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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Allegheny River Trout Stocking

Wade Kio, of Roulette, throws a bucket of big trout into the Allegheny River just off West Main Street in Roulette.

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More trout going into the Allegheny River at Roulette. This is just one of many locations that volunteers dumped about 10 five gallon buckets full of trout into the Allegheny.

These trout never jumped this high before as a volunteer helps the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission put these big trout in the Allegheny River today. Trout season opens Saturday,April 14, 2007, in this part of the Commonwealth. Southeastern Pennsylvania fishing started today, March 31.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers flag traffic, as volunteers discuss where to put the next buckets of trout in the Allegheny River.
Photos by James Jones
copyrighted 2007 may be republished with permission.

Bee Sting Remedy- Try This

Just recieved this information in a forward in my e-mail. Bee/Hornet Cure A couple of weeks ago I was unfortunate enough to get stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden. My arm swelled up so off to the doctor I went....

The clinic gave me cream and an antihistimine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse so off to my regular doctor I went. Infected arm - needed an antibiotic. What was interesting is what the Dr. told me. The next time you get stung put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes. I thought, wow next time (if there ever is one) I will try it.

Well that night my friend's niece got stung by two bees. When she came over to swim I looked at the bite and it had alrea dy started to swell.... So off I went to get my money. Taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. Wow were we surprised. Her niece we decided, just wasn't allergic to the sting.

Well guess what happened again on Saturday night. I was helping my friend deadhead her flowers and guess what? You are right, I got stung again two times by a hornet on my left hand. Was I ticked. I thought, here I go again having to go to the doctor for yet another antibotic. Well I promptly went into the house, again got my money out, and taped two pennies to my bites and then sat and sulked for 15 minutes.

The penny took the string out of the bite immediately. I still wasn't sure what was going to happen. In the meantime the hornets were attacking my friend and she got stung on the thumb. Again the penny. The next morning I could only see the spot where he had stung me. No redness, no swelling. Went over the see my friend and hers was the same. Couldn't even tell where she got stung.

Then my friend got stung again on Monday night on her back---cutting the grass. This penny thing is going to make us money at school. Again it worked. Just wanted to share the marvelous information in case any of you are experiencing the same problem at home.

We need to have a stock of pennies on hand at school and at home. The Dr. said somehow the " copper in the penny" counteracts the bite. I would never have believed it. But it definitely does work. So remember this little bit of wisdom and pass it on to your friends, children, grandchildren, etc.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Gun Show At Roulette Firehall

The annual Gun Show is Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, 2007 at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Things To Do This Weekend

Saturday, March 31, 2007 Events ********************************************

9:00 am Trout stocking in the Allegheny River, starts at Alliance Church in Coudersport.

Easter Festival, Coudersport Courthouse Square, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Chicken Barbecue, Courthouse square, 11:00 am Coudersport High School Softball Team

Easter Egg Hunt, 1:45 pm ,sign up at Courthouse Square & Park United Methodist yard

Sunday, April 1, 2007 **********************************************************

Easter Egg Hunt, Mitchell Park, 3:00 PM, ages 2 - 10, Coudersport Free Methodist Church

Easter Egg Hunt, 1:00 PM ages 12 and under, at Clubhouse, East Fork Sportsmen's Club

To get your event listed here, email it to, the listing is free.

300 New Jobs Predicted Soon

Reports, from several different sources, indicate that progress is being made in getting a new employer for the former Adelphia and Time Warner Tennis Center. The information attributed to State Representative Martin Causer, indicated that officials are close to finalizing arrangement's for a new employer for the former call center that would offer 300 new jobs in the Coudersport area.

It is reported that officials are attempting to lease the tennis center from Time Warner until it can be transferred to the county, as time is of essence, for employees to get back to work. Time Warner supposedly has agreed to donate the tennis center to the Potter County Redevelopment Authority, who would lease the facility to a new employer.

Another employer, Wagner Appliance Parts is opening a new call center in the Coudersport Industrial Park that will provide jobs for about 30.

Pet Food Update

It has been reported that investigators have found melamine, a material used in the manufacture of plastics in the recalled pet food, as well as the rat poison earlier reported. There is also a possibility that some of these materials may have been used in dry dog food. This is now being investigated.

Women's Outreach Breakfast at Gospel Tabernacle

The women's outreach breakfast at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle is Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 9:00 am at the church. For more information 274-7573.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Medicare Misrepresented

WFRM REPORTS*** "David Lush, Apprise Coordinator for Potter County, has recently become aware that one or more insurance company representatives are deliberately misrepresenting themselves, and may be involved in illegal sales tactics.

“Our Agency had contact with a Medicare beneficiary who was recently visited by an insurance agent selling Medicare Advantage Plans for an insurance company. The beneficiary indicated that the insurance agent claimed to work with me, and that I approved of the Advantage plan he was offering.

That is completely false” Lush explained that as an Apprise Coordinator/Counselor, his role in assisting Medicare beneficiaries is to be a neutral source of unbiased information to help the beneficiary make an informed choice about their Medicare options.

In general, all Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that there may be several insurance agents who are being very aggressive trying to enroll beneficiaries in their Medicare Advantage plan, and that there are 24 Advantage plans available to Potter County. Which Medicare Advantage plan, or if a Medicare Advantage plan is a good choice for a person very much depends on their specific situation.

Beneficiaries should be aware of their rights- they are in no way obligated to listen to a sales pitch that they have not specifically requested, and that door-to-door solicitation of Medicare Advantage plans is illegal. Also, beneficiaries have the right to fully understand what it is they are enrolling in; and they have the right to take time to think things over.

Lush says “don’t let an insurance agent use high-pressure tactics to force you into making a decision that you are not yet ready to make”.For more information contact him at the Area Agency on Aging at 800-800-2560 or 544-7315.

Click on title to go to WFRM news.

Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, 1939 – 2007

The Streaming Faith Family joins with the Body of Christ worldwide in celebrating the life of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson,Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ.

Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson was born in 1939 in Humboldt, Tennessee and was married to Evangelist Louise Dowdy Patterson for 40 years. In March 1975, Patterson founded Temple of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ and Bountiful Blessings Ministries, Inc. He was a renowned national speaker, known for messages that transcend all barriers of race, gender, and age around the globe. He passed on March 20 at the age of 67 from heart failure.

The bishop's funeral will be televised to your computer by Streaming Click on this article's title to go to the streaming faith website.

Schedule of Services
Thursday, March 29, 2007at 7:00pm-9:00pm CST Friday, March 30, 2007 at 7:00pm-9:00pm CST Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 10:00am-1:00pm CST

Tragic Accident Brings Thoughts on Bicycle Safety

By James Jones

A tragic accident, in which a 17 year old was killed, brings thoughts of bicycle safety to mind. Steven Bacon was riding a bicycle on Rt. 427 in the Town of Ashland, when he was struck and left to die in a roadside ditch. Click on the title of this article to read David Kubissa's blog about this. David writes for the Elmira Star Gazette.

In this area, Spring weather has brought out the bicycles, motorcycles, and skateboards. Drivers need to exercise caution, as these people don't have any protection in case of a collision. Watch for motorcycles stopped in the road, and be especially careful when making a left turn, as this is how a lot of motorcyclists are injured.

Bicyclists are all ages. Children, who are not fully acclimated to riding, will often ride out in front of you. And then there are adults, who want to exercise their right to use the road. Especially when riding in groups, 2 or 3 abreast.

In the summer, I drive a dump truck hauling asphalt. It weighs about 30 tons loaded and it doesn't stop on a dime. When one comes around a corner and comes on a bicyclist, taking his rightful half of the road, a panic stop is sometimes necessary. Especially if a car or truck is in the other lane, coming at you.

Last year, after making one of those panic stops, I stopped and talked to the bicyclist, who was participating in one of these group rides. I told him that if I had not been able to stop, or go around him, due to a car or truck in the other lane, that my choice was going to be to run over him, rather than hitting another car or truck head on.

While I have no aversion to bicyclists using the roadway, they should be aware of the danger they put themselves in, when they take to the road. Persons riding in the dark, without lights and reflectors, are really vulnerable, as are those walking with their back to traffic, with dark clothing.

This beautiful spring weather is what we suffer through winter for. I like to ride a bike. Its a great way to see the country. But we must ride responsibly, if we want to be around to see summer.

Safety is a two way street. Everyone must participate. The life you save may be your own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wild Fire Season Starts

Roulette Firemen responded to a wild fire today on the West branch of Fishing Creek. Warm temperatures and brisk winds dry the tops of the grass and weeds very quickly. Burning cans, and small cleanup fires can get away from you quickly, and have been known to have fatal results. At the least, firemen and forestry personnel may have to spend hours quelling the wild fires. Contact your local fire department before burning fields and be very careful with trash fires. If your fire gets away, you may be required to pay to have it extinguished.

Work From Home

Rob Briggs of Port Allegany has a blog called Mad It details his quest to find work from home. He is a senior programmer at Adelphia and anticipates losing his job there in about 95 days. He shares his search for an income once his job is done. Check him out by clicking on the title of this article to go to his website.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Giant Pine Dropped in Roulette

Lige McKervey cuts limbs before dropping this 100 foot pine tree in Roulette.


Cutting Up!!
This old pine was planted by Kathryn Kaple's dad many years ago.

Senator Scarnati Toll Free Now

News: 03/27/07 - Scarnati Now Has Toll-Free Number
State Senator Joe Scarnati is making it easier for his constituents to get a hold of him and his staff. His new toll-free number became available today. It's 877-787-7084.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Greco's Moved from Galeton in 1907

Here is an interesting story about people from Galeton, In Potter County, who moved to Delaware in 1907. The complete story from the Milton, Delaware Chronicle can be seen by clicking on the title.

By Gwen Guerke, Milford Chronicle

The canal and its namesake are the subjects of local legend.
According to local historian Dave Kenton, citing a 1992 Milford Historical Society newsletter, the Greco family also moved to Delaware from the Keystone state.
Franco and Emily Greco moved to the Milford Neck area in 1907 from Galeton, Pa., and eventually purchased 3,500 acres of land between Misspelling River and Baucambrig Gut (Brockingbrig or Brockingridge), then started in the vegetable canning business at a cannery built in 1910 on the Gov. Charles Polk farm, north of Big Stone Beach.
They imported at least 50 Italian immigrants to work on their extensive farming operation and lived in the former Gov. Charles Polk mansion (Ellerslie) that eventually burned in 1929.
Today, it is the site of the Tall Pine Hunting Club.
Mr. Greco needed a transportation link to the Mispillion River to sell his canned goods in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
He was formerly a railroad engineer and knew much about heavy construction, according to Mr. Kenton.
In 1910, he built a wooden barge and mounted a steam-powered dredging device (shovel) that allowed him to dig the Greco Canal from Big Stone Beach Road to Conch Bar landing, then farther south to the Mispillion River near the former lighthouse location.
When he grew tired of dragging his canned goods to the Big Stone Beach road over muddy roads, he decided to petition the state to build a drawbridge at the Big Stone Road in 1912 in order to extend his canal northward to his home and cannery one mile north.
Local politicians blocked his effort to get state permission, so about 1915, when the price of canned goods was very unprofitable, Mr. Greco shut down his cannery and gave up the idea of extending the canal.
Mr. Greco moved to Cedar Beach Road in Milford, and in 1923 accidentally ate toadstools, thinking they were mushrooms.
According to local history, he and his wife refused to allow a doctor to induce vomiting using saltwater because of their religious convictions. After they died from poisoning, a neighbor, Harry Bowen, saved their daughter, Philomena Greco, by making her drink salt water.
Philomena lived for another 50 years and died in 1980s, then her extensive land holdings were sold to the state.
Gwen Guerke can be reached at or at 422-1200.

Trout Stocking Schedule for Potter

Trout stocking schedule for Potter County from the Williamsport Sun Gazette.
Click on title for complete listing for other counties.

• East Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek, from Dolliver Trail downstream to confluence with Wild Boy Run, and from the confluence of Camp Run downstream to the mouth, Monday. Meet at 9:30 a.m.. at Wharton, Route 872.

• Bell Run, from the confluence with Shaytown Branch, downstream to the confluence with Taylor Brook, Tuesday. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the village of Myrtle.

• Elevenmile Creek, from Turkey Path Road, downstream to the mouth, Tuesday. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oswayo Fish Culture Station.

• Oswayo Creek from the Clara Creek confluence downstream to the Sharon Center bridge, and Oswayo Creek south branch, from the bridge at township road 354, downstream to the mouth, Tuesday. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oswayo Fish Culture Station.

• Cowley Run, east branch, from the second unnamed tributary upstream of Mackley Highway, downstream to the mouth, Friday. Meet at noon at Costello, Route 872 at the Old Tannery Inn.

• Cowley Run, west branch, from Ensign Run downstream to the mouth, Friday. Meet at noon at Costello, Route 872 at the Old Tannery Inn.

• Freeman Run, from the confluence with Freeman Run west branch, downstream to the mouth, Friday. Meet at noon at Costello, Route 872 at the Old Tannery Inn.

• Allegheny River, 500 meters downstream of Prosser Highway, downstream to the confluence with Reed Run and from the confluence with Reed Run downstream to the confluence with Allegheny Portage Creek, Saturday. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Alliance Church parking lot, Coudersport."

New Coudersport Blog

Check out this new blog by Coudersportian. Some great pictures of Coudersport.

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Construction Code Meeting for Public

Code Inspections, Inc., Potter and Tioga Planning Commissions, Board of Appeals, and Sewage Enforcement Officers have scheduled a public meeting at the Galeton High School Gymnasium on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The meeting is to inform the public what laws must be followed on any construction project. Homeowners, business owners, contractors, designers, municipal officials, real estate agents, investors, and bankers are urged to attend.

In a call to Roulette Township, I was told that this company is now doing the construction code inspections for the township, and apparently the rest of Potter County too.

Unexpected Musical Treat

Parishioners at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle were treated to an unexpected musical treat Sunday. Samuel and Bonita DePalma sang at the Sunday worship service.

Samuel DePalma is an internationally acclaimed bass baritone, who has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed for the Pope, President Bush, and Queen Elizabeth.

DePalma was born in Santiago, Chile. His family was orthodox Jewish. He studied opera in Italy. Severely injured while serving in Israel's Yom Kippor war, doctors told him to prepare for his death. A christian nurse told him about Jesus, and he accepted Jesus as his saviour. Samuel made a miraculous recovery, and has dedicated his life to singing for the glory of Jesus.

His melodic voice brought a standing ovation from the large Sunday congregation. According to the cover on his cd, he now resides in Oil City, PA, and can be reached at

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Moneysaver Publisher Turns 60

by James Jones

My little brother, William W. Jones, publisher of the Moneysaver Shopping Guide and Shopping News, widely circulated throughout portions of Allegany & Cattaragus Counties, in New York, and Potter and McKean Counties, in Pennsylvania, turned the big 60 today.

While I have many brothers in Christ, I have only one brother in my family. He's the smart one. He took the time to get his education. A bachelors degree from Alfred University, and then a Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University.

After his graduation, he came to work for mom and dad, Bill and Marian Jones. Dad had started the Moneysaver Shopping Guide covering Bolivar, Shinglehouse, and Portville, many years ago. In 1960, I was working for my parents, and, just starting a family of my own, I needed a better source of income, so mom and dad helped me start the Moneysaver Shopping News in Portville, Eldred, and eventually Port Allegany. I worked at that for a number of years, and eventually sold out that paper to mom and dad, while I pursued other interests.

To make a long story short, mom and dad were struggling to make ends meet, and dad's health was deteriorating. Young Bill, or Wiley, as his wife Debbie lovingly calls him, came into the business and using his knowledge, was able to make the papers much more profitable. In a few years, mom and dad were ready to retire. Bill purchased the business from them.

From that point on, hard work and good management technique allowed the papers to prosper. He offered good advertising value to his customers and rewarded his loyal employees with good pay and benefits. Employee turnover was almost non- existent. He was deeply involved in the free newspaper association, (can't remember the name of it), working diligently to achieve their goals.

He married Deborah Mills from Long Island, NY and raised two children, Jennifer Jones Boyd and Jeffrey Jones. Jenn is a graduate of Princeton University, and has been a sports reporter for the Chicago Sun Times. Jeffrey is also a college graduate and is working in Massachusetts. Bill's wife is a long time elementary teacher in the Wellsville, NY school system.

Bill has resisted the temptation to move on to better things. I know he has the capability to manage multi-million dollar corporations, and I think he knows it too. It's not too late, he's only 60, and there's a whole world out there.

Happy Birthday, little brother, and good luck with whatever you take on in your future.