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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Turn Clocks Back Saturday Nite

Turn clocks back Saturday night
Standard time returns this weekend, so set your clocks back an hour Saturday night.

Most Americans will get an extra hour of sleep, but those working overnight shifts will toil an hour longer.

It also means some will forget to change their clocks, and will show up an hour early for church or other events on Sunday.

Old RR Will Be Emporium To St. Marys Trail

Trail group buys Emporium to St. Marys railroad corridor
Courier Express
ST. MARYS - The rail corridor that runs from Emporium in Cameron County to St. Marys in Elk County has been transferred to the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, Inc.

The line had been operated by Allegheny and Eastern Railroad and Buffalo & Pittsburgh prior to that.

The association plans to use the land to create a rails-to-trails in the corridor for hiking, biking and other non-motorized activities in the summer and possibility snowmobiling in the winter, Cliff Clark, president of the association, said.

The trail will be 19 miles long and about 66-feet wide and run from the visitor's center in Emporium to near the Bavarian Hills Golf Course in St. Marys. More...

Potter County Fire News / The Loss of a Chief

This is an e-mail from 'Potter County Fire News'

It is with great sadness and regret that we report the untimely passing of Chief Art Brechtel of the Kane Fire Dept. (McKean County) on October 30, 2008 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh after a long battle with leukemia. Art was a life long member of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, and at the time of his passing was serving as Chief of Department.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald Funeral Home in Kane.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 - 4 & 7-9 at McDonald Funeral Home on South Fraley Street in Kane.

Funeral Service will be Monday at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church on Greeves Street in Kane.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Art's family and his brothers and sisters of the Kane Fire Department.

Kane Man Can't Find His Car

WESB News: 11/01/08 - Maroon Firebird Reported Missing

Police are looking for a vehicle missing from a Ludlow residence. They say Samuel McKinney of Kane was storing his 1996 maroon Firebird in Ludlow, and discovered it was missing last Friday.

The car is valued at $3,700. Its registration number is EYX2030.

Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Chautauqua Man Turns Up

WESB News: 11/01/08 - Missing Chautauqua Co. Man Found

A Town of Ellicott man reported missing by his wife Wednesday was found on Saturday.

54-year-old Steven Gehret was last seen leaving a Jamestown Bank Wednesday afternoon. At that time, he called his wife and said he would see her later, but did not return home.

Police say Gehret left on his own, and they will release more information on Monday.

"Solomon's words" Endorses Glenn Thompson

Glenn Thompson Is The Real Thing!!
By James Jones-----Photo (c)2008

Glenn Thompson, the Republican candidate for US Congress, in the 5th District, is the real thing.

While other candidates, in the Primary election this Spring, were spending gobs of money on tv ads and trying to win the poster war on every street corner, Glenn Thompson was on the road, talking to people, in the Fire Halls, the hospitals, the churches, and anywhere that people congregate.

He's worked extremely hard to cover the entire 5th District, tell them what he is all about and listen to the people he hopes to represent in the US Congress. He did a good job of it in the primary, and gained the coveted endorsement of Congressman John Peterson, whom he hopes to replace. Peterson is retiring at the end of the year.

Thompson has been to Potter County several times leading up to the elections, and he is the only candidate that I have had the opportunity to personally talk with. Thompson is a born again christian who attends the Lighthouse Church in his home town of Howard, PA in Centre County. He has been a Boy Scout Leader, An EMT active with his Fire Department, A member of the School Board and has long term experience in the health care field.

Glenn has one quality that makes him a good match for the job. Thats the fact that he is an extremely good listener. While he has been telling people about himself, he has probably spent the majority of his time listening to what people in his district have to say. He's found out what they want their Congressman to do when he goes to Washington, and made it plain that he will be there to represent them.

I feel that if someone from Potter County were to call him or write him in Washington, he would be there listening to that person. He's easy to talk to, not a big shot, just a regular kind of guy you would meet on the street in Coudersport or Shinglehouse, and he'll be there for us if we elect him.

I would heartily reccomend that you vote for Glenn Thompson For US Congress on November 4th.

Pitt-Bradford To Present Sharon Isbin Nov. 8

Sharon Isbin at Pitt-Bradford

1490 NewsBlog
BRADFORD, Pa – Grammy award-winning classical musician Sharon Isbin, whose recordings include the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film “The Departed,” will perform on Nov. 8 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Hailed as “the preeminent guitarist of our time” by Boston Magazine, Isbin will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall as part of the university's Spectrum Series. Admission is $14 for the public and free to students. More....

Zippo Lays Off 46

WESB News: 10/31/08 - Zippo Lays Off 46 More People
Zippo has laid off another 46 employees, and will also be implementing a staggered four-day work week at both the Congress Street plant and downtown headquarters.

They say this is in response to the volatile business conditions in this country and around the world, and is temporary.

The staggered work week goes into effect Monday and will end as soon as possible early next year. During this period, Zippo offices will continue to be open during regular business hours.

The layoff of 46 production employees is effective Friday. Zippo has also extended annual holiday breaks, which will affect most employees at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Zippo’s President and CEO, Greg Booth, says “Zippo remains a strong and viable company with products that are second to none." He says they are aggressively pursuing new sales opportunites and will return to normal staffing and working hours as soon as business conditions allow.

For more on this story, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

Forester Kept Their Money

WESB News: 11/01/08 - Ex-Forestry Consultant Sentenced

A former forestry consultant from Syracuse has been sentenced to 5 years probation and must pay more than $36,000 in restitution after a fraudulent timber sale.

Brandon Armour pleaded guilty to a felony charge of failure to make distribution of funds for not paying a Cameron County couple for timber sales. The couple hired Armour to set up a timber sale last year but, instead of giving the money to the couple, Armour kept it.

The couple didn't know anything was wrong until the contractor started cutting their trees.

WESB Website Is Down

Yes, we know the site's down. We're workin' on it. Thanks for your patience and understanding! The site has been restored.

Harvest Dinner Tonite At Andrews Settlement Union Church To Kick Off Revival Meetings

Harvest Supper Today--5 to 7pm--Port Allegany

Odin Grange Harvest Supper Today 1 to 5 pm

The Odin Grange will be holding a Harvest Supper on Saturday November 1 from 1-5PM at the Grange Hall in Odin.

The menu will include turkey, ham, sauerkraut and kielbasa, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus several vegetable dishes,dessert and beverages.

The price is $7.00 for adults, children ages 7-16 $3.50 and children 6 and under are free. Take out orders are available. All proceeds will be used to support the Odin Grange.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Craft Bazaar In Roulette Today--9 to 2

NY Town Wondering Who Will Get The Money

Residents wary of wind-energy plan

CENTERVILLE - The winds of skepticism are blowing strongly in Centerville, as residents mull over the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency’s bid to be part of a proposed $225 million wind-energy project. More...

Minivan & Log Truck Crash At Seneca Junction

BREAKING NEWS: 4:00PM-10-31-08
One of our on scene reporters has just called and reported that a collision between a minivan and a log truck, has left the log truck upside down in the ditch, at Seneca Junction.

He attempted to get us a picture with his cell phone, but was waved on by troopers. No other details were available at this time.

Seneca Junction is where Route 417 and Route 219 intersect north of Bradford, PA.

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

***CONNECTED*** Starting this weekend, November 1st. Our new series
is all about being connected. Do you ever feel like you are all
alone? Do you feel disconnected? Do you feel like you are on this
journey called life all by yourself? If so, I encourage you to come
by Open Arms. You belong! You are not alone!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, stop by
to see Josh Hatcher’s blog, YODA on Cell Groups.


CELEBRATE RECOVERY – has started! Saturday nights in November, 7pm in
Worship Center. This ministry is focused on helping people recover
from addictions and past hurts.

THE REMIX!! – Our Hip Hop Church Service is Tuesdays at 8pm at Grace
Lutheran Community Life Center, 79 Mechanic Street (behind Country
Fair). If you know anyone who loves Hip Hop, pass it on!!!

NEVER ENDING FOOD DRIVE - Our Livewires (tweens) are heading up this
community outreach. Please help support them by bringing in non-
perishable items and placing them in the food cart in the foyer.
Thank you!!!

LEADERSHIP TRAINING - First Sunday every month for one hour. Open to

MEMBERSHIP CLASS – This is a Quarterly Membership Class. Held
immediately after service for one hour and Sunday November 9th.

SERVANT SIGN UP’S - Throughout November, leaders will be in the back
to sign up people willing to serve in different areas of ministry.
God has equipped you with special talents! You are a valuable part of
what God is doing here at Open Arms. Please share your time and

Corbett Nails 21 Users--Selling To Support Their Habits

Attorney General Corbett announces street-level drug sweep in Northumberland County; 21 dealers arrested

northumberland_co_drug_inve.jpgSUNBURY - Attorney General Tom Corbett said 21 street-level drug dealers have been arrested today following an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine, LSD, marijuana and prescription medications in and around Sunbury, Northumberland County.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation began in July 2008 and focused on low-level dealers who were operating in the Sunbury area.

"Like many Pennsylvania small towns, an influx of drugs and drug related activity can cause serious quality of life issues for residents," Corbett said. "Every drug dealer and user that we take off the streets is important, whether it is large-scale distribution rings, or small time users such as these individuals."

According to agents, these individuals sold small amounts of various types of drugs, including Oxycontin, morphine, heroin, crack cocaine, mushrooms, LSD and marijuana.

"Today's arrestees were in the drug business to feed their habits," Corbett said. "The drugs they sold were typically for personal use and not intended to make serious profit." More...

Roll-over Accident Reported Near Airport

BREAKING NEWS:1:36-10-31-08
Lafayette Firemen and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to a report of a roll-over accident on Route 59, near the Airport Road.

WESB News: 11/01/08 - Cyclone Man Hurt in Route 59 Accident
A Cyclone man suffered minor injuries in an accident Friday on Route 59. Police say 45-year-old Michael Little's S-U-V went off the road and onto the berm. When it went back onto the road, it fishtailed, when out of control, left the road again, hit and embankment and rolled onto its driver's side. Police say Little will be charged with careless driving.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has started a new visitors’ program to allow prospective students to have a group visit on campus during the week.

“The new ‘First Fridays’ at Pitt-Bradford are a great way for prospective freshmen and transfer students and their families to come to campus and experience a ‘typical’ day,” said Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, visitors can take part in an admissions presentation, campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Hall.

“The first two First Fridays, held Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, were well attended,” Nazemetz said. “Response for the upcoming dates has been very good, too. We are glad families are taking advantage of this new program.”

The next First Friday is scheduled for Nov. 7. Additional First Fridays will be held Dec. 5, Jan. 9 (the first Friday of the academic term), Feb. 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-800-872-1787.

Chautauqua County Man Missing

Another Missing Person

Police in Chautauqua County are looking for another missing person. 54-year-old Steven Gehret of Ellicott was last seen leaving Lakeshore Savings Bank in Jamestown at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Gehret left his house in the morning driving his pickup truck, but is reportedly driving a 1995 blue Geo Prism. Neighbors say they heard the Prism leave during the day but no one actually saw Gehret.

He didn't show up for work on Thursday and there has been no activity on his cell phone.

Gehret is described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall, approximately 200 pounds with salt and pepper brown hair, a medium length mustache and blue eyes.
UPDATE: This man is no longer missing.

National Fuel Gas To Cut 10% Tomorrow

WESB News: 10/31/08 - National Fuel Gas Lowering Price

National Fuel Gas is expected to lower the price for natural gas by 10 percent starting tomorrow.

Nancy Taylor of National Fuel says that in August the company had projected rates they would pay for this winter would be about 38 percent higher than last year, but their purchase price has come down.

She says the decrease is a direct result of lower wellhead prices plus lower projected costs for natural gas as compared to the costs that were projected as recently as September.

Gov. Wants To Cut $72M From Welfare

WESB News: 10/31/08 - Rendell Identifies Some Budget Cuts
Pennsylvania Govenor Ed Rendell has identified $311 million in potential spending cuts to offset a decline in state tax revenues spurred by a faltering economy.

The largest reductions include $72 million from the Welfare Department and $78 million in education spending. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says even deeper cuts to the $28 billion budget are needed.

Marcia Writes

Jim would you please announce Eulalia's Township meeting Monday Nov. 3rd at 7:00. From what I gather they are going to go against what the other townships have decided on 750 foot setback and make ours 1150. It would be nice to have a packed room. Thanks Marcia

Reminder To Change Batteries When You Change Clocks

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Roulette Craft Bazaar Saturday 9AM to 2PM

Tonight On Allegany Avenue In Coudersport

3rd Annual Haunting On Allegany Avenue

Proceeds go to the Christmas House

Tonite Last Chance To Visit Spook House In Shinglehouse

Thrills & Chills, And Creepy Crawlers, BOO!

The Shinglehouse T.R.A.C.K. organization will be hosting a Haunted House on October 31 from 7-10 PM at 206 W. Honeoye Street in Shinglehouse, PA. Come over and have a Spook-tacular time touring our late 1800’s vintage house. There will be appearances from Bwana Jim and his creepy creatures! These animals will make you “crawl” out of your skin! Tour it once or twice…if you dare!

For a $5.00 donation experience the chills and thrills of Halloween. Call (814) 697-7078 for group reservations. Proceeds benefit the Shinglehouse T.R.A.C.K. Organization (Together Rebuilding - Alumni, Community and Kids) Concessions will also be available.

Eldred Woman Pleads Guilty

WESB News: 10/31/08 - Woman Pleads to Molestation Charges

An Eldred woman pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to molesting her daughter over a one year period.

Court records show that 36 year-old Dorothy Albney had been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and false imprisonment.

The alleged incidents happened in 2006 and 2007. Albney will be sentenced on January 29.

Police Report

state police, coudersport

* Kimberly Ann Mulhollen, 47, of Quimby Road in Coudersport, was charged Oct. 21 with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Dutch Hill Road in Homer Township.

* Nanette S. Mercer, 47, of Roulette, was charged Oct. 25 with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Former County Commissioner Arrested

Attorney General Corbett and PSP announce criminal charges against former Cumberland County Commissioner

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania State Police have filed criminal charges against a former Cumberland County Commissioner, who is accused of using hidden surveillance throughout his home to videotape sexual encounters with young men.

Corbett identified the defendant as Bruce Barclay, 49, 253 Brindle Road, Mechanicsburg. Barclay served as Cumberland County Commissioner from January 2004 to April 2008. More...

Assistant DA Charged

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of former Bucks County Assistant District Attorney for corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol

Cappuccio.jpgHARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced the arrest of a former Bucks County Assistant District Attorney for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor, along with providing alcohol to and smoking marijuana with the victim and two other juveniles.

Corbett identified the defendant as Anthony Cappuccio, 31, 16 Country Road, Perkasie. Cappuccio was a Bucks County Assistant District Attorney until his resignation from the position on Sept. 6, 2008.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation began on Sept 5, 2008, when Richland Township Police officers discovered Cappuccio and a 17-year-old male, both partially-dressed, inside a vehicle at a shopping center located at 225 N. West End Blvd., Quakertown.

Corbett said that as a youth leader at the First United Methodist Church in Perkasie, Cappuccio allegedly took the three juveniles to various concerts in the area starting back in 2005, smoked marijuana with two of the juveniles and provided all three of them with alcohol on different occasions. More...

Update On Hazardous Material Spill

WESB News: 10/30/08 - No One Hurt During HazMat Incident

Rutherford Run, in the vicinity of Baker-Petrolite, is still down to one lane of traffic, but no one was hurt and there was very little, if any, environmental damage during a hazardous material spill this morning.

Bradford Township Fire Chief Dan Burkhouse says the building at 40 Rutherford Run will have to be monitored for 24 to 48 hours to make sure the chemical – acroleine – is stabilized.

At around 11 a.m. today a 370-gallon cylinder of acroleine was releasing a toxic vapor. The manufacturer told emergency crews that a continuous flow of water for 24 to 48 hours will stabilize the chemical.

A specialist from Baker-Petrolite in Texas is coming to Bradford to survey the situation.

Read the complete story in Anne Holliday's 1490 NewsBlog

Area Trick or Treat Hours

WESB News: 10/30/08 - Trick-or-Treating Hours

Because of Friday's AML Championship game between Kane and Cameron County, both Kane and Emporium have moved trick-or-treating to Saturday night.

Most places are still having trick-or-treating Friday, though, and you can find the times on our events calendar RIGHT HERE

Are American Chestnuts Making A Comeback

WESB News: 10/30/08 - Confirmation of Chestnut Trees in ANF

The American Chestnut Foundation has confirmed that trees found near the Rimrock Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest are American chestnuts with no sign of blight.

Samples were collected during a hike in which hikers found more than 30 American chestnut trees. Twigs, burrs and seeds were sent to the foundation for confirmation.

Healthy, mature American chestnut trees are extremely rare in the eastern United States since a blight introduced early in the 20th century virtually wiped them out.

"Maybe You Don't Know Who I Am"

DUI charges filed against AG lawyer

Police alleged attorney general office employee got belligerent when arrested.

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker
Law & Order Reporter---Times Leader---

SCRANTON – An attorney with the state Office of Attorney General was charged Friday with drunken driving and other offenses after police said he crashed his car and then became belligerent with officers and hospital staff. More...

Eldred Man Writes About Bloody Civil War Battle

Mackowski Co-Authors Article

Civil War historian Chris Mackowski, a professor in St. Bonaventure’s Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has co-authored a 16,000-word article for the spring issue of Blue & Gray magazine.

The Eldred, Pa., native wrote about the May 1864 horror at the Bloody Angle, one of the deadliest battles during the Battle of Spotsylvania in central Virginia. For nearly 24 hours, soldiers from north and south engaged in savage close-quarters and hand-to-hand combat. Read more in 1490 NewsBlog

In the photo, courtesy of St. Bonaventure University, Chris Mackowski (left) and Blue & Gray editor David Roth stand near the remains of the McCoull house at the heart of the Mule Shoe Salient, the center of fighting during the May 12, 1864, battle of the Bloody Angle.

Man Dead In Crash On Snowy Road In Allegany County

Belfast Man Dies in Rushford Crash

A 26-year-old Belfast, New York, man died when his vehicle went out of control on a snow-covered road in Rushford Wednesday morning.

Police say Donald Sadler was on Route 243 when the vehicle rolled over several times and hit a guard rail.

Sadler was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were treated at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

New York Newspaper's Investigation Results In New Rules For Wind Energy Companies

Wind energy development

to face tougher scrutiny

By JOSEPH SPECTOR • Gannett News Service

ALBANY -- After allegations of corruption in the development of wind energy across New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today an agreement with two major wind farm companies for more transparency over the industry.

The agreement will require Noble Environmental Power, LLC and First Wind, who have wind farms in upstate New York, to no longer hire municipal workers or their relatives, ban gifts to public officials and maintain a Web site that lists their employees.

A Gannett News Service investigation in July revealed dozens of allegations from residents in small towns in which wind-farm companies were accused of running roughshod over ill-prepared town boards and specifically entering agreements with town officials to grease the process. More...

Chimney Fire Reported In Shinglehouse

BREAKING NEWS:4:55-10-30-08
Shinglehouse firemen have been summoned to the Vic Taylor residence in Shinglehouse for a report of a chimney fire.

Pennsylvania is Ready for Nov. 4 General Election

Governor Edward G. Rendell reminds Pennsylvanians
to exercise the most fundamental right by voting in the
General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Department
of State reports a record 8.7 million people are
registered to vote.

Voting is Easiest at Off-Peak Times
Statewide, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Because of expected high turnout, voters are

encouraged to visit their polling place at an off-peak

time – late morning or early afternoon – to help

reduce waiting times.

Voting for the First Time? Bring ID
All voters who appear at a polling place for the
first time must show proof of identification. Acceptable
forms of ID can be found at

How Do I Vote?
Voting is an easy process – it’s certainly nothing

to be afraid of. In Pennsylvania, there are many

different types of voting systems in use. You can

familiarize yourself with the system used in your

county right here.

Where Do I Vote?
If you’re unsure where your polling place is

located, you can find out here. Or, contact your

county elections office listed in the government

section of your local phone book.

Poll Workers Are Trained and Ready
The state’s nearly 50,000 poll workers are

prepared for a record-setting election. Poll workers

monitor the election process and play an important

role in ensuring a secure election. The Department

of State has worked with counties all year to train

poll workers.

Need More Information?
Visit for answers to your questions.

You can also call the toll-free voter hotline,

1-877-VOTES-PA (1-877-868-3772) or call your

county board of elections.

Leadership Potter County 2009 Now Accepting Applications

Be A Leader

Do you want to have a say in the life of your community? Would you like to get behind a community project or issue that has special meaning to you? Do you have concerns that you feel aren’t being addressed?

You can make a difference! One of the most critical needs in the county is strong local leadership for the future well being of our communities. This program will help you expand your personal leadership skills, introduce you to key issues currently facing your region, and provide you with an understanding of future trends that may impact your community.

Through this process, you will decide the best way for you to get involved.

The deadline for applications is January 9, 2009.

Applications are available online at or to have an application mailed to you and for more information, call 814-435-9490.

Automatic Fire Alarm In Roulette Township

BREAKING NEWS:1:20pm-10-30-08
Roulette Fire Department has just been dispatched to an automatic alarm of fire at the Jaybird Weimer residence on the East Branch of Fishing Creek, in Roulette Township. Chief 46 on scene has issued a recall.

Hazardous Material Spill In Bradford Area

At least three area fire departments, and hazmat teams, are on the scene of a hazardous material spill at 40 Rutherford Run, between Bradford's High Street and Corwins Corners in McKean County. Two more fire departments have been dispatched to cover standby at Station 15.

Police: Avoid Rutherford Run Area

Emergency crews were called to a hazardous materials spill at Baker-Petrolite on Rutherford Run at 10:50 this morning, and police are asking that everyone avoid the Rutherford Run area.

Reportedly, about 370 gallons of a hazardous material leaked or spilled.

Bradford Township firefighters are on the scene. Once again, Bradford Township Police are asking that everyone avoid the Rutherford Run area driving and walking. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

The Economy---How Bad Is It?


How Bad Is It?

WSEE Newswatch is responding to concerns of viewers over the state of the economy. On Wednesday, October 29th, the anniversary of the crash that led to the Great Depression, Newswatch at Six devoted the entire half hour to questions about your money, what small businesses need to do to survive and how the wild swings on the stock market is affecting our wallets.
You can catch Scott Bremner’s report on the state of the economy here

Vote Tom Corbett For Attorney General

"Solomon's words" editor endorses Corbett

By James Jones

Tom Corbett, 59, of Shaler, a Republican, is seeking a second term as PA Attorney General in the Nov. 4 election and has been reported as a possible candidate in the governor's race in 2010.

He's aggressively campaigning on a record of prosecuting drug dealers, shady contractors, child predators and officials linked to wrongdoing. So far, in an illegal state General Assembly bonus scheme called Bonusgate, he's arrested 12 people and promises there will be more.

A commentor on the Philly Blog writes: "In the four years Corbett has been the Attorney General he has proven up to the task. Refusing campaign contributions from those he has to oversee shows he is willing to use his position impartially when investigating and prosecuting violators of Pennsylvania’s Laws."
As editor of Solomon's words, I have noted, in almost daily press releases, from the Attorney General's office, the effectiveness of the Tom Corbett's efforts as Attorney General, in the record of arrests and prosecutions. His office reaches out all over the state to right wrongdoings. He even had a representative at Rep. Martin Causer's Senior Expo in Roulette, and a program on Senior Fraud in Port Allegany.
I would urge you to vote for Tom Corbett for another term as PA Attorney General on November 4th. He has proven his ability to do the job and will continue to work for a better Pennsylvania.

Police Chief Arrested For Theft

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of Chester Township Police Chief

10-29-2008 Booker T. WilsonHARRISBURG - A Chester Township Police Chief accused of using a State Workers Insurance Fund (SWIF) payment as a down payment on a brand new car was arrested today by agents from the Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as Booker T. Wilson, 47, 18 E. 17th St., Chester.

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

The investigation, which began in January 2008 was initiated after the Department of Treasury was notified that several SWIF checks, which had been issued from June 2007 through December 2007, were never received by the intended recipient.

The grand jury found that the checks were mailed to a minimum security corrections facility, located at 201 East 12th St., Chester and intended for one of the facility's former inmates, Vaughn Moore.

Corbett said that Wilson was a part-time weekend security guard at the facility and allegedly had access to any mail left at the security desk during those weekends.

The charges state that three SWIF checks were sent to Moore at the location, despite him not residing at the facility since 2006. During the time that Wilson worked at the facility, at least three checks were allegedly forged and cashed, including a check in Moore's name, dated June 1, 2007 for more than $6,600. More.....

Corbett Announces Arrest For Senior Fraud

Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of Central PA insurance agent in $80,000 senior financial fraud case

10-29-2008 Scott PowellHARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Elder Abuse Unit and Insurance Fraud Section have filed criminal charges against a Lebanon County insurance agent accused of stealing more than $80,000 from older consumers across Central Pennsylvania by selling them fictitious investments.

Corbett identified the defendant as Scott Michael Powell, 49, 36 North Grant St., Palmyra. Powell allegedly conducted business as SMP financial Services, of Palmyra.

Corbett said that Powell allegedly targeted older consumers, including seniors that he contacted while presenting an insurance and investment program at a retirement community in Lancaster County. Powell allegedly sold bogus "Certificates of Deposit" (CD's) and non-existent mutual fund investments to at least 11 different victims from Lancaster, Lebanon, Hershey, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg and other Central Pennsylvania communities - including a 97-year old woman from Lancaster who believed she has "invested" $24,000 with Powell.

"This scheme targeted seniors across central Pennsylvania, selling thousands of dollars worth of fictitious investments to a list of unsuspecting victims in their seventies, eighties and nineties," Corbett said. "These victims trusted Mr. Powell with their money and their financial futures, only to learn that these 'investments' were allegedly part of an elaborate plot to steal clients' money for personal use." More....

Joe Germino Writes

I believe John McCain is the best man for President ...He promises no new taxes ... will protect social security ...give a $5000 tax credit toward affordable health insurance ...lower business taxes to keep jobs from going overseas and eliminate wasteful spending ... but whomever the people elect on November 4th ...I hope we as Americans will unite behind him so we can solve many of the great problems we face ... We are all Americans first ...whether Republican or Democrat, young or old, of every race, gender and creed... America should be our first love ... Vote on November 4th .

Joseph Germino
Galeton Pa

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Paul J. Gerhart of Laninger Creek Road, Roulette, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2008) at his home after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home.

ULYSSES — Mary L. Gray, 44, of Harrington, Del., died Monday (Oct. 27, 2008) in the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del. Arrangements are under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Complete obituary previously published here.

COUDERSPORT — Elizabeth M. Harding, 87, of Coudersport, died Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2008) at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. Fickinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wick Donates $500,000 To Pitt-Bradford Chapel


BRADFORD, Pa. – Longtime University of Pittsburgh at Bradford supporter Harriett B. Wick has made a $500,000 donation to the proposed interfaith chapel on campus in honor of her grandson, Michael Quinn Wick, who died in a 2005 automobile accident.

The sanctuary of the chapel will be named in honor of Michael Wick and will be a nearly all-glass room with a ceiling that will sweep upward.

Michael Wick was an artist and taxidermist who graduated from Bradford Central Christian High School in 1991. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy in Ebensburg in 2000.

He owned and operated Artistic Outdoors Taxidermy Shop and was an accomplished outdoorsman, receiving many awards and trophies for both saltwater and freshwater tournaments.

In May, anonymous donors made a $1 million gift toward the construction of the $2.5 million chapel in honor of Harriett Wick.

Albert Filoni president of MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni Architects Inc. of Pittsburgh designed the chapel, which university officials hope to break ground on in the spring. The firm also designed the renovation and expansion of the Frame-Westerberg Commons and Blaisdell Hall on campus.

Since Pitt-Bradford is a state-related university, money from the commonwealth usually pays for a large part of the construction costs for a new building. Because of the unique use of the chapel, however, private funding is the only source of money for its construction.

Harriett Wick served as vice president and secretary of Zippo Manufacturing Co., which was founded by her father, George G. Blaisdell, in Bradford in 1932. She and her sister, Sarah B. Dorn, assumed ownership of the company following their father’s death in 1978.

Through the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, the sisters have given funds to the university for capital improvements. As part of Campaign 2000, the Blaisdell family provided a $1.5 million challenge gift to complete the communications building and fine arts center named in their honor.

In 1980, Wick and Dorn established the Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell Scholarship at Pitt-Bradford in honor of their mother to help support approximately 65 students every year at Pitt-Bradford. More than 2,000 students have benefited so far from the scholarship.

Wick and Dorn received the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Presidential Medal of Distinction in 1993.

Structure Fire Report On Big Shanty Road

BREAKING NEWS:6:05pm-10-29-08
Several fire departments have been dispatched for a report of a structure fire on Big Shanty Road in McKean County.

Joe Scarnati Endorses Glenn Thompson In 5th

WESB News: 10/29/08 - Scarnati Endorses Thompson

President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Joseph B. Scarnati III, today endorsed the candidacy of Glenn Thompson for the Fifth Congressional District.

Scarnati represents eight of the 17 counties that comprise the Fifth District.

To read statements from Scarnati and Thompson, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

Woman Missing In Jamestown, NY Area

Police Search for Missing Woman

1490 NewsBlog

New York State Police are investigating the disappearance of Corrie L. Anderson of Ashville, NY.

Anderson was last seen yesterday afternoon leaving Lake County Dodge in Jamestown.

They say she didn't pick up her child from school, which is very unusual.

She was last seen driving a blue, 2005 Dodge Caravan, which has not been located.

Corrie Anderson is 36 years old, 5'11", 170 lbs, with green eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, a black leather jacket and small wire rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact New York State Police.

Missing Woman's Van Found

Police have found the van belonging to a missing mother from Ashville a short distance from her home. Police found the empty 2005 Blue Dodge Caravan belonging to Corrie Anderson in a wooded area south of Jamestown. There was no sign of Anderson. The 36-year-old woman was last seen at a car dealership in Jamestown Tuesday afternoon.

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Coudersport-based state police are investigating a criminal mischief taking place between 3:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 p.m. Monday at the Pine Creek Inn in Pike Township. Someone dumped some sugar into the gas tank of a car owned by Tabitha Foor of Galeton causing $100 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690.

A 14 year old female resident of Adelphoi Village is facing disorderly conduct charges for an incident allegedly taking place Monday night at the home. State police claim the girl set off a fire alarm “causing public annoyance” and “created a hazardous condition which served no legitimate purpose.”

While the amount did not equal what fell in eastern Pennsylvania, the first measurable snowfall of the season did arrive overnight in the WFRM listening area. PennDot used the occasion to remind motorists that if they are planning to travel when storms are forecast, they should check the PennDOT Web site for the latest conditions on interstates.

Go to which includes a winter driving guide, the “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow” brochure which provides winter driving tips that includes a list of what should be included in a simple emergency travel kit.

Interstate road conditions are available as well from two hotlines. In-state callers can dial 1-888-783-6783; out of state, 717-783-5186.