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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Penn State Blue/White Game

Penn State unwraps its newest toy,
explosive freshman quarterback Kevin Newsome.
The White team edged the Blue team 21-16
in front of a record crowd of 76,500 fans

Photo by Paul Burdick Sports Images (c)2009
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5 Dead In Fiery Multi Vehicle Turnpike Crash

Five people died in one car in a multiple vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The car was enveloped in flames previous to this photo from abc Philadelphia.

Wild Fire Reported On Bloomster Hollow

Stations 14, 20, & 10 are responding to a wild fire on the Bloomster Hollow Road in Sargeant Township.

Wild Fire In Sweden Township

Coudersport firefighters have just been dispatched to Sweden Township for a wild fire with exposures. 4 vehicles are reported in the fire area and 2 other exposures.

This fire is on Jean's Lane between the Brookland Road and North Hollow off the Marvin Hill Road.

UPDATE:5:27pm--Roulette and Ulysses has been dispatched to this fire on Jean's Lane.
UPDATE:5:50pm--Ulysses units have entered the Green Forest Road and are making preparations to attempt to protect the houses and camps on that road that are in the path of the wild fire.
UPDATE:6:52pm--This fire is close to being contained and some units are being released.

Water Rescue Dispatched For Capsized Boat at Sugar Bay

Water Rescue--5:00pm
A water rescue is being dispatched at Sugar Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir. A boat has capsized and the occupant is still in the water. Bradford ambulance is also being dispatched to this call. Sugar bay is located off Rt. 321.
UPDATE:5:24 pm-- All 4 patients are reported out of the water.

Wild Fires Raging In McKean & Allegany Counties

Wild Fires Raging
Many firefighters are fighting large wild fires on the Artline Road in Eldred Township and on Morgan Hill in Scio, NY.

A spotter aircraft is helping to supply information for the Eldred Fire.

Three ambulances have been sent to the Scio fire to bring oxygen to the fire scene.

A brisk wind out of the west and low humidity have made fire spread explosively.

UPDATE:6:45pm--A resident close to the fire scene reports the Eldred Township fire is now 80 to 90 percent contained.

Fully Involved Structure Fire On Artline Road

BREAKING NEWS:3:05pm-4-25-09
Eldred Township and Eldred Boro Fire & ambulance are responding to a fully involved structure fire at 91 Artline Road in Eldred Township.
Second Alarm---Otto and Port Allegany dispatched.
On scene report indicates a wild fire into the woods at this location also.

Reduce Your Credit Card Rate--WHTM TV Video

abc27 News - Lowering Your Credit Card Rate

State Of Emergency Declared In Steuben County

Steuben County, NY, Potter & Tioga County's neighbor to the north has issued a BURNING BAN due to very dangerous conditions for the spread of WILD FIRES.

Wild fires in Ludlow, Scio and Bradford have been reported today (Saturday). If you burn and your fire gets away from you, you could be charged for the costs to extinguish it. Those costs could amount to thousands of dollars, especially if state aircraft are brought in.

Wild fires can kill and destroy property very quickly. Please avoid burning until the surrounding area is wet again.

Center For Disease Control Very Concerned

Swine Flu Symptoms--What Can You Do To Prevent It

Vehicle Accident Reported On 219--South Of Lantz Corners

BREAKING NEWS:11:35-4-25-09
Mount Jewett emergency services have been dispatched for a vehicle accident on Rt. 219, South of Lantz Corners.

Jakob's Hollow To Release New CD May 16

The Legend of Bobby the Kid”
Jakob's Hollow

We are very pleased to announce May 16th, 2009 as the official release date of “The Legend of Bobby the Kid”, the Jakob’s Hollow debut CD. We will host a CD release party on Saturday, May 16th at the Sweden Valley Inn from 9-12pm, and you’re all invited!

For more information on CD release shows coming to your area please visit the Jakob’s Hollow Website at . The CD will also be available shortly on CD Baby.

Upcoming shows for Jakob’s Hollow include:

Sat. May 16, 2009- CD release show at Sweden Valley Inn- 9-12pm, suggested $5 donation with special guest performers TBA

Sat. May 30, 2009- The Songwriter’s Roundtable at Oswayo Valley Elementary School Gymnasium with Tunescape and Simple Gifts. Visit for schedules and info.
Besides the main show, This special all day event will include an open stage and workshops for songwriting and performing, contra dance and instruments as well.

Wild Fire Reported On South Kendall Avenue

BREAKING NEWS:10:57-4-25-09
A wild fire has been reported in Foster Township at 1339 South Kendall Avenue. This fire is at the bottom of Rew Hill.

Potter County Pandemic Committee To Meet

The next meeting of the Potter County Pandemic Committee will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Wellness Center.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Potter County Department Of Emergency Services at 814-274-8900.

Mexican Swine Flu Has Pandemic Potential

Rendell Spends $50,000. Of Your Money To Help Save Philadelphia Bicycle Race

Rendell adds $50K to bicycle race

By Christopher K. Hepp
Inquirer Staff Writer

Gov. Rendell has stepped forward to try to save Philadelphia's annual professional bike race, announcing that the state would purchase $50,000 worth of VIP tickets to be distributed to state employees.

Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for the governor, said yesterday that the tickets would be distributed on a first-come basis. The state already contributes $200,000 to run the race.

Dave Chauner, cofounder of the TD Bank Philadelphia Cycling Championship, said that with the state's contribution, his group had raised more than $60,000 through ticket sales and donations since Tuesday, when The Inquirer reported that this year's race was in jeopardy of cancellation. That represents little more than 10 percent of the $500,000 budget gap organizers need to close. More...

Knoebels Opens For Season Today (Saturday)

St. Paul’s Preschool Annual Open House Sunday

Preschool Open House
St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool’s annual open house is Sunday, April 26th from noon to 2:00. The public is invited to view the students’ artwork and meet the school’s staff and board while enjoying refreshments.

St. Paul’s is located at 3 South Borie in Coudersport. The preschool is currently accepting application for the 2009 – 2010 school year.

Vehicle Crash Reported In Village of Raymond

BREAKING NEWS:9:36am-4-25-09
Coudersport and Ulysses Emergency Services have been dispatched to a vehicle crash on the Kidney Road in the Village of Raymond in Allegany Township. A medical helicopter has been requested.
9:57am-Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to 350 Kidney Road in Allegany Township.

Fishermen Win Money In Wellsville Derby

Wellsville Trout Derby on

Wellsville residents are expecting to reel in about 3,000 visitors this weekend as fishing begins Saturday for the 21st Annual Greater Wellsville Trout Derby. More...

Portville Man Jailed After Alleged Home Invasion

WESB NEWS--Portville Man Accused of Pistol-Whipping Two Others

A Portville man is in jail after he allegedly pistol-whipped two people while he was robbing a house.

35-year-old Robert Barnes and a young black male, allegedly entered James Prescott's home and displayed what was believed to be a semi-automatic pistol. Barnes then allegedly pistol-whipped Prescott and David Reese, causing head injuries to both of them.

Reese was treated at Olean General Hospital, then released. Barnes also allegedly stole $500 from Prescott. Barnes is charged with robbery, menacing, assault and petit larceny. His bail is set at $1,000.

Duke Center Teacher Arraigned On Charges

Substitute Teacher Charged

An area substitute teacher is being accused of providing alcohol and marijuana to teenagers at a birthday party in November.

District Judge Rich Luther arraigned 51-year-old Linda Jennings of Duke Center on 14 counts of selling and furnishing alcohol to minors. She was also charged with giving false testimony and intimidating witnesses.

Court records indicate that, during the investigation, Jennings asked a person to tell police she wasn't at the party and had been four-wheeling with her nephew.

Also arrested in connection to the alleged incident were 20-year-old Tod Chaffee of Olean and 20-year-old Brandon Gustin of Eldred.

All three are free after posting bail.

Two teenagers, whose names have not been released because of their ages, have also been charged.

Jennings worked as a substitute teacher in the Otto-Eldred School District, as well as other area districts, according to Otto-Eldred Regional Police.

Roll-Over Crash Reported Near Kennedy Springs

BREAKING NEWS:7:50AM-4-25-09
A one vehicle rollover accident has been reported in the area of Kennedy Springs on Route 219 south of Bradford. Bradford ambulance is responding as well as Lafayette Fire Department. The female occupant was apparently not injured.

Roulette Babe Ruth Opens With Big Win

Front Row: Kevin Carson, Jayden Pire, Dalton Caden, Jaret Martin
Middle Row: Thomas Caden, Cory Burr, Zack Sigafoes, Troy Halle, Alex Gular
Back Row: Asst. Coach Ron Pire, Head Coach John Caden, Garrett Drabert, David Page, Asst. Coach Glenn Drabert

Roulette Babe Ruth hosted Austin
Friday night resulting in a 6-3 victory for Roulette.

Garrett Drabert remained strong throughout the game, pitching all seven innings for the winners. Austin scored one run in the first inning. Dalton Caden reached first on a walk and stole two bases but the home team was unable to get on the scoreboard in the first inning.

Roulette scored in the second inning with runs from Jayden Pire, Cory Burr and Alex Gular, making the score 3 – 1. The third inning produced two more runs for Roulette by Jaret Martin and Zack Sigafoes (double). Austin added one run in the fourth inning and Roulette answered in the fifth with an RBI bunt by Troy Halle to score Sigafoes, making it 6 – 2.

The defense proved strong for both teams in the sixth inning resulting in no runs scored. Drabert struck out two batters in the seventh after Austin scored a run and then Kevin Carson made the final out with a catch in right field.

Coach Caden praised the team after the game stating: “Good game, we had a solid defense. Overall, the team looked good.” Coach Pire presented the game ball to pitcher Drabert for his solid performance on the mound.

Roulette travels to Eldred on Tuesday, April 28th for their second game that will begin at 5:45 p.m.
Photo & story submitted by Ron & Suzy Pire

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another Earthquake Hits York County--WHTM-TV

abc27 News - Biggest Quake Yet Shakes Dillsburg Area Biggest Quake Yet Shakes Dillsburg Area

Biggest Earthquake Yet Rattles Northern York County
Thursday Apr 23, 2009 10:41PM

Residents around Dillsburg, York County have felt and heard hundreds of small earthquakes since October, but a tremor that rattled the area Thursday evening was the biggest one yet.

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.


A Tioga, PA man was released on $5,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of simple assault for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place Thursday afternoon at a residence on Cummings Road in Lawrence Township. State Police say Ursela Barton and Daniel Herman became involved in an argument which turned physical. Authorities claim Herman pushed, shoved and pulled Barton’s hair, and punched her in the face. Then chased her down the road; forced her to stop; yanked her out of her car and shoved her face to the ground before ripping off her shirt. Then, police say, he drove his truck onto the hood of her car. When Barton fled to her parents, Herman followed and was taken into custody a short time later at his home.

Kyle Eckert 22 of Coudersport will be sentenced on May 13 after pleading guilty recently in Potter County Court to two counts of Selling or Furnishing Liquor to Minors (M3), and Indecent Assault (M2). Potter County DA Dawn Fink told Black Forest Broadcasting that on July 24, 2008 Eckert who was 22 years of age, was contacted by two juvenile girls from Coudersport who asked him to buy some beer so that the three of them could “party” at the defendants home in Sweden Township. The defendant’s parents were away for the evening. Both of the females stayed the night. The defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with one of the juveniles who at the time was 15 years old and Eckert was aware of the victim’s age.

James D. Clark, 32, of 14 Fifth St., Apt. B, Galeton, has been charged by state police possession of marijuana. According to court documents, Clark was found to be in possession of a baggie of marijuana on Aug. 21, 2007 while being transported by police in a Domestic Relations incident. He was issued a summons to appear before District Judge Philip Sweet.

State Police at Kane and Mansfield announce they will be doing sobriety checkpoints in their districts over the next several weeks in areas where there have been high incidents of crashes related to drunk driving.


Pennsylvania’s 41st annual Spring Gobbler Season opens Saturday. In 2008, hunters took 40,522 bearded wild turkeys in the spring gobbler seasons (including 1,954 with second spring gobbler licenses) from an estimated statewide spring population of about 335,000. The spring wild turkey population peaked in 2001, when it numbered 410,000. Turkey Season is one of the deadliest in the state. Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to stalk turkeys or turkey sounds in the spring gobbler season. Given the wild turkey’s keen senses, it’s not a wise move anyway, but more importantly, it makes a tremendous difference for the personal safety of everyone afield. Over the years, too many hunters have been shot for game while approaching a hunter calling for turkeys, and callers have been shot in mistake for game by stalking hunters.
In 2008, eight hunters were shot – none fatally – during the spring gobbler season. One was a self-inflicted injury; another was an in-the-line-of-fire incident. In the remaining six incidents, the offender failed to properly identify his target and shot the victim in mistake for game. While not required by law, hunters are encouraged to wear fluorescent orange material when moving through the woods. Agency officials also recommend that hunters wrap an orange alert band around a nearby tree when stationary, especially when calling and/or using decoys.Coyotes may be harvested by turkey hunters. However, turkey hunters who have filled their spring turkey tag or tags may not hunt coyotes prior to noon Monday through Saturday during the spring gobbler season, unless they have a furtaker license. Woodchuck hunting is not allowed during spring gobbler season shooting hours.Successful spring gobbler hunters must properly tag their turkey and report the harvest to the Game Commission within 10 days, using the postage-paid report card provided with their hunting license.

Potter County Judge/District Attorney Forum Tonite

Potter County Judge, DA Candidates Forum Friday

6:30 PM Friday At Courthouse

Potter County voters will have an opportunity to assess the three candidates for judge and the two candidates for District Attorney during a forum to be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 24, at the Potter County Courthouse.

The program will be carried live by Radio Station WFRM.

Candidates for judge are Dan Glassmire, Robert Kuhl and Steve Minor.

DA candidates are Dawn Fink, the incumbent, and Andy Watson, former assistant district attorney.

Democrats and Republicans will select their nominees for each office in the May 19 Municipal Primary.

Those attending Friday’s forum who would like to submit questions for the candidates will do so by filling out note cards to be considered by a moderator.

The event is being held as a public service by the Potter Leader-Enterprise and Radio Station WFRM.

Editor's note:If you click on the candidates names, you can find more information about them. Information for this article is from Potter County Today



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will begin summer hours on Monday, April 27.

Hours of operation for Pitt-Bradford offices will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer classes will begin Monday, May 11.

Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, Aug. 24.



CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT/District 2) issues the following update for the Route 219, McKean County/Bradford Bypass project. This update is for the week of April 27. 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 27:

• Contractor will set temporary barrier on the northbound lanes in preparation for southbound traffic change.
• Mid to late in the week, southbound traffic will be moved onto the northbound lane. Northbound and southbound traffic will travel in the northbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier.
• Mid to late in the week, southbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange will be closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 north to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Route 219 northbound is restricted to one lane from the Forman Street on ramp (Ramp D) to Hillside Drive in New York State. Traffic will be using the existing travel lane.
• Route 219 southbound is restricted to one lane from one mile north of the state line (in New York State) to the Forman Street off-ramp. Traffic will be using the existing travel lane.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Be aware of approaching traffic speeds and restricted lanes at ramps.
• Motorists need to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone.
• 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

One Car Accident In Front Of Otto-Eldred High School

BREAKING NEWS:3:07pm--4-24-09
Emergency services have been dispatched to a one-vehicle accident on Sweitzer Drive in Otto Township. Reports say that a vehicle has gone over the bank by the Otto -Eldred High School.


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is one of 500 sites across the country to broadcast the Maximum Impact Simulcast leadership training event May 8.

Topics of the simulcast will include overcoming personal and professional adversity, embracing change, learning the keys to building strong teams and best practices for balancing the needs of customers, employees and company shareholders.

The event will be broadcast live from the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and will feature speakers such as former British prime minister Tony Blair, golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and leaders in business and marketing.

The Bradford viewing of the simulcast will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 162, Swarts Hall, and includes lunch. The cost is $89, which also includes program materials. However, there is a special rate of $22 for employees of Pennsylvania Regional Manufacturers.

Sponsors for the event are the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services, Leadership McKean, the North Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board and the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We were able to keep costs down by collaborating with several partners,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Pitt-Bradford Business Resource Center.

Registration is limited to 75 participants. To register, call Laurie Dennis in Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services at (814)362-5078 or e-mail

More information on the simulcast is available at

Shinglehouse Jr. Little League Saturday


For the Jr. Little League year 2009, the seven (7) year old try outs will be held at the Shinglehouse Little League field on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 AM sharp. Please make sure your seven year old has a ball glove and wears a baseball cap to the try out.


Last chance sign ups will be held at the Shinglehouse Little League field pavilion on Saturday, April 25th between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

This will be the absolute last chance to sign up to play Jr. Little League! We'll have forms there, but we recommend you download and print one off our website and have it filled out before you get there. It can be found at

Clinton County Not Impressed With Sales Tax Increase Proposal

Sales tax is a no-go for County Commissioners


LOCK HAVEN Express- The Clinton County Commissioners spent about 20 minutes Thursday discussing a tax proposal nobody in the room believed had a snowball's chance of approval in the state legislature.

Still, the board members were uniform in their dislike of a sales tax proposal that could add 1 percent to the state's 6-percent sales tax. The additional 1 percent, to be collected by the state just as it collects the traditional 6 percent, would be returned to counties and local municipalities where it was collected. More...

Bradford Man Arrested For Kidnapping

Bradford Man Arrested in Mexico for Kidnapping Jamestown Girl

A Bradford man has been arrested in Mexico on international kidnapping charges.

39-year-old William Amacher and his girlfriend, 62-year-old Linda Wynn are accused of kidnapping Wynn's 8-year-old niece in 2007.

The girl was in Wynn's custody because her mother, of Jamestown, New York, was having what authorities are calling difficulties. They say when the mother turned her life around and the court granted her custody of her daughter, Wynn and Amacher fled to Mexico with her.

Authorities found them Wednesday after a Texas law enforcement officer reported that he had seen a disheveled white girl begging for food in a Mexican border town.

Driftwood Man Crashes To Miss Flock Of Turkeys

WESB NEWS--Driver Flees Scene of Accident in Cameron County
A Driftwood man was cited after an accident Wednesday night on Barr Hollow Road in Cameron County.

State Police say that 34 year-old Clinton Stanton told them he swerved to miss a flock of turkeys in the road and went down an embankment. Stanton fled the scene but was located a short time later.

Perkins Restaurant Burns Down In DuBois

Fire destroys DuBois restaurant

Courier Express
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

The restaurant on East DuBois Avenue, Sandy Township along Route 255, is owned by Doug Jaggi of Treasure Lake.

Firefighters from two counties fought the three-alarm blaze that started at 12:33 p.m. More...

Story & Photos At Potter County Fire News

Ruth G. Walker Husted, 90, Westfield, PA

Ruth G. Walker Husted, Age 90, of Potterbrook Rd., Westfield, PA passed away Thursday, April 23, 2009, at her home.

Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA Sunday April 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Wellsboro Cemetery.

Structure Fire On West Street In Galeton

BREAKING NEWS:2:25am-4-25-09
Coudersport firefighters and ambulance and Clymer firefighters have been dispatched to assist Galeton with a structure fire at 84 West Street in the boro of Galeton. 2:48am--Clymer & Coudersport units have been recalled with exception of one unit, by Galeton Command.
At approximately 0210 hrs this morning Tioga County 9-1-1 dispatched Dept 10 Galeton for a report of a structure fire in a mobile home on West St. in the borough. Galeton PD car 41-20 was first on scene and reported the structure fully envolved. Chief 10-20 arrived shortly after that and established Galeton Command. Shortly after arrival Command requested a 2nd alarm bringing apparatus and manpower from Dept 16 Clymer, Dept 19 Germania and Dept 48 Coudersport. The fire was declared under control in approximately 30 minutes.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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.

Mansfield Based state police overnight released details about a one-vehicle crash taking place last Friday morning on Route 15 in Mansfield. Troopers said Kimberly Monroe of Casenova, NY was traveling south when her 2005 VW Jetta struck part of a drive shaft which had fallen off of a tractor trailer. The impact ruptured the car’s oil pan , causing it to become disabled. Monroe and her passenger, Samuel Fuller of Auburn, NY were unhurt.

Coudersport-based state police report they made two DUI arrests on the night of April 10.

Curtis McCullen, 38 of Wellsboro was pulled over on the Loucks Mills Road Hector Township just before 10:00 pm for alleged traffic violations and found to be driving under the influence.

Edward Zeisz, 19 of Renovo was stopped a couple of hours later on Route 144 in Stewardson Township for an alleged traffic violation and police say they found him to be in possession of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, three full cases and one partial case of beer. Charges against both drivers have been filed in district court.

Mansfield-based state police are looking for thieves who took a wii console, two controllers, a num chuck, six wii games and a sensor to a wii guitar from the home of Gerald Davies on Wags Avenue in Knoxville earlier this week. The theft occurred sometime between 8:00 pm Sunday and 3:00 pm Tuesday.

An attempted break-in at a camp located on Bryant Hollow Road in Oswayo Borough over the past several months is being investigated by Coudersport-based state police. Would-be thieves tried unsuccessfully to pry open a door on the camp owned by Richard Smith of Rittman, Ohio and also failed to pry open a padlock on a nearby storage building between October 15, 2008 and this past Tuesday. More news....

Lions To Match Donations Saturday To Benefit SAVE OUR AREA POOL

Double Your Money Saturday

Lion Ron Angood thanks Todd Brown for donation at recycling center.

The Coudersport Area Lions Club is going to match all donations that are accepted this Saturday and donate them to S.O.A.P. "SAVE OUR AREA POOL" .

Bring your recyclables and your wallet or purse and help S.O.A.P.


Ricci and Company Updated Voluntary Product Recall of Pistachio Products (April 23)

Brent and Sam's Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Simply Enjoy Pina Colada White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies (April 23)

National Prayer Day--May 7 th--Coudy Gazebo

Come celebrate
The National Prayer Day on May 7th

at the Coudersport Gazebo at 12:00pm.
It is a time to stand together and pray for our
Nation,our community and for each other.

"For where two or three have gathered together
in My name, I am there in their midst" Matthew 18:20.
Contact Helen Knefley with any questions at 814-274-9298.

T.O.P.S. Open House Monday In Coudersport

Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Join the local chapter of TOPS for our
Lose weight--Have fun
Find friends--Join us
Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Monday April 27, 2009 at 6PM
Coudersport Alliance Church
1 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport
This is a free meeting
No charge. No obligation.
Light refreshments will be served.
*If you cannot attend our open house,
our regular meetings are Monday nights.
Weigh-in from 5:15 to 5:45. Meeting starts at 6PM.*

Public Meeting Notice – Broadband in Pennsylvania

Public Meeting Notice – Broadband in Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is very pleased to announce a series of public meetings across Pennsylvania to engage in public input, raise awareness, and collect comments concerning the Federal Broadband stimulus within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Potter County Education Council will host this meeting on Monday, May 11 from 4 -6 p.m. at the Coudersport Office. PCEC will also be video conferencing this meeting to five off-site locations.

The Act provides for grants and loans through two federal agencies. The Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration, which provide grants through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, which provides loans, loan guarantees, and grants. These two program will provide funds to assist in accelerating broadband access and deployment to unserved and underserved areas.

Governor Rendell’s Office of Administration and the Department of Community and Economic Development are hosting outreach sessions to meet with local leaders, businesses, citizens, and economic development organizations, informing them of the opportunities made available by the Federal Broadband stimulus. We are seeking your comments and suggestion as to the public needs and concerns, and the role of states in energizing the economy, and building an innovative environment through availability of broadband throughout the state.

To view all available off-site location, for more information or to register visit the PCEC website at, email Janine Morley at or call 814-274-4877.

Wild Fire At Larabee Y Near Eldred

BREAKING NEWS:5:52pm-4-23-09
Eldred Township firefighters have been dispatched to Larabee Y where a wild fire is burning along the roadway. Recalled at 6:06


HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection will provide a free workshop in Lycoming County on April 29 to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses reduce soaring energy costs and increase profits.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Penn College of Technology, Thompson Professional Development Center, Mountain Laurel Room, One College Avenue, Williamsport. The public is welcome to attend.

“The high costs of fuel and electricity are affecting all of us, making energy efficiency a top priority,” DEP Secretary John Hanger said. “We want to make sure Pennsylvania businesses take advantage of every opportunity to conserve energy, save money and remain competitive.”

The workshop will offer business owners information on energy supply options, illustrate how to identify energy cost-saving opportunities and explain how to develop an energy action plan. In addition, information about financial and technical resources for energy-efficiency upgrades will be available. Particular emphasis will be given to easily implemented, cost-effective changes for small commercial and industrial facilities.

Similar workshops are being held statewide this spring.

“These workshops will demonstrate to small business owners how to implement measures that can reduce energy usage at their business, save on energy costs, keep our environment clean and boost their profitability,” Hanger said.

The workshop is sponsored by DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman in partnership with the Electrotechnology Application Center, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program and the PAEP Pollution Prevention/Energy Efficiency Roundtable. Funding for the Energy Management Workshop is provided through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman provides assistance to small businesses needing help with environmental issues and helps owners realize the potential cost savings of pollution prevention and energy conservation strategies.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact DEP at 717-783-8411 or visit, keyword: Ombudsman, then click on “Upcoming Events.”


DEP Says Current Plans Don’t Guarantee That Sewer System Problems Will Be Solved
MEADVILLE – Concerned about the lack of an intermunicipal agreement that defines a common strategy to deal with significant sewage system shortcomings, the Department of Environmental Protection has decided not to approve sewage plans, referred to as Act 537 plans, that were submitted by the city of Bradford, Bradford Township, Lafayette Township and Lewis Run Borough.

The municipalities, along with Foster Township, all utilize the Bradford Sanitary Authority (BSA) system for their sewage disposal. For years, the sewage collection system has been carrying more flow than the system was designed to handle and the BSA sewage conveyance system has experienced raw sewage overflows and the sewage treatment plant has been compromised.

In 2007, BSA and the municipalities entered into a consent order and agreement with DEP that required the elimination of overflows, evaluation of the sewage treatment plant, and, if necessary, expansion of the sewage treatment plant. Under the consent order, the municipalities were required to submit sewage plans that reflected their common commitment to eliminate the sewage overflows and sewage treatment plant shortcomings. The municipalities submitted their Act 537 plans on time but those plans failed to contain an intermunicipal agreement that would assure all necessary work be done.

“DEP needs assurance that all of the municipalities are in this together, that there is an agreement on assigning upgrade costs to each community,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “The sewage plans submitted by the four municipalities did not include that agreement and, as a result, the department cannot approve the plans. Without an agreement, there is no commitment that a sewage system fix would be carried out.”

DEP has informed the municipalities that they need to negotiate and submit a finalized intermunicipal agreement that addresses DEP concerns. Under the 2007 consent order and agreement, the communities have 60 days in which to address the deficiencies.

The consent order and agreement calls for all overflows to be eliminated by December 31, 2013.

For more information on sewage systems, visit, keyword: Sewage.

Assistant Fire Chief Phelps Updates Ladona Fire


Thanks for getting out this important information; it’s a great way for our communities to be aware of what’s going on.

Coudersport Dept. (48) was dispatched @ 0428 am for a possible electrical fire @ 519 East Second Street, at the intersection with North Hollow Road.

Upon my arrival found one of the upstairs apartment renters, (Rane Gola), outside stating there was smoke in the building that he had jumped from his rear 2nd floor apartment window to safety.

A walk around of the complex(3 -2nd floor apt’s, 4 business’ on the first floor) revealed nothing showing from the A, B sides but heavy smoke from C, D side with approx. 8-10 mph winds blowing NE.

When asked if the other tenants were home he stated yes but they were not out yet, a second alarm was requested (depts... Austin 44, Roulette 46, Galeton 10 w/1eng. For RIT) reporting the entrapment.

Prior to the engines arrival the tenant from the second apt fell down the stairs, Gola assisted myself in removing the burnt victim(Dean Mathison) to the fresh air, @ this time a request for a medivac helicopter and ALS, BLS were placed to county control.

Eng.48-2 laid 1200’ of 5” supply line from a hydrant to the address, eng crews went quickly to work attacking the fire and ventilating the building, while eng.48-1 reported to the B side and Tower 48-9 took A side beside eng.48-2.

Dept.46 (Roulette) reported to the scene to assist w/attack-ventilation while Dept. 44 (Austin) laid a secondary water supply line South on Rt. 872 (700’) to the reservoir next to Coudersport well drilling to supply engine 46-2.

Due to the quick finding of the fire and extinguishing it, that supply line was not charged. The fire was called under control by 0515am, all units were in quarters by 0730am.

CVAA and medic 6 tended to Mr. Mathison and transported him to CCMH were he was in stable but critical condition prior to his flight to ECMC (Buffalo).

We were assisted at the scene by Coudersport PSP , CVAA and medic 6, Austin, Roulette, Galeton, and Coudersport Boro police.

At the time of this post Mathison had just arrived @ ECMC and I was notified to call back in a couple of hours – lets be thinking about him.

The smoke alarms were activated and sounding (which woke Gola), his quick response to notify 9-1-1 allowed crews to respond and quickly douse the fire. The fire was contained to Mathisons’ apartment, minor smoke and suet damage to the other 2nd floor apartments, no damage to the 4 businesses down stairs.

Rt. 6 was closed for a period of time until the 5” supply line laid was picked up, sorry to the public for any inconveniences this may have caused.

Estimated damage @ $35,000, the owner is Harold “TOOTER” Randall of Coudersport.

Investigation by Chief 48( Andrew Dubots) and CDSPT Police Chief (Lee Gross) determined the fire to be accidental/electrical in nature.

Everyone did an “EXCELLENT JOB” @ this incident and worked very well together. THANKS.
Assistant Chief Bryan Phelps
Coudersport Command

Possible Structure Fire On Kathryn Street In Port Allegany

BREAKING NEWS:3:43pm--4-23-09
Port Allegany firefighters are responding to a possible structure fire at 73 Kathryn Street in the Boro. The occupant reports an explosion in the basement.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Robert Feikema of the Parental Stress Center in Pittsburgh will be the keynote speaker at a workshop Friday, April 24, called “Helping Families in Tough Economic Times.”

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the McKean County Collaborative Board, the Northern Tier Community Action Corp. and the Pitt-Bradford master of social work program as part of their activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also, as part of the groups’ activities the Children’s Memorial Flag is being flown at Pitt-Bradford to focus attention on violent child death in efforts to reduce child mortality.

The workshop will begin and end with a resource and networking fair to take place from 9 to 9:30 and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Feikema’s talk on short- and long-term ways agencies can help families during changing economic times will take place from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion of how these ideas might be implemented locally.

Feikema is director of programs and community initiatives at the Parental Stress Center, a child abuse prevention agency in Pittsburgh. His special interest is in poverty and the need for human service agencies to support people with low incomes, encouraging them to take a leadership role in changing community conditions. He helped establish the Citizens Leadership Initiative, a multi-agency collaboration that trains low-income individuals to become civic leaders on poverty-related issues.

Feikama will also help facilitate the discussion with the local panel, which will consist of Ken Straub, executive director of Northern Tier Community Action Corp.; Robin Kulek, a home economist with Penn State Cooperative Extension; Harry Solarek, chairman, McKean County chapter of Habitat for Humanity; and Lee Beckes of First Presbyterian Church, the Bradford Ministerium and The Friendship Table.

Session On Education, Jobs April 29

Potter County Education Council will sponsor a Job/Education Information Session at the Presbyterian Christian Education Building on Germania Street in Galeton on Wednesday, April 29, from 9 am to noon.

Information will be available on opportunities for computer training, educational resources, GED preparation, Pennsylvania CareerLink programs and other services.

Registration is not required. Anyone seeking more information should contact Deanna Sherman at 435-9490.

Parents Warned Over Drinking Parties WHTM-TV

abc27 News - Parents Warned of Drinking Parties

Burns Suffered In Ladona Apartment Fire

Potter County Fire News
Coudersport Fire Dept was toned out at approximately 0445 hrs this morning for a possible electrical fire at 512 2nd St in the Borough.

Upon arrival Chief 48-20 (Phelps) discovered a burn victim and a working structure fire in a two story word frame "tax payer"(commercial structure).

A second alarm was called for bringing a full response from Dept 44 Austin and Dept 46 Roulette with an Engine for RIT from Dept 10 Galeton.

A med-evac helicopter was called for to transport the burn victim to an appropriate facility.

The blaze was declared under control at approximately 0515 hrs.

Galeton Man Had Pot

Man charged with possession

Sun Gazette
WELLSBORO - James D. Clark, 32, of 14 Fifth St., Apt. B, Galeton, was charged by state police in District Judge Phillip Sweet's courtroom with possession of marijuana.

According to court documents, Clark was found to be in possession of a baggie of marijuana on Aug. 21, 2007 while being transported by police in a Domestic Relations incident. He was issued a summons to appear.

Natural Gas In Water Wells--Drilling Suspected

Jefferson County Residents Concerned Over Gas Leak

KNOX TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Natural gas is bubbling into two water wells in Jefferson County.

The residents along Five Mile Run Road in Knox Township, noticed the problem Saturday.

The natural gas can be heard bubbling up into the wells.

Residents are working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a gas company to fix the problem.

They said the leak has turn their water red and made it undrinkable. More....


Staying Alive

HARRISBURG – With proms, graduations and end-of-school-year parties fast approaching, PennDOT asks high school students and parents to remember the potentially deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

“The last few weeks of school are an exciting time, but can have devastating consequences if not celebrated safely – especially behind the wheel,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Drinking alcohol impairs a wide range of skills necessary for carrying out the multiple tasks and split-second decision making required when driving. We ask students to celebrate in a safe manner and avoid dangerous or aggressive behaviors when driving.”

Drivers between the ages of 16-20 were involved in 1,614 alcohol-related crashes in 2008. Thirty-seven in that age group were killed in those crashes, including 24 drivers who had been drinking and 10 passengers. Three individuals in that age group were drivers of other vehicles involved in the crash who had not been drinking.

Pennsylvania’s Zero Tolerance Law carries serious consequences for those under 21 who are convicted of driving with any amount of alcohol in their blood. For example, those under 21 who are convicted of driving under the influence with a .02 blood alcohol content, or greater, face severe penalties, including a 12-to-18-month license suspension, 48 hours to six months in jail, and fines from $500 to $5,000.

PennDOT also reminds young drivers that they may lose their driving privileges for any underage drinking offense, whether or not a vehicle is involved.

It is against the law for an individual under the age of 21 to consume, possesses or transport alcohol, or lie about their age to obtain alcohol and carry a fake identification card. If convicted, the minimum penalties are a fine of up to $500, plus court costs; a 90-day license suspension for the first offense; a 1-year suspension for the second offense; and a 2-year suspension for the third and subsequent offenses.

Parents play an important role in advising their teens on the dangers of drinking and drinking. In addition, adults may be held accountable if they supply alcohol to minors. If convicted of knowingly and intentionally supplying minors with alcohol, adults are subject to a fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for each additional offense and face up to one year in jail. Adults are even liable for guests who drink in their homes.

In addition to not drinking and driving, PennDOT reminds young drivers to buckle up no matter where they are seated in a vehicle. In 2008, 88 individuals ages 16-20 who died in crashes were not wearing seat belts; 12 of those were riding in the second or third row of the vehicle.

Aggressive driving, particularly speeding, is another major factor in crashes involving young drivers. Speeding-related crashes involving young drivers ages 16-20 contributed to the deaths of 112 individuals of the same age group in 2008. Other aggressive driving behaviors include running red lights or stop signs, unsafe lane changes and tailgating.

For more safety tips for teens and parents, visit the Teen Driver Information Center at Remember: Don’t Drink and Drive. Buckle Up. Drive Safe PA.

Town Hall Of Hope At Open Arms Church Tonite

On Thursday April 23 from 8pm-9:30pm, Open Arms Community Church in Bradford will be hosting the "Town Hall for Hope" by Dave Ramsey. The event is free and is a live national event that is being hosted by Life Church and will be broadcast via internet to registered host locations.

Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert, an extremely popular national radio personality, best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover, and host of the Dave Ramsey Show on Fox Business Channel.

Dave will offer straight talk about the economy, recession, foreclosures and more. He'll carefully explain where we've come from, where we are now, and what we should be doing with our money during this time. Then, Dave will spend an hour answering your questions live! Dave will be taking calls, emails, facebook messages, and many other forms of live communication throughout the event.

Pastor Mike McAvoy explained, "Our hope is that in holding this event it will be a blessing to the people of the Bradford region giving practical guidance regarding the circumstances we're presently in, calming fears and anxiety, and casting a vision of hope for the future."

If you have any questions you can contact the Open Arms Community Church office at 814-368-8846 or by email at The church is located one mile north of Walmart at 1289 East Main Street. Parking is in the back off Tuna Cross Road.

Town Hall Of Hope At Ulysses Tonite (Thursday)

Town Hall Of Hope At Faith Bible Church Tonite

Connect with families across the nation for a truly radical message: HOPE.

Tired of hearing the fear, doom and gloom that’s filling the airwaves? Join Dave Ramsey for a nationwide town hall meeting and discover what’s happening with the economy, how we got here, and where we’re going. Plus, Dave will answer your questions live throughout the event!

Join us for this free event tonight at 8:00 p.m., at Faith Bible Church, Route 417 in Little Genesee, NY, as we stand together to reignite the fire of hope! Doors will open at 7:15 for refreshments and fellowship before Dave begins his message at 8 p.m. Nursery will be provided.

Dave Ramsey hosts a daily financial advice call-in radio show that is broadcast nation-wide and is the author of the best-selling book, The Total Money Makeover

For more information on Dave visit, and for information on this event visit

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Northwestern PA Republicans Stand Up for Second Amendment Liberty at Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally

Less than one week after Gov. Rendell reissued his demands for several overwhelmingly defeated gun control proposals, Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), Matt Gabler (R-DuBois), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) today joined with hundreds of Pennsylvania gun owners and outdoorsmen in the state Capitol rotunda for the Fourth Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.

“Every gun owner who made the time to journey to the state Capitol today has done his or her part in putting the governor and any other lawmakers who hide behind tragedy to advance their ineffective and unconstitutional gun control agendas on notice,” said Rapp. “You have no authority whatsoever to criminalize our Second Amendment right to defend our lives, families and properties with a firearm whenever necessary. Any time overkill gun control or confiscation legislation comes before the Pennsylvania House, Warren, Forest and McKean county residents can count on me to cast a vote that directly reflects Article 1, Section 21 of our state constitution which clearly confirms: 'The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.’”

“It is important for Pennsylvanians to come together every year to reaffirm their rights to keep and bear arms in order to defend themselves and protect public safety,” Causer said. “As much as some would like to believe otherwise, stricter gun control laws will not stop people who don’t abide by the law from misusing guns. What we need are laws that ensure law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves and ensure criminals who obtain or use guns illegally will be prosecuted.”

Featured speakers at today’s rally included nationally recognized Second Amendment defense attorney and best-selling author Stephen Halbrook; Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America; John Sigler, president, National Rifle Association; and Kim Stolfer, chairman, Firearms Owners Against Crime.
“The ‘right to keep and bear arms,’ isn’t confusing or even ambiguous,” said Oberlander. “It is a guaranteed liberty that is not subject to any gun-grabbing governor or lawmaker’s personal interpretation. Gun ownership is also not a special limited right for hunters and collectors. In reality, the Second Amendment is every law-abiding citizen’s last safeguard against tyranny. Politicians simply don’t have the luxury or authority to alter the crystal clear intent of both our state and federal constitutions.”

“We must make every effort to stand up for our way of life against attempted assaults on our rights by big city politicians who wish to take away our freedoms,” stated Gabler. “My constituents’ voice in this matter is loud and strong in demanding that their representatives fight efforts to infringe on the rights of responsible, law-abiding citizen gun owners who simply wish to exercise their ability to defend themselves. The fact remains that when you outlaw guns, you guarantee that only outlaws have guns.”

For the latest Second Amendment legislative updates or to sign the “No Gun Control” petition, visit,, or