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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gail Writes About Wall Street Bailouts

Dear Mr. Jones,
First let me say that I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I thought that this article on MSN might be of interest to many locals. We are all so caught up in our little worlds... what happens around here is miniscule compared to this absolute disregard for the gift we taxpayers gave Wall Street. I don't know if you can post it or not-but maybe put the site out there.
Thank You
Gail Bailey
Sweden Valley

Susquehanna County Water Well Blows Up

DEP probes blast in gas-drilling region

STAFF WRITER--Times-Tribune
Published: Saturday, January 03, 2009
Updated: Saturday, January 3, 2009 7:12 AM EST
DIMOCK TWP. — An explosion blew apart the 8-foot-wide cement slab covering a water well Thursday night in the heart of the Susquehanna County region where a natural gas operator is exploring for gas in the Marcellus Shale.

Local emergency crews and representatives of Cabot Oil and Gas, the firm exploring in the township, responded to Norma Fiorentino’s house on Route 2024 at about 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day to find the cement slab split open above a gaping manhole in her front yard.

The explosion’s cause has not been determined, county emergency management coordinator Charlene Moser said. She said she suspects that a concentration of something flammable spontaneously combusted when the water well pump in the manhole turned on. More...

PECO Commits To Wind Energy Purchase

PECO Increases Wind Energy Purchase for Philadelphia Headquarters

15 percent wind energy to power PECO’s Main Office Building

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its ongoing environmental commitment PECO today announced a three-year, 4,050 megawatt hour per year purchase of wind energy for its Main Office Building at 23rd and Market Streets in Philadelphia. The purchase will cover 15 percent of the building’s total energy use and represents a 50 percent increase from the last wind energy purchase for 2005 – 2007.

“As an energy company and prominent business leader, being environmentally responsible is not just a nice thing to do – it is the right thing to do,” said Denis O’Brien, PECO president and CEO. “Our increased purchase of wind energy is just one more step in our efforts to be an environmental leader.”

In addition to purchasing wind energy, PECO was the first utility to voluntarily offer a wind energy product in Pennsylvania. Since its launch in May 2004, PECO WIND has become one of the largest and fastest growing green power programs in the country.

More than 36,000 local households and businesses have chosen to purchase PECO WIND, placing it among the top 10 utility green energy programs in the country. The program also has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture).

The purchase for the headquarter building is part of a more than $15 million ongoing initiative at PECO to preserve the environment and help customers become more environmentally responsible as well. Other environmental projects include the opening of PECO’s first ‘green building’, the installation of a new Crown Lights messaging system at the company’s Center City headquarters, upgrades to secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for many company buildings throughout the region, the increased use of hybrid and biodiesel vehicles, and support for community and customer environmental and energy efficiency projects. More...

Did Potter Commissioners Vote Themselves A Raise?

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Did the commissioners vote themselves a raise?!? Where was that news report?

Saturday, January 3, 2009 1:36:00 PM EST

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel replies:

In 2006, Commissioners Wingo, Torok and Bowers held a legally required meeting during which they voted to approve 2-percent annual salary increases for the Commissioners, Treasurer, Register/Recorder, Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts, Auditors and Sheriff/Jail Warden.

Those 2-percent raises were effective for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. They cannot be altered and no one has attempted to alter them.

Under the Pennsylvania County Code, the current Board of Commissioners must meet before the end of 2010 and set the salaries for the same offices as listed above for the 2012-15 term.

PA Farm Show--January 10-17, 2009

The 2009 Farm Show will put a spotlight on Pennsylvania’s number one industry – agriculture. This year’s theme – Keeping Pennsylvania Growing – sets the stage for sharing the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for all Pennsylvanians.

Set for Jan. 10-17, 2009, we expect more than 400,000 people to visit the Farm Show, one of the most celebrated agricultural events in the country. Visitors have the chance to see nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors. In addition, exhibitors can hope to tap into more than $550,000 in prize money.

The best of Pennsylvania agriculture will be on display – including youth livestock shows, educational displays and some of the state’s most delicious foods. New and returning events promise to match the interests of every guest including the Celebrity Milking Contest, the PA Preferred Best Chef in Pennsylvania Contest and the timeless favorite, the Sheep-to-Shawl competition.

Each person who visits the show will learn about Pennsylvania’s efforts to continue growing for the benefit of all citizens in the commonwealth. Come and enjoy! For more information on the web click here.

Extended Hours For PA Unemployed

Unemployment Compensation Service Phone Lines Open Later, Now Include Sundays

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Out-of-work Pennsylvanians will now be able to file claims for unemployment compensation benefits six days a week.

Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Sandi Vito today announced that as part of the department's on-going efforts to increase access to services for laid- off workers, call-in hours for the unemployment compensation toll-free phone number, 1-888-313-7284, will now be available Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The additional Sunday hours mark the first time call centers will be available to answer every type of unemployment compensation question.

In December, Governor Edward G. Rendell directed that call-in hours be extended to accelerate and strengthen assistance to Pennsylvanians who have lost their jobs. In addition to the new Sunday hours, the call center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Governor Rendell directed us to find ways to improve the access and quality of service people filing for unemployment compensation benefits receive," Vito said. "By expanding the hours and days for the call-in number, we are continuing to find ways to help our citizens get the financial support they need in these times of economic uncertainty."

Due to greater call volumes on Monday and Tuesday, and in the morning, claimants who are having difficulty getting through should consider calling later in the week -- Wednesday through Friday, and later in the day. Calling later in the week will not affect the prompt delivery of benefits.

Customers are reminded the best way to get information or file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits is online 24 hours a day at

The expanded service hours and days are part of an on-going effort that includes hiring nearly 300 temporary employees and the creation of a new call center to increase the department's capacity to take phone calls and process claims.

"We will continue working very hard to ensure that individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own get the assistance they need in an efficient and effective fashion," Vito said.

For more information on unemployment compensation, visit and click on the "Unemployment Compensation Information" icon.

Potter County Salary Board To Meet Monday

Meeting Notice
A meeting of the Potter County Salary Board will be held at 11 am on Monday, Jan. 5, in the commissioners’ meeting room at the Gunzburger County Office Building in Coudersport.

Section 1622 of the Pennsylvania County Code requires that the Salary Board convene on the first Monday of January of each year.

At this time, there does not appear to be any Salary Board business to conduct. The meeting is open to the public.

Wisconsin Farmer Asks "What Have I Done?"

Complimentary Movie Today Only In Coudy Theatre

"The Coudersport Alliance Church is hosting, as a gift to the community, a complimentary showing of the movie, “Fireproof,” at the Coudersport Theater on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 at 2:00pm on a first come, first served basis.

2009 Election Calendar Posted

Interest Growing In 2009 Elections

flagPotter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has issued the calendar for the 2009 elections, which include the Municipal Primary on May 19 and the Municipal Election on Nov. 3. Voters countywide will be selecting a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, District Attorney, Coroner and Jury Commissioners (two). Candidates for Judge and District Attorney have the option of cross-filing (running for both the Democratic and Republican nominations).

Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions on Feb. 17. These must be filed with the Director of Elections no later than March 11.

Final day for voters to register, change party affiliation or report change of address is April 20. Voter registration will re-open on May 20 (the day after the Municipal Primary). Potter County Today

Area Obituaries

MESA, Ariz. — Lewis Daniel “Pete” Peters, 76, of Mesa, formerly of Smethport, Pa., died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, while recovering from open-heart surgery.

SMETHPORT — Rita M. Hedlund, 91, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Smethport, died Friday (Jan. 2, 2009) in Winter Haven. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

JONES, Polly L., Age 81, of 2782 Rt. 49, Westfield, PA, passed away December 30, 2008 at her home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Cowanesque United Methodist Church. Rev. Deborah Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA. The family respectfully declines flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Cowanesque United Methodist Church, c/o Fern Plumley, 2771 Rt. 49, Westfield, PA 16950; or the National Alzheimer's Assoc., 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes Barre, PA 18071.

Friday, January 2, 2009

4 Wheeler Crash On Route 59

McKean County ambulance 7 and Medic 16 were dispatched to Route 59, a mile past the underpass for a 4 wheeler accident shortly after 10:00pm. A medical helicopter has been called for but unable to fly due to weather. The patient is being transported to BRMC by ambulance.

News: 01/05/09 - Bfd Man Hurt in ATV Crash

A Bradford man was injured Friday night when his ATV crashed on Route 59 in Keating Township. State Police say that 31 year-old Terry Sorensen lost control of his ATV and ended up in a ditch.

Sorensen was taken to BRMC with significant injuries.

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Four People Hurt in McKean County Collision

Four people were hurt in a collision Tuesday afternoon on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township, McKean County. State police said the collision took place when a VW Beetle driven by 80 year old Erica Lentz of Coudersport went into the opposite lane on a curve and struck a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ronald Benjamin of Smethport. Lentz received major injuries and her passenger 55 year old Mark Lentz, also of Coudersport received moderate injuries. They were taken to Charles Cole Hospital while Benjamin received moderate injuries and his wife, Anita received minor injuries. They were transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Lentz is being cited for failing to stay within roadways laned for traffic.

Several DUI Crashes Investigated
Troopers across the region investigated a number of DUI related crashes in the past several days. Coudersport-based state police said 33 year old Brandi Radtke lost control of her westbound Jeep Liberty while passing another vehicle. The Jeep went off the road, bounced off a guardrail and rolled over coming to rest in the eastbound lane. Radtke was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance. Kane-based state police charged 60 year old Arlene Landon of Olean, NY with DUI after they investigated a “non-reportable” crash Wednesday afternoon on Route 446 south of McCrea Brook Road in Eldred Township. And, 49 year old Brett Maybury of Mt. Jewett was also charged with DUI after troopers investigated another “non-reportable” crash Wednesday night on Route 6, west of Route 219 in Hamlin Township.

Troopers Arrest Coudersport Man for Indirect Criminal Contempt
Cody Parrish, 29, of Coudersport was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of indirect criminal contempt Wednesday. Coudersport-based state police claim Parrish was found to be in the company of a woman early that morning who had previously filed a protection from abuse order against him More local news....


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold three information sessions in January.

First Friday, a new visitors’ program that allows prospective students to have a group visit on campus, will take place Jan. 9, the first Friday of the spring term. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include a presentation by the admissions office, a campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Hall.

On Jan. 17, a Saturday information session begins at 1 p.m. and also includes a tour and an opportunity to speak with an admissions counselor.

On Jan. 22, the admissions staff will hold an after-hours, informal information session on campus for prospective nontraditional and transfer students. The information session will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Admissions Office, which is located in Hanley Library. The admissions staff will be on hand with information on Pitt-Bradford’s programs and financial aid. No appointment is necessary.

Appointments for First Friday and the Saturday information session are preferred, but not required. For more information on any of these events, or to make an appointment, contact the admissions office at (814)362-7555 or visit

Lillian A. Simeone, 79, Oswayo, PA

Lillian A. Simeone
“beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother”

Oswayo, PA---Lillian A. Simeone, 79, of Oswayo, PA, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 in her home following a long illness.

Born December 18, 1929 in East Hampton, Long Island, NY, she was a daughter of Hiram M. and Mildred M. Topping Lynch.

Lillian graduated from high school in East Hampton. She had been formerly employed as a cashier and a school bus driver.

She lived in the Oswayo Valley for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafting, jigsaw puzzles, and playing bingo.

Surviving are four sons: Alfred (Joan) Sabino of Montgomery, Texas, Barry Sabino of Teaneck, NJ, Don Sabino of Butler, NJ, and Robert (Karen) Sabino of Elmwood Park, NJ; a daughter, Patricia (Clay) Haltom of Port Angeles, Washington; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lillian was predeceased by two brothers, William Lynch and George Lynch.

There will be no public visitation. Private committal and burial services will be held in the Wells Cemetery, Oswayo, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA, Olean, NY 14760.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

2009 Potter County Crops and Planting Clinic

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Crops and Planting Clinic hosted by the Potter County Conservation District, which will be held at the Ulysses Fire Hall.

The clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009 with doors opening at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s clinic will feature a variety of speakers, and everyone will have the advantage to talk with several agricultural vendors planning to attend the clinic.

Attendees looking to acquire pesticide recertification credits will receive 2 Core, 2 Agronomic category 01 credits, 2 Demonstration and Research category 18 credits, 2 Aerial Applicator category 25 credits, and 2 Private Category credits for attending.

This is an opportunity to join us in planning for the 2010 planting season. The cost of the clinic is $15.00 per person and a hot lunch is included. Please call if you wish to attend, registration deadline is January 7th, 2009. We look forward to seeing you there, so for more information, please contact the Potter County Conservation District at (814) 274 8411 ext 4.

“Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Genesee Dispatched To Structure Fire

BREAKING NEWS:11:03pm-1-1-09
Genesee Firefighters have been dispatched to a structure fire. First report on scene reports house fully involved. The scene of the fire was on the Kinney Road near the Ore Road in Genesee Township. More information from Potter County Fire News.

Eldred Munitions Plant Supplied Ammunition For War

Museum Honors Weapons Plant

During World War II, Americans launched a variety of volunteer efforts.

Children participated in competitive scrap metal drives and helped their parents plant victory gardens while motorists planned errands to conserve the rationed gasoline. But some of the weapons fueling the Allies' military might came from a north-central Pennsylvania valley near the New York border, 3 miles north of a town called Eldred.

For the full story, go to Go San

Share The Love Visits Long Term Care At CCMH

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver holiday cards recently.

Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center.

From left to right are Delma Winklevoss, Gerald Rea, Ruth Lentz,
Sissy Miller (Share the Love program), and Phyllis Rude.

Energy Fiasco?

Carbon Limits, Yes; Energy Subsidies, No

Wind and biofuel could become the next subprime mortgage fiasco.

Wall Street Journal

There isn't much doubt that Congress and incoming President Barack Obama will try to impose some kind of limits on carbon emissions. The Republicans, girding in opposition, are denouncing global warming as a fraud, and claiming that either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system will impose an unacceptable burden on the economy. More....

Charles Cole Receives ACR Accreditation

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year accreditation as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.

“We are very proud to have earned ACR accreditation,” said Keith Hartjen, director of radiology services at CCMH. “This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality patient-centered care and I thank Scott Brewer and Dee Taylor for all of their hard work and help in achieving this certification.”

ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-reviewed evaluation which is conducted by board certified physicians and medial physicists. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their finds to the ACR’s committee on accreditation, which provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

For more information on CCMH’s imaging services, visit

4 Injured In West Eldred Road Head-on Crash

WESB News: 01/01/09 - Two Vehicle Accident Sends 4 to Hospital

Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on West Eldred Road.

State Police say a car driven by 80 year-old Erika Lentz of Coudersport entered the opposite lane of traffic and struck a vehicle driven by 70 year-old Ronald Benjamin of Smethport.

Lentz suffered major injuries and was taken to BRMC. A passenger in her car 55 year-old Mark Lentz was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Benjamin and 68 year-old Anita Benjamin were both taken to Charels Cole memorial hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

This is the correct information.. Erika Lentz was taken to CCMH with severe injuries.. Mark Lentz was treated and released. The Benjamin's were taken to BRMC where they were treated and released.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Potter County Commissioners Have Final 2008 Meeting

County’s 2009 Budget Approved

budgettttt1Potter County’s 2009 operating budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. There were no significant revisions to the spending plan since it was first made available for public inspection and review earlier this month.

County Spending $7 Million--No Tax Increase

The budget calls for expenditures of just over $7 million. Real estate taxes will be assessed at 12.3 mills for the third consecutive year. The commissioners expressed appreciation to department heads and elected officials for their cooperation in developing the budget. They also said they’ll be working to control expenses in 2009 and hope to avoid raising real estate taxes in 2010.

Bids Received For School Jobs

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the commissioners tabled for further review three bids received for part-time positions to supervise or assist with after-school activities for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts. These are contract positions, administered by Potter County Human Services.

Borrowed $1 Million At 3.5%

The board also approved a tax anticipation note from First National Bank of Port Allegany for up to $1 million, at an interest rate of 3.5 percent.

Two Reappointed To Conservation District

Commissioner Doug Morley and Leroy White were reappointed to the Potter County Conservation District Board of Directors.

Favorable Natural Gas Price Locked In

A contract between the county and UGI Energy Services was approved, locking-in natural gas prices at $6.98 per dekatherm for the courthouse, Gunzburger Building and Potter County Human Services from April through October 2009. Potter County Today

Milford Appointed Deputy Warden At County Jail

Deputy Potter County Jail Warden Named

potterjailAngela Milford, a veteran employee of the Potter County Jail, has been named deputy warden of the facility. She has been serving as assistant deputy warden and began her career at the jail as a guard.

Milford succeeds Bob Patinka, who retired as deputy warden earlier this year. Her hiring was recommended by Sheriff Ken Sauley, who also serves as jail warden, and unanimously approved by the Potter County Board of Commissioners at Wednesday’s year-end business meeting. Her salary, as unanimously approved by the Salary Board on Wednesday, will be $32,500, with an increase to $35,000 upon successful completion of a six-month probationary period. Salary Board members are Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel, along with County Treasurer Krista Miller.

The assistant deputy warden position that Milford currently occupies will be eliminated and replaced with a jail secretary/clerk position, also approved by the Salary Board on Wednesday, at an hourly rate of $8.40 per union contract.

Earlier this year, the Potter County Jail was found to be in 100 percent compliance with state standards for a second consecutive two-year inspection period. Potter County Today

Area Obituaries

AUSTIN, Pa. - Marilyn E. Hooftallen, 89, of Austin died Monday (Dec. 29, 2008) in her home.

DUKE CENTER — Linda L. Brown, 68, of Duke Center, died Wednesday (Dec. 31, 2008) at the Kane Community Hospital following a brief illness. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Duke Center United Methodist Church.

Troopers Busy On Bells Run

Arrests Made for Two Incidents on Bells Run Road
Troopers at Kane have charged two people for separate incidents taking place in the same neighborhood early Monday morning.

Eric Gaylor of Shinglehouse has been cited for disorderly conduct after he allegedly refused to turn down loud music at his home when requested to do so by a neighbor at about 1:30 a.m.

James White Jr., 20, of Shinglehouse was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $300 bail after being arraigned on charges of loitering and prowling, public drunkenness and criminal trespass ...More from Gerri

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U.S. Congressman G.T. Thompson Heads To Capitol Hill

G.T. goes to D.C.

Small town lifestyle leads to Capitol Hill

Lock Haven Express

HOWARD - There's a saying about growing up in a small town - "the worst part about growing up in a rural area is that everyone knows your business and the best part about growing up in a rural area is that everyone knows your business."

This quote typifies the ideal of a rural area and the loss of anonymity, but also the peace of mind knowing your neighbors will always be there to help.

For Glenn "G.T." Thompson, anonymity never seemed to be his aim, but being a helpful neighbor in the rural community of Howard has. Over the years he has served his neighbors in many capacities, from borough council member to volunteer firefighter, from sitting on the area school board to leading many area young men as a scout leader.

It is with the sense of community, willingness to lend a helping hand and the rural values of a lifetime living, learning, working and caring for his family in Centre and Clinton counties that Glenn Thompson will assume the role as U.S. Representative. Having grown up in these areas, Thompson attests to the rural values influencing his life. More...

Military Releasing Some Details Of Accident

Navy Seaman Josh Seitz remembered

By John Anderson
Wed Dec 31, 2008

A private burial is expected to be held Tuesday in Genesee, Pa. at the family farm for Navy Seaman Apprentice Joshua Seitz, 19, who died Christmas day in Bahrain.

The military is releasing some details of the accident that claimed the life of the former Whitesville, Wellsville and Northern Potter, Pa., student. More...

Potter County Offices To Close At 4:00 PM Today

Due to the inclement road conditions, Potter County Offices will close at 4:00pm today, to give workers an opportunity to get home before dark.

The Potter County Commissioners have just issued this email:

Due to the current road conditions, employees may leave at 4:00 p.m. today to allow for travel home during daylight hours.
The Commissioners wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year!

Grassroots Effort Seeks Presidential Commutation For John Rigas

Due to the considerable number of persons, who have contacted the Rigas family, urging an effort to request a commutation of John Rigas's sentence, the family has proceeded to have the necessary papers filed on Monday. Anyone who would like to write a letter to President Bush to recommend John's commutation, may send them as below.

The time remaining for President Bush to act is extremely limited, so time is of essence in this effort. A few minutes of your time and your prayers may have a profound effect on the life of this man who tried to do so much for the people of Potter County and the surrounding area.

People wanting to support the Commutation request of John Rigas should send their letters to the following address:

Lizette Benedi
Bancroft Associate PLLC
1919 M Street, NW
Suite 470
Washington, DC 20036

However, the letters should be addressed to the President as follows:

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Bancroft Associate group will assemble the letters and send them as a group. Thank you.

One Car Crash Reported On Route 59

BREAKING NEWS:11:44am-12-31-08
Lafayette Firemen and Bradford City Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Route 59, one mile West of Route 219, in McKean County where one person is reported injured. The vehicle is reported in the roadway.

Attorney General Investigating Plot Against Bradford Mayor

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Riel Describes Alleged Plot Against Him

Mayor Tom Riel says after he won the election in November of 2007, some people went to great lengths to try to make sure he was never sworn in.

"An elaborate but clumsy plot was hatched by a few rogue members of law enforcement to try to set me up with some sort of drug charges so that I would never be sworn in as mayor and I would never appoint a new police chief," Riel said Tuesday afternoon during a joint meeting of the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

For the full story, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rollover Accident Reported On Route 6 Near Valley Hardware

BREAKING NEWS:7:57pm-12-30-08
Coudersport fire and ambulance has been dispatched to a one-vehicle rollover accident near Valley Hardware.

Heart Of Cole Prepared Donations For Needy Families

The Heart of Cole Community Connections committee at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital prepares to deliver holiday donations to area children and youth agencies. Donations of food, clothing and holiday gifts were delivered to agencies in Potter, McKean, and Cameron counties and then distributed to needy families. The committee plans to organize drives for agencies in need throughout the year. Pictured from left are Colleen Ramsey, Jennifer Rossman, Patrice Levavasseur, and Anna Fair.

Head-On Accident Reported On W. Eldred Road

BREAKING NEWS:3:37 pm-12-30-08
An ambulance is being dispatched to a two car head-on accident about a mile North of the Coryville end of the West Eldred Road. Several occupants were transported to area hospitals.

Former Northern Potter Student Dead In Bahrain

Former Northern Potter Student Dies in Bahrain

A sailor who attended Northern Potter High School died on Christmas Day in Bahrain.

19-year-old Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Joshua Seitz suffered fatal injuries when his patrol boat collided with a barge moored in the Mina Salman port harbor.

Seitz attended Wellsville middle and high schools, and Northern Potter high school, but graduated from a Reading area school.

Two other sailors riding with Seitz survived and are hospitalized in stable condition.

The incident is under investigation.

Calendar Of Events From

December 31
The Potter County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting today, instead of Thursday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in their conference room in the Gunzburger Annex. Items on the agenda include adoption of the 2009 county budget. The $7 million spending plan holds taxes at their 3-year level of 12.3 mills. The Board will also open any bids received for part-time positions to supervise after-school activities for middle school students in the Galeton, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter school districts.

December 31
Ring in the New Year with the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department in the new training facility located next to the fire hall. B.Y.O.B, finger foods, hats and noisemakers provided and a pork and sauerkraut dinner will be served at midnight. Music will be provided by DJ Coyote Nights from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Small games of chance and raffles will be available for purchase. Designated driver may be available within the fire district. Please make arrangements as far in advance as possible. For information, call 274-7012 and leave a message. Cost is $25 per couple. Tickets are available at Northwest Savings Bank, NAPA Auto Parts or from any firefighter.

December 31
The Smethport Volunteer Fire Department will host a community New Year’s Eve Party at the fire hall from 8:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. A film will be show for children.

January 1
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Express Care will be closed today. Regular hours at the walk in medical care clinic are 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. While Express Care treats urgent yet minor ailments, those with true emergencies should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

January 1
The Galeton Moose Family Center will have a New Year’s Day Party from1:00 to 10:00 p.m. featuring free sauerkraut and pork. Call 435-2500 for details.

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December 30, 2008

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No Foul Play Expected
Kane-based state police say no foul play is suspected in the death of 38 year old James Evens of West Leechburg whose body was found Monday afternoon along a railroad track in Wetmore Township. The cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results. Evens was reported missing Sunday by state police in Kiski Valley. A search was initiated Sunday after his car was found along Route 6 two and a half miles west of Kane and resumed Monday involving members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Elkland search and Rescue and a State Police helicopter.

Details Released about Crashes Last Week
Coudersport-based state police overnight released details about a couple of vehicle mishaps taking place last week. Irene Fay Hauber of Coudersport received minor injuries Christmas Eve afternoon when her northbound Dodge van went off the west berm of the Dingman Run Road and struck an embankment. Charges of failing to drive at a safe speed are being filed against 66 year old Thomas Ragan of Rising Sun Maryland after his Chevrolet Tahoe wrecked on Route 144 in West Branch Township Friday evening. Troopers said Ragan’s pick up slid out of control while headed south on the icy road, skidded across the road, struck a tree, spun around, re-crossed the road and came to rest back in its own lane of travel. Ragan was wearing a seatbelt and escaped injury.

Harassment Charges Being Filed Against Lawrenceville Man
A 25 year old Lawrenceville man is being charged with harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place early Saturday morning at his home on the Tremaine Road in that town. State police say the incident began when Andrew Arnold called his mother threatening to burn down his house. She and a female victim arrived at the residence and an argument erupted, “spilling” into the house, then moved back out onto the yard. During the argument, Arnold allegedly struck the female victim numerous times with his fist, kicked her, kneed her in the stomach, smashed her head on the ground and threw her into her car. The two women left the house and returned to New York State and reported the incident the next day to Mansfield-based state police.

Couple Victimized by Access Device Fraud
Coudersport-based state police are continuing their investigation into an Access Device Fraud victimizing a Genesee couple. Someone obtained bank account and/or debit card information belonging to Richard and Phyllis Ober and used it to make multiple online purchases between December 24 and 27 without their consent or knowledge.

Theft of Baby Jesus Replica Investigated
Troopers are also probing the theft of a plastic Baby Jesus from in front of the Andrews Settlement Church between Christmas Eve and Saturday and the theft of a license plate from a vehicle owned by Robert and Rosalind Eastman of Ulysses last week. It bears Pennsylvania registration YLC6573.

Lawmakers Lobby for Changes in Tourism Funding
Action continues on several fronts in an attempt to restore state funding for tourist promotion for many rural Pennsylvania counties. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer are pushing for action. The Potter County Commissioners are lobbying their counterparts in other rural counties to join the move. Unless state officials relent, Potter County Visitors Association (PCVA) will take a big hit next year, due to a new formula for distributing state funds. PCVA funding has been cut from $34,652 this year to $13,355. That’s a 61 percent decrease, largest proportional reduction in the state. Under Pa. Act 50 of 2008, tourist promotion agencies are awarded funding based on a formula that weighs the agency’s eligible expenses (i.e. spending on promotion, etc.), hotel room tax revenues and an evaluation of a marketing plan. Rep. Causer told BFB the changes have a negative impact on smaller tourist promotion agencies with relatively small room tax revenue and promotional spending. In the case of Potter County, the marketing plan received a favorable rating, but the other two factors have more than outweighed that high score. More news...

A Reader Asks..................

Does anyone have information on where to get one of the Potter County 2008 Christmas tree ornaments, featuring the former Lewis home on Mill Street?


HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined the York Casket Co. $65,428 for ongoing violations of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

The Manchester Township wooden casket manufacturer operates a number of spray booths to apply sealer and lacquer in order to give its products a finished appearance. Under the terms of its federal permit, York Casket is required to minimize air emissions by incinerating the fumes from the finishing process before releasing them to the atmosphere. York Casket has had problems meeting those limits.

The fine announced today reflects a failure to meet emission requirements from 2004 to 2007. The penalty also addresses excess air emissions that occurred because of malfunctions, the company’s failure to train employees on controlling air emissions in a timely manner as required by their DEP permit, and to report this failure in a required report.

The company has resolved the violations by making operational improvements to the incinerator and revising the company’s Reasonably Available Control Technology plan, which requires a company to evaluate all possible air pollution reduction measures and to implement those that are determined to be “reasonably available.”+

Previous fines totaling $67,000 were issued in 2003 and 2004. York Casket has been on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s High Priority Violations list, due to the size of the facility and the nature of the emissions.

Income Down At Seneca Casinos

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Seneca Gaming Reports Losses

The Seneca Gaming Corporation is reporting a $17 million loss of income and operating revenues for the fiscal year that ended September 30.

Net income from its casinos and hospitality operations in Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo fell from $119.2 million in 2007 to $102.6 million.

In its annual report filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission Monday evening, Seneca Gaming indicated its revenues declined further through the end of November.

Seneca Gaming, which in August halted construction of its permanent Seneca Buffalo Creek casino and hotel project, as well as a second hotel tower at its Seneca Allegany property, cut more than 200 jobs earlier this month citing continued economic pressures.

Coudersport Library Has Calendars For Sale

The Coudersport Public Library has "Coudersport Reads" calendars for sale?

They are $10.00 each and feature photos of community members.

Proceeds benefit the building/renovation fund.

Virginia A. Holden, 94, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

Virginia A. Holden

PORT ALLEGANY- Virginia A. Holden, 94, passed away Sunday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Agawam, MA.

Born Aug. 29, 1914, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of John J. and Alice E. Clark Hanlon. On July 6, 1935, in Port Allegany, she married Jackson R. Holden, who died July 30, 1987. They were married 52 years.

Mrs. Holden graduated from the Port Allegany High School, Class of 1932. She attended business school at Westbrook Commercial Academy, and worked as a typist, before her marriage.

Surviving are two sons, Elton J. (Marion) Holden of Longmeadow, MA, Joel D. (Ann) Holden of St. Helena Island, SC, a foster son, Eugene Ford of Troutsdale, OR; four daughters, Sally P. (Robert) Butler of Millersville, PA, Susan L. (Kenneth) Krech of Charlton, MA, Jacquelyn (Rick) Zimmerman of Stamford, CT, Lynn L. Laino of Springfield, MA, nine grandchildren: Jeff, Greg, Kevin, Kim, Kai, Ginger, Katie, Michael, and Jeff; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley A. (Carlton) Larson and a sister-in-law, Peg (Menfred) Tenglund, both of Port Allegany, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jackson, a daughter, Mary Holden, and two sisters, Exilda Hanlon and Marjorie Zlobec.

She leaves behind many beautiful memories for her family and friends.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 2, 2009) with the Rev. Thomas J. Beam, pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to Bay State VNA Hospice, 50 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01102.

School Tax ‘Homestead Exemption’ Forms Sent

Potter County homeowners can qualify for a reduction in their school district real estate taxes next year if they file the required application by March 1, 2009. School districts throughout the county must send Homestead Exemption forms to all qualified property owners by Dec. 31. To qualify, a homeowner must fill out the form and return it to the Potter County Assessment Office (Courthouse, Room 10, Coudersport PA 16915) by March

Tax exemptions vary by school district; the average reduction in Potter County for 2008 was approximately $200.

These exemptions apply only to owner-occupied residents. Rental units, unoccupied homes and other real estate do not qualify.

Officials report that homeowners who filed for the Homestead Exemption in 2004-05 should have received a new application for the 2009 tax year.

Anyone with questions about the Homestead Exemption program should contact his or her school district, or contact the Potter County Assessment Office at 274-0488.

The Homestead Exemption program is not to be confused with Pennsylvania’s Rent/Tax Rebate Program, which has a Dec. 31 application deadline (see story below).

Potter Commissioners To Vote On NoTax Increase Budget On Wednesday

County Budget Vote Set Wednesday

Final action on Potter County’s 2009 operating budget has been scheduled for 11 am Wednesday, Dec. 31, during the Board of Commissioners meeting. There have been no significant revisions to the spending plan since it was first made available for public inspection and review earlier this month.

The budget calls for expenditures of just over $7 million. Real estate taxes would be assessed at 12.3 mills for the third consecutive year.

Troyer Farms Tells Employees To Go Home

Troyer Farms Cuts Half Staff
Troyer Farms has long been a staple in Erie County.

For 41 years the company has been employing workers in Waterford and the surrounding area.... but that history has a black mark after today.

70 workers walked out of the potato chip factory for the last time.

After an anonymous caller told us about the layoffs we went to Troyer to find out what was going on, what we found was a handful of angry employees and closed lipped company spokespeople.

Diane Carniewski has worked at troyer for three years... today was a typical day that ended suddenly when she was told to go home... she was one of the 70 that wouldn't have jobs there anymore.

What made monday's announcement even more shocking to employees... when troyer announced plans to sell the company 3 weeks ago they told Newswatch
Officials say the sale "will not result in layoffs"

Today they simply say no comment. More...

Missing Man Found Dead Near Kane

WESB News: 12/30/08 - Missing West Leechburg Man Found Dead

A search party found the body of a missing West Leechburg man Monday afternoon along the railroad tracks near Kane.

State Police say that 38 year-old James Evans was found about ¾ of a mile from where his SUV was discovered Sunday morning. The cause of death is under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.

Evans was reported missing last Thursday.

PA DEP Hiring 37 To Process, Regulate Gas Drilling

N.Y. may follow Pa., increase fees for gas drilling

State would use added income to hire staff for DEC

By Tom Wilber •
Star Gazette
Regulators in Pennsylvania will charge more for gas well permits in 2009 to help offset rising costs of overseeing the industry.

With drill operators eyeing the gas-rich Marcellus Shale under the Southern Tier, officials in New York are considering doing the same. More...

Area Obituaries

SHINGLEHOUSE — Lillian A. Simeone, 79, of Oswayo, died Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) in her home following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

PORT ALLEGANY — Virginia A. Holden, 94, passed away Sunday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Agwam, Mass. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Calendar Of Events From

December 31
Ring in the New Year with the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department in the new training facility located next to the fire hall. B.Y.O.B, finger foods, hats and noisemakers provided and a pork and sauerkraut dinner will be served at midnight. Music will be provided by DJ Coyote Nights from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Small games of chance and raffles will be available for purchase. Designated driver may be available within the fire district. Please make arrangements as far in advance as possible. For information, call 274-7012 and leave a message. Cost is $25 per couple. Tickets are available at Northwest Savings Bank, NAPA Auto Parts or from any firefighter.

January 1
The Galeton Moose Family Center will have a New Year’s Day Party from1:00 to 10:00 p.m. featuring free sauerkraut and pork. Call 435-2500 for details.

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December 29, 2008

Sunday's high: 53, Overnight low: 25, highest wind gust Sunday, 49 mph at 1:00 p.m. trace of precipitation
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Police Seeking Help Locating Missing Man
Kane-based state police are seeking help in locating a Leechburg man whose car was found over the weekend on the Township Line road near the Allegheny National Forest in Wetmore township. David Evans, 38, has been reported missing by state police in Kiski Valley. He’s described as being 5’2” and was wearing blue jeans and a ball cap when last seen. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Kane Barracks at 778-5555.

Electrical Problem Blamed for Fire at Roulette Home
The state police fire marshal says an electrical problem in the attic over a second floor bedroom was the cause of a fire Tuesday at around noon time at the home of John and Nancy Gregg on Burleson Avenue in the Village of Roulette. No estimate of damage was provided.

Seatbelt Usage Credited with Preventing Injuries
No one was hurt in a minor collision taking place Sunday night on the West Eldred Road in Eldred Township. State police said the collision occurred when a southbound Chevy S-10 driven by Logan Linnan of Smethport went out of control on the icy road, slid off the road, struck a guardrail and while spinning clockwise was hit by a Dodge Ram driven by Seth Howard of Turtlepoint. Authorities said both drivers and two 17 year old girls, passengers in each truck were wearing seatbelts at the time. Linnan is being cited for failing to drive at a safe speed.

Police Cite Several for Disorderly Conduct
Several disorderly conduct charges were investigated by area state police over the past few days. Coudersport-based state police have cited 47 year old Lee Vasko of Austin after he allegedly set off fireworks at his Thorn Street home at about 11:00 p.m. Christmas night. A 17 year old girl and 19 Jason Gutshall of Shinglehouse were cited after they became involved in an argument on Southwest Street in Coudersport at about 1:20 a.m. Christmas morning. Police said the argument was so loud, three people called 9-1-1. Gutshall is also charged with public drunkenness and underage drinking. And, 45 year old Barry Robinson of Mt. Jewett was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly “engaged in threatening and tumultuous behavior” on West Main Street in that town between 11:00 and 11:20 p.m. Friday night.

15 Year Old Girl Missing From Tionesta

Tionesta Teen is Missing

State Police are asking people to be on the lookout for a missing Tionesta teenager.

15-year-old Tara Jean Phillips left her house to visit a friend, and was last seen late Saturday afternoon at a Youngsville bowling alley.

Tara was wearing a new, brown winter jacket with fur lining, blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to contact state police.

Check To See If You Are Eligible For This Rebate

Deadline Nearing For Tax/Rent Rebates

taxfreliefWith the Dec. 31 deadline nearing, more than 200 eligible older homeowners and renters in Potter County have not applied for refunds from the state under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are available for rent and taxes paid in 2007. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities who are age 18 and older.

Only half of Social Security income is applied to the eligibility formula. Household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for homeowners are: up to $8,000, $650 rebate; $8,001 to $15,000, $500 rebate; $15,001 to $18,000, $300 rebate; $18,001 to $35,000, $250 rebate.

Renters with incomes up to $8,000 receive a $650 rebate; those with incomes between $8,001 and $15,000 receive $500.

Further information is available by calling a toll-free phone line, 1-888-222-9190.

Potter County Today

Friendship Firefighter Still Serious, Others Released

Friendship firefighter remains in serious condition

John Anderson
Daily Reporter

One firefighters who had a building fall on him a week ago today in Friendship remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) in Buffalo.

Thomas Torpey, 29, of Friendship, was first in critical condition but improved to serious on Monday, ECMC officials said Saturday night. More....

Fire Personnel Attend Services For Chief Martin

WESB News: 12/29/08 - Funeral for Galeton Fire Chief

Funeral services were held over the weekend for Goodyear Hose Company Fire Chief Tim Martin, who died as a result of a snowmobile accident on December 21.

At the family's request, no fire apparatus was sent to the funeral in Galeton, but a large contingent of area fire personnel did attend the services.

Martin, who was 32 years old, had been chief of the department for three years. He was the youngest chief in the history of the Goodyear Hose Company.

2009 Potter County Crops and Planting Clinic

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Crops and Planting Clinic hosted by the Potter County Conservation District, which will be held at the Ulysses Fire Hall.

The clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009 with doors opening at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s clinic will feature a variety of speakers, and everyone will have the advantage to talk with several agricultural vendors planning to attend the clinic.

Attendees looking to acquire pesticide recertification credits will receive 2 Core, 2 Agronomic category 01 credits, 2 Demonstration and Research category 18 credits, 2 Aerial Applicator category 25 credits, and 2 Private Category credits for attending. This is an opportunity to join us in planning for the 2010 planting season.

The cost of the clinic is $15.00 per person and a hot lunch is included. We look forward to seeing you there, so for more information, please contact the Potter County Conservation District at (814) 274 8411 ext 4.

“Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Salamanca Press Cuts Daily Editions, Carriers

WESB News: 12/29/08 - Salamanca Press Going Weekly

The Salamanca Press is cutting it’s circulation from five days a week to once a week effective January 8.

In a letter to subscribers General Manager Jim Bonn also says the Press will no longer be delivered door-to-door in the city and by route carriers, but will be sent through the mail.

The Press has served Salamanca since 1867.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT - William M. Jakubac Sr., 42, of Carnesville, Ga., died Saturday (Dec. 27, 2008) in Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

It's Time To License The Dog Again

Dog Owners Face Jan. 1 Deadline

CB101474Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller reminds dog owners that they must apply for their 2009 dog licenses before the Thursday, Jan. 1, deadline. Dog licenses are on sale over the counter at the Treasurer’s Office at the F. W Gunzburger County Office Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport.

State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. An annual license costs $8.00 and a lifetime license is $51. If the license is for a spayed or neutered animal, the annual fee is $6.00 and a lifetime license is $31. Discounts are available to senior citizens and the disabled.

Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog may be levied. Fees from dog license sales are used to fund the state’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Additional information is available from Treasurer Miller’s office at (814) 274-9775. Potter County Today

Rolla L. Lowrey, 91, Formerly Austin and Coudersport

Rolla L. Lowery, 91, formerly of the Austin area and Coudersport, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at Samantha’s Personal Care in Westfield, PA.

Born on June 6, 1917 in Borie, Pa she was the daughter of William and Jessie Reed Filling. She was first married to Walter McCloskey, who preceded her in death. On March 31, 1962 in Austin, she married Bert O. Lowery, who died on May 10, 1982.

Mrs. Lowery was a homemaker and, along with her husband, operated a farm in the Moore’s Run area. While living in the Austin area she attended the Austin United Methodist Church. She was the secretary and treasurer for the Big Moore’s Run Cemetery for many years and was a former member of the Odin Grange # 1254. Following the death of her husband, Bert, she moved to Coudersport, where she attended Park United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, especially for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved flowers, especially African violets.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia (David) Hunt of Westfield, PA and Evelyn (Don) Gibson of Hinckley, OH, eight grandchildren, six step grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and twelve step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a step brother, Walter Filling, and two grandchildren, Michael Patterson and Dawn Billings.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Reverend Scott Ogden, pastor of Park United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dawn Patterson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Lisa Houghtaling, Box 51, Sabinsville, PA, 16943.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Endeavor preview

Endeavor News features a wide variety of exclusive stories in its Dec. 27 edition, available at businesses throughout the region.

What do you think were the top local news stories of 2008? Compare your picks with those of Endeavor News.

An official from the Potter County Food Matrix presents a detailed summary of that innovative program's progress and its challenges for 2009 and beyond.

Endeavor News has exclusive coverage of the plan to bring a railroad passenger car to the Coudersport Arboretum and restore it for a meeting room and mini-museum.

Take a trip back in time for a look at the fascinating "Coudersport Glass" factory and its products, which are now in hot demand by collectors, and a spotlight on the timeless art of maple syruping.

There are new developments with the unwinding bankruptcy case of Adelphia Communications Corp.

The fight for more state support of local tourist promotion activities have gained a new ally.

That's just a sampling of the interesting stories in the Dec. 27 Endeavor News.

Everyone at the Endeavor wishes the readers of Solomon's words a fulfilling and prosperous new year, with special thanks to Jim Jones for his continued operation of this important online information resource.

New Testing Bill Would Affect Children's Items

To the Editor:
Dear Mr. Jones,

This bill has recently come to my attention as I planned to begin making
and selling children's custom boutique clothing and cloth diapers.

This bill which was signed into law and will go into effect in February 2009
would require lead and phthalate testing of items sold or intended for
children under the age of 12. This includes clothing and toys. Third
party testing will be required after August of 2009.

This law would effect resale of children's items such as garage sales, thrifts shops,
consignment shops and donations.

While testing of toys and clothing components is a very good idea, this law
unfairly attacks small producers.

As the law reads now, each batch must be tested even if it made from the
materials. A size 5 dress must be tested separately from a size 3 dress,
even if they are made from the same fabric, buttons, thread and zippers.
Component testing will not be allowed.

This type of testing will put small businesses out of commission very quickly!

I have contacted my congressmen and senators. I have signed online
petitions. But I think it is imperative to get the word out. I stumbled
upon this information in reading the blogs of other custom boutique
children's clothing producers. I am just beginning to examine all the
information, so I thought perhaps a journalist's eye could be helpful in
understanding the implications of this bill.

This will in effect put an end to crafters who sell afghans, quilts, bibs,
clothes, handmade toys in our area. I am including some links to
additional information. I appreciate your time!

Misty Torrey

the actual law

I am not an expert on this law by any means so I hope my information is
accurate. But I feel it is very important as it effects everyone who,
makes, buys or sells items for children. I would like to emphasis that,
in it's intent the law is honorable; However, it just was not well worded
and offers no reprieve for small business, second hand items, and
charitable actions.

Thank you

Model Wind Ordinances Crafted By The Industry

The lie behind wind energy model ordinances

A WindAction Editorial

In the last ten years, wind industry representatives have successfully laid the groundwork for expedited project review and approval in many States in the US. Reaching out to legislators and State agency directors, the industry argued that existing laws governing siting of electric power plants were unduly onerous when applied to wind facilities. After all, operating wind turbines do not produce air emissions or use/discharge water, the basis for these stricter laws.

To allay concerns over shortened review periods, developers proactively worked with environmentalists and large landowners to help establish guidelines governing the siting of wind plants. The guidelines, or model ordinances, were then presented to State officials with assurances that if developers adhered to them, projects would be safe for residents living near the turbines and less impacting on the natural environment. Although the guidelines did not carry the weight of law, they also helped provide continuity for wind projects subject to local review at the town or county level.

In theory, this proactive teamwork could have worked. But all is not "green" roses.

Wind energy developers count on the fact that few people have "experienced" a wind energy facility and thus cannot imagine the enormity of the towers even from one-mile away. At the same time, these developers know that turbines operate at a noise level that far exceeds the background noise of the rural zones in which they're erected.

We need only look at a few of the 'guidelines' in place to understand how consistent these model ordinances are from state to state and in all cases skewed in favor of wind. More...