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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Community Calendar From WFRM

April 27

The Coudersport Ambulance Association has cancelled it’s chicken and biscuit dinner scheduled for today.

April 27

The North Country Voices Choral Concert will be presenting their third annual Spring Concert @ 3 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport. The program is directed by Gloria Richardson and will be “A Tribute to Folk Music”. There will be a free will offering. The audience is invited to attend a reception after the program.

April 27

There will be a Chicken BBQ to benefit Kelly Woodring (Dubots) at the Coudersport American Legion from 1 – 4 pm. The cost is $8.00 (take out or eat in). There will be a Chinese Auction and 50/50 drawing. For tickets contact Ace Hardware; Haubers Jewelry; Mosch’s Tavern; Coudersport Legion; Pure Carbon and various other individuals.

April 27

The Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 will serve open breakfasts from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the legion located on Route 44 south. Cost is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

Roulette Firehall Bingo

same game,
same friendly people

Now smoke-free

Every Sunday starting at 6pm.

Tractor Loader Stolen From Continental Construction

WESB News: 04/26/08 - Tractor Stolen from Ridgway Company

Someone stole a tractor from a Ridgway construction company sometime between March 10 and Saturday.

Police say 18 thousand dollar tractor has a front-end loader and was taken from Continental Construction just north of the borough on Route 219.

Large Wildfire On North Branch Road--Eldred Twp.

BREAKING NEWS: 4-26-08 2:04 PM
Eldred Township is just being dispatched to a large wildfire on North Branch Road in Eldred Township. Multiple exposures are reported.

Gifford Wild Fire Reported

BREAKING NEWS: 4-26-08 2:00 pm
Wildfire reported in Gifford on Route 646.

Odds Against Brian Stavisky Becoming Professional

Stavisky's road to the majors
was detoured by a freak injury

Assistant Sports Editor

The odds were stacked against Brian Stavisky becoming a professional baseball player.

He hailed from the rural town of Port Allegany, located in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. It has just 2,500 residents, subpar facilities and lousy spring weather.

Read this story in the Lancaster

One Injured In Shinglehouse Motorcycle Crash

BREAKING NEWS: 4-26-08---12:25 pm
Shinglehouse Emergency Services are responding to a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Manley and Honeyoye Streets in the Boro. One person is reported to be injured.
Anonymous said...

My mother was killed by a drunk driver when I was 16. If you have never had to drive through the accident scene to get to the hospital and not make it on time or as now hearing the siren go off and get a sick feeling until I can account for my kids and now grandkids, then maybe you would not be so quick to post breaking news about accidents until info is released and family members have been notified. No more Solomons for me, your articles are great, just can't stand the ambulance chaser part of it.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 1:30:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose that Solomon's Words posting these types of Breaking News events is the same as listening to a scanner (a remote scanner for us that are hundreds of miles away from there).

I get where you're coming from but I also think that he's providing a good service for the area and for those that are no longer in the area.

Saturday, April 26, 2008 9:38:00 PM EDT

Smethport Woman Accused Of Stealing From The Judge

WESB News: 04/26/08 - Woman Accused of Stealing from Judge

A Smethport woman is accused of stealing nearly 8 thousand dollars worth of money and property of District Judge Bill Todd and his wife.

44-year-old Ella Hahn allegedly took a watch from Mary Todd, and used debit cards to withdraw money from bank accounts while she worked for the family between June of last year and February of this year.

She's free on 25 thousand dollars bail.
Anonymous said...

I'm glad she got caught and she gets what she deserves!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Port Allegany Man Gets Probation For Drug Residue

In McKean County court news, 32 year old Christopher Safford of Port Allegany was ordered to spend eight months of probation for violating state drug laws.

He was arrested after spoons containing morphine residue were found in an apartment he had just vacated.

Don't Hesitate To Live Life To The Fullest

I recall reading an interesting article in the Pennsylvania Angler magazine about a dozen years ago. Well-known outdoor writer Jim Bashine was the author. The piece was one that really made an emotional impact on those who read it.

Jim told about an old man who was fishing along his favorite stream. Throughout the evening the guy thought he had heard his son calling his name. He knew that could not be true since his son had been killed in the Vietnam War many years ago.

The fishing continued to almost dark when the old man swore he heard his wife calling him for dinner. He knew that this was not possible because she, too, had died several years before. He shrugged the sound off then continued to enjoy the great fishing.

Then, it happened! The old gentleman hooked into one of the largest, no, the largest brown trout he had ever seen. The struggle went on for quite a while but he was successful in the end.

As the story went, some friends found the angler lying by the stream with a peaceful look on his face. They could plainly see the imprint of a huge fish etched in the soft gravel nearby. They knew he had probably landed but then released the prized trophy prior to his succumbing to a heart attack. (I swore I heard my dad whistling for me the other morning like he did when I was a boy. Should I be worried?)

I wrote a note to Jim congratulating him on the fine article then urged him to enter it in a writer's contest. Jim responded with a short letter thanking me for the praise. He ended with, "Thanks Carl for making my day."

I heard of Jim's sudden, unexpected death a couple of months later. I was shocked to say the least. He was 62, but appeared to be the picture of health. I was grieved even though I only had known him casually while attending meetings of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA).

Jim and I had struck up an acquaintance since I had told him how his advice to someone else many years before at a gun show in Guthriesville had made an impact on me. I had been close enough to overhear his words. He had thanked me then congratulated me on having enough writing credits to be a member of POWA. We had great conversations at every meeting thereafter.

I wrote a tribute to Jim in this column a couple of weeks later. I shared about his living in the Honey Brook area, having been raised in Coudersport and then moving to Spruce Creek after his lengthy residence in Chester County. I also detailed his editorship of Pennsylvania Game News and longtime columns in Pennsylvania Sportsman and Field & Stream magazines.

I sent a copy of Outdoor Paths to his wife, Sylvia. She, a writer herself who has written several outdoor cookbooks and having had a cooking column in Field & Stream for many years was most grateful for my tribute.

Sylvia wrote to tell me more details about Jim. Next, she said something like, "Carl, the story is not over either. Jim entered that piece you told him you liked and I just received word that he won first place!" Shivers went up my spine and tears came to my eyes. I was so thankful I had not put off sending that letter months before.

You never know how much of an impact you have on someone else. You also do not know if your recent meeting or communication will be the last.

I once complimented my first and second grade teacher about what she had meant to me when I was in my twenties. I had almost passed by her as I was entering a store while she was coming out the door. She had not recognized me but I told her what I had wanted to express. She died only six months later. How thankful I was to have given her the compliment.

Is there someone you should compliment or something you should do for or, perhaps give to a fellow sportsman? If so, don't hesitate. It will be rewarding beyond belief
©Tri County Record 2008

Read about Jim Bashline in Tom Deweys "Potter County-Birthplace of Night Fishing" which describes the "Goodsell Hole", the best trout fishing in Pennsylvania before the channel was put through Coudersport. See a picture of the memorial to Jim Bashline placed beside the channel at the approximate location of this famous fishing hole.

Belmont Man Pleads Guity To Attempted Murder

WESB News: 04/25/08 - Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder

The Belmont, New York, man who shot at police officers after attempting to rob a pharmacy in Wellsville has pleaded guilty.

52-year-old Gene Fanton shot at the officers on November 19 of last year after stealing a van while attempting to steal prescription drugs from the pharmacy.

Fanton rammed the van into police cars to escape a parking lot before taking police on a half-mile chase on Route 417. The chase ended when he crashed into several police vehicles.

Fanton will spend 20 years to life in prison on attempted murder and robbery charges.

Man Killed In Tioga House Fire

Investigators seek cause of Tioga blaze

By GEORGE OSGOOD • Star-Gazette Wellsboro Bureau • April 25, 2008

TIOGA – Investigators continued to search this afternoon for the cause of a fire that killed a Tioga Township man Thursday night.

James Nagy, 58, who lived just north of where state Route 287 and U.S. Route 15 converge, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:09 p.m. fire by Tioga County Deputy Coroner Lee Strange. Nagy’s body was badly burned, firefighters said. More from the Star Gazette.

Volunteers Help Fish Commision Stock River

A large group of volunteers helped the Fish & Boat Commission
stock trout in the Allegheny River Today in Roulette
Click any picture for full screen
Photos by James Jones for Solomon's words

Trout are netted out of the fish truck and placed in 5 gallon
buckets which volunteers carry to the river.

Car Crash on North Hollow Today

BREAKING NEWS 12:30 pm---4-25-08
Coudersport Firemen were dispatched for traffic control for a car crash 1/2 mile up North Hollow from Route 6 about 12:30 pm on Friday. It was reported that there are no injuries.

Area Man Promoted To PSP Captain/Director

1490 News Blog

Mount Jewett Native Gets PSP Promotion

Mount Jewett native Todd Johnson has been promoted to captain and assigned director of the Aviation and Special Services Division of the State Police Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.

Johnson most recently served as commander of the Criminal Investigation Section at Troop E in Erie. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the US Drug Enforcement Administration Training Academy.

Former Ridgway state trooper Kevin Doverspike has been promoted to lieutenant and assigned commander of the Patrol Section at Troop E in Erie.

Port Allegany Man Sentenced In Lycoming Court

• Mark A. Chelgreen, 18, Port Allegany was sentenced to two years probation, a $100 fine, $100 restitution and 50 hours community service in Lycoming County Court recently for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, stalking and theft. Information from Sun Gazette

Doris W. Brown, 92, Westfield, PA

BROWN, Doris W., Age 92, of Watrous, PA, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

Born April 6, 1916 in Westfield, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Fannie (Burgett) Parsons. She was a graduate of Westfield High School. She was married to M. Wayne Brown who predeceased her in 1995.

Doris worked at the Eberle Tanning Company in the Cut Shop for 34 years. She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, a former member of the Gaines Thimble Club, and a member of the Eberle Tanning Company 30 Year Club.

Surviving are a daughter, Amy Marie (Ricky) Smith of Watrous, PA; a grandson, Wayne Smith of Gaines, PA; a granddaughter, Marsylvia (Nathan) Weaver of Catawissa, PA; a "Great Great" great-grandson, Duncan Weaver; several nieces and nephews; and special care givers, Tammie Clark, Tonya Nudd, Mary Taft, Frances Simons, and the wonderful Green Home Staff. In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was predeceased by four sisters and one brother.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, on Sunday, April 27, 2008, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Funeral Services following at 3:00 p.m.

The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate. Interment will be in Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines. Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Home Activities Fund or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Wildfires Battled Yesterday In McKean County

WESB News: 04/25/08 - Several Wildfires Thursday in County

Firefighters battled several wildfires Thursday in McKean County.

Norwich Township firefighters battled a brushfire on Crosby Crossroads at around 3pm.

Another wildfire was reported near Port Allegany at 4pm.

Lafayette Township firefighters handled a brush fire along Route 219 Near Tack’s Inn Thursday afternoon. Fire Chief Don Fowler says a man was cutting a fuel tank and it sparked a wildfire.

The recent dry weather has kept firefighters busy on both sides of the border during the past week.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

90 Million Dollars Sought To Kill Invasive Pests

WESB News: 04/24/08 - Senators Want Money to Fight Beetle

Bob Casey is one of 20 US senators asking the appropriations committee for 90 million dollars in funding to help eradicate invasive pests threatening national forests.

In a letter to the committee, the senators said invasive species like the emerald ash borer threaten not only the forests, but urban landscapes and commercials nurseries in the affected states.

The senators say programs to fight the invasive species have been under-funded for years.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is also in the group asking for more funding.
Blogger Anne said...

The local number I have for the forest service is 814-728-6141. Mary can point you in the right direction. The forest service also has a web site on invasive species:

Friday, April 25, 2008 8:46:00 AM EDT

Bolivar Woman Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Daily Reporter
A Bolivar woman on a motorcycle ride with her husband Wednesday died of injuries sustained in an accident on State Route 21, Alfred village police report.

Rita Common, 65, of Bolivar, was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by John Common, 68, also of Bolivar. More on this story.

An update to this story : Canisteo Valley News reports John Common is in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, listed in satisfactory condition on Friday morning.

16 Charged In Mansfield Drug Bust Today

The Elmira Star Gazette in an article by George Osgood reported the arrest of 16 persons in what PA Attorney General Tom Corbett referred to as "Operation Failing Grade, Second Phase"

Details and pictures of the persons arrested in the drug bust are in the Star Gazette.

“We have 13 out of 16 who sold almost $250,000 worth of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs over the last two years in the Mansfield area,“ Corbett told a news conference at the state police barracks this morning.

Wild Fire In Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS---3:55--4-24-08
Port Allegany Star Hose Co. has just been dispatched to a wild Fire on East Mill Street.

Wellsville Walmart Project Is Still A Go

An article by Kathryn Ross in today's Wellsville Daily Reporter has confirmed that the Wellsville Walmart will still be built. The project is in the process of getting approvals.

Walmart scrapped it's plans to build a super Walmart in Bath, NY this week, creating questions locally if the Wellsville project would still be done.

Potter Commissioners To Set Relocations Today

Several Potter County Offices Will
Move To Old Elementary School

Photo by James Jones For Solomon's words

In the news this Thursday, several months of planning will come to an end today when the Potter County Commissioners announce their plans for relocation of several county departments into the Gunzburger Building on North Main Street in downtown Coudersport.

A professional space planner has studied the former Coudersport Elementary School building and met with department heads to determine their needs.

Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel will be discussing plans for the office relocations during today’s business meeting at the courthouse.

It’s actually one of three consecutive meetings to be held at the commissioners’ office, starting at 11 am. In addition to the commissioners’ meeting, there will be sessions for the county’s salary board and retirement board.

Time Warner Cable donated the former elementary school to the county last year and it was named the Gunzburger Building, as a memorial to long-time Potter County public servant Ferdinand Gunzburger.

Once the massive building was secured, the previous board of commissioners announced that they were shelving their plans to borrow millions of dollars and build a new county office annex on the former Potter County Texaco lot, across from the county jail on East Second Street.

Potter County Has A New Assistant District Attorney

Potter County has a new assistant district attorney. She is Jessica Songster, a Coudersport High School graduate. Jessica, the daughter of Jerry and Gretchen Songster, has been hired for the part-time assistant DA position by Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink.

She will also continue part-time in private practice, affiliated with the Coudersport law firm of Acker and Larsen.

Songster fills a vacancy created when former Assistant DA Mary Morris resigned late last year.

Coudersport Getting Ready For Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

Plans are in place for the annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd, in downtown Coudersport.

All of the traditional activities will return, including the Maple Sweetheart Parade that Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

The Maple Festival is a project of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Association.

Officials Looking At Expansion Of Austin Dam Park

A state community development official was in Potter County earlier this week for a first-hand look at the Austin Dam Memorial Park and surrounding property.

Kim Wheeler from the State Department of Community and Economic Development visited the site on Tuesday. Her department has been contacted for possible financial support as local officials put together a plan to expand the park into a section south of the massive Austin Dam ruins.

One version of the plan calls for development of a walking or bicycling trail leading from the dam site southward to Austin Borough.

Another state agency, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has also taken an interest in the plan. Among the organizations involved in this developing plan are Austin Borough Council, the Austin Dam Memorial Association, the Potter County Commissioners, Potter County Redevelopment Authority and the Potter County Visitors Association.

Leek Fezz-tival Saturday At Sweden Valley

Potter County’s celebrated leek will be in the spotlight on Saturday at Fezz’s Diner, near Sweden Valley, during the third annual Leek Fezz-tival.

It’s more than a clever promotion for a business; it’s a community celebration of spring with a tip of the cap to the timeless tradition of harvesting those wild, but smelly onions that grow throughout much of the region.

Activities start with a Best Leek Dish contest at noon. At 2 pm, the children will have their own lighthearted Leek Hunt, using artificial leeks. Oldies music will be featured from 4 to 8 pm in the style of a ‘50s and ‘60s sock hop. Those attending are encouraged to dress the part and take a step back in time.

Can You Help Clean Up Route 6 Saturday?

U.S. Route 6 will be the site of a national cleanup on Saturday.

Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corp. is joining the campaign, encouraging volunteers and organizations to help clean litter from sections of the 400-mile stretch of road that passes through the state.

A five-mile stretch in Potter County will be taken care in cooperation with the Potter County Probation Office, the Boyd family and Galeton Rotary Club.

For more information, contact Terri Dennison or Autumn Harter at 435-7706.

Arsenic, Mercury & Estrogen Found In Allegheny River

A study of contaminants in the Allegheny River is moving upstream, with research expected to reach McKean County by June.

Dr. Conrad Volz from the University of Pittsburgh is heading the study, which has found contaminants in downstream sections that could harm humans and wildlife.

Volz’s team will set up in the Eldred area, working with Penn State Cooperative Extension. Dr. Volz said there are reasons for concern, based on the identification of contaminants linked to everything from birth defects to Alzheimer’s disease in the Allegheny.

His study has found arsenic, mercury and estrogen likely linked to pharmaceuticals and household products.

Additional information on the Allegheny River study is available from Jim Clark at the Cooperative Extension office in Smethport.

Coudersport Coach Will Be In Hall Of Fame

In local sports, Coudersport High School football coach Paul Simcoe has been chosen for the highest honor in Pennsylvania scholastic sports.

Simcoe, who recently retired, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held on June 13 in Hershey.

He leaves Coudersport as the all-time winningest football coach in PIAA District 9 history, compiling an overall record of 204-77-9 over 29 seasons. Simcoe led the Falcons to four District 9 Class A titles. He is also stepping down as a health and physical education and driver education instructor at Coudersport.

Assistant coach Brendan Hathaway, who came aboard in 2006, will take over as head coach.

Area Obituaries

DUKE CENTER — Onalee L. Spencer, 96, formerly of Kansas Branch Road, Duke Center, died Wednesday (April 23, 2008) in the Bradford Ecumenical Home following a brief illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Shinglehouse Men Jailed For Burglary/Theft

WESB News: 04/24/08 - 3 Shinglehouse Men Arrested in Burglary

Three Shinglehouse men have been arrested after breaking into a Shinglehouse lady’s car and house last weekend and taking coins and a radio.

State Police say 32 year-old Paul Slater, 19 year-old Casey Crozier, and a 17 year-old juvenile are all facing burglary, trespassing and theft charges.

Slater and Crozier are both in the Potter County Jail on $1,500 dollars bail. The 17 year-old juvenile was remanded to family court.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Sanctuary Takes Shape In Coudersport

Dr. David Minor, Sr. waves to the camera Wednesday, as he
and Mickey Amidon cut a piece of molding. Pastor Minor, at
81, still takes an active part in the building program.
To see more pictures from the inside of the Coudersport
Gospel Tabernacle,click on Faces Of The Tabernacle.

Galeton Dinner Theatre Thursday Features Jacobs Hollow

Tickets Available For Galeton Dinner Theatre

Tickets are now available for the 22nd annual Dinner/Theater sponsored by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Galeton at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008 at the Galeton Area High School gymnasium and will include a buffet dinner provided by Ed-u-caterer's of Galeton and the musical entertainment for the evening's concert will the acoustical trio, Jakob's Hollow.

Ticket price is $20.00 with proceeds going into various BPW community projects as well as the Elinor A. Martin Education Fund, which provides both scholarship and education loan money to Galeton senior girls and area women looking to gain or improve their current job skills through continued education.

Galeton BPW also has provided scholarship money to the Potter County Education Council Leadership program and funding for the children's summer reading program at the Galeton Public Library.

Jakob's Hollow is an extremely talented trio of Potter County musicians who have performed at the Songwriter's Roundtable at Denton Hill State Park, the Music and Stars programs at Cherry Springs State Park as well as the Austin Dam Show. The trio is made up of Steve Quelet, Eppie Bailey and Judy Shunk and their acoustical style of music blends folk, country and rock to make for a great toe-tapping, joyous experience for the audience.

The concert will follow a buffet style dinner of roast top round of beef, stuffed chicken breast with apple glaze, mashed potatoes and baked sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed salad and a variety of desserts provided by Galeton's own Ed-u-caterer's.

Tickets are available from any Galeton BPW member, at Galeton Drug on West Street, Richar Insurance and Finance on Germania Street, Delores Potter Beauty Parlor on Main Street, or by calling Maxine Harrison at (814) 435-2518 or Barbara Welfling at (814) 435-6616.

Take Back The Night Rally Thursday At 6PM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A Way Out that provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is having a Take Back the Night rally at the Courthouse Square gazebo in Coudersport beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008.

The event will focus on the connection between suicide and sexual assault.

Guest speak will be Deb Hamilton, chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Task Force.

No One Hurt In Coudersport Detour Crash This Morning

In other news, Coudersport Borough police say both drivers escaped injury in a collision Wednesday morning at a borough intersection.

Police say Lester Goss was headed north on Borie and failed to stop at the newly posted temporary stop sign and drove into the side of a vehicle driven by Jerald Blotza of Bradford which was traveling east on Oak Street.

Authorities noted this is the second collision to occur at that location since the Route 6 detour was put into place a few weeks ago and remind residents, especially of the traffic flow changes in place while the Route 6/Mike Franklin Bridge near the Consistory is being replaced.

Keating Township Fight Results In Charges For 3

All three Austin residents involved in a fight at a Keating Township residence late April 15 are facing charges in district court.

State police say 21 year old Gregory Rees, 35 year old Ronald Stuckey Jr. and 47 year old Ronald Burgett argued while in Burgett’s residence.

The disagreement escalated into a physical altercation in which all three were suffered minor injuries. Stuckey is accused of damaging a kitchen cabinet door and the wooden landing on an outside porch was also damaged.

Both Rees and Burgett are charged with harassment while Stuckey is charged with criminal mischief.

Burglars Get Video Games/ More At Galeton

A burglary at a Galeton home overnight Sunday into Monday is being investigated by state police here.

Thieves took an XBox, Playstation Portable, about 50 Xbox games, an XM radio and silver watch from the residence of Vaughn Kenny on West School Street.

The stolen items are valued at $2450.

Election Numbers For Potter County

Potter County Democrats gave Hillary Clinton almost a two to one margin over Barack Obama in yesterday’s Presidential Primary.

The unofficial vote total was 1047 to 567.

Potter County Elections Director Sandy Lewis told WFRM 43% of registered voters turned out with more than 4400 casting ballots.

While Glenn Thompson Jr. won the Republican nomination in the 5th congressional district race, Potter County Republicans chose DerekWalker with 708 unofficial votes. He was followed by Jeff Stroehmann with 553, Matt Shaner with 457.Thompson came in fourth out of nine here in Potter County with 372 votes.

Potter County Democrats chose Mark McCracken to represent the party in a bid for congress with 581 votes followed by Richard Vilello Jr with 430 and Bill Cahir with 361.

McCracken, a Clearfield County Commissioner will face Thompson, the Centre County GOP chairman in the November election to fill a seat being vacated by John Peterson who endorsed Thompson a couple of weeks before the Primary after interviewing all 12 candidates.

The vote totals are unofficial until the Canvassing and Computing board certifies the results later this week.

PA Dept Of Agriculture Looking For Ash Borer

WESB News: 04/23/08 - ANF Dealing With Emerald Ash Borer

anf2.jpg The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be surveying on the Allegheny National Forest this summer for emerald ash borer, a wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees.

The surveys will consist of looking for beetles, using sweep nets to pick up beetles, and using purple panel traps to lure the adult beetles that fly.

The surveys taking place this summer on the Allegheny NF will be duplicated across 35 counties in Pennsylvania as part of a cooperative effort with Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry; and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

About 13,000 purple panel traps will be placed in all species of ash trees starting the middle of May. Emerald ash borer adults fly from ash trees from mid-May to early August.


Blogger Anne said...

The local number I have for the forest service is 814-728-6141. Mary can point you in the right direction. The forest service also has a web site on invasive species:

Friday, April 25, 2008 8:46:00 AM EDT

5th Candidate Pastor Keith Richardson Wraps It Up

The End of the Matter

April 23, 2008

Keith RichardsonI just finished a conversation with Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, who won the Republican nomination tonight. I offered him my hearty and sincere congratulations. He, too, was a grass roots candidate and had to run a tremendous race to pull off this victory.

I promised G.T. my faithful prayer support in the months ahead, and especially if he should win the general election in November to become our next Congressman. I have learned in a new way the importance of the Biblical admonition to pray for those in authority. I hope you will join me in praying for his well-being, for his family, for sound judgment, and for God to be glorified through his service.

I have truly mixed emotions tonight. On a personal level, I am satisfied that I ran the best race I could run with the resources available to me. I did not compromise. I was true to the Lord I serve, true to my principles, true to my promises. I ran cleanly. I ran well. I have no personal regrets. None.

But having no personal regrets is not the same as having no regrets at all. You invested so much in this race. You gave your time, your energy, your money, your prayers. You gave me true friendship. You gave more than I could ever have imagined. I asked for more than I thought I had any right to ask, and yet you gave even more than I asked.

And so while I have no personal regrets, I do feel some sense of disappointment—for you. I think you deserved a win. And I wish that I could have delivered one—for you.

But that is not the providence that God has unfolded before us. And so it now becomes my prayer that you will be able to rest as happily as I do. God has spoken. He does all things well. I am content. I hope you will be, too.

I cannot begin to repay the kindnesses you have shown to me and to my family. And so I turn to God and ask that in my inability to properly thank or adequately reward you, He would take up my debt, and bless you for the good you’ve done.

My family joins me in saying, from the depths of our hearts, “Thank you.” May God be with you.

At Least One Injured In Route 6 Crash At Port Allegany Wednesday Afternoon

Solomon's words photographer was on scene Wednesday afternoon
about 2:30 pm of a two car crash just East of Port Allegany
At least one person was transported to Charles Cole Hospital.

This Port Allegany Fire Police Woman helps direct traffic around the
scene of this accident until the ambulance departs for the hospital

This Port Allegany Fire Policeman stands ready to direct traffic
around the accident scene.

Traffic was backed up for quite some time. Those who knew
the back road turned around and detoured that way.
Big truck traffic was made to wait as the back road is narrow.

The gentleman pictured next to his wrecked car told Solomon's
words photographer James Jones that he dozed off because
of a cold medication he was taking. He suffered a minor
injury to his hand, but his car didn't fare too well.

All photos by James Jones for Solomon's words.

Solomon's words Comments Feature Restored

The reader comment feature has been restored on Solomon's words. We are sorry that we had to disable that feature due to a potentially libelous situation with anonymous commentors.

I hope you will forgive us for our censorship.

Anonymous WES II said...


Thursday, April 24, 2008 4:48:00 PM EDT

Blogger Anne said...

The local number I have for the forest service is 814-728-6141. Mary can point you in the right direction. The forest service also has a web site on invasive species:

Friday, April 25, 2008 8:46:00 AM EDT

Special Meeting Tonight Of Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Membership

There will be a special meeting of the membership of the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Church this evening, April 23, 2008, at 7:30 pm for the purpose of approving an amendment to the church constitution and bylaws regarding establishment of a church council to oversee economic and administrative matters of the church.

A copy of the amendment may be viewed at the church office.

McDowell Wins Bid For Republican State Committee In McKean County

WESB News: 04/23/08 - McDowell Nips Mason on Committee Spot

The McKean County Board of Elections reports that Dr. Richard McDowell has narrowly beaten McKean County Sheriff Brad Mason for the right to represent McKean County on the Republican State Committee.

McDowell garnered 2.086 votes to 2,084 for Mason. The committeeman represents all registered Republicans in McKean County at the Republican State Committee in Harrisburg.

Glenn T Thompson--Winner In 5th Republican Race

Glenn Thompson / Republican


Glenn ThompsonGlenn Thompson is a citizen legislator with experience in the Republican State Committee and the National Republican Convention Delegation. He desires to remain well grounded in the community while supporting troops, assuring tax cuts, advancing alternate fuels, and providing health care for the elderly.

Thompson has 26 years experience as a health care professional, has served as liaison to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and was a member of a national coalition task force to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate stroke victims.

Thompson and his wife raised three sons in Howard Township where he has served on the Bald Eagle Area School Board and is current president of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council.

Information from WPSU Website.

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5th District Winner Mark McCracken

Mark McCracken / Democrat


Mark McCrackenMark McCracken recognizes the issues facing rural communities. He supports farmland preservation and is a strong advocate for a better public education system.

McCracken has served on the Clearfield County Government and as a board member of the Clearfield Area School District. As Clearfield County Commissioner, he balanced the county budget, grew the fund balance, and promoted regional tourism. He has also served on the boards of the Clearfield United Way and the American Red Cross.

McCracken lives in Clearfield with his wife and daughter.

Information from WPSU Website.

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Accident Reported On Rt. 6 Detour In Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS; 9:00 am--4-23-08
Coudersport police have been called to a two vehicle accident on Oak Street in Coudersport, on the Route 6 bridge detour. Radio reports indicate no injuries.

GT Thompson, Mark McCracken, Winners In 5th

Update: Thompson, McCracken to square off in 5th District


Centre County Republican Glenn “G.T.” Thompson emerged from a field of nine candidates as the Republican nominee to the 5th Congressional District, while Clearfield County's Mark McCracken clinched the Democratic nomination to the seat Tuesday.

In a close race where the lead kept changing, Thompson emerged early this morning with 19 percent of the vote, compared with 18 percent for the second- and third-place finishers.

Thompson, 48, was endorsed by Rep. John Peterson, a six-term member who announced earlier this year he was retiring.

Thompson said he traveled more than 18,000 miles in the district's 17 counties in three months of campaigning. He credited grass roots teams and a positive message for the win.

"I think a big part of our success tonight was the values that are important to me, and the values actually I share with Congressman John Peterson," Thompson said. "Those are the values of always doing what is right and putting people above politics."

Second-place finisher, Centre County Republican Matt Shaner, at midnight Tuesday, with results still outstanding from Potter and McKean counties, was not yet ready to concede.

“It looks as if Glenn Thompson has won the race,” Shaner said. “But the Department of State shows me within 700 votes, and between 30 and 35 of the precincts have not reported.

“I will be the first to concede when the votes are counted. I will be calling him in the morning if he has won. If G.T. is the winner, I’ll be conceding and supporting him 100 percent.”

The 5th District covers 17 counties, including Centre.

McCracken, 44, was born and raised in Clearfield County, worked in information technology for county government, was elected to the Clearfield Area school board and last November was elected to his second four-year term as county commissioner.

He was the lowest-financed Democrat in the campaign, spending about $8,800.

Thompson, 48, a lifelong Howard Township resident and two-term Centre County Republican Committee chairman, was one of the lowest-financed Republicans, spending about $20,000. But he was buoyed in the campaign’s last 11 days by Peterson's endorsement.

In the Democratic race, with 538 of 551 district precincts reporting, Mc- Cracken got 29,421 votes, Cahir got 24,859 and Vilello got 17,341.

Cahir and Vilello called McCracken late Tuesday to congratulate him.

“We had said the whole way along that we were going to call the winner at the end of a positive campaign and that’s what we did — they’re tremendous candidates and we certainly had a good race,” McCracken said.

Cahir said he plans to endorse McCracken and host a fundraiser for him before he begins looking for work.

“I need to find a job,” Cahir said, “and I need to start being a husband again.”

The Republican voting followed a week of highly negative TV attack ads between Shaner and Clearfield County financial consultant Derek Walker, and the filing of criminal charges against Walker in an alleged incident last summer involving a former girlfriend — who then endorsed him in ads in the last days of the campaign.

The outcomes of the voting, aside from Thompson’s top count, correlated with huge amounts of money spent.

Shaner spent more than $1.2 million of his own money on his campaign. The third-highest vote-getter, Walker, 32, put in more than $800,000 from his own pocket. Coming in with the fourth-highest number of votes was Lycoming County businessman Jeff Stroehmann, 42, who spent almost $300,000.

“I want to congratulate G.T. Thompson on his victory tonight,” Stroehmann said. “I look forward to helping G.T. in the fall campaign as we work to hold this seat for the GOP.”


From 538 of 551 precincts, 98 percent of district’s votes counted


Glenn Thompson, 13,513 Matt Shaner, 12,237 Derek Walker, 12,255 Jeff Stroehmann, 9,437 Keith Richardson, 6,822 Lou Radkowski, 4,784 John Rea Stroup, 4,424 Chris Exarchos, 4,223 John T. Krupa, 1,848


Mark McCracken, 29,421 Bill Cahir, 24,859, Richard P. Vilello Jr., 17,341

Solomon's words thanks the Centre Daily Times for allowing us to use their articles in this race.

Thompson Picked Winner With 93% votes counted

AP calls GT Thompson the winner in the Republican 5th District Race with 93% of the votes counted.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

AP--Mc Cracken Winner in Democratic 5th District

AP Calls Mark McCracken Winner in 5th Democratic Primary.

Pennsylvania Primary Results From PSU

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BREAKING NEWS: Clinton wins Pennsylvania Democratic primary, NBC News projects

Senecas Buy Former Acme Plant In Cuba, NY

WESB News: 04/22/08 - Senecas Buy Land in Cuba, NY

The Seneca Nation of Indians has added an idle manufacturing plant in Allegany County to its portfolio of non-reservation property holdings.

The Senecas bought the former Acme Electronics assembly plant in Cuba for an undisclosed price. The 92,000-square-foot industrial building, is on a 54-acre site along Route 446, just off the Southern Tier Expressway.

Seneca Nation President Mo John did not reveal plans for the manufacturing complex, but said the surrounding land might be used for residential development.

PA Primary Today---Polls Open Until 8:00 PM

Today is primary election day. The Polls are open until 8:00 pm. We encourage you to cast your vote for the candidates you want to represent you.

Pictures Of Oswayo Fire That Destroyed 2 Houses

Photos by Bonnie Baker

Click any picture to enlarge

Bonnie Baker has sent pictures of the disastrous fire at Oswayo.
Bonnie writes:

If you could say a few words about their good neighbors........
Heroes in Oswayo's eyes.
Heath Evingham, Deanna Johnston and Bill Simpson.
Deanna Johnston alerted Mrs Miller that the house was on fire and escorted her to safety.
Heath Evingham grabbed a garden hose and began putting out the burning debris falling on Deanna and David Johnston's home. Johnston's home was directly downwind from the blaze and would have caught fire if not for Heath. Heath stayed in the front yard of the Johnson's home throughout the fire and intense heat with a garden hose, putting out the small fires as they came down and kept the house watered down.
Bill Simpson, was also able to fight the heat and flying embers get to Mrs Miller's car and summon the help of others, to help push Mrs Miller's new car out of harm's way and save it from burning.
And through all the destruction, the American Flag and U.S. Marine's flag stand through the flames.
Joseph Miller is a retired Vietnam Combat Veteran.

More pictures will be posted later. Thank you Bonnie for sending these pictures.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am saddened to hear about the fire from my Mom today and actually seeing the pictures on your website made me stop and think for awhile. That was my Grandma Ruth Freelove's house (my Mom's house when she was growing up of course) I have many fond memories as a child there. I am glad no one was hurt. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Thanks, Kirk

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:15:00 PM EDT

Route 15 Reopened After Semi Crash

The Sun Gazette is reporting Route 15 open again. It was closed for a time this morning after a semi crash. The driver was taken to the Williamsport hospital with reported minor injuries. The crash was just north of Trout Run.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Iona J. Geelen, 74, of 651 Gardeau Road, Austin, died Saturday (April 19, 2008) in Grand Island, Fla. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

PORT ALLEGANY — Mary E. Wetmore, 87, formerly of 37 Church St., died Monday (April 21, 2008) in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

SMETHPORT — Leo “Moe” Nashadka, 81, of Clermont, died Sunday (April 20, 2008) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Haylee Rose Shultz, infant daughter of Michael P. and Kasey J. Walker Shultz, was stillborn on Sunday (April 20, 2008) at Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Marjorie G. Smith, 83, of Shinglehouse, died Sunday (April 20, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Longterm Care Unit, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Election Day Is Finally Here--Can't Wait 'Till It's Over

When you read this Tuesday morning, it will be Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. This is a very important primary. The Democrats will be choosing their preference for President of the US.

In central Pennsylvania, 9 Republicans and 3 Democrats are competing for their party's nomination for 5th District US Congressman. This primary is especially important for the Republican contenders. The district is overwhelmingly republican in structure and the winner of this primary has a good chance of being the winner in November.

Three candidates have spent a fortune on Radio, TV, Signs, and telephone advertising. Some of the others haven't had much money to spend. Some have powerful endorsements, some don't. Every one of them has a lot to offer the 5th District. Solomon's words has tried to bring you the stories and the sources to make an intelligent choice.

Now it's up to you. Take time to vote your preference. You can't complain if you don't vote. See you at the polls! We'll try to get the results to you as soon as possible.

Seldom Seen Acres Added To Favorite Sites List

Solomon's words has added "Seldom Seen Acres" to our list of favorite websites located on the right hand margin of each page. This very interesting site is published by Amie Taylor in the Shinglehouse area. She claims to be a wannabe homesteader. In a post today, she details a recipe for leek dip. Amie writes:
Thank you for considering my site an "interesting site". I have been reading your blog for quite some time as I like that you write about news from this area.
I would also like to mention that I am very impressed in your timely manner of reporting the articles. I know of one incident where I was home sick and our fire dept. (where my significant other and I are members) had a call and I couldn't go because I was sick, I happened to be surfing my favorite blog list while listening to the updates of the incident on the scanner. When I got to your blog you had already had a "Breaking News" report on your blog about the incident. I was shocked, the dept. had only been dispatched about 15 minutes (if I recall correctly) before hand. It was that moment that I was hooked on your site!
Thanks again for adding me to your favorites.
Amie Taylor

Story Makes Me Sick To My Stomach

130 MPH Police Chase On Rt.6
He’s being charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless endangerment and a variety of summary traffic violations

When I read on WESB's web site this morning that a Pennsylvania State Trooper had apprehended a man in Port Allegany after a chase on Route 6 from Roulette Township at 5:30 Saturday afternoon, I wondered what could have been so important for police to chase someone at speeds of over 130 miles per hour.

I thought , what if my wife or one of my kids, or a friend was pulling out of one of many blind driveways on that highway. What about the man on the red motorcycle trying to continue to flee from the trooper. What about the State Trooper--would it be worth his life to catch a speeder?
Or maybe a family of 6 pulling out in a van from the ABC Restaurant.

The thought made me sick to my stomach. Route 6 is not made to go over 130 MPH.

Most jurisdictions have policies to discontinue high speed chases.

What do you think? Email your opinion to Your responses will be published.

I agree with you, Jim. It’s not like the police didn’t have his plate number –they could have found him later. What was so urgent that it was worth the risk to the motorcyclist, the policeman and anyone else on the highway at that time?

Thankfully, no one was injured in this chase, but I know of another chase that sadly did not turn out so well and innocent people were killed. From Shinglehouse, PA+++++++

A good friend just called and wanted me to relay his feelings about this 130 mph chase. He and his wife were driving down Route 6 toward Port Allegany. They were near the Coleman Mills Road when the motorcycle, being pursued by the State Police, passed them on the right hand shoulder of the road. They had their windows down and it scared the krap out of them. They no more than got their wits about them and they were passed by the pursuing state police car on the other side. As they continued down the road, they observed the motorcycle stopped at the intersection of Rt. 6 and 155 in the Port Allegany Boro with the State Trooper with his door open and his revolver in hand. While my friend was happy that the man on the motorcycle was caught, he was upset that the trooper added to the danger by chasing the guy at that speed. He said both the motorcycle and the state police car passed him like a bullet. He said the motorcycle also passed another car on the right during the chase. He was happy that no one had been killed or injured in this chase, but hoped that the State Police would adopt a policy banning that type of pursuit. It could have had a disastrous result. Editor

first suppose that guy just killed a couple of people. second was he actually chasing at 130mph or did he clock him with is easy to be a second hand quarterback, they are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't stop speeders. another thing lic. no. is not enough he must be able to identify the driver. if you had a problem and needed him you would bitch if he did not get there fast enough for you.why not try and wear his shoes.

Joseph F. Tamandl have a nice day

I read the blog criticizing the State Trooper for the chase along RT 6. While the Trooper is criticized for chasing the vehicle, the real point of contention is that there is a motorcyclist travelling at 130mph, passing vehicles on the berm and creating a dangerous situation for the other vehicles on the roadway. Obviously the driver of the motorcycle was creating a hazardous condition prior to being chased by the Trooper, or there wouldn't have been a pursuit. The motorcyclist could have also been driving like this in the past. The question to be determined is did the Trooper make the situation worse by chasing him, or did he make our roads safer by catching him. I have to side with the Trooper, hopefully the motorcyclist won't be driving again for a long time, thereby making the roads safer into the future.
I also believe that the State Police have a pursuit policy in place, as this was an issue in the past. There is a link on the Pennsylvania State Police website to the pursuit reports for all police departments.

Oswayo Homes Destroyed In Fast Moving Fire


Two homes lost after fire Saturday

By Brian Quinn

Two houses on Rumsey Street were lost after fire broke out Saturday morning in one and quickly spread to the other.

The fire began in the residence of Joe and Pat Miller, said Shinglehouse Fire Chief Doug Estes. Pat Miller was at home at the time, he said.

“A neighbor saw it burning and got her out of the house, took her back to the house,” Estes said. “Nobody was injured. “We were dispatched at about 11:15 a.m.”

Estes said the fire began at the rear of the Miller house, on the first floor. No one was living in the house to which the fire spread. Both two-story structures are a total loss, Estes said. The cause of the fire at the Miller house is still under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.

“It was really windy and that helped it spread a lot faster,” he said. “The house on the other side of the street was getting pretty warm, but it didn’t catch fire.”

Estes said firefighters got the fire at the Miller house under control between noon and 12:30 p.m. The fire at the other house was under control by about 2 p.m.

Firefighters had to deal with communication problems due to brush fires happening around the area, Estes said. Firefighters from several Allegany County municipalities responded or were on standby after being called out at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday — Wellsville, Whitesville, Willing, Bolivar, Allentown, Scio and Andover. Estes said firefighters were also called from Weston’s Mills and Portville in Cattaraugus County.

Forest Fire Still Being Fought Sunday Evening

Wildfire closes road, ravages forest in northwest part of Lycoming County


CEDAR RUN — Despite the best efforts of several fire departments, a spreading wildfire raged on Sunday evening from northwestern Lycoming County to Tioga County more than a day after it started.

The blaze, which began Saturday, has resulted in Route 414 being closed between Slate Run and the county line, according to Rick Mason, state Department of Transportation public information officer for District 3-0.

“It’s possible that section of highway may remain closed for the next few days,” Mason said.

Contacted by phone on Sunday, Black Forest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ray Tomori said he helped fight the fire for about 10 hours after hearing the 11:41 a.m. Saturday dispatch.

When he left the scene at about 10 p.m. Saturday, Tomori said more firefighters had come in to relieve him.

According to Robin Regester of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wellsboro office, firefighters still were combatting the blaze Sunday evening. “It’s still active,” she said. Read more about this wildfire and others in the Sun Gazette.

Man Charged With Arson After Bradford House Fire

WESB News: 04/21/08 - Fire on South Ave. Ruled Arson

The house fire at 321 South Avenue in Bradford early Saturday morning has been ruled arson. The State Police Fire marshall has ruled that the fire was intentionally set.

Bradford City Police say 23 year-old Richard Foster, who was renting the house, was arrested on the scene and charged with arson, risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief.

Fire crews were called back to the scene four times to extinguish hot spots. A nearby home and car were also damaged in the fire

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Port Allegany Man Caught In 130 mph Chase By Cops

WESB News: 04/20/08 - Man Charged with Fleeing and Eluding

A Port Allegany man has been arrested after taking police on a high speed chase at about 5:30 Saturday afternoon on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

Police say they attempted to stop 34-year-old Joseph Avilez but he refused to pull over and, instead, took them on a chase exceeding speeds of 130 miles per hour.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of routes 6 and 155. Avilez is charged with fleeing and eluding, recklessly endangering another person and numerous traffic violations.

Area Obituaries

ELDRED - Monica K. Irwin Yonker, 53, of Eldred, died Saturday (April 19, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. The Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, is in charge of arrangements.

Endorsement From Senator Scarnati Lost In The Shuffle

Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati, the most powerful man in the State Senate, endorsed Derek Walker on Thursday. The endorsement was received by republican voters in the mail on Saturday in the northern tier.

This important endorsement lists glowing praise for Derek Walker and lists all the reasons why we should vote for him. Scarnati says these are all the reasons why we should trust Derek Walker to represent us in Congress.

Unfortunately, Scarnati's endorsement was kind of lost in the lurch of all
the free publicity Derek Walker was getting from all the newspapers and Television Stations across the country for the criminal charges placed against him by the police.

Scarnati has been involved in a bitter controversy with US Congressman John Peterson over the tolling of Interstate 80. Peterson took on the PA congress, who approved a law to toll the interstate. Peterson has endorsed G.T. Thompson of Howard. Walker has gone on record against the I-80 tolls.

In scanning the internet, newspapers have not been able to get a comment from Scarnati since the charges were disclosed shortly after the endorse

G T Thompson Pledges To Stop Internet Porn

Peterson Says Thompson's The Man

Glenn T. Thompson, the man picked by Rep. John Peterson to replace him in Congress has listed his platform in an article in the Centre Daily Times written by veteran political writer Mike Joseph. Before you make up your mind who to vote for on Tuesday, be sure to read Thompson's platform here.

According to his Web site, he opposes abortion and would “stop treating traditional marriage as disposable and replaceable.”

He would also “stop the unregulated Internet pornography that only serves as hate speech towards America’s family values and promotes such atrocities as trafficking of young girls and boys.”

Thompson would shrink government by eliminating the current tax code, instituting a flat tax and reducing the size of the Internal Revenue Service.

Read this entire article on the man that Rep. Peterson picked to endorse in the Centre Daily Times written by Mike Joseph. Your comments are invited on that site.

Moran Industries Gets $1,000,000. Grant To Reinvent Freight Handling In PA

Published April 17, 2008 07:36 am -

A $1 million state capital budget grant has been awarded to Moran Industries to help the company expand its intermodal capabilities.

Moran gets $1M capital budget grant

By Wayne Laepple
The Daily Item

WATSONTOWN — A $1 million state capital budget grant has been awarded to Moran Industries to help the company expand its intermodal capabilities.

The grant comes from the state Department of Transportation through its Bureau of Rail Freight Ports and Waterways.

Jeff Stroehmann, vice president of operations at Moran, said the money will be used for rehabilitation and construction of a rail siding into an addition to the former Zenith plant off Eighth Street.

This is a big deal for us,” he said. “It’s a bold step to help us with a concept we’ve pioneered in this area, the transfer of long-haul rail to short-haul trucking.”

Stroehmann said rail is the most efficient method of long-haul transportation, with its ability to move a ton of freight 426 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel.

“Transportation is the third largest cost to industry,” he said, “and from our Watsontown location, we are within eight hours of 40 percent of the nation’s population.”

Stroehmann noted Moran’s opposition to the proposed tolls on Interstate 80, since the company’s trucks use the highway to reach customers.

“We’re in a difficult business environment as it is,” he said. “If they put tolls on I-80, they may as well put up a big ‘closed’ sign at each end of Pennsylvania.”

The project includes construction of a switch from the Norfolk Southern main line track, which may be as much as half the cost of the project, rehabilitation of some existing track and building new track into the warehouse.

The project will be going out to bid soon, Stroehmann said, with construction slated to begin during the summer.

“We are very grateful to Rep. Merle Phillips and the Northumberland County commissioners for their help in receiving this grant,” he said. “They took a leap of faith to help us with this.”

Stroehmann said a variety of manufactured goods would be transferred from boxcars to van trucks for delivery. There will be space for 10 boxcars inside the warehouse when the project is completed.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe what I just read!!
Moran Industries could of set up shop here in Coudersport, but no..Was it the Greed of the NEW Adelphia or just plan STUPIDITY!!!!
I say alot of both.

Potter County Commissioners Town Meeting Tuesday

The Potter County Commissioners will hold a town meeting at the Coudersport Area High School Tuesday, April 22 nd beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited, especially those in the Coudersport School District, to attend and express their ideas and concerns.

Other meetings are planned throughout the county over the next few weeks.

Steuben County Offers Free 911 Phones For Elderly & Victims Of Domestic Violence

Canisteo Valley News
In Steuben County, Senior citizens who have little income and those who have been suffering from domestic violence will be able to get free cell phones. And if these people have a serious problem, the people who have these cell phones will be able to get help if they're in an emergency situation.

Now, those who are giving out the cell phones already figured out that there might be some people out there who will try to work the system - by trying to get a free cell phone so they can go around calling their friends, but Linda Teeter, from the office of the aging tells us that the cell phones won't be able to call any numbers but emergency numbers.

If you know of someone who could use a cell phone in case a 9-1-1 emergency happens, contact the Steuben County Office for the Aging in Bath.

Arnold Gorg, 89, Galeton, PA

GORG, Arnold, 89, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.
Born March 17, 1919 in Yochum Hill, PA, he was the son of the late Fred and Heather "Hattie" (Gnau) Gorg. On December 14, 1947 in Galeton, he married the former Helen Steadman, who predeceased him in 2003.
Arnold was a dairy farmer in Yochum Hill and was a school bus driver for the Galeton School District, retiring in 1986. He was the maintenance man at the Redwood Village for many years after he retired. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, the Galeton Loyal Order of the Moose #826, and a social member of the Galeton VFW.
Surviving are a son, Clifford Gorg of Coudersport; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Meshula of Galeton, and Helen Lazorchak of Cross Fork, PA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Arnold was predeceased by a son, four brothers and one sister.
Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Thursday, April 24, 2008, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate. Interment will be in Yochum Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association.

Latest Developments In Walker Case

Here are the latest developments in the Derek Walker case. The DuBois Courier Express published three new articles today relating to the charges against the 5th District US Congress Candidate.

After you have read these articles, we invite you to come back and vote in our poll asking your opinion who is responsible for these criminal charges.

Walker denies wrongdoing
DuBOIS - Derek Walker described himself Friday as "not guilty," "superb" and "grateful," as he responded to Thursday's filing of burglary and trespass criminal charges related to an August 2007 incident involving a former girlfriend. Congressional candidate Walker faces charges CLEARFIELD - Congressional candidate Derek Walker is facing charges for an incident which occurred in August. Walker and the alleged victim, Kathleen Ferry, however, both issued statements Thursday disputing the charges. Walker, 32, of Bigler, is facing charges of burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, stalking and criminal attempt invasion of privacy. Charges were filed with District Judge Richard Ireland's office Thursday afternoon. Walker, ex-girlfriend dispute charges against candidate CLEARFIELD - A Congressional candidate and his ex-girlfriend are disputing charges filed against him Thursday. Derek Walker, a 32-year-old financial planner from Bigler, who is running for the 5th Congressional District seat, has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, stalking and criminal attempt invasion of privacy as a result of an Aug. 25 incident involving his ex-girlfriend Kathleen Ferry.