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Saturday, July 12, 2008

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Jacob Curtis Posts For Bike & Build

Valentine, Nebraska…not such a lovely ride as the name would suggest.

July 11th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve left so many days out of my blog! Its stressful, but really its impossible to really put in to words what my experience is like with Bike & Build. Not in just simply expressing how I feel, but also getting every story into writing. I haven’t had much internet access lately, but I’ve taken notes. Check back for updates where I’ve readjusted the timestamp.

This morning was incredible. We set off in a big pack but instead of separating out, we stuck together, 3 abreast on the wide shoulder of desolate US-20. The van approached the group with its normal rhythmic taps on the horn and hovered next to the pack, blasting music through the open windows. It was an on-the-bike dance party/sing along with songs including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, MIA’s “Paper Planes,” and the Black Eyed Peas “My Hump.” Probably wasn’t too safe with so many riders bunched up together, but P2S has the group riding and pacelining thing down. It was awesome to cruise comfortably at an easy 12mph and start the morning with some music.

The wind picked up just before noon but really blew us out of the water in the afternoon with 25mph continuous winds and gusts up to 38mph! Even coasting downhill was a struggle. There was simply no break from the wind and was a pretty much torturous mental (and physical) experience if you really let it get to you. I kept it pretty positive and road with Sophia, Michael and Katherine most of the day, passing the time and ignoring the trying conditions with different road games and talking about anything and everything. We also made a lot of food and water stops….not too many attractions in the “Sand Hills” of Central Nebraska. It ultimately was a great day, but I’m really excited that its over.

Tomorrow looks like another longish ride, but calmer winds (yes!). More updates to come.

Boy Found After Massive Search At Ives Run Area Of Hammond Lakes

Star Gazette
TIOGA – A Montoursville boy who spent Friday night in the woods was found unharmed late this morning after a massive search.

Anthony Caputo, 13, was found in open woods on state game lands at about 11:30 a.m. by a firefighter from the Chatham Township Fire Department. More...

Anne Reports A Sunny Saturday In Bradford City

Sunny Saturday in the City

WESB/WBRR News Director

Our meteorologist and Betty Jane Monjar were right.

Saturday was the annual Betty Jane Monjar Garden Walk and, according to tour committee member Becky Ryan, Monjar said the second weekend July is the least likely to rain and gardens are at their most beautiful.

Ryan said Monjar kept track of the Bradford weather for many years, so when she, Janet Detweiler and Debbie Lowrey decided to start the garden tour, they picked the second weekend in July.

"We've never been rained out," Ryan said. "Ever." Read more and see where Anne spent her Saturday afternoon.....

Former Inmate Files Suit In Loss Of Leg


Lock Haven Express

WILLIAMSPORT - A former Clinton County inmate claims a lack of medical treatment at the county prison contributed to the surgical removal of her leg and is suing the prison warden and county government.

The suit, filed on behalf of Patricia Kulp, 33, formerly of Loganton, names Warden Tom Duran in his official capacity and Clinton County government, as the operator, financial authority and administrator of the prison.

The civil rights complaint was submitted in late June in U.S. District Court in Williamsport by Kulp's attorney Joseph F. Orso III.

In the civil action, Kulp suggests the "harsh condition of confinement" and "deliberate indifference" to her serious medical needs violated her constitutional rights, and is asking for damages in excess of $100,000. More from Lock Haven Express.....

Ricky C. Palmatier, 41, Genesee, PA

Ricky C. Palmatier, 41, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 11, 2008 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

He was born August 10, 1966, in Wellsville, NY. On January 9, 1988, in Wellsville, he married the former Kimberly A. Edwards, who survives.

A 1984 graduate of Northern Potter High School, Ricky was a self-employed truck driver. A professional archer for Mathews Solocam, he was a member of the IBO, ASA, and assisted with youth archery programs.

As a youth, he participated in Genesee Youth Baseball. He was an avid hunter, golfer, and played in adult softball leagues.

Surviving besides his wife, Kimberly, are: a son, Bradley M. Palmatier of State College, PA; a daughter, Kari A. Palmatier of Genesee; a brother, Jeffrey (Diane) Palmatier of Genesee; grandmother, Martha Palmatier of Coudersport; aunts and uncle, Ada and Leonard Palmatier of Genesee, Lois Daub of Coudersport, and Angela Dunbar of Genesee; two nephews, Derek (Jaime) Palmatier of Whitesville, NY and Aaron (Rachel) Palmatier of Genesee; two grandnieces; and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, Betty J. Dunbar Palmatier; foster sister, Valerye Gibbons; uncles, Donald Dunbar and Harold Daub, Jr.; and cousins, Cory Dunbar and Peggy Haskin.

Friends may call Monday, July 14, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923.

Tax On Gas Wells Would Be Bigger Than Gambling Revenues

Board supports tax on oil, natural gas


Lock Haven Express

MILL HALL - The Keystone Central School Board has seen a lot of natural gas wells going up in central Pennsylvania, and believes some of that revenue should flow into the district's yearly budget via a property tax.

This week, the board voted unanimously to support submission of a "gas well property tax reauthorization" as a platform item when the state school board association lobbies the state legislature for changes in the laws.

The board also voted to recommend that the Clinton County Commissioners join that effort, since both the school district and county government would benefit.

According to Board President Jack Peters, the stakes are fairly high.

Peters said the district could gain yearly revenues of over $3 million if the law was changed.

According to the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania, the new discovery of Pennsylvania's natural gas deposits is the most important event in the history of modern times in Pennsylvania.

Called the Marcellus Shale Gas Deposit, it is the largest in the nation, with a volume of natural gas estimated to be 200-500 trillion cubic feet.

The gas has a projected worth of no less than one trillion dollars, according to the USP report.

Peters and other local government officials say gas exploration companies are spending millions and expecting to make many millions more from natural gas trapped in the Marcellus formation - What's missing in the equation is a key tax on oil, natural gas and mineral removal.

The tax exists in other states but not in Pennsylvania, so companies and their landowner partners, are given a big pass.

In Pennsylvania, the landowner receives royalties from a well and pays taxes on that as ordinary income, and the gas company pays corporate income tax on the money it makes from the well.

What the district and other supporters are recommending is a tax on natural resources "severed" from the land.

Peters said an attempt was made some years back to create a tax on the natural resources, but the tax was overturned by the state's supreme court. Local taxing authorities eyeing a potential windfall are asking the state legislature to revisit the issue and come up with a taxing bill that will pass constitutional muster.

If the General Assembly follows through, a company with a well producing gas worth $400,000 a year would pay $20,000 of taxes with a severance tax of 5 percent.

The stakes are even higher when it comes to public lands owned by the state.

Pennsylvania owns more than three million acres of land, which is controlled by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Game Commission.

The potential revenue would dwarf the amount the state anticipates from its gambling revenue, and local governments that play host to that untaxable property are hoping is that the money from beneath the soil filters down to residents to offset property taxes, repair bridges and upgrade roads, sewers and water systems.

Legislation to reinstate the tax has been introduced.

House Bill 1373, sponsored by Rep. Bill DeWeese, D-Greene, the House majority leader, and cosigned by 25 lawmakers, including Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, would make the gas subject to taxation again.

Gas companies and associated professional organizations say any additional taxes will have an adverse impact on the amount they spend on developing new resources.

Roulette Firemen Chicken Barbeque Today

In addition to doing a great job of providing fire and ambulance service to the Roulette area,
the people from the Roulette Chemical Engine Company do a great job of barbequing chicken.
Their chicken barbeque fundraiser started today(Saturday, July 12, 2008) at 11:00 am and continues 'till the chicken is gone.

Mandy said...

I sure wish I would of had the extra money. That looks DELICIOUS! My mouth is watering!

Editors note: It was as tasty as it looks too. They are great cooks.

Federal Judge Rules Against Rigases In Tax Case


WILLIAMSPORT - A federal judge has refused to dismiss tax charges against the founder and chief executive officer of Adelphia Communications Corp. and one of his sons.

U.S. Middle District John E. Jones III Friday ruled the charges John J. Rigas and his son Timothy R. Rigas face here are different than those on which they were prosecuted in New York City. Read more....

Saturday News From 1490 NewsBlog

Man Charged With Punching Bradford Policeman

WESB News: 07/11/08 - Man Accused of Assaulting Police Officer

A Bradford man is accused of punching a city police officer who was trying to give him a field sobriety test.

42-year-old James Bradford allegedly crashed his car into the former Medicine Shoppe building at the corner of Main and Davis streets, then left the scene.

With the help of eyewitnesses, his car was located in front of Player's Downtown bar on Mechanic Street. Police found Bradford inside and when them brought him out to take a field sobriety test he allegedly refused and struggled with police.

He then allegedly punched officer Shayne Miller, knocking his glasses off and injuring his face. Bradford has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and DUI.

He was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Govenor Signs Tax Break for Volunteers

Potter County Fire News

On Thursday July 10, 2008 Govenor Ed Rendell signed House Bill 377 which will provide active volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel with a $100 state income tax credit when they file their state income tax returns for the 2008 tax year. Eligibility will be determined by a point system based on factors such as the number of calls responded to by the volunteer, training, and time spent on administrative and other tasks.

The legislation was supported in a bipartisan manner by both the Repubican and Democrat leadership in the House and Senate and the legislators in both the House and Senate. It is a pilot program for a one year period and is funded in the Buget in the amount of 4.5 million dollars for the year.

It's Beach Party Time At Lyman Run State Park


It's party time!! After years of no lake at Lyman Run... the beach is officially open and the park is having a family party to celebrate this Saturday evening; July 12.

Weather permitting, join us in the sand for an evening of fun and frolic at Lyman Beach.

The beach food concession, owned by Jim and Tammy Green of Galeton, will remain open so you can plan to have dinner or ice cream...all sorts of games and contests will be held for the kids. There will be beach volley ball, badminton. horse shoes, a sand sculpting contest, a Welcome Back to the Lake poster contest, a Beautiful Bug making contest, scavenger hunt, water balloon toss, relay races and ...what's a beach party without a Hula Hoop dance off?

There will be all sorts of prizes and the winner Welcome Back to the Lake poster contest will see their artwork displayed around Potter County.

Dig out your grass skirt and hula hoop and that ugly Hawaiian shirt that's in the back of your closet and come on out and dance to the D.J. sounds of Steve Worden, who will be playing some great tunes for the party.

Party time is from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Swimming will be permitted until dark.

Event will be cancelled if the weather is bad..please contact the park office for any cancellation notice.
(814) 435-5010

Friday, July 11, 2008

Police Reports Via WFRM

Three Port Allegany residents are being cited for underage drinking in connection to an incident allegedly taking place early this morning at the intersection of Chestnut and Elm Street in that town. State police say they were called to that location on a complaint of juveniles behaving loudly. Upon investigation, police determined all three were under 21 years of age and had consumed alcohol. Colby Brookens, age 19, a 17 year old boy and a 16 year old girl are facing charges in district court.

Troopers at Kane have also charged 32 year old Steven Holly of Eldred with harassment for an incident taking place Thursday afternoon along route 446 in Eldred Borough. Police say Holly arrived at that location and started arguing with Joseph Sitosky in a continuation of a previous argument and allegedly threatened to hit Sitosky.

Emporium based state police are investigating a couple of recent incidents. Thieves entered a camp on Moore Hill Road owned by James Strock of Wyomissing through an unlocked front window over the past six weeks and turned on the water causing $500 in damage to the deep well pump. And vandals damaged a mailbox at the Emporium Health Center between last Thursday and Sunday.

Men Sentenced In McKean County Court

In McKean County Court action, William Langworthy, 40 of Coudersport, was ordered to spend one to five years for DUI but will pay a per diem rate to McKean County so that he can serve his time in the Potter County Jail.

In other court action, 23 year old Leonard Windsor of Smethport was ordered to spend 6 to 18 months in jail for indecent assault and corruption of minors. During an 18 month period, while he was 20 years old Windsor had sexual relations with a 15 year old girl.

Some of the encounters reportedly occurred in area fire departments.

Potter Commissioners Consider 4 Day Week

With the high gas prices, the four day work week is gaining momentum and the Potter County Commissioners acknowledged they have begun to study the possibility for county employees but cautioned it’s only a preliminary look.

Commissioner Paul Heimel stressed if the county did institute a shorter work week, services would not be curtailed but might in fact be improved.

Commissioner Kefover who came up with the idea, told WFRM this afternoon that the idea is very popular with the employees and her committee is exploring utility savings for the county and gasoline savings for employees.

She said she hopes to be able to present a plan to the other two commissioners at the end of this month.

Anonymous said...

Can we make it a 2 day week and save even more money?

I'm all for it, but I don't want to lose our status as the divorce capital of PA and all of the revenue, the hundreds of divorce filings create in our county.

The less time goverment spends in session and on the job, the less regulation there is in the free market.

Keep up the good work guys.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Kellela R. “Peg” Berg, 97, of Smethport, died Friday (July 11, 2008) in the Sena-Kean Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.

Ricky C. Palmatier, 41, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 11, 2008 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. Arrangements will be announced by the OLNEY Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Shelly K. Kelligan, 39, of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, July 3, 2008 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Sunday, July 13, 2008 in the Coudersport American Legion. Pastor Samuel M. Crossley will officiate.

The family asks that there be no flowers, asking instead that memorials be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Bruce Emails Why He Hasn't Posted His Blog

I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I was beginning to get a little concerned that Bruce Trowbridge has not posted his blog for the last couple of days.

I just received an email from Bruce and he reports that the host for his website has the server down for repairs/maintenance, but that it should be back up tomorrow (Saturday).

Although Bruce looks terribly thin in his last picture here, he says he is feeling the best that he ever has in his life. He says that even with a 5500 calorie intake every day, he is only able to maintain his weight.

He says, "I'll be arriving home in Coudersport on July 28th. We are scheduled
to arrive in Ocean City, NJ on the 26th."

Times Are Changing Out In The Boondocks

Our car was stolen in Wellsville

By Oak Duke
Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE - I couldn't believe it when the call came into work yesterday afternoon.
"Honey, somebody stole our car."
"What," I answered expecting the punch line.
"No, really, somebody stole our car!"
"It's not here, I'm not kidding. They took it right out of the driveway."
"You're joking."
"No! I'm not kidding!"
"Okay, I'll be home in a few minutes; then we will call the police."

Maybe the above scenario is becoming more common, throughout the country as the economy continues to slide towards the bottom of its cycle.

Desperate people do desperate things.
But it's a shock when it happens to you!

Cars are stolen all the time in cities. Then they are stripped and/or resold. Right? That's what we learn from the TV.

But not this, this had to be something else.
Cars are stolen for different reasons.

You see, that car our car that was stolen yesterday is worthless.

Our stolen car is a 1993 GMC Jimmy, maroon with at least twice as much rust as original black trim.

So the car wasn't stolen for its value.

But it did have a full tank of gas, so the speculation is that whomever drove away from our driveway in Wellsville, needed and wanted a ride somewhere.

The Wellsville Police, who responded to our call instantly, noted that there has been a recent flurry of car thefts on the east side of Wellsville. One car was found in a ditch, another downtown behind a South Main Street tavern.

The one thing that they all had in common was that they were unlocked and the keys were left in the car.

So first of all, if you live in Wellsville, lock your car. And lock your house.
We are going to change and lock down because right now there is at least one predator on the loose.

So if the car was not stolen for its value (being little more than a loosely held together moveable pile of rusted nuts and bolts,) and since the AC was not working and at the time of the theft, on a 85 F. day, the windows would be down.

So in all likelihood our car was also not stolen for a "joy ride" as we used to call them, that is when someone would take a car for a few hours for fun.

So we speculate that our old car was taken because somebody felt it necessary to go somewhere.
One of the wonderful things about living in Wellsville has been our freedom from fear of predators.

Some would say that this is the inevitable consequence as the cities export their human troubles and problems and pay big bucks to house them in rural environments.
Others would say, it's just the signs of the times, and we are overreacting to just another case of a homegrown predator.

But at the very least, this is a wakeup call.
The real world invades "The Shire."

Predatory people who disrespect others to the point of boldly stealing a car out of the driveway in broad daylight is reason for us now to lock the house, garage and car.

And thank God, nobody was physically hurt, though we are emotionally distraught, and feel personally violated.

So lock up, and lock down so you won't be the next victim.

(Oak Duke is the publisher of the Wellsville Daily Reporter)

Mad Mike said...

It is more than a sign of " the times" and it's more than just enjoying the luxury of low crime rate. This country is in serious trouble and our goverment is turning average and law-abiding citizens into petty thieves.

Someone of strong moral standing may be tempted to steal a gallon of gas when no one is looking. However, someone's moral standing that's lying down...might just steal your car, in broad daylight, and without regard to what the temperature is.

As of late, we've had a flurry of camps robbed, vacant buildings stripped of copper, and gas thefts. It's only going to get worse and we who believe that it's only yours if you earn it...are going to pay dearly.

Our nation has become too liberal and our goverment has entirely too much control. When is it going to be so bad that shady characters escalate from siphoning gasoline out of your car by moonlight to armed home invasions on a Sunday afternoon? At what point do you worry about leaving your wife at home during a business trip? When do good people say enough is enough? As the old saying goes, "The desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy."

I live in the "sticks" and what better target than a home that's in the middle of nowhere? There are no measures I won't take to protect my family and what is mine.

Call it paranoia, call me "redneck", call me part of the problem, but a "bad guy" rooting around in my driveway at 3AM may just find himself staring down the gleaming barrel of .454.

Friday News From 1490 NewsBlog

Proposed Museum May Go To Warren County

WESB News: 07/11/08 - Site of Hunting Fishing Museum May Move

The site of the proposed Pennsylvania Hunting and Fishing Museum may be shifted from Forest County to Warren County.

Discussions are underway to locate the museum to the new Warren County Conservation District building. The museum's board of directors wants the facility to also include conservation, along with hunting and fishing history.

Roulette Address Changes Creates Dilema For 911 Dispatchers And Emergency Responders

New Road Names and Addresses In Roulette Township

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A recent change of some Roulette Township road names and the addresses of the people who reside there have been creating some problems for 911 dispatchers in Tioga County and emergency responders in the Roulette area.

Railroad Avenue in Roulette Township used to run into Seymour Drive which continued up the south side of the Allegheny River to Reed Run Road.

In the recent 911 address change, Railroad Avenue now starts in the Village of Roulette and continues all the way to Reed Run Road as shown on the map above.

Seymour Drive is now the private driveway that goes from Railroad Avenue to Bob Seymour's home as per the map.

The re-vamping of the road names required renumbering of the addresses on the roads affected.

Residents were notified some time ago that they needed to make these address changes with the US Post Office, utility companies, and especially the companies that provide telephone service to their residences.

What is happening is the new addresses are entered into a computer in the 911 dispatch center in Wellsboro, and when you call 911 for an emergency, your address comes up automatically. If you haven't changed your address with your phone company, your old address will come up and emergency services will be dispatched to the location that is now shown on the map for that address.

Although legally you were not required to make that address change for 1 year from the time of notification, delaying making the change can result in emergency dispatches to the wrong location when minutes count in a fire or medical emergency situation. This happened again last week when the ambulance was dispatched.

The Potter County 911 Center has asked that we publicize this information so that everyone in the area will know about the change in the road names and addresses. They also ask that the residences affected post the new numbers on their mailboxes so emergency personnel can find you easily.

You may refer to the Google map pictured above as this is correct with the new road names and location.

12 Year Old Potter-McKean All Stars Win District 15 Championship

The Potter McKean 12 year old All Star little league team finished District 15 play last night undefeated as they beat Susquehanna City 7-2 in Shinglehouse. This earns them a district championship and a trip to the Section 3 tournament that will be held on their home field.

Tommy Walker pitched a complete game gem only giving up one earned run over 6 innings. The game ended on a double play, which was Walker’s 85th pitch of the contest. After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, Potter McKean’s Ethan Hite connected on a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to give them a 2-1 lead. Cameron Kockler hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second in a four run inning for Potter McKean. Hite finished the game with two hits and three RBIs.

They will take on the District 13 champion (Berwick or Milton) on Monday afternoon (7/14) in Shinglehouse to kick off Section 3 play. The consolation bracket for the double-elimination Section 3 tournament will be played in Austin.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Friday, July 11, 2008 8:56:00 AM EDT

Anonymous said...

3 in a Row!
This is the best group of boys!
Not to mention the coaches and parents....WE ARE POTTER/MCKEAN! and they represent very well.
Come support them at Sectionals cuz they are gonna give them all they got!

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Robert D. Huss, 83, of Turtlepoint, died Wednesday (July 9, 2008) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

EMPORIUM — Edward T. Smith, 70, of 321 E. Third St., died Wednesday morning (July 9, 2008) at the Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home.

Solomon's words publishes all complete obituaries free of charge when sent by participating funeral homes. If you don't find the complete obituary here, contact the funeral home for additional information.

Bonus Investigation Reveals Sex Liasion

SOUTH SIDE (KDKA) ― One of the most sordid details of "Bonus Gate" involves a ghost employee and sexual favors that allegedly took place above a cigar shop on the South Side.

An example of abuse of public money outlined by the Attorney General Tom Corbett involved Bill DeWeese's Chief of Staff Michael Manzo and a 21-year-old Pittsburgh graduate student. More...

Lawyer’s Disbarment Follows Guilty Plea


An Oxford lawyer whose Web site once touted him as “a lawyer you can trust” has been disbarred by the Board of Bar Overseers.

Raymond A. Desautels III, 42, of 57 Millbury Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty in federal court in Worcester on June 24 to two counts of wire fraud for misappropriating $1,990,000 from a client’s account.

The client, Kevin Phelan of Hollywood, Ireland, was planning to buy commercial real estate in Coudersport, Pa., with Mr. Desautels acting asclosing lawyer for the transaction. More....

Anonymous said...

Adelphia Consolidated LLC. What happened to the 1 million dollar non refundable deposit from the first deal that fell thru?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Port Man Charged With Knife Threat

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Monday before District Judge William Todd for 22 year old Joshua Cotto of Mill Street Port Allegany on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Cotto is accused of approaching Joseph Crawford with a knife Tuesday afternoon and making threatening moves as he approached the victim near the Sheetz parking lot.

Cotto who was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail is also accused of hitting a woman in the face and back of her head with a closed fist causing injuries requiring medical attention during an argument on July 2.

Motorcyclists Seriously Injured In Cameron County

A Harleysville motorcyclist and his passenger were seriously injured in a collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 120 in Grove Township, Cameron County.

Emporium based state police said the collision occurred when Wilbur Weaver of Altoona who was traveling west turned his Mercury Villager left to enter a parking lot in front of a Yamaha Venture operated by Shannon Clark.

Weaver and his passenger James Conrad of Holidaysburg were both wearing seatbelts and escaped injury.

Clark was wearing a helmet but his passenger, Susan Johnson of Westville was not.

Burglars Attempt to Enter Ansonia Country Store

Mansfield-based state police are probing an attempted burglary at the Ansonia Country Store on Route 6 in Shippen Township Sunday or Monday.

The would-be thieves cut the telephone lines in an attempt to disable the alarm system but were apparently scared off when they activated an audible alarm in the process.

Items Stolen From Coudersport Residence

Troopers here are investigating a burglary occurring between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Sunday on North West Street in Coudersport.

Thieves siphoned about 5 gallons of diesel fuel from a vehicle owned by William Morgart II while it was parked in the driveway at his residence.

They also entered a shed and removed an oak pressed brown rocker, a six foot tall clothes tree and a mahogany 22 inch tall piano stool.

A locked garage door was kicked in the thieves took several items including a Stihl chainsaw with 30” blade, Nikita cordless drill set with charger and batteries, a drill bit set, Nikita cordless saw set with charger and batteries; a brown antique steamer trunk containing miscellaneous dishes and linen and a brown antique basic trunk holding kitchen scales, tools, and dishes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police barracks at 274-8690.

Man Shot In Head Near I-80 Close To NJ Border

State police are investigating a suspicious death in the Monroe County.


A man's body was found in Chestnuthill Township near Long Pond, at the intersection of Hypsie Gap Road and Laurel Road. State troopers said the body was found around 5:30 a.m.

A trooper on the scene said the man found with a gunshot wound to the head. Now they are looking for more information about the middle age man from Monroe County. Read more....

Estranged Husband Sought In Triple Marianna Murder

Authorities say they're looking for Orlando Guarino, 38, as a person of interest in the murders of Ashley Guarino, 22, and her children, Orlando, 11-months, and Druex, 2.
They believe Orlando Guarino is driving a 1994, 2-door white GMC pickup truck. Police say Guarino may be heading to New Jersey.

For video click the link below:
Person Of Interest In Murders Still At Large

An update has reported that Guarino has been arrested by police.

More area Pa. National Guard troops to be deployed


Company C troops live primarily in Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties, but some soldiers also come from Philadelphia, Lancaster County, Sullivan County (Pa.) and Tioga County, N.Y. More...

12 Charged In Illegal PA Bonus Investigation

Attorney General Corbett announces charges in legislative bonus investigation - 12 suspects charged in 1st phase of the investigation



Michael MANZO

Rachel MANZO



Brett COTT



Stephen KEEFER

Patrick J. LAVELLE


HARRISBURG - As part of an ongoing public corruption investigation, agents from the Attorney General's Office today filed numerous theft charges, as well as criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest charges, against 12 suspects, including a state representative from Beaver County, a former House Democratic Minority Whip and four current House Democratic staffers. The investigation has uncovered the illegal use of millions of dollars in taxpayers' funds, resources and state employees for political campaign purposes.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the charges are part of an ongoing grand jury probe into bonuses paid to employees of the Pennsylvania Legislature along with the use of state resources for political campaigns.

Among those charged are former House Democratic Minority Whip Mike Veon, Michael Manzo, the former chief of staff to Pennsylvania Democratic House Majority Leader H. William DeWeese and Beaver County State Representative Sean Ramaley.

Also charged are four current members of the House Democratic Caucus: Jeff Foreman, chief counsel to House Democratic Majority Whip Keith McCall and former Veon chief of staff; Rachel Manzo, executive director of the House Democratic Policy Committee and wife of Michael Manzo; Jennifer Brubaker, director of the Legislative Research Office for the House Democratic Caucus and Patrick Lavelle, a research analyst for the House Democratic Caucus.

Also charged are former House Democratic Caucus employees Scott Brubaker, the former director of staffing and administration for the House Democratic Caucus and husband of Jennifer Brubaker; Brett Cott, a former analyst on Veon's Capitol staff; Steven Keefer, the former director of information technology for the House Democratic Caucus; Earl Mosley, the former director of personnel for the House Democratic Caucus and Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink, a former legislative assistant and district chief of staff in Rep. Veon's Beaver County office

Corbett explained that his office initiated the investigation after a series of newspaper stories revealed that millions of dollars of taxpayer funded bonuses were paid to employees of the Pennsylvania Legislature. More of this story.......

Anonymous said...

If this is true and these people are found quilty. They should be put on display on the State Capital steps and horse whipped.

Reward Increases for Information on Missing Sykesville Woman

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Nearly a year after Joey Lynn Offutt disappeared, her family is hoping more reward money will lead to more information on her whereabouts.

Offut has been missing since July 12 of last year, the day the remains of and infant were found in her burned-out Sykesville home. The remains of the infant hadn't been positively identified until recently. Offutt's nephew, Jason Hungerford, says police told the family within the last couple months that the body is Offutt's 6-week-old son. A cause of death has not been determined.

The family plans to increase the reward money for information leading to Offut's whereabouts from $10,000 to $15,000.

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More on Autism, Cancer Bill

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The new Pennsylvania law mandating insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders also requires that insurance companies cover colon cancer screenings. It also outlines statutory requirements for the proposed merger of Highmark Blue Shield and Independence Blue Cross.

Autism Insurance Coverage Mandate

The law requires insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals under twenty-one years of age, including any medically necessary pharmacy care, psychiatric care, psychological care, rehabilitative care and therapeutic care. Coverage will be capped at 36 thousand dollars per year, and there are no limits on the number of treatments. In 2012, the cap will be adjusted to match the Consumer Price Index. Insurers have to accept as a participating provider any autism service provider within its service area.

Colon Cancer Coverage Mandate

The law requires insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening for individuals who are fifty years of age or older, or those under fifty years of age who are at high or increased risk for colorectal cancer. Coverage includes a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or any combination of colorectal cancer screening tests at a frequency determined by a treating physician.

Blues Merger

The law ensures that the Insurance Department has appropriate oversight over the merger or consolidation of Blues Plans. It also allows the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and the House Insurance Committee to receive and review all filings submitted to the Department of Insurance and develop written comments and recommendations on the merger filings. And it requires the Insurance Commissioner to determine that any approved merger will result in a 'sustained benefit’ to its policyholders.
Anonymous said...

That's really great news to hear. Its about time. So many people have lived with these kinds of aliments and the health care is so expensive. I am currently living with arthritis, it is so hard to be able to afford the med's also even along with health insurance its hard to afford treatment & med's. I think that is one of America's big issue's that they should be focusing on health care and the programs. So that people with serious aliments can get the treatments as needed, with afordable rates. God Bless America!

Anti Casino Forces Giving Feds 5:00 pm Deadline

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Anti-casino forces in Buffalo have set a 5:00 p.m. deadline for a response from the National Indian Gaming Commission to a federal judge's ruling that gambling is not legal on the Seneca Nation's nine acre site in the city. More from WIVB

"The Slant" Featured In Post-Gazette Today

The band "The Slant" is having a release party tonight in Pittsburgh for their new album "Old North".

They were featured today in an article by Scott Mervis in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Three of the members -- Brad Austin, Mark Zedonek and Zach Dow -- hail from Coudersport, Potter County, where they started playing music in early high school.

Costello, from Ellwood City and a group called The Rubber Band, filled out the quartet in 2006 and they recorded their first album "Animanatomy."

While the Post-Gazette wouldn't allow us to republish the entire article for our Potter County readers, they did authorize us to link you to the Post-Gazette story with photo.....

"The Slant " is scheduled to play locally at 5:15 PM on July 19th, 2008 at the Austin Dam Show.

Job Opening At WESB/WBRR

Jobs: 07/10/08 - WESB/WBRR Seeking Air Personality

WESB/WBRR is seeking FT on-air talent for live air shifts, production. Ideal candidate should be experienced, creative, high energy and personable, with a degree in communications, computer/automation skills and have the desire for personal growth.

The station is also seeking interns for the fall semester.

Send air check and resume to Frank Williams, PD

P. O. Box 545

Bradford, PA 16701

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Car Crash Reported In Roulette Township

BREAKING NEWS: 11:51 AM--7-10-08
Roulette emergency services have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of Seymour Drive and Reed Run in Roulette Township.

Roulette Chief on scene reports no injuries.

Central PA Cops Searching For Killer At Large

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man near Blue Knob State Park in Blair County.

A passer-by found the body of Marcus Chromy, 39, near a cabin by Blue Knob Run Road in Greenfield Township around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said Chromy, who is from the Johnstown area, appeared to have died from a gunshot wound. An autopsy was planned for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators are searching for a 1994 Mazda 626 that may belong to the victim.

The car is a blue four-door sedan with license No. GTT-1074. It has a sunroof and peeling paint on the hood.

Police said they did not have any suspects as of 10:45 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 814-696-6100.

UPDATE: According to TV News this Friday morning, a suspect has been arrested in Pittsburgh in this murder.

Charles Cole Adds Orthopedic Surgeon To Staff

CCMH Adds Surgeon

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Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Coudersport native Terry Foust, D.O. to its medical staff, effective July 14.
Dr. Foust, specializing in orthopedic surgery with emphasis on spine and trauma procedures, will become a member of the Champion Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team, joining Dr. Bradley Giannotti and Dr. Seth Shifrin at their offices in Coudersport and Olean, NY. He will also serve patients at CCMH’s satellite offices in Westfield, Port Allegany, and Emporium.

Dr. Foust graduated from Central PA College, Pennsylvania State University, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg where he most recently served as chief resident. Before going to medical school, he worked as a physical therapist assistant. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, American Osteopathic Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

“Coming to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital offers me the chance to join an established group, Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, with a good reputation. I can do what I want to do, orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on spine and trauma procedures,” Dr. Foust said. Many places can limit your scope of practice but here there is the opportunity to see the full spectrum of orthopedics you don’t find elsewhere. There is top care here and people don’t need to travel. In a small hospital, patients benefit from the personal touch and they know that they’re more than just a number in a huge system. Dr. Giannotti and Dr. Shifrin are incredible physicians. The physician assistants and staff are also top notch and I have learned firsthand that is not found in larger health care systems. I’m coming back to work with professionals like them. It’s perfect for me to be where I want to be and do what I want to do,” he said.

“His spine expertise will complete our musculo-skeletal care. I’m ecstatic about working with Dr. Foust,” Dr. Giannotti said.

“This marks a new chapter for Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, where we can provide complete care from head to toe,” Dr. Shifrin said.

“It’s not often that a community has the chance to welcome home someone like Dr. Foust who has achieved so much and who has the potential to help his neighbors and citizens of this region,” Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer, said. “His presence will be felt throughout north central Pennsylvania and lower New York state for a long time to come. Our hospital is very fortunate to welcome Terry to our medical staff.”

Spinal surgery patients should be referred to Dr. Foust through their primary care physician. Surgical patients have typically gone through tests and treatment that may have included physical therapy, injections, x-rays, and MRIs to show that surgery is needed. For more information on Dr. Foust’s services, call 814/274-0900.

Area Obituaries

Gale D. Nichols Sr., 78, formerly of 31 Depot St., Rixford, died Monday (July 7, 2008) in the Bradford Manor. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Solomon's words publishes all complete obituaries free of charge when sent by participating funeral homes. If you don't find the complete obituary here, contact the funeral home for additional information.

Man Threatened With Knife In Port Allegany

WESB News: 07/10/08 - Port man Facing Charges in Two Incidents

A Port Allegany man was arrested Tuesday after threatening another man near a Port Allegany convenience store.

State Police say 22 year-old Joshua Cotto threatened another man with a knife. Court records also indicate that he assaulted a woman back on July 2 at a private residence.

Cotto was jailed on $5,000 dollars bail.

Soldier from Wilkes-Barre Killed in Afghanistan


A soldier originally from Luzerne County was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday, according to published reports.

Douglas Bull, 29, was a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School and grew up in Wilkes-Barre. His father, Chris Bull of Wapwallopen, said he was killed by a roadside bomb.

Douglas Bull was married and had two children.

Thomas A. Georgia, 61, Shinglehouse, PA

Thomas A. Georgia CAPTION “Beloved father, grandfather, & brother”

Shinglehouse, PA---Thomas A. Georgia, 61, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 in his home after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Born June 1, 1947 in Buffalo, NY, he was a son of Vernon and Elizabeth Fisher Georgia. On March 11, 1971 in Buffalo, NY, he married Deborah A. Burkett, who died on May 2, 2007.

Mr. Georgia was a graduate of South Park High School in Buffalo, class of 1966 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a custodian at the Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, PA and also was employed by the IU9 program as student aide, retiring in June of this year.

He was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530. He was an accomplished woodworker and stain glass maker. He was known throughout the area for his artistic talents.

Surviving are a son, David P. (Trisha) Georgia of Olean, NY; a granddaughter, Lily A. Georgia of Olean, NY; a brother, Richard (Loraine) Georgia of Boulder City, Nevada; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Georgia was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

At Mr. Georgia’s request there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the SPCA, Route 16, Olean, NY 14760.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Alleged Assaults in Olean

An Olean man has been charged with assault after allegedly breaking another man's nose Tuesday night in a convenience store parking lot. 22-year-old Franklin Chase is accused of punching Robert Gilbert in the face and breaking his nose while two other men hit Gilbert with a baseball bat and golf club. Chase is also accused of throwing a metal pipe at Gilbert's car, denting it and smashing a side-view mirror. Police say more arrests are pending.

An Olean man has been charged with assault and possession of a controlled substance. 22-year-old Gary Maull is accused of kicking Greg Eaton in the head and ribs while they were at Younger's Bar. He also allegedly violated a court order by contacting an Olean woman, and allegedly possessed and sold crack cocaine.

Rendell Signs Law For Autism Coverage

WESB News: 07/09/08 - Rendell Signs Autism Bill into Law Governor Ed Rendell hands signed copies of House Bill 1150 to Senators Jane Orie and Don White following a July 9 ceremony. The new law provides for coverage of autism services, colorectal cancer screening and state oversight of the proposed merger of Highmark Inc. and Independence Blue Cross. For more on this story, visit the 1490 NewsBlog
(Photo Courtesy of Senate Republican Communications)

Bill Introduced To Help Pay Fuel For Volunteer Fire Companies

WESB News: 07/0908 - SAVES Act To Help VFDs with Fuel Costs

U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Jason Altmire today introduced legislation to help volunteer fire companies cover the rising cost of fuel prices.

The Supporting America’s Volunteer Emergency Services Act of 2008 (SAVES Act) would establish a grant program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be distributed to volunteer fire companies to help them pay to fuel fire trucks and emergency response vehicles.

The SAVES Act has the endorsement of Ed Mann, the Fire Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Volunteer Fire Council.

Crosby Mart Robbed In Bradford

WESB News: 07/09/08 - Interstate Parkway Crosby Mart Robbed

Bradford City Police are investigating a robbery at the Interstate Parkway Crosby Mart Tuesday night.

A clerk at the store reported that a man entered the store at about 10:15, brandishing a knife and demanding cash.

The clerk gave him an undetermined amount of money then fled on foot through the back door of the building. The clerk was not hurt.

Anyone with pertinent information is asked to call Bradford City Police or use the confidential tip line at

Update On Police Car Crash On Rt. 322

Centre Daily Times
PATTON TOWNSHIP — The westbound lanes of U.S. Route 322 reopened shortly before 3 p.m. after being closed for more than 4 hours following a crash that seriously injured a Patton Township police officer. More with photos...

I-80 Open Again After Garbage Truck Crash

Interstate 80 is open again after a truck crash closed part of the westbound lanes in Northumberland County.

State police said a garbage truck flipped over just after 7 a.m. just west of the Limestoneville exit (15) near Milton. Most of the garbage stayed in the truck. Traffic was down to one lane most of the morning. More with photo....

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Seneca Nation Vows To Continue

WIVB) - The Seneca Nation of Indians has announced it plans to continue gaming operations and construction at the Buffalo Creek Casino. More...

Anonymous said...

Hasn't this country and goverment
messed with all AMERICAN INDIANS
enought let them build there casino
in Buffalo, it's better than the MOP out of Atlatic City.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above. Leave the native americans alone already. Who cares if they build a casino, oh that's right the government cant control the money coming in and out of the Indian casino's and if they did get their cut we wouldn't be having this debate. Our government is so greedy. I hope they build their casino in spite of the ruling.

Anonymous said...

The government needs to leave the Indians alone. They seem to forget that they were here when white man arrived on our shorelines. They should be ashamed
of how they have treated the indians since day one. Now that the indians have gotten some education white man doesn't seem to
like that so well.

Bruce's Blog--Day 39--Blessings From Above

Oh, how the days are flying! We just arrived in Peoria, Illinois pretty late. We’re trying to relax, reminisce, and sit down and talk for once. Believe it or not, we have to be really focused on our goal so that we are able to do what we pledge to do.

As Tim was taking me back out to the spot at which I left off this morning, I had a lot of time to reflect. One of the thoughts that continued to roll through my mind was how quickly this “journey across the nation” will end, but how the need and the work to be done will not.

All of my life will be a journey, and it is my dream that there will be positive change in the world. Just like out here, you never know what is around the next corner. We know that God’s in control and that He has plans for all of us, but we need to step out on that leap of faith and take the action, take that risk.

Today was specially unique because I prayed that I would be able to continue running/biking and for the strength to do so. We were confronted with thunderstorms all day long, and I was always heading in their direction. Nonetheless, they kept moving away from me.

Also, each morning I wake up, my knees tend to ache. There is no way that without His strength that I could continue on because twenty miles of running alone every day is a lot of pounding.

I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and your prayers. We have been very blessed on this journey with strength, good health, being able to share the “Good News,” and fellowship.

We’re going to continue on strong with our mission, and that is to serve. May God bless you! We’ll see you tomorrow!

Samuel R. Pifer, 21, Former Galeton Resident

Samuel R. Pifer, 21, of Marshall, North Carolina passed on Tuesday (July 1, 2008) at Geisinger Medical Center following an accident.

Sam was a resident of Galeton, Pa. before moving to North Carolina in 2005. He was a graduate of Galeton High School Class of 2005.

Sam worked at Borg Warner in Asheville for the past two years.

He is remembered as a “bright light” among his family, friends, and acquaintances and left an impression on all he met. He was a gifted drummer, having studied in Ghana Africa for a month shortly after graduating. He was also a natural comedian, keeping his family and friends laughing just by being himself.

He is survived by his mother and father, Steve and Lore Pifer of Galeton; two sisters, Autumn (Justin) Harter of Galeton, Pa. and Erika (Jerry) Schilling of North Carolina. Also surviving are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heers of Wellsville, and Rev. and Mrs. Walter Pifer of Wellsboro, Pa.

U.S. Route 322 westbound is closed in the area of the Grays Woods interchange after a Patton Township police cruiser crashed and rolled over.

Dylan Harvey Barke', 18, Formerly Shinglehouse, PA

Wednesday News From 1490 NewsBlog

New Airline To Serve Bradford Airport In Fall

WESB News: 07/09/08 - Gulfstream to be New Carrier to BRA

Gulfstream International Airlines is planning to begin service at Bradford Regional Airport this fall. The Department of Transportation has selected Gulfstream to provide commercial air service to Bradford Regional and nearby Jamestown under a two-year contract starting Oct. 1.

The decision will end a four-year relationship the airport has had with current carrier Colgan Air. Gulfstream will fly under the Continental Airlines banner to Cleveland.

Williamsport Area Township To Get $2,400. An Acre For Gas And Oil Lease

Sun Gazette
The drillers are paying $2,400 per acre in the lease with the township, with a 15 percent royalty arrangement. Just by signing, the township receives a return of more than $164,000 within 90 days of the signature approval, Mazzullo said. More...

Port Allegany Man Jailed For Rape

WESB News: 07/09/08 - Port Man Arrested on Rape Charges

A Port Allegany man was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a boy and several miniature horses over a period of several years.

Court records show that 41 year-old Eddie Graham is facing numerous charges including rape, indecent assault and sexual intercourse with an animal. He also tried to force the boy to have sex with the horses too.

The incidents happened over a period of time between 2004 and 2006. Graham is jailed on $150,000 dollars bail.

Anonymous said...

Is this for real!! Don't waste any court money on him just take him out back and SHOOT HIM. SICK BAS***.

Anonymous said...

I agree!! I was told this isn't the first time he has had charges of this nature.But he got away with it last time!!!

Mad Mike said...

Death is too easy for this man. Lock him up Robert Hanssen style and instead of one hour of daylight time...allow all the large homosexual inmates a one hour recreational visit to his cell.

Joel Zink said...

Right on Mad Mike. That's the way it should be right there. This guy deserves the worst possible thing that can happen to him, and I'm pretty sure that's NOT death.

That'd be getting off easy.

Anonymous said...

This is why I live in the city and not in the country!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Before passing judgement, this is not true. Innocent until proven guilty??? Imagine if you were falsely accused

Anonymous said...

Innocent until proven guilty... that's a truly American sentiment that I can agree with. However, I stand by my previous statements, but with an added "If he's guilty, then..." at the beginning.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bob Holmes Coming To Roulette First Baptist Sunday

Bob Holmes – the One-Man Volleyball Team is coming to town. Bob is an evangelist who plays volleyball- by himself. He travels nationwide, playing any team put up against him. His current record is around 16,400 wins and 400 losses. He is a tremendous speaker and relates particularly well to high school students. You can find out more about him at

On Sunday, July 13th Bob will be preaching at the First Baptist Church in Roulette. Services start at 9:30 and 10:45 am.

Sunday evening, he will be playing and preaching at the Coudersport High School at 7:00 pm.

On Monday night, July 14th, he will be playing again at the Port Allegany High School gymnasium at 7:00 pm. The public is cordially invited to these events.

God’s Adventure Camp, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Roulette, is hosting a girls’ volleyball camp July 14th-19th. Bob Holmes will be here for the camp the first two days.

If you play volleyball well and are interested in competing against Bob, or are interested in volleyball camp, please contact Bruce Greene at 544-8045 or email