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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chimney Fire Put Out On Coleman Mills Road

7:05 pm-12-20-08
Port Allegany Fire and Ambulance, Smethport, Roulette and Eldred are responding to a chimney fire at 1445 Coleman Mills Road on the back side of the river between Port Allegany and Roulette.

This Star Hose photo shows firefighters on top of a snowy, steep roof attacking a chimney fire on Saturday night. Click here to see more photos and an on scene report on Star Hose Company's website.

Marcellus Shale Horizontal Drilling Promised To Bring Jobs, Billions Of Dollars In Royalties, Economic Stability

CCEDC banquet focuses on
economic impact of drilling

Thursday, December 18, 2008
By Wendy B. Lynn Staff Writer
The Progress

DUBOIS - The annual meeting and banquet for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corp. was held at the DuBois Country Club yesterday.

Guest speaker was Z. Hunter Hill, chief financial officer and principal in Little Pine Resources, an oil and gas exploration company based in Dallas, Texas, which recently opened offices in Clearfield. Mr. Hill is in charge of obtaining permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Susquehanna River Basin Commission for horizontal drilling of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hill began his presentation by saying the Marcellus Shale deposit, which is located beneath parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia, could be the savior to communities with stagnant growth and dwindling industry.

Mr. Hill began by giving information on the Marcellus Shale formation, which is a black, organic-rich shale in a blanket formation with low permeability, meaning that it is rich with natural gas deposits that are difficult to remove, especially with conventional gas drilling methods.

The shale is about 4,000-8,000 feet deep covering more than 30 million acres. He compared that to the Barnett shale, which created a natural gas boom in Texas that is only 5,000 acres. The shale deposit in and around Clearfield County is roughly 150 feet thick.

The technology to drill for this natural gas has advanced in recent years, making it a viable economic opportunity for the state, Mr. Hill said. Other reasons to drill now include the domestic energy crisis and high natural gas prices.

The gas is extracted by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing where holes are shot into the shale utilizing water and the resulting fractures release the gas.

Mr. Hill noted there are challenges to the development of natural gas in Pennsylvania. It has few natural gas pipelines and there is a lack of equipment and personnel with experience in the industry. There are issues with the availability of adequate water supplies in the state and limited disposal. Also, Mr. Hill said the permit process with DEP and SRBC is unique and difficult. There is also an unknown issue of legislation and court rulings, no state severance tax, no current or relevant case law and a five-year confidentiality clause where the public cannot see information on a company's drilling results for five years.

On the forefront of the minds of most residents, however, is the economic impact of the drilling. Mr. Hill said his company has estimated the impact based on similar results with the Barnett shale.

Approximately 13,104 jobs could be created annually and more than $5 billion in royalties paid out. Created jobs would include retail trade, professional services, new construction, oil and gas jobs and fabricated metals.

He also said there would be higher-than-average salaries, a sustainable population growth, recession-proof economies, new housing construction, higher property values and lower energy costs. Referring back to the recession-proof economy, he noted that Texas has a budget surplus this year as a result of revenues of Barnett shale drilling.

He compared Clearfield County to Parker County, Texas, and noted there was a 30 percent drop in unemployment, 25 percent increase in per capita income, new businesses were created and schools and municipalities benefited.

"You are going to have a higher quality of living, if you do it right," Mr. Hill said, adding that Pennsylvania can be a model for other areas in eco-capitalism.

Mr. Hill outlined Little Pine Resources' proposed plan for Pennsylvania. "I'm for a separate production tax of 5 percent as long as it is used correctly," he began, noting that part of the revenues of the tax should go to the local communities.

Other parts of the plan include imposing strict water reuse policies, creating a new oil and gas agency and streamlining the permitting process. He suggested eliminating the five-year confidentiality clause, which would protect property owners and those receiving revenues. A state-sponsored gas pipeline and storage facility would be part of the plan. He also said Little Pine Resources encourages the support of local county task forces, noting that local people need to tell their representatives what they want.

Clearfield County is currently in the process of forming an energy task force.

The wells are projected to have a 20-year productivity life span; however, Mr. Hill said there are experimentations being done in Texas with refracturing wells and the theory is that the life span of a well could be extended to 100 years, but he advised that no one should count on that.

In other business at the meeting, Lt. Gov. Joseph B. Scarnati briefly addressed the group and said he is often asked how he and Gov. Edward Rendell will get along since Mr. Scarnati is a Republican and the governor is a Democrat. He said he and the governor agree on some things, but one thing they do not agree on is taxes. He said he plans to guide the Senate to tackle the financial crisis without raising taxes and noted that the most important thing right now is to have a vision for the future of the commonwealth.

Rob Swales, executive director of CCEDC, noted some of the accomplishments of the CCEDC in the past year including work on making Clearfield County a hub for alternative energy in the state, noting there are seven projects in the pipeline right now, including the BioEnergy/Bionol LLC ethanol plant in Clearfield, the Sunnyside Ethanol project in Curwensville and the Swann Biomass project in Clearfield. He noted the CCEDC has worked with the Governor's Action Team in facilitating the reconstruction and expansion of Rescar in DuBois and expanding Paris Cleaners Inc., also in DuBois.

Three board members were elected at the meeting: Lois Richards, Tim Fannin and Kim Kesner. It was noted that Mr. Kesner's election is a reappointment and Ms. Richards and Mr. Fannin are new members to the board.

For more information on Little Pine Resources, visit

Solomon's words thanks Wendy B. Lynn, Reporter, and Jill L. Golden, Editor of The Progress in Clearfield, PA, for allowing us to share this great article with our readers.

While We Line Up For A Can Of Food From Our State Government

From the Centre Daily Times:

As if weary Pennsylvania residents need yet another reminder, here’s just the latest: The Public School Employees’ Retirement System, which administers publicly funded pension plans for about 225,000 active members and 175,000 retirees, awarded $854,000 in bonuses to 21 investment staff employees. The bonuses ranged from almost $10,000 to more than $100,000 —yet, the system lost $1.8 billion in fiscal 2007-08!


Dorsey Marketing Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Three G and J Gourmet Market Cocoa Products: 120126, 120129, 120144 (December 19)
Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:52:00 -0600

Dorsey Marketing Inc. (DMI) of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling the following three G and J Gourmet Market cocoa products because these products may contain melamine.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Mannie Tharp, 74, of Mount Jewett, died Friday (Dec. 19, 2008) in Sena-Kean Manor. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

CORYVILLE — Nancy E. Galentine, 60, died Friday (Dec. 19, 2008) at her residence following an apparent heart attack. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

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BRADFORD, Pa. – Criminal justice and business students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford are combining their talents to help prepare inmates of the Federal Correctional Institution -- McKean for release.

For six weeks, students from the Criminal Justice Club and Students in Free Enterprise have traveled weekly to the prison, which is about 15 miles south of Bradford. There they work with about 30 inmates who are within two years of being released.

The program has been well-received by the inmates, said Gary “Rusty” Ransom, vocational training coordinator and offender employment specialist at the prison.

“I hear nothing but good things about the Pitt-Bradford students,” he said. “I look forward to a continued relationship with them.”

In fact, Ransom has been waiting for something like this to come along. He and two inmate tutors, with the help of SUNY Fredonia psychology professor Dr. Dani McKinney, had drawn up curricula for various topics in life skills – searching for a job, banking, maintaining good health and nutrition, etc.

Then last year, Diana Maguire, associate project director for Pitt-Bradford’s Entrepreneurship Program and SIFE adviser, contacted Ransom about helping conduct mock interviews with inmates during a job fair to help them with their job-search skills.

“The SIFE team is always looking for projects where we can help people,” Maguire said, “and the prison employees were extremely receptive to our help.”

The job fair established a new relationship between the FCI and Pitt-Bradford, and Maguire and Ransom were soon looking for a new project to tackle. The prison, Maguire said, needed someone to teach its “ultimate job search” class for inmates who are within a couple of years of being released.

The SIFE students were up for the challenge.

Maguire then brought in the Criminal Justice Club and its adviser, Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice. All of the students met with prison staff to receive their binders with the curriculum and learn basic visitor procedures, but teaching the inmates is up to them.

The criminal justice students visit on Thursdays, the SIFE students on Fridays. They spend two hours going over resumes, applications, interview techniques and tips for making a good first impression. Students come and go as their subject permits, but two have gone every week.

Katie Pitner, a junior criminal justice major from Sugar Grove, and Vanessa Durland, a criminal justice major from Meshoppen, have visited every week and are clearly in charge and comfortable with what they’re doing when they arrive for their second-to-last session.

It wasn’t that way at first, though, admitted Durland, who said she was nervous her first time visiting the prison.

Ransom puts it a little more strongly. “They were scared to death the first time,” he said. Romainne Harrod, a sophomore English education major from Peoria, Ariz., who took part with SIFE, said she was extremely nervous on her first trip to the prison.

“These are all criminals,” she said, “but the correctional officers made me feel secure.”

Alyssa Smith, a sophomore SIFE student, said, “The first week I went was an eye opener – to say the least. But I wasn’t scared off.”

After several weeks, Durland said she began to relax and even reconsider her plans to attend law school.

“I think we’re learning more than the inmates,” she said, and is now considering working with prisoners.

Now both she and Pitner show considerable poise in the room full of 15 or so inmates.

Pitner is calm and confident as she walks into the cinder block chapel, gathering a group of inmates and going over their resumes that they’ve prepared for her. She gives her advice like a pro, and the inmates take it seriously.

Another student, Ryan Monoski, a criminal justice major from Centre Hall who is visiting for his first time, does more listening than advising.

“This is a very unique environment, and it takes time for the student to adjust,” Gaskew said.

Maguire said her business students, who didn’t have the same knowledge of the criminal justice system as Gaskew’s, were a bit scared at first, “but once they went in and realized they could do it, they were fine.”

The students get a dose of confidence and compassion; the inmates get to interact with “regular people.”

That interaction, Gaskew said, is as valuable as any information being imparted from the bound curriculum.

“Due to the long federal prison sentences faced by many of the inmates and limited contact with family and friends, working with the students provides inmates a glimpse of the outside world and a realistic insight into the unique employment challenges facing them upon their release.”

Gaskew believes these types of programs also greatly benefit the students, by allowing them a first-hand and personalized perspective on the “the full circle” of the criminal justice system.

“From an academic standpoint, to read about our federal correctional institutions is one thing. But to actually observe and speak to the federal inmates participating in this type of re-entry initiative provides an incredible real-world learning experience for the students,” Gaskew said.

Pitner agreed. “In class, you learn the law enforcement aspect, but by coming here, you get to know how they got here. It really humanizes the situation. I really enjoy coming here every week. It’s a different type of environment.”

Pitner leads a discussion with the inmates on first impressions – what to wear when job hunting and what type of outgoing message is appropriate to leave on a phone. It might seem like the college students wouldn’t have enough experience themselves to help someone find employment, but who better to talk about the grind of applying for minimum-wage jobs with retailers, grocers and fast-food restaurants?

The students and professors plan to continue to share their real-world knowledge with those who have been removed from the outside world for years. They’ve recruited members of the staff to take part as interviewers in the prison’s annual mock job fair. Next semester, Pitner plans to return with students to teach a class on how crime affects victims, and Maguire is developing a new course that Ransom is sure will be popular: entrepreneurship.

Maguire, who is creating the class with the help of the Small Business Administration, said that in many ways a class in entrepreneurship is ideal for those who may have to make their own second chances.

Maguire said, “If you want to make your own fate and work where you want to work, sometimes the answer is to do it yourself.”

Maguire said after her very first visit to the prison, she felt an obligation to help give inmates tools they could use to succeed if they choose to.

For Harrod, the trips to the prison have been more than a resume builder. “I have learned to appreciate more the luxury of being able to wake up whenever and go where I want freely without having to check in with someone,” she said. “My perception of the inmates has changed a bit, because some of them do seem like standup guys, but somewhere along the line, they made horrible mistakes that changed their lives. If we have done our jobs right, these men will return home and make a change.”


PITTSBURGH – The Department of Environmental Protection has issued an administrative order to Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to collect and properly dispose of gasoline that continues to seep into Turtle Creek a month after approximately 12,000 gallons of gasoline was released because of a failed valve.

Virtually all of the aquatic life along a three mile stretch of Turtle Creek was killed when the gasoline flowed into the stream. The valve failed while Sunoco employees worked on the eight-inch, interstate pipeline.

Gasoline entered the stream primarily through the storm sewer system, but the fuel that the ground absorbed continues to seep into Turtle Creek.

The order was issued under the authority of the Clean Streams Law and requires Sunoco to maintain existing emergency measures like absorbent booms and pads until more effective capture and removal measures are installed.

The company is also required to submit weekly reports that document how the gasoline was properly disposed, all actions taken to comply with the order, all sampling and monitoring data, and a description of clean up activities planned for the following week.

Sunoco is required to take samples of Turtle Creek daily beginning the week of Dec. 29. Samples will be tested for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and Xylene—all found in gasoline.

DEP is considering further action that may include a civil penalty.

For more information on water quality, visit, keyword: Water Quality.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named one of the top partners of the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania.

In the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Pitt-Bradford and the companies with which it works used more than 95 percent of its allotted WEDnetPA funds, a rate that exceeds standards and was second in the state.

“Since I began working with the WEDnetPA program in 2002, it has been one of my goals to reach an ‘exceeds standards’ rating as defined by the state,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center.

“Most of the credit goes to the companies with whom we work because they are the ones who made the extra effort to use the money they were allocated. We simply were prompt with our invoicing, kept a constant watch on our status, and encouraged companies to utilize their allocations.”

This is the first time that Pitt-Bradford has exceeded standards since becoming a partner in 2001-2002.

WEDnetPA partners are the administrators of Pennsylvania’s Guaranteed Free Training program, which provides qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state businesses relocating to the commonwealth with job training grants. It was created to make companies across Pennsylvania more competitive by updating and improving the skills of its employees to meet specific company needs.

In its first year, Pitt-Bradford worked with five companies with a total of seven contracts. In 2007-08, the university worked with 30 companies for a total of 45 contracts in McKean, Potter, Elk, Erie and Warren counties. Total funds reimbursed to companies for training reached more than $400,000. The businesses included manufacturers, lumber companies, refineries, hospitals, trucking companies, information technology companies and healthcare providers.

Basic skills provided by both third-party and in-house trainers included health and safety, computers, math and measurement, business operations, product and process control, quality assurance and manufacturing fundamentals.

Higher level information technology trainings provided information on advanced applied manufacturing, network administration, software engineering, database development, Web site design and technology support.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford’s partnership with WEDnetPA and how qualified businesses can receive free training, contact Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center, at 814-362-0255 or

Calendar Of Events From

December 19

Austin Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be Christmas Caroling around town beginning at 7:00 p.m. Those wishing to have carolers stop at their home should leave porch lights on .

December 19

There will be a singles dance from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church open to anyone 21 or older who is divorced, separated, widowed or never married. $7.00. Live Music by Country Fever. Food and beverage provided.

December 20

The Southern Potter County Snowmobile Club will meet at 9:00 a.m today at the clubhouse. All members are urged to attend.

December 20

The monthly directors meeting of the Potter County Snowmobile Club will be held at 6:00 p.m at the clubhouse followed by a Christmas Dinner at 6:30.

December 21

Santa will arrive by fire truck to the Austin Town Square where he will meet with children from the town and surrounding areas.

December 21

The Shinglehouse First Baptist Church will present its Christmas Cantata, “ Celebrate Emmanuel” during the 10:30 a.m. service.

December 21

The Ellisburg Union Church will present its Christmas Cantata, “Emmanuel” at 7:00 p.m. with a candlelight service.

December 21

Christ Episcopal Church on North Main Street, Coudersport will present the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. Punch and cookies will be served in the parish center afterwards.

December 21

The Kushequa Union Church will present its Christmas Program at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

December 21

The Evans Memorial United Methodist Church and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lewis Run will have a free Christmas singing program at 7:00 p.m. at Evans Memorial.

Wellness Centers To Close Early Due To Weather

The Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Centers in Coudersport, Smethport, Emporium, and Port Allegany will close at 11 a.m. today due to the weather.

The centers will be open Saturday, 8-11 a.m.

CCMH’s gift shop will also close at 2 p.m. today.

Man Gets 2-7 Years For Failing To Register

WESB News: 12/19/08 - Man Sentenced on Megan's Law Violations

A Limestone man was sentenced in McKean County Court Thursday to two to seven years in state prison on Megan's Law violations.

59 year-old Ronald Walker was charged with failing to notify authorities of a change of address and employment as required of convicted sex offenders.

Men Plead Not Guilty In Oil Spill

WESB News: 12/19/08 - Horton's Plea Not Guilty

The father and son accused of causing an oil spill in the Allegheny National Forest last August entered not guilty pleas Thursday during a hearing in McKean County Court.

42 year-old Andrew Horton and his 22 year-old son Christopher are charged with causing an oil spill in the forest which dumped around 45,000 gallons of oil into a stream and the ground.

The Horton's remain jailed on bail on charges of causing a catastrophe in the Allegheny National Forest.

Trooper Hurt In Roll-Over Crash Thursday

WESB News: 12/19/08 - NY State Trooper Hurt on I-86

A New York State Trooper was seriously injured in pursuit of a speeding vehicle Thursday afternoon on I-86 near Ellery in Chautauqua County.

State Police say the Trooper was pulling into position to stop the motorist when he hit a patch of ice went down into the median and rolled over several times. The Trooper was ejected from his patrol car.

He was flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where he is listed in stable condition. The speeding motorist was later stopped by another Trooper.

Man Hurt In Smethport Crash

WESB News: 12/19/08 - Smethport Man Hurt in One Car Crash

A Smethport man injured in a one vehicle accident Thursday at the intersection of Route 59 and 6 in Smethport.

Smethport Police say that a car driven by Charles Bigrigg went out of control and stuck a tree head-on.

Birigg was taken to BRMC and then later flown to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of injuries. He is in stable condition this morning.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Two environmental studies majors from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have created a nature guide to identify and describe selected trees found along the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail, which is located adjacent to the university.

Erin Baxter, of Warren, and Lisa Moeke, from Bradford, worked with Dr. Dessie Severson, retired professor of biology, to research and compile the information, which they then developed into a nature guide.

Included in the brochure are the names of 23 trees located along the trail and descriptions and facts about each one. For example, the quaking aspen has leaves that “tremble” even in a slight breeze. The tree provides food for beaver, deer and other mammals. The wild black cherry tree is easily identifiable by the large blackish bark flakes that appear on is mature trunk. Also in the brochure is a map, pinpointing the location of each tree along the trail.

The 1.4 mile-long trail runs along the West Branch of Tunungwant Creek, beginning across from the Kessel Athletic Complex on Campus Drive and ending at Clarks Lane.

Moeke said the three month-long project focused on trees native to the region. Their work was done as a directed study for their environmental studies major under the aegis of the Allegheny Institute of Natural History at Pitt-Bradford.
“We walked the trail to see what species existed,” she said. “We picked out trees that were good, hearty specimens.” They then developed a guide that would provide designated stops all along the trail. For ease of use, they chose to use common names on the trees, but the guide also provides the scientific species names.
Officials from the Tuna Valley Trail Association assisted with the project and volunteered to post an enlarged map on the trailhead kiosk and to provide brochures.
“This is exactly the thing we would like to see happen with all of the Tuna Valley Trails in the community,” said Rick Esch, president of the Trail Association.

Tackling such a task fueled even more environmental passion for the duo, Moeke said.

Baxter added, “I wanted to do something beneficial for the community that I could be remembered for. I am very interested in trees, as they are so important to our earth."
Moeke said she not only wanted to help the community but also educate the public. “We have both always been passionate about the environment,” she said. “It is our hope that this project sparks that passion in others.”

Both students expressed appreciation to Esch for reproducing the guide, to Pitt-Bradford facilities management personnel for ordering and installing the identification plaques, and to Bernie Picklo, Academic Computing Specialist, for developing the trail map used in the guide.
Brochures are available at the McDowell Community trailhead kiosk near the parking area on Campus Drive, as well as Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau kiosks located throughout the region. It will also soon be viewable online at

Winter Storm Warning Thru 6 PM

707 AM EST FRI DEC 19 2008





Vehicle Crash Reported On Peet Brook

BREAKING NEWS:4:55am--12-19-08
Genesee, Coudersport, and Wellsville are responding to an accident on the 1700 block of Peet Brook Road in Allegany Township. A vehicle is reported to be over the embankment there.

News: 12/19/08 - Coudy Woman Severely Injured in Crash
A Coudersport woman was severely injured this morning at 5 in a one vehicle accident on Peet Road in Potter County. State Police say a vehicle operated by 28 year-old Crystal Taylor went out of control and off a large embankment. Taylor was ejected from her car. She was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and remains in serious condition.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Bradley A. Rodman, 33, of 139 Commons Lane, Ridgway, formerly of Emporium, died at Bath Township outside Lansing, Mich., Wednesday morning (Dec. 17, 2008) in an accident. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home in Emporium.

PORT ALLEGANY — Earl G. Strait Sr., 74, of Annin Creek Road, Turtlepoint, died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2008) in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

COUDERSPORT — Ronald L. Copp, 71, Telescope Road, Ulysses, died of natural causes Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2008) at his residence. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.

ELDRED — Ruth M. Langfitt, 91, of the Jenny L Manor, died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2008) following a brief illness. Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Shinglehouse Residents Charged

WESB News: 12/18/08 - Shinglehouse Residents Facing Drug Charges

The Shinglehouse Police Department arrested four Shinglehouse residents on drug charges Wednesday. Shinglehouse Police charged 37 year-old Tina Marie Cusimano, 47 year-old Jesse Leverett, 52 year-old Deborah Caulkins and 44 year-old Steven Appleby on charged relating to the sale of controlled substances.

Police also charged another, 32 year-old Robert Carpenter with intimidating a witness and terroristic threats. All five are facing bail in their respective cases.

Earl G. Strait, Sr., 74, Turtlepoint, PA

TURTLEPOINT- Earl G. Strait, Sr., 74, of Annin Creek Rd., died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2008) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Born November 26, 1934, in Olean, NY, he was a son of Gaylord “Guy” and Elizabeth Knapp Strait. On June 13, 1975, in Port Allegany, he married Nancy A. Sherrife, who survives.

Mr. Strait worked for Ball Corp. (now Saint-Gobain Container Co.) as a front end foreman, retiring in 1995, after 44 years of service.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and a past member of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union, AFL, CIO, Local Union 75. He also was a former member of the Bells & Beaus Square Dance Club, was an avid camper and hunter.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Nancy, are two sons, Earl G.(Susan) Strait, Jr., of Niceville, FL, Joseph C. (Romona) Strait of Blairsville, GA; three daughters, Elizabeth L. (Keith) Howard of Turtlepoint, Stacy A. (Robert) Brown of Douglasville, PA, Rose Marie Fuller of Smethport; a stepson, David J. (Cynthia) Carpenter of Port Allegany; a stepdaughter, Stephanie (Paul) Bidwell of Eldred; 25 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert D. (Dorothy) Strait of Turtlepoint; a sister, Marjorie Amell of Turtlepoint; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Doris Watkins, a stepson, Randall P. Carpenter, and a great-granddaughter.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20, 2008) with the Rev. John Wesley, vicar of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the S.W. Smith Library, Port Area Ambulance Service, or the American Cancer Society.

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Biscuits Recalled For Melamine

Interfood Shareholding Company Issues a Nationwide recall of Wonderfarm Brand Biscuits Because of Possible Health Risk (December 9)
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:45:00 -0600

Interfood Shareholding Company is recalling all lot codes of multiple varieties of the Wonderfarm brand of biscuits because they may be contaminated with Melamine.

Fire Reported In Mobile Home In Coudersport Boro

BREAKING NEWS:6:36--12-18-08
Coudersport firemen have been dispatched to the report of a fire in a mobile home at 604 South West Street in Coudersport Boro. Radio reports indicated a hot water tank is on fire there. UPDATE: The fire is declared under control...6:51pm.

Roulette Township Snow Plow Operators Ask For Your Help

Recently we have had problems with snow removal in the area. There are more and more people that have been parking on the streets, shoveling/plowing snow into the streets, and a lot of (mostly kids) racing around on the streets while we are plowing.

When there is heavy snow, it would be greatly appreciated if parking on the streets could be avoided if possible. If not possible, please make sure that your vehicle is as far off the road as possible. This will not only prevent the possibility of unfortunate damage to vehicles, but will enable us to more effectively remove snow from the streets.

Regarding putting snow into the streets when plowing or shoveling… this causes potential traffic hazards that could be punishable under PA State Vehicle Code (§ 3709. I am not talking about the people that plow snow across the road and then clean the mess and leave a few crums, I am talking about the ones that intentionally move the snow back into the road and just leave it there to be run over, re-plowed or driven around.

Another potentially threatening situation is the kids that think that the streets are open to tearing up with their cars and recreational vehicles. They also get in our way while we are trying to keep the streets clean and safe for motorists.

Operating a snowplow is not like driving a car. It is not easy navigating around obstructions. There is a lot of plow out there on the front of the truck, and a lot to keep track of.

If everyone will co-operate, we can clean the streets of snow and ice without having any problems. Plow operators don't want to have to contact police, but they will do what is necessary to keep those who do not co-operate from harming themselves and others…

All in all, it is best to avoid any unnecessary travel during storms like the one that is heading this way…

Dinner Tonite To Benefit Fire Victims

Spaghetti Dinner For Williams Family

The Tri-Town Junior Firefighters will be holding a spaghetti dinner on Thursday Dec. 18th from 5-7PM at the Tri-Town Fire Hall.

The dinner is to benefit the Tom Williams family who lost their home and all their belongings in a fire this past Sunday morning.

Duane and Brandon Williams are Junior Firefighters with the Tri-Town Fire Co.

Potter County Offices Closing Early On Friday

Potter County offices located in the courthouse and F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building will close at on Friday, Dec. 19, for the annual employees' Christmas party.

These offices, as well as the Potter County Human Services offices in Roulette, will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25-26, and on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Year-end meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Potter County Wind Ordinance Passed By 2-1 Vote

An ordinance regulating industrial wind turbine location in Potter County was passed Thursday by a 2-1 vote of the Board of Commissioners. Chairman Doug Morley and Paul Heimel voted in favor of the regulations, to be incorporated in the Potter County Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Commissioner Susan Kefover cast a dissenting vote.

The commissioners made significant revisions to the amendment that was proposed earlier this year by the Potter County Planning Commission. Much of the discussion over the past several months has focused on how far wind turbines should be set back from neighboring residences, and the amount of noise generated by the turbines that should be permissible beyond the participating landowner’s borders.

Townships of Ulysses, Hebron, Homer, Sweden and Eulalia have passed, or are considering, industrial wind energy ordinances which are less restrictive than the countywide standard. The township ordinances, if properly adopted and implemented, would supersede the county’s regulations. Potter County Today

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel released this statement:

"No issue that has come before this board has generated such a degree of discussion and controversy as industrial wind turbines. I feel comfortable that every major issue has been identified in the drafting of this ordinance, and that it represents a reasonable balance between protecting the neighbors from the potential risk to their health, safety and welfare, and respecting the rights of private property owners who desire to do what they want with their own land."

"Over the past two years, I’ve read countless pages of scientific studies; anecdotal accounts of the impact wind turbines have had on neighbors in other parts of the country; local and model ordinances from Pennsylvania and other states; media accounts and other research. I’ve visited wind facilities and talked with people in those towns."

"The difficulty of this issue is that there are no absolutes. Inevitably, once the entire body of work is digested, the fact is that we will not know with verifiable certainty what impact any particular model of wind turbine might have on which particular neighbor, given the variances in geographic features and natural contours, as well as the fact that not everyone is affected in the same way."

"My firm conclusion, after so much research, is the major issue with which we as regulators must concern ourselves is the sound that is generated by industrial wind developments. The wind industry reports continued technological advancements that reduce the amount of noise that is generated by turbines and I accept that as a fact. That argument only lends more validity to a regulation, such as ours, that is based more heavily on the sound issue than on an arbitrary setback figure."

"Still, with the deepest respect for the role of grassroots local government and the rights of people to do as they please with their own property, I take solace in the fact that those who consider our regulations to be too strict have two alternatives: they can make their case with their neighbors and obtain a waiver of the protection clauses in the county’s ordinance, or they can work with their township officials to develop a municipal ordinance that better fits that particular township’s needs and the desires of its citizens."

"Those two options – a neighbor to neighbor agreement or the basic American concept of responsive, grassroots local government – strengthen my resolve that, from a countywide perspective, we are putting in place an appropriate regulation. In the absence of any other rules, it protects the innocent neighbors who might otherwise be harmed while, at the same time, allowing industrial wind development to move forward under conditions that address the very critical issue of siting".

"I am sure I speak for Commissioners Morley and Kefover when I express our deepest appreciation to the Planning Commission members, the countless citizens who have spoken out about this important issue, the state and local officials and members of the scientific community who have shared their results and their counsel, and many others who have helped to bring us to this point."

Potter County Education Council Schedule

Scrapbooking Course

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Office will hold a Scrapbooking Course on Monday, January 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. Join Kathy and Dinah for a fun evening of scrapbooking using rubber stamps and die cuts! Add to a current project or bring those holiday photos and start something new! If you’re looking for special background, tools, or supplies please share special request when registering. The cost for the class will be $15 per person. To register call 642-2295 or 274-4877

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet? – Drug & Alcohol Awareness for Parents

The Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Office will be sponsoring a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program for Parents on Thursday, January 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. Drugs and alcohol change the direction of a young person’s life— Physically, Emotionally, and Behaviorally. “Parents, you are the first line of defense and you ‘do’ make a difference!”

Learn the ever changing drug trends along with the risks, what to watch for, signs & symptoms, and tips for parents. The cost for the class is $5 per person. Get Involved / Register Now – Call 642-2295

From Sap to Nature’s Sweet Gift ~ Maple Syrup

The Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will hold a Maple Syrup Course on Saturday, January 10 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In this two-part class, you will learn the entire process of turning maple tree sap into sweet Maple Syrup - tree identification, surveying the woods, tapping trees, collecting your sap, boiling, grading, filtering, and bottling from maple producers with years of experience. A follow-up session in February to the Sugar Bush to collect sap. The cost for the class will be $23 per person. To register, call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Beginning Beekeeping ~ Short Course

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Beginning Beekeeping Course at the Coudersport Office. If you are concerned about the destiny of the honeybees and want to help or are looking to improve your flowers, vegetables and fruit, then this course will get you started in the right direction and help you achieve whatever your goals may be. This course will offer the basics from understanding the life of the honeybee colony, hive equipment and tools, to successful management techniques for honey and colony survival. The first class will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Two other classes will follow on February 28 and March 28. The cost for the course will be $40 per person. To register, call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

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

January 13 Windows XP 9 a.m. – Noon

January 13 Windows XP 6 – 9 p.m.

January 15 Word 1 9 a.m. – Noon

January 15 FrontPage 1 6 – 9 p.m.

January 20 Excel 1 9 a.m. – Noon

January 20 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

January 22 Word 2 9 a.m. – Noon

January 22 FrontPage 2 6 – 9 p.m.

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:

January 12 Word 1 9 a.m. – Noon

January 12 Excel 1 1 – 4 p.m.

January 13 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

January 20 Word 2 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:

January 6 Windows XP 6 – 9 p.m.

January 8 Windows XP 2 6 – 9 p.m.

January 12 Windows XP1 9 a.m. – Noon

January 12 Computer 1st Aid 1 – 4 p.m.

January 12 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

January 13 Vista 1 6 – 9 p.m.

January 14 Word 1 9 a.m. – Noon

January 14 Word 2 1 -4 p.m.

January 14 Word 2 6 – 9 p.m.

January 15 Vista 2 6 – 9 p.m.

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

Test Message from EMA

Test message from EMA

Coudersport Swimming Pool May Have To Close

Will Swimming Pool be open in 2009 in the Coudersport Borough?

Will the Coudersport Borough Swimming Pool be in operation in 2009 or will it set empty for the entire season. The swimming pool is an expensive facility to operate and with the rising costs and job conditions throughout the entire area it has become a reality that closing the pool may be the only alternative.

During the regular monthly meeting of Borough Council held on December 18, 2008 the chairman of the recreation committee asked the council to seriously think about the pool operation and be prepared to voice their opinion in regards to closing the pool with a likely hood that a vote will be taken at the January 21, 2009 meeting of council to determine whether to operate it in 2009.

If you are serious about having a swimming pool in 2009 you need to step up to bat and let the council members know your feelings. The Borough has to consider seriously of closing the pool entirely. The Borough would like to receive as much public input as possible before any final decision is made.

You can write to the Coudersport Borough, 201 S. West Street, Coudersport, Pa. 16915, email at or call 814-274-9776 or come to the regular monthly meeting that will be held on Wednesday January 21, 2009 at the Borough Maintenance Facility located at 43 Damascus Road.

Car Crashed Into A Tree In Smethport Boro

BREAKING NEWS: 11:58--12-18-08
Smethport Fire and ambulance services have just been dispatched to a crash at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 59 in the boro. The car reportedly ran head-on into a tree. Port Allegany ambulance has been dispatched to this incident too.

NWS Weather Forecast From Potter County EMA


Gradual Clearing
Hi 32°F


Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 80%

Lo 21°F


Wintry Mix. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 100%
Hi 29°F


Wintry Mix. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Lo 14°F


Wintry Mix. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Hi 21°F


Wintry Mix. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 60%
Lo 12°F

Today: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 32. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Tonight: Snow after 3am. Low around 21. Calm wind becoming east between 4 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: Snow before 1pm, then snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 29. East wind between 10 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Friday Night: Snow showers likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Northeast wind between 9 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: A chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 21. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night: A chance of snow before midnight, then snow and freezing rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 12. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: Snow and freezing rain likely, becoming all snow after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 13. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Evelyn F. Draper, 73, Formerly of North Fork, PA

Evelyn F. Draper, 73, formerly of North Fork, PA, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born July 17, 1935, in Harrison Valley, PA, she was the daughter Arthur and Florence Shelley Draper.

She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Iva and Clayton Lewis.

Surviving are: a sister, Esther (Carl) Johns of Ulysses; two brothers, Lyle Draper of Hughesville, PA and Leslie Draper of Ulysses; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 20, 2008 at the Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Winter Storm Watch Through Friday Afternoon

501 AM EST THU DEC 18 2008





Tri-Town Fire Company Elects 2009 Officers

The Tri-Town Fire Co. of Ulysses held their election of officers Wednesday night with the following officers to take office on January 1, 2009.

Chief, Roy Hunt; 1st Asst Chief, Ken Wingo; 2nd Asst Chief, Jeff Barber; 3rd Asst Chief, Matt Seeley.

President, Mike Hager; Vice-President, Earl Jordan; Secretary, Pam Hunt; Treasurer, Erich Petsch.

Tri-County Delegates are Mike Healy and Matt Seeley. Tri-County Alternates are Mike Hager and Ken Wingo

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"A Christmas Story"--December 19-21

December 19-21 Bradford Little Theatre presents "A Christmas Story" at the Bromeley Family Theater.

Tickets are available at Graham Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Smith's, Tina's Hallmark and online at

Ann Lincoln, 78, Raymond, PA

“Raymond, PA resident”

Raymond, PA---Ann Lincoln, 78, of Raymond, PA, died Tuesday, December 16, 2008 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA after a long illness.

Born January 25, 1930 in Twin Rocks, PA, she was a daughter of Stanley and Louise Yamrick Hetz. On March 18, 1950 in Morgantown, West Virginia, she married William P. “Bill” Lincoln, who survives.

She was a graduate of Mapletown, PA High School, and was also a graduate of the Morgantown, West Virginia, Business College. She was a resident of Raymond, PA for 31 years, and previously lived in Graterford, PA.

Mrs. Lincoln was a very active member and past district president of Unit 963 American Legion Auxiliary, Ulysses, PA. She was also a member of Unit 6611 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Galeton, PA and a member of Ulysses Chapter #95 O.E.S., Ulysses, PA.

She loved to quilt, having won many blue ribbons at the Potter County Fair. She also won many ribbons for her entries of vegetables, fruits, jellies, and her butter at the fair.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, William P. “Bill” (Linda) Lincoln, II of Ulysses, PA; two daughters, Bonnie Lou (William) Miller of Glenside, PA and Elizabeth Anne Lincoln of Austell, Georgia; four granddaughters; three great-grandsons; one brother, Joseph P. (Ann) Hetz of Smithfield, PA; one sister, Rosemarie Emmanuele of Cheektowaga, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lincoln was predeceased by two brothers, John Hetz and Henry Hetz.

At Ann’s request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a date and place to be announced. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 963, Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948 or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Unit 6611, Galeton, PA 16922.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse, PA.

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Ann Lincoln, 78, of Raymond died Tuesday (Dec. 16, 2008) in the Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

NORTH FORK--Evelyn F. Draper, 73, formerly of North Fork, PA, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Allen R. Stevens, 48, Westfield, PA

Allen R. Stevens, 48, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, December 16, 2008 in his home.

Born February 3, 1960, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Ray C. and Joyce Carlin Stevens.

Allen was a pipeline welder for many years. He was a member of Westfield Lodge No. 477, F & AM and Pipefitters Local #520.

Surviving are: two daughters, Lucinda (Clayton) Duell of Westfield and Amanda (Shawn) Moore of Coudersport; a son, Nathan (Loria) Stevens of Westfield; seven grandchildren; his parents, Ray and Joyce Stevens of Galeton, PA; a brother, Darwin (Hope) Stevens of Westfield; girlfriend, Clara “Toot” English Ianson of Westfield; a niece, a nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call Thursday, December 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery.

Lodge Notice

The members of Westfield Lodge No. 477, F & AM, will assemble Thursday, December 18, 2008, 8:30 PM, at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, for the purpose of conducting a Masonic Funeral Service for Brother Allen R. Stevens, who died December 16, 2008.

Judge says No To Tires To Energy Plant In Erie

A judge has upheld a zoning board's decision not to allow a tires to energy plant to be built in Erie.

The proposed plant would have burned old tires to produce electricity.

Those people living downwind of the proposed project are pleased with the decision. The company is consulting with lawyers to consider an appeal.

Rendell Announces Canned Food Drive To Help Struggling Taxpayers Keep Eating

Governor Rendell Announces Three New Steps to Help Pennsylvanians in Need

Canned Food Drive, Weatherization Kits, New Web Site Designed to Provide Assistance During Difficult Times

HARRISBURGGovernor Edward G. Rendell announced three steps the commonwealth is taking beginning today to help Pennsylvanians who are in need as winter approaches and the economy continues to struggle.

People are experiencing hard times across Pennsylvania and we’ve been looking for new ways to help,” said Governor Rendell.

The Governor announced a canned food drive among state employees across Pennsylvania, a new online resource providing convenient access to existing state programs, and a joint effort with the United Way to install 3,000 weatherization kits in the homes of senior citizens trying to manage their rising utility bills. The organization will also arrange for volunteers to install the kits.

“About nine weeks ago, I convened a summit consisting of seven meetings across the state that was designed to bring community leaders together to help people stay warm this winter while managing their energy costs,” said the Governor. “The United Way was a big part of the effort. They, along with the other community leaders in the seven regions and my administration, pledged to work in the following weeks to carry out strategies to accomplish that overarching goal.

“These weatherization kits are part of that effort and will go a long way to ensure 3,000 homes are more energy efficient, which will help reduce heating costs for those residents.”

In announcing the canned food drive, Governor Rendell asked state employees to help food banks replenish their shelves at a time when demand for their services has increased while donations have declined.

“Food banks across the state have reported that the slowing economy has increased the demand for their services by up to 35 percent in less than a year,” said Governor Rendell. “This comes at a time when these organizations are struggling for donations and finding their shelves bare.”

The state employee food drive began today and will end on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Collection bins can be found at 19 state office buildings across the commonwealth including 15 in the Harrisburg area and one in each of four regional office buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading and Scranton.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to help our neighbors. I realize that times are tough for many families, but even a few cans of food given by those of us who are able to donate food can mean the difference between someone eating or going hungry,” added the Governor.

The commonwealth also launched a new online resource today that will make it easier for citizens to find the resources they need through existing government programs to help make ends meet during the economic crisis.

At, Pennsylvanians can find resources grouped by the following topics: employment, family services, housing, older Pennsylvanians, and economic development.

“The faltering national economy has created many challenges for our families,” said Governor Rendell. “Citizens going through difficult periods often do not know where to look for help. The Here to Help Web site puts many beneficial program under one umbrella, making it easier for families to locate the resources that can get them through this tough time.”


The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Collection bins for the canned food drive are located near the Christmas trees in the following buildings:


Capitol / East Wing / Irvis / North Office Building

Finance Building

Forum Building

Health and Welfare Building

Keystone Building

Labor & Industry Building

DGS Public Works and Maintenance Building, 18th and Herr Streets

DGS Surplus Property Building, 22nd and Forster Streets

Agriculture Building

Harristown 1 (Strawberry Square)

Harristown 2 (333 Market St.)

Rachel Carson State Office Building

Regional Offices: