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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year

Port Allegany Man Stopped For DUI Last Week Was Driving 94 Miles Per Hour In Roulette Township

Stopped For 94 MPH
A Port Allegany man is accused of DUI after a traffic stop in Roulette Township on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 6:42 pm.
What State Police didn't disclose in the news release issued last week is that Carpenter was stopped for going 94 miles per hour in a 55 zone and found to be DUI.

Shelley R. Carpenter, 36, of Lower Portage Road, Port Allegany, PA, was stopped by Coudersport Troopers for traffic violations. Carpenter was subsequently arrested for probable cause of DUI.

Charges were filed through District Court 55-4-01, on December 29th. They are Careless Driving; DUI; DUI Highest Rate, (.16 plus); Driving While Suspended or Revoked; and Exceeding the Speed Limit (55) by 39 miles per hour.

Carpenter is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 18, 2010 in District Judge Barbara Easton's courtroom.

Sabinsville Man Threatened To Kill Bingham Township Man

Arrested Without Incident
A Sabinsville, PA man was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge Delores Bristol after an incident in the 2100 block of Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township, Potter County on Monday at 2:06 PM where he is alleged to have threatened to kill a man.

John George Cardy, 71, of 2737 Phoenix Run Road, Sabinsville, PA, is accused of traveling to a 44 year old male's home on the Hickox-Ulysses Road after making verbal threats that he was going to kill the victim.

Cardy was in possession of two .22 caliber rifles, one of which was loaded with 8 rounds, including one in the chamber. Cardy was taken into custody by State Police from the Coudersport barracks without incident.

He was charged with multiple charges including Terroristic Threats; Recklessly Endangering; Harassment; and Disorderly Conduct.

He was arraigned and released on $5,000. unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 5, 2010 before Judge Bristol.

Electric Rates To Jump 30% Tomorrow For Some

Rate Caps Expire
Harrisburg, Pa. - Tonight, midstaters will be counting down to the new year, but the countdown is also on for PPL customers.

Rate caps expire tomorrow.

PPL customers will have to pay 30% more for electricity.

Allegheny Power and Penelec have been allowed to raise rates gradually and unlike other power companies, customers should not see extreme jumps in prices when rate caps expire for those companies one year from now at the beginning of 2011.

Waterdog Takes Aerial Photos Which Reveal Unreported Contamination From Drilling

Gas driller cited for violation after environmentalist takes photos

By Steve McConnell (STAFF WRITER)
Times Tribune

A state investigation sparked by a local environmentalist who rented an airplane to gather photographic evidence has revealed an unreported contaminate release at a natural gas drilling site in Wayne County. More...

"Life Is Hard And It Passes Quickly"

Prosperity is letting God work through us

Some Bible scholars say that Moses wrote this prayer during a particularly painful time of his life that is recorded in the 20th chapter of Numbers.

Three significant events occur in that chapter: The deaths of his sister, Miriam; and his brother, Aaron; and the sin that Moses committed that caused him to be kept from entering the Promised Land with his people. In the midst of that time of profound grief and disappointment, he starts his prayer by acknowledging some rather profound and obvious realities.

First, he recognizes that God has a different perspective on things than we do. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God ... a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday ...”

Things that seem monumental to us in our narrow slice of eternity are mere blips on God’s radar screen. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives can be momentarily overwhelming. It helps to know that God is bigger than our circumstances and that God has a plan and is ultimately in control.

Moses then points out that life is hard and it passes quickly. More...

4 Reported Injured In Car Crash Near Wellsville

New Year's Eve Car Crash
At about 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve, Ambulances from Wellsville and Bolivar have been sent to an accident scene on Route 417 in the Town of Scio where 4 people are reported injured.

Potter County Paying $140,000. To Keep Hebron Township Farm From Being Developed


Peet Farm In Hebron Township

Will Remain Agricultural Only

A ceremony on Wednesday marked the addition of almost 200 acres of prime agricultural property in Hebron Township to the Potter County Farmland Preservation Program. As part of a state/county partnership to protect farms from development, the county’s Farmland Preservation Board purchased development rights on the John and Karlene Peet property, consisting of 199.71 acres, for a purchase price of $710 per acre. Payments will be made to the Peet’s incrementally.

During a ceremony in the office of attorney Alan Acker, Mr. Peet spoke of his close connection with the property, dating back more than 70 years, and his concern about the lack of conservation practices demonstrated elsewhere in the county.

He added that he was pleased to see that — after years of environmental stewardship — the property would remain in use for agricultural purposes, even as pressure could mount to convert it to residential development or other uses.

The Peets are one of Potter County’s pioneer families. Mr. and Mrs. Peet (shown) had signed up for the conservation easement through the Farmland Preservation Program more than five years ago. State funds for the program have been drastically reduced, with the vast majority being committed to counties in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania where development pressures are strongest.

Potter County’s allotment from the state for 2009 was $25,412 and county contributed $10,000 to the fund. Another $60,000 was provided through the County Environmental Initiative Grant Program (“Growing Greener”).

The Potter County Farmland Preservation program has been in existence for 10 years and this is the sixth purchase. Development rights on 985 acres have been acquired. Potter County Conservation District administers the program. For more information, contact Colleen Frank at 814-274-8411, ext 114, or

Potter County Today


Everyone on Coudersport Dentist Pete Ryan's mailing list received this email supposedly from Pete Ryan asking to have money sent to assist him.


Dr. Ryan is not in Scotland. His email account has been hacked and these crooks have sent the message below to everyone on his email list.


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Neil C. Herzog, 82, of 101 Nelson Ave., Bradford, PA

Neil C. Herzog, 82, of 101 Nelson Ave. passed away Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at his residence.

Born December 8, 1927, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Cecil and Louise (Eberspacher) Herzog.

On July 30, 1990 in Limestone, he married Geraldine (Oshell) Herzog who survives.

Mr. Herzog served in the United States Army and served in the Philippines during WW II. He had worked as a welder, then in 1990 he moved to North Carolina to work at the Carriage Club in Charlotte. He retired due to ill health and returned to Bradford in 2001.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons Bruce (Diane) Herzog of Bradford and Neil "Buck" (Betty) Herzog, Jr. of Kissimmee, FL, a sister, Mary Barnes of Olean, NY, three grandchildren, Greg Herzog, Andrea Herzog, and Lauren Herzog and several nieces and nephews including Julie Barnes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ruth Herzog and one brother, John Herzog.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held with at 7:00 PM with Rev. Mary Houck, Pastor of the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Disabled Veterans.

On line condolences may be made at

Claire Marie Martin Smeigh, 91, of 25 Bon Air Ave., Bradford, PA

Claire Marie Martin Smeigh, 91, of 25 Bon Air Ave., Bradford passed away Tuesday, December 29th, 2009.

Born December 14, 1918, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Clifford James and Florence A. (Cotton) Martin.

On September 22, 1943 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford she married Paul Gerald "Jerry" Smeigh who died on July 6, 1981. Mrs. Smeigh still resided in the home that she and her husband built 1948.

Mrs. Smeigh was a 1936 graduate of Bradford High School and a graduate of the Bradford Hospital School of Nursing. During World War II she worked as a nurse's aid at the Bradford Hospital. Later she worked as a private secretary for the Matson family.

She was a member and a past Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church.

She had volunteered her time at the Community Outreach Program, Red Cross Bloodmobile, BRMC Auxiliary, Bradford Ecumenical Home Auxiliary, March of Dimes, and at the McKean County Crippled Children's Clinic. She had been on the Board of Directors and was a member at the YWCA, former member of the Pennhills Club, Valley Hunt Club, Parent Teachers Association, and the YMCA's Swim Team boosters and the Bradford High School Swim Club Boosters.

Mrs. Smeigh is survived by a daughter, Pamela Ann (Peter J.) Digel, of Smethport, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Gloria Martin Rausch and one brother, James Clifford Martin.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM in the First Presbyterian Church, at 11:00 AM funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701 or Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 South Mechanic Street. Smethport, PA 16749

On line condolences may be made at

E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center, PA, formerly of Syracuse, NY, Mills, PA, and Westfield, PA

E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center, PA, formerly of Syracuse, NY, Mills, PA, and Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born November 4, 1940, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Robert S. and Marcia F. Swetland Pease. A US Navy Veteran, he served honorably from August 1958 -- August 1961.

He was employed by International Harvester Co. Truck Division in Syracuse, NY, Halsey Machinery Co. in Mexico, NY, John Deere Construction Division in Syracuse as a territory manager, and the PA Game Commission as a deputy wildlife conservation officer.

Surviving are: companion, S. Jean Little of Duke Center; his mother, Marcia Merritt of Ulysses, PA; two sons, Theodore B. Pease and Kevin M. Pease, both of Syracuse; a daughter, Pamela Ann DeForest of Chittenango, NY; five grandchildren; and an aunt, Audrey Butler of Wellsville, NY. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Etta J. Beckhorn; and his step-father, Stanley Merritt.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 2, 2010 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Eighty Volunteers Trained As Pine Creek "Water Dogs"

pinecreekDozens of citizens along the Pine Creek watershed, including some from Potter County, have been trained as volunteers to monitor the environmental impact of natural gas drilling in the region. A training session this month brought 50 volunteers, added to a network of 30 monitors trained earlier this year as “Water Dogs.”

They were instructed how to spot adverse effects from gas drilling by the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group and Tioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver, who is the group’s advisor. According to Weaver, early development of gas wells in Marcellus Shale formations has shown that about five million gallons or water are being used per well for hydrofracturing, with 10 to 30 percent coming back to the surface.

Water Dogs were provided with a log book, water sample containers and other materials, including meters that measure the proportion of total dissolved solids (TDS) in waterways, including salt, minerals and metals. They were also asked to watch for road damage, truck traffic and noise, and fish kills.

DEP estimates that, on average, water returning to the surface from hydrofracturing has a concentration of 90,000 parts per million for TDS. In comparison, drinking water standards are set at 500 parts per million. Energy companies are taking steps to reuse the water for other wells to reduce the costs of treatment, which Weaver said is averaging $13 for every 42 gallons.

Additional training sessions will be scheduled, according to Erica Tomlinson, watershed specialist for the Tioga County Conservation District. She is available at 570-724-1801, extension 118. Potter County Today

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Service At Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle

New Year's Service At Tabernacle
There will be a New Years eve service at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle at 6:30 in the old sanctuary.

Holiday Hours Announced

Coudersport Primary Care/Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., December 31 for walk-in patients.

The office will be closed January 1.

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The Potter County Commissioners will hold their final meeting of the year tomorrow at 11:00 am in their conference room in the Gunzburger annex.

The meeting, which will include the adoption of the 2010 budget is open to the public. During the December 17 meeting, the commissioners voted to take out a tax anticipation loan from First Citizens National Bank at a rate of 2.75%. Chairman Doug Morley and commissioner Paul Heimel voted in favor of the motion while Commissioner Susan Kefover abstained because she serves on an advisory committee for the bank.

In questioning from PLE Editor Donald Gilliland, Chairman Morley said the board is hoping the county will not have to draw down the funds, but the loan is in place as insurance against cash flow problems such as what took place this past summer and fall during the state’s budget impasse.

The commissioners also approved the 2010 holiday schedule which eliminates the traditional election day holiday. According to Chairman Morley, since two polling places have moved, there is no longer a need to close the county buildings.

Coudesport’s Ward I polling place has been moved from the courthouse to the gym at the Gunzburger annex. Access to the polls does not interfere with county business and the Roulette polling place has moved from the Human Services building back to the fire hall.

I-80 Westbound Closed In Venango County

Part of I-80 Remains Closed

Seven miles of westbound Interstate 80 in Venango County remain closed because a tanker carrying ammonia turned over and spilled the chemical.

Police say the tanker crashed at about noon, causing a significant amount of ammonia, and at least one other substance, to spill.

Initial reports indicated that a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital with an inhalation injury, but police have said there are no injuries.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The road is closed from exit 35 to exit 42.

Feds Question Effect Of Fracking On Health In NY

Federal EPA drills state's Marcellus framework
One of 10,000 comments on DEC plan

By Tom Wilber •
Star Gazette
The federal Environmental Protection Agency added its voice to the Marcellus debate, with a harsh critique of the state DEC's proposed permitting conditions.

The proposed framework lacks information on how drilling and hydraulic fracturing to develop the Marcellus will impact the health and environment, according to a Dec. 30 letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation from John Filippelli, Chief of the EPA's Strategic Planning and Multi-Media Programs.

In particular, "analysis and discussion of cumulative and direct impacts ... need to be significantly expanded," the letter states. Additionally, "a greater emphasis needs to be placed on the potential health impacts that may be associated with drilling and hydrofracturing." More...

Joanne N. Stone, 83, of Galeton, PA

Joanne N. Stone, 83, of Galeton, PA, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

Penny A. West, 49, of Galeton, PA

Penny A. West, 49, of Galeton, PA, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 30, 1960, in Wellsboro, she was a daughter of Robert J., Sr. and Alice (Trautner) Geiser of Galeton. She was a 1978 graduate of Galeton High School. On July 1, 1978, in Galeton, she married James M. West of Galeton.

Penny worked at Galeton Production for ten years and at Trucklite for ten years. She greatly enjoyed camping with her family. Penny was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the Galeton community.

Surviving besides her parents and husband are, a son, James R. West, Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Jennifer L. West, Galeton; a granddaughter, Raeley Ruppert, Galeton; three brothers, Philip T. (Billy Jo) Geiser, Galeton, Robert J. Geiser, Jr., Lewisburg, PA, Richard L. (Kristy) Geiser, Horseheads, NY; two sisters, Sandy A. (Mark) Stevens, Wellsboro, PA, Dawn (Corey) Palmatier, Pennsdale, PA; mother-in-law, Donna West, Galeton; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 6:00-8:00PM, and on Sunday, January 3, 2010 from 1:00-2:00PM with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 2:00PM. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Interment will be made In Germania Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center.

NY AG Stops Wellsville Couple From Continuing Wood Pellet Fraud


Company lied to customers and solicited new orders when unable to deliver products as promised

Attorney General Website
BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 29, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Western New York wood-pellet fuel company he sued for taking more than $200,000 from consumers and then failing to deliver any products or refunds.

Based on Cuomo’s lawsuit, Erie County Supreme Court Justice Sheila A. DiTullio today signed a temporary restraining order banning Allegany Pellets, LLC and its owners, Paul and Iasia Ceglia of Wellsville, from accepting advance payments from consumers, destroying any business records or property, and transferring any of their assets.

Allegany Pellets and the Ceglias encouraged consumers to pre-order pellets in Spring 2009. The company took in approximately $200,000 in advance payments from dozens of consumers and promised to deliver 1,900 tons of wood pellets in the subsequent months so that homeowners would be prepared for the 2009-2010 winter season. However, Allegany failed to deliver any of the pellets or issue refunds.

“This company and its owners repeatedly lied to consumers and continued to solicit new orders despite an inability to deliver wood pellets that were bought and paid for months before the winter heating season began,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “My office is seeking restitution, penalties, and additional financial safeguards to ensure this company cannot scam anyone in the future.”

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that in September, Allegany Pellets sent a letter to customers who pre-paid for pellets informing them that it would not deliver the products until the end of the year, well into the heating season. The letter also stated that Allegany had incurred significant layoffs and asked consumers to “dig deep” while the company attempted to make good on their orders.

In reality, Paul and Iasia Ceglia were always the only employees of the company, and while consumers were asked to “dig deep,” the Ceglias were unwilling to do the same. An investigation uncovered that the Ceglias have extensive real estate holdings including 75 acres of oceanfront property in Nova Scotia; 30 acres and 70 rental properties in Wellsville; and their own residence on 2 acres in Wellsville. Rather than use some of the extensive properties as collateral to provide refunds to consumers, the Ceglias only offered the vague promise that, at some future date, they would deliver the pellets for which the customers had already paid.

Additionally, even after the letter detailing the company’s dire situation was sent out, Allegany Pellets continued to solicit pre-order sales and accept payments from consumers.

Cuomo’s lawsuit seeks restitution for the impacted consumers, as well as penalties and costs to the state. Additionally, the suit seeks to bar the Ceglias and Allegany from operating in New York state unless they post a $200,000 performance bond.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General James Morrissey under the supervision of Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the Buffalo Regional Office Russell Ippolito and Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs J. David Sampson.

The House Loses $19 Million

WESB NEWS--Seneca Gaming Loses $19 Million
The Seneca Gaming Corp lost $19 million over a 12 month period from September 2008 thru September of this year. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission says Seneca Gaming is blaming the losses on the recession and is hoping for growth in 2010. Seneca Gaming runs casinos in Salamanca and Niagara Falls.

Bradford Man Beats Mom Up

WESB NEWS--Bradford Man Arrested for Beating Mother
A Bradford man was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting his mother. Bradford City Police say that 22 year-old William Bennett struck his mother repeatedly in the head and face Monday afternoon at her home on Colegrove Avenue. Bennett told police officers her son was intoxicated and is hooked on crack cocaine and other drugs. Police say Bennett also threw paint on the floor of his mother’s home and damaged numerous household items at his residence on Bank Street.

Area Obituaries

Claire Marie Smeigh, 91, of Bon Air Avenue, Bradford, passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2009). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Ann Marie Kohn, 79, of Green Cove Springs, formerly of Eldred, Pa., died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2009) in the Middleburg Assisted Living Facility following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Helen E. Hanchett, 85, of Coudersport, PA

Helen E. Hanchett, 85, of Coudersport, PA died Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on July 17, 1924 in Crosby, PA she was the daughter of Elwin and Evelyn Marsh. On September 21, 1944 she married Richard L. Hanchett, who died on November 7, 1985.

Mrs. Hanchett was a homemaker.

Surviving are her son, Jerry A. (Catherine) Hanchett of Coudersport, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, one great-grandson, two brothers, Edward Marsh and Robert Marsh, and two sisters, Dorothy Morey and Marion Marsh.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Union Church or to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.

William Lee “Bill” Richardson, Sr., 81, of Coudersport, PA

William Lee “Bill” Richardson, Sr., 81, of Coudersport, PA went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on March 22, 1928 in Lancaster County, PA he was the son of William Henry and Kate Rhoades Galletmarker Richardson. On March 31, 1956 in Claymont, DE he married Marie L. Kindt who survives.

Mr. Richardson had lived in Coudersport for the past 24 years, coming to the area from Delaware County, PA. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the U. S. Marine Corps. He had been employed for 20 years for the Grace Lawn Memorial Park in Wilmington, DE and after moving to Coudersport he had worked at The Northern. Mr. Richardson was a member of the North Eulalia Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kate (Jeff) Reynold of Roulette, PA, two sons, William Lee (Linda) Richardson, Jr. of Aston, PA, and Thomas W. (Janet) Richardson of Ardentown, DE, ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, one sister, Olive Lilly of Newark, DE and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and several sisters.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2:00pm Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the North Eulalia Baptist Church with the Reverend Michael Reeves officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, C/O Potter County Area Agency on Aging, Post Office Box 241, Roulette, PA 16746. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Richard D. Earle, 87, of Austin, PA

Richard D. Earle, 87, of Austin, PA died Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at his home.

Born on May 30, 1922 he was the son of Glenn and Clara Coy Earle. On November 21, 1942 in Marysville, CA he married Geraldine C. Schruise who died on September 25, 2003.

Mr. Earle was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S Army. He was employed with Pittsburgh-Corning Corp. in Port Allegany, PA for 29 years. He was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church, and was a life member of the Austin V. F. W. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Mr. Earle is survived by a son, Bill Earle of Austin, PA seventeen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Glenn E. (Kate) Earle, Jr., of Knoxville, PA, two sisters, Marjorie Rees and Shirley Garzel, both of Austin, PA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Richard E. Earle, two brothers, Gene Earle and Leroy Earle, and a sister, Grace Stewart.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin, PA at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 700 5th Avenue, Floor 4, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport, PA.




Dec. 31st 8pm to Midnight!

Bring your favorite snack to share and see the New Year in with us...

Games, Friends and fun without alcohol!


LOCATED - 3 Miles East of Coudersport on Route 6; between Sweden Valley and Mill Creek Plaza on Route 6.

(The SPOT is a ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church)

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John Patrick Welch, 43, formerly of Eldred, PA

PITTSBURGH, Pa.- John Patrick Welch, 43, formerly of Eldred, died Monday (Dec. 28, 2009) following an apparent heart attack while hunting in Potter County.

Born April 15, 1966, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Dr. John P. "Jack" and Berniece A. Wallon Welch Jr.

He was a 1984 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School, and a 1989 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in mechanical engineering. He had been employed by Dresser-Rand Corp. as a mechanical engineer in Olean; Baton Rouge, la.; Houston, Texas; and later in Schenectady, N.Y., for more than 10 years.

He was later employed as a mechanical engineer for General Electric in Schenectady before moving to the Pittsburgh area, where he was a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse Corp. While employed at Dresser-Rand, he was credited with several patents in mechanical engineering.

He was a past member of St. Raphael Church in Eldred.

He loved spending time with his children and attending their school and sports activities. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed carpentry and cooking.

Surviving, in addition to his mother of Eldred, are two sons, John Preston Welch III and Alexander Joseph Welch, both of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; one daughter, Madeleine Paige Welch of Ballston Spa; four sisters, Pat Welch of Rochester, N.Y., Kathy (Chris) Merlau of Sun City, Ariz., Jackie (Perry) Burdick of Smethport and Maureen "Mo" (Tim) Raught of Eldred; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Kathy Layfield of Olean.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1996; a brother, Michael J. "Doc" Welch in 1990; and a sister, Dr. Ann Marie Welch in 1982.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 30, 2009) at Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Church in Eldred with the Rev. John Murphy, pastor, and the Rev. Samuel Slocum and the Rev. Brian Vossler as concelebrants. Burial will follow in St. Raphael Cemetery, Eldred.
The rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined by the family.

Turtons Say Thank You!

Thank You!
We would like to take this opportunity to extend
a very
big THANK YOU to everyone that helped
us at the time
of and after our home fire.

Words cannot express the way we feel about the
that has been shown us by our many
good friends and

It has been a very
difficult time for all five of us
losing everything that we have
collected over the
past 30 years but it makes us appreciate the fact

that we have each other, our friends and family
to get us through one
day at a time. Thank you
for the many prayers, cards and donations
our time of loss.

A special thank you to Marylou Erway,
Buck and Kathy Soule for hosting the shower for
us at the
Gold Church and everyone that donated
items to help us fill our
temporary home. Also,
the Free Methodist Church of Ulysses for holding

the benefit dinner.

Everyone has been so kind to us and we really
know how to say thank you to everyone who has
helped us out. It
truly makes you feel blessed to
have so many friends. We also need to
say a big
thank you to all the firefighters who were doing
their best
to try to save some of our belongings.

We appreciate being part of a
community, there is no better place to live than
in a small
community that helps each other out
in their time of need. God bless
everyone and keep
the faith in 2010.

John, Judi, John, Jason, and Justin Turton
Ashley and Tater (Our dogs)

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Pa. Firefighter Dies Following Calls

Pa. Firefighter Dies Following Calls News

A Wellsboro firefighter died at his home on Dec. 26 after responding to a series of EMS and fire calls, according to the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Clair Melvin Pierce., 68, was the past chief of the Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Joan Allen Pierce; sons, Michael Pierce and Clair Melvin Pierce III; daughters Tammy Frank, Joan Huck; grandchildren, Nicole, Kelly, Jordan, Emily, Rayann, Clair Pierce IV, Glen, Brandon and Shawn Pierce, Teaka and Tess Frank, Jessica, Tyler and Katelyn Huck; sister, Kitty Jones.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 81, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation for fire service personnel will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street., Wellsboro, Pa.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Wellsboro Cemetery.

Surprise Party

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Basketball - Coudersport Christmas Tournament final two teams

Christmas Tournament

Coudy Boys over the Bucktail Bucks (Farwell PA, Clinton County) 64-37Coudy's David Dupont controls the jump ball.

Coudy Girls over the Cowanesque Valley Indians 40-27

Jenna Matzinger goes up for a shot in the girls game.

- leo szczesny Click any photo to enlarge

Bradford & Lewis Run Residents Collide On Cemetery Hill

4 Minor Injuries In Kane Crash
A Lewis Run woman and a Bradford woman collided Tuesday afternoon at 4:50 pm on slippery Cemetery Hill on Route 66 south of Kane Boro in Wetmore Township.

The crash occurred as Leslie L. Scully, 54, of Lewis Run, PA, was driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid north on Route 66.

Michelle M. Whittemore, 42, of Bradford, PA, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala south on Rt. 66.

As Scully was negotiating a right curve, her Dodge struck an icy patch on the roadway and began to slide. She was unable to control the slide and her Dodge slid north sideways across both lanes where it was struck by Whittemore's Chevy in the southbound lane.

The Dodge then spun counter-clockwise and came to rest mostly in the southbound lane. The Chevrolet traveled into a snowbank along the west berm where it came to rest.

Whittemore and Scully both received minor injuries as did 6 & 12 year old male juveniles in the Whittemore Chevrolet. All four were transported by Emergy Care Ambulance to Kane Community Hospital for treatment. Everyone was wearing safety belts.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Kane Police Department, Kane Fire Department, Fire Police and PennDot. Neither driver was charged according to the news release.

Charges Against Dow Dismissed/ Kear To Be Charged

Kear To Be Charged
Charges were dismissed for an Austin man who was jailed last month on the allegations of a 21 year old Ulysses woman. The woman is facing charges of giving false statements to law enforcement authorities as a result of written statements and interviews with State Police that falsely accused the man of crimes that resulted in his incarceration.

On November 7, 2009, Patrick Daniel Dow, 29, of 237 Route 607, Austin, PA was jailed as a result of an incident in the driveway of his home in Portage Township involving a 21 year old female, who police did not identify at that time.

As a result of the woman's allegations at that time, State Police released the following report: "The incident occurred as the female and Dow became involved in a physical altercation. Dow grabbed the female by the arms and held her to the ground. At some point during the altercation, Dow slapped the victim across the mouth with an open fist. He also punched her above the eye with a closed fist."

"The female suffered several lacerations to her lip and mouth area."

"After a brief struggle, the female was able to get free from Dow and return to her vehicle where she locked herself in the car. Dow then jumped on the hood of her car as she was attempting to drive away."

"The female backed out of the driveway with Dow still on the hood, while he kicked her windshield, telling her he was going to kill her and then himself."

"Dow rode on the hood of the female's vehicle for about 2 miles, when he finally let go and she was able to drive to safety."

On 11-7-09, charges of: Terroristic Threats; Unlawful Restraint; Simple Assault; Recklessly Endangering; Criminal Mischief; Disorderly Conduct; and Harassment were filed against Dow through District Court 55-3-01 by Coudersport State Police.

On 11-8-09, Dow was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton and bail was set at $50,000.00. Dow was placed in the Potter County Jail when he was unable to post bail.

On 12-22-09 at 12:30 pm, the Pennsylvania State Police investigated an incident where it was determined that Katlyn Marie Kear, 21, 528 Grove Street, Ulysses, PA, did intentionally provide law enforcement authorities with a false written statement while knowing it not to be true. Within the provided written statement and in subsequent interviews, Kear did wrongly incriminate Patrick Dow.

At that point, the charges were dismissed against Dow and he was released from imprisonment.

Charges against Katlyn Marie Kear will be filed with District Judge Annette L. Easton in District Court 55-3-01. Those charges will include Unsworn Falsification To Authorities; False Reports To Law Enforcement Authorities; and Fictitious Reports.

Coudy Fire Dept. Dispatched To Galeton

Coudersport Fire Dispatched to Galeton
At 5:40 pm on Tuesday, Coudersport Dept. 48 was requested to send one engine company to Galeton for mutual aid standby.

Theives Steal Penelec Wires From Poles

Copper Wire Stolen From Poles
Penelec was the victim of a theft of electric wire on Route 46 near Bordell Crossroads in Keating Township recently.

Kane Troopers report that someone cut copper wire from utility poles at that location on 11-26-09.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Cpl. Kurt Sitler is the investigating officer.

2 Car Crash Reported On Cemetery Hill Near Kane

Crash On Cemetery Hill
At 5:05 pm on Tuesday, Kane emergency services have been dispatched to a 2 car accident on Cemetery Hill just south of Kane on Rt. 66. The initial dispatch indicated there were injuries.

Judge Minor, D. A. Watson To Take Office On Monday

minormugshotA brief — but historically significant — ceremony will take place at noon on Monday, Jan. 4, in the courtroom of the Potter County Courthouse. Attorney Steve Minor will place one hand on the Holy Bible and take the oath of office to become President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for a 10-year term that expires at the end of 2019. He was elected in November to succeed John Leete, who is retiring after more than two decades on the bench.

Judge Leete will continue to serve as a senior judge, subject to assignment by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to cases across the commonwealth. Judge-elect Minor is the son of the Rev. David and Lorraine Minor. He and his wife, the former Marie Parnell, have three sons and a daughter and they reside in Coudersport.

apr18watsonmughalfcolAlso during Monday’s ceremony, being hosted by the Potter County Bar Association, Coudersport attorney Andy Watson will be sworn-in as Potter County District Attorney for a four-year term that expires at the end of 2013. He was also elected in November by voters countywide and succeeds Dawn Fink, who has held the position for the past four years. Watson previously served as the county’s assistant district attorney.

Monday’s ceremony will also include installation of Potter County Jury Commissioners Dean Dow and Norma Cobb Nichols and County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury, all of whom were re-elected to a four-year term that begins in January, and deputy row offices for certain county elected officials’ offices.

The swearing-in ceremony is expected to last for just a few minutes and is open to the public. Potter County Today

Millstream Inn--Free TV's

The Millstream is in the process of replacing our tube televisions with HD LCD Flat Screens. We will be giving away our 28" tubed models to anyone that wants one.

Please email me your address and we will contact you when your TV is replaced. We are currently replacing about 5 televisions per week.

First 45 people to email me will be put on a list and please, only one TV per person.

Hey Jim. Looks like the free tv's were a success. All were spoken for in under 1/2 hour. I will contact the winners as the televisions are ready.

Icy Road Leads To Crash East Of Roulette Sunday

Sunday Morning Crash
A former Roulette resident, now living in Maryland, was unhurt in the wee hours of Sunday morning in a crash a short distance east of Bilek's curve on icy Route 6, that took out an electric pole and fence before overturning in a yard.

Michael A. Spencer, 25, of Laurel Ho, MD, was driving a 2006 Nissan Titan east on Route 6, at 12:30 am, when he lost control on the icy road surface. Spencer over- steered and slid off the roadway on the northern berm, rotated counter-clockwise and impacted a utility pole with the left side of his vehicle. It then rotated clockwise impacting a shrub, and then a fence with the front of the vehicle.

The vehicle's tires then dug into the moist ground, and caused it to overturn onto it's roof ending up facing north.

Spencer was wearing a seat belt and not injured. His vehicle sustained disabling damage to the roof and left side. It was towed from the scene by Kightlinger Motors. Roulette Fire Police and Fire Dept. assisted on the scene.

Spencer was charged with Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed by Coudersport Troopers.

The crash took out Zito cable, phone, and internet service to Roulette until late Sunday morning.

The fence was the same on damaged last year in a crash in which several teens were seriously injured.

Shinglehouse Man To Be Charged In Domestic Incident

Domestic Incident

A Shinglehouse man will be charged in District Court 55-4-01 as a result of a domestic incident at a private residence in Sharon Township on December 27th.

David Plants, 49, of 421 Honeyoye Road, Shinglehouse, PA, is accused of grabbing a 38 year old female by the arm and shaking her. He also is alleged to have slapped the woman in the face.

Troopers said Plants will be charged with Harassment.

Tree Stands Stolen In Genesee Township

2 Tree Stands Taken
Unknown actor(s) removed two tree stands from a New Jersey man's property in Genesee Township, Potter County, sometime between 10-25-09 and 12-3-09.

The tree stands, one gray and one black, were stolen from the property of John Grecco, Ringoes, NJ, at 142 Hemlock Hollow Road in Genesee Township.

The tree stands were valued at $150.00 each.

Troopers ask anyone who may have any information on this crime to contact them at Coudersport PSP at 814-274-8690. Trooper J.E. Petti is the investigating officer.

Hiroko K. Guilds, 80, of Ulysses, PA

Hiroko K. Guilds, 80, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Bonnie Hurler's Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA, where she had resided for the last three years.  

Born November 24, 1929, in Kure, Japan, she was the daughter of Shusuke and Asako Sinya Kurata.  On September 8, 1973, in Ulysses, she married Max Guilds, who predeceased her on November 27, 2004.  

A 1947 graduate of Kure High School, she was employed by Galeton Production for 29 years, retiring in 1984.  She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA, the ECW, and the Order of the Eastern Star Cowanesque Chapter #33 in Westfield, where she was a 50 year member and a past worthy matron.  

Surviving are:  a sister-in-law, Maude (Larry) Dunning of Corning, NY;  nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends, including Maude Reed at Hurler's Care Home.  

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, January 1, 2010 from 1:00 -- 2:00 PM, with an Eastern Star service following at 2:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 2, 2010 in the All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland.  The Rev. Elaine Silverstrim will officiate.  Burial will be in Ackley Cemetery, Sabinsville, PA.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, c/o Joan Sampson, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Area Obituaries

PITTSBURGH — John Patrick Welch, 43, formerly of Eldred, died Monday (Dec. 28, 2009) following an apparent heart attack while hunting in Potter County. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

BRADFORD--Claire Marie Smeigh, 91 of Bon Air Ave, Bradford, passed away on Tueday, December 29, 2009. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

43 Year Old Hunter From Hunker, PA Found Dead Near Coudersport

Sudden Cardiac Death
A 43 year old man from Hunker, PA (near New Stanton, southeast of Pittsburgh) was found dead Sunday in Potter County where he was muzzleloader hunting on a hunting lease in Hebron Township.

John Patrick Welch, 43, of 2002 Shaye Ct., Hunker, PA, went into the woods  to hunt, off Dry Run Road in Hebron Township, on Saturday, Dec. 26 th. When he did not return from hunting, a friend contacted Olean, NY City Police to report him as a missing person. He was staying in Olean while hunting near Coudersport.

State Police at Coudersport were notified on Sunday as Welch was known to be a member of a hunting lease in the Dry Run Area. Troopers searched the remote area for most of the day and were subsequently assisted by members of the hunting lease, in a search for Welch's truck which was found on the property.

The area was searched and Welch's body was located about 2 miles from Dry Run Road. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury on Monday, Dec. 28, 09 at 12:40 am. He had apparently died of a sudden cardiac death.

Several Coudersport troopers were involved in the search, along with friends and fellow members of Mr. Welch's hunting lease. Trooper Glenn Drake, II was in charge of the investigation.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Today's Recalls

Mcneil Consumer Healthcare Announces A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of All Lots Of Tylenol® Arthritis Pain 100 Count With Ez-Open Cap

Environmental Quality Board to Hold Public Hearing in Coudersport on Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler Requirements

State Wants To Regulate Outside Boilers
WILLIAMSPORT -- The state Environmental Quality Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.13, in the Coudersport High School, 698 Dwight St., Coudersport, to accept comments on a proposal to amend the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations concerning outdoor wood-fired boilers.

The proposed amendments will establish emission standards and setback requirements for newly installed outdoor wood-fired boilers, written notice and recordkeeping requirements for outdoor wood-fired boilers sold or leased after the effective date of the proposed regulation, and stack height and fuel requirements for all new and existing outdoor wood-fired boilers operated in Pennsylvania. In addition, they will add definitions for Btu (British thermal unit), clean wood, outdoor wood-fired boiler and phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

The full text of the rulemaking was published in the Oct. 17 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin along with a notice of additional public hearing published on Dec. 12, and is available at The comment period closes on Feb. 12, 2010.

Those wishing to present testimony at the hearing can register prior to the start of the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are asked to submit three written copies of their oral testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at the hearing.

The Environmental Quality Board is a 20-member independent board that adopts all of the Department of Environmental Protection's regulations.

Any questions regarding this hearing should be directed to the Environmental Quality Board at 717-787-4526. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the board at 717-787-4526 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the board can best accommodate their needs.
For more information, call 717-787-4526 or visit, keyword: EQB.

Wires Down In Street In Kane

Wires Down
At 3:36 pm on Monday, Kane Fire Police have been dispatched for traffic Control at the intersection of Biddle Street and Hacker Street where there are wires down.

We need a expert in Filemaker 10 Development

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Janette E. Baker, 95, of Galeton, PA

Janette E. Baker, 95, of Galeton, PA, died Sunday, December 27, 2009.

Born October 26, 1914, in West Pike, PA, she was a daughter of the late Richard A. and Elizabeth (Davis) Wilson. She was married to Lewis W. Baker, who predeceased her on December 5, 2006.

She lived in Potter County her entire life, graduating from Galeton High School in 1933. Before she was married, she worked at Smith’s Gloves of Galeton and the Galeton Production Company.

She was a member of the West Pike Baptist Church and the Susquehannock Trail Club. She will be most remembered for her love of quilting and painting for which she won numerous ribbons and awards over the years. She also enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting and gardening.

Surviving are a daughter, Lois Morey, Galeton; a grandson, Tim (Erin) Morey, Wellsboro; a great granddaughter, Hannah Morey; a great grandson, Noah Morey; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Janette was predeceased by a granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Morey; three brothers, Daniel “Guff”, Willard and Richard Wilson; and a sister, Wilma Wilson.

Friends may call at the West Pike Baptist Church on Saturday January 2, 2009 from 10:00 – 11:00 am with a Memorial Service immediately following with the Rev. John Prouty officiating. Burial will be made in Parker Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Pike Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

TRAVEL ALERT: Skyway has been shut down

Hazardous weather shuts down Skyway

Buffalo Police have shut the Skyway down due to hazardous winter weather conditions.

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Julian A. “Spid” Patterson, 85, of Coudersport, PA

Julian A. “Spid” Patterson, 85, of Coudersport, PA died Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA.

Born on June 14, 1924 in Coudersport, he was the son of Vivian R. and Mary Shalkowski Patterson. On November 18, 1951 in Tionesta, PA he married Margaret Curtis who survives.

Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S. Army in Europe and in the Pacific. He was employed for almost 45 years as an auto mechanic with the Chevrolet dealers in Coudersport. He was a member and past Worshipful Master of Eulalia Lodge F. and A. M. #342 and a member of the Coudersport Consistory.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his son, Jeffrey Patterson and his wife, Sherri, of West Pittston, PA, two grandchildren, Kylie Patterson, attending college in Ithaca, NY, and Matthew Patterson of West Pittston, PA, a sister, Laura Flick and her husband, William, of Tionesta, PA, a brother, Warren “Fred” Patterson and his wife, Janice, of Tionesta, PA, one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marcelle Hale.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

New Years Eve Bingo

New Years Eve Bingo will be held at the Austin Firehall beginning at 8:00 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Admission is $30.00 and includes packet of play and dinner at midnight. For more information or to pre-register, contact Lois VanWhy at 647-5541 or Ruby Stahl at 647-5558.

Ulysses Township SALDO Hearing Postponed

Hearing Postponed
The Ulysses Township SALDO hearing scheduled for Thursday, December 31, 2009, has been postponed. The hearing will be rescheduled at a date yet to be announced.

A memorial service for Julia H. Bartholomew DeLill, 68, of Sweden Valley, formerly of Galeton, PA

SWEDEN VALLEY, PA---A memorial service for Julia H. Bartholomew DeLill, 68, of Sweden Valley, formerly of Galeton, who died on December 20, 2009, will be held Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. M. Thomas Shatto, pastor, officiating.

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

James L. Tronetti, 77, of Benjamin Lane, formerly of Roulette, PA

WARREN- James L. Tronetti, 77, of Benjamin Lane, formerly of Roulette, died Sunday (Dec. 27, 2009) at his home, with his family by his side.

Born June 24, 1932, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Dominic and Eleanor Dann Tronetti. On June 6, 1998, in Limestone, NY, he married Sharon L. Walling, who survives.

Mr. Tronetti was employed by the Pittsburgh Corning Co. of Port Allegany, before his retirement.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the US Army, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Warren, and formerly of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Roulette.

He was a member of the Coudersport VFW, and Northern American Hunting Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, James D. (Linda) Tronetti of Roulette; five daughters, Tammy Blackwell of Jamestown, NY, Cindy Tronetti Dubots of Coudersport, Patricia (Curtis) Jones of Gilbertsville, Bonnie (Jason) Abrams and Connie (Eric) Eliason both of Bradford; several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Peg) Tronetti of Erie, Gary (Mary) Tronetti of Port Allegany, Mark Tronetti of Kane; a sister, Linda (Tom) Lyman of Galeton; several nieces and nephews; several step-children, step-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Samuel Tronetti, a daughter, Sherry Tronetti, and a grandson, Walter Blackwell.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 30, 2009) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. James Campbell, as celebrant. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

A scriptural wake service will be held at 1:40 P.M. Tuesday in the funeral home.
The Port Allegany Honor Guard will conduct a military service immediately following the funeral, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Leroy Coppersmith, 94, of West Seventh Street, Emporium, died Saturday (Dec. 26, 2009) in his home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

John J. Blass, age 74, of Galeton, PA

John J. Blass, age 74, of Galeton, PA died Monday December 21,2009. He was born January 9, 1935 to Herbert and Crescence (Yeager) Blass.

John was retired from PENNDOT where he was employed as an equipment operator and foreman for 25 years. Prior to that, he was employed by the WAG and the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Living his life in Potter County, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and a wonderful story-teller. He was a life-time member of the Running Bear hunting camp. He was a founding member of the Gale Hose Ambulance company as well as a member of the West Hill Cemetery Association. He also served as Potter County Commissioner. John contributed many years as a Little League coach.

John was predeceased by his wife, Janet (Meholczo) Blass and a daughter Vicki.
He is survived by daughter Debra (John) Simonetti of Ulysses, PA, son Jeff (Trixie) Blass of Galeton, PA, son Daniel Blass of Mesa, AZ, daughter Sheila Blass of Sarasota, FL and sister Janice (Jim) Petersen of Renovo, PA, as well as his grandchildren John, Jacob and Joshua Blass, Breana Simonetti and Audrey Blass.

In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no services. The family is being assisted by the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments in Mansfield PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Company or Potter County Hospice.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Crash Cut Phone, Fax & Internet Service To Newsroom Sunday

Cable Service Cut Off Sunday
State Police have not issued a report on the crash at 1:00 am Sunday morning near Potter Pak that interrupted our Zito Media cable internet and phone service to our newsroom until Sunday afternoon. Troopers said freezing fog turned roads icy late Saturday night into Sunday.

Roulette volunteers firefighters and fire police were heard calling back in service and reporting Route 6 as now open sometime around 4:30 am. Observation this morning on the way to church showed a vehicle apparently took out a power pole and went through the white fence that was damaged in a previous crash last year in which several young people were injured.

The trooper who investigated this crash is currently one of several on location at an incident in Sharon Township and information was not available on that as of about midnight.

Miss Celie and her babies - A Thanksgiving Story


I have a foster mama kitty (Miss Celie) and her 4 week old "herd" of adorable kittens that will be ready for adoption at the end of January. My previous foster baby, Misha, went to a wonderful family.

I'd like to introduce you to Miss Celie and her babies. Miss Celie came to my home in early November from another foster who needed some help. I can get her shot records. Her babies were born on Thanksgiving Day. I'm introducing you to them now and will send periodic updates on their progress. They all will be ready for adoption at the end of January. I'm looking for responsible, loving homes for these INSIDE ONLY kitties that will make sure they get spayed/neutered and are kept current on their shots. They are not for sale - I'm only asking for a donation in any amount toward a fund to help pay for spays/neuters, shots and any other medical care for other foster critters in need. I hope to get to a point where I can have all the shots done before they are adopted. Anyone who is interested can leave me a message at 814-596-9044. Thank you - Lucinda.

The babies are Satchmo, Harpo, Herbie, Furrbie and Thomasina. My best guess on the genders at this point is that all are male except little Miss Thomasina. Satchmo almost didn't make it but his "singing" saved him. He was born first - under the bed. I came in that evening and found Miss Celie with newborn Harpo on the bed. Then I heard the crying. I found Satchmo dangling by one paw from a window fan I had stashed under the bed. He was still wet and freezing cold. Miss Celie and I got him warmed up and he's one of the biggest of the bunch!

Miss Celie - Beautiful tortoise shell colors - jet black fur with orange tiger undercoat. She purrs all the time and loves to be loved. She earned her nickname "Motomama" because she purred through birthing all five kittens!

Herbie (male) - orange with medium length furr and 2 white stripes down his back. Very adventurous
Furrbie (male I think) - orange with long hair and some tiger striping on the tail - Lover boy
Thomasina( female) - orange with long hair and some nice white markings on the side and feet -Loves to be cuddled
Harpo (male)- soft charcoal medium length fur colored with a few specks of white - loves to have his little belly rubbed already and wrestle with the others
Satchmo (male) - black with medium length fur and lots of white specks. Loves to play with Harpo and Herbie.

“To Fill A Backpack” program is looking for help

We need your help!!

The “To Fill A Backpack” program is looking for help in the following areas:

#1 – We are looking for someone with graphics skills. We need someone that can design flyers, posters, brochures, etc. We are currently doing these ourselves but we feel if we get someone that is more skilled in this area it would be more beneficial to the organization. We have a couple of the items already started so a lot of the work would be upgrades to the current designs.

#2 – We are looking for Volunteers to help with the planning of fund raisers for the upcoming year. We are in the process of planning a Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon to be held sometime in May as possibly our kickoff fund raiser.

#3 – We are looking for Volunteers to be Town Coordinators in the following areas. 1 person in the Port Allegany area, 1 person in the Roulette area, 2 people in the Eldred area and 2 people in the Northern Potter area. If we are able to get volunteers in areas that we currently do not distribute in, we will be able to expand in to those areas also. Currently we distribute in Austin, Coudersport, Eldred, Galeton, Oswayo, Port Allegany, Roulette, Shinglehouse and Smethport.

If you are interested in helping us out with any of the above items, please contact us at 814-544-8032 or send an email to

Wendy Wonders Who's Doing It??

Wendy Wonders....
I would like to know if any one knows who is running the lines from Genesee to Gold and Ulysses to Gold. I've been wondering if it Zito, Verizon or maybe Time Warner. I would be wonderful if us folks in the Gold area could have a choice of something besides dial up or Satellite Internet.

Thanks for your help,

Scratch Off Ticket Nets $1 Million For Hornell Nurse

N. Hornell woman wins $1M

By Bob Clark

AKC registered White German Shepherd Puppies for sale

For Sale: AKC registered White German Shepherd Puppies for sale. We have 3 males left out of a litter of 8. They are currently 7 weeks old. They are very friendly, playful, and lovable. They are very well socialized due to we have 3 teenage boys and a 3 year old little girl who just can't get enough of them. Feel free to call 814-558-6355 or 814-642-7939 to ask questions or set up a time to come see the adorable little guys. They all have had first shots and wormed. Price is $500

Car Crash Reported On Route 44 In Shinglehouse

Crash On Rt. 44
At 5:00pm on Sunday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 has responded to a vehicle accident in Ceres Township on Route 44. Due to other radio traffic, we were unable to hear other details. Please use comments to update us.

Roadway is blocked, so they're probably waiting to get through. One patient- female.

Citizens & Northern Executive To Retire

President and CEO to retire

Sun Gazette

Citizens & Northern Corp. announced Craig G. Litchfield, its chairman, president and chief executive officer will be retiring at the end of the year after more than 37 years.

Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., director and executive vice president of the Company, will succeed Litchfield's post.

Updegraff is the former chairman, president and CEO of Citizens Bancorp, Inc. and Citizens Trust Co., which were acquired by the firm on May 1, 2007.

"We thank Mr. Litchfield for his dedication throughout his many years of service to the company and bank. We wish him well in his retirement and future endeavors." said James E. Towner, company lead director.

Saturday, December 26, 2009



With the prospect of nasty winter weather starting in earnest, we invite those who are charged with notifying the public to use Solomon's words as a method to get the word out immediately to our readers.

When authorized, you will be able to post immediately to Solomon's words without our help. So if we are sleeping, not paying attention, or out of service due to power failure , etc, you will still be able to post to this page.

Solomon's words has an emergency notification system for Police, Schools, Emergency services, Day cares, Churches, Boros, Townships, Fire Depts. etc.

Please email us at if you want to be authorized to use this service.

We will provide you with a password and instructions on how to post your emergency notices, cancellations, delays, road closings, etc. directly to Solomon's words 24 hours a day by email without human assistance.

Weather advisories, statewide amber alerts, and state emergency warnings are now tied in to this posting system.

Odin Grange Expands Community Outreach With First Scholarship

amandaandcharlotteMembers of Odin Grange made history recently with the presentation of the organization’s first educational scholarship. It has been a mission of the Grange for some time to expand its community outreach and service activities through initiation of a scholarship program.

First recipient is Amanda Hershey (left), a graduate of Northern Potter High School. The daughter of Kervin and Roseann Hershey of Coudersport, she is a music education major at Clarion University. She recently served a summer internship with the Potter County Planning Commission and is shown here with Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich.

Odin Grange has also been the site for a resurrection of local square dancing and recently completed a successful series of dances.

Grange is a non-profit family organization dedicated to improving quality of living through educational, social, legislative and community activity. Grange also advances the cause of agriculture, develops leadership, promotes family life and advocates at the local, state and federal government levels.

There are about 300 community Granges in Pennsylvania with roughly 14,000 members. Potter County Today

LeRoy A. Johnson, 73, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - LeRoy A. Johnson, 73, of Smethport, died Thursday (December 24, 2009) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

He was born July 18, 1936 in Rew, a son of the late John W. and Mable Lindquist Johnson. On Feb. 10, 1962, in the United Methodist Church of Smethport, he married Barbara Fox, of Smethport, who survives.

Mr. Johnson was a 1954 graduate of Bradford High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965.

Mr. Johnson was employed by Dresser Manufacturing of Bradford, PA for 45 years, as a tool and die maker. He was owner and operator of The Brookside Tree Farm in Smethport, PA for 30 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, the American Legion; Bradford Post #108, the Northern Star Lodge #555 F&AM, and AARP. His hobbies included bowling, horse shoes, wood working, camping, and traveling.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one son: Brian Johnson of Erie, PA
one daughter: Cheryl (Ned) Renzi of Murrysville, PA
2 grandsons; 1 granddaughter
two sisters: Evelyn Ackman of Emporium, PA, Mildred MacPhearson of Fort Wayne, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers; Alvin, Reinold, and Robert Johnson; 2 sisters; Dorothy Middlebrough and Virginia McOmber.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11:00 am from the funeral home, with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in the McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Mary Ann Serkleski, 64, of Eleven Mile Road, Millport, PA

Mary Ann Serkleski
“beloved daughter, wife, mother & grandmother”

MILLPORT, PA-----Mary Ann Serkleski, 64, of Eleven Mile Road, Millport, PA, died Saturday (December 26, 2009) surrounded by her loving family in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born May 29, 1945 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Homer L. and Elsie M. Appleby Wheeler. On June 12, 1963 in Shinglehouse, she married Donald L. Serkleski, who survives.
Mrs. Serkleski attended Oswayo Valley High School. She was employed part-time for several years for a cleaning service, but her full-time job was being a wife and mother, raising four children and three foster children.

She was a member of Chrystal United Methodist Church in Chrystal. She had formerly served as a Boy Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was a life member of the former Shinglehouse Ladies Firemen’s Auxiliary where she had held the offices of secretary and president. She was also a member of Tri-County and Allegany County Auxiliary. One of the most important aspects of her life was taking care of her friends and family in need, whether it was a ride, a place to stay, or someone to talk to.

Surviving besides her husband is her mother of Shinglehouse; one son, Donald A. (Roxanne) Serkleski of Millport; three daughters: Donna M. (Philip) Lingenfelter of Kane, and Connie L. Serkleski and Julie A. Serkleski, both of Millport; four grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Brittany, Brooke, and Brandon Serkleski, all of Shinglehouse, and Jamie Lingenfelter of Kane; three foster children: James A. “Tiger” Hayes, Patrick F. Freeman, and Casey L. Freeman; three brothers: Barry L. (Nora) Wheeler of Bolivar, NY, Danny M. Wheeler of Shinglehouse, and Howard M. (Jan) Wheeler of Ashville, NY; two sisters, Kimberly R. (Rod) Dickerson of Millport and Sandy C. (Ryan) Welty of Clinton, Utah; six nephews; nine nieces; and many great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Serkleski was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Anna, Christopher, and Matthew Lingenfelter; a sister, Penny L. Tompkins; a niece, Jessica L. Dickerson; and a nephew, Andrew Wheeler.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 11 a.m. to noon at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Fred Kemp, pastor of the Portville Baptist Church, Portville, NY, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.