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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Attorney General To Present Program In Port A

The Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General will present a Senior Crime Prevention University (SCPU) program at the Port Allegany Senior Center in McKean county on October 21, 2008.

The SCPU educates seniors about scams and fraudulent practices.

We don't have a time or location for this program. Maybe someone from the senior center can fill us in.

Halloween Activities Announced For Roulette Township

Roulette Township Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Time.

Here is all the information.

Parade starts at 1 PM on Saturday, Oct 25.

  • All costumes get registered at Human Services Building starting at 12:00.
  • Floats will be registered at Johnsons Trailer Park and Gustins Auto.
  • Prizes awarded imediately following the parade at the fire hall.
  • There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest that takes place during the parade.
  • All decorated pumpkins must be turned in at the fire hall before 1 PM.

Trick or treat for Roulette is on Friday Oct 31 from 5-7 pm

Red Hatters Gather In Port Allegany For Library Fundraiser

Hundreds Of Red Hatters Come To Port Allegany

Coudersport Red Hatters

Roulette Red Hatters pose for a picture

Maria Marks Amidon all decked out for the fashion show

"The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next."

- Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother

You must be a woman of 50 or over (or you may be a Pink Hatter under 50), and you must attend functions in full regalia, (red hat, purple outfit for women 50 and over, or pink hat and lavender outfit for women under 50).

Ladies are strongly encouraged to follow these color guidelines, and to NOT wear purple/red until they have reached THE BIRTHDAY. This adds an element of fun to aging, which we think is invaluable to women in our society who have learned to dread aging and avoid it at all costs. We believe that aging should be something anticipated with excitement, not something to dread.

PA State Senator Rhoades Dead After Crash

State Sen. James J. Rhoades died this morning as a result of complications from an car accident Friday night, Rhoades' chief of staff, Champ Holman, said today.

He was 66 years old and served in the state Senate since 1980. More...

Deer Poaching Suspected

WESB News: 10/18/08 - Illegal Deer Kills Investigated

Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers and Deputy WCOs have been investigating cases of illegally killed deer.

In the Northcentral Region, McKean County WCO Len Groshek says he received reports of deer poaching in the Crosby area, and recovered and head and hide from a large doe that was shot. The head and hide were placed in a garbage bag and thrown from a bridge into Potato Creek, he says.

Cameron County WCO Wayne Hunt says he has been receiving reports from concerned sportsman and members of the community pertaining to poaching occurring in his district. He says people are jack lighting large bucks to collect their antlers. The investigations are continuing.

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Charles Cole Hospital Welcomes New Doctor

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital announced the addition of Dr. Saket Prasad, M.D. to its medical staff this week.

Dr. Prasad, who previously practiced at the Veterans Administration New Jersey Healthcare System, earned a medical degree at Leeds Medical School in England. He completed an internship at Leeds General Infirmary, a residency in internal medicine at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in Bronx, and a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, subspecialty by the Board of Gastroenterology.

He co-authored an article on villous adenoma of the urinary tract, has presented at the American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and American College of Physicians meetings, and conducted a variety of research including studies on peptic ulcer bleeding and hormonal metabolic controls.

He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians, and General Medical Council, England.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 814/274-9024.

Cookies May Have Melamine

Lotte USA, Inc. Initiates Nationwide Recall of Koala's March Creme filled Cookies
Sat, 18 Oct 2008 05:00:00 -0500

Lotte USA, Inc., Battle Creek, MI initiated a recall of all Koalas' March Cookies on September 29, 2008 because they were produced in China and they may be contaminated with melamine. The products are packaged in a plastic overwrap.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Soil Excavation At Driftwood Bridge To Begin

WESB News: 10/17/08 - Soil Remediation Work to Begin

Crews will begin soil excavation work Monday at the southern end of the Driftwood Bridge.

This will be the start of remediation efforts related to the contaminated soil uncovered in March. Excavation work is not expected to impact traffic.

While there is no danger to motorists or residents in the area, work crews will be dressed in protective equipment to meet state and federal regulations.

Penn Grade Crude Down To $64. a bbl

WESB News: 10/17/08 - ARG's Oil Price Lowest Since June 2007

American Refining Group is paying a price for a barrel of Penn Grade crude oil that it hasn't paid since June of 2007.

ARG lowered its price by $4.75 today, bringing it down to $64.

The price was in the $60 range in August of last year, but hasn't been as low as $64 since June 27, 2007.

WFRM Community Calendar

October 17, and 18

The annual Fall Rummage Sale at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport will be held from 9:00 to 5:00 T Friday and from 9:00 to noon Saturday. The sale will feature odds ‘n’ ends and clothing for all ages.

October 18

T.R.A.C.K.- Together, Rebuilding, ~ Alumni, Community and Kids! is a newly formed non-profit organization raising funds to rebuild the Oswayo Valley running track. This is a grassroots effort will be hosting a Wine and Cheese Tasting fund-raiser at the Shinglehouse Fire Hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Tickets are a $50 donation per couple. For tickets please contact Bruce Kemp at (814) 697-7210.

October 18

Glenn Thompson, candidate for U.S. will be at Erway's Restaurant Route 6 West, Coudersport from 3-5 p.m. Everyone, Republican, Democrat, Independent - is invited to meet the candidate, ask questions and get to know him. There will be
light refreshments

Police Reports From WFRM News

By Gerri Miller
29 years bringing news
to the Northern Tier

Five people were hurt in a family collision Thursday afternoon on Route 6 West in Coudersport. Borough police said the crash occurred when Joseph Watson of Austin pulled his Chevy pick up out of the Kwik Fill driveway onto Route 6 in f ront of a Ford Windstar van driven by his niece, Martha Watson of Coudersport. Both drivers and three children in Martha Watson’s van were taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Coudersport volunteer firefighters and ambulances from Coudersport and Roulette responded to the 3:15 p.m. collision.

A Westfield truck driver escaped injury when his rig caught fire Tuesday morning on Route 44 in Stewardson Township. State police Murray Johnson was driving a roll-back tow truck uphill near Pine Mountain when flames erupted in the dashboard/firewall area. Johnson got out of the truck and it rolled downhill about 140 yards traveling around a curve before striking a guardrail. The tow truck and one of the two vehicles it was hauling were consumed by the fire while the second vehicle sustained minor damage when it struck the guardrail. Volunteers from Kettle Creek and Germania departments responded along with Bureau of Forestry personnel.

Minor injuries were reported for a Genesee resident following a small collision Wednesday evening on Route 49 near the Mills Post Office. State police said 22 year old Dustin Cady was traveling west behind a Brushhog being hauled by a John Deere tractor and allowed his Grand Am to strike the rear of the machine and bounced to the side of the road where it struck a guardrail. The tractor driver, Marlin Cady of Ulysses was not hurt.

A Massachusetts man died accidentally Thursday while hunting in Hector Township, Potter County. State police said 78 year old Thomas Kinny was climbing into his tree stand and fell, getting his leg stuck in the crook of the tree. Kinny hung upside down for about three hours until his hunting partner found him. After he was assisted out of the tree, he became unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest. Sabinsville Fire and Ambulance responded and assisted the victim who was pronounced dead by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury.

Another Arrest Reported In Robberies

WESB News: 10/17/08 - Third Bfd Teen Arrested in Store Robberies

A third Bradford teen as been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in the Bradford and Olean areas.

Court records show that 18 year-old Kyle Grandinetti was arraigned on a fugitive from justice warrant from Olean. Olean City Police say that Grandinetti and 19 year-old Benjamen Trumbull and 18 year-old James Baribeau., also of Bradford are wanted in connection with the robbery at the Sugarcreek store on North Union Street in Olean on September 23.

Bradford City Police say an anonymous tip broke the case for law enforcement of both sides of the border.

Eldred Cat Tested Positive For Rabies

WESB News: 10/17/08 - Rabies Diagnosed in McKean County

There is a documented case of rabies in McKean County this year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says a stray cat in Eldred tested positive for rabies. The cat scratched a person and they will be receiving rabies exposure treatment. The case is the first documented case of rabies in McKean County this year.

Pet owners are urged to keep pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.

Area Obituaries

CORYVILLE — Ronald Bhe Jr., 61, of Coryville died Thursday (Oct. 16, 2008) at his residence following a long illness. Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

McKean County Commissioners Watching Budget

McKean County Commissioners looking at tough budget year

SMETHPORT — “It’s going to be a difficult budget year,” Chairman of McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott said at Thursday’s work session. More...

Bow Hunter Dies In Hector Township

Hunter dies after falling out of Pa. tree stand

Star Gazette
ULYSSES — An elderly Massachusetts bowhunter died Thursday after falling out of a tree stand in Hector Township.

Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury pronounced Thomas F. Kinny, 78. of Norton, Mass., dead at the scene of the mishap Thursday afternoon. More....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Summer Workers To Be Recruited For Theme Park


BRADFORD, Pa. – Lou Presutti II, a native of Olean, N.Y., and founder of the Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to recruit workers for the park for summer 2009.

Information sessions will be held at noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the special dining rooms of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. In addition, Presutti will have an information table available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Commons. The public is welcome.

The Cooperstown Dreams Park is a nationwide baseball destination for elite youth baseball teams to participate in week-long tournaments. A new tournament begins each week.

The park employs 250 people each summer season, including workers in the areas of baseball operations, clothing and souvenirs, concessions, maintenance, human resources, kitchens, office work, supply, technology and transportation.

Presutti’s visit is sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Office of Career Services.

For more information, visit

County Has Bleak Outlook For Finances

County expects $6 million drop in revenues in 2009

Centre Daily Times
BELLEFONTE — Centre County is facing a bleak budget next year, including a $6 million decrease in revenues.

County finance director Denise Elbell said before this morning’s board of commissioners meeting that revenues are projected to be $6 million less in 2009 than this year. That includes a $3 million drop in funding from the state Department of Public Welfare for programs including Children and Youth Services.....More....

WFRM Calendar Of Events

October 16, 17, and 18

The annual Fall Rummage Sale at Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport will be held from 9:00 to 5:00 Thursday and Friday and from 9:00 to noon Saturday. The sale will feature odds ‘n’ ends and clothing for all ages.

October 18

T.R.A.C.K.- Together, Rebuilding, ~ Alumni, Community and Kids! is a newly formed non-profit organization raising funds to rebuild the Oswayo Valley running track. This is a grassroots effort will be hosting a Wine and Cheese Tasting fund-raiser at the Shinglehouse Fire Hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Tickets are a $50 donation per couple. For tickets please contact Bruce Kemp at (814) 697-7210.

October 18

Glenn Thompson, candidate for U.S. will be at Erway's Restaurant Route 6 West, Coudersport from 3-5 p.m. Everyone, Republican, Democrat, Independent - is invited to meet the candidate, ask questions and get to know him. There will be light refreshments

Police Reports From WFRM News

A Coudersport driver received minor injuries in a weather-related crash early this morning on the North Hollow Road. Sweden Township police chief Bryan Phelps told WFRM that 23 year old Kelby Haskins was traveling too fast for conditions when his 2005 Nissan Sedan skidded on the rain slicked and leaf covered highway while negotiating a curve. The car slid off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof. Haskins was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.

Another Coudersport man was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton this morning for a domestic violence incident taking place at an apartment on East Second Street in Sweden Valley. Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps said 29 year old Cody Parrish allegedly hit Brandy Radtke in the head with a pop can, bruising her eye, during an argument at about 5:45 a.m. Parrish who had been invited into the apartment was in violation of a protection from abuse order recently filed against him by Radtke. A hearing will be held at a later time on the violation of the PFA and other charges.

Steven Crum, 40, of Port Allegany is facing harassment charges for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place last night at his home on the Two Mile road in Annin Township. Troopers said Crum struck his wife, Patricia, in the mouth during an argument.

Check Out Leo's Night Picture

Photo by Leo Szczesny (c) 2008
Just for fun picture, time exposure, approx. 12 minutes under moonlight 10/11/08 10:43pm. Facing north in my yard, shows star trails. Color adjusted, sharpened, and we Photoshopped out an ugly Tri-County pole. Nikon D90, f/8, ISO 200, 18mm (35mm equivalent 27mm). Testing out the tiny Nikon wireless remote control on my girlfriend's camera. I want to try this again on a clear night with no moon.

- Leo Szczesny

Potter County Education Council Schedule

Painted Glassware Class

The Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will have a painted glassware class on October 25th, November 8th and December 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy learning to paint on glassware. This class is for beginners as well as advanced painters. Learn the strokes and techniques to create many different types of floral paintings on glass, just in time for the holidays. Participants will learn how to prepare their project and paint a beautiful floral scene on their choice of wineglass, vase, ceramic trivet or other glassware. All materials will be provided. Registration Deadline is October 17, 2008. The cost for the class is $40 for the first class or $85 for the full series. For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Intermediate Sign Language II

The Potter County Education Council will be offering Intermediate Sign Language II beginning Tuesday, November 4th at the Coudersport PCEC office. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will continue through December 18th. The cost of the course will be $120 per person and will include the text book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Conversational Sign Language. This course will cover the fundamentals of communicating through sign in a variety of everyday situations. Learning how to sign for small talk, emotions, directions, weather, family and friends, special occasions, recreation, travel, around the house, dining out, shopping, education, at the workplace, emergencies, and more. For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Discipline in the Classroom

The Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport office will be sponsoring a 3 credit graduate course entitled “Discipline in the Classroom”. This program is designed for participants to take part in learning activities that will enable them to develop positive techniques for handling student behavior problems. This course is aimed at training teachers to use Reality Therapy as a tool in the classroom. It addresses one of the major concerns of the public school’s classroom control and behavior change. Joe Martin from ESU will be the instructor for the course. Course dates are October 31st, November 1st, November 21st and November 22nd. Class hours are Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education of ESU at 570-422-2872.

Wills & Power of Attorney Course

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center will be sponsoring a wills and power of attorney class on Wednesday, October 22nd from 5:30 – 8 :30 p.m. Attorney Steve Minor will present. Bring a note pad and your questions to this course offering. The cost for this course will be $12 per person. To register or for more information, please call 642-2295.

Chunky ~ Funky Beading

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany office will be having a beading class on October 29th from 6 – 9 p.m. A selection of beads and samples of designs will help you achieve a personalized piece of art suitable for gift giving – even if you are the intended recipient!

The cost for the class will be $35 per person and includes all materials. To register for this class, please call 642-2295, 274-4877, or 435-9490.

Painted Christmas Tree Ornaments

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Office will be hosting a painted Christmas tree ornaments class on Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring as many ornaments as you would like to paint, your own brushes, and a bagged lunch and enjoy a day of creating beautiful Christmas ornaments. The cost for the class is $15 per person. To register, please call 642-2295, 274-4877 or 435-9490.

Gas Well Drilling and Private Water Supplies Class

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center will be hosting a class on Gas Well Drilling and Private Water Supplies on November 6th from 6:30 to 8pm. Jim Clark from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be instructor. Cost for the class is $10. Please call 274-4877, 642-2295 or 435-9490 to register.

ServSafe Course Being Offered

The Potter County Education Council will be sponsoring a ServSafe course on Tuesday, November 4th and 18th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, eldercare facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis). A specific PCEC location will be announced depending of area of interest. The cost for the course will be $180 for new certification and $65 for recertification. For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Cooking for Crowds Course

The Potter County Education Council will be offering a Cooking for Crowds course on Tuesday, November 4th from 6 – 9 p.m. The workshop is appropriate for non-profit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups. A specific PCEC location will be announced depending of area of interest. The cost for the course will be $12 per person. For more information or to register, please call 274-4877, 435-9490, or 642-2295

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will be offering the following computer classes: Monday, October 20th, Excel 1, 1 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Wednesday, October 22nd, Excel 2, 6 p.m.; Monday, October 27th, Word 2, 9 a.m.; Excel 3, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, October 29th, Excel 4, 6 p.m. Please call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295 to register for classes.

Galeton Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Galeton Office will be offering the following computer classes: Tuesday, October 14th, Word 3, 6 p.m.; Monday, October 20th, Word 4, 9 a.m.; Excel 4, 1 p.m.; Tuesday October 21st, Word 4, 6 p.m.; Monday, October 27th, Windows XP, 9 a.m.; Internet 1, 1 p.m.; Tuesday, October 28th, Excel 3, 6 p.m. Please call 435-9490, 274-4877 or 642-2295 to register for classes.

PCEC Port Allegany Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center will be offering the following computer: Thursday, October 9th, Publisher 1, 9 a.m.; Publisher 2, 1 p.m.; Internet 2, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, October 14th, Access 1, 9 a.m.; Access 2, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, October 15th, Windows XP, 9 a.m.; Excel 1, 1 p.m.; Thursday, October 16th, Outlook 1, 9 a.m.; Outlook 2, 1 p.m.; Excel 2, 6 p.m.; Monday, October 20th, Word 1, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, October 21st, Front Page 1, 9 a.m.; Front Page 2, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, October 22nd, Access 3, 6 p.m.; Thursday, October 23rd, PowerPoint 1, 9 a.m.; PowerPoint 2, 1 p.m.; Monday, October 27th, Vista 1, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, October 28th, Excel 3, 9 a.m.; Excel 4, 1 p.m.; Word 2, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, October 29th, Access 4, 9 a.m.; Vista 2, 1 p.m.; Thursday, October 30th, Word 3, 9 a.m.; Word 4, 1 p.m. Please call 642-2295, 274-4877 or 435-9490 to register for classes.

Free Influenza & Pneumonia Shots Offered

Each year, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and the Potter County Office of Aging, through a grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, provide free influenza (flu) and pneumoccocal (pneumonia) vaccines to adults in Potter County.

Providing the vaccines to those who may not otherwise be able to afford them, is an invaluable way to increase the health and well being of Potter County’s residents.

All adults should be vaccinated annually for influenza and individuals 65 years or older should receive the pnuemococcal vaccine. Those with chronic conditions such as heart, lung or liver disease, asthma, cancer, and diabetes are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated as recommended.

The immunization clinics are open to all Potter County adults (age 18+) and will be held in the following communities:

· October 22 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Ulysses Senior Center

· October 29 - 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Coudersport Senior Center

· November 3 - 12-3 p.m., Harrison Valley Community Building

· November 6 - 12-3 p.m., Genesee United Methodist Church

· November 17 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Austin United Methodist Church

· November 19 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Galeton Senior Center

· November 24 - 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Oswayo Valley Senior Center

For additional information on who should receive the influenza and pneumoccocal vaccines, visit or

'Sprawlification' going on display at KOA Art Gallery

A unique installation art piece will be on display starting Friday (Oct. 17) at Pitt-Bradford.

“Sprawlification,” an installation art piece by Dylan J. Beck will be showcased in the KOA Art Gallery of Blaisdell Hall from Friday through Nov. 14. As part of the university’s Spectrum Series, the exhibition is free and open to the public.

There will be three to four pieces that are fixed to the wall with a small amount of joint compound, so the pieces appear seamlessly attached.

Beck Dylan

On the floor of the gallery there will be a sprawling city made up of 300 slip-cast ceramic objects about 6 inches high.

As part of the opening Friday, Beck will talk about the concepts behind his installation, highlighting domestic architecture and urban and suburban planning. The talk will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall in Blaisdell Hall, followed by a reception in the KOA Electronics Lobby. More....

2 Car Accident In Coudersport Boro

BREAKING NEWS: 3:12 pm-10-16-08
Coudersport and Roulette emergency services are responding to a 2 vehicle accident by the Kwik Fill on Route 6 West, where initial reports indicate multiple injuries.

Wind Farm Will Sell To Commercial & Industrial Customers Only


SUMMIT TOWNSHIP – Governor Edward G. Rendell today helped to dedicate Pennsylvania’s newest wind farm—a project that has transformed a former surface coal mine in Somerset County into a source of clean, renewable energy that will protect the environment and benefit Pennsylvania’s consumers and economy.

“We are changing the way electricity is produced and consumed in Pennsylvania by developing renewable and alternative energy sources and implementing advanced energy efficiency and conservation technologies,” Governor Rendell said as he visited the Casselman Wind Power Project, developed by Iberdrola Renewables. “The demand for wind power is growing across Pennsylvania and the nation because it’s an alternative source of energy from a domestic resource that can be produced at a stable, competitive price.

“The Casselman Wind Power Project will provide clean energy without emitting any greenhouse gases and without using imported fuels. Pennsylvania is moving toward energy independence while providing better protection for our natural resources.”

The 23 wind turbines at the Casselman Wind Power Project will produce enough clean energy to meet the equivalent needs of more than 10,000 homes annually, although the power will be sold to commercial and industrial consumers through FirstEnergy Solutions.

The utility signed a 23-year agreement to purchase the power generated by the wind farm. Such power purchase agreements are essential tools to reduce project financing costs and ultimately keep costs lower for power consumers.

About one-third of the wind farm is located on a reclaimed surface coal mine. The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority invested $500,000 in 2006 to rehabilitate the former mine site, which helped to offset the increased costs and foregone revenues associated with using this environmentally scarred land. The nature of soils at previously mined areas require higher than normal construction costs and this former mine site is at a lower elevation, making the turbines less productive.

Iberdrola has taken additional steps to protect the environment with help from Department of Environmental Protection for a study of bat mortality that was conducted at the site by the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative. The study, partially funded by DEP, tested the effect of stopping wind turbines during low-wind conditions, when bats are most active.

The study, the first of its kind in the U.S., will also examine the value of lost electricity sales due to the temporary shutdowns. The final report is anticipated for public distribution by April 1.

“By producing energy from the wind responsibly, rather than burning fossil fuels, the Casselman Wind Farm annually will also avoid emissions of almost 57,000 tons of carbon dioxide and almost one million pounds of sulfur dioxide into the air,” said Governor Rendell. “That is equivalent to removing more than 10,750 cars from the road annually, or to the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by more than 46,000 acres of trees in a year.”

Pennsylvania has attracted wind developers and some of the world’s largest clean energy developers and manufacturers, including Iberdrola, Gamesa and Conergy, because of the state’s commitment to the renewable and alternative energy industry. These projects have generated more than $1 billion in private sector investment in the economy that created more than 3,000 jobs.

In July, Governor Rendell signed the Alternative Energy Investment Act and the Alternative Fuels Incentive Act that will invest up to $665.9 million to spur alternative and renewable energy development and help customers and small businesses reduce their electricity consumption and save money. That includes $25 million specifically for wind and geothermal energy projects, as well as $165 million for clean and alternative energy projects and $80 million for solar projects.

These investments will spur as much as $3.5 billion in new, private economic development projects from alternative energy companies and will create at least 10,000 good-paying jobs in a rapidly growing industry.

And while using a greater proportion of energy from renewable sources is important to the state’s economy and environment, conserving energy is equally as important and, now, Pennsylvania has become a leader among states working to encourage energy conservation and better efficiency.

Under House Bill 2200, which the Governor signed into law yesterday, consumers will save $500 million over the next five years through a combination of conservation measures, energy efficiency tools and requirements that utilities provide service at the lowest reasonable rate.

For more information on the Energy Independence Strategy, visit and click on the “Fueling Energy Savings” icon.

Construction Tears Up Port Allegany Sidewalks

Port Allegany------Tear It Up!
Photo by James Jones
Workers from Glenn O Hawbaker, ripped out the sidewalks
Wednesday in front of Main Street businesses in Port Allegany.

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Live Stream Of Palin Speech At 3:00 PM

Watch live stream of Palin speech in N.C. at 3 p.m. -

Courtesy of Star Gazette

Austin Seniors To Learn How To Toss Pizza Dough

Austin Senior Luncheon

The monthly Austin Senior Luncheon will be held on Monday, October 20, 2008 in the Social Room of the Austin United Methodist Church on Turner Street at Noon.

Menu for October will be Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, dessert and beverage.

A program will be presented by Mr. Dave Smith, owner of the Pizza Palace Plusfrom Emporium whose business was voted in 2007 as having the best pizza in the USA and he has traveled to many other competitions winning various titles.

He is going to demonstrate “How To Toss The Pizza Dough”! In addition, he will allow others to try the fun of tossing the pizza. Plan to attend as the Funseekers, if they wish, can try their skill at tossing the dough!

Anyone who needs a ride should Deb at 647-5507 or Peg at 647-8441.

A Reminder From Potter County Emergency Services

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should be Sunday November 2 @ 2:00 am

Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:02:00 PM EDT

Potter County Commissioners To Concentrate on Grants, Jobs, And Small Business Assistance

Potter County Today

The Potter County Commissioners are developing a long-term plan to make the county government more competitive in the pursuit of state and federal grants. Included in the plan, still in its early stages, will be an emphasis on helping boroughs and townships that are interested in tapping state or federal funding sources.

Several county divisions, from Human Services and Planning to the Redevelopment Authority and Emergency Management, have a long history of pursuing government grants. The commissioners plan to work with those departments and others to develop a coordinated approach. This plan involves the use of in-house resources, rather than consultants, to improve the county’s standing and better serve the townships and boroughs.

The commissioners are forming this strategy in response to financial belt-tightening by the state and worsening economic conditions with the federal government. Because Potter County and its municipalities are mandated to provide certain services, the only alternative to funding these services through local taxes is to become more adept at drawing down funds from state and federal resources, the commissioners believe. Additionally, a more effective effort at tapping state and federal funds could support economic revitalization and job creation through public-private partnerships and small business assistance.

Commissioner Susan Kefover is focusing on small business assistance and workforce development. Commissioner Doug Morley is involved in regional initiatives as an executive board member for Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission. Commissioner Paul Heimel has begun training to serve as a liaison and resource for county and local grant pursuits.

Wood-Mode Laying Off 215 Employees

More Layoffs For Snyder County Plant
Wood-Mode Incorporated announced Thursday morning that the cabinet maker is laying off 215 employees.

In September, Wood-Mode let 81 workers go and in July, the business in Kreamer laid off 120 workers.

Company officials said the unstable economy and credit problems continue to have a negative impact on cabinet sales.

Hornellsville OK's Law Allowing Wind Turbines

Canisteo Valley News
Hornellsville has just passed a law that will allow both residential and industrial wind turbines. After studying wind for about 2 years, and according to Hornellsville officials, the idea of having wind farms is acceptable to most Hornellsville residents.

Hornellsville planning board chairman Bob Panter says this is not the final step in bringing wind farms to Hornellsville, as the planning board did not approve any specific project. German wind company Eon is hoping to locate a wind project in Hartsville, and if the Hartsville project is approved, Eon would bring it's project to Hornellsville too.

Former Trooper Jailed After Crash

Former state police trooper accused of DUI

Centre DailyTimes

BELLEFONTE — A former state police trooper from Bellefonte who was on probation for assaulting a woman in Clinton County is now accused of crashing his car into a utility pole while driving drunk, seriously injuring his wife. More...

Judge's Decision Appealed In Gas Lease

Drilling company appeals Bucks judgment

Bucks County Courier Times

Arbor Resources and its associates have filed an appeal of a Bucks County judge's decision to enforce Nockamixon's ordinances regulating natural gas and oil drilling.

The Michigan-based drilling company — along with Pasadena Oil and Gas Wyoming, Hook 'Em Energy Partners and Pearl Energy Partners — also filed a zoning amendment challenge with the Nockamixon Zoning Hearing Board, according to township solicitor Jordan Yeager. More....

Cost Of Living Increase Announced For Social Security

Social Security benefits going up by 5.8 percent

Clearfield County Man Guilty Of Killing Mother

CLEARFIELD - Jesse James Campbell was found guilty of murdering his mother after a Mercer County jury deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday.

Two Marienville Teens Charged In Sigel Murder

Teens charged with murder
Courier Express
RIDGWAY - Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the Aug. 20 homicide of Timothy Patrick Finucan, 50, Sigel.

Ridgway-based state police charged Raymond James Lambert, 18, and Stephen Gail Hall, 17, both of Marienville, with criminal homicide, criminal attempt to commit burglary and robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery. More...

Report Given On East Branch Dam Safety

Army Corps gives status report on dam
Courier Express
JOHNSONBURG - There were 50 or more concerned individuals who attended the follow-up meeting for the East Branch Dam Wednesday at the Johnsonburg Area High School.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh, presented a status report on the East Branch Dam Safety Initiative. More...

Cari Graham-Mehl Writes:

What Has Happened To GIRLS’ Volleyball?

It is a well known fact that the Coudersport Girls’ Volleyball team is so far undefeated in their current season. That would be very impressive if it weren't for the fact that they have a boy on their team. I have asked how this can be allowed and so far have gotten no real answers. I understand that Coach Wilson may have had to accept him on the team to allow him the opportunity to play or else set the school up for a lawsuit. But that does not mean that she can be forced into playing him or any player on that team. It is solely at the discretion of the coach, and no one else’s, who she chooses to play or not to play. Think of all the parents who believe that their kids deserve more court time - can those parents sue a coach and school district for that? The answer is “no”. Unfortunately, it is blatantly obvious to anyone watching her co-ed team, why she has decided to play him - to secure a flawless season.

Tell me how a team can be proud of a season full of wins when the games they are playing are so unfair. Are they going to next put a boy on the girls’ basketball team? Obviously, that would not be right. If it were we never would have had to separate sports by gender to begin with. The athletic ability of a boy differs greatly from that of a girl and there lies the reason for separation. They're stronger, they're faster, they can jump higher and they're just physically more advanced than girls are. That's just the way it is. What would happen if the other teams added a boy...or maybe two? We don't know and I don't think we will know. Why? Because it is not right and all of the other coaches have decided not to sink to such a level to win that they would compromise their morals and beliefs of what is right and what is so absolutely wrong. Aside from that fact, we would end up with a boys’ volleyball team and the girls teams would cease to exist. I am sure that the other coaches in the area could think of at least one boy in their school that would be a great asset to their team and who would probably capture them a few more wins. At what cost? To what end?

There are so many people that are upset by this but do not know how to do anything about it. The other teams in the area work hard all season to establish a ranking place in the league and we have one...a false one. Is the Coudersport team really the league champion? We would only know that if we had a game of girls against girls. It is not my intention to discredit the play of the Coudersport girls. They are an excellent team and may very well be undefeated without the boy on their team, but that is something that they did not get a chance to find out.

I am so sorry for all of the girls in the league, as well as the girls on the Coudersport team. Not all agree with the coach’s choice. I am sorry for the girl who is sitting on the bench instead of playing her rightful position on the team. Her spot has been taken by a boy. To all of the young women on the other volleyball teams of the NTL: You did not lose to Coudersport. You lost to a co-ed team in games that were unfair. Check your standing in the league ignoring the losses to the Coudersport Co-ed Varsity Volleyball Team. Looking a little better isn't it? Hang in there, girls. I ask that coaches and parents decide to step up and stand together in changing this absolute injustice and maintaining the integrity of girls’ volleyball.

Cari Graham-Mehl