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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Troopers Recover Stolen Boat, But Trailer Still Missing

Boat Trailer Still Missing
Coudersport troopers are investigating a theft of a boat and trailer from a pull off area on the west side of Phoenix Run Road, about 75 yards south of the Tioga County Line, and Potter Brook Road .

The actors removed a boat and trailer belonging to Eric R. Reynolds, of Phoenix Run Road, Westfield, PA, from that location between 1:00 and 7:00 Am on 10-22-09.

The boat was subsequently recovered on Route 49, 1.5 miles from where it was unlawfully taken.

The trailer has not been recovered.

Trailer Description: 1972 Holsclaw boat trailer, blue in color, single axle, white spoke wheels with blue carpet on boat rails.

Anyone with information about the reported crime is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. The investigating officer is Trooper Sean Jenary-Patrol Section.

Man Drove Off Without Paying For Gasoline

At Gauld's Corner Store
At 9:50 am on Saturday morning, an unknown male pumped $33.00 worth of gasoline into a tan 1980's model Chevrolet full size pickup truck loaded with newly purchased lumber, and then drove away from Gauld's Corner Store in Coudersport Borough without paying for the gasoline.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper James Culvey at PSP Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Car Keys Found In Brookland

Car Keys Found
A set of car keys were found Thursday on Fox Hill Road in front of the All Saints Episcopal Church located in the village of Brookland in Hector Township.

Anyone wishing to claim the keys should contact PA State Police in Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Chesapeake Energy Wants To Build Compound For Workers

Natural gas lease: 'Roughnecks' move in amid plans to build 'Man Camp' in Athens, Pa.

By Tom Wilbur
Star Gazette

They have physiques for hard labor, a fondness for steak and a home away from home called a Man Camp. They are roughnecks, and they are bringing a new dimension to the region's demographic. More

Haunted House In Shinglehouse Tonite

Letter To The Editor........Opinion

Think Before You Vote

Next week the citizens of Potter County will be exercising their right to vote for the candidates of their choice for various county, state and federal offices. One of these offices is for Potter County Judge.

This is an office that affects the lives of every resident in our county, and I urge all of us not to be complacent, but to take this opportunity to make sure that our rights are being protected by voting on November 3.

When you vote, think carefully about the candidates. Do you want someone who is knowledgeable, fair, honest and compassionate... or someone who ignores points of law, evidence in the field, testimony of expert witnesses, standards of the survey industry and "twists" the law to their advantage as happened to me and my family in the present court, ignoring the evidence to "surmise" what two people long-dead had in mind when they divided a parcel of land over a hundred years ago.

"Surmise" - is this the kind of judge we want? Or do we want a judge who looks at facts, evidence, points of law and renders a fair and just ruling?

Many of you are aware of what happened to my family in our present court: a ruling that not only destroyed a home and placed enormous financial burdens on us, but also seriously impaired a family relationship.

Consider carefully the views of our candidates before you vote. But please take the time to go out and vote. It is so important.

Jerry Eckert

Joyce B. Wichert, 74, of Shinglehouse, PA

Joyce B. Wichert
“beloved wife, mother, grandmother, & teacher”

Shinglehouse, PA---Joyce B. Wichert, 74, of Shinglehouse, PA, died unexpectedly in her home on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Born April 26, 1935 in Sayre, PA, she was a daughter of Shubal and Luella Turner Bowman. On August 24, 1957 in Mansfield, PA, she married William T. “Ted” Wichert, Jr., who survives.

Mrs. Wichert was a graduate of Sayre (PA) High School and a 1957 graduate of Mansfield Teacher’s College, now Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA. After graduation Mrs. Wichert taught First grade at Shinglehouse Elementary School, which later became Oswayo Valley Elementary School. She retired after 34 years on June 5, 1991.

She was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church; a 50 year member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse; a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary; a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Potter-Tioga Chapter; a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for key women educators; and a member of the Mansfield Alumni Association.

Mrs. Wichert loved to travel, play cards, knit, and read. She always kept all of her students in her heart. She would always enquire how her students were doing when visiting with them and their friends. Mrs. Wichert attended the high school graduation for each of the First grade classes she taught. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, William “Tedd” (Debra) Wichert III and Kent Alan (Lisa) Wichert, both of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren: Amy M. Wichert, Jason M. Wichert, Ryan A. Wichert, Eric W. Wichert, Chelsea N. Wichert, Lindsey R. Wichert, Jacob A. Wichert, Jillian E. Wichert, and Noah R. Wichert; two brothers, Robert W. (Nancy) Bowman of Lewistown, PA and Richard L. (Irene) Bowman of Snellville, GA; a sister, Mary L. Moore of Waverly, NY, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wichert was predeceased by 2 sisters, Phyllis Emerson and Barbara Westbrook.

Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany Area Charge of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service on Monday evening at 8:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Teacher’s Association College Loan Fund, PO Box 610, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Annalee M. Himes, 87, of 272 Seaward Ave., Bradford, PA

Annalee M. Himes, 87, of 272 Seaward Ave., Bradford, passed away, Saturday, October 24th, 2009 upon arrival at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 11, 1922, in Sykesville she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Verna (DeCasper) Sinibaldi. She was a 1940 graduate of Bradford High School.

On May 23, 1944 in St. Bernard Rectory, she married Harry E. Himes who died February 16, 1976.

During WW II she worked at Case Cutlery. She worked as a nurses aide in the children's ward at Bradford Regional Medical Center for thirteen years, retiring in 1978.

She was a lifetime member of St. Bernard Church, and sang in the church choir for many years. She also volunteered as a Den Mother for Cub Scouts.

Surviving is one daughter, Marlene A. Himes, two sons: Gregory A. Himes, and Robert J. Himes all of Bradford, and several nieces, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother Nick Sinibaldi.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday October 27, 2009 from 3 to 5 & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where a prayer service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will follow in in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to St. Bernard Church or the American Heart Association.

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Candidates For Potter County Judge Examined

Solomon's words has received permission to re-publish a look at the issues in the upcoming Potter County Court of Common Pleas election written by Potter Leader-Enterprise Managing Editor Donald Gilliland. We thank the Potter Leader-Enterprise for allowing us to to re-publish them.

Glassmire: ‘Drinks For Everyone’

By Donald Gilliland, Managing Editor
Potter Leader-Enterprise
Re-published here with permission

So this judicial candidate walks into a bar...

On Thursday evening, Oct. 8, Dan Glassmire, Democratic candidate for President Judge of Potter County, walked into Sweden Valley Inn during the dinner hour, and asked the staff to buy everyone in the house a drink on him.

The place was relatively full. He asked they simply be given another of whatever it was they were having – soda or alcohol. And he asked that each person be told specifically that it was being purchased for them by Dan Glassmire.

The staff complied, but it took awhile. The place was relatively full. While he waited, Glassmire had a glass of water for himself, and chatted with a couple of people.

As the drinks were being distributed, Glassmire asked the staff if they were making sure they told everyone the drinks were from him. They assured him they were.

The staff tallied the cost, gave Glassmire the bill, and he paid – about $100 including a tip for the staff having taken the trouble.

Then he left.

So this judicial candidate walks into a bar...

It sounds like the set-up line to a joke, and a generation or two ago, it may even have struck a familiar chord. But in this day and age, did the candidate do anything wrong?

Glassmire doesn’t think so.

He doesn’t dispute he did it. He told the Leader-Enterprise Monday he stopped because “I could tell it was a supper crowd.” When he walked in, he recognized “some friends and acquaintances” and “I thought it would be nice to buy a round of drinks.”

“It was really a spontaneous thing when I did it,” Glassmire said. It was an orderly group of people having dinner, and buying a round was a way to let them know he was there.

“As a private individual, I, out of my own pocket, did purchase a round of whatever anyone was drinking – including non-alcoholic drinks – during the dinner hour at Sweden Valley Inn.”

Frankly, he seemed unsure why it would be a story.

Why is it a story?

In part because Section 1839 of the Pennsylvania Election Code, 25 P.S. § 3539, prohibits anyone from giving or promising any gift, reward in money, goods or “other valuable thing” to a person to induce them to vote or refrain from voting for a candidate or ballot question.

Yet candidates hand out campaign gifts all the time: all manner of trinkets such as buttons, pencils, note pads... the most creative Potter County candidate once handed out cards that turned into sponges when placed in water.
That’s no violation.

What about a round of drinks?

Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis didn’t know. She sent out a query to her colleagues around the state. None of those who responded had ever heard of such a thing. Several of them added that she’d just won the crazy question contest for this election season.

The Leader-Enterprise called the Pennsylvania Department of State, which oversees elections and election law.

After press secretary Leslie Amoros stopped laughing, she said, “Let me get this straight: a judicial candidate walks into a bar...”

She’d never heard of such a thing, but said she would consult with the staff attorneys and get back.

Meanwhile, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania noted that judicial candidates must also comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct pertaining to elections.

Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct says “Judges should refrain from political activity inappropriate to their judicial office.”

It spells out a series of rules forbidding candidates from making speeches for or publicly endorsing any candidates for office, from making any promises of conduct other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office and from soliciting or accepting campaign money (campaign committees must do that for them).

The only section of Canon 7 that could possibly be construed to prohibit buying a round of drinks is the section that says a candidate “should maintain the dignity appropriate to judicial office.”

That’s wide open to interpretation, and the official commentary on another section of the code dealing with the “avocational activities” of judges – the social and recreational activities they can engage in – says “Complete separation of judges from extra-judicial activities is neither possible nor wise; they should not become isolated from the society in which they live.”

Indeed, Glassmire said he didn’t think the judicial canons applied.
“I don’t think you’re forced to stop being a nice person... (and) I don’t see anything non-judicial about it.”

The official response from the Pennsylvania Department of State came in an email entitled “judicial election question of an unusual nature.”

They noted that the law prohibits anyone from giving or promising any gift, goods or “other valuable thing” to induce someone to vote for them, but said “It has long been the policy of many county boards of elections, however, that an item of de minimis value is acceptable. For example, some candidates distribute note pads, emory boards and other small items.

“While the Department has stated that deminimis items would not trigger the bribery prohibition at 25 P.S. 3539, each set of facts and circumstances would have to be evaluated on its own merits. That decision would be up to a county D.A. or the Attorney General.”

Before that email arrived, Glassmire had already said, “I think buying a round in some place that’s really a dinner setting falls into the campaign trinket type of thing.”

Although a judicial candidate walking into a bar and buying a round of drinks is apparently foreign to most election officials in Pennsylvania, there is a place where it is not, and where it is frowned upon: New York State.

New York is not Pennsylvania, and Dan Glassmire is not running for judge in New York, so the following should be no more than a possibly analogous cautionary tale:

Three years ago, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct removed Judge Thomas J. Spargo of Albany County, NY, from the bench because he had directly solicited contributions to his legal defense fund from lawyers appearing before him.

Spargo is currently facing trial on federal charges of extortion for his attempts to get one of the lawyers to donate $10,000 to his defense fund.

Judge Spargo had created that defense fund to help him pay the expenses – over $140,000 – of defending himself against charges from the Commission that he had acted inappropriately while he was a town justice.

Those original charges (upheld in the final ruling) included the allegation that Spargo had “failed to abide by the high standards of conduct required of judicial candidates by giving away $5 coupons ‘good for all products including gas’ at a local convenience store to prospective voters and by buying drinks for patrons at a bar while identifying himself as a judicial candidate.”

Spargo spent slightly over $2,000 on the coupons and various rounds of drinks.
The majority opinion of the Commission on Judicial Conduct states, “We need not find that (Spargo’s) activities literally constituted ‘vote-buying’ in order to conclude that such campaign conduct was unseemly and should be avoided.”

Two members of the Commission issued a partial dissent in which they agreed with the removal for soliciting funds from attorneys, but skewered the New York judicial election process and what they called a “patchwork” of “ridiculous rules” that forbid “penny-ante” campaign activities but “fail to address the central causes of the unseemliness of judicial campaigns: party control and the candidate’s need to raise money.”

Nevertheless, the dissenting members called the $5 coupons and rounds of drinks “creative but blatantly unseemly tactics.”

Glassmire’s opponent Steve Minor was given the opportunity to comment on this story. He chose not to do so, indicating he would not involve himself with negative campaigning, including news articles that might be negative about his opponent.

Minor: Limited Jury Trial Experience

By Donald Gilliland, Managing Editor
Potter Leader-Enterprise
Re-published here with permission

When most people think of a judge, they think him in black robes sitting behind a bench in a courtroom where there’s a prosecutor, a defendant with his attorney, a witness on the stand and a jury listening to the testimony.

It’s the image from countless movies, television shows and stage plays, not to mention real life.
So what then of a lawyer who has only limited experience trying cases in front of a jury campaigning to be judge?

That’s a question that has been raised by several members of the Potter County Bar, who can’t recall Steve Minor – the Republican candidate for President Judge of Potter County – trying any jury trials.

Calls to people in the court system in McKean County revealed that few of them could recall a jury trial in which Minor was the defense attorney there.

When asked directly, Minor said he has done “a handful, not a ton” of jury trials.

He said he has tried some personal injury cases, and he tried cases in Washington, PA when he was practicing there early in his career. In Potter County, he was co-counsel in a week-long civil jury trial several years ago that at least one local attorney and Prothonotary Amy Moshier remembered.

Minor said that while he has not tried a lot of jury trials, he has done “a great deal of bench hearings,” which is a trial before a judge without a jury.

Minor said, “I have shied away from criminal jury trials because of potential conflicts of interest” with his role as Juvenile Master in McKean County for the past 14 years. He said it’s common to find the same people who come before him in that capacity also involved in the criminal trial system – if not the juveniles themselves, then their parents or near relatives.

Minor stressed his role as Master as one of his major qualifications.

“I’m hearing cases,” he said. “I’m not a judge, but I have had criminal proceedings in front of me.
“I’ve had to determine credibility, I rule on evidence, I determine objections raised by legal counsel, I write findings and determinations” the equivalent of rulings within the juvenile system.

“I determine whether children ought to be placed or remain in the home.

“I have had many, many contested hearings,” said Minor, but he noted that the majority of them were on the civil side. Judges began hearing juvenile criminal hearings a couple of years ago. Before that, he said, he had heard “a number of criminal contested hearings - there aren’t a lot of them.”

He said he “still deals with probation issues after the criminal determination by the judge, when juvenile defendants violate terms of probation.”

“I don’t want to mislead anybody: I’ve had a handful of jury trials, but I have heard many, many juvenile cases,” said Minor.

“There have been many hearings in front of me where the lawyers are fighting back and forth across the room.”

Minor said he has been hearing cases – approximately 4,000 in the last 14 years – and writing determinations, and he said “I think that would be a better basis for deciding whether I can hear a jury trial.”

How important is jury trial experience?

American Bar Association has developed criteria for evaluating judicial candidates. These guidelines are intended for use by bar association committees and Judicial Nominating Commissions which evaluate candidates for state and local judicial office.

The Bar Association’s guidelines for Reviewing Qualifications of Candidates for State Judicial Office set forth criteria in eight categories: Integrity, Legal Knowledge and Ability, Professional Experience, Judicial Temperament, Diligence, Health, Financial Responsibility and Public Service.

The Professional Experience guidelines say “It is desirable for a candidate to have had substantial trial experience. This is particularly true for a candidate for the trial bench. Trial experience includes the preparation and presentation of matters of proof and legal argument in an adversary setting. The extent and variety of an candidate’s experience as a litigator should be considered in light of the nature of the judicial vacancy that is being filled.”

The guidelines do not specify jury trials, but trial experience in general. They also say, “Although substantial trial experience is desirable, other types of legal experience should also be carefully considered. An analysis of the work performed by the modern trial bench indicates that, in addition to adjudication, many judges perform substantial duties involving administration, discovery, mediation and public relations.

“A private practitioner who has developed a large clientele, a successful law teacher and writer or a successful corporate, government or public interest attorney all may have experience which will contribute to successful judicial performance. Outstanding persons with such experience should not be deemed unqualified solely because of lack of trial experience. The important consideration is the depth and breadth of the professional experience and the competence with which it has been performed, rather than the candidate’s particular type of professional experience.”

However, such professional experience is not considered the most important in the Bar Association’s guidelines.

The most important is integrity.

The guidelines say, “The integrity of the judge is, in the final analysis, the keystone of the judicial system; for it is integrity which enables a judge to disregard personalities and partisan political influences and enables him or her to base decisions solely on the facts, and the law applicable to those facts. It is, therefore, imperative that a judicial candidate's integrity and character with regard to honesty and truthfulness be above reproach. An individual with the integrity necessary to quality must be one who is able, among other things, to speak the truth without exaggeration, admit responsibility for mistakes and put aside self-aggrandizement. Other elements demonstrating integrity are intellectual honesty, fairness, impartiality, ability to disregard prejudices, obedience to the law and moral courage.”

People’s image of a judge – though pervasive – may also be somewhat misleading.

According to records in the Potter County Prothonotary’s office, only a small percentage of cases before Judge Leete end in jury trials: 1.2 percent in 2007 and 1.3 percent in 2008. Those percentages might actually be high, as they do not include the miscellaneous dockets and no-fault divorces which do not go to jury trial and because the percentages were calculated using jury payment records which do not account for the rare occasions when the jurors arrive for a trial and are paid for doing so, but no trial occurs because of a last-minute change such as a plea.
One of the members of the local bar who said he couldn’t recall Minor trying a jury trial, told the Leader-Enterprise the fact did not make him question Minor’s qualifications to be judge.
“I don’t think it matters all that much,” he said. “The rules of evidence are the same whether it’s a judge or jury trial.”

Minor’s opponent Dan Glassmire was given the opportunity to comment on this story. He submitted the following statement:

“I think that broad and extensive experience is very important. My 30+ years of courtroom experience is a proven track record.

“It is my understanding that Mr. Minor has extremely little, if any, experience in felony jury trials which are a significant part of the docket at the Potter County Court. His trail experience, in general, is limited and narrow.

“The role of a Master is very limited and mostly consists of simply processing cases and conducting informal reviews. We do not even have Masters in Potter County. A Master, at most, merely makes a recommendation which, if challenged, then goes to a judge.

“Mr. Minor fails to explain that in the vast majority of his cases, the Master simply passes on to the Judge the agreement which has been previously worked out by the parties.”

Barto, PA Man Accused Of Sexual Assault On Perkiomenville, PA Boy

Boy, 13, Sexually Assaulted
A 62 year old Barto, PA man was jailed in Potter County for Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a thirteen year old male from Perkiomenville, PA, according to a State Police news release today.

Richard Clay Rinehart, Sr., 62, of Barto, PA, is accused of performing oral sex on a male juvenile and then having the juvenile perform oral sex on him. Rinehart would also fondle the boy's genitals with his hands and have the boy fondle his genitals.

The sexual assaults occurred once in November, 2008, once in December, 2008, when the boy was 12, and again on October 8 and 9, 2009 at a camper trailer at 565 Odin Road in Keating Township.

Rinehart was arrested and arraigned before on-call Magisterial District Judge Delores Bristol who set bail at $150,000.00. Rinehart was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail.

Happy Birthday Jessica From All Of Us

If you see Jessica today (Saturday) be
sure to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

More Illegal Dumping Of Trash In Potter County

Illegal Dumping
The economy is taking a toll on legal garbage disposal. Troopers report another incident of unknown actor(s) disposing of household trash in places they shouldn't.

This time someone left five tidy cat litter containers in a ditch off the east side of Route 44, 1 mile south of Cherry Springs State Park in West Branch Township between 10-18-09 and 10-19-09.

Potter County's disposal fees are reported to the highest in this part of the country, but still cheaper than the fine for illegal dumping.

Football: Coudy vs Port Allegany

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Football: Coudy vs Port Allegany
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Dr. Jody Lisberger

BRADFORD, Pa. – Author Jody Lisberger, who has had her short stories published in various anthologies and whose first collection was just released, will read from her fiction on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She will read at noon in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons as part of the university’s Spectrum Series. A question-and-answer session, reception and book signing will follow.

“I like her stories’ complex and layered portraits of characters who discover that nothing is ever quite as it seems their wordplay and the risks they take with language and form,” said Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing at Pitt-Bradford. “In addition to writing terrific stories, Jody is also a warm person and good teacher who I think will inspire and encourage beginning writers.”

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

In 2003, she took third place in the “American Literary Review” fiction contest and was a finalist in the 2004 “Quarterly West” fiction competition.

She earned a doctorate in English from Boston University and served in the low-residency master of fine arts in the writing program at Vermont College.

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

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

York Man's Camp In Potter County Spray Painted

Cabin Spray Painted
Coudersport State Police are investigating an act of criminal mischief at a seasonal residence at 1132 Chipmonk Trail in West Branch Township.

Troopers say unknown actor(s) spray painted the aluminum garage door to an unattached garage and the front exterior storm door of the cabin belonging to Dean Anderson of York, PA.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Eric Bowser is the investigating officer.


Halloween Walk
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Recreation Management Club will hold a Fun Run/Walk on Halloween.

The sixth annual 5K event will begin at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Sport and Fitness Center on campus. Participants can also preregister by calling (814)362-0249.

The route will be along Campus Drive and the Pitt-Bradford loop road.

Registration is free and includes lunch as well as an entry for door prizes from the Buffalo Bills, Holiday Valley, Tops, Pine Acres, McDonald’s, The Panther Shop and Allegheny Recreational Vehicles.

Cold Water Increases Risk of Boating Fatalities

Cold Water Is A Killer
Harrisburg, PA– The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) strongly encourages boaters to wear their life jackets on cold Pennsylvania waters.

Cold water shock is a leading killer of boaters in Pennsylvania. It is caused by sudden immersion into water less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. With water temperatures now falling into the 50 degree range, sudden immersion can kill a boater within seconds of submersion. The PFBC encourages boaters to be safe on the water by wearing their life jackets.

“Too many people are dying because they don’t recognize the danger of cold water,” PFBC Boating and Access Director Dan Martin said. “Year after year, it’s the same story. Someone falls overboard or capsizes their small motorboat, canoe or kayak and drowns because of the effects of cold water shock.” Cold water shock causes an involuntary reflexive torso gasp. The victim will commonly inhale water, become disoriented, panic, and lose the ability to swim. “It is very common for even strong swimmers to go under very quickly in cold water,” Martin said. “They don’t have time to get hypothermia, another dangerous condition brought on by the cold; they drown too quickly for hypothermia to be a factor.”

“The sad thing is that all boating fatalities are preventable,” Martin said. The number one way to be safe on the water is to wear a life jacket. Eighty percent of all recreational boating fatalities could be prevented if the victim had been wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket at the time of the accident.

Visit the PFBC’s website at to learn more about safe boating.


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

Free Speech May Be Silenced By Bureaucrats


Obama takes aim at media critics, and free speech

One way or another, the Obama administration is trying to shut up its critics, and if that requires plopping First Amendment free-speech guarantees into a six-foot grave and covering the principles up with mud, so be it.

That’s emphatically (if figuratively) what happened when bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services told Humana Inc. that it would be in deep, deep trouble if it kept sending letters to some 900,000 people warning of an unwanted fate if Congress proceeded with a $400 billion Medicare cut: loss of important benefits.

The anger was high. President Barack Obama himself fumed aloud about insurance companies supposedly misleading the public. Democratic senators barked and then the bureaucrats began biting, informing Humana it was under investigation and must abide by a gag order.

Bothering to be accurate, some observers replied that Humana was telling the truth about what inevitably has to happen when you take away funds for private options to Medicare, adding that even if you think the firm’s points arguable, the Constitution permits dispute with government positions. More...

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Potter County Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley announced during the commissioners’ meeting Thursday that Potter County Human Services workers will return to their normal work schedules, Monday October 26 with “money flowing once again from the state,” now that the state budget has passed.

The workers had gone to a reduced work week in order to keep offices open and to avoid a full lay-off. Morley said that those workers who are due back pay will see the money in their next two pay checks.

The union representing the workers had worked with the county in coming up with a plan to get through the budget crisis. More news....

9 Have Died When Women's Robes Caught Fire

Flammable Blair Robes Recalled
Flammable women's robes sold by Blair Corporation of Warren are linked to nine deaths, and the company is expanding a recall to include more products imported from the Pakistani manufacturer.

Blair first recalled the robes in April after learning that three had caught on fire and one person suffered second degree burns.

Later, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of five deaths related to the robes. Since June, the agency has received reports of four more deaths.

The full-length women's chenille robes sold in Blair catalogs and at their stores in Warren and Grove City present a risk if exposed to open flame. The expanded recall includes more chenille robes and three other chenille products, all made by A-One Textile & Towel.

Teen Dumps Household Rubbish On Mina Hill Road

Rubbish Dumped
A 16 year old Coudersport male is being cited for Scattering Rubbish for dumping two bags of household waste on land owned by Hancock Forest Management of Smethport.

The 16 year old from Ross Street in Coudersport deposited the garbage on Mina Hill Road, about 4/10 of a mile south of Lodge Road in Keating Township. Troopers said the charge will be handled administratively.

Eldred Fire Photos Posted On Internet Website

Fire Photos Posted
Eldred Boro Fire Department has posted photos of the fire in their Social Hall that was allegedly set by Scott McClain of 10 Slack Hollow in Eldred Township.

You can view the photos here.

Jailyn Riyel Bland Makes Her Debut At CCMH Wednesday

Jailyn Riyel Bland, Daughter of Katie Marshall
and JR Bland
of Coudersport. The little girl made her
debut on Wed. Oct. 21st @ 4:42 pm.

She weighed 8 lbs. 5 ozs. and was 21 inches long.
Congratulations Katie, JR, Jeremy, & Kiley.

Love Jess, Jim & Girls.

Tioga Man Damaged Window At Mills Store In August

Tioga Man Cited For Damage
A Tioga Pa man was charged with Criminal Mischief for causing damage to a window in the garage of the Mills Country Store back on August 29/30, 2009.

Troopers say that Shawn Lewis White, 21, of 63 Eagle View Lane, Route 287, Tioga PA, caused $150.00 in damage to an 18 inch by 12 inch oval shaped garage door window belonging to Ellen Kibbe of Mills, PA.

The charge was filed at District Court 55-4-03 on Monday.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass, Week of October 26

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County for the week of October 26. All work is weather dependent.

• 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 follows 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.
• 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.

Troopers Charge Garbage Dumper

Dumped Trash Along Road
Shawn Lewis White, 21, 63 Eagle View Lane, Tioga, PA, is accused of Scattering 10 bags of Rubbish on property owned by James Green of Reynoldsville, PA.

Troopers said White dumped 10 bags of garbage along side of the road on Cobb Hill Road, a half mile south of Rapley Road in Allegany Township, Potter County.

White will answer the charge at Magisterial District Court 55-4-01.

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Allegany County, NY Has 2 Armed Robberies In Week

Two more armed robberies

By Brian Quinn
ANGELICA - Two suspects are being sought following an armed robbery Wednesday in Angelica — the second such robbery in Allegany County in the past week.

Amity-based state police described the suspects as a white male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with an average build. The other is said to be a black male, about 5’9”. Both suspects were wearing black/dark clothing to cover their faces and were wearing gloves.

Troopers said both suspects displayed handguns during both robberies. They were seen leaving in a dark-colored vehicle. Troopers said they are not certain the same suspects were involved in both robberies, but that they appeared to have the same appearance and behavior. The investigation continues and no one is in custody at this time.

“Business owners/workers are advised to be aware of any suspicious person(s) in the vicinity of their businesses,” troopers said in a press release. “Anyone who may have information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the New York State Police in Amity at (585) 268-9030. More...

Sentenced In McKean County Court

Two Sentenced in e-Bay Theft
Two people were sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to probation and 40 hours of community service for an e-Bay related theft. 42 year-old Shelly Watson of Portville and 43 year-old Joseph Watson of Smethport never returned $7,500 from a check which was deposited in their account for a motorcyle they sold on e-Bay. The Watsons had asked for another $7,500 to be wired to them because they had said the first check hadn't cleared. They never returned the original $7,500 to the buyer.

Big Truck Loses Tire In Keating Summit

Did Your Truck Lose A Tire?
State Police at Coudersport are attempting to find the owner of a large commercial vehicle that lost a large all steel radial tire from the vehicle last Monday or Tuesday.

The tire struck a storage garage at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 607 in Keating Township owned by Barbara McLeod of Gardeau Road, Austin, PA.

The owner of the tire can contact Trooper Culvey at PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Route 15 Reopened

Route 15 reopened after serious accident in Blossburg

Star Gazette
U.S. Route 15 southbound was closed briefly at the Blossburg exit Friday for a serious traffic accident.

The lanes were closed from about 1 to 1:30 p.m. for a single-vehicle crash with at least one person ejected from the vehicle, according to Michael Hess of PennDOT.

A helicopter responded to the crash site, he said.

No information was available from state police about the accident.

Stargazing Program Cancelled For Saturday, 10-24-09

"Night Skies of Galileo" Cancelled
- the final public stargazing program at Cherry Springs State Park, scheduled for 7:30 pm on this Saturday, Oct. 24, is cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. Programs will resume in May of 2010.

Tools Stolen In Teuscher Hill Burglaries

Tools Stolen
The Pennsylvania State Police investigated a burglary in Allegany Township that occurred between 10-12-09 and 10-14-09.

Unknown actor(s) stole several hand wrenches, power tools, and a power inverter from the residence of Elmer Slingerland, 263 Teuscher Hill Road, Coudersport, PA,.

They then stole a chain saw from Dennis Pesock's seasonal residence which is located nearby.

The total value of the stolen goods is estimated at $1,000.00.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Delp is the investigating officer.

Clarence Barrett, 87, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Clarence Barrett, 87, of Smethport, died Friday (October 23, 2009), at his residence in Smethport.

He was born Nov 25, 1921 in Bradford, a son of Ernest Martin and Edith Ann Foote Barrett. On Oct. 5, 1941, in Salamanca, NY, he married Margaret E. Conner, who died June 11, 1988.

He was a Tec 5th Grade in the U.S. Army, serving during WWII from 1943 to 1946.

Mr. Barrett was a radio and television repairman for many years, employed by Clark and Humphrey's of Bradford, PA.

He is survived by

three daughters: Jean (Rick) Daer of Lewistown, PA, Debra (Mark) Vossler of Smethport, PA, Patricia Reed of TX

one son: Clarence C. Barrett of TX

9 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren

Several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by 1 Grandson, 1 Great Granddaughter, 6 Brothers, and 5 Sisters.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, Oct. 26, at 11 A.M., with the Rev. Brian Vossler, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials may be made to McKean County Hospice and VNA, 20 School St., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences can be made at

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



BRADFORD, Pa. – Two Web marketing professionals will lead a two-part workshop on selling and buying items on eBay on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at the Community Education Council building in St. Marys.

Jeremy Callinan and Donny Kemick of Bradford’s Protocol80 Inc. will talk participants through the steps to establishing an eBay identity and becoming a buyer or seller. They will also work with participants on describing items and adding digital photographs to listings.

The workshops will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Erie Avenue building. Cost is $49 per participant. The program is sponsored by the Office of Outreach Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Many people are reluctant to use this venue to sell or buy items, and after taking this class they will be professionals,” said Barb Burkhouse, assistant director of professional and workforce education at Pitt-Bradford. “It’s a great way to earn extra money on unused items you want to dispose of or to save money buying items you need at bargain prices.”

Those attending are encouraged to bring an item they wish to sell.

Additional information is available by contacting Burkhouse at (814) 362-5017.

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

Thompson, Altmire and Murtha Support Measure to Stop

Controversial “Competitive” Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Glenn `GT’ Thompson, PA-05, Jason Altmire, PA-04, and John Murtha, PA-12, cosponsored a bipartisan measure, H.R. 3790, which would eliminate the Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS).

The bill, introduced by Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-FL, on October 13th, has strong bipartisan support from 30 Members of Congress.

Durable medical equipment includes such things as oxygen tanks and machines, wheelchairs, hospital beds and diabetic supplies. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 mandated that Medicare begin implementation of an equipment competitive bidding program. This program was delayed by Congress on July 15, 2008, 15 days after it started, due to the serious fundamental, procedural and operational flaws.

In 2008, Medicare data shows that there were 9,198 durable medical equipment providers that specialized in the products included in the program. When the winning bids were announced, that number decreased to 376 – a reduction of more than 95% of potential providers. This promised a negative effect on those who receive the products and services. Fewer providers at far distances from the clients could mean that a problem with a piece of equipment could not be addressed quickly.

“In this time of economic uncertainty, the last thing government should be doing is creating regulations that will adversely affect small businesses and remove real competition from the marketplace. If the number of smaller home providers of durable medical equipment declines as a result of so called “competitive” bidding, I am concerned that more homecare patients will need to be hospitalized – that drives up cost in the long run,” said Thompson.

“CMS’ competitive bidding program is a fundamentally flawed proposal that could make it harder for western Pennsylvania seniors to purchase the highly specialized medical equipment that they need,” Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) said. “The common sense legislation we are proposing will eliminate this flawed program and protect seniors and small businesses without adding one penny to the federal deficit.”

“Our seniors have always been able to rely on local suppliers to provide them with their medical equipment needs,” said Congressman John P. Murtha (PA-12). “The Medicare competitive bidding program would be detrimental to our rural areas because it would force our seniors to travel long distances to receive the medical equipment they need.”

While the measure reduces Medicare reimbursements to home medical equipment providers over the next five years, it allows home medical providers to stay in business and continue to serve the millions of Americans who require home-based care.

Wednesday, the current bid program for medical equipment was opened in nine metropolitan statistical areas across the U.S. including Pittsburgh. The winners would be selected in 2010 and the new prices would become effective January 1, 2011. If H.R. 3790 is successful, that process will be stopped.

Marie DiGiovanni, 57, of 153 Main St. in Bradford, formerly of NJ and AZ

Marie DiGiovanni, 57, of 153 Main St. in Bradford, formerly of NJ, and AZ, died of natural causes on Monday October 19th at her residence.

Anyone with information regarding any relatives is asked to contact Michael F. Cahill at the McKean County Coroners Office, 814-368-6337.

DEP to Conduct Additional Work Near Former Karnish Instruments Plant in Lock Haven

Agency Contractor to Begin Determining Extent of Radiological Contamination Monday

Williamsport – The Department of Environmental Protection will conduct additional work near the former Karnish Instruments plant on Third Avenue in Lock Haven, Clinton County, beginning Monday.

A DEP contractor, URS Corp., will drill soil borings on properties near the plant to determine the extent of radiological contamination near the site, according to DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. Under current use, the radiation levels present are not an immediate threat to the properties’ occupants.

Elevated radiation levels were discovered in the area during previous survey work in May.

URS Corp. will examine an area west of the site used for rental storage units, soil beneath the concrete floor within a small area of the Lock Haven Court apartments located south of the site, and soil beneath the pavement along Third Avenue east of the site.

Once the new data is collected, DEP will evaluate what additional remedial options are necessary to prevent unacceptable human exposure in the future.

The Karnish Instruments site was investigated by DEP’s Bureau of Radiation Protection in 2007 when elevated radiation levels were discovered within the building and on the grounds of the Ron’s Rental building.

Funds provided by the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act were used to remediate the site by demolishing Ron’s Rental and disposing of 23,400 cubic feet of building debris and 56,700 cubic feet of soil as low-level radioactive waste. The work was finished in February.

Subsequent walkover radiation surveys completed in May revealed additional contamination on several adjacent properties.

Karnish Instruments manufactured and repaired aircraft gauges from the mid-1950s until the 1970s without a radioactive materials license. Radioactive radium paint was used on gauge dials for illumination.

Poor work practices at the time resulted in radioactive contamination in the interior building surfaces, and in soil beneath and around the property.

For more information, call 570-327-3659 or visit, keyword: Radiation protection.

Causer Opposes State Regulation of Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers

Rep. Martin Causer encourages affected residents to make their voices heard

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is speaking out against proposed regulations from the state’s Environmental Quality Board that would place significant restrictions on the use of outdoor wood-fired boilers in Pennsylvania.

“These boilers are one of the last affordable forms of home heating for many rural Pennsylvanians,” Causer said. “Government intervention has helped drive up the cost of electricity, oil and gas, and now it’s going to do the same to wood-fired boilers.

“This is just another example of ‘big brother’ government stepping in where it is not wanted or needed,” he added. “Local governments are more than capable of regulating these boilers if they believe it is warranted.”

Under the proposed regulations:

* A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets Phase 2 standards for efficiency.

* New boilers must be installed at least a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.

* New boilers must have a permanently attached stack that must be at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 150 feet of the boiler.

* Existing boilers must also have a permanently attached stack that is at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 500 feet of the boiler.

* Only clean wood, wood pellets made from clean wood and certain home heating oil, natural gas or propane fuels can be used in the boilers.

The regulations are currently open for public comment, and Causer is encouraging people directly affected by the regulations, as well as those concerned about state government overstepping its authority, to make their voices heard on the issue.

“We need to stand up and tell the Rendell administration that enough is enough,” Causer said.

Comments must be received by the Environmental Quality Board by Jan. 4, 2010. People have three options for submitting comments:

* Send written comments to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477 (express mail: Rachel Carson State Office Building, 16th Floor, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301). No fax comments will be accepted.

* Send written comments via e-mail to A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each e-mail. If the sender does not receive acknowledgement that the comments were received within two working days, the sender should resubmit his or her comments.

* Attend one of four public hearings scheduled on the matter. The closest hearing will be held in Williamsport at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Department of Environmental Protection Office, 208 W. Third St., Suite 101, Williamsport. Additional hearings are slated for Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Cranberry Township.

Visit for a complete hearing schedule and the proposed regulations.

Woman Slapped By Teenage Girl At NoPo HS

Woman Slapped
A 16 year old female will be cited for Harassment after an incident at the Northern Potter High Schoool on October 20, 2009.

Troopers at Coudersport say that at about 8:30 am, the juvenile was reported to have slapped Paula Karges, 62, of 1020 Rag Hill Road, Genesee, PA, one time in her upper left arm area.

The teen will answer the charge before District Judge Delores G. Bristol of Galeton.

Bad Check Passed At Genesee Hardware

Bad Check
Coudersport State Police are investigating a bad check that was passed at Genesee Hardware in Genesee, PA on August 8, 2009, in the amount of $163.78.

Oil Spill Contaminated 2 Trout Streams

Oil Spill in Forest County Contained
The oil spill in northern Forest County has been contained. The Department of Environmental Protection says that two high-quality trout streams were contaminated in the spill. The spill happened last weekend near Mayburg along Hastings Run and Tionesta Creek. State Police continue to investigate the cause of the spill.


Undeclared Sulfites in "Agro Sun Dried Fruits and Nuts Tropical Mix"

Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Wheat in a Limited Number of Tubs of Breyers® Ice Cream

Vandals Damage Vehicle At Local Restaurant Lot

Truck Damaged In Parking Lot
Coudersport troopers are investigating a Criminal Mischief incident that occurred Wednesday night between 8:00 and 9:00 pm at the parking lot of a Eulalia Township restaurant.

Andrew D. Bear, Sr. of 9 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA, reported an unknown actor(s) dented the driver's side door with a blunt object and punctured the rear driver's side tire on the sidewall with a sharp or a hard object, which was forced into the tire, on his 2009 Dodge Pickup. The pickup was parked at the parking lot of the Laurelwood Inn.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coudersport PSP at 814-274-8690. Trooper Mike Flook is the investigating officer.

Emporium Woman To Be Charged In Altercation

An Emporium woman will be charged with Harassment as a result of a dispute that turned physical Wednesday at 2:30 pm in Shippen Township.

Becky Sue Andrus, 44, of 1504 Moore Hill Road, Emporium, PA, reportedly kicked a known male victim in the right leg and groin area. Troopers at Emporium said the victim suffered no injuries in the altercation.

Stephen Guy Fensel, 58, of 512 Meadow Lane, Clinton, a suburb of Pittsburgh, formerly of Bradford and Erie, PA

Stephen Guy Fensel, 58, of 512 Meadow Lane, Clinton, a suburb of Pittsburgh, formerly of Bradford and Erie, passed away Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 19, 1951, in Bradford he was the youngest of five sons of the late Anton and Helen (Thomas) Fensel.

He was a 1965 graduate of St. Bernard School, a 1969 graduate of Bradford Central Christian High School, and a 1974 graduate of Gannon University in Erie.

On October 13, 2001, in Bradford he married Mary McVay Fensel who survives.

He attended St. Columbkille Church in Imperial, and was a former member of St. Bernard Church

His career started at New Mortors in Erie, where he was Sales Manager and from there he was district Sales Person for Roche Pharmaceuticals. Prior to his illness he worked as District Sales Manager at Select Comfort in the Pittsburgh region for 8 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary are two loving daughters: Julie Fensel of Waterford, and Nicole Fensel of Statesville NC, three brothers: Peter Fensel of Waterford PA, Anton Fensel of McKean, and Charles Fensel of Fairview, a sister in law: Mary Ann (the late Sean) Fensel of Bradford, five cousins: Bette Thomas Wartenberg of Joliet, IL, Sister Ellen Thomas, and Molly Thomas Marchio both of Lockport, IL, and Nancy Thomas Lindsey of Littleton, CO, his former wife Tammy Wright Fensel Niles of Albion, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11:00am on Saturday October 31, 2009 in St. Bernard Church, Bradford with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Family Hospice , 50 Moffit Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, Phone # 412-572-8800, or the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

The Lady Bug Attack Hits Again--WHTM-TV Video

From time to time most of us see a lady bug or two in our homes or out in the yard and consider it good luck. But in recent days, many residents have noticed swarms of lady bugs trying to get into their homes.

Back Yard Bruin At Cherry Springs Road

Dear Jim:
Her is a picture taken on Cherry Springs Rd. by Kathey Briggs in her back yard. She and her husband Robert Briggs own the house.
Vivian Worrell

Central City Out In Township Fire Protection Deal

Shade Township Reaches Fire Service Deal


SHADE TWP., Pa. -- The ongoing dispute between the Central City Fire Department and Shade Township could come to an end.

Shade Township supervisors announced a fire coverage agreement on Thursday, but it wasn't with Central City Fire Department. It’s with the Richland Fire Department.

The township meeting had more than 70 people in the room, most with their arms crossed as supervisors announced they were signing a five-year contract with Richland for $23,736. More...

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Minor Injury For Roulette Woman In Early Morning Crash

Swerved To Miss A Deer
A Roulette woman suffered a minor injury at 12:45 am Thursday morning when she swerved to miss a deer on Railroad Avenue in Roulette Township, about a tenth of a mile west of Reed Run Road.

Rebekah J. Potter, 27, Roulette, PA., was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, after her 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 hit a guide rail after swerving to miss a deer that had entered the roadway in her path. Her car came to rest on the north edge of the roadway about 50 feet from the initial point of impact.

Potter was wearing a seatbelt. She was transported by Roulette Ambulance. Roulette Fire Department maintained traffic control at the scene. Her car did not require towing. Pennsylvania State Police investigated the crash.

Driver Uninjured In DUI Crash On Rt. 155 At Rock Run Road

Operator Was DUI
Kane State Police have released the details on the one car DUI crash at the intersection of Rock Run Road and Route 155 on Thursday at 5:10 pm.

Michael Dean Winston, 52, Port Allegany, PA, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Astro Van on Rt. 155 when he attempted to pass a vehicle and lost control on a left handed curve. His van exited the roadway to the west and impacting a row of trees before coming to rest.

Troopers reported Winston was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. His van suffered disabling damage and was towed from the scene by McKiernan's Garage.

Winston was found to be driving under the influence and troopers said charges are pending in District Court 48-3-02.

Assisting ast the scene were Port Allegany Station 3, and Port Allegany Ambulance 3, and Medic 16.

Look How The Twins Have Grown

Bambi and his other brother bambi have had a good summer...mama deer got shot by a muzzle loader hunter...almost like in the movie...hard to tell what will happen to these guys come hunting season...can't wait for hunting season...going to do some canned deer meat with onions and garlic...thanks for looking from Allegany Township in Potter County, Pennsylvania
Reuben Gibson

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Edwin Vossler, Jr. 22 of Austin was admitted to the Potter County ARD program for 12 months on Simple Assault (M2), Recklessly Endangering Another Person (M2) (3 counts), Criminal Mischief (S), and Disorderly Conduct (S). Vossler was arrested for an incident taking place March 11 between 8:30 and 9:00 am on Main Street in Austin in front of the Cock-Eyed Cricket in Austin. Vossler admitted to police he had discharged a pellet from an air rifle hitting Kyle Gledhill in the upper thigh and striking a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire owned by Berna Walker while Gledhill was standing by the car. Two passengers, Zachary Jeffers and Michael Dieffenderfer were not hurt. Vossler was also ordered to perform 25 hours of community service and to pay a $525 fee.
In other Potter County Court action, 33 year old James Leach of Knoxville was sentenced four -23 ½ months in jail for each of three theft charge to run concurrent. He was also ordered to perform 20 hours of community service, undergo mandatory DNA testing, pay a $300 fine and make restitution of $800. According to District Attorney Dawn Fink, between January and April of 2008, Leach took a number of guns from the residence of the victim in Harrison Twp, Potter County, where he was staying, and then sold the guns. More news....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Municipalities In Central PA Debate Shared Services


Fire service agreement creates debate

Benner Township's proposed changes at issue in meeting

- For the CDT

BELLEFONTE — Two suggested amendments to the shared fire service agreement being debated by the borough and three neighboring townships caused a noisy discussion among Borough Council members Monday night.

Council discussed the agreement during the work session before its regular meeting, cutting into the formal meeting time by about 30 minutes. Members debated, raising their voices and each demanding their time to speak.

At issue are two proposed amendments made by Benner Township Supervisors Chairman John Elnitski Jr. He first offered the proposals in February, but Bellefonte Borough Manager Ralph Stewart admitted Monday he did not forward those amendments to the council then.

The original agreement, which puts in writing what Benner, Marion and Spring townships will pay Bellefonte for service from the Logan and Undine volunteer fire departments, was delivered to the townships in August 2008. Earlier this month, the borough sent a follow- up letter to the townships, asking they sign the agreement by the end of 2009 if they wish to continue receiving services.

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UPB Hires More Faculty

Six New Full-Time Faculty at UPB

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford announces the addition of six full-time faculty members for the 2009-10 academic year.

They are Claudine M. Cooper, instructor of hospitality management; Larry W. Kerns, visiting instructor of petroleum engineering; Dr. John C. Levey, assistant professor of music; Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu, visiting assistant professor of political science; Dr. Jesse Steinberg, assistant professor of philosophy; and D. Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education.

Cooper holds a master of science degree in hospitality and tourism from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She has 22 years’ experience in hospitality, international banking and technology as well as four years in teaching college-level hospitality and business programs. She is a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

Kerns, a trained engineer, has 28 years’ experience in the petroleum industry as a petroleum engineer, lab instructor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology’s petroleum engineering department and as a petroleum technology instructor. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, Kerns was a field engineer for a southeastern Ohio independent producer with 500 wells and 200 miles of pipeline.

Levey earned his doctoral degree in composition and music theory from the University of Michigan. In addition to serving as a graduate student instructor at Michigan, Levey has taught music theory for the Michigan Youth Ensembles program and has experience in conducting and music technology. He is also a proficient keyboardist. In addition to teaching at Pitt-Bradford, Levey conducts the College-Community Choir.

Ryu earned her doctoral degree in political science from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she was both an adjunct instructor and graduate instructor. Her primary teaching and research interests are in international relations and comparative politics with particular focus upon the politics and economics of developing countries. At Pitt-Bradford, she teaches Introduction to International Affairs, World Politics and American Foreign Relations.

Steinberg earned his doctoral degree in philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His areas of specialty are metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he taught at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of California, Riverside; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wilson holds a master of science degree in education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is a doctoral student in reading education at the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified to teach elementary education in Pennsylvania and has taught first grade at St. Joseph Grade School in Lucinda and a pre-kindergarten class at Clarion’s Earl R. Siler Children’s Learning Complex, where he later became director. He has also taught education classes at Clarion. He teaches early child development at Pitt-Bradford.