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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Buyer Loses $1 Million Dollar Deposit on Adelphia Headquarters Building

BREAKING NEWS: 10:00 am---2-9-08

by James Jones
--"Solomon's Words"-- Potter County News While It's Still New!!

A man from Ireland has lost his one million dollar deposit on Adelphia's headquarters building in Coudersport, PA as his representatives allegedly ran off with the money to complete the purchase.

Representatives from LFC Online Auction Company, contacted Solomon's Words earlier this week to disclose that the sale of the Adelphia Taj Mahal had not gone through and the buyer had defaulted.

They scheduled a new online auction, and have a starting bid of $3.1 million dollars.

This morning, the Worchester, Massachussets Telegram & Gazette is reporting in an article by Craig S. Semon,that a lawyer and a real estate company owner have been named in a lawsuit charging that they used the $199,990.00, sent to them for closing on the building, for their own purposes, did not close on the former Adelphia Headquarters building, causing the buyer to lose his $1,000,000.00 deposit on the transaction.

2 Million Dollar Embezzlement In Taj Mahal Sale

BREAKING NEWS: Saturday, February 9, 2008--10:00 AM

Lawsuit alleges $2M embezzlement

Man wired money to buy property


An Oxford lawyer, an Auburn realty company and a principal of the realty company have been accused in a civil lawsuit of embezzling nearly $2 million from a man from Ireland seeking to buy property in Pennsylvania.

On Monday, a Superior Court judge attached the defendants’ assets for $3.5 million.

The defendants, lawyer Raymond A. Desautels III, South Beach Realty and Steven Testa, are accused of taking $1,990,000 of Kevin Phelan’s money. Phelan, the plaintiff in the suit, lives in Ireland and has accused the defendants of refusing to return money earmarked for a real estate transaction and of taking the money for their own use.

According to the complaint filed Feb. 1 in Worcester Superior Court, Mr. Phelan gave a nonrefundable deposit of $1 million to buy a building in Coudersport, Pa. On or about Jan. 24, Mr. Phelan wired an additional $1.99 million to William Bibaud, his local sales agent, who issued a certified check in that amount to Mr. Desautels. The money was to be used to pay the balance of the purchase at closing. The complaint further alleges that Mr. Desautels — who lives at 57 Millbury Road, Oxford, and practices law at 466 Main St., Oxford — deposited the check into his trust account at Hometown Bank.

Mr. Phelan alleges that Mr. Desautels accepted the $1.99 million and misrepresented that he would wire the money at the closing on the property. That was to happen Jan. 31. However, the financial company that was to conduct the closing for the seller told Mr. Bibaud the funds had not been received. That same day, Mr. Bibaud said Mr. Desautels told him the money was not available because Mr. Desautels’ trust account had been depleted and the money had been transferred to South Beach Realty, LLC, a limited liability company at 6 Elizabeth Drive, Auburn. Steven Testa, of that address, is a principal in South Beach Realty and is listed as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.

The suit further alleges that Mr. Desautels transferred $1.64 million out of his trust account to a South Beach Realty account at Sovereign Bank on Jan. 28, three days before the scheduled closing. Mr. Phelan was unable to close on the property and also lost his $1 million deposit because Mr. Desautels did not wire the plaintiff’s funds, as required.

In the court papers, Mr. Testa denied that Mr. Desautels wired the money to South Beach Realty. Mr. Phelan’s suit, however, alleges that Mr. Desautels’ trust account shows that the transaction took place.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Peter W. Agnes Jr. ordered an attachment against Mr. Desautels, South Beach Realty and Mr. Testa for $3.5 million.

Nisha Koshy Cocchiarella of Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple is representing Mr. Phelan.

Woman killed in crash

BOALSBURG — One woman was killed and two people were injured when a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer collided on U.S. Route 322’s overpass of state Route 45 at Boalsburg early Friday.

Shannon K. Smeltzer, 35, of Spring Mills, was pronounced dead at the scene by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers after her Suzuki SUV collided head-on with a tractor-trailer driven by Ibrahim A. Warsame, 26, of Minneapolis.

Route 322 was closed at that interchange from the time of the crash at about 7:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m. as crews removed the wreckage and State College police accident reconstructionists tried to determine how the collision occurred. The truck cab caught fire and burned to the frame.To Read the rest of this story and view graphic on scene pictures Click this link.

Orange Headgear Requirement Dropped For Spring Gobbler Season

WESB News: 02/09/08 - Game Comission Changes Regs

A longtime requirement for Pennsylvania Game hunters who take part in the spring gobbler season to wear flourescent orange is going to be changed the upcoming 2008 spring gobbler season.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Comissioners have approved the removal of the requirement to wear the orange material coverinag at least 100 square inches of material on their heads. Studies have shown that in the past 10 years the bright orange material did not significantly decrease the frequency of spring gobbler related hunting accidents.

Wearing the material was required as of 1993, however, concernrs became present about the color of the orange which is close to red in the color spectrum and therefore can be easily mistaken for the head of a turkey by hunters.

Port Man Hurt In Rt. 6 Crash Friday

WESB News: 02/09/08 - Port Motorist Injured in Mishap

A Port Allegany driver was injured in a crash Friday at 4 in the afternoon, on Route 6 in Liberty Township.

Leslie Kio of Port Allegany was stopped on Route 6 waiting to make a left hand turn when a second car operated by James McDonald, of Mount Jewett was unable to stop in time, crashig into the back of the Kio car.

Kio was transported to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of injuries, the other driver was not hurt. McDonald will face charges in that accident.

Employee Stole Credit Card Numbers

A former Weis Market employee faces additional charges for allegedly stealing credit card numbers from customers and then allowing friends to used the numbers to charge purchases at the store, according to state police.

Latisha A. Young, who was arrested last year for a similar incident, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with more criminal counts after investigators later determined that there were an additional nine victims.

While working as a cashier at the Weis Market, 306 River Ave., the 30-year-old woman wrote down the credit card numbers of customers who used the cards to charge their purchases, police said.

When friends of hers came through the line, Young of 630 Cherry St. would punch in the credit card numbers that she allegedly stole.

The incidents occurred between Dec. 23, 2006, and Jan. 15, 2007, just before her employment was terminated, police said.

Police thought, at first, that there was just one alleged victim, but an internal investigation by the store determined that Young had punched in many different credit card numbers belonging to customers.

Police said the total loss to the store was about $1,900. Young was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Kenneth T. Schriner Jr. on five counts of forgery, six counts of access device fraud, nine counts of identity theft and conspiracy. She was released on signature bail. Story from Williamsport Sun Gazette.

PA License Centers To Close For Holiday

Due to the observance of Presidents’ Day, all driver license and photo centers in the state will be closed Feb. 16 and Feb. 18.

Online services still will be available at Driver’s license and photo identification and vehicle registration renewals, driver history services, change of address and exam scheduling can be done online. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Other Blogs--The Reluctant Quilter

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I know...second posting from me on the same day...but I am so excited! My sister and I are going on a quilting retreat being organized by Quilter's Heaven in Coudersport, PA. Mim has a lovely little shop and is so friendly and helpful whenever we stop in. Coudersport is in Potter County and it is an extremely depressed area. There have been plant closings and some other large businesses that have left the area. It is amazing that there are enough quilters in the area to support Mim's shop. Julie has a vacation home in Potter and that is how we discovered Quilter's Heaven.

Mim has been hoping to do one of these for a while so she is also very excited. We are going to learn the Double Wedding Ring. We are really delighted because both Julie and I have been thinking this is a quilt we really want to attempt but just haven't had the nerve!

So 2 nights & 3 days at a lovely inn, the opportunity to learn something really exciting and meet other quilters...well, let's just say that money was no object!

Big Holdup On Route 219 Construction

News: 02/08/08 - Route 219 Could be Delayed for 4 Years
The Route 219 project in New York could be delayed for up to four years while new wetland studies are done.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is concerned about the expansion of the wetlands area in the next phase of the project in Ashford Hollow.

State Senator Cathy Young says at least the state hasn't abdandoned plans to finish Route 219, and she hopes everyone works together to finish the supplemental Environmental Impact Statement as soon as possible.

Work will continue on the first 3 point 5 mile section just north of Cattaraugus Creek.

Area Obituaries

Darold “JR” W. English Jr., age 82, of Westfield, died Thursday, February 7, 2008 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.

Darold was born October 31, 1925 in Westfield, the son of Darold W. Sr. and Elizabeth (Ruef) English.

Darold was an honorable World War II Veteran having served in the U. S. Army Air Corp. He was a member of the Mansfield VFW. He was a retired machinist from Kennedy Valve in Painted Post, N.Y.

Darold is survived by his seven children, Barbara Walker of Covington, David (Susan) English of Charleston, S.C., Deborah Hurd of New York, Beverly (Arthur) Frost of Mansfield, Darla (Ralph) Kinat of Covington, John English of Williamsport, and Linda (Mike) Hammer of Muncy; 10 loving grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to his memorial service on Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 158 Church St., Westfield, with Pastor Deborah L. Watkins officiating.

The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

Troopers at Kane are continuing their investigation into a case of terroristic threats victimizing a Port Allegany resident. Police said a known suspect left a threatening message on a cell phone belonging to 21 year old Andrew Johnson.

A theft at an Emporium residence is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Sometime over the past week, thieves removed cash and personal checks from the home of David Smith on the old Portage Road.

Port Woman Flips Car On Route 6 Thursday

A Port Allegany woman apparently escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

State police said Diane Batt was traveling west when her Chrysler sedan went off the north berm, struck an embankment and traveled 105 feet before flipping onto its roof, coming to rest on the highway. From WFRM News.

Crimestoppers: Reward For Robert Glen Sawyer,Jr.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Coudersport have enlisted the help of Pennsylvania Crimestoppers in their ongoing search for Robert Glen Sawyer, Jr.

On June 12, 2007, Sawyer allegedly took a red Craftsman tool box of sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and other hand tools valued at over $3,500 belonging to Roy Thompson of Genesee and Paul Golish of Whitesville, NY.

A felony warrant for Sawyer has been issued. His last known address was 1663 Grover Hollow Road, Genesee, Potter County, Pennsylvania. He has also lived at 690 Garden Street, Olean, New York. Mr. Sawyer is originally from Michigan.

He’s described as being 47 years of age, is 5’11” tall, is of large build, weighs 290 pounds, has the name “Rose” tattooed on the right side of his neck. He has gone by the names of George Johnson and Robe.

If you have information on Sawyer’s whereabouts call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Gospel Tabernacle Not "Seeker Friendly" Unless..


Senior Pastor Dr. David Minor spoke last Sunday at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on the Port Allegany Road.

Dr. Minor explained that many churches today are moving toward what are called "Seeker Friendly" churches. The appeal of these churches is to downplay anything that might be objectionable to the parishioners. Many of the teachings of the Bible are downplayed because they might offend someone.

Dr. Minor stressed that the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle will never water down the message of the Bible just to attract parishioners to come to church.

Preaching and teaching at the "Tabernacle" are based strictly from the word of God and are SEEKER FRIENDLY only if you are seeking a genuine relationship with God and Jesus in your life.

If you are, then he would like to invite you to come and join him in that quest.

For more about the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle see Faces Of The Tabernacle.

Blogger joshhatcher said...

I am not criticizing Pastor Minor's stance, because I understand what he is saying...

But I work at one of those churches that is always accused of "watering down the gospel."

The truth is, being friendly to seekers and watering down the gospel are two different things.

If someone comes into my church, and has no idea what christianity is all about, and I sing my songs about being "washed in the blood of the lamb" and speak and pray in antiquated English (ala King James) and dress in such a way that makes them in their t-shirt, tattoos and ratty jeans feel uncomfortable...

or if I look down my nose at him because he doesn't fit my preferences...

than I have become exactly what Jesus accused the pharisees of doing.. I haven't "entered the kingdom" and I have kept others from entering in as well.

I will do like Paul says and "become all things to all men so that by any possible means I will reach some."

If that ever means that I compromise the authority and integrity of scripture though, I have failed...

I am not criticizing the Gospel Tab, or David Minor. I have the utmost respect for them, and I applaud their ministry and their heart for reaching the lost.

I'm just making sure that it's clear that not every church that falls under the label "seeker friendly" is heretical.

Friday, February 8, 2008 2:48:00 PM EST

Dear Brother Josh,
Thank you for your comments. I have read most of your writings about your ministry and there is no doubt in my mind that you are sincere in your quest to help others find their way to a relationship with Jesus. I have seen no indication that you or your church have watered down God's word. It's kind of like the Republicans and the Democrats have different solutions to the same goal. In Christ's church there are many branches accomplishing his goals. As long as His mission is accomplished, all is well. If someone wants to turn the church into a good ol' boy's club, that is a different story.
Yours in Christ,
Jim Jones
Blogger joshhatcher said...

We're all one body, and we all have a different role to play.

Each church (if they do their job right) will reach people the other churches wouldn't reach.

Reaching "seekers" is the goal, though.

Whether your method is to equip the "saints" to go our and reach them, or to draw in the "seekers" and then reach them...

the ultimate mission and purpose of "the church" is to fulfill the Great Commission.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 9:09:00 AM EST

Pancakes Anyone---Easter Eggs Are Near

Bradford Radio Station Has Job Opening

Jobs: 02/08/08 - Job Opening at WESB/The Hero

WESB/WBRR is seeking PT weekend news/sports anchor. Ideal candidate should be creative, high energy and personable, with computer/automation skills and have the desire for personal growth. Send air check and resume to Anne Holiday, ND P. O. Box 545 Bradford, PA 16701

Brian & Lisa Drabert Open Mini Mart In Roulette

Brian & Lisa Drabert continue to work on Mini Mart on River Street in Roulette

Lisa Writes:
Though we are currently open limited morning hours (Generally 6-11 am) for
papers, cigarettes, snuff, coffee and garbage tags - our actually opening
date has been adjusted to March 1st. Listed below is our expected hours
of operation.

Monday - Saturday 6:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sundays 7:00 am - 6:30 pm

There will be extended hours once summer arrives.

As of March 1st - here is a listing of Additional items that will be

Pizza, Subs, Salads, Weekday Lunch Specials, Soups (Depending of the
actual date of our Health Dept Inspection)

Grocery Items - Bread, Milk, Eggs, Coffee & Cappuccino Bar, Sodas and
Other Cold Beverages, Snack Foods, Lunch Meats, Etc.

The PA Lottery process has begun but I have my doubts on it being up and
running by March 1st. I am shooting for April 1st though.

Soft Serve is an up and coming item as well. I'm aiming for May 1st with
that product.

We are planning on having an actual "Grand Opening" celebration but I
would like to have the soft serve in place for that event. That will be
planned for sometime in May.

We Have Mail

I was just introduced to your news for Potter County and other areas. This is the first thing I have seen to get really excited about since moving into this area about three years ago.

I came from the small town of Watsontown, Pa. just south of Williamsport, Pa. where I could get a number of morning newspapers to quench my thirst for daily news and happenings in our area. Since moving into the Galeton Area, daily news does not exist unless you are making it yourself.

My wife and I are both retired and love living in this area. (A no brainer since my wife is from Galeton.) However, where we live, we cannot get natural gas, DSL for my computer hookup or cell phone service. Some days I feel we have moved back into the stone age.

However, Potter County has so many things to offer that we enjoy, we would not consider leaving the area. We just hope the future brings some better quality of life items our way.

Again, keep up the good work as I know I will be on your site no less than a minimum of daily or more. I found out more current and recent news from the area in the last 30 minutes than I have seen in a month.

Thanks again, Ron Dingle

Disabled Woman Dies After 911 Puts Her On Hold

February 7, 2008
Caller put on hold, dies in house fire
CHRISTINA KRISTOFIC----Bucks County Courier Times
Because her 911 call rang seven times and was then put on hold, nearly a minute passed before Doylestown resident Brenda Orr could report she was trapped in her burning bed.

Missing minute call to 911

Disabled caller put on hold, dies in house fire.

Gifford Man Sentenced In DUI Hit & Run

WESB News: 02/08/08 - Gifford man Sentenced on DUI Accident

A Gifford man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court for striking two people with his SUV during Duke Center’s Old Home Days last July.

49 year-old Thomas Sink was sentenced to 15 months to three years in state prison for the accident.

Sink was charged with DUI and three other offenses in the incident. Judge John Yoder also took into accord that Sink was charged in 2000 with a hit and run in Virginia.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

PA Should Sell Liquor Businesses

WESB News: 02/07/08 - State Should Get Out of Liquor Business

At least one state senator wants Pennsylvania to get out of the retail liquor business.

Senator Rob Wonderling has introduced legislation that would divest Pennsylvania's state stores and allow other businesses to sell wine and spirits. Sale of the state stores is estimated to bring in at least $1 billion.

Proceeds from the sale would go to expand existing state resources for Medicare and the adult
Basic health insurance program as proposed in Governor Rendell's Cover All Pennsylvanians plan.

Criminal Justice----The System Works..........But.....

By James Jones
In Pennsylvania, police can charge you with a crime, arraign you, send you to jail, put your name in the newspaper in two states, and totally ruin your reputation......But what if you didn't do what you are charged with?

That's what a preliminary hearing is for. In Pennsylvania, your case is presented to a District Judge, and the Judge decides if there is enough evidence to bind you over to County Court. In neighboring NY state, a Grand Jury would be presented with evidence and they would indict you if they felt there was enough evidence to take you to the county court.

The purpose of both of these procedures is to protect you from false accusation by the police. After all, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But...what about the headlines the police generated with the graphic story they told the newspapers. What about the people who read the story and decided you were guilty before your trial. And did the newspaper follow up with the story of your innocence on the front page or did they bury it under the obituaries.

A case in point is the large array of charges that would have sent 20 year old Travis Marsh to prison for a long stretch if he were found guilty.

Sometimes, in our zest to protect young children, assumptions are made and charges placed before the alleged actions are thoroughly investigated. Newspaper stories make the person charged look like a piece of krap that should be put away for ever. And if true, that would be a fitting punishment.

But , if not true, a person has had their reputation damaged, possibly irreversibly. Especially in a small town area where everybody knows everybody.

The government did it to John Rigas. He didn't have a chance. The prosecutors manipulated the media to make John look like a piece of sh.... In actuality, John put Potter County, and Coudersport on the map, showing that you didn't have to run a big corporation from a big city.

I haven't read one story since the arrest that didn't paint John as a monster .

John treated his employees with respect, paid them a salary they could live on, and made their working conditions such that it was a joy to go to work. And his customers were important to him too. He did his best to give them the best customer service he could. Apparently not carried on by his successors at Time Warner, who did their best to make their employees miserable.
And seeing that they lost 50,000 customers in the last quarter of 2007, I guess they didn't take very good care of the customers either.

My Point?

As a news person, I question the release of information on person's charged with a crime, before they have been found guilty or plead guilty in a court of law. I don't feel the public's right to nib sh... is paramount to a person's right to privacy until convicted. There will be plenty of time to beat a person's reputation into the ground after they have been convicted.

We carried the story of Travis Marsh's charges as published in a city newspaper. We also carried the story of these charges being dropped, because it's the right thing to do.

What do you think?

Blogger Mandy said...

I have to whole-heartedly agree with your assessment, Jim. This poor young man’s name was drug through the mud before he even had the chance of a preliminary hearing and to prove his innocence. This has the possibility of following him and haunting him for the rest of his life. It’s just not right.

Friday, February 8, 2008 10:11:00 AM EST

Bradford Exchange Checks

Charges Dropped For Man Accused Of Choking Child

All charges , with the exception of harassment, lodged against 20 year old Travis Marsh of Coudersport were dropped after a preliminary hearing before District Judge Annette Easton last week.

District Attorney, Dawn Fink, dropped the charges placed by State Police, that accused Marsh of allegedly choking a 3 year old girl at a residence on Dingman Run, near Coudersport.

Judge Easton bound over the charge of simple assault and harassment. Fink agreed to drop the simple assault charge if Marsh would plead guilty to harassment. He did and was fined $75.

Marsh was represented by Coudersport attorney Walter Stenach of Stenach and Stenach.

Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink said after the hearing that there was simply not enough evidence to take this to trial.

Information for this story was derived from a front page story by Kimberly Hoak, Staff Reporter for the Potter Leader Enterprise in this week's print edition.

Stacy Taylor Reflects On Coudersport

Stacy Taylor...from 1700AM..on now!!!

From San Diego City Beat:

He grew up in Coudersport, a tiny north-central Pennsylvania town of about 1,800 people near the southern border of New York. Located where the Allegany River is little more than a creek, Coudersport is a place for rich folks from Philadelphia “to kill animals and catch trout.” He and his brother would pass the time catching crawfish; Taylor described the setting as “idyllic.”

Taylor’s father, Walter Taylor, had been the editor of Dance magazine in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, but he considered it no place to raise children, so he moved the family to Coudersport, where he took a job as editor of the weekly Potter County Enterprise.

Taylor’s brother, Lex, followed his dad into the print media business, becoming the editor of the now-defunct Washington Star, then a Middle East correspondent and Beijing bureau chief for U.S. News and World Report.

But from his view of his dad’s career, Taylor didn’t like the look of print journalism, so he pursued a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Florida. He loved the production process of broadcast media, having been inspired by a professor who Taylor says helped male students steer clear of the draft board. He’d call them in one by one and ask them what grade they thought they deserved and what grade they needed to avoid the draft. He’d give each young man the latter grade. Taylor considered that a pretty sweet deal.

After graduating in 1971, Taylor moved to Oregon, Ohio, where his family had since relocated. Needing a job, he sought assistance at an employment agency, where an agent asked young Taylor what his interests were and, upon hearing his answer—broadcast media—found just the thing: overnight projectionist in an East Toledo porn theater.
What Taylor saw there was “grotesque,” he says, adding that the stuff nearly turned him away from sex altogether. He held that job for about six weeks.

Smoking pot in his room in his parents’ house late one night, he was messing around with the Akai reel-to-reel tape recorder his parents had given him as a graduation gift, speaking stream-of-consciousness into the machine, adding weird sound effects and whatnot. On a whim, he sent the tape to the program director of WGLN, a jazz station in Berkey, Ohio. The guy called Taylor the next day and offered him a midnight-to-3 a.m. on-air shift. After about six months, though, the station was bought out and Taylor was laid off. Read the rest of this story on the blog "Just Observing"

Adelphia"Taj Mahal" Bidding Report

Minimum Bid
Current Highest Bid as of 2-7-08
Minimum Bid Increment
Online Bid Deadline 2/14/2008 20:00 Eastern Standard Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,100,000Sep503Online 2/5/200819:14 EST

Power Was Out In Roulette Thursday Afternoon

Allegheny Power Customers in at least part of Roulette Township were without power for about an hour and a half Thursday afternoon. Posting for Solomon's Words was delayed as a result.
Bradford Exchange Checks

Gas Price Lower In Coudersport Thursday

Coudersport has the lowest prices on gasoline again on Thursday.

WFRM Community Calendar

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

February 9

The 11th annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy benefiting A Way Out Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at St. Eulalia’s Parish Center in Coudersport. There will be chocolate desserts; entertainment; live auction and a chocolate contest. Limited Seating. Admission is $10.00.

February 10

The Northern Tier Mission Team will have an All You Can Eat spaghetti dinner from 11:30 until 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the The First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport featuring spaghetti with meatball, salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. Take outs available. A Free will donation will be accepted with proceeds to benefit the Northern Tier Mission’s trip to the Rosebud Indian Mission in South Dakota this coming May.

February 10

Austin Cub Scouts will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast from 9 am to 1 pm at the Austin Firehall. Breakfast can be purchased by the plate as follows: Lion/Tiger Breakfast Plate (2 pancakes, bacon and coffee/juice) - $4.00, Wolf/Bear Breakfast Plate (3 pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, and coffee/juice)- $5.00, or Webelos Breakfast Plate (4 pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, and coffee/juice) - $6.00. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to purchase a new Pinewood Derby Track. Donations can be sent to Austin Cub Scout Pack 524, C/O Deonna Snyder, 209 State Route 607, Austin, PA 16720 or you may contact Scott Hostetlar at 647-8779.

February 10

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have a pancake breakfast at the fire hall on Route 6 west from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dine in or take out. 274-7012.

Wild Weather Ends In The Twin Tiers

After a wild day of weather Wednesday, things have settled down and waters are receding across the twin tiers.

More than two inches of rain fell in most locations Tuesday night through Wednesday evening.

The warmer temperatures helped to melt the snow and ice pack and sent streams and rivers over there banks.

Thunder and lightning occurred early Wednesday morning and again that evening as a second round of rain crossed the region.

Some portions of highways remained closed this morning and a section of the Pushersiding Road in Genesee Township may remain closed indefinitely due to a washout.

The storm knocked power out for several McKean County residents Tuesday night and that forced a two-hour delay in the start of classes at the Smethport Schools Wednesday. Fortunately, there were apparently no storm-related injuries. From WFRM.

3 Cited For Disorderly Conduct In Genesee

All three people involved in an argument Tuesday afternoon at the Genesee Family Restaurant have been cited for disorderly conduct.

Troopers say an argument among 26 year old Monica Porcuri of Genesee; Wellsville residents 45 year old Mark Dougherty and 34 year old Beth Ann Young escalated into a physical confrontation. From WFRM.

Bradford Exchange Checks

Minor Injuries In Sunday Crash In Austin

Minor injuries were reported though for one driver involved in a collision Sunday afternoon in Austin.

State police who released details overnight, said a 16 year old girl was traveleing West on Rugabar Street and after stopping at a posted stop sign, entered the northbound lane into the path of a car operated by Erich Zaun of Coudersport.

The teenager drive is being cited for a summary traffic violation in district court while Zaun was given a written warning for failing to wear a seatbelt. From WFRM.

Another PA Soldier Killed In Iraq Wednesday

A 24-year-old soldier who grew up in Port Matilda was killed in Iraq Wednesday, family members said.

Spc. Timothy Van Orman, an infantry soldier with the 10th Mountain Division, joined the Army in 2003, his mother, Kelly Van Orman, said Wednesday.

Van Orman grew up in Port Matilda and attended Bald Eagle Area schools. He moved to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he lived with his wife, Cadie, and daughter, his mother said.

Coudersport Man's Son Killed In Iraq Monday


The Navy Seal Killed Monday in Iraq is the son of a Coudersport man.
Michael E. Koch


COUDERSPORT--JERSEY SHORE — The Navy SEAL who was killed in combat Monday in Iraq has connections to this borough.

Chief Petty Officer Michael E. Koch, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., was slain by small-arms fire during anti-insurgent operations, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Koch’s parents — Air Force veteran Donald Koch of Coudersport and Jean Ann Burkholder of Corinth, Texas — were born and raised in Jersey Shore. His sister, Tiffany Barnard, lives in Loganton.

The young man visited the area just after Christmas, spending time with his father and grandparents, Mary Ann and Stephen Smeltzer of Linden, and Dolores and Floyd Koch of Jersey Shore, according to his aunt, Holly Smeltzer of Avis.

“He was such a wonderful man. We are so proud of him,” Smeltzer said Wednesday as she recalled his holiday visit.

She said her nephew will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Read the rest of this story in the Sun Gazette.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Adelphia Taj Mahal Back On The Auction Block

BREAKING NEWS: 9:00 PM 2-6-08
Opportunity Knocks Again–Buyer Defaults and Former Adelphia Headquarters Building Goes Back on the ‘Virtual’ Auction Block

The former Adelphia Communications Corporate Headquarters Building - Pennsylvania

NEWPORT BEACH, CA—After all of the buzz and excitement surrounding the online auction of Adelphia Communications Corporation’s former headquarters, the class A office building is back on the ‘virtual’ auction block.

Although having sold and closed over 60 other properties in Adelphia’s real estate portfolio, the LFC Group of Companies is auctioning this ‘crown jewel,’ once again, on its website LFC Online (, as the original winning bidder/buyer has defaulted.

The minimum bid for the property is $3 million, just a fraction of the $30 million value recorded on a recent appraisal document, ordered by the previous buyer.**

Built in 2002, this striking 72,000-square-foot, three-story office building is complete with a fully-finished basement and 80,000 square feet of paved parking space.

Its polished granite exterior is complimented by bronzed windows, a stunning concrete and granite stairway with decorative wrought iron railings and two massive granite pillars inviting guests to experience the corporate opulence within. At night, wall-wash and ground-recessed lighting illuminate the ornate exterior brickwork.

The interior of the building boasts brass, bronze, granite, maple wood and parquet flooring and custom woodwork, including raised panel doors and wainscot, throughout. Just off of Route 6 connecting Coudersport to eastern and western Pennsylvania, the state-of-the-art building is fully-networked to house over 275 employees.

“It’s quite an ironic story actually,” comments Jack Ukropina, Senior Auction Manager. “After bidding closed the first time around, we had numerous investors and other interested buyers step forward with offers. They came to realize what a steal this property was and wanted to buy it, but by then, it was too late. Now their wish has come true. These prospective buyers have another chance, but they better move quickly as the bid deadline is approaching,” continues Ukropina.

With the bid deadline of February 14, 2008 about a week away, interested parties are urged to visit as soon as possible to register to bid, and ensure they have ample time to conduct their due diligence and schedule an appointment to view the property, if desired.

This building must sell this time around, so don’t miss your last chance to own this ‘remaining icon of Adelphia’s empire’ for fraction of its appraised replacement value.

Wintry Winter To Follow Flooding

Radar images suggest that the heavy rains are about done on the western side of Potter County, but the radar is showing sleet and snow as the storm progresses into the northeastern end of the county. Residents are warned about black ice and snowy roads that will quickly ensue.

Flooding on West Main Street in Roulette Township continues with the Allegheny River still rising quite rapidly. The heavy rain that just passed through dropped quite a bit of precipitation on the Allegheny watershed upstream from the flooded areas.
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New Flood Warning For Potter County

* Flood Warning for small streams in...
Potter County in north central Pennsylvania...

* until 300 am EST Thursday...

* at 655 PM EST National Weather Service Doppler radar showed very
heavy rains moving into the area. Recent rainfall combined with
snowmelt already has many streams out of their banks... and the
additional rainfall moving into the County will likely cause
additional small stream flooding countywide. The National Weather
Service expects flooding to begin shortly as the heavy rains move

* Some locations that may experience flooding include Roulette
... Austin... Oswayo... Costello and Ulysses.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the
roadway. Most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Turn around dont

A Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or is imminent. If
you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately.

Potter County emergency management reported rising water and
flooding near Roulette along the Allegheny river. The First Fork of
the Sinnemahoning is also out of its banks near Costello.

Morton Salt Plant In Silver Springs NY Is On Fire

BREAKING NEWS: 4:00 PM 2-6-08

When it rains, it pours!!

The Morton Salt Plant in Silver Springs is on fire. Call went out as a

working fire.

Silver Springs, Castile, Genesee Falls, Pike, Gainesville,
Warsaw, Perry and Wiscoy-Rossburg were sent out all at once. More mutual aid
is being summoned now. Not good for the 700 employees who work there.

Update on this story is in Potter County Fire News.

Port Agony Gas Price 6 Cents Higher Than Coudy

Gas prices today were 6 cents higher in Port Allegany than Coudersport

Ex Penn State University Student Killed In Iraq

WASHINGTON — Chief Petty Officer Michael E. Koch, a Navy SEAL fighting in Iraq, was killed Monday during operations there, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Navy Seal Michael E. Koch

Michael E. Koch

Koch, 29, was born in Omaha, Neb., and had family roots in Jersey Shore, his father Donald Koch said Tuesday. Koch had spent about a year and a half in State College, attending Penn State before joining the Navy, his father said. The Navy announced Tuesday that Koch was from the area. He was stationed near Virginia Beach, Va.

Koch, a special-warfare operator, was killed alongside another sailor, Chief Petty Officer Nathan Hardy, of Durham, N.H. Both died of small-arms fire, the Navy said. The agency offered no further details.

Koch entered the Navy in July 1998, graduated from SEAL training in August 1999 and served his entire career with East Coast-based SEAL teams, the Navy said. Among his honors are the Bronze Star, one of the nation’s highest awards for heroism.

In addition to fighting in Iraq, he also served in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

He is survived by his fiancee, mother, father, brother and sister, the Navy said. From Centre Daily

Area Obituaries

PORTVILLE - Earl T. Parish, 97, of Portville and Natick, Mass., died Thursday (Feb. 7, 2008) in Natick.

SMETHPORT — Vera L. Cochran, 82, of the East Valley Road, died Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2008) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital following a brief illness. The Frame Funeral Home in Eldred is in charge of arrangements.

COUDERSPORT — Beulah B. Klingaman, 89, of Coudersport, died Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2008) at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. The Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, is in charge of arrangements.

Born on June 5, 1918 she was the daughter of Amos and Amy Benner Lohr. On February 13, 1942 she married Raymond O. Klingaman who died in 1989.

Mrs. Klingaman was a graduate of York High School. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Williamsport where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and helped with vacation Bible school. She was also a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 3 in Williamsport and active in the PTA in the Williamsport schools. Mrs. Klingaman was employed as a tipstaff for many years for the Lycoming County court.

Mrs. Klingaman is survived by her son, Carl D. Klingaman and his wife, Linda, of Coudersport; two granddaughters, Heather Krellner and her husband, John, of Panama City, Fla., and Amy Boscia and her husband, Ted, of Madison, N.J.; two great-grandsons, Erik and Andrew Krellner, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Ray Alan Klingaman, who died in 2002, and several brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to attend Mrs. Klingaman’s “Life Celebration” on Friday, February 8, 2008 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport and on Saturday at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport from 1-2 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with Reverend Larry Siikanen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport. Memorial contributions may be made to a local Alzheimer’s Association, or to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Sestina sets rebounding records at Cameron County

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Flood Warning For Potter County

Roulette Volunteer firemen prepare to close West Main Street
Flood waters from Fishing Creek cover West Main in Roulette

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Charming Shoppes To Close 150 Stores

Bucks County Courier Times

Struggling retailer Charming Shoppes Inc. announced Tuesday it will close 150 stores and has eliminated 200 management jobs to increase profit as sales decline.

The Bensalem company said it will close 100 Fashion Bugs, its hardest hit brand, along with a handful of underperforming Lane Bryant and Catherine's stores and its four Petite Sophisticate full retail stores. More...

McKean Names Acting Prison Warden

WESB News: 02/06/08 - Prison board names Morlock Acting Warden

The McKean County Prison Board has named Debbie Morlock acting McKean County Jail warden after a special board meeting Tuesday.

The board also unanimously accepted the resignation of former warden Tim Woodruff. Prison board members say personnel reasons were behind Woodruff’s resignation.

The board has begun advertising for the position.

Johnsonburg Bank Robber Apprehended

WESB News: 02/06/08 - Man Captured After Robbing Johnsonburg Bank

A Wilcox man was arrested shortly after robbing a CNB Bank branch in Johnsonburg Tuesday morning.

Johnsonburg Police say 51 year-old James “Rainbow” Fallin used a toy gun to rob the bank of $21,000.

Police responded to a bank alarm about 9 a.m. after employees told police a male with a southern accent ordered two tellers on the floor and stole the money.

Fallin left the bank and was stopped by St. Marys City Police a short time later. He was sent to Elk County Jail on $100,000 bail

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Flooding Reported In Area

BREAKING NEWS: 6:45 AM-----2-6-08
Fire Police have been dispatched to Rt. 155 North of Port Allegany this morning where water is reported to be coming over the road in the Newell Creek area.

In Potter County there are reports of water in the road on Grenman Hill. PennDot is reported to be at this location.

Numerous calls have been received to pump basements.

In New York state, there are reports of a car into the water at an unknown location.

The weather channel is reporting 53 tornados across the country this morning. 48 people have been reported killed.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Former Ceres Man Dies In House Fire In Alaska

Body found in house destroyed by blaze

Published Thursday, January 31, 2008

Area Obituaries

DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska - Richard J. "Rick" Reesher, 49, of Delta Junction, formerly of Ceres, N.Y., lost his life in a house fire on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008.

GERMANIA--ORTLIP, Edward W., Age 69, died Sunday, February 3, 2008. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Cleo M. Harris, 82, of Tennessee Road, Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2008) at the home of his friends and caregivers, Arthur and Sue Rice, after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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.

Stocks Dive Today

S&P 5001,336.64-44.18(-3.20%)

School Busses Stuck On Ice This Morning

Rain overnight fell on packed snow and ice creating treacherous conditions on driveways, sidewalks and some back roads.

Coudersport Volunteer Emergency Services personnel provided traffic control this morning for two school buses which became stuck on icy Townline Road and Williams Way in Eulalia Township . No one was hurt. From WFRM News.

Glenn O. Hawbaker To Get Gravel Mine Permit

The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to issue a permit Wednesday for a controversial gravel mine on the River Road in the Town of Lindley.

Peter Lent, the agency’s regional permit administrator, said the agency is satisfied that the mine operator, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College, Pa., has made changes in its mining plan that satisfy the state regulators.

As a result, Hawbaker will not be required to prepare a draft environmental impact statement, which could have delayed the opening of the 62-acre sand and gravel mine.
From the Star Gazette.

Update On Johnsonburg Bank Robbery

WESB News: 02/05/08 - Bank Robbery in Johnsonburg

Johnsonburg Police are still investigating a bank robbery this morning at County National Bank in the borough.

At around 9 a.m., a person displayed a gun and told all the people behind the counter to get down. The person fled the scene going north on Route 219.

Police say they will provide more information this afternoon.

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Stocks Drop Sharply On Bad News From Service Jobs

Stocks dropped as much as 2.09% this morning on news of cuts in service jobs.

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Tickets Running Out For Mardi Gras Party

There are just a handful of tickets left for the Mardi Gras Party at the Golf Club to benefit Habitat For Humanity, and they are available till tomorrow evening. Email me back to reserve, or phone Mitch at 814-274-2799

Venue: Coudersport Golf Club
To Benefit: Habitat For Humanity
Hosted by: PCFAC
Tickets: $20 includes live music and New Orleans style dinner, reserve or pre-purchase only
Reserve tickets: phone 814-698-2799, or email
Advance tickets: PCEC, or 2nd Street Roost

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Flood Watch For Potter, McKean, Tioga Counties

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of central Pennsylvania... including
the following areas... Blair... Cambria... Cameron... Clearfield...
Columbia... Elk... Huntingdon... Juniata... McKean... Mifflin...
Montour... northern centre... northern Clinton... northern
Lycoming... Northumberland... Potter... Snyder... southern
centre... southern Clinton... southern Lycoming... Sullivan...
Tioga... Union and Warren.

* From 1 PM EST this afternoon through Wednesday evening.

* Warm and very moist air poised just to the west will surge into
the region today... lasting into Wednesday... creating the
potential for locally heavy flooding rains.

* The best chance for flooding will be in low lying areas such as
along streams and creeks... or where drainage is normally poor.

A Flood Watch means that flooding is possible but not imminent in
the watch area. Check your preparedness requirements... especially
if you have interests along rivers or streams in the area. Keep
informed... and be ready for action if flooding is observed or if
a Flood Warning is issued.

Police Search For Johnsonburg Bank Robber

BREAKING NEWS: 10:00 am 2-5-08
Police are looking for a red or rust color Suzuki 4 door(possible 1999 model, in conjunction with a bank robbery in Johnsonburg, PA. Information has developed that the robber's destination may be Buffalo, NY.

Proposed Hunting & Trapping Changes

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners last Tuesday gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons for 2008-09.

The public may offer comments on all proposed 2008-09 seasons and bag limits, as well as other board actions, between now and the board’s next meeting on April 21 and 22. At that time, the board will finalize seasons and bag limits for 2008-09.

Also, the board will take action on setting antlerless deer license allocations for the 22 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) at its April meeting. Deer harvest estimates for the 2007-08 seasons will be available in mid-March. Published in the Williamsport Sun Gazette.

Following are several articles on meeting highlights:

Snowboarding At Ski Denton

Scott Carts Comments on Snowboarding in Star Gazette.

At Ski Denton, near Coudersport, co-owner Scott Carts said he believes snowboarding is growing.

“We are just on the back end of a snowboard event that was held today called the Shred Session, just for snowboarders,” he said. “That had different events, and Country Ski and Sports did some snowboard demos for us. We had probably 500 people here just for that.”

Free lessons for snowboarders were offered, attracting quite a few first-timers.

“There were some moms, dads and families trying it for the first time,” Carts said.

“It isn’t just for the young anymore. We have seen more of an influx of adults trying it. Whether they stick with it or not, we will see in the future,” he added.

Even he is taking snowboarding up for a ride.

“I am a much stronger skier, but I am learning to snowboard and it is definitely fun,” Carts said. “I think there is more control in skiing, with the freedom of foot movement, while with a snowboard both your feet are locked into the board. Your balance point is different and it is tighter, harder to compensate.”

But, he said, once you get the feel for a board, it is a lot like skiing.

Severed Head/ Body Parts Found On Interstates

Woman whose body was scattered had Williamsport ties

Deanna Marie Null
February 5, 2008--Williamsport Sun Gazette

The severed head and dismembered remains found last week in trash bags along two interstates in the Pocono Mountains were those of a former Williamsport woman who was implicated in a cocaine ring in 2003.

State police at Swiftwater identified her as Deanna Marie Null, 36, who investigators said was from Williamsport and Scranton.

Members of the woman’s family reported her missing last Thursday, two days after investigators found her dismembered remains scattered along Interstate 380 and 80, according to the Associated Press.

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Wellsville Man Indicted By Grand Jury

A Wellsville, NY man was indicted by a Chemung County grand jury on January 29, 2008.

Michael T. Burdick, 37, of King Street in Wellsville, was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with incidents in 2002 in the town of Campbell involving a child under the age of 13.
Elmira Star Gazette

Port Allegany Names Distrola Chief Of Police

WESB News: 02/05/08 - Distrola Named Chief of Port Force

The Port Allegany Borough Council has named Dave Distrola as permanent chief of the Port Allegany Police force.

Distrola is a seven year-veteran of Port Allegany’s force. Distrola had been a probationary chief following the retirement of Don Carley last year.

McKean County Prison Warden Resigns

WESB News: 02/05/08 - Woodruff Resigns as County Warden

McKean County Prison Warden Tim Woodruff has resigned from his job.

Woodruff turned in a resignation letter to Commissioner Judy Church at the courthouse Monday. Deputy Warden Debbie Morlock is currently in charge at the prison until the county’s prison board decides on a replacement.

The board will meet in a special session at 2 p.m. this afternoon at the courthouse.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Roulette Business Can Fix or Make New Hydraulic Cylinders

A Roulette business repairs and reconditions hydraulic cylinders and can make new hydraulic cylinders to replace those no longer available.

Baker's Welding & Equipment Repair Service
Fourth Street Roulette, PA Phone 814-544-7400
Fax 814-544-7143

Photo above shows Bill Baker turning a new part for a hydraulic cylinder
Photo above shows Ricky Ruediger in front of a completely torn down log skidder

Above photo shows another log skidder, completely torn down to the frame, awaiting reconditioning
At Baker's Welding and Equipment Repair Service, Bill REPAIRS OR COMPLETELY REBUILDS HEAVY EQUIPMENT. Over 30 years experience.

Another specialty at Baker's is PORTABLE LINE BORING to repair worn pin holes and bearing bores on equipment.

Almost any type of WELDING is done here or out on the job.

He has tools for every type of job he does, and has built many SPECIALTY TOOLS for himself and others.

A recent specialty in the last few years, Bill, REPAIRS & RECONDITIONS HYDRAULIC CYLINDERS and MANUFACTURES NEW HYDRAULIC REPLACEMENT CYLINDERS for farm, industry, and trucking applications.

He can build a new cylinder to replace that cylinder you can't find anymore.

Genesee Man Jailed In Port Allegany Breakin

WESB News: 02/04/08 - Man Tells Cops He Didn't Get His Drugs

A Genesee man is jail after telling police he didn't get the drugs he paid for. 21-year-old Dustin Kio was arraigned on charges of burglary and criminal trespass for breaking into a Port Allegany home Saturday night.

Kio told police he broke into the home because he paid a person living there for drugs, but didn't receive them and he didn't get his money back. He's in jail on 2 thousand dollars bail.

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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

Crashes From Slippery Roads Reported

Icy road conditions are blamed for a number of crashes late last week in the area.

Edmond Chandler of Coudersport escaped injury
Thursday morning when his Chevy pick-up truck rolled onto the driver’s side after hitting an embankment on the Prouty Run Road in Summit Township. Troopers said no charges will be filed due to road conditions.

A Wellsville driver and his passenger both escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on ice-covered Route 449 in Ulysses Township. Ryan Pratt was headed north when his Volkswagen Jetta skidded to the other side of the road, and rolled onto its roof.

Both Pratt and his passenger, John Valentine of Genesee were wearing seatbelts at the time. Troopers said Pratt will not be cited also because of road conditions. From WFRM News

Rendell To Call For $2.3 Billion Infusion For PA

article imageGovernor Rendell to Propose $2.3 Billion Infusion in State’s Economy

To keep Pennsylvania’s families stable and able to pay their basic household bills, I told reporters today that the budget I will propose tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. will propose the immediate enactment of “Protecting Our Progress” tax rebates, a one-time rebate of up to $400 per household that would be paid to more than 475,000 of the commonwealth’s lower-income working families.

My budget will also include more than $2.3 billion to protect and build on the progress we’ve made in the past five years.

There are storm clouds in the national economic forecast and we need to continue working together now in Pennsylvania to ensure that residents and businesses can weather any storm.

Some of the highlights you will hear more about on Tuesday during my address to the House and Senate:

  • To continue growing our economy, the quick passage of an additional $750 million in funding to jumpstart $1.5 billion in community and economic development projects.
  • I will urge the immediate enactment of The Jonas Salk Legacy Fund to provide $1 billion to build new facilities for health-related research.
  • Lawmakers will once again hear me urge the enactment of the Energy Independence Strategy to put $850 million to work expanding the alternative energy sector and helping consumers bring down their household energy costs.
  • Our launch of “Rebuilding Pennsylvania” to repair the state’s aging infrastructure with more than $700 million to accelerate progress in the next three years to repair at least 1,000 bridges, all state-owned high-hazard dams, and help local governments repair their dams.

Our achievements have happened and Pennsylvania is in the position it is in because of the cooperation and hard work of elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

We need to continue working to help ensure that we will not only weather the forecasted economic downturn, but that Pennsylvania will be in a position to take advantage of the recovery when it
happens – and grow dramatically.

Stay tuned! Details are just around the corner.

You may watch a Web cast of the Governor’s budget address, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Shinglehouse Gasoline Higher Than Coudy

Gas price in Shinglehouse is 14 cents higher than Coudersport

Grants Available For Rails To Trails, Rivers


Potter County communities and non-profit orginations could use funds from these grants to develop a rails to trails system, and develop recreation sites on the beautiful Allegheny River or the pristine Oswayo Creek. Snowmobile associations could get funds to develop new trails. Write Solomon's Words with your ideas. We will publish them here for all to see.

Pennsylvania families will enjoy more open space and recreational opportunities now that close to $50 million in grants is available to communities and non-profit organizations to help fund community recreation, open space, land trust, rails-to-trails, rivers, and conservation projects.

“Investing in Pennsylvania’s natural resources is critical for our commonwealth’s future,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. “Our parks and forests, greenways and trails provide economic opportunities for businesses, communities and our hardworking men and women, and they provide recreational activities for millions of people.”

Funding comes from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, which is administered through DCNR. The department is offering a series of workshops around the state to help interested applicants with the application process.

“We want to help grant writers and managers gain insight into our program priorities and application requirements,” DiBerardinis said. “There are tremendous opportunities for communities to create or improve community parks, greenways, trails, rivers and open space, which not only enhance quality of life, but also economic vitality.”

The three-hour workshops, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on:

• Feb. 5, Hotel Carlisle and Embers Convention Center, Carlisle;
• Feb. 6, Genetti Hotel & Suites, Williamsport;
• Feb. 7, The Inn at Nichols Village, Clarks Summit;
• Feb. 13, Blair County Convention Center, Altoona;
• Feb. 20, Holiday Inn, Clarion;
• Feb. 21, Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, Pittsburgh;
• Feb. 26, Scanticon Hotel & Conference Center at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia; and
• Feb. 28, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville.
For more information, or to register for the workshops, contact the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society at (814) 234-4272. The deadline to submit applications for DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program current grant round is April 25.

For more information, or to download an application manual, visit (choose Grants).