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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Winter Storm Warning,Allegany Co. ,NY

National weather service has upgraded the winter storm watch to a Winter Storm Warning in Allegany County, New York starting at midnight tonite into Monday. Storm totals of 8 to 12 inches of heavy wet snow are forecast with strong winds which may have the capability to down trees and wires loaded with wet snow. Watch for further bulletins.

If this snow materializes, click on the title of this article, and wait it out.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Potter May Get 12 Inches Of Wet Snow

April 13, 2007... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening throughSunday evening... The National Weather Service in State College has issued a WinterStorm Watch... which is in effect from Saturday evening throughSunday evening.

A powerful and historic late season winter storm will significantly impact Pennsylvania this weekend... bringing the potential for several inches of heavy wet snow to most of central Pennsylvania by Sunday evening.

A storm system developing over the Southern Plains Fridayafternoon will move through to the southeastern states tonight and early Saturday before intensifying over the mid Atlantic states Saturday afternoon. The storm will then ride up the coast and into interior southern New England by Sunday night spreading a large swath of heavy precipitation across the region.

Rain... snow or sleet will break out late Saturday evening over the southern tier counties of central Pennsylvania. As the precipitation spreads northward to the New York border by midnight... primarily snow is expected across the central and northern portions of Pennsylvania.

A surge of warmer air maytemporarily cause a changeover to rain by Sunday morning over the south central mountains... but colder air will wrap back around the storm by Sunday afternoon changing the rain back to snow.

Elsewhere... the snow will continue heavy at times on Sunday with widespread storm total accumulations likely exceeding 6 inches... and the potential for 12 inches or more from the central mountains northward through Potter... Tioga and Sullivan counties.

The exact storm track remains uncertain... and a minor fluctuation to the east or west will greatly impact expected snow accumulations. Travel will become extremely difficult late Saturday night and Sunday during the height of the storm.

In addition... power outages could occur Sunday as the heavy wet fallen snow combines with gusty winds to cause tree limbs and power lines to snap under their weight.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow or ice accumulation that may impact travel. If heavy snow or ice becomes imminent... a Winter Storm Warning will be issued.

Click on the title of this article for what to do if we get a foot of snow.

First Day Brings Flood of Memories

This copyrighted article was first published in the Williamsport Sun Gazette. It's author, Regions editor Jim Carpenter, tells of his fishing trips to his grandparents home in Roulette. They lived next door to the First Baptist Church on Main Street, where Tim and Nita Spencer live today. It is republished here with permission.

Other than Christmas and the first day of buck season, I can think of no other morning during my youth that I anticipated more than the opening of trout season.My earliest memory of fishing was participating in a fish derby at a rod and gun club pond near Wellsville, N.Y., with a pole I had received as a gift after having my tonsils removed when I was 4. Whether I caught anything that day, I don’t remember, but it was the start of a life-long love affair with God’s great outdoors.

A few years later, after our family had moved to Kane, I was finally old enough, in my dad’s eyes, to be taken out on the opening day.By that time, I needed a new pole, something better than the Mickey Mouse pole I had been given years before, and dad took me to a sporting goods store and bought my first rod and reel.

Throughout my childhood, dad had told me stories of how his father had enjoyed fishing all of his life and of the times in gramp’s younger years that he would spend a day on a stream and come home with a good-sized pail full of trout. Of course, that was before daily limits were imposed.

For my new adventure, we traveled to Roulette, in Potter County, where we joined gramp to fish one of the small streams that he had spent his life on, Fishing Creek.

Before anyone headed out the door at my grandparents, the first thing in order was a hearty meal. My favorite was grandma’s homemade buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes, smothered in pure maple syrup or Heinz ketchup.

After breakfast, gramp, dad and I headed for the stream. They let me take a spot by myself, although both were nearby in case I needed any help. By then, I had already learned how to bait my hook, cast and, with a bit of work, take my fish off the hook following a catch.

Early-on I caught a couple of small trout, and then another fisherman happened by and offered me several of his, which I gladly accepted. But even if I hadn’t caught a thing, I was hooked. As I grew older, there were more first days — with dad and my brother, Rick, and as a teen with friends Roger Watkins or Terry Jacobson in Tioga County.

Some years later, I had the privilege of sharing opening-day experiences with my own three children, and before long I expect to do the same with my grandchildren. In more recent times, the hustle and bustle of opening day, where people jostle for position along a stream and are lined up shoulder to shoulder, has become less attractive for me.

I’ve become content to wait a few days, or weeks, until I have my own more private first day. But every time I do, memories of previous opening days come flooding back to my mind and I again experience the same anticipation and excitement that I felt, as a child, my very first time.

Jim Carpenter is the Sun-Gazette’s region editor and may be reached at

Attention !! PA Parents of Kids with Autism

Just A Mom Blog From Ulysses Posts This--

I found this in our local paper and want to bring it to the attention of parents in Pennsylvania. This is a very limited time offer, please make the most of it:Grant Supports Families With Autism MembersThis is a $500 mini grant which is available to families with members with autism.

The grant money can be used for:Supports and Activities including Child Care, Summer Camp, Recreation Programs, Home Modifications

The form to submit the grant is simple to fill out and can be found here. The deadline for filing is April 27th. So get cracking now.

I already have mine in the mail. I have asked for a membership for Charlie to the Coudersport Swimming Pool so that he can take lessons and two sessions of Penn York Day Camp. Also some better locks for our doors to the outside to try to keep the escape episodes at bay. Let me know if this helps you.

Click the title of this article to read the rest of this blog from Ulysses, PA

Roofing In The Snow

It was Spring when we started this roof !!
Jay sticks his tongue out to catch a snowflake as Jay Cavanaugh and Chad Jones put shingles on a roof in the snow.
Click on the picture to see a bigger image.

Little Genesee Driver, Girl, Killed In I-80 Accident

April 13, 2007-- A Little Genesee, NY driver and his 16 year old passenger were killed, in a two-vehicle accident, on Interstate 80 shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.

DuBois-based state police said a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Joseph Goodliff, Little Genesee, N.Y., was westbound in the right lane near the 89.5 milepost in Washington Township, Jefferson County. A 2005 International truck-tractor driven by John Rhodes, 46, Arcadia, Mo., was also westbound and was passing Goodliff in the left lane. As Rhodes was passing, Goodliff turned left as if to use a crossover, directly into Rhodes' path.

The truck hit the driver's side of Goodliff's vehicle. Goodliff and a passenger, a 16-year-old girl from New York whose name the police did not release, were thrown from the car and died on impact. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder. It is unknown whether either victim was wearing a seatbelt. The car was severely damaged.

Rhodes was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Stand, Damn It, And Salute!

This excellent editorial, appearing in this week's edition of The Potter Leader-Enterprise, and written by Managing Editor Donald Gilliland is republished here with permission. It deals with blatant abuse of authority by a deputy of the Fish and Boat Commission and his superiors.

April 11, 2007--If you missed last week’s front page story on the deputy waterways conservation officer appealing his conviction on charges of defiant trespass, pull it out from under those muddy boots in the back room and read it.

Why? Because the bureaucrats in suits find the issue so compelling they’ve ventured up here to Potter County not once, but twice to testify on the officer’s behalf.

The issue? A deputy conservation officers’ “right” to trespass on your property where-ever and when-ever he damned well pleases.

Understand that in this instance the deputy officer was tooling around the back roads with a buddy and all geared-out for doing some fishing of his own. He wasn’t wearing a uniform. He didn’t identify himself as a conservation officer. And even though he now claims to have been on the property with the sole purpose of checking whether or not the property owner’s son and a friend were properly licensed, he never asked to see their licenses.

Both the son and his friend have testified that this deputy stopped and asked them permission to fish on the posted land. They said no... and assumed that was the end of it until said deputy showed up a while later – on the property and shooting his gun!

The deputy and his friend claim they were simply inquiring about property boundaries – not asking for permission to fish... and they claim that they turned around and went back to the property only because they were concerned the young men might be violating the fishing laws of the Commonwealth.

As for firing his gun, the deputy claims to have shot into the ground to deter a dog he feared might attack him. The dog belonged to the property owner’s son, who was standing nearby and who testified he was convinced the deputy actually shot at the dog.

The first judge didn’t believe the deputy’s story, and neither do I. But that doesn’t matter; what matters is the fact Fish and Boat Commission officials who have no first-hand knowledge of the event are willing to come north of Route 80 to testify that what the deputy did is just fine.

According to them, he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants because he’s a deputy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in uniform or in his skivvies. At stake is the principle that conservation officers have broad powers of access when investigating possible violations of state game law.

Stand, damn it, and salute! Those deputies are public servants, don’t you know. Risking life and limb...Forget the fact the officers aren’t held to any standard even close to the State Police. The Fish and Boat Commission apparently has done nothing – I repeat nothing – to investigate the circumstances under which this deputy discharged his firearm. Such an investigation would be immediate if he were a State Policeman.

But deputy conservation officers are different, you see – and that makes my hair stand on end. Thank God he didn’t shoot anyone! It’s high time this state’s various quasi-law enforcement agents were held to a professional standard. It’s time to teach them that a badge and a gun do not justify after-the-fact rationalizations dreamed up to make a bad decision appear noble.

They need education, they need discipline and they need to be held accountable to a constitutional standard. Judge Leete will determine the law. And if he rules the law is actually on the side of the badge-weilding knuckle-draggers, it’s time the rest of us apply pressure on all these “reform-minded” legislators in Harrisburg to put the law straight.

We need to take away these deputies’ guns and their gestapo entitlements and wean them from their weekend-warrior enthusiasm. Fines and penalties make up only 1 percent of Fish and Boat Commission’s fish-related revenues, but the cost of employing yahoos like this one eats up over 68 percent of the same budget. Time, I’d say, to make some changes. Get your pens ready...

Donnellys Celebrate in Potter County Last Sunday

It was a joy to see Billy and Lawanna Donnelly in Potter County last weekend with their daughter Megan.
Billy and Lawanna are celebrating their 25th wedding aniversary and Megan her 19th birthday. They were visiting Lawanna's parents, Mel and Gloria Coursay of Ulysses.
It's a small world. I met the Donnellys, in Bensalem, PA in 2002, while getting cancer treatment in Philadelphia. Turned out Lawanna's parents sat on the other end of the pew at my home church in Coudersport. A good friendship has ensued.

Report From The War Zone, Fri. April 13

by Jane Stillwater

With the bombing of the Iraqi Parliament on April 12th, my thinking about war in general and this war in particular changed radically. This freaking adventure isn't fun any more.Be careful what you pray for. Every single day of my life, I get up in the morning and pray that I will be able to do as many good deeds as possible that day. And then I add, "And have fun doing it too." Well, this invasion/war/occupation/police action/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Bush blunder (or whatever it is) isn't fun any more. It stopped being fun for me at around 2 pm yesterday afternoon.

I had gone to the Baghdad convention center yesterday to see if I could find my two new Parliamentarian friends. They weren't there so I left. Had they been there, we might have talked for a while and we might still have been there when the suicide bomber blew himself up a short time later. Apparently, he blew himself up only about three or four tables away from where we had been sitting the day before. We could have been injured or killed. But that didn't happen. End of story.

But here is another story about yesterday – which, for security reasons, I was asked not to tell at the time. But I can tell it now. After I left the convention center, I then went over to the CSH – the Combat Support Hospital – and took a tour. The public affairs officer was wonderful and gave me a complete tour of the facility. "The wounded soldiers are medi-vac-ed to the CSH by helicopter." Then they are triaged at the ER and sent upstairs to the ICU or the operating rooms. I met doctors and nurses and saw a bunch of stuff like the sterilization room, the blood bank and the chapel. It was a fabulous hospital. It was a great tour. According to the PAO, "Our staff is always calm, collected, professional and proficient despite whatever challenges they face." I believe it. These guys look like they are ready for ANYTHING!

At one point, however, a middle-aged Iraqi man with blood on his face came in through the front door. "Sometimes civilians arrive here for treatment," said the PAO, "and we treat them. It's not all that common but it does happen." We both thought nothing more about it. Until the NEXT middle-aged Iraqi man appeared with blood on his face and hands. And then there was another. And another. Good grief! What is going on here! "The Parliament has been bombed! The Parliament has been bombed!" someone sobbed. And then suddenly we were in the mix. The injured started pouring in.

The CSH went into high gear, proving its worth once again as one of the best trauma centers in the world. You cannot imagine the hell that ensued. Soon the corridors and examining rooms and operating theaters were filled with gurneys with bleeding Parliamentarians on them. "How many women were injured!" I screamed. "Where are they! What do they look like!" Three women were injured. I raced to look at them. They were not my friends. I was happy.

Sure I was happy. But my heart was also breaking for these others.One Parliament member, a woman, a younger woman, wrapped in blankets, turned her terror-filled eyes toward me. Her face streamed with blood. I looked into her eyes as deeply as I could and whispered, "I will perform du'a for you, Sister," and pantomimed the universal Muslim gesture for prayer. God, I hope that my futile gesture did some good.

Doctors and nurses came and went. The gurneys piled up in the hallways. They cut the clothes off the victims. One man's face was completely blackened from the collar-line up. I hoped that somehow it was just blackness from powder and not from burns. Another man's hand was badly injured and laid limply on his chest while he was strapped with IVs.And then it hit me.

"War is Hell." War isn't some stupid little thing that someone playing at President declares (with or without the approval of Congress) so that he can fatten his Swiss bank account. War is your worst nightmare. End of story.

"Lighten up, Jane."So last night I was finally gonna leave the Green Zone and take the Rhino – and armored transport vehicle the size of a house – out to Baghdad airport and start going home. But guess what? Even THAT didn't happen! I can't even get to the Red Zone on my way home! I'm doomed to stay here forever.

Like that old Kingston Trio song about Charlie who was stuck on the MTA, I may "never return"!But that's not the point. What happens to me or doesn't happen to me doesn't matter. What matter is this: People are being KILLED over here folks. I don't CARE who started it. I don't CARE who's to blame. I don't CARE who the good guys are or who the bad guys are. I JUST WANT IT TO STOP. To stop here. To stop in Israel/Palestine. To stop in Darfur. I want man's inhumanity to man to STOP. I don't want to see my friends who are American troops die. I don't want to see my friends in the Parliament die. I want this bloody nonsense to STOP.

And violence is never prevented by the use of more violence. Never.Last night I called a cell phone number of an Iraqi friend. "I can't talk now," he said. "I'm walking to my home. I can't be heard speaking English on the street." There you have it, summed up in a few words. On the streets of Baghdad, speaking English can get you killed. Hell, on the streets of Baghdad, ANYTHING can get you killed.

What do I propose as a solution? Edmund Burke said it best. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." There are six billion people alive on the planet today. Of all those people, surely a majority of us are not in the killing business. It's time for the rest of us to put our "boots on the ground". Enough! Enough killing. Enough war. It's time for the human race to evolve.

PS: After my experience at the CSH, I started seeing the Green Zone in a whole new light. Before this, I had seen it as a small bit of America plopped down in the middle of Iraq, where you could get pumpkin pie at the dining facility and watch America's Next Top Model on TV. Now I see that it too is a war zone and that every day people here also deal with the ever-present possiblity of sudden death.

Click on the title to go to Jane's story, originally published in Op-Ed News.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Former Time Warner Cable Employees Should Sign Up

WFRM Reports:--The Potter County CareerLink is gearing up to have a workforce in place when a deal is signed to bring a call center into Coudersport.

Director Terry Cole says there will be many jobs available and her staff has been busy over the past few days trying to contact people who were laid off in February when Time Warner closed its Coudersport call center. She is asking any former TW employees who have not registered with the CareerLink to sign up immediately.

Cole suggests going to the website and create an online resume. Interested persons may also call the office at 274-9330 or stop in. The office is located on Route 6 West, Coudersport.

Meanwhile, John Wright, the executive director of the Potter County Redevelopment Authority tells WFRM that no deal has been made yet, but there are still three companies being considered to occupy the “Tennis Center.”

Wright says each of those companies has the potential of employing a couple of hundred people, if not more and that while he had hoped to announce an agreement by the first of May, it appears it may take awhile longer. Wright says county leaders want to be ready, with a workforce in place, when an agreement is reached.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Richard J. Gold New Head of Children, Youth, and Families

April 10, 2007-- HARRISBURG - Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman today announced the appointment of Richard J. Gold, Esquire, as deputy secretary for the department's Office of Children, Youth and Families.

"For years, Richard Gold has fought to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens," said Richman. "I am pleased to welcome Richard to our team and look forward to his leadership on issues affecting children and families across Pennsylvania."

Gold will be responsible for the management and oversight of Pennsylvania's child welfare system, including juvenile justice services, foster care and adoption, as well statewide child abuse prevention efforts.

Gold, who holds a bachelor's degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, is a partner with the law firm of Gold and Vilim. For most of his career, Gold has worked to protect the civil rights of Pennsylvania's children, people with disabilities and the homeless. Gold has previously represented the Philadelphia Departments of HumanServices and Public Health and he has held positions with Temple University School of Law and Community Legal Services.

Limiting H1Bs: Bad News For US Workers

by John C. Sharp

This year, only about half of the foreign engineers and other temporary workers that US businesses need will be allowed to come here. Some would have us believe this is good news for American workers.

Not true.When a foreign worker comes to the US under an H1B, most of their paycheck stays here - in the form of mortgage payments, rent, car payments, supermarket and utility bills, taxes, school fees, entertainment, air travel home, and all of the other stuff people in this country spend their paychecks on. Every cent spent here is good news for someone working in those industries.

When that worker isn't allowed to come to the US, none of their paycheck gets spent here: it gets spent (via outsourcing contracts) at supermarkets and gas stations and schools in China, India, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, or the Philippines.

Click on the title of this article to read the rest of this post on Authentium's Blog.

Pepsi Offers $10,000.00 For New Design

Pepsi's new "Design Our Pepsi Can Contest" offers $10,000 for the re-design of its soda can. Consumers create and enter their design on the site, where the public will be able to vote on a winning design that will be featured on 500 million Pepsi cans.

Looks like a good way to earn $10,000.00. Click on the title to go to the Pepsi website for details.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PA State Police Report Only 1 Death in Easter Crashes

Pennsylvania State Police reported only one death in traffic crashes over the Easter Holiday this year. Last year, six people died in crashes during that holiday period.

The official three-day Easter driving period covered Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8. During that period, state police issued 2,987 speeding citations, charged 236 people with driving under the influence, cited 187 for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 27 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

More Call Center Jobs at Career Link

More listings for call center jobs are now listed at Potter County Career Link. Customer Service Representatives, Supervisors, Job Coach, and other jobs are now listed with an anticipated starting time of May.