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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Time Change--Not This Weekend

For the first time ever, daylight-saving time was pushed back to the first Sunday in November this year. The sun won't set till 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. In some places, it won't rise until 7:30 a.m.

Oil And Gas Leasing Questions Addressed

Workshop held to help prepare area landowners

POSTED: October 26, 2007

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Matt Sheppard of Chesapeake Energy discusses gas drilling during a workshop Thursday at the fire hall in Trout Run. Sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, the workshop was held to prepare landowners on what to expect once drilling begins on their property.';"

TROUT RUN — The times they are a-changing.

That statement has never been more true of natural gas exploration and the economic benefits landowners here in Lycoming County could receive by leasing their land for gas drilling.

That was part of the message delivered Thursday during a gas drilling workshop held Thursday at the Trout Run fire hall.

The workshop, which was sponsored by the Penn State Cooperative Extension, attracted more than 100 people, as well as representatives from gas companies from as far away as Texas, Oklahoma and upstate New York.

Not long ago, landowners were leasing their property to companies for $2 to $3 an acre, said Earle D. Robbins, of the cooperative extension in Tioga County. Today they are receiving a hundred times that amount, he said.

According to Robbins, the national push to find clean alternative energy is driving the market. New technology is making it easier to identify potential gas sites, he said.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a record 7,300 new permits for new drilling sites and this year is on pace to surpass even that, he said.

Statewide, there are an estimated 80,000 gas and oil wells operating in Pennsylvania, most of which are in the western part of the state, Robbins said.

Murphy discussed the steps that occur leading up to actual drilling, including the confirmation of who is the actual title owner of the property, securing DEP permits, water quality and quantity testing, and seismic testing, among other things.

Property owners should understand what a drilling site looks and sounds like — trees are removed, the site surveyed and leveled, pits dug, and erosion and sediment controls put in place.

Gas drilling sites can be noisy and contain bright lights. Work goes on at a site around the clock, he said.

“It isn’t nine to five,” Murphy said. “It’s 24-seven.”

Murphy compared a drilling site to building a house. It looks “pretty ugly for a while” but once built and the land restored, “it looks pretty decent when it’s put back together,” he said.

Several gas company representatives spoke, including Matt Sheppard, of Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy.

Sheppard discussed questions landowners should ask gas companies before allowing them to drill on their property.

Landowners have a right to understand the safety of an operation, its environmental impact and how much noise, traffic and disturbed land it will produce.

Local attorney Lester L. Greevy, of Greevy and Associates, discussed “frantically asked questions” that landowners have about gas leases.

According to Greevy, an arbitration clause in a lease is essential. Arbitration is cheap, quick and binding. Going to court is slow, expensive and rulings can be subject to appeals, he said.

“The court system in this county has no experience with gas leases,” he said. “The court system is not the way to deal with this.”

Greevy also discussed whether a company can drill on one property and remove gas stored on adjacent properties.

If the drilling is straight down and does not exceed a depth of about 3,800 feet —the threshold known as they Onandoga Horizon — it can, he said.

If the well is at a depth below the threshold, it may have to compensate adjacent landowners for gas removed from their property, he said.

Snyder County extension agent Ken Balliet discussed timber cuts associated with gas drilling or the installation of gas pipeline. Balliet recommended hiring a forester to determine what the timber removed for a gas operation is worth.

Peterson Speaks At PA House Hearing On I-80

WESB News: 10/26/07 - Scarnati, Peterson Differ on Toll Issue

The state House Republican Policy Committee held a hearing on Act 44 at Bloomsburg University, and among those who testified was Congressman John Peterson, an outspoken opponent of the plan to toll Interstate 80. He says the tolls will be bad for Pennsylvania's economy.

But State Senator Joe Scarnati says not fixing bridges will hurt the economy, too.

Scarnati also says opponents' claims that the toll money will go toward mass transit is wrong. Mass transit money will come from increased tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The turnpike commission has scheduled meetings on the tolling issue for November 7 in Clearfield and November 8 in DuBois.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Taj Mahal Has New Bidder--Ups The Ante

Current Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment
Online Auction
Bid Deadline 10/29/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,300,003Mau558Last Call 10/26/200717:17 EDT
$3,200,002Pow384Last Call 10/25/200719:59 EDT
$3,100,002Tru784Last Call 10/24/200719:59 EDT
$3,000,002Pow384Last Call 10/23/200719:59 EDT
$2,900,002Mor660Last Call 10/23/200718:50 EDT

Poll--Should Local Cops Use Radar

Please check your opinion in our poll on the right margin. Should local cops be allowed to run radar in Pennsylvania? There is legislation in the Pa house of representatives to allow local police to do this.

The results of this poll will be sent to your representatives in Harrisburg.

Plate Stolen From Genesee

Troopers here are probing the theft of a license plate from a pick up truck parked on River Road in Genesee Township sometime over the past few days.

Thieves removed the screws holding the plate to the rear bumper on a red 1996 Chevy owned by Joseph Cherry while the truck was parked in the owner’s yard.

The plate had Pennsylvania Registration YMD4930. From WFRM

Potter County To Get $128,171.00

The state Department of Education announced yesterday that Potter County Human Services is one of 72 organizations receiving $19 million in federal grants to offer after-school programs and other activities.

The local organization will receive $128,171 to provide academic, artistic and cultural activities to students and their families when school is not in session including before and after school as well as during holidays and summer breaks. From WFRM News

Coudersport Paving To Contine Monday

Coudersport Borough Manager Marlin Moore tells WFRM that I-A Construction began the street widening project on Thursday but decided not to work today due to the predicted rain.

Moore says Vine Street and Allegany Avenue were completed along with one block of Ross street except for sealing. He says the project will resume on Monday or Tuesday.

Inmate Charged With Theft

A McKean county jail inmate is being charged with theft and drug law violation for an incident allegedly taking place Thursday evening in the lock-up.

Authorities claim 20 year old Christine Cutlip took a cell phone, money and a necklace belonging to fellow inmate 30 year old William Goodliff of Shinglehouse from an accessible area in the booking room.

Troopers say a search of Cutlip’s jail cell revealed the stolen property as well as alleged drug paraphernalia and controlled substance From WFRM

Lots Of Wild Turkeys In Potter County

Pennsylvania’s fall turkey season gets underway Saturday and continues through Monday November 12 in most Wildlife Management Units.

The Game Commission says it extended the season by one day to allow hunters who have the day off from work or school for the Veterans Day holiday to hunt one more day.

Turkey season is the deadliest hunting season in Pennsylvania and hunters are encouraged to follow the SMART rules for firearms safety and to consider fluorescent orange clothing while afield at all times.

Also, hunters should yell “stop” to alert an approaching hunter rather that waving or moving as those actions might be mistaken for movement by a turkey. Game commission biologists say that prospects in the WFRM listening area “couldn’t be better.” From WFRM

Penn Grade Crude Oil Hits New High

WESB News: 10/26/07 - ARG Sets Another Record High Price

American Refining Group has set another record-high price for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil. Friday's price is 85-75 per barrel, up 3 dollars and 50 cents from Thursday.

The previous high price A-R-G paid was 84-75, which they paid on October 19.

Obituaries for Friday, October 26, 2007

PORT ALLEGANY — Frances C. Miller, 84, of 37 Church St., died Thursday (Oct. 25, 2007) in Mease Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, Fla.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Taj Mahal Bidding Extended--$3,200,002.00

Online Auction
Bid Deadline 10/26/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,200,002Pow384Last Call 10/25/200719:59 EDT
$3,100,002Tru784Last Call 10/24/200719:59 EDT

Coudersport Woman Charged

A Coudersport woman is being cited for harassment following an incident at her home on Route 49 in Allegany Township Monday afternoon.

State police allege 26 year old Amanda Kisiel hit her mother, Theresa Long in the head with a closed fist during an argument. Information from WFRM News.

Court Action Via WFRM News

Several area residents were admitted this past summer to the Potter County ARD program for DUI.

Steven Lampman, 45 of Harrison Valley was arrested this past January 27 when patrol officers noticed the driver’s side headlight and a rear light on his car were out. His blood alcohol content was found to be .10%.

Crystal VanZile, 19, of Roulette was stopped on Route 6 near Coudersport last March 18 when police spotted her car with a taillight out. Her BAC was confirmed to be .06%.

Robert Muirhead, 18, of Coudersport was stopped by Borough Police when he was observed speeding across a Time Warner parking lot and failed to stop at a stop sign His BAC was .05% which is in excess of the amount allowed for a person under the age of 21.

All were ordered to pay all costs and fees, perform a25 hours of community service, surrender their driver’s licenses for varied times, attend Alcohol Safe Driving School and the DUI Victim Impact Pane.

Muirhead was additionally ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow through with recommended treatment.

North Central To Proceed As If I-80 Tolls Were Reality

WESB News: 10/25/07 - North Central Addresses I-80 Tolling

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission has been told to proceed as if tolls on Interstate 80 will become a reality. Transportation Director Amy Kessler says the plan will provide $1.67 billion a year to the state Department of Transportation. In 2008, $450 million will be available for bridges and highways and $300 million will be available for transit.

Kessler said North Central's share of the transportation money for 2007-08 would be $10.6 million for transportation projects and $48.7 million in 2009-12. Kessler says the North Central region – McKean, Clearfield, Elk, Cameron, Jefferson and Potter - has a number of structurally deficient bridges in need of repairs and the money hasn't been available to do it in a timely manner.

She says the money from the tolling of I-80 would change that. Kessler says one of the biggest issues with Act 44 is that a lot of preliminary work that should have been done prior to its passage was not done and is only being addressed now. She said impact studies on corridor communities, public input and the cost to implement it should have already been done.


PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. - Roydon D. Hallock, 77, of 85 Katherine St. died Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2007) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

PA State Bird

Our state bird, the Ruffed Grouse, posed nicely for me a couple days ago.
posted by G.Doane @ 12:28 PM

Skidder Recovered In St. Marys

WESB News: 10/25/07 - Stolen Log Skidder Recovered

A missing log skidder which was reported stolen earlier this month was recovered Wednesday in St. Marys.

State Police say the skidder worth $187,000 dollars and owned by Northwest Savings Bank was taken from a logging site in Shippen township on October 18. The investigation continues.

Tornado In Warren County

WESB News: 10/25/07 - Tornado in Warren County on Sept 26

The National Weather Service has concluded that a Tornado did touch down in Warren County on September 26. In fact there was at least three locations where a funnel cloud was seen in Warren County that evening.

A funnel cloud was reported by residents in Kane after a tornado siren went off, but the National Weather Service says there was no tornado sighted on radar.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Time To Watch For Deer In The Road

PennDot is reminding motorists that fewer daylight hours and the increased movement of deer can mean a greater risk now of collisions between the woodland creatures and vehicles.

Last year, 11 people were killed in collisions involving vehicles and deer and there were more than 2700 reportable crashes involving whitetails last year.

PennDot says stay alert for the animals darting across the road especially during the early morning an evening hours when they are most active. Reduce speed in heavily wooded areas.

Watch for other deer when one crosses the road, deer often travel in groups and frequently there will be several deer crossing at once. Pay attention to “Deer Crossing” signs and reduce your speed accordingly.

If you do see one, slow down, tap your brakes to warn other drivers and sound your horn as deer tend to fixate on headlights, so flashing them may cause the animal to move. FRom WFRM

Police Reports Via WFRM News

State police here are continuing their investigation into a hit and run taking place between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. on the night of October 7 in Sharon Township. Troopers said a 1994 Black Jeep Grand Cherokee ran off the road while attempting to turn off of Route 44 onto the Eleven Mile road and struck a section of guardrail. The driver, whose name is still unknown, fled the scene without notifying authorities but the passenger, Teresa Strait of Shinglehouse suffered minor injuries.

A 16 year old Northern Potter student is being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. State police say the Genesee boy was found with the items on his person while at the school just before noon on Monday. A juvenile allegation has been filed and the investigation is continuing.

Paving Thursday In Coudersport

Coudersport Borough Manager Marlin Moore tells WFRM that after a delay, I-A Construction will begin its street widening project tomorrow morning.

Cars will be prohibited from parking on shoulders of designated streets during the project. Widening is scheduled for parts of Vine Street , Allegany Avenue, Ross Street, North West Street and Ellison Avenue. From WFRM News

15 Year Old Boy Hits Tree On North Hollow

A 15 year old Coudersport boy is facing numerous charges after wrecking his mother’s pick up truck Tuesday afternoon on the North Hollow Road.

Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps said the youth lost control of the 2000 GMC on wet leaves. The unit went off the road and rolled down an embankment before striking a tree head-on.

He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment. The truck was totaled in the crash.

Coudersport Volunteer Emergency Services responded to the scene. From WFRM

Call Center Could Bring Olean 500 New Jobs

By Daniel LeBlanc--Olean Times Herald

OLEAN - Olean could soon see a new call center which would bring with it as many as 500 jobs.

Louis Magnano, owner of Park Centre Development, said Tuesday a call center could locate to a Wayne Street building.

The Connection telecommunications company, based in Minnesota, has been in negotiations with Park Centre Development to open a location at the incubator building owned by Cattaraugus Empire Zone.

"It's a 90 percent done deal," Mr. Magnano said of the negotiations. Park Centre Development has a purchase option on the incubator building should the deal go through, he added.

John Sayegh, chief operating officer of the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce and director of the Cattaraugus Empire Zone, declined to comment on the project citing ongoing negotiations.

Mr. Magnano said two people instrumental in bringing the call center project to Olean were Cattaraugus County Legislator Linda Witte and Legislature candidate James Snyder.

"I hope it's a done deal," Ms. Witte said by phone Tuesday.

She said she put Mr. Magnano in contact with Gov. Eliot Spitzer's regional representative, Tom Carpenter.

"I hope everything works out," she added. "These are jobs with good pay and benefits. I believe Olean is moving in the right direction."

The Connection has been operating since 1981 and also has a location in Jamestown. It is the 11th largest call center operator in the U.S. with 1,500 employees, according to the company Web site.

New Bidder Ups The Ante With 1 Minute To Go--Bidding Extended

Address 102 South Main Street / 108 South West Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
United States
Property Type Office

Approx Sq Ft
Suggested Value
Minimum Bid
Current Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment

Online Auction
Bid Deadline 10/25/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,100,002Tru784Last Call 10/24/200719:59 EDT
$3,000,002Pow384Last Call 10/23/200719:59 EDT
$2,900,002Mor660Last Call 10/23/200718:50 EDT
$2,800,002Pow384Last Call 10/22/200719:59 EDT
$2,700,002Mor660Last Call 10/22/200716:56 EDT
$2,600,002Pow384Last Call 10/19/200719:58 EDT
$2,500,001Mor660Last Call 10/19/200718:32 EDT
$2,400,001Pow384Last Call 10/18/200719:59 EDT
$2,300,001Chi556Last Call 10/18/200719:38 EDT
$2,200,001Pow384Last Call 10/16/200720:28 EDT

Your Opinion Wanted--Participate In Our Poll

WESB News: 10/23/07 - Local Cops Could be Able to Use Radar

Legislation to put radar into the hands of local police in Pennsylvania has been introduced in Harrisburg.

Rep. Mike Vereb, a former police officer and co-sponsor of the bill, says it's time to give local police the equipment to deal effectively with growing traffic problems.

Vote yes or no in our poll whether you think local cops should be able to use radar in Pennsylvania. Make your opinion count!

Spook Time! Jan Baxter's Halloween Display On Main Street In Roulette, PA.--Great Job Jan! Photo by Greg Doane

posted by G.Doane @ 10:25 PM

State To Clean Up Chemicals At Westfield Tannery

By George Osgood--Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

WESTFIELD – Faced with hundreds of thousands of gallons of abandoned chemicals near a populated area of Westfield, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is stepping in to address the pressing environmental and fire hazards that remain at the closed Westan tannery.

Because the business is faced with millions of dollars in outstanding debt and is unable to pay for the cleanup, Robert Yowell, director of the DEP’s northcentral regional office, said the state would rely on its hazardous sites cleanup fund to cover the work.

The project contractor, URS Corp., will give priority to investigating and removing the dangerous chemicals from the property because of the limited funding available through the cleanup program.

“When Westan closed its doors in May 2005, it left behind hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemicals that it used in its tannery business,” Yowell said. “Many of these substances are toxic and flammable and pose a considerable risk to the nearby residential area. So, to address the environmental and health risks, we’ll use the resources available to sample the various waste products and remove those that are hazardous first.

“It’s a critical first step in making the property safer for nearby residents and to ensure that, one day, it can be used by another business,” he said.

Work is set to begin on Monday.

Yowell said the state would take all necessary action against Westan to recover the money spent on the cleanup.

Since the tannery closed, local, county ands state government officials have been working to develop a strategy for eliminating environmental and fire hazards on the property.

The Tioga County Development Corp. and Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission hired a consultant to conduct an environmental site characterization in July 2006. The consultant reported that the abandoned chemicals and other wastes located throughout the 400,000-square-foot property were environmental threats.

Some of the wastes include 300,000 gallons of tan yard liquors, 6,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and hundreds of drums containing hazardous waste, thinners and waste oil.

After URS has sampled the waste, it will prepare it for removal and disposal at a permitted facility.

URS will attempt to have all the sampling work completed in seven weeks. DEP’s environmental cleanup program staff will oversee the Pittsburgh contractor’s work.

The project follows other recent cleanup activities at the site. The Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority removed all outside plant trash in September and, earlier this month, approximately 30 cubic yards of unusable Retan was removed and properly disposed of. Retan is an agent used in the tanning process.

Yowell said this case underscores the importance of the hazardous sites cleanup fund.

Happy Birthday Jessica Studer

Wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA. Have a great day!

Tioga County Gets $50,000.00 Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Tioga County (Pa.) Development Corporation a $50,000 Rural Business Opportunity Grant.

A check presentation ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 114 Main St in Wellsboro.

The funds will be used to help stimulate economic activity within the county and provide direct technical services to area businesses, industries and employees.

From Star Gazette

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Frank M. Trimm, 70, of South Main Street, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2007) in Lakeview Senior Care Center, Smethport, following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Charley E. Eckert, 84, of 33 Third St., died Saturday (Oct. 20, 2007) in the Edinboro Manor, Edinboro. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Charles H. Parker, 70, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2007) at his home in Lakeland. Arrangements are under the direction of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Northside.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Greg Doane Captures Foliage Before The Rain

PA Fall Foliage

Taken yesterday in Roulette Township,Potter County. Click on the picture to enlarge.
posted by G.Doane @ 1:16 PM

Pete Roberts---Secretly Bought Roulette A Firetruck

ROULETTE - Larry G. “Pete” Roberts, 52, of 632 Main Road, Dallas, Pa., died unexpectedly Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2007) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Pete had a big heart. He left this area some years ago and took a job with a printing company in the Wilkes Barre area. One of the fond memories I have of him was when he secretly bought a ladder firetruck in the Wilkes Barre area and had it delivered to his hometown Roulette Fire Department. He paid cash but newspaper reports said he required the seller not to disclose where the fire engine came from.

Pete didn't drive and he paid me to drive him to Williamsport a couple of times, so he could catch a bus to Wilkes Barre. He was a great storyteller. He told me very interesting stories about his work at John Rigas' home in the earlier days of Adelphia. Pete will be missed by all.

Taj Mahal--$2,900,002.00--Bidding Extended

Address 102 South Main Street / 108 South West Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
United States
Property Type Office

Approx Sq Ft
Suggested Value
Minimum Bid
Current Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment
Online Auction
Bid Deadline 10/24/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$2,900,002Mor660Last Call 10/23/200718:50 EDT
$2,800,002Pow384Last Call 10/22/200719:59 EDT
$2,700,002Mor660Last Call 10/22/200716:56 EDT
$2,600,002Pow384Last Call 10/19/200719:58 EDT
$2,500,001Mor660Last Call 10/19/200718:32 EDT
$2,400,001Pow384Last Call 10/18/200719:59 EDT
$2,300,001Chi556Last Call 10/18/200719:38 EDT
$2,200,001Pow384Last Call 10/16/200720:28 EDT
$2,100,001Mor660Last Call 10/15/200720:40 EDT
$2,000,001Pow384Last Call 10/15/200719:59 EDT

Police Reports Via WFRM

State police at Emporium are investigating the theft of a 2005 Green Franklin Log skidder from the intersection of Bobby’s Run Road and Route 4004 in Shippen Township over the past couple of weeks. The skidder is valued at more than $187,000 and is the property of Northwest Bank of Warren.

Troopers here are investigating the reported theft of a car. Kelly Lehman of Ulysses told them that a car he had purchased a year ago was recently sold to someone else without his consent and the investigation continues.

A burglary at a Hector Township residence between last Wednesday and yesterday is being probed by state police here as well. Thieves took a black 6.5 220 variable Leopold Scope from the home of Gregory Lampman and also stole his birth certificate and social security card.

Farmers Can Apply For Crop Loss From Natural Disasters

Pennsylvania farmers who suffered crop losses from natural disasters during the 2005-2007 crop years may receive loss benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Disaster Program which provides 42 percent of the established crop price to farmers who suffered crop losses greater than 35 percent in any crop year between 2005-2007 or if the damaged crop was planted or prevented from being planted before Feb. 28, 2007.

Farmers may apply for losses to multiple crops, but can choose only one year to receive benefits.

Only farmers covered by crop insurance or covered under the noninsured crop disaster assistance program for the year of loss will be eligible for benefits. The payments will be in addition to more than $33 million in loss payments made to Pennsylvania farmers through crop insurance in 2005 and 2006.

Farmers should promptly contact their local farm service agency to receive benefits from the crop disaster program. To find a crop insurance agent, visit From WFRM

Police Look For Tractor Trailer That Struck And Killed Student

The Livingston County Sheriff’s department believes a white long nose Peterbuilt tractor trailer struck and killed Kaitlin Anne Charity on Saturday morning. Police are asking the public to call with information they may have about its location.

Charity, 20, of Islip, Suffolk County, was driving northbound on I-390 between Exit 6 and Exit 7 in Groveland, Livingston County, at 6:25 a.m. when she was pulled over for a speeding ticket. Police say she later left her car and went to the side of the road. When she returned to her vehicle she was struck by a vehicle that left the scene.

Two days of road blocks near the accident scene produced eyewitness information, said Livingston County Sheriff John York. They believe that three vehicles were in the area at the time of the accident, a red or maroon minivan that was roadside with a damaged hood and possibly leaking fluid, a blue or teal passenger car that was parked behind the mini van and the white long nose Peterbuilt tractor trailer.

Police believe this truck is approximately three years old, with a double sleeper and chrome wheels. It was said to be pulling a refrigerated trailer with stainless steel doors on the back and may have been leaking a large amount of fluid, possibly diesel fuel.

"We know the truck hit the girl," said York.

The State University of New York at Geneseo, where Charity was a student, said it is working with her family on plans for a memorial service.

Anyone with information about these vehicles or the accident is asked to call (585) 243-7100.

House leaders served subpoenas

Bucks County Courier Times

State Attorney General Tom Corbett has served House Republican leaders with subpoenas for personnel documents as part of an investigation into the millions of dollars in bonuses doled out to legislative aides, a GOP spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.

Steve Miskin, the Republican spokesman, said the subpoenas were delivered late Tuesday. He said he could not discuss what information was requested in the documents.

Corbett has been investigating whether the $3.6 million in bonuses paid to Republican and Democratic aides in the House and Senate were rewards for work on political campaigns.

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During the past two weeks, House Democrats have complained privately that Corbett's investigation appeared to be shaded with politics. That's because Democratic staffers have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Harrisburg and because agents seized documents during an August raid of the Democratic Legislative Research Office.

Bill Introduced To Let Local Cops Run Radar Traps

WESB News: 10/23/07 - Local Cops Could be Able to Use Radar

Legislation to put radar into the hands of local police in Pennsylvania has been introduced in Harrisburg.

Rep. Mike Vereb, a former police officer and co-sponsor of the bill, says it's time to give local police the equipment to deal effectively with growing traffic problems.

Shinglehouse Native CEO Of Mt. Jewett Charter School

WESB News: 10/23/07 - Proposed MJ Charter School Has CEO

Thomas Brown has been named C-E-O of the proposed Mount Jewett Area Charter School. Brown is a Shinglehouse native, who lives in Youngsville, and has been working with the Charter Coalition for several months to complete their charter application.

Brown is the director of curriculum and instruction at the Tidioute Community Charter School.

Causer Supports Efforts to Reduce Frivolous Lawsuits

Recognizing the toll that frivolous lawsuits take on consumers, businesses, health care facilities and the Commonwealth’s economy, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced his support of a package of bills aimed at stemming lawsuit abuse.
Causer joined his fellow House Republicans and former Gov. Dick Thornburgh at a Capitol press conference to unveil the comprehensive legislative package on Monday.
“Every time someone files a lawsuit that has no merit, it has a ripple effect on all of us,” Causer said. “We’re most likely to feel the effects when it comes to health care. Frivolous medical malpractice suits increase insurance costs for doctors and hospitals, force many of them to close their doors or move out of state and that leaves us, the patients, with limited access to the care we need.
“And when good health care is not readily available in our state, it makes us a less attractive place to employers, thereby limiting the job opportunities we have in our communities,” he added.
Similarly, high liability costs for business hurt potential employees by limiting opportunities and serving as a disincentive to locate in Pennsylvania in the first place. Causer said the costs are also often passed on to consumers, so people all over the state end up paying more for products and services every time a frivolous lawsuit is brought.
“In our area of the state, we already face enough challenges when it comes to recruiting jobs and physicians,” Causer said. “We need to address this problem for the good of all Pennsylvanians.”

The foundation of the legislative package unveiled Monday is the Fair Share Act, which essentially ensures that a business or hospital found partially liable or negligent in a liability case is only held financially responsible for his or her fair share of damages. The Fair Share Act was signed in to law in 2002 by Gov. Mark Schweiker but was later overturned by the courts on a technicality. Lawmakers have been working to get a new Fair Share Act signed into law; Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed the last version of the measure in 2006.

The package also includes proposals to establish caps on attorney fees and non-economic damages, limit recovery of punitive damages, and restrict liability in cases involving innocent sellers.
Several bills have already been referred to the House Judiciary Committee; the full package should be drafted and introduced in the next few weeks.

Newest Potter County Job Postings

517031 CASHIER$6916.00/year0.00 miles10/22/2007
516737 Telephone Sales ProfessionalCompetitive Salary0.00 miles10/19/2007
516656 Server and WaitressCompetitive Salary0.00 miles10/19/2007
516558 Drivers Helper$8840.00/year0.00 miles10/18/2007
516220 Harvest Worker$14560.00/year0.00 miles10/18/2007

Taj Mahal Bidding Hits $2,800,002.00

Property Type Office

Approx Sq Ft
Suggested Value
Minimum Bid
Current Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment
Online Auction
Bid Deadline 10/23/2007 20:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
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Greg Doane Catches Bald Eagle On Film In Roulette

My First PA Eagle Sighting

Greg Doane filmed this bald eagle, on Laninger Creek in Roulette Township, recently. This eagle was seen earlier this year cruising the Allegheny River by your publisher and his wife. Greg stated that he saw it again on another day after these pictures were taken and he thought it was feeding on a dead deer in that area.

posted by G.Doane @ 12:04 PM

Terra Curtis Reports From San Francisco

Life in SF

So, it's been about a month and a half now since I rolled into San Francisco. After about two weeks, I had found an apartment and moved in, was potentially coaching the Varsity Girls' Basketball Team at the Urban School of San Francisco, and had started tutoring a girl in pre-calculus. Life has continued down a similar path, but with added attractions.

A couple weeks ago, I met up with Amelia (of B&B fame) for the SF Lovefest. Here's a snippet:

We got to talking about our job situation (or lack thereof) and she tipped me in on a possible job opportunity. Work from home, flexible hours, as much or as little as you wanted. Turns out, her sister works for a start-up company based in Millbrae, CA. The company is called Power Reviews, Inc. They started a couple years ago designing and installing consumer review software on company's websites (like, for example). Within the last couple of months, they have rolled out their own website, called BUZZillions, which is essentially one central location where all of their clients' reviews can be viewed by consumers. It's similar to Epinions or Bazaarvoice. Anyway, I sent in my resume, applying for this work from home position where I'd be a moderator for reviews coming in to the site. Essentially, a quality control person - is the review relevant? does it contain profanity? Is it substantive? I got a call back and had an interview. They didn't need moderators, but they thought I had some skills that could be useful. So, I took a job in their office (which is a 1/2 hour train ride away, but they're looking to move into the city soon). I started this week and have really liked the company atmosphere. It's almost entirely populated with employees under 35. Being a start-up, they're really eager to hear/share/explain ideas from/with/to everyone. So for now, I'm working on a few different things. It works really well, too, since I can leave in the afternoon and make it back to the city in time to coach. I've since dropped the pre-calc student (rather, she dropped the class and hence, me) so having full weeks but generally free weekends will be nice.

Aside from work, life has been good and fairly busy. I've been going to a yoga/meditation class that I love. I'm in a co-ed basketball league with my friends Laura and Gabe. And today, I attending a Couchsurfing picnic at Crissy Field where I met a bunch of new people (and quite a few with Boston connections/roots, somewhat surprisingly). So, for those of you still reading, life's good here on the west side. Thanks for checking in.

CS picnic:

My room:

The view from the best roof-top room in all of SF:

Police Reports Via WFRM News

The theft of two ATVs from a Hebron Township residence Friday night or Saturday morning is being investigated by state police here. Someone made off with a white and black 2005 Suzuki Quad Sport valued at $4200 and a 2005 Grey camouflage Yamaha Raptor Limited Edition valued at $7500. Belonging to Krista Hazel of Coudersport. Police explained that the machines had been placed at the intersection of Rotue 44 and the Sturdevant Road, marked for sale.

Troopers are probing the theft of some $665 worth of electrician tools from the bed of a pick up truck owned by Michael Dunlavey early Saturday morning while the truck was parked at Street Machines Auto Care on Route 6 west of Coudersport. The tools included a black plastic case containing a set of Craftsman cordless drills; various drill bits, three pole saws, six magnetic bits, a white cloth bag with “Wenzel Tile Trenton, NJ labeled in blue containing various electrical items including about ten switches, ten outlets, black and red colored Amp Clamp, an electric test probe hosued in a clear case with black and red wires, about 25’ of 14-2 Romex wire stamped with TNJ in blue; 100’ red/black wire fish and a charger for the Craftsman drills. All of the tools were engraved with the owner’s initials, “MJD.”

Yet another theft of copper tubing is being probed by troopers locally. Sometime since the first of this month, thieves broke into a camp at the intersection of Route 244 and Cemetery Road in Genesee Township and removed about $500 of copper tubing. The camp is owned by Martin Groff of Ocean City,MD. This is the third such theft to take place here within the past few weeks.

THE BRADFORD ERA is reporting today that the Supreme Court has turned down a request by convicted cop killer Timothy Williams, formerly of Coudersport for a new trial. Williams was found guility of third degree murder for the February 1999 shooting death of Kane Borough Police Officer Steve Jerman during a traffic stop. His attorney, Samuel Stretton was seeking a new trial because he claimed that Becky Lucrezi Olson, also of Coudersport, later claimed she fired the fatal shot. Olson and Matt Seeley were in the back seat of the Williams car and were later given partial immunity to testify against Williams. Two women, Marian Nersinger and Michelle Nelson were found guilty recently of perjury because they testified under oath that they had overheard Olson confess to the crime but State Police who investigated the claims later found the statements were untrue.

63 Mile Long Rail Trail A Big Hit

By George Osgood--Star Gazette Wellsboro Bureau

WELLSBORO -- A state survey shows what lots of local folks already knew: People who use the Pine Creek Rail-Trail love it.

And now, with the opening of the section from Wellsboro Junction to Ansonia, there's even more to love.

"It's terrific," said Jude Molloy of Camp Hill, who biked the new section, which opened Sept. 12 and increased the trail's length to nearly 63 miles, one of the longest rail-trail conversions in Pennsylvania. "I have walked or ridden my bike over most of the whole trail, and this might be the best part. It's not dramatic, like the canyon, but the nice thing is that the scenery changes.

"Part of it is woods and a lot of it is wetland," he said. "You see the ridges, different wildlife and different plants. Different birds, especially. Then, when you come to Ansonia, you're right in the canyon, so that's another change. I think it's great that they finally got it open."

In June 1988, Conrail notified the Lycoming County Planning Commission that the railroad planned to abandon the tracks from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore, and the move to create a rail-trail started. In July 1990, the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed legislation that allowed the state to buy the rail bed for $1. Construction of the first section, from Ansonia 17 miles to Blackwell, began in 1995, and that first stretch opened to recreational use in August 1996.

In June 2001, a 23-mile-long section from Rattlesnake Rock, south of Blackwell, to Waterville opened. The run from Waterville to the White Tail trailhead was ready in the fall of 2005, and the southernmost piece of the trail, ending in Jersey Shore, opened in the summer of 2006.

It has been a hit from the start. State models, based on automatic counter information and other data, show that 125,000 people used the Pine Creek Rail-Trail in 2006. Few were disappointed. Lots of them saw otters, eagles, deer and bears. Rattlesnakes, too.

Trail cooperation envied
"It has been a couple of years, but we have been here before," said Gordon Sneath of Lancaster, hiking the trail near Ansonia with wife Romaine. "It's beautiful. The community is very fortunate to have it. I know it took a lot of people working together to accomplish this.

"In our county, Norfolk Southern (Railroad) is trying to abandon a rail line, and there's a movement to turn that into a rail-trail," he said. "But people can't agree on it. The townships want to do one thing, and the county commissioners want to do something else and the property owners along the railroad line want another thing. People are afraid of litter and damage to the environment. But the people who use these trails don't litter. Anyway, it's going nowhere."

Jason Newswanger, a Berks County dairy farmer, knew exactly where he was going: South from Ansonia to Blackwell, towing daughters Katelyn, 3 and Kyla, 15 months, in a cute kiddie-cart behind his bicycle.

"It won't be too hard to pull. It's all downhill," he said of the trail's minimal grade. "Going down through the canyon is really nice. We enjoy coming here. It's hard to leave work. But we decided to sneak off for a day or two. It's well worth it."

Users give trail top marks
Other users agree. According to the state's survey, released earlier this month, 96 percent of users rated trail maintenance as good or excellent; 92 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents graded trail security as good or excellent and 96 percent approved of trail cleanliness.

"You don't see any litter," said Carrie Ault of Reading. "I have been here a dozen times over the years, probably, and I haven't even seen a candy wrapper. People really take care of this place. With all the stuff you see in the cities, it restores your faith.

"To tell you the truth, I haven't been on the new section yet," the operating room nurse said. "I just got here. But I'm looking forward to (bicycling) it. Maybe tomorrow."

Not bad for a freebie.

"Using the trail is free," said Carl Burke of Lewisburg. "But you can't really put a price on it. It's a very special place. I'm surprised it doesn't get even more use. It's super."

And almost done. Future plans call for extending the rail-trail from Wellsboro Junction three miles south to Wellsboro. Through 2006, construction along the 63 miles of trail cost $8.25 million, according to the state survey. Building a bridge to carry the trail over Route 287 will cost an estimated $2.3 million.

But state estimates reveal that trail users pump more than $5.5 million a year into the regional economy.

Of course, it's not about dollars.

"I come here several times a year, and I see something new every time," Ault said. "It's like a theme park without the crowds. And the theme is nature."

Bradford Lawyer Assaulted By Wife

WESB News: 10/23/07 - Catherine Langella Charged With Assault

A Bradford woman was arraigned Monday on charges she assaulted her husband. Court records indicate that 55 year-old Catherine Langella is facing simple assault and harassment

Bradford City Police say they were called Monday to Ronald Langella’s law office at 53 Main St. Police say Langella punched her husband and threw a chair at him.

She is free on $5,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with her husband.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Former Roulette Resident Dies

PORT ALLEGANY - Larry G. “Pete” Roberts, 52, of 632 Main Road, Dallas, Pa., died unexpectedly Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2007) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Open Stage At Denton Hill Roundtable Show


The final Songwriter’s Roundtable show for 2007 will be the annual fundraiser open stage at the Denton Hill Ski Lodge on Saturday, November 3rd, beginning at 3:00pm and going all day until 10:00pm.

All are invited to bring your instruments and voices and take to the stage, as this month we spotlight the talent that resides right here in Potter County and the surrounding communities!

We will also be featuring and displaying the work of local visual artists Nanci McKee-Turker (fine art painting, beadwork, jewelry) and Jennifer Adams (various painting and drawing mediums).

Julie and Linda will again be serving up smothered burritos in the spirit of “no belly left behind”, with meals at $8, small children $5, and tickets for the show at $10, small children $5.

We encourage those wishing to participate in the open stage to email the Roundtable at , or call Steve at 814-274-9336 to sign up.

For more details on the Songwriter’s Roundtable or for directions, please visit the website at:

Posting Today From Philadelphia

Solomon's Words is being posted today from the Philadelphia area where we are visiting our daughter and grandsons.

We were priviledged to worship this morning at pastor Dominic Puglia's " First Christian Pentecostal Church" at Tyson Avenue and Van Dyke Street, in Philadelphia. Pastor Dominic and his wife are frequent visitors at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle. Their son John is a bible school student at the Tabernacle in Coudersport.

2 ATV's Stolen In Hebron Township

WESB News: 10/22/07 – 2 ATV's Reported Stolen

Coudersport based PSP are investigating the theft of 2 ATV's from a location in Hebron Township in Potter County.

The ATV's were sitting on the side of the roadway - and up for sale - when last seen on Friday.

The two ATV's had a combined value of approximately $11,000.00 and were owned by Krista Hazel, of Coudersport.

Contact the PSP if you have information.

Burglar Steals Copper Plumbing

WESB News: 10/21/07 – Camp Burglary

A burglary of a Camp in Genesee Township resulted in the loss of 500 dollars worth of copper tubing.

The burglar entered the camp owned by Martin Groff – of Ocean City, MD – by prying open the back door causing damage to both it and the door frame

State Police Need Help With Bad Checks

WESB News: 10/21/07 – PSP Investigate Bad Checks in Coudy

Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport are asking your help to locate a female individual whose last address was in Bolivar NY – and a male individual from Bradford who wrote bad checks to Diamond Auto Glass in Potter County.

The 2 checks were written for a total of $454.00.

The Investigation continues - and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the PSP.