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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Potter County Commissioners Have Final 2008 Meeting

County’s 2009 Budget Approved

budgettttt1Potter County’s 2009 operating budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. There were no significant revisions to the spending plan since it was first made available for public inspection and review earlier this month.

County Spending $7 Million--No Tax Increase

The budget calls for expenditures of just over $7 million. Real estate taxes will be assessed at 12.3 mills for the third consecutive year. The commissioners expressed appreciation to department heads and elected officials for their cooperation in developing the budget. They also said they’ll be working to control expenses in 2009 and hope to avoid raising real estate taxes in 2010.

Bids Received For School Jobs

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the commissioners tabled for further review three bids received for part-time positions to supervise or assist with after-school activities for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts. These are contract positions, administered by Potter County Human Services.

Borrowed $1 Million At 3.5%

The board also approved a tax anticipation note from First National Bank of Port Allegany for up to $1 million, at an interest rate of 3.5 percent.

Two Reappointed To Conservation District

Commissioner Doug Morley and Leroy White were reappointed to the Potter County Conservation District Board of Directors.

Favorable Natural Gas Price Locked In

A contract between the county and UGI Energy Services was approved, locking-in natural gas prices at $6.98 per dekatherm for the courthouse, Gunzburger Building and Potter County Human Services from April through October 2009. Potter County Today

Milford Appointed Deputy Warden At County Jail

Deputy Potter County Jail Warden Named

potterjailAngela Milford, a veteran employee of the Potter County Jail, has been named deputy warden of the facility. She has been serving as assistant deputy warden and began her career at the jail as a guard.

Milford succeeds Bob Patinka, who retired as deputy warden earlier this year. Her hiring was recommended by Sheriff Ken Sauley, who also serves as jail warden, and unanimously approved by the Potter County Board of Commissioners at Wednesday’s year-end business meeting. Her salary, as unanimously approved by the Salary Board on Wednesday, will be $32,500, with an increase to $35,000 upon successful completion of a six-month probationary period. Salary Board members are Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel, along with County Treasurer Krista Miller.

The assistant deputy warden position that Milford currently occupies will be eliminated and replaced with a jail secretary/clerk position, also approved by the Salary Board on Wednesday, at an hourly rate of $8.40 per union contract.

Earlier this year, the Potter County Jail was found to be in 100 percent compliance with state standards for a second consecutive two-year inspection period. Potter County Today

Area Obituaries

AUSTIN, Pa. - Marilyn E. Hooftallen, 89, of Austin died Monday (Dec. 29, 2008) in her home.

DUKE CENTER — Linda L. Brown, 68, of Duke Center, died Wednesday (Dec. 31, 2008) at the Kane Community Hospital following a brief illness. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Duke Center United Methodist Church.

Troopers Busy On Bells Run

Arrests Made for Two Incidents on Bells Run Road
Troopers at Kane have charged two people for separate incidents taking place in the same neighborhood early Monday morning.

Eric Gaylor of Shinglehouse has been cited for disorderly conduct after he allegedly refused to turn down loud music at his home when requested to do so by a neighbor at about 1:30 a.m.

James White Jr., 20, of Shinglehouse was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $300 bail after being arraigned on charges of loitering and prowling, public drunkenness and criminal trespass ...More from Gerri

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U.S. Congressman G.T. Thompson Heads To Capitol Hill

G.T. goes to D.C.

Small town lifestyle leads to Capitol Hill

Lock Haven Express

HOWARD - There's a saying about growing up in a small town - "the worst part about growing up in a rural area is that everyone knows your business and the best part about growing up in a rural area is that everyone knows your business."

This quote typifies the ideal of a rural area and the loss of anonymity, but also the peace of mind knowing your neighbors will always be there to help.

For Glenn "G.T." Thompson, anonymity never seemed to be his aim, but being a helpful neighbor in the rural community of Howard has. Over the years he has served his neighbors in many capacities, from borough council member to volunteer firefighter, from sitting on the area school board to leading many area young men as a scout leader.

It is with the sense of community, willingness to lend a helping hand and the rural values of a lifetime living, learning, working and caring for his family in Centre and Clinton counties that Glenn Thompson will assume the role as U.S. Representative. Having grown up in these areas, Thompson attests to the rural values influencing his life. More...

Military Releasing Some Details Of Accident

Navy Seaman Josh Seitz remembered

By John Anderson
Wed Dec 31, 2008

A private burial is expected to be held Tuesday in Genesee, Pa. at the family farm for Navy Seaman Apprentice Joshua Seitz, 19, who died Christmas day in Bahrain.

The military is releasing some details of the accident that claimed the life of the former Whitesville, Wellsville and Northern Potter, Pa., student. More...

Potter County Offices To Close At 4:00 PM Today

Due to the inclement road conditions, Potter County Offices will close at 4:00pm today, to give workers an opportunity to get home before dark.

The Potter County Commissioners have just issued this email:

Due to the current road conditions, employees may leave at 4:00 p.m. today to allow for travel home during daylight hours.
The Commissioners wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year!

Grassroots Effort Seeks Presidential Commutation For John Rigas

Due to the considerable number of persons, who have contacted the Rigas family, urging an effort to request a commutation of John Rigas's sentence, the family has proceeded to have the necessary papers filed on Monday. Anyone who would like to write a letter to President Bush to recommend John's commutation, may send them as below.

The time remaining for President Bush to act is extremely limited, so time is of essence in this effort. A few minutes of your time and your prayers may have a profound effect on the life of this man who tried to do so much for the people of Potter County and the surrounding area.

People wanting to support the Commutation request of John Rigas should send their letters to the following address:

Lizette Benedi
Bancroft Associate PLLC
1919 M Street, NW
Suite 470
Washington, DC 20036

However, the letters should be addressed to the President as follows:

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Bancroft Associate group will assemble the letters and send them as a group. Thank you.

One Car Crash Reported On Route 59

BREAKING NEWS:11:44am-12-31-08
Lafayette Firemen and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Route 59, one mile West of Route 219, in McKean County where one person is reported injured. The vehicle is reported in the roadway.

Attorney General Investigating Plot Against Bradford Mayor

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Riel Describes Alleged Plot Against Him

Mayor Tom Riel says after he won the election in November of 2007, some people went to great lengths to try to make sure he was never sworn in.

"An elaborate but clumsy plot was hatched by a few rogue members of law enforcement to try to set me up with some sort of drug charges so that I would never be sworn in as mayor and I would never appoint a new police chief," Riel said Tuesday afternoon during a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

For the full story, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rollover Accident Reported On Route 6 Near Valley Hardware

BREAKING NEWS:7:57pm-12-30-08
Coudersport fire and ambulance has been dispatched to a one-vehicle rollover accident near Valley Hardware.

Heart Of Cole Prepared Donations For Needy Families

The Heart of Cole Community Connections committee at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital prepares to deliver holiday donations to area children and youth agencies. Donations of food, clothing and holiday gifts were delivered to agencies in Potter, McKean, and Cameron counties and then distributed to needy families. The committee plans to organize drives for agencies in need throughout the year. Pictured from left are Colleen Ramsey, Jennifer Rossman, Patrice Levavasseur, and Anna Fair.

Head-On Accident Reported On W. Eldred Road

BREAKING NEWS:3:37 pm-12-30-08
An ambulance is being dispatched to a two car head-on accident about a mile North of the Coryville end of the West Eldred Road. Several occupants were transported to area hospitals.

Former Northern Potter Student Dead In Bahrain

Former Northern Potter Student Dies in Bahrain

A sailor who attended Northern Potter High School died on Christmas Day in Bahrain.

19-year-old Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua Seitz suffered fatal injuries when his patrol boat collided with a barge moored in the Mina Salman port harbor.

Seitz attended Wellsville middle and high schools, and Northern Potter high school, but graduated from a Reading area school.

Two other sailors riding with Seitz survived and are hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident is under investigation.

Calendar Of Events From

December 31
The Potter County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting today, instead of Thursday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in their conference room in the Gunzburger Annex. Items on the agenda include adoption of the 2009 county budget. The $7 million spending plan holds taxes at their 3-year level of 12.3 mills. The Board will also open any bids received for part-time positions to supervise after-school activities for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts.

December 31
Ring in the New Year with the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department in the new training facility located next to the fire hall. B.Y.O.B, finger foods, hats and noisemakers provided and a pork and sauerkraut dinner will be served at midnight. Music will be provided by DJ Coyote Nights from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Small games of chance and raffles will be available for purchase. Designated driver may be available within the fire district. Please make arrangements as far in advance as possible. For information, call 274-7012 and leave a message. Cost is $25 per couple. Tickets are available at Northwest Savings Bank, NAPA Auto Parts or from any firefighter.

December 31
The Smethport Volunteer Fire Department will host a community New Year’s Eve Party at the fire hall from 8:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. A film will be show for children.

January 1
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Express Care will be closed today. Regular hours at the walk in medical care clinic are 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. While Express Care treats urgent yet minor ailments, those with true emergencies should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

January 1
The Galeton Moose Family Center will have a New Year’s Day Party from1:00 to 10:00 p.m. featuring free sauerkraut and pork. Call 435-2500 for details.

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No Foul Play Expected
Kane-based state police say no foul play is suspected in the death of 38 year old James Evens of West Leechburg whose body was found Monday afternoon along a railroad track in Wetmore Township. The cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results. Evens was reported missing Sunday by state police in Kiski Valley. A search was initiated Sunday after his car was found along Route 6 two and a half miles west of Kane and resumed Monday involving members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Elkland search and Rescue and a State Police helicopter.

Details Released about Crashes Last Week
Coudersport-based state police overnight released details about a couple of vehicle mishaps taking place last week. Irene Fay Hauber of Coudersport received minor injuries Christmas Eve afternoon when her northbound Dodge van went off the west berm of the Dingman Run Road and struck an embankment. Charges of failing to drive at a safe speed are being filed against 66 year old Thomas Ragan of Rising Sun Maryland after his Chevrolet Tahoe wrecked on Route 144 in West Branch Township Friday evening. Troopers said Ragan’s pick up slid out of control while headed south on the icy road, skidded across the road, struck a tree, spun around, re-crossed the road and came to rest back in its own lane of travel. Ragan was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Harassment Charges Being Filed Against Lawrenceville Man
A 25 year old Lawrenceville man is being charged with harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at his home on the Tremaine Road in that town. State police say the incident began when Andrew Arnold called his mother threatening to burn down his house. She and a female victim arrived at the residence and an argument erupted, “spilling” into the house, then moved back out onto the yard. During the argument, Arnold allegedly struck the female victim numerous times with his fist, kicked her, kneed her in the stomach, smashed her head on the ground and threw her into her car. The two women left the house and returned to New York State and reported the incident the next day to Mansfield-based state police.

Couple Victimized by Access Device Fraud
Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into an Access Device Fraud victimizing a Genesee couple. Someone obtained bank account and/or debit card information belonging to Richard and Phyllis Ober and used it to make multiple online purchases between December 24 and 27 without their consent or knowledge.

Theft of Baby Jesus Replica Investigated
Troopers are also probing the theft of a plastic Baby Jesus from in front of the Andrews Settlement Church between Christmas Eve and Saturday and the theft of a license plate from a vehicle owned by Robert and Rosalind Eastman of Ulysses last week. It bears Pennsylvania registration YLC6573.

Lawmakers Lobby for Changes in Tourism Funding
Action continues on several fronts in an attempt to restore state funding for tourist promotion for many rural Pennsylvania counties. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer are pushing for action. The Potter County Commissioners are lobbying their counterparts in other rural counties to join the move. Unless state officials relent, Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will take a big hit next year, due to a new formula for distributing state funds. PCVA funding has been cut from $34,652 this year to $13,355. That’s a 61 percent decrease, largest proportional reduction in the state. Under Pa. Act 50 of 2008, tourist promotion agencies are awarded funding based on a formula that weighs the agency’s eligible expenses (i.e. spending on promotion, etc.), hotel room tax revenues and an evaluation of a marketing plan. Rep. Causer told BFB the changes have a negative impact on smaller tourist promotion agencies with relatively small room tax revenue and promotional spending. In the case of Potter County, the marketing plan received a favorable rating, but the other two factors have more than outweighed that high score. More news...

A Reader Asks..................

Does anyone have information on where to get one of the Potter County 2008 Christmas tree ornaments, featuring the former Lewis home on Mill Street?


HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined the York Casket Co. $65,428 for ongoing violations of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

The Manchester Township wooden casket manufacturer operates a number of spray booths to apply sealer and lacquer in order to give its products a finished appearance. Under the terms of its federal permit, York Casket is required to minimize air emissions by incinerating the fumes from the finishing process before releasing them to the atmosphere. York Casket has had problems meeting those limits.

The fine announced today reflects a failure to meet emission requirements from 2004 to 2007. The penalty also addresses excess air emissions that occurred because of malfunctions, the company’s failure to train employees on controlling air emissions in a timely manner as required by their DEP permit, and to report this failure in a required report.

The company has resolved the violations by making operational improvements to the incinerator and revising the company’s Reasonably Available Control Technology plan, which requires a company to evaluate all possible air pollution reduction measures and to implement those that are determined to be “reasonably available.”+

Previous fines totaling $67,000 were issued in 2003 and 2004. York Casket has been on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s High Priority Violations list, due to the size of the facility and the nature of the emissions.

Income Down At Seneca Casinos

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Seneca Gaming Reports Losses

The Seneca Gaming Corporation is reporting a $17 million loss of income and operating revenues for the fiscal year that ended September 30.

Net income from its casinos and hospitality operations in Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo fell from $119.2 million in 2007 to $102.6 million.

In its annual report filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission Monday evening, Seneca Gaming indicated its revenues declined further through the end of November.

Seneca Gaming, which in August halted construction of its permanent Seneca Buffalo Creek casino and hotel project, as well as a second hotel tower at its Seneca Allegany property, cut more than 200 jobs earlier this month citing continued economic pressures.

Coudersport Library Has Calendars For Sale

The Coudersport Public Library has "Coudersport Reads" calendars for sale?

They are $10.00 each and feature photos of community members.

Proceeds benefit the building/renovation fund.

Virginia A. Holden, 94, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

Virginia A. Holden

PORT ALLEGANY- Virginia A. Holden, 94, passed away Sunday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Agawam, MA.

Born Aug. 29, 1914, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of John J. and Alice E. Clark Hanlon. On July 6, 1935, in Port Allegany, she married Jackson R. Holden, who died July 30, 1987. They were married 52 years.

Mrs. Holden graduated from the Port Allegany High School, Class of 1932. She attended business school at Westbrook Commercial Academy, and worked as a typist, before her marriage.

Surviving are two sons, Elton J. (Marion) Holden of Longmeadow, MA, Joel D. (Ann) Holden of St. Helena Island, SC, a foster son, Eugene Ford of Troutsdale, OR; four daughters, Sally P. (Robert) Butler of Millersville, PA, Susan L. (Kenneth) Krech of Charlton, MA, Jacquelyn (Rick) Zimmerman of Stamford, CT, Lynn L. Laino of Springfield, MA, nine grandchildren: Jeff, Greg, Kevin, Kim, Kai, Ginger, Katie, Michael, and Jeff; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley A. (Carlton) Larson and a sister-in-law, Peg (Menfred) Tenglund, both of Port Allegany, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jackson, a daughter, Mary Holden, and two sisters, Exilda Hanlon and Marjorie Zlobec.

She leaves behind many beautiful memories for her family and friends.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 2, 2009) with the Rev. Thomas J. Beam, pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to Bay State VNA Hospice, 50 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01102.

School Tax ‘Homestead Exemption’ Forms Sent

Potter County homeowners can qualify for a reduction in their school district real estate taxes next year if they file the required application by March 1, 2009. School districts throughout the county must send Homestead Exemption forms to all qualified property owners by Dec. 31. To qualify, a homeowner must fill out the form and return it to the Potter County Assessment Office (Courthouse, Room 10, Coudersport PA 16915) by March

Tax exemptions vary by school district; the average reduction in Potter County for 2008 was approximately $200.

These exemptions apply only to owner-occupied residents. Rental units, unoccupied homes and other real estate do not qualify.

Officials report that homeowners who filed for the Homestead Exemption in 2004-05 should have received a new application for the 2009 tax year.

Anyone with questions about the Homestead Exemption program should contact his or her school district, or contact the Potter County Assessment Office at 274-0488.

The Homestead Exemption program is not to be confused with Pennsylvania’s Rent/Tax Rebate Program, which has a Dec. 31 application deadline (see story below).

Potter Commissioners To Vote On NoTax Increase Budget On Wednesday

County Budget Vote Set Wednesday

Final action on Potter County’s 2009 operating budget has been scheduled for 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 31, during the Board of Commissioners meeting. There have been no significant revisions to the spending plan since it was first made available for public inspection and review earlier this month.

The budget calls for expenditures of just over $7 million. Real estate taxes would be assessed at 12.3 mills for the third consecutive year.

Troyer Farms Tells Employees To Go Home

Troyer Farms Cuts Half Staff
Troyer Farms has long been a staple in Erie County.

For 41 years the company has been employing workers in Waterford and the surrounding area.... but that history has a black mark after today.

70 workers walked out of the potato chip factory for the last time.

After an anonymous caller told us about the layoffs we went to Troyer to find out what was going on, what we found was a handful of angry employees and closed lipped company spokespeople.

Diane Carniewski has worked at troyer for three years... today was a typical day that ended suddenly when she was told to go home... she was one of the 70 that wouldn't have jobs there anymore.

What made monday's announcement even more shocking to employees... when troyer announced plans to sell the company 3 weeks ago they told Newswatch
Officials say the sale "will not result in layoffs"

Today they simply say no comment. More...

Missing Man Found Dead Near Kane

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Missing West Leechburg Man Found Dead

A search party found the body of a missing West Leechburg man Monday afternoon along the railroad tracks near Kane.

State Police say that 38 year-old James Evans was found about ¾ of a mile from where his SUV was discovered Sunday morning. The cause of death is under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.

Evans was reported missing last Thursday.

PA DEP Hiring 37 To Process, Regulate Gas Drilling

N.Y. may follow Pa., increase fees for gas drilling

State would use added income to hire staff for DEC

By Tom Wilber •
Star Gazette
Regulators in Pennsylvania will charge more for gas well permits in 2009 to help offset rising costs of overseeing the industry.

With drill operators eyeing the gas-rich Marcellus Shale under the Southern Tier, officials in New York are considering doing the same. More...

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Lillian A. Simeone, 79, of Oswayo, died Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) in her home following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

PORT ALLEGANY — Virginia A. Holden, 94, passed away Sunday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Agwam, Mass. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Calendar Of Events From

December 31
Ring in the New Year with the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department in the new training facility located next to the fire hall. B.Y.O.B, finger foods, hats and noisemakers provided and a pork and sauerkraut dinner will be served at midnight. Music will be provided by DJ Coyote Nights from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Small games of chance and raffles will be available for purchase. Designated driver may be available within the fire district. Please make arrangements as far in advance as possible. For information, call 274-7012 and leave a message. Cost is $25 per couple. Tickets are available at Northwest Savings Bank, NAPA Auto Parts or from any firefighter.

January 1
The Galeton Moose Family Center will have a New Year’s Day Party from1:00 to 10:00 p.m. featuring free sauerkraut and pork. Call 435-2500 for details.

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December 29, 2008

Sunday's high: 53, Overnight low: 25, highest wind gust Sunday, 49 mph at 1:00 p.m. trace of precipitation
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Police Seeking Help Locating Missing Man
Kane-based state police are seeking help in locating a Leechburg man whose car was found over the weekend on the Township Line road near the Allegheny National Forest in Wetmore township. David Evans, 38, has been reported missing by state police in Kiski Valley. He’s described as being 5’2” and was wearing blue jeans and a ball cap when last seen. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Kane Barracks at 778-5555.

Electrical Problem Blamed for Fire at Roulette Home
The state police fire marshal says an electrical problem in the attic over a second floor bedroom was the cause of a fire Tuesday at around noon time at the home of John and Nancy Gregg on Burleson Avenue in the Village of Roulette. No estimate of damage was provided.

Seatbelt Usage Credited with Preventing Injuries
No one was hurt in a minor collision taking place Sunday night on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township. State police said the collision occurred when a southbound Chevy S-10 driven by Logan Linnan of Smethport went out of control on the icy road, slid off the road, struck a guardrail and while spinning clockwise was hit by a Dodge Ram driven by Seth Howard of Turtlepoint. Authorities said both drivers and two 17 year old girls, passengers in each truck were wearing seatbelts at the time. Linnan is being cited for failing to drive at a safe speed.

Police Cite Several for Disorderly Conduct
Several disorderly conduct charges were investigated by area state police over the past few days. Coudersport-based state police have cited 47 year old Lee Vasko of Austin after he allegedly set off fireworks at his Thorn Street home at about 11:00 p.m. Christmas night. A 17 year old girl and 19 Jason Gutshall of Shinglehouse were cited after they became involved in an argument on Southwest Street in Coudersport at about 1:20 a.m. Christmas morning. Police said the argument was so loud, three people called 9-1-1. Gutshall is also charged with public drunkenness and underage drinking. And, 45 year old Barry Robinson of Mt. Jewett was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly “engaged in threatening and tumultuous behavior” on West Main Street in that town between 11:00 and 11:20 p.m. Friday night.

15 Year Old Girl Missing From Tionesta

Tionesta Teen is Missing

State Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a missing Tionesta teenager.

15-year-old Tara Jean Phillips left her house to visit a friend, and was last seen late Saturday afternoon at a Youngsville bowling alley.

Tara was wearing a new, brown winter jacket with fur lining, blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to contact state police.

Check To See If You Are Eligible For This Rebate

Deadline Nearing For Tax/Rent Rebates

taxfreliefWith the Dec. 31 deadline nearing, more than 200 eligible older homeowners and renters in Potter County have not applied for refunds from the state under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are available for rent and taxes paid in 2007. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities who are age 18 and older.

Only half of Social Security income is applied to the eligibility formula. Household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for homeowners are: up to $8,000, $650 rebate; $8,001 to $15,000, $500 rebate; $15,001 to $18,000, $300 rebate; $18,001 to $35,000, $250 rebate.

Renters with incomes up to $8,000 receive a $650 rebate; those with incomes between $8,001 and $15,000 receive $500.

Further information is available by calling a toll-free phone line, 1-888-222-9190.

Potter County Today

Friendship Firefighter Still Serious, Others Released

Friendship firefighter remains in serious condition

John Anderson
Daily Reporter

One firefighters who had a building fall on him a week ago today in Friendship remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo.

Thomas Torpey, 29, of Friendship, was first in critical condition but improved to serious on Monday, ECMC officials said Saturday night. More....

Fire Personnel Attend Services For Chief Martin

WESB News: 12/29/08 - Funeral for Galeton Fire Chief

Funeral services were held over the weekend for Goodyear Hose Company Fire Chief Tim Martin, who died as a result of a snowmobile accident on December 21.

At the family's request, no fire apparatus was sent to the funeral in Galeton, but a large contingent of area fire personnel did attend the services.

Martin, who was 32 years old, had been chief of the department for three years. He was the youngest chief in the history of the Goodyear Hose Company.

2009 Potter County Crops and Planting Clinic

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Crops and Planting Clinic hosted by the Potter County Conservation District, which will be held at the Ulysses Fire Hall.

The clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009 with doors opening at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s clinic will feature a variety of speakers, and everyone will have the advantage to talk with several agricultural vendors planning to attend the clinic.

Attendees looking to acquire pesticide recertification credits will receive 2 Core, 2 Agronomic category 01 credits, 2 Demonstration and Research category 18 credits, 2 Aerial Applicator category 25 credits, and 2 Private Category credits for attending. This is an opportunity to join us in planning for the 2010 planting season.

The cost of the clinic is $15.00 per person and a hot lunch is included. We look forward to seeing you there, so for more information, please contact the Potter County Conservation District at (814) 274 8411 ext 4.

“Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Salamanca Press Cuts Daily Editions, Carriers

WESB News: 12/29/08 - Salamanca Press Going Weekly

The Salamanca Press is cutting it’s circulation from five days a week to once a week effective January 8.

In a letter to subscribers General Manager Jim Bonn also says the Press will no longer be delivered door-to-door in the city and by route carriers, but will be sent through the mail.

The Press has served Salamanca since 1867.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT - William M. Jakubac Sr., 42, of Carnesville, Ga., died Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

It's Time To License The Dog Again

Dog Owners Face Jan. 1 Deadline

CB101474Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller reminds dog owners that they must apply for their 2009 dog licenses before the Thursday, Jan. 1, deadline. Dog licenses are on sale over the counter at the Treasurer’s Office at the F. W Gunzburger County Office Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport.

State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. An annual license costs $8.00 and a lifetime license is $51. If the license is for a spayed or neutered animal, the annual fee is $6.00 and a lifetime license is $31. Discounts are available to senior citizens and the disabled.

Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog may be levied. Fees from dog license sales are used to fund the state’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Additional information is available from Treasurer Miller’s office at (814) 274-9775. Potter County Today

Rolla L. Lowrey, 91, Formerly Austin and Coudersport

Rolla L. Lowery, 91, formerly of the Austin area and Coudersport, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at Samantha’s Personal Care in Westfield, PA.

Born on June 6, 1917 in Borie, Pa she was the daughter of William and Jessie Reed Filling. She was first married to Walter McCloskey, who preceded her in death. On March 31, 1962 in Austin, she married Bert O. Lowery, who died on May 10, 1982.

Mrs. Lowery was a homemaker and, along with her husband, operated a farm in the Moore’s Run area. While living in the Austin area she attended the Austin United Methodist Church. She was the secretary and treasurer for the Big Moore’s Run Cemetery for many years and was a former member of the Odin Grange # 1254. Following the death of her husband, Bert, she moved to Coudersport, where she attended Park United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, especially for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved flowers, especially African violets.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia (David) Hunt of Westfield, PA and Evelyn (Don) Gibson of Hinckley, OH, eight grandchildren, six step grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and twelve step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a step brother, Walter Filling, and two grandchildren, Michael Patterson and Dawn Billings.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Reverend Scott Ogden, pastor of Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dawn Patterson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Lisa Houghtaling, Box 51, Sabinsville, PA, 16943.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Endeavor preview

Endeavor News features a wide variety of exclusive stories in its Dec. 27 edition, available at businesses throughout the region.

What do you think were the top local news stories of 2008? Compare your picks with those of Endeavor News.

An official from the Potter County Food Matrix presents a detailed summary of that innovative program's progress and its challenges for 2009 and beyond.

Endeavor News has exclusive coverage of the plan to bring a railroad passenger car to the Coudersport Arboretum and restore it for a meeting room and mini-museum.

Take a trip back in time for a look at the fascinating "Coudersport Glass" factory and its products, which are now in hot demand by collectors, and a spotlight on the timeless art of maple syruping.

There are new developments with the unwinding bankruptcy case of Adelphia Communications Corp.

The fight for more state support of local tourist promotion activities have gained a new ally.

That's just a sampling of the interesting stories in the Dec. 27 Endeavor News.

Everyone at the Endeavor wishes the readers of Solomon's words a fulfilling and prosperous new year, with special thanks to Jim Jones for his continued operation of this important online information resource.

New Testing Bill Would Affect Children's Items

To the Editor:
Dear Mr. Jones,

This bill has recently come to my attention as I planned to begin making
and selling children's custom boutique clothing and cloth diapers.

This bill which was signed into law and will go into effect in February 2009
would require lead and phthalate testing of items sold or intended for
children under the age of 12. This includes clothing and toys. Third
party testing will be required after August of 2009.

This law would effect resale of children's items such as garage sales, thrifts shops,
consignment shops and donations.

While testing of toys and clothing components is a very good idea, this law
unfairly attacks small producers.

As the law reads now, each batch must be tested even if it made from the
materials. A size 5 dress must be tested separately from a size 3 dress,
even if they are made from the same fabric, buttons, thread and zippers.
Component testing will not be allowed.

This type of testing will put small businesses out of commission very quickly!

I have contacted my congressmen and senators. I have signed online
petitions. But I think it is imperative to get the word out. I stumbled
upon this information in reading the blogs of other custom boutique
children's clothing producers. I am just beginning to examine all the
information, so I thought perhaps a journalist's eye could be helpful in
understanding the implications of this bill.

This will in effect put an end to crafters who sell afghans, quilts, bibs,
clothes, handmade toys in our area. I am including some links to
additional information. I appreciate your time!

Misty Torrey

the actual law

I am not an expert on this law by any means so I hope my information is
accurate. But I feel it is very important as it effects everyone who,
makes, buys or sells items for children. I would like to emphasis that,
in it's intent the law is honorable; However, it just was not well worded
and offers no reprieve for small business, second hand items, and
charitable actions.

Thank you

Model Wind Ordinances Crafted By The Industry

The lie behind wind energy model ordinances

A WindAction Editorial

In the last ten years, wind industry representatives have successfully laid the groundwork for expedited project review and approval in many States in the US. Reaching out to legislators and State agency directors, the industry argued that existing laws governing siting of electric power plants were unduly onerous when applied to wind facilities. After all, operating wind turbines do not produce air emissions or use/discharge water, the basis for these stricter laws.

To allay concerns over shortened review periods, developers proactively worked with environmentalists and large landowners to help establish guidelines governing the siting of wind plants. The guidelines, or model ordinances, were then presented to State officials with assurances that if developers adhered to them, projects would be safe for residents living near the turbines and less impacting on the natural environment. Although the guidelines did not carry the weight of law, they also helped provide continuity for wind projects subject to local review at the town or county level.

In theory, this proactive teamwork could have worked. But all is not "green" roses.

Wind energy developers count on the fact that few people have "experienced" a wind energy facility and thus cannot imagine the enormity of the towers even from one-mile away. At the same time, these developers know that turbines operate at a noise level that far exceeds the background noise of the rural zones in which they're erected.

We need only look at a few of the 'guidelines' in place to understand how consistent these model ordinances are from state to state and in all cases skewed in favor of wind. More...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

County Prepares for ‘Right To Know’ Law


Potter County is taking steps to assure full compliance with Act 3 of 2008, the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, which takes effect on Jan. 1

. By that time, all local agencies, including municipalities and school districts, must have in place an Open Records Officer who is responsible for the proper handling of requests for public information or documents. At their most recent meeting, the Potter County Commissioners designated Commissioner Paul Heimel as the Open Records Officer for the county government.

Representatives of townships, boroughs, school districts and anyone else interested in learning more about Act 3 of 2008 can access a variety of information at the website of the new Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, at Telephone number is 717-346-9903. Potter County Today

Marcellus Leasing Slows In Pennsylvania Areas

Gas leasing slows: Environmental concerns prompt new requirements

The Tribune-Democrat

Three months ago, leasing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale began falling in Cambria and Somerset counties, and part of Pennsylvania as a whole, because of a nationwide price decrease.

Now, gas leasing has come to a shrieking stop because of state requirements to study whether wastewater from natural gas exploration is hazardous to human health.

Companies would have to pay 26 times higher fees to drill into the Marcellus Shale under new state requirements, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesmen. More...

911 Goes Out For 4 Hours In Chester County

Daily Times

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Chester County's 911 system is back to normal after a failure that caused a backup system to be used for more than four hours.

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services says the backup system was put into use immediately after the main 911 system failed at 4:12 p.m. Friday. The system was working again at 8:57 p.m.

The county has asked Verizon to analyze the failure and explain what the company is doing to keep it from happening again. More...

Wellsville Woman Jailed After Police Chase

Canisteo Valley News

State Police report that there was a chase last night in Allegany County. Troopers say that the chase began in Wellsville, when a state police car attempted to pull over a 25 year old Wellsville woman for allegedly speeding.

The woman tried to flee the troopers, but was caught in a dead end street in Alma.

She was remanded to Allegany County Jail.

Lancaster Records Minor Earthquake Today

Earthquake in Lancaster, Pa.

More than 1,000 people called the Lancaster County 911 center after a minor earthquake shook the area early this morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.4 magnitude quake hit just after midnight and was centered just outside Lancaster.

Many who called 911 thought there had been an explosion nearby, but there were no reports of injuries or severe damage. 1490NewsBlog

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Jeanene M. Wheatley, 77, of 6106 Rich Valley Road, died Wednesday, (Dec. 24, 2008) at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys. Barnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Norma M. Burton, 67, Harrison Valley, PA

Norma M. Burton, Age 67, of 101 Iva Jen Rd., Harrison Valley, PA, passed away December 25, 2008 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.

She was born February 25, 1941 in Tuscarora, NY, the daughter of Harry and Louise House Hallett.

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse.

She is survived by her husband, William J. Burton; son, Francis Burton, Harrison Valley; daughters, Marie (Charles) Zinck, Middlebury Center, PA, Annabelle (Tim) Ervin, Milesburg, PA, and Adelle (Bob) Husted, Osceola, PA; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry (Nora) Hallett, Middlebury Center, Robert (Sharon) Hallett, Georgia, and Richard Hallett, Cresco, PA; a sister, Virginia Potter, Palmyra, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, William; and sister, Barbara.

Friends are invited to a memorial service for Barbara on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA. The Rev. Larry O'Dell officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery of Farmington.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Chinese Auction Helps Local Charity

Auction Raises $725 For Christmas House

Members of the Spirit of Giving Committee, comprised of Potter County employees, thank the community for its generous support of this year’s Chinese auction. Each year, the committee of employee volunteers chooses a local charity to support with a holiday fund-raiser.

chrstmhouseJudy Eckert, who headed the campaign, reports that this year’s auction raised approximately $725, which was a record. The money was donated to Christmas House to support that organization’s holiday giving and its year-’round support of Potter County’s less fortunate. Many businesses and individuals donated auction items and both employees and members of the public were generous in their ticket purchases. Potter County Today

Commissioners To Open Bids For Jobs At Schools On Wednesday

Potter County Commissioners will meet Wednesday, December 31. The commissioners will open any bids received for part-time positions to supervise after-school activities for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts. These are contract positions, administered by Potter County Human Services, with no benefits.

A site coordinator is sought for the Galeton program. A minimum of a bachelors degree in education, social work or related field is required. Bid range is $8.00 to $12.50 per hour. Assistants are sought for the programs in all three school districts. These individuals will help the coordinators set up and provide activities, supervise students and collect data. A high school diploma is required. Bid range is $7.00 to $10 per hour.

Anyone interested in bidding should call Potter County Human Services at (814) 544-7315 for a bid package and work specifications.

Funds are provided through the federal government’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children,. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families.

News From

Gerri Miller News

The National Weather Service has posted a Freezing Rain Advisory for Potter, Tioga and Northern Clinton Counties in effect from 4:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 a.m. Saturday.

December 26, 2008

Thursday's High: 26, Overnight low, 27 trace of flurries
Copyright: 2008 G.R. Miller. All Rights Reserved.

Volunteers Respond to Christmas Eve Gas Leak
Disaster was averted Christmas Eve when area firefighters responded to a gas leak at a well-head along Route 6 in Roulette Township. Potter County EMA Director Jim Steiner told Black Forest Broadcasting that the Roulette Fire Department "did a heck of a job" in handling the situation. There were no injuries and no damage was reported. Route 6 was closed to traffic for about an hour. Steiner added that he has been trying to obtain funding to help train volunteers to respond to such events due to the natural gas boom underway in the region.

Port Allegany Area Resident Victimized by Scam
Kane-based state police say a Port Allegany area resident has been victimized by a “lottery” scam. Authorities say the victim, whose name was not released, received a letter earlier this month advising that he or she had won a lottery but was required to pay certain fees and taxes prior to receiving the prize. The victim sent payments totaling more than $19,236 prior to realizing the scam which included frequent phone calls to the victim from foreign phone numbers.

Several Smethport Area Thefts Probed
Troopers at Kane are also probing several thefts and burglaries in their district over the past days. Thieves took a handmade 30.06 rifle with scope and sling from the home of Elnora Snodgrass in Smethport Borough between 6:00 p.m. last Friday and noon Saturday. The gun is valued at $500. Thieves entered the Cottage House Restaurant in Smethport between 1:00 and 1:25 a.m. Christmas morning and forced open the cash register drawer but left the loose change there. Entry to the restaurant was not forced but police do not know if the door was left unlocked when employees departed . Thieves also entered St. Elizabeth’s Church between 1:00 and 8:00 a.m. and took $10 from a cabinet before leaving the building. And, someone took two “No Trespassing” signs and their posts and six cement blocks from property owned by Todd Vansickles near the intersection of Annin Creek Road on Route 155 Annin Township between 11:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge Says No To New Indian Cigarette Tax Law

WESB News: 12/26/08 - Temporary Ban on New Indian Tax Law

A New York State Supreme Court judge is temporarily barring officials from enforcing a new law requiring the collection of taxes on cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indians.

The judge's order tells government officials to appear in court next month to show why she shouldn't issue a permanent injunction against the tax collection. The new law scheduled to take effect in February will prohibit manufacturers from selling tobacco products without a state tax stamp to any wholesaler that doesn't certify the cigarettes won't be resold tax-free.

A spokesman for Governor David Paterson says the state will comply with the judge's order.

Wild Turkeys Arrested In Bristol Twp. Near Philly

Turkeys find a place to roost

Will eventually be transferred to Tioga County

Bucks County Courier Times

After avoiding traffic and stone-throwing strangers in the parking lot of a veterinary hospital on Bristol Pike, four friendly turkeys are finally going home — and not just for the holidays.

Bristol Township animal control officer Bill Kurko said Tuesday that he recently picked up a Pennsylvania wild hen and three males that were hanging out at Pet's Best Friend Veterinary Hospital on Route 13 in the township.

Kurko said he will temporarily take the birds to his personal pen at his home on Woodside Road in the Edgely section of Levittown to make sure they're safe and healthy. Then, he'll transfer the turkeys to his friend's private, 200-acre farm, a former cattle ranch in Knoxville in Tioga County, where they'll be able to roam free, according to Kurko. More...

OTC Drugs Can Cause Dangerous Interactions

A prescription for problems

Bucks County Courier Times

Most people know prescription drugs can be dangerous, but fever reducers, cold and flu medications and even pain relievers sold in supermarkets and drug stores can be potential killers, too.

Dr. Daniel Haimowitz suspects an over-the-counter sinus medication may have contributed to the heart failure of a patient last week.

The Bristol Township geriatrician also has patients on prescription blood thinners who've developed stomach ulcers after taking over-the-counter pain relievers. He said he had trouble thinning the blood of another patient — until she stopped taking her daily vitamins. More...

Smethport Reports Break-ins

WESB News: 12/26/08 - Break-Ins at Borough Church, Restaurant

Police are looking into Christmas Day break-ins at The Cottage House Restaurant and St. Elizabeth's Church in Smethport.

They say someone broke into the church sometime between 1 and 8 a.m. and broke a window on the church's basement door, took $10 from a cabinet and fled in an unknown direction.

Sometime between 1 and 1:25 a.m. someone forcibly opened, and broke, the cash register drawer at The Cottage House. Police say there was loose change in the drawer but it wasn't taken. Police say they're not sure if the door was locked and secured by employees before they closed the restaurant, but no force was used and the door was not damaged.

Star Hose Company Firefighters Earn Certifications

Over the last few months FF-EMT-P Joel Anderson, Lt. Lucas Johnson, Lt. Alex Johnson and FF-EMT Andrew Johnson have been commuting to Johnstown PA to attend an Education Methodology class and today, they finally got the good news they've been waiting for...they had all passed the course and have become Pro Board certified to the level of Fire Service Instructor 1.

This now brings the total number of Pro Board certified fire instructors in the Star Hose Company to eight (8), no small feat for any department! The next logical step in the process for these four new instructors, will be to receive their National Pro Board certification and apply to the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to become Local Level Instructors, and then ultimately Local Level Suppression Instructors.

Additionally, and by shear coincidence, along with receiving his Fire Service Instructor 1 certification, Lt. Lucas Johnson had the added bonus of also receiving his Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT-B certification today as well, along with his fellow classmates; new FF-EMT Kent Dates and JrFF-EMT William Bigley. More at Star Hose Co. website

Thursday, December 25, 2008

GIS Will Improve County Operations

GIS Will Improve County Operations

gisPotter County officials recently gathered for a half-day workshop on the potential uses of Geographic Information Services (GIS) to improve county operations. Aerial photography, mapping and database capabilities of GIS give the county a valuable tool that could streamline operations for its Emergency Services, Tax Assessment, Recorder of Deeds, Planning and other departments. GIS images could also be of value to the private sector.

Potter County Department of Emergency Services has been spearheading the project in partnership with Tioga County. The exhaustive database work will continue well into 2009.

The recent workshop, organized by the Potter County Commissioners, focused on the technological and operational changes that will be necessary to make full use of GIS. Potter County Today

Potter County Offices Closed Until Monday 12-29-08

The rest of the holiday schedule for ALL of the Potter County offices is as follows:

12/26 Closed
12/29 OPEN
12/30 OPEN
12/31 OPEN
1/1 Closed
1/2 OPEN

One Book Bradford receives grant from council

One book presentation
Members of the One Book Bradford committee, from left, Bradford Area Public Library director Linda Newman, Ann Gannon and chairwoman Pat Shinaberger, present Pa. Rep. Martin Causer, R.-Turtlepoint, with a copy of this year’s One Book selection, “The Children’s Blizzard” by David Laskin, in appreciation for his support of the arts.

Bradford Area Public Library and its One Book Bradford Committee has received a grant for $2,883 from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council as part of its Our Stories, Our Future initiative on American History.

The grant was received to support the February 9, 2009, visit of author David Laskin at Pitt-Bradford's Bromeley Family Theater.

One Book Bradford is a collaborative venture among local book clubs, the Friends of the Bradford Area Public Library and the Spectrum Series of Pitt-Bradford.

“This year’s selection, ‘The Children’s Blizzard,’ by David Laskin, was chosen with care and understanding of the residents of the local area who identify with fierce independence and family loyalties of the early settlers of the American prairie,” said Linda M. Newman, director of the library.

“The author’s visit will offer a unique opportunity for a rural audience to interact with a published author who has made a meaningful contribution to the field of literature.”

Other funding for Laskin’s visit comes from One Book Bradford, Spectrum and the Pitt-Bradford writing program and the Division of Communication and the Arts.

Our Stories, Our Future, is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of We the People, a national initiative exploring the history of the United States.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s mission is to inspire individuals to enjoy and share life-long learning. Since 1973, the PHC has empowered local groups to offer high-quality public programs that have a positive impact on the everyday life of their communities. PHC represents the federal-state partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Soriano reviewer for 'Drugs and Society' textbook

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Soriano Dave

Dr. David Soriano, associate professor of chemistry, is among 22 professionals who reviewed the newest edition of a textbook for college courses on drugs and society.

The 10th edition of “Drugs and Society” is the only introductory text of its kind co-authored by two pharmacologists and a criminologist, Soriano said. The authors are Glen R. Hanson, Ph.D., DDS; Peter Venturelli, Ph.D.; and Annette E. Fleckenstein, Ph.D.

The new text, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, illustrates the impact of drug use and abuse on the lives of ordinary people and provides students with a realistic perspective of drug-related problems in our society.

“I consider it an honor to be selected as one of the reviewers for the newly released 10th edition of this highly regarded text,” Soriano said.

“The publishing company and authors asked me to review the new ediditon because they are aware of the number of students taking the Drugs and Society class on our campus. I have been teaching the course since Fall 2001 and it was the first on-line course taught on our campus.”

Soriano teaches Drugs and Society at Pitt-Bradford, where it is a required course for three Pitt-Bradford majors. The lab is taught from a chemist’s perspective and involves formal lab courses and field trips to the New York State Crime Lab in Olean, N.Y., Federal Correctional Institution – McKean and the Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted unit of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

“There are still a significant number of undergraduate campuses not offering such a course on drugs of high use/abuse potential, but the situation is rapidly changing,” Soriano said. “In my estimation, all college students should have a course in drug education and awareness while at the undergraduate level.”

Soriano earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., and earned his doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He has taught at Pitt-Bradford since 1984 and teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

His research interests include the evaluation of drugs and the design of potential new drugs using computer graphics.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Awards Scholarship Funds For Area Students

Several area students were recently awarded scholarship funds from Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Funds are awarded to students pursuing nursing and allied health careers. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients agree to work at CCMH for a minimum of two years.

“The hospital looks to its scholarship program to help with recruiting the next generation of heath care workers. Today, we have over 40 past recipients working at Charles Cole,” said Tom Noe, executive director, corporate support services at CCMH.

Noe said that $75,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded this year

Those receiving scholarship funds include:

Carol Strawderman of Port Allegany is attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She is married to Michael Strawderman and is a daughter of Gloria Kelly of West Virginia and Ron Kelly of South Carolina.

Megan Woods is attending UPB and is a daughter of Dan and Kim Woods of Smethport.

Amber Gardner of North Bend, Pa., is attending Lock Haven University’s Clearfield Campus. Gardner, a daughter of Robert and Cheryl Gardner, received the Brenda A. Ross Memorial Nursing Scholarship which was established in memory of Ross, who was a nurse at CCMH until her untimely death in 1987.

For additional information on scholarship opportunities, call 814/274-5431 or e-mail

Battle Continues For Tourism Funding





Action continues on several fronts in an attempt to restore state funding for tourist promotion for many rural Pennsylvania counties. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer are pushing for action. The Potter County Commissioners are lobbying their counterparts in other rural counties to join the move. Meanwhile, the Potter Leader-Enterprise has been encouraging its readers to help. Unless state officials relent, Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will take a big hit next year, due to a new formula for distributing state funds. PCVA funding has been cut from $34,652 this year to $13,355. That’s a 61 percent decrease, largest proportional reduction in the state.

Under Pa. Act 50 of 2008, tourist promotion agencies are awarded funding based on a formula that weighs the agency’s eligible expenses (i.e. spending on promotion, etc.), hotel room tax revenues and an evaluation of a marketing plan.

Those changes have a negative impact on smaller tourist promotion agencies with relatively small room tax revenue and promotional spending. In the case of Potter County, the marketing plan received a favorable rating, but the other two factors have more than outweighed that high score.

Sen Scarnati said that week that if the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development doesn’t re-evaluate its guidelines, he will seek to correct the inequities through the legislative and budgetary process. Potter County Today

NWS Weather Forcast From Potter County EMA



Mostly Cloudy
Lo 18°F


Chance FzgRn. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Hi 34°F


Freezing Rain. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 90%
Lo 34°F


Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Hi 50°F


Showers Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%
Lo 34°F


Showers Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Hi 44°F

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Light north wind.

Friday: A chance of rain or freezing rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Southeast wind between 6 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Rain or freezing rain, becoming all rain after 1am. Low around 34. South wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 50. South wind between 10 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers likely before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

New Documants Filed In Lawsuit Over Wind Farm Noise

Wind experts duped local officials,

Blue Knob couple’s lawsuit claims

The Tribune-Democrat

HOLLIDAYSBURG — New documents filed in an ongoing civil lawsuit by a Portage-area couple against the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm say that wind energy experts duped local officials into believing the turbine sound was insignificant.

Todd and Jill Stull of the Blue Knob area say that developer Gamesa Energy USA and owner Babcock & Brown misled local officials by supporting development of an ordinance addressing higher noise levels.

The Stulls filed an amended suit Tuesday. The ordinance establishes a maximum sound level of 45 decibels and does not address the lower frequency noises, including turbine vibration that is said to cause health and other problems suffered by the Stulls. More...

Rifle Stolen

WESB News: 12/25/08 - Rifle Stolen From Smethport Home

A rifle was stolen from a Smethport home sometime last weekend.

State Police say the 30.06 owned by Elnora Snodgrass was taken from her residence. The rifle and scope are valued at $500.

Two Injured Firefighters Home For Christmas

WESB News: 12/25/08 - Cuba Firefighters Released From Hospital

Two Cuba Volunteer firefighters have been released from a Buffalo hospital after suffering injuries battling an early Sunday morning fire at a pizza shop in Friendship.

The Cuba Volunteer Fire Department says that firefighters Nick Sweet and Bryant Hughes were released from the hospital Wednesday.

The two suffered back and neck injuries after a brick wall collapsed on them while they were battling the fire which 12 fire companies responded to. A car carrying Hughes and Sweet was escorted by fellow firefighters to the fire hall for a welcome-home celebration.

Natural Gas Production Royalties Tied To Pipeline

Excitement over gas drilling turns to ‘guarded optimism’

Sun Gazette

COGAN STATION - Excitement ran high when a natural gas well was drilled on the Lycoming Township property of Garry Ulmer.

Ulmer and several of his neighbors pooled about 485 acres of land - half of which is owned by Ulmer and his neighbor Ted Barbour - and leased them to Range Resources, a Texas-based natural gas exploration company, in June 2006.

Ulmer said he was certain gas would be found on the property. As recently as 1998, a well had been drilled that struck gas, but the group of investors who drilled the well decided not to connect it to a pipeline, he said. More...

Area Obituaries

SEDALIA, Mo. — Robert “Bob” Thomas Rialti, age 70, of Sedalia, died Tuesday (Dec. 23, 2008) at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, following a long illness. He was born in Port Allegany, Pa. McLaughlin Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Area Volunteer Firefighters

While Roulette firefighters were coping with a natural gas leak Christmas eve, Austin firefighters were toned out to a mutual aid call for a tanker to a house fire.

In the confusion, I didn't catch the location of the fire.

Coudersport dispatched a tanker to Austin for mutual aid standby.

Austin to station 16 in elk county, 44-2 at station tanker 44-15 on scene. Structure Fire With Flames showing. Chief 44-10/44-20 as well responding
Station 48 (Engine 48-1 and Chief 48-30 at Station 44
engine 44-2 to scene at 2215
Thank you

Route 6 Reopened After Natural Gas Leak Stopped

Major Natural Gas Leak Stopped
by James Jones

Shortly after 6:00 pm this Christmas Eve, Roulette's Fire Chief, ordered Route 6 closed from the Eastbound Roulette Main Street exit to the Fishing Creek exit. Traffic was detoured by way of Main Street in the Village and Railroad Avenue to the Reed Run Road.

A major natural gas leak where the new Marcellus gas wells drilled in the area are connected into the main gas company lines was spewing natural gas into the area in heavy concentrations.

mes in the area were alerted. A wind from the West was carrying most of the gas away from the main portion of the village.

Firefighters had to access the natural gas wells with 4 wheel drive vehicles and turn off the valves at several of the gas wells in order to stop the flow o
f gas.

Guardian Exploration, of Texas, the owner of the wells had a representative on the way to the scene. The leak was stopped and turned over to the company r
epresentative. Guardian Exploration has a local office on Dean Hollow in Shinglehouse, PA.

Quick action by the volunteer firefighters saved the community from a potential major disaster.

At 7:16pm, the chief terminated the command, and the units returned to the hall.

James Jones can be reached at

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Jonathan Huff has left a new comment on your post "Route 6 Reopened After Natural Gas Leak Stopped":

So that the facts are straight... I do have the cell numbers of the two local tenders that take care of these wells. When I got no response from either of them, I called the cell number of the owner of the company in Texas. He made several calls and, due to the Holiday (Christmas Eve)the nearest representative that he could get ahold of was coming in from Shinglehouse. I,and several others from Station 46, have had pipeline safety training. I have been around these local wells with Guardian. I was given permission, by the owner, to go to the three wells that were tied to this line and shut down the main valves at all 3. These locations were no where near the leak or threat. This eliminated the leak and the immediate threat. Once that had been done, it was only a matter of minutes until the local representative that had been contacted arrived to shut down the comressor that was trying to compress nothing. Nobody was injured. Nobody was put in harms way. Chief 46 acted accordingly and has requested that I set up a meeting with the local representative of Guardian Exploration for some informal training on their local wells in the event of another emergency. It should also be noted that UGI gas had a representative on hand, at the scene for, guidance and recommendations.
Please don't be so hasty to think that our Chief would think to intentionaly make a bad situation worse. Usually, asking questions will get you answers. With educated answers you can form an educated opinion.

Please note that this is my opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the RVFD or Guardian Exploration.

Posted by Jonathan Huff to Solomon's words at Thursday, December 25, 2008 2:15:00 PM EST