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Saturday, November 21, 2009

CCMH Surgeon Named Top Orthopedist

Dr. Bradley Giannotti, orthopedic surgeon at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, was named one of America’s Top Orthopedists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, a professional consumer research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Physicians are selected by the CRC using a point value system which takes into consideration years of experience, training, professional memberships and board certification.

Dr. Giannotti has been a member of CCMH’s medical staff for over 12 years. He is an American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons fellow and is an associate master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He also serves on the scientific advisory board at Kfx Medical, a company he co-founded.

In addition to his orthopedic practice in Coudersport and Olean, NY, he also serves as a team physician for several area high school sports teams as well as St. Bonaventure University and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Santa Express Runs Started This Weekend At Wellsboro Junction

Santa Express
November 21, 22, 27, 28, December 5, 6
Santa Express – Tioga County Railroad, Wellsboro Junction
(Tioga County – Route 6 --Mile Marker 219)

Santa made an appearance on the Tioga Central Railroad this winter as the Santa Express will journey to the “North Pole”, an elaborate village scene created by Mansfield University art students, to bring the magic of Christmas to Wellsboro.

The departure point, Wellsboro Junction, will be decked out with thousands of Christmas lights, a bonfire, and Santa’s elves who will be serving hot chocolate. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a blanket on this magical expedition.

After the train picks Santa up from his village, he will walk through the train to give each child a special gift.

Santa Express trains run at 12:00 Noon, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Contact: 610-458-0600 or

ATV Crash Reported In Lewis Run

ATV Crash
At 10:00 pm on Saturday night, Bradford City Ambulance is responding to Lewis Run, near Keystone Metal, for an ATV accident where a male is reported injured.

The 911 Center reports no flight services are available. The patient is being transported to Bradford Hospital by ambulance.

Coudersport Police Charge Men In Threats To Kill

Terroristic Threats & Harassment
Two area young men were cited for Terroristic Threats and Harassment last weekend when they threatened to beat up and kill a Coudersport man in separate phone and text messages.

Coudersport Police Officer James Collins filed the charges against:

Matthew Adam Gutshall, 19, RR1, Box 298, Shinglehouse, PA.

Officer Collins wrote in the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed at District Court 55-3-01:

On November 15th, 2009 at approximately 4:00, I was called by the victim, Joey Osborne, stating he was threatened by Gutshall. Joey stated on Saturday evening between the hours of 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm, he received a phone call from a friend and Gutshall took the phone and threatened to kill the victim, and also stated that when he gets him, he's going to beat his ass. Joey stated that Matt wanted to meet him behind the China Garden Restaurant for a fight between the two of them. Gutshall told the victim if he sees him and his girlfriend, he will kill them. Osburne is in fear for his personal safety and the safety of his girlfriend.
Gutshall will appear on 12-17-09 at 1:00 pm to answer the charges at a Preliminary Hearing before District Judge Annette Easton.

David Jacob Beimel, 18, 205 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA

In Beimel's Affidavit of Probable Cause, Officer Collins wrote:

On Sunday, November 15, 2009 at approximately 4:00 pm, I was called by the victim, Joey Osborne, saying he was threatened to be beat up and killed by the defendant, David Jacob Beimel. The victim stated the phone calls started at 1:23 am and ended at 1:47 pm. There was one phone call and four text messages where Beimel threatened to beat the victim up, and later stated he was going to kill the victim. Beimel wanted to meet the victim in Mitchell Park for the assault to take place. The victim hung up with him and the defendant kept texting him and the victim refused to respond back. The victim was annoyed and felt scared for his life.
Beimel is scheduled for a Preliminary Hearing on December 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm before District Judge Annette Easton.

Bradford Man Found To Be DUI After Early AM Crash

Not Injured But DUI
A Bradford man was not injured in an early morning accident in Lafayette Township.

Brian S. Rosetti, 33, of Bradford, PA, was driving a 2004 Subaru Outback west on Route 59 in Lafayette Township at 3:42 AM. For unknown reasons, Rosetti traveled off the south side of the highway, striking several trees before coming to rest on the driver's side door, about 266 feet off the highway.

Investigating Kane based troopers determined that Rosetti was DUI and he was subsequently arrested. He will face charges of Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Careless Driving, and Driving Vehicle At Safe Speeds before District Court 48-3-02.

Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department and Buzzards Towing assisted at the scene.

Man Fined $2,000.00 For Shooting Bear In Back Yard

Man Found Guilty of Killing Black Bear
Newport, Pa. - A district judge has slapped an additional fine of $1,500 on a Perry County man who says he was defending himself and his dog when he shot a black bear at his home last month.

Judge Daniel McGuire today found 27-year-old Dustin Lauver guilty on a charge of illegally taking or possessing game or wildlife.

Lauver, who lives in a rural area near Newport, says he heard something fighting with his dog and went outside early in the morning to investigate. He says he fired two warning shots with a .22 caliber rifle but soon saw something coming at him and fired again, soon realizing that he had shot and killed the bear. More...

Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hey everyone! Happy early Thanksgiving! I hope this e-newsletter
finds you gearing up a for a blessed and thankful holiday.

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 22nd is our Baptismal Service at 1pm at the
Bradford YMCA. Let's Celebrate together. Party at Open Arms

Also tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 22nd), the Livewires tween ministry will
be packing shoe boxes for their Operation Christmas Child Outreach.
If you have anything you would like to donate, please bring it to
church with you tomorrow.

I guess tomorrow is chock full of things happening! :) Revolution!
Youth Group Nov. 22, 7-8p here at Open Arms. Pass the word to all
youth, ages 13-18/Pre-highschool Graduate.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Outreach: We will be delivering 10
Thanksgiving Dinners to homes of the less fortunate on Nov. 25. Sign
up to contribute to food basket and help with delivery.

Christmas Caroling! In the back of the Worship Center sign up to go!
Tues., Dec. 8 & Tues., Dec. 22. Meet at Open Arms at 6:30pm.

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 sign up in Lobby to provide baked goods or
serve at the Gazebo in Veteran’s Square in Bradford.

That's would be it for now! I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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

Austin Volunteer Fire Company Picks Officers For 2010

Austin Volunteer Fire Company recently held their annual Election of Officers for the year 2010. The elected Officers take over their duties at midnight on January 1st, 2010. The new officers are:

Chairman - Peg Rotello

President - Kerry Ehrensberger

Vice President- Daniele Bennent

Secretary - Sabrina Earle

Chief 44 - Darren VanWhy

Chief 44-10 - Chase Cooney

Chief 44-20 - Mike Bacon

Chief 44-60 - Colleen Zenns

Chief 44-70 - Justin Moate

AVFD Cooperation Board - Joe Burgett, Jimmy Dynda, Sheryl Orlowski, Shaun Frank

**Appointed Positions**

Chief 44-30 - Joe Burgett

Chief 44-71 - Sheryl Orlowski

Treasurer - Kathy Brooks

Port Allegany Part 2:

Port Allegany Part 2: Community keeps on moving

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. - While the community of Port Allegany has experienced the challenges of the ongoing recession, leaders of the town said the friendly, outgoing nature of the residents continue to make it a nice place to live.

Borough manager Dick Kallenborn and Judy Taylor, president of the borough council, recently shared their thoughts about a community that has continued to move ahead with projects despite an economic downturn that has affected the entire nation.

“What we’re doing that is exciting is we’ve been working on getting a complete dike system built to protect our community,” Mr. Kallenborn said. “It looks like that dike system is ready to go and is in the design stages right now with construction slated for either 2010 or 2011.” More...

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Kelly A. Woodring Dubots, 45, of Coudersport, PA

Coudersport, PA---Kelly A. Woodring Dubots, 45, of Coudersport, PA, died in her home on Saturday, November 21, 2009 surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with cancer.

Born October 20, 1964 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Donna S. Kelly. On July 29, 2009 at her home in Coudersport, she married her longtime companion and friend, Joseph D. Dubots, who survives.

A lifelong resident of Coudersport, she attended Coudersport High School.

Kelly enjoyed gardening. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are her mother of Coudersport; seven children: Colt M. Stinger of Huntingdon, Nathan R. Woodring of Knoxville, Kyle W. Woodring of Genesee, Summer L. (Dustin) Butler of Coudersport, Breanne N. Dubots, Dylan J. Dubots, and Haley Jo Dubots, all at home; three grandchildren; a brother, Joseph L. Kelly of Shinglehouse; two sisters, Tracy L. (John) Haskins of Coudersport and Katherine L. (Curt) Rudy of Hanover; and several nieces and nephews.

Kelly was predeceased by her stepfather, Bob Kelly.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Coudersport Alliance Church, Coudersport, where a commemoration of Kelly’s life will be held at 12 noon with the Rev. Jo Kandel, pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, Hebron, and the Rev. Peter J. Trembley, pastor of the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, Coudersport, officiating. Burial will be in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to an education fund for Kelly’s three youngest children, c/o the Northwest Savings Bank, North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Keith E. Wheaton, 77, of Ulysses, PA

Keith E. WHEATON, 77, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, November 20, 2009 in his home.

Born March 15, 1932, in Westfield, PA, he was the son of Harold K. and Edith Bailey Wheaton. On September 4, 1954, in Harrison Valley, PA, he married the former Evelyn D. Wynick, who survives.

A 1950 graduate of Westfield High School, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1950 -- 1954.

He was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield for 29 years. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Westfield. Keith was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving besides his wife, Evelyn, are: two sons, Larry E. Wheaton of Westfield and Jeffrey K. Wheaton of Clinton, IL; a daughter, Gwendelenetta S. Wheaton of Ulysses; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond M. Wheaton of Shinglehouse, PA; a sister, Kay M. Mertsock of Shinglehouse; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, Jon R. Wheaton and Michael J. Wheaton; and a brother, Kenneth H. Wheaton.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Fr. John Kita will preside. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

A Tribute To Brother Kenneth W. Dietze

Shinglehouse, PA---The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, November 20, 2009 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Tribute to 'Brother Dietze'
by Paul Heimel

The man who is affectionately and respectfully referred to as "Brother Dietze" was a mere 73 years young when I first met him in 1986.

It was through a mutual friend in newspapering that I was introduced to him. I was instantly taken by the warm smile, the twinkle in his eye and the, well, godly presence of this humble man.

Our paths have crossed again and again in countless settings. Without fail, this man of God bestows timeless wisdom and words of encouragement and inspiration, even as he fights the challenges of advancing age and physical setbacks.

He has a special gift; he IS a special gift.

Everyone who has met him is a better person because of it.

Photos By Lugene Heimel

**This tribute to Brother Dietze by Paul Heimel was published on Solomon's words in 2008 marking Brother Dietze's 95th birthday. When contacted about Brother Dietze's passing, Paul wrote:

"I received the news last night about Brother Dietze.

What a wonderful man. I visited him last week and he said he wasn't ready to die yet because he wasn't done serving the Lord. I was thinking through the night that he still will be serving the Lord in the way he touched and inspired so many of us."

The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA

The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze
“faithful servant”

Shinglehouse, PA---The Rev. Kenneth W. Dietze, 96, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, November 20, 2009 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born August 27, 1913 in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a son of Fred W. and Lavinia A. Whitcomb Dietze. On June 1, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, he married Alma G. Grube who died on April 18, 1961. On April 10, 1964 in Eldred, PA, he married Dacia V. Austin, who died on January 15, 1989.

Pastor Dietze attended grammar school in Hartsville, SC and high school in Hartsville, SC and Conway, SC. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical School in Brooklyn, NY and Elim Bible Institute in Hornell, NY.

For many years Pastor Dietze was a printer at the Elim Bible Institute and at the Olean Times Herald in Olean, NY. In addition, he ran a printing business for many years in his home where he also printed missionary materials which were shipped all over the world.

He was pastor of the Wellsville Full Gospel Church in Wellsville and later served as pastor of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Myrtle, PA from 1952 until 1964, where he remained very active after retiring as pastor. For many years, Pastor Dietze was the area representative for Elim Bible Institute, which is now located in Lima, NY.

Pastor Dietze was a member of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Myrtle, PA. He was a member, lead vocalist, and trombone player for the Band over Boys Band in Wellsville, NY which is now the Dixieland Band.

Surviving are three daughters, Anne R. (Donald) Quick of Dallas, TX, Elizabeth P. Morris of Wellsville, NY, and Marilyn G. (Felix) Casaceli of Harrison, Ohio; two sons, Kenneth J. Dietze and Paul W. (Debbie) Dietze, both of Shinglehouse, PA; twenty grandchildren; forty-seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wives, Pastor Dietze was predeceased by four grandsons.

Friends may call on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA, at which time funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery, Myrtle, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, 1127 Rte 44, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Head-On Crash Reported South Of Kane In Elk County

Head On Crash Reported
At 1:40 AM on Saturday, Kane Ambulance with both rigs is responding to assist Elk Co. 8 at a location on Rt. 66, just south of the Highland Hotel, where a 2 car head-on accident is reported. Ridgway State Police on scene reporting one patient with a serious head laceration.

Keating Summit Bridge Closing Due To Railroad's Inability To Repair Bridge In 7 Days

Supervisor Art Moate of Keating township sent some more information today in regard to the necessity for closing the bridge over the railroad tracks at Keating Summit.

The bridge inspectors first sent a letter to the township on October 30 advising that the bridge would need to be posted with weight limit signs. The signs would be needed if the railroad could make repairs to the bridge in 7 days.

The railroad advised that they could not make the repairs in 7 days, so another letter was sent to the township that the road must be closed immediately.

The railroad did not say that they would not fix the bridge. They need to come up with a plan. If the holes in the steel could be fixed, then the bridge could be opened temporarily.

The next step is the inspectors will send a complete rating analysis to George Uhl and the PUC which will take at least a month. PUC will then schedule another meeting..

The public should know that the road is being closed due to the failure of the railroad to make the necessary repairs to the bridge.

PennDot should work with the township to push to get these repairs done ASAP.

Charges Pending Against Millerton Man

Terroristic Threats Charged
State Police from Kane are charging a Millerton man with Terroristic Threats and Harassment after an incident on Thursday between 12:00 noon and 4:40 PM on Kings Run Road in Ceres Township, McKean County.

Gordon Taft, Millerton, PA, made threats of violence against a 59 year old Shinglehouse man and a 20 year old female and a female juvenile from Shinglehouse, with the intent to terrorize them.

Details on this incident are sketchy and further information will be forthcoming from court documents as they are filed.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ludlow Driver Hits Guard Rail After Swerving to Miss Car

Girl Not Injured
A Ludlow driver was not injured Thursday afternoon at 4:16 pm on Route 321 in Wetmore Township when she swerved to avoid a car that had pulled out in front of her, and hit guard rails.

Marissa Walters, 17, of Ludlow, PA was traveling northbound, in a 2005 Ford Taurus, on Route 321, as a 2001 GMC Sonoma driven by Stephen F. Miller, 70, of Kane, PA was entering Route 321 from a driveway located on the western berm.

Miller continued northbound in the right lane. Walters swerved left crossing the southbound lane and onto the southbound shoulder, striking a guard rail, then rotating counter-clockwise coming to rest in the southbound lane facing east.

Miller will be charged with a violation (3324). Kane troopers did not list a description of the charge.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Stop Sign Damaged In Bingham Township

Stop Sign Damaged
State Police are investigating a reported Criminal Mischief at the intersection of Hickox/Ulysses Road and Jackson Road in Bingham Township that occurred on 11-18-09.

Unknown actor(s) damaged a stop sign there belonging to Bingham Township. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Roger L. McCloskey is the investigator.

Emergency Loans For Potter, McKean Farms

McKean, Potter Counties Included in USDA's NY Disaster Declaration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for six New York Counties and McKean and Potter Counties in Pennsylvania were included as contiguous disaster counties. U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson was notified today of the designation.

The USDA determined the disaster designation was warranted due to cooler than normal temperatures that occurred June 15, 2009 and immediately thereafter.

“This designation will allow producers to be considered for Farm Service Agency emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program when the program becomes available,” Thompson said in a news release. “Governor David Paterson of New York has been very good about applying for such disaster designations and the eligible county in his state is Allegany."

Cattaraugus County is considered a contiguous disaster area in New York.

Local Farm Service Agency offices can provide affected farmers with further information.

REcalled Cantalopes Were Distributed In NY & PA

Five Crowns Marketing Voluntarily Recalling Pantaloupes Packed under the Majesty Label Because of a Potential Health Risk Due to Possible Contamination of Salmonella

DA Accuses 18 of Child Porn

DA Accuses 18 of Child Porn, Including College Professor

The Cumberland County district attorney has accused 18 people of possessing child pornography, including three 15-year-old boys and a college professor.

Gas Task Force Preparing For December Meeting

ultratourA full agenda awaits members of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force for its final meeting of 2009. The group will gather at 7 pm Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Gunzburger Building. Meetings are open to the public.

The Dec. 8 meeting will include a review of the economic, environmental and social impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas rush in the Towanda/Troy area, east of Potter County, as well as a summary of a recent visit by Task Force members to an Ultra Resources gas drilling and pipeline site that is being held up as a model of environmental responsibility.

Curt Weinhold, a member of the task force’s public education committee, took the accompanying photo of veteran pipeliner Fred Milliron and an Ultra representative at the site in Tioga County.

Also on the Dec. 8 meeting agenda are reports from study committees covering: water quality; township impacts/planning issues; taxation; public safety/emergency services; and employment/training and industry technical issues.

Potter County Natural Gas Task Force information is being distributed periodically by email to members and others interested in the Marcellus Shale gas production issues. Anyone interested in being added to the mailing list should contact Commissioner Paul Heimel at Potter County Today

H1N1 Available At Shinglehouse Rural Health Clinic

H1N1 Shots
Anyone wishing to receive the H1N1 injection may
come to the Shinglehouse Rural Health Clinic,
Dr. Barkes office in Shinglehouse, Pa the following

November 21, 2009 from 9am til 12pm

and on November 25, 2009 from 5pm til 8pm.

These clinics are open to the public no matter
what state or county.

If you have any questions please feel free to
call me at 814-697-7165.



The North Country Voices, a Coudersport based choral
group, will be presenting its annual Christmas Concert,
Sunday December 6 @ 3:00 PM at the Christian and
Missionary Alliance Church, Route 49 in Coudersport.

The program is entitled “Sing Glad Tidings!” as it is a
celebration of Christmas in song.

The select vocal ensemble, Second Chances will also be
featured on the program.

The music will include A Choral Festival of Traditional
Carols, “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber, the Sussex Carol
“On Christmas Night”, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”,
music by Gustav Holst, “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin,
“Immanuel” by Michael Card and a Nigerian Carol,

The program will feature soloists Anne Acker, Ted Bear,
Charlie Cole, Carol Empson, Angela Kellert, Brian Bradley,
Val Robbins, and Stephen Sevinsky. The piano accompanist
is Anne McCleary and the director is Gloria Richardson.

The public is cordially invited to attend and there is no
admission charge. A free will offering will be accepted.
There will be a light refreshments provided after the
program and time for social gathering.

We hope you will be able to attend and share the glad
tidings of the
Christmas Season.

PennDOT Launches Operation Safe Holiday in Time for Thanksgiving Travel

Harrisburg – With millions of motorists planning to travel for Thanksgiving, PennDOT today kicked off its Operation Safe Holiday campaign. Pennsylvania State Police and hundreds of municipal police departments will work with PennDOT to increase traffic safety enforcement from now until the New Year’s holiday weekend.

“This weekend is the start of one of the busiest times of year on our highways,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “I urge all motorists to do their part by buckling up, avoiding aggressive and impaired driving, and eliminating distractions while behind the wheel. Following these simple tips will help to ensure a safe holiday for everyone.”

As part of Operation Safe Holiday, police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to focus on impaired, aggressive and unbuckled motorists. More than 250 drivers were cited for driving under the influence during Operation Safe Holiday enforcement last year.

According to PennDOT, the Thanksgiving holiday period resulted in the most crashes of any holiday in 2008. There were more than 5,300 crashes and 53 fatalities during that span, which includes the weekends before and after the holiday.

To increase safety on long trips, PennDOT encourages motorists to make sure they are well-rested and alert. It is also a good idea to rotate drivers and take frequent breaks.

PennDOT reminds motorists that weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly at this time of year. Motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit.

Information on travel delays, road conditions and weather forecasts is also available by calling 511 from a landline or cell phone, or logging onto before you leave home.

For more information on Operation Safe Holiday, visit

Man Facing Charges After Westfield Domestic

Westfield man charged with resisting arrest


ELKLAND - Joel D. Freeman, 29, of 167 W. Main St., Westfield, was charged by Westfield Police with resisting arrest, loitering and prowling at nighttime, harassment and public drunkenness.

According to Elkland District Court records, on Nov. 15, Freeman resisted arrest from police who were called to the scene of a domestic at Freeman's residence. He first fled the scene and later was arrested with the help of another officer, according to police. More...

Lawyer Says "Don't Sell Hydrocarbon (Oil & Gas) Rights"

Shoot down offer for hydrocarbon sale, experts say

Sun Gazette

"Throw it away."

That is local attorney Lester L. "Bud" Greevy Jr.'s advice to landowners with natural gas leases who have received offers to sell their hydrocarbon rights to Griffith Land Service Inc., of Houston, Texas.

A copy of the offer provided to the Sun-Gazette by Raymond R. Mattie of Montoursville, includes a bank draft - in this case, for $152,000 - a deed and instructions on how to execute the deed and a cover letter explaining the offer is valid for only 30 days.

By agreeing to the offer, the landowner is selling the rights to any future gas and oil royalties, said Greevy.

Mattie declined the offer and advised several other land owners to do the same.

"I talked to a couple people and they were ready to sign this thing, not knowing what it was," he said.

Landowners can earn "far more in royalties than what is being offered by selling (gas and oil) rights ," Greevy said.

"They should throw it away," Greevy said "This is an offer to purchase oil and gas rights. If they sell that, their gas and oil rights are gone, gone, gone." More....

Area Obituaries

Richard L. Lawton, 75, of West Washington Street, Bradford, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 2009) at his home, with his family by his side. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.


Angel food menu for DECEMBER, 2009


Order Deadline December 7

Pick-up Day December 12




(Pastor Pete – Coudersport Free Methodist Church)

Pastor Pete

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stevens Realtor's Real Estate Listings

Penn Traffic Looking For Buyers For Stores

Penn Traffic files for bankruptcy
Courier Express
The Penn Traffic Co., a supermarket operator in the Northeastern U.S., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday with plans to sell off its stores and other assets.
The company, based in Syracuse, N.Y., operates the P&C, Quality and BiLo supermarkets in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire. They will remain open while the company looks for someone to buy them, CEO Gregory Young said in a statement.

This is Penn Traffic's third bankruptcy filing in the last 10 years. More...

County Fills Technology Post; Approves Employee Internet Policy

internetpolicyThe Potter County Commissioners have hired the county’s first director of technological services and adopted a policy to regulate employees’ use of the Internet and related resources. Both actions were approved by unanimous vote of Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel at Thursday’s business meeting.

William Solomon of Austin has been hired from a pool of six finalists who were interviewed for the new technology position. His annual salary has been set at $40,000. Solomon will be working with the county’s technology consultant, Josh Hoffman of Shinglehouse, beginning Dec. 7 to become familiar with the county’s resources and policies. Morley, chairman of the board, said establishment of a full-time position was necessary to keep the county government up to date with technological and operational changes in the workplace.

Meanwhile, county employees are now subject to a Technological Systems Acceptable Use Policy. Effective immediately all employees shall:

  • Use Internet access and email only in those ways which are consistent with their job function.
  • Take reasonable steps to effectively manage all electronic files, including periodic backup of files and deletion of files and data no longer needed..
  • Respect all copyright laws extending to email and Internet information.
  • Never send threatening, slanderous, racially and/or sexually harassing messages nor represent himself/herself as someone else. Messages sent anonymously are prohibited.

In general, common sense and courtesy should be used. Appropriate use of resources is limited to the official work of the county. The county reserves the right to audit such use and to require an employee to cease use of, and delete, any and all personal files and applications. Potter County Today

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Specific Lots of Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom

Peter J. Rotoli, 83, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Rochester, NY

Peter J. Rotoli
“beloved husband, father, & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA—Peter J. Rotoli, 83, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Rochester, NY, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in his home after a long illness.

Born September 27, 1926 in Rochester, NY, he was a son of George and Antoinette Rinaldi Rotoli. On January 27, 1968 in Rochester, he married Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Crossman, who survives.

Mr. Rotoli was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. He was employed at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY until retiring in 1983.

Mr. Rotoli was a resident of Rochester until moving to Shinglehouse in 1998.

He was a member of the Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse.

Surviving besides his wife are four children: Mary K. (Doug) Bell and Bethany S. Rotoli, both of Shinglehouse, PA, Thomas M. (Macrina) Kirby of Middleburg, FL, and James A. Kirby of Rochester, NY; seven grandchildren, Charlie (Stacie) Ross, T.J. (Lena) Ross, Peter (Jennifer) Ross, Thomas Kirby II, Joe Bell, Madisyn Bell, and Travis Bell; nine great-grandchildren, Ethan Ross, Cynthia Ross, Eric Ross, Erin Ross, Christopher Ross, Thomas Kirby III, Sarah Bennett, Devon Carr and Rayce Carr; three sisters: Mary Inclena, Ida DeSano, Angie (Jack) Freda; a son-in-law, Tony (Cathy) Ross; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Rotoli was predeceased by a daughter, Cindy Ross; three granddaughters, April Carr, Annette Ross, and Traci Kirby; and three brothers, Anthony Rotoli, Armond Rotoli, and George Rotoli and a sister, Theresa Perrone.

There will be no public visitation. Burial and committal services were held on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in the Maple Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Roger N. Hain, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, and the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiated.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church on a date and time to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church Missions Fund, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Thomas A. Gusick, 99, of Coudersport, PA

Thomas A. Gusick, 99, of Coudersport, PA passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on March 27, 1910 in Shamokin, PA he was the son of Anthony and Mary York Gusick. On October 17, 1934 in Coudersport he married Ruth A. Gross, who passed away on June 13th of this year.

Tom was educated at St. Stanislaus School in Shamokin. He had worked as a weaver at the Eagle Silk Mill and later at the Luke Fiddler Coal Breaker. He later worked in New Jersey with the Western Electric Co., was a supervisor for a repair shop, and worked for an ice cream company. In 1933 Tom moved to Coudersport and began working with the Civilian Conservation Corps where he was head cook at Camp S-89, Company 327 in Conrad until 1934.

In 1941 Tom began working at the Brownhill and Kramer Hosiery Mill. In 1943 he was inducted into the U. S. Army, serving during World War II in the S. W. Pacific Theater. Following his discharge from the U. S. Army, Tom went back to work at Brownhill and Kramer. In the early 1960’s he began his employment as head custodian at the Coudersport Elementary School where he retired in 1975. Tom also worked for Art Menschel delivering flowers and was a part time bus driver for Ernie Mericle.

Tom was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church. He was a life member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, the Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460, and VFW Post 6611 of Galeton. In 1971 he was appointed to the board of the Coudersport Borough Authority.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and three brothers, Stanley Gusick, Florean Gusick, and Albert Gusick and a sister, Margaret Organek.

Friends may call from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am Tuesday at St. Eulalia Catholic Church with Reverend James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 E. Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert L. "Tink" Thompson, 83, of Ulysses, PA

Robert L. "Tink" Thompson, 83, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in the Lutheran Home, Kane, PA.

Born August 3, 1926, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Forrest and Myrtle R. Monroe Thompson.

A 1945 graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses, he served honorably with the US Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

On December 1, 1946, in Ulysses, he married the former Doris E. Hunt, who survives.

He was employed by the Lyle Tarbox potato farm for nine years and CNG for 32 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, life member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, charter member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, and a charter member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses.

He was honored as Ulysses Citizen of the Year in 1984.

Surviving besides his wife, Doris, are: three sons, Robert C. (Betsy) Thompson of Elkland, PA, Roy W. Thompson of Ulysses, and Dann H. Thompson and Roxan of Genesee, PA; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Tom) Simmons of Rochester, NY; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Marjorie) Thompson of Bradford, PA; a sister, Beatrice Lucille Carey of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Sunday, November 22, 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 Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. Deborah L. Watkins, Pastor, and the Rev. Donald N. Miller will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, Ulysses or the United Methodist Church, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Robert F. Hurd, 75, of Westfield, PA

Robert F. Hurd, 75, of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

Born December 18, 1933, in Gurnee, PA, he was the son of Herman and Anna Torrence Hurd. On November 9, 1957, in Galeton, PA, he married the former Beverly Jean Colby, who predeceased him on August 24, 1990. On June 18, 1992, in Potter Brook, PA, he married the former Patricia Palmatier Hunt, who survives.

He was employed by the former Eberle Tannery in Westfield for 46 years. He was a member of the Potter Brook People's Church, where he had served as a deacon and trustee for many years.

Surviving besides his wife, Patricia, are: two sons, Donald Hurd and Stephen Hurd, both of Wellsboro, PA; two daughters, Robin (Kelvin) Hess and Tamara (Michael) Abbott, both of Westfield; 30 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six step-sons, Duane (Mary) Hunt of Wall, NJ, Bradley (Peggy) Hunt of Gettysburg, PA, Brian (Carole) Hunt of San Francisco, CA, Rev. Darrin G. (Christine) Hunt of Selinsgrove, PA, Rusty Hunt and Roy (Pamela) Hunt, both of Ulysses, PA; a brother, Arnold Hurd of Galeton; a sister, Elsie (Henry) Orlowski of Coudersport, PA; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife, he was predeceased by a son, Jon, in 1977; seven brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call at the Potter Brook People's Church on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 10:00 AM -- 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. The Rev. David L. Aungst and the Rev. Darrin G. Hunt will co-officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Potter Brook People's Church Building Fund, c/o Dianne Olney, Treas., Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Thompson Reiterates Opposition to I-80 Tolling To Federal Highway Administrator Mendez

Interstate 80

Washington, D.C.—Members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation, today at a briefing on Capitol Hill, had an opportunity to learn how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plans to evaluate the current application from the Turnpike Commission to toll Interstate 80.

“I used the opportunity to make sure FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez is aware of my staunch opposition to this proposal,” said U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. Thompson also delivered to Mendez, a three-inch thick binder of press articles from the state on the differing opinions and the recent scandals surrounding the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, who, if the application is approved, would manage and toll I-80.

Representatives Thompson, Kathy Dahlkemper, Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney on November 3rd invited Administrator Mendez to meet with the delegation to explain the complicated process of evaluating the Turnpike’s application. The FHWA has turned down the state’s two previous applications.

The letter of invitation was sent to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who then asked Administrator Mendez to respond to the representatives.

“While we have been very public in our opposition to tolling Interstate 80, given the precedent setting nature of Pennsylvania’s proposal, we respectfully request that your key policy advisors and counsel be made available for a bipartisan briefing of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation on the process the Federal Highway Administration’s Tolling and Pricing team will use to determine the validity of the PTC/PennDOT application for tolling,” the letter reads.

Seven members of the 19-member delegation attended the meeting. They were Representatives Thompson, Dahlkemper, Kanjorski, Carney, Jim Gerlach, Bob Brady and Bill Shuster. Mendez told the group:

“We are not predisposed to one decision over another. Our intent is to follow the law the U.S. Congress put in front of us.”

The Administrator was asked if he had a timetable for a decision, he responded: “We don’t have a projected time frame. We must meet the intent of the law and the details. I have instructed our teams to expedite but to be deliberate. Don’t push too quickly and get the wrong answer.”

One of Mendez’s policy advisors explained that the application must show that “the only way the state could reconstruct or rehabilitate was through tolling.”

Kanjorski told Mendez that he did not think the state had exhausted all other possibilities.

Thompson will be keeping an open dialogue with the FHWA as this process moves forward. “Today’s meeting has only cracked the surface of this debate,” said Thompson.

Joey A. "Big Joe" Green, 46, of Main Street, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Joey A. "Big Joe" Green, 46, of Main Street died Monday (Nov. 16, 2009) at home following an apparent heart attack.

Born July 27, 1963, in Bradford, he was a son of Robert L. and Iva S. Hoffman Green Sr. On October 8, 1983, in St. Raphael Church, Eldred, he married Sharon Lynn Davis, who survives.

Mr. Green was a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and was a lifetime resident of Eldred. He had been employed in local oil fields, later was a mechanic at Todd Motors in Eldred, was a truck driver for Twin Pines Excavating in Port Allegany and for many years owned and operated Joe's Auto in Eldred.

He was a member of the Eldred Conservation Club and was a social member of both the Eldred American Legion and Eldred Township Fire Department.

Mr. Green was a much loved family man and especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters. He enjoyed playing poker, hunting, NASCAR and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed everything that had to do with automobiles.

Surviving besides his wife and his mother of Eldred are two daughters, Jessica L. Green of Eldred and Stormie Jo Green, at home; two granddaughters, Johannah Crandall and Lindzie Crandall; two brothers, Robert (Kimberly) Green Jr. of Colegove and Jeffrey (Collene) Green of Eldred; three sisters, Ivy (John) Kimball of Duke Center, Lisa (Sonny) Caldwell of Port Allegany and Wendy Green of Duke Center; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father in 1983 and a twin brother and sister, Kimberly Ann and Kevin Lee Green, in 1965.

Friends may called Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, where funeral services were held Thursday (Nov. 19, 2009) at 11 a.m. The Rev. James Kazimer, pastor of the First Church of God in Eldred, will officiate. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Charles Cole to Host Bereavement Support Group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a Bereavement Support Group at 7 p.m. November 24 at the Patterson Cancer Care Center.

Opem -Mic Continues Friday At The SPOT


Fridays 6:30-8:30pm.

3 miles East of Coudersport on Rte 6.

“Open-Mic” continues!

Thanks again to those that shared their music last Friday…

· Bonnie & Don Hann

· Midge Ingalls

· Pam Tremblay

Some Musicians & Singers that may come soon …

· Gary Morley

· Daniel Fuller

· Don & Hope Fryer

· Bear Dalrymple

Come and visit with friends and make some new ones!

Enjoy snacks, Latte’s, coffee etc.


No charge! Donations appreciated!


(The Spot is a ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church to our community & surrounding area.)

Dave S Sent This Along From HIs Email

This is a real wake-up call in our "card paying" age....

It happened at Wal-Mart (Supercenter Store #1279, 10411 N Freeway 45, Houston, TX77037 a month ago. I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, & I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of $40. I told her I didn't request a cash back & to delete it.

She said I'd have to take the $40 because she couldn't delete it. I told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came & said I'd have to take it. I said NO! Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against my Discover & I wasn't paying interest on a cash advance!!!!!

If they couldn't delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & re-scan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed & a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier & she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the electronic pad must be defective. Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered me the $40 at the beginning.

Can you imagine how many people went through before me & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?


Nassau Candy Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert Because Of Possible Undeclared Allergens on their Tasty Dish Snack Tubs of Chocolate Almonds, Chocolate Raisins and Sour Neon Worms

Pennsylvania Department of Health to Offer H1N1 Vaccine to Priority Populations on Nov. 20, 21 and 22

Pennsylvania Department of Health to Offer H1N1 Vaccine to Priority Populations on Nov. 20, 21 and 22

Harrisburg – The Department of Health today announced it will conduct statewide clinics from Nov. 20–22 to administer free H1N1 vaccine to individuals in the recommended target groups that have not had previous access to the vaccine.

Individuals in the recommended target groups must schedule an appointment time, day and location prior to the clinic in order to receive the H1N1 vaccine. This will help ensure that the correct type and amount of vaccine is available at each location.

“Our goal is to get the H1N1 vaccine to as many people as possible who are at risk of suffering serious complications from the virus,” said Deputy Secretary Michael Huff. “These public health clinics will help us do just that with the amount of vaccine that is currently available to us.”

The department asks that only individuals in the following groups attend the clinics:

· Individuals between the ages of six months and 24 years;

· Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than six months;

· Pregnant women;

· Healthcare providers and emergency medical services personnel; and

· Individuals under 65 years of age with underlying health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, and neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders.

A total of 18 health clinics, three in each of the department’s six districts, will be held on Nov. 20, 21 and 22. Clinic hours on Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 22 will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours on Saturday, Nov. 21, will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments can be made at under “What’s Hot,” 24 hours a day. Individuals without internet access can call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Lines are limited.

Anyone seeking vaccination should download an H1N1 vaccine consent form from Consent forms must be completed for each individual that has scheduled to be vaccinated. Preparing this form in advance will help the clinics more quickly register and vaccinate people.

As more vaccine becomes available, the department will schedule additional clinics throughout the state.

Visit to learn more about priority groups, potential vaccine side effects and other important information.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone who wants to receive it, but that may be several months away.

· Clinic #3 (covering Warren, McKean, Elk and Cameron Counties)

Fox Twp. Ambulance Garage, State Route 984, Sheeley Rd. and Main St., Kersey 15846

Northcentral Community Health District

· Clinic #1 (covering Potter, Tioga, Bradford and Sullivan Counties)

Tioga County State Health Center, 44 Plaza Lane, Wellsboro 16901