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Saturday, July 28, 2012

One Vehicle Accident On Whitney Creek Road

7/28/201211:17 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT WHITNEY CREEK RD HEBRON TWP
At 11:18 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Emergency responders have been dispatched to Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township for a motor vehicle accident with one patient self-extricated with unknown injuries.
An ambulance, medic 6 & Fire rescue responding, roadway blocked
12:03 AM--COUDERSPORT AMBULANCE & MEDIC 6 EN ROUTE TO HOSPITAL 

Victor F. Lagonia, Jr., 89, of Emporium, PA

Victor F. Lagonia, Jr.
Victor F. Lagonia, Jr., 89, of Emporium died peacefuly at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport on Saturday (July 28, 2012) morning.

He was born May 31, 1923 in Austin, PA a son of the late Victor and Mary Cappelano Lagonia.
He married the late Lillian Thomas Lagonia.

Mr. Lagonia was a graduate of Austin Area High School. He was a Sgt. in the Army Air Force, serving in Africa, during World War II. He played in a pick-up band in the military with a member of Tommy Dorsie's Band. He also played in the Joe Walker Band in Austin and Emporium. Victor retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad where he worked for many years. He was a representative of the Union of the Pennsylvania Rail Road and was a member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221 VFW. 

Surviving
Loving Companion of 20 years: Patricia Campbell, Emporium
Sister: Lucille Colvin, Bethel Park
2 Step-Children: Grace Torrey, Florida and William Thomas, Florida
Several: Nieces and nephews

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Victor and Mary Cappelano Lagonia
Wife: Lillian Thomas Lagonia
Sister: Katherine Civarella
Sister: Florence "Minnie" Leete

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (July 31, 2012) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6-9 PM.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to American Lung Associaltion, 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or to the charity of the donors choice.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Cleanup begins after deadly PA storms

Cleanup begins after deadly PA storms

Updated: Friday, 27 Jul 2012, 6:47 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 27 Jul 2012, 6:13 PM EDT
LEWIS RUN, PA. (WIVB) - A woman from Allegany County did not survive when the wrath of Thursdays storm struck Pennsylvania.

Sixty-six-year-old Linda Button of Andover was killed by a falling tree at a campground in Pennsylvania's Genesee Township in Potter County. Potter as well as McKean County suffered extensive damage when a confirmed tornado touched down in Coudersport, PA and straight line winds heavily damaged other areas, including Lewis Run, PA.  More...

Recalls

Simmering Soup Voluntarily Recalls Salsa & Balela Because of Possible Health Risk

 WIMBERGER'S OLD WORLD BAKERY & DELICATESSEN ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED MILK, SOY AND WHEAT IN KAISER ROLLS, SEEDED ROLLS, BRAT BUNS, FRENCH BREAD, PRETZEL ROLLS, PRETZELS, PIZZA DOUGH, HOAGIE ROLLS AND BAGUETTES

 Arthur Dogswell LLC Voluntarily Recalls Catswell Brand Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed And Vitamins Because Of Possible Health Risk

Staphylococcus Aureus In Quesito Colombiano, Colombian Style Cheese

Cool Creations, LLC Recalls Specific Packages Of Products Containing Onions Because Of Possible Health Risk Due To Gills Onions Expanded Recall

GH Foods CA Initiates Voluntary Recall of Products That Contain Yellow Onions

Wegmans Recalls Chilled Prepared Foods that Contain Diced White Onions Sold at Three Pennsylvania Stores Only

Whole Foods Market® in FLORIDA issues voluntary recall of prepared foods items made with raw onions due to potential health risk

 Minnesota Firm Recalls Canned Chicken Products Due To Mislabeling And Undeclared Allergen

Mississippi Firm Recalls Sausage Products For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Florida Firm Recalls Chicken Wrap Products Due To Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

 California Firm Recalls BBQ Chicken Salads for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

 California Firm Recalls Chicken and Yam Pie Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

10 pm UPDATE: Weather Service On Scene

10 pm UPDATE: Weather Service On Scene


About half of the 4,000-plus Potter County households that were
without power 24 hours after Thursday afternoon's severe storm now
have electricity. Portions of Coudersport, Roulette, Galeton and
Genesee were brought back on line Friday evening. West Penn Power is
still working in the Coudersport and Roulette areas. On Saturday, they
will focus on re-establishing localized/neighborhood service.
Meanwhile, Penelec is continuing to restore service in areas of
Galeton that are still out and Tri-County REC continues working to
restore its larger grid areas. Many — but not all — of the 2,000
households lacking electrical service as of late Friday should be back
on line by Saturday night. Anyone who would like to report a power
outage or obtain more information in the West Penn Power or Penelec
service areas should call 1-888-544-4877.

National Weather Service representatives joined the Potter County
Emergency Management Agency in touring the affected areas this
afternoon to gather data on the nature of the storm. Official findings
are pending, but initial reports suggest wind speeds of upwards of 90
miles per hour and a mixture of straight-line winds, microbursts and
classification EF-1 tornado activity. Official designations will be
announced at a later date.

Potter County officials are asking residents in the affected areas to
check on their neighbors and see if they can render assistance to
those with special needs, as refrigeration, water-pumping and
communications services remain unavailable. Coudersport Volunteer Fire
Department reminds those in need that its modular units along Rt. 6
west in Coudersport are open as comfort stations.

Officials released the identity of the woman who died as a result of
injuries sustained when a tree fell on her at a private campsite on
Wintergreen Road in the Hickox/Genesee area. Linda Lou Button, 66, of
Andover, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene of severe head trauma.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

HERE--power on but still no internet

 POWER RESTORED IN MANY AREAS
 SUNDAY AT 12:08 AM--USING CELL PHONE PDA NET TO POST
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUGGESTED THIS !!

Jim,
Just an update to you latest post. Several Coudy boro residents still do not have power. Trees and lines are still down in the Allegany ave and Mill street area. As of last night Zito was still running on generators.
Leeanne

COMMENTS AND OTHER THAN EMERGENCY MESSAGES WILL BE
POSTED AFTER POWER IS RESTORED TO ROULETTE AND WE GET
HI SPEED INTERNET BACK.

EMERGENCY MESSAGES---585-506-7162 CELL PHONE OR FAX 814-544-9907

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is operational with the use of its generator system.


Storm update (July 27, 2012):



Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is operational with the use of its generator system.



However, the following Cole community health centers and departments are closed today-- Smethport, Central Potter, Galeton and Westfield as well as the following Coudersport offices: The Patterson Cancer Center, Wellness Center, Champion Orthopedics, and Women’s Health Dept. Patients will be called to reschedule today's appointments. The Express Care department at Cole Memorial Hospital will be open during its normal hours from 4-8 p.m. and the Charles Cole Memorial E.R. is available 24/7.



Until electric is restored to the Coudersport area, local residents that require electric nebulizer or oxygen services may visit Cole Memorial Hospital for care. (Please use the E.R. entrance after 9 p.m.)

MVA On RT. 219

MVA On RT. 219
At 2:50 PM on Thursday, A two vehicle MVA between Tack's Inn and the base of Kennedy Springs Hill on Rt. 219..

Trees Down blocking Roadways In McKean County South Of Bradford

Trees & Wires Reported Down Blocking Roads
At  2:38 pm on Thursday, A tree is reported down on Rt. 59 near the KOA Campground; Another tree with powerlines down blocking the roadway on Rt. 770 beside Pine Acres Golf Course in McKean County.

2:42 PM--Route 219 Blocked by downed trees & wires North Of Tack's Inn 
2:47 pm--Multiple trees down in Belmont, NY area
2:48 PM--Lewis Run, PA--Numerous trees down blocking high street ext. and main street

Wires Down By Cherry Springs Bed & Breakfast

FRIDAY--8:50  PM ---LIVE WIRES DOWN ON CHERRY SPRINGS ROAD NEAR BED & BREAKFAST

EXPIRED

Pa. DEP Offers Grants to Small Businesses to Reduce Energy Costs, Curb Pollution

Pa. DEP Offers Grants to Small Businesses to Reduce Energy Costs, Curb Pollution

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Small-business owners in Pennsylvania working to prevent pollution and save money may now apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant through the Department of Environmental Protection.

Businesses can apply for 50-percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures.

"This program helps small businesses secure energy-efficient means to conduct their day-to-day operations," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "Becoming more energy-efficient will not only reduce environmental impacts, but also make Pennsylvania's small businesses more competitive."

Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be in a Pennsylvania facility owned by the applicant and must save the business at least 25 percent, plus $750 annually in energy or pollution-related expenses.

Applicants may be manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining operators or agricultural businesses. Eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems, waste recycling systems and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

The application deadline is Sept. 26. Eligible applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

For more information and to view the application package, instructions and application form, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the "Small Business Advantage Grant" button, or call 717-772-8909.

Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of the Small Business Ombudsman, Attn: Small Business Advantage, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., P.O. Box 8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772. Faxes or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

For more information about project eligibility, contact the Small Business Ombudsman's Office at 717-772-8909 or email epadvantagegrant@pa.gov before submitting an application.

7-26 Recalls



  

Court throws out state zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling

Court throws out state zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling


By Laura Olson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


HARRISBURG -- A Commonwealth court panel this morning threw out Pennsylvania's attempt to establish statewide zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling.

The court ruled that the state cannot take away zoning control away from local municipalities as it tried to do when the Legislature passed Act 13 in February.

That law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in February, enacted a sweeping set of changes for how the oil and gas drilling industry operates within Pennsylvania, including creating an impact fee and, most controversially, dictating what municipalities can and cannot include in their zoning standards for gas drilling.

A lawsuit was filed in March, challenging the zoning provision primarily, arguing that the new law prevented local officials from protecting the health and safety of their residents.

An order attached to this morning's filing declares the zoning provision null and void. A separate provision that allows state environmental officials to waive setback requirements for gas wells also is overturned.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/marcellusshale/court-throws-out-state-zoning-for-marcellus-shale-drilling-646340/#ixzz21kFEBrgU

EMS Dispatched For Victim Of Logging Accident

EMS Dispatched For Victim Of Logging Accident
At 11:59 am on Thursday, Austin Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Dept. 44 station to meet an incoming vehicle with a 33 year old victim from a logging accident with possible head and arm injuries.

Detour of Closed Rt. 287 Continues As Cleanup Progresses

Route 287 hazmat cleanup/recovery continuing
Due to widespread contamination found during hazmat cleanup operations along Route 287 in northern Tioga County, the road remains closed while remedial and repair activities are under way.

Route 287 is closed about a mile north of Route 249 in Middlebury Township. The detour remains in effect.

Currently, the cleanup contractor has begun backfilling operations at the site. Today’s rains are expected to delay the remainder of the backfilling until tomorrow. Reconstruction of Route 287 is expected to begin over the weekend, with completion by the middle of next week.

Diesel fuel (cargo) was spilled after a tanker truck rolled over in a crash early last week.

Dog Found Along Rt. 155 In Port Allegany

I found a dog running along route 155 in Port this morning. She has a harness on and almost got hit by a truck. She is in my car and I am at work all day. 

To claim her, call me at 814-596-3324. 
Tena Emerson found this little girl on 155. Looks like she has been injured semi-recently. She has a harness on, so she must be somebody's little girl. You can call us at 814-544-7315 and ask for Tena Emerson. She is in Tena's vehicle currently, but she is trying to make other arrangements for her.

Distracted driving cost her an eye and led to multiple surgeries

Distracted driving cost her an eye and led to multiple surgeries, a woman tells Central Penn College students

Amanda Kloehr

By MONICA VON DOBENECK, The Patriot-News

July 25, 2012, 10:48PM
The Enola woman warns other people about the dangers of distracted driving. Full story »

Fund Walk To Benefit Tina & Dale Meacham

Sagewood Has Full & Part Time Openings

Get Ready For Hot Weather Trips Now At Gustin's In Roulette

4 Survive Near Head-On Crash With Only Minor Injuries

Teenager was dialing cellphone
A nearly head-on two vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon just west of the McKean County Jail on US 6 resulted in only minor injuries to the occupants, who were all wearing seat belts, according to police.

Trooper Roger McCloskey said a 17 year old girl from Smethport, was driving the 2006 Jeep Cherokee eastbound pictured above. She was attempting to dial a number on her cellphone, and drifted into the westbound lane where she collided nearly head-on with a 1999 Toyota Camry driven by Richard H. Thomas, 59, of Smethport, PA.


The Camry was disabled immediately in the 4:50 pm crash and came to rest blocking the westbound lane of US 6. The Jeep ran up onto the Camry and onto two wheels. When the Jeep's wheels returned to the ground, the vehicle flipped over, continued over the guard rail along the north side of the roadway, and came to rest on an embankment facing US 6.

Thomas was uninjured. His two passengers, a 9 year old male and a 5 year old female. were transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center by Port Allegany Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. The 17 year old driver of the Jeep was transported by Priority Care Ambulance to the Bradford Airport where a medical helicopter transported her to UPMC Hamot in Erie. Police described her injuries as minor. She was charged with Careless Driving.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Details Posted On Ridgway Arson Arrests

Elk County men facing arson charges and more

Anthony Milliard


By Brittany Boyer
WJAC-TV .com
ELK COUNTY, Pa. —

Residents in Elk County have been on edge after a rash of arsons began May 30.

Two months later, state police have confirmed seven arson investigations since the end of May. More with video.....

Vacation Bible School Starts August 6 At Austin United Methodist Church


2 Helicopters Dispatched For 2 Vehicle Crash On Little Pine Creek Road


7/25/20129:02 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LITTLE PINE CREEK RD PINE TWP 
Two helicopters have been dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Little Pine Creek Road in Lycoming County near Carsontown. 
Fire & EMS units from Morris have responded.A LZ is set at Little Pine & Carson Roads.
Medic 1 on scene at 9:45pm. 
Life flight 4 landed 10:01pm. 
Life flight 1 landed 10:04 pm.
Lycoming Medic 94 On scene 10:07 pm
Both helicopters airborne, LZ terminated at 10:30

61,000 Pennsylvanians To Lose Cash Assistance August 1

 Welfare Cuts Take effect Aug. 1

 WPXI.com
Welfare cuts mean thousands of people will be struggling to pay the bills. 
The new state budget eliminates general assistance.  Target 11’s Robin Taylor found out why lawmakers felt the cuts were necessary.
The welfare department said cutting general assistance will save the state close to $150 million, but it also means 61,000 Pennsylvanians will no longer get the money they count on to pay for basic living expenses.  More...

Senator Hughes Joins Hundreds to Protest Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law, Supports Repeal Legislation

Senator Hughes Protests Voter ID Law, Supports Repeal Legislation - July 24, 2012
July 24, 2012 - Senator Hughes Protests Voter ID Law, Supports Repeal Legislation
Senator Hughes Protests Voter ID Law, Supports Repeal Legislation - July 24, 2012 - Watch Video

Senator Hughes Joins Hundreds to Protest Voter ID/Voter Suppression Law, Supports Repeal Legislation


On July 24, I joined with several of my legislative colleagues, NAACP officials, labor organization officials, faith leaders, senior citizens and hundreds of concerned individuals at a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg to denounce the Voter ID/Voter Supression law, a law that will mean the disenfranchisement of over 750,000 people in Pennsylvania. Almost one in five voters in Philadelphia will be disenfranchised by this law.
June 23, 2012 - Pa. House Republican Leader Mike Turzai Says Voter ID Will Allow Romney to Win Pa.
June 23, 2012 - Pa. House Republican Leader Mike Turzai Says Voter ID Will Allow
Romney to Win Pa.
June 23, 2012 - Pa. House Republican Leader Mike Turzai Says Voter ID Will Allow Romney to Win Pa. To be clear, this is a law that House Republican Leader Mike Turzai said ‘is going to allow Governor [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.’
As American citizens, all eligible voters should be allowed to exercise their constitutional right to vote. So much blood, sweat and tears have gone into fighting for the right to vote. This law is not about protecting the integrity of the vote, it is about the very real, systematic disenfranchisement of groups of specific folks - mostly the poor, the elderly, students and racial minorities. It is voter suppression, plain and simple, and we must not stand for it.
I am pleased to announce that I have signed on as co-sponsor to legislation that would repeal the Voter ID Act and increase penalties for voter impersonation in Pennsylvania. The bill’s primary sponsor is Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware).
The Voter ID law is about Republican attempts to prevent people from voting in order to win the Presidential election in November. The dubious claims of voter fraud made by the Republican majority and Governor Tom Corbett simply do not exist. That has been proven.
In a recently released legal stipulation, attorneys for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have confessed that there have been no known cases of voter fraud committed in the state and that they do not plan to offer evidence proving otherwise.
July 24, 2012 - Senator Hughes News Conference Remarks Following Voter ID Rally
July 24, 2012 - Senator Hughes News Conference Remarks Following Voter ID Rally
July 24, 2012 - Senator Hughes News Conference Remarks Following Voter ID Rally  Watch Video The data has indicated that there has been no fraud. In fact, as a matter of record, when he was Attorney General, Tom Corbett never prosecuted one case of voter fraud.
The Department of State has also indicated that burden of voter ID will fall disproportionately on the poor, the elderly, students and racial minorities, and that almost one in five voters in Philadelphia are disenfranchised by this law.
The law will have a significantly adverse impact on women whose married name is different from the name on their birth-certificate, and 27.5 percent of senior citizens over 80 years old not only do not have proper photo ID, but will have a great deal of difficulty traveling to get it.
Hughes Urges Citizens Not to Wait, Get Valid IDs for Voting Now
Voter IdNeed a Photo ID? I Can Help!This voter ID law will have a direct impact on citizens who exercise their right to vote. Starting this November, every voter will be required to show a valid form of identification in order to vote. If you do not have a valid form of identification, the state will provide one to you at no cost. Do not wait until November to obtain it. Take the steps now to make sure that your vote counts in this year’s General Election and all future elections.
Acceptable Forms of ID
The following forms of identification will be accepted in order to vote:
  • Photo IDs issued by the United States government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that includes your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired
     
  • U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date
     
  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-drivers license photo ID (that is not more than 12 months past the expiration date or a valid-without-photo driver’s license or a valid-without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT for individuals who have a religious objection to being photographed
     
  • Employee photo ID issued by Federal, Pennsylvania, PA County or PA Municipal governments that includes your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired
     
  • Photo ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private college, university or seminary that includes your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired
     
  • Photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes that include your name, a photograph, and an expiration date that is not expired

Otto Township Old Home Days Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Still Taking Registrations For Nursery School Openings


Pole Fire In Johnsonburg

OUTSIDE FIRE-TRANSFORMER
Address: 1055 E CENTER ST [JOHNSBURG]
City: JOHNSBURG
Cross Streets: MARKET ST * EAST AVE

Agency: ELK COMPANY 2 FD
7/25/2012   8:01:47 PM

Thompson Co-Sponsored Legislation to Audit the Federal Reserve Passes the House

Thompson Co-Sponsored Legislation to  
Audit the Federal Reserve Passes the House
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which requires more comprehensive audits of the United States Federal Reserve by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).


“As the Federal Reserve has increasingly inserted itself into the economic and fiscal policies of the country, it is more important than ever that Congress and the American people have access to a full and transparent account of its policy decisions. Providing for audits promotes much needed transparency that the Federal Reserve System has historically lacked.  I want to thank Representative Ron Paul for his tireless efforts to promote transparency in government and for bringing this important issue to the forefront of the nation’s attention.”


Thompson was an original cosponsor to H.R. 459, which was introduced by Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) on January 26, 2011.  The measure passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 327-98.  

Brush Fire In Ridgway Township

OUTSIDE FIRE-BRUSH-GRASS
Address: 312 LUCHS RD [RIDGWAY_T]
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: FAIRVIEW HILL RD

Agency: ELK COMPANY 2 FD; ELK COMPANY 4 FD

7/25/2012     5:39:21 PM

Offshore Oil: Congressman GT Thompson....DRILL, BABY, DRILL !!

House Passes Replacement for President Obama’s Dismal Offshore Energy Plan
Non-Partisan Congressional Research Service: President’s Plan Offers
Lowest Number of Offshore Lease Sales in History
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H.R. 6082, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan. The bill passed the U.S. House by a vote of 253-170.

“The United States continues to move closer to energy security by utilizing new technologies to tap vast amounts of natural resources on state and private lands.  Meanwhile, the President has proposed policies that prevent the nation from realizing these same opportunities on taxpayer-owned federal lands,” said Rep. Thompson. “This bill replaces the President’s offshore development plan that blocks access to 85 percent of offshore lands with a plan that allows us to responsibly develop more of our domestic resources.”

Under current law, when any President proposes a new five-year offshore drilling plan it must be submitted to Congress for a mandatory 60-day review before it can be codified and go into effect. The President submitted his plan to Congress on June 28, 2012.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the President’s plan offers the fewest number of lease sales of any offshore leasing plan in history. H.R. 6082 replaces the plan and makes 29 offshore leases available for sale, nearly double the President’s proposal.

“As Americans bear the burden of skyrocketing gasoline prices, this administration has continued to block domestic energy production, which is a critical component for any credible long-term plan to deal with our nation’s energy crisis,” Rep. Thompson added. “Opening up new areas to production of taxpayer-owned oil and gas will help provide a stable energy supply, create jobs, and generate additional revenue to the Treasury.”

On July 18, 2012, H.R. 6082 passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee, by a vote of 24-17.  Click here to view remarks delivered by Rep. Thompson earlier this week lauding the committee’s passage of the bill.  

Structure Fire In Belfast Next To Fire Hall

Structure Fire In Belfast
At 5:21 pm on Wednesday, Belfast Firefighters have been dispatched to a structure fire in a shed next to the fire hall.

Registration August 7 & 8 For Sandy Johnson's School Of Dance


Blood Drive Thursday At Austin Fire Hall


Lane Restriction in Place for Repair Work on Route 646 Bridge

Lane Restriction in Place for Repair Work on Route 646 Bridge

Bradford –PennDOT has placed lane restrictions on a bridge on Route 646 in Foster Township in order to make repairs. The bridge spans Pennbrook Run about a mile north of the village of Gilmore in McKean County.

Making repairs to the bridge will extend its useful life for years to come and provide a smoother, safer ride for area drivers. The bridge was built in 1930. It is 32 feet long and carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles per day.

In order for PennDOT McKean County Maintenance to make the beam repairs, the bridge was restricted to one lane today. Self-regulating stop signs are enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.

Work is expected to last through September, depending on weather. Drivers are reminded to proceed through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

'Calendar Girls' take the wheel of new bus bought with semi-nude calendar

'Calendar Girls' take the wheel of new bus bought with semi-nude calendar

Senior Calendar Girls Get Their Bus

By NANCY ESHELMAN, For The Patriot-News

July 25, 2012, 6:00AM
The models of Bethany Towers take the first ride on the bus bought with money from sales of a risque calendar. Full story »

-V. Jean Wisel, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

V. Jean Wisel 
“formerly of Shinglehouse, PA”

SARASOTA, Florida----V. Jean Wisel, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Tidewell Hospice House, Sarasota, with her loving daughter, Lee, at her side.

Born February15, 1925 in Genesee, Allegany County, NY, she was a daughter of Charles Otis and Mamie Irene Densmore Brizzee. On December 26, 1949 in Oswayo, she married Edwin F. Wisel, who died December 23, 2002.

Mrs. Wisel was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. She was employed packing bombs during World War II at the former Eldred Munitions Plant. 

She was the owner/operator of the former Wisel’s Greenhouses in Shinglehouse. 

She then was employed by several dentists in Olean, NY. She later cared for people in their homes after their having joint replacement surgeries.

Mrs. Wisel was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sarasota and while living in Shinglehouse was a member of the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church. She enjoyed gardening and reading. She loved her Shiloh Shepherds.

Surviving are a daughter, Lee Marie Wisel of Silver Spring, MD; a sister, Patricia Johnston of Dunnellon, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Wisel was predeceased by a son, Russell E. Wisel; and a sister, Marie Bachand.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Sarasota. Services in Shinglehouse will be announced at a later time. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

A fond memory of Jean may be expressed at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

White Picks Up Gavel as Alumni Society President

 gavel from the outgoing president, Jackie Allen.
White Picks Up Gavel as Alumni Society President

DuBOIS – Michael White has started his term as president of the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society; an office he will retain until June of 2014. The outgoing president, Jackie Allen passed the gavel to White at the alumni society's quarterly board meeting this week.

As president, White will preside over all meetings, be responsible for general supervision of all work completed by the society, and oversee society committees, in addition to other duties.

White graduated from Penn State DuBois with a degree in business administration in 2007. He came to the campus as a returning adult student after spending eight years in active duty as an aircraft electrician’s mate in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Currently, White is the marketing manager for Brookville Equipment Corporation. In addition to managing the marketing efforts, he also works as part of the sales team for the diversified transportation manufacturer, whose product line is sold domestically and internationally.

For the past seven years, White has organized the Fat Tire Challenge Mountain Bike Race in Clear Creek State Forest in Sigel, PA. The race averages 120 participants each year. He also earned his Eagle Scout status with the Boy Scouts of America in 1986.

White has received several awards from Penn State, including the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, the Penn State Business Outstanding Junior Award, and the Penn State Program of the Year Award, all in 2006. He also received the Penn State Terry Hartman Volunteer Service Award in 2007.

Thunderstorms Possible In Central PA

US National Weather Service State College PA
The next 24 to 48 hours looks like an active period for thunderstorms in Central PA. There is a slight risk of severe storms tonight across NW PA, a MODERATE risk of severe thunderstorms on Thursday 7/26 and another slight risk on Friday 7/27. Please keep an eye to the sky and be prepared to take action if severe weather warnings are issued for your area !!!

EPA Declares Dimock Water Safe To Drink

EPA Declares Dimock Water Safe To Drink
EPA Completes Drinking Water Sampling in Dimock, Pa.

PHILADELPHIA (July 25, 2012) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has completed its sampling of private drinking water wells in Dimock, Pa. Data previously supplied to the agency by residents, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Cabot Oil and Gas Exploration had indicated the potential for elevated levels of water contaminants in wells, and following requests by residents EPA took steps to sample water in the area to ensure there were not elevated levels of contaminants. Based on the outcome of that sampling, EPA has determined that there are not levels of contaminants present that would require additional action by the Agency.

“Our goal was to provide the Dimock community with complete and reliable information about the presence of contaminants in their drinking water and to determine whether further action was warranted to protect public health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “The sampling and an evaluation of the particular circumstances at each home did not indicate levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action. Throughout EPA's work in Dimock, the Agency has used the best available scientific data to provide clarity to Dimock residents and address their concerns about the safety of their drinking water.”

EPA visited Dimock, Pa. in late 2011, surveyed residents regarding their private wells and reviewed hundreds of pages of drinking water data supplied to the agency by Dimock residents, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Cabot. Because data for some homes showed elevated contaminant levels and several residents expressed concern about their drinking water, EPA determined that well sampling was necessary to gather additional data and evaluate whether residents had access to safe drinking water.

Between January and June 2012, EPA sampled private drinking water wells serving 64 homes, including two rounds of sampling at four wells where EPA was delivering temporary water supplies as a precautionary step in response to prior data indicating the well water contained levels of contaminants that pose a health concern. At one of those wells EPA did find an elevated level of manganese in untreated well water. The two residences serviced by the well each have water treatment systems that can reduce manganese to levels that do not present a health concern.

As a result of the two rounds of sampling at these four wells, EPA has determined that it is no longer necessary to provide residents with alternative water. EPA is working with residents on the schedule to disconnect the alternate water sources provided by EPA.

Overall during the sampling in Dimock, EPA found hazardous substances, specifically arsenic, barium or manganese, all of which are also naturally occurring substances, in well water at five homes at levels that could present a health concern. In all cases the residents have now or will have their own treatment systems that can reduce concentrations of those hazardous substances to acceptable levels at the tap. EPA has provided the residents with all of their sampling results and has no further plans to conduct additional drinking water sampling in Dimock.

For more information on the results of sampling, visit: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/states/pa.html .

New President Brings Extensive Boating Experience to Position

New President Brings Extensive Boating Experience to Position
 
HARRISBURG, Pa. — As the newly-elected President of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Steven Ketterer brings a lifetime of boating and water safety experience to the board of commissioners. He intends to use this personal experience to highlight the Commission’s core messages about boating safety education, the importance of wearing life jackets and the dangers of boating under the influence.
 
“I grew up bCommissioner Steve Kettereroating on the Susquehanna River and still dock a boat there,” said Ketterer, a Harrisburg native who also serves as the chief of Harrisburg River Rescue. “I enjoy being on the water, but I want to be safe and want my friends and family to be safe when they’re with me. That’s why I regularly participate in boating safety exercises and wear a life jacket whenever I am underway.”
 
Ketterer was elected to the one-year term at the Commission’s quarterly business meeting on July 17 in Harrisburg. Commissioner G. Warren Elliott, a resident of Chambersburg, Franklin County, was elected vice-president. An avid outdoorsman, Elliott joined the board in July 2009.
 
As part of the Harrisburg River Rescue team, Ketterer has witnessed firsthand the terrible consequences when boaters don’t follow safe boating practices and end up in an accident.
 
“In many ways, boats can be more dangerous to drive than cars because boats don’t have brakes,” he said. “And when accidents happen, it’s made worse because people end up in the water. I have seen people die because they were thrown in the water and weren’t wearing a life jacket. And I have seen the effects of boating under the influence, which is a crime and is the same as driving under the influence.”
 
Ketterer encourages all boaters to regularly review the Commission’s boating handbook before each boating season. The handbook is available online at: http://fishandboat.com/bookboat.htm. New boaters are reminded that boating safety education certificates are required to operate a personal watercraft. They are also required for anyone born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate boats powered by motors greater than 25 horsepower.
 
In his new role, President Ketterer also will continue to advance the agency’s request to the Department of Environmental Protection to list the Susquehanna River as a high priority impaired water. Adding the river would trigger a timeline under federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations for state regulators to develop a comprehensive plan to clean up the river.
 
Ketterer was appointed as a boating-at-large Commissioner on April 24, 2007. He is retired from the City of Harrisburg and is the owner of Ketterer’s Rescue Products. He has been an active member of Harrisburg River Rescue since 1972, and has been chief since 1986.
 
He has been instrumental in the development of a number of water rescue and emergency management programs, including; the Emergency Medical System for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex; the Commission's Water Rescue Programs; river rescue organizations in three municipalities within the State of New Jersey; and the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Accreditation Program.
 
Commissioner Ketterer is a member of the Keystone Aquatic Club; Pennsylvania Boating Association, Inc.; and the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Instructors Association (board member). He was a member of the Commission's Boating Advisory Board from 1997-2007.
 
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including; the Commission's Water Rescue Instructor of the Year Award in 1985 and 1986; National Water Safety Conference Appreciation Award in 1989; Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation of Accommodation for Community Service in 1978; Pennsylvania State Police Heroism Award (for rescuing a person from his car which was submerged in a frozen river); Governor of Pennsylvania Award (for heroism during the flood of January 1996); and the Mayor’s (Harrisburg) Award for Valor for 2007 (for rescuing a man from the frozen Susquehanna River).
 
Commissioner Ketterer is a life-long resident of the City of Harrisburg, a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, and father of one son, Bradley.
 
For more information about current Commissioners, visit the PFBC web site at www.fishandboat.com and select "Commissioners."

Family Dollar opens in Kane, PA

Family Dollar opens in Kane, PA

Pictured here from left to right in the first row are District Manager Bill Futey, Employee Cheri Nelson, Acting Manager Cheri Oyler, and Employee Brandy Silvis; second row is Kane Chamber of Commerce President Jim Airgood, Employee Angela Pease, Chamber Board Member Jim Greville and Northwest Savings Bank Manager Randy Durante.

A line of people gathered on Saturday July 21 at the doors of the Family Dollar Store for their 8 a.m. official grand opening ceremony of the 519 North Fraley Street location. The Kane Family Dollar store gave away two youth bicycles to one lucky boy and girl and $5 gift cards to the first 50 patrons. Patrons were also invited to enjoy refreshments and sales throughout the day. Acting Manager Cindy Oyler is unsure of exactly how many patrons the Family Dollar of Kane saw over their grand opening weekend but she and her staff were “very busy serving a lot of people.”

Construction of the variety store’s 8,000 square foot building began in January 2012 and progress seemingly continued through July 19, when they first opened their doors to the public. “This store is bigger than most Family Dollars in this area,” states Cindy “and has a great, very open lay out to it.”

You can find “your brands for less” at the Family Dollar of Kane Monday- Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store, one of over 7,000 Family Dollar Stores in the United States currently employs 10 people and according to Cindy, besides her they are all from the Kane community. Interested persons can apply to the Family Dollar Store at the Kane location.