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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fire Company Asks Township For $68,200.00 Increase For Fire Protection

Fire Dept. Gets $8,800.00 But Wants $77,000.00

Photos and report by James Jones

The Roulette Township Supervisors met last Monday evening and heard a contract proposal from the Roulette Chemical Engine Co. No. 1 for an increase in the amount that Roulette Township contributes to the Fire Department for firefighting and ambulance services.

About a dozen active firefighters were in attendance as Frank Kaziska of the Fire Department recounted the history of the fire department and ambulance services in Roulette.

He said they average 255 calls a year, 65 fire calls, and 190 EMS calls. The department has about 30 active firefighters and 6 to 12 who respond to most calls.
Kaziska said "It takes about $95,000.00 a year just to cover the costs for the Roulette Fire Station."

Bingo has been a good fundraiser over the years, but with the economy down and people out of work, the proceeds from that have dropped in the last year."
Roulette Township is one of 3 Townships that the Fire Company serves. It covers a portion of Pleasant Valley and Clara Townships as well as Roulette Township.

As Roulette Township's share, the Fire Department has calculated $77,000.00, based on population of the area it serves.

Supervisors George Baker and Chris Landes were in attendance, Gary Fessenden was absent. They noted that the Township pays the Fire Company $8,800.00 currently.

The Supervisors pointed out that the entire property tax assessment receipts for the township are only $48,000.00 at a 3 mill tax rate. The supervisors said that that rate had been raised this year from 2 mills which raised about $32,000.00.

The Supervisors pointed out that in order to pay the Fire Company the additional $68,200.00, over 4 mills would have to be added to the property tax assessment. That coupled with the 3 mills currently paid would be close to 7.5 mills on the property tax.

They said many residents are struggling now to pay their taxes, especially the older retirees. They also referred to a state law that limits the taxation for fire protection to 3 mills. 3 mills would only produce $48,000.00.

Kaziska said if it were not for the Ambulance subscriptions and income from the Ambulance, that the fire company would not have survived as long as it has.

The Supervisors said they would take it under advisement but Supervisor Baker said he just didn't see any way that the township could raise taxes enough to provide what the Fire Company is asking.

Roulette residents are already reeling from sewer bills from the sewer system that was installed in the recent past and increased water bills after Roulette Township purchased and upgraded the Roulette water system.

In other business, the supervisors confirmed that they have hired Vicki Butler as a part time clerk. They turned down a request to purchase midland hand held radios, and reported that the first order for road salt has been placed. Quotes will be received for 6S anti skid at the October meeting.

They also noted that the Potter County Association of Township Officials is September 26 th at 8:00 AM at the Potato City Country Inn at Denton Hill.

Dumpster Fire Reported At Hamiln Lake Park

At 10:56 Pm Saturday--Smethport Station 2 is responding to a dumpster fire at Hamlin Lake park near the pavillion. Chief reports smoke only, no flames.

Car On Roof Reported On RR Avenue

No One Found In Crashed Car
At 10:14 PM on Saturday, Roulette Station 46 responded to a motor vehicle accident on
Railroad Avenue where a vehicle was reported on it's roof.

Chief on scene reports no one on scene, and no entrapment. Firefighters searched the area for victim(s) of this crash.

State Police are investigating. Most of the Fire Dept. personnel returned to the station about 12:45 am.

For Richer Or For Poorer--Marcellus Means Changes For Some

Marcellus Shale: A tale of two cities

By Tom Wilber •

This is a tale of two towns, and the riches beneath them. In Dimock, Pa., the log home of George Brown sits in a rural stretch of the Endless Mountains in the northeastern part of the state. More

Erie Gears Up As Annual Steelhead Run Starts

Steelhead Run Underway on Local Creeks
The annual steelhead run is now starting on creeks along Erie County's Lake Erie shore line.

And that means big money for gas stations, motels, restaurants and other businesses. A study a few years ago pegged the economic impact of fishing on Erie County at $36 million, and steelhead fishing is a big part of that total.

The movement of the fish upstream to spawn is just beginning, but already many out-of-town fishermen have arrived. Dan Seaman, owner of the Elk Creek Sports Store say they are crucial to his store and the rest of the regional economy. He said, "They bring in so much more to all bars, stores it is a huge amount of money and critical to our whole economy here."

Go Falcons

Curwensville defeated by Coudersport, 23-6
Saturday, September 19, 2009
By Chris Wechtenhiser For The Progress

CURWENSVILLE - Turnovers, penalties and the proverbial bad bounce all seemed to go against Curwensville Friday night as the Golden Tide struggled to get their offense in gear in a 23-6 setback to visiting Coudersport at Riverside Stadium. More...

Frost Advisory

Frost Advisory

Statement as of 3:19 PM EDT on September 19, 2009

... Frost advisory in effect from 2 am to 9 am EDT Sunday...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a frost
advisory... which is in effect from 2 am to 9 am EDT Sunday.

Clear skies and calm winds will allow temperatures to dip into the
mid 30s late tonight and early Sunday morning. Areas of frost are
expected across the northern mountains.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A frost advisory is issued when widespread frost is expected to
develop during the growing season. Those with agricultural or
gardening interests in the advisory area should harvest or
protect sensitive plants and crops. Potted plants normally left
outdoors should be covered or brought inside.

Wanda L. Smith, 68, of 2289 4 Mile Rd., Emporium, PA

Wanda L. Smith, 68, of 2289 4 Mile Rd., Emporium died at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport on Friday, (September 18, 2009) night.

She was born Apr 20, 1941 in Emporium a daughter of the late Leon and Rosella Hickock Delisle. On February 2, 1957 in Austin, PA She married Lyle L. Smith, who Survives.

Mrs. Smith had worked at JSH Enterprise in Emporium & was a member of the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, Roulette

In addition to her husband Lyle L. Smith
Son: Paul Smith and his wife Joyce, Tallahassee, FL
Daughter: Beverly Yount and her husband George, Tallahassee, FL
Son: Larry Smith and his wife Alberta, Erie
Daughter: Laurie Himes and her husband Roger, Erie
Son: John Smith, Erie
Son: Vince Smith, Emporium
Several Grandchildren
Several Great Grandchildren
Mother-in-law: Doris Major, Port Allegany
Sister: Nancy Ferraro and her husband James, Falls Creek
Sister: Mary Jordan and her husband James, Tappahannock, Virginia
Sister: Beckie Gould and her husband William, Roulette
Sister: Paulette Mesler and her husband Dave, Port Allegany
Sister: Ellen Taylor and her husband Steve, Stannardsville, Virginia
Brother: Mark Major and his wife Janice, Port Allegany
Brother: Michael Major and his wife Carla, Port Allegany
Brother: Jeff Major, Port Allegany
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Leon and Rosella Hickock Delisle
Daughter-in-law: Ellen Smith

A Memorial Service will be held at the Fishing Creek Methodist Church in Roulette PA on Sunday (September 20, 2009) at 3:00 PM with Rev. Donald Busch, Pastor, officiating.

There will be No Visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Natural Gas Prices Rebound From 7 Year Low

This Week in Energy

By Keith Kohl
Saturday, September 19th, 2009

To say that natural gas is on the move would be an understatement. After extending its run through much of this week, natural gas prices have risen to nearly $4 per Mcf.

But hey, don't take my word for it.

Take a look for yourself:

natural gas price chart 91909 EAC

Rallying from seven-year lows, have we finally seen a bottom for natural gas prices?More...

Area Obituaries

ELDRED — Andrew “Andy” W. Miklos, 88, formerly of Main Street, Eldred, died Friday (Sept. 18, 2009) at Sena-Kean Manor, with his loving family by his side. Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Unstoppable Movie Experience Not So Good For Some Residents

High school students stopped for "Unstoppable"

EMPORIUM — What should have been the most exciting day of their lives turned out to be the most disappointing for a group of high school yearbook students from Cameron County High School on Friday.

The students had been promised a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the feature film “Unstoppable,” but the publicist never appeared and the students were left standing in a hot parking lot for hours. Even taking out a small cell phone camera brought down the wrath of security. The students were told to put it away immediately. More...

Cars Crash On Rt. 44 On Thursday Evening

Rear End Crash On Rt. 44
Two New York State cars came together on Route 44 1/4 mile north of the Route 44/49 intersection about 6:30 pm on Thursday.

Michael Cunningham, 18, of 73 Church Street, Silver Springs, NY was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger south on RT. 44 and making a left turn from the roadway when Ryan Hopkins, 18, of 12 East Koy Road, Pike, NY operating a 1999 Nissan Sentra GXE, also traveling south on Rt. 44 impacted the rear of Cunningham's Ranger. Both drivers and their passengers were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. The Nisssan suffered disabling damage and minor damage was done to the Ranger.

Nathan Mayer, 18, Pike, NY and Ronald Konka, 19, of Bliss, NY. were passengers in the Hopkins vehicle.

Geoffrey Hall, 18, Wolcott, NY and Kayle Tompkins, 19, of Savannah, NY were passengers in the Cunningham vehicle.

Troopers said the investigation is continuing. They were assisted at the scene by Kightlingers Auto of Coudersport.

Burglars Scatter Cigarettes In Residence

Burglary On Oak Lane
Troopers are probing a burglary at the Cheryl Card residence at 2 Oak Lane in Roulette.

Sometime between 6:30 pm and 9:15 pm on Thursday, unknown actor(s) gained entry into the residence and scattered cigarettes throughout the residence rooms.They also used the cigarettes to spell vulgar words on the floor.

Anyone who may have information in this case is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Kocher is the investigating trooper.

Austin Man To Be Charged For Dirt & Rocks In Road

Piled Dirt In Roadway
On Tuesday at 5:30 pm, troopers investigated an incident on Upper Bark Shanty Road, about 2 1/2 miles from Rt. 872 in Keating Township.

Kenneth W. Clark, 47, Bearwalk Drive, Austin, PA is alleged to have moved a large pile of dirt and rock from the roadside onto the roadway, creating a hazardous condition for motorists.

A summary charge of Disorderly Conduct will be filed against Clark at District Court 55-3-01.

Trespassing Charges To Be Filed

Trespassed On Posted Land
State Police are filing summary Criminal Trespass charges after two people were trespassing on private posted property in Hebron Township.

Anthony Auman, 38, of 7072 Rt. 17 East, Bolivar, NY, and Angela Auman, 33, of 76 Depot Street, Oswayo, PA., were discovered to have been trespassing on posted private property belonging to Barbara Easton, 355 Dry Run Road, Coudersport, PA.

Charges will be filed in District Court 55-4-01

Tioga County Man Facing DUI Charges

DUI Charges Filed

A Tioga County man was stopped for traffic violations on September 1, on Route 144 in Abbott Township by State Police from the Coudersport Station and subsequently arrested for DUI.

Gerald William Morral, 47, 8 Norris Road, Middlebury Center, PA will be charged pending the results of his BAC% test. UPDATE:Charges have been filed.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Clifford L. Evingham, 89, of Shinglehouse, PA, a former longtime resident of Oswayo, PA

Clifford L. Evingham
“beloved husband, father, & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---Clifford L. Evingham, 89, of Shinglehouse, PA, a former longtime resident of Oswayo, PA, died Friday, September 18, 2009, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA, after a lengthy illness.

Born July 6, 1920 in Raymond, PA, he was a son of Emra L. and Elva L. Kent Evingham. On October 12, 1940, he married Genevieve C. Cook, who survives.

He attended Oswayo Country School. Mr. Evingham had been employed at the former Anchor Toy Factory in Coudersport, the former Barrel Factory in Eldred, and the former Eldred Munitions Plant. He had also been employed by the former Clark Brothers in Olean, NY, the former Carl Harris Drilling in Oswayo, the former Flannigan Brothers in Bradford, the former Olean Tile Company in Olean, NY, and Fibercel Corporation in Portville, NY.

Mr. Evingham was also a self employed logger and ran a salvage yard in Sharon Center for many years. He had also worked for Sharon Township.

He was a member of the Hebron Union Church. His greatest love was his family. He helped many people throughout the years.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Douglas W. (Deloris) Evingham of Shinglehouse and Kevin E. (Iris) Evingham of Oswayo; three grandsons: Heath A. Evingham, Travis W. (Amanda) Evingham, and Shawn S. (Jessica) Evingham; a granddaughter, Starr A. Evingham; a great-granddaughter, Madelynn Evingham; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Evingham was preceded in death by three sisters: Lenna Matteson, Lois M. Higley, and Bernadine Davis; and three brothers: Richard L. Evingham, Kenneth Evingham, and Emery “Jug” Evingham.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA, on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with funeral services following at 4 p.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor of Hebron Union Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Wells Cemetery, Oswayo.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Governor/Legislature In Agreement On Budget

Rendell, Leaders Announce Budget

WESB/WBRR News Director

1490 NewsBlog
Governor Ed Rendell and legislative leaders have agreed on a nearly $28 billion spending plan that would raise cigarette taxes and extend the state's sales tax to concert and theater tickets.

The plan would also take money from the state's rainy day fund and the account that helps doctors pay for malpractice insurance, as well as legalize table games at casinos.

"We are all very pleased, extremely pleased, to bring something to the table that has taken a lot of time (and) we wish we would have been able to do sooner," said Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati. "But it has met the priorities and the goals of those of us here. Although there are compromises made, none of us compromised our principles." More....

Megan Konopka Trusted People Too Much.....

Friends talk about victim’s death

BRADFORD, Pa. - One of Megan Konopka’s weak points was that she trusted people too much, said friends who knew the young woman who was murdered last weekend in Bradford. More...

Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Worse........

NYSEG asks for double-digit rate increases

Matthew Daneman • Gannett
Star Gazette
When Iberdrola SA of Spain bought New York State Electric and Gas Corp. one year ago this month, it agreed to no rate increases for a year. That year is up, and the utility companies is asking for state approval for increases in electricity and natural gas rates that could cost area households $453 a year. More...

Rendell Expected To Announce Budget At 8:00 PM

Legislative leaders, Rendell reach agreement on state budget

By Brad Bumsted
Friday, September 18, 2009

HARRISBURG — Legislative leaders and Gov. Ed Rendell today reached agreement on a 2009-2010 budget that avoids a major state tax hike and may end the longest budget impasse in at least four decades.

Rendell is expected to announce the deal at an 8 p.m. news conference.

Under the deal, the planned phase-out of a business tax would be halted, table games at casinos would be legalized and taxes would be levied on small games of chance at firehouses and clubs. More...


Austin-Costello Sportsmen’s Club is sponsoring a


Saturday September 19

8:00 AM till Noon

$10.00 entry fee

Prizes determined on number of entrants

Chicken will be available immediately after the tournament (Noon – Till Gone)

½ Chicken - $4.50

Chicken Dinner - $6.00

Event is being held at the ACS Clubhouse – First Fork Rd – Sylvania Township

The Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 1st Annual Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Saturday

The Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 1st Annual Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Saturday September 19th from noon until 3PM.

The show will be held next to the community building on Rt. 49 in HarrisonValley, PA. Registration will open at 10AM with dash plaques being awarded to the first 30 registered vehicles. Trophies will be awarded at approximately 3PM.

The event will also include a chicken Bar-B-Q, food booths and flea market. Flea market spaces are available for $5 if you bring your own table, $10 if you need a table. To reserve flea market space contact Lindsay Mearns at 814-334-5078. For more information on the car show call 814-334-5582. Registration forms for the car show will also be available on the department’s web site at

Compreshensive Blood Analysis Has Good Response

Over 150 Participate
Over 150 individuals participated in the Smethport Comprehensive Blood Analysis on September 12 which was sponsored by the Smethport Rotary Club and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Screenings included testing for coronary heart disease, kidney disease, anemia, diabetes, liver disease, bone disease and respiratory disease along with optional prostate and thyroid testing.

A portion of the event’s proceeds go to the Rotary to benefit their events, scholarships, and rotary involvement in the community.

Blood draws were done by Carol Cole, CCMH laboratory; Tammy Peterson and Valerie Tinder, occupational health; Melanie Bishop, Port Allegany Community Health Center; and Sara Collins, Bowman Health Center.

The next CBA will be held in partnership with the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, November 7 at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse. CBA events are held to provide commonly ordered blood screenings at a greatly reduced cost to patients and the communities. For more information on upcoming CBA dates, call 814/274-5550.


First Case Of Swine Flu At Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has had its first confirmed case of H1N1—or swine flu – a student who has since recovered and is back on campus.

Health officials on campus received the confirmed diagnosis late Thursday afternoon.

The student became ill in the early morning hours of Sept. 10. Campus Police drove him to the emergency room at Bradford Regional Medical Center, where he was tested. He returned to campus in the afternoon, and his father came to take him home later that day.

As a precaution, Bonnie McMillen, director of Health Services on campus, called the sick student’s roommate, suggesting he go home right away. The roommate agreed since he lives close by. Also, additional precautions were taken, including cleaning and disinfecting the entire apartment that evening.

The student was able to return to campus on Monday, Sept. 14, after being free of a fever for at least 24 hours, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. McMillen said she had called him on Friday, the day after he went home, “and he was feeling better already. I told him not to return until he was fever free and felt better.”

As of Friday morning, McMillen said she has received no word that any of the students in the apartment are ill.

At Pitt-Bradford, any student who contracts H1N1 is asked to self-isolate, a recommendation by the CDC, which is what happened in this first case.

“Getting this student home quickly and disinfecting the apartment, contributed much, I am sure, to containing this first case,” said Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs.

As of Friday, that was the lone case of H1N1 on campus, though other students have complained of feeling sick.

“We are seeing quite a few students with upper-respiratory complaints,” McMillen said, “as is usual for this time of year. But we’ve seen no further flu cases.”

Health officials and administrators on campus have been on alert since the first H1N1 outbreak in the spring and spent the last few months developing ways to help prevent the spread of the illness.

In addition to sending informational letters to students and their parents, along with faculty and staff, Pitt-Bradford officials have been educating its students and employees in a variety of ways. Resident assistants in the residence halls have given cleaning demonstrations to the students living in their areas, and laminated cards with tips for staying healthy during influenza season have been distributed throughout campus.

In addition, extra precautions are being taken in the area of cleaning and sanitizing. The university’s cleaning contractor is sanitizing high-contact surface areas such as handrails, door knobs, door plates and bathroom sinks, and liquid hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the university. In addition, dining services is sanitizing tables, counters and chairs after each meal, and hand sanitizing wipes will be placed in the computer labs.

The university also held two clinics during the week to vaccinate students, faculty and staff against the seasonal flu. As vaccine for the virus becomes available, the university will hold another clinic to vaccinate against H1N1.

If a student contracts H1N1 and is isolated, student health services will be able to have sick trays delivered to them in their residence halls.

The university also has a pandemic plan to guide the campus through an outbreak of H1N1 or other diseases.

Richard Alfred Merry, II, 72, of Emporium, PA

Smethport - Richard Alfred Merry, II, 72, of Emporium, PA, died Monday (September 14, 2009) in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11:00 am from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St. Smethport, with the Rev. Bruce Burkness, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emporium, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Marcellus Shale Business Breakfast Seminars Scheduled

Marcellus Shale Business Breakfast Seminars

As development of Marcellus shale natural gas grows in Pennsylvania, businesspeople statewide are being invited to a series of breakfast seminars to learn how it may create opportunities for their businesses. Energy firms are flocking to the Commonwealth to extract natural gas from Marcellus, and are creating significant business opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Potter County Education Council is hosting a ‘Your Business & Marcellus Shale” educational program at the Coudersport Office to help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium sized businesses understand and respond to Marcellus shale-related business opportunities. The series will consist of five weekly early morning webinars, with sessions including how businesses can establish working relationships with natural gas and service companies, how other businesses already are responding, and business planning skills necessary to evaluate and implement possible new business ventures.

The series is co-sponsored by a consortium of universities, chambers of commerce, local planning commissions and regional economic development boards from across the commonwealth, with leadership from Penn State Cooperative Extension. Presenters and panelists will include successful local businesses, a natural gas industry representative, and experts from Penn State.

The first four 90-minute sessions meet on Wednesdays beginning at 8am on Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct.28, and Nov. 4. In observance of Veteran’s Day, the final session will be held on Tuesday Nov. 10.

For more information about the series, contact Janine Morley at 814-274-4877, visit our website at, or see the ‘Your Business & Marcellus Shale’ website, at

Check Out The Spot This Weekend

FRIDAY NIGHT COFFEE HOUSE – 9/18/09 @ THE SPOT --- 6:30-8:30pm.

3 miles East of Coudy on Route 6

“Game Night” – come by, enjoy some desserts, latte’s, etc. and play some UNO, Board Games, Pool, Foos-Ball.

Hey! If you’re a musician bring your instrument and share a “Jesus-Honoring” song or two.

Everyone is Invited!


A different sort of worship experience.

Pastor Pete on guitar and an interactive study in God’s Word.

Enjoy a cup of Java or something cold while worshipping the Lord and sharing in the Word and Prayer.


If you ordered Angel-Food for September, come and get it!!!

The SPOT is a ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church.

Be Blessed, Pastor Pete

Today's Recalls

Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almond in 21oz. Great Value Berry Crunch Cereal - Lot Code 07 21 10 N02

Y.S.Trading Corp. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergies in "Crown Cookie" (Choco Sanddo)

Ippolito International, LP Voluntarily Recalls Bunch Spinach Because ofPossible Health Risk Nationwide and Canada

Better Buns Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs in 22oz Europa Baking Company Brand 6 Pack Knot Rolls

Important Changes Made to Lake Erie Permit Program

Lake Erie

Harrisburg, PA – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jane Earll (R-49, Erie County) and signed into law last month implements a number of important changes to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Lake Erie fishing permit program, including allowing the Commission to fund fish habitat projects with proceeds from the sale of these permits.

“Lake Erie is a unique and valuable fishery that provides tremendous economic benefits not only to the northwestern region but the entire state,” said Sen. Earll. “The Lake Erie permit program has been vital to ensuring long-term public access to the lake and the watersheds of Lake Erie. I am very pleased that we were able to successfully pass this legislation.”

The newly-signed law provides that proceeds from the sale of the permit will continue to be deposited into a restricted account until Dec. 31, 2014, and extends their use to projects that protect or improve fish habitat. In the past, funds were restricted to projects that provide public fishing access.

“With this legislation, the Lake Erie permit program will now play an additional important role by providing funding to sustain and improve the natural resources that support an excellent fishery,” said PFBC Executive Director Douglas J. Austen. “Since the program was introduced, the Commission has secured public access to more than 10 miles of stream. Now we’ll be able to use some of that money for equally important fish habitat projects in the Lake Erie watershed.”

The new law, which takes effect Oct. 26, also extends the Lake Erie permit requirement to Conneaut Creek, Turkey Creek and their tributaries and allows the Commission to use proceeds for projects in and along those waters.

Anglers have been required since 2004 to purchase a Lake Erie permit to fish the lake, Presque Isle Bay and most tributaries. This permit is required in addition to a resident fishing license. Permits cost $9.70 each or $15.70 for a trout/salmon/Lake Erie combination permit. In 2008, the Commission sold approximately 19,000 Lake Erie permits and about 85,700 combination permits. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each Lake Erie permit and $6 of the proceeds from the sale of each combination permit are deposited into a restricted account to be used only for the specified purposes.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at ###


Massive Fish Kill In West PA
PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that officials are working with West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address a fish kill in Dunkard Creek, first detected in West Virginia on Sept. 1 and reported to DEP on Sept. 8.

More than 30 stream miles in Pennsylvania and West Virginia have been impacted by a discharge, which is originating from West Virginia and contains high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS). At least 16 species of freshwater mussels and at least 18 species of fish were killed by this pollution event in Dunkard Creek.

The main stem of Dunkard Creek, located in Pennsylvania, is designated as a warm water fishery.

DEP is collecting water quality data which will track the progress of the pollutant and its impact on Dunkard Creek, while the PFBC has established multiple sampling stations to conduct biological assessments that include counts of dead aquatic life and the condition of living fish in the stream.

“The damage done to Dunkard Creek is substantial and tragic. DEP will continue to monitor water quality so that when the responsible party is determined by West Virginia and EPA, we are positioned to take appropriate enforcement action,” said Acting Southwest DEP Regional Director Ronald Schwartz. “We appreciate the continued cooperation and efforts by West Virginia and EPA officials.”

“Our staff has documented numerous species of gamefish killed by the pollution event, including muskellunge, smallmouth bass, and flathead catfish, and various species of redhorses, minnows, darters, freshwater mussels, and mudpuppies – also known as aquatic salamanders,” said PFBC Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Manager Emil Svetahor. “We are working closely with DEP and other partners to conduct the ongoing investigation.”

The West Virginia and Pennsylvania forks of Dunkard Creek merge in Shamrock, Pennsylvania, to form Dunkard Creek, which meanders nearly 38 miles along the southwest border of the commonwealth and West Virginia, before its confluence with the Monongahela River just downstream of Point Marion.

More Problems At Dimock Gas Drilling Sites

State probes spill at gas-drilling site

Up to 8,000 gallons of lubricant leak into wetland, stream

By Tom Wilber •
Star Gazette

DIMOCK, Pa. -- Between 6,000 and 8,000 gallons of an agent used to stimulate natural gas production leaked from a pipe at a drilling operation and contaminated a nearby wetland and stream in Susquehanna County, according to information from the state Department of Environmental Protection. More...

Erie YMCA Strong Kids Bicycle Tour Starts Sunday

Erie YMCA Strong Kids Bike Tour
will be rolling though our
neighborhood on Tuesday
morning, Sept. 22.

There should be about 23 riders and we will be on
our third
day on the road. We leave Edinboro, Sept.
20, ride to Warren,
then to Port A on Sept. 21, head
to Wellsboro Sept. 22, then
the next day to
Williamsport, then Bloomsburg and finish in

Jim Thorpe.

Total miles for the tour is 420 and we are
raising money for
the YMCA Strong Kids
Campaign which makes sure that no

one is ever denied services at the YMCA
or with YMCA child
care because of
financial reasons.

Keep an eye out for these folks on the bikes and welcome them as they travel through the area. Bless them for their worthy goal.

Physical Altercation Results In Harassment Charges

Harassment Charges Pending
Two Bingham Township residents are being charged with HARASSMENT after a physical altercation that took place inside a private residence Tuesday at 8:30 PM.

Coudersport Troopers charged Danette Saunders, 41, and Zachary Kanats, 22, both of 35 Bingham Center Road, Genesee, PA.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fire Reported On West Branch of Fishing Creek

Can't Find Fire
At 11:34 PM on Thursday, Roulette Dept. 46 was dispatched to the area of 1073 West Branch of Fishing Creek for an unknown type fire.

Responding units have been returned to the station while the chief attempts to locate the fire that was seen.

He thinks it may possibly have been from a gas well being burned off after fracking up in the Fisk Hollow/Weimer Hollow area.
The Chief is continuing to search for the source.

Teen Charged In Domestic Disturbance In Ulysses

Domestic In Ulysses
A Ulysses teen had charges filed today in District Court 55-4-03 as a result of a domestic disturbance last Saturday at about 9:45 PM.

Eric Mark Shaffer, 18, of Pleasant Street, Ulysses, PA, is accused of shoving a known female and broke a window belonging to the victim at 628 Pleasant Street in Ulysses. These actions took place while Shaffer was allegedly intoxicated.

Shaffer is charged with UNDERAGE DRINKING; HARASSMENT; and CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. Pennsylvania State Police do not release the names of victims of Domestic Violence.

Pills Stolen From Third Street Residence

Pills Stolen
A Roulette woman told State Police that on 9-6-09 between 1:00 and 9:30 pm that someone went into her residence and stole medicine.

Susan C. Hooftallen, 50, of 39 Third Street, Roulette, PA said a prescription pill bottle which contained over the counter medication was stolen from her medicine cabinet.



You look over your end-of-year flower and shrub garden and think, “oh my, this is very overgrown!” So you start digging out black-eyed susans, daisies, creeping phlox, sedum, and other beautiful flowering perennials and shrubs and think, “I sure hate to throw them away.”

The perfect home can be found for them at the 4-H Pollinator Garden found at the Potter County Extension Office at 24 Maple View Lane in Coudersport - near the intersection of Rt. 6 and Rt. 872, The Garden is being created as a Master Gardener project and will be continually growing, changing, and improved upon for our area children.

Please bring your dug perennials and shrubs to the Potter County Extension Office on Saturday, September 19th, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., or call Sharon at 274-7825, or email, for pick up/dig up arrangements.

Murdered Girl Was From Westmoreland County

Norwin High School Grad Megan Konopka Killed In Northwest Pa.

The Pittsburgh
Police say the men charged with killing a young, 8-months-pregnant woman from Westmoreland County in a northwestern Pennsylvania rooming house sent graphic photos of the scene to a woman in California.

The death of 21-year-old Megan Konopka -- who graduated from Norwin High School in North Huntingdon -- was ruled a homicide by the McKean County coroner. Police said she was stabbed in the throat and strangled.

"Some teachers question -- 'Was it her?' -- and the answer is yes. It's always yes, and you wish it wasn't," said Carla Denny, a Norwin teacher who remembered Konopka for her laugh and her hard work in class. More...

Sex Offender; Teens From Coudersport/Bradford Cited After Drinking Party In Coudersport Apartment Saturday Night

Teens Were Drunk, One Only 15
A Coudersport man, who is listed on the
State Megan's Law website as a sex offender, was cited over the weekend for buying liquor for five teenagers who were under the age of 21, one only 15 years old.

Paul Robert Jackson, 57, of 23 Liberty Lane, Coudersport, PA, was charged by Coudersport Police Officer James Collins, with CORRUPTION OF MINORS, and SELLING OR FURNISHING LIQUOR OR MALT OR BREWED BEVERAGES TO MINORS.

Jackson will answer those charges in a PRELIMINARY HEARING before District Magisterial Judge Annette Easton on October 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM.

Jackson's crime was discovered on Saturday, September 12, 2009 just before 10:00 PM when Officer Collins was dispatched to 302 1/2 South East Street in the Borough of Coudersport for a report of a disturbance in progress.

Upon the officer's arrival he saw a group of kids in the yard yelling and screaming and one of them was covered in blood. It was GLENN L. REED of Bradford. It appeared he was involved in a fight with someone. He was screaming about someone assaulting his 15 year old girlfriend.

All of the parties involved smelled of an alcoholic beverage and all appeared intoxicated.

The officer said "I got all parties calmed down and went up the stairs to the apartment where I saw JESSE TAYLOR laying on the front porch bleeding from the face. He told me REED was assaulting another person and he was trying to get him to stop, when he and REED went at it exchanging blows. That's how both got bloody faces."

"JESSE was highly intoxicated and could not stand up on his own accord. He admitted everyone was drinking and I asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital and he replied no."

"I interviewed everyone there and they all admitted to consuming an alcoholic beverage (vodka)."

The officer continued "I spoke to the 15 year old from Bradford (name omitted) and she stated she gave PAUL ROBERT JACKSON $26.00 to buy them the vodka. She stated she went with Paul Robert Jackson to the State Store by Dollar General and he purchased her the vodka and gave it to her and she took it to the party. This was confirmed by TOMMY THOMPSON. The girl's birth date is May 3, 1994, making her 15 years old."

"PAUL ROBERT JACKSON knew he was buying the vodka for an underage party, because he called another person to check on the kids. This was witnessed by a neighbor and and confirmed by CODY LABARR, who told me PAUL ROBERT JACKSON called him after I had raided the party. The party was at CODY LABARR'S apartment."

Officer Collins concluded "I issued five UNDERAGE DRINKING CITATIONS to the party goers and Four DISORDERLY CONDUCT CITATIONS. GLENN REED was also highly intoxicated and needed assistance to stand and walk about."

GLENN REED, 19, Bradford, PA; The 15 year old girl from Bradford, ; TYLOR CARROLL, Coudersport, PA; and JESSE TAYLOR, 19, Coudersport, PA.
TOMMY THOMPSON, 18, Coudersport, PA was only charged with UNDERAGE DRINKING.

The teens will answer the citations at Judge Easton's Court in Coudersport.

Today's Recalls

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Stolen Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution and Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution


BRADFORD, Pa. -- The gallery exhibit “Canticle of Creatures” opened the fall term of the Spectrum Series of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Writers, drama and music will round out the series.

The Spectrum Series offers academic and curriculum-based programming at little or no cost to the university community and community at large. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

“This is a particularly good year for the Spectrum series,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming. “We were able to land an extra exhibit for the KOA Gallery with ‘Canticle of Creatures’; Bridget Bailey’s one-woman show is very unique and exciting; and having the duo Polished premier at a noon-time luncheon music series should be fun.”

“Canticle of Creatures” by Edith Feuerstein Schrot will be on display in the KOA Art Gallery through Oct. 9, with an opening lecture and reception at noon Sept. 15 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

Drawing inspiration from Francis of Assisi’s 1225 religious song “Canticle of the Creatures,” Schrot’s pieces consist of nine three-dimensional, free-standing, multimedia figures.

The art gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. It is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Novelist Mary Yukari Waters will visit campus on Sept. 24. She will read at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

Waters’ work has been anthologized in “The Best American Short Stories,” “The O. Henry Prize Stories” and “The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.”

She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and her work has been presented on both the BBC and National Public Radio.

Her debut collection, “The Laws of Evening,” won a Discover Award for New Writers selection and was a Booksense 76 selection and a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book.

She received her master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and currently teaches in Spalding University’s Brief Residency MFA program.

In October, Noon Tunes, a lunchtime music performance series, will make its debut with Polished, Chicagoland’s premier classical piano/violin duo, at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

Joanna Korylczuk (piano) and Anna Sobczak (violin) both started their musical education at age 10 in Poland, where they met in a high school for music, became friends and started performing together.

Both women received their master’s degrees from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, and they began performing as Polished in the United States in 2002.

Their large repertoire includes a variety of classical, jazz, Broadway standards, pop, movie soundtracks and traditional Old World music.

A one-woman show, “Child of Hungry Times,” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Studio Theatre in Blaisdell Hall.

Written and performed by Bridget Bailey, “Child of Hungry Times” is a critically acclaimed dark and funny show based on the controversial writings of Soviet dramatist Ludmila Petrushevskaya.

“Child of Hungry Times” reveals and revels in the lives of six women through the humor and heartache of living under the Soviet regime. It will be a powerful evening filled with music, potatoes and Russian jokes.

The Spectrum Series’ second art exhibit is “The Infinite Dimensions of Shangri-La: Paintings and Sculptures by Kong Ho and Dr. Martie Geiger Ho” in the KOA Art Gallery from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20. A gallery talk will be held beginning at noon Oct. 16 in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall, followed by a reception in the lobby.

Both Kong Ho and Martie Geiger-Ho have created works of art that explore the idea of Shangri-La as a spiritual myth about the search for a perfect state of mind.

By using Asian philosophy to temper their respective approaches to Western art concepts and techniques, these two artists have been able to bring new insights to the subjects of transcendentalism and the natural world.

Short story writer Jody Lisberger will give a reading at noon Oct. 27 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A reception will follow.

Lisberger’s story collection “Remember Love” was published by Fleur-de-lis Press in May 2008. Her stories have appeared in “Fugue,” “Michigan Quarterly Review,” “Thema,” “Confrontation” and “The Louisville Review.”

She won third place in the 2003 “American Literary Review” fiction contest and was a finalist in the 2004 “Quarterly West” fiction contest.

Lisberger has taught for more than 25 years at the University of Rhode Island, Brown, Harvard, Tufts, Holy Cross and Boston universities. She currently is director of Women’s Studies at URI.

In November, the Pitt-Bradford Division of Communication and the Arts presents “Eurydice,” by Sarah Ruhl in the Studio Theatre. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students.

A modern tale of loss and love, Eurydice is the classic myth of Orpheus retold from the heroine’s point of view, abounding with surprising plot twists and quirky humor.

Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a Pulitzer nominee and winner of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship.

The holiday season will be celebrated with the Winter College-Community Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Bromeley Theater. The choir will be under the direction of John Levey, Pitt-Bradford’s new assistant professor of music. The College-Community choir was formerly led by Dr. Lee Spear, who retired in December.

A mixed bag of choral music – a capella and accompanied, sacred and secular, ancient and modern, seasonal and universal – makes up the repertoire of the choir’s annual Winter Concert.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey Everyone!

I hope this newsletter finds you doing great!

The much anticipated "Smart Living: Unleashing the Dream of a Better
Life" series has started. Whether it's an unhealthy body, unhealthy
relationships, unhealthy finances, unhealthy mindsets, this series is
for you. If you missed part one, "Smart Living: Get a new vision for
life," be sure to catch it online. Part two, "Baby Steps" will be
this Sunday, September 19th at 10:15am.

Also this Sunday, October 20th is our first Workshop at 6:30 at Open
Arms. It is called Smart Fitness, and will address subjects like how
and where to start a fitness plan, the basics of anaerobic and aerobic
workouts, target heart rate, and more.. This workshop will be given
by Lisa Platko (Fitness Instructor & Trainer).

The upcoming Smart Living Workshops are:
September 27 – Smart Eating
October 4 – Smart Money
October 11 – Smart Marriages
October 18 – Smart Parenting
October 25 – T.B.A.
These are all at Open Arms, Sundays at 6:30pm

Be sure to register for the health program we are doing for our Smart
Living Campaign in cooperation with the Bradford YMCA. You can
register online at www.openarmsbradford.ort and in person at the
YMCA. Open Arms will be covering OA Members Program fee. Each person
is responsible to get your own/family YMCA membership. If this is
unaffordable there are scholarships. See the Y-Staff. Rate is 3
payments of: $39-Adult; $63.25-Family; $48-Single Family; $16.75
Student; $33 Senior’s.

This month's Prayer & Fasting will be September 21st - 25st.
Sacrificially abstain from something to pray for family, church,
community, and more.

Last Friday Service is Sept. 25, 6p-10p. Come and join us for prayer,
praise, celebration, and communion.

Be sure to stop by to read new blogs, stay
informed and to interact with your OA family.

Have a wonderful day!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701


USA Today Report Not Correct

HARRISBURG - Air quality sampling by the state Department of Environmental Protection at schools in Beaver and Erie counties has not detected unsafe levels of air pollutants or metals, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today.

DEP’s investigation was prompted by a December 2008 report in USA Today that indicated potentially toxic air around the schools.

DEP today released the results of extensive air quality monitoring at the Midland Elementary-Middle School in Beaver County, and additional monitoring at the Ridgefield Elementary and Iroquois Junior-Senior High Schools in Erie County. USA Today reported that its sampling at the Midland school had detected the presence of chromium and manganese. The newspaper also made predictions, using information reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about the likely presence of toxins produced at industries near the Ridgefield and Iroquois schools.

“Although our initial sampling at Midland did not indicate high levels of toxins, we continued testing for toxic metals and conducted additional sampling to determine the precise type and levels of chromium detected there,” Hanger said. “Further testing showed that the levels of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen, were even lower than we had initially estimated.”

USA Today did not do any sampling at the Ridgefield or Iroquois schools, but estimated high levels of cobalt, manganese, chromium and nickel around the Ridgefield school, and high levels of manganese, chromium, nickel and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene around the Iroquois school.

Using federally accepted scientific protocol, DEP located air quality monitors directly on the school buildings.

“Our testing found the total excess lifetime cancer risk from exposure to pollutants at these schools is within the acceptable range identified by the Environmental Protection Agency,” Hanger said. “We took action to verify the air quality because we understand parents’ concerns about the health and safety of their children, and we are committed to reducing air pollution to cut the risk of disease and respiratory problems for both children and adults.”

USA Today used the Risk-Screening Environmental Indicator, or RSEI, to rank each school relative to one another based upon the pollutants likely to be in the air outside the school. But RSEI is a screening tool developed by the EPA to be used for establishing priorities.

Pollutant concentrations measured through sampling are much more reliable than modeled concentrations.

The EPA generally considers an excess lifetime cancer risk in excess of one in 10,000 (or 10 in 100,000) to be unacceptable.

At each school where DEP conducted air toxics monitoring, the department calculated the excess lifetime cancer risk – that is, the risk over and above the general overall cancer risk of four in 10 – from exposure to the pollutants measured. The excess lifetime cancer risk for all toxic compounds measured was determined to be 0.12 in 10,000 at Midland, 0.82 in 10,000 at Ridgefield, and 0.68 in 10,000 at Iroquois.

The ambient air sampling also was used to calculate the non-cancer health risk associated with the air toxic compounds measured. All three schools had calculated hazard quotients less than 1, which is considered acceptable by the EPA. Detailed reports on DEP’s sampling studies can be found on DEP’s Web site at the following links: or


Bradford Bypass
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 September 21. 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 September 21:

• Bolivar Drive (State Route 346) will be closed for bridge painting on both Route 219 structures that span Bolivar Drive. Traffic will be directed to follow the posted detours. Painting is scheduled to run through October 6.
• Kendall Avenue will remain open to two- way traffic. Work will include curb and sidewalk placement and will continue with daytime flagging.
• The contractor continues to work on southbound reconstruction by placing bituminous pavement.
• 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.
• The contractor continues to work on southbound bridges. Work includes steel retrofits, deck repairs, approach slabs, concrete barrier and painting.
• Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive remains 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 remains 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



BRADFORD, Pa. – Forty students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will clean-up a 10-mile stretch of the Allegheny River on Saturday, Sept. 19, hailed as one of America’s most beautiful waterways.

The first Allegheny River Clean-up will take students on a canoeing trip from Buckaloons to Indian Waters in Warren County. Pitt-Bradford’s involvement is being coordinated by the Center for Leadership and Service, Freshman Seminar, Greek Council and the Outdoor Club.

Garbage will be picked up in or along the river and its tributaries. Pitt-Bradford’s involvement is in support of a comprehensive clean-up being coordinated by several employers, agencies and organizations from the Warren area. The entire project includes a 5-day, 31-mile clean-up.

“The nature of the project struck a chord with our students and attracted a large, diverse collection of students who are excited about the project’s purpose and the physical challenges it presents,” said Dr. Holly Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services. “Their involvement is important because it promotes a spirit of giving back to the community, while they help clean up one of the American’s most scenic and unspoiled rivers.”

Designated as one of the nation’s Wild and Scenic Rivers for more than a decade, the Allegheny River is also the location of seven islands protected under America’s National Wilderness Preservation System.

Additional information is available by contacting Spittler at (814) 362-7657. More information is available at