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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Motorcycle Accident Reported At Ormsby

An ambulance has been dispatched to the Ormsby Y for a motorcycle accident at 7:25pm. The motorcyclist was apparently not injured and Port Allegany Ambulance 3 that was at the Raceway returned there.

Roulette Firefighters Sent To Port Allegany For Standby

Roulette Firefighters were called to Port Allegany this Saturday afternoon to stand by mutual aid.

Apparently Port Allegany is out on a structure fire on Rt. 155. Our scanner shut down with a power outage and we missed the dispatch. If anyone has information on this incident, we would appreciate you filling us in.

To Fill A Backpack Fund Drive Helped By Coudersport Elementary Students

Mrs. Gentzyel's Class Is Top Contributor

Winning class is shown in the picture with teacher, Mrs. Gentzyel,
Town Coordinator Shiela Easton and Founder Andy Kulp

By Andy Kulp

The To Fill A Backpack organization kicked off its 2009 fund raising campaign with a change drive at the Coudersport Elementary School. Students were asked to collect as much change as they could from family, friends and neighbors for one week.

The class that collected the most money would win a pizza party donated by Fox’s Pizza of Coudersport. Donations started coming in the form of change, bills, checks and supplies. Donations were collected daily by the Teachers in 29 classes and then delivered to the office for pickup.

At the end of the week, all of the loose change was taken to the 1st National Bank in Port Allegany to be counted. The totals were returned and added to the rolls of coins, bills, etc. to find out who the winning class was.

After all the counting was done, it was Mrs. Gentzyel’s class who won with a total collection of $198.44 (the class is shown in the picture with Mrs. Gentzyel, Town Coordinator Shiela Easton and Founder Andy Kulp).

The To Fill A Backpack organization would like to thank all the students and staff of the Coudersport elementary school for their participation and support.

Anyone who is interested in making a donation can mail it to the following address: To Fill A Backpack – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746 or call (814) 544-8032 to find out where you can drop off supply donations.

The program is hoping to be able to help children in Austin, Coudersport, Eldred, Galeton, Port Allegany, Shinglehouse, Smethport and other areas if we can reach out that far so we are going to need a lot of help.

Last year we helped over 250 children and with the way that the economy is I’m sure that we will be helping more. We will be supplying information later on how people can make arrangements to receive a free backpack if they need one.

The backpacks are usually distributed through local Churches, Food Banks, etc. We ask for no names of who receives the backpacks, only if it is a boy or girl and are they grade school or high school. To see what this organization is all about or to find out how you can help, check us out on the web at, send us an email to or give us a call at (814) 544-8032.

On May 2nd the Roulette Red Hatters (It’s All About Us – Mainly Me) held a benefit bake sale for the To Fill A Backpack program that helped raise $256.20. Thanks to all the Maple Festival people who purchased the bake sale items and/or made donations.

On September 13th the Red Hatters will be holding a benefit Spaghetti Dinner at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport, again to benefit the To Fill A Backpack program. Other fund raising events will be held throughout the summer months in preparation for the upcoming school year. Please donate to the program whenever possible…every little bit counts.

With your continued support we can send children to school with the supplies that they need.

Man Charged With Homicide After Fight In Tidioute

WESB NEWS--Tidioute Man Charged with Homicide
A Tidioute man has been charged with homicide following an incident at about 2:30 this morning in the borough of Tidioute.

25-year-old Brandyn Bynum is in Warren County Jail without bail. Police say he and the 37-year-old male victim, and some other people, were on the sidewalk on Main Street outside a local establishment they had both just left.

Bynum and the victim got into a fight and Bynum allegedly punched the victim in the face causing him to fall to the street. He suffered a fractured skull and died at the scene. Police didn't release the victim's name.

Endeavor News Preview--On Newsstands Now

This week's edition of Endeavor News is now available at businesses all around the Coudersport and Austin areas. Here are some of this week's headline stories:

--Should John Rigas and his son Tim be serving sentences as long as some murderers and terrorists? That question was considered by a U.S. appeals court this week.

--An engineering team studied the ruins of the Austin Dam last week, continuing its quest to determine what caused the structure to fail almost a century ago, claiming upwards of 80 lives and nearly destroyed the town of Austin.

--A popular Potter County musical group has released its first CD and the initial reviews are positive. Could this be the launch of the Jakob's Hollow Band into the national spotlight?

--Potter County put its best foot forward to host more than 100 serious hikers in a statewide event that spotlighted the area's tourism potential.

--Federal funds delivered to the region by the economic stimulus plan will be put to work resurfacing a section of Rt. 6 in the Coudersport area.

Commissioners Had It Wrong--State Did Pay For District Attorney Pay Share

Red-faced board apologizes


LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS- The Clinton County commissioners turned red Thursday - with anger at staff and embarrassment at themselves-after being told the state is not in the red when it comes to compensation for district attorney pay.

In other words, the commissioners, usually very reliable in their facts and figures when it comes to addressing issues between state and local government, had it wrong.

Last week, Commissioner Tom Bossert complained at length that the county had not yet received the state law-mandated money converting county district attorney positions from part-time to full-time.

Enter Mitzi Gallagher, legislative assistant to state Rep. Michael Hanna. D-Lock Haven.

Gallagher appeared at Thursday's board meeting armed with copies of the checks in question and cited figures in support of the fact that the bills have been paid. More....

Roulette Man Charged

WESB NEWS--Man Charged After Truck Hits Utility Pole
A Roulette man is facing charges after his truck hit a utility pole in Roulette Township. Police say 58-year-old Randy Cornelius was towing a large garage on a lowboy when it hit a utility pole, cable wire, a fence and a street sign on Third Street. He kept going and turned onto Burleson Avenue. The incident happened April 29. Summary charges were filed on Friday.

Friday, May 8, 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.


Coudersport-based state police overnight issued a news release advising that a 2007 Pontiac G6 which had been reported stolen was found destroyed by fire near an abandoned gas well about 2/10ths of a mile north of the Ridge Road in Hebron Township earlier this week. The report characterized the crime as a case of “Receiving Stolen Property.” When contacted by Black Forest News, troopers refused to divulge the name of the owner citing a new department policy whereby names of victims are not released, despite Pennsylvania’s new, more stringent Open Records Law. It turns out, the car likely belonged to Rachel Simms of Coudersport who had reported to Coudersport Borough Police that the vehicle had been stolen. Upon further investigation, charges of theft and receiving stolen property were filed against Jason Gutshall of Coudersport by Coudersport Borough Police. BFB is grateful to Kim Hoak of the POTTER LEADER ENTERPRISE for assisting in this report.

Mansfield-based state police have charged 21 year old James Gassparro of Canton with harassment following a fight Monday morning on Spencer Road in Union Township. Authorities claim Gassparo jumped on Joseph Light’s back and punched him in the back of the head. Eric Stone, 33, of Mansfield is accused of disorderly conduct after he allegedly used obscene language while arguing with another person in front of 750 Hollow Road in Richmond Township last Friday afternoon.

Brenda Mattis, 35, of Wellsboro had been arrested on a theft charge by Mansfield-based state police. Authorities claim Mattis plugged an electric fence charger not an electrical outlet at the home of Marie Shelman of Westfield without Shelman’s permission. Mattis has previously been cited for failing to keep her horses corralled.

Coudersport-based state police have cited 42 year old Hope MacManigle with giving false identification to law enforcement and driving while operating privilege was suspended for DUI. The charges were filed after McManigle was stopped on Route 872 on the morning of May 26 near the Sunny Hill Pipe Supply in Homer Township.

Carmen Lampman, 31 of Coudersport was sentenced to 30 days of home electronic monitoring and 35 hours of community service for defiant trespass. According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Coudersport Police were called to Gordnier Street last July 6 for a burglary. Upon investigating the scene and speaking to witness’s Police found that the defendant was seen walking out the front door of the residence. And, Dawn Gochenaur, 31, also of Coudersport was sentenced ­23 ½ months Probation, $100.00 fine and 25 hours community service for Theft by Unlawful Taking (M1), Access Device Fraud (M1), and Bad Checks (M3) On February 19, 2008 Gochenaur wrote a check to Costa’s Shur Save in Coudersport for $212.36. The defendant received $14.63 in product, and $197.73 in cash. The company on the check, Keystone Cleaners of Smethport, does not exist. More news...

Roulette Town Wide Yard Sale Saturday, May 9

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At least 15 sale sites listed
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Someone Cut The Tree Down--Sherry Wants To Know Why?

Someone Cut the tree down, Who & Why?

Sherry & Gracie

Habitat For Humanity Projects Progressing

May 8, 2009

As you know, the Mission of Habitat For Humanity is to provide housing for deserving families in local communities. This is done through Volunteer help! We were thrilled to have fifty-six (56) Volunteers at our recent Second Annual Habitat Volunteer Dinner.

The Family of Potter County Habitat For Humanity’s Founder, T. Lee Bennett, has very generously donated a property in Roulette, PA. Our next house will be built on this property, with demolition of the existing building to begin on TUESDAY, MAY 12th, 2009 (weather permitting)! This is the first step toward the new house build. It is exciting to get started!

We will be sending out Volunteer Updates as the planning pro-gresses and we get started on construction.

Several Other Habitat Events are planned for the near future:

The publication of a Potter County Habitat For Humanity Cookbook is almost complete! This is a first and we are hoping it will prove to be a good fundraiser. More info to follow as to where and when it will be available!

Potter County Habitat Annual Golf Tournament: The date is Wed- nesday, June 17th, 2009 at the Coudersport Golf Club. Put this date on your calendar. Donations of gifts and door prizes and sponsorship of holes as well as cash donations are needed. Contact Shiela Easton at if you can help. To register for the Tournament, please contact the Golf Club at (814) 274-9122. Cost of the Tournament will be: Members of the Golf Club - $50.00 and Non-members - $70.00. Our goal is to have a minimum of 18 foursomes. A picnic style lunch, steak dinner, greens fees and cart included.

Potter County Habitat Restore Project: We are working on warehouse space in the Coudersport area in which to place donated new or used building materials, etc. for sale to the general public. All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to Habitat.

THANK YOU AGAIN for your interest in Potter County Habitat For Humanity

Sincerely – Jim and Charlotte Blain--

Volunteer Coordinators


BRADFORD, Pa. -- Dr. Warren Fass, director of the psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, was chosen to serve on two presidential task forces for Society for Teaching Psychology committees.

Fass served on the STP Presidential Task Force on Interdivisional Relationships and the STP Task Force on Targeted Member Recruitment based on his experience and expertise.

The purpose and responsibility of the Task Force on Interdivisional Relationships was to assess the nature of STP’s relationship with other American Psychological Association divisions and identify ways in which these relationships may be strengthened.

While serving on the Targeted Member Recruitment Task Force, Fass reviewed membership trends over the last several years to ascertain which membership category would be best suited for a targeted recruitment effort, working collaboratively with the chairperson of the Recruitment, Retention and Public Relations Committee to develop strategies to pursue members in this category.

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology advances understanding of the discipline by promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology. The society provides resources and services, access to a collaborative community and opportunities for professional development. The society also strives to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning, advocate for the needs of teachers of psychology, foster partnerships across academic settings and increase recognition of the value of the teaching profession.

Jim Quinn Writes...

Dear Mr Jones
I am writing this letter for a couple of different reasons. First off the attached file is a letter from my nephew Dylan Alan Bomgardner. Who is originally from Potter county. Dylan is now 16 he is taking his summer to do a mission trip. He will be going all over the United States I personally have the Itinerary at my shop. He is in need of a sponsors for his mission. He is looking for Prayer sponsors & monetary sponsors. The Monetary donations can be mailed to him directly or they can be dropped off at my shop. J & J Computers.
More about the mission can be read in his attached letter.

My other reason for writing this letter is I am running a Mothers day sale at the present time where I Have reduced all prices By 25%. Thank you all very much.
James R Quinn
J & J Computers
305 E Academy St
Shinglehouse Pa 16748
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CCMH Wellness Centers Offer Specials

Charles Cole Memorial

Wellness Centers

(Coudersport, Port Allegany, Smethport, Emporium)

Summer Specials

Wellness pass

(offer good thru May 31st)

10% off Regular priced memberships

Class Punch CardSpecials

$68.00 for card worth 10 classes

1 punch per class good for all Summer Classes

(June, July, and August)

Have you gotten your mother a gift

yet? (Offer good thru May 31st)

Buy 3 massages and get one free (of equal value)!

*Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Sports, Hot Stone*

Kenneth L. Graff, 89, Roulette, PA

Kenneth L. Graff, 89, of Roulette, PA died Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.

Born on October 13, 1919 in Tonawanda, NY, he was the son of Levant and Ula McNich Graff. On June 26, 1971 in Tonawanda, he married Geraldine M. Alstrom, who died on January 13, 2002.

Mr. Graff had lived in the Roulette area since 1981. He had been employed for 28 years with the City of Tonawanda Water Department, retiring in 1982. He was a member and past president of the Tonawanda Volunteer Fire Department. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S. Navy.

Surviving are three sons, Randy K. Graff of Tonawanda, NY, Jon Graff of Las Vegas, NV, Kenneth L. Graff, Jr. of Rochester, NY, two daughters, Kelly Roy of Lockport, NY, Debbie Walter of Phoenix, AZ, seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, Jay Graff of Tonawanda, NY, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Keith Bryan Graff, and a sister, Dolores Frank.

A memorial service will be held in Tonawanda at a later date and will be announced by the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport, PA.

Federal Funds May Help Bring Broadband To You

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PCEC Class Schedules

ServSafe Being Offered in Coudersport

The Potter County Education Council will hold a ServSafe Class at the Coudersport Office. ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, eldercare facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis). Federal law requires that all food facility owners must have one qualified and properly trained person in charge on the premises during operating hours. The course will be held on May 13 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will cost 180 per person for a new certification and $65 for a recertification. To register visit our website at or call 814-642-2295, 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

Cooking for Crowds

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Cooking for Crowds class at the Coudersport office. Participants in this workshop will learn up-to-date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. The workshop is appropriate for non-profit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups. Cooking for Crowds will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. and cost $12 per person. To register visit our website at or call 814-642-2295, 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

Sharing Community Knowledge

Potter County Education Council will hold several programs based on “Sharing Community Knowledge” at the Coudersport Office. In North Central PA, individuals in our communities possess extensive knowledge on a wide range of topics. The problem is getting this knowledge which resides with individuals into the hands of those who are interested in learning more. That is the goal of this program.

Potential Topics could include Art History, Astronomy, Automobile Maintenance, Cell Phones, Commercial Construction, Computer Networking, Creative Problem Solving, Healthcare, Home Construction, Horticulture, How Do I Make Glass, Local Economy, Lumber Grading, Team Building, Tourism, Web Design, and many, many more.

There is no fee, no money, just a willingness to share your knowledge in exchange for other people’s knowledge. Each month you will hear a presentation by 3 of your peers, and then the group will spend an hour identifying linkages between topics presented and the community, local businesses, and individually for participants.

For an application packet, contact the Potter County Education Council at (814) 274-4877

Photography Field Trip

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Spring Photography Field Trip at the Coudersport Office. In this course Curt Weinhold will teach you to properly photograph wildflowers, ferns, and a stream in this five hour outdoor class. Topics covered include close-up photography of plants and long exposure of moving water. Receive actual experience in composition and lighting, and artificial (flash) and natural light, how they differ and when to utilize each. The class will meet at the Ed Council for a brief technical session, then travel to Lyman Run State Park for the remainder of the class. Necessary items to bring: lunch, water, camera gear, camera bag or comfy backpack, and suitable shoes for woods tramping. To see samples of Curt’s photos go to: The course will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $48 per person. To register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877, 814-435-9490 or 814-642-2295.


The Potter County Education Council will hold a Fresh Floral Design class at the Port Allegany Office. Take advantage of nature’s beauty by experiencing the art of floral design. Participants will learn about the principles of design and color theory ~ have hands on time working with fresh flowers and take home a small arrangement. This class will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $30 per person. To register visit our website at or call 814-642-2295, 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will be offering the following computer classes:

May 13 FrontPage 2 6 – 9 p.m.

May 18 Access 2 9 a.m. – Noon

May 20 Publisher 1 6 – 9 p.m.

May 27 PowerPoint 1 9 a.m. – Noon

May 27 Publisher 2 6 – 9 p.m.

To register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877, 814-435-9490 or 814-642-2295.

PCEC Galeton Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Galeton Office will be offering the following computer classes:

May 18 Vista 2 9 a.m. – Noon

May 18 Access 4 1 – 4 p.m.

May 19 PowerPoint 3 6-9 p.m.

May 26 PowerPoint 4 6-9 p.m.

To register visit our website at or call 814-435-9490, 814-274-4877 or 814-642-2295.

PCEC Port Allegany Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Education Center will be offering the following computer:

May 14 Access 1 9 a.m. – Noon

May 14 Access 2 1 – 4 p.m.

May 18 Word 3 6 – 9 p.m.

May 21 FrontPage 1 9 a.m. – Noon

May 21 FrontPage 2 1 – 4 p.m.

May 28 Computer 1st Aid 9 a.m. – Noon

May 28 Excel 3 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at or call 814-642-2295, 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.


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 11. 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 11:

· Northbound and southbound traffic are traveling in the northbound lanes, separated by concrete barrier from Forman Street to north of Hillside Drive.

· Southbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.

· Contractor is working on southbound reconstruction by removing existing roadway from the New York state line heading south.

· Contractor is working on southbound bridges. Work includes expansion dam replacements, steel retrofits and deck repairs.

· Starting Tuesday, May 12, Tuna Crossroads will be closed for bridge demolition. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.

· Starting Tuesday, May 12, the Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive will be closed due to bridge work. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and the Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads (Township Route 369)

· 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

Port Allegany Fire Department Schedules Clam Bake

Clam Bake
Saturday May 30th
Port Allegany Fire Department.
Doors open at 12pm. Serving starts at 1 pm
Menu is
Raw Clams
Steamed Clams
Hot Sausage Sandwiches
Meatball Hoagies
Scalloped Potatoes
clam Chowder
some appetizers
$20. Ticket--PRESALE ONLY no tickets at the door.
Tickets on sale until May 16th.
For tickets or more info contact
Jeremy Barnard @
or call our Station at 814 642 2823

Elementary Students Do Their Part For Community Projects

Lions Club member Ron Angood presents a check for $773.00 to Lions Club treasurer Linda Karija, the money was collected by the elementary classes of Mrs. Budd and Mrs. Folk during Earth Day and their annual yard sales, this is the 4th year the classes have donated money to the Lions Club, the class set a goal of $1000.00 for next years event. Lou Karija photo

Chicken Barbeque to Benefit PAHS Yearbook

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Nurses Week Recognition At Charles Cole Comes To An End

Nurses received gifts from their supervisors today as Nurses' Week comes
to an end. Pictured, from left, are Inpatient Behavioral Health nurses
Mandy Erway, Bobbie Jo Morley, Gina Nardi, Beth Sandoval, Brenda Baer,
Keiko Sutton, and Netra Baker.

Ellen Shinn Updates Potter Commissioners On Anti-Bullying Program

bullygraphicAn update on an anti-bullying program being implemented in the county’s five school districts by Potter County Human Services was presented to the Board of Commissioners on Thursday by Ellen Shinn, grants director for Human Services.

Potter County qualified for a $234,000 grant to operate the program over a four-year period. Now in its third year, the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program has served more than 800 students, resulting in a reduction in bullying and intimidation and better peer relationships, Shinn reported.

School districts and communities have partnered with Human Services to help coordinators Leon Kaple and Debbie Hamilton expand the program’s effectiveness. It focuses on students in grades four through eight. Students, parents and teachers have all gained greater awareness of the bullying problem and how to deal with it, she pointed out. Potter County Today

Mildred R. Quinn, 80, Shinglehouse, PA

Mildred R. Quinn
“Beloved mother, grandmother & great-grandmother”

Shinglehouse, PA—Mildred R. Quinn, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Thursday, May 7, 2009 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport, PA, after a long illness.

Born June 9, 1928 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of William and Christine Morganthaler Hammeke. On October 15, 1949 in Philadelphia, she married John W. Quinn, Sr., who died on January 12, 1993.

Mrs. Quinn was a graduate of Raven Hill Academy in Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.

She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse and a member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Quinn loved to read and solve crossword and word search puzzles. She loved to cook.

Surviving are four sons: Michael A. (Phyllis) Quinn of Montrose, PA, Stephen M. (Donna Marie) Quinn of Quakertown, PA, Richard D. Quinn and John W. “Jay” (Laura) Quinn, Jr., both of Shinglehouse, PA; a daughter, Christine C. (Brian) Church of Morgantown, WV; fourteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Kratochwill of Cape May, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Quinn was preceded in death by two brothers, William Hammeke and Norbert Hammeke.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, PA with the Rev. Brian Vossler, pastor, celebrant. Committal services and burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Shinglehouse Little League now sitting at 4 – 0

By Steve Krajewski

The Shinglehouse Little Leaguers continued their unbeaten streak on Thursday by defeating Austin. Though the Austin team may have come up short, the enthusiasm and the love for baseball exhibited by the Austin players was truly inspiring.

Shinglehouse plays again on Monday, May 11th at 6:00pm in Shinglehouse where they will host Coudersport Purple.

Partnership with Hamot Brings Specialists, Telemedicine to Charles Cole

Captions: (Telemedicine 1) Leo Sillick, PA-C, listens to Mark Close’s heart,

which is also seen and heard on the laptop and monitor and also at Hamot in Erie.

(Telemedicine 2) Mark Close communicates with a provider at Hamot in Erie.

By Janene Dunn

Director, Public Relations

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Patients from the area often travel to larger cities for their specialty care. However, thanks to modern technology, area patients may now be spared what is typically a four-hour drive.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with Hamot Medical Center, added prominent specialists Dr. Steven Herrmann and Dr. James DeMatteis to CCMH’s medical staff earlier this year. This partnership also includes the addition of telemedicine technology, in which patients at CCMH interact with Hamot physicians via live, interactive videoconferencing with specially designed medical devices. A telemedicine evaluation is similar to a regular office visit except the specialists are in Erie and the patient can remain close to home. Health care professionals at CCMH assist the patient and the consulting physician during the evaluation and act as advocates for the patient, according to Val Jackson, telemedicine program director and regional director, Hamot Heart Institute.

Clinicians at CCMH can use the technology, which includes a large, high definition screen, with clinical accessories including a stethoscope and video camera for real time assessment. The provider at Hamot is able to discuss a patient’s clinical history and presenting health issues as well as see and hear everything that is happening in the patient room in Coudersport.

An example of the benefit of telemedicine is the follow up appointment after cardiac bypass surgery. An individual would be expected to return to Hamot for a follow up surgical visit in four to six weeks. That means a total of five or six hours in the car for a 15 minute examination. The long distance travel, coupled with unpredictable winter conditions, can cause a significant hardship for patients. Telemedicine can accomplish the same high level, quality care with significantly reduced travel, financial investment, time commitment and reliance on friends and family, Jackson said.

As an enhancement to health care, telemedicine has been used nationally with accuracy and convenience. For rural areas, where patients would typically travel great distances to see a specialist, telemedicine provides a great service to patients in our local community, said Netra Baker, director of staff development and professional enrichment at CCMH.

Nancy Lamb of Coudersport was the first patient to use telemedicine at CCMH. She has traveled to Erie to see Dr. DeMatteis in the past but was extremely pleased with having the option of seeing him in Coudersport using telemedicine. Traveling out of town to see a specialist is a strain due to her medical condition. Therefore a five minute drive to CCMH versus three hours was appealing. “My experience was excellent,” she said. “It was just like a face-to-face office visit. The technology is excellent.”

Initially, Dr. DeMatteis, a neurologist, will use the technology to see his current patients for follow up appointments. CCMH plans to expand telemedicine to other clinical areas including cardiology, emergency department, and even continuing education for doctors and nurses.

Telemedicine can be used as an educational tool for physicians, allied health staff and the community. Continuing education is an application that is of great need for all hospitals; sending staff to a conference creates a financial hardship and manpower issue. With this technology in place, Hamot can share educational programs with Charles Cole staff at no additional cost, Jackson said.

“Telemedicine was started at Hamot in 2006 as an avenue to provide access to specialty care and services that might not be provided in rural communities. It is another way to keep with Hamot’s mission of leading the way to better health,” Jackson said.

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