WANTED FOR MURDER OF PSP TROOPER

WANTED FOR MURDER OF PSP TROOPER

Really Rural Real Estate

Happy Days At Consistory

Happy Days At Consistory

Stoltz of Coudersport

Howards Inc.

Vintage Bi-Plane Rides

Vintage Bi-Plane Rides

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Roulette Township To Offer Zero- Sort Recycling To Residents

“Make it your New Year’s Resolution to recycle”

The Roulette Township Supervisors have signed a contract with Casella Waste Systems for a community recycling program for Roulette Township Residents.

Casella will provide a dumpster to be placed at the Township Building at a cost to the township of $75.00 per month.

There is NO SORTING REQUIRED.

This will be at no cost to any individual resident of Roulette Township.

The Supervisors feel that the limited cost to the township will be greatly offset by helping to not only reduce the cost of all of the residents of Roulette for garbage removal, but also help to keep the landfills from filling up needlessly and help the environment.

This project is just the beginning of what we hope will be a multiple stage approach to help the area go GREEN.

This is a ZERO-SORT recycling system that accepts pretty much anything recyclable.

Recyclables can be brought to the Township Office / Library 7 days a week between the hours of 1PM and 6PM. It must be brought in a reusable container that the customer can take back with them, an open cardboard box, that can be reused or recycled, or in a clear, see through bag.

To reduce the potential for “garbage” being dropped off, anyone that wishes to utilize this program must come to the township office or the Library for assistance in the drop off.

The Experience Works program will assist with the staffing to minimize the cost to the township.

Roulette Township Secretary Jonathan Huff said, "People may call the township office at 814-544-7549 during normal business hours if the have any questions."


The recycling program will begin on January 3, 2011.

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Troopers Charge Lewis Run Man With DUI Christmas Eve

A Lewis Run man was arrested for DUI on Christmas eve at 10:15 pm on High Street near Browntown Road in Bradford Township, after a trooper observed a traffic violation.

Mark Pingie, 55, Lewis Run, PA, was spotted committing a traffic violation and stopped by an officer from PSP Kane while he was operating a 1988 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Upon further investigation, Pingie was determined to be impaired while driving and subsequently arrested for DUI. He will answer charges at District Court 48-3-03.

Christmas Daze

Christmas Daze
(a satire) by Dick Snyder, Perkinsville, NY
12/2010

In a panicky tone of voice I ask almost
everyone I meet,
"How many more shopping days 'til Christmas?"
Why am I surprised that hardly anyone knows?

Days morph into daze much like driving in a thick
gray fog.
Uncertain where I am going,
Not knowing just how late I will be getting there,
If I get there at all.

Day after day.... .
Daze after daze...... .
I feel lost in this annual Christmas maze.

Finally I wake up from my December long nightmare,
Only to realize that this very day is Christmas Eve.

Now "stand back, I am swinging into action"
Now I know what I must do.

I hurry on down to the nearest Walmart just before
closing time.
There I grab a few items that were still left on the shelves.
They were sadly waiting there . . nobody wanted them.
Then I show up, much to their relief.

Then I get into a very, very short check-out line.
I hurry home to wrap these pathetic purchases which everyone
will pretend to like if not simply adore.

"Oh well" I console myself, as do they.
"It's the thought that counts."

Now I have the distinct pleasure of looking forward to the
next eleven months.
Now I say goodbye to my December daze.

Coudersport Ambulance To East 2nd Street

At 5:02 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance to East 2nd Street for possible CVA

MVA On Rt. 46

Rt. 46 Near Top Of Hill
At 2:41 pm on Saturday, Station 8 and Bradford City ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 46 near the top of the hill on the Smethport side for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

RECALLED--Chief 8 reports no vehicle found.

Ampersand Ink Creates Sign For Statue Of Justice In Courthouse

Treasured Statue Lasting Symbol Of Justice, Protection Of Rights

justiceladytwoAn attractive new sign now greets visitors to the Potter County Courthouse, explaining the significance of the historic and impressive Statue of Justice that graces the front lobby. The Potter County Commissioners contracted with Ampersand Ink, a Coudersport business, to produce a sign that complements the shiny, restored statue.

“Several years have passed since a local committee, headed by Shirlee Leete, was able to rescue our treasured statue, restore it, and place it in a location for all to see,” the commissioners said. “Jon Blumer at Ampersand Ink took a personal interest in creating a permanent sign that was tasteful and fitting to this treasured artifact and symbol.”

The statue is a symbol of justice, protection of rights and eternal vigilance. On Oct. 25, 1888, the Statue of Justice made her 128-foot journey to the top of the Potter County Courthouse, part of a renovation that also included a new roof – all completed at a cost to the county of $1,450. The statue itself has been appraised in more recent years at more than $250,000. It is one of a select few statues of justice in which the woman holding the scales is not blindfolded.

The Greco-Roman neoclassical body was carved from a block of wood and overlaid with handcrafted zinc panels through “knocking” – the hammering of the metal into the carved sections of wood. She is adorned with an olive branch crown, her right hand holding the hilt of a Roman sword, symbolizing an ability to execute justice. Her bare feet shown beneath her gown send a message that nothing can become between justice and the land.

A century-plus of exposure to the elements resulted in significant damage to the Statue of Justice. In the 1990s, a committee was formed to raise funds for the repair of the historic statue and its replacement with a replica that now stands atop the courthouse – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pittsburgh Photographer's 2010 Photos Of The Year

My Photo
Justin Merriman is a staff photographer with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

I came across this blog with Justin Merriman's 2010 Photos of the Year.
Take a few minutes to browse through his photos.

Rebecca R. “Becky” Haines, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Norristown PA

Rebecca R. Haines

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Rebecca R. “Becky” Haines, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Norristown, died Friday, December 24, 2010, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born December 23, 1918 in Norristown, she was a daughter of Henry and Laura Aestreik Roshong. On July 9, 1937 in Charlestown, she married Edmond “Pappy” Haines, who died on May 28, 2007.

Mrs. Haines was employed at the former Rayflex Weaving Company in Pennsburg. She moved to Shinglehouse in 1980.

She attended Bethany Evangelist Church in Norristown and the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed doing crafts.

Surviving are four sons, Elmer “Butch” Roshong of Spring Mount, Kenney Roshong of Jacksonville, Florida, Gary (Peggy) Roshong of Douglasville, and Bobby (Jody) Roshong of Spring Mount; a daughter, Debbie Young of Telford; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Haines was predeceased by two brothers, Albert Roshong and Elmer Roshong.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA from 9 to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will follow. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Great-Grandson Born On "Tiny" Treat's Birthday

Birth Announcement From
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Lincoln Leonard Barnard was born Friday (12-24-2010) @ 8:29 pm to Keegan Treat Barnard and Jeremy Barnard of Port Allegany. He joins a sister Ariana C. Barnard, Age 9 .

Maternal Grandparents are Leonard F "Fort" and LaVerta Treat Jr. of Port Allegany.

Paternal Grandparents are Michael "Buck" and Rene Barnard of Port Allegany.

Maternal Great Grandparents are the late Leonard F "Tiny" and Patricia Leopald Treat of Roulette .

Paternal Great Grandparents are the Late Albert Lincoln and Rita Rees of Port Allegany and Harold and the Late C. Jane Barnard of Eldred.

Lil Lincoln weighed 8 lbs and 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long and was born on Great Grandpa Tiny's Birthday.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Rebecca R. “Becky” Haines, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Norristown, PA

SHINGLEHOUSE — Rebecca R. “Becky” Haines, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Norristown, died Friday (December 24, 2010) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness. Funeral arrangements have been placed under the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Jerome V. Wickett, 80, of Austin, and formerly of St. Marys, PA

ST. MARYS — Jerome V. Wickett, 80, of Austin, and formerly of St. Marys, died Thursday (Dec. 23, 2010) at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness. Lynch-Green Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Shyanna's Waiting For Santa To Get To Her House

Brystol's sister, Shyanna Caskey, says Merry Christmas to all. Can't wait 'till Santa gets to my house tonight.

Santa Paid A Visit To Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Today

Santa closed his eyes for a moment while holding Brystol Caskey at Charles Cole Hospital today. It will be a long day for him by the time he gets done with his rounds tonight.

Watching The Sky For Santa's Appearance

Watching the sky for Santa's sleigh and and Reindeer. This enhanced photo by Leo Szczesny at Sunken Branch Photography. Check out his website at sunkenbranch.com

Download These Potter County Photos For Free

Click photo to enlarge

Hello and Merry Christmas James,

I have created an album with pictures from potter county that can be downloaded for free and I would like to share them with everyone.

Attached is one of the photos, and here is a link to the gallery: http://timwalckphotography.smugmug.com/Art/Free-to-Download/15190746_cVjYw

I hope you enjoy the photos and have a great holiday!

Tim Walck
www.timwalckphotography.com
timwalckphotography@gmail.com
Coudersport PA, 16915
(814) 260-0323

Shinglehouse Ambulance To 11 Mile Road

At 6:49 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance to 11 Mile Road for Difficulty Breathing.

2 Helicopters To Motor Vehicle Accident On Rt. 6 In Richmond Township

Mansfield Fire & EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident at 4:00 pm at 18789 Route 6 in Richmond Township. Life Net and Guthrie helicopters responded to the scene, according to the 911 call log.

Both helicopters airborne and most units have cleared the scene by 5:55 pm.

Coudersport Ambulance To American Legion

At 5:32 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance to American Legion for a fall victim.

Oven Fire In Kane

Fire Out-Heavy Smoke
At 5:12 pm on Friday, Kane Firefighters have been dispatched to an oven fire at 637 Dawson Street in the Boro. Chief on scene reporting fire out but heavy smoke in the residence.

Vehicle Crash On Irish Farm Road In Sweden Township

Vehicle Into Tree With Entrapment
At 4:30 pm on Friday, Coudersport Fire Rescue and EMS have been dispatched to an accident on the Irish Farm Road, 1/4 Mile from Route 6. Dispatch reports one vehicle into a tree with an unresponsive patient entrapped.

Patient has been extricated at 4:50 pm.

Roadway reported extremely icy. Stat 9 helicopter with 24 minute ETA.

Landing zone on Route 6 at intersection of Rt. 6 & Irish Farm Road.

Stat 9 Airborne at 5:28 pm. Units in quarters at 5:57 pm.

Olga Wishes You A Merry Christmas

Olga Logo 8.23


Merry Christmas!
Olga & John with Santa

Merry Christmas!
We thank you for all of your help & support during the past year & wish you a healthy & fruitful 2011!
from Everyone at Olga, Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
& Yarn at Olga's

Port Allegany Wrestlers Top St. Marys

The Port Allegany Gators overcame an early lead by the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestlers to come up with a 36-29 victory last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.

St. Marys was able to take a 17-0 lead as Damien Wensel recorded an 8-4 decision at 103 pounds over Lucas Manning. Trenton Bowers gave the Dutch a 9-0 lead when he pinned Dalton Caden at the one-minute mark of their 112-pound match.
Evan Smith made the score 14-0 when he picked up a 9-4 technical fall over Bryan Lacher at the 4:26 mark of their 119-pound match. Dutchman Alex Coudriet picked up a 4-2 decision over Marcus Borowski at 125 pounds, giving St. Marys the 17-0 lead.

Port Allegany began their comeback as Chester Tanner of the Gators pinned Bill Gabor at the 53-second mark of their 130-pound match. At 135 pounds, Bradley Goodreau pinned Tyler Yetzer at the 1:54 mark of their match, cutting the Dutch lead to 17-12. Port Allegany took an 18-17 lead when Logan Warnick won by forfeit at 140 pounds. More...

Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

Pray For Woman Who Fell Down Steps In Wellsville

At 12:17 am on Friday, Your prayers are needed for an 80 year old woman who fell down a full flight of stairs in Wellsville. Ambulance and Medics are on scene.

Coudersport Ambulance To Courthouse For Overdose

At 12:02 am on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance to steps in front of Potter County Courthouse for a person with an overdose. Coudersport Police and Medic 6 are on scene.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Troopers Resolve Argument Between Man & Woman

Both Cited For Harassment
Last Monday at about 3:00 pm, State Police were called to 2099 Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township for an altercation over possession of an ATV.


A 37 year old man and a 33 year old woman were engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. During the altercation, the man shoved the woman, and she slapped the man.

Both were cited for Harassment and the man was cited for Trespassing.

Woman Hurt In Eleven Mile Road Crash Last Saturday

A Shinglehouse woman was injured when the pickup truck she was in a passenger in went off the roadway and into a ditch on the Eleven MIle Road last Saturday at about 1:45 pm.

Linda M. Williams, 58, of 186 Rt. 44, Shinglehouse, PA, was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Shinglehouse Ambulance.

Williams was a passenger in a 1990 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by Warren K. Palmer, 68, of 307 W. Academy Street, Shinglehouse, PA. Palmer was not injured.

Palmer was driving eastbound on Eleven Mile Road when he lost control of the pickup while negotiating a right curve in the roadway. The pickup traveled into a ditch on the south side of the road.

Palmer will be charged with (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed in District Court 55-4-01.

Slhinglehouse Fire Dept. assisted troopers at the scene.

Holiday Calendar For Coudersport Free Methodist Church

COUDERSPORT FREE METHODIST CHURCH - CALENDAR!

Church: 507 S. Main St. Coudersport

The SPOT: 3 Miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.

You're Invited!

******************************************************

1. Friday Dec. 24th 7pm. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (@ The Church.)

2. Sunday Dec. 26th - No Sunday School. (@ The Church)

3. Sunday Dec. 26th - Worship is at 10am. (@ The Church)

4. Friday Dec. 31st, 7pm until Midnight - New Years Eve Get-Together @ THE SPOT

>Bring a snack to share.

>Enjoy Table Games, Pool, and Fellowship.

>Open Mic - bring some music to share.

>NO Alcohol to worry about! - Family Fellowship!

Fire Units Have Responded To Andover Central School

Updated--
Fire Engines Directed To Rear Of School

At 10:58 pm on Thursday, Andover Fire Units responded to an automatic alarm reporting a structure fire at the rear of Andover Central School.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in the wood shop.

Several Allegany County Fire units were toned out for mutual aid or standby assignments.


A Fast-Team was requested to assemble at Wellsville if needed.


At 11:15--A chief on scene called for an exhaust fan to clear smoke from the building.

Sinnemahoning Woman Injured In Crash

A Sinnemahoning woman was moderately injured at 1:00 am Thursday morning when her car slid off the roadway on Railroad Street in the Village of Sinnemahoning and sheared two utility poles from the ground.

Alicia M. Cassabian, 22, of Railroad Street, Sinnemahoning, PA, was transported from the scene of the crash to Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys by Sinnemahoning ambulance.

Troopers said the crash occurred as Cassabian was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am West on Railroad Street when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle began to spin clockwise on the road and exited on the north berm. The car impacted two utility poles with the driver's side, shearing the poles off at the ground level.

Cassabian fled the scene and was located at her residence. She was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She will be charged in District Court for traffic violations. The vehicle suffered disabling damage.

Sinnemahoning EMS and Fire Police and D & T Towing assisted at the scene.

6" Gas Main Ruptured In Port Allegany Tuesday Night

Gas Leak in Port Allegany Repaired
WESB NEWS
A Central Penn Gas Company gas main was ruptured during digging Tuesday night in Port Allegany.

Borough crews accidentally damaged the line while repairing a water main break in front of the Verallia Glass Company on Glass Place in Port Allegany.

Star Hose Company firefighers secured the area and monitored the gas leak. Central Penn Gas crews repaired the six inch main gas leak.

Low Wattage Light Bulb: "Blew Up Like A Bomb"

A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is to blame for an accidental electrical fire in Hornell Wednesday morning, said Steuben County Fire Investigator Joe Gerych.

“Those are the lights everybody’s been telling us to use,” he said. “It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over.”

A CFL on the ceiling burst, said Gerych, and gas inside the CFL bulb helped start the fire. He added exploding CFLs are rare. More...

Rotary Bell Ringers At Dollar General Tonight 6 to 8 PM

The Coudersport Rotary announced today that $276.99 has been raised locally in support of the Salvation Army & Christmas House over the past 3 days and only 6 hours of ringing holiday bells.

The Club’s goal is to raise $400.00 over the 4-day fund drive which ends tomorrow, according to John Abplanalp, Rotary Holiday Gift Project Chairman. “Our Club members have a lot of fun ringing the bells. In fact, Melissa Gee and Karen Cahilly are having a healthy competition to see if Karen can raise more than the $113.16 that Melissa and Holden Ottolini raised last night,” added John.

According to Mark Benson, Volunteer Coordinator, various Rotary members and community volunteers participated in what turned into a bit of a Salvation Army “fundraising competition” this year, including;
The Club will be conducting its final day of fundraising tonight (Thursday, December 23, 2010) between the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Coudersport Dollar General and the community is encouraged to attend!!!

Anyone wishing to volunteer or to make a direct donation to the local Salvation Army and Christmas House may contact Alyce Reese, Director, at (814) 274-0825.

Head On Crash With Injuries On Bark Shanty Road

Head On Crash With Injuries
At 5:00 pm on Thursday, Fire rescue and EMS are responding to the area of 604 Bark Shanty Road at the first Y off of Rt. 872 for a 2 vehicle head-on accident with injuries.

5:18--Coudersport Ambulances RECALLED by command on scene.

5:42--Austin Ambulance & Medic 6 Transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

5:53--Austin fire units returning & available.

Taking Walk-In's For Haircuts Only On Thursday From 5 to 7 PM

Biennial DEP Report Shows 80 Percent of Streams, Rivers Attaining Use Designation--Challenges Remain


Report to EPA Also Recommends Streams, Rivers for ‘Impaired’ Status


HARRISBURG -- Although Pennsylvania has made great progress in cleaning up its rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said that a new report submitted to the federal government today shows there are still challenges threatening Pennsylvania’s water quality.

The report, entitled “2010 Pennsylvania Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report,” is submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in accordance with the Clean Water Act, which requires each state to assess water quality within its borders.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the past eight years improving water quality throughout Pennsylvania,” said Hanger. “We’ve worked with municipalities to upgrade their wastewater treatment systems; we’ve worked with developers to minimize runoff; we’ve restored streambanks, reduced erosion and planted riparian buffers; and we’ve worked with the agriculture industry to ensure their operations protect the quality of streams running through their farms.”

The secretary noted that Pennsylvania has classified approximately 3,300 miles of streams as exceptional value and another nearly 23,000 miles as high quality, ensuring the most stringent protections. He added that earlier this year, the state enacted a mandatory 150-foot buffer from all development along these most pristine waterways.

“This work means better water for the state, which is important to our livelihood and health, obviously, but it’s also important to our economy,” said Hanger. “Many industries can’t function if they have to rely on polluted water. And, unfortunately, there are still many threats to the state’s waterways, so unless we continue to address those issues, thousands upon thousands of jobs could be in jeopardy.” More...

HEALTHCARE ACCESS ASSOCIATE

HEALTHCARE ACCESS ASSOCIATE

Call-in/part-time (evenings/nights - 2nd & 3rd shifts, weekends - 1st, 2nd & 3rd shifts and holidays, as needed) positions exist for the Healthcare Access Department (Switchboard, Out-patient Registration and Emergency Department Registration), at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital as a Healthcare Access Associate.

The candidate must be a high school or business school graduate or equivalent. Additional education in business and/or secretarial related courses is preferred. Candidate must be able to perform clerical functions and be able to type a minimum of 40 wpm. Experience with medical terminology and computer knowledge is preferred. Good written and verbal skills using words that express respect and patience. Must have the ability to function efficiently and effectively in high stress and occasionally emotional situations.
Candidate must be an energetic and enthusiastic individual with strong customer service focus and be able to maintain confidentiality in all matters.

Responsibilities include registering patients for hospital-based services in an efficient accurate manner and operating a multiple line switchboard.

Interested candidates must apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. At that time, applicants will be asked to take a typing test which requires a typing speed of a minimum of 40 words per minutes. For more information, please call 814-274-5431.

PHYSICIAN OFFICE CLINICAL ASSISTANT

PHYSICIAN OFFICE CLINICAL ASSISTANT
The Charles Cole Medical Group has desirable opportunities for full time and part time Clinical Assistants in Emporium and Coudersport and per diem/call-in positions within the Charles Cole Medical Group Network including Eldred, Port Allegany, Emporium, Smethport, Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, and Coudersport.

Candidates must have a current Pennsylvania RN or LPN license or be certified as a Medical Assistant. One-year office experience in a physician office is preferred. Experience in basic laboratory testing is a plus. CPR certification is required. Salary will commensurate with experience.

To apply for a position, please visit www.charlescolehospital.com and click on Careers. For more information, please call 814-274-5431.

Christine M. Camera, 95 of 53 Hobson Place, Bradford, PA

Christine M. Camera, 95 of 53 Hobson Place, Bradford, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on January 20, 1915 in Smithdale, PA, a daughter of the late Antonio and Elvera Cantone Sebastian.

On August 22, 1959 in the St. Bernard Catholic Church she married Thomas A. Camera who preceded her in death on February 19, 1977.

After moving to Bradford in 1933 she worked as a housekeeper for many local families for a number of years; she was then employed by the former Emery Hotel as a waitress until being hired by Zippo Manufacturing where she worked until her retirement in 1980. While working at Zippo she also held a part-time job as a waitress at the former Roman Villa Restaurant.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church.

She loved to cook and bake for all of her friends and family who affectionately knew her as “Aunt Chris”.

She is survived by three nephews, James “Jim” Belardia, Ralph DeSantis, both of Bradford, Pete Pierotti, Lewis Run, four nieces, Christine Belardia, Geraldine Grego, Dorothy Frontino, all of Bradford, Phyllis Edwards, Olean, a great nephew, Rev. Samuel Slocum, Lewis Run, and several other great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one sister, Blanche Belardia and an infant brother, William Sebastian.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation but friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Samuel Slocum, pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Lewis Run, as celebrant, and the Rev. Leo Gallina as co-celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Bernard Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.

Coudersport Ambulance To Potato City Inn

At 2:51 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance to Potato City Inn on Denton Hill for unknown medical.

Warm Welcome At Coudersport Alliance Church

Track Santa as he does his journey around the world.

Track Santa as he does his journey around the world.

http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html

Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Holiday Hours

Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will be open noon to 6 p.m., December 24 and 31. Express Care is an adult and pediatric walk in treatment center for minor illness and injuries. For more information, call 814/260-5585.

PITT-BRADFORD FINANCIAL AID TO OFFER INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, PARENTS

PITT-BRADFORD FINANCIAL AID TO OFFER INFORMATION NIGHTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, PARENTS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Office of Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer free financial aid nights at area high schools in January.

The nights are primarily for juniors and seniors in high school and their parents and will go over the financial aid process.

Representatives will be at the following schools: Otto-Eldred Junior/Senior High School, 6 p.m., Jan. 6; Smethport Junior/Senior High School, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12; Oswayo Valley High School, 6 p.m., Jan. 12; Bradford Area High School, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12; Sheffield High School, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13; Allegany/Limestone (N.Y.) High School, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 18; and Cameron County High School, 6 p.m., Jan. 19.

Pitt-Bradford will also hold FAFSA completion events, to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The workshops are free and open to the public.

The first FAFSA completion workshop will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Room 158 of the Sport and Fitness Center on the Pitt-Bradford campus. No appointment is necessary.

The second workshop will be held by appointment only from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Warren County Career Center. For an appointment, call John Bonavita at (814)726-1260.

Those attending should bring a 2010 federal tax return, w2 and schedules, if available, to allow actual submission of correct data. Participants should also bring Social Security numbers, birthdates, asset information for both parents and students, and a driver’s license number for the student.

For more information, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Financial Aid at (814)362-7550.

The Keating Summit Bridge is now open

The Keating Summit Bridge is now open!!

Thanks go out to Carl Belke and the construction crews from the Western new York and PA Railroad who worked through all kinds of weather to complete this project. This is a great Christmas present from the railroad to the residents along the Gardeau Road.

Roulette Fire Department

Roulette Fire Department


The Roulette Fire Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. We hope everyone enjoys time with their families and loved ones. We would also like to thank everyone for their continued support over the last year. It is greatly appreciated! Best wishes to all.

Happy Holidays,

Station 46

To Fill A Backpack" program is seeking 2 or 3 honest and motivated persons to be town coordinators in the Bradford and surrounding areas.

To Fill A Backpack

The "To Fill A Backpack" program is seeking 2 or 3 honest and motivated persons to be town coordinators in the Bradford and surrounding areas. These persons would be responsible for helping with fund raisers in the area, distribution of flyers, helping gather names of children who need the programs help and distribution of the backpacks. The program will supply everything that is needed for fundraisers, etc...you just need to supply the help. The duties of a town coordinator does not involve a lot of time...you are simply our liaison for the area. The program in its 3 years has expanded from 6 towns in 2008 (275 backpacks distributed) to 12 towns in 2010 (521 backpacks distributed) and we hope to make it farther for our 2011 distribution year. If you are interested in being a town coordinator please feel free to contact us by sending an email to info@tofillabackpack.org or give us a call at (814) 544-8032. Your duties would not start until around the beginning of March when we kickoff our 2011 year with our first fundraiser. Please help us "send children to school with the supplies they need".

CENTER FOR RURAL HEALTH PRACTICE RECEIVES $175,000 GRANT TO TRAIN PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS

CENTER FOR RURAL HEALTH PRACTICE RECEIVES $175,000 GRANT TO TRAIN PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $175,000 grant to train public health employees in nine counties.

The grant will be paid over five years to train the public health workforce across the north central portion of the state -- including school nurses, county health department staff and state health improvement partners on topics of public health and safety.

“Issues that could affect the health of many individuals within our target counties will be identified, prioritized and addressed from a prevention and intervention perspective through education, said Dr. Youmasu Siewe, director of the Center for Rural Health Practice.

The grant will be used to hire a part-time staff member to coordinate the program and train workers, and also support a paid student worker.

The coordinator will be trained before beginning to train workers in the target counties of McKean, Warren, Potter, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield.

The competitive grant is funded by the Health Research Service Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, to support the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center. The health training center is managed through collaboration between the Graduate School of Public Health in Pittsburgh, the Center for Rural Health Practice and Drexel University.

For information, contact the Center for Rural Health Practice at (814)362-5050.

Conservation District Has Discounted Bird Seed Available

Bird Seed Available Through County Conservation District

Potter County Today

birdPotter County Conservation District is making bulk quantities of bird seed available at discounted prices to support our feathered friends over the winter months. Varieties include black oil sunflower, bird snack, thistle and ear corn.

The district office is located at 107 Market Street in the Coudersport Industrial Park. More information is available at (814) 274-8411.

Domino Needs A Home

Domino needs a home, we can not keep her. She's 5 months old, very well mannered.

Litter trained but no shots or spaying yet. We also have 4 of her siblings that need homes too.

The kitten(s) are offspring from 2 pregnant strays that were dumped along our road and chose our
yard to have their litters.

Please write dtomkin@hotmail.com if you can give a home to this wonderful animal or any of her siblings!

Roulette Water Leak Found & Resolved

Water Leak Found In Roulette

The water leak that put a serious drain on Roulette's water supply on Wednesday has been found and corrected.

Jonathan Huff, water system operator for Roulette Township, said in an email at 10:00 am Thursday:

"Thanks to Debbie Parish of Main Street for calling this morning to point out that there was unfrozen water near her home and assisting us in locating the leak. The leak has been found and resolved."

County Planning Checklist In The Works For Municipalities

County Assisting Townships, Boroughs To Deal With Gas Rush

curtfracpixA Municipal Checklist will soon be distributed to townships and boroughs across Potter County to help them deal with a myriad of issues that could arise as the result of increased natural gas drilling. Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich has been working on the checklist, in response to requests from some municipalities that have seen natural gas drilling activity. Dietrich serves on the Township/Borough Planning Issues Committee of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force.

The document is not meant to be all-inclusive, in that each township and borough could have special circumstances that would require it to consider local regulation or to turn to other sources for technical or legal guidance. The checklist will provide municipalities with estimated timelines for different aspects of a drilling operation. Among ordinances they might consider are those affecting road bonding, hauling and road maintenance, mandatory 9-1-1 addresses and sign standards, holding tanks for sewage, temporary work camp regulations and others.

Townships and boroughs will be advised to communicate with gas companies and state regulators on many issues related to drilling. They will also be asked to assess the impact of each gas well site on the municipality — in terms of traffic, roads and infrastructure, employment, housing issues, ripple effect on local business, economics, issues involving surface rights owners and contiguous properties, and other areas.

Work on the document will continue over the next week or two, with distribution to townships and boroughs scheduled in early January. Suggestions are welcome and additional information is available from Charlotte Dietrich at (814) 274-8254.

(Photo by Curt Weinhold)

Recalls

Pfizer To Recall One Lot Of Lipitor In The U.S.

RockHard Laboratories Issues a Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of the Dietary Supplements RockHard Weekend and Pandora

New Automatic Wash Bay Is Open At Car Wash In Coudersport


New Automatic at Car Wash in operation.

The automatic bay at the car wash located next to the Chestnut Street bridge is in operation. We replaced the Mark 7 automatic with a Razor made by Wash World. Please note that there are no longer guide rails on the floor or treadle plate to tell you when to stop. The only thing to guide you in is blue reflectors on the floor. There is also a sign located by the drivers side exit door that tells you to drive forward, stop and back up as well as what process the machine is doing. Please try and stay as centered in the bay as possible for the best wash.

We are confident that this machine will give you the best possible touch free wash anywhere. It does an excellent job applying presoak as well as washing the front and backs of vehicles. As always, if you are not satisfied or have any problems, please leave your name in the box at the front of the wash and we will refund your money. If you have any questions or need assistance using the wash for the first time, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. I would be more than happy to meet you there and give you a free wash. Thanks for your business!


admin@millstreaminn.com

814-558-2951


Scott Buchsen

PennDOT Urges Holiday Travelers to Monitor Forecast, Avoid Travel if Winter Storm Strikes this Weekend

PennDOT Urges Holiday Travelers to Monitor Forecast, Avoid Travel if Winter Storm Strikes this Weekend

Harrisburg – With weather forecasting models offering uncertain outcomes for Christmas weekend, PennDOT is urging motorists to closely monitor forecasts and make smart decisions before deciding to travel.

“Anyone with travel plans should be aware that there is the potential for a major winter storm that could have a significant impact on all or parts of Pennsylvania this weekend,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “It’s essential for motorists to carefully monitor weather forecasts and check conditions along their entire route before traveling this weekend.

“If a winter storm does strike, our advice is to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary – for your own safety. If you must travel, use common sense, pack an emergency kit, have realistic expectations of road conditions and remember that if winter precipitation is falling, roads will not be completely free of ice and snow.”

Although PennDOT crews will be plowing and treating roadways around the clock as necessary, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

Motorists should remember that interstates and other high-volume expressways are treated first during winter storms. Secondary state routes are a lower priority and during severe winter storms, deeper accumulations will occur on these roadways.

“The easiest way for motorists to avoid having a crash or getting or stranded is to stay off the roads when common sense dictates that you should,” Biehler said. “Remember: we can’t plow it if you’re stuck in it.”

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.

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

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Closeout Sale At The Lookout In Port Allegany

Taking Walk-In's For Haircuts Only On Thursday From 5 to 7 PM

Medicare Enrollment Help Available Thursday

Medicare Enrollment Help Available Thursday In Coudersport


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:

  • 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.

Holiday Closings For Potter County Offices Announced

County Offices To Be Closed Friday Through Monday

holidayPotter County offices in the courthouse, Gunzburger Building, Human Services and satellite locations will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday on Friday, Dec. 24, and on Monday, Dec. 27.

There’s also a change in the county holiday schedule for the New Year’s holiday.

Following discussions with employees and their union leaders, county offices will be open on Friday, Dec. 31 (which was originally scheduled as a holiday). Offices will be closed instead on Monday, Jan. 3.

Potter-Tioga Call Log for 12-22-2010

Incident #DateTimeTypeLocationCommunity
2010 - 2834812/22/20105:01 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT EAST AVE AND WALN ST WELLSBORO
2010 - 2834712/22/20104:54 PMTRAFFIC CONTROL RT 15 TRAVELING S LIBERTY TWP
2010 - 2832312/22/20101:58 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT KWIK FILL BLOSSBURG
2010 - 2831212/22/201012:37 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT S MAIN ST RICHMOND TWP

Shinglehouse Men Interviewed At World Junior Hockey Championships


World Junior Hockey Championships Invade Western New York
WGRZ
JAMESTOWN , NY - "This is really exciting," said Rich Esposito as he and his friend Mike Filer approached the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena watch a World Junior Hockey Championship pre-tournament game Wednesday night.

The pair had driven approximately 90 minutes from their homes in Shinglehouse,PA and arrived at the arena two hours before a matchup between teams from Slovakia and Norway was scheduled to begin.

"An hour and a half car ride is nothing to see hockey of this quality," said Esposito. "These teams are supposed to be the folks who would play in the Olympics if they were being staged this year, so it's exciting to see this caliber of hockey," Esposito told WGRZ-TV. "This is something you don't see every day in our part of the world," agreed Filer. More...

Bleeding Continues As Highmark Looks To Send Jobs Overseas

Goodbye, jobs? Highmark explores shipping positions overseas

DAVID WENNER, The Patriot-News By DAVID WENNER, The Patriot-News

Countless American workers feel low-wage foreign workers breathing down their necks.

Nowhere is that feeling more intense right now than at Highmark.

Some of the insurance company’s employees are being observed by outsourcing specialists who will decide whether their jobs should be shipped overseas.

Highmark is working with IBM, which has an IBM India branch that helps outsource work to India.

The IBM outsourcing specialists at Highmark are also called “trainers,” reflecting their role in training foreign workers for the job. More...

Emporium Man DUI Wednesday

An Emporium man who was stopped for a traffic violation Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm on Route 155 near Salt Run in Shippen Township was ;determined to be operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Charges of Driving Under The Influence-Alcohol; and summary traffic violations will be filed against James Robert Weissenstein, 25, of Emporium, PA in District Court by State Police at Emporium.

Roulette Man Wins C&N E-Statement Contest.......BUT....

Jonathan Huff receives his TV from Nola Gross, C&N Coudersport office operations manager.

Jonathan Huff of Roulette Township is the owner of a new, 26” flat screen television. Huff’s name was drawn following a Citizens & Northern Bank e-statement contest. The two-month contest, which allowed anyone to enter, promoted the benefits of enrolling for electronic (e) statements.

There was only one catch to Jon's good fortune. Jon says the account at the bank is Roulette Township's, so that means the new TV belongs to the township. They will use it in the township office as a computer monitor and be able to check weather forecasts when necessary.

“E-statements are efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Shelley D’Haene, C&N cash management coordinator. “We thought it would be fun to hold a contest in conjunction with our e-statement promotion.

Anyone who enrolled in e-statements during the contest period was automatically entered in the contest to win the TV. Anyone else who wished to enter could do so by sending us an e-mail or visiting their local branch office.”


E-statements allow C&N online banking customers to receive their regular bank statements electronically. Once enrolled in e-statements, customers can view, save or print their statements right from their home or office computer. Electronic statements are available immediately once posted, unlike paper statements which must be mailed. More information on e-statements is available at any branch office or online at www.cnbankpa.com.

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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Coudersport Ambulance To Peet Brook Road

At 10:51 pm on Wednesday, Coudersport Ambulance to Peet Brook Road for transport to CCMH.

At 11:05 pm--Genesee Ambulance toned out for this call. Recalled at 11:10.

Avalanche warning in effect

Avalanche warning in effect with more snow on the way

By RealAspen
Real Aspen December 22, 2010

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning of considerable avalanche risk in the West Elk Mountains, including McClure Pass and areas around Aspen and Pitkin County.

Aspen's avalanche danger is high.

A warning was issued today after a few feet of wet snow fell on the area this week. Between one and two feet of snow fell in the last 24 hours with high accumulations near McClure.

"Avalanche mitigation is producing large slides. Due to limited visibility, observations from the backcountry are limited, but natural and human-triggered slides remain likely across the warning area. Backcountry travelers need to exercise extreme caution and stay away from steep avalanche terrain. Backcountry travelers need to exercise extreme caution and stay away from steep avalanche terrain," the Colorado Avalanche Center reported today.

On a scale of one to five, the danger in Aspen was rated as a four. Avalanche mitigation is producing "large and destructive avalanches" in the backcountry, the center reported.

Another storm is expected in the area tonight with snow to continue into late Thursday.

Avalanche warnings are also in effect for Crested Butte, Gunnison, the southern San Juan Mountains, the Grand Mesa, Steamboat Springs and the Flat Tops.

The National Weather Service reported that six feet of snow fell in Gothic, outside of Crested Butte.

Forecasts are for the precipitation to completely dry out by Christmas Day.

PennDOT urges holiday travelers to monitor forecast, avoid travel if winter storm strikes this weekend

PennDOT urges holiday travelers to monitor forecast, avoid travel if winter storm strikes this weekend

With weather forecasting models offering uncertain outcomes for Christmas weekend, PennDOT is urging motorists to closely monitor forecasts and make smart decisions before deciding to travel.

“Anyone with travel plans should be aware that there is the potential for a major winter storm that could have a significant impact on all or parts of Pennsylvania this weekend,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “It’s essential for motorists to carefully monitor weather forecasts and check conditions along their entire route before traveling this weekend.

“If a winter storm does strike, our advice is to avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary – for your own safety. If you must travel, use common sense, pack an emergency kit, have realistic expectations of road conditions and remember that if winter precipitation is falling, roads will not be completely free of ice and snow.”

Although PennDOT crews will be plowing and treating roadways around the clock as necessary, the department’s primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.

Motorists should remember that interstates and other high-volume expressways are treated first during winter storms. Secondary state routes are a lower priority and during severe winter storms, deeper accumulations will occur on these roadways.

“The easiest way for motorists to avoid having a crash or getting or stranded is to stay off the roads when common sense dictates that you should,” Biehler said. “Remember: we can’t plow it if you’re stuck in it.”

Although PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras. The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all
interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators,motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Salvation Army: Here them ring!!!

Salvation Army: Here them ring!!!Rotary Member Paul Herzig (and Mike Heroux not pictured above) and community volunteers Tory & Tracy Crosby rung the Salvation Army bells Monday night in hopes of catching some last minute Christmas spirit from donors in support of the local Coudersport Salvation Army and Christmas House; two of the area’s organizations that work hand in hand in assisting those in need with their heating costs through the winter months. The 4-person group raised $77.20 in just 2 hrs of ring-a-linging! Great job guys!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth “Bette” McFall, 55, of Galeton, PA

Elizabeth “Bette” McFall, 55, of Galeton, PA, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010 in North Carolina.

Born January 18, 1955, in Mt. Holly, NJ, she was the only child of the late Charles and Mildred (Shoemaker) Vitt.

She graduated from Moorestowne High School in New Jersey and from the Philadelphia College of Fine Arts with a 5 year Woodworking Degree.

She was married to Steven L. McFall, who survives. Bette worked in tech support at Time Warner Cable in North Carolina. She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Jeremy, Zachary, and Alex, all of Galeton; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 from 10:00–11:00a.m. with a Memorial Service following at 11:00am. The Rev. David Shultz will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

Corbett Will Have To Pick Again As Chief Of Staff Walks

Corbett chief-of-staff pick reconsiders

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett's pick to as his chief-of-staff has reconsidered the job offer, and will stay in campaign work instead.

Mr. Corbett announced Dec. 7 that Brian Nutt, the campaign manager for his successful gubernatorial campaign, would serve as his office chief. Today Pittsburgh-based political consultants BrabenderCox announced Mr. Nutt would join their firm instead, and helm a new Harrisburg office.

Pennsylvania will be a hive of political activity the next two years -- with the redistricting of congressional and legislative seats, the 2012 elections and other matters -- and Mr. Nutt did not want to give up his political role. More...

Holiday Cards Delivered to Residents at CCMH

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents to deliver holiday cards this week.

Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center.

Pictured, from left, are Sissy Miller and Janice Green.

CENTER FOR RURAL HEALTH PRACTICE RECEIVES WALKWORKS GRANT

CENTER FOR RURAL HEALTH PRACTICE RECEIVES WALKWORKS GRANT

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $15,700 grant to identify walking routes including trails in McKean County.

The grant will fund a program called “WalkWorks,” which will identify and promote walking routes in four communities: Bradford, Kane, Port Allegany and Smethport.

“The overall goal is to increase physical activity for young people and adults through community-based walking programs, reap the benefits of physical activity and improve the overall health of our communities,” said Dr. Youmasu Siewe, director of the center.

The walkways must be no more than two miles long and accessible to the community. The project will be ongoing through February 2012 and will allow the center to hire a part-time coordinator to administer the grant.

The grant is part of a larger grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health.

The public health school will provide the Bradford coordinator with training and assist with signs and publicity for the designated routes.

For more information on WalkWorks, contact the center at (814)362-5050.

Kit Checklists, Plan Templates Available Online at ReadyPA.org

PEMA: Build-Your-Own Emergency Kits Make Great Holiday Gifts

Kit Checklists, Plan Templates Available Online at ReadyPA.org

Harrisburg – This holiday season, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to give the gift of emergency preparedness to family and friends.

“There’s really no greater gift than giving someone the means to save their own life,” said PEMA Director Robert P. French. “A first-aid kit, a hand-crank flashlight and radio, copies of emergency kit checklists and family emergency plan templates would make a unique and very useful gift for loved ones and friends.

“Also consider creating a small emergency kit for the car; an absolute ‘must-have’ for anyone who travels the roads during the winter.”

French said preparedness is critical because after a disaster or emergency occurs, first responders will not be able to assist everyone right away due to overwhelming demand for help. Residents should be prepared to survive on their own for at least three days or until emergency services can reach them.

“Purchasing a ready-made home and vehicle emergency kit may be out of reach for some households,” French said. “So, the holidays make a great time to start building gift kits with essentials such as consumables, radios and flashlights, medications and first-aid supplies. Later, recipients can add personal items like books, games and toys to fit their family’s needs.

“And while the whole family is gathered for the holidays, take time to discuss how you’ll communicate with each other in an emergency, and where you’ll meet up if you can’t get back to your home. Planning now will lessen the stress of an emergency,” French added.

The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information, including downloadable emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

USDA Announces Measures to Improve Humane Handling Enforcement

USDA Announces Measures to Improve Humane Handling Enforcement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 - The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced several measures that will better ensure the humane treatment and slaughter of all cattle presented for processing at FSIS-inspected facilities.

"Under this Administration, we have significantly strengthened our ability to enforce the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, but we have more work to do and must continue to look for ways that ensure the safe and humane slaughter of animals," said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen. "That is why we are taking concrete steps to address outstanding humane handling issues, ranging from enhanced employee training to clearer guidance on existing rules." More...

CFTT Awards Head Start Grant In Sullivan County

Sullivan County Head Start Awarded Grant

At the recommendation of the Sullivan County Advisory Board the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) Board of Directors awarded a grant to the Columbia Child Development Program for the Sullivan County Head Start Program to help with the purchase of play equipment for the head start program. The CFTT through their Sullivan County Advisory Board solicited proposals from non-profits organizations in Sullivan County for addressing the needs of the county.

Some of the equipment purchased included a balance circle. The photo shows children from the Thursday-Friday Head Start group making good use of the balance circle. The ring they are sitting in was purchased with their grant funds and can be used both for inside and outside play.

The Sullivan County Advisory Board is once again soliciting proposals for their next round of grant funds and invites non-profits serving Sullivan County to apply.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is a non-profit public foundation established in 2002 by a diverse group of local leaders and residents. The Foundation encourages community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for those who reside in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State.

The CFTT helps caring citizens, corporations, other foundations, charitable organizations and government agencies who want to give back to their community establish endowment funds for the charitable purposes they care about. As the endowment funds grow in value, the CFTT uses the interest earned on these funds to make grants to organizations or projects that serve the identified community needs.

If you have an interest in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund, you can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone - 570-888-4759; fax - 570-888-2179; email - cftt@stny.rr.com ; or visit the website - www.twintierscf.org .

CFTT is dedicated to making a difference locally “for good – for ever”
Seen presenting the check from left to right is Robert Raff, Advisory Board member, Lorraine Master, Head Start teacher, and Anastasia McMahon Farrell chair of the Sullivan County Advisory Board.