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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Working Structure Fire On Campus Drive

House Fire
In Bradford a 11:30 PM, Saturday night, Firefighters are responding to Campus Drive for a working house fire.For updates click here to go to Bradford,

PM All Stars Get Double Win Saturday in State College

PM All Stars Win 2 At State College

After a tough loss (5-2) Friday night to West End,
Potter McKean 14 Year Olds came back strong to
win 11-1 in five innings over Clearfield followed
by a second 11-1 win in five innings over West End.

Potter McKean faces State College at 12 noon on
Sunday in the Championship.

Special thanks to all the family, friends and parents
who are traveling back and forth to watch the boys!!
We really appreciate your support!!

Go Potter McKean!!!!

Wierd Phone Incident Investigated In Mount Jewett

Vulgar Caller On Phone Line
Kane troopers are investigating an incident of harassment at a residence on Main Street in the Borough of Mount Jewett.

Timothy Roth of Mount Jewett reported he was taking on his telephone at 2:30 Saturday afternoon when someone accessed his phone line and communicated in vulgar language.

Smethport Woman Injured When Car Rolls Over

Rollover Crash On Rt. 46
A Smethport woman was transported to Bradford hospital for a minor injury after her car overturned at 4:29 PM Friday afternoon in Keating Township.

Kane troopers report that Barbara J. Foley, 61, of Smethport was driving a 2005 Nissan Murano southbound on Route 46 near the Bordell Crossroad, when she apparently fell asleep and lost control.

Her car traveled south, crossing the northbound lane, striking an embankment located on the east side of the road. It then traveled south along the embankment where it overturned several times, finally stopping facing northwest along the east berm/embankment.

Ms. Foley was extricated from the vehicle after fire department personnel cut her seat belt and removed the front windshield. Two witnesses to the crash provided preliminary medical assessment and directed traffic until emergency personnel arrived.

Troopers said use of her seat belt and the vehicles airbags helped to keep the operator from more serious injuries. She will be cited at Magisterial District 48-3-02 for Driving on Roadways Laned For Traffic.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Smethport Fire Department

Trooopers Say York Man DUI In Coudersport

Drunk Driving Charged
A York man was found to be DUI on Main Street in Coudersport Friday at 8:33 PM, after he was stopped by Coudersport troopers for a traffic violation.

Kevin Lynn Heikes, 50, 5172 Belle Lane, York, PA is being charged in District Court 55-4-01 for violation of PA/VC 3802 (DUI) and other traffic violations resulting from the traffic stop.

Criminal Mischief On Wildwood Drive

Car Window Broken
Kane State Police are investigating a criminal mischief that occurred between July 2 at noon and July 10 at 11:30 pm in Liberty Township.

Unknown suspects broke the driver's side window of a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer belonging to Kimberly Baker of 449 Wildwood Drive, Port Allegany, PA. Damage is estimated at $150.00.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Vukovich at Kane PSP 814-778-5555.

Rustlers Steal Four Calves From Addison Farm


Canisteo Valley News
Four calves were stolen from a farm in Addison. According to Painted Post based troopers, three heifer calves and a bull calf were stolen from a farm on Route 417 in Addison, sometime between July 8 and July 9.

Anyone who knows anything about this is asked to call Painted Post Trooper Ryan Olson at 607 962 6865, or State Police Investigator Chris Wilkinson at 607 962 3282.

Habitat Breaks Ground For Roulette House Start




THE GROUND BREAKING for the Roulette House took place today with approximately 45 people in attendance. Thank you to all who attended. Now we will start building the house. It will take all of our Volunteers doing your part no matter how skilled or unskilled you are. There will be something for you to do. Our projected completion date is December 15, 2009.

* On Monday, July 13th, we will begin to dig the footers with the help of a backhoe and operators donated by The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. We will need at least two more volunteers to be there to help. Time: 9:00 a.m.

* The next step will be to set the forms. When we can confirm the arrival of the forms, which are being donated by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., we will need six to eight people to set them. This most likely will be done this coming week also.

* Between six and eight Volunteers will be needed to help pour the concrete. Exact date and time will be determined within the next few days.

* It is exciting to hear of groups planning on and making a commitment to help with various stages of construction and finish work. On Saturday, August 1st, a group of hardworking Volunteers will be gathering to put the subflooring and deck on the piers.

Others whom we have heard from include Steve Quelet, who is helping with the electrical work, Dave Saulter will be doing the insulation, and a group from Northwest Savings Bank will be involved in the interior painting. However, this leaves much to be done: Framing, roofing, exterior painting, installation of siding, rain guttering, and downspouts, hanging and finishing drywall, rough and finish plumbing, installing windows and doors, interior trim work, installing kitchen cabinets, vinyl flooring, installing the heating system and landscaping. Our goal is to have the house under roof by September 1st, 2009. With your help, we can do it!!! Thanks – Jim and Charlotte

Worship Festival Continues On Cherry Springs Road

Everyone is welcome to come worship the Lord Jesus Christ at a Worship Festival to be held this weekend, July 10-12, at 1261 Cherry Springs Road in Coudersport.

Saturday at 10 a.m and 6:30 pm, Mike Failla, from Buffalo, NY will lead the worship. Mike is a worship leader, songwriter and Worship Director for Kingdom Bound Ministries since the ministry began. He has been assisting churches with their worship ministries for over a decade (

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church will hold its regular service at the Worship Festival site. This will be a "Galilean Service" with Pastor Tom Shatto preaching from a boat on a pond.

Sunday night Austin Lapp, from Penn Yan, NY will lead.

Each service will also have a short teaching from Penn Clark. Penn originally comes from Canada and has been working as a missionary here and overseas for many years. He and his wife Heather are currently church planting in Penn Yan, NY, and is pastoring
WellSpring Fellowship.

The event will focus on worship in the spirit of the Deut. 4 tithe. William and Doris Henry, who are sponsoring the event at their home say, "There is no agenda other than worshiping our Lord and Savior."

About three years ago, we were doing a study on the tithe, and came across the Deut. 14 tithe that was to be used for a celebration, which commands us to rejoice, and to have a celebration so we may learn the fear of the Lord. While that tithe is no longer required by the law, we were thrilled by the spirit of the command. We are inviting all the local churches to join us for these meetings. We are just going to have a great time praising God."

For more information those interested can go to the website at for more details.

The location of the services is on Route 44 South of Sweden Valley, 1 mile past the Coudersport Golf Course. The address is 1261 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, and you can find a map at

William and Doris also ask, "Whether you can make it or not, please pray for this event. We just want Jesus to be honored."

Photos from the event can be found at

Lost Puppy found in Port Allegany, PA

On the morning of Friday July 10th a puppy showed up on our doorstep at 25 N Pine St, Port Allegany, PA at 2:45AM. It is all black with short pointy ears and tan feet, approximately 6 to 8 weeks old. We called the Port Allegany Police Department and they picked it up. Did not see if it was a boy or girl. Believe it is at the Bradford SPCA now.


Herring Produce Company Recalls Anaheim Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk

Country Creations Recalls Frosting Packets Because of Possible Health Risk

'G Collection' Mother's Day and Valentine's Day Gift Boxes Are Voluntarily Recalled

One Dead After Boats Crash Near Lock Haven

Susquehanna River Crash
One person is dead after two boats crashed Friday night in Clinton County.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Susquehanna River in Woodward Township, near Lock Haven.

Around 10:30 p.m., Newswatch 16 found investigators from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission still on the scene, looking over the boats.

Emergency dispatchers in Clinton County confirmed one person died in the crash. They also said that several people were hurt. None of the victims have been identified and there is no word what caused the crash.

Rollover Crash Reported On Kings Run Road

Pickup Truck Rolled Over
Shinglehouse Emergency services are responding 10:04 am on Saturday morning to a report of a pickup truck rollover at the intersection of Kings Run and Champlin Hollow road in Ceres Township. Medic 6 ALS has been recalled at 10:12 am. At 10:46 Ambulance 39-6 was reported enroute to Wellsville Hospital.

Cat Lost Near Ethan Allen In Eldred Is Back Home

My Name Is Hines & I'm home now

Friday, July 10, 2009

Donald E. Raught, 83, of Hazel Hurst, PA

Smethport - Donald E. Raught, 83, of Hazel Hurst, died Thursday (July 9, 2009) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

He was born Sept. 20, 1925 in Corsica, a son of Guy M. and Kittie B. Miles Raught. In 1953, in Port Allegany, PA, he married Margaret A. Mulvihill, who survives.

Mr. Raught attended Hazel Hurst Schools, and and owned and operated his own body repair shop, Don's Body Shop for 42 years.

He was a member of the Hazel Hurst United Methodist Church, and friend to the entire community.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
three sons: Robert Raught of Bradford, PA, Brent (Grace) Raught of Smethport, PA, Donald (Naomi) Raught of Smethport, PA
15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
six sisters: Mary (Richard) Walker of CA, Geraldine Nunn of Hazel Hurst, PA, Esther (Axel) Johnson of Lewis Run, PA, Virginia Klein of Eldred, PA, Carol (Marvin) Stroup of Mt. Jewett, PA, Adda (Dale) Swanson of Smethport, PA
two brothers: Guy (Kay) Raught of Hazel Hurst, PA, Richard (Shirley) Raught of Hazel Hurst, PA

He was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Tammie Silvis, and 2 brothers.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4-6 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held at 6:30 PM, with the Rev. W. Craig Smith, pastor of the Hazel Hurst and Mt. Jewett Methodist Churches, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Fishing Derby & Pig Roast Today At Roulette

Fishing Derby & Pig Roast
The Roulette Fish and Game Club is having a Pig Roast on July 11th at the Scott Buchsen Farm on the West Branch of Fishing Creek Road in Roulette.

A fishing Derby will be held at Frank Weeks Pond which is nearby on the West Branch Of Fishing Creek. There will be cash prizes for many categories.

Kids 14 years old and younger are invited to participate in the fishing derby that goes from 10 am to 1pm.

A pig roast donated by the Mill Stream Inn in Coudersport will be held along with the derby.

There is no admission charge, but donations to help the club will be accepted. Bring the kids and have a great day.

The club raises trout in their hatchery on the Buchsen Farm and stocks several local streams every spring.

Rep. Martin Causer Reports On GOP Budget Talks

House GOP No-Tax Budget Plan Fair, Responsible and Affordable
House Republicans unveiled a balanced, no-tax-increase budget today – just the kind of budget we need in these challenging economic times.
The $27.27 billion plan:
  • Increases funding for school districts statewide.
  • Provides essential funding for public safety needs.
  • Ensures vulnerable residents receive the support services they need.
  • Funds state parks, hospitals and universities.
This budget recognizes the economic realities we face. It forces government to live within its means, just like Pennsylvania families must. And just like family budget cuts are painful at times, so are some of the cuts in this budget.
But the bottom line is this: Pennsylvanians cannot afford higher taxes. Making cuts is the ONLY way to balance our budget.
We had hoped to bring this plan to the floor for a vote this weekend, but House Democrats, who are in the majority and run the House session schedule, canceled voting session for July 10, 11 and 12.
It defies logic to send lawmakers home when we are 10 days into July, 10 days past the mandated June 30 deadline and days away from potential disruptions of government services and payless paydays for state employees. It is both irresponsible and disrespectful to the people we are elected to represent.
That being said, I am optimistic that House Democrats won’t bring the governor’s 16 percent income tax hike up for a vote because they lack support for it in their own caucus, and Republicans in the House and Senate won’t vote for it.
The governor still wants higher taxes to fund all of his pet programs, but taxpayers across the state are so strongly opposed to sending more of their hard-earned money to state government, he might just have to make do with what he has.
To keep up the pressure against higher taxes, Causer urged people to continue voicing their opposition to the governor’s plan at

At McKean County Raceway Saturday Night

McKean to Host First of Two Fastrak Northeast Late Model Touring Series Events Saturday

by Mike Leone

PULASKI, Pa. -- After a busy a Independence Day Weekend, the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series picks right back up this Saturday night, July 11 with its first of two events of the season at the McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa. Race time is 7 p.m.

Saturday?s event will be race #7 of the 17-event 2009 Northeast Touring slate and will include a 25-lap feature paying $1,200 to-win, $150 to-start.More...

What A Party

Birthday Party Turns Ugly

A birthday party in Lewis Run turned ugly.

Police say Paul Conner Jr. of Lewis Run was having a party for 20-year-old Brandon Conner of Gifford and 18-year-old Anthony Kremer of Bradford when a fight broke out and several of the partygoers allegedly assaulted each other. Brandon Conner also allegedly caused $135 worth of damage to a car owned by 20-year-old Nazareth Kremer of Bradford.

Nazareth Kremer, a juvenile and both Conners were charged with harassment. Brandon Conner was also charged with criminal mischief.

Gunzburger Building Ceremony Spotlights Past, Looks To Future

July 10th, 2009
By Paul Heimel
Potter County Today

There was laughter and tears, fond memories, a history lesson and an optimistic forecast of community progress and good will — all rolled into one — Friday afternoon, as more than 100 people gathered to dedicate the former school that now serves as the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building.

Present and former county officials joined members of the Gunzburger family, historian Bob Currin and others in paying tribute to the man for whom the building is named and giving thanks to those who played a role in the facility becoming county-owned and occupied. The property was donated to the county by Time Warner Cable in 2007. F. W. Gunzburger’s son Gary, shown here with wife Judy, and their sons Randy (left) and Gregory and families, spoke with admiration, respect and love for his father and mother. Both of his sons also spoke about the impact their grandfather had on their lives.

Gunzburger was named chief clerk for the Potter County Board of Commissioners in 1928 and continued to serve the county for six decades, taking on multiple responsibilities, declining pay raises and dedicating much of his life to his key role as a county official.

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Tonya Oberther, 30 of Coudersport was arrested last Saturday afternoon by Mansfield-based state police after she allegedly tried to leave the Dollar General Store on Route 49 in Nelson Township without paying for $49 worth of merchandise. More news....

Williams Company To Team Up With Rex Energy To Drill 44,000 Acres Of Marcellus Shale

Williams, Rex Energy plan Marcellus joint venture

Oil & Gas Journal

By OGJ editors
-- Williams Cos. Inc. plans to acquire 50% interest in Rex Energy Corp.’s Marcellus shale properties in Pennsylvania.

The 44,000 gross acres involved are in Westmoreland, Clearfield, and Centre counties in Pennsylvania. Terms call for Williams to pay $33 million via a “drill to earn” structure. Rex Energy is based in State College, Pa. More...



The PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation is seeking communities to host the Tin Can Tour Caravan in early June 2010.

The Tin Can Tour is a caravan of 30 classic vehicles and camping trailers, who plan to tour across US Route 6 in Pennsylvania next summer. The last caravan completed by the group was a tour of the National Road from Cumberland Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. The caravan prefers to visit communities with a unique heritage and that are located near historic sites.

The caravan plans to stop each night in a town along the Route 6 corridor and hold an “open house” for residents and visitors to see these antique and mostly restored cars, trucks and campers. They hope to create a fun and festive time for the towns.

Host communities are expected to provide a place for the vehicle and trailers to park overnight with restroom facilities and possible electric. The communities are encouraged to provide an evening meal, whether it’s a pot-luck or sponsored by a local business or organizations

A preliminary scouting expedition will happen in early August 2009. Communities or organization interested in hosting the Tin Can Tours Caravan should contact the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation at 814-435-7706 or read more about the tour on the Route 6 website –

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Open Arms News
Here's what's happening at Open Arms:

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 & Fasting Week:
July 27-31. Please consider fasting something and lifting up your
church and community in prayer.

Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service
July 31, 6pm-10pm. We will be praying, singing, and receiving
communion. Come and join us interceding for our church and community.

Leadership Training August 2 immediately after service. Open to all.
We will be addressing growth barriers and next steps for Open Arms.

Have you missed any of the "Can You Hear Me Now" series? Just visit to listen.

Also, visit to stay in touch with
your OA family!

Have a great weekend see you Sunday at 10:15!?
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701


302 Documented Violations
Gas and Oil Corporation Based in New York State Causing Environmental Impairments in McKean and Warren Counties

MEADVILLE -- The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a cease and desist order to U.S. Energy Development Corp. of Getzville, N.Y., for persistent and repeated violations of environmental laws and regulations. The order prohibits the company from conducting all earth disturbance, drilling and hydro-fracturing operations throughout Pennsylvania.

The 302 violations that serve as the basis for the order were documented over a period of two years, beginning in August 2007. About one-third of the violations have been resolved, but 197 violations remain uncorrected.

“U.S. Energy has demonstrated a pattern of behavior that displays disregard for environmental regulations and laws, the consequences being the contamination of water and soil in Warren and McKean counties,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “This order stops U.S. Energy from building new sites and gives the company 30 days to fix those sites that already have been built. Other companies are meeting Pennsylvania’s environmental standards; U.S. Energy must also comply with our laws and regulations.” DEP issued the cease and desist order on July 10 because of continued and numerous violations of the Oil and Gas Act, the Clean Streams Law, and the Solid Waste Management Act. The violations include failure to implement measures to prevent accelerated erosion, unpermitted discharges, failure to restore well sites, encroachments into streams and wetlands without obtaining required permits, and failure to plug abandoned wells. The order allows U.S. Energy to continue producing at existing wells.

Some of the U.S. Energy well sites that were cited are on the Allegheny National Forest and property owned by Bradford Water Authority.

Oil and gas permitting, exploration and development is regulated in Pennsylvania under the Oil and Gas Act of 1984, which is administered by the DEP Bureau of Oil and Gas Management. For more information on oil and gas wells, visit, Keyword: “Oil and Gas.”

One Vehicle Rollover Crash On Rt. 46 At Bordell Crossroad

At 4:20 PM, Smethport emergency services are responding to a one vehicle rollover on Route 46 near the Bordell Crossroad, where 2 individuals are reported to be still in the vehicle.

Crack Bust In Wellsville Nets Three

Police nab 149 bags of crack cocaine in Wellsville

By Brian Quinn
WELLSVILLE — A search warrant served at 36 North Broad St. yielded 149 bags of crack cocaine, $616 and various items of drug paraphernalia, county law enforcement officials said Wednesday. It also yielded charges against three people. More...

14 Members of Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Sign Thompson/Holden Letter to Education Secretary on Funds for Universities

PSU-UPB Affected Locally
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, and Tim Holden, D- St. Clair, today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking the Department to examine Pennsylvania’s latest application for State Fiscal Stabilization Funds. Governor Ed Rendell has denied these funds to Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University.

The letter, signed by 14 of the 19 members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, was in response to the decision by the Governor to exclude these four universities from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ARRA, stimulus funding.

The letter states: “We strongly believe that by following the spirit and intent of the ARRA, the Department of Education will reject the application in current form, and compel the Commonwealth to use federal funds to maintain state support for every public institution of higher education in Pennsylvania, including the state-related universities.”

“The Governor has denied almost $42 million to these four universities in their recent application to the Department of Education using the flimsy excuse that they should be excluded because they `are not under the absolute control of the Commonwealth’,” said Thompson.

Here is his rationale for the change of mind:

“The Commonwealth’s `state-related universities’ are excluded from all calculations for purposes of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. While these four institutions receive limited taxpayer support, they do so through a `non-preferred appropriation,’ which is defined as `an appropriation to any charitable or educational institution not under the absolute control of the Commonwealth.”

The letter notes that the ARRA clearly contains language that states are to provide funds to public institutions of higher education. It further reads that federal funds are to be used to shield students at schools supported by state tax dollars from unreasonable tuition increases due to fiscal pressures current economic conditions have placed on state budgets. With the Commonwealth’s decision, its actions may actually be the cause of an increase in student tuition.

The universities in question play an important role as public institutions of higher education in both statutory and case law in Pennsylvania. The letter reads, “We have concern that it is not within the Commonwealth’s power to subjectively alter the legal status of institutions because they do not exercise `absolute control’ over these institutions.”

“Based on the cuts the Governor intends to make to the Universities, Penn State and Pittsburgh are looking at both tuition increases and layoffs,” said Thompson. “During an economic downturn, forcing an institution to raise tuition is not a sound move by the Governor and the results could be less student enrollment and less income to the State.”

The signers of the letter, in addition to Thompson and Holden, are Representatives:

Jason Altmire, Robert A. Brady, Christopher Carney, Kathleen A. Dahlkemper, Charles W. Dent, Michael F. Doyle, Jim Gerlach, Patrick J. Murphy, Tim Murphy, Todd Russell Platts, , Joe Sestak and Bill Shuster.

Two Vehicle Crash Reported In Smethport

1:45 PM- Friday Crash
Emergency responders from Smethport are on scene of a 2 vehicle accident at the intersection of West Water Street and Route 6 near the Tastee Freez in the Boro.
A helicopter placed on standby at the time of the call was canceled. An ambulance from the Smethport area was reported en route to Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport.


All who joined a leasing group during the past two years, did so for two basic reasons. They wanted to realize a profit from their rights' holdings, and protect the environment. Group members chose to accomplish these goals through the services of lawyers, or professional, licensed geologists/lease-writers. A tight lease created for a group includes as many protective clauses as a company lease does for the benefit of the company. When the natural resource riches are realized, both sides of the table want to believe they've received their fair share of the profits.

Before most people thought about becoming a group member, informative meetings were held throughout our region. Similar in concept to a farmers' co-op, those who attended learned the larger the package of rights available, the better the deal offers would be. Also presented in those seminars were slides/videos that explained the impact of horizontal drilling on the landscape. It was compared to the controlled turmoil on site of a new house being built, then the landscaped finished product ... totally environmentally friendly. During the meetings geological drawings accompanied with explanations allowed the public to better understand why some counties on both side of the NY/PA border received large offerings for rights' acreage, while others perhaps just half the amount. The deeper the Marcellus formation, the greater the profit for all concerned!

Now in 2009 what has changed for the leasing groups? Has the economy begun to improve? A bit. Is there still a glut of natural gas and crude oil on the world market? Yes, hence low prices. Has the infrastructure that must exist to profitably reap the benefit of the Marcellus shale been put in place? It's growing daily. Shortages in the gas/oil industry --- from experienced personnel to rigs, to pipelines and water are each being dealt with in positive ways. Government regulations are working to catch up to the inevitable, i.e. dealing with the natural resources in a manner favorable to all concerned. Leasing groups have had to be patient. Thankfully they have not lost out on anything because they still have control of their gas/oil rights. This country (and indeed the world) will need these fossil fuels aslong as those resources exist.

Individuals striving for the "good deal", and group members collectively going for the brass ring, know what they want to achieve. Those same company agents that were knocking on rights' holders' doors a year or two earlier will soon be appearing again. The eagerness for access to the Marcellus shale will be the driving force. The positive impact on this region will be felt for decades --- but not forever. A knowledgeable public will make the difference. What will you do?

Janice Lanphere Hancharick 919.876.2917

Patricia A. Gross, 57, of Smethport , PA

Smethport, Pa. - Patricia A. Gross of Smethport died Saturday (July 4, 2009) at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 13, 1951, in Bradford, she was the daughter of Frank Harold and Margaret Tingley. She was married to Gerald A. Gross, who survives.

Mrs. Gross was a graduate of Bradford Area High School. She had been employed by Herm's Radio & TV, the Family Bargain Center in Bradford and by AVX Corp. in Olean, N.Y., until becoming disabled in 1988.

She was a longtime member of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle and a member of various church groups.

Surviving besides her husband and her mother, Margaret Tingley, are two sons, Thomas Gross of Franklinville, NY, and Samuel Gross of Smethport; a daughter, Molly VanCamp of Rew; two grandsons and two granddaughters.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by two sisters, Sandra Morey and Marsha Jean Tingley; and a brother, Duane Tingley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 2pm at Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle.
Arrangements are under direction of the Mascho Funeral Home in Bradford.

PA House Republicans Present Budget Plan

abc27 News - House GOP Unveils Budget Plan

House GOP Unveils Budget Plan

F. W Gunzburger Building Dedication Today At 1

Gunzburger Ceremony Friday At 1
Open House--Public Invited

By County Commissioner Paul Heimel

County officials past and present, community leaders and others will gather on Friday, July 10, for a dedication ceremony of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building. The public is encouraged to attend.

Following a brief program at 1 pm, an open house will be held to allow the public to tour the building at the corner of Main and Water streets in Coudersport.
It served for decades as a school, was converted to a corporate office building and is now the home of many Potter County government offices.

Special guests at the dedication ceremony will be F. W. Gunzburger’s son, Gary Gunzburger, and his two grandsons, Dr. Gregory Gunzburger and Randy Gunzburger.

Jewelry And Cash Stolen In East Fork Road Home Burglary

Burglars Hit Again
Burglars continue to keep busy in southern Potter County as another residence was entered in Wharton Township this week.

Sometime between July 6th at 5:00PM and July 8th at 4:00PM, unknown persons forcibly entered the residence of Ivy Lantzy of 1627 East Fork Road, Austin, PA, and stole an unknown amount of jewelry and cash. Coudersport PSP reported the investigation is continuing.

Wallet With $600. Taken From Vehicle In Abbott Township

Wallet Ripped Off
State Police at Coudersport released details today of a theft from a motor vehicle that occurred between April 18th at 9:00 and April 20th at 9:00 AM. from property located at 170 Ridge Road in Abbott Township.

During that time period, someone removed a wallet belonging to Lawrence Thompson, 35, of Hickox-Ulysses Road, Genesee, PA from a vehicle. The wallet is reported to have contained approximately $600.00 in US currency.

The investigation remains open.

Equipment Problems Causing Bradford Power Outage

Power Out Downtown

About 1,000 Penelec customers in the downtown Bradford area are being affected by a power outage at this hour, but the power should be restored soon.

Penelec spokeswoman Linda Routzahn says an equipment problem at a power substation caused the outage.

Crews are on the scene and expect to have power restored by early afternoon.


Company Wants to Treat, Discharge 400,000 Gallons per Day
WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, to accept testimony on an industrial waste discharge permit application submitted by TerrAqua Resource Management LLC to treat and discharge 400,000 gallons per day of gas well drilling wastewater to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The hearing will be held at the DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport.

“DEP held a public meeting on July 8 to explain TerrAqua’s permit application and our review process,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “We answered many good questions that night, and we expect to receive considerable testimony at the public hearing.”

During the public hearing, individuals may present oral testimony for a maximum of five minutes. Written testimony of also will be accepted that evening and until Aug. 24. DEP will respond in writing to all relevant comments. There will not be a question and answer session during the hearing. Citizens may register to testify the night of the hearing, and they will be called in the same order as they registered.

Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act should contact Daniel Spadoni at 570-327-3659 or through the Pennsylvania

AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).

The application is available for public review at the DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third St., Suite 101, Williamsport, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. An appointment must be made by calling Kathy Arndt at 570-327-3693.

Road Closed Thursday After Truck Crashes Into Poles

Crash Closes Route 46

Route 46 in Keating Township was closed for about two hours yesterday after a truck crashed into two utility poles.

Police say the driver of a Freightliner, whose name they didn't release, fell asleep at the wheel, causing the truck to veer off the road and hit a mailbox, the utility poles and a tree.

Penelec and Verizon responded to the scene to repair utility services.

The road was closed because the utility wires were on the ground.

Potter McKean 10-11 Year Old All Stars Win Over Troy 9-2

Pitching for Potter McKean was Sheldon VanPelt

Darren Keglovich as he rips a double in the second inning

-- Potter McKean 10-11 Year Old All Stars Win Over Troy 9-2

Potter McKean started out strong during the last Pool Play game against
Troy on Wednesday, July 8th. Potter McKean will play Susquehanna County
at 6 pm on Friday, July 10th at the Little League Field in Coudersport.

Breaking News P.M. 11/10 year old boys win 13 to 6 today in athens against athens the next game will be in coudy friday at 6:00 if the boys win they will be district 15 champs so come out to the game and support this great group of boys

Photos by Kathy Brooks

Everyone Welcome At Worship Festival This Weekend

Volunteers from several local churches helped to put
up this tent Thursday. Bill and Doris Henry hope to
fill it with worshipers this weekend. Everyone is invited
to participate.
Starts Today
Everyone is welcome to come worship the Lord Jesus Christ at a Worship Festival to be held this weekend, July 10-12, at 1261 Cherry Springs Road in Coudersport.

The event will have worship leaders from several area churches. On Friday night at 6:30, the Coudersport CMA worship team will lead the music and singing.

Saturday at 10 a.m and 6:30 pm, Mike Failla, from Buffalo, NY will lead the worship. Mike is a worship leader, songwriter and Worship Director for Kingdom Bound Ministries since the ministry began. He has been assisting churches with their worship ministries for over a decade (

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church will hold its regular service at the Worship Festival site. This will be a "Galilean Service" with Pastor Tom Shatto preaching from a boat on a pond.

Sunday night Austin Lapp, from Penn Yan, NY will lead.

Each service will also have a short teaching from Penn Clark. Penn originally comes from Canada and has been working as a missionary here and overseas for many years. He and his wife Heather are currently church planting in Penn Yan, NY, and is pastoring
WellSpring Fellowship.

The event will focus on worship in the spirit of the Deut. 4 tithe. William and Doris Henry, who are sponsoring the event at their home say, "There is no agenda other than worshiping our Lord and Savior."

About three years ago, we were doing a study on the tithe, and came across the Deut. 14 tithe that was to be used for a celebration, which commands us to rejoice, and to have a celebration so we may learn the fear of the Lord. While that tithe is no longer required by the law, we were thrilled by the spirit of the command. We are inviting all the local churches to join us for these meetings. We are just going to have a great time praising God."

For more information those interested can go to the website at for more details.

The location of the services is on Route 44 South of Sweden Valley, 1 mile past the Coudersport Golf Course. The address is 1261 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, and you can find a map at

William and Doris also ask, "Whether you can make it or not, please pray for this event. We just want Jesus to be honored."

Photos from the event can be found at

William F. "Bill" Kurtz, Age 31, of Sabinsville, PA

William F. "Bill" Kurtz, Age 31, of Sabinsville, PA, died unexpectedly Monday, July 6, 2009.

Bill was born June 6, 1978 in Accomack, VA, a son of Edward and Bertha "Berty" (Mitchell) Kurtz.

Bill graduated from Galeton High School in 1996 and was employed by Kibbe Oil and Gas Services. He loved Volkswagens, enjoyed his family, and playing games with his girls.

William is survived by his parents, Edward and Berty Kurtz of Westfield; loving companion and partner, Laura "Laurie" Kio; a daughter, Makayla Kurtz, at home; a daughter, Morgan, who went to be with him in heaven on Wednesday, July 8, 2009; two brothers, David and Joe Kurtz of Westfield, PA; a sister, Michelle Kurtz of Edinboro, PA. He was predeceased by a sister, Connie Kurtz; grandparents, Fred and Beulah Mitchell, and Joe Kurtz.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 12, 2009, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Federated Church, Whites Corners Rd., Harrison Valley, PA. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Ed Collins officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the Makayla Kurtz Educational Fund, c/o Northwest Savings Bank, 100 Main St., Westfield, PA 16950.

The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

Morgan Christine Kurtz, Age 9, of Sabinsville, PA

Morgan Christine Kurtz, Age 9, of Sabinsville, PA, went to be with her daddy in heaven on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Morgan was born June 21, 2000 in Coudersport, PA, a daughter of Laura "Laurie" Kio and the late William "Bill" F. Kurtz.

She completed second grade at Westfield Elementary School. Morgan loved to draw, enjoyed church and children's church, fishing with her pappy, riding 4-wheelers, catching frogs and playing with her sister, Makayla.

Morgan is survived by her mother, Laura "Laurie" Kio of Sabinsville; her sister, Makayla Kurtz of Sabinsville, PA; paternal grandparents, Ed and Bertha "Berty" Kurtz of Westfield, PA; maternal grandparents, Michael Kio of Ulysses, PA, Christine and Kenneth Dudley of Duncannon, PA; great-grandparents, Audrey Kio of Ulysses, PA and Janice and Clifford Hanes of Lakeland, FL; aunt, Michelle Kurtz of Edinboro, PA; uncles, David Kurtz and Joe Kurtz of Westfield, PA; aunt, Alisha Aldrich of Newport, PA; uncle, Michael C. Kio of Ulysses, PA. She was predeceased by her father, William "Bill" F. Kurtz; great-grandparents, Donald Kio, Beulah and Fred Mitchell, and Joe Kurtz.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 12, 2009, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Federated Church, Whites Corners Rd., Harrison Valley, PA. Funeral services will be held immediately following the viewing at 4:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Ed Collins, officiating. Burial will be in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made in Morgan's memory to the Makayla Kurtz Educational Fund, c/o Northwest Savings Bank, 100 Main St., Westfield, PA 16950.

The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

300 To 400 Jobs Expected In Horseheads

Drilling project raises concerns

Schlumberger planning 400,000-square-foot facility

By Ray Finger •
Star Gazette

HORSEHEADS - Noise, dust, road deterioration, storm-water runoff and truck traffic were among concerns voiced Thursday at a public hearing on a proposed natural gas drilling service facility at The Center industrial park.

About 50 people attended the hearing on plans by Schlumberger Technology Corp. to build a 400,000-square-foot facility on about 88 acres. More...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Harold O. Bell, III, 63, of Smethport, formerly of Tyngsborough, MA

Smethport- Harold O. Bell, III, 63, of Smethport, formerly of Tyngsborough, MA, died Tuesday (July 7, 2009) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born Nov 4, 1945 in Russellville, Alabama, a son of Harold O. and E. Christine Waldrep Bell, Jr. On Oct. 7, 1967 in the First United Baptist Church, Lowell, MA, he married Joyce E. Singleton, who survives.

Mr. Bell was a 1964 graduate of Lowell High School and was an Equipment Installer, employed by New England Telephone, for 32 years, before retiring in 1995.

He was Captain of the Smethport Fire Police, devoted member of the Smethport Fire Department, was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Pentucket Masonic Lodge of Lowell, MA, the Aleppo Shriners of Wilmington, MA, Past Patron of Puritan Chapter #54 Order of the Eastern Star, Lowell, MA, and member of the Scottish Rite of Lowell, MA. Harold was also a former member of the Tyngsborough, MA Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 40 years, before moving to Smethport.

In addition to his wife, and his mother of Tyngsborough, MA, he is survived by
one daughter: Dawn E. (Donald) Bell Stryker of Tyngsborough, MA
one son: Brian E. (Lisa Carpentier) Bell of Derry, NH
5 granddaughters: Amanda Mascari of Hudson, NH; Andrea Bell of Nashua, N.H.; Alison Bell of Nashua, NH; Caitlyn Stryker of Tyngsborough, MA; Alyssa Stryker of Tyngsborough, MA.
six sisters: Sharyn Bell of Glen Burnie, MD, Janice Bell-Ridgley Critchfield of New Port Richey, FL, Suzanne Dotson of Haymarket, VA, Beth Bell-Lavoie of Windham, NH, Deborah Lagasse of Tyngsborough, MA, Lauri Somers of Lowell, MA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Steven D. Bell, on October 14, 1971.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 pm at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, from St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Smethport, with the Rev. John Wesley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Tyngsborough Memorial Cemetery, Tyngsborough, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smethport Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Olean Woman Leaves Her Mark In A Big Way

Olean artist makes it BIG

OLEAN - A former Olean woman has found a way to give to communities around the world - a big way.

Her name is Meg Saligman. She paints murals. Big murals. In fact, on June 24 she unveiled one in Omaha, Neb., that covered 32,500 square feet.

She and a crew of seven spent 8 months covering the Energy Systems building with 880 gallons of paint.

“We know that we could claim the largest single project mural in the continental U.S.,” Ms. Saligman said of the project. More...

Burglary Reported In Turtlepoint Area

Made Themselves At Home
State Police from Kane are investigating a burglary in Turtlepoint on Culver Lane that happened about 12:30 AM on July 4th.

Two known female juveniles, a known male juvenile, and a known 18 year old male entered the residence of Elizabeth Smith, of 7 Culver Lane, Turtlepoint after one of the female juveniles climbed through an unlocked window and opened the front door for the others.

While inside the residence, the suspects ate the victim's food and the two males consumed an alcoholic beverage. After sleeping inside the residence and remaining there until about 5:00 PM, the suspects left the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Henry Will Love You Forever--Give Him A Home

Henry--Pet of the Week

At Teacher's Pet Rescue
Coudersport, PA

Kris reports Diamond, last week's pet of the week, has found a new home.

Henry was born on November 18. He is a plott hound mix. Henry is playful and gets along with other pets. He loves his toys and is doing well on housetraining. Henry is UTD on vaccines and is already neutered.

Henry's sister Holly is also here at Teacher's Pet Rescue and is ready for her new home. Kris Arbogast can be contacted by phone at 814-274-0383 or by email at


Liquid Supplements Recalled By Protica Inc.

Plentiful Pantry Recalls Almond Pound Cake containing Instant Non Fat Dry Milk associated with the Plainview Milk Recall

Hot Chocolate Recovery Drink Mix Voluntarily Recalled By CLIF SHOT®

Calico Cottage, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 10 oz. Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix Pouches Because Of The Possible Presence Of Salmonella

Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall of Products Containing Nonfat Dry Milk Because of Possible Health Risk

Nutrition Global, LLC recalls certain batches of SNI Pro Whey, SNI Pro Mass and Sci Labs Mass Fuzion Dietary Supplement bearing LOT numbers as shown below because of Possible Health Risk

From The Email.......


Okay, I need to rant.

I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael
Jackson . As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an
entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent
millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many
people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and
I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point
of my rant.

Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their
minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the
country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find the
need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees
the need to hold a "moment of silence" for his passing?

Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he's
a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What
about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All
those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a
war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution
and the United States of America . Where is their moment of silence?
Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and
mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why
is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddance
and "thank God for IEDs?" When did this country become so calloused
to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily
blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning
for a "Pop Icon?"

I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN
CONGRESSfor Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence
for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . They need
to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the
American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and
freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on
have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time,
because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice.
After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star
in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only
shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they

Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Feel free to pass
this along if you want.

Remember these five words the next time you think of someone
who is serving in the military; "So that others may live..."

Only two people have ever effectively given their lives for you.

Jesus Christ and The American G.I.

One died for your sins, the other died to give you freedom.

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

Now Available On Zito Media Cable Channel 450

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


Copyright: 2008 G.R. Miller. All Rights Reserved.


State police at Tionesta have asked Pennsylvania Crimestoppers to help them locate 55 year old Ronald Dean whose last known address was 414 Winsor Street, Jamestown, NY.

Authorities explain on July 5, 2009, between 5:00 p.m. – 5:41 p.m., a residence in Farmington Township, Clarion County, was entered by the suspect and another individual in order to steal firearms, money, jewelry, and other items.

The homeowner arrived home while the incident was occurring, at which point the suspect and accomplice fled the area. A short time later, the fleeing vehicle was stopped and the accomplice was taken into custody.

Ronald Allen Dean remains at large. He is described as being a white male, 5’5”, weighs 190 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call toll free 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000. More news....

Arthur H. Pearsall, Jr., 82, of 244 Greens Rd., Kersey, PA formerly of Emporium

Arthur H. Pearsall, Jr., 82, of 244 Greens Rd., Kersey, PA formerly of Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Thursday (July 9, 2009) morning.

He was born Apr 8, 1927 in Driftwood, PA a son of the late Arthur H. and Louise Wolfe Pearsall. On November 30, 1985 in Kersey He married Mary Oknefski Wilson Pearsall, who Survives. His first wife was Genevieve Wilson Pearsall who died in 1983.

Mr. Pearsall worked at Sylvania form many years and many years ago he and his brother had worked in the woods logging. He loved the outdoors especialy fishing. He was a devoted church member and a Elder of his church.
In addition to Mary Oknefski Wilson Pearsall
Son: Arthur L. Pearsall, Sr. & his wife Mary Lou, Emporium
Daughter: Patricia, Mrs. Charles Hartford, Emporium
Son: Gary Pearsall and his wife Lorrie, Emporium
Step-son: Scott Wilson and his wife Sue, Brookville
Step-son: Wade Wilson, Kersey
Step-son: Cole Wilson and his wife Sherri, Kersey
Step-son: Brian Wilson and his wife Renee, Kersey
Step-daughter: Ginger Wilson, Kersey
Several Grandchildren
Several Great Grandchildren
Sister: Josephine Reed, Emporium
Sister: Naomi Dill, Sterling Run
Sister: Pauline Hayes, Louisiana
Sister: Judy Pearsall, St. Marys
Sister: Helen Walker, Coudersport
Brother: Harvey Pearsall, Massachusettes
Brother: Robert Pearsall, Sellersville, PA
Brother: David Pearsall, N.C.
Brother: Allen Pearsall, Ridgway
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Arthur E. and Louise Wolfe Pearsall
First Wife: Genevieve Wilson Pearsall who died in 1983
Son: Ron Pearsall who died in 2007
Two Brothers: Edmond and Richard
Two Sisters: Mildred Irwin and Esther Greg

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (July 11, 2009) at 1:00 PM. with Rev. Cole Wilson, his step-son, officiating.
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM. Burial will follow in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Eldred Boro Fire Dept Toned Out For A Search

At 4:51 pm Thursday, Eldred Boro Fire Department was dispatched to meet at their station for a search detail.
RECALL at 5:10 pm--County control issued a recall to all involved in the search in Eldred Boro stating that the person has been found.

$20,000.00 Reward Offered In Joey Offutt Case

Joey Lynn's Family Ups Reward

The family of Joey Lynn Offutt has increased the reward being offered for information leading to her whereabouts to $20,000. She has been missing from Sykesville, PA, since a fire destroyed her home on July 12, 2007.

In the early morning of July 12, 2007, authorities responded to a fire at Joey's
After the fire was put out, extinguished, the remains of Joey's 6-week-old son were discovered. Joey and her car, a red Saturn with Virginia license plates, were missing. Police found Joey's car four days later in State College parked at the Nittany Gardens apartment complex, where Joey had previously lived.

Joey's other two children, who were not at home at the time of the fire, are safe living with family.

After two years, and two airings on the TV show "America's Most Wanted", investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police still have had no substantial and credible leads in the case. The family requests the public's help by coming forward with information they may have that could lead to Joey being found.

If alive, Joey Lynn Offutt would 35 years old (she was 33 years old at the time she went missing), approximately 5' 3" with a thin build, and she has brown eyes and brown hair (with a reddish tone). She may or may not have been wearing glasses.

Joey's family has established a toll-free number to field tips from the public. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-877-440-JOEY (1-877-440-5639) or to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 814-371-4652.

The family has also created a website to help bring public attention to Joey's disappearance. Visit for additional information on this case or to contact Joey's family with information.

Open Records Decision Overruled By Tioga County Court

Tom Savage - Executive Director
Volunteer Fire Companies Not Subject To Right To Know

This note is coming to you from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania where
I attended the
Commonwealth Court hearing to determine if the
Morris Township Fire Company was
subject to the PA Right to
Know Law (RTNL) as was ruled by the PA Open Records
interpretation (OOR). PFESI has taken a leadership position in
the Volunteer Fire and EMS organizations know about
the RTNL impact to their
organizations and educating the
legislators on the severe impact such an
interpretation would
have on these organizations ability to function.

The hearing was well attended by local volunteer fire and ems
organizations in
the Wellsboro area, including a
representative from the Tioga Publishing
Company. Judge
Dalton heard appropriate testimony from the plaintiff and

defendants and permitted Brett Feese, Chief Council,
Republican Caucus of the
Pennsylvania House of
Representatives to not only file an amicus brief (see

attached) but to give testimony. Both the amicus brief and
a letter from the
House Fire Caucus (also attached), and
it’s co chairs, Representatives Keith
Gillespie and Tim
Solobay, highlighted that it was not the intent of the

legislators, most of whom voted for the RTNL, to include
Volunteer Fire and EMS
organizations under the law. I
understand that some other legislators sent

letters of support, among them Representative Frank Farry.

The lawyer for Morris Fire Co., Attorney Bill Hebe did an
outstanding job in
representing not only the Morris Fire
Company, but presented with great clarity
the impact of
the law on all of Pennsylvania's volunteers. Both Bill Hebe
Brett Feese have certainly earned the respect and
appreciation of Volunteer
responders across Pennsylvania.
We sincerely thank them for all their time
spent on this and
their dedication to supporting the volunteer responders.

F. W. Gunzburger: A Life of Service

F. W. Gunzburger: A Life of Service

By Paul Heimel
Potter County Commissioner

For more than 70 years, Coudersport’s Ferdinand Wile Gunzburger was the epitome of public service. During his tenure as a county official – a longevity record unequaled in Pennsylvania history – Gunzburger was an inspiration to countless others through his pleasant demeanor, his positive attitude, strong work ethic, healthy lifestyle and dedication to helping others.

Upon his death in 2002 at the age of 97, Gunzburger was on medical leave in his 54th year as Director of Veterans Affairs in Potter County. Not once during that span did he accept any offer of compensation for the part-time position. To Gunzburger, helping veterans and their families was simply the right thing to do.

The majestic courthouse in the middle of Coudersport’s town square became F.W. “Ferdy” Gunzburger’s second home in 1928. Some influential local businessmen recommended that he be appointed Chief Clerk for the Board of County Commissioners. The job tended to be a political plum in those days and no one who held it figured to be there for very long, since county politics swung freely and cronyism was the rule, rather than the exception.

Ferdy had been trained for a career in retail sales, but he reluctantly accepted the position on a trial basis— a “trial” that lasted 65 years before he retired on Jan. 1, 1993. He ended up serving 19 different Boards of Commissioners. In the late 1980s, Ferdy Gunzburger was confirmed to be the longest-serving local government official in the history of Pennsylvania.

But back in 1928, he was fresh out of Coudersport High School, where he was an average student, as well as a star athlete in three sports. In his spare time, he helped in his father’s clothing store and ran errands for his neighbors.

Passed early test

A test of Gunzburger’s mettle came after the Great Depression in 1933. As Director of the Emergency Relief Board, he was presented with a list of 1,735 unemployed people and asked to find public service jobs for as many as he could. Working days, nights and weekends, Ferdy found work for all but the most elderly and handicapped.

Streets were paved; renovations were made to churches, the hospital, and government buildings; an athletic field was renovated and wood was cut and delivered to needy families.
An audit six years later revealed that Gunzburger was never compensated for his services. A retroactive compensation check was presented, but Ferdy refused to accept it.

More jobs, same pay

As the state and federal governments placed an increasing variety of burdens on counties, Gunzburger found himself holding down more titles than any other county official in the state.
He accepted these added roles — public welfare director, veterans affairs director, chief tax assessor, director of elections and chief voter registrar — so that the county taxpayers would not be burdened with additional employees on the payroll.

The decision to retire from a career that brought him more plaques, certificates, awards and other honors than the walls of his den could accommodate was not an easy one for Ferdy Gunzburger. However, he desired to spend more time with his wife, Florence, and tend to his lawn and garden. He was also close to his son and family, Gary and Judy Gunzburger and sons Greg and Randy.

“The Lord has been good to me-- I’m very fortunate,” Ferdy told a gathering of friends and associates at a surprise retirement party in late 1992. “When I went to work for the county, all I wanted to do was do the job to the best of my ability.”

Rules for a long life

He attributed his longevity to avoiding alcohol and tobacco, coupled with healthy eating, rigorous exercise and a strong work ethic. Those were traits instilled in him by long-time educator and sports coach Henry Staiger at Coudersport High School.

Even in his retirement, Gunzburger regularly fielded inquiries from across the state on tax assessment, voter registration, finances or some other facet of government. He was admired far and wide for his ability to cite statistics, statutes, individuals and events.

Auditors frequently commended Gunzburger for his investment abilities with county revenues. Local poll workers marveled at his endurance on election nights, as he stayed at the courthouse until daybreak or beyond to process local returns. Any number of Potter County residents who came upon hardships benefited from Ferdy’s quiet charity and words of encouragement.

The passing of his wife, his own declining health, and his deep concern for the growing legal woes of his close friends, John Rigas and family, were major challenges for Gunzburger as he spent the final months of his life under personal care at his home in Ladona.

He often spoke of his two grandsons with pride and affection; his eyes lit up when they visited.

At his funeral, several speakers remarked that they had not once heard him utter an unkind word about another. One of his favorite expressions was, “Let’s agree to disagree without being disagreeable,” and it was a motto by which he lived.