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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clair L. Hyde, 86, Ulysses, PA

Clair L. Hyde, 86, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, May 23, 2008 in his home.

Born October 26, 1921, in Ulysses, PA, he was the son of Lawrence and Lois M. Cook Hyde. On July 4, 1946, in West Pike, PA, he married the former Patricia R. Connolly, who predeceased him in 1990.

A 1941 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses, he served honorably with the US Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was employed by PennDOT, Chase Oil Co., and Tioga Petroleum Co.

He was a charter member, past commander, and chaplain of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses. He was a member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company (charter) in Ulysses, the Ulysses Area Improvement Association (charter), Ulysses Lions Club (charter), the Ulysses, Pomona and State Granges, Northern Potter Sportsmen’s Club, Potter County Anglers, and served as a boy scout leader.

Clair was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He loved to tell stories, sing, and eat ice cream. He especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are: a son, Lyle (Sue) Hyde of Ulysses; a daughter, Darlene Jackson of Galeton, PA; a son-in-law, Berwyn Calcote of Mills, PA; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, W. Elaine Flewellyn of Ulysses and Phyllis Connolly of Stafford, NY; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Tamara K. “Tammy” Calcote in 2006; four brothers, Carl in 1946, Ronald in 1960, Bernard in 1995, and Harold in 2006; and a sister, Mildred Hyde in 2006.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 27, 2008 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM. The Rev. William M. Grover and the Rev. Brad J. Miller will co-officiate.

Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Gladys B. Angood, 83, Shuhsan, NY-/Ulysses, PA

Gladys B. Angood, 83, of Shushan, NY, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, May 23, 2008 in her home.

Born September 25, 1924, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Lawrence E. and Mabel Evans Buck.

She was a 1942 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses. On April 2, 1943, in Ulysses, she married Dexter R. Angood and was his helpmate for 60 years. Dexter predeceased her on September 24, 2003.

Gladys was a member of the Ulysses First Baptist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, and served as a Republican Committeewoman. She owned and operated a ceramic shop in Ulysses for several years and was employed as a secretary at the RG&E nuclear plant in Rochester, NY.

Surviving are: a daughter, Donna Whitmire of Shushan, NY; two sons, Ronald Angood of Coudersport, PA and Lewis Eugene Angood of DeLand, FL; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Grace Kear of Ulysses, Louise Miller of Campbell, NY, Jean Howe of Walnut Creek, CA, and Dorothy Erway of Coudersport, PA; two brothers, Raymond (Sylvia) Buck of Ulysses and Robert (Jeannette) Buck of Genesee, PA; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Lois Wilson; and a brother, Roger L. Buck.

Friends may call at the Ulysses First Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Ulysses First Baptist Church or the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, both of Ulysses, PA 16948.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Ulysses Motorcyclist Critically Injured In Rt. 49 Crash

WESB News: 05/24/08 - Ulysses Man Hurt in Crash

A Ulyssses man is being treated for major injuries suffered in an accident Friday morning on Route 49 in Ulysses Township.

Police say 23-year-old Phillip Thompson was trying to avoid a collision with a vehicle that was turning into the Potter County Solid Waste Authority when his motorcycle went out of control, left the road, went airborne, bounced four times and flipped over.

Thompson was flown by medical helicopter to Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira. Police say he was wearing a helmet.

Frost Advisory Overnight

A frost advisory remains in effect from 11 PM this evening to
9 am EDT Sunday.

High pressure will build southeast and become centered across
Pennsylvania early Sunday... accompanied by clear skies and light

Low temperatures on Sunday morning will range between 33 and
37 degrees over most of the area... causing the widespread
formation of frost on the first official day of the growing

A frost advisory means that a widespread frost is expected in the
advisory area. Sensitive plants may be killed if left unprotected

Marcellus Shale Explained

In case you missed the WPSU Gas Rush program, Anne Holliday, WESB/WBRR News Director, details the information from that hour long program, for you here.

Thank you Anne for allowing Solomon's words to republish this fine article here. Read Anne's 1490 NewsBlog here for more great stories.

WESB/WBRR News Director

The Marcellus Shale rock formation hasn’t had much of an impact in McKean County yet, but experts expect that to change.

During a statewide television call-in show – Pennsylvania's Gas Rush – a panel answered questions about gas and oil drilling in general, and Marcellus Shale in particular.

Marcellus Shale is a layer of black shale 6,500 to 7,000 feet underground. It covers about 34 million acres in parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York.

With new drilling techniques, it may be possible to produce 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. That's about how much natural gas the United States uses in two years.

The Allegheny National Forest is rich in Marcellus Shale. But Ron Giiius of the Department of Environmental Protection said at this point there's no interest in drilling for Marcellus Shale in the forest, but there's no telling what the future holds.

"Right now," Gilius said, "primary interest is in Lycoming, Susquehanna, Wayne and Tioga (counties) and the upper northeast corner.

As for private landowners, attorney Lester Greevy Jr. of Williamsport said attention to details is important when negotiating a contract with a gas drilling company.

He said landowners will be given a standard lease that favors the industry. The way to change that, he said, is by putting addendum in the contract.

Among the addendum could be the company's right to put pipelines on your property or using your property for storage.

He also talked about an option to extend, explaining that a lease typically lasts for five years with an option on the part of the gas company to extend for another five years.

"If you look at what prices were five years ago," Greevy said, "and what prices are now, and you imagine what price may be five years from now – you certainly would not want that option."

Another part of the contract should include how you can use your land.

"It should be tailored for your use of the land," Greevy said.

He said it's important that landowners use an attorney who is well-versed in oil and gas rights.

Another important aspect of land ownership is knowing how much land you actually own.

"When you're getting paid 2,500 bucks an acre," Greevy said, "you might wanna go out and make sure all your acres are counted."

The phone lines were full during the entire hour-long program, which did not surprise Gilius. He said DEP currently spends most of its time answering telephone calls about Marcellus Shale.

Penn State Cooperative Extension is holding a series of informational meetings on Marcellus across the state, but none have been scheduled yet in this region.

Anonymous Howard Beale said...

This is a good site for Pa Gas Lease Information.

Saturday, May 24, 2008 11:03:00 AM EDT

Area Obituaries

WILSON, Elsie M. ,Age 90, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, May 25, 2008. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

EMPORIUM — John W. Heitzenrater, 82, of 440 E. Allegany Ave. died Saturday (May 24, 2008) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

PORT ALLEGANY — Mildred A. Redmond, 96, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (May 22, 2008) at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

ULYSSES — Gladys B. Angood, 83, of Shushan, N.Y., formerly of Ulysses, died Friday (May 23, 2008) in her home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

ULYSSES — Clair L. Hyde, 86, of Ulysses died Friday (May 23, 2008) in his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Wilbur A. Wagner, 93, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, May 23, 2008. Friends may call Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church. The Rev. Anna Shirey will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948. A complete obituary will be available Monday.

Friday, May 23, 2008

George VanGorder Honored By PennDOT

A Potter County PennDot employee was honored at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg this week.

George Van Gorder is a Transportation Equipment Operator B with more than 10 years of service with the department and officials say he is a key member of the Potter County Bridge Maintenance crew which was recently recognized through a District Most Valuable Performer Award.

That award was presented in response to the crew’s high quality/exceptional quantity of bridge maintenance work in the county.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity.

The recipients span the breadth of the organization- from clerks, office personnel and highway maintenance workers to supervisors, engineers and bureau directors.

PA State Police Will Work Holiday Traffic Vigorously

State and local police will be out in full force this Memorial Day Holiday weekend in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries.

Last year, 17 people died and another 579 were injured in 897 crashes during the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

AAA says not only can speeding cause a serious crashes, aggressive behavior can result in more gasoline consumption. The organization says gasoline consumption rises dramatically at speeds over 60 miles per hour.

So, maybe the high price of fuel this weekend, will cause some motorists to slow down.

ANF Says Get Firewood Locally Or Go To Jail

With the start of camping season, officials at the Allegheny National Forest are reminding visitors there is a current closure order prohibiting the use of any firewood in the forest unless it originated in Elk, Forest, McKean or Warren Counties or has been kiln-dried.

Anyone who knowingly moves firewood from quarantine areas can be fined up to $4,000 or be sent to jail.

The closure is in place to help prevent the spread of dangerous beetles which have been discovered as far north as Pittsburgh and in Eastern Ohio. The trees in the national forest have no natural defenses against them and the forest could be devastated by an invasion.

Endeavor News Reporter Part Of UPB Team

Alex Davis from Emporium was part of the University of Pittsburgh team that won second place in the recent annual newspaper competition.

Alex Davis, a freshman public relations major from
Emporium, was assistant managing editor.

Alex is known locally for his contributions as a reporter and graphic artist in the "Endeavor News" that circulates and gathers news in the Coudersport and Emporium areas.

Alex looks forward to the day when he can start his own newspaper. He has a dedicated nose for news and has reported for several newspapers in the area.

Solomon's words offers our congratulations to Alex and his co-journalists for their recent recognition.

UPB Newspaper Recognized In Competition

WESB News: 05/23/08 - UPB's Source Wins Award

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s student newspaper, The Source, has received a second-place award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition.

The award was based on issues from the Fall 2007 semester, during which time Ed Nolter, a senior public relations major from Bradford, served as editor; Anna Chiodo, a senior public relations major from Bradford, was managing editor; and Alex Davis, a freshman public relations major from Emporium, was assistant managing editor.

Tim Ziaukas, associate professor of public relations, is the paper’s adviser.

PA Democrats Urge Senate To Act On Mandatory Overtime For Nurses

Nurse and patient safety still waits for Senate

One year ago this week, the state House of Representatives passed legislation to ban mandatory overtime for nurses and other health-care workers. Since last May, however, the Senate has refused to even move the bill out of committee.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania nurses are still being disciplined and even fired when they won't or can't work multiple shifts. Mandatory overtime is unfair to nurses and dangerous for the patients they care for.

Pennsylvania hospitals can be staffed without relying on mandatory overtime. Other states have banned the practice, and it is already prohibited in some Pennsylvania hospitals. In these places, patients are receiving quality care.

The House worked diligently to get the bill to the Senate. It's been a year and now, we're asking for your help. Urge the Senate to pass this legislation to improve patient care and nurse safety in our hospitals.

Thank you for your time. More information on this and other state-related issues can be found at

Rigas Resentencing Hearing Held/John Not Well

Rigases ask federal judge to shorten their prison terms

Judge considers appeal in videoconference with imprisoned father, son


NEW YORK— A frail John J. Rigas returned to court Thursday via videoconference from a federal prison in North Carolina, as his family and his lawyer pleaded for reduced sentences for the onetime Buffalo Sabres owner turned convicted felon and his son Timothy.

Read more in The Buffalo Evening News.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to be kidding me! How many times does the same Government judge get to hear the same case!?? I thought the appeals process was to be heard by an unbiased judge?!! The govt. has completely destroyed the local economy there,the Rigas family and Adelphia!! I lost stock too but as long as the govt. has that "Do as I say ,not as I do" attitude;what right do they have to put dying 83 yr. old men in jail!!I have known Mr. Rigas for twenty years and he would not intentionally defraud anyone!Did they make mistakes? Of course they did!The Govt. was looking for a scapegoat and they found them!Sending Mr. Rigas to prison for "life" makes it all better,doesn't iT?? Not!!Bush continues to do what he wants,ignoring court orders and started a war we can't win by "defrauding"the american people!!Vice Pres.Cheney's company Halliburton,has "defrauded" the taxpayer out of trillions of dollars in the last half a dozen wars.Hundreds of dollars for a toilet seat or a bolt.or food services!!Investigations have confirmed this but nothing has been done!? How can the govt. expect the people to live by the laws,when they show total disregard themselves??Give me a break!! Send John Rigas home to his family! They are already suffering the rest of thier lives.
Brad Jones

Friday, May 23, 2008 8:06:00 PM EDT

It appears to me that John Rigas is a good and decent man who earned his riches through hard work but became overwhelmed by the complexity of the rules and regulations that surround the business world. If one of his employees needed an operation, instead of asking his legal counsel for an opinion on how to proceed, he simply reached into the corporate cash drawer and paid for it, the old school way. He would worry about the details and the legalities later. But the legalities ensnared him.

At a time when GW Bush's buddies at Enron were caught stealing millions,(or was it billions?) the Bushies needed to find a high profile corporate executive to perp walk on nation television and John Rigas was the unlucky target.

The Bush Administration wants John Rigas' to stay in jail because they say he's a danger to society. What hogwash. The danger to this society is George W. Bush, not John Rigas. Let Mr. Rigas out of jail; Let Bush take his place.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smoke and Mirrors if you ask me...

Why do you think none of the news programs talked about the cost of oil, gas and diesel for so long?
Smoke & Mirrors, our media and government are darn good at that.

Kept us up to date on the bull going on between Mr. O and Mrs. C until it has made us choke!

Our government have become a big joke to all us tax payers and every other country.

Mr. Bush has tarnished his image with me forever...the damage that was done to our community and Mr. Rigas as well as his family is unforgivable! Shows you how smart our leaders are doesn't it? Shut down a tax paying business to prove a point?! Hurt a good man and his family that have done so much for others. But lets use the tax payers money on illegal's here that are killers, drug dealers and the list goes on. Sign them up for all you can Washington and Harrisburg...medical, education, makes me mad every time I think about it!

Makes you wonder why we even get up every morning and go to work, feels like we are fighting a fight that we will never win....idiots!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reduce their sentences? I almost choke on my chicken barbeque when I read posts from the Rigas booster club like the above. I'm sure the Rigas clan are very nice people and they have done alot for the county in the past. They key word being the PAST. But, when will people stop drinking the Rigas flavored cool aid? If only they would leave the non-sequitors and red herrings out of their reasoning process, they might come to an understanding of what happened within the company. Read the trial transcripts. These people are civil corporate criminals who stole from a public company & devistated people and entires communities. Let go of the Robin Hood mentality. I can't run my business that way and neither can they. We are still feeling the effects of their actions, in shame, declining real estate values and the division it has created among the local people. Yet, everyone is still pointing fingers and no one has enough character to take ownership of their actions. They are like children caught in the act. The Rigas's still own many properties worth a great deal of money. So I cry not for them. Let us leave
them where they are and move on.

Saturday, May 24, 2008 11:50:00 AM EDT

More Weekend Events From WFRM

May 24

The Northern Tier Cultural Alliance (NTCA) is sponsoring an Old
Time Barn Dance
as part of the 2008: Year of the Barn project at the Waterwheel Barn in Colesburg - just outside Coudersport on Rt. 49 in Potter County - for a chance to experience the fun and artistry of old time square dancing and calling. There will be a $3
admission fee. Activities begin at 6 PM with a Moveable Feast Potluck Supper sponsored by the Potter County Food Matrix. Take a dish to pass. At 7:30, the Barn Dance will begin with Live Music and Master Callers Harry Erhard of Port Royal, PA and Ray Wetherby of Belmont, NY Also in them line-up is Natalie Phelps of Coudersport who has been documenting and learning old-time calls that she remembered hearing when she played in dance bands as a teenager in the 1950's. The dance is being filmed for a DVD that will be available in early 2009.

May 24

The Roulette Alumni Association will have its 70th annual banquet and dance 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.

May 24

The Potter County Relay For Life will be presenting Nashville Singer/Songwriter George Ducas with Penny Eckman (“Penny Sings Patsy”) at the Coudersport Consistory.Tickets in advance - $20. At the door $25. Show times begin with Penny Eckman at 7 p.m. and George Ducas at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society, Potter County Relay for Life. For a list of ticket locations, log on to


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Friday, May 23, 2008 4:08:00 PM EDT

Western PA Soldier Died Saving 4 Others

Knox Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

The White House says a Pennsylvania soldier who jumped on top of a grenade in Iraq and saved the life of his comrades will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor.

The honor will be given to Pfc. Ross McGinnis, of Knox on June 2. Military officials have said McGinnis was perched in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee when a grenade sailed past him and into the truck where four other soldiers sat.

He shouted a warning to the others, then jumped on the grenade. It blew up and killed him. The 19-year-old McGinnis was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany.

He died on Dec. 4, 2006. Read the rest of this story on the 1490 NewsBlog

Judge Says Wellsville Firefighter's Family Will Get Death Benefits

Judge to rule in favor

of Thomas family

By Brian Quinn


A workers’ compensation law judge has ruled the family of Ron Thomas, a Wellsville volunteer firefighter who died last year while trying to make a rescue, should be compensated for his death.

Thomas dove into the Genesee River during the Greater Wellsville Trout Derby to try to rescue individuals.

Judge Keith Freedman made four points in his decision, reportedly issued last week. He ruled that Thomas’ death on April 29, 2007, at the Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, happened in the line of duty. Thomas was acting as a volunteer firefighter as defined by the Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Law.

He also ruled Thomas’ actions and death are covered under the benefit law and that he was authorized to act as a volunteer firefighter under the statute; that Susan Thomas is claimant to be the surviving widow; and that there will be a hearing at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in Hornell to consider possible additional dependents, proper award and reimbursement of funeral expenses.

According to the ruling, the issues to be resolved were whether Thomas was acting as a firefighter under the VFBL and whether Thomas’ death happened in the line of duty and was compensable.

Testimony from Wellsville Fire Chief Dave Pinney was noted in the decision. Pinney had said Thomas acted in a way any other volunteer fireman or rescue person would have acted. Pinney also said Thomas’ action at the scene would have been required of him in his capacity as a firefighter. Sue Thomas’ attorney had noted the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department did respond to the call.

Attorneys for the county argued that the evidence showed Thomas was acting as a “good samaritan” at the time of his death, not as a volunteer firefighter. The contention was that Thomas was at the derby not as a firefighter, but for recreational purposes, and that he was never dispatched as a firefighter.

County Fire Coordinator Paul Gallmann said he received a copy of the ruling Wednesday, but had gotten a call from John Fleischman, Thomas’ brother-in-law, on Friday regarding the decision.

“On the 16th of June, if the county doesn’t appeal, there’s a hearing to determine the award,” said Gallmann.

County Attorney Thomas Miner could not be reached for comment this morning.

Jim Steiner said...

I had to think about how to be politically correct when I responded to this report, especially the comments of the Attorneys for the County. "Evidence shows Thomas was acting as a "good Samaritan" at the time of his death, not as a volunteer firefighter. The contention was that Thomas was at the derby not as a firefighter, but for recreational purposes, and that he was never dispatched as a firefighter."

I cannot not fathom how they came up with that statement. 24 years ago when I was sworn in as a volunteer firefighter in West Mifflin, PA, I took an oath to help anyone, anytime and to do my best to save a life. (I cannot remember the exact words, but these are close.) I do not know an emergency services worker, Fire, Police or EMS, both career or volunteer that is not "on duty" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We do not have the privilege of only working 9-5 and having "recreational" time without an emergency occurring. Firefighter Thomas may not have been on a "dispatched" call at the time, but he would have been "dispatched" sooner or later to try to rescue the individual who fell in the river. Firefighter Thomas acted as any emergency services worker would have acted, whether "dispatched or not” He attempted to save a life that was in danger. He should be commended for what he did by the County, not have attorneys try and pick apart what he did and whether he did it as a volunteer firefighter or not. His family should not have had to go through this. Is it not tragic enough that they lost a husband and father in the line of duty, trying to save someone, and now have to go through having someone try to downgrade what he did.

And to close, ask any emergency services worker who loses a brother or sister, Firefighter Thomas did answer his last dispatch. As said in John 15:13; “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend.”

Coudersport State Police Reports

Daily Reporter
Coudersport, Pa.-based State Police
Troopers report a boat was found at 1:25 p.m. Saturday in the Allegheny River in Roulette. The owner may claim the boat at the Coudersport barracks by giving a physical description of it.

Troopers report a person(s) removed 225 gallons of kerosene, valued at $945, from an outside fuel tank at a seasonal residence on Apple Lane, Austin. The incident happened between Oct. 27, 2007 and Friday. Anyone with information should contact troopers at (814) 274-8690.

Troopers Friday reported charging Cari E. Smith, 37, of Ulysses, Pa., with summary harassment after an incident at 10:30 a.m. May 11 at property on Baker Hollow Road, Hebron. Smith allegedly struck a Colora, Md., man on the right shoulder and left side of his head during an argument.

Galeton Man Charged In Wellsville

Daily Reporter
Wellsville Village Police charged Robert J. Sutton, 50, of Galeton, Pa., at 2:06 p.m. Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child after investigating alleged inappropriate actions by Sutton. He is due to appear Tuesday in Wellsville Village Court.

Coudersport Troopers To File Check Charges

Daily Reporter
Troopers reported Wednesday charges will be filed against Tammy L. Dennis, 41, of Genesee, Pa., after she allegedly wrote a check for $86.03, returned on a closed account, to a Genesee business. The incident happened April 2.

Troopers reported Wednesday charges will be filed against Jeffrey R. Martin, 24, of Ulysses, Pa., after he allegedly wrote a check for $54.82, returned on a closed account, to a Genesee business. The incident happened Jan. 27.

Troopers reported Wednesday charges will be filed against Ashley Williams, no age reported, of Wellsville, after she allegedly wrote a check for $64.90, returned on a closed account, to a business in Genesee. The incident happened March 2.

Bradford Driver Sentenced For 2007 Fatal Accident

Daily Reporter
BELMONT — The driver in a June 2007 fatal accident was sentenced to five years probation Thursday in Allegany County Court, District Attorney Terrence M. Parker reported this morning.

Judge Thomas Brown also revoked the driver’s license of Joseph A. Arnett, 36, of Bradford, Pa., and ordered him to pay $2,593.89 in repairs, a $50 DNA fee and a $270 surcharge.

Arnett pleaded guilty Thursday to felony second-degree vehicular manslaughter stemming from the accident, which happened June 24 at the intersection of Routes 305 and 19 in Belfast.

Arnett was driving north on Route 305 when he did not stop at the stop sign at the bottom of a hill. The vehicle went across Route 19, struck an embankment and went airborne, flipping over near the old River Valley Farms.

Devon Brunell, 23, of Cuba, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two Vehicle Crash Reported In Coudersport Boro

BREAKING NEWS: 9:30 AM----5-23-08
Coudersport Emergency Responders and Medic 6 have been dispatched to a two vehicle motor vehicle accident at the intersection of South East and Chestnut Street in the Boro. One person is reported injured.

McKean County To Sell Properties

WESB News: 05/23/08 - McKean County Looking to Sell Properties

McKean County Commissioners want to sell the properties not currently listed on the county’s tax rolls.

The four commissioners say the repository now has 134 properties which are not on the tax rolls.

People interested in acquiring properties on the repository can submit bids to the county’s Tax Claim Bureau.

PA Senator Joe Scarnati's Transportation Plan

Scarnati's Transportation Plan

Anne Holliday, WESB News Director, details in depth, PA Senator Joe Scarnati's transportation plan on her 1490 NewsBlog.

Motorcyclist Injured In Crash On Route 49 Near Gold

Ulysses Fire and Ambulance were dispatched at 7:30 this morning to a motorcycle accident on Route 49 near the Potter County Solid Waste transfer station.

A medical helicopter was sent to the scene where one person was reported injured.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Old Fashioned Barn Dance Saturday At Colesburg

Sat. MAY 24th – WATERWHEEL BARN DANCE, at the Waterwheel Barn on RT. 49 in Colesburg

Last year one of our own local musical heroines won a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts to study under some mighty fine Square Dance calling legends.

In celebration of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance’s “Year of the Barn” project, and to celebrate the culmination of her year long quest, NATALIE PHELPS will “host and call” an old fashioned Barn Dance sponsored by the Food Matrix, and featuring a dish to pass for the Moveable Feast Pot Luck! Swing your partners!

7:30 Live music and Caller, bring a dish to pass, $3 at the door.

More info? Call Natalie at 274-7605

Enter The Haggis To Perform Friday At Coudersport High School Auditorium

Showtime...7:30 PM Tickets $10.

Fri. MAY 23rd – ENTER THE HAGGIS – at
the Coudersport High School Auditorium

Better fasten your seatbelts folks….These guys are way wound up, and truly fun to watch!

Featuring 18 different genres of music, this high energy bunch from Toronto is rapidly becoming a festival and concert favorite.

They begin with trad Celtic and merge into rock, fusion, bluegrass , agitpop, folk, Latin …. and they actually pull it off!
Your gonna wanna bring the young folks to this one!
Showtime 7:30 tickets $10

Hebron First Seventh Day Baptist Church To Celerate It's 175th Aniversary

Happy 175th Hebron!

posted by Kevin Butler

On May 31, the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hebron (near Coudersport, Pennsylvania) will be celebrating their 175th anniversary of ministry.

The church invites you to join them for this most happy occasion.

Schedule of Events--
9:45 Sabbath School
11:00 Sabbath Worship
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Hymn Sing/Praise time
3:00 Anniversary Celebration Program
5:00 Evening Meal

Your memories of the Hebron church or other comments may be sent to the address below, or by e-mail to Please have your comments arrive by May 27.
Pastor Jo says, “If you are unable to be with us in person, we welcome your prayers.”

Pastor Jo Anne Kandel
Hebron SDB Church
13 E. Carley Hill Road
Coudersport, PA 16915

P.S. If you are traveling to Hebron please call or e-mail for directions. Mapquest or Google will lead you astray!

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Mildred A. Redmond, 96, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (May 22, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home Inc., Port Allegany, is in charge of arrangements.

BRADFORD, Pa. - Roland W. Johnson, 98, of 200 St. Francis Drive, formerly of Rose Terrace Apartments and Larabee, Eldred Township, passed away Wednesday (May 21, 2008) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

WELLSVILLE - Nicholas Di Biase, 77, of Center Drive, died on Tuesday (May 20, 2008) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Come To Austin This Weekend

Al VanHorn says come to Austin
this weekend................................
on SATURDAY 5/24/08




Anonymous Anonymous said...

we will be there Alvin. Some of the nicest people I know live in Austin. Austin gets better everyday because of it;s residents.

Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:29:00 PM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

forgot to mention the chicken bbq benefits the pride committee and the fireworks on july 5th

thanks jim and wilbur


Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:35:00 PM EDT

Galeton Garden Tour & Plant Sale Set For June 29

Advance Tickets Now On Sale
The 10th annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale sponsored by the Galeton Business and Professional Women's Club, will be held on Sunday, June 29 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

In celebration of the 10 th anniversary of this event, 7 gardens will be on the tour this year.

Tickets are now on sale, with advance price at $8.00, and on the day of the event the price goes up to $10.00. This event will be held rain or shine. Refreshments will be available as well as door prizes.

Tickets can be purchased at Galeton Drug on West Street, Richar Insurance and Finance on Germania Street, or Delores Potter Beauty Salon on Main Street, any BPW member or by calling Barbara Welfling at (814) 435-6616.

On the day of the garden tour, tickets will be available at Susan Richar's garden, Germania Street which is on the tour, or at the plant sale location, at the Harrison residence at Lyman Run State Park, whose garden is also on the tour this year.

The plant sale will not start until 1:00 pm that day, the same start time as the tour.

Proceeds from this event go towards several community events that BPW participates in as well as the Elinor A. Martin Education Fund, from which several scholarships are awarded annually. BPW also contributes to the Summer Children's Reading program at the Galeton Library from the event proceeds.

Coudersport Teen Hurt In Rt. 6 Crash

A Coudersport teenager was hurt Wednesday morning in a rear-end collision on Route 6 west of the Borough.

State police said 18 year old Kyle Gee failed to notice that the car ahead of him, driven by Donald Shuler was slowing for traffic and allowed his Buick Regal to run into the back of Shuler’s Subaru station wagon.

Gee was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance.

Shuler escaped injury.

The coupe had to be towed from the scene while damage to the station wagon was said to be minor. Gee is being cited for two summary traffic violations.
BREAKING NEWS: Appeals court says Texas had no right to seize hundreds of kids from polygamist ranch
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a suprise, goverment authorities overstepping it boundaries.

Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:19:00 PM EDT

Alvin Writes

as of last night at about 9:30 pm
at sheetz in coudy gas is now 3.95 9/10 per gallon
and it will probably go up again
Alvin VanHorn

Scarnati Plan--No Tolls On I-80--No Turnpike Lease

WESB News: 05/22/08 - Scarnati Unveils New Transportation Plan

State Senator Joe Scarnati has introduced a new transportation funding plan that would eliminate the possibility of imposing tolls on Interstate 80 or leasing the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Among the elements of Scarnati's plan are evaluating the operating expenses of the turnpike through an independent auditor, and using the proceeds from any cost-saving recommendations to supplement statewide transportation funding; changing the way the state police is funded; and enacting legislation authorizing the Commonwealth to enter into public-private partnerships.

Scarnati says the plan "requires the general assembly and the governor to make tough budgetary decisions," but he's confident that his colleagues will "see the merit in this fiscally prudent transportation funding plan."

Scarnati's Transportation Plan

For more on this story, visit the 1490 NewsBlog
Boro-Boy said...

Judas Joe Scarnati finally sees the light! Last year he buckled under and agreed to Gov. Rendell's plan to Toll I-80. I wonder what changed his mind? The upcoming election, maybe.

What's For Dinner?

Potter County Bear Facts

Wendy Holbrook Writes: You know spring has sprung when the peepers are singing and the bears are looking for dinner. My daughter Hannah Holbrook took these pictures on Tuesday, May 20 th at our home in Gold.

Sizerville State Park Pool Set To Open Friday

WFRM Calendar
The opening day for Sizerville State Park’s pool is Friday, May 23, 2008 from 4pm-7pm.

The pool will be open weekends and Memorial Day May 26 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Weekday hours will be 4 .m. to 7:00 p.m. daily until June 7 when summer pool hours of 11:00 am until 7pm will begin until mid-July when it will close as part of a park improvement project.

"Solomon's Words" Set New Readership Record

"Solomon's words" set a new record yesterday when we had 1541 readers for the day.

Wilbur sends a big THANK YOU to our readers for passing the word.

Please continue to tell our advertisers you saw their advertising on Solomon's words.

Their advertising keeps our online publication FREE.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

careful Jim
Wibur will want a raise!

Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:10:00 PM EDT

Derek Walker To File Federal Election Tampering Charges

Former candidate for congress filing federal charges

Reported by: Erin Calandra WTAJ-TV
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @11:25pm EST

Former republican candidate for congress, Derek walker, says he's planning on filing federal election tampering charges.

Walker claims a district attorney, police chief and political rival sabotaged his run for office by charging him with a number of crimes just days before the primary.

The announcement comes the same day He took a plea deal in relation to those charges. Walker entered a guilty plea to four misdemeanors -- in exchange all felony charges were dropped.

Walker says he feels like he was cheated by our local government and legal officials because they brought those charges against him just days before the election.

He says it was a political conspiracy, and he claims he has the evidence to prove it. Walker says he took a plea deal in court because it would be best for everyone involved, mainly his ex girlfriend. He admits that he was at her apartment, but says he didn't do anything wrong. "I'm guilty of an immature moment but I didn't deserve what happened."

Walker says he's taking the Clearfield County district attorney along with several other people to federal court. He says they smeared his name and tampered with a federal election.

"This D.A. has an ax to grind politically." He claims the D.A., along with an assistant D.A., the Clearfield Borough Police Chief, and a political rival worked together to bring these charges to light.

He says his girlfriend was opposed to that, and he says he has hard evidence to prove it. "There are witnesses that are willing to testify along with other evidence."

Walker firmly believes that he would have won the primary's if it weren't for the last minute charges, and he wants the people who he says are responsible for his loss to face the consequences.

"It’s hard to point to one ring leader there are people working together and that’s what we are gong to be able to prove in federal court."

Walker says these charges should be officially filed sometime in the next few weeks.

On WPSU-TV Thursday, May 22 At 7:00 PM

Natural Gas Leasing............
Be Informed---Don't Get Taken

Recent gas well leasing and drilling in the Potter-McKean County area has brought many agents wanting to lease mineral rights to the area.

Residents should be aware that leases which brought only a few dollars an acre a few years ago, are now going for $2,500. an acre or more.

WPSU is doing a special call-in broadcast and webcast, Thursday night, detailing some of the ramifications of leasing for oil and natural gas, that everyone in the area who has property to lease should watch.

The live, state-wide call-in television broadcast and webcast "Profits and Pitfalls of Natural Gas Leasing for Landowners" is Thursday nite from 7 to 8 p.m. You can also see it via the Internet at Pennsylvania's Gas Rush.

The show will center on natural gas exploration and drilling (and the implications of the Marcellus Shale rock formation); lease negotiations and addenda; and financial, environmental and infrastructure impacts.

Rep. Causer Announces Korean War Veterans Rocognition Ceremony

Honoring Our Korean War Veterans
Korean War veterans living in the 67th District will be recognized at a ceremony on
Saturday, June 14
10:30 a.m.
University of Pittsburgh
at Bradford’s Bromeley
Family Theatre
in Bradford
The Korean War is also known as the Forgotten War. It’s time we remember this war, remember the veterans, and remember the sacrifices they made for us and for our country.
Register Now to Attend the Ceremony
Veterans who wish to attend the event but have not yet registered their information with my office should do so as soon as possible, either by calling my Bradford office at 814-362-4400 or registering online at We need you to provide your name, address, phone number, branch of service and rank.
Everyone who attends the ceremony will be presented with certificates and commemorative medals from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

US Senators Question Big Oil Executives

By H. JOSEF HEBERT--Associated Press

WASHINGTON - On a day oil prices leaped to unheard-of highs, senators lined up Big Oil's biggest executives and pummeled them with complaints that they're pretending to be "hapless victims" while raking in record profits.

"Where is the corporate conscience?" Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked the top executives of the five largest U.S. oil companies.

"Is there anybody here that has any concerns about what you're doing to this country with the prices that you're charging and the profits that you're taking?" Durbin asked.

Read more in this AP article in PhillyBurbs.

Anonymous said...

I read another article on this matter last night...just unbelievable.

As far as I am concerned these executives DO NOT CARE, they are all making more money than ever and have been since the war in Iraq started. These men are raping the USA and the sad part about it is our government has sat back and allowed this to happen.

The Federal Government can pinch any business by regulating them to death and the president can step in and step up to get a handle on this matter. Guess what, not gonna happen.

I'd keep wasting tax payer dollars by inviting the executives to Washington to explain their record breaking profits to, DUH! Start auditing their asses to death like you do every other business in the USA!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

i recently watched a news interview with exxon's ceo he basically said that they would keep raising the price of gas as long as they wanted because even if more people start using public transportation us poor bitter,bible thumpin,gun totin,(which OBAMA wants to take away)people who live in rural areas still have to drive to get anywhere. it is time to wake up and
let government know that we are not going to stand for this anymore
by excersising your right to VOTE.

Anonymous said...

What bothers me more is that these congressmen sit in judgment of these oil companies while at the same time restricting the exploration and drilling for oil so that we wouldn't have to be so dependent on foreign oil. And how much of that gallon price of gas is federal & state taxes? I say ease up on the regulations and lower the taxes.

Joel R. Zink said...

Whatever happened to "Laissez Faire", right? I understand your point, Ms. Sherwood, and furthermore, I agree with it.

As I was thinking about the state of our economy, it occurred to me that a lot of our problems come from extreme over-regulation. To put it simply, our economic system is no longer a free-market system.

That's not good.

Joel R. Zink

Peterson Says It's Time To Do Something About Energy

WESB News: 05/21/08 - GOP Offers Solutions to Energy Crisis

Congressman John E. Peterson, R-Pa., along with the Republican Conference, unveiled a solutions based approach to solving our nation's energy crisis, at a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this morning.

Peterson, who has been sounding the alarm on a looming energy crisis for over six years, issued the following statement: With the price at the pump reaching a new record high daily, and the cost of natural gas soaring, Americans are sick and tired of this do-nothing Congress.

From rural America to the big cities, Americans are struggling to cope with the rising cost of energy. Americans deserve a solutions based approach not the finger pointing Democrats are accustomed to , to help alleviate the burden on senior citizens, the working poor, small business, and middle-class America.

House Republicans have waited 18 months for Speaker Pelosi to bring energy production legislation to the floor; yet, all we get is tax and blame legislation. For more on this story, visit the 1490 NewsBlog.

Anonymous said...

AMEN! Finally someone in the "hallowed halls of congress" has the guts to say exactly what we need to do! Work on developing "alternative energy", but for the 50 or so years it will take to develop them to the point where they can replace crude oil and gasoline, we must drill in the anwr, offshore, and in the western U.S. where reserves are huge, build refineries and take away much of OPEC's power over us.

Howard Beale said...

We need an energy "Marshall Plan" or $4.00 per gallon gasoline will be looked upon as the good old days. Who will step up and risk their political career?

'Squawk Box' Guest Warns of $12-15-a-Gallon Gas
Robert Hirsch, an energy advisor, says CNBC morning show prediction was a citation of the 'Dean of Oil Analysts.'

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
5/21/2008 3:38:13 PM

It may be the mother of all doom and gloom gas price predictions: $12 for a gallon of gas is “inevitable.”

Robert Hirsch, Management Information Services Senior Energy Advisor, gave a dire warning about the potential future of gas prices on CNBC’s May 20 “Squawk Box”. He told host Becky Quick there was no single thing that would solve the problem, due to the enormity of the problem.

“[T]he prices that we’re paying at the pump today are, I think, going to be ‘the good old days,’ because others who watch this very closely forecast that we’re going to be hitting $12 and $15 per gallon,” Hirsch said. “And then, after that, when oil – world oil production goes into decline, we’re going to talk about rationing. In other words, not only are we going to be paying high prices and have considerable economic problems, but in addition to that, we’re not going to be able to get the fuel when we want it.”

Hirsch told the Business & Media Institute the $12-$15 a gallon wasn’t his prediction, but that he was citing Charles T. Maxwell, described as the “Dean of Oil Analysts” and the senior energy analyst at Weeden & Co. Still, Hirsch admitted the high price was inevitable in his view.

“I don’t attempt to predict oil prices because it’s been impossible in the past,” Hirsch said in an e-mail. “We’re into a new era now, and over the next roughly five years the trend will be up significantly. However, there may be dips and bumps that no one can forecast; I wouldn’t be at all surprised. To me the multi-year upswing is inevitable.”

Maxwell’s original $12-15-a-gallon prediction came in a February 5 interview with, a Web site run by two former Wall Street Journal staffers.

“[Maxwell] expects an oil-induced financial crisis to start somewhere in the 2010 to 2015 timeframe,” reported. “He said that, unlike the recession the U.S. appears to be in today, ‘This will not be six months of hell and then we come out of it.’ Rather, Maxwell expects this financial crisis to last at least 10 or 12 years, as the world goes through a prolonged period of price-induced rationing (eg, oil up to $300 a barrel and U.S. pump prices up to $15 a gallon).”

According to associate of Maxwell at Weeden & Co., Maxwell is out of the country and currently unavailable for comment.

Maxwell’s biography on the Weeden & Co. Web site said he “has been ranked by the U.S. financial institutions as the No. 1 oil analyst for the years 1972, 1974, 1977 and 1981-1986,” according to polls taken by Institutional Investor magazine.

“In addition, for the last 17 years he has been an active member of an Oxford-based organization comprised of OPEC and other industry executives from 30 countries who meet twice a year to discuss trends within the energy industry.”

Although Maxwell’s prediction is for the long-term, not everyone supports high-end predictions, even in the short-term. CNBC contributor and the vice president of risk management for MF Global (NYSE:MF) John Kilduff said on “The Call” May 7that he expected gas prices to drop following the Chinese Olympics, as China’s economic boom slows down.

Area Obituaries

PORTVILLE - A memorial service for Naomi M. Henry, formerly of Portville, who died Dec. 10, 2007, will be held Thursday (May 22, 2008) at 11 a.m. in the Johnson Memorial Chapel of Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. The Rev. Dr. Anthony Evans will officiate. Burial will follow.

New Babies At Seldom Seen Acres...............

Amie Taylor's nanny goat had her babies Monday. Find our more here.

1490 News Blog By Anne Is A Must Read!!

If you're not reading the 1490 News Blog posted by Anne, you are really missing out. Anne does a great job of bringing you the news from McKean County and beyond.

She goes into some depth and subjects you won't usually find in most of the news blogs.

You'll find her blog on our favorites list or click here.

Anne said...

Gosh Jim, thanks for the kind words! It's nice to know I'm appreicated :)

And thank you for bringing us Potter County news ... and beyond!

What Is A Phlebotomist?

Phlebotomy--The art of drawing blood for examination or donation.

Mandy Knapp, the Port Allegany woman who publishes the "Off On A Rant" blog has passed her course, and is now a phlebotomist. She asks for our prayers to find her a job using her new skills.

Mandy is a wonderful writer. You can read her blog here.

Mandy said...


As always, thank you for your undying support of my Blog.

Tonight at BOCES in Olean, graduation commencements were held for my Phlebotomy class. What an exciting event it turned out to be. Again, please pray that I can find a job...and quickly!


PA Soldier Killed Was From Berrettini's Hometown

Jeff DePrimo, the Pennsylvania soldier killed in Afghanistan was from Pittston, PA, hometown of Port Allegany School Nurse Lt. Col. Richard Berrettini, who died in January after his vehicle was hit by a explosive device in Afghanistan.

Also killed in the attack were a Navy lieutenant and an interpreter serving with the Provincial Reconstruction Team. The driver and gunner for the vehicle, both Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers, were injured in the attack and evacuated to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

More information from PA Dept. Of Military Affairs website.

Anonymous said...

My husband is also over in Afghanistan, so if anyone knows the fears and emotions that a soldiers family goes thru, I think I do. My heart goes out to the family and our prayers stay with them as well as our soldiers that are still there. I recently went thru a tragic loss of my best friend last year and the only words that gave me any comfort were 'peace, be still'. Sometimes when you feel you should be out running around trying to undo what's already happened you have to remember that HE is God and HE is with you always. All you have to do is be still and listen because you will feel his comfort. With that, I pray for peace for the family and hope they feel the support of the military family.

Borland, Douglas R. said...

I just found out about this today. I am a fellow soldier of Lt. Deprimo. I am currently serving in the Sinai Peninsula. He was in my home unit back at Pittston. I am shocked to hear that we have lost such a great asset. He was truely one of the best leaders I've known and he took care of his troops. I just hope the rest of the guys come home safe. All my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and fellow soldiers. I'll miss ya 1LT Jeff Deprimo.

- Sgt Borland, Douglas R.

Another PA Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Luzerne County Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Posted: May 21, 2008 03:03 PM

Last Updated: May 21, 2008 03:26 PM

First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo of Pittston was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo of Pittston was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

By Ryan Leckey------WNEP-TV 16

The military confirms a soldier from Luzerne County was killed this week in Afghanistan.

People who knew Pittston native First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo opened up about the 35 year old who lost his life just months after arriving overseas.

They're still in shock after learning Tuesday about the soldier's death.

The father of the 35 year old got the news at work.

There isn't a lot of activity on this day at Barber Ford in Exeter. Inside the car dealership along Wyoming Avenue the emotions are still raw.

One of the owners, Matt DePrimo, was visibly shaken. He not only lost an employee who left to fight as a soldier in Afghanistan, he lost his nephew, First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo.

"It's just a tragic loss to lose a young man who cared about so many people and so many things," Matt DePrimo said.

Matt's nephew is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard based in West Pittston.

The 35-year-old soldier was killed in Afghanistan this week.

"The Humvee he was in was hit by a roadside bomb. There were four people in the vehicle. He was the only one who was killed. We don't know the condition of the others who were with him," the soldier's uncle said.

It's not just the soldier's coworkers and family who are remembering him but people from the high school he attended as well.

Holy Redeemer High School principal Jim Redington learned of the death of the former student Wednesday morning. "Immediately the name was all too familiar to me," he said.

Redington was the assistant principal at the once Seton Catholic High School where he first met the National Guardsman.

He described Jeff DePrimo as an honor roll student focused on his studies and music. Many knew DePRimo as an accomplished guitarist who shared his talents.

"To sum it all up, this is a quality young man who gave the ultimate in supporting and defending his country," Redington added.

The DePrimo family is still making funeral arrangements for the fallen soldier.

Sweden Valley Police Investigating Incidents

The Sweden Township Police Department is investigating rubbish scattering along the Ice Mine Road. Someone has been leaving an amount of trash down over an embankment.

And, the Department is also investigating some loitering and prowling at night incidents on North Hollow Road and North Hollow Heights. State police are assisting in the investigation.

One Injured In Main Street Crash In Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS: 3:40 PM--5-21-08
Port Allegany Emergency Responders are on scene of a car into a tree crash in front of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home on Main Street in the Boro. One person is reported injured.

Mandy said...

I drove by this accident scene just moments after it happened. When I saw that minivan crashed into the tree, my heart just jumped into my throat when I saw the "School Students" sign on it. My mind immediately thought about what would happen if my preschool-aged children were in an accident on their minivan bus and it instantly brought tears to my eyes. I hope and pray that all involved turn out to be okay.

Westfield Fire Destroys Barn Wednesday Morning

Star Gazette
A fire that may have started when a chicken brooder coop in Westfield caught fire destroyed a 40-by-50-foot barn in northwestern Potter County early this morning.

About 30 firefighters from Westfield, Galeton, Harrison Valley, Chatham township and Clymer township responded to the 3:22 a.m. alarm and found the barn at Hector Corners fully involved in flames, Clymer Fire Chief Richard Patterson said.

“They had just gotten some baby chicks (Tuesday),” Patterson said. “We think the heater in the brooder coop overheated and started the fire. That’s all we can figure right now.”

The barn was owned by Rocky Pesley, Patterson said. Horses that lived on the first floor of the two-story barn were outside when the fire broke out and were not injured, he said. The blaze did kill the chickens in the barn. The barn did not contain any hay or farm
implements, he said.

Firefighters were able to save the farmhouse adjacent to the barn, although the structure did sustain some damage.

“The flames were really rolling that vinyl siding right up the house,” Patterson said. “I would say that about two-thirds of the siding on the house melted from the heat before we could get a lot of water on the house.

“There is very little water supply in that area,” he said. “We had to rely on water we carried on tankers. We even called in extra tankers from other departments. That makes it a real fight.”

But it was a fight that firefighters were not able to win.

“That barn was ablaze when we got there,” he said. “There was nothing to save except the house, and we managed that.”

The barn was an old structure that had recently been “fixed up,” Patterson said. He estimated damage at about $40,000.

“That’s what it would cost to replace a barn that size,” he said.

It took firefighters about two hours to bring the blaze under control, Patterson said. Some remained on the fire scene until 6 a.m.

There were no injuries, he said.

34th Annual God’s Country Marathon

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Derek Walker Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanors, Felony Charges Dropped In Plea Agreement

Former congressional candidate pleads guilty to misdemeanors

A former congressional candidate charged in the waning days of the April primary campaign with two felonies and four misdemeanors in connection with an incident involving an ex-girlfriend, yesterday pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors.

Derek Walker, 32, of Clearfield, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, invasion of privacy and harassment, and a summary count of defiant trespass. As part of the plea agreement, the other charges against him, which included felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, were dropped.

The pleas were entered Tuesday before District Judge Michael Rudella, who sentenced Walker to one year of supervised probation, and ordered him to pay a $400 fine and have no contact with the victim or her family.

The charged were brought against Walker on April 17, just five days before the April 22 primary in which he was vying against eight other candidates to become the Republican nominee to the seat now held by U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Peasantville. Peterson in January announced plans to retire at the end of the year.

According to courtpapers, Walker walked through an open door into the home of his ex-girlfriend on Aug. 25, 2007, and used his cell phone to videotape her being intimate with someone else. The criminal complaint also accused him of stalking, by having contact with her on two other occasions, despite a police officer's warning to stay away.

However, in the final days of his campaign, Walker aired commercials in which the woman — who was not identified — gave him her endorsement and decried the charges against him.

Walker, who spent $844,350 of his own money on the campaign, lost the nomination to Centre County resident Glenn Thompson.

Walker, contacted by the Centre Daily Times early Wednesday afternoon, said he didn’t know whether he had pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors.

“You’re going to have to read about it somewhere, pal,” he said before hanging up.

Zebra Mussel Alert

The spreading of unwelcome invaders to this part of Pennsylvania threatens a ‘way of life’. We all enjoy fishing, swimming, and camping in the summer. But are we aware of how invaders, such as zebra mussels, have changed the place we live?

Read more about Zebra Mussels on the 1490 News Blog

Elk County 911 working to repair lightning damage

RIDGWAY - Elk County EMS Director Mike McAllister discussed the lightning strike that hit the 911 Center Sunday during Tuesday's Elk County commissioners meeting.

"Sunday a little after 3 p.m. we took a direct lightning strike to the tower. It was a catastrophic hit that came in on one of our radio antennas and came down through the system," McAllister said. "We did experience some sporadic outages throughout the building. At no point in time did we have any 911 failures. We were always able to receive 911 calls."

In the 18-19 years McAllister has had a presence at the center, lightning has only affected it twice. He said this strike was a "power hit" and there was equipment sparking as a result. No workers were hurt.

McAllister said if 911 calls would have failed to be received, there are other locations in the county they are directed to and answered.

"The radio system itself took the majority of the damage," McAllister said. "Everything we do, pretty much, has multiple redundancies within it. When the radios go down the first thing we do is bring in the Ridgway Fire Department so then we have mobile radios there, along with the county's mobile radios."

McAllister said the 911 center was back on line with radios to the emergency, fire and EMS services within a couple of hours. The secondary and tertiary systems are being reconstructed. McAllister said the center will be fully operational in the near future.

"We are able to communicate with all of our fire departments, ambulances and police services within minutes by phone. We let them know what happened, as is written within our policies and procedures," McAllister said. "If we get a call and can't contact them by radio, we can contact them directly at their station to dispatch them."

After there was an assessment of the radio system damage, back-up radio systems were brought in.

"All fire, police and EMS radios intercommunicate," McAllister said. "The infrastructures which have been put in allow us to lose a radio and put another one in, rather than keeping six or seven different types of radio. With this contingency plan, we don't necessarily have all the bells and whistles we do during normal operation, but our main goal is to be able to receive 911 calls from the public and be able to get those calls out to the proper agencies so they can respond to them."

In response to rumors that the system went down and there was no contingency plan, McAllister reiterated several times : "At no point in time did we have any public safety issues as far as being able to dial 911 and not being able to reach someone. Courier Express