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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Perry's Ice Cream Recalls Peanut Butter Ice Cream Products

Perry's Ice Cream Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Peanut Butter Ice Cream Products Due to Possible Health Risk (January 17)
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 17:50:00 -0600

Perry's Ice Cream today announced a voluntary recall of select ice cream products containing peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Many Closings Monday To Honor Dr. King

Closing For Martin Luther King Day

mlkingFederal, state and county offices will be closed on Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

A federal holiday held on the third Monday of January, it celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many banks and businesses will also be closed and there will be no mail service. Some schools and colleges close. Of those that stay open, some use the day to teach their students about the life and work of Dr. King.

Recent federal legislation encourages Americans to give some of their time on Martin Luther King Day as volunteers in their communities.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. Potter County Today

More Peanut Butter Product Recalls

Hy-Vee Inc. Recalls Bakery Products With Peanut Butter Distributed in Seven States Due to Possible Health Risk (January 17)
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:18:00 -0600

Hy-Vee Inc. is voluntarily recalling the following products made in its bakery departments because they contain peanut butter that has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella: Peanut Butter Cookies, Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Reese's Pieces Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lunchbox Reese's Pieces Cookies, Lunchbox Peanut Butter Cookies, People Chow Party Mix and Assorted Truffle Fudge. All sell-by dates are included in this recall. The products are sold in various packaging and quantities and have a Hy-Vee price label attached. All items should be destroyed or returned to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

"I'll Be Honest, I Don't Trust The State DEP"

Residents worry about wastewater from natural gas drilling in Wyoming County


Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 4:06 AM EST
Tom Kazokas’ quality of life literally depends on the quality of the Susquehanna River.

With a home along the river in Eaton Township, Kazokas continues to be concerned about wastewater from natural gas drilling, despite recent attempts by the industry and the state to address the issue.

“I’ll be honest, I don’t trust the state Department of Environmental Protection,” Kazokas said.

Kazokas’ home is located near where Mehoopany resident William Earnshaw wants to build a brine treatment plant under the name, North Branch Processing. More...

Counties Responsible For Inmate Medical Costs

Carbon County livid over inmate's medical bill

$43,000 tab for trip from jail to LVH plus treatment irks commissioners.

Carbon County commissioners, who have prided themselves on keeping the county fiscally sound in a difficult economy, railed Thursday about having to pay a $44,000 medical bill for a county prison inmate feared to be having a heart attack.

The unidentified inmate was found to have had seizures, said commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek, who disclosed the bill in frustration at a commissioners meeting. The inmate spent three or four days in Lehigh Valley Hospital and is back in the jail, O'Gurek said.

The costs included $32,045 for the hospital and $10,985 for transport by medical helicopter, both of which represent bills after a 60-percent cost reduction was negotiated, O'Gurek said. More...

New On Star Hose Co., No. 1 Website

UPDATES and PHOTOS of several recent incidents reported on Solomon's words and a tribute to longtime Star Hose Co. No 1 firefighter Kenneth "Gummy" Dudley, who passed away on Friday.

Austin Volunteer Fire Dept. Upgrades Website

Upgraded Website

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Potter County Department 44, has announced upgrades to their website.

They maintain and update the website with calls and information from their department, along with photos and video.

The webmasters at AVFD invite you to check them out.

News Alert From WSEE-TV Erie

State Police ask drivers to avoid I-90

The PA State police are asking drivers to avoid Interstate 90 Saturday afternoon, particularly in the East County between the Route 430 Wesleyville exit east to the New York state line.

Extreme cold temperatures make salt mixtures ineffective. Crews are trying to use sand to offset icy conditions.

There is a report of a car striking a state police cruiser and injuries have been reported. Please use caution when traveling, particularly on the Interstates.

Circuit City Liquidation--Video WNEP TV

Peanut Butter Recall Expanded

Peanut Corporation of America Expands Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter (January 16)
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 08:35:00 -0600

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, today announced an expanded recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility as well as the voluntary recall of peanut paste produced in the same plant because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The company on January 13, 2009 previously announced the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after July 1, 2008.

Area Obituaries

COUDERSPORT — Trevor A. Dynda, 15, of Austin, died Wednesday (Jan. 14, 2009) as a result of injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident in Austin. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Anonymous said...

Services for Trevor are Sunday from 3-4 with a service following at 4. At the Austin United Methodist Church.

Cattaraugus County Legislator Supports Senecas

WESB News: 01/7/09 - Legislator: County Should Support Senecas

The leader of the Cattaraugus County Legislature thinks county lawmakers should support the Seneca Nation in its tax fight with the state.

James Snyder says the Senecas have been good friends and neighbors to the county over the years and lawmakers should support their sovereignty and economic development.

Governor David Paterson signed a law that would require wholesale tobacco distributors to certify the tax-free cigarettes they sell to Indian retailers are not being resold to non-Indians. Paterson says the law would generate at least $60 million in additional revenue for the state.

The law is being challenged in state Supreme Court, and the Senecas are making plans to collect tolls on the part of the New York State Thruway that runs through reservation land in Irving.

Wish List For PennDot Projects In Potter County

Rt. 6 Paving & Bridge On ‘Stimulus’ List

eandgUpdated Jan. 19, 2009--Sections of U.S. Route 6 in Coudersport would be resurfaced and a new bridge would be built on Route 6 over the Genesee branch of Pine Creek in Hector Township if federal funds that are anticipated from the “economic stimulus plan” materialize later this year.

PennDOT has released a list of those highway and bridge projects identified as priorities. The Potter County projects had already emerged from a ranking system dating back several years, working through Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission.

Resurfacing of Rt. 6 from the Chestnut Street Bridge west toward “Cemetery Curve” would cost about $4.6 million. Similar work on Rt. 6 east from the Mike Franklin Bridge to the Rt. 872 intersection at Ladona has an estimated price tag of $3 million. In each case, the highway would be resurfaced, with berms restored and drainage improved.

The new Route 6 bridge would be built over the Genesee Branch of Pine Creek in Hector Township, at a cost of about $1.1 million.

PennDOT pointed out that federal funds are not a sure thing: “The size of the initiative, distribution methodology, and special requirements that may be attached, as well as how quickly projects must be advanced, have yet to be identified . . . Our focus has been to develop a candidate list of projects consistent with our ongoing emphasis on system preservation (to) address Pennsylvania’s bridge deficiencies, pavement needs and safety concerns.”

The economic stimulus bill will also contain aviation funding. “We are waiting for guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration FAA before attempting to suggest candidate projects,” PennDOT said. Potter County Today

Salmonella Found In Connecticut Peanut Butter

Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter Found in Connecticut (January 16)
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:51:00 -0600

The product, bearing one of the lot numbers identified in the recall, (lot # 8234 with a production date of 8/21/2008) was found at City Line distributors of West Haven. It was the only tub of that recalled lot. However, agency inspectors have taken samples of the other King Nut peanut butter tubs for analysis.

Salmonella Matched

Salmonella recovered from King Nut peanut butter by MDA lab found to be a genetic match to cases in national Salmonella outbreak (January 12)
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:51:00 -0600

The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Health announced that laboratory analyses have confirmed a genetic match between the strains of Salmonella bacteria found in a container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter and the strains of bacteria associated with 30 illnesses in Minnesota and nearly 400 illnesses around the country.

Recall Keebler

Kellogg Company Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Austin and Keebler Branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and Select Snack-Size Packs of Famous Amos And Keebler Soft Batch Peanut Butter Cookies Because of Possible Health Risk (January 16)
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 04:35:00 -0600

On January 14, Kellogg announced a precautionary hold on the sandwich crackers while FDA and other authorities investigated Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), one of Kellogg's peanut paste suppliers for these crackers. PCA has expanded their earlier recall to include peanut paste and peanut butter, prompting Kellogg to immediately announce this recall and to include the above-mentioned cookie and cracker products.

Greg Doane Says "Think Spring"

Record Cold

Greg Doane snapped this photo of his thermometer up
on Fishing Creek. In Roulette it bottomed out at 25 below.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Rollover Accident Reported At Andrews Settlement

BREAKING NEWS:11:25pm-1-16-09
Genesee and Coudersport rescue are responding to a one vehicle rollover accident at Andrews Settlement.

County Judge denies appeals

County Judge denies appeals to stop wind farm

Sun Gazette

A Lycoming Court judge has rejected three court appeals filed in an attempt to stop a proposed wind farm in northern Lycoming County.

In separate rulings, Court of Common Pleas Judge Dudley N. Anderson rejected:

An appeal filed by Arthur and Elke Plaxton seeking to overturn the county Zoning Hearing Boards's denial of the Plaxtons' challenge to a county zoning ordinance amendment allowing wind energy development in a resource protection zoning district. More....

Interim Arrangements For County Veterans

Potter County Veterans

vetaffairsPotter County Commissioners are restructuring the position of Director of Veterans Affairs. Their goal is to care for the county’s military veterans conscientiously, courteously and efficiently, while helping them to navigate through the multiple bureaucracies and making them aware of veterans’ programs, services and opportunities. The Director of Veterans Affairs is in a unique position to integrate the services provided by the county with other local, regional, statewide and national resources.

Interim arrangements are in place to deal with local veterans’ needs. Any veteran calling with general inquiries, requests or concerns has the following options:

  • Governor’s Veterans Outreach and Assistance Center, 1-800-932-0930; or The center’s representative for Potter County is Jim Krobath, who holds office hours at Potter County CareerLink.
  • Carl Haneline (, 607-664-4869, a public affairs officer from the Veterans Affairs facilities at Bath/Wellsville, N.Y., is serving as temporary liaison for Potter County veterans’ involvement with VA services.
  • Tioga County Veterans Affairs Director Tim Cleveland and Assistant Lewis Zuchowski (570-723-8141) are available to assist veterans who have questions about federal or state resources or programs.
  • Employment issues should be referred to Potter County CareerLink at (814) 274-9330.
  • Veterans who have questions or concerns are asked to consider those resources or to call the Commissioners Office at 274-8290. Potter County Today News NEWS
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    Charges Pending following Collision
    Coudersport-based state police say summary traffic violations are pending against a Galeton driver following a collision Wednesday afternoon on Route 6 east of Coudersport. Authorities say the collision occurred just after 5:00 p.m when Sean Andrews who was headed east tried to avoid hitting a vehicle turning into the parking lot at Morgan AM& T and traveled into the westbound lane where is Subaru Legacy hit a Dodge Ram pick-up driven by Douglas McDowell of Wellsville head-on. Andrews was not wearing a seatbelt but McDowell and his passenger Joshua McDowell were. The vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Coudersport Volunteer emergency services responded to the scene.

    Theft of Items from Wrecked Vehicle Investigated
    The theft of some items from a wrecked vehicle is being investigated by troopers at Coudersport. Sometime between 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday, someone reached into a Dodge Caravan owned by Jessica Watson of Austin and took a black purse containing prescription medication and plaid colored bag containing flashlights ad clothing. The van had been parked along route 872 a half mile north of Portage Road in Portage Township following a wreck.

    Tioga County Woman Jailed after Allegedly Assaulting EX
    A Tioga, PA woman was taken early this morning to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for evaluation after she allegedly stabbed her live-in ex-husband/paramour and kicking an arresting state trooper. Tammy Bradley, 34 is being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking place at 1:00 am today in her home on old State Road in Sullivan Township. Jason Bradley, 33, was taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira for treatment of lacerations to his forehead, nose and right shoulder. Apparently Trooper David Rauscher did not require treatment after being kicked in the leg and knee while he was trying to arrest the suspect..More news...

    Port Allegany Fight Results In Arrest Of Two

    WESB News: 01/16/09 - Two Men Arrested Following Fight

    Two men have been charged after they got into a fight at 9:30 this morning on Brooklynside Road in Port Allegany.

    Police say 24-year-old David Tyes pushed 27-year-old Joshua Safford to the ground. Safford then punched Tyes in the face and choked him.

    When Safford was being arrested for harassment, police discovered that he was in possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with simple assault, harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

    When Tyes was being arrested, he gave police a false name. He was charged with harassment and giving false identification to police.

    Inspection Finds McKean County VNA & Hospice In Compliance

    WESB News: 01/16/09 - VNA & Hospice in Full Compliance

    A recent inspection of McKean County VNA & Hospice by the Pennsylvania Health Department found the home health agency to be in full compliance with state and Medicare guidelines.

    Director Kathy Pascarella stays the state health department evaluated the agency by going on home visits, looking at policies and procedures and doing chart reviews. The agency provides cancer and diabetic care, infusion therapies, maternal/child health care, medical and surgical follow-up, medication management, nutritional care, ostomy care, pain management, telemedicine monitoring and wound care.

    The hospice staff offers care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families and caregivers. For more, go to the 1490 NewsBlog.

    Kenneth C. "Gummy" Dudley, 87, Port Allegany

    Kenneth C. “Gummy” Dudley, 87, of Port Allegany, died Friday (January 16, 2009) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

    He was born Feb 5, 1921 in Port Allegany, a son of McClellan and Ora Maine Dudley. On January 5, 1945, in Port Allegany, PA, he married Betty Jane Werts, who died on June 24, 1973. He then married Cleda Hovey-Fink, in Port Allegany, on February 2, 1974. She survives.

    Mr. Dudley was employed by the Pierce Glass Co., now St. Gobain, for 42 years, retiring in 1983. He also worked as a grave digger in several local cemeteries for many years.

    He was a member of the Port Allegany Ambulance Association, where he was also a former ambulance driver, Life Member of the Port Allegany Star Hose Co. No 1, the Port Allegany Special Police, and was a former Deputy Sheriff.

    In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters: Donna Dudley of Port Allegany, PA, Carolyn Parris of Smethport, PA; 2 Step Sons: Lloyd Fink of Port Allegany, PA; Edward Fink of TX; 2 step daughters: Leona Ostrum of Emporium, PA; Vera Stuckey of Smethport, PA;8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 13 step grandchildren, and many step great grandchildren; one brother: Gordon Dudley of Roulette, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

    In addition to his parents, and first wife, he was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren: Cleda Marie Dudley and Devon Parris, and 1 brother.

    Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday at 11AM, with the Rev. Michael Culver, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in the Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.

    Memorials may be made to Port Allegany Ambulance Service, or the Port Allegany Star Hose Co.

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

    Structure Fire Reported Behind Northwoods Tavern

    BREAKING NEWS:6:45pm-1-16-09
    Coudersport Firefighters are responding to a structure fire in the area behind the Northwoods Tavern west of Coudersport on Route 6. First responder on scene reports commercial garage structure heavily involved.
    6:52pm: Roulette Chemical Engine Co responding mutual aid to Coudersport to the scene of the structure fire.
    6:47 pm-Austin Volunteer Fire Dept. dispatched mutual aid to Coudersport structure fire.
    7:01 pm-Port Allegany Star Hose Co. for standby
    Go to Austin VFD website for report & video of response.

    Send fire photos to

    Potter County Commissioners Discuss State Issues With Rep. Causer

    Commissioners Meet With Rep. Causer

    jan17causerRep. Martin Causer met with the Potter County Board of Commissioners Friday for a far-ranging discussion of state government issues. Causer, a McKean County resident, told Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel that it’s important for local governments and organizations to speak with a unified voice when they seek state assistance.

    A shortfall in revenue from many sources will result in a tightened state budget this year, which makes it even more important for strong local unity. Causer said he is committed to using whatever influence he can to protect rural counties from bearing a disproportionate share of the burden as the state cuts programs and services.

    Much of the discussion focused on the expected increase in natural gas exploration and production throughout the region. Causer said he supports the concept of local governments sharing in the bounty through some type of taxation, but state leaders must choose wisely among the options of real estate, wellhead and/or gross receipt taxes.

    Causer also said the state must streamline its regulatory system to take advantage of the potential economic boon he sees with production of gas from Marcellus shale formations found deep underground. He said he was eager to receive recommendations from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Task Force, on which Potter County is represented. That group is asking the state legislature to amend Pa. Act 319 (”Clean and Green”) to provide guidance on how to assess rollback taxes on enrolled property owners who convert land use to natural gas production.

    Causer pledged to support state funding for Human Services programs and said he would like to see counties given more flexibility in how they are administered. Potter County Today


    New Telephone Filing Process to Start When
    Lines Reopen on Jan. 20

    HARRISBURG – Labor & Industry acting Secretary Sandi Vito today reminded out-of-work Pennsylvanians that they can still file claims for unemployment compensation benefits online on Monday, Jan. 19, when state offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The online initial claim filing process is available 24-hours a day at

    When the telephone claims system – 1-888-313-7284 — reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 20, individuals are advised to call on specific days, based on their Social Security number. People with a Social Security number ending in an even number should call on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday; while those ending with an odd number should call on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

    With the exception of the Jan. 19 holiday, expanded telephone claims hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    “Asking individuals who use the toll-free phone line to call on different days based on their Social Security number will help to alleviate waiting times and allow us to serve claimants more efficiently,” Vito said. “The best time to call is later in the week and late in the day. It is important for people to realize that phoning in their initial claim later in the week will not delay their benefits. And, for greatest convenience, claimants can file at any time by using our online system.”

    Some Of The Stories Featured In This Week's Endeavor News


    Documentary producer Diane Bloom and assistant Doug Frederick in the
    with members of Ollie and the Go Gos lined up behind them.

    This week's Endeavor News includes a report on plans for "The Merc." If things go as planned, a community-owned clothing and shoe store will open on Coudersport's Main Street to fill the void left by JCPenney's departure last winter.

    Chris Houghtaling is home! The prayers of the Houghtaling/Morales family were answered with a joyous phone call from Tel-Aviv, Israel, on Thursday morning.

    Speaking of happy reunions, the magical weekend of the Ollie and the Go Gos Reunion Concert is relived in a documentary that will be airing on WPSX-TV, Channel 3, on Sunday, Jan. 25. See details in Endeavor News.

    Potter County leaders are working on a public/private partnership that could bring super-fast fiber optic technology to underserved parts of the county. On a dimmer note, the county's employee retirement fund took a nosedive as the stock market collapsed in 2008.

    A leading critic of the labor union representing public schoolteachers in Pennsylvania shares his views in this week's Opinion Page.

    There's news on deer management, local sports, along with advertisements from business people, and much, much more in this week's Endeavor News, .

    Endeavor News is available at businesses all around the Coudersport and Austin areas.

    If you have any local news you'd like to share, drop an email to

    Clinton County's Tourism Dollars Halved

    County’s share of state tourism dollars shrinks

    Lock Haven Express

    LOCK HAVEN - The state has warned Clinton County there won't be much tourism funding this year, and the latest figure quoted is even lower than before, the Tourism Promotion Committee heard Thursday.

    Instead of $34,000, which the committee has received in the past, state sources warned a few months ago only $16,000 to $17,000 would be coming Clinton County's way.

    Now, even that amount may be too high, Committee Chair Bonnie Hannis said. The committee has been told to expect 5 percent less, which would drop the figure to only $15,714, she said. More...

    Circuit City Going Out Of Business--30,000 Jobs Lost

    Circuit City store liquidations to start immediately

    Centre Daily Times
    A sales associate at the Circuit City store in Patton Township confirmed that it will would close as part of the corporate liquidation.

    No timeline has been communicated from the corporate offices to the individual stores, she said.

    Circuit City, the nation’s second-biggest consumer electronics retailer, said Friday that it will go out of business, closing its remaining 567 stores and cutting 30,000 jobs. More...

    World- Class Gospel Concert "DVine" Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 At UPB

    Gospel Concert At Pitt-Bradford

    BRADFORD, Pa. – World-class gospel group D'Vine, which has performed at the White House and during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, will perform gospel music, spirituals and songs during a concert on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

    The show, a Martin Luther King Jr. special event, starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The cost is $10 for the public, $6 for faculty and staff, and free for students. The concert is a part of the university’s Season Subscription Series.

    The trio, composed of sisters Paula McGuire Saunders and Pamela McGuire Dees and their friend, Sheryl Denise Pollard, will perform gospel music, spirituals and songs and special a cappella renditions of the American and Black National Anthems.

    “One of the main reasons I wanted to book D'Vine is their respect for Martin Luther King’s legacy,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. “This will be a special concert that people who enjoy gospel music, great a cappella singing in general or are admirers of Dr. King will not want to miss.”

    The Atlanta-based group has performed for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu and sports legend Hank Aaron. The trio has also been featured at the 53rd Presidential Inauguration and was part of the Centennial Olympic Choir formed for the Atlanta games in 1996.

    They have sung with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and members performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks games.

    The trio recently released its third recording, an a cappella project, titled “Two Sisters and a Friend.” D’Vine also produced “Simply D’Vine” in 1996 and “Perfect Timing” in 1999.

    The group formed 13 years ago and now performs more than 150 concerts each year while holding down full-time jobs. D’Vine has performed all over the world, including Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Greece.

    For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

    For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814) 362-5113.

    Lawyer Who Defended John Rigas Is Dead

    Peter E. Fleming Jr., 79, Dies

    New York Times

    Peter E. Fleming Jr., a prominent criminal-defense lawyer whose client list over more than three decades included high-ranking politicians, flamboyant celebrities and a cast of characters from outbreaks of corporate crime, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 79 and lived in Greenwich, Conn.

    The cause was complications of lung surgery, his son Peter said.

    In 2004, Mr. Fleming represented Mr. Rigas, the chief executive of the cable company Adelphia Communications. Mr. Rigas had started Adelphia in 1952 with a $300 purchase of a single franchise in the small Pennsylvania town of Coudersport. Mr. Rigas and his son Timothy were eventually convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and securities fraud involving $2.3 billion.

    “I never had a client I thought was guilty,” Mr. Fleming said in 2002. “Everyone may deserve a defense, but they don’t deserve my defense.” More...

    News Tip by Justin Cochran--Thanks Justin

    Dog Found Near Coudy Fire Station


    Possible Structure Fire Reported In Alma, NY

    BREAKING NEWS--12-27 pm-1-16-09
    Allentown and Alma, NY Firefighters have been dispatched to a possible structure fire at 1501 County Road 18 in Alma, NY


    ‘Turn Down, Seal Off, Save Up’ Offers Simple,
    Effective Ways to Save Up to $740 a Year

    HARRISBURG – When Tiffany Jones moves her family into their new home built by Habitat for Humanity’s Greater Harrisburg Area chapter, she can rest a bit easier knowing their heating bill will be manageable.

    The local Habitat for Humanity chapter builds all of its new homes and rehabilitated homes to be energy efficient and well sealed. The walls and ceilings are insulated, and the windows, doors, furnace and appliances are all Energy Star-rated for high efficiency. All wall penetrations to the outside are sealed and insulated, and the doors are weather-stripped to help the Habitat for Humanity families stretch their energy dollars.

    “Families all across Pennsylvania are having problems paying their energy bills during these difficult economic times, but there are practical steps each of us can take to conserve energy and save money, too,” said Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger as he toured the Habitat for Humanity construction site on Brady Street. Windows Media Broadband Video

    To boost public awareness of home energy conservation, Pennsylvania launched the “Turn Down, Seal Off, Save Up” outreach campaign to encourage residents to turn down their thermostats and seal off drafts in order to save as much as $740 in annual heating costs.

    The campaign’s Web site,, includes tips on how to make a home more energy efficient, contact information for financial assistance, and an online toolkit featuring resources people and organizations can use to raise awareness in their communities. More...

    Calendar Of Events From

    Today--Jan 16--Friday
    Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer heel screenings from 1 to 3 p.m. at the hospital’s Women’s Health Center. The cost is $10. Call 274-5470 for an appointment. Heel screenings give patients a preliminary bone density score (T score) in a matter of minutes. Low scores typically call for a more thorough exam. Those who should receive a heel screening include women over 65 or who have had an early menopause or hysterectomy or other hormonal depletion, men over 70, men and women taking certain medications or certain cancer treatments, those with risk factors or a disease or condition that can cause bone loss, and men and women who eat a low calcium diet or have had significant height loss.

    January 17--Saturday
    The Galeton Moose Family Center will serve Prime Rib. Call 435-2500 for details.

    The Southern Potter County Snowmobile Club will hold its annual Bush Dam Picnic from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. If there is no snow, the ride will be rescheduled for January 24.

    January 18--Sunday
    The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department will serve pancake breakfasts at the fire hall on Route 6 West from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    There will be a Spaghetti Supper at St. Bibiana's Parish Center in Galeton from 4:30 PM~6:30 PM .Adults $6.00 Children 6-12 $3.00 (under 6 eat free) Given by the GALETON HIGH STEPPERS~RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM to benefit the American Cancer Society. Take outs and local deliveries available call 435-2864 More events....

    Songwriters Schedule Galeton Shindig At School Gym On Valentines Day

    The Songwriter’s
    Roundtable is undergoing some exciting changes in 2009!

    We’re going mobile, and moving around the County to reach more folks and share the music.

    We’re also focusing in on some talented young local performers that we’ve seen at our open stages by backing them in their own showcases.

    The Roundtable will produce two expanded shows in 2009, hosted by the acoustic group Jakob’s Hollow, with open stages, workshops, local performer showcases, local artist and artisan displays, along with featured national performers.

    The first is Valentines Day in Galeton and the second will be in Shinglehouse at the End of May.

    *****Saturday, February 14th, 2009 Valentine’s Day:*****

    Our first show of 2009 will be a Valentine’s Day gathering at the Galeton High School Gymnasium. The official event poster is posted in the sidebar of Solomon's words.

    (For General info call Deanna Sherman at the Potter County Ed Council, (814) 435 – 9490)

    The event will include:

    4:00pm to 5:30pm - Free open stage hosted by Jakob’s Hollow…all are welcome to take the stage!
    Early sign-up is encouraged, and you can sign-up by email on the Roundtable website.

    5:30 to 6:30 - Free songwriting and performance workshop hosted by Jakob’s Hollow and featuring the Roundtable featured performers. You are welcome to attend, even if you’re not a songwriter. Come hear the stories behind the songs!

    6:30 to 7:30 – A Pot Luck Dinner hosted by the town of Galeton (Please contact Sue Crawford at (814) 435 - 3544 for information about what food is needed for the Pot Luck.

    7:30pm to 10:30pm - Main show performance, featuring Jakob's Hollow showcasing several area performers, along with special guest Randy Clark (Clearfield County) and featuring national touring songwriters Joe Crookston (Ithaca NY) and Bill Staines (New Hampshire)
    Performer Links: , , , , (for our roundtable press on these performers check out the official event poster on the sidebar of Solomon's words.)

    Tickets: Amazingly affordable! $3 adults, $5 per couple, under 18 years old, FREE! Available at the door, or purchase your tickets at the Galeton and Coudersport Potter County Ed Council offices, Galeton Drug Store, or at Heart’s Desire.

    Visit the Roundtable website for additional information, and to see our photo archives from past shows!

    Coudersport Fire Responds To Automatic Alarm

    Coudersport firefighters have been dispatched at 9:17 am on Friday morning to an automatic fire alarm at Level 3 Communications facility on North Main Street in Coudersport. Recalled.


    Workshop For Efficiency Grants
    WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to discuss the new Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program created by the Alternative Energy Investment Fund, which Governor Edward G. Rendell’s signed into law this past summer.

    The workshop will be held in DEP’s northcentral regional office, 208 West Third St., Suite 101, Williamsport.

    “This workshop is for independent for-profit small businesses with 100 employees or fewer whose business or facility is located within Pennsylvania,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “Eligible small businesses include manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and agricultural operations.”

    The grants will be used to support energy efficiency improvements on systems such as lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration and process machinery, as well as building insulation and weatherization projects.

    The $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund includes $237 million targeted specifically toward helping small businesses and families conserve electricity and manage higher energy prices.

    DEP’s regional Office of Energy and Technology Deployment Manager Dave Shimmel will conduct the workshop, explain the program’s qualification requirements and application process, and review energy conservation measures for small businesses.

    The workshop will also include Web-based training called Energy Star Portfolio Manager for Pennsylvania Small Business.

    The workshop will conclude with a question-and-answer session on the training and a discussion on the necessity of energy benchmarking.

    Those interested in attending the workshop must register by sending an e-mail to The e-mail must include the names of attendees and the business.

    Registration is limited to the first 60 participants.

    For more information on the Alternative Energy Investment Fund, visit and click on the “Fueling Energy Savings” icon.

    Lake Effect Snowstorms Will Disappear Soon

    WESB News: 01/16/09 - Lake Erie Nearly Frozen Over
    Lake Erie is getting closer to freeze over. When that happens the lake-effect snow storms that affect the twin tiers will disappear.

    News 4 Meterologist Mike Ceka says that Lake Erie is 80 percent frozen now. This would mark the first time in several years that the lake has completely frozen over.

    Man Sentenced To Prison For Taking Car & Guns

    WESB News: 01/16/09 - Smethport Man Sentenced on Theft Charges

    A Smethport man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to 16 months to three years in the state pen.

    28 year-old Kristopher Wilson was charged with burglary and unlawful taking after he took a relative's car and gun safe with 15 firearms valued at $33,000 last May.

    Area Obituaries

    EMPORIUM — Mary L. Callaway, 68, of 1741 Old West Creek Road, Emporium, died Thursday morning (Jan. 15, 2009) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

    Two Resign From Potter County Planning Commission

    Vacancies On County Planning Commission

    sudivplanTwo long-serving members of the Potter County Planning Commission have resigned. Letters of resignation from members John Nordquist and Mitch DeLong were accepted at Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners.

    The organization was formed in the 1960s to administer land use regulations and guide county decision-making in other environmental and infrastructure matters, including the development of a comprehensive plan. Much of the commission’s time is consumed with administration of the county’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. Members serve at no compensation. Planning Director is Charlotte Dietrich, a full-time county employee, whose office is located at the Gunzburger Building.

    Current Planning Commission members are Wanda Shirk, Bill Dean, Rance Baxter, Marshall Hamilton and John McLaughlin. Ms. Shirk was re-elected as the chair during this week’s monthly meeting. The Potter County Board of Commissioners will appoint successors to fill the unexpired terms of John Nordquist and Mitch DeLong. Potter County Today

    Faulty Furnace Motor Cause Of 4:00am Dispatch

    A few minutes before 4:00 am today, Austin Volunteer firefighters responded to a report of "smoke in a structure" in Austin Boro. The source of the smoke was an overheated furnace motor. For more information, see Austin Fire website.

    Tri-Town Fire Co. Fish Fry Tonight

    The Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. will be holding a Fish Fry tonight (Jan 16th) at the fire hall on route 49 in Ulysses, PA from 5-7PM.

    Cost is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children 12 & under. Take outs are available by calling the station at 814-848-7611.

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Some Kids Get To Sleep In Friday

    Brandon Abbott sends a note that Channel 7 has already posted closings for Bradford and Smethport schools for Friday and 2 hour delays for Otto-Eldred and Port Allegany schools.

    Preventing CO Poisoning--WNEP TV Video

    Chris Houghtaling Is On Way Home From Israel

    It's A Miracle!
    Chris Houghtaling
    Calls Home!!
    Hi Jim,

    I have some great news you might want to post on your blog.

    This morning my father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tim and Midge Houghtaling, recieved a call from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Their son, Chris Houghtaling, had walked into the embassy and asked for help getting home.

    It has been almost three years since Chris flew to Israel and no one had heard anything from him since. His family has searched relentlessy for these past three years and his parents have even made two trips to Israel.

    Well I am so happy to announce that tonight he is on a plane home and his parents will be picking him up at the airport tomorrow morning. We are all just bursting with excitement to see him and we are so grateful to know he is safe.

    WJAC-TV Reports Plane Down In River In NY

    A news alert from WJAC-TV reports breaking news of a US Airways Plane Down in the Hudson River In NY City with 146 passengers on board

    Safeguards Necessary For Marcellus Gas Drilling

    Environmental speakers note ...
    Gas well drilling impacts being monitored

    Thursday, January 15, 2009
    By Wendy B. Lynn Staff Writer
    The Progress News--Clearfield, PA

    The auditorium at the Multi-Service Center, Leonard Street, Clearfield, was packed with concerned residents and members of local watershed groups last night for an informational meeting on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale and the possible impact on local watersheds and the environment. More...

    Mr. Berry encouraged anyone who sees a problem or potential problem with a well site to contact the Bureau of Oil and Gas in Pittsburgh by calling (412) 442-4024. He said it is difficult for the agents to keep track of and visit all of the sites in the state and the help of the public is needed. More...

    Although not on the schedule for speakers, Dan Vilello, community relations and revitalization consultant for DEP, briefly addressed the audience. "The only way to keep a handle on this ... we need your help," he said. If any resident has a question or sees a problem, he encourages them to call DEP, the conservation districts, the Fish and Boat Commission or SRBC. He noted that gas drilling can be beneficial if done correctly. These are excerfs...Read the entire article....

    Shinglehouse Assists With Ceres School Bus Crash

    Bus-car accident near Bolivar

    By Brian Quinn
    Daily Reporter

    One high school student is reportedly back at home today after a Jeep struck a Bolivar-Richburg Central School District bus she was riding at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

    There were five children on the bus, according to Amity-based state police. Three of them lived in a house nearby and were not injured. One student complained of pain, troopers said. Photos and More....

    Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Subscriptions

    2009 Ambulance Subscriptions Available
    Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association 2009 subscriptions have been mailed.

    Subscriptions are available for singles, couples, families, camps and businesses.

    If you have misplaced or did not receive a form contact us at 814-274- 7411 or talk with any ambulance member.

    Port Allegany Rotary, Charles Cole to Host Comprehensive Blood Analysis

    Comprehensive Blood Analysis

    The Port Allegany Rotary Club and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will hold a comprehensive blood analysis from 6 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 31 at the Port Allegany High School, 20 Oak St.

    Screening will include over 30 commonly requested blood tests including CBC, comprehensive, coronary risk, and liver function profiles. The cost for the screening is $40. Optional tests include prostate specific antigen (PSA), $26, and thyroid specific hormone (TSH), $9. A 12-hour fast is recommended.

    Appointments are required and can be made by calling CCMH’s centralized scheduling at 1-877-274-8200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Austin Teenager Killed In Snowmobile Crash

    Tragedy strikes Austin again

    Austin, Potter County, PA--On Wednesday January 14th, 2009 at 8:24pm. The Austin Borough Police, Austin Ambulance, Austin Fire Department and Coudersport Based Paramedics rushed to the an un-named private road off of Watkins Road in Austin Borough for a single snowmobile accident.

    15 year old Trevor Dynda also of Austin was pronounced dead at the Charles Cole Hospital by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. Investigation is continuing.

    Chief Kyle Day of the Austin Borough Police states that "this incident is not suspicious and appears to be a few friends riding snowmobiles on private property when the accident occurred. It is a sad day for everyone."

    Pennsylvania Troopers Get 3% Raise

    Union nets 3% raise

    for state's troopers

    More civilians to get positions in police offices


    State troopers will get 3-percent raises for the current budget year and the next one, which starts July 1, followed by 4-percent increases in July 2010 and July 2011. More...

    Edith M. Greene, 86, Galeton, PA

    Edith M. Greene, 86, of Galeton, PA, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in Wellsboro, PA.

    Born October 13, 1922 in Elmira, NY, she was a daughter of the late James A. and Edith Irene (Batherick) Hurd.

    Edith worked at Galeton Production for 20 years. She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Silver Springs, FL. She enjoyed sewing, baking, doing crafts, gardening, and reading.

    Surviving are two sons, Dale (Diane) Fuller, Galeton, and James (Karen) Fuller, El Paso, TX; two daughters, Patricia (Ron) Jessup, Galeton, and Teresa (Tim) Batterson, Galeton; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Jacklin, Horseheads, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Edith was predeceased by three brothers, one sister, and a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Fuller.

    A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines, PA.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Samaritan House, 35 Central Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or to the Hospice of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

    Port Allegany Man Chairman Of Airport Authority

    DeMott elected chairman

    of Bradford Regional Airport Authority

    Joseph DeMott Jr. was elected chairman of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority Wednesday during a reorganizational meeting.

    A second-year member of the authority, DeMott of Port Allegany, is also chairman of the McKean County Commissioners. He replaces the previous chairman, Cliff Lane, who resigned from the Authority last month. More....