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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Coudersport 24--Sheffield 14

Coudersport fullback Mitch Freeman had a big day in the mud against Sheffield.

Paul Burdick Sports Images

Pink Panther

There's a "pink panther" in Allegany Township, it's not often you'll spot one of these, or even want to.....If you come out here to trick or treat on Scoville Hill road, there's plenty of last years candy for the little one's...thanks for safe and have some fun !!!!!

Port Allegany Couple Killed/Eldred Woman Sustains Major Injuries In Route 155 Head-On Crash

2 Killed, 1 Airlifted
Two Port Allegany residents were killed and an Eldred woman sustained major injuries in a head-on crash on Route 155 near the Daily Bread Restaurant about 3:45 pm on Saturday afternoon.

David N. Bayline, 42, and his passenger Theresa K. Bayline, 48, of Port Allegany, PA, were killed on impact and pronounced dead at the scene.

Helen I. Bigley, 58, Eldred, PA, was flown to Altoona Regional Hospital by Stat Medivac for treatment of major injuries.

David Bayline was driving a 2003 Jeep Cherokee south on Route 155 and as he negotiated a slight right curve in the roadway, he crossed over the yellow center line for unknown reasons, and into the northbound lane of travel, where his Jeep impacted head-on with a 2009 Ford F-150 driven by Helen I. Bigley.

Kane State Police were assisted at the scene by Port Allegany Ambulance, Priority Care Ambulance, Port Allegany Star Hose Company, Port Allegany Borough Police Department, PennDot, and Coroner Bob Hartle.
Both vehicles were removed from the scene by McKeirnan
Towing Service.

East Smethport Man Jailed After Cutting Woman

Aggravated Assault
An East Smethport man is in McKean County Jail after grabbing a Smethport woman, pushing her to the ground, and cutting her with a knife early Saturday morning in Smethport Boro.

Raymond A. Kelley, 40, East Smethport, PA, is accused of attacking Shawna J. Anderson, 23, of Smethport, PA as she and two friends walked out the rear exit of the Corner Bar at about 12:40 AM.

Anderson was cut on the lower left cheek with a knife. She managed to get away from Kelley and ran to the safety of the Hub, while her friends escaped back into the bar.

Kelley also used the same knife to cut tires on two different vehicles in the parking lot. He is alleged to have cut four tires on a white Dodge Dakota owned by Paul E. Raymond of Smethport and two tires on a silver Mercury Mountaineer owned by Michelle J. Williams of Smethport.

Raymond Kelley was located Saturday at 11:00 am at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident. He was later arraigned by video before District Judge William Todd on charges of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief.

Kelley was remanded to McKean County Jail when he was unable to post $50,000.00 cash bail.

Sinnemahoning Man Found To Be DUI at Traffic Stop

A Sinnemahoning man was stopped for speeding on Route 120 in the Village of Sinnemahoning Wednesday.

Nathan Daniel Ball, 23, Sinnemahoning, PA was found to be operating while intoxicated.

Emporium State Police said DUI charges are pending.

News Release On Crash Coming Soon

Port Allegany Crash
State Police are getting ready to send a news release on the accident on Route 155 north of Port Allegany. We will post it as soon as we can get it on.

Turn Back Your Clocks!

Turn Back Your Clocks!

Just a quick reminder to turn your clocks back one hour tonight when
you go to bed!

See you at Church!

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

Accident Reported on Route 155 Update

A helicopter has been requested and a second helicopter is on standby.

We have been advised by one of our readers that at this time route 155 is closed, and that it maybe a head on collision.

Motor Vehicle Accident Reported On RT 155

Accident on RT 155 near the Daily Bread, with entrapment. Two cars are involved at this time not sure if there are any injuries heavy damage reported.

Marilyn A. Taylor, 76, of Shinglehouse, PA

Marilyn A. Taylor
“beloved mother, grandmother & great-grandmother”

Shinglehouse, PA----Marilyn A. Taylor, 76, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, October 30, 2009 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport, PA, after a long illness.

Born September 27, 1933 in Eldred, PA, she was a daughter of Harold and Ester Frost Morris. On April 11, 1953 in Eldred, she married Leonard “Pete” Taylor, who died on April 18, 2007.

Mrs. Taylor was a graduate of Eldred High School, class of 1951. She was employed for AVX Corporation in Olean, NY for many years until her retirement.

She loved to shop and she loved her pet cats. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth H. “Bones” (Sandy) Taylor of Smethport, PA; seven grandchildren: Eric S. (Beth) Howard of Gastonia, NC, Michelle L. (Pete) Black of Coneville, Chris M. “Cub” Taylor of Shinglehouse, Jennie M. (Jamie) Selfridge of Millerton, NY, Chelsie J. Taylor of Smethport, and Kayla L. Taylor and Kyle M. Taylor, both of Coneville; nine great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Michele L. Taylor of Coneville; two sisters-in-law, Dee M. Taylor of Shinglehouse and Rose Marie Sereno of Coneville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Taylor was predeceased by a son Michael J. “Bear” Taylor who died on June 16, 2007; a sister, Shirley Stokes; and a brother, Dale Morris.

Friends may call Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany Area Charge of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a SPCA of the donor’ choice.

Area Obituaries

PRENTISVALE — Joyce L. Corah, 81, of Looker Mountain Trail, died Friday (Oct. 30, 2009) at her residence, following a lengthy illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

Bruce E. Vecellio, 52, of 792 W. Songbird Road, passed away Friday (Oct. 30, 2009) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, surrounded by his family, after a battle with ALS. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Thomas D. Mack, 57, of 41 1/2 Jefferson St., formerly of Duke Center, passed away Thursday (Oct. 29, 2009) at his residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

McKean Co. Habitat For Humanity Seeks Family

Habitat for Humanity seeking partner families

As progress builds for the first project for the McKean County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an important piece of the puzzle remains outstanding — the partner family.

A site to build has been found, a floor plan has been chosen and the master plan for the project will be complete by next week.

In some cases, the partner family is involved in the choice of the floor plan. However, as this project is moving along with hopes of breaking ground April 1, 2010, the plan had to be chosen prior to the family. This family — once chosen — will be involved in other important home-related choices, including style and decorative decisions.

The partner family will be chosen by the first of the year, according to Harry Solarek, chapter president.

Jill Smith, head of the Family Selection committee, explained that the committee is still accepting new interested families. More....

Joseph P. Kuhn, 88, of Galeton, PA

Joseph P. Kuhn, 88, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, October 29, 2009. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

Open Arms Youth Ministry

Hello again everyone!

I forgot to put the following announcement in yesterday's Enewletter.
Sorry about that!

The Open Arms Youth Ministry, "The Revolution", will be relaunching
Friday November 6, 7-8pm at the Bradford YMCA. Pass the word to all
youth, ages 13-18/Pre-highschool Graduate. Any adults interested in
volunteering in the Youth Ministry can contact Justin Willoughby at
814-331-2651. We're looking for fun, energetic, youth-loving & Jesus-
loving people to assist in reaching the unchurched youth of our area
and discipling the ones we reach to grow up in their faith.

See you tonight!
Happy Halloween!
Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Port Allegany Girl Scouts To Collect Food Today

A reminder to Port Allegany Residents that the Girl Scouts will be out today from 10am to Noon collecting non-perishable food items for the PACS.

If you want to donate food and your house is missed, you can drop off items at the Free Methodist Church on the corner of Smith and Church streets until 1:30pm today.


New York Firm Recalls Fresh Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

New York Firm Recalls Fresh Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
Sat, 31 Oct 2009 01:34:37 -0500

Fairbank Farms, an Ashville, NY, establishment, is recalling approximately 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sobriety Checkpoints Set For McKean County

State Police at the Kane barracks have sent a news release warning that the Checkpoint Strike Force Initiative will conduct sobriety checkpoints on roadways in McKean County that have a high incidence of alcohol related crashes. The checks will take place in the month of November.

Gas Well Damaged On Wilcox Road

Gas Well Tampered With
Kane troopers report a Criminal Mischief to a gas well at the rear of a property at 14167 Wilcox Road in Clermont, PA that took place between 1/24/09 and 10/16/09.

Robert Perry of Mount Jewett said someone tampered with a gas well at the above location causing damage to the well resulting in a reduction in the gas flow and eliminating the victim's access to gas as an energy and heating source.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Richard W. Erickson, 78, of Hare Creek Road,Corry, PA

Corry, PA - Richard W. Erickson, 78, of Hare Creek Road died Monday (Oct. 26, 2009) at his residence.

Born June 28, 1931, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Edward H. and Frances M. Tennies Erickson. On July 2, 1955, in Coryville, PA, he married the former Mary Joanne Rees, who survives.

Mr. Erickson was raised and educated in Olean, NY where he graduated from high school in 1949. From 1950 to 1954, he served as a radio operator with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Olean and worked for the former Clark Bros. Co., now Dresser-Rand Industries.

Mr. Erickson then moved to Erie and began employment with General Electric Co. where he worked for a few years before moving to the Corry, PA area in the late 1970s.

For many years, he worked at the former Ajax Iron Works and in the mid 1980s started working at Knox-Western Inc. in Erie. He retired from there as a design engineer in the early 2000s but continued to work as a consultant until the present time.

He attended the Cutting (NY) Community Church and was a member of Masonic Lodge #555 in Duke Center, PA. He enjoyed woodworking, reading and animals. He was a nature lover and was also a licensed pilot.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Carol A. (Michael) Tessena of Coryville, PA and Barbara L. Erickson of Baldwinsville, NY; a son, Michael E. (Molly) Erickson of Columbus, PA; five grandchildren, Joseph M. Erickson, Stephanie L. Erickson, Daniel P. Erickson, Kelly L. Keck and Andrew R. Tessena; and a sister, Shirley J. (James) Herson of Ithaca, NY.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held by the family, with Pastor Rick Maas of the Cutting Community Church officiating. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, NY.

The family suggests memorials be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Palace Business Center, 915 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or to the Cutting Community Church, P.O. Box 69, Clymer, NY 14724.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, PA.

Dawn Fink Will Accept Write-In Votes For District Attorney

District Attorney Write In?

Dawn Fink said today that she will accept write in votes for the office of Potter County District Attorney in the general election on Tuesday.

She said she has had a flood of phone calls asking if she would accept the position if enough people write he name in.


Pointe Scientific, Inc Issues Nationwide Recall of Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent (G7517)

Cordis Initiates Nationwide Recall of CROSSOVER[TM] Sheath Introducer

Swine Flu Immunization Clinics Extended At CCMH

This clinic has been extended ~

H1N1 Clinics Extended
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will hold additional H1N1 clinics for high risk groups, as recommended by the CDC: pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than six months, health care and emergency medical services personnel, those six months to 24 years, and those 25 to 64 years with certain health conditions. Clinics will be held, as vaccine is available.

CCMH will hold H1N1 clinics at the hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center, second floor, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 2-6.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass, Week of November 2

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass, Week of November 2

ClearfieldPennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County for the week of November 2. All work is weather dependent.

· Work schedule change: Bolivar Drive will not be closed for bridge painting.

· Kendall Avenue remains open to two-way traffic. Work will continue with daytime flagging. Work includes driveway adjustments.

· Work continues on southbound reconstruction by placing shoulder back up.

· 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 bridge deck grooving.

· 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.

Information on roadway 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.

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey everyone! Hope this Enewlsetter finds you doing great!

Seems like this is the time of year where there are lots of things
happening! So I'll get right to it:

What going on at Open Arms?

Don't forget about Trunk 'r Treat tomorrow starting at 6pm in the
Grace Luthern Church parking lot (behind Country Fair). If you are
decorating a vehicle you can come as early as 4pm. In the past years,
it has been a lot of fun! And don't forget to pray as we reach out to
the community and show them that they matter!

Membership Class to be held Nov. 8th immediately following service.
Lunch will be provided.

Baptismal Service: Nov. 22nd at 1pm at the Bradford YMCA. Please email
or talk to Pastor Mike to confirm your attendance. And don't forget to
invite your friends and family.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Outreach: We will be holding a Thanksgiving
Eve Dinner for the less fortunate in downtown Bradford on Nov. 25th.
More details to come. Sign up at back of Worship Center.

We are holding our annual Christmas Eve’s Eve Service on Wed., Dec.
23rd at 7pm. If you are interested in sharing a song, poem, skit, etc.
please see Pastor Mike. It's a great time to invite so start inviting
friends and family now. Also, the special offering received at this
service will go toward the 2010 Benevolence Ministry in caring for
those in need in Bradford, so dig deep and give generously.

1st Night Outreach: Dec. 31st. We will be giving out free coffee,
cocoa, and baked goods. Please see Dr. Brad to get signed up to serve.

That's all for now folks! Have a Happy and safe Halloween!!

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

Assessment, Police, Road Bonding Questions At Tioga Commissioner Meeting

Questions varied for Tioga commissioners

Sun Gazette

NELSON - Questions ranged from the state's potential plans to implement a patrol tax for state police coverage to when more information would be forthcoming about the "botched" property reassessment by 21st Century two years ago when the Tioga County Commissioners met at the Nelson Community Building Tuesday night.

Commissioners fielded the questions by pointing residents to the appropriate agencies or entities for each problem.

"It is cost prohibitive," Commissioner Erick Coolidge said of the proposed state police surcharge, adding "it encumbers communities and is not a resolve to the communities."

Coolidge said increased patrols may become necessary as a result of the "element" that comes along with industries such as natural gas drilling, referring to the "roughnecks" who work the drills and require more "appropriate law enforcement." More....

Deadline Monday For Sign Grants For Business/Community

Last chance to apply for new PA Wilds signage grant

The deadline for a new grant program designed to improve signage and encourage use of the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide is fast approaching. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Mon., Nov. 2.

The grant program involves up to $1000 for business signs and up to $3000 for community signs. The business signs have a dollar-for-dollar cash match requirement (you put in $1000, they put in $1000). The community signs require only an in-kind contribution (that you install the sign and maintain it after it is installed).

Other requirements include demonstrating how your sign aligns with the spirit of the Design Guide, an award-winning planning document that promotes the use of materials and designs that fit in with the character of our region’s communities (for example, the use of wood, stone and other natural elements). Many communities are already using the Design Guide; its recommendations are all voluntary.

Guidelines and applications for the grant program are available on the PA Wilds Resource Center homepage ( under “Hot Topics.”

To learn more about the PA Wilds programs......

Op-ed from Congressman Glenn `GT' Thompson

Escape Hatches?

By U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson

Headline in The New York Times: “Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch.” I read that and I thought, “Why have the Democrats crafted their health care reform in this manner? Why would they need an `escape hatch’?”

The following is my interpretation of what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attempting. Some 61 percent of Americans oppose replacing private health insurance with a government-run option. Yet, a group of Democrats in the House and Senate desperately want to see a public option in the health care package. So, the Democratic leadership once again is trying to have it both ways. If your state doesn’t like the public option, it can pass a law to opt out of the program. That way they can say, “The public option is in the bill, but hey, it isn’t mandatory.”

How many states are going to opt out of the public option benefits when their citizens still must pay for it with various taxes and cuts? What sense would that make? Your money would then be going to support people in other states, who would be receiving health insurance through the public option. If they really wanted to make this fair, the Democrats would have come up with an opt- in provision. It would say if you like what we are proposing in the way of a public option, you can pass a law to take part in it in your state.

Instead, this is the camel’s nose under the tent. No state will opt out and the public option will run its course until we eventually have exactly what House and Senate Democratic liberals want – a single payer, government run and controlled health system. Even though almost half of the country believes the Democrats’ bill will make health care worse for most Americans, they are moving forward. And two out of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul under consideration in Washington. Forty- five percent of Physicians have said they “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passes the Obama plan. Keep in mind that 50 percent of physicians are more than 50 years old.

These are some of my concerns, but I am most worried for our seniors. This is an expensive program and the President doesn’t want it to be a bigger contributor to the deficit. Therefore, cuts must be made in order to pay for the new system. As a result, the Democrats propose taking $162 billion from the Medicare Advantage program. If you like your current plan, it had better not be Medicare Advantage because you can’t keep it – despite what promises may have been made.

Twenty-five percent of seniors in this country are enrolled in Medicare Advantage. A study in California showed those enrolled in Advantage plans spent 30 percent fewer days in the hospital and were 15 percent less likely to be readmitted to a hospital. I would say that accounts for a huge savings. But regardless of the facts, the Democrats don’t like the Medicare Advantage program.

What other cost cutting measures are in this bill for seniors? The Congressional Budget Office reports the Democrats’ health care plan will increase seniors’ Medicare prescription drug premiums by 20 percent over the next decade. In these tough economic times, older Americans, many on fixed incomes, should never be faced with a choice between prescriptions or putting food on the table.

Despite the finger pointing, Republicans are not against health reform. And this one is certainly in favor of a change. There are more than 40 Republican sponsored measures that would incrementally make changes to the system. One of the first changes I would support would be that no one would be denied access to insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Second would be addressing medical liability reform in a meaningful way. Third, if you lose or change your job, you and your family should continue to have access to affordable health coverage. Fourth, would be allowing the purchase of health care insurance across state lines. There are many more areas where the two parties may agree.

Let me be clear, the Democratic majority has not allowed a single Republican into their backroom deliberations on what will be in their health care package. It is hard to work with people who will not talk to you. I don’t believe that is the openness in government that candidate Barack Obama touted on the campaign trail. Nor do I believe the American people deserve a health care reform package being crafted behind closed doors. Rather, I hope for a meaningful debate that allows members from both parties to have input and get down to the people’s work.

Special Meeting Ulysses Township Monday

Special Meeting
The Ulysses Township Supervisors will hold a special
meeting on Monday,
November 2, 2009, at 9:00 AM
in the township office at the Solid Waste Building.
The purpose of this meeting will be to pass a
resolution to borrow money for the erection of the
bridge on Telescope Road
Nancy Kosa, Secretary

Petition Urges Lifting Ban On Drilling In ANF

Petition to continue oil and gas drilling on Allegheny National Forest sent to Obama, Rendell

A petition signed by 2,000 people in favor of continuing oil and gas drilling on the Allegheny National Forest has been sent to President Barack Obama and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

The petition, distributed by the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) and the Allegheny Forest Alliance, urges intervention to lift a ban on oil and gas development by the U.S. Forest Service.

The ban came earlier this year after a settlement between the Forest Service and a group of environmentalists who were seeking to have environmental impact analyses done prior to any drilling on the forest. Read more...

Marjorie F. Calhoun, 94, of Mahopac, NY, formerly of Oswayo, PA

Mahopac, NY---Marjorie F. Calhoun, 94, of Mahopac, NY, formerly of Coneville, PA, died Friday, October 30, 2009 in Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Purdys, NY after a long illness.

Born February 25, 1915 in Buffalo, NY, she was a daughter of Maxine MacDonald and a foster daughter of Frank and Katherine Cowan Stonemetz. On June 24, 1933 in Port Allegany, PA, she married Golden R. Calhoun, who died on January 28, 1971.

She was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1933. Mrs. Calhoun was employed at the Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY as a ward secretary until her retirement.

She was a member of the Oswayo United Methodist Church in Oswayo, PA and the Missionary Society of the church; a former member of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S., Shinglehouse; a life member of the former Hebron Grange; and a member of the former Rebekah Lodge in Oswayo. Mrs. Calhoun was a former secretary and treasurer of the Rathbone Cemetery Association and a former secretary for Hebron Township for many years. She also was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Calhoun enjoyed quilting, bowling, and reading.

Surviving are two daughters, Maxine L. Rice of DeBary, Florida and Gayle L. (Bernard) Zawrotny of Mahopac, NY; a son, Gary D. Calhoun of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Calhoun was predeceased by two sons, an infant son and Dennis D. Calhoun, who died on June 23, 1988; a grandson, Daniel Rice; and a son-in-law, John M. Rice.

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, November 3, 2009 at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Leo J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Bradford, PA, officiating. Committal services and burial will be held in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the Leukemia Society, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Potter County Implementing Technological Systems Policy

computerkeysPotter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel have issued a directive to county employees covering the use of computers, internet access and related technological services. Its purpose is to improve efficiencies, control costs, ensure record retention, protect the county from potential legal exposure, and restrict the use of technological equipment and internet access to county business. Employees will be required to sign a statement confirming that they are aware of the policy and will abide by it.

Potter County’s Technological Systems Acceptable Use Policy is based on consultation with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and several individual counties across the state. To see a copy of the policy, see the county employees’ website, Potter County Connection, at:

The county is also in the process of hiring a full-time Director of Technological Services. Interviews with more than a half-dozen finalists for that position were recently conducted and the commissioners hope to have the new employee onboard in the coming weeks. The current technology consultant, Josh Hoffman of Shinglehouse, has agreed to continue serving during a transition period.

On a related note, the commissioners are nearing the launch of a new county government website, with details to be announced in the near future. Potter County Today

Soccer pictures, Coudy vs Redbank Valley

Playoff game, Coudy vs Redbank Valley Bulldogs High School (New Bethlehem PA). Coudy won 2-0. Coudersport advances.

- Leo
Sunken Branch Photography

Stairway To Heaven, Christian Music Festival

Christian Music Festival

Stairway To Heaven, Christian Music Festival needs your help to secure musicians for the 2010 festival. The dates for the festival are August 19 – 21, 2010. The festival will be at Allegheny River Campground on Rt. 6 between Coudersport and Roulette, PA. We are selling raffle tickets at $5 each or get 6 for $20. There are two prizes 1.) Remington 870 Express 12 Ga. And 2.) Remington 700 SPS 243 or 270. One ticket puts you in the raffle for both prizes. Drawing will be held on Sunday November 22nd, 2009. By saving your ticket, you can also receive $5.00 off your 2010 festival ticket. The money raised from this raffle will be sent to Philips Craig & Dean and Group 1 Crew for the required deposit. This Christian Music Festival will be the closest around with more than 20 musicians, morning devotion and an evening service as part of the lineup. On site camping will also be available. There will be children’s activities, food vendors and other vendors.

But we NEED YOUR help to get the ball rolling. Please call Jennifer at 814.642.7635, email complete the form online at and request your raffle tickets or mail your money with a note on how many tickets you would like to Stairway To Heaven CMF, 81 Burelson Ave., Roulette PA 16746.

We are still seeking people that are interested in being part of the 2010 festival in the form of volunteers, musicians, activity leaders, food vendors, and item vendors. If you are interested in being part of our team, call Jennifer at 814.642.7635, email or contact Andy at 814.544.8032 or Volunteer, vendor, sponsorship, raffle tickets and newsletter sign up forms are also on the website Check it often as we receive updated information it is posted on the website within 24 hours.

Alzheimers Clinic & Support Group To Meet

Alzheimers Support Group
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s clinic and support group at 10 a.m. November 11 at the hospital’s main conference room. New and existing patients and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 814/274-9301, ext. 1436.

Three Teens Injured In Crash On Rt. 321

Teens Injured
Three female teenage juveniles suffered minor injuries when a 1999 Pontiac Firebird, driven by Leroy T. Phelps, Jr., 20, of Clarendon, PA wrecked on Route 321 in Wetmore Township Wednesday at 8:38 pm.

The driver was uninjured, but one teen was transported to Kane Community Hospital for treatment.

The one vehicle crash occurred as Phelps was traveling south on Rt. 321, when he lost control of his vehicle, after traveling too fast for conditions. His car went off the right side of the roadway and impacted a tree with it's front end.

Phelps will answer a Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed charge at District Court 48-3-04.

Dorla's Going Home Today

Hi Jim

Here's a picture of my sister Dorla Tucker and me. I wondered if you could put it on Solomons word so we can let all of Dorla's friends know that she's finally going home today (Friday.)

She's been a resident at Sweden Valley Manor since July after suffering from a fall. Since then she's gone through two surgeries at Geisinger and extensive rehabilitation at the Manor.

When she first began this journey almost four months ago, I wondered if she would be able to return to her home in Colesburg where she and Sonny have lived for more than 50 years. But her courage and determination never wained and the loving and compassionate care she received at Sweden Valley Manor helped her regain her strength and she's finally going to be back home where she belongs.

She wants to thank everyone at the Manor who helped her and to her friends and family for all they've done for both her and Sonny all these months. Her devoted children have been incredible and the love and support she's gotten from so many will never be forgotten.

Thanks so much.

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Richard Davis,37 of Knoxville has been sentenced in Potter County Court for Criminal Attempt-Burglary (F), and Theft By Unlawful Taking (M). According to Potter County District Attorney Dawn Fink on November 7, 2007, Davis and a co-defendant broke into to Hamilton’s Car Wash in Ulysses Township, Potter County. Once inside they attempted to break a coin machine but were interrupted when the owner arrived on scene and summoned state police. Davis was ordered to spend 9-23-1/2 months in jail for burglary and 4-12 months in jail for theft, to run concurrent with previous sentence. He was also ordered to make $500 restitution $500.00, and to perform 25 hours of community service.
Dustin Cook 20 of Harrison Valley was ordered to spend eight to 23-1/2 months in jail followed by a year of probation for Statutory Sexual Assault (F2), and Corruption of Minors (M1). According to District Attorney Dawn Fink late last September or early October, Cook asked a 14 year old victim to engage in sexual intercourse with him in an unattached shed located in Harrison Twp., Potter County.The victim assented and the two engaged in sexual intercourse. Cook admitted to State Police PSP that he knew the victim’s age at the time of the incident and also admitted to providing the victim with alcohol. More News...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Smethport Mayor Injured In Ormsby Crash Thursday

Mayor Injured
The Mayor of Smethport, PA was injured at 1:25 pm today in a crash on Route 59, a little west of Augie Road, at the top of Ormsby Hill in Keating Township.

Ross E. Porter, 60, of Smethport was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 east on Route 59, when he made an abrupt turn, crossing the westbound lane, and struck a culvert and tree along the north berm with the front of his pickup. After impact, Troopers from Kane said, the truck spun counterclockwise and impacted a mailbox with the left rear corner, coming to rest along the north berm of Rt. 59.

Porter is a Smethport businessman and popular Mayor of the Borough Of Smethport. He was transported to Bradford Hospital by Priority Care Ambulance.

Troopers did not know the severity of Porter's injuries, but earlier on scene reports indicated that Medics ordered a Geisinger helicopter airborne to Bradford to transport him to a trauma center if necessary.

Smethport Fire Department assisted Troopers.

Gold Medal Awarded to Pennsylvania's State Parks

PA Parks Take A Gold
On October 14th, the Pennsylvania State Park System won the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

The awards program honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.

The Gold Medal Awards are presented by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Management in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and are proudly sponsored by Musco Lighting.



· COFFEE HOUSE ON FRIDAY 6:30-8:30PM. OPEN-MIC now through November. Stop in and enjoy the music, games, snacks, and a family environment. NO CHARGE! If you are a musician or singer, bring a few songs that honor Jesus and share them with us.

· SATURDAY CAFÉ’ WORSHIP – Casual worship around the coffee tables at the SPOT. 6-7pm.



· Sunday School 9am. Worship 10am.

· POTLUCK SUNDAY THIS WEEK. Bring a dish to pass and stay for food and fellowship.

In Christ,

Pastor Pete

Roulette Native/Writer, Illustrator At Wellsboro Gallery In November

Jim Obleski, son of Bert and Gloria Obleski and Roulette native is having a "one man show" in the gallery at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, Pa.

There is a reception Sunday, November 1 st from 2 to 4 PM to kick off the gallery show.The show will continue until November 27 th.

Jim wrote and illustrated for a number of years for the Leader Enterprise, producing his much loved "Woodland Notes"

He currently illustrates and occasionally writes for the "Pennsylvania Game News" and has been chosen to do artwork for two covers and has a cover coming out next year. He also illustrates and has done a number of stories for the "Mountain Home" publication.

Jim will be joined at the Gallery by his wife Becky who will be displaying her hand knit and felted purses.

Parents Beware Of Face Paints w/ High Lead Content


This is Brooke Goodrich. I am hoping you are able to help me. Recently in the news, like today, the report of lead levels in kids face paint has been reported.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, I am hoping you are able to put something on your blog to inform people.

I went to and have where they have reported 10 out of 10 children's face paints contained lead at levels between .05 and .065 parts per million (ppm).

Also, 6 out of 10 children's face paints contained nickel, cobalt and or/chromium at levels between 1.6 and 120 ppm (this is much higher than the industry safety stand of 1 ppm said the report)

There's much more, but I feel, as a mother of a 4 year old who was going to face paint, that this information is valuable and time censored. So please, if you can find anything to put on the blog to help warn parents of the dangers of the face paint, I certainly would be grateful.

Thank you,

Brooke Goodrich

Here is a link to the article--
Halloween Face Paints Contain Lead And Other Heavy Metals Says US Report

Trick or Treat Hours On Saturday For Local Communities

Trick 'R' Treat

Olean Times Herald
On Halloween in Pennsylvania, Bradford and Smethport will hold their trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Coudersport’s hours are set for 6 p.m. until lights out. Shinglehouse will hold its trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Eldred will hold its trick-or-treat hours 5:30 to 7 p.m. Roulette's hours are 5:30 to 7:30 on Saturday. More...

The Rotary Halloween Parade will also be Saturday in Coudersport at 2:30 PM with line at 3rd street by the Methodist Church. Parade will start at 3:00 All are welcome. Catagories will be singles, doubles and groups. There will be cash prizes, ice cream and candy given out at the Gunzburger gym afterwards.

Gerald E. "Gerry" Empson, 67, of Ulysses, PA

Gerald E. "Gerry" Empson, 67, of Ulysses, PA, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born November 9, 1941, in Ulysses, he was the son of Gerald G. and Ada Bennitt Empson. On August 1, 1959, in West Bingham, PA, he married the former Lena Mead, who survives.

He owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses and was employed as an over the road truck driver by Sherwood Enterprises, Inc. in Ulysses for 36 years, retiring October 31, 2007. He was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses.

Surviving besides his wife, Lena, are: a son, Steven (Belinda) Empson of Ulysses; two daughters, Gerry Lynn (Allen) Schrock of LaGrange, IN and Jolene (Stanley) Neu of Elmira, NY; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; an aunt, Lula "Polly" Bennitt of Ulysses; three sisters, Shirley (Russell) Nicosia of Owego, NY, Anna Brooke of Blossburg, PA, and Margaret Torok of Ulysses; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Gertrude Morley; and a brother, Harold A. Empson.

Friends may call Friday, October 30, 2009 from 7:00-9:00 PM and on Saturday, October 31st from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Emergency Vehicle Operating Course

Emergency Vehicle Operating Course (EVOC) on November 14th and 15th at 8:30am. The instructor is Ryane Rumsey and we are having it at the Shinglehouse Vol Fire Dept. Anyone interested in taking this class can contact me at (814) 697-6780 or (814) 697-6129.

Victorious Losers support group to meet

The Victorious Losers support group will meet at 7 p.m., November 11 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room.

The group is designed for those who need to make life altering decisions, such as weight loss surgery, those who have already undergone surgery, and their friends and family.

Meetings will be led by Paula Warner, a certified support group leader from and Bariatric Support Centers International. She was also a weight loss surgery patient and hopes to offer speakers, cooking classes, special events, and outdoor activities. Feedback from attendees will help develop the meetings to offer the best support, she said. For more information, call CCMH’s community outreach, 260-5550.

Arthur E. "Bub" Kautz, 87, of 209 E. Third St., Emporium formerly of Beechwood

Arthur E. "Bub" Kautz, 87, of 209 E. Third St., Emporium formerly of Beechwood died at Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

on Wednesday afternoon October 28, 2009.

He was born May 15, 1922 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Arthur J. Kautz and Lena McManus Kautz.

On October 3, 1942 in Emporium he married the late Lurline Miller Kautz.

Mr. Kauts served with the US Navy in the South Pacific aboard the DD660 USS Bullard, Destroyer, during WW II. He was a retired plumber and had been the owner of AJ Kautz Plumbing Heating & Cooling in Emporium. He was also a grounds keeper for Bernie Erskine farm. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as Trustee and Deacon of the church. He was a member, for over 50 years, of the Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M. and also the Coudersport Consistery. He was a member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221 VFW, a lifetime member of the Cameron County Historical Society and a member of the Bucktail Camper and Hikers Association.

Daughter: Carole, Mrs. Tim Grooms, Pavilion, NY
Son: Ed Kautz and his wife Nancy, Harpers Ferry, WVA
Son: John Kautz and his wife Pam, Emporium
7 Grandchildren
8 Great Grandchildren
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Arthur J. Kautz and Lena McManus Kautz
Wife: Lurline Miller Kautz
2 Sisters: Marie Smith & Evelyn Darrin
Brother: George Kautz

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (November 2, 2009) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Philip Sanders, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM where a Masonic Service will take place at 7:45 PM.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 205 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County Historical Society, PO Box 433, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

DEP: United Refining Fined $495,000 for Air Quality Violations in Warren County

Kwik Fill Parent Co. Zapped BY DEP
Meadville – Under a settlement agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection, United Refining Co. will pay a $495,000 penalty for violating its air quality permit at the company’s petroleum refinery in Warren, Warren County.

United was cited for frequently violating its permit emission limits, the most significant of these being the limit for sulfur dioxide. Continuous emission monitors at the facility indicated that United also exceeded emission limits for hydrogen sulfide and opacity from various sources.

The company additionally failed to submit required reports in a timely manner.

The violations date back to May 2007, but United has since taken corrective actions.

“In response to numerous emission violations, United has installed new equipment and software to improve its day-to-day emissions monitoring,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “The company also is implementing a plan we have approved that will hold it to its reporting schedule.”

The $495,000 penalty will be paid into the state’s Clean Air Fund, which supports projects designed to improve air quality throughout the state.

For more information on air quality, visit, keyword: Air Quality.

Dr. Robert Wagner Writes To Voters About Election

An Open Letter to the Voters Concerning the November Political Election

By Robert Wagner

In the spring of this year, full page ads occurred in the local newspaper or newspapers attacking the honesty and credibility of Judge Leete. These letters occurred as the result of Judge Leete's decision in a property dispute in Pike Township. One of the defendants in this case who was on the losing side in this decision, happened to be a friend of Judge Leete who met with John and other friends in Galeton for coffee, breakfast and conversation from time to time. He and the co-defendants might have thought this would give them an advantage in court but this was not the case.

I have known Judge Leete since he came back to Coudersport. I have at times, thought he may be a little easier on some criminal defendants than I would have been but I have never doubted his honesty or integrity. This case was decided on it's merits and supported by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Since Judge Leete is retiring, the defendants in the above case could only assault his character. They could and can attempt to destroy the character of the attorney and Judicial candidate who was the winning attorney in this case, Dan Glassmire. They are spending thousands of dollars in this vindictive attempt.

Since real estate law was the topic of this trial and a frequent reason for litigation before judges, I have composed a list of questions on this matter and mailed them to both candidates for Potter County Judge. I requested a reply by the thirteenth of October, 2009.

Both attorneys received my certified letters and Mr. Glassmire responded to the questions within two or three days. Mr. Minor did not respond. I will print my letter, Mr Glassmire's response and responses to the letter to Mr. Minor, which response is compiled by me through my research. Copies of all pertinent documents will be included and thus I plan to release this information over the next several days. You will find the information is fact and not conjecture.

Click on letters to enlarge

Click on letters to enlarge

Report Said Inaccurate

[me.jpg]By James Jones

In as much as Steve Minor did not respond to Dr. Wagner's letter, Dr. Wagner included a long article with Wagner's list of Minor's properties and business endeavors, along with a bunch of supporting documents, which I forwarded to Steve Minor for verification.

In a phone call from Steve Minor, Steve told me that he had had some involvement in real estate in the past but he and his wife found out that they were not suited to be landlords. Steve said "I am not currently involved in any business endeavors with any other person, and have not been in several years."

Steve continues, "All real estate I own, I do so with my wife. This includes our home, a lot, and an apartment house, as well as my law office building. I have one HUD tenant and am trying to sell the rental property where the tenant lives."

When I covered Dan Glassmire's town meeting in Roulette, I told Dr. Wagner that I would publish his letter and responses in regard to it from both candidates.

In light of the statements by Steve Minor, that the information Dr. Wagner sent about him, was not accurate, I chose not to publish Wagner's synopsis of Minor's real estate holdings and business endeavors. Dr. Wagner has made them available on the internet and I understand that he has passed out copies of them in different places.

Dr. Robert Wagner is well respected, in Potter County, as an excellent medical doctor and a corruption fighter, bringing several investigations to Potter County Government about 20 years ago, but they resulted in no apparent findings of wrongdoing.

Several lawsuits worked their way through the courts for several years as a result of the allegations that were made.

Dr. Wagner was the editor of the "Potter County TRUE PRESS" which was circulated by volunteers back in those days. Dr. Wagner used that medium to circulate his allegations and opinions about corruption in government.

At election time, he urged voters to vote for Mickey Mouse instead of the endorsed candidates, as a protest to the corruption in the government.

In this judicial election, Dr. Wagner is apparently supporting Attorney Dan Glassmire.