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Friday, October 19, 2007

Fading--Sam Carmichael Reflects On Cross Country Bike and Build Ride This Summer

Hello all,

Sorry I've been so long in writing again. Seems there's not much to write about on a blog about biking across the country when you've just finished biking across the country...

I've been home for 3 days now, after spending a week or so traveling w/ the fam: first up to Lopez Island in the San Juans, then through Seattle again (saw a Mariners game and then got to hang out w/ Terra and Erin one more time...), then to Mt. Hood for some hiking, then down to Portland, where we stayed with the Carrs, who may very well be the best hosts of all time. It was all fun, and I decided that I really (really.) like the Northwest, and will probably end up there at some point in my life.

Vermont is hazy, hot, and humid, although the thunderstorms crashing outside my window at the moment will probably pull all that from the air and leave everything refreshed, and a little bit deafened.

I miss all you B&Bers with an intensity and depth beyond what I was expecting. I've been thinking about you, and about the trip quite a bit, because there's not much else to do in Vermont.

I finally got my bike back yesterday, and put it together this afternoon in the yard. That fateful Puget Sound soaking wasn't the best thing I did to it this summer, but the briny crust came off easily enough, and it got me thinking.

As I pulled the last kelpy vestiges from my spokes, I considered the nature of reminders, of memory, physical and mental. This summer was, to use the cliche, unforgettable. That much is undeniable. But what do we have to remember it by? How has the trip marked me? How will it stay with me?

The ding in my downtube is from a wipeout in Columbus, on the way out of the JCC. It'll be there forever. The sand in my bartape is from the Golden Gardens beach, and it is somewhat less permanent. Marks on my flesh have been fading gradually since the 13th: the dull pain in my sit-bones was the first thing to go, thankfully. Scabs from wipeouts and construction mishaps have been flaking off of knees and hands, leaving a few scars but nothing else. My tan is fading, the stark lines on arms and thighs blurring perceptibly. The callouses on the base of my palms have withdrawn, and the tingling in my pinkies has subsided.

All of these were comforting reminders of a summer of effort, of hard work. I cherished each one, not because I have a morbid fascination with scars and scabs, but because they were physical links to the past, to a summer that seemed to stretch out to the horizon in June but ended, like all summers, much too soon. As they disappear, I fear, so will specific memories of the trip. Like bruises, the stories will fade, little by little.

I used to wish that humans were blessed not just with a cerebral memory but also a more physical one, so that certain sensations-- a great hug, a deep kiss-- could stay with us in a visceral sense. So that when they came to mind we felt them all over again.

I feel the same way now-- I wish that we could hold on to our scars and tan-lines, and with them hold on to our summer. I know that, through pictures and conversations and my own fickle, inadequate memory, the trip will live on forever. I just wish that I felt more confident in that knowledge.

More to come, I hope. Thanks for reading.

Love to all,


Rendell Protecting Pennsylvanians Against Infrections

Protecting Pennsylvanians against Preventable InfrectionsGovernor Rendell

It’s something that can be scary – because it can be deadly – but Pennsylvania has taken the appropriate precautions to keep people safe, and you can do your part just by following a few, simple precautions.

Federal researchers reported this week that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are a rising public health concern. This drug-resistant staph is commonly carried on the skin but it can be deadly if it is introduced into the bloodstream. In 2005, there were an estimated 94,000 cases and more than 18,000 deaths nationwide – and nearly 85 percent of those cases occurred in health care settings.

Pennsylvania is a national leader in addressing this critical public health issue and thanks to my innovative Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform initiative, we're working to keep it thay way.

As part of this initiative, Act 52, which I recently signed, hospitals and nursing homes are required to report health-care-associated infections. We also require hospitals, nursing homes and ambulatory surgical facilities to implement comprehensive infection control plans to stop the spread of preventable illnesses such as MRSA.

HIABesides saving lives, stopping these infections can reduce the cost of providing health care by billions of dollars a year.

According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, the average charge of hospitalization in 2005 for a patient who became infected with a hospital-acquired infection was more than $185,000 while the average charge for a patient without such an infection was less than $32,000.

While the majority of MRSA infections are the result of a stay in a health care facility, it can also infect healthy individuals who have not been in a heath care setting. This is most commonly seen among sports teams, in schools, prisons, military facilities and other places where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact.

What are some of the things you can do to avoid this infection?

• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed; and
• Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, or clothing.

Talk to your doctor or visit the Department of Health’s Web site to learn more about how to prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA. With the help of citizens, educators, public health administrators and health care facilities, we can better ensure the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians


Stock Market Takes A Krap Today

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Adelphia Taj Mahal Up To $2,600,002.00--Deadline Extended

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Pennsylvania To Discontinue Unemployment Checks

Oct. 15, 2007
HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell today said Pennsylvania taxpayers will save $2 million a year and workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will get their money faster with the commonwealth’s decision to replace benefit checks with debit cards.
The program will make the benefits process easier for customers and it will eventually save at least $2 million annually thanks to reduced mailing and check-processing costs. The first-year savings is anticipated to be $1 million.
“Even in good economic times, job loss is an unfortunate reality for some workers,” Governor Rendell said. “We are working hard to minimize that unpleasant experience by maximizing the convenience and security of unemployment benefits. Everyone benefits when we deliver government services in the most cost-efficient way possible.”
Beginning today, MasterCard-backed debit cards will be distributed to new unemployment benefit recipients who did not opt for direct deposit.
Debit cards increase security, reduce fraud and provide instant, 24-hour access to cash without surcharges at nearly 2,400 automatic teller machines in Pennsylvania and more than 18,000 ATMs nationwide. The cards can be used like cash for services such as medical appointments and necessities such as groceries and gas.
Debit cards are expected to reduce fraud by eliminating stolen, lost and misdirected checks. Benefit recipients without bank accounts will no longer have to rely on fee-based check cashing services and can obtain account information online through a secure Web site, or a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week toll-free phone number.
People already receiving unemployment benefits by check have the option of continuing to do so through February. Then, checks will no longer be an option. In addition, workers’ compensation benefits paid through the State Workers Insurance Fund will also be offered via debit cards next month but recipients will continue to have checks as an option due to statutory requirements. Direct deposit will continue to be an alternative for all benefit recipients.
The debit card program will be administered by the Department of Labor & Industry in conjunction with ACS, a business process and information technology solutions company that administers financial benefits programs in 16 states, including Pennsylvania. DPW has administered child support benefits via debit cards since 2004, producing a savings of $5 million in mailing costs alone.

Roulette Man Accused Of Sexual Behavior

By George Osgood--Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

ROULETTE – A Roulette man who police said exhibited sexual behavior in front of a 7-year-old Potter County girl has been arrested on two charges.

State Trooper Glenn C. Drake II arrested Earle Eugene Meacham, 41, of 32 Hester Ave. on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and corrupting the morals of a minor on Thursday.

Shinglehouse Magisterial Judge Barbara Easton arraigned Meacham and released him on $5,000 unsecured bail. “Unsecured” means that Meacham did not actually have to post bail, but could be required to pay $5,000 if he fails to appear for court as scheduled.

Police said Meacham displayed sexual behavior in front of the girl in a home on Hester Avenue. Police could not provide a date and time.
WESB News: 10/19/07 - Kane, Salamanca Students Win at SBU

Students from Kane and Salamanca were honored during St. Bonaventure University's annual Communications Day. Sami Hulings, Tessa Thompson and Jen Moore of Kane Area High School won awards for their yearbook features.

The Kane yearbook as a whole won an award as well.

"Warrior Vision" at Salamanca High School won in the television category. Eisenhower Middle/High School and Fredonia High School picked up third place awards in the newspaper category.

Sam Wilson of Wellsville High School won an award for sports reporting.

Rob Stengel of Cuba-Rushford Central School won an award in the essay category.

The overall winner was Orchard Park High School.

Your Solomon's Words publisher, James B. Jones, was the top editorial winner in 1958 for his editorial titled "On Integration."

Man Wants Paid For Damage Done By State Police

WESB News: 10/19/07 - House Damaged During 'Bucky' Hunt

A Chautauqua County man says state police damaged his house during the hunt for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips and he wants them to pay for that damage.

Dennis Dorman says that on August 31st of last year – the day Phillips shot two New York State Troopers – police ransacked his house and threw a grenade.

He says a number of personal items were broken, the carpet was burned and the chimney was cracked.

Dorman says he'll be asking for about 30 thousand dollars, and expects to be in court by the end of the year. State police had no comment.

State Considers Lifting Ban On Drilling In State Parks

WESB News: 10/19/07 - State Considers Lifting Drilling Ban
The state is considering lifting a ban on drilling new shallow gas wells in state forests, just five years after the restrictions were imposed in response to concerns that roads and pipelines were destroying wildlife habitat.

The idea is contained in an updated five-year forest management plan. The gas-exploration industry has strongly criticized the ban on extending new leases for shallow drilling.

Exploration companies have submitted numerous requests for new drilling leases in state forests. In many cases, two or three separate companies from Pennsylvania and beyond are seeking permission to drill on the same parcels.

Stephen Rhoads, president of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, says the state could realize hundreds of millions of dollars from companies that want the right to drill.

PA National Guard Could Go To Iraq

HARRISBURG (AP) - Nearly 4,000 Pennsylvania National Guard members are being notified that they could be sent to Iraq within a year. The deployment, if fulfilled, would be the state Guard's largest to Iraq.
The soldiers are members of the 28th Division's 56th Stryker Brigade, headquartered in Philadelphia but spread across roughly 30 armories statewide.
They just recently received notification for training and are being told they will receive an "alert order" Friday, Capt. Cory Angell, a Guard spokesman, said Thursday.
A deployment would also mark the first time that Guard-controlled Stryker vehicles would see combat, Angell said.
"These soldiers have received equipment and training that some regular Army units haven't received, and I think it just shows that the National Guard is no longer a strategic reserve - it's an operational force," Angell said. "I think this will be historic."
A 2,200-member deployment to Iraq in the summer of 2005 - the largest since the Korean War - returned to Pennsylvania in June 2006. Roughly 14,000 guard members from Pennsylvania were deployed during the Korean War.
The Pennsylvania National Guard, regarded as one of the nation's largest and most deployed state Guards, is the only one with a Stryker brigade.
The first Stryker vehicles arrived here in June 2006. There are 10 variations of the 19-ton, eight-wheeled vehicles to meet different needs, such as troop carrying, medical evacuation, mine detection and heavy artillery.
The vehicles, which can travel up to 75 miles per hour, are viewed as one of the ways to make the Army lighter, faster and more technologically savvy.
The Stryker can climb over boulders and heat up a soldier's meal. Its periscopes and television monitors allow the driver and gunner to operate it without opening the hatches. It detects the presence of chemical and biological agents and has an air filtration system.
Its computers can run diagnostic tests to pinpoint malfunctions or show a real-time, interactive map that allows the soldiers to track the location of other Stryker vehicles and program in enemy positions.
The Pentagon is in the process of alerting eight National Guard units nationwide that they should be ready to go to Iraq or Afghanistan beginning late next summer. The units are needed to maintain troop levels, ease some of the strain on the active duty Army and provide security for ports, convoys and other installations.
Because the announcement looks far into the future, there is always the possibility that plans could change, based on conditions in Iraq. If the Stryker Brigade soldiers are called up for duty, the entire unit will likely be deployed, Angell said.
To date, about 5,000 Pennsylvania Guard troops have served in Iraq and 750 have served in Afghanistan, Angell said. The state Guard currently has 650 deployed worldwide, with the vast majority of them assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom, he said.
No Pennsylvania unit has served in Iraq or Afghanistan for more than one year, Angell said.

Want To Be In A Movie??

WESB News: 10/19/07 - Casting Call for Little Chicago

A casting call for extras for the movie “Little Chicago,” a movie to be filmed chiefly in McKean County, is Wednesday in Bradford.

The local casting call, which will be from 2 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Director Carl Veno is looking for up to 1,500 extras, all of whom will be paid.

Extras will be needed for townspeople, gangsters, policemen and other roles. Filming will start in late November.

Underage Drinkers Arrested In Ulysses

WESB News: 10/19/07 - Underage Arrests in Ulysses

State Police broke up an underage drinking part early last Sunday morning in Ulysses in Potter County.

Police arrested five juveniles ranging in age from 15 to 19 after a traffic stop on Academy Street in Ulysses. Police say more arrests are possible.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

$2,400,001.00 Bid--Deadline Extended--Taj Mahal

Four bidders have left bids on the Adelphia Taj Mahal. Bids late today have raised the bid to $2,400,001.00 for this 30 Million dollar building. The bidding has been extended another day in accordance with LFC's bidding rules. The new deadline is October 19 at 8:00 pm EDT.

WFRM Posts Weather Warning For Friday

The National Weather Service says a low pressure system which was moving across the Great Lakes today will push a strong cold front across Pennsylvania Friday afternoon and evening .

Strong low level winds blowing from the south to southwest will combine with the warm air mass covering the state to produce one or more broken lines of strong to severe thunderstorms.

The main severe weather threat will be localized straight line wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph, frequent lightning and heavy downpours of rain, totaling up to 1.5 inches in some areas an hour so.

Should ample sunshine and destabilization of the airmass occur for several hours prior to the passage of the cold front, in the spring like system, a few of the storms could tap the strong wind energy and produce an isolated tornado or two.

Former Northern Potter Teacher Bound Over To Court

By George Osgood--Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

GALETON – A former special education teacher at Northern Potter Children’s School who police said repeated assaulted a developmentally disabled student in 2005 and 2006 has been held for trial on all charges.

Galeton Magisterial District Judge Delores Bristol ruled at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to hold Heather M. Spriggle, 38, of Ulysses, for trial on a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment.

Bristol said Spriggle planned to waive formal arraignment and was scheduled to appear in Potter County’s Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 2 for a criminal conference.

According to an affidavit of probable cause attached to the criminal complaint, the alleged abuses took place between Sept. 1, 2005 and May 30, 2006. The alleged victim was 13 and 14 years old during that time and had the mental ability of a typical 5-year-old, police said.

Spriggle was employed as a special education teacher by Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit Nine, based in Coudersport. She was suspended and is no longer teaching.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Reeder is prosecuting the case because of a potential conflict of interest by Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink. Williamsport lawyer Peter Campana is defending Spriggle.

Teacher aides told police they saw Spriggle abuse the special education student, including pinching him, bending his fingers backward and throwing him into a wooden shelf. She also abused him verbally, one aide said.

No Parking In Coudersport During Paving Monday

Coudersport borough officials say that IA Construction will begin widening certain streets Monday and while the work is being done, no cars will be permitted to park on the shoulder of the streets.

The project is scheduled for portions of Vine Street, Allegany Avenue, Ross, Northwest, and Ellison Avenue

Changes will be announced on WFRM.

Senate Bans Bonuses For State Employees

WESB News: 10/18/07 - Scarnati Hopes Action Quick on Bonus Ban

Senator Joe Scarnati says he hopes the state House takes quick action on a bill that would ban bonuses for employees of state agencies.

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would ban bonuses.

One of Scarnati's first actions as the new Senate President Pro Tem was to end the practice of bonuses in the senate, and he said he felt it was necessary that all state agencies do the same. He says he is pleased that his colleagues recognized the need to pass this bill. “I have stated time and time again, we will continue to lead this chamber in an open, honest manner, with an understanding that public confidence must be gained,” Scarnati concluded. “The Senate has made many reforms in the past year and efforts will continue to make Pennsylvania government a greater source of pride.”

Despite opposition, Pa. House panel moves open records bill

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A House committee late Wednesday approved a dramatically reworked draft of a bill to amend Pennsylvania's open records law despite strong opposition from a newspaper association and complaints that drastic changes had been made at the last minute.

The House State Government Committee, with one Republican joining all Democrats in voting for it, approved a top-to-bottom rewriting that was sent to committee members earlier this week, along with a dozen or so more modest amendments.

The bill would accomplish the "flip of presumption" that the state's newspapers and other open-records advocates have long sought, making all records outside a list of exceptions available to the public and forcing agencies to justify their reasons for keeping records secret.

It also would establish an office within the State Ethics Commission to handle access disputes and would require new financial disclosure from the four "state-related" universities: Pitt, Penn State, Lincoln and Temple.

But the comprehensive amendment also would make many other changes to the law, and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association said it was strongly opposed.

Among its complaints, the association said the Legislature went to such lengths in trying to keep its own contacts with the public secret that the draft bill foreclosed access to many records that are available under the existing law.

The bill applies to all new records but does not make pre-existing records public if they were not available under the current law. It also would not make any records public if the courts have previously ruled they are not.

"We believe it represents a step backward," PNA lobbyist Deb Musselman said after the three-hour hearing at the Capitol. "The provisions that were added to protect constituent privacy are pervasive throughout the bill and they are like a computer virus into all the other agencies."

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Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, who chairs the committee, said the bill was the product of input from both parties, the Senate and the governor's office. She said it was unlikely to completely satisfy anyone, and added that its procedures may require some getting used to.

"You cannot put on a new pair of shoes and walk 10k," she said. "Everything has to be broken in."

Republicans on the committee twice unsuccessfully tried to delay the vote, saying they had not been given enough time to digest the various amendments and that interest groups outside the Capitol needed the opportunity to give their input.

"I believe there were many of us on this side of the aisle who felt we were rushing it through," said Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren.

Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery, called the process "a travesty" and pushed for a delay in the committee's votes.

"I don't know that this is what I had in mind when I envisioned tackling this issue," he said.

Musselman said in an e-mail sent late Wednesday morning to Josephs and others that the changes would make it harder to see correspondence and any related documents between legislators and the public, would let agencies deny requests that are "burdensome" and would allow overly broad secrecy provisions for e-mails.

If the bill is taken up in the House early next week, any additional amendments will have to have been filed by the end of this week.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Have a great day honey!! Love Jim

ATA Gets $275,000.00 From State

WESB News: 10/17/07 - ATA Receives State Grant Money

The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania will receive more than 275 thousand dollars from the state.

The money is part of 8 point 7 millions dollars that will go to 56 counties to buy newer, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, computers, communications and garage equipment.

The ATA includes McKean, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and Potter counties.

$2,200,001.00--Taj Mahal--Bidding Extended To 10-18

$2,200,001Pow384Last Call 10/16/200720:28 EDT

The bidding has been extended another day on the Adelphia Taj Mahal. A bid was posted for $2,100,001.00.

Illegal Aliens Costing PA Taxpayers A Bundle

WESB News: 10/17/07 - Scarnati Pushes Illegal Alien Bill

joe1017.jpg Pennsylvanians who apply for government benefits would face stricter requirements for proving that they are in the United States legally under a bill in the state Senate.

Senator Joe Scarnati spoke before the Senate State Government Committee about the measure he introduced earlier this year, and says .

These illegal aliens are costing Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars. The Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the current local annual costs of illegal immigration from just three program areas — educating the children in public primary and secondary schools, providing medical services in emergency rooms, and incarceration — amount to about $36 billion.

In Pennsylvania the current estimated cost is $285 million. That cost is expected to grow to $812 million by the year 2020. Under Senate Bill 9, applicants for welfare, Medicaid, or other benefits would have to provide one of four forms of valid identification and sign an affidavit saying they're in the country legally.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Minor injuries were reported for a Coudersport driver following a collision in Shinglehouse about an hour later Tuesday morning. State police here said 24 year old Cory Hurd of Coudersport who was traveling north on Route 44 failed to yield the right of way and tried to turn onto a side street in front of a Chrysler van driven by William Reynolds, also of Coudersport. Hurd was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of his injuries and police say various summary traffic charges are pending against him. Reynolds escaped injury.

A Roulette man is being charged in district court with writing two worthless checks to the Roulette Township Supervisors. State police allege 38 year old Robert Cornelius wrote a check for water and sewage services in the amount of $445.84 on September 10 and another check for $100 on September 13. Both were returned for insufficient funds.

Zito Media Buys St. Marys Cable System

By Amy Cherry Published in The St. Marys Press

As of early August, St. Marys Cable Television is now under new ownership by Zito Media, based out of Coudersport.

"We thought the purchase of the St. Marys cable company would fit in well to the existing mix of our current cable systems," said Jim Rigas, co vice-president of Zito Media. "We hope to bring something as far as offering a new system to the area.

Currently Zito operates the cable television and high-speed data operations in Coudersport, Emporium, Austin, Roulette, Port Allegany, Hazen, Treasure Lake, Weedville, and the surrounding areas.

The transaction between the two entities was completed during the first week of August. Rigas emphasized that the local St. Marys cable office will remain open, under the direction of Joe Dunkle.

"We plan to keep what is here and enhance it," Rigas said. Zito also offers phone and high-speed data (Internet) services to its subscribers.

Owned and operated by the Rigas family, former owners of Adelphia Cable, the cable system has an estimated 14,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania.

Adelphia Cable was founded in 1952 by John Rigas, James' father. It was the fifth-largest U.S. cable firm before its collapse in 2002.

Rigas said the first focus of the company is initially working to upgrade the local system, which is currently an ongoing process. The main purpose of this action is to make the cable plant a two-way system, capable of communicating in both directions.

"A small amount of this had been done in St. Marys, but it had never been completed," Rigas explained about the new system.

He added that a gradual migration toward digital programming will likely occur within the next six to nine months.

According to Rigas, currently St. Marys has mostly analog cable service, with a small percent of digital service. Over time more and more programming will become digital because it offers more capacity and better picture quality advantages among its highlights.

"There are a number of reasons the world is moving to digital television and we would expect the system here to evolve towards that in a quicker way than it has in the last five to 10 years," Rigas said.

Once the turnover to digital cable is complete, local cable subscribers will have access to interactive video on demand services, which consists of ordering movies through cable television with the ability to fast forward, rewind, or pause the movie.

Rigas said that there may be some other small changes, however there will be no dramatic changes in local programming. The local school and community channels will remain intact.
"We are also planning to add the NFL Network along with high definition programming, which is currently not available in St. Marys," Rigas added.

Log Cabin Destroyed By Tuesday Fire

WESB News: 10/17/07 - Fire Destroys Log Cabin
A Fire destroyed a log cabin Tuesday afternoon in Eldred Township.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion and another person was treated at the scene.

Firefighters were hampered by water resistant treated lumber and six tons of coal which were recently purchased for the winter heating season.

The log cabin on Slack Hollow Road is owned by Jack Mullen

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I-80 Toll Plan Moving Along Despite Opposition

WESB News: 10/16/07 - PennDOT, Turnpike Sign Lease Agreement

The state Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission signed a 50-year lease that would make Interstate 80 a toll road.

The lease is a first step to turning the highway into a toll road. The federal government will determine if tolls can be placed along the 311-mile highway across northern Pennsylvania.

The two state agencies are moving ahead with the lease despite opposition in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. to turning the freeway into a pay highway.

In a news release, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler said revenue from the tolls would be used to tackle a statewide backlog of road and bridge problems. The turnpike commission is scheduling a series of public meetings across the I-80 corridor, and has launched a Web site on Act 44.

Adelphia Taj Mahal Bidding Extended Again

The bidding on the Adelphia Taj Mahal has been extended again until 8:00 pm on October 17th. A bid last night of $2,100,001.00 upped the ante and extended the bidding deadline.

Trespassers--Stay Off Railroad Property

WESB News: 10/16/07 - RR Wants Trespassing Laws Enforced

The Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad has asked police to enforce trespassing laws on their property in Cameron County.

Special Agent T.R. Walsh with the railroad says their intention is to provide employees and customers a safe environment, and provide safety for the general public.

Trespassers include any fisherman, hunter or trapper on the railroad property.

Walsh says the railroad recently acquired the property from Norfolk Southern and are working to properly post the property to be in compliance with state laws.

Teen Drivers Crash In Potter County

A couple of area teen drivers were involved in separate crashes this past weekend.

State police locally say no one was hurt Saturday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of N. Ruth Street and the Goodyear Terrace in Austin. Troopers said a 17 year old female driver failed to keep her southbound 1999 Ford Expedition on her half of the road and it struck the left rear of a 2007 Pontiac Vibe driven by Judith Dynda also of Austin.

A 17 year old Coudersport boy received minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on the Mitchell Hollow Road a mile and half west of Route 44 in Eulalia Township. Troopers said the boy lost control of his westbound 2005 Nissan Titan on a right-hand curve. The vehicle traveled about 135 feet before it struck an embankment and rolled over twice before coming to rest upright on the road.

Summary traffic violations are pending in district court. From WFRM News

Police Reports Via WFRM News

DUI charges are pending against 19 year old Brett Nichols of Ulysses after he was stopped early Sunday morning by troopers in that town. Police said they observed Nichols making several “improper driving movements” at various locations in the borough and when they questioned him, determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol
Public drunkenness charges have been filed against a pair of area residents. Patrick O’Keefe, 28, of Port Allegany was arrested late Sunday night after troopers were called to Main Street Roulette where they allegedly found O’Keefe “behaving strangely” in front of the Friendly Inn. Charles Smith, 26, of Harrison Valley was arrested early this morning by Kane based state police who said he was found intoxicated along Route 6 about two miles east of Route 46 in Keating Township, McKean County.
Two Westfield residents have been cited for underage consumption after being picked up by Kane-based early this morning also in Keating Township. Troopers said Zachary Metcalf and Leo Pierce were found intoxicated while walking along Route 6.
A Bradford man has been committed to the McKean County Prison in lieu of $20,000 straight bail for violating a Protection From Abuse Order against him. Timothy Bobenrieth surrendered early yesterday at the Kane Barracks.
Another theft of copper tubing is being investigated by state police here. Sometime since September 22, thieves cut off a lock to gain entry to a camp on the Wiles Road in Genesee and once inside removed copper piping. Damage at the camp owned by Gerald Hart of Wellsville is estimated to be about $2500.

Firemen Battling House Fire

Firemen from Eldred Township, Eldred, Smethport, Portville, Duke Center, and Port Allegany are battling a house fire on the Slack Hollow Road in Eldred Township this afternoon. No further information is available at this time.

Farmers Valley Crash Victims Named

WESB News: 10/16/07 - Three Hurt in Farmers Valley Crash

Three people were hurt in an accident at 10:30 Tuesday morning on Route 446, near the Petrowax Plant.

Police say a car driven by 85-year-old Robert Rogge of Smethport was passing a truck driven by Joseph Ognen of Mount Jewett, just as it began passing another vehicle. The vehicles collided and the car went airborne and flipped over.

Rogge was flown to Altoona Hospital for treatment of his injuries. His passenger, 85-year-old Frances Rogge was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital. Ognen was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Serious Dump Truck/Automobile Accident At Farmers Valley

Emergency services from Smethport and Port Allegany are on the scene of an accident just north of the refinery in Farmer's Valley. Early reports indicated a dump truck and at least one automobile are involved.

Two medical helicopters and local ambulances are transporting the injured.

Local Crude Oil Hits Record Price

WESB News: 10/16/07 - Price of Penn Grade Crude Hits $79

PennGrade crude oil prices hit a record high Monday. The price that American Refining Group of Bradford is paying for a barrel of Pennsylvania crude oil is now at $79.25 a barrel. It is a full $5 per barrel higher than the refiners were paying just 10 days ago. And it is a whopping $24 more a barrel than at the beginning of the year.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Adelphia Taj Mahal--$2,000,001.00--Bidding Extended

The bidding has been extended for the Taj Mahal in Coudersport. A new bid of $2,000,001.00 was received at 7:59 tonight. Bidders have until 8:00 pm on October 16th to top this bid.

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$2,000,001Pow384Last Call 10/15/200719:59 EDT
$1,900,001Mor660Last Call 10/15/200718:43 EDT
$1,800,001Seb115Last Call 10/15/200718:16 EDT
$1,700,001Chi556Last Call 10/15/200714:07 EDT
$1,600,001Mor660Last Call 10/12/200712:13 EDT
$1,500,001Seb115Last Call 10/12/200711:19 EDT
$1,400,001Mor660Last Call 10/12/200709:34 EDT
$1,300,001dav672Online 10/11/200717:20 EDT
$1,200,001Seb115Online 10/11/200713:58 EDT
$1,100,001Mor660Online 10/11/200710:44 EDT

Port Man Jailed

WESB News: 10/15/07 - Grow Kit Found in Port Mans Possession

A Port Allegany man was arrested Sunday morning after a grow kit for marijuana was found in his possession.

State Police say 23 year-old Nathanel Schoen is facing 64 violations after the arrest. He was sent to McKean County Jail on $25,000 dollars bail.

15 Year Old Injured In ATV Accident

WESB News: 10/15/07 - Smethport Boy Injured in ATV Accident

A Smethport boy was injured in an ATV accident Sunday. State Police say a 15 year-old male drove his ATV into the path of a car on East Valley Road in Keating Township. The boy was transported to BRMC for treatment of moderate injuires.

I-86 Opens Today

WESB News: 10/14/07 - Closed Portions of I –86 to Open Monday

The newly paved westbound lanes of I 86 between Allegany and Cuba will open today. Bridges were replaced or rebuilt between Allegany and Cuba.

Weather for this past construction season was exceptional, with few lost work days due to rain. Project construction began in the fall of 2005, with the building of crossovers, some drainage work and tree planting. Barriers were erected in spring of 2006 so the eastbound lanes could be reconstructed and more than a dozen bridges rehabilitated or removed and rebuilt.

Over the past four years, much of the bumpy I-86 roadway in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties has been replaced, and there is no I-86 reconstruction scheduled next year.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Judge Cheryl L. Allen Endorsed By Major Newspapers


“Highest Recommendation” for the Superior Court
Pennsylvania Bar Association

“For her commitment to families alone, Judge Allen deserves the nomination. She is an outstanding candidate...”
Post-Gazette Editorial Endorsement

One of the judges who can “handle the heavy lifting.” - “Some of Judge Allen's rulings resulted in changes to criminal procedure rules, indicating the former elementary school teacher's legal scholarship.” Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Endorsement

“Only one Republican candidate - Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen - is highly recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The Morning Call agrees. A former elementary school teacher, Judge Allen turned to law and became a judge in 1990 because she believed it was where she could make a difference. She has distinguished herself in the difficult area of juvenile and family law, implementing many innovative court programs.”

Morning Call Editorial Endorsement

Judge Allen visited Potter County this spring. Her reputation as a county court judge has earned respect for her abilities. She is highly qualified for the position of Superior Court Judge. She was voted the endorsement of the Republican party in the May primary.