Reaching Your Full Potential
Each of us has a different calling given by God, and it's bigger than the jobs we do. Discover how to fulfill the Lord's deeper purpose for your life, with this lesson from Dr. Stanley.
Everything was ok after a bomb scare at the Coudersport Borough Offices Friday afternoon. Nearby buildings were evacuated. Emergency personnel from multiple agencies are pictured staging at the Dollar General store parking lot. James Mitchell photo.
Each of us has a different calling given by God, and it's bigger than the jobs we do. Discover how to fulfill the Lord's deeper purpose for your life, with this lesson from Dr. Stanley.
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Dark Sky Fund/Association Work Bee at Cherry Springs last Saturday.
62 volunteers planted 1500 trees to help reduce light pollution, painted picnic tables, painted buildings and did general landscaping. The night before was clear and bright and the sky was full of stars!
I've included a photo of some of the tree seedling planting volunteers...it was a great day and the help was greatly appreciated by the park.
Photo & story by Maxine Harrison
Cherry Springs State Park...Pennsylvania's First Dark Sky Preserve
...the place to be...for Astronomy!
See you under the Stars!!
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Tree Down On Rt. 44 North of Shinglehouse
At 8:35 pm, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 has responded to a report of a tree blocking the roadway on Route 44, one and a half miles north of Shinglehouse.
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Causer Hosts Ceremony Honoring Area Vietnam-Era Veterans
Bradford dentist Dr. Dennis Faucher gives the keynote address during a Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Ceremony, hosted by State Representative Marty Causer, Saturday morning at Bradford Area High School. An emotional Faucher told his fellow veterans that their service in Vietnam is "part of us and partially defines us." He was a distinguished helicopter pilot and received many honors, including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Anne Holliday was there. Read more and see photos.....
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Dedication of the Main Street Bridge at the county seat as the “World War II Veterans Memorial Bridge” has been scheduled for Memorial Day. The Pa. General Assembly approved the designation.
All World War II veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend the brief ceremony, which will follow an 11 am parade and traditional Memorial Day service at the courthouse square.
Shirlee Leete of Coudersport has been organizing the ceremony in cooperation with Rep. Martin Causer. A highlight will be presentation of certificates of appreciation to those World War II veterans in attendance, as well as survivors of deceased WWII vets.
Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Shirlee Leete as soon as possible so that the certificates can be prepared in time for the ceremony. She can be reached by phone at 814-335-2738 or 814-274-8627.
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Crash at Prentissvale Y
At 6:26 pm on Saturday evening, Otto Township Sta. 9, Ambulance 9, Eldred Township Station 18 and Medic 1 have been dispatched to 1177 Main Street near the Prentissvale Y for a vehicle crash. Medic 1 and Station 18 units have been recalled.
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Fish for Free Days 2010
Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, June 6
Fish for Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish for Pennsylvania’s most popular fish without a fishing license. Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. No fishing license is required to fish on Pennsylvania's waterways on these days. All other fishing regulations still apply.
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Daisy Bell (Summerson) Bennett
A Founding Member Of Kettle Creek Ambulance Co.
Daisy Bell (Summerson) Bennett, 98, of Cross Fork, died at her residence on Sunday, May 16, 2010. She was born in Bitumen, on July 30, 1911, daughter of the late David C. and Adeline (Isaacson) Summerson.
Daisy was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Renovo, a member of the Kettle Creek Hose Co., a founding member of the Kettle Creek Ambulance Co. where she served as treasurer for over 30 years, and was the first person to take the original E.M.T. course in Clinton County. She was also a 7th degree member of the Pleasant Valley Grange.
She enjoyed fly fishing, taking trips, sewing clothes, crocheting, knitting, tatting and doing the Lock Haven Express crossword puzzle. Daisy was known for her excellent baking, especially her pies, at all the fund- raising events.
She is survived by her sons, Patrick Rooney of Lynn Haven, Fla., Edward Rooney of Biloxi, Miss., Michael Rooney of Cross Fork, and stepson Clifford Bennett Jr. of Treasure Lake, Pa.; daughters, Ann Nesman and Helen Green, both of Cross Fork; 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Robbins of Mansfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Bennett Sr. in 1996 and two sisters.
Memorial graveside services will be held at the chapel at New Maple Grove Cemetery. The date and time of service will be published when scheduled. Memorial donations are requested to the New Maple Grove Cemetery or the Kettle Creek Ambulance Co. in her memory.
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ATV Accident Reported At Majestic Trails
At 12:11 pm on Saturday, Otto Township Station 9, Ambulance 9 and Station 8 and Medic 1 have been requested to Majestic Trails for an ATV accident. Caller reports a male patient with a leg injury.
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Here's what's happening at Open Arms!
Baptisms! Tomorrow, Sunday, May 23rd at 2pm at the Bradford YMCA. We
will have a time of refreshments at the church immediately following.
Invite friends and family to share in this special occasion!
Prayer and Fasting starts this Monday, May 24 and goes through May
28th. What can you abstain from for special prayer on behalf of the
church, community and more?
"Last Friday" Prayer and Praise service. Join us in praying for our
church, community, nation, military men and women, persecuted church
and for communion, music and connecting.
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.
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.
Gift of Fun & Fellowship from Open Arms to you! Free Bowling every
Friday in June from 8pm to 10pm. You Must sign up on sheet on
bulleting board to secure your slot. First come, first serve. Total
of 10 people per night.
Hey! Be sure to stop by www.openarmsbradford.org for blogs, weekend
messages, connecting and more!!!
That's all for now! God Bless!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
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Charles Cole Contributes $91 million to Region’s Economy
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital contributes nearly $91 million annually to the region’s economy, according to a report released by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) entitled Pennsylvania Hospitals Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Economy. In doing so, CCMH directly and indirectly supports more than 875 jobs in the northcentral region of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Hospitals Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Economy shows that Pennsylvania hospitals provided more than 596,000 hospital and hospital service-related jobs to the commonwealth’s workforce and $90 billion to the state’s economy in 2008—representing a nearly $6 billion increase over 2007.
“Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has been and will continue to be an economic and social anchor providing healing, health, and hope in our community,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director, patient and community relations. “In addition to the economic impact of our hospital in the community, we also provide safe, quality care to the communities we serve.”
But Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer, warned that the recession is taking its toll on Charles Cole and many hospitals throughout the state, threatening their financial stability, and putting communities at risk by potentially reducing access to healthcare and associated job losses.
Pennsylvania’s hospitals annually care for 1.7 million inpatients and 36 million outpatients, and they evaluate 5.8 million injured and ill people in their emergency departments. In 55 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, hospitals are among the top five employers including Potter County.
“At a time when statewide unemployment is hovering near the highest level in 25 years, and all signs point to a continued period of unemployment, hospitals continue to be the biggest employers in many of their communities, especially rural communities,” Pitchford said.
“Investments in Pennsylvania’s hospitals mean investments in our patients, our workforce, and our economy,” Carolyn F. Scanlan, president and chief executive officer, HAP. “As lawmakers craft state and federal budgets, they need to ensure adequate payments for hospitals to remain fiscally healthy and to maintain their status as national leaders in health care quality.”
Scanlan cautioned that if state and federal budget proposals push for reductions in hospital payments, they will be jeopardizing the very jobs that are keeping many local economies together. Recent Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry statistics show that while non-farm employment in Pennsylvania decreased by 2.59 percent between December 2008 and December 2009, direct hospital employment remained fairly steady, with only a slight decline of 0.15 percent during the same period.
Pitchford added that it is very common to read that many hospitals are trimming operations, withholding pay raises and not filling vacancies as ways to make through the recession.
In fact, a recent report by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), showed the economy’s impact on the state’s hospitals. For CCMH, it reported high Medicare, Medical Assistance, and uncompensated care numbers and negative operating revenue.
Pennsylvania Hospitals Strengthen Pennsylvania’s Economy is available online at haponline.org. The report updates HAP studies released in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009, and includes data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, and HAP member hospitals and health systems.
HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Pitchford is serving a three year term as a member of the HAP board of directors.
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities in four counties at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium. For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit www.charlescolehospital.com.
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NOCKAMIXON--New state permits have given a gas drilling company a way in. Nockamixon officials and environmentalists are taking more legal steps to keep the drillers out.
Big rigs could be rolling into Nockamixon anytime now.
A drilling company has renewed its efforts to start exploratory drilling for natural gas in Upper Bucks, a move that has brought local officials and environmental advocates out in force. More...
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Containing an estimated 500 trillion cubic feet of gas, the Marcellus Shale is thought to be among the largest natural gas shale deposits in the world.
Some natural gas wells in Lycoming County are producing significantly higher volumes of gas than expected. More...
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Solid earnings during the first quarter continued to bolster the Potter County Employees’ Retirement Fund back up above its pre-recession level. Jeff Davidek, from the fund management firm C. S. McKee of Pittsburgh, attended Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Retirement Board. He reported that the fund stood at $7.57 million entering 2009, and ended the year with a balance of $9.24 million. That more than erased the losses from 2008.
There was more encouraging news in the first quarter of 2010. The fund’s value grew by another 3.74 percent to a balance of $9.58 million as of March 31. Davidek noted that the fund was up by 4.52 percent over the past five years and 7.4 percent over the past seven years. For all of 2009 and through the first quarter of this year, the county’s fund has posted stronger gains in three major investment categories, when compared to standard indexes such as the Standard & Poor’s 500, the EAFE international equity index and the BC Aggregate Benchmark (fixed income).
Asked for a forecast of second quarter 2010 results, Davidek replied that April numbers were encouraging, while May has been disappointing. All five members of the Retirement Board — Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover, Treasurer Krista Miller and Chief Clerk Todd Brown — attended Thursday’s meeting.
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Port Fire & Ambulance Toned Out For Crash
At 11:59 pm on Friday, Port Allegany Station 3, Ambulance 3, are responding to a report of a vehicle accident reported on Route 155 near Chet Clark's.
Second call from Austin Police Chief on scene reports a vehicle struck a deer and there are no injuries.
Fire Chief now on scene reports roadway is blocked and there is extensive damage to the vehicle.
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AGs Office Withdrawls Twitter Subpoena
Harrisburg, Pa. - Now that "Bonusgate" defendant Brett Cott has been jailed, state prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena to Twitter.
The Attorney General's Office was trying to get information it said may have showed Cott had no remorse for his crime and would lead to a stiffer sentence.
The ACLU is happy prosecutors dropped the subpoena, but it maintains the AG's office abused its power. More...
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Coudersport Couple Jailed For Abusing Kids
By James Jones
A Coudersport couple were arrested, arraigned, and jailed Wednesday on felony charges involving allegations of mistreatment of their two children over a period from June 2003 thru January of 2007, at which point the children were removed from the home and parental rights revoked.
Norman Buchanan Sr., 56, and Dorothy Evelyn Buchanan, 41, both of Coudersport, PA, were jailed in lieu of bail.
Sweden Valley Police Chief Bryan Phelps reports in an affidavit of probable cause filed in District Court 55-3-01, that he was requested by District Attorney Andy Watson, to conduct an investigation into the allegations.
Chief Phelps interviewed the two minor children. They gave statements that while living with their biological parents at 580 North Hollow Road, in Sweden Township, between June 2003 and January of 2007, the children were subjected to physical and mental abuse, which have left issues that have had lasting effects, that are still being addressed, and have left scars, and possible permanent physical damage.
The male minor reported that while they were home schooled, they would be forced to watch his parents have sex (part of sex education), and that they were forced to sleep with the parents. The minor became very upset with this part of the interview, stating that her father would lay on top of her and act out sexual contact on her. Her mother wouldn’t stop it.
The children both reported that both parents would verbally/physically abuse them with sticks, fists, wire coat hangers, and for punishment would place them outside without shoes, coats or winter attire, and pour water over them and leave them outside in the cold for extended periods of time.
The minor daughter was to have had several doctor appointments that were missed or neglected. She was left out of her required brace for her illness, and now has to have corrective surgeries. She is developmentally challenged due to the parents’ neglect of care for their minor child.
Norman Buchanan also poisoned their dogs with rat poison and then hung them from the front porch, where he struck them with sticks and tortured them until they were dead, throwing their dead bodies into the creek to be washed away. Chief Phelps ended both affidavits with the allegations that Norman and Dorothy Buchanan were the parents of these minor children and had a duty of care for these children and neglected them and abused them both physically and mentally.
Norman Buchanan Sr., was charged with 2 counts of SIMPLE ASSAULT; 2 counts of HARASSMENT; INDECENT ASSAULT; INDECENT ASSAULT/UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE; 2 counts of ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN; 2 counts of CRUELTY TO ANIMALS; and 2 counts of felony 1 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. He was jailed in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Dorothy Buchanan was charged with 2 felony 1 counts of AGGRAVATED ASSAULT; 2 counts of SIMPLE ASSAULT; 2 counts of HARASSMENT; and 2 counts of ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN. She was jailed in lieu of $10,000.00 bail.
Both Buchanans face preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for May 27, 2010 before District Judge Annette L. Easton in District Court 55-3-01.
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Smethport couple arraigned after drug bust at their home
A Smethport couple was arraigned Thursday after a marijuana bust at their East King Street home Wednesday night.
Joseph Yehl, 23, and Katrina Holden, 22, are both facing charges after a McKean County Drug Task Force bust at their residence at 112 E. King St.
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Kong Ho, associate professor of art at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, mixes paint while Fretz students Rodney Jones (seated) and Chad McCalla look on. Rodney and Chad took part in a mural project with Ho last spring at Fretz.
ARTICLE BY PITT-BRADFORD ART PROFESSOR
APPEARS IN TEACHING ARTIST JOURNAL
BRADFORD, Pa. – An article by Kong Ho, associate professor of art at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, about two local murals appears in the current issue of Teaching Artist Journal.
The Teaching Artist Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Taylor and Francis Group. The article, titled “Mural Painting as Inclusive Art Learning Experience,” presents two case studies of murals Ho worked on in the Bradford community, one in Blaisdell Hall on campus and the other at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School.
The article gives historical, theoretical and practical insights into the role mural painting can play in inclusive education.
The Blaisdell Hall mural was designed and painted by Ho and 10 Pitt-Bradford students in 2008. Most of the students had no art experience. The mural depicts the disciplines taught in Blaisdell Hall, which is home to the Division of Communication and the Arts.
In spring 2009, Ho worked with Fretz art teacher Janelle Turk and life skills teacher Mike Gow and their students to design and create a mural to brighten up the life skills classroom.
The student artists were 26 members of the Art Club and eight students with disabilities. As a teaching fellow of VSA Arts, the premier organization for artists with disabilities in the country, Ho embraced the chance to work with students of all abilities and foster their interaction through a collaborative project.
“I feel that teaching a mural painting workshop is not just about teaching knowledge of mural,” Ho said, “it is also about sharing values and attitudes, discovering what others think and experience. From my observation, students are more open in expressing themselves when the social barrier between teacher and students disappears during the collaborative painting process.”
Ho is currently teaching as a Fulbright fellow at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he and his students are painting a Bulgarian-American collaborative mural that incorporates images associated with both countries.
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Potter County 4-H members will be helping out during a Rabies Clinic to be held on Saturday (May 22) at the courthouse square gazebo from 1-4 pm. Reduced-price rabies shots will be administered to dogs, cats and ferrets that are at least 12 weeks old.
The first time an animal is vaccinated it is good for one year. Every time after that, the vaccination protects the pet for three years. All animals must be on a leash or in a container. Cost is $5.00 per shot.
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One Car Crash On Rt. 46 Wednesday
A Lewis Run motorist escaped with only a minor injury when his 1998 Neon crashed on Route 46 near the Bordell Crossroad Wednesday night at 6:45 pm.
Darryl G. Wallace, 44, Lewis Run, PA, was traveling north on Route 46 when his Neon exited the roadway to the east and impacted a culvert barrier. The car then continued north, impacting a ditch and coming to rest in the ditch.
Wallace fled the scene, but was located shortly after. Troopers charged him with Roadways Laned For Traffic. Charges of Driving Under the Influence and Leaving The Scene Of An Accident are pending in District Court 48-3-02.
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PennDOT line painting underway across nine counties of District 2
Clearfield – PennDOT roadway line painting has begun in earnest in District 2, with a crew currently in Centre County, painting priority roadways. The crew will then move to the interstate roadways in Centre, Clinton and Clearfield counties.
High volume roadways such as expressways, freeways, and interstates are painted first. Later this summer, crews will move to painting lower priority routes within the district. PennDOT District 2 currently has one paint crew in operation with a second crew to join operations later to address painting roadway lines in all nine counties. District 2 covers Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.
Annual painting helps to improve the visibility of road lines and enhances roadway safety. By the end of this line painting season, PennDOT District 2 will paint over 10,000 line miles and will use more than 100,000 gallons of white and yellow paint. Over 520 tons of glass beads are embedded into the paint for better reflectivity.
With safety the number one concern during all painting operations, the following tips can help motorists decrease smeared paint lines and increase roadway safety:
• The line painting operation is a moving operation. “LINE PAINTING – WET PAINT” signs and flashing lights are mounted on the back of equipment to warn motorists of the painting operation.
• Motorists should stay at least eight to ten car lengths behind line painting
equipment to avoid running over wet paint. The paint spray guns are two
inches off the roadway surface and cannot spray a vehicle. Paint can only get
on a vehicle if a driver runs over wet lines.
• Depending on weather and surface conditions, paint can take more than five
minutes to dry. When poor conditions arise, the paint operation is put on hold
until conditions improve.
• Motorists should never pass a paint truck unless instructed to do so by a police
officer or PennDOT crewmember.
• The paint truck will pull over to allow cars to pass when conditions are safe to do
• If a driver does get paint on their vehicle, it can be removed by soaking with
cleaning products such as “Simple Green”, “Oops”, or “WD40” and then power
washing at a car wash. The paint used for line painting is a water-based paint
and can be removed with household cleaning products.
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Rise 'N Roll Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in "Peanut Butter Spread"
Vanlaw Food Products, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Valu Time Brand Ranch Dressing
Rise 'N Roll Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in "Gourmet Cookie Mixes"
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The Potter County Commissioners are staging a media event early next month to draw attention to the growing burdens that federal and state mandates are piling onto local governments. “Seeing is believing” could be the theme of the news conference that is scheduled for 1:30 pm Wednesday, June 2, at the Potter County Human Services headquarters in Roulette. County officials plan to pile tables with stacks of paperwork to demonstrate the burdensome regulations and administrative responsibilities that federal and state programs impose on counties.
Commissioner Susan Kefover, who served for eight years in an earlier era and returned to office in 2007, came up with the plan after observing the tremendous growth in the county’s administrative burden that had occurred over the two decades between her terms. The June 2 session is designed to encourage state and federal elected officials and administrators to consider the impact of their actions and policies. “It’s all about flexibility, simplicity and common sense,” Commissioner Kefover said. She added that constituents would be better served if counties had greater discretion in how they operate programs and expend federal and state funds, particularly within Human Services.
Commissioner Paul Heimel said lawmakers at the state and federal levels need to recognize that “one size fits all” regulations impose a heavier burden on rural counties, since they have smaller staffs than their more populous counterparts. Kefover noted that Potter County Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler spends an estimated 50 percent of his professional time engaged in meeting state and federal administrative/paperwork requirements.
Local and regional media representatives will be invited to attend the event, as will township and borough officials, who may bring their own stacks of paperwork to add to the display. The public is also welcome. More details will be announced.
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At 9:15 pm on Thursday, Eldred Township Fire Dept., Eldred Boro Ambulance, and Medic 16 have been dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Route 446 North of Eldred near the McCrea Brook Road. One person is reported injured.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2010
HARRISBURG - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced today that it is representing two anonymous Twitter users who have criticized State Attorney General Tom Corbett on a social networking site. Corbett's office asked a grand jury to issue a subpoena earlier this month to Twitter demanding the identities of his critics.
"Any subpoena seeking to unmask the identity of anonymous critics raises the specter of political retaliation," said Witold Walczak, legal director for the ACLU of Pennsylvania and one of the lawyers representing the Twitter users. "It's a prized American right to criticize government officials, and to do so anonymously."
The subpoena seeks the subscriber information of two Twitter accounts, bfbarbie and CasablancaPA. The subpoena, which asks for records to be turned over by Friday, May 14, was issued by the attorney general's statewide investigating grand jury on May 6.
Twitter has advised the ACLU that they have not disclosed the account holders' identity, after receiving an objection from a user to the production of subscriber information. It is Twitter's policy to delay production in such cases to provide the user an opportunity to assert his or her rights.
A news account earlier today reported that the Attorney General's Office appeared to justify the subpoena by claiming that they needed to know the identities of the Twitter users because they suspected that it was a former legislative aide, Brett Cott, who had been convicted in the Bonusgate case and who was using the blog to "attack and malign the investigative and prosecutorial process, which resulted in his conviction." If true, they argued, this would justify imposing a harsher sentence. The ACLU questions whether seeking evidence in aid of a sentencing proceeding is an appropriate use of the grand jury system.
"The ACLU's concerns are that using the grand jury process in aid of seeking evidence for sentencing is improper and that using the court to unmask political critics is unconstitutional retaliation that violates the First Amendment," said Walczak.
The ACLU's lawyers have entered discussions with the AG's Office, asking them to withdraw the subpoenas. If the AG's Office refuses, the ACLU expects to file a motion to quash the subpoenas.
"For a candidate who is campaigning on his desire to protect the privacy of Pennsylvanians who are affected by the new health care bill, Attorney General Corbett shows a disturbing lack of interest in the privacy of critics who, in the best tradition of American democracy, have chosen to criticize his conduct of office anonymously," said Paul Alan Levy, a lawyer with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which is working with the ACLU on the matter.
In addition to Walczak and Levy, also representing the anonymous Twitter users are Barbara Zemlock, a lawyer with Post Schell in Harrisburg, and Mark Sheppard, an attorney in the Philadelphia office of Montgomery McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP.
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PITT-BRADFORD, CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SURVEY WARREN COUNTY YOUTH
BRADFORD, Pa. – Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s entrepreneurship program and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship have surveyed Warren County youth with the hope of fostering future entrepreneurs.
“The best place for businesses to come from is our youth,” said Laura Megill, director of the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program.
The survey asked 1,782 students in grades 7 through 12 questions about their activities, future plans and whether they would like to continue living in the area, if possible.
Thirty-six percent of students said they are interested in owning a business in the future, and 10 percent said that they already own a business.
The kinds of businesses students hoped to own included a veterinary clinic, retail stores, media outlets, manufacturing plants and tourist destinations, such as an indoor baseball facility.
Those that they already own included not just babysitting and lawn-mowing businesses, but also a family-owned machine shop, a website and a glass company.
Megill presented the results at focus groups in Warren County and said she found that the students had a more positive view of their hometown than many adults, and that “Students aren’t as negative about their town as people think they are.”
Forty-five percent of students said they could picture themselves living in the area and starting a family. Of those who saw themselves returning to Warren County, 78 percent said it was a good place to raise a family.
Of those who did not see themselves returning, 76 percent said they could make more money elsewhere, which was the top reason they saw themselves not returning to the community, along with better career opportunities elsewhere (74 percent).
Megill hopes that the survey can be used as a tool by those who work with youth in the county to support entrepreneurial endeavors and education for young people.
Megill is working with officials in the Intermediate Unit 9 to bring the survey to school districts in McKean County.
For more information on the survey, contact Megill at (814)362-5102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PennDOT, State Police to Conduct Seat Belt Enforcement by Air, Land
Hundreds of Municipal Police Departments to Join ‘Click It or Ticket’ Effort
Harrisburg – PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police will be introducing the Air, Land and Speed campaign as part of this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort, which runs from May 24 to June 13.
The Air, Land and Speed campaign will feature the State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement (SPARE) program, which uses aircraft to clock motorists’ speed and then radio to troopers on the ground to make the traffic stop. Approximately 450 municipal police departments will supplement the SPARE operations with traditional traffic enforcement along targeted roadways.
“Not wearing a seat belt continues to be one of the leading factors related to injuries and fatalities on Pennsylvania highways,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “With the significant amount of traffic that we anticipate for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, this is a perfect time to remind motorists to take an extra few seconds and buckle up.”
According to PennDOT, unrestrained fatalities dropped to a record-low of 451 in 2009, down from 567 in 2008. The 451 fatalities are the lowest since PennDOT began keeping records of that information in 1985.
Despite this decrease, nighttime seat belt use continues to be a major area of concern. More than half of all unbelted fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., including 139 between 10 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. To emphasize the importance of buckling up at all times, police will be dedicating the final week of the campaign to nighttime enforcement.
“Public safety is our number one priority,” said State Police Commissioner Col. Frank E. Pawlowski. “Partnering with PennDOT and officers from municipalities across the state, troopers will enforce traffic laws that focus on speed and the use of restraint systems. The unique approach provided by the Air, Land and Speed campaign allows for varied resources to be used to protect citizens.”
Under Pennsylvania’s seat belt law, all front seat passengers are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.
The state's primary child passenger safety law requires children under the age of four to be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat when riding anywhere in a motor vehicle. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle.
“Driving within the posted speed limit and ensuring you and all passengers are properly restrained is not only a good idea, it’s the law. And we will be vigilant in ensuring those laws are followed,” said Pawlowski.
Last year, state and local police departments issued more than 6,600 seat belt citations and more than 400 child safety seat violations. Research has shown that wearing a seat belt can increase your chances of survival by up to 60 percent if you are involved in a crash.
More information on seat belt safety can be found at www.DriveSafePA.org, click on “Traffic Safety Information Centers” at the top, then “Seat Belts.”
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Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of May 24
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 24. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.
• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street will continue. Traffic will be moved onto the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway, excavating for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.
• 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) will be open.
• 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.
• Starting the week of May 31, Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 will be restricted to eastbound traffic only. Route 346 westbound under Route 219 will be closed. Westbound traffic will follow the posted detour.
• The contractor continues to excavate existing roadway and perform paving and 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.
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Miguel Alberto "Mike" Martinez 76, of 126 South Ave., Bradford, formerly of Burnside Ave., passed away Wednesday May 19th, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
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WESB NEWSRADIO--Bradford Man Hurt in Accident
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WESB NEWSRADIO--Bradford Man Facing Charges With Juvenile
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Eldred Borough ambulance service moves into new building after arson fireELDRED — The Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department ambulance service has moved into its new building after losing everything in a station arson fire last year.
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Bradford business woman files civil lawsuit in federal court against state police trooper
By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER
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State Police Warn New Scam Hitting Potter County Area
On May 19th, Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport received information on a scam that is currently being received by person(s) in the Potter County area. Letters are being mailed from an organization claiming to be the GREENDOT Assistance Plan. They are informing the recipients that they have been selected to receive a $10,000.00 Cash Grant.
The letter states that the first smaller payment of $925.00 is attached and the larger payment for the remainder will follow. The letter gives the recipient instructions on how to get started.
Step #1-Detach and cash or deposit attached check into your bank account.
Step #2-Follow the instructions to get me my 4.08% commission on total amount to be received.
The instructions then go on to explain how they will send you another check for the remainder amount of $9,075.00 by Airmail Express the next day! The instructions also tell the recipient to go and purchase a GREENDOT MoneyPAKS from an affiliated retailer in the area. Then it gives step by step instructions on how to fax the GREENDOT MoneyPAK ACTIVATION NUMBER TO A PROVIDED NUMBER.
The enclosed checks are written from "Key Services Corp., P10760 Memorial Dr., Fort Drum, NY 13603" and THEY ARE NOT VALID CHECKS!
Anyone having information about the reported crime is asked to contact Coudersport based State Police at 814-274-8690. Investigating officer is Corporal Murray--Crime Section.
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ELDRED, PA - Clayton E. Hanks, 90, of Edson Street died Wednesday (May 19, 2010).
Born May 17, 1920, in Portville, he was a son of Deryl and Jennie Watson Hanks. On Nov. 16, 1946, in St. Mary's Church in Sartwell, he married Catherine M. Murphy, who died June 19, 1982.
Mr. Hanks was a 1937 graduate of Angelica (NY) High School. In 1939, he graduated from Westbrook Commercial Academy.
He had resided in Eldred since 1952. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy.
He was employed for 40 years at the Artline Furniture Co. in Eldred, which later became Viko Furniture and then Ethan Allen Furniture, retiring in 1985 as factory supervisor. Following retirement, he spent time as a volunteer upholstery consultant for the International Executive Service Corps in El Salvador, Ecuador and Guatemala in 1987, 1989, and 1991, respectively.
He was a member of the St. Raphael Church in Eldred. He was a life member, charter member and past grand knight of the Eldred Council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Bradford Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree. He was also a 40-year member of the St. Raphael Parish Council. He was a member of the Eldred American Legion Post 887 and volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society. He was a six-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross.
He enjoyed shooting skeet and was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast.
Surviving are his four daughters, Jane (Joseph) Basta of Ogdensburg, NY, Mary Margaret (Paul) Sullivan of Eldred, Teresa (Wayne) Wenner of Bradford and Nancy (Patrick) Ryan of Allegany, NY; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Terwilliger of Hornell, NY; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Betty Bell of Eldred.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Thomas "Tut" Hanks on July 12, 2000; a grandson, Kevin Paul Sullivan on Jan. 4, 1991; a sister, Clara Steinberg and three brothers, Lawrance, Carl and Leon Hanks.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday (May 21, 2010) at St. Mary's Church in Sartwell with the Rev. Christopher Hamlett as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Marys Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.. today at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials be made to the Kevin Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 109, Eldred, PA 16731, or the Portville (NY) Free Library.
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A Hospice Clinic will meet at 1 p.m., May 26 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Home Health and Hospice office. The meeting, which meets every other week, provides a variety of information for doctors, nurses, families, personal caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about area hospice services. Call 814/274-0384 for more information.
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The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) has approved stronger discharge regulations that affect natural gas drilling wastewater, but the rules must clear other hurdles to be implemented statewide. Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection said the regulations will “better enable the state’s Marcellus Shale reserves to be developed without sacrificing the health and quality of Pennsylvania’s vital water resources.”
DEP Secretary John Hanger said the regulations ensure that drilling wastewater containing high concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS) does not pollute water supplies, damage industrial equipment, or endanger aquatic life. Next, the standards move to the Environmental Resources and Energy committees in the state House and Senate, as well as to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) for a 30-day review period.
Under the new regulations, wastewater discharges must meet a concentration threshold of 2,000 milligrams per liter and wastewater discharges from drilling operations cannot exceed 500 mg/l. DEP said the tougher standard was set for the drilling industry because drilling wastewater is so heavily polluted and because drillers have options other than returning water to rivers and streams, such as reusing and recycling it, or injecting it deep underground. Several states — including Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Iowa, Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee — prohibit returning any drilling wastewater to streams.
In addition, EQB members approved proposed rules that will strengthen Pennsylvania’s well construction standards and define a drilling company’s responsibility for responding to gas migration issues. The new rules will require well operators to conduct quarterly well inspections and report results to DEP.
The proposed regulations must now be reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for public comment.
The board also enhanced rules governing erosion, sediment control and stormwater to protect streams, reduce flooding, and cut sediment and nutrient pollution. Those rules also go on to the General Assembly and to the IRRC for a 30-day review period.I love this site.
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Members of the Ulysses Township Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 10 am Thursday (May 20) at the Potter County Solid Waste Authority building to review the permit application for an electricity generating facility using wind turbines. The Fox Hill Wind Energy Project calls for 55 turbines, each more than 400 feet tall, to be built on high-altitude farmland.
AES Corporation, which has leased property to build the turbines, hopes to begin construction by late spring or early summer. Members of the Potter County Planning Commission reviewed the project plan at their May meeting and provided recommendations to Ulysses Township. The Solid Waste Authority building is located along Rt. 49, just northeast of the village of Gold.
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Solid earnings during 2009 brought the Potter County Employees’ Retirement Fund back up above its pre-recession level. A fund manager will report on the fund’s status through the first quarter of 2010 on Thursday (May 20) at 11 am, when the Potter County Retirement Board convenes. Board members are Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel, Treasurer Krista Miller, and Chief Clerk Todd Brown. The meeting is open to the public. A meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners will follow.
Jeff Davidek, from the fund management firm C. S. McKee of Pittsburgh, reported that the fund stood at $7.57 million entering 2009, and ended the year with a balance of $9.24 million. That erased the losses from the disastrous 2008. Davidek also noted that the fund was up by 3.96 percent over the past five years and 6.93 percent over the past seven years.
C. S. McKee was commended by the Retirement Board for management strategies that allowed the Potter County Employees’ Retirement Fund to experience stronger 2009 gains in three major investment categories, when compared to standard indexes such as the Standard & Poor’s 500, the EAFE international equity index and the BC Aggregate Benchmark (fixed income). The extent to which that trend has been carried into 2010 will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting.
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One Car Crash On Route 46 South of Smethport
At 6:58 pm on Wednesday, Smethport Fire Dept. and Priority Ambulance are responding to a report of a one car accident on Route 46 South past Galico Crossing.
Chief 2 reports no one around the vehicle. Ambulance recalled.
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Austin Memorial Day Parade on May 31th (Monday), 2010 will be meeting at Austin Area School for line-up at 10 am. The Memorial Day Parade will
start marching/driving from school at 10:30 am.
Austin Memorial Day service will start at 11am with Pastor John Baney
greeting and doing invocation. Our Guest Speaker is SPC Kerry
Ehrensberger. A short program plus placing of the wreaths, gun salute and
A luncheon to follow at the Austin Fire Hall sponsored by various
organizations and individuals.
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Washington, D.C.—Dr. Thomas Butler, superintendent of Ridgway Area School District in Elk County, today testified before a U.S. House hearing on education stating that, “We need to transform our schools to meet the needs of the 21st century.” Dr. Butler said he faces three challenges to that transformation.
One of his challenges is that when they find exemplary programs it is difficult to find the time away from the classroom for the teachers to visit and learn from the program as other districts can be several hours away. Another challenge is the need for additional training and education for the teachers. It is often difficult to find higher education resources for professional development in a rural district. Finally he said, “The number one challenge that I experience in my job is the statewide and national educational bureaucracy that increasingly is more ‘top-down’, leaving very little room for local control and flexibility on my part so I can respond to the actual situation in the school district.” He said, “Sometimes we forget about what is best for the children.”
Butler testified at the request of U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor as they examined, “Research and Best Practices on Successful School Turnaround.” Butler was there to provide input on how the Committee can support successful school turnaround in rural areas as they begin to look at reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also currently known as “No Child Left Behind”.
Thompson was the co-chair of the hearing at the behest of Ranking Minority Member John Kline of Minnesota, who had to be at another hearing.
“Today’s hearing addresses an issue critically important to the academic success of our nation’s students. In 2001, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states and each school district to ensure students are proficient in reading and math by the end of the 2013-2014 school years,” Thompson explained. “For schools that are unable to make what their state has defined as “adequate yearly progress” toward achieving that goal, the law establishes a process to improve these struggling schools and protect the best interests of the students.”
Earlier this year, Thompson solicited comments from superintendents, school boards, teachers, and families across the Fifth Congressional district, in order to let their input serve as a guide for the upcoming ESEA reauthorization.
Butler credits the turnaround at Ridgway to teacher evaluation and collaboration that includes the teacher choosing two goals to accomplish for the school year. Then he said the teacher associations were supportive and the school board focused on student achievement and instruction and created five-year goals for student achievement and instruction.
Butler said that one of the solutions for small rural school districts is to have quality broadband internet access in the community and then to make sure that the schools have the capacity to utilize the technology and integrate it into virtual training.
“As policymakers at the federal level, we must remember each school is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The Obama administration has introduced—and even promoted—several changes to the school improvement system that require school districts to implement one of only four school turnaround models,” Thompson said in his opening statement.
“There are a number of concerns, shared by members in both political parties, with the administration’s approach, which represents a more intrusive federal role in education policy that is better left to parents and state and local leaders.”
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Temporary signal coming for bridgework on Route 6, west of Galeton
Clearfield – Bridge rehabilitation work on a Route 6 bridge west of Galeton will require a temporary traffic signal, starting Tuesday, May 25. The signal will enforce an alternating traffic pattern as crews work to repair the deck one side at a time. The bridge is located on Route 6 between the villages of West Pike and Walton, about five miles west of Galeton in Potter County. This work is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Rehab work will also include installation of a new, latex concrete deck surface. PennDOT expects the temporary signal and one-lane pattern to be in place until late June. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Swank Associated Companies of New Kensington is the contractor on this job. This bridgework is part of a $2.2 million contract to rehabilitate seven bridges in Clearfield and Potter counties.
This project is part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds for 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.
To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit Pennsylvania, visit www.recovery.pa.gov
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Michael A. Steck, 50, of 52 Hobson Place, Bradford, passed away Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC.
Born October 10, 1959, in Bradford he was a son of Rodney A. "Herk" Steck and Dolores R. (Chase) Winner.
He was a 1978 graduate of Bradford High School. After high school he moved to Florida and worked at Val Pak for a number of years. After returning to Bradford in 1992, he began working at KOA Speer as Senior Warehouse Person.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church, the YMCA, and participated in all forms of sports. He excelled in basketball, tennis and golf.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather: Dolores and Robert Winner of Bradford, his father and stepmother Rodney "Herk" and Carol Steck of Lewis Run, one son, Michael A. Steck Jr., of Wilmington NC, one daughter, Olivia Steck of Bradford, one step sister, Ruth Cox of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen A. Ryan who died June 30, 2003.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday May 22nd, at 2:00pm in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the YMCA, or the American Cancer Society McKean Co. Unit PO Box 67 Bradford, PA 16701.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
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