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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bike and Builders Are In Indiana

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Say that one aloud.But seriously, these states are running together. In the last three days, I've ridden 76, 85, and 92 miles, averaging about 18 mph. I've pushed my body harder than I had previously, trying to maintain paces of 23/4 over 10-13 miles at a time, sometimes with others, sometimes by myself, and that's an enjoyable diversion, but overall, riding bikes through cornfields is about as exciting as it sounds

. It's meditative, and, as Terra says, you can just "put it on autopilot, put your head down, and go," but I can't do that for too long without nearly falling asleep on my bike. There isn't even anything fun to see out here. Just roadkill, and a headwind.

That said, our hosts have been ridiculously generous, and we've just biked into Lafayette, Indiana, and our first OFFICIAL rest day-- we'll hang out in town tomorrow, with no responsibilities, and then get out of town the next day. Lafayette's home to Purdue U, and a cool bike shop where I picked up some bulletproof tires and some cushy gloves.

I also found out that my chain's "nearly dead," but so's my cassette (rear gears) and it's better if I just "wear them down to they die." I love bike mechanics. Especially smarmy ones. I get the feeling they'll "die" on the side of the road in Nebraska. That'll be cool.

Last night we had a great dinner in Hartford City, Indiana, where I came up with the ideal biking food: a bread bowl, filled with mashed potatoes, and topped with chicken 'n gravy. And then, today at lunch, I came up with the other ideal biking food: a triple-decker french-toast sandwich, stuffed with peanut butter and bacon. Nate added popcorn for crunch. I like the way he thinks.
That's all for now-- I'm sharing wi-wi, and don't have much else to say about OhIndianIllinoIowa. More to come tomorrow. Posted by Sam Carmichael

ATT To Buy Out Cellular One For 5.1 Billion

SAN ANTONIO - AT&T Inc., the nation's largest wireless carrier, agreed Friday to acquire rural wireless provider Dobson Communications Corp. for $2.8 billion in cash.

The offer of $13 per share adds about 1.7 million customers to AT&T's nearly 62 million at a time when some analysts have questioned how much larger carriers can grow in a U.S. wireless market that is saturated.

The offer represents a 17 percent premium over Dobson's closing price Friday of $11.11 in trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. Including debt, the deal is worth a total of about $5.1 billion.

Oklahoma City-based Dobson does business under the Cellular One brand in rural and suburban markets in 17 states and has provided roaming services to AT&T since 1990.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson, who took over for long-serving Ed Whitacre Jr. earlier this month, has said AT&T will be a wireless-centered company going forward. The announcement of Dobson deal came at the close of Stephenson's first board meeting as the chief executive.

Rep. Martin Causer In Ulysses, Galeton Monday

July Office Outreach Hours---Representative Martin Causer

Continuing my commitment to making government more accessible to you, I have scheduled satellite office hours for the month of July. Keep reading to see when I'll be in your area:

Monday, July 2:Ulysses Borough Office 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m
Galeton Borough Office 11 a.m. to noon

Thursday, July 12:Emporium Borough Office 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Port AlleganyBorough Office 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
EldredBorough Office 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Additional Office Hours
You are also welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford or Coudersport Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour). Office Contact Information

McKean County Incidents From WESB

WESB News: 06/30/07 - Reward Offered to Catch Kane Burglars

Officials in Kane are offering a 1 thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of people responsible for a string of daytime burglaries in the borough. Since April, burglars have entered more than a dozen residences in Kane during the daylight hours. All of the homes have been unlocked, according to Police Chief Brian Hillard. He said the daring burglars are "looking for money" such as loose change, rolled coins or other cash in the homes.

The latest burglary was reported last Friday, when the burglars stole $130 in change sometime between June 20 and June 21. Hillard believes the burglaries are linked, and says State Police also have been investigating similar burglaries in Wetmore Township and Hamilton Township.

WESB News: 06/30/07 - Two Hurt in Annin Township Accident
Two people are hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at the intersection of Route 155 and Champlin Hill Road in Annin Township. Police say a car driven by 84-year-old Frances Miller of Turtlepoint was turning onto Champlin Hill Road when it turned into the path of a pickup truck driven by 38-year-old Richard Lowman of Port Allegany. Miller was flown by Mercy Flight to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Lowman was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Police say Miller will be cited for a traffic violation.

Galeton Man Stabbed--Assailant Jailed

From The Elmira Star Gazette:

GALETON -- A Galeton man is recovering at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport from stab wounds while his accused assailant remains in Potter County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Chad M. Sepiol, no age given, is listed in stable condition at Cole for treatment of several serious stab wounds and cuts.

James D. Akeley, 19, of 22 Fifth St. in Galeton, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Borough Police Chief Christopher Brackman said he was called to the scene of the stabbing about 11:30 Thursday night.When he arrived at 22 Fifth St., Akeley's address, he said he found Sepiol covered in blood with several wounds about his stomach, left bicep, left elbow and left leg.

Brackman said the two men were involved in a scuffle after Akeley returned home from visiting a friend and Sepiol approached his car.
Brackman said Akeley pulled out a six-inch hunting knife and the argument escalated.The Galeton Hose Ambulance took Sepiol to the hospital.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Electric Rates Soar In Pennsylvania As Regulation Expires

Electric Rate Hikes Threaten Pennsylvania's Future Growth

By Governor Ed Rendell

Pennsylvania must act now to address soaring electricity costs before they threaten our continued economic growth. Rate caps imposed under Pennsylvania's deregulation of the power industry 11 years ago are now beginning to expire statewide.

The impact already is being felt. In the southwestern region, some businesses have seen a more than 70-percent hike in electric rates, and many households have seen energy bills skyrocket by more than 30-percent. In the northeastern region, a school district in Pike County watched its electric bills soar by 130-percent overnight.

If your rates haven't skyrocketed yet, brace yourself: whopping increases are on the way. In less than three years, rate caps in every part of the state will expire. That's why we have to act now.

To help consumers and protect our economy, I've proposed an "Energy Independence Strategy" that is aimed at cutting electric costs by $1 billion a year. Specifically, the Energy Independence Strategy would:

Direct utilities to provide their customers with "least cost service." Presently, utilities can charge whatever the market will bear. Under my plan, utilities will have to do some work for their customers - shopping around and finding the best deal on electricity for their customer's benefit.

Direct utilities to invest in cost effective conservation first, instead of saddling customers with the huge cost of new cross-state transmission lines to meet growing demand or before more expensive "peak power" is pulled from the grid.

Provide every consumer with a "smart meter" and the option to participate in a "time-of-use rate" so ratepayers can avoid consuming electricity during periods of peak demand.
Provide rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances to cut energy bills.
Provide rebates of up to 50 percent for families and businesses who want to use solar power.

At a time when Americans are working hard to reduce our reliance on foreign sources of energy, Pennsylvania can do its part by adopting my Energy Independence Strategy.

Garth's Run---60 Miles Left To Run

9:00 P.M. 6-28-2007
I started off the day by doing my morning call-in to Wiggle 100 at 8:15 in the morning. We then loaded up our camper and left the cabin to go into Warren. We stopped at a gas station to get some hot chocolate and breakfast sandwiches.

We got a call from Allen Westerbaun, one of my teammates, who called to say that he was coming out today to run with me. So we went to the Perkins parking lot in Warren to wait for him and get stretched out.

It was the perfect running conditions this morning with the weather being cool and damp. Our first run was 9 miles into the town of Youngsville. The sun started to come out on our last 2 miles and it started to really warm up right as we were finishing.

We then parked the camper in a church parking lot and rode back to Warren to pick up the laundry that my mom had put in before she went back home. While we were there, I was interviewed by the local newspaper who are going to do a story on me.

When we were finished there, we went back to the camper and cooked some burgers for lunch. Allen and his dad, Eric Anderson, were both there and Allen was going to run the 2nd run with us. About an hour after we ate, we went on our 2nd run, which was only 3.2 miles. It was warmer then, but not nearly as blistering hot as it was yesterday morning.

Eric and Allen headed back home and Ryan, my dad and I drove into the town of Corry to find a campsite. We ended up finding a very nice one called Harecreek Campgrounds, which was right in the town of Corry. We set up the camper there and then rested for a while before going out on our final run of the day, which was 4.5 miles.

We then went the Wal-Mart in Corry to get some things at the pharmacy for my swelled up foot that I got from a bee sting. After that, we went back to the camper and cooked some steaks for dinner.

I now only have a little over 60 miles left to go and will be finished on the 3rd of July. Looking back on everything that I've done on this trip, I really don't think that I would have done anything different.

I've been to many new places that I've never been before and met some great people along the way. The rest of this run should be easy and really fun.

Tioga County Gets 3 Million For New 911 Radio System

Tioga County OKs $3.1 million contract for digital microwave

Sun-Gazette Correspondent

LAWRENCEVILLE — Tioga County’s 911 system is getting a complete overhaul. As part of that, at its meeting held at Lawrence Township Municipal Building, the Tioga County Board of Commissioners approved a $3.1 million contract with Motorola for a digital microwave system for the county Department of Emergency Services.

Dave Cohick, county director of emergency services, said the new digital system will replaced an outdated analog radio system. “The system we have in now was put in in 1979 and it can’t handle what we’re going to do,” he said.

One of the requirements the state has set for counties’ emergency services is that they are able to locate a wireless caller within 200 feet, he said. This new system will allow the center to do that for both Tioga and Potter counties. Tioga County Emergency Communications Center also dispatches for Potter County. “It will create better communication between the two counties,” he said.

Tuesday night, the board also approved three other contracts relating to emergency services:• $240,000 with Rettew Associates Inc. of Lancaster• $198,870 with T3 Global Strategies of Pittsburgh• $89,674.43 with Watson Dispatch, Seattle, Wash., to update 911 dispatch work stations.

Cohick said the contracts with Rettew and T3 related to GIS data development.Former Tioga County Commissioner Walt Barnes of Millerton asked where the money was coming from for the four contracts.“Every one of those dollars for those items have come from a wireless 911 grant from the state,” said Commissioner Mark Hamilton. “No taxpayer — local taxpayer — dollars were used.”

Later, Cohick said that the state imposes a dollar surcharge on wireless phones and counties are allowed to submit funding to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. On June 1, the county received $2.5 million from PEMA, he said. In all, the county has received $5.4 million from PEMA from the wireless 911 fund.“Personally, I would like to say that I’m pretty elated that we’re able to do this,” said Hamilton before voting on the measure.

Both he and commissioners Sue Vogler and Erick Coolidge credited Cohick, who is a member of the state wireless 911 advisory board, for the hard work that went into getting the funds.“I’m really proud,” said Vogler. “David’s ahead of the game.”

Coolidge also credited Potter County officials, especially the commissioners and John Hetrick, Cohick’s counterpart there, director of emergency services for Potter County. “I can’t stress enough how important it was that both Potter and Tioga County worked together on this,” said Coolidge.

On June 21, the Potter County Board of Commissioners also approved another contract with Motorola for digital microwave for 4.2 million dollars.

Veggie Booty Snack Food Recalled

Veggie Booty snack food recalled
June 29, 2007
A popular snack food sold nationwide is being recalled because of concerns about contamination.

All lots and sizes of Veggie Booty Snack Food are being recalled, the company said, following a report of 51 cases of salmonella poisoning that may be associated with the product.Georgine Hertzwig of Robert's American Gourmet in Sea Cliff, N.Y., said the company acted after the Food and Drug Administration contacted them about the illnesses in 17 states.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Hertzwig said none of the products has tested positive for salmonella, but the company acted as a precaution after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that many of the infected people has eaten the product.

Veggie Booty Snack Food is sold in supermarkets, health food stores, vending machines and online in the United States and Canada. It is sold in flexible plastic foil bags in 4 ounce, 1 ounce and half-ounce portions.

The brand name is Robert's American Gourmet, and all codes and expiration dates of Veggie Booty are being recalled.The company said consumers who purchased Veggie Booty and still have the product in their homes should discard the contents and contact the company at 1-800-626-7557 for reimbursement.

State Police Want Man Who Violated Protection Order


State police here are looking for a Birdsboro, PA man in connection to a violation of a protection from abuse order filed in Berks County.

Authorities claim 39 year old Wade Wilkinson arrived at the home of Dana Reid on Academy Street during the early morning hours, Thursday in violation of the order and when they arrived, Wilkinson fled the area and has not been seen since.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690,

Nathan Obrien Posts About His Accident

Bike & ... 06/26/07 - 10:22:09 pm

Greetings from Columbus, OH! As many of you know, Columbus is the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes, losers of both the football and the basketball national championship games this year to my school’s team, the Florida Gators. Anyways, today was quite an eventful day.

Our ride today was a relatively easy 50 miles from Gambier to Columbus with a brief respite at Logan’s house around mile 40. Trying to come up with things to write about for the online journal, I kept thinking about the various names I’ve heard for the trip. Of course, Bike & Build is the official name.

However, if you look at the titles of some of the riders’ blogs, there are several plays on the Bike & Build name that humorously maintain the same alliteration and structure. I think everyone on the trip can come up with a name that applies to them.

For example, Derrick, you could call it Bike & Break Your Pelvis. Win, you might choose Bike & Butt Butter for all of the time you spend lathering up with the crème de chamois each morning with an audience.

For me, I would call the trip Bike & Bleed, for it seems that each day I get bit by the teeth of my chain ring. I’m not really sure why this keeps happening, but I would recommend that you keep your bikes away from me if you wish to keep your derailleurs intact.

In addition, I got hit by a car today, but more on that later.Thus, I think each rider can find a unique word or expression beginning with B to append to "Bike &" that personalizes his or her Bike & Build experience. Nevertheless, some of the modifications I’ve heard apply to the group as a whole. I’m happy to say that Bike & Beer and Bike & Bone have not reflected our group dynamics, but I would say that Bike & Binge is particularly fitting. Just look at today’s culinary delights.

This morning we had an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Kenyon College cafeteria, which had pretty much anything you could imagine. Scrambled eggs, French toast, hash rounds, non-Wonder bread, bagels, cereal bar, pastries… They even offered apple butter and organic milk dispensers for the cereal. Since usually our choices include oatmeal, bananas, and Cheerios, this was a pretty big improvement and induced for most of us a post-breakfast food coma.

Then about 3 hours later we had another feast at Logan’s house (thank you Mr. and Mrs. Rhyne for the amazing food and fun!). Fried chicken, barbecue sandwiches, pasta, mac ’n’ cheese, fruit, cornbread, salad… Then dessert. For normal people a sampler plate consists of small pieces of each item; however, for Bike & Builders it means a full slice of chocolate cake, a full slice of cheesecake, some pound cake, and a few cookies. I initially couldn’t comprehend that it could be possible to gain weight while biking 70 miles a day, but now I get it, especially since today’s level of food consumption really wasn’t that much different from usual (just a bit higher in quality).

I also got hit by a car today, which was an interesting experience. I guess this trip really is Bike & Bleed for me. It was somewhat ironic that earlier in the morning I told Courtney (fellow UF alum) that I wouldn’t wear my blue and orange Gator socks since I didn’t want to get run off the road by some crazed, bitter Buckeye fan. She was confident enough to wear her socks, but I got hit by the car. Go figure.

Anyways, I wasn’t seriously injured or anything. I was in front of a few other riders about a quarter of a mile away from the JCC destination on a two-lane residential road when some 17 year old girl decides to pull into her driveway with me passing by it. I was a bit surprised, to say the least, and had no time to even reach for the brakes. I have to admit that it was quite a graceful fall. My left shoulder hit the car before I somehow ended up in the grass.

Apparently the girl was trying to go around us and then saw another car coming in the other direction. Rather than hit the car, she chose to take out the cyclist while pulling into a driveway, which just so happened to be hers (something doesn’t quite add up).

Apparently you have to be brilliant to put your right foot on the brake. Fortunately I just scraped up my knee and tweaked my shoulder a bit. Nothing serious. I was more worried about my bike. The front wheel looked like a taco, but at least I’m not the one paying for it.

Perfect day for me to be the writer of the journal today, huh? On a more serious note, it was great to have so many good friends around to support me. I’m fairly strong mentally and would have been perfectly fine on my own with this, but it was comforting to have concerned friends around to help me. Plus it was reassuring to hear that I wasn’t the one who caused the accident.Share the road,Nathan

Police Camp For Kids

Northern Tier camp grooms police officers Agencies team up to show children what it takes.

June 29, 2007
By George
Star-Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

MANSFIELD -- They march in step, call cadence, stamp their feet and do push-ups on command.All adults (or suspected adults) are "sirs" or "ma'ams." The kids use the bathroom with permission, respond to counselors' questions loudly and in unison, salute smartly and do calisthenics and run a mile before breakfast. They are up at 6:15 and out the door by 6:30.This summer camp is more like boot camp. That's no accident.

And these 76 kids, ages 12 and 13, from Tioga, Potter and Cameron counties seem to thrive on it."It's all fun, sir," said Cody Robinson, 12, of Coudersport. "There are a lot of things to do and learn. I'm looking forward to scuba diving."The hard part for me is room inspection," he said. "I can't seem to get my bed made the way they want me to. But I'm trying."

It's Camp Cadet, a weeklong summer camp held at Mansfield University and staffed by state troopers from Mansfield, Coudersport and Emporium, probation officers from three counties, municipal police, emergency medical workers and others.

Click on the title to read the rest of the story in the Elmira Star Gazette.

Garth Watson Runs Kinzua Country

9:00 P.M. June 28, 2007
Today started out like most others. I woke up and did my morning call-in to Wiggle 100. After that, we went for a walk to the scenic lookout of the Kinsua Dam. We then went for our first run which was 7.5 miles long and we ended at the Kinsua Dam. It was early when we did our first run, but it was still extremely hot.

It was almost too hot to run in, but it was good to get it done as early as we did. We then went back to the cabin where we went fishing and had some lunch. We hung around for most of the day and didn't go for an afternoon run because it was so hot. So we just sat around and relaxed for most of the time as we fished for hours. We caught one trout and are thinking of cooking it on the Webber Grill tonight.

Later in the evening, Marty Ventello and Chris McClinko came over from Towanda to run our last leg with us. We then drove to the Kinsua Dam to start our last run for the day. We ran about 10 total miles and I felt great the entire way. We had perfect running conditions as far as I'm concerned. It was raining and the temperature was mild.

We finished the run and are now all headed back to the cabin to eat another delicious meal prepared for us by the Herman's and then just hang out and chill. Overall, it was a pretty good day. It didn't seem like we were going very far or fast, but we were actually going faster on both runs than we usually do. Plus, the 10 miles was one of the farthest distances I've done in one run so far on this trip.

Tomorrow's run will take us approximately halfway between Warren and Columbus. I have about 100 miles left until I finish.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bridget Sheehan Posts From Amish Country

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Sweet Smell of Amish Country /click the link to see pictures.

The ride to Gambier was ripe with the lovely smells of Amish country. Cheese, yogurt, and horses. On this 90 degree day, we rode through a touristy stretch of rode that really sent us all on quite a detour. I ended up spending two hours eating peanut brittle, touring a cheese factory, and learning about the Amish culture at a mural museum.

After I had a stomach full of dairy, I was ready to go, but my fellow riders still hadn't had enough. This was the first time on the trip where I felt the desire to take off and ride on my own. I left Amish country and headed south towards the lunch stop. With my odometer broken (thank you Patrick) I had no idea how far i was riding or how fast i was going. There was no one behind me to make me feel as though I wasn't going fast enough and there was no one in front of me that I needed to keep up with.

It was amazing. I rode alone, took pictures, wondered if i was lost, and finally about an hour later, I saw some fellow riders. We met up right before a huge hill. The temperature outside felt like it was about 100 degrees but I felt great.

I took a huge gulp out of my camel pack, switched gears and pedaled up what seemed like a mountain. Once I got to the top the coast down was amazing, and Patrick was awaiting us all with a perfect lunch spot. Chalked arrows led us to a covered bridge, a nice shady spot to enjoy a pb&j and some Gatorade.

We left lunch only to be spoiled with more joys. Not only did we get Amish cheese and an amazing lunch spot but we also got to ride the last 15 miles down a beautiful bike path. Our destination was Kenyon College, where we would be sleeping in beds!!!

The path was surrounded by perfectly groomed farmland, ponds, bridges, cattle, and ended at the old train station. This day was amazing. Laying in my SINGLE room that night, in a real BED, I couldnt really ask for more.
Posted by Bridget

Potter Jail Inmate Charged

From WFRM:

State police here have charged a Potter County jail inmate with simple assault, terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, harassment, making false reports to law enforcement, and unsworn falsification for an incident allegedly taking place on Beech Street in Coudersport on May 19, 2006.

Troopers claim 23 year old Sean Scharlau struck a young girl several times with a metal rod and then lied to authorities about the incident, claiming the child’s mother had committed the crime. But later, police say, Scharlau recanted and confessed to hitting the girl. He will be arraigned at a later date.

And state police claim 48 year old Dorothy Buchanan of Sweden Valley also implicated the child’s mother in both written and verbal statements. She will be arraigned later of charges of making false reports to law enforcement authorities and unsworn falsification.

Colleges To Identify Economic Barriers In Area

From WESB News:
06/28/07 -
Two Local Universities Team Up for Study

Saint Bonaventure and Pitt-Bradford are teaming up to conduct an economic study. The $43,000 study will be conducted to identify barriers to economic development in the region.

The information will then be provided to economic development organizations in the area to assist them in working cooperatively to eliminate those barriers.

Funding for the study has been secured by US Representatives John Peterson and John Kuhl from the Financial Services Appropriates Bill that will be voted on in the US House this week

50 Million Approved For Volunteer Emergency Services

Fire, EMS Grant Applications Available Soon, Causer Says
Legislation providing grant funds signed into law

Public safety in Pennsylvania got a substantial boost Thursday when legislation continuing a grant program for fire and ambulance companies was signed into law, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

Under the law, applications for the grants will be available within 45 days.

“We owe a great deal to the men and women who volunteer to serve in our fire and ambulance companies,” Causer said. “Their generosity not only helps save lives and property – it also saves taxpayers millions of dollars because our municipalities do not have to fund full-time, paid fire and rescue services.

“I am pleased to see this grant program will continue, not only this year, but for the foreseeable future,” he added.

House Bill 906 establishes the grant program as an annual program to be funded from state gaming revenue. The program typically provides $25 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies. For this year only, the program funding is doubled to $50 million.

“Emergency responders and the people they serve and protect in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have received thousands of dollars in grants from the program over the last several years,” Causer said. “It has been a big help to us and other communities across the state as we face increased fire and rescue equipment costs and, in many cases, decreasing volunteer ranks.”

Under the program, grant money may be used for construction or renovation of the fire or ambulance company’s primary structure; purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment; training; or debt reduction.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will administer the grant program.

Appeal Filed In Perjury Case

Convicted perjurers file appeal with state Superior Court

Era Reporter from the Bradford Era...Click the link to read the whole story in today's Era.

The two women convicted of perjury for testimony in hearings for a convicted cop killer have filed appeals in their cases, raising six issues for appellate consideration — five of which allege judicial errors.

West Chester attorney Sam Stretton filed the statement setting forth the issues of appeal for Marian Nersinger, 28, of Holley, N.Y., and Michelle Nelson, 28, of Friendship, N.Y., each of whom were sentenced last month to serve three to 23 1/2 months in McKean County Jail for perjury convictions.

Both women are free on bail pending appeal. Each woman testified that she heard Becky Lucrezi Olson say she is the one who fired the shot that killed Kane Borough Police Officer Steve Jerman in 1999 — not Timothy Williams, who has been convicted of the crime and is serving a prison sentence of 22 to 47 years.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Garth Watson Still Running Pennsylvania

10:00 P.M. June 26, 2007

We started the day off by loading up the camper and leaving the Hahn's residence. They have been very generous and helpful to us and are a great family. We drove from there to where we stopped running yesterday.

We then ran for 7 miles, passing the Bradford airport 2 miles into the run. We took a break and drove into Bradford, where we went into the TOPS grocery store to pick up a few things before we went into the Allegheny National Forest.

After getting groceries, I went over to Lisa's Hairport and got a massage. We left there a while after and ran another 3 miles in the middle of the day. It was so hot then that we had to shorten our run again.

Mrs. Herman, a teacher of mine back when I was in 6th grade, has parents that own a campground in the Allegheny National Forest. They invited us to stay there as long as we need and cooked us dinner and took very good care of us.

For our last run of the day, we ran another 7 miles after it cooled off outside. I felt great today running, especially after the great massage I got in the middle of the day. I think that the rest of the run should be fairly easy and very fun.

Rigases Ordered To Prison By August 13

By Patricia Hurtado and David Voreacos

Bloomberg News
Published June 27, 2007, 4:50 PM CDT

Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were ordered to report to prison by Aug. 13 to begin sentences for looting their cable-TV company.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand in Manhattan set the date today for John Rigas, 82, sentenced to 15 years, and Timothy Rigas, 51, the former finance chief, sentenced to 20 years. The judge denied them bail during appeals of their 2004 convictions.

"Practically, what you have here is a guy who's already lost all but an insignificant appeal of his case," said Jeff Ifrah, a former federal prosecutor now with the law firm Greenberg Traurig in Washington. "Everyone knows that it wouldn't have an impact upon his sentence."John Rigas is the oldest top executive convicted in the wave of U.S. prosecutions that started after Enron Corp. went bankrupt in 2001.

Ex-WorldCom Inc. Chairman Bernard Ebbers, 65, is serving a 25-year term for securities fraud. Ex-Cendant Corp. Chairman Walter Forbes, 64, is to begin a 12-year sentence July 16.

The Rigases were convicted of conspiracy, securities fraud and bank fraud. They have been free on bail in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where John Rigas started Adelphia in 1952. It was the fifth-largest U.S. cable provider before its 2002 collapse.

An appeals court last month upheld the Rigases' convictions. A further appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is planned, and the men have separately challenged a bank fraud conviction, defense lawyer John Nields told Sand today, arguing without success to keep them at liberty."Too much time has elapsed from the time of conviction of these defendants on these very serious charges and the time they begin serving sentence," the judge said.

Sand said he imposed the sentences in 2005, almost a year after a 5 1/2-month trial ended with their convictions."So we are here today, toward the end of June 2007, and dealing with the sentence imposed in June 2005," he said.

Peter Fleming, a lawyer for John Rigas, told the judge much of the time since the sentencing was consumed by complicated financial issues, such as the amount of restitution and fines the men would pay.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Johnson argued against bail. He noted the men were convicted of 15 counts each of securities fraud. "Every one of those counts has a 10-year exposure," Johnson said.The Rigases declined to comment after the hearing, as did their attorneys.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will tell the men where to report to serve their sentences, the judge said. They aren't eligible for a minimum-security camp because their sentences are longer than 10 years, said Ifrah, the former prosecutor, co-author of the book "Federal Sentencing for Business Crimes."

John Rigas had heart surgery in 1999 and has bladder cancer. He may leave prison after serving two years if doctors say he has less than three months to live, Sand said at an earlier hearing.

"You don't get to stay out of jail because of your age," said Leslie Caldwell, a former lead prosecutor of Enron cases now at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in New York. "I presume he was pretty old when he committed the offenses which he was convicted of."

Garth Watson In Allegheny National Forest On 59

9:00 P.M.-June 25, 2007
Today started out at the Sheetz convenient store in Port Allegheny where I did my morning radio call-in.

Then Ben, Ryan and I ran about 6.5 miles from Port Allegheny to just outside of Smethport. There were at least 5 sizeable hills on that run and they kept coming one after another.

After that, we went back to the camper and just relaxed and cooked some burgers. Brian Peterson and Jay Perry from Canton were there to help out during the first run. Jay rode his bicycle from Coudersport to Smethport, then rode back halfway and met us.

We then went back to the camper to hang out for a while and cooked some burgers on the grill. Then, Ryan and I ran downhill for a little over 3 miles from where we had stopped last into downtown Smethport. It was very hot then, so we didn't want to do too much running in the middle of the day.

Then, we went back to the camper, where we rested for a few hours before we ran 8 miles out of Smethport toward Mount Alton. This run resembled the run up Gobblers Knob that I did coming out of Troy with a 2.5 mile climb.

I felt really good today, as I am getting even closer to the finish. Right now it looks like I may finish by next Tuesday, but we can't really be sure until we get closer.

Tomorrow, we will start running through the Allegheny National Forest, which I heard is really nice, so I am getting very excited for that. We are just hanging out tonight and will probably get to bed early so we can get a fairly early start tomorrow morning.

For more information on Garth's Run click on the link on the lower right of this page.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Phoenix Society Director Comments on Feel the Burn--2007

From the Executive Director, Phoenix-Society for Burn Survivors

On behalf of all of those affected by a burn injury and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors we want to take this opportunity to thank Firefighter Mike Manning for his incredible effort related to "Feel the Burn in 2007".

Literally, Mike challenged his body and mind to cross the country by himself and at some points did in deed "feel the burn". He did have challenges, but he fulfilled his goal to raise awareness and funds to support the Phoenix Society's ongoing work for burn survivors. His efforts were heartfelt and it was contagious.

So many were involved along the way and for that, we as an organization are grateful. It was clear reading the blog that dozens and dozens of people were there to help Mike just as they are when someone suffers a devastating burn injury: The Firefighters, Burn Care Professionals, Burn Support Organizations and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.

Together we are stronger - thank you to Mike and family for your time and commitment, and to everyone who made it possible. From the beginning Mike was never alone! Ultimately that is what we are all working to accomplish - a community - so no one travels the road of burn recovery alone!

Amy Acton Executive Director, Phoenix-Society for Burn Survivors

Bike and Build--Nate Hit By Car In Columbus

Pictured is Nate O'Brien

Well, today marks our third official build day, here in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio, according to the locals, is round on the sides and HI in the middle. I’m convinced that everyone here looks like Drew Carey, making them round on the sides and wide in the middle.

Just kidding. So far our time here has been quite idyllic, and has been marked by a few surprises. They are, in no particular order:

Derrick, our compatriot who was yanked off the trip due to a seemingly intractable broken pelvis, has rejoined the group and will ride the rest of the way with us just two weeks after he fell off his bike, going 30, down a hill. We are all in awe of his tolerance for pain. I'm convinced he's just cultivated a masochistic streak from his time on UVA's crew team.

Nate got hit by a car. An hour and a half ago. But he's fine, and the 17-year-old-girl-who-cut-him-off-in-traffic's dad gave him a hundo for any bike repairs he might need. Mildly sketchy, but we're all entirely relieved that he's alive and unharmed. His bike tire's tacoed, but that's fixable. According to witnesses, his first words upon rising from the asphalt were "My arm hurts. Shit, my bike's jacked up." Or something like that.

Other than those unwelcome surprises, the last three days have been marked by some stupendous rides and luxurious accommodations, including couches and beds (gasp!), fresh fruit, cheesecake, cheapo/delicious Amish cuisine, and North Carolinian BBQ (thanks to the Rhynes!), friendly locals, the gorgeous Kenyon campus (shoutout to Emily), and an idyllic hour in a pool outside of Columbus, a few hours ago.

I'm in good spirits, although a bit grumpy thanks to a crappy 95-degree ride through rush-hour traffic into Columbus, marked by Nate's lil' accident, irate drivers, dozens of stop lights, and an anonymous passenger who decided to throw a 3" chunk of metal at me from his window as he drove by.
We're here at the JCC now, though, safe and cool and clean, and we're about to leave for a triple-A minor-league ballgame-- the Columbus Clippers vs. the Indianapolis Indians.

Tomorrow we're building here, staying another night, and getting out of town again.Pictures to come. Love to all.

Posted by Sam Carmichael

John and Tim Rigas To Be Sentenced Wednesday

According to a news report on WIVB, Channel 4 in Buffalo, NY, John and Tim Rigas will be resentenced in the Manhattan Court on Wednesday. According to the report, the Rigases had been told by the Judge that they will have to report to jail in 60 days.

Click the title of this article to watch the video in news segment 1 from the Channel 4 newscast. Our thanks to Justin Cochran for the heads up on this report.

Potter County Number 1 in Unemployment

Potter County again had the distinction of being number 1 in the region.

The Potter County LMA had the highest unemployment rate in the region, 6.7 percent, followed by the Cameron County LMA at 6.5 percent.

Mike Manning Posts About His Finale--Feel The Burn

What a finale!
What a party.

Sacramento and San Jose/VMC were absolutely awesome. Thank you to the Sacramento Shriner's Hospital for bringing ALL of the kids outside for the very nice ceremony. Shriner's Hospitals are the next thing to Disneyland for a lot of these kids- toys, games, cool rehab rooms. Great job.

Thank you to Sacramento FD Station 2 for the MetRx Bars, T-shirt and great directions. Big Terry joined me on his yard sale Trek 5200 bicycle for the ride from Shriners to Station 2, nice riding w/ you Terry.

San Jose FD and VMC pulled out all of the stops for the finale. Thank you to everyone for your amazing efforts for the BIG fiesta at the VMC (Especially the clean footed nurses in the burn unit). Big Bad Bruce Weisberg made it out to the party, good seeing you brother. California is passionate about their burn care and that is awesome - let's keep that going!!!

Thank you to everyone who's donated, supported, housed me, helped me, helped a burn survivor, supported a burn unit. Think globally and act locally, let's all come together to expand the scope and power behind burn care.

An hour of your time, even if it's once a month or every 2 months can really make a difference in a burn survivor's life - burn camps, burn units, FD's, the Phoenix Society all need your help in making burn care work for everyone.

Thanks for watching the blog - let's do something BIG next year everyone, we are thinking about a cross country relay from burn center to burn center next year w/ FF's riding motorcycles to promote awareness. My email is if anyone is interested in doing something like that.

Derrick Is Back--Bike and Build in Ohio

Monday, June 25, 2007

Gambier, OH (73 miles)
Derrick's back! As a surprise, he was there upon arrival last night at the YMCA. He had broken his hip with a side of road rash while biking to Kent, CT, but his doctor's said riding wasn't goint to make it worse. Well, I don't think he told the doctors the extent of our trip, but they said that biking wouldn't make it worse.

It was pretty hot today. Our two lunch stops, helped us keep cool today, though. Not to mention we were thoroughly amused by the Amish buggies that we passed en route. I even saw a buggy on the corner of someone's yard, with a "for sale" sign in it. Silly Amish, who's going to motor by and decide to pick up a buggy on a whim?

After two days of chilling out at a comfortable pace, I caught a glimpse of being in a big race - as if I was in Breaking Away or in one of Bobke's stories - and just took off. We were theoretically about a mile from the second lunch spot and had just pulled out of a beautiful 73º shady road, when I started to rock the crank arm. I just spun circles. Spun, spun, spun. I kept a pretty decent resistance for a few miles, but the thought of passing lunch slowed me down a bit 6 miles later.

Luckily I decided to stop and check out the "longest covered bridge in Ohio", which just happende to be the hidden lunch spot. When I went to chaulk the road, I realized I had just sped past the other markings.

About 7 of us were treated to a nice 9 mile ride on a shaded bike path for the last leg of the trek. Oh what a difference the shade makes! It's so enjoyable to be able to ride 3 across and chat without worrying about cars or potholes.

Thus far, I've dodged flat tires (knock on wood for me) and hope I can keep this up as long as possible! My bike is getting mighty dirty, and I think I might give it a good cleaning on our upcoming build day.

Several people ate it yesterday on railroad crossings, wish them quick healing (just scrapes) and hope that we all learn quick enough to avoid any more mishaps. I think in total there've been about a dozen small falls that drew some blood.

Hope all's well with the rest of you! (You can send me email, I just might not be able to read it on a relaible schedule.)

Oh, and I'm almost at 900 miles since the trip started!

Posted by Evan Dana

PA House Votes To Make I-80 Toll Road In 2010

Newspapers are reporting today that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a proposal to impose tolls on 300 miles of interstate 80 starting in 2010. They are also investigating the possibility of putting toll booths on I-95 in southeastern PA.

Port Allegany Woman Lifeflighted After Accident

From WESB News:
06/26/07 - Port Allegany Woman Hurt in Accident

A Port Allegany woman was injured in a one vehicle accident Monday afternoon at 2:20PM on Minard Run Road in Bradford Township.

19 year-old Debra Hammond lost control of her SUV, hit a culvert and rolled over. Hammond had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was flown to ECMC in Buffalo. Police say their investigation is continuing.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Aaron Faust--Now More Than Half Way In Hike For A Cure

Duncannon, PA! Over half-way and still going...

First, I just want to apologize for the last post's ridiculous amount of typos. I was a wee bit tired after that 42-mile marathon, so I will chalk it up to trail fatigue. Hopefully most everyone got the idea of what went on. Anyway, after a great zero day on the 20th at my sister's place I returned to the trail on the 21st.

I was still feeling quite sore from the MD Challenge, but I figured the best thing to do was to keep hiking and the soreness would work itself out. So, Jess dropped me off back at Pen-Mar Park and off I went. I wasn't too quick at getting awake that morning at her place, so I wasn't able to get on the trail until about 10:45am or so. A bit of a later start than I am used to, but it was all good. I was hoping to get in a 20-mile day, so I did not take too many breaks. The hiking remained pretty easy.

I took my first break at Antietam Shelter. There I ate a significant lunch and took a load off for a few minutes. Sufficiently rested and nourished, I moved on and met several new thru-hiker faces. They were Mangrove, J-beard, and Dash, all also from PA. They were nice kids and told me they had also done the MD Challenge. It took them 25 hours to complete. Nuts! After hanging out with them for a bit I kept hiking and soon was in Caledonia State Park.

It began to rain, so I just kept on going because I wanted to get to the evening's shelter as soon as I could. I was really tired from the past several days of long days. It rained the rest of the time until I got to Quarry Gap Shelter for the night. Quarry Gap Shelter was a beautiful shelter that actually had two shelter structures conjoined by a covered patio with picnic table.

It was really nice. I also thought it was funny that one of the structures was labeled "Snorers" and the other "Non-snorers." The designer of this shelter must have been a thru-hiker! There was one other hiker, Zero, there when I arrived. He just stayed in his sleeping bag the whole time, so I did not really get a chance to chat with him. Soon, Usual Suspect and Shovel arrived.

We talked a bit while we cooked dinner and then we all hit the hay early. Both Usual Suspect and I wanted to get an early start on the 22nd so we could put in big miles.

The 22nd came and it was actually a cold morning. That night was chilly too. I woke really early and all I wanted to do was get going so I could get warm. I was hoping to bust out a 33-mile day, so the next morning (Saturday) I would have an easy 4-mile hike into Boiling Springs to get to the Post Office before it closed. The hiking was again pleasantly graded and before I knew it I was at the first shelter of the day, some 7.5 miles in, by 9:15am.

I was really cruising. I stopped there and spoke with the Ridgerunner who was stationed there. I ate some Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts and kep moving. There's nothing like a second breakfast of 400 calories of pure sugar to keep you going. Five miles later I was at the next shelter. I ate lunch there and was 13.5 miles into the day and it was not yet Noon. I was doing good and I wasn't all that tired yet.

I soon descended into Pine Grove Furnace State Park and stopped at the Park Store. It is a tradition on the A.T. to stop here and attempt the "Half-Gallon Challenge." You are supposed to try and eat a half-gallon of ice cream in one sitting. I did not go for it, to the dismay of some of you, but I did grab a Cherry Coke and rest for a bit.

Usual Suspect was there. He and I played flip-flop all day a long the trail. We both moved on and about a mile later we were at the official half-way point of the trail. There was this cool marker that we both got our pictures by. I was about 20 miles in for the day at that point. The trail then had a nice climb up to an overlook that I actually passed by. I just kind of wanted to keep going. If I stopped I wasn't sure I would want to start again!

So, I kept on moving and crossed several roads. At one road there was a car garage that had a soda machine in front of it. It was only 100 yards or so off trail, so I went for it. It was all out of soda though! What a cruel trick?!?! I wonder how many other hikers have been suckered in by this false soda machine! No soda to push me on, I kept going and began to descend to what I figured was a stream and the shelter. I even saw a campfire flickering down the way. It was getting late at this point and I knew I had to be close.

It wasn't the shelter though, just a group of Boy Scouts out. They were cooking hot dogs over the coals of the fire. It sure did smell good. I slowed my pace to see if they would offer any to me, but they did not. Dang it! I crossed the creek and started heading back up hill. This was not cool. I knew I had to be really close. Finally, a few minutes later I saw the spur trail to the shelter, Alec Kennedy Shelter.

I got there, got some water at the spring, made dinner and pretty much passed out immediately. I arrived at around 7pm and had done 33 miles! I was tired, but at least I knew I would get to town before the Post Office closed the next day. Usual Suspect rolled in about an hour later!

Saturday the 23rd was a great day! I had a really easy, short hike into Boiling Springs, PA. It is really a nice little town. I went right to the ATC Mid-Atlantic Office to drop my stuff off and then crossed the street to the Post Office. My mail drop was there and I went back to the ATC to organize.

I called home at that point and my dad told me that my mom and Dale and Sally Metzker were on there way down to visit me. This was a nice surprise! So, I waited there at the ATC for them to arrive. I also called my good friend Scott Sutton and told him I was in town. He was planning on meeting me there as well and hike for a day and a half with me. My mom and the Metzkers showed up soon later and we had a great lunch at Red Robin. The monster burger and raspberry/chocolate shake were amazingly good.

We didn't have a ton of time to catch up because Scott was meeting me at 1pm to continue hiking. I was also going to see mom and dad again in Duncannon a day later, so it was okay that it was a short visit.

I got back to the ATC and old Sutton was waiting there. We got our things organized and headed out. The hiking was really easy. It was mostly all farm fields. We were able to make really good time and it was really nice to catch up with Sutton. I hadn't seen him since my friend Jan and I swung by his place in Indianapolis two years prior.

We saw this nice pond with some picnic tables and decided to take a nice long break there. We ate some food and rested. Scott's father makes the best venison jerky ever. It was so good. We hungout by the pond for a while. There was a nice breeze, but Sutton kept getting whiffs of my hiker stench and was not too pumped about that. He gave me a hard time about that for the rest of the time he was out there.

We kept going and the hiking stayed easy. There was finally a little incline up to the shelter, Darlington Shelter. We got there and turned the corner to see who was there and before I could even figure out what was going on a woman said, "Aaron Faust!"

I was taken a back, but then realized that it was Pat Hart, a woman who attends my dad's church. She was out section hiking with several other women. It was crazy that we were both there at the same time. It really is a small, small world!

Sutton and I hungout for a bit around the picnic table before we retired for the night. It was a good day and we had a short 11-mile day the next day into Duncannon, PA.

On the 24th, Sutton and I got to sleep in. We hit the trail at about 9:00am or so and had another beautiful day for hiking. The day was highlighted with several great views of the Susquehanna River. It was mostly ridgeline walking, so again we made good time. We stopped at Cove Mountain Shelter for lunch and to get water. The spring was a real pain to get to. It was a ways down this really steep hill from the shelter.

There were also a ton of gypsy moths wreaking havoc on the trees and plants in that area. It was really kind of disgusting. We hyrdated and ate and relaxed there for quite a while before finally getting back on the trail. We soon got to Hawk Rock, a great lookout where one can see the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers and the town of Duncannon. We descended down the mountain and were greeted by my parents and Ruth Cox.

They had cold sodas and snacks for us. We left a bunch of sodas for other hikers. Hopefully someone got some trail magic out of it! My parents took Sutton back to Boiling Springs to his ride and I went to Ruth's house to get cleaned up. I was able to get a great shower and then Ruth, my parents, and I all went out to eat.

It was a great time! We ate and talked and then returned to Ruth's house. She was gracious enough to offer me a place to stay for the night, which was great! We talked a bit more at her place before my parents had to get back to Williamsport. I stayed at Ruth's and had an amazing night of sleep! I will be seeing my parents again on July 2nd when they pick me up from the Delaware Water Gap!

Today (the 25th) I will be hitting the trail in the afternoon and will be meeting Josh Williard, his brother Ben, and possibly Stamatis, I mean Spartacus, on the trail. They are going to hike this evening to Peters Mountain Shelter with me and then all day Tuesday as well! Should be a good time! I will be sure to post again as soon as I can.

Oh yeah and if my dad had a trail name it would be "Bubba!" Haha!

Posted on June 25th 2007 by Aaron Faust

Garth Watson Runs Through Coudersport, Roulette, Port Allegany

Garth Watson is running over 400 miles across Pennsylvania to raise money for a new track at his high school. Canton High School has had several winning track teams but doesn't have a track. Garth , who will be a senior this year decided to do something about it. Click the link on the lower right to see Garth's website.

6/22/07 Day 13--

10:00 P.M.
I guess I was wrong at the end of yesterday when I said that I would be running alone for a while, because early this morning, Ryan Mulcahy showed up at our camper ready to run with me for the rest of the way. We were at exactly the halfway mark at the beginning of today, as we ran about 6.7 miles this morning to get there.

We then ate breakfast at Christies Country Cafe, who let me use their phone to do my morning call-in. They were very friendly there and supported what I was doing very much. We then left there and ran another 6.3 miles through Galeton and stopped for another break.

After we finished eating lunch, we waited a little while and then ran our last leg of the day, which was 6 miles. We then found a campsite called Potter County Family Campground on top of Denton Hill to stay at for the night. They allowed us to stay for free after we told them of the project. We just hung around there for the night and my dad attempted to cook supper on his Webber Grill.

6/23/07 Day 14
9:25 P.M.
We started today out by running our hardest part of the day. We started 2 miles from the foot of Denton Hill and ran to the top of it. We then went back to the campsite and got some breakfast and cleaned up.

We went to a library to get on the internet and then went back to the campgrounds to put all of our groceries away. We then went for our second and last run of the day, which was into downtown Coudersport. After we finished running for the day, we stopped into Sheetz to get some drinks and sandwiches and then went back to the campgrounds. It was a great day to run and wasn't too challenging.

Tomorrow will probably be a pretty easy day as well, as we'll be running from Coudersport to Port Alleghany. It's nice to have Ryan with us so that I can have someone to run with every day and hang out with.

6/24/07 Day 15
8:25 P.M.
We started today off early by driving from our campgrounds into downtown Coudersport for our first run. Megan Peterson showed up to run the first few miles with us and Brian Peterson also came to help out.

We ran 9.5 miles into Roulette for our first run. There, we took a break and hung around at a park for a couple of hours. Then, we met up with Ben Hahn, who was the 3,200m. state champion this year. He ran our last leg of the day with us, and then he and his dad invited us to park our camper at their house.

So we drove to their house, parked the camper in their backyard, and then walked down to the stream to go fishing. We came back to the house and were interviewed by the local newspaper.

Afterwards, we met up with Scott and Paula Inman, who drove over from Canton with their parents and children. After they left, we all had dinner, which was left over from Ben's graduation party the previous day. We then talked for a while and watched the video of Ben and I running in states this year.

After that, a group of us went to the local ice cream place where we got Boston Shakes. We drove back to the house and sat around a campfire talking for a while. Finally, it was time to go to get some sleep to prepare for tomorrow's run, which will involve a few good hills.

Rendell Wants Sales Tax Hike

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday he remains committed to increasing the state sales tax as a way to cut school property taxes dollar-for-dollar, even though he declared an immediate tax increase unnecessary to support state spending.

Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Youth To Perform At State Capitol

The youth from the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle will travel to Harrisburg Tuesday, June 26th with Youth Pastors John and Gina Minor where they will offer prayer, singing and performances by the praise team and the youth band at The State Capitol Building, Main Rotunda from 11:00 Am to 2:00 pm. Soloists will be Katoura Williams amd Tommy Burdick.
Co-ordinator for the event is Sr. Pastor Carl Vining, Amazing Grace Ministries, Montgomery, PA.

Potter Human Services Gets Federal Funds For Youth Programs


Potter County Human Services will receive 100 thousand dollars for in-school, after school and community youth health programs that promote physical activity, healthy eating, team building, sportsmanship and leadership development.

US senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey made the announcement today.

The projects are contained in the federal Labor, Health and Human Services, and Appropriations bill

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Look What I Found On The Web

Maybe if Franklin County (Chambersburg) has too many employers, we should have a industry fair there and see if any of those businesses would like to move to Potter County where they can find plenty of great, hard working, intelligent employees who don't want to move to the southern part of Pennsylvania!! This article appeared earlier this month in the Chambersburg area.
Officials to attend Potter Cty. job fair
By MARCUS RAUHUT Staff writer

With Franklin County's low unemployment rate, finding employees can be a challenge for some businesses.

In Potter County in northern Pennsylvania, which has the state's highest unemployment rate, the challenge for some is finding work.

The two counties will work together on Tuesday, when representatives from Franklin County will be recruiting at a job fair in Coudersport in Potter County.

"To our knowledge, it's never been done before that a community has gone and done a job fair in another community," said Dave Sciamanna, president of Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. He will be attending the job fair.

"The whole northern section of Pennsylvania has lost thousands of jobs in recent years. They've had some difficult economic times over a significant period of time. This is a great opportunity to keep people in Pennsylvania and also give them a location within a commuting distance of where their roots are," Sciamanna said.

About 500 to 600 workers lost their jobs at a call center for Adelphia Communications in Coudersport after the company -- once the sixth largest cable provider in the country -- entered bankruptcy and was sold.

Job growth in Franklin County, meanwhile, has been outpacing the rest of the state.
"We have a lot of jobs, our economy is growing and we think there's an opportunity for these people to relocate," Sciamanna said. "We think this is a good fit here. It's semi-rural and I think that folks would find living here not like moving to a big city. I feel there are a lot of parallels that make our area attractive."

A number of northern Pennsylvania and New York employers are scheduled to take part in the job fair.

From Franklin County, representatives from four major growing industry clusters -- transportation and logistics, construction, health care, and manufacturing -- and a representative for other sectors will be attending the job fair, along with staff from local chambers of commerce and Pennsylvania CareerLink.

Sciamanna said the Chambersburg Chamber sent letters to local employers and is asking employers to submit information about their companies or job openings to take to the job fair.
Marcus Rauhut can be reached at or 262-4752.

By the numbers

In April, Franklin County tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3 percent (seasonally adjusted).
Potter County had the highest jobless rate in the state in April at 6.7 percent, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.
State and national jobless rates in April were 4.1 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

6 Year Old Accidentally Shot In Head Dies In Rochester Hospital

Wellsville child dies after being shot: 6-year-old apparently shot by 10-year-old

By JOHN ANDERSON/Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE - The Wellsville community is grieving the loss of a 6-year-old girl accidentally shot in the head Friday morning while at her grandmother's house.

Allegany County District Attorney Terrence Parker confirmed that Cassandra Congdon, 6, of Wellsville passed away around 5 p.m. Saturday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Congdon had been in guarded condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Amity-based state police said she was shot in the head on Peterson Hill Road in Scio by a 10-year-old.

Flood Of '72 Remembered---35 Years Ago

By James Jones

This weekend is the 35th aniversary of the great flood of 1972, when Hurricane Agnes parked itself near Philadelphia and pumped tons and tons of water into the inland area. Two days of unrelenting rain sent streams, rivers, and even little ditches out of their banks and into homes and businesses. River guages registered the highest levels since the '42 flood. The '72 flood was determined to be a 300 year flood, which means there is a one in 300 chance of a repeat.

I was living in the Eldred area, when it happened, and woke up to the sound of rushing water. The little ditch in front of my trailer was now the size of the Allegheny River, and completely covered the road.

I climbed the hill behind the trailer and looked out on the normally grass covered valley below. It was now all a big lake from one side of the hill to the other. There was no place to go. The road was covered and wouldn't recede 'till the next day.

When the water did go down, the approach to the bridge was washed out for about 30 feet making crossing impossible. I called a man who had a bulldozer on the other side of the chasm and talked him into bulldozing the road back in place.

After getting out and making our way to Port Allegany, I moved the contents of my TV and Appliance store to the old Boro Building as Lillibridge Creek threatened to go over Main Street. Boro workers were working desperately to remove a tree lodged under the bridge.

The river level raised to the level of the sidewalk on Mill street and stopped just short of coming in the store. Pearl Street was flooded, and anyone below the tracks on Mill street was flooded out of their homes.

Eldred Boro didn't have a dike back then, and was flooded to the top of the first floor windows on Main Street, as was Portville and Westons Mills.

Attempts to travel to other areas were thwarted by state police who turned back traffic from flooded or formerly flooded areas.

I wasn't able to retain any pictures of the flood of '72 but if you have any good ones, you could share them with us by email to

Evan Dana Posts From Youngstown, OH

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Youngstown, OH (54 miles)
It was pretty exciting to see the Ohio sign today, as I hadn't yet visited this state!

We rode some great rolling hills today after Pastor Sam showed us a hilly shortcut. There was a great medley of long gradual climbs and steep medium climbs. I was feeling kinda lazy today and stuck in the high gears up the hills, just spinning slowly. I tackled one big climb all in the highest gear, standing the whole time. It was a good push.

My wrist is still soar (more so after helping to unload everyone's bag from the trailer). But feeling OK. Last night Pastor Sam gave me some advice on how to change the setup of my bike to make it more comfortable. I dropped the handlebars by two collars and tilted them down, too. I also moved the seat forward to relieve some pain from the seat that was building. The seat adjustment seems to have worked, but we also had a day off and an easy 50 today. The handlebar change now lets me hunker down a bit more and grip the hoods while my forearms rest on the bars, this is awesome for my wrist.

The scenery was gorgeous again today, and the temperature, fantastic. A nice cool morning and sub-80 degree and sunny day made for another amazingly beautiful meandering ride. Our lunch stop was next to a barn, across the street from a farmhouse, in the middle of a slew of fields. The family came out and gave us cantelope, drinks, and then s'more mix for the road.

I wish I could upload some pics off my camera (with a freshly broken screen) to show you all how it looks while I'm riding, but you'll just have to imagine it. Enjoy!
Posted by Evan

Rachel Brooks Wins Miss Pennsylvania Pageant

UPPER NAZARETH, Pa. - A University of Pennsylvania graduate student from Delaware County won the 2007 Miss Pennsylvania pageant on Saturday night.

Rachel Marie Brooks, 24, from Broomall, Pa., will represent the Keystone State in the Miss America competition.
On the Net: Miss Pennsylvania: