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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Angela C. "Ann" Rizzotte, 89, Smethport, PA

Smethport - Angela C. "Ann" Rizzotte, 89, of Smethport, passed away on Tuesday (April 7, 2009), after a lengthy illness, at her residence in Smethport.

She was born July 22, 1919 in West Grove, PA, a daughter of Leonardo and Maria Russo Ciotti. On August 28, 1940, in West Grove, PA, she married Dr. Samuel H. Rizzotte, Sr., who died May 1, 1997. They were married for 56 years.

Mrs. Rizzotte was a graduate of Avon Grove High School, and was a homemaker, caring for the needs of her family. She was a great cook, avid reader, enjoyed gardening, boating, golfing, and travel.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church of Smethport.

She is survived by
two sons: Peter (special friend Diane King) Rizzotte of Smethport, PA, Samuel (Mary Lou) Rizzotte, Jr. of Springfield, OH;
4 grandchildren and spouses: Jody, Samuel (Christie) III, Daniel (Paige), and Russell
7 great grandchildren: Melia, Devin, Kayla, Michael, Ethan, Isabella, and Cecelia.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, and a Mass of Christian Burial will also be held on Tuesday, at 10 A.M., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to Community Nurses, McKean County Hospice, or the Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633. Online condolences can be made to the family at

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

Tri-Town Juniors Attend EMS Leadership Challenge


Photo courtesy Potter County Fire News

This past week three Junior Firefighters from the Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. in Ulysses attended the sixth “Junior Fire & EMS Leadership Challenge” in Camp Hill, PA. The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute and the Fireman’s Legislative Federation.

Taking part in the three day event were Jr. FF Nichole Healy, Jr. FF Kyle Hunt and Jr. FF Michael Gray. The Junior Firefighters were accompanied by senior department member Capt. Mike Healy who is one of the Junior Firefighter program advisors. A total of 30 Junior Firefighters along with about a dozen senior advisors from around the state took part in the event.

To find out what all this group of future fire and EMS service leaders did during the Leadership Challenge check out the complete story HERE on the Tri-Town Fire Co. web site.

Cameron Genealogy Explores Powder Plant Remains

Wendy Davis

A dozen area residents hiked into the remains of the Smokeless Powder plant and Aetna Picric plant near Route 46 outside of Emporium recently.

In the top photo, Cameron County Genealogy Club leader, Wendy Davis takes a picture of one of the structures.

With the onset of World War I, explosives had been in great demand in Europe, giving Emporium the opportunity for growth and the nickname “Powder City."

The genealogy club sponsored the trek.In the bottom photo, Inez Jordan of Emporium looks at what is left of one of the structures.

Inez Jordan

Unemployment Compensation Claims Can Be Filed Online on Easter

New Web Tool Lets Claimants Instantly Check Status of Claim, Benefit History

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Out-of-work Pennsylvanians can file initial unemployment benefit claims online while the unemployment compensation telephone system is closed in observance of Easter, according to Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Sandi Vito.

On Sunday, April 12, initial claims may be filed online at

A new online feature allows claimants to check the status of their claim online seven days a week. By using the new "Check Claims Status" button on the Web site, claimants can instantly and securely check the status of their claim and review their benefit history.

"We continue to make our claims system easier to use. This new claims status function shows the steps we are taking to make the filing process more convenient for all Pennsylvanians who are out of work through no fault of their own," said Vito. "It is imperative that these benefits are delivered quickly and efficiently to people who need them."

The telephone system for filing initial claims - 1-888-313-7284 - will resume operation on April 13. The system normally operates Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The best times to call are later in the day and later in the week.

The automated PA Teleclaims, or PAT, system for filing biweekly, or continued, claims -- 1-888-255-4728 -- will maintain normal hours of operation over the Easter weekend: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

PA State Police Place 243 Trucks Out of Service

C.R.A.S.H. Teams Inspect Commercial Vehicles on Non-Interstate Pennsylvania Roads

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania state police personnel placed 243 trucks out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on inspecting commercial vehicles along rural roads and non-interstate highways in Pennsylvania, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski reported today.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways detail, or C.R.A.S.H., was conducted April 7 by members of state police motor carrier enforcement teams.

Pawlowski said 1,258 commercial vehicles were inspected. In addition to placing 243 vehicles out of service, state police issued 791 traffic citations and 1,917 written warnings for vehicle and driver violations.

"Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration statistics show that more than 50 percent of commercial motor vehicle crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania occur in rural areas and on non-interstate highways," Pawlowski said. "Our goal is to make all of our roads safer."



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 and can be subject to change. The following work schedule is for the week of April 13:

· Route 219 northbound remains restricted to one lane from the Forman Street on-ramp to Hillside Drive in New York State. Traffic will be using the existing passing lane.

· Contractor will perform shoulder widening on the northbound lanes.

· Contractor will be working on emergency pull-offs on the northbound lanes.

· Midweek, the contractor will move northbound traffic from the existing passing lane to the existing travel lane, maintaining the restriction of one-lane northbound.

· Contractor will set temporary concrete barrier in preparation for crossover construction.

· All ramps remain open.

· Motorists need to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.

· Please use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Be aware of approaching traffic speeds and restricted lanes at ramps. Please obey posted speed limits and remember to always buckle up.

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


Indiana, Pa. – PennDOT Engineering District 10 is advising motorists that, as part of the Preventative Maintenance (PM) project on I-80, the Interstate will be closed between Hazen (Exit 81) and Reynoldsville (Exit 86) interchanges in Jefferson County during two separate evenings to remove a railroad structure overpass.

Beginning on Friday, April 17, 2009, at 9 pm until Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 9 am, I-80 will be closed between Exit 81 (Hazen) and Exit 86 (Reynoldsville). The Interstate will be closed again on Saturday, April 18, 2009, beginning at 6 pm until Sunday, April 19, 2009, ending at 6 am.

During those times of closure, traffic will be detoured as listed:
• Eastbound Traffic - Both passenger and commercial vehicles will use Exit 81 (Hazen) and follow the POSTED DETOUR.
• Westbound Traffic - Passenger vehicles will use Exit 86 (Reynoldsville) and follow the POSTED DETOUR, south on State Route 1830, then west on US 322, then north on PA 28 returning to I-80 at Exit 81 (Hazen).
• Westbound Traffic (Commercial Vehicles) - All commercial vehicles westbound must use Exit 97 (DuBois – Brockway) and follow the ORANGE ARROW DETOUR north on US 219, then south on PA 28, returning to I-80 at Exit 81.

Motorists are advised to anticipate traffic delays and be prepared to stop if necessary. They are also asked to slow down and exercise caution when traveling through work zones. As the need applies, flag crews will direct traffic while work is being performed.

This is a $ 9.2 million investment project with work being performed by HRI, Inc.
For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, access PennDOT District 10’s website at

Rock & Roll Inspired Musical Comedy At Pitt-Bradford

'Bye Bye Birdie' at the Bromeley

“Bye Bye Birdie,” a Broadway musical comedy based on the early career of Elvis Presley, will be staged Thursday, April 30, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Woodwind Productions will present the Rock 'n' Roll era-inspired show at 7:30 p.m. at the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Admission is $29 at the door and $24 in advance for the public, $25 at the door and $20 in advance for Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff, and $12 at the door and $10 in advance for students. The show is part of the university’s Season Subscription Series. More at 1490 NewsBlog

Quarter Bingo Benefit At Austin Fire Hall Friday

Friday April 17, 2009
Austin Fire Hall
6:00PM – 9:00 PM
Benefit: Alfred Stahl’s
Senior Project for the
Austin High School
which is the research
for a cure on Spina Bifida-
a congenital neural tube
defect in which part of the
meninges or spinal cord
protrudes through the
spinal column, often resulting
in neurological impairment.

Roulette Easter Egg Hunt 2009

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Sharon S. Welsh, 46, Genesee, PA, formerly of Bedminster

Sharon S. Welsh, 46, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Bedminster, died Thursday, April 9, 2009 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Surviving are: husband, David; parents, Reinhardt and Dorothy Mathwig of Genesee; sons, Michael and Jonathan of Genesee; brothers, Ronald Mathwig of Genesee and Steven (wife Carol) Mathwig of Bedminster; and a sister, Patricia Mathwig of Sellersville.

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Missing Dog Found

Missing Dog Found
Thank you very much for posting my missing dog. He was found this afternoon east of Sweden Valley. He had an unfortunate meeting with a porcupine but was thrilled to see us. I would like to thank Marissa and Derek.

Kris Arbogast

Many Displaced By Bradford Fires--Fire Marshalls Rule Them Accidental

WESB NEWS--Friday Fires Ruled Accidental

State police fire marshals have released more information on Friday's fires that left seven families homeless.

Bradford Township Fire Department has posted dramatic photos on their website.

Trooper Greg Agosti investigated the fire at 85 Congress Street and has determined it was an accident. He says the fire started in the downstairs rear apartment and quickly spread to the second floor due to the balloon construction style of the apartment building.

There were no injuries, but three families have been left homeless. Edna Hallock of Bradford owns the building. Damage is estimated at $250,000. The building is scheduled for emergency demolition today.

Trooper Mike McCracken says the fire at 23 Tibbitts Avenue was also accidental.

He says the fire started in second floor apartment and spread throughout the second floor. The first floor was heavily damaged by smoke and water. Four families in that apartment building were left homeless.

There were no human injuries, but one kitten died. Guider Investments of Loveland, Ohio, owns the building. Damage is estimated at $200,000.

The McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the families.

70 Mile Rail Trail Proposed For 4 PA Counties

Study on New Trail System from Mount Jewett to Knox

The McKean County Planning Commission is planning a feasibility study on the possible conversion of the Knox and Kane Railroad right-of-way to a trail system.

McKean County is working with Elk, Forest and Clarion counties on the proposal to create a 69.9-mile trail from Kinzua Bridge State Park to Knox in Clarion County. A state grant would pay half the cost of the study, which has an estimated price tag of about $69,000.

If the grant application is approved, the study would start early next year and be finished by spring of 2011.

County planning director Debbie Lunden would also like the study to address a proposal for retaining the tracks for a possible new tourist train operation from Kane to Kinzua Bridge State Park.

Coudersport Man Charged In Domestic Incident

WESB NEWS--Man Charged with Domestic Violence/Simple Assault

A Coudersport man is in jail on domestic violence/simple assault charges after an incident early Thursday morning at his home.

Police say 21-year-old Jonathon Morgan got into an argument with the victim in his car and he allegedly pushed the victim's head against the window and the steering wheel. Outside the vehicle, Morgan allegedly head-butted the victim above the left eye and made threatening statements.

The incident happened at about 3 a.m. Morgan turned himself into police at about 10 a.m. His bail is sent at $5,000.

Arnold E. "Mick" Miller, 53, Galeton, PA

Arnold E. "Mick" Miller, 53, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro.

Born March 20, 1956 in Blossburg, PA, he was a son of the late Clifford E., Sr. and Sally (Ludwig) Miller. He was married to the former Wendy Werner, who survives.

Mick was a farmhand for many years and was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving besides his wife, Wendy Miller, are a son, Arnold "AJ" Miller, Jr.; three daughters, Kassandra Bowler, Dallas TX, Robbyn (Brandon) Bathrick, Wellsboro, and Theresa (Shawn) Schrader, Germania, PA; three granddaughters; four brothers, Clifford (Karen) Miller, Jr., Galeton, Kenneth Miller, Hickory, NC, Francis Miller, Gaines, David (Denise) Miller, Sr.; a sister, Joyce Bowers, Morris, PA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Mick was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Albert; and a sister, Lucinda Harter.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, April 13, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Library.

PA Voter Registration Deadline April 20

Voter Registration Deadline
Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis reminds citizens that the final day they can register to vote, change party affiliation or report change of address – if they want to be eligible to participate in the May 19 Municipal Primary – is Monday, April 20.

Anyone with questions about voter registration issues can contact her at 274-8467 or visit the office during business hours. It’s located on the first floor of the F. W Gunzburger County Office Building, 1 North Main Street, in Coudersport. The Voter Registration Office is the third door to the right inside the Main Street entrance.

Democratic and Republican voters countywide will be casting ballots for Judge of the Potter County Court of Common Pleas, District Attorney, Coroner and Jury Commissioner. Each township and borough is electing a tax collector, judge of election and inspector of election. Also appearing on local ballots are school board seats, township supervisor, mayor, borough council seats, auditor, constable and assessor positions. Potter County Today

Vacancies Filled On Potter Co. Planning Commission



Potter County Planning Commission is back at full strength. At Thursday’s business meeting, the Potter County Commissioners appointed Curt Weinhold and Phil Hershey to fill the final two unexpired terms that conclude on Jan. 1, 2010.

Weinhold is a photographer and outdoor enthusiast who recently retired from Morgan AM&T in Coudersport. Hershey owns and operates Hershey Farms Market. They join Tom Jacoby, a PennDOT employee and member of the Allegany Township Board of Supervisors, as recent appointees.

Other Planning Commission members are Wanda Shirk (chair), Rance Baxter, Marshall Hamilton and John McLaughlin. Commission members serve at no compensation. They are responsible for land use planning, stormwater management, subdivision and land development regulations. The Planning Commission also plays an advisory role in highway and bridge projects, regional economic development programs and other government initiatives.

Next Planning Commission meeting will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 14, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. Meetings are open to the public. The meeting room is the first door on the right, just inside the Main Street entrance. Potter County Today

Easter Egg Hunt Today At NOON in Roulette

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Roulette Chamber of Commerce will be held on April 11th in the field across from the Human Services Building on North Street in Roulette.

The event for ages 1 to 10 starts at 12 noon.
The Resurrection: Does It Matter?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Bradford Church Offers "Stimulus" Package

Open Arms Community Church is launching a "stimulus" package of their own.

Starting this weekend, Pastor Mike McAvoy will teach a four week series entitled "Stimulus - God's Bailout Plan For Your Life".

"With all the talk about a bail out plan for the American Economy, I thought Easter a great time to kick off a series about God's bail out plan for our life," said McAvoy.

McAvoy said that the Christian faith is about something more than just sitting in a church on the weekend, "God has a lot to say about stimulating our lives to go from nominal to great, ordinary to extraordinary."

McAvoy said, that unlike the recently publicized bailout plans geared toward large corporations, God's plan is for everyday people."We all find ourselves facing difficult circumstances throughout our lives and it's good news that God has provided a bailout/stimulus to help us out. We don't have to try to do this thing called life on our own by our own means."

The four week series starts this Easter weekend, during the regular church services, at 5:30 on Saturday nights and 10:15 on Sunday mornings. The teachings will also be featured on the church's website at

Mary C. McCoy McKay, 101, Formerly Smethport, PA

Silver Spring, Md. - Mary Catherine McCoy McKay, 101, a resident of Brook Grove Nursing Home since September 2008, passed away Monday (April 6, 2009) due to respiratory failure.

She was born Jan. 1, 1908 in Smethport, Pa. After graduating from Smethport High School, she received a scholarship to attend nursing school at Columbia University and became a registered public-health nurse in 1928.

In 1931, she married Alexander H. McKay of Bradford, Pa. She and her son joined her husband in Berchesgaden, Germany, from 1947 to 1948 when he served as a U.S. Army first lieutenant with the occupation force after World War II.

Upon returning from Germany, Mary worked at the Girl Scout office in Smethport. Alex and Mary moved to North Chili, NY, in 1952 where she worked for the health department in migrant camps in Brockport, NY. She then moved to Florida in 1974 and remained there until Alex died in 1980. Moving to Silver Spring she resided at Leafy House and Homecrest House before going to Brook Grove.

Mary had many friends, had a very alert mind, played bridge regularly, read many novels and other books and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her son, Bruce (Suzie) McKay of Silver Spring; three grandchildren, Kelly, Michael and Christopher; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held April 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring. Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 S. Mechanic St., Smethport, PA 16749.

OV Senior Requests You Participate In Survey As His Senior Project

Dear Mr. Jones;

I am a senior at Oswayo Valley High School and am working on my senior project. My project is on coaching youth sports. A part of my project is having individuals from our community and the surrounding communities compete a survey. Would you be so kind as to post the message below pointing to my online survey form?


Chris Krajewski

Has Participating in Youth Sports Had an Affect on your Life?

I am a senior at Oswayo Valley High School, working on my senior project "Coaching Youth Sports". As part of my project I am conducting a survey on how youth sports may or may not have affected your children's or your lives. I would greatly appreciate it, if you would take the time to complete my short survey located at

All you need to do is fill out the short survey, which is comprised of mostly yes or no answers, and click on the submit button.

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

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Elderly Passenger Hurt in Potter County Crash
An elderly Genesee woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on the Ulysses-Hickox Road in Bingham township. Troopers said 86 year old Penelope Mehal was a passenger in a Buick LeSabre driven by Lawrence Mehal, also 86, which went out of control on a soft shoulder while headed south. The sedan struck a private driveway ditch culvert, crossed the driveway and continued along the should before striking a mailbox. Mehal continued on for about a half mile before the car quit running and had to be pushed off the road into a parking lot. Mrs. Mehal was taken by Tri-Town Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital. The driver was cited for allowing his vehicle to leave the roadway.

Troopers Investigate Hit and Run in Roulette
Coudersport-based state police are looking for a vehicle which hit a parked car at the intersection of Pomeroy and Main Streets in the village of Roulette at about 10:00 pm Wednesday. Authorities say the unknown vehicle failed to negotiate a left turn, traveled off the west side of Pomeroy Street and traveled about 90 feet through a yard, and struck a 1999 red Chevrolet Monte Carlo legally parked outside the residence. The hit and run vehicle traveled about 30 more feet before hitting a tree and re-entering Pomeroy Street . The driver fled south from the scene without notifying the property owner or police. Anyone with information is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 274-8690.

Bradford Driver Stopped for DUI
Kane-based state police have charged 23 year old Deanna Ross of Bradford after pulling her over early this morning in that city for a traffic violation.

Charges of Harassment and Criminal Mischief Filed Against Kane Man
Ryan Thomas, 20, of Kane has been charged with harassment and criminal mischief in connection to an incident taking place early this morning at a residence along Route 3211 in East Kane. Troopers claim during an argument, Thomas grabbed 37year old Michael Johnson by the neck and punched him in the head; then broke one of the steps inside the house. Meanwhile, state police have not released the names of the people involved in an incident taking place last Friday evening at a home on Route 646 in Keating Township. Troopers say a known suspect pushed a 46 year old woman causing a minor bruise to her right arm during an argument over a sub sandwich. He’s also accused of throwing a remote control at an 11 year old girl, hitting her on the right side of her head, causing redness around her ear. A fourth person in the house is accused of throwing a brick at the 25 year old suspect as he left the house. The brick missed the suspect.

Police Looking For Stolen ATV
The theft of an ATV in Lafayette Township, McKean County is being investigated by state police at Kane. Thieves took a 2000 Honda 300 EX belonging to Paul Conner of Lewis Run over the past few days while it was parked on his property located along Rocky Run Road. The four-wheeler is described as being black with red handlebars, the two rear tires were flat and the value is said to be $1000.

No Damage at Morgan AM & T

Coudersport Volunteer fire fighters were called to Morgan AM & T on Route 6 East Thursday at about 12:35 when smoke from an overheated oven triggered a smoke alarm. There was no damage and all units were back in service a short time later.

Germania Bar Cited
The Germania Hotel has been cited by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for three violations. Officers claim that Marcie Drake, the sole corporate officer, consumed alcohol while tending bar or otherwise serving alcohol; sold alcohol between 2:00 and 7:00am and failed to make patrons leave the serving area within 30 minutes after the required time for alcohol serving. The offenses allegedly occurred o February 7 and March 7. The charges will be brought before an administrative judge who may impose fines ranging from $50 to $5000. Licenses can also be revoked or suspended. Licensees may also be required to undergo training.

Potter County Residents Sentenced
In recent Potter County Court action, a 22 year old Cody Airing of Austin was admitted to the ARD program for 15 months for possession of Prohibitive Offensive Weapons (M1) According to DA Dawn Fink, on September 9, 2008 Chief Day of Austin Boro Police Department, seized several weapons from the defendant’s residence in Austin pursuant to a Protection from Abuse Order. One of the guns was a Mossberg sawed off shot gun which belonged to the defendant and was not used as a family heirloom. The barrel of the gun had been reduced to 16’’. Airing was also ordered to pay the costs of court and a fee of $525.00 to cover the costs of the program. He was also ordered to perform 25 hours of community service.

Another county resident was sentenced to 12 months probation receiving stolen property. Terry Clark, 21 of Roulette was also ordered to perform 25 hours of community service and to pay all court costs. The DA explained Clark was arrested when State Police responded to Dingman Run Road, just north of Snyder road in Hebron Township to assist Coudersport Borough with a traffic stop last May 4. Upon arrival the Trooper noted nine Penn Dot and Township signs in the back of the defendant’s vehicle; they also found a tool kit used for removing nuts and bolts. After being advised of his Miranda Right, the defendant gave statements indicating to the Trooper that he and a juvenile had removed the signs from various locations in Potter County.
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Bradford --Clean Up Help Welcomed With Open Arms

Bradford Clean Up Day...
Josh Hatcher and the Open Arms Church have
organized a clean up day
for Bradford Saturday
morning. He says if you have pride in your

city, and want to help, your help will be greatly

We are going to be helping pick up trash along
the sides of the road
on Saturday morning. We
will meet at Grace Lutheran Church in the

parking lot at 8:30 AM, and try to pick up stuff
for a couple hours.

While we hope you can make it on time, It's OKAY
if you are late. If
you are late! If you don't see us
at Grace, we'll have crews spread
out all over town.
Check along Jackson Avenue, High Street, Maplewood

Avenue, Foreman Street, to find a crew to join. Or,
just call me on
my cell, and I'll let you know where
to join a work crew: 814-331-1721


Fineland Corp Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Mong Lee Shang Brand Dry Bamboo Shoots (April 8)

Eillien's Candies, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall Of Pistachio Products Due To Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Powers Candy and Nut Company Initiates Nationwide Recall Of Powers Snack Time Pistachios Because Of Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Werner Gourmet Meat Snacks Inc. Initiates Nationwide Recall of Garlic Flavored Pistachio and Jalapeno Flavored Pistachio Items Because of Possible Health Risk (April 9)
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QSP Voluntary Recall of Pleasantville Farms 7.5 oz Pistachio's Containing Pistachios Recalled by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. (April 9)

Ashdon Farms Voluntary Recall of Girl Scouts Pistachios Containing Pistachios Recalled by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. (April 9)

Barnard Nut Company Recall of Pistachio Products Because of Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Ann's House of Nuts Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Inshell Pistachios Associated with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. National Recall Because of Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Hickory Harvest Foods and I M Good Snacks Issue a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of All Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (April 9)

Cub Foods Brand Queen Olives Stuffed With Minced Pimientos Recalled Due To Possible Glass Contamination

Mrs. Grissom's Salads Announces Voluntary Product Recall Due To Undeclared Anchovies (April 9)

Diamond Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of In-Shell Pistachio Item

Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc. Recalls Whole Foods Markets Roasted Salted In-shell Pistachios, Roasted Chili Lemon Pistachios, and Raw Pistachio Kernels Due to Possible Health Risk

Lake Champlain Chocolates Recalls Products Containing Pistachios

Top Food and Drug and Haggen Food and Pharmacy Stores Recall Pistachios

Olde Cape Cod Foods issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Fish Protein (Anchovy) in Product

Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall Of Pistachio Products Made With Setton Pistachios Because Of Possible Risk To Health

Shinglehouse Jr. Little League Sign Ups

Jr. Little League sign up sheets are available @ both the Oswayo Valley Elementary and High School offices.

You may also pick up sign up sheets at the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library. They are to be returned by April 17, 2009.

Your child must be 7 years of age by May 1, 2009 in order to be considered for Jr. Little League. There will be tryouts for all 7 year olds on April 25, 2009 @ a time to be determined.

If there are any questions or concerns please contact Aric Rees @ 697-7078, or Mandy Smith @ 260-4992.

Still Needed--One or two Head Coaches

Galeton Man Charged

Galeton man charged with indecent assault

Sun Gazette
ELKLAND David Edward Stahli, 22, 11 Parsonage Ave., Galeton, was charged with 15 counts each of indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors by Pennsylvania State Police, Mansfield barracks, in Elkland District Court.

According to court documents, he assaulted three boys ages 4, 7 and 8 at his residence in Galeton Borough and at a residence in Westfield Township between January 2004 and Sept. 20, 2008, while serving as the boys' babysitters. He allegedly touched the boys' genitals. More..

Duke Center Woman Pleads Guilty

WESB NEWS--Duke Center Woman Pleads to Welfare Fraud

A Duke Center woman pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to forgery and violating welfare code.

Court records show that 37 year-old Marcia Riley obtained over $4,400 dollars in federal food stamps she wasn’t qualified for. Riley also tampered with a Department of Public Welfare order form. She’ll be sentenced in May.

McKean County Pays $50,000 For 6 Months Recycling

WESB NEWS--McKean County Grants Rustic LLC Recycling Grant

McKean County Commissioners have entered into an agreement with Rustic LLC to continue the county’s recycling program for the next six months.

Thursday, county commissioners signed over a $50,000 check to keep the recycling in the county going.

The McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority offered the money in the form of a grant to the county, which in turn signed it over to the landfill to keep the county’s recycling program going.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT -- Angela C. Rizzotte, 89, of Smethport and formerly of Kennett Square, died Tuesday (April 7, 2009) at her home following a lengthy illness. Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon S. Welsh, 46, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Bedminster, died Thursday, April 9, 2009 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Services will be private. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
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SMETHPORT — Eugene E. Eidson, 79, of Smethport, died Friday (April 10, 2009) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport.

Potter County Offices Closed Today

All Potter County offices are closed on April 10 in observance of Good Friday. All public schools in the region are also closed.

Most federal and state offices are open on April 10 and the United States Postal Service is open and will have home deliveries. Private businesses, banks and certain other institutions may close or not for Good Friday, according to their preferences.
Potter County Today

Break Ins Attempted in Shinglehouse

Dear Jim
I am writing to let you and all your readers know that there has been 2 attempts to break-in to my store. I have not heard of it happening to anybody else but it is possible. It could just be because I am new Or because there are electronics in here. I really do not know. I thought it was my duty to let you and everyone else know.
Thank You Very Much
James R Quinn
J & J Computers

Two Working Structure Fires In Bradford

BREAKING NEWS:8:20 am-4-10-09

Photo courtesy 1490 NewsBlog

Fire units have been dispatched to 23 Tibits Avenue, in Bradford , for a working structure fire with no entrapment. This is the second structure fire in Bradford City this morning. The first was located at Elm & Congress Streets. For photos and more information see 1490 NewsBlog

Bradford Township Fire Dept. PHOTOS and story

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Trout Stocking Saturday For Allegheny River

The Fish & Boat Commission will be stocking the Allegheny River on Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Those wanting to help can meet at the Coudersport Alliance Church at 9:00 am. Stocking is scheduled from the start of the Allegheny River to where it meets up with Portage Creek in Port Allegany. The fish will come from the state hatchery in Oswayo.

For complete stocking information go here.

Ulysses Youth Baseball Spring Clean Up Saturday

Ulysses Youth Baseball will hold a Spring clean-up at the Little League field behind the Silver Maples apartments on Saturday, April 11th from 9:00--10:30 AM.

Area Students Get Awards At Pitt-Bradford

Katie Moore, a senior accounting and business management major from Warren, receiving the Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service to the University at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Honors Convocation Thursday. Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs, presented her with the award.

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford recognized individual students for their academic achievements and contributions to campus life at the university’s annual Honors Convocation held Thursday, April 9.

Before the awards were given, Dr. Hashim A. Yousif, professor of physics, gave the keynote address.

Eighteen students were named University Scholars, an honor given to juniors, seniors and students from the previous year’s graduating class who are or were in the top two percent of their class.

Those named University Scholars who were 2008 graduates were Jenelle M. Elmquist, a history/political science major; Kathryn Anne Hetherington, a sports medicine major; Corey William Hickey, a sports medicine major; Juliane Elizabeth Rees, an economics and business management major; and Matthew Thomas Seiberg, a social studies 7-12 major.

Those seniors named University Scholars were Debra J. Bell, a history-political science major from Shinglehouse; Katie J. Moore, an accounting and business management major from Warren; Stephanie Lynn Pascarella, a sociology and psychology major from Bradford; Kathleen A. Plyler, a business management major from Titusville; Jennifer Louise Snyder, a social studies 7-12 major from Rixford; and Lindsey K. Green, a human relations major from Townville.

Those juniors named University Scholars were Jessica M. Hamilton, a writing major from Wilcox; Barbara S. Headley, a human relations major from Port Allegany; Matthew Lee, a business management and accounting major from New Albany; Joshua L. Malone, a business management major from East Springfield; Ashley R. Neal, a sports medicine major from St. Marys; Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport; and Dianna L Wadlow, a psychology major from Eldred.

Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, presented academic excellence awards to students with the highest academic performance in their class: freshmen Jessica R. Catalano, a nursing major from St. Marys; and Kaitlin M. Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford; sophomores Brittany R. Gorrell, a history/political science and social studies 7-12 major from Gifford; Patrick D. Jardini, a pre-physical therapy major from Ridgway; Christopher M. Leonard, an information systems major from Warren; Gino A. Macioce, a criminal justice major from Verona; Leslie K. Shallop, a pre-veterinary medicine major from Bradford; and Jessica N. Smith, a pre-medicine major from Lebanon;

Juniors Christine J. Bradshaw, a pre-pharmacy major from Randolph, N.Y.; Nicole M. Dipilato, a nursing major from Roulette; Prashant Gabani, a pre-medicine major from Bridgeville; Joshua L. Malone and Ashley R. Neal; graduating seniors Debra J. Bell, Marie A. Rucinski, a nursing major from St. Marys; Jennifer Louise Snyder and Dianna L. Wadlow.

Five seniors received Outstanding Achievement Awards, given by each academic division to the senior with the best academic performance: Janet McCauley Award for Behavioral and Social Sciences, Debra J. Bell; Biological and Health Sciences, Marie A. Rucinski; Communication and the Arts, Eric C. Hund, a public relations major from Great Valley, N.Y.; Management and Education, Katie J. Moore; Physical and Computational Sciences, Curtis Grant Pfleegor, an applied mathematics, mathematics education 7-12 and engineering science major from Howard.

Other awards were presented to Alexander B. Fish, an accounting and business management major from Coudersport, who received the IMA Outstanding Accounting Student Award and Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service to the University; Vanessa L. Martini, a business management major from St. Marys, David L. Blackmore Award for Excellence in Business; Katie J. Moore, The PICPA Excellence in Accounting Award and the Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character, and Service to the University; Heidi Kathleen Holjencin, an elementary education major from Emporium, Education Student Award; Pamela J. Foringer, a human relations major from Spartansburg, Human Relations Award;

Stephanie Lynn Pascarella, Social Researcher Award; Theresa Ann Thorwart, a nursing major from Johnsonburg, ASN Student Nursing Award; Ashley D. Whiteman, a nursing major from Bradford, BSN Student Nursing Award; Justin J. Smith, an engineering major from Smethport, Engineering Award; Joanne Conde, a chemistry major from Sarver, The American Chemical Society Award; Stephanie N. Petchel, a broadcast communications major from Beaver Meadows, James D. Guelfi Award in Broadcast Communications; Alex W. Davis, a public relations major from Emporium, James D. Guelfi Award in Public Relations; Jessica Visseau, an English education 7-12 major from Shinglehouse, Vincent T. Kohler Prize in the Humanities; and John Edward Slackman Jr., a sport and recreation management and economics major from South Orange, N.J., Student Affairs Special Recognition Award.

Seneca Resources Bails Out On State Gas Leases

WESB NEWS--Company Decides Not to Drill on Forest Land

Seneca Resources Corporation has decided it will not sign leases worth $31 million to drill on state forest land in Tioga and Lycoming counties. No reason has been given.

In December, Governor Ed Rendell said he planned take $174 million of the $191 million coming from Seneca and three other companies to help fill a shortfall in the state's budget.

Rendell's press secretary Chuck Ardo says the administration is waiting to see whether ExxonMobil, the second-place bidder, wants to exercise its option before deciding what to do.

Coudersport Firefighters Recalled From Morgan AMT

Coudersport Firefighters were recalled this Thursday noontime from an automatic fire alarm at Morgan AM&T on East Second Street in Coudersport. There was no fire.

Responding chiefs found that smoke from an oven had activated an automatic alarm at the factory that has had at least two serious fires in the last year.


Marathon Ventures, Inc. Announces Recall In a 9-State Area of Roasted, Salted In-Shell Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (April 9)

Astor Chocolate Corporation Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Products containing in shell and Shelled Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (April 7)

Ann's House of Nuts Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Pistachios Associated with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. National Recall Because of Possible Health Risk (April 2)

Renfroe Pecan Company Recalls Nationwide Pistachios (April 9)

Mountain Man Nut and Fruit Co. Recalls In Shell Roasted and Salted Pistachios Because Of Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Klein Bros. Holdings, Ltd., Snack and Packaged Nut Division is conducting a nationwide Recall of the Following Arroyo Seco Trail Mixes Due to Possible Health Risk (March 31)

Wegmans Food Markets Announces Voluntary Recall of Three Patisserie Products Made with Pistachio Nuts Due to Possible Health Risk (April 9)

Sahale Snacks Inc. Voluntarily Initiates a Nationwide and Limited International Recall of Ksar Pistachio Nut Blend and Marrakesh Pistachio Nut Blend Because of Possible Health Risk (April 8)

Harry And David Initiates Nationwide Recall Of Pistachio Nut Food Items: Caramels And Clusters, Ksar Pistachios, And Marrakesh Pistachios, Due To The Expanded Recall By Setton Pistachio Of Terra Bella, Inc. (April 09)

Castillo Issues Urgent Nationwide Voluntary Recall Of Monell's Teething Cordial / 4,100 Units / Named In Spanish "Cordial De Monell Para La Denticion" Bar Code 7460840410019 (April 08)

Amalgamated Produce, Inc. Recalls Sprouts in the North Eastern United States Because of Possible Health Risk (April 9)

Coudersport Man Pleads Guilty To False Claim

Coudersport man admits he lied on IRS documents

Sun Gazette

A 52-year-old Potter County man entered a guilty plea in U.S. Middle District Court Tuesday to filing documents with the Internal Revenue Service falsely claiming he was a certified public accountant.

Terry M. Chisholm entered the plea to the misdemeanor count before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Arbuckle III and faces a possible sentence of one year in jail.

A plea agreement between Chisholm and the U.S. Attorney's Office recommends probation in lieu of jail, and Chisholm remains free pending sentencing by Arbuckle after completion of a pre-sentence report.

Chisholm admitted in court that he had been paid fines imposed by professional organizations in both Pennsylvania and New York State for similar conduct.

He came to the attention of the Internal Revenue Service in 2007 while operating a business known as Chisholm Accounting Services in Coudersport. More...

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Grant R. Hart, 86, of 56 Keating Summit Road, Austin, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday morning (April 7, 2009) at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc.

Austin Pride Fish Fry

Hi Jim
I just saw the ad for the Austin Pride Fish Fry on your blog and I wanted to tell people that this is the fish fry to go to. The Austin Pride Committee are the good folks that bring us the fabulous 4Th of July Fireworks in Austin each year. A good organization to support. Also the fish fries are great, and after the wonderful meal you get to choose from a wide variety of Homemade desserts (hard choice) and they are the cheapest around.

This is their last fish fry of the year so you don't want to miss it. This Friday at the firehall in Austin, hope to see you there.

Liz from Coudy

Woman Missing Since 2007--REWARD Offered

St. Marys Woman Missing

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information relating to the disappearance of Michelle Benjamin of St. Marys. The 36 year-old Benjamin disappeared in June of 2007 and hasn’t been seen since. Investigators believe there are suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers number is 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

Leo's News For Those Who Think Outside The Box

Tom, you coax a response from me.

The topic of 9/11 interests me as much as photography.

It marks a turning point in our country, where neocon globalists (predominantly Zionists with an Israeli agenda) launched their dream - a war to reshape the Middle East.

Research this: The Project For A New American Century (PNAC). They basically said, the American people will never buy a war unless we have a big disaster, a new Pearl Harbor. They got their disaster.

The one thing government is supposed to do - protect us, and they failed miserably. And no one lost their jobs. Instead, many in the Bush administration got promoted.

Time to question it. After 9/11 I saw how harshly the media treated critics of the official story of 9/11 and so I started digging in to things to see if people who question 9/11 are legitimate. Something felt wrong about how the planes left no large pieces and how the hijackers left evidence for us to find and how all those people could get on a plane with weapons and not one was caught. Probably many people feel that way.

Buildings don't fall straight down when you damage them off center. When you chop a tree it does not turn into sawdust from above the point you cut it. Those buildings didn't pancake, they vaporized. Do some research yourself and help seek the truth.

Having an engineering degree, I wondered, what is that melting point of steel, and can kerosene (jet fuel) dumped on steel get it hot enough in open office space, in less than an hour? Have you ever done any soldering or welding? Do you know what a heat sink is? Do you know that steel in a high rise "pulls away" the heat from the point of the fire, taking it a longer time to melt?

A steel framed building has never EVER had a total collapse due to fire and we are told THREE buildings did that on 9/11. Did you know the WTC tower steel was certified to withstand 2000 degree heat for 4 hours?

I would see these History and Discovery channel shows where WTC floors would pancake. Did you know that their animations omits the strongest part of the building, the core? 47 box shaped columns. 4 inches thick at the base.

People who have questioned the government have lost their jobs and their lives over this. I personally talked to the man who was the last man out of the towers, a national hero, and he insists there was a huge explosion in the basement of the tower he was in before the first plane hit. I believe him. He risked his life to save many people that day.

There are so many facets to this story, and I will include documentaries that would provide valuable insight you will never get from normal TV sources.

You can say that it does not matter, and you become part of the problem. Don't become an accessory to the crime. Face the truth. 9/11 truth. 9/11 was the big lie that led to more lies, and the supposed need for all of us to give up more freedom for safety.

Americans die every day due to this lie. Obama is continuing the lie as we head toward a One World socialist/Communist/totalitarian government.

Do you want that for your family? The biggest crime of the century and we should all do happy things instead of questioning why we let the real criminals go? Explosive debris in the tower dust.

Obama wants all of us to contribute. My goal is to contribute to defending the Constitution from domestic enemies by spreading the truth. It seems a more worthy goal than killing Muslim people who never attacked me.

My favorite site is for fresh news. My favorite radio network is Genesis, where I particularly like to hear what Alex Jones ( has to say, and later toward the evening, the show from

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cover Photo--April Sunset

Jenn Moses (c)2009

Jenn Moses from Port Allegany took this photo of an
April Sunset from Coleman Hollow near Port Allegany
recently while out hiking with her kids.

Jenn writes--I've been a fan of Solomon's words for over a year.

Pennsylvania is filled with talented “food artisans.”

Perhaps you are one of them. If so, you may be interested in drawing attention to your work. You might find that you are able to boost your sales for your own home-grown “economic stimulus” package.

Food artisans are those who create products that are unique in flavor and reflect directly on the area from which they’re derived.

More and more Americans are interested in healthier eating and are seeking locally produced food items

If this appeals to you, please consider participating in the Food Artisan Survey being conducted by two regional organizations: Pa. Wilds Agriculture Heritage Alliance and the Pa. Rt. Heritage Corporation.

Value-added processors within Potter, Tioga, McKean, Warren counties and surrounding areas are encouraged to participate. Anyone who provides an enhancement to a local product or service is eligible.

Goal of the survey is to pull together food artisans by:
1) Creating a database that includes demographic information, growth goals, distribution needs, and suppliers.
2) Connecting each interested participant with the region’s Value-Added Food Chains (network of local growers/distributors/consumers) so that locally grown fruits and vegetables, nuts, syrups and other products are available to the artisans for their creations.
3) Developing opportunities for e-commerce and other points of sale.
4) Combining artisans’ wares with food artisans’ products so they are available in the retail and web efforts of the Pa Wilds Artisans project.
5) Developing cooperative marketing, promotional and advertising opportunities.

Agriculture and its by-products are an important component of our region’s heritage and are vital to our future. As the world looks to “greener pastures” and more wholesome foods, this is an opportunity to move products from your kitchen to the consumer’s pantry.

To take part in our survey please go to, and follow the links or, to request that a survey form be mailed to you, please call 814-642-2295.

Potter County Employees Warm To Recycling Program

recycleoneCollection containers were recently distributed throughout Potter County government offices to encourage compliance with the new recycling program. County employees are recycling nearly every item that was originally tossed into the trash. It will save the county money and reduce the volume of trash trucked to landfills. Recyclables do not have to be sorted, but can instead be deposited together in one receptacle.

Here, Joe Kurtz and Cindy Nelson from the Building and Grounds Maintenance team deposit recyclables they have collected into one of the larger bins.

Employees are recycling office paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, metal cans and more. The only items that cannot be recycled are food waste, plastic bags, window glass, light bulbs, foam packaging, tissues and aerosol cans. Studies show that conscientious recycling will result in up to a 90-percent reduction in the amount of garbage generated by county offices.

Under a contract with Casella Waste Systems Inc., recyclables are trucked to Olean, N.Y., then transported to Geneva, N.Y., where Casella operates a massive separator that segregates the items for sale to various markets. Casella’s mixed recycling program is explained at this website (complete with a video):