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9th Annual Show & Sale

9th Annual Show & Sale

Stoltz Of Coudersport

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

RN's & LPN's Needed In Bradford & Ulysses

Moon's Farm Yard Center


YOGA IN THE PARK WEDNESDAY AT LYMAN RUN STATE PARK

YOGA IN THE PARK WEDNESDAY

The second Yoga In The Park class will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at the pavilion at Lyman Run State Park. The class will be from 7 to 8 pm. Please bring your yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes if you plan to attend. The classes are being taught by Certified Yoga Instructor Brenna Francis. Drop in fee is $14. If you pre-register the fee is $11 and if you are a current Friends of Lyman Run member, the fee is discounted to $10. Please register by calling Brenna at (570) 404-1913. If the weather is bad Brenna will contact those who are registered or you may contact her to see if the class is cancelled due to severe weather. The class can be held inside the pavilion if it is only raining but please check beforehand.

These classes are appropriate for any level of Yoga experience- even beginners, and is a great way to de-stress at the end of the day. Two more classes are also being offered in July on the 10th and 17th. Friends of Lyman Run members are reminded that their memberships expire at the end of this month and it is time to renew. Membership applications will be available at the class or can be gotten from the Lyman Run State Park office (814) 435-5010.

Land Rescue For Diabetic Emergency On Morrison Trail

Land Rescue For Diabetic Emergency On Morrison Trail
At 8:01 PM on Saturday, Corydon Fire Sept. and QRS 19 along with Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched for a land rescue of a diabetic patient on the Morrison Trail. Responders are to meet a blue vehicle 4 miles west of Rt. 321 on Rt. 59 near the Morrison Trail Head.

Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

By MIKE REUTHER (mreuther@sungazette.com) , 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

New information earlier this week pointing to a cover-up in the crash of TWA Flight 800 doesn't come as a surprise to at least one local man whose daughter was killed in the 1996 tragedy.

Donald Nibert, a retired Penn College forestry professor, said from the beginning all he has wanted is the truth from investigators.

"I've always felt this was friendly fire from day one," he said.

The crash off Long Island claimed the life of his daughter, Cheryl, along with 15 other Montoursville Area High School students and their five adult chaperones.

A film to be released next month makes the claim that the official government report on the crash was an elaborate fabrication. Six experts from the National Transportation Safety Board investigation team who originally concluded the crash was an accident now say they were silenced by superiors. Read more...

Vehicle Into Pole In Lewis Run

Vehicle Into Pole In Lewis Run
At 7:45 PM on Saturday, Lewis Run Fire Dept. and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle into a pole accident at 85 Main Street In Lewis Run. PSP is en route.

New Manager Joins Potter County Conservation District

New Manager Joins County Conservation District

waterqualtyworkgroup1A former Potter County resident has returned home to accept the position of Potter County Conservation District manager. Chris Mitterer, a former teacher who was active with the Jefferson County Conservation District, was hired by the local district’s board of directors as a successor to Chad Moshier, who is moving from the area. Mitterer has a broad variety of interests and is a member of the Palomino Horse Breeders Association. Here, he introduces himself during a meeting of the Potter County Water Quality Work Group. 

Shown from left are Bob Veilleux, Potter County Education Council; Jim Clark, Penn State Extension; and Chris Mitterer.

Record Turnout For This Year’s Senior Games

Record Turnout For This Year’s Senior Games

srgames4Last week’s annual Four-County Senior Games drew a record turnout of just under 200 participants, according to Mark Benson of Potter County, who observed his 25th anniversary as the event’s chief organizer. Barry Piatt, a driver for Potter County Human Services, got in on the act with his bumpkin costume. A “senior” is defined as anyone age 55 and up, which is a growing population in Potter, Cameron, McKean and Elk counties, which were all represented in Friday’s games at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
srgames2For the more ambitious entrants, there was a one-mile walking race, horseshoe pitching, and a challenging wheelchair obstacle course. Less intensive events included darts, croquet, frisbee throwing, billiards, bean bag toss and the new favorite, video bowling. Ribbons were awarded to winners in three age groups during a luncheon that followed the games. Benson expressed his appreciation to all of the agency employees and volunteers who helped to make the event such a success. Plans are already in place to hold the 35th annual Senior Games at Pitt-Bradford next June. Here, former Coudersport resident Shirley Fleet, who now lives at Smethport’s Sena Kean Manor, was intent on a good performance in the free-throw shooting contest.
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Ambulance is responding to a near drowning

Ambulance is responding to a near drowning
At 7:18 PM on Saturday, Priority Care Ambulance is responding to a near drowning at the gravel pit off Railroad Avenue in East Smethport. Caller reports a 4/5 year old male patient out of water and still breathing.
7:43 PM--AMBULANCE EN ROUTE TO BRADFORD HOSPITAL

3 Million Cubic Feet Of Methane Released In Limestone Leak Saturday

NRC Report: Methane near Limestone, NY 

Incident Type: PIPELINE - NRC Report ID: 1051310 - Medium Affected: AIR - Suspected Responsible Party: NATIONAL FUEL

 3 Million Cubic Feet Of Methane Released In Limestone Leak Saturday. Click for more information.

Child Struck By Vehicle On Davis Street In Bradford

Child Struck By Vehicle
At 6:55 PM on Saturday, EMS in Bradford is being sent to Davis Street where a child has been struck by a vehicle. Police report incident is on Miller Street. Reported to be a foot injury from being run over.

Vehicle is reported to be a red vehicle with writing on the sides which apparently left the scene. Vehicle last seen on E. William Street.

An Oswayo woman was arrested

An Oswayo woman was arrested and arraigned before District Judge Kari A. Stubbs on Thursday.

Lisa Gail Louwerse, 52, of Shinglehouse, PA, was charged by Shinglehouse Police Chief Brad Buchholz with the following:

Louwerse will face Judge Stubbs in a preliminary hearing on June 27th. She was released on $5,000. unsecured bail.

DEP eNOTICE - New Draft Technical Documents available for Public Comment




DEP eNOTICE - New Draft Technical Documents available for Public Comment


The set of Draft Technical Documents available for public comments has changed as of Saturday, June 22, 2013.
Click on http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/View/Collection-10105?sort=Date to view the updated page of Draft Technical Documents.

The DEP e-NOTICE Application is a service provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Recalls


06/22/2013 02:24 PM EDT
Beta Labs, LTD (“Beta”), dietary supplement retailer, is recalling Oxyphen XR Lot #s 200910 and 200911, Phentalene Lot # 58800512, Phen FX Lot # 1205129, and Red Vipers Lot # 1205128 (hereinafter referred to as the “Products”). The recall was initiated on June 15, 2013, after a review of recent FDA communications related to 1,3 dimethylamylamine (“DMAA”). The Products contain DMAA.

6/22/2013 6:34 PM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LANDRUS RD MORRIS TWP

6/22/20136:34 PMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LANDRUS RD MORRIS TWP
Vehicle reported on it's roof.

Roulette Man Charged With DUI in Coudersport

Coudersport Boro Police filed DUI charges against a Roulette man in District Court.

Charles E. Seavey, 60, of Roulette, PA, was charged by Couderaport Boro Police Officer James Collins in a cvomplaint filed on June 19th for an incident that occurred on June 15, 2013.


A preliminary hearing has been set for August 1, 2013 in Judge Annette Easton's courtroom.

Portville Man Facing Charges In Kane Boro

A Portville man is facing arraignment on several charges according to a complaint filed in District Judge Engman's office on June 19th by Kane Boro officer Steven Wilson Hale.

Christopher A Barber, 24, of Portville, NY, is scheduled for arraignment on  the following charges on July 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM:


Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main Street

At 5:55 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to South Main Street for a medical emergency.

Smethport Man Accused Of Rape/Aggravated Assault

A Smethport man was jailed in lieu of $200,000. bail on Friday.

John Frederick Brown, Jr., 33, of Smethport, PA, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police of the Ridgway barracks for an incident in Keating Township on June 21, 2013 that included Rape and Aggravated Assault according to court records.

Brown was arraigned at 1:50 AM on Friday before District Judge William Todd. Brown is accused by State Police of :


Brown will face a preliminary hearing before Judge Todd on June 27, 2013.

Coudersport Fire/Ambulance to Assist State Police in a Search For Child

 Search For Child
At 4:41 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. and Ambulance has been requested to assist State Police in a search for a missing child who was riding a dirt bike on property on Tennesee Road in Hebron Township. The child has blond hair and is 7/8 years old.
RECALLED--AT 4:46 PM--CHILD HAS BEEN FOUND

Emporium Woman Bites Victim/Pushes Officer/Goes To Jail


Transportation Funding Plan Needed to Advance Projects

PennDOT Unveils Decade of Transportation Improvements

Transportation Funding Plan Needed to Advance Projects

Harrisburg – PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today unveiled a new website, www.DOTDecade.pa.gov, that illustrates where and how additional transportation funding would be invested across Pennsylvania if a long-term funding solution is put into place.

The Decade of Investment website shows projects that could be funded over the next decade through three scenarios – no additional funding, Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed level of funding and Senate Bill 1’s funding-level proposal.

“I made a commitment to Pennsylvanians, and their elected officials, to create a map showing the benefits of additional transportation funding because Pennsylvanians have a right to see how their precious dollars are being invested,” Schoch said.

“This tool allows the public to see how the state, their region or local area of interest would benefit from the raised level of investment,” Schoch added.

On the website, the public can view projects in their region sorted by county, transportation planning partner, or state Senate and House districts.

Also included on the website is a page explaining how inaction on transportation funding will impact public safety, the economy and jobs. Visitors to the site will also find a page outlining Corbett’s transportation funding plan.

Corbett announced his transportation funding plan in February, which would invest an additional $1.8 billion annually in Pennsylvania’s transportation system by its fifth year.

Several Plead To Drug Charges In McKean County Court


Emporium Man Sent To Jail For Harassment Charge


Garage Sale Saturday & Sunday On Rt. 6 In Roulette

Bicyclist Injured In Crash In Front Of Erways Restaurant

Bicyclist Injured In Crash 
At 11:15 AM on Saturday, Coudersport has been dispatched to a car vs bicycle accident on Rt. 6 West in front of Erways Restaurant. A 43 year old female is reported injured.
PATIENT TRANSPORTED TO COLE MEMORIAL BY COUDERSPORT AMBULANCE & MEDIC 6.

Inc Code: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NOT ALERT

Inc Code: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT/NOT ALERT
Address: BINGHAM RD and GRANT RD
City: RIDGWAY_T
Cross Streets: YANKEE LN * BINGHAM RD

Agency: RIDGWAY AMBULANCE
6/22/2013 10:06:42 AM

Accident is on Forest Rt 143.
Helicopter on standby if needed.

Roulette man held on bail -Police say he made threats

Roulette man held on bail -Police say he made threats
Regional News Network
Coudersport-based state police on Friday arrested 43-year old Jeremy Fish of Roulette. 

He was charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment. The charges stem from a complaint filed Monday in Eulalia Township. 

The 7pm scheduled arraignment was before District Judge Annette Easton. Bail for Fish was set at $10,000. He's due back in court June 27th for a preliminary arraignment.

Richburg Man Charged With Felony DUI

Accident investigation leads to felony Aggravated DWI arrest
On June 20, 2013, Amity based State Police charged Coddie B. Bissell, 36, of Richburg with felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated after a motorcycle accident investigation. 

Witnesses reported the accident on Reed St in the Town of Wirt and advised that the operator, Bissell, had fled the scene. Troopers located Bissell at his residence a short distance away and following an investigation, took him into custody. Bissell was transported to SP Amity and processed, where Troopers say he provided a breath sample of .21%. 

He was arraigned in the Town of Wirt Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, due back in court on July 17, 2013 at 5:30PM.

PA Wilds: A Traditional Manufacturer Grows by Getting Outdoors

PA Wilds: A Traditional Manufacturer Grows by Getting Outdoors


Tataboline Enos | Thursday, June 20, 2013
Keystone Edge
Outdoor recreation is a $650 billon dollar industry in the U.S., and growing it in Pennsylvania isn’t just about attracting visitors; it’s also about making more of the stuff that people need and want to get outdoors.

With more than 2 million acres of public land and a proud manufacturing culture, the rural, 12-county Pennsylvania Wilds region is in a position to grow both sides of this industry, and one local company’s recent expansion shows the synergies that can happen when manufacturing and nature tourism intersect.

Many people know Elk County as the epicenter for elk tourism in the Pennsylvania Wilds but the area is also home to several powdered metal companies that manufacture component parts used around the globe. Continuous Metal Technology (CMT) is one of them.

A few years ago, CMT started to look at expanding into the hunting and fishing segment of the outdoor recreation market.  Read more...

6/22/2013 9:15 AM MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 287 AND 328 LAWRENCE TWP

6/22/20139:15 AMMOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ROUTE 287 AND 328 LAWRENCE TWP
Lawrenceville & Medic 1 Dispatched.
2 vehicles.

Oil Discovered In Mt. Jewett

NRC Report: Unknown Oil near Mount Jewett, PA

Incident Type: FIXED - NRC Report ID: 1051221 - Medium Affected: SOIL - Suspected Responsible Party:
Tags: NRC, release, oil

Friday, June 21, 2013

4 Bedroom/ 3 Bath Country Ranch In Hebron Township

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes Summer Open House Friday & Saturday

           Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes 
Summer Open House Friday & Saturday


RN's & LPN's Needed In Bradford & Ulysses

Art Classes For All Ages

Big Sky Photos Shared by Cody Ayers



2013 Summer Schedule for God’s Adventure Camp

2013 Summer Schedule for 
God’s Adventure Camp

June 24- 29 Boys’ Adventure Camp

Our longest running, “tried and true” camp is cram-packed full of fun and adventure. Canoeing down the Allegheny River, Watson’s Go Karts, camping and tubing at Kinzua Reservoir, Fred’s 3D archery and paintball have become staples, but we try to add something new every year. This year it’s “Octoball.” Evangelist Shorty Shank will come to challenge us with “Matters of the Heart”.



July 1 – July 6 Girls’ Adventure Camp

Our best-attended camp epitomizes summer camp- swimming, horseback riding, tubing, camping, shooting, waterslide and much, much more. With great food, new friends, exciting activities and practical Bible devotions, it seems “it just can’t get any better than this.” For girls going into 3rd grade up to those finishing high school. This year we are having world-traveled, dynamic, Evangelist Steve Pigott join us for all our devotionals and evening messages. You'll surely want to be a part of this!


July 8 – 13 Girls’ Volleyball Camp

Now in our 6th year, our VB camp is growing strong. This year, the coach from Baptist Bible College In Clark's Summit, PA , Elaine Brown and her expert staff will conduct seminars and give both individualized and team instruction. She has over 30 years experience coaching and running VB camps. Improve every area of your game After a hard day in the gym, you can relax, swim, go horseback riding,canoe or choose from many other activities. Our theme this year will be “Digging Deeper.”



July 15 – 19 Boys’ Shooting Camp

Back by popular demand, this year our Shooting Camp will include both boys and girls- grades 7 and up. The boys may choose to be overnight campers or day campers, and the girls will be day campers. We plan on a variety of shooting activities and teaching. We will be shooting rifle, .22, shotgun, black powder, archery, crossbow, paintball and other fun things. We will have contests, seminars on reloading, hunting, handguns and more. With certified safety and shooting specialists, you will learn a lot and improve your shooting prowess. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a real “blast!”
Limited enrollment. Theme is “Spiritual Safety”



July 22 - 23 Horse Day Camp

Here's another opportunity for your child or grandchild (or niece or nephew) to experience the thrill of not only learning about horses, but actually riding them. Campers should arrive by 9:00 am, bring their own lunch and will be ready to leave at 5:00 pm. Theme- “Submission.” Limited enrollment.



August 15 - 16 Horse Day Camp

This will be the last Horse Day Camp of this year. If you couldn't make any of the others, or want to enroll again, don't miss this opportunity. Campers should arrive by 9:00 am, bring their own lunch and will be ready to leave at 5:00 pm. Theme- “Staying on the Trail.” Limited enrollment.

For more info or questions, go to www.godsadventurecamp.com, email vbdivegac@gmail.com or call 814-544-8045

Francis J. "Frank" Colligan, 87, formerly of Congress Street,Bradford, PA.

Francis J. "Frank" Colligan, 87, formerly of Congress Street, Bradford, PA.passed away, Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Bradford Manor.

Born March 6, 1926, in Erie, he was a son of the late Francis H. and Frances M. (Fleming) Colligan.

Mr. Colligan was a graduate of St. Bernard School. On September 14, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, and served during WW II. He was honorably discharged on November 23, 1946. He had worked for the Home Service Loan Company for 27 years and then later as a broker for the Colligan Real Estate Agency.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the former Bradford Moose.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Joan Merriman, and Marjorie Slocum, three brothers, Thomas G. Colligan, John F. Colligan and James E. "Bim" Colligan.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Friends will be invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at a later date to be announced. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes,

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Brenda L. Dunn, 64, of Rew, PA

Brenda L. Dunn, 64, of Rew, PA passed away, Thursday, June 20, 2013 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born March 18, 1949, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Robert E. and Eugenia (Bell) Gorton, Sr.

On August 2, 1969, at Evans Memorial United Methodist Church she married Larry W. Dunn who survives.

Mrs. Dunn was a 1967 graduate of Smethport High School. She had worked as an executive secretary to the plant manager at Hanley Brick, then for the American Cancer Society and currently as a Legislative Assistant for State Representative Martin Causer.

She was a member of the Zonta Club, member and treasurer for the McKean County Republican Committee. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was her granddaughter's biggest fan and followed them throughout their school sports programs.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Kelly J. (Jeff) Andreano, of Olean, two grandchildren Kaitlyn Jo Andreano and Kylea Joelle Andreano both of Olean two sisters, Terry (Bruce) Smith, and Marcia Burrell, all of Bradford; two brothers, Robert (Susie) Gorton, Jr, of Gifford and Jack (Beverly) Gorton, of Aiken, and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., and again on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 10:00 to 11:00am in the Peoples Christian Fellowship Church, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, with Rev. Robert Gorton, pastor and brother officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Olean High School Sports Boosters Field Project, 410 W. Sullivan Street Olean, NY 14760 or the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

4 Bedroom/ 3 Bath Country Ranch In Hebron Township


Charlotte M. Kellogg, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA

Charlotte M. Kellogg
“beloved aunt and sister”

Charlotte M. Kellogg, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 in Absolut of Allegany, Allegany, NY after a long illness.

Born September 30, 1932 at home in Alma, NY, she was a daughter of Charles and Lina Harrington Dickerson. On December 24, 1958 in Pikeville, NY, she married Thomas John Kellogg, who passed away on September 28, 2010.

Mrs. Kellogg was a graduate of Wellsville High School, class of 1952. She had been employed as secretary to the Dean at St. Bonaventure University in the late 1950’s and the 1960’s.

She enjoyed gardening and being outside enjoying nature.

Surviving are a brother, Carl (Lucille) Dickerson of Belmont, NY; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Christine Carpenter (David) Conner of Allegany, NY.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Kellogg was predeceased by a sister, Ruby Burch; and three brothers, Earl Dickerson, Orville Dickerson, and Arvis Dickerson.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Community Club, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Charlotte, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

“Who ya’ gonna call?

“Who ya’ gonna call? 
                Potter County Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 22-23

Coudersport, PA 6/21/2013 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical
communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Potter Country ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

"The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Coudersport area, the Headwaters Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Black Forest Conservation Club on Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Coudersport Ambulance To Elk Street

At 4:47 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance & Medic 6 have been called to Elk Street for an emergency call.

Coudersport Town Pool Swimming Lessons Session 2

Coudersport Town Pool Swimming Lessons Session 2 which runs from June 24th to June 28th.

Reps. Thompson and Braley call for Inspector General to Investigate Medicare Competitive Bidding Program

Reps. Thompson and Braley call for Inspector General to
Investigate Medicare Competitive Bidding Program
Medicare plans to move forward with multi-billion dollar
program despite identified failures
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn `GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Bruce Braley (D-IA) today requested that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General (IG), Daniel R. Levinson, investigate issues surrounding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) intentions to move forward with Round 2 of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, on July 1, 2013, despite indication that CMS has awarded contracts to suppliers in hundreds of bidding areas nationwide that have not been compliant with the established program guidelines.

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is charged with identifying and combating waste, fraud, and abuse in more than 300 programs, including Medicare.

“Medicare’s reaction to admitted misconduct in the program has been lackluster. There was improper vetting of suppliers and the public deserves to know that measures will be taken to guarantee program failures will not continue,” said Thompson. “We have asked the Inspector General to look into the shortfalls, but also investigate the possibility that officials at Medicare intentionally ignored their own rules when problems began to arise,” he added.

Thompson and Braley make reference to a letter they initiated to CMS on June 12, 2013, signed by 227 members of the House of Representatives, requesting an administrative delay for Round 2 of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program due to several irregularities with regard to contract winners not having the appropriate licensure and accreditation, despite CMS guidelines requiring that all suppliers have all state and local licenses in order to perform the services identified in the request for bids.

The Tennessee Congressional delegation had previously sent a letter to CMS outlining a similar set of concerns. On June 14, 2013, the CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, responded to the Tennessee delegation, indicating the agency had violated its guidelines for the program. The Administrator’s response failed to address how the abuses occurred and offered no specific plan for corrective action, other than the agency voiding contracts in violation of the licensure requirement.  

“CMS did not appropriately vet 30 suppliers in Tennessee, which led to awards for suppliers that did not hold appropriate licensure, as admitted by CMS..,” the letter states. “Administrator Tavenner suggests that CMS will take steps to void 30 of the 98 contracts for suppliers in the Tennessee competitive bidding areas. Administrator Tavenner expresses confidence in the ability for beneficiaries to have appropriate access to items and services in Tennessee.  If CMS believes 68 suppliers are adequate for the state of Tennessee, why were 98 suppliers awarded contracts? This raises serious questions as to how CMS determines demand in a given competitive bidding area and the capacity of suppliers to adequately service the area.” 

“With Round 2 of DMEPOS Competitive Bidding scheduled for July 1, 2013, there have not been adequate assurances made that a situation where unlicensed or unaccredited suppliers would be identified and removed from the program prior to receiving a contract. Additionally, based upon the methodology used by CMS to calculate pricing of items, the 30 suppliers had an impact on setting the single payment amount.  Not only should the bids be removed, but it remains unclear to us how CMS can move forward with additional contracts because they do not have accurate pricing.”

“The issues we have touched upon are not isolated to just Tennessee. Our June 12, 2013 letter to Administrator Tavenner indicated that similar problems have been identified in Maryland and Ohio. Since then we have received indication that unlicensed suppliers have been awarded contracts in Michigan. For these many reasons, we respectfully request the OIG immediately begin an investigation into whether CMS intentionally awarded contracts to these unlicensed companies, in an attempt to set a predetermined price point for DMEPOS categorized products.”

Click here to view the full letter.

Land Rescue For Tractor Rollover On Block House Road

Land Rescue For Tractor Rollover 
At 3:25 PM on Friday, Liberty, Morris and Blossburg have been dispatched to a land rescue at the scene of a tractor rollover at 4604 Block House Road. One male is reported injured.

Carol E. Scalise Dalrymple, 74, she resided in Huntington Beach, CA

Carol E. Scalise Dalrymple, 74, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013 after a brief illness surrounded by her family. She resided in Huntington Beach, CA, but spent several months each summer in Erie visiting family and friends with her husband, Jerry, who passed last September. 

She was born on February 10, 1939 in Weldbank, PA. to the late James A. and Mary E. Griebel Scalise. Carol graduated from Warren High School in 1956 and continued her education and graduated in 1959 from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Erie, PA. Carol thoroughly loved her grandchildren and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her 3 children – Kevin C. Dalrymple of Orange, CA., Mark J. Dalrymple of Evergreen, CO., and Susan M. Hillenbrand and her husband, Pat of Westminster, CA, 3 Grandchildren – Nicole Dalrymple, Sean and Christina Hillenbrand, 1 Sister – Joanne Jewell and husband, Charles of Youngsville, PA., James A. Scalise and wife, Susan of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry C. Dalrymple who died September 10, 2012 whom she married August 20, 1960.

Friends may call at the gathering space of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M.with Rev. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Deacon Joseph Lucia. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Leona's: Help Our Plants Find A Good Home!!


Shinglehouse Ambulance To Oswayo

At 12:38 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to School Street in Oswayo for a medical emergency.

Liam Ford HOWELL, infant son of Robert Clifford and Candace Marie Brower Howell, III of Westfield, PA

Liam Ford HOWELL, infant son of Robert Clifford and Candace Marie Brower Howell, III of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. 

He was born June 14, 2013 in Coudersport, PA. 

Surviving besides his parents are: two brothers, Harley Thompson-Brower and Robert Hugh Howell; two sisters, Gabrielle Thompson-Brower and Katarina Faye Howell; maternal grandparents, Bill and Wendy Brower of Genesee, PA; maternal great-grandmother, Roberta Kelly of Lake Ariel, PA; aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

He was predeceased by paternal grandparents, Robert Clifford Howell, Jr. and Ina Faye Howell. 

A private service will be held at a later date. 

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

John J. Polucci, Sr., 88, of 44 Forman St., Bradford, PA

John J. Polucci, Sr., 88, of 44 Forman St., Bradford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 4, 1925 in Bradford, a son of the late Louis and Marie Conti Polucci. On October 4, 1952 in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, he married Veronica A. “Bonnie” Vigliotti. After 55 years of marriage she passed away on January 13, 2007. He was a 1943 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

In 1943 he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. and during World War II he served in the Pacific theatre; he also served during the occupation of Japan. He was discharged as a Corporal in 1946. He was employed for thirty-three years at the Department of Labor & Industry. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was also the current President of the Marche Club and a member of the Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW.

He is survived by five children, Mary (David) Goodman, Susan Polucci, John (Nancy) Polucci, Jr., Judith Berg, Anthony “Louie” (Jeanne) Polucci, one brother, Anthony Polucci, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents and wife he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Montecalvo, Rose Polucci and one brother, Albeno Polucci.

His compassion and generosity towards others was endless as was the dedication he showed towards his family and many friends. He was a prominent figure in Bradford for his entire life and was a loyal and devoted friend to the many who loved and admired him.

The family will receive friends at the St. Bernard Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, at which time a Mass of Christian Burial will be held with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701, ChildFund International, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261-6507 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.

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Additional restriction placed on Aging Suspension Bridge at English Center

Additional restriction placed on Aging Suspension Bridge at English Center

Motorists who travel Route 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) one-half mile west of Route 287 near English Center in Lycoming County are advised that an additional restriction has been placed on the aging suspension bridge over Little Pine Creek.

Vehicles nine feet or higher are prohibited from crossing the bridge. Steel and plastic structures, often referred to as “headache bars” have been installed at each end of the bridge to enforce the height restriction.

Motorists are reminded to obey the restrictions associated with the bridge. The 306’-long English Center suspension bridge was built in 1891. It is classified as both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete and is already posted with a 3-ton weight restriction.

A rehabilitation project on the bridge is tentatively scheduled in 2018.

Update for Work at the Intersection of Routes 119 and 322 in Sandy Township

Update for Work at the Intersection of Routes 119 and 322 in Sandy Township

DuBois – Work to improve the Route 119/322 “Blinker Parkway” intersection in Sandy Township is continuing, with an update noted below. When work completes late this year, area drivers will be able to travel through a wider intersection with improved visibility and enhanced safety.

For the week of June 24, area drivers can expect:

• Drainage work will continue.

• Installation of concrete curbing and paving or roadway widening areas.

No traffic pattern changes are in place at this time, although short travel delays are possible. PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious, watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the work zone, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Overall work will include construction of turning lanes, roadway widening, slight roadway re-alignment, drainage improvements, new curbing and sidewalk, curb ramps, and traffic signal upgrades

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work is scheduled to end by early December of this year. H.R. I. Inc of State College is the contractor on this $1.3 million project.

6/21/2013 10:39 AM FIRE / SMOKE INVESTIGATION 818 LOCEY CREEK RD MIDDLEBURY TWP

6/21/201310:39 AMFIRE / SMOKE INVESTIGATION 818 LOCEY CREEK RD MIDDLEBURY TWP

Senator Hughes: How We Can Solve the Statewide School Funding Crisis

How We Can Solve the Statewide School Funding Crisis

As you probably know, the Philadelphia School District is facing a budget deficit of more than $300 million. This has caused the School Reform Commission to adopt a catastrophic budget plan that eliminates many critical programs like art, music, and academic support. The fiscal crisis has also caused the School District to send layoff notices to more than 3,900 teachers, counselors, and other hardworking educators. This is unacceptable.
School Reform Commission Adopts Doomsday Budget
School District's operating budget may be revised depending on additional funding
PHILADELPHIA—The School Reform Commission (SRC) adopted Thursday the School District of Philadelphia Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 as District officials continue to advocate for more funding.

The $2.39 billion spending plan meets the city-mandated deadline for adopting a budget. If the District does not adopt a budget by May 31, as required by the City of Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, it will not fulfill its legal obligations under the charter. Failing to adopt a budget might also have an adverse financial impact on the District.

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House Bill 818 Floor Remarks :: June 4, 2013
June 12, 2013: Senator Vincent Hughes spoke on the Senate floor on Education
But the problem goes far beyond Philadelphia. It’s a statewide crisis that is playing out across the Commonwealth. There are literally dozens of distressed school districts that are cutting programs and laying off staff. Here are just a few examples: Allentown just sent pink slips to more than 120 educators, York is asking teachers to take a 40 percent pay cut, and Steelton-Highspire School District may eliminate preschool and switch to half-day kindergarten. None of this is good for our children.
Make no mistake: the statewide crisis in school funding can be traced directly to Harrisburg. Over the last two years, the Governor has cut funding for education by more than $1 billion. That’s why so many schools are dealing with these problems, including Philadelphia. That is also why it will take a statewide solution to address the problem.
I’m fighting in Harrisburg to make sure our students have the resources they need to academically succeed.  Ultimately, we need to go beyond the current crisis and put together a funding formula for a public education that adequately supports all schools. However, there is still a need to identify additional dollars in the short term. Below are three major policy decisions that could provide the necessary revenue to fully fund programs critical to our schools, communities, and families.
Direct Classroom Funding
Direct Classroom FundingAs the table above shows, Pennsylvania is now spending $252 million less
on public education than in the fiscal year of 2008-09.
The following options are available:
Ideas to Solve the School Budget Crisis
Ideas to Solve the School Budget Crisis
Democrats and republicans are looking to find ways to provide the necessary state funds for school funding. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports from Harrisburg.
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Medicaid Expansion -- $165 million. Pennsylvania has the option of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would not only provide health insurance to more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians, but also annually provide a federal infusion of $4 billion in new funds. This would generate significant budget savings, estimated at $165 million in the first fiscal year. Medicaid expansion is one of the rare opportunities where we can do good for ourselves by doing good for others—expand health insurance and also finding savings for the state budget. That’s why I have authored Senate Bill 12, which would require Pennsylvania to participate in Medicaid expansion. I intend to keep fighting to get a vote in the coming weeks.
Slow Down Corporate Tax Cuts --  $362 million. PA has been gradually phasing out this business tax on buildings, property, and other capital assets since 1998. This phase out was delayed previously when revenue was lagging and our current fiscal situation again makes it necessary. Even with this delay, resuming the phase out schedule next year would eliminate the tax entirely by 2015. It’s time to take a pause on providing wealthy corporations a tax give-away, and give those dollars to students.
Modernize PA Not Privatize PA’s Wine & Spirits System -- $100 million. The Governor is pursuing an ideologically driven privatization of the state wine & spirits system, but this would jeopardize a revenue source that generates more than $530 million annually for the state budget.  Instead, additional enhancements to allow flexibility and efficiencies in pricing, personnel, and procurement and enhance customer convenience could increase annual profits by more than $100 million.
Total money available for public education: $627 million
Contact the Governor and tell him that you support increased funding for education across the Commonwealth. Visit his website at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us
Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Thompson Statement on Farm Bill Vote in the House

Thompson Statement on Farm Bill Vote in the House
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

“Today a majority of the members in the U.S. House demonstrated a failure in leadership by voting down a farm bill proposal that would have strengthened and updated federal agriculture programs and saved taxpayers more than $40 billion. For those who opposed these commonsense reforms, they voted to endorse the status quo of overspending and taxpayer waste which will continue in the absence of a new farm bill.

“The federal government currently operates a costly maze of duplicative and outdated agriculture spending programs that were designed for a previous generation. The proposal put forward today overhauled these programs and offered new tools to keep American agriculture competitive and hold government accountable.

“I’m disappointed with today’s outcome for passage of this farm bill would have been a far better outcome for both farmers and taxpayers. Without these needed reforms, America runs the risk of losing its ability to always have the most affordable, highest quality and safest food supply in the world.”

Recalls

06/20/2013 06:02 PM EDT
Granna's LLC is voluntarily recalling packages of #705 Tuna Mac that may contain an undeclared egg allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.


06/21/2013 01:58 PM EDT
Taylor Farms New Jersey, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Black Forest Ham and Cheese on a Pretzel Roll with Swiss Cheese and Country Dijon Honey Mustard because they have the potential of containing an undeclared tree nut allergen. People who have severe sensitivity or allergies to tree nuts may run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer



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Friday, June 21, 2013 The latest news from the State Capitol

Lawmakers Focus in on Budget, Other Issues


 
As the June 30 budget deadline approaches, there are a number of issues under discussion at the state Capitol, including transportation and liquor privatization.

Over the last week, the House Transportation Committee conducted a series of public hearings on Senate Bill 1, the Senate’s proposal to generate an additional $2.5 billion in funding for roads, bridges and mass transit. It would raise the money by phasing out the cap on the Oil Company Franchise Tax, increasing driver license and vehicle registration fees, and imposing additional fines on traffic tickets. Many members, myself included, are concerned about the impact this proposal may have on consumers. I expect the bill to be amended before it comes before the House for a vote.

In response to House passage of a liquor privatization bill in March, some members of the Senate this week outlined their counterproposal to modernize liquor sales in the Commonwealth. As presented, the plan would create additional permits for existing liquor licensees and maintain state control over wholesale operations. Conversely, the House plan (House Bill 790), closes the state store and creates new licenses that would first be available to beer distributors and then to other retailers. It also would privatize the wholesale distribution of wine and spirits. The Senate proposal has not yet been formally introduced, so it is unclear if or when it may be brought up for a vote.

As for the budget itself, a $28.3 billion budget bill was approved in the state House June 12. The budget is focused on funding the core functions of government and includes no new or increased taxes. The bill will likely be amended, but I don’t expect major changes when it is brought up for a vote in the Senate next week.

For the latest news on all of these issues, follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.

Robert “Bob” M. MacDonell, 88, of 172 Wellsville St., Bolivar, NY

Robert “Bob” M. MacDonell, 88, of 172 Wellsville St., Bolivar, NY, passed away Tuesday (June 18, 2013) in the Bath VA Medical Center following a lengthy illness. 

Bob was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Olean, N.Y. He was the son of Leon and Catherine Williams MacDonell. Bob married Nancy Campbell, who survives, on Nov. 15, 1947, in Bolivar. 

Bob was a graduate of Bolivar Central School class of 1943 and a Veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army with the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion from 1943 to 1946. Bob’s outfit was engaged in the European Theater of Operation. He landed on Normandy Beach on June 9, 1944. He was engaged in combat in Central Europe, the Rhineland and The Battle of the Bulge.

Bob worked 14 years for MacDonell Oil Company, which he often described as the “Best Years Of My Life”; He served as the Town of Bolivar Tax Assessor for 25 years, Friendship Town Tax Assessor for 2 years and the Town of Alma Tax Assessor for 11 years. Bob loved to putter and build. “POOR” Nancy had to endure numerous gadgets and gizmos around her house most of her life.

Bob was a 55+ year member of Macedonia Lodge #258 Free & Accepted Masons, a 59+ year member of Kenyon Andrus Post 772 American Legion, a member of the NYS Oil Producers Association and a former member of Bolivar Country Club.

Bob was a loving husband and father. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a brother, Herbert Leon MacDonell of Corning, N.Y.; 2 sons, Scott Campbell MacDonell of Clifton Spring, N.Y., and H. Craig MacDonell of Bolivar, N.Y.; 1 granddaughter, Christa Leigh Socha; 3 grandsons, Robert Todd MacDonell, James David MacDonell and Alyn Robert MacDonell; 8 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters; 1 close friend, but regarded as a son, Bob Dunbar and wife, Nancy; and the daughter he never had, Jacqueline Morrison and husband, Brian.

Bob had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to be with. He had great respect for everyone. He will be missed by family and friends, but will live on with love in all our hearts.

There will be no prior visitation. Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held at the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar, N.Y., at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Robert’s name to The Pioneer Oil Museum, Bolivar, NY or to the Veterans Administration.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, NY.

RN's & LPN's Needed In Bradford & Ulysses


Shinglehouse Ambulance to Palmer Street

At 12:30 AM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Palmer Street for a medical.

Littlestown Man Jailed On Aggravated Indecent Assault Charges From 2005 Incident With Minor In Potter County

Littlestown, PA, man arrested in alleged Potter County crime from 2005

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Coudersport-based state police on Thursday arrested 53-year old William Kennedy of Littlestown, Pa. (southeast of Gettysburg). 

He was charged with felony counts of aggravated indecent assault to include forcible compulsion and corruption of minors under the age of 13. He was also charged with two lesser counts of indecent assault. 

Troopers said the charges are connected to an alleged crime in Potter County's West Branch Township on August 10, 2005. Kennedy was arraigned at 2pm in District Court by Judge Delores Weiss and was committed to the Potter County jail on $50,000. 

He'll return to court July 3rd for a preliminary hearing.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Potter County Farmers' Market will be set up on Friday, June 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Potter County Farmers' Market will be set up on Friday, June 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
The Market's location is on the corner of North East and East Second Streets, adjacent to the courthouse square. This new location allows for more parking and easier access for customers

Vendors include:

Fitzgeralds Family Farm: Maple syrup, jams, jellies, and preserves, homemade soaps, maple bucket art 

Wooleylot Farm: Garlic scapes with recipes and storage suggestions. Available in quality this week. These edible garlic stalks continue to grow in popularity with more local culinarians discovering them each year.



 Alpaca Creations: Alpaca products of hand knit mittens, shawls, scarves, fingerless mitts, hats, insoles and socks. Yarns, hand spun, dyed and natural colors. Teresa Genaux is a Juried Artisan on the Pa Wilds Artisan Trail.

Card Creek Trading Post: Artisan Breads, biscotti, scones, peach delight and other assorted baked goods, farm fresh eggs.

Granny's Corner: Fresh salad greens, spinach, kale.

Metzger Heritage Organic Farm: Leafy head lettuces, carrots, baby beets, fresh herbs including basil, parsley, cilantro and dill, gourmet new baby potatoes.

Other vendors expected include Cinco C's Alpacas and McKeone Nursery.

Local craftspersons and growers are invited to join the Market. Stop by the Market for more information and a copy of the guidelines.

Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes Summer Open House Friday & Saturday

           Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes 
Summer Open House Friday & Saturday

Lpn Or Cma Position For Emporium Rural Health Center

Schedule For 2013 Relay For LIfe Of Potter County


Think About It.

Catching The Wind

I’m up early again this morning getting ready to head out for my third sailing lesson. I’ve always wanted to sail, but life and opportunity never seemed to connect. Recently I obtained a small sailboat and I found that a local sailing club was having a sailing camp, so I signed up. I’m learning some things that I never would have thought about had I not embarked upon this adventure. I’ve had canoes and kayaks, and I’ve ridden in powerboats. Each one of these can go where you want them to go simply by pointing them and applying power. This is not so with a sailboat. To sail you need wind and as I’ve learned from flying kites, not all wind is the same.

Yesterday, we actually didn’t get to sail because there wasn’t enough wind. We would look out across the lake for wind lines but we couldn’t find any. Because we were on a 26-foot cruiser, we had an outboard to get us to where we wanted to go, but no wind. We didn’t catch any wind until late in the afternoon when we were heading back to the dock. When we have sailed, it is slow going. To catch the wind you have to angle the sail and ride a course which maybe at a right angle from where you heading. Always watching the direction of the wind enables the sailor to utilize the power of the wind to move through the water.

As I’ve been going through this experience I’ve realized that sailing is like following God, you have to be observant to know the direction he is moving in. The Holy Spirit, often thought of as wind, is said to blow where he wills, to follow you will have to know how to read the signs. It also involves patience. Because sailing is dependent upon the wind, it’s direction and power will determine how you will proceed. One who is dependent upon God will also need to move in His direction and under His power to be successful. The problem is, we are often in a hurry and we want things done now.

I’m learning how to read the signs so as to catch the wind. When I’ve read them correctly, I’m sailing. The same is true with following God. Are you reading the signs? Think about it.

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