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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Turning Your Back on God

Turning Your Back on GodTurning Your Back on God

Have you ever tried to reject the Lord's will for your life? If you've walked away from God, learn how to once again enjoy the peace, joy and security of an intimate relationship with your heavenly Father. Click here to read Dr. Stanley's online article "The Price of Walking Away."

Could Potter County Benefit From Low Power FM Radio Station

Low Power FM Station Proposed
During Hurricane Katrina in the Southern States the only word from the outside to the people was through Low Power FM radio. Many of these stations stayed on the air 24 hours a day giving health and welfare messages to people listening and info were aid and shelters were located. Homeland Security was very impressed and now says that every rural area should have a LPFM service.

I am interested in bring a Low Power FM Radio (LPFM) service to Coudersport.

This station could have a venue to help the middle and high students who would have an interest in Media Productions. Students could have their own news service for the schools. Learn how to operate an FM Stereo Broadcast station.

Local events and government meeting could be open to the public with live broadcast and debates.

Storm alerts and weather related problems could be broadcast to the local area.

In order to start the process for an application there must be a non-profit group formed. LPFM service is a non-profit public radio service. Once the group is formed, an application license for construction of the station can be submitted to the FCC.

Cost for the station is minimal as compared to a large full power station. The LPFM can only run 100 watts ERP in an antenna less then 100 ft high. This would give about a 30 mile coverage area in Potter County.

Skip has written about establishing a Low Power FM Station in Potter County. He's like to hear your comments on this. Is there any interest in this?

North Hollow Blocked By Large Tree Fallen In Road

Tree Blocking Road
Coudersport Fire Department was called out at 10:30 pm Saturday night to North Hollow Road near the intersection of Burrows Road where a very large tree is reported to be completely blocking the roadway.

The tree was removed and roadway is open at 11:00 pm.

Frank Zitnik Joins Bowman Health Center

Frank Zitnik Joins Bowman Health Center

Frank Zitnik, PA-C, has rejoined the staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, working with David Kulling, MD, at the Bowman Health Center in Smethport. Appointments can be made by calling 814/887-5395.

Zitnik previously worked at the Bowman Health Center with Dr. Douglas Bowman for eight years. His health care career spans more than 30 years, having served in numerous capacities, including a charge nurse at CCMH, visiting nurse, and public health director for McKean and Warren counties.

During his tenure at CCMH, he also worked with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bradley Giannotti, at occupational health, and at the Shinglehouse Health Center. For the past three years, he has worked at Bradford Regional Medical Center’s occupational and employee health department.

Zitnik earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at West Virginia University and graduated from the physician assistant program at St. Francis College. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“We are extremely pleased to have Frank back in the Charles Cole family. His experience and previous history with the Smethport practice will be welcomed by the communities he will serve,” said Ed Hardesty, executive director, medical staff relations and clinic operations at CCMH.


DEP Continues Work to Address Increasing TDS Levels
PITTSBURGH – The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that levels of total dissolved solids, or TDS, in the Monongahela River have fluctuated above the water quality standard for taste, exceeding acceptable levels for drinking water established by state and federal authorities.

“Since elevated levels of TDS were detected last year on the Monongahela River, the department has closely monitored the situation and has taken necessary action to reduce these levels,” said Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. “Water treatment plants are not equipped to remove TDS from drinking water and therefore the increased levels may cause drinking water to taste salty. Concerned residents may opt to use bottled water for drinking and preparing food until the levels of TDS decrease to normal levels.”

TDS is a measure of all elements dissolved in water and can include carbonates, chlorides, sulfates, nitrates, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. While none of these elements have exceeded its respective stream limit, sulfate, at 191 milligrams per liter, is approaching its limit of 250 milligrams per liter.

Sources of TDS can include sewage treatment plants, stormwater runoff, metal mining, mining, abandoned mine drainage, meat packing plants, vegetable processing plants, grain milling plants, bakeries, beverage processing facilities, agricultural chemical manufacturing, oil and gas drilling, petroleum refining, leather processing, primary metal industries, fabricated metal products, electric services, refuse systems, scrap and waste material industries. More...

Road Program Helps Cancer Patients with Transportation

Kay Hefner volunteers her time to transport cancer patients for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. Pictured, from left, are Lora Cope, American Cancer Society; Hefner; Tammy Huey, CRNP, and Teresa Robinson, RN, Patterson Cancer Care Center; and Patty Wilson, projects committee, and Anna Fair, community connections committee, Heart of Cole at CCMH.

Road To Recovery
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Patterson Cancer Care Center and the American Cancer Society have joined forces to offer transportation for cancer patients.

Road to Recovery, new to CCMH, is an American Cancer Society service program that strives to improve the quality of life for patients undergoing cancer care by providing transportation to treatments and medical appointments.

“Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many patients whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment, it’s lack of transportation,” said Lora Cope, ACS cancer control specialist. “The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program helps overcome the transportation challenges many local residents face.”

Volunteer drivers donate their time so patients can receive the treatments they need, Cope said. In many cases, a patient is driven to a hospital or clinic by relatives or friends but even these patients must occasionally seek alternative transportation. That’s where Road to Recovery comes in, she said.

The van was purchased by the hospital’s Heart of Cole community connections and projects committees, which are supported by employee donations, and donated to the ACS for the Road to Recovery program.

“It’s a pleasure to partner again with the American Cancer Society to offer the Road to Recovery program for our patients,” said Ed Hardesty, executive director, medical staff affairs and clinic operations at Charles Cole. “We are grateful to the American Cancer Society and Heart of Cole for making this a reality in our community.”

To arrange transportation, call the ACS Patient Service Center at 800/417-9391.


HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania businesses pursuing renewable energy projects that qualify for federal tax credits are encouraged to apply for a direct refund from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Treasury announced the plan to support the development of approximately 5,000 renewable energy production facilities.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger told Pennsylvania businesses that the program will supply immediate cash payments in lieu of future tax credits.

“Companies want to develop renewable energy projects, but may lack the necessary funding. The cash payments will make funds available that can be used immediately to invest in such projects, which will create jobs and help stabilize and grow Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Secretary Hanger. “Pennsylvania has a number of programs designed to encourage and assist green energy production, including a tax credit program for renewable energy production. The federal program is yet another tool that can be used as a potential source of capital that can help move stalled projects forward and drive us down the road toward energy independence.”

As much as $3 billion in funding for the immediate federal tax credit program is being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A company that creates and places in service a renewable energy facility beginning Jan. 1, 2009 can receive an immediate cash payment to cover a portion of the project’s cost. Previously a company would receive a tax credit.

This new program would generate an immediate cash payment to cover the eligible costs in lieu of future tax credits. Companies interested in applying for the federal refund program can visit To learn more about how the federal economic recovery program will benefit Pennsylvania, visit

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey everyone! Sorry this is getting out so late this week. I had a
little computer trouble. Note to self: do not set big glasses of pink
lemonade on the computer desk! :)

Here is what is happening at Open Arms:

We are looking for volunteers to help in the office with phone
and email communications and filing. Those interested please contact
the church, Pastor Mike, or write it on your Connection Sheet.

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.

Work Day on August 22, 9am-1pm. Snacks will be provided. Bring your
painting clothes.

Bradford Area Christian Academy "Education That Honors God" now
accepting Student Registrations for Pre-K to 7th Grade (scholarships
are available).
Opportunities also exist for short and 1 long term substitute teacher.
For More Info, Please Contact Jim @ (814) 558-4638 or

God Bless!

Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701


BRADFORD, Pa. – Students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will have a new tool to help them with their coursework this fall, a new software system called Panopto CourseCast 2.1 that “captures” classes as they occur.

Panopto does more than just record professors’ classes in video or audio format. It synchronizes that recording with slides from a PowerPoint presentation (used by many faculty members) and any additional material a professor might use, such as a YouTube video. Anything professors display on their computers can be captured by the software.

Students have accounts that allow them to keep personalized versions of every lecture. They can take notes as the professor lectures or as they play the recording, and the notes will remain synchronized with the rest of the presentation.

Students can even search a lecture for specific content that was missed or misunderstood in class.

If a professor uses an interactive whiteboard (think of a computerized chalkboard), the notes he or she makes on the whiteboard can also be captured.

“It is an incredible piece of software,” says Bernie Picklo, academic technology integrator and director of distance education.

In addition to recording classes, faculty can record lectures anywhere.

“If the professor is away at a conference, he or she can hold class from a hotel room if he or she wishes,” Picklo said. “Instructors and students can be anywhere in the world and still have class. As long as there is Internet access, class can go on.”

Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology, was part of a small group of faculty who tested the software during the spring term.

“When students want to learn something, I think it is helpful for them to learn it several ways – by reading about it, by doing problems or answering questions about it, and by listening to the same material,” she said. “Panopto complements the written textbook and assigned homework with verbal and visual material.

“A figure can tell a thousand words, but it is really helpful to have a voice that will point out the important parts of the figure.”

Robert Ellison, senior technical analyst for Computing, Telecommunications and Media Services at Pitt-Bradford who also teaches technology courses, uses this feature to record lectures ahead of class time, allowing students to get a sneak peek of the subject matter and come to class prepared with questions.

“It gives us more ‘hands-on’ time during class,” said Ellison, who was also part of the test group.

Ellison said that statistics provided by the software show that students will sometimes review a lecture several times. Students can also use the software to create a presentation of their own for class, he said.

Steve Ellison, a technical analyst who was teaching Introduction to Information Security in the spring semester, said he can also make demonstrations for students by recording what he does on a virtual machine.

Steve Ellison, who was also part of the spring term test group, said that he did not see attendance drop in his classes, which was one of the concerns about recording lectures. He also said that his students like to use the captured lectures to review for tests and noted that nontraditional students appreciated being able to easily access the information presented in a class that they had to miss for work or family obligations.

Traditional-age students, too, benefit from being able to get information presented in class if they have to miss due to illness or athletics.

Kelly O’Brien, a junior communications major from Bradford, concurs. She used Panopto for the first time this spring in Dr. Hashim Yousif’s Introduction to Physics course.

“If I had a question or couldn’t make it to class, it was nice to go back and hear the lecture again,” she said. O’Brien said she also likes that she can pause the lecture or rewind a portion that’s giving her difficulty and listen to it again.

“As a student in class, you’re trying so hard to get notes down, that you’re not really getting what is said. So it’s nice to have the recording available. I hope more professors use it because it’s very beneficial for everyone.”

Panopto will be available to all faculty members this fall.



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 August 10. 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 August 10:

• Kendall Avenue northbound remains closed for reconstruction. Kendall Avenue is restricted to one lane for southbound traffic only. Northbound traffic is to follow the posted detour. Kendall Avenue work will include curb and sidewalk placement 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) remains closed for deck work. 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

Lenora K. Leedham, 84, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Takoma Park, Maryland

Lenora K. Leedham, 84, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Takoma Park, Maryland, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 30, 2009 in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Darlene Leedham, where she had resided since suffering a stroke in 2007.

Born July 2, 1925 in Saskatchewan, Canada, she was a daughter of Elijah and Martha Philipchuk Kalebaba. In 1948 she married John T. Leedham, Sr., who predeceased her on December 10, 1977.

After graduating from high school, Mrs. Leedham completed a two year secretarial program in Canada. After her marriage she was employed by J.W. Marriot Corporation in the Washington, D.C. area as a secretary and later was employed for 40 years for the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where she still worked full time at the age of 82, retiring only because of her stroke.

She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Takoma Park and the Coudersport Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Mrs. Leedham was a dedicated member of her churches. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.
Surviving are two sons, John T. (Dorothy) Leedham, Jr. of Mandan, North Dakota and Lawrence A. (Darlene) Leedham of Coudersport; one grandson, Christopher Leedham; two brothers and one sister in Canada; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Maryland.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Coudersport Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1004 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA with Pastor Mike Bernard, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Seventh-Day Adventist Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Still Looking For Lost Cell Phone????

Can You Hear Me Now? LOST CELL PHONE...

Do You Have Our Lost Cell Phone
While yard saling saturday in the Coudersport area we lost our cell phone. We did not realize until later when we were quite a ways away. We had service stopped to it but have not had it flagged as stolen yet because we would like to get it back. We know someone found it as there was a call to our home phone from the cell phone but no message or anything. Were wondering if we could put an ad on your blog to help try to get the phone returned. Our home phone is 814-435-3575 and we have voice mail for messages.
Thank you,


America Under Attack-- Today

by Rob Kall

Today, yes, TODAY, the USA is under attack. tens of millions have been hit by the attack and it is still ongoing.

This is no joke. The attack has already hit millions and there is no sign the military or intelligence agencies are doing anything to protect America from the growing threat.

Imagine an attack on the US that affected tens of millions, but the media didn't cover it.

Imagine a massive assault on the US that was targeted to hit the most powerful, most famous, most influential people and the young.

Imagine that some of the USA's most popular, most influential new companies were brutally attacked and brought to their knees by foreign agents, with no help from the US government.

... and imagine that the US did not announce that this attack was under way.

It has happened and it is ongoing at this moment.

Three days ago, Melissa Hathaway, the USA's acting cybersecurity czar,
stepped down, for "personal reasons."

Yesterday, Twitter was massively hit by a bot attack, effectively shutting it down for three hours. That attack is apparently not over.

Facebook and Friendfeed were also suffering from the same kind of attack.

There is some evidence that some part of the attack was initiated in Eastern Europe, possibly Russia.

It came home to me when I realized that my site was under attack and I read on twitter, when I could get it, that femnisting was also experiencing problems.

The extent of the attack is hard to gauge but it is clear that even if just facebook, twitter, and friendfeed are attacked, this has effect upon tens of millions of Americans.

So where is the federal government? Where are the cybertroops when we need them?

For my site, I have a server management team that can help. I'm sure all the other sites have teams to help them too. But this is bigger than that. This is an attack on a wide swathe of contemporary American culture. It is an attack on some of the most potent communication systems used in America. Remember, when the US has attacked Iraq or other nations, taking out communications is among the first goals.

Where is the federal government? Where is the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon? Where are all the military powers funded to the tune of over a trillion a year? Why are they leaving our corporations computers totally unprotected?
Why isn't the media picking up the reality that this concerted attack is even happening?

There has been a little bit of talk on some computer sites and magazines that twitter and facebook were attacked, even some mentions on the cable news shows. But this is MUCH bigger than just an outage for a few hours. This is a systematic attack on the USA's most popular, most widely used websites and I'm guessing, many, many more sites as well.

The attack is being done by thousands of virus infected computers (bots). Those virus infections were attackers in waiting. The attack is called a distributed denial of service attack-- a DDOS attack. Those thousands or millions of computers, taken over by viruses, all at the same time coordinate connections to servers of the targeted websites. All those accesses at the same time slow down the server to a standstill, so usual users are unable to access the site, or it is drastically slowed down.

Once such a DDOS attack is initiated, the bots are activated from the tens of thousands or millions of virus infected computers, so they can come from scores of countries.

I call this attack on the websites that support our American digital culture an attack on America. I call these attacks serious, dangerous, destructive and expensive. I call on the President Obama to do something about this. It is hard to believe that the US is so incredibly vulnerable to such attacks. It is time something major is done about it.

Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and site architect of, President of Futurehealth, Inc, more...)

2 Car Crash Reported At Yorks Corners On Rt. 19

Yorks Corner's Crash
At 12:51 PM on Saturday afternoon, Willing Fire Department and Wellsville Ambulance and ALS have been sent to a two car motor vehicle accident on State Route 19 at Yorks Corners south of Wellsville, NY.

One car is reported to be on it's side. The report says no entrapment and 3 possible injuries.

Black Lab Found In Village of Wrights--Is It Yours?

Found a dog on 155 in the village of Wrights call Laura @814-331-2401 (black lab)

16 Year Old Charged With DUI On ATV

16 Year Old DUI
At 1:14 AM this morning, another trooper from Kane stopped an ATV for vehicle code violations while operating an ATV on the roadway.

The operator was a 16 year old juvenile from Bradford. The juvenile was operating the ATV on Route 219, north of Westline Road in Lafayette Township.

Troopers found the 16 year old juvenile was DUI. Charges are filed.

Troopers Arrest Bradford Man For DUI On ATV

Twenty minutes after being called to Lewis Run for an ATV versus parked vehicle accident, Kane troopers stopped a Bradford man on an ATV and found him to be DUI.

Darin M. Gonzalez, 26, 83 Edgewood Road, Bradford, PA, was arrested on Main Street in Lewis Run Borough at 10:30 pm, and charged with DUI after operating an ATV there.

ATV Involved In HIt & Run In Lewis Run

Hit & Run On ATV
The investigation is continuing of a Hit & Run incident Friday night in the Borough of Lewis Run.

A known person , who had not been located at the time of the news release from Kane troopers, was operating an ATV which drove into the rear of a parked 2000 Dodge Intrepid owned by Laura Guay of Lewis Run, PA

Funeral services for William H. Austin, 74, of Vine Street, Emporium

EMPORIUM — Funeral services for William H. Austin, 74, of Vine Street, Emporium, who died Thursday (Aug. 6, 2009) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Atkinson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, officiating.

Register Now Youth & Family Field Day on August 15th

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Reuben Gibson Writes...

Photo by Reuben Gibson

Bambi and his other brother have doubled in size.................

Friday, August 7, 2009

Police Chasing Vehicle From Smethport Area

Police Chase Carjacked Vehicle
At 11:30 PM, on Friday night, a high speed police chase is in progress from the Smethport area north on Rt. 46 turning toward Rew across the hill top on Summit Road and last reported at Red Rock. The chase is reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
Police have followed the vehicle up a dirt road, one male fled the vehicle. Cattaragus County has joined the pursuit and a tracking dog has been requested.

11:56, An officer reported that the vehicle was the vehicle stolen at knifepoint last night. It is a black Land Rover Freelander. More than likely the plate was switched on the vehicle.

The chase has gone out of range. Continue updating on this chase at

HOTA Fest Continues Saturday & Sunday At UPB

Henry Keister of Gifford

The Heart of the Alleghenies music festival got under way today at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Attached are a couple of photos taken in the “jam tent” this afternoon. The festival offers concerts, dances, jams and workshops. Admission for spectators is free. For more information and schedules, go to

Geoff Howard of Russell and Linda Huber of Hanover

Horizontal Drilling In Marcellus Will Allow 6 Wells on One Pad

Drilling company seeks to reduce footprint
Lock Haven Express
Officials from Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said they are confident the development of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation in Central Pennsylvania - specifically in a three-county area - will have a positive financial impact on the state and the company.

"Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties are a focus area for us," said company spokesman Matt Carmichael. "It is our hope that our production of gas resources will have a great benefit for the Commonwealth and our shareholders."

The company has completed the drilling of one horizontal gas well near Snow Shoe and is drilling two others on state forest land in Clinton County, one of which is in Grugan Township, near Pine Creek.

The Snow Shoe site has yet to be hydrofractured, a process in which pressurized water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the well to pulverize shale and release the gas trapped within it.

The company hosted a media tour Thursday at the Grugan Township site, which features a state-of-the art drilling rig operated by Canada-based Precision Drilling Trust.

The rig is able to "walk" on the well pad, moving up to 90 feet in six-foot "steps," according to rig manager Raymond Drover. More...

Proper Hand Washing Best Way To Avoid Flu

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Hundreds Attend Rep. Causer's Senior Expo Friday

Photos of Pa. Rep. Martin Causer’s 7th Annual Senior Citizens’ Expo held today in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Hundreds of area residents attended, and dozens of businesses and organizations offered information and screenings. A free lunch was also provided.

Rep. Causer chats with constituents.
Helen Arick, left, took a minute to chat with representatives from SMART Rehab Services who are helping her recover from breaking both legs. Representing SMART are Lynn Kinney, left, and Lynn Neeson.

Lauren McKee a student at the Bradford Regional Medical Center’s School of Radiography gives a bone density test to Jean Bennett of Rixford at the expo.

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Marcott Weinberg,
Assistant Director Communications & Marketing,
University of Pittsburgh At Bradford

Julia E. Jenkins, 96, of 9 W. Mill St., Warren formerly of Emporium

Julia E. Jenkins, 96, of 9 W. Mill St., Warren formerly of Emporium died at Warren Manor in Warren on Friday (August 7, 2009) morning. She was born April 2, 1913 in Emporium a daughter of the late Gottlieb and Mary Piebyik Busch.

Mrs. Jenkins was a longtime resident of Emporium until moving to Warren to live with her son. She retired from Sylvania after over 43 years of employment. She had been a member of the Ladies of the Moose in Emporium.
Son: Carlton G. Jenkins and his wife Betty, Sugar Grove, PA
Daughter: Judy M. Hesser, Chicago, IL
Daughter: Gladys M., Mrs. Andrew Kalafut, Bullhead City, Arizona
7 Grandchildren
5 Great Grandchildren
1 Great Great Grandchild
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Gottlieb and Mary Piebyik Busch
Granddaughter: Brenda Kalafut
Four: Sisters
Six: Brothers
Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (August 15, 2009) at 11:00 AM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

If desired, Memorials may be made to Charity of the Donors choice.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Work continues on bridge along Route 872

CLEARFIELD – A temporary roadway and bridge along Route 872 in the village of Costello should be ready for traffic on Tuesday, August 11. The temporary bridge will provide for a single lane/alternating traffic, controlled by a temporary signal. Once the temporary bridge is in operation, crews will work to demolish the old bridge.

Work will then begin on building a new, two-span, 125-foot spread concrete box beam bridge at the location of the old bridge. The bridge will span Sinnemahoning Creek in the village of Costello in Potter County. PennDOT expects the new bridge to be complete in spring of 2010.
Bob Cummins Construction Company of Bradford is the contractor on this $1.95 million project. All work on the job is weather dependent.

PennDOT reminds drivers to move through all construction 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

Potter County Solid Waste Corrects Paint Disposal Article


My name is Dee and I work at Potter County Solid Waste Authority. On July 30, 2009 you posted an advertisement for Taylor Kauffman of LaForge Disposal in Wellsville, NY. The information contained in that advertisement was incorrect. I did not tell Taylor to put paint on sheets of plastic. The Transfer Station is not permitted to accept any liquid waste.

The proper way to dispose of paint that is still liquid is as follows:
1. Place crumpled newspaper in a plastic bag and place the bag in a box, pour the paint over the newspaper, leave the lid off the paint can and let everything dry.
2. Place cat litter or sawdust in the paint can, stir to combine, leave the lid off and let everything dry.
After everything has dried the Transfer Station can accept the dried paint and the paint can and lid.
Would you please correct the post so that the residents of Potter County know the correct method for disposal of old paint.
Thank you.

18 Yard Sales Already Signed Up For Coudy Town-Wide Sale

Register Now For Town Wide Yard Sales In Coudersport

The annual town-wide yard sales in Coudersport are scheduled for Saturday Sept. 5 from 8 am to 4 pm., so start cleaning out your attics, garages, your husband's den and your backporch and dream about all the extra money you can use for Christmas shopping by selling your leftovers.

It's a fun filled annual event, sponsored by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce and that draws hundreds of people to our community. Shirley Leete reports that 18 Yard Sales are already signed up.

If you want your yard sale on the borough map, contact Shirlee Leete before Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. My phone numbers are (home) 814-274-8627; (cell) 814-335-2738 and e-mail (which must include "yardsale" in the subject or it won't be opened)- is

A few errors occured on the map last year because yard sales out of town are hard to place on the map, but I'll list them as best I can.
Shirlee Leete

Police Looking For Stolen Black Landrover Carjacked From Bradford Thursday Night

Bradford Police Report Car Jacking

Bradford City Police are investigating a reported car jacking at 11:15 last night in a Barbour Street parking lot.

They say a man and a woman approached the operator of a 2002 Landrover, who had just parked the vehicle. The couple brandished a knife and demanded the vehicle.

The victim handed over the keys and the suspects drove the vehicle west on Barbour Street.

The stolen vehicle is a 2002 black Landrover Freelander with New York registration EDV 9996.

The suspects are a white man with dirty blond hair weighing about 140 pounds. The woman is heavy set and was wearing a gray or blue hoodie.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Bradford City Police Department.

Kane Man Charged With DUI When Blazer Rolls On Roof

Rolled On Roof
A Kane man was charged with Driving Under the Influence very early Friday morning on Highland Road in Wetmore Township, near Kane.

Kane State Police said Christopher Alan Carlson, 23, Kane, PA, was driving a 1996 Chevy Blazer west on Highland Road at 12:38 am, when it exited the roadway to the north, rolled on it's roof and came to rest north of the roadway. The Blazer was moderately damaged.

Carlson, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured in the crash, but was determined by troopers to be DUI. Charges will be answered through District Court 48-3-04.

The Blazer was towed from the scene by Buzards Garage. Kane Boro Police and Kane Fire Department assisted troopers at the scene.

Area Obituaries

PENSACOLA, Fla. — John Mayo Alderfer, 68, of Pensacola, formerly of Smethport, Pa., passed away Wednesday (July 22, 2009).

EMPORIUM — William H. Austin, 74, of Vine Street, Emporium, died Thursday (Aug. 6, 2009) in Elk Regional Medical Center, St. Marys. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Casting Call For Movie "Unstoppable" Set For Thursday In Port Allegany

Open casting call for people interested in playing extras in “Unstoppable” slated for Port Allegany

Are you looking for a chance at 15 minutes of fame?

An open casting call for people interested in playing extras in the 20th Century Fox movie “Unstoppable” will be held in Port Allegany from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Club at 4743 Route 155 South.

The movie stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, and will be directed by Tony Scott, who is the talent behind movies such as “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Top Gun” and “Enemy of the State.”

“We’ll be filming in Eldred, Emporium and Port Allegany,” said Casting Director Billy Dowd. “We’re coming up your way for about three weeks.”

No one under 18 will be cast. Anyone planning to attend should bring a recent, non-returnable photo and be prepared to fill out a registration form. The entire visit to the casting call will take about five minutes, Dowd said. More...

Bradford Expected To Accomodate Movie People

Riel: Several hundred people with movie “Unstoppable” likely to stay in Bradford

It seems like Bradford won’t be shut out of the action when the 20th Century Fox movie “Unstoppable” rolls into Cameron and parts of McKean counties next month.

All those movie people will need places to stay.

“We can confirm from the city’s standpoint that we’ve been in contact with people from the movie that’s being filmed,” said Mayor Tom Riel on Thursday night. “A few dozen people with the movie have been in town for a couple of days and will be leaving (today). A substantial amount of filming will be done in the Eldred, Emporium and Port Allegany areas. Those areas don’t have a large amount of accommodations More...

Jail Prisoner Allowed Furlough To Take Courses

Smock granted permission for a furlough from jail to take college courses on the Internet

SMETHPORT — After a brief, but emotionally charged hearing Thursday morning in McKean County Court, Nikole Smock was granted permission for a furlough from jail to take college courses on the Internet.

Smock, 20, of East Main Street, Bradford, is serving a sentence of 12 to 24 months incarceration on a charge of accidents involving injury.

On Dec. 30, 2007, in the parking lot adjacent to the Option House in Bradford, a vehicle driven by Smock, and in which Zachary Coon was a passenger, ran over Alissa Cameron, 20, and left the scene without stopping.

Smock had not been drinking, and had gone to the bar to pick up Coon.

Cameron died several days later in an Erie hospital from injuries suffered in the accident. More...

American Refining Group Tour

American Refining Group Tour

American Refining Group has volunteered to host a tour of their facility at Bradford for our August meeting. Upper Allegheny Watershed Associate Vice-President Steve Sherk will conduct the tour which will cover the remediation program ARG uses to safeguard Tuna Creek from contamination. A short business meeting will also be held.

The tour will be held on Monday, August 17th at 6:00 PM. We will meet at the ARG R&D facility on Kendall Avenue (North side). We will be issued the necessary PPE. Because of the nature of the tour, hard shoes and long pants are required. Steve will need a head count for logistics reasons. Please reply to me or Steve by e-mail or phone message to reserve your place on this unique tour!

Frank Weeks 814-544-7365 e-mail:
Steve Sherk 814-368-1283, e-mail:

This is a hands-on opportunity to see how industry is working to protect our watershed. Mark your calendar and I hope to see you there!

Work Available At Rockville Prison Construction

Alvin VanHorn sends this employment ad from the Centre Daily Times

State Workers Paychecks In The Mail--Almost

abc27 News - Pa. Workers' Paychecks Coming

Pa. Workers' Paychecks Coming

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fire Photos Posted

Photos of Thursday morning's fire at the Eldred Township have been posted on website.

County Employees Prefer 40% Pay Cuts To Layoffs

Layoffs Averted At Potter Co. Human Services

pchumserv40% Pay Cuts

More than two dozen layoffs at Potter County Human Services were averted this week when members of an employees’ union agreed to a deferred salary plan.

Under the arrangement, they’ll continue to work their regular full-time hours and have 40 percent of their compensation withheld until the state’s 2009-10 operating budget is approved by the Pa. General Assembly and signed by Gov. Ed Rendell. That back pay will then be provided to employees incrementally.

Human Services Administrator Jim Kockler and Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover developed the deferred compensation plan to address the worsening cash flow crisis created by the state budget impasse.

The plan was one of two options presented to the labor union; a second option called for layoffs, which would have impacted services to some of the agency’s clients.

Upwards of 90 percent of the program costs at Potter County Human Services are paid by the state, but lawmakers have been unable to reach a budget agreement and reimbursements to counties have been all but eliminated in a stop-gap budget now in place while negotiations continue. Potter County Today

Glenn Dunn Named Acting Emergency Management Coordinator For Potter County


Glenn Dunn has begun work as Acting Emergency Management Coordinator for Potter County.

He succeeds Jim Steiner in the full-time position, reporting to Potter County Emergency Services Director John Hetrick.

Dunn is a former fire chief and emergency responder who worked for many years as an assistant with the vocational agriculture department at Coudersport Area High School. He has also served part-time for the county’s West Nile virus control program and he is active in the Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Association.

A vote on Dunn’s hiring will be taken at the next business meeting of the Potter County Board of Commissioners. If the hiring is formally approved, the terms will be made retroactive to Aug. 3. His pay will be set by the county’s Salary Board, comprised of the three Commissioners and the County Treasurer.

The provisional appointment allows Dunn to take advantage of training opportunities prior to the board’s next business meeting. Director Hetrick noted that Dunn will be participating in an expedited training program that will lead to certification by the Pa. Emergency Management Agency. Once he is certified by PEMA, the state will pay one-half of his salary. Potter County Today

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Coudersport volunteer firefighters were summoned at both ends of the day yesterday to calls at facilities housing elderly citizens.

Just before 9:00 am firefighters were summoned to Sweden Valley Manor for a malfunctioning wall receptacle in a resident’s room located in A hall. When responders arrived at the nursing home, they encountered a slight odor of burned electrical equipment.

According to a fire department spokesman, members helped staff evacuate 34 residents to the upper parking lot. Only minimal damage to the outlet itself was reported and all units were back in service a short time later. A spokesman said the problem was worsened because a smoke detector would not re-set and kept going off.

He also credited Lonnie Bunch, the safety director at Charles Cole Hospital for arriving on scene moments after the call to offer assistance.

Then at about 8:40 pm, the department answered an automatic alarm at Cole Manor on Maple Street in Coudersport.

According to a fire department spokesman, a faulty air conditioner had leaked water into a detector on the first floor causing it to go off. Firefighters and ambulance personnel helped staff members evacuate some 28 residents from the assisted living facility. There was no damage.

Everyone returned a short time later after and “all’s clear” was given. All units were back in service about an hour later. More News....


Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport have announced that They will be manning a SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT somewhere in Potter County this weekend. If you drink and drive, they are waiting to add a new dimension to your life with fines, jail, higher insurance rates, and probation.

At The Parks This Weekend

Public Programs at Cherry Springs and Lyman Run State Parks

Cherry Springs State Park
August 8, 2009 7:30 pm Beneficial Bats
Bats are often feared and needlessly disliked, but are an important part of the natural world. Join the park naturalist for an informative talk about this interesting and important nocturnal hunter and discover a day (or night) in the life of a bat-how it sleeps, how it eats and how it can benefit humans. Meet the naturalist at the pavilion.

August 8, 2009 9:30 pm Night Skies Program: Deep Space Observation
Discover the night sky of Cherry Springs. Learn what is visible this time of year, how to navigate between the constellations, and differentiate between satellites and airplanes. Participants will view nebulae and star clusters within the constellations Cygnus the Swan, Lyra the Lyre, Hercules the Strongman and Sagittarius the Archer through telescopes set up for the event. Participants are invited to pick up some information that will help in becoming familiar with the night sky at their homes.

Visitors should park their cars in the parking lot on the North side of the park, and follow the lighted walkway to the meeting area.
►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 safety, programs will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
► Participants should 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.

Lyman Run State Park

August 9, 2009 3:00 pm Afternoon Paddle
Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour around Lyman Lake. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Life vests must be worn and can be provided. Pre registration is required by contacting the Lyman Run office. Meet at the boat launch.

►For other programs see our calendar of events online at If you have a question about our programs, please call 814-435-5010.
►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).

The following programs will be offered this week


Friday, August 7th, 2009

7:00 pmCreature 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, August 8th, 2009

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 hike on the Red Spruce Trail. It’s an easy hike approximately one mile long. Hiking shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended.

8:30 pm – “Butterflies and Moths: A Delicate Balance” – The beautiful butterflies and moths that decorate our gardens, meadows and forests are one of Pennsylvania’s prize resources. But they’re not just beautiful; they pollinate flowers and provide food for birds. Join the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater as we explore their habitat requirements as an egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult.

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

Sunday August 9th, 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

Fire Marshall Investigates Fire Station Structure Fire

No Cause Of Fire Reported Yet
Kane State Police have issued a news release in regard to the structure fire at Eldred Township Fire Station #2 at 3289 Rt. 446, Eldred Township, McKean County, that burned overnight (8-6-09(0115 hrs).

"The PA State Police Fire Marshall at the Ridgway Station and the Eldred Township Fire Chief conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a single story garage used as a second station for the Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department.

A 1998 Fire Engine was destroyed in the fire and the building sustained heavy damage. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $400,000.00. The building was owned by Ethan Allen, Inc. and the fire engine by Eldred Township Fire Department. The Eldred Township Fire department was assisted at the scene by the Eldred Borough Fire Department, Otto Township Fire Department and Port Allegany Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation."