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Saturday, March 28, 2009

More Wind Farms Coming

New Windmills Coming As Old Ones Are Still Disputed
As the push for cleaner energy continues, some local residents are pushing right back. More windmills are set to go up in Somerset and Blair counties and it's stirring up some heated debates.

WJAC has learned that 35 new turbines will be going up in Stoneycreek Township in Somerset County. The newest turbines will be along Route 30 near Reels Corners. E. ON Climate and Renewables Inc. has rec More...

William E. “Bud” Schroll, 84, Coudersport, PA

“beloved father and grandfather”

Coudersport, PA---William E. “Bud” Schroll, 84, of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit, Coudersport, PA after a long illness.

Born October 12, 1924 in Peach Bottom Township, York County, PA, he was a son of John E. and Ethel E. Craig Schroll. On October 16, 1972 in Portville, NY, he married Naomi F. Johnson DeLill, who died on October 11, 2008.

Mr. Schroll attended a one room country school in York County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Talego during World War II. He retired from Dresser Rand in Olean, NY where he was employed as a welder. He also owned and operated Schroll’s Kennels in Coudersport in addition to a fur buying business.

A resident of Coudersport for over 30 years, Mr. Schroll previously lived in Collinsville, PA.

Mr. Schroll was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church in Sweden Valley, a member of American Legion Post #192 in Coudersport, a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 in Coudersport, a member of the Coudersport Consistory and a member of the East Fork Sportsmen’s Club in East Fork.

He loved to trap, fish, and hunt with his coon dogs. He was a NASCAR enthusiast.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen E. “Susie” (Melvin) Glatfelter of Airville, PA and Reba A. (James) Waltemyer of Windsor, PA; one stepdaughter, Debbie A. Lentz of Roulette, PA; two stepsons, Donald P. (Julie) DeLill of Sweden Valley, PA and Ronald D. DeLill of Burnette, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Sara Crawford of York, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Schroll was predeceased by a sister, Olive Schroll.

Friends may call on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Route 6, Sweden Valley where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. M. Thomas Shatto, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Eulalia Cemetery.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Wednesday.

Members of Eulalia Lodge #342 will conduct a memorial service on Wednesday at 10:50 a.m. in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Rekindle Alarm For Lafayette Twp. Structure Fire

BREAKING NEWS:11:00pm-3-28-09
Several fire departments battled a structure fire early Saturday morning in the area of Big Shanty and Taintor roads in Lafayette Township.

An alarm has just been sounded for Stations 21, 6 & 7 to respond for a rekindle of this morning's fire. Photos of the fire are on Bradford Township Website.


Kirk Johnson

BRADFORD, Pa. – Kirk Johnson, executive director of the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, will present a program on “Keystone Wilderness: A Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest” at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Thursday, April 2.

Johnson’s talk, which is presented by the Friends of Hanley Library, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

The program will include a viewing of a film produced by Friends of Allegheny Wilderness that uses photography and video of proposed areas to be protected. Following the screening of the film, Johnson will discuss his organization’s efforts for conservation on the Allegheny National Forest, followed by a question-and-answer period.

Kirk Johnson graduated from Albion (Mich.) College in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., in 1999 with a master of environmental studies degree. He founded Friends of Allegheny Wilderness in June of 2001.

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness seeks to foster an appreciation of wilderness values and benefits and to work with local communities to ensure that increased wilderness protection is a priority of the stewardship of the Allegheny National Forest.

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness can be found online at

The Allegheny National Forest is Pennsylvania’s only national forest.

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

A Reader From Sharon Township Saw This....

As Seen On Pennswoods
Announcement: On April 14 2009 Sharon Township in Potter county PA supervisors will vote in an ordinance. This will become law if we do not stop them.

The ordinance will require a permit for any gathering of over 99 people on your land and the permit, will be almost impossible to get. If you want to have a party, snowmobile race horse show you will be required to get a permit in advance $50 and up depending on the # of people you expect.

You have to provide security, fencing, parking plan and a huge list things.

DON'T let them take away any more of your rights. Be there to defend your property rights. 6PM Sharon Township building April 14th 2009.

This is important to all land owners in Sharon Township. A copy of this proposed ordinance can be read at the Shinglehouse library. Shinglehouse, Pa


The attached photo shows University of Pittsburgh at Bradford writing major Nick Jones helping School Street Elementary School fifth grader Josiah Garges prepare for the upcoming regional reading competition. The two discussed “Murder in the Middle Pasture,” which is part of the “Hank the Cowdog” series for children. At left, writing student Sarah Dorben asks girls questions about “Tom’s Midnight Garden.”

BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford writing students are helping area elementary school students prepare for a regional reading competition April 2 at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School.

The students are members of Dr. Nancy McCabe’s Writing for Children class. McCabe, associate professor of writing, is the director of the Pitt-Bradford writing program.

“The reading competition is a great event that really gets kids enthusiastic about reading,” McCabe said. “And helping out was a way for my Writing for Children students to familiarize themselves with books for a middle-school audience and gauge what that audience values in its literature.”

For the reading competition, teams made up of 8 to 10 students read 40 books, then compete against other teams in a quiz bowl-style trivia competition, explained Melissa Cornelius, librarian and reading competition coordinator at School Street Elementary School. Each team member is responsible for the contents of at least four or five books, about which they are expected to be able to answer questions.

McCabe and each of her students also read at least one book from the list, then met with the elementary school students who had read the book to help prepare them for the competition, reviewing the books and practicing sample questions.

Nick Jones, a sophomore writing major from Wynnewood, said that by hearing the children’s reactions to the books, he is learning what works and doesn’t work in children’s writing.

“It’s a lot different writing for children,” he said. “You have to put yourself in the mindset of a kid. It’s harder.”

Having the Pitt-Bradford students help prepare the fourth- and fifth-graders was a huge help to Cornelius, she said. “We had a review session about every single book this time because of the Pitt-Bradford students.”

Art Auction to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Art Auction

An art auction will be held April 4 at the Coudersport Consistory to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Sweden Valley Manor, and the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, the event will feature an art preview at 6 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 which includes admission and hors d’oeuvres.

The auction, by Marlin Art, will feature a variety of art in all media and price ranges including contemporary, African American, sports, Americana, Southwestern, seascapes, impressionism, Judaic, wildlife, primitive, and children. Ticket holders may make requests for specific genres. For more information, visit

For tickets or more information on the auction, call Phyllis Glinkowski, 814/274-9301, ext. 1395; Midge Ingalls, 274-7610; or Barb Kiel, 544-7315.

Deadline Nears To Register To Vote In Primary

April 20 is Voter Registration Deadline
Monday, April 20, is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s May 19 primary election.

Voters will cast ballots in the municipal primary election for a variety of local and county races, as well as for candidates seeking Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, Court of Common Pleas and municipal court seats.

Local ballot questions may also appear in each county.

For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772), or visit


BRADFORD, Pa. – Members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Sport and Recreation Management Club are teaming up with the Bradford Family YMCA to offer an Easter Egg-Stravaganza Saturday, April 4.

The sleepover event will follow the YMCA’s regular Saturday Family Night, which will feature gym time with the blow-up slider, swimming and pictures with the Easter bunny. Family night is from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free for YMCA members and $15 for non-member families.

Following Family Night, children in kindergarten through fifth grade can stay over for a sleepover that includes snacks, swimming and Easter games and crafts such as coloring eggs, egg relays and making Easter flowers. The cost is $10 for YMCA members, $22 for non-members.

The Sport and Recreation Club members have planned the event and will provide supervision.

“We wanted to get the club involved in the community and gain some event-planning experience,” said Kim Rublee, president of the Sport and Recreation Club.

For more information, or to make a reservation by April 2, call the YMCA at (814)368-6101.

Blood Drive April 9 At Charles Cole Hospital

Paul Heimel Writes........

Hello Jim.
On Potter County Today we note the passing of Joe Becker. He was a terrific guy.

In case you'd like this photo I took last year, it shows Joe presenting a certificate of appreciation to Tina Franklin for her work with the Gold Star Mothers.

March 7 marked the fourth anniversary of her son's death in Iraq (Army Specialist Mike Franklin). Joe was very supportive of the Franklin family after Mike's passing.

Tina has served as a Gold Star Mother, consoling families of other war casualties and visiting the wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

We'll miss Joe and he has left behind big shoes to fill.

Joe Becker's life was memorialized today in a service in Galeton, PA

SPC Mike Franklin April 2, 1982-March 7, 2005

Local Hero

We remember:

SPC Mike Franklin

Born April 2, 1982

KIA March 7, 2005

Happy 27th birthday.

You are greatly missed.

We love you very much.

Mom, Dad, Grandma, Sis,
Sissy and Nathaniel

Four years have passed (March 7) since his death due to an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq.

Structure Fire Reported At Christian Hollow

BREAKING NEWS:9:17pm-3-28-09
Smethport, Port Allegany, and Crosby firefighters are responding to a structure fire at 600 Christian Hollow in Crosby. RECALLED by Chief 12 at 9:28pm.

PA Route 6 Heritage Corp. Schedules Workshops


Galeton – What do the worlds of environmental awareness and tourism have in common? Can “greening” a community or business increase the amount of visitors and quality of life for residents? Does all this have an impact on the local economy?

To answer these questions and in honor of Earth Week, the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation will be holding a series of workshops, “The Green Starts Here on Route 6”, featuring two nationally known speakers on the issues of “greening” and tourism. The workshops, which will be held in three different locations, will focus on the emerging areas of geo-tourism and sustainable tourism and its impact on communities and places. The workshops will provide business and community leaders with information and tools to create economic opportunities without negatively impacting the environment.

National Geographic defines geotourism as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

ryl Hargrove, who serves as a consultant for National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destination in 2007, will be the keynote speaker, addressing the movement for tourism destination to become greener, the trend of travelers is seeking “green” destinations, and the benefits to the local community.

Mike Groman of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will present the idea of community greening, the success of such programs in urban areas and how rural communities can embrace the concept to help stimulate the local economy while improving the quality of life for the residents.

“We believe that Route 6 in Pennsylvania is a special place,” PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation Executive Director Terri Dennison said.” Our role as a designated heritage corridor is to bring resources and educational opportunities to the area in order to maintain and enhance Route 6’s beauty and uniqueness.” Dennison explained PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation has adopted National Geographic’s Geo-tourism Charter.

The workshops, “Green Starts Here on Route 6”, will take place from 9AM – 3PM and will be held in three locations: on Tuesday, April 21 at the Corry Higher Ed Council in Corry, Erie County; on Wednesday, April 22 at the Potter County Educational Council in Coudersport; and on Thursday, April 23 at Keystone College in LaPlume, Lackawanna County. The cost for the workshop is $25 and includes lunch.

For more information on the workshops, contact the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation at 814-435-7706 or visit their website ( under the Heritage Corridor section.

These workshops are being supported by a Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation is the northern affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful


BRADFORD, Pa. – Beth Esposito, a trial attorney with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, will speak at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday, March 31.

Esposito will speak to education students in the Educating Exceptional Students Class from 6 to 8 p.m. in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Our local attorneys, judges and magistrates would benefit from this presentation because Ms. Esposito has received some of the highest commendations by the U.S. Attorney General for her service and unique understanding of the law,” said Vaughn Bicehouse, assistant professor of education, who teaches the class.

Esposito will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically Titles II and III, and an update on developments in the law, including a discussion about several recent settlement agreements. Title II of the ADA covers state and local government programs, services and activities, while Title III covers places of public accommodation and commercial facilities.

Esposito’s presentation will outline who is covered under the ADA and what is required in order to comply. Following her presentation, Esposito will invite all attendees to participate in an interactive exercise in which they will be asked to work in small groups and discuss and solve real-life ADA scenarios.

Each attendee will receive a packet that contains the most current resources available from the Department of Justice on CD-ROM.

Esposito has extensive training on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and has conducted training sessions, workshops, and presentations on the Act throughout the country. She has also conducted numerous investigations and surveys as part of the Disability Rights Section’s Project Civic Access initiative, working with state and local governments to make facilities and services accessible to persons with disabilities. She was recognized in 2006 with the Attorney General’s John Marshall award for outstanding legal achievement for alternative dispute resolution.

Esposito holds a law degree from the Columbus School of Law, the Catholic University of America, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the American University in Washington, D.C. Before working at the Department of Justice, she worked for several federal agencies and private corporations, and hosted Sunday Exchange, a weekly public affairs radio show, broadcast throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Jody Randolph at Pitt-Bradford at (814)362-5056 or

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

Trail Cam Photos Show Some Roulette Night Life

These are 2 of 2100 pictures that I got off of my trail camera when I retrieved it on Sat. March 21st. The camera is setup on a point that overlooks Roulette. As you can see in the pics there is a stamp of date, time, temp., and moon phase.

William Stickles

Obama Budget Tough On Drilling Incentives

NGC: Tax proposals would harm gas industry

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 18 -- The Obama administration's proposed tax law changes would seriously damage a domestic gas industry, which is hurting already, the Natural Gas Council warned in a Mar. 17 letter to members of Congress.

The group, which is comprised of trade associations involved in the US gas industry from wellhead to burner tip, explained that investments in new US gas production come from three funding sources: selling the gas, obtaining credit from lenders, and securing private and institutional investors willing to commit capital to high-risk ventures.

"Unfortunately, new US natural gas projects are at risk. Dramatic reductions in natural gas prices this past year have reduced cash flow to producers, while the credit crunch has limited access to capital, and investors are more cautious than ever," the letter continued.

It said the White House's tax proposals, outlined in its proposed fiscal 2010 federal budget, would radically shift incentives for developing domestic gas, some of which have been in place since 1913. More...


Front row: Attorney Advisor Andy J. Watson, Tori Brown, Colton Gerhart,
Allyson Elliott, and Alex Furman

Back Row: Enrichment Teacher Theresa Daniels, Sheldon Carpenter,
Joe Bartholomew, Rachel Morris, Hannah Fink and Garrett Russell.
Missing from photo: Cooper Bonczar.


Submitted by Andy J. Watson, Attorney Advisor

On March 16, 2009, the Coudersport High School Mock Trial Team participated in the statewide Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Regional Final Competition at the Federal Courthouse in Williamsport, PA before the Honorable William Arbuckle, competing against Montoursville High School.

The team obtained this honor by winning its third consecutive district title on February 2, 2009 by defeating teams from Ridgway, Oswayo Valley / Northern Potter, and Port Allegany at the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport, PA. The scoring results from the team’s district wins were so high that Coudersport earned a “bye” and did not have to participate in the Regional Semi-Final Competition.

The Coudersport High School Mock Trial Team has participated in the statewide competition for several years. This year’s case involved a wrongful death claim filed by the parents of a young teenage girl who was killed by a drunk driver. The parents sued the driver’s employer, seeking to hold it liable for the acts of its employee who became intoxicated at a business lunch and who subsequently decided to drive home and struck and killed the teenager.

During the Regional Competition, the Coudersport team portrayed plaintiffs, attorneys and witnesses on behalf of the victim’s family and the Montoursville team portrayed defense attorneys on behalf of the employer.

At the conclusion of the mock trial, Judge Arbuckle actually ruled in favor of the Coudersport team, however the jury members rendered a verdict in favor of the Montoursville defense team. Both the Judge and jury stated that it was a very close score and that both teams performed exceptionally well, better than most actual attorneys who practice before the Federal Court.

This accomplishment by the Coudersport team marks the third consecutive year Coudersport has won the district competition and the second straight year they have attended the Regional Final Competition. A win at the regional level would have placed the Coudersport team in the State Final Competition in Harrisburg.

The plaintiff team members representing Coudersport at the Regional Competition were attorney members Sheldon Carpenter, Tori Brown, and Joe Bartholomew, and witnesses Alex Furman, and Rachel Morris. The defense team who participated in the district competition were student attorneys Allyson Elliott, Cooper Bonczar and Colton Gerhart, along with defense witnesses Garrett Russell and Hannah Fink. The team’s advisor is enrichment teacher Theresa Daniels and attorney advisor for the third consecutive year is local attorney Andy J. Watson.

The Coudersport team began preparing for the mock trial competition in early December and have dedicated months of preparation to once again bring honor and pride to their community. The team is looking forward to next year’s competition and setting its sights on winning the Regional Final Competition in order to attend the State Final competition in 2010. Once again, Congratulations to the Coudersport High School Mock Trial Team!



BRADFORD, Pa. – Representatives from more than 30 employers will be on hand at the annual career fair at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Tuesday, March 31, to discuss current and prospective employment and internship opportunities.

The 23rd annual career fair, which is sponsored by the Office of Career Services, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. No pre-registration is required, but those attending the career fair should bring copies of their resume and dress in appropriate business attire. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services, said, “Pitt-Bradford’s annual Career Fair provides an ideal opportunity for regional employers to meet with a wide range of prospective job seekers in one convenient setting. Job seekers benefit, too, by being able to hone their interview skills and network with a large number of employers under one roof. It’s a win-win situation for both groups.”

Businesses and agencies attending the fair are Abraxas Youth & Family Services of Marienville; McKean County Adult Probation of Smethport; Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services Inc. of Port Allegany; AXA Advisors LLC of Williamsville, N.Y.; Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems of Bradford; Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce; Bradford Regional Medical Center/Bradford Recovery Systems of Bradford; Camp New Horizons of Olean, N.Y.; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania -- State Civil Service Commission of Pittsburgh; Edward Jones of Bradford; Evergreen Elm Inc. of Bradford; Federal Correctional Institution - McKean of Bradford; The Guidance Center of Bradford;

McCourt Label of Bradford; McKean County Children & Youth (DHS) of Smethport; MM Temps Inc. of Bradford; New Choices/New Options of Bradford; New Directions Youth and Family Services of Randolph, N.Y.; Northwest Savings Bank of Bradford; Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement of Erie; Pennsylvania CareerLink McKean County of Bradford; North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission of Bradford; Seneca Allegany Casino of Salamanca, N.Y.; Social Security Administration of Olean; St. Bonaventure ROTC and St. Bonaventure University Graduate Studies;

U.S. Army of Bradford; U.S. Census Bureau of Erie; USDA Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest of Bradford; WESB/WBRR of Bradford; YWCA of Bradford; the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute of Erie; and the Pitt-Bradford Human Resources Office.

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

Preview Of This Week's Endeavor News

This week's Endeavor News features a wide variety of local news that may be of interest to you:

--As the fourth anniversary of her son's tragic death in Iraq passed, Coudersport native Tina Franklin recommitted herself to helping other families affected by the tragedies of war.

--Controversy has arisen over the issue of taxing natural gas production and leasing state forest land for drilling. See Endeavor News for a complete analysis as well as a report on the Potter County Commissioners plans to appoint a local Natural Gas Task Force.

--The governor's budget pulls the plug on funding for the Potter County Education Council, but supporters of that organization are fighting for survival and seeking your help.

--Potter County has a new director of veterans affairs and is looking for ways to capitalize on the federal economic stimulus.

--To call the tire recycling program started at E&G Auto Plus a "success" would be a major understatement. Terry Gerhart has been piling up old tires by the hundreds to keep them from fouling the environment.

--Speaking of Terry, his son Kellen Gerhart is this week's Endeavor News Spotlighted Soldier, on patrol in Iraq.

--Six Coudersport High School students shared their ideas on how to improve their community in an appearance that many Coudersport Rotarians found inspirational.

--The 90th anniversary of the American Legion's founding was the backdrop for Coudersport Legion Post 192 to honor faithful members and recognize community leaders.

--Whatever happened to Mr. Fleckenstein? Well, the popular and respected biology teacher is still sharing his knowledge and making a difference as he heads a stream restoration program for the Potter County Conservation District.

--Local high school baseball and softball teams swung into action while Port Allegany's Brian Stavisky awaited his fate as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

See those stories and more in this week's Endeavor News, available at businesses all around the Coudersport and Austin areas.

Port Allegany Responding To 4-wheeler Accident

BREAKING NEWS:11:50-3-28-09
Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance are responding to a report of a 4-wheeler accident on the cell phone tower road off of Hillside Avenue. A female victim has been transported to the Charles Cole Helipad where a medical helicopter will transport the victim to a trauma center.

Recycling Boxes To Be Removed As Rustic LLC Suspends Collection Of Recyclables In McKean County

Being green not making enough green
Bradford Era

SMETHPORT (EC) — Rustick LLC announced Friday that effective the week of April 6, it will suspend the free collection of recycling materials at the drop-off boxes located throughout the county.

Rustick has provided this service since late 2005 at no charge to the residents of McKean County. According to a press release, company officials said that “the county has appreciated the free services the company has provided and certainly understands its inability to continue to provide these services with very little or no revenue from the sale of recyclables or any fees to offset expenses.”

The green boxes now located at various municipal buildings and businesses will be removed the week of April 6, and services will be suspended until the value of recyclable materials recovers or funds can be made available to restart the program. More...

Portville Man Caught After Police Chase

Man Takes Police on Chase

A Portville man took police and sheriff's deputies on a chase last night.

Employees of Country Fair on East State Street in Olean say 26-year-old Joshua Edwards was causing problems so they called police. When sheriff's deputies arrived Edwards was leaving in a vehicle. When they attempted to stop him, he fled through the City of Olean, then into the Town of Olean.

Edwards eventually lost control of the vehicle on West Windfall Road and traveled into a field. He fled on foot but was caught by police without further incident.

He's facing numerous charges by the sheriff's department and City of Olean police.

Lost Pup Needs Help Finding His Owner

Can You Help Me Find My Way Home?
This pup (photo attached) showed up at my house Thursday evening, I have been trying to find owner since without any luck. Would you please post his pick on the chance that one of your readers may be looking for him? No sure of the breed but a very friendly little pup.

I am located in the Sweden/Denton Hill area east of Coudersport off of A-frame road. I can be contacted at 274-1720 or

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Dorothy E. "Dot" Schwab, 81, Rixford, PA

Rixford, Pa.- Dorothy E. "Dot" Schwab, 81, of Looker Mountain Trail died Sunday (March 22, 2009) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born April 27, 1927, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Neil A. and Edythe L. Swift Harris. On June 15, 1946, in Rixford, she married Virgil L. Schwab, who passed away March 20, 2006.

Mrs. Schwab was a 1945 graduate of Otto High School in Duke Center and resided all of her life in the Rixford area.

She had been employed in the accounting departments of the Kinter Co., Grant's City and Sample Co., all in Olean, N.Y., until retiring in 1984. Years later, she helped in the family business, Duke Center Superette.

Mrs. Schwab was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church where she was choir director and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Otto Township Red Hat Mammas.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics, flower gardening, reading, her music and singing.

Surviving are three sons, Randall (Sandra) Schwab of Coudersport, Richard (Carol) Schwab of Northglenn, Colo., and James Schwab of Lewis Run; a daughter, Christy Covert of Duke Center; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Vern) Walker of Rixford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Dorla Walker.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Darell Harris, retired pastor of Oswayo, officiating. Burial will be in Rixford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, Pa.

Falcons Lose Close One To Johnsonburg

Johnsonburg downs Coudersport 1-0

, March 27, 2009 7:18 p.m.

Knothole Field - The Johnsonburg Rams inproved to 2-0 on the young season thanks to a stellar pitching performance from senior Seth Streich as they downed the Coudersport Falcons 1-0.

Streich, who homered twice in their season opener to carry the Rams to victory, this time threw a complete game shutout. He struck out 15 while only walking 2 and allowing 3 hits. He was also 1-2 at the plate.

Coudersports Bret Metzger matched Streich's performance up until the sixth inning. More...

NY Wind Farmer Regrets Signing--Audio Interview

Anonymous wind farmer

Canisteo Valley News

Audio From WLEA Radio Interview -
regrets allowing turbines on his property

Potter County Appoints Veterans Affairs Director

Leonard “Lenny” Kalkbrenner Jr. of Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township will assume responsibilities as Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs effective Monday, April 6. He is a U.S. Army veteran with more than 20 years of service, including tours of duty in Vietnam and Korea, and he served for many years as a military recruiter and recruitment supervisor.

In approving Kalkbrenner’s appointment at Thursday’s business meeting, the Potter County Commissioners said they were open to expanding the scope and number of work hours for the part-time position in the coming months. Earlier on Thursday, the county’s Salary Board approved a pay increase for the position to $12.00 per hour.

Kalkbrenner said he was looking forward to serving the needs of Potter County veterans through regular hours at the Veterans Affairs Office in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building, through coordination with local veterans’ service organizations and the VA, and through hands-on communications with veterans and their families.

He will participate in accreditation training through the Department of Veterans Affairs and looks forward to meeting with veterans and their families during the April 22 Veterans Benefits and Information Fair at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. Potter County Today


Event Increases Awareness about Energy Usage and Waste
HARRISBURG – By simply turning off non-essential lighting in homes and businesses for a period of one hour this weekend, Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger says Pennsylvanians can participate in one of the largest climate events in history.

Earth Hour is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) symbolic attempt to raise awareness that wasting energy also wastes money and impacts the environment.

Participants are asked to turn off unused lights in their homes and businesses from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

“This Saturday evening, participants may learn just how wasteful unnecessary energy consumption really is,” Hanger said. “An act so simple may not seem like much, but when multiplied millions of times over, it really can make a difference.”

Earth Hour originated in Australia in 2007. WWF expanded the event globally in 2008 when an estimated tens of millions participated. This year the goal is more than one billion participants worldwide.

Hanger said participating in Earth Hour is just a first step. He encouraged all Pennsylvanians to expand conservation efforts by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes.

Hanger said making these improvements now is important for households to avoid the full impact of rising energy costs, especially as the remaining caps on electricity rates expire over the next two years. Governor Edward G. Rendell recently showed his commitment by making it easier for Pennsylvanians to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through the $17 million Keystone HELP Home Energy Loan and Rebate Program. The program was made possible by the $650 million Alternative Energy Investment Fund legislation he signed in July.

Under the program, the Department of Environmental Protection will provide $3.5 million to reduce the interest rates on nearly $16 million in low-interest loans, as well as $1 million for rebates to insulate homes and install high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and ENERGY STAR-qualified windows and doors.

The loan capital is provided by DEP, the state Treasury Department and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority. “Perhaps changing habits for one hour this weekend will lead to two or three hours next week,” Hanger said. “That simple start may eventually lead to families reducing their costs by using less energy, and to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. Those are changes that will benefit the individual families and the entire population as well.”

For more information on the Keystone HELP Energy Efficiency Loan and Rebate Program, visit For more information on funding programs, visit and click on the “Fueling Energy Savings” icon.

New Date For Search To Be Announced Monday

April 3-5 Search for Corrie is Delayed
TES to announce a new search date on March 30th

3/26/2009 -
Texas EquuSearch and Corrie's family announced today that they have postponed the search for Corrie due to forecasted weather conditions. With the prediction of rain lasting late into next week and beyond, search conditions will be hampered during the weekend of April 3-5.

Texas EquuSearch Founder and Director Tim Miller will be in Jamestown on Monday, March 30th to meet with the family and law enforcement regarding the search effort.
An announcement will be made on Monday afternoon regarding the new search dates. Mr. Miller and Texas EquuSearch would like to thank the community for the overwhelming response regarding the search for Corrie.


Aliens Did It
No Indications of Contamination from Gas Well Hydro Fracturing Activities

WILKES-BARRE – Responding to recent concerns expressed by residents of Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, the Department of Environmental Protection has collected dozens of water supply samples in the Carter Road area and determined that nearby gas well hydro fracturing activity has not impacted local wells.

“Our laboratory analyzed the water samples from wells in the area to look for indicators that would identify and indicate impacts from gas drilling and hydro fracturing,” said DEP Northeast Regional Director Michael Bedrin.

Bedrin said indicators can include total dissolved solids, chlorides, specific conductivity, pH, alkalinity, hardness, sodium, calcium, barium, iron, manganese, potassium and aluminum.

“DEP will continue to pursue this investigation and collect additional samples so that residents can be assured their drinking water is safe,” Bedrin added.

DEP has been actively investigating stray gas in Dimock since January when a resident reported an explosion in an outside well pit. Samples of private wells were taken from approximately 24 homes to check for dissolved methane. Nine wells were found to be impacted, with methane in four of those wells at levels that could pose a threat of explosion in enclosed areas of the home.

DEP cited these water wells in its request to Cabot Oil and Gas Co. for an ongoing alternative water supply and proper venting for as long as the methane readings remain at elevated levels. Cabot is providing those homes with alternative water supplies and is monitoring natural gas levels.

To date, no indoor vapor problems have been encountered. Additionally, the company has installed a treatment system at another home where the department concluded the water supply was impacted by drilling activities.

DEP is inspecting existing wells in the area and monitoring new drilling activity. The department continues to schedule residential visits to take water samples and monitor for gas.

“As Cabot implements its remedial actions, DEP will continue to sample home wells to determine if the company’s activities are reducing the dissolved methane levels there,” Bedrin said. “This procedure is time consuming and laborious, but it is a necessary process for us to get this problem solved.”

Cabot corrected a recent records violation by submitting required drilling information.

The company is also implementing a new protocol for casing and cementing new gas wells. The new approach will address the unique geology of a particular area and will provide another barrier to migrating gas. For pre-existing wells, Cabot will install an additional cement sealer to prevent gas from migrating.

DEP recently opened a new oil and gas management district office in Williamsport to augment its regulatory activities in the state’s north-central and northeastern regions of Marcellus Shale formation. The department has hired new staff for that office in addition to existing staff in Meadville, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

For further information, visit, keyword: Oil and Gas, then click on “Marcellus Shale.”


948 Citations Issued
HARRISBURG – State Police personnel and police officers from more than 20 municipal departments statewide conducted 2,419 commercial motor vehicle roadside inspections and placed 118 vehicles and 114 drivers out of service for violations during Operation SAFE (Seatbelt And Fatigue Enforcement) Driver on March 24, State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

“Officers focused their efforts on seat belt use by truckers and on examinations of commercial driver's licenses, vehicle inspection reports, hours of service logs and other required documentation,” Pawlowski said.

He said 948 citations, including 88 for drivers not wearing seat belts, were issued during the daylong operation.

Although national studies indicate that only 65 percent of commercial vehicle drivers buckle up when they climb behind the wheel, 94 percent of the commercial drivers checked during Operation SAFE Driver were wearing seat belts, Pawlowski said.

“I am very encouraged by this level of compliance in Pennsylvania,” he said. “We know that seat belts save lives and we want everyone to buckle up on every trip.”

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Roulette Gas Line Leak to be Fixed
Roulette Volunteer Firefighters were called out Thursday night at about 11:32 pm when a passerby reported natural gas fumes coming from a line near the former PJ’s Restaurant on Route 6. According to Chief Ray Kulp, the dense moist air held the fumes closer to the ground and made them more noticeable. He told Black Forest Broadcasting that the 100 foot “dead end line” owned by UGI had caused problems before but after his phone call this morning, he was assured by the gas company that the problem will be fixed by next Wednesday. Chief Kulp said all responders had returned home by 1:00 o’clock this morning.

Looking for Prowlers
Coudersport based state police are looking for some prowlers who were observed in a backyard in Coudersport borough early Thursday morning. The prowlers fled 104 E. Beech Street when troopers arrived at about 12:30 am.

Friday, March 27
The Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. will be holding a Fish Fry tonight
at the fire hall on Route 49 in Ulysses, PA from 5-7PM.
Cost is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and children 12 & under.
Take outs are available by calling the station at 814-848-7611.

Friday, March 27
There will be a fish fry at St. Bibiana's Church in Galeton. The menu consists of breaded haddock, french fries, homemade coleslaw, rolls and drink. Serving time is 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and take-outs are available. Price is $8.50 for adults, and $6 for children under 12. The sundae bar will be available for dessert for only $1. 50-50 raffle tickets will also be sold.

Saturday, March 28
The 3rd Annual Kettle Creek Outdoor Show will be held in Cross Fork, PA. Last year, around 500 people attended the show and organizers are hoping to build on that success by adding a National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest and an amateur photography contest. The show will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $3 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.The outdoor show features demonstrations and seminars on various topics from geocaching to wildlife. There are also many vendors that cater towards outdoor recreation and conservation, along with information on local businesses and services. The kitchen will also be open serving up delicious homemade food and goodies. The Turkey Calling Contest, sponsored by Ben Stinmaker Memorial Chapter of NWTF and Kettle Creek Valley Business Association, will feature 4 divisions: Open, Amateur, Friction, and Youth. Cash prizes will be awarded to finishers who place in open, amateur, & friction divisions. A plaque and a 20 gauge youth shotgun will be awarded to the first place youth finisher. All youths will be entered into a drawing to win a guided turkey hunt. The cost to enter is $25, includes admittance to the show. There is no entry fee for the youth division. Contestants will also be required to be a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, membership forms will be available. Registration is open from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, with the contest kicking off at 11:00 am. Pre-registration is also available by calling 866-687-4233.In order to acquaint people with the area, an amateur photo contest will be conducted at the Outdoor Show. Amateur photographers from the area are invited to submit their photos under two categories: Wildlife and Outdoor Activities. Photos must have been taken in Potter or Clinton Counties. Winners will be judged by the show attendees. Entry forms can be picked up at Forry’s Country Store or Quiet Oaks Campground or by calling 570-923-1043.Moore information about the Kettle Creek Outdoor Show is available at or by calling 814-435-2622. Vendors are still being accepted. Any profits benefit the Kettle Creek Hose Company and the Kettle Creek Ambulance Assoc.

Potter County Puts Out Call For Volunteers

What Can You Help With
The Potter County Commissioners chose an appropriate setting to announce a new outreach effort for volunteers willing to serve on any of several county authorities, commissions and advisory boards. Commissioner Paul Heimel and Chief Clerk/Administration Director Todd Brown put out the call during today’s Volunteering element for the Leadership Potter County class, hosted by the Potter County Education Council.

In an effort to broaden diversity, geographic representation and background knowledge, the commissioners will be building a roster of individuals who have a willingness to volunteer. Among the organizations that have occasional vacancies are the Planning Commission, Solid Waste Authority, Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, Human Services Advisory Committees, Conservation District and others.

In the coming weeks, the commissioners will circulate a summary of the many appointive positions/responsibilities and reach out to citizens from across Potter County to encourage them to volunteer. As vacancies arise or incuments’ terms expire, the commissioners will rely on that database to determine who might be candidates to serve.


PaleyBar Expands the Nationwide Recall of Jam-N-Peanuts Bars Because of Possible Health Risk (March 25)

Awrey Bakeries Recalls Select Cakes Because of Possible Health Risk (March 27)

Natural Selection Recalls Aunt Patty's Cascade Trail Mix Because of Possible Health Risk (March 24)

Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC Expands the Recall of Asadero and Oaxaca Cheeses due to Possible Listeria Contamination (March 23)

South Carolina Firm Recalls Frozen Meat and Poultry Products Due To Misbranding and Lack of USDA Inspection

Arya Ice Cream Dist. Co., Inc. Recalls California Dream Nut Sundae Because of Possible Health Risk (March 25)

Federal Stimulus Brings 300 Jobs To Local Workers

snelick1Susie Snelick, executive director of the Northcentral Workforce Investment Board, informed the Potter County Commissioners of job-creation and employee assistance programs that are being expanded in the region as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Among the highlights are an estimated 300 jobs for income-eligible residents ages 14 to 24 in the six-county region of Potter, McKean, Cameron, Elk, Clearfield and Jefferson. Snelick advised anyone interested in the youth employment program to contact Diane Corey at the Pa. CareerLink office in Coudersport at (814) 274-9330. In addition to providing work at minimum wage, the program includes academic enrichment and work readiness training.

Snelick also said ARRA funds have also been approved to assist adults who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Organizations or local governments interested in learning more about opportunities to qualify for workers through the ARRA programs are encouraged to contact the Northcentral Workforce Investment Board in Ridgway at (814) 773-3162. Potter County Today

Ronald K. Gehman--A Life Remembered

Ronald Kulp Gehman, January 1, 1948 – March 24, 2009

Photographer, carpenter, landscaper, undefeated
Pennsylvania State Birling Champion,
best husband, dad, and friend.

Photos provided

Ron was born in a farmhouse in Barto, PA in the first few hours of the year 1948. One of ten brothers and sisters, his fondest childhood memories were of large family and community gatherings—church youth group ice skates on frozen ponds, hayrides in the fall, baseball games with his brothers and neighbors.

In 1972, Ron met his soulmate-to-be, Jennie (Genevieve) Stauffer. They married on May 4, 1974, and they moved to Potter County the next day. Ron cherished the natural beauty of that area, and he ran trapping lines to make ends meet for his young family. He loved traveling, hunting, fishing and hiking with his wife and children. Ron’s love for nature inspired him to build beautiful gardens around his house (with the occasional pond), craft birdhouses in his own unique style, and take wonderful pictures. You couldn’t take a walk with Ron without him disappearing, only to find him half an hour later taking pictures of a single flower or bird from multiple angles. He truly appreciated all of God’s creation—he didn’t take anything for granted, and he taught his children these lessons by humble example.

The most remarkable thing about Ron was not the story of his life, but the way he lived each and every day, and the wonderful kindness he shared with everyone he met. His mantra was “don’t worry, just trust in God” and he was unflappable in that regard. He always put others before himself. He was genuinely kind and respectful of everyone he met, and the outpouring of love and condolences from the community has been overwhelming.

Ron is survived by his wife Genevieve (Stauffer) of Sartwell Creek, Potter County; son Jonathan Zane and daughter-in-law Andrea Maria and grandson, Zander Zane, of Chevy Chase, MD; daughter, Hannah Korinne and son-in-law, Joshua Stream of Cottonwood Heights, UT. He is survived also by his 97-year-old mother, Mary C. K. Gehman, of Barto, PA, and nine brothers and sisters: Linford (Rebecca Roeder) of Bergton, VA.; Abraham (Drolleen Mack) of Bally; Rhoda, of Bally; Johanna, of Barto; James (Sandra Blessing) of Boyertown; Ada, of Barto; Merrill, of Bally; Harley, of Indian, AK; Dwight, of Barto; and ten nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Abraham B. Gehman.

Ron was so loved by his family, friends, coworkers and community. Our hearts are shattered by his death, and that sense of loss is profoundly personal for each one. There can be solace in this if the memories we cherish motivate us to live our lives a little bit more like Ron lived his: Appreciate the little things. Don’t Worry. Treat everyone with respect and kindness.

Open House On Deer Management Saturday At Ives Run

Game Commission deer management open house Saturday

Sun Gazette
TIOGA - Visitors to the Ives Run visitor center near here Saturday will have the opportunity to learn about the state Game Commission's deer management program.

An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a press release from the commission.

Multimedia presentations, exhibits and wildlife managers will be featured at the event, to educate visitors about the finer details of deer management.

Specialized stations will be set up throughout the center, spaced apart so visitors with questions or comments for station attendants have room to communicate on a one-to-one basis. More...

Bill Proposed To Keep All Gas Lease Money In State General Fund

Politicians: Lease money should ‘stay’ in towns

Sun Gazette

State Sen. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, opposes a bill being proposed in the state Senate calling for $174 million derived from the leasing of 74,000 acres of state forest land to be put in to the state's general fund.

Senate Bill 490 sets the perameters for how money from the leasing of state land for gas exploration are spent.

Some of the money would be better used by the communities impacted by the leases and potential drilling, Yaw said.

According to Yaw, 54,000 of the 74,000 acres are in Lycoming County.

The remaining 20,000 acres are in Tioga County, he said.

"Based on these lease payments, approximately $120 million is derived from forest land located in Lycoming County," Yaw said. "Senate Bill 490, as written, does not make any provision to devote a part of the lease money to our local governments, including the county and townships." More...

Eldred Residents Charged In Welfare Probe

WESB NEWS--Three Eldred Residents Charged with Welfare Fraud

Three Eldred residents were arrested Thursday and charged with welfare fraud.

The Office of the Inspector General has charged 42 year-old Bobbie Brawley, 50 year-old Michael Rixford and 66 year-old Marguerite Kelly with welfare fraud after discovering that the three had shared the same household since 2000.

Court records indicate that Brawley, Rixford and Kelly all admitted to investigators to providing false information to the state Welfare Department enabling Brawley to receive over $44,000 in Federal food stamps.

All three are free on $10,000 bail.

Smethport Woman Victim Of Theft

WESB News--Bradford Man Charged With Stealing Bank Card

A Bradford man was charged Thursday with stealing a women’s purse and using her bank card to steal money from her account.

Court records indicate that 42 year-old Dennis Allen stole the purse from the residence of Tammy Dailey of Smethport. He later used her bank card to steal $120 dollars from her account. Allen is charged with burglary, identity theft and theft by deception.

He is in the McKean County jail on $20,000 bail.

Can Our Community Become A "Boomtown"

Attitude and the Agburbs

WESB/WBRR News Director

People with a passion and love for their community can make a difference.

That was one of the messages Jack Schultz sent to a packed Rice Auditorium Thursday night.

Schultz is the author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success In Small Towns." He's also CEO of the Boomtown Institute (Agracel Inc.), an industrial development firm specializing in the agurban market. (Agurban? We'll get to that.)

When listing his keys to success he gave examples of how several communities across the country lifted themselves up by making the right choices.

Having the right attitude is a major part of being successful. And it's not just the attitude of the people trying to make the changes that's important.

"Are you willing to back visionary people who are trying to take your community to a higher level … to create new opportunities for your kids and grandkids?" he asked. "Or are you going to listen to those curmudgeons – and every town's got 'em – those curmudgeons … that are saying 'Oh we could never do something like that here. That would never work in this town. That's too expensive for us to try?'"

"Unless you're willing to take those chances," he said, "I'm telling you right here and right now that you don't have a chance in the world to create those opportunities for your kids and your grandkids so they're going to want to come back home to Bradford."

Schultz also talked about a "hybrid version" of the curmudgeon. CAVE people.

A man he was speaking with while doing research in Missouri explained that CAVE people are very educated, articulate and well-read.

They are: Citizens Against Virtually Everything.

The man told him, "You have got to watch the CAVE people. You cannot let them take control of your community."

Aside from attitude, one of the most important keys to success, he said, is entrepreneurship – especially within the "Millennial" population – 12 to 27 year olds.

He said they will be the most entrepreneurial generation in history.

Two prime examples he pointed out were Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of Facebook, and Evan Williams who created Blogger and Twitter.

On a related note, the state Legislature is working on a package of bills named "YouLead" that aims to get the millennial generation involved in the policy making arena, support their entrepreneurial spirit and keep them from moving out of Pennsylvania after they graduate from college.

As for the future of Bradford, Schultz said the city has potential and he sees a lot of positives. Among those are the trails system, manufacturing and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Back to agurban. Schultz coined the term for the small towns in rural America with great opportunities for success with business, jobs and lifestyles. He says as people concentrate on quality of life issues, along with business, the next great population shift will be from the suburbs to the agburbs.



CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT/District 2) issues the following update for the Route 219, McKean County/Bradford Bypass project. Contractor on the $28.1 million project is Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. The project extends from just north of the city of Bradford in Pennsylvania to the New York State line.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The following work schedule is for the week of March 30:

• On Friday, April 3, Route 219 northbound will be restricted to one lane from the Forman Street on-ramp to Hillside Drive in New York State.
• Motorists are advised to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.
• Motorists are reminded to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit, and always buckle up.
• All ramps remain open.

For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

Arson Suspected In Bradford House Fire

Arson suspected as cause of fire on Collins Court Wednesday
Bradford Era
Arson is suspected as the cause of a fire at 4 Collins Court on Wednesday, which is under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.

Bradford City Fire Chief James “Boo” Coder said Thursday the fire marshal from the Mount Jewett State Police barracks, Cpl. Marty Henneman, is investigating the blaze, which began at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday. More...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ronald K. Gehman, 61, Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Ronald K. Gehman, 61, of Port Allegany, died Tuesday (March 24, 2009).

He was born Jan 1, 1948 in Barto, PA, a son of Abraham and Mary Kulp Gehman. On May 4, 1974 in Boyertown, PA, he married Genevieve (Jennie) L. Stauffer, who survives.

Mr. Gehman was a graduate of Boyertown High School.

Mr. Gehman was employed as a warehouse manager for D E Errick, Inc. He later worked for Witter Gas and Oil and Tioga Energy and most recently was employed Sandburg Oil of Olean NY.

In addition to his wife and mother of Barto, PA he is survived by one daughter: Hannah (Joshua) Stream of Cottonwood Heights, UT; one son: Jonathan Z. (Andrea) Gehman of Silver Spring, MD; three sisters: Rhoda Gehman, Johanna Gehman and Ada Gehman all of Bally, PA; six brothers: Dr. Linford Gehman of Bergton, VA, Abe Gehman and Merrill Gehman of Bally, PA, Harley Gehman of Indian, ALASKA, Dwight Gehman of Bally, PA, James Gehman of Boyertown, PA; One grandson Alexander Gehman and another grandchild due in September.

Mr. Gehman was preceded in death by his Father.

There will be no visitation.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services at 11:00 am Saturday, March 28, 2009 in St Gabriel's Church with the Rev. Charles R. Schmitt as celebrant.

Memorials may be made to Port Allegany Star Hose Company #1, Port Allegany, or St. Mary's Catholic Church, Roulette, PA.

Online condolences may be made at

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

"Ta" Brant Introduced To PA Wilds Enthusiasts

Tourism officials tout the draw of PA Wilds
Thursday, March 26, 2009
By Wendy B. Lynn Staff Writer--The Progress News

DUBOIS - Tourism officials, county commissioners and representatives of various state departments gathered yesterday at the DuBois Country Club for the second annual progress report and update on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative. Among the speakers were Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBeradinis, Deputy Secretary of Tourism Mickey Rowley and PA Wilds Tourism Marketing Corp. Chairman Jason Fink.

The event was also held to showcase what is going on in various areas of the 12-county region. The PA Wilds is the largest block of land between New York City and Chicago open for public enjoyment and boasts 29 state parks, eight state forest districts, the Allegheny National Forest, the largest elk herd in the northeast and the darkest skies in the east at Cherry Springs State Park. Locally, the PA Wilds includes Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson counties.

One big announcement was the introduction of the new PA Wilds Ombudswoman, Tataboli- ne "Ta" Brant, a Warren County native who will be helping small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop services encouraging the growth of tourism in the region. More...

Cameron County Forest Fire Video-WJAC-TV

Spark From Train May Have Started 500-Acre Brush Fire

Posted: 1:55 pm EDT March 25, 2009Updated: 9:05 pm EDT March 25, 2009


A large brush fire in Cameron County may have been caused by a passing train, officials said.The fire started around 4 p.m. Tuesday along Route 120 in Gibson Township.

Officials said the cause is still under investigation, but said it may have started when the train used its brakes and created a spark.Because of dry conditions, the fire quickly spread to Route 120, then spread to the mountain side on the other side of the road. The fire quickly spread across 500 acres.

Crews said they had it contained at one point Tuesday night, but it rekindled Wednesday morning. As of noon, it had burned 400 acres of land and was still advancing.

Althea C. Angell, 74, Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Althea C. Angell, 74, of Port Allegany, died Monday (March 23, 2009) at her residence in Port Allegany.

She was born Feb 12, 1935 in Troy, NY, a daughter of Edward and Alice B. Legacy-Condon. On January 9, 1971, in Smethport, PA, she married George B. Angell, who died April 3, 1996.

Mrs. Angell was a graduate of Troy High School, Troy, NY.

Mrs. Angell was a Stenographic Supervisor, employed by ATT Public Relation Dept.

She was a member of American Legion Women's Auxiliary Post 6391 of Port Allegany; St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Port Allegany.

She is survived by one son: Cory (Vicki) Angell of Fredericksburg, PA; one sister: Margaret “Peggy” Moran of Burnt Hills, NY; step son, Fred (Sheri) Angell of Bradford, PA; Step Son, Christopher (Michelle) Angell of Bradford, PA; Step Son, Kenyon (Laura) Angell of Smethport, PA; 11 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Monday in St Gabriel's Church with the Rev. John J. Murphy as celebrant. A Christian Wake service will be held in the funeral home on Sunday at 2:30pm. Burial will be in the Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans Memorial Home, Port Allegany, PA. Online condolences can be made at

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

Marcellus Shale Gas Reserves "Jaw Dropping"

Expert says Marcellus Shale’s potential ‘beyond imagination’

Sun Gazette

The natural gas reserves contained in the Marcellus Shale formation are so extensive, people have difficulty grasping the magnitude of its potential impact on the state's economy, Penn State geosciences professor Terry Engelder said Tuesday during the Lycoming County Conservation District's annual awards banquet.

"The economic potential for the state of Pennsylvania is beyond imagination," Engelder said.

How big is the gas production potential of the shale?

Engelder, who is considered a leading authority on the Marcellus Shale, said the formation could contain between 167 and 515 trillion cubic-feet of natural gas.

Some sources rank the formation third behind the South Pars gas play in Qatar and the Urengoy play in Russia, he said.

Each gas well in Lycoming County likely will produce an average of 2.8 million cubic feet of gas per day, and 2.8 billion cubic feet over the life of the well, he said.

And that is a conservative estimate, he said.

Engelder said a well that produces an average of 4 million cubic feet of natural gas, at a wholesale price of $10 per 1,000 cubic feet and a royalty payment of 12 percent, could produce income of about $5 million for the owners of the land from which the gas is taken.

"Tell me that doesn't impact the local economy," he said. More...