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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Media Providers Speak At Leadership Potter County Program On Friday

Gerri Miller Talks About Media At Session FridayFrom left: Teri McDowell, Potter Leader-Enterprise; Gerri Miller, WFRM;
Chris Keagle, Zito Media; not pictured, James Jones, Solomon's words

Four local media representatives spoke to 18 students at the Leadership Potter County session held Friday at the Potter County Educational Council in Coudersport.

Each representative spoke on how Potter County leaders could best use the local media to advertise and notify the public of projects they are involved in. The representatives also addressed how media has changed, and how they expect media to change in the next five or ten years.

The representatives then participated in a question and answer session about the media that they represent.

Participants from area media were Teri McDowell, News Editor of the "Potter Leader-Enterprise"; Gerri Miller, WFRM; Chris Keagle, Zito Media; and James Jones, Editor-Publisher of "Solomon's words."

Robert Hooftallen of Endeavor News was invited, but unable to attend due to the Friday deadline for publishing his paper.

Leadership Potter County is a locally organized program to develop future leaders in the communities within Potter County. It's purpose is to prepare emerging leaders to create and serve on boards, committees, and in other capacities which benefit the businesses and organizations of Potter County.

It is a year long program that exposes participants to leaders actively working to make Potter County a better place to live and work. It introduces them to issues, challenges and opportunities facing our area.

Leadership Potter County directly or indirectly results in stronger local businesses and organizations, greater availability of local leadership skills, increased leadership awareness, and increased collaboration between local leaders.

The program is supported by the Potter County Commissioners, Potter County School Superintendents, Potter County Education Council, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, and more than ten other businesses. The Leadership Potter County Steering Committee is comprised of leaders from local businesses and organizations who initiated and developed the program.

Individuals interested in enrolling in the 2009 Leadership Potter County program are urged to contact the Potter County Education Council at 814-274-4877 for more information.

Blogger joshhatcher said...

James... what an awesome opportunity to be a part of something like that!

It's awesome to see you representing the Internet News/Blogging community as well.


Sunday, August 24, 2008 3:01:00 PM EDT

PA DEP Announces Marcellus Drilling Amendments

Gas Developers to Identify Water Sources, Treatment Locations as Part of Permit Process

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection unveiled a streamlined process today that will make it easier for the agency to review permit applications by companies seeking to develop the 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas believed to be stored in the Marcellus Shale geologic formation.

Deputy Secretary for Water Management Cathleen Curran Myers said the revised permit application guidelines could allow natural gas developers to begin operations sooner if the department can ensure Pennsylvania’s water resources are not threatened by drilling.

“There has been considerable interest in developing the natural gas resources contained in the Marcellus Shale—interests that could yield a substantial economic boom for the commonwealth,” said Myers. “DEP has been working in cooperation with the Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions to create a consistent, streamlined process for evaluating water usage and disposal in all areas of the state because this type of drilling requires significant amounts of water. In the course of reviewing any gas well permit, we need to have a thorough understanding of proposed water withdrawals, as well as disposal and treatment plans. “This addendum to the permit application requiring a water management plan will reduce administrative delays for the drilling industry while helping us to determine what demands will be placed on our natural water resources.” Under the new application process, gas well operators seeking to extract resources from the Marcellus Shale formation must provide the following information to DEP when applying for a permit to drill a gas well:

• Type of well with proposed location plotted on a U.S. Geological Survey topographical map showing property lines and horizontal bores; • Acreage to be disturbed by drilling and operations;

• Sources and locations of water to be used in the drilling process, the impacts of drilling on water resources, and proof that the water withdrawals have been approved by the appropriate river basin commission;

• Location(s) of treatment facilities where drilling and fracing fluids will be taken for treatment and disposal; and

• Size and locations of proposed dams and water impoundments

The permit application addendum applies only to wells being drilled into the Marcellus Shale formation and was created following meetings with industry and regulators. The Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions oversee water usage and require all gas drillers to obtain approval prior to beginning water withdrawals or use. DEP’s permit application addendum for Marcellus Shale wells creates similar processes for drilling-related water use in Pennsylvania’s other major watersheds, which include the Ohio, Potomac and Genesee rivers and Lake Erie.

Pennsylvania and other northeast states have seen a substantial increase in drilling activity associated with the vast Marcellus Shale. The geologic formation underlies much of the commonwealth at a depth of 5,000 to 6,000 feet. Until recently those natural gas deposits were inaccessible and cost-prohibitive to extract, but higher energy costs and new drilling techniques have sparked exploration and drilling in previously untapped formations.

“There is the potential for significant economic opportunity for the citizens of the commonwealth with the development of the Marcellus Shale formation, but this resource must be extracted in a manner that is consistent with state and federal laws that protect our water resources,” said DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Mineral Resources Management J. Scott Roberts. “The drilling industry has been cooperative with this effort, and DEP regional staff has been trained on the new procedures so that permit applications can be reviewed and processed in a timely manner.” Companies that have already completed drilling permit applications or received permits may submit the new information to the department for review in a narrative form. Beginning in October, all drilling permit applications must use the new format. In May and June, routine DEP inspections uncovered violations at Marcellus Shale drilling operations including poorly constructed water impoundments, inadequate erosion and sediment controls, improper waste and fluid disposal and unregistered and unapproved water withdrawals from streams. The violations threatened the state’s water resources.

In response, DEP, along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions, and the state’s county conservation districts hosted a summit with current and prospective gas exploration companies to review permit application requirements for water management plans.

DEP regulates oil and gas exploration and drilling under the state oil and gas laws, the Clean Streams Law, the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act, the Solid Waste Management Act, and the Water Resources Planning Act.

For more information, visit, keyword: Oil and Gas.

Anonymous said...

It is hard to read the white font :(

Editor: Thanks, Is that better?

Anonymous said...

All DEP needed to streamline the drilling process was a new self inking rubber stamp. Have they ever turned a application down?

Accused Polluter Sent Emails To Employer

WESB News: 08/23/08 - Horton Allegedly Sent 'Strange' E-Mails

One of the Bradford men charged with causing the oil spill in the Allegheny National Forest last weekend allegedly sent e-mails to his former employer and said they hadn't seen the last of him.

An affidavit of probable cause filed by state police says 42-year-old Andrew Horton sent strange e-mails to Kittanning-based Snyder Brothers, and a suspected arson fire broke out at one of the targeted leases a couple of weeks ago.

Besides the e-mails, a Snyder Brothers representative said he believes Horton reported the company to OSHA. That case has been resolved in favor of Snyder Brothers.

Andrew Horton left his job over a disagreement. His son, 22-year-old Christopher Horton, gave the company a two-week notice, but only worked one week.

Preliminary hearings for the pair have been scheduled for Wednesday, but neither man has a lawyer so the hearings are expected to be postponed.

Smethport Driver Unable To Avoid Collision

WESB News: 08/23/08 - Teen Hurt in South Kendall Accident

A Bradford teenager was hurt in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on South Kendall Avenue.

Police say a car driven by 17-year-old Nikki Poland drifted across the center line and hit a pickup truck driven by 48-year-old Dennis York of Smethport.

York drove his truck toward the berm to avoid a head-on collision and hit a utility pole. Poland was extricated from her vehicle by members of the Rew Volunteer Fire Department, and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

York and two passengers in Poland's car were not hurt. One lane of South Kendall was blocked for about 45 minutes.

PUC Approves PPL Gas Utilities Sale To UGI

UGI, PPL gas deal OK'd

Regulators impose rate, other conditions on acquisition to protect consumers, employees.
Saturday, August 23, 2008

State regulators approved UGI Utilities Inc.'s acquisition of PPL's natural gas business under certain conditions.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued a unanimous ruling Thursday after inserting provisions designed to protect consumers. The PUC's decision requires UGI to: Read more....

Midtown Bar Damaged In Early Morning Fire

Blaze Damages Port Allegany Bar

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Firefighters from three departments battled a blaze at the Midtown Bar in Port Allegany for about 2 hours early Saturday morning.

Star Hose Company Chief Terry Royce says they received the call at about 4:20 a.m. and smoke was coming from the back of the building when they arrived.

The fire was contained to the bar area on the first floor. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

Royce says about 50 firefighters from the Star Hose Company, Smethport Fire Department and Roulette were on the scene. No one was hurt.

Friday, August 22, 2008

House Fire Reported Off Niles Hill Near Coudersport

BREAKING NEWS: 8:40 pm--8-22-08
Coudersport Firemen have been dispatched to a house fire on Red Wing Lane off of Niles Hill where a porch was reported on fire. Some Coudersport units were recalled, and a second call reported the fire may be out. Fire was reported out and remaining equipment dismissed.

Area Obituaries

Roland R. Neefe

Roland Robert Neefe, 74, of Kennewick, died Aug. 20 in Kennewick, Washington

He was born in Coudersport, Pa., and lived in the Tri-City area for eight years.

He was a retired machinist and manufacturer.

Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.


School Teacher Nabbed In Internet Sex Sting

Attorney General Corbett announces Internet Predator arrests in Allegheny & Clearfield counties, including a Pittsburgh area school teacher


Nicholas E. Salvo


Robert C. Dunlap

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested two men, including a high school science teacher from the Pittsburgh area along with a factory worker from Clearfield County, both accused of using the Internet to send sexually explicit photos and videos to what they believed were young girls. The "girls" were actually undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit who were using the online profiles of children.

Corbett identified the defendants as Nicholas E. Salvo, 34, 60 Rocklynn Place, Pittsburgh and Robert C. Dunlap, 36, 716 Good St., Houtzdale.

Corbett said that Salvo and Dunlap are both accused of Internet chat rooms to sexually solicit what they believed were 13 or 14-year old girls. Both men also allegedly sent nude or sexually graphic photos and webcam videos to the girls.

"Internet predators are aggressively using chat room and teen networking sites to search for young victims online, quickly escalating conversations to include discussions about sex and the transmission of nude photos and webcam videos," Corbett said. "It is essential for parents to understand that many predators will send sexually graphic materials within minutes of contacting a child, and continue to repeat that behavior until they are caught." More.....

Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza Recalled

WESB News: 08/22/08 - Tops Removes Hot Pockets As part of a manufacturer's recall, Tops Markets has removed from shelves 54-ounce, 12-pack cartons of "HOT POCKETS PEPPERONI PIZZA" brand stuffed sandwiches.

The product may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. They have not said what the 'foreign material' is that has been found.

This recall affects 54-ounce, 12-pack cartons of "HOT POCKETS PEPPERONI PIZZA" brand stuffed sandwiches. Printed on the side of each carton is "8157544614D," "EST 7721A," and "BEST BEFORE JAN2010." Each carton bears the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced on June 5 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide. No reports of illnesses or injuries associated with this product have been received. Consumers who purchased the above product are urged to return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Nestle Company Consumer Services at (800) 350-5016.

joshhatcher said...

those "foreign substances" were probably healthier than what was in them to begin with!

Anonymous said...

let me guess...
the foreign substance was REAL pepperoni!

Elk County Man Found Shot To Death

RIDGWAY - Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and the Ridgway-based state police are looking for help in their investigation of a shooting death Wednesday in Millstone Township.
Timothy Patrick Finucan, 50, was discovered at his residence near Sigel. He died of a gunshot wound.

WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 23

The 3rd Annual Potter County Family Fun Fair will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Potter County Fairgrounds in Millport. There will be refreshments, games, family getaway drawing, and information on services available for children ant their families. The event is free of charge.

August 23

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

August 23

The First Fork Sinnemahoning Watershed Association will have a public meeting at the East Fork Sportsman’s Club beginning at 2:00 p.m. Information will be given about the six stream bank/habitat projects done by the Potter County Conservation District and First Fork Watershed Association.

August 25

There will be a meeting of the Upper Allegheny Watershed will be held at the CARP Pavilion in Coudersport. Those attending will look over the stream bank project at the park. Jim Clark, Penn State Cooperative Extension, will present information on gas and oil drilling and the water supply. There will also be a short business meeting.

Aug. 29 is Deadline For Elk Drawing Applications

Hunters looking to participate in this year's Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 29, to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website ( Click on "The Outdoor Shop" in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage, then select "Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop" in the lower left-hand corner, then click on "Elk" in the banner and complete the application. The deadline to submit a paper application was Aug. 15.

Applicants must place a $10 non-fundable application fee on their credit card payment (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express accepted) to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 102-105 of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to license buyers.

On Sept. 20, the Game Commission will hold a public, computerized drawing as part of the annual Elk Expo held in Elk County. At that time, the agency will award the 45 elk licenses, the first 17 drawn will receive an antlered license and the next 28 drawn will receive an antlerless license.

Applications Due By Sept. 2 For Bobcat Seasons

Hunters and trappers seeking to participate in Pennsylvania's upcoming bobcat seasons have until Sept. 2, to submit an application via the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website (, to be included in the public drawing for one of the 1,435 permits to be awarded.

Click on "The Outdoor Shop" in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage, then select "Pennsylvania Game Commission Outdoor Shop" in the lower left-hand corner, then click on "Bobcat" in the banner and complete the application.

The deadline to submit a paper application was Aug. 15.There is a $5 non-refundable application fee, which applicants must place on their credit card, to be entered into the drawing.

Details on the season can be found on pages 82-85 of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations, or at "The Outdoor Shop" on the Game Commission's website (

On Sept. 12, the 1,435 permits will be selected during a computerized drawing, which will be open to the public, at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.

Those selected will receive their bobcat permit by U.S. mail in early October. The bobcat hunting season will take place Oct. 25 through Feb. 21. The bobcat trapping season will be held from Oct. 26 through Feb. 22.

No Injuries When Car Hits PennDot Mower

Coudersport Borough police say no one was hurt in a collision Thursday morning on Route 6 just west of the Ladona Intersection.

Police say a car driven by Lawrence Page of Coudersport ran into a PennDot mower.

The sedan had to be towed from the scene.

Wellsboro Men Arrested For Northern Tier Camp Burglaries

Three Wellsboro men are behind bars after State Police say they broke into seasonal cabins in several northern tier counties.

The trio is accused of stealing hundreds of items including a generator, a television and a few guns.

State Police say they found all of the items along with drug paraphernalia at a residence on Perry Road in Wellsboro, where the men live.

52 year old Scott Fisher, his son 26 year old Travis Fisher and Edward Witten were arrested on a traffic stop in Cameron County.

Scott Fisher and Travis Fisher are being held in Potter County Jail and Edward Witten is being held in Elk County Jail on burglary charges.

15 Year Old Boy Seriously Injured When Hit By Car In Harrison Valley

Coudersport-based state police say they are charging a 16 year old Genesee driver with careless driving, careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury and failure to use a seatbelt after her car struck a pedestrian on Tannery Street in Harrison Valley Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said the girl was headed east when her Mercury Capri went off the road and hit a 15 year old boy.

The victim was taken by Tri-Town Ambulance to a landing zone and was then flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of major injuries.

Two female passengers in the car, both aged 14 and the driver escaped injury even though they were not wearing seatbelts.

State police a couple of years ago adopted a policy whereby they do not release the names of anyone under the age of 18 for any reason.

Anonymous said...

Any updates on how this boy is doing?

Rendell Announces Solar Mirror Facility

Governor Rendell says Solar Mirror Facility Will Create 300 Manufacturing Jobs

FINDLAY TWP. – State investments of $9 million helped a Germany-based company choose Allegheny County for its first solar mirror production facility in the United States, creating 300 manufacturing jobs and strengthening Pennsylvania’s position as a leader in clean energy development, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

Flabeg, a global leader in high-tech glass and mirror applications, will use the facility to manufacture parabolic solar mirrors, which are used to help generate electricity at large-scale solar power plants. It will be the company’s first U.S. facility of this type.

“This was a very competitive project and Flabeg’s decision to expand operations here shows that the international community continues to take notice of Pennsylvania’s business environment and pioneering clean-energy efforts,” Governor Rendell said. “With international leaders like Gamesa, Iberdrola, and Conergy already doing business in Pennsylvania, it’s clear that the commonwealth has established itself as a leader in the development of clean energy solutions.

“We’ve already created more than 3,000 jobs in the renewable energy industry and leveraged $1 billion in private investment and, with solar energy production growing at an incredible pace and markets continuing to expand, it’s clear that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg,” the Governor said.

Flabeg plans to lease a 20-acre site in the Clinton Commerce Park in Findlay, and build a 209,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The building will be constructed in two phases, with the first phase starting this fall. The total investment in both phases of the project is expected to be $30 million. Flabeg will retain 198 jobs at its other Allegheny County location, in Brackenridge, which manufactures mirror glass for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

“Without the strategic vision and support from Governor Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and their respective staffs, Flabeg would not have made the decision to build this plant in Pennsylvania,” said Charles Johnson, president of Flabeg Solar US Corporation. “Clearly, the Governor's commitment to alternative energy solutions has created a business environment attractive to companies leading the drive for energy independence.”

Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, one of the most ambitious in the nation, requires that, by 2021, at least 18 percent of all electricity sold at retail comes from clean, advanced energy resources. The state’s clean energy law ensures that, when the solar share is in full effect in 2021, Pennsylvania will benefit from over 850 megawatts of solar-produced electricity.

The project was coordinated through the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who serve as a single point-of-contact and coordination for businesses considering locating or expanding in the state. The Department of Community and Economic development’s Office of International Business Development and its representative in Germany worked closely with GAT and Flabeg to help bring the project to fruition. The Allegheny County Department of Economic Development provided additional support for the project.

Pennsylvania provided a $9 million funding offer that included a $1.2 million opportunity grant, $3 million from the machinery and equipment loan fund, a $2 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, $1.5 million in Infrastructure and Facilities Improvement Program grants, $900,000 in job creation tax credits, and $400,000 in job training assistance.

Since January 2003, GAT has successfully completed 1,017 projects statewide. The projects represent commitments for 107,980 new jobs and 247,873 retained jobs. The commonwealth has offered $1.9 billion in funding to these projects, which will leverage more than $12 billion in additional investment.

For information on the Governor’s Action Team and other DCED programs, visit or call 1-866-466-3972.

For more information on Flabeg, visit

Coudersport State Police Charge Man With Cruelty

N. Tier man accused of animal cruelty

Star-Gazette • August 22, 2008

A Homer township man was charged with five summary counts of cruelty to animals for neglecting to care for animals at his residence, State Police at Coudersport said late Thursday in a news release.

Police said James Arthur Bruzzi, 58, of Dividing Ridge Road, was charged following an investigation.

Police said Bruzzi neglected and/or deprived a horse, dogs and chickens food, drink and veterinary care in late July.

Citations were filed, and Bruzzi is to appear in District Magisterial Court, police said.

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Katie Spotz Makes The News In Pittsburgh

Take me to the river
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - 6 hours ago
The pair hiked 27 miles to Coudersport before it was deep enough to swim. Ms. Spotz usually swam between 12 and 15 miles per day as the river meandered ...more....

Port Man Pleads Guilty In Threat To Shoot Trooper

kWESB News: 08/22/08 - Port Man Pleads to Threatening State Trooper

A Port Allegany man pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to threatening to shoot a State Trooper.

Court records indicate that 40 year-old John Pearson had been charged with terroristic threats, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Pearson will be sentenced on September 11.

Local Governments Explore Marcellus Drilling

Local government officials learn effects of drilling in Marcellus shale

SMETHPORT — Local government officials from McKean, Cameron, Potter, Elk and Warren counties attended a video-teleconference Thursday at the McKean County 911 Center about how drilling in the Marcellus shale will affect local governments.

The conference was titled “Natural Gas Exploration and Drilling: The Local Government Role in the Future Impacts of Underground Opportunities.”

Jim Clark, extension educator, and Don Tanner, county extension director, were facilitators for the session, one of ten sites statewide. Speakers spokesmen from state agencies, oil and gas industry and an attorney. Following each presenter, the audiences had opportunities to ask questions. More....

Anonymous said...

When you read this articile you will see this quote:

"an audience member from another site asked if the townships have the power to tax oil and gas production.

The answer was “No . . . that authority rests with the state.”

I hope after Potter County saves the world with wind turbines and electric and natural gas wells and gas, somebody will save Potter County. I know this will be looked at as negative, but this is a fact, enjoy Potter County while while you can, because, as you can see, it is all going to change in the very near future. For the majority of the people here, the change will not be for the better.

Anonymous said...

nothings going to change here with the new reg's on windmills our "brightest" came up with no one is going to build a single wind mill here and its just sad. Well maybe Eddie will toss a nickel in your cup when he stop's by fezz's or the SVI for a steak cause waiting tables just is never going to get you health care.

Anonymous said...

If change means losing everything, I am happy for things to stay the same. We live in a beautiful area. There is no need to fix that. If the grass appears greener someother place, go there.
Ed sees what he have here, and it is worth fighting for.

Anonymous said...

Some company drilled all night on land owned by someone who does not
own the mineral rights...the land
owner has no rights whatsoever
nor was respect shown them in the company's choice to drill all night and it kept all of their neighbors awake..

Regulations are what is required
and thoughtfulness...drilling
need not deprive so many of their
rights...these folks bought their land and yet have no rights whatsoever.


Anonymous said...

"who does not
own the mineral rights...the land
owner has no rights whatsoever"

When you purchase/sell land your attorney should point out what is in the deed IF you do not know what to look for as far as mineral rights. This is nothing NEW, land has been purchased/sold for years this way either you sell/buy with our without the mineral rights.

For Your Information:


IF they are running on 10 ton posted roads they ARE paying the state for permits to bond and run on these roads. AND if there is wear and tear the state repairs the roadway and the user gets a bill from Clearfield.

That is IF it is not a township road...If it is a township road the money is up front for a permit and to be held until usage is complete. Also you usually BUY gravel, stone, and or lime stone for the use of the roads for the township's future use to receive your money back.

Maybe you should start questioning the commonwealth just what they are doing with all the money they charge to a person that owns a truck! Fuel Tax, Heavy Highway Use Tax, Road Tax, Registration fees, License fees and these are just a few of the charges. Not to mention the trucks that come through our state, we get revenue from them as well via apportion reg. fees, IFTA, single state registration...and the list goes on. Maybe they would not be looking into tolling I-80 if the money was going into to road repairs for all of the above as it is being charged.

Anonymous said...

meeting tonight.. same time same place.

Card Shower For Kenneth W. Dietze's 95th Birthday

The family of Kenneth W. Dietze would like to have a card shower for his 95th birthday on
August 27. If you could announce it in your blog, we would greatly appreciate it. His
address is : Brother Dietze, 215 N. Union #124, Shinglehouse, Pa. 16748.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

WFRM Calendar Of Events

August 23

The 3rd Annual Potter County Family Fun Fair will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Potter County Fairgrounds in Millport. There will be refreshments, games, family getaway drawing, and information on services available for children ant their families. The event is free of charge.

August 23

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

August 23

The First Fork Sinnemahoning Watershed Association will have a public meeting at the East Fork Sportsman’s Club beginning at 2:00 p.m. Information will be given about the six stream bank/habitat projects done by the Potter County Conservation District and First Fork Watershed Association.

Stars & Parks Saturday At Cherry Springs State Park

August 23, 2008

Times: 9-10:30 pm
Location: Cherry Springs State Park
Phone: 814-435-5010
Bring the entire family to Cherry Springs State Park and observe the universe. View diamond-like stars, glittering star clusters, planets, galazies and so much more through several telescopes operated by both volunteers and park staff.

Stars-N-Parks is offered in partnership with the National Public Observatory (NPO) and Cherry Springs, which became the flagship [ark for the program in 2000.

It is recommended that visitors arrive about 1/2 early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become dark-adapted.

Katie Spotz Conquers The Allegheny River

Swimmer Reaches Her Goal

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A Mentor, Ohio, woman has completed her 325-mile swim of the Allegheny River, a month after beginning her journey. 21-year-old Katie Spotz reached Point State Park, where the Allegheny and Monogahela rivers form the Ohio, at just before noon today.

She now plans to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, some 2,500 miles from West Africa to South America, in December to raise money and awareness for the Blue Planet Run Foundation, a nonprofit whose goal is to bring clean drinking water to the estimated 1 billion people worldwide who don't have it.

Robert Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Benefit Concert

Area Musicians See Musical Reunion As Memorial To Rev. Merten

Potter County’s famous rock ‘n roll band from the ‘60s, Ollie and the Go Gos, will reunite this weekend to benefit a cause that’s near and dear to all of the band members.

It will be night of music, reminiscing, dining and dancing scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Hotel Crittenden.

Larry "Ollie" Herbstritt, leader of the band, has pulled together other members of the Go Gos to headline the third annual Robert Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Benefit Concert.

Also performing will be the popular folk trio Jakob’s Hollow and other local musicians.

The concert and fund-raiser is set for 5-11 pm. Tickets are available at the door at $25 for the concert and dinner, with serving from 5 to 7:30. Cost for those attending the concert, without dinner, is $10.

Herbstritt organizes this benefit annually to honor the memory of the Rev. Robert B. Merten, and to develop the talents of local musicians through a scholarship.
Although members of Ollie and the Go Gos went their separate ways after high school, they were drawn back together in 2004 for a memorable reunion to benefit a local charity. This month’s reunion will honor the memory of a man who was a friend, counselor and inspiration to each of the band members.

Friends of Rev. Merten and the Potter County Fine Arts Council established the Circle of Fifths award as a tribute to the clergyman, intellectual, and musician who died in January 2006. It is presented annually to a college-bound student who plans to study music.

Herbstritt credits Rev. Merten with broadening his own musical horizons as a teenager, when "Ollie" was experimenting with the sounds of the Beatles, the Byrds and other rock bands.

Ollie and the Go Gos became Potter County’s answer to the Beatles, attracting a broad following and releasing a 45-rpm record that enjoyed broad regional sales.

Later, Herbstritt went on to compose numerous film scores and TV soundtracks, as well as top ten hits for Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, Melissa Manchester, and Ronnie Milsap.

On Saturday, Allen Berfield, Carl Butler, Dennis Barnett, Dave Anderson and Jay Pinsince will return to their Go Gos roles. Local musicians Jeff Kazimer and Tom Shaffer will join the mix. There will also be some special guests taking the stage during the evening.

Jakob’s Hollow combines the singing and songwriting talents of Steve Quelet and Eppie Bailey with the stand-up bass work of Judy Shunk. They have most recently been joined by singer and songwriter Josh Wolf. Melodic folk tunes with poignant lyrics and rich harmonies are complemented by the occasional whimsical selection.

Also performing will be the local vocal ensemble Second Chances, Anne Acker, Art Metzger and friends, Luke Patterson and one of the 2007 Merten Circle of Fifths scholarship recipients, Brianna Bizzaro.

Top photo one shows the late Rev. Robert B. Merten.

Middle photo shows Ollie and the Go Gos in the 1960s including, clockwise from lower left, Allen Berfield, Carl Butler, Charlie Cole, Dennis Barnett, Tom Boyd and Larry Herbstritt.

Bottom photo shows (left to right) Larry Herbstritt, Jeff Kazimer and Tom Shaffer during the first annual Merten Scholarship Concert.

Anonymous said...

This was an excellent show! Thank you so much for publicizing it.

PA Representatives Along I-8o Corridor Ask For Toll Denial

News: 08/21/08 - The I-80 Battle Continues
Republican House members along the Interstate 80 corridor are continuing their fight against tolls on the highway by urging U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters to deny the application by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to toll the interstate.

The letter cites new updates since the Federal Highway Administration returned the original application with numerous deficiencies last December.

The members also pointed out that there are other proposals on the table for highway funding, including Senator Joe Scarnati's proposal that would gradually shift funding for the state police out of the Motor License Fund, which funds highway improvements; and the proposal to lease the turnpike. State Representative Kathy Rapp is among the lawmakers who signed the letter.

Sigel Man Found Dead From Gunshot Wound

WESB News: 08/21/08 - Suspicious Death in Elk County

State Police are investigating a suspicious death in Elk County. They say 50-year-old Timothy Finucan died as a result of a gunshot wound sometime between Monday and Wednesday.

Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski pronounced him dead Wednesday, after an area resident discovered him in his home in Sigel. An autopsy is being performed today. Police say results will be released after completion of the forensic examination and associated tests.

Police are asking anyone who had contact with Finucan within the last few days, or who has any other pertinent information, to contact them at the Ridgway barracks.

Burglary In Westfield TownshipOn Rt. 249

Mansfield based state police are investigating a burglary at a Westfield Township Monday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. Thieves took a lawn mower, weed eater and a shop light from a shed owned by Esther Mann located on Route 249 a mile south of Route 49.

Virginia B. Branham, 80, Portville, NY

Virginia B. Branham

PORTVILLE- Virginia B. Branham, 80, of Prosser Rd., died Wednesday (Aug. 20, 2008) in the Olean General Hospital.

Born August 29, 1927, in Keating Summit, PA, she was a daughter of Leo and Helen M. Austin Butler. On Sept. 6, 1969, she married George Branham, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband, George, are three sons, Lewis H. Shaw of Eldred, Donald W. (Anna) Branham of Hillsboro, NH, Ronnie G. Branham of Kershaw, SC; ten daughters, Marilyn K. Geer and Judith M. Tierson both of Eldred, Sharon L. (Donald) Coast and Denise A. (Scott) Brown both of Duke Center, Debra L. (Mark) Bish of Smicksburg, PA, Robin A. Foster and Tina L. (Frank) Moy both of Hillsboro, NH, Carolyn W. (William) Hewett of Olean, NY, Mary J. (Kuser) Scott of Salamanca, NY, and Shirley J. Freeman of Kershaw, SC; 25 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 23, 2008), with Rev. James Kazimer, pastor of the First Church of God, Eldred officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, Thompson St., Bradford, PA 16701.

Wireless Internet Expanded By Verizon In Area

WESB News: 08/21/08 - High-Speed Wireless Network Expands

Verizon Wireless has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to portions of McKean Elk and Cameron counties including Bradford, Smethport, Port Allegany, Kane, Johnsonburg, Ridgway and St. Marys, and along portions of U.S. Route 219 in Elk County and U.S. Route 6 in McKean County.

Roger Tang, Verizon regional president says the high-speed wireless networks gives customers advantages in speed, mobility and security.

He says people can download a 1 megabyte email attachment—the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file—in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.
BREAKING NEWS: NATO says it has received note saying Russia is halting military cooperation

Florida Hospital Selected For Cancer Cure Trials

Florida Tests for Kanzius Trials
WSEE travels to Florida to look at the only other hospital system besides Erie’s approved for human trials.
Charles Santini reports

2 Car Crash Reported Near Wayne Paving On Route 44

BREAKING NEWS: 10:33 am--8-21-08
Shinglehouse emergency services have been dispatched to a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Route 44, north of Shinglehouse near Wayne Paving.

Anonymous said...

Updates on this (as they become known) would be great. Thanks.

Editor's note: Updates will normally not be available from official police sources for 24 hours after the incident is investigated. On scene reports from readers will be published as long as they don't conflict with privacy laws.

Anonymous said...

I drove by there on the way to Olean. It was a Wayne Paving pickup truck and a burgundy car. Didn't look like there was too much damage to either.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update.

Mad Mike said...

The car was an older Volvo (Not good with foreign cars but I would guess from the 80's.) and of course a Wayne Paving truck. A lady was driving the vehicle, escaped serious injury, and is from the Shinglehouse area. From what I know, neither driver was hurt seriously in the mishap. Of course, I was not there but was told by eye-witnesses that the Wayne truck pulled out in front of the Volvo. If that's's not surprising since that's common practice there. The car is totaled and was hauled away by Dave's Autobody from Shinglehouse, PA. The lady was heard saying that she was more distraught about the car she'd had for more than twenty years than anything else. That's all I know.

joshhatcher said...

how amazing is it to be able to have news and eyewitness reporting INSTANTLY..

thank you James

Rabies Positive In 4 Animals In Warren County

WESB News: 08/21/08 - Rabies in Fox in Warren County

Four animals have tested positive for rabies in Warren County during the past year.

The latest rabies case was diagnosed on August 8, in Glade Township.

The state Department of Agriculture says a red fox tested positive for the virus. Back in late July, a raccoon was confirmed with rabies.

State and local officials say people should take precautions when encountering wild animals.

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — James A. Windsor, 75, Turtlepoint, died Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2008) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany. Complete obituary previously published on Solomon's words.

COUDERSPORT — Lester G. “Fuzz” Russell, 82, passed away in his home in Coudersport on Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2008) after a 2 1/2 year illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

PORT ALLEGANY — Scott J. Caskey, 55, formerly of Port Allegany, died Tuesday (Aug. 18, 2008) in Salisbury, Md. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

PORT ALLEGANY — Virginia B. Branham, 80, of Prosser Road, Portville, N.Y., died Wednesday (Aug. 20, 2008) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. Switzer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. See complete obituary in Solomon's words.

INDIANA, Pa. — Robert L. Babcoe, 66, of Sinnemahoning, died Sunday (Aug. 17, 2008) at the H.J. Heinz VA Medical Center, Aspinwall. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robinson-Lytle Inc.

ST. MARYS — James A. Brehm, 79, of Grove House, Emporium, formerly of Port Allegany and Ridgway, died unexpectedly Monday morning (Aug. 18, 2008) in Elk Regional Health Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

James A. Windsor, 75, Turtlepoint, PA

Port Allegany- James A. Windsor, 75, of Turtlepoint, died Tuesday (August 19, 2008) at his residence in Turtlepoint.

He was born Sept. 21, 1932 in Eldred Twp., a son of Raymond and Mae McNeil Windsor. On April 22, 1957, in Chittenango, NY, he married Patience L. Hart, who survives.

Mr. Windsor was attended Port Allegany High School, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1956.

Mr. Windsor was employed by Ball, now St.Gobain, in Port Allegany, for 38 years, retiring in 1994. At the time of his retirement, he was a Cold End Manager.

He was a member of National Rifle Association, enjoyed hunting, working on his son’s farm, woodworking, and traveling. He also enjoyed tinkering and repairing things.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons: Matt (Cheryl) Windsor, Shawn (Debbie) Windsor, Joel Windsor, and Lee Windsor all of Turtlepoint, PA

11 grandchildren: 2 step grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren one sister: Lois Shedron of Nashville, OH; two brothers: Art Windsor of Turtlepoint, PA, Lyle Windsor of Wooster, OH

There will be no visitation. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, August 23, at 11 am in the Annin Creek Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Port Allegany Ambulance Service.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Accused Polluters Bail Set at Half Million Dollars Each

WESB News: 08/20/08 - Bail for Hortons Increased

Bail has been raised for the two men accused of leaking more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Allegheny National Forest.

During an arraignment last night, District Judge Rich Luther raised Christopher Horton's bail from $50,000 to $550,000. Bail for his father, Andrew Horton, is $500,000.

The younger Horton's bail is higher because he is accused of actually opening the valves on the tanks that caused the spill. His father is accused of transporting his son to the scene.

The Hortons had to be re-arraigned because of a computer error. District Attorney John Pavlock asked that bail be increased after their criminal records were evaluated.

Habitat Meeting Tonight At 6:30 pm (Wednesday)

August 20

Habitat for Humanity will have an open meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m in the Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, 601 N. Main Street, Coudersport. The meeting will include a presentation by the Family Selection Committee. Families who have already made application for the next HFH house to be built in Roulette or any family who may be interested but needs more information are especially encouraged to attend. Members of the local board and the Family Selection Committee will be on hand to answer questions, assist with filling out the application and provide information about the next project and what is involved in becoming a Habitat Family. For more information, call Joy Glassmire at Potter County Human Services 544-7315.

Coudersport School Starts August 25th

There’s a hint of fall in the air and that means students will be soon heading back to school.

Coudersport Area school officials are reminding newcomers that they should schedule an appointment to register their children.

Kindergarten students must be five years of age by September 1.

Parents with children entering grades Kindergarten through sixth grade should call 260-4043 and parents with children in grades seven through twelve should call 274-8501.

Classes begin Monday August 25. All students need to have monies deposited in their cafeteria accounts and officials are asking that the payments be made at the school by the close of business Friday, August 22 rather than sending it the first day.

Checks should be made payable to Coudersport Elementary Café and/or the Coudersport High School Café.

Anonymous said...

What a disaster that elementary school is!!!! Not going to pleasant for these kids.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and compared to the politics down there..the construction will be a mere secondary unpleasantry..

Anonymous said...

Wonder if all those construction workers in and out all day have all their clearances? You have to have them to go in and volunteer! I wish more parents would get together and go to the board meetings. We really need you. There is so much disorganization and crap going on there, it would blow a lot people's minds.

Just wait and see, if you are one of the many parents who drop off and pick up your kids, you are going to be in for a rude awakening when you see what is going on with the loading/unloading, drop-off/pick-up zones.


State Police Checking On Camp Burglaries

State police at Kane are probing a couple of camp burglaries taking place over the past week or so in Corydon Township. Thieves forced their way into one of the camps through a cracked window by popping the screen. Apparently nothing was taken.

However, thieves forced open a front door on the second camp and made off with a spotting scope valued at $150. A detached garage was also entered. Damage to the two door frames is estimated to be $120.

The camps are owned by Jeffrey Rice of Bradford and Timothy Rice of Gibsonia.

Coudersport Chamber Looking Into Coudersport Company Store

The Coudersport area could benefit from an idea presented at yesterday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.

President Stan Swank said he had come across a magazine article about the town of Powell, Wyoming which developed a publicly owned department store after a major retailer left.

Swank contacted John Wright, executive director of the Potter County Redevelopment Authority and owner of the building vacated by JC Penney this past February. Wright explained that the town came together, formed a corporation and sold shares at a price of $500 each to raise nearly a half million dollars. A limit on the number of shares one person could own was imposed so that there would be a cross section of townspeople who owned the store.

Wright says the store has operated in the black for each of it’s seven years and seven other communities have followed the plan and also have profitable community-owned stores. He told the group, a Coudersport Store could use the services of the Powell store’s buyer, at a fraction of the cost it would require to have a full-time buyer here.

Wright says he will be going to Powell early next month to check out the store for himself. He told WFRM he thinks it’s too ambitious to be open for the Christmas shopping season but is confident such a store could be up and running by next spring.

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea!! I'm in!!!

Anonymous said...

There are several available storefronts in Downtown Coudersport. Would the owners of the stores be able to bid on the lease or would the Store be placed in Mr. Wrights vacant store by proxy?

Anonymous said...

Great question! The whole community supports his rent.

Anonymous said...

Spend $1.25 on the this weeks paper and have someone read the front page article to you about the venture.

Here is an excerpt:

" I will do whatever I can do to make a locally owned and operated store work in the former JC Penny site. Low rent - maybe no rent, and just pay the utilities - I don't know what I might be able to offer as far as the building goes, down the road. But I am committed to do whatever I can to make this work"

He goes on to say he offered JC Penny a rent free store. "if I am in a position to do the same for our own locally owned store, in order to get it us started. I will"

So lets see, it works out like this...........

Mr Wright gets low rent or no rent to start up, market rent at some point.

We dont have to drive 40 minutes and spend $10.00 in gas to buy a pair of socks.

We get a filled storefront that attracts people, which overflows to other businesses.

We get press coverage for inovation and forethought.

We get a few jobs.

We get to feel good and have community pride about doing something ourselves for ourselves, without any government tax breaks , without any big corporations dictating our future.

We get something which doesn't pollute, doesn't create noise, doesn't brighten the sky and I can buy socks when I'm in town.

Sounds like a win for everyone. Save your pennies for our own pennys, this could be big.

We have to move back to smaller, local stores, shops & businesses if the downtown is to move forward.

Innovate or die, it's our choice.

I'm in! But I'm only one person.

Following is some key paragraphs from an below article on the Powell Store -

The Merc's board of directors is the first to admit that the community approach isn't going to work for everyone. Community ownership can be the greatest idea in the world, but if no one will back it financially, it's a goner.

"It's like motherhood. Everyone is in favor of it, but will you put your money into it?" Witzeling said. "We give all of those who ask the basic facts and we give them the good and the bad news."

Several tentative Wyoming towns have turned to the state's Rural Development Council, which provides community assessments to gauge public interest.

"It has to be something the community wants to do; you can't force it from the top down," said Carol Stearns, Wyoming Business Council manager for business and industry. "It has been successful in Powell because the local people want to do it."

In Powell, The Merc has become a point of pride, and employees are glad to give tours to the people who stop in with questions, Ramos said.

"It makes a town feel good about themselves," Ramos said. "People can say, 'I'm a part of this.'"

Other Community Owned Stores -

Saranac Lake Community Store

Little Muddy Dry Goods in Plentywood Montana


Ely, NV

Anonymous said...

Nice comments by the last poster, I believe that the question that was asked was legitimate. The person that posed the question was obviously replying to the article the way it was written in this blog from WFRM.

I guess I'll have to have the paper sent to me and have someone read it to me. heh.

Anonymous said...

It is likely that the size of the potential store would be a major factor. If it's too small it would not serve the intended purpose and not allow for expansion. A larger store would allow for room to grow into.
So I imagine that there are some size criteria that would have to be planned for.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, you are correct, I should not have assumed the paper was read. My mistake.

I like the idea alot, though.

Anonymous said...

i love the idea. Mr. Writes store however should be excluded entirely even from the bidding process even if it's "FREE" Particulary if he is going to see them on the county dime. For that matter even if he pays is own way and drops a county card on somes desk. At least for rent if he wishs to sell to the county thats something else.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how this "bidding on the lease" idea came about, but it is likely that the owners of the Community Store, ie: the stock holders & their representatives, would select in some manner the best store according to their business plan.

I don't believe this involves the County or Borough funds at all.

Or am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

Yes you are missing something. Mr Write is not only a sucessful bisiness man he is the director of the potter county redevelopment athortity, as the director in the past he had been accused of not always acting solely in the best interest of the county but rather often in his own interests. He should raise the bar on this one ether he is a county employee or he is looking to fill one of his store frounts.

Anonymous said...

Who would have the best store for this?