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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Troopers Need Help Finding Gun Thief

Star Gazette
WHARTON TOWNSHIP -- Police are seeking the public's help regarding a theft that took place sometime after 10 p.m. Monday at a seasonal residence along Bailey Run Road in Potter County.

Someone broke into a house and shed owned by Michael and Loretta Gulbas, of Dubois, Pa., and stole a gun valued at $450. The thief also caused about $1,000 worth of damage to the property before leaving the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Coudersport at (814) 274-8690.

Pancake Breakfast Sunday At Coudy Fire Dept.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Golda B. McDowell, 93, of Smethport, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

PORT ALLEGANY Marsha D. Cochran, 54, of 151 Two Mile Road, died unexpectedly Saturday (Feb. 23, 2008) in the Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

SHINGLEHOUSE Carolyn Ruback, 67, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Bucks County, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2008) in her home after suffering an apparent heart attack. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

SHINGLEHOUSE Mildred H. Yeager, 99, of Shinglehouse, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2008) in Wellsville (N.Y.) Manor Care Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

MOUNT JEWETT Virgil Ray, 59, of 197 Main St., Hazel Hurst, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2008) at Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. The Cummings Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

DUKE CENTER Dorothy E. Regis, 76, of Duke Center, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2008) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital following a long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

TURTLEPOINT — Patrick J. Warnick Sr., 62, of Champlin Hill Road, Turtlepoint, died Friday (Feb. 22, 2008) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Kathryn B. “Kay” Walker, of 38 North Elm St., died unexpectedly Friday (Feb. 22, 2008) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

COUDERSPORT — Thomas G. Troy, 81, of Coudersport, died Thursday (Feb. 21, 2008) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

ESGROW, Esther, Age 82, of Rochester, NY, died Saturday, February 23, 2008, in Rochester. Born January 29, 1926 in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of the late William Selby and Hester (Wright) Jones. She was married to Edward Esgrow who predeceased her in 1992. Mrs. Esgrow worked in the Classified Department at the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper in Rochester for 15 years. She volunteered at several activities at St. Helen's Catholic Church. Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Parthasarathy of Bowie, MD, and Sandra Potter or Rochester, NY; a brother, Robert Jones; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday, February 27, 2008, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, and on Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Interment will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Twin Tier Business Conference--Friday, April 18

We would like to invite you and your staff to attend this year’s Twin Tiers Business Conference—scheduled for Friday, April 18th

To check out the exciting lineup of speakers please visit

Last year over 70 local business leaders from Dresser, Alcas, Stroehmann’s, OGH, Community Bank, Hitachi Consulting as well as Public School Administrators were in attendance (As in the past, Continuing Education Credit is available—some additional benefits of attending are listed at the bottom of this page) LIMITED BOOTH SPACE IS AVAILABLE -- IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN AREA FOR YOUR COMPANY CALL ASAP.

Please call 585-928-1856 with any questions you might have—

The Twin Tiers Business Conference 2008 will be an awesome event!

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8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Lunch Included

8137 Main Street,Little Genesee, NY 14754


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ntil February29th-$49.00

Until March31st-$59.00 after March31st-$69.00

Pancake Breakfast Sunday At Fire Hall In Coudy

February 24

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.

Smethport Teen Not Hurt In Rt. 46 Crash

A Smethport teen escaped injury in one-vehicle crash this morning on Route 46 in Norwich Township.

State police said 18 year old Zachary Herzog was traveling too fast for conditions when his Dodge Dakota slid out of control on the snow-covered road and struck a guardrail. The truck had to be towed from the scene. Herzog is being cited with failing to drive at a safe speed.

Troopers Investigate Theft and Burglary


Troopers here are investigating the theft of some money Wednesday night at the Denton Hill Ski area. Someone removed $200 in cash from a wallet belonging to Melissa Tomb of Middlebury Center between 7:30 and 7:40 p.m. The money consisted of a $100 bill; four 20’s and two ten dollar bills.

A Burglary earlier this week at the Tom Mix Camp in Gibson Township, Cameron County is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Thieves kicked in a door and removed several items. The investigation is continuing.

Men Get ARD For DUI In Potter County Court

In recent Potter County Court Action, a couple of area residents were admitted to the ARD program on DUI and related charges.

William Furman, 22, of Genesee was arrested this past July 29 by Coudersport Borough Police when an officer observed him doing a powerbrake burnout in front of the patrol car as he left the Northwoods Tavern.

After being pulled over, Furman failed a field sobriety test. He was then taken to Charles Cole Hospital where chemical testing confirmed an alcohol level of .18%. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08%.

Patrick Allison, 49 of Austin was arrested on August 11 also by Coudersport Borough Police who observed his car crossing the center line and doing almost 41 mph in a 25 mile per hour zone near Peet Street. Allison denied he had been drinking but his BAC was found to be .13%.

According to District Attorney Dawn Fink, both me were ordered to refrain from using any illegal drugs or intoxicating beverages, pay all costs and fees, undergo Drug and Alcohol evaluation and follow through on recommended treatment; attend the DUI Victim Impact Panel Presentation. Each was ordered to surrender his drivers license, Allison for 30 days and Furman for 60.

Driftwood Bridge Work To Start Monday

WESB News: 02/22/08 - Work to Start on Driftwood Bridge Monday

Work will start Monday to replace the Driftwood Bridge on Route 555.

The new 278-foot, 3-span concrete bridge will replace the existing steel bridge over the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek, It will be built downstream from the current bridge.

Traffic will use the current bridge until the new bridge is finished. PennDOT expects the work to be completed in August of 2009.

Roulette House Owner Must Pay $2,019. Water Leak Bill

Roulette Township Supervisors brought this meter pit to court today to show the judge where the water meter was located in the case before her.Picture on far right shows a bent rod used to control an underground valve to the barns.

Brad Jones of West Palm Beach, Florida was ordered to pay $2,019.38 to Roulette
Township, Potter County, PA, in a civil hearing held today at District Judge Barbara J. Easton's in Shinglehouse, PA.

Mr. Jones had moved to Florida and rented out his house on Main Street last winter. A couple of months after his tenant had moved out, a neighbor noticed that a water hydrant in his barn had been turned on at the now vacant house. Someone had either kicked a valve in his side yard or intentionally turned it on, causing over 341,000 gallons of water to spill onto the ground, unnoticed for a month.

Mr. Jones argued that maybe the Township meter readers had inadvertently kicked the valve, installed by the previous Roulet Water Company, while looking for the water meter, located in a meter pit in close proximity to the water valve. The valve controlled hydrants located a distance away in barns on the property.

Roulette Township was represented at the hearing by Supervisors Gary Fessenden and George Baker, Township Secretary Pat Harrier, and Roulette Water Operator Jonathon Huff. Jim Jones testified for Brad Jones. Brad testified on his behalf by telephone from his home in Florida.

The township testified that a little old lady had had a couple of water leaks at her house and had to pay nearly $1,000.00 for the water leaked. Supervisor Fessenden had also paid a sizable water bill when a tenant didn't report a pipe leaking in the basement of a home he rents out. Roulette Township was adamant that if you use the water, you must pay for it regardless of the circumstances.

Judge Easton said she was convinced that the water went through Jones's water meter and the township needed to be paid. Jones has 30 days to appeal to the Potter County Court or pay the bill.

Adelphia Taj Mahal Has A Winning Bidder

Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, we have another winning bidder. The auction has ended and the sale is pending with a high/winning bid of $3.6 million. Unfortunately, we never disclose any buyer information because it is not disclosed to us in the first place. Only the Escrow company handling the funds knows that information until the sale closes.

But once the sale does close, it becomes public record and is available for public knowledge. I will contact you as soon as that is the case.

Thanks again

Ashley Carvalho

Public Relations Associate

LFC Group of Companies

Structure Fire At Penfield Caught On Film

Last night (Feb. 21, 2008) at approximately 1724hrs Pennfield Fire Co. (Clearfield Station 41), Jay Township (Elk Company 5), and Bennits Valley Ambulance (Clearfield Station 39) were dispatched to a reported working structure fire in Pennfield. The first units arrived on scene at 1729hrs and reported heavy fire showing from a mobile home. At the time the fire was already through the roof and blowing out the windows. The structure was an early 70's era trailer, and the occupant was on oxygen with numerous bottles inside the structure which aided in the fire spread. The occupent was able to safely exit the structure although the building was a total loss. All units were back in service at 2230hrs. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The above photo was taken by Carney Cataldo. See more pictures and and stories. This article and picture were republished with permission from Potter County Fire News.

Outdoor & Travel Show Opens At Bradford Mall

WESB News: 02/22/08 - Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show Opens

The 7th annual Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show kicks off at 4 p.m. today at the Bradford Mall.

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce says 8,000 people attended last year’s outdoor and travel show. The show runs from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Scott Douglas will broadcast live from the Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show Saturday from 10-noon on 100.1 The Hero.

Coudy Gets First D9 Class A Title In 12 Years

Coudersport captures first D9 Class A title in 12 years
CLARION – For the first time in 12 years, the District 9 Class A boys’ basketball championship plaque is heading north of St. Marys. >>>Read

Spillman scores 1,000th point for DCC

Lady Falcons Claim D9 Class A Crown

Third time is the charm for Coudersport, as Lady Falcons claim D9 Class A crown CLARION – The third time was the charm for the Coudersport girls’ basketball team. >>>Read

Weather Advisory Updated

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 1 am EST

Periods of light snow will continue north of Interstate 80 through
early evening... perhaps mixing with sleet for a time along the
Interstate 80 corridor. Light snow will be mixing with or changing
to sleet or light freezing rain or freezing drizzle at times from
the central mountains eastward to the middle Susquehanna River
valley. Farther south... freezing drizzle or light freezing rain
will occasionally mix with sleet or snow this afternoon and evening.

Additional snow and sleet accumulations through this evening will
range from 1 to 3 inches in the north... to an inch or perhaps two
across central sections. The southern third of central
Pennsylvania will see little if any additional snow and sleet
accumulation... but will likely see a little over a tenth of an
inch of ice accumulation from areas of light freezing rain and
freezing drizzle.

Precipitation will decrease this evening and end as a period of
snow showers and flurries late tonight with little additional
accumulation overnight.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Margaret F. Baker, 86, formerly of Coudersport, died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Md. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

PORTVILLE - Helen G. Maxson, 83, of Portville died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2008) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, Pa., after a long illness.

ALMA-- Georgia L. Ford, 50, of 481 County Road 18 died Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008) following an apparent heart attack.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. James P. Masolotte Sr., 96, of Coudersport died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) in Delray Beach, Fla. Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RICHBURG - Marvin B. Jeffers, 61, of 2753 Pangburn Road, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) at home following a lengthy illness.
Born July 19, 1946, in Ulysses, Pa., he was the son of Gerald and Blanche Converse Jeffers. He married the former Linda Slifko on Sept. 30, 2007, in Richburg. Mrs. Jeffers survives.
He was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School, Class of 1965. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Jeffers was a former employee of Alcas Cutlery. He later was employed by the Stroehman Bakeries, Olean, and was a retired employee of the Allegany County Department of Public Works, retiring in 2004.Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Michelle (Bill) Hokensen of Bradford, Pa. and Sheila Scott of Richburg; and four grandchildren.Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, following visitation. The Rev. Matthew Kofahl, pastor of the Bolivar United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath.

BAER, William H.,Age 88, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, February 16, 2008, in Galeton. Born March 10, 1919 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Florence (Baer) Liddick. Billy's smile, big heart and friendly handshakes will be missed by all who knew him. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Friday, February 22, 2008, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Richard Hatch will officiate.

HARRISBURG — Joyce Elaine Carr, 77, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008) in the Harrisburg Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Hetrick Cremation Services of Central Pennsylvania, 3125 Walnut St., Susquehanna Township.

EMPORIUM — Dennis E. Caton, 61, of 3210 Sizerville Road, Emporium, died Saturday morning (Feb. 16, 2008) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, following a lengthy illness. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Is This The End Of The Adelphia Taj Mahal Auction?

Highest Bid
Minimum Bid Increment
Bid Deadline 2/21/2008 20:00 Eastern Standard Time

Bid History
Bid Amount Bidder Bid Type Date Time
$3,600,000Kle140Last Call Bid2/20/200819:48 EST
$3,500,000Val561Online Bid2/19/200819:51 EST
$3,200,200Kle140Online Bid2/14/200816:39 EST
$3,100,000Sep503Online Bid2/5/200819:14 EST

Sara Andrews Disagrees with Microtech

WESB News: 02/21/08 - Sara Andrews Disagrees with Microtech

Bradford O-E-C-D Executive Director Sara Andrews says she disagrees with Microtech's assessment of the community concerning the workforce and housing.

Microtech owner Anthony Marfione claims the company is having a hard time hiring skilled people, partly because of the housing market. So, they're picking up and moving south.

Andrews tells WESB and The HERO that other businesses in the area seem to be able to deal with that and other challenges and it's unfortunate that Microtech didn't want to work with the community.

She says she has been trying to get a hold of someone from Microtech for weeks and, as of 5 o'clock this afternoon, no one from the company has contacted her yet.

Andrews adds that the state will want its grant money back because Microtech didn't come through on its promise.

Potter County Court Report

In recent Potter County Court action, two area residents have been admitted to the ARD program for a period of 10 months.

Cynthia Fernstorm, 33, of Roulette was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a state trooper stopped a speeding car in which she was a passenger this past August 10 in Homer Township.

After the officer activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and sirens, he saw a plastic baggie being thrown out the window. Fernstrom admitted that the baggie was hers and that it contained marijuana.

When he searched the vehicle driven by Amanda Duell, he found drug paraphernalia which Fernstrom also admitted belonged to her.

Jaime Nickerson, 18, of Galeton was charged with two counts of selling or furnishing alcohol to minors for an incident taking place last July 15 in Shinglehouse. Dickerson was found to have taken a 30 pack of Bud Light beer into a residence where a juvenile and two minors consumed the beverage.

Both defendants were ordered to pay all fines and costs; be on good behavior, refrain from using any illegal drugs or intoxicating beverages and to perform 25 hours of community service.

Hillary Clinton vs Barack Obama Tonite 8:00 PM

It's getting to be time to find out a little more about our Presidential candidates before the Pennsylvania primary on April 22 nd.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama square off tonight at 8:00 pm in Austin, Texas for a debate sponsored by CNN. If you have any question in your mind who should lead this country for the next 4 years, this televised debate should give you some answers.

It should prove to be at least as interesting as the total eclipse of the moon was last night. Greg Doane's pictures located behind our heading were as good as any I have seen on the web. Thanks again Greg.

Anonymous G. Doane said...

Comparing a debate between those two to a lunar eclipse?? I'll take the lunar eclipse any day!

Thursday, February 21, 2008 7:55:00 PM EST

Berks County Soldier Killed In Iraq Blast

Photo courtesy of Raudenbush family
Nathan Raudenbush, whose parents live in Earl Township, was killed Wednesday in a blast in Iraq. Raudenbush, shown here with his wife, Casey, and son, Jackson, was a tank commander with Bravo Troop of the 3rd Platoon, 6-8 Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

The son of an Earl Township couple was killed in Iraq when the vehicle in which he was riding blew up after encountering an improvised explosive device, family members said Thursday.

Army 1st Lt. Nathan Raudenbush, 26, died Wednesday in southern Baghdad, said his parents, Brian and Mary Raudenbush.

Two other soldiers, who were not identified, were injured in the blast, the family said.

Nathan Raudenbush was a tank commander with Bravo Troop of the 3rd Platoon, 6-8 Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

He is survived his wife, Casey, and their 20-month-old son, Jackson, of Port Wentworth, Ga.

Get the complete story in Friday’s Reading Eagle and at

Advisory---4 To 6 Inches Snow--8 Inches On The Hills

... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 1 am Friday to 1 am EST

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory... which is in effect from 1 am Friday to 1 am
EST Saturday.

A winter storm will move up into the state from the southwest
tonight... and linger through early Saturday morning.

Snow will develop around midnight and continue through the day
Friday into Friday night. Snowfall amounts will range from 4 to 6
inches by Friday night with a few amounts up to 8 inches over
higher terrain.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... sleet... or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities. Motorists should be
especially cautious on bridges and overpasses... where slippery
spots develop first.

PA Lottery

Results for 2/21/2008

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B4: 5724
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m&m: 2,6,1,4,7
C5: 9,13,18,41,43

Treasure Hunt (Day) jackpot for 2/22/2008 is $70,000.00
mix & match jackpot for 2/25/2008 is $50,000.00
Cash 5 jackpot for 2/22/2008 is $400,000.00

Log Truck Rolls Over At Rt.44 & 49 Intersection

Seems like this has been the week for truck rollovers.

Wednesday morning around 0730hrs Coudersport Dept 48 was dispatched to a reported log truck rollover near the intersection of State Routes 44 & 49 in Eulalia Twp. with no reported injuries.

Full details are not known at this time but the truck had entered a ditch on the West berm of the road. This caused the top heavy truck to tipover and lay on the west bank.

The truck was offloaded to another vehicle and uprighted. Department 48 and Roulette Department 46 provided traffic control at the scene.

This article and picture is from Potter County Fire News where you will find more pictures of this incident and those of another truck rollover in Elk County. Our thanks to Mike Healy for allowing us to republish this article.

Gas Well Drilling/Fracking In Lycoming County

Texas drilling company hopes second gas well in county will be productive


SALLADASBURG — An energy company Wednesday took a significant step forward in its quest to harvest natural gas in Lycoming County.

Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas LLC “fractured” its second gas well in the county and allowed local conservation officials and educators to witness the event.

Fracturing — called “fracing” in the natural gas industry — is the process of forcing pressurized water and sand into a shale formation to create fissures, according to Chief representative Jason de Wolfe.

The fissures allow the gas trapped in the shale to be released and captured by the gas well, de Wolfe said.

It is believed Lycoming County, along with much of central Pennsylvania, may contain a wealth of natural gas deposits located in the Marcellus Shale, a deep rock formation that runs from southern New York state to West Virginia.

Until recently, removing natural gas from the formation, which is located about 1 1/2 to 2 miles below the surface, was considered impossible.

Fracing and horizontal drilling have allowed gas to be successfully removed from shale in other parts of the country, especially the Barnett Shale formation in east Texas.

Experts believe the same technology can be used in the Marcellus formation, which has similar characteristics to the Barnett Shale.

If significant amounts of gas can be removed from the shale, landowners in the county and elsewhere in the region could benefit financially through gas leases and royalty payments.

Fracing is performed after the gas well is drilled and the drilling rig is removed from the site, de Wolfe said.

Water and sand are mixed with a substance that reduces friction, then pumped into the well at about 6,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. The fluid strikes the rock through perforations in the pipe.

The Mifflin Township operation was monitored from a “frac van” command center, where engineering manager Ed Benton and his staff monitored the rate of fluid forced into the well via a control panel, computers and monitors.

According to Benton, during the initial phase of the operation a small amount of small-grained sand is mixed with the water. As the process continues, the grain size and amount of sand increase, Benton said.

The sand is important to fracing because it prevents the shale fractures from closing, he said.

About 800,000 gallons of water and 250,000 pounds of sand were expected to be used in the Mifflin Township operation, which is a vertical well, de Wolfe said. A horizontal well would require much more water and sand, he said.

It was estimated the operation would be completed in a day, he said.

After the operation is completed, any water that can be reclaimed is removed and shipped to a waste water treatment plant, de Wolfe said.

Once a well begins to produce gas, like the first for the company in the county in Watson Township, it is capped until a pipeline can be built to tie it into transmission lines, he said. Transmission lines are located about a mile from the site, he said.

Fracing is expensive. The one-day operation will cost the company about $100,000, de Wolfe said.

The two-acre site, located at the end of a rutted dirt service road, was crammed with dozens of large trucks, a network of pipes and hoses, and blue and red tractor trailer-sized water containers.

According to company spokesperson Kristi Gittins, within a day after a fracing operation, there normally is little evidence it ever occurred, except for ruts and a cleared area where the work pad was graded.

Once the land is reclaimed, little evidence of a drilling operation will be visible, she said.

County conservation district manager Mark Davidson, who witnessed the operation, said he wanted to visit the site to learn more about gas drilling.

Davidson said many county landowners have asked him for information about gas drilling.

County environmental planner Kevin McJunkin said he is concerned about the impacts gas drilling may have outside of those addressed in state Department of Environmental Protection permits.

McJunkin said it “seems like many of the impacts are short-term.”

“The county is not against (gas wells). We see a significant economic benefit for the county,” he said. From the Williamsport Sun Gazette.

State Subsidized Knife Factory Leaving Bradford

WESB News: 02/21/08 - Microtech Leaving Bradford

Microtech Knives is leaving Bradford.

The knife company had been here for three years since state incentives helped them relocate from Florida.

The company cites the problem of attracting skilled workers as the reason for it’s leaving Bradford. Microtech employs 44 people and is looking to move to the Carolinas or Georgia.

Area School Have Beef From Recall

WESB News: 02/21/08 - Three Local Schools Effected by Recall

Several local school districts have been effected by the national beef recall.

The Pennsylvania State Department of Agriculture says the schools are Otto Eldred, Smethport and the Warren County School District.

Some 190 schools districts across Pennsylvania have been notified that they may have purchased the beef on the national recall. The state says the risks associated with the recall are minimal.

National Guard Armory Starts April 4th At Bradford Airport

WESB News: 02/21/08 - National Guard Armory Groundbreaking Set

Groundbreaking on the proposed $8.3 million dollar Army National Guard armory at Bradford Regional Airport is April 4.

The construction of the armory will be part of the Army’s 56th Stryker Brigade s. The Bradford armory will be on a special access road heading into the airport.

Williams Appeal Refused By Supreme Court

WESB News: 02/21/08 - Timothy Williams Case Refused by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of convicted cop killer Timothy Williams.

The ruling brings to an end the case which started when Kane Police officer Steven Jerman was shot and killed by Williams on Feb. 20, 1999.

Williams is currently serving a sentence of 22 to 47 years at the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon.

Greg Doane Sends Pictures Of The Lunar Eclipse

Here is my feeble attempt at photographing the lunar eclipse tonight. It sure was spectacular to view. Unfortunately my camera is only auto-focus, so these aren't all that clear. Sure was cold out, too! I'm sure lots of better pics were taken by others here in Potter County.
You're doing a super job with the news blog! Thanks.
Blogger Cathy said...

Greg Doane's pictures of the lunar eclipse were wonderful. I viewed it from my own backyard, but didn't get the quality of pictures that Greg did.

Also, you site is great! Better than most newspapers and updated daily with the important issues.


Thursday, February 21, 2008 6:50:00 PM EST

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New Bid On Adelphia Taj Mahal--Auction Extended

$3,600,000Kle140Last Call 2/20/200819:48 EST
A new bid was received on the Adelphia Taj Mahal building just 12 minutes before the auction was to end. The new bid of $3,600,000.00 has caused the last call of the auction to be extended 24 hours to 8:00 pm EST on February 21, 2008.

If another bid is not received by that time, the auction will end.

Work On Port Bridges To Start Monday

WESB News: 02/20/08 - Work to Start on Route 6 Bridges Monday

Work will start Monday to replace two bridges on Route 6 in Port Allegany.

One bridge spans the Allegheny River; the other spans the railroad tracks.

Both bridges are 60 to 70 years old and are being replaced to meet current standards of width and use. PennDOT says replacing both bridges at the same time should minimize the inconvenience and travel impact on the public.

One 7-mile detour will be used for both projects, and will go into effect on Monday. PennDOT expect both bridges to be finished by October 2.

Turtle Creek Man Sentenced For Potter County DUI

In recent Potter County Court action, 68 year old Edward Green of Turtle Creek, PA was ordered by Judge John Leete to spend 30 days to six months in jail and pay a $750 fine for his second DUI conviction.

According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Green was arrested this past June 16 near Cowley Hill when Coudersport-based state police received a call from a concerned citizen that Green “was all over the road.”

State police at Emporium also alerted the Coudersport barracks that they too had received complaints regarding the same vehicle.

When troopers arrived at the scene, the found Green had pulled over to relieve himself and was sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition. The troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol on the defendant and admitted to “having a couple.”

Chemical testing conducted at Charles Cole Hospital confirmed an alcohol level of .11%.

March 1 Deadline For Homestead Exemption

During their February 14 meeting, the Potter County Commissioners reminded property owners that March 1 is the deadline to apply for reduced school taxes under the “homestead exemption” established to enable school district real estate tax reductions for owner-occupied homes.

Applications were recently mailed to property owners who previously were denied or have not responded.

These applications must be received by the Potter County Assessment Office no later than March 1 to qualify the property owner for the homestead exemption for the current tax year.

The commissioners said there is information from the state some relief will be passed along to property owners this year from gaming revenues, but Commissioner Paul Heimel said it’s the responsibility of the taxpayer to follow through.

Chief Assessor Joe Lewis says “Many property owners in Potter County applied and were qualified in 2005. These properties are still qualified, provided the applicant still owns the property. However, many eligible property owners still have not applied.

To find out more, call the Potter County assessment office at 274-0488. If necessary, property owners can fill out a blank application at the Assessment Office, located in the basement of the courthouse. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Riot At Cornell Abraxas Youth Facility

WESB News: 02/20/08 - Staff Members Hurt During Abraxas 'Riot'

Several staff members were injured during a riot in the cafeteria at Cornell Abraxas in Marienville Monday evening.

State police say 10 students ranging in age from 15 to 18 were eating dinner when one of them attacked another juvenile. Others joined in the fight and attacked staff members who were trying to restrain them.

Police say numerous punches and kicks were thrown and some chairs were thrown. One chair was used to hit a victim in the head several times. One victim was taken by ambulance to Clarion Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Several other staff members were taken by private vehicles to the hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

All 10 suspects will be charged with riot and aggravated assault.
Coudersport wins 24th straight while moving into "A" Title Contest with win over Austin

Jessica Wilson takes a shot during Coudy's semifinal win

BRADFORD – The Coudersport Lady Falcons ran their winning streak 24 in a row and moved into their third straight District 9 Class A title game with a 57-23 win over Austin in the D9 Semifinals Tuesday night at Bradford High School. >>>Read
Coudersport breaks ECC jinx with come-from-behind win
Falcons advance to D9 Title Game

Coudersport's players and coaches celebrate their win over ECC

BRADFORD – Trailing by 10 to arch nemesis Elk County Catholic with less than six minutes remaining, it looked like another nightmarish ending to a potential District 9 title run for the Coudersport boys’ basketball team. >>>Read

McKean Courthouse May Get More Cameras

WESB News: 02/20/08 - Courthouse May Get More Cameras

McKean County Courthouse could get more security cameras.

Commissioner Joe DeMott says the board is considering installing surveillance systems in the Tax Claim Bureau and perhaps other offices where fees or payments for services are sometimes made in cash.

Sheriff Brad Mason says that one of his deputies is usually in the tax office on sale days but, that a camera to keep further watch wasn’t a bad idea.

Area Obituaries

PORTVILLE - Helen G. Maxson, 83, of Portville died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2008) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, Pa., after a long illness.

ALMA-- Georgia L. Ford, 50, of 481 County Road 18 died Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008) following an apparent heart attack.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. James P. Masolotte Sr., 96, of Coudersport died Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) in Delray Beach, Fla. Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RICHBURG - Marvin B. Jeffers, 61, of 2753 Pangburn Road, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) at home following a lengthy illness.
Born July 19, 1946, in Ulysses, Pa., he was the son of Gerald and Blanche Converse Jeffers. He married the former Linda Slifko on Sept. 30, 2007, in Richburg. Mrs. Jeffers survives.
He was a graduate of the Bolivar Central School, Class of 1965. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Jeffers was a former employee of Alcas Cutlery. He later was employed by the Stroehman Bakeries, Olean, and was a retired employee of the Allegany County Department of Public Works, retiring in 2004.Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Michelle (Bill) Hokensen of Bradford, Pa. and Sheila Scott of Richburg; and four grandchildren.Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, following visitation. The Rev. Matthew Kofahl, pastor of the Bolivar United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath.

BAER, William H.,Age 88, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, February 16, 2008, in Galeton. Born March 10, 1919 in Harrisburg, PA, he was the son of the late Florence (Baer) Liddick. Billy's smile, big heart and friendly handshakes will be missed by all who knew him. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA, on Friday, February 22, 2008, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Richard Hatch will officiate.

HARRISBURG — Joyce Elaine Carr, 77, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008) in the Harrisburg Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Hetrick Cremation Services of Central Pennsylvania, 3125 Walnut St., Susquehanna Township.

EMPORIUM — Dennis E. Caton, 61, of 3210 Sizerville Road, Emporium, died Saturday morning (Feb. 16, 2008) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, following a lengthy illness. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

McKean Prison Guard Charged In Sexual Assault

News: 02/20/08 - McKean County Correctional Officer Suspended

A correctional officer at the McKean County Jail has been charged with inappropriate sexual contact with an inmate.

McKean County court documents say 44 year-old Jay Beeman of Bradford, is facing institutional sexual assault charges after a series of alleged incidents with a 30-year-old female inmate between Dec. 31 and Feb. 12 of this year.

Beeman has been suspended by acting warden Debbie Morlock pending the outcome of the investigation.

He is free on $10,000 bail.

Port Woman Crashed On Minard Run

WESB News:

Police responded to a accident on Minard Run Road Tuesday afternoon.

Bradford Township Police say Dawn Spencer of Port Allegany lost control of her truck on the slippery roadway and struck a tree.

Spencer wasn’t hurt.

Log Truck Rollover At Rt.44 & 49 Intersection

8:13 am---2-20-08
Coudersport and Roulette firemen have responded to the report of a log truck rollover at the intersection of Routes 44 and 49, about 3 miles East of Coudersport. It was reported that there are no injuries.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Bid Extends Adelphia Taj Mahal Auction

By James

A new bid on the LFC auction website, placed just 9 minutes before the 8:00 pm EST deadline has extended the last call auction deadline to Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00 PM EST.

The new bidder listed as Val 561 bid $3,500,000.00 for the former Adelphia Headquarters Property on Main Street in Coudersport, Potter County, PA. The previous high bid was $3,220,000.00 placed on February 14th.

The property was the subject of an alleged embezzelment of nearly $2 million from Kevin Phalen of Hollywood, Ireland who lost a $1 million deposit when his closing lawyer gave Phalen's money to another man who attempted to fly to Venezualia with $1.3 million hidden in his suitcase. The embezzeled money was to have completed the closing on the building's purchase by Mr. Phalen.

The LFC company representative told Solomon's words that they are not involved in the legal mess from the alleged embezzlement and they are proceeding to sell the building for Adelphia. A previous high bidder lost his $300,000.00 deposit when he was unable to close on the building. Mr Phalen reportedly made a private offer on the building after that deal fell through.

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Another PA Soldier Killed In Iraq

Spring Grove soldier killed in Iraq

by JERRY L. GLEASON, Of The Patriot-News
Tuesday February 19, 2008, 9:52 AM

Army Spec. Luke Runyan, 21, died Sunday in Iraq. He was a 2004 graduate of York County's Spring Grove High School.
Luke Runyan was an adventurer and liked to push himself, whether it was skiing, riding his motorcycle, or doing his best in the Army.

"You couldn't hold Luke back," said his brother, Christopher, 25. "Luke was the life of the party, but he had his serious side, too. He enlisted in the Army right out of high school, knowing we were involved in the war in Iraq, and he extended his enlistment because he didn't want to leave his buddies, his Army family, who were still facing danger there."

U.S. Army Spc. Luke Runyan, 21, was killed Sunday in an ambush in Iraq.

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Adelphia Taj Mahal Auction Ends Today

Despite reports in major metropolitan newspapers that the Adelphia Taj Mahal auction had been put off until Wednesday, February 20, the official auction site shows the deadline at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time tonite, February 19th.

Under their last call privisions, the auction could be extended if there is a new bid before the deadline.

Rep. Marty Causer Seeks Korean War Vets

Representative Martin Causer is seeking information about Korean War Veterans living in the 67th district so he can honor them for their service to the country.

All area Korean War Vets are asked to contact his Bradford office at 362-4400 to provide him with their names, address, phone numbers, branch of service and rank. Vets can also register online at

All vets who contact him will be invited to a recognition ceremony this spring in which they will be presented with certificates and medals as tokens of appreciation.

Coudersport Couple Uninjured In North Hollow Crash

A Coudersport couple escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning on the North Hollow Road about a half mile north of Route 6 in Eulalia Township.

State police said Gregory Rollason was headed north when his Toyota 4 Runner slid out of control on the icy highway, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof, coming to rest in the southbound lane.

Both Rollason and his wife, Denise, were wearing seatbelts at the time.

Thieves Borrow Snowmobile In Harrison Valley

Troopers here are looking for the thieves who “borrowed” a snowmobile belonging to a Harrison Valley resident earlier this month.

The thieves took a 2000 Bombardier Ski-Doo belonging to Jay McConnell from a wooded area about a mile south of his home on Route 49 and drove it to an area on Dodge Hollow about three miles away.

When confronted by McConnell, the criminals returned the snowmobile and took off. McConnell was unable to identify the suspects.

Explosion Causes Oil Prices To Skyrocket

Big Oil used the explosion at a Texas refinery to shoot prices of oil over $100. a barrel today. Gasoline prices are also expected to skyrocket too. They are positioning themselves to get the lions share of the government rebate intended to spur the economy.

Warren Wants To Build Convention Center

WESB News: 02/19/08 - Convention Center Plan Moves Ahead

Warren City Council has agreed to apply for a federal loan of more than 3 million dollars to finance a proposed convention center. The estimated cost is more than 12 million dollars.

The rest of the financing would come from a combination of loans and grants, as well as a 2 million dollar contribution from a private investor.

Officials want to build a 74-room hotel on a vacant lot at the end of Liberty Street. Part of the former Loranger building located right beside the lot, will be converted for the convention center. It will be two-floor structure, with multiple rooms, and new restaurant. There will be a capacity of 600-700 people on the first floor.

Officials say the project will create about 300 jobs, including 150 temporary construction jobs.

Assault Charged In Bedtime Diffugilty

WESB News: 02/19/08 - Austin Man Charged with Assault

An Austin man has been charged with assault after getting angry with a friend who was getting ready to go to bed.

Police say 29-year-old John Conerby was at the home of Dustin Crosby, when Crosby said he was going to bed.

Police say Conerby got angry and allegedly grabbed Crosby by the shirt, threw him down, jumped on top of him and punched him in the face multiple times.

Margaret Crosby tried pulling Conerby off Dustin Crosby when Conerby allegedly swung his elbow and hit her in the face.

Dustin Crosby was treated for his injuries at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

NY Governor Spitzer Comes To Visit

WESB News: 02/19/08 - Spitzer to Visit Olean, Cuba Wednesday

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will be in Olean Wednesday to meet with community leaders and visit a couple of project sites.

Spitzer will speak at the former Empire Zone incubator building on Wayne Street that will soon be the home of a new call center expected to employ about 600 people.

The governor will also tour the former Agway-Felmont site, a 62-acre brownfield that is being cleaned up by Exxon-Mobil Corporation. This will be Spitzer's first visit to Cattaraugus County since he was elected governor.

After his visit to Olean, Spitzer will meet with community leaders in Cuba.

Congressional Candidates--What They Said

Congressional GOP candidates on same page


Article Photos

Republican candidates for Congress, from left, Jeff Stroehmann, Keith Richardson, Chris Exarchos, Glenn Thompson, Matt Shaner and Derek Walker pose for a picture during the Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday.

LOCK HAVEN — With the positions of many of the Republican candidates for the 5th Congressional Districts essentially the same — against Interstate 80 tolling, for less taxes, pro-life and in favor of increasing the local and national economy — the candidates themselves acknowledge GOP voters will have a tough choice picking a candidate in April’s primary election.

“I’m not sure who I’ll vote for,” quipped candidate Bill Richardson toward the end of the annual Clinton County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night at the Lock Haven Sons of Italy.

Six of the nine people vying for the far-flung seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pleasantville, took to the podium during the local GOP’s largest fundraising event of the year.

The 5th Congressional District is the largest such district east of the Mississippi River.

Glenn Thompson

Glenn “G.T.” Thompson told the gathering of about 75 people he knows how it feels for a family to live paycheck to paycheck, and vowed he would be a “citizen-legislator,” who would work hard to allow more Americans receive adequate health care.

“I will serve the needs of the citizens of Clinton County,” said Thompson, who is chairman of the Centre County Republican Party. “I believe reform is needed to return our country to a government to that which our founders intended and designed. As a citizen-legislator, I promise to self-impose term limits. I believe elected officials should be well-grounded in their communities. Go serve and do the right things and not be concerned about winning the next election.”

The Howard Township resident said he has worked 26 years as a health care professional for Susquehanna Health in Lycoming County and is not looking for a new career, but only desires to make life for the local residents better.

Thompson, whose son earned a Purple Heart for his military service, said he supports America’s troops in their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elected officials should lean heavily on those who are leading the efforts in the Middle East.

He said he would not support any new or expanded taxes, adding that common-sense reform is needed to reduce the size of America’s “bloated” government. He is pro-life, and said common sense reform is needed in the health care industry, that America should make more use of domestic energy instead of relying on foreign oil, vocational-technical schools and community colleges should be expanded, the nation’s borders should be “sealed” from further illegal immigrants and is against the tolling of Interstate 80.

“This is extremely important for the economy and for our local citizens,” he said.

“When I interview candidates, my basic principle is the best predictor of future performance is past performance,” Thompson said. “I’m confident I have more of the personal and professional experience that the citizens of Clinton County need. I have the experience to lead, the readiness to serve and I share your values.”

Matt Shaner

Matt Shaner, of State College, president of Shaner Investments Limited Partnership, leaned on his professional experience as why he would make the best Republican candidate for the Congressional seat.

He said his slogan is, “A better tomorrow,” and he would focus on the economy and jobs, if nominated by the Republican Party for the post.

“To create jobs, I would create an environment for job creation. To make a good job-creation environment, I think we first need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent,” Shaner said to applause. He noted the cuts, first enacted by President Bush in 2001, are set to expire in 2011, unless acted upon by the U.S. House and Senate.

Along those same lines, Shaner said he would push hard for the elimination of the “death tax,” which he said hits the agricultural community the hardest, and fight to eliminate the “marriage penalty tax.”

He said the U.S. needs to continue to fight against illegal immigration by sealing the borders.

Shaner said having tens of thousands of illegal immigrants not only puts a strain on the economy, but also creates safety concerns.

Concerning energy, Shaner said he agrees with Rep. Peterson that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) near Alaska should be opened up to off-shore drilling, and more of the area’s “enormous” natural gas and coal supplies should be used nationally.

“We need to increase our energy produced at home and stop buying this oil and energy from hostile Middle Eastern countries,” he said. “At the same time... we need to pursue alternative energies, but we need to pursue tax incentives for business people and companies to go and explore that and not put in regulations which would hurt the economy.”

Shaner said rural heath care is “obviously” a big concern in our region and it would be a top priority of his if elected.

He also said the improvements to the area’s transportation infrastructure needs to continue, but not with money coming from the tolling of I-80.

“I congratulate Congressman Peterson, although he had no jurisdiction over it, he came in and used his ‘bully pulpit’ and he has single-handedly probably stopped the proposed tolling of I-80,” Shaner said.

He also called upon his company’s recent purchase of the Painter Stadium property, and plans to build a hotel, 24 condominiums and two restaurants on that site. “And, no, I do not know what the two restaurants are,” he said.

“Locally, I cooperated with the county, the city and the school district and put together a deal that is good for the community, good for Clinton County and good for my company,” Shaner said. “The experience I’ve had and the results I’ve shown speak for themselves.”

Jeff Stroehmann

Jeff Stroehmann of Linden said he believes the Republican primary election is going to be “a really great race with nine candidates who stand for the same things. There are different messages on how we will attack the issues.

He said, if nominated and elected, he would put service to his constituents first, by establishing three offices, one each to serve the western, central and eastern sections of the far-flung district.

“I would have a staff bus that would be out on the same day of every month with either I or a member of my staff, when I’m not in Washington,” he said. “We would be out talking to the people because that’s what’s important as a public servant.”

Stroehmann, vice president of Moran Industries and owner and operator of Stroehmann Earthworking Services, said he is running because he believes “the country is broken.”

“I think things are really bad now, but this is the best time to do something,” he said.

Stroehmann turned emotional when he talked about the care — or lack thereof — soldiers receive from the federal government when returning home with injuries while serving the country.

“Soldiers are waiting 90 days from the time of their discharge until their benefits kick in,” he said. “They do not have family support or other support after returning home from Walter Reed Medical Hospital. It’s a problem, it will be fixed and it will get better. That’s our obligation.”

Stroehmann added that he, too, is against the proposed tolling of I-80 and called out Gov. Ed Rendell for, he believes, helping the urban sections of the state at the expense of rural areas.

Derek Walker

Financial consultant Derek Walker of Bigler, Clearfield County, said he has heard the same concerns from residents he has spoken to since announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination to replace Peterson: the proposed tolling of I-80, energy prices, the war in Iraq.

Concerning the proposed tolling of I-80, he said he would, if elected, work with local officials to help keep I-80 to toll-free.

“I have a small financial services firm in Bigler. It’s on a one-way street. I have a feeling if we stuck a toll booth on one end of that road and a toll booth to leave that road, that would affect my business,” Walker said. “What’s the future of highway construction and highway development in Pennsylvania? Private-public partnerships. We need the best and brightest in Pennsylvania to find out what’s best.”

Concerning energy, Walker said he believes the government should institute tax incentives for businesses to develop new energy sources, and companies should use those incentives to develop energy sources in the area’s “hot bed of energy sources.”

Concerning the war in Iraq, Walker said he believes the nation should listen to Gen. David H. Petraeus, commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, “instead of the Dixie Chicks.”

He added he believes it’s a shame Americans have to dig deep in the newspapers and TV shows to see the good things that are being done in Iraq on a daily basis.

Chris Exarchos

Former Centre County Commissioner Chairman Chris Exarchos of Lemont told the gathering that he is pro-life, is a member of the National Rifle Association and a gun collector.

More importantly, however, he said he still believes in the American dream.

“I’m running to keep this American dream alive for our children and grandchildren,” Exarchos said, who noted he is a product of the American dream as the recipient of a “great education” and is the owner-operator of the Victorian Manor Restaurant in Lemont for nearly 30 years.

“Our country has prospered because it is the land of opportunity,” he said. “Millions of our forefathers and immigrants flocked to our shores to be a part of this dream — No promises, no handouts, just a reasonable anticipation that through hard work and perseverance, they will have the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.”

He said he finds it troubling that many families are living paycheck to paycheck and cannot save enough money for emergencies that may arrive.

“Many Americans are feeling no matter how hard they work, they cannot get ahead. Meanwhile, for some, this has become the land of hand-outs and bail-outs. This is the contrast we have,” Exarchos said. “We need to put our country back on track by investing in our future, rewarding hard work and rewarding those who take risks to create jobs.”

He added he believes the country should enact an energy policy that produces affordable, safe and plentiful energy supplies, with a two-tier strategy: increasing the country’s exploration of natural gas and the use of clean-coal technology, while continuing to invest in solar, hydrogen and nuclear energy.

Exarchos also called for the expansion of technical-education programs in public schools, investing more into preventative medicine and increasing the protection of the nation’s borders from illegal immigrants.

“We need leadership to get our country back on track,” he said.

Keith Richardson

Keith Richardson, pastor at First Baptist Church in Clarion and a “recovering attorney” told the gathering he is running for the seat for his “kids and grandkids... and your kids and grandkids,” with his single biggest issue being the struggling national economy.

The economy is sluggish, he said, primarily due to the nation’s $9.2 trillion debt.

“We’re not only spending our children’s inheritance, but our grandchildren’s inheritance,” Richardson said. “We need to put our economy back in shape.”

He said he would do that by “reigning in” the culture of earmarking and entitlement spending, noting politicians use those kinds of programs to “use your tax dollars to wind their re-election.”

“We need to stop sending that kind of politician to Washington and start sending statesmen to Washington who are much more concerned about the next generation instead of the next election,” Richardson said. “I want to recall us to that kind of... a vision for America that still calls for smaller government and reduced taxes. Even though we do not face a threat from the Soviet Union anymore from outside, we face a threat from within.

“We are spending ourselves into ruin. Our spending has to be reigned in, not from some future administration down the road,” he continued. “We need to take immediate steps to reign in spending, including an immediate moratorium on earmarks. We need to stop pork-barrel spending.”

John Krupa

Candidate John Krupa from Pine Creek Township could not make Saturday night’s function due to a previous engagement in Ohio. But, he did send Republican Party Chairman Kurt Smith an e-mail detailing his priorities.

He wrote the Republicans have a strong group of candidates from which to choose, with each being “like-minded conservatives.”

That, Krupa wrote, will leave Republicans to choose from whom they believe has the most personal, business and governmental experience in the district and who has the most forward-thinking ideas along with the knowledge of the past.

“I have the experience and skills to tackle the many and varied issues that are important to our district and I have the resources to run a district-wide campaign,” Krupa wrote. “We live in the most outstanding area of the country with great people, outstanding beliefs and rich traditions. I will serve every resident of the district equally with a relentless passion.”

Two other candidates did not attend the function: Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski of St. Marys and Clarion Mayor John Stroup.

Whoever survives the primary election in April will face one of three Democrats who are running for that party’s nomination: Lock Haven Mayor Rick Vilello; Bill Cahir of Bellefonte, a journalist who fought in the Iraq war with the Marines, and Clearfield County Commissioner Mark McCracken.

Solomon's Words thanks Scott Johnson and The Lock Haven Express for allowing us to republish this article for your information.

Accident Reported In Port Allegany Boro

1:15 pm----2-19-08
Port Emergency Services and Medics have been dispatched to a two vehicle car crash at the intersection of Mill and Pine Street in the Boro. Intermittent snow squalls have been making roads slippery at times today. Medics have been recalled as there are apparently no injuries requiring transportation to the hospital.

Coudersport Area Chamber Meets Today

February 19

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon at the Hotel Crittenden. A buffet lunch is available for $6.00.

Port Allegany Responding To Rt. 6 Crash

Port Allegany emergency services are responding to a 2 car accident at Route 6 and Coleman Mills Road at 8:25 this morning where injuries have been reported.

Snowmobiler Was DUI Before Fatal Crash

Deputy coroner: Alcohol was involved in snowmobile crash that killed Galeton man, 27


GALETON — Carl R. “Rusty” Akers, 27, was traveling between 65 and 70 mph on his Kawasaki Nitro 1000 snowmobile when it slammed into two trees late Thursday night, said Potter County deputy county coroner Ken Wingo.

In addition, an autopsy conducted at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, confirmed that Akers’ blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, Wingo said.

“Whenever you combine three things — alcohol, snowmobiles or four wheelers, and night — it is not going to be a good outcome,” Wingo said.

Akers likely was killed upon impact, Wingo said. His body was not found until the following day.

Akers of School Street, Galeton, set out ahead of two friends on Lyman Run Road, a state forest logging road, around midnight, according to Wingo. Akers apparently outdistanced his friends and they lost track of him, Wingo added.

At the speed Akers was traveling and being that he was under the influence of alcohol, Akers likely wasn’t able to clearly see the road, Wingo said.

“It’s really dark out there,” he said, “and, at that speed, you can’t see what’s that far ahead of you.

“He hit the trees at about five feet in the air,” Wingo added. The snowmobile, which traveled on, hit another tree and was destroyed.

Akers was wearing full safety gear, including a helmet, but “at that point, there is no survivability, no matter what you are wearing,” Wingo said.

The logging road he was traveling on is “made for 30-35 mph,” tops, Wingo said, and the road’s condition likely increased Akers’ speed.

“Recent snowfall had put about six inches of snow on it and underneath it was solid ice,” he said.

A state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources worker grooming the road for riders discovered Akers’ body at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, Wingo said.

Akers was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma at the scene of the crash at 9:55 a.m. Friday.

Bradford Man Dies From Accident Injuries

WESB News: 02/19/08 - Bfd Man Hurt in Accident Dies

A Bradford man who was injured in a two vehicle accident 10 days ago on Derrick Road in Foster Township died Sunday in Hamot Medical Center.

78 year-old James Kelly Sr. died Sunday at Hamot Medical Center of injuries sustained in the accident.

Foster Township Police say a car driven by 17 year-old Joshua DeForno, also of Bradford, went out of control and struck the truck driven by Kelly.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Snowmobiler Injured In Rear End Crash

A Wellsboro snowmobiler was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment following a rear-end collision Saturday morning on the Cross Fork Road about a mile north of Route 44 in Stewardson Township.

State police said Thomas Brown was following Joy Huth of Millerton and did not see that she had stopped her 2005 Ski-Doo GTX Brigadier and ran his 1999 Ski-Doo Forumula III in the back.

Huth apparently did not require treatment for her minor injuries.

Gaines Man Charged With DUI

Three Galeton area residents have been charged with violating state liquor laws after police came upon their vehicle Saturday night parked at the intersection of the Junction Road and Horton Road in Abbott Township.

State police said they found 22 year old Christopher Richar of Gaines, the driver, was in possession of an open container of alcohol and was DUI.

They also discovered that 21 year old John Blass of Galeton and an open container and that he had purchased the alcohol for Richar and fellow passenger 20 year old Scott Nealy, also of Galeton.

Mystery Shopper Scam Exposed By PA Attorney General

WESB News: 02/18/08 - AG Warns of 'Mystery Shopper' Scam

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says there's a scam going on in which people are duped into thinking they'll be "mystery shoppers."

Corbett says consumers are getting official-looking notices saying they've been selected for a program in which they'll get paid to shop at major retailers and evaluate the service.

He says they get realistic-looking bad checks. They're told to deposit the checks into their bank accounts, then use a wire transfer to send the money to the scam artist —as part of a "training assignment." Corbett says the typical scam instructs someone to wire $3,000 to $4,000, often to an address in Canada.

Did He Or Didn't He Help Deliver Baby??

WESB News: 02/18/08 - Was a Baby Born at Wal-Mart or Not?

Wal-Mart officials are disputing a newspaper report that a volunteer firefighter helped deliver a baby in the Punxsutawney store on Valentine's Day.

David Hau told the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper that he responded to a call for help over the public address system, and a store manager gave him rubber gloves before he helped an Amish woman give birth about 10:30 a.m.

But the store's assistant manager and the company's corporate spokeswoman told The Associated Press there was no such public announcement or store birth. Wal-Mart learned of the story when a manager read Saturday's newspaper story.

Hau says he stands by his story, but can't release the name of the woman because of privacy laws. He says he'll contact the woman to see if she'd be willing to confirm the story.

Matt Shaner Hires Senior Political Advisor

Steve Miller, a Republican state committeeman from Centre County, has left his paid job on Senator Jake Corman’s staff to take a paid position as Matt Shaner’s senior political adviser and field adviser for the Shaner For Congress campaign.

Matt Shaner, a former Bolivar, NY resident, whose wife is from Bradford is a candidate for the United States Congress in the 5th District. The position is now held by John Peterson, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Ballot spots secure, GOP candidates meet voters


Six of the nine Republican candidates for the 5th Congressional District nomination addressed about 120 Republicans in Lock Haven Saturday night — a sort of coming out party after a grueling month of chasing enough signatures to get their names on the ballot.

At the Clinton County Lincoln Day Dinner were all three Republican candidates from Centre County — Chris Exarchos, Matt Shaner and G.T. Thompson — plus Keith Richardson, of Clarion County; Jeff Stroehmann, of Lycoming County; and Derek Walker, of Clearfield County.

It was an affirmation of conservative arguments together with general praise for retiring U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pleasantville, and a universal echo of Peterson’s opposition to tolling Interstate 80.

Stroehmann, great-great-grandson of the bakery founder, declared to a full house in the second-floor dining room at the Sons of Italy club that “there are no 1,000- pound gorillas in the race” — a reference to state lawmakers — and added:

“We all stand for the same thing. The difference is going to be our message and how we’re going to attack those issues.”

Shaner called for making “the Bush tax cuts” permanent, eliminating the estate tax and the “marriage penalty tax,” cracking down on illegal immigration by sealing U.S. borders and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to drilling for oil.

Thompson called himself a “citizen legislator” who would self-impose term limits and called for reform to “deregulate and reduce the size of our bloated government.”

He noted his 26 years as a health care professional with Susquehanna Health and added: “The best predictor of future performance is past performance.”

Derek Walker, a businessman, echoing Shaner, called for tax incentives to develop new energy resources and an attitude that takes the politics out of the war in Iraq.

“Let’s start listening to Gen. Petraeus and stop listening to the Dixie Chicks,” he said.

Exarchos, speaking fifth, said “it’s going to be difficult to add anything new after you have the third or fourth speaker here,” but added that he wants to “keep the American dream alive.”

He called for increased exploration for natural gas and increased clean use of coal along with solar energy alternatives. But he also advocated nuclear power generation because “technology has changed in spite of what’s happened in the past.”

The most focused and polished of Saturday night’s presentations came from the farthest away.

Keith Richardson, a Baptist minister, drove about 120 miles from Clarion in the western part of the 5th District to Lock Haven in the east and used his five minutes to put a spotlight on the nation’s economy.

He said a million seconds equals 11.5 days, and a trillion seconds equals 31,688 years.

“That’s the difference between a million and a trillion, and we are $9.2 trillion in debt,” he said, calling for an immediate moratorium on earmarks, a reference to congressional rules that require approved funds to be spent on specific projects.

“We need to put the economy back in shape, and the fastest way to do that is to rein in the culture of earmark spending,” Richardson said. “What they’re doing is using your tax dollars to buy their re-election. ... We are spending ourselves into ruin.”

Solomon's Words thanks the Centre Daily Times for allowing us to republish all of their articles relating to the primary election for the 5th District US Congress race.

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Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT John R. “Skip” Van Sickle, 76, of Coudersport, died Thursday (Feb. 14, 2008) at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

GALETON Carl R."Rusty"Akers, 27, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, February 15, 2008. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

Icy Road Causes Accident In Bradford Twp.

Nicole Drauschak was operating a car on ice-covered West Corydon Street in Bradford Township, Sunday morning, when it went out of control, crossed into the opposite lane and hit a bank, according to Bradford Township Police.

Drauschak was transported by ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released, police said. The car, owned by Max and Linda Drauschak of Port Allegany, sustained moderate damage.