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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Air Pollution Alert--Erie Company Wants To Burn Tires

Advocate Speaks Out Against Tire to Energy Plant Upwind Of Potter and McKean County!!
Erie project would burn tires, spewing dangerous chemicals into the air to all the counties downwind on the prevailing winds. WSEE-TV has posted this alert on their website.

Opponents to a planned tire-to-energy plant at the old International Paper site on East Lake Road now have a powerful ally in an attempt to stop the project. Local consumer advocate Ken Springirth has written a 14 page summary about the plan, and has determined the risk of pollution far outweighs its benefits.

Read the summary by clicking here.

20 Below Wind Chill Forecast Sunday

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 4 am to 1 PM EST

An Arctic cold front will deliver the coldest air of the season
to the region starting late this afternoon and continuing into
Sunday. With lows in the single digits and teens combining with
winds as high as 20 to 30 mph... wind chills will drop to between
15 and 20 below zero at times.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure to dress in layers and
wear a hat and gloves.

Get Money Back From Pennsylvania

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Now Available, Says Causer

Applications for the state’s Property/Tax Rent Rebate program for 2007 are now available, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today.
Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2007. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.
Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
  • $0 and $8,000, $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
  • $8,001 to $15,000, $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
  • $15,001 to $18,000, $300 rebate (Homeowners only)
  • $18,001 to $35,000, $250 rebate (Homeowners only)
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, nearly than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.
Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available by contacting Causer’s offices in Bradford at 78 Main St., First Floor, telephone 814-362-4400, or Coudersport at 2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769. The forms are also available online at .
Rep. Martin T. Causer
67th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(814) 362-4400
(717) 787-5075

Dinner Theatre At Roulette Church

January 19

The Riverside United Methodist Church in Roulette will have a dinner theatre at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $7.00.

Hatboro, Abington Men Injured In Coudersport Crash


COUDERSPORT -- One downstate man was seriously injured and another suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash on Route 872 in Homer Township, Potter County, Friday evening.

A medical helicopter flew Robert C. McRobbie, 41, of Hatboro, just north of Philadelphia, to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville following the 5:15 p.m. crash.

Michael J. Garofalo, 42, of Abington, was treated at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and released. Abington is also a Philadelphia suburb.

State Police at Mansfield said McRobbie was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by Garofalo south on Route 872 and, for an unknown reason, lost control of the vehicle.

The Tahoe went off the east side of the highway, up an embankment and rolled over several times, ejecting McRobbie.

Coudersport firefighters and fire police assisted troopers at the scene. Police said an investigation of the crash continues and that charges would likely be filed in the case. Information from Star Gazette

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Michael F. “Mickey” Lambert, 58, of Port Allegany, formerly of Coudersport, died Wednesday (Jan. 16, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Adelphia Headquarters Back On The Market

$4.5 mm Price $30mm Appraisal

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1/18/08 - $4.5 Million REDUCED FOR SHORT SALE!!!


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on over 3 acres of land in Pennsylvania.

It was built in 2004, and there are no financials available.

Appraised at $30.500.000.00 Million.

Price is $7.625.000.00 Million - 25% LTV

This must be a cash deal with $1 Million in escrow.

There is an appraisal from 11/2007 available with NCND agreements.

1/18/08 - $4.5 Million


A 72,056 SF 3 Story with 4 floors Office Building.

Subject Includes Basement. Structure support on

steel frame. Premium Interior Finishes, Public

Utilities, Asphalt Parking Area, Polished Granite

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Helicopter Summoned For Coudy Accident

Coudersport emergency services have responded to a one car motor vehicle accident on Route 872 south of Coudersport. Early reports from the scene indicate there are two persons injured. A life flight helicopter has been summoned for the accident reported at 5:20 pm.
Final Farewell for Fallen Soldier

Friday, January 18, 12:33 p.m.
By Ryan Leckey

Services were held Friday morning in Pittston for Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini,52, who grew up in Luzerne County.

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The neighborhood was silent except for a church bell tolling in the background as Berrettini's flag-draped casket made its way along William Street in Pittston.

An honor guard brought the National Guardsmen's body into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church where loved ones said goodbye.

"He was one of those guys who really touched your heart," said friend Lieutenant Colonel Steve Zarnowski. "I served with Rich back in the mid 80s, early 90s when we were medics together in the unit up in Scranton. Rich was just a phenominal guy. Very down to earth, wanted to take care of his soldiers, take care of his family."

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An military honor guard carried LTC Richard Berrittini's casket into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Pittston Friday morning.

Friends of the Dupont native describe him as driven, not only on the homefront as a husband and father of two sons, but also as the officer in charge of a medical clinic in Afghanistan. It was a doctor's office of sorts where, his family said, he took great pride in helping Afghan children and saving the lives of wounded soldiers.

"While it's tragic that the Colonel lost his life I hope his sons will take comfort in knowing that a lot of people got home because their dad was there," said Navy Captain John Feerick.

The Pentagon confirms Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini died last week after a roadside bombing.

Berrittini's body arrived at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport on Tuesday. He was due home in just a few weeks.

Following the Mass in Pittston, the fallen soldier was taken to his final resting place, a cemetery in the Back Mountain. From WNEP

Turtlepoint Woman Uninjured In Crash

A Turtlepoint driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash this morning on Route 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

State police said Stephanie Shatley was headed north when the front end tire rod of her Chevrolet Metro came loose causing the unit to go out of control, cross to the other side, and strike a telephone pole before coming to rest in a parking lot.

From WFRM News

Potter Commissioners Meet/Make Appointments

During their first regular meeting yesterday, the new board of Potter County Commissioners re-appointed several department heads and committee members. The re-appointments included :

Assessment/Tax Claim Director – Joseph Lewis

Chief Clerk – Cora Thompson

Elections/Voter Registration Director – Sandra Lewis

EMA Deployment Coordinator – John Hetrick

EMA Director – James Steiner

Planning Director - Charlotte Dietrich

Public Defender – Brent Petrosky

Solicitor - D. Bruce Cahilly -

Veterans Affairs Director – Joseph Becker

The commissioners explained that they had not made the re-appointments during their organizational meeting on January 7 because they wanted to review the positions and employees.

Commissioner Paul Heimel said he was mistaken in believing that the appointments would be for four years but learned that the appointees sit at the “pleasure of the commissioners.” The board said, however, they felt it was necessary to take action promptly to allay any concerns.

The commissioners also appointed former Commissioner Ken Wingo and themselves to the Potter County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Mitch De-Long to a four year term on the Potter County Planning Board.

They also accepted the resignation of Richard Abbott from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Advisory Board and Ed Kosa from the Potter County Conservation District Board.

The members also gave approval to the Food matrix Farmers Market Committee to hold the Farmers Market on the Court House Square weekly from May 23 through October 2008.

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Former Bolivar, NY Resident Running For Congress

By James Jones

State College, PA businessman, Matt Shaner, 28,(R) a former Bolivar,NY resident is running for US Congress in the 5th district, a seat held by Rep. John Peterson, (R) Pleasantville, for 30 years. Peterson is stepping down from that post at the end of the year. Matt was the first major party candidate to announce for the post.

Matt is President of Shaner Investments, a firm dealing with real estate in the State College area. He is the son of Lance Shaner, who is President of Shaner Hotels in State College. The Shaner family was active in the oil industry in the Bolivar area from the time of the oil boom in the late 1800's until the 1980's when oil production in that area had become almost non-existent due to low oil prices and increased cost to retrieve it from the ground.

Matt lived with his family on Wellsville Street in Bolivar, where his father, Lance, and uncle Fred had begun to invest in building small apartment buildings and entered into the cable TV business, and began investing in hotels.

As the economy in the Bolivar area dwindled, and faced with no good access to major interstates, Lance and Fred moved the family and business to State College. Many family and friends worked for the company and accompanied them on the move. There Shaners sold most of his other interests and invested in hotels. The result was a wonderful success and Shaner Hotel Group now has hotels all over the country.

Matt's grandparents also moved to the State College area. Since the 1990's most of the Shaner family has called the State College area home. Currently Matt's first cousin, Meghan Mitchell, still lives in the Bolivar area and Matt's aunt and uncle Ellen and Paul Joliet live in Portville, and there are other more distant relatives in and around Bolivar.

Although it was not the primary focus in the 1990's and early 2000s, the family has always had some business in the oil industry. In the last five years that interest has grown considerably under the leadership of Lance Shaner and Ben Hulbert (who married Lance's niece). The Shaner family now owns many of the shares of Rex Energy which is a publicly traded oil and gas company, that was formed around five years ago by Lance and Ben, and was taken pubic in the summer of 2007.

Two years ago, Matt came in second in a four-way race for the nomination for the 77th District State House seat.

Shaner is currently the president of Shaner Investments Limited Partnership, a mixed-use land development company that builds both commercial and residential properties with a focus on hotel development.

Among the company’s more recent projects is a proposal to build a 60-room Fairfield Inn, two 6,000 square-foot restaurants and an 18-unit condominium at the site of Lock Haven’s Painter Stadium later this year.

Shaner served as a county chairman for President Bush in 2004 and has worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member in the United States Senate for Rick Santorum.

He is a former member of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association and is currently on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Kicks 4 Kids charity and the Penn State Quarterback Club. Shaner is also a member of the Pennsylvania Society and the Elks Club.

Matt’s wife, Andrea, a daughter of Roy and Barbara Pederson, is originally from Bradford. Together, they have two daughters Grace and Rose with a new baby expected to arrive in March.

Shaner said his small-business experience, and conservative politics in the Ronald Regan tradition, give him the right kind of background to represent the large and diverse district.

He said it would take several hundred thousand dollars to win the Republican nomination in the April 22nd primary election. Shaner said we feel we have a strong base for it, to be able to raise that amount of money, and believing in what he is doing, will be spending some of his own money to get elected. He shares Peterson's view that Interstate 80 should not be turned into a toll road.

Matt says he will be able to campaign full time throughout the entire 5th Congressional District and would have the resources to get the message out.

Matt's cousin and political adviser, Patrick Joliet, was helpful in supplying background information for this article. Additional information was found in the Lock Haven Express, and the Centre Daily Times.

We Have Mail

Dear James,
I was quite flattered to find my End 2 End journal on your website, and I hope your readers got as much enjoyment out of reading it, as I did living and writing it. Drop me a line sometime, and tell me if you had much, if any, feedback.
Rick Barkley
I responded and asked Rick for an update, and he responded;

We moved to Venice FL in December, which was another reason why I knew I had to squeeze the river between selling our home and moving south. If it didn't get done then, it wasn't ever going to.
This comcast address will be fine for sending to. I miss the North for kayaking; folks do it down here, but I'm not interested in playing in the gators' back yard. When people asked me about the dangers of walking in the early river, I told them Western PA streams were the safest place in the world (except for moss and rocks).
We'll be spending four months each summer in Brookville, so we may get a chance to meet. Get ready, too, for a trip coming this spring your way. A friend of mine I made through the End 2 End, Kim Cornell of Glenshaw PA is planning to do the same trip I did, but just walking the first 14 miles sans boat. Try looking her up at In '04, she and another woman did the river in a canoe from Kinzua to Pittsburgh, right behind Hurricane Hugo.

Anyone who wishes to comment on Rick Barkley's trip kayaking the Allegheny from Gold to Pittsburgh may comment here and we'll pass it on to Rick in Florida.

Entrapment Reported In Roulette Accident

Roulette Fire and Ambulance have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on the West Branch of Fishing Creek, a mile past the church, where 2 persons are reported entrapped at 10:45 am.

No details are available yet from Coudersport-based state police regarding a collision this morning on the West Branch of Fishing Creek in Clara Township. According to eyewitnesses, there were injuries and the road was snow covered at the time. (WFRM)

Elk County Coroner Running For Congress

WESB News: 01/18/08 - Radkowski Running for Peterson's Seat

Someone from this part of the 5th Congressional District has announced his running for the seat currently held by Representative John Peterson.

Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski has announced that he will be running for the seat as a Republican. Radkowski is the ninth person to announce he's running for the seat on the GOP ticket.

Three Democrats and a Green Party candidate have also announced. John Coleman, president of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, says he is considering the Republican nomination. Benson Lichtig, a State College businessman, says he's thinking about running as a Democrat.

February 12 is the last day completed nominating petitions can be filed.

PA Gas Pool Offers Massive Reserves

Unconventional natural gas reservoir in Pa. poised to dramatically increase U.S. production
Thursday, January 17, 2008
PSU geoscientist Terry Engelder shows natural fractures in a piece of shale.
Greg Grieco, Penn State Public Information

PSU geoscientist Terry Engelder shows natural fractures in a piece of shale.

University Park, Pa. – Natural gas distributed throughout the Marcellus black shale in northern Appalachia could conservatively boost proven U.S. reserves by trillions of cubic feet if gas production companies employ horizontal drilling techniques, according to a Penn State and State University of New York, Fredonia, team.

"The value of this science could increment the net worth of U.S. energy resources by a trillion dollars, plus or minus billions," says Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences, at Penn State.

The Marcellus shale runs from the southern tier of New York, through the western portion of Pennsylvania into the eastern half of Ohio and through West Virginia. In Pennsylvania, the formation extends from the Appalachian plateau into the western valley and ridge. This area has produced natural gas for years, but the Marcellus shale, a deep layer of rock, is officially identified as holding a relatively small amount of proven or potential reserves. However, many gas production companies are now interested in the Marcellus.

Engelder, working with Gary Lash, professor of geoscience, SUNY Fredonia, has conservatively estimated that the Marcellus shale contains 168 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in place and optimistically suggests that the amounts could be as high as 516 trillion cubic feet.

"Conservatively, we generally only consider 10 percent of gas in place as a potential resource," says Engelder. "The key, of course, is that the Marcellus is more easily produced by horizontal drilling across fractures, and until recently, gas production companies seemed unaware of the presence of the natural fractures necessary for magnifying the success of horizontal drilling in the Marcellus."

The U.S. currently produces roughly 30 trillion cubic feet of gas a year, and these numbers are dropping. According to Engelder, the technology exists to recover 50 trillion cubic feet of gas from the Marcellus, thus keeping the U.S. production up. If this recovery is realized, the Marcellus reservoir would be considered a Super Giant gas field.

Engelder, who has studied this area of the U.S. for most of his career and began looking into fractures under a National Science Foundation grant 25 years ago, has identified and mapped natural fractures in the Marcellus shale. He and Lash will present some of their recent work at the 2008 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition this spring.

The researchers look at the patterns of fractures in the shale and determine which are important for gas production. Fractures that correlate with the folding of the ridge and valley system are less common in black shale. However, because of their orientation, the fractures that formed prior to the folding will release gas if the wells cross the fracture zones.

These fractures, referred to as J1 fractures by Engelder and Lash, run as slices from the northeast to the southwest in the Marcellus shale and are fairly close together. While a vertical well may cross one of these fractures and other less productive fractures, a horizontally drilled well aimed to the north northwest will cross a series of very productive J1 fractures.

"It takes $800,000 to drill a vertical well in the Marcellus, but it takes $3 million to drill a horizontal well," says Engelder.

Companies that drill gas wells need to be certain that horizontal drilling will produce the gas they expect and the work by Engelder and Lash suggests that it will.

"We know that the Marcellus shale appears as an outcrop near Batavia, N.Y., east of Buffalo," says Engelder. "And we can see the fractures in the Marcellus in the exposed sections of the ridge and valley areas to the southeast. Because we see them going through the folded areas, we know they were there before the folding. If it happened earlier, then we know they have to be in the intervening basin as well."

The natural fractures in the Marcellus shale are the key to recovering large amounts of gas. As heavily organic sediments were laid down 365 million years ago, the black shale of the Marcellus formed. As the organic material decayed and degraded, methane and other components of natural gas formed and dispersed through the pores in the rock. About 300 million years ago, the pressure of the gas caused fractures to form in the shale. It was not until 280 million years ago that the eastern portion of Pennsylvania was pushed into the folding of the ridge and valley province that makes up that area. Gas that occurs in pockets underground is considered a conventional reservoir; gas that is distributed throughout the rock, like the Marcellus, is called an unconventional reservoir.

The Penn State-Fredonia approach is not restricted to production of the Marcellus shale, but can be applied to any gas-bearing shale with this type of fracture. Because the approach begins with a vertical well and then drills horizontally in the direction that will crosscut the productive fractures, old vertical wells can be reused.

"We can go back to wells that are already drilled and played out, and then drill horizontal from there," says Engelder. "Reusing old wells has both economic and environmental value."

Engelder and Lash are principals in Appalachian Fracture Systems Inc., a consulting firm.

From Penn State Live

Massive gas field detected

A deep reservoir of long-hidden natural gas, stretching from New York through Pennsylvania and into West Virginia, could pump more than $400 billion into the Mid- Atlantic economy and push the U.S. toward energy independence, a Penn State researcher has found.

Geosciences professor Terry Engelder, collaborating with Gary Lash at the State University of New York, recently completed the analysis after spending 30 years and an estimated $3 million on research.

Penn State released overall findings on Thursday. State and industry experts said some companies already have begun to explore the prospects — with some early success within the past year or so.

Engelder said the gas, lodged 6,000 to 7,000 feet underground, promises the U.S. “a certain amount of energy security down the line.”

“This is America’s resource,” he said, likening the find to the oil discoveries near Oil City in the early 1900s. “The impact that this has on America is immeasurable.”

U.S. wells produce about 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas each year. Pennsylvania alone counts an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 active gas wells and is adding about 4,000 a year, according to state and industry reports.

The deeper gas rests in a ribbon of rock known as the Marcellus black shale. The Marcellus covers hundreds of square miles, from southern New York into western and northern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.

The portion in Pennsylvania reaches the northern tier as far east as the Scranton area and as far south and west as Somerset County and the Pittsburgh area. But it does not touch Centre County, Engelder said.

He estimated that the Marcellus shale houses at least 168 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and could hold as much as 516 trillion cubic feet.

Of that, Engelder said, current technology should be able to extract about 50 trillion cubic feet.

He said accomplishing that feat could require 50,000 new gas wells in the five-state area, including some reopened wells. Once wells are drilled and running, he said, drawing the available gas from the Marcellus shale is likely to last well more than a decade.

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a more conservative estimate of the natural gas available in the Marcellus shale. Its calculation is about 31.4 trillion cubic feet, said John Harper, a Pittsburgh-based geologist

with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“There are no absolutes” in dealing with the shale layer, Harper said.

He said the deep Marcellus shale and its gas were first discovered in the 1930s, when drilling for a variety of wells was under way.

But it wasn’t until a decade ago, Harper said, that new technology made it possible to recover the hard-to-reach fuel.

Already, some energy companies have started to drill wells tapping the Marcellus in Susquehanna County and near Pittsburgh. Drilling permits have been issued in Fayette, Greene, Somerset and Washington counties, toward Pittsburgh, according to state data.

“We’re very optimistic about the prospects. The potential of the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania is substantial,” said Stephen Rhoads, president of the 200-member Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association.

Among the companies with reported interest is State Col-lege- based Rex Energy. An inquiry left there was not immediately answered Thursday.

Rhoads estimated that the gas sector employs a few thousand Pennsylvanians. Industry interest in new exploration, he said, stems from the high and stable prices now in place.

Further, natural gas has gained appeal as the U.S. tries to avoid “other fuels that release significant amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” Rhoads said.

The amount of natural gas used to power vehicles, for instance, has climbed more than 50 percent since 2002, according to federal reports.

If the Marcellus shale is as productive as anticipated, “Pennsylvania will see a substantial boom in natural-gas exploration and development,” Rhoads said.

Engelder said another highlight is the location of the gas — relatively close to key East Coast cities and a distribution infrastructure already in place.

It may be too soon to predict exactly how the Marcellus shales could affect natural-gas prices or job growth. (Prices increased more than 50 percent from 2001 to 2006, the most recent year for which official federal data are easily available.)

Engelder, who received research support from a variety of federal and industry sources over the years, said he is confident that energy companies will monitor environmental impacts well.

Penn State may assemble an institute to review those impacts, too, he said.

“I can assure you that (the companies) are in the business of being environmentally conscious,” Engelder said. From Centre Daily Times

Bradford Dead Dog Woman Pleads Guilty

kWESB News: 01/18/08 - Lady in Great Dane Case Pleads Guilty

The woman who was charged with the deaths of 21 Great Danes has pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty.

59 year-old Cheryl Magnotta entered her plea agreement Thursday at a pre-trial conference in McKean County Court. Magnotta had been scheduled for trial on Monday.

She will be sentenced on January 24. Magnotta has already served 189 days.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

JC Penney Call Center Closing/275 Lose Jobs

Thursday, January 17, UPDATED: 5:59 p.m.
By Josh Brogadir

The JC Penney Call Center on Montage Mountain in Lackawanna County is closing at the end of March. It means a loss of 275 jobs.

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Workers are taking the announcement very hard. Some have been working at the center for close to 20 years, since the call center first opened.

"A lot of people were upset, crying, and you know people crying," said worker Ann Roche of Old Forge.

A spokesman for the retailer said, "(It's the) result of a steady decline in call volume in the catalog business as more people migrate to the internet."

That explanation doesn't surprise Dave Shreve of Wilkes-Barre who has driven there to work since 1999.

"Well business is down. We didn't have a good peak season. Christmas, usually the cars were parked all the way out, pretty much by Prudential, and this year I noticed that there wasn't a lot of cars, so I saw it coming," Shreve said.

JC Penney officials couldn't have seen it coming back in 1989, long before the internet was in most homes. That's when the call center moved from Taylor to Moosic, between Scranton & Wilkes Barre.

Company officials were thrilled with the location.

"We could have gone anywhere. We had tremendous cooperation from your
local people working here with us, and of course the people, you can put a
building up any place in the country. We're looking or people with a good
work ethic," Tom McGurren of JC Penney said when the call center opened.

Ann Roche has been answering phones at the call center from the start.
She was too upset to even finish her day there. Now she will have to figure out what's next.

"It's kind of a shock. It's devastating, with the economy and everything the way it is now, to think, and at my age now too to have to go and look for a new job, you know. Who's going to hire somebody my age," Roche wondered.

JC Penney has six other call centers around the country. Officials said the reason this one is closing, in part, is timing. The lease on the building was up.

Another call center closed in Nashville last year. From WNEP

Flags At Half Mast In Berrettini's Home Town

By James Jones

Flags are at half mast in Lt. Col. Richard Berrettini's home town in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he will be buried on Friday.

I don't know all the proper flag etiquette, but I feel that our flags should be flown at half mast anytime a Pennsylvania soldier is killed in action.

Unless it is against the law, I hope that the flags in the area served by the Port Allegany School District will be flown at half mast on Friday as his funeral is conducted in Pittston, PA.

On a ride through Port Allegany on Thursday, where Mr. Berrettini served for nearly 15 years as a school nurse, I did not see one flag at less than full staff, not at the school, the post office or the Boro.

Mr. Berrettini was loved by everyone who had any contact with him. Please, let the Port Allegany-Roulette area show that love by lowering our flags in respect for his ultimate sacrifice.

Fallen Soldier Returns Home

Wednesday, January 16, 6:17 a.m.
By Jim Hamill

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An officer who grew up in Luzerne County and who died from injuries overseas has finally come home.

A military helicopter flew over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Tuesday. Below, the flag-draped casket of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini was placed in the hearse.

The fallen soldier's brother provided us a glimpse of who the National Guardsman was.

"Please remember my brother Rich, as a devoted father, dedicated soldier, and a man who took great pleasure and pride in being able to help the children of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, it is always the innocent who suffer, " said Nello Berrettini of his brother.

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The body of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini was returned home Tuesday.

According to military officials, Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini died last week, succumbing to injuries he suffered from a roadside bomb January 2 in Afghanistan.

He had been assigned to medical teams and worked closely with children. He was scheduled to return home at the end of this month.

Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini grew up in Dupont. Flags there were lowered to half-staff in his memory. Even though he moved to western Pennsylvania, the fallen hero will be buried Friday in Luzerne County.

Adonizio Funeral Home on Williams Street in Pittston said there will be viewings for Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Pittston.


Dow Plumets On Talk Of Slowing Economy

The Dow closed down 306 points this afternoon, while Federal Reserve Chairman Bernake was telling Congress what measures are being taken to combat the slowing economy.

Talk of recession has wall street traders selling their stock and putting the money in their mattress as they try to figure out what to do.

On the state level, the house passed a host of tax cuts, as Governor Rendell warns that the economy is slowing and the state may end up with a deficit. Major newspapers are reporting that the word of raising the state sales tax is being bantered around in the statehouse.

Police Solve 11 Year Old Murder

WESB News: 01/17/08 - Top Cop's Brother Charged with Homicide

State police said troopers have solved a murder that happened 11 years ago.

Police charged Donald E. Gipson, 54, of Buffalo, with killing Louis D. Jones, 81, also of Buffalo. Gipson is the younger brother of Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson.

Jones died Sept. 16, 1996, of stab wounds. At first, police reported that Jones died in a traffic accident along Route 62 in Watson Township in Warren County. The car he was riding in overturned.

An autopsy conducted the next day showed he had been stabbed.


HARRISBURG (January 15, 2008) — More people will get a clearer birds eye view of Pennsylvania now that a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geologic Survey has been reached that will put the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’s PAMAP high-resolution aerial photography on Google Earth, free of charge, at

PAMAP is a seamless digital base map of the state that provides access to road, parcel, elevation, boundaries, hydrography and other data at a scale 10 times better than what was previously available through existing topographic maps.

“PAMAP is the most detailed look at the state ever,” DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said. “Nearly a thousand users per day were accessing this information on the PAMAP Web site, and now that it is available on Google Earth, we expect the data will be even more widely viewed and used.”

The statewide digital base map is being created by the DCNR Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey in partnership with other state agencies, counties, the federal government and other government entities.

“Thanks to these highly accurate pictures, now you can not only see exactly what your house looks like from the sky,” said State Geologist Dr. Jay Parrish. “This imagery can also help emergency responders deal with hazardous situations faster, help planning agencies plan for development, and help with more accurate flood plain mapping.”

Some examples of how the data is used:

Government agencies – Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency used it to respond to northeastern flooding in summer 2006; PennDOT is using the imagery for updates of state and local road networks; at the Department of Environmental Protection, it has helped with the evaluation of underground and surface mining, especially subsidence impacts; Adams County used it for exhibits in criminal cases; and Allegheny County for planning and security for the 2006 Major League All-Star Baseball Game.

Private industry – ProLogis has used it for facility siting; UPC Wind for preliminary siting of alternative energy wind farms; James Sewell Corp. for research on forest canopy structure; GeoDecisions/Gannett Fleming for hyrdro network and watershed delineation; and Iron Compass Map Co. to prepare information for emergency responders.

Academic institutions – Lafayette College for processing new gravity observations; Penn State to classify forest types in the Allegheny National Forest; and Bloomsburg University for mapping glacial deposits in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey has been collecting this specialized high-resolution aerial photography, known as orthophotography, since 2003 as part of the PAMAP program. Orthophotography is digital photography taken from the air and aligned with geographic positioning systems, or GPS. Each year, the PAMAP program flies a large section of the state on a continuous basis to update these orthophotos.

While Google Earth is using the imagery only, the PAMAP program includes topography, buildings, boundaries, land cover, transportation, and hydrography.

PAMAP data also is contributed to the national map being created in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

More information about PAMAP is online at, select Geology, and choose “PAMAP” under Quick Links.

Centre County Republican chair to seek seat in Congress

Glenn “G.T.” Thompson Jr., chairman of the Republican Party in Centre County, declared this morning that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 5th District congressional seat that covers Centre and parts or all of 15 other counties.

“I’m good to go,” Thompson said.

Thompson, 48, a Howard Township resident, is a health care professional. He ran for state House representative from the 76th District in 2000, losing to incumbent state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, and was elected chair of the county’s Republican Party committee in the 2002 primary.

Thompson joins a growing number of Republicans from Centre and Clearfield counties who said they intend to circulate and file nomination petitions when the clock starts on the primary election process next Tuesday. The primary election is April 22.

Other Republicans planning to run include Chris Exarchos of College Township, Daniel Klees of College Township, Craig Lucas of Union Township, Matt Shaner of Patton Township, John Stroup of Clarion County’s Clarion borough and Derek Walker of Clearfield County’s Bradford Township. See this and other stories in Centre Daily Times

Williamsport Area Firefighter Dies In Fire At His Home

Article Photos

A fire at a mobile home at 267 Sawmill Road in Hepburn Township that claimed the life of Scottie Lee Wettlaufer, 23, burns out of control in photo, submitted to the Sun-Gazette’s Virtual News Room by Linda M. Avery of Cogan Station.

Hepburn Township volunteer firefighters battled with flames and with their emotions Wednesday morning when one their own members perished in a fire that destroyed his family’s mobile home.

“We were hoping to God that he wasn’t in there,” one volunteer firefighter who fought the two-alarm blaze said.

The firefighter, Scottie Lee Wettlaufer, 23, was found in a back bedroom of the mobile home at Brass Mobile Home Park at 267 Sawmill Road in the township, Lycoming County County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said.

Wettlaufer lived there with his father, John Wettlaufer, and the father’s girlfriend, Sandy Jones, both of whom already had left for work when a neighbor in the park reported the fire about 7:45 a.m., Kiessling said.

“Nobody knew he was in there. Even if they did, there was no way they could go in. It was too late,” said Stanley Brass, the owner of the park.

“When I got here, flames were just starting to break out through the front of the home. The place was full of smoke,” said Brass, who lives in the park. A tenant in the park had alerted him to the blaze.

Wettlaufer’s father learned of the blaze shortly after arriving at work and raced back home. Fearing the worst, he made a mad dash toward the home but was pulled out of harm’s way by firefighters.

It took an hour for firefighters to bring the blaze under control, and Kiessling’s office was alerted when they found Wettlaufer’s body about 9 a.m.

Kiessling said it appeared that Wettlaufer tried to escape but was overcome by smoke.

This article by Philip A. Holmes can be read in it's entirety in the Williamsport Sun Gazette.

International Waxes Ripped Off For $16,000.

WESB News: 01/17/08 - Theft Involving International Waxes

State Police are looking into a burglary where $16,000 in charges were placed on the International Waxes of Farmers Valley credit card between October and November of last year.

Police say an unknown individual accessed a company credit card and placed purchases over the internet from The items purchased included three play station games and a digital camera.

Trooper Leslie Oates of the kane barracks says it appears to be a Nigerian scheme that may have originated at International Waxes.

Feds Charge Two With Ripping US Off

WESB News: 01/17/08 - Elk County Men Charged With Timber Theft

Two Elk County men have been charged with cutting down and stealing timber from the Allegheny National Forest.

A federal grand jury has indicted 40 year-old Joseph Harvey of Ridgway and 33 year-old Michael Meritt of Kersey with cutting down and stealing 11 black cherry trees back in 2004.

The two have been ordered to appear in federal court in Erie on January 25.

Wayne Concrete Ripped Off For $3500.

WESB News: 01/17/08 - Portville Man Charged With Theft

A Portville man has been charged with theft after stealing over $3,500 dollars from Wayne Concrete on Holley Avenue in Bradford.

Court records indicate that 36 year-old Clifford Easton failed to deposit delivery money and receipts which were given to him by drivers from April thru November of 2007.

Easton is free on $2,500 dollars bail.

Man Tries To Abduct 15 Year Old Girl

WESB News: 01/17/08 - Deputies Investigating Attempted Abduction

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for man who tried to abduct a 15 year old girl late Tuesday night on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Deputies are looking for a white male between 20 and 30 years of age. The man was driving a gray conversion van.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Violator Turns Self In/Jailed

WESB News: 01/16/08 - Man Turns Himself in to State Police

A man state police were looking for on Tuesday is now in McKean County Jail.

49-year-old Daniel Dean Howard allegedly failed to register his address as required by Megan's Law when he moved from Keating Township to 87 Congress Street in Bradford. Howard turned himself in to state police Wednesday.

He was arraigned and sent to jail in lieu of 20 thousand dollars cash bail.

WFRM Event Calendar

January 16

The Coudersport Music Boosters will be serving a soup and bread dinner in the high school cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. cost is $3.00 and the meal includes soup, bread, and beverage.

January 18

Today is the last day to sign up for the 5th annual Falcon Follies to be held January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Coudersport High School auditorium. All area singers, dancers, musicians, actors and comedians are invited to participate. Call Penny Gresh at 274-4386 to sign up.

January 19

The Riverside United Methodist Church in Roulette will have a dinner theatre at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $7.00.

January 21

The Coudersport Music Boosters will be serving a soup and bread dinner in the high school cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. cost is $3.00 and the meal includes soup, bread, and beverage.

January 26

The Mainsburg United Methodist Church in Tioga County have a roast beef dinner from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Adults, $8.00; children 5-12, $4.00 The Youth Group will also have a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the church which is located five miles east of Mansfield on Route 6.

Storm Management Meeting

The Potter County Planning Commission will hold the first meeting of the Storm Water management Committee tomorrow night in the Potter County Courtroom.

The meeting which gets underway at 6:00 p.m. is open to the public.

In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held Wednesday, January 23 also at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom.

Police Looking For Megan's Law Violator

Kane-based state police are looking for 49 year old Daniel Dean Howard, formerly of Eldred, on charges that he failed to comply with Megan’s law.

As a convicted sex offender, Howard is required to notify state police within a few days of changing addresses and apparently failed to let them know he had moved from his residence located at the intersection of Route 446 and Champlin Hill Road in Keating Township, McKean County.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Kane Barracks at 778-5555

From WFRM News

Selection For Congressman Gets Bigger

WESB News: 01/16/08 - Yet More Candidates for Peterson's Seat

Two more central Pennsylvania Republicans say they're running for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Representative John Peterson.

Fifty-year-old Daniel Klees, of College Township, and 25-year-old Craig Lucas, of Union Township, say they plan to circulate nominating petitions. Klees is a four-term College Township councilman. Lucas has been attending Penn State and doing maintenance work at an apartment complex. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology in December.

Also seeking the GOP nomination are former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos and Centre County businessman Matt Shaner.

Iraq war veteran Bill Cahir said he has resigned as an Express-Times of Easton correspondent to run for the seat as a Democrat. And Lock Haven Mayor Richard Vilello is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

Services Set For Lt. Col. Richard Berrettini

HARRISBURG – A senior Pennsylvania Army National Guard officer has died at Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas, due to injuries received from an improvised explosive device attack in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini, 52, Eldred, McKean County, died Jan. 11, nine days after the HMMWV he was a passenger in was attacked. He was serving a one-year tour and was scheduled to return home at the end of the month.

A South Carolina National Guard Soldier and an interpreter were also killed in the incident. A Maryland National Guard Soldier was injured.

Berrettini, a nurse practitioner, was assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Medical Detachment, Erie Clinic. He volunteered to serve in Afghanistan and was assigned to the South Carolina National Guard.

“Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini was a committed and dedicated soldier who deeply cared for his fellow service members,” said Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, state adjutant general. “We mourn the loss of Richard and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very trying time. He represented the best of our commonwealth and country and he made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Berrettini is the second Pennsylvania National Guard officer lost in combat since the 9/11 attacks. Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin, 44, of Mercer was killed Jan. 5, 2006, by a suicide bomber at an Iraqi police recruiting station in Ramadi, Iraq.
Thirty Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a civilian, Berrettini was a Port Allegheny High School nurse. He was a former active duty sailor and joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1984.

Berrettini is survived by his wife, Jane; mother, Doris; brother, Nello; and two sons Vincent, 26, and Christopher, 22. Vincent is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and an Air Force pilot. Christopher is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.

He will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

The viewing will be held at the Adonizo Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittstown, Pa.(near Scranton), on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 237 William St., Pittstown, Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, 612 Mount Olivet Rd., Carverton, Pa., following the funeral mass.

Richard Berrettini Honored In Afghanistan

Phoenix Honors Fallen Comrade

KABUL, Afghanistan— Fallen Warrior Lt. Col. Richard J. Berrettini was honored for his service and sacrifice in a memorial ceremony January 15 at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Berrettini died Jan. 11 in San Antonio of wounds suffered on Jan. 2 in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

“If I had one word to describe “Doc” Berrettini, the word would be ‘inspiring,’” said Chaplain (Capt.) Iris Dickerson. “He touched the lives of everyone he came in contact with.”

1st Lt. Nickolas Berger, preventive medicine officer at Camp Phoenix, remembered the day Lt. Col. Berrettini arrived at Camp Shelby (Miss., for mobilization training). “He was an instant hit with everyone,” said Berger. “His love for the soldiers and the passion he had for helping others was evident.”

Lt. Col. Berrettini was exceptionally dedicated to the mission.

“I watched him put his heart and soul into making the 1st Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army Corps a better unit,” said Lt. Col. Michael Haerr, who worked alongside Lt. Col. Berrettini at Camp Clark. “He was proud to make Afghanistan a better place.”

“His memory will be in our hearts,” said Chaplain Dickerson, “his walk, his talk, his laughter, his presence….his inspiration.”

Penny Eddy Retiring/New Director Named

WESB News: 01/16/08 - Penny Eddy Retiring From Housing Post

McKean County’s longtime housing and redevelopment Executive Director Penny Eddy is retiring after 35 years of service.

The McKean County Redevelopment and Housing Authority says Eddy will stay on as a consultant during the transition period.

Dusti Pantuso will be named director on Thursday replacing Eddy.

PA Gives $2.9 Million To ABC

WESB News: 01/16/08 - ABC Receives $2.9 Million in Expansion

Allegheny Bradford Corporation has received a $2.9 million dollar loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other loans and grants.

ABC announced plans on Monday to expand creating 77 highly skilled jobs for the Bradford area.

ABC President Dan McCune says a total of 150 new jobs could be crerated in the expansion.
WESB News: 01/16/08 - Missing Kentucky man Found Alive

A Kentucky man, who had been missing since December 12, has been found safe in Kentucky. Snowden Goff apparently took an extended vacation, but failed to tell family and friends.

Goff notified Kentucky authorities that he is alive and well.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT, Pa. - Gertrude "Jeanne" Elliott, 85 of Smethport, formerly of Olean, N.Y. and Allegany, N.Y., died Monday (Dec. 14, 2008), in Sena Kean Manor.

SMETHPORT Frances “Marie” Brown, 85, of Smethport, formerly of Port Allegany and Eldred, died Saturday (Jan. 12, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center. The Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, is in charge of arrangements.

PORT ALLEGANY Irving D. Galutia, 82, of Bradenton, Fla., died Saturday (Jan. 12, 2008) at the Tide Well Hospice and Palliative Care, Bradenton. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, are incomplete and will appear later with a full obituary.

SHINGLEHOUSE - Roderick L. “Rod” Fuller, 60, of Shinglehouse, died unexpectedly Sunday (Jan. 13, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, surrounded by his family. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, is in charge of arrangements.

Potter County Court Report Via WFRM News

In recent Potter County Court action, a Coudersport man has been sentenced for his part in a burglary taking place during May 2006 at the Austin Game Room. Kyle Woodring, 20, pleaded guilty last week to burglary and theft and was ordered to spend 9 to 23-1/2 months in jail; pay all court costs and fees; perform 25 hours of community service and make restitution of $530. According to Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink, Woodring and a co-defendant stole about $735 in coins from pool tables and machines after forcing their way into the building. The defendants caused about $350 in damage during the burglary.

Another Coudersport resident will be spending 72 hours to six months in jail for DUI. Benjamin Brent, 24, was arrested this past August 12 when Coudersport Borough Police, while on patrol, observed his vehicle swerving in his own lane and crossing the center line on Route 6 near Toles Hollow. Chemical testing revealed an alcohol level of .18%, well above the legal limit of .08%. Brent was also ordered to pay a fine of $1025, pay all court costs and fees, attend alcohol safe driving school and the DUI victim impact panel.

NY Pays $2.5 Million For New Call Center

From the star gazette

The Empire State Development office has announced a $1.5 million grant, plus $750,000 from the Governor’s Office for Small Cities, for Sitel, the company that plans to locate a call-center in Erwin.

The company , based in Omaha, Neb., will establish a call center at the Corning Inc.-owned former photonics testing facility at 103 Canada Road in Erwin.

“The location of Sitel will provide tremendous value to Corning valley and the surrounding areas of Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties,” Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to welcome the new Sitel facility and the hundreds of employment opportunities it represents. We look forward to building upon this relationship in years to come.”

“Sitel is a leading global organization with 145 locations in 28 countries that provides services to more than 450 clients,” Upstate Empire State Development Chairman Daniel C. Gundersen said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled that we’ve been able to work with the company, especially since it shares in our belief that New York State is a great place to do business.”

The call center is expected to employ 400 workers.

Three More Candidates Enter Race For Congress

WESB News: 01/15/08 - More Candidates for Peterson's Seat

An Iraq War veteran is the first Democrat to say he's running for the 5th District Congressional seat currently held by John Peterson, who is retiring.

Bill Cahir spent two tours in Iraq with the Marines. He resigned his job on Monday as Washington correspondent for the Express-Times newspaper of Easton to run for the seat.

Lock Haven Mayor Richard Vilello has also announced his intention to run as a Democrat.

Two Centre County Republicans, Matt Shaner and Chris Ex-ar-chos, are also vying for the seat. A third Republican, Derek Walker of Clearfield County, has also decided to run.

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Roulette Firemen Investigate Smoke On The Hill

Roulette Firemen were dispatched at 9:10 this morning to investigate a report of smoke on the hillside at the end of Gordon Drive. Units were recalled after the arrival of the fire chief on the scene, where it was apparently an unscheduled controlled burn of brush on what appeared to be the Kaple farm property.

Picture by James Jones--Smoke On The Hill

Crime Reports From Surrounding Counties

WESB News: 01/14/08 - Court and Crime

A US Army Private who was absent without leave has been arrested by Foster Township Police on a warrant for terroristic threats and harassment. 18-year-old Robert Hearst is accused of threatening his wife's life. He was seen Sunday afternoon at Wal-Mart, where he was arrested. He was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of 10 thousand dollars bail. Further court and military action are pending.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for selling crack cocaine in Salamanca. Raheim Howell pleaded guilty in connection with the incident on December 14, 2006 when he had more than 4 ounces of crack.

A Delevan man has pleaded not guilty to rape. A Cattaraugus County Grand Jury indicted Eric Winkelman for alleged incidents between March 16 and July 30, when he had sex with a person younger than 17 four times, and had sexual contact with another person who was younger than 17. No trial date has been set.

Preliminary Hearing In Bradford Death Postponed

WESB News: 01/14/08 - Smock Preliminary Hearing Postponed

The preliminary hearing for the woman accused of fatally inuring another woman by backing her vehicle over her has been postponed.

19-year-old Nikole Smock had been scheduled to appear in district court on Wednesday. A new date hasn't been scheduled yet.

Smock is accused of backing her vehicle over 20-year-old Alissa Cameron in a parking lot on December 30, then leaving the scene. Cameron died January 5 at Hamot Medical Center in Eire. Smock is free on 50 thousand dollars bail.

Lewis Run Company Will Create 150 New Jobs

WESB News: 01/14/08 - Allegany Bradford Corp. is Expanding

Allegany Bradford Corporation is expanding, and will ultimately create about 150 new jobs.

Kessel Construction is beginning work on the 50,000 square-foot facility in Lewis Run Tuesday.

Company President and CEO Dan McCune says they expect construction to be finished in September. Allegany-Bradford manufactures high precision stainless steel and sanitary/hygienic products.

Besides the expansion, the 6 point 5 million dollar project includes buying new machinery and equipment as well as workforce training.

McCune says, along with all the employees who were instrumental in seeing the project come to fruition, the company would like to thank the Borough of Lewis Run, the Bradford OECD and Senator Joe Scarnati's office.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Grants Available For Farmers Markets

Gov. Ed Rendell last week announced a new $75,000 investment in farmers markets to improve consumer access to Pennsylvania products. Development and expansion grants of up to $10,000 are available through the Farmers Market Development Matching Grant Program for eligible farmers, nonprofit organizations, local government units and businesses or associations that manage or operate farmers markets. Each applicant must provide at least 10 percent of the grant amount in matching or in-kind services. The Farmers Market Development Act of 2006 was established to award grants for the development or expansion of farmers markets. Grants may be used for the following eligible projects:

· The cost of developing a business plan for a new farmers market; Predevelopment costs associated with opening a new farmers market, including but not limited to site selection, demographic research, farmer recruitment and sales potential analysis;

· Promotion of an existing farmers market through marketing materials, media outreach and advertising;

· Staffing costs to manage and operate a farmers market;

· The purchase of tables, stands and other display materials for use in a farmers market;

· The provision of nutrition education materials or for educational materials about Pennsylvania farm products to program participants; and

· The conduct of outreach to program participants to increase participation in existing food assistance programs.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 6. Completed applications may be mailed to Geoffrey Dunaway, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron St., Room 401, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408.For more information about the grant program or to download an application, visit and select the link for “Farmers Market Grant Development Program” under “What’s New,” or call 1-800-468-2433.

From the WFRM News website.

Emporium Police Need Help With Missing Man

Emporium-based state police are seeking help from the public in locating 44 year old Snowden Leroy Goff who has not been seen since leaving Emporium on December 12.

Authorities say Goff had been visiting relatives and left for his home in Somerset, Kentucky, at around 10:30, about a ten hour drive. He never arrived home and his whereabouts are unknown.

He’s described as being 5’8” tall, weighs about 200 pounds, is balding with light colored hair and brown eyes. He was driving a 1989 blue Ford Tempo with Kentucky registration S27875.

Anyone with information about Goff is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486-3321.
From WFRM News.

Police Reports From WFRM News

A Roulette man has been arraigned on charges of simple assault following a domestic violence incident at his Maple Street home early Sunday morning. State police allege 41 year old Thomas Manning injured his wife, Wendy, during an argument.

Travis Marsh, 20, of Coudersport has been charged with criminal mischief for an incident allegedly taking place overnight Friday at the home of Lucinda Gorham on the West Branch of Dingman Run Road, Coudersport. Troopers claim Marsh, the ex-boyfriend of Gorham’s daughter and who had previously lived in the house caused about $50 in damage to the door jam.

Troopers are also investigating a scattering of rubbish and criminal trespass incident taking place sometime over the past month along Willis Road, east of Trout Brook Road in Roulette Township. Unknown persons discarded several deer hides on posted property owned by Michael Head of Vineland, NJ.

The theft of 20 12 ft. 2 x 4’s from the Carpenter Shop on Route 49 in Ulysses is being probed by troopers here. The lumber was taken between 5:30 p.m. last Thursday and 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT, Pa. - Gertrude "Jeanne" Elliott, 85 of Smethport, formerly of Olean, N.Y. and Allegany, N.Y., died Monday (Dec. 14, 2008), in Sena Kean Manor.

SMETHPORT Frances “Marie” Brown, 85, of Smethport, formerly of Port Allegany and Eldred, died Saturday (Jan. 12, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center. The Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, is in charge of arrangements.

PORT ALLEGANY Irving D. Galutia, 82, of Bradenton, Fla., died Saturday (Jan. 12, 2008) at the Tide Well Hospice and Palliative Care, Bradenton. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, are incomplete and will appear later with a full obituary.

SHINGLEHOUSE - Roderick L. “Rod” Fuller, 60, of Shinglehouse, died unexpectedly Sunday (Jan. 13, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, surrounded by his family. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldier Succumbs to Wounds Received in Afghanistan

  Berrettini will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart
and Combat
Action Badge.
Click this link to the official Military press release
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldier Succumbs to Wounds Received in Afghanistan

Story in Buffalo News about Richard Berrettini

Meth War Continues

Tiers law enforcement on alert for illegal drug.
January 13, 2008
The kids told their town of Barton schoolmates and teachers that their parents made "bug juice" and let it go at that.

But the kids smelled like chemicals, and people noticed. The "bug juice" was the volatile witches' brew used to create methamphetamine.

"The smell can get in their clothes and hair," said New York State Police Lt. Pat Garey. "In schools, people on the lookout for meth are looking for anything unusual, like a chemical smell on a child. That's not uncommon on kids who live in places where meth production is occurring. That's what happened here. And the parents were arrested."

For the rest of this story and others on this subject go to the Star Gazette.

Police Report


•Theresa M. Hardes, 35, of Bolivar, N.Y., was charged Jan. 9 with driving while intoxicated and speeding after a traffic stop in Shinglehouse.

Causer, Scarnati Respond To Election Queries

State Representative Martin Causer (R) Turtlepoint and State Senator Joseph Scarnati (R) Brockway, responded recently to questions from the media, asking if they were going to run for the US Representative office in the 5th congressional district, currently held by Rep. John Peterson.

Peterson, 69, announced Jan. 3 that he will not seek re-election this year and plans to retire after more than 30 years of public service.

Causer said after a great deal of thought and consideration, he believes he can best serve the region by remaining in the state House.

"I want to thank all the people who called to urge me to run for Congress. However, with three young children at home, I have decided it is not the right time to run," Causer said.

"I have enjoyed serving the people of the 67th District, and I hope they will give me the opportunity to continue that service," he said. "I believe there is much more we can accomplish as I continue to gain seniority in Harrisburg."

Causer, whose district covers all of Cameron and Potter counties and a portion of McKean County, will be seeking a fourth term in the House, having first been elected in 2002.

All 203 seats in the state House are up for re-election this year.

Half of the state Senate's 50 seats will be on the ballot this year, including that of Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway, who said he plans to seek re-election. Scarnati, who said a formal announcement would be coming soon, did not indicate whether he is interested in Peterson's office.

Of all the area state legislators, Scarnati would be the logical choice by many to succeed Peterson considering his status as the Senate president pro tempore. Scarnati's 25th Senatorial District, which was once Peterson's, substantially mirrors the 5th Congressional District geographically.

Three candidates have publicly stated their intentions to run for Peterson's seat. They are Centre County business executive Matthew Shaner, a 28-year-old Republican, former Centre County Commissioner Chris Exarchos, a Republican and Philipsburg resident Donald Wilson of the Green Party.

Information for this article was gathered from the DuBois Courier Express and the Centre