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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Liberty Township Residents Get It Up The @$$

If road is closed, residents would
have to drive 27 miles to go a mile!

With gasoline up to $3.35 a gallon, Liberty Township residents don't want to drive 27 miles to get from Port Allegany to the other end of the township, but PennDot thinks they should.
PennDot was supposed to improve the Brooklynside Road so that traffic could go around the bridge construction to get back to Route 6 toward Smethport. They backed out of that plan.
And established a 17 mile detour on Route 6 to get the ten miles to Smethport. And that is fine for through traffic, it's only 7 miles out of the way. But Liberty Township residents would have to drive 27 miles to get to town instead of the two miles down Brooklynside Road.
And that has caused a dilemma for Liberty Township supervisors. The increased traffic on Brooklynside is destroying the road. The heavy traffic and the breakup of the frost we experience every spring, is causing cavernous holes to develop in the blacktop.
Supervisors don't want to close off the road, because it would mean a much delayed response time for police, fire and ambulance services to the Smethport side of the township. But the expense and time involved in trying to keep this road usable is taxing the resources of the Township.
Plus it would cost residents a fortune in gas and travel time to shopping, doctors, drug stores, restaurants, and schools, to close Brooklynside at Route 6 and make everyone go around.
Liberty Township road crews patched the holes with cold patch blacktop to start with, but the heavy traffic squshed it right out of the holes. Friday they were using crushed limestone to try to firm up the holes that were so deep as to ruin parts on your car as you tried to navigate it.
Even the shoulders of the road were turned into deep ruts as drivers used the shoulder to try to avoid the caverns. Residents have complained of speeding and large trucks using the road which is posted for ten tons total weight limit. Truckers should be aware there are stupendously large fines for being over the weight limit on this road.
PennDot needs to step up and maintain this road during the construction period, and rebuild it after the new bridges are done. Whats being done to Liberty Township residents and finances is criminal. The other township road work is not getting done because of this, and this Liberty Township road will be completely trashed before the new Route 6 bridges are done.
If you are driving to Smethport and points west, take the detour and save the wear and tear on Brooklynside.
Call or write State Representative Marty Causer and State Senator Joe Scarnati and ask them to make PennDot step in and take care of this situation.
Even if you're not from Liberty Township, call or write your legislators and back up this township that's getting it up the @$$.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


seems like the state back out on another one
as i said before fast eddies is looking for a retirement fund
getting his kick back from the gas
maybe they should say they are going to run a fruit stand on the brooklynn side and then they would get a 10,000 dolar grant from the state and fast eddie to promote the tourism and rt 6

Saturday, March 15, 2008 10:51:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is not as big a deal as township is making they just want some free road work done by the state . use your heads tailgate some limestone spread it with road grader run roller over it takes maybe 4 hours when it needs it again do the same no big deal. men shoveling coldpatch by hand is stupid and a waste of man it will cost some money to do this to keep tax payers happy whose money is this tax payers or township officals use the money keep the people happy. if township officals can not get the job done they should resign and let some one else take over. quit acting stupid and get it done.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 3:02:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberty township officals need to look at comments left for them and wake up this road was in terrible condition long before bridge job started and you expect state to pay for what is expected of a township to do to keep traffic moving this short length of road is a must for local people. now that bridges are under construction.closing road is like saying township just dont care do not want to be bothered . there saying its getting to there resourses what else would your crew being in this kind of weather the roads are to wet and muddy for any maintaince so what else do you have for the crew to do? i think there time would be well spent on spreading limestone and roll it in sure it would not last long but keep after it soon it will be a useable road. maybe your roadmaster should take a good look at this and get er done

Sunday, March 16, 2008 7:05:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like liberty township crew needs some adult supervision on this road work so this road can be kept open.

Monday, March 17, 2008 7:00:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

do not wait for state to jump in and help you for your poor road maintance take care of the problem like you should have done when road first started going bad a couple of years ago.

Monday, March 17, 2008 7:10:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont think township is it getting up the @$$ i think township is trying to get in up the states @$$

Monday, March 17, 2008 7:18:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the state should have looked at this first they knew shutting the bridges down would cause issues and they did say they would fix this road for a bypass so maybe the state should get off their @$$ and get r done

Monday, March 17, 2008 9:29:00 AM EDT

Port Allegany Bridge Work In Full Swing

Construction work is progressing on the replacement of the two route 6 bridges just west of North Main Street in Port Allegany.

The work has resulted in PennDot establishing a long detour to Larabee Y and Smethport to bypass the construction work.

Watch Solomon's words tomorrow for pictures of what's happening to the local Brooklynside Road maintained by Liberty Township as a result of this extended detour and local residents taking this shortcut. Click on pictures to view full screen.

View from Brooklynside Road

An excavator works under railroad bridge on Rt.6

Picture show crane working on site of Allegheny River bridge

Closeup of Route 6 construction work at Port Allegany

Alvin Van Horn Writes From Austin


the crocuses are up down south here in good ole AUSTIN

keep up the good work


Getting Elected To US Congress Is Expensive


Shaner reports $720,000 in spending

Patton Township Republican Matt Shaner told the federal government Friday that
he has now spent more than $720,000 of his own money on his campaign for the 5th District congressional seat that covers Centre County and parts or all of 16 other counties.

The public document filed by Shaner — complying with a provision of campaign finance laws known as the Millionaires’ Amendment — says that he added $260,000 to his personal expenditures Friday to bring the total to $720,200.

The amendment, which first took effect

for the 2004 congressional elections, requires candidates to notify the Federal Election Commission and their opponents when their personal expenditures first surpass $350,000 and whenever the candidate makes an additional expenditure of $10,000 or more.

Surpassing the $350,000 threshold allows opposing candidates to accept contributions from individuals of up to $6,900, three times higher than the typical limit of $2,300.

Shaner, 28, president of Shaner Investments Ltd., a State College real estate development company, said in an e-mailed statement that spending his own money on his campaign will allow him to remain independent if elected and not be beholden to contributors of large amounts.

Shaner and eight other Republican candidates are competing for the Republican nomination to the seat that will be left open at year’s end by the retirement of 12-year incumbent U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pleasantville. Three Democrats are competing for their party’s nomination.

No other candidates have so far tripped the Millionaires’ Amendment. The first public campaign finance reports for candidates who raise more than $5,000 are not due to be filed until April 10.

The $720,200 in Shaner expenditures began on Jan. 28 and continued through Friday, according to the Millionaires’ Amendment reports he has filed with the FEC. That time and amount averages to $16,004 a day, a rate that would come to more than $1.3 million by the primary election on April 22.

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, covering the full cycle of primary and general election campaigns. The analysis also found that the candidate who spent the most money won in 93 percent of the U.S. House races.

Reaction from other 5th District Republican candidates was mixed.

“My feeling is it’s his money and he can spend it any way he wants to spent it,” said Keith Richardson, 46, a Baptist pastor in Clarion.

Clarion Mayor John Stroup, another Republican candidate, said in an e-mailed statement that the campaign is too important to be about money.

“When one candidate spends $720,000 and at least one or two others show signs of being able to match that, I do start to wonder how someone like me, the common man, can ever hope to serve in Congress,” Stroup said.

Shaner, in the e-mailed statement, said that “I make no apologies for informing the 650,000 people from over 17 counties that reside in the 5th Congressional District where I stand on important issues.

“I encourage some of my opponents to stop spending their time criticizing me and would advise them to focus on their own campaigns by presenting their vision of the future as I continue to do.”

Mike Joseph can be reached at 235-3910. Solomon's words appreciates Mike Joseph and the Centre Daily Times allowing us to republish their stories on the 5th District US Congressional race. It is our goal to help inform our voters so they can make an intelligent choice on election day.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

because he spends the most money does that make it most qualified for the job ?

Saturday, March 15, 2008 11:19:00 AM EDT

5 th District Congressional Candidates Speak At Grange

Candidates elaborate on agendas at forum


Candidates for the 5th Congressional districts responded to questions from an audience at Lycova Grange on Friday night .

The 5th Congressional candidates each had a chance to discuss their views as well.

Democratic candidate Bill Cahir referred to his experience as a journalist and Iraq War veteran.

The Bellefonte resident said health care increases have a big impact on small businesses.

Republican Chris Exarchos of Centre County cited his business experience, scientific background and government service, including as a county commissioner.

Rising gasoline prices and the overall energy crisis, he said, are big problems today.

Democratic candidate Mark McCracken asked the audience to consider which candidates possess the attributes of being a U.S. House member.

“I have experience working with government officials and balancing budgets,” said McCracken, a Clearfield County commissioner.

Republican Keith Richardson cited his experience as a clergyman and a lawyer.

He said he stands for conservative fiscal and social values, including pro-life, pro-family issues.

Republican Matt Shaner, a State College businessman, said the economy is the number one issue. He also cited the need for energy independence, solving high health care costs, and keeping tax cuts permanent.

Jeff Stroehmann, a former Woodward Township supervisor and a local businessman, said he believes in putting the needs of veterans first.

“You’ve heard of post-traumatic stress disorder. Why don’t they talk about that now in D.C.?” the Republican candidate asked.

Republican Glenn Thompson, a Susquehanna Health manager and Centre County resident, said he has a proven record of service in government service, volunteer work and business.

“Trust me when I say service is part of my life,” he said.

Fifth Congressional candidates not attending the debate were Republicans John Krupa, John Stroup, Derek Walker, Lou Radkowski and Democrat Rick Vilello.

This article from the Sun Gazette was edited. To read the article in it's entirety, click here.

Construction Starts On Rt. 15 Near Turkey Ranch

$60 million project coming to Route 15


TROUT RUN — Drivers can expect diminished danger and increased economic activity along Steam Valley Mountain’s Route 15 corridor

Developers broke ground Friday on a $60 million highway improvement project, the largest single contract in the history of state Department of Transportation Engineering District 3.

The project involves a 10-mile stretch between Trout Run and Buttonwood and should be completed in Fall 2010, according to PennDOT District Executive Sandra Tosca.

A lot of vehicle crashes occur, Tosca acknowledged, especially in southbound lanes.

“Numerous accidents have occurred due to the steep terrain, the sharp horizontal curves that are planted and the frequent changes in weather conditions that make travel very treacherous at times,” Lycoming County Commissioner Rebecca A. Burke said.

Read the rest of this article in the Sun Gazette today.

Oswayo Woman Charged With DUI

State Police, Coudersport
Stefanie M. Amidon of Oswayo, Pa., was charged March 6 with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance after a traffic stop on South Main Street in Coudersport.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Shinglehouse Man Jailed For DUI

George Jones, 38, Shinglehouse was sentenced to 180 days to five years for DUI in McKean County Court .

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy has been caught DUI how many times for the last 15 years. Get these kinda people off the road for good!!!!! My mom was killed when a drunk driver crossed the yellow line and hit her head on. To little, to late!

Friday, March 14, 2008 6:57:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what..Show some f**king justice! He may have been caught a few times n sure it was wrong...but he's sinced learned and has not drank a drop of alcohol since!! There's rapists and murderers out on the streets..HOW COME THEY"RE NOT LOCKED UP!???!?!?

Saturday, March 22, 2008 4:12:00 PM EDT

Port Allegany Man Sentenced To State Prison

Mark Mullins, 32, Port Allegany was sentenced to two to five years in state prison and given credit for 173 days of time served, for his third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol in 10 years.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one, given 1,2,3 and how many more chances to kill innocent people.

Friday, March 14, 2008 6:58:00 PM EDT

Emporium Woman Arrested For Simple Assault

An Emporium woman was arrested for brandishing a
firearm during a dispute at 4 p.m. Wednesday on Brian Hill Road.

Desiree C. Reider of Brian Hill Road allegedly brandished a firearm during
a dispute with Eric C. Reider, 27, of South Michaels Street, St. Marys, according
to Emporium-based state police.

Reider was arrested for simple assault, police said. She was released on
$5,000 bail.

Community Event Calendar From WFRM

March 14

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 14

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 15

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department will have an Indoor Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1:00 p.m. for children ages 1 to 9 years. Eggs and prizes forall. The department's first chicken barbecue of the season will also be held.

March 15

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 15

Sinnemahoning State Park will have an Owl Prowl beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meet the park naturalist at the Wildlife Viewing area near the Potter-Cameron County line. Trail difficulty is easy. Take a flashlight and dress appropriately. Call the park office at 647-8401 for more information.

March 15

There will be a ham and turkey party at the Roulette Fire Hall. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Party starts at 7:00 p.m. Free refreshments. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Probation Officers Found Drugs

A couple of area residents have been sentenced after being arrested in separate probation checks in Roulette last year.

Jennifer Sisson, 34, was arrested on September 13 after Potter County Probation Officer Eric Hensel discovered her at the home of Jeff Jones smoking marijuana. Sisson pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced that same day to pay a $200 fine and all court costs.

Rebecca Hadlock, 28, of Port Allegany was arrested last April 13 when a probation officer inspected her residence in Roulette Township and found a hypodermic syringe and metal spoon containing a white powdery substance which later tested as oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance. Hadlock admitted ownership and use of the drug paraphernalia. She was ordered to spend one year on probation, perform 25 hours of community service and attend Alcoholics Anonyomous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

excuse me !!!!
i was under the impression that if you violated your probation that you finished your term out in JAIL

Saturday, March 15, 2008 9:24:00 AM EDT

Troupe Road Home Destroyed By Fire

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a Eulalia Township home late last night.

According to First Assistant Coudersport Chief Bryan Phelps, firefighters were summoned just after 11:00 p.m. to the home of Norton Cole on the Troupe Road and when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof.

A third alarm was sounded bringing in tankers from Austin, Roulette, Shinglehouse, Ulysses and Port Allegany.

Tri-Town Fire Department from Ulysses provided an engine to stand by at the local hall.

Water was shuttled from Mill Creek about three miles from the house and Phelps said due to road and weather conditions, Coudersport’s Engine 48-3, a Four Wheel drive unit was the only engine able to access the burning structure and laid all 1200 feet of large diameter hose.

Some 45 volunteers responded and were on scene for about three hours. Phelps told WFRM the house was uninsured and the loss is estimated to be about $80,000.

He said the Red Cross and local ministerium have stepped in the help Cole who is now staying at a relatives home. Cole was not at home when flames were discovered by a neighbor.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

our thoughts and prayers go out to the cole family
may god bless you!

Friday, March 14, 2008 10:19:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Tyler Cole said...

We thank everyone for the prayers and for the contributions made by the community, it all is greatly appreciated. We hope that we can make a fast recovery both mentally and physically and everyone is really helping with that. Thank you all and please continue to pray for my father and our family.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 2:45:00 PM EDT

Man Stabs Mom, Reads Bible to Her

WESB News: 03/14/08 - Cops: Man Stabs Mom, Reads Bible to Her

State police say a Clearfield County man beat and stabbed his mother over a stolen computer and read the Bible to her as he watched her die.

Twenty-year-old Jesse James Campbell of Houtzdale is in the county jail without bond on criminal homicide and other charges.

Police say relatives found the body of his mother, 48-year-old Cindy Jo Coleman, at her home on Thursday.

After hitting his mother with a five-pound plastic weight, police say Campbell cut her throat with a steak knife then read the Bible to her as he listened to her choking on her own blood.

Shed Burglarized Near Shinglehouse

Someone stole several items from a Shinglehouse
man's shed at 173 Bailey Hill Road between Dec. 1,2007, and last Monday.

An unknown individual entered a wooden shed owned by Carl Herbert
Labar, 77, of 150 Stevens St., by removing a padlock through unknown means,
according to Coudersport-based state police.

While inside, the individual removed a white microwave oven, an approximately
lO-by-13 scenery painting and one approximately 10-by-13 flower
painting. The suspect then fled the scene.

Anyone with information may contact Coudersport-based state police.

PA Senator Joe Scarnati Had Cancer Surgery

WESB News: 03/14/08 - Scarnati Recovering from Cancer Surgery

Joe ScarnatiIf you've been thinking you haven't heard a lot from Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati lately, you're not imagining things.

Scarnati is recovering from surgery he had last week to remove a cancerous thyroid gland. Doctors told him they got all of it. His mother had the same kind of cancer 11 years ago and recovered completely. The cancer was discovered during a routine physical.

Scarnati says he feels lucky and blessed – but tired. He took personal leave from the Senate this week, but expects to be back in Harrisburg next week.

Scarnati is unopposed for the Republican nomination in the April 22 primary.

Donald Hilliard of Falls Creek will run for the 25th Senate District seat in the fall as a Democrat.

Potter Leader-Enterprise Recognized For Excellence

Leader-Enterprise Wins Eight Keystone Press Awards

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association announced
Friday that the Potter Leader-Enterprise has won eight
Keystone Press Awards for its work in 2007, making it
the most-awarded mid-size weekly newspaper in

The Leader-Enterprise has received that distinction,
known as the Keystone Sweepstakes Award, twice before
– in 2003 and again in 2004.

Eight top newspapers are named each year according to
circulation category. The other Sweepstakes winners
this year are The Philadelphia Daily News, The
Times-Tribune of Scranton, The Lancaster New Era, The
Centre Daily Times, The Sentinel of Carlisle, The
Philadelphia Weekly and the Times Chronicle of Fort
Washington (suburban Philadelphia).

The Leader-Enterprise took five first place awards,
one second place and two honorable mentions.

First Place General News Story went to Donald
Gilliland for his coverage of spring floods in Genesee
and the need for a new bridge to allow emergency
vehicles access to the eastern half of town during
high water events.

First Place Sports Story went to Neil Linderman for
“State Rep Takes Swing At Aluminum Bats,” his story
about a state legislator and former Little League
coach sponsoring a bill that would ban aluminum bats
from youth baseball fields in Pennsylvania.

First Place Personality Profile went to Donald
Gilliland for “Return To Barley Camp” a story about
98-year-old Earl Barley returning to the Potter County
hunting camp he built over 50 years ago and which has
figured largely in the lives of three generations of
his family.

First Place News Beat Reporting went to Donald
Gilliland for his coverage of non-Adelphia related
business stories, including the local impact of a
nationwide peanut butter recall, Charles Cole Memorial
Hospital’s decision to seek “critical access”
designation, the resurgence of drive-in movie
theaters, Port Allegany radio station’s on-going
battle with Verizon to keep the station’s broadcast on
the air and how Cherry Springs and Lyman Run state
parks are poised to become the county’s top tourist

First Place Feature Photo went to Neil Linderman for
his shot of a man demonstrating the ancient art of
horseback archery during the Eastern Traditional
Archery Rendezvous at Denton Hill.

Second Place Niche Product was awarded to the staff of
the Leader-Enterprise for producing the quarterly
publication “EXPLORE” – a guide to the people, places
and events of Northcentral Pennsylvania.

Leader-Enterprise staff members most closely involved
in the production of EXPLORE are news editor Teri
McDowell, compositor Deb Plummer and advertising
salesmen Larry McCullen and Ed Hildebrandt.

Honorable Mention Business/Consumer Story went to
Donald Gilliland for his story about Sara Damelio’s
Combat-Ready Balm, an all natural skin cream hailed by
soldiers in Iraq as well as doctors in Potter County.

Gilliland also won Honorable Mention News Photo for
his shot of the frog jumping contest at the annual
Bark Peelers Convention at the Pa Lumber Museum.

According to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association,
“The Keystone Press Awards reinforce excellence by
individuals in the newspaper profession by recognizing
journalism that consistently provides relevance,
integrity and initiative in serving readers, and
furthers First Amendment values. The goal is for the
‘Keystones’ to stimulate journalists to improve their
craft and ultimately improve their community.”

Linderman and Gilliland will receive their awards
during the Annual Pennsylvania Press Conference held
the first weekend in May in State College.

Neil Linderman, 25, is the son of Lori Linderman of
Rutherfordton, NC, and Danny Clovis of Olean, NY, and
the grandson of Elizabeth and Howard Linderman of
Hinsdale, NY.

He began his newspaper career in 10th
grade as an intern in the sports department of the
Olean Times Herald and continued working there through
high school and college.

Linderman is a 2005 graduate
of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and
Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University.
has worked at the Leader-Enterprise since 2005 and has
won four Keystone Press Awards for his sports writing
and photography.

Donald Gilliland, 38, is the son of Sarah Gilliland of
Ellisburg and the late James McMurray of Irish

He serves on the board of directors of
the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors and is a
founding member and secretary of the Pennsylvania
Freedom of Information Coalition.

He is also an
adjunct professor at the Russell J. Jandoli School of
Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure

Gilliland has worked at the Leader-Enterprise since 1995.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Potter County residents are very fortunate. We thank all the dedicated employees of the Potter Leader-Enterprise who bring us one of the finest weekly newspapers in the country each and every week.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 9:19:00 PM EDT

Scrap Stolen From Estate

Scrap metal stolen from Sharon Township couple's estate.

COUDERSPORT - Someone stole scrap metal between Jan. I and Monday
from an estate on Herrington Road in Sharon Township.

The scrap was taken from the estate of James and Claire Shepard 'of
Shinglehouse, located near the intersection of Eleven Mile Road, according to
Coudersport-based state police.

The metal mostly consisted of copper and brass piping and pipe fittings. It
has a $1,000 estimated value, according to police.
Anyone with information can contact Coudersport-based state police.

Ethanol Plant Breaks Ground In Clearfield County

Courier Express
CLEARFIELD - As gas prices continue to climb across the country, Thursday marked a new beginning in alternative energy.

Legislators, local government officials and other distinguished guests gathered at the Clearfield County Technology Park for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bionol Clearfield LLC ethanol plant.

Among speakers for the afternoon were Gov. Ed Rendell, Clearfield Borough Mayor Patty Gilliland, state Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-Houtzdale, Stephen J. Gatto, chairman and CEO of BioEnergy International LLC; Sem Logovinsky, vice-president of marketing for Getty Petroleum Inc.; Jacques Beaudry-Losique, director for the U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program; Bob Dinnen, president of Renewable Fuels Association; and Ron Fagen, president and CEO of Fagen Inc.
Each speaker thanked those who helped make the project possible and talked about the importance of exploring means for alternative sources of energy.

"America's future lies in cellulose ethanol," Rendell said. He said while a large portion of the Bionol Clearfield plant will be devoted to the production of corn-based ethanol, the corn-based product does not burn as cleanly as cellulose ethanol. Rendell said with $22 million in grants and loans from the state, the project closed debt financing of $205 million in February
"This project represents a $282 million investment, not only in alternative energy but in Clearfield County," Rendell said. The corn-based ethanol plant is projected to begin operations in late 2009 and the pilot cellulose plant is projected to begin operations in 2010.
The Bionol Clearfield plant is a 108 million-gallon-per-year conventional technology plant to produce corn-based ethanol and a smaller pilot ethanol plant using plant cellulose. The key feature of the project is a five-year sales agreement for the ethanol produced in Clearfield County with Getty Petroleum and Marketing.

The land in the Technology Park where the plant will be built is about 35 acres immediately adjacent to the RJ Corman rail yard. The site is near the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the needed utilities. The plant will process about 40 million bushels of corn per year, which will be supplied by rail from the Midwest. An estimated 30 rail cars per day will pass through the plant and about eight rail cars of the dried distillers grains will be produced and sold to the cattle, poultry and pork markets. About 10 rail cars of ethanol will be produced per day and purchased by Getty.

According to the Environmental and Department of Environmental Protection guide lines, the plant will be a "minor source" of air emissions and the ethanol is produced in an enclosed area with state of the art environmental controls.

Man Tried Top Rob Bank--But It Was Closed!

WESB News: 03/14/08 - Alleged Bank Robber Didn't Plan Well

A Tioga County man is accused of an attempted bank robbery — and if poor planning were a crime, he'd probably be charged with that, too.

Police say a man arrived at the Citizens and Northern Bank in the borough of Liberty on Thursday and waited in his car for about 20 minutes. Shortly after noon, he tried to enter the bank wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle.

But the bank's Liberty branch closes at noon on Thursdays. The man fled the scene, but bank employees took note of his license plate number. A 28-year-old suspect is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Shinglehouse Firemen Dispatched For Smoke

Shinglehouse Firemen have been dispatched to a home on Bells Run Road for a smoke investigation at 9:37 am 3-14-08.

Westfield Man Gets Prison Term For 2nd DUI

Sun Gazette
WELLSBORO — Albert F. Gardner, 33, of 106 Railroad St., Westfield, was sentenced in Tioga County Court Monday to five years Intermediate Punishment for driving under the influence of intoxicants, his second conviction in 10 years.

According to court documents, the first 90 days of his sentence, Gardner will serve as an inmate at Tioga County Prison, with the last 30 days on electronic monitoring.

The remainder of his sentence will be served on probation. He also must pay a $1,500 fine plus court costs, will lose his driving privileges for 18 months and will be subject to the Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Law for 12 months.

According to documents, he was charged by Westfield Borough police following a traffic stop on Feb. 23, 2007, at the intersection of Lincoln and Main streets.

Two Get Probation In Tioga County DUI's

Elaine M. Schmitt, 43, of 110 Strange St., Westfield, nine months, 30-day driver’s license suspension and court costs. Westfield Borough police charged Schmitt Oct. 20.

Viginia J. Fenner, 42, of Effort, 12 months, 60-day driver’s license suspension and court costs. Gaines Township police charged Fenner following an incident May 18 on Route 6 in Gaines Township.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Gertrude E. Pierce, 92, formerly of Shinglehouse and Millport, died Tuesday (March 11, 2008) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

SMETHPORT — Leo James Hackett, 95, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Smethport, died Wednesday (March 12, 2008) in the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

COUDERSPORT--Madelyn Patricia Sambroia, 75, of Coudersport, formerly of 16 Fairbanks Ave., Bradford, passed away Thursday (March 13, 2008) at the Sweden Valley Health Care Facility in Coudersport. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.

SMETHPORT — Dominic A. Alfieri, 81, of Smethport, died Wednesday (March 12, 2008) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

State Prison For Port Man For Destroying Property

WESB News: 03/14/08 - Thursday's Court Action

A Port Allegany man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to 1 to 3 years in state prison.

24 year-old Christopher Rethmel was charged with destroying property at the Pizza Palace in Port Allegany last September. Rethmel is elgible for the state boot camp program.

Two Ladies Steal Radar Device

WESB News: 03/14/08 - Two Ladies Steal Radar Device

Two Dubois women were arrested Thursday night after they removed an ENRADD radar device along the roadside.

Sandy Township Police were using the device on Route 219 near Dubois when they noticed a vehicle stop, then a lady in the car get out and pick up the device and leave. The two ladies are facing felony theft charges.

ENRADD uses sensors that calculate speed and transmit it by a wireless radio link to a display in a police vehicle.

bluorangefyre said...

Hi, I would like to leave a comment on this story. I am the fiancé of one of the women involved in this. What the media is not reporting is the whole circumstances behind this, and they have twisted it to make it look like both these women had malicious intent. In truth, what they thought this device was was a portable battery jumper that had been thrown to the side of the road. They circled around three times to try to figure out what it was, and on the third pass, stopped to pick it up. At this time they still had no clue what this device was, and still thought it was a battery jumper thrown to the side of the road. Police, who were nowhere to be seen, came in behind them and, not giving them any chance to explain their side, that they thought this was a portable battery jumper thrown to the side of the road, yelled at them to, "Get the f--- out of the car," and arrested them. It was AT THIS POINT that the officer finally told them that this device was an ENRADD. They had no earthly idea this was what it was, having never seen an ENRADD in their life. Furthermore, the stories in the media portray them as fleeing or attempting to flee. Oh really? The car never moved! So how can somebody in a vehicle appear to be fleeing when the car is not in motion? They had no intentions of stealing this device; they thought it was garbage on the road, which made it public domain. If the officer would've been smart enough to realize this mistake, then we wouldn't be awaiting my fiancé's preliminary hearing on April 11. Hopefully there is some sanity in the court system and this gets thrown out.

Sorry for the long-winded rant, but I had to get this out there.

Monday, March 31, 2008 9:29:00 PM EDT

Anonymous said...

Did it in fact get thrown out, as it should have?

McKean County Looking at Illegal Dumping

WESB News: 03/14/08 - McKean County Looking at Illegal Dumping

McKean County Commissioners are looking to tackling recycling and illegal dumping in the county.

During the commissioners Thursday work session they took a closer look at the county’s recycling, including establishing glass collection and enforcement of illegal dumping. Commissioners say the programs would need around $60,000 in funding.

PA Cleanways representative Jim Clark told commissioners about an illegal dumpsite on Pine Grove Road in Annin Township near the Allegheny River.

Houtzdale Man Accused of Killing Mother

WESB News: 03/13/08 - Houtzdale Man Accused of Killing Mother

A Houtzdale woman was found dead in her home this morning, and her 20-year-old son is charged with homicide.

James Campbell is in Clearfield County Prison without bail. 49-year-old Cindy Jo Coleman was found by a third party, who police did not identify.

Cuts to her wrist and throat convinced investigators that her death was likely the result of a homicide. Investigators talked to neighbors, which led them to identify Campbell as a suspect.

Campbell did not live with his mother. An autopsy to determine Coleman's cause of death is pending.

New NY Governor Won't Forget Upstate

WESB News: 03/13/08 - Paterson: Western New York a Priority

Incoming New York Governor David Paterson says western New Yorkers don't have to worry about him reneging on the promises Eliot Sptizer made to them. He says he's comitted to the revitalization of Western New York.

Paterson will take over as governor on Monday. He requested that Spitzer's resignation not become effective until Monday, because he believes that will make the transition smoother.

Paterson is a former assemblyman from Harlem. He'll be New York's first black governor and the first legally blind governor in the country.

Structure Fire on Troupe Rd in Coudersport

Potter County Fire News

At approximately 2300 hrs tonight (11:00 pm- 3-13-08) Coudersport Dept 48 and Roulette Dept 46 were dispatched to a reported structure fire on the Troupe Rd in Eulalia Twp.

Upon the arrival of Chief 48-10 the structure was reported to be well involved and additional alarms were requested for water supply.

Shortly after arrival there was structural collapse of the roof. Manpower and apparatus from Austin Dept 44, Shinglehouse Dept 39 and Ulysses (Tri-Town) Dept 47 were requested to the scene.

Port Allegany (McKean Co 3) transfered an Engine Co to cover Station 46 while Ulysses Dept 47 transfered an Engine Co to cover Station 48.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Roulette Has Milk--Drabee's Open Full Time

Drabee's Mini Mart Open
9 River Street--Roulette, PA

Monday-Saturday--6:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sundays--7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Longer hours coming in April



After months of work, Brian and Lisa Drabert have
finally gotten all their licenses and are now open full time.
Roulette residents will no longer have to drive 20 miles
for milk and bread, and groceries.

Lisa Drabert rings up a sale on Thursday

Friday marks the start of their offering of Subs
and March 31st they will offer pizzas

And you can buy a ticket for the lotto

Featuring a coffee and cappaccino bar too.

Bread, Groceries, and Cigarettes are in stock for you.

and Milk, Eggs, and a selection of Dairy products

And Sodas, and Chips for snacking

And even some frozen food

And plain and flavored water

And meat and cheeses too.
Anonymous said...

BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! What a neat and clean store....Stay consistant with your food, keep your prices affordable but still able to make an honest go of it!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 5:03:00 PM EDT

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