Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Several items were taken in a burglary at a seasonal residence at 4531 Cherry Springs Road in West Branch Township between January 1 and March 22, 2012.
Lloyd B. Devilbiss, Middleburg Road, Union Bridge, MD, told Trooper Travis Trimbur that unknown actor(s) forced entry into his seasonal residence, damaging a window and a door, taking several items.
Anyone with any information is asked to please contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.
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A case of Access Device Fraud/Identity Theft that occurred a 2:45 pm on March 21 in under investigation by State Police.
Trooper Chad E. Savannah said an unknown actor obtained Alonzo L. Kibbe's credit card number and attempted to make an unauthorized purchase from Office Max. Mr. Kibbe lives on Graves Road in Mills, PA.
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Breaking Up with the Sierra Club
March 23, 2012, by Sandra Steingraber
Orion‘s search for a more truthful relationship between humans and the natural world occasionally calls for the expression of outrage. The more we learn about a gas-drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking”—the more we see it as a zenith of violence and disconnect, impulses that seem to be gathering on the horizon like thunder clouds.
Long-time friend and Orion columnist Sandra Steingraber has been particularly vocal about the dangers of fracking. Her columns in recent issues of the magazine have frequently been dedicated to the issue; and last year, after receiving a Heinz Award for her work, Steingraber donated the cash prize to the fight against fracking in her home state of New York.
In February, Time magazine broke the news that the Sierra Club, an old and respected environmental defender, had, for three years, accepted $25 million from Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest gas-drillers in the world. (In 2010, Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s new executive director, refused further donations from the company.) The story prompted Steingraber to write an open letter to the Club, posted below. We invite you to read the letter, which testifies to the confusion, fear, and outrage that’s pouring out of communities in gasland—but which is also, importantly, a bold call to courage.
No right way is easy. . . .We must risk our lives to save them.
—John Muir, Sierra Club’s founder
Dear Sierra Club,
I’m through with you.
For years we had a great relationship based on mutual admiration. You gave a glowing review of my first book, Living Downstream—a review that appeared in the pages of Sierra magazine and hailed me as “the new Rachel Carson.” Since 1999 that phrase has linked us together in all the press materials that my publicist sends out. Your name appears with mine on the flaps of my book jackets, in the biography that introduces me at the speaker’s podium, and in the press release that announced, last fall, that I was one of the lucky recipients of a $100,000 Heinz Award for my research and writing on the environment.
I was proud to be affiliated with you. I hoped to live up to the moniker you bestowed upon me.
But more than a month has past since your executive director, Michael Brune,admitted in Time magazine that the Sierra Club had, between 2007 and 2010, clandestinely accepted $25 million from the fracking industry, with most of the donations coming from Chesapeake Energy. Corporate Crime Reporter was hot on the trail of the story when it broke in Time.
From the start, Brune’s declaration seemed less an acknowledgement of wrongdoing than an attempt to minister to a looming public relations problem. Would someone truly interested in atonement seek credit for choosing not to take additional millions of gas industry dollars (“Why the Sierra Club Turned Down $26 Million in Contributions from Natural Gas Interests”)?
Here, on top of the Marcellus Shale, along the border between Pennsylvania and New York—where we are surrounded by land leased to the gas industry; where we live in fear that our water will be ruined, our mortgages called in, our teenage children killed in fiery wrecks with 18-wheelers hauling toxic fracking waste on our rural, icy back roads; where we cash out our vacation days to board predawn buses to rallies and public hearings; where we fundraise, donate, testify, phone bank, lobby, submit public comments, sign up for trainings in nonviolent civil disobedience; where our children ask if we will be arrested, if we will have to move, if we will die, and what will happen to the bats, the honeybees, the black bears, the grapevines, the apple orchards, the cows’ milk; where we have learned all about casing failures, blow-outs, gas flares, clear-cuts, legal exemptions, the benzene content of production fluid, the radioactive content of drill cuttings; where people suddenly start sobbing in church and no one needs to ask why—here in the crosshairs of Chesapeake Energy, Michael Brune’s announcement was met with a kind of stunned confusion.
The Sierra Club had taken money, gobs of it, from an industry that we in the grassroots have been in the fight of our lives to oppose. The largest, most venerable environmental organization in the United States secretly aligned with the very company that seeks to occupy our land, turn it inside out, blow it apart, fill it with poison. All for the goal of extracting a powerful heat-trapping gas, methane, that plays a significant role in climate change.
Climate change: identified by The Lancet as the number-one global health problem of the 21st century. Children, according to the World Health Organization, are among its primary victims.
It was as if, on the eve of D-day, the anti-Fascist partisans had discovered that Churchill was actually in cahoots with the Axis forces.
So, I’ve had many weeks now to ponder the whole betrayal and watch for signs of redemption from Sierra Club’s national leadership. Would it be “coming clean” (to quote the title of the executive director’s recent book)?
Freed from the silence that money bought, would it now lend its voice in support of environmental groups in New York State that seek a statewide prohibition on fracking? Would it come to the aid of those in Pennsylvania calling for a halt to the devastation there?
Would it, at the very least, endorse the modest proposal of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, who recommend a national moratorium on fracking until human health impacts are researched?
And would Michael Brune humbly ask forgiveness from antifracking activist Lisa Wright, formerly on the executive committee of the Sierra Club’s Finger Lakes chapter? As recently as last May, in response to a direct query from Wright, who had become suspicious, Brune wrote, “I do want to be clear about one thing: we do not receive any money from Aubrey McClendon, nor his company Chesapeake. For that matter, we do not receive any contributions from the natural gas industry. Hopefully this will alleviate some concerns.”
The answer to all of the above questions: No.
So, Sierra Club, call some other writer your new Rachel Carson. I’ll be erasing your endorsement from my website.
And take back these words, penned by your own fierce and uncorruptible founder, John Muir, that have hung for years by my writing desk:
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The wind will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
There is no peace in the mountains and hills over the Marcellus Shale. No glad tidings. The forests of Pennsylvania are filled with chainsaws, flares, drill pads, piplines, condensers, generators, and the 24/7 roar of compressor stations. The wind that blows east from the gas fields carries toluene, benzene, and diesel exhaust. Sunshine turns it all into poisonous ozone. Storms send silt into trout streams from denuded hillsides and cause good people to lie awake at night, worried about overflowing impoundment pits full of neurotoxic chemicals and overturned frack trucks full of carcinogens.
Even now, plans are being laid to transport 88.2 million gallons of liquid propane and butane to caverns that lie beneath the idyllic New York lakeshore where my ten-year-old son was born. (“This transaction is yet another example of the successful execution on our plan to build an integrated natural gas storage and transportation hub in the Northeast,” says the company called Inergy.) When you tramp through the fields and forests where I live—40 percent of the land in my county is leased to the gas industry—cares don’t drop off like autumn leaves. They accumulate like convoys of flowback fluid laced with arsenic, radium, and barium with no place, no place to go.
And, yes, they are fracking in Rachel Carson’s beloved Allegheny County, too.
The hard truth: National Sierra Club served as the political cover for the gas industry and for the politicians who take their money and do their bidding. It had a hand in setting in motion the wheels of environmental destruction and human suffering. It was complicit in bringing extreme fossil fuel extraction onshore, into our communities, farmlands, and forests, and in blowing up the bedrock of our nation. And I can’t get over it.
So, here are some parting words from the former new Rachel Carson.
The path to salvation lies in reparations—not in accepting praise for overcoming the urge to commit the same crime twice. So shutter your doors. Cash out your assets. Don a backpack and hike through the gaslands of America. Along the way, bear witness. Apologize. Offer compensation to the people who have no drinkable water and can’t sell their homes. Whose farm ponds bubble with methane. Whose kids have nosebleeds and mysterious rashes. Write big checks to the people who are putting their bodies on the line in the fight to ban fracking, and to the grassroots groups that are organizing them.
Finally, go to Washington and say what the Sierra Club should have said in 2007: Fracking is not a bridge to the future. It is a plank on which we walk blindfolded at the point of a sword. There is no right way to do it. And the pirates are not our friends.
Sandra Steingraber, PhD, is the author of Living Downstream, published in second edition by Da Capo Press to coincide with the release of the documentary film adaptation.
Steingraber's latest book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 09:40:00 PM
Gov. Tom Corbett seeks to get rid of Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund See the comments by Karen Lutz, Andy Loza and John Quigley Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly supported a fund to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when they passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent. Now Gov. Tom Corbett is seeking to permanently get rid of it, sending the money to the general fund budget. This has been called the largest proposed cut to conservation in the state’s history. “This will have a devastating effect,” Andy Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association said. Ed. Note: Contact your State Senator and Representative if you feel that the Keystone Fund is worth saving. Read the full article at ============================== R. Martin Coordinator www.PaForestCoalition.org
PA DCNR, the agency which administers grants for trails and recreation, had been receiving about $30 million a year from the Keystone Fund.
According to John Quigley, former agency secretary, the Keystone Fund has been “extraordinarily successful. Getting rid of it will decimate not only quality of life but local economies as well, he said.
Karen Lutz, regional director for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, said the Keystone Fund has been an important source for protecting lands adjacent to the section of the 2,000-mile trail that winds through Pennsylvania.
Last year, the conservancy was able to purchase the 840-acre White Rocks Tract with $1.2 million from the Keystone Fund. The tract, once slated for a 268-home development, contains one of the state’s most scenic views from the top of a white quartz cliff overlooking the farmlands of Cumberland County and the forests of Perry County.
Conservationists are lobbying legislators to restore the Keystone Fund before the budget is finalized. Quigley said he is optimistic advocates can sway some legislators, because so many of them have seen the benefits in their own communities.
Mission: Good Stewardship of our Public Lands
Caring for what God has created
Republicans for Environmental Protection
Gov. Tom Corbett seeks to get rid of Keystone
Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund
See the comments by Karen Lutz, Andy Loza and John Quigley
Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly supported a fund to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when they passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent.
Now Gov. Tom Corbett is seeking to permanently get rid of it, sending the money to the general fund budget.
This has been called the largest proposed cut to conservation in the state’s history. “This will have a devastating effect,” Andy Loza, executive director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association said.
Ed. Note: Contact your State Senator and Representative if you feel that the Keystone Fund is worth saving.
Read the full article at
R. Martin Coordinator www.PaForestCoalition.org
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DEP to Host Online Sessions on New Marcellus Shale Law
DEP to Host Online Sessions on New Marcellus Shale Law
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection will host online information sessions on implementing Act 13, which Governor Tom Corbett signed into law in February.
Act 13’s environmental provisions for unconventional gas operations take effect April 16.
DEP will offer four one-hour sessions,
Registration is required for each webinar, which will run from 1 to 2 p.m. and will be limited to the first 500 participants.
Webinar dates, topics and registration links are as follows:
Tuesday, March 27 -- Act 13 -- General Overview
Tuesday, April 3 -- Act 13 Permitting and Notifications
Tuesday, April 10 -- Act 13 Environmental Protections and Enhancements
Tuesday, April 17 -- Act 13 Inspection and Enforcement
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 07:54:00 PM
DEP Issues Revised General Permit for Gas Wastewater Processing Facilities
The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it will publish in this week’s Pennsylvania Bulletin a revised general permit for the processing and beneficial use of liquid waste from oil and gas well sites.
“This permit encourages recycling of wastewater by providing regulatory clarity, consistency and predictability,” said DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. “This permit replaces three existing general permits, which will improve efficiency and better protect our waterways.”
The revised Residual Waste Beneficial Use general permit (WMGR123) encourages using the closed-loop process, which is the reuse of liquid waste after it has been treated or processed. In this case, the liquid waste includes brine, flowback water, drilling muds and stormwater.
The permit applies to oil and gas sites and other related infrastructure. This kind of reuse minimizes water withdrawals and impacts on Pennsylvania’s valuable water resources.
The revised permit consolidates into one -- and renders redundant -- three existing general permits, WMGR119, WMGR121 and WMGR123.
The revised permit also establishes water quality criteria that, if met, allow the processed water to be managed, stored and transported as freshwater. Facilities will test regularly for 39 constituents, including strontium, barium, total dissolved solids and radiation, in order to demonstrate that the processed wastewater meets the freshwater criteria. The criteria are based on drinking water standards and in-stream water quality standards. The permit specifies that the processed wastewater may only be used to develop or hydraulically fracture an oil or gas well.
Wastewater that does not meet the freshwater criteria must continue to be managed, stored and transported as residual waste, a classification of industrial waste. Storage of such waste must take place in tanks or impoundment pits that use liners, leak detection monitoring and other measures to contain any spills, leaks or overflows.
There are 10 facilities operating under the prior general permits for processing and beneficially using oil and gas wastewater. These facilities will continue to operate under the new permit. Ten additional facilities have pending permit applications with DEP.
The agency published a draft version of this permit for public comment in August 2011. The revised permit was developed after considering approximately 80 comments submitted in response.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 717-787-7381.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 07:05:00 PM
Flood Relief and Flood Control Package on House Agenda Next Week
The state House returns to session on Monday, March 26, to debate and vote on various issues of importance.
Dealing with floods... helping Pennsylvania residents and communities
As the most flood-prone state in the nation, Pennsylvania has had its share of water disasters. Communities are still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee from six months ago. A package of bills will begin moving Monday in the House to help residents and communities ravaged by the storm waters.
HB 1912 (Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) Flood Relief Act for 2011 – Creates a flood recovery grant program for low income individuals or families whose flood-related damage exceeded federal loans and grants. The Supplemental Individual Assistance Program would be administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW).
HB 1913 (Rep. Lynda Culver, R-Northumberland/Snyder) Local Abatement of Real Estate Taxes -- Allows local taxing bodies to abate real estate taxes for properties substantially affected by the flood. Abatement is directly proportionate to damage of property.
HB 1915 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) Capital Budget Act of 2011 for Flood Damaged Bridges -- Authorizes a county-by-county list of bridges affected by the flood that need rehabilitation and need to be added to the Capital Budget Act.
HB 2245 (Rep. Karen Boback, R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming): Authorizes state capital money for projects to rehabilitate or replace railroad bridges damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene and/or Tropical Storm Lee in the summer and fall of 2011.
HB 1916 (Rep. Dave Millard, R-Columbia) Flood Control and Hazard Mitigation Itemization Act -- Authorizes a county-by-county list of flood control and hazard mitigation projects that could be funded through the Capital Budget Act.
HB 2077 (Rep. Kurt Masser, R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland Counties) Small Business Flood Relief Supplementation Act -- Provides additional assistance to certain employers to supplement compensation received from private insurance and the federal government.
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.
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Justin Cochran, son of Duncan Cochran of Kingsport, TN, the late Jane Kaple Jones of Roulette, PA, Brad Jones of Lancaster, PA, and grandson of the late Art and Kathryn Kaple of Roulette, PA, has been named to the Dean's List at Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y.
Cochran, a senior, is studying Organizational Management.
A Keuka College student must have earned a 3.50 GPA for each block of at least 12 semester credit hours to be eligible for Dean's List.
The national leader in experiential, hands-on learning, Keuka is a private, co-educational college offering 33 majors. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region near Penn Yan, Keuka was founded in 1890 and today has an enrollment of 1,521 students.
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The Countdown Begins … Only 92 Days until CHQ 2012!
The Program Office at Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce the final selection for the 2012 evening entertainment series at the Amphitheater: 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery on Friday, July 13. The 18-year-old country music sensation with the amazing bass voice has been nominated for 2012 American Country Music New Artist and released his first album, “Clear as Day.” Visit McCreery’s website to learn more about the artist and hear songs from his album.
Tickets are now on sale for McCreery’s Amphitheater performance and the entire 2012 lineup of rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz and classical music scheduled for this summer.
To order your tickets, contact the Chautauqua Institution Box Office at (716) 357-6250 or visit chqtickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Main Gate Welcome Center.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 02:31:00 PM
Tourist Promotion Changes With The Times
David Brooks, executive director of the Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA), presented a report on the organization’s new direction as guest speaker at this week’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners. Fifty years have passed since PCVA’s forerunner, the Denton Hill Recreation Association, was established to coordinate tourist promotion efforts geared largely to hunters, anglers, hikers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Those visitors are still important, Brooks pointed out, but PCVA is also trying to draw people to other attractions — the Dark Sky Preserve at Cherry Springs State Park, historically significant sites such as the ruins of the Austin Dam, and unique events such as the God’s Country Marathon. Brooks (shown at left during a recent marathon awards ceremony) said the goal is to provide the destinations and activities that tourists want, so that they will stay longer and return more often.
Marketing tools include the annual visitors’ guide and calendar of events; growing use of “social media,” including a Facebook page; a vibrant website that helps travelers plan their trips; and more strategic media relations and publicity efforts. The visitors’ guide highlights aspects of Potter County that match the slogan, “untouched, unspoiled and untamed.”
Brooks detailed PCVA’s budget, which includes a significant increase in spending for strategic advertising. He said the county-imposed “room tax” of three percent on overnight stays has brought an increasing stream of revenue to PCVA, which also draws income from membership fees and advertising, as well as the popular God’s Country Marathon. At the same time, state funding for county-based tourist promotion has been slashed.
Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover each expressed appreciation to the PCVA staff, directors and membership for their work in support of one of the county’s biggest industries. Brooks said he welcomes inquiries input through Facebook, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 814-274-3365.
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OMG---WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO DO NOW!!!
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House Advances Job Creation Agenda with Unemployment Compensation Reform Measure
By Rep. Martin Causer
In our ongoing commitment to support job creation in Pennsylvania, the House has adopted legislation to further reform the state’s unemployment compensation system by implementing cost-saving, anti-fraud measures.
House Bill 1852 increases the penalty period for individuals who commit unemployment compensation fraud from two weeks to 10 weeks; adds a 15 percent penalty to the total owed to the fund for a fraudulent claim; creates a 52-week penalty for individuals who commit willful fraud to collect benefits while in prison; and increases the penalties for employers who fail to report fraud and accept employee contributions.
The proposal is estimated to save the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund nearly $154 million in fiscal year 2012-13 and $1.06 billion over the next seven years.
This is just the latest in a series of bills aimed at creating a more job-friendly climate in Pennsylvania. Other efforts include:
|•||Expanding the successful Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs) program, which encourages the use of unoccupied or under-developed parcels and old industrial sites.|
|•||Helping the housing industry by repealing the onerous mandatory residential sprinkler mandate and reforming how the building code is to be changed in the future.|
|•||Bringing equity to the Unemployment Compensation system through a number of reforms, such as requiring recipients to at least look for a job and creating an offset for severance pay (this is in addition to the provisions outlined above).|
|•||Helping smaller employers by adopting Workers’ Compensation reforms for sole proprietors.|
|•||Giving small business a voice by requiring economic impact statements on state regulations affecting employers and offering regulatory flexibility (House Bill 1349 is pending in the Senate).|
|•||Creating an online “One Stop Shop Business Permit and License Portal” for business (House Bill 2022 is pending in the Senate).|
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 01:49:00 PM
Two Years Later, Healthcare Law’s Broken Promises and Uncertainty Continues
By U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5)
With rising prices at the gas pump and escalating healthcare costs, American families have been seeking economic relief, while the average paycheck fails to keep pace with the cost of living. With the two year anniversary of one of President Obama’s signature legislative initiatives – the Affordable Care Act of 2010 – we are especially reminded of this unfortunate reality.
In 2010, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested, "we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Two years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, American families and small businesses have found out the hard way, with increased taxes, looming regulations and a slew of broken promises, from fictitious cost controls to limitations on consumer choice.
Just last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) served a devastating blow to President Obama's most frequent used tagline, “If you like your present coverage, you can keep it." CBO issued a report suggesting there will be a net loss of employer-based insurance coverage of between three and five million people each year from 2019 and 2022. This has the potential for 20 million Americans to lose their insurance coverage over a four year span.
On the first anniversary the Affordable Care Act, I joined the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for a congressional field hearing in Harrisburg in order to review the law’s impact throughout the Commonwealth. During the hearing, Pennsylvania's Acting Insurance Commissioner, Michael Consedine, testified that new mandates on insurance coverage had resulted in premium increases of up to nine percent.
These figures mirror the national trend, as outlined in a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group that tracks employer-sponsored health insurance on a yearly basis. The Kaiser report shows that the “average annual premium for family coverage through an employer reached $15,073 in 2011, an increase of nine percent over the previous year.” This is a far cry from Barack Obama’s 2008 proposition that his law would cut family premiums by $2,500 before the conclusion of his first term in office.
President Obama had also promised that he “…will not sign a [healthcare] plan that adds one dime to our deficits -- either now or in the future.” However, an honest accounting of the healthcare law finds that it will increase the deficit by hundreds of billions in the first 10 years alone. Former Congressional Budget Office Director, Douglas Holtz-Eakin has testified that the law will increase the deficit by at least $500 billion in its first 10 years and more than $1.5 trillion over the decade thereafter.
Correspondingly, further estimates suggest that the law will cost nearly half a trillion dollars more than supporters of the law originally claimed. At a time of severe budgetary constraints, there is only one place to turn in order to keep up with this spending – the wallets of Americans – in the form of tax increases.
Having spent almost 30 years in a non-profit healthcare field, I am acutely aware of the challenges many face when it comes to obtaining reasonably priced healthcare. And while many of us agree there are portions of the law that are beneficial, such as the ability for adult dependent children up to age 26 to stay on their parent’s insurance, the elimination of excluding those with pre-existing conditions from plans, and the expansion of low cost clinics into underserved areas, the path the so-called Affordable Care Act provides is unsustainable. We must repeal the law and toss out the negatives while maintaining and expanding upon the elements that are commonly agreed upon.
Over the past two years, as the regulations have been rolled out and the American people continue to learn what is really in the law, the broken promises have continued to pile up, weighing on the backs of small businesses and families.
This week, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the mandate that all Americans must purchase health insurance. While the court’s decision is yet to be made, the verdict has already been cast by the countless American families and small businesses that simply cannot afford the Affordable Care Act.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 01:41:00 PM
DEP Begins Cleanup of Former Landfill Site in Erie County
MEADVILLE -- The Department of Environmental Protection this week began remediation work at a former Currie Landfill site in Millcreek Township, Erie County.
Household and industrial waste that was disposed at the former landfill, some of which has settled in nearby Cascade Creek, will be consolidated and capped underground. The project will restore and re-vegetate 600 feet of the creek, improving water quality and restoring lost habitat to the watershed that was contaminated by the waste.
“This once blighted property will soon be restored for the community to use again,” DEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “Protection of the Presque Isle Bay watershed is vitally important for the Erie community and local groups have leveraged more than $870,000 in federal funds over the last two years to rehabilitate Cascade Creek, which runs through Frontier Park and into the Bay. This project supports those efforts and helps to improve the health of the watershed and protect the Bay.”
The project will restore the property to the point of commercial and public use. Once the site is fully restored, four acres will be available for light industrial activity. Another 11 acres will be available as recreational use.
Currie Landfill operated as a dump through 1966. Heavy metals and volatile organic compounds from waste disposed of at the site contaminated soil and groundwater.
The $4.1 million cleanup contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process to Berner Construction Inc. of Lancaster County. Remediation work is expected to be complete by June 2013. The project is funded out of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, which is funded by a portion of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us or call 814-332-6945.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 01:36:00 PM
Not a reference to the "latest" in building tools, Thinking Boards are all the men and women who spend their "free" time (& sometimes paid time) serving various causes that keep our society going.
In our region I'm aware of Library Boards, Church Boards, School Boards, Hospital Boards, Bank Boards, and the boards of various clubs. They all serve in areas where decisions must be made that affect the public. How these decisions are made is often determined by "needs" vs. budget. Like it or not in today's world, money rules and that's sad. When board members vote on issues involving conscience and budget, sometimes decisions can be grueling. They understand "needs" over wants, and they also know you can't get blood from a stone ... so they deal with it. Their goals? ...not to make everyone happy but to simply do the best they can with what they have.
If you know someone who serves on a board ... THANK THAT PERSON!
These thoughts came to mind after reading about the decisions made by Boards outside our immediate area. Headlines across PA, WV, and OH have been highlighting the money made available to Boards because of their sub-surface rights. Like individuals who have leased, Boards doing their homework have sometimes found they too have "rights" acreage to lease.
EX: "... Marcellus Drilling Lease for School Property -- $2K per Acre, 15% Royalties"
"Chevron's Offer to Western PA School ...$1,500 per AC, 15% Royalty, 5 Years"
"School District Near Pittsburgh Receives $628 K Lease Payment"
While these headlines have focused on schools, it's just as possible that all the Boards referred to above have "rights" acreage whether bought outright, donated, or willed to them. It's also just as likely the number of acres owned is less than the size of a production unit, i.e. 640+ AC , a number which grabs the attention of leasing companies. Hence the need for exploring Landowner Leasing Groups in the area. Such Groups bundle acreage, have developed a lease specific to their circumstances, and secured experienced, successful firms to market and negotiate a fair and environmentally stable leasing document. Watch for ads of these meetings.
Typically when Boards enter this arena the action is begun by a few Board Members attending public meetings, or a private meeting requested by/for a full Board. The latter often allows for a freer exchange of ideas, while the former also allows for a considerable question-and-answer period. Attorneys on board committees have keen knowledge of typical board matters, but few have "majored" in gas/oil business. A dentist doesn't do knee replacement, and a neurosurgeon won't contemplate performing gastro-intestinal surgery.
These are tough economic times. If there is one more stone that needs to be turned, one more path that needs to be explored before more cuts are made or taxes raised, let our existing resources help take care of program shortfalls.
Thinking Boards are covering all their bases before making decisions.
Janice L. Hancharick
4-County Leasing Group
McKean/Potter in PA, Cattaraugus/Allegany in NY
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 12:55:00 PM
Coudersport Alliance Pre-School is now accepting applications for the 2012/13 school year.
The 3 year old program is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am.
The 4 year old program is now offering extended hours, running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15am - 12:15pm
Teaching Kindergarten readiness skills in a safe and fun environment. Offering competitive pricing. Snacks provided.
Open House and Registration:
Tuesday, April, 3rd 9:00am - 3:30pm
**Spaces are Limited**
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 11:40:00 AM
E. Dewitt MORLEY, 95, of Palmyra, NY, formerly of Ontario, NY and West
Bingham, PA, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the Newark-Wayne
Community Hospital, Newark, NY.
Born October 6, 1916, Bingham
Township, PA, he was the son of Willis and Nellie Pride Morley.
Surviving are: his wife of 70 years, Ruth Buck Morley; daughters,
Lynne Morley (Mark Rickert) of Pittsford, NY and Nancy (Richard)
McCarthy of Palmyra, NY; a son, Major James D. (Jeannie) Morley of
Dillwyn, VA; grandchildren, Christopher, Niki, Jeremy, and Tiffany;
and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister,
A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with
the US Army Air Corps from 1942 – 1946. Dewitt spent many years in
the automotive service industry. He was a member of the Ontario First
Baptist Church, Ontario, NY, Jacob Schaeffer American Legion Post #810
in Naples, NY, and a charter member of the Wayne Drumlins Antique
A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday,
March 26, 2012 in the Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Jason
K. Reed will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of
the Potter County Honor Guard.
Arrangements are entrusted to the
Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post
#963, P.O. Box 236, Ulysses, PA 16948, the Ontario First Baptist
Church, 1929 Ridge Road, Ontario, NY 14519, or a charity of the
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 10:28:00 AM
Welfare Fraud Crackdown Continues
51-year-old Rhonda Fuller of Bolivar is charged with grand larceny and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing as well as welfare fraud.
Sheriff’s deputies say she submitted Child Care Attendance Sheets to the county Department of Social Services that included hours she was not working. Between January of 2007 and December of 2010 she received more than $6,500 in day care assistance she was not entitled to.
Fuller is scheduled to appear in City of Olean Court on April 10.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 10:25:00 AM
Propane Grill Causes Clermont Fire
State police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire damaged the two-story wood home of Patricia Miller.
The fire started on the front porch and did about $100,000 worth of damage.
No one was hurt.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 10:18:00 AM
PITT-BRADFORD LAUNCHES $17.5 MILLION CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT SCHOLARSHIPS, ENERGY INSTITUTE AND MORE
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford launched a fundraising campaign Friday to raise $17.5 million by the end of its 50th anniversary year in 2014.
Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, announced that 60 percent of the goal, which will benefit scholarships, academics, technology, capital projects and athletics, has already been raised.
The event included a brief program to introduce the campaign’s goals, which includes $6.5 million for scholarships and $1.25 million for the emerging American Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran Jr. Energy Institute.
“There is a great deal at stake,” Alexander said in his remarks to those gathered for the launch celebration in Blaisdell Hall. “We have come a long way and achieved a position of prominence in the northeast. We envision that Pitt-Bradford will become a top-of-mind institution among high school students. … Students will benefit from these … gifts for the next 50 years and beyond.”
Other priorities of the campaign are to raise $6.5 million for capital projects, including a Marilyn Horne Archive; $600,000 for an arts endowment; $550,000 for a technology endowment; $500,000 for a hospitality management test kitchen; $250,000 for high-definition equipment for the broadcast communications program; and $25,000 for an athletics endowment.
Campaign co-chairman Greg Booth, president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing Co., said in an interview after his speech that for the members of the Institutional Advancement Council, which helped determine the campaign priorities, scholarships are always at the forefront of their minds.
In his remarks, Booth sounded like the marketer he is at heart, touting the product Pitt-Bradford has made available to the community.
“We have a great education at an affordable price in an attractive environment,” he said, adding that investment in scholarships and academic and technology upgrades are needed to make sure that remains true.
Campaign co-chairman Harvey Golubock, president of ARG Resources, emphasized the need to support public higher education, citing his own experiences and saying that without public higher education, he would not have succeeded to the extent that he has.
He also emphasized the importance of scholarships as government support evaporates not only for public higher education, but also for student loan programs.
Golubock also pointed to new programs Pitt-Bradford has started to help students find success in the world of work, criminal justice, hospitality management and petroleum technology.
“My own priorities lie in the energy field,” said Golubock, who is the former president and CEO of American Refining Group. He touted the petroleum technology program, saying, “Virtually every graduate of that program has found employment.”
The $1.25 million to be set aside for the Energy Institute will be used to create a laboratory space where Dr. Matt Kropf, director, can teach students about producing biodiesel fuel by converting waste fryer oil from the campus into fuel for campus trucks and equipment. The space and equipment will be a vital part of a new four-year energy science and technology degree that Kropf is developing.
The technology endowment will support not only wireless infrastructure on campus, but also classrooms designed to simulate a business environment where students will work in groups monitored by a professor.
Bernie Picklo, academic technology integrator at Pitt-Bradford, made presentations in the lobby to show off this futuristic classroom, which he said would enhance collaboration and give students more individual attention from faculty members.
Another campaign priority is a test kitchen for the students of the hospitality management program, which will allow students to receive more experience in food service and enable them to gain a range of skills to enhance their professionalism.
Campaign priorities were chosen to dovetail with the goals of the campus’s five-year strategic plan, enhance the student experience and keep Pitt-Bradford competitive.
For more information on the campaign, contact Jill Ballard at (814)362-5091 or email@example.com.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 09:55:00 AM
This year the girls involved with Girl Scouts got to celebrate the 100 year anniversary on March 12th. To celebrate 100 years, the Roulette Brownie Troop #20490 collected more than 100 pop tabs to donate to St. Jude. Collected over 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies which will be donated to local places to help those in the community as well as children at a children's hospital.
We are able to donate these cookies because of and with thanks to several business in Roulette, Port Allegany and Coudersport.
The troop also decided to visit the long term patients at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital to hand out homemade flowers to brighten their rooms and shared a few Girl Scout cookies with them as well.
A pat on the back is definitely what these girls deserve for all the good deeds they accomplished and a job well done!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 09:33:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 01:30:00 AM
Prospect Park Playground Fire Was Set
Trooper David A. Surra, a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Emporium Fire Chiefs investigated a fire that damaged the interior of the recreation building located at Prospect Park playground along Arch Drive in Shippen Township, Cameron County on Friday at 6:55 pm.
It was found that the fire was intentionally set by unknown person(s) igniting combustible materials inside a cabinet within the structure. The fire was extinguished by members of the Emporium Fire Department, containing the damage from combustion to the area of origin. The remainder of the interior of the structure sustained heat and smoke damage.
There were no injuries reported.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321 or PSP Coioudersport (Fire Marshal) at 814-274-8690.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/24/2012 01:19:00 AM
Friday, March 23, 2012
Maple Producers Week Citation Presentation
Last weekend, PA Rep. Martin Causer had the opportunity to visit Hamiltons Maple Products in Ulysses to present a citation to the Potter-Tioga Maple Syrup Producers Association in honor of Maple Producers Week in Pennsylvania.
Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Will Leete and Glenn Dunn Jr. In the back row are Wayne Clark, Rep. Causer, Maple Sweetheart Katelyn Valenti, Larry Hamilton of Hamiltons Maple Products, Deborah Pontzer of Congressman Thompson’s office, Commissioner Doug Morley, Jim Tice and Glenn Dunn Sr. And don’t forget this weekend is Maple Weekend.
Click here for more information.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 08:12:00 PM
Workshop On Housing, Education, Other Needs
People who need help with their housing, education or other needs are invited to attend a free workshop being sponsored by two local agencies on Wednesday, April 18, at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle.
From 1-4 pm, there will be exhibits spotlighting housing options, summer opportunities and a variety of services available through schools, community organizations and human service agencies.
Refreshments and child care will be available.
Guest speaker Dr. Michael Valentine will present a program, “Growing Up is Hard to Do,” at 4. He is author of books helping educators, parents and others to deal with discipline problems and motivational issues.
The April 18 program is sponsored by Potter County Human Services and Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 08:03:00 PM
Volunteers Needed For Water Monitoring
Volunteers are needed to take occasional samples of rivers and streams in Potter County as part of a citizens’ water monitoring project. Next training session for “God’s Country Water Dogs” will be held Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport.
Training will cover how to take samplings and record information, and how to report incidents of environmental harm or concerns for public safety. Julie Vastine, director of Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), will instruct the course. To register or to request more information, contact Jim Clark at Penn State Extension; 814-887-5613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 08:00:00 PM
Tours This Weekend Spotlight Sweet Industry
More than a dozen area maple syrup producers are opening their doors to the public this weekend for the eighth annual “Maple Weekend.” Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday (March 24-25).
Goal is to promote the potential of maple syruping in the region and increase public awareness of the industry. Participants will be able to witness tree-tapping and production of maple syrup, maple sugar and other products. Operators will describe the production process and answer questions.
Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Assn., formed in 1963, sponsors the tour. Details can be found on the website, pamaple.com.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 07:58:00 PM
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and the Department of Environmental Protection, along with financial information services company Markit, has held the first “forward” auction in 2012 for the sale and purchase of nutrient credits in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay watershed.
A “forward” auction means that the certified credits sold on March 21 will be delivered later and applied to the 2012-15 compliance years. The auction affords wastewater treatment plants and other regulated entities the opportunity to purchase credits to meet their nitrogen and phosphorus discharge limits for these compliance years.
“This auction once again demonstrates the viability of the financial mechanism that we have developed to aid in improving the waters of the Chesapeake Bay,” PENNVEST executive director Paul Marchetti said. “It significantly furthers our efforts to foster trades in the Bay watershed and we look forward to more auctions throughout the year.”
PENNVEST hosts the auctions to encourage the trading of nutrient credits in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds. DEP’s nutrient credit trading program offers a cost-effective way for facilities that are subject to nitrogen and phosphorus limits to meet those limits by working with other facilities, non-point sources or both.
For its auctions, PENNVEST is supported by Markit, which provides the platform for enrollment and eligibility, auctions and registry services. Markit has provided operations and infrastructure services to environmental programs worldwide.
Credits representing the annual removal of 55,224 pounds of nitrogen from the Susquehanna River watershed and the Chesapeake Bay during 2012 were sold for $4 per credit. Credits representing the annual removal of 30,000 pounds of nitrogen from the Susquehanna River watershed and the Chesapeake Bay over each of the following three years, 2013 to 2015, were sold for $2.98 per credit.
PENNVEST encourages the trading of nutrient credits by acting as a clearinghouse in the credit market, entering into contracts to buy and sell credits. By participating in these transactions, PENNVEST provides market certainty to buyers and sellers, which, in turn, encourages more activity in the market. Hosting periodic auctions is one way for PENNVEST to facilitate these nutrient credit trades.
PENNVEST’s next forward auction is June 13. The enrollment period for that auction is expected to begin on April 23.
For more information, visit www.pennvest.state.pa.us or call 717-783-6798.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 05:07:00 PM
GAME COMMISSION/HARRISBURG STAMPEDE ANNOUNCE TICKET DISCOUNT FOR SHOWING HUNTING LICENSE
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Harrisburg Stampede, the Capital City’s American Indoor Football Association franchise, today announced that fans who bring their 2011-12 Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker license to any of the remaining home games will be able to purchase a regular ticket for $5.
The final four games all begin at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 7, April 21, April 28 and May 12; and are played in the Equine Arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building, along Cameron Street in Harrisburg. The discount applies to each ticket purchased, and there is no limit on the number of tickets purchased when showing your 2011-12 hunting license.
“This agreement has provided an added value to the price of a Pennsylvania hunting and furtaker license,” said Carl G. Roe, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director. “We are pleased that the Harrisburg Stampede recognizes the importance of our license buyers to wildlife management by offering this discount.”
For more information, visit the Harrisburg Stampede’s website (www.harrisburgstampede.com).
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 05:03:00 PM
Roulette Dispatched To Wildfire
At 4:29 pm on Friday, Roulette Fire Dept. has been dispatched mutual aid to Austin to assist with a wildfire at the Forest View Cemetery. A brush truck & manpower has been requested.
Reception is very spotty in that area.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 04:29:00 PM
Suspect In Custody
At 2: 30 pm on Friday, Several police agencies in Tioga County involved in a police chase have taken the suspect into custody at the intersection of Doud Road and Depot Hill Road.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 02:30:00 PM
Sabrina Williams, a freshman at Northern Potter High School, member of Headwaters FFA, and daughter of Tom and Patsy Williams of Genesee recently received the Star Greenhand Award.
This award presented to Sabrina during the annual parent/member banquet is the highest award for the Greenhand degree.
Mr. Irish, Headwaters FFA Advisor said "Sabrina has worked very hard and deserves this award". The Greenhand degree is given to to students entering the FFA. The Star award is given to an outstanding member who is most active in a stong supervised agriculture program and has demonstrated leadership skills.
Sabrina has shown award winning swine at the local Potter County Fair as well as the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Mr. Irish said, "Sabrina has a great future ahead of her in FFA and agriculture".
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 11:46:00 AM
I am writing for a friend who is looking for her kitten approx. 6 months old, female and orange in color, in Coudersport. If you could post this it would be greatly appreciated. Can contact 814-203-0232. Thanks
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 11:20:00 AM
Welcoming Lila Ann Glasgow born 3-21-12 weighing 7lbs. and 13oz. to Mandy Marie (Burdick) and Troy Lee Glasgow of Port Allegany, Pa. She joins her sister Gianna Marie.
Maternal Grandparents: Harry and Marsh Sheffer of Smethport, Pa.
Paternal Grandparents: Gene and Barb Glasgow of Port Allegany, Pa.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 10:58:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 10:41:00 AM
Thoratec Corporation Issues Update on Worldwide Medical Device Correction Notification Relating to Sealed Outflow Graft Used With HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System
Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of 4 Lots of Argatroban Injection 50 mg/50 mL (1 mg/mL) Due to a Potential for Visible Particulates. NDC# 42367-203-07 (single unit) NDC# 42367-203-84 (10 pack)
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 3/23/2012 07:17:00 AM