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Saturday, November 28, 2009

God's Purpose in Adversity

God's Purpose in Adversity

God?s Purpose in AdversitySooner or later, adversity comes to everyone. But remembering biblical truths will help us stay confident even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Read Dr. Stanley's article to learn how you can maintain a peaceful spirit no matter what comes your way.

Vandals Scratch Vehicle in Crosby Area

Vehicle Scratched
Kane State Police are investigating an act of Criminal Mischief which occurred at a residence at 9021 Route 46, in Crosby, Norwich Township, Mc Kean County overnight on Thursday into Friday.

Unknown actor(s) scratched the rear hatch of a Chevy Blazer, owned by a 51 year old male victim from Crosby, causing about $500.00 in damages.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Kramer is the investigating officer.

Alice May Mascino, 83, of Roulette, PA

Alice May Mascino, 83, of Roulette, PA died unexpectedly Thursday, November 26, 2009 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Born on July 23, 1926 in Malden, MA, she was the daughter of James and Ida McMillan Blundell. On June 23, 1967 she married Nicholas J. Mascino who survives.

Alice graduated from high school in Massachusetts and later worked as a meter maid and crossing guard for the Philadelphia PA police department. She retired in recent years from Potter Pac of Roulette, PA. Alice was a member of the Park United Methodist Church of Coudersport, and a member of Eulalia Chapter 148 Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband, Nicholas, three daughters, Kathleen Phillips, of Philadelphia, Jean Brooks of Emporium, and Dee Carr and her husband Christopher of Coudersport, one sister Muriel Waybright of Saugus, MA, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Alice was preceded in death by her parents.

A visitation will be held Monday, November 30, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1p.m. at the Park United Methodist Church of Coudersport.

Burial will be in Massachusetts at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , 823 Fillmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505.

Ham & Turkey Raffle Starts At 7:00 PM Today

Police, Feds seek escaped Phila. prisoner


Clarion Beware--Look At The Size Of These Falcons Players

Photo by Sunken Branch Photography

Friday, November 27, 2009

Emporium Woman Injured In Rich Valley Road Crash

One Car Crash
Emporium State Police investigated a one vehicle crash on Friday at 6:10 pm on Rich Valley Road, about 1/10 mile west of Clear Creek Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Carrie Ann Mackie, 31, Emporium, PA, was traveling east on Rich Valley Road when her 2004 Dodge Neon exited the south side of the roadway and impacted with a ditch. Her Neon continued to travel east about 160 feet and impacted a culvert. It then traveled another 145 feet eastward and struck two wooden posts along the south side of the roadway. Her car sustained disabling damage.

Mackie, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Elk Regional Health Center via Emporium Ambulance.

Summary charges of Driving On Roadways Laned For Traffic and Failing To Wear Restraint Systems will be filed against Mackie in District Court.

Sports Photos Available From Sunken Branch Photography

Gator boys look over the Falcon girls

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10/27/09 Coudy (Senior Night) vs Port Allegany



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Slippery Road Conditions

WESB NEWS: Numerous Accidents in Twin Tiers
Emergency crews in McKean and Cattaraugus counties are reporting numerous accidents due to slippery road conditions. Many vehicles ended up in ditches, while others just wound up off the road. Motorists are being advised to use caution.

Lab in Sweden Valley Area Has Been Found

Lost in Sweden Valley Area-- large male yellow lab. Wearing a collar. If seen or found. UPDATE: LAB HAS BEEN FOUND

Visitors Association Adjusting To Financial Limits

dec5pcvacoverPotter County Visitors Association nears the start of a new year with continued adjustments due to financial limits. One tradition continues, however. Some 40,000 copies of the Visitors Guide, 40-page, full-color booklet, will be available by February.

Emphasis is on opportunities for hunting, fishing, geocaching, and both downhill and x-country skiing. There’s also a “lodging amenity chart” and a directory of PCVA businesses/members.

Cover design is by Deb Plummer. Photograph, depicting Berger Lake in Galeton, is by Curt Weinhold. Sale of advertising space is winding down. For more information, call 814-274-3365 or send an email to PCVA membership roster is nearing 200. Additional information is available on the internet at

The state’s 2009-10 budget contains $4,925 for PCVA. That compares to $13,355 last year and $34,652 in 2007. Majority of PCVA’s operating expenses comes from a three-percent tax on hotel, motel and bed and breakfast room rentals. That accounted for $65,400 in revenue for fiscal 2008-09. Membership fees brought about $10,500. God’s Country Marathon entry fees and sponsorships generated $12,900 and cooperative advertising revenue was about $7,600.

Among the organization’s major expenses were salaries and wages ($38,500), advertising ($17,000), promotional expenses ($12,400), rent/utilities ($10,300), insurance ($9,100), travel ($8,200), printing ($8,000), membership dues and subscriptions ($7,500). Potter County Today

Larry C. 'Gildy' Gildersleeve, 72, of Chicago IL, formerly of 231 West Corydon St., Bradford, PA

Larry C. 'Gildy' Gildersleeve, 72, of Chicago IL, formerly of 231 West Corydon St., Bradford, passed away Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago, IL

Born February 22, 1937 in Bradford, he was a son of the late Basil and Harriet (Robbins) Gildersleeve.

A 1955 graduate of Bradford High School, Mr. Gildersleeve received a football scholarship and graduated from Catawba University in North Carolina in 1959 with a degree in education.

On February 9, 2002, in Las Vegas, he married Marcie Ramos, who survives.

He worked in various positions at Zippo Manufacturing for 46 years, including Customer Service Manager, Field Manager and then District Manager in Chicago, from which he retired in 2006.

He was a member of The Exchange Club of Bradford, The Bradford Club and The Pennhills Club.

He is survived by four daughters: Ann-Marie (Steve) Tyler of Newport News, VA, Kathy (Tom) Pavlik, of Bartlett, IL, Amy (Jeff) Tatum, of Seaford, VA, and Stacey Gildersleeve of Bradford, three step daughters: Cheryl (Tom) Burke, of Chicago, IL, April (Jay) Tetrev of Chicago, IL, Kim (Oscar) Cumpian of Chicago, Il and Michelle (Willie) Lawler, of Chicago Ridge, IlL; two sisters, Dorothea (Howard) Fesenmyer of Bradford, and Mary Ann (Dick) Bell, of Bellefonte, 17 Grandchildren, three Great Grandchildren and his beloved dog, GiGi.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Gildersleeve.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 7, 2009 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, from 3pm to 5pm at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Leo J. Gallina, Pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, The Friendship Table, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Lost Dog Costello Area Returns Home

Max Is Back Home

Our dog Max returned home. Thank you.

Thank You

The Family of Gordon Black would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, food, cards, letters and their calls. A special thank-you to Coudersport Ambulance, Stan and Brenda Hess, Charles Cole ER Staff, Park United Methodist Church of Coudersport , Rev. Randall W. Headley of Port Allegany for his comforting service, Potter County Honor Guard and Ladies Auxiliary, Members of Eulalia Lodge 342 F&AM, Kevin, Patty, & Kevin Jr. Dusenbury for their special acts of kindness. We could not of made it through without everyone's thoughts and prayers.
Rick & Karliena & Family
Gordon Jr. (Pete) & Michelle & Family
Craig & Cindy & Family
Dave & Bonnie & Family
Edward & Darla & Family
William & Gloria McCauley & Family
Yvonne Setzer

Sandra S. Wilber, 72, of 97 Jackson Ave., Bradford, PA

Sandra S. Wilber, 72, of 97 Jackson Ave., passed away, Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born September 5, 1937, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Viola (Banks) Storms.

She was formerly married to Jerry L. Wilber, who died May 21, 1998.

A 1955 graduate of Bradford High School. Mrs. Wilber graduated from McMurray College in Springfield, IL with a B.A. in Education, majoring in English History and minoring in French. She returned to Bradford and taught for two years, then raised her family. She returned to teaching and taught Middle School and the Explorer Program, retiring in 1999.

She was involved in the YMCA Swim Team, the Literary Book Club Review Team at the Library and later at Chapel Ridge.

Surviving is a daughter, Julie (Jeff) Rice of Bradford, four sons, Michael (Cindy) Wilber, Mark (Mary) Wilber all of Bradford, Curt (Robin) Wilber of Cottonwood, AZ, and Scott (Deborah) Wilber of Valdosta, GA, a sister, Betty Hill of Bradford, 13 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Charles Storms, one sister Margaret Bennett.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday from 3:00 to 5 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., at which time a memorial service will be held with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Family YMCA, 59 Boylston Street, Bradford, PA 16701 or Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Jean E. Feely of 2408 East Notch Road, Richburg, NY

RICHBURG, NY - Jean E. Feely of 2408 East Notch Road passed away Tuesday (Nov. 24, 2009) as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Dec. 9, 1952, in Olean, she was a daughter of J. Elson and Winnifred R. Phillips Putman. On Dec. 26, 1975, in Morrow, Ga., she married John Feely, who survives.

Jean was a graduate of Portville Central School, class of 1970, and received an associate degree in liberal arts from Alfred State College and an associate degree in nursing from Clayton Junior College.

She was employed by Portville Central School for the past 24 years as a school nurse. She was also employed as a part-time nurse at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany.

Jean was involved in many extracurricular activities at the school and was a member of the Ski Club. She was very active in various area churches and served as a volunteer ombudsman for the Allegany County Office for the Aging.

Surviving besides her husband are two children, Joy (Brandon) Smith of Rochester and John Feely of Bolivar; three grandchildren, Patricia Smith, Aidan Smith and Silvia Smith, all at home; and a brother, Robin Putman of Richburg.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Karen M. Reeves.

Friends may call Friday from 2 to 6 p.m, at the Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main St., Little Genesee, where funeral services will be held Saturday (Nov. 28, 2009) at 11 a.m. The Rev. Clint Pearsall and the Rev. David Herne will officiate. Burial will be in Richburg Cemetery.

Memorials to Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main St., Little Genesee, NY 14754, or the Allegany County Office for the Aging, 17 Court St., Belmont, NY 14813 would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar.

Comments Accepted By Mail, Email On Outdoor Furnace Regs

outsideboilerCitizens who want to comment on the proposed state regulations controlling outdoor wood-fired boilers don’t have to travel to public hearings next week to be heard. The state’s Environmental Quality Board is accepting comments by traditional mail or email from now until Jan. 4.

Written comments should be mailed to EQB, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg PA 17105-8477. Comments by email are being accepted at A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each email. If the sender does not receive acknowledgment within two working days, the sender should resubmit the comments. Closest public hearing to Potter County will be held in Williamsport at 1 pm Thursday, Dec. 3, at the DEP office at 208 West Third Street, Suite 101.

Under the proposed regulations:

  • A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets Phase 2 standards for efficiency.
  • New boilers must be installed at least a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.
  • New boilers must have a permanently attached stack that must be at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 150 feet of the boiler.
  • Existing boilers must also have a permanently attached stack that is at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 500 feet of the boiler.
  • Only clean wood, wood pellets made from clean wood and certain home heating oil, natural gas or propane fuels can be used in the boilers. Potter County Today

Joyce F. Powell, 83, of 39 Nookside Lane, Bradford, PA

Joyce F. Powell, 83, of 39 Nookside Lane, passed away Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center after a brief illness

Born July 8, 1926, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Julia (Dunn) Francis.

Mrs. Powell was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. After high school she worked for the Bradford Area School System for a brief time, and was a homemaker most of her life.

She was a former member of the Triangle Club at the YWCA.

She was the widow of Marlin "Chet" Powell who preceded her in death.

She is survived by two grandsons, Damon Powell and Garrett Powell, a sister, Kathryn Matthews-Black of Bradford, several nieces and nephews, and her faithful companion, her dog Coco.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Gregory F. Powell who died June 23, 1986, 3 sisters Nancy Francis, Pauline Francis and Doris Brown, and 4 brothers, Ned Francis, Bryon A. Francis, Tom Francis and William Francis.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., with Rev. Dennis Swineford pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the McKean County SPCA, the University of Pittsburgh@ Bradford, or a charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Austin Man Charged For Dumping Rubbish

Rubbish Dumped On Grom Hill
State Police have filed charges on yet another person who is accused of dumping their rubbish on another person's land.

Thaddius Brent Lathrop, 21, of 30 Oak Lane, Austin, PA, is accused of scattering household rubbish on property located at Grom Hill Road, Homer Township owned by Stanley Goodwin, 658 Grom Hill Road, Coudersport, PA.

Summary charges of Scattering Rubbish were filed at District Court 55-3-01. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper E. J. Bowser is the investigating officer.

Make Plans For Ham &Turkey Raffle At Roulette Saturday

Thursday, November 26, 2009



BRADFORD, Pa. – Area teachers have an opportunity at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to learn more about East Asia while earning a stipend, materials for implementing lessons and Act 48 credit.

Pitt-Bradford, in conjunction with the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, will present a 36-hour seminar on the anthropology, arts, history, geography, architecture, literature, education and customs of China, Korea and Japan.

Teachers of students in kindergarten through 12th grade as well as senior student teachers are eligible to attend the seminar, which consists of six five-hour Saturday sessions beginning Jan. 9, and six hours during the fall. Other seminar dates are Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 10 and 24.

Teachers from private schools are eligible, as are those from New York state. Each participant will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of all the seminar requirements and a subscription to the journal Education About Asia. In addition, the participant’s school will receive $200 next school year to purchase teaching materials to carry out Asia-related lesson plans.

Pennsylvania teachers can receive Act 48 credit for attending.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a vital and vibrant part of our world,” said Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the seminar. “It’s also a chance to share collaborative learning with fellow teachers you will meet from western New York and Pennsylvania. Last year’s seminar series was very productive.”

The faculty for the program include Pitt-Bradford faculty members Champlin, who is also director of international studies; Dr. Flora Wei, assistant professor of broadcast communications; Gary Tessmer, assistant professor of composition; Kong Ho, associate professor of art; Dr. Jody Burgert, former coordinator of and director of teacher education; and Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, visiting assistant professor of art.

The NCTA is a collaboration of several East Asian Centers at leading universities across the United States and is funded by a grant from the Freemen Foundation. In 2008, the University of Pittsburgh became an NCTA coordinating site and will offer classes this year at Pitt-Bradford; Pitt-Oakland; Elizabethtown College; Bucknell University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the University of Delaware.

Teachers who have successfully completed an NCTA seminar are also eligible for a variety of in-country experiences about East Asia that will only be offered to NCTA alumni.

Teachers may apply by contacting Champlin at (814) 362-7623 or For more information on Pitt’s NCTA National Coordinating Site, visit

The deadline for application, which requires a letter of support, is Dec. 12.

Men Seen Stealing Road Sign In Potter County

Black Hole Sign Stolen
State Police are investigating the theft of a street sign from the intersection of State Route 44 and the Black Hole Road in Summit Township on Wednesday at 1:45 pm.

The theft occurred when two unknown white male suspects were seen removing a green, metal "Black Hole Road" street sign valued at about $100.00. The suspects then fled westbound in two separate dark colored SUV's on Black Hole Road. The sign belongs to Summit Township.

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


Winter Concert Dec. 2nd
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s College-Community Choir will sing selections from short Masses and English and seasonal carols at its annual Winter Concert on Dec. 2.

Led by Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. A part of the university’s Spectrum Series, the event is free and open to the public.

The choir will sing excerpts from missae brevis (short masses) by Giovanni Palestrina, Gabriel Fauré and William Walton, as well as English carols by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter. The choir will also lead the audience in a carol sing-along, featuring traditional seasonal carols.

Soloists include Amelia Dibble, an elementary education major from Smethport, and Jonathan McCracken, a psychology major from Bradford, who will sing a work by Walton.

“I tried to strike a balance between several disparate musical styles,” Levey said. “Palestrina, Fauré and Walton lived in very different times and wrote very different music, but there are similarities in the way they handle the texts of the Mass. Britten and Vaughan Williams, on the other hand, emerge from the English choral tradition, and one hears intersections between their work and that of a more recent composer like Rutter.”

The College-Community Choir is made up of about 45 students, faculty, staff and community members and has rehearsed weekly since the start of the fall term. The ensemble is open to singers of any ability; those interested in joining should call (814) 362-0257.

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

Charles Cole to Host Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a breastfeeding support group at 6:30 p.m., December 3 at the hospital’s obstetric unit. Moms and babies are invited for an evening of fellowship, sharing, and a time to ask questions. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1243.



BRADFORD, Pa.—The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Admissions Office will hold three information sessions in December.

First Friday, a visitors’ program that allows prospective students to have a group visit on campus during the week, will take place on Dec. 4. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include a presentation by the admissions office, a campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Hall.

On Dec. 5, a Saturday information session begins at 1 p.m. in the admissions office, located inside Hanley Library, and also includes a tour and an opportunity to speak with an admissions counselor.

An evening information session will be held on Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the admissions office to give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about Pitt-Bradford and have any specific questions answered.

Appointments for First Friday and the information sessions are preferred, but not required. For more information on any of these events, or to make an appointment, contact the admissions office at (814)362-7555 or (800)872-1787 or visit

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

Car Into Pole Crash In Coudersport

Car Into Pole
At 8:08 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at the intersection of Rt.6 & North Hollow Road, in Coudersport Boro.
Coudersport units RECALLED by chief 48 at 8:16 pm.

Roulette Habitat For Humanity House Is Finished---Dedication & Open House Scheduled

VOLUNTEER UPDATE for November 26th, 2009

There are very few words that can describe our feelings as far as our Habitat Volunteers are concerned. The word that comes to mind most often is....................


Let us just say that we could not have done it without all of your hard work and time spent at the Roulette Habitat House. Many of you have not seen it since it has been completed…So, this is your invitation to attend:


Saturday, December 12th, 2009
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm.

The actual Dedication will take place at 1:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served!

You are invited to come and be a part of this celebration!
All are welcome!

Betty Shalkowski will become the owner of this house sometime during the first week of December, 2009, when settlement is scheduled.

A Volunteer and Donors Appreciation Night is scheduled for Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at the Roulette Fire House. More details to follow.

It has been our joy to work with you – and we hope that this will not be the last time you will work with the Potter County Habitat For Humanity Affiliate.

There is another house planned for Spring of 2010 in Galeton, PA … and Volunteers will help to make that happen also!!!

We wish each one of you a Blessed Thanksgiving – we all have so much for which to be grateful.

Sincerely –
Jim and Charlotte Blain,
Volunteer Coordinators

Sneak Peek at 2010 Potter County Visitor Guide Cover

I'd like to give everyone a sneak peak at the 2010 Cover, by talented graphic designer Debbie Plummer. We are printing 40,000 copies of the 40 page brochure.

The brochure will be available by Februrary 2010. The cover features Fishing at Berger Lake in Galeton. The photo was taken by Curt Weinhold.

The elaborate distribution of the guide includes direct mail to 6,000 potiential visitors who are planning to visit Potter County, 15,000 will be distributed at the 15 Welcome Centers, 15,000 distributed at over 15 local events and travel shows. Around 4,000 copies are also supplied to local businesses throughout the year. An electronic copy is also available for download from the PCVA website

The guide will feature a wide range of activities including hunting, fishing, geocaching, both downhill and x-country skiing. In the back of the guide is a lodging amenity chart and a PCVA membership directory.

PCVA members get a free listing in the guide with thier membership.

Feature Advertising space is still available if anyone is interested. Advertisers must be PCVA members in good standing. Space starts at $250 for an eighth page ad, that is less than 1 penny per ad.

For a 1/4 page ad the cost is $400. Ad design is included in these costs.

The deadline to submit materials is Friday, December 4, 2009. We offer flexable billing options. Please call or email for more information 814-274-3365 or

Membership information is available at under the "Membership" header. We are currently at 191 members, only 9 more to reach 200.

David Brooks
PCVA Director

Cameron County Family Center Shares The Love

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver Thanksgiving cards this week. Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Pictured are Calvin Kennedy and Sissy Miller.

Governor: ‘Disaster’ Will Hit Counties Unless Changes Are Made

statecapitolBy Paul Heimel-Potter County Commissioner

If county governments want to avoid raising local real estate taxes, they will need to apply more pressure to the General Assembly. That was the pointed message by Gov. Ed Rendell to county leaders during the closing session of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania fall conference. “What was happening in Harrisburg, and Senate Bill 850 in particular, would have been absolutely ruinous to counties – an absolute disaster,” Rendell said. “It shifted the tax burden back to county and local governments. I realize that the end product wasn’t great and the cuts that we made were still painful to you . . . It could have been much, much worse.” Rendell apologized that some line items cut out of the 2009-10 operating budget, funding for county fairs as an example, will directly hit counties, but he said a long-term solution is available: diminishing the power of vested interests and lobbyists by limiting their donations to state election campaigns.

Three of these lobbying groups flexed their muscles during the budget deliberations and denied the Commonwealth much-needed revenue, Rendell charged. He accused senators and representatives of bowing to the lobbyists in voting against a tax on cigars and smokeless tobacco; elimination of the one-percent vendor sales tax discount for early payment, and reform of the pharmaceutical company “carve-out” for bulk purchases of prescription drugs.

cash“Special interests rule – they reign – in Harrisburg. There is only one way to break that control, and that is to have real campaign finance reform. We need your help. You are leaders in your counties.”

In the meantime, the governor said, local governments should oppose the legislature’s trend of reducing state funding for programs that counties are mandated to provide. “It’s a great political ploy. You can run as a guy who never voted for a tax increase, but you caused tax increases for sure by pushing the burden to schools and local governments.”

“We have put together a road map for potential disaster in the future . . . We balanced our budget to a great extent because we have $2 billion of federal stimulus money. The stimulus money will go away in fiscal year 2012.”

He reiterated his support for an increase in the state’s personal income tax of 3.07 percent, the second lowest in the nation. “My proposal was that we raise it to 3.57 percent, which would have made us the third lowest in the country (and) given us a sustaining source of revenue to address this disaster that’s coming.” Potter County Today

Smethport Creative Arts League will be having a holiday party

Holiday Party
The Smethport Creative Arts League will be having a holiday party and planning/sharing meeting on December 1st, 2009 at 6:30 PM at the Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport.

This meeting will be a gathering of minds to plan activities for 2010 and a time for interested persons to share something they have been working on – art, music and theatre are encouraged.

It is also a time to meet and greet the members of the Creative Arts League and see if you would be interested in becoming part of the League. There are some changes in the works for 2010 and we would love it if you would be part of it. So, come on out and enjoy the evening.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jennifer at or call 814.642.7635.

Pediatrician talks to Smethport students about staying healthy

Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith of Coudersport and Port Allegany Pediatrics visited Smethport Head Start recently to talk to students and parents about germs and staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Vehicle Fire Reported South Of Port Allegany On Rt. 155

Vehicle Fire Out
At 3:39 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Station 3 is responding to a vehicle fire on Route 155 South in the vicinity of the Vets Club. Station 3 units RECALLED at 3:47 pm.

Lafayette Dispatched To Seartch For Lost Hunter

Lost Hunter Found
At 3:35 pm on Thursday, Lafayette Station 21 has been dispatched to search for a lost hunter. 911 center reports lost hunter has been found. Station 21 RECALLED at 3:50 pm.

Port Allegany Man To Be Charged With DUI

Troopers To Charge DUI
State Police will be filing charges of DUI against a Port Allegany man after a traffic stop in Port Allegany Boro in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Ronald J. Button, Jr., 51, Port Allegany, PA, was stopped by troopers for traffic violations, and upon further investigation, determined to be DUI and arrested.

Charges will be filed through District Court 48-3-02.

Estate Auction Saturday At Coudersport Fire Station

Large Oak Display Case, Round Oak Table, Phonograph, Mission Style Lamp, WWI Wave Uniform, Several Carpet Rockers,

O.G. Clock, Coudersport Autograph Book, Thimble Collection,
Large Collection of Hull and Pfaltzgraff Pottery approx 100 pieces, Sewing Cabinet, Oak Stand, Tall Spinning Wheel, Old Radio,
Machetes marked U.S., Victorian Style Chairs, Old Trunk, Maple Tall Bed, Large Crock, Kerosene Lamp, Old Buttons, Costume
Jewelry, Old Frames, Cooper Lines Smoking Stand, 1960’s Team Autograph Buffalo Bills Football, Wooden Wardrobe, Kitchen
Server, Single Beds, Dressers, Regina Vacuum Cleaner, Stock Tables, Lincoln Style Rocker, Wooden Bucket, WW II Pilot’s Hat,
Granite Wash Bowl, Boy Scout Uniforms, WW I Gas Mask, Large Book Shelves, Old Butchering Tools, Old Books.
Large Quantity of Knitting Materials, Cloth Shredder for making Braided Rugs, Large Weaving Machine (Nilus
Leclere Made in Canada.)

Seamstress Materials, Parts for New Dolls, Kids Books, Old Bottles, Butchering Tools, Masons Milk Bottle Coudersport, PA,
Old Furniture in the rough

35 Whelen-700 Rem BDL, 88 Win-243, FN Mauser 30/06, 45/70 Sharps replica-Armsport Import, 358 Norma mag-VZ-24
Mauser Action , Sterlingworth 12 ga. double, Baikal - 410 double, Sako-pre Garcia-264 win mag, Mauser Sporter-243 win, Mauser
Sporter-22/250, Mauser Sporter-8x57 Mauser w/scope base, Mauser Sporter-8x57 Mauser w/williams peep, Savage mod. 112 220
swift, 30/40 Krag w/scope, Win Model 70 xtr .270 win, VZ 24 Mauser Sporter 300 Win Mag, Rem 870-12 ga 3 in, CVA Kodiak Pro
Magnum 50 cal inline Muzzle Loader, Romanian SKS 7.62x39, Romanian 7.62x54r (Russian), ssKresge Single Shot 20ga.,
Iver Johnson 12 ga single shot Untitled, JC Higgins mod. 20 12 ga pump, Stevens Mod 124c 12 ga straight pull bolt,
Romanian 22 Target, Thompson 50 Cal Barrel, Marlin 2506, Super Bear Jennings Compound Bow, Case, Arrows, Never Used!,
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Peterson Says PA Turnpike Commission "Bloated & Corrupt"

Former Congressman wants ‘corrupt’ commission phased out after push to toll highway

Sun Gazette

Former U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson, R-Pleasantville, has been mostly silent since leaving Congress and retiring to the state's Northern Tier nearly a year ago, but his voice suddenly has emerged from the wilderness like the roar of a lion over his concern about Interstate 80 tolls. And the prey he's pouncing upon is the state's Turnpike Commission.

The bid by the Turnpike Commission to toll the east-west statewide highway, he said, is nothing more than a means of serving the interests of a bloated and corrupt state agency. The former legislator is calling for the state to abolish the Turnpike Commission and fold its operations into the state Department of Transportation.

"In my view, it's the most inept, corrupt, useless organization I've ever seen and this is a plan to expand their organization," he said. "It's a real, good old boys network." More...

Gas Field Specialists, Inc. Sued For $5 Million

Horseheads couple sues gas services company
They say construction noise continues 24 hours a day

By G. Jeffrey Aaron •
Star Gazette

A Horseheads couple has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a gas drilling services company that located next to their home and has become a constant source of noise, diesel fumes and other inconveniences.

The suit was filed this week in Chemung County's state Supreme Court by David and Deborah Harnas, 145 Old Ithaca Road, against Gas Field Specialists Inc., located in The Center at Horseheads industrial park. In addition to punitive damages, the lawsuit also seeks to have the Pennsylvania-based company cease its Horseheads operations. More...

David J. Halleck of 99 High St., Ceres, NY

CERES- David J. Halleck of 99 High St., passed away unexpectedly Saturday (Nov. 21, 2009) in the emergency room of Olean General Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

Born June 30, 1942, in Buffalo, he was a son of the late James and Helen Babcock Halleck. On June 19, 1965, in Shinglehouse, Pa., he married the former Sara J. Sherman, who survives.

Mr. Halleck was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School and was employed by American Olean Tile Co. for 41 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of Allegany Baptist Church, past member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Bolivar Fire Department. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and especially his grandchildren. Dave was an organ and tissue donor.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Melissa J. Halleck of Ceres, Deborah J. Halleck of Plainfield, Conn. and Jennifer J. (George) Carr of Port Allegany, Pa.; five grandchildren, Sgt. Benjamin Halleck of Fort Hood, Texas, Jacob Halleck of Plainfield, Ada Carr, Sam Carr and Sara Carr, all of Port Allegany; a sister, Barbara (Robert) Salmonson of Allegany; several nieces and nephews; and an uncle, Robert Halleck of Olean.

He was predeceased by his parents and grandparents.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Tuesday (Nov. 24, 2009) at 11 a.m. in the Allegany Baptist Church, with Pastor Frank Hayman officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under direction of the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 51 S. Main St., Portville.

Emporium Men Cited After Incident

Cited For Harassment
Three Emporium men were cited for Harassment last Friday by Emporium State Police.

Kurt L. Wallin of Old North Creek Road; Preston W. Clingan of Arrowhead Road; and Allen C. Marchall of West Fourth Street, were all charged with Harassment for behavior at an incident on Old West Creek Road.

Man Jailed For Simple Assault On Tuesday

Simple Assault
A Driftwood man is accused of Simple Assault after an incident at 376 Karthaus Mt. Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County on Tuesday at 6:44 pm.

Wayne Anthony Miller, 57, Driftwood, PA is accused of assaulting Joanna Lynn Wigfield, 36, of Driftwood, according to a news release by Emporium Troopers.

Miller was arraigned for Simple Assault and placed in the Elk County Jail after failing to post bond.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Danville Man DUI In Cameron County

Arrested For DUI
Emporium State Police report that a Danville man was arrested for DUI last Saturday at 1:40 am.

Randy Auten, 21, of Danville, PA was stopped on Route 120, 1 mile west of the Village of Sinnemahoning, for various traffic violations and subsequently arrested for DUI.

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Game Commission On Bear Fines

Many of our viewers and Web site readers have been talking about two recent cases of men being cited by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for incidents involving bears.

Gov. Rendell Pledges To Support Tax On Gas Production

govrendell By Paul Heimel

Gov. Ed Rendell will be pushing for a tax on natural gas production in 2010 after backing off on the plan during the prolonged budget impasse this year. The governor made the pledge during an appearance before the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. He was vague about whether revenue raised by the tax would be shared with local governments.

Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge raised the issue during a question and answer session with Rendell, calling on the state to enact the tax and provide its revenue to local governments to cover infrastructure impacts from increased gas drilling. Coolidge also called on the governor to reinstate county conservation districts in the oversight of gas wells, and to visit northeastern Pennsylvania to see the impact of the gas boom for himself.

“I agreed with the industry that, in the first year, a (production) tax probably wasn’t a good idea,” Rendell replied. “But I want to support a tax for next year and, whether it’s in the form of an impact fee or whether it goes to the state’s general fund, it will help all of us.”

“We have to be very careful about the environmental problems in dealing with the frac water,” the governor added.

Rendell said one company is developing technology that will treat water used in hydrofracturing gas wells on site, rather than trucking it to treatment plants. Potter County Today

Bolivar Woman, Nurse At Portville School, Killed In Crash At Little Genesee

Bolivar woman dies after accident Tuesday

By Brian Quinn
GENESEE - A Bolivar woman was killed Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree off State Route 417.

Amity-based state police said they responded at 7:40 a.m. to a report of a one-car accident. Jean E. Feely, 57, was traveling west when she lost control of the vehicle. It went off the road before striking the tree. Feely was pronounced dead at the scene by Allegany County Coroner Ted Crowell. More...

Man Hurt In Smethport Car/Pedestrian Crash is From Port Allegany

WESB NEWS--Port Allegany Man Hit by Car in Smethport
A Port Allegany man was hit by a car Tuesday night on West Main Street in Smethport. Smethport Police say that David McIsaac was struck while crossing the roadway by a car driven by Catherine Garrett of Lewis Run. McIsaac was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Elias C. Hooftallen, 84, of Clyde Street, Earlville, NY, formerly Austin, PA

Elias C. Hooftallen, 84, of Clyde Street, Earlville, NY, formerly Austin, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday Nov. 22, 2009. Janice, his wife of 50 years, was by his side.

He was born March 14, 1925 in Austin, PA, a son of Elias and Mabel Jeffers Hooftallen. He received his education in local schools and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. On Oct. 21, 1959, Elias married Janice Marie Brown in Frederick, MD. He had worked for the Sylvania Co. in Austin, PA, and then for Colgate University in Hamilton until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He liked to tinker around his home and fix and build things. He loved his dogs, Sweetie, Ozzy, Peaches, and TomTom, and his cats, Lacy, Issybee and Patsy.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughter, Esther Hooftallen of Hamilton; children, Chuck, Ron, Perry, Evelyn and Virginia, all of PA; sister, Ruth Lentz of PA; sister-in-law and her husband, Thelma and Fran Belitz of Hamilton; a nephew Bill Belitz and his fiancée, Shannon McDonald of Blossvale; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Geraldine Rossman, and three brothers, Richard, Perry and Earl Hooftallen.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Elias’ family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Hospice for their compassionate care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 2247 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413; or to the SPCA of Chenango County, 6160 County Rd. 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

To send a condolence or sign the Book of Memories online go to

Potter County Offices Closed Thursday/Friday For Holiday

thanksContinuing a Thanksgiving holiday tradition, all Potter County offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, Nov. 27. County offices will reopen at the regular time on Monday, Nov. 30.

The Potter County Commissioners head into the break in the midst of working with elected officials and other department heads on the county’s 2010 operating budget. Initial work sessions have identified some areas where operations can be streamlined to reduce expenses.

The commissioners hope to be able to avoid a real estate tax increase for the third consecutive year, but will not able to forecast the 2010 tax rate until next week. Potter County Today

Smethport Soccer Team's Assistant Does His Part

Adam ? The Team's Assistant--Photo by Leo Szczesny

This young man assists the Smethport soccer team.
His older brother is a member of the team. We were
able to find out his first name, but not his last.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy all the wonderful food and the love of all your family and friends. For those of you traveling have a safe trip.

Jim and Cynthia Jones

Wrong Onstar Coordinates Send Emergency Crews On Wild Goose Chase In Potter County Forest

Wrong Location
An erroneous ONSTAR GPS Coordinate report sent Austin Fire Rescue and Ambulance crews and Coudersport Based State Police rushing to the intersection of the Wild Boy Road and the East Fork Road in a remote area of the Susquehannock State Forest in southern Potter County at 11:40am this morning where a person was reported entrapped after a 2 car crash.

The crews and troopers searched the entire area and located nothing. It was discovered that the report was in error and that the actual crash scene was not in Potter County, and probably not even in Pennsylvania.

Car Crash Reported On Main Street In Coudersport

Crash In Coudersport
At Noon on Wednesday, Coudersport Sept. 48 has been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Main Street in Coudersport where a car is reported to have hit a bridge.

2 Car Crash Reported In Susquehannock Forest

OOPS--Not Here!
At 11:40 am on Wednesday, Austin, Dept. 44 is responding to a 2 car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Wild Boy Road and East Fork Road. One person is reported entrapped.

This call was determined to be a mistake when ONSTAR reported a crash at this location. Nothing was found and after further investigation, it was determined that ONSTAR GPS Coordinates were erroneous and that the incident was probably not even in Pennsylvania.

Service For Dean E. Fuller Saturday At Chrystal

Dean E. Fuller
“memorial service slated”

CHRYSTAL, PA---A memorial service for Dean E. Fuller, of Olean, NY, who died on November 14, 2009, will be held Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, Chrystal, with the Rev. Fred E. Kemp, pastor of the Portville Baptist Church, Portville, NY, officiating. Burial will be in the Chrystal Cemetery.

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

Sign Stolen From Bridge Over Railroad In Keating Summit

Sign Stolen From Bridge
Keating Township workers concerned with closing the bridge over the railroad tracks connecting Route 155 with the Gardeau Road in the Village of Keating Summit noticed that someone had stolen the steel bridge sign from the rail of the bridge that states "Union Bridge Co., Athens, PA 1891. It was valued at $100.00.

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

Thieves Take Man's Tree Stand, Trail Cam In Southwoods

Hunter's Equipment Stolen
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a theft that occurred 150 yards north of Southwoods Road, approximately 6 miles east of Route 872 in Homer Township.

Unknown actor(s) arrived at that location and stole a Big Game Boss XL Tree Stand (camouflage in color) valued at $90.00, Rivers Edge Climbing Sticks (black in color) values at $50.00, and a Remington Ghost Trail Camera (black in color) valued at $120.00.

The equipment belongs to Clint J. Youngfleish, of Heth Road, Coudersport, PA. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Baird is the investigating officer.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Troopers Say Galeton Man Was DUI

DUI Charges
Troopers report charges have been filed in District Court 55-4-03 accusing Kevin Lee Tagnosky, 49, 9 West Street, Galeton, PA of DUI.

Tagnosky was arrested on November 14, 2009 after a traffic stop on Germania Street in Galeton Boro.

Money Stolen From Pepsi Machine In Ulysses

Theft In Ulysses
Coudersport Troopers are investigating a theft in the Boro of Ulysses that happened between 11-8-09 and 11-22-09 at the Corner Cafe at 501 Main Street.

Unknown actors used a key like tool to open the Pepsi vending machine at that location. The actor(s) stole the money, relocked the machine and then fled the scene.

This investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Michael Flook is the investigating officer.

NY Attorney General Goes To Bat For Landowners

N.Y. penalizes gas-drilling firm

By Tom Wilber • Star Gazette

Fortuna accused of misleading, bullying landowners

Fortuna Energy will relinquish acreage it unfairly claimed from
more than 300 Southern Tier property owners in the fight over the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, according to the state attorney general's office.

While the settlement centers on practices of Fortuna, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo characterized the industry's tactics to acquire drilling acreage from property owners as misleading, bullying and deceptive.

"Many of these companies used their size and extensive resources to manipulate individual property owners," he said Tuesday. "This land grab must stop."
Fortuna, based in Elmira, agreed to pay the state $192,500 as part of the settlement. More...

One Car Crash Reported South Of James City

One Car Crash On Rt. 66
At 10:19 pm on Tuesday, Kane Ambulance 5 has responded ALS to a one vehicle accident on Route 66, 1 mile south of James City.

New Safety Seat Law Over The Border

I though this may be of interest to your readers. I heard this on the radio this morning on my way to work.
New York Child Safety Seat Law Takes Effect
An upgraded Child Safety Seat Law takes effect today in New York State...the new law requires kids up to eight years old to use an approved child safety seat, unless they are at least 4'9" tall, or weigh more than 100 pounds.
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Parking Fees Raised At PA Farm Show Complex

Welcome Farmers
As if things weren't bad enough for our farmers trying to make a living nowadays, Denny F writes from the flatlands that Harrisburg TV has just announced that the parking fees at the PA Farm Show Complex are being raised to $10.00.

Just heard on the local (Harrisburg) TV news last week, that parking fees for all events at the Farm Show Complex will increase to $10 in January.

Just in time for the 2010 Farm Show. Hasn't been all that long since they went from $5 to $8, now up they go again.

The excuse this time, is because the Complex is still in need of further upgrades and they need more money. The spokesperson did point out that admittance to the Farm Show itself, is still "free".
Personally, I thought it had already been nearly upgraded to death, the last time around?

Electric Account Opened In Another Person's Name

Personal Information Used
Kane State Police are investigating an incident of identity theft in Lafayette Township.

An unknown suspect created a Penelec account for electric services at 6753 Rt. 59, Lot B4, Lewis Run, PA in the name of Erma Cox of 5104 Rt. 59, Lewis Run, PA, by using her personal information without her permission.

The person secured electric services from January 8, 2008 to April 28, 2008. The account is currently overdue in the amount of $289.33 for services used.

Troopers say this investigation is ongoing.

One Car Crash Reported On Prentisvale Road

One Car Accident
At 9:05 pm on Tuesday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. and Eldred Boro Ambulance have been dispatched to a one car accident near 2009 Prentisvale Road in Eldred Township. Medic 1 from Bradford has been recalled. Medical treatment was refused on scene.

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Troopers at Kane say that their investigation is continuing and charges are pending against a known suspect for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

State police were called to a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kings Run and McCrea Brook Roads in Ceres Township Sunday night and found that the driver had fled the scene.

Upon further investigation they learned the vehicle had been taken from a Cuba, NY residence without the owner’s permission. More news...

Mary L. Kupper, 81, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Mary L. Kupper, 81, of Smethport, died Tuesday (November 24, 2009) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

She was born Feb 2, 1928, in East Smethport, a daughter of Roy E. and Catherine Fields Dickinson. On January 9, 1961, in Port Allegany, PA, she married Philander K. Kupper, who died December 9, 2001.

Mrs. Kupper was a homemaker.

She was a member of the East Smethport United Christian Church, and T.O.P.S.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 9 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, from 11A.M. to 1 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, from the funeral home, with the Rev. Allen D. Young, pastor of the East Smethport United Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to 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.

Car/Pedestrian Accident In Smethport Boro

Pedestrian Hit
At 6:18 pm on Tuesday, Smethport Fire Dept., Priority Care Ambulance and medics are responding to a car/pedestrian accident in front of the video store in Smethport Boro. The street is being closed off by the Fire Dept.

Hartsville Wind Farm Law Hearing Packs The House

Packed House For Wind Law
By Justin Head

Hartsville, N.Y. -Gusts of concern blew into the Hartsville Town Hall Monday night for a public hearing on a draft wind regulatory law that, if passed, the German-based company E.ON Climate and Renewables claims will prevent any large scale wind operations in the town and likely lead to a lawsuit.

Around 60 members of the public, including town residents, officials, E.ON representatives and members of the media packed into the town hall and listened to the latest details in what has become a four year debate with many legal loopholes on a proposed 51-megawatt industrial wind turbine project primarily in Hartsville.

A wind law from 2007 stands to be revised with a 2,460 foot residential setback distance from turbines, compared to the 1,200 foot that stands now. More...

Haggie & Theobald Murder Charges Bound Over

Homicide Charges Bound to Court

Charges against two double homicide suspects have all been bound to McKean County Court.

Separate hearings for 30-year-old Thomas Haggie and 20-year-old Greggory Theobald were held today in Smethport with District Judge Dom Cercone presiding. 1490 NewsBlog

Esther M. Herbstritt, 81, of 12 Cornen St., Bradford, PA

Esther M. Herbstritt, 81, of 12 Cornen St., Bradford, passed away Tuesday November 24, 2009 in the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Larry C. Gildersleeve, 72, of Chicago, formerly of 231 W. Corydon St., Bradford, PA

Larry C. Gildersleeve, 72, of Chicago, formerly of 231 W. Corydon St., Bradford, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 in St. Alexius Hospital in Chicago. A Memorial service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2009 in Bradford. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

“Operation Safe Holiday” Campaign Begins

“Operation Safe Holiday” Campaign Begins
PennDOT’s “Operation Safe Holiday” campaign is now underway. Pennsylvania State Police and hundreds of municipal police departments will work with PennDOT to increase traffic safety enforcement until the New Year’s holiday weekend.

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. Learn more.

Bonlyn I. "Bonnie" Moon, 80, of Westfield, PA

Bonlyn I. "Bonnie" Moon, 80, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at the home of her daughter in Evington, VA.

Born April 2, 1929, in Westfield, she was the daughter of Jay and Bessie Weeks Kilbourne. On November 13, 1948, in Westfield, she married Lynn H. Moon, who predeceased her on February 3, 2000.

She was employed by Galeton Production for 29 years, K&W Medical in Westfield for two years, and Electri-Cord in Westfield for eight years, retiring in 1987.

Bonnie was a member of the Potter Brook People's Church.

Surviving are: a daughter, Irene (Don) Lowrey of Evington; grandchildren, Julie (Raymond) Hand of Harrison Valley, Stephen (Danielle) Walters of Westfield, Eric (Renae) Lowrey of Brookneal, VA, Tony (Andrea) Lowrey of Lynchburg, and Jenifer Lowrey of Brookneal; seven great-grandchildren; a step-son, Robert (Naomi) Moon of Westfield; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Barry; a daughter, Candy Jo; three sisters, Josephine Kelly, Delilah Wright, and Evelyn Smith; and two step-sons, Claude "Skip" Moon and Lynn Moon, Jr.

Friends may call Saturday, November 28th 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 2:00 PM, Sunday in the Potter Brook People's Church. The Rev. David L. Aungst will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.

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

Governor Rendell Announces 100,000 At-Risk Pennsylvanians Vaccinated at H1N1 Public Health Clinics

Future Vaccine Distribution Plans

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that 100,000 Pennsylvanians at-risk for the H1N1 flu were vaccinated during the weekend at public health clinics held by the Department of Health and local health departments.

“With the federal government unable to provide accurate estimates and projections regarding the availability of H1N1 vaccine, distribution has been challenging,” said Governor Rendell. “Overall, we are pleased with the H1N1 vaccine distribution process in Pennsylvania. Holding public clinics across the state over the weekend allowed us to provide vaccine to 100,000 individuals in the recommended priority groups who did not have previous access to the vaccine.”
Staffing for 18 Department of Health clinics, which were held in easily accessible locations around the state, was provided through a well-organized collaboration that included more than 325 Department of Health staff, 150 emergency medical service providers and 200 community volunteers. Average wait time at these clinics was 12 minutes.

Delaware, Lancaster and Lehigh county clinics reached full capacity, with every available appointment scheduled. The Department of Health is holding additional clinics for individuals in the recommended priority groups in each of these counties today and tomorrow. Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-PA HEALTH.

In addition to the 18 clinics offered by the Department of Health, vaccine was provided to the state’s 10 county and municipal health departments.

As of today, the Centers for Disease Control has allocated 2,097,100 doses of H1N1 vaccine to Pennsylvania – which is far less than what was anticipated based on early estimates provided by the CDC. The vast majority of this vaccine has been distributed to 1,451 certified providers including physician’s offices, schools, and hospitals around the state to vaccinate individuals in the recommended target groups at highest risk of getting H1N1 or severe complications.

As vaccine becomes available, the department will continue to fill orders for certified providers and local and county municipal health departments. The agency will also make H1N1 vaccine available at all 60 state health centers across the commonwealth to ensure access to those in the recommended groups. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, citizens in the recommended target groups who do not have access to the vaccine can go to to make an appointment online or call 1-877-PA HEALTH to set up an appointment.

Priority groups for receiving the H1N1 vaccination include pregnant women; persons six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers and emergency medical services personnel; parents, household members or caregivers of children under six months; and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions.

If the federal projections hold true, within the next few weeks the Department of Health expects to be able to move beyond the five target risk groups and make vaccine available to every Pennsylvanian who wants it.

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

Coudersport Power Outage

Electrical Power to the eastern end of Coudersport has been interrupted by an outage.

Power company officials indicate it will be possibly 3 hours before it can be restored. One report indicated the outage covered about half of Potter County, although that report has not been able to be confirmed.

A check with Betty At Tri County Rural Electric found that no Tri County Customers have been affected.

Any further information can be sent to comments.

PennDOT Pushing ‘Smart Transportation’; I80 Tolls Discussed

biehlerThe head of PennDOT encouraged county leaders to partner with the agency as part of its “Smart Transportation” initiative on Monday. PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler (right) emphasized the benefits of these partnerships in an address to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Smart Transportation is a statewide effort to spend limited highway and bridge funds wisely and in cooperation with county planning priorities.

“It’s all about sustainable communities,” Biehler said. “It’s an effort to coordinate our highway plans with the land use tools in counties’ comprehensive plans . . . We need a highway system that not only fits with a community, but augments the vision that a community has for its own future.”

Much of Monday’s dialogue focused on the controversial proposal to charge tolls for traveling on Interstate 80. Biehler said a Federal Highway Administration decision is expected soon. If the toll plan is shot down, he said, then state lawmakers will need to approve an alternative plan to raise money for transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvement. One alternative Biehler suggested was an increase in the state tax on gasoline sales.

Pennsylvania still has serious problems with its highways and bridges, the secretary emphasized, despite investments of almost $1 billion from the federal government economic stimulus plan. Of 25,000 publicly owned bridges in the state, more than 5,000 are structurally deficient. Biehler said PennDOT designated federal stimulus funds for 326 projects statewide, about 60 of which have been completed.

In response to questions about how PennDOT plans to address damage to state roads being caused by heavy trucks — particularly those connected with Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling — Biehler said the issues are being discussed with Gov. Ed Rendell.

“Perhaps it will require a law change protecting any road owner, and not just PennDOT,” he suggested. Potter County Today