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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Poll Ends--Majority Don't Want Wind Turbines In Potter County

The poll on Solomon's words asking if you approve of Wind Turbines being placed in Potter County brought a record number of responses and nearly as many comments.

  • Three hundred and eighty people responded to the poll.

  • 150 or 39% voted in favor of the wind turbines.

  • 214 or 56% voted against placing wind turbines in Potter County.

  • 16 or 4% didn't care one way or the other.
This was in marked contrast to a recent poll in the Elmira Star Gazette where respondents to that poll voted 95% to 5% in favor of wind turbines.

Thank you for taking the time to vote in this poll and offering your comments. It has been a very educational week on the subject of wind turbines.

Anonymous said...

Can we please stop arguing back and forth about this, nobody on here is going to have anything to say about it once the county rules in favor or against it, I am personally sick of scrolling through post after post to try and get to the next article.

As per your request, wind power comments will no longer be posted on the main page. Comments will still be posted, but you will have to click on comments to read them on a separate page.

Anonymous said...

thank you for removing all the pro wind comments from the main page and only leaving your anti-wind / development agenda there.

ATV Accident Reported Near Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS: 8:55PM--8-9-08
Port Allegany emergency services have been dispatched to an atv accident on Birch Run Road where injuries have been reported.

Karen E. Rathgeber, 49, Bradford, PA

Karen E. Rathgeber, 49, of 75 Congress Street passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008 in Bradford.

Born August 24, 1958, in Bristol, Pa., she was a daughter of Gerald G. "Tic" and Carol Ann "Skipper" (Lewis) Rathgeber.

Ms. Rathgeber was a 1976 graduate of Pennsbury High School and a 1980 graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with a major in Spanish Language and a minor in English. She also attended Gannon University for her Masters Degree.

She traveled to El Salvador where she was a translator to a small delegation for the United Church of Christ. She moved to Spain where she was an English tutor, returned to the United States and worked for Bell Telephone as a Spanish speaking operator, then to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and taught English at a bilingual elementary school. In 2002 she moved to the Bradford area where she taught first in Shinglehouse and then in Bradford. She was the advisor to the Spanish Club at Fretz Middle School, instructor for Emersion Spanish Class and Adult Education Spanish Class. She was also Advisor for SALSA, Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse, and volunteered at FCI McKean in the Christian Ministry Program for Spanish speaking inmates. She was a member of Sweet Adeline's.

She was employed as a Spanish Teacher at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School. She attended Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by Mi Amor: Thomas R. Kifer of Bradford; two sons, Marc Serrano-Rathgeber of Philadelphia and Nico Alvarado-Rathgeber of Bradford; two sisters, Kathy Lincoln of Penndel and Carol E. Rathgeber of Honey Brook; two brothers, Jerry Rathgeber of Bensalem and Steve Rathgeber of Chester Spring; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 8, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave. and then again on Saturday, August 9, 2008, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, followed by funeral services with Rev. David Bunnell officiating.

Burial will be in Ott Cemetery Ridgway.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be announced in Holland, Pa.

Memorials if desired may be made to Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, Vacation Bible School Fund, 44 Kennedy Street, Bradford, Pa. 16701. Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes

Sue Pavlik, Pennsbury Class of '76 said...

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Karen's passing. My condolences to her family and friends.

Katrina Y. Stiles, 22, Harrison Valley, PA

Katrina Y. Stiles, 22, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, August 9, 2008 in the UPMC Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

She was born December 4, 1985, in Coudersport, PA.

Surviving are: mother and step-father, Quenna and Cory Stilson; father and step-mother, Phillip and Betty Stiles; step-father, Frank Robbins; two brothers, Phillip “PJ” Stiles, Jr. and Colby Robbins; a sister, Elisha Stiles; paternal grandparents, Henry and Sharon Stiles; step-grandmother, Mary Robbins; step-grandparents, Jim and Eileen Stilson; step-greatgrandmother, Marian Stilson; step-sister, Jennette Crowner; step-brother, Troy Stilson; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by maternal grandparents, N. Marie Kibbe and Jacob Kibbe; and paternal grandmother, Ruth Trowbridge.

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

Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Anonymous said...

May you rest in peace sweetie! You fought so hard and so long, you are truly an inspiration. My heart goes out to the families.

Kettle Creek Music Festival Continues Today

Our thanks to Dave Brooks, Potter County Visitors Association,
for sending these pictures of the music festival.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY - Estelle M. Reedy, 81, of Broad Street, formerly of Eldred, died Friday (Aug. 8, 2008) in the Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport, after a brief illness. Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, is in charge of arrangements.

CORYVILLE - Betty O. Bickford, 81, of East Valley Road, died Thursday (Aug. 7, 2008) at the Sena-Kean Manor, following a brief illness. Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, is in charge of arrangements.

Rep. Causer Sets Local Hours

In my ongoing efforts to make government more accessible to you, I have scheduled the following outreach office hours in August:

Thursday, Aug. 14:

  • Emporium Borough Office – 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Eldred Borough Office – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
You are also welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor, telephone 814-362-4400) or Coudersport (2 Allegany Ave., telephone 814-274-9769) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour). Or call toll-free 1-866-437-8181, visit my Web site at or e-mail me at I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, August 8, 2008

SPCA May Have Located Property For New Center

PSPCA may keep Wellsboro facility through 2009
By Diane Eaton

Wellsboro Gazette

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has NOT closed its Marion Simpson Siemens Adoption Center, located across from Weis Market on Route 6 in Charleston Township near Wellsboro, as originally planned.

And now, PSPCA CEO Howard Nelson, headquartered in Philadelphia, says that the Wellsboro facility "will continue to operate at full capacity through 2009 or longer unless the funding for the shelter continues to decline as it has in the past several years while our costs to do business increase."

The PSPCA may have resolved the problem of finding five to 10 acres of property in Potter County to build a new, "fully funded" facility there. Nelson said Wednesday, August 6, "As a result of our recently contacting Potter County officials, we now have several options for property in Potter County. We hope to wrap up our purchase decision by September of this year."
Helen F. Miller, a Potter County resident, died on January 3, 2005 and willed $2.1 million to the Pennsylvania SPCA to build a new facility in Potter County. In July of last year, PSPCA officials announced they would be closing the Wellsboro Adoption Center in "less than a year" as soon as the new facility was built. More....

And even more on this......

Anonymous said...

A posthumous thank you to Helen Miller.

Penn State Researcher To Speak In Wellsville

Marcellus Shale, an Allegany County Gold Mine?

By Kathryn Ross---Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE - The high cost of energy has fueled claims of economic growth stemming from the recoverable gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale formation, and one of the leaders in the field, Terry Engelder, formerly of Wellsville, will discuss the potential for that growth in Wellsville next week.

Engelder will be in Wellsville 7 p.m. Monday at the David A. Howe library to give a public presentation on the possibility of economic growth based on the development of the area’s natural gas reserves courtesy of the Wellsville Citizens for Responsible Development.

There will also be a discussion of an approach which could make Allegany County more appealing to the energy companies and could result in increased tax revenues, employment and cheap fuel to the area, according to the WC-RD. More....

Was Marcellus Shale Gas Tapped In 1940 Well?

What is the Crandall Farm Blowout?

By Kathryn Ross

WELLSVILLE - In 1940, before the United States was swept into World War II, many of the young men found work or treasure, in some cases, in the oil and gas fields in the southern hills of Allegany County. The area was in what has historically become known as the second oil boom, when the oil left in the ground following the first oil boom at the turn of the century was being retrieved through the use of pressurized water.

It was in that atmosphere on April 3, 1940, that the ground exploded capturing the attention of gas and oil drillers for nearly three weeks and perhaps, as suggested by Penn State geologist Terry Engelder, having an impact today, on the future of Allegany County’s struggling economy. More...

WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 8

There will be a fish fry at the Roulette fire hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $8.00. Dinner includes baked/battered fish, baked potato/French fires, coleslaw/applesauce and roll. Take-outs available by calling 544-7762.

August 7.8,9

The Genesee United Methodist Church will have a yard sale, at the church on Main St. Genesee from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Beef on Wick sandwiches will be available Saturday from 11:00 to 1:00. Take-outs only.

August 8-10

The 8th annual Kettle Creek Music Festival will be held at the Quiet Oaks Camp Grounds in Cross Fork. The festival will feature 20 hours of live music, homemade foods, crafts, vendors, paintball, chainsaw carvers, and classic cars (on Saturday).The local group, Jakobs Hollow will be on stage Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Camping available. Proceeds benefit the Kettle Creek Ambulance Association. For more information, visit

Argument At Skate Park Gets Disorderly Conduct Charges For 2

Both people involved in an argument at the Roulette Skate Park Wednesday evening are being charged with disorderly conduct.

State police said 22 year old Carrin Potocek of Coudersport and 21 year old Orry Murray of Roulette used obscene language in front of several minors while shouting at each other.

Charges are being filed before District Judge Barbara Easton.

Anonymous said...

What were they doing there anyway? I thought the park was for the kids use.

Eldred Man Charged With Sticker Violation

State police at Kane have charged 20 year old David Lowe of Eldred with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Authorities claim sometime between February and July, Lowe put an inspection sticker on a vehicle for which it was not issued.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he'll get 5 years in prison, but we'll let the child molesters out in one.

Camp Burglarized In Cross Fork

State police here are probing yet another camp burglary.

Sometime since July 17, thieves forced open a wooden door at a camp on Chestnut Street in Cross Fork and then cut padlocks on a hasp to gain entry to an outbuilding located about 30 feet away.

It’s not known at this time if anything was taken.

Potter County Has Some Checks For Senior Citizens

The Potter County Department of Aging says it still has some Farmers Market Nutrition Checks available to senior citizens, 60 or older.

Four five dollar checks will be given to seniors who meet income qualifications. The checks can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables which are grown or can be grown in Pennsylvania.

Processed foods such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are ineligible. Vendors that are approved for the program display a sign indicating their participation in the program.

Age and address verification must be given when signing up. Proof of income is not required but seniors must sign a register verifying their 2007 income.

Checks can be obtained at any Potter County Senior Center or the Department of Aging on North Street in Roulette.

Apparent Motorcycle-Car Crash At Turtlepoint

State Police are on the scene of a motorcycle -car crash at 155 & Champlin Hill Road at Turtlepoint.

No other information was available from our on the scene reporter.

Olean Woman Airflighted To Geisinger

An Olean, NY woman was flown by medical helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries she sustained when she was thrown off her motorcycle Wednesday afternoon on Route 44 about a half mile north of the Roush Road in Stewardson Township, Potter County.

State police said 45 year old Anne Huselstein was headed north when her 2005 Harley Davidson failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the road and struck an embankment.

NY After Cigarette Tax Money From Indians Again

WESB News: 08/08/08 - New Legislation to Tax Indian Cigarettes

The New York State Legislature has passed legislation to tax cigarettes sold by Indian retailers to non-Indians.

The measure, which died in the Senate in June, was suddenly resurrected today during a one-day special session of the Senate. It seeks to obtain what lawmakers believe could be at least $400 million in taxes.

The legislation requires tobacco wholesalers who supply retailers, including Indian stores and Internet sites, to certify under penalty of perjury that they will not supply cigarettes that do not possess a legal New York state tax stamp.

The Seneca Nation has led the fight against taxing of Native American products, saying treaties stated they would not be taxed. The measure will now be sent to Gov. David Paterson

New York Wind Farm Goes Forward

Construction to begin in spring on Prattsburgh Wind project

Star Gazette
First Wind announced Friday that it plans to begin construction on its controversial Prattsburgh Wind project in the spring of 2009.

“We appreciate the strong community partnership that has contributed to getting the Prattsburgh Wind Project to where it is today,” said Chris Swartley, vice president of development for the company’s northeast area. We look forward to continuing to work with the Town of Prattsburgh and its residents and appreciate the strong support the project has received.”

First Wind, based in Newton, Mass., is the target of an investigation by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The investigation will determine whether the company improperly sought or obtained land-use agreements with citizens and public officials; whether improper benefits were given to public officials to influence their actions and whether they entered into anti-competitive agreements or practices, Cuomo’s office said. More...

How Much Will Townships, County, Schools Get From Wind Turbines

A big question that I haven't seen answered in all the discussion is how much taxes will the townships, County and schools get from these million dollar monsters they want to install in Potter County?

The video from New York State indicated that their town was swimming in money from the taxes on these industrial wind turbines, and landowners were getting $10,000.00 a year for each turbine on their land.

Are these wind farms going to pay taxes on their value or are they going to be like the oil and gas wells that are getting a free ride on the tax wagon, after paying a $4500.00 permit fee to the Commonwealth?

These are answers we need to know in this equation. Can someone in government tell us.

Anonymous said...

One thing is certain.
PA is not permitted to tax
turbines in the same manner that
NY State does. The land leasers
get paid and then their are private deals made. It's the 'private deals' part that
is offensive. Too many secrets for
a few too keep from the many!!
Just my take on things.

Dear Jim:
In response to your email request, here is our understanding of the Pennsylvania real estate tax laws pertaining to industrial wind turbines:

Pennsylvania law specifically exempts the wind turbines from real estate (property) taxation as equipment and provides for taxation based only on the lease value of the land upon which the wind turbines stand. Wind turbines cannot be taxed as a property improvement (i.e., equipment), despite the fact that the more modern turbines have a value of $1.5 million to $3 million each.

The law does allow the lease to be taxed under the income capitalization approach. We do have our chief assessor, Joe Lewis, continuing to investigate the tax implications and will be sharing more information with the public in the coming weeks.

Here are excerpts from an Associated Press article on the issue:

"The wind-energy industry won a battle in Pennsylvania with a new state law that will settle the question of whether the value of turbines on wind farms can figure into property tax assessments. The law, which was signed Nov. 29 (2006) by Gov. Ed Rendell and takes effect in late January 2007, states that the value of wind turbines, like the value of other business equipment, must not be counted by tax assessors when setting property values. Counties, municipalities and school districts that host Pennsylvania's seven wind farms were taking different approaches on whether to tax turbines, proponents of the law said . . . "

Paul Heimel,
Potter County Commissioners

Centre County Opening GOP Victory Center

Grand Opening for 2008 GOP Victory Center in State College


Contact – Patrick Joliet 617-407-3717

The Centre County Republican Party is holding a Grand Opening for the 2008 Victory Center on Tuesday August 12th at 4pm. The office is located at 108 West Beaver Ave., Suite 207, State College, PA.

Supporters and volunteers of Senator John McCain, Republican Congressional Candidate Glenn Thompson, and all local Republican candidates and interested individuals of the community are encouraged to attend. We will have a volunteer sign up, material such as bumper stickers and signs to distribute, and an update on Senator McCain’s campaign.

Centre County Vice Chairman and McCain 2008 Centre County Coordinator Patrick Joliet said, “The grand opening is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping with Sen. McCain’s campaign, or any of our Republican candidates’ campaigns to come out, show their support, and get involved.

Even though this was predicted to be a Democratic landslide election recent polls have Senator McCain now leading or tied going into the fall campaign. Now is the time we need your help to ensure that Senator McCain will be the next President of the United States.”

All members of the press are welcome.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe anyone in Potter County would campaign for another republican president. Look around .. gas wells, windturbines,,everywhere...who's getting the money??? The big corporations of course, just like under the current republican administration...who also in fact has given them all tax credits while you all in Potter County don't see a dime but still pay high taxes!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should just all vote "None of the above" because neither part has anyone running I care to vote for!

We had some good years while Clinton was in office but then we had to put up with lies, cheating, sex scandal, questionable suicides, and the list goes on...with a wife that had 8 years to FIX the health care system of this great country...she did not get er done!

Know why?

Because politicians personally stand to benefit more from the insurance compaines and drug companies than their morals to work for the tax payers that put them in office to represent us!

And don't get me wrong it is not just in one party it is in both.

Ever wonder if we "took off" or did our jobs "part time" for 2 years to do something other than our every day jobs we receive pay checks for IF WE would continue to receive that income...I don't think so, guess what politicians do.

Hell they spend 1/2 of their terms in office running for the next term!

Ha Only in the good ole USA!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Potter County Republicans BUSH killed Potter County and didn't even care about the people of Potter County!!!!

Mad Mike said...

So...what would you have me do? Vote for for Obama? Please!! We're hosed either way but I'll take the lesser of two evils.

Lowes Will Not Build On Million Dollar Highway

Courier Express
KERSEY - Fox Township is not getting a Lowe's.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the Fox Township Supervisors meeting. The supervisors said the project was terminated due to economic reasons. The plan had been in the works for several years and the store would have been located on the Million Dollar Highway.

Bradford Man Faces 20 Years For Child Sex Images

WESB News: 08/08/08 - Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

A Bradford man has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting children.

24-year-old Matthew Ryan Dougherty received images containing visual depictions of minors in sexually explicit conduct.

He'll be sentenced in Pittsburgh November 25 and faces 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. The FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, the Bradford Police Department and the Keene, New Hampshire, Police Department conducted the investigation.

Port Allegany Bridge Work Continues

WESB News: 08/08/08 - Bridge and Road Work Scheduled

Excavation work will start next week for the soil wall on the Port Allegany side of the Allegany River Bridge.

Crews plan to complete placement of the rip rap rock on pier #1 and pier #2 of the bridge, and to get ready to pour the deck of the railroad bridge. They may also start construction for the reinforced soil slope walls between the two bridges.

Also next week, crews will begin milling on Route 219 from Tacks Inn to Lewis Run. They expect the project to take six days.

Voices Of Tug Hill--Part 1

Hammer Layne said...

How ANYBODY, after watching this video of our northern neighbors and listening to their thoughts about and their troubles with these wind farms, can say they would welcome this nonsense in our beloved Potter County, is beyond me.
Friday, August 8, 2008 5:22:00 PM EDT

Anonymous said...

More Pro Potter Countians teaming on with STK Renewable Energy, Inc to make Potter County a better place. Thanks guys!

Edwin Gerhart & Etta Gerhart IN Eulalia Twp

Patricia Loy in Sweden Twp

Stanley & Janice Goodwin in Eulalia Twp

Charles Whitman in Homer & Eulalia Twp


Kent Kenyon and Katherine Kenyon in Hebron Twp

and Stanley gets another nod

Stanley Goodwin and Janice Goodwin in Homer and Eulalia Twp.

and the hits just keep on coming...........

Anonymous said...


You must be pretty envious or you would not keep "updating" your list of Potter County tax payers that have signed on for something they feel is good.

But you can not blow hard enough to stop them, can ya?

Guess Zoning should have been done BEFORE contracts were signed, talk about a lawsuit!

That's kinda like bitchin about the cows getting out of the barn after you leave the damn door wide open!

If the smartest people in Potter County should make the decisions they should have seen this coming BEFORE it happened since it has been being reviewed by so many of you for sooooo long! Ha

100 Acre PA Solar Power Site 2nd Largest In US

Carbon to get 2nd-biggest solar farm

Complex in Nesquehoning could power 1,450 homes.

|Of The Morning Call

A pristine mountainside not far from the anthracite coal fields that fueled the nation's industrial past now will help provide the energy for its future -- as the site of a 100-acre, $65 million solar panel field that will be the largest in Pennsylvania and the second-largest in the country, officials announced Thursday.

And more may follow. More...

Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me, CLEAN energy, just hope it goes through without a bunch of Anti' solar protesters!

Will they reflect light, will they take away from the beauty of the country side, will they put money in their neighbors pocket instead of theirs?

Good Luck with this project!

Man Gets 10 To 20 Years For Using 14 Yr. Old As Prostitute

Sun Gazette

A Hepburn Township man who preyed sexually on a 14- year-old girl and had explicit images of the child on his personal computer has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison.

Scott Eric Swinn, 31, of 5957 Lycoming Creek Road was sentenced by Judge Nancy L. Butts following an April 1 guilty plea to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Since then, he was determined to be a violent sexual offender by the state Sexual Assessment Board.

According to court records, Swinn met the girl over the Internet, but it was the girl's mother who found the explicit photographs of her and contacted police in November. Assistant District Attorney Mary A. Kilgus said he took the girl over state lines and used her as a prostitute.
Old Lycoming Township Det. Sgt. Chris Kriner said police confiscated more than 40 images of child pornography. The FBI also investigated and found child pornography in Swinn's possession.

McKean Commissioner Explored Impact Of Natural Gas Drilling Boom

Commissioners Joe DeMott and Judy Church reported on the sessions they attended earlier this week at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Convention in Valley Forge.

DeMott attended several meetings that addressed the topic of economic impact of drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a bedrock formation that spreads throughout almost all of West Virginia, all of western and other parts of Pennsylvania, and sections of Ohio and New York state and contains extremely large reserves of recoverable natural gas.

According to DeMott, a delegation from Lycoming County visited a gas field near Fort Worth, Texas, in order to learn about the economic impact the natural gas exploration had there. In just the past six years, 80,000 new jobs in this industry were created there, DeMott said. More...

Area Obituaries

ELDRED — Betty O. Bickford, 81, of East Valley Road, died Thursday (Aug. 7, 2008) in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Hilliard Claims Scarnati Campaign Financed By Special Interest Groups

Falls Creek native Donald Hilliard running for 25th Senatorial District seat in state Legislature

Donald Hilliard’s campaign for senator of Pennsylvania’s 25th District is simple: reform campaign financing and start listening to the little guy.

The former Jefferson County commissioner and Falls Creek native is campaigning for the seat against Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway.

The 25th consists of Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and parts of Clearfield and Warren counties.

Eliminating the powerful influence of special interest groups, according to Hilliard, will spur the state government into addressing many ignored issues. More...

Mount Jewett Swedish Festival Starts Today

Mount Jewett Swedish Festival kicks-off today in the borough

A bit of Sweden will be represented in Mount Jewett today as the annual Swedish Festival gets under way.

The festival, which has been running for more than 35 years, will feature a few new events along with traditional community-wide activities to celebrate the Swedish heritage of the area. More...

Preview Of This Week's Endeavor News

This week's edition of Endeavor News, available starting on Friday in Emporium, Coudersport and Austin, warns of more energy exploitation in the crystal ball for Potter and Cameron Counties as coal-mining and natural gas transportation giants announce new plans.

Local governments in Potter County could be hurting financially with the revelation that the Rigas family and Wending Creek Farms have not been paying overdue real estate taxes on thousands of acres.

Three major construction projects in the Coudersport Area School District are winding down, just in time for the start of classes later this month.

A judge has turned down a suit filed by residents of Mockingbird Lane who oppose the construction of a new county emergency operations center and tower along Rt. 872 in Coudersport.

A downturn in the automotive industry is having a ripple effect on one of the region's biggest employers GKN Sinter Metals in Emporium. A company spokesperson announced that one of the facilities is up for sale. Meanwhile, about 45 employees have lost their jobs or been shifted to lower-paying positions.

Endeavor News is the area's newest newspaper and it's all local. Get your copy today!

Bobby Sends Another Video Of Wind Farm

Anonymous said...

There's another side to that YouTube video posted about wind farms at Tug Hill. You want to hear about JOBS, what will really happen to your property values and how truly benificent the lovely wind conglomerates are?
DO NOT form an opinion until you've seen this one in FULL (find parts 2 and 3 on the YouTube links after you see part 1:

Also, please note that you can't judge the noise and visual pollution of a wind farm by just experiencing them in the daytime. They are even more egregious at night, when the noise is heard more readily and the flashing lights invade your life forever.
Friday, August 8, 2008 9:19:00 AM EDT

Anonymous said...

For those of you who live nearby the proposed sites, below is a link to a 5 month noise diary kept by a family who live 3/4 mile east of South Byron in Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin.

These are fans. If your desk fan makes noise these will too, it's only logical. Only to an exponential degree.

For those who have ears, let them hear.

Coments are welcome, as always

Anonymous said...

Public Health and Safety placed at risk by UPC Cohocton Wind Farm

The more you know the greater your outrage! Government has an intrinsic duty to protect the public heath and safety of citizens. Local jurisdictions, especially on the town and county levels are supposed to have the closest empathy for their neighbors and residents. The theory that planning committees and town boards administer according to their solemn responsibility is not a given. Blatant and conscious disregard to fulfill their public oath is no further away then the caviler and heavy hand on the Town of Cohocton as it pushes a man made disaster.

UPC, the developer of the Cohocton Wind Power project, operates under a shell of corporate shields. Acting under Canandaigua Power Partners 1 and 2, LLC – the two phase project has been introduced to circumvent the impact of a single plan. Just how many more ventures are ready to be unveiled and are being kept from public scrutiny? What is the purpose of conducting business under a stealth shield of disinformation and disingenuous dealings?

Part of the answer rests in the severe adverse health effects to residents that live in proximity to the 2.0 MW wind turbines. Listen to the real life experience of the horror and medical consequences of being located too near to these health hazards. The testimonials on Save Upstate New York speaks volumes and goes directly to the reason why meaningful set backs are so necessary to protect households, families and children.

Examine closely the scientific research of noted scientist Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD.

Industrial wind turbines produce significant amounts of audible and low-frequency noise. Dr. Oguz A. Soysal, Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Physics and Engineering at Frostburg State University in Maryland, measured sound levels over half a mile away from the Meyersdale, PA, 20-turbine wind farm. Typical audible (A-weighted) dB (decibel) levels were in the 50-60 range, and audible plus low-frequency (C-weighted) dB were in the 65-70 range. 65-70 dB is the loudness of a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, or hair dryer. A difference of 10 dB between A and C weighting represents a significant amount of low-frequency sound by World Health Organization standards.

The noise produced by wind turbines has a thumping, pulsing character, especially at night, when it is more audible. The noise is louder at night because of the contrast between the still, cool air at ground level and the steady stream of wind at the level of the turbine hubs. This nighttime noise travels a long distance. It has been documented to be disturbing to residents 1.2 miles away from wind turbines in regular rolling terrain, and 1.5 miles away in Appalachian valleys.

If these facts don’t trigger your anxiety level, you won’t find any relief from the medical data with a long standing experience of the health problems from wind turbines:

Dr. Amanda Harry, a British physician, found (near a 16-turbine installation in 2003) that 13 out of 14 people surveyed reported an increase in headaches, and 10 reported sleep problems and anxiety. Other symptoms included migraine, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, stress, and depression.

Noise itself can induce dizziness and loss of balance in people with a previous history of noise-induced hearing loss, since, when people damage their hearing through too much exposure to loud (e.g., machine) noise, the balance organs in the inner ear may also be damaged. This is known as the Tullio phenomenon.

Still need more evidence? Consider these peer review conclusions. Balaban, CD, and Thayer, JF. 2001. Neurological bases for balance-anxiety links. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 15:53-79, wrote:

Dizziness (specifically, vertigo) and anxiety are neurologically linked phenomena. Hence the anxiety and depression seen in association with other symptoms near wind installations are not a neurotic response to symptoms, but rather a neurologically linked response to the balance disturbances people experience from shadow flicker or low-frequency noise. Sleep deprivation, by the way, also causes anxiety and depression.

More troublesome concerns of living within the harmful effects of wind turbines are demonstrated by Sataloff, J, et al. 1987. Tinnitus and vertigo in healthy senior citizens without a history of noise exposure. American Journal of Otolaryngology 8:87-89.

Older people, who often sleep less soundly, are more likely to have their sleep disturbed by turbine noise. They may also suffer more disturbances in equilibrium near turbines because of age-related problems with the function of the inner ear (e.g., dizziness and tinnitus: ringing in the ears) or from the nerves or parts of the brain receiving signals from the inner ear. It is noteworthy that among healthy people age 57 to 91, 5% have chronic dizziness, and 24% tinnitus.

Dr. Nina Pierpont presents additional health dangers.

When turning with the sun behind them, turbine blades cast moving shadows across the landscape and houses, described as a strobe effect within houses, which can be difficult to block out. Some people lose their balance or become nauseated from seeing the movement. As with car or sea sickness, this is because the three organs of position perception (the inner ear, eyes, and stretch receptors in muscles and joints) are not agreeing with each other: the eyes say there is movement, while the ears and stretch receptors do not. People with a personal or family history of migraine, or migraine-associated phenomena such as car sickness or vertigo, are more susceptible to these effects. The strobe effect can also provoke seizures in people with epilepsy.

What is the overwhelming public interest that takes precedent over the health and safety of the 150 residents that are being condemned to a life of chronic ill health? The rational solution is to demand proper set backs. Remember that the size of turbines in the Cohocton UPC project are 33% bigger than those slated for the adjacent Town of Prattsburgh. The noise levels in the UPC impact study are based upon 1.5 MW turbines. Reasonable and objective public officials would acknowledge the flaws in the UPC DEIS report. Where is the legitimate oversight when a township refuses to protect the health of resident taxpayers?

The common sense solution is to ensure the fundamental rights and protection for all citizens from government approved complicity in harming the health of residents. Irresponsible conduct and negligence bears substantial liability for the municipality, developer and all lessors under contract because they are knowingly placing this neighbors health at risk.

Setbacks of 1.5 – 2.0 miles from such wind turbines is the prudent and moral requirement. The fall out from such reckless public policy will touch other area townships. The conscience of the Cohocton community seems to have been lost. Some have sold their souls for a few pieces of silver. The real and true price of this UPC project will be paid for decades to come. No one can turn a blind eye to the willful harm to neighbors and accept such injustice in silence. Immediate action to increase the setback limits from 1,500 feet to a distance which will ensure that each surrounding household does not jeopardize their health is imperative and the duty of government on all levels. Show you outrage, write and place your objections into the legal record. Contact the Town of Cohocton and demand meaningful modification to the UPC project. Save our Finger Lakes region, full details on Cohocton Wind Watch.

James Hall – May 7, 2006

Anonymous said...

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wind Turbines For Potter County--Have you Voted

Wind Turbines In Potter County?

Do you want them?

Do you feel that they would be a detriment?

This poll is being read by your government representatives.

Have You voted?

Less than a day left to register your vote.

Hammer Layne said...

I spent 40 years trucking across the US. In that time, I watched the natural beauty of the California desert ruined by mile after mile of windfarms. They are an eyesore and they are noisy. I, as have many others, scrimped and saved for a long time to be able to retire to Potter County to escape the uglyness of this world. I sure as hell hope windfarms stay out of Potter County for eternity.

Anonymous said...

Where are you folks in Potter County? The whole country is going wind and we are one of the last nations to utilize wind energy. No it won't solve the whole problem, but everything together will make us a more independent country. If the commissioners set the guidelines to excessive we will have a major lawsuit on our hands, which we cannot afford.

Anonymous said...

Sadly whichever way this thing goes the county may face a lawsuit. Just because the "whole country" is going wind, doesn't mean we have to do so. I agree with the trucker. Let's keep Potter County untouched, unspoiled, and untamed. Not being like everywhere else is what makes our county unique and special. I definitely agree with the trucker.

Happy and Content on North Hollow

Mike Healy said...

This whole conversation is just absolutely pathetic. In the first place I notice that 99% of the people posting negative comments here don’t have the guts to post their name. Perhaps it’s all the same bunch of people that just don’t know when to shut up. I’m so sick and tired of people in this area that just want to continue to leave this place in the Stone Age. Well, when there is nobody left here but the senior citizens and those on public assistance to pay for everything I hope you all enjoy yourselves.

Yeah, lets leave the place untouched and untamed because pretty soon the only ones that are going to be left here are the animals anyway. Sure, everyone wants to come here to retire...... what about the young people? What is there here to keep anyone here? Jobs? Yeah right... oh sure, you can go to work at Sheetz, McDonald's or maybe at one of those lovely call centers. They all pay about the same, about 10% above the poverty level. But, nobody seems to care. Let's just keep everything the way it is... why should we try to improve anything around here? I mean, people may want to stay here then.

I also like the way that all of the area media seems to concentrate on only one side of this deal. There is an awful lot of information out there that supports wind energy but seems nobody wants to print that around here. I mean, why should we see both sides of it, people may find out the truth then.

But, we can put drilling rigs in all over the place that spew out God knows what into the air. You can't tell me that the photo the other day of the well burning off was good for the environment. But we can put them in every back yard in the county and its a good thing right? Whatever.....

I'm really getting tempted to put my house up for sale and leave this area. No, not because someone may put up a wind farm. Because there aren't any jobs, there is no desire to improve life for the residents of the county, no cell service, minimum broadband, and on and on and on. I'm tired of listening to self proclaimed know it alls like Herb Miller, Art Kear and Dan Howe that think they know what is best for the community. And when others try to oppose them with sensible ideas they are threatened. Maybe you are the ones that should leave the county.

Believe it or not there are citizens that would like to see progress in this county. In fact, that is a group that I and some others have pondered starting to counter the one sided views of "Save God's Country". Citizens for Progress in Potter County. Perhaps its time that idea moves forward because I'm getting really tired of being stuck in the past.

Oh, and BTW (which is short for by the way for the technologically impaired) you'll notice I put my name on this unlike some of the mouthy cowards that wouldn't.

Michael D. Healy
Ulysses, PA

Anonymous said...

My vote is YES... Put them up!! We need to look beyond your own years here and help preserve for our children and their children. What good is a rural area when you can't see across valleys because of smog. Maybe there is a reason that people drive from the cities on weekends to spend it here. By helping to so our part of cutting emissions, we may be able to preserve it for generations to come.

eddiestardust said...

One poster commented tonight that the whole country is going wind....

Is your idea of going "Green" replacing one type of pollution
(from Coal burning) with another type of Light Pollution from Strobe lights?

And what exactly do you have against leaving at least a bit of America, specifically in Pennsylvania Pristine?

Why is it that every time someone has a "bright idea" that it usually means more light and less chance for ANYONE to see God's Creation?

Cherry Springs has been a State Park since 1938; A Dark Sky Park since 2000 and was named only the




97% of us Americans can't really see the stars anymore from a dark sky location.

Why is it that you Wind Farm supporters want to deny all of us our rights?

Who gives you that right?

Anonymous said...

Regarding Tourism.

Why would someone drive to Potter County to see Windmills, when there are or will be windmills closer to them all over PA.

Wouldn't they want to save gas and not drive as far? And once they see them one time, why would they come back again to see them again?

Anonymous said...

Yeh, silly's like, "gee, mom, all the kids are smoking pot".
Get real. We don't recklessly
harm our community which has been
harmed for a hundred
join a ponzi scheme. Care about
your life. This is a passing fancy....We have much more to offer than a meager drop of wind and permitting ourselves to be
used by a scheming Corporate
enterprise that hides in
the safe haven Virginia.
That above picture poorly represents the size and scope of this project..remember it will wind up being 500 turbines once
you let them in. All with FAA
regulated flashing red lights..
they will spin, roar, argue,
groan and complain in the wind
and make your life and your driving difficult as can be
on a snowy day or when the sun
is shining and the shadows are driving you crazy. YOUR LIVES
permit people to collect the fast buck and move on..any leasor
can move and leave us here with
their mess. And remember they
still require coal burning plants.




Anonymous said...

"A major lawsuit on our hands"
Who said this would happen, what in the world is wrong with protecting our people in this county. The mission statement of the Potter County Commissioners , the Potter county Planning Commission, and each township Supervisiors states" To protect the Health, saftey,and welfare of the people of Potter County. If any of these three bodies of our local government fail to do this by allowing these turbines to be built to close to our homes, now there is a reson for a law suit. If the wind companys would sue the county for not allowing them to spoil this area, that should be proof enough that we don't what them here!!

Anonymous said...

Another point of view for your viewing pleasure.

I have e-mailed this video to Mr. Jones and hope he will post.

Frank M.Piccolella Sr. said...

We have studied the wind development situation in Pa. for over 4 years now and realize it is merely a scam to collect Federal incentives and green credits.
A large number of wind facilities are owned by conventional generating companies [some of which,such as A.E.S. are the largest polluters in the world] who can now produce more pollution and use the green credits obtained from their wind facilities to offset the increase.
Wind power is merely 21 per cent efficient in this area,fragments large forest tracts,causes visual and audio pollution,kills birds and bats by the thousands,but most importantly tears communities apart.As we have witnessed first hand in the Liberty Pa. area,Friends and relatives no longer talk to one another because of opposing views on the possibility of a wind facility being built there.
The mere trickle of electricity they produce definitely does not offset the environmental destruction necessary to construct them or the negative social impact they force on our communities.
Frank M.Piccolella Sr.

Anonymous said...

I agree whole heartedly with Mike Healy, having lived in good old Potter County all my life it seems that we always take steps backwards, and resist change to the fullest. and as Mike said we have now put our house up for sale in Austin and moved to State College for jobs( which are plentiful down here) is this something we wanted to do ? NO
but we also had to be realistic as Mike stated either work at Mcdonalds, Sheetz or travel to Olean, Bradford,St Marys . The so called savoir of Potter County that they call a call center should be tarred and feathered and run out of town along with the individual that pushed for it, and said the Connection would not be good for Potter County,,,hmmm, not enough pocket lining offered sounds like to me,, so I guess the NEW YARKERS can retire here and keep it "wild" while as Mike stated all the working people will be relocating for jobs, not a little fruit stand along rte 6 so " FAST EDDIE " and his gang can speed through. Wake up people before all of your tax paying citizens are gone move ahead not backwards work together not against each other. down here there is not much opposition to wind farms and yes it is time that our ESTEEMED newspaper starts reporting both sides of a story instead of thier view. And maybe the real estate companies should pay attention when someone with money in hand is looking to purchase property and build a new facilaty. down here all real estate companies work together through a multiple listing service and actually show each others properties and HELP people looking to purchase property or sell.
run the SAVE GODS COUNTRY organization back to New York City wher it came from and start moving Potter county closer to this century

(formerly of Austin)
now in State College

Anonymous said...

Mike Healy.

How does not not posting your name make the information posted by people against industrial wind any less valid or inaccurate?

How many and what type of long lasting jobs will these wind plants produce?

The local media has reported on all of the meetings with AES and others, has it not been read?

Why do you throw in the red herring topic of drilling rigs? Gas drilling is an entirely different concern.

And the red herrings about cell service, minimum broadband?

Then there is the ultimate cry of
the almighty god of progress.
We all have to join the band wagon!
We'll be left behind!
We have to be like everybody else or they will think we are backward!
Change for change sake. Stop whining and get with the program!
We'll be stuck in the past!

You vent more than demonstrate how we will benefit as a county.

I honestly believe, through no fault of your own, you may be unaware of how unique Potter County is in relation to the rest of the state and how that benefits us.

Anonymous said...

Some of the people who are most opposed to the wind farms are those that have recently relocated to Potter County, after having made their fortunes somewhere else. They moved here and because they have all the money they need, they don't see any reason for Potter to move out of the stone age. When you are wealthy, retired and recently relocated, you think new jobs, who needs 'em? A bit of economic prosperity for the residents of the community? No, I already have all I need. I can appreciate the fact that you wish to keep Potter County (and her residents) living in the stone age. You made your fortune in the "rat race" somewhere else and want to retire here. Trying to deny the people of Potter County a bit of economic prosperity to preserve your pristine view of the mountains is a bit selfish and very "New York ish".

Anonymous said...

The above poster assumes facts that are not in evidence. There is no basis for the claim.

Please cite the economic prosperity that will be derived to Potter County if you will.

Anonymous said...

Well... First off are jobs. Someone has to install and maintain the turbines. Second is rent. Landowners will receive rent right? Having a bit of extra money in their pockets to possibly spend in Potter County. Finally, if you believe some of the "anti" people, we'll need several crews to pick up dead bats and birds as well as people to keep the glass polished on the strobe lights so they are able to annoy the neighbors to their maximum potential...

Hammer Layne said...

"They moved here and because they have all the money they need, they don't see any reason for Potter to move out of the stone age."

I don't know about all this wealth you speak of. I live modestly month to month. The difference between the wealthy folks that you speak of is that they had brains and the smarts to go make their fortunes. You, on the other hand, expect that fortune to come to you. The chance is there. Man up and go for it:-)

Anonymous said...

I expect the fortune to come to me? I don't live modestly month to month. I am comfortable, very comfortable. I will not directly benefit from the windmills other than by the taxes the owners and landowners will pay. I am not arrogant. I've made my money by doing my own thing and I'll be damned if I am going to stand in the way of someone else trying to making theirs.

Anonymous said...

Areas designated class 3 or greater are suitable for most utility-scale wind turbine applications, whereas class 2 areas are marginal for utility-scale applications.

This map indicates that Pennsylvania has wind resources consistent with utility-scale production. The good-to-excellent wind resource areas are concentrated on ridge crests in the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, located southwest of Altoona and southeast of Pittsburgh.

Don't confuse me with facts please.

The towers will be constructed by outside contractors not Potter County Contractors. After they are complete, there will be a few peope to maintain and secure them and one knucklehead to pick up bats and polish glass as you put it. All low paying jobs. So we are left with a few minor jobs. Poor trade off.

A very short sighted viewpoint.

The wind turbines will not be taxed.

The land owner already pays taxes so there is no gain there.

As far as having "extra spending money"

The land owners cannot eat more food.

They cannot wear more clothes.

They cannot drive more than one car at a time.

They can only live in one house at a time.

So where will the the money go in Potter County. The answer it won't.

The jobs issue is a losing argument.

Anonymous said...

I do not benefit from the wind mills and I am betting I am much more comfortable than you will ever be.

I do not stand in the way of anyone making a living, but not on the back of my tax dollars and the tax dollars of every other hard working person in this state.

Take the tax incentive scheme out of this whole equation and it looses it's appeal to AES and others.

You are free to support corporate welfare if you wish, I cannot and I believe others feel the same.

Anonymous said...

Any retiree with a 'FORTUNE' would not settle in Ulysses!! It is painful to even have your house painted. Secrecy is the rule of the day. Industrial Wind contracts in existence for almost ten years and yet people are purchasing property with no disclosures...this is like
the wild wild west..Adelphia already took this community to the cleaners and you believe that AES is a clean and righteous company.
Have you asked yourselves why Gamesa pulled out of their wind
project??? I did, I asked Gamesa.
Their reply was lack of adequate wind resources. Let's see, did
AES locate the wind that Gamesa
could not locate? Yes yes...
it's the tax incentives which are our tax dollars at work. I don't want my tax dollars spent on a project that cannot support itself.
These are your tax dollar also and you will not be getting will not be getting anything at all. NOTHING.

eddiestardust said...

To Mr. Alvin Horn....

I wonder sir, what you have to gain?

Do you have the financial resources available to run every last one of us out of Pennsylvania?

Or The United States?

Let's see...

How much trouble can you give to someone who has nothing to lose?

Why exactly do you hate Cherry Springs?

Ever been there?

Ever lived in a major metropolitan area and not seen the stars?

Probably not.

You probably have never even bothered looking up like most folks.

Well, we , those of us who care about the environment and care about making sure that people


Have had enough...

We have been driven out of our backyards farther and farther away from our homes...

And Now YOU want to take it our right to see the Universe away from us?

You better get ready for a fight...

And we will win!

eddiestardust said...

Mike Healy,

I have posted my name a few times.

P. Edward Murray
Member of Save God's Country
Past President
Bucks-Mont. Astronomical Assoc., Inc.

Enough said?

Anonymous said...

The Pa. govt. has already enacted "the wilds" designation.Potter County has always been known for it's hunting,recreation and "God's Country"! I did business up there for twenty years and I am tired! If you really expect to make a good living up there thru progress,forget it! It's not meant to be there! Beautiful place to live if you can afford it!Hunting,fishing,snowmobiling,skiing,etc.If your a go-getter,you might make it as I did for twenty years!I worked my butt off and was rewarded the good country life and raised my kids! Wouldn't give it back but now I relocated to try to retire before I'm 70. The windmills and the gas wells will get thier subsidies and tax credits and a very few people will "get rich" or maybe get a job,if thier lucky! Do your homework before you stand behind something you have never seen before!Once thier there,they'll be a lot harder to get rid of!As far as keeping kids to home in good ol potter county,John Rigas already tried that and the govt.made sure that a succesful,hometown business wouldn't make it in a low voter area!Sorry,it is what it is!Potter County is beautiful,but will never be equally properous for everyone.Try to keep it natural for as long as you can!Hopefully I'll be up to snowmobile,ski and hunt this year!(if I can make enough x-tra money this year in the big city to bring to you)!

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that The County Planning Commission all ready gave their report, request or advise on the "set back" measure to our County Commissioners for consideration.

Unless I misunderstood the "set back" distance was given for our safety and welfare based on scientific reports they received, reviewed and debated.

Also read a report by DCNR that was a study done on the impact of bright lights on Cherry Springs. "Very minimal if any impact" was the result of the study...

Is it that the anti wind posters do not like the reports because they do not give the answers they are looking for?

If we as Potter County tax payers can not trust the members of the Planning Commission, the County Commissioners and or DCNR who can we trust?

Anonymous said...

Yes we must trust our goverment, they are here to help us. When they get get involved things always work out best, don't they?.

AES has our best interest in mind.

Pay no attention to the people who live with these things.

Pay no attention to the counter arguments.

Pay no attention to the people who's lives have been ruined.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Nanny knows best.

Wendy Erickson said...

I say all of us clean/green energy supporters and/or private landowners get together and form a group called Save Gods Country from Save Gods Country( if you do not know who they are, they are clean energy protesters).
It seems to me they have a great influence over the decisions made in this county.
All private landowners and future landowners private property rights are in jeopardy.
Is this the normal procedure for how all industry is regulated in Potter County?
Is this how all industry will be regulated in the future in Potter County? As a future landowner I can't imagine having to build my garage 2000 feet from the road or a well. It looks like these regulations were well thought out.

There is an awful lot of comments from Protesters on this board, trying to get poeple to take internet propaganda as facts(also listing themself as anonymous).

If you will be directly affected by wind turbines, and are seeking the TRUTH, Why not take a drive a couple hours away to Somerset and visit. Meet the poeple whos lives they affect everyday.

If all towns that had wind turbines were full of convulsing poeple, they would never have been put up anywhere. AES has studued potter county for 12 years, lets give them some credit for helping to make our country more energy efficient.