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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Do You Remember The "GRIT" Newspaper

Not In Williamsport Anymore

By James Jones

I remember the GRIT. You could buy it when somebody came to the door selling it. Or you could sell it and make money when I was a kid. It specialized in small towns.

If you sold it, you could keep part of the money. It was published in nearby Williamsport, Pennsylvania and everyone in town knew about the GRIT.

What ever happened to the GRIT? Believe it or not, it's still around.

Not in Williamsport anymore, it was moved to Topeka, Kansas.

It still caters to small towns and farm families. It has articles you can read online, and you can still subscribe to the GRIT if you want to.

Ogden Publications, of Wheeling, West Virginia, is the current publisher of the GRIT and here is a link to the history of the GRIT on the GRIT's website.

Click here to read the
history of the GRIT from it's origin until now.

Seymo2959 said...

I ose to sell the paper and my children sold it too. It was a wonderful paper with good and pleasant news.

Doug Seymour

Police Say Ishua Man Hit And Bit One Year Old Baby

WESB News: 05/17/08 - Man Jailed for Allegedly Hitting a Child

An Ishua, New York, man is in jail after being accused of assault a baby.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies say 24-year-old Brian Williams hit a one-year-old in the face several times and bit the child's arm.

Williams has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

Cross Fork Suspect Accused Of Trying To Bribe Trooper

WESB News: 05/17/08 - Man Accused of Bribing State Police

A Cross Fork man has been arrested has been charged with bribery for allegedly offering a large sum of money to a state police trooper who is investigating a criminal case in which he is a suspect.

James Gelzenlichter is accused of offering the trooper money after an appearance in district court on Monday. He is free after posting 10 thousand dollars bail.

Last month, Gelzenlichter was involved in an incident where his girlfriend was found dead in Cross Fork Creek in Potter County. An autopsy showed that 50-year-old Patricia Blouse died of hypothermia. Gelzenlichter was found alive in the creek.

Police say they are not releasing further details due to the ongoing investigation.

Pastor Jason Alvarez Will Speak At Tabernacle

Pastor Jason Alvarez and his family will be ministering at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on Sunday, May 18, 2008.
Worship service starts at 11:00 am. Come early if you want a seat.

Pastors Jason and Gale Alvarez are the presiding apostle and pastor of the Love of Jesus Family Church and Ministries. Their ministry formally began twenty five years ago as they traveled extensively with R.W. Schambach, preaching day meetings and leading evening worship. On February 20, 1982 Pastor Jason was ordained to the ministry.

Pastor Jason ministers under a tremendous apostolic and pastoral mantle, which he attributes to his extensive time spent in prayer and bible study. The Love of Jesus Family Church is located in Orange, New Jersey, and through God's grace, they seek to meet the needs of people of all ethnic groups.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Teen Charged With Knifepoint Robbery

WESB News: 05/16/08 - Teen Charged with Wellsville Robbery

An 18-year-old is in jail, accused of robbing a store at knifepoint Thursday morning in Wellsville. Police say they received a 9-1-1 call from a person reported that a man had come into the store with a knife and that he grabbed a money box, then locked the caller in a room before running from the store.

Police found James Ben in high weeds by the Genesee River just south of the water treatment plant. He was taken into custody without incident.

Ben is in Allegany County Jail on 20 thousand dollars bail.

Community Events From WFRM Calendar

May 15, 16, & 17

The annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport from 9:00 to 5:00 Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 until noon Saturday.

May 17

Townwide Yard Sales will be held in Mt. Jewett beginning at 9:00 a.m. Maps will be available at local businesses.

May 17

Town-wide yard sales will be held in Olean from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Maps depicting locations will be available at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce office beginning at 7:00 a.m.

March 17

The men at the The Mainsburg United Methodist Church in Tioga County will be serving a full menu ham dinner from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Adults, $8.00; children 5-12, $4.00 Take-outs available. Proceeds will benefit the roof fund. The church which is located five miles east of Mansfield on Route 6.

May 17

There will be a Dodge ball Tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on at the Austin Area Gymnasium beginning at 5 p.m. The age groups are, 12-14, 15-17, and 18 and older. You must have 7 members on a team and at least one male and one female on each team. Admission is $3.00 Call 642-9577 for more information.

May 17

There will be a fellowship dinner at the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church beginning at 5:30. Take a dish to pass and your own table service.

May 18

There will be a spaghetti dinner from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Sweden Valley Grange Hall on Cherry Springs Road. Adults, $7.00; children 10 and under, $3.50. Dinner includes spaghetti/meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, coffee and punch. Take-outs available. Sponsored by the Sweden Valley Strollers Relay for Life Team. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

May 18

Thomas Taber, co-author of “The Logging Railroad Era of Lumbering in Pennsylvania” will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center at the Museum. He has agreed to autograph copies of his books. Visitors are welcome to take their own copies or purchase one from the museum at at a cost of $12.00 each. (Books 8, 9, and 11 not available). The program is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations appreciated.

Computer Crime Hits Genesee Couple

Coudersport State Police are probing a computer crime victimizing a Genesee couple earlier this month.

Unknown persons used a PayPal account belonging to Michael and Jennifer Painter to purchase items from, and

Forest House Cited For Violating Liquor Law

The state Liquor Control Board has cited the Forest House Inn and Tavern in Austin with violating state laws.

Authorities allege the business failed to require patrons to leave the bar not later than one-half hour after the required time for the cessation of service on April 13 and permitted patrons to possess or remove alcoholic beverages from the bar after 2:30 a.m.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge and fines for minor offenses range from $50 to $1,000 and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses.

Freak Accident Kills Ishua Man Trimming Cow's Hooves

WESB News: 05/16/08 - Ishua Man Dies in Farm Accident

An Ishua, New York, man is dead after a freak farm accident. Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies say 55-year-old Peter White was trimming cow hooves at the Ken Wood Farm in Dayton when the machine he was setting up fell and hit him in the head.

County Coroner Howard Van Rensselaer pronounced White dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies are continuing their investigation.

To The Editor--A Reader Wants To Know?

Joel R. Zink said...

I agree with some of what you're saying, but the bit about taking the handicapped placard away from handicapped people is mislead.

Even if a handicapped person remains in the vehicle, they're still allowed to park in a hanicapped parking spot. How would you like to have get in and out of a vehicle without the use of your legs? It's extremely difficult, and can be very tedious. Along with many others (I'm sure), I'd appreciate a bit more sensitivity in your speech; And please loosen up on the CAPS LOCK KEY FOR GOD SAKES! By using all capitals you reduce the value and meaning of capitalized words.

Have a pleasant day.

Darryl Jackson said...

I dont understand why this town seems to care about little stuff more then inpoerten stuff.Notvery many people even use that alley, so who cares? And then to rip about his post about his caps lock is even better. Again who cares? What about level 3 outsorcing so many jobs to out of the states? These people have BaXXX, not only are they firing people left and right, but want the people they are letting go to train these non english speaking fools to do thier jobs! What are people supossed to do? Thier are not many jobs in coudersport, its sad that our kids have to move just to live, now I guess we will to? And this will affect us all in some way, it may be you or your kids, or grandkids, I dont want to move, but who can afford to drive to a job out of town? But I guess we care more about whos parking where, or who use;s proper punctuation. And while our country is falling apart around us, its nice to know that our Gov. is going to march in a gay parade. That must be the most inportent thing he could do right now! Come on people let wake up and talk about the stuff that matters!
Darryl Jackson.

Joel R. Zink said...

Mr. Jackson,

I find it disturbing that you don't think that issues involving handicapped people or civil rights are important.

However, I understand and agree with your point about outsourcing. We need to keep and create jobs right here in Potter County; And there's no easy way to do that. Why would any business actually want to relocate here? We do have a highly trained, technologically-able workforce, due to the Adelphia fallout, so that might be kind of an attractive thing, but a well-trained workforce can be found in other, more convenient places, too.

Some might say that a great leader needs to step up, but a single person isn't going to be able to solve these problems, and neither will any one group of people. It needs to become not only a community effort, but a top priority.

All in all, it's going to be a tough bunch of years coming up, Darryl, and I hope to God that Potter County can find ways to cope, including learning important life skills like intelligent writing with proper grammar and spelling.

Have a good one.

Anonymous said...

Could not agree with you more Darryl Jackson...And by the way Mr. Zink I posted about our Gov. not having any morals and our state going to hell in a hand bag, I started posting Anonymous only because I forgot my password! I have no problem stating my name and from now on will by signing my posts.

Our paid politicans Federal and State have allowed this country to be in the mess it is busy spending on pork projects they are pissing our hard earned tax dollars down the drain.

Local businesses have had to cut down, cut back and down size just to stay in business and with the price of gas, diesel fuel and off road fuel we have our hands full with our own businesses. So we must put pressure on the people that get paid to straighten out this mess they have created. And I have tried, believe me I have tried. But Mr. Gov. won't talk to me, why should he, I'm just another pissed off tax payer. I told his office the last call I made to give him a message for me, "When he grows a back bone or a set of balls to give Vicki Sherwood a call, if he can find the time!". And I made several calls over 3 or 4 weeks before I got this upset.
Vicki Sherwood

Darryl said...

I find it disturbing that you don't think that issues involving handicapped people or civil rights are important.

I Mean these were not important, what I meant was I think with all thats going on, there are more important things to be done. And if someone wants to speak out about things those of you who may have had a better education, should not rip it apart becouse a word is spelled wrong, or punctuation is not perfect. I myself am a disabled person, at the young age of 40 I had a few heart attacks, and then a 5 way bypass. So my wife now is the bread winner in our house, and after Adelphia, and now level 3, whats left here? I have to agree with Mrs Sherwood, we pay people to take care of these sort of things and they have let these United states go to hell in a hand basket. But people like you would rather complain about Caps lock than listen to what others have to say? I don't care how its said or wrote, as long as it gets said. Because if enough people say it maybe some will listen.
Good night to you sir.
Darryl Jackson

Joel R. Zink said...

Mr. Jackson & Ms. Sherwood,

I clearly made in a mistake in the way I spoke about grammar, spelling, and that sort of thing. My intentions were not to "rip" anyone, but just to point some things out that needed improvement; and I'll never say something if it's a matter of one or two errors, but if it's a complete mess, I will. On the internet, all you see of a person is what they write, so if someone writes sloppily or with no care for grammar, it can make it very difficult to understand what that individual is trying to say. But as you said, Mr. Jackson, small things like grammar are the least of our worries.

We do pay people to take care of problems for us, but if we don't like the way they do their job, we can always elect someone else next time around; and complain! Always pester the hell out of gv't officials if you want to make a point. From the sounds of it, Ms. Sherwood, you definitely put that practice to good use. I seriously commend you for caring enough to take time out of your day to take a stand.

Just out of curiousity, Ms. Sherwood, how is it exactly that supporting gay rights is immoral? Is it based on religious grounds, or something else? I'm not asking this question to start some kind of angry debate, but instead just out of good old natural curiousity.

Anyhow, I hope you folks have a great day.

Joel R. Zink

GE To Get Out Of Home Appliance Business

General Electric announced today that it will sell or spin off it's home appliance business. Read more in the Philly Burbs.
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This does not surprise me one bit...they have been making big money for years selling to Iran...Iran uses the material sold to them by GE to KILL our troups...Fox News busted them with the story a month or so ago...had the CEO so worried that he had land, air, and water security at the big board meeting in Erie PA just a few weeks ago. The share holders of GE are pissed and want some answers since the CEO took over 7 years ago their stock has done nothing but lose money but his deep pockets keep getting fuller by the minute...Shame on you GE, blood money if you ask me.

Friday, May 16, 2008 9:46:00 PM EDT

Smethport Woman Guilty In Credit Card Use

WESB News: 05/16/08 - Smethport Woman Pleads to Credit Card Charges

A Smethport woman pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County to using someone else’s credit card and checks illegally.

Court records indicate that 50 year-old Cynthia Longstaff used the cards and checks without permission from co-workers and residents of the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center while she worked there in 2007.

Longstaff will be sentenced at a later date.

Gov. Rendell Leads Gay Parade

Gov. Rendell to lead

gay pride parade

Bucks County Courier Times

New Hope's annual gay pride weekend will get started with a parade Saturday. At the front of the procession through the small riverside town will be Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

The governor has long been an ally in the battle for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community, said Stephen A. Glassman, chairman of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and a supporter of the celebration.

Both as mayor of Philadelphia and as governor, Rendell has been an “outspoken advocate” for gay rights, Glassman said.

The parade and Pride Weekend are designed to showcase New Hope's diversity, organizers said. More from the Courier Times.

Anonymous said...

It's neither right nor gay.... it's wrong and disgusting!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its great and i do not see how you would think its wrong or disgusting!

Friday, May 16, 2008 5:38:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does not surprise me one bit, Rendell has no morals, this state has gone to hell in a hand bag since he took office!

Friday, May 16, 2008 9:53:00 PM EDT

Anonymous said...

Big Ed continues to show what an immoral idiot he is....

Joel R. Zink said...

I'm no Rendell fan, as I think he's both a terrible speaker and an idiot, but the fact that he's willing to step across cultural borders like this is a pleasant surprise. He must have known that alot of rural, conservative constituents would have a problem with this sort of thing, so participating in it in such an upfront manner is impressive.

And in response to the "neither gay nor right" comment - you have a right to speak your mind (thanks to the First Amendment), but that same right allows for anyone to peaceably assemble, which is exactly what these gay folks are doing. So remember to take that sort of thing into account.

(I find it interesting that all of these comments are posted by "anonymous" individuals. Not scared to state your opinion, but too nervous to give yourself a name. Just thought that that was worth mentioning.)

This is an e-mail from 'Potter County Fire News'

It is with deep regret that we advise you of the passing of Bruce Setzer of Coudersport. Bruce had been a long time member of the Coudersport Fire Department and served in many different positions including Chief, Asst Chief and Truck Capt. He was very dedicated to the department and a good friend to all that knew him. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. We will post that information as soon it becomes available.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and family, including his fire service family. He will indeed be sadly missed.

This is an e-mail from 'Potter County Fire News'

Updated information on the passing of Bruce Setzer, former Chief of the Coudersport Fire Dept.:

Visitation will be Monday May 19th from 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9PM at Station 48 on Route 6 in Coudersport.

Services will be held at the Park United Methodist Church on South Third St. in Coudersport (across from the court house) at 11AM on Tuesday May 20th.

At this time we do not have any information as to a specific time for Fire Service visitation services or for apparatus for the funeral procession. We will pass that information on as soon as it becomes available.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Bruce L. Setzer, 46, of Coudersport, died unexpectedly Thursday (May 15, 2008) in Elma, N.Y. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

40 Attend Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Dinner

Bryan and Theresa Welsh recipients of the Coudersport
Habitat For Humanity home on Hill Street describe what
it is like to work with Habitat to own their own new home.
Bryan is an appliance repairman at Wagner's Hardware.

Bryan and Theresa's Habitat home is almost finished and
they hope to move in soon. They have 15 & 16 year old boys,
and a three year old girl. They have worked well over 500
hours of sweat equity on the home. A work session by
volunteers hopes to finish the home so they can move in.
Anyone wanting to help can do so Saturday, May 31
from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring your lunch, work an hour
or spend the day.

Jim Blain, Construction Leader, Habitat For Humanity tells volunteers
about the Habitat For Humanity program in Potter County and encourages
anyone who wants to help to join in. The goal this year is to finish
the Hill Street house and start new houses in Roulette and Galeton.
The location for the Roulette home was generously donated by Faye and
Dave Hauber. Faye's late husband, T. Lee Bennett was the founder
of Habitat For Humanity in Potter County.

Mitch DeLong, President of Habitat For Humanity thanks
volunteers for their participation, land owners for their donation
of land on which to build Habitat homes, and encourages new
volunteers to join in the work to provide affordable housing.
The volunteer dinner was held Thursday evening at the
Crittenden in Coudersport. Dinner was delicious.

To find out more about Habitat For Humanity in Potter County, go to their website here.

The Connection Gets $90,000. For Employee Parking

Call center plan gets $90,000 boost

LITTLE VALLEY - Cattaraugus County lawmakers agreed Wednesday to loan the Olean developer of a Wayne Street call center $90,000 from the county’s casino revenue set aside for economic development projects.

The loan will pay the added cost of acquiring 150 additional parking spots for employees of the call center being constructed by The Connection at 1010 Wayne St., Olean, said Majority Leader James J. Snyder, R-Olean, the resolution’s sponsor.

The loan could become a grant if employment targets are met by The Connection. One third of the loan will be forgiven if the call center employs at least 100 people by July 1, 2009; 150 people by July 1, 2010; and at least 250 by July 1, 2011. Also, the entire loan will be forgiven if at any time before July 1, 2011, employment hits 350 people. Read more in the Olean Times Herald.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and coudersport said they weren't
good enough to come in here instead we got EMPEREON,
looks like another under the table pay off won't mention names but I think we know where the finger needs pointed


Thursday, May 15, 2008 10:30:00 PM EDT

Residents Charged With Harassment

Several area residents have been charged with harassment and related offenses for recent incidents.

Kane-based state police have cited 39 year old Timothy Burkett of Gifford with harassment and 42 year Edward Burkett of Turtlepoint with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place last night on the shoulder of Route 346 in Keating Township.

Authorities say Edward Burkett caused minor dents in the trunk of a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am owned by Jesse Hewitt of Cyclone by pounding it with his fists and that Timothy missed when he threw a large rock at the car, but alarmed and threatened Hewitt by the action.

Man With Knife Holds Up Woman In Wellsville Business

Daily Reporter

A man allegedly held a woman up with a knife at a Wellsville business this morning then ran with cash. After ditching his jacket and other items near the Wellsville Central School (under the State Street bridge), Wellsville Village Police were able to capture him.

An arraignment is taking place this afternoon. More photos and stories will appear on the Daily Reporter Web site and in Friday's newspaper.

Shinglehouse Man Survives Oil Drilling Accident

By John Anderson

WHITESVILLE - A Shinglehouse, Pa. man is in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester today after an oil drilling accident in Whitesville.
Amity-based State Police said around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, a three ton (6,000 pounds) drill fell on Alan Wackwitz, 23, and pinned him between the drill and pipes.

Troopers said a clevis holding slack in a pulley system broke releasing the slack causing the drill to drop. The drill knocked Wackwitz back, troopers said, hitting his shoulder and part of his chest.

Workers then hooked a chain to the drill and pulled it off, troopers said, and rescue workers were soon on the scene to treat him and get him to an area to by flown out.

Wackwitz was taken by MercyFlight helicopter from a field near the scene directly to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Wackwitz was working for Plants and Goodwin at the site, which was in a field near the intersection of Harrigan Gully Road and Grantier Road. There was a fatal plane accident about 15 years ago near the same location of Wednesday’s accident.

Troopers said his uncle and brother were on the scene working for the company and helped with the release of the equipment. Family members said at the scene they were pleased with not only the quick response of the volunteers, but their ability to get their vehicles quickly to the scene on the rough terrain mainly used by large oil rigs and 4-wheelers. See pictures in the Daily Reporter.

Dietary supplements recalled after poisoning reported

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a warning to consumers not to drink two dietary supplements that is being investigated in connection with more than 100 cases of acute poisoning nationwide, including some in Pennsylvania.

The products — the eight- and 32-ounce bottles of "Total Body Formula" in tropical orange and peach nectar flavors and the 32-ounce bottle of "Total Body Mega Formula" in orange/tangerine, have been voluntarily recalled by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal Food and Drug Administration are investigating. The FDA analyzed the product, according to the state Department of Health, and found extremely high levels of selenium — up to 40,800 micrograms per serving, more than 200 times the amount indicated on the labels.

According to the health department, people who consume the product may develop adverse reactions that include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and joint pain and fatigue five to 10 days after using the product. The symptoms can be followed by hair loss, nail brittleness and neurological abnormalities, such as numbness in hands, feet or limbs, as well as kidney and liver dysfunction.

The products were distributed to retailers or sold via direct mail order to stores and customers in at least 15 states, including Pennsylvania, the health department reports.

Consumers should stop using the products immediately and discard the bottles in a trash receptacle. Any consumers who experience adverse reactions sould contact their health care professional or local poison control center.

2 Uninjured When Car Hits Barnum Road Guardrail

WESB News: 05/15/08 - Accident Near Eldred Wednesday Night

A one car accident on Barnum Road in Eldred Wednesday night has resulted in driving at unsafe speed charges for an Eldred man.

State Police say 20 year-old Blake Hill lost control of his car and hit a guide rail. Police say the car was disabled.

Hill and a passenger in his car 20 year-old Grant Griffiths were uninjured.

Former Olean/Wellsville Man Missing From Jamestown City Mission

WESB News: 05/15/08 - Police Looking for Missing Jamestown Man

Jamestown Police are looking for a missing man.

Police say 52 year-old John Blakeslee walked away from the Jamestown City Mission May 7th and hasn't been seen since.

Blakeslee has lived in Olean and most recently Wellsville.

He's a white male, 5'2" tall and weighs about 135 pounds.

Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Dinner In Coudy

May 15

Potter County Habitat for Humanity will hold a Volunteer Dinner at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport beginning at 6:30. Cost is $5.00.

Volunteers are needed to help build houses in Roulette and Galeton.

The organization needs excavators, masonry workers, carpenters and framers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, and gophers.

The dinner is an opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Reservations are due Saturday May 10 and may be made by calling 274-0739.

Park Spring Rummage Sale Starts Today In Coudy

The annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport from 9:00 to 5:00 Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 until noon Saturday, May 15, 16, 17th.

Lycoming County Wind Turbines Permit Approved

Zoning permit approved for wind turbines

Sun Gazette
Vermont-based Laurel Hill Wind Energy LLC has been granted a zoning permit to build electricity-generating wind turbines in northern Lycoming County, county zoning administrator Fred G. Pfeiffer said Wednesday.

The company plans to build the turbines along a seven-mile section of the Laurel Hill ridge in Jackson and McIntyre townships.

A zoning permit is required for any development or change of use of a property to ensure it is permitted in that zoning district and complies with zoning regulations.

According to Pfeiffer, the company and residents living near the proposed development were notified of the decision in a letter dated May 9.

Those opposed to the permit have 30 days from that date to file an appeal with the county Zoning Hearing Board, he said.

Anybody whose property abuts the proposed development or considers themselves “an aggrieved party” may appeal the permit, he said.

“You can’t appeal it just because you don’t like it,” Planning Commission executive director Kurt Hausammann Jr. said. “You need to find some factual issue or error with the permit itself because (wind turbines) are a permitted use in that particular district.”

Until recently,wind energy development in a resource protection zone could only allowed by a special exception permit granted by the Zoning Hearing Board.

That changed last November when the county commissioners approved an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that allowed wind turbines in resource protections zones by right.

The company initially proposed the wind project about four years ago and applied for a special exception permit from the zoning hearing board. After a hearing that lasted almost 18 months, the board denied the application.

Following the hearing, county planning staff, notably former Planning Commission executive director Jerry S. Walls, recommended changing the zoning ordinance in an effort to “clarify” it as it pertains to wind energy.

According to Walls, the ordinance was unclear regarding wind energy development. That contributed to the prolonged and costly hearing involving the proposed wind farm. The hearing cost the county more than $100,000, Walls said.

The next step for the company is to submit land development plans for approval to the county Planning Commission, Pfeiffer said.

Hausammann said when the company submits land development plans, the plans could be approved, denied or approved with conditions. If the company submits plans in June, the Planning Commission could make a decision on the plans by its July meeting at the earliest, but most likely, at its August meeting, he said.

Robert Charlebois, managing director of Laurel Hill Wind Energy LLC’s parent company Catamount Energy Corp., said he anticipates submitting land development plans in June.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Charlebois said of the zoning application approval. “Four years is a long time.”

According to Pfeiffer, the company must comply with county zoning regulations regarding commercial wind turbines before it can be given a certificate of occupancy and begin operation.

“There are still a considerable number of issues that need to be demonstrated before they can actually turn those things on,” he said.

Erie Inventor's Cancer Cure On Track For Trials

Cancer Human Trials Could be Two Years Away

A WSEE-TV Exclusive. Local inventor John Kanzius talks with Newswatch on how far cancer research from his radio wave machine has come. Could human trials only be two years away?

Scott Bremner has the exclusive story in two segments: Part I and Part II.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Theft In Allegany Township Being Investigated

State Police here are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle taking place last week along the Nelson Run Road in Allegany Township.

Thieves made off with a welder battery and two commercial batteries belonging to Joyce Nelson and a 16” truck rim, truck radiator, truck catalytic converter and stereo/CD player with amp belonging to Clayton Nelson.

Total value of the stolen items is said to be $665. Anyone with information is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690.

Senate Approves 'Do Not Call' Bill

1490 News Blog

The State Senate has approved legislation that would eliminate the need for Pennsylvania consumers to re-register on the “Do Not Call” registry every five years.

State Senator Joe Scarnati says, “Under this legislation, a consumer’s number would remain in Pennsylvania’s "Do Not Call" registry until they asked for it to be removed.

" He added that the Pennsylvania Do Not Call Registry returns part of any fines collected to consumers who file complaints -- up to $100. So far more than $80,000 has been distributed in that way.

To register your home or cell phone numbers on the Do Not Call List, you can visit No Calls Please.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous Joel R. Zink said...

At least "The Do Not Call List" has a practical purpose, unlike many other bills.

By "POLITICAL COMPAINERS" do you mean "POLITICAL COMPLAINERS" or "POLITICAL CAMPAINGNERS"? (That's a rhetorical question, intended to be ironic.)

Saturday, May 17, 2008 5:49:00 PM EDT

Medtronic Initiates Voluntary Field Actions for Selected Heparin-Coated Products Used During Cardiopulmonary Bypass (May 7)
Wed, 14 May 2008 16:30:00 -0500

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it is initiating a voluntary and precautionary recall of selected products featuring the Carmeda BioActive surface. The affected devices are disposable products used during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) for heart surgeries. Affected products include blood oxygenators, reservoirs, pumps, cannulae, and tubing packs.

Drilling accident sends

man to Strong Memorial

By John Anderson

A drilling accident near Harrigan Gully Road and Grantier Road in Whitesville sent one man to Strong Memorial Hospital by MercyFlight helicopter.

Willing Police, Whitesville fire and ambulance and the Wellsville Ambulance, fire department and rescue squad were on the scene.

A full story will appear in Thursday's Daily Reporter.

In Case You Missed it

WESB News: 05/14/08 - Port Allegany Man Hurt in Emporium

Emporium state police are still investigating an accident that injured a Port Allegany man on May 3.

In a report released today, police say 74-year-old John Waid was driving his car just east of the intersection of routes 155 and 120 when it went out of control, traveled onto a loading dock area at G-K-N Sintered Metals, hit a fence and rolled over.

Waid was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Three Car Crash Results From Police Pursuit

Chase ends with three-car crash

Officers nab fugitive wanted by Philadelphia police


A fugitive who took Williamsport police on a high-speed pursuit through the Historic District on Tuesday afternoon was apprehended minutes after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving crashed into two vehicles, police said.

Four people, including a passenger in the Toyota Highlander SUV, suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at West Fourth and Park streets, police said.

The man being pursued was Ira Sims, 19, of Philadelphia, who, along with a passenger, bailed out of the SUV after it crashed into a tree, police said.

The pursuit began about 3:30 p.m. in the area of Grace and Campbell streets, where officers were called to investigate a report of “an assault and a fight in progress,” Patrolman Jason Dockey said.

“As the vehicle was fleeing on Grace Street, it went up over the sidewalk,” Dockey said.

At the time, police did not know the identity of the driver.

The officer pursued the driver on several adjoining streets, first heading east toward Center City and then back into the Historic District.

“He was probably going 60 mph as he was heading west on West Fourth Street,” the officer said.

Dennis Hall was heading home from Textron-Lycoming when he saw the speeding SUV coming right at him.

“I heard the sirens, and I saw the guy coming down the street like hell. He was flying. He then cut across in front of me,” said Hall, 65, who was traveling east on Fourth Street in his 2001 Dodge pickup truck.

Hall of South Williamsport said the SUV “clipped my truck, and that sent it airborne.”

The SUV then rolled up on top of a Ford Taurus driven by Marisa Stetts, 17, of Montoursville, police said.

The impact crushed the car’s roof on the passenger side.

“The SUV bounced down (off the Taurus) and then struck a light pole and a tree. In my mirror, I saw the rider in the SUV fly out first,” said Hall, who escaped injury.

Krystle Lorson said she witnessed the drama unfold in front of her while she was outside her home, grilling steaks on her grill.

“The Toyota was flying, and a cop car was right on its tail,” said Lorson, a Pennsylvania College of Technology senior.

“The Toyoya nicked the front of a truck that was coming in the opposite direction and then it went right up over a car that was behind the truck,” Lorson said. “I saw two males tuck and roll out of the windows of the Toyota. Two cop cars then pulled up and the cops ran after them.”

Dockey said the passenger in the SUV, Michael L. Brown, 21, of Randall Circle, “dropped to the ground” a short distance from the crash and was nabbed immediately. He was treated at Williamsport Hospital and later released by police. No charges were filed against him.

Sims was caught minutes later, “hiding in some bushes in the front of 942 W. Third St.,” Dockey said.

Once Sims was in custody, police learned that Philadelphia police had a warrant for his arrest for his alleged involvement in a shooting in that city. He was awaiting to be arraigned Tuesday night on felony and misdemeanor charges related to the pursuit.

Pennsylvania College of Technology police as well as officers from Old Lycoming Township assisted at the scene.

Stetts and two 16-year-old passengers in her car, Brennan J. Pysher of 196 Hidden Crest Lane, and Reid Williams, of 1212 Crestview Drive, also were treated at the hospital, police said.

Area Obituaries

PORTVILLE, N.Y. — Loving father and grandfather Lynn M. Stone of 136 E. Carroll Road, Portville, died Tuesday (May 13, 2008) in the Olean General Hospital. The Guenther Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Cherri L. Sisler, 38, of Emporium, formerly of Bradford, died Friday (May 9, 2008) at her residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc.

MOUNT JEWETT — Russell S. Swanson, 87, of 129 Kasson Road, Smethport, died Sunday (May 11, 2008) at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cummings Funeral Home Inc. in Mount Jewett.

Sheriff Names Emergency Services Coordinator

WESB News: 05/14/08 - Mason Named County Emergency Manager

McKean County Commissioners have appointed Sheriff Brad Mason coordinator of Emergency Services.

Mason will oversee all emergency services in the county, including the 911 Center and the Emergency Management Agency.

Mason, who is also warden of the county jail, will be receive an additional $25,000 a year in addition to his sheriffs salary.

MDH said...

Oh this is interesting..... And just what credentials does he have to hold this position? Just because you're a public safety officer doesn't mean you have a clue about Emergency Management.

Bradford Sending Trash To Olean

kWESB News: 05/14/08 - City to Send Trash to Olean

Bradford City Council is moving ahead with plans to send its garbage out of state.

Council approved sending it’s trash to Olean which will be cheaper.

City Clerk John Peterson says the cost of fuel will be offset by the decrease in tipping fees over what they pay at the landfill in McKean County.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

WFRM Community Calendar

May 15, 16, & 17

The annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport from 9:00 to 5:00 Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 until noon Saturday.

May 15

Potter County Habitat for Humanity will hold a Volunteer Dinner at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport beginning at 6:30. Cost is $5.00. Volunteers are needed to help build houses in Roulette and Galeton. The organization needs excavators, masonry workers, carpenters and framers, roofers, electricians, plumbers, painters, and gophers. The dinner is an opportunity to learn more about Habitat for Humanity. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Reservations are due Saturday May 10 and may be made by calling 274-0739.

God's Country Marathon--June 7th--Help Needed

The 34th annual God’s Country Marathon will be held June 7 between Galeton and Coudersport and organizers are looking for volunteers to insure the race’s continued success.

Director Kim Mitchell says last year there were only 19 out of 26 water stations for the runners and she says the goal this year is to have a water station every mile. Letters have been sent to previous volunteers asking for their help again.

Mitchell says because so many requested a specific location last year, requests are being offered on a first come first served basis only and requests should be indicated on the form sent with the letter.

Volunteers are encouraged to decorate their station as at the end of the marathon, runners are requested to complete a survey listing the best water station.

The winners will receive a prize once all of the ballots have been tallied.

All volunteers are invited to a pre-race pasta dinner for a nominal fee which will be held at the Coudersport Fire Hall from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the night before the race.

Mitchell says there will be various vendors and musical entertainment in the Court House Square where the race ends.

Organizations are invited to set up a booth, free of charge.

Persons interested in helping with a water station or in setting up a booth are invited to call Mitchell at 274-7177 or 274-0843.

The marathon is sponsored by the Potter County Visitors Association.

Oxford Men Charged In Adelphia "Taj Mahal" Fraud

Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Two charged in money transfer fraud ruse

Worchester Telegram

Two Oxford men have been charged with engaging in schemes that resulted in a nearly $2 million fraud.

Allen Seymour, 39, of 23 Manor Lane, Oxford, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of interstate transportation of property taken by fraud.

Lawyer Raymond A. Desautels III, 42, of 57 Millbury Road, Oxford, was charged with two counts of wire fraud.

According to the charges, Mr. Seymour persuaded Mr. Desautels to disburse $1.94 million of those funds to assist Mr. Seymour and his associates to fraudulently obtain bank financing.

It is further alleged that Mr. Desautels understood that Mr. Seymour planned to use the money to falsely establish that they had a substantial net worth. The information alleges that Mr. Seymour promised to return the funds promptly but didn’t.

On Feb. 8, Mr. Seymour was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as he allegedly tried to leave the country on a private jet with his wife, five children, family dog and $1.3 million (allegedly belonging to Mr. Phelan) concealed in brown paper and plastic bags hidden in his luggage.

Mr. Seymour was charged with evading currency reporting requirements and held in the federal detention center in Miami. On April 25, Mr. Seymour was ordered to be extradited to Massachusetts for plea and sentencing.

Zeek, a CBP search dog trained in the detection of U.S. currency, alerted officers to two bags belonging to Mr. Seymour. The two bags were inspected $1,360,421 was found concealed in the baggage. Federal authorities arrested Mr. Seymour at Opa Locka Airport in Opa Locka, Fla. His destination was Venezuela.

The criminal information charges that Mr. Desautels disbursed the money to Mr. Seymour without the knowledge or approval of his client. It also charges that when Mr. Seymour failed to promptly return the money, Mr. Desautels told his client, falsely, that his local bank was to blame for being slow to wire the funds to the escrow agent.

The client, Kevin Phelan of Hollywood, Ireland, was planning to use the money to buy a commercial real estate property in Coudersport, Pa., with Mr. Desautels acting as the closing lawyer for the transaction.

A criminal information against against Mr. Seymour and Mr. Desautels was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Worcester.

Mr. Phelan provided Mr. Desautels with nearly $2 million for the transaction which Mr. Desautels was required to forward to the escrow agent by Jan. 31. Mr. Phelan had previously paid a $1 million deposit for the property, which was subject to being forfeited if the remaining funds were not received by Jan. 31.

The information also alleges that Mr. Desautels prepared a fake bank document to falsely support his assertion that he had requested that the bank wire the funds.

If convicted on these charges, Mr. Desautels and Mr. Seymour each face up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine on the wire fraud charges and Mr. Seymour faces five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the interstate transportation of property taken by fraud charge.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation — New England Field Division, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester district attorney’s office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard of U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan’s Economic Crimes Unit.

Preview Of This Week's Potter Leader- Enterprise

By Managing Editor Donald Gilliland
This week’s Leader-Enterprise will include an apology from attorney Sam Stretton to former District Attorney Jeff Leber as settlement of Leber’s defamation suit against Stretton; a story about the anti-teen suicide program recently presented in area schools; an announcement of the latest progress on Coudersport's community mural project; as well as an account of Monday night's Coudersport School Board meeting at which a major announcement was made and a preliminary budget passed.

What Will You Do When 911 Doesn't Work?

The scanners started buzzing in the Channel 6 Newsroom about 6:30 p.m. Monday with chatter that Cambria County 911 was off-line. Officials at the center confirmed the entire system, plus backups, were knocked out in an instant. more

What will you do when 911 doesn't work? Do you have a back-up plan?

Pennsylvania Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Post Gazette

ZELIENOPLE, Pa. - A Butler County soldier has been killed on guard duty in Afghanistan.

The soldier's father, James Brown, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he got word of 20-year-old Pfc. Matthew Brown's death on Sunday. Matthew Brown was from Zelienople and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. before he was deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 31.

Woman & Dog Attacked By Bear

BARBOURS — A 44-year-old woman and a dog were attacked by a bear in the 200 block of Dunwoody Road in Plunketts Creek Township about 9:15 p.m. Monday, according to rescue personnel.

Emergency medical technicians from the township as well as paramedics from Loyalsock Township were dispatched to the scene.

The victim reportedly suffered head, arm and leg injuries, according to initial reports. She was taken to Williamsport Hospital, according to reports. Her identity and condition were not available Monday night.

Further details of the attack also were not immediately known.

Area Obituaries

OLEAN - Edward J. “Edui” Muniga of 318 Fountain St. died Friday (May 9, 2008) in a single-vehicle accident on Kinney Road, Genesee Township, Pa.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. - W. Robert Toles, 82, formerly of 1111 S. Main St., Coudersport, passed away Friday (May 9, 2008) at the Golden Living Home in Erie.

ELDRED — Fanny I. Osborne, 89, of Park Avenue, Eldred, died Sunday (May 11, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. The Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Austin--Car Into Pole Crash With Wires Down

BREAKING NEWS: 5-13-08 6:45 am
Austin Emergency Services is responding to car crash on Railroad Street in the boro. A car is reported to be crashed into a pole with electric lines down in the street and fire involved.

The driver is reported to be self-extricated.

Austin Police are on scene and State Police have been requested for assistance.

wesb News: 05/13/08 - Accident Damages Austin Police Car
A Portage man suffered minor injuries when his car hit a utility pole that fell onto parked police car in the borough of Austin at 6:40 Tuesday morning.

Police say Donald Bento was driving on Railroad Street when the car left the road, traveled on private lawns then hit a utility pole, breaking into three pieces.

One of the pieces fell onto the parked police car. The live power lines also ignited a fire at the back of Bento's car.

Bento was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Allegheny Power cut the power to the live lines. Police are continuing their investigation.

Pictures of this accident are on the Austin VFD website.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Port Allegany Power Failure

We were advised that large portions of Port Allegany were without electric power this afternoon.
Does anyone have any information as to why power was out and if it is still out?

Port Allegany Woman Named Assistant Director

Pitt-Bradford Creates New Position

1490 News Blog
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Leslie E. Kallenborn to the newly created position of assistant director for annual giving.

Kallenborn will develop and manage annual giving programs for alumni, faculty, staff, friends of the university and corporate donors. She will oversee direct marketing campaigns such as the annual Phonathon and mailings.

She will report to Karen Niemic Buchheit, executive director of institutional advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation. “We are very pleased to have a full-time staff member of Leslie’s caliber devoted to annual giving as it provides the foundation for fundraising growth at Pitt-Bradford,” Buchheit said. “In particular, Leslie will be using her considerable communication and marketing skills to work with more than 8,000 alumni to give them a chance to participate in a variety of ways and gift levels.”

Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, Kallenborn was the director of fund development and community outreach at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Before that she worked seven years for Adelphia Communications and Time Warner Cable in various positions, ending as a retention liaison in the national sales, marketing and retention call center in Coudersport.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Francis University. Kallenborn lives in Port Allegany with her husband, Jim.

She can be reached on campus at (814)362-5145 or via e-mail at

WFRM Calendar Of Events

May 13

There will be an Advocacy Workshop at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop or materials but a $5.00 donation is requested to help defray the cost of lunch. For more information, call toll free 1-866-915-3274. Special accommodations available upon request.

May 15, 16, & 17

The annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport from 9:00 to 5:00 Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 until noon Saturday.

Philly Man Charged With PFA Violation

A Philadelphia man is being charged here in Potter County with violating a protection from abuse order filed in Montgomery County.

State Police locally say Michael Corbin has made numerous phone calls over the past couple of weeks to Marissa Rodriguez at her home on Cushing Hollow in Ulysses.

A charge of indirect criminal contempt has been filed with District Judge Delores Bristol.

Burglars Hit Mahaley's Track Repair On Rt. 49

Coudersport State Police report that sometime between 5:00 p.m. last Friday and 7:00 a.m. Saturday, thieves forced their way into Mahaley’s Track Repair on Route 49 in Allegany Township.

They made off with three chain saws, Stihl models MS-290, MS-390, and MS-441 and a Stihl Blower model BG-85.

The equipment is valued at about $1800.00.

Thieves Steal Drugs In Sweden Twp. & Oswayo

Thieves forced their way into the home of Travis Marsh on the North Hollow Road in Sweden Township between 10:30 Friday night and 1:30 Saturday morning and made off with a prescription medication.

Someone stole a quantity prescribed Hydrocodone tablets belonging to Angela Auman from her car while it was parked in a private drive in Oswayo between 10:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Friday. The medicine is valued at about $68.00.
BREAKING NEWS: China says quake topples 80 percent of buildings in one county in Sichuan province
BREAKING NEWS: China says earthquake kills 3,000 to 5,000 in one county in Sichuan province

Two From Potter County Get Probation In Tioga County Court

Jennifer L. Hoyles, 41, of 30 Elm St., Galeton, for 12 months probation plus court costs plus a 60 day driver’s license suspension for driving under the influence of intoxicants Jan. 19 in Delmar Township. State police charged her after she crashed her car.

Joshua Wheeler, 28, of 200 School St., Harrison Valley, for six months probation plus court costs for simple assault against another man, Ryan P. Welles, at the Bear Tracks Tavern, Westfield, April 8, 2007. He was charged by borough police.

Strong Winds Sunday Cause Trees To Fall

WESB News: 05/12/08 - Wind Damage in McKean County Sunday

Strong winds Sunday afternoon knocked trees down in McKean County. Lafayette Township Volunteer firefighters removed a tree which had fallen across a part of Route 321 near the intersection of 59.

A tree fell across power lines and across Mechanic Street in Smethport. The Smethport Volunteer Fire Department was joined by the Smethport Borough Electric Department in the removal of the tree which had blocked a part of Mechanic street.

News 4 Meterorologist Mike Ceza says wind gusts as high as 43 miles per hour were recorded in parts of McKean County Sunday.

Roulette Firemen were called to remove a tree which had fallen on Seymour Drive.

Home Burglarized In McKean County

WESB News: 05/12/08 - Lewis Run Home Burglarized

A Lewis Run home was burglarized Friday. State Police say someone took silver coins, old pennies and six crystals inside a velvet bag.

Also, $400 in cash and 30 shirts were taken from the residence of Jeremy Magee and Gergory DeHaven Jr.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Allegheny Power Projected To Go Up 63%

Information in an Associated Press article this morning shows that Allegheny Power is projected to increase electric rates by 63% when the rate caps come off in the next few years.

Much of the Potter County area is served by Allegheny Power.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring it on! Our huge 2% cost-of-living increases in Soc. Security should more than cover it....haha!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 7:30:00 PM EDT

Anonymous said...

Yeah,why not?! The government has let the oil companies get away with billion $ profits!! Of course the suppliers of things we have to have want in on the action too!! God Help US!!!

Sunday, May 11, 2008 9:41:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it is time to look at solar power and personal windmills for our homes,,,,,,power company has to by excess back from you then we can stick it to them

Sunday, May 11, 2008 10:18:00 PM EDT