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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Strong Thunderstorm Headed Our Way

Statement as of 5:36 PM EDT on May 31, 2008

... A strong thunderstorm will affect central McKean and west Central
Potter counties...

At 527 PM EDT... National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking
a strong thunderstorm located 8 miles northwest of Kane... moving east
at 49 mph.

Wind gusts to 50 mph and small hail are possible with this storm.

This storm will be near Kinzua Bridge State Park around 545 PM...
Smethport around 600 PM and Port Allegany around 615 PM.

Carolyn C. Walizer, 76, Ulysses, PA

Carolyn C. Walizer, 76, of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, May 31, 2008 in her home.

Born December 16, 1931, in Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of Karl A. and Gwendolyn Wood Chelgren. On July 22, 1955, in Bellwood, PA, she married Elery H. Walizer, who survives.

A 1953 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she retired from the Northern Potter School District in 1996 after over 43 years of teaching vocal and instrumental music, elementary and junior high art and library.

Active in extracurricular work at school and civic work in the community, she was the girls varsity volleyball and basketball coach, yearbook advisor and did staging for class plays and school musical productions.

She was the first woman to be elected to the Ulysses Borough Council, where she presided as president for eight of her ten years. During those years, the town’s sewage and water systems were installed. Mrs. Walizer also helped organize the Potter County Solid Waste Authority, serving as secretary-treasurer.

Most recently, she was a member of the Northern Potter School Board for eight years, and a representative to the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Nine Board for seven years. Traveling extensively, she and her husband visited all 50 states and 31 foreign countries.

Surviving besides her husband, Elery, are: two sons, Herbert L. (Teresa) Walizer of Jacksonville, FL and Elery Jon (Charlinda) Walizer of Pennsdale, PA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Karl (Emily) Chelgren of Eugene, OR; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Woodhall.

Friends may call Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church. The Rev. Thomas Shatto will officiate. Burial will be in Wood Family Cemetery, Grampian, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Medical Helicopter Crashes In Pottsville, PA

For story and pictures of a medical helicopter crash in Pottsville, click here to go to WNEP-TV.

If We Sell Our Roads.....What Do We Hock Next?

Foreign Ownership of Toll Roads

Jules Delgotto sends this article on leasing toll roads.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 7:32 AM

By: Paul M. Weyrich
The Reason Foundation estimates that states of the Union are facing a $9 billion a year shortfall to deal with infrastructure, mainly roads.

Governors aren’t sure what to do about the problem. The public is intolerant when it comes to raising taxes. From the public’s point of view, tolls are taxes, so raising tolls is also politically radioactive. As a consequence, more and more governors are turning to so-called private/public investments.

The latest to turn to this “solution” is Pennsylvania’s Gov. Edward G. (Ed) Rendell. At least he has been popular. But what of his announcement that the Albertis Group of Spain was the winner of major competition to lease portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike? The multiyear lease could bring in as much as $18 billion, depending on how much of the turnpike is leased.

It would appear that the public does not like private interests leasing infrastructure. When the leasing agent is from a foreign country the opposition goes off the charts. When the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, upon which I served, took up the question of private/public investments the recommendation only passed when commissioners agreed that no foreign government or private consortium should be the leasing agent.

In other words, if states are to make a deal let it be with fellow Americans and not a foreign country.

The public, having paid for the building of toll roads, feels as if they own these facilities and they just intensely dislike foreign entities owning them. One libertarian economist who favors such partnerships said when asked about public reaction, “Well, if it gets to be a problem we can always nationalize the facility."

I suppose so but that is highly unlikely to happen, especially when the United States would then be nationalizing facilities belonging to an ally. Or if an ally becomes an enemy, then what? Do we want enemies holding key properties in this country?

The problem is not simple. Revenues from the highway trust fund are declining and will be out of money in only a few years. And as people drive less (this last Memorial Day we saw the first decline in people going on trips since 9/11) tolls produce less revenue.

If a private/public partnership owns the toll road it can raise tolls any time without public hearings and without being subject to the political pressure that any current plan to raise tolls would have.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels got in hot water for leasing portions of the Indiana Turnpike to a foreign entity. His opponent this November is making that lease an issue.

Only Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who leased the Chicago Skyway for $1.8 billion to a consortium consisting of Macquarie and Cintra from Spain, may have survived politically. Gov. Rendell claims that his $12.8 billion deal with bring in 13 percent more revenue than the state is able to collect.

He said without the tolls that the private/public partnership will bring in the toll revenue from state ownership would be only $450 million annually compared with $1.7 billion needed for infrastructure expenditures over the next 10 years. It now costs $22.75 to cross Pennsylvania. Next year there will be a 25 percent increase in tolls. And inflation increases will be permitted at 2.5 percent per year. At the end of a 75-year lease, Dennis Enright, a principal of New Jersey-based NW Financial Group, told The Wall Street Journal, it would like cost $176 to cross the state.

That is exactly what citizens of Pennsylvania fear, although very few current drivers would be behind the wheel at the end of the lease.

My father always said when a deal appears too good to be true it probably is. Foreign money for infrastructure looks tempting but it may not be worth the political grief to those who propose it and put it through.

Paul M. Weyrich is chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation

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Tornado Watches Posted Today

Tornado watches are posted today in an area from Pittsburgh to State College and back well into Ohio. Thunderstorms there have the potential to spawn tornados.

Although at the present time, there is no storm activity (8:00am) in the Northern Tier, it might be advisable to keep an eye on the weather today in case the storms should shift to the north.

Hebron Church Ministry Is 175 Years Old Today

On May 31, 2008, the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hebron 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

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Today's Activities--Saturday, May 31, 2007

May 31

The Port Allegany Town-wide Yard Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to ????? You can sign up at the Port Allegany Pharmacy, Fox’s Pizza or the Northern Tier Thrift Store. Costs for the event are $10 for a permit and $20 for the square. Sponsored by the Port Allegany Rotary Club.

May 31

Potter County Habitat for Humanity will have a volunteer day at
the Habitat House at Fourth and Hill Street, Coudersport, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Anyone 18 and over, wishing to volunteer is welcome. The group is hoping the house can be completed on Saturday and the family can move in.
Take your own lunch. Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

May 31

The West End Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will have a chicken barbecue from 11:30 until gone just off of Route 6 at the Fishing Creek intersection in Roulette. $6.50 for dinners, $4.50 halves only. Watch for signs.

May 31

The Genesee United Methodist Church will be serving the 2nd annual Mitford Meal from 4 to 7pm, at the church on Main St. Genesee. Featuring all home cooked meal of meatloaf, potatoes, veggies, salads and delicious breads and desserts from author, Jan Karon's popular cookbook. Free will offering will be accepted to benefit Missions.
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Kane Troopers Nab 2 For DUI, One Of Them Twice

Kane-based state police made three DUI arrests recently, two of them for the same man.

Roy Edinger, 31 of Kane was pulled over last Thursday night for an equipment violation and troopers allegedly found he was intoxicated. He was taken to Kane Community Hospital for chemical testing, but refused to take the test. He was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, careless driving, failing to use headlights and a seatbelt, and violating laws concerning restricting on alcoholic beverages.

The following day, Edinger was requested to show up at the Kane barracks for processing of the DUI charge from the night before but he told police he had to report to the McKean County Jail to serve a sentence on a previous arrest. Apparently officers convinced Edinger to show up at the barracks and when he did, he was allegedly intoxicated.

Since he had driven there by himself, he was subsequently charged with a second DUI and again refused to submit to chemical testing.

Ralph Gustafson, 56, of Smethport was arrested for DUI last Saturday afternoon when he was stopped on Bush Hill between Smethport and Port Allegany for an alleged traffic violation. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI.

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Highly Acclaimed Women's Doctor Comes To Bradford

WESB News: 05/30/08 - New Women's Health Doctor at BRMC
Officials at Bradford Regional Medical Center are announcing the immediate appointment of Kenneth B. Goodrich, M.D., a board-certified specialist in women's health services, to provide care at the former practice of Peter Delneky, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

"We're certainly sorry to see someone of Dr. Delneky's caliber leave the area but feel certain that the obstetrical patients and gynecology services will be maintained at the highest levels for patients in our coverage area," said Rhonda Chilson, Director of Practice Management at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Goodrich provides services at BRMS OB/Gyn in the Suzzalo Medical Arts Building at 159 Interstate Parkway, located across the street from the Medical Center. Dr. Delneky, who recently announced his relocation plans, assumed the practice in December 2005 following the unexpected death of gynecologist and obstetrician Manhot Lau, M.D. For more on this story, visit the 1490 NewsBlog.

Todd McClain Found Not Guilty After 4 Day Trial

WESB News: 05/30/08 - McClain Found Not Guilty

Former Foster Township Police Officer Todd McClain has been found not guilty of taking money from the Foster Township Police Station.

He had been accused of taking the money in 2006 from Chief Jeff Wolbert's office and a file drawer used for the McKean County Drug Task Force.

The not guilty verdict came after a four-day trial in McKean County Court.

98 New Troopers Hit The Roads In PA

98 Graduate from State Police Academy

Newest Troopers Assigned to Stations Across the state

HARRISBURG Governor Edward G. Rendell said 98 men and women joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police today following their graduation from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

“Pennsylvanians have come to count on the State Police to provide the highest possible level of law enforcement services,” Governor Rendell said. “These new troopers will help protect our residents and ensure the safety of our communities.”

State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller said Governor Rendell’s 2006-07 budget increased the department’s complement to 4,673; the highest number of troopers in the state’s history.

Former State Police Deputy Commissioner Thomas K. Coury, who now serves as federal security director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, delivered the principal message during the graduation ceremony at Central Dauphin High School. Miller offered remarks and Cadet Benjamin R. Schwedes of Berwick, Columbia County, spoke on behalf of the cadet class.

Cadet Ethan M. Brownback of Allentown, Lehigh County, was named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.

Also receiving awards were:

  • Cadet John J. Sours of Philadelphia – Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award;
  • Cadet Scott E. Bowes of Carlisle, Cumberland County – Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award;
  • Cadet Jonathan C. Matson of Bolivar, Westmoreland County – Col. Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award; and
  • Cadet Jason M. Trupp of Reading, Berks County – John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness Award.

Major John W. Laufer III, director of the state police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the class, which was the 126th class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.

None of the new troopers were from Potter, McKean, Cameron, or Tioga Counties.

DEP Says Gas Drillers Not Protecting Streams

Pa. orders partial shutdown

of natural gas drilling

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania environmental officials have ordered a partial shutdown of natural gas drilling operations by two companies in the state's northcentral region. More from Philly Burbs.

Anonymous said...

Money, Money, Money! The state wants more money! Surprised? Not me...
Permit fees, fines....whatever.

These companies are NOT dumping toxic waste, they are digging up dirt, get it dirt!

But this is why we can not drill for oil in our good old USA, another example of government hard at work!

Pennsylvania State Police Report DUI Charges

State Police-Coudersport
Daily Reporter
Troopers report Jerome M. Hayes, 21, of Bradford, Pa.,
will be charged with driving under the influence and summary traffic violations after a vehicle stop at 2:38 a.m. Saturday on Route 6, Eulalia. He was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and with a suspended driver’s license.

Troopers report a person(s) were involved in a theft between Friday and Saturday at a Kio Road, Coudersport, resident’s garage. No further information was available Tuesday.

Troopers report Sandra K. Fox, 57, of Port Allegany, Pa., will be charged with driving under the influence and numerous traffic violations after a traffic stop at 12:16 a.m. Saturday on Route 6, Roulette. Fox allegedly had an open container of beer in the vehicle.

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Allegany County Legislature Will Not Appeal Death Benefits For Volunteer Firefighter's Family

The Wellsville Daily Reporter is reporting today that the Allegany County Legislature is not going to appeal the decision to award benefits to the family of Volunteer Firefighter Ronald Thomas.

Ronald Thomas died April 29, 2007, while trying to rescue individuals during the Greater Wellsville Trout Derby.

Bolivar Man Stabbed In Fight At Alma Pond

WELLSVILLE - For the third time in a month, police have made an arrest after a knife incident in the Wellsville area.

On Thursday afternoon, Amity-based state police charged Jared L. M. Wagoner, 18, of Scio, with first-degree assault, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence.

According to the arrest warrant, on May 25 at 12:29 a.m., near Alma Pond, Wagoner allegedly stabbed and sliced Richard A. Derringer of Bolivar. Click to read "Third knife arrest in a month in Wellsville," by John Anderson in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

$7,000.00 Reward Offered In Potter County Arson Fire

Reward Offered for
Info on 3 Arson Fires

1490 NewsBlog

A reward of up to 7 thousand dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for setting fire to a seasonal home near the Village of Mills nearly two years ago.

Brian Farleigh, who owned the home, is offering a reward of 5 thousand dollars. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to 2 thousand dollars.

The fire on June 20, 2006, burned the cabin to the ground. Police say an ATV was used to break into the cabin and garage. Several items were stolen and an accelerant was use.

Police believe this fire is related to two others, one in June of 2006 on Dodge Hollow Road and another in November of 2006 at the Holbert Farm in Bingham Township.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call state police in Coudersport or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4-PA-TIPS.

Picture of Mills fire courtesy Potter County Fire News.

Can Communities Regulate Gas Well Locations?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to render an opinion as to whether local communities have any right to regulate where gas wells and their associated facilities may be located.

The communities of Oakmont and Salem had attempted to stop drilling in certain locations, but, their lawsuit failed in both the County Court and the Commonwealth Court on Appeal.

Their appeal to the PA Supreme Court will decide if the PA Oil and Gas Law which was enacted in 1986 supercedes all local laws.

Police Blitz Will Take Unsafe Trucks Off PA Roads

Star Gazette
State and municipal police in Pennsylvania will participate from June 3 to 5 in Operation Roadcheck, a program designed to take unsafe commercial vehicles off the roads.

“Highly trained and certified State Police personnel and municipal officers will be stopping commercial vehicles around the clock to inspect safety equipment and drivers’ licenses, endorsements and log books,” State Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller said.

During last year’s Operation Roadcheck, State Police inspected 2,795 commercial vehicles and found 28 percent were unsafe to operate.

Uni-Mart Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The Centre Daily Times is reporting this morning that Uni-Mart has filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to allow it to seek a buyer for the chain of 283 stores.

As part of the plan, 45 under-performing stores will close. The location of the stores slated to close were not disclosed. Read more in the Centre Daily Times.

James Paul Jonak, M.D.,67, Former Olean Resident

JONAK, James "Jim" Paul, M.D.
Age 67, died at his home in Hartfield, May 20, 2008.

Dr. Jonak was a native of New York State and graduated from Olean High School, class of 1958. He received his B.S. Degree from St. Bonaventure University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Buffalo, and then completed four years of extensive research with the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo.

In 1976 Dr. Jonak received his M.D. degree from the State University Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He served his family practice internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse and was elected president of the Corning Hospital Medical Staff in 1978. Throughout Jim's career, he was also a family practice physician in Virginia for an HMO in Richmond; Fort Chiswell Medical Center, Wytheville; Ft. Eustis McDonald Army Hospital and retired from the Riverside Hayes Medical Center in the fall of 2007.

Civil War reenactment was a major part of Jim's past time. He enjoyed portraying soldiers of both the North and South because he wanted reenactments to allow people to be educated about both sides in the Civil War. His compassion, dedication, and genuine concern for his patients, family and friends were the cornerstone of his too short life.

Jim's life will be remembered and treasured by many including his wife of 23 years, Holly Jonak; three brothers, Thomas Jonak and wife, Barbara, Rochester, New York, Dr. Michael Jonak, Las Vegas, Lawrence Jonak and wife, Eileen, Olean, New York; sister-in-law, Gaile Felli and husband, James, Watkins Glen, New York; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of Dr. Jonak's life journey will be held Saturday, June 7, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Hogg Funeral Home, 3098 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes, Virginia 23072. The family will receive friends from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Inurnment will be private. Holly would like to invite friends back to their home following the service for a time of food and fellowship.

To continue Jim's educational legacy and passion for helping others, contributions may be made to: St. Bonaventure University, Attn: University Advancement/Dr. James P. Jonak Memorial, P.O. Box 2519, St. Bonaventure, New York 14778 or the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic/in Memory of Dr. James P. Jonak, 2276 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes, Virginia 23072.

Editor's note:Dr. Jonak was a fellow classmate at Olean High School in 1958

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Area Obituaries

WELLSVILLE - Earl R. Brundage of Babcock Woods Road passed away Tuesday (May 27, 2008) at Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville.

Rep. Causer Takes Up Girl's Cause With Medicaid

Thursday, May 29, 2008 7:17 PM EDT

Officials to talk about Medicaid

BRADFORD, Pa. - A young girl’s plight with the Medicaid system that left her broken leg untreated for days has prompted a state representative to set up meetings with the Department of Public Welfare in Harrisburg. Read what Representative Martin Causer is doing to try to correct this problem so it won't happen again in The Olean Times Herald.

3800 Killed In Route 322 Crash At Clarks Ferry

A flatbed truck carrying 5,400 chickens in steel cages overturned just after 7 a.m. Thursday on a Pennsylvania bridge, reported WGAL-TV in Lancaster.

The eastbound lanes of Route 322 at the Clarks Ferry Bridge have since reopened and the mess has been cleared. However, authorities said as many as 3,800 chickens were killed in the crash. The truck was taking the animals to a slaughterhouse.

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Rep. Causer Still Rounding Up Korean Veterans

Rep. Martin Causer is looking for Korean War Vets in the district so they can be honored at a ceremony next month. Call his Coudersport office at 274-9769; his Bradford office at 362-4400 or toll free 1-866-437-8181 for more information.

Weedeater Stolen In Roulette/License Plate In Coudy


Thieves made off with a green gas-powered Homelite weedeater from the home of Florence Hutchinson on Third Street in Roulette sometime last weekend. It’s valued at $50.

Someone took a registration plate off of an Isuzu box truck owned by Diamond Auto Glass while it was parked at the business on Route 6 West in Eulalia Township Monday night or Tuesday. The plate bears Pennsylvania Registration YVA8813.

Pain Medications Stolen In Harrison Township Break-in

State police are probing several recent burglaries and thefts in the area.

Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, thieves forced opened a side door at the residence of Audrey Monroe on Route 49 in Harrison Township. A quantity of Oxycodone and Percocet prescribed for Monroe was removed from the home. Value of the medications is said to be about $380. Damage to the door and door frame is estimated to be $20.

And, burglars pried open a side door at a house on DogtownRoad in Genesee Township sometime last week. It’s not known if anything was taken from the house owned by Robin Green of Wellsville and Connie Miller of Muncy, PA but damage is estimated to be $100

Both Drivers OK After Shinglehouse Head On Crash

A Shinglehouse driver is being charged with failing to stay within roadways laned for traffic in connection to a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Route 44 and South Mill Street in that town.

State police said Bernard Hope Jr. was headed north when he allowed his Buick Park Avenue to cross the center line and hit a Chevrolet commercial van driven by Steve Ackley of Wellsville.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Events Scheduled Saturday In The Area Via WFRM

May 31

The Port Allegany Town-wide Yard Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to ????? You can sign up at the Port Allegany Pharmacy, Fox’s Pizza or the Northern Tier Thrift Store. Costs for the event are $10 for a permit and $20 for the square. Sponsored by the Port Allegany Rotary Club.

May 31

Potter County Habitat for Humanity will have a volunteer day at
the Habitat House at Fourth and Hill Street, Coudersport, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Anyone 18 and over, wishing to volunteer is welcome. The group is hoping the house can be completed on Saturday and the family can move in.
Take your own lunch. Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

May 31

The West End Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will have a chicken barbecue from 11:30 until gone just off of Route 6 at the Fishing Creek intersection in Roulette. $6.50 for dinners, $4.50 halves only. Watch for signs.

May 31

The Genesee United Methodist Church will be serving the 2nd annual Mitford Meal from 4 to 7pm, at the church on Main St. Genesee. Featuring all home cooked meal of meatloaf, potatoes, veggies, salads and delicious breads and desserts from author, Jan Karon's popular cookbook. Free will offering will be accepted to benefit Missions.

Dick Payne To Take Last Trike Ride On Saturday

Dick's sister, Susan Smith shares these pictures of the actual
Tombstone Hearse that carried her brother to the cemetery
Saturday in Shinglehouse.

Click on a picture to enlarge

Tombstone Hearse to carry Shinglehouse biker
Dick Payne , well known 3 wheel trike rider in the Shinglehouse
area, will take his last ride Saturday. Dick passed away Wednesday,
after a courageous battle with cancer. Kevin Dusenbury, Funeral
Director at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse,
says Dick's body will be transported from the funeral home to
his gravesite in the Maple Grove Cemetery in a 3 wheel motor-
cycle drawn glass enclosed hearse.
Susan said...

Thank you for posting this information. The trike and the hearse were everything my brother would have wanted. I wanted to give you a picture of his actual ride, but could not find a way to attach it.

Susan, You could attach it to an email to my address at and I will post it from there. I am sure everyone who missed it would love to see it.......Jim

Megan Woods Named Valedictorian At Smethport

WESB News: 05/29/08 - Woods is Smethport's Valedictorian

Megan Woods has been named valedictorian of the Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School Class of 2008.

Megan plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and major in nursing. She also plans to play for the Lady Panthers volleyball team.

She is the daughter of Daniel and Kimberly Woods. Diana Phalon has been named salutatorian. She plans to attend St. Bonaventure University and major in history. She also plans to play softball for the Lady Bonnies. She is the daughter of Ted and Sue Phalon.

Dr. Justin Puller, Smethport's 1996 valedictorian, will be this year's speaker for commencement ceremonies on June 6.

Another Frost Advisory Issued

... Frost advisory in effect from 4 am to 8 am EDT Friday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a frost
advisory... which is in effect from 4 am to 8 am EDT Friday.

Mainly clear skies and calm winds tonight will allow the
temperatures to dip into the lower and mid 30s across the region.
This will allow areas of frost to form. Lows tonight should be a
few degrees milder than last night... and most if not all locations
will remain above freezing. But... it will still be too cold for
sensitive plants to be left unprotected outdoors.

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

Windsor Sentenced To Probation

1490 NewsBlog
05/28/08 - Former Asst. Warden Sentenced

A former assistant warden at the McKean County jail has been placed two years probation by McKean County Court.

45 year-old Robert Windsor Jr. of Eldred had entered a no contest plea to charges that he took money from inmates accounts while he worked at the jail.

Windsor was also ordered to repay the county restitution of $10,000 dollars.

Former Trooper Takes Last Minute Plea Bargain

Former trooper gets probation for assault

May 29, 2008

LOCK HAVEN — A former state trooper entered a last-minute guilty plea to several lesser charges Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of a scheduled jury trial for rape and sexual assault.

A jury trial was set to begin today at 8:30 a.m.

» Full Story in the Lock Haven Express

Amish Macaroni Salad Recalled For E.Coli

Orval Kent Foods Recalls Single Limited Production Run of Amish Macaroni Salad Sold Under the Orval Kent and Yoder's Brand Names (May 28)
Thu, 29 May 2008 12:02:00 -0500

Orval Kent Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 23,000 pounds of Amish Macaroni Salad that may pose a health risk. This voluntary action is being taken in response to the results of a test conducted on a single package of Amish Macaroni Salad by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety, for E. coli O157:H7.

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found In Deer In PA

No CWD in 2007 PA Deer Samples

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not detected in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state's 2007 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian.

In 2007, 3,800 samples from hunter-killed deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the fifth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 18,100 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years. Read the rest of this story in the 1490 NewsBlog.

Lockheed To Move 135 Jobs To Pennsylvania

According to WJAC-TV, Lockheed Aircraft is moving 135 jobs from South Carolina to Richland Township in Cambria County, PA. The jobs average $60,000.00 a year.

WildFire On Horse Run Road In Sharon Township

BREAKING NEWS: 12:45 PM--5-29-08
The Shinglehouse Fire Department has been dispatched to a wildfire on the Horse Run Road. Initial information indicated that there are possible exposures. The fire is reported under control at 1:06. Fire out--1:35 pm.

Richard E. "Dick" Payne, 63, Shinglehouse, PA

Richard E. “Dick” Payne
“loving husband, father, & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---Richard E. “Dick” Payne, 63, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 15, 1944 in Johnstown, PA, he was a son of Earl E. and Clara L. LaBarr Payne. On September 5, 1993 in Shinglehouse, PA, he married Helen D. Phillips, who survives.

He was a graduate of Lake Lehman High School in Dallas, PA, class of 1962 and a graduate of Duffs Business Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Payne was employed by Stromberg-Carlson Corporation as a telephone central office equipment installer traveling all over the United States. Later he was employed by Breezewood Telephone Company, retiring as general manager in 1990. He then worked as a consultant for C.C.S. in Factoryville, PA.

He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M in Shinglehouse, a member of Everett Lodge #524 F. & A.M. in Everett, PA, and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. He was also a member of the NRA, a 25 year member of the Breezewood Volunteer Fire Company, and a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse, PA. Mr. Payne enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, woodworking, riding his motortrike, and traveling.

Surviving besides his wife are four children: Joseph R. (Kim) Payne of Breezewood, PA, Laurie A. (Jamie) Karstetter of Roaring Spring, PA, M. Scott (Sheila) Fuller of Tunkhannock, PA, and Kris P. (Theresa) Fuller of Syracuse, NY; twelve grandchildren: Aaron J. Payne, Kasi M. Payne, Preston J. Karstetter, Bryan Whitfield, Kelli Whitfield, Michael S. Fuller, Marisa S. Fuller, Aimee L. Wilder, Sierra P. Wilder, Maggie A. Fuller, Rebecca C. Fuller, and Justin T. Fuller; one great-grandson, Owen Paul Whitfield; a sister, Susan P. Smith of Aliquippa, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Payne was predeceased by his parents.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, PA, will officiate. Committal services and burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct memorial services on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Richard E. “Dick” Payne, 63, of Shinglehouse, died Wednesday (May 28, 2008) in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

PORTVILLE - Richard E. Warner, formerly of the Portville-Ceres Road, died Tuesday (May 27, 2008) at Olean General Hospital after a long illness, surrounded by his family.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Curtis L. Crooks of Shinglehouse died Sunday (May 25, 2008) at Olean General Hospital after a long illness.

WELLSVILLE - Angeline “Nellie” Newark of Fairview Avenue passed away Tuesday (May 27, 2008) in her home surrounded by her family.

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Police Reports Via WFRM News

DUI charges are being filed against 37 year old Shauna Rightnour of Douglassville, PA following a one-vehicle cash early Monday morning on the Loucks Mills Road in Ulysses Township. State police said Rightnour was headed south when her Pontiac Grand Prix crossed the road and struck an embankment. She apparently escaped injury.

Minor injuries were reported for a Trumansburg, NY motorcyclist following a spill Saturday afternoon on Route 6 just east of Telescope Road in Ulysses Township. Troopers said 54 year old Fred Kotler’s Harley Davidson fell onto its side when he tried to make a U-turn on the loose gravel shoulder. Kotler was taken to Charles Cole Hospital, treated and released. Authorities noted he was wearing property safety gear at the time.

An Austin teen is being charged with violating traffic code for entering or crossing roadways for a collision taking place mid-morning Tuesday on the Bark Shanty Road in Keating Township. State police say 18 year old Joshua Majot pulled his Pontiac Grand Am out of his driveway into the path of a Jeep Liberty driven by Dayle Ann Youngleish of Coudersport. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury.

Moderate injuries were reported for an Austin woman following a crash just before 3:00 a.m. Monday on Route 120 in Emporium State police said 44 year old Denise Osti was headed east when her Chevy Cavalier crossed to the other side, went up a curb and hit a tree where it came to rest. Troopers say charges are pending completion of their investigation.

An Emporium teen and his passenger both received minor injuries in a crash taking place early Monday morning on Waldy Run Road. Troops say 18 year old Nathan Pott became distracted and allowed his westbound Chevy Monte Carlo to go off the road, strike an embankment and roll over. Both Pott and 21 year old Gerald Lewis left the scene but were apparently located a short time later.

Barry Ezykowsky, 57, of Genesee has been cited for harassment for an incident at his home Saturday afternoon. State police allege Ezykowsky grabbed 57 year old John Cyran by the arm and pushed him against his truck, causing a bruise during an argument.

State police here and in McKean County are probing the theft of mail from mailboxes. Earlier this week, someone took 15 pieces of mail from Jessica Wiley’s mailbox on Second Street in Roulette. Thieves also took mail from a box on the East Valley Road near Smethport belonging to Charlene Hendrickson and from one belonging to Barbara Bowman on Pump Station Road, Smethport Monday or Tuesday.

And, vandalism to another mailbox is being investigated by state police at Kane. Sometime over the past couple of weeks, vandals removed the post from the ground causing the mailbox owned by Joel Johnson of Smethport to fall to the ground. Damage is estimated to be $50.

A Preview Of This Week's Potter Leader-Enterprise

By Donald Gilliland

This week in the Leader-Enterprise: the judge in the
Rigas case is considering arguments for a shorter
sentence after one charge of bank fraud was overturned
by an appeals court;

Potter County Commissioners say

they are "very close" to releasing their proposal for
regulation of the construction of wind turbines in the

Mother of fallen Iraq soldier speaks at

Memorial Day service at the Courthouse;

Cherry Springs

Star Party begins the summer star gazing season in
Potter County;

Northern Tier Cultural Alliance Barn

Dance in Colesburg draws over 200 people;

nurses from

Cole Memorial Hospital find adventure and fulfillment
on a mission to Honduras;

local track and field

athletes place at state championships;

Northern Potter

and Coudersport high school softball and baseball
seasons come to an end at district playoffs.

Press Secretary Lends Credibility To Rigases Claims Of Media Manipulation By Bush Administration

Adelphia Was Nation's Fifth Largest Cable Company

By James Jones

Former Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan's statements about how the Bush Administration managed the press, to influence the start of the Iraq War, lends a great deal of credibility to the Rigas family's claims that they were the victim of Bush's media blitz against them to prove that Bush was doing something about corporate corruption.

The famous perp walk, after the Rigases had offered to turn themselves in, done in front of all the media news cameras, and the government publicity campaign to convict the Rigases, guaranteed that John and Tim Rigas didn't have a chance in court.

Outside financial experts, and their companies, paid millions of dollars in fines as a result of the Adelphia episode. These were the experts that the Rigases relied on to make sure that this company, that John started from scratch in the tiny Boro of Coudersport, PA, was doing everything according to hoyle as Adelphia grew to be the 5th largest cable company in the United States.

As I have written before, John, who was characterized as not knowing what color socks to put with his suit in a Buffalo Evening News interview a few years ago, could not have had the kind of knowledge that it would have taken to pull the wool over the eyes of these professional financial experts.

And even when testimony of one of the main men, involved with finance in Adelphia, in another proceeding, was in direct conflict with testimony he offered in the Rigas case, the Rigases appeals were denied. The government had decided to make the case against this small town entrepreneur stick like glue. They were an easy target.

The unprecedented media blitz of the bigtime media, manipulated by the Bush Administration, all but guaranteed that the government would get a conviction. The average juror wouldn't have a clue about the finance doings of a corporation the size of Adelphia. Axe murderers have been accorded a fairer trial in this country than John and Tim Rigas.

There is nowhere in this country that the government's media blitz did not reach. There is nowhere that a trial could be held that the jury pool was not contaminated by the media manipulation of the Bush Administration.

Every story written by the mainstream media, since the Adelphia story broke, has been tagged with the government's allegations of the Rigases misconduct.

The truth behind the story is that John Rigas started a business from nothing and worked hard and grew it to a multimillion dollar corporation. In the process, he became well to do. That is a crime in itself for many who weren't so fortunate.

What you didn't see the mainstream media report was how sleepy little Coudersport, a farm town in remote Potter County, was transformed into a booming location with many new jobs and new houses built on the mountains and in town. How many existing businesses were thriving, and new business ventures were started.

Residents for miles around Coudersport, for the first time in their lives, were able to find jobs with decent pay and benefits, thanks to the Rigases. Coudersport got a McDonalds, and a Sheetz that was open 24 hours a day, and a Subway. You hear people complain about what has happened since the demise of Adelphia here, but, working conditions here were pretty bad before Adelphia. John was determined to keep control of the corporation, so he could keep the company in Coudersport, his home town.

No one knows the extent of how many times John Rigas came to the aid of his employees or townspeople. John could have written the book on giving back. The championship golf course he was building would have put Potter County on the map with a great tourist attraction. The cell phone operation that was nearly ready to go online, would have offered nearly complete coverage in Potter County and most of western Pennsylvania with unlimited talk time.

Adelphia, could have survived as a stand alone company, showing a profit for the first time, just before being liquidated to Time Warner and Comcast who dumped the Coudersport operation like a hot potato. Schlyer and Cooper were given millions and their job was to liquidate the company.

And Judge Leonard Sand can't believe the audacity of the Rigases who refuse to admit that they are the scoundrels that the Bush Administration has painted them. John Rigas still has the audacity to believe the American justice system will set him free because he didn't do anything wrong.

Solomon's words has been provided with a copy of James Rigas's statement of testimony before Judge Leonard Sand in the recent re-sentencing hearing. It is lengthy, but very informative, giving voice to the Rigases side of the story which has never been published in a concise form without the government's propaganda. Click here to read this document on another page.

Anonymous said...

Great article Dad!!! Should be called "The Rigas Railroading" Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

John Rigas Good? John Rigas Bad?

Did the Rigases do these things?

1.Lied about the source of $1.6 billion used to buy company stock and debt and stole

2. Took $51 million in illegal cash advances.

3. Spent $26.5 million in company money to buy timberland near their home and $13 million to build an Adelphia golf course on land owned by the company and the family.

4. Paid for antiques, family residences and a personal trainer.

5. Hid over 2 Billion dollars in off the books undisclosed debt.

It's quite a bunny jump from Scott McClellan to John Rigas. I guess if we believe George Bush had it in for the Rigas Clan for his own gain then it logically follows the entire war is a fraud because it's a product of the Bush Media machine too.

Why can't we just move on and call it what it is:
Rigas - good in the past for Potter County
Rigas - Not so good since committing crimes

Meanwhile, I sit and watch my property value here in coudersport go down and my gas & food bill go up.

Always ask Cui bono? it always leads you to the truth.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous above...

1. Lied to whom? The banks, outside counsel, Deloitte and board of directors clearly knew that coborrowed funds were used to make security and stock purchases.

2. Again clearly documented advances as part of outside counsel approved estate planning for john rigas.

3. Mr. Jones clearly describes the benefit of the planned golf course and it really would have helped your property value.

4. Clearly documented transactions that were meticulously documented regardless of what name appeared on the paycheck.

5. Hid? Hardly. Disclosed the amount in the March 27th Press Release and prior to that, based on Deloitte's recommendation, the disclosure said either party, meaning Adelphia or the Rigas Family entities could borrow up to the full amount of the co-borrowing credit facilities which was over $3 billion - any discerning investor would/could have assumed the full amount had been borrowed.

So, your property value falls, but if it weren't for Adelphia, it wouldn't have been worth beans in the first place. But, remember, property values aren't exactly wonderful anywhere in the country right now...or do you want to blame John Rigas for that too. Please do some reading and get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you, for the facts about John and his advisors, you have outlined the essence of a conspiracy. Two or more people acting in concert which breaks the law.

Their actions violated the law.

"Jurors found that the Rigases lied about the source of $1.6 billion used to buy company stock "

Hid from stock holders - Off the books, only disclosed on 2/27. thats a no no for public companies, gotta put on the books

Why do you excuse them for their ignorance?

The fact that none of them claimed to know they were breaking the law does not and can not excuse them, except in potter county, where rigas apologists reign supreme.

I firmly believe Mr Rigas believes he did noting wrong, but that is a weak defense.

Are we a nation of law or a nation of men?

Do you truly believe Mr Rigas & company & advisors did not break the law as charged? Was it all a fiction?

Or is it that the Bush administration, the media, the review accountants, the attorneys, the judge, the talking heads, the jurors (anyone else I should include?) met in a dark smokey room and voted to get Adelphia, John & Tim?

Is that the prevaling conspiracy theory?

The next time I get stopped for a traffic violation, should I refer to the "Rigas Defense" and garner sympathy from the officer & the potter county public.

Read the trial transcript & the statutes for enlightenment or track down one of the review accountants and ask them what they thought of the "books". I have heard them speak.

Leave the red herrings, media conspiracies, goverment plots, quaint stories about the man with mis matched socks & santa clause demeanor behind.

Find the law, buy the transcript & see how the actions by all parties impacted the law. Nothing more, nothing less.

Hopefully you will ease through only mild state of cognitive dissonance on your way to revelation.

It's a shame, we all make mistakes, some bigger than others.
Our job is to forgive, not forget.

Be a lover of truth, this time they broke the law & everybody has to pay, some more than others.

PS. I don't blame John Rigas for my falling property values, everyone knows it the fault of reptilian alien shape shifters annointed by the queen of england. :)

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is they got caught! And now that they got caught .They need to take the face the penalties that go along with it. My personal opinion is that John get put of prison and let his boy take all of it. John built it up from nothing to what it was. Then he turned it over to his greedy son that never had to work a day in his life for a dam thing!!
If they still wanted to keep taking money from the company then they shouldn’t of added stockholders to the company. It went from being just the family money to everybody’s money! And now that it did happen were suppose to feel sorry for the family for ruining Coudersport. Heck they affected almost the whole United States with all the jobs people lost. There was a family that moved out here from California bought a brand new house in Coudersport didn’t even live here a year lost his job. What about him and his family.
Looks like Level 3 is next company to be leaving Coudy. Every week there laying more people off, another Rigas Company. So have they helped Coudersport? I think Coudersport was doing fine before they decided to tear the whole place down and but parking lots and a big building in town that no one will ever use. And Sheetz was long here before Adelphia took off.
We should thank a Tom Majot not a John Rigas for bringing that to town. Also thank him for the Dollar General, Movie Gallery also.
So do I feel sorry for them sitting in jail? I do for John Yes, but for Tim Hell no! Let John out to let him come back to see what happened to Coudersport. That should be tough enough punishment for him to deal with. And let Tim sit in prison and maybe add some to it !Father Builds it up from nothing to a Empire and boy ruins it!

Anonymous said...

Regardless whether they right or wrong or whether they knew or didn’t know what they were doing. You cannot honestly tell anyone that he deserves to live out the rest of his life in prison. We see everyday rapists, murders, drug dealers, and child molesters that get less time than someone that did as much if not more good than he did badly. It is a joke that he is sitting in a prison cell period end!! What is really sickening is that John and Tim are sitting in prison while there is one free individual that was directly involved from day one that is walking the streets of Coudersport everyday of the week. Funny how you get off Scott free when you turn on someone like a rabid dog!!

DumAnDummer said...

1) Who honestly thinks that a golf course out in the middle of nowhere...right next to a huge dairy farm would be good for the area?

2) I really wish that i had 100 pairs of bedroom slippers from a fancy hotel.......

Anonymous said...

in response to DumAnDummer:

1. Where else CAN you put a golf course? In the middle of downtown?? Golfers go for miles to find new and challenging golf courses and many of the people that moved to this area were glad to hear/see it happening.

2. The slippers were like $2 a pair. The govt lawyers spend more than the total of all 100 pairs on a simple lunch!! said...

The only thing I have really read about this case were the court papers themselves. They showed that an accounting system was set up to allow all money from Adelphia and smaller Regas family businesses to be in essence pooled into one fund, then all expenses from adelphia and the private Regas companies to be paid from that one pooled source, thus mixing private funds with a publicly held company. This was not only unorthadox accounting practice but also illegal. Several (non-Regas family) Adelphia board memebers resigned once they saw how it was set up. I find it hard to believe that John Regas didn't know what was happening and his son certainly had to have known as well as other family members involved in the smaller Regas companies.

Bush Used Media Campaign To Sell Iraq War

Former press secretary's book bashes Bush

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that President Bush relied on an aggressive "political propaganda campaign" instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war, and that the decision to invade pushed Bush's presidency "terribly off course.'

The Bush White House made "a decision to turn away from candor and honesty when those qualities were most needed" , a time when the nation was on the brink of war, McClellan writes in the book entitled "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception."

The way Bush managed the Iraq issue "almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option."

"In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage," McClellan writes. Read this revealing AP story in the PhillyBurbs.

Anonymous said...

This makes me sick to my stomach! I am SO GLAD I never voted for Bush! Eight years of Republican-led congress/presidency has sent this country right down the toilet. Worst government in recent history. Bush should have been impeached long ago. Makes the Clinton impeachment look ridiculous! Let the Democrats win in the fall and take this country back to what it should be!!

Naya said...

I can't wait for the sequel!
There is gonna be a sequel right?
How could the author pack all this action into just 400 pages?
I gotta know if the boy-king turns it all around in the end.
Don't leave me hangin' McClellan.

Anonymous said...

A lot of allegations, very little or no proof. Is that the way we deal with an unpopular President, Even Clinton got teated better. I'm not a Bush fan, but let's not make judgements base on allegations with little or no proof. By the way thae author of the book was never in any of the meetings, his clearance wasn't high enough. How would he know

Trial begins tomorrow for trooper

Richard Keener charged with rape


LOCK HAVEN — A jury trial is set to begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. for Richard S. Keener, a state trooper charged with raping and sexually assaulting a Lock Haven woman at her home two years ago.

The trial in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas before Judge J. Michael Williamson is expected to last at least two days.

Keener, 40, of Marble Lane, Bellefonte, was a trooper at the Lamar barracks when the alleged rape occurred on May 17, 2006 between 1:30 and 3 a.m. at an East Water Street apartment in the city.

The charges include two counts of rape and indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

Keener is being represented by State College attorney Joseph Amendola. Jonelle H. Eshbach of the Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, is prosecuting the case.

According to police, the investigation was initiated by the attorney general’s office based upon information received from former Clinton County District Attorney Ted McKnight, based on an investigation conducted by the Lock Haven Police Department.

City police said the assault followed a casual meeting between Keener, the victim and a female friend at a local bar.

While at the bar, police said, Keener made sexually suggestive comments to the alleged victim, who responded negatively to them.

Keener and the two women returned to the alleged victim’s apartment, police said.

While the woman was in a bedroom retrieving an article of clothing, police said, Keener entered, closed the door, grabbed the victim by the neck, threw her onto the bed and started biting her on the neck and inner thigh.

Keener then grabbed the victim by the throat, held her down, placed his hand over her mouth, removed her clothing and raped her, police said.

Police said after the assault, Keener left to go to the bathroom, and the victim quietly informed her female friend what Keener had just done.

After Keener left, police said, the alleged victim went to the Lock Haven Hospital, where she received treatment and a sexual assault examination before photographs were taken of the bite marks, police said.

Roulette Cyber Couple Celebrate 5th Aniversary

Jim and Cynthia Jones of Roulette, PA are celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary

Jim and Cynthia
met online 6
years ago. Jim lived in Roulette, Potter

County,and Cynthia lived in Levittown,
Bucks County, PA

The happy couple were married by
Dr. David Minor at the Coudersport
Gospel Tabernacle on May 28, 2003,
following the Wednesday night service.

Jim is a former dump truck driver for Pave n
Save and D&J Paving, and publisher of "Solomon's
words" and Cynthia has worked locally for
Adelphia, Time Warner, and Empereon Marketing.

Anonymous said...

it is a pleasure to know both of you
Alvin Van Horn

Mandy said...

Happy Anniversary, Jim & Cynthia. I wish you many, MANY more years of wedded bliss. Thank you for allowing me and the rest of your readers this brief glimpse into your personal life.


14 Year Old Had Drugs

Cops: Mom Turned in Teen Who Had Drugs

1490 NewsBlog

A 14-year-old Cameron County boy has been arrested for drug possession after his mother called police. Police say the boy's mother found narcotic prescription medication and paraphernalia used to inhale the medication. After she found the items, she contacted state police.

Austin Man Found Dead

Death Investigation in Potter County

1490 NewsBlog

Authorities are investigating the death of a 37-year-old Austin man.

Police say Kelly Amack of 12 Maple Lane was found at his home.

He was pronounced dead by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. An autopsy has been scheduled, and police will release more information as it becomes available.

Myrtle E. Steadman, 91, Westfield, PA

STEADMAN, Myrtle E. ,Age 91, formerly of Westfield, PA, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008, at Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

She was born October 7, 1916 in North Fork, PA, the daughter of Robert and Ruth Paddock Gill. She was a homemaker and was employed by Electri-Cord Manufacturing in Westfield, PA for 30 years. She attended the Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sandra Steadman, Knoxville, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Francis Graves, Westfield, PA; grandchildren, Lynne Lewis, Elkland, PA, Todd Steadman, Rochester, NY, Timothy Steadman, Hamlin, NY, Cynthia Kizer, Pottstown, PA, John Steadman, Paoli, PA, Jeffrey Graves, Watsontown, PA, Darlene Oakes, Turbotville, PA, Donna Love, Turbotville, PA, Jay Steadman, Omaha, NE, Jo Ellen Steadman, Muncy, PA; great-grandchildren, Timothy Steadman, John Steadman, Victoria Steadman, Matthew Lewis, Cameron Lewis, Danielle Graves, Ashley Graves, Tyler Graves, Dominique Graves, Alexis Graves, Ellen Oakes, Emily Love, Jesse Love; sister, Doris Dibble, Westfield, PA; sisters-in-law, Georgia Swimeley, Westfield, PA, and Elizabeth Steadman, Orlando, FL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Steadman, son, Duane Steadman, and grandson, Steven Graves.

Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 West Main St., Westfield, PA, Friday, May 30, 2008, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home Saturday, May 31, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. Ed Heyler, offc. Burial will be in Brookfield Cemetery, RD., Westfield, PA.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brookfield Cemetery Assn., c/o Charles Metcalf, 821 Brookfield Rd., Westfield, PA 16950.

Area Obituaries

BURROUS, Richard J. ,AKA Great Big Grandpa
Passed away on May 23, 2008 surrounded by family at home to join those loved ones who went before him. He was born September 2, 1933, grew and became loved by five children, thirteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Many adventures filled his life, but now he is on the greatest adventure of all! A Memorial Service will be led by his Pastor of seven years, the Rev. John Prouty. On Friday, May 30, 2008, at the West Pike Baptist Church of Galeton, PA, there will be a family visitation from 10-11 a.m. followed by a Memorial Celebration Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Journey Across The Nation Getting Set For Start

Solomon's words contacted Tim Haley today to see how the Journey Across The Nation project was progressing and we received this email from Tim in answer to our questions. Tim is acting as support for Bruce Trowbridge who is running and bicycling across the USA this year to raise money to drill wells in Africa. Tim writes:
Hey Jim,
I am currently driving out to Oregon with our accessorized car, exclusively for the journey and organization. Bruce will be flying out to Portland this Thursday. The website,, should be complete other than the blog portion. Our first blog will be posted the night before Bruce begins his performance. The journey begins on June 1st. Bruce is a second semester Senior at St. Bonaventure University. He attends First Baptist Church of Galeton. I attend the Alliance Church. We also received our first invitation in Eugene, Oregon (lodging). We'll keep you posted over the next few days.

Thank you, Tim
Solomon's words will be following their journey in their blog as it's posted.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on Tim and Bruce - we'll be watching for more!