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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Seneca Custody Battle--Mom Has Marissa

WESB News: 05/03/08 - Custody Battle Continues

A former McKean County woman is fighting the Seneca Nation of Indians for custody of her 4-year-old daughter.

Kevin McGonnell is a member of the Seneca Nation and, because of treaties signed decades ago, US custody laws are not valid in the Seneca Nation. Amanda Prechtel, who now lives in Elk County, is fighting for her daughter Marissa anyway.

During a visit to her mother last week, Marissa said she didn't want to go back to Salamanca with her father. Seneca marshals traveled to St. Marys to serve a custody order from Seneca Peacemaker's Court.

But Amanda said she didn't answer the door, still has Marissa, and plans to keep fighting for her.

Wellsville Man Charged For Cashing Forged Checks At Genesee Markets

WESB News: 05/03/08 - Man Charged with Forgery, Theft

A Wellsville man has been charged with four felony counts of forgery and related offenses for stealing checks then cashing them at area businesses.

State police say Levi Hunt and another person cash checks at Reed's Market and State Line One Stop in Genesee for a total of 400 dollars. The checks had been stole from Josey Kemp of Wellsville.

Hunt was arrested after allegedly trying to cash a forged check in New York State. Police say several similar incidents have been reported in New York.

Police are continuing their investigation and trying to identify the second suspect.

Reservation Deadline Is May 9th For Roulette Alumni

The Roulette Alumni Association will have its 70th annual banquet and dance May 24th at the Roulette Fire Hall. Social hour is from 5-6 p.m. Music to be provided by DJ Fat Kid and dancing will be from 9:30 pm to 1 am. Tickets are $15/person and each member may invite one guest.

Reservation deadline is May 9 and tickets must be picked up by the end of the day on May 13.

You can make reservations by contacting Luke Baker at 814-544-7159, or Tammy Price at 814-544-9928.

Potter County Kiddies Having Fun On The Farm....I Guess?

Out Of Gas!!

Guess we'll just have to push it home.

It sure is a long way to the barn............................

Photos by James Jones for Solomon's words
But that's the only way we're gonna get there!!

Transformer Fire Behind Post Office In Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS: 5-3-08 5:40 pm
Coudersport Firemen are responding to the report of a transformer fire with wires burning on Third Street behind the Coudersport Post Office.

Bruce Trowbridge To Run, Bike Across USA

To Drill Water Wells In Africa

Photo by James Jones
These young men are preparing to cross the USA
this summer to raise funds to drill water wells in
Mali, Africa.

On the left is Timothy Haley, support aide, who will
accompany Bruce Trowbridge, right, while he bikes
and runs across the nation. The journey will begin
in June from Oregon and end in Ocean City, NJ.
Bruce hopes to raise $1 million dollars to fund the
African project.

Bruce and Timothy were set up
in front of the Potter County Courthouse explaining
their project to the people walking by at the Potter-
Tioga Maple Festival in Coudersport.

Solomon's words has pledged to report their
progress on their journey across America starting in June.
For more information click on

John E. "Jack" Flynn, 84, Ellisburg, PA

John E. “Jack” Flynn, 84, of Ellisburg, PA, with family at his side, left this earth to join his loving and greatly missed wife, on Thursday, May 1, 2008.

Born August 17, 1923, in Ithaca, NY, he was the son of Edward and Lena Hazel McCann Flynn.

He attended the country school on Fox Hill, Ulysses and graduated from Coudersport High School. Serving in the 324th Inf. Regiment, 44th Division during World War II in the European Theatre, John distinguished himself in battle by earning the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. He enjoyed attending military reunions over the years.

On April 24, 1949, in Andrews Settlement, PA, he married the former Phyllis M. Storey, who predeceased him on March 18, 2008.

Jack was employed as a truck driver/route salesman with Tastycake in New York City and worked locally as a milk hauler for canned and bulk milk, retiring from Sunnydale after many years. He was a member of the Ellisburg Union Church and the American Legion. He will long be remembered for his stories and Irish sense of humor.

Surviving are: two daughters, Connie (Kenneth) Miller of Muncy, PA and Robin (Boyd Jr.) Green of Wellsville, NY; a sister, Marcilea Flynn of New York City, NY; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Edwadene Grover.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM, with the Rev. Paul M. Karges presiding. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Ulysses. Memorials may be made to the Eldred World War II Museum, Eldred, PA 16731 or the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923.

Two Dead, One Lifeflighted In Fiery Car Crash--UPDATED

WESB News: 05/03/08 - Two Dead in Township Accident

UPDATE:Two local youths died as a result of an accident late Friday night on West Washington Street near the Marilla Reservoir.

Bradford Township police say two vehicles were "traveling together" in the same direction when one of the vehicles left the road, hit numerous trees and burst into flames.

Two of the youths died. A third young man is in Hamot Medical Center in serious condition.

The second vehicle hit the guiderails, crossed both lanes of traffic, hit an embankment and ended up in a ditch. Police say three local youths were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Bradford Township Police were assisted at the scene by a state police crash reconstruction team from Erie, McKean County District Attorney John Pavlock and McKean County Detective Gerald Okerlund.

Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police assisted with scene management. Also on the scene were the Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department and Bradford City Fire Department Ambulance.

Police say they will release more information when they finish their investigation.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Coudersport Comes Alive With Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

God's Country Kettle Corn waiting for you to take home

Pennsylvania Food Inspector Mary Deer makes sure everything
is fit to eat as she makes her way around the food stands.

Workers from the Coudersport Jubilee Store serve up
some delicious sandwiches at their booth.

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All photos by James Jones for Solomon's words

Hamilton's Maple Products is passing out samples of
maple cotton candy--mmmmm-good

This customer looks over the large variety of maple syrup
products in the maple producers tent

And there's maple sugar candy too for the sweet tooth

It's a good way to spend the day with the kiddies

And of course there's always Johnson's Concessions
serving up those sausage & onion & sweet pepper
sandwiches with the smells tantalizing your taste buds
all over the Courthouse Square


Who can resist the smells of this meal cooking

A worker tunes up the rides for the kiddies

Sweet treats await you inside this huge tent

Sue Lush shows off some of the beautiful baskets she has
created in the business she does from her basement when
she's not out working for the Potter County Office of The

Just some of the many, many booths awaiting you at the
Potter-Tioga Maple Fest in Coudersport Today and Saturday
Click here to see parade pictures at Potter County Fire News

A man looks over some of the material in the Potter County
Visitors Booth

Pastor Carl Vining of Amazing Grace Ministeries in
Montgomery, PA shows Pastor Lou Bartolotti of the
Coudersport Bible Institute and his wife Gail some of
the delicious peanut brittle he makes and sells. He even
has one with maple flavor just for the festival.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

how come no pictures of the educational boiling evaporator on the square?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 3:07:00 PM EDT

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

It's only because Bert Ianson didn't have it set up and working yet when I was there on Friday afternoon. Maybe next year. Jim

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 3:57:00 PM EDT

Port Allegany Man Pleads Guilty

Nathan Maynard, 27, Port Allegany, pleaded guilty to forgery, bad checks, and access device fraud in McKean County court on Thursday.

Maynard forged 20 checks, totaling $800., belonging to his uncle.

Update On Last Night's Wellsville House Fire

UPDATE ON WELLSVILLE HOUSE FIRE: Brian Quinn has filed a story and pictures of the Wellsville house fire from last night on the Daily Reporter website.

House Fire Thursday Night On Newell Creek

Firemen from Eldred Borough, Port Allegany, and Eldred Township were dispatched Thursday night at 9:34 pm to a house fire on the Newell Creek Road in Ceres Township. Firemen quickly extinguished the fire in the two story house.

Crews from all three departments worked well together to bring this fire under control and keep property damage to a minimum. All apparatus returned to quarters by 11:00 pm.

An engine and crew from Roulette covered for Port Allegany Star Hose Company.

The 42nd Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival will be held in Coudersport on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Photo by Bonnie Baker for Solomon's words

Friday--There will be vendors on the courthouse square and a Kiddie Carnival and games from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.;

a live demonstration of the “Sugar Shanty”, “Maple Products”,

Displays and Sales and music at the gazebo will begin at 11 a.m.

The Pet Parade will begin at 6 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the festival begins with a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coudersport Consistory.

There will be vendors, food, crafts, kiddie carnival and games, Sugar Shanty demonstrations throughout the day.

The Fine Arts Council will have an Art Show at the Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

the Arden Burdick Car Display begins at 10 a.m. to Noon for registrations and judging to begin at 1 p.m.

Registration for the Great American Red Cross Duck Race will be held at the Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The race will begin at the CARP Park and finish at the Coudersport Firehall.

Tours of the C & PA Caboose will begin at 10 a.m.;

a Library Great American Used Book Sale will be held at the Coudersport Library on Park Avenue;

Tours of Potter County Historical Society and the Robert Merten 2nd Annual “Circle of Fifths” music award competition is scheduled for Saturday.

The Maple Sweetheart final judging will be held at the gazebo at 1 p.m. and the Maple Festival Sweetheart Parade will begin at 3 p.m. with awards following parade.

Closeout of the 2-day event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the 4th Annual Potter-Tioga “Maple Festival Idol” Karaoke Contests. Youth Idol Contest begins at 5 p.m., followed by the Adult Idol Contest.

Tax Breaks On Area School Taxes From Gaming

WESB News: 05/02/08 - State Awards Tax Relief From Gaming Revenue

Property owners in the Bradford Area School District will receive a $326 property tax break for the 2008-09 school year.

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 distributes gaming revenue from state casinos to it's school districts each year. The savings will come in the form of a tax credit on a homeowner's property tax bill.

Kane Area School District residents will save $163, Otto-Eldred $173, Port Allegany $220, and Smethport residents will save $194.

Potter County residents will save an average of $220 on their property taxes.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Passerby And Quick Firefighter Response Save House In Coudersport Wednesday Afternoon

Quick thinking on the part of a passerby and responding firefighters kept damage to a minimum when fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Cobb residence on East Second Street in Coudersport.

According to First Assistant Chief Bryan Phelps, the homeowner had placed ashes from the wood stove in a five gallon plastic bucket on the front porch and a breeze fanned the ashes causing them to ignite.

The flames spread up the siding and decking and were spotted by Steve Kelly who notified 9-1-1.

Firefighters Kyle Eckert and Larry Beldin quickly arrived on the scene and began extinguishing the flames. 18 firefighters arrived on scene with four pieces of equipment and the situation was quickly brought under control.

Damage has been estimated to be about $1000.

Rotary Looking For Host Families For Student

The Coudersport Rotary Club is looking for host families for a 17 year old boy from the Dominican Republic who will be spending the next school year attending a Potter County school.

Jonathan Sanchez is active in sports, particularly basketball and soccer and plans to study business administration in college.

Families interested in hosting Sanchez are encouraged to contact Potter County Judge John Leete in the court house, 274-9720.

The host family provides room and board; the local Rotary club provides spending money and Rotary International provides health insurance.

Structure Fire Reported In Wellsville

8:05 PM---5-1-08

Wellsville is reporting a working structure fire on East State Street in the village.
John Anderson filed this report on the Daily Reporter website At 9:40 PM:
The Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to this fire on East State Street in the village Thursday night. The home appeared to have a lot of damage upstairs and down. Check the website for more photos.

PPL Wants To Raise Natural Gas Rates By 1/3

Lock Haven Express

ALLENTOWN — PPL Gas Utilities is asking the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for a 30.4 percent increase on the total monthly gas bill for an average residential customer.

According to the PPL release, the utility is proposing the increase, effective Dec. 1, as a result of “significantly higher natural gas costs throughout the nation.

If the rate request is approved by the PUC, the total monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 7 dekatherms of natural gas will increase from $115.78 to $150.96.

The total bill of typical commercial and industrial customers would increase by 37.5 percent and 40.2 percent respectively.

The PUC reviews and approves gas cost rates for Pennsylvania’s natural gas utilities annually. PPL Gas Utilities’ preliminary request is based on current and projected natural gas prices and could change, depending on what happens to natural gas prices before the PUC rules on the request in November.

“We understand that high energy prices place a heavy burden on our customers and on the communities we serve,” said Bob Geneczko, president of PPL Gas Utilities. “Although we try to shield our customers as much as possible from rising costs, we are faced with significant increases in costs to buy natural gas from our suppliers.”

PPL Gas Utilities does not produce its own natural gas and makes no profit from any price increases. Its business is delivering natural gas to its 76,000 customers through the company’s network of pipelines. It purchases gas for customers from a variety of suppliers and passes through the cost of those purchases without markup.

There are two major components of a customer’s gas bill. The largest component is the pass-through charge for the gas itself, which represents about 69 percent of the monthly bill. The second component, PPL Gas Utilities’ charge for delivery, accounts for about 31 percent of the bill.

According to the release, to help reduce the effects of rising natural gas prices on customers, PPL monitors prices daily and purchases supplies at the lowest available price. It also purchases gas during warm-weather months, when demand and prices are lower. The gas can then be stored underground for use in the winter.

Adelphia Victims Can Get Some Restitution

WESB News: 05/01/08 - Adelphia Victims Can Recover Losses

Victims of securities fraud committed at Adelphia Communications can ask for restitution to recover some of their financial losses, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

More than $700 million in criminal forfeitures were made to the government as a result of the case, which will be distributed to victims of the fraud. Petitions must be submitted by July 16 to qualify for a distribution from the Adelphia Victim Fund. For more information, visit Adelphia Victim Fund
Anonymous B. Jones said...

maybe we can can get the rest of our money from the bush administration who started these trumped up charges to cover up their enron and halliburton buddies schrades!Did they really get justice for the people or just ruin a good thing! The local economy of the Coudersport based cable giant is devestated and an 80 year old patriarch is sitting in prison the rest of his life! I feel so much better now!! Not!! The Bush-Chaney era should be remembered for $4.oo a gallon gas and "do as I say , not as I do attitude! Thank you my corrupt government for saving me from the Rigas family?????????!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008 9:43:00 PM EDT

Commissioners To Hold Town Meeting In Galeton Tonight

The Potter County Commissioners will hold another one of their Town Meetings tonight at the Galeton School at 7:00 PM. Persons from the Galeton Area are invited to attend and express any concerns they may have about Potter County.

This is a continuing outreach of the Potter County Commissioners to touch base with the residents of Potter County. They are anxious to listen to your cares and concerns.

Another Town Meeting will be held on May 8th at the Northern Potter School at 7:00 PM. for residents in that area of the county.

Residents And County Leaders Gather For National Day Of Prayer

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All three Potter County Commissioners were in attendance
this noon as leaders observed National Day Of Prayer with
prayer at the gazebo at the Potter County Courthouse square.

Photo by James Jones
Terry Cole from the Potter County Employment offices
prays for jobs and economic security for Potter County

Commissioner Susan Kefover prays for our county and it's

Mike Knefley leads a prayer

Jeff Wilcox sings at the noon National Day of Prayer observance
at the Gazebo on the Courthouse square in Coudersport.

A second service will be held tonight at 7:00 pm at the High School
for county residents who were working and could not attend today's

PA Troopers To Do Statewide Truck Checks

Pennsylvania State Police will conduct a statewide enforcement campaign in May to promote commercial vehicle driver compliance with seat belt and drivers' hours of service regulations, Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller announced.

As part of the Commercial Vehicle SAFE (Seatbelt and Fatigue Enforcement) Driver Enforcement effort, each state police troop will use trained motor carrier personnel to conduct motor carrier inspections aimed at identifying fatigued commercial vehicle drivers and those not wearing their seat belts, Miller said.

National Day Of Prayer At Noon and 7:00 pm

There will be a National Day of Prayer held at noon in the gazebo at the Coudersport Courthouse Square, and at 7 p.m. at the Coudersport High School.

Steiner To Lead Prayer For Emergency Responders

National Day Of Prayer

On Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 19:00 hrs (7pm) there is going to be a gathering at the Coudersport High School for the National Day of Prayer. Traditionally, a gathering is held at noon at the Courthouse square.

This year, Pastors throughout Potter County got together and decided to hold a gathering in the evening, for the entire county. They are planning on holding this evening gathering every year, with this being the first one.

During this gathering, there is going to be many speakers, who will be talking and praying for different groups in our county. I have been asked to speak and pray for the emergency / first responders in our County.

I am asking that anyone or department that is available to be at the Coudersport High School for this gathering. I possible, please come in uniform. I would like to have an overwhelming representation of the emergency responders from Potter County.

I am also opening this invitation up to any emergency responders from outside our county to attend also. If you can, please confirm your attendance by e-mail or phone call to the Potter County EMA office.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone.

Thank you


James P. Steiner
Emergency Management Coordinator
Potter County Dept. of Emergency Services

Potter-Tioga Maple Festival This Friday & Saturday

The 42nd Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival will be held in Coudersport on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Photo by Bonnie Baker for Solomon's words

There will be vendors on the courthouse square and a Kiddie Carnival and games from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; a live demonstration of the “Sugar Shanty”, “Maple Products”, Displays and Sales and music at the gazebo will begin at 11 a.m. The Pet Parade will begin at 6 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the festival begins with a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coudersport Consistory. There will be vendors, food, crafts, kiddie carnival and games, Sugar Shanty demonstrations throughout the day. The Fine Arts Council will have an Art Show at the Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Arden Burdick Car Display begins at 10 a.m. to Noon for registrations and judging to begin at 1 p.m.

Registration for the Great American Red Cross Duck Race will be held at the Courthouse Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The race will begin at the CARP Park and finish at the Coudersport Firehall. Tours of the C & PA Caboose will begin at 10 a.m.; a Library Great American Used Book Sale will be held at the Coudersport Library on Park Avenue; Tours of Potter County Historical Society and the Robert Merten 2nd Annual “Circle of Fifths” music award competition is scheduled for Saturday.

The Maple Sweetheart final judging will be held at the gazebo at 1 p.m. and the Maple Festival Sweetheart Parade will begin at 3 p.m. with awards following parade.

Closeout of the 2-day event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the 4th Annual Potter-Tioga “Maple Festival Idol” Karaoke Contests. Youth Idol Contest begins at 5 p.m., followed by the Adult Idol Contest.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Paul E. Meacham, 83, of Olean, N.Y., formerly of Coudersport, died Tuesday (April 29, 2008), in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y. after a long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Theresa Cummins-Bottorf, 46, of Route 44, Conesville, formerly of Bradford, died Wednesday (April 30, 2008) at her residence after a lengthy battle with cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

SHINGLEHOUSE — Robert Arthur Partridge, 95, of Shinglehouse, formerly a longtime resident of Coudersport, died Wednesday (April 30, 2008) in Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., after suffering a severe stroke on Sunday in his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

PA Senate Votes To Block Robocalls

WESB News: 04/30/08 - Political Robocalls Could be Blocked

Pennsylvanians could have fewer dinnertime interruptions and automatic political messages waiting on their answering machines under a bill approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

The measure would allow people to block automatic telephone calls, or "robocalls," by political campaigns, parties and organizations.

The bill, which passed 48-1, now goes to the House of Representatives, where similar measures are awaiting a vote. If the Senate bill is acted on soon enough, it could be in effect in time for the November general election.

Potter Leader-Enterprise Goes To $1.25 This Week

The Potter Leader-Enterprise went up to $1.25 this week on the newsstands, joining increases in some of the daily papers recently. As with everything else, gas, groceries, health insurance, heating oil, etc., you can only eat so many increases in expenses before you have to give in and ask for more money.

Before one complains, you only need to look at some of the other weekly papers in and out of the area to realize that the Potter Leader-Enterprise is an exceptionally outstanding weekly newspaper. It has traditionally outshone most of the weekly print newspapers anywhere in the state, both in content and in the investigative reporting done by it's journalists.

At $1.25 it's still a great bargain. Keep up the great work.

This Killer Looks Familiar--Emerald Ash Borer

Have you seen this killer?
Emerald Ash Borer--Killer of Ash trees
Spread by the transportation of firewood

Photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University, United States

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw one of these critters setting on my porch steps one day last week when I went out for the mail along Rt. 144. I didn't know what it was at the time, but it was a pretty color. Then it flew away. Have they been reported in our area?

Thursday, May 1, 2008 7:38:00 PM EDT

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

I think it is supposed to be confined to the 4 counties in the Southwestern part of the state. I burn wood and I believe I saw this bug in my garden last fall in Roulette. It may have spread farther than the experts know.

Thursday, May 1, 2008 8:51:00 PM EDT

WFRM Calendar of Events

May 1

There will be a National Day of Prayer held at noon in the gazebo at the Coudersport Courthouse Square, and at 7 p.m. at the Coudersport High School.

May 2 (cancellation)

The Potter County Special Olympic Field and Track Meet scheduled for May 2 is cancelled due to construction at the CARP field.

Mile-a-Minute Plant Targeted For Eradication


The State Agriculture Department says Mile-a-Minute, an invasive, noxious vine that can kill other plants, is being targeted for removal this summer near Sinnemahoning State Park in Potter and Cameron counties.

Mile-a-Minute can kill native plants, depriving them of sunlight by rapidly growing over them. Mile-a-Minute is a state noxious weed regulated by the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed Control Law. Mile-a-Minute, or Polygonum perfoliatum, is native to Asia. The plant has a reddish stem armed with downward pointing, sharp hooks or barbs, also found on the underside of its light green triangular leaves. While not poisonous to humans, the barbs can tear clothing and cut the skin.

Photo from Wickipedia

Wearing gloves is recommended when handling the weed. The weed first was introduced to southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1940’s, where it is now widespread. The seeds were likely transported to the Sinnemahoning State Park and north to Costello, Pa., by water, migrating birds or other wildlife.

Property owners can hand-pull any vines discovered this summer to help limit its spread. Hand-removal, chemical-spraying or mowing of the vines before setting fruit is critical to preventing seed dispersal by birds and water. It may take several years of treatment to eliminate the weed completely.

Last summer, the Department of Agriculture and volunteers from the other organizations conducted a “weed walk” to determine the severity of the infestation along Route 872 and the first fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek.

This year, the agriculture department hired Cameron County resident Jim Zoschg to help slow the spread and eradicate the weed from private land in the Sinnemahoning Valley.

From April 14 – Aug. 29, Zoschg will travel in a white Dodge truck with state tags along Route 872, beginning at the northern edge of Sinnemahoning State Park and continuing through Costello.

To report this vine, or for assistance in controlling it on their property, landowners should contact Zoschg at 570-417-2661 or 814-486-0705. If property owners have already signed a consent-to-spray form and Mile-a-Minute weed is on their property, Zoschg can aid with the necessary steps to destroy the weed, which may involve mowing the weed before it produces seeds.

The Bucktail Watershed Association is also planning educational outreach efforts this summer relating to Mile-a-Minute. Todd Deluccia, Cameron County Watershed specialist, will work with Zoschg to remove the vine. Deluccia can be contacted at 814-486-9354.

Additionally, the Sinnemahoning State Park began implementing a management plan for the infestation in the park in 2006 and will continue the effort through this year. Anyone interested in volunteering with the park should contact Lisa Bainey or Jackie Flynn at 814-647-8401.

For more information about noxious weeds in Pennsylvania, visit and click on "Animal and Plant Health," or contact Melissa Bravo at (717) 787-7204.

Genesee Teen Injured In Crash On Route 449

Injuries were also reported for a Genesee teenager after a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 449 about a half mile north of the Whitney Road in Genesee Township.

Troopers said 17 year old Zachery Monroe became distracted and allowed his Chevrolet Blazer to head toward some guardrails on the east side. When he jerked the wheel to the left to correct, the vehicle crossed to the other side and struck an embankment, then spun around counter clockwise and struck a tree.

Monroe was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He’s facing summary traffic violations.

40 Foot Ladder Stolen From Cooney Hollow

The theft of a 40 ft. fiberglass ladder from a location on Cooney Hollow Road in Portage Township sometime between April 12 and this past Sunday is being investigated by troopers locally.

The orange colored ladder belonged to Kevin Major and is valued at $500.

Jessica Songster New Potter County Assistant District Attorney

Photo by Kim Hoak courtesy of the Potter Leader-Enterprise
Pictured is Jessica Songster (L), new Potter County
Assistant district Attorney & Dawn Fink (R), Potter
County 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.

Rep. Causer Posts Local Hours

Here For You:
Outreach Office Hours
for May
Dear Friends,
In my ongoing efforts to make government more accessible to you, I have scheduled the following outreach office hours in May:
Thursday, May 1:
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Port Allegany
Borough Office
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Eldred Borough Office
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Additional Office Hours

You are also welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor, telephone 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour).

Or call toll-free 1-866-437-8181, visit my Web site at or e-mail me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Structure Fire Reported On East 2nd Street-Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS: 4-30-08 1:00 PM
Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to a report of a structure fire at the Cobb residence at 1279 E. 2nd Street in Sweden Valley where a passerby reported seeing flames on the porch. An early report from the scene reported nothing showing. Coudersport command reported fire out at 1:16 pm.

National Fuel Raising Gas Rates Tomorrow

WESB News: 04/30/08 - National Fuel Bills Going Up Tomorrow

Natural gas bills are going up by about 5 percent starting tomorrow.

National Fuel says the monthly bill of a typical residential customer will go up from 123-25 to 129-83.

Nancy Taylor with National Fuel says one of the reasons for the increase is that the company is forecasting higher natural gas costs in the coming months.

Roulette Township Gets It On As Weather Gets Nicer

Roulette Township worker Kevin Bisher cleans up around
the Roulette recreation and skate park. The park is a
popular attraction as the weather improves.

These pictures show the new dugouts being added to the
ball field across from the Potter County Human Services
building on North Street in Roulette Township.

Photos by James Jones for Solomon's words
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Kellie Tingley Recognized At Hilbert College Banquet

HAMBURG, NY – Members of Hilbert College’s NCAA Division III athletic programs were recognized Tuesday night at the college’s annual athletic banquet.

Special recognition of Hilbert’s four newest members of Chi Alpha Sigma followed with presentations of pins and medallions. The National College Athlete Honor Society for junior and senior student-athletes carrying a grade point average of 3.4 or higher recognized junior Jennifer Wade (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy) and seniors Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek), Kellie Tingley (Coudersport, PA/Coudersport), Kaitlyn Miller and Kyle Hiscock.

17 Yr. Old Charged With Threats At Northern Potter

Star Gazette Updates:
A 17-year-old boy is charged with making terroristic threats and harassment following an incident at Northern Potter High School on Monday afternoon.

According to a press release from state police at Coudersport, the boy, a student at the school, made numerous threats toward a teacher and the school. The threats were made in the presence of the teacher and classmates, the release stated.

The boy is from Westfield and will be charged in Juvenile Court.

Daily Reporter Details Stabbing At Derby

John Anderson, reporter for the Wellsville Daily Reporter ,details more of the stabbing incident at the fishing derby in an article today in the Daily Reporter.

The man who was stabbed during an altercation at Island Park is recovering today in Strong Memorial and is expected to talk to Wellsville Village Police today. More

Three Injured In Early Morning Crash In Shinglehouse

WESB News: 04/30/07 - DUI Crash in Sharon Township Overnite

A one vehicle accident early this morning sent three men to local hospitals.

State Police say a truck operated by 19 year-old Jeremiah Asper of Lock Haven went out of control and struck a tree on Sunny Side Road in Sharon township.

There were two passengers in the Asper truck, 24 year-old Adam Simpson and 24 year-old Travis Wackwitz, both of Shinglehouse.

Police have charged Asper with DUI.

Mandy Knapp Blogs From Port Allegany

Let It Go...

There are people who can walk away from you. When people can walk away from you: let them walk.

Don't try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. When people can walk away from you, let them walk.

Read the rest of this good advice on Mandy Knapp's blog "Going Off On A Rant". Mandy blogs from Port Allegany, PA. Solomon's words has added her blog to our favorite links on the right hand side of the page.

Time Warner To Spin Off Cable Business

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Time Warner, Inc. will spin off it's cable business as a separate entity.

Economic Stimulus Payment Dates Announced

Stimulus Payment Schedule
Direct Deposit
Last 2 SSN Digits Payment Transmission Date
00-20 April 28
21-75 May 9
76-99 May 16
Paper Checks
00-09 May 9
10-18 May 23
19-25 May 30
26-38 June 6
39-51 June 13
52-63 June 20
64-75 June 27
76-87 July 4
88-99 July 11
Source: Internal Revenue Service

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Potter County Human Services To Stay In Roulette

"County Owns Roulette Building Free And Clear"

The Potter County Commissioners, during their regular meeting last Thursday, formally announced that Potter County Human Services will not be moving to the Gunsburger Annex, the former Adelphia Scho
ol Building on North Main Street in Coudersport.

The announcement, which had been rumored for several weeks, was made by Chairman Doug Morley.
James Jones Photo for Solomon's words

During a regular meeting in late February or early March, the commissioners seemed to back away from moving Human Services to the building donated by Time-Warner, as had been planned by the previous Board.

Human Services staff reportedly was told about the change late last month. Commissioner Paul Heimel noted the county owns the LL Smith Building in Roulette free and clear.
Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words

When questioned by WFRM on April 14, Chairman Morley said no plans had been made and that the commissioners were waiting for a report from LaBella and Associates, the firm they had hired to review the space available and requirements.

The commissioners did acknowledge that they had discussed an Alternative Education program with the county’s school superintendents and said the program might be located in the building along with county offices.

Free Parking In Downtown Coudersport

The Chamber of Commerce announces
that the parking in the metered spots in
downtown Coudersport will be free while
the detour on Route 6 is in effect.

The Chamber thanks the Coudersport Borough Council for considering the
request from the Chamber.

The Chamber of Commerce has also contracted for billboards on the east and west sides of Coudersport encouraging motorists to visit historic downtown Coudersport.

Local photographer Curt Weinhold has donated the use of one of his photographs of the downtown for these billboards.

Rep. Causer Announces Senior Center Grants

WESB News: 04/29/08 - 10 Senior Centers Get Grant Money

Ten local senior centers will share a 50 thousand dollar state grant that they can spend on what they identify as their greatest need.

Some plan to make improvements to their facilities while others will purchase equipment to help them better meet the needs of their senior clients.

State Representative Marty Causer made the announcement this afternoon at the Bradford Senior Center. He says senior centers meet a variety of needs for area seniors, including providing nutritious meals, offering informative sessions on issues of interest to older Pennsylvanians and presenting a variety of social and recreational activities.

The senior centers receiving grants are Bradford, Smethport, Port Allegany, Eldred, Emporium, Driftwood, Coudersport, Galeton, Ulysses and Oswayo Valley.

First Annual Night Of Entertainment Wednesday In Coudersport

The First Annual Night of Entertainment, sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church, will be held at the Episcopal Church in Coudersport at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

The program will feature Essence of Motion Dance Studio Students; North Country Voices & Second Chances; Organ Music by Rosemary Wells; Strings N” Things; Don Vought Music Studio Students; and the Christ Church Choir with the Youth Choir.

Admission is free!

Port Allegany Woman Jailed For Bad Checks

Wellsville Village Police, with the assistance of the New York State Police arrested Linda M. Atwater, 46, of Port Allegany Pa., Thursday on two arrest warrants.

Atwater allegedly issued bad checks to two businesses.

She was remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. Atwater is due to appear Tuesday in court.

Police Reports

Coudersport, Pa.-based
State Police
Troopers report a person(s) broke into a shed at a residence on Loucks Mills Road, town not reported, between April 6 and Friday. The carburator was taken off an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Anyone with information on the incident should call troopers at (814) 274-8690.

Troopers reported Sunday Galeton, Pa., woman complained of chest pains after an accident at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Route 6, Ulysses. Sharon E. Stone, 53, steered left to avoid a deer that ran onto the lane. The vehicle hit the median and she lost control of it, causing the vehicle to strike an embankment. She was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. No more information on her condition was available Monday. No charges were reported.

Potter County Unemployment Rate Down Slightly

Potter County's unemployment rate for March of 7.8% was down slightly from February's 8.2% and March 2007 at 8.6%.

Jobs remained the same at 7100 in the county, and unemployed the same at 600. The number of the labor force declined 200 compared to February, which set the county's labor force at 7600.

Pennsylvania's rate was 4.9% and US was 5.1%.

For complete statistics on Potter County jobs click here.

A Preview Of Stories In This Week's Potter Leader-Enterprise

By Donald Gilliland
This week’s Leader-Enterprise will include a special
focus on the Maple Festival with profiles of all the
candidates for Maple Sweetheart, a complete listing of
all the events planned for the weekend and a story
about the local maple industry and the 2008 sugar
season. The Maple Festival represents the conjunction
of Potter County’s two largest industries: agriculture
and tourism. And it's not a new invention - we've been
doing our own form of eco-tourism around the maple
industry here for over 40 years!

On the hard-news side, we'll be looking at how the
recent downturn in the stock market could have a
direct negative impact on the county budget and local
taxes. I'm still gathering the historical data, but
there's no question the first quarter of 2008 was the
worst in years for the county's retirement fund, which
lost nearly half a million dollars in just the last
three months. Why is that important? If the fund does
not meet its actuarial goals, the county is required
to pay the difference. If the downturn continues, that
could put a major unanticipated dent in the county
budget, in turn making a tax increase more likely. At
the very least it could eliminate the "surplus" left
from the previous board in one fell swoop, putting the
county back onto a shoe-string.

We will also have an interview with the county's
newly-appointed Assistant District Attorney, an
outline of the commissioners' plans for the new annex
building and an analysis of the primary election

And of course, we'll have the most comprehensive
coverage of local high school sports of any newspaper
in the area. Neil Linderman does yeoman's work at our
sports desk every week, and all our local high school
athletes benefit. Ten years ago this week, we had one
page of sports and one page of outdoor news. This week
there will be four pages of local sports and five of
outdoor news.

Hidden Veterans Benefit Discovered

Hidden veterans benefit discovered

The over-65 and now disabled wartime veteran may qualify for much-needed money to pay for medical bills.

Williamsport attorneys Julieanne E. Steinbacher and Adrianne J. Stahl and long-term care planners Lisa M. Barner and Tammy Zilske are graduates of the Veterans Benefit Institute recently held in Chicago.

This three-day intensive program was attended by elder law attorneys from across the country. Elder law is legal advocacy devoted to the issues of aging and long-term care. VA benefits, estate planning, tax planning, Medicare/Medicaid, and disability law are within the elder law focus.

The staff of Steinbacher, Sholder & Stahl can advise wartime veterans, over-65, on how to obtain up to $1,842 per month. Homebound veterans needing in-home health care may qualify for up to $1,427 per month. Even the surviving spouse of a wartime veteran may qualify for long-term care cost dollars. The VA may pay a surviving spouse who needs regular “aid and attendance” up to $998 per month. Williamsport Sun Gazette.
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are alot of elderly veterans in the area that could use this help. Do you have a contact phone number to get more information?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 1:48:00 PM EDT

I have added a link to the law firm's web page for further information. Jim