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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Coudersport High School Student To Build Ice Skating Rink


L.C. Whitford Project Manager, Kenny Porter, presents a check to Holden Ottolini of Coudersport while Coudersport , Mayor "Wick" Furman and Councilman Ron Angood look on.

Coudersport Area high school student, Holden Ottolini, had told his mother last summer that he would like to build an ice skating rink in town to give local kids a place to go and have fun.

Holdon attended a council meeting and told the Borough Council of his intentions to build an ice skating rink. The council told Holden that there had been an ice skating rinks in the past and that they had no problem with him trying to find a location for the rink on Borough property.

Following the meeting Mayor Furman and Lou Karija commented on how well Holden presented himself with the mayor adding how impressed he was with Holden's enthusiasm. They both agreed to help Holden with the project. Together Furman and Karija looked at locations; lighting, parking, noise,security etc.. It was agreed that the area next to the police station and behind McDonalds was the perfect fit.

When Kenny Porter from L.C. Whitford heard of the project, he stated his company is very community minded and would probably like to support such a wonderful project. Ken went online and found an ice skating rink liner and brought the information and a check to pay for the liner plus the shipping to Coudersport last week during a recent progress meeting on the 4th and 7th street bridge. Porter congratulated Ottolini on his project and wished him luck.

Holden has since ordered the liner and it should be here next week at which time work will begin to create a positive place for the young and young at heart to gather and have fun at the beautiful borough building and arboretum.

Anyone wishing to help should contact Holden Ottolini on his cell. Number 1-(570) 394-8476.

A Card Shower For Debbie & Hubert Rossman

Many people in the area will remember
Debbie and Hubert Rossman when they lived in Coudersport. They moved to Brownsville, Texas a few years ago.


Debbie fell and broke her hip and has had surgery and is waiting to go to rehab.

They would appreciate cards or letters from their many friends they made during the years they lived here.

Their address is : Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Rossman, 1129 North Minn # 28, Brownsville. Texas 78521

Vehicle Fire Near Top Of Bush Hill On Route 6

Fully Involved Car On Fire On Bush Hill
At 11:20 pm on Saturday, Smethport Dept. 2 has been dispatched to a vehicle fire near the top of Bush Hill on Route 6 near Pierce Brook.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST SUNDAY.

* LOCATION...THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND ALLEGHENY PLATEAU.

* TIMING...FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE IS POSSIBLE THROUGH SUNRISE AND MAY LINGER UNTIL 8 OR 9 AM.

* ACCUMULATIONS...A THIN GLAZE OF ICE UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE...WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS ON THE RIDGES. VALLEY LOCATIONS MAY STAY ALL RAIN THROUGH THE NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...DIFFICULT TRAVEL ON UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES WILL DROP AT FIRST AS THE RAIN STARTS...LOWERING MANY LOCATIONS BELOW FREEZING. THEN...THE TEMPERATURES SHOULD WARM THROUGH THE MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING...ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES...WHERE SLIPPERY SPOTS DEVELOP FIRST.

The following locations are affected:
POTTER-ELK-CAMERON-NORTHERN CLINTON-CLEARFIELD-NORTHERN CENTRE- SOUTHERN CENTRE-BLAIR-HUNTINGDON-MIFFLIN-JUNIATA-BEDFORD-FULTON- TIOGA-NORTHERN LYCOMING-SULLIVAN-SOUTHERN CLINTON- SOUTHERN LYCOMING-UNION-SNYDER-MONTOUR-NORTHUMBERLAND-COLUMBIA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...COUDERSPORT...ST. MARYS...RIDGWAY... EMPORIUM...RENOVO...DUBOIS...CLEARFIELD...PHILIPSBURG... STATE COLLEGE...ALTOONA...HUNTINGDON...MOUNT UNION...LEWISTOWN... MIFFLINTOWN...BEDFORD...MCCONNELLSBURG...MANSFIELD...WELLSBORO... LAPORTE...LOCK HAVEN...WILLIAMSPORT...LEWISBURG...SELINSGROVE... DANVILLE...SUNBURY...SHAMOKIN...BLOOMSBURG

50 Foot High Snowman Drops In For Emporium Parade Saturday

By Randy & Kim Frey
Snowflakes the Snowman was the featured guest during the Christmas in the Wilds parade on Saturday December 11. The 50 foot tall snowman was guided by 22 people along the Fourth Street parade route. This is the second year that a giant helium filled balloon was in the parade.

The balloons have been created by Bill Smith from Williamsport and some have even floated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Snowflakes is sponsored by Mountain Laurel Federal Credit Union, Valley Meats, Fox’s Pizza Den in Emporium and Singers Auto Service.

Firefighters Responding to Structure Fire In Driftwood

Reports Flames Showing
At 7:50 pm on Saturday, Sinnemahoning and Emporium, St. Marys, and Austin have been dispatched to a structure fire at 22 4th Street in Driftwood. Austin has been diverted to Sinnemahoning Fire Station.

On scene report indicates a chimney fire with extension into a wall and attic with flames showing. Firefighters are inside the structure attempting to access the attic of the structure where there is an active fire.

St. Marys to Emporium standby assignment. Coudersport to Austin standby assignment.

At 8:48 pm--FIRE DECLARED UNDER CONTROL

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Otto Twp Fall Victim

At 5:55 pm on Sat Station 9 Medic 1 were dispatched to Brooklyn St. in Otto Twp for a fall victim.

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS ISSUED A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH...

WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.


* LOCATION...WARREN AND MCKEAN COUNTIES

* ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 12 INCHES...WITH LOCALLY 18 INCHES PLUS.

* TIMING...SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST AT 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 40 MPH

* IMPACTS...FALLING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CREATE POOR VISIBILITIES AND NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. ROADS WILL BE DIFFICULT TO KEEP CLEAR...AND TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT.

WIND CHILLS WILL DROP TO THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO BY TUESDAY.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT LAKE EFFECT SNOW IN PARTS OF THE AREA IN THE NEXT 36 TO 48 HOURS. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT...WEATHER.GOV/STATECOLLEGE.

The following locations are affected:
WARREN-MCKEAN- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WARREN...BRADFORD

Anne Holliday Writes On Joe Scarnati


Scarnati Reflects on Being Lt. Governor;
Looks to Future in Light of 'Power Shift'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Joe Scarnati says he’s enjoyed serving as lieutenant governor, but now he’s looking forward to spending more time in his senate district.

Scarnati has been serving as senator, Senate President as well as Lt. Governor since the death of Catherine Baker Knoll in November of 2008. The current lieutenant governor’s term ends January 18, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. when Jim Cawley is sworn in.

“It’s been a very difficult last several years,” Scarnati said of holding all three jobs, as well as dealing with difficult budget issues. “I hope to be back in somewhat of a routine to get around a lot more often (in the district) than I’ve been able to in the last two years.”

“It’s been a pleasure serving as lieutenant governor,” he said, then added with a smile, “maybe not as lieutenant governor to Ed Rendell -- but it’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve the Commonwealth in that capacity. But I like being the state senator from the 25th District.” More..To Run again in 2012.....

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

11:07 am on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance to Sweden Valley Manor.

11:18 am--Roulette Ambulance to Sweden Valley Call

11:27 am--Roulette Ambulance recalled, location Coudersport

Tank Fire Bradford On West Washington St.

At 9:36 AM Saturday Station 19 was dispatched to a tank fire on West Washington St.

Coudersport Fire & EMS Respond To MVA Report On RT. 6

MVA Reported On RT. 6 West
At 5:36 am on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 Fire Rescue, Ambulance and Medic 6 responded to a one vehicle motor vehicle accident on Route 6 West of Coudersport. Some units returned about 6:00 am. There apparently were no injuries.

Special Saturday Night Open Mic Tonight At Olga

Saturday, December 11 starting at 6 PM
No Cover
Jakob's Hollow II
Jakob's Hollow

Our Tuesday Night Open Mics are always a lot of fun & extremely entertaining. Since we had to cancel this month's Songwriters' Roundtable due to weather, we're having a special Saturday Open Mic instead.

For those of you who cannot make it out on Tuesday evenings, you won't want to miss this special Saturday Night Open Mic. The Open Mic is hosted by Potter County's own Jakob's Hollow. So please come & listen to some great music and/or perform some yourself for a very appreciative audience this Saturday.
Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Saturday, December 11
6:00 PM
NO COVER CHARGE

Breakfast With Santa Today At Whispering Evergreens In Ulysses

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Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 12-10-1010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2734612/10/201010:10 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT SCHOOL ST AUSTIN BORO
2010 - 2732712/10/20105:20 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RT 15 SB LYCOMING CTY
2010 - 2732412/10/20105:02 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT BELLS RUN ROAD
2010 - 2732312/10/20104:43 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 218 N WILLIAMSON RD BLOSSBURG BORO
2010 - 2731812/10/20104:12 PMWIRES DOWN RT 287 - 1 MI BEFORE OREGON HI MORRIS TWP
2010 - 2731712/10/20103:36 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 887 FORKS RD HECTOR TWP
2010 - 2731612/10/20103:26 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 15 / WATSON CRK LINDLY NY
2010 - 2731312/10/20103:07 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 13000 BLOCK ROUTE 15 N LYCO CO
2010 - 2731112/10/20102:06 PMFIRE / VEHICLE ROUTE 362 SHIPPEN TWP
2010 - 2730912/10/20101:52 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 13 MECHANIC ST LAWRENCEVILLE BORO
2010 - 2730812/10/20101:43 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 79 MAPLE VIEW LN COUDERSPORT BORO
2010 - 2730512/10/20101:37 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 13 MECHANIC ST LAWRENCEVILLE BORO
2010 - 2730412/10/20101:34 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 13 MECHANIC ST LAWRENCEVILLE BORO
2010 - 2729712/10/201012:08 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 15 N BOUND LYCOMING CO
2010 - 2729612/10/201012:02 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 6362 ROUTE 6 SHIPPEN TWP
2010 - 2728412/10/20109:57 AMTRAFFIC CONTROL 1550 E SECOND ST SWEDEN TWP
2010 - 2727712/10/20109:04 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT CATLIN HOLLOW RD CHARLESTON TWP
2010 - 2727112/10/20108:26 AMTRAFFIC CONTROL CHURCH ST&E MAIN ST WESTFIELD BORO
2010 - 2726712/10/20108:08 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT N WILLIAMSON RD COVINGTON TWP

Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

IT'S WORTH THE STOP JUST FOR THE VIEW!!

Homicide Victim Remembered


Friends and Family Remember Life of Erin Jade Smith

Woman Indicted In $18,000. Bank Fraud

Ulysses Women Indicted On Bank Fraud Charges
GerriMiller.com
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, has announced that the grand jury for the Middle District of Pennsylvania returned an Indictment against 61 year old Connie K. Jones of Ulysses, Pennsylvania.

Jones is charged in a one-count indictment with bank fraud totaling approximately $18,085.

She is alleged to have created fraudulent money orders then deposited them in her bank account at Citizens & Northern Bank in Knoxville, Pennsylvania. If convicted of the offense, Jones faces a maximum penalty of ten years confinement and a fine of $250,000.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Williamsport Resident Agency, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
More news....

Worker Killed When Residual Waste Tank Truck Blows Up

Investigation Continues After Man, 26, Killed When Truck Explodes

Occupational Safety And Health Administration Investigating

WPXI

Investigations are under way after a worker was killed and another severely injured when a truck exploded outside the district offices of an Armstrong County company that provides support services for gas and oil wells.

State police in Kittanning said the incident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at West Penn Energy Services in Plumcreek Township near the intersection of Route 422 and Route 210.

The medical examiner identified the victim as Gregory Robert Bish, 26, of Ford City.

Investigators said Jeff Riggle, 58, of Vandergrift was seriously hurt.

Police said the explosion happened as the two employees were working on a residual waste tanker truck.The coroner said Bish and Riggle were attempting to unfreeze a pipe fitting at the back end of a water truck. Investigators said the men were using a propane torch to apply heat to the pipe fitting when the explosion happened.

Bish was struck with a rear inspection plate of the tank as it tore away from the tank, blasting him 62 feet away over a 7-foot fence, the coroner said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled multiple blunt force trauma. More...+Video Report..

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hampton Inn and Perkins Restaurant Plan Gets Council OK In Mansfield

Mansfield council approves new motel and restaurant

December 9, 2010 - By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette
MANSFIELD - Borough Council here approved a major land development plan for the Hampton Inn and Perkins restaurant to be constructed in the Interstate 99 Commerce Park during its meeting Monday - provided that the borough engineer's conditions are met.

Gary Burcher, of Keystone Consulting Associates in Honesdale, reviewed the plans before council voted unanimously to approve them.

According to Burcher, the new motel and restaurant will be across from the existing Microtel Inn and Suites along Route 15.

The four-story, 83-room hotel will employ about 15 workers and the restaurant as many as 90, depending on whether it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week or just early morning to late night. More...

Evelyn J. Kavulic, 88, of Allegany, NY, formerly of Emporium, PA

EMPORIUM — Evelyn J. Kavulic, 88, of Allegany, NY, formerly of Emporium, died Friday, December 10, 2010, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home.

Verena Kennedy Bowen, of Hubert, NC, previously of Rixford, PA

HUBERT, N.C. — Verena Kennedy Bowen, of Hubert, previously of Rixford, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (Dec. 8, 2010) at Duke Medical Center, Durham. Jones Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Erin Jade Smith,19, of Elmira, NY

Erin Jade Smith,19, of Elmira, NY.

She was born May 3, 1991 in San Bernadino, CA, daughter of Aaron Smith Sr. and Amy Lou Wilder and went home to be with her Father in Heaven on Monday, December 6, 2010 unexpectedly at home.


In addition to her parents she is survived by stepmother Amy Myers-Smith; sisters Tiffany and Dionna Wilder, Clarissa Lester and Taylor Smith; brothers Aaron Smith, Jr., Dallas and Colby Smith; maternal grandmother Cecilia McFall; paternal grandparents Diane and Gene Smith; aunts Veronica Ageari and Aunt Maria along with several family in California.

Erin Jade was employed at Elmira College.

Family and friends are invited to visit the Living Word Evangelical Free Church, 1119 Lake St., Elmira on Saturday, December 11th from 11 am to 1 pm. Her funeral service will follow at 1 pm. Rev. Robert Smith, Pastor of Shabach Tabernacle, will officiate.

Grand jury indicts man in pregnant Elmira woman's death

Grand jury indicts man in pregnant Elmira woman's death
City court hearing canceled Friday

By G. Jeffrey Aaron •jgaaron@gannett.com
Star Gazette

A Chemung County grand jury has indicted Arteamus Wells -- accused in Monday's slaying of 19-year-old Erin Jade Smith of Elmira -- on a charge of second-degree murder, according to documents on file at Elmira City Court.

Wells, 35, and currently in the Chemung County Jail with no bail, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Judge Steven Forrest in City Court on Friday morning. He was arrested at the murder scene by Elmira police soon after the incident.

However, with the grand jury receiving the case on Thursday and deciding to indict Wells, the preliminary hearing was canceled.

According to court papers, Wells told police he choked Smith, his former girlfriend, with his arm, stabbed her with a pair of scissors and strangled her with an electric cord. More...

Do You Know About Potter County Citizen Corps?

Potter County ‘Citizen Corps’ Volunteers Welcome

citizencorpslogoPotter County Citizen Corps, a partnership between local volunteers throughout the county and emergency service providers, welcomes new members in many area communities. Last week’s flooding was a reminder of the vital role this volunteer program can play.

Citizen Corps’ goal is to have in place local residents who are trained to react to disasters and other public emergencies, so that they can assist fire, ambulance, and other personnel.

The concept is “neighbors helping neighbors.” The volunteers are prepared to take care of their families first and to then take care of their neighbors. Each local team has a leader and a designated meeting area in the community.

Additional information on the Citizen Corps is available at 274-8900.

Firefighters Stop Fire In Time To Save Hunters Cabin In Hector Township

Firefighters saved a remote hunting cabin in Hector Township from destruction Friday afternoon, even though it took them a half hour to locate it and start firefighting efforts.

Ulysses, Harrison Valley and Clymer responded to 3:39 pm alarm. The dispatch was sketchy at first, describing the location only as being on Forks Road behind the A-Frame near the intersection of Lehman Hollow Road. It was later identified as 877 Forks Road. The call came from Lehman Hollow road, a mile away.

Ulysses Tri-Town Fire Chief Roy Hunt was the first to arrive on scene. Chief Hunt said the hunters cabin was a half mile down a lane that was not much more than a cow path, not accessible by the large fire engines. It was not visible from Forks Road. Upon arrival, the chief could see smoke coming from the eaves and an active fire inside the structure.

He directed firefighters to bring extinguishers down the lane in pickup trucks and they were able to control the fire until reinforced by patrol vehicles who were able to access the site of the cabin.

Firefighters from Galeton and Clymer joined Ulysses in extinguishing the fire and limiting the damage to an area around the wood stove. Chief Hunt praised all the firefighters involved for making a tremendous save in light of the circumstances. He said the hunters who were occupying the cabin may be able to re-occupy it after they are able to re-establish a heating source.

The cause of the fire was the wood stove.

The fire was declared under control at 4:57 pm and units were back in quarters at 7:00 pm. Genesee, Westfield, Whitesville, Knoxville, and Coudersport were toned out for standby assignments. Coudersport was recalled en route.

Chief Hunt said this was a good example of how valuable the reflective house number signs, available from any fire department, are when it comes time to locate a fire or ambulance call location, especially in the remote rural areas of Potter County. In this case it could have been a much faster response.

Herbert “Herbie” Pettenati, 93 of Crosby, PA

Smethport - Herbert “Herbie” Pettenati, 93 of Crosby, died Thursday (December 9, 2010) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

He was born June 30, 1917 in Crosby, a son of Peter and Antonia Simonetti Pettenati.

Mr. Pettenati was a graduate of Colegrove High School. He was employed by PA Pressed Metals of Emporium, PA.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport, the Norwich Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept., Norwich Twp. Sportsmen's Club, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, and was involved for years in the Crosby Baseball Association. He was also Secretary for Norwich Twp.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Waldo, Oliver, and Reno Pettenati, and 5 sisters: Rena Thomas, Yolanda Brown, Lydia Weaver, Bernice Rossi, and Norma Pettenati.

A Blessing service will be held Monday, December 13 at 10:00 am from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Smethport. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Ella M. Romano, 86, of 4618 East Willock Road, Pittsburgh, formerly of Bradford, PA

Ella M. Romano, 86, of 4618 East Willock Road, Pittsburgh, formerly of Bradford, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 in Baldwin Health Center in Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Kim I. Miller, 58, Homestead, FL, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

Former Port Allegany resident Kim I. Miller, 58, died, November 24, 2010 at his home in Homestead, FL. Kim was born in Bradford, PA on April 30, 1952 to Gerald (Jerry) M. Miller and Gwen E. Miller (Grove). He was a 1970 graduate of Port Allegany High School.

As a youth Kim enjoyed many outdoor activities; swimming, cycling, canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting; many done with the local Boy Scout troop of which Kim was an active member, achieving the goal of Eagle Scout. As a young man Kim became a motorcycle enthusiast, traveling with family, friends, and often on his own around the beautiful USA.

Following graduation Kim worked locally until his enlistment in the military. Kim served honorably in the US Navy for six years, aboard ship and nuclear submarine. While serving his country Kim had the opportunity to visit countries abroad and thrilled his younger sisters with postcards and letters of his many foreign adventures. But nothing thrilled them more than the anticipation of his returning stateside, especially for the Holidays. Following his Naval Service Kim transitioned to employment in the Nuclear Power Industry for several years. He later found his niche as a boat and auto mechanic, working most recently for Dade County in Florida. The warm climate and his acquired love of scuba diving drew him to settle in Florida where he had resided for the past 20 years.

Kim had a passion for history and physics; engaging conversation and debate with people of all ages to share his knowledge. He was a natural comedian with a flair for impersonations and was able to entertain by word and song with his beautiful baritone voice. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Kim is survived by his Mother, Gwen Miller, 4 sisters; Kris Nulph, Jan Maree Treat, Hedy Hopewell and spouse Curtis, and Holly Miller, 2 extended siblings; Kevin Hanley and spouse Kathy, and Sue Yanuzzi, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his Father, Gerald Miller; infant brother, Gregory Miller; sister, Jill Miller Kio and life partner, Lora Steinberg.

The family has chosen a private memorial service. Memorials in remembrance of Kim can be given to Port Allegany First Presbyterian Church, Camp JJ, PO Box 446 Bradford PA 16701, or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc. Port Allegany

Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium, PA


Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium, PA died at Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Thursday evening (December 9, 2010)

He was born October 12, 1928 in DuBois a son of the late Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski.

On April 25, 1953 at St. Michael Church in DuBois he married Valerie Wojtaszek Spehalski, who Survives.

Mr. Spehalski graduated from DuBois High School and from Penn State University where he received a BSME degree. He retired from North American Phillips, after many years, where he was the Plant Manager of the Equipment Development Plant. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church where he was the choir director for over 35 years. He had been a member of the Emporium Lions Club, and a member of the St. Marys Singing Dutchmen.

Surviving
In addition to his wife Valerie Wojtaszek Spehalski
Son: Walter Spehalski and his wife Cecilia, Mt. Laurel, NJ
Son: Robert Spehalski and his wife Julia, Emmaus, PA
Son: Thomas Spehalski and his wife Bonnie, Emporium, PA
10 Grandchildren Elizabeth, Regina, Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Stacey Kayela, Eric, Keith, Elyse Spehalski
Sister: Helen Kopeck, DuBois
Sister: Virginia, Mrs. Willliam Good, DuBois
Brother: Richard Spehalski and his wife Nancy, Port St. Lucie, FL

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski
Brother: Raymon Spehalski during WW II
Nephew: Mike Kopeck

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (December 14, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Visitation with a Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

66 STUDENTS TO BE HONORED AT GRADUATION RECEPTION

66 STUDENTS TO BE HONORED AT GRADUATION RECEPTION

BRADFORD, Pa. – Sixty-six students expected to graduate from Pitt-Bradford this month will be recognized with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Students will be honored during an informal event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president; Dr. Steven Hardin, dean of academic affairs; and Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, will speak. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The reception is held for students graduating at the end of the fall term, who may not be able to return for the May commencement.

Those expected to graduate with an associate degree are Marc D. Ackley, an engineering science major from Bradford; Andrew DeNapoli, a petroleum technology major from DuBois; and Ross Harrington, a petroleum technology major from Mercer.

Those expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree are, from Bradford, Karen Costello-Pecht, a business management major; Claude Grove, an economics major; Lorne Hart, an English major; Laurie A. Kahle, a psychology major; John Lonzi, an accounting and business management major; Jonathan McCracken, a psychology major; Jeremy A. O’Toole, a business education K-12 and business management major; James J. Pascarella, a computer information systems and technology major; Matthew A. Tingley, a business management major; and David Verbocy, a sport and recreation management major.

Students anticipated to graduate from Kane are Christopher J. Bierbower, a criminal justice major; Robert Higgibotham, a sport and recreation management major; Savannah L. Kohut, a hospitality management major; Kathy Long, an elementary education major; Diane M. Marold, a social sciences major; and Ashley Mix, an elementary education major.

Students anticipated to graduate from Titusville are Courtney Graham, an elementary education major; Jennifer Kuberry, a business management major; Barbera L. Macormac, a human relations major and Katherine Morrison, a business management major.

Other students anticipated to graduate are James Ashley, a criminal justice major from Jefferson, Ohio; Lisa A. Brown, a criminal justice major from Cyclone; Jessica L. Clark, an English education 7-12 major, and Donna J. Nelligan-Barrett, a human relations major, both from Rochester, N.Y.; Brandon Cook, a health and physical education major, and Jennifer Hilmes, an accounting and business management major, both from Lewis Run; Noelle Dixon, an elementary education major and Ashley R. Neal, a sports medicine major, both from St. Marys; Michael D. Dodge, a business management major from Smethport; Sarah Dwyer, a business education K-12 and business management major, and Valerie Marquis, a human relations major, both from Warren; Nicholas Eckhardt, an applied mathematics major from Springdale;

Jenelle Elmquist, a social studies education 7-12 major from Sheffield; Saree Frederick, an elementary education major, and James F. Wankel Jr., a social sciences major, both from Duke Center; Erica Grode, a psychology major, and Andrew Sarbak, an athletic training major, both from Erie; Jessica M. Hamilton, a writing major from Wilcox; Brett D. Herzing, a criminal justice major, Quintoria Smith, an environmental studies major, and James R. Urmann, an accounting major, all from Ridgway; Christopher Hooks, a health and physical education major from Elmira, N.Y.; Heather Kelley, an accounting and business management major from Port Allegany; Jillian A. Kreitzer, an elementary education major from Horseheads, N.Y.; Janelle Krisulevicz, an elementary education major from Larksville; Mary A. Tucker, a sociology major from Emporium; Jordan W. Meyers, a chemistry major from McDonald;

Ryan M. Monoski, a criminal justice major from Centre Hall; Jessica Northeimer, a sociology major from Coudersport; Joshua Parslow, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Westfield; Allan Parton, an English major from Liverpool, N.Y.; Jason Peters, a mathematics education 7-12 major from Conneaut Lake; Amanda Rail, a psychology major from Salamanca, N.Y.; Sarah B. Rhinehart, a criminal justice major from Olean, N.Y.; Tabitha Ryan, an athletic training major from Albion; Dallas Slesser, an English major from Danville; Philip A. Solley, a criminal justice major from Grampian; Kari Stubbs, a social sciences major from Shinglehouse; Sarah Stutzman, a business management major from Centerville; Nicole Walter, an elementary education major from Gifford; Jason Whitaker, an English major from Scranton; Stacie D. Wickerham, a health and physical education major from Greenhurst, N.Y.; and Alex Woodhead, a business management major from Portville, N.Y.

*For the convenience of our local readers, local students have been highlighted.

2 Car Accident On Derrick Road In Foster Township

MVA on Derrick Road
At 5:50 pm on Friday, Derrick City Fire Dept and Bradford City ambulance are responding to a 2 vehicle MVA on Derrick Road prior to Red Rock.

Springfield Road in Bradford County Re-Opened After Flood Repairs

Springfield Road reopened following flood repairs; detour lifted

Following installation of a new large drainage pipe and backfill, State Route 4014 (Springfield Road) in Springfield Township, Bradford County is reopened to traffic this afternoon.

The detour, which had been in effect since last week’s flooding, has been lifted.

Springfield Road was undermined where a drainage pipe crosses underneath the roadway, just east of Kuhnlee Road and about a mile west of Berwick Turnpike.

PennDOT developed a project to install a new pipe at the washout location. The work was carried out by a PennDOT maintenance crew in the county.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To W. Academy Street

5:27 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance to W. Academy St. for medical call

Coudersport Dispatched To Galeton

One Engine Company To Galeton
At 5:07 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been requested to send one engine company to cover Galeton for mutual Aid. Galeton is on scene of a fire at 887 Forks Road in Hector Township.

COUDERSPORT RECALLED 5:15 PM

Roxie Is Missing In The Ulysses Area Since Dec. 4th

MISSING!!!!

Roxie is a 10yr old beagle mix. She is a spayed female, is a reddish brown color with some black going down her back.

Roxie was wearing an orange Harley Davidson collar which had her rabies and dog license on it.

She is a very friendly dog and has been missing from the Ulysses area on December 4th around 7am.


If anyone has any in-formation about her please contact at 848-9888.

Flood Damaged Road Re-Opened In Eldred Township

Road Re-Opened In Eldred

Rt. #346 In Eldred, from the Kendall Bridge, to the intersection of the West Eldred / Barnum Roads is now open . It has been closed since the floods of a week ago. Thank you for the service you provide this areas residents. You do a great job.
Dan Manning
Eldred,Pa

Structure Fire At Camp On Forks Road Off Lehman Hollow Road

Structure Fire In Hector Township
At 3:40, pm on Friday, Ulysses Dept. 47, Harrison Valley Dept 20, and Galeton Dept. 10 have been dispatched to a structure fire in Hector Township at 887 Forks Road off Lehman Hollow Road.

The fire is reported to be a camp near the Weimer residence.

Genesee Dept. 37 has been requested to send an engine company to Ulysses for stand by. Whitesville requested to send 1 pumper to Genesee.

Chief 47 is on scene at 4:09 and has COMMAND

4:30 pm --Clymer Dept. 16 w Patrol 16-4 Respond To Scene

Smoke At Freeman House In Coudersport Was Malfunction In Heating System

Freeman House Filled With Smoke
Coudersport Firefighters responded quickly to a 1:44 pm structure fire report Friday afternoon to Freeman House, an elderly housing complex in Coudersport, where smoke had filled the lobby area and some sections of the building.


Residents were quickly evacuated and the source of the smoke located which was reported to be a rubber coupler in a connector pipe from an air handler. Building maintenance personnel are on scene making repairs.

Firefighters sucked smoke from the building and allowed residents to safely return, with all units clearing the scene at 2:45 pm.

Mosch's Tavern Marks First Year Under New Ownership Today

Weather Advisory For Slippery Roads

... A few hour period of snow will occur through the mid afternoon
hours and cause icy roads...

A 2 to 3 hour period of snow will fall... bring up to one inch of
accumulation along with icy roads across the following counties in
central and eastern Pennsylvania... Clinton... Columbia...
Cumberland... Dauphin... eastern Mifflin... Juniata... Lancaster...
Lebanon... Lycoming... Montour... Northumberland... Perry...
Schuylkill... Snyder... southeastern Potter... Sullivan... Union and
York...

In addition to the coating of snow... visibility will be reduced to
around one half of a mile at times.

Temperatures in the mid 20s to around 30 will cause untreated roads
to become coated with a thin layer of snow and ice... which will
create hazardous travel and area roads and interstates.

The snow will taper off to flurries west of the Susquehanna River
between 130 PM and 2 PM... and between 2 and 330 PM further to the
east.

Structure Fire At Freeman House in Coudersport

Freeman House Full Of Smoke
At 1:44 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to the Freeman House, reporting the structure full of smoke.

1:54 pm--Chief reports evacuation of north wing.

2:42 pm--Situation under control.
2:45 pm--Returning & Available

DEP Fines Hercules Cement $218,750 for Past Air Quality Violations

DEP Fines Hercules Cement $218,750 for Past Air Quality Violations
Enforcement Action Part of Ongoing Efforts to Improve Lehigh Valley’s Air Quality

WILKES-BARRE -- After requiring Hercules Cement Co. to take a number of measures to reduce smog and particulates that can diminish air quality, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that the company has paid $218,750 for violations at its Stockertown Borough, Northampton County facility between 2006 and 2008.

“The emissions violations Hercules committed increased overall air pollution in the Lehigh Valley and that can have a detrimental impact on the health of residents throughout the region,” said DEP Northeast Regional Director Michael Bedrin. “Hercules and other companies must abide by the emission levels set forth in their permits so that we can maintain—if not improve—air quality in the region.”

Bedrin said the penalty covers multiple emissions violations, and the company’s failure to monitor and maintain air quality data during that timeframe.

The civil penalty reflects $28,910 for emission violations, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and opacity measurements (determined by how the concentration of emitted particulates restricts light) from equipment at the company; $76,680 for data availability problems; and $113,160 for late data reporting during that period.

The company is required to monitor for sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides from its cement kilns. Equipment problems with these continuous emission monitors (CEMs) in mid-2006 led Hercules to install temporary equipment until October 2006 when the original monitors were repaired.

In July 2007, the system malfunctioned again, requiring the temporary monitors to be re-installed. The repaired system was installed in November 2007. The company subsequently replaced it with a new monitoring system in April 2008.

DEP has worked diligently to inspect and enforce air quality throughout northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The department’s regional air quality program conducted more than 7,800 inspections since 2003 and collected $2.6 million in civil penalties that help to support additional enforcement efforts.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us or call 570-826-2511.

Door Prize Winners At Olga In Coudersport




Olga's Holiday Open House
Door Prize Winners
&
SPECIALS IN OLGA GALLERY until 12/18
Get any Pair of Earrings at 50% off
with the Purchase of Any Scarf
Buy 2 Christmas Ornaments & Get 1 Free

Buy 2 Pairs of Earrings & Get 1 for Free
20% Off on all Wall Art by Olga
Celebrating 10 years in business
& our 1st Year Anniversary in our New Location

Christmas Tree at Olga Gallery
The following people are Door Prize Winners from Olga's Holiday Open House:

Michele Shelly
Michelle Petrilla
Shirley Ort
Aime Wykoff
Linda Karija
Rick Wilson
Skyler Marshall
Pat Maloney
Linda Gojcaj
Cheryl (whose e-mail has John's lucky # in it) no last name entered
Karen Stock
Fabiola Gonzalez
Judy Brown
Crystal Anderson
Jessica Fuentes
Sandy Rigas
Jeanne Mancia
Sonja Wright
Brian Wahlers
Ellyssa Heiser
Kim Work
Madison Smith
Tiffani Justz
Anna Margaret Binder
Jack Pierotti

Door Prizes are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. In other words, you get to pick the prize of the remaining prizes when you come in. If you live out of the area & have friends or family member here who you would like to pick up your prize that's OK too. If you live out of the area, won't be coming to Coudersport soon, & don't have someone who can pick up your door prize, shoot jsnyder@eggdecorator.com an e-mail & we'll work something out. Thanks for participating & helping to make Olga's Holiday Open House a success!

Great Deals at Olga Gallery until 12/18

Get any Pair of Earrings at 50% off
with the Purchase of Any Scarf


Buy 2 Christmas Ornaments & Get 1 Free


Buy 2 Pairs of Earrings & Get 1 for Free

20% off on all Wall Art by Olga

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
2 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915

Company Stored, Transferred Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Wastewater

DEP Fines RN Industries Trucking Inc. $3,000 for Operating Illegal Transfer Station in Clearfield County

Company Stored, Transferred Marcellus Gas Well Drilling Wastewater

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RN Industries Trucking Inc., of Sandy Township, Clearfield County $3,000 for operating a waste transfer station in Sandy Township without a permit.

“Our inspections in April found that the company was storing top-hole drilling wastewater in five tanks,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber who explained that the tanks allow solids in the wastewater to settle before the water can be removed and hauled away for treatment. “This kind of activity requires a transfer station permit to ensure it’s done safely and in accordance with state laws.”

A top-hole is the vertical portion of the well bore extending several thousand feet deep. It can be drilled with a smaller drilling rig, which is replaced by a larger rig to drill the directional portion of the well bore into the Marcellus shale formation.

At the time of the April inspections, RN Industries Trucking had about 1,950 barrels -- or about 82,000 gallons -- of the wastewater on-site.

The department issued a notice of violation letter to the company in early May, and recommended that all top-hole wastewater at the site be transported for disposal at a permitted facility and no additional wastewater be brought to the site without first obtaining a permit. The solids were subsequently taken to the Greentree Landfill in Elk County for proper disposal.

A DEP follow-up inspection in late May determined that the site was no longer being used for storage or as a transfer facility, and that all wastewater and tanks had been removed.

The fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which helps to pay for cleanups across the state.

For more information, call 570-327-3659 or visit www.depweb.state.pa.us.

Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium, PA

Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium died at Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Thursday evening.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium on Tuesday (December 14, 2010) at 10:30 AM.

Visitation with a Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

New Page Available To Send Good Experiences To PFBC Leadership

Praise an Employee Web Page Now Available

Harrisburg, PA – Anglers and boaters who have received outstanding service from Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) employees can now share that experience with the agency’s leadership through a new Web page called “Praise an Employee.”

“One of my goals as executive director has been to engage the public more and give them the opportunity to interact with staff and Commissioners,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “One way we’ve accomplished this is through the public information meetings held in conjunction with our quarterly Commission meetings. These have been well attended and we are planning to host another one on January 24 which will feature several professional ice fishermen from the North East Ice Tour.

“Another way we are connecting with the public is through The Fishing Hole, which provides the public and staff the opportunity to ask us questions via email. But the public also should have a means to let us know when they have received excellent service from our employees,” Arway added. “Now they can do that through The Fishing Hole and a new page called Praise an Employee.”

The new Web page gives the public an easy and convenient way to tell Commission leaders about exceptional service they have received. Incoming public comments will go first to the PFBC Human Resources Division and then to the executive director.

“After reviewing comments, I will share each one with the appropriate bureau director and the respective employee so that the employee receives the recognition he or she deserves,” said Arway.

The Praise an Employee page can be found under The Fishing Hole at: http://www.fishandboat.com/inform.htm/

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.

Shinglehouse Ambulance Call

At 10:11 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to a medical call.

Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a recall of sixty (60) packages of El Guapo Shelled Walnuts

Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a recall of sixty (60) packages of El Guapo Shelled Walnuts 1 OZ, date code 5527, manufactured with walnuts supplied by Atlas Walnuts, Visalia, California, because we were advised by the supplier that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Mojave Foods Corporation Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from Walnut Ingredient Mojave Foods Corporation Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from Walnut Ingredient

Phillip Freelove who bagged this 8-point buck

This is a photo of my son Phillip Freelove who bagged this 8-point buck yesterday while hunting with his dad, Gene Freelove, on the lease property of the Ridgerunner Hunting Club owned by Steve Trupe. Inside spread was 15-inches. Another year it would have been a 10-point with 2 points just starting to develop.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Breakfast With Santa Saturday At Whispering Evergreens

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Potter/Tioga Call Log For 12-9-2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2725512/9/201010:36 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 414 11422 LIBERTY TWP
2010 - 2720712/9/20104:34 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RT 287 AND SCHOOL RD LAWRENCE TWP

Weakland/Greene engagement announcement


Weakland/Greene engagement announcement

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Weakland of Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania announce the engagement of their daughter, Lucinda Weakland to Thomas H. Greene, Jr., son of the late Barbara Buck of Oakland, CA and the late Thomas H. Greene, Sr. of Lake Placid, Florida.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (1982), Medaille College, Buffalo, NY (1980), and Hamburg High School, Hamburg, NY (1976. She is employed at the Potter County Department of Emergency Services.

The groom is a a graduate of the California Pacific School of Religion (1977), the University of California at Berkeley (1971), and Richmond Union High School (1971), Oakland, California. Mr. Greene is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a veteran of two tours in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Ranger and POW, receiving numerous medals and commendations.

A December 29, 2010 wedding is planned at St. Eulalia Church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

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Townships/Boroughs Can Apply For Potter County Block Grant Funds

Public Meeting Dec. 16 On County’s 2011 Block Grant

December 9th, 2010

cdbg1Township and borough officials who are interested in applying for funds through Potter County’s $240,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for 2011 are advised of a public meeting to be held on Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Potter County Redevelopment Authority office on Seventh Street in Coudersport, starting at 6 pm.

Federal funds are allotted annually to counties for support of township, borough or county projects that meet the CDBG program’s guidelines.

As he has for more than a quarter-century, Joe Pagano is administering the CDBG program for the Potter County Commissioners in his role as director of development for the Redevelopment Authority.

After reviewing public comments and conferring with Pagano for any final recommendations, the commissioners will take action on the plan during a public meeting in the spring.

Project requests for the 2011 allotments are due by Feb. 25.

At the Dec. 16 meeting, which is open to the public, citizens’ comments on allocation of the 2011 CDBG funds will be accepted. A listing of activities eligible for CDBG funding will be available.

Citizens are also welcome to comment on the use of previous CDBG allocations and the three-year community development plan.

Cole Hospital Working On Funding For Major Improvements

Hospital Authority Consultant Coming For Monday Meeting

colehospitalNext public meeting of the Potter County Hospital Authority will be held at noon on Monday (Dec. 13) in the conference room at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Authority members will be meeting with representatives of Delta Development Group Inc., a consulting firm retained to help the agency seek funding for major improvements at the hospital.

Monday’s meeting will focus on the application process for state grants in support of the hospital’s Infrastructure and Facilities Improvement Program and any other business to come before the authority.

Denton Hill Race Team Christmas Camp Dec. 27 to 30, 2010

New DRBC Proposed Regulations Will Help Protect From Gas Drilling

DEP Comments on DRBC’s Release of Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

Secretary Hanger Says Rules Will Complement PA’s Unprecedented Improvements to Industry Oversight

HARRISBURG -- Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger responded to a move by the Delaware River Basin Commission today to release proposed regulations for public comment that would govern water withdrawals for natural gas drilling throughout the watershed, as well as how those operations develop wells and manage wastewater.

“The DRBC’s action represents a good first step that is necessary to move this process forward,” said Hanger. “It’s important to note that these are proposed rules and that they are now open for public comment. It’s time for the public to have their say on these matters.

“Changes may still be made before we reach a final product that is clear and enforceable. Once the comments have been addressed and changes made, the rules will be brought back to the commission for a full vote. “

DRBC’s proposed regulatory package, available at www.drbc.net, establishes requirements to protect the basin’s surface and groundwater resources from activities associated with building and operating natural gas wells.

The commission intends to hold three public hearings during the 90-day comment period to receive oral testimony on the proposed rulemaking. Details of those hearings and instructions for submitting comments via other means, can be found at www.drbc.net, as well.

Secretary Hanger added that, once finalized, DRBC’s rule will complement the many measures DEP has implemented to strengthen oversight of natural gas development in Pennsylvania. In the past two years, the commonwealth has more than doubled the number of DEP staff regulating the industry to 202 employees as of today.

The department has also advanced a number of new state-specific regulatory requirements. A new regulation enacted in July 2010 requires drilling companies to treat drilling wastewater to the safe drinking water standard for Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS. TDS include chlorides and sulfates, which affect the taste and odor of drinking water and, in high concentrations, can damage or destroy aquatic life. The new regulation ensures the state’s streams do not exceed the safe drinking water standard of 500 milligrams per liter.

The TDS rule and another new regulation that mandates a 150-foot buffer for the 20,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams that are the state’s most pristine and highest quality provide unprecedented protection for the commonwealth’s waters.

In November 2010, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission unanimously approved tough new regulations that require best well design and construction practices, including comprehensive measures to prevent instances of gas migration, which can contaminate water supplies or cause health and safety concerns in homes.

For more information on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us.

Shinglehouse Ambulance Call

At 8:15pm on Thursday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 Ambulance and Olean 10 ALS has been dispatched to Rt. 44 in Ceres Township for a medical call.

Emporium Man Missed Turn/SUV Goes In Creek

SUV Goes In Creek After Missed Turn
An Emporium man is ok after his 2002 Ford Explorer went off the road into a creek on Monday at 7:00 pm in Gibson Township, Cameron County.


Troopers said the crash occurred as Alvin H. Brown, 63, of Emporium, PA, was driving the Explorer north on Wykoff Run Road , approached a left hand turn in the roadway, and was unable to negotiate the turn and traveled off the east embankment and came to final rest in a creek.

Brown was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Ramsey's Towing towed his vehicle.

Dustin Baker Commented Today On Our First Post

Almost 4 Years Since First Post
Dustin Baker just posted a comment on out first post on Solomon's words entitled "Snowmobilers Get Snow" posted on January 27, 2007.


January 27, 2011 will mark 4 years that Solomon's words has been bringing you the news.

WOW! Where has the time gone.

I remember a few months after we started, getting 30 readers a day, and after the first year having a whopping 300 a day. One day last week we were read 25,636 times in one day.

In case you run out of something to read, you can scroll back and read over 20,000 articles posted on Solomon's words since that first post in January of 2007.

The success of Solomon's words as a news source is a result of your contributions of news, photos, and events that you as readers have shared with us and we thank you sooo much. It wouldn't amount to a row of beans without you.

Cynthia and I would like to thank our advertisers and the many readers who have sent generous donations over the years for the tremendous support you have given us. We will strive to continue to earn your support in the future.

Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

IT'S WORTH THE STOP JUST FOR THE VIEW!!

PA Parks Ready Winter Playground For Visitors

PA State Parks, Forests Offer Visitors a Winter Playground

HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Pennsylvania's forest and park system is the perfect place to enjoy cold-weather outdoor fun, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said today.

"We already have a great cover of snow in the northwestern part of the state, giving outdoor enthusiasts an early start to the season in some of our state parks and forests," DCNR Secretary John Quigley said.

"Find a steep hill at a nearby state park and take your sled for a spin, or take your snowmobile for a ride on a state forest trail. You could also try some late-season hunting or ice fishing. Or, just take a stroll on a trail and enjoy the beauty and peace that the winter landscape offers. Whatever activity you choose, dress warmly and enjoy the fresh air and exercise."

To see a list of scheduled activities around the state, visit www.getoutdoorspa.state.pa.us.

"The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is new to the park system this year and it offers a great launching point for winter activities like cross country skiing at Bald Eagle State Park or for other outdoor adventures in the Pennsylvania Wilds," Quigley said.

The Nature Inn offers modern overnight accommodations and breakfast. Guests can relax in front of a large stone fire place in the great room to warm up after their outdoor activities.

Following the close of Pennsylvania's regular deer hunting season on Dec. 11, snowmobiling will begin Dec. 12 in state forests and parks where conditions permit. This season, snowmobile riders in Pennsylvania's state forests and parks have access to 2,948 miles of marked joint-use state forest roads, closed roads, and trails in 18 of the state's 20 state forest districts, which includes 282 trail miles and 63 road miles available in 32 state parks. Winter ATV trails stretching more than 170 miles in seven state forest districts also open Dec. 12.

Beginning Dec. 14, DCNR will provide condition updates on its toll-free, snowmobile hot line, 1-877-SNOMBLE (1-877-766-6253). Recorded messages, providing reports on snow depths and trail conditions across the state, are updated at about noon each Tuesday and Thursday. DCNR also provides weather and condition reports online for state parks and forests.

Snowmobile enthusiasts will find maps, conditions, and other detailed information at www.dcnr.state.pa.us (select "Forestry," then "Recreation"). Updated ice conditions—important to skaters and winter anglers—and snow depths also are available.

All snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must be registered with DCNR's snowmobile/ATV Unit. For more information on registration, call toll free (866) 545-2476 or visit DCNR's website.

When winter weather cooperates, state parks and forests also are the scene of coordinated winter festivals with games, dog-sled races, sleigh rides and fun competitions for families.

For the cross-country skiing enthusiast, more than 330 miles of marked cross-country ski trails are offered on Pennsylvania's more than 2.1 million acres of state forestland.

Also available are nearly 400 miles of groomed and un-groomed cross-country ski trails in 73 state parks.

Downhill skiing is offered at Blue Knob State Park, Bedford County; Denton Hill State Park, Potter County; and Camelback (Big Pocono State Park), Monroe County. Skiing again is not being offered this season at Laurel Mountain, Westmoreland County.

Most state parks with bodies of water are open, weather permitting, for ice-skating, ice fishing and ice boating. Sledding and tobogganing also are available at many parks.

Archers, muzzle-loaders and other late-season hunters are reminded that an additional 422 miles of normally gated state forest roads were opened for the late fall and early winter seasons to provide easy access to often remote areas. As much as 3,040 miles had been open to hunters, but openings and closings are at the discretion of local forestry officials and are weather-dependent. Hunters are urged to check with forest district offices about specific roads.

Several state parks have winter cabin rentals available. Cabin reservations can be made by calling the toll-free information and reservation line, 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757). It operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on ice and snow conditions, or winter festivals at state parks and forests, visitors also may call the nearest state park or state forest district office.

For more information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us or call 717-783-7941 (Bureau of Forestry) or 717-772-0239 (Bureau of State Parks).