Stoltz Of Coudersport

Northern Potter King-Queen Candidates

Northern Potter King-Queen Candidates

Howards

Thank You 911 Dispatchers

Thank You 911 Dispatchers

Spring Savings On DSL Service

Spring Savings On DSL Service

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kim Green of Roulette is a Winner!!

Ticket #4 has arrived…
Kim Green of Roulette is the fourth ticket drawn in the 12 Days of Christmas raffle to benefit the To Fill A Backpack program.  Kim is the winner of a Miche Bag bundle donated by Beth Sigafoes of Roulette.  Thank you Kim for your support of the Backpack program and THANK YOU Beth Sigafoes for your donation of the 4th day of Christmas prize.

Tomorrow’s prize (the 5th day of Christmas) is a $100 Omaha Steaks gift card.

Tickets are still available for the remaining 8 days by contacting us at (814) 544-2612.  As we progress so do the value of the prizes.  Top prize is a 46” LED Flat Screen TV.  If you are interested in tickets please contact us as soon as possible to be sure your name is in for the next drawing!!!

Andy Kulp
"To Fill A Backpack"
81 Burleson Avenue
Roulette, PA  16746
Blogspot: http://tofillabackpack.blogspot.com/

GAME COMMISSION URGES PARTICIPATION IN CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

GAME COMMISSION URGES PARTICIPATION IN CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are urging wildlife enthusiasts to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Audubon Society’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which will take place Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.


“Bird enthusiasts, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists, will head out on an annual mission - often before dawn - to make a difference and to see nature firsthand,” said Dan Brauning, Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Division chief.  “Each year, volunteers brave snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count, and they have made enormous contributions to bird conservation continent-wide while doing so. 


“The data collected through this effort – which is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations – allows researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.  When combined with other surveys, such as the Breeding Bird Survey, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.”


Local counts will occur on one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Volunteers can pick the most convenient circle, or participate in more than one count. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, but everyone can participate. The count takes place within “Count Circles,” which focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is led by a “Count Compiler,” who is an experienced birdwatcher, enabling beginning birders to learn while they assist.  Also, those who live within the boundaries of a Count Circle can even stay at home and report the birds that visit their backyard feeders, or join a group of birdwatchers in a local field.


“In either case, if you have never been on a CBC before, your first step is to locate and contact your local Count Compiler on Audubon’s website to find out how you can volunteer,” Brauning said. Audubon’s website is www.audubon.org/Bird/cbc/.


Brauning also noted that there are two changes to the CBC that participants should know about.  First, the CBC is now a free program. Audubon will no longer charge the $5 fee of field participants.  Second, to minimize the effects of the loss of fee income for Audubon, American Birds will no longer be printed on paper and mailed to participants, and Audubon will move to an online delivery of the summary results of the CBC.


Brauning noted that the CBC makes an indispensible contribution to conservation because it monitors bird species that spend winters in Pennsylvania. 


“Some of these species are much easier to count or monitor in winter because their breeding ground is so far north in areas where there are few people or roads to give access to habitat,” Brauning said. “An example of this is the rusty blackbird that migrates from the boreal taiga forests of Canada and Alaska to the southeastern United States in winter.  Pennsylvania is on the northern edge of its winter range, and some CBCs do count this declining wetland songbird.   Hawks also are more easily counted in winter and our state is a good place to see several hawk species in winter, including red-tailed hawks and rough-legged hawks.”


Brauning also noted that the CBC is a good way to introduce beginners to bird identification.  It is much easier to find birds through your binoculars when there are few leaves on the trees to hide them from view.


“There are fewer bird species around in winter than at other times of year, so it is easier to learn bird species identification,” Brauning said. “Also, birds are easier to spot because the trees lack the leaves that hide birds from your eyes in spring and summer. In fact, many birders got started in this hobby in winter in a car with more experienced birders on a Christmas count.  CBC allows for mentoring in the field.   For best results, spend some time scouting your area.  Rather than spending a day in the car, get out and walk the back roads and land where you have permission to go birding.


“A wide variety of birds are observed in winter counts including an assortment of songbirds and our upland game birds, which are mostly residents. It is a challenge, for instance, to find a ruffed grouse on a CBC in many circles. People go out of their way to find a wintering woodcock around spring seeps, in wet pastures, or along streams. Birders learn more about habitat associations and the value of cover and food sources to birds, such as winterberry, rose hips and sumac. Bluebirds, hermit thrushes, and American robins are often found in grape arbors, sumac patches, or other places where wild fruits are located.” 


To view instructions on how to search for a circle and sign-up for an open count, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on “Wildlife” in menu bar at the top of the homepage, and then choose the “Bird and Bird Conservation” and select “Christmas Bird Count” under the “Enjoying Birding” list.  Information also can be obtained from Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count website (www.audubon.org/Bird/cbc/), or on the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology’s website (www.pabirds.org).

LIONS CLUB DONATES TO SALVATION ARMY

LIONS CLUB DONATES TO SALVATION ARMY

Lions Club member Ron Angood hands a check to Charlene Smith local Coordinator for the Salvation Army.  The Lions have spent the last two Saturdays in front of Dollar General ringing the bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. The Lions Club collected nearly $800.00 during the two days and Coordinator Smith said all the money stays in Potter County. Ron and Charlene said THANK YOU to all participating Lions and the community.

Possible Structure Fire On Campus Drive

Possible Structure Fire On Campus Drive
At 8:30 PM on Saturday, Bradford City & Township have been dispatched to a possible structure fire at 300 Campus drive, the Falconer House.
RECALLED BY CHIEF

Water Quality Work Group To Meet Tuesday

Water Quality Work Group To Meet Tuesday

December 8th, 2012
watershedMembers of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group will meet at 8 am Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Gunzburger Building to continue work on coordinating many efforts geared toward protection of the county’s water resources. On the agenda is a report on the state’s efforts to inventory abandoned gas and oil wells. Pennsylvania has established a fund to pay for capping of abandoned and orphaned wells, but the demand for funds far exceeds the available money.

Members will also discuss the possibility sponsoring a “WaterBlitz” next spring, patterned after the successful “BioBlitz” held at the Austin Dam Memorial Park in 2009. Emphasis would be on education about the importance of protecting area water resources. Local school students would be involved. More details will be announced. For a look at the 2009 Bioblitz, click here.

Among organizations represented on the Water Quality Work Group are Trout Unlimited, Potter County Conservation District, Potter County Commissioners, Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Potter County Water Dogs, Potter County Education Council, Penn State Extension, Potter County Planning Department and the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition.

Structure Fire Reported In Bolivar

Structure Fire Reported In Bolivar
At 6:57 PM on Saturday, Bolivar Fire & Ambulance and Richburg Fire have been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 325 Second Street in the Village of Bolivar.
 REPORT FLAMES SHOWING
ALLENTOWN ENGINE AND MASK MEN TO SCENE OF FIRE
SHINGLEHOUSE FIRE DEPT. TO BOLIVAR FOR STANDBY ASSIGNMENT  

STATE POLICE EN ROUTE REPORT OCCUPANTS ARE OUT OF THE STRUCTURE 

7:46 PM--Requesting Shinglehouse 39-8 Light Truck to the scene 7:49 PM--Wellsville 1 and  9 to scene of structure fire 
7:53--Request Shinglehouse standby truck to scene 
8:00 pm--Coudersport Ambulance To cover Shinglehouse standby 
8:47 pm-Fire is out 
8:50 PM--Fire investigators 4/5/8 to the scene 
10:09--Firefighters are still extinguishing some hot spots  and mopping up at the scene. Most outside departments have gone home. 

LIVE SCANNER

BOLIVAR & RICHBURG FIREFIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SAME LOCATION AT 12:12 am ON APRIL 19, 2012 WHEN SMOKE WAS SMELLED IN THE KITCHEN AREA.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Oswayo Boro

At 5:57 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to School Street in Oswayo Boro for a medical emergency.

Coudersport Ambulance To Maple View Lane

At 4:05 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to Maple View Lane for a medical emergency.

Carol A. COSTELLO, 59, of Wellsville, NY

Carol A. COSTELLO, 59, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, December 6, 2012 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. 

Born November 12, 1953, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of John and June Sugden Costello. 

She was employed by Argentieri Bros. in Wellsville, Wellsville Highland, and worked as a private duty caregiver. 

Surviving are: four brothers, John (Judy) Costello, Jr., Richard Costello, and Rodney Costello, all of Genesee, PA, and Dale Costello of Wellsville; two sisters, Donna Costello of Bradford, PA and Doris Emerson of Genesee; three aunts, Betty Hay of Burnside, KY, Elsie Coleman of Springfield, PA, and Catherine Costello of Wellsville; two uncles, Lyle Sugden of Shinglehouse, PA and Ronald Sugden of Hickox, PA; special friend, Bill Chambers of Wellsville; nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Donald James Costello and Carl Costello; and her step-mother, Barbara Costello. 

A graveside service will be held in Genesee Cemetery, Genesee, PA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for LAM disease at www.thelamfoundation.org

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Corbett embraces transportation repairs and pension reform

Corbett embraces transportation repairs and pension reform

By ROBERT J. VICKERS,
The Patriot-News

NEW YORK - Nearly two years into his first term, Gov. Tom Corbett has finally responded to

the masses of Pennsylvania residents and business leaders who've clamored for the state to repair it's crumbling roads and bridges.

Corbett promised Saturday to present a plan to legislators next year addressing the state's neglected infrastructure. The remarks came during an appearance in Manhattan's aristocratic Metropolitan club as part of the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering of politicos and business interests in New York City. Read more...

Corbett also said....

During Corbett's Metropolitan club remarks, part of the annual Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association luncheon, the governor also pledged to tackle pension reform and privatization of state liquor stores.

He also appeared mildly agitated by early campaign rhetoric from announced Democratic gubernatorial challenger John Hanger, who suggested Corbett mishandled the child molestation investigation of convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

“We're not going to go into it,” Corbett said. “The man has never been involved in the criminal justice system. For him to opine on something like that is ludicrous. The man's trying to get you guys to write stories about him.”

But the governor waxed sardonic when queried on reports that GOP Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor may challenge him in the 2014 Republican primary.

“Everybody can dream,” Corbett said.

GUN/PENETRATING TRAUMA

GUN/PENETRATING TRAUMA
Address: 13490 ROUTE 555 [BENEZETTE]
City: BENEZETTE
Cross Streets: WALCK LN * OVERTURF CIR
TRANSPORTING MALE WITH GUNSHOT WOUND TO FOOT TO ELK REGIONAL
Agency: BENNETTS VALLEY AMBULANCE
12/8/2012 1:21:07 PM

Coudersport Ambulance To Sweden Valley Manor

At 2:08 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance called to Sweden Valley Manor for transport to Charles Cole Hospital.

Kittens NEED Homes ASAP

 
Two Black Females. Born Oct. 10th and ready to go to their FOREVER homes NOW! Please call 814-203-7202. Thank you.


Reflective House Numbers Being Sold

Reflective House Numbers Being Sold

December 7th, 2012
housenumbersEmergency service providers from across Potter County have launched a special fundraiser that could have a major return on investment. They’re selling reflective address signs that mark a property’s official 9-1-1 address for firefighters and life support services.

“Fog, rain and snow or other adverse weather, as well as the cover of darkness, can make it difficult or even impossible to see house numbers,” said a spokesman for the Potter County Local Emergency Planning Committee. “Reflective signs are highly visible. Posted at the end of a driveway, they could save emergency responders precious time, potentially saving lives and property.”

Cost for each sign ranges from $15 to $20. Proceeds from the number sale supports volunteer fore and ambulance services. To arrange for sign purchases, contact the following: Coudersport, Chris Heimel, 274-7411; Austin, Sheryl Orlowski, 647-5311; Roulette, Frank Kaziska, 544-9920; Shinglehouse, Methodist Church, 697-6191, For Ulysses /Tri - Town area please contact Roy Hunt @ 814 - 848 - 3876.

2 Black Labs Seen In the Woods Near SGL 30

While hunting for deer in the state forest off of 4 mile road in Cameron county bordering the sgl30, I encountered two friendly black labs they walked to me had collars but didn't check to see tags. They wouldn't come to me. If you lost your black labs they were spotted there. Seems funny for them to be that deep in the woods from nowhere. Thanks

FIRE AT MANOR HILLS IS REPORTED OUT/SMOKE IN BUILDING

Fire In Kitchen At Manor Hills is OUT.
At 10:26 am on Saturday, Wellsville Fire Department has been dispatched to a possible structure fire at Manor Hills.

2ND CALL REPORTS FIRE IS OUT.  REPORTED FIRE IN KITCHEN. Reporting lots of smoke in the building.

2 Jailed In Bolivar Meth Lab Bust After 3 Hour Standoff

 2 Arrested For Meth Lab In Bolivar
Following a 3 hour standoff with New York State Troopers in the Town of Scio, two subjects were taken into custody without incident on outstanding felony warrants from the Town of Bolivar.

JORDAN R. DOANE, 24,  of 180 Blaine Rd. Friendship, NY and

ELIZABETH K. MARTIN, 22,  of 3728 East State St. Extension, Wellsville, NY

Were arrested on charges of Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree (a Class D Felony) and Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material (a Class E Felony). The charges were filed by Troopers following the investigation of a clandestine laboratory located on Kansas Hollow Road in the Town of Bolivar on November 21, 2012. Investigation by members of NYSP Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and uniform and BCI members from SP Amity showed numerous incidents of the production of methamphetamine at the Bolivar site. Members of the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) were contacted and responded to the Bolivar site along with members of the NYSP Crime Lab for remediation and evidence collection.

Troopers located DOANE and MARTIN at the Long Vue Motel on State Route 417 in the Town of Scio where they barricaded themselves in the room, refusing to come out.

Uniform and BCI personnel responded to the scene and were assisted by members of the Wellsville Police Department. Additionally NYSP negotiators and the NYSP SORT (Special Operations Response Team) also responded.

DOANE and MARTIN were taken to the State Police barracks in Amity where they were processed and then taken to Town of Bolivar court where they were arraigned on the charges and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of bail. Allegany County District Attorney KEITH SLEP continues to monitor these cases and additional charges may be pending as the investigation continues.

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 1:04 AM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to the 100 block of Main Street for a medical emergency.

RN's, LPN's and CNA's Needed At PSA Healthcare

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Safety Regulations to Require Defibrillators in Mines, Will Save Lives

New Safety Regulations to Require Defibrillators in Mines, Will Save Lives

Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that underground coal mines will soon be required to install automated external defibrillators on the surface near the mine entry and underground in each working mine section. The requirement comes as part of a regulatory rulemaking that will appear in the Dec. 8 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin and take effect March 8, 2013.

“This requirement, which was overwhelmingly supported by mine operators and workers, is the first of its kind in the nation and is just another example of how Pennsylvania leads the world in deep mine safety,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “These defibrillators will help save lives in our underground mines.

“Thanks to cooperation among regulators, labor and management, Pennsylvania has gone an unprecedented 42 months without a fatality in an underground mine,” he said.

The portable automated external defibrillator units, which use short, electric shocks to restore a stable heart rhythm in the event of a heart attack, must be placed both on the surface near the mine entry and within every working section of the mine where active, underground mining is taking place.

The Board of Coal Mine Safety, which includes representation from DEP, the United Mine Workers of America and coal mine operators, crafted the regulations, which also require emergency medical technicians to be trained how to use the safety equipment.

DEP accepted public comments on the rulemaking for a 30-day period in November 2011. Pennsylvania currently has 36 underground bituminous coal mines in operation, employing more than 5,000 workers.

TRACK Selling Christmas Trees

Please help raise money for a new track by purchasing a Christmas tree this holiday season at 204 W Honeoye Street in Shinglehouse (formerly the TRACK Haunted House). The Shinglehouse community group, TRACK, is selling beautifully-shaped and soft to touch Fraser Firs. When you buy your tree from TRACK, you help a true community effort and you will have a great holiday addition to your home! All proceeds go toward our goal of building a new all-weather running track at the Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.

While you're picking up your tree, why not also get some raffle tickets for Christmas presents? TRACK is raffling off a chance to win the choice of a 2013 Harley Sportster XL 1200 Seventy-Two, a Yamaha Grizzly 700, or a Kawasaki Mule 4010 4x4. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The drawing will be on April 20th, 2013 and tickets may be purchased from any TRACK member or participating establishment.

Final Clairton 44- Port Allegany 12

Port Allegany Gators Down 16 to 6 at halftime.
Final Clariton 44-Port Allegany 12

Great Effort By The Gators,
The Area Is Proud Of Your Accomplishments

Rose Beaver of Roulette Is A Winner!!

Ticket #3 has come out of hiding…. 
Rose Beaver of Roulette is the third ticket drawn in the 12 Days of Christmas raffle to benefit the To Fill A Backpack program.  

Rose is the winner of an Oil Change & Tire Rotation donated by Hafer’s Quality Auto of Coudersport.  Thank you Rose for your support of the Backpack program and THANK YOU Hafer’s Quality Auto for your donation of the 3rd day of Christmas prize.

Tomorrow’s prize (the 4th day of Christmas) is a Miche Bundle that includes the bag, 2 shells and a handle donated by Beth Sigafoes of Roulette.

Tickets are still available for the remaining 9 days by contacting us at (814) 544-2612.  As we progress so do the value of the prizes.  Top prize is a 46” LED Flat Screen TV.  If you are interested in tickets please contact us as soon as possible to be sure your name is in for the next drawing!!!

Andy Kulp
"To Fill A Backpack"
81 Burleson Avenue
Roulette, PA  16746

Rosamary M. Ditty, 76, of 722 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA

Rosamary M. Ditty, 76, of 722 West Washington Street, passed away, Friday, December 7, 2012, at the Bradford Manor.

Born June 19, 1936, in San Francisco she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Goldie (Starkey) Crimmel.

On November 21, 1959, in St. Charles Church, in New Bethlehem, she married William E. Ditty who survives.

Mrs. Ditty was a 1954 graduate of East Forest High School in Marienville and a 1957 graduate of Oil City Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at Kittanning Hospital, Brookville Hospital, Bradford Hospital and as an Occupational Health Nurse at Witco Corporation (Kendall-Amalie Division). She was instrumental in forming their Emergency First Aid Response Team in 1992.

Her favorite pastimes include, spending time with family and friends, vacationing in Florida, fishing, quilting, arts & music and performed in the Kiwanis Kapers. She was an avid Steelers Fan.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, past member of the Bradford Council of Republican Women, Vice President of West Branch PTO, 1979 Charter member and Vice President of the Allegany Association of Occupational Health Nurses, member of Bradford Hospital Emergency Nurses Organization and a member of the Harvard Medical School Nurses Health Study from 1976 to present. She worked with the West Branch Little League, was a Cub Scout Den Mother and an active supporter of the Bradford Owls Marching Band.

In addition to her husband of fifty three years she is survived by a daughter, Suzanne M. (Max) Simunich, of Greenville, two sons Scott J. (Silvia) Ditty of South Korea, and David W. (Christine) Ditty, of Titusville, a sister, Frances Taylor, of Knox, 13 grandchildren and one niece.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, December 10, 2012, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, December 11th, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Stroke Group or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Corydon Fire Dept. Dispatched For Search Detail

Search Detail
At 5:28 PM on Friday, Corydon has been dispatched to their station for a search detail.

Burton C. Nearing 84, of 1724 East Valley Road, Smethport, PA

Burton C. Nearing, 84, of 1724 East Valley Road, Smethport, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Sean Kean Manor in Smethport. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

PITT-BRADFORD TO HONOR 93 GRADUATES SUNDAY

PITT-BRADFORD TO HONOR 93 GRADUATES SUNDAY

BRADFORD, Pa. – Ninety-three students expected to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this month will be recognized with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Students will be honored with an informal event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Dr. Steven Hardin, dean of academic affairs, and Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, will speak. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Those expected to graduate with an associate degree are Angela Patricia Hajnos, a liberal studies major from Kane; petroleum technology majors Jake David Elwell of Olean, N.Y., Deng Mangon Aguek Deng of Pittsburgh, Ronald W. Feldbauer Jr. of St. Marys, Matthew H. Wingard of Bradford, Heidi June LaChine of Smethport and Casey James Moyer of Warren; Colin J. Martinez, an engineering science major from Pittsburgh; and Harold Carr, an engineering science and petroleum technology major from St. Marys.

Those expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree are, from Bradford, Olivia Margaret Austin and Meredith L. Piganelli, both criminal justice majors; Samuel Grae Fleishman Williamson, an English major; Andrew Michael Cauley, an English and writing major; Laurie A. Brown, an environmental studies major; Benjamin John Walter, a history-political science major; Meagan C. Little and Amanda Danyelle Perkins, both sociology majors; Mandy J. Colosimo, a writing major; Breann Elizabeth Lyons, an accounting and business management major; Steven Trumbull, a computer information systems and technology major; Shilah L. Hasseck, an elementary education major; Danielle M. Wescoat, a psychology major; Ashley L. Mollander, a radiological science major; and Megan L. Truman, a sports medicine major.

Other students from McKean County expected to graduate are Maria E. Olsen, a sociology major from Derrick City; Amanda M. Davis, a health and physical education major from Crosby; Brenda J. Brown, an elementary education major, and Nathan Booth, a sport and recreation management major, both from Eldred; Brittany Ruth Gorrell, a social studies 7-12 and history-political science major from Gifford; Sheila M. Lorenzo, an elementary education major from Kane; Nichole Lynn Krietemeyer, an elementary education major from Mount Jewett; Shannell Renee Simms, a sports medicine major from Port Allegany; and Colby J. Austin, an elementary education major, and Kevin Shunk, a health and physical education major, both from Smethport.

Students from Elk County expected to graduate are Jessica L. Penn, a social sciences major from Kersey; Angelina Fae Bush, a criminal justice major, Seth R. Cheatle, an English major, and Autumn Grace Lukaschunis, a psychology major, all from St. Marys; and Ashley N. Beers of DeYoung and Katherine M. Gerber of Ridgway, both elementary education majors.

Students from Warren County expected to graduate are Kristen N. Bertch, a criminal justice major from Clarendon; Colby Neukum, a criminal justice major, Elizabeth L. Tipton, a social studies 7-12 and history-political science major, Christopher M. Urban, an elementary education major, and Joshua Shepherd, a psychology major, all from Warren; and James Michael Cable, a biology major from Russell.

Students from Allegheny County expected to graduate are Brigit Elizabeth Kelly, an environmental studies major from Imperial; Clarice D. Rutledge, a public relations and writing major from Monroeville; Stephen Michael Hornyak Jr., a history-political science major, Samuel M. Ficorilli, a computer information systems and technology major, and Erin Fieldhouse, an elementary education major, all from Pittsburgh; Rebecca Elizabeth Zipay, a criminal justice major from South Park; and April M. Geiselman, an environmental studies major from Turtle Creek.

Other students from Pennsylvania expected to graduate are Laura C. Kemmerer, a writing major from Dublin; Angelena Faherty of Southampton and Kenneth D. Berkopec of Mars, both history-political science majors; Stephanie Makin of Colver, Tyler Hinojosa of Benton, James Richard Burns of Fairview, Matthew Minich of Reynoldsville and Ryan Hunter of Harleysville, all criminal justice majors; Micaiah Jordan Meads, a writing major from Philadelphia; Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport; Melinda M. Roach, a public relations major, and Heather Lynn Stuckey, a social sciences major, both from Roulette; Michael Brendan Ryan, a business management major from Emporium; Mark A. Saccucci, a computer information systems and technology major from Oxford;

Laramie Mealy, a chemistry major from Lucinda; Nathan M. Lytle, a business management major from Titusville; Patrick Fegan, an applied mathematics major from Harrisburg; Samuel H. Mason, a biology major from Rose Valley; Daniel W. Gribbin, a computer information systems and technology major from McKean; Danielle Zeamer, a health and physical education major from Manheim; Shane Kelly Gebert, a health and physical education major from East Greenville; Graceann Marie Chuhinka, a psychology major from Marysville; Sarah Elizabeth Monger, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Coudersport; Gabrielle Ann Stephens, a psychology major from Westfield; and Drake Curtis Anderson, a business management major from Franklin.

Students from New York state expected to graduate are Tyler Rhinehart, a broadcast communications major from Cattaraugus; Derek Allen LeBlanc, a criminal justice major from Killbuck; Katlin Marie Barrile, a broadcast communications major from Albion; Kyle Jordan Schulze, a radiological science major from Olean; Erikka Kathleen Rosplock, a health and physical education major from Elmira; Cameron McDonald, a business management and entrepreneurship major from Amherst; and Sarah Elizabeth Schultz, a radiological science major from Mount Morris.

Others expected to graduate are Nelson Yong Lin, a social sciences major from Tampa, Fla.; Chelsea V. Boyles, a public relations major from Auburndale, Fla.; Krista DiPaolo, an English and history-political science major from Buxton, Maine; Sidhu Kaur Maninder a history-political science major from Macedonia, Ohio; Nuwangi Dias, a biology major from Kanata, Ontario; and Chelsea Reynolds, an entrepreneurship major, and Zachary Carson, a hospitality management major, both from Smithburg, Md.

WEstfield & Clymer Dispatched For Possible Structure Fire On Austinburg Road

12/7/20124:40 PMFIRE / STRUCTURE 35 AUSTINBURG RD WESTFIELD TWP
Westfield and Clymer Dispatched for possible structure fire on Austinburg Road.

Sheetz Best Place To Work In Pennsylvania

Sheetz, Inc., announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for the eleventh year in a row. Ranked number 16 this year, the convenience restaurant chain is the only retailer to be included among 100 top companies and is one of only three businesses ever to make the list more than 10 consecutive years.

"We are honored to receive this award for the eleventh time because it means we are doing something right," says Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, Inc. "It's meaningful because our employees like working with us and are happy to share that enthusiasm through the Best Places surveys year after year."

Companies from across the state were reviewed in a two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. First, the committee looked at each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure their experiences. The employee assessment is weighed most heavily in this process. The combined scores then determine the companies' final ranking.

Four hundred Sheetz employees provided feedback on their workplace experience. Stan Sheetz says the award also reflects the respect and team work that is part of the company's culture from top management to employees at all 225 stores across Pennsylvania.

"I personally can't wait for the day when our employees are happier arriving at work each day than when they are leaving," adds Stan Sheetz. "That we have consistently made the Best Places list for over a decade means we are getting closer all the time to reaching that goal."

In order to be considered for the ranking, companies must be for-profit or not-for-profit, be publicly or privately held and have at least 250 employees. The company must also have a facility in the state and be in good standing with Commonwealth agencies under the governor's jurisdiction.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience restaurant chains, with more than $6 billion in annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees. The company operates 432 locations throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and has been on the list in Pennsylvania for 11 consecutive years. All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com.

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PITT-BRADFORD TO OFFER WELLNESS COURSES

PITT-BRADFORD TO OFFER WELLNESS COURSES

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a variety of wellness courses next semester, including tai chi, Turbo Kick and bootcamp exercise programs.

Turbo Kick and Toning will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in two eight-week-long sessions. The first session will be from Jan. 7, 2013, through March 6, with no classes on Jan. 21 or Feb. 18 and 20. The second session will take place from March 11 through May 1.

Classes take place in the fifth-floor ballroom of the Seneca Building in downtown Bradford. The cost is $49 per session for those signing up two weeks in advance of the first class (early bird pricing) and $59 for those signing up after that.

The class, taught by Rhonda Race, combines the best of the Turbo Kick cardio exercise with the latest total-body toning methods to create a total workout.

Jen’s Bootcamp, an eight-week CrossFit experience with trainer Jennifer Zebley, will take place from Jan. 8 through Feb. 28 and March 5 to April 25. Classes are from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., and participants can choose to take classes on Tuesday and Thursday for $99 per eight-week session or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for $149 per session. The program is designed to maximize individual fitness levels regardless of experience. Classes take place in the McDowell Fieldhouse of the Sport and Fitness Center.

Tai chi will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays Feb. 4 through March 13 in the Seneca ballroom. Taught by Ada Huang and Lillian Zhang, Confucius scholars visiting Pitt-Bradford this year, the course is $89 for early birds and $99 for regular pricing. Concentrating on correct posture and body control, tai chi’s movements are fluid, graceful and well-balanced, promoting the complete harmony of body and mind.

“Sugar Blues – Overcome Sugar Addiction” is the first of two nutrition sessions being offered. The class will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 21 in Room 200 of the Seneca Building. The cost is $25 per participant. The program can help overcome sugar addiction by substituting high quality natural foods for those that contain refined sugar.

“The ‘No-More Diet’ Plan – Tailored to Your Weight Management” will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from April 4 through 18 in Room 200 of the Seneca Building. The early bird price is $30; regular pricing is $40. This course involves a holistic approach addressing not only nutrition, but also other factors that may contribute to difficulty in losing weight such as stress, overall toxicity and emotional considerations.

For more information or to register for a class, contact Continuing Education at (814)362-5078 or email contined@pitt.edu.

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

HUNTING AND TRAPPING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINTER

 HUNTING AND TRAPPING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINTER
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe reminds hunters and trappers they still have a mixed bag of seasons from which to choose after the statewide firearms deer season concludes on Saturday, Dec. 8.  They include seasons for deer, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, squirrel, cottontail, pheasant, coyote, fisher, bobcat, beaver and other furbearers, crows, doves and waterfowl.

The small game seasons are: squirrel, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 23; ruffed grouse, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 26; rabbit, Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 23; and snowshoe hare, Dec. 26-Jan. 1 in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2B, 2G and 3A. In addition, pheasants (males and females) will be open from Dec. 10-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 2 in WMUs 1A, 1B, 2B, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5C and 5D.


The statewide late archery and flintlock muzzleloader deer seasons run concurrently from Dec. 26-Jan. 12.


For deer hunters with WMU 2B, 5C or 5D, they can choose to hunt antlerless deer with use any legal sporting arm from Dec. 26-Jan. 26, or an extended flintlock muzzleloader deer season for antlered or antlerless deer from Dec. 26-Jan. 26, or an extended archery season for antlered or antlerless deer from Jan. 14-26.


Flintlock muzzleloader season participants may harvest an antlerless deer with a WMU license, DMAP permit, or a general hunting license deer harvest tag. During the late season, antlered deer may be taken only by bowhunters and flintlock muzzleloader hunters who possess an unused general hunting license deer harvest tag.


Hunters using archery or muzzleloader licenses, and hunting with those special sporting arms, are not required to wear fluorescent orange, but are encouraged to do so, especially when hunting in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, where an antlerless season for limited-range firearms users will also be in progress. Refer to the Digest for firearms restrictions in special regulations areas. Hunters using conventional firearms in those WMUs must wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange.


Furbearer hunting seasons continuing through the winter months include: red and gray foxes, until Feb. 16, including Sundays; raccoons, until Feb. 16; and bobcats, in designated WMUs, from Jan. 15-Feb. 5.


Furbearer trapping seasons include: beavers, Dec. 26-March 31 (bag limits depend on WMU, outlined on page 74 of the 2012-13 Digest); mink and muskrats, until Jan. 6; raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes and weasels, until Feb. 17; bobcats, in designated WMUs from Dec. 15-Jan. 6; and fishers, in designated WMUs, from Dec. 15-20.


Trappers also may use cable restraints for foxes and coyotes from Dec. 26-Feb. 17, providing they have passed a mandatory cable restraint certification course. For information on courses, visit the Game Commission’s website and click on the “Hunter Education” link in the right-hand column and choose the month of interest to find the nearest course.


Dove hunters also will have late season opportunities when dove season runs Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, and the daily limit is 15 birds.


Waterfowl hunters have plenty of hunting opportunities to pursue from December into April. Hunters may take Canada geese and white-fronted geese during the following upcoming seasons: Atlantic Population Zone, Dec. 13-Jan. 26; Southern James Bay Canada Goose Hunting Zone, Dec. 10-Jan. 18; and Resident Canada Goose Zone, from Dec. 11-Jan. 15 and Feb. 1-28.


The regular snow goose season runs until Jan. 26 in the Atlantic Population Zone, until Jan. 18 in the Southern James Bay Zone and until Feb. 28 in the Regular Population Goose Zone.  For the snow goose conservation hunt, hunters will need to obtain a free special permit in addition to other waterfowl-required federal and state licenses.  Bag limits for the conservation hunt are 25 daily and no possession limit, and the season lengths for the conservation hunt are: Jan. 28-April 26 in the Atlantic Population Zone; Jan. 29-April 26 in the Southern James Bay Population Zone; and March 1-April 26 in the Resident Population Zone.


Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers may be hunted in the Lake Erie Zone until Dec. 29; in the North Zone, until Jan. 5; in the Northwest Zone through Dec. 14; and in the South Zone through Jan. 15.


For details on waterfowl bag limits in each of the zones, please consult the Pennsylvania 2012-13 Guide to Migratory Game Bird Hunting, which is available on the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on the “2012-13 Migratory Game Bird Brochure” icon in the center of the homepage.


In addition to a regular Pennsylvania hunting license, persons 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as a “Duck Stamp” to hunt waterfowl. Regardless of age, hunters also must have a Pennsylvania Migratory Game Bird License to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds, including doves, woodcock, coots, moorhens, rails and snipe. All migratory game bird hunters in the United States are required to complete a Harvest Information Program survey when they purchase a state migratory game bird license. The survey information is then forwarded to the USFWS.

Conference Call On Local Tourism Dec. 13

Conference Call On Local Tourism Dec. 13

December 6th, 2012
pcvaBusiness owners and organization leaders are encouraged to participate in the Potter County Visitors Association quarterly conference call on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 pm. 

Discussion will focus on tourist promotion and related topics. To obtain the toll-free number and access code for the call, contact the PCVA office at 274-3365. PCVA is the county’s official tourist promotion agency. 

In addition to locally sponsored activities, the organization is affiliated with regional initiatives such as the Pennsylvania Wilds and the Pennsylvania Route 6 Tourist Association.

Consumers, Industry Benefit under FSIS Hold and Test Implementation

12/07/2012 02:06 PM EST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced that, beginning in 60 days, the Agency will require producers to hold shipments of non-intact raw beef and all ready-to-eat products containing meat and poultry until they pass Agency testing for foodborne adulterants.

New York State Police Blotter

New York State Police Blotter


 Vehicle Crashes

West Hill Road (Tioga County) bridge emergency repairs start Dec. 10

West Hill Road (Tioga County) bridge emergency repairs start Dec. 10

The bridge carrying Route 2022 (West Hill Road) over the Tioga River in Putnam Township, Tioga County will be repaired under an emergency project starting Monday, Dec. 10.

This $177,777 contract will provide necessary emergency repairs to the center pier.

The bridge will remain closed while repairs are made by The L.C. Whitford Company.

Traffic will continue to be detoured for approximately six weeks using North Williamson Road and Canada Road.

The bridge is expected to be reopened to traffic by mid-January.

Toy Exhibit at Potter County Historical Society

December 1st Through February 28, 2013
Toy Exhibit at Potter County Historical Society
Toys From Christmas Past
The Potter County Historical Society has opened an exhibit featuring selected pieces from its Antique Toy Collection. This Christmas –themed display includes over 50 individual toys,ornaments and play sets. Some of the local manufacturers of these toys were MAM-A-Car and Anchor Toy of Coudersport and Holgate Toys of Kane. Several Fisher Price pull toys, a 1950’s metal lithographed doll house with furnishings and a variety of locally made folk toys are included in the exhibit.

A rare display of the “Midon Christmas Tiles” which were the yearly Christmas Greeting of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Othmer are shown for the first time in a public exhibit.


The Historical Society is open Mondays and Fridays from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm.

Pitt-Bradford coat drive

 Pitt-Bradford Coat Drive

Students in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Student Nurse Organization teamed up with CNB Bank during November and December to collect coats and other warm clothing items for those who need them. 

Shown here is the results of that effort. Shown here are, from left, SNO co-presidents Heather Ward, a nursing major from Bradford, and Christie Smith, a nursing major from Kane, and SNO advisor Mary Boser, assistant professor of nursing, with the pile of coats that were donated.

Elmira Man Arrested for Home Invasion in Cattaraugus County

Anthony J. Eames
Arrested for Home Invasion in Cattaraugus County
The New York State Police at Jamestown have arrested Anthony J. Eames 26 years old who lists addresses in Elmira and Erin, New York for Robbery 1st degree. Eames was arrested November 26, 2012 in the Elmira area following an investigation by the New York State Police in Horseheads, the New York State Police in Jamestown and the Elmira Police Department. 

Eames arrest stems from his involvement in a home invasion that occurred in the Town of Conewango, Cattaraugus County on November 23, 2012 at approximately 1am. The victim stated four males entered his house, assaulted him and stole three (3) rifles, one (1) shotgun and a cell phone.

The description of the three (3) other males involved in the Home Invasion are:

Male / Black 6’ 2” 230 lbs, large build with dreadlock style hair, six inches in length.
Male / Black 5’ 10 to 6’ 170 lbs medium build.
Male / Black 5’ 6” 150 lbs thin build.


These subjects are believed to be from the Elmira, New York area.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has any information please contact the New York Sate Police at:
NYSP Horseheads (607) 739-8797
NYSP Jamestown (716) 665-3113

Coudersport Fire Dept. Taking Bids On 4x4 Truck With Plow

CVFD Taking Bids On Truck & Plow

2000 Ford F 250 XL Super Duty 4x4 with 9' Fisher V Plow, 5.4 V-8, Auto transmission,manual hubs,Class II Towing Package,spray in bed liner, new battery 10/12,, inspected til 6/13, always maintained...min bid of $4000...sealed bids until Dec. 14 , 2012.CVFD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DENY ANY OR ALL BIDS..BIDS TO CVFD PO BOX 161 Coudersport Pa 16915

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SP Fillmore investigating a serious personal injury accident.

SP Fillmore investigating a serious personal injury accident.

New York State Police photo

The New York State Police Fillmore barracks is investigating a serious personal injury automobile accident that occurred at 2:42 am on ST-19 in the Town of Hume. 

The operator was traveling west on ST-19 when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Focus. The vehicle traveled across the roadway onto the south shoulder striking a road sign and then striking the foundation of a church. 

The operator Alek L Potter, 4/21/91 of Hume, NY, was transported via Life Net helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. 

The passenger, Christopher M Jones of Fillmore, NY, was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC and is currently undergoing surgery for non-life threatening injuries. 

The Fillmore, Houghton and Wiscoy rescue squads all responded to the scene. The NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit was also summoned to investigate. Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors. Charges are pending.

Democratic Leaders Meet to Discuss Budget Priorities

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Democratic Leaders Meet to Discuss Budget Priorities


Earlier this week, Senate and House leadership met with reporters to discuss our priorities for the 2013-14 budget.  The briefing was held in anticipation of the governor’s Mid-Year Budget Briefing that was held this week.  Recognizing there are a number of critical decision points for the legislature to address next session, we believe it was important to outline our concerns. The discussion focused on transportation, funding for basic education and protecting the social safety net.
Senator Costa comments on Jobs and the Democratic Agenda
Senator Costa comments on Transportation and the
Democratic Agenda

Senator Costa comments on Jobs and the Democratic Agenda :: December 4, 2012Senator Costa comments on Transportation and the Democratic Agenda With the continued economic downturn, we recognize families are still struggling to make ends meet.  The point we made was that now, more than ever, is the time to make sure decisions are reached that will ultimately lead to job growth and putting people back to work.  Pennsylvania was previously seventh on a national scale for job creation and unfortunately we’ve now fallen to 30th.  We cannot continue down a path that sees unemployment numbers growing while families suffer.
We also explained that lawmakers and the governor must continue working towards a plan that will provide for our transportation needs statewide.  It is critical that we develop a clear, comprehensive plan rather than one that will simply put a band-aid on the infrastructure problems that currently exist.  The leaders emphasized again that Pennsylvania needs leadership from the governor on the issue. 
Finally Senate and House leaders again argued that Pennsylvania must be doing more to provide for the educational needs of our children.  The cuts to basic education made by the Corbett administration were devastating to school districts across the state, forcing tax increases at the local level and a loss of educational opportunity.  We cannot allow these programs and services that provide for the future of our children to be placed at risk.
As we look forward to next session, we’re prepared for fair, honest and open conversations that will lead to solutions for Pennsylvania.  Moving forward we'll continue to have these important discussions, maintaining our focus on providing for the needs of Pennsylvania families.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library recipient of the Books for Children grant

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library recipient of the Books for Children grant


Oswayo Valley Memorial Library was chosen as a recipient of the Books for Children grant through the Libri Foundation. This grant requires that the library find a sponsor in the community who will either raise or donate $350. The Libri Foundation then matches this donation at a 2-to1 ratio so that $1,050 worth of children’s books are sent to the library. The T.R.A.C.K. organization heard about this need and generously donated the money that was needed in order to receive the grant. As a result the library has just received 61 new children’s and young adults’ books. Thank you, T.R.A.C.K. and Libri Foundation!

Come on in and check out the new books. What a great Christmas gift to the young people of our area!



North Country Voices Choral Christmas Concert Rescheduled For December 12 At Park United


Luise Gotz Bertetto, 87, of Warren, PA

Luise Gotz Bertetto
Luise Gotz Bertetto, 87, of Warren, PA, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2012 after an extended illness. 

She was born November 26, 1925 in Marktbreit, Germany to the late Michael and Emilie Schurz Gotz.

Luise has resided in Warren since 1961 and became a U.S. Citizen on August 21, 1957, which was her proudest achievement. 

She was employed with the Warren State Hospital as a nurse’s aide, retiring from there after 15 years employment. Previously she was employed with G.T.E. Sylvania as a supervisor in the white room. 

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the church bible study group, quilters group and senior luncheon fellowship. Luise enjoyed baking German cookies, crocheting and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by her children – Jane Johnson and husband, Gary , Susan Allen , Barbara English and Joseph M. Bertetto all of Warren, PA., David J. Bertetto of Mayfield Heights, OH., 2 Sisters – Hermine Hoppe of Stuttgart, Germany, Waltraud Sutton and husband, Jack of Land of Lakes, FL., her caregiver – Cynthia Simonsen, 6 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, Cooper and Gracie her dogs and Lucas her cat which were the light of her life. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sergeant Joseph J. Bertetto.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 to 4 P.M. and on Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church, 200 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA. from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. when a funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. Jeffrey Ewing, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park.

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. John Lutheran Church, 200 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA. 16365 or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E –mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Cole Foundation’s “Light Up A Life” Honors Loved Ones

Cole Foundation’s “Light Up A Life” Honors Loved Ones

COUDERSPORT, PA—The first “Light Up A Life” ceremony was a success Thursday evening at Cole Memorial Hospital. The event was held to honor and remember loved ones and to support the ongoing healthcare needs of Hospice and Patterson Cancer Care patients at Cole Memorial.

Prior to the lighting of a 60-foot tree located on the Coudersport campus, Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation welcomed over 50 attendees to the event which included an invocation by Reverend Tom Shatto; remarks from Bonnie Kratzer, director of Home Health & Hospice and Kari Karpinski, director of Community Outreach at Cole Memorial; and songs by the following members of a holiday choir: Jeff Wilcox, Teresa Wilcox, Janice Litzinger, Michelle Lazurek, Mike Knefley, Joyce Knefley, and Pam Sprouse. The tree lights were switched on by Michael and Tamika DeCarlo on behalf of their father Vito DeCarlo, Cole Memorial Hospice patient.


“We’re honored to be a part of tonight’s ceremony,” said Michael DeCarlo. “The Hospice staff did so much and was there for our family.”

Attendees also enjoyed a special candle-lighting as part of the celebration and refreshments after.

“We wish to thank everyone for their support and assistance with this first annual tree lighting celebration,” said Patrice Levavasseur. “The spirit of the season and the support of generous sponsors and donors are evident by the list of over 120 names of loved ones being honored and remembered.”

Local sponsors of the event include: David and Annette Buckler, June Buckler, Cole Memorial’s Cardiopulmonary Department, Cole Memorial’s Medical Staff, Dr. Terrance and Ami Foust, the Pitchford household, Darwin and Alanna Huck, Dr. Kalliopi Nestor, David and Sue Lush, Paul H. Rhodes, Patrick and Karen Larsen.

Gifts to “Light Up A Life” can be made at www.charlescolehospital.com or call the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520.




Recalls

12/07/2012 06:45 AM EST
Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, (Nasdaq: ENDP) today issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. This includes product with the following NDC numbers and lot numbers beginning with the letter “C”. 

12/07/2012 01:28 PM EST

December 5, 2012 - SALT LAKE CITY, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – LifeVantage Corporation (NASDAQ: LFVN) announced today that it is contacting affected independent distributors and other customers to voluntarily recall and replace bottles of its Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer®, dietary supplement from the lots shown below. The Company is taking this action due to the possible inclusion of small metal fragments in the final product.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer




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Friday, December 07, 2012
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Governor Presents Mid-Year Budget Briefing

Gov. Tom Corbett this week issued his mid-year budget briefing to discuss the financial state of the Commonwealth halfway through the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Revenue collections are basically on target, just 0.6 percent above projections as of the end of November. However, economic forecasts have been lowered since June when the budget was enacted. This raises some concern about the continued strength of revenue collections for the rest of the year and for 2013-14 budget planning.

The governor and the legislature will continue to focus on controlled spending and support for core government services in the next budget cycle. The governor will present his budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year to the General Assembly in February.
 
Property Tax Reform Committee Says More Study Needed to Find Viable Solution

Members of the House Select Committee on Property Tax Reform issued several recommendations to the General Assembly last week but also suggested the committee be re-established in the 2013-14 session to continue its assessment of this complex problem.

The 13-member bipartisan select committee was formed as a result of House Resolution 774.
Some of the recommendations issued by the committee include:
•  Reintroducing legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to permit a homestead and farmstead exemption of up to 100 percent of the property value. 
•  Developing legislation to grant local taxing jurisdictions more diversified taxing options that allow revenue-neutral tax shifts in the collection of local revenues. 
•  Reviewing all state-imposed public education requirements that are not mandated by federal statute or regulation for cost and educational value. 

To view the committee’s full report, click here.
 
You’re Invited to a Holiday Open House

Please join my staff and me at one or both of our holiday open houses next month. The Bradford open house is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, from 2-5 p.m., and the Coudersport open house is set for Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 2-5 p.m. No RSVP is necessary. I hope you will stop by for light refreshments and a discussion of issues facing the Commonwealth and our communities in 2013.