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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Troopers Charge 20 Year Old With Underage Alcohol

Underage Alcohol Charge
A few minutes before midnight on Friday, a Coudersport Trooper noticed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Fox's Pizza in Coudersport after the business had closed.

When he stopped and checked on the welfare of the person in the car, it was determined that she was in possession of alcoholic beverages being under the age of 21.

Starr Evingham, 20, of 51 Maple Street, Oswayo, PA. will be charged with Underage Consumption in District Court 55-3-01.

Roulette Residents Report Prowler On Ash Lane

Early AM Prowler
Coudersport troopers are investigating a report of a unknown person who prowled around the outside of a Roulette residence, and attempted to look into a window at 2:20 am Friday morning.

Amber Lawson and Cody Coleman of 2 Ash Lane, Roulette, PA reported the prowler outside their home. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP at 814-274-8690.

Poor Bambi

Photo by Leo Szczesny--Sunken Branch Photography

Ski Denton near Galeton hosted the 20th annual Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous this week. The event runs through Sunday.

Red Headed Stepchild Performed Today

Lovely and talented
- Leo Szczesny
Redheaded Stepchild performed at the gazebo in Coudersport
this afternoon followed by a performance
at the Austin Dam Show.

Photos by
- Leo Szczesny

Shinglehouse Toned Out For Rekindle Of Barn Fire

Barn Fire Rekindled
Shinglehouse firefighters have been toned out at 6:02 pm to the scene of Saturday morning's barn fire on the Blauvelt Road in Sharon Township. Shinglehouse Chief on scene reports that fire has rekindled.

Potter-McKean 9 & 10 baseball All Stars update

Baseball Update
Potter-McKean evened their record at 1-1 in the
section three tournament
currently being held
in Lewisburg, with a 12-10 win over Danville. It
a gutsy performance as they battled back
from deficits three times to pull
out the victory.

Potter-Mckean will play the loser of the Upper
Dauphin County/Loyalsock
game at 2 PM tomorrow.

Loyalsock defeated Potter-McKean 11-4 yesterday.

Stormy Weather/Tornado Vortex Indicated But Not Observed

Tornado Reported In Odin
Austin Firefighters have been sent to Route 607 near the PennDOT building for a tree down blocking the roadway at about 4:00 pm.

National Weather Service radar indicated a tornado vortex on their radar map crossing an area south of Roulette for about a 10 minute period. Visual observation did not detect any funnel clouds looking in that direction, however a tornado was spotted in Odin.

Anyone seeing storm damage use comments to report

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tornado was observed in Odin! Trees snapped and debris all over my sister's yard!

Sunday, July 26, 2009 11:24:00 AM EDT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

We actually saw a tornado spin up in Odin yesterday. The wind was blowing very hard UP the valley which hardly ever happens and when it hit the wind coming down, it spun up in to a tornado, which traveled about 200 yards before being knocked down. Several trees in the Gabersack field are splintered and thrown about. It was a very impressive site to see that circular wall of water form so quickly and just tear things apart in the blink of an eye!!


Wind Farm Interference Showing Up on Doppler Radar

Weather Radar Useless
In Area Of Wind Turbines

During the last several years, New York State has been a leader in supporting the growth of wind energy. As a result of this effort, there have been several "wind farm" projects developed across the region. In western New York, some of the bigger projects include the towns of Sheldon, Wethersfield, Eagle/Bliss in Wyoming county.

These farms are located between 20 miles and 35 miles directly southeast of the Weather Surveillance Doppler Radar located at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga (KBUF) in northern Erie county. The towers are on top of ridges at elevations that exceed 1600 feet above mean sea level.

Wind turbine clutter or interference that shows up on the base reflectivity and velocity images produced by the doppler radar can have several impacts including:

*Thunderstorm or winter storm characteristics could be masked or misinterpreted, reducing warning effectiveness in the vicinity of, and downrange of the wind farm.

*False signatures contaminating Doppler velocity data in the vicinity and downrange of the wind energy facility could reduce forecaster's situational awarness, particularly during hazardous/severe weather events.

*Data masking or contamination if thunderstorms develop over the wind farm may negatively impact warning effectiveness.

*False precipitation estimates could negatively impact flash-flood warning effectiveness.

Read the whole story here.

Wireless Internet & Phone Service Available At The Dam Show

Free Wireless Internet
Thanks to that bioblitz and a donation from Zito Media and Dominion Resources-- there is wireless internet service available at the Dam- so----- Unless you want to escape--------- you can bring your laptop and not miss a beat (of music or information).

There's also a phone there--- 814-260-9390. Cell phones still don't work at the dam. On that phone, one can receive calls and make local calls. Long distance calls require a phone card.

All the service is free courtesy of the same team that got things ready for the bioblitz.

Afternoon & Evening Schedule

12:30 P.M. Buddhahood Drum Workshop
2:00 P.M. Tom Martin
2:30 P.M. Free Grass Union
3:00 P.M. The Buddhahood
4:15 P.M. Red Headed Stepchild
5:00 P.M. Vinegar Creek Constituency
5:45 P.M. Students of Larry Herbstritt – Glass Onion
6:15 P.M. Jesse Alexander Band
6:45 P.M. Freakish Owl Boy/Jakob’s Hollow
8:00 P.M Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
9:30 P.M. The Slant
10:15 P.M. The Dam Jam

Prices for admission

Movie Crew Will Stay In Emporium & Coudersport

Washington to film thriller in Pennsylvania

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Realism was the goal when producers for the Cecil B. DeMille film "The Unconquerable," starring Gary Cooper, hired real Seneca Indians to ride horses in the segment shot in Cook Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Oops. Turns out the Seneca were foot travelers and didn't ride horses.

So, according to local lore, as related Friday by Brian Brubaker of the region's Sawmill Center of the Arts, the local stable supplying steeds for the 1946 film had to lend out riders, too -- white men in body paint.

Denzel Washington's next movie, the action-thriller "Unstoppable," is being filmed in the same region starting in a few weeks.

It is sure to face challenges. However, they are likely to be of the accommodations variety.

There aren't enough rooms for the 300-person crew in sparsely populated Cameron County, which was chosen because of its ample rail lines, said David Morris, executive director of Pennsylvania's Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

With only one school district, about 6,000 residents and few of the amenities found on many other big movie sets, some of the crew will operate out of the nearest "city" -- Coudersport in nearby Potter County -- Morris said.

Washington reportedly will play an engineer who jumps onto a runaway train loaded with toxic materials.More...

Fire Units Fought Barn Fire In Sharon Township Saturday Morning

Fully Involved Barn Fire
A two alarm fire response brought several area fire departments to the Blauvelt Hollow Road in Sharon Township early Saturday morning.

Shinglehouse Fire Department was called out at 5:15 am this morning to a fully involved barn fire. A second alarm was sounded bringing Bolivar, Portville, and Coudersport units to the scene.

Units reported back in service this morning about 8:30 pm.

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Charles Button, 44, of Westfield is facing numerous traffic and criminal charges after being struck by a car early last Sunday morning on Route 49 in Westfield Township.

Mansfield-based state police say Button was drunk when he jumped from the side of the road into the path of a Chevrolet HHR driven by Darla Davis also of Westfield. Davis and her two teenage children escaped injury while Button was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of moderate injuries. More...

Man In Police Standoff Surrenders


Canisteo Valley News

Bath State Police report that the Howard man who had barracaded himself inside his own residence, surrendered to officials on Friday evening.

The man, whose name has not been released to the press, has been taken to St. James Hospital in Hornell for a mental health evaluation. More...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Carmen Ladd Cobb, 81, of Elma, WA, formerly of Ulysses, PA

Carmen Ladd Cobb, 81, of Elma, WA, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Elma.

Born April 17, 1928, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Carlyle and Olive F. Ladd.

She was a 1946 graduate of Ulysses High School. On January 7, 1949, in Wellsville, NY, she married Raymond J. Cobb, who predeceased her in 1967.

She was a member of the Methodist faith and the Eagles.

Surviving are: two sons, Daniel Cobb and Sean R. Cobb, both of WA; five daughters, Susan Didrickson, Joyce Cobb, Christine Scott, Lorraine Scott, and Dianne Gruginski, all of WA; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, William Ladd and Donald Ladd; and a sister, Marjorie Frampton.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 1, 2009 in the Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Nettie Treat will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Furniture Stolen From Oswayo Apartments

Furniture Stolen
Sometime between Thursday and Sunday, burglars gained access to the Oswayo Apartments building and removed a Holland House wooden glider rocker with burgundy cushions, 2 table top lamps (brown & Gold in color) and a red Badger Fire Protection 5 pound fire extinguisher from a bottom floor common area.

Oswayo Apartments is located at 307 W. Academy Street in Shinglehouse, PA. The stolen property, valued at about $475.00, belongs to Confer Realty LLC, Rochester, NY.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. The investigating officer is Trooper S. R. Rupp.

Roulette Woman Charged With Hitting Man In Face

Child Custody Exchange
Coudersport State Police investigated an incident that took place Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Village of Roulette.

Nicholas McKervey, 29, of 2 B & C Lane in Roulette reported that Lashella Noles, 21, of 9 Pine Lane, Roulette, struck him several times in the face during an altercation which occurred during a child custody exchange at the Pine Lane location. McKervey also reported that Noles ripped a side mirror off the vehicle in which he was leaving.

Troopers are filing summary charges of Harassment and Criminal Mischief against Noles at District Court 55-4-01 in Shinglehouse.

Man Charged After Domestic In Portage Township

Woman Injured
An Austin man was charged with Simple Assault and Harassment Wednesday after an incident in his home on Rt. 607 in Portage Township.

Patrick Dow, 29, was charged after a domestic incident in which a 20 year old female was head butted, resulting in moderate injuries which were treated at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Emergency Crews Rescue Man Pinned By Log

Man Trapped Under Log in Bradford Township PA


At 7:52 p.m. Bradford City ambulance and Bradford Township were called out to assist a man trapped under a log.

The caller reported that he was at 79 Bells Camp Road and his leg was trapped under a log.

Dispatchers at the 911 center were losing the caller off and on due to cell phone service issues.

The man reported after calling back that he had freed himself from the log but was afraid that his leg was broken and that he was behind the garage. More....

Genesee Man Charged After Walking Out With Milk

Failed To Pay
Troopers charged a Genesee resident with retail theft on Wednesday when he left Reed's Market, on Main Street in Genesee, with a 1/2 gallon of milk without paying for it.

Donald Edward Seeley, 20, of 127 Shongo Street, Genesee, PA failed to pay $1.54 for the milk. He was issued a Non-Traffic Citation for Retail Theft.

Here's what's happening at Open Arms:

Here's what's happening at Open Arms:

This week coming up is week of Prayer & Fasting - July 27-31. Please
consider fasting something and lifting up your church and community in

Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service is a week from tomorrow on July
31, at 6pm until 10pm. We will be praying, singing, and receiving
communion. Come and join us interceding for our church and community.

REVOLUTION! Open Arms Youth Ministry is held every Sunday evening from
6:30p-8:00p. Ages 13- High School Graduate.

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

Don't forget our NEVER ENDING FOOD DRIVE - Our Livewires (tweens) are
heading up this
community outreach. Please help support them by bringing in non-
perishable items and placing them in the food cart in the foyer.
Thank you!!!

Everyone have a wonderful week! God Bless and see you Sunday at 10:15!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Poker Run Set August 1st To Benefit Camp Cadet

Poker Run Aug. 1st
The NORTHERN TIER CAMP CADET Program along with LARRY'S SPORTS CENTER in Galeton are sponsoring a POKER RUN to raise funds for the camp. It will be held Saturday, August 1st, will start and finish at Larry's and is approximately 75 miles long. There will be one stop in Cross Forks.

Registration is from 9 to 11 am , the ride will start at 11 after a blessing of the bikes. The cost is $20 per bike this price includes the ride, lunch and door prizes. The ride is open to all road legal vehicles that wish to help this wonderful program.

The CAMP CADET Program funds a week long camp for 12 and 13 year olds from POTTER, CAMERON & TIOGA COUNTIES. The Camp is held the last week in June at the Mansfield University. The purpose of the Camp is to give our youth a better understanding of all branches of Law Enforcement, and their practices and procedures.

At the end of the ride there will be many activities and attractions. There will be a CHINESE AUCTION with several items, including Darien Lake Tickets, framed pictures of the PITTSBURGH STEELERS Superbowl win, a massage, several gift certificates to area merchants, hand made items and many more items. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a raffle on a hand made WOODEN PORCH SWING.

The PSP helicopter will land at Larry's, local fire and ambulance companies will have equipment there, a vintage PSP car and a DJ will be there for entertainment, The LEWISVILLE LODGE will be there also to offer free FINGER PRINTING and other child identification for your children.

There will be a BBQ pulled pork lunch with baked potato, baked beans, dessert and drink offered to the public for $5.00 each.


Any one having and items they would like to donate for the CHINESE AUCTION or have any questions on the Camp or the POKER RUN, please call ROBIN FREEMAN @ 814-558-3777 or Cheryl at Larry's Sport Center @ 814-435-6548.

Veterans Can Attend Pitt- Bradford Free


BRADFORD, Pa. – Veterans who have served active duty in the military since Sept. 11, 2001, may be able to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for free or greatly reduced cost thanks to the new Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill, which takes effect Aug. 1.

“For those veterans who are eligible, it will allow them to come to Pitt-Bradford and have all their tuition and fees paid for plus a $1,000 book allowance and a generous housing allowance,” said James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of enrollment services. “They will not have to borrow money to finance their education.”

Tim Lawson, for example, is an incoming freshman who served six years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, including two tours in Iraq finding and detonating improvised explosive devices. He can now attend Pitt-Bradford tuition free, working toward a degree in elementary education, using his housing stipend to cover his mortgage and utilities and a $1,000 annual book stipend to pay for his books.

“The GI Bill is going to help out quite a bit,” he said.

Pitt-Bradford will also waive its application fee for veterans and accept some credits from military training and experience.

Unlike previous GI bills, the new version allows Pennsylvania veterans to attend any public college or university for free. Out-of-state veterans will still be able to reap the same benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which will fill the gap between the cost of in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition. The cost of the Yellow Ribbon Program will be split between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Pitt-Bradford.

“The government has finally recognized the commitment and investments that our servicemen and women have made and they’re giving them the opportunity to get an education at public institutions with little or no out-of-pocket costs,” Baldwin said.

Like all Pitt-Bradford students, veterans will be eligible for extra academic assistance from the Academic Success Center and disabled veterans can receive additional assistance from the center’s learning development specialist. Some students may also be eligible for TRiO Student Support Services, which helps first-generation, disabled and other qualified students adjust to and succeed in college.

Those who may be eligible for the new GI bill must have served active duty since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Veterans have 15 years to use their education eligibility. Under some circumstances, they may be able to transfer their eligibility to a spouse or child.

For more information or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment, or visit .

Billy Joel / Elton John concert set for tonight is cancelled

Billy Joel / Elton John concert set for tonight is cancelled

News 4 has learned that tonight's Elton John / Billy Joel concert set to take place at HSBC Arena tonight has been cancelled. Reportedly, Billy Joel is ill.

No new date has been announced at this time.

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NY Troopers Reported In Situation Near Canisteo, NY

Troopers In Standoff

Canisteo Valley News
(At least) since this morning, State Police have been in Howard where according to troopers, someone is barricaded inside their residence. The situation has been going on for many hours, though few details are available as of yet.

State Workers May Not Be Only Ones Screwed By Gov.

Radio interview poses question?

Former Manhattan Madam’s Radio Interview implicates Rendell?…

Fires In Eldred/Kane Overnight

Two Fires Early Friday Morning

Area fire departments were busy this morning with two house fires.

The first was called in at 12:34 a.m. at Carpenter Creek Road in Eldred Township.

Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Crowe tells WESB and The HERO that the building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived, and the roof had already caved in.

The owner of the seasonal residence is from Lancaster, Pa., and he is on his way to the area to speak with Crowe about the fire.

Crowe says the building was a total loss. A state police fire marshal was on the scene at 6 a.m. He hasn't determined a cause yet, but is still investigating.

No one was hurt.

A dispatcher at the McKean County 911 Center tells WESB and The HERO that the second fire was at 422 Chase Street in Kane. It was called in at 4:25 a.m..

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Tax Lien Predators Take Advantage Of Delinquents

Tax liens bring in predators

Late with your taxes? Tax service companies may pay your back taxes without your knowledge, then charge astronomical fees.

Homeowners struggling to meet their mortgage payments might think they can buy some time by putting off paying their property taxes, since it takes 18 months for a delinquent taxpayer's home to go up for tax sale.

But doing so could well compound their debt by thousands of dollars that must be paid back in a very short window.

As soon as a homeowner goes delinquent - meaning they haven't paid their taxes by the end of the calendar year - a lien is automatically put on the property. That can trigger so-called "tax service companies" hired by mortgage companies to swoop in and pay the back taxes without the homeowner's knowledge. Sometimes they pay the current tax bill, too. More...

State Grants Over $700,000. For Pine Creek Trail


Sun Gazette

JERSEY SHORE - It is doubtful the county will ever see another check presentation ceremony like the one held here Thursday at the trail head parking lot of the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Against a backdrop of about 250 bicyclists dressed in just about every color imaginable and hailing from 23 states, borough officials were given $832,000 - the full funding for a proposed 1.4-mile rail trail extension project that will connect the trail head along Railroad Street to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and a proposed riverfront park.

The bicyclists were about to embark on the first leg of a three-day 125-mile round trip through the Pine Creek valley on the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Sponsored by the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy and co-hosted by the borough and Lycoming County, the event was held to highlight the rail trail, as well as show how recreation can boost a local economy and be a tool for community revitalization.

According to Tom Sexton, director of the conservancy's northeast region, the sojourn is held in a different location each year as a way of highlighting those locations.

Borough officials said they were thrilled to receive the money, which included $427,000 from the state Department of Transportation, $355,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and $50,000 from the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation. More...

Nearly 6 Inches Of Rain Causes Havok In Central PA

Flooding In Clinton County
Heavy rain fell across portions of south central Pennsylvania during the late afternoon and early evening hours of July 23, 2009. Slow moving thunderstorms moved across Cumberland and northern York counties dropping heavy rain. NWS State College storm total precipitation estimates from radar indicate that around 5.7 inches of rain fell around Bloserville and Carlisle Springs and 5.8 inches fell near Siddonsburg. Click here to see spotter reports from National Weather Service in State College.
Lock Haven Express Photos

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Have You Seen Holly? She's Lost In Dingman Run Area

Holly is lost in the Dingman Run Area. She is a plott hound mix and was last seen Thursday evening at around 8:00. She is friendly but scared. If seen please call 274-9019 or 274-0383.

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Coudersport-based state police are investigating several recent burglaries ad thefts

During a half hour period on the morning of July 13, thieves took a Stihl Model 029 Farm Boss chainsaw from an open barn on Collins Hill Road in Bingham Township owned by Enos Schwartz. The saw is valued at $250 and is described as being orange and white and has an 18’” blade.

Someone entered the home of Shauna Rightnour on Graham Street in Ulysses this past Sunday afternoon and took a small quantity of percocet tablets from a pill bottle.

Thieves kicked in a rear door at the Potter Pack factory on Route 6 West in Roulette Township overnight Tuesday and the kicked open an office door to steal about $100 from a small cash box.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the Denton Hill Barracks at 274-8690. More news....

Austin Dam Show In Seventh Running This Weekend

"Glass Onion," a new group of young, local musicians
formed by local composer/teacher Larry Herbstritt.
They will
have their debut on Saturday at the Austin
Dam Show. Members of the
group are Gabe Trimbur,
guitar; Sara White, bass; Stephanie Symans,
Hannah Wise, keyboard and Adam Dow, drums.
Dam Show VII This Weekend

By Jane Metzger
for the Dam Show

AUSTIN -- Music will fill the Freeman Run valley north of Austin on
Friday night and all day Saturday during the Dam Show, a festival of
music and art -- with a little science and yoga thrown in for good

Organizers have lined up a variety of national recording artists and
regional favorites at the natural amphitheater and the historical
backdrop provided by the ruins of the Austin Dam. Those concrete
columns will be the screen for the wide, colorful light show both

Now in its seventh year, the Dam Show has evolved into one of the
region’s most eclectic and fastest-growing summertime celebrations,
complete with workshops, vendors, overnight camping and fun for all

Many of the musicians are in hot demand at bluegrass festivals and
other venues across the country. An updated website at
includes links to most of the performers’ websites, complete with
music samples, to help attendees plan their weekend.

The 8 pm “prime time” slots on the schedule have been reserved for
the headliners, who will perform expanded 75-minute concert-style
sets. Moira Smiley and VOCO is the featured act on Friday. VOCO
is winner of the 2007 National A Cappella Harmony Championship,
an honor reserved for the very best of the best. VOCO brings
powerful, emotional music with lush harmony, blended with the
delicious vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion, banjo and body
percussion sets.

Saturday night’s headliner is the bluegrass combo, Larry Keel and
Natural Bridge. Keel is recognized as a world-class flatpicking
guitarist. Among his bandmates is Mark Schimick, one of the
versatile and fiery mandolin pickers on the acoustic music scene.

Hickory Project is also on Friday night’s card. The band brings
hard-driving traditional and original acoustic music with the expert
licks of national mandolin champion Anthony Hannigan and Texas
fiddler extraordinaire Coleman Smith.

Dam Show attendees get a double dose of another top-tanked
bluegrass/rockabilly band, Vinegar Creek Constituency, performing
both Friday and Saturday nights.

No Dam Show would be completed without an appearance by The
Buddhahood, with its special mix of horns, drums, and high-energy
music that makes them a festival favorite. Their popular drum
workshop is at 12:30 pm Saturday.

Eleven-year-old Jesse Alexander, who learned to play the fiddle and
mandolin at the age of two, will be coming with his band. Also booked
are the versatile Lumpy Gravy from Williamsport; Dam Show regulars
Redheaded Stepchild, and a rising star on the Buffalo music scene,
The Skiffle Minstrels.

Local musicians will also be spotlighted: Jakob’s Hollow with Freakish
Owl Boy; The Slant; Potter County’s troubadour, Tom Martin, and
some youthful students of Coudersport composer and music teacher
Larry Herbstritt playing as Glass Onion.

Vendors will be set up both days. Two yoga workshops are on the
agenda. There will also be sand art, beading and painting. Western
Pennsylvania Conservancy will conduct stream studies on Freeman
Run. Primitive camping is available.

Tickets are available at discount rates if purchased in advance at
Olga’s Living with Art, 2nd Street Roost, The Corner Store, all in
Coudersport; Big Mike’s, Austin; and by credit card at 814-647-3318.

Austin Dam Memorial Association hosts the Dam Show, in conjunction
with the Potter County Fine Arts Council and community organizations.


5:00 P.M. Red Headed Stepchild
5:30 P.M. Vinegar Creek Constituency
6:15 P.M. Hickory Project
7:00 P.M. Skiffle Minstrels
8:00 P.M. Moira Smiley and VOCO
9:30 P.M. Hickory Project
10:00 P.M. Lumpy Gravy
11:00 P.M. Campfire Music with Free Grass Union until ????

7:00 A.M. Sunrise Yoga with Brenna Francis
10:00 A.M. Yoga Workshop with Brenna Francis
12:30 P.M. Buddhahood Drum Workshop
2:00 P.M. Tom Martin
2:30 P.M. Free Grass Union
3:00 P.M. The Buddhahood
4:15 P.M. Red Headed Stepchild
5:00 P.M. Vinegar Creek Constituency
5:45 P.M. Students of Larry Herbstritt – Glass Onion
6:15 P.M. Jesse Alexander Band
6:45 P.M. Freakish Owl Boy/Jakob’s Hollow
8:00 P.M Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
9:30 P.M. The Slant
10:15 P.M. The Dam Jam

At Sinnemahoning State Park This Weekend

The following programs will be offered this week

Friday, July 24th 2009
7:00 PM – “Creature Feature and Craft” – Kids! Bring your parents and come to the campground amphitheater for a nature program featuring one of our mounted wildlife displays. Afterward, create a take home craft to enjoy.

Saturday, July 25th 2009
.9:00 – 10:30 am –“Biking the Lowlands Trail” - Join one of the Sinnemahoning State Park naturalists for a morning interpretive bike tour of the Lowlands Trail. Take a leisurely ride through rich wildlife habitats and areas where people once lived and worked. Learn how the 40 Maples Day-Use Area earned its name! The Lowlands Trail, which has a Rails-To-Trails surface, is a fairly level, easy ride. Bring your own bike, or borrow one of ours. Call the park at 814-647-8401 to register and/or reserve a bicycle for this program. Water, sunscreen, and insect repellant are recommended.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM - Invasive Plant Species Identification
Join park naturalist Jackie Flynn for an in-depth look at some of the invasive plants that plague Sinnemahoning State Park and surrounding areas. Learn how to identify problem plants and discuss ways to manage or eradicate this threat to native plants and ecosystems. Meet at the Wildlife Viewing Area near the Potter-Cameron county line. The program will move through some areas of high grass and shrubs.... long pants, boots or sneakers, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. Call the park at 814-647-8401 for more information.
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 pm – “Pennsylvania’s Wild Garden” – Join the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater as we explore the panacea of texture and color that depict the Commonwealth’s native wildflowers. Discover the hidden life deep within a glacial lake where plants and animals co-exist and thrive in a delicate community. Witness the life-saving, medicinal value of plants and, most importantly, stand tall with those committed to protect our natural heritage as stewards of Pennsylvania’s lands and waters.Sunday July 26th, 2009

Sunday July 26th, 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

At Cherry Springs State Park This Weekend

Public Stargazing Programs at Cherry Springs State Park

July 24, 2009 7:00 pm Evening Bird Walk
Bird watching can be a fun and relaxing activity. The park naturalist will present a brief introduction to the hobby of birding and bird identification. Afterward join the naturalist for a short walk to observe and identify some of the birds that call the park home. Bring binoculars if you have a pair, they are a great tool for birding. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

July 24, 2009 9:30 pm Night Skies Program: Stargazing with Binoculars
(Jewels of the Heavenly Nile)

Learn how binoculars are used for stargazing and then take a look at some night-sky objects that you cannot see, or can barely see, with the unaided eye hiding within the whitish band of the Milky Way galaxy. We will look for star clusters and a nebula or two. If you don’t own a pair of binoculars you may borrow one of ours. On your way out take home some astronomy information that will help you become familiar with the night sky.
Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies viewing area.

July 25, 2009 7:00 pm Solar Viewing
Discover why the Sun is so important to life on earth, and then take a closer look at the star through the park’s specially designed solar telescope. Try to find features such as sunspots and prominences. Meet the naturalist in the Night Skies viewing area.

July 25, 2009 9:30 pm Stars-N-Parks
(From Scorpions Tail to Northern Cross, Week 2)
Bring the entire family to Cherry Springs, and observe the universe. Offered in partnership with the National Public Observatory (NPO), Stars-n-Parks is Cherry Springs’ longest running program. Join park and NPO staff and volunteers to view objects near the tail of Scorpio the Scorpion and Cygnus the Swan. It is recommended that visitors arrive about half an hour to an hour early to park their cars and allow their eyes to become adapted to the dark.
Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the Night Skies viewing area.

►For other programs see our calendar of events online at If you have a question about Cherry Springs or our programs, please call 814-435-5010.
►In the event of rain or more than 75% cloudy skies, observing programs may be modified and will occur in the park pavilion near the Astronomy Field.
►For your safety, programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
► Dress warmly, Cherry Springs can be cool and breezy, even in summertime.
► Find links to local weather and clear sky predictions at -under Cherry Springs State Park’s “Weather” link.
►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).



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 July 27. 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/schedule dependent and can be subject to change. The following work schedule is for the week of July 27:

• Kendall Avenue northbound remains closed for reconstruction. Kendall Avenue is restricted to one lane for southbound traffic only. Southbound traffic is to follow the posted detour. Kendall Avenue work will include curb and sidewalk removal and drainage work.
• Contractor continues to work on southbound reconstruction by performing sub-grade repairs, sub-base placement 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 continues to work on southbound bridges. Work includes expansion dam replacements, steel retrofits, deck repairs, approach slabs and painting.
• Tuna Crossroads (Township Route 369) will be closed starting July 27
• for beam placement. Please follow posted detour.
• 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

Brookland Road (SR 1001) To Close For Repairs


Detours will be in place August 3 - 8

CLEARFIED – Work will begin August 3rd to replace a box culvert. The culvert is located on Route 1001, Brookland Road.

Crews from Potter County PennDOT Maintenance will be replacing a box culvert. The work will require Route 1001 to be closed during repairs. The work is scheduled to begin Monday, August 3 and will last through Friday, August 8. Traffic will use Route 449 South to Route 6 West as a alternative route. Detour signs will be in place. All work is weather dependent.

PennDOT reminds drivers to move through all work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up. For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

Scarnati Announces $12.5 Million for Water, Sewage System Improvements

$3.7 Million In Grants For
McKean County Projects

Harrisburg – State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced the approval of $12.5 million in grants for water and sewer system improvement projects in Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties.

The funds are made available through Act 63 of 2008 -- H2O PA -- legislation co-sponsored by Senator Scarnati to fund water and sewer projects, as well as storm water projects, flood control projects, and high-hazard dam repairs. H20 PA is funded through an $800 million bond financed by five percent of gaming revenue deposited in the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.

"Proper sewage treatment and access to drinking water are fundamental necessities for healthy communities, but it can be very expensive, especially for small, rural communities trying to meet the various state requirements," said Scarnati. "This is why we enacted the H2O PA program, to help communities like those across the 25th Senatorial District. I am pleased that these worthy projects were awarded funding."

The Commonwealth Financing Authority received 728 applications totaling $2.6 billion in funding requests, and the board approved $500 million in projects. Among the projects included were the following from the 25th District:

CLEARFIELD COUNTY -- $3.5 million to assist Clearfield Borough with its Sanitary and Storm Sewer Replacement Project, which includes replacement of existing piping with new storm sewer piping and a new storm sewer system to alleviate flooding problems.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY-- $1.3 million for the West Sandy Water System Extension Project in Sandy Township. The water system extension consists of a 250,000 gallon storage tank, a pump station, and approximately 44,500 feet of water distribution pipelines.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY-- $496,400 for the Orange Alley/Parkway Drive Sanitary Sewer in the City of DuBois. The project is addressing a 2002 DEP Consent Order and will consist of the installation of 4,353 feet of 36-inch sewer pipe.

ELK COUNTY -- $62,712 for the Brockway Area Sewage Authority to replace leaking collection chambers and make lateral pipe upgrades; upgrade controls, alarm system, field monitoring and sensing equipment in wastewater treatment system; and install screening drive on pumping equipment in Horton Township.

JEFFERSON COUNTY -- $1.2 million for Winslow Township to install a wastewater collection system in the Village of Soldier, with treatment at the Borough of Sykesville’s existing wastewater treatment facility. The project will extend sewer service to an area of the township experiencing a 48 percent malfunctioning on-lot rate.

JEFFERSON COUNTY -- $1.19 million for Winslow Township to replace polluted wells and springs with potable water, and construct a storage tank, pump station and 24,000 feet of distribution lines in the Village of Soldier.

JEFFERSON COUNTY -- $783,000 for the Brookville Municipal Authority to perform the necessary activities to construct a new membrane water treatment facility to provide the necessary filtration and treatment of the authority’s North Fork Red Bank Creek source. In order for the authority to comply with the current and future drinking water regulations, construction of this new facility and decommissioning of their existing 100-year-old water treatment plant is inevitable. The facility provides potable water to the 5,450 customers within the service area encompassing Brookville Borough, and Corsica, Rose and Union townships.

MCKEAN COUNTY -- $1.5 million to assist Norwich Township in constructing a wastewater collection and treatment system. This project will eliminate over 200 malfunctioning on-lot systems.

MCKEAN COUNTY -- $1 million for the Bradford Wastewater Improvement Project in Foster Township. The plan involves the expansion of the current treatment plant to remain in line with current DEP discharge limits.

MCKEAN COUNTY -- $760,000 to assist with the construction of a wastewater collection system in Eldred Township. The project consists of constructing 29,000 linear feet of pressure sewer lines, 88 grinder pumps, and one booster station.

MCKEAN COUNTY -- $500,000 to assist Port Allegany Borough with the Sanitary Sewer line Improvements Project to reduce and eliminate inflow and infiltration and reduce wet weather discharge of raw sewage into the Allegheny River. The project consists of replacing 5,000 linear feet of aging clay pipe sanitary sewer lines with PVC pipes, 16 manholes and associated customer connections.

H20 PA funding is awarded based on a competitive scoring system with priority given to projects subject to a court order, agency order, or consent decree necessitating improved environmental protections. Priority is also given to projects involving consolidation and other regional projects.

To be eligible for funding, a project must be owned by a municipality or authority, and must include local matching funds. The Commonwealth Financing Authority will evaluate applications, with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority providing technical review and assistance.

Display Your Quilt at the Gale Fest

Calling All Quilters – Display Your Quilt at the Gale Fest

Do you have a quilt that you have made or holds special meaning to you and your family? A quilt show is being planned for the Gale Fest in Galeton September 4 & 5. Last year’s show was a great success and we are hoping to make it bigger and better this year. We are looking to form a planning committee. If you are interested in being on this committee or would like to display a quilt, please call Deanna Sherman at the Potter County Education Council’s Galeton Office at 814-435-9490. We are looking forward to seeing a wonderful array of hand made quilts.