Schoolhouse Health Foods

Schoolhouse Health Foods

Country Pines Ice Cream Shop

Stoltz Of Coudersport

Northern Tier Trading Company

Northern Tier Trading Company

Howards

Vintage Bi-Plane Rides

Vintage Bi-Plane Rides

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Auction & Yard Sale Page

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dogs Missing From Laninger Creek Road In Roulette

Gerharts 2 Dogs have been found

I'm looking for 2 dogs: a golden lab mix and a black Shepard lost today from Laninger Creek, Roulette. If anyone has seen them please call 814-544-7591


One Vehicle Crash On Route 15 South In Cogan House Township

2011 - 50112/26/20113:25 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 18000 ROUTE 15 S COGAN HOUSE TWP

One vehicle over an embankment on Route 15 Southbound. Liberty & Cogan House Substation due to respond.
RECALLED

Baby Dead In House Fire In Mt. Morris, NY

Baby Dies In Mt. Morris Fire

Officer attempted to save the child
from the burning house
Canisteo Valley News

A year old child died in a house fire in Mt. Morris Friday afternoon. Police officer Sam Maggio rushed into the burning home to save the child on the second floor but was forced back by heavy smoke and flames. More...

James R. Tucker, 65, of 23 W. Third St., Emporium, PA

James R. Tucker, 65, of 23 W. Third St., Emporium died at DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois on Friday (February 25, 2011) morning.

He was born June 22, 1945 in Jamestown, New York a son of the late Robert and Ruth Wilson Henderson

Mr. Tucker graduated from Panama High School in Panama, NY. He was a milkman, for many years, throughout Cameron and Potter Counties and also worked in a vending business. He was a member of Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M.. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and talking with people.

Surviving
his former wife: Sandra Stuart Tucker, Emporium
Daughter: Lisa Tucker, Emporium
Daughter: Leslie, Mrs. John Santamaria, Salem, VA
Son: Ryan Tucker and his wife Dennise, Emporium
Daughter: Bailey Tucker, Emporium
10 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Robert and Ruth Wilson Henderson
Step father: Vernon Henderson

There will be No Visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Free Methodist Church, 240 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating.

Memorial Contribution may be made to the DRMC, Hospice Program, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

One Car Crash On Rt. 275 North Of Richburg

MVA North Of Richburg
At 12:22 pm on Saturday, Richburg Fire Dept. is on scene of a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 275 between the Pangburn Roads. Two occupants are reported self extricated.

Law Enforcement/Public Safety Workshop For Municipalities

Law Enforcement/Public Safety Workshop For Municipalities

renovoroaddamageThe Potter County Commissioners will be sponsoring a workshop in late March to assist townships and boroughs with public safety and law enforcement issues stemming from natural gas drilling and related activities. Details on the session, which will be held at the Gunzburger Building auditorium in Coudersport, will be announced soon.

Municipal officials will learn how they can work with Pennsylvania State Police from the Denton Hill barracks to improve enforcement of laws pertaining to public safety and protection of roads and bridges from damage due to overweight and oversized vehicles. For more information, contact Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich at 274-8254.

Last year, the State Police and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched Operation FracNET, a dedicated enforcement operation focusing on commercial vehicles hauling equipment and waste water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations. State police teams check vehicle braking systems, exterior lighting and other equipment that plays a role in operational safety, as well as whether drivers possess the appropriate operator licenses. DEP inspects for issues pertaining to vehicle weight, waste hauler authorizations and standards for maintaining safe and secure loads.


Vehicle On It's Roof On Rt. 15 Southbound

2011 - 49832/26/201110:46 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT RT 15 SB BETWEEN BLOSS & SEBRI

Vehicle reported overturned in the median. Occupant self extricated.
Reporting 1 BLS injury.

Mardi Gras Dinner Dance at Ste. Eulalia Parish Center

A Mardi Gras celebration will be held at Ste. Eulalia Parish Center on Saturday, March 5th from 6 to 10PM.

The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, crowning of a king and queen, live music for dancing, casino games, door prizes and a raffle for two wine baskets filled with goodies. Cost is $15.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reservations made by calling
Andrea @ 274-8552.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Faith Formation students from Ste. Eulalia and St. Gabriel parishes who will participate in a mission trip to the Catholic Heart Work Camp in Knoxville, TN in July.


All are welcome. Beat the winter blues by joining us for an evening of good food, good music,
fellowship and merriment.

Austin United Methodist Church presents their 5th Annual Fat Tuesday Feast

5th ANNUAL FAT TUESDAY FEAST

Austin United Methodist Church presents their 5th Annual Fat Tuesday Feast on March 8th from 3:30 to 6 PM in the Austin Firehall, Main St., Austin.

A smorgasbord of mouth watering dishes will be served:

Beef, turkey, meatloaf, sauerkraut ‘n hot dogs, Scalloped and

Mashed potatoes, baked beans, mac & cheese, salads, hot

vegetable along with many casserole dishes plus many desserts

including a Traditional King Cake. Come see if you get the prize

from the King Cake and discover the tradition of this cake.

Cost of dinner is Adults: $7. and Children (6-12): $4.00

and under 6: free.

Buy your ticket at the door or call 647-8441 for an advance ticket. Also, call 647-5594 Tuesday afternoon March 8th to order your takeouts!! Any questions, please call 647-8441.

Charles A. "Chip" Hackett, 93 of 830 Bertch Rd., Westfield, PA

Charles A. "Chip" Hackett, 93 of 830 Bertch Rd., Westfield, PA passed away peacefully Feb. 23, 2011 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

He was born Jan. 2 1918 in Leetonia, PA, the son of Fred and Leah Niles Hackett.

He was a veteran of the US Navy where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was retired from Corning Glass Works, worked at Elkland Leather Co. and was a life long farmer. He loved hunting, fishing, and building custom knives and was an avid Yankee and NY Giant fan.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Butler Hackett; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Leon Parker, Bradford, PA, Cathy and Jeff VanDusen, Westfield, PA, Melanie and Jack Kenyon, Elkland, PA, Lori and David Tomb, Westfield, PA, Deann and Alan Hanes, Virginia Beach, VA; son-in-law, Paul Truax, Lawrenceville, PA; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Kreisler, Lovedland, CO, and Leah Rhodes, Harrisburg, PA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son Randy; daughters Virginia Hackett and Joyce Traux; and several brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA Saturday 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. where funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Deborah Watkins will officiate. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery, Woodhull, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church 2380 Rietter Hill Rd., Westfield, PA 16950 or the American Diabetes Association , 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

Recalls

Virginia Firm Recalls Whole Chicken Products That May Be Adulterated

Local, County, State To Test Severe Weather Preparedness Next Week

PEMA: Weather Emergency Exercises
Planned Feb. 27 – March 5


Gov. Corbett Proclaims ‘Preparedness Week’ to Urge Public to Be Ready

Harrisburg – Local, county and state officials will review and test emergency plans and procedures for responding to severe weather during the week of Feb. 27 –March 5, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn Cannon said today.

Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed the week as “Weather Emergency
Preparedness Week” to emphasize the need for all Pennsylvania residents to always be ready for whatever Mother Nature might bring to our state.

According to the National Weather Service, Pennsylvania is routinely threatened by a wide variety of dangerous weather situations. In 2010 alone, thunderstorms
produced more than 600 separate severe incidents. In addition, 16 different
tornadoes were reported statewide.

Pennsylvania is among the most flood-prone states in the nation. Last year,
widespread river flooding occurred in late January, mid-March and late September. Also, there were more than 100 flash flood incidents statewide.

“All too often, residents unwisely choose to ignore weather-related warnings; a
decision that can lead to injury or death,” Cannon said. “Families and businesses
need to take time now to review emergency plans and make any necessary
changes to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Some of the week’s planned activities will include community-based public
information programs, a one-day exercise, and the statewide monthly test of the
Emergency Alert System network used by broadcasters.

PEMA and the National Weather Service will issue exercise-based weather reports of developing conditions. Reports will be carried via normal weather forecast outlets and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. The messages will be identified as being part of the exercise.

Each of the 67 county emergency management coordinators, all school districts,
more than 300 hospitals and 600 nursing homes, and day care centers across the
state have been invited to participate in the week of activities. Cannon said that
during the exercise, state and county emergency managers will work with local
municipalities to test and review emergency response plans.

ReadyPA is state’s initiative that encourages citizens to take three basic steps
before an emergency: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. Information such as
downloadable checklists and emergency plan templates, as well as details on the
types of emergencies the commonwealth could face, is available at
www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).

Structure Fire At Morgan AM & T

2011 - 49682/26/20116:53 AMFIRE / STRUCTURE 1094 E SECOND ST EULALIA TWP

A two alarm fire at Morgan AM & T plant on E. 2nd in Coudersport at this hour. Roulette, Austin & Galeton joining Coudersport Fire Dept. on this call.

Port Allegany requested for standby assignment in Roulette.
Cameron County 14 to Austin mutual aid assignment.
Galeton Units recalled at 7:28 am.
Austin Units returning at 7:34 am
All units returning at 7:37 am

Coudersport Dept. 48 Reports--BOX 48-31 --Morgan AM&T fire in a ceramic oven w/fire showing...48 responded w/2 Eng, Tower 48 , rescue...2nd alarm assignment dept.s 44 Austin, 10 Galeton, 46 Roulette. Fire was contained to oven by 48 personnel and plant employees, no further damage to the plant and no injuries..Chief Labar

Texas Holdem Tournament 11 AM Signup At Coudersport Legion

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Rollover Crash On Rt. 15 North In Liberty Township

2011 - 49582/25/201111:12 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 15 N BUTTONWOOD

Rollover Accident, Vehicle still in roadway. 1 1/2 mile north of Sebring exit. Liberty Township. Tioga Dept. 4 & 9 with Medic 1 responding.

Montel Visits Troops In Afghanistan


Montel Williams Visits Counter Insurgency Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Thank You...........

Thank You...........

In the last week Carl and I were blessed by good Samaritans on two separate days. First Byran Phelps and his son and today Stanley Goodwin. We are so grateful to you and touched by your kindness. May God bless you both.

Carl and Pam Sprouse and family

Clarion Man Busted By Attorney General Child Predator Unit

Clarion County man arrested by Attorney General's Child Predator Unit; accused of transmitting nude webcam videos

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested a Clarion County man accused of using a computer webcam to send sexually explicit videos of himself to who he believed was a 13-year old girl. The "girl" was actually an undercover agent using the online profile of a young teen.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendant as Vincent David Elliott, age 39, of 520 Wood St., Clarion.

Ryan said that Elliott initially approached the undercover agent in an Internet chat room in December 2010, asking to be added to the girl's "buddy list" for online messages. Several days later, Elliott allegedly contacted the girl again, telling her that he was "watching porn" and "making myself happy as I watch."

Elliott is then accused of sending the girl a webcam transmission that showed him naked from the waist down, engaging in sexual activity in front of his computer. While continuing to masturbate on video, Elliott allegedly asked the girl if she had "ever seen one in person," later adding, "teaching you would be fun," and, "I know you'd like it."

According to the criminal complaint, Elliott approached the girl online again in January 2011, transmitting a second video that showed him nude and engaging in sexual activity. Elliott also allegedly proposed meeting the girl for sex, telling her, "Wish you were here to help me."

Ryan said that Elliott is also accused of sending numerous explicit messages to the undercover agent, including instructions about how to masturbate and links to pornographic websites.

In addition, Elliott allegedly instructed the girl to delete their conversations and the pornographic links from her computer's search history, so the girl's mother would not discover their communication.

Elliott was arrested on February 24th by agents from the Child Predator Unit, assisted by Pennsylvania State Police from the Clarion Barracks and the Clarion Borough Police Department.

Elliott is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor (related to sexual offenses), which are both first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 fines.

Elliott is also charged with two counts of criminal use of a communications facility (related to sexual offenses), both third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

He was arraigned before Clarion Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn and jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond. Elliott was also prohibited from using the Internet or computers and may not have contact with any child under the age of 18.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1st, at 9:30 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Quinn. Read More...

Snowmobile Dice Run Saturday, Feb. 26th

SOUTHERN POTTER COUNTY
SNOWMOBILE CLUB DICE RUN
Saturday, Feb 26th

Come support your local snowmobile club

Registration at any of the following: Bomb Shelter, Wharton Store/Bar, or Old Tannery. The locations to roll the dice will be: Bomb Shelter, Lakeview, Wharton Store/Bar, Old Tannery, and the Forest House.

You have to roll the dice at four of the five locations. You may roll them at all five. You may roll two times at one location. You can end your ride at any location and have the person attending the location will take your tally sheet to Wharton for you.


Entry fee is $5.00 for members and $15 for non-members.

Payout total of 50% broken down as: (25% for 1st place), (15% for 3nd place), and (10% for 3rd place). Winners do not need to be present to win.

Run will be from 11am to 4pm

2 Dead, 2 Hurt In Rt. 6 Crash Friday Morning

Two People Killed; Two Others Seriously Hurt In Gaines Township
GerriMiller.com

Two Wellsboro residents died as a result of a two-vehicle collision just before 10:00 am today on Route 6 in Gaines Township, Tioga County.

Mansfield-based state police said the collision occurred when an eastbound Kia Spectra driven by 38 year old Debra Moyer of Wellsboro slid into the westbound lane on the snow-covered road and was struck in the passenger’s side door by a Ford F-150 driven by Earl Baker of Galeton.

A passenger in the compact car, 45 year old Arthur Allen of Wellsboro was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Tioga County Coroner Steve Daugherty.

Both drivers and a passenger in the pick-up Sandra Baker were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

Moyer was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency room by the attending physician.

The Bakers were treated for moderate injuries at Soldiers and Sailors. More local news...

This Weekend's Bargains At Stoltz Of Coudersport

Shinglehouse Ambulance to West Academy Street

At 4:47 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to W. Academy Street for a medical call.

Cyril D. Whitfield, 82, of King Road, Troupsburg, NY

Cyril D. Whitfield, 82, of King Road, Troupsburg, NY, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at home, following a brief illness.

He was a British Army veteran, serving during World War II. He retired as a store manager for Agway in Knoxville, Pa. and Westfield, Pa.

Survivors include two sons, David Whitfield of Bath and Michael Whitfield of Troupsburg; and two sisters, Margaret Fellows and Joan Whitfield, both of Sarasota, Fla.

Calling hours are 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the H.P. Smith and Son, Inc. Funeral Home, Woodhull.

Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Daniel Knopf officiating.

Here's what's happening at Open Arms

Happy Snow Day everyone! :)

Here's what's happening at Open Arms:



Last Friday Prayer & Praise: Tonight! February 25, 7p-9p. Join us for singing, communion, prayer, and discussion.

Growth Groups sign ups ending March 13. Stay Connected! There is still time to sign up! Groups start the week of February 20 and go until the week of April 30.

Love Bankrupty Part 4 this weekend! The new series coming in March is called Proof Of Life. Before a ransom is paid the captors must give proof of life. What does God’s word say is the “proof/evidence” that we are alive in Christ?

Recommended Books: The DNA Of Relationships by Gary Smalley; The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman; His Needs, Her Needs by Willard Harley; Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend; Hedges by Jerry Jenkins; Wild At Heart by John Eldridge; Surviving An Affair by Willard Harley; Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn.

The Revolution Youth Ministry Special Event: We will be attending the BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH event in Jamestown; former lead guitarist of KORN that became a Christian. Any interested in going along it is $12 at the door. Meet at Open Arms at 2:00pm. Leaving at 2:15pm. Event is from 4pm-6pm, Sunday, February 27. Will be home around 7:00pm. Will hit a drive-thru on way home. Bring extra money for food.

Global Outpost Grand Opening: March 12. This is at Bradford's Main Street Mercantile and has African Made products, the proceeds of which go to Open Arms Community Church in Senegal Africa.

Outreach: Bradford will be hosting the State Sectionals Wrestling Tournament on March 12th. They need help in the cafeteria, sales tables, and setup and teardown of mats and tables. Anyone interested in serving please see Pastor Mike or Josh Hatcher.

Membership Class: March 13, immediately following 2nd service. Find out more about Open Arms; who we are, where we are going, how things work, and what it means to be a member. Lunch will be provided.

Daylight Savings Time: March 13th. Turn your clocks ahead! J

The Revolution Youth Ministry: Ages: 6th Grade – 12th Grade. 6:30pm at Open Arms! Come experience fun, friendships, and grow in God! Any adults interested in helping with the youth see Justin Willoughby.

You may have noticed the parsonage (house next to the church) has been torn down. We are excited about this forward step in reaching some of our goals for our church property. For years we've been discussing the demolition of that building and the addition of new ministry facilities. Throughout this coming year we will be continuing to make improvements on our existing facility and cast vision for our upcoming building project. Thank you for your faithful prayer, involvement, and financial support.


That's all for now! God bless!

PITT-BRADFORD WINS AWARD FOR ANNUAL GO BEYOND BRAND PARTY

PITT-BRADFORD WINS AWARD FOR ANNUAL GO BEYOND BRAND PARTY

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has won an award from CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, for its 2010 Go Beyond Brand Party.

The party, held annually by the Office of Communications and Marketing, was recognized in the category of institutional identity programs. The university received a Silver Award for the party in the 2011 CASE District II Accolades Award Program, competing with entries from other colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ontario, Canada.

“It is particularly nice to be recognized for this event because its success is based solely on the annual participation of the entire campus community, which continues to grow,” said Pat Frantz Cercone, director of communications and marketing.

The Go Beyond Brand Party is held on campus annually to commemorate the anniversary of the launching of the university’s brand promise in February 2006.

The goal of the event is to strengthen the brand among faculty, staff and students by reminding them of the tenets of the university’s brand promise -- providing a safe, friendly and personalized environment – and encouraging them to continue to live those tenets. The party supports the university’s goal of enhancing the image, name recognition, and reputation of the institution.

During the party, Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, presents “Brand Champion” awards to an academic program and a staff office who best live those tenets. Guests at the party also vote on student-made videos based on the party theme. In 2010, the theme was “The Sweet Life at Pitt-Bradford.”

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER ON ENGINEERING EDUCATION

PITT-BRADFORD PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER
ON ENGINEERING EDUCATION


BRADFORD, Pa. – Klaus Wuersig, assistant professor of engineering, presented a paper on the recent history of engineering education at the 5th International Forum on Engineering Education held in the United Arab Emirates.

Wuersig’s paper, “Five Decades of Engineering Education: A Nostalgic Look Back, a Bold Look Forward,” traced the impact of computers on engineering education, beginning with students programming mainframe computers in a language called Fortran.

The appearance of the handheld calculator in the early 1970s ushered out slide rules, and soon the Apple II, the first real usable personal computer, had students running multiple programs that could help with their studies.

The most recent development in engineering education has been the rise of the Internet. In 1968, the forerunner of the World Wide Web had four host computers and now there are more than 700 million. Information that used to take hours to find in a library is now available with a few key strokes. The cell phone has greater capability than a mainframe computer of the 1960s. The invention of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope in the 1980s made it possible to look at structures at atomic scale, and a flurry of activity in nanotechnology followed.

Wuersig predicted that the next big movements in engineering education will be alternative energy sources and nanotechnology, which he expects will yield entirely new branches of engineering.

Wuersig retired from the State University of New York in 1998 as a full professor.

From 1998 to 2000, he was part of a team that set up programs in information technology, mathematics and science at a brand new university for women in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He also spent a year from 1995 to 1996 setting up programs in electrical engineering at the University Technology Malaysia in Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

He has presented numerous papers on engineering education at international conferences in Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the United States.

He lives in Cuba, N.Y.

Richard L. Milhollen, 83, of 5 Lowell Ave Bradford, PA

Richard L. Milhollen, 83, of 5 Lowell Ave., passed away Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, at the Bradford Manor.

Born June 8, 1927, in Hornell, NY, he was a son of the late Orlando P. and Jessie (Tasillo) Milhollen.

On August 7, 1948 in Wellsboro, PA he married Shirley M. (Clancey) Milhollen and later held a marriage ceremony at church in Salamanca, NY. Mrs. Mulhollen passed away, March 24, 2001.

On December 10, 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during WW II aboard several ships. He was honorably discharged on February 6, 1946.

After returning home from the Navy he was employed with the Emery Hotel Corp. In 1949 he began his career with the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company. He served in various positions, retiring in 1970 as a supervisory agent and assistant train-master. Later he worked at AVX Corp. in Olean, NY as a production line supervisor. He worked as a sales representative for Harry Graves AMC Agency and Bay Chevrolet in Bradford. Later he opened a used car agency with his son Robert in Asheboro, NC until his retirement. After his retirement he worked as a salesman at Raymor-Flanigan Furniture Store for three years.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, the American Legion Post #108 and AARP. He was a former member of the Bradford Moose Lodge and Knights of Columbus.

Surviving is a son, Robert (Joan) Milhollen of Berlington, NC, and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and three brothers; Lawrence, Orlando "Jack", and Raymond Milhollen.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in in St. Bernard Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Residents Frackin' Out Over Tank Truck Traffic

Resident near frac truck crash raises issues with commissioners

By JIM RUNKLE - jrunkle@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - In a day marked by issues over which the Clinton County commissioners have little or no control, they told Rebecca Dunlap of Swissdale on Thursday they have no control over heavy truck traffic on the twisty, turny, sometimes dangerous Coudersport Pike.

Dunlap, who lives at the horseshoe curve in Woodward Township, said her life has been a nightmare since a truck carrying "frac" water tipped over on the curve at Berry Lane and plowed through the guardrails, spilling its estimated 3,400 gallon load. More...

Coudersport Ambulance To Station--Standby

At 3:29pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 dispatched to station.. Call center for details.

The Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club have cancelled our Friday night trap shoots

The Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club have cancelled their Friday night trap shoots until Friday March 18th. They will reopen on Friday March 18th at 5:30pm. Free hot dogs and sodas that night for all shooters.

Route 15 SB reopened near Trout Run

Route 15 SB reopened at Green Mountain Road interchange near Trout Run; detour resumes Saturday morning
02/25/2011
Motorists traveling Route 15 southbound, south of Buttonwood, are advised that both southbound lanes are reopened at the Green Mountain Road Interchange at this hour.

Recovery operations will resume at that location tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 7 a.m.

At that time, southbound Route 15 traffic will be directed around the crash scene by way of the off-ramp and on-ramp at the Green Mountain Road Interchange.

The recovery effort involving that crashed tractor-trailer is expected to take around six hours to complete tomorrow.

Saturday travelers are advised to be alert for the temporary traffic pattern change at that interchange on the south side of Steam Valley Mountain at the Cogan House/Lewis township line

PCEC Classes Offered

Beekeeping For Beginners Virtual Webinar Series
Penn State Cooperative Extension is conducting a virtual Beginner Beekeeping Class starting in February 2011. The webinar course is designed to create a foundation of beekeeping knowledge in order to confidently help beginners manage honeybees.

Webinars are web-based seminars which delivers training through the Internet directly to your computer. You are able to view the presentation via your home/office computer and listen to the audio portion of the presentation through your computer’s speakers. These are interactive and will allow the participants to ask questions and communicate with the presenters. If you can’t join the session or would like to review a certain topic, sessions will be recorded and available to participants until the end of the year. The course includes 7 live webinar sessions (recorded and available through December 31, 2011, Virtual Beekeeping Field Day and access to the instructors. Registration and agenda information can be found at: http://clinton.extension.psu.edu/Hort/webinar/11Beekeeping.htm

PCEC Offers ServSafe Food Safety Course
The Potter County Education Council will offer a ServSafe Course at two of its locations. ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts,
community centers and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis). As of January 22nd there will be no re-certification, all persons wanting to be approved in ServSafe will have to take the two-day course and take the test. The classes will be held at two locations for your convenience. The first class will be held Thursday, March 17 and 24 at the PCEC at the Vo-Tech in Port Allegany and the second will be on May 17 and 24 at the Coudersport Office. Hours for the course are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the cost will be $180 per person and includes a text book. To register for the course, visit our website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or call 814-545-1333 or 814-274-4877.

I-180 WB lane restriction at Mile 8

I-180 WB lane restriction at Mile 8 in Northumberland County
02/25/2011
I-180 westbound is restricted to a single lane at mile 8, between the Turbotville and Main Street (Muncy) exits at this hour while a crashed tractor-trailer is recovered.

The westbound lane restriction on I-180 is expected to be in place until early evening.

New Phone Number For Shinglehouse Health Center

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Top Secret Project Unveiled!

Top Secret Project Unveiled!

Josh Hatcher Media's TOP SECRET PROJECT is finally completed - and has been released to the public at the Josh Hatcher Media Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/joshhatchermedia

Our "Frankenstein" Video was a lot of fun to make - and it definitely lets us shine our creativity for our "Breathing New Life into Your Business" campaign.

Visit the page and "Like" us today to see the video!

And be sure to stop by the IDEA LAB booth at the Kinzua Outdoor Travel Show this weekend to see us - and some more fun surprises -
You can enter a drawing to win $300 worth of Design Services from Josh Hatcher Media for FREE!
We're also partnering with Ariel Stavish Photography - and she's giving away a FREE PHOTOSHOOT - Stop by our Booth for more details.

MVA With Injury East Of Wellsboro On Rt. 6

2011 - 49122/25/20111:28 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 6 CHARLESTON TWP

Fire & EMS has responded to this MVA near the Animal Hospital east of Wellsboro. Ambulance on scene reporting one ALS injury with confinement.

The Mountain Home Winter JazzFest 2011 is HERE!

Some Cool Jazz Will Chase Away Those Winter Blues

Greetings,

The Mountain Home Winter JazzFest 2011 is HERE!

On Friday: Feb 25 at 9 PM The Oswego Jazz Project will perform at The Wellsboro House
Saturday: Feb 26 at 5 PM The Michael Tester Band will be at the Penn Wells Hotel Lobby, then at 8 PM also at the Penn Wells Hotel, Ed Clute’s Dixie 5 + will perform

For Dinner reservations call: Wellsboro House 570-723-HOUSE or Penn Wells Hotel 570-724-2111.
A special JazzFest menu (www.pennwells.com) will also be available from 8 to 10 PM.
Then on Sunday: Feb 27 there will be a jam session with the JazzFest Musicians from 9 AM to 1:30 PM during Brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel.

All musicians are welcome to join in the jam session!

Tickets:
Oswego Jazz Project: $10.
Ed Clute’s Dixie 5 +: $15.
Both nights: $20 Save $5
Tickets available at all Indigo Wireless locations.
call 570-787-JAZZ
or visit
for more information

All Proceeds will beneift Endless Mountain Music Festival

Medicare Beneficiaries May Qualify For Reduced Prescription Costs

Medicare Beneficiaries May Qualify For Reduced Prescription Costs

February 25th, 2011

“Extra Help” with Medicare prescription costs is available to many Potter County residents. The Extra Help program assists income-eligible Medicare beneficiaries by providing lower premiums and co-pays for medications. There is also no coverage gap, sometimes referred to as “donut hole,” for qualifying beneficiaries, according to Darcy Shutt of the Potter County Area Agency on Aging. She can be reached for more information at (814) 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

The poster below may be helpful to individuals interested in Extra Help. Those who call the toll-free number are advised to provide the code number PSA 51 to signify that they are Potter County residents.

extrahelp

PROTECTING WATER RESOURCES FOCUS OF MARCH 23rd TRAINING SESSION

PROTECTING WATER RESOURCES FOCUS OF
MARCH 23rd TRAINING SESSION


Training Targets Developers, Consultants and Municipal Officials

The McKean and Warren County Conservation Districts and the Department of Environmental Protection are partnering to offer training and information about water resource protection issues that need to be addressed as community projects are developed. This session offers PA SFI Continuing Education Credits – 4 hours (1) years as well as other potential credits.

The session will be held Wednesday, March 23, from 8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Restaurant off Route 59 in Marshburg.

Among the topics to be covered are Erosion and Sedimentation (E&S) Regulations and preparing an E&S Plan, Proper Installation & Maintenance of BMPs, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Permits, Post Construction Stormwater Plans, Stormwater Best Management Practices, as well as information pertaining to local requirements with Stormwater, and Floodway/Floodplain Management.

If you are an elected municipal or county official, private and public land developer, excavator or other contractor, environmental consultants, engineer or a business looking to expand, make a reservation to attend the session by contacting the McKean County Conservation District at 17137 Route 6, Smethport, PA 16749, (814) 887-4001 or sdthompson@mckeancountypa.org by March 16, 2011. Cost for registration, including lunch, is $15.00.

Roulette Ambulance To Fishing Creek Road

At 12:20 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance d Medic 6 have been dispatched to Fishing Creek Road for a fall victim with a head injury.
LIFTING ASSISTANCE REQUESTED

Essence Of Motion Dance Classes Cancelled Today

Due to weather - all Friday, Feb 25th classes are canceled at Essence Of Motion Dance Studio.

Penn State Extension Pesticide Meeting Cancelled Today


The Pesticide Meeting scheduled for today at 1:00 PM in Smethport has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in March 11.

Sign up by March 4, 2011

Click poster for more info.

Tractor Trailer Blocking Roadway--Fire Police Dispatched

At 11:37 am on Friday, Smethport Fire Police have been dispatched to East Valley Road & Champlin Hill Road for traffic control for a disabled tractor trailer blocking the roadway.

11:54--Port Allegany Fire Police to CLOSE CHAMPLIN HILL ROAD AT RT. 155 IN TURTLEPOINT.

Raymond C. Schweizer, 90, of 180 Penhurst Dr. Pittsburgh, PA., formerly of 15 Thomas Road, Bradford,PA

Raymond C. Schweizer, 90, of 180 Penhurst Dr. Pittsburgh, PA., formerly of 15 Thomas Road, Bradford, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am Monday, in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina pastor as Celebrant. Committal services will be held in St Bernard Mausoleum. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fairway Ford Lincoln Mercury Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford, Institutional Advancement Office, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, Pa 16701 or Forbes Hospice of West Penn Allegheny Health Systems, 4800 Friendship Ave., Tower 8, Pittsburgh PA 15224.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Route 6 NOW OPEN at Gaines following crash

Route 6 REOPENED at Gaines following crash
02/25/2011

12:15 UPDATE--RT. 6 IS OPEN
Motorists in western Tioga County are advised that Route 6 is currently closed at the scene of a two-vehicle crash at Gaines.

Traffic is being detoured via Routes 349 and 362.

Route 6 may be closed at the crash scene until late this afternoon.

DEP Continues to Investigate Tank Fire at Washington County Well Site

DEP Continues to Investigate Tank Fire at Washington County Well Site

PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection continues to investigate the cause of a Feb. 23 tank fire at a natural gas drilling site on the Joseph Powers Farm in Independence Township, Washington County.

Chesapeake Energy workers were flow-testing at the active well site, which includes separating wet gas constituents and transferring water from tanks to trucks, when the fire started at 6:15 p.m. The incident was contained to the tank area and did not affect the site’s three wells.

DEP's Oil and Gas and Environmental Emergency Response personnel responded to the fire and remained on-site until all emergency response units left the scene.

On Feb. 24, a team from DEP’s Bureaus of Investigation and Oil and Gas visited the site to probe the cause of the fire and whether it impacted the environment. Based on the initial findings, there is no evidence that surface runoff from the tanks extended beyond the well site’s permitted boundaries. Further review confirmed that there are no nearby streams or wetlands that would have been directly impacted.

Investigators will continue to conduct interviews as part of the probe, after which staff will advise acting DEP Secretary Michael Krancer of the findings.

Route 15 SB closed near Trout Run

Route 15 SB closed at Green Mountain Road interchange near Trout Run
02/25/2011
Motorists traveling Route 15 southbound, south of Buttonwood, are advised that both southbound lanes are currently closed following a tractor-trailer crash at the Green Mountain Road Interchange.

Southbound Route 15 traffic is being detoured around the crash scene by way of the off-ramp and on-ramp at the Green Mountain Road Interchange.

Route 15 at that location may be shut down until early this evening.

Be alert for the temporary traffic pattern change at that interchange on the south side of Steam Valley Mountain at the Cogan House/Lewis township line.

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE WILL BE CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE WILL BE CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.

The Coudersport Public Library will be closed today

The Coudersport Public Library will be closed today, Friday, February 25, due to the inclement weather conditions. We do plan to be open tomorrow from 8am to 3pm. Thank you.

Slippery road conditions in northern Lycoming County at this hour

Slippery road conditions in northern Lycoming County at this hour

Motorists in northern Lycoming County are advised of very slippery road
conditions along the Route 15 corridor north of Hepburnville at this hour.

Slow down in your travels and drive defensively if you have to be out this
morning north of Williamsport.

Winter weather driving alert

Winter weather driving alert

Roads may be slippery this morning. Slow down and drive defensively.

A flood watch is also in effect today. Refrain from driving through
standing water on roads.

Recalls

Arkansas Firm Recalls Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Inspection

Arkansas Firm Recalls Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Inspection

School Closings and Delays

Galeton Schools are closed
Cameron County Schools is Delayed 2 hours

Coudersport Schools are now closed
All delayed 2 hours so far this am.
St Marys
Ridgway
Dubois
Northern Potter Schools closed
Bradford Schools closed
Hebron Christian are now closed
Austin Schools are now closed
Oswayo Schools closed
Smethport Schools Closed
Ulysses Schools Closed

... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening...

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening.

* Location... northwest Pennsylvania.

* Precipitation type... snow.

* Accumulations... 6 to 12 inches.

* Timing... snow will become heavy at times this morning. Lighter
snow will linger into the afternoon.

* Winds... northeast winds 5 to 10 mph will become northerly
during the mid morning and increase to 15 to 25 mph.

* Impacts... poor travel conditions... especially on untreated
roads. Greatly reduced visibility in periods of heavier snow.
The heavy wet snow could potentially pull down tree limbs and
power lines.

* Temperatures... around 30 degrees for much of the period.

60's & 70's Dance At The Seneca Inn on Feb. 26

Corbett's Actions On Drilling In Parks Raising Eyebrows Of Voters

Group files intent to sue Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett over natural gas drilling

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By DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News

February 25, 2011, 12:00AM
Gov. Tom Corbett was notified this week that his plan to rescind the moratorium on drilling for natural gas on state lands will come with legal repercussions. On Tuesday, Camp Hill attorney John Childe filed a notice of intent to sue on behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation. He cited a section of the Pennsylvania Constitution which explicitly... Full story »

Some accuse Gov. Corbett of being 'bought' by natural gas indust - abc27 News

Some accuse Gov. Corbett of being 'bought' by natural gas indust - abc27 News

Route 6 Closed For Hours At Body Shop Fire Scene

Wood Stove Cause Blaze At Body Shop
Gerri Miller.com
It’s believed that a wood stove caused an estimated $50,000 damage to Phil Clymer’s Body Shop near Asaph Wednesday afternoon.

Gale Hose First Assistant Chief Bill Green told Black Forest Broadcasting News that flames spread from the stove in the back of the shop up the roof trusses to the center of the building causing the roof to collapse.

About 800 feet of five inch hose drew water from Asaph Run. Green said a quick knock down by fire fighters kept the blaze contained although some of the paint equipment was damaged to the tune of about $20,000. Most of the cars in the shop were successfully removed though a classic MoPed was destroyed. There were no injuries.

A section of Route 6 was closed for several hours and traffic was re-routed up Marsh Creek Road to Ansonia.

Some 25 volunteers from Gale Hose and the Wellsboro Fire Department responded to the afternoon call. Coudersport stood by for Galeton under the mutual aid system.
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Texas Holdem Tournament Saturday At Coudersport American Legion

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Potter-Tioga County Call Log For 2-24-2011

2011 - 48502/24/20117:05 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 49 @ BIG M OSCEOLA TWP
2011 - 48252/24/20113:08 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 817 WHITAKER RD RICHMOND TWP
2011 - 48232/24/20112:57 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT MAIN ST WESTFIELD
2011 - 48192/24/20111:46 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WEST ST GALETON BORO

Thursday, February 24, 2011

... Winter Storm Warning in effect until 7 PM EST Friday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a
Winter Storm Warning for
6 to 12 inches of wet snow... for northern Pennsylvania which is in effect until 7 PM EST Friday.

Warnings are in effect for Western New York as well.

Snow will develop after midnight and become heavy at times Friday morning. Lighter snow will linger into Friday afternoon.

* Winds... northeast winds 5-10 mph tonight will become northerly
on Friday and increase to 15 to 25 mph.

* Impacts... poor travel conditions... especially on untreated
roads. Greatly reduced visibility in periods of heavier snow.

The heavy wet snow could potentially pull down tree limbs and
power lines.

* Temperatures... around 30 degrees for much of the period.

County/Local Tax Bills Mailed; School Tax Reduction Deadline Nears

County/Local Tax Bills Mailed; School Tax Reduction Deadline Nears

homesteadexemptThese are busy times in the Potter County Tax Assessment Office. Not only are all county and municipal 2011 tax bills being mailed, the staff is also processing school tax “homestead exemption” applications.

Bills being mailed this week show no increase in the county real estate tax this year. The majority of townships and boroughs have also held taxes at the same rate as their 2010 levy.

Taxpayers can reduce their bills by two percent if they pay by April 30. However, if they don’t pay by July 1, they’re subject to a 10-percent penalty.

Meanwhile, time is running out for homeowners in Potter County who want to qualify for reduced school taxes. They have until Monday, March 1, to apply for the “homestead exemption,” which applies to owner-occupied homes. In short, if you own the property in which you live, you are likely eligible for the tax reduction. Rental units, unoccupied homes and other real estate do not qualify.

Homeowners who were already approved for the homestead exemption for the 2009 and/or 2010 school tax year do not have to reapply. Applications for property owners who have not yet qualified for the exemption are available on the county website here (see Departments/Tax Assessment), or by contacting the Assessment Office in the Gunzburger Building, 274-0517

Taxpayers who qualify for the homestead exemption will see a credit on their school district real estate tax bill in the fall. The tax reduction is significant. For instance, in the Coudersport Area School District, the taxes were reduced by $188 last year for each of the 1,339 owner-occupied homes registered for the program. The exemption for the 409 registered homeowners in Austin Area School District was $324. School districts are reimbursed the amount of revenue lost through these exemptions from gambling revenues at state-licensed casinos.

Homeowners are encouraged to contact their school district if they have questions. Those with further questions should call the Assessment Office at 274-0517.

James F. Dick Jr., 60, of 7336 Wightman Road, Friendship, NY

FRIENDSHIP, NY - James F. Dick Jr., 60, of 7336 Wightman Road passed away Tuesday (Feb. 22, 2011) at the Highland Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness.

Born May 14, 1950, in Cuba, he was a son of James and Carol Cole Dick. On Dec. 22, 1973, in Portville, he married the former Cindy Osgood, who survives.

Jim was a graduate of Richburg Central School, class of 1968.

He was employed for the past 41 years at Dresser-Rand in Olean as a materials clerk.
Jim was a social member of Kenyon Andrus American Legion Post 772 of Bolivar.

Surviving besides his wife are three children, Tracy (Andrew) Martorana of LeRoy, Dawn (Kenny) Pennypacker of Montour Falls and Dean (Sara) Duffy of Marion; seven grandchildren; his parents, Jim and Carol Dick of Richburg; a brother, Steven (Georgia) Dick of Richburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday (Feb. 26, 2011) from 11 a.m. to noon, at which time funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Whitesville.

Memorials to the Richburg Colonial Library would be appreciated by the family.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 7:16 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 has been dispatched to North Main street for a medical call.

Agenda For Potter County Commissioners Meeting on February 24, 2011

~ Agenda ~

POTTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
February 24, 2011

APPROVED MINUTES – February 10, 2011 (Click link to read)

NEW BUSINESS
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant – Received $5,600 towards a $7,000 Commodity Flow Study

Adoption of Sexual Harassment Policy

CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
Grant-In-Aids Funds Amendment Two – Amendment to an Agreement dated July 1, 2007 between the PA Board of Probation and Parole and the Potter County Board of County Commissioners/County Executive

POTTER COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

TRAINING REQUESTS
John Hetrick, Glenn Dunn for North Central Task Force Retreat, Union City - February 23-24, 2011; requesting meals, mileage and lodging

Colleen Wilber, PACDAA Quarterly, State College – March 16 -17, 2011, State College, PA; requesting registration fee, meals, mileage and lodging

Joy Glassmire, PA Children & Youth Administrators Meeting, March 30-31, 2011, State College, PA; requesting registration fee, meals mileage and lodging

Crystal Thomas, Family Issues and Intervention in HIV, February 24, 2011; State College, PA; requesting meals and mileage

William Wright, Basic Training – Corrections Officer, March 14 – April 8, 2011; Elizabethtown, PA; requesting mileage, meals and lodging

Sandra Lewis, 2011 Western PA Election Personnel Association, March 25, 2011; requesting mileage and meals

Nancy Hurt & Deanna Dow, Advanced Financials: Financial Processed Workshop, March 22, 2011; requesting mileage and meals

PERSONNEL
Appointment – Dave Foil to the Potter County Solid Waste Authority Advisory Board

Appointment – Wanda Shirk and Rance Baxter to the Planning Commission

Reclassification – PCHS – County Caseworker Supervisor to County Social Services Aide 2; $17,687 - $21,567

New Position - PCHS - Mental Health Forensic Caseworker – Temporary Full time position based on a time period of grant; $11.32 - $12.61/hr.

Click HERE to see FINANCIALS

Dog Wandering On Fourth St

There is a dog wandering on fourth street. It is a golden color medium sized dog. It looks like it had a collar on and slipped it's collar off.

Swiss Steak Dinner In Ulysses Has Been Post-Poned

Due to the bad weather that they are anticipating for our area the Ulysses Area Improvement Association have post-poned their annual Swiss Steak Dinner. We are rescheduling for March 25.

Kitties Free To Good Home Very Cute


Free to a good home
two multi color/striped are males
Two solid color ones are females
will be Spayed or Neutered


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CCSPCA
P.O. Box 132
678 S. Mountain Rd.
Emporium, Pa. 15834
Kennel (answering machine): (814) 486-0101

Please visit:
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Cuts to Conservation Funding Put Aquatic Resources in Even Greater Danger

Cuts to Conservation Funding
Put Aquatic Resources in Even Greater Danger

The Continuing Resolution Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Would Eliminate Funding Aimed at Keeping Fish and Wildlife off the Endangered Species List

Harrisburg, PA – A Continuing Resolution (HR 1) that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would eliminate funding for the State Wildlife Grant program, the nation’s most cost-effective program for preventing fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. In letters to, and personal visits with, Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is urging Congress to restore and continue funding to this vital program.

“Despite historical successes in bringing many fish and wildlife species back from the brink of extinction, other species at risk have continued to decline as evidenced by the staggering numbers listed under the federal Endangered Species Act,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “The State Wildlife Grant program, now in its 11th year, has served as a stable federal funding source for implementing congressionally required State Wildlife Action Plans in every state and territory, including Pennsylvania.”

“In the Commonwealth, the Commission has received approximately $8 million since 2002,” added Mr. Arway. “This has been leveraged with at least an additional $8 million – more than doubling Congressional investments for over $16 million in timely, meaningful conservation work. We cannot afford to lose that support now.”

Each State Wildlife Action Plan assesses the health of the state’s wildlife and habitats and outlines the actions needed to conserve species of greatest conservation need and the full array of wildlife over the long term. Before State Wildlife Grants, the Fish and Boat Commission did not have the resources necessary to devote adequate attention to non-game species.

With the help of these grants, the PFBC has been able to be much more proactive in gathering and using data about vulnerable species, including actually removing species from the state threatened and endangered species lists as a result of increased knowledge about the distribution and abundance of species. This result is both good for the environment and good for businesses, since it is more cost-effective to work around common species than to deal with them once they are threatened or endangered. Once a species is listed as threatened or endangered, the Government Accountability Office estimates that the cost of recovery of a single species can exceed $150 million.

State Wildlife Grants are also particularly significant in supporting the PFBC’s work on environmental review and project implementation such as small dam removals. Mr. Arway stressed that losing State Wildlife Grant support would curtail the PFBC’s ability to deliver timely project reviews, recommendations to applicants, and on-the-ground projects.

“We are already faced with having to do more with less as fishing license revenues decline at the same time that our permit review work has risen - and continues to rise - as a result of activities like the Marcellus shale development,” said Mr. Arway. “State Wildlife Grants are the one reliable source of funding that we have to try to keep pace with the ever-increasing permit review load.”

“Even in these difficult financial times when we all must shoulder some of the burden, we still need to ensure that fish and wildlife and their habitats are conserved for the benefits they bring to Americans through cleaner and healthier environments and the legacy we leave for future generations,” he added. “Congressional funding for State Wildlife Grants also goes hand-in-hand with job creation and economic sustainability since more than half a million U.S. jobs center around wildlife conservation and wildlife-related recreation. This includes Pennsylvania’s $3.4 billion fishing and boating industry.”

Funding for State Wildlife Grants is supported by the Teaming with Wildlife coalition, a national coalition of 6,300 conservation organizations and nature-based businesses including state fish and wildlife agencies, anglers, boaters, hunters, hikers, and other conservationists.

For more information about State and Wildlife Grants and State Wildlife Action Plans, please visit www.teaming.com.

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

Fire Dept. Called To Assist Police With Search

Firefighters Dispatched For Search
At 4:43 pm on Thursday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to their station to assist Kane Boro Police with a search.

Game Commission Busts 5 Out Of State Deer Poachers

FIVE MAINE RESIDENTS CHARGED IN ONE OF THE LARGEST POACHING CASES IN STATE HISTORY
Following a six-month investigation by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bureau of Warden Service, five Maine residents – four adults and a 17-year-old juvenile – were charged with more than 250 counts of violating the Game and Wildlife Code and the Crimes Code. From left to right are: Carlton John Enos, 19, Everett H. (Lenny) Leonard, 59, and Everett Tyler Leonard, 31, all of Turner, Maine; and Lucien H. Clavet, 44, of Monmouth, Maine.

Defendants accused of multiple felony poaching crimes in Bradford County, Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG – Following a six-month investigation by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, five residents of Maine – four adults and a 17-year-old juvenile – were charged with more than 250 counts of violating the Game and Wildlife Code and the Crimes Code in the one of the largest wildlife crime sprees ever detected in the Commonwealth’s history.From left to right, Everett Tyler Leonard, 31, Everett H. (Lenny) Leonard, 59, both of Turner, Maine, proudly pose with two antlered deer that they and three other Maine residents were charged with illegally killing as part of one of the largest wildlife crime sprees in Pennsylvania history that spanned October and December of 2010.

The group is charged with multiple counts of killing deer at night with a light, killing deer in closed season and killing deer in excess of season bag limits in Armenia Township and surrounding municipalities, Bradford County. During the months of October and December, the group is accused of killing dozens of deer unlawfully, including three large-racked bucks, during the state’s early muzzleloader season and regular firearms deer seasons. The group also has been charged with numerous wildlife crimes in Maine.

“This investigation is a prime example of why it was so critically important for the General Assembly to have enacted legislation to increase the fines and penalties for chronic poachers last year,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The increased fines and penalties addressed the exact type of violations allegedly committed by these individuals, which involved killing multiple deer out of season, at night with spotlights and significantly over the bag limits.”

In late 2010, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bureau of Warden Service contacted the Game Commission with information that Everett Tyler Leonard and E.H. “Lenny” Leonard were suspected of killing a large number of deer over the legal limit in both Pennsylvania and Maine.

A joint investigation between the Game Commission and the Maine Warden Service was initiated and continued throughout the deer hunting seasons in both states. Game Commission Special Operations Division investigators conducted surveillance on the group’s illegal hunting activities in Pennsylvania during the white-tailed deer hunting seasons.

“Good interagency communication and teamwork was what made the investigation a success,” said Dan Scott, Captain of the Maine Warden Service. “It’s been our experience that fish and wildlife violators know no jurisdictional boundaries, and this investigation once again proved that to be true. These individuals showed complete disregard for the wildlife laws of both Maine and Pennsylvania. By doing so, they were stealing opportunity and natural resources from the citizens of both states.”

In January, a team of Game Commission investigators traveled to Maine to accompany Maine Warden Service investigators on the execution of five search warrants as a result of the investigation. During the execution of these warrants, investigators seized hundreds of pounds of deer meat, firearms, deer antlers, bows and arrows, spotlights, a mounted hawk and owls, a computer, documents and other hunting-related equipment.

The four adults charged in Pennsylvania were: Everett Tyler Leonard, 31, Everett H. (Lenny) Leonard, 59, and Carlton John Enos, 19, all of Turner; and Lucien H. Clavet, 44, of Monmouth. The 17-year-old juvenile, from Greene, will be charged with multiple summary violations involving the unlawful killing and attempting to kill deer both out of season and at night with a spotlight, using a motor vehicle to hunt and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Special Operations Division Chief Thomas P. Grohol and Bradford County Wildlife Conservation Officer Vernon I. Perry III filed Pennsylvania’s charges against the group before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy, Bradford County on Feb. 23.

The law to increase fines and penalties for poaching was made possible by House Bill 1859, which was sponsored by House Game and Fisheries Committee Democrat Chairman Edward G. Staback. The bill was approved by the House on July 21, 2009, by a vote of 196-3. The Senate, after making minor adjustments to the bill, approved the measure unanimously on July 3, 2010, followed by a 189-6 concurrence vote in the House also on July 3. The bill was signed into law on July 9, making it Act 54 of 2010.

Among the 250 charges filed against the adult defendants are the following: Read more.....

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Classes For PCEC

Home Spa Essentials (12 hours)
The Potter County Education Council will hold a Home Spa Essentials Course at the PCEC at the Vo-Tech. Let’s face it, everyone is trying to save a few bucks during this economic downturn, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your personal pampering. Everyone deserves the occasional day of rest and relaxation to recharge from life’s many stresses. During this program, you will learn basic spa treatments that you can give yourself at home to reduce stress, improve your appearance, and reinvigorate yourself. During each session, you will learn about and give yourself treatments. Potential topics include: basic manicures and pedicures, facials, scalp treatments, and many more. This course begins on March 15, 2011 and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and continues until March 24, 2011. The cost for the course is $125 per person and will be held at the Seneca Highlands Vo-Tech School. To register, visit our website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or call 814-545-1333.

Intermediate Sign Language
The Potter County Education Council will hold an Intermediate Sign Language Course at the Coudersport Office. This workshop continues where the basic course leaves off. Sharpen your skills for use in a professional, as well, a personal context. Anyone who already has a basic knowledge of sign language is welcome. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning April 12th and ending May19th. Times for the course are 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will cost $125 per person. To sign up for the course, visit our website at www.pottercountyedcouncil.org or call 814-274-4877.