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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Emily Dallmeyer Rides With Bike and Build

Hey all,I'm Emily Dallmeyer and I'll be one of the leaders for Providence to Seattle this summer and I'm completely jazzed, for some serious reasons and a lot of fun ones. Originally, I am from Winnetka, Illinois where average houses are routinely knocked down so that a bigger, newer one can be built.

However, I currently live in a neighborhood of St. Louis that I was directed never to walk through after dark when I was a freshman at Washington University. It is on the upswing though, and there are a lot of other students and families and some of the buildings are being redone very nicely.

As I watch the area around me change, and rents go up, I worry that people are being forced out, but that they have fewer and fewer affordable places to move to.

I feel strongly that everyone deserves a safe, decent place to live. Bike and Build is an opportunity to try to help and encourage others to help and has come at the perfect time in my life. I will graduate in May with a BFA in sculpture and a second major in Spanish, and I have been looking for in a service position since I began planning for after-graduation.

As I researched opportunities, a friend of mine reminded me that she had done Bike and Build a few years ago, so I looked it up. It really clicked with me because affordable housing is such a basic need, I could bike across the country, with people who are as crazy as me for wanting to do it.

I bike to work and class, but I couldn't consider myself a cyclist, so I know one challenge I'll face, but frankly I think I'll have fun beating that hurdle. I'm looking forward to biking with all the people who bike as little as me, as well as those people whose dust I would eat (hopefully I'll improve). I think that overcoming the challenges I haven't imagined will be just as enjoyable.

I'm really excited about going on this trip.

Terra Curtis--Bike and Build Ready to Ride

Terra Curtis
Saturday, June 9, 2007

Photos for you!
Last night, we were welcomed into Church Beneficent, a Congregational church here in Providence with a long history with the affordable housing cause. The parish members provided us a meal of pasta and salad, complete with ice cream for dessert. After dinner, Tommy and Emily gave a presentation about bike and build.

As I was listening to the speakers, I was trying to imagine how to make this cause mine, how to make it hit home and how to make it real. I want to be able to tell a story when it's my turn to present (Sunday night). I want to speak with as much passion as Tommy, and inspire people as well as people inspire me.

We went to build at a Providence Habitat site this morning led by Herman, a man from the Netherlands working as a Habitat Coordinator here in Providence, but got rained out in the afternoon. So, I found a computer to upload some photos from the trip so far. Might as well take advantage of it when I can. Check 'em out here.

We're a pretty good group, diverse enough to be interesting and similar enough to get along and get things done. It doesn't feel like we've only known each other for about 48 hours. Later this afternoon and tonight we're going to be painting our trailer and personalizing it for our trip. I'm sure there'll be pictures of that soon.

Tomorrow: first ride day. We take off between 8:30 and 9am en route to Pomfret, CT.

Terra Curtis Posts For Bike and Build

Here in Providence
A quick thank you to all that have written over the past couple of days. Life has been full here. We got on the bikes today after a bike safety and bike maintenance workshop. A lot of people seemed pretty apprehensive about actually getting on the bikes and the real mechanics of biking across the entire country. Everyone had lots of questions and really bombarded the REI guy with pleas for help. That's why I was pleasantly surprised and impressed to see everyone get on the bikes and speed away for a short afternoon ride. There were big smiles all around and I really can't deny how childish (in a good way) I felt getting on the bike again after a couple days away. Anyway, the thought for the day: I am amazed at how many of our riders have never or very rarely ridden a bike before. It seems, for them, this whole trip absolutely must be much more about the build than the bike, and I am in admiration of that today.

Thirty some participants will ride across the USA on bikes, starting today in Providence, RI, coming through the Potter County area on June 19. Click on the links on the lower right to read their adventures on the road for Bike and Build.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients Proposed

Cappelli-backed bill to require drug-testing in welfare from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette

If a local lawmaker has his way, drug users will have a hard time ever receiving public welfare.

State Rep. Steven W. Cappelli, R-Williamsport, has sponsored legislation requiring anyone receiving cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to be tested for drug use.“I just think the integrity of welfare is at stake,” he said.

Cappelli, a vocal advocate of rooting out welfare fraud, said too many people are cheating the system, resulting in an explosion of funding in public assistance.While he concedes it would cost the state money to test the many thousands of people receiving public assistance, Cappelli said the state eventually would realize a savings by finding the drug users and getting them off welfare.

“I’m in favor of it,” state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, said. “Why should we subsidize criminals?”Cappelli and Everett said the legislation includes a provision to help get drug users who fail testing off welfare and into drug treatment.

The legislation calls for:• Subjecting welfare applicants and recipients to periodic random drug testing.• Allowing applicants and recipients to retest within 60 days of failing a drug test.• Denying applicants and recipients who fail a test from receiving welfare benefits for one year.

Cappelli could provide no statistics indicating welfare recipients are more likely to abuse drugs. He said many welfare recipients are arrested for either selling or using drugs, however.“I just know we have a public welfare assistance program that is exploding with numbers,” he said. “It’s much cheaper to identify them. If we have single mothers who are selling drugs, using drugs, that is something we need to stop.”He said he doesn’t believe such legislation discriminates against a certain group of people, adding, “there is no right to public assistance.”

Everett, a practicing attorney, added: “You can’t discriminate against someone because they are a drug user. The fact that you are a drug user is not a protected class.”Passing such a bill in the Democrat-controlled House could well face an uphill battle, the lawmakers said.“It may,” Everett said. “They are going to say you are just punishing people.”“I don’t expect the delegation from Philly to support it,” Cappelli said. “I think the Republican caucus is behind it. I think it’s up to Democrats to support it.”

He acknowledged that no other states have successfully passed similar legislation.The bill is part of a legislation package supported by the House Republican Policy Committee’s Welfare Reform Task Force.

Tree, Wires Down at Roulette Tonite(Update)

At 8:00 pm, Roulette firefighters were dispatched to the Kim Hill Road where a tree had blown over knocking down live electric lines onto a shed and the road near the Drabert residence. Allegheny Power has been notified. A small fire was reported

At 8:15, firefighters announced that Kim Hill Road in Roulette Township will be closed from both ends as there is a electric pole with a transformer laying in the middle of the road rendering it impassable. Reopening the road will be delayed until Allegheny Power crews can remove the pole and repair the damage.

Pennsylvania Puts Restaurant Inspections Online


HARRISBURG – For the first time, Pennsylvania consumers can access timely, complete inspection reports for restaurants in the state, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

The new online database, at, is part of the Governor’s efforts to increase food safety in Pennsylvania.

“Food safety is one of the highest priorities in Pennsylvania,” Governor Rendell said. “Providing access to restaurant inspections will help consumers make better decisions about where they eat and the information will better help them understand the factors that affect their safety.”

At Governor Rendell’s direction, the state Department of Agriculture invested in technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of restaurant inspections. In 2006, the department began using the Garrison Enterprises Digital Health System, which gave inspectors tablet computers to do their jobs and immediately relay their results to the state’s database.

“By using the Garrison System, our inspectors are able to do their jobs more efficiently and accurately,” said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “With the addition of complete inspection reports online, the public now has tremendous access to timely and complete information.”

In addition to technological advances, the department has changed internal processes including risk-based inspections, employee health monitoring and other modern food safety advancements. The department has proposed amendments to the 60-year old Public Eating and Drinking Places Law, Act 369, to better reflect current business practices, modern science and the Pennsylvania Food Code.

Governor Rendell is encouraging the General Assembly to pass legislation that will help prevent food-borne illness by improving Agriculture’s ability to enforce food safety regulations. The Governor also supports standardizing the inspection and reporting process so that all eating establishments are inspected using the same criteria and the public receives the results in a common format.

Through legislation, the Governor aims to:

• Make food safety inspections uniform across the state, regardless of jurisdiction. • Make food safety inspection reports available to the public, regardless of jurisdiction.• Increase fees and penalties for re-inspections and failure to meet safety standards.• Require restaurants to have at least one supervisor present at all hours of operation who has received food employee certification. • Avoid duplication of inspections between state and local inspectors.

Pennsylvania made public safety advances in 2004 with the creation of the Food Employees Certification Law – which requires all establishments to have at least one manager certified in safe food handling if they serve food that could make people sick if not properly handled. To date, nearly 50,000 food establishment employees have been trained under this law.

Click on the title to go to the food inspection website, enter the County, and click on search to bring up a list of all food establishments in the county.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Imminent

Potter County is under a severe thunderstorm warning. Hail and tornadovortexes have been observed in the middle of Pa and NY.

Level 3 To Construct Wall Street West Network

Wall Street West Enhancing America's Economic Security
By Governor Ed Rendell

The impact of the 2001 terror attacks on New York City went well beyond the horrific and substantial human toll. The 9/11 attacks also shook the financial services industry to its core and prompted high-level discussions about how Wall Street can be better prepared to handle such catastrophic events. Nothing less than our nation's economic security is at stake.

Since that attack, Pennsylvania has increased its investments in first responders and new security measures. We also worked to identify opportunities for our state to create jobs and promote new business growth associated with the security needs and business continuity plans of companies located in Manhattan.

On Thursday, the culmination of three years of creative and diligent planning paid off with the unveiling of Wall Street West. Wall Street West will stretch from the Lehigh Valley through the Pocono region and offer data-intensive companies a secure location to store data and create jobs. Already home to a number of financial firms, the new Wall Street West initiative will continue to advance the area's economic growth.

As part of this initiative, Level 3 Communications has been selected to construct a high speed fiber optic network linking northeastern Pennsylvania with Manhattan. Competing against such giants as Verizon and ATT, Level 3 Communications operates one of the largest communications and Internet backbones in the world and already has begun to secure business partners to use the new network.

Wall Street West is expected to create approximately 1,000 new jobs and provide workforce training for more than 1,500 people over the next three years in northeast PA. In addition, Wall Street West will attract more than $25 million in new private sector and federal investment ensuring that every state dollar spent to launch this strategy is matched by private and federal sources. This investment will fuel business growth statewide and spur additional community and economic development benefits.

Over the last four-plus years, we have made critical and unprecedented investments in the future of Pennsylvania. We've put new resources into educating our workforce for the challenges and demands of a global economy; we've upgraded our infrastructure and expanded our stock of development-ready sites; and we've improved our business climate through more than $2.2 billion in tax cuts and innovative programs that offer easy access to investment capital.

Causer Says Coudy Office Back on Schedule

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced his Coudersport Office is back on its regular schedule after the hiring of a new staff person, Suzan Paisley.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour).

The Coudersport office is located at 2 Allegany Ave. and can be reached by calling 814-274-9769. Causer also operates an office in Bradford at 78 Main Street, First Floor.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Rattlesnake Hunt Saturday At Morris, PA

If you go•What: 52nd annual Morris Rattlesnake Roundup.•Where: Morris Township Fire Company grounds along state Route 287 in the village of Morris.•When: Starts with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hunting continues until 6 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks Saturday at dusk. Associated events run all day Sunday.•Admission and parking: Free.

The Morris Rattlesnake Roundup is much more than just a bunch of buzztails in a bag.

In fact, it's a full weekend of food, music, softball and fun.The hunt itself runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. But the snake pit stays open, and the fun goes on through Sunday.

A one-pitch softball tournament, usually with 16 to 18 teams, begins early Saturday and runs all day. Refreshments both days include hamburgers and hot dogs, hand-cut french fries, ice cream and soda, and chicken barbecue dinners from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A huge flea market runs both days. Harold Benjamin and the Country Boys take the stage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and Burning Hills takes over from 3 to 7 p.m. Fireworks light up the skies at dusk.

On Sunday, White River performs at noon.-- Star-Gazette

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Port Man Facing Charges

From WESB News:

06/06/07 - Port Man Facing Stalking Charges

A Port Allegany man is facing charges for stalking and trying to run over another man after an incident May 31 in Port Allegany and Smethport.

State Police say 35 year-old Jason Saltsman tried to cause bodily harm to 43 year-old Kevin Saulter and attempted to run him over with his vehicle too. Saltsman is facing stalking, assault and terroristic threats charges.

Rigas Face Sentencing June 26th

From WESB News:

06/06/07 - Rigas's to Face Sentencing This Month

Adelphia Cable founder John Rigas and his son Timothy face final sentencing later this month on their fraud convictions. A federal appeals court upheld the conspiracy, securities fraud and bank fraud convictions of the 82-year-old Rigas and his 51-year-old son last month.

John Rigas faces a 15-year prison term, and Timothy Rigas faces 20 years at their sentencing in Manhattan on June 26

31 Bobcats Taken In Potter County

From WESB News:

06/06/07 - Bobcat Harvest Numbers Announced

Potter County led the state during the recent bobcat harvest in Pennsylvania. 31 bobcats were taken during the 2006-07 season. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says 258 bobcats were harvested during the period.

Seven bobcats were taken in McKean County.

Mike Posts From Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ
(NOTE: This is from Mike ... he couldn't log into the blog so he emailed us this post so everyone could read it tonight!)

Today I visited the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, the second largest burn center in the US. I got a grand tour from Dr. Marc and also met with Brett, the hospital's PIO, and Mike and Joe from the Burn Foundation here.

They informed me of the potential problems burn units around the country are running into, mainly staying financially afloat, to remain open to burn patients. Pretty sobering. There aren't but a couple hundred beds in burn units across the country, 43 burn units to be exact, so the potential for some capacity problems is very real. I was able to meet with a 12 year old boy today who was progressing well and picked out some cool cars from the grab bag o' toys. The burn unit here is looking into getting involved with the Phoenix Society, especially the SOAR program. I also think it would help with the burn foundation's totally awesome burn camp which starts each year on Father's Day.

Click on the link on the lower right margin to read the rest of Mike's Post, see new pictures, and make a donation to the Phoenox Society Burn Program.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Internet, Phones, Out In Storm Last Night

The internet, and internet phone service, from Zito Media, was out for several hours last night following a thunderstorm. Television programming was in tact throughout the period.

Phone customers should be cautioned to have another phone source available in case of emergency. Should your house catch fire or your husband have a heart attack during one of these outages, be sure to have gas in the car so you can go to Sheetz and ask for help.

Cops Get Mike in Arizona--Feel The Burn 2007

Durango to Phoenix
(NOTE: This is from Mike ... he couldn't log into the blog so he emailed us this post so everyone could read it tonight!)

I started the day off at 6am in Durango, at a brisk 50 degrees. I was able to see the sunrise light up the San Juan Mountains and it was beautiful. One of those images that will always stick with me. I passed through the Ute and Navajo Nations today. What a travesty of human justice and caring. I saw extremely poor people living on the crappiest and most unfertile land I've seen. Very sad.

Both times I stopped for gas in the Indian Nations I was approached by men asking for money, albeit politely. My usual response is "No, but if you're hungry i'll be happy to give you some food." In all the years i've said this only one man, in Downtown Crossing in Boston, said that he needed food. 2 big Macs and fries later he was in good spirits. One man today took me up on my offer, I kind of thought he would by the look of him. I gave him some bananas and bread and he was very thankful. Oddly enough, we got talking and it turns out he is a burn survivor, showed me his scars and everything. I gave him the Phoenix Society flyer and wished him good luck.

Who knew that riding a motorcycle over 89mph was a criminal offense in AZ? News to me. I did not bother explaining that in Boston (where I learned to drive) the posted speed limit means you can roughly go 15mph over without getting harassed. Anyway, before you judge me everybody, I was on the straightest, smoothest, most desolate road you can imagine. doing the limit would have been a crime. So there I was, in the Painted Cliffs with a very perturbed state trooper by my side. Upon explained why I was there, speeding on a borrowed motorcycle, he relaxed and wrote the ticket for 10 over the limit. Thanks Rosco. Boo yah!

I rode 500 miles today, 480 of it in the desert. The sun was scorching, the wind felt like a blowtorch, or like hanging out over a roof ventilation hole for 9 hours. I have never felt heat like I felt today. OK, once but i can't explain that here.

I couldn't help but think "why?" someone would or could settle down here in this desert. If I were an early pioneer, I'd a been rowing through the Carribean pal. Why would you search for gold when you can eat coconuts and sleep on the beach?
The temp rose about 70 degrees from the start of my day to the end of it. The seguros were very cool upon reaching the valley here in Phoenix. It looks like it hasn't rains here in eons. I wish i had more time to visit all of the neat sites in the southwest that I passed today, Anasazi ruins, the big meteor crater, Grand Canyon, and Ship Rock. I'm on a mission so that'll have to wait. They're not going anywhere.

I'm very excited about seeing the 2nd largest burn unit in the US tomorrow. I'm going out after dinner to restock my toys and coloring books. There is a vicious rumor that a few PFD Ff's are joining me on their Harleys for the arrival at the hospital. I hope that materializes.

Peace for now my good friends. Was it just here or was the moon in the sky all morning today? Just awesome.

Quote of the day: "Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix

Monday, June 4, 2007

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Evan Dana Rides With Bike and Build

Evan Dana
Arlington, MA
Rochester Institute of Technology

Hi!This past winter I stumbled across Bike & Build and it sent a chill of excitement up my spine. How could I resist spending a whole summer outside biking, building houses, and adventuring with new people? It's the perfect blend of community service, physical challenge, and excitement! I am an industrial designer at a small design company in Concord, MA. I contribute to other facets of the product design process through solving graphic design problems and photographing our products in good light. I have been here for about a year and worked as a freelance and graphic designer beforehand. If I let my job be an excuse for not doing the trip, I would always be wondering, what if...? And I won't let that happen.
I just started biking this summer when I traded a powerwheels for an old Schwinn road bike with a guy at work. I'm now enjoying a 17-mile lunch ride a couple times per week (weather permitting) and always return feeling refreshed and more centered. I used to run cross-country in high-school (if that even still counts) and am eyeing up the Boston marathon this spring, running bandit, of course. I'm sure I'll personally contribute to wearing down the sidewalks and bike path in Arlington as I'm cross-training for them both.
Since I've been fortunate enough to not have to worry about a "roof over my head", I want to help others enjoy the same. But what cause should I support? What activity would be best suited for me? While casually googling "biking", I came across the perfect solution! Bike & Build will be great culturally, emotionally, and physically.
Making country-wide friendships and working with locals from towns across the US develops a stronger sense of national community. Confronting and managing the risks associated with interrupting my current job will no doubt lead to valuable experiences.
Meanwhile, training for such a lofty distance will be both humbling and encouraging as I navigate my body's strengths and weaknesses. Even just from an environmental standpoint, I'm excited to be setting an example of leaving a small ecological footprint. (I'm sure we're all psyched to not have to go to the dreaded gas pump this summer!)
Please don't hesitate to drop me an email if you have any questions, or just want to chat about the trip!
Evan is posting a blog on his Bike and Build Adventure. It is on a link on the lower right of the page. Click on it to read of Evan's preparations for this Cross Country trip which will come across Route 6 through our area on June 19th. Bikers leave Providence, RI on June 7th.

Mike Posts From Durango, Colorado

I headed out to Durango, CO this morning after the top notch breakfast. I saw some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen today. Words cannot describe the natural beauty in the Wolf Creek Pass area. Check it out if you can, it's worth the trip and then some. it was cold and snow was on the ground up there around 11k feet, I figure the Harley lost about 40% power up there.

Durango FD gave me warm welcome and we're having burgers tonight. I worked out for a while in their huge gym and am ready to chow down. There is a rafting competition going on this weekend in Durango so I'll be checking that out tomorrow after seeing if there are any kids in the local Hospital. After that I'm going rafting with Capt. Lou, can't wait, I don't have a swimsuit so I guess the birthday suit will have to do, sorry Lou. Lou just read this and did not find that funny at all.

Click the link on the lower right to read all of Mike's post and see pictures from his trip across the USA for burn survivors.

Job Fair For Displaced Workers June 12 In Coudersport

The Crossroads Team is sponsoring a North Central Area Job Fair from noon to 6 p.m. June 12 at the Coudersport Consistory.

Many employers are expected to attend, according to a press release.The Crossroads Team represents dislocated workers from Adelphia, Time Warner and other companies.

Companies that would like to participate in the job fair can contact crossroads_team@, visit HTTP:// under the events button, or call Terri Cole, Team PA CareerLink Administrator, at (814) 274-9330, ext. 21.

Gasoline Prices--A Must Read

By Jim Pfiffer
Columnist at Star Gazette

You know gas is expensive when a tankful costs more than your car payment. Is there a gas shortage or are oil companies ripping us off?

To answer those questions, I interviewed the president of Substandard Oil Company, Mr. Price Gowger.

Me: Why are gas prices so high?Gowger: Fuel costs rely on many factors like supply, demand, refinery capacity, the stock market, the supermarket, this little piggy went market and other issues used to confuse and deceive consumers.

Me: How can you make a statement like that and still live with yourself?Gowger: I don't live with myself. I live in a mansion on the French Riviera with maids, butlers, chauffeurs, groundskeepers and a bevy of female escorts.Truth is, oil prices are raised whenever we think we can get away with it. We artificially inflate the price of gas by blaming it on hurricanes, maintenance work at refineries, accidents, fires, Venezuela and passing comets.Global warming and more hurricanes have been a godsend to oil profits. Car exhaust increases the warming, which means more storms, more excuses and more dividends for shareholders.We know consumers are angry at skyrocketing costs. That's why we're committed to finding more efficient excuses for continued price hikes.

Last week, a group of oil execs meeting on their yachts in the French Riviera, developed a new excuse-producing plan to blame gas prices on the uncertainty created by the government's push to increase biofuels, like ethanol. We're not going to invest in new refineries only to see ethanol flood the market and lower prices. We know that will never happen, but it's a great example of the hocus-pocus our researchers are working on to get away with the larceny at the pumps.

That's the great aspect about owning an oil company. The public has no way to know if we're telling the truth. There is no government agency to hold us accountable. We run the show, and if you don't like it, you can take a walk. Get it? Walk instead of ride?

Me: Very funny, but the public is calling on President Bush and Congress to take action.Gowger: Now that's funny. Bush is a friend of Big Oil. He's from Texas, remember. Big Oil put him in office and Big Oil keeps him there. He owns more stock in oil companies than he does in the companies that do defense work. He knows what side his bread is oiled on.

Congress is too busy fighting amongst itself to worry about the public.Me: What if consumers get so angry they revolt and stop buying gas?Gowger: It will never happen. Consumers are too selfish and lazy. Motorists demand cheaper gas and complain while filling the fuel tanks on their home-size Hummers. American's want inexpensive gas, but aren't willing to sacrifice to get it. Instead, they delude themselves into believing that this season's price hikes will subside later, as they have before. We call it the "roller coaster." We raise prices and keep them high. Just as the public is about to revolt, we lower them until calm is restored. Only this time, they may not get lowered.

Me: Anything else you would like to say.Gowger: Yes. Please drive fast and often.

Aaron Faust Featured In Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

In the June 2007 edition of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine the "Hiking For A Cure" story is featured in an article entitled "Mountains of Motivation." The article, written by Jedd Ferris, profiles several current thru-hikers and their cause while they hike. The article is really amazing and I want to thank Jedd Ferris for writing the piece.

Follow this link to access the article online:
or if you live in the southeast you can find a free copy of the magazine at any outdoor retailer. Pretty awesome!

Also, if you got to the website via the Blue Ridge Outdoors welcome! Please browse the site and feel free to leave any comments you may have. If you feel so inclined you can donate to the cause by simply clicking "Donate" above. Thanks so much for your visit and check back regularly.

Finally, a "Photo" page is in the process of being added to the site. It should be up fairly soon. It is about time I got some photos of the trip on here. You will be able to track my beard growth progress with the pictures! Haha.Take care!

Posted on June 2nd 2007 by Aaron Faust Click on the link on the lower right of this page to read all of Aaron's posts about his Hiking For A Cure adventure on the Applachian Trail.