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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Haggie Expected To Get 2 Life Terms Without Parole

Haggie Pleads Guilty

WESB NEWS
Thomas Haggie has pleaded guilty to killing Megan Konopka and her unborn baby in September of 2009, and is expected to be sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.

He entered the plea this afternoon in McKean County Court.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 13.

District Attorney Ray Learn had said he was going to seek the death penalty for Haggie and Greggory Theobald, Haggie's co-defendant. When the men agreed to plead guilty, Learn took the death penalty off the table.

Theobald pleaded guilty in July and is serving his time at the State Correctional Institution at Fayette.

Area Men Sentenced As A Result Of July Drug Sweep

Four From July Drug Bust Sentenced
WESB NEWS
Four McKean County residents, who were arrested during the July drug sweep, were sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court.

58 year-old Paul Fero of Crosby will serve six to 23 months.

44 year-old Thomas Manning of Port Allegany was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail.

35 year-old Christopher Safford gets ten to 23 months in jail.

And, 24 year-old Sam Sherwood of Port Allegany gets probation and 80 hours community service

Coudersport Ambulance To Brookland Road

at 10:41 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance to Brookland Road for chest pain.

EMS Responding To Ormsby Y For Person Lying Along Road

Unknown Medical
At 10:17 pm on Saturday, Hilltop QRS and Priority Care Medic 16 are responding to a report of a female lying along the roadway in the area of the Ormsby Y, needing medical help.

State Police were called to the scene after the woman was not found. State Police released the EMS people after a short investigation.

Port Allegany Woman Died In Friday Crash On Rt. 155

A Port Allegany woman was killed Friday when her 2004 Pontiac Montana went off Rt. 155 and struck a pole across from the VFW/Legion Home, south of Port Allegany, in Liberty Township.

Megan M. Crum-Orloski, 22, of Port Allegany, PA, died at the scene.

Passengers Jenny L. Studley, 30, and her 10 year old son, of Port Allegany, PA, were transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center by Port Allegany and Roulette Ambulances with unknown injuries.

Troopers said Crum-Orlowski was driving north on Rt. 155 at 5:20 pm, when her van went out of control and exited the East side of the roadway with the van facing South East. The van then continued off the roadway and impacted a fence post with the driver's side front fender, continued North East, where it impacted a utility pole, farther back on the driver's side front fender. After impact with the utility pole, the van rotated clockwise, coming to final rest on the East side of the roadway.

Troopers reported Crum-Orlowski was not wearing a seat belt, but her passengers were properly restrained.

The pole was reported to be broken in 3 places and responders reported heavy damage to the van.

Friends said Megan had taken her friend to Keating Summit to pick up her son, and was returning when she swerved to miss a deer and lost control of her van.

Megan and her husband Eddie Orlowski were married in August of 2010. Megan's obituary is posted in a previous post on Solomon's words.

Friends of the family are attempting to set up a fund to assist with Megan's funeral expenses. Information on that will be forthcoming according to friends of the family. In the interim, donations can be made directly to Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home.

Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulances from Port Allegany and Roulette responded to the scene. Route 155 was closed at the accident scene and all traffic was rerouted for a period of time Friday evening.

Megan Marie Crum-Orlowski, 22, of, Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany- Megan Marie Crum-Orlowski, 22, of, Port Allegany died Friday (December 17, 2010) due to injuries sustained in a automobile accident.

She was born Jun 25, 1988 in Coudersport, a daughter of Steve Crum and Anne Coons Kontz Free. On August 21, 2010 in Port Allegany, she married Edward Orlowski, who survives.

Megan was a 2006 graduate of Hinsdale High School and was a loving and devoted wife and mother.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother Anne Free of Cuba, NY and her father Steven Crum of Port Allegany

One daughter: Justina Crum of Port Allegany, PA

Two sons: Karter Orlowski and Logan Orlowski both of Port Allegany, PA

One sister: Amanda Crum of Port Allegany, PA

four brothers: Steven Knapp of Bradford, PA, Russell Free, Jr. of Canisteo, NY: Derek Crum and Darrin Crum both of Port Allegany, PA

Maternal Grandmother, Charlotte Bundy of Hazel Hurst, PA; Paternal Grandparents, James W and Madeline Crum of Turtlepoint, PA.

Visitation will be held on Monday December 20, 2010 from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA, where funeral and committal service will be held on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Roger Laktash officiating. Burial will be in the St Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials may be made to the Family.

Online condolence may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home, Inc Port Allegany.

Marshmellow Overcoat Entertains Tonight At Olga

Willing, Wellsville Respond To Rollover MVA On Roeske Road

Rollover Crash
At 1:52 pm on Saturday, Willing Fire Rescue and EMS from Wellsville are responding to a rollover accident on the Roeske Road near Rt. 248. Report from scene indicates no injuries.

MVA On 11 Mile Road In Oswayo Township

1 Vehicle, 1 injury In 11 Mile Crash
At 1:51 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 is dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near 2964 Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township. One vehicle and one injury reported.

Shinglehouse ambulance and Medic 6 transported the victim to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Review Of Eldred Author's Book

GOD TOOK HIS COFFEE BLACK
Critical eye-Book Review
December 18, 2010 - by Robert W. Plyler
Dunkirk Observer

If you could meet, one-on-one, with God, what would you say, and what might you expect him to say?

''God Took His Coffee Black'' is a short novel by Gerard W. Drum, an author from Eldred, Pa. That's located not far from Jamestown, just south of the state line from Olean. It isn't far from greater metropolitan Shinglehouse.

Drum imagines that while sitting in the local diner, sipping coffee and waiting for a grumpy waitress named Trixie to bring his breakfast, God walks into the room, in person. Time stands still for the rest of the customers, while God promises that he will return to the diner 10 times, once per month. In each encounter, he will assume a different physical appearance, because he knows that the author can accept the things he has to say from people he recognizes and knows to have experience in the area of that particular conversation. The identities of the visitors are often startling. More...

Birth Announcements For Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Birth Announcements

Mollie Frances Gross a daughter born on 12-15-10 weight 7 lbs 3 ozs to Cassie (Nichols) and Kevin Gross of Coudrsport Pa. joins her brother Brody 3. Maternal Grandparents Deneen Lyons and Wade Mottern of Coudersport and Mark and Tarya Nichols of Erie Pa. Maternal Great-Grandparents Barbera and Dale Kellner of Coudersport Pa. Paternal Grandparents Robert Gross and Kathy Beclear of Coudersport Pa. and Kathy Gross and Paul Dingman of Coudersport Pa. Paternal Great-Grandparents Delores Kellner and Ella Dingman of Coudersport Pa.

Marshmellow Overcoat Entertains Tonight At Olga

Marshmellow Overcoat
Saturday, December 18 ·
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, PA


Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
More Info Marshmellow Overcoat has set out to keep the music they love alive, and infuse the true spirit of the 60s & 70s in their own performances. In the same vein as rock heroes like the Beatles & Neil Young, Marshmellow Overcoat is focused on making solid albums with classic rock-style songwriting and musicianship. The band is originally from Bradford, Pa

After spending the first half of 2010 playing concerts & recording, the band has emerged with the album "On Safari," which was recorded independently with veteran Nashville engineer Marc Frigo. The album's first single, "Another Way to Hide," demonstrates the range of influences that can be found throughout the album. The members of Marshmellow Overcoat are determined to work for their success, with the focus always remaining on writing great songs & giving performances that bring classic rock back to life & into today.


Cover charge $5

Huge Sale Today At Coudersport Fire Department Training Center

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Closeout Sale At The Lookout West of Port Allegany

Open House Sunday 2 to 6 PM At Robin Fessenden's

Potter-Tioga Call Log For December 17, 2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2790812/17/20105:37 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 155 1/2 M S OF PORTALLEG MCKEAN CO
2010 - 2789312/17/20103:47 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT E LAWRENCE RD LAWRENCE TWP
2010 - 2786112/17/201011:13 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 328 JACKSON TWP

Police Seeking Hit & Run Driver

Driver Fled Scene Of Crash
State Police at Kane are looking for a hit & Run driver who damaged property and left the scene without stopping at the bottom of Gibbs Hill Road, Just west of Route 6 in Hamilton Township.


The incident occurred between Thursday night at 11:00 pm and Friday morning at 4:45 am.

An unknown driver went off the east side of the road and struck a split rail fence owned by Gary Rhodes of Ludlow, PA and a guy wire for a utility pole belonging to West PA Cable Service, Warren, PA, before driving through Rhodes' yard, striking a shrub and a tree.

The driver fled the scene without stopping.

Several pieces of personal property and vehicle parts were recovered at the scene and are pending further testing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Smethport Firefighters Called For Rekindle Of Remains of Cottage House

Fire Flared Up In Remains
At 11:52 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Department has been dispatched to the scene of Friday morning's structure fire to extinguish a fire in the remains of the former Cottage House on Fulton Street.

Austin Ambulance To Rt. 607 For Fall Victim

At 11:46 on Friday, Austin Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 607 for a fall victim.

Sadie Mae Has Been Found


Dear Jim,


This is Devan Tucker and we found our sadie mae tonight! I would like to thank you for posting this on here several times and I would also like to thank everyone who helped try and find sadie. A special thanks to the people that gave us a call to let us know that they saw her. It helped us out a lot to find her. She is safe and sound at home! Thanks Again!

Holiday Mass Schedule For Austin, Genesee & Galeton

George Robert Kerr, Jr. , 78, Lansing, Indiana

George Robert Kerr, Jr. age 78 took his journey home on Dec. 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy (nee Mott), two children: Nick (Joan Doyle) of Lansing, IL and Susanne (Robert Duncan) of Indianapolis; two grandsons: Nicholas (Jennifer Miotk) Kerr and Luke Gilbert and one great grandson: Isaiah Gilbert. George is also survived by his brother John Kerr of Eldred, PA.

Funeral services will be held on Monday Dec. 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM from the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home 3227 Ridge Rd. Lansing. More...

Recalls

Sally Jackson Cheese Recalls All Cheese Because Of Possible Health Risk

Pitt Bull Wearing A pink Handkerchief Found


Would you kindly post:
A young pit-bull brindle colored dog wearing a pink handkerchief found us this evening. It appears that she may have pups.
Pit-bull has been claimed! Thanks, Solomon!!

Rollover Crash With Injury South Of Port Allegany

Rollover Crash South Of Port Allegany
At 5:24 pm on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance are responding to a rollover accident with heavy damage on Rt. 155 South of Port Allegany across from the American Legion. Medic 16 has been dispatched.

At 5:35 pm--2nd ambulance to scene.
At 5:36--Roulette Ambulance to scene
A helicopter, previously reported in the air, has now been cancelled.
Roulette Ambulance in en route to Bradford Regional Hospital
Penelec has been called to the scene for a pole broken in 3 places with another pole leaning and a transformer leaking. Zito Media and Verizon are also responding.

ROUTE 155 HAS REOPENED AT THAT LOCATION.

Jack & Dee Krone Entertain At Olga Friday Night

CORRECTED TIMES--We goofed on the times for this performance in the earlier post. The correct time is 7 to 10 PM.

Through The Years Concert
Friday, December 17
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, PA
No Cover Charge

Jack & Dee Krone & Cafe Olga

invite you to enjoy music from
the Swing Era and the Christmas Holiday Season.
Bring your memories & your voices.
No cover charge, but gratuities are graciously accepted by the musicians.

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro

going out of business on Christmas Eve!

Retail store/art gallery fixtures for sale…bring your best offer!

Slatwall hooks, brackets, shelving

Grid walls (2 x 6), hooks, brackets, shelving

Adjustable brushed silver pendulum lighting w frosted globes (10 available)

Front desk/checkout counter

Comcash POS system w/ computer, register, receipt printer, credit card swiper

Brochure racks

8x10 Oak picture frames (30 available)

Security cameras (3)

Front window glass display on pedestal (49” x 62”; 12 cubby glass spaces)

Earring towers (3)

Easels

Chairs

Tables

Wendy Reber

Artisan's Shoppe, LLC
17 1/2 Crafton Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
(570) 724-5166


www.artisansshoppe.com

"Thank you for supporting your local artists for four years!"

Randy K. Shaffer, 54, of 23262 Woodend Road, Tonganoxie, KS

Randy K. Shaffer, 54, of 23262 Woodend Road, Tonganoxie, KS, formerly of Bradford, passed away, Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in Lawrence KS.

Born January 27, 1956 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Robert L. Shaffer and Audrey J. (Knight) Shaffer-Eidson who survives him of Bradford.

Mr. Shaffer was a 1973 graduate of Bradford Area High School. He was a member of the football team and a member of the high school rifle club.

He began his employment in 1973 at Kendall Refining Co. later Witco Chemical Corp. when he left and moved to Kansas. He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Eagles Club.

Surviving in addition to his mother Audrey and stepfather Ray Eidson of Bradford, is his significant other Dee Anna, a daughter, Michelle (Ben) Baxter of Bradford and a son, Scott (Michelle) Shaffer of Las Vegas, NV, three brothers, Stephen Shaffer and Ronald Shaffer both of Bradford, and Mark Shaffer of Groton, Conn., four grandchildren; Jacob, Tristin, Nichelle and Jonas and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main Street and again on Wednesday, December 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00am in the Grace Lutheran Church where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am with Rev. Art Cox, interm Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Steamburg Cemetery, Steamburg, NY. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Austin Fire Chief Gets Special Assignment

Austin Chief--Special Call
At 11:00 am on Friday, 17 December 2010--Tioga County 911 set off the Chief tones and asked for Chief 44 (D.VanWhy) to call the center for a special assignment.


Chief 44 was advised to call the North Pole and speak to a Mr. Clause.

After the two spoke for a few minutes Chief 44 advised his station that Santa Clause is requesting our department to help him once again this year in getting him to Austin and surrounding areas to meet with the boys and girls.

So tomorrow December 18th starting at 5:30 Engine 44-2 and Santa Clause will be going house to house to meet the children. We ask that you leave your porch light on if you would like us to stop at your house.

All of us here at AVFD would like to wish you all safe and Happy Holidays.

Leo J. Chimenz, 91, of Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Leo J. Chimenz, 91, of Port Allegany, died Friday (December 17, 2010) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

He was born Apr 26, 1919 in New York, a son of John and Tillie Simmons Chimenz. On May 24 1970 in Maryland, he married Joan M. Stoker, who survives.

He was a Veteran the U.S. Army serving during World War II.

Leo was a Construction Representative for US Government

He was a member of St Gabriel's Church and the Disabled American Veterans McKean County Chapter #72.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by

One daughters: Carol Cognato of Smithtown (Long Island), NY,

Two step daughters Joellen Wykoff of Port Allegany, PA, and Barbara Smoker of Sarasota, FL

Two step sons: Stephen Smoker and Robert Smoker both of Port Allegany, PA

one sister: Mildred Trepeta of Clearwater, FL

2 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Leroy Chimenz.

Following Mr. Chimenz wishes there will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 20, 2010 at11:00am in St Gabriel's Catholic Church with the Rev. James Campbell, Pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in the St Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.

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

Memorials may be made to St Gabriel’s Church. Online condolence may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com

PennDOT Removes Weight Posting for Genesee River Bridge on Route 1011 in Potter County

PennDOT Removes Weight Posting for Genesee River Bridge

Clearfield – With repairs complete, PennDOT has removed the weight limit restriction on the Genesee River bridge on Route 1011 (Ulysses/Hickox Road) in Bingham Township, Potter County. The bridge had been posted for a 30-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 37-ton weight limit for combination vehicles.

The concrete T-beams on the bridge were repaired and the bridge has been re-inspected. The posting was removed, effective Dec. 17. The Genesee River Bridge was built in 1941; is 45 feet long and carries an average of 600 vehicles per day.

Photoshow of Cottage House Fire


Smethport Landmark Destroyed By Fire

Multiple sirens sounded in Smethport around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning as the Smethport fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the Cottage House Restaurant on Fulton Street.

When the firefighters arrived a few minutes later, fire and smoke was showing out of the back of the building and quickly spread out of control in to a fully involved structure fire.

A brisk wind pushed the fire deep into the structure, one of Smethport’s landmarks, which was once a popular destination as the Fulton House years ago.

According to fire policeman and Smethport council President, Greg Rounsville, smoke was already showing from the building when he looked out of a window at his home a few seconds after the siren sounded.

It only took about a half of an hour for the building to be fully involved, explained Rounsville.

The popular restaurant had sat idle for several months. According to Rounsville, the Pennsylvania State Fire Marshall was in route to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

Photos & Story by Les Jordan Jr.

Cottage House Building Had Historic Past In Smethport

Cottage House On Historic Registry

The Cottage House building was included in the first ten buildings placed on the Smethport Historic Registry, a local program that began in 2007.

For more historical information about the Cottage House, click here.

Remodeling & Reopening Was Planned For Cottage House

The Cottage House Lost to Fire

Smethport Web — by Nathan Muller

Dec. 17-2010--A historic landmark was lost today in Smethport. The Cottage House, built in 1899, burned to the ground in the early morning hours. As yet, no cause for the fire has been offered by the Smethport Fire Department or local police.

The building was not occupied at the time of the blaze. Renters on the upper floor had been given notice a week ago to vacate the building in preparation for a change of ownership that would have reopened the business next spring after extensive renovations and expansion.

Mick Caulkins of Port Allegany was the owner of record at the time of the fire. He was about to sign a sales contract later in the day with Smethport resident Brian Gustafson who had agreed to buy The Cottage House. More....

Cottage House Destroyed In 2 AM Fire Friday

This photo was taken by Jim Freer from across Hamlin Lake at 3 am.

Jim Clark Photo

Jim Clark Photo

photo by shibby

anonymous photo

Photo by Jim Freer

Photo by Jim Freer
A big thanks to all who shared photos.

Working Structure Fire At The Old Cottage House Restaurant

At 2:00 AM Friday Smethport Fire Dept was dispatched to a fire at the old Cottage House Restaurant in Smethport. Port Allegany was also dispatched as well as several others Stations. Roulette has been dispatched to Port Allegany for stand by and Eldred has been dispatched to the scene. Send Photos to shurfine40@gmail.com.

Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

Open House Sunday 2 to 6 PM At Robin Fessenden's

I am moving and have to find homes for our pets


I am moving and have to find homes for our pets. I have 2 kittens( tabby bob-tail females) and a cat to give to a good home, Free ( litter box trained).. Also I am

looking for a home for our 5 year old Chocolate Lab.. she is great with kids, and other animals.( She is AKC registered and we have her paper work) Please send me a message if interested.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Potter-Tioga Call Log for 12-16-2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2783012/16/20107:50 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 110-11 ELLISON ST ELKLAND BORO
2010 - 2779912/16/20101:48 PMROAD HAZARD ROUTE 6 PAST CROSS EXCAVATION SULLIVAN TWP
2010 - 2779812/16/20101:38 PMTRAFFIC CONTROL W MAIN ST ELKLAND BORO
2010 - 2779612/16/20101:31 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 4280 BLOSS MOUNTAIN RD BLOSSBURG BORO
2010 - 2778912/16/201012:32 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 3751 ROUTE 414 MORRIS TWP
2010 - 2775812/16/20103:16 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT TABER ST BLOSSBURG BORO

Four Earn C&N December Service Awards


Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO, presented December service awards to, from left, Jennifer Schultz, Courtney Baker, Stacey Keener and Audrey Graham.

Four Earn C&N December Service Awards

WELLSBORO, PA - Four Citizens & Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 50 years of service to the financial institution.

Recognized during the December service awards luncheon were:

Courtney Baker, Ralston Branch manager, 10 years.

Audrey Graham, teller in the Elkland office, 20 years.

Stacey Keener, customer service representative in the Sayre office, 10 years.

Jennifer Schultz, Trust administrator in the Sayre office, 10 years.

Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by C&N Chairman, President and CEO Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. This year, C&N recognized 43 employees for a total of 700 years of service to Citizens & Northern in 2010.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Megan asks........???

I was just wondering if you knew why the Christmas trees on the square in downtown Coudersport weren’t lit. I saw they were on last weekend but they are not on again this week. It doesn’t even seem like Christmas in Coudy this year without the trees lit.

Rotary Welcomes Mongillo


COUDERSPORT ROTARY CLUB WELCOMES STEVE MONGILLO

The Coudersport Rotary Club announced the addition of its newest member, Steve Mongillo, to the Club after the unanimous approval by the Club’s membership.

Mongillo is a resident of Bradford, PA, but spends his days in Coudersport where he accepted the position of principal of the Coudersport Junior/Senior High School. Mongillo decided to join the Coudersport Rotary Club because he believes strongly that helping people in need is what a strong community is all about.

Mongillo has worked on several community service programs and initiatives including First Breath fund raising events for Bradford Regional Medical Center and most recently participated in the “Turkey’s for Families” fundraiser to benefit the (lower income) residents of the Coudersport Area.

In addition to being the newest member of the Coudersport Rotary Club, Steve is the youngest of 5 children, he has 3 older brothers and one sister who resides in Coudersport with her family.

Steve is the husband of Brenda and father of Joshua age 16. His past work experience includes being a Guidance Counselor at Bradford Area High School, and Director of Partial Hospitalization Programs for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.

Lois M. Prentice, 69, of Bolivar, N Y

Lois M. Prentice
“beloved wife, mother & grandmother”


BOLIVAR, NY---Lois M. Prentice, 69, of Bolivar, died Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Highland Hospital, Rochester, after a long illness.

Born October 10, 1941 in Little Genesee, NY, she was a daughter of LaVerne and Vera Lawton Lowe. On December 21, 1957 in Shinglehouse, she married Vernon F. Prentice, who survives.

Mrs. Prentice attended Oswayo Valley High School. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and indoor gardening. She loved to travel and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Debra L. (Larry) Tidd of Batavia, Cathrin B. Murray of Hinesville, GA, Terry L. Hall of Islip, NY, and Melissa A. Schwenk of Bolivar; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold A. Lowe of Shinglehouse; four sisters, Frankie A. (Robert Sr.) Stonemetz, Rosalie Siller, and Clara B. Lowe, all of Shinglehouse, and Ramona J. Weiss of Tulsa, OK; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Prentice was predeceased by a sister, LaVerna Krisher; and a brother, LaVerne A. Lowe, Jr.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Holiday Schedule of Services For Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle

“The Marcellus is a gas giant,” “It is second only to the Middle East in contained energy.”

Shale Gas: Industry’s Prospects Grow Bigger By The Day

drarthur1Just as the region is beginning to come to terms with the dawning rush on natural gas resources locked up some 7,000 feet below the ground in Marcellus Shale comes word that there’s probably even more gas in other shale formations. Scientists are forecasting that gas extraction in many counties, including Potter, could go on for more than a half-century.

Details were spelled out on Thursday by Mike Arthur (left), professor of geosciences and co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Among those participating in Dr. Arthur’s internet-based seminar were Curt Weinhold and Paul Heimel from the Public Education Committee of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force.

Citing early results from companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale, Arthur said the formation that underlies much of Pennsylvania and portions of West Virginia, Ohio and New York apparently dwarfs other shale “plays” being tapped by the gas industry. “The Marcellus is a gas giant,” he emphasized. “It is second only to the Middle East in contained energy.”

What’s more, Dr. Arthur said, there are other shale formations both above and beyond the Marcellus field that also contain rich deposits of gas. In each case, that gas can be accessed and brought to the surface through hydraulic fracturing, a tested technology that has raised concern among environmentalists and some government agencies due to its use of vast water resources and chemical additives.

shaleformation“Just imagine if some of these other shale (formations) come on line,” Arthur said. “Once the leases are all set and the infrastructure is in place, it becomes more economical to drill to these other shale targets from the same pads.”

Marcellus Shale drilling permits from the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) are rising quickly, as predicted, to 2,800 in 2010 alone as of late November, and the trend will continue, Dr. Arthur said.

He addressed issues related to shale gas development’s potential impact on water resources. Concerns about the industry’s consumption of water having a significant impact on supplies are unfounded, Arthur noted. He’s similarly confident that contaminated water injected deep underground will not migrate to fresh water sources due to geologic barriers and casing.

However, Dr. Arthur said that water sources could be threatened by surface spills or leakage in “intervening horizons” between the surface and the shale. If drillers use best practices to thoroughly cement the well in these intervening horizons and/or apply techniques to vent any escaping gas, they can reduce the risk of gas migration, he added. Arthur said drilling rules may have to be tightened to address the issues and regulators are currently debating the issue.


Commissioners Contract 911 Dispatching With Tioga County Through 2015

County Renews 9-1-1 Dispatch Partnership With Tioga

The partnership between Tioga and Potter counties for emergency services dispatching has been extended.

Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved the plan at Thursday’s business meeting, continuing an arrangement whereby 9-1-1 calls are fielded by dispatchers based in Wellsboro.

The new contract extends through 2015.

In partnering with Tioga, Potter County pays an annual fee, but avoids the major expense of operating its own 9-1-1 dispatch center, which must be staffed ’round-the-clock with multiple dispatchers as well as auxiliary staff to account for illness, vacations, etc.

Randy K. Shaffer, 54, of 23262 Woodend Road, Tonganoxie, Kan., formerly of Bradford, PA

Randy K. Shaffer, 54, of 23262 Woodend Road, Tonganoxie, Kan., formerly of Bradford, passed away Thursday (Dec. 16, 2010) at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in Lawrence, Kan.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Philadelphia Flights Delayed

FlightStats
PHL (Philadelphia International Airport)

A Ground Delay Program has been issued affecting flights arriving between 16/17:55 and 16/22:59 due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE. Flights are being delayed an average of 100.0 minutes. This airport has been deicing aircraft since 16/14:31.

http://www.flightstats.com/go/Airport/delays.do?airportCode=PHL&airportQueryDate=2010-12-16

Kelly Resig Little, 46, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa.

FORT WAYNE, IND. -Kelly Resig Little, 46, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., went to heaven on Saturday (Dec. 11, 2010) after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 17th, 1964, in Olean, N.Y., she was the daughter of George and Mona Adams Resig. On April 7, 1990, in Coudersport, Pa., she married Mark Little of Sabinsville, Pa.

Kelly was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, where she was an avid cheerleader. She later became the cheerleading advisor for both OSWAYO Valley and Coudersport High School. She had resided in Coudersport after her marriage.

Kelly was a great lover of animals, taking care of her many pets.

Upon moving to Fort Wayne, she was employed at The Fashion Bug and did volunteer work at the Dove's Nest during her illness.

She was a member of Brookside Church where she sang in the choir and was very active.

Surviving besides her husband are her mother, Mona Resig of Olean; a daughter, Ashlee Little of Fort Wayne; a sister, Cathy (Gregory) Cone, and a brother, Steven (Deborah) Resig, both of Shinglehouse; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her father.

A memorial service with be held Thursday (Dec. 16, 2010) at 1 p.m. at the Brookside Church, with Pastor Jim Pearson officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Emergency Assistance Fund, Brookside Church, 6102 Evard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.

Potter County Commissioners Approve 2% Raises Per Year For Elected Officers

The POTTER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS affirmed their action to raise elected officers pay by 2 percent per year for the term of 2012 to 2015 that was unanimously adopted at a SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING held on Nov 18, 2010.

Here are the minutes of that special meeting :
ROLL CALL: Commissioner Doug Morley, present; Commissioner Susan Kefover, present; Commissioner Paul Heimel, present; present; Chief Clerk Todd Brown, present;

A Special Meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners was held at 6 pm on Nov. 18, 2010 at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport, Pa. The meeting was called for the purpose of receiving additional public input and taking action on elected officials' salaries for the 2012-15 term of office; an initial public hearing was held at 6 pm on Oct. 18, 2010.

Tom Leete addressed the commissioners with a historical perspective on public officials' pay increase. He suggested that the board set an example for other public agencies by bucking the trend and freezing salaries for the four years in succession.

Commissioner Morley thanked Mr. Leete for his input and said that, in consideration of all input the commissioners had received and all factors, he recommended a two-percent annual pay increase for each of the positions.

Commissioner Kefover said she agreed that a two-percent annual increase was appropriate.

Commissioner Heimel noted that previous calls for the salaries to be pegged to an inflation measurement, such as the Consumer Price Index, were problematic because based on recent price increases that index could rise far above the two-percent figure proposed by Commissioners Morley and Kefover. He was critical of a state law requiring the commissioners to apply the same percentage of increase to the higher-paid county officials as to the positions of commissioner and treasurer. Commissioner Heimel also produced a study of public officials' salaries being set in other counties across Pennsylvania, averaging between 2.7 percent and 3.0 percent annually.

Commissioner Kefover moved to increase the salaries of each the elected positions by two percent annually from 2012 through 2015, as reflected in the scale below. Commissioner Heimel seconded. Roll call: Comm Morley: yes; Comm. Heimel, yes; Comm. Kefover, yes.

This action results in the following salary scale being in effect for the time period:



Comm. Heimel moved to adjourn; Comm. Kefover seconded. Roll call: Comm. Morley, yes; Comm, Heimel, yes; Comm. Kefover, yes.

Ed. note: The raises are in line with the amounts that a large number of Potter County residents felt was appropriate in a poll taken on Solomon's words previous to the public hearings.

George A. Close, Sr., 83, of Galeton, PA

George A. Close, Sr., 83, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at his home.

Born June 18, 1927 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Alfred and Rose (Pagano) Close. He was a Veteran, having served with the United States Army Air Force.

On January 20, 1951, in Galeton, he married the former M. Ilene Bickford, who survives.

George worked at the B & O Railroad in Rochester, NY, the WAG Railroad in Galeton, Galeton Production and the PA Lumber Museum retiring in 1979.

He was a member of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton and the Knights of Columbus. George was an avid Galeton sports fan who enjoyed gardening, flowers, and woodworking. He greatly cherished his wife, loved his family, and was a dedicated church activity organizer and promoter, especially dinners and festivals.

Surviving besides his wife of 59 years, M. Ilene Close, are, two sons, George (Rita) Close, Jr., Leland, NC and David (Lorraine) Close, Galeton; three daughters, Mary Ann (Michael) Greves, West Palm Beach, FL, Susan (Daniel) Thompson, Coudersport, PA, and Jane Close, Rochester, NY; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, James (Kay) Close, Harpers Ferry, WV; a brother-in-law, Howard James; a sister-in-law, Beverly Close; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Charles Close and a sister, Angeline James.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm and at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church on Monday, December 20, 2010 from 10:00-11:00am.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Internment will be made in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton.

Patricia J. 'Patti' Hayes, 43, of 352 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA

Patricia J. 'Patti' Hayes, 43, of 352 Interstate Parkway, passed away Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born October 4, 1967, in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of the late Bill Godding and Emma (Barrett) Campbell who survives her of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Hayes was a graduate of Silver Bluff High School in South Carolina, she attended Jamestown Community College and received an Associates Degree in Math & Science. She had been employed at Beacon Light for five years prior to her illness as a transcriptionist. She was a member of the Eagles Club, the Women's Pool League and the Mixed Pool League of Bradford.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather Carlton Campbell of Pittsburgh, a daughter, Jessica (Jim) Bell of Coudersport, two sons Jeremy Courtney of Pittsburgh, and T.J. Buckley of Coudersport, two sisters, Theresa Carey of Olean and Michele Linnan of Pittsburgh, five brothers, Brett Godding, Charlie Godding, Danny Godding all of Niagra Fall , and Kent Godding of Oregon and Roy Campbell of Washington, DC, a step mother, Sharon Byerly of Niagara Falls, NY, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Mark Godding.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Sunday December 19, 2010 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at 352 Interstate Parkway. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society McKean Co. Unit PO Box 67 Bradford, PA 16701 or McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Coudersport Ambulance To Emperion Building

At 4:05 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Emperion on Bank Street for a medical call.

Shinglehouse To Get New Area Code/Rest of Potter County & Emporium Tied To Altoona

New Area Code Boundaries Isolate Potter
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved a plan to split the 814 area code along geographic boundaries to avoid running out of phone numbers, creating a new area code for customers in portions of northwestern Pennsylvania.


The Commission voted 5-0 to split the area code along rate center boundaries. The new area code will be applied to Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties and west. The boundary runs in a north/south direction east of the rate centers Singlehouse, Wilcox, Kersey, Dubois and Sykesville. Maps showing the county split and the rate center split are available on the Commission’s website.

On June 9, 2009, Neustar petitioned the PUC for area code relief. Because of concerns over the disruptions changes to area codes can cause, the PUC held a comment period, followed by public input hearings. During that process, the PUC received significant input from the public supporting a geographic split.

In light of that public feedback, the Commission said the geographic split for the 814 area code created less inconveniences than an overlay. Because of the geographic size of the 814 area code and the location of population centers, the Commission said the geographic split was more practical for the 814 area code.

With the geographic split, consumers may continue to dial seven digits for local calling. The other option available to the Commission – an overlay – would have covered the entire 814 area code with a new area code and required 10-digit dialing throughout a large geographic area in Pennsylvania. More...While most Potter County residents & businesses are breathing a sigh of relief at not having to change their phone numbers, a closer look at the boundaries shows Shinglehouse telephone subscribers in the new area code, and 7 number dialing access for the rest of Potter County is limited locally to Emporium, Potter County except Shinglehouse, and a small portion of northern Tioga County. Numbers in neighboring McKean County will now require dialing all ten numbers.

7 digit dialing is however available to a large area south of Interstate 80 including the Altoona area on the other side of the big woods.

The PUC held public hearings to get input on the changes in some of the larger population centers of the state. Some of those hearings drew little or no interest.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Oswayo Apts.

At 3:34 pm on Thursday, Shinglehouse Ambulance to Oswayo Apartments for Fall Victim

Western PA To Get New Phone Numbers


New Area Code for McKean County

McKean County will be getting a new area code.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted today to split the 814 area code to avoid running out of phone numbers by 2013.

The new area code will be applied to McKean, Jefferson and Elk counties and west.

The Commission decided the geographic split was the most practical solution.

The actual new number for the new area code will be determined in the coming weeks by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), which is the neutral third party area code relief planner for Pennsylvania.

The new area code will be implemented Feb. 1, 2012.

http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/press_releases/press_releases.aspx?ShowPR=2675


Effie Mae Houben, 92, of Orange Blossom Lane, Eustis, FL, Formerly Eldred, PA

Effie Mae Houben, 92, of Orange Blossom Lane, Eustis, passed away on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. Born Jan. 8, 1918 in Clarion, Pa., and former resident of Eldred, Pa.

She was married 70 years to her late husband, Charles Houben.

She was predeceased by two sisters and one brother: Charles Crispin, Sara Soich, and Amanda Crispin.

Survivors include sons, Carl Houben of Branford, Gene Houben of Eustis, Richard Houben of Eustis; daughters, Cindy Moscato of Oviedo, and Connie Eaton of Eustis; 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Effie will be missed greatly by her family and friends. A memorial to celebrate her life will be held in her home at a later date.

Roulette Ambulance To Oak Lane

At 12:46 pm on Thursday, Roulette Ambulance to Oak Lane for diabetic

Rotary Club’s Secret Santa Holiday Gift Project Concludes With Christmas Party


Pictured Above: Pat Northeimer, Cole Care, Inc., George Hults, G. E. Hults Inc., Nancy Grupp, Northwest Savings Bank, Hon. Steve Minor, Potter County Court of Common Pleas, Amy Thompson, Thompson Graphics, Fr. Elaine Silverstrim, Retired, Robert Smith (Smitty), Retired, John Abplanalp, Coudersport Area School District, Paul Herzig, Laurelwood Inn, Steve Mongillo, Carlisle Area High School, Irvin (Bud) Brown, Retired, Hon. John Leete, Potter County Court of Common Pleas, Karen Cahilly, Law Offices of Cahilly & Cahilly, Larry Hall, Retired, Mike Heroux, Diane Corey, North Central Business Services, Melissa Gee, Potter County Human Services, David Powell, Thomas E Fickinger Funeral Home, Mark Benson, Potter County Human Services.

Members of the Coudersport Rotary Club joined this past Monday at the Club’s annual Christmas Party, an event which concludes the Club’s Secret Santa Holiday Gift Project.

“Each year, Rotary obtains a list of gift requests from certain Coudersport area children of families in need of a little boost during the holidays. The children’s names are always kept confidential and the Rotary Secret Santas remain anonymous,” stated John Abplanalp, Rotary Holiday Gift Project Chairman.

The Club began the Holiday Gift Project several years ago in lieu of buying gifts for other members and in furtherance of the Rotary motto, “Service above Self.” “The gifts almost always include an article of clothing of that child’s choice from jeans to hoodies to coats, however our member’s traditionally sneak in an extra toy or gift certificate to make it more exciting for the kids,” added Abplanalp.

Rotary Club Members will also be ringing the Salvation Army Bells this year at the Coudersport Dollar General during the period of December 20th through December 23rd (Monday thru Thursday) from 6-8 p.m. and is asking for the community’s support! “The Salvation Army has been instrumental in assisting local families with their heating bills this winter in conjunction with the Christmas House, not to mention fulfilling several of the other basic needs such as clothing,” according to Karen Cahilly, Rotary President.

Anyone interested in becoming more involved in the Secret Santa Holiday Gift Project or other Coudersport Rotary projects should contact Rotary Club President, Karen Cahilly at (814) 203-3933.

Penny -Cures Nail Salon, Roulette, PA

Jack & Dee Krone Entertain At Olga Friday Night

Through The Years Concert
Friday, December 17
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, PA
No Cover Charge

Jack & Dee Krone & Cafe Olga

invite you to enjoy music from
the Swing Era and the Christmas Holiday Season.
Bring your memories & your voices.
No cover charge, but gratuities are graciously accepted by the musicians.

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro

Head-On Crash Reported In Wellsville

2 Car Crash
At 11:00 am on Thursday, Wellsville Fire and Ambulance are responding to a 2 car head on vehicle accident on the Niles Hill Road, in Wellsville, NY.

Three patients are reported to be self-extricated. The crash is located between the Ketchner Road and the Dornow Road.

CCMH to offer heel screenings

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer heel screenings from 1 to 3 p.m., December 17 at the Women’s Health Center in hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center. The cost is $10. Call 877/274-8200 for an appointment.

Heel screenings give patients a preliminary bone density score (T score) in a matter of minutes. Low scores typically call for a more thorough exam. Those who should receive a heel screening include women over 65 or who have had an early menopause or hysterectomy or other hormonal depletion, men over 70, men and women taking certain medications or certain cancer treatments, those with risk factors or a disease or condition that can cause bone loss, and men and women who eat a low calcium diet or have had significant height loss.

Public Meeting For Block Grant Applications Tonight

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

Potter County Today

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.

Christmas House Accepts $2,500. From Legion

Christmas House Looking Ahead To 2011 (And Beyond)
Potter County Today

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Another holiday season is rapidly wrapping up at Christmas House, the private, non-profit charitable institution that helps to meet the needs of the disadvantaged Potter County residents year-’round.

As its name implies, Christmas House focuses much of its energies on families for whom presents and fulfilling meals are an economic challenge, if not an impossibility.

Hundreds of gifts and boxes of food find their way to the needy each Christmas season, literally “making spirits bright.”

After the decorations have come down and the joy of the season is over, the work of the hardy volunteers at Christmas House continues. The organization continually helps those in need — fire victims, the homeless, the jobless, victims of domestic abuse and others who are down on their luck.

The year 2010 will go down as one of the most successful in the organization’s quarter-century-plus history. Despite a lingering economic recession, people have been especially generous with donations and other forms of support. There are never enough resources to meet all of the needs, but Christmas House has enjoyed an unprecedented level of support this year, according to its director, Alyce Reese.

More than two decades ago, she worked in a similar capacity for Potter County Human Services. When government support for the charitable services was cut, Alyce refused to allow the program to expire and organized the creation of an all-volunteer organization that grew to become Christmas House.

Another highlight of 2010 was the opening of a branch, known as “Christmas House Too,” in Harrison Valley to better assist the needy in northeastern Potter County. Charlene Smith has been spearheading that project, in conjunction with her volunteer work with the Salvation Army, which — along with Potter County Human Services, local churches and other individuals and organizations — has partnered with Christmas House to expand its outreach.

Two of Christmas House’s most faithful volunteers are shown here accepting a $2,500 donation from the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, as well as its Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. Shown from left are Ted Parsell, president of the Post 192 board of directors; Georgeanne Chapell, president of the Post 192 Auxiliary; Richard Chapell, post commander; Alyce Reese and Barb Heimel from Christmas House; and Roger Chapell, commander of the Sons of the American Legion.


Gas Drilling Webinar Today

Gas Drilling Geology, Water Impacts To Be Focus Of Webinar

Potter County Today

drarthurA free one-hour “webinar” on Thursday (Dec. 16) at 1 pm will focus on the geology and technology that plays an important part in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus shale. It’s sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension and will feature Dr. Michael Arthur (shown), professor of geosciences and co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. He’ll discuss geologic features, as well as the process and effect of hydraulic fracturing. Arthur will also address the continuing concern that drilling operations could allow gas migration into fresh-water aquifers.

Those seeking to participate are advised to register early so that they’re prepared to watch the webinar by 1 pm, as the registration process can take several minutes. Dr. Arthur will accept questions following his presentation. Information about how to register is available at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/webinars.

Upcoming webinars will be held at 1 pm as follows:

  • Jan. 20, “Marcellus Shale Legislation: What Issues Remain?”
  • Feb. 16, “Gas Tax Issues”
  • March 17, “Gas Well Development and Emergency Response and Management.”

Previous webinars, publications and other information on topics such as water use and quality, zoning, leasing considerations and implications for local communities also are available on the “Natural Gas” website at http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas. For more information, contact John Turack at (724) 837-1402 or jdt15@psu.edu.

Deadline Approaches For Part D Prescription Changes

Help With Medicare Choices Available As Deadline Nears

Potter County Today

medicareWith open enrollment for Medicare coming to an end on Dec. 31, Potter County Area Agency on Aging has stepped up its efforts help to recipients who are considering their options for Medicare Part D coverage in 2011. Help is available at several Potter County locations for those who are enrolling in Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans.

“Recently, Social Security, CMS-Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and PACE began sending letters to some Medicare beneficiaries,” explained Darcy Shutt from the Agency on Aging. “These letters inform beneficiaries of their options and possible changes to services. Please keep these letters and feel free to contact us with any questions.”

Remaining field visits are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 22, Shinglehouse Senior Center, 10am-2pm.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, Coudersport Senior Center, 10am-2pm.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28, Potter County Human Services, Roulette, 10am-2pm.

“Appointments are strongly recommended, due to the amount of time involved in each Medicare counseling session,” Shutt said. “Walk-ins will be accepted after scheduled appointments are seen.”

She welcomes phone calls at 814-554-7315 or 1-800-800-2560 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Fugitive Jailed In Potter County

A Genesee man was arrested last Friday on a Fugitive From Justice warrant from Allegany County, NY.

Cody Allan Kibbe, 336 River Road, Genesee, PA, turned himself in at the PSP station at the request of his Parole Officer, Mark Johnson.

Kibbe had an active warrant of arrest from Allegany County for the Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned before District Judge Delores G. Bristol and was committed to the Potter County Jail without bail.

Open House Sunday 2 to 6 PM At Robin Fessenden's

Open House Sunday 2 to 6 PM At Robin Fessenden's

A Warm Welcome Awaits You At Coudersport Alliance Church

Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

Don't Get Stranded In The Cold--Call Gustin's Today

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Cash Drawer With $400. Missing From Ulysses Market

A cash drawer with $400.00 in it was stolen from a Ulysses business between November 27 at 3:00 pm and November 28 at 6:00am.

Shelley Kosa of Kountry Market in Ulysses Borough reported the theft.

Troopers said the investigation is continuing and asked anyone with information to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Roger L. McCloskey is the investigator.