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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Firemen Battling House Fire In Johnsonburg

News Photos by Jamie Jones for Solomon's words

Firefighters from Johnsonburg, Ridgway, Wilcox and several other communities are at this hour battling this house fire on Cobb Street in Johnsonburg, Elk County, PA. On scene reports indicate the 3:00 pm alarm is in an occupied dwelling. No further information is available at this time. For more photos, see Potter County Fire news.

Internet Telephones Are Not Reliable

By James Jones

Internet phones are not reliable!

The traditional phone companies have been losing customers at a record rate, with the advent of voice over internet phones. The new phones from, Vonage, Time Warner, Comcast, Charter Communications, Zito Media, and a host of others, offer local, long distance, and some international calling, with user features comparable to those offered by your local phone company, but at a greatly reduced price.

Same features, less money per month, keep your phone number, why not switch now? Here's the difference, and the reasons you should STOP AND THINK, BEFORE YOU MAKE A MOVE!

I can count fingers on one hand, the number of times in the last 60 years that Ma Bell's phone didn't work. And two of those times were when my house was hit by lightning. Not the case with tv cable. When the electric goes out, so does the cable, so does my modem and my router. In this rural area, power failures are quite common. You say "I have a generator", great, but if the cable amplifier up the street doesn't, you are still out. And guess what, WHEN YOUR CABLE IS OUT, YOUR INTERNET PHONE IS OUT TOO! We have been spoiled by the reliability of Ma Bell, Verizon, ATT, and the other telcos.

We can only hope we don't need an ambulance, a fire truck, or other emergency services, while our phone is out. One only has to read the blogs on Time Warner Cable, to see how many times cable service is down, or internet is not accessible. On top of that, you will have to go to the phone booth, down the street, if you can find one, to call customer service, even to call the power company to tell them your electric is out.

Even with these things considered, INTERNET PHONE SERVICE is still a BARGAIN! The voice quality is as good as Ma Bell's. But, DON'T jump in, unless you keep your regular phone for emergency calls. Just take off the long distance or have a cell phone available, as a back up, when your internet phone service is out.

Aiken House Destroyed By Fire--5 Homeless

WESB News: 03/01/08 - Fire Destroys Home in Aiken Friday

An Aiken family of 5 escaped injury as a fire destroyed their Aiken home on Friday evening.

The home of Jonathan Mengel caught fire at around 6:30 Friday evening - and no one was home at the time. The cause of the fire was listed to be electrical.

St. Joseph forced to forfeit playoff game

By Paul Kogut
Saturday, March 1, 2008

St. Joseph will have to forfeit a state playoff boys basketball game after declining to make the trip to Ebensburg in Cambria County Friday night because of the snowy weather.

St. Joseph was hoping for a rescheduling, but the PIAA ruled the Spartans would have to forfeit instead, according to St. Joseph athletic director Mike Stitt.

"We were all disappointed about that," Stitt said. "We were told we were the only game in the west (half of the state) being cancelled. We know there are games in other parts of the state being postponed (by the PIAA)."

St. Joseph (14-11), which finished fifth in the WPIAL, was scheduled to play District 6 runner-up Bishop Guilfoyle (19-8) in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs at 7:30 last night at Central Cambria High School, which is near Johnstown.

The Spartans decided to forgo the trip, based on a joint decision by the school's principals, Stitt and coach Kelly Robinson.

"That's one-and-a-half hours travel through hilly country," Robinson said. "The safety of the children is a lot of more important than a state playoff game. I have no regrets."

The PIAA could not be reached for comment. Read more of this article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Paul Kogut can be reached at or 724-226-4689.

Blogger Solomon's words for the wise said...

I applaud the decision of St. Joseph's administration. The safety of students is by far more important than any game. PIAA should reconsider it's decision.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 9:44:00 AM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! I agree. Based on the road conditions here in Potter County, I can't believe that many more school administrations, did not make the same decision to postpone their games. They need to reevaluate their priorities. Their decision to play last night reenforces my long-held belief that many school administrators are not qualified to hold their positions.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 10:49:00 AM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

PIAA definitely botched this one.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 11:57:00 AM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very high paid positions that they are not qualified for what ever happened to good old schooling?

Saturday, March 1, 2008 4:34:00 PM EST

Anonymous James F. Harkins, Jr. said...

It is refreshing to see coaches and administrators with their priorities straight. Too often, I have seen adults living vicariously through their children's athletic endeavors and completely losing their sense of perspective. BRAVO to St. Joseph's.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 8:21:00 PM EST

Heimel scores 1,000th career point as Coudy blows past Homer-Center

Blair Heimel now has 1,004 career points

ST. MARYS – Coudersport’s Blair Heimel scored his 1,000th career point while putting up 14 tallies to lead the Falcons to an easy 70-40 win over Homer-Center in the opening round >>>Read

Friday, February 29, 2008

James William Knox, 61, Shongo, NY

James William Knox, 61, of Shongo, NY, died Friday, February 29, 2008 in his home.

Born January 14, 1947, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Clyde P. and Alice Meyn Knox. A 1965 graduate of Wellsville High School, he worked at Loblaws in Wellsville while attending school.
A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1966 – 1968 as a helicopter crew chief in the cowboy division, receiving several medals. On July 27, 1968, in the Shongo United Methodist Church, he married the former Darlene Foster, who survives. Upon discharge from the military, Jim worked for his brother, Ronald, driving dump truck and was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville from 1968 until his death.
He was a lifelong member of the Wellsville Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was raised. He was an active associate member of the Genesee United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee and auditor; and a member of the Dresser-Rand Machinists Union.

In addition to his love of family and life, he enjoyed woodworking and camping. Surviving besides his wife, Darlene, are: a daughter, Lori, and loving son-in-law, Timothy Good, of Wellsville, NY; a son, Jamie, and loving daughter-in-law, Melinda Freeman Knox, of Whitesville, NY; a special nephew, Ronald (Melinda) Knox, Jr. of Andover, NY, who was like a second son; three grandchildren, Christian Good, Alexander Good, and Cameron Knox; two brothers, David (Joyce) Knox of Wellsville and Paul (Nora) Knox of Wayland, NY; a sister, Linda (Howard) White of Wellsville; best buddy and brother-in-law, Daryle (Sharon) Foster of Ithaca, NY; an aunt, Georgia “June” Cowles of Belmont, NY; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1984, his mother in 1985, and a brother, Ronald in 1995.

Friends may call Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday in the Genesee United Methodist Church, Genesee, PA, with the Rev. Deborah Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. Memorials may be made to Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 362, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.

Men's Prayer Breakfast At Tabernacle

Men's prayer breakfast is Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on the Port Allegany Road. Starts at 8:00 am in the sanctuary. Bring a friend.

Basketball Tonight, Saturday On WFRM Radio

In sports, the Coudersport Boys will play Homer Center tonight at the St. Marys High School in the first round of state play-offs. Tip off is 7:00 p.m.

The Coudersport Girls will play Blairsville Saturday afternoon, also at St. Marys. Starting time is 4:00 p.m. We will have both of those games on WFRM and on our website,

The Austin girls, meanwhile will play Mount Alvernia at Hempfield High in Greensburg, Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Potter County Commissioners Meet

The Potter county Commissioners during their meeting yesterday, followed their predecessors and agreed to borrow a $900,000 tax anticipation loan to meet expenses over the next few months until taxes are received

Chairman Doug Morley said the loan is similar to a commercial line of credit and must be repaid by this coming December 31.

Commissioner Paul Heimel reported that he and Josh Hoffman, a contracted IT specialist and confidential secretary Lucinda Weakland who has considerable computer and internet experience have formed an informal committee to update the county’s information technology which will include a re-launch of the county’s website.

George Bush "We Are Not In A Recession"

By James Jones

The stock market is in a downward slide for the second day since President George Bush declared in the headlines that the country is not in a recession.

Reminiscent of his declarations of "Weapons of mass destruction" which he used to get this country into an unending war in Iraq, his assurance that the country was not in a recession was taken to heart by stock traders who immediately decided to sell their stocks and buy barrels of crude oil at over $102.00 a barrel.

Bush and his oil buddies are certainly not feeling the results of the recession as they are bent on getting all the money in the country in their pockets. The sustained high prices of oil are reflecting on forced raises in everything we buy, making our money worth half what it was last year.

We may not be in a recession, George, but this country is sliding fast into a 3rd world position as our jobs are leaving at a wholesale rate. We may soon have to go over the border to Mexico or Canada just to find a job. I hope they are kind to immigrants.

The government give away program, designed to spur the economy, should give a temporary respite to the money problems people are experiencing, but is there anything still made in the US that we could buy. I doubt it.

As our country is trillions of dollars in debt, I would consider this rebate thing a loan, as we taxpayers are on the hook to pay it back. I hope the interest rate is not too high.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it is tome for george to stand up and be a president like
nixon was and FREEZE the price of gas and oil

Friday, February 29, 2008 3:49:00 PM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The absolute worst President and Administration in my lifetime, and still, Pelosi and the Demrats can't accomplish a damn thing!

Friday, February 29, 2008 5:09:00 PM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article Dad!The rebate is just another way for the oil companies to get our money!Absolutely ridiculous!!We should be getting free oil for trying to liberate Iraq and getting our military men and women killed!Bush has almost ruined this country and our credibility!God help us!!

Snow Advisory Issued--4 to 6 Inches Snow

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Snow
Advisory... which is in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to 4 am
EST Saturday.

Snow will overspread the area around midday and continue to fall
through the evening hours. The steadiest snow will taper off to
snow showers before midnight... with total accumulations ranging
from 4 to 6 inches.

New Record High Price For Pennsylvania Crude Oil

WESB News: 02/29/08 - Record High Oil Prices Locally, Nationally

The price American Refining Group is paying for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil is edging toward the 100 dollar a barrel mark. Friday's price is 97-50 per barrel. That's up 3 dollars from yesterday's price, and is a new record high price for A-R-G.

Nationally, oil prices briefly surpassed 103 dollars a barrel for the first time Friday. Light, sweet crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped to a new trading record of $103.05 a barrel in electronic trading before slipping back to $102.02 a barrel by midday in Europe. On Thursday, the contract jumped $2.95 to a record settlement price of $102.59 a barrel.

PA House Bill Would Stifle Local Wineries

WESB News: 02/29/08 - Wineries Oppose Proposed House Bill

Two local winery are concerned about a proposed House bill that would prevent them from shipping directly to their customers.

The bill calls for Pennsylvania wineries to send their orders to state liquor stores, where their customers would pick up their purchase. The bill would also reduce the maximum amount of wine that a small farm winery can produce from 200 thousand gallons, to 80 thousand gallons.

Sue and Ron Zampogna, who own Flickerwood Wine Cellars and Lounge in Kane say the inconvenience to customers, the increased price of locally produced wine, and the inability of customers picking up their shipments would deter customers.

Jamie Williams, who owns The Winery at Wilcox says his business currently produces fifty thousand gallons a year, but hopes one day to be able to produce more.

State Representative Dan Surra is a co-sponsor of the bill, while State Representative Kathy Rapp says she will take the concerns of the local wineries to their caucus meeting if the bill gets out of committee.

Matt Shaner Running For US Congress

Matt Shaner, 28, is running for the Republican nomination for US Congress in the 5th District. This is his TV commercial. Matt lived in Bolivar, NY as a child. His wife, Andrea, is from Bradford. He is President of Shaner Investments, a real estate company. He lives in Port Matilda. Matt Shaner's website is
A phone call from Matt Shaner's Campaign Headquarters today advised us that Matt will be in Potter County next week going door to door to meet voters.

Galeton Woman Charged With DUI

• Jennifer L. Hoyles, 42, of 30 Elm St., Galeton, by state police after she crashed her car on Route 6, Delmar Township, on Jan. 19.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Grant L. Summers, 78, of 105 Elmwood Drive, died Friday morning (Feb. 29, 2008) at his residence. Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Lillian P. Stone, 98, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2008) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Philip E. Spencer, 69, of 6100 E. Woodside Road, Albany, Ind., formerly of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2008) at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Minor Injury When Verizon Truck Wrecks

A Mansfield man received minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 872 in Wharton Township.

State police said 43 year old John McConomy was driving a Verizon truck northbound when it drifted off the road upon approaching a curve. The GMC 7500 went into a skid when McConomy steered in a futile attempt to keep it on the road.

The truck spun across the road, hit a shoulder, rolled onto the passenger side and came to rest partially in a shallow pond about 10 feet from the road.

Austin Volunteer Emergency Services responded to the scene. Potter County EMA personnel cleaned up a hydraulic fluid leak into the pond.

The driver was taken by Austin Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital and is being cited for failing to stay within his traffic lane

Burglars Get $3,000. At Sylvania Restaurant

A burglary last week at the Sylvania Inn Restaurant on Route 6 in Ulysses Township is being investigated by troopers locally.

Someone entered the business between 8:00 p.m. last Monday and 6:30 a.m. the next day through the front door without force and removed about $3000 in cash.

Car Scratched At Ulysses

WFRM NEWS: Troopers are also probing vandalism to a vehicle parked in the rear lot of the Corner Café in Ulysses earlier this week.

Vandals left a four foot long scratch on the rear left quarter-panel on a 2006 Dodge truck owned by Joanne Petrosewitz of Coudersport. Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690.

Husband & Wife Jailed In Drug Death

WESB News: 02/28/08 - Husband, Wife Jailed on Murder Charges

A Sinnemahoning woman is in jail on murder charges for allegedly providing drugs to a woman who died on New Year's Day.

28-year-old Shawna Coffman is accused of crushing up several pills and giving the substance to 38-year-old Melissa Marshall during a New Year's Eve party.

Marshall was found unresponsive at 9 o'clock the next morning, and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. An autopsy showed that she died of cardiac arrest, exacerbated by multiple drugs in her system, including cocaine, oxycodone and alcohol.

Coffman's husband, Jesse Coffman is also charged with drug delivery resulting in death. Both of the Coffmans are in jail on 100 thousand dollars bail each.

Pastor/ Lawyer Keith Richardson Runs For Congress

Keith Richardson is a Lawyer turned Pastor, now pastoring the First Baptist Church of Clarion. Keith is running for the Republican nomination for US Congress in the 5th District of which Potter County is a part. You may click on this link to go to his website to see what he is about. Primary election is April 22.

Keith Richardson Writes:


Thanks so much for the blog link and for contacting the campaign.

I would love to schedule a TableTalks for Potter County. It’s just an evening meeting in which we cram 20-25 people around someone’s kitchen table, allow me to introduce myself, say why I am running and give a basic idea of my platform (c. 20 minutes) and then answer questions that anyone has and hear their concerns. The whole thing takes about 90 minutes.

Would you be interested in hosting a TableTalks, or know someone who might be?

Many thanks. Blessings to you and yours.

Keith Richardson

Editors note: Write me at if you are interested in hosting a Table Talks in our area. I will pass it along to Keith.

Women Rescued From Crashed Car In Ulysses Twp.

Photo courtesy of Potter County Fire News
Early Wednesday morning at approximately 0930 hrs firefighters from Galeton Dept 10 and Ulysses Dept 47 were dispatched to a reported car over the embankment on the Loucks Mills Rd in Ulysses Township.

Upon arrival at the scene Tri-Town (Ulysses) Chief 47-10 (Mike Healy) found an auto had gone off the West berm of the roadway and plunged aproximately 50 feet down the embankment. There were two women in the auto.

Firefighters from Dept 10 and Dept 47 got the individuals out of the auto and up to the roadway. Both were transported to Charles Cole for evaluation. More photos can be found at Potter County Fire News.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Philip E. Spencer, 69, of 6100 E. Woodside Road, Albany, Ind., formerly of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2008) at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EMPORIUM — Robert E. Williams, 56, of 6793 Beechwood Road, Beechwood, died Tuesday night (Feb. 26, 2008) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SMETHPORT — Patricia J. Morey, 65, of Smethport, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

ULYSSES — Roger L. Buck, 80, of Mansfield, formerly of Ulysses, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2008) in the Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wellsboro. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — Leona Huggler, 71, of Harrison Valley died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2008) in her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

$1.1 Million Fiber Loop Approved By McKean County

WESB News: 02/28/08 - McKean County Getting high Speed Internet

McKean County Commissioners have agreed to allow Zito Media to build a fiber optic loop providing high speed communication service throughout the county from Bradford to Kane to Port Allegany.

The loop will provide government, commercial and the institutional sector with high speed internet access.

The project is being funded through a $1.1 million dollar loan to the county.

DEP Says Drilling Contaminated Kushequa Water

WESB News: 02/28/08 - Gas Drilling Company Cited in Kushequa

The Pennsylvania DEP has charged an oil and gas drilling company with causing natural gas contamination in Kushequa’s water system last summer.

The DEP says Atlas Energy Resources LLC violated the state’s Clean Streams Law and Oil and Gas Act after natural gas leaked into the water and underground storage tank in Kushequa.

The company operates over 6,000 oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee and New York state.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Video--Florida Swimming Hole

Brad Jones wants you to check out this swimming hole where they swim in Florida.

We go( used to ) swimming here!

Attack of the Sharks

Fish Fry At Shinglehouse

February 29

The Shinglehouse Masons and Eastern Star will serve a fish fry at the Masonic Hall on Oswayo Street from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Choice of fried or three kinds of baked fish. Donation, $7.00 for adults, $5.50 for children. Take-outs available.

Potter County Teens Offered TeenScreen

Ninth and 11
th grade students in each of the Potter County School districts will have the opportunity to participate in a TeenScreen Program in the next few weeks.

TeenScreen is a national mental health and suicide risk screening program that offers parents the opportunity for their teens to receive a voluntary mental health check. Parents are being sent a consent letter through the mail and an informational packet explaining the program and what will happen if their child screens positive. The students must also agree to the screening.

Projected screening dates are the week of March 3 at Austin; the week of March 10 at Coudersport; the week of April 7 in Northern Potter, the week of April 14 at Galeton and the week of April 21 at Oswayo Valley.

1-800-FIX- ROAD Up and Running At PennDOT

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Governor Rendell announced today that PennDOT's pot hole hot line is up and running.

‘Maintenance First’ Hotline Ready for Pothole Season

The winter freeze-thaw cycle causes potholes to “bloom” every spring. Motorists should report potholes on state roads to PennDOT’s toll-free Maintenance First Hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

Callers should be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns on state roads.

Jeffrey Donahue Hired For North American Sales

RTT News
Verso Technologies Appoints Jeffrey Donahue As Head, North American Sales [VRSO]

2/26/2008 2:45:16 PM Verso Technologies Inc. (VRSO) announced that it has hired Jeffrey Donahue to head North American Sales.

Before to joining Verso, Donahue was the Senior Vice President for Sales and Operations for TelCove/Level 3 Communications. As a member of the executive management team from 2003 to 2007, he was responsible for all sales and field operations for a $400 million business and managed a staff of 800 people. Prior to that, Donahue held a variety of different positions with TelCove and Adelphia Communications, including RVP of the NE Region for TelCove.

Structure Fire On Kings Run Early This Morning

Potter County Fire News

At approximately 0400 hrs this morning Shinglehouse Dept 39 was dispatched for a reported structure fire in a garage on the Kings Run Rd in Ceres Township, McKean County.

Several neighboring New York state departments, including Bolivar and Alma, were summoned for mutual aid to help put out the blaze. Coudersport Dept 48 transfered one engine to cover Shinglehouse. More information will be posted when available.

UPDATE FROM WESB News: 02/27/08 - Garage Destroyed by Fire, House Saved
A garage and one room of a house near Shinglehouse were destroyed by fire this morning, but firefighters did save the rest of the house.

Two people were in the house at the time of the blaze, but they escaped safely. Nobody was hurt. Barb Green owns the house.

The fire started at about 4 a.m. It was out by 7:30. Firefighters believe the fire was accidental. Shinglehouse and Portville firefighters battled the blaze. Allegany and Westons Mills were on standby.

Harlem Wizards--Austin--Monday, March 31st

The Austin Area School 5th Grade and Parent Teacher Organization are bringing the Harlem Wizards to the
Austin Area School on Monday, March 31st.

The Wizards consist of retired Harlem Globetrotters and many
have appeared in NIKE and AND 1 commercials. They are an enthusiastic basketball team who will bring fun
and laughter to all ages with their trick hoops and alley oops and other antics.

The Wizards will be playing
against the Austin Panthers Team which will consist of teachers, coaches, AHS Senior basketball players,
1000 point players, college basketball players and more.

Advanced tickets are available
at a cost of $8.00 for students and $10.00 for general admission. Tickets will be available at the door for $2.00
more. Tickets are available at the following locations:
Austin - Northwest Savings Bank
Coudersport - Jubilee / Northwest Savings Bank / First National Bank
Emporium - Emporium Pharmacy / Citizens Trust Company / Northwest Savings Bank
Port Allegany - First National Bank
Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Austin Area School at 814-647-8603 or mailing a check to
the Austin Area School-Wizards at 138 Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720
Food and beverages will be available as will Wizard Souvenirs and various raffles. Proceeds will be used for a
class trip to Harrisburg/Gettysburg.
For more information, contact Kathy Brooks at 814-647-5561 or Julie Logue at 814-647-3345
For more information on the Wizards go to

Possible Entrapment In Loucks Mills Road Crash

9:30 AM--2-27-08
Coudersport Medic 6 , Galeton and Ulysses emergency services are responding to a car over the embankment on the Loucks Mills Road this morning where possible entrapment is reported.

Woman Reports International Internet Fraud

Sun Gazette
LAPORTE — An area woman reportedly was targeted by overseas Internet fraud, according to state police in Laporte.

Receiving a reportedly fraudulent $2,999 check on Monday from the suspect, Kelvin Alan, Republic of Benin, Africa, the victim, Carol Hums, 47, of Dushore, was instructed to cash the check and keep $200 that was owed to her for merchandise that was going to be purchased through the Internet.

Alan wanted Hums to utilize Western Union wiring services to send the remaining amount, police said.

Hums did not lose any money, according to police.

Roger L. Buck, 80, Mansfield, PA

BUCK, Roger L., 80,of Mansfield, PA
died Sunday, February 24, 2008. Born February 7, 1928, Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Lawrence E. and Mabel Evans Buck.
A 1946 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses, he served honorably with the US Navy for nine years and was a Korean War Veteran. Roger was employed by Mansfield University for 17 years, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses, the Coudersport Consistory, and the Mansfield American Legion Post #478.
Surviving are: a son, Richard L. Buck of Sierra Vista, AZ; five sisters, Grace Kear of Ulysses, Louise Miller of Campbell, NY, Jean Howe of Walnut Creek, CA, Gladys Angood of Shushan, NY, and Dorothy Erway of Coudersport; two brothers, Raymond (Sylvia) Buck of Ulysses and Robert (Jeannette) Buck of Genesee, PA; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Wilson.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1st in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Philip E. Spencer, 69, of 6100 E. Woodside Road, Albany, Ind., formerly of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2008) at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EMPORIUM — Robert E. Williams, 56, of 6793 Beechwood Road, Beechwood, died Tuesday night (Feb. 26, 2008) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

SMETHPORT — Patricia J. Morey, 65, of Smethport, died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

ULYSSES — Roger L. Buck, 80, of Mansfield, formerly of Ulysses, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2008) in the Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wellsboro. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — Leona Huggler, 71, of Harrison Valley died Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2008) in her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Benton, PA Woman Gets ARD For DUI In Potter Court

WFRM News:
In recent Potter County Court Action, 52 year old Mary Hittle of Benton, Pennsylvania was admitted to the ARD program for six months on DUI and related charges.

According to District Attorney Dawn Fink, Hittle was arrested last September when a state police patrol officer observed her car erratically weaving on the Potter Brook Road and fluctuating speed.

After stopping Hittle, the trooper discovered an expired inspection sticker. Hittle failed a field sobriety test.

Under conditions for being admitted to ARD, Hittle was ordered to refrain from any illegal drugs or alcohol and to be of good behavior; attend DUI safe driving school and the DUI Victim Impact Panel; undergo Drug and Alcohol evaluation and follow recommended treatment; pay all costs and fees and perform 25 hours of community service.

WFRM Reports Postponements & Cancellations

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Storm Warning for Potter, McKean, Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties until noon Wednesday.

Several inches of snow had fallen by mid-afternoon today and more is expected before the system moves northward to Maine. This afternoon’s snow may mix, at times, with sleet or freezing rain.

As a result of weather conditions, the Junior High Basketball games, Coudersport at Cameron County have been postponed until Wednesday and Bingo at the Port Allegany Fire Hall scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.

Glenn O Hawbaker Inc. Fined By PA DEP

Star Gazette
The company that plans to open a controversial sand and gravel mine in the Steuben County Town of Lindley has been fined $61,850 in Pennsylvania for air quality violations.

The fine was imposed last month on Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College, Pa. for violations over two years at its asphalt plant and quarry in Spring Township, Centre County, said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“DEP expects to see much better compliance in the future by Hawbaker with state air quality laws and regulations,” said Robert Yowell, northcentral regional director for the state agency, in a news release. “The company knows it can do a better job in this area.”

The agency said Hawbaker has corrected the violations and paid the fine. Efforts to contact Hawbaker for comment were not immediately successful.

FDA Recalls Dried Fish For Botulism

Summit Import Corporation Issues an Alert on Uneviscerated Fish (Feb. 12)
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:48:00 -0600

Summit Import Corp. is recalling all packages of Sum Cheong Lung brand Dried Fish discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish had not been eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.

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Mr. Jones,

I just wanted to write you a quick note of thanks for your dedication to this site. I stumbled upon it last week when searching for information about the fatal snowmobile accident near Lyman Run involving someone I knew. I’ve been back almost every day since. I grew up in Galeton and my parents still live there. After college I moved to Baltimore and I am the Director of Circulation for The Baltimore Sun. Needless to say, I understand what it takes to keep news relevant and grow audience. I just emailed your link to numerous people in the Galeton area. I subscribe to the Potter Leader Enterprise but the current speed of exchange of news has made an out-of-state mail subscription to a weekly publication almost obsolete. You are filling a void in the market and making me feel a little closer to home.

Thanks again,

Michael Smith

Blogger Solomon's words for the wise said...

Thank you for the kind comments and your referrals. I have tried to give the Potter County area some news while it is still new. However, I would never be able to compete with the thoroughness and dedication of the Potter Leader Enterprise and other local newspapers who consistently dig out the local news and bring it to us. We both serve a purpose. Thank you again. Jim

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:34:00 PM EST

DUI Charged In Galeton Accident Friday

WFRM News:
A Galeton woman is being charged with DUI, careless driving, and improper entrance to a highway following a collision Friday afternoon on Union Street in that town.

State police said a 2000 Ford Focus driven by 37 year old Amy Zinn was struck by a 2006 Suzuki operated by Cassandra Emery, also of Galeton as Zinn backed out of the parking lot at the Wonder Bar.

Both drivers and a 12 year old girl in the Emery car were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury.

Accidents Begin to Pile Up On Slippery Roads

Accidents have begun to pile up as slippery roads take their tolls. Accidents were reported today in Austin, Ormsby, Eldred near the state line, Knoxville, and Greenwood.

The wet snow is extremely slippery as the temperatures warm.

RT. 49 Closed At Knoxville Due To Accident

2:30----2-26=08 The Star Gazette reports
KNOXVILLE – A portion of Route 49 in northwestern Tioga County is closed, according to PennDOT.

The road was closed between just west of Knoxville and Academy Corners after a vehicle hit a pole. PennDOT workers expected the road to reopen at about 3:30 p.m.

Austin Girls Defeated In Consolation Game

Balanced effort helps Clarion grab third place in D9 "A"
KANE – Clarion used a balanced scoring effort to defeat Austin 53-42 in the District 9 Class A girls’ consolation game Monday night at Kane. >>>Read

Chrissy Kriebel (R)

Accident Reported North Of Austin

11:30 AM--2-26-08--Austin Fire Police have responded to an accident one mile north of Austin to provide traffic control. This is a non-emergency response.

No Injuries In Brooklynside Accident Monday

WESB News: 02/26/08 - Accident Monday in Liberty Township

There were no injuries in a two vehicle accident Monday at 2pm on North Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township.

State Police say a car driven by Lena Manning of Shinglehouse was turning around and struck a car driven by 54 year-old Pamela Kellner of Port Allegany.

Police say charges are pending.

Terra Curtis Updates From San Francisco

More Life in SF!

It's been almost 4 months since I've written last, and the other day I realized it's been almost 6 since I arrived here in San Francisco. It definitely doesn't seem like it's been that long, but when I think back to the day I arrived, and to approaching the Golden Gate bridge that first time, it really does seem like lifetimes ago.

Terra Curtis bicycled across the US last summer, traveling through Potter County. Solomon's Words carried the posts as Terra and 29 others crossed the country from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA. Terra then bicycled to San Francisco where she has been living since.

Since I last wrote, I've moved to a new apartment in the Mission where I now live with two other girls and a dog, Max.

One of my roommates works for the SF Bay Guardian, a free weekly newspaper analogous to my beloved Boston's Weekly Dig. She's a movie critic there so our house has an amazing library of old, new, and future (pre-released!) movies. My other roommate is gearing up for a bike ride of her own. She's riding in this years AIDS Lifecycle from SF to LA in June. For those of you who find joy in donating money to people who ride their bikes crazy distances for big causes, first of all, thank you again, and secondo of all, I'll give you the opportunity to find joy yet again by donating to my roommate Lynn. Here is her fundraising page. PS - she's been training on a mountain bike - she's going to leave the peloton in her dust (not that it's a race...)! Needless to say, I've really been enjoying the company of my new roommates and I'm excited to be acquiring a fair bit of furniture now and really settling in here. These are a couple views from our roof and the new home for Bruiser and Naranja:

In other news, the Urban Girl's Basketball team, who I've been assistant coaching since October, is now entering the playoffs. We finished our regular season 11-1 in our league, sadly losing our last game to Convent of the Sacred Heart. This week we'll play on Thursday, and with a win we'll play in the league championship on Saturday. Depending on how all that goes, we've got potential Thursday and Saturday games next week as well - playoffs to determine the North Coast Section champion, who then goes into the state-wide tournament. I've really enjoyed my time with this team, and will sorely miss spending afternoons with them once the season is over. And, speaking of the season being over, though I do not like to mention it before the time comes, I have officially signed an offer letter from PowerReviews, Inc. to start working full time as of March 1. I'll mostly be working with data pertaining to their product reviews website,

Upcoming news: in April, I am planning a trip to Europe to visit my brother who is now studying abroad in France. If all goes as planned, I'll make stops in Dijon, France (to see Garrett), Barcelona, Spain (to see Adela and Carrie from Bike and Build), Copenhagen, Denmark (to see the Danish Couchsurfer Oliver), and Bremen, Germany (to see where Marianna, Garrett's gf, lives). It's a lot to cover, but I'm going to do my best to do it all. And then, in July, I've got a wedding to go to in Boston (congrats Fay and Robyn!) on the 18th. From there, I'll fly to Iowa to ride in this year's RAGBRAI with a bunch of my Bike and Build buddies July 20-26!

That's a lot of news for you. I'll leave you with a couple photos from a 6-hour hike I went on this weekend from Muir Woods to the top of Mt. Tamalpais with my new friends Maya and Jesse.

(click on this picture to see some annotations)

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.

Oswayo Man Hospitalized After DUI Crash

WESB News: 02/26/08 - Oswayo Man Hospitalized After DUI Crash

A Oswayo man was injured in an alcohol related accident Sunday night on route 44 in Coneville. State Police say a car driven by 66 year-old Clair Weir went out of control and struck a bridge. Weir was hospitalized and charged with DUI.

Winter Storm Warning Through Noon Wednesday

WESB News: 02/26/08 - Winter Storm Warning for Twin Tiers

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Twin Tiers through noon on Wednesday.

10-12 inches of snow is possible. The snow may also mix with some sleet.

The travel conditions are expected to be treacherous this afternoon and evening.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Mildred H Yeager, 99, Shinglehouse, PA

Mildred H. Yeager, 99, of Shinglehouse, died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2008) in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, N.Y.

Born Feb. 10, 1909, in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Frank and Lydia Sherwood Harrington. On Sept. 30, 1926, she married Clifford E. Yeager, who died April 18, 1989.
Mrs. Yeager attended Vestal, N.Y., and Shinglehouse schools.

She was employed at the former silk mill in Shinglehouse and was also employed as an operator at the former Oswayo River Telephone Company in Shinglehouse. For over 30 years, Mrs. Yeager was the bookkeeper for her husband’s lumber business.

Mrs. Yeager was a life member of the Wellsville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Wellsville. She was also a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and most especially, genealogy. She also loved to play cards. In her later years, though she was blind, she enjoyed tatting.

Surviving are 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Yeager was predeceased by three sons, James Leon Yeager, Stanley Yeager and Ernest L. Yeager; one daughter, Helen M. Bisnett Green; two great-grandsons; four sisters, Lina Dickerson, Ava Buchanan, Lillian Johnson and Bessie Taylor; and a brother, Charles Harrington.

Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Blind Association or to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 1005 E. Honeoye St., Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Harlem Wizards--Click To Enlarge--Austin 5th Grade

Fish Fry Scheduled At ShinglehouseMasonic Hall

February 29

The Shinglehouse Masons and Eastern Star will serve a fish fry at the Masonic Hall on Oswayo Street from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Choice of fried or three kinds of baked fish. Donation, $7.00 for adults, $5.50 for children. Take-outs available.

Hit And Run Driver Sought By Troopers

Troopers are looking for an unknown vehicle which damaged some parked cars and utilty poles Friday morning on Route 49 in Harrison township.

Authorities say that at a round 8:30 a.m. the eastbound vehicle went off the slippery road and struck a 1994 Chevy Cavalier and 1992 Chevy Sierra 1500 parked at Bears auto body; then hit a mail box and utility pole on private property crossed to the other side and struck another mailbox and electric pole.

The driver took off without notifying police or property owners.

19 Year Old Failed To Stop For Police

A 19 year old Genesee resident is being charged with fleeing and eluding police for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday night in Ulysses.

Troopers said the incident began when they tried to stop Cody Kibbe near the intersection of Route 49 and Baker Street. Kibbe led police in a westerly direction for about two miles before pulling over.

He’s also being charged with reckless driving, careless driving, failing to stop at two stop signs, failing to yield at a yield sign and speeding.

Good Samaritan Punched In The Eye

Simple assault charges have been field in district court against 22 year old Coltin Main of Galeton in connection to an incident taking place during the early morning hours Sunday, February 17.

State police say a female motorist became stuck near the intersection of Nauman Road and Fox Hill Road at a round 3:00 a.m. and went to the James Hoopes residence for help.

While Hoopes was helping the driver, he and Main began arguing and then Main allegedly punched Hoopes in the left eye with a closed fist and jumped on him after he fell to the ground.

Police Probe Identity Theft And Forgery

The investigation is continuing into an identity theft victimizing a Roulette resident.

Matthew Schutter, 37, told state police when he received a bank statement for January transactions, he found several unknown charges for internet purchases and a deposit of which he was unaware.

State police at Mansfield are probing the forgery of an insurance check. Troopers say someone forged John Briggs’s signature on a $1500 check from Millville Insurance Company to help with the costs of making repairs following a recent fire at his Wellsboro home.

Teams Get Ready For State Playoffs

The twin-district champions at Coudersport Area High School will both open their state playoff appearances with games at St. Marys Public High School next weekend.

The undefeated Coudersport Falcon boys, now 27-0, will take on Homer Center, with a record of 21-7, Friday night at 7 o’clock.

Meanwhile, the Coudersport girls, riding a 25-game win streak and 26-2 overall, will be at St. Marys on Saturday afternoon for a 4 o’clock tip-off against Blairsville, which is 12-15.Winners of next weekend’s games will move into the state’s Sweet 16 next Tuesday and Wednesday nights, while the losers are eliminated.

The Austin Area School girls’ team will also enter the state tournament on Saturday, but the Panthers have to take care of some unfinished business first. They’ll be traveling to Kane Area High School tonight for their rescheduled playoff game against Clarion High School.

Tonight’s winner plays on Saturday night at Allegheny College in Meadville against District 10 champion Farrell. The loser of tonight’s Austin vs. Clarion game travels to Greensburg on Saturday afternoon to meet District 7 champion Mount Alvernia.

Pair Of Eagles Seen At Sinnemahoning Park

And there is apparently good news coming from Sinnemahoning State park where officials say that staff members and park visitors have observed a pair of adult bald eagles in the area around the George B. Stevenson reservoir.

The discovery of a dead adult female eagle last fall led to concerns that Sinnemahoning may have lost a member of the long-standing resident breeding pair.

While it has not yet been confirmed that these eagles are the original resident pair, they have been observed perching in the branches surround the existing nest and it seems likely that the dead eagle was a transient. Testing showed the eagle died from natural causes.

Winter Storm Warning Issued---6 to 8 Inches Snow

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

A storm system moving out of the Midwest will spread a wintry mix
of snow and freezing rain into the region late tonight and Tuesday.

Light snow will develop across the area after midnight. The snow
will increase in intensity after sunrise Tuesday morning and
continue at varying intensities into Wednesday morning. Some
freezing rain may mix in at times Tuesday afternoon as well.

The precipitation will taper off to scattered snow showers
Wednesday as the storm system moves to downeast Maine.

Storm total snowfall will range from six to eight inches... with a
light glaze of icing possible as well.

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

Route 6 Closed At Port Allegany

Photos in this blog were taken with a Kodak Easy Share Z812

Hawbaker Construction began work today after closing Route 6 at the North end of Port Allegany.

They are replacing the two bridges.
One over the Allegheny River and the other over the railroad tracks.

PennDot expects the bridges to be completed by October 2. A seven mile detour went into effect today.

Click on any picture to enlarge.

Getting Ready For New Snowfall In Port Allegany

A workman from Culver Construction Company of Port Allegany trucks away snow from the Frank W. Switzer Funeral Home parking lot on Monday in preparation for the 6 to 12 possible inches of new snow predicted for tomorrow.

PA Lottery

Results for 2/25/2008

TDN (DAY): 793
TDN: 124
Big4 (DAY): 3967
B4: 0650
TH (Day): 4,5,10,14,26
m&m: 17,9,7,3,19
C5: 1,20,26,32,40

Treasure Hunt (Day) jackpot for 2/26/2008 is $20,000.00
mix & match jackpot for 2/28/2008 is $55,000.00
Cash 5 jackpot for 2/26/2008 is $650,000.00

Electric Truck Reported Crashed Near Wharton

1:35 PM 2-25-08
Austin emergency services responded to a crash a quarter mile north of Wharton on Rt. 872 where an electric truck is reported to be on it's roof. Early on scene reports reported no injuries, however a man was transported to Charles Cole Hospital from that accident. Coudersport is standing by at Austin.

House Fire In Westfield This Morning

Star Gazette
11:25 AM--WESTFIELD – Firefighters from eight departments continue to battle a Westfield Township blaze that left six people homeless this morning.

Firefighters from Westfield, Knoxville, Harrison Valley, Osceola, Ulysses, Troupsburg, Chatham Township and Clymer Township responded to the 8:23 a.m. alarm at a one-family home along Route 349 just south of the Westfield line.

The first firefighters on the scene reported flames through the roof. Westfield Fire Chief Jeff Abbott reported the fire under control at 10:21 a.m.
Tom Shadle, wife Jasmine and their four children, ages two through eight, lived in the two-story, wood-frame house. Jasmine and the two-youngest children were home when the fire broke out, Abbott said.

“(Jasmine) said she was downstairs and the two children upstairs when she smelled smoke,” Abbott said. “She ran upstairs and got the kids and got out. They ran to a neighbor’s house. The other two kids were in school.”

The American Red Cross has been called in to see to the needs of the family.

Rep. Causer Reminds Of Tax Relief Deadline

Important Information on
Homestead Exemptions

Individuals seeking relief on this year’s school property tax bills are being urged to apply for homestead/farmstead exclusions prior to March 1.

Many individuals may have already filed applications for this benefit several years ago when the Homeowner Tax Relief Act was enacted. Applications remain valid for a minimum of three years. Homeowners may want to verify the status of their applications by consulting their county assessment office.

Who Qualifies?
Individuals qualify for a homestead exclusion so long as the property for which they are applying is their primary residence. A farmstead exclusion is also available for buildings and structures that are used for commercial agriculture production on a farm of at least 10 acres. Again, the farm must be the primary residence of the owner to qualify.
If one’s application is accepted, a portion of the property’s assessed value is exempt from the property tax, thus lowering the overall tax bill. The state is then responsible for the difference between the two amounts, using proceeds from gambling revenue to pay the balance.
Benefits from this program will vary widely depending on the school district in which the individuals resides. The Homeowner Tax Relief Act, which is also known as Act 1, requires that the state distribute a minimum of $400 million in property tax relief.

Get an Application
In McKean County
Applications are available from your school district of residence and should be returned to the county assessment office (telephone 814-887-3215).
In Cameron County and Potter County
Applications are available at the county assessment offices. The Cameron County Assessment Office can be reached at 814-486-0723. The Potter County Assessment Office can be reached at 814-274-0488.

Potter County Assessor Joe Lewis says "If you have any question if you have filed for or been granted this exemption, please call our office. It only takes a couple of minutes for us to check it for you. We don't want you to miss out on this tax reduction."

Truck Wreck Shuts I-80 Eastbound Overnight

WNEP Reports:

A wreck involving several tractor-trailers had a stretch of Interstate 80 east shut down in Montour County.

One lane eastbound has been reopened.

State troopers tell us a dump truck's bed began to raise up and was sheared off by a bridge. Three tractor-trailer drivers swerved to miss the debris and wound up crashing.

It happened around 11 p.m. Sunday in Liberty Township.

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Three tractor-trailer drivers swerved to miss the debris and crashed.

No one was hurt.

One lane of I-80 east between the Limestoneville exit (215) and the Danville exit (224) is closed while crews clean up the crashed trucks.

Winter Storm Watch Posted

WESB News: 02/25/08 - Winter Storm Watch for Twin Tiers

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for Tuesday morning.

A total of 6-12 inches of snow could fall, and be mixed in with rain and sleet at times. Low pressure will move in from the Ohio Valley Tuesday and spread snow across all the twin tiers.

The snow could begin around daybreak Tuesday and continue through Wednesday.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Accident Reported At Coneville

6:25 PM--2-24-08
Coudersport and Shinglehouse emergency responders are responding to a one car crash at the intersection of Route 44 and 244 at Coneville. Coudersport units have been recalled at 6:35 pm.
WESB News: 02/26/08 - Oswayo Man Hospitalized After DUI Crash A Oswayo man was injured in an alcohol related accident Sunday night on route 44 in Coneville. State Police say a car driven by 66 year-old Clair Weir went out of control and struck a bridge. Weir was hospitalized and charged with DUI.

PA Lottery

Results for 2/24/2008

TDN (DAY): 033
TDN: 727
Big4 (DAY): 8465
B4: 0942
TH (Day): 2,11,15,19,25
C5: 5,10,14,30,34

Treasure Hunt (Day) jackpot for 2/25/2008 is $10,000.00
Cash 5 jackpot for 2/25/2008 is $400,000.00

Accident Reported On Carley Hill Road

WESB News: 02/25/08 - Shinglehouse Woman Hurt in Accident

A Shinglehouse woman suffered minor injuries in a one vehicle accident Sunday morning at around 7:30am. State Police say a truck driven by 27 year-old Kendra Mehl went out of control on Carley Hill Road an overturned. Mehl was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Game Commission Elects Female President

PGC elects first female president

POSTED: February 24, 2008

Article Photos


In a historic move, Pennsylvania’s Board of Game Commissioners elected its first female president on Jan. 29.

New president Commissioner Roxane S. Palone of Waynesburg, Greene County, was the first woman appointed to a full eight-year term on the board in 2000,

She was elected vice-president in 2004 and re-elected in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She also was elected to serve as board secretary in 2003.

During last month’s reorganization, Commissioner Gregory J. Isabella of Philadelphia was elected vice-president. He formerly was secretary.

Commissioner James J. Delany Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, was elected secretary. Delaney first was appointed to the board in 2007.

Other commissioners are Russell E. Schleiden, Centre Hall, Centre County; Thomas E. Boop, Sunbury, Northumberland County; H. Daniel Hill III, Erie, Erie County; and David W. Schreffler, Everett, Bedford County. From the Sun Gazette.