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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Healing Waters Feature Coming Sunday

Watch for an article and pictures on tomorrows Solomon's words about the Healing Waters experience in Potter County. Outdoor writer Mark Nale was there and will share the experience with a story and several pictures courtesy of Mark and the Centre Daily Times.

Part time outdoor writer/photographer Mark Nale, who lives in rural Centre County with his wife Gail, has been writing since 1978. He has weekly columns in the Centre Daily Times (State College) and The Daily Herald (northern Blair Co.), and is the north-central correspondent for Pennsylvania Outdoor News. His articles and photographs have also appeared in the Fly Rod & Reel, Trout, PA Game & Fish as well as many other publications and two books. His most-recent magazine article appeared in the Nov-Dec issue of PA Angler & Boater. Mark is a retired biology teacher.

Conflicting Reports On Men In Church Shooting

There are conflicting reports this afternoon regarding the shooting at the church in Clearfield, Pa.

The associated press is reporting that one man is dead and the other brain dead, while a local television station previously reported that both men are dead.

Both reports indicated the shooting was the result of a love triangle.

Book of Potter County Postcards Debuts Friday

Ron Dingle signs his new book at the Historical Society
Photo by Lugene Heimel

Bruce's Blog--Day 28--Hello

Did I do Something Wrong Sir?

Usually our days begin rather uniquely, and today’s was no exception. Three seconds after I stepped out of the car, Sheriff Deputy Jeff Stevens pulled over right behind us. We had no idea whether we did something wrong or he was just checking on us.

We soon learned that he was being a fine samaritan of our country. After I got a picture with him, he said, “Good luck! Be safe, and enjoy the road!,” to which I eagerly responded, “Of course, it’s 84 degrees today.” I thought yesterday was 100, but someone told me the peak temperature was 104. It certainly felt like it either way.

The 20/30 seems to be working best for me, which is 20 running and 30 biking! The wind (20 mph) was refreshing, but the insects were rampant. I am quite thankful for the bug repellant.

By the end of the day, I was overcome with sheer exhaustion to the point where my body began to fall asleep while I was running. It was startling. You hear of falling asleep while driving but while running? Nonetheless, we are now observing Central Standard Time, which, surprisingly enough, didn’t throw us off because we finished before the sunset. That almost never happens.

We’ll reach half way point three quarters of the way into tomorrow’s route. We’ll be sure to get some pictures for you! As for now, I can barely keep my eyes open and I pray that by tomorrow morning, I’ll be refreshed and ready to go.

Tim is also exhausted, so we’re taking one day off when we arrive to Lincoln, Nebraska. I would like to present you with a challenge beginning tomorrow while I’m out on the road. For every person you pass, lend them a hello. Most times a friendly gesture makes a person feel like a million bucks.

Well, we’ll see you tomorrow! God bless!

Legal Legend H.B. Fink Jr. Of Coudersport Retires

A prosecutor, a judge, a defense attorney — oft-outspoken Harold B. Fink Jr. of Coudersport has worn a lot of hats in his half-century as a lawyer in Pennsylvania.

And now, at the age of 81, he’s hanging up his hat for some well-deserved rest. Read this story in the Bradford Era.

Anonymous said...

One of the BEST judges I've had the opportunity to meet! God Bless and Happy Retirement! You have earned it!

Anonymous said...

You must have been one of those who was subject to his CREATIVE sentencing..

Burglars Hit Two Locations In Shinglehouse

WESB News: 06/28/08 - Two Related Burglaries in Shinglehouse

Coudersport state police are investigating two related burglaries in Shinglehouse.

They say someone kicked open the door of a garage belonging to Phillip Urban and took a chainsaw, a tool set, a tool box, a generator and a meat grinder.The value of the stolen items is nearly $3,000.

The other burglary happened in a garage and home owned by Thomas Kemp. The items taken include an antique desk valued at $300.

Grand Jury Indicts Retired NY Trooper

WESB News: 06/27/08 - Grand Jury Indicts O'Brien

A Cattaraugus County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment against a retired New York State trooper accused of killing a Bradford woman in a drunk driving accident.

68-year-old David O'Brien of Allegany pleaded innocent to charges of vehiclular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. On April 26, his car hit a car driven by 38-year-old Wendy Karnes along Route 219.

They were both on their way to work at the Seneca Allegany Casino. O'Brien's next court appearance is scheduled for August 1. He's free on his own recognizance.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Area Obituaries

BOLIVAR - James R. “Jim” Bishop Sr., 61, of 634 South Bolivar Road passed away Tuesday (June 24, 2008) shortly after admission to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

ELDRED, Pa. - A memorial Mass for James E. Sullivan, formerly of Ischua, N.Y., Eldred and Olean, N.Y., will be celebrated on Saturday (June 28, 2008) at 10 a.m. in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 16 First St., Eldred.

LITTLE GENESEE - A memorial service for Craig N. Norton, 64, of Shinglehouse, Pa., and Casselberry, Fla., who died June 20, 2008, will be held Sunday (June 29, 2008) at 2 p.m. at Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.

SWEDEN VALLEY, Pa. - A memorial service for Robert R. “Bob” Stilson, 87, of Oswayo, who died June 20, 2008, will be held Tuesday (July 1, 2008) at 6 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church in Sweden Valley.

BOLIVAR - A memorial service for Mildred I. Chelius of Bolivar will be held on Saturday (June 28, 2008) at 11 a.m. in the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.

Can You Help Finish Habitat House In Coudersport?

WORK DAY---SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 2008 at the Habitat House at Fourth and Hill Streets, Coudersport, PA – beginning at 8:00 a.m. We plan to be there each of these days but if you can work any other day during the week – please give me a call at (814) 274-0739 or send an e-mail to

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 anything on the following list we certainly would appreciate your help:

1) Finish fastening the lines for the baseboard heat system

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

3) Hook up basement light and outside light at the basement door

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 area

11)Install hand rail in basement stairwell

12)Check screw pattern on the roof

13)Haul the pile of dirt away and finish grading

14)Put some top soil down and seed

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

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

17)Finish hooking up bathroom vanity - faucet, hot and cold water lines, and drain line

18)Finish hooking up toilet and running cold water line.

19)Hook up dryer and washing machine electrical outlets

20)Finish electric to boiler.

We have been able to accomplish so much with the help of all the Volunteers. Special thanks to Laurie, Lee, Mitch, Matt, Beth and Charlie for their help on Sat., June 21st and for Ty and Brian’s help during the week. The list still seems long but a lot of it is just “finish hooking things up” work. We can not say “thank you” enough.

Gratefully - Jim and Charlotte Blain –

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Bruce's Blog--Day 27--A Searing 100 Degrees

Today presented both Tim and I with inevitable but expected challenges, weather and time. Time escapes us like never before, especially when the brutal lightning storms come rolling in.

The day started out very smoothly as it was only 75 degrees with a light wind to cool me off, but that changed rapidly. Just after we ate at a cafe in Chappell, Nebraska, we noticed the temperature rose to 98 degrees. By 2:00 P.M., it had risen to 100 with suffocating humidity. It is worth every moment, though!

We had to cut our day short because of yet another intense lightning storm that lasted a bit over four hours. We learned as we were driving to our campsite that lightning had struck a stop sign and blown the base of the pole to next to nothing. Believe it or not, they had people out there fixing it fairly quickly! They looked slightly reluctant to be out there amidst the network of electricity. I certainly wouldn’t blame them with as many close encounters as I’ve had myself.

We are just 20 miles away from the Central Standard Time, which means we’ll only be one hour behind the Eastern Standard Time. I said to myself, “I will have lost two hours within one month of performing the duathlon across the nation.” It actually does throw you off, at least on the days we lose the hour.

While we were en route, I noticed we passed by an unmistakably noticeable sign with brilliant colors spelling out “SIDNEY.” I’m not sure if you remember, but I also went through a town called Opal in Wyoming, and I found it ironic because Sidney, Australia is home to 90 percent of the world’s opal.

While I was biking, a calf that had gotten loose tried to follow me but quickly learned it was out beaten and went back to where it was. I also ran over a snake without paying attention, which isn’t too uncommon because they are strewn all over the roads here.

This lightning storm is by far the most intense, so we’re becoming increasingly inhibited on the idea of camping out, but we may not have a choice. We’ll see how it fairs off for us though! I begin with running tomorrow since today’s end wouldn’t permit. It’s now time for us to catch up on a few things because we’re going to lose that hour, so we’ll see you tomorrow.

God bless!

WFRM Calendar Of Events

June 27-28

The Potter County Relay For Life will be held from 3:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Satuday at the CCMH Soccer Field, Route 6 East. Call 274-7397 or 368-3646 for more information.

June 28

There will be a rabies clinic from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Shinglehouse Town Park All animals must be on a leash or in a container. Cost is $5.00 per animal All dogs and cats, 12 weeks or older can be vaccinated. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of the Coudersport Animal Health Center. She is assisted at the clinics by Potter County 4-H members.

Firewood Quarantine Extended To Mercer County

Adult Emerald Ash Borers, invasive beetles that destroy ash trees, have been found in Mercer County according to the state Department of Agriculture.

The beetle was detected for the first time in Pennsylvania last summer and the commonwealth imposed a quarantine for Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties to help slow the spread of the beetle.

That quarantine will be expanded to include Mercer County.

Survey crews have been hanging purple panel sticky traps in 35 counties across the commonwealth since the end of May. The traps are designed to attract the adult beetles and help surveyors determine the spread of the invasive beetle.

State and federal Emerald Ash Borer quarantines restrict the movement from the quarantine area of ash nursery stock, green lumber and any other ash material, including logs, stumps, roots and branches, and all wood chips.

Due to the difficulty in distinguishing between species of hardwood firewood, all hardwood firewood—including ash, oak, maple and hickory—are considered quarantined.

Since many species of wood-boring insects, including the Emerald Ash Borer, can be spread through transport of infested firewood and logs, Campers and homeowners are encouraged to use only locally harvested firewood, burn all of the firewood on-site, and not carry it to new locations.

Excavation To Resume Monday At Driftwood Bridge

PennDot says crews will resume excavation/digging work Monday at the Route 555/Driftwood Bridge. Workers from Clearwater Construction of Mercer will begin moving earth at locations on the project site but no work will be related to the contaminated soil area uncovered in March.

Penn Dot continues to work with the Department of Environmental Protection to address the contaminated soil area excavated in march on the southern end of the work area.

The project is expected to be completed by August 2009 despite the delay incurred when the smelly soil was disrupted this spring.

Smethport Man Charged With Harassment

A Smethport man has been charged with harassment for an incident reportedly taking place Thursday in a car traveling east on Route 6 near Lantz Corners. Troopers claim 35 year old James Yingling struck Shelly Bolt, 27 in the face with a closed fist during an argument.

Minor Injuries Reported In Rt. 155 Crash

Minor injuries were reported for a Johnsonburg driver and his passenger following a car/deer crash this morning on Route 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

State police said Shawn Shipe swerved his northbound Toyota Avalon in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a deer which entered the highway. After killing the deer, the car went off the east side of the highway, struck a culvert and rolled over onto the driver’s side.

Both Shipe and Bryon Casilio of Saint Marys were taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment. Police said both men were wearing seatbelts and there will be no charges filed for the 7:00 a.m. accident.

Smethport Man Punches Sheriff

WESB News: 06/27/08 - Smethport Man Punches Sheriff Mason

A Smethport man was arrested after he struck McKean County Sheriff Brad Mason during an incident at the McKean County jail Thursday night.

85 year-old Lester Watson is facing several charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, after punching Sheriff Mason in the chest.

Watson is free on bail.

Anonymous said...

Who knows what about this?

Anonymous said...

If you are 85 and still have the zest to punch the sheriff, Live Long and Prosper!!!

Editors note: AMEN to that.

Watch Out For Scam Artists In Area

WESB News: 06/27/08 - Scam Artists in Prentisvale
The scam artists who targeted an elderly couple in Emporium this week could have been in McKean County, too.

Peggy Grimes said a man came to her Prentisvale house Tuesday saying that he needed to see her property line because he was cutting down trees for the state. After several minutes outside with the man, Mrs. Grimes said she wanted to go back inside to check on her 88-year-old husband.
That's when she learned someone was in the house. She says she doesn't think anything is missing from the house, but someone did rummage through her cedar chest.

Previous report:
The investigation into a scam threatening an elderly Emporium couple Tuesday
night continues.

State police in that town say that a three Hispanic men in a newer gray or silver Cadillac pulled into the driveway of the Austin Kowell residence on Valley View Road at about 8:00 p.m.

One got out of the back seat and went to the front door; knocked on it and told the residents that he worked for the state and need to cut trees behind their house and asked the to show him the property line. While the residents and the visitor were out back, the two others got out of the car and went into house, rummaging through the interior.

The suspects kept in contact with each other through wireless communication devises and when the residents felt something was amiss and headed back toward their house, the suspect that was with them started hurriedly speaking a foreign language into his wireless device.

He then told the residents he had to leave and hurriedly left the house. All three jumped back into car and took off.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486-3321.

Special Weather Statement

Statement as of 2:49 PM EDT on June 27, 2008

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

At 245 PM EDT... National Weather Service meteorologists were tracking
a strong thunderstorm located 10 miles south of Olean... moving
southeast at 25 mph.

Wind gusts to 30 mph are possible with this storm.

This storm will be near Coryville around 255 PM... Port Allegany
around 310 PM and Roulette around 330 PM.

Police Arrest Woman In Seal's Scrap Theft

News: 06/27/08 - Woman Arrested for Theft at Seals
An Olean woman has been arrested in connection with an attempted theft at Seals Service Station in Eldred.

Police say 22-year-old Rachael Mehmel and two other people attempted to steal a pickup truck full of scrap metal from the service station on Sunday. When owner Gene Seal confronted them, Mehmel allegedly drove the pickup into the Seal's truck to keep him from chasing them.

Police say more arrests are anticipated.

Latest News From The Attorney General Of PA

Victim Of Clearfield Church Shooting Is Not Dead

More on Church Shooting

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Earlier reports that the victim in a church shooting had died were premature.

Jim Dixon, and the person who shot him, are both on life support at an Altoona Hospital and are being kept alive for organ donation, according to the Blair County Coroner.

Norman Kauffman shot Dixon Thursday morning in the Trinity United Methodist Church in Clearfield. Pastor Bob Rupp said Dixon was retired and worked as the church's maintenance worker to keep busy. Kauffman served as the church's computer teacher.

For eight hours, Kauffman led police through Moshannon State Forest's network of dirt roads, which stretch into Elk, Centre and Cameron counties.

When police found him, he was immediately flown to the hospital because of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Superior Court Appointees Can Not Run For Re-Election

Cleland may sit on superior court for 18 months

If approved by the state Senate, McKean County President Judge John M. Cleland will only sit on the state superior court for the next 18 months..Read more in the Bradford Era.

Could This Happen Here???

Stricken Pennsylvania Firefighter
Denied Compensation Claim

The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.

BLAKELY -- A firefighter with the Wilson Fire Company who suffered a heart attack at the scene of a fire has been denied workers' compensation.

Assistant Fire Chief William Saxe responded to a 2 a.m. fire at Fiorelli Plaza in Peckville on March 31, where he had a heart attack that left him in critical condition at Community Medical Center. He is now back home, but declined to comment, citing legal matters involving his case.

Blakely officials confirmed Mr. Saxe filed for workers' compensation through the borough, but the borough's insurance carrier, the State Workers' Insurance Fund, denied Mr. Saxe's claim.

The insurance fund is managed by a state board made up of Sandi Vito, secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry; Joel Ario, the insurance commissioner; and state Treasurer Robin Wiessmann. Officials with the State Workers' Insurance Fund declined to comment on the claim.

Borough Council President Robert Munley discussed the issue recently, concerned about the misconception that council had some say in the matter.

"The Borough Council is excluded from the workers' comp process. Just like a typical insurance policy, we pay a premium to the insurance company for coverage," he said. "Council has no input on the determination or award of benefits. The insurance provider makes this determination."

He couldn't say why the carrier denied the claim.

Firefighter John Chichilla said he was astounded when he heard the news.

"I don't know the details, but it seems to me like he should have been and should still be compensated," Mr. Chichilla said. "He wasn't looking for a golden goose. Just to recover what I think is rightfully his."

McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

For more on this see Potter County Fire News.

Anonymous said...

Workers Compensation is for an accident on the job. A heart attack is not an accident. You cannot determine what conditions bring it on. Anyone who has a heart attack has health problems leading to it, so it cannot be work-related. He should not be compensated.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, the previous blogger has never been in this situation. Any firefighter knows that there is an extreme indrenalin rush that even a heart in the best condition can take its toll. I hope this case is ruled in the firefighters favor. I would hate to see the day that if I had an emergency that some volenteer would be there for me.

Clearfield Shooting Victim Named

Church Shooting Victim Identified

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A Penfield man faces several charges, including attempted homicide after he allegedly shot a church maintenance worker Thursday morning.

Norman Kaufman is accused of shooting Jim Dixon at Trinity United Methodist Church Clearfield. Dixon is hospitalized in serious condition.

Kaufman was the subject of a manhunt that lasted nearly 8 hours. He eventually turned himself in after police found him in Moshannon State Forest.

He was flown to a hospital for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Starla A. Button, 40, Shinglehouse, PA

Starla A. Button, 40, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

Born November 7, 1967, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Ralph L. Flynn and Carol Hurd Button.

Surviving are: her longtime companion, Allan Mellin; her mother, Carol Houghtaling of Taylor TX; maternal grandmother, Bernice Ordway of Canisteo, NY; daughters, Kelly Stacey, Kristy Stacey, Katrina Stacey, and Kassandra Stacey, all of Shillington, PA, Kimberly Stacey of Reading, PA, Samantha Mellin and Amanda Mellin, both of Shinglehouse, and Lisa Button of Alma, NY; six grandchildren; brothers, Scott Button of Alma, NY, John Houghtaling of Thrall, TX, and John Houghtaling of Taylor, TX; sisters; Carla Button and Kelly Houghtaling, both of Taylor, TX, and Darla Burdick of Little Valley, NY; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Ralph L. Flynn.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, June 30, 2008 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Book Signing In Coudersport Friday 3 to 8 PM

Ron Dingle To Introduce New Book In Coudersport On June 27 At The Potter County Historical Society

Ronald Dingle of Galeton PA will be at the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport PA on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 3:00 Pm To 8:00 PM.

He has published a photographic book of over 200 old Galeton, Coudersport and other Potter County postcards.

Ron will be available during the event to sign books that are purchased.

The book is published by Arcadia Publishing and is available at this signing for $19.95 or can be ordered online from the Arcadia website.

Potter County’s abundance of forests in the late 1800s played a large part in making the town of Williamsport the lumber capital of the world.

To the north, Galeton had one of the largest sawmills in the country and was the railroad hub of the county.

Austin, Cross Fork, Germania, Shinglehouse, Harrison Valley, and other area towns also contributed a great deal during the logging era.
There were sawmills, kindling wood factories, hub factories, stave and heading mills, and tanneries in almost every town in the county.

"Around Galeton and Coudersport" showcases a large collection of vintage postcards of Potter County, opening a window back through time and providing a glimpse of life during the formation of the county.

Author Ronald W. Dingle is a resident of West Branch Township, Potter County, PA. After 42 years working for Chef Boy Ar Dee in Milton, PA, Ron retired to the Galeton area.

Ron has been an avid post card collector for the last 15 years and was looking for a way to share his historical postcards with people from the area.

Ron, who has been coming to the Potter County area since the 1960's, is a member of 4 historical societies in central and northern Pennsylvania, giving him access to the history to go with his postcards.

He's hoping to kindle fond memories in the older population and create an interest in history of the area in today's youth.

Ron says he's donating a portion of the profits from his book to the Potter County Historical Society.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished reading my book last night...Loved it!
Will want to keep it handy to look through over the years as I love all the old pictures of Ulysses and Galeton. In fact I have several large black and white pictures from the Ulysses Area that are in the book on my dinning room wall as Ron has gifted them to me over the past several years!
Good Luck today Ron...Love Ya, Vicki Sherwood

Friday, June 27, 2008 6:30:00 AM EDT

Bike & Build Riders Make It To Indiana

Hartford City, IN Permalink 06/26/08 - 06:27:48 pm

After a classic evening of good ole American baseball and a feast on the stadium goodies, we were sad to leave Dayton. The hosts were fantastic and working with the Ohio H4H was so fun!

Then on top of all that, the Dayton police escorted us out of town this morning! Police squads flickered their lights and sounded their alarms to guide us through intersections and we were legally allowed to run red lights! We are lowriders and "in" with the law...BB is so hardcore!

It was another long day in the plains of Ohio. 95 miles, two delicious lunches and of course, a thunderstorm :) The looming darkness was clearly ahead on our route and it looked scary! This was not going to be a passing storm and all of our people took cover with the locals. Anything from a covered barn to a family den to a small town pub...the locals all sympathized with our drenched riders and gave us shelter from the storm...hmmmm...I think that's a christina aguilera song...

Of course, we are all here in Hartford City, well-fed and gloating over care packages we have received from our mail drops. Even if you are not my family or friends, thank you for the goods! We will all certainly enjoy them!

We close the day gazing at another glorious rainbow over this little town. The storm has cleared and we are ready for a new day. Oooo I feel so good!

Bruce's Blog--Day 26--A Break For Cola

We are now approximately 60 miles within the state of Nebraska and nearly that many people have already stopped to ask if we’re okay. Practically the moment I ran over the border, someone wasted no time and asked if I needed help. Thank you for your sheer generosity!

As we were packing up and ready to hit the road for the day, the owner of the campsite we stayed at last night told us “it’s going to be a scorcher.” And, oh how she was right. The temperature skyrocketed into the nineties with moderate humidity.

Today was more of a day of recovery and a time to be sensible. My knees are experiencing slight pain from the previously continual pounding on the shoulders in Wyoming. They were mostly made of concrete. I will be icing them some more, but the good news is they’re already beginning to feel better. Lord willing, they should be back to normal within a few days because Route 30 in Nebraska provides soft, dirt shoulders.

The first three states did it in for my shoes; the tread is fast becoming inexistent, so it will be time to wear a new pair in a few days.

We had to end the day slightly early due to the unforgiving weather. What we thought was an intense thunderstorm able to produce a tornado was actually a vigorous dust storm. From a distance, it looked as if the dust was rain. Luckily we weren’t consumed by its fury.

Tomorrow we are planning to get up bright and early to beat all of the notorious stormy weather. I have a feeling the weather is going to become more and more irregular. With that said, we are going to try and get some rest at our campsite next to a train station, which is literally 500 feet away from our tent.

I say that because a different train comes by every fifteen minutes blowing their whistle a minimum of three times at the crossing, leaving us just enough time to fall asleep and wake up again.

In case all of you are wondering, my favorite beverage is Coca Cola. I thought the picture would best exemplify how much I do love the Cola! I was truly happy to find the ones in glass bottles because they’re a bit tastier. You can’t go wrong with classic.

Tim is a huge fan of smores now. Before we called it a night, we went to a cafe where I, of course, had more Coca Cola and Tim made his own smore with a flame from a mug given to him by our waitress. We have a photo of it for you to see for yourselves.

The donation bar has risen! For those of you who may not know, one water well can aid as many as 2,500 people. We are making this more and more of a possibility together, giving all the glory and praises to the Lord!

It is now time to call it a night, for tomorrow is another venture in the making. Let’s keep on keeping on! I haven’t heard a train for a while, so perhaps the relentlessly noisy transit has ceased. Oh, wait! I stand corrected. Here one comes!

Goodnight and God bless!

Senator Fumo Collapses On Senate Floor

Longtime Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, collapsed on the Senate floor during this afternoon's session. He was taken away by ambulance to a nearby hospital. More..
..The Patriot-News

Clearfield Church Shooter Captured

The publication Gant Daily is reporting that the gunman who shot a man at a Clearfield Church this morning has been captured and airflighted to a hospital with a self-inflicted bullet wound.

Read more in the Gant Daily....

No Injuries In Galeton Crash

A Friendship, New York couple escaped injury in one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Route 6 about a mile west of Galeton.

State police said Kelly Snyder was traveling east when her GMC Envoy went off the road, hit a guardrail and traveled 30 feet down over an embankment before it struck a tree.

Snyder and her passenger, Chad Clark were both wearing seatbelts.

Oil & Gas Job Fair Saturday

You no doubt have seen examples of natural gas drilling going on in the Twin Tiers lately.

There will be an Oil and Gas Industry Job Fair Saturday at the McKean County Career Link on Davis Street in Bradford from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. A number of area oil and gas companies will be on hand to accept applications. Many of them have been running recruitment ads through area media.

The Potter County Commissioners recently sent a letter to Representative Martin Causer support for House Bill 1373 which would close a loophole created when the Pa. Supreme court ruled in December 2002 that subsurface resources are not taxable thus depriving municipalities of a substantial amount of income.

Causer told WFRM last week that the oil and gas boom underway is not only good for the country but especially for the region.

Emerald Ash Borer Found In Mercer County

Emerald Ash Borer Moves North

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has banned the transport of firewood from Mercer County after state workers found evidence of the emerald ash borer this morning.

Ash borers are invasive and destructive beetles that destroy ash trees. They were first spotted in Pennsylvania in 2007. The state responded with a quarantine on firewood from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

Survey workers from the Department of Agriculture have set traps for ash borers throughout in region, including several in the City of Bradford. The traps are those purple boxes hanging from trees. No insects have been found in this region.

Man Shot At Church In Clearfield, PA

UPDATE on Church Shooting

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A man is in serious condition after being shot this morning at Trinity United Methodist Church in Clearfield.

Clearfield police say the suspect, believed to be Norman Kauffman of Penfield, walked into the church at about 6:30 and shot a maintenance worker.

The victim has not been identified.

Police are still looking for Kauffman in Clearfield, Elk and Centre counties. He's is driving a white pickup truck with a license plate beginning with the letters Y-J-M. Kauffman is considered arms and dangerous.

Potter County Relay For Life This Weekend In Coudersport

The Potter County Relay For Life will be held from 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2008 to 3:00 p.m. Satuday, June 28, 2008 at the CCMH Soccer Field, Route 6 East. Call 274-7397 or 368-3646 for more information.

Rabies Clinic This Saturday In Shinglehouse

There will be a rabies clinic from 1:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Shinglehouse Town Park All animals must be on a leash or in a container.

Cost is $5.00 per animal All dogs and cats, 12 weeks or older can be vaccinated. The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of the Coudersport Animal Health Center.

She is assisted at the clinics by Potter County 4-H members.

Jamestown Community College Dean Airlifted After I-86 Crash

WESB News: 06/26/08 - JCC Dean Hurt in Crash

The assistant dean of admissions at Jamestown Community College is in an Elmira hospital after an accident on Interstate 86 early Wednesday morning.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Department says 58-year-old Paul Hedberg was stopped in the eastbound lane around 1 a.m., following a separate accident when a tractor-trailer overturned and blocked the road.

While Hedberg was stopped on the interstate, another tractor trailer failed to stop for the line of cars and hit Hedberg's car, sending it 50 yards onto the right side of the road.

Hedberg was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of head and leg injuries. He underwent surgery during the day Wednesday.

Job Fair Saturday At McKean County Career Link

Growing oil and gas industry looks to fill out its workforce during upcoming job fair

Bradford Era

The growing oil and gas industry will look to fill out its workforce on Saturday during an Oil and Gas Industry Job Fair at the PA CareerLink of McKean County.

Among those companies slated to be in attendance for the fair include: Aiello Brothers Oil and Gas, Alco Well Services, American Refining Group Inc., ARG Resources, Appalachian Well Services Inc., Dallas Morris Drilling Inc., Harris Oil, International Waxes, Keane & Sons Drilling Inc., Minard Run Oil Co., Patterson UTI Drilling Co., Penn Gold Well Services Inc., Superior Well Services Inc., and Universal Well Services Inc. Read This story.

Pennsylvania Soldier Killed In Iraq By IED

Area fireman dies in Iraq

Of The Patriot-News


A Highspire firefighter inspired to join the Army after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was killed in action in Iraq, his family said.

Pfc. James M. Yohn, 25, of the 200 block of South Second Street, was killed by an improvised explosive device on Tuesday, his mother, Judy Yohn, said Wednesday night. She said James Yohn and his wife, Amber, are expecting their first baby in three weeks.

"I was getting ready to go to work at 6:08 a.m. when I heard a knock at my door," Judy Yohn said. "An Army chaplain and an officer were standing there and introduced themselves to me. I knew as soon as I saw them it would not be good. My daughter-in-law, who lives with me, came out. They told us that Jimmy was killed. He was my baby." Read more.....

Lower Hunting Age Awaits Governor's Signature In New York

WESB News: 06/26/08 - NY May Lower Hunting Age for Small Game

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation that would lower the hunting age across the state from 16 to 14 years old.

The legislation is now awaiting Gov Paterson’s signature and would allow 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt small game.

Upon the governor’s final approval, 14- and 15-year-old hunters will be allowed to hunt deer and bear while under the supervision of an adult.

Woman Lifeflighted After Fall In Allegheny National Forest

WESB News: 06/26/08 - Woman Hurt in fall at Rimrock in ANF

A woman was seriously injured in a fall Wednesday morning at the Rimrock Overlook Area in the Allegheny National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says the lady fell between 40 and 80 feet. The victim was taken to Kinzua Beach then flown by helicopter to an out of town hospital for treatment.

The fall was reported at about 10 a.m and rescue personnel were on the scene until after noon.

Charles Cole CEO Appointed To Rural Health Board

Pitchford Appointed to RHA Board

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The Pennsylvania Rural Health Association recently announced the appointment of Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, to its board of directors. Pitchford is active in promoting rural health issues as a member of the executive committee of the hospital and Health Systems Association of Pennsylvania Small and Rural Council and its Public Policy Committee.

“Citizens who chose to work and live in rural areas should have access to the same level and quality of basic healthcare services as those who are in urban or metropolitan areas. Obviously there will be differences in availability when it comes to specialized care that is only provided in certain cities. This reality raises the importance of patient transportation in rural areas such as Coudersport. PRHA has a significant voice in the state and I look forward to working with my fellow board of directors to ensure that this state has a rural healthcare delivery system second to none,” he said.

According to its website, PRHA is a non profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s rural citizens and communities. Through the combined efforts of individuals, organizations, professionals, and community leaders, the association is a collective voice for rural health issues and a conduit for information and resources. PRHA serves as an advocate for rural health issues and development at the local, state, and federal levels, it provides continuing education and leadership development opportunities for rural health professionals and it fosters cooperative partnerships to improve rural health.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE--Starla A. Button, 40, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Arrangements will be announced by the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bruce's Blog--Day 25--Planting The Seeds

Today’s journey probably took us on the most diverse route in terms of terrain since we left that refreshingly chilly Heceta Beach of Oregon. For about fifteen miles or so, we passed through the northern most section of Medicine Bow National Forrest, which led us into the final mountain ranges. It was from there that we descended into the beginning of the plains where a few plateaus emerged for the final hurrah.

The further we go now, the flatter, windier, and stormier it will become; consequently, the weather should be more of a challenge than it ever was before. I am continually reminded, though, of how important it is that we keep our focus on the One who controls all things.

We met so many wonderful people en route today. It was encouraging to be able to see a familiar face just a few miles in. Pastor Alan joined me for a short run until we reached the Lincoln Monument mounted atop the highest elevation on I-80.

Our new and final elevation record stands at 8,650 feet. The air is a bit thinner for all of those who have asked, but it certainly has made my heart stronger. From here, however, it is all downhill until it levels off. I don’t expect any more significant inclines until I reach my home state, Pennsylvania!

I also wanted to take the time to share why we’re really out here. It certainly is quite an experience in itself, but without the Lord it would mean nothing at all. He has shown me so many things, and living out here and being able to share our hearts with people every day is a blessing. We have climbed mountains, gone through petrifying weather, and withstood extreme temperatures on both ends of the spectrum for this time of year, but knowing that God is in control makes the journey far more worth the while.

We may plant the seeds but He will cultivate them.

As for where we are, we have arrived to Nebraska and must set up camp quickly before we’re rained on. The lightning is still intense, but it just makes the trip that much more authentic. Check out the photos for the day. Talk to you soon! God bless!

Bike & Build Passes 1,000 Mile Mark

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

1000 miles from Rhode Island


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Eric Rowell
The last week seems like a blur. We left Franklin, crossed into Ohio where we spent our first night in Youngstown and then headed to Akron.

Akron we had a build day in Akron with Rebuilding Together, an organization that works to remodel houses for veterans, the elderly, and the handicapped. There were lots of little odd jobs to do; painting, yard work, fixing siding (my specialty) and cleaning out a basement.

From Akron we headed to Gambier. It was a great 93 mile ride with some great bike trails along the way. Lisa and I rode together most of the day and were treated to ice cream at the college bookstore by Chad's uncle! Thanks so much for that. We beat the rain by seconds (literally), and then spent the rest of the evening relaxing in the dorms at Kenyon College.

I was in charge of the group journal entry from Gambier to Columbus, so I'll just post it here so I don't have to rewrite it.

"We woke up this morning feeling extra refreshed thanks to Kenyon College putting us up in the dorms last night. Beds with sheets and pillows were a special treat, and then this morning we were lucky enough to get an all you can eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Its funny how even the simplest things have become special treats to us over the last few weeks. At our route meeting I passed the Pinwheel (given daily to an especially encouraging or motivating person) on to Lisa for being an awesome riding buddy for 93 miles yesterday.

With our bellies still full we hit the road on a 52 mile trek to Columbus, home of “the” Ohio State University. Hannah Wagley and I rode at the front of the group for most of the morning before stopping to stretch and wait for company. 10 or 12 of us rode into lunch together where we waited on the van for a few minutes. Chad and I rode together after lunch at a pretty fast pace, fighting the strong winds most of the way. We got a little turned around at one point, but with some help from a local we were quickly back on track. The ride was pretty nice, but most of us were pretty sore from the long day yesterday.

The group reached Columbus pretty early, and we’re staying at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus tonight. The afternoon has been spent hanging out, running errands, and relaxing. The pool was definitely the highlight of the day. Most of the group went swimming, and we were able to show off our awesome tan lines. We played on the slides for a while, and then Lindsey, Hanna D. and I got in trouble when we all went down the slides at the same time. Hilarity ensued when we decided to play “Marco Polo,” but “Bike Build” was used instead. After showers we relaxed, a group headed off to the bike shop, and a few of the girls took a taxi to the mall. The local Pizza Hut is donating pizza for dinner tonight, and the bike shop group should be back with it soon.

48 days to Seattle."

Columbus to Dayton was a 78 mile ride that should have been easy, but it was a tough day for me. I don't know if it was because I ate a little breakfast or what, but I felt pretty bad all morning. I ate a big lunch, and felt a little better in the afternoon. Peter, Ashley, and I rode together most of the way, and Peter and I both went over 1000 miles for the trip.

In other words we've gotten lost the most.

Dayton has been great so far. The church we're staying in has been great, and the local Habitat has gone out of their way to hook us up. At our build day today we poured concrete did drywall, and the Police Chief came and talked to us. It was a great day, and now we're on our way to watch the Dayton Dragons baseball game!

Tomorrow we'll reach Indiana!

Old Westfield Tannery

Boy OK after after fall into chemical vat

A story in Wednesday's editions should have said that tanning vats at the former Westan Tannery in Westfield do not contain hazardous materials, according to test results given to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Incorrect information was provided to the Star-Gazette.

Four Killed In Afghanistan


Police Reports Via WFRM News

Troopers at Kane are charging 21 year old William Logue, Jr. of Crosby with disorderly conduct and sale of tobacco to minors for an incident allegedly taking place last night at a residence on route 46 in Norwich Township. Authorities allege Logue gave a cigarette which contained a concealed firework to a juvenile which exploded when the youth lighted up. The victim was not hurt but Logue is now facing charges in district court.

Curtis Wackwitz, 26, of Shinglehouse is being charged with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place yesterday afternoon at a residence on Canfield Hollow Road. State police claim Wackwitz threatened 23 year old Brandy Lyn Robson during an argument.

The investigation into a scam threatening an elderly Emporium couple Tuesday night continues. State police in that town say that a three Hispanic men in a newer gray or silver Cadillac pulled into the driveway of the Austin Kowell residence on Valley View Road at about 8:00 p.m. One got out of the back seat and went to the front door; knocked on it and told the residents that he worked for the state and need to cut trees behind their house and asked the to show him the property line. While the residents and the visitor were out back, the two others got out of the car and went into house, rummaging through the interior. The suspects kept in contact with each other through wireless communication devises and when the residents felt something was amiss and headed back toward their house, the suspect that was with them started hurriedly speaking a foreign language into his wireless device. He then told the residents he had to leave and hurriedly left the house. All three jumped back into car and took off. Anyone with information about the crime or the suspects is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486-3321.

State police here are probing a couple of incidents with cold trails. Sometime since last Labor Day weekend, thieves entered the basement of a house on McGinnis Road in Genesee Township owned by Barbara Lee Cook-Benton of Arlington, Washington and removed 25 feet of three strand copper wire. And sometime since late November thievestook a radiator from a 1969 Chevrolet Boom Truck owned by Ted Heckman of Lancaster, PA while it was parked next to his camp located at the Corner of Tracey Brook and Greenhill Roads in Hebron Township.

Josh Hatcher Offers Bradford City Council Prayer Assistance, Mayor Says "We'll Take All The Help We Can Get"

Pastors Pray for Politicians

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Local pastors are offering their prayers for local politicians.

Josh Hatcher, Outreach Pastor of Open Arms Community Church, made an offer to Bradford City Council on Tuesday, but first he told a story.

He said during a prayer meeting at his church, his children and another young boy were listening to things they were praying for – including violence and child abuse – then ran off.

When Hatcher went after them, he found them praying that God would be able to help those people. The next day, his 9-year-old son and his 8-year-old best friend wrote a letter to the mayor saying "People are being hurt, beaten and even killed. Please send cops to everyone."

He said the boys are grasping two concepts: Prayer makes a difference, and prayer is important, but we also need to take action.

That's what compelled Hatcher to attend Tuesday's meeting.

"As you guys are doing the business of running the city – which involves dealing with crime, dealing with drugs, dealing with poverty … It also involves working to get grants to make the city a better place."

"I personally believe prayer makes a difference," he said.

"I'm not like some of the Christians you see on TV who will come in and demand that council pray before you meet," Hatcher said.

"What I want to offer you is the fact that we are praying for you. As you guys are doing your daily business, getting ready to send a grant application out, or maybe you're noticing a neighborhood with a lot of crime … send an e-mail, and we'll work to make sure it's being prayed for."

"As a representative of the Christian community … all of the churches in town want to make this community a better place, so when you have things you know we can get involved with that can help, let us know."

He passed out an email address for all the council members and department heads to use if they have a prayer request.

"Anything from crime to grant applications or even your sick grandmother," Hatcher said.

Mayor Tom Riel told Hatcher "Everybody on council appreciates that very much …and we'll take all the help we can get."

Editor's note:Josh Hatcher, a native of Roulette, in addition to his pastoral duties, is the publisher of "The Roulette Rebel News" , "Josh Hatcher's Blog",and is a published author.

Howard L. Lambert, 84, Coneville, PA

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Adlephia Founder, Son, Sentences Reduced


Rigases Get Three Years Pared From Jail Sentences
Wall Street Journal - 1 hour ago
Adelphia, based in Coudersport, Pa., was the country's fifth-largest cable television company serving more than five million customers in 31 states. ...
Judge cuts sentences for ex-cable exec Rigas, son The Associated Press
Adelphia founder and son's prison terms reduced Reuters
John and Timothy Rigas get small reductions in sentences in ...Buffalo News

Anonymous said...

This is a REAL JOKE!!!!!!! 12 instead of 15. He will still live out his life behind bars. What has America come too? We let baby-rapers, killers, and drug addicts roam the street with a slap on the wrist and put these two in prison for this long... HORRIBLE!!!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The Courts and anyone involved in these sentences should be totally ashamed of their actions! I agree with the previous poster.... there are far worse criminals who just get a slap on the wrist and set free..... look at that cop in Olean with the DUI for an example.

HFC Director said...

Does a reduction in their sentences make them any less guilty? Will it mean that the fine people of Coudersport or the former shareholders of Adelphia get back the money the Rigas family STOLE from them?

Anonymous said...

Leave John go free!!!He has done so much for our community.. Let's go after real criminals... Like the cop who had a part in killing my son.... Thanks Officer Drake???

Anonymous said...

Quilty is quilty and those wonderful men that did so much for your community also had a hand in ruining many families because of their greed. Even a business man from Georgia lost his business because he trusted they would be good for their money. Ever think of the real innocent people? As far as Officer Drake, I'm sure what you are stating is far from the truth.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

G. Bush and thegovt. ruined Coudy and caused a lot of us to lose our businesses making an example out of these people who made a few mistakes that were blessed by all of the all of the banks and accounting firms that were hired to take care of this!Read the letter from James Rigas posted else where in this blog!!Our pres ignores subpeonas from the supreme court and has ruined this country along with the Rigas family!The Rigas' have more class and decency than Scooter Libby ever dreamed of having and he got a nice little pardon!! What kind of justice is that!? Pardon the Rigas' NOW or put Bush and Chaney in Jail for crimes against the american people and taxpayers!!How long are we going to put up with the govt.making examples out of people to cover up thier own crimes!!God Bless the Rigas family and I pray for them everyday!!B Jones

ok, but what about good 'ol Charlie Raptis, and James Brown, they sure as s**t had their hands in it as well, where are they, Charlie lives in the Carolinas, FREE, and James is still wandering the streets! FREE as well....James Brown stated that he would lie and say what ever it takes to stay out of prison. which unfortunately for the Rigas' family, included lying!!!!!
i agree, where is the justice in the world today

Anonymous said...

Certainly they are not wondering how they will buy groceries or put gas in their auto! Do these supporters realize they made sure their money would NEVER be touched?
How about Bradford being so kind to approve $200,000 for Z.Media. Here we go again.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Drill for gas on all of their properties and use the revenue to repay all of the victims

Anonymous said...

People admired Robin Hood too, when they were on the receiving on of the goodies.

As far as the mob which says let him go free because he brought jobs to my town, put up a light post or built this or that, well I think that position speaks for itself.

Some people take the moral high ground, that a crime is a crime and criminals get their just due.
Congrats to those people.

Anonymous said...

That's a good question! Why are Charlie Raptis and James Brown still walking the streets with the rest of the Bush administration? The Rigas family forfieted somewhere around 90% of thier belongings.There is no Swiss bank acct hid away somewhere.They can't hardly pay the help to keep up the farm that they were allowed to keep!!John spent or re-invested the money he had on Coudersport and Adelphia and helping people!The legal insurance money has been long gone and any extra money they can scrape up goes to try to get some justice for him and his son! I lost a 20 year old business after the govt. took these people down! I don't blame the family!! Ialso had stock in the company but that is a chance I took! A lot of people made a lot of money before the govt. initiated thier big "Come to the Investor's rescue Campaign" !! It was time for the govt. to take the heat off themselves and thier "ENRON type" buddies!! I was there and watched John Rigas build an empire! He was always a gentleman and a class act!! If he would have donated more of his and the stockholders money to the republican party, he would not be where he is now , I'll bet!! As far as James and Michael being able to start all over and Raise "Zito Media" from the ashes,Hooray!!!! It,s too bad my friend John had to be humiliated and destroyed for it to happen! I did a lot of work for Mr. John Rigas when I owned Pave-n-Save.I idolized this man with the big heart and the "down to earth attitude he always mantained!! You have been a great friend to myself and many others! Ipray for the Rigas family everyday and truly believe God will make this right! God Bless
!! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

Good for you Brad. Love your post as YOU have the experience to speak from and most of the others that post here probably lost a couple grand. You are exactly right when you said that is a chance you take when you buy stock. I no longer live in Coudersport... no longer work for the company, BUT, I wouldn't have the experience I have had John not given me a chance to prove myself. I was affected as was everyone else in the area by what happened. Who can I point the finger at when I lose money on my 401k next quarter... I want them thrown in prison!!

Anonymous said...

Thank God I live in a country where we are still free to believe in whatever delusions we choose.

But me thinks the "Grassy Knoll" crowd will not garner any sympathy for someone in Potter County who has trouble paying his hired help.

Can we start a list of suspects who took down John & his cohorts, George Bush, The guberment, big oil, space aliens, or possibly the
the butler did it?

Anonymous said...

I would be more impressed if you prayed for family, friends, military and thanking God for every morning we greet another day.
C. Bryant

Anonymous said...

C. Bryant,
It was not written to impress, but to make a point.

You assume to know my prayer life, and you assume the worst about me.

I respect your right to speak this, no matter how baseless it is.

Cross Fork Rattlesnake Hunt This Weekend

Long-time snake hunt summons people from afar


CROSS FORK - All of the originators of the annual Cross Fork Snake Hunt have since passed away, but the tradition of the event lives on through the community and also with a son of one of the founders.

Bill Wheeler Jr.'s father, along with John Pentz and Herry Kinney, began the snake hunt more than 36 years ago.

This year's event will be held Saturday and Sunday in town. Read more..

Two Killed In Rt. 15 Crash In Cogan House Twp.

Late night crash claims two lives

Sun Gazette

TROUT RUN - Two men riding in a Chevrolet Blazer were killed late Tuesday night when the vehicle crashed at Routes 15 and 184 in Cogan House Township, state police said.

Isaac Patton Millard, 36, of Meshoppen (Wyoming County) was northbound on Route 15 and traveling through a construction zone when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said, adding that the sport utility vehicle went down a steep embankment and landed on its roof about 11:15 p.m., police said.

Killed in the crash was Millards father, Leslie Harry Millard, 58, also of Meshoppen, and a 42-year-old Wilkes-Barre man, whose identity has not yet been released, police said.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said both passengers were killed instantly.

The driver was taken to Williamsport Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, police said.

James Rigas Speaks To Bradford On Fiber Ring

Zito Media at City Council

WESB/WBRR News Director

Zito Media Communications is building a string of fiber optic rings throughout the county, and will be getting a $200,000 loan from the Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development to build the infrastructure in the Bradford area.

"All of the significant communities in McKean County will be connected to a fiber optic ring and within those communities; local fiber optic rings will be constructed in order to serve the business community in those communities," Jim Rigas of Zito told City Council Tuesday night.

In March, the McKean County Commissioners entered into a construction and ownership agreement with Zito Media to establish a 79-mile fiber optic system throughout the county and parts of neighboring counties.

The system will run in a loop through eight municipalities, including Bradford, Smethport, Kane, Eldred, Lewis Run and Port Allegany and seven “points of interest” including Bradford Regional Airport and the Lafferty Hollow Industrial Park.
Rigas said technology has made it possible to bring high capacity to rural communities and build a business plan that makes sense, which is important for economic development

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said "This opens up the doors for other companies to come into the community that we aren't able to recruit because we don't have the capacity."

It will help future economic development as well as existing industries, she said.

Steve Zwerin of Zito added that none of the big telecommunications companies want to build telecommunications infrastructure here, and would rather concentrate on bigger cities.

Mayor Tom Riel said that during a recent meeting of the county's "leaders of industry," everyone was in favor of this.

Council also entered into a loan agreement with Greg Buckner for his Bradford Crematory.

Buckner said the biggest holdup in getting the business started was getting a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection.

He expects the business to be up and running by August.

Also, the OECD will be applying to the state Department of Community and Economic Development on behalf of American Refining Group for a $200,000 loan so the refinery can build a maintenace storage building and water recovery project.

In other matters, council is making changes to the city's regulations for plumbing and plumbing licenses.

Riel explained that people who didn't know what they were doing were applying for plumbing licenses in other cities and bringing them here, and they had to be honored.

"No more Cracker Jack plumbing licenses in Bradford," he said, and added that the changes are long overdue.

Also Tuesday, council approved on final reading the ordinance saying that people have to clean up after their dogs.

"People should be warned to carry a pooper scooper or a cup or a plastic bag," Riel said. "It's kind of a shame that council had to do this but it's something that had to be dealt with."

After the ordinace passed, Dr. Brian MacNamara asked "Do you call the police if someone …?"

"If it's your yard and it upsets you," Riel said, "Yeah."

Anonymous said...

It's very nice that Zito Media is focused on McKean County. It's too bad that there isn't more focus in its home county of Potter.
No high speed internet services in Ulysses despite the fact that a cable runs through the town. No access to the outlying communities.
Come on Zito, take care of home first.

Mike Hudson

Crooks Use Scam to Burglarize Home

WESB News: 06/25/08 - Emporium Man's Home Burglarized in Plot

An Emporium man’s home was burglarized Tuesday night in a plot involving three men.

State Police say Austin Kowell of Valley View Road went to the back of his property to discuss cutting some tree with a guy who identified himself as a state worker. While the two discussed matters two other men burglarized his home.

State Police are looking for three Hispanic men driving a newer grey or silver Cadillac. The three men used wireless communication to keep in contact during the plot.

Pioneer Oil Days In Bolivar This Weekend

Oil Days in Bolivar

No Decision Yet On Tolling I-80 In PA

Tolling of interstates praised by US transportation secretary...

Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Taj Mahal $$ Fraud

Lawyer admits to wire fraud in sale

Desautels faces sentencing for diverting client’s funds


WORCESTER— An Oxford lawyer has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for allegedly misappropriating nearly $2 million from a client from Ireland.

In federal court yesterday, Raymond A. Desautels III, 42, of 57 Millbury Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud for allegedly misappropriating $1,990,000 from a client’s account.

The client, Kevin Phelan of Hollywood, Ireland, was planning to use the money to buy commercial real estate in Coudersport, Pa., with Mr. Desautels acting as the closing lawyer for the transaction.
Mr. Phelan, who was in the courtroom yesterday, told the judge that he just wanted his money back, which is approximately $3 million, plus legal expenses.

“I don’t want vengeance,” Mr. Phelan said. “I just want restitution of my funds.”

Mr. Desautels allegedly disbursed the money at the direction of Allen Seymour of 23 Manor Lane, Oxford. According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Seymour told Mr. Desautels that he needed the money for a short time to convince potential lenders that he and his associates had adequate net worth.

After the hearing, lawyer Thomas J. Butters said his client (Mr. Desautels) acknowledges that he made “a very serious mistake” but the last thing on his client’s mind was acting in a way that would result in anyone losing money.

In a different matter, Mr. Desautels, who had his law license suspended by the state Supreme Judicial Court in April, is also accused of defrauding a Dudley family of the proceeds from the sale of property.

Wearing glasses, a gray suit, striped tie and solemn expression, Mr. Desautels took the stand and made a plea agreement with the U.S. government, which included waiving his right for indictment by a grand jury and providing cooperation and certain information to the government, which Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV accepted.

The maximum penalty Mr. Desautels faces is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, an order of restitution for the amount of $3 million, $200 mandatory special assessment and forfeiture of certain property. The U.S. attorney recommends Mr. Desautels’ incarceration (or other confinement) and fines both be placed at “the low end of the guidelines range,” while standing by the other conditions listed in the maximum penalty.

As part of his plea, Mr. Desautels agrees to cooperate fully with law enforcement agents and government lawyers. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

According to the complaint, Mr. Phelan gave a nonrefundable deposit of $1 million to buy a building in Coudersport, Pa. On or about Jan. 24, Mr. Phelan wired an additional $1.99 million to William Bibaud, his local sales agent, who issued a certified check in that amount to Mr. Desautels. The money was to be used to pay the balance of the purchase at closing. The complaint further alleges that Mr. Desautels — who practices law at 466 Main St., Oxford — deposited the check into his personal trust account.

Mr. Desautels accepted the $1.99 million and misrepresented that he would wire the money at the closing on the property. That was to happen Jan. 31. The suit further alleges that Mr. Desautels transferred $1.64 million out of his trust account to a South Beach Realty account at Sovereign Bank on Jan. 28, three days before the scheduled closing.

South Beach Realty, LLC is a limited liability company at 6 Elizabeth Drive, Auburn. Steven Testa, of that address, is a principal in South Beach Realty and is listed as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.

Although he knew that as of Jan. 28 he had misappropriated $1,940,000 of the trust money, Mr. Desautels initially concealed this from Mr. Phelan. Mr. Phelan was unable to close on the property and also lost his $1 million deposit because Mr. Desautels did not wire the plaintiff’s funds, as required.

On Feb. 8, Mr. Seymour — the man who allegedly directed Mr. Desautels to disburse Mr. Phelan’s money — was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an airport in Opa Locka, Fla., en route to Venezuela. Mr. Seymour tried to leave the country on a private jet with his wife, five children, the family dog and $1,360,421 in cash concealed in bags hidden in his luggage.

Zeek, a Customs search dog trained in the detection of U.S. currency, alerted officers to two bags belonging to Mr. Seymour.

Mr. Seymour has been charged with wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property, converted and taken by fraud. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Balthazard.. Mr. Seymour is going to make his first appearance in federal court at 10:30 a.m. July 22 in Worcester.

Mr. Desautels was not to be detained as long as he obeyed several conditions, which included not changing his home address or telephone number, surrendering his passport and firearms identification card, limiting his travels to Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire (although he was given special permission to attend a family reunion in Mississippi), and refraining from use of firearms, alcohol and nonprescribed narcotics.