At 11:35 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Dept. was dispatched to Oak Lane for a lift assist.
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At 7:42 PM on Saturday, Blossburg Fire & Ambulance with Wellsboro ALS dispatched to the area of 3548 River Road for a one vehicle accident with one person injured. The vehicle is reported to be on it's side. The injured 23 year old female is self-extricated from the vehicle.
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At 6:43 PM on Saturday, Kersey Fire Department and St. Marys Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 283 Old Kersey Road for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. A 20 year old female is reported injured.
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|Richard D. Hults|
PORT ALLEGANY- Richard D. Hults, 81, of N. Main St., passed away Friday (Jan. 1, 2016) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
Born May 14, 1934, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Bert and Katherine Gregory Hults. On May 23, 1959, in Coudersport, he married Ruth J. Nelson, who died Sept., 20, 2007.
|Korean war veteran|
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the US Airforce.
Richard was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1954.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany.
Surviving are three sons, Richard “Rick” M. (Susan) Hults of Temple, TX, Michael D. (Sheila) Hults and Mark D. (Angela) Hults both of Port Allegany; three daughters, Kathy A. (Scott) Lowery and Dawn L. (Keith) Baker both of Port Allegany, Cheryl M. (Tim) Morey of Coudersport; 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons, 3 great-granddaughters; a sister, Albert L. Treat of Port Allegany; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Hults of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Bert Hults, Jr. and Robert Hults.
Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Monday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 5, 2016) with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorial can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be made to:
Kathy A. Lowery
25 S. Ann St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743
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New Website For Questions About Gas-Drilling Pollution Incident
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JKLM Energy Statement on December 18 Natural Gas Resource Center Meeting
WEXFORD, Pa (Dec. 18) – JKLM Energy today released the following statement regarding a meeting hosted by the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center in Coudersport on December 17:
“JKLM Energy would like to thank the Natural Gas Resource Center for giving us the opportunity to engage with the local community alongside the Department of Environmental Protection at the Gunzburger Building yesterday (Dec. 17). We are deeply disappointed that the opportunity for additional meaningful dialogue with interested residents of Potter County about the company’s response to its September release was lost when two individuals chose to repeatedly derail the discussion during the question-and-answer period. Our personnel and technical consultants were prepared to stay and answer questions for as long as people wished, provided the interaction was productive and respectful, but it was clear these two individuals, in order to further their own agenda, were not going to allow that to happen. We regret that we did not have the opportunity to participate in further discussion.
“The individuals intent on disrupting the meeting raised the issue of Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act. Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act did not apply to this meeting. 65 Pa. C.S. Sec. 702 states that the Sunshine Act applies only when a governmental body holds a meeting in which ‘deliberation’ or ‘official action’ by a quorum of members will take place.
“JKLM intends to continue to strengthen its relationship and cooperation with local residents and Potter County’s government officials. We are committed to responsible development of natural gas in Potter County, even in these difficult economic times. JKLM has invested in excess of $100 million dollars in Potter County over the last few years, much of it paid directly to landowners who, in turn, disperse that investment throughout the community. We ask the residents of Potter County to question the motives of those few whose agenda is to stifle development of any kind, and whose actions render constructive dialogue impossible.”
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About JKLM Energy, LLC: JKLM is a privately held oil and gas producer headquartered in Wexford, Pa. The company is conducting operations at locations in Potter County.
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DEP Contamination Investigation Updated & Ongoing
December 22, 2015
By, Laurie Barr
Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and JKLM Energy LLC updated the
public on their complex and costly investigation in Sweden Township, Potter
County during the Natural Gas Resource Center meeting held on Dec. 17
investigation surrounds the Reese Hollow 118 2HU gas well, aquifer, public and
private water wells and also surface water.
Incident Summary during JKLM presentation
This was only the fledgling company's second well, their target formation was the
Utica. Their dreams were suddenly dashed on Sept.18th when their mission
abruptly ended at 684'. The company switched their primary focus from trying to
retrieve wealth and riches from the depths below, to focusing on retrieving water
samples from the folks who opened their faucets and got "soap."
Photo Scott Blauvelt, Director of JKLM Regulatory Af airs and hydrogeologist explained what
happened. during a public meeting held in Coudersport on September 24th
The operator injected 21,540 gallons of water mixed with approximately 98 gallons
of a product known as F485, a friction reducer and approximately 35 gallons of
Rock Oil, a petroleum based product used during an unregulated technique JKLM
employed to retrieve a broken drill bit from an uncased well bore after a “major
Failure” at the Reese Hollow well.
The Results Were Disastrous
The costly and intensive hydro geologic investigation began in September and the
DEP and JKLM efforts continue. F485, according to the Safety Data Sheets is
9.9914.99 percent isopropanol, the majority of the ingredients are proprietary.
Meaning the complete composition (90%) of F485 has not been made available to
the local water operators, private well owners the public or even JKLM.
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Public Comment Denied After State Finds BTEX & Unidentified Compounds in Drinking Water Investigation
by Melissa Troutman, Executive Director, Public Herald
this story is part 4 of 6 in the INVISIBLE HAND series which covers open meetings and the execution of local and state laws
UPDATED: (01/02/2016) included quote from Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, about options for citizens in the event of a believed violation to the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, and cited the section on objections under the act.
On a Thursday morning in Potter County, Pennsylvania from 10 a.m. to noon when most people were at work, a public meeting held by county commissioners failed to provide opportunity for public comment regarding contamination to drinking water supplies.
Potter County Commissioners, the Department of Environmental Protection, and JKLM Energy present to the public about the North Hollow water contamination investigation three months after the start of the pollution. Read the series of stories published by Public Herald at publicherald.org/north-hollow/. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
The December 17th meeting was the first opportunity the public had to comment on results of a three-month ongoing investigation by state regulators and JKLM representatives. In September 2015, the company illegally injected unapproved chemicals underground during drilling operations — chemicals that are typically used for fracking — that ended up contaminating groundwater and surface water in Sweden Township, near the borough of Coudersport, prompting two public water supplies to also be shut down.
Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley (left) watches the JKLM presentation while commissioner Paul Heimel (right) takes notes. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
Oil and gas attorney Jessica Songster, pictured here (right) at a September JKLM emergency meeting, prompted Commissioner Doug Morley to “thank people for coming.” Morley then closed the meeting. DEP representatives, JKLM representatives, county officials and local water specialists all promptly left the room. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
That’s Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
Public Herald asked Melewsky if providing notecards and pencils for people to submit questions for county commissioners to read would be sufficient opportunity for public comment.
“No,” she said. “Public comment is not ‘public question’ – not the same thing. In order to give public comment, you don’t have to phrase it as a question. You can say, ‘I disagree with what you’re doing.’
“For public comment, you open it up to anyone in attendance, and they can limit to taxpayers and residents, to get up and say their piece, that may or may not be in the form of a question. You can’t limit public comment to questions only.”
Melewsky further pointed out that an open meeting happens when a quorum of officials are present with deliberation:
The meeting was hosted by the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center, formerly the Natural Gas Task Force, which was formed and is still operated by county commissioners since 2009 with a purpose “to oversee water quality, job training, public safety/emergency services, and municipal issues.” The “county-sponsored task force” combined with Potter County Education Council to become the Natural Gas Resource Center.
Potter County residents watch and listen to a presentation from DEP on the JKLM North Hollow complaint investigation held in Coudersport, PA. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
Trade Secrets: Regulating a MysteryBack when groundwater was first contaminated in September, JKLM’s leadership declined to provide the full list of chemicals used by the company. At Thursday’s public meeting three months later, it became clear that JKLM had not known the chemical composition of the products it used. And no one can reveal a list that doesn’t exist.
“In order to begin the investigation quickly, we didn’t have time to analyze these products before we went out and starting sampling [water] sources. So we had to use some professional judgement looking at the information that was available to us on the SDS [Safety Data Sheet] and on the internet regarding these compounds,” explained JKLM’s hired environmental firm, Penn E&R.
“At this point I think it’s fair to say that we probably know as much about what’s in those products as the manufacturers do,” said Scott Blauvelt, Director of Regulatory Affairs for JKLM. [Emphasis added.]
However, even now that JKLM has a “very, very detailed chemical analysis,” the company is not revealing the full list of known chemical compounds or their amount. JKLM attorney John Sieminski went so far as to squash further questions regarding specific test results:
“We told you what we know about the chemical analysis,” Sieminski said. “It’s not concerning. End of story. Next question.”
“Unidentified Compounds,” BTEX and Plasticizers Detected in Water SamplesFor the first time at the meeting since contamination began in September, DEP and JKLM revealed that BTEX compounds – otherwise known as Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene – have been discovered by both the department and the company during their investigations.
Penn E&R, the environmental company hired by JKLM to carry out an investigation, said that traces of ‘rock drill oil’ (also referrred to as ‘hammer bit oil’) were discovered in their water tests after a chemical makeup of the substance was determined:
DEP revealed it has investigated 14 complaints and confirmed that six private water supplies have been contaminated by JKLM Energy’s operations. Seven more water supplies are still under investigation.
“There were two additional complaints that did not want DEP involvement,” Kohl revealed in a December 21st email to Public Herald, bringing the complaint total to 16. Kohl also confirmed via email that DEP has “not received all of the information gathered by JKLM” about the chemical composition of the products that were used when contamination occurred.
GIF of Potter County complaint investigations from data publicly available at #fileroom. © Oz Gerard for Public Herald
“Tentatively Identified Compounds (TICs)” were detected in at least two water supplies, according to DEP letters to homeowner that were shared with Public Herald. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, TICs are a “tool used by EPA to characterize hazardous sites. TIC analysis is a useful tool that can aid in clean-up or treatment decisions by identifying compounds that might otherwise be missed at the site.”
DEP neglected to reveal the detection of TICs in private water supplies during its public presentation.
In a letter sent to one homeowner, who called in a complaint on October 6th, DEP wrote that an investigation to the resident’s water supply is “ongoing” after TICs were detected along with high iron and turbidity.
In a determination letter sent to a separate homeowner, who called DEP for help on October 7th, DEP found TICs again. In both letters, DEP states “the presence of TICs are not considered absolute or confirmed by the laboratory, but rather, indicates a spike of a compound for which the instrument is not calibrated.” In this home’s water sample, DEP also reports finding Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, which is an organic compound commonly used as a plasticizer or “water reducer.”
DEP revealed during its presentation that the department found “two plasticizers” in water monitoring wells installed at JKLM’s well pad in addition to “the same sort of contaminants found at other sampling points, the MBAS, the BTEX.” The department neglected to reveal the specific names of those two plasticizers.
DEP stated at the meeting that it will continue to examine the presence of unidentified compounds and plasticizers.
“We’ll continue to look at them and see and try to understand if [lab contamination] is where they’re from or if it’s from something that was used on the pad. We haven’t drawn a formal conclusion on that,” DEP added.
Regulating A Mystery: When Is Water Really Safe To Drink?With so many unknowns remaining, some residents are nervous. When Public Herald asked a resident why they wouldn’t drink the water, they explained:
“I have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. JKLM didn’t know what they put down that hole, and DEP is finding BTEX? That’s not good. What they did tell us they used – those lubricants – they stick to well casings, which in this case JKLM didn’t even have, so my question is, how long are those chemicals going to stick around in the ground? How far are they going to travel and for how long? DEP doesn’t know.”
If you’re having trouble reading your water quality test results please contact Public Herald for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact button at the bottom right of the page. Photo: A jar of foamy water collected near the North Hollow tributary by local residents. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
The Center for Disease Control writes in “Facts About Benzene” that it can be poisonous when absorbed into the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact.
In September we reported how residents had “not been told by JKLM to stop using their water for washing and cooking, even though some families have young children and isopropanol can be absorbed through the skin.”
Benzene, if present, would have added to this avoidable danger.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR), benzene contamination of groundwater “can result in volatilization into indoor air when the groundwater is used as household water. In addition, contamination of groundwater and subsurface soil can result in migration of these chemicals into basements as soil gas.” Although, soil gas effects would generally result from much higher concentrations of benzene either leaking from buried tanks or found on hazardous waste sites.
Not present at the meeting was the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). No one mentioned the word “health” during the two hour meeting.
In an email to resident Laurie Barr, Barry Miller, who is the Epidemiology Research Associate in the Department of Health’s Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology, explained:
Media Making Matters WorseMatters about what’s in the groundwater system and when water is really safe to drink get murkier with inaccurate and untimely reporting. For example, Bradford Era’s misleading headline: “No detrimental effect on aquifer from JKLM contamination.” There are lingering effects and DEP’s investigation will be ongoing “for some time,” according to DEP.
Bradford Era inaccurately printed the headline “No detrimental effect on aquifer from JKLM spill.” DEP reported “no detrimental effect” from the plugging of JKLM Energy’s botched gas well. The use of the word “spill” also misrepresents the event. © Melissa Troutman for Public Herald
Public Water Supplies Not Yet Cleared For Reactivation By DEPDEP and JKLM also presented the latest information regarding two public water systems that are still offline as a result of the contamination of the local water supply area.
John Hamilton from DEP’s Bureau of Water Quality, in charge of regulating public water supplies, explained that prior to allowing the systems serve water to the public, “a 72-hour pumping and purging of the wells to stress the aquifer” must occur, after which DEP will collect split samples with both Coudersport Municipal Water Authority and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.
“We would review sample results, and if it is determined that there is no impact to those water supplies, we would then concur and allow them to turn those supplies back on,” Hamilton said.
According to Hamilton, DEP sampled the public water supplies on September 29th and October 6th. “At this point, there has been no indication of any impacts to either water supplies. We did inform Coudersport and Cole that it’s their decision to request turning the wells back on.”
DEP did not reveal test results of the samples from public supplies.
It’s unclear whether public water purveyors plan to notify consumers about the pumping, purging, testing and potential reactivation of the two water supplies.
Investigation Will Be Ongoing “For Some Time” But Kefover Says “No More Public Meetings”DEP and JKLM representatives both made it very clear that the results of this investigation, likely the most costly water investigation to hit Potter County since fracking development began, is only “the first phase” of a full investigation that will continue “for some time.”
Meanwhile, JKLM has been issued two permits to begin construction at other well sites and several new drilling permits are currently being considered by DEP, despite the ongoing investigation.
Public Herald asked JKLM to clarify if the company will be aware of chemicals it uses before injecting them underground, JKLM’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Scott Blauvelt failed to answer the question. Instead he replied:
Scott Blauvelt, Director of JKLM Regulatory Affairs and hydrogeologist, explains the plume of pollution from a JKLM fracking well pad to an audience at a September special meeting in Coudersport, PA. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
Blauvelt’s reassurance of detection and leaving no stone unturned is in contrast to JKLM test results shared with Public Herald. The documents, found in a DEP complaint investigation, indicated that JKLM tested for far fewer substances than the state in their investigation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection explain their water sampling parameters during the North Hollow JKLM complaint investigation. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald
While Public Herald was eating lunch down the street from where the meeting was held, we were approached by Commissioner Susan Kefover. After a brief discussion about the ongoing nature of the investigation and the lack of time for public comment regarding such an important matter of public health, Save Our Streams PA co-founder Laurie Barr asked the commissioner if there would be another public meeting.
Kefover replied, “There will be no more public meetings.”
Joshua B. Pribanic, Public Herald Editor-in-Chief, contributed to this report
To read all three parts of the JKLM investigation published by Public Herald please visit our INVISIBLE HAND series page. If you’d like to make an end of the year donation to our work for cool rewards, you can do so by visiting publicherald.org/indiegogo. The Public Herald Team wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy coming year. Thanks for reading and sharing our stories in 2015!
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Anna C. Smith Black, 88, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 1090 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium
|Anna C. Smith Black|
Anna C. Smith Black, 88, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 1090 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium died at the Manor, Emporium, PA Thursday (December 31, 2015).
She was born April 20, 1927 in Driftwood, PA a daughter of the late Isaac LeRoy and Ethel Anderson Beck. She married the late Reynolds Black. Anna's first husband was James Leo Smith.
Years ago she worked as a waitress. While living in Florida she was involved with her church choir. She enjoyed making ceramic crafts. Anna was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
Son: Donald Smyth, Los Angeles, CA
Son: Daniel Smith, Florida
1 Granddaughter: Christina
Brother: Richard Beck and his wife Dottie, Emporium
Brother: Elwood Beck and his wife Joy, Youngsville, PA
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Isaac LeRoy and Ethel Anderson Beck
Husband: Reynolds Black who died in 2009
First husband: James Leo Smith who died in 1991
Brother: Frederick Beck in 2012
2 Sisters: Kathryn Rees and Cynthia Bierly
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Monday from 10:00-11:45 AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (January 4, 2016) at 12:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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Dog owners beware!
Since our dog in Cyclone, PA on December 21 was shot, now two others have also been shot!!!
We're offering a reward for information to who did these terrible acts of cruelty!!
Contact Rib and Carol Dennis 814-598-4736..814-588-0705..
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Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
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At 12:03 AM on Saturday, Westfield Fire Dept. has been dispatched to an accident at the intersection of Route 49 and 249 in Westfield Township.
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At 8:46 PM on Friday, Morris Fire Department has been requested to send one ambulance and atv's to the Golden Eagle Trail in Brown Township for a land rescue.
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At 8:26 PM on Friday, Rew Fire Dept. & Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to South Kendall Avenue near Crosby Minimart for a rollover crash in the roadway. One person has suffered a head injury. 2 occupants. Vehicle is smoking.
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At 7:44 PM on Friday, Austin Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Rt. 607 near the Gas Well Road for a vehicle crash.
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At 7:35 PM on Friday, Several Fire & Ambulance companies dispatched to a vehicle into a tree on the Warner Road near the Middle Road in Jackson Township. Five injuries are being reported. Lawrenceville & Tioga are responding with ambulances.
Article by Lonny Frost
On New Year's Day, Millerton fire crews and ambulances from other departments, including Lawrenceville were dispatched just after 7:30PM to a single motor vehicle accident in Jackson Township.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Middle Road and Warner Road in Millerton, PA.
Early reports from the crash scene indicated that a vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a tree. A motorist stated that there were five people injured.
Fire personnel arrived on scene around 7:44PM and confirmed that a vehicle struck a tree and there were 4 individuals outside the vehicle and 1 unresponsive person entrapped inside the vehicle.
FNN would learn that all 5 individuals in the vehicle were injured. Of those hurt, 3 were said to be family members and the other 2 were friends.
A family member told FNN that Rebbecca Bock, her husband, Jasen Bock and Jasen's brother were injured, along with two of their friends.
A medical helicopter was requested at the time of accident to transport Rebbecca Bock who was seriously injured in the crash. However, due to weather conditions two separate helicopters had to decline the request.
FNN was told that Jasen Bock, his brother and two friends were treated at Arnot Ogden Hospital. Jasen received a broken nose, bruised rib and a head laceration which required stitches. The other 3 men were said to have been released and only suffered bruises and will be sore for several days.
As for Rebbecca Bock, family told FNN that she underwent surgery and was put in a induced coma to help her body heal. Family did insist that doctors stated Rebbecca will be alright, as she needs time to heal at this point. Jasen Bock was released and is at his wife's side as she recovers. Family say that Rebbecca is recovering at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Jasen and Rebbecca Bock recently returned back to Tioga County, PA after living in Kansas. Jasen was raised in Tioga, Pa and Rebbecca is originally from Westfield, PA.
Bock family members have expressed their deepest thanks to the volunteer fire and rescue crews that helped their loved ones at the crash scene. Also they extended their heart felt gratitude to doctors and nurses at Robert Packer, as well as, thanking the public for all the prayers as Rebecca Bock recovers.
Please continue to keep those injured and recovering in your prayers.
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At 4:34 PM on Friday, Elkland Search & Rescue has been dispatched to Parker Dam for a search for a missing 19 year old male who participated in a First Day Hike at the park.
Township Fire Dept. also dispatched.
The teen was located at Sheetz in DuBois about 8 pm. He had gotten a ride and didn't know anyone was looking for him.
WTAJ has the story:
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On Friday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Burke will perform Delta blues in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The atmosphere will be relaxed with seating at tables. Audience members are invited to bring their favorite beverages and snacks and enjoy the music. Popcorn and bottled water will be available.
Burke lives in Elmira, N.Y. where he was born and raised. After taking clarinet and saxophone lessons in elementary and junior high school, he taught himself how to play guitar and performed through high school and college. "My guitars had all been electric until 15 years ago when I received an acoustic guitar as a gift," he said. "That’s when I focused on Delta blues because it is a style that can be played by a solo artist using an acoustic guitar, is a reflection of African-American history and is not commonly performed in this area.”
He learned to play the blues by listening to records from the 1920s and 30s and from instructional videos on the Internet. “I like the blues because of its simple chord progressions that leave ample room for improvising. My repertoire includes my version of tunes by Son House, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and a host of others. I also throw in a few originals.” At the Warehouse, he will take requests. “If I know the song, I will play it,” he said.
Burke has performed the blues across New York’s Southern Tier and Central regions.
His professional motto, ‘One man, one guitar’ is a description of his performance. When people hear blues, they usually think of a group of like-minded performers who share a love for the genre and love playing it even more. He gives listeners a glimpse into history through his unique brand of finger blues, played in the style of the old masters.
Since retiring from his “day job” at the end of January this year (2015), he likes to tell people he plays to supplement his retirement income. “Prior to that, playing music was a side job; I’m a former journalist.”
Admission is $10. For reservations or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.
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|Lucinda M. “Cindy” LANE|
Born August 26, 1961, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Carroll and Marie Spencer Doan. On August 1, 1981, in Butler Hill Baptist Church, she married Rodney E. Lane, who survives.
A 1979 graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she was employed as a mail carrier by the US Postal Service. She and her husband owned and operated Lane Farms.
Cindy was a member of God’s New Beginnings Church in Harrison Valley, Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses, and the Farm Bureau.
Surviving besides her husband, Rodney, are: four children, Kristie Lane, Kelli (James) Lamoureux, J. Wade Lane, and Jacob Lane, all of Harrison Valley; six grandchildren; her mother, Marie Doan Field of Knoxville; four sisters, Michelle Miles of Knoxville, Yvonne (Brian) Zerby of Elkland, Brenda (Chris) Kirchner of VA, and Charlotte (Michael) Hall of VA; nieces and nephews; her caregiver, Lois Neal of Wellsboro; and a host of friends.
She was predeceased by her father.
Friends may call Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927 or God’s New Beginnings Church, 104 East Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
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Lake Effect Snow Warning issued January 01 at 3:14PM EST until January 02 at 12:00PM EST by NWS Buffalo
...Lake Effect Snow Warning In Effect Until Noon EST Saturday...
The National Weather Service In Buffalo Has Issued A Lake Effect snow Warning...
Which Is In Effect Until Noon EST Saturday.
Locations...Southern Erie...Wyoming...Chautauqua...And Cattaraugus Counties.
Greatest Amounts Across The Higher terrain Of The Boston Hills And Chautauqua Ridge.* Timing...Through Late Saturday Morning.* Accumulations...1 To 3 Inches Through The Evening...5 To 10Inches Tonight...And An Inch Or Less Saturday...Resulting In storm Total Accumulations Of 8 To 15 Inches In The Most persistent Bands Of Snow.*
Winds...West 25 To 35 Mph.
* Visibilities...As Low As A Half Mile At Times.
* Temperatures...In The Upper 20S This Afternoon. Lows In The lower 20S Tonight. Highs Around 30 Saturday.
* Impacts...Localized Bands Of Lake Effect Snow Will Produce snow Covered Roads And Poor Visibility At Times.
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At 1:37 PM on Friday, Eldred Fire Rescue & Ambulance with Medic 16 for a one vehicle crash with injuries at 1976 Indian Creek Road in Eldred Township. Crash is near NY line and into a tree. Caller indicates injuries minor.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 01:38:00 PM
At 1:24 PM on Friday, St. Marys Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to the area of 761 North St. Marys Street for a vehicle into a pole with injuries.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 01:26:00 PM
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Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 11:47:00 AM
Foster Township Police Department was dispatched to a one car (rollover) motor vehicle accident on SR 219 (southbound) around 2:30am. The driver was located on Seaward Avenue and was identified as 27 year old Zachariah Fink of Bradford. At this time, the accident is still under investigation for any charges. FTPD was assisted at the scene by the Bradford City Police, Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department and Tuna Valley Towing.
Bradford City PD were first on scene and reported the driver had fled the scene. Chief 11 was next on scene, established Rte. 219 command and had Station 11 Fire Police divert all traffic off of route 219 as well as requested Limestone (NY) VFD to divert traffic at the State Line.
Crews from Rescue 111 and Engine 113 arrived and began cleaning up debris and fluids from the damaged vehicle.
One patient was found on Seward Avenue and was treated by Ambulance 1.
Tuna Valley Towing arrived and towed vehicle from scene. Station 11 units were on scene for approx.. 1 hr and were assisted by City of Bradford Ambulance, Limestone (NY) VFD, Bradford City PD, Foster Township PD and Tuna Valley Towing.
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 11:34:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 11:10:00 AM
In the closing hours of 2015, the volunteers of the Austin Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank each and every one of you for the outstanding community support that we receive on a daily basis
We are an inconvenience with our traffic control, loud sirens and sometimes ill-temper. But we appreciate the opportunity to represent this community and fight on its behalf at a moment’s notice.
Fire Fighting and Providing the Best EMS service is a noble calling and the passion conveyed by our volunteers is at times speechless. Countless late nights, missed meals, forgotten birthdays and cancelled plans are but a few of the passion’s consequence.
2015 was good to us.
So as we ring in 2016, please be safe and have a Happy New Year!
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 10:13:00 AM
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 1/01/2016 09:14:00 AM
What Is Christmas?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley
What are your thoughts about Chrstmas? Is it just a holiday or is there a greater significance? This is how Linus summed it up in the 1965 classic “Charlie Brown Christmas”. “Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'". That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
I know that some will scoff and ridicule Linus summation of Christmas, and that is their prerogative. In some cultures celebrating Christ and Christmas is punishable by death. It’s nothing new, Christians have been martyred for 2000 years. Christ himself was crucified and by religious people who believed they were doing right by God.
We don’t get much persecution in this country. Oh it’s true we might get made fun of or ridiculed, but that’s nothing compared to those who suffer physical persecution. Persecution is nothing more than bullying and taken to the extreme, death can result. Maybe the reason we don’t get much persecution is because we’re just religious. We don’t do the one thing that Christ asked us to do, go make disciples. We’re good at going to church and giving to worthy causes, but when it comes to really living out our faith, we fail miserably. Don’t agree? The next time you leave the parking lot at a church listen to the comments made about the other drivers. It’s hard to believe that these same people were just “praising” God.
What is Christmas? For many it’s a time to get, but for God, it was a time to give. Jesus said that there was no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another. Now that’s a gift and that’s what Christmas is all about. Think about it.