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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Solomon Jones Weighs In On Anonymous Comments

Solomon Jones: Making obsessive compulsiveness work

I AM OBSESSIVE compulsive. It's the reason I don't drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. It's the reason I'm gonna have to swear off Dunkin' Donuts coffee . . . again. It's the reason I can spend days editing a single sentence when I've got a whole book to write.

My obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD for short - has gotten me into trouble in the past. Most of the time, it was because I focused my undivided attention on the wrong person, place or thing. I've learned valuable lessons from doing that. If you don't mind, I'll share a few of them now.

Lesson 1: If you meet a young woman and she talks with her father like he's a bum on the street, she's probably going to do the same thing to you.

Lesson 2: If it feels really good, but the aftermath feels really bad, you probably shouldn't be doing it.

Lesson 3: When your mom tells you to leave something or someone alone, she's usually right - even if she says it when you're 30.

Having learned those lessons through hard-won experience, I entered Phase 2 of my OCD: making my disorder work for me. Over the years, my obsessive tendencies have helped me to master computer-aided design, because I'll work on a piece until whoever is sitting next to me turns into a pile of dust.

Since becoming obsessed with my lawn, I have made a real difference in my community, too, primarily by forcing my neighbors to unwittingly enter the annual "best lawn on the block" contest.

The unfortunate thing about OCD is that once you've finished obsessing over a project (since I have about 50 jobs, there's always something to obsess over), you fixate on how the world will respond to your work. I think that's why I'm going crazy about my latest novel, "Payback."

Don't let anyone fool you. Writers care what critics think. And nowadays, with comment sections on every Web site allowing people to trash others anonymously, there are critics everywhere. Unfortunately, many of them have not mastered the fine art of dropping a kind word or two between the insults so they at least look impartial.

I miss the days when critics were professionals - people who actually got paid to look down at you. Sadly, when media outlets downsized the highbrow art critics whose ascots and poison pens kept writers in line, things changed.

Nowadays, we writers don't have a lot of professional critics by which to measure ourselves. We've been reduced to tracking our Amazon sales rankings like they're symbols on the New York Stock Exchange. Last time I looked, "Payback" was up 10,000, and I was waiting for a review from a guy named Maddog2020, whose greatest insights are usually delivered between belches.

Don't get me wrong. I can deal with shadowy Internet posters if I must. But I'd much rather put a face to the guy who's trashing me. I like to know I'm being insulted by some guy who's at least tried and failed to do what I do; a guy with an address, a mailbox and a phone.

I hate to imagine that the anonymous Internet critics are lonely folks with laptops and grudges, at home posting 50,000 criticisms a day. That image makes me sad. Not just for them, but for all of us.

If we measure each other's worth with fake screen names and unattributed criticism, we have to do better. If we'd rather be anonymously angry than openly supportive, we've got to better. If we get wrapped up in the opinions of people we don't even know, we've got to do better. Because when it comes to measuring our worth, the only opinion that truly matters is our own. If we are to be obsessed with anything, we should be obsessed with learning that.

Then again, for a writer like me, with OCD, it's kinda fun tracking sales numbers on Amazon. Especially when it's accompanied by angry criticism from a guy named Maddog2020. *

Solomon Jones' column appears every Saturday. He can be reached at

Solomon Jones's column is republished here with permission of the author and the gracious courtesy of the editors at the Philadelphia Daily News.

Leo's News For Those Who Think Outside The Box

Tonight's Who Dunnit

Leo's Photo Of The Night--"Ice Water" on Crooked Run Road


As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to
the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes
government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for
these increases,
our prices would have to increase by about 10%.

But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to
the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off six of
employees instead. This has really been bothering me, since I
believe we are family
here and I didn't know how to choose who would have to go.

So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lot
and found six Obama bumper stickers on our employees' cars and
decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can't think
of a more
fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change; I
gave it to them.

I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.
Author unknown

Bill Culver Fires Up The Maple Syrup Shack

Bill Culver and sons Wayne and Eric have spent the
last few weeks tapping trees, running plastic lines, and
boiling down maple sap to make maple syrup.

Their work produced about 50 gallons of the sticky,
sweet stuff before the warm weather caused the
quality of the sap to deteriorate. Culver's only
the best quality syrup, and shut down the
operation when the syrup starts turning darker.

They package it in several different ways.

This is their evaporator that they use to boil down
the sap to make syrup. It takes a lot of wood to fire
the evaporator and somebody has to be there to
watch it.

This tractor and portable tank allow them to transport
the sap from another location to the evaporator in the
sugar shack.

Here's the sugar shack nestled amongst the maple trees
near their homes on the Two Mile Road in the Port
Allegany area.

Here's some of the sap lines feeding the sap to the
evaporator. They are done for this year, but they
have some top grade maple syrup for sale. Culver's
can be reached at 814-642-9141.

Wild Fire Reported On Lent Hollow-Hebron Township

BREAKING NEWS:2:18pm-3-21-09
Coudersport firefighters are responding to a report of a wild fire at 59 Lent Hollow in Hebron Township. Fire is reported OUT at 2:30pm.

Vehicle-Pedestrian Accident Near Rainbow Paradise

BREAKING NEWS:1:35pm-3-21-09
Coudersport firefighteres, ambulance and medic 6 have been dispatched to a vehicle-pedestrian accident on Route 6 in Sweden Township near Rainbow Paradise. A chief on scene has requested a medical helicopter.

On scene reports indicated a child was struck at that location.

The victim has been transported to Charles Cole Hospital awaiting the arrival of a medical helicopter.

UPDATE:It has been unofficially reported that this is a 14 year old boy from Coudersport who was airlifted to Geisinger Hospital in Danville, PA. Readers have sent the teenager's name but we can not post it until it is either released by the police or the boy's parents. We invite you to join us in prayer for this young man and his family.

Potter County Commissioners To Appoint Natural Gas Task Force

Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel will appoint a Natural Gas Task Force to advise government leaders and other interested parties on the many issues surrounding the dawning Marcellus shale gas rush in the region.

A steering committee will soon gather to develop the operating procedures and discuss possible appointees. Anyone who would like to be considered as a volunteer to serve on the committee is asked to contact the commissioners at (814) 274-8290 or send an email to Commissioner Paul Heimel at

Gas companies have begun to establish a major presence in Potter County to arrange leases with county landowners. Potter County is located astride a geologic formation known as the Marcellus shale, which stretches across a large segment of northern and western Pennsylvania, continuing into several neighboring states.

To access the gas deposits located deep underground in the Marcellus shale formations, producers must drill thousands of feet and then “hydrofracture” the shale through the injection of millions of gallons of water with additives.

The purpose of the Natural Gas Task Force is to identify key issues; conduct research; review and propose public policy regarding the economic, environmental and social impact of gas exploration of the Marcellus shale in Potter County; and educate the public on gas exploration and related topics.

Following research into the operations of similar organizations, the task force will develop the following committees to conduct more in-depth study:

–Environmental Protection
–Public Education
–Economic Development
–Public Policy and Legal Issues; Planning; Safety

Rendell Spends Money To Promote Spending Money--WHTM Video

abc27 News - Rendell Hires Publicist Rendell Hires Publicist

Energy Pool Being Formed For Lower Power Rates

PA DEP Publishes List Of Fracking Chemicals Used In Natural Gas Drilling

DEP Reveals Fracking Chemicals
Responding to concerns about gas drilling, DEP officials on Friday published a list of fracking chemicals on the agency's website for the first time, under the heading "Summary of Hydraulic Fracture Solutions."

Drillers and Fracking Companies have previously refused to divulge this information to the public until now.

DEP Head Says Value Of Gas Outweighs Risk Of Polluting Drinking Water

Pennsylvania says natgas drilling risks inevitable

By Jon Hurdle


PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top environmental official said on Friday that a natural gas drilling boom would inevitably result in some environmental damage including possible contamination of water supplies.

Responding to concerns that drilling in some areas has caused toxic chemicals to pollute drinking water, John Hanger said the value of the gas underlying Pennsylvania and parts of surrounding states outweighed damage drilling may cause.

"You can't do a large amount of drilling and have zero impact," Hanger, acting secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection, told Reuters. "There's going to be a lot of good that comes from drilling in Pennsylvania, but there are also going to be some problems." More...

PA Drilling Fees To Go Up To Pay For More Staff

Fees to drill for gas expected to rise
Star Gazette
An average 26-fold increase in Pennsylvania's permitting fee to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale rock formation is likely to take effect next month.

A state regulatory panel Thursday approved the proposal by the Rendell administration to increase the fees, and key lawmakers are supporting it.

The administration's goal is to hire about three dozen more inspection and permitting staff to catch up with surging interest in tapping the huge gas field.

The fee is currently $100 and has not gone up since 1984. More...

DEP Discontinuing Grants For Recycling In PA

The Future of Recycling

The future of recycling in McKean County was the topic of a meeting between State Representative Marty Causer, county commissioners and other officials.

"We want to continue recycling in the county and it's important for our environment, and also to cut down on any illegal dumping," Causer said. "However, with the downtown in the economy there's really no market for much of the recyclables."

Causer explained that the tipping fees currently go toward a fund in Harrisburg that awards grants to recycling programs, but the DEP is discontinuing the grant program. Rustick Landfill is considered a suspension of the recycling program.

The City of Bradford would not be affected.

Mark Adams of Senator Joe Scarnati's office says Elk, Jefferson and Clearfield counties have not suspended recycling yet, but it's still an option.

Unemployed Get A Raise & Extension Of Benefits

More Benefits for Unemployed

HARRISBURG – Out-of-work Pennsylvanians now may be eligible for up to 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits and receive a $25 increase to their weekly compensation, Governor Ed Rendell said.

“Additional unemployment benefits could help keep families afloat during these difficult economic times,” Rendell said. “The extra safety net allows unemployed workers to continue to pay for food, shelter and other necessities until they are able to rejoin the workforce.”

All laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits will get the additional $25 a week that was authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama last month. The payment will be made separately from claimants’ regular benefit payments.

People eligible for the additional 13 weeks of benefits will be notified by the Department of Labor & Industry with instructions on how to apply for the extended benefits.

Out-of-work Pennsylvanians may now be eligible to receive unemployment benefits for up to 72 weeks. Prior to the 13-week extension, unemployed Pennsylvanians could claim up to 59 weeks of benefits – 33 weeks of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits after their maximum 26 weeks of state benefits ran out.

More information is available at

Friday, March 20, 2009

Yellow Lab & White Boxer Missing From Roulette

a yellow lab mix and a white boxer/pittbull.

Both are really friendly Last seen up Lanniger creek. Neither are wearing their collars. Their names are Sheva and Tacoma.

The boxer is micro chipped. if you see these dogs please call Mike and Jess at 814-203-0631 or 814-203-1834

Mike Ingalls, the dogs were lost in Roulette. Our address is 7 Weimer Ave, Roulette, PA 16746

Structure Fire Reported On Wilcox Road

BREAKING NEWS:9:38pm-3-20-09
McKean County Fire Units 14,10,12,20, and ambulance 10 are responding to a structure fire, reported to be a camp, in the vicinity of 11588 Wilcox Road. Hot wires are reported to be down in the area.
Fire at Sergeant Township Camp

A fire destroyed a camp on Howard Road in Sergeant Township Friday night.

Damage is estimated at $35,000. Gary Howard of St. Marys owned the single story wood-frame building. A state police fire marshal is investigating.

The Clermont Fire Department was assisted by the Hamlin Township Fire Department and Mount Jewett Ambulance Service.

There were no injuries.

Poorly Regulated Gas Drilling InTexas

TXsharon said...

sludge pits are a major source of water, soil and air pollution not to mention what the chemicals do to our beef.

Drilling is hard on our air too.

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Icy Spots Cause Tioga County Accident
A Covington driver escaped injury this morning when his Ford Ranger wrecked on Route 6 after hitting patches of ice near the entrance to Old Route 6 in Charleston Township Tioga County. Mansfield-based state police said William Ridge was headed west when his pick up slid out of control, spun across the highway and struck an embankment at around 7:30 a.m.

Preliminary Hearing For Austin Man Charged with Manslaughter A preliminary hearing will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. before District Judge Annette Easton for 38 year old Steven Schneider of Austin who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, and other offenses in connection to the Decemer 5, 2008 drug-overdose death of Brock Hooftallen. Austin Borough Police allege Schneider provided Schedule II narcotics, fentanyl and oxycodone pills to the victim and then tried to hide the evidence. Schneider is also charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence.

Minor Injuries Reported Following Tioga County Collision
Troopers at Mansfield also report one person received minor injuries in a collision Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Route 287 and 328 in Lawrence Township. Authorities say the collision occurred when 19 year old Jessica DeCamp failed to stop at a red light and drove her Dodge Avenger into the path of a Subaru Impreza operated by 81 year old Adella Middaugh. Both drivers are from Lawrenceville. Middaugh was taken to Arnot/Ogeden Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. DeCamp was unhurt.

Owner of Lost Wire May Claim it at State Police Barracks
However, Coudersport-based state police say they have recovered three spools of wire on the South Woods road in Homer Township, and the owner may claim them by properly describing the wire or by showing some documentation or purchase agreement. For more information, contact the barracks at 274-8690.

Theft of Tires and Rims Investigated
Unknown thieves made off with four “Wrangler”tires and aluminum rimbs from a 1996 Ford 150 parked on the sales lot at “Car Town” on Main Street in Lawrenceville sometime between 6:30 pm Tuesday and 9:00 am Wednesday. Value of the stolen property is estimated to be $500.More news...

Texas Official Tells Of Natural Gas Boom


Matthews Jail Admissions Up 60%

Members of the Pa. County Commissioners Natural Gas Task Force heard a presentation from a Texas county official Friday on experiences with natural gas production in his region. Commissioner John Matthews from Burleson, Texas, formerly of Warren County, Pa., advised the group to push hard for a share of the revenue that will be generated once the Marcellus shale gas production begins in earnest.

“Here in our part of Texas, roads, bridges, culverts and watersheds have been in perpetual decline since it started,” Matthews said, in reference to the natural gas industry’s rush on Barnett shale natural gas deposits. “The impact will be significant and there will be an increasing demand on local government services. So deriving some tax revenue to cover those costs is only fair.”

Matthews also advised that there could be an increase in crime when transient workers roll into the region, particularly driving under the influence of alcohol episodes and assaults. There was a 60 percent increase in jail admissions in his county, he added.

Protection of water resources should be a high priority during the natural gas boom, Matthews said, since there will be a significant demand on acquifers and the need to dispose of millions of gallons of waste water produced through hydrofracturing of deep shale formations to release the gas.

Despite the many potential problems, he pointed out, the gas production has the potential to boost the local economy for many years.

Among members of the Natural Gas Task Force are Commissioners Erick Coolidge of Tioga County (co-chair) and Paul Heimel of Potter County.

Video Conference Wednesday at Pitt-Bradford

Holocaust Survivor at Pitt-Bradford

Dr. Livia Bitton-Jackson, Holocaust survivor, international lecturer, professor and author will speak with students and community members via video conference Wednesday, March 25, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Bitton-Jackson will be speaking from her home in Israel. The live video conference, which is included in the Adolescent Literature course taught by Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 237 of Swarts Hall. The public is invited to attend.

She will share her experiences as a teen during the Nazi invasion of Hungary near the end of World War II, what being a Holocaust survivor means in today’s world, as well as what we can learn and teach from this history. More...

Carlson's Endow Scholarship In Parents Memory

New Carlson Scholarship at UPB

The children of Robert L. and Patricia A. Carlson have endowed a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in their parents’ memory.

The $10,000 gift from R. Michael and Susan Carlson, John P. and Terry Carlson, and Michael and Cathy Medden, has been matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge.

The Robert L. and Patricia A. Carlson Scholarship will benefit local students, including those living in nearby western New York, who plan to attend Pitt-Bradford.

“We developed this scholarship to provide a legacy,” said Mike Carlson, who has served on the university’s Advisory Board since 1995. “My parents worked hard and never had a chance to go to college. Yet, they sent three kids to college.”More...

Preview Of This Week's Endeavor News

Here are some of the stories you’ll find in this week’s Endeavor News:

Dozens of candidates have filed petitions to appear on the ballot for the May 19 Municipal Primary Election. Who’s running for what? You’ll find out only in Endeavor News.

--Several bridge and highway projects in Potter County have received a shot in the arm through the federal economic stimulus package. Endeavor News tells you where and when.

--A plan to expand the Tennessee Gas pipeline passing through much of Potter County has cleared another hurdle.

--Spotlight in this week’s Endeavor News shines on Army National Guard Specialist Chris Howard, a member of the 108th Bravo and attached to the 856th Engineers, currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq.

--A surprise offer from a long-time local service organization could help the Coudersport Community Swimming Pool stay afloat.

--There are signs that Governor Rendell is already backing off on his plan to reduce the number of school districts in Pennsylvania from the current 500-plus to just 100. That’s reassuring news to the rural areas, such as Austin Area School District.

--The latest deer kill figures released by the Game Commission are sure to spark debate over the agency’s whitetail management policies.

--Also, see this week’s Endeavor for local sports, reports from community organizations and timely offers from a variety of advertisers.

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

St. Paul's To Sponsor A Spaghetti Dinner Sunday

On Sunday, March 22 there will be a "all you can eat" spaghetti dinner at
St Paul's Lutheran Church, corner of Allegany & Borie Streets in
Coudersport from 5 to 7 pm. Cost is a donation.
Benefit youth trip to New Orleans.

Andy J. Watson Announces Candidacy For District Attorney of Potter County

Candidate For District Attorney

Andy J. Watson

I am honored to announce my candidacy for the Office of Potter County District Attorney in the upcoming May 19, 2009 primary election.

Adopted when I was ten days old, I was raised in Potter County by my parents, Joseph and Priscilla Watson. I graduated in 1990 from Coudersport High School and then attended Penn State University where I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. I proceeded on to Syracuse Law School obtaining my Juris Doctorate in1997.

Upon graduation from law school, I felt compelled to return to my home county to serve my fellow citizens. I served as part-time First Assistant District Attorney in Potter County for eight years, while maintaining a private law practice as well. For the past three years, I have maintained a private civil law practice in Coudersport.

As a husband to my wonderful wife, Michelle, and father of two children, Garrett and Leia, I firmly believe that the most important role of a District Attorney is the protection of our families, friends, and fellow citizens.

Having the privilege of being adopted, I believe that family values and our children are the keystone of our community.

I have dedicated my career to public service and believe that being a District Attorney is not about money, power, or personal pride. A District Attorney is a public servant, elected by the people, for the greater good of the people. A District Attorney is not above the law or those that he or she serves.

As District Attorney, one must be firm yet fair. I am committed to maintaining the principles of integrity, honesty, and fairness and ensuring that those principles are the foundation of the Potter County District Attorney’s Office.

As First Assistant District Attorney of Potter County from 1997 - 2005, I conducted hundreds of Court hearings and over 40 criminal jury trials consisting of a wide variety of felonies and misdemeanors.

During my eight years, I obtained comprehensive experience and acted as a leader for local law enforcement. I was involved with every duty of the District Attorney’s Office including, but not limited to, on-scene criminal investigations, search warrants, coordinating undercover drug investigations, extradition, working with confidential informants and victims, appeals and practice before the Superior Court, child abuse investigations, and conducting both juvenile and adult hearings from arraignment to final disposition.

I established and cultivated strong working relationships with both State and Borough Police, the Probation Department, Children and Youth Services, Judges, and Victims to ensure thorough and fair prosecutions.

My other experience and interests include: working for the Department of Education pursuant to appointment by former Governor Tom Ridge in 1995, Solicitor for Potter County Domestic Relations for over six years, serving as a Human Services Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council Member for over eight years, serving as a current member of the Potter County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, member of the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce, volunteer work at the county’s Senior Centers, and Attorney Team Advisor for the Coudersport High School Mock Trial Team.

Let me serve you. Together we can embrace real change and serve our fellow citizens. I would sincerely appreciate your support in the upcoming May 19, 2009 primary election.


Andy J. Watson

T.R.A.C.K. Says Thank You

The T.R.A.C.K. Organization would like to thank all those who attended and supported the St. Patrick’s Day 250 Club in Shinglehouse last Saturday evening.

The event raised close to $10,000 for our new track! Needless to say, that is a HUGE success! The community support for this project has been incredible and we are truly grateful for it.

For more information on this endeavor, feel free to stop by our website and see what we’re all about and what kind of future fundraisers we have cooking. There are also donation forms (tax deductible & non-tax deductible) on the site if you wish to donate to the cause. -


Together Rebuilding – Alumni, Community & Kids

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Attention Candidates For The May Primary Election

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Area Projects Approved For Funding

List of Transportation Projects

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced that more than $125 million in funding has been approved for a wide range of transportation projects in the 25th Senatorial district.

“These projects will create jobs for district residents and improve our transportation infrastructure to make our roads and bridges safer,” Scarnati said. “Our state is facing a transportation funding crisis as we look for ways to repair and replace our aging infrastructure. This investment will help ensure that our highways, roads and bridges are sustainable for years to come.”

In addition to individual projects listed below, Scarnati said funding will be used for resurfacing and repair projects and bridge preservation programs throughout the 25th Senatorial district.

A recent study found that Pennsylvania has nearly 6,000 structurally deficient bridges and approximately 9,000 miles of roadway in poor condition. “We need to replace and repair these structures so we don’t have an incident like the Minnesota bridge collapse,” Scarnati said. “We also must make long overdue improvements to our roads and highways if we want to protect public safety and encourage economic development.”

Two of the new projects are in Clearfield County. The intersection of Hospital Avenue and Dixon Avenue will be realigned to create a four-way stop for traffic entering DuBois Regional Medical Center. Funding will also be allocated for bridge preservation activities in several municipalities across Clearfield County.

Funding will also be used for streetscape improvements on a five-block area of Pennsylvania Avenue in Warren.

In Elk County, the Elk Creek Bridge, located on State Route 120 in Ridgway Township will be rehabilitated.

Jefferson County will see a number of bridge replacement and road improvement projects including:

Rehabilitation of Sandy Lick Point Bridge over Conrail Railroad in Pine Creek Township.

Preservation of State Route 3011 Hamilton Bridge over Little Mahoning Creek in Perry Township.

Resurfacing of State Route 36 from Main Street to Newcome Road Punxsutawney Borough and Young, Perry and Oliver Townships.

Replacement of the US 322 Blake's Bridge over North Fork Creek in Brookville.

Ramp improvements and reconstruction of the Brookville Interchange of Interstate 80 and PA 36 in Brookville and Rose Township.

Replacement of the Punxsutawney Bridge on US 119 over Mahoning Creek in Punxsutawney Borough.

Replacement of the Howe Bridge on Township Route 342 over Mill Creek in Union and Eldred Townships.

Safety improvements to the intersection of US 119 and Township Route 841 Intersection in Bell Township.

Replacement of the Little Mill Creek Bridge #1 on Township Route 464, Sulgar Road in Pine Creek Township.

Bridge preservation programs in various locations in Jefferson County.

Safety improvement projects at the Findley Street Crossing in Punxsutawney Borough.

Rehabilitation of State Route 310 over Trout Run and Soldier Run in Winslow Township and Reynoldsville Borough.

Rehabilitation of Rattlesnake Road Bridge on SR 1008, 2 miles east of State Route 219, in Lanes Milles, Snyder Township.

Rehabilitation of Sawmill Run Bridge on SR 3021 over Sawmill Run in Young Township.

Resurfacing and paving on various State Routes in Jefferson County.

Replacing and upgrading guiderails in Jefferson County.

Resurfacing State Route 36 from State Route 436 to the Village of Oliveburg.

Resurfacing projects in Cameron McKean, and Potter Counties.

McKean County Projects

Transportation enhancements to the Tuna Valley South Trail from Bradford to Lewis Run in McKean County.

New roadway to Lafferty Hollow Industrial Park Access Road from State Route 46 in Foster Township.

Highway reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation of US 219 (Bradford Bypass) in City of Bradford and Bradford Township.

Bridge replacement and maintenance of the Pratt Hollow Box Culvert in Foster Township.

Potter County

Restoration of US Route 6 from Coudersport toward Sweden Valley in Coudersport Borough and Eulalia Township.

Bridge replacement of 7th Street Bridge over Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough.

Bridge replacement along PA 872 over First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek in Portage and Sylvania Townships.

Replacement of bridge on State Route 1004 over Genesee Branch of Pine Creek in Hector Township.

Replacement of bridge on State Route 1005 over Little Pheonix Run in Pike Township.

Tioga County

Replacement of State Route 414 bridge over Zimmerman's Creek in Liberty Township.

Resurfacing of State Route 287 from Wilson Creek to Shumway Hill Road in Delmar Township.

Resurfacing of US Route 15 from State Route 287 to Tioga River in Lawrence, Tioga Townships and Lawrenceville Borough.

Preservation of State Route 2005 bridge over Blockhouse Creek in Liberty Township.

Preservation of US Route 15 northbound bridge over Mill Creek/ Hammond Dam in Tioga Township.

Replacement of bridge on State Route 49 over Holden Creek in Osceola Township.

Replacement of Olmsville Bridge on State Route 3007 over West Branch of Stoney Fork Creek in Delmar Township.

Replacement of bridge on State Route 49 over tributary to Cowanesque River in Osceola Township.

Replacement of State Route 249 bridge over Crooked Creek in Chatham Township.

Replacement of bridge on State Route 4007 over North Brook in Brookfield Township.

Rehabilitation of bridge on State Route 49 over Cowanesque River in Westfield Township.

Resurfacing of State Route 2018 to State Route 4002 Cherry Flats Road to PA 660, Elk Run Road Charleston Township.

Rehabilitation of Catlin Hollow Creek Bridge in Charleston Township.

Rehabilitation of Hornby Bridge on State Route 4012 over Hornby Hollow Creek in Chatham Township.

Rehabilitation of bridge on State Route 4005 over North Fork in Brookfield Township.

Surface treatment along State Route 3022 to State Route 287 and State Route 3022 to State Route 287 in Delmar Township.

Resurfacing of Main Street, Wellsboro to State Route 6 from Kelsey Creek to Main Street in Wellsboro Borough.

Resurfacing of State Route 287 from Central Avenue to US 6 Wellsboro Borough.

Resurfacing of State Route 4024.

Dairy Farmers Can't Pay Bills To Keep Going

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Drug Charges Filed in Connection To Tioga County Collision
Mansfield-based state police have charged 21 year old Nathan Cobb of Knoxville with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug in connection to a rear-end collision taking place on the morning of March 9 on Route 249 in Chatham Township. Troopers said the collision occurred when Lana Karchner of Little Marsh slowed her Chevy S-10 down to make a right turn into the driveway and Cobb drove his Jeep Cherokee into the back of the pickup. Karchner was taken by Sabinsville ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of moderate injuries and police claim Cobb attempted to hide the pot by throwing it to the ground after the collision. He escaped injury.

Elderly Man Victimized by Phone Scam
An elderly Ulysses man has been victimized by a phone scam. Coudersport based state police say an unknown person phoned an 80 year man sometime over the past week or so and claimed he had won the Clearing House Sweepstakes. Police say the man suffered a monetary loss of $15,400.

Tioga County Thefts Probed Mansfield-based state police have investigated a number of thefts in their area recently.

They say they have a teenage suspect in the theft of some klonopin tablets from the home of Ambrosia Crable on Triple D Lane in Covington Friday night or Saturday.

Thieves took a gold toolbox filled with various tools and a Craftsman air compressor from a house construction site at the intersection of East Hill and Tally Road in Covington Township over the past month. The items belonged to Keith Guerrra of Pottstown.

Someone made off with a white gold wedding band from the Country Terrace Apartment of 93 year old Nell Clark over the past several months.

And, troopers are looking for the woman who made have mistakenly taken the wrong walker upon leaving Wal-Mart in Richmond Township Tuesday between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. A walker belonging to Christine Brooks of Tioga, PA was taken by a woman in her 50’s who left the parking lot in a red Dodge truck along with another woman and man. Another walker was left in its place and police say if a mistake was made it can be corrected by calling the Mansfield Barracks at 570-662-2151.

Criminal Mischief in Roulette Investigated
Coudersport-based state police are looking for vandals who cut a tv cable at the rear Marcie Gutgsell’s mobile home on Ash Lane Sunday night or Monday. The cable was cut where it was connected to the house.

Watch for Flying Debris
State police at the Coudersport Barracks say they have received numerous reports of “untarped” loads being hauled to the Potter County Solid Waste Authority in Gold. Some of the loads are falling onto the highway. Troopers remind haulers that a fine for having an unsecured load can be as much as $1000 and if any load leaks, sifts or falls out of a vehicle, there is an additional penalty of $300 plus costs. Authorities say they have also noticed an increase in littering and remind motorists fines of up to $900 can be imposed by the District Judge hearing the case. More news...


Bodee LLC, Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Zencore Plus, a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement (March 11)

E and S Sales Recalls Three Peanut Products Sold In-Store Because of Possible Health Risk (March 19)

Arco Nut and Candy LLC Recall of Peanut Products Because of Possible Health Risk (March 19)

Energy Lane, Inc. Recalls One Product That Contain Granulated Peanuts or Peanut Pieces Sourced from the Peanut Corporation of America (March 5)

Lehi Valley Trading Company Recalls Peanut Products Due to Possible Health Risk (March 19)

Humboldt Creamery Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk (March 18)

New Century Snacks LLC Recalls Two Peanut Items Because of a Possible Health Risk (March 18)

Frankly Natural Bakers Voluntarily Recalls Baked Goods Due to Possible Health Risk (March 20)

Amy's Decadent Chocolates LLC Recalls Peanut Brittle and Caramel Apples with Peanuts and Caramel Apples with Peanuts Milk Chocolate and White Pastel Because of Possible Health Risk (March 20)


BRADFORD, Pa. – The Southern Tier Symphony will perform musical hits from popular films on March 29 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

With the theme “Movie Magic,” the musicians will take to the stage starting at 3 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The concert is part of the university’s Spectrum Series. Tickets, which are $20 for the public and free for all students, are available at the door or by calling (716) 372-1110.

“It will be fun, whimsical and will evoke many good memories among the audience,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. “The movie music theme sets this apart from any symphony performance I have ever heard.”

The lineup includes “That’s Entertainment,” “Quest for Camelot,” “Themes from 007,” “Adagio for Strings,” “Funeral March of a Marionette,” “Empire Strikes Back Medley,” “The Raiders March,” “ET Selections,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Tribute to Mancini” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Audience members are urged to wear costumes from their favorite movie.
Now in its sixth season, the Olean, N.Y.-based Southern Tier Symphony is under the direction of John Whitney. Although the symphony has performed for many years at Pitt-Bradford, this is its second spring concert.

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

Additional information is available by visiting

Muriel C. Gustafson, 87, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Muriel C. Gustafson, 87, of E. Vine St., died Thursday (Mar. 19, 2009) at her home, after a lengthy illness.

Born August 29, 1921, in Jamestown, NY, she was a daughter of Fred H. and Anna Larson Conner. On Oct. 11, 1944, in Jamestown, NY, she married J. Howard Gustafson, who survives. They were married 64 years.

Mrs. Gustafson graduated from the Jamestown High School, Class of 1940; and the WCA Hospital School of Nursing.

She worked as a registered nurse with the former Port Allegany Community Hospital and later with St. Francis Hospital, Olean, NY, retiring in 1987, as evening supervisor.

She was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Port Allegany, where she was lay reader and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Women’s Association. She was a former president of the S.W. Smith Library, and played Library Bridge and 500; past member of the Port Allegany Nursing Association, and past director and provider with Meals on Wheels, Port Allegany.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Howard, are three sons, James D. (Laurel) Gustafson and Mark C. Gustafson both of Port Allegany, and William F. (Patricia) Gustafson of Hummelstown, PA; a daughter, Nancy L.. (Brian) Nelson of Carlisle, PA; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce (Ted) Larson of Jamestown, NY; and a niece.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and from noon till 1 p.m. Sunday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, with Rev. Thomas Beam, pastor, officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, McKean County VNA Hospice, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Man, 21, Killed In ATV Crash Near Bailey Hill Road

Potter County man killed in ATV crash

Star Gazette

A Westfield man was killed early today in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Hector Township, Potter County.

State police said Randall L. McCutcheon Jr., 21, of state Route 49, was driving a 2007 Raptor ATV on a private road near Bailey Hill Road at about 1:45 a.m. today when he struck two steel cables near the entrance to a camp.McCutcheon was thrown about two feet from the ATV.

He was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where he died later in the morning of blunt force trauma, state police said.

Randall L. "RJ" McCutcheon, Jr., 21, Harrison Valley, PA

Randall L. “RJ” McCutcheon, Jr., 21, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born October 16, 1987, in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of Randall L. and Bernice O. Putman McCutcheon.

He was employed as a journeyman with pipefitters union #798. RJ was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club and 4-H dairywide in his youth. He enjoyed horse pulls, snowmobiles, and four wheelers. He cherished spending time with his son.

Surviving are: his parents of Harrison Valley; a son, Trevor J. McCutcheon; three sisters, Tonya (Chuck) Gleason of Harrison Valley, Tanya (John) Hardt of Westfield, PA, and Brandi (Ted White) McCutcheon of Harrison Valley; maternal grandparents, William L. and Jane Putman, Sr. of Westfield; paternal grandparents, Harold and Delia McCutcheon of Harrison Valley; two nephews, Anthony McCutcheon and Jadin Hardt; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. Deborah L. Watkins and the Rev. David Brelo will co-officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.

Solomon's words Shut Down By Cable Outage

A cable outage in Roulette shut down Solomon's words for nearly 4 hours today. We were unable to access the internet and post news or comments since 10:00am until just a few minutes ago.

It may be late tonite by the time we catch up.

3 Charged With Homicide By Vehicle After Unsafe Semi Kills Man

3 charged in fatal truck crash

Authorities said the crash on the Schuylkill occurred because the truck's braking systems were not operating. A father of three was killed.

The life of a Fort Washington man - the father of three children - was sacrificed to get a load of broccoli delivered on time to New Jersey by a driver who had no business being on the road and driving a tractor-trailer that had almost no functioning brakes, according to authorities.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman on Tuesday announced that authorities are holding three men responsible for the fatal six-vehicle pileup last January on the Schuylkill Expressway that took the life of David Schreffler, 49, a husband and father of three.

The three men were charged with homicide by motor vehicle, recklessly endangering others and related offenses stemming from the accident caused by the tractor-trailer on which none of the 10 braking devices were operating.More...

Emergency Radio Narrowbanding To Cost Millions

Bucks facing costly radio revisions

The "narrowbanding" deadline is four years away, but county officials will hire a consultant soon so they can start planning for the project, which could cost $35 million to $45 million.

Years ago police officers hit the beat with only handheld radios to connect them with the station. Today, most emergency responders have not only portable radios, but also cell phones and laptop computers installed in their vehicles.

To make room for all that technology on the airwaves, the federal government says all police, fire and emergency rescue squads must update their communications capabilities by 2013.More...

NBC Buys Johnsonburg Native's Website Name For 6 Figures

NBC plans to use name of Johnsonburg native’s online science fiction site for television station

Johnsonburg native Michael Hinman has turned his love of science fiction into an online enterprise, and his original idea for its name is about to be broadcast on another medium — television.

Hinman, who now lives in Tampa, Fla., explained he started a science fiction Web site in 1998. He called it “SyFy World.”

“It was never really the greatest name in the world,” Hinman said with a laugh. “When I decided I was going to be serious about (the Web site), the thing was the site had gotten popular and people wouldn’t let me shut it down.”

Over the years, the site changed somewhat, combining with another Web site and taking on the name “SyFy Portal.”

“We were looking at re-branding,” he said. There had been some interest by other people in his domain name, but he hadn’t taken the offers seriously.

And then a different one came along. More...

Phone Prize Scam Takes $15,000. From Ulysses Senior

Scam costs Ulysses man $15,400

Star Gazette
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident involving a Ulysses man who was the victim of the scam, costing the man more than $15,000. More...

NWS Forecast From Potter County EMA


Slight Chance Rain/Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Hi 38 °F


Slight Chance Snow. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Lo 17 °F


Mostly Sunny
Hi 35 °F


Mostly Clear
Lo 16 °F



Hi 44 °F


Mostly Clear
Lo 24 °F

Today: A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. North wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming south between 4 and 7 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 49.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Census Bureau Offering Jobs

JOBS - The U.S. Census Bureau is offering part-time, temporary jobs beginning at $11.00 an hour. Testing for the jobs will be held at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the following locations

-Coudersport Career Link on Friday, March 20
-Renovo Trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday, March 25
Galeton Gale Hose Ambulance Building on March 28

Call 1-866-861-2010 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Black Forest Broadcasting Now Available On Zito Media Channel 450

Listen To Gerri Miller On Zito Channel 450
Gerri Miller

Black Forest Broadcasting Increases Listening Opportunities

Black Forest Broadcasting, an internet radio station based in Potter County has expanded its listening opportunities by partnering with Zito Media according to an announcement by BFB Managing Partner, Gerri Miller.

The station is now one of the Music Choices on Zito Media’s Digital Service.

Digital subscribers in Coudersport, Austin, Roulette, Port Allegany, Harrison Valley, Ulysses, Oswayo, Genesee, Westfield, Mills Ridgway, Johnsonburg, Jay Township, Treasure Lake, Penfield, Sabula, and Spartansburg Borough and Township can now listen to regional news, music and information on Zito’s Channel 450.(St. Marys will be added once some improvements are made to the system).

Zito customers who want to upgrade to digital, should call the cable company. Miller says “this is just one more way we can serve residents of the Northern Tier who have lost one of their main sources of entertainment, news and information since I left WFRM.”

According to Miller, Zito Digital customers can find Black Forest on Channel 450.

Visual additions and the information component will be made sometime soon.

Those listeners who want to listen on their computers can go to and click on the Black Forest Broadcasting link or “Google” Black Forest Broadcasting.

A few seconds later a virtual radio loads and listeners can hear today’s hot country, a variety of all time favorites, special programs, news and information for The Northern “Wilds” of Pennsylvania through their computer. The virtual radio can be minimized and does not interfere with programs the listener may be using while listening.

Miller says the inclusion of Black Forest Broadcasting on Zito Media is just one more step in the evolution of a brand new way of listening to “radio.” She says the company which started “broadcasting” on the internet last November, continues to grow and will be adding new services in the near future.

She adds that advancing technology may well change the way most people listen to radio one day soon, “we are just a little ahead of some of the technology in some cases.”

NPHS Named Exemplary By Pennsylvania Department Of Education

Northern Potter School News

Northern Potter officials have been officially notified that Northern Potter Junior SeniorHigh School has been validated as an exemplary school for our inclusion program. We are being recognized for excellence in school climate, extracurricular activities, and collaboration.

Northern Potter is one of five schools in the Commonwealth to receive this accolade.

Inclusion has been in effect for four years at the secondary level. Co-teachers who have made this successful are Mr. Baker, Mrs. Bieser, Mr. Haskins, Mr. Hoven, Mr. Kibbe, Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Lander, Mrs. McCutcheon, Mrs. Potocki, Mrs. Simonetti, and Mrs. Wolfinger. This school year there are inclusion classes in science 7, 8, 9, and 12; English 7, 8, and 9; history 8, 9, 10, and 12.

As a result of being named exemplary, Northern Potter will receive
approximately $6,000 this school year and an additional mini grant of $15,000 next year to expand and/or sustain the program.

Our school will host visiting school teams who wish to learn more about inclusion.

Our teachers may also be asked to travel to other schools and conferences to present their practices. Co-teachers will be videotaped in action; the tapes will be used to instruct others in best practices in inclusion.

Miss Valentine and part of the inclusion team have been invited to the PDE conference in Hershey to participate in a panel discussion on April 15.

This honor is certainly noteworthy and something in which all school and community members can take pride. The recognition is a positive reflection on the students’ success and the teachers’ hard work.

Editor's note: This week's Potter Leader Enterprise has an excellent article by Managing Editor Donald Gilliland, expanding on this designation and the people behind it.

The Kettle Creek Outdoor Show Returns March 28, 2009

The Kettle Creek Outdoor Show returns to the Cross Forks Fire Hall on March 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., featuring a turkey calling contest sanctioned by the National Wild Turkey Federation, an amateur photo contest, special lectures and presentations, and more. For additional information visit the Cross Fork web site (

Scott Graham, Superintendent of Northern Potter School Weighs In On School Consolidation In Pennsylvania

By reader request and with permission from Scott Graham, Solomon's words is republishing this excellent and informative editorial from the Northern Potter School News.

SOUP’s On: Governor Proposes Major School District Consolidation

By Scott V. Graham,
of Northern Potter School District

During his recent budget address on February 4, Governor Rendell proposed to create a legislative commission to study how best to consolidate Pennsylvania’s school districts.

The fact that the governor wants to study school district consolidation was not what garnered most of the attention. This topic has been discussed for years in the legislature. What was surprising to many was the magnitude to which the governor’s proposal would consolidate districts.

The governor’s goal is to consolidate the current 500 school districts in Pennsylvania to no more than 100 school districts. While no particulars of how he would propose to do this were offered, it appears the governor wants to create “county school districts” in Pennsylvania.

Under the governor’s proposal, the legislative commission
would have one year to develop a plan for the reorganization of school districts. After a period of public comment, the General Assembly would be required to give an “up” or “down” vote to each commission consolidation plan within six months. If the General Assembly rejects both plans, the law would give authority for consolidating school districts with the State Board of Education.

Why is the governor proposing this? According to the Department of Education, it is to reduce administrative costs. They went on to say that, “Reducing the number of school districts would not necessitate the closure of individual schools, but could instead improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public education through other means.”

How would this plan affect the Northern Potter School District? At this point, it is only speculation, but reducing the school districts from 500 to 100 will certainly have the following effects:

1. The Northern Potter School Board will be eliminated
and a county or central school board made up of several districts would be created. Our district would have minimal representation on that board.

2. One superintendent will be in charge of the entire county or what currently are multiple school districts. Other administrative staff, not currently employed by the five (5) Potter County Districts, would need to be employed. Examples may include Assistant Superintendent(s), Curriculum Directors, Special Education Directors, Director of Federal Programs, etc. The central office staff would be located centrally in the county, likely Coudersport.

3. Each of the districts that consolidates will merge all of their assets and liabilities (including debt) into one budget. Should this scenario occur, the taxpayers of Northern Potter will be helping to pay for the new multi-million dollar building project in the Coudersport School District.

I can continue with other potential scenarios, but under a county-wide school district, everything becomes centralized. I have spent half of my professional
career in a county school system (West Virginia), so I have a great deal of knowledge how a county-wide system works. Here are some facts about West Virginia’s school district consolidation:

1. From 1990-2000, West Virginia closed over 300 schools.

2. The state has spent more than $1 billion on school consolidation.

3. The state’s School Building Authority acknowledged
in September 2002 that school closings did not save taxpayers money.

4. West Virginia districts statewide spend a higher percentage of their budgets on maintenance and utilities now than five years ago, despite consolidation.

5. The number of local administrators increased by 16% - despite a 13% decrease in student enrollment and more than 300 fewer schools.

6. The number of state-level administrators
increased and their salaries nearly doubled.

7. West Virginia spends more of its education dollar on transportation than any other state. (Source: Webinar
Presentation by Marty Strange, Policy Director Rural School and Community Trust, October 22, 2008.)

I challenge the governor, Department of Education, or anyone to cite an example where a major district consolidation effort did not lead to school closures. The governor’s proposal, should it become a reality, will forever change the schools and districts of Potter County and in my opinion, “not for the better.”

Listed below are the names and addresses of your local legislators if you would like to contact them regarding this topic. If you would like more information
on this topic, please call my office at 848-7506.

Mr. Martin T. Causer
State Representative
67th Legislative District
2 Allegany Avenue
Coudersport, PA 16915
Ph: 814-274-9769

Senator Joseph B. Scarnati
Pennsylvania’s 25th District
410 Main Street
Brockway, PA 15824
Ph: 814-265-2030