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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Southern PA Gets Dumped On

York Declares Countywide State of Emergency
York, Pa. - York County Commissioners have authorized a county-wide snow emergency declaration, encouraging residents to stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary.

Snow In The City








Man Jailed For Failing To Comply With Megan's Law

Megans Law Violation
An Emporium man was jailed Friday for failing to register his employment within the Megan's Law requirements.

Ralph Edward Bennett, 56, of 404 West Allegany Avenue, Apt. 2B, Emporium, PA, was charges with Failure To Comply with Registration of Sexual Offenders Requirements by Emporium State Police.

Bennett was arraigned in District Court and committed to the Potter County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

Items Stolen From Vehicle In Keating Township

Theft From A Vehicle
Unknown actor(s) removed a number of items from an unlocked vehicle overnight on 12-13/14 parked at a residence off of Route 646 in Keating Township, McKean County.


Angeline Wareham of Cyclone, PA, listed the missing items as a Columbia jacket; $200, in $10 & $20. bills; a gray MP3 player; and a pink Ipod. The stolen items were valued at $430. and may have been in a Smethport Wrestling gym bag, gray, black & orange in color, with the name of Cole Bennett on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Two Car Crash Reported At Devil's Elbow In Eldred Township

2 Car Crash
At 6:22pm on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept., Eldred Boro Ambulance, and Olean Medic 10 have been dispatched to a 2 car motor vehicle accident at Devil's Elbow, the intersection of the Barnum Road and Rt. 346 in Eldred Township.

Open House Held In Roulette Habitat House

Open House At Habitat House In Roulette
Betty Shalkowski with Fay[Bennett] and David Hauber.
Fay donated the land for the house to be built on.



Betty with Charlotte and Jim Blain who led the building
of her home.
Charlotte is Potter Co's " Rosalyn Carter".
She worked along side the v
olunteers and was an
inspiration as well as a great person to be associated
with.

Roulette, as well as Betty and family, are so proud
of the finished home.
And to think it came about in
our little Village of Roulette with Fay's ve
ry generous
donation and the 85 volunteers and 3000 man hours
that built it
in 4 months,well ahead of schedule.

Every one of you are our "unsung heroe
s".

Be happy in the knowledge "I helped build that house
to make a differen
ce for the Shalkowski family".

GOD BLESS each and every one of you.The hous
e is
beautiful and perfect!!!!!!

boots haskins

EMERGENCY COMMUNITY NOTIFICATIONS

Emergency Notifications

Solomon's words has an emergency notification system for Police, Schools, Emergency services, Day cares, Churches, etc.

Please email us at shurfine40@gmail.com if you want to be authorized to use this service.

We will provide you with a password and instructions on how to post your emergency notices, cancellations, delays, etc. directly to Solomon's words 24 hours a day by email without human assistance.

"A Different Christmas Poem"

"A Different Christmas Poem"

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.


The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.


The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.


Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.


"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..


To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.


No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.


I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.


I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.."


" So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."


Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Pennsylvania Receives REAL ID Extension

Pennsylvania Receives REAL ID Extension

Harrisburg – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Pennsylvania an extension on implementing the federal REAL ID Act, PennDOT said today.

The extension allows Pennsylvania residents to continue using PA driver’s licenses and identification cards as ID for official federal purposes, i.e. boarding a commercial aircraft, entering a nuclear power plant or federal facility that requires identification, beyond Dec. 31, 2009.

“When we requested the extension, we told Homeland Security staff that we are not committing the commonwealth to comply with the REAL ID Act,” said Kurt J. Myers, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for safety administration. “We have been clear from the beginning that unless the federal government fully funds REAL ID, Pennsylvania does not intend to participate.”

Pennsylvania has long been and continues to be a leader among states in the security of its driver’s license products, processes, systems and facilities. Regardless of what happens with REAL ID, PennDOT remains committed to enhancing the security of its products, processes and facilities in a continuing effort to safeguard the integrity of its driver licensing and identification card systems.

The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, was an attempt to create nationwide minimum standards for states to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards. The law requires changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver’s licenses and identification cards, if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government.

May 10, 2011 remains the deadline for full compliance with the REAL ID Act.

Teacher's Pet Rescue Wishes You A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us during the past year with donations and supplies. Because of people opening their homes to our rescued dogs, we have adopted out 127 dogs since January 2009 and the year isn't over! There are so many wonderful people in this area and we truly appreciate you.
Happy Holidays
Roger & Kris

Dr. Charles Stanley


A Personal Promise

A Personal PromiseMany people focus on visiting with relatives, attending parties, or giving and receiving gifts this time of year. But Christmas is about much more than that. Read Dr. Stanley's online article and learn the true significance of this holy day and God's personal promise to mankind.

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits

PennDOT Reduces Speed Limits Due to Weather
WHTM-TV
Harrisburg, Pa. - PennDOT says it is temporarily reducing the speed limit on interstate highways and several major expressways in south central Pennsylvania because of the winter storm.

The speed limit has been reduced to 35 miles-per-hour on Interstate 81 from the Maryland state line to Carlisle, and on Route 15 from Maryland to the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cumberland County.

The speed limit has been reduced to 45 miles-per-hour on I-81 from Carlisle to Schuylkill County, Interstate 83 from the Maryland state line to I-81 in Dauphin County, Interstate 78 in Lebanon County Interstate 283 in Dauphin County, Route 283 in Dauphin and Lancaster counties, Route 581 in Cumberland County, Route 11/15 in Perry County, and Route 22/322 in Dauphin and Perry counties

Although snow removal crews are treating roadways around the clock, PennDOT said its primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. The department is urging motorist not travel unless absolutely necessary.

To check local interstate conditions, motorists can visit www.511pa.com or call 511 while stopped in a safe location.

Southeast PA Inundated With Snow

Northeaster Snow Inundates Philly
If you're planning a trip to Philly or other locations in Eastern Pennsylvania, you may want to make other arrangements.


The City is being snowed under with a northeaster. Our daughter, who lives in Bensalem, just north of Philly reports up to 18 inches of snow expected.

POGAM President Resigns To Work For East Resources

POGAM president to step down

Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association officials announced Friday that Steve Rhoads, POGAM president, plans to leave the association in February.

Rhoads accepted a position with East Resources Inc., a natural gas exploration and production company based in Warrendale, and will start Feb. 1.

“I’ve been very proud of my work with POGAM,” Rhoads said. “But I have an excellent opportunity to work with a company that is growing and becoming a significant operator in Pennsylvania.”

Rhoads will be director of External Affairs for the East Resources. In his new position, Rhoads will oversee public and media relations, including landowner outreach, governmental affairs and issues management. More...

Georgiana R. Cline of 9157 Coon Hollow Road, Portville, and Siberling Drive, Cheektowaga, NY

PORTVILLE, NY - Georgiana R. Cline of 9157 Coon Hollow Road, Portville, and Siberling Drive, Cheektowaga, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 16, 2009) peacefully at the home of her daughter, Karen, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 26, 1936, in Alma, she was the daughter of the late George Winans and Lucile Jackson Kellogg. In 1954, in Wellsville she married Roderick N. Cline, who passed away in 1978.

She worked many years at Tops and Niagara Candy in Cheektowaga and did charity work for Mother Divine Grace.

She is survived by her children, David (Ann) Cline of Wellsville, Gail (Joe) Beckhardt of Preston, MD, Dale Cline of Wellsville, Kirby Cline of Wellsville, Gary (Sandra) Cline of DeRuyter, Karen (Jeff) Sargent of Portville, Kevin Cline of Roulette, PA, Lou Ann Herkey of Depew, and Tim (Mary Jo) Cline of East Bethany.

She has 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her longtime companion, Jerry Fibich, of West Seneca, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Roddy Cline; her father, George Winans; her mother, Lucille Kellogg; stepfather, Alvin Kellogg; and two brothers, Lloyd and Edwin Winans.

Family will receive friends at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 51 S. Main St., Portville, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 18, 2009), and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 19, 2009) at which time funeral and committal services will be held in the funeral home. Father Gregory Dobson, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Church, will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John J. Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14229.

Keystone Tops Falcons In Overtime

A group of Keystone players try to stop Lady Falcons' Jenna Matzinger.
Keystone beat the Falcons in overtime.
Leo Szczesny Photo

2 Confirmed Dead In DuBois Apartment Fire

Deaths in DuBois blaze
Courier Express

Two people are confirmed dead in an early morning blaze in a downtown DuBois apartment building Friday. The identities of the victims were not released, pending notification of their next of kin.

Six people, including two infants, were rescued by firefighters.


In addition to DuBois Volunteer Fire Department units, Brockway, Sykesville, Reynoldsville and Sandy Township responded.

Investigation continues. Look for the latest information in Tri-County Sunday.

Friday, December 18, 2009

No Injuries In Crash Near Gold On Thursday

Crash Near Gold
An accident Thursday at 1:30 pm on Route 49 near the Potter County Solid Waste Authority at Gold resulted in damages to a Chevy Blazer and a Sterling log truck, but the occupants were uninjured.

Brian Joseph McCleary, 19, 25 Lower Lane, Coudersport, PA, was driving a Chevy Blazer eastbound on Route 49 when it entered the westbound lane and struck the driver side bumper and the rear driver's side first tire of an oncoming Sterling log truck driven by Kenneth Eugene Risser, 48, of 162 Cushing Hollow Road, Ulysses, PA.

McCleary's Blazer was rendered inoperable. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and McCleary's air bag deployed. Neither driver was injured.

Coudersport troopers will charge McCleary with Driving On Highways Laned For Traffic in District Court 55-3-01.

Lost Purse

LOST PURSE ITS SMALL BLACK AND HAS WHITE WRITING ALL
OVER
IT THAT SAYS I LOVE YOU. IT HAD MY KIDS CHRISTMAS
MONEY IN IT
BEEN ALL OVER THE TOWN OF COUDERSPORT
EVEN TO THE POLICE
STATION AND NO ONE HAS TURNED IT IN
AND I'M NOT SURE IF ANYONE
WILL. SO I'M ASKING ANYONE IF
THEY DO FIND THAT LITTLE BLACK PURSE
TO PLEASE TURN IT
IN SO MY 4 KIDS CAN HAVE A CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.
IF YOU
FIND IT PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE COUDERSPORT POLICE
DEPARTMENT.

If you took her purse and don't want to turn it in, at least send a completely anonymous comment to tell her where she can find it so she doesn't have to go through the work of replacing all her id and licenses.

Coudersport Elementary Kindergarten Phone Pre-Registration January 4 - 8.

Coudersport Elementary Kindergarten Phone Pre-Registration January 4 - 8.
Coudersport Elementary School will be holding a kindergarten phone pre-registration January 4 - 8 for all children that will be 5 years of age by September 1, 2010.

Parents are asked to call 260-4033 or 260-4043 between the hours of 8:30 and 2:30. Please be prepared to provide the following information: child's name, parents' names, date of birth, phone number and address, and whether or not the child attended a preschool program.

We will also at that time be scheduling appointments for March 3 and 4 for parents to come in with their child to complete the registration process. Parents can expect these March appointments to last approximately 1 hour.

The purpose of the pre-registration this year is to assist us with accurate kindergarten class counts as we plan for next school year.

PEMA Urges Citizens to Prepare for Major Winter Storm, Avoid Travel

PEMA Urges Citizens to Prepare for Major Winter Storm, Avoid Travel

Be ready to postpone holiday shopping, parties

Harrisburg – Bracing for a major storm that could bring as up to a foot of snow to parts of Pennsylvania this weekend, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging citizens to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel.

“This storm has the potential to disrupt travel during what would normally be a very busy weekend,” said PEMA director Robert P. French. “Many people have plans to visit family and friends and finish holiday shopping, but common sense dictates that it may be necessary to postpone those plans in the interest of safety.”

PEMA is working with various state agencies to monitor the storm and proactively take steps to keep citizens safe. PennDOT today reminded motorists that they should expect that roads will not be completely free of snow and ice while precipitation is still falling, and it may take several hours or longer for all roads to be cleared.

If travel is absolutely necessary, drivers can learn current roadway conditions by calling 511 while stopped in a safe location, or before leaving home, or by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 440 traffic cameras. 511 also features color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network.

Never call the 911 emergency system to request or report road conditions. When calling 911 to report an emergency, it is critical for callers to stay on the line, even if for an extended series of rings, until the operator answers. Hang-ups due to frustration result in wasted staff time as the 911 center tries to reestablish contact.

“Anyone travelling over the weekend should plan ahead and make sure they have specific items in their car that will help them deal with bad weather and congested roadways,” said French.

Emergency-management officials urge residents to take the following precautions when outside driving or shoveling snow:

· Make sure tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that vehicles be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs to drive on their roads.

· Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal.

· Wear a coat or keep it in the car in the event you become stranded.

· Keep a winter car kit, which could include: flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit with pocket knife, necessary medications, several blankets, matches, extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap, small shovel, small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver), and a brightly colored cloth to use as a distress flag.

· Keep a full tank of gas during the winter season.

· Travel during daylight and do not travel alone.

· Make sure someone knows your arrival times and routes.

· Store a supply of high-energy snacks and several bottles of water.

· Dress warmly if headed outdoors. Wear loose-fitting, layered clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellant. Mittens are warmer than gloves because fingers generate warmth when they touch each other.

· If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up. Also take frequent breaks.

· Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. For anyone unaccustomed to strenuous exercise, activity such as shoveling snow or pushing a car can cause a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Be aware of symptoms of dehydration.

· Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Stay dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

At home, families and individuals should keep an emergency kit with food, water and other basic necessities to survive without outside assistance for at least three days, as well as a smaller version of a home kit for each vehicle.

Information regarding hazardous winter weather, including watches and warnings, is available on the National Weather Service Web site at www.weather.gov, on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and on local radio and television stations.

The state’s ReadyPA campaign encourages individual preparedness for all emergencies with the theme, “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved.”

For more information on winter weather preparedness, including emergency kit checklists and family emergency plan templates, visit www.ReadyPA.org or call 1-888-9READY-PA.

Swain Ski Resort Getting Internet/Maybe Even Cell Phone Service

Internet tower erected over Swain Resort

By Justin Head
The Evening Tribune

SWAIN -High speed Internet service is so close to being available to northern Allegany County Grove town Supervisor Mike Johnsen can see it, literally.

Southern Tier West installed an 80-foot tower Monday behind the Swain Resort’s lodge on the ski center’s property, making modern communications a possibility.

“Everybody’s really excited,” said Johnson. “It’s a result of a $16,000 grant Southern Tier West got a few years ago and they are just getting around to putting the tower up because they recently confirmed they would be getting the money.”

Johnson said he has been told that a second tower will be put up in the Town of Burns, but he hasn’t been give a date as to when yet.

“I don’t know how many towers are going to be installed, but we are being told we’ll have service after the second one is put up,” he said.

Johnson publically thanked Southern Tier West at the town’s Wednesday night meeting.

The tower is part of a project that will bring service to areas from the towns of Rushford to Burns.

Johnson said he has received a letter from Verizon seeking information about the town’s zoning ordinances, an indication the company may be installing a cell phone tower in the near future. More...

Swain Ski Resort is now being operated by the folks who operate the Ski-
Denton Resort facility in Potter County.

Clearfield Ethanol Plant Will Buy 40 Million Bushels Of Corn/Production To Start Next Month

Local corn fuels ethanol plant
The Progress-Clearfield
HARRISBURG - When Pennsylvania's first ethanol plant begins production next month, chances are the corn-based fuel has its roots in or near Clearfield County.
"BioEnergy International has contracts for 800,000 bushels of corn for delivery by early January to fill its silos," said state Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-74 of Houtzdale. "Virtually all of the initial shipments of corn are from within 100 miles of the Bionol Clearfield facility."

George said the $270 million facility will require 40 million bushels of corn a year to produce 110 million gallons of ethanol annually.

"Bionol has contracts for more than 1.6 million bushels of corn over the next three months and is actively seeking more," George said. "Meanwhile, Clearfield County residents will staff the overwhelming majority of jobs at the plant when production begins in a matter of weeks."

George said Bionol Clearfield procures its corn supply through the Lansing Trade Group.

Information about becoming a corn supplier is available online at www.lansing-bionol.com.

"Neither Bionol nor Lansing hire truckers directly to ship the corn to the plant," according to George. "However, both companies have expressed a willingness to work with local trucking firms to link them with suppliers when feasible."

Philip M. Johnson 70, of 52 Sherman St. Bradford, PA

Philip M. Johnson 70, of 52 Sherman St. Bradford, passed away Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at UPMC- Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

POTTER COUNTY DES & FEMA ENCOURAGES WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

POTTER COUNTY DES & FEMA ENCOURAGES WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS

WASHINGTON – With the winter season approaching, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services & the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds individuals to be prepared for winter storms and extreme cold. While the danger of severe winter weather varies across the country, everyone can benefit by taking a few easy steps now to prepare for emergencies. A first step, regardless of where you live, is to visit the Ready.gov Web site to find preparedness ideas you can use all year long.

“Severe winter weather can strike at any time. Even areas that normally experience mild winters can be hit with a major snowstorm or extreme cold,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “I encourage everyone to get an emergency supply kit, develop and practice a family emergency plan and stay informed about emergencies that may affect your area. Families can log onto Ready.gov to learn more.”

Severe winter weather can include snow or subfreezing temperatures, strong winds and ice or heavy rain storms. An emergency supply kit both at home and in the car will help prepare you and your family for winter power outages and icy or impassable roads.

Both kits should include a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. In addition, your home kit should include a three day supply of food and water. Thoroughly check and update your family’s emergency supply kit and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather:

• Rock salt to melt ice on walkways,
• Sand to improve traction on driveways and sidewalks,
• Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment,
• And adequate clothing and blankets to help keep you warm.

Ensure your family preparedness plan and contacts are up to date and exercise your plan. Learn about emergency plans established in your area by state and local officials and make sure your family plans and contacts are up to date.

Finally, make sure to familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a winter storm hazard and discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Terms used to describe a winter storm hazard include the following:

• Freezing Rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
• Sleet is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
• Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected.
• Winter Storm Watch means severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
• Winter Storm Warning means severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.

For more information and winter preparedness tips, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter.

Your Emergency Is WHERE??

Gas drillers need 911 addresses

By JIM RUNKLE - jrunkle@lockhaven

LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS- If you drill ... they will come

But for them to find you, they'll need some sort of address.

That sums up one action taken by the Clinton County Commissioners Thursday.

The county board approved an ordinance requiring all natural gas drilling companies to obtain an address as soon as the Department of Environmental Protection issues a permit.

The commissioners did so at the behest of County Director of Emergency Services Kevin Fanning.

Fanning recommended the move as an upgrade of the county's 911 addressing ordinance and was a common sense move, give the industrial nature of the natural gas drilling business and the potential for fires.

Briefly, he said, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency services volunteers need to know where the drilling companies are putting up their temporary trailers at drilling sites, so they know where to go in case of fire or injury. More...

Brehm Pleasd Guilty/January Sentencing Set

WESB NEWS--Ex-PennDOT Manager Pleads Guilty
A former PennDOT equipment manager has pleaded guilty to stealing from the department. 48-year-old Timothy Brem of St. Marys bought items with state money for his personal use between March of 2004 and April of 2007. The cost of the items is about $6,000. Brem will be sentenced in January in Potter County Court.

Deaths in DuBois blaze

BREAKING NEWS: 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

Late unconfirmed reports indicate that as many as three people died this morning in a blaze in a downtown DuBois apartment building.

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT

FRIDAY DEC. 18TH
THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT 6:30-8;30PM.
Bring some cookies or a snack to share & enjoy games and fellowship!
Those that want to share a song or two that honors Jesus are welcome!
The SPOT is 3 miles east of Coudersport on Route 6!
www.thespotcafe.com

Pastor Pete
Coudersport Free Methodist

PennDOT Urges Motorists to Avoid Unnecessary Travel During Winter Storm


Motorists Urged to Use Common Sense, Check Conditions and Weather Forecast

Harrisburg – With severe winter weather expected in parts of the state this weekend, PennDOT is urging motorists in affected areas not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Winter roads are not a place for casual drives.

“Whenever heavy snow or ice is forecast – as it is for many areas this weekend – the smartest decision drivers can make is to stay off the roads,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Scott Christie, P.E. “If you must travel, use common sense and remember that while winter precipitation is falling, roads will not be completely free of ice and snow.”

Although PennDOT will have crews treating roadways around the clock, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

“When winter precipitation is occurring, especially heavy precipitation, motorists should expect to need to slow down and travel with extreme caution because roadways will not be bare until several hours or more after the precipitation stops,” Christie said. “Safety is always our utmost concern, but we also need drivers to cooperate and be realistic about the conditions they may encounter.”

Motorists should remember that interstates and other high-volume expressways are treated first during winter storms. Secondary state routes are a lower priority and during severe winter storms, deeper accumulations will occur on these roadways.

PennDOT is also urging motorists to not use winter road conditions as an excuse to drive aggressively.

“Winter driving can be challenging and painfully slow, but this should never be an excuse to drive aggressively,” Christie said. “In fact, last year there were more than 7,700 crashes that resulted from motorists speeding, tailgating or making careless lane changes during adverse weather conditions.”

Because weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly, motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling. Road conditions for interstates and some limited-access highways is available by calling 511 while stopped in a safe location, or by visiting www.511pa.com before you leave home.

Local Governments’ Power Limited In Natural Gas Regulation

gasdrillsite2Although court precedents leave many uncertainties, townships and boroughs in Pennsylvania have limited authority to regulate natural gas drilling and production, an agricultural law expert told county commissioners from across Pennsylvania on Friday.

Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, was guest speaker at a meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Natural Gas Task Force. Among task force members are Commissioners Erick Coolidge of Tioga County, co-chair, and Paul Heimel of Potter County.

“It’s likely that there will be future litigation to more fully define what authority our municipalities have,” Pifer said. “Generally speaking, the courts have upheld the concept that a township or borough cannot regulate features that are covered in the state’s Oil and Gas Act.”

One Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision upheld portions of a zoning ordinance in the Borough of Oakmont that prohibits gas wells being drilled in some sections of the borough. Another decision shot down regulations that Salem Township attempted to impose, Pifer added, defining the latter ordinance as a “comprehensive regulatory scheme” that is not permitted under state law.

Pifer said the state legislature is being pressured to revisit the Oil and Gas Act because it was passed during an era when energy companies were drilling shallow wells and were not pursuing the vast gas reserves now confirmed deeper underground in Marcellus Shale formation.

He also cited potential litigation that could stem from the variation in lease agreements signed for mineral rights over the years, now that technology and marketplace conditions have changed. Commissioner Coolidge concurred, citing developments he has observed in Tioga County.

“What we’re seeing is that there are a lot of people who have leases at $25 an acre and others that are at $2,500 an acre right across the hedgerow,” Coolidge noted. Potter County
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Spaghetti Dinner Cancelled

Spaghetti Dinner Cancelled

The Joe Dubots Spaghetti dinner advertised for Sunday the 20th of December has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled in January.

On 12/15/09 you published an announcement stating that the Dubots Family fund raising Dinner is cancelled and rescheduled in mid January. Would you please run it again today....somehow it got in the Enterprise as being held and your site reaches the most people.

Two Charged With DUI In Westfield

Two men charged with drunken driving

Sun Gazette

ELKLAND - Two Westfield men were charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants in Elkland District Court. They are:

Brandon Dale Flynn, 21, of 616 E. Main St., Westfield, two counts in Westfield by Westfield Borough Police, on Nov. 29.

Jerry L. Mead Jr., 23, of 2809 Route 49, Apt. 6, two counts in Westfield, Westfield Borough Police, on Dec. 6.

According to court documents, Mead also was charged with fleeing or attempt to elude a police officer and resisting arrest, for which he was arrested and committed to Tioga County Prison also on Dec. 6 on $7,500 bail.

Bail was modified to $7,500 unsecured bail at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 10 before District Judge Brian Edgcomb, with arraignment set for Jan. 4 before Tioga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert E. Dalton Jr.

Woman Gets Criminal Charge For Not Paying Vet Bill

Osceola woman allegedly didn't pay puppy's $91.58 veterinarian bill
Sun Gazette

ELKLAND - Michelle Lynn Flynn, 29, of 2069 Pleasant Valley Road, was charged with theft of services by Elkland Police in Elkland District Court.

According to court documents, Flynn used the veterinarian services of Dr. John W. Weiner at Pleasant Valley Vet Care, 102 S. Buffalo St., for an injured puppy and left the office without paying $91.58 for the services. Police said she had been contacted several times but refused to pay the bill.

A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31 before District Judge Brian Edgcomb.

PA Agriculture Secretary Says Grants Will Help Producers

Transition to Organic Farming, Evaluate Potential Benefits to Environment

HARRISBURG, Thirteen Pennsylvania farm families are working to transition to organic production through a program that provides funding, educational resources and other support, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said today.

"The Path to Organic grant program is a significant investment in the future of the state's agriculture industry," said Redding. "Consumer demand for organic products has grown, and some producers are beginning the long and expensive process of transitioning their production practices and marketing strategies to meet this increased demand. Through this grant program, we can help producers make the transition and remain profitable into the future."

The program also evaluates organic production practices as tools in improving soil health, protecting water quality and gathering atmospheric carbon on a pilot basis outside of the traditional research environment.

"Pennsylvania is leading the way in reducing pollution into the Chesapeake Bay, and this program is another key part of our efforts," said Redding. "By evaluating organic practices as tools in improving soil health and water quality, we can advance our understanding of how to continue to improve the bay."

Producers enrolled in the Path to Organic program are eligible to receive up to $7,500 in a single calendar year or $30,000 in a four year period for reimbursement costs directly related to organic transition, including building, machinery and equipment, and operating costs.

In addition to funding, the program works with producers to set up transition teams that meet regularly and include finance professionals, organic experts and other organic producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program requires a three-year transition process for farms to be certified as organic.

The 13 operations participating in the grant program represent the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture, from dairy and livestock operations to vegetable, fruit and other specialty crop growers.

The producers selected for the program are:

* Stanley Chepatos and John Hollway, a produce, fruit and livestock community-supported agriculture farm in Cherry Tree, Indiana County.
* Barbara Dietrich, a produce and fruit farm in Oley, Berks County.
* Alvie and Monic Fourness, a garlic farm in Coudersport, Potter County.
* Bob and Lucy Gillichbauer, a produce, fruit and grass-fed beef operation in Lancaster, Lancaster County.
* Cindy Goril, a produce farm in Strongstown, Indiana County.
* Mary Hill, a goat and cow dairy, livestock and crop operation in Hamburg, Berks County.
* Jeff and Mandisa Horn, a produce community-supported agriculture farm and livestock, egg and game bird operation in Manns Choice, Bedford County.
* David Martin, a dairy farm in Port Royal, Juniata County.
* Arthur and Jane Metzger, an orchard in Coudersport, Potter County.
* Christy Phillips, a produce and poultry community-supported agriculture farm in Muncy, Lycoming County.
* Michael Travis, an orchard in Fairfield, Adams County.
* Lamar and Cathleen Wadel, a dairy farm in Shippensburg, Cumberland County.
* David White, a produce and fruit operation in Jermyn, Lackawanna County.

The Path to Organic grant program is coordinated through the department's Center for Farm Transitions, which provides consultation and resources for producers looking to enter farming or transition their operation to new markets or future generations. For more information about services offered by the Center for Farm Transitions, visit www.IPlanToFarm.com or call 1-877-475-2686.

For more information about the Path to Organic program, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click on "Programs" and select "Path to Organic Transition (CFT)" under the program selection menu or call Jared Grissinger at 1-888-PAgrows.

County Emergency Services Council Meeting Plans Announced

firefightersPotter County Emergency Services Council meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month in 2010, starting Jan. 14, at 6:30 pm in the Coudersport Firehall, unless otherwise noted.

Each fire, ambulance and fire police organization in the county is asked to designate at least one representative to serve on the council. It’s an effort to bring together emergency agencies from throughout the county to explore common interests and strategies, including financial options and recruitment/retention of volunteers, while updating members on recent issues and developments

Prior to each meeting, those planning to attend should contact the Department of Emergency Services at 274-8900 or send an email to potterema@zitomedia.net for confirmation. Potter County Today

Rendell Threatens To Lay Off 1,000 State Workers

Rep: Rendell Uses Pa. Workers as “pawns“
WHTM-TV
Harrisburg, Pa. - The state already cut nearly 800 jobs this year and now the Governor is threatening another round of layoffs. According to Rendell, at least 1,000 state employees this time, unless lawmakers pass a table games bill in early January.

The deadline is January 8th. Senators and representatives have left for the holidays. The next legislative session isn't scheduled until the new year; just three days before that deadline. More...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shinglehouse Men Arrested For 2008 Crime Spree

7 Burglaries, 8 Thefts, 6 Criminal Mischiefs Solved
Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport made two arrests this week solving 7 burglaries, 8 thefts, and 6 criminal mischiefs that took place in the summer and fall of 2008 in Potter and McKean Counties.


Nicholas Eugene Brown, 24, of 352 Canada Hollow Road, Shinglehouse, PA and Ethan Philip Turner, 20, of 28 Trails End Road, Shinglehouse, admitted breaking into numerous buildings, stealing guns, generators, chain saws, and other items such as gas, tools, and scrap metal. Brown and Turner conspired in several of the crimes. Both gave taped confessions.

Brown was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday and arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton. Bail was set at $20,000. Brown was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail.

Turner was arrested on a warrant on Thursday. He was charged with 4 burglaries, 5 thefts, and 3 criminal mischiefs. He was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton and released to his mother on $50,000. unsecured bail to await his preliminary hearing.

The victims of the crimes were listed by state police as:

  • Larry Pittman, Camp on Kenyon Hollow Road, Pleasant Valley Twp.
  • Karen Johnson, Camp on Back Road, Clara Twp.
  • Niles Stover, Camp on Coon Hollow, Ceres Twp.
  • James Kent, Barn on Tinker Stevens Road, Pleasant Valley Twp.
  • Danny Fuller, Shed on Plank Road, Sharon Twp.
  • John Nehrig, Shed on Weimer Hollow, Pleasant Valley Twp.
  • Rudy Levoch, Shed on Canada Hollow, Sharon Twp.
  • Gas Field Specialists, Scrap yard theft

Dairy Producers’ Payments Coming Soon; Deadline Jan. 19

dairy-cattlePenn State Cooperative Extension is advising dairy producers of this week’s announced release of Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment Program (DELAP) funds. USDA has said dairy payments of $290 million will be released immediately. Most payments should reach producers within the next few days. Cooperative Extension reports that producers who have previously received MILC payments this year will not have to apply for DELAP. Milk production data at the local Farm Service Agency office will be used to calculate milk production level from Feb. 1 to July 31, 2009.

DELAP payments will be calculated based on the dairy operation’s total pounds of milk production for that period, multiplied by two up to a maximum production of 6 million pounds per operation. Farmers who have not received MILC payments in the past year must sign up at the local FSA office no later than Jan. 19 Potter County Today

Photo Link To Tractor Trailer Incident On Rt. 6

Photos of the Tractor Trailer MVA in Port Allegany

Eric L. Hunt, 47, of Wellsville, NY

Eric L. Hunt
“Soul mate, and beloved son & brother”


Wellsville, NY---, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, after a short illness.

Born August 12, 1962 in Wellsville, he was a son of Edwin F. and Sandra K. Weber Hunt. On September 20, 1986 in Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, he married Alice M. Gardner, who survives.

Mr. Hunt was a graduate of Wellsville High School, class of 1980. He also graduated in 1982 from Alfred State College with an associate’s degree in heavy equipment/diesel mechanics. He was employed by the Village of Wellsville from 1986 until the present as a heavy equipment mechanic.

He was a member of Yorks Corners Mennonite Church and also attended Chenunda Creek Fellowship Church in Independence. He loved animals. He enjoyed muscle car restoration. Mr. Hunt was a member of the Genesee Valley Antique Tractor Club where he was unanimously voted to receive the Glenn E. Burgess Memorial Award for club participation and dedication. He especially loved the annual trips he took with his wife.

Surviving besides his wife is his mother of Wellsville; three brothers, Mark L. (Pamela) Hunt of Genesee, PA, Randy S. Hunt and Michael P. (Amy) Hunt, both of Wellsville; a sister, Tammy M. (Scott) Fanton of Wellsville; three nephews: Jordan M. Hunt, Walker Waldon, and Sheldon J. Gardner, and; seven nieces: Katherine Rose, Courtney Hunt, Paige Fanton, Caeli Fanton, Hannah Fanton, Hayden Waldon, and Autumn Gardner; his father-in-law, Leon K. Gardner, Sr. of Alma; a brother-in-law, Leon K. (Buffy) Gardner, Jr. of Little Genesee; and a sister-in-law, Cora L. (James) Lord of Olean.

In addition to his father, Mr. Hunt was predeceased by a brother, Edwin F. Hunt, Jr.; and his mother-in-law, Joyce E. Gardner.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 County Rd 29, Wellsville, NY with Pastor Stephen B. Richard of Chenunda Creek Fellowship Church and Pastor Eugene Miller of Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, officiating. Committal services and burial will be held in the Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.

Memorials may be made to G.V.A.T.C. c/o Stan Luce, Box 174, Rushford, NY 14777; Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 County Rd 29, Wellsville, NY 14895; or to Chenunda Creek Fellowship Church, c/o Mary Jane Green, Clark Road, Andover, NY 14806.

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey Everyone!

In just 8 days we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. In the
Purpose Driven Connection e-mail for today, Rick Warren wrote, "God
sent Jesus so you could know what He's like. If God wanted to
communicate to birds, He would have become a bird. If God had wanted
to communicate to cows, He would have become a cow. If He wanted to
communicate to dogs, He would have become a dog. But God wanted to
relate to you and to me, so He became like us -- a human being."
Praise God! Let's remember that this season. How God cares so much
about us, that He sent His son so that He could have an everlasting
relationship with you and me!

What's happening at Open Arms?

Christmas Caroling:
Tues Dec 22. Meet at Open Arms at 6:30pm. Sign up in Lobby.

Christmas Eve’s Eve Service: Wed, Dec 23, 7pm. If you are interested
in sharing a song, poem, skit, etc. please see Pastor Mike. Be
inviting friends and family now. Also, the special offering received
at this service will go toward the 2010 Benevolence Ministry in caring
for those in need in Bradford, so dig deep and give generously.

1st Night Outreach: Dec 31. We will be giving out free coffee, coco,
and baked goods. Please sign up in Lobby to provide baked goods or
serve at the Gazebo in Veteran’s Square in Bradford.

It seems that this is always a busy time with the holiday, with
children and family, baking, planning, and traveling. If you are out
of town or get caught up in the bad weather and miss a weekend of our
Heroes series you can catch it online. Go to www.openarmsbradford.org.
This weekend is Heroes Part 2: A Heroes Secret Power?

I pray you have a wonderful Christmas! God Bless you.

But the angel said to them, "... I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10 (NIV)


--
Open Arms Community Church
http://www.openarmsbradford.org
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
openarms@openarmsbradford.org

I-80 Delegation Meets with Federal Agency on Highway Tolling Proposal

I-80 Delegation Meets with Federal Agency on Highway Tolling Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A dozen members from the Pennsylvania House and Senate who represent districts along the Interstate 80 corridor met with four high-ranking members of the Federal Highway Administration about their concerns regarding the tolling of the highway on Thursday during a meeting on Capitol Hill.

That agency currently is considering an application on behalf of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to toll the 311-mile highway.

The meeting included Reps. Martin Causer (R-McKean/Potter/Cameron), Michele Brooks (R-Crawford/Mercer/Lawrence), Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong), Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), Brad Roae (R-Crawford), Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer/Butler), Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango/Butler), Russ Fairchild (R-Union/Snyder), Merle Phillips (R-Northumberland/Snyder), along with Sens. Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) and John Gordner (R-Columbia) and Congressmen Glenn Thompson (R-Centre), Paul Kanjorski (D-Luzerne) and Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Erie). Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) were represented at the meeting by staff members.

"We wanted to present to the FHWA an accurate portrayal of the hardships that are going to be undoubtedly faced by the people most affected by these tolls," the legislators said. "There are going to be real people hurt, real jobs lost and real family-owned businesses and farms devastated by the imposition of tolls. We are here to convey the message from our constituents that tolling I-80 is poor public policy that punishes rural Pennsylvania in favor of more populated areas of the Commonwealth. This is an issue of economic fairness which puts our residents at a significant disadvantage."

The legislators explained to the agency officials three main arguments why I-80 should not be tolled. First, each legislator explained the devastating financial impact tolling will have on their areas and cited numerous companies, manufacturers and industries that would reduce their workforces or close altogether. Transportation estimates range from the tens of thousands of additional dollars per business to upward of $1.2 million.

Those costs would be in addition to the expenses faced by local governments in terms of traffic diversion and the loss of economic activity and economic development opportunities. If I-80 is tolled, one of the corridor's main selling points to new business, industry and expansion is lost.

Second, legislators explained the negative example that would be set if the Turnpike Commission's application were to be approved, especially in light of the controversies, inefficiencies and alleged fraud occurring within the Turnpike Commission. Such an approval would set a dangerous precedent.

Third, members argued that the Turnpike Commission's application does not meet the stringent criteria specifically set forth in federal law. The debt service on such a project would be unmanageable after the first few years and officials with both the Turnpike Commission and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) have publicly admitted that toll revenue would be directed to projects in other areas of the state and for urban mass transit systems. In fact, many of the so-called highway improvements targeted for I-80 and cited by the Turnpike Commission may not even be necessary.

Members requested that the FHWA consider all the facts when determining whether or not the Turnpike Commission's application to toll I-80 meets the strict criteria set forth in the federal government's Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program.

The legislators believe this issue is so important to the residents of their communities that they missed legislative session on Thursday, which included Fairchild, who had a 21-year perfect attendance record.

"It was our goal to have FHWA officials listen carefully to our concerns, and that based on the information presented to them, their decision should be clear cut regarding the lack of merit the I-80 tolling application has," members added. "We again respectfully asked for the application to be denied, and we are hopeful that they recognize how important it is to look at all of the facts presented and make their decision in the fairest way possible."

Lawrence V. "Larry" Pfuntner, 77, of Wellsville, NY,

Lawrence V. "Larry" PFUNTNER, 77, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 in his home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Mailbox Struck By Unknown Vehicle On Hickox Road

Hit & Run On Hickox Road
Coudersport State Police are investigating a hit & run crash on the Hickox Road on Tuesday at 8:00 am.


The crash, that occurred 394 feet south of a driveway, when an unknown vehicle being driven by an unknown operator, was traveling south on Hickox Road. It left the travel portion of the roadway, traveled 15 feet along the western berm of the roadway where it struck a mailbox and a shrub. The vehicle then fled the scene. There were no witnesses to the crash.

The news release said it was unknown if the unknown driver was injured or wearing a seat belt. If anyone has any of the unknown information, they can contact Trooper McCloskey at PSP-814-274-8690.

Concert Saturday, December 19th at Grace Lutheran's Community Life Center

Benefit Show for local youth worker

Saturday, December 19th, a benefit show will take place to raise money for Chris Abrams.

Chris Abrams is a Limestone resident who volunteers his time with several youth minstries in Bradford. He has served as a volunteer with First Nazarene church's Club Naz, Open Arms Community church's Revolution and Youth for Christ's Campus Life ministries. Chris also spends times with students at Grace Lutheran Church's Community Life Center on a daily basis and has been involved in service trips to Guatemala.

Chris plans to attend Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY in 2010 in order to further his credentials for working with young people.

A benefit show is planned both to thank Chris for his work in the community and raise funds for his schooling.

"A lot of time, we put on benefit shows for people when something really terrible has happened. We're excited to put this on to help someone do something good!" says Larry Petry, Director of Youth for Christ of the Bradford Area.

The concert will take place Saturday, December 19th at Grace Lutheran's Community Life Center (79 Mechanic Street-behind Country Fair).
The show starts at 6pm and features three local acts: Josh Hatcher (acoustic folk-rock), Who Breaks Darkness (a hardcore band) and Panic Attack (a hip-hop duo).

There will be a small admission charge, with concessions for sale and door prizes for the audience.

For more information about this event, please contact Larry Petry with Youth for Christ, or the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center.

Information about the show is also available on Facebook and the artists' Myspace pages.

-- Larry Petry
Executive Director
Bradford Area YFC
(814) 366-1912

Santa Is Coming To Austin


Fire Dept. Requested To Motor Vehicle Crash In Port

MVA In Port Boro
At 5:20 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Star Hose Company has been toned out to a motor vehicle accident in the boro at Main & Chestnut. No injuries are reported, but cleanup of fluids and debris is needed as well as traffic control. McKiernans has been notified for a roll back.

Sweden Valley Manor Decorates Courthouse Square Gazebo

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Sweden Valley Manor, the skilled nursing care facility east of Coudersport, has brought a special look to the courthouse square. Employees decided to decorate the New Century Club gazebo with a display that celebrates Christmas while sending a message of good will and appreciation to those military service men and women who will not be home for Christmas.

Two local photographers, Curt Weinhold and Leo Szczesny, have captured excellent digital images of the decorated gazebo. Leo, from Sunken Branch Photography, took this photo on Saturday during his travels in Potter County as a participant in “World in Pictures DayXIII.” It’s a worldwide project that includes photographs to capture a day in time across all continents and many cultures. Leo opted not to send this image. Instead, he sent a picture of the holiday-decorated Lewis Mansion along Mill Street in Coudersport. There’s more information on the worldwide picture day at photographyvoice.com. Potter County Today

Potter County Dog Licenses Can Be Purchased Through Internet

Dog owners in Potter County now have the option of buying their 2010 dog licenses directly through the internet, or filling out and mailing applications obtained through the county’s website.

They can also purchase licenses in person at the County Treasurer’s Office in the Gunzburger Building. Treasurer Krista Miller has worked out an arrangement for online license sales via credit card through a dedicated website, available at padoglicense.com. There is a $2.00 fee, which may be a deterrent to some, but studies show a large number of dog owners are willing to pay the fee in return for the convenience of online ordering.

The treasurer’s office will receive automatic notification of online orders and will mail the tags to owners generally within one to two working days.

Police agencies and dog law enforcement officers will also have access to the padoglicense.com system to facilitate return of lost dogs through license numbers. The site also offers a free service through which owners of lost pets can upload a picture and information.

An annual license for all dogs three months or older is required by state law as of Jan. 1. Discounts of $2.00 per license are available for older adults and people with disabilities. Lifetime licenses must be purchased in person at the Treasurer’s Office.

Applications printed from the county’s website (pottercountypa.net) should be filled out and mailed with payment to County Treasurer, 1 N. Main St. Suite 202, Coudersport PA 16915. Cost is $8.00 per license, or $6.00 if the dog is spayed or neutered.

Port Allegany Fire Police Dispatched

Tractor-Trailer Off Road
At 4:12 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Fire Police have been dispatched to assist State Police with a tractor-trailer off the roadway in the area of the Lickety Split on Route 6 East of the Boro. There are no injuries. PSP has a car en route.

The Roulette Rebel Website No Longer Stuck

Local news readers have noticed that the Roulette Rebel website has been stuck for several weeks.

Rebel owner, Josh Hatcher says, "We've been fighting some strange programming errors, and it's taken us several weeks to isolate the problem. The good news is, we think we've got it fixed."

RouletteRebel.com is a news-aggregation website that collects headlines from various online sources, including Solomon's Words News Blog, the 1490 News Blog, and BradfordPA.info, as well as several local newspapers.

"The site actually scours the web for any headlines that are of local interest, and posts them automatically," says Hatcher.

The Roulette Rebel isn't just about Roulette. Hatcher says, "The site has become a primary source for news for a lot of local residents. They could go to each of the other sites and spend a lot of time surfing through the dozens of local sites to get all the news, or they could check the Rebel, see a compiled list of all of the latest news, and click on the headlines to read the complete stories at the original sites."

"We're glad to be up and running again. I owe a lot of credit to my friend Jason Wells at Olean Web Hosting, who helped me find out how to fix the problem and get the site working again for our readers."

The Roulette Rebel - http://www.rouletterebel.com is a division of Josh Hatcher Media - http://www.joshhatcher.com

Christmas Bake Sale for CAC Youth Trip

This week is the last week to order baked goodies for Christmas from the Coudersport Alliance Youth.

We are selling Pumpkin Rolls, Blueberry and Cherry Cheesecakes as well as Assorted Cookies.

Orders must be placed no later than this Friday, December 18
th.

Please help support our youth’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic by ordering some tasteful treats for Christmas! Visit our website to order today!
http://www.coudycmayouth.com

Writer Examines Anonymous Comments/Asks Opinions

Ghost Writers in the Sky, keep on blogging

By Andrew Harris
Never before in our society have we been able to so freely debate, criticize, accuse, compliment, and gossip via the world wide web.

Technology has allowed us all to comment on anything from local news to celebrity scandals with the power of things like blogs, tweets, posts, and Facebook. Not only does this allow anyone with an opinion the ability to reach thousands of people it allows them to do so with a degree of anonymity.

This false sense of namelessness allows people to say the darnedest things without taking responsibility for being the author. This very publication entertains hundreds of opinionated statements by authors who feel they are invisible. What do you think?.......More...

Galeton Man Cited For DUI In Tioga County

DUI Charged
Sun Gazette
WELLSBORO - A Galeton man was one of four people recently were charged in District Judge Phillip Sweet and District Judge James Carlson's courtrooms with driving under the influence of intoxicants. According to court documents, each was issued a summons to appear.

Patrick C. Miller, 28, of 57 Sherman St., Galeton, charged by borough police following a traffic stop on West Avenue Dec. 6.

Comment period on wood burner boilers extended

Comment period on wood burner boilers extended

January meeting added in Coudersport
Sun Gazette

An additional hearing will be held early next year and the comment period will be extended to receive more public input on proposed wood fire boiler regulations, according to the state Environmental Quality Board.

State Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, said the hearing is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at Coudersport High School, 698 Dwight St. in Coudersport.

"I am pleased the EQB has scheduled this additional hearing," Yaw said. "One of the complaints most of the presenters at the Williamsport hearing voiced was that the EQB scheduled a hearing at 1 p.m. during hunting season."

Originally, the comment period was to end Jan 4.

The comment period for the proposal now will close Feb. 12, according to the Environmental Quality Board.

Written comments may be sent to the Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477 (express mail: Rachel Carson State Office Building, 16th Floor, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301). No fax comments will be accepted.

Comments also may be sent electronically to RegComments@state.pa.us. A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each e-mail. If the sender does not receive acknowledgement that the comments were received within two working days, the sender should resubmit his or her comments.

100 Attend Hearing In Williamsport On Saltwater Dumping In Rivers

Public supports rules for drillers

By DAVID THOMPSON - dthompson@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

More than 100 people turned out Wednesday for a public hearing regarding a Department of Environmental Protection proposal to set more stringent treatment standards on wastewater primarily associated with the natural gas industry.

The hearing was hosted by the state Environmental Quality Board and moderated by Patrick Henderson, executive director of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Of the approximately 20 people who testified at the hearing, held at the DEP's Northcentral Regional Office in Williamsport, most were either in favor of the proposed standards or advocated even stricter or wider-reaching standards.

Two who testified said they believed current discharge standards are adequate.

The proposal would impose restrictions on the amount of total dissolved solids - or TDS - sulfate and chloride that can be discharged by a treatment plant into a waterway.

It also regulates levels of barium and strontium that can be discharged from wastewater specifically from the natural gas industry. More....

Ingenuity Labs Introduces Cellular Phone Service



180 Attend Advent Luncheon At St. Eulalia's Church

Marty Weiss Photo

Mary Jones of Sweden Valley Manor and Jennifer Rossman of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital joined forces in a community outreach affair, the annual Advent Luncheon at Ste. Eulalia Catholic Church. The Coudersport Ministerium hosts luncheons every Wednesday prior to Christmas. Approximately 180 people and pastors of local denominations attended.

Natural Gas Tax Plan Rekindles; Exxon Mobil Moving In

fraccingState lawmakers will likely be taking up a controversial proposal to impose a tax on natural gas production in Pennsylvania during legislative sessions next year. Some observers believe that a five-percent tax on the extraction of natural gas has a chance to pass in 2010, after being defeated during the extended budget debates this year. Howard Brush, a regional representative for Gov. Ed Rendell, recently told the Potter County Commissioners that the tax has a greater chance of enactment next year. Brush cautioned, however, that the debate over how its millions of dollars in annual revenue will be distributed is not likely to be settled any time soon.

The Pa. House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted 15-11 this month to endorse a bill that would steer 60 percent of the revenue derived from drilling to the state, while smaller shares would be distributed to counties and municipalities that are home to the drilling operations, as well as state environmental programs.

Meanwhile, there are more indications that the Marcellus Shale natural gas field discovered throughout much of northern and western Pennsylvania will be very productive for many years to come. Analysts say that Exxon Mobil’s recent $30 billion acquisition of XTO Energy is based, in large part, on forecasts of lucrative Marcellus shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and portions of eastern Ohio and New York. Potter County Today