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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Car Into House Crash Reported In Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS: 9:15 pm-9-27-08
Port Allegany Emergency Services are on the scene of a reported vehicle into a house crash at 66 South Main Street in Port Allegany.
A person from the vehicle and a resident of the house were transported to Charles Cole Hospital by Port Allegany ambulance.

Roulette ambulance was placed on standby for Port Allegany.

Brookland Road To Close Wed. & Thurs. For Pipe Work


CLEARFIELD – Potter County maintenance crews will close Route 1001 (Brookland Road) from Sweden Valley to Brookland while work is done to replace a pipe.

The closure will take place from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1 and October 2. During the closure, traffic will use Route 6 and Route 449. Route 1001 will re-open at the end of each workday. All work is weather dependent.

PennDOT reminds motorists to travel with caution through work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

UPB Prof Selected To Be Fellow

Kong Ho, associate professor of art AT UPB, is one of five artists selected to be fellows for the 2008 VSA Teaching Artist Fellowship. The premier fellowship for teaching artists with disabilities in the country, the award provides support for the artists in pursuit of their careers as well as additional networking and professional development opportunities, including a retreat held in Washington, D.C., last month.

The program, now in its second year, is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the Dana Foundation.

Ho, paralyzed due to polio, founded the Hong Kong Mural Society, a nonprofit art organization promoting mural art in Hong Kong. He has participated in more than 80 international and regional exhibitions, including 14 solo exhibitions. As one of the VSA arts Teaching Artist Fellows, Ho will serve as a public awareness spokesperson and will be profiled in VSA arts publications.

In July, Ho presented a virtual paper on “The Need for Restoring Community Murals” for the 3rd International Conference on Arts in Society at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in the United Kingdom. Ho used his many years’ experience in mural production and restoration, organizing community mural projects and teaching mural painting at the university level to explore the reasons for restoring valuable aging community murals and the value of community murals in society.

Potter County Jail Recognized For 100% Compliance

Asst. Jail Warden Retires

September 27th, 2008
Potter County Today

Bob Patinka, a retired state trooper who has served for many years as First Assistant Warden at the Potter County Jail, has announced his retirement. As Sheriff/Warden Ken Sauley’s “right-hand man,” Patinka has been responsible for many of the jail’s day-to-day operations.

Pa. Secretary of Corrections Dr. Jeffrey A. Beard recently commended Potter County for earning the Certificate of Compliance during the department’s 2008 inspection cycle.

“The Potter County Commissioners, Sheriff/Warden Ken Sauley and the Potter County Jail staff deserve recognition for their commitment to operating a facility that meets the challenge of standards compliance,” Dr. Beard said. “Despite being confronted with ongoing challenges, Potter County government officials, Sheriff/Warden Sauley and the jail staff members have maintained an ongoing commitment to face and surmount these challenges.” More...

Jim Steiner, Potter County EMA Director, Tells His Agency's Progress At Township Convention

Potter County's Mobile Emergency Communications Unit

Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words

Townships Briefed on EMA

September 27th, 2008
Potter County Today

Potter County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Steiner updated township officials on his organization’s progress Saturday at Potato City Country Inn. Steiner was among several county leaders who spoke during an information-packed annual convention of the Potter County Association of Township Officials.

He discussed the formation of a Potter County Emergency Services Council to pull together various providers and improve communication and coordination. Steiner also noted Potter County’s active involvement with the Northcentral Pa. Emergency Management Task Force and the continuing work on a new operations center at Maple View to accommodate wireless 9-1-1 emergency calls and serve as a backup dispatch center. Read more....

Frank S. "Snidely" Grinolds, 76, Smethport, PA

Smethport. - Frank S. “Snidely” Grinolds, 76, of Smethport, died Saturday (September 27, 2008) at his home in Smethport.

He was born Apr 12, 1932 in Bradford, a son of Merwin (Mooney) and Muriel Scanlon Grinolds, On Feb. 23 1957, in Coryville; he married Anne Acre, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Grinolds was a graduate of Bradford High School.

Mr. Grinolds was an Operating Engineer, employed by A.E. O'Block, Bell and Bell Construction Co., Frank Raymond, Herzog’s, Duffy Construction Co., Kassel Construction Co. and for other construction companies in the area.

He was a member of NRA and Operating Engineers.

He is survived by four daughters: Katherine (Kandy) Borrows of Bradford, PA, Maria (Leon) Snyder of Smethport, PA, Beth (Paul) Lewis of Smethport, PA, Gloria(Troy) Grinolds of Conesus, NY ; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and his caregiver, Sue Mitchell of Smethport, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a long time companion Edith Cotton

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA where funeral and committal service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday with the Rev Max Simms, Pastor Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Norwich Cemetery, Norwich Twp.

Memorials may be made to the Norwich Cemetery, Rew Fire Dept. or Priority Care Ambulance.

Two Canadians Die In Motorcycle Crash Near Grand Canyon

2 die in Pa. motorcycle crash on Route 660

Star Gazette
WELLSBORO – Two Canadians died this morning when the motorcycle they were riding left wet Route 660 in Delmar Township and ejected them into a utility pole. More

A Visit To Jones's Produce Stand

Coudersport teenager Ashley Thompson is developing into an artful photographer. On Friday, she traveled out to the Jones Produce Stand, north of Coudersport, where the vegetables and fruits were delectable and the nearby hillside provided an aurora of colors.

The Jones farm, which was operated for many years by Jack and the late Dolly Jones, was recognized in 2007 with the prestigious Pennsylvania Century Farm designation.

Today, Jack and Dolly's daughters, Maxine Parrish and Marcia Lagrua Jones, can usually be found greeting customers and tending to the inventory, just like they did as young girls.

Photos by Ashley Thompson,Copyright 2008

Anonymous said...

I have visited The Jones Produce Stand on several occasions and I have to compliment them on their produce, service and overall appearance. It is wonderful to see a family continuing on traditions.

Marcia Lagrua Jones said...

Dear Jim, Thank you for including us on your blog. Also, to the young lady who took the wonderful pictures. Thanks anonymous for the compliment. It is a pleasure to be recognized and to have a 100 year old farm still in the family with family still working together. We sincerely appreciate all of our customers who have supported us over the generations.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:57:00 PM EDT

State Liquor Control Will Patrol For Underage Drinkers At Penn State Home Games

State liquor officers to patrol

Centre Daily Times
The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement announced that officers from the bureau will be patrolling areas around Beaver Stadium during all Penn State home football games and other events. They’ll be citing anyone under the age of 21 found in possession of alcoholic beverages — a summary offense that carries a fine of up to $300, up to 90 days in prison for the first offense.

Anyone convicted of underage drinking or misrepresenting their age to buy alcohol will have their driving privileges suspended for 90 days for the first offense, one year for a second offense.

Anyone found supplying alcohol to minors, including parents, also will be cited, state police said. The penalty for a first offense is a minimum fine of $1,000 and up to one year in prison. In addition, police warn that anyone in legal possession of alcohol is responsible for whoever gains possession of it.

Learn About Biomass At Port Allegany Course

Biomass Energy Systems

In the coming decade, biomass will provide a renewable alternative to fossil fuels.

This half-day program will cover the basic principles and applied technologies used in production and conversion of biomass into transportation fuels, heat, power, electricity, chemicals, and other value-added products.

The course will be held at the Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center on Wednesday, October 8th from 1 – 5 p.m.

For more information, cost of workshop and to register, please call 642-2295.

Coudy Chamber Hears Report On Community Store

John Wright Reports To Chamber
(Photo shows Terry Gerhart, left, owner of E&G Auto Plus
and Battery Warehouse, chatting with John Wright)

Business leaders and guests attending Tuesday's Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet Tuesday evening at the Hotel Crittenden heard a report from John Wright, executive director of the Potter County Redevelopment Authority and owner of several downtown Coudersport buildings.

Wright was fresh from a four-day visit to Powell, Wyoming, as part of his personal quest to spearhead development of a “community corporation” to help resurrect downtown Coudersport.

If investors and volunteers are willing, the corporation would focus on establishing a department store with name-brand merchandise, potentially in Wright’s abandoned JCPenney building on North Main Street.

Wright explained how a group in Powell opened “The Mercantile,” which serves that community with competitively priced clothing and shoes. Local shoppers have been loyal to the business, rather than driving to chain stores in other communities.

Wright said the plan has potential to drive business back into the downtown district.

“Were going to have to do it, or it’s not going to get done,” he added. “If the community pulls together and supports the effort, it can succeed.”

A steering committee investigating the plan will have an informational booth at the Falling Leaves Festival Oct. 3-4 on the courthouse square.

Potter County Judge Leete To Speak At Convention

Judge to Address Twp. Officials

September 26th, 2008
Potter County Today

Township officials from throughout Potter County will converge on Potato City Country Inn on Saturday for the 79th annual convention of the Potter County Association of Township Officials.

Judge Leete

Judge Leete

Among the speakers will be the Hon. John B. Leete, President Judge of Potter County. Judge Leete is a Potter County native and a graduate of Coudersport Area High School. After serving as a Community Legal Services attorney in Pittsburgh, he relocated to Potter County and opened a private law practice. He was appointed to fill the local judicial vacancy and has since been elected to two terms. More...

Bradford Holding Emergency Response Drill

If you are in the Bradford Area today and notice a lot of commotion in the Bolivar Drive area, near the Bradford Mall, it's a drill.

Area emergency response organizations are participating in a disaster drill today at American Refining Group.

The drill includes a mock train crash involving a pickup truck, a tanker leaking crude oil and a bomb threat.

Police Officer Shot In Nearby NY Village

WESB News: 09/27/08 - Police Officer Shot in Gowanda

A Village of Gowanda police officer was shot in the chest last night, but his bulletproof vest prevented a life-threatening injury.

Jason Miller was treated at Tri-County Hospital, then released. Police say someone threw something at Miller's police cruiser. When he got out of the vehicle the suspect took off into nearby woods. Miller chased after the suspect, who shot at him.

Police are questioning a teenage suspect.

5th Congressional Candidates To Debate In Mansfield

Congressional candidates to square off in Mansfield

Sun Gazette

MANSFIELD - A debate for candidates for the 5th Congressional District is planned for Oct. 20 at Mansfield University.

The three candidates - Republican Glenn Thompson, Democrat Mark McCracken and Libertarian Jim Fryman - have confirmed their plans to participate. Dr. Jeffrey Bosworth, associate professor of political science, will serve as the moderator.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in Straughn Auditorium on the campus of Mansfield University. People may meet the candidates informally before and after the debate. Doors open at 6 p.m. More....

Hot Times In The Old Bradford Town Friday

Bradford Era
The Bradford Area High School sophomore class float in the Homecoming parade caught fire on Main Street near Veterans Square.

The Fourth of July theme float featured students holding sparklers which apparently ignited tissue paper on the display at about 5:20 p.m. while the float was nearing Veterans Square. More...

Arthur S. Watson, Jr., 85, Galeton, PA

WATSON, Arthur S., Jr., 85, of Galeton, PA, died on Thursday, September 25, 2008.

Born October 25, 1922 in Ridgway, PA, he was a son of the late Arthur S. Sr. and Anna (Walker) Watson.

Mr. Watson was a Veteran, having served with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in New Guinea during World War II. On July 12, 1946 in Bradford, PA, he married the former Wilhelmina Devling, who survives.

After returning from the war, Art worked for South Penn Oil Company in Bradford and then retired from Devling Brothers, Inc. in Galeton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He was proud that he had bowled a 300 game at the Galeton Moose Lanes.

Surviving, besides his wife, are a brother-in-law, Robert (Betty Jo) Devling, Galeton; sisters-in-law, Patricia Klotz, S. Williamsport, PA, Mary and Betty Devling, Galeton; a cousin, Ruth Perantoni, Woolrich, PA; nieces, Wendy Warren, Gainesville, FL, Patricia Gleason, Queensbury, NY, and Cheryl Ross, Ocala, FL; a nephew, Michael Watson; special nieces, Barbara (Dennis) Smoley, Susan (David) Karvonen, and Holly Klotz; special nephews, Stephen (Brenda) Devling and James (Madonna) Devling; and great-nieces, Megan and Melissa Smoley, and Ashley and Sophia Devling. In addition to his parents, Art was predeceased by a brother, Jack Watson; and a sister, Betty Chitester.

Friends may call Monday, September 29, 2008, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA. A Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goodyear Hose Company Rescue Truck.

Red Raiders Down Falcons 13-7

Cameron County's defense stifles Coudersport; takes command in AML North

Posted by Joshua Funk September 27, 2008 01:15AM

EMPORIUM, Pa - Cameron County has always prided itself on its defense. And after this latest triumph, the red and black can thank senior linebacker Jarek Holjencin for his efforts. More from Penn

Friday, September 26, 2008

QFCO, Inc. Recalls White Rabbit Candy Because of Possible Health Risk (September 26)
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:58:00 -0500

QFCO, Inc. of Burlingame, California is recalling White Rabbit Candy because it may be contaminated with Melamine. Product was distributed to the states of CA, GA, HI, IL, MN, NY, OR, TX, WA through wholesale distributors to retail stores.

Potter County Dream Team Does It Again

By James Jones
Potter County Commissioners, Doug Morley, Susan Kefover, and Paul Heimel, today announced their newest accomplishment.

"Potter County Today", a website detailing what's going on in your Potter County Government, debuted on the internet today.

Commissioners say it is a link between Potter County and it's residents, that will allow residents, newspapers, blogs, and radio stations in the area access to news from the Commissioners Office.

It will allow government in Potter County to be more transparent.

Members of the dream team (the three commissioners) who have long been promoters of Potter County, even before being elected, are Doug Morley, Banker; Susan Kefover, Evangelist; and Paul Heimel, a Journalist.

Doug is eminently qualified to handle the money, Susan is never hesitant to ask God's blessing on our county and it's people, and Paul is eminently qualified to tell us all about it.

The Commissioners have promoted an open government program, taking Commissioners meetings to several areas of the county giving residents better access to their representatives.

They have thoroughly researched the wind turbines, and held a public hearing on the proposed wind farm ordinance, before attempting to finalize it, taking input from many, in person and by phone, email, and snail mail. They sincerely want to consider all residents in their decisions.

While none of them could be considered politicians, except maybe Susan who was previously a commissioner, and ran for a state office, they are all dedicated to giving Potter County residents their best efforts. None of them ran for the office because they had an axe to grind, or an agenda to feather their own nests.

They don't know everything about being a commissioner and they don't know all of the laws, but their intentions are good. Recent critique by the editor of a local weekly newspaper could be considered guidance, so that they don't get outside the law and get in trouble. The newspaper editor has a stake in Potter County too, just like the rest of us, and his assignment seems to be to see that it's done right.

Hopefully as this dream team gets settled in the job, and learns all the ins and outs, the editor will join in helping us all work together to make Potter County the best it can be. His newspaper has a long history of excellence in the newspaper business, and he and his co-workers have done a superb job with local news for many years. Are they perfect? No. No-one is. But they are much better than most, and have been recognized statewide for their journalistic abilities.

Commissioner Paul Heimel writes:

Here (link below) is a new information service our board of commissioners is launching today.

We are hoping that this new web-based service will provide easier access to county information for the media, township/borough officials, other citizens of Potter County, county employees, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about county issues and developments.

We intend to regularly post fresh content and we encourage you to publish/air any of the information if you think it would interest your readers/listeners.
This new "Potter County Today" web resource also contains a link to the county's website,

We are still working on some formatting issues and plan to eventually update the formatting and functionality of the website, which is not easily accessed by those who have dial-up service.

We have been tackling these challenges through in-house resources and I am training myself on some of these technological functions.
Many thanks,
Paul Heimel

Potter County Township Convention To Convene

The 79th Annual Potter County Township Officials Convention will be held at Potato City Saturday, 9-27-08 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The convention will feature a wide range of speakers including Elam Herr, Assistant Executive Director of the PA State Association of Township Supervisors.

Other speakers include John Leete, president judge of Potter County; Jim Steiner, Potter County EMA, Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover;

Eric Beaver, Potter County Conservation District; Susan Paisley, Rep. Martin Causer’s office Chuck Dillon, Sen. Scarnati’s office; Charlotte Dietrich from Potter County Planning Commission, Dennis Fulmer, PennDot; Chip Harrison, Cherry Springs state park and Dan Vilello, DEP.

Natural Gas Fire Is Out At Dominion Storage Field

Gas well fire is out

Lock Haven Express

TAMARACK - The fire is out.

The gas well fire that burned for almost two weeks at Dominion Transmissions Inc. was officially declared out at 8:25 p.m. yesterday, according to Dan Donovan, public relations director for Dominion.

"We installed a new valve on the well head and then closed it. That stopped the flow of gas and put out the fire," Donovan said.

"Safety was a major concern. Nobody was hurt," Donovan said. More....

Homecoming/Chicken Barbeque Tonight In Shinglehouse

Come for a night of
food, music & fun!
Friday, September 26th,
5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Oswayo
Valley Middle/High School
BBQ Chicken Dinners $7 each -
Sponsored by: T.R.A.C.K. Together
Alumni, Community & Kids

Proceeds go toward the purchase of a new all-weather track at the High School
Ice cream, apple crisp, and drinks
will be available for
purchase by the Junior Class.
Homecoming parade - 6:00 PM
starts at the Firehall,
ends at the High School.
Bonfire - 7:00 PM behind the
school - Music provided!
*Pre-order your chicken dinner
today! Call Grace Bernhard
@ the OV High School office -

FDA Alert On Melamine Contamination

FDA Updates Health Information Advisory on Melamine Contamination
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 10:28:00 -0500

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers that seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products manufactured in China are being recalled by the King Car Food Industrial Co. Ltd. due to possible contamination with melamine.

Bonnie Baker For Vice-President

Sarah Palin wouldn't stand a chance in
competition with this Potter County hunter.

Bonnie Baker from Oswayo is shown with the two geese
she shot the other day in Potter County.

Photos by Bonnie Baker, Copyright 2008
Only got one shot last night, but not with my shotgun....
The last day of early goose season closed with a shot of a different kind.
I wonder what I'll see in bear season !

Firefighters Quell Natural Gas Well Fire

WESB News: 09/26/08 - Gas Well Fire on Big Shanty Hill

Lafayette Township Firefighters battled a natural gas well fire Thursday afternoon on Big Shanty hill.

Chief Don Fowler says the fire was extinguished after gas to the well was shutoff. Firefighters were on the scene for two and a half hours.

The lease on Scout Camp Road is owned by Magee and Magee of Smethport.

"Chief" Drilling 5th Horizontal Gas Well With New Rig


Chief Oil and Gas unveils drilling rig in Penn Township


HUGHESVILLE - Chief Oil and Gas LLC officials could barely contain their enthusiasm Thursday as they unveiled a new state-of-the-art gas drilling rig in Penn Township.

"I'm as proud as a new poppa because of that bad boy down there," said Michael Hallford, operations manager for Chief's Appalachia region.

"This is a big day for Chief Oil and Gas," said William Buckler, company senior vice president of operations. "It's an exciting day."

The rig, specially designed for horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale, is the first of its kind in the company's Appalachia region, according to Hallford.

According to Buckler, Chief spends between $3 million and $5 million for each well site that it develops in the Marcellus Shale.

"Each well is a sizeable investment, but we think there is a lot of potential to get gas out of the (shale)," he said.

According to Hallford, the company has drilled 12 wells in Lycoming County, including four horizontal wells.

"This is the fifth horizontal well," he said. Read more in The Sun Gazette....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Scarnati And Causer In Bradford For Ribbon Cutting

Icing on the Cake

WESB/WBRR News Director

In February of 2005 Governor Ed Rendell came to Bradford with $11 million for Impact Bradford.

The downtown streetscape project "is icing on the Impact Bradford cake," Sara Andrews said Thursday afternoon prior to a ribbon cutting for the project.

State Senator Joe Scarnati and State Representative Marty Causer were also on hand for the ceremonies, and Andrews said, "A lot of people don't know the work and effort put in by both Marty and Joe in Harrisburg to help our community grow."

Scarnati said sometimes projects like this are difficult because critics tell people what they should or shouldn't have done, or what could have been done differently. "I was on borough council for 10 years, and I didn't do anything right for 10 years in Brockway," Scarnati joked.

"Being an elected official in a small town – and in an economic development agency – takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of coordination, and it really takes bringing the town together," he said.

Causer said this is a "perfect example of an entire community coming together to work on a project to revitalize the town." Read the rest of Anne Holliday's story on her 1490 NewsBlog

Wellsville Business District Has Free Wireless Internet

Village now has Wi-Fi for all

WELLSVILLE - Downtown Wellsville cut the cord with the official launch of free wireless Internet access throughout the village’s business district on Wednesday afternoon.

Wellsville Mayor Jim Cretekos and Steve Havey, director for the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce, cut a ribbon and a symbolic cable to signify the launch of the free Wi-Fi, which will run at just below the speed of DSL service.

The innovative Wi-Fi system was created by Roger Ramsey, owner of the Computer Clinic in Wellsville. Read more...

Area Soldiers Say Goodbye To Family/Friends

Father of 6 ships out

BRADFORD, Pa. - As the soldiers hugged family members and joked with friends, one large family of children snuggled around their military dad’s legs, as if they didn’t want to let go.

On Wednesday, the six small children of First Lt. Doug Bell of Shinglehouse, as well as dozens of other children and family members, said goodbye to soldiers with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who shipped out from the Bradford Armory for future deployment to Iraq.

Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Bradford, and Roulette guardsmen......more

Julie Logue-Austin Pa-USA said...

Thank you for your gift! Leaving your families to defend my family . I will pray for you all and you have my deepest appreciation and respect. There are givers and takers in this world... you truly are the greatest givers. Thank you for fighting for peace & freedom. Forever grateful.

Salamanca Water Park Idea Progressing

WESB News: 09/25/08 - Water Park Plans Moving Ahead

Plans are moving ahead to develop a water park in Salamanca.

City Council has hired an agency to look for funding to redesign State Park Avenue, which would provide access to the water park.

A Rochester, New York, design firm has been hired to redesign the street to accommodate increased traffic as well as find the money for the project

This Class Act Might Make You Famous!

Acting Workshop

Interested in becoming a part of the Potter Players and acting in sensational productions? Want to learn acting basics but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you.

Acquaint yourself with the basic rudiments of the acting craft.

The topics covered will be basic skills, walking, pantomime, gestures and voice; actors goals and tasks; actors trinity (mind-body-voice); and performance.

These classes will be held at the Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office and will begin Wednesday, October 8 and run through October 29th.

Times for the classes will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the cost will be $50 per person with financial assistance available. Please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295 with questions or to register.

Comedy Of Errors Plagues Burglars

Keystone criminals caught, charged

By John Anderson

Leaf Colors Should be Perfect For Coudersport Festival

Leaf Color Expected To Peak For Oct. 3-4 Festival

Falling Leaves Festival next weekend

Coudersport will celebrate the bright aurora of autumn foliage over the Oct. 3-4 weekend with the eighth annual Falling Leaves Festival, sponsored by the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Festival Chairman Mike Harris reports that sign-ups by vendors and parade participants has been steady, setting the stage for a successful event.

It will be centered at the courthouse square from 9 am to 7 pm both days.

Harris announced that the popular Zem Zem Shriners will be returning with their miniature “roadrunners” cars for this year's parade, set to step off at 3 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Falling Leaves Festival parade is being merged with Coudersport High School’s homecoming parade, which means that the queen finalists, football players and other school groups will be participating. The homecoming queen will be crowned on Friday night, Oct. 10, during halftime of the Otto-Eldred at Coudersport varsity football game.

High school bands, fire apparatus, floats, scout troops and youth groups are also registered for the parade.

Refreshment booths, the Farmers Market and other vendors will be set up at the square on both days and there will be live entertainment at the gazebo.

Special events on Saturday include an antique car display, children's games, a karaoke contest – open to all -- at 5 pm, and the popular Oldies Dance at the St. Eulalia Parish Center at 7 pm.

Other organizations are scheduling events to coincide with the Falling Leaves Festival.

The Songwriters Roundtable will be held on Saturday night from 7-11 at the Hotel Crittenden as a fund-raiser for the Fine Arts Council and the Historical Society. Nashville recording artist Colleen McFarland and a local band, Jakobs Hollow, are among the headliners.

Also, the committee organizing the Coudersport Community Mural on the Penn-York Building, along Third Street, encourages people to stop by to meet the artists and see the progress. A dedication of the mural will be held after the parade, at approximately 4 pm on Saturday.

Several downtown businesses will be offering Falling Leaves Festival specials.

Additional information about the Falling Leaves Festival is available from Harris at (814) 598-3623.

Police Reports From WFRM News

By Gerri Miller-
Bringing news to the northern tier for 29 years
Click here to listen to today's newscast
A Kane driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday
morning on Roberts Road in Lafayette Township. State police said 44 year old Andrew Lopus lost control of his Toyota Tacoma when he looked at his cell phone. The northbound truck went off the road, and while attempting to regain control, Lopus steered it to the center of the road and back off the eastern side where it struck a group of trees. Lopus was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the 11:00 a.m. crash.

State police at Emporium overnight released details about a collision taking place Sunday evening at a Grove Township intersection. Authorities said 20 year old Kristen Fox of Lock Haven, after stopping on Route 872, proceeded through the intersection and allowed her Chevy Grand Am to strike a Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Louise Baker of Emporium. Fox was injured in the collision but her passenger, one year old Autumn Haggard also of Lock Haven and Baker were unhurt.

Troopers at Emporium say charges of criminal mischief are pending against Earl Goss of Sinnemahoning for an incident allegedly taking place during the early morning hours of September 12. Authorities claim Goss arrived at the home of Dimas Robles on West Fourth Street in Emporium and used a screwdriver to damage the front door on the home; and then pushed the victim after starting an argument.

Kane-based state police are probing the theft of a chain saw yesterday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:10 p.m. Thieves entered a garage on Division Street in Hamlin Township owned by David Gerber and stole a Stihl 66 chainsaw valued at $500.

A couple of camp burglaries and a theft of a tarp are being investigated by state police at Emporium Thieves took a 20 x 30ft. blue woven plastic tarp owned by Halliburton Energy Services on Route 120 in Shippen Township between 7:00 p.m. September 11 and 8:00 a.m. on September 12. The tarp is valued at $100 and had been covering a pile of material. Thieves broke a window to gain entry to a camp on Upper Jerry Run Road in Gibson Township over the summer months. It’s not known what was taken. And, sometime since September 7, thieves forced open the front door on the Lincoln Hunting Camp located on the Jerry Run road in Gibson Township and made off with a porcelain basin, flashlight and a case of water. The camp is owned by James Evaniscsko of Nanty Glo, PA

Lottery Scam Cleans Out 79 Year Old's Savings

Local senior loses life savings to Jamaica lottery scam

Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - A Lock Haven senior citizen has lost his entire life savings - over $20,000 - to a notorious international lottery scam, city police said today.

Police said the 79-year-old, who they declined to identify, has been sending his money to Jamaica since 2006.

The senior had been talking to various persons over the telephone in connection with a claim that he had won $2.6 million in the lottery.

The telephone calls continued until his entire life savings were depleted, police said. More....

7 Pizza Huts Closed In Western New York

WESB News: 09/25/08 - Olean Pizza Hut Closes Its Doors

Seven Pizza Huts in Western New York, including Olean, closed today.

All seven are owned by Hospitality West LLC, a franchisee which owns dozens of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in Western New York.

A company spokesman said the now-closed restaurants had been financially disappointing for years, and said the company would focus its energy on remodeling other locations and opening more under a new "Wing Street" chicken wing-themed concept.

The Olean store closing is at 3015 W. State Street.

Anonymous said...

Not that big of a loss... no one has been eating at the location for years. The Union Street location is still open for business.

Don't Get Caught Up In A Scam

Attorney General Corbett warns consumers about job-related scams; announces lawsuit in Internet job education scheme

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today warned Pennsylvania consumers to be wary of work-at-home or other job-related scams and also announced the filing of a consumer protection lawsuit against a Florida company that used Internet ads to sell "how to" packages of information to consumers interested in becoming notaries.

"Complaints related to scams and bogus offers aimed at consumers looking for part-time employment or work-at-home jobs have been steadily increasing since the start of this year," Corbett said. "Consumers hoping to earn some extra income are being drawn in with 'easy money' offers, only to see their hopes and their money disappear into the hands of con artists and thieves."

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Bradford Church Launches New "Secret" Series

Hatcher Might Let You In On His Secret.....Maybe....

Open Arms Community church will be launching a new sermon series throughout the month of October entitled "The Secret: Unlocking the Mysteries of a Better Life."

The series is patterned after the style of the 2007 best selling book by Rhonda Byrne entitled "The Secret", though, according to Open Arms Media Coordinator Josh Hatcher, it will take a slightly different direction.

"The success of Rhonda Byrne's book and movie are largely due to a great need that people have to find fullfillment, success, purpose, and wholeness," said Hatcher, "We're trying to help address those needs as well, but the Secret that we're speaking of isn't the same one in Byrne's book."

Pastor Mike McAvoy from Open Arms said, ""We're all looking for a better life, but many are looking in all the wrong places. God promises a better life of freedom, blessing, peace, adventure, joy, love. This series will help us find this better life and walk in it."

"The Secret" at Open Arms will focus less on Byrne's self help principles, and more on the Bible. "We believe that scripture has the real secrets to living life to the full," explained Hatcher, "and that what God wants for us is to enjoy a full life, to experience fullfillment, success, and to make a difference in the world."

"I've found that self-help is no help at all. I'm the cause of my problem, not the answer. We believe life at it's best is a life lived God's way," says McAvoy, who explains that the experiences that he has had while growing in his faith have helped him overcome a number of problems in his life. "God's way isn't always the easiest, but it's always the best."

The series will run weekends throughout October at Open Arms Community Church on East Main Street, and on Tuesday Nights at The Remix: Hip Hop Church at the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center on Mechanic Street.

The following Topics will be discussed: Week 1- "Getting Our Bearings, Week 2- "A New Direction", Week 3- "Staying The Course", Week 4- "The Real Thing".

Church Service times are Saturdays at 5:30 PM, Sundays at 10:15, and Tuesdays at the Remix at 8:00 PM
For more information, please visit the Open Arms Website at

joshhatcher said...

Ha... it's not really a secret at all!

Elizabeth C. Hamilton, 91, Formerly Stannards, NY and Bingham Center, PA

Loving Mom and Grandma

Elizabeth C. Hamilton, 91, formerly of Riverview Heights, Stannards NY and Bingham Center, PA, died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 in the home of her daughter in Andrews Settlement, PA.

Born March 28, 1917, in Raymond, PA, she was the daughter of Floyd and Myra Galpin Perkins.

On August 24, 1936, in the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, she married George Reuben Hamilton, who predeceased her on January 23, 2007. They were happily married for over 70 years.

She attended the country school in Raymond and was a 1935 graduate of the Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses. She and her husband owned and operated Hamilton Farms. She was a member of Ulysses Free Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, steward, and president of the womens missionary society.

Elizabeth was employed by the Big N in Wellsville, NY and retired from the Potter County Office of the Aging. She raised Pomeranian dogs, loved gardening, and saw humor in life.

Surviving are: a son, Douglas (Sharon) Hamilton of Genesee; two daughters, Joan (Craig) Torrey of Andrews Settlement and Joy (Daniel) Glassmire of Coudersport, PA; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, Amy (Kipp) Gray and daughter Faith of Hamlin, NY, Yvonne (Robert) Briggs and children, Devon, Tara, and Connor of Annandale, VA, Eric (Shambra) Hamilton and children Aislin and Wyatt of Genesee, PA, Jennelle Torrey of Rochester, NY, Josh (Misty) Torrey and children Audrianna and Benjamin of Genesee, Scott (Erica) Torrey and sons Brennan, Logan, and Morgan of Angelica, NY, Dustin Torrey of Andrews Settlement, Daniel Glassmire VI and Andrea Glassmire, both of Coudersport; two sisters, Blanche Calhoun of Coudersport and Donna (Robert) Watson of Portville, NY; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Rennells and Mary Nelson Green, both of Gerry, NY; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by ten siblings, Hugh Perkins in 1918, Lloyd Perkins in 1931, Robert Perkins in 1944, Reuben Perkins in 1959, Gertrude Freelove in 1982, Dorr Perkins in 1984, Myrtle Smith in 1992, Phyllis Thompson in 1993, Ruth Tambash in 2004, and Floyd Perkins, Jr. in 2004; and a sister-in-law, Marjory Warriner in 1992.

Friends may call Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM, Sunday in the Ulysses Free Methodist Church. The Rev. Brad J. Miller and the Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Warrant Issued For Causer's Arrest

WESB News: 09/25/08 - Warrant Issued for Kane Man

State Police are looking for a man who stole copper piping from two residences in Mount Jewett.

Police say that 35 year-old Cliff Causer, who’s last known address was Kane, is facing burglary, receiving stolen property and trespassing charges.

A warrant has been issued for Causer’s arrest.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


CLEARFIELD – Potter County maintenance crews will close Route 4009 (Baker Creek Road) in Hebron Township, while work is done to replace a pipe.

The closure will take place from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25. During the closure, traffic should use Routes 49 and 4011 (Peetbrook Road). This work is weather dependent.

PennDOT reminds motorists to travel with extreme caution through work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

Area Obituaries

ANDREWS SETTLEMENT--Elizabeth P. Hamilton, 91, formerly of Stannards, NY and Genesee, PA, died Wednesday, September 24, 2008 in the home of her daughter, Joan Torrey, in Andrews Settlement, PA. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA

COUDERSPORT, Pa. - Donna Potocek, 78, of Coudersport died Sunday (Sept. 21, 2008) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

ELDRED, Pa. - Michael J. Prescott of 5548 Route 446, Eldred, died Monday (Sept. 22, 2008) in Olean General Hospital following a long illness.

RIXFORD, Pa. - Michael A. “Frank” Harris, 44, of Looker Mountain Trail died Monday (Sept. 22, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center following an apparent heart attack.

COUDERSPORT—Lois M. Knight, 77, of Coudersport, died Tuesday (Sept. 23, 2008) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

PORT ALLEGANY — Jeannette I. Rapp, 82, formerly of Port Allegany and Pottstown, died Wednesday (Sept. 24, 2008) at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

Solomon's words publishes all complete obituaries free of charge. A picture can be included. Ask your funeral director to send the complete obituary to for immediate publication. Publishing complete obituaries in Solomon's words results in a permanent online record on search engines worldwide, indexed by name and city, allowing friends and family anywhere, computer access to the information and a vehicle where emailed comments can be displayed.

Police Reports From WFRM News

By Gerri Miller--WFRM NEWS

Bringing news to the Northern Tier for 29 years

Sweden Township police report 51 year old Michael Meyers of Irish Farm Road,. Coudersport was hurt last Thursday morning when he was hit by a car while jogging on the eastern side of Denton Hill. According to Chief Bryan Phelps, 21 year old Timothy Uhl of Brockway was traveling west when his Mercury sedan struck Meyers who was running west. Uhl, stopped and returned to the scene and transported Meyers to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of a severely broken arm, cuts, bruises and contusions. Phelps said the driver had just finished a 15 hour shift on a drilling rig in Sabinsville and apparently was blinded by the morning sun.

Kane-based state police are probing a burglary at Canfield’s Lawn on Garden on Kings Run Road in Ceres Township sometime last weekend. Between 11:00 p.m. Sunday and 7:40 a.m. Monday, thieves made off with 21 Husqavarna chainsaws and a Husqvarna generator. Value of the stolen items is estimated to be about $9792.00. Troopers there are also investigating the theft of a cell phone from an unsecured locker in the Kane Area High School Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The black LG NV2 cell phone belonged to Karen Carlson of Mt. Jewett and was taken from her daughter’s locker. It has a serial number of 807KPQJ1190348.

State police here are investigating a burglary at a Clara Township camp sometime since August 24. Thieves entered two sheds on the property owned by new Jersey residents Rudy Levoch and Mark Miller and removed gasoline from storage containers and radiators from two Jeeps parked on the lot.

And the theft of a political sign from a West Branch Township yard is also being probed by troopers here. Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, someone took an 18” x 12” McCain/Palin sign belonging to Henry Cusumano, Jr.

Ulysses Man Escapes Injury In Crash

By Gerri Miller--WFRM NEWS

A Ulysses driver escaped injury in one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Tioga County resulting from a mechanical malfunction.

State police said 19 year old Curtis Clark was headed south on Route 4009 in Brookfield Township when the steering parts on the right front wheel of his 1985 Chevrolet Silverado broke causing the truck to go off the road and into a ditch.

The pick-up then traveled out of the ditch, crossed to the other side and struck some shrubbery and two trees before going down a 30’ embankment where it struck another tree before coming to rest in Purple Brook.

Police said Clark was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

Causer Says Pennsylvanians Can't Handle Huge Electric Rate Increases

WESB News: 09/24/08 - Causer Co-Sponsors Rate Cap Bill

With rate caps on the state's electricity services set to expire in the next two years, Rep. Martin Causer is co-sponsoring legislation that would provide price stability and predictability to consumers who have grown wary of rising energy prices.

"The skyrocketing costs of oil and gas, and subsequent rise in food prices, have taken a huge financial toll on families and businesses," Causer said. "Many Pennsylvanians simply cannot bear the significantly higher electric rates that will come with the expiration of rate caps.

We must enact comprehensive legislation now to protect consumers." For more on this story go to the 1490 NewsBlog
Anonymous said...

It is a real problem for most of us struggling to pay our electric bills right now. But more important is to understand that the renewable alternative electricity generators, such as Wind Turbines, will add to the local electric utility bills rather than lower them. Wind energy is expensive power to produce in the first place and in the second place, with the need for expensive upscaled transmission lines, it is not feasible to think that it will help with the local electric bills. A local municipality is much better off to stay with conventional electric generating plants, if additional expenses caused by wind generating turbines could cause hardships on the local people.

Anonymous said...

I hope they give us plenty of notice before they start hiking up the already expensive utility bills so that I will have ample time to fine a third job!!

Wykoff Run Closing Extended Thru Next Week

September 24, 2008
Engineering District 2
1924 Daisy Street Extension
Clearfield, PA 16830

Marla Fannin

Detour to remain in place through most of next week

CLEARFIELD – The closure of Wykoff Run (Route 2001) has been in effect since September 2 and is now expected to last through the middle of next week (week of September 29). PennDOT originally expected the closure to end September 26.

The detour around the closure remains in place as PennDOT Maintenance forces from Cameron County continue work to replace the Laurel Draft bridge and the White Oak Draft bridge. The bridges are located close to each other and are 5-6 miles south of the intersection with Route 120.

The official detour is approximately forty miles long and directs drivers to use Routes 120, 555, and 2004. Commercial traffic is reminded that the Driftwood bridge (on Route 555) along the detour is posted for a 13-ton weight limit.

Signage is in place along roadways in the area to alert motorists to the closure and detour.

Drivers traveling to camps along Wykoff Run are able to reach camp locations. Emergency vehicles are able to reach locations on either side of the bridgework but no traffic is able to move through the work zone. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDOT thanks area motorists for their patience during this bridge work and road closure. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit the PennDOT website at

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Preparing For Job Cuts

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette plans to buy out workers or lay them off in a broad cost-cutting move, barely two years after its Ohio parent threatened to sell the struggling newspaper if it didn't get concessions. More...

Charlie Company National Guard Moves Out

By Anne Holliday--1490 NewsBlog

Members of Charlie Company get some orders Wednesday morning inside the Bradford Armory.

The local National Guard unit is on its way to Mississippi to train for their upcoming deployment to Iraq.
More... Pictures...

Deb said...

Very proud of each and everyone of you in Charlie Co., My prayers are with you all. Special prayers for Matt Simpson/Mike Gustin/Doug Bell/Eric Freeman/Josh Lundy/Jake Maxson/Coby Sebastian/Derek Worthington, I love you guys.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for listing the names of the Shinglehouse men who are serving our country. I wish the media would publish each and every name of our area young men and women serving our country.

Anonymous said...

These guys are getting the best training in the world, let this help the families at home get through the long days and nights of wondering where their loved military son or daughter is and what they are doing. The Shinglehouse guys are well trained and have been even before they joined the military thanks to their parents. Best of everything to them and their families for the months to come.
C. Bryant

Anonymous said...

I agree that the names of all the men and women should be listed, not just a select few. They are all getting the same training and are all going to Iraq together and are going to have to depend on each other whether they are from Shinglehouse, Roulette, Port Allegany, or somewhere else. Every single one of them is special and I am sure all the families are proud of them. I know I am.

Anonymous said...

The parents of these troops must be the strongest parents ever. My son just finished basic training for the National Guards this past summer, and after he graduates in June, he has to go back and complete his AIT, and already, I am terrified about him ever being shipped out across seas. Eventhough I support him 110%, I can't help but worry. It's my job and God given right. So to all you mothers out there whos child is leaving, I would love some pointers on handling it, if you have any.

Anonymous said...

My oldest son has been in the Army for 21 years and just signed for 6 more. He proudly wears the Green Beret and we respect his career choice. Once a year he is gone for 3 -9 months, yes they are short on rotations. My youngest son was in the Army for 8 years and was in the Middle East. How do we do it and what is our advice? Trust your son or daughter, they need to know you believe in what he does and will be ok. 21 years or 1 year the worry is always there but kept deep within, for when they go away that will be one less thought on their mind that they are causing worry back home. My best to all and pray for that wonderful, joyous moment they return. CB

Anonymous said...

My son is active duty and left for Irag 2 weeks ago I know how these parents breaks my heart but I pray for everyones safe return.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about being strong - my son is among those who left yesterday. Right now I am just telling myself it is only Mississippi and he is still in the US. How I am going to be in January remains to be seen but I hope I can be strong for his sake as I don't want him to have anything additional to worry about. He and his wife are expecting their first child who will be born while he is overseas and that is enough of a worry for him. I want him to know that we will all be okay so he can concentrate on getting back home safely.

Anonymous said...

As hard as it is for us moms back here, keep their spirits up by keeping your own up. Write letters, as many as you can. People used to ask me what I wrote to my son about when he was in Iraq. matter how little the detail. I tried to send something in a letter every other day. They will tell you that letter from home at the end of the day means more than you know. My heart goes out to you all, I know what it feels like. My son was in Iraq when it all started, hardest thing I have had to go through so far. Love and respect to them all.

PGE Natural Gas Leases Gone Bad

Gas Company To Take Control

Of Residential Properties

Five Bedford Township families learned Tuesday a natural gas company will immediately take possession of their land.

A federal judge gave Spectra Energy the right to take control of their Monroe Township properties.

As a result, the company can begin preliminary construction to build a natural gas storage field there.

The residents had fought to keep their land from being taken over by the company and insisted their leases don't allow natural gas to be stored underneath their properties.

Residents said the land is a gas-rich recovery area known as the Marcellus Shale.

The dispute began when landowners said the gas drilling company Pennsylvania General Energy claimed the wells dried up after two years of drilling.

The company then sold the leases to Spectra Energy, which wants to use the property to store natural gas from around the country.

Anonymous said...

Is it me or doesn't the "more" and "WTAJ-TV" links work?

I fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out!!!

Workshop to Explore Natural Gas Leasing Opportunities in Potter County

COUDERSPORT-- Potter County
farmers can learn about natural gas leasing opportunities from experts in
the emerging field at an informational workshop to be held Wednesday evening
in Coudersport, said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolf.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 24, in the
Coudersport High School auditorium.

The workshop will include speakers from the Department of Agriculture's
Center for Farm Transitions, the Penn State University Dickinson School of
Law's Center for Agricultural Law, and the Pennsylvania Natural Resources
Conservation Service, or NRCS, and is sponsored by First Citizens National
Bank of Mansfield.

"Pennsylvania farmers face many challenges, especially when it comes to
profitability, making it essential that they be aware of the potential
benefits and drawbacks of new opportunities," said Wolff. "With the
discovery of new drilling technology and the rising cost of fossil fuels,
the natural gas rush in Pennsylvania is unfolding.

"Natural gas found in Pennsylvania and surrounding states has the
potential to fulfill the entire nation's natural gas requirements for two
years, and farmers must educate themselves about gas leasing to decide
whether they want to take advantage of the opportunity."

The two-hour program will explore natural gas issues, including
drilling and exploration, development on leased land, negotiating with gas
companies and signing a lease.

Dennis Hall from the Center for Farm Transitions will discuss the
benefits and risks associated with natural gas leasing as a profit
enhancing strategy; Bob Mosso of First Citizens Bank will offer information
regarding income and tax implications of signing a lease; Ross Pifer,
director of Penn State's Ag Law Center, will share information about
mineral rights leases; and Nathan Bennett of NRCS will focus on
environmental concerns, including the well drilling process and ground
water issues.

Attendance is free and registration is not required. For more
information about the workshop, contact Kathleen Campbell at 570-662-8534.
For more information about the Center for Farm Transitions, visit or call 1-877-475-2686.

Lack Of Rain Empties Lake At Sinnemahoning State Park

Empty Lake At Stevenson Dam

Clark Lerch sends these pictures from Sinnemahoning
State Park.
These boats won't float until the water comes up.

Lakebed at the Stevenson Dam cracks in the sun. Drought
conditions have reduced the flow into the lake. Low water
conditions in the Allegheny River and community water
supplies, have brought concerns from area residents.
Rain is in the forecast for the latter part of the week.

Thanks to Clark Lerch for sending these pictures.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Donna Potocek, 78, of Coudersport, died Sunday (Sept. 21, 2008) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

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Knox & Kane Tourist Trains Up For Auction Sale

Knox & Kane Railroad to sell

entire inventory during auction

The Knox & Kane Railroad, the company that provided freight and tourist travel over the Kinzua Bridge, will sell its entire inventory during an October auction in Marienville.

Everything from steam engines and passenger cars to lanterns and railroad signs must go during the two-day auction slated for Oct. 10 and 11 in Kane, Nansen Junction and Marienville. Read more...

Lisa said...

This is so very sad! I hope the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will have the foresight to purchase some of these artifacts for the discovery center that is being planned for Kinzua Bridge State Park.
~ Lisa Gensheimer, Producer, "Tracks Across the Sky," a PBS documentary about the Kinzua Viaduct