State Police, Coudersport
April 27 at 4:30 pm--A hit and run driver traveling east on Yahn Road struck an overhead TV cable wire owned by Blue Ridge Communications and left the scene.
April 24 between 5 am & noon--A known actor was observed on private property near the intersection of Parker Hill Road and Forks Road in Hector Township, owned by the Hector Hunting Club, Ulysses, PA. This Burglary/Criminal Trespass incident continues to be under investigation.
May 4 thru May 6--A known female suspect stole prescription medication from the residence of Edward Balch at 275 Ridge Road, Galeton, PA Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Kocher is the investigator.
May 6-May 7--Actor(s) drove a vehicle into a mailbox owned by Dale F. Davis, 197 Main Street, Roulette, PA. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Roger McCloskey in the investigating officer. Last year, Davis was the victim of a hit & run driver who drove through his yard and crashed into his truck, and left the scene.
Oct. 1, 09--Jan. 31, 10--Troopers are investigating the theft of a Colt .45 Revolver (US Army Model 1917) and a 32-20 Caliber lever action rifle from 32 Butter Creek Road, Sharon Township, PA. Owner is Carolyn L. Calkins, 5680 Valdez Trail, Salcha, AK. Anyone with information should contact Trooper Jenary-Patrol Section, at the Coudersport Station.
May 5 @ 10:40 pm--Barry J. Bradley of 620 Vader Hill Road in Eulalia Township reported that Michael F.Gallina, 28, of 186 Atkins Road, Roulette, PA, entered his residence and made threats against him. Summary charges of Criminal Trespass and Harassment will be filed against Gallina at District Court 55-3-01.
May 7 at 11:00 am--Unknown actor(s) cut electric lines which control the railroad crossing at the intersection of Route 555 on 3rd Street in Driftwood Boro. The facility is owned by the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. Anyone with information on this continuing investigation is asked to contact the Emporium State Police at 814-486-3321. Trooper Ronald Chewning is the investigator.
May 7 at 5:12 pm--Richard Lynn Michael, 55, of Moore Hill Road, Emporium, PA, will be charged with DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE of Alcohol and summary traffic violations as a result of being stopped at a regulatory traffic checkpoint on Route 120 near Sunny Lane in Shippen Township
Month of May--Checkpoint Strike Force Initiative. In accordance with Pennsylvania State Police Directives, Troop C will conduct sobriety checkpoints within McKean County on roadways that have a high incidence of alcohol related crashes.
May 7--10:00 to 11:00 PM--Lawrence William Himes, 49, Mount Jewett, PA., was taken into custody at the Kinzua Country Bar in Mount Jewett for a violation of a Protection From Abuse order issued to Diana Jean Gagliardi, 46, of Mount Jewet, PA. Himes was arraigned before Districvt Judge Luther and committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5,000.00 bail.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 11:16:00 PM
Rear End Collision
Kane State Police have released information on the 2 car crash on Route 6 near the Seneca Inn in Liberty Township that happened Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
The crash occurred as Erica L. Petruzzi, 32, of Port Allegany, PA, was driving a 2009 Highlander east on Route 6. Petruzzi slowed and signaled to make a left hand turn.
Lance C. Line, 39, of Port Allegany, PA, who was driving a 1998 Explorer in the same direction behind her was unable to stop and struck Petruzzi's Highlander from behind.
Both operators were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
Line will be cited for FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY.
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May 08, 2010, 9:35PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 10:45:00 PM
Harrison Twp. Fire Co. Awarded Federal Grant
Potter County Fire News
The Harrison Township Fire Co. (Dept 20) of Harrison Valley announced today they have been notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Congressman Glenn Thompson's office they have been awarded a grant in the amount of $275,000 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
The grant was awarded under the program's Vehicle Acquisition section and will be used to purchase a new Pumper/Tanker for the department.
The new unit will replace two 30 year old pieces of equipment with a single unit. By combining the two units into one vehicle it will help to reduce the overall cost of apparatus operations for the department while providing enhanced firefighting capabilities. The older vehicles are being replaced due to various safety concerns as well as constantly increasing maintenance costs for the aging vehicles.
It is hoped to have the new vehicle in service in about a year.
Just a bit of clarification the grant portion is $261,250, the Fire Companies share is $13,750 which makes the grant total $275,000.
Again a thank you to all who have helped us with this project. Without your support we could not have made this a reality.
David R. Jones
Harrison Twp Fire Co.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 09:26:00 PM
As of 6:30 p.m., parts of Bradford, Eldred, Gifford, Kane, Lewis Run, Ludlow, Smethport, Warren, Westline, Sugar Grove, Galeton, Shinglehouse, Brockway, Punxsutawney and DuBois are without power in Pennsylvania, according to First Energy, which doesn't have an estimate on when power will be restored.
Thousands of people in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties are without power, according to National Grid. The hardest hit areas are along Route 16 north of Olean. National Grid expects to have most of the power restored by 10 p.m.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 09:18:00 PM
The fire destroyed the four-story former Fancher Furniture building. The remains of the building will be demolished on Sunday.
43 fire departments battled the blaze “aggressively” until 3 o’clock Saturday morning, according to Salamanca Assistant Fire Chief Ed Frederickson. He added that firefighters are still knocking down hot spots. The fire started at around 5:30 Friday afternoon.
The vacant building across Rochester Street from the Fancher building was also destroyed, as was the Luminite printing building.
Salamanca Lumber, and other nearby buildings were threatened, but firefighters say they were able to save about $2 million worth of property.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 09:12:00 PM
Solomon's words was shut down today for over 5 hours waiting for Allegheny Power to respond to another power outage in the Roulette area.
We were unable to access the internet or post any information.
We thank the Power Guys for getting out there in this nasty weather to get the power back on! They are getting better. The last outage lasted over 8 hours.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 08:03:00 PM
At 12:35 pm on Saturday, Austin Dept. 44 has been dispatched to a location south of the Forest House on Route 155 for a tree blocking the roadway.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 12:36:00 PM
Gas drilling yields a gusher of hogwash
Both sides of shale debate could be more forthright.
By Terry Engelder
Published in Philly.com
The exploitation of natural resources often spawns two camps, the industrialists and the environmentalists, each of which engages in disingenuous arguments - the bigger the resource, the more disingenuous the arguments. The debate over extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale has followed that pattern.
A pocket of gas may have exploded within 1,300 feet of a Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. well near Dimock, Pa., on Jan. 1, 2009. In a recent Associated Press story about a state shutdown of Cabot's drilling near Dimock, a company spokesman said, "It just isn't scientifically fair to say in any short period of time that Cabot's activities did or did not cause the methane in the groundwater."
This statement doesn't reflect well on Cabot for a couple of reasons. While it is true that methane naturally seeps into groundwater throughout much of the state, potentially leading to such accidents, drilling activity is known to accelerate the process. More...
Editor's note: Terry Engelder is a professor at PennState. He is generally recognized as the foremost authority on the Marcellus Shale and is mostly responsible for the information published resulting in the exploration and subsequent development of the Marcellus Natural Gas Play. Engelder comes from nearby Wellsville, New York.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 11:58:00 AM
Come to the Shinglehouse Firehall tonight, Saturday, May 8th at 5:00 for a, "Nite at the Races".
This is a horse race fundraiser held by the T.R.A.C.K. Association and the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Dept. to pay for this summer's annual fireworks display.
12 Horse races featuring 10 horses each will be displayed on a large screen for the audience to place their bets. Entrance is $5 at the door, and this pays for food, beverages, and FUN!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/08/2010 11:52:00 AM
Live Wires Down
At 10:50 am on Saturday, Roulette Dept. 46 is answering a call to 306 Card Creek Road for traffic control at the scene of live wires down across the roadway.
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Saturday, May 8--
8AM 'till ??
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Friday, May 7, 2010
BRADFORD, PA - Laura L. Hurd, 47, of Barbour Street died Tuesday (May 4, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born June 17, 1962, in Bradford, she was a daughter of James P. and Florence O. Easton Givan.
Laura was a 1982 graduate of Portville (NY) Central School and later attended Edinboro University. She had resided in Eldred before moving to Bradford.
She enjoyed using her computer, going to the casino and traveling.
Surviving besides her parents of Eldred are a daughter, Crystal Skinner of Bradford; a sister, Marilyn (Michael) Firkel of Portville; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Harry Minich of Bradford, with whom she resided.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Soules and Bonnie Sue Young.
There will be no visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family requests memorials be made to the McKean County Visiting Nurse Association, 20 School St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 11:48:00 PM
Former Fancher Furniture Plant On Rochester Street In Salamanca, NY
.Photo by Terry Wankel of BradfordPA.Info who was on scene
Former Fancher Furniture Factory Ablaze
At 6:40 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 was dispatched for a Ambulance and Tanker truck to stand by in Portville, NY.
Cattaraugus County units are battling a fire at the former Fancher Furniture factory, a 250,000 square foot building in Salamanca, NY, according to a post in Anne Holliday's 1490 NewsBlog.
Fire Units from as far away as Yorkshire have been called to Salamanca for this factory fire. Ashes from the fire have started multiple brush fires along East State Street in Salamanca.
Every fire station in Cattaraugus County has been toned to man their stations due to the large response of equipment to Salamanca. Firefighters have been activated from Potter, McKean, and other adjoining counties for direct response or stand-by assignments.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 06:49:00 PM
McClain Charged In Farmhouse Arson
Serial Arsonist Scott Edward McClain, 39, of Eldred, PA, has been charged with a number of new charges involving the arson of the Koch farm house fire at the end of Carpenter Creek Road in Eldred Township on July 23/24, 2009, which caused over $260,000.00 in damages. McClain was previously charged with starting fires at two Eldred Fire Stations.
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The McKean County Arson Task Force, consisting of members of the PSP Kane Station, the PSP Ridgway Station and the McKean County District Attorney's office have completed another arson investigation, relating to a series of arsons that occurred in the Eldred, PA area in the summer of 2009.
This arson occurred at the David Koch farm at the end of Carpenter Creek Road, off Slack Hollow Road, in Eldred Township, McKean County a little before midnight on July 23, 2009.
The investigation has revealed that the accused serial arsonist, Scott Edward McClain, who was an Eldred Township and Eldred Boro firefighter at the time, took his 14 year old son up to the Koch farm. While there, McClain lit a road flare and put it on the porch of the house.
He then went back to his house, dropped his son off and went to the fire station.
When no fire was called in, he returned to his house, picked up his son and drove back to the Koch farm. They discovered the flare had burned out without catching the house on fire.
He returned home and retrieved some gasoline.
Returning to the Koch farmhouse again, with his son, poured gasoline on the porch, and lit the fire again with another road flare. They returned home, and after a while, he told his son to tell his mother that he thought he saw smoke coming from up the valley.
Scott McClain and his wife then drove up the road to a point where they could see that the house was fully involved in fire. Lisa McClain then called 911 and reported the fire.
McClain was arrested and arraigned before District Judge William Todd on May 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM on charges of ARSON ENDANGERING PERSONS (Felony 1); ATTEMPTED/ ARSON ENDANGERING PROPERTY(Felony 2); ARSON ENDANGERING PROPERTY(Felony 2); CRIMINAL MISCHIEF(Felony 3); and CORRUPTION OF MINORS( Misdemeanor 1).
Judge Todd set bail at $250,000.00. McClain was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail.
McClain was previously charged with setting fire to the Eldred Township Fire Station on August 6, 2009 that destroyed that station and the fire engine that was in it, and a fire at the Eldred Boro Fire Station in a bathroom there.
A fire at the Eldred Boro Ambulance Station, that destroyed Eldred's Ambulances and the building that housed them, has not been tied to McClain at this time.
Fire Marshals Trooper Greg Agnosti and Cpl. Martin K. Henneman, and the McKean County Arson Task Force are still investigating several fires that have occurred during the past few years in the Eldred area. If anyone has any information regarding these fires, please contact the State Police Fire Marshal at 814-778-5555.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 04:09:00 PM
Pa. Trooper to Be Charged in Drunk Driving Crash
Jonestown, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say one of their troopers has been placed on restricted duty pending an investigation as the result of a drunk driving crash.
State police say Timothy J. Longenecker, of Lebanon, was not on duty when he crashed into a field and rolled Thursday morning, but was driving a state-owned vehicle. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 03:11:00 PM
DuBois considers temporary ban on drilling
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - DuBois City Council should consider a temporary moratorium on Marcellus shale drilling or surface disturbance on city-owned property, Anderson Creek Watershed Committee's Jack Dugan said at yesterday's work session. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 03:05:00 PM
Angel-Food Ministry orders are due by Monday May 10th to Coudersport Free Methodist Church, 507 S. Main St. Coudersport, Pa. 16915
The Church office will be open Monday Noon-4pm. for EBT orders. Office phone # 814-274-7350
Orders may also be placed online at www.AngelFoodMinistries.com
SAVE 50% ON GROCERIES!
Pick-up day is Saturday May 15th 9-10am. at THE SPOT located 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 02:29:00 PM
Elsie J. Mattison, 82, of Gaines, PA, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the home of her daughter in Jersey Shore, PA.
Born February 6, 1928, in Wellsboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold, Sr. and Florence (Pope) Keck. She was married to Thomas L. Mattison, Sr., who predeceased her in 1997.
She was employed by the Galeton Production Company and the Gaines Tackle Shop. Elsie was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, and the Gaines Thimble Club. She loved doing yard work, crocheting, feeding the hummingbirds, and spending time with her family.
Surviving are: two daughters, Nancy (Richard) Wildbrett, Hurst, TX and Susan (David) Seyler, Jersey Shore; four grandchildren, Shane (Donna) Seyler, Corning, NY, Jason Seyler, Jersey Shore, Toby (Steffany) Wildbrett, Flower Mound, TX, and Kristin (Josh) Townsend, Gainesville, TX; four great grandchildren; her stepmother, Shirley Keck, Wellsboro; a brother, Harold (Helen) Keck, Jr., Wellsboro; two sisters, Rosa Mae (Tracy) Shaw, North Carolina and Constance Peters, Pennfield, NY; half brothers and half sisters, Donnie, Debbie, Carol, Karen, and Steven; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Elsie was predeceased by a son, Thomas L. Mattison, Jr. on July 31, 2005.
Friends may call on Monday, May 10, 2010 from 10:00 – 11:00a.m. at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 11:00a.m. with the Rev. David Shultz officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society, or to the Community Nursing Service of Clinton Co., 124 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven, PA 17745.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 02:18:00 PM
Last day to sign up for guided tour of state forest
The third annual Forest Management and Habitat Tour for Susquehannock State Forest will be held May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is due Sat. May 8.
The tour's main objective is to look at the challenges the forest faces in both sustainable forest and wildlife management and tools used to address them, according to Forester Troy Stimaker. "We would also like to be able to gain a better understanding of the concerns of those who use the Susquehannock State Forest and how we can improve our management to better suit the public's needs," he told the Williamsport Sun Gazette.
The tour begins at Cherry Springs State Park, where participants will hear from Chris Nicholas, Susquehannock State Forest district forester, who will give an overview of what the tour will encompass and what sites will be featured. Chip Harrison, the state park's manager, will talk about the features of Cherry Springs and what it has to offer.
Stops will include Cherry Springs State Park; a timber sale; a private parcel of forestland; and a unique property owned by the Bureau of Forestry – a field than was once an active farm. Management techniques, wildlife, and other topics will be discussed at each stop.
The tours are open to all ages. Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information, or to register, call 814-274-3600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 01:19:00 PM
Body discovered in Nunda Thursday
Livingston County Sheriff John York said a body was found by a mother and her son who were fishing in the Town of Nunda Thursday afternoon.
“A body was discovered last night and we are in the process of conducting an investigating,” said York this morning. “It’s pretty early and there is a lot we don’t know yet ... Every investigation like this is a homicide investigation until we know differently, but it doesn’t appear to be anything different.” More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/07/2010 10:46:00 AM
ELDRED, PA - Marie E. Bair, 65, formerly of Eldred, died Thursday (May 6, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born June 10, 1944, in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Paul and Isabelle Moran Sheffer Sr. On Sept. 9, 1972, in Shinglehouse, PA, she married William Bair Sr., who survives.
Mrs. Bair was a 1962 graduate of Smethport High School and had resided in Eldred for many years.
She had been employed at Maple Manor as a drug and alcohol counselor of several years. For 38 years, she was employed by Zippo Manufacturing Co. in Bradford, retiring in 2007 due to poor health.
Mrs. Bair was a member of the First Church of God in Eldred and was a sister of the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club. She enjoyed many activities including bowling, motorcycle riding, dancing, playing cards and board games. She loved time spent at her camp and being with family and friends.
Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Rob (Debby) Roberts of Salamanca, NY, and Billy (Christina) Bair Jr. of Eldred; seven grandchildren, Heather, Zachery, Joshua (Jessica), Tyler, Kody, Ashleigh and Christian, all of Eldred; a great-grandson, Bryin; two brothers, Paul (Pat) Sheffer Jr. of Rew, PA and John (Sharon) Sheffer of Cyclone, PA; a sister, Laura (Dennis) Gordon of Eldred; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, James Roberts, in 2007; and a sister, Donna Walters.
Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred on Saturday (May 8, 2010) from noon to 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the First Church of God in Eldred, with the Rev. James Kazimer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Church of God; or the McKean County Visiting Nurse Hospice Association, 20 School St., Bradford, PA 16701.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 11:50:00 PM
Hello everyone! I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well!
Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there!!! This Saturday
morning, May 8th, we are reaching out to the mom's at the YWCA. We
will be serving brunch. If you are interested in helping, please see
Elise Eldrekin or e-mail the church.
Here's what else is happening at Open Arms:
We are heading in to week 2 of the series "Building a Better Life."
If you happened to miss last week, you can always catch in online at
Jam Session on May 15, 6pm. If you play an instrument or sing come
and jam with various members of the band.
There will be a membership class May 16th immediately following
service. It is one hour long and lunch is provided.
Baptisms: Sunday, May 23rd at 2pm at Bradford YMCA. We will have a
time of refreshments at the church immediately following. Invite
family and friends to share in this special occastion.
Soldiers Prayer Wall: If you have family or a friend serving in the
military, you may submit their picture, name and information to Shawn
Murphy or Chris Stavish to be posted on the Soldiers Prayer Wall.
Prayer and Fasting week will be May 24th - 28th.
Prayer and Praise Service will be May 28th from 7pm - 9pm. Join us
for music, prayer, communion, and connecting.
Benefit Concert: June 5th from 1pm to 9pm. Come help us raise money
for woman with liver cancer.
Do you have a graduate? We will be honoring our graduates on Sunday,
June 6th. If you have a graduate, please e-mail their name to the
church office or place their name on your connection sheet at church.
That's it for now!! God bless!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 10:40:00 PM
The Victorious Losers support group will meet at 7 p.m., May 12 (second Wednesday of the month) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room. The meeting will feature four speakers from Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous who will share their experiences of losing and keeping off nearly 300 pounds, collectively. The speakers, who range in age from 40 to 67, will talk about their own food addictions and recovery.
The group is designed for those who need to make life altering decisions, such as weight loss surgery, those who have already undergone surgery, and their friends and family. Meetings will be led by Paula Warner, a certified support group leader from Obesityhelp.com and Bariatric Support Centers International. She was also a weight loss surgery patient and hopes to offer speakers, cooking classes, special events, and outdoor activities. Feedback from attendees will help develop the meetings to offer the best support, she said. For more information, call CCMH’s community outreach, 260-5550.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 09:34:00 PM
Saturday, May 8--8AM 'till ??
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 08:22:00 PM
For all those interested in taking an Amateur Radio
Test to upgrade or start as a technician. Testing will be given on Saturday May 15th at 10am. The test is Free of Charge.
The test site is Charles Cole Hospital Conference Room near the Helipad in
the Orange Parking Lot.
Please register at Hams@k3cc.net or call Skip at 814 274 7402. You will
need your Amateur License and 2 proofs is ID One Picture proof as a Drivers
license and another Social Security Card or similar.
Again there are no Fees for the test. Volunteers are from Potter County ARES
and Elk County Amateur Radio Club
Coffee/Tea and donuts will be at the site
Anyone interested in Ham Radio can view my website at www.k3cc.net
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 05:22:00 PM
Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of May 10
Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of May 10. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.
• Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
• Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• Tuna Crossroads (T-369) is closed in order to grout new beams and install work platforms. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
• Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• The contractor continues to excavate existing roadway and perform bridge repairs.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 04:29:00 PM
BAILY’S BEADS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FROM STUDENTS IN K-12
BRADFORD, Pa. – Local K-12 students have a second opportunity to submit poetry to Baily’s Beads, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine.
The 2011 edition of Baily’s Beads will feature a special section of poetry by local K-12 students. Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing and magazine adviser, announced that the deadline for submissions has been extended to Aug. 30.
Editors Mike Reeder, Sarah Dorben and Steve Abplanalp are looking for writing that focuses on sensory images.
“Rather than focusing on rhyming and big topics, concentrate on finding new ways to describe scenes and feelings,” Abplanalp suggested.
Dorben said, “We’d like to see honest emotion and original imagery rather than abstractions.”
Submissions from K-12 students should include written permission from a parent or guardian for the work to be published if accepted.
Work should have a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information, but the author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
Poetry should be single spaced. Submissions can be dropped off at 103 Blaisdell Hall, mailed to Baily’s Beads, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford PA, 16701, or sent by e-mail to email@example.com .
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 04:24:00 PM
POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
AGENDA For May 6, 2010 CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE WITH FINANCIALS
MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING – 4/22/10
- Correct wage for 4-H summer hires is $8.20, not $8.40
• RECOGNITION – Potter County Jail – Certificate of 100% Compliance for 2010
• SPEAKER – Marilyn Bock, CEO, Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers
• OPENING OF BIDS
o Toro Wheel Horse Mower
o Office Furniture
o 2002 Chevy Impala
• TREE REMOVAL QUOTES
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
• INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT – Between Potter, Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties for reciprocal disaster preparedness and prevention, and emergency response and recovery in support of the North Central Task Force (NCTF).
• MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – Between Potter, Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties on behalf of the NCTF to set forth and formalize their agreement for the provision of expected policies, procedures and services for the effective and efficient fiscal administration and operation of the NCTF.
• INTERNGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT – Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act between the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Potter County Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas and the Potter County Commissioners.
• PCHS CONTRACTS
MENTAL HEALTH 2008/2009 2009/2010
Beacon Light Behavioral Health
Respite N/A $83.68/per day
4/19/10 to 6/30/10
• Retroactive - Colleen Wilbur (PCHS) – SCA Fiscal Officer Conference, May 6, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and registration fee ($70.00) expenses.
Purpose: Required for new 5 year BDAP contract
• Sherry Hoffman (PCHS) – P4A Membership Meeting/PDA Quarterly, June 16-17, 2010, State College, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and lodging ($214.84) expenses.
Purpose: Required quarterly meetings with PDA & P4A
• Tom Rathmell (Jail) – ServSave Certification Program, May 24 and June 7, 2010, Port Allegany, Pa. Request for meals, mileage and registration fee ($180.00) expenses.
Purpose: Required certification training
• HIRING – Potter County Chief Assessor Joe Lewis requests the hiring of Jacob Ostrom as a summer assistant through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Work Study Program at an hourly rate of $8.20, effective May 17 through August 20, 2010 and for 3 weeks during the Christmas holiday break.
PHEAA reimburses employers for up to 40% of the salary.
• HIRING – County Extension Director Don Tanner recommends the hiring of
Sheila Gabreski as part-time Secretary/Clerk II, Class III effective April 28, 2010 at an hourly pay rate of $8.40 per the union contract.
• EMERGENCY TEMPORARY HIRE – District Attorney Andy Watson recommends the temporary emergency hiring of Jackie Yoder as Victim Witness Coordinator effective May 10, 2010 through June 1, 2010.
Approval has been obtained from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Office of Victims’ Services for this temporary hire.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 03:37:00 PM
Wire Stolen From Railroad In Cameron County
Emporium State Police report that unknown person(s) removed 1,000 feet of steel power wire from utility poles along the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in the area of the Gardeau Road in Portage Township, Cameron County sometime since April 6th.
The theft was discovered today. The estimated value of the loss is $150.00.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David Surra is the investigator.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 03:30:00 PM
Emma (Emera) Vivian Beckwith, 92, of 463 Derrick Road, Derrick City, passed away, Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center
Born September 17, 1917, in Youngstown, OH, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Emma Hodulik Gasper
On August 3, 1940 in Youngstown, OH, she married Sidney E. Beckwith who died on May 20, 2003.
Mrs Beckwith was formerly an avid walker and enjoyed baking.
She is survived by three daughters: twins; Joanne (the late Andy) Roeder of Bradford, and Jean (Edward) English of Derrick City, and Faith Hughes of Bradford, five grandchildren: Edward English, Jr., Bill Keesler, Cindy Gorton, Kristoffer Wright, and Jill Feight, seven great grandchildren: Anthony Gorton, Hailey Gorton, Sydni Keesler, Jonah Feight, Kayli Ann Keesler, Maya Wright and Jordon Wright, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, and four brothers.
Private graveside services will be held in Wilcox Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.
Memorials if desired may be made to the McKean County SPCA, Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 01:47:00 PM
Matthew F. Cuda, 91, of 97 Rochester Street, passed away, Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC.
Born March 22, 1919, in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Martin and Stella (Galinska) Cuda.
At the age of 3 he moved to the Bradford area. He was a 1938 graduate of St. Bernard High School. On April 23, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army, served with the 89th Infantry-Third Army under the command of General George Patton. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and was honorably discharged on March 31, 1946.
Mr. Cuda had worked for 39 years as a foreman in the body repair shop at Star Garage.
He was the last living member of his family.
At the deceased's request there will be no visitation. A private funeral service will be held in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 01:44:00 PM
Musical Items Stolen From Local Band’s Practice SpotToday, the Bradford City Police notified Ralph that all of the equipment has been recovered. Two 15 year old kids were found to be the culprits. Thank you to everyone that participated in helping to find the equipment.By Terry Wankel
Ralph Brooks is a longtime friend of mine. Someone broke into his band’s practice spot and stole a bunch of their equipment. Below are some statements taken from his Facebook page.
From Ralph Brooks
Our practice place in Bradford was broken into and all our guitars and one amplifier were stolen. Missing are two Epiphone Explorers, one Squier Strat with Duncan pickups, one Green Ibanez RG with Hate and other things scratched into it, and one black Jackson Fusion with Duncans.
THERE WILL BE A CASH REWARD for the safe return of these items. Up to $1000 with no questions asked. A police report has been filed. Please be on the lookout and report anything you see to either myself, or the Bradford Police with any info.
To the persons responsible–I have had that black guitar since I was fourteen years old. It means more to me than your life. If you are smart, you’ll bring it back before one of your rat buddies turns you in for the reward. And you had better hope the cops round you up before I do.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 12:45:00 PM
Roulette Town Wide Yard Sale
The Roulette Chamber of Commerce has announced the date for the Annual Town Wide Yard Sale to be held in Roulette this year.
Yard Sales will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 9:00 AM to ???? PM. A yard sale map will be available online at Solomon's words and at locations around town. There is a $3.00 charge to be listed on the map.
To register your sale contact Linda Ayers at 814-544-9967 or Jan Baxter at 814-544-7359.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 12:32:00 PM
Rabies Clinic In Coudersport At Gazebo May 22nd
There will be a Rabies Clinic held on Saturday, May 22, 2010. It will be held at the Courthouse Square/Gazebo, Coudersport, PA. The clinic will be from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
All dogs, cats and ferrets that are at least 12 weeks old can be vaccinated against the rabies virus. The first time an animal is vaccinated it is good for one year, every time after that the vaccination is good for three years.
All animals must be on a leash or in a container. Cost is $5.00 per animal. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of the Coudersport Animal Health Center.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 12:14:00 PM
Emporium Health Center to Offer Free Adult Physicals
The Emporium Health Center will conclude its series of free adult physicals for uninsured and underinsured residents of Cameron County in May.
Physicals can be scheduled by calling 486-0810 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 18. Staff will also be available to discuss charity care and sliding fee scale information.
To qualify, Cameron County residents, ages 18-64, have not had a physical within the last year, and are completely uninsured or underinsured with an individual insurance deductible of $500 or $1,000 per family.
The community health improvement services at the Emporium Health Center were made possible through funding from the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation.
For information on upcoming health events, visit www.charlescolehospital.com.
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Benchmark Report Details Restoration of Water Quality, Fish Population
HARRISBURG -- Twenty years of coordinated efforts to restore life to the West Branch Susquehanna River in north-central Pennsylvania have led to marked improvements in water quality, as well increases in fish populations and diversity that are detailed in a benchmark study announced today by Trout Unlimited.
The study was coordinated by Trout Unlimited in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and an alliance of approximately 30 watershed associations, conservation districts, and local businesses comprising the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Coalition.
“The West Branch Susquehanna River is the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Wilds, yet more than 1,000 miles of this majestic river and its tributaries are sterile or badly degraded from mine drainage and pollution from thousands of acres of abandoned mine sites,” said J. Scott Roberts, DEP’s deputy secretary for Mineral Resources Management during the fifth annual West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Symposium sponsored by Trout Unlimited. “However, a renaissance has begun, and we are seeing measurable results that are leading to recreational and economic opportunities that will benefit the entire state.”
The benchmark study compared chemical and biological conditions of the river from the mid-1980s to 2009, and found dramatic improvements in water quality with a 72 percent reduction in iron and an 87 percent reduction in aluminum in Karthaus, Clearfield County. Alkaline treatment of mine discharges has significantly reduced acidity levels in the river, while pH has steadily increased from 3.9 in 1984 -- a toxic level for most aquatic life -- to 6.4 last year.
A 1998 fishery survey near Hyner, Clinton County, found only three species in the West Branch, contrasted with surveys from 2009 that found 16 species at this location and a 3,000 percent increase in catch rates.
Overall, researchers assessed water quality and habitat data at 11 sites on the river and at the mouth of 69 mine-drainage-impaired tributaries. Fish populations were assessed at nine sites.
“This remarkable progress is the direct result of cooperation among government, the mining industry and the environmental community to seek out innovative and cost-effective ways to reclaim old mine sites and treat historic mine discharges,” Roberts said. “Under Governor Rendell’s leadership, we have created the Mine Drainage Trust Fund to finance systems that will treat some of the most significant mine discharges in the watershed and restore water quality in the headwater of the West Branch, as well as Clearfield Creek and the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.”
DEP has committed significant resources to restoring the West Branch Susquehanna River, including:
• $73 million in Growing Greener grants to watershed groups and local governments for 620 projects;
• $14 million through 63 bond-forfeiture projects that have reclaimed 1,131 acres of abandoned mines;
• More than $50 million in Abandoned Mine Reclamation contracts to reclaim 2,357 acres; and
• $2.1 million to plug 115 abandoned natural gas wells in four counties in the watershed.
The department also issued 210 re-mining permits to active coal companies that have reclaimed 5,100 acres of abandoned mine lands at no cost to the commonwealth since 2000.
DEP, local groups and the active coal industry operate 123 mine drainage treatment systems that handle nearly 9 billion gallons of mine drainage each year in the West Branch Susquehanna watershed.
Final results of the benchmark study will be released in the fall. For more information, visit www.wbsrc.org or www.depweb.state.pa.us.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 11:45:00 AM
lost dog in my yard need to find owners
Last night a St. Bernard, unknown sex wound up in my yard and this morning the poor thing is still here. The dog is hungry, looks like he/she has been playing in the river, and very playful. Could you post this on Solomons Word as the owner may just be frantic, and dog is so lonely
150 Main St
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 11:38:00 AM
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Causer to Lead Bridge Dedication in Honor of Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini
Rep. Martin Causer and the Port Allegany Community will gather to remember Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini, who died in Afghanistan two years ago, by dedicating the bridge on U.S. Route 6 over the Allegheny River in his honor.
Lt. Col. Berrettini’s family members and friends, Causer, area veterans and Port Allegany High School officials and students
Friday, May 7
At Port Allegany High School Football Field
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 09:33:00 AM
Lin R. Losey, 65, of Galeton, PA, died on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at his home.
Born August 2, 1944, in Wellsboro, he was a son of the late Walter B. and Shirley L. (Surdam) Losey.
He was a 1962 Graduate of Galeton High School. He was a Veteran, having served with the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War. Lin was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas. He greatly enjoyed gardening and nature.
Surviving are a brother, Michael (Laurie) Losey, Olean, NY; two sisters, Yvonne McCutcheon, Galeton, and Donna (Arthur “Skeet”) Keaton, Galeton; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lin was predeceased by two brothers, Jerry and Rex Losey.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/06/2010 09:18:00 AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
State Police report that on May 3rd at 4:40 AM, Kelly Parton, 42, of Ulster, PA, was assaulted by another female while residing at the Germania Hotel at 1361 Germania Road, Abbott Township, Potter County. The investigation is continuing.
On May 3rd between 1:00 pm and 3:30 PM, unknown actor(s) damaged the driver's side mirror on a 2009 Gray Chevrolet Silverado while it was parked at 528 Main Street in Ulysses Boro. The vehicle is owned by Thomas Joseph Madden of Cape May, NJ.
On May 3rd at the Germania Fire Department on Route 144 in Abbott Township, unknown actor(s) broke the windshield on a 2000 Grey Jeep Cherokee owned by Ronald Mathwig of Genesee, PA. The windshield was valued at $300.00.
May 3, 2010, Louis H. Galleotti, Jr., 71, of Austin, PA. was charged by troopers with summary harassment and a domestic violence charge. Galleotti became involved in a verbal argument with a known female. He approached the victim and poured an open can of soda over her head and upper torso. The case will be heard in District Court 55-3-01.
On Tuesday, Coudersport State Police discovered that Kevin Butler, 22, of 295 Railroad Avenue in Roulette, PA, had failed to report a change of address to Pennsylvania State Police as required by Megan's law. Kevin was taken into custody at 100 Horseshoe Court Drive, in Roulette Township and arraigned before District Judge Barbara J. Easton. Easton set bail at $5,000. straight bail. Kevin was unable to post bail and was committed to the Potter County Jail.
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Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 10:21:00 PM
Just a reminder, the season finale for the Songwriter's Roundtable is coming this weekend, Saturday May 8th, to Cafe Olga in Coudersport. It’s a $5 cover, and it's $3 for anyone under 18 years of age.
The Roundtable will again be hosted by Jakob’s Hollow, and will feature the Bluegrass group “Fellswoop” from Allentown, and Blues guitar phenom V.E. Paul from Dallas, PA. The evening begins with an open stage at 6:00pm featuring some tremendous local talent, followed by the main show at 7:30, and Olga’s will feature a Mexican theme in honor of Cinco De Mayo! Check out the performer links below....
A master of slide, finger style and electric Blues, V.E. Paul has won awards and accolades for his outstanding abilities. Described by Blues veterans as “an old soul”, this high school age “bluesman” seems to be channeling the blues greats with every performance.
We recently did a show with the high energy Bluegrass aficionados “Fellswoop” at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, and fell right under the spell! With tremendous songwriting abilities and an absolutely magnetic presence on stage, we were super excited to hear they were coming to God’s Country to share their music!
Kicking off the night we will again feature the Roundtable Open Stage, featuring some of the up and coming local stars from the area!
By the way, don’t forget that Jakob’s Hollow hosts the most laid back open stage on the planet, every Tuesday at Café Olga beginning at 7:00pm.
We hope to see you out there!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 09:15:00 PM
Jefferey A. Pangburn
“loving son, husband, father and grandfather”
Richburg, NY---Jefferey A. Pangburn, 43, of Richburg, NY, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 5, 2010 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.
Born April 23, 1967 in Quantico, VA, he was a son of Donald E. and Emma J. Ross Pangburn. On July 18, 1992 in Richburg, he married Constance S. “Connie” Galbreath, who survives.
He was a graduate of Richburg High School, class of 1986.
Jeff was a lifelong resident of Richburg. He was employed for the past 8 years by Friendship Dairies.
He was a life member of the Richburg Fire Department, a life member of the North American Hunting Club and a member of Sons of the Legion in Wellsville. He greatly enjoyed hunting deer, turkey and rabbits with his friends, but most especially loved spending time with his family.
Surviving besides his wife are his parents of Richburg; three daughters, Kristina M. Pangburn of Bolivar, Tosha S. Pangburn of Little Genesee, and Brittany A. Pangburn of Richburg; two grandchildren, Anthony D. Pangburn and Korryn A. Cline; a brother, Dennis (Tammy) Pangburn of Richburg; and several aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins.
There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a place and date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richburg Fire Department, Corner of Main & Mill Streets, Richburg, NY 14774 or to Homecare and Hospice, 118 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 08:47:00 PM
WESB NEWSRADIO--Shinglehouse Man Facing Numerous Charges
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 08:38:00 PM
Laura L. Hurd, 47, of Barbour Street, Bradford, died Tuesday (May 4, 2010) in Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. The Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, is in charge of arrangements.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 08:18:00 PM
EMPORIUM — Dorothy Jean Berry, 70, of East Fourth Street, Emporium, died Monday (May 3, 2010) in the Guy & Mary Felt Manor. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 08:16:00 PM
East Branch price tag: $280M
RIDGWAY - It will likely take about seven years and cost about $280 million for repairs to the East Branch Dam.
During Tuesday's Elk County Commissioners meeting, Mike Rattay, project manager, said construction was completed in 1952. Its three main purposes were, and are, flood control, water quality and recreation.
Five years later, seepage was discovered and corrected, but since then it has been heavily monitored because the way the dam is built, the problem could occur again. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 05:02:00 PM
Everett Votes for Marcellus Shale Measure Delaying Further State Land Leasing
Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) led a bipartisan effort to pass House Bill 2235, which will preclude any further leasing of state forest land for Marcellus Shale gas drilling for three years, during which time studies will be conducted on the impact of Marcellus development which has already taken place.
“The passage of this legislation is a great example of members on both sides of the aisle working together to come up with a well-reasoned and thoughtful approach toward the Marcellus Shale drilling issue,” said Everett. “We have members in the House who believe that we should have no Marcellus drilling on state forest land and those who believe we should develop every acre - this bill will give us some time to evaluate the impacts of the wells which are drilled and pipelines which are constructed on the state lands we have already leased out so we can make informed decisions on whether, when, how and how much state land to lease out in the future.”
Everett worked with Rep. Dave Levdansky (D-Allegheny) for several days to reach the compromise agreement for the delay, referred to as a “moratorium,” on any further leasing of state-owned land for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The legislation has no effect on the further leasing of privately owned land for drilling, or the development of state lands which have already been leased.
“The Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are providing new jobs for Pennsylvanians and will continue to do so long into the future,” said Everett. “Prior to entering into these negotiations, I was assured by leaders in the gas industry that this “time out” in leasing state land will have no impact on the overall Marcellus development in Pennsylvania.
“When I looked into this, I was surprised to learn that 47 percent of our state forest land, or about 700,000 acres, is already available to the industry for Marcellus development and that there is only 53 percent of our state forest land, or about 800,000 acres, which is un-leased at this point,” Everett added. “It seems to me that with almost half of our state forest land already committed to Marcellus drilling this early in, what it is projected to be a 20-or-30-year development that we have plenty of time to pause for three years to study the impacts of this drilling on state land, and see if we want to do anything differently with the remaining lands that have not yet been leased.
“This legislation will help ensure that Marcellus development on state forest land is done in a manner that protects both the land itself and the interests of those many Pennsylvanians who use and value our beautiful state forests,” said Everett. “This is how public policy should work. I am proud of the efforts of all who joined into make this agreement happen.”
The bill goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Rep. Garth D. Everett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 04:35:00 PM
More Taxes Not Necessary; House GOP Proposes Specific Cost-Saving Opportunities for PA
Facing the potential of a billion dollar-plus deficit and another budget impasse, House Republicans have taken up the challenge of identifying revenue sources to balance the budget without the need for additional taxes, House Republican Leader Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) announced today.
“House Republicans have real concerns regarding the Democrat budget proposal (House Bill 2279), which passed the House when the deficit was only $500 million – now it’s at a billion dollars,” Smith said. “As Pennsylvanians are dealing with layoffs, pay cuts and pay freezes, the costs for groceries, goods and services are going up, and the governor and House Democrats want to raise taxes for their increased spending. As the governor has often said, ‘Are they nuts?’”
The Democrat budget proposal, originally introduced by Gov. Ed Rendell in February, spends $29 billion, an increase in spending of more than $1 billon over the current year’s enacted budget. Revenues are $1 billion less than anticipated with two months yet to be collected. According to economists, state revenue collections are not expected to recoup the losses this year.
Smith said Republicans were anticipating a fiscally responsible budget proposal to support; instead the Democrats crafted an overspending budget largely dependent on “hope.” The Democrat spending proposal hopes for $850 million in federal funding, it hopes revenues come in better than they are, and it hopes for tax increases.
According to Smith, House Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility, smaller and more efficient government, better and more productive management, and a more disciplined and effective budget process.
“Pennsylvania’s budget should balance every year without gimmicks; that is what fiscal responsibility means, and that is what good management is about,” Smith said. “Reps. John Bear and Sheryl Delozier have worked hard to find extra revenues through efficiencies and entrepreneurship. The message is simple: No Taxes Necessary.”
For the last several months, Bear, of Lancaster County, and Delozier, of Cumberland County, have met with government officials, financial executives, business leaders and consultants to develop new or enhanced non-tax revenues for General Fund use. Their findings have the potential to generate nearly $1 billion in new revenues for the Commonwealth – without any additional or new taxes.
“It is no longer good enough to focus merely on what we are going to cut or to burden Pennsylvanians with additional taxes,” Bear said. “Instead, we need do to things differently by looking for opportunities to make government more accountable and efficient in its operations, while getting state spending under control.”
“With tens of thousands of Pennsylvania citizens out of work, combined with a struggling economy, we have to ensure that every budget expenditure is in the best interest of the taxpayers,” Delozier said. “The General Assembly and the governor must use fiscal restraint and a needs-based budgeting philosophy during the current budget cycle. We need to look for new non-tax ways to generate funds for the state. These are suggestions that can be options.”
Bear and Delozier drew on their respective experiences with the IMPACCT Commission. IMPACCT was created in 1995 by a concurrent resolution in the General Assembly and comprised of 250 members from the public and private sectors to analyze all areas of government; it ultimately developed 450 reform recommendations.
The House Republican revenue generators through efficiencies and entrepreneurship are:
* Expanded Use of Purchase Card (P-Cards): Make P-Cards, similar to debit cards, the primary method of payment for all goods and services purchased in PA.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $62 million to $219 million annually
* Feasibility of processing other state’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments: PA began processing its own SSI payments in 2003, the only state to process SSI payments in-house, saving $35 million. There are nine states (CA, NY, TX, MA, NJ, NV, RI, HI, VT and DC) that pay the Social Security Administration more than $300 million to process SSI payments.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $50 million to $152 million annually
* Correcting Tax Refund Errors: The Department of Revenue sends out 2 million refunds annually with a 10-12 percent error rate. Reduce the error rate.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $50 million annually
* Improve State Vehicle Fleet Management: Reduce the state auto fleet by a third; require state employees to use rental vehicles for trips over 100 miles.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $36 million annually
* Eliminate Medicaid Eligibility Errors: Establishing an Income Eligibility Verification System would cut the error rate, which is as high as 14 percent according to the state auditor general, and as low as 4 percent according to the Department of Public Welfare.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $288 million to $1 billion annually
* Improve Unclaimed Property Law Compliance: Property deemed forfeited is not being reported as it should.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $50 million to $80 million annually
* Streamline Sales Tax Collection/Internet Sales Tax: By adopting the National Conference of State legislatures (NCSL) Voluntary Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, Pennsylvania has the chance to collect some of the more than $300 million in uncollected taxes from such online companies as Amazon.com and Overstock.com that do not collect sales taxes.
* Revenue potential/cost savings: $21 million (based on historical 3 percent compliance)
The total potential revenue generated if these proposals are implemented range from $557 million to $1.56 billion.
“Today’s proposals are just a part of the House Republicans’ efforts to update Pennsylvania’s government for the 21st century,” Delozier said. “Rep. Bear and I will continue working with our caucus and anyone else to prevent additional taxes from being taken out of people’s pockets.”
“We are still working on ideas. Some will be better using technology and dealing with public safety,” Bear said. “Pennsylvanians expect us to balance the budget without any new taxes.”
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 5/05/2010 04:04:00 PM