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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Earthquake Felt At Clarence Center Today

An earthquake that measured 2.7 was recorded today at Clarence Center, NY at 6:48 am--3-8-08

Route 6 Blocked At Bloomster Hollow

BREAKING NEWS: 8:20 pm--3-8-08
Gusty winds have taken down an ice laden tree at the intersection of Route 6 and Bloomster Hollow between Smethport and Hazelhurst. Route 6 is reported blocked. Firemen have been dispatched for traffic control.

Strong winds which have begun to blow into the area will likely take down a lot of ice laden trees. Power failures are likely. Best to find flashlights and prepare for a possible power failure. Caution is advised on using candles as they so often result in house fires.

SUV On Roof On Loucks Mills Road

BREAKING NEWS: 6:15 pm--3-8-08
Emergency responders are responding to an accident on the Loucks Mills Road in Hector Township, where an SUV is reported on it's roof.

Wind Advisory Posted--55 MPH Gusts

Statement as of 5:57 PM EST on March 08, 2008

... Wind Advisory now in effect until 7 am EDT Sunday...

The Wind Advisory is now in effect until 7 am EDT Sunday.

Sustained westerly winds at 20 to 30 mph will continue
tonight... with frequent higher gusts between 40 and 50 mph. Some
gusts could peak around 55 mph on the ridge tops.

A Wind Advisory means that strong... gusty winds will make driving
difficult... especially for high profile vehicles in exposed
locations. Gusty winds could also cause some minor property

Accident On Cemetery Curve At Coudy

BREAKING NEWS: 5:45 PM--3-8-08
Coudersport Emergency Services have responded to a one vehicle accident on Route 6 West on the cemetery curve where a person is reported injured.

Dirk Cowburn Wins Class AA Championship

PIAA Class AA Wrestling championships - Live

Posted by Rod Frisco/Of The Patriot-News March 08, 2008

DIRK COWBURN (37-0), Coudersport vs. ETHAN LAUDERMILCH (31-3), Northeast Bradford

Cowburn quick T2 ... Laudernilch escapes (2-1, Cowburn) ... Cowburn a second T2 at :21 seconds (4-1, Cowburn) ... end of first

Laudermilch escapes (4-2, Cowburn) ... end of two, Cowburn leads, 4-2

Cowburn escapes to start third (5-2, Cowburn) ... COWBURN WINS, 5-2 ... First champ at Coudy since Tom Storey (189) in 1989

Emporium People Injured In Norwich Twp. Crash

WESB News: 03/08/08 - 2 Injured in Norwich Twp. Crash

State Police in Kane report a one vehicle crash on Rt 46 just North of West Branch Rd at 12:45 this morning in Norwich TWP.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on the icy/snowy road and went off the right side of the road into a ditch, rolling over a number of times.

The 16 yr driver and the passenger, 23 yr old Trisha Wilkins, both of Emporium were taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for their injuries from the crash. The junior driver will be cited for being in violation of a junior license, failing to wear a seat belt, and driving to fast for road conditions.

Accident North Of Shinglehouse On Route 44

BREAKING NEWS: 3:35 PM--3-8-08
Shinglehouse fire and ambulance has responded to a one vehicle accident on Route 44, a half mile North of the borough.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

one person with minior injuries road way was opened around 1730hrs no power outages as of yet

Saturday, March 8, 2008 9:20:00 PM EST

Cold second half ends Bradford's season STATE COLLEGE – Steelton-Highspire outscored Bradford 37-7 in the second half to get a 72-41 win in the PIAA Class AAA boys’ basketball playoffs Friday night at State College High School. >>>Read

Coudersport's Dirk Cowburn Wins Again, Finals Today

In action last night, Coudersport's Dirk Cowburn (37-0) was as impressive as ever, pounding a good Corey Lear (43-2) of Benton, 9-2.

Susquenita Sophomore Derec Sauve (38-4), who's had a great year, just couldn't get past Northeast Bradford senior Ethan Laudermilch (31-3). Laudermilch posted a 7-5 decision. ...

In the finals today, Dirk Cowburn will square off with Ethan Laudermilch for the Class AA title.

The Class AA championship finals are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. today. The consolation matches in Class AA get started at 12:30 p.m.

Kathryn M. Kaple---In Memorium--1926-2007

It's been a year since our dear friend and neighbor,
Kathryn M. Kaple went to be with the Lord
Just a note to say we miss your smile, and the
twinkle in your eye. It was a privilege to know you.

Rep. Peterson Not Endorsing A Successor---Yet

In an article today by Scott Johnson in the Lock Haven Express, US Congressman John Peterson is quoted to say:

Peterson, who is stepping down after 12 years in Congress, said he doesn’t plan on endorsing any of the nine Republicans or three Democrats who are vying for his seat.

But, he did tell the gathering that if he believes there is one candidate who is “head and shoulders” above the rest, he might endorse that candidate.

“If I think I can make a difference and I think somebody is deserving to serve, I would,” Peterson said. “But, I don’t personally have a candidate at the moment.”

His advice for the candidates is to be ready for hard work if they are elected, especially because the 5th Congressional District is the second largest district east of the Mississippi.

Wire Down On Route 49

BREAKING NEWS: 8:15--3-8-08
Coudersport Fire Department is responding to a non-emergency wire down in the highway on Route 49, West of Colesburg, for traffic control.

Freezing rain is coating wires, trees, and roadways this morning, making walking and driving hazardous.

Sinnemahoning Man Gets 15 Years For Arson

Businessman gets 15 years for burning his own store


A businessman was sentenced in U.S. Middle District Court here Friday to 15 years and three months in federal prison for setting fire to his convenience store in 2001.

John Floyd Carey Sr., 63, former owner of Carey’s Country Store in Sinnemahoning, Cameron County, was sentenced by U.S. District Senior Judge Malcolm Muir on counts of mail fraud, arson and use of fire to commit a felony.

Carey’s attorney, William Miele, asked for the low end of the recommended sentencing guidelines — 15 years. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Rocktashel asked for a sentence of more than 16 years.

Miele pointed out Carey will be roughly 75 when he gets out of prison and has no assets with which to pay a fine.

Rocktashel said the fire had endangered firefighters who responded to the store and tried to “pervert justice” by filing a lawsuit to force the insurance company to turn over the money he set the fire to obtain.

The lawsuit failed and Carey fled south when a federal indictment was filed.

He was later apprehended in Virginia, and a U.S. Middle District Court jury trial here last spring ended in a guilty verdict.

Carey’s comments in court Friday consisted of a request for a long list of transcripts and court documents. Other than that, he said he had “nothing to add.”

According to the indictment, Carey and his wife were having marital problems, deep in debt and in default of a $153,000 mortgage at the time of the fire.

The prosecution claimed Carey set the fire hoping to collect $380,000 insurance and had removed valuables from the property before the fire.

During the trial, the defense alleged the fire could have been set by his estranged wife and son.

Genesee Man Jailed For Child Porn/Sex Charges

WESB News: 03/07/08 - Man Jailed on Child Porn, Assault Charges

A Genesee man is in jail on multiple charges of statuary sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old female in the summer of 2006.

22-year-old Christopher Inzana has also been charged with sexual abuse of children after police found child pornography on his computer. He also allegedly downloaded child porn onto the computer at the Genesee Fire Department, where he was secretary/treasurer.

Police say his computers are being searched for additional child pornography, so they don't have an exact count yet has to how many files he allegedly had.

Inzana is in Potter County jail on 75 thousand dollars bail for the sexual assault charges and 65 thousand dollars for the child porn charges.

Star Gazette
A Genesee man was charged by state police Friday with possessing and disseminating child pornography and having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Christopher B. Inzana, 22, of Shongo Street, faces three counts each of disseminating child pornography and possession of child pornography and six counts of criminal use of communication facility, said state police at Coudersport.
All the crimes are felonies.

In a separate crime, Inzana was charged Friday with nine counts each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors, and four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Those charges are a mix of felonies and misdemeanors.

After an Internet task force traced child pornography to Inzana, they were able to download three child porn files from his computer, police said.

A search warrant was executed for his residence, and his computers were searched.

Police also found that Inzana, secretary/treasurer of the Genesee Fire Department, had downloaded child pornography files into the station's computer.

Police said they seized the fire department's computer and are searching for the files.

Police said Inzana also is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl during the summer of 2006.

Inzana was arraigned in both cases before District Magistrate Barbara Easton. He was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail in the case involving the 14-year-old girl and $65,000 bail in the pornography case.

He has been committed to the Potter County Jail.

The pornography was discovered by an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which referred the case to the Pennsylvania State Police Troop F Computer Crimes Unit.

That unit called in state police at Coudersport for assistance.

Area Obituaries

SWEDEN VALLEY — Joseph H. “Foxie” Boyd, 89, a lifelong resident of Sweden Valley, died Friday (March 7, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit, Coudersport, after a year-long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. A memorial service for Lillian P. Stone, formerly of Shinglehouse, who died Wednesday (Feb. 27, 2008), will be held Sunday (March 9, 2008) at 1 p.m. in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Winter Storm Warning Cancelled--Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory... which is in effect until 1 am EST Sunday. The
Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.

An area of low pressure over eastern Tennessee will intensify and
slide northeast into the middle Susquehanna valley later this
evening. Through much of the day today precipitation will be a mix
of light rain... freezing rain and sleet... then change to all snow
by early this evening.

Snow could fall heavy at times this evening before tapering to
flurries early Sunday morning.

Additional sleet and snowfall by late tonight will be as much as
3 to 6 inches over the advisory area. In addition... freezing rain
may accumulate up to one tenth of an inch across the Allegheny
Front... just to the northwest of Route 2 20 and Interstate 99.

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.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Shinglehouse Man Sentenced To Jail For DUI

Daniel Terrette, 48 of Shinglehouse has been sentenced to a jail term of 90 days to five years after being found guilty of DUI during a jury trial.

According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Terrette was arrested on December 16, 2006 when state police investigated a snowmobile crash on Honeoye Street in Sharon Township.

Terrette’s ATV went across the highway, rolled over 360 degrees and came to rest on the highway. When police interviewed Terrette while he was sitting in the Shinglehouse ambulance, the observed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and he had blood shot and glassy eyes. He admitted to troopers that he had consumed 10 beers.

Chemical testing conducted at Charles Cole Hospital confirmed an alcohol level of .21%, almost three times the legal limit. Terrette was also ordered to pay $1,650. fine and perform 25 hours of community service.

Coudersport Mock Trial Team Wins Top Honors

The Coudersport High School Mock Trial Team swept top honors this week at the district competition in Smethport.

The team, consisting of Emma Brink, Joe Bartholomew, Brian Wetzel, Melissa Gerner, Aaron Chisolm, Sara Bunch, Sheldon Carpenter and Kristy Kamper was in Williamsport today to compete in regional competition agains Bald Eagle High School of Williamsport.

Attorney advisor is local attorney Andy Watson.

The contest is sponsored statewide by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Dirk Cowburn Wins Match At Hershey This Morning

Coudersport wrestler Dirk Cowburn won his match this morning at the state tournament in Hershey beating Mike Brant of West Mont Hilltop 16-7 to advance to the semi-finals taking place tonight.

Snow/Slippery Roads Cause Cancellations, ETC.

Motorists within Pennsylvania can call toll free 1-888-783-6783 for interstate road conditions.

Because of the anticipated bad weather, the Coudersport Falcons state play-off game scheduled for tonight against Kennedy Catholic has been postponed until 5:00 pm on Sunday.

We will have the game on WFRM and on our website,

The spelling Bee and spaghetti supper scheduled for tonight at the Galeton School have been cancelled and
the Easter egg hunt scheduled for Saturday at Bridgeport Academy in Port Allegany has been postponed until next Saturday, March 15.

One Car Accident Reported On Seven Bridges Hill

5:20 pm----3-7-08
Coudersport Emergency Services is responding to a one vehicle accident on the top of 7 Bridges Hill on Route 49. Units arriving on scene reported the car was gone on arrival.

Snowy Roads For Evening Rush Hour

Slippery roads in the Bradford area have resulted in multiple accidents and big rigs stuck on the hill.

Accidents have been reported in the Smethport, and Port Allegany areas as well.

That snowy weather has overspread the Roulette area and road surfaces are beginning to get covered and slippery.

And to think just a half an hour ago, I was photographing a robin in the grass across the road. I bet their leader gets a reprimand for getting here too soon.

The national weather service says we may get a foot of snow from this storm this weekend.

Meeting Cancelled In Potter County Tonight

Emergency Services Meeting at the Potter County EOC for tonight has been cancelled.

Goings On From WFRM Website

March 7

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.

March 7

St. Bibiana’s Church in Galeton will serve their famous fish fry from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Menu includes Icelandic haddock, French fries, coleslaw, roll and beverage. Adults, $8.50; children $6.00. Sundae bar, $1.00. Take-outs available by calling 435-2864.

March 7

There will be a fish fry at the Roulette fire hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $8.00. Dinner includes baked/battered fish, baked potato/French fires, coleslaw/applesauce and roll. Take-outs available by calling 544-7762.

March 8

The 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Bridgeport Academy-Beacon Light Behavioral Systems will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Academy located at 717 Mill Street in Port Allegany. Activities include face painting, games, refreshments, door prizes, a visit from the Easter bunny and the egg hunt at noon. The event is free an open to children birth to 12 years of age. Please take a container in which to collect your eggs.

March 8

The Hamlin Memorial Library will hold its annual fundraising dinner/auction at the Smethport fire hall beginning with a social hour and silent auction at 6:00. Reservations were required.

March 9

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.

March 9

Friends and neighbors are invited to the Hebron Community Building (formerly the Hebron Grange) from 2 pm to 4 pm to celebrate the Rachel Kenyon 90th Birthday. Gifts are graciously declined.

Oil Does It Again

WESB News: 03/07/08 - ARG paying over $100 a Barrel Today

Crude oil futures continue to rise. Boosted again by the dollar's continuing slide to new lows against the euro.

American Refining Group is also paying its highest price ever – $100.50 a barrel. That's a jump of $1 from Thursday’s posted price.

Drake Well Museum Gets $6 Million Renovation

WESB News: 03/07/08 - Drake Well Gets Money for Makeover

The state is giving the Drake Well Museum in Titusville $6 million to get a complete makeover ahead of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the oil industry.

The anniversary celebrations will be held in August 2009. The state-owned museum is central to those events.

Drake Well has not been renovated since the 1960s. The funding was initially promised in 2005, but the state has only fully allocated it this week.

The museum is a commemoration of Col. Edwin Drake's successful oil well on Aug. 27, 1859. Drake's well began an international quest for petroleum.

The museum is home to a wide collection of items that reflect the region's claim to being the birthplace of the oil industry.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Friday, March 7, 2008 3:43:00 PM EST

PPL Selling Natural Gas Business


PPL is getting out of the natural gas business.

The utility announced today it has signed an agreement to sell its natural gas distribution subsidiary, PPL Gas Utilities Corporation, and propane subsidiary, Penn Fuel Propane, LLC to UGI Utilities, Inc.

UGI has agreed to pay $268 million.

PPL serves about 77,000 natural gas customers in counties throughout Pennsylvania and other states, including Potter and McKean, who were previously served by North Penn Gas Company.

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) on Thursday (3/6) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its natural gas distribution subsidiary, PPL Gas Utilities Corporation, and propane subsidiary, Penn Fuel Propane, LLC, to UGI Utilities, Inc.

UGI Utilities has agreed to acquire these businesses for approximately $268 million in cash plus working capital, pursuant to a stock purchase agreement and following the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals. PPL expects the sale to close before the end of 2008.

These businesses represented about 1 percent of PPL’s overall earnings from ongoing operations in 2007. The gas utility serves about 76,000 natural gas distribution customers in 35 counties throughout Pennsylvania and a small area of Maryland. It operates about 3,800 miles of pipeline and owns underground gas storage capacity in three separate reservoirs in north-central Pennsylvania.

The propane subsidiary buys propane on a wholesale basis and stores, delivers and sells it to about 33,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.

“These businesses have been operationally and financially successful, but their relative size and earnings contributions limited their strategic value to PPL’s future growth,” said William H. Spence, PPL’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. During 2007, PPL completed the sales of its Latin American electricity delivery businesses and its telecommunications operations.

“All of these steps position us to focus on growth opportunities in our core businesses of power generation, energy marketing and electricity delivery – bringing the most value to our shareowners,” Spence said.

Lehman Brothers, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to PPL on this transaction.

UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) is a holding company with propane marketing, utility and energy marketing subsidiaries. Through subsidiaries, UGI owns 44 percent of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU), the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, and owns Antargaz, one of the largest LPG distributors in France.

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation. UGI Utilities serves natural gas to approximately 478,000 customers in 28 Pennsylvania counties, including the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. UGI Utilities delivers electricity to approximately 62,000 customers in two northeastern Pennsylvania counties near Wilkes-Barre.

PPL Corporation, headquartered in Allentown, Pa., controls more than 11,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

Galeton Man Sentenced For DUI In Tioga Court

WELLSBORO — A Galeton man was sentenced on Monday in Tioga County Court for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

• Michael E. Rinehart, 43, of Galeton, five years treatment-based intermediate supervision for driving under the influence of intoxicants, his second conviction in 10 years.

He will serve the first year of his sentence as an inmate at Tioga County Prison, with credit for 207 days time served, then four years intensive probation, a $1,500 fine plus court costs. He also is subject to the Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Law for one year.

He had his first treatment-based intermediate supervision sentence for DUI on March 17, 2005, revoked on Dec. 8 for violating the terms of his sentence.

Storm Warning--Snow Totals May Reach 12 Inches

.A storm system developing over the Gulf Coast will quickly
track northeast into the middle Atlantic region this afternoon. A
secondary storm will develop Saturday and follow a similar
path... sliding across southeast Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon
through early Sunday morning. The combination of both systems
are expected to bring heavy snowfall to northwest
Pennsylvania... and a mix of freezing rain... sleet and snow across
the Allegheny Mountains.

... Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to
1 am EST Sunday...

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

An intense winter storm will quickly slide northeast from
Gulf Coast this afternoon into the middle Atlantic
region... spreading a wintry mix into northwest Pennsylvania late
this afternoon.

Light snow will develop this evening and increase in intensity
through early Saturday.

For a period Saturday morning snowfall intensity will
decrease... but is expected to increase once again Saturday
afternoon before tapering to flurries late Saturday night.

Storm total snowfall will approach one foot across northwest
Pennsylvania. Freezing rain may accumulate up to one quarter of an

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.
Coudy-Bradford look to advance to PIAA semifinals

Derek Burdick and Coudersport face Kennedy Catholic Friday

CLARION – Two District 9 boys’ basketball teams will try to get within a game of State College and the PIAA championship game Friday night. >>>Read

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Roulette Egg Hunt Planned March 22

Roulette's annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 22
at 1 p.m. in the lot across the road from the Human
Service building in Roulette.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held
March 29.

Also it is time to start booking for use of the Community
Park on Rt. 6. To reserve the park call 544-9967.

Fish Fry Friday At Roulette Firehall

A Fish Fry will be held Friday, March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the
Roulette firehall. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.

Cost for the dinner is $8. Dinner includes baked or battered fish,
baked potato or French fries, coleslaw or applesauce and roll.

Takeouts are available by calling 544-7762.

Donald R. Howard, 77, Shinglehouse, PA

Donald R. Howard, 77 ,0f Shinglehouse, died Monday (March 3, 2008)
in Charles Cole Memorial. Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born January 16,1931 in Bradford, he was a son of Robert and Lucy Turner
Howard. On March 26, 1949 in Hornell, NY, he married Donna E. George,
who died on March 22,1990. He attended Shinglehouse High School.

Mr. Howard served with the Olean National Guard. He was
a salesman for Chapman-Burrows Furniture Store in Genesee
for many years and later owned Howard 's Hardware in Shinglehouse
from 1967 until he retired in 1986. Earlier he had a Christmas tree
farm in Genesee.

He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F &AM in Shinglehouse where
he was a past master and had held the office of tyler for many years. He
was a member of the Coudersport Consistory and a member of the
Shinglehouse American legion Post 530.

Surviving are a daughter, Tracy L. (Will) Worthington of Eldred; three
sons Kenneth J. Howard of Lakeland, Florida, Jeffrey W.(Darlene)
Howard and Mick (Lisa) Howard, both of Shinglehouse; eight
grandchildren: Jessica (John) Marshall ,Dustin Howard,
Dylan Howard, Andy (Danielle)Howard,Tonya (Israel) Alonzo, Craig
(Amy) Worthington, Ryan Worthington, and Derek (Ashley) Worthington;
nine great-grandchildren; a Sister, Jean Gross of Ceres; four brothers,
Richard (Jean) Howard of Richburg, NY, Jack (Nickki) Howard of
Shinglehouse,James (Liz) Howard of Florida,and William (Mindy) Howard
of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Howard was predeceased by two
brothers, Robert Howard and Paul Howard.

Funeral services were held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral
Home, Shinglehouse, on Thursday (March 6, 2008) .
The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First
Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, and Pastor Robert Howard,
Mr. Howard's nephew, of Whitesville, NY, officiated.
Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Thousands Lost Power In Ice Storm In Area

Tri-County Rural Electric told WFRM earlier today that crews worked into last evening restoring power to about 400 members who lost theirs during the Tuesday night ice storm.

During the peak of the storm, some 4200 members in Potter, Tioga and Bradford Counties lost power. Outages were also reported in McKean County. Some 3000 residents were in the dark for several hours into Wednesday morning in some locations, especially in Bradford, Derrick City Eldred and Smethport.

After a spring-like day today with temperatures in the forties and sunshine, the area is bracing for yet another winter storm which could deliver a mixed bag of precipitation or heavy snow Friday night into Sunday .

The National Weather Service, this afternoon, issued a winter storm watch for several counties in the WFRM listening area including Potter, McKean, Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties in New York State.

Coudy Boys To Play Friday At Clarion University

The Coudersport Lady Falcons lost a heartbreaker last night to Avonworth 53-51
in overtime at Clarion High School in the second round of state playoffs, bringing an end to a 26 game winning streak. The Lady Falcons, District 9 champs, ended the season with a record of 27 wins and 3 losses.

Meanwhile, the Coudersport boys will play Kennedy catholic in the state quarterfinals Friday night at Clarion University. Tip off is 7:00 p.m.

Advance tickets will be available until 2:00 p.m. in the High School office. Student tickets are $3.00 if purchased in advance. All tickets will be $6.00 at the door.

If you can’t make the trip, you can catch all of the action right here on WFRM and on our website

ATV Safety Class Planned March 15 In Roulette

An ATV Safety Class will be sponsored by The Potter
County Chapter of
ATV Traction on March 15 at 9 a.m.
Location is approximately one mile
east of Roulette
on Rt. 6.

This is a DCNR certified class for youths, all youth participants will
receive a DCNR safety certification. Youths ages eight to 15 must
complete this class in order to ride on state lands.

This class is also open to adults; all adult participants will receive a
certificate upon completion.

The fee is by donation only. The class is open to all.

For more information and to register, call John Taylor at 544-7153.
All participants must register by March 8.

Winter Storm Watch Posted

Statement as of 3:29 PM EST on March 06, 2008

... A variety of winter weather to affect portions of Pennsylvania
this weekend...

... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday afternoon through
Sunday morning...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from Friday afternoon through
Sunday morning.

A storm system moving from the Gulf states to the mid Atlantic
coast on Saturday will bring a mix of snow and rain to northwest
Pennsylvania by late Friday afternoon. Several inches of snow may
accumulate Friday night.

The storm will intensify along the Atlantic coast on Saturday
which will result in moderate to heavy snow at times during the
day. Snow will decrease in intensity Saturday night but not
before possible snow accumulations in excess of 6 inches.

In addition... strong northwest winds will develop late Saturday
night... along with the potential for lake effect snow showers.
Much colder weather will be in store for the area late Saturday
night into Sunday.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow or ice accumulation that may impact travel. The exact path
of this storm system is uncertain. However... if heavy snow or ice
becomes imminent... a Winter Storm Warning will be issued.

Persons with travel plans late Friday into this weekend should
listen to later statements and forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio...
or your favorite TV or radio station.

Oil Prices Over The Top Again

WESB News: 03/06/08 - Oil Prices Keep Climbing; $99.50 at ARG

After oil prices skyrocketed to more than 100 dollars a barrel Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, American Refining Group's price for Penn Grade crude climbed closer to the 100-dollar-a-barrel mark.

Thursday's price is 99-50 a barrel, up 5 dollars from Wednesday's price. Elsewhere Thursday, oil prices steadied after nearing a record $106 a barrel as investors reacted to a surprise drop in U.S. crude supplies and the dollar struck new lows against the euro. Also supporting prices was an OPEC decision not to boost output and rising tensions on Venezuela's border.

By the afternoon in Europe, light, sweet crude was unchanged from the previous yesterday's close at $104.52 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices briefly spiked to a record of $105.97 earlier in the day.

On Wednesday, the April contract had jumped $5 to settle at a record $104.52 a barrel and later rose to $104.95 in post-settlement electronic trading. Earlier this week, oil prices broke the previous inflation-adjusted price record of $103.76, set in 1980

Shinglehouse Woman Injured In Coudy Crash

Star Gazette
A woman suffered unknown injuries when her vehicle was struck from behind early Wednesday morning on state Route 6 in Eulalia Township.

Linda M. Hurd, 44, of Shinglehouse, was traveling east on state Route 6 and attempting to make a right-hand turn into the parking lot of Sweden Valley Manor when she was struck from behind by a car driven by Douglas E. Watson, 52, of Coudersport.

Watson's vehicle continued on after the collision, striking a sign post owned by Sweden Valley Manor.

Watson was not injured in the crash. Hurd was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police say Watson faces charges for the crash.

Matt Shaner Serious About Congressional Race

Shaner spending triggers FEC law -

With seven weeks to go until Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary, 5th Congressional District Republican Matt Shaner has already spent more than $350,000 of his own money on the race, a campaign finance report shows.

The amount reflects the skyrocketing cost of congressional campaigns and especially the cost of TV commercials but also underscores a difference in personal wealth among candidates for the only open U.S. House seat in the state.

Federal law requires self-financed candidates to notify their opponents when they exceed $350,000 in spending because the opponents then become eligible to accept contributions from individuals three times higher than the typical limit, $2,300.

Shaner, 28, a State College-based real estate developer, filed the required Federal Election Commission report last Friday and sent copies to opponents in accordance with the FEC’s so-called Millionaire’s Amendment.

The amendment was added to campaign finance laws in 2002 and first took effect in the 2004 elections. In the more than 870 U.S. House elections since then, including special elections, only 59 candidates have filed the form to indicate they’ve spent personal funds beyond the Millionaire’s Amendment threshold, FEC spokesman Bob Biersack said.

This year’s regular pre-primary campaign finance reports for Pennsylvania’s congressional races are not due to the FEC until April 10.

Shaner this week explained the expenditures by saying that, with so many Republicans seeking the 5th District nomination — nine — and with the campaign spread over 17 counties, “we’re trying to get our message out.”

He added: “By spending my own money on my campaign, it allows me to remain independent if elected and not be beholden to large donors because they financed my campaign.”

Shaner, the son of hotel industry entrepreneur Lance Shaner, said he has spent the money mostly on TV and radio commercials throughout the district’s 17 counties as well as on direct mailings to residents.

“We’re in this to run a very strong campaign over the entire district and hopefully win the district on April 22,” Shaner said. He could not project how much he might spend in the remaining weeks of the race, saying that “campaigns are fluid.”

The Shaner spending report covers 29 days from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27. A course of spending at the same rate until the April 22 primary — more than $12,000 a day — would amount to a total campaign expense of more than $1 million.

An analysis of the 2006 congressional elections by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics found that the average of cost of winning a U.S. House seat was about $1.3 million, including the full cycle of primary and general election campaigns. The analysis also found that in 93 percent of the U.S. House races, the candidate who spent the most money won.

Three Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination for the 5th District seat, but they are not opponents of Shaner. Shaner’s Republican primary opponents reacted to his spending with wide-ranging criticism.

“Is this the guy who’s the fiscal conservative?” said former Centre County commissioner Chris Exarchos, 63. “If he treats his own money that way, how’s he going to treat the rest of our money?”

Clearfield County financial consultant Derek Walker, 32, the son and grandson of wealthy coal industry entrepreneurs, said his father and grandfather “haven’t put one cent into the campaign so far.” Until the Millionaire’s Amendment took effect, his father and grandfather could not contribute more than $2,300 each to his campaign.

“This election is not going to be won by glitzy ads,” Walker said. “If I can afford to use TV, I’ll use TV. It’s good for name recognition. It’s not good for character recognition.”

Lycoming County Republican Jeff Stroehmann, a former Woodward Township supervisor, said Shaner mailings — he counted three so far — were inundating Jefferson County Republicans. But he said the Shaner spending helps him out.

“It actually makes me happy that he tripped the Millionaire’s Amendment because it allows my contributors to donate more,” said Stroehmann, 42, the great-great grandson of the founder of Stroehmann Bakeries. “He actually did us a big favor.”

Clarion Mayor John Stroup, another of the Republican candidates, acknowledged that individual contributors may now donate up to $6,900 instead of $2,300. But he added that “I don’t have a whole lot of those people to worry about.”

Centre County Republican Chairman Glenn Thompson said he was surprised when he got a copy of Shaner’s Millionaire’s Amendment form.

“I really never expected it would be something that would be used in this congressional race,” he said. “I’m not worried and frankly not intimidated by that much money being spent in the race. We trust that the voters will use all opportunities to make an informed decision.”

Other Republican candidates could not be reached for comment.

Exarchos and Walker wondered where Shaner got the money.

“I’d like to know how a 28-year-old guy made that kind of money,” Exarchos said. “He must have a job that pays a lot.”

“Where did the money come from?” Walker said. “The money had to come from somewhere.”

Shaner said he accumulated the money “through businesses that I’m partners in.”

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910
"Solomon's words" appreciates Mike Joseph and the Centre
Daily times letting us republish these articles on the 5th District Congressional race.

One Dead, Five Hurt In Two-Vehicle Crash

Wellsboro --Star Gazette

One person died and five others were injured Wednesday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Wellsboro.

Police said Kelsey Anna Monks, 15, of 65 Bell Road in Wellsboro, was killed in the crash. She was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Tracey L. Monks, 39, of the same address.

Also in the same vehicle was an unidentified 13-year-old girl, who was taken by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

The other vehicle, a pickup truck, was driven by Charles D. Smith, 33, of 103 Cemetery Road in Middlebury Center. He had moderate injuries and was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

His passengers included Donna R. Smith, 31 of the same address, and an unidentified 14-year-old boy. Donna Smith was taken by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital. The boy was treated for moderate injuries at Soldiers and Sailors.

Police said seat belts were not worn by Kelsley Anna Monks or the two passengers in the Smith truck.

A seat belt was worn by Charles D. Smith. Police did not say if the others wore seat belts.

The crash occurred as Tracey L. Monks was driving a Jeep Liberty south on state Route 287, a mile north of Baldwin Run Road in Delmar Township, when the vehicle went out of control on a patch of ice and crossed into the northbound lane in front of the truck.

Emergency workers remained on the scene of the 6:56 p.m. crash on a rolling, twisty section of state Route 287 known locally as the "Hogbacks."

The crash closed Route 287 for more than three hours and brought out state police plus firefighters and ambulance crews from Wellsboro, Middlebury and Morris.

Avonworth upends Coudersport in "A" second round

CLARION – Avonworth outscored Coudersport 6-4 in overtime to beat Coudersport 53-51 in the PIAA Class A girls’ second-round game Tuesday night at Clarion High School. >>>Read

Coudy's Kristy Kamper had 19 points

Coudy holds off Union-New Castle to move into "A" quarterfinals
CLARION – Behind 21 points from Blair Heimel, Coudersport beat Union-New Castle 55-47 in the PIAA Class A boys’ second round Tuesday night at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. >>>Read

Colton Corey had 10 points for Coudy

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

One Dead--Five Injured Tonight In Crash

WELLSBORO — One person died and at least five others were injured tonight in a two-vehicle crash north of Wellsboro.

Emergency workers remained on the scene of the 6:56 p.m. crash on a rolling, twisty section of state Route 287 known locally as the “Hogbacks.”

The crash closed Route 287 and brought out state police plus firefighters and ambulance crews from Wellsboro, Middlebury and Morris.

Emergency workers dispatched three medical evacuation helicopters to Wellsboro to transfer the injured to regional medical centers.

Police did not know when Route 287 would reopen.

WFRM Will Broadcast Basketball Games

The Coudersport Falcons boys basketball team advanced to the state quarterfinals last night by beating Union 47-55.

The undefeated Falcons will return to Clarion University Friday night to play Kennedy Catholic in the state quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, The Lady Falcons will play Avonworth tonight in the second round of state playoffs at Clarion High School.

Both games will be broadcast on WFRM and on the WFRM website

Trees and Wires Hit Hard By Icing North Of Rt. 6

WFRM News:
While downtown Coudersport did not suffer much from the ice storm, yesterday and today, outlying areas were not so lucky.

In fact significant icing was reported in Bradford and Wellsville and the northwestern part of Potter County was hard hit with trees giving way to the heavy ice overnight and into the morning hours.

Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley and Wellsville Central schools cancelled classes today while Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Port Allegany and Hebron Center Christian Schools all had a two-hour delay.

Power outages were reported in Harrison Valley, Shinglehouse and on Sweden Hill and Tri-County Cooperative told WFRM this afternoon that crews were working to restore power to some 1750 members.

Accumulations of ice on electric lines and trees caused numerous outages across Tri-County’s service territory beginning at about 9:00 o’clock last night. During the course of the night, more than 4200members lost power with the bulk of them occurring north of Route 6 in Potter, Tioga and Bradford Counties as well as in higher elevations of Tri-County’s service territory. The remaining outages were concentrated in the Westfield area of Tioga County where about 1100 members were still without power as of noon today.

Pockets of outages also remained this afternoon in the Coneville area of Potter County and some communities near the Tioga Bradford County line.

The utility hopes to have all power restored by the end of the day and the public is warned to stay away from any downed power lines as they could be still energized .

To report downed wires call 1-800-343-2559.

Forecasters say Thursday should be somewhat pleasant with partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-forties, giving us a slight reprieve before another system brings significant rain or a mixed bag of precipitation Friday afternoon and evening.

WFRM Event Calendar

March 7

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.

March 9

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 Man Arrested In Portville

WESB News: 03/05/08 - Smethport Fugitive Picked up in Portville

A Smethport man who was on the run from police has been picked up and arrested in Portville.

21-year-old Joseph Yehl was wanted on burglary and other charges from an incident February 4 in Smethport.

Police received a tip that he was running through back yards in Portville. Police found him and arrested him without incident.

Portville's drug K-9 unit allegedly found marijuana, hypodermic instruments, controlled substances and other drug paraphernalia in his car. A hand gun stolen from Smethport was also found. He's in jail on 25 hundred dollars bail.

5TH DISTRICT: Candidate Q&A

Congress hopefuls discuss economic development


The Centre Daily Times asked each of the nine Republican and three Democratic candidates for the 5th Congressional District nominations to respond to an identical set of eight questions. Below are their responses to the first question. Their responses to the remaining questions will be published each Tuesday and in the Voters Guide published just before the April 22 primary election.


What would you do as a congressman to help provide for job-creating economic development in the 5th Congressional District? What are the key elements of your manufacturing policy?


Chris Exarchos,63, of Lemont, Centre County; former county commissioner

“First, an effective representative

would need to work cooperatively with various entities to create a ‘business

friendly’ environment by having lower taxes, reasonable regulations and a good infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, broadband, etc.).

“Second, I would help to make available the resources to have a well-trained work force.

“Our education policy should offer affordable academic and technical education to provide young citizens with the skills they can use in today’s economy.

“Third, manufacturing usually requires tremendous amounts of energy. I would take concrete steps to make energy more abundant and affordable. I would support increased exploration for natural gas and encourage the use of clean coal technology.”

John Krupa,56, of Avis, Clinton County; insurance agent and former Pine Creek Township supervisor

“As a business person I recognize the value of Pennsylvania’s geographic location to the manufacturing/ business

community. The major contributing factors hindering robust economic growth in Pennsylvania are the imposed regulatory and tax burdens associated with doing business in Pennsylvania. These burdens are recognized by the business community both inside and outside of Pennsylvania.

“As the 5th Congressional District’s representative I will facilitate a quarterly roundtable meeting in the district with the district’s business people, state and local government agencies and community advocates to build a consensus plan of action for job growth and retention. This plan must find a way to lower these associated costs and unite our talents and resources in order to attract, create and retain high-quality jobs across our region.”

Lou Radkowski,64, of St. Marys; Elk County coroner

“We are all stakeholders in the economic success of our district.

Chambers of Commerce and local economic

development groups greatly enhance the economic vitality of our region. Working collaboratively with these organizations, I will develop economic incentive programs that encourage and enable businesses to remain in our state.

“For example, we need to ensure that every corner of our district has access to the latest and best DSL and broadband Internet service in order to attract and retain new businesses. State college and university graduates need incentives to remain in Pennsylvania, working and building our economy. I will work with state legislators to develop a plan that provides a tax credit to graduates who remain in Pennsylvania. I will also seek revisions in our federal tax code to provide larger credits and deductions for school loans.”

Keith Richardson,46, of Clarion; pastor of the First Baptist Church of Clarion

“Jobs aren’t created by politicians in Washington, but by industrious and enterprising people in the district. Economic

development occurs when regulatory and tax policies allow businesses to begin and expand so that companies can pay for more employees instead of more bureaucracy. So I’d work hard for across-the-board reductions in personal and corporate tax rates.

“This can be accomplished by an across-the-board reduction in tax rates. And since we need to get the government off our backs as well as out of our pockets, I’d seek careful and reasonable rollbacks of the excessive governmental regulations that hamper industry and reduce productivity. Red tape in Washington is leading to red ink for too many businesses.”

Matt Shaner,28, of Patton Township, Centre County; real estate developer

“Creating an economically prosperous environment for all Pennsylvanians will be an important task for the

next congressman. Job retention and creation is a vital part of that goal. I will work to foster an environment that allows small businesses to grow and new business to be created. Sound, long-term economic planning is the best way to promote growth. Making the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent, passing a balanced budget amendment and ending earmarks are all very important.

“Public-private partnerships are key to economic development. My company worked in Clinton County with the Lock Haven mayor and City Council, the Clinton County commissioners and the school board to bring a $15 million mixed-use development to the city of Lock Haven. We accomplished this by negotiating low-interest financing to support a project that will create many jobs and bring much needed economic development to Clinton County.”

Jeff Stroehmann,42, of Linden, Lycoming County; former Woodward Township supervisor

“The first thing that the United States needs to do is withdraw from job crushing trade agreements such as

NAFTA and GATT. I am not against trading with other nations, but I am opposed to entering into trade agreements that put the United States of America at a competitive disadvantage and hurt American workers.

“Equally important, Congress must provide for tax incentives and regulatory reform to encourage more investment by American corporations here as opposed to outsourcing overseas. I support tariffs on goods that are imported from nations that do not follow fair trade standards.”

John Stroup,50, mayor of Clarion and executive director of the Clarion Hospital Foundation

“The economic development role for a member of Congress is to provide leadership, having the focus to bring

folks to the table to make things happen. I believe that our region has all of the tools necessary for a strong economic future, but they need to have direction. We need to build upon the value within each community, developing opportunities to focus their energies on growing specific niches that will make them prosper.

“Building on this, whether it is high-tech in State College or powdered metals in Elk County will be key toward creating jobs here in the 5th. In Washington, helping provide economic growth for Pennsylvania communities means fighting for their priorities. Helping small businesses meet their health care needs by tearing down unnecessary barriers, ensuring continued support of technical education and fighting to ensure that taxes stay low are economic growth priorities for Pennsylvania communities, and they will be my priorities in Washington.”

Glenn Thompson,48, of Howard Township, Centre County, health care professional and county Republican Party chairman

“Job-creating economic development is a high priority in the 5th Congressional District. I will work to

secure funding

of those infrastructure projects that support manufacturing and service industries, including water, sewage, highways and broadband access. I support making the federal tax cuts permanent and will work for tax cuts on capital gains as a true economic stimulus. Additionally, tax incentives are needed for those manufacturers that invest in new technology to remain competitive globally.

“I support increasing work force investment in vocational/ technical training and community college programs. Our district’s best resource is a well-trained work force prepared to fill today’s manufacturing, technical and service positions. I support the development of a ‘fast-track’ business development process where federal, state and local barriers to business development are pro-actively streamlined. Pennsylvania manufacturing development should not suffer as a result of lengthy bureaucratic timelines. Finally, we should not allow tolling of Interstate 80.”

Derek Walker,32, of Bigler, Clearfield County, financial consultant

“I believe that community and business leaders must work closely together with our educational institutions to

develop a viable economic future. With thousands of square miles of forests, millions of tons of mineral reserves and potentially one of the largest untapped supplies of natural gas in the country, the region’s abundant amount of natural resources will allow us to reinvent our communities. I would also focus on making investments in our aging infrastructure.

“The 5th District’s geographic location relative to East Coast economic centers gives us a major advantage. Many of our communities located along Interstate 80 could serve as distribution and transportation hubs and the completion of Corridor O, Continental 1 and U.S. 322 would give us access to an incredible highway system. In order to boost our manufacturing industry, I support an increase in the investment tax credit for companies that are willing to invest in creating jobs. We should also make college tuition and work force development programs tax deductible for all individuals.”


Bill Cahir,39, of Bellefonte, Centre County, former Washington correspondent for Pennsylvania newspapers

“Congress should offer tax incentives to manufacturers and offer no-interest loans to those businesses investing in

environmental upgrades. And I will work to attract high-wage employers — those in health care, alternative energy, high tech and nanotechnology, telecommunications, defense and rural tourism into the region.”

Mark B. McCracken,44, of Clearfield; Clearfield County commissioner

“I will do as congressman what I’ve had success with as a county commissioner, which is, work in cooperation with

elected officials at all levels, community leaders and private business interests to bring economic development to the region. Elected officials and economic development entities must use every available means to bring new business to the region and help existing businesses survive and expand. This would include offering incentives from the local, state and federal levels.

“On manufacturing policies, I believe we must get back to manufacturing more products here in the United States. Our economy worked best when products were ‘Made in the USA.’ Our existing jobs base is essentially service oriented at one end of the scale and high-paid executives at the other leaving nothing in the middle. We need to get back to a strong middle class making a decent living wage with adequate benefits.”

Rick Vilello,42, of Lock Haven, Clinton County; Lock Haven mayor

“Economic development and community development go hand in hand. The federal government must work with

state and local governments to identify needs and develop comprehensive packages that address those needs. This could mean installing the proper infrastructure or it could mean putting a financial package together with a private developer.

“Speed and cooperation are important. Industry moves quickly, and decisions have to be made the same way. I would work closely with state and local government to respond quickly when opportunity knocks.

“As mayor, I already have a track record of accomplishments on the local level and know the frustration that arises when an urgent request dies on a bureaucrat’s desk. My manufacturing policy is simple: In a global market, trade needs to be fair, not free. We can do better.”

Solomon's Words thanks Mike Joseph and the Centre Daily Times for allowing us to republish this article.

Vermont towns vote to arrest Bush and Cheney

Alvin VanHorn from Austin sent this article he wants to share with us.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Voters in two
Vermont towns on Tuesday approved a measure that would instruct police to
arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for "crimes
against our Constitution," local media reported.

The nonbinding, symbolic measure, passed in Brattleboro and Marlboro in a
state known for taking liberal positions on national issues, instructs
town police to "extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably
contend to prosecute them."

Vermont, home to maple syrup and picture-postcard views, is known for its
liberal politics.

State lawmakers have passed nonbinding resolutions to end the war in Iraq
and impeach Bush and Cheney, and several towns have also passed
resolutions of impeachment. None of them have caught on in Washington.

Bush has never visited the state as president, though he has spent
vacations at his family compound in nearby Maine.

Roughly 12,000 people live in Brattleboro, located on the Connecticut
River in the state's southeastern corner. Nearby Marlboro has a population
of roughly 1,000.

(Writing by Andy Sullivan, editing by David Wiessler)

Ulysses Man Waives Arraignment In Rape Case

COUDERSPORT -- A Ulysses man charged with raping two mentally disabled women last year has waived formal arraignment in Potter County's Common Pleas Court, causing the court to enter a not-guilty plea in his behalf.

Kenneth R. Mack, 60, was scheduled to be arraigned today in Common Pleas Court. But Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink said he waived arraignment earlier.

Mack is next scheduled to appear in court in April, for two criminal conferences. No trial date has been set. More from The Star Gazette.

Eldred Woman Injured In Minard Run Crash

WESB News: 03/05/08 - Weather Related Accident

A one vehicle accident sent an Eldred woman to the hospital Tuesday morning at around 8 o’clock on Minard Run Road in Bradford Township.

Bradford Township Police say a car driven by 47 year-old Marie Higley went out of control and into the ditch. Higley was treated and released from BRMC.

Accident Near Sweden Valley Manor

Coudersport emergency services responded to a 2 car accident near the Sweden Valley Manor this morningat about 7:15 am. One person was reported injured.

Coudersport looks to move on

CLARION – Four District 9 basketball teams – three boys’ squads and one girls’ squad – remain in the PIAA playoffs and will be in action Tuesday and Wednesday. >>>Read

Coudy's Kristy Kamper

Coudy holds off Union-New Castle to move into "A" quarterfinals
CLARION – Behind 21 points from Blair Heimel, Coudersport beat Union-New Castle 55-47 in the PIAA Class A boys’ second round Tuesday night at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. >>>Read

Colton Corey had 10 points for Coudy

Pancake Mix Recalled

Limited Number of Aunt Jemima Pancake and Waffle Mix Products Recalled for Possible Health Risk (March 4)
Wed, 5 Mar 2008 04:42:00 -0600

The Quaker Oats Co. announced the products in the recall are a small quantity of Aunt Jemima Pancake and Waffle Mix: Original, Original Complete and Buttermilk Complete, which may have potential salmonella contamination. No other Aunt Jemima, frozen Aunt Jemima or Quaker products are affected.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Matt Shaner Visits Coudersport On Tuesday

Photo/Story by James Jones for "Solomon's Words"
Steve Miller, Campaign Adviser, and Matt Shaner, Candidate For US Congress
stand in front of the former JC Penney Store in Coudersport Tuesday

Matt Shaner, a candidate for the Republican Nomination for US Congress, 5th District, was in Potter County on Tuesday with Steve Miller, one of his campaign advisers, stumping for votes in the upcoming primary election on April 22nd.

The candidate and his adviser drove up Wykoff Run and Route 872 from the State College Area where his campaign headquarters is located. He kept his 11:30 am appointment at The Maple Tree Restaurant in Coudersport with your editor of "Solomon's Words," despite dire warnings of freezing rain and the possibility of slippery roads in the area.

Matt Shaner said, "My roots are in this area. I grew up just over the NY border in Bolivar, and still have many friends up in this area." He stressed that "With all the other candidates located in the southern part of the District, I am probably the only candidate who has the unique experience of having lived in the Northern Tier area and being familiar with it's needs."

"My family was in Bolivar, NY for generations. My dad moved the family and his business to the State College area in the 90's, where his investments in the hotel business prospered." Your editor also grew up in Bolivar, and recognized the family name when Matt announced his bid for the Congressional Nomination.

Upon contacting Matt's business, Shaner Investments, I found out more about Matt's family. I occasionally got paid to shovel his grandparents sidewalk when I was just a kid in Bolivar. Pat Joliet, Matt's cousin and business associate, immediately got back to me and filled me in on the Shaner family's progress since they moved to the State College area.

Matt's wife, Andrea, is from Bradford. She is the daughter of Roy and Barbara Pederson. They have two daughters, with a new baby expected this month. Matt says "We go to Bradford often."

It was a surprise and a pleasure when the Shaner campaign headquarters called me last week and asked to set up a meeting with Matt, as he would be going door to door to meet voters in Coudersport on Tuesday.

Matt had planned to stop in at the Potter County Courthouse to meet the people there, but was advised by Bruce Cahilly at the restaurant that the Courthouse had closed due to the weather. Matt wants everyone in the Northern Tier of the District to know that he will represent all of the residents and not favor any particular area, that even though Potter and McKean Counties don't have the biggest populations, they will not be ignored if he is elected.

Although this was not a formal interview, Matt discussed frankly many of the issues that he has taken a stand on. He compared the Congressman job to that of a businessman doing the government's business. His own business is involved in a multimillion dollar project in Lock Haven, where a hotel and other businesses will be built on the grounds of the former Painter Stadium. He said "My business experience will be an asset to the taxpayers, as I strive to do the government's business like I would if it were my own business."

Pointing out the pledge he has taken in regard to earmarks, he stated "I will still bring money for projects back to my home district, but it will be in an open way, not putting earmarks in after a bill is passed." He said many times "these earmarks have resulted in kickbacks.

Matt said job growth and maintaining the quality of the jobs in his district will be a priority when he is elected. Fiscal responsibility in government is another priority as the government's debt load is dragging down our economy. Making our country energy independent, he will encourage more drilling for oil and natural gas here in this country.

I found Matt Shaner to be a capable speaker, very well versed in the issues, and wise beyond his 28 years. Matt is likeable. He has the financial support to wage a winning campaign. He is young enough to be able to represent us for many years, like Representative John Peterson has in his 30 years as our Congressman.

There are 8 other candidates seeking the Republican Nomination for US Congress.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Lily Leonard, 83, of Titusville, Fla., formerly of Port Allegany, died Thursday (Feb. 28, 2008) at her home with her family after a long battle with cancer. The Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home, Port Allegany, is in charge of arrangements.

EMPORIUM — Donna M. Crosby, 71, of 829 Sizerville Road, formerly of Edmore, Mich. died at DuBois Regional Medical Center-West, DuBois, on Tuesday morning (March 4, 2008). Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home.

EMPORIUM — Catherine R. Pollick, 82, of 206 S. Maple St., Emporium, died Sunday morning (March 2, 2008) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, following a brief illness. The Barnett Funeral Home Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

MOUNT JEWETT — Bonnie Jean Housler, 50, of 68 E. Main St., Mount Jewett, died Saturday (March 1, 2008) at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. The Cummings Funeral Home Inc. in Mount Jewett is in charge of arrangements.

EMPORIUM — Rev. Warren C. Lash, 83, of Sinnemahoning, died Sunday (March 2, 2008) in Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys. The Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Donald R. Howard, 77, of Shinglehouse, died Monday (March 3, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bradford City Firefighter Jay L. Ervin, 50, of 35 Moorehouse Place, passed away Saturday (March 1, 2008) at his residence. The Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., East Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.PA CANCER LODD: It is with deep regret that we report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Jay L. Ervin of IAFF Local 655 - Bradford, Pennsylvania. Brother Ervin, 50, died on Saturday, March 1, 2008 from kidney and bone cancer. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home in Bradford. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 655 at P.O. Box 273, Bradford, PA 16701.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. - Kaylee Marie Kenley, 3 months old, of Dwight Road, Coudersport, Pa., died Saturday (March 1, 2008) at her home. Fickinger Funeral Home in Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.

MORRISVILLE — Duncan O. McKee, 76, of Levittown, formerly of Bradford, died Monday (Feb. 25, 2008) at St. Mary’s Hospital.

COUDERSPORT — Victoria A. Patkos, 47, of Coudersport, died Friday (Feb. 29, 2008) at the Williamsport Hospital. The Fickinger Funeral Home in Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.

Pole Fire In Austin

Austin Firemen are being dispatched to a pole fire at the intersection of Garrison Street and Route 607.

Rep. Marty Causer Has Local Hours Thursday

Outreach Hours for
Three different times and locations for your convenience

Dear Friends,
In my ongoing efforts to make government more accessible to you, I have scheduled the following outreach office hours in March:
Thursday, March 6:
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Port Allegany Borough Office
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Eldred Borough Office
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
You are also welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor, telephone 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour).

Or call toll-free 1-866-437-8181, visit my Web site at or e-mail me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Olean Man Charged With Burning Home

WESB News: 03/04/08 - Olean Man Arrested on Arson Charges

An Olean man has been arrested in connection with a suspicious fire February 26th on North Authority Road in Great Valley.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Deputies say 37 year-old Douglas Mason intentionally set the fire which burned the home of Bianca Wright.

Wright, her mother Deborah, and three children were all home sleeping when the fire started. Mason is jailed without bail on arson and other charges.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Keith Richardson Blogs For Congress

The Politics of Money

By Keith Richardson, Candidate for Republican nomination for US Congress

February 28, 2008

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” — Jesse Unruh

I think this well-known quote was meant to apply to the way money influences politicians in office. But as a first-time campaigner, I am beginning to understand why this maxim applies to candidates, too.

This race is peculiar in several ways. First, Rep. John Peterson only announced that he was not seeking re-election in January. That meant that this would be essentially a three-month sprint to the primary on April 22. Second, current office-holders at the state level, who have good name recognition, decided not to run for this seat. That meant that none of the Republicans seeking the April 22 nomination are well-known, established figures.

When you put those two factors together, you begin to realize the advantage of those candidates who have deep pockets. In a short race with no “celebrities,” money goes a long way toward buying name recognition and creating an image. Already, you are seeing TV ads, and hearing radio spots, and receiving direct mail pieces, that really are designed for those two purposes—to plant someone’s name in your mind and to create a good impression of him.

That’s not all bad, of course, but it is fraught with problems.

Consider, for example, that one’s image may not match reality! I have a friend who once encountered a TV and film star that she adored. He had a down-home, all-American boy image. But when she asked him for his autograph, he was surly and crude. That “good old boy” image was a role he played, but it wasn’t who he really was.

There is also the problem of “form over substance.” Advertisers know how to make someone appear well-informed, strong on issues, etc. But what is there when you peel away the image? Is there really someone with substantive ideas? Someone who knows what he believes and stands on principle? Or is there someone who is being fed made-for-TV sound bites, waiting for the latest polls, who will cave the first time pressure is applied to conform for the sake of the party, or being re-elected, or pleasing higher ups?

Ours is a campaign of principle over politics. It is a campaign of courage. We have the message. But it takes money to get that message out. Don’t let form triumph over substance. Don’t let image prevail over reality. And certainly don’t let any candidate buy a seat in Congress! Invest in courage today!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is interesting to hear Pastor Richardson talk about form over substance. In his most recent blog pieces all he seems to do is complain about not having money. He is running for Congress, and it is up to him to raise money. Maybe he would be better off discussing the issues that are important to his campaign, and telling us what his plan for PA's 5th district is, instead of telling us why he can't get his message out. He seems to be spending a lot of his time complaining, and I do not think that is the substance we need in our Congressman.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 11:30:00 AM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do principles over politics, pertain to yourself and your campaign? Your transparent attack of candidates with the ability to get their name out is hypocritical. Just because you aren't able to finance a proper campaign does not make you more qualified nor does it make those that can less qualified. Your blog implies that candidates with name recognition are trying to fool the public, do you have evidence that these people are not qualified? The only candidate without substance that I hear is you Mr. Richardson, you haven't offered any solutions to solve the 5th District's problems, you have only managed to gripe about money.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 11:36:00 AM EST