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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Structure Fire Reported AT Morgan AM&T

BREAKING NEWS: 12:05am-12-7-08
Units at the Morgan AM&T Fire were cleaning up and Roulette units were returning when an explosion inside the building caused them to be recalled to the fire scene!
Coudersport Fire Department has just been dispatched to a structure fire at Morgan AM&T on East Second Street. This is an automatic alarm.

Roulette is dispatched to this fire. Chiefs are responding.
Coudersport Engine 48-2 is responding to the Morgan Fire.

On scene reports indicate up to 4 ovens may be involved in this fire.

Shinglehouse Station 39 is dispatched to cover Station 48 Coudersport.
Port Allegany is covering for Roulette, who has units at both incidents
Roulette Units returned home around 12:40 am/

This photo was taken by Lugene Heimel on August 25, 2008, when an oven exploded at this same plant. Officials estimated $400,000. damages in that fire.

Search Operation Underway In Conrad Area


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Austin and Coudersport Firemen are involved in a search operation in the Conrad area. A command post has been set up at the intersection of East Fork and Horton Run Roads.

The search area is on the McConnell Road where it intersects with Horton Run Road.

They are searching for a lost hunter. Early unverified radio reports indicated the hunter suffers from a lung condition.

Coudersport Ambulance is on scene and Roulette has a search team of 11 on scene. Cross Fork is reported to have also been dispatched for this search.

Township crews have responded to sand the forestry roads which are reported to be very icy.

The area is located between Wharton and Cherry Springs State Park.

Temperatures are in the low 20's in the search area with light snow.

A search unit from Port Allegany Star Hose Company arrived at the command post at 9:00pm.

Cameron County is sending Mountaineer Search and Rescue along with Cameron County EMA 6 wheeler to assist. Emporium Ambulance has been dispatched to stand-by in Austin. Cameron County units are reporting very slippery roads coming to the scene from the Emporium area at 9:47pm.

UPDATE:Apparently the hunter who is 41 years old, and hunting with 9 other hunters, failed to return after putting on a drive for deer. Searchers were called out and searched for several hours in the rugged mountain area.

Fire Department searchers were released by Forestry at about 2:30am Sunday morning. Forestry and search and rescue teams continued the search.

Fire department searchers were notified this morning that the man had been found alive at 5:30AM Sunday morning about 6 miles from where he was last seen

On scene report from Austin Volunteer Fire Dept.

Recall Of Teddy Bears With Melamine Chocolate Bars

Walgreens Recalls 173 Teddy Bears With Chocolate Bars Sold Since Late September 2008 (December 5)
Sat, 06 Dec 2008 09:12:00 -0600

Walgreens already has instructed stores to stop selling the product, which is specifically described as an approximately 9-inch high Dressy Teddy Bear with 4-oz. Chocolate Bar. The product's UPC number is 047475864485, and the product tag also includes the item number 291332. Walgreens has not received any reports of illness or injury related to this product.

Winter Weather Advisory For McKean County

... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 10 PM this evening to
1 am EST Monday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow... which is in effect
from 10 PM this evening to 1 am EST Monday.

Light snow will begin this evening... but will become heavier later
tonight and Sunday morning as an Arctic cold front moves through.
The winds behind this front will turn to the west and increase to
15 to 20 mph with gusts to about 40 mph. Snow accumulations should
reach 2 to 4 inches by Sunday afternoon... and the winds will
create blowing snow and very low visibilities.

Donations Welcome For ‘Spirit Of Giving’

Donations Welcome For ‘Spirit Of Giving’

Winners of the Potter County employees’ “Spirit of Giving 2008” charity campaign will be drawn on Friday afternoon, Dec. 19, during a Christmas party at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. The public is encouraged to support the campaign. Proceeds this year will support Christmas House.

Area businesses and individuals may donate quality items to be sold through a Chinese auction. Donations that are now up for auction are being displayed in the main hallway of the Gunzburger Building. Shown is one of the display cases, where donations such as a framed Curt Weinhold photograph of the courthouse, certificates for a free oil change, newspaper subscriptions, handmade or homemade items and a tool kit can be viewed. (Click on photo for a larger version of the image).

Tickets, available at 50 cents each or three for $1.00, can be purchased (by the public and by employees) at the Voter Registration/Elections Office in the Gunzburger Building and used to enter drawings for any of the displayed items. Businesses and individuals may donate items for the Chinese auction by contacting Judy Eckert at the Voter Registration/Elections Office, 274-8467.

Christmas House is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations to help needy Potter County residents not only during the holiday season, but all year long. This year’s demand for winter clothing, assistance with utility bills, and other basic needs has been overwhelming.

Potter County Today

Truck-Lite Lays Off 10% Of Workers In Falconer

Local Jobs Cut

Jamestown Post Journal
Truck-Lite, a vehicle and light accessory company based in Falconer, had to cut more than 10 percent of its workforce.

On Thursday, Greg Certo, Truck-Lite director of human resources, told The Post-Journal that 43 bargaining-unit employees at its Falconer location had been laid off.

''Over the course of the last month we have impacted our salary work force at our Falconer and Pennsylvania locations,'' Certo said. ''We had 21 salary professional positions cut at corporate headquarters last month and now 43 bargaining unit employees.''

The company's three locations in Pennsylvania include Wellsboro, Coudersport and McElhattan, as well as other facilities in Birmingham and Harlow, England; Germany; Poland; Mexico; and Belarus. The company's corporate headquarters is located in Falconer.

Certo said the reason for the decrease in salary employees is the economy. More...

Structure Fire Reported On Scaffold Lick Road

BREAKING NEWS:2:33pm-12-6-06
Port Allegany and Roulette, Austin and Smethport Fire Departments along with Port Allegany Ambulance 3 are being dispatched to a report of a camp on fire about 3 miles up the Scaffold Lick Road. Responders are cautioned that the roads in that are are icy.

Eldred Station 4 has been dispatched to Port Alllegany for standby and Station 48 Coudersport is being dispatched to provide standby for Roulette.

UPDATE: 3:05 pm Fire is reported under control.

On scene report with photos

Peterson Says "Our Work Is Far From Over"

Peterson: State to resubmit I-80 tolling application

Lock Haven Express

CLARION - Speaking at a transportation symposium Friday hosted by the Clarion County Economic Development Agency, U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pleasantville, informed residents and businesses that state officials plan to resubmit their application to toll Interstate 80 when President-elect Barack Obama takes office next month.

"We won the first battle - but our work is far from over," Peterson told the gathering. "Be on alert, Governor Rendell and company plan to resubmit the I-80 tolling application when Obama takes office."

Peterson said, now more than ever, those who want to keep I-80 tollfree must unite again to take on the politicians "who crafted this half-hearted attempt to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to Philladelphia and Pittsburgh mass transit systems.

"Make no mistake, Act 44 is a mass transit-funding scheme masked in the name of highway and bridge repair," he said, "Act 44 is destructive and will not only indebt the Turnpike Commission, but it will destroy the Motor License Fund through irresponsible borrowing.

Peterson called on Gov. Rendell to temporarily suspend all non-highway related expenditures from the Motor License Fund to save over $600 million annually and begin to fill the transportation funding gap. He further called for the disbanding of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which he called "one of the most inefficient, least respected transportation agencies in the nation.

"It is up to you, the citizens and business leaders of the Commonwealth to hold politicians accountable if they do not actively work to repeal Act 44 when they return to Harrisburg. And let me tell you something, if they don't heed your advice, mention the name Dan Surra," he said. "State Representative Surra, who represented Elk County and DuBois - the heart of the I-80 corridor - was told to pack his bags on election day by the voters of his district. Why? He supported Act 44 and a host of other policy positions detrimental to his district and the Commonwealth. More....

Glenn "GT" Thompson Gets Ready To Go To Washington

Taking 'Time Out' for Clinton County

Transition, challenges await Congressman-elect Thompson

Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - He's barely had time to catch his breath.

One month after winning election to serve the 5th Congressional District in the 111th Congress and less than a month before taking office, Glenn "G.T." Thompson, R-Howard, continues to assemble his office staff, vie for committee positions, draw lots for office space and get oriented around Washington, D.C.

In his spare time - which is becoming increasingly scant - U.S. Rep.-elect Thompson shuttles from county to county meeting constituents in the sprawling 17-county district, which is the second-largest district east of the Mississippi River.

One of those stops came Thursday during a "Time Out," sponsored by the Clinton County Economic Partnership at Northwest Savings Bank in downtown Lock Haven.

"I think it's real important to stay connected to all the counties," he said. "I don't think it's possible, but I've certainly been busier since the election." More....

Gov. Patterson Met With Senecas Friday

WESB News: 12/05/08 - Governor, Senecas Talk About Sales Tax

New York Governor David Paterson held closed-door negotiations with Seneca Nation representatives today as pressure increases on Paterson to start collecting sales tax from Indian cigarette retailers.

The state says it loses about $400 million dollars in tax revenues through the Indian sales. Lawmakers say collecting tax from the Indians would help close a $15 billion budget deficit.

The Seneca Nation declined comment on the afternoon talks but Seneca leaders have said in the past that they have little to negotiate because the tax-free sales are protected by treaties dating back to George Washington. The Paterson administration had no comment on the meetings either


HARRISBURG (December 2, 2008) — As part of the update to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is asking residents about their outdoor recreation activities and ideas about how to improve those opportunities in the state.

More than 12,000 surveys are being mailed to a random sample of citizens that represent all Pennsylvanians. Answers are used to develop the plan that helps identify emerging recreation issues and capital investments in state and local park and recreation facilities.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with some of the most beautiful outdoor areas in the world, including parks, rivers, trails and green areas,” DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis said. “We want to better understand what people like to do outdoors—whether it’s swimming, geocaching, walking for exercise or many other activities—so that we can plan our future grant making, recreation land conservation, facility development and management to meet their needs and desires.”

The survey is being conducted for DCNR by Penn State University. Participation is voluntary and confidential.

Randomly selected residents will receive a letter that includes a 12-page survey. They also have the option to complete the survey online. It should take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

“We are asking people how often they participate in outdoor activities and why, what types of activities and where, the quality of the facilities and opportunities available to them nearby and some of their attitudes related to public recreation, conservation and open space,” DiBerardinis said. “We encourage everyone who receives a survey to complete it and send it back, because they will be helping direct the future work and outdoor recreation priorities of the commonwealth.”

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan is updated every five years.


We missed this last month, but thought you might still be interested:

HARRISBURG (November 18, 2008) — Residents will benefit from the investment of nearly $44 million for 316 conservation and recreation projects that are designed to help revitalize communities and protect natural resources, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

“The health and vitality of our communities is reflected in the quality of their parks and trails, access to rivers, open spaces and outdoor recreation opportunities,” Governor Rendell said. “This round of grants will fund hundreds of projects to help preserve and enhance those natural amenities.”

Funding for the grants comes from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax, Growing Greener I and II and the ATV/Snowmobile Fund.

The grants will fund a variety of projects, including 66 miles of trails, 4,341 acres of open space, 10 swimming pools, 135 community parks and 73 planning projects for regional efforts, parks, greenways and trails.

Some examples of projects include:

* More than $2.1 million for projects in the 12 counties in the north central region that make up the Pennsylvania Wilds, providing support for important park and trail infrastructure improvements that will enhance recreation opportunities for area residents and make communities in the region attractive places for economic investments by the private sector. Included is $120,000 for ATV trail rehabilitation and the addition of several miles in the Allegheny National Forest and $45,200 to the Forest County Snowmobile Club for snow grooming equipment to maintain 75 miles of trails; of the $2.1 million in grants for North Central Pennsylvania, Potter and McKean received the following:

Potter County, $150,000, PA Wilds Planning Team Resource and Outreach, provide support for the PA Wilds planning team for ongoing activities including implementing the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide, developing community outreach and educational programs, and administering a technical assistance program. Helene K. Nawrocki, 814-274-4877.

Otto Township, $7,500, Pool Feasibility Study, determine the feasibility of rehabilitating the Otto Township Swimming Pool. Jane Larson, 814-966-3880.

For a complete list of grants by county, visit: and click on “Grants.”

Mills Man Charged In Lawrenceville Incident

Terroristic threats alleged

Sun Gazette
ELKLAND Troy C. Adriance, 18, of 5455 State Route 49, Mills, was charged by Lawrenceville Borough Police with one count each of terroristic threats, harassment and criminal trespass in Elkland District Court.

According to court records, on Nov. 7, Adriance threatened a female employee of Preston's Market and her brother after the brother called police because Adriance was driving with a suspended license. The employee told police that Adriance entered the market, where he previously had been asked by owners not to return because of problems in the past.

He stepped outside and threatened to kill her brother because of what he had done, and also kill police if necessary, police said.

Adriance was arrested on Nov. 30, and jailed in Tioga County Prison on $1,500 straight bail. He has since been released, with a preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 8 before District Judge Brian Edgcomb.

Austin Man Found Dead Friday Morning

Austin Borough Police, assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, Potter County Coroner’s office, and the Potter County District Attorney’s office are investigating the death of 24 year old Brock Hooftallen of Main Street, Austin.

Hooftallen was found dead at his residence in Austin early Friday morning, according to Austin Borough Police Chief Kyle Day. The Chief did not indicate if there was any indication of foul play involved.

Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury confirmed the death and an autopsy is scheduled for today in Erie.

Armed Robbery Reported In Belfast, NY

NY State Police are investigating the robbery of the Belfast Mini-Mart in Belfast, NY. A handgun was displayed in this robbery in neighboring Allegany County.

After the robbery, the suspect headed in the direction of Belfast.

There was no information on what was taken.

Jim Kelly"s Ex-Partner Stole $179,000. From Account

Kelly Partner Headed to Prison

An ex-partner of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, stole $179,000 from a company Kelly started, and has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Kelly's former partner, Trent Orbaker, used his 15 percent ownership share in Hall of Fame Life Promotions to access a line of credit Kelly thought had been closed.

Orbaker abused the account to pay his own personal bills and to put a new roof on his house. He must pay $204,000 in restitution.

Orbaker Plea News Release (PDF)

Texas Searchers To Bring In Specialized Equipment To Search For Corrie Anderson

WESB News: 12/06/08- Texas Group to Search for Missing Woman

The search and recovery group Texas Equusearch will join the effort to find 36-year-old Corrie Anderson, whose been missing since late October.

Members of the group will be in the Jamestown area sometime next week. Currently cadaver dogs are being tested to see if the animals can track scents deep in the snow.

Texas Equusearch has participated in over 900 searches to date. They work with both law enforcement and family members to organize searches for missing and endangered people. They also have specialized equipment that may not be available to all law enforcement agencies.

Friday, December 5, 2008


C.R.A.S.H. Teams Inspect Commercial Vehicles on Non-Interstate Pennsylvania Roads

HARRISBURG – The State Police issued 382 citations during a one-day enforcement detail that focused on inspecting commercial vehicles along rural roads and non-interstate highways in Pennsylvania, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski reported today.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways detail, or C.R.A.S.H., was conducted Nov. 25 by members of state police motor carrier enforcement teams.

Pawlowski said the citations included 246 written for commercial vehicle defects and 114 for driver violations. In addition, 91 commercial vehicles and 21 commercial vehicle drivers were pulled out of service for violations.

“Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate that close to 75 percent of fatal big truck crashes and more than 70 percent of all crashes involving commercial motor vehicles take place on non-interstate roads,” Pawlowski said.

Lt. Raymond J. Cook, commander of the state police Commercial Vehicle Safety Section, said the department will conduct similar enforcement details during 2009.

Potter Commissioners Welcome Input Before Vote

Wind Ordinance Scheduled For Dec. 18 Vote

December 5th, 2008

The Potter County Commissioners have scheduled adoption of a countywide wind energy ordinance for Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11 am. Public input is welcome both before and during that meeting, to be held at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building.

Jim Hoopes

At the commissioners’ business meeting on Thursday, the board heard from Jim Hoopes, a Ulysses Township farmer who has been in the forefront of the effort to bring industrial wind turbines to northern Potter County. He contended that the setbacks and sound restrictions proposed in the amendment to the Potter County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance were too restrictive.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the draft ordinance can contact the commissioners by email at these addresses:

Copies of the proposed ordinance are available at the Commissioners Office (274-8290) or by accessing the county’s website, (Internet Explorer browser required). Copies can also be obtained electronically by sending an email to

Interim Arrangements For Veterans Affairs

December 4th, 2008

In the wake of Joe Becker’s retirement, the Potter County Commissioners have made arrangements to deal with local veterans’ needs on an interim basis. Continuity of service to veterans is the primary concern. Commissioner Paul Heimel is serving as the point person, assisted by Lucinda Weakland.

Any veteran calling with general inquiries, requests or concerns has the following options:

  • Governor’s Veterans Outreach and Assistance Center, 1-800-932-0930; or The center’s representative for Potter County is Jim Krobath, who holds office hours at CareerLink in Coudersport.
  • Carl Haneline (, 607-664-4869, a public affairs officer from the Veterans Administration facilities at Bath/Wellsville, N.Y., has agreed to serve as temporary liaison for Potter County veterans’ involvement with VA services.
  • Tioga County Veterans Affairs Director Tim Cleveland and Assistant Lewis Zuchowski (570-723-8141) are available to assist veterans who have questions about federal or state resources or programs.
  • Mike Fowler, veterans employment representative at CareerLink, has also agreed to speak with any veteran who has questions or concerns and to make referrals for issues other than employment services. He is available at (814) 274-9330, Ext. 17, or

County staff will continue to monitor the telephone calls and emails that come into the Veterans Affairs Office through the published number and address for Joe Becker. Veterans who have questions or concerns are encouraged to use the resources listed above, or to call the Commissioners Office at 274-8290. Potter County Today

Police Reports From

Eldred Driver Cited for DUI

An Eldred driver has cited for DUI after being pulled over last night for a summary traffic violation on Route 155 in Annin Township. State police said the investigating officer determined Charles Austin was driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Calendar Of Events From

December 5

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller will be writing dog licenses at the Austin Fire Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

December 5

The Hamilton-Gibson Choirs will present a Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Central Avenue, Wellsboro. Adults, $7.00; students/children $4.

December 6

There will be a craft show at the Roulette Firehall from 9:00 to 4:00. There will be many vendors, bake sale, Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle and grocery raffle. The kitchen will be open.

December 6

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Cheese Making class at the Northern Tier Grower’s Building at 1179 SR 49 East in Colesburg from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This hands-on class will demonstrate the steps to make your own homemade cheese. Techniques and instructions for several different cheese making processes will be covered. The cost for the class will be $40 per person. To register, call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

December 6

The Port Allegany Evangelical Covenant Church will have a Craft Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will also be a bake sale with homemade soups and pies.

December 7

The Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association will have a chicken and biscuit dinner at the hall on East Second Street beginning at 11:30 a.m.

December 7

The North Country Voices will present its annual Christmas Concert entitled “Sing Joy” at 3:00 p.m. at the Coudersport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. The program will include a variety of music. Light refreshments will be served and a free will offering will be taken to benefit the organization.

Too Much Or Too Little Water Is Dangerous

Doctors warn: Don’t dilute baby formula

Courier Times

Some local doctors are worried the tight economy might tempt some parents into watering down baby formula as a way to save money, which could endanger their child’s life.

A Florida mother held a press conference this week warning others after she almost killed her 5-month- old son by adding extra water to his powdered formula in an attempt to stretch her supply.

Generally, babies under 6 months old should not be given water, but some parents don’t realize that, according to the chief of emergency medicine at a Philadelphia children’s hospital.

Area emergency rooms say they haven’t seen recent cases of babies fed diluted formula and the ones they have seen are usually cases where the parents didn’t understand the mixing directions. But they are worried with the troubled economy that it’s something they could see.

Commercial infant formula is designed to deliver proper nutrients based precisely on mixing instructions. Adding extra water dilutes the nutrients, putting babies at risk for malnourish or water intoxication. More...

Regulatory Agencies To Work With Gas Drillers

Gas company to stay despite regulatory climate

Spokeswoman labels rules as ‘challenging’

Sun Gazette

An official with Texas-based Chief Oil and Gas LLC Thursday said the company has no intention of pulling up stakes and leaving Pennsylvania, in spite of what she called a "challenging" regulatory climate.

"We're very committed to Pennsylvania," Chief spokeswoman Kristi Gittins said. "We've got a significant investment there. More...

Ray L. Eisenhart, Jr., 69, Gaines, PA

Ray L. Eisenhart, Jr., 69, of Gaines, PA, died Thursday, December 4, 2008 in the Snyder Memorial Health Center, Marienville, PA.

Born November 25, 1939, in Milford Square, PA, he was the son of Ray and Helen Druckenmiller Eisenhart.

A graduate of Quakertown High School, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1957 – 1962.

On July 16, 1966, in Milford Square, he married the former Sandra R. Knowles, who survives.

He was employed at St. Marys Carbon in Galeton and Pure Carbon in Coudersport. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton, Goodyear Hose Company, Gale Hose Ambulance, and served as an EMT and paramedic assistant at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching NASCAR, and being outdoors with his dog, Samantha.

Surviving besides his wife, Sandra, are: a son, Jim Eisenhart of Scio, NY; a daughter, Cindy (Mark) Beacker of Germania, PA; three grandsons, Cody Eisenhart, Jacob Beacker, and Jesse Beacker; three brothers, Adrian “Skip” Eisenhart of Mifflinburg, PA, Jim (Joan) Eisenhart of Quakertown, and Don (Cheryl) Eisenhart of Winder, GA; his father-in-law, Robert Knowles of Wellsboro, PA; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, December 8, 2008 in the First Presbyterian Church, Galeton. The Rev. Karl W. O. Runser, III will officiate. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Brookland, PA.

Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501 or the Goodyear Hose Co., Galeton, PA 16922.

Accident Reported On Ridge Road In Genesee Twp.

BREAKING NEWS:2:50pm-12-5-08
Genesee ambulance and Wellsville ALS has been dispatched to a one car accident on the Ridge Road. A medical helicopter has been requested. Wellsville's rescue unit has been recalled.

Robert W. Shunk, 76, St. Rt. 44, Formerly Smethport, PA

COUDERSPORT- Robert W. Shunk, 76, of State Route 44, formerly of Smethport, died Thursday (Dec. 4, 2008) in the Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 21, 1932, in Centre Hall, PA, he was a son of Guy and Dorothy Lingle Shunk. On June 21, 1976, in Coudersport, he married Judy A. Bright, who survives.

Mr. Shunk had worked for Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany for several years and later owned and operated Shunk’s Auto Parts, Smethport, before his retirement.

He attended Centre Hall High School.

He was a longtime resident of the area and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany; one of the original founders of the Allegheny Old Time Mountain Music Association, where he was a former president and vice-president; and played gospel music at many area nursing homes.

In addition to his wife, Judy, are two sons, Marshall J. Shunk and Russell W. Shunk both of Smethport; five grandchildren, two great-grand-children; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Roger Shunk; and three brothers, Melvin Shunk, Gene Shunk, and Jim Shunk.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 6, 2008) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Howard Burnham, pastor of the Hebron Union Church, Hebron Center.

Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, PA.

Memorials can be made to the Allegheny Old Time Mountain Music Association.

Smethport Man Pleads Guilty

kWESB News: 12/05/08 - Smethport Man Pleads to Gun Thefts

A Smethport man pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to charges of burglarizing a home and taking several guns worth $30,000.

Court records show that 28 year-old Kristopher Wilson took 15 guns and an SUV from a residence on Pump Station Road in Smethport. He'll be sentenced on January 15.

Port Allegany Man Arrested

WESB News: 12/05/08 - Man Charged in Incident at Guidance Center

A Port Allegany man was arrested Thursday afternoon after smashing windows at the Guidance Center in Bradford.

Court records indicate that 35 year-old Shelley Carpenter is facing criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and assault charges after he fought with staff and police. Bradford City Police say that Carpenter smashed a large plate glass window in the reception area injuring a female staff member. He also smashed a privacy window and then kicked out a door window.

Carpenter was sent to the McKean County jail on $10,000 bail.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Robert W. Shunk of Coudersport, formerly of Smethport, died Thursday (Dec. 4, 2008) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Thursday, December 4, 2008



Learn How You Can Capitalize
On Tourism In The PA Wilds

BRADFORD, Pa. – Ta Brant, small-business ombudsman for the Pennsylvania Wilds tourism program, will present two seminars next week for small-business owners.

The seminars, which are being co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Business Resource Center and the Potter County Education Council, will be held in Coudersport and Bradford. Both seminars are free and open to the public.

The first seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Potter County Education Council. The second will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall at Pitt-Bradford.

Highlights of the presentation include 10 things small businesses can do to make the Pennsylvania Wilds work for them, financial and technical resources available for individuals considering starting or expanding a tourism business, tourism trends affecting the Pennsylvania Wilds, and examples of advertising.

“The Business Resource Center often provides free seminars specifically for small-business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Lindsay Foster, business consultant. “Seminars are designed to provide real-world information that is beneficial to their business and its sustainability and growth. It is our hope that by understanding more about the Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism initiative we can help our clients be successful.”

For more information or to register, contact Laurie Dennis at Pitt-Bradford at 814-362-5078 or

Happy Birthday Chief

Darren VanWhy--Chief 44

Donations Encouraged For Christmas House

Helps Needy Potter County Residents

A committee of Potter County employees has launched “Spirit of Giving 2008″ and is encouraging public participation to support this year’s designated charity — Christmas House. Area businesses and individuals are asked to consider donating quality items to be sold through a Chinese auction, with all proceeds to be donated to Christmas House.

Here’s how the fund-raiser will work:

–Items that are put up for auction will be displayed in the main hallway of the Gunzburger Building.

–Tickets, available at 50 cents each or three for $1.00, can be purchased (by the public and by employees) at the Voter Registration/Elections Office in the Gunzburger Building and used to enter drawings for any of the displayed items.

–Businesses and individuals may donate items for the Chinese auction by contacting Judy Eckert at the Voter Registration Office; 274-8467.

–The public is encouraged to stop at the Gunzburger Building to view the items on display and enter the drawings. Winners will be selected on Friday afternoon, Dec. 19.

Christmas House is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations to help needy Potter County residents not only during the holiday season, but all year long. This year’s demand for winter clothing, assistance with utility bills, and other basic needs has been overwhelming.

Potter County Today

PA Tolls Go Up/I-80 Toll Issue Not Dead

Turnpike tolls to increase 25 percent next month

By Jim Ritchie

The fate of the state's Act 44 transportation plan might be in limbo, but it will not stop a 25 percent toll increase on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in January.

The state Turnpike Commission today planned to release details of the toll hike scheduled to begin Jan. 4 as officials continue to consider another attempt at charging drivers to use Interstate 80.

"In order to make the payments specified under Act 44, we have to raise tolls 25 percent in January and then annually in the neighborhood of 3 percent," said Bill Capone, a commission spokesman. More....

State College Bank Robbed

South Atherton Street bank robbed

STATE COLLEGE — State College police have responded to a robbery at Citizens Bank in the 1200 block of South Atherton Street.

Police said a lone man brandishing a handgun held up the bank at about 3:20 p.m., then fled in a Brown SUV.

He was described as a 5-foot 4-inch white male in his 20’s, weighing between 120 and 130 pounds. Officers said that at the time of the robbery he was wearing a white sweatshirt that said “Nittany Lions” and a knit cap.

No one was injured, and no further details were immediately available. Anyone with information should contact police at 234-7150 or (877) 99-CRIME. See Photos of robber.....

Penny Lynn Tompkins, 52, Bolivar, NY

BOLIVAR -Penny Lynn Tompkins, 52, of 170 Reed St., passed away Monday (Dec. 1, 2008) in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 24, 1956, in Olean, she was the daughter of Homer and Elsie Appleby Wheeler Jr.

She married Frederick M. Tompkins on April 14, 1973 in Bolivar. Mr. Tompkins survives.

She was a graduate of Bolivar Central School in 1974. Penny was employed in the health care industry as an administrative assistant at the Wellsville Manor Health Care Center and the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville for many years.

Penny’s passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping, four-wheeling, baking and cooking and she enjoyed home decorating. She was a member of the Bolivar Fire Department Auxiliary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Beth (Patrick) Jones of Bolivar, Melissa (Jim) Fuller of Wellsville, Danelle Tompkins of Eldred, Pa. and Frederick A. “J.R.” (Amber) Tompkins of Bolivar; 16 grandchildren; her mother, Elsie Wheeler of Shinglehouse, Pa.; three brothers, Barry (Nora) Wheeler of Bolivar, Dan Wheeler of Shinglehouse, Pa. and Howard (Jan) Wheeler of Jamestown; three sisters, Maryann (Donald) Serkleski of Millport, Pa., Kimberly (Rodney) Dickerson of Millport, Pa. and Sandy (Ryan) Welty of Gauntier, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Homer Wheeler Jr., in 1989; and by a granddaughter, Madeline Tompkins, in 2000.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar. Funeral and committal services will take place at noon Saturday in the Bolivar United Methodist Church. Rev. Matthew Kofahl, pastor of the Bolivar United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dan Kenyon, pastor of the Wellsville Bible Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials to the Richburg Fire Department Ambulance Fund would be appreciated by the family.

Firefighters Save Wellsville House

Three escape early-morning fire in Wellsville (Slide Show)

By Kathryn Ross

Smoke from a second-story window at 310 North Main Street brought out Wellsville’s firefighters a little after 8 a.m. this morning.

As a result of a quick save, the three women, two dogs, and cats can live downstairs.

Wellsville Fire Chief Dave Pinney said the cause of the fire was too many wires plugged into a power strip. The cause is still under investigation. More....


BRADFORD, Pa. -- Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, who was sworn in Wednesday as Pennsylvania’s 31st lieutenant governor, will address the graduating Class of 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford next spring.

Scarnati, who was recently elected to his third term in the Senate as the representative from the 25th District, will deliver the keynote address during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, in the Sport & Fitness Center on the Pitt-Bradford campus.

“Senator Scarnati has emerged as one of the most highly respected public officials in the commonwealth,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford president, “and we’re grateful that he has agreed to address our graduates at the 2009 commencement.”

“Senator Scarnati has much to share with our graduating students as they seek to find their way in a complex world,” Alexander continued. “He exemplifies the values of hard work, perseverance, and never giving up. His remarkable story is one our students need to hear.”

Scarnati, R-Brockway, was sworn in as lieutenant governor during a private ceremony in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Dec. 3, by Superior Court Judge John M. Cleland of Kane.

Scarnati, 46, assumed the lieutenant governor’s duties after the death of Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll on Nov. 12.
As lieutenant governor, Scarnati will be second in line to Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who was Pitt-Bradford’s commencement speaker in 2007.

In his new role, Scarnati’s primary responsibilities will be presiding over the Senate and serving as chairman of the Board of Pardons, which each month reviews the cases of convicted criminals seeking clemency for their sentences.

As the senator from the 25th District, Scarnati represents the biggest Senatorial district – Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties, along with parts of Clearfield and Warren counties. After serving six years in the Senate, he was sworn in as President Pro Tempore, the third-highest constitutional office in the state, on Jan. 2, 2007, and has taken on issues ranging from reducing taxes to cutting the cost of government in the state.

“Joe Scarnati is my kind of person,” said Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow, D-Lackawanna. “Very reasonable, a moderate, not an overly partisan person, and he wants to get the job done.”

Scarnati got his start in politics in 1986 when he was elected to the Brockway Borough Council. At that time, he was also running the family restaurant in Brockway. He later became chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. He was first elected to the Senate in 2000, defeating incumbent Sen. William Slocum.

For two years, Scarnati served as chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee. He also served as Majority Deputy Whip from July 2005 to February 2006 and Majority Policy Committee Chairman from February to November in 2006.

He holds a degree in business administration from Penn State University’s DuBois Campus.

Scarnati has served as an ex-officio member of Pitt-Bradford’s Advisory Board since being elected to the Senate. He is also a past president of the Jefferson County Development Council, a member of the Horton Sportsmen Club, the National Rifle Association, the Gunowners of America and St. Tobias Church.

“I think that Senator Scarnati will enjoy getting to know our bright and talented students,” Alexander said, “and I’m sure he’ll be pleased that many of our graduates plan to live and work in the region and contribute to the long term health and vitality of its various communities.”

Coudersport Resident Inducted Into Honor Society


ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., — St. Bonaventure University has inducted eight students into Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counselors-in-training, counselor educators and professional counselors.

To be eligible for the St. Bonaventure chapter, Phi Rho, students must be enrolled in graduate-level counseling programs with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Membership in Chi Sigma Iota provides students and professionals with a network of others, who like themselves, reach for high standards of scholarship and practice in the field of counseling.

Dr. Mary O. Adekson, associate professor of counselor education, is the faculty adviser for Phi Rho at St. Bonaventure. The honor society president is Crystal Rublee, the secretary is Kathleen Crowley, and the treasurer is Melissa Andrus.

Six students doing their graduate work on the main campus were inducted. They are: Nicole Arzner of Jamestown, N.Y.; Amy Barger of Limestone, N.Y.; Jessica Blatchley of Olean; A.J. Goodman of St. Bonaventure; Brittany Melfi of Olean; and Monica Williams of Coudersport, Pa.

Two students at SBU’s Buffalo Center in Hamburg — Melissa Andrus of Silver Creek and Sarah Evans of Sardinia — were inducted.

Chi Sigma Iota was established in 1985 at Ohio University to provide recognition for outstanding academic achievement as well as outstanding service within the counseling profession.

St. Bonaventure’s Buffalo Center, located at Hilbert College, offers graduate degrees in business, education and integrated marketing communications.

Ste. Eulalia Advent Luncheon Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:00 noon at Parish Center

You are cordially invited to attend Ste. Eulalia’s third annual Advent luncheon. This is an interdenominational community event which benefits the Coudersport Ministerium relief fund.

Last year forty volunteers from our parish baked 68 tins of cookies. These were distributed to our non-Catholic guests, and to local shut-ins. Our parish donated all five varieties of homemade soups, assorted sandwiches, fruit cups, vegetable, and relish trays, and an array of desserts. Efforts of over 100 parishioners were greatly appreciated.

This year the Coudersport Ministerium is financially stretched. Demands for help have increased drastically. As a result our plans are bigger and better than ever. In a community outreach endeavor, we have invited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Sweden Valley Manor chefs to contribute their homemade specialties.

In addition we will be adding 17 varieties of pies and ice cream to our menu. We will also be providing homemade soups for sale by the quart to take home.

The luncheon itself is a free will donation to benefit the less fortunate in our community.

Advent is the time to contemplate and reflect on our many blessings. Hope to see you there. Please call for reservations. 274-8646 or Jennifer Weiss – 274-8554


Port Allegany Man Named

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named eight new members to its Advisory Board and reappointed 16 members to the board.

The new elected members are Timothy B. Fannin, Dr. David Jardini, Dr. Sandra Macfarlane, Stephen J. Quinn and Richard B. Seager. Mary K. Colf, Joseph C. DeMott and Stacy Sorokes Wallace were named ex officio members.

Also, the Hon. Kenneth M. Jadlowiec was moved from elected to emeritus status, and Richard L. Kessel was added as an honorary member. All of the appointments were made by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.

Fannin, a resident of Clearfield, is a partner with the accounting firm Catalano, Case, Catalano & Fannin. Fannin, who graduated from Pitt-Bradford in 1978 and earned a master of business administration degree from Clarion University, has been a certified public accountant for 27 years and an adjunct professor of accounting/finance at Penn State University for two years.

He was a regional advisor and board member for Northwest Savings Bank for 10 years, was past chairman of the Clearfield County Industrial Development Authority for 12 years and was president of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association for two years.

Jardini, who lives in Ridgway, has been president of C/G Electrodes LLC in St. Marys since 2003. Previously, he was practice director and manager at Hatch Beddows Strategy Practice and was a vice president at Mellon Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College, master’s degrees in history from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in history of science and technology from Carnegie Mellon.

Jardini has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization for three years, a board member for the United Way of St. Marys, Elk Regional Health Foundation, and the Elk Chamber of Commerce in Ridgway; and an advisory board member for Leadership Elk County.

Macfarlane, who lives in Rew, has been director of Rehabilitation Services at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital since 2004. Previously, she was the director of rehabilitation services at Bradford Regional Medical Center and was a chief physical therapist at the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean. McFarlane, who attended Pitt-Bradford from 1980-82, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in physical therapy from Daemen College.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Northwest District of Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, serving as its public laws chairwoman; was a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the McKean County Visiting Nurse Association; and was vice president and president of the PBAA.

Quinn, who lives in St. Marys, is president of Allegheny Coatings in Ridgway, of which he has been owner and chief executive officer for 14 years. Previously, he was a materials manager for Unilever and Johnson and Johnson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of business administration degree from Penn State University.

Quinn is a member of the board of directors of Elk Regional Health Center and a member of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute.

Seager, who lives in Warren, is president and chief executive officer of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in Bradford. Previously, he was president and CEO of Deerfield Behavioral Health, located in northwestern Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development.

Seager is a board member of Millcreek Health System and is committee chairman of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council and a member of its Psychiatric Curriculum Development Committee.

Colf is executive director of the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9.

DeMott, who lives in Port Allegany, is a member of the McKean County Board of Commissioners.

Wallace, who lives in Bradford and graduated from Pitt-Bradford in 2001, is the new president of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association. She is a lawyer and recently accepted a position as judicial clerk for Superior Court Judge John M. Cleland.

Jadlowiec, who lives in Bradford, is a retired representative for Pennsylvania’s 67th Legislative District. He sits on the board of Futures Rehabilitation Center Inc. Jadlowiec and has been a member of the Advisory Board since 1987.

Kessel, who lives in Bradford, is president of Kessel Construction Inc., which was the general contractor for Pitt-Bradford’s facilities management building. Both Kessel and his wife, Ann, who is an elected member of the Advisory Board, gave a major gift-in-kind toward the construction of the building.

Sixteen members were also reappointed to three-year terms: Daniel J. Abrashoff, a member since 2004; Gregory W. Booth, a member since 1999; Thomas R. Bromeley, a member since 1974; Bruce C. Burdick, a member since 2003; Pamela B. Fredeen, a member since 1999; Frederick W. Gallup, a member since 1974; Harvey L. Golubock, a member since 1998; Craig A. Hartburg, a member since 1999; David G. Higie, a member since 2001; William F. Higie, a member since 1973; William M. Hill Jr., a member since 2004; Mary M. Huber, a member since 1999; Ann O. Kessel, a member since 1999; Ray McMahon, a member since 2006; Madeline B. Miles, and a member since 1980; Scott Rice, a member since 1999;

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December 4, 2008

Wednesday’s High: 50, Overnight low:37

Commercial Rig Wrecks
A Bradford driver received minor injuries when his commercial rig wrecked Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 in Keating Township, McKean County. State police said Francis Caldwell was driving too fast when the load shifted while negotiating a right hand curve near Irons Hollow Road causing the trailer to rotate clockwise off the road and strike an embankment. The rig then spun counterclockwise as Caldwell tried to regain control but the load, a D-4 overhead mounted pulling unit, shifted severely causing the trailer to overturn, then the cab. The load came off the trailer land on its side near the trailer. A portion of the eastbound lane of Route 6 was closed to traffic for about two-and a half hours. Caldwell’s passenger, Jeremy Goodrich, also of Bradford was not hurt. The driver is being cited for failing to drive at a safe speed.

DUI Charges filed Against Downstate Driver
An Elizabethtown man has been cited for DUI for a one-vehicle crash taking place back on November 23 on The Crippen Road in West Branch Township, Potter County Troopers here say a Ford F-350 driven by 27year old Francis Libertore went out of control on the snow and ice covered road while rounding a curve. The truck went off the road and traveled partially up a snow-covered incline before rolling onto its side.

Liberertore received minor injuries while his passenger, Ali Bboutorabi, 27,also of Elizabethtown escaped injury. Investigating officers took Libertore to Charles Cole Hospital for chemical testing and have since filed charges with District Judge Delores Bristol.

Galeton Man Charged with Criminal Trespass
State police have charged 48 year old Joseph Eckert of Galeton with criminal trespass for an incident allegedly taking place Monday afternoon in that town. Troopers claim Eckert drove a backhoe loader through the yard at the James Leach residence damaging the sod and landscape.

Scarnati Sworn in As Lt. Governor
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was sworn in Wednesday during a private ceremony, as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Scarnati succeeds Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, who passed away in November after a battle with cancer. “I am honored to have been sworn in as Lieutenant Governor, but given the circumstances surrounding the ascension, this certainly is not a celebration,” Scarnati stated. “Catherine was a tremendous public servant and will be sorely missed. However, know that I respectfully accept this responsibility and will carry out the duties of this office with dignity and integrity. Under the Constitution, Scarnati is required to hold both Lieutenant Governor and State Senate positions at the same time.

Senator Scarnati was sworn in by the Honorable Judge John M. Cleland. Scarnati was re-elected last month to his third term in office, and subsequently was sworn in as interim President Pro Tempore for the second time. His Senatorial District includes all or portions of Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield Counties. Read more news....

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December 4
The Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 31. Potter County Area Agency on Aging Counselors will be available to answer questions, compare Medicare plans and enroll beneficiaries today at the Galeton Library from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Medicare beneficiaries should take their Medicare card, Medical Assistance (ACCESS) card, PACE or PACENET card, all insurance cards and a list of medications taken, including dosage. More information is available from Darcy Shutt and Susie Mainus at Potter County Human Services, (814) 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

December 5
The Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 31. Potter County Area Agency on Aging Counselors will be available to answer questions, compare Medicare plans and enroll beneficiaries today at the Coudersport Public Library from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and at the Coudersport Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Medicare beneficiaries should take their Medicare card, Medical Assistance (ACCESS) card, PACE or PACENET card, all insurance cards and a list of medications taken, including dosage. More information is available from Darcy Shutt and Susie Mainus at Potter County Human Services, (814) 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

December 5
Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller will be writing dog licenses at the Austin Fire Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

December 5
The Hamilton-Giibson Choirs will present a Christmas Concert at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Central Avenue, Wellsboro. Adults, $7.00; students/children $4.

December 6
There will be a craft show at the Roulette Firehall from 9:00 to 4:00. There will be many vendors, bake sale, Chinese Auction, 50/50 raffle and grocery raffle. The kitchen will be open.

Live In Fireman/College Student Charged In Thefts

Two former volunteer firefighters arrested in case of fire equipment thefts, police say

Sun Gazette

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was one of two former volunteer firefighters arrested Tuesday on state police charges of allegedly stealing more than $75,000 worth of fire equipment from four fire companies in Columbia and Luzerne counties, according to WNEP television.

Colton Barrett, 18, who is enrolled in the college's two-year pre-emergency services program, and Matthew Cleaver, 24, of Bloomsburg, allegedly stole firefighting gear from the fire departments and then sold it on eBay, Trooper Devon Brutosky told the news station.

Efforts to reach Brutosky late Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

Earlier this year, Barrett was affiliated with the Loyalsock Township Volunteer Fire Co. through a program that allows local college students who are trained as firefighters to live free at fire stations. In exchange for the free housing, the students respond to calls.

Loyalsock is just one of several volunteer fire companies that takes part in the "live-in" program.

Firemen Charged In Equipment Thefts--WNEP=TV

Kane Area School Board Nixes Mt. Jewett Charter School Again

WESB News: 12/04/08 - School board Says No to Charter School

The Kane Area School Board has again voted down a proposal for a charter school in Mount Jewett.

The Mount Jewett charter Board has been looking for an Ok to establish a charter shool in the borough since the elementary school in Mount Jewett closed in 2007. Some school board members are concerned with the credentials of proposed teachers for the charter school.

Witness Intimidation Charge Lands Port Man In Jail

WESB News: 12/04/08 - Port Allegany Man Jailed for Intimidation

A Port Allegany man has been charged with intimidating a witness.

Court records indicate that that 54 year-old Billy Taylor entered a business in Port Allegany on November 23 and intimidated a witness who is testifying against him in a case.

Taylor is also facing trespassing charges for entering the home of Janet Taylor without permission. He was jailed on $20,000 bail

PCEC Class Schedule

Fresh Boxwood Tree Table Top Centerpiece

The Potter County Education Office’s Galeton Office will hold a Fresh Boxwood Tree Table Top Centerpiece Class at Lydia’s: A Unique Country Store on Thursday, December 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This class requires pre-registration no later than December 11. The cost for the class will be $40. Call 435-9490 or 274-4877 to register.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will be offering the following computer classes:

December 10 FrontPage 1 6-9 p.m.

December 15 Comp. 1st Aid 1 -4 p.m.

December 15 Access 2 6 – 9 p.m.

December 17 FrontPage 2 6-9 p.m.

December 22 Publisher 2 9 a.m. – Noon

Call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295 to register for classes.

PCEC Galeton Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Galeton Office will be offering the following computer classes:

December 15 Excel 4 9 a.m. – Noon

December 15 Windows XP 1 – 4 p.m.

December 16 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

December 22 Internet 1 9 a.m. – Non

December 22 Internet 2 1 – 4 p.m.

December 23 Excel 1 6 – 9 p.m.

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:

December 10 Vista 1 6 – 9 p.m.

December 11 Excel 1 9 a.m. – Noon

December 11 Excel 2 1 – 4 p.m.

December 11 Vista 2 6 – 9 p.m.

December 16 Internet 1 9 a.m. – Noon

December 16 Internet 2 1 – 4 p.m.

December 16 Word 1 6-9 p.m.

December 17 PowerPoint 1 9 a.m. – Noon

December 17 Word 3 1 – 4 p.m.

December 18 Access 1 9 a.m. – Noon

December 18 Access 2 1 -4 p.m.

Call 642-2295, 274-4877 or 435-9490 to register for classes.