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Saturday, September 20, 2008

ATV Crash Reported At Majestic Trails

BREAKING NEWS: 3:35 PM--9-20-2008
An ambulance and medics have been called to Majestic Trails in McKean County where a person has been reported injured in an ATV accident in the woods. A medical helicopter has been placed on standby. Helicopter cancelled.

Final Roundtable Of 2008 To Be Held At The Crittenden Hotel

Well yes, it's here. The final Songwriter's Roundtable event of the year.

For this show we are moving our fundraiser open stage to the Hotel Crittendon in Coudersport to coincide with the Falling Leaves Festival.

We will be selling tickets in advance for this show, and we strongly urge you to get your tickets early at the Potter County Ed Council, or the Second Street Roost. Proceeds will benefit the Songwriter's Roundtable, the PCFAC, and the Potter County Historical Society.

The show will be hosted by the Jakob's Hollow Band, and will feature an open stage. Already on the bill are The Fifteen Bean Band, Larry Herbstritt, Colleen McFarland (visiting from Nashville), Bobo the Monkey, Gabe "Midnight Ghost" Trimbur, Bobby Brown And The Chicks From 'A Town', Stephanie Symans,
and many more to come! Sign up in advance!

All are welcome to take the stage, no matter what the performance level or endeavor...we could use more poets, magicians and comedians in Coudy!

Here are the gory details:

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2008 (to coincide with the Falling Leaves Fest)
Time: 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Place: Hotel Crittendon, Coudersport
Tickets: $10 available at the door or in advance at the Potter County Ed
Council and the 2nd Street Roost. Price includes hors d'ourves.

Please email me back if you would like a spot in the line-up this year. You do not have to be a songwriter to participate in the open stage, all performance varieties, genres, styles and levels are welcome.

Sign up for the open stage at: or call Steve at 814-274-9336. Performers must also pay the admission price (it's a fundraiser, you know!)

Hearings Set For Men Who Dumped Crude Oil

WESB News: 09/20/08 - Horton Hearings Set for Wednesday

Forest Service officials say they may not know the full extent of the damages from an intentional oil spill for several more months. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Mohney says the freeze and thaw cycle during the winter could produce evidence of more soil damage.

A Bradford father and son, both former employees of Snyder Brothers, a Kittanning-based oil and gas producer, are charged in connection with the August spills that dumped about 45,000 gallons of crude oil into the Allegheny National Forest.

42-year-old Andrew Horton and 22-year-old Christopher Horton face felony counts of causing or risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief. They're in McKean County Jail in lieu of $500,000 and $550,000 bail, respectively. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for Wednesday.

State and federal agencies are still assessing the environmental and aquatic damage to the area.

Anonymous said...

This is a disgrace.The duo is mad at there former employer so they decide to desecrate and destroy the enviorment in an attempt to do what?I bet Snyder Brothers will be bankrupt now.I don't think so.These idots deserve the book thrown at them.I'm so glad that they set the bail so high in this case.

Area Obituaries

HINMAN, Lois J., 85, of Potter Brook, PA, formerly of Galeton, PA, died Friday, September 19, 2008. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

ELDRED — Edwin A. Crandell, 73, of McCrea Brook Road died Friday (Sept. 19, 2008) at his residence following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Frame Funeral Home.

Here's The Good News

Keynote Speakers At Fall Conference

Dr. Eldon Wilson, and Bishop Anne Gimenez are the keynote
speakers for the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle Fall Convention.
Bishop Gimenez spoke at Friday night's service, the first in the
new sanctuary. The services continue at 10 am and 7 pm
on Saturday
and at 11:00 am on Sunday.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Police Reports From WFRM News

In McKean County court action, 31 year old Heidi Horton of Kane was ordered to spend one to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to burglary. Last month, Horton admitted to burglarizing seven homes in and around Kane during the past year. Many of the burglaries occurred in broad daylight. Horton was given credit for 190 days already served.

Kane-based state police are probing at theft of several pieces of rail scrap from a railbed along route 446 behind the PennDot shed in Eldred Township between 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. The metal belonged to Jeremy James of Eldred. Troopers are also investigating vandalism to a mailbox owned by Carl Mahoney of Kane Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call state police at 778-5555.

Coudersport Borough Police have charged 34 year old Jennifer Sisson of Roulette with possession of a small amount of marijuana after being called to her workplace last Friday night. Authorities say the patrol officer was summoned to Empereon when a small amount of pot was found following a search of her purse when co-workers told floor boss Jake Woodard that they had seen it here. Company rules allow searches of personal property. Sisson reportedly admitted to the officer that the marijuana was hers and that she had obtained it from a friend. A misdemeanor charge was filed Thursday before District Judge Annette Easton. Sisson’s employment was terminated as a result of the discovery, according to police.

4 New Drilling Permits Issued In Potter/McKean


Acting Secretary Hanger Says Agency Working to Give Each Permit Application Prompt, Thorough Review; Ensure Water Resources are Protected

HARRISBURG – Acting Secretary John Hanger announced that the Department of Environmental Protection issued 73 drilling permits Wednesday for the Marcellus Shale formation that will protect water resources and could unlock tremendous new natural gas resources that lead to millions of dollars in new investments for 12 Pennsylvania counties, lower energy prices, and reduced pollution through the increased supply of cleaner-burning fuel.

Hanger said DEP worked diligently to safeguard Pennsylvania’s water resources as part of this development and to ensure that more citizens and communities could begin realizing the potential economic benefits the Marcellus Shale formation holds.

“We recognize that there are incredible opportunities for the commonwealth in the Marcellus Shale, but realizing those gains cannot come at the expense of our natural resources,” said Hanger. “The Marcellus formation could hold trillions of cubic feet of natural gas—enough to help reduce the price of natural gas, which is a cleaner-burning fuel, and to create thousands of new jobs, as well as new income for property owners and communities across Pennsylvania.

“However, this can only be accomplished if it’s done right. We’re working to facilitate this development, but we’re doing so in a manner that gives thorough consideration to the potential impacts each operation could have on our land and water resources. The permits we’re issuing today apply to operations that have met consistent statewide rules to effectively manage the magnitude of water withdrawals for this kind of drilling technique.”

This year, 257 permits have been approved for drilling in the Marcellus Shale, with 73 being approved since Aug. 15. In total, 518 permits have been approved for drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation since 2005. Another 24 permit applications are under technical review by the department and awaiting comprehensive water management plans to safeguard the state’s water resources.

The permits approved today include enhanced protections for Pennsylvania’s water resources.

DEP worked with the Susquehanna and Delaware river basin commissions and the oil and gas industry to create a consistent statewide application process for Marcellus Shale drilling permits that requires gas well operators to better protect water resources. Operators must provide additional information as part of the permitting process including the sources and locations of water to be used in the drilling process, anticipated impacts of drilling on water resources, and the locations of facilities where drilling fluids will be taken for treatment and disposal.

The Marcellus Shale is a rock formation that underlies much of Pennsylvania and portions of New York and West Virginia at a depth of 5,000 to 8,000 feet. Extracting natural gas from the formation requires a relatively new drilling process known as horizontal drilling, which uses far greater amounts of water than traditional natural gas exploration.

This water can originate from various sources including municipal suppliers or streams. Concerns about the effects of large water withdrawals on streams and aquifers have prompted the need to regulate planned withdrawals at drilling operations.

Much of the Marcellus Shale lies outside of Pennsylvania’s traditional oil and gas patch, bringing drilling activity to areas of the state where residents are unfamiliar with mineral extraction.

“Along with our duty to protect our natural resources, we have the responsibility and are committed to providing the industry with prompt reviews and timely decisions on all permit applications,” said Hanger. “Until now, the vast majority of activity surrounding the Marcellus Shale has involved the purchase or leasing of mineral rights, but some drilling and exploration is underway and if these drilling companies find natural gas in the anticipated quantities, we expect drilling activity to increase dramatically and that will provide a significant boost to Pennsylvania’s economy.”

DEP has created a special webpage specific to the Marcellus Shale that features resources for industry and information on drilling questions for landowners and the general public, which is available at, keyword: Oil and Gas, then click on "Marcellus Page." For a map of the permits issued and wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, scroll down to the "Maps" section at the bottom of the page.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a list of the number of Marcellus Shale drilling permits issued today, by county:

Armstrong – 1

Bradford - 8

Elk - 2

Fayette – 13

Greene – 10

Indiana – 2

Lycoming - 7

McKean – 2

Potter – 2

Susquehanna - 5

Washington - 16

Westmoreland – 5

Marcellus Drilling May Bring Billions To PA

Billions of Dollars Possible

TOWANDA – A state Department of Environmental Protection official told a legislative panel today that developing the natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale formation could generate billions of dollars in new economic investments for commonwealth citizens and communities, but doing so must include the protection of the state’s environment. Read more on 1490 NewsBlog...

Stream Flow Gauges May Be Eliminated

River Gauges Could Be Cut

By Kurt Aaron
For years people along the Susquehanna River have depended on river gauges for up-to-the-minute reports on water levels across the area.

Now many of those reporting stations may no longer be used after October first because of budget cuts.

Michael Schaffner is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service. He relies heavily on information from automated reporting stations along rivers and streams to forecast potential flooding.

As of October first, 14 river gauges from across central and eastern Pennsylvania, including one in Towanda, may be shut down due to lack of funding. More....


Threatened Stream gages

Complain Here

These river gauges are located along rivers and streams that frequently flood. They are connected to the internet so that people living downstream and forecasters from the National Weather Service can have an idea how badly people will be flooded.

This service should be expanded, rather than being discontinued. Living in a location near the Allegheny River that has seen some disastrous flooding over the years, I would like to see one of these gauges added in the Coudersport area. Currently the first gauge is located in Port Allegany, but it has been off line, probably due to the construction of the new bridges.

The next one is Eldred. It will be just a matter of time before they will want to save some money and discontinue the gauges on the Allegheny too.

The only hope is to tell them that we don't want them discontinued. Cut out the bridge to nowhere instead.

I complained and here is the answer I got:

Dear Mr. Jones,

Thank you for your interest in the USGS streamgaging network. We agree that streamgages are vital in protecting the lives and properties of American citizens.

The USGS has done a great deal in recent years to modernize and upgrade our streamgage network. The major innovation is providing the data real-time on the internet. However, there is still a great deal that must be done to keep these gages reading accurately and reliably. One can not just set them up and let them operate without calibration and maintenance. And this operation and maintenance costs approximately $15,000 per year for each gage.

The currently threatened gages have been funded in the past by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps is facing funding cuts due to a number of other issues (Katrina recovery, Iraq, etc.) and has deemed it not in their best interest to fund all of these gages next fiscal year. The USGS does have a program that would fund many of these gages if totally funded by Congress. This is the National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP see this URL Currently NSIP is funded at about 10% of the amount needed to fully operate the core streamgaging network. So the USGS is dependent on partner agencies like the Corps, state and logal agencies, and in some case non-governmental organizations to fund operation of streamgages.

One action that you can take is to communicate to your elected representatives the vital importance of the USGS streamgaging network to you and the need to fully support this very cost-effective measure to protect lives and property. The Pennsylvania Water Science Center is actively working to find other partner agencies to keep these gages in operation. Bob Hainly is the Data Chief for Pennsylvania and is cc'd on this reply.

If you have any other concerns or questions feel free to contact me at 703-648-5225 or We all hope that we can solve this crisis and continue to provide vital information to the public.

Jim Kolva
Office of Surface Water, USGS
Reston, VA

An Email to Jim Steiner, Potter County Emergency Management Coordinator, sent on Friday, asking for support and expansion of the river gauges brought this response today:


Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I will definitely support the preservation of the river gauges. I am going to forward you e-mail, with posting to the EMA Coordinators in our Task Force, which does include Bradford County.

I will also send it to the Cameron County EMA Also.



James P. Steiner
Emergency Management Coordinator
Potter County Dept. of Emergency Services
24 Maple View Lane
Coudersport, PA 16915

Kevin Johnson, Director of Cameron County Emergency Services writes:

Mr. Jones,
Please consider this as a letter in support of maintaining and expanding the river stream gauges. In Emergency Management these stream gauges are as close to a crystal ball as we can get. They provide information that is critical in planning for and responding to the frequent flooding that occurs in our area.

Kevin Johnson

Cameron County
Office of Emergency Services
20 E 5th Street
Emporium, Pa 15834
Fax 814-486-9393

It's Now Or Never!! Send An E-Mail NOW!!

Call or E-Mail your PA Representative NOW before the vote on House Bill 1373 restoring the tax on Oil and Natural Gas. Don't let the Big Oil and Natural Gas Drillers get away without paying their share of taxes in Pennsylvania!! If you don't know what to say, copy and paste this letter:

Dear Elected Representative:

It has come to my attention that House Bill 1373 restoring taxes on minerals (specifically oil, natural gas and coal) is coming up for a vote next week. This bill has languished in committee for more than a year.

I feel that it has great promise of providing funds, from great deposits of natural gas in a large section of Pennsylvania, that could be used to provide homeowners with tax relief from school, boro, county, and township taxes.

I am asking you to ignore the lobbyists from the Oil and Gas industry who would like you to provide them with a free ride in the tax department. Other states with similar deposits have used this tax to help with meeting expenses.

I urge you to vote to pass this bill for the good of the general public. Your vote on this bill will be publicized widely. Homeowners (who elected you) will take note of your action. I sincerely hope you will not be swayed by the lobbyists.

Thank you for your consideration,

your name

Click here to find your Representative and his e-mail address.

Even Airplanes Restricted From Gas Well Fire

A large gas storage well ignited four days before this photo was taken. Location of blaze is southern Potter County. The camera is approximately 20 miles from the source.

Allegedly discovered by an airliner at 38000'. It burns & blooms in a remote section of northcentral Pennsylvania.
Texas crews are attempting to extinguish the fire.

NiteFire 44, Greenlick field

A large gas storage well ignited four days before this photo was taken. Southern Potter County. The camera is approximately 20 miles from the source.

Allegedly discovered by an airliner at 38000'. It burns & blooms in a remote section of northcentral Pennsylvania.
Texas crews are attempting to extinguish the fire.
The glow as from a distant city barely diminishes the starry sky. Jupiter is the brightest sky object here. A portion of the Milky Way is visible.

Nikon NIKON D700
20s f/4.8 at 20.0mm iso1600 full exif

Police set restrictions at gas well fire

Pilots, sightseers warned to stay away

Lock Haven Express

TAMARACK -State police are asking citizens to stay away from a gas well fire that's been burning since Sunday in a remote northern region of Clinton County near the Potter County line -and warn anyone caught trespassing on the property will be arrested.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also asking pilots to fly clear of the well, located in one of the largest natural gas storage areas in the United States.

Dominion called Wild Well Control, Inc. of Houston, Texas to handle the problem of extinguishing the blaze. The company has delivered firefighting, well control and related engineering services to the world's oil and gas industry since 1975 and was the first company launched to compete with the famed Red Adair Company.


Corning Community College Evacuated

Other facilities closed; reason behind evacuation unclear.

Star-Gazette • September 19, 2008

Corning Community College Web has closed all locations until further notice, a college spokeswoman said. More

House Bill 1373 Crucial Funding For Rural PA Areas

Revenue from tax on underground resources seen as windfall, but bill would need more support to pass.

By Rory Sweeney
Staff Writer--Times Leader

Local municipalities could tap into the potential natural gas drilling windfall if state lawmakers are able to push through legislation that’s been stalled for more than a year.

House Bill 1373 would amend the state General County Assessment Law to explicitly make underground resources such as natural gas and oil subject to real estate assessment and taxation. The bill would require gas companies to pay taxes on the resources they extract, but wouldn’t add any tax burden to landowners.

Critical Vote On House Bill 1373 Next Week

House Bill Would Decrease Property Taxes

House Bill 1373 would allow schools across the Alleghenies to collect taxes from drillers, but, at present, state legislators have not yet voted on the bill.

Dan Fisher, Bald Eagle Area School District superintendent, said his schools are currently missing out on about $2 million a year in tax revenue from gas drilling because of a 2002 Supreme Court decision that keeps Pennsylvania municipalities and school districts from collecting gas or oil taxes from drilling companies.In 2001, when the school district was permitted to collect taxes from drillers, it collected about $65,000 off of just a few wells.

In 2006, with more than 70 wells falling on property in the district, schools received no money.

Fisher said the bottom line is local taxpayers would see a decrease in property taxes if legislators vote to collect taxes from drillers.

"Obviously, it would be an increase in revenue. But for any municipality or school district that lies on the footprint of the Marcellus shale deposit, it will be a way for them to increase revenue without constantly having to put so much pressure on property taxes," Fisher said. Information from WTAJ

One Central PA School District Losing $3 Million A Year Because Tax Not Re-Imposed On Natural Gas & Oil Wells

Board supports tax on oil, natural gas


Lock Haven Express

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legislation to reinstate the tax has been introduced.

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

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

PA Property Taxes Could Be Cut If Enacted

Pennsylvania loses out in natural gas drilling
Times -Tribune
Gas exploration companies are spending millions and expecting to make many millions more from natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale rock formation in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Even conservative estimates hold that the Marcellus Shale, the majority of which underlies Pennsylvania, offers 50 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.

Yet, a key tax on oil, natural gas and mineral removal that has raised billions in public revenue in other states doesn’t exist in Pennsylvania. In the Keystone State, oil and gas exploration companies and their landowner partners are given a big pass.

“Pennsylvania has found itself in possession of vast mineral wealth,” said Justin Dahlheimer, a research associate with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Minneapolis-based policy group.

“The state is in a position to really benefit if it adopted a tax similar to other natural gas states.”

Read more....

Legislation To Restore Oil & Gas Tax To Be Voted On Next Week

Pennsylvania Losing Money On Natural Gas and Oil Taxes

By James Jones

A court decision in 2002 stopped Pennsylvania state, local, county, and school taxes from being assessed on Oil and Gas minerals in Pennsylvania. Since that time, oil and gas producers have been getting a free ride in the tax department.

And a few years back, the oil and gas industry in this area was nearly a thing of the past with oil prices lower that it cost to produce. But things have changed.

We are now paying $3.59 a gallon for gasoline. Foreign oil is $100.00 a barrel. Heating oil and Diesel fuel is three times what it was in 2002, and natural gas has gone out of sight to heat your home.

Mineral rights for producing oil and gas wells should be assessed, as this increases the value of a property no different than adding a building increases its value. Extensive drilling in the Northern Pennsylvania area is taking place, and should be taxed to support our townships, schools and county governments.

Rep. Bill DeWeese has introduced legislation to reimpose this tax which was in effect since the 1880's. Many other legislators have joined in this bill.

Contact your Pennsylvania Representatives and ask them to support passage of this legislation. It will help lower your real estate taxes as it will boost the tax base just like it does in New York. This legislation will be voted on next week in the PA House of Representatives. If you don't tell your representative you want this bill passed, the Oil and Natural Gas lobbyists will get their way and continue their free ride, while the rest of us pay, pay, pay. Contact Rep. Marty Causer NOW!!

NY State Town Reaping Great Benefits $$$ From Natural Gas Drilling

The town of Caton, in the southeast corner of nearby Steuben County, NY is realizing a direct benefit from the town's natural gas wells -- the town's tax base is growing by leaps and bounds.

Caton's 2006-07 town budget, totaling about $66 million, includes an additional $7.7 million in gas well assessments.

For the 2007-08 town budget, the gas well assessments will increase by $13.4 million, to $21.1 million, and raise the value of the town's tax base to $79.4 million, Town Supervisor Scott Van Etten said."It's like someone coming into town and building a $13 million factory, but that will never happen here," Van Etten said.

Pennsylvania legislators have so far yielded to powerful, rich oil and gas lobbyists and avoided re-enacting Pennsylvania's tax on Oil, Gas, and Coal.

They now have a chance to re-enact this tax which has been stated to be a bigger benefit to schools, counties, boros, and townships than the tax relief from gambling.

Will they pass it, and give us this tax relief, or will they yield to the powerful lobbyists?

Will you take time to call your representatives and tell them you want this tax restored, or will you ignore it and continue paying taxes out the nose while the Oil and Gas Companies continue to get a free ride?

Oil & Gas Tax Bill Has Languished In Committee Since May of 2007

Oil and Natural Gas Tax Legislation Introduced


State House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese on May 29, 2007 introduced House Bill 1373, legislation that would allow counties, municipalities and school districts to impose property taxes on oil, gas and other minerals.

The legislation amends the General County Assessment Law of 1933 to include "coal and other valuable minerals, natural gas, coal bed methane gas and oil" as property that may be subject to taxation by local government and school districts.

HB 1373, which has 23 cosponsors, was referred to the House Finance Committee for consideration. A copy of the bill can be downloaded using the link below.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in December 2002 that state law failed to explicitly recognize oil and gas as taxable. The case involved a challenge by the Independent Oil & Gas Association of Pennsylvania of Fayette County’s assessment of oil and gas.

DeWeese is a Democrat representing Greene County, as well as parts of Fayette and Washington counties.

To download a copy of the proposed legislation use the following link:

Take A Look At House Bill 1373 To Be Voted On Next Week

PA House Bill 1373 to restore taxes on Oil, Gas, and Coal.

Wind Farms To Be Tax Free For 15 Years

WESB News: 09/19/08 - Cattaraugus County Wind Farms to be Tax Free

Cattaraugus County is exploring four possible wind farm projects. The county is looking into wind farms in Allegany, Little Valley, Ashford and Farmersville.

However, the wind farms would be fully tax-exempt for 15 years under state law.

The State Energy Research and Development Authority says wind farm projects need a 10-15 year-time frame to reach an economic break-even point.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

80 Laid Off At Zippo

WESB News: 09/18/08 - More Layoffs at Zippo

Zippo Manufacturing has laid off another 80 employees. This newest round of layoffs comes just three months after they furloughed 35 workers citing faltering domestic lighter sales.

Company officials say quote "corporate initiatives that have resulted in improved efficiencies and operating capabilities" are responsible for the most recent round of layoffs.

Tim said...

Another thing Zippo fails to mention is that they opened a factory in China. When I took a trip over to China a stumbled upon a factory Zippo opened. Even the factory in China labels the Lighters "Made in Bradford PA" I just wonder why they aren't laying off there.

Anonymous said...

Cheaper labor. I understand the stance on any sort of outsourcing but since I have been doing more research on it and have been paying attention to my surroundings, it is no wonder.

We can employ people with degrees that are willing to work twice as hard as SOME Americans for less than half the cost. Why not? I would like to see jobs stay here as much as anyone else but sometimes I think we have gotten way too used to expecting something for nothing.

Mad Mike said...

Check out this link from Zippo's website. I have not validated that there is an actual Zippo plant in China. However, it would not be surprising.

To "anonymous"...outsourcing is about two things - corporate greed and our goverment. Too many Americans could care less if it is Made in USA or Made in China. As long as they have access to it and it's easy on their wallet. Corporations should have to pay a substantial import tax on EVERYTHING that's shipped to this country. Maybe then American labor wouldn't appear so costly. It's your thought pattern that contributes to the downfall of our country. I agree with you...too many people want something for nothing. They don't know any better. These people are the offspring of those who sold their soul and traded their patriotism for riches. I used to buy things that were only made in America but that's no longer a viable choice.

I welcome you to the new world...the one where corporate America and our goverment p!ssed away all our economic power to Asia.

Former Rite Aid Pharmacist Charged

WESB News: 09/19/08 - Coudy Pharmacist Facing 237 Charges

A Coudersport pharmacist has been charged with 237 counts of fraud, forgery and sumitting fraudulent claims to Medical Assistance.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office says former Rite Aid pharmacist Jennifer Labenne falsified prescriptions using six different names and some with different birth dates. 207 counts of the indictment are for the drug hydrocodone.

Labenne is free on $75,000 dollars.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Warren C. Coryell, 85, of Smethport, died Thursday (Sept. 18, 2008) at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

SMETHPORT — Gerard F. Einloth, 81, of Smethport, died Monday (Sept. 15, 2008) in Southwestern Veterans Center, Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Laughlin Memorial Chapel Inc., Pittsburgh.

Zippo Laying Off 80 People?

WESB News: 09/18/08 - Layoffs at Zippo

Zippo has reportedly laid off about 80 people. Calls to company officials have not been returned yet. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Solomon's words Not Opening For Some On IE

Readers have notified us that they are having a problem opening Solomon's words with internet explorer. I have tried it here and it doesn't work for me either.

UPDATE: Solomon's words is opening on Internet Explorer again. Apparently when I posted a breaking news event this morning about Pres. Bush on the economy, there was some script in the copy that caused a problem with loading on IE. I removed the post and it seems to be working normally now.

My thanks to Mrs. Jackson who called me on the phone and let me know there was a problem, all you guys that emailed reports and comments, and especially to my friend and fellow journalist, Josh Hatcher, publisher of Roulette Rebel, who suggested what the problem was and how to fix it.

I would like to suggest that Solomon's words is posted using Mozilla's Firefox Browser and I find that it is best viewed using Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser. Internet Explorer does not download it as fast or display it as well.

PA Republicans Opposed To Tax Relief For Homeowners

PA Republicans oppose taxing gas
River Reporter, NY - 4 hours ago

HARRISBURG, PA — Gas companies don’t want to pay taxes on gas in Pennsylvania.

Therefore, they oppose a proposed Pennsylvania house bill that would explicitly make underground resources such as natural gas and oil subject to real estate assessment and taxation. The bill would require gas companies to pay taxes on the resources they extract, but wouldn’t add any tax burden to landowners.

Up until December 2002, the gas companies had to pay taxes because the courts had traditionally ruled that such interests were to be considered “interests in real estate” and subject to assessment and taxation, even though the assessment laws did not explicitly enumerate them as taxable. More.....

Anonymous said...

Taxing the companies who profit from the oil and gas they extract, seems only right and logical to me. If these resources have no value, why are those companies making such high offers to landownders for leasing rights, and, if they have value, why shouldn't the companies pay a fair tax on the resources that they extract?

Bradford Oil Company Featured On CNN

Stripper wells try to get more oil from ground

  • Story Highlights
  • Stripper wells are low-volume wells producing less than 10 barrels of oil per day
  • In 2006, the industry supplied 17.8 percent of America's domestic production
  • Stripper wells produce about 335 million barrels of oil each year

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The political discussion about solving America's energy crisis is focused on offshore drilling and renewable energy, but scattered throughout the country are thousands of small oil wells called stripper wells.

Many of them are family owned and these small, independent operators say they could also be part of the energy solution. Forgotten about and misunderstood, many small operators say most people don't even know they exist.

"That's part of our message -- to let the public realize we are not the Exxons and the Mobils," said Fred Fesenmyer of Minard Run Oil, a Bradford, Pennsylvania, company that has been in his family for six generations. "I think we're a huge part of the solution." Read full article »

Photography Workshops Saturday At Keating Summit

September 20

Hemlock Springs Historic Crafts and Cultural Arts Center, 72 Mitcheltree Hollow Road, Keating Summit, will host a pair of photography workshops celebrating the beauty of Pennsylvania during the fall season. Professional photographer Curt Weinhold of Coudersport will teach beginner's photography on Saturday, September 20 from 9am - Noon and a more advanced photography workshop on the same day from 1 - 4 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $30.00. The photography program will conclude with a Fall Photography Critique on October 25. The workshops will give participants a chance to learn how to use their camera and how to prepare for that perfect autumn photograph. The critique will give provide participants with a chance to have some one-on-one time with a professional photographer to discuss their photographs.For directions or more information, visit the Hemlock Springs website at, email or call 814-545-1205.

Troopers Investigating Indecent Assaults


Troopers say they are investigating repeated indecent assaults of two young girls in Hebron Township between February 2002 and August of this year.

A suspect is apparently being questioned in the case and authorities say they will issue an updated press release when their investigation is completed.

Austin Youth Facing Terroristic Threat Charges

An Austin youth is facing charges of terroristic threats following an incident during the afternoon of September 8 at a home on Summit Road in Keating Township.

State police claim that, during an argument, the juvenile threatened a group of victims and tried to grab a gun, saying he was going to hurt them.

The victims were identified as 62 year old Clarence Pritt, 46 year old Kristie Jo Pritt, 21 year old Shawn Pritt and 18 year old Amanda Pritt.

Police say their investigation is continuing.

PA House Must Pass This Tax Relief Bill

Bill Could Give Schools,

Property Owners Tax Relief

A bill being considered in the Statehouse could lead to millions of dollars in tax revenue for some local school districts and, in turn, give taxpayers property tax relief.

School districts collected property taxes from natural gas drilling companies up until 2002, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took away those rights. Since then, property taxes for school districts have been on the rise.

Local officials said if House Bill 1373 is passes, there will be tax relief for some area residents. For example, the Bald Eagle Area superintendent in Centre County said his school district is missing out on about $2 million each year because it hasn't been able to tax the natural gas drillers, which have heavily increased drilling over the past six years.

The superintendent said he was afraid the bill would be overlooked until next year, but the Pennsylvania School Board Association pushed to get it on the Capitol's agenda next week.

School districts encouraged people to get involved or else they could continue carrying burden of increased property taxes.

School officials are asking residents to contact their local lawmakers to ask them to pass House Bill 1373.

Stay with WJAC-TV News and for continuing coverage.

Author To Present True Stories Of CSI At Mansfield University

Crime author to speak at Mansfield

Star-Gazette •

Author Katherine Ramsland is the 2008 North Hall Library Visiting Scholar at Mansfield University. She will give her presentation, “True Stories of CSI: The Real Crimes Behind the Best Episodes of the Popular TV Show,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Grant Science Center Planetarium.

The presentation is free and open to the public. A book signing will be held after the presentation. More....

Teen Alcohol Use Subject of Pitt-Bradford Presenters At Alcoholism Conference In Washington, DC

University Of Pittsburgh At Bradford

Dr. Lorraine Ettaro, visiting assistant professor of public health at the Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt-Bradford, presented research conducted by the center on rural teen alcohol use.

In July, she presented the results of a survey of local physicians and how they screen for teen alcohol use at the 2008 Joint Research Society on Alcoholism/International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism Conference in Washington, D.C. She and her co-authors found that rural primary care providers support screening for alcohol use early in adolescence, but face barriers to assessing and intervening for alcohol use in that age group.

A second research project presented at the same conference examined rural doctors’, adolescents’ and parents’ knowledge of and views on alcohol use and available treatments for adolescents. Using focus groups, the researchers concluded that adolescent alcohol use is a prominent problem in rural areas and that doctors, adolescents and parents recognize that physician screening and intervention is not effective.

Pitt-Bradford alumnus John Mocik ’04, MSW, is listed as one of the co-authors of both poster presentations. He is a former research associate who worked with Ettaro at the center on the National Institute of Health-funded projects to study adolescents and alcohol.

Partner agencies for both studies were the Northwest Pennsylvania Adolescent Alcohol Research Cooperative, the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center at Pitt.

"Singer Of Obvious Promise" To Perform At UPB

hanan alattar
Hanan Alatta

Soprano hand-picked by Marilyn Horne to perform At Pitt-Bradford Sept. 27th

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Award-winning soprano Hanan Alattar, who was handpicked by internationally known opera star and Bradford native Marilyn Horne to sing in her hometown, will perform a recital at Pitt-Bradford on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Alattar, hailed as “a singer of obvious promise” by the Denver Post, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets for the concert, which was made possible by a grant from the Marilyn Horne Foundation, are $6 for the public; students are free.

For more information on tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at 814-362-5113.

In addition to her recital, Alattar will be in residence at Bradford area schools from Sept. 23-26.

“We are so fortunate to have Hanan Alattar do her outreach residency in Bradford,” said Randy Mayes, Pitt-Bradford’s director of arts programming. “The Marilyn Horne Foundation can send artists almost anywhere since many cities vie for the honor of working with Marilyn’s hand-chosen singers, but we always seem to wind up with the best.

“Hanan Alattar is in that mold. If her success at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall wasn’t enough, Alattar just finished a stellar performance at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony. Music lovers around Bradford have the chance to hear her at a fraction of the cost of what music fans in the Chicago area paid, and I hope they will take advantage of it.”

Romainne Harrod, a sophomore English major from Peoria, Ariz., took in last year’s recital by soprano Elaine Alvarez despite the fact that she is not familiar with opera.

“It was amazing,” Harrod said. “She was good. Not many people get to see an opera singer like that.” More.....

Spike In Teen Pregnacy & STD's Prompts Discussion

Parents, School Discuss Teen Sex

By Jennifer Borrasso

A school district in Pike County urged parents and students to attend a meeting about a serious and sensitive problem - making sure teens do the right thing.

The Delaware Valley school district has seen a spike in teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. Parents and school officials came together Wednesday to discuss the situation.

Charlie Lutz came to see his son practice football at the high school near Matamoras. Right now, it's an off-the-field issue that has him concerned.

"There's been a lot of problems with STDs and teen pregnancy right now," said Lutz.

In June, parents were notified about 300 confirmed cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the school district, and about two dozen cases of teen pregnancy.

The numbers were compiled by a health clinic in Milford, and they don't surprise Delaware Valley senior Stephanie Spencer.

"There are freshman girls getting pregnant. It's about time the school stepped in and did something," said Spencer. More.....

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Feds Give PA $7 Million More For Heat Assistance

PA Gets More Money for LIHEAP
More help is coming. Wednesday the federal government gave Pennsylvania an extra $7 million to help the LIHEAP program this year. More...

Weather Service Issues Frost Watch

Statement as of 6:12 AM EDT on September 18, 2008

... Frost advisory in effect from 4 am to 8 am EDT Friday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a frost
advisory... which is in effect from 4 am to 8 am EDT Friday. The
freeze watch is no longer in effect.

Clear skies and light winds will combine with a dry airmass to allow
temperatures to fall rapidly tonight. Widespread frost is expected
early Friday with temperatures bottoming out in the low and mid
30s over much of the region.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite media source of
weather information for later statements and updated

A frost advisory means that a widespread frost is expected in the
advisory area. Sensitive plants may be killed if left unprotected

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

170 Area National Guardsmen Going To Iraq

Members of local Army National Guard unit preparing to leave for Iraq

Next week, about 170 members of Company C, 1/112th Infantry, part of the 56th Stryker Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard from Ridgway, Bradford and Erie will begin a journey in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. More...

Anonymous said...

All my heart goes out to these boys. Lord please bring them home safely.

C. A. Elliott Lumber Company Down But Not Out!!

By James Jones
Roulette lumber processing business, C. A. Elliott Lumber Co., Inc, located at 200 Main Street in Roulette, Potter County, PA is down as a result of a devastating fire early Monday morning.

But it's not out of business!

The main processing building at the right in the photo below was destroyed, along with the sawmill part on the left.

Firemen from 4 counties responded along with the Roulette Chemical Engine Co., and were able to save six other buildings in the company's extensive complex. Winds from Hurricane Ike made things touch and go for the firemen for a while early Monday before mutual aid help arrived, but, they came from all over bringing ladder trucks, tower trucks, pumpers, and tankers and saved the day, and most of the company's buildings.

The company has been here since 1948, currently employs 16, and has been a major factor in the Roulette economy. Brothers, Ken and Kurt Elliott, purchased the company from their dad, Paul Elliott, who had seen the business through floods, business slowdowns, and managed to keep the business going over the years when sawmills were failing all over the place.

The company's workers were working on the 12,000 square foot building in the far center of the above picture on Wednesday, making bathroom facilities and a lunch room for the employees. Their old facilities were destroyed in the fire. That building, a former furniture store, was purchased a couple of years ago. Some manufacturing equipment had already been set up there.

At the company's office, located in a separate building which only sustained smoke damage, Kurt Elliott, was digging out tax papers, calculating the losses from the buildings and equipment that burnt, trying to get an idea how much it is going to take to get the production going again. Crews were waiting for the state fire marshals and insurance people to complete their investigation so they can begin the cleanup.

Thousands of board feet of finished lumber stock was stored in the buildings that burned. The company makes squares and dowels for the furniture and appliance industry, starting from maple, oak, beech, and cherry logs. They saw them, dry the lumber in dry kilns, and then process it into the products they sell.

The Fire Marshall from the State Police estimated $900,000.00 in damages in a news release, but the company was quoted in an area newspaper to have suffered a $1.4 million dollar loss. Company officials reported the loss was insured, but were not sure to what extent the loss would be covered.

The log yard has a big supply of logs ready to be sawed as soon as new buildings and saws can be set up. Elliotts had been thinking of adding a second shift as business had been picking up nicely, even though the economy had dropped off. The sales of dowels that they sell for vacuum sweeper brushes had revived after the Chinese dowels that manufacturers had switched to turned out to not be suitable for their use.
The new sawdust collection system and cyclone on the buildings to the left does not appear to be damaged, but the log de-barker in the foreground was badly burned.
This dry kiln in the left of the picture was not damaged, as well as the boiler room building, just to the left of the smokestack. Lots of partially processed lumber is stacked around the surviving buildings.

On Sunday night around 11:30 pm, someone called in a pole fire in the area of the trailer park located close to the rear of the complex. When firemen responded, they were not able to find anything amiss. A company spokesman says he thinks that event, in which several short power failures occurred, caused one leg of a 3 phase circuit to be lost, causing a fan motor in a dry kiln, located in the main building to overheat, and start the fire. The fire marshal has not listed an official cause yet, according to their press release.

The brothers are anxious to get the mess cleaned up and start putting their facility back together before the weather gets bad. Kurt said "It's a good business, we need to get it going again."

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Beams To Be Set Thursday To Bridge Spillway

Bridge Over Lyman Lake Dam Being Set
Click on photo for full screen view
Attached a photo from today as as workers prepare to bridge the lake's spillway.
The bridge beams go into place Thursday.
Curt Weinhold

Laurence R. "Bunk" Bailey, 87, Shinglehouse, PA.

Laurence R. “Bunk” Bailey
“beloved husband, father, grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---Laurence R. “Bunk” Bailey, 87, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Wednesday, September 17, 2008 in his home following a brief illness.

Born August 31, 1921 in Richmond Township, Mansfield, PA, he was a son of Ross B. and Mildred L. Whittaker Bailey. On April 16, 1944 in Shinglehouse, PA, he married Dorothy M. “Dot” Gardner, who survives.

He graduated from Mansfield High School, class of 1938. Mr. Bailey was also a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College where he obtained his B.S. degree in music. In 1944 Mr. Bailey was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force serving in the Philippine Islands.

He taught music in the Shinglehouse schools in 1943. After being discharged from the Army, Mr. Bailey was employed for 43 years by the former Oswayo River Telephone Company in Shinglehouse, retiring in 1987.

Mr. Bailey was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, where he served as a trustee and Choir Director for over 30 years. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association. He was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse.

Mr. Bailey also served for 27 years on the Shinglehouse School Board where he was the member who motioned for the name of the school district to be changed to Oswayo Valley when the new high school was built.

Mr. Bailey was an avid golfer; he was a former member of the Coudersport Country Club, the former Evergreen Golf Club in Bolivar, NY, and the St. Bonaventure Golf Club. He was also a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge in Shinglehouse. For several years, he was a member of the Passion Play Chorus at the Coudersport Consistory.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Laurence R. Bailey, Jr. of Galeton, PA and Timothy J. (Julie) Bailey of Olean, NY; one daughter, Lyn A. (James) King of Ceres, PA; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leonard M. (Shirley) Bailey of Mansfield, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bailey was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, JoAnn C. Bailey.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, PA at 11 am with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, and the Rev. Roger N. Hain, pastor of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Committal services and burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday.

Members of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association will assemble at the funeral home on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Freeze Watch Issued For Thurs. Nite/Fri. Morning

Statement as of 5:12 PM EDT on September 17, 2008

... Freeze watch remains in effect from late Thursday night
through Friday morning...

A freeze watch remains in effect from late Thursday night through
Friday morning.

High pressure over the region on Thursday will allow for light
winds and clear skies Thursday night and Friday morning. This
will lead to the formation of frost as well as temperatures
falling into the lower 30s for several hours Friday morning.

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible in
and close to the watch area. Precautions should be taken to
protect tender outdoors plants from the expected cold.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite media source of
weather information for later statements and updated information.

Mt. Jewett Firemen Called Twice To Temple-Inland

WESB News: 09/17/08 - Fire at Temple Inland
Firefighters spent most of Sunday and part of Saturday at Temple Inland in Mount Jewett, battling a blaze at the back of the plant.

Firefighters were first called to the scene Saturday night for a report of smoke in some ductwork, but there were no flames. The smoke came from leaking hydraulic fluid. Firefighters cooled that down and left the scene.

But early Sunday morning they were called back to the plant and found flames in the outer walls. They were on the scene for about 13 hours.

Starbrick Couple Die In House Fire

WESB News: 09/17/08 - Husband, Wife Die After House Fire

A Warren County couple is dead following a fire Monday morning at their home. 25-year-old Derrick Dean and his 19-year-old wife Ashley were taken by Mercy Flight to a Pittsburgh hospital, where they both died Tuesday night.

The fire broke out Monday morning at their home in Starbrick. Investigators say the fire is not suspicious and it started in an air conditioning unit.

WFRM Calendar Of Events

September 18

Potter County Habitat For Humanity Directors and Family Selection Committee will meet at the Riverside United Methodist Church, Roulette. Potter County Habitat For Humanity is currently accepting applications for a home that will be built in Roulette. Interested persons who wish to file an application or wish information is welcome to attend. Discussion will be held concerning the home build in Roulette. Any current applications will be reviewed and new applications will be received at the meeting which is open to the public. at that To download an application please visit

September 18

The Coudersport based choral organization, the North Country Voices, is
inviting people who have an interest in singing in a choral ensemble to
consider joining this group for this upcoming season. The vocal group,
which is comprised of soprano, alto, tenor , and bass voices, is
preparing for its annual Christmas Concert which is scheduled for Sunday
December 7. Regular rehearsals will be held each Thursday evening from
7-9 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Coudersport. tonight's
rehearsal is an "open rehearsal". Anyone who is
interested in singing may attend to see if they might wish to become a
member. This will hopefully give individuals an opportunity to have a
musically rewarding experience , while enjoying the company of friends
and neighbors. The present membership is comprised of people from the
Coudersport area. The accompanist is Anne McCleary and the director is
Gloria Richardson. Call 814-260-9034 if you have any questions.

September 20

Hemlock Springs Historic Crafts and Cultural Arts Center, 72 Mitcheltree Hollow Road, Keating Summit, will host a pair of photography workshops celebrating the beauty of Pennsylvania during the fall season. Professional photographer Curt Weinhold of Coudersport will teach beginner's photography on Saturday, September 20 from 9am - Noon and a more advanced photography workshop on the same day from 1 - 4 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $30.00. The photography program will conclude with a Fall Photography Critique on October 25. The workshops will give participants a chance to learn how to use their camera and how to prepare for that perfect autumn photograph. The critique will give provide participants with a chance to have some one-on-one time with a professional photographer to discuss their photographs.For directions or more information, visit the Hemlock Springs website at, email or call 814-545-1205.

Winds From Hurricane Ike Leave Many Residents Still In The Dark

By Gerri Miller - WFRM NEWS:

Allegheny Power advises that as of Tuesday afternoon, some 30,000 customers in Pennsylvania were still without electricity following the damaging winds from former Hurricane Ike.

Some customers in the southwestern part of the state, namely Armstrong, Clarion, Washington and Westmoreland Counties, may not have power restored until Friday or Saturday.

Meanwhile, Penelec reports that some 130 customers near Bradford and Eldred were still in the dark as of this morning.

Police Reports From WFRM News


The state police fire marshal is investigating the destruction of a car on the Rasselas-Clermont Road a half mile west of the Elk County line in Sergeant Township Tuesday morning. A 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was discovered abandoned and burned at that location.

The theft of an ATV from a camp on Wolf Run Road in Corydon Township is also being probed by troopers at Kane. The green Polaris ATV belonged to Timothy Rice of Gibsonia, PA , is valued at $2,000 and was taken sometime between September 5 and 15. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact state police at 778-5555.

Market Continues Slide

Dow Closes Down 500 points at the end of the trading day

Time To Renew Your Roulette Ambulance Subscription

The subscription form to renew your membership is on the bulletin board at the Roulette Post Office. Sign up now. Roulette Ambulance volunteers do a great job here.

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Not Much Progress In Gas Well Fire

Natural gas fire still going in Leidy Township

Lock Haven Express

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Penn Grade Oil Drops To $85.50 a Barrel

WESB News: 09/17/08 - Oil Price Drops Below $90

American Refining Group is paying less than $90 a barrel for Penn Grade crude oil for the first time since February.

Today's price is $85.50.

That's a drop of $4.75 from yesterday's price, and the lowest price since Valentine's Day when it was $88.25. The highest price ARG paid so far this year was $138.50 a barrel on July 7.

Anonymous said...

And gas is still hanging tough at 3.59 a gallon. Thanks Sheets. Glad you control our market!

Anonymous said...


Market Slipping Again This Morning

The Dow Jones Average is off 225 points at 11:00 am.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that when 911 hit and they took out the world trade center some of the Muslum's were as much as saying then that we won't have to attack the US again, we will just kill their economy. Well I guess they are still winning with all of the crashes that have happened lately.

Anonymous said...


Man Alledged To Be Growing Marijuana

WESB News: 09/17/08 - Mount Jewett Man Arrested on Drug Charge

A Mount Jewett man has been charged with growing marijuana. State Police say that 42 year-old Donald Gonyon had a two foot plant in his apartment in the borough. Various drug paraphernalia was also found.

Police had been called to his residence after a domestic argument call. Gonyon was set to the McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail.