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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Read Dr. Charles Stanley's Article


God's Purpose in the Storm

God's Purpose in StormsThere's no way to avoid it. Everyone experiences hurt and disappointment regardless of age, health, education or finances. Where do you turn in times of trouble? Read this article from Dr. Stanley explaining how the Lord uses hardship to reveal His grace to us.

This Week on TV

"Our Anchor in Times
of Storm"

Our society has lost its spiritual compass. As a result, many people have no clear sense of direction. But the Lord strengthens us to stand firm against the winds of adversity. This week on "In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley," learn how God's Word will help you navigate the storms of life.

Trust Your Equipment Repairs To Experience

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Photos Of Carnage On I-80 Posted On Internet

Photos of 50 Vehicle Pile-Up on I-80 in Clearfield County

Posted By Terry Wankel at BradfordPA.Info on February 13, 2010


Read more: http://www.bradfordpa.info/#ixzz0fTL6RU9A
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

Snowmobile Accident Reported Near Wharton

Snowmobile Accident
At 6:05 pm on Saturday evening, Austin Dept. 44 is responding to a report of a snowmobile
accident on the Trout Run Rd. past the McConnell Rd. in the Wharton area.

A RECALL was issued about 6:40 PM by an officer at the scene.

Coudersport Called Out For Traffic Control

Car Fire Out
Coudersport Dept. 48 responded at 5:00 pm, to a non-emergency response for traffic control for a disabled vehicle that was on fire, but now out at Fishing Creek & Dingman Run in Hebron Township.

State Police report that Robert Lee Carpenter, 33, of Kings Run Road, Shinglehouse, PA, was driving a 1990 International Truck north along Fishing Creek Road when smoke began to engulf the inside of the cab as a result of an electrical fire.

He immediately brought the truck to final rest along side of the roadway, shut the vehicle down and retrieved a fire extinguisher. Carpenter was successful in extinguishing the fire in the engine compartment and under the dashboard inside the cab.

The truck was unable to be driven from the scene and was subsequently towed by Lyman Truck and Auto Center in Olean, NY. Coudersport Fire Dept. and Coudersport ambulance assisted at the scene.

Carpenter was charged by troopers with Driving Without A license. He pleaded guitly and was fined $109.50 in District Court 55-4-01.

Otto D. Bacon, Jr., Age 80, of 205 Smith's Mobile Home Park, Elkland, PA

Otto D. Bacon, Jr., Age 80, of 205 Smith's Mobile Home Park, Elkland, PA, passed away Friday, February 12, 2010, at home.

Born in Deerfield Township, PA July 2, 1929, he was the son of Otto D. and Myrtle Finch Bacon.

A graduate of the Knoxville High School, he was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Elkland, PA American Legion and past Finance Officer and a member of the VFW at Knoxville, PA and past District Commander.

He married Emily M. Smith July 10, 1970; she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Garry Bacon of Austin, PA, Randy (Angela) Bacon of Norfolk, VA and Jeffrey (Kellie) Bacon of Nelson, PA; two daughters, Vicki (Mark) Mahon of Danville, Indiana and Sandra (Bill) Witwer of Knoxville, PA; brothers, Theodore Bacon and Andrew Bacon of Westfield, PA and Robert Bacon of Knoxville, PA; one sister, Joanne Eaton of York, PA; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his son, Danny Bacon; grandson, Garry Bacon; and brother, Richard Bacon.

Friends may call Sunday, February 14th, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St., Woodhull, NY where funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eugene Charsky will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Austinburg, PA with full Military Honors.

Memorials will be received for Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901

Lathe Manufacturer Will Hire 19 Machinists In Hornell

Lathe builder coming to Hornell

By Tyler Briggs
The Evening Tribune

Hornell, N.Y. -Community leaders talked about optimism at Wednesday’s Hornell Area Chamber of Commerce dinner, and Thursday provided some proof.

A new business is coming to the Maple City, and members of the Empire Zone and Hornell Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tried to help make the move easier at their Thursday meetings.

Jim Griffin, IDA executive director and Chamber president, explained at both meetings that owner George Dhillon plans to move his business, Standard Modern Lathes LLC, from near Toronto, Canada, to Hornell.

He’ll initially hire 19 machinists.

“Ultimately, he’d like to hire 30 to 35, and hopes someday to go to 50,” Griffin said.

“These are high-level jobs, very skilled positions,” Mayor Shawn Hogan, Empire Zone chair and IDA treasurer, said. “We’re talking $20 an hour, which is a pretty high wage in our region. They’re (Standard Modern Lathes) demanding pretty high skill sets. We’re hoping to attract skilled machinists locally.”

The company creates hand-made lathes, and does business primarily with the federal government, colleges and universities. More...

abc27 Outdoors: Proposed Game Laws



The Game Commission is considering several changes to the 2010-2011 deer, bear, and small game seasons.

Public comments on the agency’s deer management plan will be accepted until March 12, via the website or by mail to: Deer Management Plan, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.


Additionally, public comment can be offered at the upcoming open houses that the Game Commission will be hosting in six communities around the state between Feb. 20 and April 10. Open houses will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a Saturday to maximize the opportunity for those interested in attending, and are being held in different locations than the three previous rounds to afford residents in other areas of the state the opportunity to attend.


The schedule for the open houses is as follows:

February 20 – Northcentral Region

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Company Training Center

171 Rt. 6 West

Coudersport, Pa 16915

Draft Deer Management Plan

DRAFT WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN
FOR PENNSYLVANIA 2009-2018


30 DAY COMMENT PERIOD: Feb.11-March 12, 2010.

The white-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus ) is recognized as Pennsylvania’s state animal. Balancing white-tailed deer impacts is the fundamental issue affecting a majority of Pennsylvania’s deer management decisions. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s purpose is to manage deer to the best of its ability for deer and those people who seek them, unintentionally interact with them, or experience damage from them.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is legally mandated to manage wildlife, including deer, for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians, as well as all wildlife and the habitat that supports their existence. Pennsylvania’s Constitution and Game and Wildlife Code direct the Game Commission to protect, manage, and preserve wildlife and their habitat within the Commonwealth for the benefit of all people, including generations yet to come. Based on this direction, the Game Commission adopted the mission statement “to manage all wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations.”

Although the Game Commission’s mission provides general guidance, specific goals must be written for each program area. For the deer management program, management goals from 2009 to 2018 are to: (1) manage deer for a healthy and sustainable deer herd; (2) manage deer-human conflicts at levels considered safe and acceptable to Pennsylvanians; (3) manage deer impacts for healthy and sustainable forest habitat; (4) manage deer to provide recreational opportunities; and (5) improve the public’s knowledge and understanding of deer and the deer management program. Game Commission staff uses these guidelines when making deer management recommendations to the Board of Game Commissioners.

Draft White-Tailed Deer Management Plan

Comment on the Draft White-Tailed Deer Management Plan

Who Comes To Your Aid On A MedEvac Helicopter? Here's A Portrait Of One Of These Paramedics....

Helping others is Olanta man's calling

By Annie Lynn
Staff Writer

The Progress News--Clearfield, PA
When most people consider those in the medical profession, they probably think foremost of doctors, nurses and dentists.

But what happens when there is an accident or a life-threatening illness far from those professionals? Who is there, on the spot, in all kinds of weather, any time of day or night, ready to help, comfort and possibly save a life?

We've all seen and heard the air ambulance helicopters and the ambulances with sirens wailing, racing toward that unknown somewhere and someone. But who is manning those vehicles? Who rides, not knowing what lies at the end of the journey, but ready to take charge and do all they can to alleviate any suffering they might encounter?

Brian Witherow of Olanta is one of those people who is there, in a flash, when the occasion calls for him. Paramedic for Stat MedEvac 9 ...........

Violet Mae Neely, 82, a long time resident of Emery Towers, Bradford, PA

Violet Mae Neely, 82, a long time resident of Emery Towers passed away, Saturday, February 13, 2009 at the home of her daughter at 680 West Washington Street following a brief illness.

Born September 25, 1927, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Lillian (Miller) Seng.

On February 20, 1954 in Pittsburgh she married Roy Eugene Neely who died on April 7, 1990.

Mrs. Neely was a graduate of Pittsburgh High School. She had worked for Olan Mills Photography touching up photos.

Surviving is one daughter Edie (Dave Talon) VanGorder of Bradford one brother John "Jack" Seng of Pittsburgh, two grandchildren, Jeffrey Michael Passmore and Jamie Lee Davis, five great grandchildren, Tyler Jacob Kraft, Andrew Nicolas Kraft, Nicholas Brooks Davis, J.P. Passmore and Daniel Passmore and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son Kenneth Lee Neely who died April 30, 1975.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, from 4:00 to 6:00PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Avenue, and again on Wednesday from Noon to 1:00PM where funeral and committal services will be at 1:00PM with Rev. John Schubert, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor's choice

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Area Obituaries

Rosie M. Haight, 48, of 20 Mechanic St., Bradford, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 9, 2010) at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.

Estella A. Jefferds, 97, of Dayton Street, Mount Jewett, died Friday (Feb. 12, 2010) at Kane Community Hospital.

Nancy E. Leichner, 74, of 125 Forest Ave., Smethport, formerly of Bradford, went home to be with her Lord on Friday (Feb. 12, 2010).

Ridgway Chain Saw Carving Feb. 20-27

11th Annual Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous scheduled for Feb. 20 to 27

RIDGWAY — Once again, the world of extreme art turns its attention to a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania as the elite in chainsaw carving return for the 11th annual chainsaw carving rendezvous.

The event was the brain child of twin brothers Randy and Rick Boni. After Randy Boni moved away, Rick Boni and his wife Liz have turned the backyard gathering into a world-class event that attracts hundreds of participants and thousands of visitors. Carving is the universal language that everyone speaks, whether their English is polished or broken.

The week-long event begins Saturday, Feb. 20, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 27 at the former Motion Control lot. More...

Most Funding Restored For Potter County Education Council



Potter County Education Council received word this week that the bulk of its state funding for the 2009-10 fiscal year has been restored. Last month, Gov. Ed Rendell eliminated funding for the state’s Community Education Councils, including almost $300,000 for the Potter County organization. Negotiations between the governor and the legislature in early February led to a restoration of about 90 percent of that allotment.

Executive Director Helene Nawrocki expressed relief, pointing out that the Education Council had operated for more than seven months of the fiscal year without final confirmation of the state funding. Had the plug been permanently pulled, the agency’s cash reserve would have been exhausted and its survival very much in doubt.

Nawrocki also pointed out that the governor’s 2010-2011 budget, unveiled on Tuesday, eliminates funding for the education councils effective July 1, 2010. Some members of the legislature will be lobbying for the state grants to be restored as they debate a final version of that spending plan.

The Potter County Board of Commissioners sent a letter of support for the Potter County Education Council to state officials last week. To see it, click on “read more.”

Firefighters Recalled From Automatic Alarm In Coudy

Automatic Fire Alarm
At 10:40 am on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 firefighters are responding to a general fire alarm at 1 North Main Street in the Boro.
RECALLED by Coudersport Command at 10:49

Friday, February 12, 2010

Saturday Dinner Specials At Bailey Hill Farms

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State Police Advise To Be Aware Of Scammers


Scam: You have won a lottery/ sweepstakes/ contest. In order to claim your prize you need to wire me an amount of money through Western Union or MoneyGram. Once you wire the first amount of money, additional monies are needed to clear taxes, customs, or shipping.
COMMON SENSE: IF YOU HAVE TO PAY MONEY TO GET MONEY, IT IS A SCAM!

Corporal Michael Murray, Crime Supervisor at the Denton Hill Barracks, advised media earlier this week of several scams making the rounds and had good advice.


"Use common sense, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. If it sounds unorthodox or fishy, do some investigation on your own, and contact your police department before continuing. NEVER provide your personal information to someone you do not know or did not contact directly. DO NOT SEND MONEY VIA WESTERN UNION TO PEOPLE YOU HAVE NOT MET FACE TO FACE. What ever you do, please do not wire money or transfer money to a person outside this country. If this happens, you will not see your money again!"
He adds, "Scammers are extremely convincing and good at what they do. After all they make their living by bilking you out of your money."

Police would rather advise you before you lose your money, than try to help you get it back after it's gone.


Coudersport Man Entered Home After Snowmobile Accident

Was Found Sleeping In Woman's Home.
Pennsylvania State Police investigated an incident of Criminal Trespass at a residence in Bingham Township overnight last Saturday night.


Dustin H. Butler, 28, 32 Avenue A, Coudersport, PA, is accused of entering the residence of Heather Empson at 363 Bunnell Road, Ulysses, PA, after being involved in a snowmobile accident during the evening hours of 2-6-10. No one was home at the time.

Butler was discovered sleeping inside the residence on the morning of 2-7-10 and was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.

Charges of Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief have been filed against Butler at District Court 55-4-03 in Galeton.

Ram Forest Products Gets $11,000.00 Bad Check

Police Investigate Bad Check.
State Police are conducting an investigation into a bad check issued to Ram Forest Products, Inc., 1716 Honeoye Road, Shinglehouse, PA. by a known business in Mifflinburg, PA issued over a month ago in the amount of $10,915.47.

PennDOT Fights Drifted Snow To Open Roads In York County




In southern York County, most roads were cleared right after the storm. Now the roads have disappeared due to drifting snow.

Veteran Fire Policeman Killed While Directing Traffic

 

Want Share Of Natural Gas Tax For Local Expenss

Commissioners Take Stand On Gas Industry Tax Issues

gasflame1-294x300County commissioners have launched a campaign to assure that the state does not collect and spend all of the revenue that’s derived from any tax applied to extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania. Some proposals in Harrisburg would impose a severance/production tax for gas as measured at the wellhead and keep all of the revenue – tens of millions of dollars annually – for state expenses

Although the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania has no policy supporting a severance tax, CCAP is letting senators and representatives know that local governments should receive a share of any revenue derived from the tax to help them offset local costs incurred from natural has production. CCAP also believes a share of the lease and royalty payments paid for gas rights on state forest land should go to local governments.

At the same time, CCAP believes that oil and gas rights should be taxable as real property, which they were until a 2002 Supreme Court decision.

“Many are aware of the damage to township roads, but impacts are occurring to county-provided services as well,” CCAP reported. “Some of these are more obvious, such as the need for the county to provide access to records related to titles, deeds, and ownership of mineral rights . . . workers who create increased demands on the court system and county jails, drug and alcohol and child welfare services.”

“Restoration of oil and gas assessment will require companies developing those resources to pay their fair share, and will provide property tax relief for residents,” CCAP continued. “Without the proper taxation of oil and gas interests, an undue tax burden is placed on local residents who own property and pay taxes in impacted communities. Currently, those property tax payers are disproportionately forced to fund the operations of schools, counties, and municipalities.”

Marcellus Shale:What “Tale” Is Wagging This Dog?

Marcellus Shale:What “Tale” Is Wagging This Dog?

Article by Janice Lanphere Hancharick

Since 2007 I’ve been aware of big companies gobbling up as much rights’ AC in our region as they possibly could. In the beginning these companies offered little in the way of environmental protections, made no mention of testing anything, didn’t talk of Pugh clauses, delay rentals, shut-in clauses, land reclamation, and all the other “bennies” that groups of rights’ holders are now demanding. All that rights’ holders heard about then were dollar amounts, held by production, and the “standard” royalty as allowed by the state … 12.5%. Overlooked in the explanation was the fact that 12.5% is the state MINIMUM. While Penn State was scrambling to educate the public in top-valued shale counties to the east, gas companies’ reps were scouring this north-central region for unleased rights’ AC … hoping to sign up folks before they could learn what was going on. This recent history is a tale of woe.

My family experienced this type of contact with landmen first-hand, and perhaps yours did too. Having first been offered $5 AC, and turning it down, we began to look around, ask questions, and listen. We employed the services of 3 “gas” lawyers from around the state, and were able to attain an offer no higher than $13 … obviously still a tale of woe! Perhaps you know some rights’ holders who leased early in good faith, believing it was the right thing to do. Individuals have the right to decide what action will serve them best. We said “NO.”

Continuing our search for knowledge and what we hoped would lead to an eventual better offer, Tom Murphy the current Co-Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research came to the rescue. Speaking with him on several occasions late in ’07, I learned that our area probably was not going to have educational seminars before ’09. Their staff was being stretched already. Explaining that our need was NOW, he sent me a wealth of material … giving me permission to copy it if I wanted to conduct seminars. He also gave me the name of a certified geologist with a wealth of experience that had been speaking to the public about understanding the complexities of leasing …helping the Penn State Extension crew advance their cause of serving rights’ holders quest for information. It was this material that was used at

4-County Gas/Oil Group meetings before we had a title. Thank goodness more was also made available later, and there IS more to come. Now people were understanding the BIG picture, (and “newbies” are beginning to) grasp the Marcellus story by the tail.

Before 2007 research into this geological formation showed it to be more promising in production than anything Texas had to offer. Hence the coming of the company leasing agents. Continuing research now shows that Marcelllus shale will be a source of natural gas for a minimum of 5 decades, and quite likely take us to the next century. Hence the meetings now being presented by the companies themselves. Now it’s obvious why the big gas pipelines have been (and still are) expanding their capacity throughout NY, PA, and beyond. Did the public really not notice … not consider the impact on our region?

As all manner of private and public entities are learning about the implications presented by this “tiger in our midst” and meetings are held, much information is being made available. Use it. We know that currently 52 energy companies are exploring in PA alone. Collectively that’s over $6 Billion already spent. This is not a fairy tale. Penn State has done its homework, and continues to ride the crest of this wave of new knowledge that seems to change almost as soon as its made known. However one thing that hasn’t changed about this Marcellus tale is “the coming of the company leasing agent” … not necessarily a bad person, but a person whose first allegiance is to the company. I hope that if you have chosen to go with a group instead of negotiating as an individual, that your lease development agent has sufficient knowledge, ability, and contacts to be the “tail that wags the company dog”.

Article by Janice Lanphere Hancharick 919.876.2917 E-mail: glastar@nc.rr.com

Trust Us, We Won't Hurt Your Water

ANF Drillers Accused of Violating
Federal Safe Drinking Water Act

Two men who drilled for oil in the Allegheny National Forest have been charged with improperly injecting brine water into wells in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

John Morgan and Michael Evans of Swamp Angel Energy each face one felony count for incidents that happened at two well sites in McKean County between April of 2007 and January of 2008.

Court records say the men did not have the permits required to inject brine into the wells.

Morgan, who lives in Sheffield, and Evans, who lives in the state of California, are expected to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Erie.

Violating the Safe Drinking Water Act carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Special Olympics Snowmobile Charity Run Changes Starting Point

Hi Jim
would you please notify the public that the Special Olympics Snowmobile Run has changed its starting place from Mosch's to the Snowmobile Club at the same starting time.
thank you so much

Man Reported Lying In Marvindale Road

Man Lying In Road
At 4:25 pm on Friday afternoon, Mount Jewett Ambulance 10 has responded to a report of a man lying in the roadway in the vicinity of 460 Marvindale Road. A coroner was summoned to the scene.

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Hello Everybody!

Happy (early) Valentines day!

Here's what's happening at Open Arms:

Sign up for a Growth Group! Last day to sign up for the Winter/Spring
Semester will be Feb. 21st. Sign up at the Growth Group table in the
church Foyer or online at www.openarmsbradford.org. Groups started
the week of Feb 8th and will run Feb. - Apr.

Jam Session! Feb. 20th at 6pm at Open Arms. Can you sing or play an
instrument? Come and join us! Learn songs and have fun! Contact
Sean Tingley with questions.

Week of Prayer and Fasting will be Feb 22nd - 26th. What can you
abstain from for special prayer on behalf of the church, community,
and more?

"Last Friday" Prayer and Praise Service - will be help on Friday, Feb.
26th at 7pm. Join us in praying for our church, community, nation,
military men and women, persecuted church and for communion.

Simple Life – A new series starting Feb. 28th. How do we get all
God's blessings and not miss out on anything? How do we deal with a
struggling economy and an overspent budget? What's the secret to
material wealth and success?

Membership Class - Sunday, Mar. 14th immedietely following service.
Lunch will be provided.

April: Relationship Rescue – Everyday relationships are drowning with
no hope of help. Don’t panic, help is here. What are the not-so-secret
keys to Relationship Success and what do we do to rescue a seemingly
hopeless and drowning relationship?

May: Building A Better Life – We want “Skyscraper” lives, but start
with a one-story foundation. Find out what God intended each season of
life to teach and prepare us for success in the seasons to come and
find out how to go back and repair our mistakes.

Spread the word and invite your family and friends!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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

Local Artists Featured At John White's 2nd Street Gallery

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John White's 2nd St. Gallery is currently featuring two local artists.

Jessie Vaughn from Ulysses and Gary Perkins from Coudersport.

Both artists are self-taught along with some formal training, Jessie's medium is mostly water colors. Gary does some oils & experiments with different techniques. Both artists use the local scenery for their subject matter.


The exhibit will continue through the winter until mid April. The Gallery is open Tues-thru Fri.10:00 am to 3:00 pm

PA Primary Petitions Can Start Next Tuesday, Feb. 16th

Circulating petitions begins next Tuesday
Deadline to file is March 9

LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS

Candidates seeking nomination to public office in Pennsylvania's May 18 primary can start circulating their nominating petitions next Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Candidates have through the close of business on Tuesday, March 9, to file those petitions in their respective county election offices. People can circulate and file nominating papers from March 11 to 25. The last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions is March 24, according to the Department of State.

The last day to register to vote before the primary election is April 19. The last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is May 11. The last day for a county Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots is May 14.

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are held on the third Tuesday of May in all years except presidential election years, when it is held on the fourth Tuesday of April.

State residents are eligible to vote if they are at least 18 years old, have been a U.S. citizen for at least one month and have lived in the state and their election district for at least 30 days.

One Lane Of I-80 Eastbound Closed Today & Saturday

I-80 eastbound lane in Clearfield County closed
Centre Daily Times

Interstate 80 eastbound between mile marker 117 and the Clearfield exit at mile marker 120 is restricted to one lane today to allow crews to clean up from a multiple-vehicle crash Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation announced.

The right (travel) lane is closed; the left, passing lane will remain open. Due to potential backlogs, motorists are advised to remain alert for stopped or slowed traffic from the DuBois exit (101) through the Clearfield exit. Backups may be lengthy, and delays should be expected. The restrictions will be in place until at least 4 p.m. today.

On Saturday, drivers will find the passing lane at mile marker 116 closed for crash debris removal. The right travel lane will remain open. Again, lengthy backups are possible and delays should be expected. More...

Statewide 211 Social Service & Assistance Line OK'd By PUC

PUC OKs 211 service help line

Centre Daily Times
The state Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a plan for a statewide 211 help line that would connect callers in need to social services and other assistance.

PA 2-1-1, a nonprofit group working with United Way of Pennsylvania, had applied to the PUC for ownership of the number — a free, 24-hour, non-emergency equivalent of 911 that provides comprehensive information and referral service. Pennsylvania is among the few states without a 211 line.

The PUC’s decision means work on building seven regional 211 networks can continue. Organizers hope to have some 211 service in all the networks by February 2011.More...

Bowman Health Center Moves


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will reopen the Bowman Health Center on Tuesday at its original location, 83 S. Marvin St., Smethport. The office’s phone number will remain the same, 887-5395.

An official dedication and open house will be held at a later date.

The Bowman Health Center, which originally opened in the 1990s, will adjoin the Smethport Wellness Center and Physical Therapy. Part of the building is also occupied by the Guidance Center. In 2005, the health center moved to 17129 Route 6 and operated as Misty Valley Health Center.

CCMH reopened the Bowman Health Center in honor of Douglas Bowman, MD, following his untimely death in November 2008

Genesee Area Library Bake Sale Friday & Saturday

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Newton Family Says Thank You..........

THANK YOU...........

To all of you who sent beautiful cards and flowers, brought delicious food, called or stopped by to offer support, kept us in your thoughts and prayers, attended the memorial gathering, and remembered Kirk with memorials, we shall be eternally grateful. Your kindness meant more than words can say.


The Family of Kirk Newton

Dawn, K.C., and Paula

Roberta and Rebecca

Two Men Lifeflighted To Erie Hospital After Head-On Crash With Snow Plow In Smethport

Two Extricated From Car After Crash.
An overnight crash on Route 46 in Smethport sent two young area men to an Erie hospital by medical helicopter when their car hit a PennDOT snow plow head-on at 2:25 am.

Randy McCaslin, 24, Jr., of Rew, PA, was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus south in the northbound lane when it hit a northbound PennDot snow plow head-on in the middle of the roadway. The car then traveled backwards off the roadway into the ditch along the west side of the road.

McCaslin and his passenger, Jacob Niklas, 21, of Kane, PA, were flown by two medical helicopters to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of their injuries after being extricated from the vehicle by Smethport Fire Department firefighters.

Kane troopers did not know the extent of the injuries to the men, but radio reports from the scene indicated they might be extremely serious. At one point a coroner was called, but then cancelled a few minutes later.


Joseph Irons, 57, of Smethport, the driver of the PennDOT snow plow, was not injured.

All occupants were reported to be wearing seat belts.

Port Allegany Ambulance was dispatched to the scene with two ambulances to assist Priority Care Ambulance. The crash occurred near the Priority Care ambulance garage.

Eldred Township Fire Department was dispatched to shut down westbound traffic at Larabee Y while Smethport Fire Police shut down eastbound traffic at the intersection with Rt. 6 in Smethport.

McKiernan's Towing removed the damaged car from the scene. PennDot also assisted.

Now It's The Canine Flu To Be Concerned About








Try The Fish Fry At Bailey Hill Farms In Ulysses

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Galeton Woman Describes Recent Job Ad Scam

Job Scam Thwarted.
A Galeton woman applied for a job listed in a newspaper recently according to a report from Coudersport State Police.


Upon being hired by the company, the woman was sent two fraudulent checks for $3250. and $1250. with instructions to cash them, keep $500. for her pay and send a moneygram to an individual in Missouri with the balance.

All contact with the company was done by email.

The woman became aware of the scam before sending any money. Troopers are continuing the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call them. Trooper Roger McCloskey is the investigator.

Corporal Michael Murray, Crime Supervisor at the Denton Hill Barracks, advised media earlier this week of several scams making the rounds and had good advice.

"Use common sense, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. If it sounds unorthodox or fishy, do some investigation on your own, and contact your police department before continuing. NEVER provide your personal information to someone you do not know or did not contact directly. DO NOT SEND MONEY VIA WESTERN UNION TO PEOPLE YOU HAVE NOT MET FACE TO FACE. What ever you do, please do not wire money or transfer money to a person outside this country. If this happens, you will not see your money again!"


He adds, "Scammers are extremely convincing and good at what they do. After all they make their living by bilking you out of your money." Police would rather advise you before you lose your money, than try to help you get it back after it's gone.

Posted Signs Run Over In Hebron Township

Signs Run Down.
Kenneth Rogers of 296 South Branch Road, Coudersport, PA told troopers that someone ran over his posted signs on wooden stakes with some type of farm equipment.


The signs were run over Monday or Tuesday on private property along Dwight Road in Hebron Township, Potter County.

Anyone with information is asked to call PSP Coudersport.

Thieves Remove Satleite Box From Apartment

Satellite Box Stolen.
State Police are investigating a burglary that was reported to have occurred on 11-16-09 on Town Line Road in Eulalia Township.


Someone entered the apartment of Kathleen Williams, at 8 Town Line Road, Apt. 7, Coudersport, PA, without using force and removed a Dish Network Satellite receiver box, Model 322 DP Plus valued at about $250.00.

Anyone with information in regard to this crime is adked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper J. E. Petti is the investigator.

More Wire Stolen From Poles In Otto Townshiip, McKean County

Wire Stolen From Poles.
Penelec in Bradford, PA is listed as the victim of a theft of electric wire in the Otto Township area of McKean County.


Unknown actor(s) removed 2 spans of electric wire from power poles on School Street, about 2 miles south of Route 246. The wire stolen was 4 strand copper about 440 feet long. It was unknown how the actor(s) deft the scene or what direction they went in.

Anyone who may have seen something concerning this crime is asked to contact Trooper Andrasko at PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Deadline Friday For Public Comment On Outdoor Stoves

Deadline Friday For Public Comment On Outdoor Stoves

February 10th, 2010

outdoorwoodburnerDeadline is Friday, Feb. 12, for citizens to be heard on proposed state regulations covering outdoor wood-burning stoves. Under the proposed regulations:

  • A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets standards for efficiency.
  • New boilers must be installed at least a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.
  • New boilers must have a permanently attached stack that must be at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 150 feet of the boiler.
  • Existing boilers must also have a permanently attached stack that is at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 500 feet of the boiler.
  • Only clean wood, wood pellets made from clean wood and certain home heating oil, natural gas or propane fuels can be used in the boilers.

An overwhelming majority of those presenting testimony during a public hearing in Coudersport last month were strongly opposed to the draft rules. Many who testified were owners of the outdoor stoves who said the regulations would increase their heating bills and have other economic consequences. Some based their opposition on the principle that local townships, boroughs and cities – and not the state – should be the regulatory authority. Others testified that any regulation on wood burners was a violation of their rights.

Supporters of the proposed rules say many Pennsylvanians are adversely affecting their neighbors’ health and quality of life through inconsiderate use of the outside burners.

Citizens may comment by email to the State Environmental Quality Board at RegComments@state.pa.us

Recalls

Giant Food Recalls 24 oz. Party Platter Cookies

Stop & Shop Removes from Sale 24oz. Party Platter Cookies, Products Recalled Due to an Undeclared Allergen

Trader Joe's Company Voluntarily Recalls Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars

Chimney Fire In Port Allegany

Chimney Fire
At 8:35 pm on Thursday night, Port Allegany Station 3 responded to a chimney fire at 31 East Ransom Street in Port Allegany Boro. The fire was reported out at 9:12. Roulette was called in for standby and Port Allegany Police helped with traffic control at the scene.

4-H Science Of Gardening Program Seed Fundraiser

4-H Seed Fundraiser

The 4-H Science of Gardening Program is conducting a seed fundraiser for the 4-H Community Garden at the Potter County Extension Office. The Science of Gardening Program engaged 4th -6th graders in the art and science of gardening, basic botany and horticulture. Over the summer, the students planted, fertilized, weeded, harvested, sold their produce in the local farmers market, and contributed shares to a senior care facility. Crops were grown without the use of pesticides. Crop rotations, composting, and cover crops are used to move the garden toward organic certification in the next three years.

A weather station was installed this summer to relate growing degree-days, insect degree-days, and disease occurrences to crop phenology. The students experienced “hands-on” the stages of plants, timing of insect arrivals, fungal diseases, pollination processes, cover crops, and the role of crop rotations in soil health and quality.

The students began a pollinator garden and the aisles between the grapes in the main garden feature cover crops that are attractive to honeybees. The location of the garden provides lessons on growing crops in “frost-pockets”, cold climates and the techniques to extend the growing season sustainably. The garden was intentionally developed on a “brownfield” site where the former county home had burned in 1992 and demonstrates the concept of reclaiming human-disturbed soils.

The students would appreciate your support with purchasing a couple seed packages. I have enclosed the seed catalog and also the order form.

Please complete your form and mail to:

Potter County Cooperative Extension
24 Mapleview Lane
Coudersport, PA 16915

Attn: Carrie Bowman


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PennDOT Waives Some Restrictions On Truck Drivers

Feb. 11, 2010

PennDOT Secretary Temporarily Waives Certain Restrictions on Commercial Drivers Hauling Food, Dairy Products and Pharmaceuticals.

Harrisburg – State Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler today temporarily waived certain restrictions on commercial drivers to allow for smooth delivery of food, dairy products and pharmaceuticals to food distribution, retail and wholesale food establishments.

This step was taken to ensure that supplies of these products are quickly replenished following the back-to-back, major winter storms that slowed delivery of these types of products.

The Secretary’s action temporarily waives the normal federal hours of service requirements for drivers of trucks carrying these goods. Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the declaration, the limit is extended to 14 hours.

Exemption is also granted from the requirements of the 60/70-hour limits rule. The 60/70-hour limits rule requires drivers to stop driving upon accumulating 60 or 70 on-duty hours (including all on-duty and driving time) over a period of 7 or 8 consecutive days, respectively. Any period of 7 or 8 consecutive days may end with the beginning of any off-duty period of 34 or more consecutive hours.

The waiver will remain in place through Feb. 15.

Angel Food Orders Due By Mon. Feb 15th

Angel Food Orders are Due by Monday the 15th by 4pm.

to the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, 507 S. Main St. Coudersport, Pa. 16915

Bring orders to the Church office. EBT orders must be made at the office as well.

Office Hours; Friday and Monday Noon-4pm.

Angel Food - Pickup Day is Saturday the 20th from 9-10 am.

At The SPOT, 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.

Orders can be placed online and paid for online at www.AngelFoodMinistries.com

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THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE Games, Snacks, Fun, and Fellowship.... Friday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30pm

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE

Games, Snacks, Fun, and Fellowship....

Friday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30pm

3 Miles East of Coudersport on Route 6

A Ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church

You Are Invited!!!!

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Announces Financial Plan


Hospital Announces Wage Cuts For Employees

Some Jobs Eliminated

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital announced a financial turnaround plan today in reaction to a continued decline in the economy and to ensure its long term viability.

Like many hospitals across the nation, Charles Cole has experienced larger than expected financial losses. Rising unemployment rates and a stagnant economy have resulted in patients going without insurance or relying on government-sponsored insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid, rather than employer-provided insurance, all of which impacts reimbursements.

“For us, this pattern started over eight years ago. We have made ongoing adjustments to our budgets each year and have worked diligently with our lawmakers to help provide appropriate funding to economically depressed areas such as Potter County,” said Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer. “For example, in 2007, Charles Cole enrolled with Medicare as a critical access hospital which improved reimbursements by approximately $2 million per year. We have also been fortunate to have the support of our regional state legislators to include supplemental Medicaid payments for critical access hospitals throughout the state.”

To date, after six months into the current fiscal year, Charles Cole has experienced a $1.3 million operating deficit, when it was anticipated that the hospital would break even from operations. The state recently announced a $161 million budget cut which is expected to impact CCMH’s budget by an additional $500,000 between January and June, Pitchford said.

“Because of the cumulative effect of several years of deficits, our current financial results and the looming state budget cuts, we must react to protect the ongoing financial viability of the hospital. This has caused us to make some difficult decisions to best serve our patients and communities,” Pitchford said. He explained that various options have been explored to cut costs while causing the least disruption to services and staff.

The hospital has outlined a plan that will result in cost savings and, at the same time, preserve as many jobs as possible.

In order to minimize layoffs, salaried and hourly employees will see a reduction in wages.

In addition, the hospital will examine positions closely; staff reductions will occur due to position eliminations, attrition, retirements and job reassignments.

The hospital will also move forward with certain program expansions and growth, vendor negotiations and the reduction of agency staff.

“We are attempting to achieve the necessary expense reductions in a way which minimizes the impact on employees and the local economy to the greatest extent possible. It is our hope and aim that the result of these changes will position the organization to achieve the financial results that it needs to continue to benefit our workforce, our patients and the communities we serve,” Pitchford said.

“These are difficult decisions that we believe were made with great care and empathy for all involved. We appreciate the impact they will have both professionally and personally upon our dedicated staff,” he said.

“We are committed to our vision that we will continue to be an excellent health system and employer through the continued pursuit of excellence,” Pitchford said. “There are great things happening here each and every day and we are working on projects that will keep us at the forefront as a modern, relevant rural health system. But we earn the trust and loyalty of our patients with each and every encounter. So, while none of this news and these actions are pleasant for any of us, we must move forward with enthusiasm and dedication to preserve this organization as we know it today for the continued benefit of ourselves and our community.”

Editor's note: Your comments are important to the future of the hospital. Although the comments will not be posted here, they will be sent to the CEO and Hospital Board so your suggestions can be considered. Thank you for your help in keeping Charles Cole headed in the right direction.

Governor Rendell Announces Reopening of Interstate 78

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News for Immediate Release

Feb. 11, 2010

Governor Rendell Announces Reopening of Interstate 78

45 mph Speed Limit in Effect

Harrisburg – Interstate 78, the last of Pennsylvania’s interstates closed by the powerful snow and wind storm that swept through Pennsylvania, has reopened, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today. A 45 mph speed limit restriction on I-78 will be in effect until further notice.

The interstate through the Lehigh Valley and Berks County was one of six interstates that the Governor ordered closed on Wednesday.

Interstate 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway), Interstate 476 (the Blue Route), Interstate 676 (the Vine Street Expressway), and Interstate 176 between Reading and Morgantown all were reopened as of 5 a.m. Thursday. Interstates 81, 83 and PA 581 in the central region reopened several hours earlier.

Interstate 78’s reopening was delayed while PennDOT dealt with high winds and drifting snow well into this afternoon.

Governor Rendell ordered the closures Wednesday to allow PennDOT to deal with the combination of heavy snow and high winds. For their safety, motorists were urged not to drive to avoid risking their lives and the lives of others.

“The strong winds created whiteout conditions in many areas of the state, and that was the situation this morning in some areas of Interstate 78,” Governor Rendell said. “All the elements for significant hazardous conditions were converging, and we needed to take aggressive steps to ensure the public safety and help PennDOT keep highways cleared in the face of very challenging conditions.”

PennDOT also lifted both the 45 mph speed limit and vehicle restrictions from Pennsylvania interstates, expressways and state routes earlier today. The speed restriction remains in effect for I-78.

Motorists are still encouraged to use caution when traveling on roadways as the potential for blowing, drifting snow and white-out conditions still exists. To check local interstate conditions, motorists can go online at www.511pa.com or call 511 while stopped in a safe location.

Potter Commissioners Meet

~ AGENDA ~

POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

February 11, 2010

CALL TO ORDER

MOMENT OF SILENCE

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

PUBLIC COMMENT

MINUTES – 1/28/10

NEW BUSINESS

· RESOLUTION #2-2010 – APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL

· APPOINTMENT TO AGING ADVISORY COUNCIL – PCHS Aging Director Sherry Hoffman recommends the appointment of Merle and Janice Clark for the term March 2010 through March 2013.

· CHANGES IN VOTER REGISTRATION AND ELECTION COSTS – Sandy Lewis, Director of Voter Registration and Elections, requests approval for the following changes in fees incurred during elections:

Rent – Increase rent per polling place from a range of $20 - $50 per polling place to $50.00 per polling place.

Compensation Brackets for Election Officers – Payment is made based on the number of votes counted. The current brackets are 150 votes or less, 151-400 and over 400. The request is to change the last two brackets to 151-300 and over 300.

Compensation Increase for Election Officers – An increase of $10.00 per poll worker per election is proposed. This amounts to an additional $350.00 per election for total poll worker costs.

· PURCHASE OF MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT – These purchases are being partially funded through a Growing Greener grant.

    • Snow Plow /Installation from Bradco Supply as approved at the commissioners meeting on October 8, 2009 at a cost of $5,570.90.

      Fifty percent (50%) of this cost will be reimbursed through grant funding.

    • 2010 Kubota 4 Wheel Drive with a front mounted 60” mower, including delivery from C.H. Waltz Sons, Inc./Howards, Inc. at a cost of $16,062.40. Bids were solicited through the state contract process resulting in a discount of 32.35%.

      Fifty percent (50%) of this cost will be reimbursed through grant funding



    • Flat Bottom Boat from Lime Lake Marine & RV at a cost of $1,307.42. Two (2) quotes were received and this was the lower of the two.

      Fifty percent (50%) of this cost will be reimbursed through grant funding

    • Dump Trailer from Foster’s Auto & Trailer Center at a cost of $6,990.00. Three (3) quotes were received and this was the lowest of the three.

      Fifty percent (50%) of this cost will be reimbursed through grant funding

    • Storage Shed from Mill Creek Plaza at a cost of $4,309.00. Three (3) quotes were received. This was the second lowest quote. The lowest bid was $4,285.00. For the minimal cost difference, the proposal is to buy from the local vendor.

      Fifty percent (65%) of this cost will be reimbursed through grant funding

The total cost will be $39,399.72. Of that, the county’s total cost will be $18,553.51. Grant funding will pay $19,846.21.

CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

· AMENDMENT TO GRANT AGREEMENT – Between Potter County and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for changes to the Scope of Work for the PA Wilds Resource and Outreach Specialist position.

· PCHS CONTRACTS

CHILDREN AND YOUTH 2008/2009 2009/2010

Bethesda Children’s Home

Residential Treatment for Dep./Del. Youth

Unit A N/A $197.92/day

Emergency Shelter N/A $172.63/day

Independent Living N/A $159.05/day

Foster N/A $ 72.12/day

7/1/09 to 6/30/10

CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Laurel Youth Services

Residential Diagnostic Services and Treatment

For Delinquent & Dependent Youth

Male Residential $188.04 $202.30

Female Residential $188.04 $196.84

Shelter N/A $188.18

Lasa Quik $227.10 $257.80

Diagnostic $239.77 $245.99

7/1/09 to 6/30/10

Adelphoi Village, Inc.

Residential Treatment for Delinquent

& Dependent Youth

Susan’s $329.35 No Change

Sweeney $261.94 No Change

Ivan $287.27 $331.86

Ruth $203.80 $333.25

All pd. For by Medical Assistance

7/1/09 to 6/30/10

TRAINING REQUESTS

· Sherry Hoffman (PCHS) – Ombudsman Tier 2, March 9-11, 2010, Camp Hill, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($287.76) expenses. There is no registration fee.

Purpose: Mandatory training required for supervision of the Ombudsman Program

· Barb Kiel (PCHS) – PASC Certification – Developing Individuals and Teams, June 24-25, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($149.74) and registration fee ($210.00) expenses.

Purpose: PA Association of Senior Citizens Certification course – ongoing training to maintain certification.

· Angela Green (Probation) – Growing In Your Professional Role, April 22-23, 2010, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($137.34) and registration fee ($110.00) expenses.

Purpose: professional growth opportunity

· Angela Green (Probation) – Community Service/Restitution Forum, April 29-30, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($68.36) and registration fee ($45.00) expenses.

Purpose: Obtain knowledge/new ideas for community services programs

· Diana Cabisca, Terri Batterson (PCHS contractors) – Promising, Priorities and Proven Strategies: After School Programs, March 9-11, 2010. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($825.84) expenses. There is no registration fee.

Purpose: mandatory state meeting and national training for 21st Century Staff

· Amber Gerhart (PCHS) – FGDM Part II, March 22-24, 2010, Monroeville, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($509.58) expenses. There is no registration fee.

Purpose: continuation of Amber’s qualification for the county’s FGDM Coor.

PERSONNEL

· NOTIFICATION OF HIRING – Nancy Chitester, part-time Records Preservation Clerk, Class II in the Prothonotary’s Office effective February 1, 2010 at an hourly rate of $8.30 per the union contract. No action is required

CHIEF CLERK REPORT

· Applications for 2009 County Liquid Fuels Tax Funds for county aid as follows:

    • Sylvania Township - $654.67

ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

BILLS

Potter County Human Services

PAYROLL CHECKS - Check #'s 3236-3243

$6,110.86

PAYROLL AUTOMATIC DEPOSITS

$48,200.82

PAYROLL CHRISTMAS CLUB DEPOSITS

$1,935.00

PAYROLL TAX TRANSFERS(EFTPS)

$19,013.82

STATE TAX WITHHOLDINGS (ETIDES)

$2,482.79

PASCDU

$232.44

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS – (Check # 33826-33828)02/01

$55,829.49

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS (check #33829-33952)2/11

$142,715.46

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS (check #33820-33825)1/29


Total Checks Written

$276,520.68

Potter County Courthouse

Fund #

Fund Description

Check #'s

Voided Check #'s

Voided Check Amt

Total

10

Payroll - Direct Deposit

9004841 - 9004901



$48,819.87

10

General Fund - Accounts Payable

97644-97746 & 97759

97475 & 97559

$82.14

$132,675.36

10

General Fund - A/P Manual Checks

902121015-902121019



$114,023.07

11

Local Emergency Planning - Manual

1577 - 1584



$2,585.43

12

911 Wired

3404 - 3414



$12,159.53

14

Liquid Fuels

1165 - 1169



$14,792.82

16

911 Wireless

1499 - 1506



$19,735.40

18

Automation - Civil

97747 - 97748



$3,390.42

20

Supervision Fees

97749



$19,938.51

24

Improvement Fund

97750



$990.00

28

Domestic Relations IV-D

631



$360.00

34

V.O.J.O.

97751



$570.33


36

Citizens Corp.

97752



$1.05

38

Divorce Fund

97753 - 97754



$796.73

60

Hotel Excise Tax

97755 - 97756



$24,028.35

62

DEP Stormwater

97757 - 97758



$27.50








Next Meeting: February 25, 2010 – Retirement Board meeting will be held first.

ADJOURNMENT

Prepared by Lucinda Weakland


~ Minutes ~

POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING

January 28, 2010

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Potter County Commissioners was called to order at

11:12 a.m., Thursday, January 14, 2010 in the Commissioners Conference Room. Present: Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover, Chief Clerk Todd Brown, Recording Secretary Lucinda Weakland, guests Dan Campbell and Jim Morean, and members of the media Teri McDowell, Neil Lindermann, and Gerri Miller via phone.

The moment of silence and pledge were observed in the preceding meeting.

ROLL CALL

Commissioner Doug Morley, present; Commissioner Susan Kefover, present; Commissioner Paul Heimel, present; Chief Clerk Todd Brown, present; Recording Secretary Lucinda Weakland, present.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There was none.

MINUTES – 12/31/09 and 1/14/10

NEW BUSINESS

· RESOLUTION #1-2010 – ATA Allocation for 2010-2011 - The allocation will be for not less than $10,000.00 for the year.

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

· ADDENDUM TO CONTRACT – Between Potter County and Dickinson Mental Health Center (DMHC) for the lease of Room 257/Suite 301 on the 3rd Floor.

Commissioner Morley noted that there would be no increase in the rent for this space due to the benefit to the county.

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

· CONTRACT – Between Potter County and the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers (IUE) / Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 389-C for the period of January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.

Commissioner Heimel made a motion to approve. Commissioner Kefover seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Chief Clerk Brown provided a handout with highlights of the contract terms.

· CONTRACT – Between Potter County and the Association of Probation Officers for the period of January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Commissioner Heimel noted that this concludes the labor contract negotiations with contracts now in place through the end of 2011.

· AGREEMENT – Between Potter County and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for grant funding in the amount of $23,306.50 for grounds maintenance equipment at the North Fork Dam.

Commissioner Morley noted that this grant was submitted by Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor David Knowles for equipment and a shed to maintain the grounds at the North Fork Dam area after restoration work is completed. He also noted that the grant amount is for approximately two-thirds the cost with the county providing the rest. Commissioner Morley also congratulated Mr. Knowles on completing his first successful grant.

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

· PCHS CONTRACTS

CHILDREN AND YOUTH 2008/09 2009/10

Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems

Emergency Shelter & Residential Treatment

Residential Treatment Facility $280.61 $280.61

Clothing/year $450.00 $450.00

Personal Allowance/year $195.00 $195.00

Emergency Shelter/per diem $187.42 $197.75

Treatment Foster Care Services N/A $ 83.68

JSO Foster Care Services N/A $ 88.30

7/1/09 to 6/30/10

Tioga County Human Services

Secure Detention – Del. & Residential

Treatment for Dep. & Del. Youth

Children’s Group Home/per diem $163.75 $223.93

Residential Treatment $167.50 $197.93

Secure Detention $181.00 $217.32

7/1/09 to 6/30/10

POTTER COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES 2009 2010

Thomas Shaffer, Attorney

Legal Service and Advice related to clients $12,000 No Change

1/1/2010 to 12/1/2010

Commissioner Heimel made a motion to approve. Commissioner Kefover seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

TRAINING REQUESTS

· Crystal Thomas (PCHS) – Co-Occurring Screening and Assessment, February 19, 2010, Smethport, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and registration fee ($30.00) expenses.

Purpose: need training hours to maintain certification

· Donna Foust (PCHS) – Protective Services/Guardianship Committee Meeting, February 4, 2010, Harrisburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($79.00) expenses.



Purpose: Discussion on required protective services enrichment training, new requirements for PS documentation in SAMS, etc.

· Colleen Wilber (PCHS) – PACDAA, February 17-19, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($245.22) and registration fee ($160.00) expenses.

Purpose: Required for PACDAA membership

· Crystal Thomas (PCHS) – PCB Annual Conference, April 19-20, 2010, Harrisburg, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($206.46) and registration fee ($150.00) expenses.

Purpose: need training hours to maintain state certification

· Barb Kiel (PCHS) – PASC Conference, March 4-5, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage, lodging ($249.56) and registration fee ($150.00) expenses.

Purpose: Annual Senior Center Association Conference – important opportunity to receive updates and information regarding programs.

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

PERSONNEL

· RESIGNATION – Joy Currier has submitted her letter of resignation as Field Assessor/Clerk in Potter County Tax Assessment, effective February 5, 2010.

Commissioner Kefover noted that Ms. Currier is an excellent employee and she will be an asset wherever she goes.

· NOTIFICATION OF HIRING – Anita J. Mead as full-time Secretary Clerk II/Class III in the District Attorney’s office at an hourly rate of $8.40 per the union contract.
No action is required.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Commissioner Kefover noted that the U. S. Senators have sent notifications for appropriations requests.

Commissioner Heimel spoke in support of the U.S. Census and encouraged citizens to make sure that they are counted. He further noted that for every person that is not counted, the county loses approximately $10,000.00 federal funding for the next decade.

Commissioner Heimel also noted that the next Natural Gas Task Force meeting will be Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Courthouse due to the increase in attendance.

The guest speaker will be from Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE), the most active company in local drilling operations.

Commissioner Kefover noted that the Special Assistant to the Governor, Lance Simmens, may be coming to learn about what’s happening in the northern tier.

BILLS

Potter County Human Services

PAYROLL CHECKS - Check #'s

$5,714.48

PAYROLL AUTOMATIC DEPOSITS

$49,005.00

PAYROLL CHRISTMAS CLUB DEPOSITS

$1,935.00

PAYROLL TAX TRANSFERS(EFTPS)

$19,164.68

STATE TAX WITHHOLDINGS (ETIDES)

$2,496.10

PASCDU

$232.44

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS - (check # 33624-33625)01/15

$48,217.11

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS - (check #33626-33819)1/28

$92,542.09

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CHECKS - (check #33820-33825)1/29

$1,410.14

Total Checks Written

$220,717.04

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Potter County Courthouse

Fund #

Fund Description

Check #'s

Voided Check #'s

Voided Check Amt

Total

10

Payroll Checks

80331 - 80380

$31,432.15

10

Payroll - Direct Deposit

9004776 - 9004840

$45,154.76

10

General Fund - Accounts Payable

97523 - 97624

$147,645.70

10

General Fund - A/P Manual Checks

901291010-901291014

$106,775.30

11

Local Emergency Planning - Manual

1570 - 1576

$620.04

12

911 Wired

3396 - 3402

$2,509.32

16

911 Wireless

1493 - 1497

$38,481.35

17

Saulter Preserve

97625

$15.25

24

Improvement Fund

97626

$156.00

34

V.O.J.O.

97627 - 97628

$1,824.66

35

Victim Services/RASA

97629 - 97630

$4,257.55

62

DEP Stormwater

97631

$13,297.34

Commissioner Heimel made a motion to approve. Commissioner Kefover seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Potter County Courthouse – First of the Month Payments

Fund #

Fund Description

Check #'s

Voided Check #'s

Voided Check Amt

Total

10

General Fund - Accounts Payable

97632 - 97642

$47,820.65

10

General Fund - A/P Manual Checks

99021

$20.00

11

Local Emergency Planning - Manual

91122

$348.32

12

911 Wired

3403

$185.02

16

911 Wireless

1498

$133.98

35

Victim Services/RASA

97643

$400.00

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Potter County Courthouse – Special Run – 1/22/10

Fund #

Fund Description

Check #'s

Total

Notes

10

General Fund

97522

$951.00

Commissioner Kefover moved to approve. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Commissioner Morley, yes; Commissioner Heimel, yes; Commissioner Kefover, yes.

Next Meeting: February 11, 2010 – Retirement Board meeting with the quarterly

report will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the regular

Commissioners Meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Heimel made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Kefover seconded.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

Prepared by Lucinda Weakland