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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Police Charge Man In Domestic Dispute On Ridge Road

Woman Was Slapped & Pushed
Coudersport State Police are investigating a domestic dispute that occurred at 275 Ridge Road in Abbott Township on October 2 at 6:00 pm.

A known 57 year old female related that Quincy A. Root, 33, of 275 Ridge Road, Galeton, PA., slapped her in the face with an open hand and pushed her. There were no visible injuries.

Quincy Root was issued a citation for harassment in connection with the investigation. He will answer the charge before District Judge Delores Bristol in Galeton, PA.

Anyone with further information in this incident is asked to contact Trooper Roger McCloskey, Coudersport State Police at 814-274-8690.

One Vehicle Roll-Over Crash Reported On Bells Run Road

Roll Over Crash
At 9:54 pm on Saturday night, Shinglehouse Dept. 39, and Medic 6 Advanced Life Support, has been dispatched to a location 3 miles up Bells Run Road in Ceres Township where a vehicle has rolled over. Initial reports indicate there are injuries involved. An on scene report indicates one patient.

:Medic 6 has been recalled. Olean 10 is now ALS. Crash was multiple rollover into a field. Patient is to be transported to Olean General to meet with Mercy Flight Helicopter. State Police are on scene at 10:37 pm

Another Kitten found by Roulette Township Workers

These sweet kittens need a home

Another Kitten found by Roulette Township Workers

This one's a male Orange Tiger Manx (bobtail) and a real sweetheart. I'm calling him "Stubby." This kitten has definitely been brought up in a household and makes himself right at home very quickly. He's more like a lost puppy. He'll follow you everywhere! An owner or adopter may call 544-7721 to either claim or adopt the kitten. The other kitten, who I call "Flipper" because of her huge rear feet, is still available and is starting to acclimate to the other animals in our house. Even the dog! She needs a home. Somebody call. Please!

Also note that both kittens have had flea treatments applied. Flipper was really bad, poor thing.

On to bigger matters...

Dropping unwanted pets off on other people's doorsteps is just plain irresponsible and shameful. Not to mention possibly cruel to the animal itself. For those who think they're doing a kitten a favor, take this into account, they just might die. You could ask the black kitten that died on a cold, rainy night about 3 months ago at the doorstep of the Township well, that is if it were still alive. That was actually a drop of two kittens, I was able to find a home for the second one.

There are many ways of finding new homes for unwanted pets and there are many agencies available for just this purpose. Use them!

For those who think they're dropping a kitten off at a "Cat House" or Cat Barn" because the kitten will be better off there, you're wrong. Many of the cats at these types of places are feral and have reverted to their instincts to survive. Kittens raised in homes and then dumped in one of these places generally die of either starvation or disease, Secondly, the other cats may simply just not accept the kitten and kill it straight off or refuse it any food. You're definitely not being humane in any way or doing the kitten any kind of favor by "dropping it off" somewhere.

For those of you who think the house next to (I'll call it the Blue Well) is a "Cat House," yes, there's lots of cats there. Guess what. No one lives there. The woman who used to live there has moved out. But...
even though she's quite elderly, she still comes to the house every evening just to feed the cats. You're not doing her any favors either. Someday, she won't be able to feed the cats. Period.

Now here's something you may not have thought of...

Most of these kittens have been found at a well that supplies most all of the drinking water for Roulette Township residents. How does water get into the well? Via groundwater. Where does groundwater come from? Surface water percolating down through the ground. What could possibly lay on top of the ground? Dead kittens. As I mentioned, there was a kitten found dead at the well. What if I didn't find it? Think. Think hard. Maybe Dead Kitten Tea for the whole town. Yum! Ask anyone who owns a private well how yummy their water is if an animal dies in it. Then ask them what they have to do to correct the situation. This is a very large well that holds thousands of gallons of water. Having to clean it for this type of reason could be very expensive and cause a lengthy disruption to the Township water supply.

So PLEASE don't drop off any more kittens at the "Blue Well." (Or anywhere else for that matter!)

Thank you,

Kevin Bisher
Roulette Township Water and Sewer Assistant

One Car Crash Reported On Scott Hollow /Sharon Twp.

One Car Crash
At about 7:00pm Saturday evening, Shinglehouse Fire Co. and Ambulance and Medic 6 were called to a one vehicle accident on Scott Hollow in Sharon Township.

Shortly thereafter, there were radio reports advising that the female occupant from that accident had assaulted the Fire Chief and fled the scene down Butter Creek Road. State Police were en route.

Black Lab Missing in Sweden Hill/Marvin Hill Area

Black Lab Missing
Our 12 yr old black lab wandered off this evening in the Sweden Hill- Marvin Hill area. She is blind and on insulin. She is a female and her name is Ashley. She is wearing a purple collar. If found please call 274-0408 or 814-558-6067.

“I took action because I thought he could head-butt me,”

McKean County Sheriff explains rough arrest of 86-year-old

SMETHPORT, Pa. - McKean County Sheriff Bradley Mason said that a June 2008 altercation between him and an elderly Rew-area man has nothing to do with the fact that the man is a veteran.

The sheriff said it does have everything to do with a man who was belligerent and violent toward the sheriff and officers while at the McKean County Jail on June 26, 2008.

Sheriff Mason spoke Thursday after a surveillance-camera video of an altercation between himself and Lester Watson, now 87, in the jail parking lot recently appeared on YouTube. More...

Click HERE to read 200 comments on you-Tube Viewed nearly 7,000 times.

McKean Commissioners Borrow $4 Million To Fix Up Courthouse & Jail

Commissioners approve bonds, county rated A

SMETHPORT — The three McKean County Commissioners were on the same page, or rather, 28 pages, Friday morning when they voted unanimously to approve the sale of a $3,995,000 bond issue to pay for capital projects at the Court House and the jail. More...

Drunk School Bus Driver Gets 90 Days/Was .15 BAC

Thompson pleads guilty to felony DWI

By Justin Head
Belmont, N.Y. -Former Alfred-Almond school bus driver Martha A. Thompson agreed to plead guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and 37 counts of third-degree reckless endangerment in Allegany County Court Thursday afternoon in order to avoid the possibility of many years in state prison.

Thompson, 55, of 5 Maple Ridge, Almond, was charged by Amity-based state police May 8 with driving while intoxicated, 15 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 15 counts of second-degree reckless endangerment for allegedly

PennDOT Offers Fall Driving Safety Tips

Fall Driving Safety Tips

Harrisburg – PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that they will encounter this fall but there are steps drivers can take to help make their travel safer.

“While it’s not the traffic volumes that come with summer or the snow and ice of winter, the fall season presents motorists with several driving challenges,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Motorists can be proactive by paying attention to their surroundings and allowing extra time for their commutes.”

Wet leaves on the roadway can be as slippery as ice. They also can obscure traffic lines and other pavement markings, making driving in unfamiliar areas particularly difficult. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution on leaf-covered roadways.

Fog and sun glare can present other fall hazards for drivers. When driving in fog, motorists should use low beam headlights since the high beam setting creates glare and reduces visibility. Not only will headlights enhance visibility of your vehicle, state law requires headlights be on when wipers are in use.

Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours in the fall. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from their sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle’s windshield clean.

Also, morning frost and icy spots on the road can also cause problems as overnight temperatures drop toward freezing. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. In addition to exercising caution while driving, motorists should clear their vehicles’ windows of frost before travel. Morning drivers should also watch carefully for students walking along roadways or waiting for school buses.

PennDOT offers the following fall driving tips:

• Increase your following distance in severe weather, at dusk and dawn and when in an area with wet leaves. If you are being tailgated, let the other driver pass.
• Check your vehicle’s headlights, taillights and turn signals to ensure they are working properly since darkness will be a part of many driver’s morning and/or evening commutes. Make sure you turn on your headlights as the sunlight fades.
• Have your vehicle’s heating and wiper systems checked to ensure they are working properly.
• Be sure you have tires with sufficient tread depth in case of an early season snow.
• Visit or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

For more fall driving tips and other highway safety information, visit


BRADFORD, Pa. – POLISHED, the Chicago area’s premier classical piano/violin duo, will perform at the first-ever Noon Tunes concert on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The lunchtime music performance series will kick off at 11:30 a.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. Admission is free. The performance is open to the public and a part of the university's Spectrum Series.

Performing in the United States since 2002, POLISHED’s lineup will feature classical traditions as well as other repertoire, including original music and folk songs from their native Poland.

“After talking with their agent in Chicago and listening to a good bit of their wonderful music, I decided we should see about bringing them in,” said Jeffrey Guterman, chairman of the division of communication and the arts at Pitt-Bradford.

“The Spectrum Series is open to all, but it’s also curriculum-based, so it’s especially designed for students, faculty and staff. This is why we moved some of the events to the daytime this season. In essence, we are maximizing the opportunities for our primary audiences to see the great lineup we have for them this year.”

Joanna Korylczuk on piano and Anna Sobczak on violin have played music together since meeting in high school in Poland. They got interested in music at the age of 10.

The duo has performed and competed in national and international competitions and concerts in Germany, France, Scotland, England and Italy.

Korylczuk and Sobczak earned their master’s degrees from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

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

Philips Issues Worldwide Recall of Select Heartstart Fr2+ Automated External Defibrillators

Philips Issues Worldwide Recall of Select Heartstart Fr2+ Automated External Defibrillators
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 08:24:00 -0500

Philips announced today that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This recall is being conducted due to the possibility of a memory chip failure that may render the device inoperable. Only certain HeartStart FR2+ AEDs (models M3860A and M3861A, distributed by Philips; and models M3840A and M3841A, distributed by Laerdal Medical) manufactured between May, 2007 and January, 2008 are included in the voluntary recall.

Route 44 North Of Coudersport Has RE-OPENED

Route 44 IS NOW OPEN North Of Coudersport
State Police at Coudersport have advised that both lanes of ROUTE 44 HAVE RE-OPENED north of Grenman Hill.

Traffic had been detoured on dirt township roads around the scene where a tree and electric wires were blocking the roadway.

Coudersport firefighters and PennDOT have removed the tree from the roadway and re-opened the roadway at 2:30 pm.

PCEC Class Schedules

Foreign/Second Language Group

The Potter County Education Council would like to for a foreign/second language group forum. Are you interested in learning a second language, teach a language or just want get together with others to sharpen your language skills? If so, let us know. We have several people interested in a learning another language and they also want to learn more about their heritage. If you're interested in anyway please email Candi Hand at

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.


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 13 Word 1 6 – 9 p.m.

October 19 Outlook 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 20 Word 2 6 – 9 p.m.

October 26 Word 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 26 Word 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 27 Excel 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 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.

October 22 Publisher 3 9 a.m. – Noon

October 22 Publisher 4 1 – 4 p.m.

October 29 FrontPage 3 9 a.m. – Noon

October 29 FrontPage 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 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 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.

October 20 Word 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 20 Word 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 22 Publisher 2 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

October 27 Excel 1 9 a.m. – Noon

October 27 Excel 2 1 – 4 p.m.

October 29 Internet 1 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

To register visit our website at

Students Reminded of Deadline to Enter Aviation Art Contest

Aviation Art Contest

Harrisburg – PennDOT reminds young artists that the deadline for this year's aviation art contest, "The History of Flight," is Oct. 16.

Entries will be judged in two divisions: first through third grades, and fourth and fifth grades.

There will be 22 statewide winners, with one winner from each division selected from each of PennDOT's 11 district offices.

Winners will receive a certificate signed by the transportation secretary and a mounted, full-color, 16-by-20-inch copy of their entry. The students' schools will also receive a mounted copy of the artwork for display.

More information on submission guidelines, including permitted formats and other requirements, is online at (click on the "Bureau of Aviation" link).



BRADFORD, Pa. – Due to the popularity of the first seminar in a free series on oil and gas, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has moved upcoming seminars to a larger location on campus.

The seminars, “Natural Gas Wells and Drinking Water” on Oct. 6 and “Marcellus Shale in Your Present and Future: Legal Issues for Landowners” on Nov. 3, will both take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The seminars are presented by Pitt-Bradford’s Outreach Services.

“The great crowd we received for the first seminar in the series shows the public’s interest in and concerns about Marcellus Shale drilling,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center. “I’m glad that Outreach Services, working with partners such as Penn State University, is able to respond to this need and provide free educational opportunities in a timely manner.”

“Natural Gas Wells and Drinking Water,” will be presented by Penn State Cooperative Extension water resource specialists Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark. They will discuss water-quality impacts of gas and oil drilling and what homeowners need to know to monitor and protect their wells.

“Marcellus Shale in Your Present and Future: Legal Issues for Landowners,” will be presented by Ross H. Pifer, director of The Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center at Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law.

He will discuss how a natural gas lease agreement establishes a legal relationship between the landowner and the natural gas company whereby both parties receive certain benefits and incur certain obligations.

In addition to educating landowners on the meaning of common lease provisions, the program will discuss some of the legal issues that a landowner may face after the lease agreement has been signed. Examples of these post-execution legal issues are the gas company’s failure to make promised payments, the assignment of the lease agreement to a different company, or the causation of damages to the landowner’s property or to third parties by the drilling activities.

Those planning to attend any of the sessions are asked to make reservations 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

Ella P. Hobson, 65, of Shinglehouse, PA

Ella P. Hobson
“devoted Christian”

Shinglehouse, PA---Ella P. Hobson, 65, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, October 2, 2009 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.

Born December 15, 1943 in Shinglehouse, PA, she was a daughter of Karmon M. and Iona Austin Wood, Sr. On September 27, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, she married Fred C. Hobson, who survives.

Mrs. Hobson was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, class of 1961.

She was a very active member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer, a member of the choir, and on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. She was also a member of the Circle 1 group of the church.

She enjoyed reading, solving crossword puzzles and knitting. She most especially loved spending time with her family.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Christopher J. Hobson of Shinglehouse and Michael J. Hobson of Emlenton, PA; a daughter, Teresa L. (Jim) Jensen of Fort Collins, Colorado; four grandchildren; three brothers: Karmon M. (Vicki) Wood, Jr. of Prattsburg, NY, Dan Wood, and Bob Wood; a sister, Linda Wood; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hobson was predeceased by three sisters, Naomi M. Wood, Rosanne M. Calhoun, and Nancy V. Michielson; and a brother, Richard Wood.

Friends may call on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held in the funeral home. The Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Bell Run Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Tree Down In Roadway On Route 44 North of Coudy

Tree Across Rt. 44 North
At 12:45 pm, Coudersport Fire Department, Station 48, has been dispatched to Route 44 North of Coudersport.

A tree and electric lines are reported down across the roadway north of the Sturdevant Road in Hebron Township.

State Police have a car responding from the Roulette area. We are waiting for the State Police to get on scene to find out if the road is closed or if there is a detour.

300 Inmates In Fracas At FCI McKean/ 5 Injured

FCI-McKean remains locked down one week after fight
Bradford Era

Federal Corrections Institute-McKean remained in lockdown status as of Friday, more than a week after an incident involving 300 inmates, five of whom were injured.

The incident occurred at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, on the recreation field at the facility, with 300 inmates throwing objects at each other, including broom handles, pool balls and rocks, and physically fighting. More...

Woodlot Management Tour Open To Public Sunday

cherrytreeA guided walk through a farm and woodlot near Roulette will be held on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) from 1-5 and is open to the public. Northcentral Forest Landowners Assn. is sponsoring the program, to be held rain or shine, at Ken Comstock’s farm/woodlot on Sartwell Creek Road. Topics to be covered will include forestry management and timber stand improvement from a long-term perspective. A hot dog roast and refreshments are included. Admission is free.

To reach the property from Rt. 6, turn onto on Sartwell Creek Road at the ABC Restaurant/Motel in Burtville; travel north about four miles to a new house and a yellow house on left with a red barn on right. Potter County Today

Bradford Man Charged with Impersonating Police Officer

Bradford Man Charged with
Impersonating Police Officer

A Bradford man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after allegedly entering and searching the home of some St. Bonaventure University students.

33-year-old Daniel Benner of Derrick Road is accused of going to the home on the evening of August 25 and telling the students he was a Foster Township Police officer looking for a person had illegally provided tattoos.

The students told police he didn't have identification and forced his way into the house. He left after searching the property.

Later, Benner also allegedly told an off-duty Allegany Police officer he was an undercover officer. Officer Tim Peterson did get Benner's license plate number and provided it to Foster Township Police, who helped identify him.

Benner is free on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Allegany Town Court on October 6.

Rottweiler Found On Dingman Run

Rottweiler Found
A male Rottweiler has been found on Dingman Run Road in the Coudersport Area. If it's yours, call Denise Bridges at 544-8090.

Red Raiders Over Falcons 14-7 In Mud Bath Football

Photo by Paul Burdick Sports Images:

Coudersport’s Luke Ditzler tackles Cameron County running back Andy Lippert during Friday night’s rain soaked classic. Cameron County won 14 to 7.

3 Car Crash On Route 6 East Of Port Allegany

Photo courtesy of Randi Causer

3 Car Crash On Rt. 6
Emergency units from Roulette were dispatched at 9:42 am on Saturday to a 3 car head-on crash reported west of Roulette on Route 6. Units responding found the crash was located in McKean County, about a mile East of Port Allegany in the Port Allegany Fire District.

Port Allegany units were then dispatched at 9:52 am.

Roulette fire units were recalled. A Roulette ambulance went to the scene, and a Roulette engine set up a landing zone at D E Errick Co. in Burtville for a Mercy Flight helicopter. A second helicopter was canceled by medics on scene.

At least 3 ambulances from Port Allegany and Roulette transported the injured to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, and a 22 year old female was transported to an out of area facility by Mercy Flight helicopter which was airborne shortly before 11:00 am.

Medic 6 and Medic 16 were on scene as well as State Police, Port Allegany police, ambulance and fire units.

Important Meeting Thursday For Potter County Emergency Services Council

Important Meeting

Potter County

Emergency Services Council

(Fire/Ambulance/Fire Police)


October 15, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

Gunzburger Annex


that each Organization send a representative to this meeting

Please contact this Office by email or phone to confirm your attendance.

Committee for Education Funding Honors Thompson

GT Thompson Outstanding Newbie

Washington, D.C.—The Committee for Education Funding last night awarded the Outstanding New Member Award to U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. The award was given for his commitment to the nations’ students through advocating education as an investment in the future.

The ceremony, sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Arts and Entertainment Television Network, took place last night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington where several other legislators were honored for their achievements.

Thompson was recognized because of his work supporting career and technical education programs. He is a member of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, and serves on the Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee of the Education and Labor Committee.

In support of career and technical education, the Congressman wrote an op-ed in The Hill newspaper in May that contained the following: “As Congress moves forward with the goal of creating new jobs, we must place a national focus on retooling our workforce in order to remain competitive. We must ensure there are enough workers to fill the technical jobs that will soon be vacated by the retiring baby boomer generation and also to make certain there are enough skilled workers to fill newly created jobs. This will foster real economic growth with realistic and sustainable jobs.”

This year was the 40th anniversary for the Committee for Education Funding, ( a non-profit and non-partisan coalition of more than 80 organizations reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community.

Other awards went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA, Rep. Timothy Bishop, D-NY , Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-RI, and Ellen Murray, the clerk of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass, Week of October 5

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass, Week of October 5

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County for the week of October 5. All work is weather dependent.

• Bolivar Drive (State Route 346) remains closed for bridge painting on the Route 219 structures that span Bolivar Drive. Traffic is to follow the posted detour.
• Kendall Avenue remains open to two-way traffic. Work will continue with daytime flagging.
• Work continues 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.
• Work continues on southbound bridges and includes steel retrofits, deck repairs, latex deck application, 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 and obey posted speed limits. Lane width in the construction zone is 10 feet.

For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

PennDOT reminds motorists they can also log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Janell Anderson Ehrke, founder of GROW Nebraska, will share advice on selling products on the Internet during a paid workshop and a free presentation on Friday, Oct. 9, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The workshop, sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The seminar is geared toward entrepreneurs, artists and small-business owners. Cost is $25. Lunch will be provided.

“In this workshop, Ehrke will give a personal consultation to each artisan who brings a sample of his or her product,” said Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program at Pitt-Bradford. “She will help the artisan craft the correct product, packaging and pricing options and channels for selling the product.”

Topics will include having a saleable and well-packaged product, art or service; staying marketing-focused; garnering public-relations attention; bartering to save marketing dollars; using technology to market on a shoestring; discovering what motivates customers; marketing by word-of-mouth and social media; learning the nuts and bolts of a marketing/business plan; reviewing Web site essentials; and finding out if Internet marketplaces like eBay, etsy and others are worth it.

Register by visiting Additional information is available by contacting Jody Randolph at or (814) 362-5056.

Following the workshop, at 2 p.m. in the University Room, Ehrke will offer a free seminar about how to start and run a Web storefront like GROW Nebraska. Economic development professionals, as well as nonprofits and others interested in matching GROW Nebraska’s success record are encouraged to attend.

Over the course of 12 years, Ehrke has built two storefronts and a Web site to sell Nebraska-made products. She has helped artisans generate more than $300,000, and she specializes in handmade items, prepared food, jewelry, wood products, pottery, textiles, beef, wine and artwork.

Formed in 1998, GROW Nebraska, a marketing and training program for Nebraska entrepreneurs, creates awareness through promotion, education and marketing. Ehrke’s program grew from five services and 51 business members to 20 services and has 309 business members.

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

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Hello everybody!

Wow, another week gone by! Life goes by fast doesn't it? It's a good
reminder to make the most out of every day. Have you ever asked
yourself "How do I live my life to the full?" Like Jesus says in John
10:10 "I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better
life than they ever dreamed of." (The Message) Pastor Mike talks
about in his blog titled, "You Can Go Your Own Way," life lived God's
way gets us the best results. Check out his blog at
Here is a little excerpt from it: "I can choose to embrace God’s way
of life and experience all that He promised or I can do as I please
and go my own way, but I must be very clear in my understanding that
doing it my way will produce my results, not Gods." God is for you,
working on your behalf, will you work with him?

What's happening at Open Arms?

This Sunday, we will be on our 4th week for the Smart Living Series.
This week it is titled, Smart Living (Part 4): Hitting the Bull’s
Eye. This Sunday @10:15.

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 on Open Arms Website 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

Don't miss out! Have you signed up for a Growth Group yet? Be sure
to sign up for one
soon! These Semester Based Growth Groups will be starting the week of
Oct 5th and will end the week of Dec.12th. These Groups will be
addressing the Smart Living Series Curriculum. 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.

Did you miss the Smart Living Workshop last week, Smart Eating? It is
now online! Just go to the OA website and you'll see it there! If
you can go, you should go so that you can ask questions and get any
handouts that the speaker may have to hand out. The last 2 workshops
have been great and full of information we can use to help us make
smart choices for Smart Living!

The Smart Living workshop for this weekend, Sunday, October 4th is
Smart Money, given by 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.

Upcoming Workshops:
October 11 – Smart Marriages, Mike McAvoy (Pastor)
This workshop will address practical tools to strengthen, heal, and
help relationships no matter what condition they are in. It will
address issues of: Love, Foundations, Communication, Finances, Sex,
Affairs, Personality Types, Love languages, Commitment, Divorce,
Children, and more.

October 18 – Smart Parenting, Sally Newton (Elementary Guidance
This workshop will address subjects like setting and enforcing healthy
boundaries, affirmation and affection without enabling, discipline,
support, healthy activities, and more.
Mark your calendars!

That's all for now! God Bless you!

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

Friday, October 2, 2009

Soccer Game Canceled

Soccer Game Canceled -

Saturday morning's Coudersport Varsity Soccer Game
against Walsh is canceled.

Breakfast At The Spot

Yard Sales Today(Saturday)


Many small appliances, housewares, books, seasonal items, many items too numerous to mention. October 2 & 3 8:00am-5:00pm. 1073 W. Branch Fishing Creek Rd. Across from Atkins Road. They have some nice things here in the garage.

Yard Sale Friday & Saturday At Newell Creek/Driscol Hollow, Port Allegany

Yard Sale-Rain or Shine
My sister in law passed away September 2, 2009. ( Dianna Austin) She had no life insurance and the family still owes almost $5000.00 on her funeral. This Friday 10/02/09 and Saturday 10/03/09 we are having a yard sale to see what we can raise. Friday and Saturday 9-4 Newell Creek/ Driscol Hollow Port Allegany Pa. The location is Pete and Ida Bigley’s garage so it is rain or shine. Phone 225-3186 for more info.
Furniture, bedding, clothes, books, nick nacks. Dolls toys, games.


Yard Sale-Oct. 2 & 3, 2009--

102 South East St. Coudersport--rain or shine
ammo, HP printer, Lane cedar chest, wood trim
tools, nice baby toys, skis and boots, lots of house hold items.

Have you Seen Our Cat?

Dustin Mahon Facing Charges After Roulette Rollover Crash

Mahon Charged In Crash
Dustin Jared Mahon, 25, of Roulette was charged September 30, 2009 by Pennsylvania State Police as a result of a crash that totaled a car last week on Railroad Avenue.

Mahon is facing charges of Driving Without a License; Drivers License Suspended or Revoked, Alcohol related; Failure to Keep Right; Drive At A Safe Speed; and Failure To Use A Seat Belt.

He will answer the charges before Judge Barbara Easton at District Court 55-4-01.

Former Bolivar Resident, Herb MacDonell Is World Renowned CSI Originator

Long before CSI, there was Herb MacDonell

By Jeff Murray •
Star Gazette Staff Writer

Some people collect stamps or coins. At first glance, Herb MacDonell's collection seems a bit more macabre. MacDonell's South Corning home is stuffed with human bones, blood-spattered clothing, crime scene photos and other disturbing artifacts. More

Solomon's note:
Herb MacDonell is 82. When I was a child, he lived at the corner of Plum Street and Shaner Avenue in Bolivar, NY. I would often go to his house and ask if he needed his walk shoveled. I walked by there daily on my way to school at Bolivar Central, a block or so away. Herb had a lab set up in his basement there and I heard that he developed an advanced method of fingerprinting that he had received a lot of recognition for. It's been a lot of years gone by, and now Herb who moved to South Corning a long time ago, is recognized as one of the top forensic scientists in the country. Not bad for a Bolivar, NY boy.
All the best to you Herb.
James Jones
Solomon's words

All But 3 Charges Dropped On Burtville Car Dealer

Fined $1,684.50
All but three of 270 charges against Burtville car dealer Thomas Bidwell, owner of Bidwell Auto were withdrawn by State Police of Ridgway yesterday at District Court 55-4-01.

Bidwell had been charged with 270 charges in early August after Troopers investigated the dealership's records. Most of the charges were for documentation of cars junked by crushing.

District Judge Barbara Easton fined Bidwell a total of $1,684.50 for the three remaining summary charges which were transferred to traffic court status.

No Injuries In Head-On Crash On Rt. 248


Head-on crash, but no injuries

By Justin Head
Greenwood, N.Y. -A Troupsburg man and truck driver from Belmont are safe after being in a head-on accident Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Greenwood.

According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle M. Schoettlin, 25, of Troupsburg was traveling north on State Route 248 just north of Rock Creek Road at about 1:30 p.m. when he crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming tractor trailer driven by Ronald J. Mulligan, 44, of Belmont head on. More...

St. Episcopal's Antique Show--Sat. Oct. 3

The antique show will be held tomorrow, Saturday October 3rd at the St. Episcopal's Church, 29 Charles Street in Wellsboro, PA from 10am - 3:30 pm. A wide variety of antiques, baked goods sale and good food! Come browse and enjoy lunch.

Judge Sends 21 Kids To Jail For Underage Drinking

Magistrate sends strong message

Underage drinking party leads to jail time

Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - In a move designed to send a strong message that underage drinking will not be tolerated, 21 of 32 youths cited at a party over a week ago received two days in prison in hearings this week before a local district magisterial judge.

The sentences were handed down Wednesday by District Magisterial Judge Joseph Sanders III in connection with a Sept. 19 incident, when city police executed a search warrant and investigated a loud party at 220 W. Main St., Apt. 1. More...

Were Voters Bamboozled In DA Primary Race In Potter County

The story posted recently about the DA's salary and the failure of the Commonwealth of PA to pay the share of it that they agreed to pay when making the DA's position full time instead of part time, has gathered several comments about the Primary Election.

Many voters expressed the feeling that they were deceived by Candidate Andy Watson who early in his campaign offered to do the job for about $100,000. less than Dawn Fink was being paid for the job.

Later disclosures indicated that Candidate Andy Watson would still expect the full pay, but would be willing to wait for the state reimbursement, to get the rest of his pay. When queried by the Leader Enterprise later in the campaign, he admitted he could not do that, as taxes and other deductions on the full amount would leave him with no pay left to take home. The newspaper also pointed out that legally he would be required to take the whole pay.

Many voters have questioned this as they voted based on the campaign promises of saving the county money. They didn't know Andy had reneged on the campaign promise. Now they feel they were bamboozled, to use a word from one of the comments. That commenter asked for a poll to see how many were influenced by that false claim in their vote.

Solomon's words has posted a poll for you, and you can provide the answer to that question.
Andy Watson won the primary election for DA on both parties effectively taking Dawn Fink off the November ballot. The margins were not that large, and many question if Andy would have won if Potter County voters had all known that they were going to have to pay him over $160,000.00 a year for the job, just the same as they would pay Dawn Fink if she were elected.

The poll is posted on the upper right side of the blue section. We await your response.

Legislators Have Deep Rift With Budget Agreement

Gas Production Tax, State Land Leasing At Play In Budget Debate

Several of the issues that are at play in the marathon state budget impasse have major implications for Potter County – particularly the debate over opening more state forest and game lands to natural gas drilling and the proposal to impose a “severance tax” on gas production.

Meanwhile, the county’s financial situation is growing especially tight due to the lack of state reimbursements for mandated programs. The impact is being felt most directly at Potter County Human Services, where most employees are currently working just two days a week and cash reserves are falling.

Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover have been communicating frequently with the lobbyists and analysts of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) to keep abreast of developments that affect the county’s financial situation. CCAP’s government relations manager, Kristen Goshorn, reported late Thursday that state lawmakers appear far from agreement on key budget proposals, even though they were required to have the fiscal 2009-10 spending plan in place by June 30.

House Democratic Caucus leaders do not currently have the votes to pass the agreement announced by three caucuses and the governor on Sept. 18. Items of disagreement include a proposal to lease additional acres of state forest land, taxation of small games of chance revenues, and removal of the sales tax exemption for the arts. Some House members would prefer to see a severance tax on natural gas and a tax on smokeless tobacco to replace these revenue sources.

There’s no agreement on how any revenue from a tax on natural gas would be distributed and whether counties, school districts and municipalities would receive a portion of the money. Potter County Today

Moving Forward’ Together For Economic Development

moving_forward_logo_2Opportunities and challenges that are in store for the area’s economy will be spotlighted during Thursday night’s (Oct. 8) annual Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Dinner, to be held at the Coudersport Golf Club. Social time is at 6:30. A buffet dinner and program will follow at 7. Chamber members and affiliates, local leaders, business owners and anyone else interested in the area’s economy are encouraged to attend. For reservations, contact the Chamber office at 274-8165.

Program theme is “Moving Forward.” It is a recognition of the community’s resolve to pull together for economic development, in the wake of the Adelphia Communications bankruptcy, the subsequent Time Warner Cable withdrawal from Coudersport, population losses, and other challenges.

pitchfordcoleceoPotter County Commissioner Doug Morley will discuss some of the efforts underway by county leaders to encourage responsible growth of the natural gas industry and otherwise promote economic growth. Mark Moore from Morgan AM&T will detail the changes that have taken place and future prospects at the former Pure Carbon Company plant. Ed Pitchford (shown), CEO of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, will discuss rural health care and forecasts for Potter County’s leading employer. A committee will also present the Chamber’s annual Member of the Year Award. Dinner cost is $16 per person. Potter County Today

Harrison Valley Citizen Complains About Solomon's Words

Harrison Valley Not Reported
It is especially intriguing that when a citizen posts something that may shed a bad light on this blog, it seems to not show up in the comments. I submitted a comment about this site not covering events within Harrison Valley. In this case, it was reported that Department 47 was dispatched to stand-by at Station 20, but the blog failed to report the reason for the stand-by was that Department 20 had responded to the scene of a structure fire in Tioga county. Apparently, not only is Harrison Valley not important enough to report on, but any efforts to express the community concerns of such a failure to report are to be swept under the rug. its a shame that the entire county is not worth reporting.

I apologize for not posting your comment. The reason I didn't was that I wanted to check into why I do not receive your radio calls in Roulette. I think that you must be dispatched from Tioga County frequency instead of Potter. I moderate over 100 comments a day, and truthfully, I forgot. I would love to post news from your fire department in Harrison Valley, but, I have no way of knowing what you are doing over there. It's hard to report news when you don't know it's happening. Be happy to report it if someone over there can pass it on.

Fire Dept. Doesn't Respond To Fire Call

Shade fire protection dispute smolders

The Tribune-Democrat
CAIRNBROOK — Shade Township supervisors on Thursday said they are prepared to start their own fire department after Central City firefighters ended service to the township in an ongoing contract dispute.

More then 50 residents and firefighters crowded into the monthly meeting of Shade supervisors demanding an end to the dispute.

Supervisors said no resolution is in sight.

“In the meantime, we are in negotiations with several fire departments to purchase service and/or start our own (satellite) fire department,” Supervisor Chairman John Topka said.

“We’re going to have protection in Shade Township and the residents are going to be safe.”

He did not give details or provide dollar figures.

The rift between the sides widened on Wednesday. Central City firefighters did not respond to a flue fire, forcing other departments to respond.

“They didn’t answer the call nor did they respond,” Rick Lohr, Somerset County Emergency management director, said in a telephone interview prior to Thursday’s meeting. More..

Rollover Crash Reported In Summit Township

Chief on Scene Reports Minor Injury
At 4:00 pm on Friday, Coudersport Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash on the North Ayers Hill Road in Summit Township.

Car/Pedestrian Accident In Wellsville Reports Multiple Injuries

Multiple Injuries Reported
At about 3:20 pm on Friday, emergency services from Wellsville, NY were responding to a report of a car/pedestrian accident at the intersection of the Bolivar Road and the 4 lane Route 19.

Multiple injuries were reported in the dispatch.

October Classes to be held at the Coudersport Wellness Center

October Classes to be held at the Coudersport Wellness Center

Classes begin October 5

Is it hard to get to the gym on your own? Join a class and exercise with others. Find a friend to go with you and keep each other accountable. Great benefit - it is good for your brain, not just your body! Research is accumulating which suggests that physical exertion has a far greater influence on the brain than had been previously thought. There is a strong evidence, according to the government, that in addition to the long list of other health benefits, exercise can boost cognitive function and can fight depression. And you don’t need to train like a marathoner. Mix up the classes to fit your schedule and your exercise needs.

Call Donna for more details 274-5353!

Punch cards - 10 punches for $68

punches can be used for any class/combination

Morning Boot Camp

Mondays & Wednesdays - 6:15 - 7 a.m.

Step, kickboxing, circuit, weight/strength training, walk with a touch of aerobic dance/jazzercise abs and ab crunch

Silver Sneakers

Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9 - 10 a.m.

Beginners class, cardio, weights, exercise rope, small ball, and stretching

One Hour Boot Camp Lunch Workout

Tuesdays & Thursdays - 12 - 1 p.m.

Step, kickboxing, circuit, weight/strength training, walk with a touch of aerobic dance, jazzercise abs and ab crunch

Lunch Yoga/Pilates

Mondays & Wednesdays

12:15 - 1 p.m.

Enjoy the many benefits of mind/body exercise including increased flexibility, improved posture, better balance, reduced tension and increased relaxation

Evening Combo Class

Mondays & Wednesdays

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Step, double step, circuits, cardio, kickboxing, run/walk/yoga flex, upper body/lower body/abs