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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dorothy Hammond Recovering At Pittsburgh Hospital

Port Allegany Woman Improving
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Dorothy Hammond, 74, of Port Allegany was seriously injured in this accident on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 near the Burtville cut, when she lost control of her car and was hit by another vehicle broadside.

Dorothy is Mike Hammond's mom. Mike is the manager of the fruit and feed section of Erway's Market in Coudersport.

Mike reported Saturday that his mom is improving. She suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, and other injuries in the crash.

She was first taken to Charles Cole Hospital and then moved last week to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh. Mike says she is on a ventilator, but doctors there say they hope to be able to take it out soon.

He thanks many people for praying for his mom and asks for continued prayer. Dorothy Hammond's address is UPMC-Presbys, Room 4G-28-Bed 8, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2536.

Volunteers Needed For Bradford Search Today

Search Starts At 2 PM Saturday

Searching for Isa

As you may have heard on Ad Line and read on Talk About Bradford, Isa, a yorkie-poo mix dog has been on the run for nearly 2 months.

She's been sighted all around Bradford – most recently in the Euclid and Homestead avenue area yesterday afternoon.

Today, several concerned people have organized a search party to help find Isa. If you're interested in helping, meet at the Dresser's parking lot on Euclid Avenue at 2 p.m. today.

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2 Car Crash With Entrapment At State Line North Of Eldred On Rt. 446

BREAKING NEWS:12:28pm-27-09
Eldred Township, Eldred Boro with 2 ambulances, and Medic 1 are responding to a 2 vehicle crash at the PA/NY state line on Route 446. One car is reported rolled over with entrapment, and one car in the roadway. A helicopter has been placed on standby. 12:42--The helicopter has been cancelled. Two victims are being transported.

Frances Elizabeth Mulvihill, 92, Crosby, PA

Crosby - Frances Elizabeth Mulvihill, 92, of Crosby, died Friday (February 6, 2009).

She was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Crosby, a daughter of Michael F. and Grace E. Curran McKeirnan. On January 25, 1941, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, she married Lloyd E. Mulvihill, who died Feb. 10, 1987.

Mrs. Mulvihill was a graduate of Colegrove High School and a graduate of Westbrook Academy in Olean, NY. She was an Executive Secretary, employed by the McKean County Sheriff's Dept. She retired in 1981 after many years of devoted service.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, St. Elizabeth Women's Club, the Catholic Daughters of America, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 Auxillary of Crosby, for over 50 years, and the Norwich Township Fire Dept. Auxillary.

She was devoted to her faith, her church, family and friends. She loved to play cards, bingo, and travelling. She also enjoyed crafts, ceramics, and framing creative scenes with dried flowers.

She is survived by
one son: Michael L. Mulvihill of Bradford, PA, one brother, Mickey McKeirnan of Emporium, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters; Janet Putnam and Nan Tessena; 4 brothers; John, Robert, Joe, and Bill McKeirnan.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-8 pm at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. The Rosary will be said at 4 pm, Sunday, in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am, Monday, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Samuel B. Slocum, as Celebrant. Committal will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Elizabeth Church Building Fund, Smethport. Online condolences can be made at

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

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner For Crystal Taylor Today

Crystal Taylor was severely injured in a car crash in December on the Peet Brook Road. She is reported to be doing good. Funds from this dinner will help defray her expenses.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Vehicle Crash Reported On Peet Brook

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

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

Smoke Investigation In Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS:10:53 am-2-7-09
Port Allegany firefighters are responding to a smoke investigation at 104 Dennis Avenue in the Boro.

Potter County To Give Surplus Equipment To Municipalities and Emergency Service Groups

Office Equipment To Be Distributed

officechairTownships, boroughs, fire and ambulance services will soon be invited by the Potter County Commissioners to help themselves to a supply of excess office equipment being stored in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. The items include filing cabinets, chairs, desks and other supplies acquired when Time Warner donated the former school on North Main Street to the county.

Building and Grounds Supervisor David Knowles, maintenance employees Terry Sturdevant and Joe Kurtz, and inmates from the Potter County Jail released for community service time have been preparing the inventory for an open house to which the municipal and emergency service agencies will be invited Feb. 23-27.

The county has also stored an ample supply of work cubicles and other office equipment that may be needed to meet future needs.

On a related noted, the county has been distributing to its offices more than $5,000 worth of office supplies left behind in the Gunzburger Building by Time Warner. Modern, quality work cubicles, dating back to Adelphia’s ownership of the building and worth tens of thousands of dollars, have been transported to Potter County Human Services and other offices.

Shinglehouse Dispatched/Recalled For Car Crash In NY

Shinglehouse Ambulance was toned out around 3:00 am Saturday to a car crash on Streeter Brook Road in the Town of Genesee, NY. They were recalled minutes later.

Emergency Responders Find Man After Early AM Search

A 2:00am search by Coudersport Fire and Ambulance crews resulted in finding a man in the area of CARP park.

The man reportedly left an area tavern without winter clothing around 11:30pm.

Emergency responders called for a stokes basket, a rope and blankets at around 2:30 am and the man was transported to Charles Cole Hospital by ambulance.

There is no information on the man's condition.

Calendar Of Events From

February 6, 7, 8

Potter County Snowmobile Association is sponsoring the annual Rodeo In The Snow. It begins with a Friday night trail ride to Cherry Springs or Patterson Park with a winter picnic. Dealer displays at the clubhouse on North Hollow Road are planned for Saturday and Sunday. See the Association's website at for updates.

February 7

The Second 4-H Super Saturday will be held from 10 am to 3:00 pm at Memorial Hall in Emporium. There will be a variety of workshops. Take your own lunch. Contact the Potter County Cooperative Extension Office at 274-8540 to sign up.

February 7

Heart's Desire in Galeton invites you to learn how to restore your furniture without stripping it. You'll learn how to restore the original color and luster to the finish while blending out minor scratches and blemishes, and eliminate white heat rings and water marks. Pete Folk from Folk Antiques in Galeton will instruct and demonstrate how to refurbish your dingy old wooden furniture using Howard's Restor-A-Finish furniture restoration products. Pete will be demonstrating various techniques of furniture restoration, and will be available to answer you questions from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call Heart's Desire, 435-2280.

February 7

The 12th annual Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy benefiting A Way Out Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services will be held from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Coudersport Consistory. There will be chocolate desserts; entertainment; live auction and a chocolate contest. Limited Seating. Admission is $10.00. Call 274-0368 for details.

February 7

Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church will hold its annual Wild Game Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Take your own place setting, a dish to share and story to tell.

February 7

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Ridgway will host a free Gospel Concert at 6:00 pm featuring the Skyline boys of Purcellville, VA. A free will offering will be taken. The Church is located on summer Street.

February 8

The Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association will have a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Child 4.50 Regular, $6.50,Hungry Man $7.50,Children under 6 eat free!!

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Shinglehouse Man escapes Injury in One-Vehicle crash
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Coudersport-based state police say 23 year old Stephen Fiske of Shinglehouse escaped injury Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Route 44 east of Post Hollow Road in Sharon Township. Troopers said a Chevrolet Blazer driven by 23 year old Stephen Fiske went out of control, at about 50 mph, when he tried to pass another vehicle on the snow-covered road. The SUV veered off the road, struck a utility pole, flipped onto the driver’s side and slid about 60 feet before coming to rest. More News...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Cuba, Friendship Firefighters On The Mend

Two local firefighters injured battling blazes get closer to coming home

Two firefighters injured in blazes at Friendship and Cuba are on the road to recovery at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

Friendship firefighter Thomas Torpey is slated to return home within the week and Cuba firefighter Jim Kupiec is tentatively scheduled to come home within two weeks. More...

Elections Are Coming In Pennsylvania

Several McKean County and local positions open in coming election

Several prominent positions in McKean County, at both the local and county levels, will be open during the primary election scheduled for May 19.

Voters and those running for office should keep the following dates in mind over the next few months: first day to circulate and file nomination petitions, Feb. 17; last day to circulate and file petitions, March 10; first day to circulate and file nomination papers, March 11; last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions, March 25; last day to register before the primary, April 20; last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot, May 12; last day for County Board of Elections to receive civilian absentee ballots, May 15. More...

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Frances Elizabeth Mulvihill, 92, of Crosby, died Friday (Feb. 6, 2009). Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

ELDRED — Thomas C. Curtis, 90, of Cuba, N.Y., formerly of Duke Center, passed away on Friday (Feb. 6, 2009) at the Cuba Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

ELDRED — David A. Wood, 57, of 40 Edison St., Eldred, passed away on Thursday (Feb. 5, 2009) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

"Just Plain Joe" Scarnati's Number Misprinted

Scarnati's Toll-Free Number Misprinted in Coudy Phone Book

The toll-free phone number for Senator Joe Scarnati's (R-Jefferson) district office was misprinted recently in the Coudersport phone directory. The correct number is 877-787-7084.

Scarnati urged residents to make a note of the proper number in case they need to access information available in his district offices.

"My district offices can provide residents with a wide range of information on programs and services available to individuals and families in our area," Scarnati said. "I would urge Coudersport residents and those in surrounding communities to ensure they have the proper number listed to reach me if they have any concerns or problems with state agencies."

Attorney General Nabs More Internet Predators

Bradford Man Caught In Sex Sting

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have made a series of recent arrests, including men from Lehigh, Erie and McKean counties who are all accused of sending sexually explicit webcam videos to what they believed were children.

02-06-2009 Jonathan E. Farnham CPU 189Jonathan E. Farnham
Corbett said that Farnham is accused of sexually propositioning an undercover agent who was using the profile of a 13-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Farnham sent the girl three different webcam videos, all showing him nude and performing sex acts in front of his computer.

He also repeatedly expressed a desire to meet the girl for sex, describing in graphic detail the acts he wished to perform with her.

Farnham was arrested on February 5th by agents from the child predator unit, assisted by officers from the Bradford Police Department.

Farnham is charged with three counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Farnham was preliminarily arraigned on February 5th and lodged in the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 25th, at 9 a.m., before Bradford Magisterial District Judge Dominic A. Cercone Jr. More....

Jean Woodard, 84, Shinglehouse, PA

Shinglehouse, PA---Jean Woodard, 84, of Shinglehouse, PA, died in her home on Friday, February 6, 2009.

Born March 18, 1924 in the Town of Genesee, NY, she was a daughter of William C. and Gertrude Pusey Bell. On August 24, 1946 in Olean, NY, she married James L. Woodard, who died on June 21, 1982.

Mrs. Woodard was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1942. She was employed at the Oswayo Valley High School cafeteria where she retired after many years.

Surviving are a son, James W. (Cynthia) Woodard of Coudersport, PA; a daughter, Jackie W. (Vic) Fosmer of Clara, PA; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jo Bell (Marty) Herzog of Stockton, California; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Woodard was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.

At Mrs. Woodard’s request there will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA. The Rev. Bernie Knefley, pastor of the Coudersport Alliance Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.


Most Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles Can Only Idle Engines for 5 Minutes per Hour

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians — particularly those vulnerable to air pollution such as children and the elderly — will breathe easier, thanks to a new measure taking effect today that limits engine idling by heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act (Act 124) on Oct. 9. The law restricts heavy-duty diesel vehicles from idling more than five minutes per hour.

Truck and bus drivers often idle their engines during rest periods to heat or cool their sleeper compartment, to keep the engine warm during cold weather, and to provide electrical power for their appliances. Acting Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger added that the new restrictions will save the owners of these vehicles billions of dollars a year while also reducing Pennsylvania’s dependence on foreign oil.

“Idling of these heavy-duty engines produces large quantities of dangerous air pollutants that can be particularly harmful to young children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis,” said Hanger.

“Across the nation, these vehicles consume 1 billion gallons of fuel annually by idling their engines. This new law will protect the health of our citizens, reduce our reliance on imported oil, and drive the adoption of new technologies to meet our nation’s transportation needs.”

Each year, heavy-duty trucks in Pennsylvania emit about 3,200 tons of nitrogen oxides, a pre-cursor of smog and ground-level ozone; 210,000 tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change; and 65 tons of fine particulate matter by burning diesel fuel while idling.

Act 124 applies to diesel-powered motor vehicles engaged in commerce with a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more that are not specifically exempted. Most trucks and buses are subject to the act, though farm-related equipment and vehicles are exempt.

Trucks with sleeper berths are exempted during times of low and high temperatures until May 1, 2010, providing a reasonable amount of time for truckers to make alternative arrangements for sleeping, such as using an electrified truck-stop parking space or buying equipment that provides power without idling.

“There are affordable alternatives to idling, and I encourage all vehicle operators to take advantage of them to help Pennsylvanians breather easier and to save themselves money, too,” Hanger said. “At current prices, drivers are spending $2.4 billion a year nationally on fuel just for idling. In May, when diesel prices hit record highs, that figure would have been almost $5 billion.”

The simplest way to reduce idling is to turn off the vehicle. Modern diesel engines do not require long warm-up or cool-down periods or constant idling in order to operate efficiently. The most common alternatives to idling are auxiliary power systems and stationary idle reduction technologies. Auxiliary power systems are devices installed on vehicles to provide electric power. Stationary idle reduction technology provides some type of plug-in system at locations where vehicles park.

The DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant program has invested more than $1 million on top of the nearly $2 million truck owners and operators have spent to purchase 238 auxiliary power systems.

For more information on this program, visit, keyword: SBAdvantage. Other investments by the commonwealth, in conjunction with those by private enterprises, have made 11 truck-stop electrifications systems available across the state. For an online map of system locations, visit and click on “Locations.”

For more information on the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act, visit, keyword: Diesel Idling.

Structure Fire Reported In Bradford City

BREAKING NEWS:1:00pm-2-6-09
Bradford City Firefighters have been dispatched to structure fire at 159 South Avenue in the city where shingles are reported on fire. A SECOND ALARM HAS BEEN TONED OUT FOR THIS FIRE.

WESB News: 02/06/09 - Fire Damages Attic in South Ave. House

A man who was trying to do something nice for a neighbor this afternoon ended up setting fire to part of his house.

City firefighters say David Nichols of 159 South Avenue told them an extremely large icicle forms on his house every year and, every year, falls and damages the neighbors' siding.

He was trying to thaw the icicle with a 20-pound propane tank and hand torch, when the eaves on his house caught on fire. The fire spread to the attic, but firefighters were able to contain it.

Firefighters say quite a bit of damage was done to the roof, but that's because shingles had to be removed to make sure there was no fire underneath them. 12 firefighters were on the scene for about 2 hours. The Nichols house is insured.

NY Dairy Farmers Could Fail By End Of 2009

Winner tells Paterson to prepare for dairy crisis

Concern that falling milk prices could lead to farm losses

State Sen. George H. Winner Jr., R-Elmira, has urged Gov. David Paterson to direct his administration to pay close attention to what Winner fears is quickly developing into a devastating financial crisis within the state’s dairy industry.

Winner’s concern comes as milk prices being paid to New York’s farmers have fallen by as much as 40 percent from a year ago, according to recent statistics from the federal Department of Agriculture, according to a news release.

The decline has produced widespread concern that many dairy farms, especially small family farms, could be out of business by the end of the year, the release says.

Rendell Wants Little More Than One School District Per County In PA

Rendell wants to consolidate 400 PA school districts

Gov. Rendell wants to slash the number of school districts statewide, eliminating about 400 of the current 501 Pennsylvania public school systems.

The controversial proposal would make a more efficient public education system, he said.

"There is nothing sacrosanct about the need to maintain 500 separate school districts across the state - each with its own staggering, and growing, administrative costs," the governor said in his budget address.

Rendell wants a legislative committee to study consolidation and return recommendations within a year. More...

Tourism Up In Spite Of Economy

Tourism doing well in county
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DuBOIS - The DuBois City Council was updated on tourism in Clearfield County Thursday.

Sandy Fink-Barrett, director of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority, said that in spite of the economy, "tourism is doing quite well in Clearfield County and the Greater DuBois Area."

"The PA Wilds is strong," she said. "But we don't want to rest on our laurels."
Fink-Barrett said the Wilds is made up of 12 counties, with Lycoming County being the largest and Clearfield County the second largest.

"Clearfield County is up 5 percent from December 2007 to December 2008 even though we have lost some valuable lodging," she said. More...

Classes Offered Thru Potter County Education Council

ESU ~ Discipline in the Classroom – Act 48 Approved

East Stroudsburg University Continuing Professional Education will sponsor the Act 48

approved course Discipline in the Classroom with instructor Joe Martin at the Potter County

Education Council in Coudersport This program is designed for participants to take part in

learning activities that will enable them to develop positive techniques for handling student

behavior problems. This course is aimed at training teachers to use Reality Therapy as a tool in the classroom. It addresses one of the major concerns of the public school’s classroom control and behavior change. This course is approved for 3 graduate credits. Classes will be held on Friday evenings and all day Saturday beginning February 27 with subsequent classes February 28, March 27 & 28 and May 1 & 2. For more information or to register contact 274-4877.

"Writing A Professional Press Release"

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Professional Press Release class at the Coudersport Office. Veteran journalists Gerri Miller of and Teri McDowell, news editor for the Potter Leader-Enterprise, will instruct the class on preparation of press releases which cover the "who, what, when, where and why" of events in a thorough and professional manner. What information to include in a press release, how to prioritize facts and strategies for getting the attention of editors, reporters and the public – as well as what not to include – will be among the topics discussed in the two-hour session. The class will also include a hands-on segment, where students can write a press release and have it critiqued by the instructors. This class will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. This class is free to the public. To register, call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Cooking for Crowds

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Cooking for Crowds Class at the Port Allegany Office. If you are a non-profit or volunteer group that prepares food to be served or sold to the public, then this course is for you. Participants in this workshop will learn up-to-date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. The workshop is appropriate for non-profit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups. The class will be held on Thursday, February 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. The cost for the class is $12 per person. To register, call 642-2295, 274-4877 or 435-9490

Public Speaking Workshop

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Public Speaking Workshop at the Coudersport Office. Learn to speak in public with ease and comfort. This workshop will start with the basics and walk you through steps to successful public speaking. Topics Covered: Research, Writing and Delivery. The class will be held on Monday. February 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. The cost for the workshop will be $30. To register, call 274-4877, 435-9490 or 642-2295.

Advance Wire Wrap
The Potter County Education Council will hold a Beginner Beading Class at the Port Allegany Office. This class is for those bead jewelry makers looking to improve their skills. Proper technique for bead wraps using finer gauge wire. Single wire wrap clasp will also be demonstrated. The class will be held Wednesday, February 18 from 6 – 9 p.m. The cost for the class will be $35.00 per person. For more information or to register call 642-2295.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

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

February 12 Excel 4 6 – 9 p.m.

February 17 Outlook 1 6 – 9 p.m.

February 19 Outlook 2 6 – 9 p.m.

February 24 Internet 1 6 – 9 p.m.

February 26 Internet 2 6 – 9 p.m.

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

PCEC Galeton Computer Schedule

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

February 17 Computer 1st Aid 6 – 9 p.m.

February 23 Outlook 2 9 a.m. – Noon

February 23 PowerPoint 2 1 – 4 p.m.

February 24 Outlook 1 6 – 9 p.m.

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

PCEC Port Allegany Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center will be offering the following computer:

February 17 Excel 1 6 – 9 p.m.

February 18 Outlook 1 9 a.m. – Noon

February 18 Outlook 2 1 -4 p.m.

February 23 Vista 1 9 a.m. – Noon

February 23 Vista 2 1 -4 p.m.

February 23 Intro to Computer 6 – 9 p.m.

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

Daniel Patrick Rice, 52, Ladson, SC, Formerly Shinglehouse, PA

LADSON, S.C. - Daniel Patrick Rice, 52, of Ladson passed away Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2009) at Trident Regional Hospital in Charleston after a long battle with cancer.

Born April 21, 1956, in Elmira, N.Y., he was a son of John M. and Maxine Calhoun Rice.
Mr. Rice graduated in 1974 from Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, PA, where he was recognized as an outstanding basketball and baseball player.

He then served for 20 years with the US Navy and retired as a petty officer 1st class, cryptologist technician. One of his most distinguished highlights of his Navy career was the opportunity to showcase his unique abilities in cryptology for the U.S. Navy Seal teams.

After retirement from the Navy, he worked as a successful and respected engineer technician for Scientific Research Corp.

Mr. Rice was very passionate about athletics and mentoring others. He served as a head coach for the Goose Creek Diamondbacks and Crowfield Vipers baseball teams for many years.

Surviving besides his mother, Maxine Rice of DeBary, FL, and his grandmother, Marjorie Calhoun of Mahopac, NY, are his wife, Cindy Coker Rice of Ladson; three children, Chelsie (Andy) Cornelius of Fayetteville, Heather (Darren) Turner of Goose Creek and Sgt. Scott Rice of Bamberg, Germany; two stepchildren, Casey Zsarnay and Corey Wilhoit, both of Ladson; four grandchildren, Emily and Holly Cornelius, Taylor and Dylan Turner; a stepgranddaughter, Cadence Zsarnay; two brothers, Stephen (Larry) Rice of DeBary and Christopher Rice of Shinglehouse; a niece, Kristen (Ron) Thompson, and a nephew, Sean Rice, both of Shinglehouse.

He was predeceased by his father, John M. Rice.

Funeral services were held Saturday (Jan. 31, 2009) at 2 p.m. in the McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel.

Donations in Mr Rice's name may be made to the American Lung Association ( or National Leukemia Foundation (
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Plow Truck Knocks Out 911 Center For Hours

Those down cables affected the Somerset County 9-1-1 dispatch center.

Johnstown Phone Troubles

Reported by: Danielle Krout
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JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- More than 8,000 customers were left without phone service or had issues using their phone lines, in Somerset and Cambria County, including a 9-1-1 center.

Around 6:30 Thursday morning a plow truck damaged cables by the intersection of Franklin Street and Haynes Street in Johnstown.

Somerset County’s dispatch coordinator Dave Fox said when the phone issues first erupted they had crews for emergency services on stand by. They also gave alternate phone numbers in case of an emergency.

The dispatch center’s phone lines were fixed within a few hours. More...

Bradford County Delays Repayment Of Clean & Green Tax Discounts Until Natural Gas Is Produced

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Ethel L. Keyser Brown, 93, Painted Post, NY

Smethport- Ethel L. Keyser Brown, 93, of Painted Post, NY, passed away peacefully Tuesday (February 3, 2009) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

She was born Nov 24, 1915 in Lafayette, PA, a daughter of Irvine A. and Flora Bell Jeffords Keyser.

Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Hazel Hurst High School and had worked in the Smethport High School cafeteria.

She was a member of the Methodist Church, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting, baking bread, reading, traveling and visiting her sisters in Kane, PA. She loved to share recipes, knitting patterns and books with her sisters, and she will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by
two daughters: Jo Ellen (Norman) Cook of Painted Post, NY, Linda (Lynn) Kepler of Lititz, PA
5 grandchildren: Mark McNaney of Corning, NY; Stacey Kepler of Lititz, PA; Jacob Kepler of Henderson, NV; Sara Kepler of Brandon, FL; Alexandra Kepler of Lititz, PA
2 great grandsons: Jake M. McNaney and Logan McNaney, both of Corning, NY.
three sisters: Alice Coleman of Kane, PA, Marion Larsen of Kane, PA, Kay Keyser of Kane, PA
and several nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Josephus O. "Joe" Brown, one son, Stephen M. Brown, and grandsons Michael Z. McNaney and Sean J. McNaney

At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Graveside memorial services will be announced at a later date by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA.

Memorials may be made to 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.

Butters Pleads Guilty To Smethport Burglaries

News: 02/06/09 - McKean County Court Action

A Custer City man has pleaded guilty in McKean County Court to a string of burglaries in the Smethport area in 2007 and 2008.

23 year-old Michael Butters pleaded to five different burglaries and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The court proved that Butters had conspired with another man to burglarize several homes and a car. He’ll be sentenced on April 2.

Emporium Police Seek Blue Coupe In Connection With Emporium Man's Death

WESB News: 02/06/09 - Investigation into Death of Emporium Man

An investigation continues into the death of an Emporium man back on January 27.

81 year-old Emerson Kirk was found lying in the middle of West Allegheny Avenue. He was flown to Altoona for treatment of a head injury and died last Friday.

Emporium Borough Police are looking for a blue coupe that was seen speeding through the area at the time of the accident.

Aletha F. Springstead, 86, Fayetteville, NC, Formerly Smethport

Smethport- Aletha F. Springstead, 86, of, Fayetteville, NC, formerly of Smethport, died Tuesday (February 3, 2009) in the Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Fayetteville.

She was born Jan 23, 1923 in Swain, NY a daughter of John Clark and Arline Howe Wirt.

Mrs. Springstead attended Smethport Schools.

She was a Nurses Aid, employed by Sena Kean Manor. She retired in 1981.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport Senior Center, The Elderberries, and AARP.

She is survived by
one daughter: Arlene M. Morris of Fayetteville, NC
two sons: Elvin G. Springstead of Olean, NY, Duane C. Springstead of Vass, NC
one brother: Joseph Miles Wirt of Kansas City, MO
13 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 son, Dean Springstead, 1 brother, and 1 sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, at 10 am, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Charles Schmitt, officiating. Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to Smethport Senior Center. Online condolences can be made at

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

East Smethport Man Flown After Crash

UPDATE;WESB News: 02/05/09 - Man Flown to Hamot After Crash

Two people suffered injuries in an accident at about 9:40 Thursday morning on Route 6, just east of Pierce Brook Road in Keating Township.

Police say a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Mitchell Corey of Port Allegany went into the opposite lane and hit a pickup truck driven by 31-year-old Robert Stuart of East Smethport.

Both vehicles hit the guardrail. Stuart was flown by medical helicopter to Hamot Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gertrude E. "Trudy" Griffith, Allegany, NY, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

Gertrude E. “Trudy” Griffith

ALLEGANY- Gertrude E. “Trudy” Griffith, of 3974 Route 417, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Thursday (Feb. 5, 2009) at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Newark, NJ, a daughter of George M. and Beulah Hunter Rapp. On June 12, 1948, in New Haven, CT, she married Larry O. Griffith, Jr., who survives.

She graduated from the Hamden High School, Hamden, CT, Class of 1944. She attended LaSalle Junior College, majoring in Dietetics. After graduation, she worked at the Institute of Living and participated in various sports and activities.

She was an accomplished ice dancer. She was a former member of the Pittsburgh, New Haven, and Boston Skating Clubs. She was a member of the Figure Skating Club of America.

She had served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Port Allegany and Sedalia, MO; and was a certified water safety and first aid instructor.

She was a member of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, where she was a past secretary and treasurer for several years. She and her husband raised and showed Cairn Terriers until retiring in 1986.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Larry, are a son, Larry O. (Denise) Griffith, III of Enfield, NH; and a daughter, Darlene H. (Ralph) Howard of Franklinville, NY; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, a brother, Marvin (Ann) Rapp of Cheshire, CT; and four nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

At the family, request there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later time and date to be announced.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Are You Prepared For An Avian Flu Pandemic

Don't Be Alarmed, BUT.....
In November of 2008,
Dr. Glenn Williams addressed a cross section of Potter County people at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital about the possibility of the H5N 1 Avian Flu becoming pandemic.

At that meeting Dr. Williams said:

The government's view is keep the public in the dark, avoid panic.

    • It is found in *Domestic Poultry / Migratory Birds / Waterfowls / Cats (large & small)

    Pigs / Ferrets / Humans / Bird Droppings / Improperly Cooked Poultry or

    Egg Products / Hard non-porous surfaces

    • It mutates from animal to humans
    • The CDC says it is the fastest mutating virus found
    • 25 to 50% could be infected
    • 63% of those infected will die
    • It will affect normally healthy middle age adults as well as young and aged.
    • Dr. Williams says: "The troops are not coming--We will be on our own."
    • Hospitals will lock down
    • Services will not be there.
    • Banks will close, stores will run out of food, emergency services will be non-existent.
    • People from the cities will flock to the country, overloading facilities.

Pandemic Planning Group Meets Friday

Will you be prepared?

Next meeting of the Potter County Pandemic Planning Committee will be held at 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. The committee is working on a pandemic response plan and seeking involvement from community organizations and businesses.

Volunteers are especially welcome from churches, emergency service organizations, businesses, schools, government, fuel suppliers, veterans, postal services, industries, senior citizen centers, news media, transportation services, contractors, food suppliers, banks, hotels/motels, and community organizations.

Those planning to attend or seeking more information should call Potter County Dept of Emergency Services at 274-8900

Editor's note: This is not a joke. The facts above were presented by a knowlegible authority on the subject in a public meeting in November. We've always attempted to bring you the facts you need to know. Maybe you need to attend this meeting on Friday.