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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Family Life Ministries Marks 50th Aniversary

BATH -- Family Life Ministries, owner and operator of Family Life Network, will mark its 50th anniversary with a six-day spread of live concerts and special performances Monday through Saturday.

The six-day event, held at Family Life Center, 7634 Campbell Creek Road in Bath, will bring popular Christian musicians, comedians and speakers to the area, including Chip Ingram and Mark Lowry.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating five decades of encouraging our communities with Christian programming," Rick Snavely, president of Family Life Network, said in a statement. "Family Life has been incredibly blessed since its inception 50 years ago. And each year we are amazed at the amount of generosity and support shown by our listeners, partners, and community members."

Bath-based Family Life Ministries, founded in 1957, is the parent organization of Family Life Network and is devoted to strengthening individuals and families through Christian-based radio broadcasting, educational programs, social outreach, counseling and theater. Family Life Network is a Christian radio network of 12 stations that broadcasts in New York and Pennsylvania.

The anniversary celebration will offer events for youth, singles, families and seniors. Following is the schedule:

•Monday, 7 p.m., Michael Card, a writer and composer of popular Christian classics such as "El Shaddai" and "Emmanuel."

•Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mark Lowry, comedian, musician and songwriter to appear with the a cappella group, LordSong, and pianist Stan Whitmire.

•Wednesday, 7 p.m., Greater Vision, described by Family Life as the most awarded musical trio in the history of Gospel music, with comedic styles appealing to all ages.

•Thursday, 7 p.m., Chip Ingram, founder of the broadcast ministry "Living On The Edge" and teacher/lecturer for seminar organization Walk Thru the Bible.

•Friday, 7 p.m., Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, a group of musicians who reinvented the big-band genre for modern times.

•Saturday, 2 p.m., Go Fish, an interactive performance for children and families by a musical trio that creates sounds with just their voices and percussion instruments.

•Saturday, 7 p.m., Scott Krippayne, an accomplished singer/songwriter and winner of the first ever "American Idol" finale songwriting competition. Go Fish also will perform.

Family Life's hospitality tent will open at 5 p.m. to offer food and other goods before evening performances. There also will be opportunities to meet performing artists, hear special testimonies and participate in a book signing. Activities for kids will be available Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are $5 ($3 for those 12 and under) and are still available for select performances. To buy advance tickets, call (800) 927-9083.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bishop James Dunlap Opens Annual Convention At Tabernacle

Bishop James Dunlap, former overseer for the Pentecostal Churches of the State of Virginia was the opening speaker at the annual convention at Coudersport's Gospel Tabernacle at 7:00 pm on Friday.

The convention brings pastors and others from communities across the country. The conference continues on Saturday with services at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Sunday service is at 11:00 am. A special post convention service will be held at 6:30 pm Sunday evening with Pastor Tim Minor from Texas.

Purse Stolen At Manor

Coudersport troopers are investigating the theft of a purse from Sweden Valley Manor Thursday.

Minelle Snay of Coudersport told authorities someone walked off with her black leather purse which held her social security card, credit card and two check books between 2:45 and 4:15 p.m From WFRM news.

Ulysses Man Injured When Car Hits His ATV

ULYSSES TOWNSHIP – A Ulysses man was injured Thursday when the all-terrain-vehicle he was riding was hit by a car on Route 49 in Ulysses Township.

Melvin L. Erway, 66, of 119 Pushersiding Road, Ulysses, was undergoing treatment at Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Friday.

State police at Coudersport said Erway was driving a 2006 Cub Cadet 4X4 Trail ATV at 5:35 p.m. and attempted to cross Route 49 from south to north. Richard E. Kline, 66, of 64 Milchuck Lane, Coudersport, was driving a 2001 KIA Rio west on 49.

The Kia crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane and its left-front corner struck the left rear wheel of the all-terrain-vehicle. The ATV then slid onto the hood of the Kia, and Erway was ejected onto the eastbound lane of the highway. The car stopped about 30 feet from the point of impact.

At the impact, the ATV traveled 16 feet through the air and struck guardrails.

State police said Erway would be cited for a traffic violation and Kline for driving with a suspended or revoked license before Galeton Magisterial District Judge Delores Bristol.

Tri-Town Ambulance workers treated Erway at the scene, and the Mercy Flight helicopter flew him to Arnot Ogden. /From Star Gazette

Rick Barkley--Kayaking The Allegheny

Day 18: Gettin’ Close
September 21st, 2007

From Bev:

Rick left a message on my voice mail today…he went thru locks 6 & 5..he is a little ahead of schedule and doing fine and he borrowed a cell phone from Chuck Leonard who was passing by on a houseboat to call….says he will probably not be able to call again unless he runs into another kind soul passing him by with a cell phone and he will see us in Pittsburgh on Sat.

Day 17
September 20th, 2007

He called tonight –made it to Orr’s Camp early this afternoon..went thru one lock…no problem…will head out tomorrow through 2 more locks and on to the next destination

Natural Gas In Water Wells In Kushequa

WESB News: 09/21/07 - Problems in Kushequa With Water Wells

The Department of Environmental Protection is still looking into recent gas explosions at wells in Kushequa.

A 96 foot deep water well on the Tony Zippo property on Church street serves 14 residential customers and his personal well 20 feet away are both contaminated by natural gas.

The DEP is serarching for pockets of gas and oil that may be seeping into the wells. Residents are using bottled water for their needs.

Music & Stars Saturday At Cherry Springs Park

MUSIC AND STARS, Saturday, Sept 22nd, Cherry Springs State Park Music at 7:30, Celestial Skies at 9:00pm, $10 advance, $15 at the gate, reduced childrens rates.

I want to remind you that the second (and last for this season) Music and Stars program up at Cherry Springs State Park is going on this Saturday, September 22nd, at 7:30pm, with the Stars program following at 9:00pm. The 15 Beaners will be trying to hold onto the last ounce of summer, and we'd like you all to join us for one last Star Jam!

SONGWRITER'S ROUNDTABLE, Saturday, Oct. 6th, at Ski Denton, food at 5:00, Music at 7:00pm, $10 adults, $5 kids, food is $8 & $5

SONGWRITER'S ROUNDTABLE FUNDRAISER OPEN MIC, Nov. 3rd at Ski Denton, food and open mic at 3:00pm until 10:30pm. Sign-up for the open mic by email!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Change in dress code to fight germs

Bucks County Courier Times

British hospitals are banning neckties, long sleeves and jewelry for doctors — plus traditional lab coats — in an effort to stop the spread of deadly hospital-borne infections, according to new rules published Monday.

Hospital dress codes typically urge doctors to look professional, which, for male practitioners, has usually meant wearing a tie. But as concern over hospital-borne infections has intensified, doctors are taking a closer look at their clothing.

“Ties are rarely laundered, but worn daily,” the Great Britain Department of Health said in a statement. “They perform no beneficial function in patient care and have been shown to be colonized by pathogens.”

The new regulations, which take effect next year, will also mean an end to doctors' traditional long-sleeved white coats, Health Secretary Alan Johnson said. Fake nails, jewelry and watches, which the department warned could harbor germs, are also out.

Johnson said the “bare below the elbows” dress code would help prevent the spread of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the deadly bacteria that is resistant to nearly every available antibiotic.

Popularly known as a “super bug,” MRSA accounts for more than 40 percent of in-hospital blood infections in Britain. Because the bacteria is so hard to kill, healthcare workers have focused on containing its spread through improvements in hospital hygiene.

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium that often lives harmlessly on the skin or in the nose. When it gets into the body, through a cut or incision, it can cause an infection that can range from painful skin lesions to dangerous bloodstream infections or pneumonia.

Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among patients in healthcare facilities, who have weakened immune systems that make them vulnerable to easily transmitted infections. Once rarely seen outside hospitals or nursing homes, MRSA has dramatically increased nationally in people infected outside those settings.

A 2004 study of doctors' neckties at a New York hospital found nearly half of them carried at least one species of infectious microbe. In 2006, the British Medical Association urged doctors to go without the accessories, calling them “functionless clothing items.”

Hospitals in the Philadelphia region have begun a collaborative effort to address and prevent the spread of resistant infections such as MRSA within the healthcare setting and in the community, said Dr. Mark Baumel, of the Health Care Improvement Foundation. The foundation is coordinating the regional effort.

“If research indicates that changes in dress codes prevent infections, then these changes will be promoted throughout the region,” Baumel said in a statement. “Our current understanding, however, is that data do not support a link between such changes in dress code and the transmission of healthcare-associated infections.Baumel added that hospitals in the region restrict nail extensions and certain types of jewelry, which have been linked to the transmission of healthcare-associated infections.

The Courier Times was unsuccessful in reaching area hospital officials for comment on the British hospital ban Wednesday.

Doctors and nurses who don't adequately wash their hands pose a far bigger risk to patients than clothing, said Dr. James Steinberg, an Emory University infectious disease specialist. He said hand-washing should be the focus of infection control efforts in hospitals.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines advising doctors and nurses against wearing artificial nails in operating rooms and around high-risk patients. It says there is evidence that healthcare workers who wear fake nails have more germs on their fingertips both before and after hand-washing than those with natural nails.

Pennsylvania hospitals reported 13,722 patients in 2004 contracted MRSA, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

The infection was present in roughly nine out of every 1,000 hospitalizations in Bucks County in 2004, a rate similar to other counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. Among Philadelphia and its suburbs, Montgomery County reported the lowest MRSA rate: seven out of every 1,000 hospitalizations.

Local hospital officials have acknowledged that community-acquired MRSA is a growing problem, but said they're following national infection control guidelines and protocols. Those measures include isolating infected patients, expanded patient screenings and contact precautions, plus hand-hygiene awareness campaigns that include installing alcohol-based gel and foam hand sanitizers throughout hospitals.

Jo Ciavaglia can be reached at 215 949-4181 or

Preventing staph skin infections

* Keep hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

* Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.

* Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.

* Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels or razors.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Sometime over the past month or so thieves removed a red Wheel Horse 211 lawn tractor and a red plastic five gallon gas can with hand pump attachment from a utility shed at a camp located on Bear Track Lane west of the Gardeau Road in Keating Township owned by Wilson Jack of Vandergrift, PA.

Thieves stole two packs of cigarettes from the home of Judith Metcalf on Teed Hollow Road in Hector Township while she was at work between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this month, thieves entered a home on the North Open Brook Road in Township near Port Allegany owned by Douglas Smith and stole several items. The investigation continues.

Troopers locally have charged 28 year Eric Travis of Portville, NY with scattering rubbish for an incident allegedly taking place late Tuesday night on Railroad Avenue in Roulette. Authorities claim Travis drove a dump truck onto property owned by Eleane Monroe of Coudersport next to the Country Living Retreat Trailer Court and dumped off numerous items including regular household garbage. Police said Travis is currently resident with a former tenant of the victim.

New Circuit City Open In Horseheads

HORSEHEADS -- It didn't take people long Wednesday afternoon to realize the new Circuit City store in the Southern Tier Crossing shopping area was open.

"It's a soft opening," said store manager Eric Loveless, noting the hours are subject to change as the new staff becomes familiar with the store's inner workings.

"Our grand opening is Sept. 27," he said.

The store's hours this week are roughly 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will be open 10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays after the grand opening, Loveless said.

Intermediate Units Looking At Statewide Broadband Internet Service

Agencies consider using more efficient statewide broadband Internet service


Pennsylvania intermediate units across the state, including Intermediate Unit 17, are looking into the possibility of sharing broadband Internet services.

In his report to the board at Wednesday’s meeting, Executive Director Thomas Shivetts said the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units will begin accepting bids from potential providers on Tuesday.

Statewide broadband could allow for better communication among units and better means for sharing information and software, said Scott Moll, Unit 17’s manager of information systems. It also could lower costs because the broadband capacity would be bought in bulk as opposed to by individual units or school districts.

“It’s an exciting endeavor,” Moll said.

Providers also will need to provide information on how the service would be set up across the state, Moll said.

“We’ll let the vendor decide what best suits their existing network,” he said. “We want to make sure the vendor gives us their best economic solution.”

Copper Thieves Try To Take Copper From House

WESB News: 09/20/07 - Copper Pipes Damaged in Shinglehouse

A Shinglehouse man says someone broke into his home and damaged copper piping while trying to remove the pipes.

State Police say the vandals entered the home through a window in the rear of the residence. Two copper pipes valued at $50 dollars were damage during the attempted theft.

Thieves Hit Austin Baseball Vending Machines

WESB News: 09/20/07 - Vandalism to Austin Baseball Building

State Police are investigating an act of vandalism and theft at the Austin Baseball Association building on Windy Blvd in Austin.

Police say vandals damaged two vending machines and stole $200 dollars in coins.

Damage to the vending machines was listed at $300 dollars.

Port Bridges To Be Replaced In Next Year

WESB News: 09/20/07 - Bridges in Port Allegany to be Replaced

Two bridges on Route 6 in Port Allegany will be replaced beginning in March of 2008.

One of the bridges goes over the Allegheny River and the other over the railroad tracks at the western end of town.

PennDOT says the $7.8 million dollar project will replace the bridges which are 70 years old.

PA Welfare Buys 70,000 New Winter Coats For Kids


HARRISBURG - In an effort to help keep children warm this winter,
the Department of Public Welfare has launched a first-of-its-kind
partnership with "Operation Warm" to provide new winter coats to
low-income Pennsylvania children.

"As the cold winter months approach, we want to make sure that
families are prepared," said Secretary Estelle B. Richman. "We are
proud of our partnership with our friends at Operation Warm, which
enables us to extend a helping hand all across Pennsylvania to those
most in need."

As part of the partnership, DPW provided funding for the purchase
of more than 70,000 coats to be distributed statewide to children in

During the first week of the program, more than 600 low-income
children in Montgomery County received coats at the Department of Public
Welfare county assistance offices in Norristown and Pottstown. To be
eligible to receive a coat, families must be receiving Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families assistance through the Department of
Public Welfare and have a child between the ages of five to nine.

"Every child deserves a new winter coat and, with the help of
Secretary Richman, we are now able to give the gift of warmth to
Pennsylvania's children," said Operation Warm Founder Dick Sanford.

Started in 1998, Operation Warm is a Montgomery County-based
non-profit organization that provides new winter coats to low-income
Pennsylvania children and winter hats to low-income adults through
strategic partnerships with donors and more than 500 community
organizations in 33 states.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Driftwood Bridge Reopened With 13 Ton Limit

WESB News: 09/19/07 - Driftwood Bridge Re-Opens

A 65-year-old steel girder bridge in Cameron County has reopened after state transportation officials shut it down for a day following a routine inspection.

PennDOT spokeswoman Marla Fannin says emergency repairs were made Wednesday to a floor beam on the Driftwood Bridge along Route 555. It had been shut down Tuesday following an inspection that morning.

Fannin said the one-lane bridge, built in 1942, has a sufficiency rating of 5.8 out of 100, with 0 being the worst. The span is scheduled to be replaced next year Fannin said emergency repairs were needed so the original span could be used while the replacement is built.

The weight limit on the span has been reduced from 18 to 13 tons.

Deb Jaeckle Back In Court Wednesday

WESB News: 09/19/07 - Grandmother May Take Plea Deal

An Allegany County grandmother was back in court Wednesday facing several charges in connection with her granddaughter's death.

47 year-old Debra Jaeckle is charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and weapons possession.

Prosecutors say her ten year-old grandson accidentally shot her six year-old granddaughter outside her Scio home in June. Cassandra Congdon died of her injuries.

The judge scheduled an October court date to consider a possible plea deal.

Rick Barkley--Kayaking The Allegheny

Day: 15 & 16

September 19th, 2007

Without the all-important cell phone, reports from Dan’l Boone are scarce. Bev sent me this update:

Rick called yesterday..said he made Rockland Sunday 9/15 @ 3:15 pm…then Monday he had lunch in Foxburg with Rev Jim Dietrich..then set back out after lunch for W Monterey…haven’t heard if he made it….


An appearance today at Mansfield University by forensic scientist Herbert L. MacDonell of Corning is not open to the public. Incorrect information was provided by the university and appeared in a news item in Tuesday's editions.

Rendell Wants Statewide Employee Health Plan

Rendell pushes school employee health plan
Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday pressed the case for legislation to place all public school employees under a single health insurance plan as a way to slow the growth in property school taxes.

Salad Mix Recalled For Possible Ecoli

The voluntary recall, issued Monday, affects all packages of Hearts Delight sold in the United States and Canada with a "best if used by" date of September 19, 2007, and a production code of "A24924A" or "A24924B," the company said.

Last year, an E. coli outbreak traced to bagged baby spinach sold under the Dole brand was blamed for the deaths of three people and for sickening hundreds more across the U.S. Authorities eventually identified a central California cattle ranch next to spinach fields belonging to one of Dole's suppliers as being the source of the bacteria.

A recent Associated Press investigation found that government regulators never acted on calls for stepped-up inspections of leafy greens after that outbreak, and regulations governing farms in the fertile central California region known as the nation's "Salad Bowl" remain much as they were.

The latest recall affects packages sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee starting around Sept. 8, said Marty Ordman, a Dole spokesman.

Roulette Woman Charged In $18,000.00 Theft From VFW

WESB News: 09/19/07 -

A Roulette woman has been charged with taking more than $18,000 from the Port Allegany VFW over a nine-month span.

Court records show that 55 year-old Valerie Meacham is facing theft and receiving stolen property charges. Court records indicate that after Meacham was hired in 2005 the VFW post president noticed that the profits from the small games of chance had dropped off sharply.

Meacham was arraigned Monday and released on $10,000 bail.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Judge Cheryl L. Allen To Speak At Camp Hill

Fall 2007 Women Without Walls Prayer Breakfast

When: Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cost: $20.00 per person (Click here for Mail-In Ticket Order Form)

Time: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Prayer Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Location: Main Ballroom

Speaker: Judge Cheryl L. Allen

Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania 17011
Reservations: Toll Free 1-888-201-1718
Telephone: (717) 763-7117

Roulette Water Restrictions Downgraded

Effective immediately, the Roulette Township Supervisors have downgraded the current mandatory water restrictions for the residents of Roulette Township to a Voluntary Water Restriction.

The reason for this downgrade in restrictions is due to the recent installation of a higher capacity pump being installed in the primary water well that supplies the Township. This has increased the amount of on demand water that is available to the system a substantial amount.

The downgraded restrictions will remain in place, as they are in all Pennsylvania Counties effected by the current Drought Watch, until further notice. What this means to the consumer is that a 5% reduction in water usage (compared to normal usage) is requested.

There are still some mandatory limitations that are put upon the local Fire Department for the time being, but these will be modified once the completion of our new water storage facility is in place and functional. The anticipated time for the completion of this project is mid October.

Please find attached a copy of the water restriction policy. These policies are now voluntary rather than mandatory with the above listed exceptions.

The Supervisors would like to thank all of the people that have suffered through this crisis for their participation and cooperation


Jonathan Huff
Township Water System Operator

Burglary Probed On Brookland Road

A burglary taking place sometime since July 6 on the Brookland Road in Sweden Township is being probed by state police here.

Thieves cut a three foot by three foot screen on a locked screen door, then pried open a locked wooden door to gain entry to the camp owned by Manny Senna of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The burglars made off with more than $2000 worth of items including two Panasonic DVD/VCR combo players, a Doc Brown jewelry box containing several 18k goldrings and chains and gold and silver pendants; plus two black one foot by six inch Bose Stereo speakers, a Black and Decker cordless spotlight with battery charger, a Bushnell tripod refractive telescope and a purple Raleigh men’s mountain bike.

Before calling police, Senna was able to recover a Panasonic CD stereo system, a Brookstone Sub 1 speaker, an Apex DVD/VCR combo player and a dozen assorted DVDs.

Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690. From WFRM

$2,000,000.00 Government Deal For Morgan

In a bi-partisan news release issued late Friday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s US Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced that the US Senate Appropriations Committee has approved federal funding for several defense-related projects in Pennsylvania as part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill which awaits further action on the Senate floor and then must be approved by the House and signed by the President before becoming final.

Funding includes $2 million for Morgan AM and T located in Coudersport and St. Marys.

From WFRM news.

Roulette Man Injured In Truck Crash

WESB News: 09/18/07 - Truck Accident Spills Light Bulbs

A Roulette man was injured at 6:00 am Monday morning when his tractor trailer swerved to miss a deer and over turned on Route 6 in Ulysses Township.

27 year-old Jeffery Fessenden was taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The truck was carrying light bulbs which spilled onto the road way. PennDOT was called in to cleanup the debris.

Former Bolivar Resident To Speak At Mansfield U.

Mansfield --Star Gazette
MacDonell to speak Wednesday at MU

"Chemistry and Common Sense in the Reconstruction of Prior Events" will be the topic of a presentation Wednesday by forensic scientist Herbert L. MacDonell of Corning at a meeting of the American Chemical Society at Mansfield University.

MacDonell, the director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science in Corning, will speak at 7 p.m. in North Manser Hall. MacDonell is also director of the Bloodstain Evidence Institute and president of MacDonell Associates Inc. in Corning.

MacDonell is a past professor at Corning Community College and Elmira College. Prior to his career in criminalistics, he was an analytical research chemist for Corning Glass Works, now Corning Inc.

MacDonell has testified as an expert witness in many cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder case.

An appearance today at Mansfield University by forensic scientist Herbert L. MacDonell of Corning is not open to the public. Incorrect information was provided by the university and appeared in a news item in Tuesday's editions.

For more information, contact Ruchi Tandon, chemistry instructor at MU, at (570) 662-4542 or

Monday, September 17, 2007

Fatal Accident On Route 59 In McKean County

A coroner has been called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 59 in McKean County. Portions of this road have been closed and traffic is being detoured.

WESB News: 09/18/07 - A Connecticut Man Dies in Crash on 59

A Connecticut man died in a two vehicle accident Monday afternoon at 1pm on Route 59 in Corydon Township.

State Police say 82 year-old Eric Alliot Jr. lost control of his car and hit a tractor trailer driven by Benedict Guth of Leeper headon. Alliot was pronounced dead at the scene.

Terra Goes House Hunting In San Francisco

Sunday, September 16, 2007

San Francisco Update

To all those who have left comments, posts on my Facebook wall, emails, voicemails, texts, and all forms of telepathic communication: thank you so much for your thoughts and words of luck and love. I have been/continue to be overwhelmed with the generosity of my family, my friends, and of perfect strangers.

For the past week+, I have been staying with my friend Margot in the Lower Haight, where she is house/dogsitting for 2 weeks. She has been so generous in sharing this space and her time with me, as well as her clothes (walking around in SF in Sugoi spandex isn't exactly the style I'm shooting for) and the company of the 2 dogs, Petey and Matilda.

I've been spending a lot of time searching Craigslist for my own place to live. There is not a lack of places. However, there is a lack of affordable places in places I want to live and an over-abundance of others who share the same situation. I went to one open house yesterday where the housemates had already met 60 people that day alone. It was that house, too, that I felt the most drawn to. But, beggars can't be choosers, and as I ended the day feeling a bit discouraged, a bit anxious to get my own space and free up that of those who've been generous enough to host me, I got a phone call from a house here in the Lower Haight offering me a room in a 3 month sublet. It was the first place I saw yesterday and it had grown on me over the course of the day. I haven't officially accepted it yet, but plan to on Tuesday when I meet the remainder of the roommates. I'll have a small but furnished room for the months of October, November, and December at which point the sublettor returns to reclaim her space...and I start the search again. But that's ok, gives me time to get a more focused search done for something slightly more permanent at the beginning of the new year. I think it's going to be a fun place -- good sign: bumping into one of the housemates last night at a bar on Haight St. One with a great beer selection.

So, today I'm meeting up with my friend Lucas from BU who's here in the East Bay for grad school. I spent last Wednesday night with Gabe, from Boston, catching up and seeing his new place. He's been generous, too, as I've been using his computer daily to spearhead this apt. search effort. I spent Friday with my friend Laura, also from my BU days, who's in town for grad school now, too. There's a little life starting to take shape now, and with a place to live all but secured, I'm getting excited to delve into the job search. Updates on that later.



Sunday, September 16, 2007

Scarnati To Be On PCN Monday At 7:00 PM

WESB News: 09/16/07 - Scarnati: Dems and GOP Will 'Play Nice'

The state Legislature returns to session Monday for the first time since the $27.2 billion budget showdown between Senate Republicans and Democratic Governor Ed Rendell.

Legislators are expected to wrangle over issues left unresolved when they began their summer break, such as whether to ban smoking in public places, allocate funding for alternative energy and borrow $500 million to jump-start development of the biotechnology industry in Pennsylvania.

Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says "I think we'll be able to play nice in the sandbox. We (might) get sand in each other's eyes from time to time. But I don't think there will be any kicking or shoving."

Scarnati is scheduled to appear on PCN's "Call-In Program" at 7 p.m. Monday.

Steve Bernard Completes Basic Training

Military news
•U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Steve J. Bernard, son of Carol D. and John S. Bernard of Coudersport, recently completed basic training with honors at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Bernard is a 2006 graduate of Coudersport High School.

Allegheny National Forest Stops Drilling

WESB News: 09/16/07 - Minard Run Oil's ANF Operation Shut Down

Minard Run Oil Company's gas and oil drilling operation on the Allegheny National Forest has been shut down because the company started drilling without required permits.

The US Forest Service says Minard Run Oil did not have a timber contract allowing it to cut the trees or a "notice to proceed," which are both required before tree-cutting, road-building or well-drilling can begin.

Minard Run President and CEO Fred Fesenmyer acknowledges that the company did not have the documents, but says a 60-day review period had run its course when he decided to proceed.

He says the company was left hanging by the forest service, which is supposed to approve a drilling application in a timely manner, and that the company didn't do anything illegal.