Wednesday, PennDOT will post the Sweden Valley Bridge on Route 4031 in Sweden Township. The bridge will be posted for a 19-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 35-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. The Sweden Valley Bridge spans Lyman Creek, near the intersection with Route 6.

Also on Wednesday, PennDOT will post the Oswayo Creek Bridge on Route 4017 (Sunnyside Road) in Shinglehouse Borough. The bridge will be posted for a 19-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 35-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. The Oswayo Creek Bridge spans Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse. Vehicles exceeding the posted limits on either bridge will need to use an alternate route.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridges was the result of recent inspections.

The Sweden Valley Bridge was built in 1946, is 14 feet long and carries an average of 176 vehicles per day.


The Oswayo Creek Bridge was built in 1938, is 8.33 feet long and carries an average of 334 vehicles per day.

The postings for both bridges will remain in place until repairs can be made. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit the PennDOT website at www.dot.state.pa.us.

Down At The Shore At Ocean City, New Jersey, Start Of The Season







PITT-BRADFORD ART PROFESSOR RECEIVES FULBRIGHT AWARD TO TEACH MURAL PAINTING IN BULGARIA

Pitt-Bradford Professor Kong Ho working on a
community mural in Mount Jewett, Pa.

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg

Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

BRADFORD, Pa. – Kong Ho, associate professor of art at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Lecturing Award to teach mural painting in the fine arts department of the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ho, founder and current chairman of the Hong Kong Mural Society with murals to his credit in Hong Kong and the U.S., will spend five months at the academy beginning in February 2010. Ho’s Fulbright Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Professor Ho has received this prestigious fellowship,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs. “It’s a testament to his leadership in the art community and his commitment to public art projects.”

While in Sofia, Ho will teach in the bachelor’s and master’s art programs in mural painting at the academy. He will design and paint a community mural collaboratively with the undergraduate and graduate students in mural painting at the academy.

While mural curriculums are uncommon in American universities, Ho said, several European universities offer such a curriculum, including the National Academy of Art. Besides teaching acrylic mural painting, he plans to study the Renaissance art of fresco, or painting in pigments mixed with water on wet plaster so that the mural becomes part of the wall or ceiling.

During his stay at his host institute, he also plans to learn more about other classical mural techniques such as secco, mosaics, glass painting and sgraffito. He will study techniques for the preservation of public murals and lecture on the mural art movement in the United States.

Ho said he has never formally studied mural painting before. “Almost nobody taught me how to do a mural,” he said. “A lot of muralists learn from each other, which is the common tradition in the U.S. I am excited to have this Fulbright grant opportunity to share my acrylic mural painting experience with the faculty and students in the National Academy of Art.

“During my stay in Bulgaria, I hope to obtain some valuable exchange of mural art curriculum in higher education and diverse cultural aesthetics.”

Ho will travel to Bulgaria in August for one week to participate in the Fulbright International Summer Institute 2009 in Tryavna, where he will attend classes in Bulgarian culture and studies.

Born in Hong Kong, Ho began making art during his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Texas Tech University before coming to Pitt-Bradford to teach and direct the art program in 2001. He is also the director of the interdisciplinary arts program.

He has organized more than 36 granted public mural projects and 16 commissioned murals. Locally, he has designed, organized and painted murals in Fisher and Blaisdell halls on campus, in Old City Hall in downtown Bradford and in Mount Jewett. Currently he is working on a school mural project with students of differing abilities at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford.

The Fretz mural project is part of a fellowship Ho earned last year when he was one of five artists selected for the VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, the premier fellowship for teaching artists with disabilities around the country.

Governor Rendell: Remember the Importance of Memorial Day

Many Pennsylvanians will enjoy a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. Amidst that extra time with family and friends, however, I hope that we do not lose sight of the day's significance.

Memorial Day is a time to mark the sacrifices made by countless men and women who have given their lives in service to this nation.

Pennsylvanians have served this nation valiantly. Sadly, many of them did not come home. Since the 9/11 alone, 223 of our soldiers have died in the line of duty while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 1,500 have been wounded in action while serving in military operations abroad. We owe a debt of gratitude to those brave individuals, the families many left behind, and the more than 5,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members who are now serving around the globe.

Midge and I extend our heartfelt thanks to the veterans and family members who have sacrificed for this nation. While I hope every Pennsylvanian joins us this weekend in honoring their service, my greater hope is that we all remain mindful of their courage and dedication even when it is not Memorial Day.


Bonuses Still Available for Persian Gulf War Veterans
Pennsylvania’s veterans of the first Persian Gulf War and their families are urged to take advantage of a bonus program recognizing their service. The Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans’ Benefit Program pays $75 per month for qualifying active-duty service, up to a $525 maximum. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has a quick and effective process in place to handle applications, which it began accepting last spring. To date, more than 7,200 Gulf veterans have applied for the one-time cash payment and approximately $2.5 million in bonuses has been paid. Apply online here.

Mamma's Out For A Walk With The Kids

Mike Tumas from Odin shares this photo with us

New York Contractor To Start $4.3 Million In PA Highway Roadwork Tuesday

ROADWORK ACROSS DISTRICT 2 SET TO START

Potter County roads will see activity first

CLEARFIELD – Road crews will begin 96 miles of roadway repair and improvement work across District 2 on Tuesday, May 26. Roads in Potter County will see the first of this activity as work gets underway on lower traffic volume routes in various counties.

Work will include seal coating, patching and pavement markings. Crews will be working on 18 different roads in Potter, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Mifflin counties from late May through September. Motorists may encounter flaggers or lane restrictions that could cause slight delays in travel. Drivers should remain alert for signage and slowed or stopped traffic.

Suite-Kote, Corporation of Cortland, New York is the contractor on the $4.3 million project.

PennDOT reminds motorists to move through all work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at www.dot.state.pa.us.

Memorial Day Parade Monday In Coudersport

Coudersport Memorial Day Parade

By George Locke, Commander
Coudersport American Legion Post 192

Details of Monday's Memorial Day Parade, hosted by the Coudersport American Legion Post 192, have been announced.

This year's parade will line up on Allegany Avenue at 10:30 am and will start at 11:00 am. It will proceed down Main Street to the Courthouse Square where the Memorial Service will be held.

This year's speaker will be Vietnam veteran, Mr. Dan Stephanowich.

Anyone wishing to march in the parade is more than welcome.

Memorial Day Weekend Programming at Cherry Springs

Cherry Springs State Park
Saturday May 23, 2009
7:00 pm Solar Viewing
Discover why the Sun is so important to us and how its energy supports life on earth,
and then take a closer look at our star through the park’s specially designed solar
telescope to see if any sunspots or prominences are visible. Meet naturalist in the Night
Skies viewing area.

9:30 p.m. Stars-n-Parks (Suggested arrival time is 8:30 p.m.)
Saturn and the Lion-Exploring Saturn’s Rings and Leo’s Galaxies
Bring the entire family to Cherry Springs State Park, and observe the universe. Offered
in partnership with the National Public Observatory (NPO), Stars-n-Parks is Cherry
Springs’ longest running program. Join park and NPO staff and volunteers to view
galaxies in the Constellation Leo and the rings of Saturn, the second largest planet in our
solar system. It is recommended that visitors arrive about half an hour (1/2 hour) to an
hour early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become dark-adapted.
Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow
the lighted walkway to the meeting area.

Sunday May 24, 2009
7:30 p.m. Matchless Fire Building
One of the most important things to know while camping is how to start a fire. But how
do you start one if you do not have matches? Our naturalist will show you how to start a
fire without matches and share with you some important fire safety information as well.
Once the fire is lit, enjoy a few fireside stories. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

9:30 p.m. Night Skies Program
Stargazing with Binoculars-Southern Star Clusters
Binoculars are an excellent stargazing tool. Our naturalist will show you some of the best
kind for stargazing, and give you the chance to search for some star clusters in the
Southern sky. If you don’t own a pair of binoculars you may borrow one of ours. On
your way out take home some astronomy information that will help you become familiar
with the night skies of Cherry Springs.
Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow
the lighted walkway to the meeting area.
(Astronomy programs at Cherry Springs State Park are weather dependent.)
Night Sky Weather Policy
►In the event of rain or more than 75% cloudy skies, observing programs may be
modified (to closely resemble the scheduled program) and will occur in the park pavilion
near the Astronomy Field.
►For your safety, programs may be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
► Dress warmly, Cherry Springs can be very cool and breezy, even in summertime.
►Please bring a cover for your flashlight.
► Find links to local weather and clear sky predictions at www.visitpaparks.com -under
Cherry Springs State Park’s “Weather” link.
►For other programs see our calendar of events online at www.visitpaparks.com. If you
have a question about Cherry Springs or our programs, please call 814-435-5010.
►If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities, due to a disability,
please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-PARKS (voice), 888-
537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY), 800-654-5984 (PA AT&T
Relay Service).

Public Programs at Lyman Run State Park

Public Programs at Lyman Run State Park
Lake Exploration
Lyman Run State Park
May 25, 2009
3:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of kayaking at Lyman Lake. After reviewing some basic
kayaking strokes and safety skills we will tour the west end of the lake and observe the
wildlife that live and forage in the area. Participants should wear shoes that can get wet.
Life vests must be worn and will be provided. A limited number of kayaks and paddles
will be available. Please register for this program by calling the Lyman Run office at
814-435-5010. This program will be held rain or shine but will be cancelled in the event
of severe weather.

Family Fishing Day at Lyman Run State Park
June 21, 2009
1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Looking for a great way to connect with your family? Discover just how much
fun fishing can be when you do it together at a Family Fishing Program. You and your
family will have the opportunity to fish – no fishing license required! Join State Park and
Fish and Boat Commission educators to learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting,
baiting the hook, and taking a fish off the hook. All equipment will be provided. The
“catch???” Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. You’ll be learning
and fishing together.
There is no fee for this program but participants must call Lyman Run State Park to pre
register at 814-435-5010.

►For other programs see our calendar of events online at www.visitpaparks.com. If you
have a question about our programs, please call 814-435-5010.

►If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities, due to a disability,
please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 888-PA-PARKS (voice), 888-
537-7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local or international TTY), 800-654-5984 (PA AT&T
Relay Service).

Potter County 4H Schedules Electric Safety Program By Tri-County Rural Electric Co.


DANGER--HIGH VOLTAGE

By Tim Wright

This month, Potter County 4H is providing an educational service to the Coudersport community.

The Tri-County Rural Electric Company will demonstrate the principles and safety concepts of their high voltage system. This is excellent team. They have been to Coudersport on prior occasions and contributed to young people through their excellent presentation.

It will be held on Wednesday May 27th; 4:00 PM at the Coudersport Consistory.

The public is invited to attend.

Albino Robin Photographed In Ulysses

How Unusual Is This Albino Robin?
Derek Hamilton sends these pictures he took of
an albino robin in a nest in Ulysses


Derek says he has never seen an albino robin, and I
would have to say I never have either


If you google albino robin, the search brings up a site
with photos of different robins, some partially albino,
and some all albino.


The site says albino Robins occur once in 30,000 hatches.
Thanks for sharing these great photos Derek.

Pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

The Sturdevant family sent this photo taken on 5-20-09 of a pair of
rose-breasted grosbeaks on a feeder on Bee Hollow, Shinglehouse

Tree Climbing Woodchuck Photographed In Roulette

Kevin Bisher, who works at the Roulette Township sewer plant,
spotted this young woodchuck that had climbed up a tree just
south of the sewer plant in Roulette the other day.

BRADFORD BYPASS PROJECT UPDATE, WEEK OF MAY 25

CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT/District 2) issues the following update for the Route 219, McKean County/Bradford Bypass project. This update is for the week of May 25. Contractor on the $28.1 million project is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. The project extends from just north of the city of Bradford in Pennsylvania to the New York State line.

All work is weather and schedule dependent and can be subject to change. The contractor will not work on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. The following work schedule is for the week of May 25:

• Northbound and southbound traffic are traveling in the northbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier from Forman Street to north of Hillside Drive.
• Southbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Contractor is working on southbound reconstruction by removing existing roadway from the New York state line heading south.
• Contractor is working on southbound bridges. Work includes expansion dam replacements, steel retrofits and deck repairs.
• Tuna Crossroads remains closed for bridge demolition. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridge work. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and the Seaward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads (Township Route 369).
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 north to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Be aware of approaching traffic speeds and restricted lanes at ramps.
• Motorists need to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.
• Lane width in the construction zone is 10 feet.
• Please obey posted speed limits and remember to always buckle up.

For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at www.dot.state.pa.us.

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR PUBLISHES PAPER ON THE INFLUENCE OF COMPUTER GAMES ON YOUNG CHILDREN

BRADFORD, Pa -- Dr. Flora Wei, assistant professor of broadcast communications at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford who has been conducting research on whether educational mathematics computer games influence young children’s recall, has had her findings published in an international publication.

Wei’s paper, “Gender Differences in Preschool Children’s Recall of Competitive and Noncompetitive Computer Mathematics Games,” was published in a recent edition of Learning, Media and Technology, which is published by the Taylor and Francis Group of the United Kingdom.

“Playing electronic games has become an important leisure and learning experience in today’s society,” Wei said. “Educational software can be found in classrooms across the country, and I want to understand how children develop gender roles in their game playing.”

Wei conducted her research in a classroom setting at the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute, University of Memphis in Tennessee.

Twenty-two boys and 27 girls between 4 and 7 years old were enrolled in the study. The children were placed into three groups, depending upon their age, before being randomly assigned to one of two groups within their age category.

Half of the children played the nonviolent, competitive game Blue’s 123 Time Activities before they played the nonviolent, noncompetitive Jump Start Advanced Kindergarten game. The other group played the noncompetitive first.

The children played each game for 10 minutes before being asked questions about their play.

Wei discovered that 4- to 5-year-old boys and girls were more interested in playing the game and less interested in winning or losing. The 5- to 6-year-old girls related to making friends with the characters, while the boys were more interested in winning prizes.

It wasn’t until ages 6 to 7 that the boys’ recall focused on winning or losing, using words such as “beat” and “against” to describe their accomplishments in the game. The girls in this age group tended to identify what type of game they were playing and how to play the game. They continued the theme of friendship expressed by the younger girls. During the game, they focused on helping their friend or character to win.

Wei has been teaching broadcast communications classes at Pitt-Bradford since August 2007. Her research focuses on mass media effects and children.

DEP REMINDS POOL OWNERS TO HANDLE WASTE WATER SAFELY

Clean Streams Law Prohibits Discharging Chlorinated Water to Storm Sewers

PITTSBURGH — As warm summer months approach, private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, should remember that pool and chlorinated wastewater must be handled responsibly, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Director Ken Bowman said today.

“For many pool owners, Memorial Day heralds the start of swimming season,” Bowman said. “Almost every spring, as swimming pools are cleaned and prepared for summer use, we see fish kills in local streams that could have easily been prevented.

“Pool owners and professional pool cleaners must properly dispose of old water to neutralize wastewater that contains harmful chemicals, such as chlorine. Most importantly, they need to make sure the wastewater is going into the sanitary sewer, where it is allowed—not the storm sewer.”

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it quickly makes its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life is damaged or killed. Discharging swimming pool water to Pennsylvania’s waters without a permit violates the Clean Streams Law, and property owners and pool companies who violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.

If the local municipality grants permission, all wastewater—including pool backwash water, neutralized pool cleaning wastewater and standing water—should be discharged to the local sanitary sewer system. If sanitary sewers cannot be accessed, the wastewater should be hauled off-site for disposal at an approved treatment facility.

Anyone with questions about handling pool wastewater may call the Water Management Program in DEP’s southwest regional office at (412) 442-4000.

For more information on how chemicals in stormwater can impact Pennsylvania’s streams and lakes, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Stormwater.

CANCER SURVIVORS INVITED TO 'CREATING A CURE'

Cancer Survivors Invited

EMPORIUM, Pa. – Cancer survivors are invited to attend the American Cancer Society's pilot event "Creating A Cure" on Saturday, May 30, at Sizerville State Park.
They will be honored at 2:30 p.m. at the state park, located along Route 155, six miles north of Emporium.

A speaker will give a keynote address, and survivors' names and a poem written by a 16-year-old from Wellsville, N.Y., will be read aloud.
Invitations about the ceremony were mailed to survivors that live in Emporium, Port Allegany and Austin.

"Creating A Cure," which will feature more than a dozen artists and musicians from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., replaces the Relay for Life.

Proceeds will benefit cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. The fund-raising goal is $30,000.

For more information, contact ACS spokesperson Marie Costello at 1-888-333-5129, ext. 3010 or marie.costello@cancer.org.

ART PIECES TO BE AUCTIONED AT 'CREATING A CURE'

Creating A Cure

EMPORIUM, Pa. – About 20 art pieces will be auctioned during the American Cancer Society's pilot event "Creating A Cure" on Saturday, May 30, at Sizerville State Park.

Wooden furniture and carvings, a wooden swing, a stained glass window and three styles of paintings will be auctioned beginning 3 p.m. The park is located along Route 155, six miles north of Emporium.

Proceeds will benefit cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. The fund-raising goal is $30,000.

"Creating A Cure" replaces the Relay for Life, which had been held in Cameron County for a decade. The event will feature more than a dozen artists and musicians from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

For more information, contact ACS spokesperson Marie Costello at 1-888-333-5129, ext. 3010 or marie.costello@cancer.org.

Strike Called By Penelec Union Workers

WESB NEWS--Penelec Workers on Strike

Penelec workers are on strike. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 459, which represents workers, says Penelec has made a profit over the past three years and their workers deserve to share in the wealth.

Workers voted Thursday night in a secret ballot to strike. Penelec is a part of Ohio’s First Energy Corporation.

Thieves Take Candy From Baseball Field

WESB NEWS--Candy Stolen From Crosby Baseball Field Shed

State Police are investigating the theft of candy and food from a concession stand at the Crosby Baseball Field in Crosby. Police say sometime in late April vandals removed candy, beverages and other food items from the concession stand’s storage shed. The stolen merchandise is valued at $135 dollars.

Allegheny River Program Set For May 28

alleghenyNext meeting on the Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan will be held on Thursday, May 28, from 6-8 pm at the Port Allegany Veterans Memorial Home on Rt. 155. It’s sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and a steering committee for the Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan. Goal of the plan is to protect the Allegheny River’s unique land, water, biological and cultural resources while encouraging recreation, environmental education, arts and culture.

Additional information is available from Kylie Daisley, director of watershed planning for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, at kdaisley@paconserve.org or 724-459-0953, extension 115. Potter County Today


Potter County Offices Closed For Memorial Day Monday

All Potter county offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

Several veterans’ organizations across Potter County are planning parades and services.

Among the speakers will be Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs Leonard Kalkbrenner Jr., in Ulysses; SPC Kerry Ehrensberger in Austin (parade at 10, service to follow); Vietnam veteran Dan Stefanowich in Coudersport (parade at 11, service to follow at courthouse square); and Mayor Don Skutski in Galeton (parade at 10, service to follow at West Hill Cemetery). Source--Potter County Today

Official Election Count Gets Underway Today

sandylewisMembers of the Potter County Canvassing and Computing Board will convene this morning (Friday, May 22) to begin the official count from Tuesday’s Municipal Primary. Director of Elections Sandy Lewis (shown), who heads the board, has estimated that the panel will wind up its work late next week — possibly by Friday, May 29 — after resuming next Tuesday following the three-day holiday weekend.

Although numerous candidates and their supporters have contacted her office in an effort to obtain election results prematurely, Lewis pointed out that the Canvassing and Computing Board’s work, which is required by state law to certify returns, is time-consuming and must be meticulous. Once the official count is certified, the public will know the results of everything from the countywide races to contests for school board, township supervisor, tax collector and other local nominations.

Unofficial results from the Municipal Primary are shown below. Successful candidates will have their names appear as party nominees in the Nov. 3 Municipal Election. All results posted on Potter County Today are unofficial until such time as the county’s Canvassing and Computing Board completes its work. The totals below do not reflect six absentee ballots, as well as 12 provisional ballots that may or may not ultimately be counted.

Republican:

President Judge: Steve Minor 1,737, Dan Glassmire 1,100, Bob Kuhl 600

District Attorney: Andy Watson 1,842, Dawn Fink 1,574

Coroner: Kevin Dusenbury 2,168, Benjamin Olney 1,251

Democrat:

President Judge: Dan Glassmire 580, Steve Minor 561, Bob Kuhl 292

District Attorney (write-in): totals unavailable; an unscientific sampling of approximately one-third of Potter County voting districts show Andy Watson with a lead of approximately 57 percent to 43 percent.

Coroner (write-in): totals unavailable; a sampling of approximately one-third of Potter County voting districts show Kevin Dusenbury leading by a margin of about 78 percent to 22 percent. Potter County Today

List Of Galeton Town Wide Yard Sale Locations

GALETON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 4TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE

1. SANDRA EISENHART FURNITURE, MISC HOUSEHOLD ITEMS 1057 RT 6, GAINES

2. CANYON MOTORSPORTS KTM HONDA-POLARIS HRS. M-F 9-7, W&S CLOSED, SAT 9-2 US RT 6, GAINES

3. LINDA YONKIN MOVING SALE, BEDS, FURNITURE 130 PINE STR

4. LINDA YONKIN MOVING SALE, 2 FAMILIES, DOORS, TIRES, LG CLOTHES 442 YAHN RD

5. BOB & BONNIE DENLINGER FRIDAY & SATURDAY 35 CLINTON STR

6. LYDIA’S PORCH SALE E MAIN STR

7. BRICK HOUSE DELI SIDEWALK SALE 4 W MAIN STR

8. HEART’S DESIRE HUGE SIDEWALK SALE! DRAWINGS & GIVEAWAYS 27 W MAIN STR

9. ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS LIVE BAIT! BUY 1 GET 1 25% OFF 31 W MAIN STR

10. CHARLEY’S CORNER COMPUTERS & TOOLS 35 W MAIN STR

11. LINDA’S CLOTHING OUTLET BRAND NEW CLOTHES & CERAMICS 35 W MAIN STR

12. TAMMY GREEN TO BENEFIT THE GIRLSCOUTS 8 RT 6 W

13. FOX’S PIZZA MENTION THIS MAP GET $1 OFF ANY PIZZA 2 WEST STR

14. CAROL DRUCK JOHN J COLLINS PARK

15. GALETON BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PLANT SALE JOHN J COLLINS PARK

16. GALETON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFORMATION BOOTH JOHN J COLLINS PARK

17. CIMINO’S HARDWARE SIDEWALK SALE WEST STR

18. GALETON DRUG STORE SIDEWALK SALE 20 WEST STR (PLAZA)

19. GB MAX CUSTOM VINYL SIGNS DESIGN SPECIAL SALES & DISCOUNTS. DRAWING 480 W BRANCH RD

20. ST BIBIANA’S PARISH CENTER GERMANIA STR

21. JACKIE BOSEK 85 GERMANIA STR

22. KRICKET’S RESTAURANT PORCH SALE,BOOK SALE, CHICKEN & BISQUITS 75 GERMANIA STR

23. STARLIGHT VIDEO HUGE MOVIE SALE-NEW & USED VHS, DVD, GAMES 13 GERMANIA STR

24. LAKEVIEW CINEMA NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM “BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONION” 11 GERMANIA STR

25. RENEE KRATZ 2 FIRST STR

26. COLEEN OSGOOD FRIDAY 9-3, SATURDAY 9-NOON 126 FIRST STR