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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Kitchen Fire At Mick's Place In Port Allegany

Port Allegany Fire and Ambulance have been dispatched to Mick's Place on Main Street where a fire in the kitchen is reported. Early reports on the scene indicated smoke showing. The fire was reported out at 7:19 pm.

Bad Check Charged

WESB News: 10/13/07 – Coudy Woman Writes Bad Check

Coudersport –based Pennsylvania State Police report that a Coudersport woman was charged with issuing bad checks.

Esther Williams, of Coudersport, issued a bad check to Gold's General store, of Genessee PA, who contacted Williams several times about the bad check with no results.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Coudersport House Gutted By Fire

A Coudersport rental unit was gutted by an accidental fire last night.

According to Coudersport Fire Department Assistant Chief Bryan Phelps the blaze was caused by a carpet covering a floor furnace register which ignited when the furnace came on in the house owned by Martin Wennin and occupied by James Mackey.

Phelps said that due to the “balloon construction” the flames moved quickly up the outside wall into the second floor and attic.

Firemen were able to retrieve many of Mackey’s belongings.

Volunteers from Austin and Roulette assisted at the scene with additional masked personnel.

About 45 firefighters responded to the 8:55 p.m. call and the fire was declared under control about a half hour later and all units were back in service by midnight. Information from WFRM.

2 Cows Shot Dead Near Millport Fairgrounds

Troopers here are looking for the culprits who shot and killed two Herford-Limousine cows at the Walter Rix farm on Route 44 a mile north of the Millport Fairgrounds last week.

Authorities believe the incident took place during the daylight hours as a shot woodchuck was found nearby and they say the incident may be related to similar incidents taking place this summer on the Dingman Run Road in Hebron Township.

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

Potter Troopers Probe Burglaries

A 16 year old Ulysses Township youth is being charged with burglary for incidents allegedly taking place over the past six weeks or so at a camp on the Sweden Hill Road owned by Robert Supinski of Mt. Morris, NY. Authorities claim the youth was tracked down and confessed to breaking into the house, stealing a key and making numerous long distance phone calls. Property damages are estimated to be $1,000 while stolen property is estimated to have a $500 value.

A camp burglary taking place since July 27 on the Smoker Road near Ellisburg is being probed by troopers here. Authorities say thieves removed 140 feet of copper tubing; 100 feet of copper flex tubing, copper fittings, a MAG flashlight, two other flashlights and a crowbar from the camp owned by David and Janet Houk of Lancaster, South Carolina. From WFRM

Police Identify Man In Port Allegany Accident

A Port Allegany man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on route 6 about three miles west of that town.

State police said Roydon Hallock was headed east when his 1983 Oldsmobile went off the road, struck some guardrails, shot back across the highway and struck another set of guardrails before going off the road an into a field where it came to rest.

Hallock was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital.

I-80 Toll Road Idea To Proceed

WESB News: 10/12/07 - Plan to Toll I-80 Moving Forward

PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials will sign a landmark lease no later than Monday to convert Interstate 80 into a toll road.

The 50-year agreement is designed to create what they call a unique "public-public partnership" to generate a total of $116 billion. It's the latest indication that the two agencies are moving full speed ahead with state legislation passed this summer to raise new transportation funds despite opposition from some elected officials, businesses and residents along the 311-mile highway.

If the I-80 tolling plan succeeds, state officials estimate it will raise an average of $950 million a year over the next 12 years when combined with toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Congressman John Peterson says the plan is a big mistake and revenue projections are vastly overstated

Arsonist Sentenced To State Prison

WESB News: 10/12/07 - Bfd Arsonist Gets State Prison Time

An Emporium man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court for the fire which destroyed four homes in August of 2006 on Kennedy Street in Bradford.

20 year-old Terry Bornheimer was sentenced to 16 months to four years in state prison on charges of arson after he set fire to his mother’s vacant home at 170 Kennedy St. in Bradford. The fire spread to homes at 166, 174 and 177 Kennedy St.

Bornheimer’s mother Debra Miczo is also facing arson charges. She is scheduled to stand trial on October 29.

Man Blasts Apartment Wall With Shotgun

State police at Kane have charged Jesse Walker of Eldred with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.

Police occupied claim Walker fired a shotgun into the wall of Main Street Eldred apartment on Wednesday morning between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m.

Amber Hardier of Coudersport, Andrew Coscia of Port and Dennis Campbell of Eldred were in the apartment at the time but were not hurt.

Walker was taken into custody by troopers and was committed to the McKean county jail in lieu of $5000 cash bail after being arraigned before district Judge Cercone. From WFRM

Superette Closing In Duke Center

WESB News: 10/12/07 - Duke Center Superette Closing

The Duke Center Superette is closing its doors today after more than 60 years in business.

The store was originally built by the Snow family in the early 1940s. Sharon Littlefield and Kelley and Buck Daniels currently operated it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bidding Deadline Extended For Taj Mahal

The bidding deadline for the Taj Mahal has been extended to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 15

Four different bidders have upped the ante for the former Adelphia Building to $1,300.001.00.

Anytime a new bid is received within 24 hours of the bid deadline, the bidding deadline will be moved ahead 24 hours.If a valid bid is received within 24 hours of the new Bid Deadline, the Bid Deadline shall again be extended for an additional 24-hour period. The new Bid Deadline shall continue to be extended in this manner until no new valid bid is received within 24 hours of the previous Bid Deadline. When this happens, the bidding will be closed.

A Last Call Bid Deadline shall not expire on a weekend or national holiday. For example, if a bid is placed within 24 hours of a Friday Last Call Bid Deadline, the new Bid Deadline shall be the following Monday. Bidders may bid on weekends and holidays, but are not required to do so.

Going, Going, Going------Almost Gone--Taj Mahal

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$1,300,001 dav672 Online 10/11/2007 17:20 EDT
$1,200,001 Seb115 Online 10/11/2007 13:58 EDT
$1,100,001 Mor660 Online 10/11/2007 10:44 EDT
$1,000,001 Tru784 Online 9/20/2007 16:53 EDT

Burglars Set Fire ---$150,000. Damage To Beverage Company

WESB News: 10/11/07 - Burglary, Fire at Beverage Company

State police are investigating a fire and burglary at Wilcox Beverage early Thursday morning.

They say someone entered the building sometime between 4:30 and 5 a.m., and removed soda, beer, food, money, a computer and a .22 caliber handgun.

The burglar or burglars unlocked the front door, left the building and fled the scene heading south on Route 321.

At 5:04 a.m., the Wilcox Fire Department responded to a fire at the business. The estimated damage from the fire is 150 thousand dollars. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact Ridgway-based state police or Elk County Crime Stoppers.

Adelphia execs appeal fraud convictions to U.S. Supreme Court

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son, the defunct cable company's chief financial officer, have appealed their fraud convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

John Rigas, 82, was sentenced to 15 years and Timothy Rigas, 51, to 20 years for their roles in Adelphia's collapse. They were convicted in 2004 on multiple charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.

In an appeal filed Wednesday, they asked the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court decision that affirmed their convictions, said Lawrence McMichael, their Philadelphia-based attorney, who is not representing them in the appeal. In July, they also filed a motion for a new trial.

John Nields, the Washington-based attorney representing the Rigases in the appeal, did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Prosecutors claimed the Rigases made Adelphia's finances appear more robust when they were in fact dangerously overextended by concealing nearly $2.3 billion of the company's debt.

In a decision upholding their convictions, the appeals court said the family looted more than $200 million from Adelphia, spending the money on personal expenses that ranged from $3 million to produce a film by John Rigas' daughter to $6,000 to fly two Christmas trees to New York.

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Another of John Rigas' sons, Michael Rigas, also received 10 months of home confinement after pleading guilty to making a false entry in a company record.

Adelphia was the country's fifth-largest cable television company before its collapse in 2002. At its peak, it served more than 5 million customers in 31 states. Its stock value was nearly entirely erased after the company disclosed its off-balance-sheet debt.

The company eventually filed for bankruptcy, severed its ties with the Rigases, and moved its corporate headquarters from Coudersport, Pa., to Greenwood Village, Colo.

Comcast Corp. in Philadelphia and Time Warner Cable, a unit of Time Warner Inc., have since bought Adelphia's cable assets.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan did not immediately comment on the appeal.

Man Injured In Accident On Lynn Hall Hill

Port Allegany Ambulance and Firemen were called to the scene of an automobile accident on Route 6 west of the boro on Lynn Hall Hill around 4:30 this afternoon.

An older man was reported to have sustained a possible head injury and is presently enroute to Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport with Medic 6 in attendance.

Life Star helicopter has been summoned from Erie to the hospital helipad.

Fire Prevention Week Open Houses

A couple of area fire departments are holding open houses tonight as part of Fire Prevention Week.

One will be held at the Coudersport Department from 6:00 to 9:00. The other will be held at the Tri-Town Fire Hall in Ulysses. Equipment will be on display and personnel will be on hand to answer questions.

Court Action Via WFRM News

A Johnsonburg man is being charged with DUI following a “non-reportable” crash yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 59 in Lafayette Township. State police say that a host of summary traffic violations are also pending against 66 year old Jerold Jones.

A couple of area residents have been admitted to the Potter County ARD program for six months for DUI. Douglas Chapman, 39, of Coudersport was arrested last December 11 by Coudersport Borough Police who pulled him over for a burned out headlight. Chapman admitted to police that he had “had a few” at a Christmas party and chemical testing confirmed an alcohol level of .12%. Douglas Green, 54, of Wellsville, NY was stopped by state police on patrol in the Genesee area when he failed to stop at an intersection this past February 23. Troopers said Chapman showed “classic signs” of intoxication and admitted to drinking several beers before driving. His blood alcohol content was found to be .10%. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08%. Both men were ordered to pay all fines and costs; perform 25 hours of community service; surrender their driver’s licenses for 30 days and to attend the DUI Victim Impact Panel and Alcohol Safe Driving School. Chapman was also ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and to follow recommended treatment.

Tops Markets Sold To Private Equity Group

WESB News: 10/11/07 - Tops Markets Chain Sold for $310 Million

Royal Ahold has announced it reached an agreement on the sale of Tops Markets to Morgan Stanley Private Equity in a transaction valued at $310 million.

Bradford, Olean, Jamestown and Wellsville are among the stores Tops operates in Pennsylvania and New York.

Stores will remain open for business as usual. Tops employs about 10,000 people. Morgan Stanley Private Equity expects to retain store-level, field staff and Williamsville corporate office staff. The Tops name is part of the sale.

Max Henderson, executive vice president and general manager of Tops Markets says, “Today’s announcement is an extremely positive one and we are entering into what will be an exciting future for Tops Markets.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Taj Mahal Still Has Only One Bid

With just about 24 hours to go, LFC Online Auction, is still showing one bid on the Taj Mahal of $1,000,001.00.

Hard to imagine the Potter County Commissioners will let this buy of the century go by the wayside.

They spent 1/2 a million to fix up the Roulette schoolhouse for human services offices a few years ago.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Troopers are probing the theft of some felled timber in Allegany Township over the past month. Thieves took several loads of wood from a wooded area off of Cobb Hill Road owned by Lawrence Brendinger of Genesee.

An Emporium man has been committed to the Elk County Prison after being arrainged on one count of criminal trespass and two counts of harassment. State police claim Christopher Grovanz went to a room at the Buttonwood Motel rented by Jessica Grovanz last night and pushed her out of the door. He’s also accused of engaging in a fight with Stephen Mason, also of Emporium after getting into the room.

Maybe We Need To Start Over

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2 Motorcyclists Seriously Injured In Potter County

Two Steuben County motorcyclists were seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when their motorcycle struck a car on state Route 6 in Potter County, state police in Coudersport said late Tuesday night.

State police said Terry Dean Hall, 54, was driving and Joyce Ann Hall, 50, was his passenger when their 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic struck a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 6, just east of Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township.

State police said the driver of the Corvette, Randall Owen Benjamin, 56, of Galeton, was turning into the Pine Creek Inn parking lot when he turned into the path of the Halls' motorcycle, causing the crash.

The Halls' motorcycle continued for 42 feet after the crash before stopping on the side of the highway, police said. Benjamin was able to drive his vehicle into the parking lot of the Pine Creek Inn.

The Halls, of Coopers Plains, were airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. They were in serious condition late Tuesday night. They were wearing helmets, police said.

Benjamin, who was not injured, will face summary traffic violations in district court, police said. He was wearing a seat belt, police said. From Star Gazette

PA Legislation Would Ban Cell Phones

WESB News: 10/10/07 - Cell Phone Ban in PA Moving Forward

A law to ban all cell phone use while driving, is moving forward. Bill 1827 would prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

A fine for driving and talking on the phone would be $50 dollars. The House Transportation Committee has a hearing on the proposed bill next week.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

This Could Be Our New Courthouse And County Office Building

Will Taj Mahal Go For Only $1,000,001.00 ?

Address 102 South Main Street / 108 South West Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
United States
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Online Bid Deadline 10/11/2007 20:00 Eastern

Shale Road Camp Owner Offers Reward

The owner of the “Buck Stops Here” camp on Shale Road in Sharon Township, is offering a cash reward of $100 for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the theft of a 6 x 6 wooden post and a “Moose Crossing” sign.

The items, belonging to Fred Martin of Gettysburg were taken sometime over the past month. Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690. From WFRM News

Two Teenagers Dead In Accident


MANSFIELD — Two teenagers died Monday at the scene of a Tioga County vehicle accident, and one passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Nichole Carol Kohler, 17, of Lawrenceville, and Tia Rachelle Brant, 17, of Millerton, both were pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga County Deputy Coroner Lee Strange, according to state police in Mansfield.

Police said a 1997 Ford Explorer, driven by Kohler was traveling westbound on Route 328, just east of Lyman Stone Road, when the accident happened at 3:45 p.m. in Lawrence Township, police said.

Kohler lost control of the vehicle, police said, it rolled over, struck a guiderail and a tree before coming to rest on its side just off the south side of the roadway.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts, but Kohler and Brant, who was in the front seat, died.

A rear seat passenger, Travis L. Sempler, 20, of Millerton, was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center, police said. Sempler is in “serious” condition, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said late Monday night.

Pennsylvania Wilds Gets National Recognition

WESB News: 10/09/07 - PA Wilds Wins National Award

The Pennsylvania Wilds has won an award from the nation's largest association of travel writers.

The Pennsylvania Wilds was given one of four Phoenix Awards by the Society of American Travel Writers because of the Wilds' conservation and preservation efforts.

The Pennsylvania Wilds includes McKean, Clinton, Lycoming, Warren, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Potter and Tioga counties, which are unified by an intensive tourism campaign. The award was announced Monday at the society's conference in England

Monday, October 8, 2007

John Brown Dies--Rebuilt Water System In Roulette

ROULETTE, Pa. - John H. "Johnny" Brown, 67, of 11 Hester Ave. died unexpectedly Sunday (Oct. 7, 2007) in his home.

John Brown was a well known excavating contractor, who wasn't afraid to take on any project. In the 1980's, Johnny bought the Roulet Water Company. Back in those days, you never knew when you got soaped up in the shower whether you would have enough water to rinse or not.

Johnny took Roulette's old water system, rebuilt it piece by piece, until it was a modern and efficient system, adding fire hydrants, and expanding to accomodate new construction on Buckler Drive. He recently sold the system to Roulette Township.

Johnny loved Roulette and it's people, doing many a favor, and doing his best to improve his community. He will be greatly missed.

John's obituary appeared in tonight's Olean Times Herald but unfortunately they don't publish the details in their online edition.

Wildfire Season Starts In Coudersport

Coudersport Firemen were called to a wild fire on Dutch Hill today.

Residents should be cautious as leaves are falling and the drought has left forests and fields parched. Fires can quickly get away from you under these conditions and you could be liable to pay to have it put out.

Many man hours of our firemen's time is wasted extinguishing these unnecessary fires each year, and untold damages done to the future forest harvest.

Police Report From WFRM

Kane-based state police are looking for a dark gray Ford passenger car, possibly an Escort or Contour which struck a bicycle Friday morning on Sweitzer Driver near the Otto Eldred High School.

State police said 16 year old Joshua Southard was heading to the school when the car clipped the back wheel of his bicycle and the driver continued on without stopping. Southard was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Troopers here have charged Roulette residents Daniel Morey and Devan Tucker, with violating game laws. Police claim the pair was observed spot lighting deer at around 3:30 a.m. last Thursday on White Choppin’ Road in Hebron Township.

The theft of a pick up truck from a Roulette residence last Thursday or Friday is under investigation by state police here.

The 2004 dark gray Chevy Silverado owned by Jordan Wallace was taken from his driveway on Brophy Avenue during an unknown period of time. Anyone who sees the truck is asked to call state police at 274-8690

Galeton Man Jailed After Punching Woman

GALETON – A Galeton man faces seven charges stemming from an alleged assault in Galeton early Sunday morning.

State police from Coudersport arrested Donald J. Jordan III, 26, of 92 Germania St., on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, criminal mischief, providing a false identity to police, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. Police filed the charges before Galeton Magisterial District Judge Delores Bristol.

Troopers said that between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on Germania Street, Jordan and a 27-year-old woman also living in Galeton began arguing. During the course of the argument, Jordan threw the woman to the ground several times and punched her on the head, causing multiple injuries, police said.

Jordan then smashed the rear driver’s side window and a mirror on a vehicle owned by a 41-year-old woman from Olean, police said.

Coudersport Magisterial District Judge Annette Easton arraigned Jordan and sent him to the Potter County Jail when he failed to post $10,000 bail. From Star Gazette

Pittsburgh Corning Lays Off 20 In Port Allegany

WESB News: 10/08/07 - More Plant Layoffs at Pitt Corning

Officials with the Pitt Corning Corporation of Port Allegany have announced a temporary layoff of as many as 20 employees took place today.

The Vice President of the Corporation said the layoffs were the result in a decrease of demand in the housing industry. The corporation manufactures glass block and other building materials.

Earlier this year the plant laid off 45 of it's 220 employees as the result of a shutdown of 2 melters located at the Port Allegany plant.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Potter County Commissioners--Don't Miss This One!!

Only 4 days left to bid in the Taj Mahal for the new Potter County County Courthouse and office complex.

Will the Potter County Commissioners buy this new building for a song or move into a 50 year old school.

Everything in one building would save the costs of having security personnel for two buildings.

Potter County could be proud of its magnificent courthouse and office complex without having to spend much money to get it.

What is a million or two spread over a couple hundred years of use?

Don't miss this jewel!!

No Garbage In Elmira Monday

There will be no garbage collection Monday in the city of Elmira because of the Columbus Day holiday.Residents who have their garbage picked up on Mondays are asked to place their garbage and recycling on the curb on Monday night for collection Tuesday.

Roulette To Flush On Thursday

The Roulette Township Water Company will conduct line flushing on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 10:00 pm. Those doing laundry may want to avoid this time frame as sediment will be stirred up in the water lines. You may want to draw water in advance for Friday morning's coffee.

Scheduled Power Outage For Roulette Tuesday

Allegheny Power Company has announced a power interruption for the Roulette area on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 beginning at 9:00 am and continuing until 1:00 pm.

In case of inclement weather, the outage will be rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10 at the same times.

Tom Urban To Retire At Beacon Light

WESB News: 10/07/07 – Beacon Light Director Announces Retirement

Beacon Light Behavioral Systems director Tom Urban is retiring at the end of this year after 34 years of service to the agency. Mr Urban was instrumental in diversifying treatment programs for children and adolescents who have emotional or behavorial problems.

During his time in office the agency adopted it's current name ten years ago - in 1997 - and continues to offer it's services to counties throughout the area. Also available is long-term residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Mr. Urban's plans for retirement - include traveling and spending time with family who are out of town.

Lyman Lake Damn Cracks Are Being Sealed

By George Osgood--Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau:

GALETON -- Lyman Lake remains a meadow, months after officials expected it to be filled.

Hairline cracks in the concrete spillway have prevented workers from closing the dam gates and refilling Potter County's No. 1 tourist draw.

But repairs are nearly done. And when the lake is full, visitors will find that Lyman Run State Park is even more than it was cracked up to be.

"Our anticipation is that we will be fully operational by the late spring-early summer time frame," said Chip Harrison, who manages Lyman Run and seven other parks for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

"We hope to begin fishing even before that. We just need 10 to 15 feet of water to fish. We want to be ready for trout season."

Lyman Run Dam stood from 1950 to 2000, impounding Lyman Run to create a 45-acre coldwater lake popular with trout anglers, campers, swimmers and others.

In fact, it drew about 130,000 visitors a year and had a major economic impact on Potter County's economy before it was drained.

An inspection of the dam proved it to be unsafe and a threat to homes and businesses downstream. So workers breached it during the spring of 2000.

Several setbacks delayed construction.

Work on the $16 million dam replacement project finally began in 2004, and the dam went up in 2006 and 2007.

State workers hoped to fill it earlier this year. Then the cracks surfaced, delaying the project even further.

Workers hope it's the last time.

"We hired Lehigh University to investigate those cracks, and determine what, if any, issues that would bring up," Harrison said.

"They came out and did their work ... in April, and submitted a report to us in August. Their recommendation at that time was to seal up the cracking, and that's the work that's going on now.

"The work crew is down there right now, power-washing it, sandblasting it," he said.

"Next week, they are going to start applying the concrete and grout. Once that is done, we will go to (the Department of Environmental Protection) and ask for a fill permit.

"We are definitely planning on starting to fill it this fall."

Jim DeFinnis of Berwick sprayed a seal coat and waterproofer on the face of the spillway last week.

"It's quite a structure," he said. "In another couple of weeks, we should be finished. I'm looking forward to seeing the lake full."

Filling the lake may continue through winter.

"That is definitely an option we are looking at," Harrison said.

"Part of the process when you're doing the fill is you have to observe the embankment of the dam.

"If you have heavy snow cover, you could not do that. So how much progress we make depends on the winter weather," he said.

Progress at the state park has been fast and furious, thanks in part to funding through the Pennsylvania Wilds project, a plan to boost tourism and appreciation of nature and natural resources in 12 rural Pennsylvania counties, including Potter and Tioga.

A seven-year hiatus for most park users shouldn't hold down park visits once Lyman Run is up and running.

"There's enough excitement here," Harrison said. "There's enough going on. I have been watching the cars come and go.

"With all the projects we have completed, it's going to be like a brand-new park," he said.

"Both shower-houses are new. Folks are going to have flush toilets. Hot showers. We are finishing up the campground rehabilitation over the next couple of weeks.

"We're doing a major trail expansion initiative," he said.

"We have new signage. We are doing lots of trail work. We're addressing wet areas, re-routing sections of trail. We are blazing trails.

"The campground is going to be extraordinary," he said.

"We will have the Daggett Campground open and reservable online by mid-October. There's a lot of excitement here."

Harrison expects a boost in attendance fueled by the increasing popularity of nearby Cherry Springs State Park, billed as having some of the darkest skies in the East, a major draw for amateur astronomers.

In fact, about 600 of them attended a Black Forest Star Party recently.

"During the day, they do other things," Harrison said. "They swim. They hike. They will come here."

Effective promotion also will contribute to the park's success.

Galeton serves as a "gateway community" for both Lyman Run and Cherry Springs.

"The Visitors Bureau is going to promote it," Harrison said.

"We are expecting to reach and then exceed visitor numbers from the past.

"We hope to be fully operational with the beach by Memorial Day," he said.

"It has been along time coming. But people have been very, very understanding. That has helped a lot."