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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Popular Weight Loss Drug Recalled

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Pricing Your Products and Services

Pricing Your Products and Services
The Potter County Education Council will hold a “Pricing Your Product and Services” video teleconference at the Coudersport Office.

Presented by Harry Howard of, this teleconference will teach you how to price products and services for your small business.

We will discuss the following elements and tactics: Pricing Ethics, Pricing Objectives, Markup or Gross Margin, Discounts, Allowances & Surcharges, Market Pricing, Seasonality, and Price vs. Value.

Legal Disclaimer: This pricing seminar will only discuss price tactics and theories. Neither, How 2 Consultants, LLC, nor SBDC will allow any discussions on price collusion and/or predatory pricing among competitors.

The date for this teleconference will be Wednesday, May 6 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and the cost will be $45 per person. To register call 814-274-4877. Registration is required.

Coudersport Track and Field Invitational At CARP

Photos by Leo Szczesny

My Flickr set of pictures of this track meet
- Leo (Sunken Branch Photography)


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 May 4. 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 May 4:

• Monday, southbound traffic will be moved onto the northbound lane. Northbound and southbound traffic will travel in the northbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier.
• Monday, southbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange will be closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Contractor will begin southbound reconstruction by removing existing roadway from the New York state line heading south.
• Contractor to begin work on southbound bridges, beginning with the northern two structures, one over State Line Road/railroad and one over Tuna Crossroads (Township Road 369).
• By the end of the week, Tuna Crossroads may be closed for bridge demolition. 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.
• 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

Coudersport Purple Tops Roulette In Babe Ruth Friday

Roulette vs. Coudersport Purple
Jaret Martin in a defensive stance on first base.

By Ron & Suzy Pire

Roulette hosted Coudersport Purple in Babe Ruth baseball action last night.

Roulette kept the game close, being tied 2-2 after four innings of play. Coudersport Purple turned up the heat, adding 2 runs in the 5th and 4 more runs in the 6th.

The final score was 8-2 with the game being called in the 6th inning due to weather conditions and darkness.

Roulette evens their record at 1-1 in the league. Roulette travels to Eldred on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a make-up game.

Natural Gas Task Force Being Formed

marcellusInvitations are being extended to more than a dozen people to sit on a Natural Gas Task Force soon to be appointed by Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel.

First meeting of the organization has been set for 7 pm Tuesday, May 12, at the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. Several individuals have expressed an interest in serving on the task force since the commissioners first announced their plans. Among those who have agreed to volunteer their time and expertise are a geologist, a watershed specialist, a natural gas developer, and a retired state hydrologist.

Tentative plans call for the task force to invite adjunct members with expertise in tax policy, public safety, roads and bridges, economic development and other subject areas to sit on sub-committees focused on public education, environmental issues and economics. Additional details will be discussed at the next commissioners’ meeting, to be held at 11 am Thursday, May 7, at the Gunzburger Building.

gaspipelineAppointment of the Natural Gas Tax Force is in response to the growing interest in production from the Marcellus shale formation, which holds a vast volume of natural gas deep underground in Potter and many other Pennsylvania counties. The impending rush on those gas resources could be an economic boon to the region. At the same time it raises serious issues about the water quality issues and the potential impact on roads and bridges.

Potter County Today

Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue, 77, Coudersport, PA

Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue
“longest serving Potter County Treasurer”

COUDERSPORT, PA---Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue, 77, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA from heart failure.

Born October 13, 1931 in Cuba, NY, he was a son of Lave C. and Elizabeth “Betty” Reed McCaigue. On May 5, 1951 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, PA, he married Mary H. Reed, who survives.

He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1950. Mr. McCaigue was employed by Godfrey L. Cabot Well Drilling in Lydia, PA for 3 years. He worked at McCaigue Beer Distributorship for 1½ years. Then in September of 1954, he and his wife started their own beer distributorship, R.T. McCaigue Beer Distributor, which they ran for 13 years. Mr. McCaigue built his home with Chet Petrosewitz and ran the beer distributorship out of his home.

Mr. and Mrs. McCaigue later sold and distributed Charles Potato Chips for 2 years and also served as Amway distributors. They worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. six days a week.

Mr. McCaigue ran for Treasurer of Potter County in 1967 at the urging of his friends. He won the election and assumed the office in January of 1968. He was the first Democrat to be elected to the Office of the Treasurer in over 100 years, a position he held until retiring in December of 1999.

In his first term as treasurer, Mr. McCaigue was paid on a commission basis, receiving no salary. Mrs. McCaigue served as Deputy Treasurer the entire 32 years Dick was Treasurer, a practice at the time that was common to all offices of the County.

Mr. McCaigue was a life member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, where Richard was baptized and confirmed. He was a 4th degree Life member of the Knights of Columbus, Coudersport Council 1355. He was a former member of the Central Grange #1216, Sweden Valley, PA, for many years.

He was also a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Coudersport Area Volunteer Ambulance Association where he served as Treasurer for several years and he was also a member and past president of the Coudersport Rotary Club. He was a social member of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, PA. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Treasurers Association having served on the Executive Board.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Patricia Ann (Al) McCaigue-Barry of Coudersport, PA, Jo Ann Mueller of Overland Park, KS, and Michele Ann (Ken) Sharp of Lee Summit, MO; four grandchildren, Richard Thomas Barry, Autumn Leigh Adams, Kurt Georg Mueller II, and Kyle Sharp; one great-granddaughter, Faith Adams; one niece and one nephew.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCaigue was predeceased by a brother, Daniel McCaigue; and a sister, Louise Saxton.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the gathering space at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, PA where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 with The Rev. Joseph Czarkowski, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

The Rosary will be recited at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the gathering space of the church.

Flowers are gratefully declined. The family suggests a Mass card in Richard’s memory or donations may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Area Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

Friday, May 1, 2009

Coudersport Arboretum Plans Unfolding

Connie Brown "front left'" and Mike Kallenborn " right" met with Borough officals and Arboretum committee members to explain their roles in the future expansion of the Arboretum and the arrival and placement of the Lions Club railroad car.

Brown will be doing maintenance and working with Dickinson mental health volunteers pulling weeds and mulching.,while Mike Kallenborn of Pine Valley Landscaping will be planting and moving shrubs and planning placement of trees, benches and light poles as well as landscaping around the train car.

Tom Kisiel has volunteered his time and equipment as well as Lee Gross , Stanley Goodwin ,Borough employees Gary Walaski, Jeff Schroeder, Gareth Gockley, Robb Gross . Glenn O Habaker and Wayne Paving and Concrete have offered to help with materials.

The arboretum committee has benches trees and lights for sale for anyone who would like to remember or honor a loved one or companies wishing to support the arboretum. Contact Richard Buchanan or any arboretum member.

The Lions Club is also seeking donations for the Lions train.

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

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


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ONE YOUNG PASSENGER HURT IN ELDRED AREA COLLISION Minor injuries were reported for an young male passenger following a collision Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 446 in Eldred Township. According to Kane-based state police, the collision occurred when 70 yar old Joe Brown of Eldred who was traveling north of Route 155 turned left to travel south onto Route 446 and allowed his Dodge Ram pick up to strike a Dodge Dakota driven by Virginia Studer of Austin which was traveling south on Route 446. Both drivers escaped injury as did three other children in Brown’s truck but one passenger was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment.

Area fire departments and state Bureau of Forestry fire crews have contained two fires that scorched nearly 900 acres of the Tioga State Forest in Tioga County. According to Brian Plume, forest fire specialist with the Tioga District, one fire off the West Rim Road near Tiadaghton involved at least 100 acres; another, off Route 6 near the Gaines and Shippen Township lines, about 780 acres. Investigation is continuing into the cause of both, which started over the weekend, he said. Meanwhile a small crew from the Germania Fire Department doused a wildfire on the Tow Road in West Branch Township Thursday afternoon, just after 3:00 pm

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has established a Swine Flu informational hotline. The prerecorded message can be heard by calling 814/260-5279. As the status of this situation changes, the message will be updated as needed. Due to the recent confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in Mexico and the United States, CCMH will continue its efforts to protect patients and staff. While CCMH has been preparing for the potential of an avian flu pandemic for quite some time, the hospital is following recommendations from local emergency management officials, the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization. "We want the public to know that, if the swine flu affects our local community, Charles Cole will be prepared," said Lonnie Bunch, CCMH safety officer. ymptoms of swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. While there is currently no vaccine available, the swine flu can be treated with certain antiviral drugs. Call your medical provider if you think you have the flu.


Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging has an Equipment Loaner Program available to Potter County seniors age 60 or older.Various types of equipment and assistive devices are often donated to the AAA for the Equipment Loaner Program. Senior citizens may borrow loaner items, however the equipment or assistive device must be returned in good condition to the AAA when it is no longer needed. There is no charge for borrowing equipment. Although the availability changes frequently, the following types of items are often available for loan to senior citizens: walkers, crutches, bedside commode, wheelchairs, shower stool, shower chair, transfer benches, grabbers, sock dressing aides, walker tray or pouches, raised toilet seat, long handled shoe horn, raised handle utensils, electric lift chair, hospital bed (no mattress) and one, older model electric scooter. There is currently a supply of adult incontinence products (Depends or similar store brands) available in sizes medium and large. Older adults, age 60 or older, who may be interested in borrowing an item from the Equipment Loaner Program should call Kate at the Area Agency on Aging, 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Potter Tioga Maple Festival is underway
The 43rd Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Festival is being held today and Saturday in Coudersport. A pet parade starts tonight at 6:00 and activities resume tomorrow throughout the town.Activities get underway with a pancake breakfast at the Coudersport Consistory from 7:30 a to 3 p. The vendors and Kiddie Carnival open at 9 a, continuing through 7 p. Maple products displays and sales all day with the Sugar Shanty in operation until 6 p. The Maple Sweetheart is crowned at 2 p and the parade steps off at 3 p. Other activities include a car show across from the Consistory on E. Second St.; tours at the Historical Society (N. Main St.) 10 a to 3 p; chicken barbecue at the firehall beginning at 11 a; used book sale at the Coudersport Library (Park Avenue) and much more. More....


Edith K. “Edie” Low, 60, of Ceres, PA

Edith K. “Edie” Low
“beloved wife, mother, & grandmother”

CERES, PA---Edith K. “Edie” Low, 60, of Ceres, PA, died Friday, May 1, 2009, in her home surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born on July 8, 1948 in Pleasantville, NJ, she was a daughter of Everett A. and Berdella E. Erstad Brugh. On August 31, 1968 in Chula Vista, California, she married Eugene J. “Gene” Low, who survives.

Mrs. Low was a graduate of Norview High School in Norfolk. She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a postal clerk in Bradford and previously in Shinglehouse.

She formerly attended the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a member and past president of the former Shinglehouse Stamp Club. Edie loved her community and was very involved in many groups and organizations. She loved crafts, gardening, and camping. Her greatest love was her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are three children: Charlotte M. (Kevin) Watson of Sanford, NC, Eugene “Jason” (Kristy) Low of Lima, NY, and Kristie A. (Daniel) Dixon of Dansville, NY; six grandchildren: Myranda K. (Carter Lee) Watson-Lee, Devin A. Watson, Luke E. Low, Isaac W. Low, Reese W. Dixon, and Quinn E. Dixon; seven brothers and sisters: Carol (Buddy) Womble of Tallahassee, Florida, David (Marge) Brugh of Fort Myers, Florida, Rose (Jim) Krugle of McKees Rock, PA, Donald (Sandy) Brugh of Chesapeake, VA, Brenda (Keith) Mosley of Ashland, Nebraska, Sandy (Ben) Swanson of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Robert Brugh of Ashland, Nebraska; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Low was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Brugh.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas M. Shatto, Chaplain of the Potter County Hospice, Coudersport, PA, officiating. Burial will be Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee, NY.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Natural Gas Severance Tax To Be Introduced In PA

Video: Capitol Press Conference to Release PBPC Severance Tax Paper

By Christopher Lilienthal
Communications Director

HARRISBURG, PA (April 30, 2009) – A well-structured severance tax on natural gas production will protect Pennsylvania taxpayers from shouldering the public costs that come with increased drilling, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

“Natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale has substantial risks and substantial costs that have not yet been fully explored in the rush to drill,” said Sharon Ward, Director of the non-partisan policy research center. “A severance tax is a well-tested mechanism to shift these costs back to producers, where they belong.”

The report, “Responsible Growth: Protecting the Public Interest with a Natural Gas Severance Tax,” examines the potential costs of increased natural gas drilling on taxpayers and the environment, how severance taxes are structured in other states, and what lessons Pennsylvania can learn from them.

Interest in the severance tax has been stirred by increased natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale, a deep geologic formation that underlies 54 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. New drilling techniques and rising natural gas prices have made it economically feasible and profitable to exploit the vast gas reserves.

The Center’s report recommends that Pennsylvania assess a natural gas severance tax at the state level and that local governments’ authority to assess property taxes on gas and oil interests – a practice banned by a state court ruling in 2002 – be restored. Ward said the court treats the oil and gas industry differently from other mineral industries and from other businesses, whose production is a factor in local property tax assessments.

“School districts, municipalities, and counties have lost millions of dollars because of this court case,” said Dan Fisher, Superintendent of the Bald Eagle Area School District. “The legislature should have corrected this oversight in 2003, but six years later we are waiting for action.”

Severance Tax Can Offset Environmental, Other Public Costs

Natural gas drilling has an unavoidable impact on the environment, and the waste water generated during the drilling process in the Marcellus Shale poses particular concerns. According to a marketing manager at GE Water & Processes Technologies, which develops filtering technologies used to clean the water, “the Marcellus water is the worst water on the planet.”

Even with adequate environmental monitoring, increased drilling in the Marcellus Shale could cause water contamination, soil erosion, disturbance to natural environments, and noise and air pollution, said Michael Wood, the Center’s Research Director and lead author of the report.

A severance tax is one way to ensure that taxpayers aren’t asked to pay those environmental costs, the report found. It also will compensate Pennsylvanians for the removal of a non-renewable resource and offset the costs of new roads and bridges, public safety, building, and emergency response needs that accompany growth in natural gas drilling.

“What will our great grandchildren be left with when the last gas well is exhausted? A severance tax reinvested in Pennsylvania’s natural resources and communities will help balance the damages caused by drilling operations and pipelines,” said Andy Loza, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.

Most Energy-Producing States Assess a Severance Tax

Severance taxes are common across the United States as a way to cover the public costs created by resource extraction. Nationally, 35 states levy the tax on a wide range of renewable and non-renewable resources ranging from coal to timber. All of the 14 states with greater natural gas production than Pennsylvania levy a severance tax or a conservation fee.

Severance tax revenue is used for a number of different purposes in other states, including environmental monitoring, public education, and reinvestment in a fund for future environmental needs. Some states share revenue with local governments.

The Center recommends that some of the revenue from the tax be set aside for future environmental cleanup and for a “permanent fund,” which would generate revenue and help communities transition once the resource boom is over.

“The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation holds both tremendous opportunity and tremendous risk for Pennsylvania,” said Steve Stroman, Policy Director for Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture). “A modest and reasonable severance tax, consistent with other states, will help address the risks to our environment and our communities while providing a lasting investment in the Commonwealth’s natural heritage.”

The severance tax is an important new revenue source for state and local governments, although the decline in energy prices has slowed well production. Still, experience from Arkansas and Texas, whose gas booms began when prices were comparable to today’s market price, suggests that well development can proceed very rapidly.

“During this recession, even small amounts of new revenue can help avert cuts to agriculture programs, education, health care and public safety, and prevent increases in property taxes at the local level,” Ward said.

The report recommends that the tax be set up as simply as possible, with no deductions or exemptions, to make administration easier and to prevent producers from finding loopholes in the law.

Severance Taxation Will Have Little Impact on Gas Production.

In the lucrative northeastern market, natural gas produced in Pennsylvania – with or without a severance tax – will be an attractive alternative to natural gas imported from western energy-producing states because of transportation costs.

“Transportation costs account for nearly half the price of natural gas, so gas produced in Pennsylvania will have a natural price advantage in the northeastern market,” Wood said.

Severance taxes in Texas, Wyoming, and West Virginia have not deterred resource exploration or production, or the growth of related employment, in those states, the report found. Several studies have confirmed little impact on supply, demand, or commodity prices from raising severance taxes, which many states have done in recent years. A Wyoming study found that a 2% reduction in the 5.7% severance tax would increase production by only 0.7% over 60 years.

The market price for natural gas – along with other business factors – will have a much bigger impact on the development of the Marcellus Shale, Wood said.

Video: Capitol Press Conference to Release PBPC Severance Tax Paper

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Allegany County Highest Sales Tax Around Area

County keeps sales tax at 8.5 percent

By Brian Quinn
BELMONT - For the next two years, consumers in Allegany County will continue to pay half-a-percent higher sales tax than they would in neighboring Steuben and Cattaraugus counties.

County legislators accepted a state bill Monday that maintains a 1.5-percent additional sales tax until Nov. 30, 2011. Without this additional tax, the sales tax would be 7 percent.

The state gets 4 percent of the money from the 8.5 percent tax and the county will continue to see 4.5 percent, also half-a-percent higher than its immediate neighbors. More...


Safety Courses Build Riders’ Skills, Confidence

HARRISBURG – May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by proclamation of Governor Edward G. Rendell, and the Department of Transportation is reminding motorcyclists to fine-tune their skills through free motorcycle safety courses.

“Motorcycling requires continued skill-building and practice to ensure safety on the roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “These courses offer all riders the opportunity to learn or review valuable safety techniques, which may help decrease their chances of becoming involved in otherwise avoidable crashes.”

Through a contract with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, PennDOT has operated the Motorcycle Safety Program since 1984. Pennsylvania riders who hold a Class M (motorcycle) permit or license can take either the Basic Rider Course (BRC) or Experienced Rider Course (ERC). Courses are run from March through October at 70 sites across the state. Motorcycle permit holders who successfully complete the course will be issued a motorcycle license.

The BRC is a 15-hour course consisting of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience on a riding range under the watchful eyes of certified rider coaches. This comprehensive safety and skills overview provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders who have not ridden for some time the opportunity to polish their skills. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for students taking the basic course.

The ERC is a 6-hour course offering the experienced rider a chance to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their skills on a riding range under the guidance of certified rider coaches. Students taking the ERC must provide their own motorcycle and helmet.

Visit for more information on the Motorcycle Safety Program and to enroll in a course. Information about obtaining a motorcycle license and motorcycle safety tips, are available under the Motorcycle Information Center on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site at

Mary E. Hall, 87, Ulysses, PA, formerly of Rockwood and West Chester, PA,

Mary E. Hall, 87, Ulysses, PA, formerly of Rockwood and West Chester, PA, died Friday, May 1, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born February 9, 1922, in Rockwood, PA, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Rebecca Schultz Younkin. On February 6, 1943, at Maxwell Air Base Chapel in Montgomery, AL, she married William H. Hall, who predeceased her on September 18, 1997.

Mrs. Hall resided in Brookland since 1985. A graduate of Rockwood High School and the University of Akron, Akron, OH, she was employed by Penn Mutual Insurance Co. in West Chester, PA.

She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland, PA, Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Eastern Star in Coudersport, the American Legion Auxiliary, the NRA, and the H.U.G. Senior Center in Ulysses.

Surviving are: sons and daughter-in-law, William H. and Helen Hall II of Strasburg, VA and Jerry C. Hall of Ulysses; three grandchildren and spouses, Christie L. and Bo Bundrick, William H. and Becky Hall III, and Jacob A. Hall; and four great-grandchildren, Mary Katherine “Katie” Bundrick, William H. Hall, IV, Jacob A. Bundrick, and Isabel R. Hall. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Lloyd C. Younkin; and a sister, Anna Louise Hay.

Friends may call Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Karl W.O. Runser, III will officiate. An Eastern Star Service will be held 4:00 PM, Sunday in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery, Rockwood, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eulalia Chapter #148, Order of the Eastern Star, c/o Shirley Anderson, Treas., 728 Rte. 6W, Coudersport, PA 16915.

911 Center Sent First Responders To Unsafe Murder Scene

PEMA To Review 911 Operations
After several concerns over the operation of Erie County's new 911 center and questions surrounding Saturday's murder of Jayson Sack, the state agency PEMA is now ready to step in and review the county wide operation. At the request of county executive Mark DiVecchio, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is set to conduct a full scale review of the operations at the new 911 center.

The county contacted PEMA Wednesday about the review, after allegations that first responders were not told Saturday evening that murder suspect Joel Atkin was still at the scene with a gun.

Erie County emergency management coordinator Joe Weindorf is conducting a separate investigation to see where that information was lost. This latest allegation is just one more in a list of several ranging from crews responding to wrong addresses to 911 callers being forced to wait. More...

Weekend Yard & Garage Sales

Garage Sale-- April 30, May1, May2-
-- 130 Cherry Springs Rd., Sweden Valley-- Hours 9 till 4. Something for everyone. Household, fishing, tools, old medicine bottles, and much more..
Huge Yard Sale at 781 North Main Street, Coudersport (The Corey Estate).
Maple Festival Weekend, Friday May 1st 9:00 – 5:00, Saturday May 2nd 9:00 – 3:00. Tools, clothes, household items, something for everyone.

Garage Sale--Fri, May 1 and Sat, May 2
9:00 to 3:00, 108 Borie Street, Coudy
Rain or Shine
Three Family Garage Sale, Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, 8am to 5pm, 21 Avenue A, Rubbertown, Coudersport, Pa. Sale is inside--Rain or Shine. Items include: lamps, dresser, bedding, wolf print, tv, car seats, piano, rug shampooer, excellent condition boys & girls brands! Many other good, clean items, too many to mention!
A multi-family yard sale will be held Saturday May 2nd at the Presbyterian Church yard in Coudersport. 8-? Lots of toys. Lots of boy's and girl's clothing (sizing infant - 2T).


Hydroxycut Recalled Due To Liver Injuries

FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut Products (May 1)
Fri, 01 May 2009 10:00:00 -0500

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, N.Y. Some Hydroxycut products are associated with a number of serious liver injuries. Iovate has agreed to recall Hydroxycut products from the market.

Klein's Naturals Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Various Pistachio Products Due To Possible Health Risk (April 30)

Another Earthquake Felt In York County

Quake Rattles Northern York County
Franklintown, Pa. - An earthquake measuring 2.0 on the Richter scale rattled northern York County last night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS reported the tremor occurred at around 6:30 p.m. and was centered one mile southeast of Franklintown. More...

Accident At Larabee Y Injures Juvenile

WESB NEWS--Juvenile Injured in Two Vehicle Accident Near Eldred

One person was injured in a two vehicle accident Thursday afternoon at the Larabee Y in Eldred Township.

State Police say that a transport van driven by 70 year-old Joe Brown of Eldred, which was northbound on Route 155 struck a southbound truck on Route 446 driven by 67 year-old Virginia Studer of Austin.

One juvenile in the Brown van was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. Studer, Brown, and three other juveniles were uninjured in the accident.

Charla F. Howland, Age 90, Troy, PA, formerly of Westfield, PA

Charla F. Howland, Age 90, of Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA, formerly of Westfield, PA, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at her residence.

She was born July 1, 1918 in Westfield Twp., PA, the daughter of John and Frances Mack Howland.

She is survived by her brothers, John Murhl Howland, Columbia Crossroads, PA, Lauris Howland, Ft. Myers, FL; sisters, Donna Stahli, Westfield, PA, Sibyl Young, Bentley Creek, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ina Sayles.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc., 222 West Main Street, Westfield, PA, Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m., where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Burial in Riverside Cemetary, Knoxville, PA.

Maple Festival Starts Today In Coudersport

Maple Festival Highlights

Friday kicks off the Maple Festival in downtown Coudersport. I really look forward to it and have since I was a kid. You don't even have to be near the Courthouse Square to start enjoing the festival- the maple sugar smell fills the area. This is due to the Maple Syrup demonstration at the "Sugar Shack".

The Potter-Tioga Maple Producers set up thier giant tent today. Tommarrow it will be filled with syrups and candy. Festival-goers can also get Maple Cotton-Candy and Maple Milkshakes. Then there is "food alley" where you can get all the famous festival treats from the blooming onion to the coveted funnel cake.

As a kid, going to the Maple Festival was part of the springtime routine, ususally follows leak digging and fishing season. Which after writing that makes sense, because I probably needed something sweet after the savory dishes of leaks and fish.

But who am I kidding, the real reason I was excited because the Maple Festival was also the first opportunity to get in some quality time with the "Merry-Mixer" and "The Giant Slide" and all of the other awesome rides and games that are at the Maple Festival.

Now in my older years, I look at the Maple Festival in a new light, a chance to support the local maple producers, see friends who have been hibernating, and see what our great local vendors have to offer.

I'll be on the square all weekend handing out visitor information on Potter County, If by chance, I'm not there I'll be in line for my yearly maple milkshake.


By Steve Krajewski

The Shinglehouse Little League team increased their record to 2 – 0 by defeating Port Allegany Orange on Thursday night.

Coby Krajewski and Kent Costello combined to strike out seven, walk four and give up four hits in the darkness shortened 20 – 6 victory. At the plate for Shinglehouse, Garett Babcock tripled, Nevada Waterman went 3 for 3, Coby Krajewski was 3-for-3 with a double, and Cheyenne Brabham went 3 for 5.

On the mound for Port Allegany was Tyler Shaffer, Tre Garzel and Mike Ernst. Tyler Shaffer gave Port Allegany the lead in the first inning with a two run blast over the right center field fence.

Shinglehouse plays again on Monday, May 4th at 6:00pm in Shinglehouse where they will host Roulette.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

John Peterson New Executive Director For Forest Alliance

Allegheny Forest Alliance selects former U.S. Rep. John Peterson as executive director

The Allegheny Forest Alliance has selected a new executive director, someone who is no stranger to the issues facing Pennsylvania’s only national forest — former U.S. Rep. John Peterson.

The agency announced on Thursday that Peterson would be taking the helm upon the retirement of Jack Hedlund, who is retiring after nine years as director. More...

Phone Scam Widens--Just Hang Up

Police warn of credit card phone scam

Centre Daily Times
State College police are warning residents of a recent phone scam involving a woman who identifies herself as “Rachel” and offers a plan to reduce credit card interest rates in exchange for personal information about credit card accounts.

Police say this scam is aimed at getting card numbers and information in order to steal from the victim.

The phone number associated with the call is (407) 000-1515. Police say it is a fraudulent and unregistered number.

Anyone who has given information as a result of this scam is urged to report it to police and to their credit card company, and to check their credit card statements. Victims can also run credit reports with the three major credit bureaus, police said, by calling Equifax at (800) 685-1111, Experian at (888) 397-3742, and Trans Union at (800) 888-4213, or visiting

Anyone receiving such a call should simply hang up, police said.


Premier Nutrition Announces Precautionary, Voluntary Nationwide Recall of selected ODYSSEY Branded Bars Containing Peanuts Due to Possible Health Risk (April 29)

Disetronic Medical Systems Inc.Announces a recall of the ACCU-CHEK Spirit insulin pump due to "up" and/or "down" button failures (April 30)

Torn and Glasser Recalls Pistachio Products Because of Possible Health Risk (April 21)

Sleep Center Open House to be held May 7

The Sleep Center at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. May 7.

The community will have the opportunity to meet Sleep Center Medical Director Dr. Amit Khanna, sleep technicians, tour the Sleep Center and enjoy light refreshments.

Those attending the open house should enter via the hospital’s west entrance and park near the Irwin Rehabilitation/Women’s Health Center. For more information, call 274/260-5560.

Power Restored At Potter County Human Services

humservbldgPower Is Back On At Human Services in Roulette. Phones were out this morning. If you called and got no answer, call back.

A planned power outage resulted in limited operations at Potter County Human Services in Roulette this morning (Thursday, April 30).

Power was restored at around noon. During the outage, there was no telephone service at PCHS. Anyone who tried unsuccessfully to reach the agency by phone this morning is encouraged to call back this afternoon. Much of the PCHS staff operated in the field during the morning hours, while management personnel remained on the job at the Roulette facility.

Charles Cole Hospital Sets Up Flu Hotline For Info

Swine Flu Hotline 814-260-5279

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has established a Swine Flu informational hotline. The prerecorded message can be heard by calling 814/260-5279. As the status of this situation changes, the message will be updated as needed.

Due to the recent confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in Mexico and the United States, CCMH will continue its efforts to protect patients and staff.

While CCMH has been preparing for the potential of an avian flu pandemic for quite some time, the hospital is following recommendations from local emergency management officials, the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

"We want the public to know that, if the swine flu affects our local community, Charles Cole will be prepared," said Lonnie Bunch, CCMH safety officer.

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. While there is currently no vaccine available, the swine flu can be treated with certain antiviral drugs. Call your medical provider if you think you have the flu.

Steps people can take to avoid spreading the flu include:

* stay home if you are sick
* cough/sneeze into the arm/elbow or a tissue
* wash hands frequently with warm soap/water or use an antibacterial gel
* wash hands before touching eyes, nose, mouth
* drink plenty of fluids
* eat a balanced diet
* get plenty of rest and exercise

For more information, visit or

Two Vehicle Accident Reported At Larabee Y

BREAKING NEWS:3:03pm-4-30-09
Eldred Township firefighters and Eldred Boro for 2 ambulances are responding to the Larabee Y at the intersection of Rt. 446 and Rt. 155 where a 2 vehicle accident has been reported with possibly 2 injuries. This accident involves a car and a mini school bus. On Scene reports indicate only minor injuries.

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 couple of area residents were sentenced yesterday in Potter County Court.

Kevin Jensen, 19 of Tioga was ordered to spend 4 to 23-1/2 months in jail and to perform 25 hours of community service for simple assault and escape. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, last September 4, Jensen and Ryan Penner went to a victim’s home on Dwight Street in Coudersport and repeatedly punched and kicked him when he opened the door and then took off on foot. Jensen was located on Ross Street by Coudersport Borough police.

Dustin Rinehart ,21 of Galeton, was ordered to spend 23-1/2months on probation concurrently on theft and receiving stolen property. He was arrested in November 2006 when Kevin Miller informed Sweden Township police that while Rinehart was living at his home on the A Frame Road, he took checks from him; forged his name and purchased some $430 worth of items at the Acorn Market in Galeton. Rinehart was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and to comply with treatment recommendations also ordered to perform 25 hours of community service to Potter County.

Mansfield-based state police made several drug arrests yesterday with the help of K9 Ellie at various locations along Route 15. The dog successfully sniffed out several items containing pot and/or related paraphernalia. As a result, charges are being filed against 31 year old Justin Pfeiffer of Athens, GA; 31 year old Anjela Wilcox and 24 year old Aaron Radford, both of Painted Post, NY; and 26 year old Mark Langdon of Spencerport, NY for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

An Eldred man has been charged with harassment following an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Mechanic Street in that town. According to Kane-based state police, a verbal argument between 21 year old Ronald Lawton and 33 year old Joseph Rivera escalated and Lawton reportedly pushed Rivera down and hit him in the head with his fist multiple times.

Troopers at Kane are also probing a hit and run occurring at 7:10 pm Tuesday on Route 6 in Hamlin Township. An unknown westbound vehicle drifted off the road and struck a legally parked 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The driver fled the scene without stopping to provide information to the owner or police.

The theft of a lawn ornament from along Ashley Hill Road in Sullivan Township overnight last Friday is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a 5 foot tall wooden carved bear statute located along the driveway at the home of Karl Schatz.

Troopers are also looking for a silver BMW whose driver failed to pay for gasoline at the Lawrenceville Kwik Fill Saturday night. The driver pumped almost 167 gallons of fuel at around 11:00 pm and then took off without paying for it.

And, police say another driver was apparently absent-minded when driving away from the Exxon Station just east of the Route 15 on ramp in Richmond Township Tuesday evening. State police were alerted that an unknown male had put almost $28 worth of gas into his white Ford Escape. Troopers spotted the SUV and pulled the driver over who related he had forgotten to pay for the fuel. Store personnel refused to prosecute when he returned and paid the bill.

The local economic effects of new gas and oil drilling regulations being proposed by the US Forest Service in the Allegheny National Forest will be the topic of a public hearing Friday in Warren. Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter & Cameron), who will be co-hosting the House Republican Policy Committee hearing, along with Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) said the event will gather essential information on the negative effects federal drilling regulations could have on businesses, jobs and the local economy. Causer said the public hearing will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday at the Warren Holiday Inn. More news....


Swine Flu Update From WIVB TV

Pitt-Bradford To Host Kinzua Fly Fishing School

The summer season begins with two sessions of the Kinzua Fly Fishing School May 1-3 and May 16-17.

Beginning and intermediate fly fishers, male and female, age 12 to adult, are welcome to come learn fly tying, fly casting and fly-fishing techniques with nymphs, wet flies, streamers and dry flies. For more information, visit or e-mail Steve Skvarka at


Horses In Hebron Township Retrieved By Owner

HORSES Have Been Retrieved By Owner
A white and a red riding horse, reported running loose in Hebron Township between the Dry Run Road and the Summit Road, have been located and retrieved by their owner from Allegany Township.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Area Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Mabel E. Toner, 94, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, on Wednesday morning (April 29, 2009). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium.

Allegheny Power Has Restored Power In Roulette

Power was off for 3 hours in Roulette Thursday while Allegheny Power did necessary repair work on the substation here.

As a result of this power outage from 9am to 12pm, Solomon's words did not have internet access for 3 hours on Thursday.

Comments and emails will now be posted as soon as possible.

Send A Get Well Card Or Note To Injured Trooper

Pictured here is a photo of Trooper Mike Flook, stationed at our local Coudersport Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

Trooper Flook was seriously injured last week when a tree fell on his moving personal car as he was commuting back to his home in Saladasburg in Lycoming County.

I wrote Corporal Michael Murray, Jr., the officer in charge of the Coudersport station to see if I could get an address where area residents could send a get well card or a note wishing him a speedy recovery.

Although it is against policy to give out his address, Corporal Murray wrote:

They can send cards and similar items to the barracks, and we will have someone deliver them to him. The address here is 3140 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. I’m sure that Tpr. Flook would appreciate any gestures.

Lets all take a few minutes to send a card or a note to this injured trooper who has responded to our calls here in Potter County.
Photo courtesy WNEP-TV

Dem's Cap & Trade Carbon Tax Devastating

Thompson: Cap and Tax Will
Devastate Small Businesses

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, a member of the House Small Business Committee, participated in a hearing this afternoon that focused on the impact of cap-and-trade legislation on small business and family farms. Cap-and-trade is a policy that limits the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. In the words of Congressman John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan and Chairman Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee, “Cap-and-trade is a tax and it’s a great big one.”

“Cap-and-trade, or as I call it, cap-and-tax, will devastate small businesses and family farms,” said Thompson. “As Chairman Dingell pointed out last week, this proposal is a great big tax on energy consumption that will increase the cost of just about every processed, manufactured, and transported good we consume or use in our daily life.”

Fossil fuels account for 85 percent of America’s energy consumption – and are also a feedstock in many every day products. Natural gas and petroleum are used in the processing and manufacturing of medicine, plastic, rubber, clothing, steel, composite materials, glass, building materials, fertilizer, chemicals, paint, and just about every other product you can think of – including solar panels and wind mills, which are both used for energy production.

“The fact that small businesses and family farms are struggling to make ends meet already, this proposal, if enacted, will kill the very segment of the economy best equipped to get this country back on track. And with agriculture being the largest contributor to Pennsylvania’s economy, farmers will not only have to shell out additional dollars for fertilizer, fuel, and electricity, they will also suffer a competitive disadvantage when competing in the global economy.”

Thompson is referring to the fact that many industrialized and developing nations that American businesses compete with, do not have cap-and-tax or carbon restriction policy on their books. So the cost of this legislation, which has been estimated anywhere from $646 billion to nearly $2 trillion dollars over ten years, will significantly hamper economic growth here at home and force employers to move overseas in order to remain competitive.

“Congress should focus on job creation and preservation – not enacting the radical policies that Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team have proposed with cap-and-tax.”

Solar viewing at the Potter-Tioga Maple Festival

May 1 and 2, 2009
During Festival times

Join Cherry Springs State Park volunteer Stash Nawrocki, operator of Crystal Spheres-Adventures in Stargazing, at the Potter-Tioga Maple Festival on the Square in Coudersport, and learn what makes the closest star to our planet so magnificent. Take the opportunity to view the sun safely through our specially designed solar telescope and search for sunspots, prominences and flares. Solar viewing is weather-dependent.

Remember, never look at the sun without proper eye protection!
After you enjoy the festival, join park staff and volunteers on the evenings of May 1 and 2, for some stargazing at Cherry Springs. Some of the objects we will see include the Moon, Saturn, double stars and star clusters.
►For future program information, see our calendar of events online at
►If you have a question about Cherry Springs or our programs, please call 814-435-
►If you need accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please
contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice), 1-888-537-
7294 (TTY), 717-558-2711 (local and international TTY), 1-800-654-5984 (PA AT&T
Relay Service).