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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 14--On Things Above

Bruce Trowbridge At Twin Falls, Idaho

Out of all six night’s we camped out, certainly this was the most comfortable. Their was a bed of grass on which we slept that almost felt like an air mattress. My best educational guess is “miracle grow!” I can’t complain because God’s provided us with a place to stay one way or another every night, even in the deserts.

As it turns out, we are not going to have a TV interview in Twin Falls. There was a slight mixup because Channel 8 thought we were in Idaho Falls as opposed to Twin Falls. They are still in contact with us and would like to make a story when we go through Pocatello on Sunday, which is about two hours closer to them.

Today’s escapade led us to a vast lea well outside of the metropolitan area. The run started out very well as my knee was holding up, but nearly half way through I began to experience a sharp pain in my left thigh.

Sustained injuries throughout the journey were, are, and will be expected. I have come to terms with that. They are pushing me to heights I never thought achievable. The idiom “It’s mind over matter.” holds to be true in this case. The body does what the mind tells it to do.

No matter what sort of elements I may be going through at the time, I am able to spend a lot, though “a lot” may be an injustice, of time contemplating and praying.

I always tell myself that God is keeping me well enough to persevere but humble enough to keep my focus on Him. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to spend time with Him because He is the reason for our existence in the first place.

I’d also like to mention I’ve covered almost enough ground to wear a new pair of shoes. Perhaps, Wyoming’s terrain will see them. Speaking of which, tomorrow we are scheduled to reach our 700 mile marker.

Here are a few trivial facts for your enjoyment. Coldest Day: 33 Degrees F./Warmest Day: 84 Degrees F.; Highest Elevation: 4909 Ft./Lowest Elevation: 0 Ft. (Sea level); Longest Roadway: 258 miles; Shortest Roadway: 1.4 miles.

After the day’s run was over, I went back and iced my knee. While I was doing the 20 minutes on/20 minutes off icing routine, Zach from KTVB called to inform us that the interview would be aired tonight.

There is a fine line between having an interview and seeing yourself on TV. The link to the clip should be active within a few days.

We were also able to visit the famous Shoshone Falls for a few minutes. The descent to the cascading waterfalls was a bit nerve-wracking because there was nearly no forgiveness on the edges.

When we finally arrived to the lowest point at which we were permitted to go, we were spellbound. We hope you enjoy the photos. Video.

Well, it’s time for me to get some rest for tomorrow’s adventure will be enduring but scenic. Catch you all later!

PA Bill Would Restrict Sex Offenders Internet Use

Attorney General Corbett and Representative Civera announce new legislation to protect children from Internet predators

DREXEL HILL - Legislation aimed at protecting children from dangerous sexual predators, who use the Internet to commit their crimes, was announced today at Drexel Hill Middle School.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the legislation, sponsored by Representative Mario Civera (R-Upper Darby), would limit Internet access for individuals convicted of sex offenses when the Internet was used to facilitate the crime.

Corbett said that the legislation, House Bill 2590, was developed in conjunction with Representative Civera's office in an effort to address the growing concerns surrounding Internet predators.

The bill restricts offenders from using the Internet unless it is being used for:
" Engaging in or seeking employment,
" Other employment-related purposes,
" Educational purposes, and
" Other reasons approved by law enforcement officials.

"Sexual offenders, who have already used computers to prey on our children, should not have the opportunity to seek out more victims," Corbett said. Read more.

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Training helps bloggers hone professionalism

Passenger In Delaware Man's Car Died In Crash On Route 219 In Ridgway, PA

WESB News: 06/14/08 - Fatal Accident in Ridgway

A Delaware man died in an accident Friday afternoon on Route 219 in Ridgway.

Police a vehicle driven my Angela Tassone of Johnsonburg was turning into a driveway. Jack Cyphert of Ridgway didn’t see Tassone’s vehicle, and his vehicle hit hers pushing into the path of a car driven by Robert Shucker of Dover, Deleware.

A passenger is Shucker’s car, who police did not identify, died in the crash. Cyphert and Tassone were treated for their injuries at Elk Regional Health Center.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Steamburg, NY Man Hurt In Fatal Route 11 Crash In Snyder County, PA


A two vehicle crash on route 11 in Snyder County takes one man's life after four Saturday morning.

Jeremiah Getkin, 22, of Sunbury was dead at the scene, according to Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel. State police say Getkin was traveling south on route 11 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane. After swerving in and out of each lane, Getkin's vehicle was struck from behind by a truck. The truck was driven by Joshua Dash, 28, of Steamburg, NY.

The crash forced Getkin's car under Dash's truck. Joshua Dash suffered minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash in Snyder County.

Route 11 remains closed at the scene of the crash until the roadway is clear for traffic

Bruce's Blog--Day 13--Dodging Debris

Bruce Stops For A Tune Up

What a monumental mark today is! Well, that is for me. Today I turned 22 years old.

If only the terrain wasn’t as steep as my age. Of course, I’m only kidding. We got a late start this morning because we had a few errands to run. One of which included PIZZA HUT, if you’d like to call that an errand. I guess when you’re on the go, it becomes one.

Today was a sad day for the Pizza Hut industry; I nearly put them out of business. You have to love buffets for $5.99.

While we were there, a man whose name is Tom Gill came over to us and asked what Provisions of Life was. We were quite excited to share with him. After a few moments of conversation, he gave us a word of encouragement and we were on our way.

I had to make a hard decision because both my right knee and left achilles tendon are immensely swollen. Running increases the swelling in my knee and biking agitates my achilles tendon. I chose to stay on the bike the entire day to save my knee and help the swelling to reduce. (Video footage has a better angle) Tomorrow, however, I will finish all on foot later in the day after lunch to give my knee about one day of rest.

On June 14th, Lord willing, we will be back on our normal schedule, which would be only one day ahead like before. I ask that you pray for both my sustained injuries.

Before we left, we stopped at Tony’s Bike Shop in Mountain Home for a tune up. Thank you Tony and Raymond for your help! Biking today was an incredible adventure as I was able to see a few very intriguing things. When you’re out on the road at a slower pace, your perception skyrockets. I saw the most gapingly wide gorge lined purely with rock with the snake river running through it at about mid-point.

Later in the day, as I was passing this sheep farm, I had the pleasure of seeing what appeared to be a dead sheep, but I quickly realized I was mistaken. The sheep was actually sunbathing with all fours in the air. The only reason I knew it wasn’t dead was because I noticed the slightest twitch of contentment.

Now, for the grand finale, one at which I uncontrollably laughed. There was this dairy farm with literally hundreds and hundreds of cows. I saw that from a distance they were eating hay from their troughs. In order to eat it, though, each of them had to stick its head through a slot through a gate-like confine. Amusingly enough, as I was passing, each cow took quick notice of me and slammed its head on the inside of the top of the gate. To give you an idea of what it sounded like, it all depended on how fast I was riding my bike. This is what 20 mph sounds like-clicliclicliclinck times 20. It exemplified a harmonic chain reaction. One would have to see it to experience the sound more authentically, but either way, it was funny.

The shoulders of the road were on average decent. I ran into a four- mile stretch of roadway that had those five strip, horizontally stamped, rumble strips again. I was hoping as I passed each one that my tires wouldn’t explode. Also, I became increasingly vigilant while biking because an abnormal amount of debris was on my side of the road. That, too, would have caused a serious blowout. I totaled 75 miles for the day in order to reach civilization.

It wasn’t too long after that that we set up for camp just outside of Twin Falls. I hear that the drop of their falls is larger than that of Niagara’s. That’ll be exciting to see. Check out tomorrow’s picture’s to find out.

I would like to thank everyone for wishing me a Happy Birthday and for all your calls. They meant a lot. I hope all is going well for you!

Have a goodnight and may God bless you all.

Victim Of Thursday's I-80 Truck Crash Identified

Sun Gazette
CLEARFIELD — State police at Clearfield report that a local truck driver was killed early Thursday morning in a crash on Interstate 80 in Clearfield County.

Eugene R. Wolfe, 38, of Jersey Shore, died in the collision of two semi-trailer trucks at 4:18 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes of the highway, police said.

Wolfe was driving a 2005 Freightliner that struck the rear of the trailing unit of a 2001 International operated by Brian E. McNicholas, 55, of Janesville, Wis., which was stopped due to another crash in front of him, police said.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, police said. McNicholas was not injured, police said.

Jeff Stroehmann Elected Party Chairman In Lycoming County

Stroehmann new county GOP head

Sun Gazette
A Woodward Township man who staged a losing bid for a Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat this year was elected Lycoming County Republican chairman during the party’s reorganizational meeting Thursday.

Jeffrey T. Stroehmann, who previously served as chairman, replaces Harry J. Rogers Jr.

Rogers could not be reached for comment Friday.

A local businessman and Woodward Township supervisor, Stroehmann said he is honored by his selection, saying party members clearly responded to his platform of rebuilding the Republican Party.

“The message is clear, the Lycoming County Republican Committee is unified and ready to work together to ensure that all of our candidates are successful in the fall election,” he said. “We have never been stronger and the best is yet to come. Lycoming County always comes through for Republican candidates in a big way and we will do the same this November.”

Other officers elected to the local party were Carolyn Bullock, vice chair person; Alfred “Butch” Hauser, treasurer; Ami Pagana, secretary; and Alyson R. Entz, assistant secretary.

Stroehmann is expected to soon make an announcement about new headquarters for the Republican committee and will launch a local recruitment campaign for Republican Presidential candidate John McCain.

Check Out This Ride

WESB News: 06/14/08 - New Roller Coaster in Hershey
Check out the video:Hershey Roller Coaster

No Injuries In Last Night's Barnum Road Crash

WESB News: 06/14/08 - No One Hurt in Barnum Road Crash

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle accident at 11 o’clock last night in Eldred Township at the Pennsylvania/New York state line.

State police say a car driven by 18-year-old Jessica Bergevin of Hinsdale went out of control on Barnum Road, went into a ditch and flipped over.

Eldred Township Fire Department personnel assisted at the scene with traffic control.

PA Attorney General Continues Crackdown On Contractors

WESB News: 06/14/08 - Local Contractor Sued by State AG

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett is suing 11 home improvement contractors, including one from Bradford, and is seeking more than $660,000 in restitution for their victims.

Christopher Stratton, doing business as Roof Pro+ Home Improvements is among the defendants.

Corbett says the defendants are accused of accepting payment from consumers but failing to begin projects, failing to complete projects, or performing the work in a shoddy or unsatisfactory manner.

Plan To Retrofit Diesel Engine Exhaust To Eliminate Pollution From Existing Diesel Engines

Company wins $25,000 in technology contest


UNIVERSITY PARK — A company founded by Penn State alumni was recognized Thursday as the winner of the Big Idea $25,000 Business Plan contest, sponsored by the Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum and the Small Business Development Center at Penn State. More.

NY Governor Orders Flags Lowered For Soldier Killed In Iraq


Governor David Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings across New York be flown at half-staff on June 16, 2008, in honor of ...
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WSEE Video Of Gasoline Tanker Accident

A gasoline tanker truck veered off the road on Route 8 near Erie and burned, sending smoke and flames into the air which could be seen for miles. Click here to go to WSEE in Erie for video of this accident.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Car Reported On Roof On Barnum Road

BREAKING NEWS; 11:00 pm June 13, 2008

Authorities are investigating the report of a car on it's roof near the state line on the Barnum Road between Olean and Eldred on the Pennsylvania side.

Calendar of Events From WFRM

June 14

The Coneville School Reunion will be held at Mitchell Park, located on Park Avenue, Coudersport beginning at 11:00 a.m. Take a dish to pass, pictures and memorbilia. Beverages and dinnerware will be provided. Donations accepted. For more information, contact Mary Dunkleberger at 570-326-6682 or

June 14

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

June 14

The Roseville United Methodist Church in Tioga County will have a homemade ice cream social from 4:30 to 7:30, rain or shine, on the “Green.” Menu includes Texas hots, salads, baked beans, homemade pies and cakes. Proceeds will benefit the church’s mission projects.

June 14

Hemlock Springs Historic Crafts and Cultural Arts Center located in Keating Summit, PA will be alive with fun and fantasy for the first Woodland Hobbit and Fairy Festival in the PA Wilds will be held rain or shine from 9A.M. to 6P.M. A special treat for young and old alike will be a visit to the festival by Dan Geary a bagpiper from the Edinboro University Pipe Band from Edinboro, PA. Additional information about the festival can be found at Hemlock Springs is a new regional arts center serving Potter, McKean and Cameron Counties.

June 15

Potter Post 192 will have a Fathers Day Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Coudersport American Legion. L $6.00 per person. Fathers and children under three, free.

June 15

The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Company in Tioga County will have a chicken barbecue beginning at11:00 a.m. Halves only, $4.00.

June 16

The Austin Senior luncheon will be held at Noon in the basement of the Austin Methodist Church and a seasonal lunch will be available. Following lunch a program entitled “Stretching Your Dollars” will be given by Ms. Robin Kuleck, Extension Educator.

Coudersport Boro Property Owners Beware

If you are a Coudersport Borough property owner, lawn mowing had better be on your weekend schedule.

Borough Manager Marlin Moore reminds home owners that lawns must be mowed on a regular basis. The grass must be cut on or before the height reaches eight inches andit should be cut to a height of four inches or less.

He says, residents who are not cutting grass will be notified and will be given five days to mow their lawns.

If it is not done by then, the borough will have the lawn mowed and the landowner will be billed plus additional penalties could be assessed by law.

Police Reports Via WFRM News

State police at Emporium have charged a Driftwood woman with two counts of harassment for separate domestic violence incidents taking place earlier this week. Authorities claim that during an argument Tuesday evening, 28 year old Nicole Harvey grabbed James Ambrose, 47, by the throat in their home on Hicks Run Road. Then, police say, early Thursday morning Harvey grabbed Ambrose by his t-shirt and ripped it.

Troopers here are investigating an identity theft victimizing a Cross Fork woman. Carol Hyde told authorities she had received a letter from an attorney attempting to collect an outstanding debt on an account which she had not opened. The crime took place sometime over the past year.

A couple of recent thefts are also being probed by state police here. Sometime over the past three months, thieves took two Remington 6 MM rifles, three Remington .22 cal rifles and one Remington 410 shotgun from the home of Terry Lewis on the North Fork Road in Harrison Township. The guns are valued at a total of $1200. And sometime in mid May, thieves took a diamond ring, digital camera, lenses and a tool box from the home of Joni Chapell on Lanninger CreekRoad in Roulette Township. And, unknown persons stole $500 in cash from a truck belonging to Ray Kunkle of Galeton Tuesday night or Wednesday morning while it was parked at his home on the West Branch Road. Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact the local barracks at 274-8690.

Unknown vandals caused $3500 in damage Thursday by scratching the paint on all four panels on a truck owned by Eugene Lampman while it was parked at his home on Willow Brook Road in Hector Township.

Thunderstorms On Tap For Area

... Strong thunderstorms will affect Cameron... Elk... southeastern
Warren and southern McKean counties...

At 347 PM EDT... strong thunderstorms producing heavy rain and
possible small hail were along a line from 15 miles northeast of Oil
City to 13 miles west of Kane to 8 miles south of St. Marys... moving
northeast at 23 mph. These storms will be near Johnsonburg around
400 PM... Tidioute around 415 PM and Westline around 430 PM.

This will also impact the following major roads... Route 6... Route
62... Route 219... State Road 59... State Road 66... State Road 120...
State Road 255.

A 10 to 20 minute period of very heavy rain will fall from these
storms... and will cause water to pond on roads and quickly fill
roadside ditches and small streams.

ST. Marys Man To Make Wood Pellets In Kane

WESB News: 06/13/08 - New Pellet Plant Coming to Kane

A St. Marys man is planning to operate a wood pellet plant in the former Holgate Manufacturing building on Wetmore Avenue in Kane.

Ray Alexander bought the building from the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission and hopes to begin operations in the plant in six or seven months.

Alexander says the company would employ between 25 and 30 people. He said the pellets would be sold for pellet stoves used for home heat.

He also plans to produce larger wood pellets for use in "industrial applications.

Blackhawk Helicopters in Practice Rescues In Reservoir and Allegheny River

WESB News: 06/13/08 - Blackhawk Helicopters in the Area

Blackhawk helicopters will be flying over the Warren area for the next few days.

The military aircraft will be part of an extensive Army National Guard training exercise in natural disaster response and water rescue. Various training exercises will be taking place on the Allegheny Reservoir and on the Allegheny River near United Refining Co.

The Blackhawks will be part of the water rescue training on the reservoir.

The training was mandated by Gov. Ed Rendell in response to several natural disasters in the state.

You Don't Want To Hear My Comment On This One

State police say PA motorcycle chase reached 183 mph…
BREAKING NEWS: NBC News 'Meet the Press' moderator Tim Russert dies

Sinnemahoning Snake Hunt This Weekend

Annual snake hunt slated for this weekend in Sinnemahoning

Morris Rattlesnake Roundup This Weekend

Annual Morris snake hunt nears

By CHERYL R. CLARKE - Sun-Gazette Correspondent

MORRIS — One of two major fundraisers for the fire department here, the annual Rattlesnake Roundup will be held this weekend, June 14 & 15, 2008, and Amos Osborn, 69, one of the originators of the event, is still getting in the pit, even after being bitten twice, once in 2003 and once in 2006.

But his presence in the pit is strictly in the supervisory capacity: He no longer handles the snakes, he said.

First held some 53 years ago as a way to control the abundant rattlesnake population here, the snakes were killed then, but now are released back into the wild.

The number of snakes caught last year was 10, compared to 400 in years past, Osborn said.

With only 30 hunters registering last year, down from over 300 in years past, Osborn said he expects about the same number this year.

“Twin Streams campground is booked full,” he said.

Registration for the hunt starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Registration costs $2 but hunters must have a $25 permit from state Fish and Game Department, he added.

“Last year they raised it to $25 from $5 and for non residents it went up to $50,” he said.

Osborn said after he nearly lost a kidney in 2006 he made the decision to scale back his duties in the pit.

“I supervise the measuring, determining the sex and tagging them,” he said.

Snakes are put in a long plastic tube that keeps them from striking during the process, Osborn said.

Even with the high cost of fuel a factor in most people’s summer plans, Osborn said he still expects the annual event will clear around $10,000 for the fire department.

“If they don’t add any more regulations to us we will keep going,” he added.

He was referring to new regulations added that make it harder and more dangerous to hunt snakes.

“Two years ago they said each hunter can only catch one snake and it has to be 42 inches or longer and males only,” he said.

This means the hunter must determine the sex of the snake in the field, a dangerous process.

“At the tail end of a male the scales are a darker black color, and the hunter has to count them; if there are 21 or more it is a male and can be brought in,” he said.

All the extra handling makes the hunt even more dangerous than in years past, he said.

“When you find a snake out in the wild they are wild and usually are hostile to being trapped,” he said.

In the five plus decades the hunt has been held, only two people have been bitten in the woods and that was at least 20 years ago, he said.

Osborn knows how painful a snake bite can be, and how deadly.

In 2003 when he was bitten on his finger he had a bad reaction to the anti venom used on him and was gravely ill.

“But that wasn’t near as bad as the one in 2006, when I almost lost a kidney, maybe I got a larger dose of venom when I was bit just above the thumb,” he said.

Included in the activities this weekend will be a one pitch softball tournament, chicken barbecue, concession stands and flea markets.

Austin Woman Hits & Kills Bear On Route 872

WESB News: 06/13/08 - SUV Hits and Kills Bear

An Austin woman hit a bear Wednesday night on Route 872 in Keating Township.

An SUV driven by 39 year-old Kathleen Parsons struck the bear and killed it.

Parsons escaped injury, but her SUV was towed from the scene with disabling damage.

Dresser-Rand To Revolutionize Oil & Gas Industries

Olean Times Herald
OLEAN - Dresser-Rand broke ground Wednesday on a new technology center and a testing facility for an integrated compression system company officials say will revolutionize the oil and gas industries.

The projects represent a $25 million investment in Dresser-Rand’s Olean campus. The company builds compressors and turbines for the oil and gas industry. Read more.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Jean Hedwig Gregory, 93, of Smethport, died Wednesday (June 11, 2008) in the Bradford Ecumenical Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

MOUNT JEWETT — Brian A. Evenson, 23, of Mount Jewett, was killed in a one-car accident on Monday (June 9, 2008.)

BARTOO, Evelyn A., Age 88, of Sabinsville, PA, passed away June 11, 2008 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, Monday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Sabinsville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association.

Some Events From WFRM Calendar

June 13

The 2008 Four-County Senior Games will be held at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus in Bradford, PA on Friday, June 13 beginning at 9 a.m. Approximately 150 senior citizens from Cameron, Elk, Potter and McKean Counties participate in this event each year. For more information, call PCHS at 1-800-800-2560.

June 14

The Coneville School Reunion will be held at Mitchell Park, located on Park Avenue, Coudersport beginning at 11:00 a.m. Take a dish to pass, pictures and memorbilia. Beverages and dinnerware will be provided. Donations accepted. For more information, contact Mary Dunkleberger at 570-326-6682 or

June 14

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

June 14

The Roseville United Methodist Church in Tioga County will have a homemade ice cream social from 4:30 to 7:30, rain or shine, on the “Green.” Menu includes Texas hots, salads, baked beans, homemade pies and cakes. Proceeds will benefit the church’s mission projects.

June 14

Hemlock Springs Historic Crafts and Cultural Arts Center located in Keating Summit, PA will be alive with fun and fantasy for the first Woodland Hobbit and Fairy Festival in the PA Wilds will be held rain or shine from 9A.M. to 6P.M. A special treat for young and old alike will be a visit to the festival by Dan Geary a bagpiper from the Edinboro University Pipe Band from Edinboro, PA. Additional information about the festival can be found at Hemlock Springs is a new regional arts center serving Potter, McKean and Cameron Counties.

Elkland Motorcyclist Airlifted To Packer After Crash

An Elkland motorcyclist was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of severe injuries following a collision Monday afternoon on Route 49 a half mile east of Harrison Valley.

State police said the collision occurred when Donald Pierson of Harrison who was traveling east tried to make a left turn and crossed in front of 59 year old Robert Thompson who was headed west on a 1981 Honda.

The cycle clipped the rear of Pierson’s Ford Bronco. Thompson was thrown off the cycle upon impact. Police said he was wearing a helmet and protective clothing.

Pierson as not hurt but is being charged with traffic violations in connection to the accident.

Truck Steering Failure Causes Roulette Crash

Mechanical failure is blamed for a one-vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

Troopers here said Brian Webster of Westfield was headed west when the steering mechanism on his 2003 International truck became disabled on a left curve. Webster tried to turn left, but the truck continued straight ahead , went off the road struck an embankment and utility pole before coming to rest.

Both the driver and his passenger, Scott Webster of Inverness, Florida were wearing seatbelts and escaped injury.

Crimestoppers Assisting Troopers In Locating Man

Pennsylvania Crimestoppers is assisting Kane-based state police in locating 27 year old Kristopher Wilson, of Smethport.

Authorities say sometime between 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2008 and 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2008, Wilson removed a small safe and a small metal lockbox, which contained $1,700 in cash from a residence on East Valley Road, Keating Township, McKean County a 1999 Dodge Caravan from the residence and drove it to his father’s home on Pump Station Road, Liberty Township, near Port Allegany.

While at his father's house , Wilson allegedly removed a full size Stack-On Security Plus Gun Safe containing 15 guns and miscellaneous collectable coins and relics with a value of approximately $35,650. The guns included two 20 Gauge Shotguns, four 12 Gauge Shotguns, seven Rifles, and two Revolvers.

He then left the Dodge Caravan at his father's and took a 2004 White Pontiac Vibe SW with a Pennsylvania Registration of GFS-5270.A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Kristopher Michael Wilson.

The last known address for Wilson was 356 East Valley Road, Smethport, McKean County, Pennsylvania.

Wilson is also known to frequent the Somerset area of Pennsylvania. He may also have ties to the Indiana, Pennsylvania area. Wilson is said to be 5’ 10”, weighs 170 pounds is of medium build; has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Pennsylvania Crimestoppers Toll Free 1-800-4PA-Tips. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

Free Music This Weekend In Wellsville, NY

See today's Wellsville Daily Reporter website for schedules of the free music in Wellsville, NY this weekend.

Holliday Elected To Bradford Little Theatre Board

Anne Holliday, News Director of WESB & the Hero in Bradford, who also publishes the 1490 NewsBlog that we often link to for up to the minute news from the Bradford area and beyond, was elected Wednesday as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Bradford Little Theatre.

Other Bradford Little Theatre officers elected can be found on the
1490 NewsBlog.

Bruce's Blog--Day 12--Another Popped Tire

Bruce Trowbridge stops to change a flat tire in his
Journey Across America to raise money to drill
water wells in Africa.

According to the weather forecast, today was supposed to be the last unseasonably cool day. We’re finally supposed to reach in the low seventies for the next week, which is a perfect temperature for running and biking by my standards.

Upon leaving our hotel for the night, the receptionist told us that she saw our clip on TV and that she was going to give us a courtesy call but was afraid she would wake us. Though that was very nice of her, I don’t think I would have been too upset.

I was pumped to get back out on the road for the day, so I started biking on the incredibly busy I-84 until I reached a rest stop. It was there I saw the first Idaho State Trooper. I asked him if we could get a picture and he agreed. It must be fun to drive their Dodge Chargers considering they have a HEMI.

Just a few moments later when I was back out on the interstate, I saw that same trooper pull someone over. Something irritatingly inevitable is the fact that some time or other, a tire is going to be popped. I was only three miles away from the end of bike leg for the day, and I ran over a unusually, highly elevated crevice in the road.

At first, I didn’t realize that my tire was deflating because I got another quarter mile out of it before it was noticeable. As I stated in the video, it was the rear tire, which seems to be more difficult to change. Another policeman pulled over and asked us if we needed any help, which was nice of him. We told him what we were doing, and he said he saw us on TV. That was encouraging.

Today’s running leg was particularly trying as both of my knees are now swollen. The pain began to intensify during the last six mile stretch. I found a way, though, to keep my mind off from it because this is very much mental as it is physical. I dispersed the weight of my body throughout the rest of my legs in an unconventional way of running. It may have looked funny, but it worked.

Lately, I’ve been getting abnormally hungry while running, so I eat apples every two or three miles. Believe it or not, the time passes more quickly if you eat while you run. I wouldn’t recommend it though because there is that element of chocking. For those of you who may not already know, my favorite place to eat is Subway.

Before we set camp, that’s where was stopped and got something to eat. Our campground was a good distance from Mountain Home, our ending point for they day, but it was well worth it. Maryl, the owner, gave us a quick tour of the place.

We tried to capture the beauty with a digital camera, but it’s literally an injustice. We are instead going to take video footage tomorrow morning before we head to Bliss, Idaho. We apologize about being slightly behind with the videos, but we should have the rest of them up by tomorrow evening.

Thank you everyone for your continued support. God bless!
2 Pa. Amish farmers sentenced to jail in outhouse dispute

Habitat For Humanity News--Work Day Saturday, June 21, 2008

Help finish The Welsh's Habitat House so they
can move in at the end of this month.
Become a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity in Potter County

Bryan and Theresa Welsh



SATURDAY, JUNE 21st, 2008 at the Habitat House at Fourth and Hill Streets, Coudersport, PA – beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Habitat House in Coudersport

This more than likely will be the last work day for the Coudersport Habitat house if we get a lot accomplished. The house needs to be done by SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 2008 for our family to move in by the end of the month. Therefore, if you have the skills to help us with the following list we certainly would appreciate your help on June 21st:

1) Hook up the baseboard heat system

2) Set in place laundry tub and hook up hot and cold water lines and

drain lines

3) Hook up outside light at the basement door entrance

4) Hook up smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in basement

5) Make sure attic electric is working

6) Hook up dishwasher – electric, hot water line, drain line and fasten to

counter top

7) Finish putting cover plates on outlet switches and duplexes

8) Finish tile work on the kitchen counter top

9) Set and hook up kitchen sink – hot and cold water lines and drain line

10)Touch up paint in living areas

11)Put down carpet strips

12)Install hand rail in basement stairwell

13)Put rake trim on both gable ends of the house - check screw pattern

14)Haul the pile of dirt away and finish grading

15)Put some top soil down and seed

16)Make sure drainage ditch is working in back of house

17)Remove tree stumps at back and sides of property – Landscaping

18)Set bathroom vanity and top in place – hook up faucet, hot and cold water lines, and drain line

19)Set toilet in place, bold down and hook up cold water line.

We have been able to accomplish so much with the help of all the Volunteers who have been with us at the house the last few weeks. We can not say “thank you” enough. We are looking forward to our next Habitat project, which will be located on Main Street, Roulette, PA. We will keep you all posted as that project progresses.

Gratefully - Jim and Charlotte Blain –

Motorcyclist remains in critical condition

Star-Gazette • June 12, 2008

MIDDLEBURY – A Middlebury Center man who suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle crash early Monday morning remained in critical condition today. More

Rite Aid, CVS sued over selling expired products in N.Y.

Star Gazette
ALBANY -- State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo plans to sue Rite Aid and CVS over allegedly selling expired products -- including milk, eggs, medicines and baby formula -- at stores across New York. Read More>

Truck Driver Fatally Injured In I-80 Crash

The driver of a Freightliner truck was killed in a crash early this morning near milemarker 109 in Pine Township.

Clearfield-based state police have not released the name of the deceased, pending notification of the next of kin.

The crash occurred when Brian E. McNicholas, Janesville, Wis., stopped his 2001 International in the right lane for a crash that happened ahead of him at 4:18 a.m.

Police said McNicholas started to move into the left lane to avoid the traffic when he was hit from behind by the Freightliner. Following impact, both trucks came to rest blocking the left lane of the road.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Police said McNicholas was not injured.

Cherry Springs State Park Recognized For Dark Skies

Pennsylvania Park Receives International Recognition for Starry Skies

Cherry Springs State Park has been designated as the second International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). The announcement was made this week at IDA’s annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

This certification recognizes Cherry Springs State Park’s exceptional commitment to dark sky protection and restoration on public lands. The IDSP program was established in 2006 by IDA, a Tucson based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the nighttime environment. This Pennsylvania park has become a leader in night sky protection and appreciation, beckoning stargazers to seek out its celestial wonders.

Cherry Springs State Park is located far from cities and among the forested plateaus of North Central Pennsylvania. Cherry Springs is nearly as natural as it was two centuries ago. The park is not only Pennsylvania’s signature dark sky area, but offers one of the last best views of the starry sky in the Eastern United States. Cherry Springs State Park experiences almost no “light pollution”— the adverse effect of obtrusive light caused by improper outdoor lighting. It drowns out the view of stars, comets, meteors, aurora, and the Milky Way, but also impacts humans and the planet in other ways.

“If you’ve ever been annoyed at a neighbor’s yard light or robbed of sleep by a glary streetlight, you have experienced another side of light pollution,” says Elizabeth Hospodarsky, executive director of the International Dark-Sky Association. “This errant light from near and far is a problem for nocturnal wildlife and has been identified as a substantial energy waste. The leadership demonstrated by The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Cherry Springs shows that protecting the view of the cosmos also makes economic sense, preserves ecosystems, and maintains quality of life.”

The state park has retrofitted all of their outdoor lights to be night sky friendly. Using readily available light fixtures that direct all light downward and combined with electricity saving 13-watt compact fluorescent lamps, there is more than enough light for visibility given the surrounding environment. Some areas of the park are even designated as no–light zones to protect owls, bats, and a host of indigenous mammals; and to allow astronomer’s and casual stargazer’s eyes to become fully dark-adapted. Once adapted to the dark night, it is possible to see thousands of faint stars that would be washed out from a suburban or city location. Experience in remote parks, such as Natural Bridges National Monument, and communities, such as Flagstaff, Arizona, have shown that the night sky can indeed be restored by using smarter outdoor lighting solutions.

This designation by IDA is the culmination of a novel effort that began in the late 1990s by amateur astronomers ecstatic that starry skies were still accessible in the East. In 2000 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) declared Cherry Springs a dark sky site in the Commonwealth. By 2002 the park was providing regular stargazing programs for visitors that proved very popular. In 2003 Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation recognized the importance of the night sky above Cherry Springs and aided in implementing a strategic vision for the park that included telescope pads, observatories for rent, and educational materials all designed to facilitate the enjoyment of the starry sky. The light pollution free sky is also a tourism draw and benefit to the local economy.

Cherry Springs State Park is part of the Pennsylvania Wilds tourism region, a 12-county region in northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania offering visitors remote, authentic and rugged outdoor experiences. The region includes more than 2 million acres of public lands, including 29 state parks, eight state forests, thousands of miles of streams and trails, and the Allegheny National Forest. Visitors to the region enjoy boundless natural beauty, unlimited recreation, and old fashioned, small town charm.

“This designation is continued validation that this region has something special to offer to our visitors,” said DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. “We are proud of what we have protected, and hope our visitors will enjoy the remoteness of the Pennsylvania Wilds and Cherry Springs State Park for many years to come.”

Further information on Cherry Springs State Park is available at or by contacting park manager Chip Harrison at 814-435-5010. The IDA is working with several other parks towards IDSP certification; criteria is available on the IDA website at

Pictures courtesy of David Wymer

Big Music Weekend In Potter County

  • Cherry Springs State Park--Friday, June 13, 2008
  • Ski Denton--Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Music and Stars and the Songwriter’s Roundtable have combined for a weekend of great entertainment.

New York recording artists RED MOLLY will perform Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Music and Stars program at Cherry Springs State Park from 8:30pm to 9:30, will present an afternoon songwriter’s workshop on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Ski Denton from 3:00pm to 4:00 and, and then headline the Songwriter’s Roundtable at Ski Denton on Saturday night at 7:00pm.

Popular Mansfield acoustic group Cornpone Sally will open both shows, and on Saturday, the roundtable will also feature local performers Sabrina Hershey and Katie Lamb as openers.

On hand Friday will be Stash Nawrocki to reprise his Crystal Spheres program at Cherry Springs.

After the performance there will be a short refreshment break at the pavilion with delectable delights from a local bakery then attendees are invited to join park staff and volunteers at 10:00 pm on the field between the pavilion and amphitheatre for "Harmony in the Sky," led by Stash Nawrocki.

It is recommended that participants take lawn chairs as seating may be limited and to arrive about half an hour early to park their cars and receive "red light kits" for their flashlights. Participants are advised to dress appropriately, as weather can be unpredictable at Cherry Springs. Nighttime temperatures can drop to the 30s during the summer months.

Tickets are $10 for an individual, $15 per couple and $17 for a family (a family is considered parents and children, with children under 12 admitted free) and can be purchased at the Lyman Run State Park office (814) 435-5010 or at the gate. Credit card purchases must be made through the Lyman Run office. Tickets are non-refundable and the event will be held rain or shine, with the pavilion being the rain location. Parking is available adjacent to the amphitheatre.

The Songwriters Roundtable Saturday night at Ski Denton will also feature the visual art work of Alyson Leach’s Galeton High School art class.

Meals are available at the Roundtable for $8, under 12 years $5. Tickets are sold at the door for all shows $10, with special rates for children, and special rates for workshop and Roundtable combined.

For more information visit the Roundtable website at or call Steve at 814-274-9336.

Jeremy S. Nealy, 20, Galeton, PA

NEALY, Jeremy S., 20, of Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, as a result of a drowning accident.

Born July 21, 1987 in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of Kevin and Tammy (Rice) Doan, who both survive.

He graduated from Galeton High School in 2005. Jeremy was a diesel mechanic at Campbell Trucking in Galeton. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and riding and racing dirt bikes.

Surviving, besides his parents, are his girlfriend, Grace Goodreau, Galeton; paternal grandmother, Shirley Kibbe, Genesee, PA; maternal grandparents, Ron and Carole Rice, Georgia; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jeremy was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Mark Kibbe; and an uncle, Ronnie Kibbe.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, June 15, 2008, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with Funeral Services following at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Keith Paris will officiate.

Interment will be in Tioga County Memorial Gardens, Mansfield.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

dee said...

Dear Tammy and Kevin,

Jeremy was a wonderful loving young man and he will be missed by many. I know how much you love him and you will be in a lot of pain for a long time but try to reflect on all of the fun times you had together and hopefully it will help to ease your pain. We love you.

Aunt Dee and Uncle Mike

Marcellus Shale Targeted By PA House Bill

Pa. legislator introduces

shale-related bill

Gannett News Service

Pennsylvania Rep. Sandra Major, R-Montrose, introduced legislation Wednesday to amend the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Conservation Law in light of increased interest in developing the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Major, whose House district includes Susquehanna County, said the bill would extend the Oil and Gas Conservation Law to development within the Marcellus Shale deposit, define a lease under the act, exclude production costs from being deducted from royalty payments, and ensure that horizontal drilling is not conducted under any lands where a lease between a landowner and a well operator does not exist.

“As currently written, the Oil and Gas Conservation Law protections do not extend to the Marcellus Shale deposits, which are located deeper than current natural gas deposits,” Major said.

The Marcellus Shale is a large natural gas-bearing shale formation in the Appalachian Basin. It is estimated the deposit contains recoverable natural gas reserves of between 50 trillion and 200 trillion cubic feet. As a result a number of gas development companies have been attracted to Pennsylvania.

Austin Man Jailed On Sex Charges

WESB News: 06/12/08 - Austin Man Facing Sex Charges

An Austin man is facing sexual assault and sexual misconduct charges.

State Police say that 25 year-old Cody Housler allegedly had sex with a 15 year-old and inappropriately touched the juvenile on May 25.

Housler is currently in the Potter County Jail on a probation violation.

Anonymous said...

The WFRM website indicates he was on probation for similar charges.

"After being arraigned before district Judge Annette Easton on the charges, Housler was committed to the Potter County jail on a probation violation relating to similar charges."

When will the judges begin to keep our children safe? It's a shame the judges are not accountable when repeat offenders harm our children.

Be informed, start with the Megan's law web site below.

Anonymous said...

"When will the judges begin to keep our children safe? It's a shame the judges are not accountable when repeat offenders harm our children."

Give me a break! Do you have any idea what the girls are like in Austin? It isn't like he was holding girls down and forcing himself. These were girls who showed an interest and not only allowed but started the misconduct.

Man Charged With Copper Thefts

WESB News: 06/12/08 - Man Charged With Stealing Copper Tubing

A Mount Jewett man was arrested Wednesday on charges he stole copper tubing back in April from various rental properties.

Court records show that 31 year-old Terry Sorenson is facing several counts of theft, receiving stolen property and forgery.

Sorenson is jailed on $20,000 dollars bail.

Area Obituaries

ELDRED, Pa. - Janet M. Emerson, 69, formerly of Edson Street, died Tuesday (June 10, 2008) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

They're Paying Up To $18,000.00 An Acre To Lease Land In Texas

Natural Gas Boom Coming

Posted on: Thursday, 15 May 2008, 09:00 CDT

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

May 15--TUNKHANNOCK -- Around January, Cal Otten's parents signed a lease at $125 per acre to allow natural-gas exploration on their Forkston Township property in Wyoming County. Had they waited until now, they probably could have received $2,500 per acre.

That's what Otten was offered a week ago. Read more.

Police Looking For Smethport Man

WESB News: 06/11/08 - Police Looking for Smethport Man

State Police are still searching for a Smethport man who they say took guns, a safe, money and a car from his fathers home on East Valley Road in Keating Township.

Police say Kristopher Wilson took 15 guns and other items worth around $40,000 dollars.

Wilson is driving a white Pontiac Vibe. Police think that he may be headed to Somerset or Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Bruce's Blog--Day 11--The Inescapable Winter

And the wintry wind blew

Though Chicago may be the Windy City, Idaho has exclusive rights to the Windy State. Around 9:00 A.M. I woke up to a collapsed tent without the waterproof canopy.

It made for an interesting start to my day because as soon as I peaked my head through the unzipped area of the doorway, a lady came over and introduced herself. It was sunny but very chilly. I learned very quickly that some of the areas through which I went in Oregon are covered with snow. They are calling it “Junuary.” I must say, though, that I was blessed to deal with only the cold instead of both the cold and snow.

KTVB Channel 7 News based out of Boise, Idaho came to interview us in the afternoon, so we will post a link as soon as possible.

Most of the rest of the day consisted of catching up on the website and relaxing. We also were able to see Kung Fu Panda in Imax. You should take your family! It’s rather comical.

Also, our “Journey Across the Nation” bracelets are in, and we have one for each mile. If you’d like one, meet up with us en route. We have one for each mile, and we’re taking donations for them to help towards our goal.

Well, it’s time for me to snooze because we’ll be back out on the road tomorrow heading to Mountain Home. See you later!

WFRM Current Schedule Of Events

June 12

Coudersport 2008 Fall sports Physicals will be given today at the Central Potter Health Center, Elk Street Coudersport according to this schedule:

8:00 a.m. Football players with last names A-F

9.00 a.m. Football players with last names G-S

1:00 p.m. Football players with last names T-Z

1:00 p.m. Volleyball players with last names A-S

2:00 p.m. Volleyball Players with last names T-Z and Girls Golf

You must attend the physical date that is assigned. If you baby sit, do not take the children with you. If you work, make arrangements with your employer, no budging allowed and listen to WFRM for any changes.

June 12

There will be a blood mobile in honor of 7th Grader Brittany Redell at the Middlebury Fire Hall, Route 287N, Middlebury Center PA from 12 - 6 PM. Britty will be having surgery for her scoliosis on June 18th in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Blood donors and volunteers are needed for this event. If you would like to donate blood and would like to sign up for a scheduled time or would like to help in some way, please email Kristi Webster at or call 724-1455. This is being sponsored by the Niles Valley United Methodist Church and the Middlebury Fire Company

June 12

The Port Allegany Women’s Club and local businesses will host a summer concert on the square beginning at 6:00 p.m. Free admission, entertainment and parking. The group Simple Faith will provide the music tonight. Take your favorite lawn chair or a big blanket to spread out on the grass. There will be refreshments and beverages available for purchase.

Domestic Argument Gets Violent In Eldred

State police at Kane have charged both people involved in a domestic violence incident Monday night at their home on Main Street in Eldred.

Troopers say they responded to a call of a “domestic” in progress and found that Lance Liskey had struck Erin Moore in the face with his fist and that she struck him in the knee with a baseball bat.

Authorities say the argument continued with Moore hitting Liskey in the head with the bat. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by Eldred ambulance and is charged with simple assault and harassment while Moore was remanded to the McKean County lock-up in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

Preliminary hearings for both have been scheduled for June 16.

Ellen T. Weeks, 87, Roulette, PA

Roulette - Ellen T. Weeks, 87, of Roulette, died Tuesday (June 10, 2008) at her residence in Roulette.

She was born Jan 28, 1921 in East Brady, PA, the daughter of Joseph M. and Nora Butler Thielges, On June 19, 1943 in Fort Eustis, VA, she married Carl Allen Weeks, who died Dec. 24 1976.

Mrs. Weeks was a 1938 graduate of Roulette High School and a 1942 Graduate of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a First Lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps serving in Africa and Italy during WWII .

Mrs. Weeks was a Registered Nurse, employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for 20 years

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Roulette; Roulette Catholic Women’s Club; Catholic Daughters of America, Court Doyle #932 of Coudersport; Roulette Fire Dept. Auxiliary and Pennsylvania Nurse Association.

She is survived by two daughters: Barbara (Robert) Hide of Broken Arrow, OK, Diane (Michael) Moolick of Dalton, PA; three sons: Francis (Mary Jane) Weeks of Roulette, PA, Gregory (Margaret) Weeks of Dallas, TX, Norman (Diane) Weeks of Easton, PA 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by he parents, husband and a brother, Dale Thielges.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 13, 2008 from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 14, 2008 in St Gabriel's Catholic Church with the Rev. John J. Murphy, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in the St Eulalia's Cemetery, Coudersport.

A Christian Wake service will be held on Friday at 3:30 pm in the Funeral Home.

Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Nurse Scholarship Fund c/o Fund Development at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Mark Duane Kibbe, 72, Genesee, PA

Mark Duane Kibbe, 72, of Genesee, PA, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008 in his home.

Born November 15, 1935, in Genesee, he was the son of E. Vaughn and Mary Harrison Kibbe. On April 19, 1969, in Wellsville, NY, he married the former Shirley Seamans Doan, who survives.

A 1953 graduate of Genesee High School, he served honorably with the US Army from 1953 – 1955. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with National Fuel Gas in Wellsville for 30 years. He was a member of the Gold Baptist Church. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a longtime member of the Kibbe Camp at Ole Bull.

Surviving besides his wife, Shirley, are: three daughters, Linda (Gary) Suppa of Wausau, WI, Kathie (Rob) Daley of Rochester, NY, and Vickie Parkes of Lake Wales, FL; two sons, Alan (Carol) Kibbe of Genesee and Kevin (Tammy) Doan of Galeton, PA;
nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy Nealy.

Friends may call Friday, June 13, 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 10:00 AM, Saturday in the Gold Baptist Church, Gold, PA. The Rev. Steven R. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers. Memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Anonymous said...

Mark will be in the hearts of many and will never be forgotten. He was a wonderful man and always had a warm heart. For the family*- be strong for him, and put a smile on, he wouldnt want you to be down... thank God for taking him before he suffered anymore... God bless

Potter County Men Help Raise $100,000.00 For Berks County United Way

Two local Williams Gas Pipeline employees participated in an annual Golf Tournament in Berks County, PA that benefited the United Way. The annual tournament sponsored by William’s managed to raise an astonishing $100,000 for the one tournament event.
Picture above shows local Williams employees (L-R) Joe Dynda and Clark Lerch. Also pictured is Billy Charnitski from Williamsport. Along with District Manager Jack Bendick the foursome shot even par for the 18 hole tournament.
photo shows the check presentation by Williams management to United Way officials.

Resister Now For Dark Sky Outdoor Lighting Workshop In Coudersport On June 25th


Potter County’s dark night sky is one of its most exceptional and unique natural resources. Protecting that resource from light pollution makes environmental as well as economic sense.

This workshop is designed to provide the knowledge tools to assist townships, municipalities and county officials in constructing regulations, ordinances and guidelines to protect against light pollution and light trespass; while still providing for security, safety and other outdoor lighting needs. The general public is also invited to attend as this information will also be of interest to small business and homeowners.

The workshop will be conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council (POLC). It is co-sponsored by the Potter County Commissioner’s Office, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR – PA Wilds) and the Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 25 from 6:50 – to 8:30 pm in the middle auditorium of the Gospel Tabernacle Church located on the west side of Coudersport, off of Route 6. There is no fee for the workshop, but you must pre-register in order to attend. You may register over the phone by calling the Lyman Run State Park office during regular office hours at (814) 435-5010. Office staff will fill out a registration form for you and fax it to DEP.

Registration forms are also available at the Lyman Run State Park office, the Potter County Commissioner’s office and the Offices of the Potter County Education Council in Port Allegheny, Coudersport and Galeton. If you have any questions, you may contact Workshop Coordinator, Jim McTish of DEP at or call (484) 250-5180. Locally, if you have any questions, you may contact Cherry Springs Dark Sky Fund and Association Director Maxine Harrison at (814) 435-2518. Registrations must reach DEP by June 19.

The Dark Sky Fund and Association will be providing a notebook of information on light pollution prevention, shielded light fixtures, a Homeowner’s Guide to Lighting and a listing of shielded light fixture vendors to be presented to each interested township in Potter County as well as to each public library in the county. This will make the information available for public use. Much of the information will also be available as hand outs at the workshop.

Anyone interested in information about shielded night lighting or anyone who has an interest in helping their community develop outdoor lighting guidelines will find this workshop beneficial and is encouraged to attend. Potter County is gaining an international reputation for having some of the last preserved dark night sky in the Eastern United States. Knowing how to light our homes and businesses without sending light unnecessarily out into space can help preserve this rapidly disappearing resource.

George Nuffer Comments On Coudy School Construction Projects

Coudersport superintendent discusses status of renovation projects in district

Storm Tears Things Up In Mid State Area

Storm ravages Liberty area, levels barns

LIBERTY — Heavy winds — perhaps even what might have been a tornado — swept through parts of Liberty Township late Tuesday afternoon, blowing roofs off farm buildings, tossing a hay wagon into the air and even toppling a church steeple, according to witnesses.

“It was like all hell broke loose. Trees were just sheared off. I swear some kind of twister had to come through here,” Robert Kucharski, a farmer, told the Sun-Gazette on Tuesday night.
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Peterson Says I-80 Tolls Not A Dead Issue

Retiring lawmaker says fight continues against I-80 tolls. Click Here for details.

Wellsville Free Music Festival

Wellsville's free 3-day music festival starts Thursday--Click here for details.

Bruce's Blog--Day 10--Ocean City??

Day 10--Bruce Trowbridge--Journey Across The Nation

Waking up this morning was a challenge because we didn’t get to bed until 2:00 A.M. That, of course, was due to the seemingly endless uploading time and taking a few corrective measures to make sure things worked on the website.

I was finally able to wash my clothes and take a shower after not having taken one for 60 hours. Yes, that’s two and a half days and over 125 miles. I had an enormous ham and cheese omelette, a small glass of orange juice, a large glass of chocolate milk, a large bowl of fresh fruit, and two perfectly rectangular waffles topped with warm syrup for breakfast.

One would think that that would keep my stomach satisfied at least until lunch time around 1:00 P.M., but that wasn’t so much the case. Within two hours I felt as if I hadn’t had anything to eat for two days, so I had just as much as I had for breakfast about four hours later.

I had to wait because I was on the interstate and pulling off was a bit of an arduous task. I can’t say how happy I am that we’re able to travel on the interstate by bike and foot because otherwise we would have had a tremendously long detour.

The two running legs for the day were actually quite enjoyable because the first was the beginning of a new state and the second was through the well-maintained metropolitan area of Boise. Biking on the interstate, however, was aggravating and not because of the conventional reason-that being too many vehicles. No, it was something far worse at this juncture. They are those wonderful things called rumble strips. About every twenty feet or so, those horizontally stamped five strip rumble strips truly became aggravating. I wasn’t able to straddle the white line for legality reasons and for utter instinctive fear of being run over.

Nonetheless, we made it to the city of Meridian where I got off my bike and and set foot towards the great city of Boise, Idaho. I must say the interstate had one or should I say five wonderful elements about it. I saw two double rainbows and one single en route. They were captivating and probably the most flamboyant I’ve ever seen.

Nature was very kind to us today as the sunset was equally as captivating. Since it was a cloudy day, the sun’s beams of light had shone through radiantly with pink and violet colors emanating across the entire western sky. By this time, Tim and I were immensely tired, so we found a place to camp just outside of Boise, and believe it or not the only place we had to assemble our tent was on gravel.

We are truly getting the fully authentic experience out here in the west, to say the least. As you all may know, I am taking a day off tomorrow for the much needed day of rest. We’ll be back on the road heading towards Mountain Home on Wednesday, June 11th.

As I hear, the day of rest could not have come at a more opportune time because they were calling for wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour between Boise and Mountain Home.

Though I will not be on the road tomorrow, I’ll still post a blog, photos, and a video of the day’s events. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I passed a restaurant on my way to town called “Ocean City.”

That was a very cruel trick! Well, for now I am out, and I wish you all the best.