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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Found Dog

Found Dog

A dog has been found in the West Branch Area. Please call 274-0383 to identify. The owners have taken the dog back to his home.

MVA On Maple Hill Road In Charleston Township

2 Ambulances from Wellsboro have transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro from a motor vehicle accident at 9:02 pm at 880 Maple Hill Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County.

Featured Arrangements At Abundant Blessings Flowers & Gifts

Salamanca Stabbing Update

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) - One person is dead, another is fighting for life, and a third is recovering after Police say a fight escalated into rage at a home in Salamanca.

Greg McClure says he heard people screaming for help and when he looked down the street, he saw a lot of blood.

McClure lives nearby the scene and said, "Someones been stabbed. Help me my brothers dying and shortly there after a couple cops came down the street with guns drawn." More...

Hamburger Stew Tonite At Olga Cafe

Female Beagle Found On Plant Road Hollow reunited with owner

Female Beagle Found
has been reunited with owner
Black Collar with flames on it

Injuries In Wellsboro Main Street Crash Saturday

Two Wellsboro ambulances transported victims of a motor vehicle accident on Main Street by Dunkin Donuts in the Boro. The crash occurred a few minutes after 5 pm on Saturday afternoon. The victims were transported to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital.

Dorothy L. "Dot" Shelley, 85, of 570 West Allegany Ave., Emporium, PA

Dorothy L. "Dot" Shelley, 85, of 570 West Allegany Ave., Emporium, died at Presbyterian-Univ. Hosp. UPMC, in Pittsburgh on Friday (October 8, 2010) night.

She was born Aug. 12, 1925 in DuBois a daughter of the late John and Stephanie Kuzniar Scepanik.
In St. Michael Catholic Church, DuBois she married the late Francis Shelley.

Mrs. Shelley graduated from DuBois High School. She worked for many years, as a waitress, in numerous restaurants in Emporium. She was an active member of St. Marks Catholic Church, she made a cursillo and was a member of the Rosary Society and the C.D. of A. She enjoyed and her cats and dogs.

Surviving
Son: Terrance Shelley and his wife Valerie, Emporium
Son: Shaun Shelley and his wife Eydie, Bloomfield, NY
5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren
Brother: Regis Scepanik and his wife Karla, DuBois

Preceded in Death By
Parents: John and Stephanie Kuzniar Scepanik
Husband: Francis Shelley who died in1990

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church
235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (October 12, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-8 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to St. Mark Catholic Church, Rosary Society, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Frack Fluid Leaks On Highway For 30 Miles/Slippery As Ice When Wet

Fracking fluid leak may reach 30 miles

October 9, 2010 - By PHILIP A. HOLMES - pholmes@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

The spill may extend as far east as 30 miles or more into Columbia County along Route 118, Gill said.

Unbeknowst to the driver, the fluid was leaking from one of about a dozen 100-gallon containers on a trailer that was en route to Williamsport from Dimock, Gill said.

The 911 center was alerted to the leak as the trucker was making his way into the borough, and Gill caught up with it shortly after it turned off Main Street on to Route 220 South. The officer stopped the truck at Broad Street about noon. More...

"It's not hazardous at all until it mixes with water, then it becomes as slippery as ice," Gill explained, adding that the clean-up crews want to get the substance off the road as soon as possible.

Wellsboro Water Supply In Trouble

Wellsboro water situation becoming ‘critical’

WELLSBORO — The water situation in Wellsboro is at the “critical” stage, it was announced at a Tioga County Development Corps meeting Friday. more »»

Pastors Speak Out On Gay Harassment

Gay Harassment and the Struggle for Inclusion

Weeks before she had any reason to know the name Tyler Clementi, the Rev. Audrey M. Connor was planning a celebratory day of worship at her church in Lynchburg, Va. It would take place this Sunday, the eve of a gay-rights event called National Coming Out Day. There would be prayers, songs and testimonies by three congregants who had successfully emerged from the closet.

Then, late last month, Ms. Connor watched the first news alert about Mr. Clementi's suicide scroll across her computer screen. An 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers, Mr. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after, the police say, his dorm-room intimacies with another man were stealthily filmed and posted online by two classmates.

Those initial reports sprung loose shards of Ms. Connor's own memories and experiences, she recalled in a telephone interview this week. She thought back to being teased as her sixth-grade boyfriend's "boyfriend," fully 15 years before she broke cover as a lesbian. She thought back to a gay college classmate who once told her that if his family had kept a gun at home, he would have shot himself in high school to escape the hatred and ridicule. More...

..............................liberal clergy members firmly believe that the traditional condemnation of homosexuals and homosexuality in organized religion enables, indeed ratifies, the bigotry inflicted by peers. More...


................"Clergy have a key role," said the Rev. Pat Bumgardner, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Manhattan. "We have a chance to shape public opinion, people's willingness to wrestle with the diversity of God's creation. Pastors need to step up to the plate and speak about the wrongness of bullying, the wrongness of cruelty.

"There's no religion on the face of the earth that countenances the taunting to death of children."



Truck Driver OK but Deer Died In Crash

A deer was killed last Monday at 7:15 pm on Route 6 in Pike Township, about a half mile east of the PennDOT shed, when it ran into the roadway in front of a 2008 Mack CXU truck driven by David A. Reichenbach, 59, of Middleburg, PA. The driver was not injured, but the truck had to be towed.

State Police said the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

No Injuries In 2 Car Crash On Rt. 44 Last Week

State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on September 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm in Hebron Township on Route 44, 1/10 mile south of West Branch Road.

Robert L. Harpur Jr., 21, of Coudersport, PA, was driving a 2005 Dodge Dakota south on Rt. 44, attempting to negotiate a slight right hand curve, when his vehicle began to enter into the northbound lane.

Harpur attempted to swerve back into the southbound lane, but collided with a northbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD driven by Dennis L. Moshier, 39, of Hinsdale, NY.

Both operators and Moshier's passenger, Kerry L. Grisewood, 42, of Olean, NY, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.

Both vehicles were disabled and required towing from the scene. Harpur was cited for Careless Driving, and Highways Laned For Traffic in District Court 55-4-01.

Wellsville Man Accused Of Dumping Garbage Along Potter County Road

Kyle A. Mills, 23, of 153 Pine Street, Wellsville, NY, will be cited by State Police on a complaint of scattering rubbish which occurred along a township road in Oswayo Township, Potter County.

Mills is accused of scattering garbage bags of household waste on property of Seneca Resources Corporation (National Fuel Gas) along Tormey Road, 2/10 of a mile North of Kinney Road. He will answer a Scattering Rubbish charge before District Judge Barbara J. Easton in Shinglehouse.

One Dead In Triple Stabbing In Salamanca

3 Flown To Trauma Centers After Stabbings In State College

Three critically stabbed at State College event

Three young men were critically stabbed during a brawl that broke out early this morning at a function held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in State College.

State College police said two of the men, both 21, were taken by helicopter to Geisenger Hospital in Danville, Montour County. The third victim, 19 years old, was transported by helicopter to Altoona Hospital. More...




Disorderly Conduct Charged After Genesee Incident

A Disorderly Conduct charge will be filed in District Court 55-4-03 as a result of an incident at the entrance of an apartment at 273 Main Street, Genesee on September 28, 2010.

Troopers said Daniel Fisher, 33, of that address, caused a physically offensive condition by using excessive force to open a door at the apartment building.

Penny-Cures Nail Salon In Roulette Open By Appointment

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Festival Of Lights Annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday At Maple Tree

Prof Champlin To Speak At Allegheny Watershed Meeting

The Upper Allegheny Watershed Association will hold its Fall meeting on Tuesday October 19th at the Port Allegany United Methodist Church annex.

The business meeting will start at 7:00PM to be followed by a presentation by Professor Isabelle Champlin of the University of Pittsburgh covering historical and archeological research in the Allegheny River basin.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

Hamburger Stew Project Performing at Cafe Olga Tonight at 8 PM

Hamburger Stew Project Performing

at Cafe Olga Tonight

8 To 11:30 PM


A band whose genesis took place at Cafe Olga will be performing for your listening pleasure. When Josh, Tim, & Chad are in Cafe Olga you never know what they're going to cook up. $5 cover charge. Learn more about the Hamburger Stew Project at http://www.hamburgerstew.blogspot.com/ .

Seneca Resources Wants To Install 12 inch Gas Pipeline

Seneca Resources has applied to DEP for a permit to install a 12 inch gas pipeline in Sweden Township.DCNR TRACT 001-1, 12-INCH GAS PIPELINE (740027) SWEDEN TOWNSHIP
SWEDEN TOWNSHIP, PA 16915

Coudersport Man Charged With Violating PFA Order

State Police took a Coudersport man into custody and charged him with Indirect Criminal Contempt of Court Order after he was accused of violating a Protection From Abuse order.

Edward Sheehy, 32, of Coudersport, PA, was taken into custody on South Main Street in Coudersport Boro on the complaint of a 31 year old female victim who contacted State Police.

The incident took place on September 20 at 5:13 am.

Even kids know Gays cause trouble

First Person: Gays cause trouble
Even kids know that ... because that's what they're told

My first college boyfriend had the misfortune to be named Billy Dee Bailey.

He was a senior. I was a freshman. We met in German class, but he said he liked my joi de vivre.

We were going to Transylvania, a very small school in Lexington, Ky. Thirty-six hours after our first date, most of the student body knew we were an item.

It came as a surprise to a few people who had thought that Bill was gay.

I can understand why they might. He was an English major, soft spoken and fond of poetry. He hadn't dated much in his college career, probably because at Transy, social life revolved around Greek life. Bill wasn't the kind of guy who went to fraternity keggers.

I can't say for sure what his sexual orientation was, but he certainly kissed like a straight guy.

Bill never had any trouble at Transylvania, until he started dating me. Then his buddies harassed both of us. That's what friends are for.

Everybody at Transy pretty much knew everybody else. Some of the students were gay. Some were obvious about it. Nobody ever bothered them. More...

Of course, there's a difference between a political figure who says gay marriage will cause the world to collapse and a gang of middle school bullies who hound a classmate because they've decided he's gay. The difference is that the political figure has a larger audience and more money.

It has always been easy to find a small group of people and blame the world's problems on them. Jews, Catholics, Baptists, Quakers, Freemasons, Chinese, Irish, Native Americans, African Americans, the disabled have all been singled out as a danger to the rest of us.

Somehow if ... fill this space with the group of your choice ... would go away, all our problems would go away, too.

It's a nice, convenient idea that has caused a great deal of misery to mankind.

Schoolchildren today, even young people at a prestigious university like Rutgers, know that gays cause trouble. That it's all right to torment them, because they aren't like us. They're somehow less than we are, and conspiring to make the world a worse place than it is.

They got that idea from adults. Those adults have a lot to answer for. More...




Seasonal Residence Burglarized on Wykoff Run Road

Another burglary at a seasonal residence at 7102 Wykoff Run Road, in Gibson Township between August 17 and Friday was reported by Frank A. Wolfe of North Huntingdon, PA.

Unknown person(s) forcibly entered the seasonal residence by removing a padlock from the door and kicking the door open. Once inside, they removed miscellaneous items (toilet paper, paper towels, 2 glass mugs, 44 magnum ammunition and a leather pouch) from the residence.

The items were values at $115.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium. Trooper David Surra is the investigator.

Burglars Steal Generator From Johnson Run Campground

State Police at Emporium are investigating a burglary that occurred between Sept. 26 and Friday.

An unknown person(s) forcibly entered a shed located on a camp site leased by Christopher H. Engel of Mill Hall, PA, at the Johnson Run Campground. The burglars removed a padlock from a 4x4 ft. shed at that location in Gibson Township, and removed a hunter green "Sportsman" brand 1500 watt generator from the shed.

The cost of the generator and damages to the property are estimated at $220.00. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David Surra is the investigator.

Minor Injuries In Rt. 44/49 Crash Sunday Near Coudersport

State Police are investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Route 44 and Route 49 on Sunday at 4:20 pm in Eulalia Township.

Adam M. Banks, 21, of Rochester, NY, was driving south on Route 44 in a 2004 Pontiac Vibe.

Nathaniel M. Kosa, 19, of Coudersport, PA, was driving west on Route 49 in a 1999 Nissan Maxima GLE.

Banks stopped at the stop sign at the intersection. He then entered the intersection to proceed in an easterly direction. He didn't yield to Kosa's westbound car. Kosa swerved to the right in an attempt to miss Banks. Kosa's vehicle struck Banks vehicle in the driver's side rear corner with his driver's side front corner. The impact took place in the westbound lane.

After the initial impact, Banks drove his Pontiac to a place of safety on the south side of Rt. 49. Kosa's Nissan traveled through the intersection, off the north berm where it impacted an embankment.

Kosa and his passenger, Felicia M. Houghtaling, 19, of Westfield, PA, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Ambulance.

Banks was not injured. He will be cited with a Stop Sign violation. in District Court 55-3-01.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Kightlingers Motors.

Coudersport Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted troopers.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Coudersport Emergency Services Responding To MVA On Town Line Road

Near Troup Road
At 10:21 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Town Line Road near the Troup Road for a one vehicle accident that was reported as a possible roll over.

Two occupants were reported self-extricated. Ambulance 48-16 transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Vice President Joseph Biden Visits PSU


Dear Editor,

My name is Kristen Hayman and I am 19 year old resident from Bingham Center, PA. I am also a current student at the Pennsylvania State University.

On September 28th, the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden visited the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park Campus to hold a rally to increase voter enthusiasm. Without a doubt, this visitation can be contributed to the fast approaching mid-term elections and the tight United States Senate race between Democrat Joseph Sestak and Republican Patrick Toomey right here in the state of Pennsylvania.

Attached are photographs that I was able to procure at the event. I do hope you can integrate these images into your news blog. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,
Kristen Hayman

Thanks For Sharing--Jim



Radio Feed Problems

Black Forest Broadcasting is experiencing feed problems on the Emporium end in bringing you the Coudersport versus Cameron County football game. Anyone at the game can text us the scores to

shurfine40@gmail or 585-506-7162

Send us photos from your cell phone & we'll put them on.

Shots Fired Near Emporium Area Plant Friday Morning

Shots Fired Near GKN Plant 1
Two employees of GKN were on break on the east side of the building in the area of Rt. 120 in Shippen Township early Friday morning at 1:05 am, when they observed a vehicle traveling east on Route 120.


They heard shots coming from the right front passenger area of the vehicle. The employees then entered GKN and contacted 911.

Anyone who can provide information relating to this incident is asked to contact PSP Emporium. Trooper Goodrow is the investigator.

PA Wilds trails conference to help communities benefit from geocaching trend

PA Wilds trails conference to help communities benefit from geocaching trend
Expert geocaching promoter to offer insights, lessons from around the country

Lyn Pilch, a marketing professional whose Madison, Wisconsin-based public relations firm has worked with more than 100 tourism destinations around the country, will be the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team’s annual trails conference this November.

This year’s conference, “Cashing-In on Geocaching,” will focus on how trail groups, businesses and communities can use geocaching as an economic and community development tool to improve foot traffic to local businesses, raise awareness about trail group activities, express conservation and stewardship messages to visitors, and more.

“Geocaching is a growing trend in the Pennsylvania Wilds,” said Matt Quesenberry, chair of the PA Wilds Planning Team. “Already, thousands of people come here to take part in these high tech treasure hunts amid the backdrop of our incredible natural and cultural resources. Several new geocaching events or trails are in the works. The goal behind this trails conference is to give our local businesses, trail groups, chambers and others ideas and information on how they can make this new trend work for them. It will also be a great networking opportunity.

Pilch brings with her 10 years of tourism marketing experience, including promotional work on three successful geocaching trails – two in Wisconsin and another for “Experience the Mississippi River,” a 10-state coalition that promotes travel and tourism along one of America’s most famous waterways.

“Ms. Pilch has worked on geocaching trails in places similarly blessed with the kind of natural beauty and rich history that the Pennsylvania Wilds is known for,” Quesenberry said. “She can speak to the positive impact this new trend has had on rural areas and offer lessons she’s learned along the way. We’re excited to have her.”

The conference will include a short, hands-on demonstration of geocaching; a panel discussion about the economic benefits of this popular activity; information about geocaching on public lands and other rules; and real life insights from groups and businesses that have started their own geocaching trails or events or participated in existing ones to successfully increase awareness about their trails, improve their bottom lines and boost local economies. A detailed agenda is available at www.pawildsresources.org.

Panelists will include expert volunteers from Groundspeak (the organization that oversees most geocaching trails in the United States and abroad); PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Allegheny GeoTrail; PA Wilds Tourism Marketing Corporation; Geowoodstock 2011; and other organizations and private businesses.

A GPS unit and several smaller items will be given away as door prizes during the conference. Every participant will receive a geocaching “ammo box” stocked with useful handouts, a t-shirt and other materials from the conference. The day will conclude with a short geocaching event outside at the golf course, where participants can try their hand at the activity.

The conference will be held Friday, Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Emporium Country Club in Cameron County. Tourism business owners, event coordinators, community leaders and trail groups are encouraged to attend. Admission is $20, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited to the first 100 people to register and pay. For questions or to register, go to www.pawildsresources.org or contact Val Shelley at (814) 486-0213 or vshelley@lumberheritage.org.

BACKGROUND: The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 12 ½ county region that includes Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield and northern Centre counties. The PA Wilds Planning Team is the guiding body for the PA Wilds Initiative, a collaborative effort to grow the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry. The Planning Team is comprised of the region’s county planners and more than two dozen stakeholders. For more information please visit www.pawildsresources.org.

PennDOT posting State Route 3003 in Bradford County

PennDOT posting State Route 3003 in Bradford County

PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford County that another road will be posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions.

The following state highway will get the weight restriction along its
entire length:

State Route 3003 (Ellenton Mountain Road) in Canton Township, from the Lycoming County line to SR 3012 (Grover Road).

‘PA Fair Care’ Now Offering Health Coverage

‘PA Fair Care’ Now Offering Health Coverage
Pennsylvania’s health insurance program for uninsured people with existing medical conditions, created as part of national health care reform, is now offering coverage.

PA Fair Care offers a broad range of benefits that include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services and prescription medications. Subsidized premiums are $283.20 a month, plus additional
co-pays and coinsurance. For info, visit www.PAFairCare.com or call 1-888-767-7015.

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR PRESENTS TECHNOLOGY LECTURES IN CHINA, PUBLISHES PAPER

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR PRESENTS TECHNOLOGY LECTURES IN CHINA, PUBLISHES PAPER

BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, spent part of his summer lecturing in China and publishing an article about technology.

Wang gave research talks at two universities in China, Shanghai University and Zhejiang University, where he spoke to undergraduate and graduate students as well as younger members of the faculty.

At Shanghai School of Management, he gave a lecture on the social aspects of information systems and information security in finance systems.

Wang conducted a case study of differences in online security between China and the United States.

Wang said that customers in China demand more protection in online transactions, in part because of differences in the law that would not allow them to recoup their losses.

“In China, people are less concerned about privacy,” he said. “They’re willing to trade privacy for security.”

At Zhejiang University, Wang presented in the School of Communications about social media and how it has changed the way people communicate in business, especially in areas such as customer relations.

He also presented research he conducted on cyberostracism, or being ignored online. Wang said he and other researchers set up an online chatting environment and recruited volunteers to participate in the experiment.

The volunteers who were ignored by their chatting partners felt even worse than those who were getting harsh feedback from the partners.

Wang said the same is true for social sites such as Facebook. “People feel really bad if no one responds to their idea – worse than if they get negative feedback.”

Wang also coauthored a paper “A Technology Commitment Model of Post-Adoption Behavior” with Pratim Datta of Kent State University. The paper appeared in the Information Resources Management Journal and discussed why once people use a technology they keep using it, even if it becomes outdated.

Wang said the first reason is ease of use. When people get used to a technology, they believe it’s easier to use than other technologies. The second reason is perception of sunken cost. If they spent much time and effort learning a technology, they don’t want to give it up.

Another reason is inertia: people just don’t like to change if they don’t have to. “That’s a powerful reason,” Wang said.

Wang earned his doctoral degree in business administration from Washington State University in 2008, where he also earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 2006.

He is an active researcher and has published his research in a number of scholarly journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include information systems continuance and use, human-computer interaction, social aspects of information systems and knowledge management.

He lives in Bradford with his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

SPAGHETTI BANQUET @ HIGHLANDER CHRISTIAN CAMP!

SPAGHETTI BANQUET @ HIGHLANDER CHRISTIAN CAMP!

SATURDAY (tomorrow) OCT. 9, 5PM.

SPECIAL GUEST: Missionary Jack Munos


Jack Munos' wife Jeanne lost her physical life in the Earthquake in Haiti. Our good friend Jeanne is now with her Lord.

Jack was seriously injured. But through all the pain and sadness, God's call remains on his life to minister to the people of Haiti.

He returned to Haiti for the first time since the tragedy for two weeks in September.

Jack comes to us with a renewed vision for Haiti and fresh insight into the needs of this country.

(An offering will be taken for the camp.)

The Highlander Christian Camp is located east of Kane, Pa. on route 6.

Follow Route 6 to the East side of Kane and look for the UPS facility.

Turn onto Old Smethport Rd. accross from the UPS facility.

Follow Old Smethport Rd for a short distance looking on the left for S. Settlement Rd.

Turn left onto S. Settlement Rd. The camp is at the bottom of the first hill.

Highlander Christian Camp is a ministry of the Bradford District Free Methodist Churches.

Rendell-Legislature Shirking It's Duty If They Don't Act On Severance Tax

Senate leaders refuse call for holiday session on shale gas tax
Friday, October 08, 2010

HARRISBURG -- Upset that the Legislature has not fulfilled a pledge to enact a Marcellus Shale gax tax, Gov. Ed Rendell is calling legislative leaders to return to the Capitol Monday for a special meeting with gas industry officials.

The goal of the unusual session, to be held on the Columbus Day holiday, is to hammer out a shale gas tax that the Legislature can vote on in the next couple of weeks.

Mr. Rendell admitted today he can't force House and Senate leaders to return on Monday, but if they don't, "I will make it clear to the people that the Legislature is shirking its duty." More...




Coudersport Responding To CO Activation

Carbon Monoxide
At 5:53 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 is responding to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm activation with two patients with symptoms of CO poisoning on Route 6 West, across from the Gospel Tabernacle.

Rotary Club Moves to Crittenden


Rotary Club Moves to Crittenden

Rumors of the impending relocation of the Coudersport Rotary Club were confirmed this week when the Club announced that it will begin conducting its weekly Club meetings and will be entertaining guest speakers at the Hotel Crittenden effective this October.

According to Karen Cahilly, Club President, the Club’s majority had voted to move its meetings from the Laurelwood Inn to the Crittenden because they felt “a more centralized location would be more convenient for existing members while encouraging attendance by non-Rotarians wanting to become involved in the Club.”

The Club met at the Crittenden for the first time this past Monday, in what appeared to be more of a “changing of guards” ceremony than a regular Club meeting. Paul Herzig was presented with a recognition plaque in honor of the 23 year span during which the Herzigs made the Laurelwood Inn available to the Club, followed by the presentation to Walter Baker of the Hotel Crittenden of the Rotary Club Meeting Plaque that just one week prior hung on the Laurelwood’s wall.

The Club initially moved its meeting place to the Laurelwood Inn back in 1987 after the growing Adelphia lunch crowd made it no longer practical for the Club to conduct its meetings at the Hotel Crittenden. “Some may view our recent move back to the Crittenden as our Club having come full circle, but ours members like to view it as another step forward,” stated Cahilly.

Various senior club members recalled having attended their first Rotary meeting at the Crittenden years ago as high school students. Larry Hall visited the Club for the first time 50 years ago as one of the areas Citizens of Tomorrow as did Judge John Leete 47 years ago.

The Club will meet every Monday at the Hotel Crittenden from noon to 1:00 p.m., during which a buffet-style lunch will be made available to non-Rotarian visitors and Rotarians alike for the cost of $7.00.

Also, our Club will begin the 1st phase of the Mitchell Park Revitalization Project this weekend, which includes the re-painting of the existing tables, pavilion and playground equipment that had been vandalized and/or are in need of general maintenance due to expected wear & tear. We will keep you posted as we proceed with other enhancements to the park.

Those wishing to become more involved in the community can drop in on a Rotary Luncheon Meeting at the Crittenden at any time. Those wishing to schedule a presentation, or preferring to make lunch reservations, may do so by calling Rotary Vice-President, Melissa Gee, at (814) 260-9157.

Bicycle Crash/ALS Ambulance Summoned In Bradford

Bicycle Accident
At 5:09 pm on Friday, Bradford EMS is responding to 69 North Bennett Street for a bicycle vs parked car accident.

The Tuna Valley Trail Association (TVTA) has blazed a new trail.

From left, Tuna Valley Trail Association president Rick Esch helps Fred Fesenmyer and his wife Loni celebrate the opening of the Blaisdell-Emery Trail, the newest trail in the Tuna Valley Trail system Wednesday night at the Masonic Center. (Photo courtesy of Glenn Melvin)

TVTA dedicates Blaisdell-Emery Trail; honors partners at recognition dinner

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Tuna Valley Trail Association (TVTA) has blazed a new trail.

The TVTA dedicated its new trail – the Blaisdell-Emery Trail – during the first-ever recognition dinner Wednesday night at the Masonic Center on South Avenue. The evening started with a guided hike from Lewis Run to the trailhead at Owens Way. This was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 3.8-mile trail, which runs from the Penn Brad Oil Museum to the Keystone Powdered Metal plant in Lewis Run, pays homage to two men who blazed their own trails and left an indelible mark on Bradford in their own right.

TVTA president Rick Esch described how both men made in impact on the community.

George G. Blaisdell, inventor of the Zippo lighter, came from humble beginnings and struggled in the early part of his life. He later created an American icon and left a legacy of charity along the way.

“He was very generous to the community,” Esch said. That generosity continues today with the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation as well as the charitable works by his descendants.

The Hon. Lewis Emery Jr. was “more than a local leader - he was national, international,” Esch said, adding he left his mark on the business community by waging a battle with John D. Rockefeller and leading the fight against his monopoly on transportation within the oil industry.

“He was a maverick who outsmarted Rockefeller,” Esch said.

With these two people in mind, the board members of the TVTA felt it was only fitting to honor these men with naming its new trail in their honor.

“May all those who walk on the trail be inspired by the lives of the men its named after,” Esch said.

The TVTA also honored a descendant of Emery with this dedication. Fred Fesenmyer, Emery’s great-grandson, has been a valuable partner with the TVTA before this trail was even designed, Esch said.

“Fred was there from the beginning,” Esch said. “He was very receptive to be part of the trail association. He was ready right then, day one” to assist in developing a trail system.

The night also included special recognition to the Tuna Trekkers, those who traversed the 32 miles in the TVTA trail system for a good cause.

The proceeds from the Tuna Trekker program, which continues to grow each year, benefit the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross.

“We raised $3,500 this year. Last year, it was $2,500,” said Rick Lutz, who spearheaded the Tuna Trekker program.

The top fund-raiser two years in a row was 12-year-old Matt Moonan of Bradford, Lutz said.

“This provides a great resource in the community,” Jason Bange, executive director of the local Red Cross, said of the TVTA. The Tuna Trekker program has “increased knowledge of the trails. More people are getting out on the trails. This is a great partnership we have put together that will continue for years to come.”

And just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many partners to form a trail system.

TVTA officials also recognized those who participate in the Adopt-A-Trail program. They are Bradford Rotary Club, Bradford Volunteer Fire Department, Beacon Light Behavioral Health System and Dean and Jean Bauer.

The Adopt-A-Trail program includes volunteers who assist with the maintenance of the trails, including mowing.

Land partners who were recognized were Minard Run Oil Co., the first land partner, Bradford Flood Control Authority, the Bryner family, Bradford City Water Authority, Beacon Light Behavioral Health System, Bradford Area School District and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The land partners have opened up their private property for trail use, something which is not always done in other communities, said Sara Andrews, a member of the TVTA.

The TVTA also honored two of its own for the special work they have done for the association.

John Shinaberger and Gene Cornelius were lauded for their commitment and volunteer hours they contribute to the association.

Penn State Cooperative Extension and Education Council to Host Video Seminar on October 14

Advancing the Broadband Agenda
Penn State Cooperative Extension and Education Council to Host Video Seminar on October 14

COUDERSPORT, PA – (September 1, 2010) – To promote the opportunities to advance broadband in North Central Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Statewide Broadband Plan, a video conference seminar will be held at multiple North Central Pennsylvania sites on Thursday, October 14 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. This seminar will highlight infrastructure and mapping projects, best practices and successful strategies that municipal leaders and business organizations may implement for the successful deployment of broadband in rural areas.

“The opportunities stem from Pennsylvania’s $28.8 million National Broadband Plan and Recovery Act grant for a middle mile infrastructure project in 32 counties north of Interstate 80,” said Mary Jo Shaub, PA eCommerce Association. “The grant will be used to add broadband capacity to Pennsylvania’s statewide public safety radio network, known as PA-STARNet. Local telecommunications companies and internet service providers will be able to purchase excess capacity at competitive prices to serve citizens, schools, businesses and other organizations. The commonwealth will also leverage PA-STARNet’s existing infrastructure by allowing broadband providers to lease space on its towers, helping to reduce the cost of providing access to less-populated regions.”

Who Should Attend: We welcome a wide range of individuals and entities interested in broadband adoption, deployment and policy issues, including:
• State legislators, administrators and regulators
• Local government entities
• Educational entities, including libraries
• Hospitals, physicians and other health care providers
• Economic development organizations and regional planning entities
• Nonprofit associations
• Public safety entities
• Law enforcement professionals and organizations
• Broadband providers and telecommunications companies

Locations:
• Potter County Education Council, 227 North Main, Coudersport (814) 274-4877
• Warren County Cooperative Extension, 100 Dillon Drive, Suite 1, Youngsville (814) 563-9388
• Clarion County Cooperative Extension, 8 Grant Street, Clarion (814) 223-9028
• Elk County Cooperative Extension, Courthouse, 240 Main Street, Ridgway (814) 776-5331
• Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, 180 Main Street, Brookville (814) 849-7361
• Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1127 W 4th Street, Williamsport (570) 327-4775
• McKean County Cooperative Extension, 911 Center, Smethport (814) 887-5613
• Tioga County Cooperative Extension, Courthouse Annex, 118 Main Street, Wellsboro (570) 724-9120
• Clinton County Cooperative Extension, 47 Cooperation Lane, Mill Hall, (570) 726-0022
• Northern Tier Community Action, 135 W 4th Street, Emporium, Pa 15834, 814-486-3350
• Penn State Cooperative Extension, 668 Elm Street, Tionesta, PA 16353, (814) 755-3544

There is no charge for the event and a light breakfast will be served. To register, please call one of the host sites.

This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania eCommerce Association, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Potter County Education Council, Empowered Municipality and North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission.

The event is funded through the Broadband Outreach and Aggregation Fund administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

BRADFORD FARMERS MARKET A COMPETITOR FOR PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT

BRADFORD FARMERS MARKET A COMPETITOR FOR PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT THIS MONTH

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Center for Rural Health Practice needs supporters of the Bradford Farmers Market to vote for a grant proposal it submitted in this month’s Pepsi Refresh Project.

The request is for $25,000 that would help to expand the number of vendors at the market, which was held twice a month this summer in the parking lot of Old City Hall on Boylston Street in Bradford. The market is cosponsored by the center and the Downtown Bradford Business District Authority.

If selected, the grant would also help promote the market, provide health education materials to customers, recruit volunteers, provide transportation for senior citizens to attend the market and distribute tents and tables for seasonal growers who cannot afford them.

Each month, Pepsi accepts a thousand applications for grants at four different funding levels. They let the public vote on them on its website for one month, then fund 32 winners. In order to receive the grant, the Rural Health proposal would have top place in the top 10 of 250 entries.

“This is a unique opportunity for the Bradford Community to support our farmers’ market and the role it can play in improving the nutritional and social health of our community,” said Dr. Youmasu J. Siewe; director of the Center For Rural Health.

Visitors to the Pepsi site are asked to set up a free account and are allowed to vote daily for up to 10 ideas. They may vote by logging onto www.refresheverything.com/farmersmarket, clicking on the Pepsi Refresh widget on the center’s website at www.upb.pitt.edu/crhp.aspx or by texting 102858 to Pepsi (73774).

Free cancer screenings to be offered at CCMH

Free cancer screenings to be offered

Dr. David Moylan and Dr. Hans Baerwald will provide free prostate and colorectal cancer screenings from 7:30-9:30 a.m., October 23 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. Light refreshments will be served. Call 877/274-8200 for an appointment.

Update On Bridge Repair Project On I-80

I-80 WB work zone traffic switch Saturday

Here’s an update on the emergency bridge repair project underway on Interstate 80 westbound near Danville in Montour County.

Prime contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. completed phase 1 of the construction, which included deck patching, waterproofing, milling and repaving.

They will be switching traffic into the right lane tomorrow, Oct. 9 around late morning in order to begin the second phase of construction.

Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Motorists are reminded to slow down through the construction zone and also to expect delays.

Route 4005 in Potter County to Close for Bridge Work

Whitney Creek Road in Potter County to Close for Bridge Work
Detour planned during Whitney Creek Road Bridge Repair

Clearfield – A PennDOT maintenance crew in Potter County will begin work on Wednesday, Oct. 13 to repair a bridge in Hebron Township on Route 4005 (Whitney Creek Road). PennDOT will be working to repair the beams and deck of the North Hollow Creek Bridge, located one mile south of the village of Conville.

Work will begin at 8 am Wednesday and Route 4005 will be closed in the area of the bridge. A detour will be in place using Route 4006(Steer Brook Road) and Route 44. PennDOT expects repair work to last through October 27. The road and bridge could re-open earlier depending upon the weather.

The North Hollow Creek Bridge is about twelve feet long and was last rehabilitated in 1977. The bridge carries an average of 325 vehicles per day.

Zone Heating can save you on your heating bills

Zone Heating can save you on your heating bills. It's a pretty simple concept that is widely practiced in other parts of the world: The basic premise is "Turn back the main heating system, and use Zone Heating for the needed warmth only where and when it is needed".

Zone heating focuses on three basics to reduce total home heating costs-
a) Reduces the size of the total area being heated
b) reduce the length of time that a specific area is being heated
c) use high efficiency appliances to heat the active areas as needed.

Almost everyone is aware of or has used a small electric or kerosene heater for extra warmth at times. With proper care and maintenance, most portable heaters can have a very long useful life. Kerosene heaters purchased in the 70's and 80's are still in use today.

Kerosene heaters especially need annual maintenance and clean, fresh fuel to operate properly. Old heaters that are put in storage "because it doesnt burn right anymore" can easily be revitalized, cleaned, and restored to optimum operating efficiency often with a simple cleaning and new wick. Wicks typically should be replaced at least once a year, and as part of wick replacement, usually, heaters are given a good cleaning and operational check.

One of the problems for many people is that while wicks are readily available at hardware stores, etc., Many people just don't have the mechanical knack for quick, efficient replacement, and there are just not very many places that offer the service.

However, there's a new shop in town that can clean, repair, and refurbish your old kerosene heater for very reasonable rates (as little as $19.95 for some small heaters in good condition) BG's Engine Clinic in Roulette is now an authorized dealer for Kero-World brand products, and is accepting all portable heaters for service. From small 5,000 BTU kerosene heaters to 650,000 BTU Commercial Barrel Heaters such as Desa, BG's Engine Clinic can service and repair most all brands of portable heaters. In addition to this service, there is also a full line of new and reconditioned heaters - Kerosene, Propane, Natural Gas, and Electric, for as little as $79.95.

For More information on Zone Heating or having your old heater serviced, stop by at BG's Engine Clinic at 191 Main Street in Roulette and talk to Brian, and pick up a free copy of our Zone Heat consumer's guide brochure. BG's website is being re-designed at the moment, but when it is completed, there will be downloadable PDF brochures available, so you can also bookmark http://bgsengineclinic.com/ and check back in November, when the new design is expected to be launched.

GE Buys Dresser Manufacturing

Dresser Manufacturing bought by General Electric in acquisition
Bradford Era

The Dresser Manufacturing located at 41 Fisher Ave. in Bradford is one of the divisions of Dresser Industries that has been purchased by General Electric in a $3 billion acquisition deal signed on Wednesday. more »


Galeton Man Sentenced To Jail

Galeton Man Sentenced To Jail For Second DUI
Gerri Miller.com
A Galeton man was recently sentenced in Potter County Court to three to 60 months in jail for his second DUI offense. Edward C. Black, 40 was also ordered to pay a $1500 fine and perform 35 hours of community service and to surrender his driver’s license for 18 months.

According to Potter County DA Andy Watson who prosecuted the case, Black was arrested by Coudersport Borough Police during a traffic stop this past April 6 initiated by Sweden Township Police after he was observed pouring an alcoholic beverage into a pop can.

Black failed several field sobriety tests and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital where a blood draw confirmed an alcohol level of .26%, more than three times the legal limit in Pennsylvania which is .08%
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Game Night At The Spot Coffee House Tonight

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE TONIGHT!

· Game Night! Come and enjoy some card games, pool, or board games.

· Pastor Pete and Dan Fuller will be "Jammin" - Pete on guitar; Dan on Keyboard.

· SNACKS will be Nacho-Cheese and Tortilla Chips!

· WHERE? 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6

· WHEN? 6:30-8:30PM.

· WHO? Y'all are invited!

PennDOT posting Route 154 in Bradford County

PennDOT posting Route 154 in Bradford County

PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford County that another road will be posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions.

State Route 154 in Canton Township and Canton Borough, from the Sullivan County line to Route 414 in Canton.

Hazardous material spill forces closure of Route 220 at Hughesville

Hazardous material spill forces closure of Route 220 at Hughesville

Motorists traveling Route 220 in eastern Lycoming County are advised that the highway is currently closed between SR 2057 (Lime Bluff Road) in Wolf Township and the Route 405 intersection in Hughesville due to a hazardous material spill on the roadway.

Route 220 traffic is being detoured via local roads.

Route 405 at Hughesville is open to Route 220 north in the borough.

A short section of Route 220 is currently closed because a truck leaked a highly-corrosive material that has damaged the pavement. No further details are known at this time.

Oswayo Valley Library News

Professor Writes About Wind Farms

Opinion
Windfall in New York

By STANLEY FISH
From The New York Times

A few years back, a column I wrote recounting a successful effort by an alliance of citizens to beat back wind-turbine interests in Andes, N.Y., provoked a massively negative response. I was accused (a) of elevating the views I enjoyed from the windows of my second home above the interests of the society in encouraging green energy, (b) of displaying the usual latecomer’s indifference to the needs of the locals who had been living in Andes forever and (c) of not knowing what I was talking about when I described the construction (massively disruptive), effects (awful on land, animals and people), contribution to the grid (minimal) and financing (tax credits and accelerated depreciation rates) of the 400-foot-high towers with a 52-foot circumference base and blades 130 feet wide whooshing through the air at 178 m.p.h.

At the time of that earlier column, Meredith, another small town in Delaware County, seemed to be going in the other direction; the prediction was that the wind companies would succeed there.

But it didn’t turn out that way, More...

Recalls

Living Foods Inc. Initiates a Voluntary Market Withdrawal of Alfalfa Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk

Gaspari Nutrition Nutrition Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Novedex XT, a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement Containing ATD

D & M Smoked Fish, Inc. is Recalling Specific Lots of Haifa Smoked Fish Brand Products Sold Between August 10, 2010 and September 3, 2010 Because of Possible Health Risk

Montalvan's Sales, Inc. Recalls "La Nuestra" Brand Mamey Ice Cream Because of Potential Health Risk

Rep. Causer's Senior Expo To Feature FREE LUNCH

Rep. Causer's Senior Expo To Feature FREE LUNCH Today

Rep. Causer To Host Senior Citizens Expo in Roulette Friday, Oct. 8

HARRISBURG - Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area senior citizens and their families to his Eighth Annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.
"We got great feedback after our Bradford Senior Expo in August, so I hope more people take advantage of this opportunity to gather a lot of useful information in one convenient place," Causer said.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available.

Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.


For more information, contact Causer's Bradford or Harrisburg office or visit
www.RepCauser.com.

Live Jazz At Olga Friday Night

Check Out The Salsa Sundays At Two Mile Inn

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Beagle Found In Castle Hollow Area


This Beagle was found Monday evening around Castle Hollow. He is very
friendly but does not have a collar. For more information call 274-0692
Thanks!

PennDOT Unveils Internet Mapping Feature for New Transportation Improvement Program

PennDOT Unveils Internet Mapping Feature for New Transportation Improvement Program
Provides Quick Visual Reference to Coming Improvements

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today added a new mapping feature to its website to better explain the updated Transportation Improvement Program.

The state Transportation Commission in August approved the updated program, which reflected an expected 24-percent reduction in funding for improvements for highways, bridges, transit, aviation and rail freight.

“This website enhancement is part of our ongoing effort to improve communications with the public and our partners,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Anyone can now go online to see the details of what improvements we can afford. This will help the public to understand that limited funding will have a direct impact on the amount of work we can afford to complete.”

The Internet mapping shows in a visual format the projects on the recently adopted four-year Transportation Improvement Program. Clicking on each red highlighted section on the map brings up a brief project description.

The Transportation Improvement Program, which took effect Oct. 1, includes highway and bridge projects totaling $10.2 billion, compared to $12.2 billion in the 2009 program. Public transit is in line for $6.3 billion compared to the $7.5 billion in the former program; aviation, $602 million compared to $604 million and rail freight, $228 million compared to $234 million.

The new mapping feature is available at: http://www.dot7.state.pa.us/tip%5Fvisualization/

MVA On East 2nd Street In Coudersport

4:08 PM, THURSDAY, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, 14 E SECOND ST, COUDERSPORT BORO.

Coudersport Police are on scene.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Oct. 11

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Oct. 11
Revision --

Clearfield – Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update for the
week of Oct. 11. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Bridge painting has been re-scheduled on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 for Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10. State Route 346 westbound will be closed under Route 219. Traffic is to follow the posted detour using East Main Street to Kendall Avenue to Seaward Avenue and back to Bolivar Drive. State Route 346/Bolivar Drive westbound will be opened by 7am Monday, Oct. 11.


• A new traffic pattern is expected the week of Oct. 18. Route 219 northbound traffic will be placed back on the newly constructed northbound travel lane and all ramps will be open.

• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic will continue to use the existing shoulder. The contractor crew will be working close to the roadway placing 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.


• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at the 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 follows posted detour.

• Contractor will be working on seeding, guiderail and pavement markings.


• Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles throughout the entire work zone.

Mum Sale Friday To Benefit Long Term Care Activity Fund

Mum Sale Extended/ Items Added
Skilled Nursing and Rehab (Long Term Care) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital had such a successful fall mum sale today that they have decided to continue the event tomorrow with the addition of pumpkins, gourds, apples and raffles from 10 a.m.-? in the Irwin Medical Arts Center.

The mums are $6 and proceeds benefit the residents’ activity fund.

For more information, call Sherri Kinney at 274-9301, ext. 1267.

Planisphere- Road Map of the Heavens At Cherry Springs State Park

Planisphere- Road Map of the Heavens
At Cherry Springs State Park Saturday

Saturday October 09, 2010 7:00- 8:30 PM

Join us to make a planisphere that you can take home. We will also learn how to use the planisphere that you made to identify several constellations in the night sky. This program will take place at the pavilion and later move to the Night Sky Viewing Area. Dress for cooler weather and you are welcome to call the Lyman Run park office with any questions at 814-435-5010.

Gas Driller Built Illegal Impoundment On Exceptional Wetlands In Tioga County

DEP Fines Seneca Resources Corp. $40,000 for Violations at Marcellus Operation in Tioga County

Company Illegally Impacted Exceptional Value Wetland Restoration Work Underway

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Marcellus Shale driller $40,000 and ordered it to correct multiple violations after discovering that the company illegally built an impoundment on wetlands in Tioga State Forest, jeopardizing an important natural resource.

DEP inspected the Bloss Township, Tioga County, site in March and found that Seneca Resources Corp. of Brookville had filled nearly one acre of “exceptional value” wetland without authorization, improperly built an impoundment, and caused sediment runoff by failing to institute erosion control best management practices.

The unauthorized fill in a wetland and sediment runoff were violations of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act.

“Wetlands are highly protected in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons, but largely because many plant and animal species depend on them for survival,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber. “Beyond that, they improve water quality providing a natural purification system, add to a healthy environment, and help control flooding. It’s important that we do everything possible to protect them, that’s why DEP requires a permit before a wetland can be impacted.”

Exceptional value wetlands receive special protection under DEP’s Chapter 105 Dam Safety and Waterway Management regulations based on certain characteristics. The wetland that was improperly filled by Seneca received the classification because it was located along the Johnson Creek floodplain, a wild trout stream in the Tioga River watershed.

DEP issued an Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit No. 1 to Seneca in November 2009 so the company could build a fresh water impoundment to store water for use in hydraulically fracturing Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.

To correct the violations, DEP’s Oil and Gas Program required Seneca to submit a wetland restoration and mitigation plan.

DEP approved the plan and the wetland restoration is underway. Seneca has removed fill from the impacted wetland, but not finished final grading or constructed the new, 0.86-acre exceptional value wetland.

One Of A Kind Home Reduced To $394,000.

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10,867 Voters Registered For November Election In Potter County

Voter Registration Closes With 10,867 On County Rolls

voteRegistration of voters for the Nov. 2 general election closed this week with 10,867 county residents age 18 and older being eligible to cast ballots, according to Director of Elections Sandy Lewis.

Breakdown is:

6,596 Republicans,

3,357 Democats and

914 voters of other affiliations or no affiliations.

Of the latter, there are 787 who are non-partisan or independent. Potter County also has 51 Libertarians, 16 members of the Green Party and 9 Constitutional Party members.

Director Lewis reports that those who will not be available to vote on Nov. 2 may be able to obtain an absentee ballot. Completed absentee ballots must be submitted or postmarked by Oct. 29.

Route 46 in Foster Township, McKean County, Open to Traffic

Route 46 in Foster Township, McKean County, Open to Traffic

Clearfield – Crews from McKean County PennDOT Maintenance have completed work on Route 46 in Foster Township, McKean County, and the roadway is once again open to traffic. Box culvert work closed Route 46 northwest of the village of Rew in McKean County for about two weeks.

As a result of the road opening, the detour has been lifted.

Raymond R. Rink, 94, of 1038 East Main Street Bradford, PA

Raymond R. Rink, 94, of 1038 East Main Street Bradford passed away Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at his residence.

Born December 13, 1915, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Gustav and Carrie (Detman) Rink.

On June 19, 1941, in St. Bernard Rectory he married Lois B. (Richardson) Rink who passed away June 13, 1994.

Mr. Rink was a graduate of St. Bernard School. In 1933, he along with his brother Paul opened Rink Brothers Garage & Chrysler Dealership that was in operation for 70 years. In 1999, the business was honored as being one of the oldest original Chrysler dealerships in the United States. He also built, owned and operated the DeSoto Motels in Bradford and Olean for many years.

Surviving are two daughters: Penny Rink and Robin Colwell, two grandchildren; Thomas Colwell and Sarah Colwell, all of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers: Paul, Stanley, Frank and Tony Rink, and one nephew Tom Rink.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc, East Main Street where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday October 11th at 11:00am with Rev Leo J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. 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

Prepared childbirth classes to be held at CCMH

Prepared childbirth classes to be held at CCMH

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will hold prepared childbirth classes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 13 through November 17, at CCMH’s Wellness Center in Coudersport. The classes will outline labor, birth, postpartum, positioning and comfort measures, relaxation, labor support, communication skills, problems that may occur, anesthesia, and breastfeeding. For more information, or to register, call 814/274-5470.