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Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 10:08 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Sweden Valley Manor of a medical emergency.

Pennsylvania Farm Safety & Health Quiz Bowl State Finals Results


Pennsylvania Farm Safety & Health Quiz Bowl State Finals Results

Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but a group of Pennsylvania’s youth is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life. Eight teams of FFA and 4-H students from throughout the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held at the 2012 PA Farm Show on Wednesday, January 11.

The quiz bowl is designed to motivate youth to increase their awareness and knowledge of agricultural safety and health issues. During the competition, students are asked a sampling of more than 1,000 questions. Categories include machinery, equipment and tools, occupational health, environmental hazards, pesticides and other chemicals, confined spaces, farm shops, special populations, and animals and livestock management.

Four teams each from 4-H and FFA competed in the Quiz Bowl State Finals at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. The teams were winners from the semi-final contest held during Penn State’s 2011 Agricultural Progress Days. The Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture manage the quiz bowl. Westfield Insurance, CNH North America, Inc., AgChoice Farm Credit and Farm Family Insurance Company sponsored the safety quiz event. Awards include a team certificate and prize money of $650 for 1st place; $550 for 2nd place, $450 for 3rd place and $350 for 4th place.

Winners of the 4-H Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl were: 1st place Union County 4-H; 2nd place Cumberland County 4-H; 3rd place Snyder County 4-H; and 4th place Potter County 4-H.

Winners of the FFA Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl were: 1st place Mifflinburg FFA; 2nd place Somerset FFA; 3rd place Conococheague FFA; and 4th place Cumberland Valley FFA

See attached photo award presentation for the Potter County 4-H team. Pictured left to right are Raechel Sattazahn, AgChoice Farm Credit; team members Rachel Eller, Heather Supplee, Bryan Supplee and Jenna Gabreski; Stanley Kreschowski, Farm Family Insurance; PA Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jay Howes.

Great Week for Potter County 4-H Members at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Great Week for Potter County 4-H Members at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Potter County had a great showing at the 2012 PA Farm Show with 59 4-H entries in the family living sections, club members meeting the Secretary of Agriculture and singing at the Opening ceremonies, working the state 4-H booth, presenting at the Penn State College of Agriculture booth, competing in the state Farm Safety Quiz Bowl, showing in the market swine classes and being honored with a Farm Show Scholarship.

The Cow Patty Kickers 4-H club had a meet-and-greet with the Secretary of Agriculture, George Greig, and then sang How I Love My America to the audience of hundreds at the Farm Show Opening Ceremony. Those singing were Evie Russell, Mira Terrette, Ashley Anderson, Shelby Baker, Jacob Anderson, Marissa Baker, Marcus Murphy, David Talkington and Frances Kujawski. This same group also worked the state 4-H booth in the Family Living section.

On Wednesday, the Potter County Farm Safety Quiz team competed and took fourth place honors statewide. Team members Jenna Gabreski, Rachel Eller, Bryan Supplee, and Heather Supplee, all from the Showstoppers 4-H Club, answered questions on Farm Safety in two separate rounds against some tough Quiz Bowl competitors.

Lauren and Rebekah Fair were asked to present a session on entomology because of their experience with the bug collecting and identification project. The girls did a one hour workshop on Thursday at the Penn State College of Ag booth.

Two Silver Bits 4-H Horse and Pony Club members showed in the Market Hog classes placing as follows - Noelle Nichols placed 6th in the Division 8 Crossbred Hog class and Kourtney Kosa placed 5th in the Division 11 Crossbred Hog class. Both girls are students at Northern Potter High School.

Alumni 4-H member Kristen Hayman was one of 26 students who received a $3,500 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation on Tuesday, January 10. Kris is a Junior at Penn State University majoring in Animal Science. Agriculture Secretary, George Greig, presented the awards.

Thirteen members from three clubs submitted entries in the family living division.

Submitting entries were from Beyond the Horizons 4-H club- Lauren Fair, Rebekah Fair, Sarah Fair, Robert Schoonover, Alison Wright, Isaac Wright, Peter Wright and Sarah Wright; from Shinglehouse Sew Cooks- Shayla Wilhelm, Catherine Kohl and Sarah Fuller; Crazy Critters- Hannah Greene and Heather Greene.


Placings were as follows:

Best of Show-Alison Wright- 4-H Crafts- Drawing
Best of Show- Lauren Fair- 4-H Opportunities- Entomology

First Place
Isaac Wright- 4-H Food & Nutrition- Oatmeal Muffins
Shayla Wilhelm- 4-H Textiles- Apron
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Textiles- Stitched Item
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Textile Art- Crochet & Knitting
Sarah Wright- 4-H Textile Art- Crochet & Knitting
Alison Wright- 4-H Sketchbook- Painting
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Sketchbook- Drawing
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Opportunities- Entomology
Lauren Fair- 4-H Opportunities- Entomology
Isaac Wright- 4-H Opportunities- Wildlife is All Around Us- 4
Peter Wright- 4-H Opportunities- Outdoor Adventures

Second Place
Alison Wright- 4-H Food & Nutrition- Snickerdoodles
Hannah Greene- Clothing Open- Crochet Children’s Garment
Alison Wright- 4-H Textile Art- Crochet
Heather Greene- 4-H Textile Art- Crochet & Knitting
Lauren Fair- Crafts Youth- Cloth Toy
Alison Wright- 4-H Opportunities- PA 4-H Centennial Poster
Peter Wright- 4-H Opportunities- Club 3D Display
Lauren Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Color-Altered Image

Third Place
Catherine Kohl- 4-H Textile- Blouse
Heather Greene- 4-H Textile Art- Crochet & Knitting
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Sketchbook- Painting
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Sketchbook- Sculpture
Heather Greene- 4-H Opportunities- Learning About Horses
Rebekah Fair- 4-H Opportunities- PA 4-H Centennial Poster

Fourth Place
Rebekah Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Black and White- Domestic Animals
Lauren Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Black and White- Wild Animals
Rebekah Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Color- Wild Animals

Fifth Place
Lauren Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Black and White- Domestic Animals
Rebekah Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Black and White- Wild Animals
Lauren Fair- Hobbies- Photography- Black and White- Critter


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NEWS FROM THE PENNNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW

Jan 14, 2012

NEWS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW


The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

Record Attendance as 2012 PA Farm Show Comes to a Close

With record crowds, more than 10,000 competitive exhibits, 6,000 animals and 300 commercial exhibitors, the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show celebrated agriculture from farm gate to dinner plate. More...

'S'more Stickies' Top Entry at the Sticky Bun Contest at 2012 PA Farm Show

Madison Foor, 15 of Everette, Bedford County, took home the first place ribbon along with $500 in the third annual Sticky Bun Contest on Friday, Jan. 13 at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Junior Exhibitors Display Variety in the Junior Sheep Show at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show

4-H and FFA members exhibited more than 100 sheep at the Junior Sheep Show during the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 14, 2011. More...

"Chocalit Cupcake" Takes the Cake at 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Open Dairy Goat entries made their way into the show ring on Friday Jan. 13 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Judge Robin Saum from Lancaster, Ohio commended exhibitors on the quality of the animals and the depth of the show. More...

Moscow Man Wins Farm Team Draft Pull

Rick Scott, of Moscow, Lackawanna County, took home top honors in the 2nd Annual Farm Team Draft Pull held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. More...

Boer Goats Earn Honors at PA Farm Show

Top meat goats from across the state were evaluated during the Open Boer Goat Show on Saturday, Jan. 14, during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
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Suffolk, Southdown Take Top Honors as Two Day Breeding Sheep Show Ends

The two-day open breeding sheep show at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show ended on Saturday, Jan. 14, with the selection of the Open Supreme Ram and Ewe. More...

Big Spring FFA members win "Today's Agriculture" Video Contest at 2012 PA Farm Show

Big Spring FFA Chapter received the most People's Choice votes of the Today's Agriculture Video contest, besting eleven other FFA chapters from across the state with their video of the Creekside Dairy. More...

Coudersport Ambulance To Cartee Street

At 4:58 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance was dispatched to Cartee Street for a man ill.

Earlier at 3:46 pm, Coudersport Ambulance was dispatched to Ross Street.

Webinar To Explain Seismic Testing

Seismic testing webinar slated for Thursday

The Progress-Clearfield, PA

UNIVERSITY PARK - A Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension will examine seismic testing associated with Marcellus gas development in Pennsylvania.

Titled "Seismic Testing: What's It All About?," the 75-minute webinar will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Presenters will be Kenneth Hall of Kenneth Hall Consulting Services, Snow Shoe, and Dennis Langlois of Houston, Appalachian region sales and marketing manager for CGG Veritas.

Hall is a retired financial adviser who has been involved in natural gas leasing and investment for more than 15 years. He manages more than 30,000 acres of gas rights in northern Centre County and has negotiated gas leases on more than 40,000 acres.

Langlois will offer a slide show presentation, giving a brief summary of events that take place in acquiring a 3-D seismic survey, from the initial contact with the landowners until his company has acquired the data and left the area.

"The slide presentation will show maps with surface abstracts and the recording grid needed to image the subsurface," he said. "There also will be pictures showing the different operations and the equipment that will be used to acquire this data." Read the whole story.....

Langlois hopes webinar participants will ask questions about the process because he is hoping to dispel misconceptions and clarify misinformation about seismic-testing operations.

For more information, go to http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/events/webinar-seismic-testing.

2 Vehicle MVA At Rt. 219 & Rt. 59 Intersection

2 Vehicle Crash At Tacks Inn Intersection
At 3:15 pm on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. & EMS from Bradford City have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of Rt. 59 and Rt. 219 in Lafayette Township. It is unknown if there are injuries. Second caller reporting possibly one minor injury.

Police Find More Property Stolen In Burglaries

Milne-Dunne arraigned on burglary charges

By Brian Quinn

A Wellsville man was arraigned Wednesday on multiple counts of felony third-degree burglary and investigators reported finding more stolen property in the investigation into area thefts. More...

Cyclone Man Hurt in Logging Accident

Cyclone Man Hurt in Logging Accident

A Cyclone man was injured Thursday around noon in a logging accident in Shippen township.

Emporium Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Reed says that a 23 year year-old man was cutting trees down when three of them fell on him trapping him underneath. Other loggers, who were in the area, were able to get him out from underneath the trees and stabilize him until paramedics arrived.

The man, who's name wasn't released, was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Murder Suspect Sentenced on Burglary Charge

Murder Suspect Sentenced on Burglary Charge

A Coudersport man, who is facing murder charges in Potter County has been sentenced to up to two years in state prison on burglary charges in McKean County.

20 year-old Jonothan Prather broke into a business in Port Allegany last April and took money from a cash register, which he threw into a creek.

Prather is also charged with murdering Samuel Miller of Eldred last June in Austin.

Laurie A. Kriner, 40, of Indian Creek Road, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Laurie A. Kriner, 40, of Indian Creek Road passed away Sunday (Jan. 8, 2012) at the Bradford Manor following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 2, 1971, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Larry Moyer and Anne O. Bennett. On Aug. 16, 1996, in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Olean, N.Y., she married Steven P. Kriner, who survives.

Laurie was a 1989 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and had lived on Indian Creek Road since 1994.

She was employed by Pittsburgh-Corning Corp. in Port Allegany for 10 years before their son was born, and then she decided to be a stay-at-home mom.

Laurie was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Olean and a member and secretary for the Eldred Borough PTO. She was an avid horse lover; she and her horse Sarge showed in the area and won grand champion at Smethport three years in a row in their division.

Laurie was a great mom and wife, loved her children and always put her family first.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son and a daughter, Caden and Rowan Kriner, both at home, her mother, Anne O. Lininger of Eldred; her father, Larry Moyer of Florida; and her father and mother-in-law, Paul and Sue Kriner of Eldred; two sisters, Stephanie (Joe Benson) Moyer of Warren and Rachael (Sam) Triplett of Eldred; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. Funeral Services will be held Thursday (Jan. 12, 2012) at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Smethport at 11a.m. with the Rev. William S. Crittenden, pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Area Deaths

ELDRED — Rita T. Bishop, 94, formerly of Eldred, passed away Thursday (Jan. 12, 2012) at the Bradford Manor following a brief illness. Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carl A. Peterson, 85, formerly of Colegrove, Pa., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Sacramento.

MUNCIE, Ind. — Wilmer “Wil” Brown Hoge III, 85, of Muncie and formerly of Bradford, Pa., departed this physical world on Thursday (Jan. 12, 2012) to be with his Heavenly Father. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel.

MOUNT JEWETT — Dorscella “Dottie” Ryan-Mossing, 83, of Swanton, Ohio, and formerly of Greensburg and Mount Jewett, died Monday (Jan. 9, 2012) at Florida Hospital in DeLand, Fla. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cummings Funeral Home Inc. in Mount Jewett.

Double Homicide Trial Will Start Soon In Brookville

Jury selection begins in Steven Rebert trial

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Courier Express
By Randy Bartley

BROOKVILLE - Jury selection began Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse for the double homicide trial of Steven Patrick Rebert.

Rebert, 46, Emporium, will stand trial for the April, 2010 murders of Wayne and Vicky Shugar of Brockway. Rebert is charged with two counts each of criminal homicide and aggravated assault, one count of burglary, one count of robbery and one count of theft.

The Shugars were found shot to death in the basement of their home at 642 Coal Tipple Road, Snyder Township, south of Brockway, April 12, 2010. More...

MVA On Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township

1/14/20122:06 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 2155 DIVIDING RIDGE RD HOMER TWP

Coudersport Fire Rescue and Ambulance along with Medic 6 have been dispatched to Dividing Ridge Road (Rt. 872) for a one vehicle accident with possible 2 injuries. Vehicle is reported on it's side.
Coudersport ambulance and medic 6 transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

MVA on Rt. 219

MVA on RT. 219
At 1:20 pm on Saturday, A MVA on Rt. 219, south of Tacks Inn has been reported. One vehicle is reported off the roadway.
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Dog Found In Coudersport

The puppys home has been located. Thank you Jim for posting this! Your help is always appreciated!
My husband found this sweet dog by the car wash (by the green bridge) in Coudersport.

Earl L. Towner Jr. , 88, of Lakeland, Florida (formerly of Emporium)

Earl L. Towner Jr., 88, of Lakeland, Florida (formerly of Emporium) died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

He was born May 14, 1923 and was the son of Veryl and Earl Towner Sr.

He is survived by his wife Jean, son Vincent of Philadelphia, a daughter, Valerie (Terry) Shelley of Emporium, two grandchildren Sherilyn (Michael) Ostrum and Scott (Angela) Knarr and three great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Melvin and Gene and sisters Mildred Hathaway and Marie Mumford.

The Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland Florida handled the arrangements with interment in the Bushnell Veterans Cemetery in Florida.

Roulette Ambulance To Port Allegany

At 11:17 am on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance has been dispatched to a medical call in Port Allegany.

Potter County Human Services Advisory Board To Meet

Human Services Advisory Board To Meet Thursday

pottercountyflagA group of volunteers holds regular meetings to provide input on operations of Potter County Human Services. Meetings of the Human Services Advisory Board are open to the public and anyone interested in serving is encouraged to contact the Potter County Commissioners, c/o executive secretary Cheri Potter at cpotter@pottercountypa.net or 814-274-8290, Ext. 207.


Next Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, at Potter County Human Services headquarters in Roulette. Dinner will be at 6 pm for the board members, with the public meeting to follow at 7.

The Advisory Board last convened in November. Attending were members Anne Nelson, Denise Minderler, Charles Wicker, Catherine Bowers, Gary Perkins, Kassie Irwin, Gail Allen, Sue Valentine, Susan Kefover and Cameron Kockler. Also attending were Human Service administrators Jim Kockler, Colleen Wilber, Melissa Gee, Ken Hoffman and Ronda White.


Members reviewed changes being made to the Medical Assistance Transportation Program due to state budget cuts. Other topics included new mental health emergency crisis/after-hours procedures, Teen Challenge, the Potter County Area Agency on Aging plan, and new initiatives in drug and alcohol abuse services.

4-County Leasing Group Expands/Meetings Scheduled In Smethport & Little Valley

Help Wanted Galeton Area Sagewood Counseling

Friday, January 13, 2012

Potter County Maple Producers Take First Place Ribbons At Farm Show

Congratulations to our Maple Producers who were down at the PA Farm Show. They took home 3 first place ribbons.
www.farmshow.state.pa.us

Roulette Dispatched To Station

At 11:09 pm on Friday, Roulette Dept. 46 has been dispatched to station.

10th Annual Winterfest &Vintage Snowmobile Show

West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club is holding it's 10th Annual Winterfest &Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 10AM - 4PM. The event is held at the Kaple Farm at 242 Main Street in Roulette, Potter County, PA.

The event will be held snow or no snow.

Join the fun! It is a wonderful community event and admission is free!

There will be games for children and adults, music, a Chinese auction, warm food & beverages, door prizes, warming stations and much more. Bring your old snowmobile to display - no show fee and you could win a trophy! Catch up with friends and neighbors. A great way to spend the day.

PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW NEWS

PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW NEWS

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

Demonstration Pulls Audience to Learn More about Drafts

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show Hitch and Drive demonstration attracted spectators of all ages to catch a better glimpse of the happenings inside the draft horse industry. More...

'World Class' Jefferson County Goat Named Farm Show Champion

Cody Steele from Brockway, Jefferson County, exhibited the Grand Champion Overall Junior Meat Goat on Thursday, Jan. 12, during the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Equine Talents Showcased at PA Farm Show

The Equine Showcase drew in horses of all shapes, sizes, and specialties on Thursday, Jan. 12, during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Dakota Does It Again at the PA Farm Show Dairy Show

JB-SG Aspen Dakota exhibited by Dale and Deanna Bendig of Gettysburg, Adams County and Creedin Cornman of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, reigned supreme for the second year in a row during the Dairy Show on Friday, Jan. 13, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Tractors Do-Se-Do at 2012 PA Farm Show

Square dancers from across the state put on their dancing shoes for an exhibition in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Large Arena on Friday, but their shoes were tires and they were on foot - they were on tractors.
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Celebrity Cow Milking Showdown Simmers Down to Battle of the Western PA Dairy Farmers

It was a hotly contested battle, but when the final drop of milk was poured, it was Senator Elder Vogel Jr.'s (R-Butler/Lawrence) team that won bragging rights in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Coudersport Ambulance To Rt. 244 N. In Hebron Township

At 6:28 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Rt. 244 N. in Hebron Township for a link to life call.

Possible Structure Fire In Smethport Is Recalled

Smethport Recalled
At 6:14 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to the area of Rt. 6 and Rt. 46 for a possible structure fire.
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Possible Structure Fire At New Hotel In Bradford

Possible Structure Fire In Bradford
At 6:03 pm on Friday, Bradford City Fire & Bradford Township Fire Dept. have been dispatched to Forman Street in the city for a possible structure fire at the construction site of the the new hotel.

UPDATE--Bradford City firefighters were called to the construction site of the Holiday Inn Express that's being built at Forman and Davis streets, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

The calls were prompted by a flame that could bee seen in a commercial heater.

Free Book On Debt Relief

We have had a lot of questions regarding debt management and bankruptcy from people in Potter, McKean, Tioga, Cameron, and Clinton Counties. We have also seen a number of people who have been taken advantage of by debt consolidation schemes or unfair collection practices.

In response, we sat down as a law firm and decided to put together a book that we could make available to people who are struggling with debt. I am happy to announce that the book is now available to be downloaded for free from our web site under the bankruptcy page. Our hope is that the information will help people to realize that there are legitimate tools available to help them to get a fresh start in life.



David B. Ross, Esq.
Ross & Ross, LLC

*A debt relief agency helping people file seeking relief through bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code



The direct link for the book is http://rossandrosslaw.com/bankruptcy

Local man releases politically charged song – takes aim at corporate greed

Local man releases politically charged song – takes aim at corporate greed

When Olean, NY resident CW Eddy started writing the lyrics to his newest song, he knew he wanted to make a bold statement about corporate greed. “I wrote a song called “Wall St. Waltz”…(aka) “Wikigreedia” as a commentary of these times we live in,” says C.W. Eddy, a retired contractor who is now focused on writing, counseling, humanitarian missions, and songwriting.

Wall Street Waltz is a scathing indictment on the pervasive greed in America, starting with Wall Street. Eddy describes that as “wikigreedia” – “I coined a new word for an old condition. Wiki is a Hawaiian word that generally meansquick or fast. I have lived a little while and do not think the nature of man has changed dramatically over the centuries. I think there have always been greedy people and opportunists in every generation. And yet, the ‘wiki-ness’ of our times may be unprecedented. “

The song is the second song that Eddy has released under the moniker “Mzee” (which means “elder” in Swahili). Previously, Eddy worked with a Jamaican artist to record a political parody song entitled “Green Card Song” that talks about attitudes and mindsets surrounding immigration.

The Portville High School graduate has also released a series of songs under the moniker “Just Life” which focuses on family dynamics. Eddy uses those songs along with his counseling experience to help people overcoming issues such as loss, failure, and relationship struggles.Eddy usually writes the lyrics, and then works with Merrill Strauss of MAS Production Studios of Salamanca to put them to music. “Merrill has amazing talents and the process of building music is fascinating.” says Eddy.

Kenneth R. Lippig, 55, of 64 Walker Ave., Bradford, PA, formerly a longtime resident of Phoenix, AZ

Kenneth R. Lippig, 55, of 64 Walker Ave., Bradford, PA, formerly a longtime resident of Phoenix, AZ, passed away Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born September 27, 1956, in Oak Park, Ill, he was a son of the late Margaret (Rieger) Lippig and Ralph Lippig who survives.

Mr. Lippig attended STEPS Drop In Center and the Dickinson Rehabilitation Center. He was an avid fisherman.

In addition to his father he is survived by two sisters, Shirley J. Plunk of Avondale, AZ; and Jeanette M. Rivard of Bradford; one brother, James A. Lippig of Glendale, AZ, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012, at 2:00pm in the Dickinson Rehabilitation Center, 9 Main Street , Bradford, with Rev. Dale Painter officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials if desired may be made to the STEPS Drop In Center or Dickenson Rehabilitation Center % The Guideance Center,110 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

ART EXHIBIT AT PITT-BRADFORD EXPLORES SUBURBAN AMERICA

ART EXHIBIT AT PITT-BRADFORD EXPLORES SUBURBAN AMERICA

BRADFORD, Pa. – “America Unsettled,” an exhibit of small sculptures and drawings by Drake Gomez, will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s KOA Art Gallery Jan. 27 through Feb. 24.

The exhibit will open with a talk by the artist and reception at noon Jan. 27 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

The exhibit explores mid-20th-century suburban America, including American idealism, optimism, consumerism, conformity and complacency.

Gomez is an associate professor of art and director of exhibits at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa.

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbook Academy of Art. In addition, he studied at Texas Tech University.

The KOA Art Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

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

The attached photo shows Drake Gomez’s miniature sculpture “Fairy Tale Castle” made from vintage postcards and cardstock. It is part of an exhibit, “America Unsettled,” that will take place in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s KOA Art Gallery Jan. 27-Feb. 24.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Rt. 44 South

At 5:37 pm on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Route 44 South for man who was injured in a fall.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GRANTS CHARTER TO PITT-BRADFORD CLUB

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GRANTS CHARTER TO PITT-BRADFORD CLUB

BRADFORD, Pa. – Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit group that builds affordable housing for low-income families, has chartered a collegiate chapter at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

John Bevan, a senior criminal justice major from Wexford, is the president of the new chapter, which has been working with the Bradford Habitat for Humanity Chapter on its first home. The home is being built on Interstate Parkway, and Bevan said that students will be able to contribute more hours once interior finishing begins.

Tonya Ackley, coordinator of community engagement at Pitt-Bradford, is the advisor for the club.

“The Office of Community Engagement had a table at Club Night last year to see if there was interest in reactivating the club, and we got an overwhelming response from our students,” she said. “They were very supportive of the mission of Habitat for Humanity and were excited about the opportunity to go on alternative spring breaks.”

More than 40 students have registered for the new club, and eight students will make a Habitat spring break trip to help with homebuilding by the Chatham Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro, N.C.

Bevan said that the students are making the trip with the Habitat chapter from Pitt-Johnstown, and that they will all live in a rented cabin for a week and learn skills on the job that allow them to help work on a home that is being built.

Pitt-Bradford students have attended Habitat alternative spring breaks in the past, but not been an officially recognized group on campus.

To raise money for the trip to North Carolina, the group is planning a Mr. and Miss Pitt-Bradford fundraiser at the end of next month.

2012 Potter County Crops & Planting Clinic January 20 In Ulysses


Jefferson County Man Wins 2012 Ford Mustang GT from PA Lottery Instant Game

Reynoldsville Man Wins Mustang In Lottery

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Douglas Giles of Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, today claimed the 2012 Ford Mustang GT he won by playing the Pennsylvania Lottery's Mustang instant game.

Thomas Miller, area manager of Lottery's Clearfield Office, today presented the Mustang to Giles at Murrays Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, 3007 Blinker Parkway, DuBois, Clearfield County.

"I've always wanted a Mustang," said Giles, explaining it was an easy decision to choose the car instead of the $60,000 cash prize option.

Giles, who works at a local powder metal plant, said he was very pleased with the assistance the dealership provided in helping him pick out the car, including its color, Kona Blue.

Giles bought the Mustang Lottery ticket at Backstreet Distributor in Reynoldsville.

Mustang, $5 per ticket, offers 10 top prizes of $100,000 and 10 Ford Mustang GT prize packages valued at $60,000 each. As of Jan. 9, one top cash prize and three Ford Mustang GT prize packages remained to be claimed. The odds of winning a top prize in the Mustang Lottery game are 1-in-720,000, while the overall odds of winning any prize in the game are 1-in-4.52.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, in addition to awarding nearly $9.2 million in prizes to Jefferson County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed nearly $5.3 million to programs serving Jefferson County's older residents.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed nearly $21.5 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information, visit www.palottery.com, log in to Facebook and like us at www.facebook.com/palottery or follow us at www.twitter.com/palottery.

Galeton Public Library is looking for a sponsor

The Galeton Public Library is looking for a sponsor to help with the Libri Foundation Grant, which helps get children’s books for the Library.

For a $350 sponsorship the Libri Foundation would match the grant for a 2 to 1 ratio and the Library would receive around $1,070.00 worth of children’s and young adult books from the Libri Foundation’s booklist.

This sponsorship can come from an individual, civic group or non-profit organization or business. The sponsor and the Libri Foundation get their name put on a bookplate that is put in each book to acknowledge the sponsorship.

There would be a write up for the newspaper explaining how the funds were raised and how this grant will help the children that use the Library. If you would like to help sponsor this grant please call the Library at 814-435-2321. The deadline for the grant application is January 19, 2012.

Vehicle Overturned On Painter Run In Rutland Township

1/13/20123:55 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT PAINTER RUN RD RUTLAND TWP


Mansfield Fire Rescue & Ambulance are responding to a one vehicle accident with a person injured and confined in an overturned vehicle. Caller reported about half way up Painter Run. The man was extricated and transported to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

Winter Photo By Deborah Rutkowski


Winter Photo By Deborah Rutkowski

Freemer Named Chair of Penn State DuBois Campaign Committee


Freemer Named Chair of
Penn State DuBois Campaign Committee

DuBOIS – Mark Freemer, of DuBois, has been named the new chair of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students at Penn State DuBois. The fundraising campaign is aimed at keeping a Penn State education affordable by increasing scholarship opportunities for students, and enhancing the overall student experience. Each campus has assembled its own committee, which is responsible for seeking funding and gifts that will benefit only that campus' students. As campaign chair, Freemer will provide leadership and guidance to the rest of the committee as they work to secure the remaining $3 Million needed to reach the campus' campaign goal.

Freemer is a certified public accountant and a partner in the accounting firm, Clyde, Ferraro and Company in DuBois. He is also a Penn State DuBois alumnus. He has served as a member of the board of the DuBois Educational Foundation, the advisory board which provides scholarships, research support, financial support, and facility project funding to Penn State DuBois.

"I had an interest in becoming involved in this campaign because of the positive impact Penn State, and the DuBois campus, has had on my own professional career," said Freemer. "It provided me an opportunity to get a great education from a nationally known university. By being able to attend Penn State DuBois, it also provided me the ability to get this education at a cost that my family and I could afford."

Freemer replaces former committee chair Dan Kohlhepp. Kohlhepp resigned from the position when he relocated to the Washington D.C. area in order to accept a position as Academic Director of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at Johns Hopkins University. During Kohlhepp's tenure as chair, the committee raised close to $1 Million, including gifts that were used to establish several new scholarships to benefit Penn State DuBois students.

Freemer graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1981. He began his career in Pittsburgh, but was quickly offered a position in DuBois, which he came home to accept in 1982. He then moved into his position at Clyde, Ferraro and Company, where he eventually became a partner and remains today.

A community minded professional, Freemer has volunteered with numerous other organizations, including the DuBois Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, the DuBois Area United Way, DuBois Area Catholic Schools, and Goodwill Industries.

"Mark has a reputation as an extremely caring and devoted individual, who proudly serves his community through many organizations," said Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald. "We are delighted, and honored to have him as the chair of our campaign committee."

Recognizing the current economic challenges and need for student support, Freemer said choosing to join For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students was an easy decision. He said, "I believe now is the time to support the educational system of this great university with gifts that will help continue to make the DuBois campus a good option for students wishing to obtain a Penn State degree."

For more information on the campaign and giving opportunities at Penn State DuBois, contact Director of Development Jean Wolf at 814-372-3038

Winter Weather Advisory Statement as of 3:15 PM EST on January 13, 2012 ... A Winter Weather Advisory now in effect until 4 PM EST Saturday... * loc

Winter Weather Advisory
Statement as of 3:15 PM EST on January 13, 2012

... A Winter Weather Advisory now in effect until 4 PM EST Saturday...

* locations... northern and western mountains... including the
Laurel Highlands.

* Hazard types... snow and blowing snow.

* Accumulations... another 2 to 5 inches of snow late today through
Saturday. The higher amounts will be confined mainly to the
western mountains and Laurel Highlands... near and to the west of
Route 219.

* Timing... periods of snow... or snow showers will continue
through the rest of the day.

* Impacts... snow accumulations and restricted visibility. The
relatively strong winds will gust occasionally between 40 and 50
mph into this evening before decreasing gradually overnight and
Saturday. The wind will blow the snow around and make it
difficult for Road crews to keep the roads clear.

* Winds... west southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

* Temperatures... in the mid to upper teens. Wind chills mainly in
the single digits... but occasionally dipping just below zero
tonight into Saturday morning.

* Visibilities... averaging between one half of a mile... and one
mile. However... near blizzard conditions could occur at times on
the ridges with visibilities reduced to less than one quarter
of a mile in heavy snow showers and squalls.

.. A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 7 PM EST this evening...


* winds... sustained between 20 and 25 mph... with occasional gusts
between 45 and 50 mph.

* Timing... through early this evening.

* Impacts... scattered tree and power line damage can be
expected. Some minor property damage is also possible in the
highest gusts. Travel will be difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles on north... south roads.
Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution if traveling... especially in open
areas. Motorists should be especially cautious on bridges and
overpasses... where slippery spots develop first. Stay tuned to
NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information
for the latest updates. Additional details can also be found at...
weather.Gov/statecollege.

Frack Waste Water Spilled Into Susquehanna River At Recycling Facility

DEP Fines TerrAqua Resource Management
for Frack Water Spill
Company Lost 800 to 1,000 Gallons in March 2011

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined TerrAqua Resource Management LLC of Williamsport, Lycoming County, $18,500 for a March 2011 hydraulic fracturing, or frack, water spill at the company’s treatment facility in Lycoming County.

“This spill of between 800 and 1,000 gallons of frack water was caused by operator error,” DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber said. “Accidents like this can be prevented.”

The spill occurred when TerrAqua employees were in the process of filling three frack water storage tanks that overflowed into the containment system. The containment berms were not elevated enough and were too close to the tanks to contain the frack water.

A DEP investigation determined that the overflow occurred because the operator was not able to shut off the pump quickly enough after the alarm system displayed that the levels were high. The release was halted by opening valves to other storage tanks, allowing the frack water to flow into them.

TerrAqua hired an environmental remediation company to respond to the spill and about 750 gallons were recovered. The remainder entered a storm drain that discharges to the Susquehanna River. Because of the volume, no impact to the river was expected.

The spill was a violation of the Solid Waste Management Act, Clean Streams Law and the company’s general permit.

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

No Injury In Old West Creek Road Crash This Morning

An Emporium woman was wearing her seatbelt and was unhurt when her 2005 Chevrolet Equinox LT hit a culvert Friday morning at 7:00 am.

Melissa S. Ball, 27, of Emporium, PA, was traveling east on Old West Creek Road about 164 feet east of SR 120 when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow covered roadway, traveled onto the south berm, and struck a culvert.

Trooper Gary T. Barnes of Emporium PSP said she will be cited for Roadways Laned For Traffic.

Potter County Conservation District Offers Construction Permitting Workshop

Recalls

Herbadashery LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Anchovy in Pine Ridge BBQ and Dipping Sauce and Pine Ridge JalapeƱo BBQ and Dipping Sauce

Minor MVA On Rt. 219

Minor MVA On Rt. 219
At 2:25 pm on Friday, Lafayette Fire Police have been dispatched to assist State Police at a minor MVA on Rt. 219, 1 mile north of Tack's Inn.

MVA On Beechwood Lake Road

MVA On Beechwood Lake Road
At 2:17 pm on Friday, Westfield Fire Dept. & Clymer Ambulance have been dispatched along with Medic 1 to Beechwood Lake Road near #674a for a one vehicle on it's side accident. Possibly one injury.

PARTICIPATE IN GAME COMMISSION PHEASANT CHICK AND EGG PROGRAMS

HARRISBURG – Sportsmen’s organizations with approved propagation facilities can augment local ring-necked pheasant stockings and increase localized hunting opportunities by raising day old pheasant chicks supplied free-of-charge by the Pennsylvania GameCommission. More...

It's Beginning To Look Like Winter



I took these this morning. The first is headed towards Hebron, the other two with the stream are in the Lyman Run area. I took about 10 more shots, but haven't had time to process them. They should be up tomorrow sometime - www.timwalckphotography.com


Hope you enjoy these, and have a great weekend!

-Tim W

Northwest PA Grazing Conference Presents - “The Nature of Grazing”

Northwest PA Grazing Conference Presents -
“The Nature of Grazing”

Clarion, PA – Farmers can learn how to improve the health of both their soil and their cattle at the 15th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Zion Church located 2.9 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 62, near Clarion.

This year’s conference will focus on the use of sound ecological principles of grazing management to improve soil health – “farming in nature’s image.” Sessions will also cover topics such as the importance of good planning and record keeping in grazing management as well as equine pasture management.

The keynote speaker is Ray Archuleta, a 23 year veteran soil scientist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ray will talk about his passion – healthy soil – as the foundation of healthy pastures and healthy livestock. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America.

Early registration is $30 per person and includes a hot buffet lunch. Early registration must be postmarked by Feb. 17. Late registration is $50 and must be postmarked by March 7. Mail the registration and fee payable to Headwaters RC&D Council, Attn: Brittany Dittemore, 109 N.Brady St. 2nd floor, DuBois, PA 15801. Conference information can be downloaded from the Headwaters RC&D website at www.headwaterspa.org, or by calling 814-503-8653.

Discover Pennsylvania's Fly-Fishing Heritage


Discover Pennsylvania's Fly-Fishing Heritage

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Meet leaders of Pennsylvania's fly-fishing tradition and experience world-class fly tiers in action as they show fly patterns made famous on Commonwealth waters. The activities are part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's upcoming fly-fishing program, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, from 6 - 9 p.m. at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters on Elmerton Avenue.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Individuals can register online through the Commission's website at: http://www.fishandboat.com/promo/form/register_onetime_2012jan.htm.

During the evening program, participants will be able to view paintings by artist Thom Glace, see the Commission’s new “Pennsylvania Waters” collectible embroidered patches, and purchase a 2012 fishing license. The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will also be recognized by the Commission.

Space is limited and registration will close on Jan. 27. For more information, contact Ted Walke at 717.705.7813.

Route 54 closed at structure fire in Natalie, Northumberland County

Route 54 closed at structure fire in Natalie, Northumberland County

3:30 p.m. UPDATE: Route 54 is reopened to traffic in Natalie.

Jan. 13, 2012 @ 12:55 p.m.

Motorists in southeastern Northumberland County are advised that Route 54 is currently closed at the scene of a structure fire in the village of Natalie.

Route 54 traffic is being diverted at Route 2038 (Cogen Road) in Marion Heights to the south and Route 2024 (Bear Gap Road) to the north.

It was not immediately known how long Route 54 will be closed in Natalie.

Video Cameras, Message Signs. & Radio Advisory System Scheduled For I-80 South Of Williamsport

I-80 ITS project begins

A $1.5 million project to bring intelligent transportation system (ITS) features to Interstates 80 and 180 in Northumberland, Union and Montour counties is starting construction this month.

The ITS project includes installation of closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) at the I-80/180 interchange. The cameras will be used by the PennDOT district for viewing traffic and weather conditions.

Dynamic message signs will be placed between the Turbotville Exit and I-80/180 interchange, another will be placed between the Route 147 Milton Exit and I-80/180 interchange, and the other two will be placed eastbound and westbound on I-80 between the Mausdale Exit and I-80/180 interchange. The dynamic message signs are the large permanent message signs along highways for severe weather conditions alerts, crash alerts, traffic conditions and Amber Alerts.

The project also includes a highway advisory radio (HAR) installation. The HAR will be able to provide bulletins to motorists regarding traffic restrictions and delays. The HAR’s AM-radio frequency will be able to cover a several-mile radius around the I-80/180 interchange.

Most work will be done with minimal traffic interference. The only lane closures would be for the crane to set the dynamic message signs and would only be for one day for each of the four signs installations. All other work will be done with shoulder closures only.

Physical work on the project is expected to be completed by late summer.

Kuharchik Construction, Inc. is the prime contractor.

Welcoming Norah Marie Wetzel born 1-10-12 At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Welcoming Norah Marie Wetzel born 1-10-12 weighing 6lbs.and 2.7oz. to Kylie Tinder and Todd Wetzel of Coudersport, Pa.

Maternal Grandparents: Joe and Kathy Pekarski of Coudersport, Pa; Robert and Rose Tinder of Sykesville, Pa.

Maternal Great-Grandparents: Elizabeth Tinder of Ulysses, Pa.

Paternal Grandparents: Wayne Wetzel of Coudersport, Pa; Andy and Dawn Bristol of Coudersport, Pa.

Paternal Great-Grandparents: Edwin Wetzel of Coudersport, Pa; Flaucie Nichols of Coudersport, Pa.

Telecommunications Technologies Certification: Connecting to the Future

Telecommunications Technologies Certification: Connecting to the Future
The information explosion has caused the telecommunications industry to advance faster than any other field. Cabling technicians are needed now, and will be far into the future, as fiber optic cable is being laid across America. Eventually, it will run to every school, hospital, business and private residence.

Earn your industry-recognized C-Tech Telecommunications Technologies Certification by completing 110 hours of specialized training which includes: Telecommunications: Technology Systems; Network Cabling: Copper-Based Systems; and Network Cabling: Fiber Optic-Based Systems. Complete the course and receive a field toolkit to help you get started.

The Potter County Education Council plans to offer this course at its Port Allegany location once seven participants have registered. The cost is $3,995. If you are interested in this class, call (814) 545-1333.

Shinglehouse/Coudersport Dispatched To Ambulance Call

At 11:03 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance was dispatched to First Street for a transport to Bradford Hospital.

At 11:29 am--Coudersport Ambulance was dispatched to this call.

MVA At Top Of Denton Hill On Rt. 6 / No Injuries

One vehicle MVA with no injuries
At 11:22 am on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to Route 6 at the top of Denton Hill for a one vehicle accident with no injuries. Traffic control is needed.

MVA with Injury West Of Gold

MVA with Injury West Of Gold
At 11:08 am on Friday, Tri-Town Ambulance, Fire Dept., & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Route 49, just west of Gold for a one vehicle accident with one person reported injured.

EPA, DEP Applaud Potter County’s Water Quality Groups

EPA, DEP Applaud County’s Water Quality Groups

speakerjuliekollarActions of two relatively new local organizations — the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition and the Water Quality Action Team – are being cited as water protection and public education models that could be followed across the nation. During a meeting this week at the Roulette Firehall, K. R. Young, a sourcewater protection specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told Triple Divide Watershed Coalition members that his agency plans to cite Potter County’s locally driven watershed protection activities as a national example. During the same meeting, Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection water specialist Mark Stephens and Julie Kollar (shown) from the League of Women Voters also praised the work of local officials and volunteers.

Representatives from all 10 public water suppliers in Potter County have joined Triple Divide. Its goal is to protect public water sources from potential degradation caused by natural gas well drilling or other disturbances, through a combination of public education, communication with industry, and/or regulations. The group draws its names from the county’s unique geographic distinction as the headwaters for three major Northeastern U.S. watersheds. By forming the coalition, public water system managers in Potter County can share best practices and speak with a unified voice on proposed legislation and regulations/enforcement issues. Coalition members are also investigating options to control industrial activities in close proximity to public water sources and recharge areas. Another benefit is bulk purchasing of supplies, equipment, laboratory services, etc.

A companion organization, the Potter County Commissioners’ Water Quality Action Team, includes representatives from the county’s Conservation District and Planning Commission, as well as Trout Unlimited, Penn State Extension, Potter County Education Council and other organizations. Its mission extends protection beyond public water supplies to creeks, streams, rivers, springs and wells.

I-80 bridges project advances through winter; Long-term ramp closure starts Jan. 23

Travel Advisory
I-80 bridges project advances through winter; Long-term ramp closure starts Jan. 23

The calendar may say winter, but that’s not stopping bridge construction activities along Interstate 80 in Columbia County. Here’s a brief update on the major bridges project taking place along I-80 in the Mifflinville area.

The contractor is currently working on stage two (west side of the river) of the new westbound river bridge. They anticipate setting the remaining bridge beams in February and pouring the remaining deck and parapets in April. Work crews will also continue constructing a new bridge over the railroad tracks on the east side of the river this winter.

These bridges are being built in the existing median area, along with a new roadway alignment.

Meanwhile, preparations are being made for a long-term ramp closure.

The I-80 westbound on-ramp from Route 339 (Mifflinville) will be closed to traffic on Monday, Jan. 23. Traffic wishing to head west from Route 339 will be directed to follow a signed detour using Market Street (Route 2028) at Mifflinville to Route 11 southbound to I-80 at the Lime Ridge Interchange.

A four-way stop condition will be placed a week earlier on the detour route at the intersection of Market Street and Route 339, and will remain in place for the duration of the detour.

This ramp will remain closed until the end of August.

In August, the contractor expects to place both eastbound and westbound traffic on the new bridges and roadway. At that time the existing eastbound river bridge will be reconstructed along with the existing eastbound bridges over the railroad and Route 339 at the Mifflinville Interchange. The existing westbound bridges will be demolished.

The reconstruction of the existing eastbound bridges and roadway is expected to be completed in late 2014 with final paving being completed in the spring of 2015.

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. is the prime contractor on this $50 million project which began in 2010.

1-13 Recalls

Gilster-Mary Lee, Corp. Announces Recall Of Hill Country Fare Brand Of Lasagna Dinner Mix Due To The Presence Of Undeclared Soy

1-13 School Closings And Delays

Northern Potter School Two Hour Delay

Park's Ark Nursery School is closed in Coudersport today

Coudersport School Two Hour Delay

Austin Schools Have A Two Hour Delay

Help Wanted Galeton Area Sagewood Counseling