Saturday, April 21, 2012
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 11:58:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 11:56:00 PM
Ridgway State Police have asked area police dapartments to be on the lookout for 16 inch steel wheels and tires that were stolen from along Route 255 in Jay Township, Elk County. The stolen items are valued over $2,000.
Any information, call PSP Ridgway barracks.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 10:40:00 PM
Vice President of Commonwealth Campuses to Speak at Penn State DuBois Commencement
DuBOIS – Madlyn Hanes, Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses and Dean of the University College of the Pennsylvania State University, will serve as commencement speaker at Penn State DuBois spring commencement ceremonies. The ceremony is planned for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the Multipurpose Building Gymnasium on campus.
Hanes was named to her current post in 2010. As vice president, Hanes has executive oversight for the 20 Commonwealth Campuses, including Penn State DuBois. Those campuses enroll 34,000 students in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. She provides leadership for Penn State's multiple missions across the Commonwealth, including its core mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service; strategic planning; budgeting; fundraising, alumni relations and outreach; and management of the campuses’ facilities. In addition, as the Dean of the University College, Hanes provides academic leadership on curricular matters and promotion and tenure reviews for 14 of the campuses, which comprise the University College.
From 2000-2010, Hanes served as Chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College. Penn State Harrisburg is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate school of approximately 4,500 degree students, and an additional 3,500 continuing education students. Hanes joined Penn State University in 1988 as the chief academic officer of Penn State Delaware County, now Penn State Brandywine. In 1997, she was named chief executive officer of Penn State Great Valley, the graduate campus of Penn State serving southeastern Pennsylvania, and in 1998, founding head of its School of Graduate Professional Studies.
Hanes holds the rank of Professor and a C.C.C. in speech-language pathology from the Professional Services Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Hanes earned a B.A. with high honors in English education, M.A. in speech-language pathology, and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a specialization in language and literacy development, from the University of Florida. In 2008, the University of Florida honored her with the University Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Hanes has served as a consultant to international ministries of education and boards of higher education in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Israel and Korea, including a special appointment to the University Council of Jamaica by the Prime Minister. Hanes chaired the Penn State University Commission for Undergraduate Education from 1992-95, a presidential commission with strategic oversight of student learning assessment outcomes, curriculum integration, and the evaluation and development of teaching for the undergraduate campuses of the University. In 1999-2000, she served as the Senior Adviser to the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, overseeing a management review of its 34 higher education institutions in conjunction with the Governor’s budget and policy office.
Hanes is the immediate past chair of the network executive board of the Office of Women in Higher Education and a former member (2006-2011) of the Commission on Women in Higher Education with the American Council on Education (ACE). She also serves on the executive committee of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
For more information on Spring Commencement at Penn State DuBois, visit http://www.ds.psu.edu/Academics/DuBoisCommencement.htm
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 09:07:00 PM
I found a digital camera tonight at about 7:15pm at the Coudersport Court House Gazebo.
Owner can call 274-9008 to describe the camera to claim it.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 08:03:00 PM
On April 4th between 9:00 am and 10:30 am, a 2008 Chevrolet was parked along Park Road, in Sizerville State Park, Portage Township, Potter County.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 06:40:00 PM
Olivia Gloss 32, and Preston Housler 28, were involved in a confrontation at Sizerville State Park in Portage Twp. and their residence 262 Valley View Rd. in Shippen Twp., Cameron County.
The incident occurred on Friday at approximately 8:00 pm. Both parties sustained minor injuries and Housler is being charged with simple assault and harassment.
The investigation continues. Trooper Michael W.Smith is the investigator.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 06:25:00 PM
A known female, 42, was subjected to unwanted physical contact by a known male juvenile on Friday at approximately 5:00 pm in the area of Main Street in Grove Township, Cameron County PA.
Trooper Christopher D. Bock said the Pennsylvania State Police are currently conducting an investigation of the Domestic Harassment incident.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 06:17:00 PM
A Ulysses man is being charged with Harassment after he grabbed an elderly women slammed her against the wall and smashed a pack of cigarettes in her face.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 06:03:00 PM
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/HIGH MECHANISM
Address: INTERSECTION OF LOW GRADE RD and HICKS RUN RD
Cross Streets: HICKS RUN RD * HUSTON HILL RD
ONE OCCUPANT DECEASED--3 CONFIRMED PATIENTS--ONE FEMALE ALS PATIENT--2 WITH BACK PAIN
Agency: CAMERON CO 16 FD; SINNEMAHONING AMB; ELK COMPANY 5 FD; EMPORIUM AMBULANCE; EMPORIUM AMBULANCE; ST. MARYS MEDIC UNIT
4/21/2012 5:58:08 PM
HELICOPTERS UNABLE TO FLY DUE TO WEATHER
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 06:02:00 PM
Possible Structure Fire At Sewer Plant
At 5:38 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been called to the Coudersport Sewer Plant on Toles Hollow Road for a possible structure fire. Neighbor heard explosion and black smoke came from generator area.
5:40 pm--FIREFIGHTER ON SCENE REPORTS NOTHING SHOWING
5:43 PM--HOLD EQUIPMENT AT STATION BY CHIEF 48-30
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 05:37:00 PM
The Coudersport Rotary Club recently heard a presentation on the National Gas Resource Center from Bob Veilleux, left. At right is Club member Judge Steve Minor.
The Coudersport Rotary Club heard a presentation from Bob Veilleux recently on the Natural Gas Resource Center, which evolved from the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force.
The Resource Center was developed by various workgroups to deal with issues pertaining to Marcellus Shale drilling. ShaleNet is a training provider for employment in the gas industry, and Seneca Highlands houses the training programs.
The Resource Center holds one meeting per quarter and hears presentations on topics such as Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions, Wastewater Management and Air Quality.
The Resource Center's Website can be found at www.naturalgasresourcecenter.com. The Website provides information to help residents and businesses, and can link local businesses with drilling companies. The site also contains locations on maps of where wells are located, and also features permit and spud information. The Website also features information such as news articles and a calendar of events.
Veilleux pointed out there is less drilling activity currently taking place in Potter County, and the heaviest activity is located in Tioga and Bradford counties.
The Natural Gas Resource Center can be found on the Internet at www.naturalgasresourcecenter.com and can be reached via phone at 814-260-5625.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 05:36:00 PM
DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois students who received scholarships during this academic year had the chance to meet some of the people who have helped to make their education possible at the annual Scholarship Luncheon held Friday at the DuBois Country Club. All scholars and scholarship donors where invited to the luncheon.
Speakers at the event included both scholarship recipients, and those who donated to, or established funds. Aside from hearing personal testimonies about why people give, or how the gifts are appreciated, those on both sides of giving had the chance to meet and interact with one another.
"It shows that Penn State DuBois appreciates our hard work and is rewarding us," said student Nicholas Lavella, of Kersey, about receiving his scholarship. "It gives you motivation to work harder."
For many students, scholarships make education possible when it may otherwise be out of their reach, financially.
"Getting scholarship money means I don't have to work as many jobs, or as many hours at my jobs just to get money to pay for school," said Cameo Parana, of Wilcox.
The opportunities that scholarship dollars open up for students like Lavella and Parana are the reasons people give to those funds; to help others grow, and make a difference for themselves and their communities.
"We can't launch kids into the working world with tens of thousands of dollars in debt," said donor Bob Hallstrom, of Hallstrom Construction. "So, we want to help. And we give locally to Penn State DuBois, because the campus is an incredible asset to our community, and to our area students."
As the students got to know the donors, Chancellor Anita McDonald reminded them, "This is the opportunity to put a face with the name or organization that has helped to fund your education. You can see there are real people who are responsible for providing the funding you received, and that these scholarships have deep meaning for them."
Photo from Left to right: Scholarship recipients Mandy Marconi, Nicholas Lavella, and Timothy Palikowski, had the chance to meet scholarship donors over lunch.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 05:25:00 PM
Address: 626 S MICHAEL ROAD IN FRONT OF MARLINS
Cross Streets: LOCUST RD * BEECH RD
2 VEHICLE CRASH--REPORTING ONE PERSON INJURED--RESCUE WILL BE NEEDED--NO ENTRAPMENT
4/21/2012 5:22:46 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 05:24:00 PM
200 Gallon Crude Oil Spill Near Bolivar
Skytruth Alert: NRC Report: Oil: Crude in Unnamed near Bolivar, NY
NRC Report ID: 1009260
Incident Time: 2012-04-20 08:30:00
Nearest City: Bolivar, NY
Reported Spill Volume: 200 gallons
CALLER IS REPORTING A RELEASE OF 200 GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL FROM AN ABANDONED OIL WELL, THE CAUSE WAS DUE TO HIGH PRESSURE. CALLER ALSO STATED THAT SEVERAL AGENCIES ARE ON SCENE INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 03:25:00 PM
April 20, 2012
The latest news from the State Capitol
Voter ID Law to be Phased in for Primary Election
|Area Schools Earn Grants to Boost Literacy |
Four area school districts recently received more than $1.9 million in funding from the federal government to promote literacy efforts.
The grants were awarded through the Keystones to Opportunity grant program, which supports efforts to improve literacy outcomes for all children, including disadvantaged students, students who have limited proficiency in English, and students with disabilities.
The grants were awarded as follows:
• Austin Area School District – $276,518
• Bradford Area School District – $879,250
• Otto-Eldred School District – $307,985
• Port Allegany School District – $452,548
|Property Tax Debate Continues|
Property taxes, particularly school property taxes, are a frustration for homeowners throughout the state. Recently, two bills to address school property taxes were introduced in the state House.
House Bill 1776, known as the Property Tax Independence Act seeks to eliminate school property taxes and replace the revenue by increasing the state’s Personal Income Tax (PIT) from 3.07 percent to 4 percent, eliminating some exemptions from the state sales tax, and raising the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 7 percent.
House Bill 2230 would allow counties to enact a 1 percent sales tax at the county level through voter referendum. It also would give counties, municipalities and school districts the ability to levy either a PIT or Earned Income Tax (EIT) as a replacement for property taxes. Under this plan, local governments would have the option to either eliminate or reduce property taxes with the added revenue.
House Bill 1776 is before the House Finance Committee. House Bill 2230 was approved by the committee and is awaiting action in the full House.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 03:05:00 PM
Students, Faculty, Staff Recognized at Honors Convocation
DuBois - Students from a wide variety of academic programs, as well as faculty and staff members were honored at the 73rd Annual Delta Mu Sigma Honors Convocation at Penn State DuBois Friday night. Awards at the Honors Convocation recognize students for an array of accomplishments, ranging from academic excellence, to overcoming hardships to succeed. Members of the staff and faculty were celebrated for their commitment to supporting students and service to the campus and community.
"We, the faculty and staff, really enjoy taking this time to pause and recognize the students for their achievements," said Chancellor Anita McDonald. "They've certainly risen to the occasion. This is a very special time."
Student and Delta Mu Sigma Chairman Adam Snyder commended his peers by saying, "These students should be proud of themselves. They have made a difference and made this campus and their community a better place."
Delta Mu Sigma reaches out to DuBois and the surrounding area by offering community service such as a "Dine Out" event at Luigi's Restaurant, with part of the proceeds benefiting scholarship funds. Members have volunteered with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and organize a haunted house on campus each Halloween and donate proceeds to local charities.
More than 200 Penn State DuBois students are members of Delta Mu Sigma. In order to qualify for membership, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, and be involved in campus or community service.
Honors Convocation award recipients and campus honors students for 2012 are pictured left to right:
Row 1: PJ Monella, Kirsten Renwick, Colleen Coudriet, Andrew Piccolo, Adam Snyder, Marilyn Lotito, Hillary Yarger, Louise Whyte, Chrissy Lockwood, Lacey Gamble, Daniel Kalgren, Robert Powell, Brandon Genevro.
Row 2: Melissa McTavish, Melanie Gillingham, Josh Kunig, Rebecca Horner, Zachery Thayer, Cori Bus, Dawn Tett, Angela Stahlman, Alexandra Blose, Carol Lee Long, Ann Zeigler, Pam Hufnagel (assistant professor, recipient of Chancellor's Award), John Tolle (instructor, faculty award recipient), Beau Hooftallen, Judith Yablusky.
Row 3: Terry Hinton (advising coordinator, staff award recipient), Amanda Ickes, April Sperfslage, Wanda Ferguson, Chris Albert, Jennifer Olay, Emily Callender, Kelen Fierst, Kayla Barr, Rachael Fairman, Emily Aiello, Hope Senior, Jason Long (instructor, faculty award recipient), Jessica Noland.
Row 4: Charlie Higgs, Staci Neal, Jaci Gordon, Becca Kear, Chase Lyle, Owen Samuels, Steve Zanoni, Tim Clouse, Nick Moore.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 02:45:00 PM
Judge keeps gas industry, Republicans out of Marcellus lawsuitBy Karen Langley / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG -- A Commonwealth Court judge has denied a request by the gas-drilling industry and top Republican legislators to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's new Marcellus Shale law.
Senior Judge Keith B. Quigley wrote in a decision today that the legislators do not have a "legally enforceable interest" in defending the intent behind their law. He wrote that the interests of the industry will be represented by the state as it defends the constitutionality of the law.
The judge turned down requests to participate in the case by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Sam Smith, as well as those by a collection of industry trade associations and companies.
Officials from seven municipalities, along with a Monroeville doctor and members of the Delaware Riverkeepers Network, have filed a suit arguing the the law constrains their ability to protect residents by how they craft zoning rules. Last week, Judge Quigley granted a 120-stay to the portion of the law affecting local zoning rules. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 02:26:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, Inc. sponsored a youth conservation poster contest.
The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmens Clubs, Inc. sponsored a youth conservation poster contest.
This year's theme was "Autumn in the Pennsylvania Outdoors." The county level of competition was sponsored by the Black Forest Conservation Association and coordinated by Mr. Paul Lilja.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmens Clubs Youth Conservation Poster Contest winners on the county level were:
JR.DIVISION (grades7 to 9)
1st Dalton Hand
2nd Sabrina Williams
3rd Cheyenne Hall
4th Harlie Wenrich
SR. DIVISION(grades 10-12)
1st Megan Kunselman
2nd Ellen Kibbe
3rd Megan Siska
4th Ashley Mitchell
All posters were sent to the State level of competition. Congratulations to the
winners from Potter County:
Dalton Hand - 1st Place - Jr. Division
Cheyene Hall - 2nd Place - Sr. Division
Ellen Kibbe - 3rd Place - Sr. Division
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 02:17:00 PM
James F. Byerly, Sr., 63, of 1402 Prentisvale Road, Eldred, passed away, Friday, April 20th, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born July 22, 1948, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Ralph and Leotta (Osborne) Byerly.
Mr. Byerly attended Bradford Area Schools. He had been employed as a carpenter for Clyne Builders and also contracted work on his own. He was a member of the Eagles Club.
He raced at all the local speedways from 1982 to 1991 earning titles at each track. He drove the #19 car "Plum Crazy". He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
In addition to his wife Evelyn V. (Hart) Byerly of forty five years he is survived by two daughters, Lisa K.(Jeff) Bradford and Tammy R. (Christopher) Smith, one son, Jim Byerly all of Bradford, three sisters, Nancy Hardy, and Shirley Hardy both of CA, and Evelyn Weaver of OR, two brothers, Lee Byerly of Erie, and Tom Byerly of Bradford, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Butch Byerly and one sister, Susan Vancise.
Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 4:00pm, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Kidney Fund, Inc 6110 Executive Blvd. Rockville, MD 20852.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 01:52:00 PM
Traffic Crash On James City Hill
At 12:54 pm on Saturday, Kane Fire Rescue and Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 66 South at the top of James City Hill for an MVA with unknown details.
KANE RECALLED--EXCEPT FIRE POLICE
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NO INJURY
Address: 3380 ROUTE 66
Cross Streets: PETERSON LN * LINDY TRL
Agency: ELK COMPANY 8 FD
4/21/2012 2:16:15 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:55:00 PM
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH BATH SALTS
Written by Eliza Player
Posted in Voices in Recovery
My friend’s son was no newcomer to the drug life, and he would take whatever he could get his hands on. His drug of choice was heroin, and he often mixed the opiate with cocaine or meth. My friend has seen her son under the influence of various substances, and she has witnessed his erratic behavior for years. But, she hates bath salts worse than any of them.
When her son first discovered bath salts, he decided to give them a try. (As many of us would have also done while still immersed in active addiction.) Almost immediately he was twitching and sweating, while he became increasingly paranoid. He became fixated on finding something in his bedroom to the point he was unable to control himself and the fixation. He tore his room apart, removing all the dresser drawers and searching all the drawers over and over again. He ended up splitting open the mattress and box spring, digging around inside looking for this item. His room was completely destroyed. He did not sleep for the next three nights. More bizarre behavior....
More information you should know about bath salts:
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:34:00 PM
SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK
June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2012
Women in the Wilds Outdoor Discovery Weekend -
Ladies! Are you tired of your typical weekend? Do you find yourself sitting in front of the television watching other people have fun? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!
Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a weekend filled with opportunities to learn new outdoor skills! Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, GPS/geo-caching, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival, and many others. Participants may choose up to eight different sessions over the three days of the event, and all meals are included.
Grab your mom, sister, best friend or co-worker and join with us and other aspiring woods-women for a new adventure in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds!
We can’t wait to meet you! Contact the park office at (814) 647-8401 for information on registration, available lodging, and fees.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at www.dcnr.state.pa.us
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 11:57:00 AM
Sandra Mae Baker, 65, of 2 Bushnell Street, passed away Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie.
Born October 31, 1946, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of the late Paul F. and Alma E. (DeLisle) Miller.
Mrs. Baker was a 1964 graduate of Port Allegany High School. She had been formerly employed at AVX in Olean, NY, for several years. Her favorite pastime was painting and drawing
She is survived by her children: Cassandra Buck of Bradford, Tammy Schneider-Ordonez of Houston, TX, and Johnny Baker, of Tampa, FL, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister Lois Clark of Port Allegany and a brother Arden Miller of Erie
At the request of Mrs. Baker there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 or American Cancer Society 95 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 10:48:00 AM
Update--Habitat For Humanity
Volunteers Needed In Galeton
We have started the interior painting of the Galeton House. The ceiling has been primered and the "popcorn" finish will be sprayed on tomorrow. We will be working on painting the walls of the interior on Tuesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 26th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day. We need your help if you like to paint to get the interior done.
Once the painting is completed, we will begin to do the interior trimwork. We are planning a work day for Thursday, May 3rd. It is also our hope that the back deck can be put on that day. Please plan to help if you can. Thank you again for your Volunteer help!
Jim and Charlotte Blain
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 05:43:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 01:26:00 AM
Fire Dept. Called For Search
At 12:55 am on Saturday, Rew Firefighters were toned out to assemble at the top of the hill on Looker Mountain Trail for a search.
1:10 AM--ADDITIONAL MANPOWER NEEDED AT SCENE OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON TOP OF HILL
POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE OPERATOR OF THIS MOTORCYCLE WHO IS MISSING FROM THE ACCIDENT SCENE. The person has not been located as of 2:00 am. If you know the victim of this accident, they should call 911 and let them know if they are ok, as police and fire personnel are concerned that the person may be off in the woods and injured. Police have checked at his home in Bradford to no avail.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:56:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:54:00 AM
One Vehicle Into A Tree
At 12:46 am on Saturday, Derrick City Fire Rescue and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Olean Road at the intersection with Derrick Road. One person is reported injured. Vehicle into a tree.
POLICE ON SCENE REPORT PATIENT ENTRAPPED
1:10 AM--MERCYFLIGHT HELICOPTER TO BRADFORD MALL
1:01 am--KNAPPS CREEK REQUESTED TO SHUT DOWN OLEAN ROAD AT TOP OF HILL
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:48:00 AM
We want to thank each and everyone of you, who touched our Mom's life along her wonderful journey of almost 91 years.
She was blessed with many many friends and acquaintances, we can't remember anyone she didn't have something nice to say about them. She was a special Lady.
Thank you to everyone who helped us through this rough time-too many names to list separetly.
The Families of Betty J. Northrop
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/21/2012 12:44:00 AM
Friday, April 20, 2012
County Employees’ Retirement Fund At All-Time High
An investment manager brought good news to members of the Potter County Retirement Board this week. Jeff Davidek, a vice president with the firm C. S. McKee, said the county employees’ retirement fund now stands at nearly $11.4 million, an all-time high. If these trends continue — and there are promising signs that they will — the county will finally see a reduction in its annual required contribution (ARC) and the fund may be healthy enough to yield a long-awaited benefit increase to dozens of retirees. The ARC is an element of the county’s budget required to support the legally mandated employees’ retirement fund.
Investments and interest income through the first quarter of 2012 added more than $900,000 to the fund’s balance, Davidek pointed out. He cautioned board members to view the retirement fund with a long-range perspective. In order to reduce the county’s ARC and allow for an increase in benefits, Davidek said, the fund must meet an actuarial target of 7.5 percent in annual earnings. When the U.S. economy tanked in 2008 and the first quarter of 2009, the retirement fund lost significant value. It has grown at a healthy rate of 16.4 percent over the past three years, but still has not met the 7.5-percent annual growth target in the long term, Davidek said.
Overall, the fund’s value has grown at 6.9 percent annually since 2001, ratcheting closer to that 7.5 percent goal. “For the 10-year period that ended on Dec. 31, 2010, Potter County had the best performance of any county retirement fund in state,” Davidek said. “One thing that really helped the county was the discipline of your fiscal management and the commitments to make contributions, even when it might have been hard to do so. Those who did not put money into their funds did not have that money to go to work for them when the market recovered.”
C. S. McKee is continuing to aggressively invest in technology companies and the firm’s experienced panel of analysts is closely monitoring developments around the world to adjust international investments, which are heavily weighted toward Japan and the United Kingdom.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:43:00 PM
State Finally Pays County 2010 DA Salary Share
The Potter County Commissioners this week received a payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of about $43,000, covering the final portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of the District Attorney’s 2010 salary. The state still owes Potter County $106,341 for 2011, representing 65 percent of the DA salary of $163,602, and will owe $109,551 for 2012, for the current DA salary of $168,541.
Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent. Because the state has failed to pay its share, the county has been covering the entire salary, a situation that does not sit well with the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Other counties with full-time districts attorney face a similar shortfall. According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, “The Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not currently have enough funds to reimburse the full amount . . . As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, we will begin to make partial payments for 2011.”
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:41:00 PM
Members of the Coudersport Rotary Club recently participated in the annual Roadside Clean-up. Club members Brent Addleman, Mark Benson, Melissa Gee and Paul Herzig cleared unwanted debris along U.S. Route 6.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:34:00 PM
PFBC Sets 2012 Walleye and Yellow Perch Limits
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) today announced that the 2012 creel limits for Lake Erie yellow perch will be remain at 30 per day and walleye will remain at six per day.
Earlier this year, the PFBC adopted new regulations establishing adaptive creel limits for walleye and yellow perch based on the annual quotas established by the Lake Erie Committee, which consists of fisheries managers from Pa., Ohio, N.Y., Mich., and Ontario, Canada.
“Adaptive fishing regulations are based on the most recent fishery assessment results and are better aligned with the current status of the yellow perch and walleye stocks,” said Chuck Murray, the PFBC’s Lake Erie biologist. “This regulatory flexibility gave fisheries managers the ability to change daily harvest limits prior to the onset of the summer boat fishing season on Lake Erie.”
Murray said this year’s assessment showed that both yellow perch and walleye populations remain stable. Based on this, the creel limits are being held at the 2011 limits.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:26:00 PM
Campus Students Rally to Support Victims of Violence
DuBOIS – Penn State DuBois students, as well as faculty and staff members, and members of the community rallied in support of victims of violence at the annual Take Back the Night Rally held on campus Wednesday evening. Organized by members of the campus Students, Allies, Friends and Educators (SAFE) Club and the Penn State DuBois Women's Liaison Committee, the event is held each year to show support for women who have been victims of violence. The rally also provides those victims a venue to tell their stories, and to help others by sharing their experiences.
Leading up to the rally, the SAFE Club held the Clothesline Project on campus. For three days, T-shirts and fabric paint were made available to anyone who wished to decorate a T-shirt to spread their own message against domestic abuse or violence, or to honor someone who has been a victim. The shirts were then hung in the Student Union and in other areas around campus to raise awareness of these social evils.
Some survivors of abuse or violence chose to tell their stories at the rally, but were not identified in order to protect their own privacy. SAFE Club president and cofounder Staci Neal said sharing their experiences is a very important part of the healing process for those survivors. She said, "Very often, telling the story is what turns a victim into a survivor."
Because of the healing that comes from sharing, campus students stay inspired to hold the rally each year. "It's so important for women to have the opportunity to tell their story, and it's rare that you have that opportunity," said Jaci Gordon, the vice president and cofounder of the SAFE Club. "We want to continue to give them the platform to be heard from."
Student Marilyn Lotito of Punxsutawney echoed that support for sharing stories of survival as she sat in the Student Union, decorating a shirt for the Clothesline Project. Lotito said, "Domestic violence happens to women all the time and it's swept under the rug. People don't want to talk about it because they're ashamed. This brings it to the forefront where everyone can see it, and then they have to think about it."
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:23:00 PM
Motorcycle chase to Independence leads to meth lab
David Pusey Sr., already behind bars from last week’s motorcycle chase, is now suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine at his Snow Road residence.
Pusey, 33, was arraigned Tuesday in Wellsville Village Court on one count each of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was also charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:10:00 PM
Willow Creek Triathlon caps participants at 400
BRADFORD, Pa. – Those interested in participating in this year’s Willow Creek Triathlon should sprint to register as there is a cap on participants this year.
This year’s triathlon, slated for Saturday, Aug. 4, will be capped at 400 participants. In the past, there has been no limit to the number of people who could participate in this sprint triathlon, which benefits the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.
Race director Shane Oschman explained this move was made to ensure the safety of all those involved – participants, committee and onlookers. This number will also help in the efficiency for transportation of participants and getting their belongings from one place to another.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to register soon since there is no guarantee there will be openings the day of the event.
The triathlon, open for teams and individuals, starts with 300-yard swim beginning at Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, N.Y., a 15-mile bike ride to Giordano’s New Corydon Hotel, and a three-mile run culminating at The Willows Restaurant in Willow Creek.
To date, the triathlon, now in its seventh year, has donated more than $57,000 to the DAV. This money is earmarked for transportation.
Those interested can download a registration form from the triathlon website – www.willowcreektriathlon.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Any business, group or individual interested in sponsoring the triathlon can also download a sponsor form from the website.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 11:01:00 PM
Elkland Area Chamber Spring Craft Show“The Elkland Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Spring Craft Show on Saturday, May 5th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Elkland Fire Hall. Perfect time to come and look for that gift for your mother or father or just something fun for yourself. There will be crafts, food, and independent sales at the show.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Deanna Sherman at 814-258-5055 or email her at email@example.com.”
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 10:57:00 PM
Local heroes hopeful for new van
- Posted by: Brett Baldeck
ALLEGANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Next month is National Mobility Awareness Month. A nationwide contest is underway to find local heroes to win a custom van to help those with disabilities. Several Western New York families are hoping to win the contest.
For the Bockmeir family in the Town of Allegany, every day is a struggle. Their 3-year old daughter Evelyn has micro cephalic and cerebellar hypoplasia. Evelyn is tube-fed, completely immobile and the motor function part of her brain is underdeveloped. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 10:49:00 PM
Silver Bridge rehab work nearing completion
The rehabilitation of the Silver Bridge (historic lenticular truss) over Pine Creek near Jersey Shore is about to be wrapped up.
In order to complete the project the contractor has to finish painting portions of the bridge. To do so the bridge will be closed daily weekdays starting April 23 after 9 a.m. allowing access to the areas which need to be painted.
The bridge will be reopened to traffic at the end of each day until 9 the following morning.
The work is expected to take approximately two weeks to finish.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 09:32:00 PM
Frederick K. Beck, 74, of 183 Weownit Rd., Emporium died at 1437 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys on Wednesday (April 18, 2012) morning in an automobile accident.
He was born July 25, 1937 in Sterling Run a son of the late Isaac LeRoy and Ethel Anderson Beck.
On September 23, 1967 in Addison, Illinois he married the late Joan May Beck.
Mr. Beck graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1955. He was the owner of Tycoon Express Trucking. Fred drove truck over 50 years and was a member of the seven Million mile plus club. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed fishing, his dog Molly and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Son: Dan Beck and his wife Colleen, Algonquin, IL
Son: Keith Beck
Daughter: Laura Thier and her husband Bryan, West Chicago, IL
3 Grandchildren: Samantha, Katie and Nick and 1 Great Granddaughter Madison
Brother: Richard Beck and his wife Dottie, Emporium
Brother: Elwood Beck and his wife Joy, Youngsville, PA
Sister: Anna Christine Smith Black, Emporium
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Isaac LeRoy and Ethel Anderson Beck
Wife: Joan May Beck
Sister: Kathryn Rees
Sister: Cynthia Bierly
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00-12:45 PM followed by the Funeral Service at the Funeral Home at 1:00 PM with Rev. Jeremy Caskey, Pastor of the Faith Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 09:08:00 PM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 08:55:00 PM
Trailer destroyed in Ceres fire
Fire Chief: 'There was nothing left when we arrived'
CERES — Sunday’s fire on Bells Brook Road may have started because of the way the trailer was being demolished, Bolivar Fire Chief Jim Beaton said Monday.
Still, Beaton said, the fire, which included an explosion, is considered accidental. It happened at an unoccupied trailer at 452 Bells Brook Road. More...
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 04:50:00 PM
Roulette Township Line Flushing UpdateThe township employees performed the scheduled line flushing last night and were able to get the main distribution system flushed prior to the announced completion time of 5AM this morning.
They did not however, get to some of the smaller lines through town and did not want to interfere with anyone’s morning routine.
They will be out again on Thursday 04/26/2012 in the late morning to early afternoon hours finishing those remaining lines. The impacts will be minimal to most and very brief in duration.
The customers living along the following roadways will be affected the most by this additional flushing.
Cow Hollow Road, east of Hester Avenue.
Horseshoe Court Drive
The Roulette Township Supervisors
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 04:39:00 PM
I-80 bridges progress in Columbia County
Work progresses on the $50 million project to provide a series of new or rehabilitated bridges on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville in Columbia County.
Next week, a few daytime lane restrictions will be in place for the safety of highway workers and motorists alike.
The lane closures for the week of April 23 are as follows:
Tuesday, April 24, there will be a right lane closure and rolling roadblocks to slow traffic while an overhead sign structure is being installed on I-80 eastbound at mile 241 (Lime Ridge/Berwick Exit) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, there will be a right lane closure and rolling roadblocks to slow traffic while an overhead sign structure is being installed on I-80 westbound at mile 236 (Lightstreet Exit) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, the single lane closure on the westbound lanes from mile 241 to 243 is scheduled to be opened to two lanes by the end of the work day.
Motorists are cautioned to stay alert for the possibility of encountering slow-moving or stopped traffic ahead of the lane restrictions.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 03:39:00 PM
James F. Byerly, Sr., 63, 1402 Prentisville Road, Eldred, passed away Firday morning at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete an will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 03:27:00 PM
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Automatic Alarm for structure fire at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
2nd call reports fan malfunction--NO FIRE
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 01:40:00 PM
The Coudersport Rotary Club recognized Wynn and Anthony Duell for their efforts in helping to repair the Club's storage shed. The Duells straightened the roofing in the center of the shed, and the Club appreciates their service. From left are Anthony Duell, Rotary Club acting President Melissa Gee and Wynn Duell.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 01:34:00 PM
Route 87 resurfacing/safety improvement project at Forksville resumes
Here’s a brief update on the Route 87 resurfacing and safety improvement project at Forksville in Sullivan County.
Rehabilitation work on the north bridge over Little Loyalsock Creek is ongoing (first phase). Traffic is restricted to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals.
Next week a subcontractor will be blasting rocks. This is part of cutting back the roadside embankments to improve sight distances. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane through the work zone during daylight hours, with traffic flow directed by flag persons. Expect delays.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 01:19:00 PM
Bill Gleason's memorial
WE ARE TRULY BLESSED. EVEN THE LORD SMILED ON US BY SENDING A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
THANK YOU AGAIN.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 12:17:00 PM
Coudersport Rotary Club learns about sleep disorders
Brianna Kightlinger, left, gave a presentation on sleep studies during a recent meeting of the Coudersport Rotary Club. At right is Rotary Club member Pat Northeimer.
The Coudersport Rotary Club recently heard a presentation from Brianna Kightlinger, who works in the Sleep Center at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.
Kightlinger started at the hospital four years ago, and is “passionate about sleep.”
She works in the Sleep Center, which is a two-bed facility that is open for sleep studies on Monday through Friday. According to Kightlinger, the Sleep Center does not feature a typical hospital bed.
“The Sleep Center has a full-size bed and the room features a TV,” Kightlinger said. “There we test for sleep apnea, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome.”
According to Kightlinger, in order for a person to receive a sleep study you must be referred by a family physician.
Kightlinger explained the areas of testing. Restless leg syndrome occurs when you kick your legs around during sleep. Sleep Apnea occurs when you hesitate to breathe while sleeping, which prevents the body from getting Rapid Eye Movement sleep. Narcolepsy occurs when a person falls asleep during active behavior such as talking, and may be treated with medication.
She also detailed the various methods to treat sleep disorders.
“Surgical procedures are a way of intervention and may reduce sleep apnea,” Kightlinger said. “It may also make it easier to use a CPAP machine.”
While the Sleep Center performs the studies, the actual results are calculated remotely and then sent to the family physician where patients receive their results.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 12:12:00 PM
DEP Awards Grants for Environmental Education and Stewardship
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it is awarding $642,835 in environmental education grants to 147 schools, universities, non-profit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.
“These grants help build the foundation for educating communities about their environmental resources and how to protect and sustainably use them,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “Teaching moments like these give all Pennsylvanians a better understanding of our beautiful state.”
Grant recipients will use the funding for various initiatives, including environmental field trips for students, implementing environmental education curriculum at schools, purchasing new recycling containers to reduce waste, developing workshops on how to build rain barrels and planting community gardens.
The grant program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside five percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania.
For more information on environmental education, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click “Environmental Education,” or call 717-772-1828.
Editor’s Note: North Central PA area grant recipients are listed below with the award amounts, alphabetically by county. Organizations that are marked with an asterisk (*) represent the total of two awards.
Cameron County Conservation District, $5,353*
Cameron County School District, $3,750
Trout Unlimited Inc., $3,750
Keystone Central School District, $6,234
Elk County Conservation District , $3,000
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, $3,000
McKean County Conservation District, $3,750
Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, $3,750
Potter County Conservation District, $7,500
Warren County Conservation District, $3,857
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 10:56:00 AM
Kids in College Offers New Courses, Schedule for 2012
DuBOIS - Kids in College (KIC) and the Art, Science, and Technology (AST) Institute summer youth programs at Penn State DuBois have a slightly different appearance this year. Courses for ages four through kindergarten will be offered on a Monday through Thursday morning or afternoon schedule, but all other courses will be day-long and will explore a new theme daily. The courses will mainly focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and art and directly relate to the academic programs of study offered at Penn State DuBois.
"Preparing youth for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math includes provoking, informing, and stimulating creative thinking. Through hands-on experiments, activities, and projects, students will gain meaningful and relevant learning experiences this summer at Penn State DuBois," said Jeannine Hanes, Youth Program Coordinator.
Youth in Grades one to six can attend one-day courses during the week of June 18-22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or attend all week with a discounted rate. The daily themes are: Mad Science Monday, Technology Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Totally Talented Thursday, and Fantasy Fun Friday.
An SAT Preparation course will also be held for students in grades 10 to 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12-28, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Penn State DuBois Lions Basketball Camps are scheduled from Monday through Thursday, June 11-14, for boys and girls grades one to four and for boys grades five to eight.
Unfortunately, the girls' camp for grades five through nine will not be held this year due to scheduling conflicts.
The DuBois Lions Wrestling Camp is scheduled Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, for boys in grades 1-12.
Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. For a complete list of courses, descriptions, schedules, and registration information, as well as additional information regarding youth programs at Penn State DuBois, please visit www.ds.psu.edu/youth or call Jeannine at 814-375-4836
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Photo: Campus biology instructor Conny Pope guides children through a forensic science exercise during one of last year's Kids in College courses.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 10:47:00 AM
The Potter County Fair is looking for the next Fair Queen.
Each Potter County Fair Queen contestant must:
1. Be a female who is a U.S. citizen, a resident of Pennsylvania and live in Potter County or that part of McKean County included in the Oswayo Valley School district.
2. Be at least 16, but no older than 20 years of age as of June 1 of the year entering the local contest.
3. Be certified as the winner by the local fair where she was crowned.
4. Has not been a former local Fair Queen winner, or a former State Fair Queen contestant.
5. Not hold any other title for any other commodity group or pageant during her reign.
6. Have her parent(s)’ or guardian(s)’ consent to enter the competition.
7. Be single, have never been married, have not been pregnant or become pregnant during her reign nor given birth to a child.
8. Act in accordance with the Fair Queen “Behavior Policy” included in the Fair Queen Handbook.
9. Meet all time commitments, Queen Obligations and Dress Code as set forth by the Fair Queen Program. Must attend the Potter County Fair daily!
10. Must represent Potter County Fair at the State Competition to be held in Hershey, PA in January 2013. Expenses will be paid by the Potter County Fair Association for the contestant and her parents.
11. The contestant will be judged on
A. Essay (Content, grammar, and spelling)
B. Personal Interview (Conversational ability, knowledge of fair, poise, appearance)
D. Evening Gown/Introduction (Appearance, poise, speaking in front of crowd)
E. Interaction with the public at the fair
12. A written essay is required to be submitted on “What My Fair Means to My Community” (300 words or less)
13. Must present a 3 to 5 minute speech on “Why You Should Come to My Fair”. Speeches will be given one evening during fair week.
14. Applications and essay MUST BE RETURNED to: Judi Turton, 566 Cowburn Road, Ulysses, PA by May 25, 2012. Questions- firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-848-7204.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 4/20/2012 09:42:00 AM