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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Roulette Man Loses Wheelchair Gel Cushion

Richard Knight, 77, of Roulette contacted Coudersport State Police to report the loss of a 14 inch square by 3 inches thick GEL wheelchair cushion around noontime on Friday.

Mr. Knight, who is wheelchair bound, thinks the cushion, which has the word "Syrenity" imprinted on it, and made by the Scooter Store Power Center, may have fallen off his wheelchair which was secured to a rear lift on his vehicle.

His route of travel was from the Dollar Store in Coudersport, along Route 6 into Roulette and to his home on Burleson Avenue in Roulette.

Knight asks that if you happen to see this cushion along the highway, that you contact him or Pennsylvania State Police at 814-274-8690.

Curwensville Tops Lady Falcons For Softball Title

Courier Express
KERSEY - Close games have been become the norm near the end of the season for the Curwensville softball team, and the Lady Golden Tide found themselves in another tight contest Saturday against Coudersport in the District 9 Class A championship game played at the Fox Township Community Park.

Curwensville has used the winning recipe of dominant pitching by senior Holly Lansberry and a clutch hit to score the deciding runs in recent games, and Saturday' title tilt against the Lady Falcons appeared headed for the same outcome.

Curwensville (22-1) held a slim 1-0 lead entering the top of the seventh, but that's when the second-seeded Lady Tide erupted for five runs on four hits in the top of the seventh inning to easily win their second D-9 title in three years with a 6-0 victory over top-seeded Coudersport (21-1). More...
Answering the Call


BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named 272 students to its Dean’s List for the spring 2009 semester. Dean’s List status is awarded to full-time students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Those earning a grade point average of 4.0 from Bradford were Grant Allen, a senior computer information systems major; Sameer Pradhan, a senior environmental studies major; Kaitlin Zapel, a freshman human relations major; Leslie Shallop, a sophomore nursing major; and Stephanie Lynn Pascarella, a senior psychology and sociology major;

From Shinglehouse, Tarra James, a junior sport and recreation management major; Debra Bell, a senior history-political science major; Jessica Visseau, a junior English and English education 7-12 major; and Ali Mertsock, a junior elementary education major. All are listed here....

Shinglehouse Little League adds two more to the win column

By Steve Krajewski
With two thirds of the season behind them, the Shinglehouse Little Leaguers are still perfect at 10-0.

The week’s first victory came on Wednesday at the expense of Austin. On the mound for Shinglehouse, Dylan Buchholz and Garrett Babcock struck out 6 and walked 1, giving up 0 hits. Shinglehouse hitting was highlighted by Garrett Babcock tripling twice, and Andrew Walters, Dylan Buchholz, and Brandon Brabham each doubling. Pitching for Austin was Andrew Nica, Brad Green, AJ Simms, and Mike Shaffer. The Austin pitching staff struck out 1, walked 13 and gave up 14 hits.

Thursday night’s 8-1 victory against Coudersport Purple marked the two thirds point on the 2009 schedule. Coby Krajewski and Nevada Waterman held the Coudersport hitters to 1 run on 4 hits and 8 walks, while striking out 8. Shinglehouse’s Garrett Babcock and Cheyenne Brabham each collected a double. Coudersport pitchers Kyle Klay, Darren Keglovits, Bryce Butler, and Andrew Rigas gave up 8 runs on 7 hits and 6 walks, while fanning 8 Shinglehouse batters. Coudersport’s offensive spark was provided by Kyle Klay hammering a solo home run, and Darren Keglovits getting to second on a double.

Shinglehouse plays again at 6:00pm Monday, June 1st, hosting Port Allegany Black (Roulette).

PCEC Computer Class Schedules

ESU to Offer Two Act 48 Courses in Coudersport

The Potter County Education Council will hold two Act 48 classes from East Stroudsburg University. The first course, Reducing Stress in the Classroom, will be held from June 8 – June 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second course, Planning for a Change, will be held from June 15 – June 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both courses will be taught by Keith Ward. For more information or to register call 570-422-2872 or email

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

First Step: Starting a Small Business

The Potter County Education Council will hold a FREE workshop designed to give you a head-start with your business. This workshop will be held June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. To register

contact Clarion University SBDC – Bradford Office 814 368-1408 or visit their website at Registration is required for this workshop.

PCEC Offers Beading 101 Class

The Potter County Education Council will hold a Beading 101 class at the Port Allegany Office. This class will offer beading projects for the beginning beader. Participants will learn the basics of beading and knowledge of tools used to complete three projects: a bracelet, earrings & a pin.

Register early as class size is limited. The class will be held on Wednesday, June 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. and cost $30 per person. All materials will be furnished. 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:

June 3 Computer 1st Aid 6 – 9 p.m.

June 8 Publisher 1 9 a.m. – Noon

June 10 Vista 1 6 – 9 p.m.

June 15 Publisher 2 9 a.m. – Noon

June 17 PowerPoint 1 6 – 9 p.m.

June 22 Computer 1st Aid 9 a.m. – Noon

June 24 PowerPoint 2 6 – 9 p.m.

June 29 Vista 1 9 a.m. - Noon

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:

June 9 Outlook 4 6 – 9 p.m.

June 15 Word 4 9 a.m. – Noon

June 15 Excel 4 1 – 4 p.m.

June 16 Access 3 6 – 9 p.m.

June 23 Access 4 6 – 9 p.m.

June 30 Computer 1st Aid 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:

June 4 Vista 3 9 a.m. – Noon

June 4 Windows XP 3 1 – 4 p.m.

June 9 Publisher 3 6 – 9 p.m.

June 11 Outlook 3 9 a.m. – Noon

June 11 Outlook 4 1 – 4 p.m.

June 16 PowerPoint 3 6 – 9 p.m.

June 18 FrontPage 3 9 a.m. – Noon

June 18 FrontPage 4 1 – 4 p.m.

June 23 Access 3 9 a.m. – Noon

June 23 Access 4 1 – 4 p.m.

June 25 PowerPoint 4 6 – 9 p.m.

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

Sign up Now for the North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn

If you are looking for an affordable vacation close to home this summer that is fun, educational, healthy and outdoors, we encourage you to join us for the 2009 North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn.

The registration deadline has been extended until June 6th with no late fees!

The North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn is sponsored by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and will be held from June 18 to 23. This 100-mile paddle trip begins at Camp Lackawanna at Vosburg Neck and concludes six days later.

On Friday, June 19th, sojourners will travel to Nesbitt Park in Wilkes-Barre and will be able to take part in the Wyoming Valley River Fest on Friday and Saturday nights. The festival includes a dedication of the Wilkes-Barre River Commons and will have musical entertainment along with historical and river oriented displays for the sojourners to enjoy. The sojourners will leave Nesbitt Park and travel to Shickshinny on Sunday.

Monday night the sojourners will camp at the Barn at Boone’s Dam in Bloomsburg. Musical entertainment will be provided for the sojourners to relax and enjoy. The journey ends on June 23rd with a special ceremony at Shikellamy State Park where the North Branch and West Branch of the Susquehanna River converge.

To register for the North Branch Susquehanna Sojourn, go to Susquehanna Greenway Partnership's website or email for more information.

Geologists Bury Seismographs In Earthquake Area

Senate Staffer Arrested In Bizarre Sex Case


Statement as of 3:37 PM EDT on May 30, 2009

... Freeze watch in effect from late Sunday night through Monday

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a freeze
watch... which is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday

An unseasonably cold air mass will become established across the
region Sunday and Sunday night. With mainly clear skies and light
winds... temperatures could fall as low as the upper 20s and lower
30s across the northern mountains... especially over the elevated
valleys... by Monday morning.

There is still some uncertainty as to how extensive the freeze
conditions will be. There is a chance that enough clouds could
spread into the area late Sunday night to prevent a widespread
freeze. At this time... the best chance for freeze conditions will
be in the normally colder rural valleys of northern Pennsylvania.
In addition... a widespread frost will also be possible in many
areas north of Interstate 80.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
These conditions could damage sensitive plants and crops.

Shinglehouse Music Festival Today (Saturday)

BioBlitz At The Austin, PA Dam Site--Photos By Bruce Brooks

Dates Set For 54th Annual Morris, PA Rattlesnake Hunt

54nd annual Morris Rattlesnake Roundup

The dates for the 2009 Rattlesnake Roundup have been set for June 13 and 14th.
•Where: Morris Township Fire Company grounds along state Route 287 in the village of Morris. More info as it comes available.

Roulette Man Not Seriously Injured When Thrown From ATV

Roulette Chemical Hose Co. No. 1 EMT's and Rescue Squad
responded quickly Saturday afternoon to the Kaple farm along
Route 6 in Roulette Township where Brett Kaple had been
thrown from a 4 wheeler. Although banged up and sore, Brett
apparently was not injured. Photo shows Brett being looked
over by two EMT's.

BioBlitz Buzzing On Saturday; Public Welcome

Photo by Curt Weinhold--See more at

Potter County Today

“BioBlitz” continues on Saturday (May 30) at the Austin Dam Memorial Park. It’s open to anyone with an interest in science, including parents who would like to expose their children to the interesting findings and discussions.

Today’s program consists of a series of workshops, sharing of information and collecting, with the public invited to watch, listen and join in to help. A closing activity is slated for 3:30 pm.


Potter County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension, the County Commissioners and Emergency Services/GIS Mapping have been among those organizations joining the Austin Area School District, Dominion Resources and other co-sponsors to make the first BioBlitz a big success.

Among those attending on Friday was Melanie Acker, director of the Science in Motion program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, shown above with BioBlitz organizer Arthur Metzger.

Acker said the program has brought more modern and enriching science education to hundreds of students in Potter County through the availability of laboratory materials and other equipment that individual schools do no have and/or cannot afford. She added that funding for Science in Motion has been eliminated from one version of the state budget for 2009-10 that is under debate among Senators and Representatives in the Pa. General Assembly.


Two herpetologists, Stan Boder (left) and Marlin Corn, have been especially impressed with their findings at the park, which they described as an ideal outdoor classroom with a “bountiful mixture of interesting and interdependent species.”

Those attending should use the Austin Dam Memorial Park entrance located off Rt. 872, north of the dam ruins. Additional information on BioBlitz is available on a website, A complete list of the scientists who participated and information links is listed on this website.

Coudersport's Incredible Baseball Season Continues!

Coudersport Varsity Baseball Team
Takes First District 9 Championship
Photo by Kathy Brooks

Story by Paul Heimel

Coudersport's 2009 varsity baseball team has carved its place in the school's record books and the storybook 2009 season lives on!

This year's squad has some special inspiration and has been peaking at the right time. Friday night's 9-4 win over Clarion on the familiar diamond at St. Marys' Berwind Park earned the school its first-ever PIAA District 9 baseball championship.

Photo by Paul Burdick
Andrew Mickle

Metzger worked the front four innings, followed by Mickle's two-plus and Whitman turned out the lights in the seventh.

Photo by Paul Burdick
Coach McClintic

Against Clarion, Coach Doug McClintic used a combination of three pitchers, Bret Metzger, Andrew Mickle and Brett Whitman -- back from surgery that threatened to sideline him all season -- to hold Clarion at bay.

Kathy Brooks Photo

First baseman Adam Dow played an important role, driving in three runs and turning in a key defensive play. Several other Falcons contributed to a solid 16-hit attack.

Kathy Brooks Photo

As word of the district championship spread throughout the area, Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department joined in the celebration by leading a parade to escort the Falcons into town and on to the school, where well-wishers greeted the champions and wished them well in the state playoffs.

Kathy Brooks Photo

Now, attention turns to the "Sweet 16" round of the state playoffs. That single-elimination tournament will eventually lead to the state title game on June 12 in Altoona.

Kathy Brooks Photo

Coudersport returns to Berwind Park on Monday at 4:30 to meet Neshannock, the third-seeded team from PIAA District 7 (southwestern Pennsylvania). That winner progresses to the Elite Eight on Thursday against either Bishop McCort (Dist. 6, top seed) or Carmichaels (Dist. 7, second seed).

PennFuture Forum Discusses Tax On Natural Gas

Is gas severance tax the answer?

Sun Gazette

Can a severance tax on natural gas production be the answer to state and municipal financial problems?

That was one of the questions debated Thursday during a public forum focusing on natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale.

The forum, hosted by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future - also known as PennFuture - at City Hall, attracted about 40 people, many of whom had concerns about how gas development impacts the environment and how to best raise revenue for conservation programs and other services through gas development.

PennFuture favors a severance tax on gas extracted from the shale, according to Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of the environmental advocacy organization.

"It is a huge opportunity for areas like this that are in need of economic development," Jarrett said. "We've got to make sure the drilling is done in a responsible manner and that, as taxpayers, there is value from it." More...

Twice Postponed District 9 Softball Title Game Will Play Today At Kersey

Coudersport vs Curwensville Today

The twice postponed District 9 Class “A” softball title game between Curwensville and the Lady Falcons of Coudersport will play today (Saturday) in Kersey at Hue Field, starting at 12 noon.

The Lady Tide are the number two seed with a 21-1 record while Coudersport is unbeaten at 21-0 and the number one seed.

Both teams will advance to the PIAA Playoffs that get under way Monday.

The winner will play District 7 third-place finisher Leechburg (16-4) in a West Region quarter-final.

The loser will get the District 6 champion in the first round of the East Region.

Listen to the game on Saturday, on WOKW-FM, 102.9, starting with the pre-game show at 11:45 am. Information from Gant Daily


EMPORIUM, Pa. – The American Cancer Society's "Creating A Cure" event will take place today (Saturday, May 30) at Sizerville State Park.

Ten artists will showcase their work and four musicians will perform to raise money for cancer patients and research from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., along Route 155, six miles north of Emporium.

Declining interest in Cameron County's "Relay for Life" prompted a change of venue but the same goals.

"Survivors are the reason we do everything," ACS spokesperson Marie Costello said. "I am really thinking it will be an excellent event."

Painters, wood carvers, a felt knitter, a welder, a jewelry maker and a charcoal artist will demonstrate their skills inside the pavilions. Musicians will perform at a section of the park.
"Creating A Cure" gets under way at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony. Cancer victims will be honored with bags filled with memories set up as a labyrinth.

Park naturalist Tom Murphy will give guided hikes around the park at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Upwards of 30 survivors will be recognized during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. A speaker will give a keynote address, and survivors' names and a poem written by a 16-year-old from Wellsville, N.Y., will be recited.

An auction will be held at 3 p.m. Among items will include wooden furniture and carvings, a wooden swing, a stained glass window and three styles of paintings. Cash and credit card payments will be accepted.

Also available will be kid games, face painting, hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. Basket and 50:50 raffles will be chanced off. Chicken barbecue will be on sale beginning at noon.
The fund-raising goal – $30,000 – will go toward cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

For more information, contact Costello at 1-888-333-5129, ext. 3010 or

Friday, May 29, 2009

Distinguished Hampden-Sydney College Professor Attends Austin Dam Site BioBlitz In Potter County Hills

Dr. William A Shear, Biologist

William A. Shear, Ph.D.
, is a biologist and Charles Patterson Distinguished Professor of Biology at Hampden-Sydney College in central Virginia. His areas of expertise include entomology, invertebrate zoology, evolutionary theory and the history of earth and life.

He is a member of the American Arachnological Society, the Cambridge Entomological Club and the Paleontological Society, among other affiliations.

He is author of many scholarly papers and articles, as well as the book Spiders: Webs, Behavior and Evolution.

Dr. Shear is a native of Coudersport, who is enjoying his finds at the BioBlitz, at the site of the Austin Dam ruins on Freeman Run. You can read more about Dr. William A. Shear by clicking HERE

Coudersport Boys' Baseball Wins District 9 Championship

Coudersport Wins Championship

The Coudersport High School boys' baseball team has won the District 9 Class A Championship by beating Clarion 9-4 on Friday.

Coudersport moves on to the next round of the PIAA playoffs and will play Neshannock Monday at 4:30 in St. Marys.

Noted Bucks County Naturalist Explores Austin Dam Site In Potter County BioBlitz

Marlin Corn, professional naturalist at the Churchville
Nature Center, Bucks County Department Of Parks
And Recreation, was thrilled with the variety
of species he found in the Freeman Run valley at the
Austin Dam BioBlitz in Potter County, PA. Scientists
and students gathered at the BioBlitz, Friday.
The Bio Blitz continues all Friday night and until 3:00 PM
on Saturday

Austin Dam BioBlitz Continues All Night Friday and Saturday Until 3:00 PM

BioBlitz’ Moves Into Night Shift;
Public Welcome

bioblitzshearhauberAnyone with an interest in science is encouraged to attend “BioBlitz,” which continues through the night and into Saturday afternoon at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

About three dozen scientists and environmental authorities, several of them known worldwide, are participating in an educational experience involving area students and other members of the community.

It’s an event to identify as many species of life as possible in a highly engaging 30-hour period, designed to spark the interest of local school students and other citizens in the fascinating world of science.

Among today’s participants were Potter County natives Dr. William Shear, left, who located a wide variety of spiders; and David Hauber, right, who captured and banded several species of birds.

bioblitz2009-034Bioblitz kicked off Friday morning with field trips, workshops and scientific collection. Herpetologists were particularly pleased with the variety of species they were able to find and show to school students, who posed here with some of the organizers at the base of the Austin Dam ruins.

Friday night’s schedule, open the the public, includes sonic monitoring of birds and bats with electronic equipment, owl-calling, moth studies and more activities. BioBlitz concludes at 3 pm on Saturday.

Among participants are: Dr. Brady Porter, a noted zoologist from Duquesne University who has studied native fishes in Potter County; David LaPuma, who is conducting important bird research; small mammal authority Dr. Kyle Selcer, and botanist Bonnie Isaac.

Bill Powers, an expert on motion-driven photography, recently set up more than two dozen sophisticated cameras in the Freeman Run valley. Tonight, he’ll be sharing the discoveries he has made in the dark.

Authorities on herpetology, birds, forestry, conservation and other specialties are also attending.

bioblitztoads1Some of the specimens found in the park have been put on display under the main tent, including these two amphibians who appeared anxious to return to their natural environment.

They were joined by snakes, spiders, moths and other species collected during BioBlitz.

Those attending should use the Austin Dam Memorial Park entrance located off Rt. 872, north of the dam ruins.

Additional information on BioBlitz is available on a website,

Chester H. Morley, 94, of Gold, PA

Chester H. Morley, 94, of Gold, PA, died Friday, May 29, 2009 in the home where he was born.

Born August 24, 1914, in Allegany Township, PA, he was the son of Seth W. and Mary Williams Morley. On September 25, 1935 in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Betsey E. Young, his wife of over 70 years, who predeceased him on December 20, 2005.

He owned and operated a farm and was a member of the Gold Church. He was a gravedigger for 54 years, digging 5000 graves in 70 cemeteries.

Surviving are: five daughters, Jeannette Buck of Gold, Peg (Jon) Parshall of Athens, PA, Jane Daniels, Kathy Soule, and Cindy Chick, all of Gold; a son, Daniel (Nancy) Morley of Gold; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marguerite Wolfe of Pickerington, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two grandsons, Evan Buck and Christopher Daniels; two sons-in-law, Bud Daniels and Bob Buck; a sister, Marie Truax; and a brother, James Morley.

Friends may call Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Gold Church. Pastor Frank Mickle will officiate. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Allegany Twp.

Memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16948, the Gold Church, c/o Nancy Erway, Treas., Genesee, PA 16923, or the Raymond Cemetery, c/o Neal Goodenough, Genesee, PA 16923.

Tobacco Cessation Workshops to be Held

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc. will host 90-minute tobacco cessation workshops in June.

Sessions will be held at 3:30 p.m., June 4 at CCMH’s main conference room; at 6 p.m., June 4, at CCMH’s Wellness Center, Coudersport; 6:30 p.m., June 11 at the First Presbyterian Church, 19 Germania St., Galeton; 7 p.m., June 16 at the Harrison Valley Community Center; 7 p.m., June 23 at the Austin Fire Hall; and 6:30 p.m., June 30 at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse.

Sessions are free and open to the public. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available to program participants including patches, gum and lozenges.

To register, or for more information, call 800/264-1290 or email

Reporter Calls Austin BioBlitz "AWESOME"

Alex Davis, a correspondent for the Potter Leader-Enterprise, assigned to cover the Austin Dam BioBlitz has one word for what he saw at the dam site this morning, "AWESOME!"

Alex says he watched students trying to find critters, and has some photos of critters, but he hasn't had time to look at them yet. He reports, "Real, real neat to see the kids interacting. And the scientists were neat, too."

There will be a public program at 2:00pm today (Friday) and the event will continue through tonight and tomorrow. The public is invited to watch or participate in this unique event in the hills of Potter County. Alex raved, "What a neat event. Really neat."

You can read Alex's story in next Wednesday's Potter Leader-Enterprise.

PA State Police Use Helicopter Help To Catch ATV Violators

ATVs vs. private property battle hits new level

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Game Commission and State Police teamed up this past weekend to combat all-terrain vehicles being driven on private property, using a helicopter to spot violators.

“We were getting numerous complaints about illegal ATV activity on properties that they are not supposed to be on,” said Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom Sabolcik on Wednesday.

The state police brought in a helicopter from Montoursville, while the Game Commission spread out in Lafayette, Hamlin and Otto townships, with most of the properties being patrolled a part of the Cooperative Forest-Game Program. More...

Burglars Get $4,500.00 At Smethport Legion Post

WESB NEWS--Safe Stolen From Smethport Legion Post

Smethport Police are investigating a burglary at the Smethport American Legion sometime between 10:45pm Wednesday night and 6am Thursday morning.

Police say that someone entered the Bucktail Post 138 and stole a black safe. The safe contained over $4,500 dollars.

Public Encouraged To Attend BioBlitz At Austin Dam

Anyone with an interest in science is encouraged to attend “BioBlitz,” now underway at the Austin Dam Memorial Park.

About three dozen scientists and environmental authorities, several of them known worldwide, are participating in an educational experience involving area students and other members of the community.

It’s an event to identify as many species of life as possible in a highly engaging 30-hour period, designed to spark the interest of local school students in the fascinating world of science.

Bioblitz kicked off Friday morning at 8:30 with an orientation, followed by a series of workshops that will continue both days. A 2 pm ceremony on Friday will recognize sponsors and volunteers.

Friday night’s schedule includes sonic monitoring of birds and bats with electronic equipment, owl-calling, moth studies and more activities. BioBlitz will continue all night, concluding at 3 pm on Saturday.

Among participants will be: Dr. Brady Porter, a noted zoologist from Duquesne University who has studied native fishes in Potter County; David LaPuma, who is conducting important bird research; Dr. William Shear, a spider expert; small mammal authority Dr. Kyle Selcer, and botanist Bonnie Isaac.

Bill Powers, an expert on motion-driven photography, recently set up more than two dozen sophisticated cameras in the Freeman Run valley. He is sharing the discoveries he makes in the dark. Authorities on herpetology, birds, forestry, conservation and other specialties are also attending.

Those attending should use the Austin Dam Memorial Park entrance located off Rt. 872, north of the dam ruins. Additional information on BioBlitz is available on a website,

Austin 11-12 Year Old Softball Team Remains Undefeated 6-0

Photo by Kathy Brooks

Pictured: Batter Nicole Smith looks on as
team mate Mia Glover safetly slides in past
Roulette's pitcher McKayla Daniels

Austin 11-12 Year Old Softball Team Remains Undefeated 6-0

Austin took on another win Thursday night at their home field as they hosted Roulette. Score 20-10. Austin travels to Port Allegany on Monday, June 1st

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Millport Woman One of 4 Shot At On Route 15 Wednesday

Shots Fired At Cars
Route 15 Northbound was temporarily shut down Wednesday evening when State Police in Montoursville received a call from a motorist who said their vehicle had been shot at by an unknown weapon, from an unknown direction, while driving Route 15, just north of the Rt. 104 intersection in Cogan House Townshiip.

State police quickly responded and located several juveniles at nearby residences. Six juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 16, admitted to having shot bb guns into or at passing motorists vehicles in the evening hours of May 24, 25, and 27th.

Gina Lappano, of 3 Canada Hollow Road, Shinglehouse was one of four victims whose vehicles were hit by the bbs. The other victims were Krysta Wagner of Blossburg, Robert Wrenn of Danielsville, PA, and Benjamin Worthington of Liberty, PA. State police reported to the Sun Gazette that there were no injuries.

The juveniles will be charged with propulsiion of missled into occupied vehicles/Criminal Mischief through the Juvenile Probation Department. State Police believe that there were other vehicles damaged by the shootings and are asking anyone with information to contact PSP at 570-368-5700

State Police were assisted by Old Lycomng Township Police and Trout Run Fire Police.

Car Shears Off Pole--Wires Down On W. Washington Street In Bradford Township

BREAKING NEWS:8:45pm-5-28-09
A one car accident at the intersection of Dorothy Lane and West Washington Street in Bradford Township, has emergency responders on the way. The car has sheared off a pole and electric wires are reported down in the roadway.

Potter & McKean Counties Hit By Flash Flooding

was issued Thursday evening as thunderstorms with rain totals of 2 inches an hour tore through a wide area of McKean and Potter Counties in PA and the Southern Tier of New York.

Flooding of various degrees hit basements and roads, and possibly some low lying homes.

There were calls for flooding in East Smethport, Port Allegany, Millport, Genesee, Eldred and areas in between as streams rapidly surged out of their banks and over roadways.

Port Allegany firefighters and the Port Allegany ambulance were called to a residence on Church Street in the Boro, where a person received an electrical burn in a flooded basement. Other reports of flooding were received on North Main Street, where water and debris was reported on the roadway and Pearl Street.

Port emergency services were called to the North Open Brook Road to rescue a person who had become trapped in the flood water after trying to drive through it, and a call for an animal rescue on Rt. 155 was also heard, but not confirmed.

Persons on Lillibridge Creek Road called for barricades as the road was reported washed out in 3 places. The Port Allegany Football field was reported under water until debris was cleaned out of a drain.

Eldred was called out for water across Main Street, Eldred Township Department was sent to Route 155 in the area of Spader's junkyard where water and debris was across the road.

In East Smethport, the Fire Department was called to a report of high water possible inundating a mobile home and electrical equipment.

In Millport, water was reported over the road on the Eleven Mile Road, and in Genesee Township, water was over the O'Donnell Road.

The Allegheny river from Port Allegany to the headwaters seemed to miss most of the heavy rain, which tracked just north of Roulette on a path that mostly avoided Coudersport, although residents along Fishing Creek were wary of water that might come down that waterway from the north.

Probably the full extent of the damage done by the flash flooding will not be known until daylight as residents get a look around.

Solomon's words initiated live event coverage with cover it live and had up to 222 different persons participating over a period of a couple of hours. That live event can be reviewed with the reports as received.

Rachel E. (Welsh) Stepankow, 94, Formerly Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Rachel E. (Welsh) Stepankow, 94, formerly of Laurel Lane, died Monday (May 25, 2009) in South Carolina.

Born April 20, 1915, in Couder-sport, PA, she was a daughter of Clyde and Anna C. Butz. On June 15, 1941, in Coudersport, PA, she married Robert J. Welsh, who died Sept. 28, 1975. On April 22, 1978, in Harmonsburg, PA, she married Walter Stepankow, who survives.

Rachel was a member of Ebinezar Methodist Church, Longs, SC.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Walter to various parts of the country. She worked several years at Pierce Glass Co., Port Allegany, as a receptionist-switch board operator, before retiring.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Walter, of Little River, SC, are a daughter, Barbara (Don) Bova of Meadville, PA; two stepsons, Tom (Chris) Stepankow of Erie, PA, Walter (Terri) Stepankow of Valparasion, IN; a granddaughter, Andrea (Jeff) Newell of Meadville, PA, a grandson, Chris (Melissa) Bova of Conneautville, PA; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Robert, a grandson, Dennis J. Bova, two brothers, and two sisters.

A memorial service was held in the Ebinezar Methodist Church, Longs,

SC. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.


Week-long work on Stone Lick Run Bridge will remove weight restrictions

CLEARFIELD – On Monday, June 1, PennDOT will close State Route 3001 near the village of Conrad in order to replace the beams and deck on the Stone Lick Run Bridge.

The bridge is currently posted for a 10-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 19-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. Replacing the bridge’s deck and beams will allow PennDOT to remove the posted weight restrictions.

Route 3001 will be closed June 1 through June 8 and a detour will be in place. The official detour directs drivers to use Routes 872, 6 and 44. The bridge spans Stone Lick Run on Route 3001 near the village of Conrad in Wharton Township, Potter County.

The Stone Lick Run Bridge was built in 1972, is 20 feet long and carries an average of 74 vehicles per day. A contractor will perform the bridge work.

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

Allegheny River Meeting Tonight At Port Vets Home

Next meeting on the Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan will be held tonight (Thursday, May 28) from 6-8 at the Port Allegany Veterans Memorial Home on Rt. 155, south of the Rt. 6 intersection near Port Allegany.

Anyone interested in issues such as water quality, environmental stewardship, recreational development, intergovernmental agency relations, regional history and tourist promotion is especially invited to attend.

It’s sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and a steering committee for the Allegheny River Headwaters Conservation Plan. Goal of the plan is to protect the Allegheny River’s unique land, water, biological and cultural resources while encouraging recreation, environmental education, arts and culture.

Additional information is available from Kylie Daisley, director of watershed planning for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, at or 724-459-0953, extension 115.


To Replace 1947 Boilers

WILLIAMSPORT – In a demonstration of federal recovery funds already at work conserving energy and creating jobs in Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today helped celebrate the completion of the new energy service center at Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center.

The event marked a milestone in Susquehanna Health’s Project 2012, a multi-year, multi-million dollar expansion and modernization project.

“As facilities expand, they require more energy to meet operational needs. The new energy service center ensures the hospital has enough energy resources to meet those needs,” said Hanger. “Improvements in energy efficiency must also keep pace with the increase in demand. We now look forward to the next step, the installation of a cogeneration system that will make this new facility even more energy efficient.”

In March, Governor Rendell awarded Susquehanna Health a $1 million Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority grant to install a new, two-megawatt cogeneration system that will generate electricity and also capture and reuse waste heat to provide heat and hot water for the hospital. This project is one of the first in the state to receive funding through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The system will generate more than 15 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy used by more than 1,500 average homes. The project also created 35 jobs.

“This is an example of how we are putting the stimulus funds to work by implementing advanced energy measures and creating green collar jobs,” said Hanger. “The federal funding presents us with opportunities to move forward shovel-ready projects that otherwise might have been left on the drawing board. This allows more projects to become a reality and produce multiple benefits for all Pennsylvanians.

“By utilizing stimulus funding, the region’s major health care provider and a major employer is continuing its efforts to provide its patients with the best medical care possible, and its employees with the best working environment possible.”

Project 2012 is an ambitious $250 million undertaking that will expand the hospital’s physical footprint from 500,000 to 800,000 square feet. By replacing the hospital’s two boilers that were installed in 1947, carbon emissions will be reduced by 50 percent. When the cogeneration system is fully operational, the hospital will realize a total energy savings of more than $1 million annually.

To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit communities across Pennsylvania, visit

Austin Observes Memorial Day With Parade & Service

By Kathy Brooks
Over 150 people of all ages lined the streets to watch Austin's first Memorial Day Parade in many years. The parade was organized by the Austin United Methodist Church.

Memorial Day Services followed the parade. Memorial Day Services opened with greetings & invocation by Pastor John Baney who spoke about how the men & women died for our country and how the living continue to serve our country. Baney noted these men & women sacrified everything to bring us our freedom.

The singing of the National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance followed and was led by VFW Post #7810 Ladies Auxiliary members Gloria Stuckey & President Nancy Glover.

Austin Girl Scout Cadette Troop members Kaylee Brooks, Nicole Smith, Rachel Jeffers & Scout Friend Kate Jeffers read four poems regarding Memorial Day.

Auxiliary Member Emelda Glover read "A Veteran Died Today." Guest Speaker was SPC Kerry Ehrensberger 347 QM Company Detachment 1 of St Marys who spoke about those who sacrificed their lives for us and how it has made her a stronger person.

Austin Boy Scout Troop #524 raised the flag. Veteran's Program was presented by Commander Bruce Bresslin, Senior Vice Commander, Chaplain Ernest Roberts and President Nancy Glover.

A 21 Gun Salute was presented by local Veteran Christopher Ehrensberger of 347th Quartermast Company, Detachment #1 and VFW Post #7810 Members Anthony Lamer, Norm Martin & Alfred Stahl.

A light luncheon followed the ceremony.

Float Winners in the Parade:

1st Place - AHS Cheerleaders
2nd Place - Austin United Methodist Church

1st Place Honorable Mention - Austin Vol Fire Company Junior Firefighters
2nd Place Honorable Mention - Big Mike's Coffee Club
3rd Place Honorable Mention - EO Austin Home Historical Society

Over 20 units participated in the parade including members & apparatus of the Austin Volunteer Fire & Ambulance, Roulette Fire Company, Austin Borough Police, Austin Boy Scout Troop #524, Austin Girl Scouts Troops #119 & #199, VFW Post #7810, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #7810, Austin United Methodist Church, Austin Emergency Services Junior Firefighters, AHS Cheerleaders, EO Austin Home Historical Society, Big Mike's Coffee Club, Antique Cars from Jack Cooney & Punk Rotello, 347th Quartermast Company, Austin Little Leaguers and Arcada Lodge Members

Photos by Kathy Brooks (c)2009

Austin Community Pride Committee holds Chicken BBQ to benefit 2009 Fireworks

Austin Pride
Kathy Brooks Photo

Austin Community Pride Committee holds Chicken BBQ to benefit 2009 Fireworks.

Austin Pride Committee Members Duane Dow & Herm Beyer flipped 200 chickens over the Memorial Day weekend. Proceeds from the BBQ will go towards the 2009 Fireworks which are scheduled for Saturday, July 4th at dusk at the Austin School. Food, beverages and various raffles will be held throughout the night.