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Saturday, November 22, 2008

William J. Mulhollen, 47, Coudersport, PA

William J. Mulhollen, 47, Coudersport, formerly of Bumble Bee, died Saturday (Nov. 15, 2008) at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport from an apparent heart attack.

He was born in Altoona, the son of Martin George and Molly A. (Wagner) Mulhollen of Bumble Bee.

On Oct. 14, 2006, in Coudersport, he married Kimberly A. (Novikoff) Peacock, who survives.

He was a 1979 graduate of Glendale High School and had been employed as a truck driver and dispatcher for Buckler Trucking in Roulette.

Most recently, he and his wife had owned and operated Mosch's Tavern in Coudersport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kali R. Mulhollen of Wellsboro; three stepsons: Michael R. Peacock and Joshua L. Peacock, both of Coudersport, and Andrew J. Peacock of Coalport; his parents; and a brother, Steve of Glasgow.

Funeral services were held Thursday (Nov. 20, 2008) at McQuown Funeral Home in Glasgow. Pastor Joe Hollen officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Glasgow.

Cash Reward for Corrie Anderson

Police are now offering a cash reward for information leading to the location of a missing Jamestown New York woman.

36 year old Corrie Anderson was last seen on October 28th leaving Lake County Dodge in Jamestown. Two days after her disappearance her vehicle was found in a wooded area near the Wellman State Forest, But there's been no sign of Anderson.

If you have any information that could lead authorities to Anderson, Call State Police at 716-665-3113.

Newborn Abandoned in Columbia County


By Renie Workman

A couple in Columbia County made a shocking discovery Saturday morning, a newborn baby abandoned in their yard.

Charles Drasher of Berwick said he was in the right place at the right time. After hearing noises coming from his yard, he went to see what it was and made an amazing find.

A newborn baby in a plastic shopping bag was abandoned by the side of their house with morning temperatures only in the teens!

"The bag was filled with paper, garbage and stuff like that. When I first opened the bag, you couldn't even see the baby in there," said Drasher.

The little girl was found around 8:30 Saturday morning and was just hours old, but still alive, despite the freezing temps.

"I was glad that she was breathing, and her fingers were blue. The first thing I thought of was getting her warm, and getting some help for her," said Charles' wife, Trudy.

"Her fingers were blue, the cord was wrapped around her neck and it was cold, pretty cold. We were grabbing towels and whatever we could to wrap her up, just trying to put a decent amount of warmth to her," said Charles. More....

Marcellus Shale Gas Production Figures Revealed

In an AP article in the Philly Burbs, statistics are quoted that 12 Marcellus Shale gas wells are producing 10% of Pennsyvania's natural gas production. Pretty impressive considering Pennsylvania has 79,000 active wells. Here is a link to that article.

Endeavor News Preview

Here are some of the stories in this week's Endeavor News:

John Rigas and his son Tim continue to fight for their freedom as they face a second holiday season in a North Carolina federal prison. A move is afoot to seek a Presidential pardon or sentence commutation for John Rigas.

A new exhibit is coming to the Coudersport Arboretum, and it's a BIG one. Coudersport Area Lions Club has acquired a passenger car from the Knox and Kinzua Railroad and plans to bring it to the arboretum and turn it into a mini-museum.

Local wildlife conservation officers are forecasting an excellent season when bear hunters head out on Monday morning.

Investors interested in owning a part of a new "community mercantile" in downtown Coudersport can now buy shares.

This week's Endeavor News also offers a forecast of the upcoming deer-hunting season and local information on furbearer trapping.

Buck hunters will want to check out this week's Endeavor News for details on the Big Woods Whitetail Classic, a big buck contest and more taking place Dec. 1-13 at the Laurelwood Inn, sponsored by Gore-Tex and supported by the Sweden Feedin' Club.

Those stories and more in this week's Endeavor News.

Grants Approved For Potter County Projects

Recreation Funds Approved For County

County officials have been notified of three state grants being approved for local recreation projects.

Austin Dam Memorial Assn., a non-profit organization committed to preserving the history of the Austin Dam ruins and developing the Austin Dam Memorial Park, has been awarded $30,500. Funds will be used for a feasibility study of park expansion between the current pavilion and picnic area south to connect with Austin Borough.

A $49,500 grant has been approved for the Cherry Springs Working Forest Interpretive Trail. Funds will cover one mile of trail development, as well as drainage work and site improvement.

Southern Potter County Snowmobile Club has received $9,600 for the purchase of snow-grooming equipment for 80 miles of area snowmobile trails.

Other grants that will affect Potter County include an $81,700 allotment to the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region and a $55,000 grant to the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corp.

These funds were generated by a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax, the Growing Greener I and II programs approved by voter referendum and the ATV/Snowmobile Fund. (Potter County Today)

Structure Fire In Sheffield

BREAKING NEWS:1:21pm-11-22-08
Two fire engines from Kane have been dispatched mutual aid to a structure fire in Sheffield. Recalled by Warren County at 1:27pm.

Scarnati Says Just Call Me "Joe"

Just Plain Joe

This is from an editorial in the Jeffersonian Democrat:

"Not long ago when the Senator was elected as the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, I asked him how he should be addressed. He said, 'How about just plain Joe?'"

Similiar situation here. I jokingly asked if I could still call him Joe. He said something along the lines of "You better." Anyway, this editorial is good. I think it'll be an especially good read for people who don't know him personally.

Accident Reported In Hazelhurst

BREAKING NEWS:12:56pm-11-22-08
Hazelhurst and Mount Jewett emergency services are responding to the report of a one vehicle accident on Main Street in Hazlehurst, where s car has hit a pole and then a house.
UPDATE:1:26 pmFire Police have been dispatched to the intersection of Route 6 and Route 219 to detour all truck traffic from Route 6 headed thru Hazelhurst due to a sheared off utility pole.

Coudersport Woman Not Hurt In Peet Brook Crash

No One Hurt in Potter Co. Wreck

A 75-year-old Coudersport woman escaped injury when she tried to give a snow plow more room on the road.

Police say Shirley Saulter was on Peet Brook Road just north of Route 49 when she steered toward the edge of the road. But she went off the road and eventually hit several trees while traveling down a 40-foot embankment.

The car had to be towed from the scene.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Victoria A. Dirvonas, 87, of 482 Meadow Road, died Thursday (Nov. 20, 2008) at her daughter Karen’s residence in Huntersville, N.C. Arrangements are under the direction of Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

Friday, November 21, 2008

"Get Down And Crawl Mommy"

Six-year-old uses fire safety education to save family

“Get down and crawl mommy,” Barbi Skaggs heard as she awoke to a smoke-filled house on the morning of Oct. 25.

The faint voice came from her six-year-old son Mark, who had just crawled upstairs in their 53 Fairview Heights home and was now instructing his mother to stay below the smoke and head downstairs. More....

Olean Plant To Move Production To China

Henkel tells its 105 employees plant is closing

OLEAN - Henkel Corp. officials announced Thursday it will begin a three-year process to shut down its Olean plant.

The announcement was long anticipated. As early as 2006, the plant had 230 workers, due to layoffs, that number has shrunk to 105 today.

In May of 2007, the company announced it would begin cutting back more jobs as it transfers its epoxy molding compounds division from Olean to a joint venture in China. Henkel produces coatings, powders and encapsulants for the worldwide electronic and industrial markets. More...

Ulysses Teen Found Dead In Vehicle Thursday

WESB News: 11/21/08 - Man Probably Died of Drug Overdose

Police say a man who was found dead in his vehicle probably died of a drug overdose.

18-year-old Douglas Reid of Ulysses was found Thursday in a wooded area about a mile west of Hillcrest Road in Bingham Township.

Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury ruled the cause of death as a probable drug overdose.

Police Allege Galeton Driver Was DUI In Roulette Crash

WESB News: 11/21/08 - Charges Filed in Potter County Crash

A Galeton man has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence in connection with an accident in September.

20-year-old Dustin Rinehart and one of his passengers, 25-year-old Michael Stahli of Galeton, were severely injured in the accident that happened at 11:55 p.m. September 12 on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

During their investigation, police determined that Rinehart was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.

He was arraigned earlier today and sent to jail in lieu of $3,500 bail.

Corrie Anderson Search Postponed By Snow

WESB News: 11/21/08 - Search for Corrie Anderson Postponed

The search for a missing Ashville woman has been postponed for safety reasons, but police say the investigation into Corrie Anderson's disappearance is continuing.

They say the heavy snowfall and the onset of hunting season would put searchers at risk. The 36-year-old mother of three was last seen October 28 at a car dealership in Jamestown. Her family called police when she didn't pick her son up from school.

Anderson's van was found two days later near the New York, Pennsylvania state line. Evidence in the van has been processed by a state police crime lab.

Alex Davis---Journalism Is His Thing

A profile
by James Jones

While most young men are looking forward to partying or relaxing for the weekend, Alex Davis from Emporium, will work as reporter and layout artist for the Endeavor News in Emporium,
cover Cameron County news for the Tri-County Sunday, and cover Pitt-Bradford news for the Olean Times Herald.

During the week, you'll find Alex, a second year Public Relations student at the University Of Pittsburgh at Bradford, writing stories and editing the UPB student newspaper, The Source.

Besides being editor of The Source, he writes news releases for the school that are sent to the news media across New York and Pennsylvania. He recently volunteered to write news releases for the Open Arms Church in Bradford.

All this, in addition to carrying a full load of classes at Pitt-Bradford.

No. He won't be partying this weekend; he seldom has time for a date. Alex has a passion inside him that he can't get away from. That is to be a journalist. He can't get enough. He might be writing, doing an interview, following up on a picture or news story on the road or in his hometown, or cruising the web for information that people in his papers might want to know about. Or maybe he's doing a page layout for the Endeavor or The Source. He just can't get enough of it.

And fussy, he is so critical of himself...... if a story doesn't come out like he planned or he happened to get a fact wrong.

Alex is a perfectionist, His bosses know it, his advisors at school know it. Alex wants to get his education, to be able to be the best journalist he can be.

Alex says, "I believe God has given me these abilities for a special purpose. Some may think that I just breeze through writing and design with no hurdles. But I struggle.... but never give up. I carry on. Most of the time, I am unsatisfied with my work. That drives me to reach for higher goals. God deserves the credit."

Although Alex doesn't have much time for dates, he would love to correspond with a young lady who would share his interests in journalism.

Alex wants journalism to be his life, and he's working hard at it. And down the road, he's looking forward to owning his own newspaper.

It will be a good one. He's learning every phase of it, in school and by experience. The best part of it is that he wants to stay in the area, so where ever he settles, we can be assured, the public is going to get the best newspaper they could ever hope for.

You can read Alex Davis's blog here.

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Friday, November 21

Thursday’s High:33, Overnight low, 20; light dusting of snow

No one Hurt in McKean County Collision
No one was hurt in a minor collision Thursday afternoon on Route 59 just west of Ivy Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Kane-based state police said the collision occurred when Kerrie Teats of Gifford tried to pass a Ford pick up truck driven by William Pruett III of Kane just as Pruett began to make a left turn into a parking lot. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and were wearing seatbelts.

Businesses Warned of Possible Scam
An area business has asked us to pass along information about a possible scam. The establishment told us that earlier this week they had received a call through the TTY operator for hearing impaired persons. The caller requested buying three full sets of tires at a total value of $1800 and said FedEx would pick them up. The caller gave a credit card number through the TTY operator and when employees ran the car through they found it had been lost or stolen. When they asked to have the caller fax a copy of the credit card’s front and back, the caller hung up on the TTY operator. A Maryland address had been given. The business checked with other stores in the area and found they had had similar experiences. When state police were notified, they said as long as there was no loss to the business, the could not investigate the possible scam.

Sen. Scarnati re-elected to Leadership Post
Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) has been nominated once again to serve as President Pro Tempore. The full Senate will vote on Scarnati’s nomination when it reconvenes in January. As President Pro Tempore, he will be responsible for appointing the chairpersons and members of the standing committees of the Senate. He will also preside over the Senate as the Lieutenant Governor, following the death of Lt. Governor Katherine Baker Knoll, as well as play a significant role in negotiations with the Administration and House of Representatives. A native of Brockway in Jefferson County, Scarnati was elected to the Senate in 2000. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University at DuBois, the Senator was a third-generation small business owner and served in local government. The 25th District includes Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk, and Tioga among several other counties. Senate Republicans have maintained a 29-20 majority in the state Senate, with a special election to be held to fill the Senate seat in the 29th District. Five new Republican senators will take office in January.

Home-Delivered Meals Holiday Appeal Underway
Potter County Area Agency on Aging has launched its annual holiday appeal for support of the Home-Delivered Meals Program a service that relies on volunteers and donations to support the agency’s mission to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to the homebound elderly. The program is for individuals over age 60 who are unable to prepare meals, have no one to cook for them, and are not able to perform certain daily activities and allows seniors to stay in their homes and maintain some independence. Meal delivery also provides an opportunity to check in on those who live alone.Each week, nearly 60 homebound senior citizens in Potter County receive delivered lunches. Many more are in need of this valuable service. However, due to budget limits, the agency has been forced to maintain a waiting list.A gift of $25 will purchase meals for an older person for one week and is tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to Potter County AAA and send to Area Agency on Aging, c/o Holiday Meals, P.O. Box 241, Roulette PA 16746. Anyone seeking information about services for senior citizens should call 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560

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Community Calendar From

November 21

The Jacobs Brothers of Dillsburg,PA will present a gospel music concert at the Bingham Center Bible Church beginning at 7:00 p.m. Since 1962, the group has traveled millions of miles, produced more than 50 albums and hosted many international tours. Their weekly tv program airs on WGCB, Channel 49, Red Lion, PA.

November 22

The Mainsburg United Methodist Church and Mainsburg Community Center in Tioga County will have Holidays in Mainsburg Craft Show from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free admission. Child-friendly. Lunch will be available. There will a chain saw carving demonstration.The church is located on Route 6.

Rollover Accident Reported South of Crosby

BREAKING NEWS:5:20-11-21-08
McKean Station 12, Smethport Station 2, and medics have been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route 46, near Burts Crossing.


Hunters Can Donate Deer to Local
Food Banks, Pantries, Soup Kitchens

HARRISBURG – Hunters can help food banks, pantries and soup kitchens feed Pennsylvania’s hungry by donating extra deer meat to a statewide network that distributes it, said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff and Game Commission Director Carl Roe today.

Roe and Wolff visited Diller’s Deer Processing in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, to promote Hunters Sharing the Harvest, which is a program that encourages hunters to donate deer for processing into ground venison for the state’s nutritionally at-risk citizens.

“The recent economic downturn has many families seeking the help of food banks, pantries and soup kitchens,” said Wolff. “By donating an extra deer or parts of a deer to the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, hunters can help ensure that Pennsylvanians have enough to eat this winter. I urge all hunters and processors to participate in this essential program to help keep our friends and neighbors healthy.”

Participating hunters can take their deer to one of the nearly 80 participating meat processors throughout the state and identify how much of the venison – from several pounds to the whole animal – they would like to donate.

If the entire deer is donated, the hunter is asked to make a minimum $15 tax-deductible contribution to help cover processing costs. Hunters Sharing the Harvest will pay the remaining fees.

Hunters may also donate a portion of their deer by paying the full processing fee and notifying the processor to hold a specified amount for the program.

“Hunters Sharing the Harvest exists because of the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters,” said Roe. “For more than 15 years, avid sportsmen and women have been committed to serving those in need and have made a tremendous impact. I encourage all hunters to help make sure every citizen of the commonwealth has food on their table by donating extra venison this hunting season.”

Established in 1991, Hunters Sharing the Harvest provides more than 200,000 meals annually to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs. Last year, hunters donated more than 100,000 pounds of venison.

“Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.3 million people are at risk of hunger,” said Kendall Hanna, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to provide food that is high in protein and lean. We are extremely grateful for hunters’ participating in the program and supporting Pennsylvanians in need.”

To learn more about Hunters Sharing the Harvest and obtain a list of participating meat processors and county coordinators, visit the Game Commission’s Web site at and click on “Hunting” and then “Hunters Sharing the Harvest.” Information may also be found at or by calling toll-free 866-474-2141.

Market Goes Up Today Nearly 500 Points

The Dow Jones jumped nearly 500 points today after investors read about the gas well that is going to be fracked on the Kaple Farm, and the report on the chances of getting a bear in this year's bear season. Tracking snow helped stock traders follow the tracks of the best stocks.

Douglass S. Reid, 18, Ulysses, PA

Douglass S. Reid, 18, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, November 20, 2008 in Bingham Twp.

Born March 15, 1990, in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of Dana Reid and the late Ricky Postelwait.

Private services will be held at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to the family.

Accident Reported North Of Keating Summit

BREAKING NEWS:3:50pm-11-21-08
Austin Department 44 has been dispatched, for traffic control, to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 155 North of the Forest House in Keating Summit.Austin Fire Dept. photo

Potter County To Participate In Conference

County Officials Heading To Hershey

Commissioners Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel, along with Chief Clerk Cora Thompson, will be representing Potter County during the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Fall Conference in Hershey. A busy agenda begins on Sunday and continues through Tuesday.

Among Potter County’s priorities entering the conference are:

  • building support among county officials for increased state funding to cover county Human Services, District Attorney and tourist promotion expenses;
  • consensus-building for support of local agriculture;
  • education and networking on myriad issues surrounding Marcellus shale natural gas production.

Other agenda topics include: county jail policies and finances; consolidation of local governments/shared services; assessment and taxation; the state’s new Open Records Law; fraud prevention; expanded use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS); pension fund investments and others.

One of CCAP’s greatest strengths is the organization’s relationship with state senators and representatives to develop policies that benefit counties and their citizens. Delegates to the convention will be able to provide input, and vote, on specific CCAP priorities and action plans. (Potter County Today)


BRADFORD, Pa. — Offices will be closed, and there will be no classes at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Additionally, there will be no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 26, although university offices will be open for regular business hours that day. The financial aid office will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 25, but open for business on Wednesday.

Offices will reopen, and classes will resume on Monday, Dec. 1.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Public health officials from across Western New York and Pennsylvania will meet at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Monday, Nov. 24, to discuss overcoming the barriers posed by their shared border.

The Cross Border Collaboration Conference is being co-sponsored by the Western New York Public Health Alliance Rural Advanced Practice Center and the Pitt-Bradford Center for Rural Health Practice.

The conference is the second meeting in a series to address issues related to public health emergencies that could affect citizens on both sides of the state border, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, McKean, Potter, Erie and Warren counties, the Seneca Nation of Indians and Allegany (N.Y.) State Park.

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Frame-Westerberg Commons and is open to the public. Lunch is included.

The conference will include discussions about real or perceived communication problems across state lines during an emergency or communicable disease outbreak. There will also be a discussion about existing Emergency Management Assistance Compacts and agreements.

To register, call (716)701-3393 or send an e-mail to

Winter Weather Advisory For Potter Continues




Lake Effect Snow Warning For McKean County

A lake effect snow warning remains in effect until 6 PM EST

Periods of lake effect snow showers will continue across the area
through tonight and into Saturday... before gradually tapering off
late Saturday night.

Accumulations will generally range from 5 to 10 inches through

U.S. Route 15 detour starts Monday

Star Gazette

WILLIAMSPORT – An 18-month detour on Route 15 in northern Lycoming County takes effect on Monday.

Traffic pattern changes are planned as the Route 15 reconstruction project along Steam Valley Mountain between Trout Run and Buttonwood progresses.

On Monday, southbound traffic will be shifted to a single lane on the northbound side of the highway between Route 184 and Trout Run.

Northbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane between 184 and Trout Run, except for an additional truck climbing lane from Steam Valley Road north to the mountain summit.

Temporary crossovers will be used. The traffic pattern will be in effect for about 18 months, as the new southbound lanes are built.

Drivers traveling Route 15 between Trout Run and Buttonwood are reminded to be alert to changing traffic patterns and highway construction activities.

No Injuries In Rt. 59 Crash

WESB News: 11/21/08 - No One Hurt in Accident on Route 59

No one was injured in a two vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Route 59 in Keating Township.

State police say a car driven by 31 year old Kerri Teats of Gifford tried to pass a truck driven by 17 year-old William Pruett of Kane.

The Teats car struck the Pruett truck as she was trying to pass the truck which was making a left-handed turn into a parking lot off Route 59.

Accident Near Galeton This Morning

BREAKING NEWS:7:00am-11-21-08
Galeton ambulance was dispatched to route 6 near the Antlers Inn for a vehicle accident.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stock Market Plunges Another 400 Points

Brother can you spare another $2.3 Trillion?

By Tim Cerantola
as published in Op-Ed news

IN the beginning, there were no banks. Then man said, “Let there be the three piece suit.”

And man saw that this was good (especially Armani). Then man said, “Let there be the brief case, the two martini lunch and the bank charge.”

And when man saw what he had created, he believed that this too was good - although he decided to raise the bank charges just a bit more.

Man then asked himself, “What else can I do to complicate my life?”

And so, man invented the stock market. And before you could say ‘my broker is a complete incompetent idiot,’ the value of Dow Jones Industrials became mired in a bull market; bank profits dropped and the rest of us were in debt up to our pie holes. And if you don’t believe me, just ask God. He was there and He’ll confirm everything. More...

Opinion--Let Them Fail

Let Them Fail
by Matthew Hardy

America’s latest socialistic trend is that government will bailout failed businesses.

This is not exactly a new concept as government has been bailing out failed individual losers for nearly forty years: those who wouldn’t get an education and have no work skills; idiots who have children they cannot afford to raise; and those with every conceivable definition of being “disabled”.

The difference with this new class of failures is that they were once financial and industrial moguls, but through greed, corruption, inability to see future trends, and just plain bad management, have finally failed.

Why should we bailout Wall Street institutions.....Read more....

Heavy Equipment Clears Side Hill For Fracking

Chain Saws, bulldozers, and jack hammer equipped excavators are leveling a 1 to 2 acre site around a gas well on the Kaple farm property, in preparation to frack the well. This will be the second deep gas well to be fracked on the Kaple farm this year.

Wegman's Recalls Tomato Sauce

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce (November 20)
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:29:00 -0600

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of 24 oz. Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce with a "use-by- date of 11/26/08", UPC 77890 79010. News

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Former Pharmacist Held for Court
A 33 year old Coudersport woman was bound over to court on all counts following a preliminary hearing this week. Jennifer LaBenne is accused of 237 counts of obtaining a variety of narcotics thorough fraud, forgery and deception and one count of making a false claim to the department of public welfare. The state attorney general’s office claims that LaBenne, while employed as a pharmacist at the Coudersport Rite Aid between September 2005 and October 2007 altered prescriptions from several area doctors for her own use and submitted false reports amounting to almost $22,183. District Judge Barbara Easton, filling in for Judge Annette Easton ordered LaBenne held for county court. She was represented by attorney Donna Albright of Coudersport. LaBenne’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 4.

Snowy Road Blamed for Crash
A Port Allegany woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Strang Hollow in Liberty Township. Kane-based state police said Linda Weakland’s southbound Chevy Trailblazer fishtailed on the snow and ice covered road while going up an incline. The SUV slid off the road and hit a tree. A two year old girl was in a child safety seat and escaped injury.

Archery Bear Season Ends Today
Pennsylvania’s two-day archery bear season ends today and hunters should be helped by the snowfall. The state-wide three-day statewide rifle season opens Monday. The Game Commission estimates the state’s bear population to number some 14,000 to 15,000.

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It's All About Bears--Everything You Need To Know

Bear Photos by Bonnie Baker (c)2008

PA Game Commission

HARRISBURG – Last year’s black bear harvest was light, but weather permitting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission expects hunters to have good opportunities afield in the upcoming bear seasons.

“Pennsylvania’s black bear population has numbered 14,000 to 15,000 for at least eight years now,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director.

“Because our bear population now covers almost three-quarters of the state – and includes a number of world-class trophy bears – Pennsylvania has become one of the top states for bear hunters. Every bear hunter heads afield in Pennsylvania knowing he or she has a chance to see a bear and to possibly take a huge one that weighs 700 to 800 pounds.”

Weather impacted the opening day of last year’s traditional three-day November bear season, but hunters still took 2,360 bears by the time the state’s slate of bear seasons closed.

The opening day is almost always the best day of any season, because hunter participation is generally the highest.
More about bears...

Cost Of Living Results In State Raises

COLA Raises for Lawmakers?

Pennsylvania lawmakers and judges are in line for 2.8 percent cost-of-living raises.

Rank and file members of the state House and Senate will see their base pay increase to just over $78,000 starting next month. Members of leadership will get even more.

The pay for county judges will be about $162,000. The increases are tied to the regional consumer price index.

The same increases are due for Gov. Ed Rendell and his Cabinet secretaries. Rendell says he might suspend them as part of budgetary belt-tightening.

One Vehicle Roll-Over On West Washington St.

BREAKING NEWS:2:15pm-11-20-08
Station 15 emergency responders are responding to a one vehicle roll-over accident on West Washington Street, near the Marilla Reservoir, in the Bradford area of McKean County.
WESB News: 11/21/08 - Bfd Woman uninjured in Crash

A Bradford woman escaped injury when her SUV overturned on West Washington Street Thursday afternoon.

Bradford Township Police say the vehicle operated by Laura Scott swerved to miss a deer and hit a culvert and overturned. Scott sought medical treatment on her own


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's College-Community Choir will present a sampling of major works it’s performed over the last decade at its annual Winter Concert Dec. 3.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. A part of the University's Spectrum Series, the event is free and open to the public.

“People who have been following the choir over the past decade will recognize everything in the concert,” said Dr. Lee Spear, associate professor of music at Pitt-Bradford and director of the choir. “Everything in the program was selected for its beauty or power.”

Opening the program will be two selections from the “Mozart Requiem,” originally performed by the choir in April 1997. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Dies Irae” details the Day of Judgment, while "Lacrymosa" portrays sadness.

Women chorus members will sing "Stabat Mater," a movement performed in 1998. Also featured is George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" by the Hallelujah Chorus, which was presented in 1999.

Other works include Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion.”

As is tradition, choir members will join friends and family members in the audience as part of a brief carol sing-along.

“Looking back over the past 12 years of concerts, I am pleased with the amount of quality work we have brought to our audiences,” Spear said.

This will be Spear’s last concert with the choir. He is retiring from teaching in December.
The choir, which began in January 1997, is composed of 40 students, faculty, staff and community members from around the region.

PA Residents Fighting Power Towers Through Their Community--WNEP-TV

Olga's Moving Sale...Only 3 Days Left

Dear Friends & Valued Customers,

I have some wonderful news. After much anticipation I will be moving my gallery in the near future down the street to our corner building on Main and East Second Streets in historical downtown Coudersport.

I cordially invite you to my Moving Sale at my current location, 107 East Second Street. The Moving Sale will take place until Saturday, November 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM daily.

Everything in the shop will be marked down at least 20% and some select items will be marked down 30%, 40%, 50%, and even 75%.

Please stop in for this unprecedented sale. If it’s successful, it will make our move a lot easier. I really don’t want to take many of you up on your offers to form a bucket brigade to move all of my hand-painted glass, artwork, and jewelry down the block.

I really hope to see you in the next few days. Please tell your friends and family about this Moving Sale that they won’t want to miss.

Thank you so much for your past and continued patronage.



P.S. For helping me make the move to the corner building, besides the big discounts, I’ll give one of my original star ornaments to anyone who shows this e-mail and makes a purchase of $25.00 or more at my Moving Sale. Thanks.

Olga Snyder

Olga's Living with Art

107 East Second Street

Coudersport, PA 16915

Tel. 814 274 0794

Fax 814 274 0794


PA Can't Fund Route 6 Tourism But They Can Spend $35 Million To Bail Out Boscov's

Taxpayers to Bail Out Boscov's

Posted: on WNEP-TV

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2008 11:57 AM

Taxpayer money will be used to keep the Boscov's Department Store chain out of bankruptcy.

Governor Ed Rendell announced Thursday morning that the $35 million being loaned to Boscov's is coming from a federal housing program.

The cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton are also directing several million of their federal housing money to Boscov's.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August and closed 10 of its 49 stores.

Earlier this month two former executives, including Al Boscov, announced they would buy back the company.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Recreation Management Club will hold its fifth annual 5-kilometer Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk Saturday, Nov. 22.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Sport and Fitness Center, and the race begins at 11 a.m. The route will depend on the day’s weather and will likely include portions of the Richard E. McDowell trail.

Lunch is provided for all participants, who will be automatically entered to win door prizes from local merchants.

For more information or to preregister, call (814)362-0249.

CCMH Inks Deal On Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services

Foundation Radiology Group
Announces Multi-Year Deal with
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh-based Foundation Radiology Group (FRG) signed a multi-year contract with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, making FRG the hospital’s exclusive provider of diagnostic imaging services effective December 31, 2008.

“We are pleased to be working with Foundation Radiology,” Ed Pitchford, chief executive officer at CCMH, said. “Having continuous access to professional radiology services within the same group will be of great value to our providers and patients. We are also pleased to now obtain specialized interpretations from neurologic, pediatric or women’s health specialists without having to refer patients out of the area. Foundation’s operating model of using a combination of on site physicians and central services via teleradiology technology is ideal for rural and remote hospitals such as Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.”

FRG’s board certified radiologists are available 24/7, 365 days per year to provide readings in musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, mammography, cardiac CT, interventional radiology, pediatric radiology, brain perfusion, vascular ultrasound, OB/GYN ultrasound and general radiology. With this broad range of capabilities, FRG is ideally positioned to provide subspecialty radiological services to smaller hospitals and outpatient centers that can’t afford to keep subspecialists on staff.

James W. Backstom, M.D., FRG’s chief medical officer, said, “We are pleased to have Charles Cole join our expanding roster of clients. We will provide their patients the best service levels and subspecialty physician expertise available in the industry today. Our unique capability allows us to cost effectively provide world class diagnostic imaging professional services to patients in the north central Pennsylvania.”

About Foundation Radiology
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA the Foundation Radiology Group’s mission is to build the pre-eminent diagnostic imaging, radiology service bureau and physician practice group network in the United States. FRG uses state-of-the-art PACS technology, a unique, efficient workflow system, carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure and the Internet to provide the fastest turnaround times in the industry for diagnostic imaging reads. FRG is focused on serving non-university affiliated health care institutions, with emphasis on serving the rural and suburban hospital segment. It seeks multi-year exclusive contracts for daytime and 7/24/365 radiology full service bureaus. The Group’s administrative office, data processing and primary diagnostic imaging reading center is located at Three Gateway Center, in downtown Pittsburgh, where board-certified radiologists are available 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit

Court Allows Church To Take In Homeless

Court: Church Can House Homeless

A Brookville church will be able to house homeless people after all.

The borough had said the First Apostles' Doctrine Church was violating a zoning code by allowing homeless people to stay at the parsonage.

The ACLU, on behalf of the church, filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming the borough violated the church's religious beliefs.

Today, a judge signed an order allowing the church to house up to eight homeless people and two staff members.

NY Looks To Indian Nations For Tax Dollars

WESB News: 11/20/08 - NY Looking Again to Tax Indian Nations

New York State Governor David Patterson says the state’s financial future is grim with a projected $15 billion dollar deficit.

But legislators say there's a big potential revenue source nearby. Western New York State Senator Dale Volker says collecting taxes from Indian nations on gasoline and cigarettes would be a better idea than making cuts to schools and in healthcare.

Governor Patterson is exploring a deal with the Indian nations.

Presidential Dinner Tonight At Hotel Crittenden

Thomas Jefferson Presidential Dinner Tonight

The Potter County Education Council will be sponsoring a Thomas Jefferson Presidential Dinner at the Hotel Crittenden on Thursday, November 20.

Meet and greet Gus Jaccaci as Thomas Jefferson begining at 6 pm with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be $25 per person and may be purchased at the Ed Council or the Virtual Incubator.

Speaking as Thomas Jefferson, from the year 2040, Gus Jaccaci addresses the challenges of our time and reveals the creative steps Americans will take in the coming decades to reinvent our politics, our economy and our relationship with all life.

All proceeds go to the Leadership Potter County Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 274-4877.

NWS Forecast From Potter County EMA


Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 90%



Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%


Snow Likely. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 70%


Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%


Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%


Partly Cloudy

Lake Effect Snow Warning posted for McKean County.

Today: Snow showers. High near 29. West wind between 5 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. West wind between 7 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind between 7 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. West wind between 8 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

DEP May Hire More People To Process Marcellus Gas Well Permits

Gas drillers in state may face higher fees

By Kim Leonard

Natural gas companies exploring a huge discovery in Pennsylvania soon may have to pay higher fees to drill wells so the state can hire more staff to review a surge of applications, the Department of Environmental Protection's acting secretary told a state Senate committee on Tuesday. More...

Ulysses Man Charged With Drunken Driving

Mount Olive, NJ

Daily Record
• Jason Turton, 24, of Ulysses, Pa., was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving and failure to observe a traffic signal Friday following a traffic stop on International Drive South. Police said they saw Turton's white 2008 Chevy pick-up go through the red light, then slide sideways and strike a curb. He was released pending a municipal court hearing.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Reports High Marks on Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released results from its first national assessment of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, known as the mPINC survey, in which Charles Cole Memorial Hospital exceeded scores among the state, national, and centers of comparable size. The Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation conducted the survey for the CDC between August and December 2007.

The survey reported that CCMH’s composite quality practice score was 54 whereas the national score was 27 and state and centers of comparable size scores were each 34.

“We have an excellent nursing staff on our maternity unit and strive to maintain up-to-date training and education in ‘best practices’ for our breastfeeding mothers,” Judy Zeigler RN, OB nurse manager at CCMH, said.

CCMH reported 265 births in 2007 and was one of 2,690 birth facilities who completed the survey which detailed the hospital’s breastfeeding-related maternity care practices and policies. Scores were tallied in seven categories: labor and delivery, postpartum breastfeeding assistance, postpartum contact between mother and infant, postpartum feeding of breastfed infants, breastfeeding support upon discharge, staff breastfeeding training and education, and structural and organizational factors related to breastfeeding.

CCMH’s pediatric staff is proud of the survey results and plans to continue counseling expectant mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding. Drs. Ekta Khanna, Mary Ann Rigas, and Marlene Wust-Smith also encourage mothers-to-be to meet their pediatrician prior to the baby’s birth to set a foundation for educated and healthy families.

For more information, expectant mothers can call 814/274-9198 or 642-7205.

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November 19, 2008

Yesterday’s high: 37, Overnight Low: 10, trace of new snow

Emporium Man Hurt in Motorcycle/Deer Crash

Emporium-based state police have just released details about a motorcycle/deer

crash taking place last Friday on Route 120 in Shippen Township. Troopers said 17year old Jeremy Orner of that town suffered moderate injuries when he was thrown off his westbound motorcycle after he swerved to avoid the whitetail which came onto the road and into is path. Orner was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Medical Center.

Harassment Investigated

Troopers at Kane say they are investigating an alleged harassment taking place last Friday evening on the Lindholm Road in Hamlin Township. Known suspects reportedly harassed 51 year old David Schoolmaster of Kane and 43year old Timothy Flynn of Bradford. The investigation is continuing.

Preliminary Hearing Set for Driver Who Eluded Police

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 3 a Cyclone man charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police following a police chase Saturday morning in and around Bradford. Nakia Scott, 31 was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment, dui, criminal mischief and summary traffic offenses. The chase ended when Scott’s 1976 Dodge truck sheared off a utility pole, struck two vehicles and a garage. He and two passengers Samuel Shonts and Andrew Kloss were all hurt in the crash.

Chamber of Commerce Prepares for Festival of Lights

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its Festival of Lights to be held November 28 and 29. During yesterday’s Chamber meeting, Dolores Gartside announced that the trees will be arriving this Saturday and will be available for decorating all next week. First, second and third cash prizes will be awarded in the youth, organization and business categories The decorating must be completed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 28. The light up will begin at 6:00 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:30. He will spend the night in town, having lunch on Saturday at Sweden Valley Manor and finishing out his visit with a photo session in the Gunzburger Building beginning at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas House. The Craft Show will be held in the Gunzburger Annex on Saturday. Persons interested in buying a tree for the contest or a wreath can call the Chamber Office from 10:00 until 3:00 weekdays, 274-8165.

Deer Season Will Have Some Changes This Year

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, can Pennsylvania’s deer season be far behind? The state’s biggest draw for hunters is set to begin the Monday after when the two-week firearms deer season opens. One of the biggest changes in deer season this year is the new five-day, antlered deer-only season in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2D, 2G, 3C and 4B. It starts the Monday after Thanksgiving and concludes Dec. 5. It is followed immediately in these four WMUs by seven days of concurrent, antlered and antlerless deer hunting beginning Dec. 6 and continuing through Dec.13. The rest of the state follows the two-week concurrent, antlered and antlerless season – Dec. 1-13 – that has been in place since 2001. WMU 2G is the area south of Route 6 in Potter and McKean Counties. The Game Commission says changes to these four WMUs will pave the way for it to investigate the relationship between antlerless allocations and season length. These WMUs were chosen because: WMUs 2G and 4B have ongoing deer research in them; WMU 2D is an area where antler restrictions are set at four points on one side, and is where the agency previously had deer research conducted; and WMU 3C is an area where antler restrictions are set at three points on one side, and is a physiographic area of the state where no extensive deer research has been conducted so far. The Commission will use a four-year study to determine the impact and effectiveness of the proposed five-day antlered/seven-day concurrent season before additional WMUs may be considered for this season configuration. It also will assess hunter satisfaction with the modified season structure in the four WMUs.Hunters are reminded must wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on the head, chest and back combined at all times while afield during the seasons. They also are advised that it's illegal to hunt, chase or disturb deer with a firearm within 150 yards of any occupied building without the occupant's permission.All hunters who take a deer must fill out their harvest tag and attach it to the deer's ear before moving the carcass. A harvest report card – which is provided with every license sold - must be mailed to the Game Commission within 10 days after taking the deer. Hunters who lose or misplace a deer harvest report card are urged to use or copy the big game harvest report card found on page 33 of the 2008-09 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest, which also is provided to all license-buyers.

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Area Obituaries Published In Full Free Of Charge

PORTVILLE - Clair F. “Bud” Merrick of Portville went home to his Savior Jesus Christ surrounded by his loving family on Sunday (Nov. 16, 2008) at Olean General Hospital.

Alfred, NY Looks Into Wind Turbine Project

Wind power could come to Alfred

Daily Reporter

Alfred residents found that where there is wind, there is a window of opportunity in a special Monday night meeting at the Alfred Station Fire Hall.

Keith Pitman, president and chief executive officer of Empire State Wind Energy from Oneida, gave an hour-long presentation to Alfred residents to gauge how interested the community is in developing a wind project.

So how did the Alfred community react to the possibilities of wind power?

Annual revenue per turbine is estimated at between $400,000 to $550,000. A wind turbine takes between seven to 11 years to pay for itself. More....