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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two Killed In Crash On Route 66 South Of Kane Saturday

Fatal Crash in Elk County

Two people are dead following an accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of routes 66 and 948 in Highland Township.

State police say a car driven by 19-year-old Levi Rowles of Clearfield didn't stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Mark Peterson of Bradford.

Rowles and his passenger, 38-year-old Carla Rowles of Clearfield, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Peterson was not hurt.

Drivers Identified In Saturday Morning Crash

Drivers In Crash Identified
State Police at Kane have issued a news release identifying the drivers in the tractor-trailer/pickup truck accident at 7:00 am Saturday morning on Route 446, near the NY/PA line.

Chesley D. Bellamy, 30, of Portville, NY, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 north on Route 446.

Lewis B. McDonald, Jr., 51, of Bliss, NY was driving a 2004 Peterbilt tractor-trailer south on Route 446.

Bellamy crossed the center yellow lines and McDonald swerved his truck to miss Bellamy's S-10. The vehicles impacted on the center yellow lines.

Bellamy's S-10 was pushed backwards onto the west berm where it came to rest facing north.

McDonald's tractor-trailer continued southeast across the northbound lane, off the highway and into a ditch, rolling onto it's passenger side, coming to rest facing southeast.

Bellamy had to be extricated from the S-10 by Eldred and Eldred Township Fire Dept. He was transported by Eldred Boro Ambulance to a landing zone and flown by Stat 9 medical helicopter to Hamot Hospital in Erie, PA. He suffered major injuries. Troopers report he was not wearing a seat belt. He will be charged with a vehicle code violation.

McDonald was wearing a seatbelt and suffered only minor injuries. He was transported to Olean General Hospital by Shinglehouse Ambulance.

Route 446 was closed for several hours Saturday morning to facilitate cleanup of the crash site.

Eldred Boro Fire Department detoured northbound traffic at the Kendall Bridge. The road was re-opened at 12:35 PM. Shinglehouse Fire Department responded initially to this crash when the cell phone call was mistakenly transferred to Tioga County 911 who dispatched Shinglehouse. Shinglehouse returned after the Eldred Fire Units arrived on scene.

Structure Fire Reported At Dollar General In Shinglehouse

Smoke Coming From Electric Panel
At 7:17 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 is responding to a report of a structure fire at the Dollar General Store in the Shinglehouse Borough. The caller reports smoke coming from the electrical breaker box.

Coudy Falcons Soccer TeamDefeats Ridgway Today

Photo by Leo Szczesny
Coudersport defeated Ridgway, and continue their
soccer winning streak.Players celebrate the final goal.

Tractor-Trailer/ Car Crash Reported On Rt. 66

Tractor-Trailer/Car Crash On Rt. 66
At 2:45 PM on Saturday, ambulances from Kane are being dispatched to Rt. 66 & Rt. 948 intersection for a 2 vehicle crash. An engine and a rescue is also being sent to the scene in Elk County. The accident involves a tractor-trailer and a car.

Route 446 North Of Eldred Has Re-Opened

Road Re-Opened North Of Eldred
At 12:35 PM, on Saturday, Route 446 north of Eldred, PA has just been re-opened to traffic after it was closed earlier today to facilitate clean-up of a tractor-trailer vs pickup truck crash that happened about 7:00 am this morning.

A 30 year old male victim from the pickup truck was lifeflighted to Hamot Hospital in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. Further information on this crash will await a news release from troopers at Kane.

Where Do You Turn When Times Get Tough?

The Father of All Comfort

The Father of All ComfortThere's no way we can avoid it. Everyone experiences pain and disappointment regardless of their age, health, education or finances. Where do you turn during tough times? Click here to read this week's online article from Dr. Stanley explaining why only God can comfort the wounded, worried heart.

Cameron County Downs Golden Tide In Overtime

Golden Tide Lose Overtime Heartbreaker to Red Raiders

Dustin Parks, correspondent

EMPORIUM -- Walking off the field, head coach Andy Evanko and his Curwensville Golden Tide football team were surrounded by fans from the Cameron County Red Raiders. Every fan was cheering and showing appreciation, congratulating the players and coaching staff.

What they had witnessed on Friday night was a smash mouth, very competitive football game between two talented football teams. More...

$5,750 an acre and 20-percent royalties for five years

Gas Deal in Wyoming County

Ted Fioraliso

Last week it was Fortuna Energy -- now another natural gas drilling company has struck a deal with Pennsylvania landowners.

More than 600 landowners in Wyoming County have inked a deal with Chesapeake Energy for $5,750 an acre and 20-percent royalties for five years.

The Wyoming County Landowners Group had been shopping around for the right company the past year-and-a-half.

A spokeswoman from the coalition says Chesapeake upped the ante after last week's announcement that Fortuna would pay out $5,500 an acre to landowners in Susquehanna and Broome Counties.

Oil/Gas Companies Spent Over $1 Million Charming PA Legislators

Daniel Rubin: Why the break for shale gas?

This was no Saturday Surprise, as when arts organizations woke up to learn they were the answer to Pennsylvania's budgetary woes.

Environmental groups had seen this danger on the horizon for months and still couldn't stop it.

It was bad enough that legislative leaders wanted to close the budget gap by letting energy corporations drill for natural gas on 200,000 acres of new state forest lands.

What environmentalists couldn't understand was why the legislators refused to tax the amount of gas extracted, which other gas-rich states do.

New drilling techniques have allowed the mining of natural gas from a massive underground formation of rock that runs from the northeast to the southwest corner of the state.

Called the Marcellus Shale field, it is "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas," says Jan Jarrett, president of PennFuture, an environmental advocacy group.

Her organization doesn't oppose drilling. Gas is greener than coal or oil, she says, and it could help wean us off our dependence on foreign energy sources.

But the state has been played by "tassel-shoed lobbyists," she says, from companies like Chesapeake Energy, Range Resources, and Conoco Phillips, who during just the first half of the year spent well over $1 million charming legislators. More...

County Jail With 100% State Rating Ignored Inmate Request For Proper Medical Care

ACLU: Lackawanna County Prison care leads Pa. in complaints

By Charles Schillinger (Staff Writer)
Times Tribune

A Lackawanna County Prison inmate made half a dozen requests seeking medical help for a severe skin condition, but was ignored until the American Civil Liberties Union intervened, an ACLU attorney said Thursday.

The inmate's condition became so severe it shocked Valerie A. Burch, an attorney with the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

"He looked like a burn victim," she said. "He had severe psoriasis all over his body. His skin was cracked and bleeding. It was immediately apparent this man was not getting the treatment he needed."

Prison advocacy group Pax Christi and the ACLU of Pennsylvania brought the case of inmate Cal Burns, 32, to light after a decision by the Lackawanna County Prison Board to negotiate a new contract with the current prison medical care provider, Correctional Care Inc.

Ms. Burch said she visited the prison in March to interview Mr. Burns. The inmate's pain was so intense, he could not sleep, Ms. Burch said. Mr. Burns submitted six requests for medical treatment over a period of several weeks, she said, but prison officials failed to respond. More...

PA Spends $928,000. For Ad Campaign

What's $928K Between Friends?

The Morning
Here’s One From The State Contract Files:

State Treasurer’s Rob McCord’s office awarded a massive $928,000 contract to a Harrisburg advertising firm to market a state program that helps parents save for their childrens' college education. More...

Virginia L. Schillinger, 91, a resident of Kane for 25 years, formerly of Port Allegany, PA

KANE, PA - Virginia L. Schillinger, 91, a resident of Kane for 25 years, formerly of Port Allegany, PA, died Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24, 2009) at her daughter's home, 578 Maple St., Kane, PA, where she resided.

Born July 1, 1918, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Clarence and Violet M. Allison Haynes. She married George A. Ostrander, who died in 1959. Later, she married Leonard Schillinger, who died in 1983.

Mrs. Schillinger had worked at the Market Basket grocery store and later for Dr. Webster's office, both in Port Allegany, PA.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kane and the Kane Senior Center.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Clyde of Kane, PA; a son, Roger Ostrander of Haines City, FL; a brother, Wrayburn Haynes of Warren; six grandchildren; 13-great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husbands, by sisters Beulah Haynes and Marriel Currie.

Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc., Kane, PA on Monday (Sept. 28, 2009) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time a service will be held with the Rev. W. Craig Smith, pastor of the Mt. Jewett-Hazel Hurst United Methodist Churches, officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Hemlock Avenue, Kane, PA 16735.

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Route 446 Northbound Is Closed At Eldred

Route 446 North Is Closed
At 8:40 AM, onSaturday, the Eldred Fire Department is closing Route 446 at the Kendall Bridge to all northbound traffic to faciliate cleanup at the previous accident scene.

Elizabeth Anne Duda, age 37, recently of Cheyenne, WY, Formerly Smethport, PA

Smethport-Elizabeth Anne Duda, age 37, recently of Cheyenne, Wyoming died unexpectedly September 22, 2009.

She was born April 5, 1972, in Bradford, Pa., daughter of the late Dominic A. Alfieri and Shirley Ann (Barnes) Alfieri who survives.

Anne was a 1990 graduate of Smethport Area High School; graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a degree in English Literature and French. She was a member of the National Education Association and the Golden Key Honor Society. She loved teaching English and working with her students. She taught at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Alamogordo High School, Alamogordo, New Mexico. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and daughter who was devoted to her family.

Survivors include her husband, Lt. Col. John F. Duda, Jr., of Cheyenne, whom she married August 7, 1993, at St. Elizabeth’s parish in Smethport, Pa.; two daughters, Cecilia and Sophia , both of Cheyenne; her siblings, Anthony J. Alfieri, Thomas M. Alfieri, (Kimberly) James V. Alfieri (Vicki) and Michael D. Alfieri, all of Smethport and Mary Alfieri Richmond (Mark) of Erie, Pa. and David P. Alfieri of Texas. Also survived by twelve nieces and nephews: Alexandra, Felicia and Dominic Alfieri, Jonathan and Allison Richmond, Connor, Preston and Jocelyn Alfieri, April, Steven and Laura Alfieri and Caroline Abel.

Friends may call at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport on Tuesday, September 29th from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. to be followed by a blessing / prayer service at 6p.m., in the funeral home.

Additional visitation will be at the James C. Stump Funeral Home, 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon, Pa on Wednesday, September 30th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anne Parish, 1870 Rostraver Road, Belle Vernon, Pa on October 1st at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Monongahela, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library 123 South Mechanic Street, Smethport or the Smethport Memorial Recreation Center Swimming Pool, 100 West Willow Street, Smethport. Online condolences can be made at

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

Tractor-Trailer VS Pickup Truck Crash On Rt. 446

Crash On Rt. 446
At 7:55 AM on Saturday, Emergency services from the Eldred area are on scene of a tractor-trailer/pickup truck accident on Route 446 near the NY/PA line. Firefighters have extricated a victim and Eldred Ambulance is enroute to a landing zone to meet a Stat 9 medical helicopter. The crash occurred around 7:00 AM.
The patient was flown to Hamot Hospital in Erie.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Tailgate chicken benefit event went well for the soccer team

Photo by Leo Szczesny

Here's hoping for a nice crowd to come out
rain or shine tomorrow for the game.
Soccer Here Saturday
The next home Soccer game is tomorrow (Saturday) 9/26 at 11am with Ridgway.
This is listed INCORRECTLY as an away game in the schedule provided by the
school. The team is currently 8-0.

Kenneth G. “Red” Moore, 75, of Clermont, PA

Smethport - Kenneth G. “Red” Moore, 75, of Clermont, died Thursday (September 24, 2009) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

He was born April 5, 1934 in Shawmut, a son of George W. and Mildred Josephine Himes Moore. On August 2, 1952, in Mt. Jewett, PA, he married Shirley Thompson, who survives.

Mr. Moore attended Lafayette Schools, and was employed at Dresser Manufacturing of Bradford for 31 years. He also owned and operated Moore’s Disposal, which he ran in Sergeant Twp., Hazel Hurst, and Mt. Jewett.

He was a member of the Clermont Fire Department, Mt. Jewett Ambulance Association, and the Clermont Sportsman's Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
two daughters: Cheryl (Paul) Button of Rixford, PA, Patty Miller of Clermont, PA
one son: Kenneth G. "Bud" (Lori) Moore, Jr. of Eldred, PA, and 6 Grandchildren

Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in Clermont Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Clermont Fire Dept., or the Mt. Jewett Ambulance Association. Online condolences can be made at

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

Scarnati Targeted With Misinformation Ads

Scarnati Responds to Special
Interest Group 'Misinformation'

WARREN — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) responded today to misinformation being disseminated by various special interest groups, most of them from outside the 25th Senatorial District.

“It disturbs me to no end when groups use misleading, inaccurate, and insulting information in a smear campaign against me,” Scarnati stated. “I have stated time and time again, many of these groups from outside of our area do not want a Senate leader from rural Pennsylvania.”

Scarnati mentioned one particular ad that would lead you to believe he supports giving tax dollars to the much maligned group, ACORN, which is obviously INACCURATE. It goes on to speak about how he supported a budget that increased spending and increased taxes on working families, which is obviously INACCURATE.

“It is outrageous the lengths that these groups will go to highlight their agenda, whatever that may be,” Scarnati added. “In fact, this budget does not have a personal income tax increase, does not have a sales tax increase, and it spends less than last year’s budget (something that has not been done in recent history).

“I am in disbelief, but I am confident that the citizens of the 25th Senatorial District will not buy into the misinformation of outside special interest groups,” Scarnati concluded. “Furthermore, I would expect many of the taxpayers to express to these various entities their outrage over being misled.”

Louise V. Wallace 90, formerly of 1274 East Main St., Bradford, PA

Louise V. Wallace 90, formerly of 1274 East Main St., Bradford, passed away Friday September 25, 2009 in the Bradford Ecumenical Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Happy Fall everyone!

I love fall, don't you? All of the bright colors and crisp weather!
It's great!

Have you signed up for a Growth Group yet? Be sure to sign up for one
soon! Once again I encourage everyone to sign up for one. It's a
great way to grow in your relationship with God and with other
people. You can sign up at church or you can sign up online. Go to
our home page, and scroll down until you see
Growth Group sign ups. You can pick a day and time that is a good fit
for your schedule.

Also, be sure register for the health program we are doing for our
Smart Living Campaign in cooperation with the Bradford YMCA. You can
sign up online and at the YMCA. Open Arms will be covering OA Members
Program fee. Each person is responsible to get Y-membership. If this
is unaffordable there are scholarships. See the Y-Staff. Rate is 3
payments of: $39-Adlt; $63.25-Fam; $48-SingFam; $16.75 Stdnt; $33

Where you unable to attend the first Smart Living Workshop? It is now
online! Just go to the OA website and you'll see it there!

The Smart Living Workshop coming up this Sunday, September 27 at
6:30pm is called Smart Eating and will be taught by Marianne Kahle
(Nutritionalist & Dietician).
This workshop will address subjects like healthy eating, meal
planning, what to count, understanding what’s in our food and how it
affects our body, how to read the labels, live foods, processed foods,
and more.

Upcoming Smart Living workshops are:
October 4 – Smart Money, Scott Newton (Financial Advisor)
This workshop will address the baby steps to financial peace; getting
out of debt, staying out of debt, budgeting, understanding credit,
investments, retirement, and more. This is an introduction to the
Financial Peace University program that will start in January 2010 at
Open Arms Community Church.
October 11 – Smart Marriages
October 18 – Smart Parenting
October 25 – T.B.A.

Have a great weekend and God Bless!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Local Organizations Urged To Contact Local Representatives

Small Games of Chance Bill Moves To Senate

Contact Your Senator Now

Volunteer Fire Companies & Social Organizations are facing a 20% tax on small games of chance including punch boards, raffle tickets, pull tabs and other small games of chance under a budget agreement that could soon be voted on by the Legislature.

The legislation, Senate Bill 211, could serve as a vehicle for approving the potential 20% tax on small games of chance that is said to be contained in the $27.945 billion budget agreement proposed last week.

That addition would mean proceeds from fundraisers held by private, social organizations and fire halls would be assessed a levy. The tax would be paid by the licensee, not the gamblers. Senate staff did point out that the tax is applicable to non-profits with liquor licenses but churches and church-related functions would not be affected by the tax, nor would bingo games.

Details on the tax are vague. Prize limits are expected to be raised from $5,000 per week to $20,000 per week. Small clubs, whose memberships are dwindling, will never reach the $20,000 limit.

The measure also requires groups that run such games to file an annual report with the Department of Revenue detailing their gross receipts, expenses and prizes. The report would also have to be filed with the application to renew liquor licenses and groups using these games would have to meet training requirements designed by the Department.

Potter County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Dunn indicated this move will hurt fire departments and other emergency services agencies. Local emergency services organizations depend on these funds to pay their bills and keep their operations running.

The new tax could end up as a bookkeeping nightmare for local fire companies and organizations which would have to keep close track of their revenue to ensure the State gets their fair share.

Dunn indicated the tax is not official yet. It is included in the state budget agreement currently being considered, but will not take effect until after the budget is signed into law. Dunn urges those involved in their local emergency services organizations and other social clubs to contact their Local & State Representatives and encourage them to oppose the proposed tax.



WARREN, PA 16365

(814) 726-7201 FAX 9814-726-7012 STATE SENATE POST OFFICE



(717) 787-7084

(717) 772-2755 (FAX)

Contact: Representative Martin Causer @ 814-274-9769 in Coudersport.

Bradford Office 814-362-4400

Harrisburg Office 717-787-5075


Star Hose Dispatched For Traffic Control

Traffic Control
Port Allegany Station 3 has been dispatched to Route 155, 100 yards south of Route 6 for traffic control for a low hanging wire at the request of State Police.

Shirley M. Fink, 74, of 755 Summit Rd., Bradford, PA

Shirley M. Fink, 74, of 755 Summit Rd., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born February 22, 1935, in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late Fred Roth and Alice Mae Cricks.

On July 18, 1997, before Judge Yoder she married Ronald L. Fink who survives.

Mrs. Fink was a 1955 graduate of Bradford High School. She had worked at Olsens Department Store, Corning Glass and then Zippo Mfg. for over 20 years.

She attended Sawyer Evangelical Church and a member of the Bradford Moose Lodge Auxiliary

In addition to her husband she is survived by two daughters, Christy Macfarlane, and Sharon L. Fitzsimmons both of Bradford, a son, Richard "Rick" E. Dallenbach of Erie, 9 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson, John H. Coldren Jr. and one great grandson Payton Chambers.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, September 27, 2009 from 3-5 & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, September 28th, with Rev. Brad Preston, pastor of the Sawyer Evangelical Church, officiating.

Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at


Cabot Has Another Spill

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation to cease all natural gas well hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County until the company completes a number of important engineering and safety tasks.

“The department took this action because of our concern about Cabot’s current fracking process and to ensure that the environment in Susquehanna County is properly protected,” DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell said.

Cabot voluntarily shut down fracking operations at the Heitsman well in Dimock Township on Tuesday afternoon following three separate spills there in less than one week. The company is currently drilling seven new wells in the county that will require fracking.

The order requires Cabot to develop within 14 days an updated and accurate Pollution Prevention and Contingency Plan and Control and Disposal Plan for all permitted well pad sites in Susquehanna County.

The company must conduct an engineering study of all equipment and work practices associated with hydraulic fracturing at all well sites in the county within 21 days.

The engineering study must include a detailed evaluation and explanation of the causes of the three spills that occurred in the past week and establish corrective measures Cabot will use to prevent similar releases.

Within 21 days of DEP’s approval of the Pollution Prevention and Contingency Plan, the Control and Disposal Plan, and the engineering study, Cabot must fully implement all of the recommendations and requirements in those documents.

The company also must place the approved Pollution Prevention and Contingency Plan and Control and Disposal Plan in a conspicuous location at each permitted well site and provide a copy to each contractor and subcontractor working at any well site. Contractors and subcontractors cannot begin work at any well site until they receive the two plans.

In a separate enforcement action, DEP issued a notice of violation to Cabot for the third spill at the Heitsman well that occurred Tuesday morning. The violations noted are nearly the same as in DEP’s Sept. 22 notice of violation issued to Cabot for the two spills last week.

Cherry Springs--It's All About The Stars

Cherry Springs State Park and BFSP
Lisa Beightol
For Accuweather

Hello, astro-nuts!

As promised, I put together a video blog about Cherry Springs State Park and the recent Black Forest Star Party (as mentioned in the video below, the park is around Coudersport, Pennsylvania in the northern part of the state). It was truly an amazing experience. It was my second time visiting the park, only this time we really didn't have to compete with clouds the entire weekend. All the wonderful things you may have heard about the park are completely true; the sky is incredible and you get an amazing view, and no white lights are allowed after dark on clear nights (even in the restrooms!). There are stars and objects visible to the naked eye one would never imagine from a typical suburban (and definitely not an urban) location. More...


Keep Your Customers Coming Back

BRADFORD, Pa. – The Office of Outreach Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer five courses in celebration of National Customer Service Week, Oct. 5-9, at the Seneca Building in downtown Bradford.

“A Celebration of Service” will take place in the Outreach Services classroom on the second floor, and admission is $25 per class or five courses for $100. Organizations that send three participants can have a fourth person attend for free.

Customer service essentials, employee recognition titles and importance of perception will be covered.

The following courses will be offered: “Essentials of Customer Service,” Oct. 5; “It’s More Than Just Words,” Oct. 6; “Staff Recognition,” Oct. 7; “Tangibles and Intangibles of Customer Service,” Oct. 8; and “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – What Does Your Organization Look Like?” Oct. 9. Two times are available for each class: 9 to 11 a.m. or 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“We want to ensure that everyone knows how to be positive and promote the area and our assets,” said Mike Hackett, workforce-training coordinator at Pitt-Bradford. “It is so easy, but we always need to remind ourselves to be aware of the little things that may be the trigger that keeps a customer coming back.

“It does not matter if it is a major corporation with a huge telephone call center and thousands of customers or a gas station where someone is asking for directions. A positive response with appropriate body language and a pleasant smile may be all that is needed to keep a person coming back to the area or a business and be a lifelong customer.”

Additional information is available by contacting Outreach Services at 1-800-872-1787 or

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

Falcons Soccer Is A Home Game On Saturday

Soccer Here Saturday
The next home Soccer game is tomorrow (Saturday) 9/26 at 11am with Ridgway.
This is listed INCORRECTLY as an away game in the schedule provided by the
school. The team is currently 8-0.

Brent Petrosky Honored By State Sheriffs’ Association

sauleypetroskyPotter County Public Defender Brent Petrosky (right) recently received statewide recognition for public service and knowledge of the law. The Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association issued a citation to Petrosky for service to that organization. The honor was presented by Potter County Sheriff Kenneth Sauley (left). Petrosky has also been nominated for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee.

In addition to his role as legal counsel to criminal defendants in Potter County who cannot afford an attorney, Petrosky operates a private law practice in Clinton County. In the latter capacity, he has served as solicitor to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office for many years. During that period, he has been active with the statewide Council of Sheriffs’ Solicitors, most recently serving for a year as council president. Petrosky has played a role in many significant issues involving the powers of county sheriffs in Pennsylvania and related topics.

“Many people are unaware of the multiple responsibilities and the stressful situations which often confront county sheriffs,” he said. “It seems as if every day presents a different challenge and a different set of circumstances. These public officials are truly deserving of our appreciation and respect.”

Sheriffs’ duties range from serving warrants, subpoenas, protection from abuse orders and other legal documents, to issuing pistol permits, providing security for county property and publicly disposing of confiscated properties. A sheriff also has the power to make an arrest when he or she personally witnesses a criminal offense.

Changing laws and other trends have caused sheriffs to frequently check with their solicitors, Petrosky acknowledged, so the Council of Sheriffs’ Solicitors has been active organization.

As a member of the Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Petrosky would bring a broad perspective to the organization.

“It’s important to the Supreme Court to take into account divergent viewpoints and interests, whether it be the legal profession, the law enforcement community, or the blue-collar worker,” Petrosky said. Potter County Today

County Officials On Agenda For Township Convention

townshipsssSeveral Potter County officials will participate in the annual convention of the Association of Township Officials on Saturday (Sept. 26) at Potato City Country Inn. Supervisors, tax collectors, auditors, secretaries and other township personnel from throughout the county will gather to learn about issues that affect local governments.

Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover will address the group on issues that will range from Marcellus shale natural gas production to changes in earned income tax collection procedures. Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich will review several issues involving townships and the county’s Planning Commission, as well as plans to assist with the 2010 U.S. Census. Joe Gerhart from the Department of Emergency Services will be discussing GIS mapping services. Retiring Judge John Leete will make his final appearance before the association with an update on criminal justice and other court-related matters.

Township officials will hear from Amy Kessler of Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning and Development Commission, who will discuss regional transportation priorities. Two PennDOT representatives will complement her presentation with information about township and state highway policies and priorities. Also on the agenda are Helene Nawrocki, Potter County Education Council; Trish Galeotti, Pandemic Planning Committee; representatives for State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer, and a legislative specialist from the Pa. State Assn. of Township Officials.

Registration opens at 8 am and the program gets underway at 9. Potter County Today


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 28. 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 28:

• The anti-icing system on the Mill Street structure northbound and southbound will be activated. Testing will be performed Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30. Workers will be close to the travel lane of traffic.
• 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.
• Kendall Avenue remains 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


Safety for your child and peace of mind for you

This year’s after school program will begin on October 6, 2009 at Galeton, Northern Potter, and Oswayo Valley School Districts through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant awarded to Potter County Human Services by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program will start immediately after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 5:15p.m. throughout the school year.

Middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to attend. The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program includes snacks, tutoring, and opportunities to participate in the Youth Engaged in Technology program, Tae Kwon Do or use Nintendo Wii equipment just to name a few possibilities. After the program, your child will be transported safely to your door.

The time between the school bell and the dinner bell is critical and can be filled with experiences that have lifetime impacts. Young people who take part in after school programs often show increased academic achievement, improved attendance and study habits. Many show stronger connections to their schools and communities.

Program pre-registration is required. Registration forms and activity information will be available at the schools next week.

If you have skills that you would be interested in volunteering, we welcome your assistance.

Guns, Money, Old Coins Taken In Burglary

South Of Crosby
State Police at Kane are asking anyone with information to contact them in regard to a burglary at a home on Route 46, 1 1/2 miles south of Crosby in Norwich Township.

Unknown actor(s) entered the residence of a 94 year old man, taking multiple firearms, money , and old coins sometime between 9-8-09 and 9-21-09. Contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Vehicle Crash Reported On Eleven Mile Road

Crash On 11 Mile Road
Shinglehouse Fire Dept. and ambulance are responding at 8:30 am on Friday to a report of a car on it's roof near 2405 Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township.

Gifford Man Flown After Crashing Into Utility Pole

DUI Charges Pending
A Gifford man was flown by medical helicopter to a trauma center early Friday morning after crashing his truck into a utility pole in the Borough of Lewis Run.

Casey Coy, 30, of Gifford, PA, was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger west on LaFayette Avenue at 1:00 am when for unknown reasons his vehicle exited the roadway to the north and impacted a utility pole.

State Police from Kane barracks is investigating and said charges of Driving Under the Influence are pending.

Area Obituaries

MOUNT JEWETT — John D. Shetler, 81, of 415 Division St. Ext., Mount Jewett, died on Tuesday (Sept. 22, 2009) at his residence. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cummings Funeral Home Inc.

False Trip Dispatches Fire Dept. To High School

False Fire Alarm
An automatic fire alarm to the Coudersport High School at about 7:40 am on Friday was a false trip. All Coudersport units were recalled.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Cody Housler 26, of Austin was sentenced earlier this week to Lifetime Registration with Megan’s Law, incarceration of 11 ½ months – 23 ½ months, and Probation of 18 months consecutive to the incarceration time. He was also ordered to perform 50 hours of Community Service, pay a fine of $1000.00, and make restitution of $2627.00.

According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink, Housler pled guilty this past May, just before a trial was to begin, to Aggravated Indecent Assault (F2), Indecent Assault.

Housler admitted that in June 2008, named he coerced a 15 year old female into having sexual intercourse with him. Housler was represented by Attorney Sam Stretton of West Chester. More news....

Hilltop Lodge & Restaurant Ready To WOW Diners Again

Historic Hilltop back in business after a dormant decade

BOLIVAR - An historic getaway is back in business and ready to offer people a place to stay, a place to eat and a place to come and enjoy themselves.

The Hilltop Lodge and Restaurant, at 8015 Messer Hill Road, Bolivar, is once again open and ready for customers.

While the Hilltop still had lodges open, the restaurant has been out of commission for the last decade, Richard Fontana, chef at the newly-opened restaurant, said.

Besides him, Rhonda Clark will serve as restaurant manager at the Hilltop.

“Years ago, this place was one of the busiest restaurants in the Southern Tier,” Mr. Fontana said, drawing people from Corning, Rochester, Buffalo, Erie (Pa.) and Bradford (Pa.). “We drew people from all over Western New York because we were a destination. More...

Woman Slashed By Violent Sex Offender In Apparent Rape Attempt In Portville Last Week

After random assault, Mayor Emley reminds residents to keep guard up

PORTVILLE - The streets are safe, but residents should still be cautious, Portville Mayor Tim Emley said after an act of violence occurred in the village last week.

A Portville woman, who instructed police to withhold her name for safety reasons, was allegedly attacked by William Phillips around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“(Phillips) has a history of being a sexually violent offender. How he ended up on the streets of Portville, New York, I will never know,” Mayor Emley said.

“He noticed the female and thought she’d be an easy target for whatever reason,” Mayor Emley said. “As she left Wilson Farms (on South Main Street), a surveillance camera revealed that he left right behind her.

“They got to an area, quite possibly a darkened area, and that’s when the attack occurred,” the mayor said.

The victim reportedly fought back and suffered two cuts during the attack, a laceration to her right cheek and a cut from the right side of her neck extending to her chin. More.....


Price Rite 25 Ct Beef Bouillon is Being Voluntarily Recalled Due to Allergy Alert

Fire Reported On Woodard Road In Cyclone

Working Structure Fire
At 7:00 pm, on Thursday, Fire units from Station 8, station 2, station 7, and station 12 along with ambulance 16 were dispatched to a structure fire at the Mark Shonts residence at 411 Woodard Road in Keating Township.
Neighbors reported heavy damage to the home.

The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the displaced occupants.
A State Police Fire Marshall has determined the cause of this fire to be accidental. He estimated $50,000.00 damage was done to the two story home.



BRADFORD, Pa.— The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Education Club will hold Kids’ Night Out from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Sport and Fitness Center as part of Alumni and Family Weekend.

Children can enjoy an evening of swimming, playing sports, watching movies, coloring and doing other activities. Open swim is from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $10 per child, and dinner and refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public.

The Education Club, a student organization formed to promote learning activities and events in the Bradford area, tutors students in local school districts and participates in reading programs and other events. Proceeds from Kids’ Night Out will be used to purchase club uniforms and learning materials.

A release form must be signed by a parent or guardian before leaving children at the event. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Education Club president Jessica Visseau via e-mail at, or call Education Club advisor Dr. Wayne Brinda at 814-362-7532.

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

Is That Really It?

Is that really it
That's all there will be
No more poems
Composed for me

Well, that didn't last long
Not much of a run
But I hope you enjoyed them
I hope you had fun

Another time
Another day
We'll have the chance
To rhyme what we say

So it's good-bye for now
With advice for today
Try being nice
When you have something to say


John Robert “Bob” Frison, 86, of Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - John Robert “Bob” Frison, 86, of Port Allegany, died Thursday (September 24, 2009) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

He was born Oct 3, 1922 in Hammond, IN, the son of Jacob (Jack) S. and Bernice M. Ledden Frison, On Feb. 19, 1946 in Mt. Alton, PA; he married Dorothy Irene Miller, who survives.

Mr. Frison was a 1940 graduate of Eldred High School. He work 46 years in consumer finance and banking, retiring in December 1987 from Citizen Trust Company, Port Allegany, where he was branch manager. He continued as a member of the Port Allegany Advisory Board until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Port Allegany since 1956 and served 14 years as treasurer and two terms as president. He was a member of the Port Allegany Chamber of Commerce since 1954 for which he had been president, secretary and director.

He had been active in the Boy Scouts for 17 years where he served as a local leader and on the executive committee of the Elk Lick and Allegheny Highlands Councils. He was a charter member of Port Allegany Community Television in 1981 and served as treasurer until 1992. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries for 22 years.

He was a charter member of the Friends of the S. W. Smith Library and had served as treasurer since 1970. He was a charter member of the Port Allegany Industrial Development Corporation in 1964 and served several years as secretary and director of its successor, the Port Allegany Area Economic Development Corporation.

He was also a charter member in 1968 of the Tri-Area Development Corporation which he served as president for many years. He was a McKean County representative on the Six County Private Industry Council of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission from 1988 to 1995, and was given the Outstanding PIC Member Award in 1992.

He was a member of P.E.E.R. Program ar Sena KeanHe was a member of Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church where he had served on the Pastoral and the Finance Councils and as a prayer leader and lector.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by

One daughter: Linda (Kim) Jackson of Port Allegany, PA

three sons: Bradley J.(Connie) Frison of Vienna, VA, James R.(Debbie) Frison of Arlington, VA, PA, W. Stephen (Mary Beth) Frison of Port Allegany, PA 7 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren

One sister: Mary E. Irwin of Largo, FL several nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Edith, one son Bruce Frison, one daughter Mary Ellen Frison, two stepbrothers and two stepsisters.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Christian wake service will be held at 3:30 PM Sunday in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 in St. Gabriel’s Church with the Rev Charles R. Schmitt as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials may be made to the S.W. Smith Library or St. Gabriel’s Church

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany. Online condolence may be made at

Crane Collapses At Cohocton Wind Farm

Crane crash injures one in Cohocton

By Bob Clark and Justin Head

Former Hornell Resident Sentenced For Child Porn

Lindsay to see jail for 19+

By Bob Clark
Evening Tribune

Richard D. Lindsay, 49, may not see the outside of a jail cell until he is 69, following a decision made in federal court Monday.

Officers at the U.S. District Court office in Rochester stated Lindsay was sentenced to 225 months in federal prison for production of child pornography Monday by U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa, who Lindsay pled guilty in front of June 19.

The charge stems from incidents involving photographs of a 15-year-old boy, who also is the center of 56 state offenses of child molestation filed against the former North Hornell resident.

Facing more charges...

RED ALERT! RED ALERT! Proceed With Caution!!


Fracturing fluids spill into Susquehanna County stream

By Steve McConnell
Wayne Independent
Thu Sep 17, 2009
(Editorializing in red by Splashdown)

Dimock Township, Pa. - An investigation is underway into the spilling of 8,500 gallons of potentially harmful natural gas production fluid that also entered a stream and wetland in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County on Wednesday, The Wayne Independent has learned.

“Frac gel” - a lubricating material used during the production process - poured out of a pipe that connected a chemical holding tank to a natural gas well, said Mark Carmon, a spokesperson for the state Department of Environmental Protection. Read more...

PCEC Class Schedules

2010 LPN Cohort Forming in Coudersport

The Potter County Education Council will once again partner with Pennsylvania College of Technology to bring an LPN course to the PCEC’s Coudersport office. Hurry don’t miss this opportunity. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2009. For more information, call Carol Spaulding at 814-274-4877.

Food Safety Course

The Potter County Education Council will hold a ServSafe Food Safety Class. ServSafe is a 15-hour certification program developed by the Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The course meets certification requirements for individuals who are responsible for the safe handling of food in restaurants, schools, elder care facilities, lodges, bed & breakfasts, community centers, and other food concessions (organizations or businesses that sell or prepare food on a regular basis). The dates for this class are Thursday, October 8 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location for this class will be determined on enrollment. The cost for the course will be $180 for a new certification and $65 for a recertification. For more information or to register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.


The Potter County Education Council will hold a Photography Field Trip at the Coudersport Office. Join photographer Curt Weinhold to learn how to properly capture autumn’s colors with your digital or film camera. We will learn how to see pleasing composition and lighting for scenes and close-ups of colorful leaves, all the while learning efficiency and proficiency.

Technical topics include: Camera menu, Automatic camera settings and when to ignore them; Best lenses for the subject and how aperture affects the final picture; Memory cards and downloading to the computer. This class will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost will be $48.00 per person. For more information or to register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

First Step: Starting a Small Business

The Potter County Education Council will hold A FREE workshop designed to give you a head-start with your business at the Coudersport Office. This class will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Pre-registration is required. To register call Kris at the Clarion University SBDC 1-877-292-1843 OR visit Clarion’s website at


The Potter County Education Council will hold a “Sparkling Beads” Class at the Coudersport Office. Fast and fabulous designs to gear you up for the holiday season using Swarovski crystals. Participants will create a festive keepsake pin which easily converts to a unique necklace and a matching pair of earrings. Pre-registration is required - sign up soon as class size is limited to 10 people. The class will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost for the class will be $30 per person. For more information or to register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

Cooking for Crowds

The Potter County Education Council will hold a “Cooking for Crowds” Class. Non-profit, volunteer-run groups that prepare food to be served or sold to the public must be sure that the food is safe and of high quality. Food that is not prepared safely may lead to a foodborne illness outbreak. Foodborne illness can cause serious illness or even death for some individuals. In addition to personal suffering, foodborne illness can lead to expensive medical bills, lawsuits, and loss of good reputation and business. Participants in this workshop will learn up-to-date methods for safely handling and preparing food for large groups. The workshop is appropriate for non-profit food providers such as churches, fire companies, schools, and civic groups. The date for this class will be Thursday, October 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. Location for this class will be determined on enrollment. The cost for the course will be $12. For more information or to register visit our website at or call 814-274-4877 or 814-435-9490.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Coudersport Office will be offering the following computer classes:

October 5 Windows XP 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 6 Windows XP 1 6 – 9 p.m.

October 13 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

To register visit our website at .

PCEC Galeton Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Galeton Office will be offering the following computer classes:

October 5 Excel 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 5 Excel 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 8 Word 3 9 a.m – Noon

October 8 Word 4 1 – 4 p.m.

October 15 Excel 3 9 a.m. – Noon

October 15 Excel 4 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at .

PCEC Northern Potter Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Northern Potter Office will be offering the following computer classes:

October 6 Word 1 1 – 4 p.m.

October 13 Internet 1 1 – 4 p.m.

October 20 Excel 1 1 – 4 p.m.

October 27 Outlook 1 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at

PCEC Port Allegany Computer Schedule

Potter County Education Council’s Port Allegany Office will be offering the following computer classes:

October 6 Windows XP 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 6 Windows XP 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 8 Computer 1st Aid 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

October 13 PowerPoint 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 13 PowerPoint 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 15 Publisher 1 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

To register visit our website at