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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Trooper Not Impressed With Early Morning Fireworks

A Ulysses teenager picked the wrong place and time to throw an ignited fireworks from a vehicle.

Trooper David Surra was in a PSP patrol unit when he observed a consumer firework being discharged on Route 6 at the entrance to the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital emergency room, in Coudersport Borough, at 1:20 am Saturday.

Trooper Surra stopped the vehicle as it fled the scene. Wallace D. Eaton, 18, of 408 Church Street in Ulysses was a passenger in the vehicle and had thrown the ignited firework from the vehicle.

Eaton will be charged with one count Pennsylvania Fireworks Law in District Court.

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55.5% Of Students Reported No Bullying In Survey

Surveys Confirm Anti-Bullying Program Working

bullytwoThree years into a broad-scale bullying prevention program in Potter County’s five school districts, students are showing signs of behaving more considerately and children have felt less intimidated or abused by their peers.

Those survey results come as good news to parents, school officials and the Potter County’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) administrators from Potter County Human Services. OBPP will enter its fourth and final year under a grant program in 2009-10. Human Services has partnered with Dickinson Mental Health Center and the school districts to bring services to students in grades 4 through 8.

To help measure OBPP’s impact, some 777 students evaluated the program in 2008-09. Countywide results showed that 55.5 percent of surveyed students report not being bullied at all over the few months preceding the 2008-09 survey, an increase in 3.1 percent from the previous year.

Some experts are particularly concerned with how long a student has been bullied, as students who have been bullied for many years are projected to be at high risk for violence or suicide. In 2008-09, fewer students than in the previous year (from 53.1 percent to 41.7 percent) reported being bullied over a period of one year or longer.

bullyoneOne focus in 2008-09 was to increase deterrence by students who are not bullied, but witness it. While those numbers went up about 3 percent, the OBPP goal is to increase it more substantially.

There was a sevenfold increase in the number of students who reported that their parents had talked to them about bullying at least twice. Students also reported that teachers are becoming more responsive. The administrators will continue to enlist parents to serve on bullying prevention committees.

OBPP is funded by a state grant. For more information, call Program Coordinators Leon Kaple at 544-7315 or Debbie Hamilton 274-8651. Potter County Today

Dresser-Rand Invests In The Future With New Building

Dresser-Rand cuts ribbon at new building

OLEAN - In front of a few hundred employees, retirees and dignitaries, ten pairs of scissors sliced a red ribbon, officially opening the newest building on the Dresser-Rand Olean campus.

Officials said the $14.8 million facility is intended to centralize research and development, as well as engineering positions, on the campus. More...

Burglary Of Bellefonte Man's Seasonal Residence On East Fork Road Reported

State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred sometime between Monday, May 25th, and Friday, June 26th at a seasonal residence on State Route 3001 (East Fork Road), .6 of a mile west of the Marvin Run Camp Ground in Wharton Township.

Unknown actors unlawfully entered the residence owned by Christopher Gross of Bellefonte, PA, by forcing open the front door located on the north side of the building.

Stolen were a .22 calibre long rifle, a Coleman propane lantern and a fifth of Jagermeister liquor. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690

John & Nancy Gregg Preparing To Rebuild After Christmas Fire Destroyed Their Home

John and Nancy Gregg watched the other day as Chad Moses
leveled their former home at 98 Burleson Avenue in Roulette
in preparation for rebuilding. Their home was very severely
damaged last December 23rd while they were enroute to visit
family in the Philadephia area. The fire marshall later determined
that the fire started where a nail had been driven into an electric
wire years ago, and it finally shorted the wire, igniting the home.
Greggs were grateful it happened while they were away, as the
point of origin was directly above their bedroom. Firefighters
from Roulette, Port Allegany and Coudersport extinguished the
smoky fire in short order, but Greggs decided to build new, rather
than attempting to restore the damaged nome. Greggs have been
living in Sweden Valley and are looking forward to getting back to
December 23, 2008 photo as fire and flames eat away at
the second floor and roof of John & Nancy Gregg's former
two story home on Burleson Avenue.

Relay For Life Theme Was Motorcycles

Motorcycles was the theme of this year's Relay For Life
held Friday at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's
Strawberry Field
A Motorcycle Mamma

Relay For Life had activities all day Friday

June Buckler gets more money from Linda Karija
of Northwest Savings Bank. They are cancer survivors
who represent the "Sassy Survivors" team.

This was the littlest survivor

A large gathering for Relay For Life

All photos by Lou Karija--Click any photo to enlarge

If you or a loved one is ever in need of cancer information or would like to access one of our services, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.ACS.2345, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with a cancer information specialist or visit our website at It is the money that the Relay For Life events raise that allow us to keep fighting against this disease while providing services locally.

Olean Gets Coudersport's FM Station

FCC OKs Colonial Radio deal on WFRM-FM

OLEAN - The number of radio stations in the area just grew as a deal was finalized this week.

Colonial Radio Group Inc. has purchased 96.7 WFRM-FM and transmitter station 99.3 mhz from Farm and Home Broadcasting Co.

Ray Rosenblum, who helped broker the deal, said the final sale price was $275,000.

The deal was made back in April, but needed approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“These things have to get approved with the FCC,” Jeff Andrulonis, principal owner of Colonial Radio Group, said. “There’s a good 60 days when you announce ‘Hey we’re buying something’ until you close the transaction. We were granted approval last week. What that means is Olean will be getting a brand new radio station.” More...

Roan's Auction To Sell "Slinky" Estate

Local auctioneers handling Slinky estate

Sun Gazette

As a perk of the profession, Roan Inc. Auctioneers and Appraisers in Cogan Station often handle artifacts of sentimental American history. That may be said of one of its newest endeavors as the estate of the late Slinky owner will be bid out on July 25.

The estate of Betty James, the woman who took over James Industries after her husband and inventor of the Slinky left his family in 1960, will be auctioned off next month.

"For a single women living in the era that she lived to raise six children and run a business that sold over 300 million of those toys is amazing. She leaves quite a legacy," said Ron Roan of the auctioneering business.

James Industries was located near Philadelphia and James relocated the business to her hometown, Hollidaysburg. More...

‘Camp Cadet’ Instills Discipline, Respect In Young Teens

campcadet-001Another successful Northern Tier Camp Cadet concluded on Friday at Mansfield University, where more than sixty 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls from Potter, Cameron and Tioga counties came away with heightened respect and discipline, along with a great appreciation of teamwork and law enforcement.

“It’s hard to measure how many lives have been positively affected,” said Trooper Scott Henry of the Pa. State Police barracks in Mansfield, the camp’s director. “The transformation that takes place with so many of these boys and girls in just a matter of days is remarkable. And, who knows how many of them will choose a career in public service?”

Trooper Henry has been instrumental in the continued success of the annual summer camp and has relied on an important ally and supporter, Robin Freeman of Ulysses. She and other volunteers are joined by more than a dozen young men and women across the region attending as junior counselors.

Emphasis of Camp Cadet is on law enforcement, criminal justice and public safety. The program includes exposure to first aid and orienteering, firearms training, crime scene investigation, emergency management, water safety, scuba diving, wildlife management and many other subject areas. Here, former Coudersport resident Brian Caldwell, a Pa. Bureau of Forestry supervisor in Tioga County, discusses forest management topics with the group.

Trooper Scott Henry said he has seen first hand the impact of the positive relationship with law enforcement personnel that Camp Cadet has encouraged. He can be contacted for further information at (570) 662-2151. Potter County Today

This bill may be the largest tax increase in American history

Thompson 'Outraged' By Passage of Cap and Trade in the House

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today voted a resounding “No” on H.R. 2454, the so-called “American Clean Energy and Security Act,” which he calls the “Cap and Tax” bill because of its huge taxes on all carbon-based fuels. The measure passed by a close vote of 219 to 212, with 44 Democrats voting no.

“Make no mistake, the goal of this measure is to make carbon-based fuels –natural gas, oil and coal—so expensive that we won’t be able to use them. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is a worthy goal, but not when we are in an economic downturn and our carbon-based fuels make up 85 percent of what we use to power this country,” said Thompson. More...

Fire Alarm Activated At Time Warner Center

Coudersport Fire Department was dispatched at 9:00 am to a general alarm of fire at the Time Warner National Data Center on Bank Street in the Boro. An on scene report indicated nothing showing from the outside of the building. Security personnel were enroute. All Units were recalled at 9:25 am.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Troopers Round Up Ulysses Library Offenders

State Police were busy today filing charges against a 50 year old Galeton woman, a 41 year old Ulysses woman, and a Harrison Valley Institution that failed to return books to the Ulysses Library.

The accused all failed to return library books after being requested by certified mail to return them.

They are being charged with "Retention of Library Property after Notice To Return" at Magistrates District Court 55-4-03.

Genesee Identity Theft Nets Crooks Over $500.00

State Police are investigating a case of identity theft that occurred between June 5 and June 23.

Jessica Kio, of 2079 Hickox-Ulysses Road in Genesee, had her account information stolen and used 28 different times at several businesses totaling $546.84.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact Coudersport PSP at 814-274-8690.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — Gary K. Drum Sr., 69, of Smethport, died Friday (June 26, 2009) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

Alan E. ALTMAN, Age 69, of 111 Harvey St., Westfield, PA, passed away June 26, 2009 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA, Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Removal Of Swing Set In Genesee Reported

Coudersport State Police are investigating a reported theft incident where someone removed 4 separate parts to a homemade swing set in the Village of Genesee on Main Street. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon or evening.

The swing set belonging to Julie Morsman of Genesee, was disassembled and lying in the grass along the curb at the Main Street location. The pieces taken were two two wooden A Frames, a 6 foot wooden ladder, and a 10 foot blue plastic wave slide.

The items are valued at $225.00. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Coudersport State Police at 814-274-8690.

Harriet B. Wick Chapel To Start Construction Next Month At Pitt -Bradford

Pitt-Bradford Interfaith Chapel to be Named for Harriet B. Wick

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will name its planned interfaith chapel in honor of longtime benefactor Harriet B. Wick.

“The University of Pittsburgh board of trustees approved the construction and naming of the $2.5 million, 150-seat Harriet B. Wick Chapel at its meeting Friday morning in Pittsburgh.

“This action by the University Trustees is the desired outcome of many years of planning and fundraising by many colleagues on campus and friends and supporters in the community and elsewhere,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “We’re deeply grateful to all who have given money to support the chapel project. With this action, we’re now poised to begin construction period.

One very special person who deserves a great deal of credit is Harriett Wick. She’s a principle supporter of the project, and we’re delighted to be able to officially name the chapel in her honor.”

Campus officials plan to break ground on the building next month, and a cornerstone laying ceremony is planned for Sept. 11. The chapel should be completed by late spring 2010.

Photo and drawing provided by Pitt-Bradford

Rendell Using Scare Tactics--WHTM TV VIDEO

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Police Union Accuses Rendell of Using Scare Tactics

Pennsylvania State Police troopers are on Gov. Ed Rendell's radar. He has repeatedly used them to make his case for a tax increase.

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Coudersport Borough Police are looking for a white Chevy or GMC pick up truck involved in a collision Thursday evening at about 6:00 pm on North Main Street in front of Level 3.

Authorities say the truck collided with a passenger car. The white male driver got out and asked if the other driver and passenger were ok; promised to get help and then got back into his truck, leaving the scene headed north.

The passenger is pregnant and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment.

Police say the truck has extensive front-end damage. Anyone who has information about the driver or the truck is asked to call Coudersport Borough Police at 274-8970. More news......

The following programs will be offered this week AT SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK

Saturday, June 27th 2009
Special Program at Sinnemahoning State Park
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Birds n’ Brunch Pontoon Boat Excursion
Join the park naturalists at Sinnemahoning State Park for a morning bird-watching pontoon boat excursion. Enjoy a light brunch on the boat, complete with tablecloths and music, as you cruise along the shores and wetland areas of the George B. Stevenson dam. Search the shoreline for herons, mergansers, kingfishers, and other birds that frequent the area. The excursion will conclude with a look at the park’s resident bald eagles’ nest site, and hopefully, a glimpse of these magnificent birds. Bring your camera! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Cost is $20.00 per person, which includes a delicious brunch provided by Pizza Palace Plus of Emporium. For more information and specific dates, please call Sinnemahoning State Park at (814) 647-8401. Pre-registration is required, and tours are limit of 10 people.

4:00 pm - Afternoon Adventures – Connect to the outdoors and nature on our afternoon adventure. Meet the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater and join us for a short wildlife hike on the campground road. It’s an easy hike. Hiking shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended.

8:30 p.m. – Our Forest & Parks – Our Greatest Treasure – To the artist it is an inspiration; to the student it is a classroom. To the sportsman it is paradise; to the athlete it’s a challenge. To the family it is a playground; to industry it is a bountiful commodity. To the biologist it is a laboratory; to floral and fauna it is home and to every Pennsylvanian our forest and parks are our greatest treasure. Please come and join us at the campground amphitheater, as we discover our forest resources and in our state park system, the recreational resources available to all who visit. We will watch the video, “Our Greatest Treasure”.

Sunday June 28th, 2009

PONTOON BOAT EXCURSION at Sinnemahoning State Park. Enjoy a relaxing and scenic 45 minute tour of the dam as we explore wetlands and the Bald Eagles. Rides begin at noon, 1:30p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Our pontoon boat has 18 available seats. Reservations will be taken by calling the park office. You may also sign up in person at the park office until noon. Afterwards, reservations will be taken at the Eagle Watchers Tent at the boat launching area.

Please be at the boat launching area 5 minutes prior to departure or forfeit your space. For more information on tour dates and prices, call the park office at (814) 647-8401.

For more information, contact Sinnemahoning State Park office at 814/647-8401.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at


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 June 29. 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 June 29:

• The work zone will remain in place over the July 4 holiday. The contractor plans to work on July 3 and July 6 at Kendall Avenue and on Route 219, July 6.
• Kendall Avenue southbound remains closed for reconstruction. Kendall Avenue is restricted to one lane for northbound traffic only. Southbound traffic is to follow the posted detour. Kendall Avenue work includes sub-grade repairs, sub-base placement, concrete placement and drainage updates.
• Contractor is working on southbound reconstruction by performing sub grade repairs and drainage work.
• 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 remain closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Contractor is working on southbound bridges. Work includes expansion dam replacements, steel retrofits, deck repairs and painting.
• Tuna Crossroads (Township Route 369) will be opened until beams are set later this year.
• Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and the Seaward 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.
• Lane width in the construction zone is 10 feet.
• 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

Special Program at Sinnemahoning State Park

Special 4th of July Program
“Night Flight”
Sinnemahoning State Park
Evening Pontoon Boat Tour

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us for a night-time adventure aboard the park’s pontoon boat and experience an up-close encounter with bats. Learn about Pennsylvania’s bat species, their unique biology, and importance to the ecosystem. We’ll use special equipment to listen to their calls as they pursue insects above the lake.

Pre-registration by July 1st is required.

Contact the park office at 814-647-8401 for more information.

Vehicle Rolled Over On Looker Mountain Trail

1:45 PM--Fire Police have been sent to the Bradford side of Looker Mountain Trail where a vehicle has overturned. Radio reports indicated a female was self-extricated. An ambulance has been dispatched from Bradford City.

Henry S. “Hank” Kromar, 86, of Portville, NY

Henry S. “Hank” Kromar
“loving husband, father & grandfather”

PORTVILLE, NY---Henry S. “Hank” Kromar, 86, of Portville, NY, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 in The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, NY after a long illness.

Born April 10, 1923 in Indian Creek, PA, he was a son of John and Ginney Mestick Kromar. In 1944 he married Mary Helen Green who died on December 1, 1975. On May 24 1980 in Coudersport, PA, he married Marlene A. “Marty” Kelligan, who survives.

Mr. Kromar attended Indian Creek country school for 3 years and finished his education in the Otto-Eldred township schools and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He was employed in local oil fields for 5 years and later was employed for 31 years for Columbia Gas as a welder, chief inspector, and in pipeline construction.

Mr. Kromar served 11 years on the Town of Little Genesee Town Board. He loved gardening, fishing, and playing cards with his family and friends. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Kathleen (Lynn) Lotter of Portville; a step-daughter, Colleen M. (Wally) Ramsey of Oswayo, PA; two grandsons, Preston Lotter and Chase Lotter; three step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter, Macy Lotter; nine step-great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Allen of Colesburg, PA; a sister-in-law, Helen Kromar of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Mr. Kromar was predeceased by a son, John Kromar; and a brother, Edward Kromar.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA with Kathryn Boyd, lay speaker of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Sweden Valley, PA, officiating.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Monday at the funeral home.

A luncheon will follow the services at the home of Colleen and Wally Ramsey, 364 SR 244, Oswayo/Coneville, Road, Oswayo, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an American Legion of the donor’s choice in Hank’s memory or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Library To Have Book Sale On The Square In Coudersport Saturday

Book lovers!! The Coudersport Public Library will have a booth at
"Saturday on the Square" tomorrow, Saturday, June 27 from 9-3 at the town square in Coudersport. Come and purchase used books and help out your library!

Potter McKean Softball Starts Today At Port Field

Reminder: Potter McKean Major Softball All-Stars will start their season tonight against Southern Tioga at 6pm.

The game will be at their home field which is in Port Allegany at the VFW field located on Route 155 south of Port Allegany.

Tomorrow they will travel to Wellsboro game starts at 3pm.

State Police to Patrol Harrisburg--WHTM Video

abc27 News - State Police to Patrol Harrisburg
State Police to Patrol Harrisburg

Rendell: State Police to Patrol Harrisburg

Gov. Ed Rendell spoke exclusively to abc27 News after delivering his message to a crowded room of concerned residents and local leaders at a community meeting in Harrisburg.

Christopher Bain Walks For Wounded Warriors

abc27 News - Group Walks for Wounded Warriors
Group Walks for Wounded Warriors

Group Walks 342 Miles For Wounded Warriors
A group of 16 people is walking from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Staff Sergeant Chris Bain, Retired, drove this Jeff Stroehmann bus in 2008, when Jeff was campaigning for the nomination for US Representative in the 5th District. Many of us met Chris in relation to that campaign.

Thank you Chris, for your service to our country.

Garage Sale Today & Saturday In Port Allegany

Garage Sale at 315 Chestnut Street, Port Allegany.
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27
From 9:00am to 4:00pm both days.
Lots of children's clothing - little boys and some girls sizes
Games, Electronics
Christmas decorations - most never used
Some ladies clothing, size 20
Excercise equipment,
Gifty items-new, odds and ends
Array of new teen fashion belts
Call 558-1083 for more information

Deadline For Fire Companies To Apply Is July 10

Fire companies may benefit from a provision of the federal economic stimulus legislation. Deadline to apply for funds to build new fire stations or improve existing facilities is July 10. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

Application information, including a tutorial, can be found on the website, DHS has also established a help desk available by phone Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm at 1-866-274-0960. Email contact is


Driver Licensing, Motor Vehicle Services Available Online

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Riverfront Office Center counter services in Harrisburg will also be closed Friday, July 3, while driver license and photo centers will remain open.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s driver and vehicle services Web site,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewal; driver-history services; change of address; and exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of 2009 holiday closings at PennDOT’s driver and photo license centers is available online at, under the “News, Stats and Facts.”

Moneygram Employee Saves Woman $3,500.00 In Scam Attempt

Woman targeted in grandparent scam

Yet another Bucks County senior was targeted by thieves using the grandparent scam last week, but this time, the scammers were stopped before any damage was done.

Last Wednesday afternoon, an 80-year-old woman was at home in Milford when she received a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson and who claimed to have been involved in a car accident in Canada and needed money to get out of a Canadian prison. He asked his grandmother to send him a MoneyGram for $3,500 so that he could come home. He sounded upset and distressed.

As in other cases, the fake grandson told her not to tell anyone about it. The Milford woman was uncertain about the call, but she was worried about her grandson. So she sent the money and told no one. More...

Fortuna Gas Co. Expects To Create 4200 Jobs In Tioga County

Gas drilling in Bloss and Ward townships to start

Sun Gazette

BLOSSBURG - About 70 people turned out to hear Fortuna Gas Co. representatives discuss the specifics of natural gas drilling and answer questions about leasing during an open house here Thursday.

Most were curious about the jobs expected to come to the area with the advent of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

According to Fortuna's supervisor for community relations Janice Lobdell, Fortuna has eight producing wells in Tioga County and is permitted for 49 more, including several in Bloss and Ward townships set to commence as soon as possible.

Over five years, Fortuna expects to see 4,200 jobs created from its drilling operations in Tioga County. More...

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Rep. Marty Causer Speaks Up..

State Budget Bulletin
Facing a $3.2 billion deficit, the state budget stalemate continues in Harrisburg. While the governor criss-crosses the state making his case for an income tax increase, Republicans are fighting for the government to live within its means. For more on the state budget, watch my comments below.

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Be A Mentor--Make A Difference In The Life Of A Child

More Volunteers Welcome For County Mentor Program

By Rebekah Pepper, Commissioners Intern

Potter County Human Services (PCHS) offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those who want to become involved in helping others. An active Mentor Program welcomes new recruits. Mentors are asked to spend just an hour or two each week making a difference in the life of a child.

PCHS’s Joy Glassmire said the program requirements are simple. Volunteers are asked to serve as role models for children and to spend time engaged in positive activities, talking about issues related to school, family or social situations, or just having fun in a spirit of friendship and support.

There are about a dozen volunteers currently involved in the program. Mentors must be at least 21 years old and must be approved by PCHS. For additional information, contact Sally or Joy at 544-7315. Potter County Today

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shinglehouse Woman Kicks Window In County Van

A Shinglehouse woman will be charged with Criminal Mischief by Coudersport troopers for an incident that happened in the parking lot of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Lori Marie Serina, 47, of Wildcat Road, in Shinglehouse, was taken into custody on a warrant. During transport Serina became combative and kicked a side window of a county owned van, causing damage to the hinges and latches of the window. Damage is estimated at $200.00.

Serina will answer charges to be filed in Judge Annette Easton's District Court 55-3-01.

Wireless Phone Surcharge Renewed By Legislature

State Funding Of 9-1-1 Via Phone Surcharge To Continue

wireless911Legislation that provides continued state funding for wireless 9-1-1 services throughout Pennsylvania is on its way to approval by the Pa. General Assembly. Continued dedicated funding is critical in many counties, including Potter, which have moved forward with technologically advanced emergency communications.

Potter and Tioga counties have been working together for several years to equip the region with a modern system. Potter contracts with Tioga for services from a fully staffed 9-1-1 dispatch center in Wellsboro.

Members of the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that continues a $1.00 surcharge on monthly wireless telephone bills through June 2014. The fees, which were set to expire on June 30, help pay for county-provided 9-1-1 services. The measure also passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (HB 718) and now goes to Gov. Rendell for signature. Potter County Today

Genesee Man Jailed For Hurting Woman and Child

Domestic Violence
In a domestic violence incident on Tuesday afternoon at a residence on White Knoll Road in Harrison Township, a Genesee man was jailed on a number of charges.

Andy Joe Matteson, 38, of 1779 Andrews Settlement Road, Genesee, PA is accused of injuring a 46 year old female and a 12 year old male juvenile.

Coudersport troopers said the incident occurred when the accused hit the sides of the woman's head with his hands simultaneously, threw her down onto the floor, stole her purse while fleeing the scene, and kicked a 12 year old boy in the left knee, who was attempting to free the purse from Matteson's grasp.

The woman sustained a cut on her ankle from being thrown to the ground, and had pain in her back and a headache. The 12 year old had a swolen and bruised knee.

Matteson turned himself and the purse in to PSP at Coudersport.

Upon performing an inventory search of the purse, troopers found suspected drug paraphenalia consisting of a pipe.

Matteson was arraigned before District Court Judge Delores Bristol in Galeton, charged with Simple Assault, Harassment, and Theft. Bail was set at $5,000.00 straight and the accused was committed to Potter County Jail after being unable to post bail.

Troopers said Matteson is expected to be charged additionally with Prohibited Acts, Posession of Drug Paraphenalia.

Troopers do not release the names of victims of domestic violence.

Ruined Water Wells From Oil & Gas Drilling Not Resolved For 7 Bradford Families

Resolution elusive for water issues plaguing some residents of Hedgehog Lane

A resolution for the water issues plaguing some residents of Hedgehog Lane is still not evident.

Residents continue to face concerns that include noise, smell, and even in one resident’s case, flammable water due to the gases mixed into the water running thorough his tap.

Bradford Township Supervisor Don Cummins noted the Bailey family, who had previously moved to a local hotel due to concerns with their water, have moved home and their water has not improved.

“The issues are still there, I don’t think they’re going to go away. Shreiner has expended about $100,000 and still hasn’t completed all that he needed to do,” Cummins noted on Thursday. “I spoke with (Northwest Regional Director) Kelly Burch today from the Department of Environmental Protection about the ongoing water issues and was told that Shreiner is still working on that. More...

Shinglehouse Woman Provided Alcohol To 7 Minors

A Shinglehouse woman will be charged with 7 counts of providing alcohol to minors in District Judge Barbara Easton's court.

Gloria J. Smith, 57, is alleged to have hosted a party at her residence at the intersection of Honeyoye Street and Wapseni Road, in Sharon Township last month.

Troopers say she provided alcoholic beverages to a 17 year old boy, 2- 16 year old boys, a 15 year old boy, and a 14 year old boy, all from Shinglehouse. A 15 year old girl from Shinglehouse, and a girl from Greenwood, NY. were also listed.

The seven underage individuals will be charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

Duffee Recognized By PA Softball Coaches Association

Courier Express
STATE COLLEGE - The Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association announced its 2009 Pennsylvania All-State Softball teams Tuesday and Coudersport senior Karli Duffee was chosen as an honorable mention offensive pitcher for her ability to hit as well as pitch.

Boat Windshield Stolen Near Gold

Unknown actors removed a 14' Starcraft boat's windshield and frame (1.5 ft. by 6 ft.) valued at $150.00. from a junkyard located off the south side of State Route 49, .4 mile east of Gold in Ulysses Township.

The property belonged to Frederick Trott of 1617 North Brookland Road in Genesee, PA. The incident happened on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Anyone with information is asked to call Coudersport PSP at 814-274-8690.

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

I hope all is good with you!

The current series, "Can You Hear Me Now? Hearing the Voice of God"
has been a great one! Praise God for all he has done and is doing
through this series!

Leadership Training:
There will be NO leadership training on July 5th.

Buildings & Grounds:
We need assistance in the cleaning and care of the buildings and
grounds. If you are willing to help out please contact the church or
connect with Brian Mahaney.

Prayer and fasting: July 27-31. This is a time to draw near to God in
a special way to get more sensitive to God’s voice, to hear from Him,
and to join Him in the work He is doing in Bradford and beyond.

Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service:
July 31 from 6p-10pm.
Come and join us for prayer, praise, and communion.

Come and "hang out" with your Open Arms family at

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! God Bless!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Teen Reported Injured In ATV Accident In Farmers Valley

9:50 PM--6-25-09--Emergency services in the Smethport area have responded to a location across Route 46 from the Valley Crossroad where a 16 year old has been injured in an ATV accident.

DEP To Allow Major Expansion Of Rustick Landfill

Action Includes Railroad Transfer Station Permit

MEADVILLE – The Department of Environmental Protection has approved two permit applications submitted by Rustick LLC that will allow the expansion of McKean County Landfill in Sergeant Township, McKean County.

DEP approved a permit modification to expand the existing disposal area by an additional 204 acres, and to increase the overall permit area from 128 acres to 336 acres. The new disposal area will be located across the road from the current disposal area and landfill office.

The permit modification also increases the average daily volume limit to 6,000 tons per day, while the previous rate was 1,500 tons per day. The amount of waste arriving daily at the landfill by truck would continue to be limited to 1,000 tons.

The additional waste volume would arrive by rail, as DEP also approved Rustick’s application for a railroad transfer station to receive municipal waste coming to the facility aboard rail cars. That waste will be transported in stretch-wrap covered bales or in sealed or enclosed containers.

Rustick submitted a major permit modification application to expand McKean County Landfill on October 31, 2007. The company submitted an application for a new municipal waste railroad transfer station on April 11, 2008.

For more information on waste management regulations, visit, keyword: Waste Management.

Hawbaker Helps Out Rail Car Project In Coudy

Lou Karija photo

An excavator donated by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. was used to move rail car and wheels. Operator Randy Empson gets direction's from members of Silk Road Transport crew. HawbakerSuperintendent Stewart Gordiner whose company is working on Et.6 said his company was happy to be able to help in such a significant community project. Hawbakers has donated in the past to the arboretum. Pat Hawbaker made a special visit to Coudersport to tour the area that now is the arboretum.


Lou Karija photo

Coudersport Street Foreman Gary Walaski is pictured giving June Buckler of the Sassy suvivors cancer team $381.00 he collected from boro employees. He came up with the idea of collecting money every Friday for the relay for life. He also would cook meals as an incentive for employees.

Lonnie Bunch of CCMH Details Swine Flu Information In Interview On Black Forest Broadcasting

In light of the
discovery of a
case of h1N1 or
Swine Flu in
Potter County
this week, Gerri
Miller of Black
Forest Broadcasting
Lonnie Bunch,

Safety Director at
Charles Cole Memorial
Hospital. Bunch offers
a wealth of information
and precautions people
should take in regard
to the flu which has been
spreading at a record rate
in the last few weeks.

Gerri Miller has a recording
of this interview on her
WEBSITE. Click to go to Gerri

2 Car Accident Reported At Level 3 on North Main In Coudersport

At 6:00 pm, Coudersport Fire and ambulance are responding to a 2 car accident near Level 3 at 712 North Main Street in Coudersport. A woman is reported injured.

Coudersport Borough Water System Sends Out Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Annual Consumer Confidence Report
The Coudersport Borough Water System has mailed the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report to all customers of the water system and they should be arriving in the next two or three days.

This report indicates the substance that is tested what the highest level of Maximum Contamination Level is, what the highest level detected in our system, what the MCLG or Maximum Contamination Level Goal is and the major sources in drinking water.

I am proud to say the Coudersport Borough Water System tested all substances required for the year 2008 and no violation were found and the level of all substances was well under the Maximum Goal.

If you do not receive a copy of this report you may stop in the Coudersport Borough office located at 201, S. West Street, Coudersport, Pa. 16915 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and one will be supplied.

If you have any questions on the report feel free to call the Borough office at 274-9776.

Scarnati--Scare Tactics Aren't Going To Work

Scarnati Blasts DCNR's Quigley

A confirmation hearing was held today for Acting Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley, and Senate President Pro Tempore took that opportunity to address the Rendell Administration's use of hyperbole in an effort to get support for a tax increase.

"The scare tactics that this administration has put out on state parks, on sex offenders being let loose on our streets, people in wheelchairs being abandoned in parks is shameless," Scarnati said. "The Pennsylvania taxpayer needs to know this is a scare tactic that isn't going to work."

"I would suggest that you and others," he told Quigley, "look at opportunities to do a job that keeps Pennsylvania services at a level they need to be, and not use scare tactics."

Besides the closing of state parks, Governor Ed Rendell has said that 800 state troopers would lose their jobs making it impossible to keep tabs on Megan's Law offenders; veterans homes would close; thousands of children wouldn't be eligible for health insurance; and spraying for West Nile Virus couldn't be done.

Scarnati went on to say that in 2003 Rendell cut $10 million from DCNR's budget and no news releases were issued saying state parks were going to close, garbage wasn't going to be hauled away and services were going to be cut.

"Never heard a whisper," he said. "Not a word."

This year, he said, Rendell cut DCNR's budget by 4.5 percent and, still, no news releases. But when the senate "cut a little more, all of a sudden the nuclear winter was going to come."

DCNR has said that as many as 50 state parks – including Kinzua Bridge State Park – would have close under the Senate Republicans' budget proposal.

"I think that is irreparable harm to the tourism industry in Pennsylvania, to those in Pennsylvania who have an income and make a living off the tourism coming in with the state parks," Scarnati said.

As for the confirmation hearing, Quigley's nomination was moved to the Senate floor for consideration.

Bradford Airport Gets Federal Funds

Bradford Airport Gets Grant Money

Bradford Regional Airport is receiving nearly $182,000 in federal grant money to rehabilitate the taxiway lighting and remove obstructions on two runways.

In announcing the grant, Congressman Glenn Thompson said the money will help the airport update its electrical systems and remove some obstructions that often get hit by snowplows.

Airport Manager Tom Frungillo says they asked for the money to address safety issues.

Pitt-Bradford campus closed for Independence Day


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will close its administrative offices, and there will be no classes Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

Offices will reopen and classes will resume Monday, July 6.