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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Minor Injury In Keating Summit Crash

Minor Injury In Keating Summit Crash

A Coudersport driver lost control of his vehicle Friday just south of the Forest House Restaurant in Keating Summit. The car went off the roadway and hit large rocks, causing it to overturn onto it's roof in the roadway.

Shane D. Wilson, 39, of Coudersport, PA, was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries.

Wilson was driving a 2004 Dodge Intrepid southbound on Route 155 when he lost control of the vehicle and it went off the east side of the roadway where it hit large rocks and overturned. It came to rest on it's roof in the roadway.

Austin and Port Allegany ambulances were dispatched and then recalled. Medic 6 responded to the scene. Austin Fire Dept. assisted troopers at the scene.

The vehicle was removed by Kightlinger's.

Pipeline Countersues Residents For $683,000.

Chief asks court to speed ruling on lawsuit

By Elizabeth Skrapits (Staff Writer)
citizensvoice.com

Lawsuit by residents holding up pipeline:
Chief Gathering LLC wants the court to hurry up on a suit against residents of an exclusive housing development, but a federal judge says the company hasn't adequately proved it belongs in his jurisdiction.

The Dallas, Texas-based company is asking the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to resolve by Nov. 15 whether running a natural gas pipeline through Goodleigh Estates violates the Dallas Township development's protective covenants and constitutes a nuisance, according to recently filed documents.

In a countersuit:
Chief is seeking from the Dicksons and Watkinses a minimum of $683,000 - and potentially more than $18 million - to cover expenses they allege would be caused by the residents' delaying tactics. The company also wants to recover attorneys' fees and collect extra damages from the residents for making "defamatory and malicious" statements in local media and on Facebook.

"Punitive damages are also appropriate in this case to punish each of the Dickson/Watkins defendants for their intentional and outrageous conduct and to deter them and others like them from engaging in such conduct in the future," the suit states. Read more...

Ambulance Dispatched For Assault Victim At Fire Hall

Ambulance Called For Assault Victim
At 7:30 pm on Saturday, Mt. Jewett Ambulance has been dispatched to the Fire Hall for an assault victim with a back injury.

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes resolution to sue DRBC, demand impact studies, forbid fracking for now

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes resolution to sue DRBC, demand impact studies, forbid fracking for now

October 13, 2011
by Iris Marie Bloom
Protecting Our Waters

Philadelphia City Council unanimously passes Resolution to sue the Delaware River Basin Commission, demands cumulative impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing be studied, forbidding fracking for now

Philadelphia: At noon today, all seventeen members of Philadelphia’s City Council voted in favor of a resolution which joins the City of Philadelphia as a Friend of the Court, together with lawsuits already filed by the Attorney General of the State of New York, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and other parties, in suing the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). Philadelphia is joining these lawsuits to require, according to the resolution passed today, “that no drilling of Marcellus Shale take place until a full environmental analysis is completed.”

“Today was a great day for democracy, science and human health in Philadelphia,” said abe [Mr. Alex Allen], Associate Director of Protecting Our Waters, after the vote. ”Our representatives in City Council chose to unanimously look out for the interests of the people while resisting the persistent lobbying of the industry.” More...

Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil Scheduled Monday

Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil Scheduled Monday

Potter County Today

domvioMembers of the public are encouraged to show their support for the battle against domestic violence during a quiet candlelight ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, at 6 pm in the Coudersport Arboretum.

Leaders of the local domestic violence victims’ services organization, A Way Out, will lead the service in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Theme is unity at the local, state and national levels.

Purpose of Monday’s gathering is to memorialize the victims of domestic violence, celebrate and support the survivors, and connect those who work to prevent it. A Way Out is staffed by trained workers who can be reached any time at 274-0240 or toll-free at 1-877-334-3136.

Coudersport Ambulance To Angel Lane

At 6:50 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Angel Lane for a medical emergency.

Wind Advisory issued October 15 at 2:11PM EDT expiring October 15 at 8: 00PM EDT by NWS State College http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/ctp

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Potter County.

Otto Eldred VS Cameron County

Otto Eldred varsity VS Cameron County. CC won 18-6






Photos Courtesy Of Randy Frey
See my Cameron County photos at
www.camconative.com

George Schweigart Pictures Fall Colors


I think people would enjoy seeing these fall colors!

more can be found at http://www.facebook.com/SchweigartPhotography

Thanks,
-George Schweigart

James L. “Jazz” Jackson, 72, of Millport, PA, formerly of Olean and Portville, NY

James L. “Jazz” Jackson
“beloved husband, father & grandfather”


MILLPORT, PA---James L. “Jazz” Jackson, 72, of Millport, formerly of Olean and Portville, NY, died Friday, October 14, 2011 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born January 21, 1939 in Chester, he was a son of John and Esther Jackson. On March 5, 1960 in Media, he married Kathryn L. Everett, who survives.

Mr. Jackson was a graduate of Nether Providence in Wallingford, PA. He worked in retail sales for most of his life for various companies, including S.J. McCullagh Coffees in Buffalo, NY, the former Grant City in Allegany, NY, and the former Westons Shoppers City in Westons Mills, NY.

He enjoyed hunting and camping, and was an avid fisherman.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Nancy J. Harris of Eldred; a son, Todd M. (Rachel) Jackson of Clarksville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Walter of Bear, Delaware; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jackson was predeceased by his parents.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Robertson Talks About Famous Local Ghost Stories

Conversations: Ghost Stories with William P. Robertson



Hi Jim,

I recently returned to Mansfield University to film another TV appearance on their talk show, "Conversations with Dennis Miller." On this show I tell some famous area ghost stories, including the tales of Luke the Spook and the North Hall ghost. These stories also appear in my books, LURKING IN PENNSYLVANIA and DARK HAUNTED DAY. The YouTube link to the ghost story program is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FRwoEH9ZO4.

Best wishes,

Bill

Free Concert In Wellsville October 20

FREE LOCAL CONCERT
Local accordion player and music teacher Rachel Bell brings her eclectic folk rock roots band to Wellsville, NY on October 20, 2011.

The Andrew and Noah Band blends influences from Americana to Zydeco, Celtic to Bluegrass, Appalachian to alternative rock, along with a mosaic of various world music sounds.

With Kailyn Wright on vocals, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Syracuse-area brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and a long list of other instruments, this group has entertained audiences at concerts and major festivals throughout the northeast and even as far away as California.


Check out their groovin' tunes by going to www.andrewandnoah.com and following links to itunes, youtube, and facebook.


Samples of our music:

PA House Of Reps. Working Schedule For Next Week

Abortion Facilities and Harrisburg on House Voting Schedule Next week

Gaming Reforms and Reducing the Size of the Legislature on House Committee Agendas Next Week

The state House returns to session on Monday, Oct. 17, to debate and vote on various issues of importance. Various House committees will meet to discuss and vote on legislation.

Crafted in response to a grand jury presentment regarding atrocities alleged to have taken place at the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, where the clinic head, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, faces eight counts of murder including seven newborns and one woman, Senate Bill 732 defines what an abortion facility is and holds such facilities to the same high standards as other health care facilities to ensure that patients who use these clinics are treated by trained personnel in a safe and sanitary manner. The bill also holds abortion clinics to the same fire and safety standards, personnel and equipment requirements, and quality assurance procedures as other freestanding ambulatory surgical centers if they provide surgical abortions. Further, this measure will provide the Department of Health with a range of remedies for those facilities that are not in compliance with the regulations.

The House is expected to take up, if amended and passed by the Senate, Senate Bill 1151 dealing with municipal financial recoveries. The legislation would allow the governor to declare a state of fiscal emergency in a city, and direct the secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development to develop an emergency action plan to provide for vital and necessary services, including police and emergency services, water and sewer services, trash pickup and other services. Furthermore, the legislation gives the governor the ability to petition Commonwealth Court to appoint a receiver for the city in the event city council fails within a month of the declaration to adopt a plan to bring the city on the path to recovery. Once appointed, the receiver would have the ability to create a final long-term recovery plan for the city and would have the ability to implement the plan as needed.

In committee action on Monday, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will vote on a series of bills aimed at more openness and transparency. On Tuesday, the House State Government Committee will be voting on a number of bills aimed at reducing the size of the General Assembly, including House Bill 153, sponsored by Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County).

The Weekly Schedule
Bill numbers will be used to identify the legislation being considered either in committee or on the House floor. The bills, sponsors and summaries are posted HERE.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To East Academy Street

At 11:03 am on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to East Academy Street.

Fire Police Dispatched For Oil Spill

Oil Spill
At 10:50 am on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Police hav e been dispatched to the area of Rt. 219 & Rt. 59 for an oil spill.

Wind Advisory issued October 15 at 4:22AM EDT expiring October 15 at 12: 30PM EDT by NWS State College http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/ctp

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Potter County.
. Wind Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening...

* winds... southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* Timing... during the daylight hours on Saturday.

* Impacts... branches broken... lightweight outdoor objects blown
around... and minor damage to weak structures possible.

Bring the Kids To The Pumpkin Patch Saturday & Sundays NOON To DARK

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Daytime/Evening Help Wanted In Potter County & Port Allegany

4-County Leasing Group To Meet October 20 In Shinglehouse

Coudersport Prevails Over Smethport 24 to 7

Coudersport 24, Smethport 7 on a very wet field.

Click on any photo to view full size


Photos courtesy Leo Szczesny
Sunkenbranch.com

Emporium Teen Airlifted After Rt. 120 Crash On Friday

An Emporium Teenager was injured Friday afternoon when her 1995 Chevrolet S-10 hit a mailbox on Route 120 , sixty six feet west of Sunny Lane Road, and subsequently a guiderail, then going over an embankment.

Kasandra A. Karsten, 18, of Emporium, PA, was extricated from her pickup truck by Emporium Fire Rescue and transported to the Cameron County High School Football Field by Emporium Ambulance where she was airlifted by Stat 9 Helicopter to Altoona Hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

Troopers said the crash occurred as Karsten was traveling east on Route 120 when her pickup left the north side of the roadway striking mailboxes off the side of the roadway. The pickup then crossed over Sunny Lane and struck the east guiderail with it's front end, then traveling over the guiderail and down over an 8 foot embankment before coming to rest over the embankment.

The report said she was not wearing a seat belt. She'll be cited for Roadways Laned For Traffic.

DUI Charged After Traffic Stop

After a traffic stop in Emporium Borough at 1:40 am last Saturday, Gavin Dynda, of Austin, PA, was arrested by Trooper Paul M. Mall for DUI.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Emporium State Police Report Incidents

Emporium State Police Report Incidents

A camp at Lick Island Road in Grove Township, Cameron County was found to have been burglarized. The owner is unknown. Investigation continues.

Unknown actors removed 3 cords of firewood from a location on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County belonging to Leroy Yanak of St. Marys, PA.

Unknown actor(s) used a vehicle to damage a metal gate on a private road off of Barr Hollow Road in Lumber Township owned by Hancock Forest Management of Smethport, PA.

1995 Buick Stolen From Harrison Valley Last Month

A 1995 Buick Riviera was stolen from a Harrison Valley residence overnight on September 23/24.

The Buick was described as light blue with a silver colored hood and a black right fender with a Pennsylvania registration plate number GXX-1819.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Neil Fausey is the investigator.

Hit & Run In Genesee Thursday

A Hit & Run crash at the intersection of Route 449 and the Genesee Hometown Restaurant parking lot in Genesee Township is under investigation by State Police.

Between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:15 pm on Thursday, an unknown vehicle struck a parked 2010 Chrysler Town & Country in the restaurant's parking lot, and then fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Kocher is the investigator.

Innovative Job Training Program Available Locally

Innovative Job Training Program Available Locally

jobsPennsylvania CareerLink has been engaged in an innovative program to address local employment on a long-term basis. Mission of the “Fit 4 Career Series” is to train and certify unemployed adults to land local jobs. Those who successfully complete the program emerge with career readiness certificates.


Training is available for eligible Potter County residents to prepare them for employment in health care, building construction, manufacturing and the natural gas industry.


CareerLink has partnered with Pennsylvania College of Technology and Bloomsburg University to bring the training programs to the region. More information is available from CareerLink offices in Coudersport (274-0499).

Tennessee Gas Announces Second Major Pipeline Project

Tennessee Gas Announces Second Major Pipeline Project

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A major pipeline is being cut through Potter County to bring natural gas to markets in the Northeast. And, most recently, plans for a second large-scale line – the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) “MPP Project” — were spelled out during a recent public meeting this week in Ulysses. Assuming the plan clears regulatory hurdles, it will deliver 240,000 more dekatherms per day to gas customers.

TGP will install about eight miles of 30-inch diameter steel pipe in close proximity to another new pipeline, the “300 Line Project,” that is already underway in Potter County. TGP will also expand four of its compressor stations, including one in Potter County. Tennessee is positioning itself to capitalize on production of natural gas from Marcellus Shale and other shale formations in the coming years. Company officials said negotiations are planned with landowners for easement rights or temporary. MPP Project construction is anticipated in summer 2013. The rights-of-way will be cleared of timber next fall. Temporary traffic interruptions are anticipated on Rt. 49, Baker Creek Road and Peet Brook Road.

TGP is completing work on its 300 Line Project, which involves installation of 127 miles of pipeline, as well as installation of two new compressor stations and upgrades at seven others. Among the latter is the station in Hebron Township, between Coudersport and Coneville. Pipeline construction has been underway in sections of Hector, Ulysses, Allegany and Hebron Townships.

That project will increase natural gas delivery capacity in the region by approximately 350,000 dekatherms per day, drawing supplies from Gulf Coast, Appalachian, Rockies, and Marcellus Shale areas. TGP has been serving the northeastern United States for more than 50 years. Show is a portion of the route for the proposed MPP Project. More information is available at the project website here.

L. Lavern Walker, 96, of Looker Mountain Trail, Rixford, PA

RIXFORD, PA - L. Lavern Walker, 96, of Looker Mountain Trail died Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011) at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital.

Born June 17, 1915, in Duke Center, he was a son of Albert and Flora DeKay Walker. On Aug. 3, 1941, at her parents' home, he married Donna Harris, who survives.

Mr. Walker was a 1934 graduate of Bradford High School and had lived in Rixford for many years. He was employed in local oil fields as a driller for Wasson Oil Co. in Duke Center. Later, along with his father-in-law, Neil Harris, he co-owned and operated the Harris and Walker Oil Co. in Bradford for 10 years, where he was a pumper. From 1966 until his retirement in 1981, he was employed in the maintenance department of American Olean Tile Co.

For 30 years, he was an Otto Township supervisor and had served as chairman of the board.
Mr. Walker was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, National Rifle Association, Belles & Beaus Square Dance Club and AARP. He loved traveling with his wife in their RV, hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife Donna of 70 years are two sons, Bradley (Toni Yeske) Walker of Mindora, Wis., and Terry (Gail) Walker of Pittsfield; a daughter, Sharon Littlefield of Duke Center; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kimberly Walker; a son-in-law, Dale Littlefield; four brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held Monday (Oct. 17, 2011) at 11 a.m. in the Duke Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Sheesley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Rixford Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, Pa.

Wind Advisory issued October 14 at 9:07PM EDT expiring October 15 at 11: 00AM EDT by NWS State College http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/ctp

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Potter County.

Tree Down On West Bingham Road

0/14/20118:25 PMTREE DOWN W BINGHAM RD GENESEE TWP

Wind Advisory issued October 14 at 7:49PM EDT expiring October 15 at 12: 00PM EDT by NWS State College http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/ctp

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Potter County, Central PA , and all of Western New York

Statement as of 7:49 PM EDT on October 14, 2011


... Wind Advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 8 PM EDT Saturday...

* winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Timing... during the daylight hours on Saturday.

* Impacts... branches broken... lightweight outdoor objects blown
around... and minor damage to weak structures possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or
gusts of 46 and 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong may cause
minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in
high profile vehicles should use caution until the wind subsides.
The most likely locations for more persistent strong winds and
strong wind gusts will mainly be above 2000 ft.

John R. Hughes, Jr., 59, of Coudersport, PA

John R. Hughes, Jr., 59, of Coudersport, PA died Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Darway Elder Care Rehabilitation Center in Forksville, PA.

Born on April 14, 1952 in Coudersport, he was the son of John R. Hughes, Sr. and Phyllis Moran Hughes. On November 14, 1994 he married Josefina Villanueva who survives.

Mr. Hughes was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He had been employed at American Legion Potter Post 192 as a bartender and later worked for Truck Lite and at Kwik Fill. He served with the armed forces for almost 30 years, first serving with the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam War and later with the U. S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War. He is a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, American Legion Potter Post 192, and the VFW.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his father, John R. Hughes, Sr. of Coudersport, two sons, Ferdinand Hughes and his wife, Jessica, and Glenn Hughes, both of Virginia Beach, VA, a daughter, Samantha Hughes of Coudersport, a step-son, Patrick Villanueva of Coudersport, two grandchildren, Sean Curtis Hughes and Joshua Luis Hughes, one brother, Joseph Hughes and his wife, Barbara, of Angelica, NY, one sister, Rosemary Musser and her husband, Brian, of Coudersport, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Hughes, who died on December 20, 2002.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the American Legion Potter Post 192 in Coudersport. Military rites will be accorded at the service by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Coudersport - St Marys Soccer

Coudersport - St Marys Soccer.
It was Seniors Night for Coudy.
Coudy won 3-1







Photos Courtesy Of Leo Szczesny SunkenBranch.com

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 6 West

At 4:52 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Rt. 6 West for a person to go to the hospital.

PITT-BRADFORD WORKING TO HELP LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED STUDENTS FEEL SAFE

PITT-BRADFORD WORKING TO HELP LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED STUDENTS FEEL SAFE

BRADFORD, Pa. – Students, faculty and administrators at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford are working to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered members of the university community feel more at home on campus.

Two new projects, one introduced by students, the other by administrators, have raised awareness on campus about issues faced by lesbian and gay community members.

At the beginning of the academic year, some offices on campus began displaying rainbow “Safe Zone” logos outside their doors. The signs send a message that the person working in that office has been through a Safe Zone training and is comfortable talking about gay issues and will not react in a judgmental manner.

So far, more than 50 faculty, staff and student members have been trained, including resident assistants. Offices and student groups can continue to request training.

Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of student affairs, who began the Safe Zone program on campus, said that it has a number of benefits.

First, students can talk with a faculty or staff member or fellow student without being judged, in an environment where they can be themselves. Secondly, Binder said, the sign alone sends a message to students that they will be accepted on campus for who they are, even if they don’t engage that faculty or staff member in a conversation. Some offices at Pitt-Bradford have also begun displaying the Safe Zone symbol on their websites as a way to signal to potential students that the campus is welcoming to LGBT students.

That message was reinforced Tuesday, when the campus held its first “Coming Out for Equality” convocation organized by students in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Straight Alliance.

The convocation was a standing-room-only event with more than 100 attending in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel on campus. Speakers included Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs; Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs; Erik Austin, president of the Student Government Association and a broadcast communications major from Duke Center; and Dr. Jessie Blackburn, assistant professor of English, who helped students organize the event.

Blackburn cited a statistic from the Gallup organization that said 70 percent of the college-age generation support gay rights.

“There’s so much to celebrate,” Blackburn said, “but there’s still so much to be done, and I’m sure that it’s this generation that is going to lead us away from homophobia.”

Jenna Oyler, a human relations major from Kane, was the student leader of the group organizing the event.

Oyler worked with Evans and a steering committee to plan the event to coincide with National Coming Out Day.

“I wanted to organize this event because I have a lot of friends who are not comfortable being ‘open’ on campus,” Oyler said. “I know Pitt-Bradford strives to welcome all diversity, but the LGBT area was lacking.

“I took a Women’s Lit. class with Dr. Blackburn and really saw a connection between the feminist movement and the movement for LGBT rights. I wanted to hold an event that would embrace and celebrate students’ sexual diversity so members of the LGBT community wouldn’t feel like they had to be closeted at school.”

I-80 WB Work Zone Lane Restriction Expected to be Lifted around 6 p.m.; Queue Will Take Some Time to Clear

Travel Advisory
I-80 WB Work Zone Lane Restriction Expected to be Lifted around 6 p.m.; Queue Will Take Some Time to Clear

Oct. 14, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m.

Motorists traveling Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia County are advised that the work-zone lane restriction at mile 243 is expected to be lifted around 6 p.m. Both westbound lanes will be reopened to traffic at that time.

There is a lengthy backlog of traffic at this time. It may take a while for the queue to clear.

Junior High Football--Red Raiders vs the Terrors game

Red Raiders vs the Terrors game. Junior High Football CC 34- Otto 12. More photos at www.camconative.com



2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 46 In Smethport

2 Vehicle Accident In Smethport
At 4:09 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Rt. 46 in front of the Priority Care Ambulance Building for a 2 vehicle motor vehicle accident. State Police are en route.

James B. Swackhamer, 67, of 535 Bolivar Drive, Bradford PA.

James B. Swackhamer, 67, of 535 Bolivar Drive, passed away Friday, October 14th, 2011 surrounded by his loved ones at BRMC.

Born May 31, 1944, in Bradford, he was the son of the late James W. and Jane (Wentworth) Swackhamer.

On May 29, 1965 in St. Bernard Church he married Karen L. (Brown) Swackhamer who survives.

A 1962 graduate of Bradford High School, he had been employed at Air Co Speer, drove for Tom Neilly, Weber Knapp, McQuaid Trucking and retired from Commonwealth Trucking. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM, McKean County Shrine Club and a member of the former Bradford Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Karen of 46 years, two daughters, Tina L. Stack of Bradford, and Jamie (Kenneth) Walsh of Tucson, AZ, a sister, Penny Swackhamer of Canton, GA, five grandchildren: Haley Stack, Aaron Stack, Kenny J. Walsh, Katelyn Walsh and Kasey Walsh, one uncle, Victor (Dorothy) Wentworth and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including Gay Wentworth, Renee Wentworth and Lee (Mark) Yale.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, October 17, 2011, from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., at which time funeral and committal services will be held at 8:00pm with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean Co. CARE for Children PO Box 616 Bradford, PA 16701 or American Cancer Society McKean Co. Unit PO Box 67 Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Philly Airport Running 2 Hours Behind On Arrivals

FlightStats
PHL (Philadelphia International Airport)
This airport is experiencing arrival delays of 121 to 135 minutes due to Traffic Management Initiatives:Severe Weather Avoidance Program:Weather since 14/15:46.
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One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 120 Across From PSP Station

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/UNKNOWN STATUS
Address: 12921 ROUTE 120
City: SHIPPEN
Cross Streets: SUNNY LANE RD * INDUSTRIAL RD

One Vehicle accident across from State Police Station W/entrapment.
Small pickup truck hit guiderail. Reported over embankment.


STAT 9 REQUESTED TO CAMERON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.
Stat 9 at Landing Zone at 4:27 pm
Kasandra A Karsten, 18, of Emporium was flown to Altoona Hospital at 4:40 pm

Agency: EMPORIUM AMBULANCE & CAMERON CO. 14
10/14/2011 3:47:28 PM


‘CIVIL WAR VOICES’ KICKS OFF PITT-BRADFORD’S PRISM SERIES

‘CIVIL WAR VOICES’ KICKS OFF PITT-BRADFORD’S PRISM SERIES

BRADFORD, Pa. – “Civil War Voices,” a musical based on the diary of a Civil War soldier, will be the first offering in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Prism series.

The university’s premier arts series will open the season with the return of The Barter Theatre in its performance of the period musical at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

Ticket prices for the public are $28 and $24; costs for faculty, staff and alumni are $24 and $20; students pay $12 and $10.

James R. Harris based his musical on the diaries and other writings of his great-great-uncle, a young couple separated by the war, a young professor who became a lieutenant, and a freed slave working as Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker. The music arrangements by Mark Hayes include period songs such as “Dixie,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Assistant Director Katy Brown explains, “The really beautiful thing is, by the end of the play, we see that even though it was North vs. the South, we all were so much the same, with such similar human hopes and fears.”

The Barter Theatre of Abington is presenting and touring the play as part of observances surrounding this year’s 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

A Kaleidoscope student matinee will be presented in the morning of Oct. 26 for children from area schools.

For more information, visit www.civilwarvoices.com.

For tickets and more information, contact the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814)362-5113, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and one hour before show time or visit www.upb.pitt.edu/TheArts.aspx.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Recalls

CooperVision Continues the Voluntary Recall of Avaira™ Toric Contact Lenses

Ohio Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Beef, Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Emergency Route 87 permanent repairs set to start next week

Travel Advisory
Emergency Route 87 permanent repairs set to start next week

Permanent flood-recovery repairs to two sections of Route 87 in Lycoming County will be made under a $1,846,648 emergency contract awarded to Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Bids were opened yesterday; the notice-to-proceed is set for Monday, with work expected to begin shortly thereafter.

The work will include emergency and permanent repairs, debris and deposition removal, excavation, pipe-culvert cleaning, drainage improvements, guiderail upgrades, and new blacktop pavement at the flood-damaged roadway along 1.2 miles just north of Route 973 near Slabtown, and a 0.4-mile section in the vicinity of Best Beach, several miles north of Montoursville.

Work under this contract is scheduled for a mid-December completion.

Motorists are reminded that the roadway remains closed to through traffic and is open to local traffic only.

Wind Advisory In Effect For Central PA Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Potter County.

Wind Advisory

Statement as of 1:32 PM EDT on October 14, 2011

... Wind Advisory in effect from 6 am to 8 PM EDT Saturday...


The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Wind
Advisory... which is in effect from 6 am to 8 PM EDT Saturday.

* Winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph.

* Timing... during the daylight hours on Saturday.

* Impacts... branches broken... lightweight outdoor objects blown
around... and minor damage to weak structures possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or
gusts of 46 and 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong may cause
minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in
high profile vehicles should use caution until the wind subsides.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for further details or updates.

Thompson Recognizes Major Thomas E. Clark

Thompson Recognizes Major Thomas E. Clark

Praises Maj. Clark’s Service to Nation, Honors Ultimate Sacrifice

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson yesterday evening recognized and honored Major Thomas E. Clark’s service and sacrifice to the United States of America. After being shot down by enemy fire over 40 years ago during the Vietnam War, Major Clark will finally be escorted home to Emporium, PA, by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, where the Air Force will honor him with an honorary flyover. Thompson, who will be attending Major Clark’s Mass of Christian Burial in Emporium on October 22, 2011, submitted his remarks for the Congressional Record, which are highlighted below.




HONORING MAJOR THOMAS E. CLARK

(Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. The motto inscribed on the Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flag reads, ``You are not forgotten.''

I rise today to Honor Major Thomas E. Clark, a U.S. soldier who served in Vietnam, an airman who gave his life defending this country.

Originally from Emporium, Pennsylvania, Major Clark studied at Penn State before being accepted into the Air Force Academy and graduating in 1963.

In 1969, while flying an F-100 in a mission over Laos, Major Clark's aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The plane went crashing into the jungle canopy. The wreckage was not found and Major Clark went missing in action for 4 years when, in 1973, the Air Force determined Clark was ``killed in action; body not recovered.''

In 1991, some of the wreckage of the F-100 was found. Finally, in 2009, an investigation found the remains of Major Clark.

Next week, the Air Force will bring home Major Clark to Emporium, Pennsylvania, to have him properly laid to rest in his family's plot.

I'm truly proud and honored to recognize his bravery and thank him for making the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

He will not be forgotten. Major Clark, may you rest in peace.

Immediate Opening For Postal Service Driver In Emporium Area

The Tarbox Family Says Thank You.....

I-80 WB lane restriction to be lifted later this afternoon

Travel Advisory
I-80 WB lane restriction to be lifted later this afternoon

The contractor on Interstate 80 in Columbia County is making every effort to lift the westbound lane restriction between miles 242 and 243, but the weather is being uncooperative.

The latest estimate is that both westbound lanes will be back in service by 3:30 this afternoon.

Currently, traffic is backed up on I-80 WB about three miles.

Motorists who plan to travel through that area in the next few hours should plan extra travel time.

Walter Baker is returning home today

Miracle of miracles, Walter Baker is returning home today.

He's very weak and it will take some time to recuperate, but all the prayers from so many friends certainly worked. An abscess was removed from his lung and he may have to return at a later date for an appendectomy but for now we're all very grateful that he's going to be ok.

We're sure he'd love to receive cards which could be sent in care of the Crittenden Hotel.

Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes.


Shirlee and Kim

Man Stabbed On Tracks In Westons Mills

Man Stabbed, Robbed on Railroad Tracks

An Olean man was attacked and stabbed last night while walking on railroad tracks in Westons Mills.

Sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Shawn Wright was walking toward Olean when he was attacked from behind, stabbed in the neck with a knife and robbed of his personal belongings.

He was taken to ECMC for treatment of his injuries. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

MVA In Keating Summit

MVA at Keating Summit
At NOON on Friday, Austin Dept. 44 has been dispatched to a one vehicle motor vehicle accident on Rt. 155, just south of the Forest House at Keating Summit.
Austin Ambulance recalled.

AT 12:17 pm--Port Allegany Ambulance dispatched to assist Austin. RECALLED.

COMMAND--Reporting one vehicle on it's roof. Roadway partially blocked.

CHICKEN BBQ – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH FROM NOON TILL 2:00

CHICKEN BBQ – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH FROM NOON TILL 2:00.

Hebron Union Christian School students are selling whole dinners for $7.00 (includes macaroni salad, baked beans, roll & butter)

and just chicken halves for $4.50.

Please come support these students and help them to raise money for their school!!

LOCATION – Rt. 44, on the corner near Rt. 244, at the home of Joyce Lambert.

Homemade baked items for sale made by students also!! Lots of goodies to go with your dinner too. All proceeds fund the childrens’ events throughout the year!

Ms. Karen E. Frampton, 69, of 1384 High Street, Lewis Run, PA

Ms. Karen E. Frampton, 69, of 1384 High Street, Lewis Run, passed away, Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at Roswell Park Institute, in Buffalo.

Born July 13, 1942, in Buffalo, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Helen (Dry) Alferink.

Ms. Frampton was a 1960 graduate of Bradford High School. She enjoyed bowling, Euchre, and a good time.

She had worked as a seafood specialist manager at Public's Supermarkets in Florida and formerly co-owned and operated the Model T Restaurant in Derrick City.

Surviving are four children, a daughter, Tracey (Jeffrey) Kandare of Lewis Run, three sons, Jeffrey Frampton of Bradford, Scott Frampton of San Diego, CA, and John Frampton of Knox Tenn, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Ivan Regis who died on December 28, 2010.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave. with Rev. Max Miller pastor of Bradford Area Parish officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery

Memorial if desired may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor's choice

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

Sopertown Road bridge replacement starts Oct. 24

Sopertown Road bridge replacement starts Oct. 24

A bridge replacement project on Route 4033 (Sopertown Road) in Columbia Township, Bradford County starts Oct. 24.

Traffic will be detoured starting Wednesday, Oct. 26. The signed detour will follow Austinville Road and Old Royd Road in Columbia Township, Bradford County and Rutland Township, Tioga County.

Prime contractor, Minichi Contracting Group, will remove the existing pipe culverts over Sugar Creek and replace them with a new box culvert. Work includes rebuilt roadway approaches and new guiderail.

The project is one mile from the intersection with Austinville Road.

The detour is scheduled to be lifted by mid-December.

All work under the project is to be completed by the end of next April.

The project was advanced from next spring after the temporary pipes were damaged during last month’s flooding.

Death Under Investigation

Death Investigation Under Way in Elk County

Gant Daily
JAY TOWNSHIP – The death of a 70-year-old Wexford man is under investigation in Elk County.

According to the Ridgway-based state police, James P. Ferris was located at his camp off of Redwood Avenue. Elk County Coroner Louis Radkowski pronounced Ferris dead at the scene. More...

MVA On Bradford Bypass

MVA On Bradford Bypass
At 11:26 am on Friday, Bradford City Fire Rescue & Ambulance have been dispatched to a report of a one vehicle accident on Rt. 219 Noprthbound near Foreman Street.

PA Game Commission News

FALL FIREARMS DEER SEASONS MAKING A DIFFERENCE;GAME COMMISSION OFFERS WARM-WEATHER VENISON CARE TIPS;HARVEST REPORTING AVAILABLE VIA POSTCARD, ONLINE OR TELEPHONE;HUNTERS REMINDED THAT LICENSES STILL MUST BE DISPLAYED;HUNTERS SHARING THE HARVEST A WORTHY
HARRISBURG - The state’s early firearms antlerless deer seasons – early muzzleloader season, Oct. 15-22, and special firearms season for junior, senior, active duty military and certain disabled hunters, Oct. 20-22 – will soon be here, along with seasons

AVERAGE GROUSE HUNTING EXPECTED OVERALL;SQUIRRELS ABOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FORESTS AND WOODLOTS;HUNTERS/TRAPPERS REMINDED THAT LICENSES STILL MUST BE DISPLAYED
HARRISBURG – This year’s erratic weather patterns may have created a mixed bag for nesting and brood-rearing grouse, and Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists expect ruffed grouse hunting to be average to slightly below average for the nearly 100,000

Roulette Township Announces Halloween Activities

Halloween Parade in Roulette
will be Saturday, October 29th starting at 1:00PM.


The registration and line-up will begin at 12:00PM near the Potter County Human Services building and the floats will be staged in the parking lot near Gustin’s Auto and Truck Repair. The parade will end at the Roulette Volunteer Fire Department where refreshments will be available and awards given.

The official approved time for “Trick or Treating” in Roulette will be from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.

We recommend that any resident who wishes to participate in the “Trick or Treat” activities have a porch light on to make it easier to tell who wishes to have Ghouls and Goblins visit their home during these hours.

The Roulette Township Supervisors ask that during these times all travelers be extraordinarily cautious on the roads and keep an eye open for children that may be entering, crossing, or traveling on the streets of downtown Roulette. The Roulette Volunteer Fire Department will have volunteers and fire police patrolling the streets to help prevent accidents, report suspicious activities and assist anyone that may be having problems during these times.

The supervisors would like to thank the fire department, volunteers, residents, and all who assist with and participate in the activities for taking time out of their lives to help make this another great Halloween for everyone.

Jonathan Huff
Secretary / Treasurer

Roulette Township Supervisors

Who Is He?


I took this pic @ Austin Dam Break 100th Anniversary but I didn't get his name.
Could someone (((please))) supply me with his address so I can send him this pic? Boots Haskins


He was set up in front of E.O.Austin Historical Museum.

THANK YOU SO MUCH. HIS NAME IS CLARENCE WALKER

Route 467 slide repair project detour starts Oct. 24

Travel Advisory
Route 467 slide repair project detour starts Oct. 24

The major portion of the slide repair project on Route 467 in Rome Township, Bradford County is nearing completion.

As detailed in the spring, the temporary one-lane roadway will be removed, the road closed and the detour will be implemented soon. To complete the repairs to the slope and reconstruct the roadway, Route 467 will be closed starting Oct. 24 from Route 187 to Route 1051, as it was in the spring.

Local traffic will have access to their properties, but through traffic will be detoured.

The detour is expected to be in effect for six weeks.

Some finishing work on the project will be scheduled in the spring of 2012.

PEDA Board Approves $3.7 Million in Funding for 13 Clean Energy Projects

PEDA Board Approves $3.7 Million in Funding for 13 Clean Energy Projects

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, or PEDA, announced today that 13 projects across the state will receive a share of $3.7 million to develop and implement clean energy projects. Each grant recipient will provide matching funds of various amounts. More...

Media Statement on Voluntarily Recall of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market Shredded Iceberg Lettuce

10/13/2011 11:00 PM EDT

Giant Eagle has been informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the presence of listeria monocytogenes in a routine random sample test of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market eight ounce package of Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, with a use by date of October 14,2011 (see attached product image). To date, there are no reported cases of customer illness due to consumption of this item.

Osamu Corporation Recalls Frozen Ground Tuna

10/13/2011 11:12 PM EDT

Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling up to 1,800 cases, lot# 7013, of frozen ground tuna because the FDA found decomposition in several samples of the product and also found elevated histamine levels in samples taken from one retail location. Osamu Corporation is recalling the product in an abundance of caution since decomposed product may promote formation of histamine.

Did You Lose Your Dog??


Found dog in Coudersport Borough. Please call the Borough office at
274-9776 if this is your dog.

PEC Basic-SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation Train-the-Trainer

PEC Basic-SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation Train-the-Trainer

The Potter County Education Council and the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center are seeking interested individuals for the PEC Basic-SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation Train-the-Trainer program. The PEC Basic-SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation Train-the-Trainer course allows an instructor to administer the PEC Basic-Safe Gulf/SafeLand Orientation course.

The PEC Basic-SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation course was designed to take the place of multiple operator orientation courses and to give each student a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry - upstream, downstream, onshore, and offshore. As more and more industries are accepting and/or requiring this credential, having an in-house trainer can greatly reduce the cost of certifying your employees and increases your flexibility in scheduling the training.

Each instructor will receive classroom training and the following manuals: • PEC Basic Orientation Instructor Manual, • PEC Basic Orientation Student Manual, •PEC Basic Orientation Video, •All-in-One Video, •Backdrop for Student Photographs, •PowerPoint Presentation and reference material that will support the instruction of the program.

Ten individuals are needed to run this course. If you are interested in this course, call (814) 545-1333.

Shooting Victim Flown To Altoona Hospital

St. Marys Man Shot in Backyard
WESB NEWS
A St. Marys man was shot Tuesday afternoon on Taft Road in St. Marys. City police say that 49 year-old Christopher Trgovac was hit by a small caliber weapon while in his backyard.

Trgovac was flown to Altoona Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission has joined the investigation.

L. Lavern Walker, 96, of Looker Mountain Trail, Rixford, PA

RIXFORD — L. Lavern Walker, 96, of Looker Mountain Trail, died Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

4-County Leasing Group To Meet October 20 In Shinglehouse

Daytime/Evening Help Wanted In Potter County & Port Allegany

Thursday, October 13, 2011

EXPERT CONFIRMS RADON TO BE CARRIED WITH GAS VIA THE SPECTRA PIPELINE

SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER -
EXPERT CONFIRMS RADON TO BE CARRIED WITH GAS VIA THE SPECTRA PIPELINE


BREAKING NEWS. The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter has received confirmation today from testimony submitted by James W. Ring, Winslow Professor Emeritus of nuclear physics at Hamilton College, on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's revised draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, regarding the dangers of inhaled radon and the likelihood that shale gas extracted from the Marcellus will deliver radon into NYS residences at point of use. The Spectra pipeline will deliver Marcellus shale gas from nearby Pennsylvania to New York City homes, increasing the risk that residents will inhale radon when they turn on their stoves.

Professor, James W. Ring, Winslow Professor of Physics Emeritus, Hamilton College:

“Next to smoking, radon is the most potent cause of lung cancer. The radon and natural gas coming from the shale mix together and travel together as the gas is piped to customers. This is a serious health hazard, as radon––being a gas––is breathed into the lungs and lodges there to decay, doing damage to the lung’s tissue and eventually leading to lung cancer.”

Free Testing Of Wells, Springs Offered In Potter County

Free Testing Of Wells, Springs Offered In Potter County

Potter County Today

watertestProperty owners in Potter County who have private wells and springs may be able to qualify for free water quality analysis. Tests will be provided through a $150,000 Colcom Foundation grant. Samples will be analyzed for pH, total dissolved solids, bacteria, barium, chloride, nitrogen, arsenic and corrosivity. Interested water well owners should contact Kelly Williams of the Clearfield County Conservation District for an application by calling at 765-2629 or sending email to kwilliamsccd@atlanticbbn.net.

Pennsylvania is one of only two states that do not regulate private water well construction. Townships and boroughs have the power to establish constructions standards, but few of them do. Poorly constructed wells with inadequate casings invite contaminants, according to Penn State Extension water specialist Bryan Swistock. He advises property owners to get a baseline test of well water before gas drilling in their area, as well as afterward. However, testing makes sense even in areas where there is no gas exploration.

“It has provided a lot of information for people who never had it,” Swistock said. “Sometimes they are surprised by what they see, because they have no symptoms in the water. Many get tests only when they notice an odor or a change in the water’s color or taste. Substances that cause those problems — iron, manganese and hydrogen sulfide – often aren’t health issues. But dangerous contaminants, such as coliform, E. coli bacteria and arsenic, can go unnoticed without testing.” A 2009 report by Penn State Extension showed that about 40 percent of wells contain at least one contaminant.

State law presumes that gas well drillers are responsible for water quality problems in wells within 1,000 feet of a well during drilling and six months after, unless pre-drilling water testing shows those problems already existed. While companies aren’t required to test water wells, many do so to provide a baseline before drilling. Homeowners who are concerned about nearby drilling can rely on the gas driller’s test or have their own tests conducted.

DEP recommends the following water tests be done as part of Marcellus Shale gas drilling activity: pH, total dissolved solids, iron, manganese, sodium, methane, ethane, total suspended solids, alkalinity, conductivity, oil and grease, residue (both filterable and unfilterable), barium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, strontium, sulfate, hardness, total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria.

Potter County’s Watershed Group Hailed As Model For State

Potter County’s Watershed Group Hailed As Model For State

tripledividelogoMembers of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition met this week in Galeton to continue their efforts to protect public water supplies across Potter County. In its short existence, the organization has attacked a busy agenda. Representatives from all but one of the public water suppliers in Potter County have been engaging in the organization since its formation in April. Its goal is to protect public water sources from potential degradation from natural gas well drilling or other disturbances, through a combination of public education, communications with industry, and/or regulations.

The group derives its names from the county’s unique geographic distinction as the headwaters for three major Northeastern U.S. watersheds. Water from Potter County flows north to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, south to the Ohio and Mississippi, and east to the Atlantic Ocean. By forming the coalition, public water system managers in Potter County will be able to share best practices and speak with a unified voice on proposed legislation and regulations/enforcement issues. Coalition members will also investigate options for the county or municipal governments to control industrial activities such as natural gas drilling in close proximity to public water sources and recharge areas.

Another benefit of the coalition was emphasized during this week’s meeting — bulk purchasing of supplies, equipment, laboratory services, etc. Municipal water authorities and operators will be surveyed to determine their needs.

Coalition Chairman John McLaughlin, retired Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) water specialist and a member of the Potter County Planning Commission, presented results from public water supply testing he has been supervising in recent weeks. Some are showing high proportions of methane that could be naturally occurring, or could be related to shallow natural gas wells drilled many years ago. Coalition members discussed the possibility of each supplier installing automated equipment that constantly monitors water quality. Results would be more reliable than sporadic testing.

Coalition members also chose a logo for the new group and discussed public education initiatives, including a brochure and a newsletter. Trixie Blass from the Galeton Borough Authority displays the preferred logo in the accompanying photo. Ben Hoppe (right), also from Galeton, was among those casting affirmative votes.

Members were also asked to consider possible land use controls to protect sensitive sourcewater areas. These would be submitted as recommendations to the Potter County Planning Commission.

Mark Stephens, a geologist and veteran DEP employee, gave the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition high marks and commended the Potter County Board of Commissioners for its leadership and support of the organization. Stephens is assisting community-based sourcewater protection initiatives in northern and central Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on building public awareness and reducing risk. Local organizations — including municipal authorities, the Potter County Conservation District, Penn State Extension, Potter County Planning Commission and others — have signed on to support the program.

John Van Zant, a water specialist with DEP, echoed Stephens’ comments. He said the model that has been established in Potter County for the headwaters region should be emulated in other counties.

I-180 EB bridge repairs at Williamsport begin Saturday

I-180 EB bridge repairs at Williamsport begin Saturday

A deck repair project on the bridge carrying Interstate 180 eastbound over
Maynard Street at Williamsport is scheduled to start this Saturday, Oct.
15.

Eastbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane over the bridge while

repairs are made. About two weeks into the work, when one lane is
completed, the traffic pattern will shift to the other lane.

The repairs are expected to take approximately one month to complete

Roulette Ambulance To Port Allegany

At 8:23 PM on Thursday Roulette Ambulance was dispatched to Port Allegany for a medical call at Church St.

Mike Waskovich performing at Olga's Saturday Night

Mike Waskovich performing at Olga's Saturday Night

Saturday, October 15 · 8:00pm

Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, PA


Mike heralding from N.E. Pa. will entertain with songs you know from the
50s to the present along with some of his own originals.

We're extremely

glad to have Mike returning to Olga's. $3 cover.

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 6:08 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 have been called to Sweden Valley Manor for a fall victim with a head injury.