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Coudersport; Keystone claim crowns with win

Keystone's Britt Mohney (L) and Coudersport's Karli Duffee (R) helped their teams to conference/division crowns Thursday.
COUDERSPORT & WEST SUNBURY – The Coudersport and Keystone girls’ basketball teams both clinched conference/division crowns with wins Thursday night on nearly opposite ends of District 9. >>>Read

Medics Called To Keating Summit

BREAKING NEWS: 6:21 2-2-08
Austin Ambulance and Medics have been called to Keating Summit where a downhill sled rider has hit a garage.

Snow Low But Roulette Winterfest Was A Go

While the participation was down this year at West End Trailblazers 6th Annual Winterfest held at Ted and Diane Kaple's Century Farm in Roulette, Potter County, PA, those who did show up had a great time and the club is reported to have made some money from the event.

Unfortunately, the Potter County Snowmobile Club had to cancel their Rodeo In The Snow event that they sponsor each year. The freezing rain, and ice storm got rid of most of the snow and left a sloppy mess of frozen yuk. The event would have taken place Feb. 1 thru 3 this year, postponed from a January date that also had no snow.

Although this year has overall been wintry, the snow cover just didn't develop for riders to be able to enjoy their sleds.

But, there's still hope. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, meaning that we'll have 6 more weeks of winter weather. Storms inundating China have made their way across the Pacific and are supposed to create more havok in the West. We may still get some snow cover yet this year.

Earlier this week, areas near Lake Erie and Ontario got blizzard conditions and lots of snow.

Roulette West End Trailblazers 2008 Winterfest

Quite a few brought their sleds even though there wasn't enough
snow to ride the trails.

Visitors to the Winterfest get ready to chow down in the barn

And of course, no Winterfest would be complete without a face painting clown

Teddy Kaple's pet lamb "Patrick" wonders what the photographer
is doing as kids play in the snow in the background at Winterfest.

Photos by James Jones
The kids had a great time too. Here some of them wait for
the hayride to start.

Snowmobilers make impact on snow, economy

POSTED: January 21, 2008

Article Photos

Helmets, gloves and warm jackets all are protective gear that snowmobilers should wear when out on the trails.

Snowmobilers don’t just leave their sled marks in the snow. They also leave their mark in the economy.

When the snow is right — a minimum of about 6 inches of it — snowmobilers bring out their sleds and ride or trailer them to their favorite riding sites. Many of the 5,000 miles of trails and state forest roads open to riders are located here in the northcentral region and those riders leave a big economic footprint along the way.

According to a survey done by Penn State University, “Pennsylvania Snowmobilers and Their Needs,” snowmobile owners typically spend $350 per trip when riding trails in the state, including food, lodging, fuel, maintenance and other transportation, The survey concluded that snowmobile owners spend about $4,400 per year while riding in this state.

The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association said economic activity from snowmobiling amounts to $27 billion annually in this country.

Snowmobilers also are riding farther these days, according to Todd Arthur, a trustee of the Highland Manor Snowmobile and Outdoor Recreation Club of Hughesville.

“In the old days, 25 miles of riding was a big deal,” he said. “Today, with the more modern snowmobiles, anything less than 100 miles is not a good day.”

Highland and other groups are attempting to connect snowmobile trails into a network that will span the northern tier of the state from Ohio to the New York-New Jersey border. Arthur said Highland just received grant money toward that effort.

“We just received our funding from state Sen. Roger Madigan, who secured a DCED (Department of Community and Economic Development) grant of $15,000 for rural economic development,” Arthur said.

“What we would like to do is link these trails with food and gas stops, like stores in Sullivan County, over to Ralston, Shunk and down into Hillsgrove, and that will help the economy in Sullivan and Northeast Lycoming counties,” he said.

A total of $120,000 was granted to study the feasibility of connecting those trails in the statewide plan. The other $90,000 came from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recreational division, he said.

The goal is to link the 15 miles of trails on club grounds to the Loyalsock State Forest Trails, leading toward the northeast, he said.

Val Weiner, executive director for the Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association, said an effort to accurately map all the trails using modern technology is under way on private land trails to fit into that statewide path.

“We are looking in the northwest and into Potter County to pick up that work beginning next month,” she said. “I think we are closer to making this a reality. It has been in the talking stages going back into the 1990s.”

One part of the project will include testing signage for intersections and trail markers that would be installed on that network.

“That will go toward creating a statewide snowmobiling map,” Weiner said.

Arthur said connecting Highland’s trails to Loyalsock State Forest trails would allow snow riders to go farther.

“If we connect the trails, you would have continuous travel for 100-plus miles,” he explained.

Meanwhile, clubs and state forest trails benefit when grooming equipment is available to smooth out the ride.

Brook Ammerman, forest maintenance supervisor for the Loyalsock State Forest, said his staff recently got a large, two-man groomer.

“We had that delivered in November and it is a big ticket item — over $100,000,” he said. “Most of our joint-use roads are open to motor vehicles and snowmobiling and some we have to plow for loggers.”

Extra parking space was added in that forest at Cabbage Hollow and on top of Big Bear Creek Road, Ammerman said, allowing more snowmobilers to take advantage of the trails.

The Loyalsock State Forest also has two smaller groomers.

“But, we need 8 to 10 inches of snow before we take that (big) machine out,” he said. “We have 13 miles of trail and about 125 miles of joint-use roads here.”

Some clubs also help the Bureau of Forestry by grooming certain trails and have a good working relationship with the agency.

“We have done a lot of trail work in that area (near the Hyner Mountain club) and we have been working with DCNR to get grants to perform trail improvements,” Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association board member Harrison Langley said.

The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon club also helps groom trails north of Route 6 in Tioga County and the club is reimbursed for fuel and oil costs for their work on state trails, he said.

Roulette Winterfest Pictures 2008

West End Trailblazers serve up hot dogs, chili, hot coffee, and sodas
in the barn at the Winterfest 2008

More give aways

Participants check out the door prizes at Winterfest

Diane Kaple and her dog Remington came out to get some
pictures of the West End Trailblazers Winterfest.
Ted and Diane Kaple are owners of the Kaple Century Farm
in Roulette, Potter County, PA where the Winterfest has
been held for the last 6 years.

Riders like to have fun, congregate

POSTED: January 21, 2008

Snowmobilers aren’t your lonely, strike-out-on-their-own type.

No, they prefer to flock together for the fun and camaraderie of riding the trails, seeing the sights, sharing some food and getting to know each other.

Perhaps that’s why there seems to be so many snowmobile clubs in the northcentral region of the state.

One such club is the Highland Lake Snowmobile and Outdoor Recreation Club, which formed in 2005. Club trustee Todd Arthur of Williamsport said that group has just more than 200 members.

“That’s big in relation to most clubs in the state,” Arthur said. “We have about 870 acres and 15 miles of trails on club land. We border the Loyalsock State Forest and we snowmobile on that, too.”

According to Arthur, riding opportunities begin on state lands after the end of the firearms deer season.

“Deer season is over on Dec. 8 or so and the trails are opened up on state forest land on Dec. 9 and state game lands open up about Jan. 15,” he said.

“The snow came a little early this year and we had rideable trails from Dec. 13 through Jan. 6 when we got that 60-degree weather.”

Arthur said snowmobiling is very family friendly.

“My son, Cameron, did more than 300 miles of riding up in Sullivan and eastern Lycoming counties this year,” he said. “We ride a couple of different snowmobiles. I ride a Ski-doo and my son rides a Yamaha.”

In addition to being open to all of the family, clubs such as Highland also run events from time to time.

“This weekend we have our Winterfest, which is open to Highland Lake members and guests,” Arthur said. “It’s just a day of gathering and enjoying snowmobiling up there.”

At the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club, board member Harrison Langley said snowmobilers are a close-knit, enthusiastic group.

“People who snowmobile are passionate about it,” he said. “I’ve been riding since 1976 and I’ll probably ride until I can’t hold onto the handlebars anymore. We’re lucky to have what we have in Pennsylvania. All we need is a little luck with the weather.”

Dennis Smouse, Region 11 director for the Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association, said some people have given up on snowmobiling because of the warmer winters of late and a lack of snow.

“Some people are frustrated with the weather and some guys are getting rid of their equipment because they don’t want to travel to get to the snow,” he said. “The price of gas is so high you can’t afford to drive that far as often as we used to.”

Smouse said he has snowmobiled in places such as Alaska and Quebec but knows other riders who have really gone far and wide.

“I have a buddy who has ridden his sled in Norway, Greenland and Russia,” he said. “I still want to see Montana and Idaho.”

He also said being with other people and having a good time is a big reason people get into snowmobiling.

“The top two reasons people snowmobile is to get out and see the views and to be with family and friends,” Smouse said. “It’s a group thing, family and friends. It is also one of the few sports you can see three or four generations of family enjoying a sport together.”

According to state snowmobiling association officials, about 13 organized snowmobile clubs exist in the region surrounding Williamsport, including the Sugar Valley Snowriders, Loganton; God’s Country Black Forest Snowmobile Club, Galeton; Potter County Snowmobile Association, Coudersport; Potter County Trail Busters Snowmobile Club, Shinglehouse; Southern Potter Snowmobile Club, Austin; West End Trailblazers, Roulette; Nittany Mountain Snowriders, Lewisburg; Sugar Valley Snowriders, Loganton; and Armenia Mountain Snowmobile Club, Sylvania, among others.

Some clubs have hot dog rides, which usually include a free hot dog for riders who show up at a clubhouse or other destination, poker runs and other events.

Clubs often run safety courses as well, such as at the Hyner Mountain club. There, volunteers teach the course, which instructs enthusiasts how to ride safely, respect property and help others enjoy the ride.

Roulette Winterfest Pictures

A rider guns his sled in the radar run throwing snow and dirt in his wake.
These snowmobilers wait their turn to check their speed in the radar runs.
Photos by James Jones

Not much snow but these riders circle the radar run at the West End Trailblazers 'Winterfest last weekend.

Waiting For Snow

Snowmobile enthusiasts say they enjoy lots of the white stuff


Article Photos

They’re waiting ... for lots of snow.

Snowmobile enthusiasts number in the thousands in this state, and members and officials of a number of clubs in this area say they love to ride the trails in this region because of the sights and experiences the activity offers.

According to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, about 44,000 snowmobiles are registered in Pennsylvania, and many come to the northern counties of the state to do their riding.

Trails here are abundant and that means lots of fun hours of riding and miles to go before snowmobilers can sleep.

Tons of trails

According to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for DCNR, snowmobilers can get their fix on many miles of public trails.

“Snowmobiles have access to 2,040 miles of state forest roads,” he said. “Then, we have 1,049 miles of trails on state forests and parks, so we are talking about 3,100 miles of state trails.”

Some state forest roads are not plowed in the winter on purpose, Brady said, to allow snow to build up on them and create better conditions for snowmobiling. Some of those trails are maintained with grooming machines, which set up the best riding conditions for enthusiasts’ sleds.

Val Weiner, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association, said those state trails, combined with privately owned or club-owned trails, adds up.

“Altogether, there are about 5,000 miles of trails, which are about evenly divided between public and private lands,” she said. “Right now, the emphasis at the state level is to develop connectors and bring trails closer to tourist sites, services and facilities around the state.”

Mapping project under way

Weiner said the state snowmobiling association and its member clubs are working to map trails on private lands using a Graphic Interface System.

“We are doing work on the trails that haven’t been mapped to this point to identify points where connections will be made for a snowmobile trail network across the state,” she said.

That project has a goal of linking trails from Ohio, through the northern tier of this state, all the way to the New York-New Jersey borders, Weiner said.

That project would come through this region, with at least one area snowmobiling club playing a role.

Beauty of snowmobiling

Weiner said that part of the attraction to the winter sport is just being able to go places and see the sights.

“The beauty of snowmobiling is it gives people a destination and a purpose to go places in the state in the winter, which they otherwise wouldn’t have a reason to go to,” she explained.

“It also extends an economic boost year-round, especially if we get a viable trail system. I think we are much closer to that now,” Weiner said.

Harrison Langley, a member of the board of directors for the state snowmobiling association, who also is a member of the Hyner Mountain Snowmobiling Club along Route 44, said what he sees while riding is breathtaking.

“My all-time favorite area to ride is up around the Hyner club,” he said. “I have a bed there, so I can stay in that area for a minimal cost and the food there is fantastic. When the snow is great, the topography is just gorgeous. The trails are diverse and the scenic overlooks up there are magnificent.”

The Hyner club is surrounded by state forest lands, with Tiadaghton State Forest on one side and Sproul State Forest on the other.

“I’d say we have easy access to 600 to 700 miles of trails,” Langley said. “It is not uncommon, in good snow, to ride 175 miles in one day. Up there, you can ride up into the (Pennsylvania) Grand Canyon, come over to Cross Fork, go to Coudersport and over to Costello.”

Wildlife also are part of the scenery riders encounter.

“We see deer, turkey, coyotes, lots of birds and other things,” he said. “It’s just a great experience.”

An average year for Langley includes 1,200 to 1,500 miles of snowmobiling on various trails.

“That’s over about five or six weekends,” he said. “I like northcentral Pennsylvania, but I’ve been to New York, too, over near Gowanda, north of Syracuse, and Tug Hill Plateau is another good place up there.”

He described New York as “an escape hatch” to find snow-covered trails when it is too warm in this state to ride. He also has ridden in Canada, Michigan and Wisconsin.

John McGarrity, a member of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club based in Wellsboro, said he likes the sights, too.

In mid-December, he stopped along a trail near Cross Ford and Pine Mountain Summit and took photos of some elk in a clearcut along a natural gas pipeline.

“One guy in our club puts 8,000 to 10,000 miles on his sled per year and he said the elk he saw up here were the best he had ever seen, including in Colorado,” McGarrity said.

Vistas of the state’s Grand Canyon also provide some great views, he said.

“One thing, the night skies up here are gorgeous,” McGarrity said. “You just stop, shut your sled off and it is so beautiful to see, without all the light pollution from the cities. We’ve seen owls, eagles, all kinds of things and we used to see more deer.”

The Grand Canyon club, like Hyner and some others, even has a webcam set up to broadcast current conditions live.

McGarrity and other snowmobiling enthusiasts are getting antsy to get some good snow cover back on the trails.

A warm spell that sent temperatures into the low 60s about a week ago, coupled with days of warm rain, melted nearly all the snow in the region, with only a few spots in the higher elevations left with any white.

“The weather in this area is so hard to predict because of the topography we have,” McGarrity said.

But, he was holding out hope for some snow, soon. As of late last week, forecasters reported a chance for some snow to fall this weekend.

“These winter storms can move up along the coast and all of the sudden, you have just two days notice before you get a ton of snow,” McGarrity said.

No Injuries In Minard Run Crash

WESB News: 02/02/08 - No Injuries in Minard Run Mishap

No injuries in a one car crash at 3:30 yesterday afternoon when a car driven by Gayle Tarbox of Gifford swerved on Minard Run to avoid a vehicle that crossed over from the opposing lane, sliding off the roadway and striking a tree stump.

A passenger in the Tarbox vehicle - Andrew Kloss - was uninjured.

Car Hits House On Rt. 446 In Eldred Twp.

WESB News: 02/02/08 - Unsafe Speed Results in Crash

Driving too fast for conditions led to a 1 car crash at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

A car operated by Jeffrey Tripp of Eldred was south on Routh 446 in Eldred Township, when Tripp lost control of the vehicle, which left the road and struck a tree, and then hit the side of a house where it came to rest.

Fortunately Tripp was uninjured in the crash, damage to his car was heavy and to the house, light. He will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Kids Run Away/Steal Gasoline At Wharton

WESB News: 02/02/08 - Runaway Juveniles Caught in Theft

Three runaway juveniles were placed into custody of the Coudersport State Police, after the three drove a car to the Wharton General Store of Austin PA.

They then pumped $40.00 worth of gas and drove away without paying.

Several hours later the store owner noticed the same car parked at a seasonal residence - several miles from the stores location. Two of the juveniles were 17 and one 16 years of age. They were turned over to their parents - and charges of retail theft will be filed.

Midnite Fire Destroys Millport Home

A midnite fire destroyed a home at the intersection of Eleven Mile Road and Route 44 in Millport early this morning.

Firemen from Shinglehouse, Coudersport, Alma, Bolivar, Portville and Westons Mills battled the blaze. Coudersport's ladder truck suffered a blowout on a rear wheel and was disabled at Hebron Center on the way to the fire.

Firemen reported no one was at home in the Sharon Township residence when the blaze started. Volunteers were on scene until 7:00 oclock this morning. A volunteer fireman at the scene said the home was owned by Jackie and Darnell Mascho whose own home is located only five feet from the house that burned. Firemen saved that home from damage. The identity of the occupants of the home that burned was not available. More details as they become available.

Marty Causer Sets Hours

Office Outreach Hours
for February
Dear Friend,
In my ongoing efforts to make government more accessible to you, I have scheduled the following outreach office hours in February:

Thursday, Feb 7:

Borough Office
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Port Allegany
Borough Office
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

I invite you and your neighbors to stop by.
You are also welcome to:
  • Stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor, telephone 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour).
  • Call toll-free 1-866-437-8181.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Gas Drilling Questions To Be Answered

Hughesville to host gas drilling open house for region’s property owners


Potentially huge natural gas reserves, new drilling technology and large amounts of privately owned property are among the reasons why energy companies are interested in drilling for natural gas in Lycoming County and the surrounding region.

An open house and workshop will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hughesville Fire Co. social hall so local landowners can meet with companies that may be interested in leasing their property.

Consultants knowledgeable about gas drilling issues also will be on hand.

The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The workshop, titled “Understanding and Negotiating Natural Gas Leases,” will be held immediately following the open house.

The workshop, which will last until about 9 p.m., will be followed by a question and answer period.

The event is open to the public. No reservations are needed, though the Penn State Cooperative Extension at Lycoming County recommends calling the extension office in advance to register.

Read more in today's Sun Gazette.

Joshua L. Allen, 25, of Genesee,


Joshua L. Allen, 25, of Genesee, died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Allegany Township.

Born Feb. 18, 1982, in Hornell, N.Y. he was the son of Roy and Sonya Garis Allen. On Aug. 17, 2002, in Wellsville, N.Y. he married the former Lori Grover, who survives.

Josh attended Mt. Zion School of Ministries and graduated from Bryant and Stratton in Buffalo, NY. He was employed by Adelphia Communications in Coudersport.

Surviving besides his wife, Lori, are, two daughters, Jurnee Taylor Allen and Venture Aleeyah Allen; a son, Quest Adonijah Allen; his mother, Sonya Allen of Belfast, N.Y.; his father, Roy Allen of Andover, N.Y.; a brother, Nathan Allen of Olean, N.Y.; three sisters, Christina (Robert) Marsden of Scio, N.Y., Rhema Allen of Olean, Angela Allen of Belfast; maternal grandparents, Paul and Ellinor Garis of Almond, N.Y.; paternal grandparents, Beatrice Allen of Andover, NY and Ronald (Dawn) Allen of Wellsville; paternal great-grandmother, Reda Tidd of Andover; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Linda Grover of Genesee; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 on Saturday at the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

W. Robert Ordway, 77, Ulysses


W. Robert Ordway, 77, of Ulysses, died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born Sept. 29, 1930, in North Bingham, he was the son of Lawrence and Mary Bieser Ordway. On Nov. 30, 1950, in Coudersport, he married the former Betty Gotshall, who survives.

He was employed by GLF/Agway in Whitesville, N.Y., Knoxville, and Ulysses, and Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, N.Y. He was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church and served as vice chairman of the Potter County Republican Party.

Surviving besides his wife, Betty, are a son, Robert (Betty) Ordway of Italy; a daughter, Heather (Brian) Easton of Ulysses; two grandsons, Kurtis Easton and Joseph Easton; a brother, Richard G. Ordway of Whitesville, N.Y.; three sisters, Jean (Leo) Coleman of Rexville, N.Y., Flossie McLean of Wellsville and Lois (Roger) Porter of Oakfield, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Donald.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa., with funeral services following at 3 p.m. The Rev. Deborah Watkins and Pastor Harold Kiel will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Bolivar NY Man Caught Up In National Story

By John Anderson
Daily Reporter

BOLIVAR - Investigative work from three people — two unlikely — helped solve a bizarre case that spanned six states and marriages to six men by one woman.

Shauna Marie McDonald, originally from Oregon, is legally Shauna Keith. She is 27 and in the Walton County (Ga.) jail without bail, facing charges of fraud and bigamy. She has been married six times, allegedly has five current husbands and three children. Police say she is pregnant with her fourth in jail.

Keith, 27, met her first husband in California. Her first two husbands have custody of the children. Police in Georgia say Keith has five Social Security numbers and was married to soldiers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. She allegedly stole identities from soldiers and continued to meet them on the Internet.

On Thursday morning, Keith’s mother, Cynthia Gibson, said her daughter suffers from “Munchausen syndrome.” This disorder causes her daughter to make up stories about her past and health.

“This is somewhat of a shock, but I’ve been expecting this,” Gibson told Good Morning America. “For the last five or six years, I’ve gotten random calls from men saying, ‘I think I am married to your daughter.’”

Gibson did not return phone calls to her Oregon home from the Daily Reporter. Alice Hackett of Bolivar knew Keith as Abigail “Abby” Lewis when she was married to her brother, Henry Lewis. Keith visited Bolivar and was arrested. Read more in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Breaking News: Don't Put Away Your Snowmobile

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, indicating 6 more weeks of winter weather. Read this article about how this tradition started in 1887, written By Cheryl R. Clarke in today's Williamsport Sun Gazette.

Friday, February 1, 2008

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3 Seriously Injured In Knoxville Crash

Three people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on state Route 49 just west of Knoxville shortly after 1:30 p.m. today.

The road was closed temporarily following the crash, but opened to traffic again late this afternoon.

Three people were airlifted to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira with serious injuries. No other details are available at this time. Star Gazette

Fallingwater Featured At State Museum

State Museum Highlights an Architectural Masterpiece
Located in Fayette County, Fallingwater is architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. Through March 22, the State Museum in Harrisburg is featuring a series of paintings that pay tribute to one of the world’s most celebrated buildings. The exhibit is just one of many great reasons to visit the State Museum. Learn more

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Groundhog Day Saturday At Punxsy

‘That’s Right, Woodchuck-chuckers – it’s Groundhog Day!’

On Feb. 2, the eyes of the world will again be drawn to Gobbler’s Knob in Jefferson County for Punxsutawney Phil’s annual Groundhog Day weather prediction.

The event is even more fun than Bill Murray’s off-beat 1993 movie inspired by the unusual mid-winter celebration.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office will offer a live Web cast of the festivities. Learn more

LIHEAP Crisis Raised To $500.00 In PA

New Funds Will Help Keep
Pennsylvanians Warm & Safe

Governor Rendell has announced a boost in crisis funds for low-income Pennsylvanians struggling to heat their homes.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will increase the maximum crisis benefit from $300 up to $500 to help residents who are in a heating crisis or are in danger of having their utility service terminated. Learn more

Deer Hunting Changes In PA

WESB News: 02/01/08 - Proposed Changes to Hunting Season
State Senator Joe Scarnati wants people to be aware of a proposed change in the rifle hunting season that my delay doe hunting in some parts of the state in an effort to boost declining deer populations.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners this week gave preliminary approval to a major change that would allow for hunting antlered deer only for the first five days of the hunting season in certain areas of the state where there have been complaints about fewer deer herds.

The final seven days of the season would be concurrent antlered and antlerless deer hunting. If given final approval in April, rifle season would be altered in Wildlife Management Units 2D and 2G in Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Jefferson, McKean, and Tioga Counties as well as other regions of the state.

Before making a final decision, state officials plan to listen to public comments from hunters, and Scarnati is urging hunters in his district to share their opinions with the Game Commission or visit their web site.

WFRM Community Calendar

February 4

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.

February 5

The Trout Unlimited Seneca Chapter will be sponsoring a beginner to intermediate fly-tying class in Port Allegany. The six-week class will be held on Tuesday’s beginning tonight at 7:00 in room 18 at the Port Allegany High School. The cost will be $20. Call Buck Daisley at 642-9155 or Dave Mensch at 642-2837 for details.

February 5

Austin United Methodist Church presents their 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Feast from 4 to 7 PM in the Church Social Hall, Turner St., Austin. A smorgasbord of mouth watering dishes will be served including Beef, ham, turkey, pork, meatloaf, meatballs, hot dogs, sauerkraut, Scalloped and mashed potatoes, baked beans, mac & cheese, salads, hot vegetable along with many casserole dishes plus many desserts including a Traditional King Cake. Also, Mardi-Gras beads will be given away with each dinner and learn the Christian roots to Fat Tuesday. Cost of dinner is Adults: $7. and Children (5-11): $3.50 and under 5: free. Buy your ticket at the door or in advance by calling Gloria 647-8947 and take-outs are available.

February 8

The Potter County Fine Arts Council will host a Mardi Gras Party to benefit Habitat For Humanity at the Coudersport Golf Club at 7:00pm. There's live music, and a New Orleans style dinner including Chicken/Sausage Gumbo, mini crab cakes, jambalaya ,red beans and rice, Cajun cat fish, King cake, and more. Brother Deitz will bring his Dixie Boys in for some Dixieland. Steve Quelet and Anne Acker will present blues and more .Tickets are $20, and includes dinner and the show, and must be purchased or reserved ahead of time, only reserve tickets will be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Potter County Ed Council and The 2nd Street Roost, or you may reserve your tickets to be held at the Golf Club, by phoning Mitch at 814-698-2799 or email

Area Unemployment Figures Released

The state Labor Department reports that Potter County’s unemployment rate went up between November and December 2007 from 5.8% to 6.1%. That compared to 5.6% during December 2006.

The December jobless rate in neighboring counties was 5.7% in Tioga; 5.6% in Cameron; $5.3% in Elk; and 4.9% in McKean.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 4.7% while the national rate was 5.0% during the period. From WFRM News.

Police Reports From WFRM News

A 16 year old Northern Potter student is being charged through Juvenile Probation for violating state drug laws. State police claim the boy was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia Thursday morning on school property.

Troopers have charged 20 year old Ervin Mullet of the Gold Road Genesee with scattering rubbish. Mullet allegedly deposited two bags of garbage on wooded property on Whitney Hill Road owned by Randall Empson sometime over the past ten days.

Harassment charges are being filed against 37 year old Kory Erskine of Port Allegany. State police locally claim she sent multiple harassing text messages to Beth Ann Brookens of Port Allegany over the past week to a location on the Fishing Creek Road, Roulette.

WFRM Reports Court News

In recent McKean County court action, two Port Allegany residents pleaded guilty in separate cases.

Travis Kelly, 22, will be sentenced on April 24 after pleading guilty to indecent assault and corruption of minors. Kelly was charged with inappropriately touching a 7 year old boy on at least two occasions this past May. Kelly will be assessed by the stae Sexual Offender Assessment board prior to sentencing to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

And, 24 year old Christopher Rethmel pleaded guilty to burglary for destroying some items in the Pizza Palace this past September after illegally entering the Port Allegany business.

Weather News/Cancellations From WFRM News

The Winter Storm Warning for the Pennsylvania Counties in the WFRM listening area remains in effect until 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Freezing drizzle arrived in the western part of Potter County at around 4:30 a.m. A mix of freezing rain and sleet fell intensely at about daybreak and continued through the daytime hours, changing to snow, then to rain and then snow again.

Most Pennsylvania schools in the northern tier cancelled classes for the day. The Potter County courthouse, Human Services, Gunzburger Annex and Senior Centers were all closed today, as was the Cameron County Courthouse.

The boys basketball game, Port Allegany at Coudersport has been postponed until next Friday, February 8.

The wrestling match between Coudersport and Oswayo Valley has been postponed but no make up date has been scheduled.

The Port Allegany High School Center Stage Concert scheduled for tonight has been re-scheduled for Monday, February 4 at 7:30. The Saturday performance will go on as scheduled, also at 7:30 p.m.

Route 6 Closed West Of Kane

WESB News: 02/01/08 - Part of US Route 6 Closed After Crash

Route 6 is closed in parts of Warren and McKean counties because of a tractor-trailer crash.

The road is closed from Forestry Road in Sheffield Township in Warren County to the intersection of Route 66 and Fraley Street in Kane. PennDOT expects the road to re-open at about 8:30 tonight.

A detour is in place and motorists are being directed to Route 2004 to Route 666 to Route 948 and back to Route 66, which merges with Route 6.

2 Vehicle Accident On Rt. 6 East of Erways Farm

BREAKING NEWS: 2:40 pm 2-1-08 RECALLED--Gone On Arrival
Coudersport Fire and Ambulance and Medic 6 are answering a report of a two vehicle accident on Route 6, 1/4 mile East of Erways Farm.
Hau scores 1,000th point in Coudersport romp of Oswayo
COUDERSPORT – John Hau became the eighth member of the Coudersport’s boys’ basketball 1,000 point club when he scored 18 points in a 79-48 Falcon win over Oswayo Valley Wednesday night. >>>Read

John Hau

Mid-Day Report--What's Happening Today

  • It comes as no surprise to those of us who are being sucked dry at the gas pump, that Exxon Mobil Corp. on Friday posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company , $40.6 billion.
  • Microsoft is offering $44.6 Billion For Yahoo.
  • Slippery roads all across the state are causing accidents. Mostly in the southeast where the precipitation is falling as freezing rain. In Potter County today, most of the precipitation fell as a wet sleet and road crews were able to successfully salt it. Fortunately it didn't stick to the trees and wires.
  • Brian & Lisa Drabert's Minimart on River Street in Roulette will be opening soon. They have coffee and newspapers mornings, and continue working on the store the rest of the day. They are now stocking and selling cigarettes. Watch for an announcement soon. The New You Salon has moved to the rear of the building on River Street, in Roulette. Both are located across from the firehall in Roulette.
  • The Roulette Ambulance squad, part of the Roulette Chemical Engine fire department are this area's angels of mercy. They come out in all kinds of weather, anytime day or night to answer emergency calls. On a call yesterday afternoon, the ambulance went by my house on Main Street not 1 minute from the time the siren stopped blowing. God bless every one of them and keep them safe.
  • Check out our new sponsored links on the right hand side of the page. Tell the businesses you find there that you saw their web pages on Solomon's Words. If you would like to buy a sponsored link for your business, email us at They are inexpensive and if you don't have a web page, we'll make one for you.
  • President Bush says today there are serious signs the economy is weakening. No duh! Where's he been? How long can big oil keep taking all the grocery money without our economy weakening.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT Lucille Kellogg, 95, of Roulette, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2008) at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. The Fickinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ELDRED — Sandra L. Curtis, 70, of Eldred died unexpectedly Thursday (Jan. 31, 2008) following an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Frame Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Caroline P. Kellner, 71, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.

SPRINGBORO, Pa. - Carol P. Phillips, 67, of Springboro, formerly of Oswayo, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2008).

EMPORIUM — Joseph E. Kuppelweiser, 80 of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, formerly of Driftwood, died at the manor Wednesday evening (Jan. 30, 2008). Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

COUDERSPORT — Keith C. Kelligan, 69, of Coudersport died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Arrangements, under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a complete obituary.

ULYSSES — Joshua L. Allen, 25, of Genesee died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Allegany Township. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — W. Robert Ordway, 77, of Ulysses died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Drug Store Robber Indicted For Attempted Murder

WESB News: 01/31/08 - Indictment on Attempted Murder Charges

A Belmont man accused of shooting at police officers during a robbery has been indicted by an Allegany County grand jury.

52-year-old Gene Fanton faces three counts of attempted murder, along with robbery, grand larceny and reckless endangerment charges.

On November 19, in Wellsville, Fanton allegedly stole drugs from a pharmacy, then stole a van to use as a getaway vehicle.

Police negotiated with Fanton, while using their cars to block the van. Fanton rammed the van to get onto the road, and then opened fire on police.

Officers returned fire, but no one was hit.

Look What Happened To The Market Today

S&P 5001,378.55+22.74(1.68%)

PA Game Commission Makes Changes

The State Game Commission this week gave final approval to a regulatory change to remove the fluorescent orange requirements for hunters participating in the spring gobbler seasons.

If published in the PA Bulletin, the Commonwealth's official registry of state government actions, the change will take effect for the upcoming 2008 spring gobbler season, which is set for April 26-May 26, as well as the youth spring gobbler day on April 19.

Various hunters and sporting organizations had called for the Game Commission to review and/or reconsider the current regulatory mandate that turkey hunters wear at least 100 square inches of solid fluorescent orange-colored material on the head while moving about or relocating during the spring turkey season.

As an added safety measure, the agency advocates hunters continue to wear orange while entering or leaving the woods. It also will continue to promote the wearing of fluorescent orange as a safe turkey hunting practice.

In response to a change in state law, the Game Commission also gave final approval to create a special permit process for farmers to use assistance from up to two licensed hunters to address the need to kill game or wildlife for crop damage.

On July 3, Gov. Edward G. Rendell signed into law House Bill 881, which included a provision authorizing the Game Commission to permit other individuals to assist eligible landowners in the destruction of wildlife causing agricultural damage on their property.

This provision took effect Sept. 1, 2007. However, before the Game Commission can begin the issuance of any permits to authorize this activity, the Board of Game Commissioners must approve regulatory language to define and create this new program.

Under the program, farmers will have to identify those who would serve as subpermittees; the specific location of the property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the applicant; the species of game or wildlife causing damage; and the specific nature and extent of the damage caused by the game or wildlife.

Landowners who qualify for the program must qualify as a farmer and; except in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D, must be enrolled in one of the agency's public access programs (Farm Game or Safety Zone) for a minimum of 2 years; and possesses a valid agriculture deer control permit if the species sought to be destroyed is white-tailed deer. From WFRM News.

Winter Storm Warning Issued

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Storm Warning... which is in effect from 3 am to 7 PM EST Friday.
The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

A storm system over the Gulf Coast states today will move into
the Ohio Valley tomorrow... before redeveloping over Virginia and
tracking through Pennsylvania by evening.

The expected track of the system will favor a wintry mix of sleet
and freezing rain over most of the area during morning
hours... likely changing to plain rain across the southern part of
the state by Friday afternoon as temperatures rebound above
freezing. Ice accumulations in these areas are expected to average
around a quarter of an inch.

Freezing rain will persist into the afternoon hours Friday across
the northern mountains where temperatures will struggle to climb
above 32 degrees. Ice accumulation from freezing rain may reach
between one quarter and one half of an inch in some of these areas.

The timing of the arrival of the sleet and freezing rain could
adversely affect travel Friday... especially the morning commute.
Travelers should plan extra time for any trips that need to be

At this time a significant mix of both freezing rain and sleet is
expected. If less sleet and more freezing rain is
observed... significant accretion on trees and power lines could
lead to power outages and property damage from the falling limbs
and branches.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow or ice
are expected or occurring. Any travel is strongly discouraged.
Those with travel plans in the warned area are advised to choose
an alternative Route... or should use extreme caution if travel is
unavoidable. Carry extra supplies... including blankets... food and
a cellular phone... in case your car becomes stranded.

Meanwhile, Potter County PennDot Manager Scott Majot told WFRM earlier today that the department is gearing up for the storm and crews will be on the offensive, pre-treating roads and anticipating problems. However, he cautions that changing temperatures, wind and type of precipitation may mean a sudden change in road conditions. Motorists are advised to slow down, and if at all possible, postpone trips.

Kamper leads Coudersport past Oswayo Valley
SHINGLEHOUSE – Kristy Kamper scored a game-high 29 points to lead Coudersport to a 58-36 win over Oswayo Valley Tuesday night in North Tier League girls’ basketball action at Oswayo Valley. >>>Read

Mid -Day Report---What's Happening Today

The PA House stopped debating on how to eliminate or reduce property taxes today. They couldn't decide to take the money they would lose in taxes from your side pocket or your shirt pocket to make up for it.

Cuts in an undersea communications cable in the Mediterranian Sea have dropped internet speeds to a crawl in the Indian Call Centers that do tech support for many US companies. No loss. We can't understand them anyway.

Bad News---The nations newspapers are reporting today that gasoline is expected to go up to $4.00 a gallon this summer, because the refiners didn't make enough of an additive that they need for gasoline to work right in the summer. What will they come up with next to get the rest of our money?

Radio reports indicate a Pennsylvania State Trooper enroute to a car crash on Kaple Hill Road went off the road himself this morning and is awaiting a Homer Township sand truck to make the extremely icy road passable.

In Killadelphia, a pregnant woman was fatally shot, and a man was shot at a K-Mart, and 2 more shot this morning bringing the death toll this year to 26.

An automatic fire alarm at the Smethport School late this morning was false.

The online obituaries at the Star Gazette website are not coming up this morning. The web department is aware of this and are working to correct the problem.

The State is at it again---Trying to close a Pittsburgh area rest home.

PA Senate passed the Open Records Bill and sent it back to the House.

DuBois Tops Potter Co. In Unemployment

HARRISBURG - Unemployment rates increased dramatically in the Tri-County Area in December with the DuBois area being the highest in the region.

The December jobless rate for the DuBois MSA was 6.3 percent, up from 4.9 percent in November. The rate was 5.8 percent in December 2006.

The DuBois MSA had the highest rate in the area, followed by Potter County at 6.2 percent.

Last month's jobless rate in the St. Mary's MSA was 5.1 percent, up from 4.2 percent in November. The rate in December 2006 was 4.8 percent.

Jefferson County's jobless rate was 5.3 percent in December, up from 4.3 percent in November. It was 4.9 percent last December.

The State College MSA had the lowest unemployment rate for December at 3.5 percent.
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate for December was 4.3 percent. The U.S. jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent.

Accident Reported On Kaple Hill Road

BREAKING NEWS: 10:05 AM 1-31-08
Coudersport Fire Rescue, Medic 6 and Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to the scene of an automobile accident on the Kaple Hill Road in Homer Township. Details are unknown at this time. Responders are reporting Rt. 44 is extremely slippery.

Winter Storm Watch Issued

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late tonight through
Friday evening.

A storm system will move northeast from the lower Mississippi
Valley late today reaching the lower Great Lakes by Friday

This storm track will favor a mixed bag of sleet and freezing
rain falling during the mid to late morning hours Friday... likely
changing to plain rain across the southern part of the state and
Susquehanna valley Friday afternoon as temperatures warm to
several degrees above freezing at the surface and aloft.

Areas of freezing rain may persist into the mid afternoon hours
Friday across the northern mountains where temperatures will
struggle to climb above 32 degrees. Ice accumulation from
freezing rain may reach between one quarter and one half of an
inch on top of the sleet across the central and north mountains of
the state.

A coating of sleet followed by up to one quarter of an inch of
freezing rain appears to be the most likely outcome by noon Friday
across much of the Susquehanna valley and southern tier of

Area Obituaries

ELDRED — Sandra L. Curtis, 70, of Eldred died unexpectedly Thursday (Jan. 31, 2008) following an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Frame Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Caroline P. Kellner, 71, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.

SPRINGBORO, Pa. - Carol P. Phillips, 67, of Springboro, formerly of Oswayo, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2008).

EMPORIUM — Joseph E. Kuppelweiser, 80 of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, formerly of Driftwood, died at the manor Wednesday evening (Jan. 30, 2008). Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

COUDERSPORT — Keith C. Kelligan, 69, of Coudersport died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Arrangements, under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, are incomplete and will be announced with a complete obituary.

ULYSSES — Joshua L. Allen, 25, of Genesee died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Allegany Township. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — W. Robert Ordway, 77, of Ulysses died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2008) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses.

Zito Media Down On Card Creek

"I want your opinion" blogger Dan Skinner reports that Zito Media Cable TV, Phone, and internet service is out of service in the Card Creek area of Roulette Township. He reports workmen are supposed to work on restoring it today. Consequently, he is unable to post at this time but will be back as soon as possible.

Those persons who have internet phone service are reminded to drive to your nearest Sheetz store in the case of fire or medical emergency. Sheetz is open 24 hours.

Solomon's Words Links To d9Sports

Solomon's Words, at the excellent suggestion of one of our readers will be carrying local sports through the website. D9 has been carrying local sports in the area since 2000. You can click on their logo or use the link on the lower right side of the page. Editor

We Have Mail----Jim Writes From Coudersport

Your site is both very informative and entertaining. One area that I believe has a lot of local interest but doesn't get much coverage in your website is local sports. Their is an excellent local sports website that covers high school sports very well, It might be a good fit for your website to have a link to that website, or even pick up some of the sports headlines.

Best of luck with your venture.
Big third quarters helps Cameron topple N. Potter

EMPORIUM – Cameron County used a 20-8 third-quarter run to knock off visiting Northern Potter 56-35 in North Tier League boys’ action Wednesday night. >>Read

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Coudersport Water Rates Going Up

Coudersport Borough Authority announces that water rates will be going up 3% across the board effective with the next billing period which includes January and February.

Officials say the average residential customer will see an increase of $2.01 on each bill. Rates were last increased in 2006. From WFRM News.

Area Troopers Probe Thefts

Troopers are also probing the theft of a full five gallon gas can belonging to John Miller of Grum Hill Road Coudersport over the past couple of weeks. The garage door had been open during the time of the theft and there was no sign of forcible entry.

The theft of a gun from an Eldred residence is being investigated by state police at Kane. Sometime over the past week, thieves entered the home of John Brown on the North Branch Road through an unlocked back door and stole a .22 caliber Hermitage Arms revolver.
From WFRM News

Roulette Man's Checks Stolen--Cashed

The theft of some blank checks from a vehicle in Roulette Township is under investigating by state police.

Sometime since early December, someone took a checkbook belonging to Richard Green Jr. from his vehicle while it was parked at his residence on Cow Hollow Road.

The thief wrote two checks to Costas Market totaling $171.00 and forged Green’s name. From WFRM News

Truck Rolled Over On Seymour Drive Tuesday

Monica Musser of Coudersport is facing charges of failing to drive at a safe speed after her truck overturned later Tuesday morning on the Seymour Drive in Roulette Township.

Authorities said, after rounding a curve, Musser’s Dodge Dakota slid off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. She apparently escaped injury. Responders reported extremely slippery road conditions.

Eldred Woman Swerved To Miss Deer On Rt. 6

Minor injuries were reported for an Eldred woman whose car wrecked when she swerved to avoid a deer at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on Route 6 a quarter of a mile east of the Reed Run Road in Roulette Township.

Troopers said Felecia Snyder’s eastbound Chrysler fishtailed on the icy road, spun onto the berm where it struck an embankment with the front, rotated 180 degrees and hit the bank again, this time with the rear, before spinning to a rest. From WFRM

DuBois Math Teacher Killed In Crash On Rt. 255

DuBOIS - A DuBois Area School District teacher was killed in a car accident Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the district.

Ridgway-based state police said Benjamin P. Friedl, 27, St. Marys, who taught high school math, died as a result of the accident, which occurred at 6:35 a.m. on Route 255 in Fox Township, Elk County.

Police said Friedl was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix south on Route 255, just north of Pontzer Road, when the vehicle spun counterclockwise and crossed into the northbound lane into the path of a 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Thomas S. Resch, 41, Kersey.

Resch suffered major injuries. His condition is unknown.

He was a 2004 graduate of Penn State University and 2000 Elk County Catholic High School graduate. While at ECC, Friedl participated in cross country, basketball and track and field.
From the DuBois Courier Express.

Fatal Rt. 49 Crash Victim Identified

COUDERSPORT – State police at Coudersport this afternoon released the name of the Potter County man killed in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning.

Joshua L. Allen, 25, of Genesee, died in the 7:20 a.m. crash on Route 49, police said.

Potter County Deputy Coroner Ken Wingo said Allen died instantly of a massive head injury.

State police said Allen was driving a 2000 Kia Sportage west on Route 49 in Allegany Township and lost control of the vehicle. It traveled off the south side of the highway and slid sideways down an embankment. The SUV rolled onto its passenger side and its roof struck a tree, police said. It then rotated clockwise and stopped.

“Regrettably, the seat belt was not in use,” Wingo said.

Members of the Ulysses-based Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Department and Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department assisted troopers at the crash scene. Allen was alone in the vehicle.

UPDATE: Man Killed In RT.49 Crash

otter County man was killed in a one-vehicle crash this morning at Seven Bridges, near Gold in northern Potter County.

Emergency workers said the crash occurred at 7:20 a.m. on state Route 49.

The victim, whose identity police have not yet released, was ejected from his vehicle when it rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tree Falls On Vehicle Near Bradford

WESB News: 01/30/08 - Tree Falls on Vehicle on Interstate Pkwy

Police radio reports indicated a tree fell on to a vehicle on Interstate Parkway just before 7am this morning.

There was entrapment reported by emergency responders. The victim was extricated from the vehicle and transported to BRMC. Crews then removed the tree from the accident scene.

Support Needed In PA Senate For Fire Service Bill

We are reprinting a letter sent to Senator Joe Scarnati by Mike Healy of the Tri Town Fire Dept. on January 27, 2008 urging passage of 4 bills affecting the emergency services in the Commonwealth. You are urged to contact Scarnati and ask his support for passage of these bills. See the Potter County Fire News for more information on this.

Dear Senator Scarnati,

I am writing to you today regarding HB1131, HB1133, HB1134 and SB987 which are scheduled for a vote in the Senate this coming week. Currently the laws of the Commonwealth state that a municipality "may" provide funding for fire protection for their community. But there is nothing that states that a municipality "shall" provide funding nor is there anything in place requiring the funding of Emergency Medical Services. As such many communities within our Commonwealth are going without adequate funding and in some cases without these vital services. One case in point is the small Borough of Eastvale near Beaver Falls. This small department has been struggling for many years to stay afloat with very limited funding from their Borough. This past December this department voted to disband due to the lack of funds in order for them to continue operations. Even in my own back yard here in Potter and Tioga Counties many departments are struggling to stay alive. If it were not for the fish fries and chicken bar-b-q events that are held many more would be forced to shut their doors.

As pointed out in the SR60 report the number of fire fighters in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has dropped from nearly 300,000 in the 1970s to less than 70,000 at the time of the report. I'm sure that the numbers today are much less. Just as an example, when I graduated from high school in 1980 the Second Ward Hose Co. in Ridgway had 50 men on the roster with a waiting list of many wishing to join. By 1983 when I joined the company I was the 46th member out of a possible 50 meaning the company was four (4) short of their capacity. As of 2004 that same company was down to 28 fire fighters. This is the same company that my father devoted more than 50 years of his life to. Fewer members not only means fewer people to respond in time of need but fewer to conduct fund raising events in order to keep our companies in operation.

Over the last 25 years that I have been involved in the fire and emergency medical services I have seen many changes. Today our citizens, and government, expect much more of us. We have many regulations regarding training (166 hours for a fire fighter and 130 hours for a basic EMT), control of hazardous materials, and many other facets of our work. We have grown to do much more than just "put the wet stuff on the red stuff". Today we are involved in water rescue, high angle rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, vehicle rescue and confined space rescue just to name a few. Our emergency medical services have gone from the old days of "scoop and run" to being an emergency room on wheels, and in many cases are now having to also travel much farther to reach a medical facility.

Our members, and their families, give much of themselves for their communities. They give countless hours away from their families and loved ones to get up during a meal, or in the middle of the night, to answer a call for help. They give time away from home for hours of training to be able to do their tasks better and to learn new ones so that when a call for help is received they have the proper training to do what must be done. They give of their time to conduct the fund raising events necessary to keep their companies financially afloat. And all we ask in return is that the people we serve provide us with the funding we need in order to help them in their time of need.

And it is for that reason Senator that I ask you to please support the passage of these bills so that those that serve the communities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may obtain the necessary funding that we need in order to do the tasks that we have taken on as our own to do. We have given much of ourselves to protect our communities and all we ask is that we are given the ability to serve them well.

I thank you for your time and consideration.


Michael D. Healy Sr.

Michael D. Healy Sr.
1st Asst. Chief
Tri-Town Fire Co.
Ulysses, PA 16948