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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Area Men Graduate From Municipal Police Officers Class

Mansfield University
Police Academy Graduates 24th Class

Front Row (L-R): Justin Segura, Richard Simpson, Mikhail Mironenko, David Merritt, Zach Stager, Mark Dittrick, Reagan Rafferty, Robert Cochran, Jr, Tyler Majot, Corey Brewer. Back Row (L-R): Colter Dabney, Christopher Herb, Joshua Quimby, Matthew Gustin, William Angove, Jr, William Robson, Timothy Burke II, Taylor Eck, Ryan Edsell, Troy Rice. Missing from Photo: Christopher Cheney.

Graduation ceremonies for the 24th Mansfield University Municipal Police Officers’ Training Academy were held recently. The Act 120 Academy Training Program is a required 750-hour course to obtain certification to be a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. More PHOTOS

The following cadets were members of the graduating class and are now eligible to be certified as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania: William Angove, Jr. (Troy), Corey Brewer (Williamsport), Timothy Burke II (Wellsboro), Christopher Cheney (Little Meadows), Robert Cochran, Jr. (Williamsport), Colter Dabney (Montoursville), Mark Dittrick (Ephrata), Taylor Eck (Montoursville), Ryan Edsell (Friendsville), Matthew Gustin (Shinglehouse), Christopher Herb (Williamsport), Tyler Majot (Little Genesee, NY), David Merritt (St. Mary’s), Mikhail Mironenko (Lewisburg), Joshua Quimby (Elimsport), Reagan Rafferty (Williamsport), Troy Rice (Grindstone), William Robson (Old Lycoming Township), Justin Segura (Lock Haven), Richard Simpson (Lock Haven) and Zach Stager (Mansfield).

MU of Arts and Sciences James Brown presented the graduates with their diplomas.

The graduates began the four and a half month Academy Training Program on May 26, 2009. The required curriculum included training in laws and procedures, motor vehicle law and collision investigation, criminal investigation, crisis management, emergency vehicle operations, physical training, first aid and CPR, defensive tactics and firearms.

For more information about the Municipal Police Academy at Mansfield University, contact Barbara Butcher at (570)662-4866 or 1(800)661-3640,, or check online at

Trailer Fire In Wellsville Reporting Possible Entrapment

At Level Acres Park 2
At 9:20 PM on Saturday, Wellsville Fire and Ambulance units are responding to a trailer fire at Level Acres Park 2 on Route 19. Dispatchers are reporting possible entrapment.

Dr. Stanley Teaches

Interceding for Our Land
Interceding for Our Land
Few Christians would deny the moral decline of our country. But we need to do more than point fingers. Believers have a vital responsibility to pray for the future of this great nation. Read Dr. Stanley's teaching about how we can "Intercede for Our Land."

Latest Information About the H1N1 Flu

H1N1 Flu: Keeping Pennsylvanians Healthy
Governor Edward G. Rendell has dedicated this entire special edition of his newsletter to helping Pennsylvanians protect themselves against the H1N1 flu. Please share this information with your friends and family members.

Slow the Spread of H1N1
H1N1 spreads the same way seasonal flu does: from person-to-person. The virus can live on hard and soft surfaces anywhere from 2 to 8 hours after being touched by an infected person. That’s why it’s important to keep your hands clean, avoid touching your face and cough or sneeze only into a tissue or your sleeve. Learn more.

Got the Flu? Stay at Home
Unless you are headed to the doctor, stay at home until you are well – it’s one of the best ways to keep H1N1 from spreading. And you must stay at home until at least 24 hours after your fever ends without the use of fever-reducing medication. Watch for worsening symptoms, which may require you to seek emergency medical care. Learn more.

Finding H1N1 Vaccine
Due to a delay in vaccine production nationwide, the fastest way to find vaccine in your area is to talk to your healthcare provider. As supply levels improve, there will be public vaccination sites.

The limited number of doses that are available are targeted to those who are at greatest risk from H1N1, including pregnant women; individuals six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers and EMS workers; parents, household members or caregivers of children under 6 months; and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions. Learn more.

Be Ready for the Unexpected
Be ready with a plan in case you or your children must stay home due to illness or school, child care or business closings. It’s is important to make arrangements with neighbors, friends and family members who would be willing to help care for a child that remains home due to a school closing or illness. People caring for others who are sick with H1N1 can take steps to reduce the risk of becoming ill. Learn more.

Simms Helps Out At Recycling Center

Lions club president Ron Angood and Erica Simms of Austin break down cardboard boxes at the Lions Club recycling center in Coudersport. Erica volunteered to work 20 hours at the recycling center as part of a class project.

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Car Disabled After Hitting Dead Deer In Roadway

Ran Over Dead Deer
Troy L. Glasgow, 26, of Port Allegany was uninjured Friday at 6:00 PM when his 2007 Pontiac G6 struck a dead deer that was laying in the roadway on Route 6 near Kleisath Road in Keating Township.

Kane State Police reported that Glasgow's Pontiac suffered disabling damage to it's undercarriage.

Bradford Man Manifestly Under the Influence Of Alcohol

Public Drunkenness Charged
State Police charged a Bradford man with Public Drunkenness at 2:07 am Saturday morning on South Avenue near Main Street in Bradford City.

Troopers said Chad McCool, 22, 56 Maplewood Avenue, Bradford, PA, was seen manifestly under the influence of alcohol to such a degree that he endangered himself or other persons or property, or annoyed persons in his vicinity.

He was charged with a summary count of Public Drunkenness at District Court 48-1-01.

Turtlepoint Man Injured--Swerved To Miss Deer/Hit Tree

Turtlepoint Man Airlifted
A Turtlepoint driver was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after he swerved to miss a deer Friday afternoon at 3:07 PM, and hit a tree on Open Brook Road in Liberty Township.

Matthew A. McFall, 24, Turtlepoint, PA, was negotiating a slight left curve while traveling north on Open Brook Road when a deer ran into the path of his 1998 Dodge Dakota from the west (left).

He swerved to the right to miss the deer and lost control of the truck, impacting a tree off the right side of the road with it's front end. Reports from the scene indicated McFall was entrapped in his vehicle. Police said he suffered moderate injuries.

McFall was transported to Charles Cole Hospital and was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. State Police reported Saturday night that McFall has since been released from that hospital.

State Police were assisted by Port Allegany Ambulance and Port Allegany Fire Department and fire police.

Fire and Ambulance crews were delayed precious minutes in finding the accident scene when the crash was originally reported to be on Lower Grimes Road instead of Open Brook Road.

State Police Chase--They Got Their Man

UPDATE: Man caught after chase, police car rollover

By Patrick Cooley
Herald Staff Writer


An Edinboro man led Mercer State Police on a 15-mile high-speed chase that left him and a state trooper in the hospital on Friday. More....

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Phila To Pay $5.9 Million Over Strip Searching Inmates

Phila. inmate strip-search suit settled

Final settlement of a strip-search lawsuit brought against Philadelphia means 5,321 people will each get compensation of $100 or $1,400, and the attorneys representing them will share $1.7 million in fees.

Philadelphia agreed this year to settle for $5.9 million the challenge to its policy of strip-searching all new inmates. The suit covered the years between 2003 and 2007 and encompassed about 37,000 people.

The city, which admitted no wrongdoing, now typically makes use of metal detectors and noninvasive techniques to find contraband. Some strip searches are still performed. More....

Altercation Results In Harassment/Drug Charges

Marijuana Charges
State Police who responded to a report of an altercation Saturday at noontime, on Carlson Lane, off of Route 155 in Liberty Township, found a man to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

The altercation was between George Andrew Strait, Jr., 24, and Julia Newman, 45.

Troopers said Strait will be charged with Harassment and Possession of a Controlled Substance in District Judge Todd's courtroom.

Fugitives Found At Relatives Coudersport Home


PITTSBURGH, PA - Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Vincent Lobianco, 32 years old, from Swissvale. Lobianco was wanted for violating the conditions of his probation/parole for a 2006 conviction.

The original charges in this case were for Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Receiving Stolen Property. Lobianco was arrested for breaking into Sullivan Chevrolet by smashing out a rear window.

When officers attempted to arrest Lobianco he fled from the building and ran into Pine Creek where he fought with officers and was eventually apprehended. Lobianco has been wanted since October 19, 2009.

Last evening Sheriff’s Deputies received an e-mail tip with information regarding Lobianco’s whereabouts.

This information led deputies to several locations that resulted in two additional fugitive arrests.

Deputies also learned that Lobianco had fled the Pittsburgh area and was traveling with his girlfriend. Deputies learned that her name was Kirsten Tretter, 24 years old, from Berwick, Pennsylvania. These same deputies then learned that Tretter was also wanted in Columbia County on drug and theft related charges.

The information supplied, led deputies to a relative of Tretter’s who lived in Coudersport. This evening, deputies were able to ascertain who this family member was and an address for him.

They immediately contacted the Coudersport Police Department with this information. Coudersport Police went to the address provided in the 100 block of East 7th Street and did apprehend both Lobianco and Tretter without incident.

Both were then transported to the Potter County Jail where the will be held until such time that they are returned to the issuing counties of their warrants.

The other two fugitives arrested during this investigation were Robert Mitchell, 38 years old. From the Hill District. Mitchell was wanted by Family Division for non-support in excess of 13,000 dollars. Also arrested was Mitchell’s girlfriend Danielle Johnson, 34 years old, also from the Hill District. Johnson was wanted for violating her probation on theft related charges.

Fugitives Arrested In Coudersport After E-Mail Tip

Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested

Coudersport---KDKA--Authorities have arrested another of Allegheny County's most wanted fugitives.

According to the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Vincent Lobianco, of Swissvale, and his girlfriend were taken into custody in Coudersport, Pa More....

Holiday Pie Sale To Benefit Missions Trip

Holiday Pies for Sale:

Don't feel like spending hours making pies for the upcoming holidays? The Youth of the Coudersport Alliance Church is raising money to take a missions trip to the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2010 and we need your support. We are taking orders now for the up and coming holiday season! Pumpkin Pies, Apple Pies and Pumpkin Rolls are available for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please visit our website for prices and to place your order.

We will be baking the pies right before each holiday to ensure that you get a fresh pie on your dinner table.

Window Broken At Playground In Shippen Township

Window Broken
State Police at Emporium report a Criminal Mischief at the Prospect Park Playground on Arch Drive in Shippen Township.

Unknown actor(s) broke a window at a storage building owned by the Cameron County Recreation Center, Emporium, PA. Estimated damage is $50.00.

Health Care Bill Could Jail People Who Do Not Comply

PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail

JCT Confirms Failure to Comply with Democrats’ Mandate Can Lead to 5 Years in Jail

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail.

The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey Open Arms!

I hope this Enewsletter finds you and your family well and having good

Here's what's going on at Open Arms:

Membership Class this weekend, Sunday, November 8th, immediately
following service. Lunch will be provided.

Also this weekend is our Revolution Youth Ministry Kick Off. This
will be held SUNDAY November 8th from 7-8PM @Open Arms Community
Church. 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.

Operation Christmas Child:
The Livewires Class is collecting items for Samaritan’s Purse shoe box
ministry to children. This is used as a tool for child evangelism
throughout the world. We need the following items, which we will use
to assemble boxes ( Deadline November 18th ):

Toothbrush and paste, bar soap, hair bands and barettes,chap stick,
brush and combs, bandanas, small flashlights with extra batteries,
modeling clay, art materials,yo-yo’s, mini etch-a-sketch, balls, small
stuffed animals ( like beanie babies),dolls, toy cars, crayons,
markers, colored pencils, gum, hard candy,lollipops,sunglasses,
pencils, pens, small paper pads, ink and stamp sets, solar
calculators, tshirts, ball caps, socks, jump ropes…

We need both boy and girl toys and items.
Please no war related toys, no liquids, and nothing meltable ( like
chocolate). If you cannot contribute items, we will need $7 per box to
help cover delivery costs.

Please contact Sally Newton for more information
( We will deliver boxes to the collection
center the week of November 18th.

Baptismal Service: Nov 22, 1pm at the Bradford YMCA. Please email or
talk to Pastor Mike to confirm your attendance. Invite your friends
and family.

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

Christmas Eve’s Eve Service: Wed, Dec 23, 7pm. If you are interested
in sharing a song, poem, skit, etc. please see Pastor Mike. Be
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 31. We will be giving out free coffee, coco,
and baked goods. Please see Dr. Brad to get signed up to serve.

Don't forget, you can keep in touch with your Open Arms family and
watch any of the messages you may have missed by visiting our website,

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


Earn Doctorates

Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professors have successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees.
John Levey

John Levey, assistant professor of music and director of the music program, earned his degree in composition and music theory from the University of Michigan. Soo-Rhee Ryu, visiting professor of political science, earned her degree in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Levey’s composition dissertation, “Concertino,” is an extended work for flute soloist, harp and string quartet. He wrote the piece for Sarah Tiedemann, a flutist he met while earning his bachelor of music in composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The two will collaborate in premiering the work this spring.

In his theory dissertation, Levey examined the vocal music of Peter Lieberson, a contemporary American composer. His research centers on some of the technical changes that have occurred in Lieberson’s music during the past four decades and situates Lieberson’s late wife, the mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt, as an important stylistic influence.

Levey grew up playing piano in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh. He began writing music during his high school years. He also holds a master of music in composition from Michigan.

Levey teaches courses in music literature, theory and technology. He also directs the College-Community Choir.
Soo-Rhee Ryu

Ryu’s dissertation looked at 26 new democracies formed in the 1970s.

“I measured the quality of democracies that became democratized in the 1970s,” Ryu said. She did that by studying international news sources to find “promise sentences” uttered by politicians running for office. She then matched those promises to the budget allocations made toward fulfilling those promises by the governments formed by the elected leaders.

She believed that because politicians in a democracy are held accountable by the election process, they would keep more promises.

“I was kind of suspicious about how many promises they’re able to keep,” she said, but found that most were kept. “They passed the test.”

Ryu grew up in South Korea. She holds a master of arts in international relations from Seoul National University and a bachelor of arts in political science and diplomacy from Chungbuk National University.

During her time at Pitt-Bradford, Ryu will teach Introduction to International Affairs, World Politics and American Foreign Relations.

Troopers Say Roulette Man Wanted To Fight

Harassment To Be Charged
A Roulette man will be charged with Harassment as a result of an incident on Railroad Avenue on Thursday night between 10:00 and 11:30 PM.

Fritz D. Nelson, 49, 41 Bow Hunters Drive, Roulette, PA, appeared at the residence of Joe McDowell, 29, of 68 Railroad Avenue in Roulette and pounded on the door attempting to entice McDowell to come outside and engage in a physical altercation.

Nelson proceeded to drive up and down the street in front of McDowell's residence and also left a derogatory message on McDowell's cell phone.

Nelson will be charged with Harassment in District Court 55-4-01.

Emporium Couple Unhurt In Car/Deer Crash

Car Hit Deer
An Emporium couple were not injured when their car hit a deer on Route 872 near the Heth Road in Homer Township at 7:15 AM on Thursday according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Harold D. Losey, 84, and his passenger, Denise L. Losey, of Emporium, PA, were traveling north in a 2007 Buick Lucerne when a deer entered the roadway fron the east side of the road. Losey was unable to avoid hitting the deer which was killed in the crash. The Loseys were wearing seat belts and were not hurt.

Windows Broken At House In Ulysses

Windows Broken
State Police are reporting an incident that occurred between 8-24 and 9-7-09 at a residence at 833 South Water Street in Ulysses Boro.

An unknown actor(s) broke three windows on the west side of the 2 story home owned by Helen Lampman, of 87 Oak Lane, Coudersport, PA. A stick was used to break the windows.

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

Wellsville Rescue Units Responding To Roll Over Crash

Rollover Crash In Wellsville
At 12:25 AM on Saturday morning, Wellsville Fire & Rescue units are responding to a one car rollover accident on the Bellamy Road near the Niles Hill Road.

Austin Man Was Intoxicated At Traffic Stop

Austin Man DUI
An Austin man will be charged with DUI after being pulled over last Sunday morning at 1:50 AM in the area of Summit Street in Austin Boro by State Police.

Herbert A. Watson, 36, Foster Street, Austin, PA, was pulled over for a traffic violation and found to be intoxicated.

He will answer charges in District Court 55-3-01.

Natural Gas Fracking To Be Re-Evaluated By EPA

Natural gas quest: EPA to review safety of fracking process

By Tom

The safety of fracking -- a controversial process to stimulate natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale -- will be re-evaluated by the Obama administration.

A bill passed by Congress and signed by the president last week urges the federal Environmental Protection Agency to use a "transparent, peer-reviewed process" to determine whether the fracking process has contaminated water supplies and degraded land around drilling sites. More...

Watch For Counterfiet Checks From Citizens & Northern

Counterfeit Checks

Citizens & Northern Bank in Wellsboro reports that counterfeit checks bearing its name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031308302, which is assigned to Citizens & Northern Bank. The items have an ornate top border and display the bank’s street address below its name in the top-left corner. The word “Dollars” appears on the right side of the items and a “FROM” line appears in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks have a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and display the bank’s logo in the top-left corner. The word “AMOUNT” appears on the right side of the checks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sometimes You Get The Bear; and Sometimes The Game Commission Gets You

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

Now Available On Zito Media Cable Channel 450

Hear the local news first on Black Forest Broadcasting starting at 7:00am


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Mansfield-based state police are investigating the theft of some chain saws from the parking lot of Star Crest Motel in Covington, Township Monday night or early Tuesday. Thieves made off with nine Stihl brand and one Husqvarna brand chain saws owned by Conquest Seismic Services of Horseheads, NY. The saws are valued at some $4500. More news....

Fugitive Armed & Dangerous Fled Police On I-80 Near DuBois

Courier Express
DuBois-based state police are warning residents that a fugitive remains at large.

Officers stopped a white man at the westbound Interstate 80 rest area near Reynoldsville at 9:48 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 80.

The man fled on foot. He is described as 36 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds, with short blonde hair. He was wearing a tan Carhart type jacket.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

As of Friday afternoon, the man has not been located and there have been no signs of him still being in the area.

Residents are warned to be cautious, watch their property and outer buildings and not to pick up any hitchhikers or stop for any reason.

The westbound rest area was closed Thursday and remains closed. Police said they may close the eastbound rest area.

Residents are to call the state police at 371-4652 to report any suspicious activity in their immediate area.

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Senior education student Janelle Krisulevics of Larksville
working on a Halloween math problem with second-grader
Tacoma Weaver at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Friday.

BRADFORD, Pa.— Anyone visiting the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Hanley Library got quite a surprise today if they visited the facility’s second floor. The usually-quiet study area resembled an elementary classroom, complete with teachers, students and several colorful lessons and activities.

The annual event, organized by Pitt-Bradford education instructor Julie Kleinberger, gives Pitt-Bradford education students the opportunity to work with second-graders from George G. Blaisdell Elementary School in a small, supervised environment.

“It’s really a great opportunity for the Pitt-Bradford students to try out some of the lessons they’ve been writing,” Kleinberger said. “They observe and work in the schools throughout the year, but this gives me an opportunity to see them in action as well.”

This year, Mary Gracy-Dalton brought her class of 14 students to learn language arts and math from students in Kleinberger’s educational methods classes.

“My students absolutely love this,” Dalton said. “They get to participate in fun activities all morning and eat lunch in the dining hall on campus. Plus, it’s really nice that the Pitt students get to practice their lessons with real students.”

The Pitt-Bradford education majors organized a variety of learning stations and activities for the younger students to enjoy, including measuring pumpkins, reading Thanksgiving stories and learning to tell time by making their own clocks.

“This is a great experience for all of us,” said Pitt-Bradford senior Janelle Krisulevicz of Larksville. “It’s fun working and interacting with the kids in this environment.”

Chimney Fire Reported On Route 607

Chimney Fire
At 9:08 PM on Friday, Department 44 Austin, Dept. 3 Port Allegany, and Dept. 48 Coudersport are responding to a chimney fire at the Dennis Fedick residence at 1163 Route 607 in Keating Township. Smoke is reported coming from the roof. At 9:22, Port Allegany Station is recalled, Couidersport Station 48 units were diverted to Austin Fire Station for stand-by.

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Michael J. Kandare, “Whale”, 50 of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Michael J. Kandare, “Whale”, 50 of Smethport, died Thursday (November 5, 2009) in the UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh, after battling cancer.

He was born March 8, 1959 in Olean, NY, a son of Arlene M. Russell, of Lewis Run, PA, who survives. On May 5, 2001, in Smethport, PA, he married Constance S.”Connie” Seger, who survives.

Mr. Kandare was a 1977 graduate of Smethport High School and was a self employed general contractor.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by
one daughter: Gayle M. (Armando Aponte) Blackman of Smethport, PA
Grandchildren, Aleix Aponte, Ariana Aponte
step son, Dylan Reed of State College, PA
one sister: Lynn A. Kandare of Smethport, PA
two brothers: Jeffrey A. (Tracey) Kandare of Berneville, PA, Bradley S. "Chip" (Adrian) Kandare of Lexington, SC
Nephews: Eric, Craig, A.J., Andrew, and Ty; and Nieces: Abby and Kylie, and many lives he had touched over the years.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, from 4-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the First Church of God, Eldred, PA, with the Rev. James A. Kazimer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Galeton Drama Club To Perform Nov. 13th

Murdering the Music
The Galeton High School Drama Club will be performing American Idle: Murdering the Music November 13th and 14th at 7:00 pm.

Students in grades seven through twelve have been working hard, memorizing lines, and practicing their best, and sometimes worst, singing.

The play is a parody of the reality contest. The judges are … interesting, and the contestants are not just worried about their poor singing since they are being murdered! Who is trying to destroy the show and why?

Come to the Galeton High Gymnasium Friday or Saturday to find out.

PCEC Class Schedules

Interested in Learning a Foreign Language

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


The Potter County Education Council will hold a “Sparkling Beads” Class at the Coudersport Office. Fast and fabulous designs to gear you up for the holiday season using Swarovski crystals. Participants will create a festive keepsake pin which easily converts to a unique necklace and a matching pair of earrings. Pre-registration is required - sign up soon as class size is limited to 10 people. The class will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Quillow Class

The Potter County Education Council will hold a “quillow” class at the PCEC office at the Vo-Tech in Port Allegany. A quillow is a quilt with a pillow pouch attached. When folded, it looks like a pillow; when fully unfolded it is a lap quilt measuring 45”x 60” to keep you warm with a pouch for your feet. Make one featuring a favorite sports team, race car driver, or even something pretty and personal – the possibilities are endless. Fabric requirements will be given when you call to pre-register for the class. The class will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the cost will be $15.00 per person. Call 814-545-1333 to register.

PCEC Coudersport Computer Schedule

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

November 16 PowerPoint 1 9 a.m. – Noon

November 16 PowerPoint 2 1 - 4 p.m.

November 17 FrontPage 2 6 – 9 p.m.

November 23 Publisher 1 9 a.m. – noon

November 23 Publisher 2 1 – 4 p.m.

November 24 Publisher 1 6 – 9 p.m.

November 30 Computer 1st Aid 9 a.m. - Noon

To register visit our website at .

PCEC Galeton Computer Schedule

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

November 12 Windows XP1 9 a.m. – Noon

November 12 Windows XP2 1 – 4 p.m.

November 19 Computer 1st Aid 9 a.m. – Noon

November 19 Word 1 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at .

PCEC Northern Potter Computer Schedule

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

November 17 FrontPage 1 1 – 4 p.m.

November 24 Access 1 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at

PCEC Port Allegany Computer Schedule

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

November 12 Excel 1 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

November 17 Vista 1 9 a.m. – Noon

November 17 Vista 2 1 – 4 p.m.

November 24 Access 1 9 a.m. – Noon

November 24 Access 2 1 – 4 p.m.

To register visit our website at

Fish & Boat Commission Seeks Applicants for Boating Facilities Grant Program

Boating Facilities Grant Program

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is encouraging local governments and nonprofit groups which are interested in providing or improving public boating facilities to apply for funding through the agency’s Boating Facilities Grant Program.

“The program is designed to help local governments and eligible nonprofit groups, including land trusts, conservancies and watershed associations, to provide or improve public recreational boat access facilities in their communities,” said Dr. Douglas Austen, PFBC executive director. “Private businesses are not eligible for direct funding but are encouraged to partner with their local government for funding.”

The deadline for submitting applications is Dec.18, 2009. More...

Coudersport Area Ministerium Advent Luncheons

Coudersport Area Ministerium
Advent Luncheons

The greatest gift at Christmastime is one we all may give—A friendly smile that helps to make life easier to live. A kindly thought, a helping hand, to show someone we care and let them know how much it means for us to have them here….

The Coudersport Area Ministerium serves as a coordinating place for community Christian activities and seeks to promote, enlist, and coordinate congregational volunteers for Christian ministry to the community as is best carried out in a cooperative manner.

Four churches in Coudersport are sponsoring a luncheon on Wednesdays during the Advent season. There is a speaker at each luncheon that will prove to be inspirational in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth.

Funds raised through free will offerings at each luncheon are used throughout the Coudersport area to support the purpose of the Coudersport Area Ministerium.

Please plan to attend the luncheons to help support this meaningful ministry.

Wednesdays – 12:00N – 1PM

December 2 – St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allegany & Borie Street
Speaker: Father James Campbell

December 9 – Christ Episcopal Church, 601 North Main Street
Speaker: Rev. Evon McJunkin

December 16 – St. Eulalia Roman Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street
Speaker: Rev. Scott Ogden
December 23 – Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third StreetSpeaker: Rev. JoAnne Kandel

Book Fair to be held at CCMH

Book Fair

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a book fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 10 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 11 at the Irwin Medical Arts Center.

The book fair, which will feature hundreds of quality books for all ages and unique gifts, is open to the public and will accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

RaffleTo Benefit SOAP

The Catholic Daughters are supporting the SOAP organization by raffling off this wonderful basket of goodies. Below is a listing all of the goodies in the basket.

Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 tickets for $5.00.

You may purchase tickets from Lucinda Weakland or at Dr. Pete Ryan's office.

The drawing will be held at the Advent Luncheon at St. Eulalia's on December 16th. Please join us in supporting this cause!


4 Pkgs. of Pasta
4 Bottles of Wine
2 Wine Glasses
Bottle Cooler Cover
Wine Cork
Wooden Grape Plaque
Tube of Tomato Paste
Tube of Garlic Paste
Parmesan Cheese Crackers
Alfredo Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Spaghetti Bowl
Marble Cheese Cutter
Rotary Grater
Spaghetti Measuring Tool
Spaghetti Server
2 Bunches of Decorative Grapes
Dipping Oil

Basket Value: $150

Benefits “Save Our Area Pool”

Camren Enrieque Ray infant son of Heidi L. Robinson and Anthony A. Ray

BRADFORD--Camren Enrieque Ray infant son of Heidi L. Robinson and Anthony A. Ray was stillborn, Thursday, November 5, 2009, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Surviving in addition to his parents, is a brother, Camden E. Ray of Eldred, maternal grandmother, Aliada Robinson of Bradford, paternal grandparents Brent and Grace Raught of Smethport, and paternal great grandparents Alice and Tom Gomez, of Albuquerque, NM.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, November, 9, 2009 at 4:00PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street with Rev. Craig Smith, pastor of the Mt. Jewett and Hazel Hurst United Methodist Church officiating.

Private burial services will be held for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

On line condolences may be made at

Lillian L. WALTERS, 82, of Harrison Valley, PA

Lillian L. WALTERS, 82, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, November 5, 2009 in the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Born September 2, 1927, in Harrison Valley, she was the daughter of Clarence and Myra Seeley Cary. On July 21, 1945, in Westfield, PA, she married Robert F. Walters, who survives.

A homemaker, she owned and operated Lil's Shop in Harrison Valley for many years. She was a member of the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.

Surviving besides her husband, Bob, are: two sons, Robert (Lois) Walters of Ellisburg, PA and Larry (Christine) Walters of Westfield; a daughter, Donna (James) Plyler of Genesee, PA; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Edna Giardina of Corning, NY, Genevieve Hurler Viera of Westfield, and Alice Cervoni of Watkins Glen, NY; a brother, Arnold (Faith) Cary of Westfield; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, George Cary and Herman Cary; and a sister, Ada Kibbe Winter.

Friends may call Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. The Rev. Timothy H. Miller, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.

Memorials may be made to the CMA Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.

Accident Reported On North Open Brook Road

Truck into a tree
At 3:06 pm on Friday, Port Allegany Fire and Ambulance is responding to a report of a motor vehicle accident on north Open Brook Road where a truck has hit a tree. A person is reported entrapped in the vehicle.

It was originally reported on Lower Grimes Road. Emergency services are en route to the Open Brook location. Port Allegany ambulance is on scene at 3:20 pm.

Port Allegany ambulance is transporting to Charles Cole Hospital where a Stat-Medivac helicopter is en route to the helipad there.
Grand jury may seek charges against Perzel

Friday, November 06, 2009

HARRISBURG -- A statewide grand jury is considering recommending charges against former House Speaker John Perzel, R-Philadelphia, and a number of others in connection with millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded computer data that investigators believe was used for political campaigns.

The jury met late last month. It is not clear if a presentment was returned under seal at that time, but figures close to the investigation say questions centered on Mr. Perzel and computer contracts signed with two firms that provided data on voting households in various state House districts.

The probe, headed by Attorney General Tom Corbett, a Republican, grew out of an earlier investigation into allegations that House staff members received taxpayer funds disguised as job performance bonuses in return for working on political campaigns in 2006 and 2004.

Yesterday, two prominent House employees, Brett Feese and Al Bowman, abruptly left their jobs. Both men had been questioned by investigators for the attorney general's office.

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Thompson Decries New Unemployment Figure of 10.2%

Yet Democrats Continue to Push Job Killing Health Care Bill

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard today blasted the Democrat leadership, who are proceeding with a vote on the Pelosi Health Care bill that promises to kill jobs in small business. “It flies in the face of reason when you see the new unemployment figure of 10.2%,” said Thompson.

“The American people are hurting, and you can hardly talk to anyone who doesn’t have a relative or friend out of work. We haven’t seen a level of unemployment like this since April of 1983,” Thompson explained. “More than 190,000 Americans lost their jobs in October.”

Tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on the Pelosi Health Care bill, which raises $150 billion in taxes from small businesses. It is small businesses who generate the majority of new jobs in this country and employ just over half of all private sector employees.

More than 2.8 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was signed by the President. “I disagreed with the stimulus at the time it was passed and believed that the alternative economic recovery plan would have created twice the jobs at half the costs of the plan that passed,” Thompson said.

“I believe the majority is preparing to make another huge mistake. This bill is 2,000+ pages of tax hikes, red tape, and federal mandates,” said Thompson. “The $1.3 trillion measure is a stunning federal power grab – granting a new breed of federal super-bureaucrat the authority to reshape our health care system from the inside out. The new federal Health Choices Commissioner will have some 67 new authorities including: Assessing civil money penalties against QHBPs (qualified health benefit plans) for violating federal requirements, and suspending enrollment of individuals enrolled in QHBPs that violate federal requirements. Everyone must have exactly the same health care plan whether it is what you want or not.”

“This time around, I am again supporting an alternative measure. The Congressional Budget Office has looked at the bill I support and written that it will lower premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses. It addresses medical liability tort reform, allows small businesses to pool together to offer health care at lower prices and establishes Universal Access Programs to guarantee access to affordable care for those with pre-existing conditions. Perhaps its biggest asset is that it does not kill jobs while it is making healthcare more affordable,” Thompson said.

Thompson concluded, “At last count there were 79 Democrats still said to be in opposition to this bill. It will be interesting to see if backroom deals are cut overnight.”

Olive Geraldine Burritt, 73, a resident of the Pavilion at BRMC, formerly of 310 Seaward Ave., Bradford, PA

Olive Geraldine Burritt, 73, a resident of the Pavilion at BRMC, formerly of 310 Seaward Ave. passed away, peacefully Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 26, 1936, in Rositer, she was a daughter of the late William Glenn and Thelma Violet (Bair) Weaver. She attended Rositer Area Schools.

On June 22, 1957, in the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church in Bradford she married Ronald Dale Burritt, Sr. who survives.

She was a loving, caring woman, who was a wonderful wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was easy going and a kind hearted person. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, and grandchildren. She was considered to be " the heart" of the family. She was Baptized a member of the First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by five children: two daughters:Terry (Matthew) Blackmon of Washington, NC, Debra (Terry) Daughenbaugh of Bradford, three sons: Ronald (Linda) Burritt, Jr. of Bradford, John (the late Diane) Burritt of Kane, and Rick (Terri) Burritt of Bradford, eleven grandchildren: Blake (Rebecca) Blackmon, Amber Blackmon, Jamie Burritt, Andrew Burritt, John Burritt, Michael Burritt, Bradley Daughenbaugh, Ryan Daughenbaugh, Alex Daughenbaugh, Stephanie Burritt, and Alan Burritt, two great grandchildren: Kozmo Blackmon and Zeke Blackmon, two sisters: Vera (Thomas) Reesman of Dayton and Jane (Larry) Swartz of Bullock, NC, three brothers: John Weaver of Bradford, Leonard Weaver of Big Run, and Donald Weaver of Punxsutawney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a grandson Joseph Richard Burritt on May 28, 2004.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 8, 2009, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, November 9th, with Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the American Heart Fund, American diabetes or the First United Methodist Church

On line condolences may be made at

Jelly Beans Recalled

Jelly Belly Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in 7.5oz cylinder-style packages of 49 Flavors Jelly Belly jelly beans

Sweden Valley Manor To Honor Military Veterans Monday


Manor To Honor Vets

US REP. Glenn Thompson Keynote Speaker

By Paul Heimel

More than a dozen military veterans residing at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport will be recognized during a special ceremony on Monday (Nov. 9) in observance of Veterans Day. U. S. Congressman Glenn Thompson will be the keynote speaker. Other federal, state and county leaders will also attend. The ceremony begins at 2:30 pm and is open to the public. All 17 of the honorees have served their country with distinction. Among the notable veterans residing at Sweden Valley Manor are John B. Lutz (left), 100, who is Pennsylvania’s oldest survivor of the Battle of the Bulge; and Clifford Carts, 85, who was injured in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Lutz, an electrician living in Berks County at the time, entered the military in November 1942, serving with Company D, 3rd Tank Battalion, as a light tank driver. Battle of the Bulge in winter 1944-45 was the largest land battle of World War II which saw U.S. participation. It was the final great German offensive of the war. The Germans’ intent was to ensnare the Allied-controlled city of Antwerp, Belgium, cutting off supply lines. After taking heavy casualties and enduring harsh conditions, reinforcements arrived and the Allied forces under General George Patton prevailed in what historians say was the turning point of World War II.

cliffcartsClifford Carts was an engineering student at Penn State when he joined the 4th Marine Division, 20th Marine Engineering Regiment. Carts’ unit first saw combat in the Marshall Islands. Four months later, the 4th Division was part of the offensive to secure Saipan, the strongest Japanese position in the Marianas, after 25 grueling days. Seizure of Iwo Jima, a strategic objective because of its airfield used in kamikaze attacks, began Feb. 19, 1945 and lasted 26 days. Carts had suffered shrapnel wounds in earlier combat, and sustained a shoulder wound during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was put aboard a hospital ship, then recovered at Pearl Harbor, but returned to active duty before the end of the war. Carts would go on to work for the Pa. Dept. of Forests and Waters before becoming a private forestry consultant and community leader in Coudersport. Potter County Today

District 9 Class A Champions Northern Potter

Northern Potter 1 Karns City 0

Northern Potter now enters the State playoffs and will meet the district 7 3 seed on November 10 at a site to be determined.

Northern Potter (15-5-2) advances to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 1990. Northern Potter is scheduled to play its first game in the round of 16 on Tuesday against the third-seeded team from District 7, coach Jeff Barber said.

Dalton Grimes' second-half goal led sixth-seeded Northern Potter to a 1-0 boys soccer victory over top-seeded Karns City on Thursday in the District 9 Championship. Brett Reed had the assist.
Photos by Paul Burdick Some text courtesy Star Gazette


The Northern Potter Soccer team was met by TRI TOWN & HARRISON VALLEYS Fire Dept. in Gold along with many NP fans for a parade back to the High School, after winning the District IX title Thursday night.

Representing Harrison Valley was Kirk McCaslin and from Tri Town was Mike & Betty Hager & Robin Freeman.

Senior Dalton Grimes who kicked the winning goal,
Betty Hager, Kirk McCaslin, Mike Hager & Coach
( and Asst. Chief for Tri-Town) Jeff Barber.

Coach Jeff Barber and the trophy

Tri-Town & Harrison Valleys trucks who lead the parade

Photos by Robin Freeman