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Saturday, April 18, 2009


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8 Year Old Lands Big Trout On Opening Day

The Corner Store here in Coudersport sponsored a fishing contest today. Attached are some pictures of Ed Burchell and his son Kaleb. Kaleb is 8 years old and he took first place with his 20-1/2 trout. One of the prizes is the fishing pole shown in the picture of him with his trout, and in the other picture is more prizes he won. His Dad, Ed took second place with his 23 in trout. Sure is great to see families having a great time together. Kaleb sure was proud of his trout and winnings too! Especially the fishing pole!!!
Kaleb and his Dad caught their fish at Potter Brook in the Cowenesque River. Kaleb is the happiest young man in Potter County!

Ed and Kaleb stopped by the house tonight and Cathy took these pictures and we wanted to share them with you.
Merv and Cathy Bowers

Solomon Jones--Sex Sells For Women Too

Solomon Jones: More than ever, sex is a sales pitch to women, too

THEY SAY sex sells - to men, at least. Men, after all, are the wild-oat-sowing, fast-girl-seeking, do-anything-for-a-cheap-thrill half of the gender pool.

Our collective reputation as sex-obsessed hounds is well-earned. We like women of all ages, shapes and sizes. In fact, we like anything with buns. That's why Tastykake is such a big hit with guys. They're just like women - sweet, soft and they hurt you in the end.

Of course, that doesn't stop men from eating Tastykakes, and it certainly doesn't stop men from chasing women. More...

Mass Megawatts Announces $1.1 Million Pennsylvania Project Sale

Wind Units Are Ideal For Potter County

WORCESTER, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc.(OTC Bulletin Board: MMGW) today announced the sale of a 550 kW wind power project priced at $1.1 million to a Pennsylvania wind power development company. Electric City Wind Power Corporation, the group purchasing the MATS wind power project, is based in Pittson, PA, which is located between Scranton and Wilkes Barre.

This latest sale of the newly enhanced MAT technology comes on the heels of a $1 million 500 kW wind power project sold by Mass Megawatts to Catherine and Daniel Donnelly, principals of Donnelly Mechanical, the major New York City based HVAC and mechanical provider.

Christopher T. Powell, a senior partner in Powell Law of Scranton, Pennsylvania, who represented Electric City Wind Power in its negotiations with Mass Megawatts, released a statement on Monday, April 13th, that read, in part,

"The 600 kilowatt wind power generation project agreement, along with the strategic partnership between Mass Megawatts and Electric City Wind Power, signify a turning point in wind power development here in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania has a tremendously rich wind power resource stretching across the breadth of the state, with the potential of 38,000,000 Megawatt hours per year of clean electricity generation."

"Electric City Wind Power was the brainchild of a large group of regional business leaders and interests who have deep social and economic roots that run from Scranton to Pittsburgh and back to Harrisburg. A number of them are major players in the natural gas industry, and they had been engaged in discussions with a number of wind turbine vendors over the course of time."

"Their desire to enter the wind power industry was based on some fairly simple, yet elegant logic. With over 60,000 acres of land under lease for natural gas extraction, including thousands of acres rated at Category 3 Wind Classification or better, it was a natural evolution of their business model to enter the wind energy business. They see a ready made market for the installation of a tremendous load of wind generated electricity over the coming years in partnership with Mass Megawatts and these landowners. "

"Mass Megawatts fulfilled the two prerequisites that Electric City Wind Power had carved in stone, and that no other wind turbine provider could meet, which were that the equipment be economically competitive with fossil fuels and that it be low-profile in height, so as to be acceptable in communities across Pennsylvania that are not open to 200 to 400 foot towers. Municipalities that have enacted ordinances to keep the monster turbines out have reacted extremely favorable to the 65 foot high MAT units. Wind is as much of a natural resource as coal or natural gas, and many townships are not against harvesting it and bringing the financial gain to their people if it can be accomplished in a way that does not destroy their community's view shed and quality of life."

"The principals of Electric City Wind Power, born and bred in the mountain regions of the Commonwealth, understood the concerns and apprehensions of their fellow Pennsylvanians, and are extremely happy to have Mass Megawatts as a strategic partner and the MAT System as their product. They're proud to be leaders in bringing a major opportunity to join the green economy to the citizens of our Great Commonwealth."

John Moran, a senior sales executive with Electric City Wind Corporation, responded to inquiries regarding the company's marketing activities in the Pocono Mountain Region.

"We're engaged in discussions with over a dozen different entities, ranging from the Region's biggest all season resorts, to major universities and colleges, right on through to counties, cities, municipalities and large enterprise industries. I'm expecting that we are going to have a very productive year in the Six County Pocono Region."

"Many organizations that took a pass on wind power due to the resistance to the big turbines are pleasantly surprised when introduced to the Mass Megawatts solution, and they get extremely interested once we get into the economics. Leaders, whether they are coming from the political, academic or business spheres, understand this is where America is going, and they want to be a part of it."

With the favorable political climate directed toward renewable energy, Mass Megawatts is confident in future demand for its high performance, low cost product. For more information, contact the company at (508) 751-5432 or visit:, the company website.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that could be affected by risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc.'s ability to produce a cost-effective wind energy conversion device. Among the factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those indicated herein are: the failure of Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc. to achieve or maintain necessary zoning approvals with respect to the location of its MAT power developments; the ability to remain competitive; to finance the marketing and sales of its electricity; general economic conditions; and other risk factors detailed in periodic reports filed by Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc.

SOURCE Mass Megawatts Wind Power, Inc.

Teenager Wants Mowing Jobs

Teenaged boy looking for mowing jobs.
I am responsible, hard-working, and have experience with mowing jobs.
Your yard will be mowed and trimmed, neatly and consistently.
References are available, if needed.
Call Gabe Rees at (814) 697-7078 or email at .

Wild Fire On Gardeau Road In Keating Township

BREAKING NEWS:4:03pm-4-18-09
Roulette Fire Department is responding to the Gardeau Road in Keating Township for a wild fire. Austin would normally cover this area, but they are assisting Emporium with a wild fire in Sterling Run.

PORT ALLEGANY has been dispatched mutual aid to assist Roulette with this wild fire along the railroad tracks.

UPDATE with photos from Star Hose Co. website

Barn Fire Reported On Toad Hollow In Oswayo Twp.

BREAKING NEWS:3:50pm-4-18-09
A barn fire is reported at the Amidon residence on 221 Toad Hollow Road in Oswayo Township, Shinglehouse, Coudersport, and Genesee firefighters are due to respond.

Austin Dispatched To Help Emporium Battle Wild Fire in Sterling Run

BREAKING NEWS:3:40pm-4-18-09
Austin Volunteer Fire Department has been dispatched to Sterling Run in Emporium for mutual aid to a wild fire there.
2006 Jazzy Scooter Chair For Sale-Never Used

For Sale 2006 Jazzy Scooter Chair.
Never Used.
All attachments included.
Phone 814-544-7367

Fishermen Getting Their Limits On The Allegheny

The fish are biting today
It was an ideal day for the opening of fishing season and
this lady was just landing this calico as I stopped to take
a picture along the Allegheny River at Roulette.

It seems everyone was getting their limit today from the
Allegheny River in Roulette. This gentleman holds up his
stringer of fish so I could get a picture on Saturday.

Wild Fire At Oswayo Reported By Aircraft

BREAKING NEWS:3:13pm-4-18-09
Shinglehouse Fire Department is responding to a wild fire northeast of the State Fish Hatchery in Oswayo. The blaze was called in from an aircraft and an exact location is not known at this time.

4:20pm Genesee Fire Department has been dispatched for manpower and both Coudersport patrols are responding to this fire

Eldred Township Fire Dept. Sent To Natural Gas Leak

At 3:08pm A person drilling holes in the ground on Route 446 North of Eldred ruptured a natural gas line.

The Eldred Township Fire Department has been dispatched as well as the gas company.
Call your local radio station and ask for your

favorite Dildine songs to be played.

Marketing Project For Local ‘Food Artisans’

Potter County’s “food artisans,” who create products that are unique in flavor and reflect directly on the area, are encouraged to join a free marketing campaign. It’s starting with a survey being conducted by the Pa. Wilds Agriculture Heritage Alliance and the Pa. Rt. 6 Heritage Corporation.

Anyone who provides an enhancement to a local product or service is eligible. Organizers want to create a database that includes demographic information, growth goals, distribution needs, and suppliers.

This will connect each participant with a network of local growers, distributors and consumers. The database can be used for new sales opportunities, such as e-commerce, and cooperative marketing, promotional and advertising.

Anyone interested in participating should visit the website,, or call 814-642-2295. Potter County Today

Town Hall Of Hope At Ulysses Church Too

Wild Fire On Slack Hollow Road--Eldred Township

Another Wild Fire
Eldred Township and Eldred Boro firefighters have been sent to Slack Hollow in Eldred Township for a wild fire at 12:20 pm on Saturday. Port Allegany and Otto Township have been dispatched to this fire by mutual aid.

Tankers have been requested to this fire as it has extended into a junkyard and is now involving tires.

This fire has been reported out at 1:50pm.

Photos & Report from Star Hose Co. website

Penelec Estimates It Will Be 3:00pm Before Power Is Restored To Port Allegany's Main Business Section

Electric Power Out
Pennsylvania Electric Company has estimated it will be 3:00pm before power can be restored to the Main Street business section of Port Allegany. They were not able to tell authorities when their crew would be on scene.

Businesses and traffic lights in the Main Street area are affected by this outage. Fire Police and Port Allegany police are directing traffic at the intersections where the traffic lights are not working.

A reader reports that power is back on in Port
Allegany at 1:40 pm. Police are reporting there is still a problem with the traffic lights. Port Allegany street department has been notified.

Wild Fires In At Least 2 Locations Today

Wild Fires have been reported in at least two locations today. Firefighters were just sent to the entrance to the Bradford Airport for a wildfire and Mt. Jewett responded a little earlier to a wild fire along Route 6.

Conditions are ideal today for wild fires to spread rapidly. You may be held financially responsible if your fire gets away into the woods. Those costs could include paying the cost of water dropping aircraft.

Power Out In Downtown Port Allegany

Electric Wires Down
Port Allegany is experiencing a power failure in the downtown area.

An electric wire has fallen in the area behind the midtown bar. Traffic lights on the Main Street are not operating and fire police were summoned to help Port Allegany police direct traffic.

Penelec has been notified and is sending a crew to make repairs

Yard Sale Season Starts In Roulette

Harold and Marsha Page tend to their yard sale at
71 Main Street in Roulette Saturday. Their sale continues
until 6:00pm today and theres lots of stuff left.

A fisherman takes time to look over the bargains at Page's
yard sale.

A lot of tools and antiques at this one

Nuts and bolts and washers and what have yous.
The sale continues until 6:00 on Saturday.

Walter B. Chase, 91, of Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, Pa. Walter B. Chase, 91, of Duke Center died Wednesday (April 15, 2009) in the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a long illness.
Born April 7, 1918, in Titusville, he was a son of Wilbur G. and Donna L. Burt Chase. On July 12, 1940, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Obi, N.Y., he married Willovene A. Shirey, who survives.

Mr. Chase was a 1937 graduate of Otto High School and had lived in Duke Center since 1940. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater as a chief welder.

Mr. Chase had been employed in local oil fields for the C.L. Wasson Oil Co. and Sloan and Zook Oil Co., both of Duke Center. He was later employed by Quaker State Refinery in Farmers Valley as a pumper. When the Viko Furniture Co. was being built, he was employed as a bulldozer operator. He had been employed as a wholesale clothing salesman, traveling in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. For 20 years prior to his retirement in 1990, he was a self-employed general contractor in the Duke Center area.

He was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church and a past member of its choir, was a member of Northern Star Lodge 555 F&AM of Duke Center, was an Otto Township supervisor for 24 years and was past president and vice president of the McKean County Association of Township Officials. He loved working in his garden, especially growing tomatoes, and he was an avid Utah Jazz basketball fan.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, W. Alan (Susan) Chase of Olean, N.Y.; two daughters, Donna (Donald) Rice of Duke Center and Rebecca (Dan Pascale) Linn of Cuba, N.Y.; grandchildren, Kellie Morningstar of California, Rhonda Merry of Missouri, Craig Merry of California, Scott Chase of Florida and Meghan Linn of New York; great-grandchildren, Mariah Morningstar and Connor Morningstar, both of California, Lucy Merry-Muller and Henry Merry-Muller, both of Missouri, Tony Chase, Matt Chase and Nicholas Chase, all of Florida; a brother, Marion (Jean) Chase of Angola, Ind., and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. Funeral services will be held Saturday (April 18, 2009) at 11 a.m. in the Duke Center United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Fields, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

The family requests memorials be made to the Duke Center United Methodist Church or Otto Township Ambulance Fund.
Taking the High Road

Friday, April 17, 2009


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Robert M. Hamilton, 87, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Robert M. Hamilton, 87, of Smethport, died Thursday (April 16, 2009) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Ctr., Smethport.

He was born Sept. 26, 1921 in Pittsburgh, a son of Earl and Grace Milne Hamilton. On April 28, 1951, in Wilkinsburg, PA, he married Patricia A. Krampert, who survives.

Mr. Hamilton was a graduate of Avalon High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BS in Business Administration. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a Warrant Officer.

He was employed by Burroughs Corp., now known as Unisys, in both Philadelphia and in Detroit, MI, for over 30 years. He retired in 1985.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
three daughters: Page (Richard) Ceci of Canton, MI, Jan (Peter) Bonsey of Buffalo, NY, Beth (Brian) Kemian of Dearborn, MI
one son: Dale (Jani) Hamilton of Ormond Beach, FL
8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren
one sister: Eileen Hamilton-Leiterman of Pittsburgh, PA

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother.

There will be no visitation. Private graveside services will be held at a later date with the family in the Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park, PA.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Edna M. Spellenberg, 94, of 531 East Allegany Ave., Emporium, died Friday morning (April 17, 2009) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

EMPORIUM — Irene E. Lewis, 80, of 116 W. Greenwood, Emporium, died Thursday night (April 16, 2009) at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys. Barnett Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Habitat For Humanity Dinner Reservations Due By April 25

Just a reminder to all Habitat For Humanity Volunteers and Interested Persons – our Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hotel Crittenden.

The important part is that reservations for the dinner must be made by Saturday, April 25th so we can let the Hotel know how many will be present.

Please respond to or call (814) 274-0739 by Saturday, April 25th, to make your reservations. All are urged to attend – past, present, and future volunteers are needed! Thank you!

Talking Phone Books Thrown On The Ground

To the people of Austin Borough and surrounding communities.

If you received “The Talking Phone Book” today and you live within 100 foot of the road. You should have had it delivered to your door.

It appears that the delivery person was just throwing it on the ground near the streets edge. If you have a neighbor that isn’t living there year round it was just thrown on the ground please pick it up.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the district manager for the Talking Phone Book will be coming around picking up the books that were thrown on the ground.

If by chance they miss picking any books up off the ground please contact the Austin Borough Police Department (814) 647-8613 and we’ll make arrangements to have the book picked up.

All books again if you live within 100 foot of the road should have been delivered to the door. We are attempting to keep our community clean and safe. So we don’t need someone else’s garbage scattered around.


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Outdoor Activities, Instruction to be Offered in Cumberland, Luzerne Counties

HARRISBURG -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acting Secretary John H. Quigley today invited Pennsylvania high school students who are interested in pursuing environmental careers to apply for DCNR’s summer residential camps.

Camps will be offered June 21 - 27 at Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, near Carlisle, Cumberland County; and July 12 - 18 at the Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Glen Summit, Luzerne County.

“Now entering its eighth year, the Environmental Careers Outdoors Camps program has become one of DCNR’s strongest success stories,” Quigley said. “We know we have been successful in honing an awareness of the natural world and the variety of related careers available to young people.

“These camps are a worthy investment in the future of our youth and our natural resources. Past campers have represented a unique pool of intelligence and spirit, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the environment.”

Each camp aims to introduce 20 to 25 students to conservation and environmental careers, and encourage their pursuit. Selected students in grades 10-12 will be provided a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.

Participants are exposed to a wide range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies and overnight camping experiences. They will meet conservation professionals to learn about career opportunities.

From sampling the fish and aquatic life of stream to forestry skills, daily activities are planned to get students out in the field to meet and observe environmental professionals.

The instruction and daily activities are offered without charge and will be overseen by specialists and officials of DCNR’s state parks, forestry, and topographic and geologic survey bureaus.
After the camps, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, and mentoring and job-shadowing positions, and return as future camp leaders.

For Environmental Careers Outdoors Camp enrollment applications and information, write to: ECO Camp Coordinator, Bureau of State Parks, Environmental Education and Information Division, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551; call (717) 783-4356; or email

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

Hear the local news first on Black Forest Broadcasting starting at 7:00am


Copyright: 2008 G.R. Miller. All Rights Reserved.

Statewide Fishing Season is Almost
Pennsylvania’s Statewide trout season opens Saturday at 8:00 am. Anglers are reminded the minimum size is seven inches. Creel limits are 5 combined species in the regular season which runs through Labor Day. All Anglers, 16 and older must possess a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout. Licenses are available at issuing agents statewide and through the Fish Commission’s Outdoor Shop. Discounts are provided for senior citizens, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves. Short-term Tourist licenses are also available.

Wildfire Threat Continues
The threat of wildfires throughout the region continues despite some April Showers. Roulette Fire Chief Ray Kulp told Black Forest New this week that the top layer of dried grass and twigs poses a very real threat, especially with the influx of fisherman, some of whom may be careless with smoking and campfires. The danger will continue through the weekend, for certain and until the dry material can be replaced with new vegetation.

Austin Volunteers were called out twice Thursday afternoon to battle wildfires. The first call came in at 2:15 for a blaze sparked by a passing train in Gardeau, Keating Township. That fire was extinguished by the landowner who advised volunteers of a second fire, about a quarter mile up the road. First Responders found about an acre involved near the Ludwig Road and summoned the Coudersport Department under the mutual aid system. The fire was quickly doused and all units were reported back in service a short time later. There were no injuries.

Tioga County Motorcyclist Hurt
A Morris, PA motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries Wednesday night in a crash taking place on Route 287 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police said 19 year old Luke Osborn was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of moderate injuries. His Kawaski slid into a guardrail after he lost control of it while looking behind to see if any vehicles were behind him when he rounded a right hand curve.

Injuries Reported in Two Collisions
Mansfield-based state police also report injuries occurred Thursday afternoon in two separate crashes occurring with minutes of each other. Both drivers suffered minor injuries in a rear end collision on Route 2005 in Richmond Township just after 4:00 p.m. when Janice Wilson of Mansfield stopped her Pontiac Grand Prix to make a left turn and was hit in the rear by a 2001 Subaru Legacy driven by Selina Paulhamus of Jersey Shore, PA.

About 90 minutes later, two passengers were hurt in a three-vehicle crash on Route 14 in Union Township. Authorities said the collision occurred when 23 year old Jeremy Kennedy who was driving a tractor trailer southbound, began to pass a 1986 Ford Motor Home operated by Mark Brown of Athens and a 1979 Chevrolet truck driven by Marcus Frisbie of Sayre just as Brown started to turn left. The rig hit the motor home and debris from that hit the pick up. Two passengers in the motor home were taken to the Troy Hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing.

Downstate Driver Charged for Road Rage Incident
Coudersport-based state police have charged 32 year old Stephen Naglak of Chalfont, Pa with disorderly conduct for a road rage incident allegedly taking place during the early morning hours of March 30 in an area off of Route 44 at South Branch Road in Hebron Township. Authorities allege Naglak made a threatening statement to 24 year old Eric Monroe of the Southwoods Road Coudersport and then followed Monroe’s vehicle south on Route 44 committing several traffic violations and causing Monre to be alarmed. Naglak has also been charged with summary traffic violations of careless driving, driving with suspended license, use of multiple beam road lighting equipment and following too closely.

Vandalism Investigated
Troopers are looking for vandals who knocked over a large business sign owned by Wayne Concrete . The incident occurred late last week along Route 6 in Eulalia township.

Woman to Be Sentenced Next Month for Fraudulent Check
Dawn Gochenauer, 36, of Northumberland will be sentenced May 6 in Potter County Court after pleading guilty to Theft by Unlawful Taking (M1), Access Device Fraud (M1), and Bad Checks (M3). According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, on February 19, 2008 Gochenauer purchased $14.63 in groceries and received $197.73 in cash at Costa’s Market in Coudersport with an invalid business check marked “Keystone Cleaners of Smethport” which does not exist. More news....

Fire At Freeman House In Coudersport

Station 48 (Coudersport) have been dispatched at 15:45 for a smoke investigation at the Freeman House. Chief 48-20, Engine 48-2, Chief 48-30, Engine 48-1 all responded. Chief 48-20 on scene and established Coudersport Command, and reported smoke in the rooms and hall way with evacuation in progress.

Yoga/Pilates Fusion Offered At Charles Cole Wellness Center In Coudersport

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer a new series of Yoga/Pilates Fusion with Crystal Morales at its Wellness Center in Coudersport.

Classes will meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays (Pilates) and Thursdays (yoga), April 20 through June 1; classes will not be held on May 25. The cost is $68 or $8.50 per class. Call 274-5353 to register.

Pandemic Preparedness Committee To Meet

Potter County has formed a committee to develop an evolving plan to be used in the event of a pandemic health emergency. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Pa. Department of Health, the group is made up of government, health care, emergency services, business and industry, agriculture, education, communications and others that may be affected by a pandemic influenza outbreak.

Next meeting of the Potter County Pandemic Committee will be held at 2 pm on Friday, May 8, at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. Anyone who would like to attend the meeting or obtain more information should contact Jim Steiner, Potter County Emergency Management Coordinator, at 274-8900.

Outside Burning Banned--Fire Danger Is High

WESB NEWS--Burn Ban in Cattaraugus County
A burn ban is now in effect in Cattaraugus County because of the dry conditions and risk of brush fires.

The orders bans all open burning and all outdoor open fires except for cooking purposes, where the fire is contained in a fireplace, barbecue grill or cooking pit. A fire extinguisher or other fire extinguishing material or equipment such as sand, dirt, a water barrel or garden hose must be on site as well.

The ban is in effect at least until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Groups To Clean Up Roulette's Main Street Saturday

West End Trail Blazers & the Crazy Critters 4-H Club of Roulette will be picking up trash on the Main Street in Roulette this Saturday at 10 am. We are doing this in observance of Earth Day April 22.

Nellie Elangentine Cornelius, 88, Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Nellie Elangentine Cornelius, 88, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (April 16, 2009) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

She was born Mar 23, 1921 in Turtlepoint, a daughter of William Joseph and Nellie Irene Peters Elliott, On Jan.31, 1938 in Mt. Jewett, PA she married Herman Estes (Snuffy) Cornelius, who died April 8, 1986.

Mrs. Cornelius lived most of her life in Roulette, Pa, where she and her husband “Estes” raised their 7 children. They moved to Port Allegany, Pa, 1966 where they lived for a few years and later moved to the Bradford area. Nellie moved back to Port Allegany in 2007. Her last place of employment was at the Bradford Hospital Housekeeping Department.

Nellie was a strong, but loving and giving person. She enjoyed her family, cooking, traveling and reading. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. When things were difficult she showed us strength, with love. She will be missed more than one could every express. She will always be with us; her memory will live on in our hearts.

She is survived by
Two daughters: Juanita (Joseph) Knell of Port Allegany, PA, Mary Elangentine Cornelius of Turtlepoint, PA four sons: David (Naomi) Cornelius of Derrick City, PA, Frankie (Juanita) Cornelius of Mt. Jewett, PA, Lewis Cornelius of Bradford, PA, Stanley E. Cornelius of Port Allegany, PA

sister-in-law, Alice Elliott of East Smethport, PA; sister-in-law, Dorothy Tyler of Austin, PA; sister-in-law, Phyllis Bonneau of Coudersport, PA; 28 Grandchildren; 58 Great Grandchildren, several great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Cornelius was preceded in death by parents, husband, a son Thomas Cornelius, 2 grandsons, 4 great grandsons and 1 great great granddaughter.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 12 PM to 2 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, Pa., and then a memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Hall, 20892 Rt. 6, Port Allegany with Clint Connell officiating. Burial will be in the Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.

Online condolence may be made at
Memorials may be made to Donor's choice.

State Legislators, Rural Health Care Leaders Meet At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital To Discuss Rural Health Care

Charles Cole Welcomes State Lawmakers

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital hosted 13 state legislators and approximately 40 rural health care leaders Tuesday April 14 for a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. A similar briefing, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, was held during the same time at the Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Some of the legislators also attended a morning symposium entitled, “Innovations in Rural Emergency Care,” which outlined transportation issues, telemedicine, CCMH’s collaboration with Hamot Medical Center, and a vision for trauma programs in rural Pennsylvania.

The roundtable discussion followed opening comments by Rep. Mike Turzai, Republican Whip, Rep. Martin Causer, Rep. Matthew Baker, and James Redmond, senior vice president, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

After welcoming his colleagues to Potter County, Causer said “(Potter County) is the best place to talk about rural health care. Thank you to Charles Cole and all who helped put this together. I appreciate all my colleagues who came.”

Administrators from 15 hospitals attended to express their concerns on medical assistance, the challenges of providing rural health care, physician recruitment and retention, and liability and regulatory issues.

Several hospitals explained their concern on the high number of medical assistance patients and low reimbursements. In rural areas, there aren’t enough private pay patients or volume to offset the losses.

Dentists in the area also feel the pressure. The government process has become such a burden that many won’t accept MA patients. Rep. Baker noted that dental issues are seen both in urban and rural areas and that legislation has been introduced to address the issues.

OB/GYN providers have decreased dramatically due to liability. In rural areas, where a hospital may have one provider, the positions become critical as new recruits are harder to find. One area hospital said “we’re all one position away from no coverage at all.”

Many in attendance agreed that becoming more active at recruiting “hometown talent” would help with physician shortages. “The best case scenario is when local professionals come home. The community needs to be a partner with us; future physicians are now being recruited in medical school and it’s difficult to bring them back home once they have left the area. Any physician recruitment program needs to be substantial because bigger hospitals have the resources to buy them out of existing obligations,” said Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer.

George Leonhardt, Bradford Regional Medical Center president and chief executive officer felt that the healthcare environment needed work. “Look at the negatives of working here and help us deal with them. Then we can compete,” he said.

Ann Marie Stevens, director of operations at Mid Valley Hospital, noted that a new medical school is opening in her area but doctors leave and go where liability and malpractice rates are lower.

Other discussion surrounded health care access, increasing insurance coverage and reimbursement, care clinics and preventative medicine/wellness.
Causer thanked everyone for their input. “You gave us great information to take back to Harrisburg,” he said.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities in four counties at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium.

For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit

Emporium Student Gets Public Relations Award

Alex W. Davis, a public relations major from Emporium, is pictured here with Timothy Ziaukas, Director of Public Relations at Pitt-Bradford. Ziaukas presented Alex with the James D. Guelfi Award in public relations, at the awards convocation last week at the school.


Island Snacks Recalls Chile Lemon Pistachios Because Of Possible Health Risk (April 16)

Osage Pecan Company Voluntarily Conducts Nationwide Recall Of Roasted And Salted In-Shell Pistachios Because Of Possible Health Risks (April 16)

R.U. Nuts Company RECALLS Roasted Salted Pistachios BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK-Limited Distribution to Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa (April 16)

The Swiss Colony, Inc. Recalls Certain Products Containing In-Shell Pistachios Due To Possible Health Risk (April 16)

Washington Firm Recalls Turkey Soup Products Due to Undeclared Allergen

Staples Announces Voluntary Recall Of Pistachio Product (April 17)

Janzen Farms RECALLS Roasted, Salted Pistachios in the Shell BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK (April 17)

NOW Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Pistachios (April 17)

Ross Nut Co. Voluntarily Recalls Roasted Salted In-shell Pistachios Due To Expanded Recall By Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella CA (April 18)

Amalgamated Produce, Inc. Extends Recall to Crunchy Sprouts in the North Eastern United States Because of Possible Health Risk (April 18)

Horton Wants Change Of Venue In Oil Spill Case

WESB NEWS--Oil Spill Suspect Chris Horton in Court Thursday
Oil spill suspect Chris Horton made an appearance Thursday in McKean County Court seeking a change of venue because of the extensive media coverage in the case.

Horton, along with his father, Andrew Horton, both of Bradford, are charged with allegedly opening the valves on oil tanks last August in the Allegheny National Forest causing an oil spill which damaged waterways and land in the forest.

Horton’s lawyer Rick Hernan also wants to suppress a statement Chris allegedly made to a jail guard at the McKean County Jail. Visiting Senior Judge William White will issue a ruling on the matters soon.

ABA Pitch, Hit & Run Competition Set For Sunday, April 19

Austin Baseball Association has announced that it will hold its 4th Annual Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on Sunday, April 19th at the Gary Williams Memorial Baseball Fields in Austin, PA.

Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition for youngsters ages 7-14, designed to encourage youth participation in baseball and allow youngsters to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

Winners can advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at the 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals being held at the 2009 MLB All Star Game in St. Louis, MO.

Registration will be held from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with competition scheduled to begin at 1:15 pm. A rain date of Sunday, May 3rd has been set. Participants must present a copy of their birth certificate upon registration.

For more information or to pre-register, participants should contact ABA President Nate Burgett at 814-331-3107 or email him at

Registration forms will be sent home with students through each local team coach in the near future. Registration forms will also be available in the school offices. All surrounding communities are encouraged to participate.

year’s event was a great success. Boys and girls will compete together in four age groups. Age is determined as of July 17, 2009.

Austin Baseball Association looks forward to another successful year !

Martha Young Sends Copy Of Letter To Causer

Rep. Causer: Effects from wind turbines on the health of local communities can be minimized and perhaps eliminated completely with adequate safety guidelines. What is the state legislature doing to protect Pennsvylania residents from harm due to poorly written local ordinances? We have ordinances in Potter County that require only a 750 foot setback and noise limits of only 55 dBs.

- Martha Young
Sweden Township
Potter County
Noise & Health Effects of Large Wind Turbines
Several physicians from around the world -- e.g., Amanda Harry in England, Robert McMurtry in Ontario, Robyn Phipps in New Zealand -- have recorded a common set of ill health effects among people living near industrial-scale wind turbines. The symptoms began when local turbines began to turn, and they are relieved when the victims leave the area.
The symptoms include:

* sleep disturbance
* headache
* ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
* ear pressure
* dizziness, vertigo
* nausea
* visual blurring
* racing heartbeat (tachycardia)
* irritability
* problems with concentration and memory
* panic episodes with sensations of internal pulsation or quivering which arise while awake or asleep

Dr. Nina Pierpont of New York has called it "wind turbine syndrome" and determined that its primary cause is the effect of low-frequency wind turbine noise on the organs of the inner ear. Click here for her book and other information on the subject. Dr. Pierpont's work has led her to recommend that large wind turbines not be sited closer than 2 kilometers (1-1/4 miles) from a home -- see below for link to petition for 2-km setbacks.

Shadow flicker -- where the sun behind turbine blades creates a strobing effect on the ground -- may also be intrusive and harmful. Many people are also concerned about stray voltage, or ground current, caused by the hundreds of thousands of feet of buried electric cable in a typical wind power facility.

Finally, an increase in noise is itself disruptive and can cause sleep loss and stress, especially in rural areas where there is an expectation of quiet. The World Health Organization notes that "Measurable effects of noise on sleep begin at LAeq levels of about 30 dB. ... When noise is continuous, the equivalent sound pressure level should not exceed 30 dB(A) indoors, if negative effects on sleep are to be avoided. For noise with a large proportion of low-frequency sound [dB(C)] a still lower guideline value is recommended."

Acousticians Rick James and George Kamperman have extensively studied wind turbine noise: click here to read their siting guidelines. In brief, they recommend a limit at the property line of 35 dBA or 5 dBA above the preconstruction ambient level, whichever is lower, and a limit of 50 dBC or 20 dBC above the preconstruction ambient dBA level, whichever is lower, for low-frequency noise.

For all of the items about wind turbine noise in the National Wind Watch Resource Library, click here.

Meeting of the Upper Allegheny Watershed Association

Upper Allegheny Watershed Association

The UAWA will meet on Monday April 20, 2009 with a special presentation by DEP on the Norfolk Southern Train Derailment at Gardeau in 2006. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM at the Port Allegany Moose Lodge.

Come see your friends and learn what is happening in the watershed! The public is invited and welcome to attend to either learn more or become a part of an organization helping to improve and protect our treasured water resources.

For more information, please contact Jack Fleckenstein, Watershed Specialist for the Potter County Conservation District at (814)274-8411 ext. 4 or Heather McKean, Watershed Specialist for the McKean County Conservation District at (814)887-4003.

Thompson Mystified With US Forest Service

Statement on ANF Settlement

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa., issued the following statement after a series of meetings on the settlement reached by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and environmental groups regarding energy production in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF):

“I am mystified and seriously troubled as to why the USFS, through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), would so blatantly disregard the legal process and private property rights by agreeing to an out of court ‘settlement’ which has the potential to kill the regional economy, increase unemployment, and further our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.

“Since the ANF was created 86 years ago, there has been a healthy working relationship between the USFS and the owners of subsurface mineral rights. This relationship came to a screeching halt on January 16th, when the USFS put a moratorium on issuing notices to proceed – the last step before drilling can occur.

“Even more troubling is that when this so-called ‘settlement’ was agreed to, not all parties in the lawsuit were at the table. So as far as I am concerned, until that occurs, and a judge has signed off, the USFS is proceeding in the blind and not being candid with themselves or the public.

“Further, as part of the ‘settlement’, the DOJ has agreed to pay nearly $20,000.00 in legal fees to lawyers in Eugene, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana, who represent the very organizations that filed this job killing lawsuit against the USFS. This dangerous move will encourage future lawsuits and help fund the radical environmental movement – whose goal is to prevent energy and timber production in the ANF and at other forests around the country.” 1490 NewsBlog

Tax Collector Accused Of Stealing $295,000.

WESB NEWS--Local Tax Collector Arrested on Theft Charges
Otto Township and Eldred Borough tax collector Sharon Littlefield was arraigned Thursday on charges she stole nearly $295,000 dollars in wage taxes over a five year-period.

Court records indicate that the 62 year-old Littlefield of Duke Center is facing theft by unlawful taking and failing to make required disposition of funds received. Littlefield is free on $50,000 bail.

Wild Fires Yesterday--High Fire Danger Today

WESB NEWS--Wildfires Reported Thursday Throughout the Twin Tiers

Volunteer firefighters battled wildfires Thursday on both sides of the border. Rew Volunteer firefighters worked a brush fire on Summit Road in Rew. Rew Volunteer Fire Department Chief Todd Burkhouse says the fire was started by a cutting torch.

Eldred Township Firefighters responded to a wildfire on Route 446 near Eldred Borough.

Five acres of wooded area burned Thursday afternoon off Old Town Line Road in Portville. The Weston Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Departments contained that wild fire.

And brush fires were reported in Potter County, with one near Colley Hill Road in Austin.

Deadline Today For Jr. Little League Signups

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.

In hopes of making signing up for Shinglehouse Jr. Little League a little easier we've created an online form to use for this purpose. This link will take you to the form that is very simple to fill out and will take the "paperwork" out of the process. You can also access a PDF version of the form to print off at home if you so choose.
Remember, we need these back by Friday, April 17th!
Shinglehouse Jr. Little League

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Nellie Elangentine Cornelius, 88, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (April 16, 2009) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle Tarbox Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

EMPORIUM — John A. “Drew” Conner, 50, of 45 Meadow Lane, Sinnemahoning, Pa., died unexpectedly Wednesday evening (April 15, 2009) along Lincoln Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home Inc., Emporium.

DUKE CENTER — Walter B. Chase, 91, of Duke Center, died Wednesday (April 15, 2009) in The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a long illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

SMETHPORT — Robert M. Hamilton, 87, of Smethport, died Thursday (April 16, 2009) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

1,800 McKean County Homes Up For Tax Sale--Help Offered

McKean County residents in danger of losing their homes to get help paying property taxes

SMETHPORT — McKean County residents who are in danger of losing their homes will now have some help from the county’s tax claim bureau.

The county commissioners gave their support to the bureau’s director, Kathy Roche, during a workshop Thursday in the McKean County Courthouse. Roche has developed a new plan that may prevent some residents from losing their homes.

During the work session, Roche explained that approximately 1,800 county homes are up for tax sale because of outstanding property taxes. More...

Thursday, April 16, 2009


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Marcellus Shale Committee Applauds State Elected Leaders for Pro-Jobs Position

Oil & Gas Lobby Applauds Scarnati For Free Ride
, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Commenting on remarks by State Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati regarding the support of Marcellus Shale natural gas development, the Marcellus Shale Committee, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (IOGA), and the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) issued the following statement today:

"We applaud Senator Scarnati and the other elected leaders from both political parties who understand the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we have to strengthen our Commonwealth's economy and energy independence by supporting the development of the Marcellus Shale, including their public remarks rejecting unnecessary new forms of taxation."

"The development of the Marcellus Shale is not a partisan issue, but an opportunity embraced by people throughout Pennsylvania. We can only begin to understand the potential of the Marcellus when we appreciate the impact of the Barnett Shale in northeast Texas. Through a collaborative approach from the natural gas industry, state and local elected leaders, and the citizens of Texas, in just a few short years the Barnett created 111,000 new high-paying jobs while providing an annual economic impact of $11 billion across Texas. While no one can be certain of the volume of natural gas at our feet in Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale is geographically much larger than the Barnett - a shale formation that now produces five percent of all of the natural gas consumed in the United States."

"The Marcellus Shale could someday be the largest-producing natural gas field in the country, but it will not happen by accident and without recognizing that we face fierce competition. Natural gas is an international commodity. Not only is Pennsylvania competing with neighboring states that share Marcellus Shale, we are also competing with other energy-friendly states across the country with large shale fields. At the same time Russia, Qatar and Iran have begun to flood international markets with cheap liquefied natural gas."

"The Marcellus Shale could provide high-paying jobs for potentially tens of thousands or more Pennsylvanians for generations, while infusing billions of dollars into our economy each year. Now is not the time to chase this budding industry away through taxes. The development of the Marcellus is in its absolute infancy and will need broad support, patience and understanding to reach its full potential."

"The United States Energy Information Association and the United States Department of Energy have both indicated that clean-burning natural gas will play a substantial role - if not the leading role - in our nation's energy future over the next several decades. Pennsylvania has an opportunity to become an energy leader through the environmentally responsible development of the Marcellus Shale."

"Enabling new taxes will place a ceiling on the potential of the Marcellus Shale, while supporting the development of Pennsylvania's vast natural gas can set the floor for success. On behalf of the 26,000-plus Pennsylvanians who are employed directly or indirectly by the oil and gas industry, we commend our state's leaders for recognizing the huge potential that is literally at our feet."

Formed in 2008, the Marcellus Shale committee represents the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania on matters pertaining to the acquisition, exploration, drilling, and development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas resource and provides a unified voice before all state, county, and local government or regulatory bodies. The committee, sponsored jointly by the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania, includes independent producers with historical expertise in the Pennsylvania oil and gas fields and national companies dedicated to bringing their industry experience and resources to achieve common goals.

New Doc At Bowman Health Center in Smethport

Kulling Joins CCMH Staff

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of David Kulling, MD, FAAFP, to its medical staff, effective April 20. Dr. Kulling will see new and returning patients at the Bowman Health Center in Smethport, formerly known as Misty Valley Health Center. Appointments can me made by calling 814/887-5395.

Dr. Kulling earned a medical degree at Munich University of Technology in Germany. He completed his family medicine residency at Altoona Hospital and a family practice and primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

He is an American Academy of Family Physicians fellow and member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. For more than 20 years, Dr Kulling has practiced family and emergency medicine in central Pennsylvania and he has been practicing at CCMH’s emergency department since November. Since that time, he grew increasingly interested in returning to family medicine at the Bowman Center.

“Our hospital and the residents of the greater Smethport area are very fortunate to have someone with the knowledge and experience of Dr. Kulling joining us in Smethport,” said Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be able to continue the tradition of excellent primary care in honor of our friend and colleague Douglas Bowman, MD.”

Community members are invited to meet Dr. Kulling at an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. May 13 at the Bowman Health Center. 1490 NewsBlog

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After A 7 Year Free Pass, It's Time To Tax Oil & Gas

CCAP Calls For Restoring Tax On Gas/Oil

April 16th, 2009 Potter County Today

dhillCounty Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is calling on the Pa. General Assembly to improve tax equity in communities impacted by gas and oil development. In an editorial circulated to media across the state, CCAP Executive Director Douglas E. Hill (shown) calls for “a simple and common sense correction to a decision by the state Supreme Court that has resulted in seven years of a free pass for the oil and gas industry when it comes to paying property taxes.”

“Prior to the 2002 court decision, counties assessed property taxes on oil and gas producers,” Hill said. “Exempting oil and gas from property taxation is comparable to exempting owners of two-story colonial homes from paying property taxes, while all other homeowners continue to pay taxes . . . Today, the issue takes on new urgency. New resources are being tapped in the Marcellus formation, (so) broader swaths of Pennsylvania’s residents are now being negatively impacted by the inequity.”

gasfrackinphotoAs the law stands today, all other property owners are carrying the tax responsibility that should be borne by for-profit oil and gas developers, Hill said. “Property owners who are leasing mineral rights would not be negatively impacted,” he explained. “When counties talk about assessing oil and gas, we are talking about property taxes on the producer’s interest, not the landowner’s . . . Because the oil or gas interests are severable, the entity that owns the oil or gas interest in the lease pays the tax, not the surface property owner.”

In other top producing states, some combination of local and state taxes have been levied against oil and gas developers, and this did not cause them to pull up stakes and rush back across the border, Hill said, adding, “Why should local residents and businesses be forced to bear a disproportionate share of the property tax burden while oil and gas developers profit?”

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Wellsville Woman To Be Sentenced in Potter County
In Potter County Court action a Wellsville, NY woman will be sentenced on May 13 for two separate thefts. Wendy Robinson,28, pleaded guilty last week to Theft by Deception (M1), and Theft by unlawful taking or Disposition (M1). Potter County DA Dawn Fink explained that while being employed through Help Mates Robinson took checks from Charles and Edith Barker, while working in their home. Robinson cashed one check at First Citizens National Bank in Ulysses for $400.00. Robinson had not been authorized by the victims to take or cash any checks from their home. Robinson also pleaded guilty to Theft by Unlawful Taking (M2), and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M2) for incidents taking place during the fall of 2007. According to the DA, on 10/30/2007 George Robinson reported to State Police that someone had stolen a book of checks from his home. Two checks had been cashed at Foodland and Kosa’s Store in Galeton. Upon interviewing the clerks at both stores, State Police concluded that Wendy Robinson was a possible suspect. On 11/1/2007 State Police interviewed Robinson who provided a written statement claiming that she did not take checks, or forge the victim’s name. Then a week later, Robinson was arrested for Theft and Forgery relative to another case. Upon being interviewed on 11/8/2007 she confessed and provided a written statement that she had taken the checks from the victims home, forged his signature and cashed them.More News....

PA Guardsmen Injured--But None From Northern PA

WESB NEWS--Four PA National Guardsmen Injured

Four Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team were injured by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad Sunday – but none of those soldiers is from northwestern Pennsylvania.

All four of the soldiers were serving with a Chambersburg-based unit. The 4,000-soldier brigade arrived in Iraq in January for a nine-month assignment. Soldiers from the Bradford Armory are part of the combat team.

Potter County Emergency Services To Sponsor Workshop

The Potter County Department of Emergency Services will sponsor an AFG Workshop on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the County EOC to review the guidelines for the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Application period open April 15, 2009 through 5 pm May 20, 2009. A copy of the 2009 Guidance and Power Point Presentation will be available at the April 22 Workshop.

Please confirm your attendance by calling 814-274-8900 or email



Wild Fire On Gardeau Road, Colley Hill & Foster Twp.

BREAKING NEWS:2:15pm-4-16-09
Austin firefighters are responding to a wild fire on the Gardeau Road.

Coudersport units have been dispatched to a second wild fire on the Colley Hill Road in Austin.

Foster Township has a wild fire on Summit Road.

Phone Scam Targeting Credit Cards Widespread

Lawrence Township

A phone scam was reported involving someone offering to lower interest rates on credit cards, and they use the information for illegal activity.

Residents are reminded not to give personal information over the phone.

Just Plain Joe Quotes Lincoln At Dinner In Clearfield

Republicans, candidates meet at Lincoln Day Dinner

The Progress--Clearfield
By Jane Elling Staff Writer

State, county and local officials and candidates joined Republican Party members last night at the Clearfield-Curwensville Country Club for the annual Lincoln Day dinner sponsored by the Clearfield Area Council of Republican Women. More than 140 attended the event.

Pennsylvania's 31st Lieutenant Governor and Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph Scarnati of Brockway, was the keynote speaker who called the Republicans the party of Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and quoted both of them in his talk.

He said the words of Lincoln are meaningful even today: "You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence, (and) you cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." More....

Wild Fire North Of Eldred

BREAKING NEWS:12:03pm-4-16-09
Eldred Township firefighters have been dispatched to a wild fire behind Seal's Service Station on Route 446, north of the Boro of Eldred.

Rendell Wants Assault Gun Ban

WESB NEWS--Gov. Rendell Wants Assault Gun Ban in Comonwealth

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has sent a message to Pennsylvania lawmakers to support the re-enactment of a federal ban on assault weapons.

The message was delivered to Pennsylvania lawmakers 11 days after three Pittsburgh Police officers were shot and killed by a man with an assault rifle.

Rendell says quote time and time again in Pennsylvania our police are finding themselves outgunned. Rendell also would like a law passed requiring citizens to report lost or stolen firearms.

NWS Forecast From Potter County EMA


Hi 62 °F



Lo 28 °F



Hi 66 °F


Mostly Clear
Lo 35 °F


Slight Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Hi 64 °F


Slight Chance Showers. Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Lo 35 °F

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 62. North wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 28. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming west between 4 and 7 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West wind around 8 mph.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 64. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday: Scattered showers. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday: Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


PennDOT Reminds All Drivers to Share the Road

HARRISBURG – As one of the many emerging signs of spring, motorcycle riders are returning to Pennsylvania roads -- prompting PennDOT to remind all motorists to share the road, remember safety rules and always obey traffic laws.

“With motorcycle use sharply on the rise, it is essential for operators of all types of vehicles to look out for one another,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “By driving in a courteous manner and curbing aggressive behavior, motorists and motorcyclists can safely share the road.”

Nearly 4,200 crashes involving motorcycles occurred on Pennsylvania roadways in 2008, resulting in 236 motorcyclist fatalities.

The number of registered motorcycles in Pennsylvania increased in 2008 by more than 30,000, while the number of licensed motorcyclists increased by 15,000.

By virtue of their smaller size and differences in maneuverability, motorcycles present unique challenges to cyclists and other drivers. Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist’s blind spot or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a vehicle. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots and rearview and side mirrors before changing lanes or making turns.

PennDOT crews are working across the state to remove winter materials and patch potholes, which can create a challenge for all vehicles, particularly motorcycles. Drivers can report potholes and other roadway maintenance concerns on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

A motorcycle rider’s best defense in the event of a crash is wearing protective riding gear. Riders can protect themselves by wearing a U.S. DOT-approved helmet, face protection, and brightly-colored clothing including long-sleeved shirts, full-fingered gloves, long pants and foot protection that covers the ankle.

Pennsylvania law mandates the use of eye-protective devices for all motorcyclists and their passengers unless operating a motorized pedalcycle or a three-wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab. The law also mandates the use of protective headgear unless the motorcyclist is 21 years of age and has been licensed to operate a motorcycle for not less than two full calendar years or has successfully completed a motorcycle safety course approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Approved motorcycle safety training courses also may help to reduce the number of preventable crashes. New and seasoned Pennsylvania riders can take advantage of free basic and advanced motorcycle safety courses through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. For more information, visit

Additional motorcycle safety tips are available on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site,, under the Motorcycle Information Center.