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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Tug Hill Wind Farm Divides Community

Anonymous said...

This is a must read post!! What is happening on tug hill now ,is happening in our area already. Friend against friend, land owner against landowner, for no good reason what-so-ever.

Anonymous said...

And Family against Family. C'mon folks this isn't about green energy. I would suggest a supermajority of people in our county are all about renewable energy and sustainable living. That's why we live here. But facts are facts and wind farms in Potter County cannot be justified based on economic, environmental, and social considerations. The people that are for them are either landowners that stand to benefit directly from the installation of the turbines. Or the "It's my land and I can do whatever I want" group. The latter group needs to wake up and realize that all that owning land does is present responsibilities it doesn't guarantee any rights. The former group needs to take a time out and assess their values. Is it the pursuit of the almighty dollar or is it enjoying the intangible of living in a clean, pristine, rural environment. Clean environment, weaning ourselves from foreign oil.....? Absolutely, but windfarms here will not do that. We have one of the few remaining wild and unspoiled areas East of the Mississippi and we are going to damage that for a few bucks. Shameful!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If our county goverment officials would be so inclined to visit the people impacted by these wind turbines and get a first hand experience for a few days, I would pay for their gas up and back. Any takers?

Editor's note: The above comment was forwarded to the Potter County Commissioners email by your editor. Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover responded that "she has talked with people impacted by wind turbines in Arcade, NY." Thank you Commissioner Kefover for your immediate response, and your investigation into this subject.

Hello, Jim.
In response to your email, I have made visits to several industrial wind operations in Pennsylvania and New York State. These visits were informative. Interviews and casual conversations with neighbors and others were enlightening. Nevertheless, I think we have to be careful in drawing any comparisons, due to potential differences in turbine height, wind intensity, terrain, ambient sounds, technology, atmospheric conditions and other factors. This is not to suggest a site visit has no value. I think a person who is attempting to assess these industrial developments really should take a "road trip."
Paul Heimel

A question from your editor to the Potter County 911 center about a previous comment about helicopters refusing to land in the vicinity of
windmills also brought an immediate response from Jim Steiner who was in Williamsport, and Charlotte Freeman from the Potter County Planning Commission. Our Potter County government has been on top of these discussions and is very quick to respond to questions.

Anonymous said...

Ditto on the thank you for the immediate response commissioner.

Could commissioner Kefover tell us the names and locations of the people she spoke with and for how long she spoke to them?

Was her contact with them in person or over the telephone.

What information did she derive from them and how was that information put to use by her in her drafting of the ordinance?

We appreciate your effort

Gibbs Hill Drilling Causing More Problems For Residents

Gibbs Hill residents complain about drilling

Alice Cochran has lived in her home on Gibbs Hill Road in Ludlow for 45 years, but she says fumes from nearby Seneca Resources Corp. wells are forcing the 72-year-old widow from her home and into a Kane apartment building.

“I spent most of my life with my husband in this home,” she said of her husband, who recently died. “And now, just to live a few more years, I have to leave.”

Cochran’s lung condition requires her to use an oxygen tank. In the past, she only turned on the oxygen tank at night, but since Seneca has drilled oil and gas wells near her house, she must use her oxygen 24 hours a day, she said.

“Sometimes the gas smell is so bad that I have to close all my doors and turn up my oxygen,” she said. More....

Anonymous said...

These stories and many more show that just because you own land you should not be able to destroy your neighbors life for the almighty dollar. With owning land there is still a responsibility to your neighbor. DEP and DCNR will not protect people. They will react to a bad situation but will do little to prevent one. Here is a good example.

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Anonymous said...

“This year we have permitted about 7,500 to 8,000 wells, and of that, only 60 water complaints have been issued.”
These should be the key words of the article but heck then what would we all talk about during the oil and gas boom???

Anonymous said...

Only 60 people have their lives affected. If you were one of these people you would see it different. There should be no negitively affected person. Every person has a right to quality of life. The people were affected because the DEP or the DCNR allowed the wells to be placed to close to their homes. There are times when "NO" should be said rather then dollar signs being seen.

Anonymous said...

“This year we have permitted about 7,500 to 8,000 wells, and of that, only 60 water complaints have been issued.”

Do the math people, that is less than 1%, this does not sound reckless to me just unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

I'm not doubting this person's claim to a foul smell during these drilling activities, but please understand that natural gas, in its natural state, is odorless. It's only when a chemical called mercaptan is injected by gas companies that it gets its recognizable rotten egg smell. This person may be smelling equipment exhaust or some other equipment odor. It's not natural gas.

Anonymous said...

Translation: we only ruined 60 people's water supply and possibly there way of life. It's within tolerance.

People need protection from these companies and from some idiot's attitude.

Read and reread the above article on Tug Hill

Anonymous said...

Only "1% problems" the post reads.
Clearly this man is not one of the 1%. There sholud be 0% affected. All people have a right to quality of life and should be protected from these types of things. No one is expendable. Setbacks from neighboring homes is the only answer. There is always someone willing to sacrifice his neighbor for a dollar.

Anonymous said...

"Read and reread the above article on Tug Hill"

Translation: The boys left the Family Farm to advance in life from better payin jobs,,,,forced the sale of the herd,,,,and now Daddy is the bad guy?!?!?!?

ENIS,,,,a Native Potter Countyian that stay on the farm

Anonymous said...

According to the logic presented we should drill the wells because 99% are clean and benefit all. Does the converse hold true? That is if only 1% benefited than we should NOT pursue the activity. Because those are the same numbers with the wind farms. Only 79 folks out of 10,000 in Potter County benefit directly while the rest suffer the consequences. Seems to me that the numbers don't justify pursuing.

Anonymous said...

I think the poster "Enis" was from Chester County and is not a Potter County Native at all. Nothing against Chester County, those people have to be happy "Enis" is up here now.

Anonymous said...

Upon running the IP # from Ennis, I believe you are correct.

Anonymous said...

When is the last time an industry or sector of the economy had 0% negative effect on people's lives?? Complain about the struggling economy while the government and murmuring citizens starve out local advancement with intimidation and regulation. You people are nuts that are against EVERYTHING local energy production. You hornblowers better make darn sure that you burn no natural gas to keep warm in the winter (your woodsmoke better not smell either), you walk to work (do not burn any gasoline in your car), and that the job your going to to earn a living at never built a huge "ugly" building to house the industry in someone's beautiful community, emits anything "harmful" into the atmosphere, or exploits anyone while you take a paycheck home. Also cross country powerlines are hideous as well so leave the lantern on for me!

Anonymous said...

The above poster is confused when he states:

"Complain about the struggling economy while the government and murmuring citizens starve out local advancement with intimidation and regulation."

Nobody that I have seen post here has ever complained about the "struggling economy". Most of these post simply want protection from ,probably people like you. You are the one trying to confuse the issue. People deserve protection, and protection is achieved through regulations.

Anonymous said...

Pro wind groupthink mentality is long on platitudes and short on content, see post above.

Not one of them has cited, recited, come even close to putting together a coherent shred of fact to rebut any statement or article on this blog.

Their inability to think critically and reason will impact us all.

Anonymous said...

I could not agree with you more.

A lot of finger pointing going on, your post was well worded.

Anonymous said...

"When is the last time an industry or sector of the economy had 0% negative effect on people's lives??"

I could not agree with you more.

Your post was well worded.

This post was ment to follow this statement and coments. NOT after the two that disagree with the remarks made!

Pittsburgh Corning Extends Layoffs In Port Allegany

Port Allegany glass company extends shutdown, citing excess inventory

Pittsburgh Corning Corp. has extended the eight-week shutdown at its Port Allegany to a 13-week shutdown instead, officials announced Friday.

The shutdown, which began July 1, was supposed to end late this month but now will last until Oct. 1.

On Friday, Director of Human Resources Dan Lhota sent out a press release explaining the halt in production.

“Pittsburgh Corning executives originally anticipated the temporary production halt to last approximately eight weeks,” Lhota said.

“The temporary shutdown was initiated to allow the company to rebalance inventory resulting from lower than anticipated demand in the housing market,” he explained. “Pittsburgh Corning has sufficient inventory to meet the current demand of its customers.

When asked if the factory would definitely reopen on Oct. 1, Lhota said there is no guarantee. More....

Anonymous said...


Festa Itialiana Continues Today In Bradford

WESB News: 08/16/08 - Saturday at the Festa 11 a.m. - Food booths open

12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Paul De Ritter Quintet

6 to 10 p.m. - Music Makers Big Band

Dusk - Fireworks from Mount Raub

Arthur Newell Fredenburg, Jr., 51, Houston, TX, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant Art.

Arthur Newell Fredenburg, Jr. died Monday, July 28, 2008.

He was born in Bradford Pennsylvania on March 25, 1957.

He graduated from Port Allegany High School, Pennsylvania, in 1975. He then served in the United States Army. He graduated from Triangle Technical School in 1989. He worked as a computer aided draftsman in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and finally at Taylor and Hill in Houston, Texas.

Art enjoyed reading, hunting, computer games and spending time with his children. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two daughters, Michelle and Erin; two sons, Jonathan and Joshua; two sisters, Susan and Myra; and one brother, Donald and nieces.

Pastor Randy Headley will be performing a memorial service at the Methodist church located on 309 North Main Street, Port Allegany. Service will be held on Saturday August 16th at 1:00 pm

Friday, August 15, 2008

Source Of Legionaires Disease Found In Elmira

State: Legionella bacteria in Flannery hot water system

Star-Gazette • August 15, 2008

A New York State Health Department lab has detected the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease at Flannery Apartments in the complex's hot water system, according to a press release from the Chemung County Health Department. More...

Area Obituaries

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Dr. Charles T. Genaux, 81, retired associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and grandson of Ida E. White and Charles Genaux of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away Wednesday (Aug. 6, 2008) in Fairbanks following a prolonged battle with cancer.

WELLSVILLE - Edith M. Black, 78, of 2772 County Road 18, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday (Aug. 12, 2008) after admission to Jones Memorial Hospital.

Italians Urged To Remember Your Heritage

WESB News: 08/15/08 - Festa Helps Keep Traditions Alive

During last night's opening ceremonies for Festa Italiana in Bradford, Stan Pecora told people to remember their heritage.

"Please, study it, learn more about it, help your children and grandchildren to appreciate it. Pass on the stories that you've heard since your childhood and are still passed around." He says the festa is a good way to make sure traditions live on.

To read more of Pecora's comments, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

North Bingham Man Who Dumped Caskets Jailed

WESB News: 08/15/08 - Man Charged for Mausoleum Break-In

A Potter County man has been arrested for breaking into a mausoleum in Whites Corner Cemetery in Harrison Township.

25-year-old Adam Johnson of North Bingham is accused of breaking into the Kibbe Family Mausoleum between May 26 and July 13.

Earlier today, police charged him with burglary, theft, institutional vandalism, desecration of venerated objects and abuse of a corpse. Johnson is in Potter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Judy Kibbe Swan said...

If this man is guilty, then I hope he realizes that he actually stole his own ticket to hell.

Anonymous said...

This was a terrible act of vandalisum. I hope he pays dearly!!

Anonymous said...

What a piece of garbage! I hope this piece of garbage gets some state prison time for this.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this...this guy was in trouble not too long ago for thefts of copper and other stuff. Wonder if he went to court yet on those charges? If so, then he didn't do much time.

Anonymous said...

This sickos punishment ought to be a lifetime of sitting between a gas well and a windmill. According to most who comment on
Solomon's words this would be very bad.

Anonymous said...


New Rules Set For Drillers Drawing Water

Water use for gas drilling will require approval

Gannett News Service • August 15, 2008

Beginning Oct. 15, prior approval will become a requirement for withdrawals of any amount -- from rivers, streams lakes or aquifers -- by energy companies drilling into the Marcellus Shale or other energy rich geological formations in the Susquehanna River Basin. More....

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be nice if the agencys involved would have some forsight and regulate before ther is an issue. Wind turbines, gas wells, waste dumps, etc all unregulated. People need protection from people that don't care about the environment or their neighbors and are only looking into their own wallets.

Declining Advertising & Circulation Hitting Newspapers Across The Country

Star-Gazette to cut jobs

Star-Gazette • August 15, 2008

Gannett Co. Inc., the nation's largest newspaper publisher and parent company of the Star-Gazette, said it will eliminate about 1,000 positions — or about 3 percent of its work force — this month from newspapers across the country because of declining advertising and circulation revenue.

The payroll reduction will result in about 600
layoffs after vacancies and retirements are factored in.

At the Star-Gazette, there will be one layoff, two vacant positions will be eliminated and a pending retiree will not be replaced, the company said.

Further payroll reductions may be needed if revenue continues to decline, the company said.

The Star-Gazette employs about 115 people.

WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 16

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

August 16

The Mainsburg United Methodist Church on Route 6 will hold its annual corn roast from 4:30 to 6:30 featuring a full menu. Take outs available. Adults, $8.00, children 6-12, $4.00.

Commissiner Reports Many Issues With Oil and Gas Boom

The oil and gas drilling boom going on in the Northern Tier is being closely watched by the state association of County Commissioners according to Commissioner Paul Heimel who reported at yesterday’s regular meeting that there are many issues facing municipalities.

Heimel reported there were four wells drilled in the first two weeks of this month—one each in Eulalia, Pleasant Valley, Ulysses and Bingham Township.

He said there were 8 wells drilled in June and 21 drilling permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protect for wells in Potter County last month.

Persons interested in monitoring the issuance of permits can visit DEP’s website,

Thieves Enter Camp On Bailey Run Road

State police locally are investigating yet another camp burglary.

Sometime since mid February, thieves forced their way into a camp and storage shed on the Bailey Run Road in Wharton Township owned by Michael and Loretta Gulvas of Dubois.

The thieves caused an estimated $1,000 in damage and stole a firearm valued at $450.

Truck Window Smashed In Roulette

A criminal mischief on Second Street in Roulette is also being investigated by troopers here.

Sometime between 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, vandals smashed the rear passenger window in a 2002 Chevrolet truck owned by Richard Ford while it was parked at his home.

Damage there has been estimated to be about $300.00

DUI Charges Pending After Crash In Bingham Township

DUI charges are pending against a 22 year old Genesee driver following a one-vehicle cash early Thursday morning on the Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township.

State police said Michael Vannatter, Jr. was going about 50 miles per hour when her swerved to avoid hitting a deer and his Dodge truck went off the road and hit a tree head-on.

While police were interviewing Vannatter they allegedly determined he was driving under the influence. Charges are pending results of chemical testing. Vannatter escaped injury.

Bradford Legion Team Plays Again Tonight

Thanks to Steve Krajewski for sending this photo of the team everyone is talking about -- the Bradford American Legion Baseball team. Bradford will play Michigan Post 165 at 8 o’clock tonight. Post 757 will play Minnesota Post 509 at 1 p.m. today. You can follow the games real time on the web at select the Great Lakes Region 5 Games and look for the Bradford game.

Pictured are:

Front Row: Kevin Pautler, Karl McCracken
Middle Row: Coach Ben McCracken, Brandon Slater, Mike Pascarella, Chris Krajewski, Lou Jones, Josh Lightner, Cory Viola
Back Row: Coach Brian Fox, Greg Donovan, Nick Foster, Ryan LaBrozzi, Pat Pascarella, Rich Obermeyer, Coach Justin Jones.

CHERYL said...


Spriggle Guilty Of Harassment--Gets Fine, Probation

WESB News: 08/15/08 - Former IU9 Teacher Sentenced

The former intermediate Unit 9 special education teacher accused of abusing an autistic student has been found guilty of harassment.

A Court failed to reach a verdict in the case involving Heather Spriggle, but Potter County court Judge Fred Anthony, who presided over the trial, elected to impose a summary harassment charge instead after hearing testimony from three witnesses.

Spriggle will be sentenced to 90 days probation, pay a $300 fine and serve 25 hours of community service.

Eldred Man Gets 5 to 10 For Failing To Register

WESB News: 08/15/08 - An Eldred Man Headed to Prison

An Eldred man is being sent to state prison after failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

Court records show that 46 year-old Percy Donner failed to follow Megan’s Law guidelines after being convicted as a sex offender.

Donner is now facing five to 10 years in state prison.

Anonymous said...

yeah right he'll be out in 6 months

Laurel Hill Gets Preliminary Go Ahead For Wind Farm

Catamount wind farm step closer

Sun Gazette

A Vermont-based wind energy company is one step closer to building more than 30 electricity-generating wind turbines on a seven-mile section of the Laurel Hill ridge in northern Lycoming County.

On Thursday, the county Planning Commission approved preliminary land development plans submitted by Laurel Hill Wind Energy LLC, whose parent company, Catamount Energy Corp., proposed the project about six years ago.

The proposed wind farm will include up to 35 electricity-generating wind turbines, said Joshua Billings, county subdivision and land development administrator. More....

Anonymous said...

By the time people realize the mistake of trading our beautiful area for nothing, it will be to late. We will have a steel forest of turbines rotting on our hills. They will never come down. Our children and their children will never know just how beautiful it was here.

One Of 4 Elderly Diagnosed With Legionaires Dies

Legionnaires' patient, 75, dies

Disease claims woman at Arnot Ogden, and family's lawyer wants answers.

By Jeff Murray •
One of four residents of the Edward Flannery Apartments senior housing facility in Elmira who contracted Legionnaires' disease has died, and her family has hired a lawyer to seek answers. More.....

S and M (USA) Enterprise Corp. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites

S and M (USA) Enterprise Corp. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Grove Grow Notes Brand Dried Bamboo Fungus Veiled Lady (August 12)
Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:02:00 -0500

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Grove Grow Notes brand Dried Bamboo Fungus Veiled Lady which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reaction in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites

Endeavor News Preview For Friday, August 15

This week's edition of Endeavor News, available starting on Friday in Emporium, Coudersport and Austin, details a major natural gas pipeline in the offing for northcentral Pennsylvania.

  • Two dedicated public officials continue to improve services to military veterans in Potter County.

  • An innovative new retail business concept has been unveiled in downtown Coudersport.

  • First-year results from Coudersport High School's drug-testing program are now available and detailed in this week's Endeavor.

  • Learn the latest on the superintendent search and three major renovations in the Coudersport Area School District.

  • You'll find season previews for the varsity football teams from Coudersport and Cameron County high schools.

  • See an update on the sales of "doe" licenses in the region and an interesting tale of a special animal who has achieved near-celebrity status in the heart of Pennsylvania's elk country.

  • From Emporium's Weekend in the Wilds to Coudersport's Saturday on the Square, there's plenty happening this weekend.

There's great photography, innovative and pleasant layout, and news that's concise and interesting every week in Endeavor News. Get your copy today!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Gibbs Hill Homeowners Lose Water Supply After Fracking

Water Burned His Mouth!
The 2,000 gallon temporary holding tank for
nonpotable water that DEP had Seneca Resources
install above the Gibbs Hill residents home.

By Heidi Zemach

The Ridgway Record

Steve Hilyer retired for bed at 3 a.m., Wednesday July 30. But before doing so, he took a drink of water. His water came from a natural artesian spring system that ran from his springhouse on the steep hill on the property above his Gibbs Hill home. The week before, he had begun hearing the oil workers contracted by Seneca Resources Inc, fracking new gas wells on that same hill every morning from 4-8 a.m.

Two months earlier, Scott Pruder, a Seneca Resources contractor and landsman had come to the door and informed him that the company was going to drill another well on the hill. He wanted to learn the location of Hilyer’s spring system. Hilyer showed the contractor the spring on his map, and warned him that the 750 foot-800 foot well proposed was too close to the spring, and that it would likely destroy his spring if placed there.

Hilyer awoke at 6 a.m. to his Gibbs Hill neighbor Clint Yates at the door saying something was wrong with their water. Yates had taken a sip of water only to have it burn his mouth. Hilyer also took a sip felt the burning, and later developed an immediate headache, he said.

They called Seneca Resources and the Pennsylvania DEP, and that day, a local DEP agent came and tested the water, which seemed to have a heavy briny taste and smelled like natural gas, according to Hilyer and his neighbors. The agent informed the homeowners not to use the water.

That day cases of bottled drinking water were delivered, and on Friday, DEP installed a 2,000 gallon tank of non-potable to use temporarily to wash, or to flush the toilet with. That delivery system has ceased running two or three times since, and had to be refilled, and or repaired.

Hilyer is furious that despite his warnings, a well was drilled so close to his own water supply, and that the fracking may have destroyed a pristine, cold, and beautiful spring that had been there for hundreds of years. Hilyer fears that a permanent loss of the spring-fed system will devalue his property, and that in the future he will have to pay for the additional electricity costs of pumping a well, a costly treatment system, and for the system’s ongoing maintenance.

“A pristine, beautiful cold spring is now totally destroyed,” Hilyer said. “Now I have a tank of junk water, and I’m living off creek water and boiled water.”

Next door, Donna Burger and her fiancĂ© Clint Yates have put lots of loving care into the fine home purchased four years ago. Having an endless supply of fresh, clean, cold water was an added plus in their decision to purchase the home, and hadn’t given them any trouble even in the driest of weather, Burger said.

But right after showering Wednesday morning, Donna Burger felt burning in her lungs and had immediate difficulty with her sinuses, which lasted several days, Burger said. As many as six days after the incident occurred, symptoms persisted, she said.

Burger termed Seneca’s continuing efforts to get the tank of non-potable water running a not-so-amusing “comedy of errors.” Burger also fears that the drilling operations may have contaminated their spring forever. Visiting the remote hillside site, Burger said she found the usually plentiful holding tank lined with silt and its level lower than usual.

DEP public relations officer Frieda Tarbell said that her agency is “closely monitoring the situation” on Gibbs Hill. But, it’s still far too early in the investigation to tell whether or not the spring was permanently contaminated, or whether Seneca will be required to drill a permanent well for the homeowners, Tarbell said.

The water sample analysis process generally takes 2-3 weeks to yield results, she said. DEP has taken several samples of the spring water, and it seemed to be running slightly better in the later samples, but until DEP completes its investigation, there remains the possibility that the spring still could be restored, Tarbell said.

According to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act, companies that drill within 1,000 feet of a water supply have “presumptive liability” for damages if that private water supply is impacted. That means that the company is legally obligated to restore, or replace the residents’ water supply, Tarbell said.

“Our goal is for them to have water until we can get a better handle on whether it is a temporary situation. If the spring cannot be restored, we could have the company drill a well,” Tarbell said. In the meantime, DEP has ordered Seneca Resources to provide the homeowners with bottled water to drink, and with a temporary supply of non-drinkable water.

“The company is continuing to look into the situation to determine what happened, and to monitor the water quality,” said National Fuel spokesperson Julie Cox, speaking on behalf of her company’s subsidiary, Seneca Resources Inc. “Based on past practice with drilling operations, it’s expected (the spring) will return to the level it was before this incident,” Cox added.

“I think what we’ve shown is that when we find out there is a problem, we’ve offered a remedy for the landowners.” Meanwhile, “it’s not a forgone conclusion that Seneca’s drilling is what caused the problem,” Cox said. “That still has to be determined.” About Hilyer’s concerns that his warnings weren’t heeded, Cox responded: “Obviously as a general rule we try hard to work with landowners to come up with the best possible plan when we’re working to access our mineral rights.”

James Hughes, who lives a little more than a mile away on Gibbs Hill, suffered similar problems when, in June, 2006, drilling operations polluted his pond and dried up his private water supply, and that of his neighbor, Leonard K. Nelson, who owns a hunting camp.

Hughes has filed a civil lawsuit against Seneca Resources Inc, claiming $50,000 in damages stemming the water problems and from having four well sites operating on his farm. Seneca Resources provided Hughes bottled, and nonpotable water, and 45 days later dug him a permanent well.

The test well they initially dug caught fire, sending flames high into the air, and had to be capped off. The new well had to burn off natural gas for several months before it could be used, Hughes said. The civil trial is expected to take place next May.

DEP’s office in Meadville has been setting new records every year for the number of permits applied for, and issued, Tarbell said. In June alone in McKean County DEP issued permits for 58 oil wells, 10 combination oil and gas wells, and 9 gas wells, according to the OGM SPUD report on DEP’s website. From 2000-2007, 3,248 new wells were drilled in McKean County, making it the county with the highest rate of drilling activity in the state, Tarbell said.

Solomon's words appreciates Heidi Zemach and the management of The Ridgway Record who generously allowed us to share this article with you.

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WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 14

There will be no therapeutic touch offered tonight at Charles Cole Hospital.

August 16

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

August 16

The Mainsburg United Methodist Church on Route 6 will hold its annual corn roast from 4:30 to 6:30 featuring a full menu. Take outs available. Adults, $8.00, children 6-12, $4.00.

Potter County Guard Arrested For Letting Step-son Talk To His Mother On A Cell Phone

Coudersport –based state police have yet to release details about the arrest of a part-time Potter County jail guard for furnishing contraband to his step-son, an inmate at the jail.

However, WFRM has been able to confirm the details through the office of District Judge Annette Easton. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the alleged crime surfaced while Cpl. Larry Goodwin of the Emporium barracks was at the jail interviewing an inmate, Jacob Kamats regarding an ongoing investigation of another matter when Kamats told him that guard Edward Davis provided contraband to his stepson, Zachary Easton.

According to Kamats,”part of the contraband” was a cell phone Davis gave to Easton while the inmates were in the yard and Davis was the supervising guard. Inmates told the investigating officer Davis received a phone call from his wife Stacy and passed the phone to Easton.

State police say the phone records for Davis were subpoenaed and revealed Davis made and received three phone calls from his wife while on the job this past June 27.

Authorities claim Davis admitted to them that he had allowed Easton to talk on his cell phone while incarcerated at the jail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for September 11. Davis has been suspended from his job without pay.

Anonymous said...

That is a bunch of crap, where do we live Philly? Give me a break, its not like the kid was arrranging an escape plan. I think the guard deserves a second chance.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree...this is really ignorant...making such an issue over a cell phone call...with all the robberies, drugs and sexual predators, I find it really stupid to make sure this makes the front page of the local paper...

Anonymous said...

Guess he should have followed the

Justice4All said...

Rules are rules. Obviously, one of the 2 parties couldn't follow the rules and he's setting in jail. The other thought he could bend the rules and he's out of a job and might end sharing a cell with his stepson Zack Easton.

Anonymous said...

Neither of the 2 parties could follow the rules that is why one is in jail time after time and the other is no stranger to a cell. Seriously, I bet he didn't know it was wrong to do , wait for your phone calls just like the rest of the inmates have to. One person sitting in that jail would give anything to prove he is innocent and be free while you have Mr. Easton contuing to break the rules time and time again. NO CELLS IN THE CELLS .. If they both end up in one this is where they belong !

Anonymous said...

What if he wanted to use the phone to plan an escape? or report weaknesses inside the jail? or distract the guard? There's a lot of reasons for rules like this, and the protection of the rest of us is one of them.

More Thefts In The Area

Troopers are also probing a theft at the OxYoke Inn on Route 6 in Pike Township this past weekend.

Sometime between 10:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday, thieves took $1661 in miscellaneous US currency from the business owned by Kennard and Megan Richards of Galeton.

Another burglary in Pike Township is also being investigated by state police here. Sometime since late December, thieves entered a commercial building and quarry off of Route 6 owned by Joan Huston of Galeton and made off with a quantity of copper wire and other items.

Electric De-Regulation Crisis Will Cripple What's Left Of Our Economy

Electric Deregulation:
The Real Energy Crisis

1490 NewsBlog
By Senator Lisa M. Boscola

America's energy crisis is real. As real as the pain you feel paying four dollars for a gallon of gasoline - and the pinch you feel at the grocery store when you're paying twice as much for bread and milk. It's a struggle today to fill up your gas tank and your grocery cart at the same time.

I'm proud the legislature recently agreed with Governor Rendell to plant the seeds of solar, wind and renewable sources of energy today that will yield a bountiful energy harvest for future generations. Our children and our grandchildren will be far less dependent on foreign oil and will reap the long-term benefits of far more sustainable energy resources.

But even this wise investment of nearly one billion dollars in alternative, "green energy" initiatives cannot put off, postpone or prevent the "real" energy crisis we face in 2010. In less than 18 months, rate caps that date back to 1996 will finally expire for the five largest energy companies that serve you and I and 85 percent of Pennsylvania's electric customers.

Electric deregulation was a bold attempt to turn an old statewide monopoly of public utility companies into a brand new, competitive marketplace. Congress and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) paved the way for 20 states, including Pennsylvania, to deregulate their energy industries. Trucking and airline companies had already taken off the chains of government control.

Deregulation was just the antidote for "big government" and poisonous, bureaucratic red tape. After all, competition is the American way. Just get government "off our backs" and let us decide for ourselves.

But deregulation didn't live up to its promises of real competition, more choices, and cheaper electricity. Not in Maryland, Connecticut, Kansas, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, Illinois or in any other deregulated state in the country. Once rate caps expired, electric customers in each of those states saw their monthly bills increase by as much as 85 percent. That's not just "my opinion," that's what actually happened. The facts.

There's a big difference between "need and greed." Any company that made a 51-percent profit last year is not being "forced" to either raise the price of its product by 50 percent or else go bankrupt. Power companies are making record profits, higher than at any other time in company history for some of them - even while they kept their rates capped. They also ran to the bank with $12 billion from Pennsylvania ratepayers to erase their public debt ("stranded costs") and become more profitable.

So far, consumers have received nothing in return except empty promises and endless excuses. In 1996, deregulation promised consumers more choices, more competition and lower monthly electric bills. But in 2010 all we will see are record rate increases and record corporate profits.

How will your family budget cover your electric bill when it goes up from $250 a month to $400 a month? How will small businesses afford to stay in business when the cost of just "turning on the lights" becomes twice as expensive? And how many industrial plants will close and good jobs disappear when higher energy costs put them in the red? The ripple effect......

Anonymous said...

This is a terrible event that is going to happen but it is important to understand that the rush to place wind turbines on all our pristen mountain tops will only worsen the problem. Wind generated electric is forced on the electric companies and because the electric is so expensive to produce it is sold to the electric companies at above wholesale rates which will increase the electric bills even more. One more reason to keep wind turbines out. There just is no good reason for them at all!!

Anonymous said...

Looked into this after seeing an Ad on Fox Channel.

Check it out...looks like a great plan to me!

Anonymous said...

The ad in question is from T. Boone Pickens. He is a oil billionaire that is trying to confuse people into believing that wind turbines and producing electric has any thing to do with oil. He wants the government to pay for his turbines with tax money so he can collect green credits and use them so he doesn't have to clean up his oil investments. He also promotes natural gas cars. Guess what, he owns the conversion plants that makes gas cars to natural gas. It's all about money. There is many issues that he does not point out. Check out both sides before you make a judgement.

Last Week I Couldn't Spell Dokter, Now I Are One

Attorney General Corbett announces review of "diploma mill" information linked to massive international degree-selling investigation

Diploma1-366x244HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that the Office of Attorney General is currently reviewing information related to more than 135 Pennsylvania residents recently identified as part of a federal investigation into an Internet scheme to sell thousands of bogus high school and university degrees.

"Using falsified credentials to obtain state certification for various jobs jeopardizes the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents," Corbett said. "The Office of Attorney General will work with other state agencies to determine if any of the individuals named in this investigation have used fraudulent degrees improperly."

Corbett noted that the federal investigation focused on a degree-selling business based in Spokane, Washington, often known as Saint Regis University. As part of that investigation, federal prosecutors developed information about more than 9,000 "students" who may have purchased degrees from Saint Regis University or other fictitious institutions.

"At least 135 people used Pennsylvania addresses to obtain their degrees from Saint Regis University or other fictitious schools," Corbett said. "We are reviewing information about those degree purchases and will contact other state agencies if it appears that questionable degrees have been used inappropriately." More.....

Charity Begins At Home

Attorney General Corbett announces theft charges against former Executive Director of Beaver County nonprofit

Mr. Corbett said a statewide investigating grand jury recommended the criminal charges being filed today against Ms. LaValle, wife of retiring Democratic state Sen. Gerald LaValle.

HARRISBURG - The former executive director of a small nonprofit organization in Beaver County to aid the poor was charged today by the Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit with stealing thousands of dollars from the organization, inflating her salary and denying employees pension benefits.

Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as Darla LaValle, 68, 612 Farm Lane, Rochester. LaValle served as executive director LaValle 3 of the Voluntary Action Center, 169 Brighton Ave., Rochester, between 1987 and March 2007.

Corbett said the Voluntary Action Center is a nonprofit organization that assists low income residents in Beaver County through donations of toys, unwanted furniture, clothing and medical equipment.

The three member staff included, LaValle, an outreach coordinator, and a secretary, who is LaValle's sister. Additionally, the Voluntary Action Center has a nine member volunteer board of directors.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

The grand jury found that LaValle was in complete control of paying bills and writing payroll and benefits checks. By 2001, LaValle's salary was $78,000, which was considered a large amount for such a small Beaver County non-profit agency.

According to the grand jury, between 1990 and 2000 the Voluntary Action Center received approximately $40,000 a year from the United Way. Due to the high cost of Lavelle's salary, the United Way cut their funding to the Voluntary Action Center in half from $40,481 in 2000 to only $20,240 in 2001.

The executive director of the United Way testified before the grand jury that he was stunned at LaValle's $78,000 salary. He said that as the head of a small nonprofit in Beaver County, LaValle's salary should have been in the $40,000 range.

By 2004, based on continuing suspicions, the United Way reduced their funding to the Voluntary Action to approximately $12,000 annually, which is a 70 percent decrease in just four years.

The grand jury found that instead of addressing the United Way's salary concerns, LaValle hid the issue and recommended to the Voluntary Action Center board that they withdraw all together from the United Way.

Corbett said that by withdrawing from the United Way, LaValle ultimately cleared the way for her to pay herself as she wished.

According to the grand jury, LaValle told her board members that their funds had been reduced to $5,000 because of budgetary problems within the United Way and convinced them that it was pointless to fill out the large amounts of paperwork for such a small fund.

The grand jury found that in 2005, after withdrawing from the United Way, the Voluntary Action Center began regularly relying on credit. A month after withdrawing from the United Way, the Voluntary Action Center was in serious financial turmoil and by October 2005 accounts were in the negative.

Corbett said that despite the financial troubles of the organization, LaValle's salary compensation was not affected.

The grand jury found that in 2005 LaValle earned more than $102,000 and in 2006 she earned more than $122,000. Between January and March 2007, LaValle also earned an additional $23,296.

According to the grand jury, LaValle also made sure that the Voluntary Action Center contributed to her pension plan and often took in excess of the seven percent approved by the board.

From 1993 to 2007, LaValle allegedly misappropriated and contributed at least $30,000 more than she was entitled, to her pension plan.

Corbett said that in order to inflate her pension, LaValle allegedly excluded two of her employees from the Simplified Employee Pension by telling them they were not entitled to benefits or a pension plan.

LaValle is charged with four counts of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and two counts of theft by deception. Each count is a third degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

LaValle surrendered today and was preliminary arraigned before Ambridge Magisterial District Judge Mark Schulte, who released her on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 21, at 9 a.m. courtroom 3 of the Beaver County Courthouse.

The case will be prosecuted in Beaver County by Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter of the Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

The Wind Is Changing In Stuben County


Canisteo Valley News

In 2005, wind company Airtricity came to the Steuben County Town of Hartsville, in order to set up a group of wind farms in Hartsville. Since then, Airtricity has been bought out by another wind company called Eon. Much time has passed, and now that Eon's officials are back in contact with Hartsville leaders, the Hartsville Town Board wants to get a second legal opinion on their original wind law.

"We're making a multi-decade decision here," said Hartsville Supervisor Steve Dombert. "We want to make sure that the town is in the best possible bargaining posture, and I'm not convinced that we are. For that reason, we think it would be desirable to go back and see if there are ways that we can strengthen the law, and try to improve our position", Dombert told our news department.

Bradford Legion Team Advances To Regionals

The Bradford American Legion Baseball team placed 2nd in the Pennsylvania State tournament advancing them to National regional play in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Bradford plays their first game today 8/14/2008 at 9:00pm. You can follow the game real time on the web at select game 4 in the Great Lakes Region 5 Games.

Front Row: Kevin Pautler, Karl McCracken
Middle Row: Coach Ben McCracken, Brandon Slater, Mike Pascarella, Chris Krajewski, Lou Jones, Josh Lightner, Cory Viola
Back Row: Manager Brian Fox, Greg Donovan, Nick Foster, Ryan LaBrozzi, Pat Pascarella, Rich Obermeyer, Coach Justin Jones.
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Steve said...

Day 1 was a good day. Bradford defeated Chillicothe 7-3. Brandon Slater pitched all 9 innings striking out 12.

Mayme B. Stevens, 99, Ulysses, PA

Mayme B. Stevens, 99, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 14, 2008 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born October 17, 1908, in Hector Township, PA, she was the daughter of Andrew and Clara Stiles Snay. She was married to Howard Stevens, who predeceased her in 1969.

Mrs. Stevens and her husband owned a dairy farm in Pike Township for many years.

Surviving are: two sons, Roland (Charlene) Stevens of Ulysses and Ray (Joyce) Stevens of Galeton, PA; a daughter, Audrey (Melvin) Lowrey of Gaines, PA; three grandsons she raised, Edward (Bonnie) Stevens of Ulysses, James (Kathy) Lowe of Sabinsville, and Lowell (Paul) Taft of Pavo, GA; generations of many grandchildren; a brother, Milton Snay of Coudersport, PA; a sister, Mary McPherson of Sunderlinville, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three daugthers, Beverly Neefe, June Flynn, and Wilma Lowe; two sons, Lowell Stevens and Ivan Stevens; and five sisters, Mildred Hanes, Maude Terwilliger, Mayjol Monroe, Margie Tubbs, and Melva Tubbs.

Friends may call Saturday, August 16, 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 Sunday at 2:30 PM. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery.

Erie Inventor's Cancer Cure Works

Kanzius Process Proven Successful
Researchers at UPMC in Pittsburgh have backed up claims from MD Anderson in Texas confirming that the John Kanzius treatment of using directed radio waves to kill cancer cells really works.

You can watch more on the groundbreaking announcement made exclusively on WSEE-TV here

Anonymous said...

Great news...I was beginning to think after 25 to 30 years of accepting donations for Cancer treatment research there was never going to be an improvement.
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

I lost my mother to colon cancer last week. After hearing John turned down the buyout from what ever university, we decided to put the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation in my mothers obit. There were only a handful of donations to the foundation, but it has to start somewhere. I and my family are very excited about John and his work. I have google alerts for John, and follow his work daily. That is how I found this site. He is on to something, and if the drug companies don't thwart his efforts and or buy him out, I think we will have a cure for most cancers sooner rather than later. Keep up the work John!

Gerald E. Hanes, 78, Sabinsville, PA

Gerald E. Hanes, 78, of Sabinsville, PA, died Wednesday, August 13, 2008 in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.

Born July 25, 1930, in Hector Township, PA, he was the son of George and Mildred Snay Hanes.

On May 11, 1956, in Westfield, PA, he married the former Evelyn Mead, who survives.

He owned and operated a dairy farm for many years. Gerald was a member of the Sunderlinville Baptist Church and served as president of the Parker Hill Cemetery Association.

Surviving besides his wife, Evelyn, are: a son, Gerald (Candy) Hanes, Jr. of Sabinsville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Glen (Joyce) Hanes of Galeton. He was predeceased by a daugther, Candy Sue Hanes in 1982; and a brother, Gilbert Hanes.

A private graveside service will be held in Parker Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parker Hill Cemetery Association, c/o Katherine Dunham, 2673 Phoenix Run Rd., Sabinsville, PA 16943.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Potter County Bowhunter Festival This Weekend

Potter County Bowhunter Festival
August 15, 2008 - August 17, 2008
Location: Ski Denton
Phone: 814-435-2115
Open to both compound and traitional-get ready for archery season
Have a great family weekend!

Eight 3-D Courses
There will be lots of vendors and seminars
Novelty Shoots
Sharp Shooter Competitions

Lock Haven U. Graduate Receives Advocacy Award

Attorney General lawyer receives legal advocacy award

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett announced today that Senior Deputy Attorney General David Sumner of his Bureau of Consumer Protection has been named the recipient of the American Bar Association's Jefferson Fordham Award for Legal Advocacy.

Sumner started as a civil prosecutor with the Attorney General's Office in 2000 and is currently a Special Assistant for Legislation and Policy. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office he practiced government and regulatory affairs in Harrisburg.

Sumner is the first consumer protection attorney to receive the award.

Sumner is a graduate of Lock Haven University. He received his law degree with high honors from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey.

Wisconsin Company Buying Smethport Specialty

WESB News: 08/14/08 - Smethport Specialty Being Acquired

Patch Products of Beloit, Wisconsin is purchasing Smethport Specialty, a maker of toys and specialty line products.

The toy company is located in Smethport and has been in business since 1923. One of their best known products is Wooly Willy, a classic toy.

Seniors Get In Free Today At McKean Co. Fair

WESB News: 08/14/08 - Senior Citizens Day at the Fair

It’s “Senior Citizens Day” today at the McKean County Fair. All senior citizen’s 62 and older get in free today.

The amusement rides begin at 3pm and there’s a demoliton derby tonight at the fairgrounds at 7:30pm.

Commissioners Try To Answer Questions About Pollution From Natural Gas Drilling

Tioga commissioners hear concerns about gas drilling

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - The Tioga County commissioners tried to calm the fears of a resident concerned that gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation will contaminate their water wells and will otherwise damage the environment.

During the meeting Tuesday, Charleston Township resident Carole Heffley, who said she retired to the area with her husband six years ago, but still maintains a winter home in North Carolina, told commissioners they had returned to their property here to find a gas well being drilled about 750 feet from their creek and the source of their water.

"Since the 1970s, I have been visiting Tioga County, and it always seemed like a place where people value the environment more than anywhere else," she said.

But now, she is concerned about Hills Creek and the unnamed creek near her home because of what she has been told by different sources about the impact of drilling.

"For instance, there is something called drill mud," that is potentially filled with toxic substances when it is created by the water that is used to fracture the shale, she said.

"The water that is used doesn't all come out, some of it stays underground, and there can be up to 26 different components including heavy metals and low radioactive materials," she said, citing a newspaper article as her source. More...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Seneca Nation Sends NY State $57.3 Million

WESB News: 08/13/08 - Senecas Send Money to Albany

The Seneca Nation has sent the state of New York a check for $57.3 million from slot machine revenues.

Seneca President Mo John says revenue generated at the casinos has supported several important projects throughout Western New York and will continue to have a positive economic impact.

The Seneca Allegany Casino payment totaled more than $16 million that will be split between the city of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County and the Salamanca City Central School District.

WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 14

State Representative Martin Causer or one of his representatives will hold office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Emporium Borough Office; from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 at the Port Allegany Borough Office and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Eldred Borough Office.

August 14

The annual PennDot Retirees and Local 2117 picnic will be held at Cherry Springs State Park beginning at noon. Take a dish to pass and your own table service.

August 14

The Potter County Retirement Board will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ conference room in the Gunzburger Annex, North Main Street Coudersport. Because of that meeting, the regular meetings of the Commissioners and Salary Board have been postponed and will immediately follow the retirement board meeting. All three sessions are open to the public.

August 14

There will be no therapeutic touch offered tonight at Charles Cole Hospital.

August 16

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

August 16

The Mainsburg United Methodist Church on Route 6 will hold its annual corn roast from 4:30 to 6:30 featuring a full menu. Take outs available. Adults, $8.00, children 6-12, $4.00.