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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chris Lilik Named One Of Most Politically Influential

Chris Lilik, Founder and Editor of GrassrootsPA has been named by PoliticsPA & Politics Magazine as one of the top 100 people in Pennsylvania with the most political influence. Others on the blue ribbon list include former Governor Tom Ridge, Todd Nyquist, Rick Santorum, and Shanin Specter, son of Senator Arlen Specter.

Chris's Grassroots PA is reportedly read by everyone in Harrisburg.

Chris has republished several articles from Solomon's words for the wise, WESB/WBRR News Director Anne Holliday's 1490 NewsBlog, and the Bradford Era, giving North Central and North Western Pennsylvania a voice to those in Harrisburg who set the policies for the Commonwealth.

Solomon's words for the wise uses GrassrootsPA every day as a source for what's going on politically in the Commonwealth.

Solomon's thanks Chris Lilik for all the hard work finding the important stories statewide to keep the citizens informed.

Leadership Potter County 2009 graduates 24 Friday Evening

PCEC Graduation 2009

By Tom Lamb
Over 100 guests, area leaders and educators, plus previous year graduates attended the graduation ceremonies Friday evening at the Coudersport American Legion to honor Leadership Potter County 2009 graduates.

The program included words of welcome and encouragement from 2009 graduates Tadd Ostroski, Larry Lauber from Time Warner Cable, and Ashlynn Beacker and Tiffany Hillyard representing the Galeton Area School Distrct, a keynote address by Cindi Hardesty of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, and presentation of graduation certificates from Helene Nawrocki, Potter County Education Council and Don Tanner, Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Graduates from across Potter County included: Krista Batterson, Ashlynn Beaker, Kathy Boyd, Mary Davis, Danielle DeLong, Jocelyn Dynda, Freda Fultz, Christina Gerhart, Terry Gerhart, Kelly Herzog, Tiffany Hillyard, Joe Kilmer, David Knowles, Larry Lauber, Janine Morley, Tadd Ostroski, Karen Ott, Kimberly Rees, Deborah Resig, Doug Resig, Ellen Shinn, Carol Szymanik, Cliff Wood, and Sharyn Zias.

Area businesses, organizations and individuals interested in consideration for the 2010 class starting Friday, January 29th may download an application at the following website:

Ashlynn Beacker and Tiffany Hillyard

Don Tanner congratulates Karen Ott

Photos by Tom Lamb

Western NY/PA Interstates Open Today

Both Lanes of I-90 Open

After being closed most of Friday because of poor driving conditions related to the weather, Interstate 90 is opened in both directions in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania lanes reopened Friday afternoon. The New York lanes opened late Friday night.

Authorities say the road is clear and dry.

Habitat House Dedication & Open House Today



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

TV Cable Line Down In Coudersport/Police Chief Handles It

Lines Down
At 12:27 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Dept. was called to Main Street near McDonalds for a report of lines down. Coudersport Police Chief Lee Gross is on scene, reports it's TV cable line, and to recall Fire Dept. as he is taking care of it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Have Breakfast With Santa Saturday 10 to 2 In Ulysses

Very lovable AKC registered White German Shepherd Puppies for sale.

For Sale: Perfect Christmas presents. Very lovable AKC registered White German Shepherd Puppies for sale. We have 5 males and 3 females. Will be ready to go at Christmas, can arrange to pick up Christmas Eve. Will have shots and wormed. Puppies will be well socialized with 3 teenagers and a 3 year old. Can arrange to come and see. Please contact Timm at either 814-558-6355 or 814-642-7939

CCMH Announces Addition of Dr. Mohareb

Moheb Mohareb, M.D

General surgeon joins CCMH staff

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Moheb Mohareb, M.D., to its medical staff.

Dr. Mohareb earned a medical degree at Cairo University and completed a surgical residency at the University of Illinois, Metropolitan Group Hospitals. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an American College of Surgeons fellow.

He most recently served as chief of surgery at Wetzel County Hospital in West Virginia where his practice included gastrointestinal, endoscopic, laparoscopic, colorectal, and breast surgery.

Dr. Mohareb and Dr. Frank Horn will see patients in the hospital’s general surgery suite at the Irwin Medical Arts Center. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 814/274-7474.

Judge Says Prayer Works/Cancer Gone

From stage 4 diagnosis to cancer-free for Mascara
By Linda Metz, Staff writer,

This article has been read 6406 times.

The rumors are true: Washington County Judge Mark Mascara is cancer-free.

News of Mascara's recovery began to circulate last week and quickly made the county circuit. However, the judge refused to publicly comment until now.

Mascara, who was diagnosed mid-summer with stage four esophageal cancer and told he would not live through the spring, received word last week from his doctor that the judge's recent PET scan showed no signs of cancer.

"I was shocked," said Mascara. "For the first few days, I was just overwhelmed, seeing family and friends who have been so kind and supportive."

The judge added, "I do not know why and I will never know why I was healed. I am so humbled by all of this." Prayer works.....

Bradford Firefighters Returning To House Fire

House Fire Rekindled
At 1:33 pm on Friday, Bradford City Firefighters are returning to 279 Congress Street, the scene of this morning's house fire for a rekindle.

Interstates Closed In Western NY/PA

Update on I-90, I-86 Closing

From the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department:

At this time I-90 is still closed from the Dunkirk Thruway Exchange to the PA State line in NYS. Heavier than normal traffic flow on Rt 5 and on Rt20 at this time due to that.

In Pennsylvania I-90 is still closed from the State line all the way to Erie, PA.

Also I-86 (Rt17) in Pennsylvania is closed from I-90 to exit 3 (Rt89). It is extreme winter weather driving conditions out there in the NW corner of the County at this time.

Bradford House Fire Accidental/Firefighter Injured

Fire Marshal's Report
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal at the Ridgway Station and the Bradford City Fire Chief conducted an investigation into the origin and cause of a fire at 6:00 am Friday Morning that damaged a 28 by 44 foot, 2 story wood frame dwelling at 279 Congress Street in the City of Bradford.

The owner of the building was Edna Hallcok of Bradford and the tenant was Debra Teeter.

The fire spread to 277 Congress Street and damaged the adjacent building which was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Total damages to both structures is estimated at $150,000. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature.

The red cross assisted the families left homeless by the fire.

A more complete report from 1490 NewsBlog is posted below:

Fireman Hurt, Cat Dies in Fires at Two Congress Street Homes

One cat died and a firefighter was injured as a result of fires at two Congress Street homes this morning.

Bradford City Fire Department Captain Dave Paul said that, as of 11:15 a.m., one firefighter was being treated for a back injury at BRMC.

Firefighters were called to a duplex at 279 Congress at 6:10 a.m. When they arrived, they found flames coming from the left side of the duplex and saw that the fire had already jumped to the house four feet away at 277 Congress and extended into the attic. They called in a second alarm at 6:15 a.m. Read all.....

Governor Rendell Announces $10 Million Investment in Nine Airports

McKean, Jefferson Airports Get Funding
Harrisburg – Nine airports can make upgrades and safety enhancements with the aid of a $10 million state investment from PennDOT’s Aviation Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.

“By making smart state investments in aviation, we can help ensure that the commonwealth’s airports are running safely and efficiently,” Governor Rendell said. “This investment will not only allow these airports to make necessary enhancements, it will also help them to further stimulate local economies.”

The program is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation.

For more information, visit or call (717) 783-8800.

Editor’s Note: Following is a list of airport improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects:

Cambria County: John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport -- $350,000 to install above-ground fuel tanks and remove underground tanks.

Erie County: Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field -- $2.7 million for the next phase of a runway extension project.

Indiana County: Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Field -- $664,900 for the next phase of a runway extension project.

Jefferson County: DuBois Regional Airport -- $635,100 to construct an air commerce park that will enhance economic development at the airport.

Lehigh County: Lehigh Valley International Airport -- $3 million to continue renovations to the airport's terminal building, providing economic and safety enhancements.

McKean County: Bradford Regional Airport -- $900,000 to construct a hangar facility within a Keystone Opportunity Zone on airport property.

Philadelphia County: Philadelphia International Airport -- $800,000 to rehabilitate and repair of Runway 9R/27L.

Venango County: Venango Regional Airport -- $450,000 to construct a community hangar, providing increased aircraft storage capacity at the airport.

Westmoreland County: Rostraver Airport -- $500,000 toward construction of aircraft hangars to meet the airport’s growing need for aircraft storage.

Ex-inmate in Butler County receives $55,000 for medical claim

Denied Medical Treatment

A former Butler County Prison inmate received $55,000 to settle a lawsuit against the county for his claim he was denied medical treatment until he was rushed to the hospital for heart surgery following a stroke.

The county commissioners voted Wednesday to pay $25,000 toward the settlement with James P. Raub, of Butler, who had been a jail inmate in April 2006. Southern Health Partners will pay another $25,000 and county prison doctor, Dr. Simmon Wilcox, will pay $5,000.

Raub accused the jail of a misdiagnosis, believing he needed "detoxing" from an addiction to drugs or alcohol instead of taking him to the hospital for an illness.

Raub filed a federal lawsuit in Pittsburgh against, among others, Butler County, the county jail, Wilcox, and Southern Health Partners, which provides medical treatment at the jail.

According to the lawsuit, Raub was arrested April 11, 2006, on a bench warrant for failing to appear at a summary trial on charges of driving with a suspended license.

From April 12 to April 19, Raub and his mother, who visited, claimed to ask each day for Raub to be taken to a hospital because he felt ill, including complaints of lower back and internal pain, cold sweats and chills. More...

SBA Disaster Assistance Available in McKean & Potter Counties

SBA Disaster Loans Available in Pennsylvania

Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announces today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in McKean and Potter counties in Pennsylvania as a result of cooler than normal temperatures that began on June 15, 2009.

“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in the State of New York. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” according to Frank Skaggs, Director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to assist small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes affected by the same disaster,” said Skaggs.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to farm-related and nonfarm-related small business concerns, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. Farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply to SBA.

Eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations may qualify for loans up to $2 million. These loans are available at a 4 percent interest rate with loan terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Under this disaster declaration, the SBA cannot provide loans to agricultural producers.

Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing-impaired) Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST or by sending an e-mail to Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s Web site at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Those affected by the disaster may apply for disaster loans from SBA’s secure Web site at

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than July 19, 2010.

Slight Time Change For Texas Hold'Em Tournament Saturday In Coudersport

Winter Rainbow

Rainbow In The Snow--December 9, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Edward L. McChesney, 69, of Shinglehouse, PA

Edward L. McChesney
“beloved brother, uncle, educator”

Shinglehouse, PA---Edward L. McChesney, 69, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Thursday, December 10, 2009 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA, after a brief illness.

Born May 8, 1940 in Wellsville, NY, he was a son of Edward L. Sr. and Margaret M. Drake McChesney.

He was a 1958 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned his bachelors degree. He continued his studies receiving his masters’ degree. Mr. McChesney was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Mr. McChesney taught history and current events at Phelps-Clifton Springs Middle School in Phelps, NY for 30 years where he also served as acting principal. After retirement, he returned to Shinglehouse where he was a substitute teacher at the Oswayo Valley School District for several years.

In 1999, Mr. McChesney was elected to serve on the Oswayo Valley School District Board of Directors. During his tenure, he also served as president of the board for a period of time. He was a member and current president of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library Board of Directors in Shinglehouse. He was a former member and past president of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He was the founder and co-advisor of the former Oswayo Valley Leo Club in Shinglehouse. He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. In addition he formerly was a volunteer for the Meals-on-wheels program.

Edward was a strong advocate for the best education that the children of Shinglehouse could obtain. He was an extremely community minded individual. He enjoyed walking, gardening and maintaining his lawn.

Surviving is one sister, Jody L. (Gary) Laties of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Edward was predeceased by two sisters, Carol A. Stoeckel and Zita M. Minderler.

At Edward’s request there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Private committal services and burial will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

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

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

Malfunctioning Wood Stove Brings Out Firefighters

Ulysses Recalled
At 10:24 pm on Thursday, Ulysses Dept. 47 was dispatched to 4364 Fox Hill Road, the Quentin Gambel residence, for a chimney fire.

Chief 47-10 on scene a few minutes later issued a recall citing a malfunctioning wood stove.

Christmas Caroling In Harrison Valley

The public is invited to join the Harrison Township Fire Company and the Harrison Township Auxiliary for Christmas Caroling on Friday December 18th beginning at 6PM at the Harrison Township Community Building. Light refreshments will be served.

Bear Hunter Justified In Killing of Landowner

Paul Plyler, and Hunting Party Members Will Not Face Charges

After investigating the incident that occurred on November 24th, state police say that they will not be charging Plyler, or the hunting party in the death of Frank Shaffer.

Frank Shaffer had originally chased Plyler and the hunting party off of his property at an earlier time in the day. Shaffer then found the hunters in a different location later on, and confronted the hunters.

After the second confrontation, Shaffer shot Plyler in the hand. Shaffer fired three more shots, one of which struck Plyler in the back.

Plyler returned 1 shot, and killed Shaffer.

State Police found that Plyler’s actions were justified.

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Kane Teen Gets Minor Injury In Roll Over Crash

Roll Over On Rt. 66
A Kane teenager ended up upside down around noontime on Thursday when he lost control on snowy and slushy Cemetery Hill south of Kane .

Nathaniel T. Koza, 18, of Kane, PA, was traveling north on Route 66 at 12:15 pm Thursday when he lost control due to slush and snow on the roadway. His 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 began to slide into the southbound travel lane. Koza over steered and his pickup traveled across the southbound travel lane, off the west berm and then rolled over, coming to rest on it's roof.

Koza complained of minor injuries at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt. Kane Boro Police and Kane Fire Dept. assisted troopers at the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Zook Motors.

Troopers will charge Koza with "Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed."

Open House Saturday at Heal My Sole

Home-grown Christmas gifts at local business

Everyone has somebody on the Christmas shopping list who falls into the category – “Hard to Buy For!”

There is a solution in downtown Coudersport with a decidedly local twist.

Heal My Sole, a home-based business at the corner of North East and Fifth streets, is holding an open house on Saturday (Dec. 12) from 10 am to 3 pm. There, Christmas shoppers or just the casual browser will find unique bath and body products, as well as soy candles and delicious fresh-roasted coffee, all produced locally.

Owner Mary Kelley points out that prices at Heal My Sole are reasonable and the products make good stocking-stuffers or traditional gifts.

All Natural skin care products have been among Mary’s top sellers as she travels to shows in four states and sells her items through a handful of retail outlets. Lip balm, foot scrub, hand lotion, facial-steaming herbs, and massage candles are among her top sellers.

Also popular is her line of “misters.” Customers can create their own custom-scented fragrance spray to freshen a room or car, spray on linens or pillows, or anywhere else. Single fragrance can be used, or a combination from among about 30 fragrances.

The same premise – create your own mix -- works for personalized bath oil and lotion.

Also featured at Saturday’s open house will be custom-made soy candles with a true lasting fragrance, as well as half-pound or full-pound freshly roasted “fair trade” coffee -- whole bean or ground -- from nations that include Rwanda, Costa Rica, Kenya, Bolivia and Peru.

More information is available at the website,, or by phone at 274-0917.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Fifty-eight students expected to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this month will be recognized with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Students will be honored during an informal event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president; Dr. Steve Hardin, dean of academic affairs; and Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, will speak. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The reception is held for students graduating at the end of the fall term who may not be able to return for the April commencement.

Those expected to graduate with an associate’s degree are Cindy M. Cavallero, a liberal studies major from Bradford; petroleum technology majors Kelley Moyer of Warren, Pamela J. Eschrich of Mount Jewett and Nathan Carmichael of Rimersburg; and information systems majors Richard P. Blackman of Duke Center and Kurt Covert of Smethport.

Those from Bradford expected to graduate with bachelor’s degrees are: Valerie Soriano, an accounting major; Matthew D. Daugherty, an accounting and business management major; Amy Pierce, an accounting and business management major; Carly Rose Ambuske, a biology major; Ashley M. Shade, a criminal justice major; Jessica Nicole Boardman, an English and English education 7-12 major; Stephanie Ann Cottillion, a health and physical education major; Jennifer Kay Bradish, a sports medicine major; and Shawn Spindler, a sports medicine major;

Other students anticipated to graduate are Adair Rohr, a nursing major from Ridgway; Wesley D. Harshbarger, an elementary education major from Kersey; Dana Katheryn Ahlberg, a business management major from Wilcox; Danielle Marie Salsgiver, a biology and biology education 7-12 major from Clarendon; Audrey M. Darling, an elementary education major from Russell; Katherine Pitner, a criminal justice major from Sugar Grove; Claudia Bernat, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Tidioute;

Erin L. Baxter, an environmental studies major; Sara Hennessy and Rachel A. Thayer, both social sciences majors from Warren; Misty Kay McCann, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Duke Center;

Stacy A. Postlewait, a sociology major from Kane; Leo E. Carpenter, a computer science major from Shinglehouse; Amanda Michelle Santaniello, a radiological science major from Brockway;

Tiffany J. Kibble, an elementary education major; Marie Lyn Tarbox, an elementary education major; Danielle Dodge, a mathematics education 7-12 major; Ricky A. Bee, a radiological science major, and Tracy Lynn Tanner, a social sciences major, all from Smethport;

Brittany L. Linderman, a public relations major from Allegany, N.Y.; Laura Dawn Reed, a radiological science major from Wellsville, N.Y.; Amanda Marie Shaw, an athletic training major from Warsaw, N.Y.; Cynthia Centola and Michelle L. Centola, both biology majors from Rochester, N.Y.;

Matthew Glover, a biology major from New Brighton; Michelle Ann Kushner, an accounting and business management major from McKees Rocks; April M. Geiselman, an environmental studies major from Turtle Creek; Brittany Jean Barnes, a chemistry major from Butler; Andrew Charles Finzel, an elementary education major from Sharon; Nathan P. Carmichael, an environmental studies major from Rimersburg;

Renae Bowens and Ian T. Long, both business management majors from Titusville; Sara R. Snyder, a business management major from Centerville; Gregory Cook, a sport and recreation management major from North East; Samantha R. Hockenberry, a biology major from Spring Run; Stefanie Corcoran, a chemistry education 7-12 major from Elysburg;

Crystal Ziegenfus, a broadcast communications major from Palmerton; Stephanie Nicole Petchel, a broadcast communications major from Beaver Meadows; Jordan Ercolani, an athletic training major from Larksville; Ross Sharkey, a writing major from Downingtown; Erikah Eileen James, a biology major from Baltimore, Md.; Kristin E. Gutowski, an elementary education major from Little Genesee, N.Y.; and Brandyn M. Austin, a sports medicine major from Elmira, N.Y.

$45,000.00 Worth Of Jewelry Stolen In Bradford

WESB NEWS--Break-in at Smith's Watch and Clock
Bradford City Police are investigating a break-in at Smith’s Watch and Clock sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. City Police say that around $45,000 dollars worth of fine jewelry was taken from Smith’s. Police are distributing a list of the stolen items to area pawn shops and jewelry resale stores. Thieves broke a small window to gain entry to the store.

One Car Crash South Of Tacks Inn

Route 219 South of Tacks Inn
At 5:10 pm on Thursday, Emergency crews from Bradford, Mt. Jewett and Lafayette are responded to a one car crash on Route 219 1 mile south of Tacks Inn.

Brittany L. Ginkel, 18, of 6 1/2 Bridge Street, Mt. Jewett, PA, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu north on Route 219, when she lost control due to icy roadway conditions. Her vehicle then crossed the south bound travel lane and struck a guide rail with it's front, spinning counter-clockwise and coming to rest in the south bound lane.

Ginkel was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Her passenger, a 1 year old juvenile female, was restrained in a car seat and was not injured.

Lafayette Fire Dept and EMS assisted Kane troopers at the scene. Buzzards Garage towed the vehicle.

Environmental Quality Board to Hold Public Hearing in Williamsport on Wastewater Treatment Requirements

Frack Water
Williamsport – The state Environmental Quality Board will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third St., Williamsport, to accept comments on a proposal to amend DEP’s Chapter 95 wastewater treatment requirements.

The proposed amendments would establish daily maximum effluent standards of 500 parts per million (ppm) for total dissolved solids, 250 ppm for sulfate, and 250 ppm for chloride. In addition, for wastewater from the oil and gas industry, daily maximum effluent standards of 10 ppm for total barium and 10 ppm for total strontium are proposed.

The full text of the rulemaking was published in the Nov. 7 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin along with a correction notice published on Nov. 14, and is available at The comment period closes on Feb. 12, 2010.

Those wishing to present testimony at the hearing can register prior to the start of the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are asked to submit three written copies of their oral testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at the hearing.

The Environmental Quality Board is a 20-member independent board that adopts all of the Department of Environmental Protection's regulations.

Questions regarding this hearing should be directed to the board at 717-787-4526. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the board at 717-787-4526 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the board can best accommodate their needs.

For more information, call 717-787-4526 or visit, keyword: EQB.

Betty E. Johnson 88, of 60 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA

Betty E. Johnson 88, of 60 Derrick Road, Bradford, passed away Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born July 22, 1921 in Coleglenn, she was a daughter of the late William "Scotty" and Sarah (Barraclough) Anderson. She attended schools in Brockway

In 1942 she married George W. Johnson who died October 23, 1980.

She worked as a Cafeteria worker at Floyd C. Fretz for the Bradford Area School District.

She was a former member of the East End Presbyterian Church, and a former member of the Queen Esther Rebecca Lodge, as well as the Eastern Star Chapter 61.

Surviving is one daughter, Jeanne Johnson, one granddaughter, Heather (Jeff) Ward, and two great grandchildren Kristopher Johnson, and Jordan Ward all of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant daughter Georgia Gay Johnson, two sisters: Elizabeth A. Johnson, and Sarah Cachkovich, one brother William Anderson.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave, at which time funeral and committal will be held with John Schubert, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Committal services and burial will follow McKean Memorial Park
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to SPCA Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Open House At Causer's New Office Today

State Representative Martin Causer

Thursday , December 10, 2009


Toys for Tots Fundraiser Saturday At Moe's

Moe's Bar & Grill in Port Allegany is having a fundraiser for Toys for Tots on December 12th. We are having guest bartenders and also conducting a food drive. The event starts at 10 a.m. and last until 2 a.m. Sunday morning. We are having a DJ. I would love if you could advertise for this event because its for a great cause and it will greatly help the community. Last year we raised $2,500.00 and donated a ton of food. Thank you!!

Marguerite A. Cornelius, 88, a former resident of Pikeville Road, Wellsville, NY

WELLSVILLE, NY - Marguerite A. Cornelius, 88, a former resident of Pikeville Road, died unexpectedly Saturday (Dec. 5, 2009) at the Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville.

Born Jan. 2, 1921, in Alma, she was a daughter of George and Flossie Terrette Quick. In 1939, she married Robert L. Cornelius, who predeceased her in 1988.

Marguerite was first employed at Alcas Cutlery and the American Olean Tile Co. in Olean and later was a longtime employee of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. After retiring, she worked as a private health aide.

She was a life member of Alma United Methodist Church.

Surviving are five children, Roberta Mesler and Bonnie Fanton, both of Wellsville, Carloyn (Bud) Slocum of Shinglehouse, PA, Larry (Connie B.) Cornelius of Wellsville and Penny Baker of Alma; two foster sons, Ricky Skiver of Gerry and Jerry Skiver of Alma; two sisters, Lucille (Carl) Dickerson of Belmont and Betty Childs of Portville; a sister-in-law, Joan Quick of Statesville, NC; 27 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 52 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three sisters, Joyce Schoonover, Mildred Lewis and Wanetta Hardy; and a brother, Julius Quick.

Friends may call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday (Dec. 10, 2009) from 1 to 2 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held,

The Rev. Clara Wilder will officiate.
Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery, town of Willing.
Memorials may be made to the Alma United Methodist Church.

E. Carroll Pratt, 92, of Arden St., Longwood, FL

LONGWOOD, FL - E. Carroll Pratt, 92, of Arden St., died Wednesday (Dec. 9, 2009) at his residence, with his family by his side.

Born July 23, 1917, in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, he was a son of Edward C. and Elma M. Armstrong Pratt. On Oct. 13, 1951, in South Orange, NJ. he married Betty Rosenquest, who survives.

Mr. Pratt was an accountant employed by Hart & Son of Montego Bay, Jamaica, for several years, before his retirement.

He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the Royal Navy of England.
He was a resident of Florida for 42 years coming from Jamaica.
He was an avid golfer, gardener, and card player.

Surviving are two sons, John C. Pratt of Orlando, FL, Richard C. (Dorothy) Pratt of Longwood, FL; and a grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Beatrice A. Wilhelm, and a brother, Richard Pratt.

A private graveside and committal service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Emma McCutcheon Zenner, 92, of 836 Frenchtown Rd. Bridgeport, Conn., formerly of 1135 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA

Emma McCutcheon Zenner, 92, of 836 Frenchtown Rd. Bridgeport, Conn., formerly of 1135 West Washington Street, Bradford, passed away, Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport CT.

Born May 11, 1917 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late James G. and Harriet Grace (Rook) McCutcheon. She was a 1936 graduate of Bradford High School.

On September 22,1941, in St. Bernard Catholic Church she married John Edward Zenner who died on January 18, 2007.

After high school she had been employed by the YWCA. She had also worked as a clerical worker at W. R. Case and Son's Cutlery Company, at Bradford Printing Company for her father and then at Montgomery Ward.

She was a member the First United Methodist Church, the Current Events Club, Woman's Literary Club and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She was also a former member of the Pine Acres Golf Club.

Surviving is one son, John M. (Martha Lund) Zenner of Bridgeport,CT, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Gayle Fox, Erla Stickles, and Margaret Lindemuth.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 14,2009, from 3-5 & 7-9PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 33 South Avenue, where funeral and committal services will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 10:00am with the 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 a charity of the donor's choice.
online condolences may be made at

Man Sought In Manhunt Is In Custody

Suspect Apprehended
A man, sought by several police agencies in connection with an assault in the Otto Township area of McKean County on Thursday morning, is reported to be in custody at 12:50 pm.

A BOLO put out to all area police agencies at mid-morning was cancelled.

2 Vehicle Crash On Route 46

2 car crash
At 12:50 pm on Thursday, Smethport Fire Police have been dispatched to a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Route 46 in front of the Keating Township Building. It was reported there are no injuries in this crash.


Pet Carousel Conducts Nationwide Recall of Beef Hoof Products and Pig Ears Because of Salmonella Risk

Shinglehouse girl auditioned for WNLO's CW 23 'Next Star'

Shinglehouse native, Holly Garrity auditioned on December 5th to be WNLo's
Next CW 23 star. You can check out her audition video at She is
participant #112. Be sure to leave comments on who you want to vote for.
The 2nd round of auditions are TBA in January.

Allie Reid
On-Air Personality
WMXO Mix 101.5

Accident Reported On Cemetery Hill on Rt. 66

Crash On Rt. 66
At 12:20 pm on Thursday, an ambulance has been dispatched to Route 66 on Cemetery Hill for a one vehicle rollover crash.

State May Pull Plug On Funds For Stormwater Management

Stormwater management plans that have been underway in Potter and many other counties for more three years could be dead in the water – or considerably more expensive to local taxpayers — if a bill that’s coming up for a vote in the Pa. House of Representatives becomes law. Kristen Goshorn, government relations manager for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, told the House Local Government Committee Wednesday that passage of HB 1390 would seriously harm counties.

Potter County, headwaters for three major watersheds, has made more progress on the state-mandated stormwater management planning than many of its counterparts. The Potter County Planning Commission has spearheaded the process, working with a consulting firm, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic (HRG). Majority of the funding has come from the state.

Act 167 requires each county to develop standards to prevent flooding, soil erosion, road damage and related problems from improperly directed stormwater. Phase I of Potter County’s plan pinpointed about 125 areas where water runoff is being deflected in an irresponsible and/or hazardous manner. Phase II involves implementing engineers’ recommendations to reduce the risk of flooding and environmental damage.

“Counties do not have financial or staff resources to deal with this mandate,” CCAP’s Goshorn told lawmakers this week. “Improvements are needed to stormwater planning, but the state cut all funding in the 2009-2010 budget. Both counties and the legislature do not have ability to fund and implement this mandate, and now is the wrong time to pass this bill.”

Stormwater management planning is not cheap. One former township supervisor told the committee it cost his township more than $250,000 to complete a plan.

A vote on HB 1390 is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. Potter County Today

Stryker Operating Room System II Surgical Navigation System - Recall

Stryker Operating Room System II Surgical Navigation System - Recall

Audience: Hospital risk managers, surgical service managers

[UPDATED 12/09/2009] Recall classified as Class I.

[Posted 11/27/2009] Stryker and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a recall of 23 Operating Room System II Surgical Navigation Systems because there is a potential for the navigation PC SPC-1 component to stop working which could result in the screen freezing, the system updating at a slow rate, or not responding at all.

The Navigation System II is a computer aided surgery platform that surgeons can use to perform Hip, Knee, Spine, Neuro and ENT surgical procedures and contains a computer workstation with the navigation System II software and various components necessary to run the system.

The potential harms associated with this failure are: delay in surgery, reschedule of the procedure resulting in an additional surgery, risk of infection, increased morbidity, potential neurological deficits, or injury due to the surgeon operating in an area where they did not intend to operate. Depending on the type of surgery, these failures could potentially lead to serious adverse health consequences, including death.

Hospitals that have product that corresponds to the catalog numbers above should immediately quarantine the product, label it as a recalled product and stop using the product.

Charles Cole CEO Named National Rural Health Fellow

Ed Pitchford

Charles Cole CEO Named National Rural Health Fellow

Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, has been selected as a 2010 National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow.

Seven fellows were chosen based on their educational background, commitment to rural health care issues, and geographic and professional diversity. The year long program is designed to develop, educate, and inspire rural health leaders across the country. The new class of fellows will meet in person and via conference calls throughout the year to discuss leadership, advocacy, regulatory, policy, strategic planning, and legislative issues.

“We are very pleased to announce this new class of fellows as this program enters its fourth year. Once again, this class represents various levels of rural health care expertise,” said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “With the successes achieved by the previous three classes, we look forward to continuing the tradition of building rural health care leaders through this valuable program.”

Pitchford was elected to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association board of directors last June and serves on the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Public Policy Committee and Council of Small Hospitals. Over the past year, he was instrumental in working with state legislators to secure $11 million in additional funding for critical access hospitals in Pennsylvania and to introduce widely endorsed legislation to make this funding permanent. He testified before the Pennsylvania Public Health and Welfare Committee and worked with the Senate republican leadership in crafting proposed legislation to enhance access to primary care throughout Pennsylvania. Most recently, his hospital hosted 13 Republican State Representatives for a forum on rural health issues and innovations in rural emergency medicine.

Pitchford’s career in health care spans 30 years, including being associated with Charles Cole periodically since 1979, serving first as the hospital’s independent auditor, its chief financial officer, and currently its president and CEO. He also worked for 14 years as an executive at the Borgess Health Alliance, Kalmazoo, Mich.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities in four counties at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium. For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit

Dog Found Along Rt. 6 In Coudersport Reunited With Owners

We found this dog walking along route 6 and he has no tags on him. Can you please post this as he is an older dog. Found on Route 6 by Trails End Realty. Call Shiela at Trails End Realty if it's yours. Thanks to your quickness, Zeus' owners have been found, his owners just picked him up. You site is the greatest.

3 sentenced in Tioga County Court

3 sentenced in Tioga County Court

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - Three people were sentenced in Tioga County court Monday for various crimes. According to court documents, they are:

Lynn S. Fay, 39, of 122 E. Main St., Westfield, 12 months special probation plus $1,131 in fines and fees for simple assault.

Gary L. King Sr., 61, of Genesee, 24 months probation plus $1,698 in fines and fees for criminal trespass and stalking.

Kristi L. Vaughn, 29, with addresses in Roulette and Eldred, six months special probation for theft plus $750 in fines and fees and $497 restitution to a 15 Meade St. Wellsboro dentist for three bad checks.

Property Listings From Stevens Realtors

Suit Against Gas Field Specialist, Inc. Moved To Federal Court

Couple's suit against gas company transferred to federal court

Gas Field Specialists, Inc.
Star Gazette
David and Deborah Harnas, of 145 Old Ithaca Road, filed a $5 million lawsuit against Gas Field Specialists Inc., located in The Center at Horseheads industrial park.

The suit alleges the company's work has become a constant source of noise, diesel fumes and other inconveniences.

In addition to punitive damages, the lawsuit seeks to have the Pennsylvania-based company cease its Horseheads operations.

A hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 22 in front of state Supreme Court Justice Judith O'Shea.

The lawsuit now will be heard in federal court at the request of the defendant, Gas Field Specialists, according to the Harnas' attorney, Luciano Lama of Ithaca. More...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Burglars Steal Pistol & Knife From Hippys Hollow Camp

Burglary & Theft
Unknown actor(s) kicked in the front door of a camp owned by Michael Austin, and Adam Robuck on Hippys Hollow Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County and removed a .22 Caliber Semi-Automatic Pistol and a hunting knife overnight on 12-6/7.

House Democrats Vote to Stall Overdue College Funding

Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln Students may now face tuition hikes due to legislative wrangling

Students in four of Pennsylvania's largest schools may now face a tuition hike as House Democrats, nearly by party lines, voted to stall state funding for Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln Universities.

State funding for the schools should have been passed by the end of June. Now as students take the final exams of their first semester, House Democrats voted again to stall the necessary funding for these institutions.

It's time to stop playing games with students, with their parents, and with some of our Commonwealth's finest universities. It's time to put Pennsylvania's best interests over partisan politics in Harrisburg.

Call your state legislator now and ask them to pass funding for these schools now.

Rep. Martin Causer To Hold Ourteach Hours At Port Boro Office

State Representative Martin Causer
will host outreach office hours at the
Port Allegany Borough Office
Thursday , December 10, 2009
from 1-2 pm


Open House & Dedication Of Habitat For Humanity House In Roulette Is Saturday

Do you have this date on your calendar?



Saturday, December 12th, 2009
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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 became the owner of this house on December 3rd, 2009, and we are going to celebrate with her. We know that we are all busy at this time of the year but will you take a few minutes to stop by!

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!!!

Sincerely –
Jim and Charlotte Blain,
Volunteer Coordinators

Investigation Of Assault Near Clinton County Line Continues

Southern Potter County
An assault that took place on November 20, 2009 at 11:40 am near Route 44, a half mile north of the Clinton County line in Stewardson Township, Potter County, PA, continues to be investigated by troopers from the Coudersport station.

The assault involved 3 known individuals and a news release with more information will be forthcoming as the investigation develops.

Teens Uninjured In Crash On Slippery West Eldred Road

West Eldred Road Crash
A Duke Center driver and her passenger were not injured, when the vehicle they were in went out of control and ended up on top of a guide rail after attempting to miss a deer in the roadway Tuesday at 11:15 pm in Eldred Township.

Stephanie C. Glover, 19, Duke Center, PA, was driving a 1998 Buick Partk Avenue south on the West Eldred Road, when she lost control on the snow covered road, while attempting to avoid a deer in the road. Her vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway striking the guard rail, coming to rest on top of it.

Glover and her passenger, Kristin B. Peterson, 18, of Eldred, PA. were wearing seat belts and were not injured. State Police said no charges will be issued because of the condition of the roadway. They were assisted at the scene by Enchanted Mountain Kustom Towing.

WARNING! Goodbye U.S Sovereignty... Hello One World Government !

Porter Township Cops Save Jersey Shore Man From House Fire

Police officers pull Barry Sarno from burning home

By PAUL GARRETT - For The Express

JERSEY SHORE - Barry Sarno was pulled from his burning home Tuesday night.

Sarno, who was rescued by two local police officers, is a patient at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Officials there could not give a condition report this morning.

Taken initially to Jersey Shore Hospital, Sarno was transferred to Geisinger after plans to transport him to Lehigh Valley Burn Center in Allentown were thwarted by snow that began falling as firefighters fought the blaze.

"He had second degree burns to his face and upper body," Fire Chief Brian Flook said of the initial report from medical personnel. "He also suffered from smoke inhalation."

Porter Township police officer Mike Crawford said he saw Sarno lying on the floor a few feet inside his home at 1200 Walnut St. after rescuing the man's dog at a doorway of the west side the house.

After carrying the dog away from the house, Crawford said he went back to the side door and looked in.

The house was filled with smoke and when he spotted the victim he yelled for Nathan DeRemer, also a Porter Township police officer, who helped him pull Sarno out of the house, Crawford said. More...

Autopsy---Jail Inmate's Death Ruled Suicide

Suicide Due To Asphyxiation

The death of Robert W. Hearst, V, 20, of Kane, PA, the inmate who was discovered deceased by a corrections officer at the McKean County Jail early Wednesday morning, has been ruled a suicide.

McKean County Coroner Michael Cahill said, "The autopsy is complete. Robert Hearst's death has been ruled a suicide due to asphyxiation."
6,000 sign petition asking DEC to strengthen natural gas-drilling regulations

Newly drafted not strong enough, group says

By Krisy Gashler •
Star Gazette
An Ithaca environmental activist and 6,000 other individuals and organizations asked the governor Tuesday to withdraw the state's newly drafted regulations on natural gas drilling, saying the state's entire regulatory framework needs to be strengthened before more drilling occurs.

Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, is the activist who last month publicized 270 spill reports from the state Department of Environmental Conservation's own database, documenting well contamination and other environmental pollution related to the conventional, vertical gas drilling that has gone on in New York State for decades."DEC's own data document systematic, on-going failures to prevent oil and gas drilling pollution impacts or to clean them up. It is imperative that DEC resolve those regulatory shortcomings prior to issuing new drilling permits," the petition states. More...

County Legislators In NY Call For Continuation Of Drilling Moratorium

Tompkins legislators wants gas drilling to wait

Draft of county's comments on DEC's impact statement calls for more study

By Stacey Shackford •
Star Gazette

Tompkins County officials are worried that all the work they have undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to meet an ambitious 80 percent reduction target by 2050 could be undone if gas drilling is allowed to proceed as outlined in the state's controversial draft environmental impact statement.

It is one of the concerns county legislators have raised in a five-page document they intend to submit to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation as official comments to the DEC's 809-page Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS).

In it, they call for a continued moratorium on drilling to allow the DEC time to re-evaluate its report and incorporate further studies, including one being undertaken by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

PennDOT Warns Motorists to be Aware of Flooding or Ice

Allentown –Based on current weather forecasts, PennDOT is advising motorists traveling throughout east central Pennsylvania to be alert for potential flooding or ice in their travels over the next 24 hours.

“Motorists need to pay extra attention to their driving, especially on days such as today when weather conditions can change quickly and turn driving conditions sour in an instant,” said PennDOT District 5 Executive, Michael W. Rebert, P.E. “In addition to winter weather, forecasters are predicting conditions favorable for flooding and/or black ice.”

PennDOT reminds motorist to pay particular attention on elevated roads, ramps and bridges where black ice can form without warning. Black ice is a condition in which the roadway appears to be just wet, when in fact it is covered with a thin sheet of ice.

In addition to monitoring weather forecasts, motorists should pack an emergency travel kit containing some basic items like first aid supplies, non-perishable food, water, warm clothes, a blanket and a small snow shovel. An emergency travel kit should also contain items essential to specific passengers such as baby supplies, extra medication or pet food.

Because of the variety of winter conditions that this storm is producing, motorists may encounter flooded roads, downed trees or power lines. Motorists who encounter a closed road should turn around and seek an alternate route.

PennDOT encourages motorists to log on to or call 511 from any phone before heading out to check traffic conditions.

Governor Rendell: Nearly $20 Million in Federal Funding Available to Spur Wind Energy Projects, Generate Orders for Manufacturer

Latest Investment to Create Jobs in One of America’s Fastest Growing States for Wind Energy

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that $19.8 million in
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding is now available for large-scale
wind projects that will generate clean energy, spur new orders for the Keystone
State’s green energy manufacturers, and put Pennsylvanians back to work.

In describing the importance of supporting clean energy technologies, the Governor
said this latest investment builds upon Pennsylvania’s stature as one of the fastest
growing states for wind energy in America.

“With the help of federal and state incentives -- and programs like Green Energy
Works! -- Pennsylvania is paving the way to develop more large, shovel-ready wind
projects. These are the types of projects that create jobs for people putting steel in
the ground, while helping us to power our future in a cleaner, more environmentally
friendly and efficient way,” said Governor Rendell.

“Pennsylvania has been recognized for the growth of our wind energy sector, with
three new wind farms beginning operation this year and additional projects coming
on-line in the near future,” continued Governor Rendell. “Pennsylvania now has 595
megawatts of wind generation capacity, enough to power more than 178,000

According to the American Wind Energy Association, the state ranked second in the
nation for wind industry growth during the second and third quarters of this year.

The Green Energy Works! Wind program is open to projects located in Pennsylvania
that use grant funds matched with private investments for wind energy systems of
at least 3 megawatts of capacity and use Pennsylvania goods and services to the
greatest extent possible.

Funds may be used to purchase and install equipment for producing wind energy or
distributing energy by covering interconnection costs and network upgrades. All
proposals must be for a minimum of $250,000 and may not exceed $19.8 million.

All projects must create jobs and be completed by April 30, 2012.

Guidelines and application materials are available at Under
the heading “Where is Your Money Going?” click on “Energy Independence.”

Applications must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection
Grants Center—Green Energy Works—Wind, 15th Floor Rachel Carson State Office
Building, 400 Market St., P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776. E-mails or
faxes will not be accepted. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Prior to submittal, applicants with questions are encouraged to contact the DEP
Grants Center at 717-704-5400, or Kerry Campbell at 717-772-5985.

Emma McCutcheon Zenner, 92, of 836 Frenchtown Rd. Bridgeport, Conn., formerly of 1135 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA

Emma McCutcheon Zenner, 92, of 836 Frenchtown Rd. Bridgeport, Conn., formerly of 1135 West Washington Street, Bradford, passed away, Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport CT. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Raymond C. Toothman, 89, of 167 Looker Mountain Trail, Bradford, PA

Raymond C. Toothman, 89, of 167 Looker Mountain Trail, Bradford, passed away Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born January 15, 1920, in Mannington, WV, he was a son of the late Theodore and Della (Grubb) Toothman.

Mr. Toothman was married to Nellie Engle, Bernice Hebner, and Winifred Cotton all of whom preceded him in death.

He worked in the local oil fields for numerous companies and for many years for Pennzoil Company. He was a member of the Fireside Pumpers and an avid sportsman.

Mr. Toothman was a member of the Sawyer Evangelical Church of North America

Surviving is a daughter, Belva Sue Hollar of Edinsburg, VA, a son, Bernard (Peg) Toothman of Bradford, a step daughter, Molly C. (Colin) Heron of Bradford, a brother, Hugh F. Toothman of Hinton, WVA. five grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three wives, a son, Frank Toothman, a step daughter, Donna Hebner, six brothers, three sisters, four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at the Sawyer Evangelical Church of North America at which time funeral and committal will be held with Rev. Brad Preston, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park Cemetery

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sawyer Evangelical Church of America or charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.
Online condolences may be made at

Joanne Adele Beckwith, 77, of Shinglehouse, PA

Joanne A. Beckwith

Shinglehouse, PA---Joanne Adele Beckwith, 77, of Shinglehouse, PA, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family in her home on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 after a courageous battle with ALS Disease.

Born July 29, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, she was a daughter of Karl and Adelheid Heimsoth Wittek. On March 30, 1952, she married Kenneth E. Hellmann, who died on September 8, 1987. On February 13, 1999 in Shinglehouse, she married James M. Beckwith, who survives.

Mrs. Beckwith was employed at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse and retired from the Radiology Department at the Olean General Hospital in Olean.

She was a very active member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. Her greatest love was being with her family.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Karl E. (Darlene) Hellmann of Denver, PA and Steven K. Hellmann of Lansdale, PA; two daughters, Heidi J. (John) Gore of Delmar, Delaware and Linda A. (Randy) Wilber of Portville, NY; a stepson, the Rev. Terry L. (Tresa) Beckwith of Albany, NY; a stepdaughter, Natalie (Dan) Tice of Coudersport; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Tilly Markowski of Gresham, Oregon, Claire Greco of Dumont, NJ, and Karin Piazza of Red Bank, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Beckwith was predeceased by her parents and first husband.

At Joanne’s request there will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA with the Rev. Roger N. Hain, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the East Sharon Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to McKean County Hospice, 20 School Street, Bradford, PA 16701.

Death Of 20 Year Old Inmate At McKean County Jail Under Investigation

No Sign of Foul Play
State Police at the Kane Station are investigating the death of a 20 year old inmate at the McKean County Jail Wednesday morning between 1:20 am and 5:08 am.

Robert W. Hearst, V, 20, of Kane, PA, was discovered deceased by a corrections officer during rounds. The initial investigation revealed no signs of foul play. The investigation is continuing and an autopsy is scheduled.

State Police were assisted by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill, McKean County Sheriff's Department, and Priority Care EMS.

Robert Hearst was jailed on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, robbery and theft by unlawful taking in connection with an incident on September 11 at Country Fair in Bradford that started as a dispute over $160.

Court records indicate that Hearst shoved Cody Fowler to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the face, causing injuries. He then slammed Fowler's head on the concrete until Fowler lost consciousness.

District Judge Dominic Cercone set bail at $30,000. straight bail on 9-11-09 and Hearst was sent to McKean County Jail. At a hearing on 9-23-09, bail was reduced to 10% bail, which would have required him to post $3,000. but Hearst remained in jail after not being able to post bail. Hearst's next court date had been scheduled for 1-7-2010 according to court records.

Wind Turbine Ordinance Drafted For Brady Township

Wind turbine limits ordinance nearly done for Brady Township
Courier Express
LUTHERSBURG - The Brady Township supervisors moved one step closer to enacting an ordinance regulating the construction of wind turbines by presenting a draft copy of that ordinance at the December meeting.

They limited questions and discussion of that ordinance to one-half hour at that meeting but said that there will be a public meeting held at the Community Building Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. Residents and the developer, Iberdrola Renewables U.S.A., can suggest changes. After that, the final draft will be on display. A final vote is expected in January or February.

The proposed ordinance requires an application accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $2,000 per megawatt, payable whether the application is approved or not. The application could be for a single wind turbine or for more than one, but the fee is based on the generating capacity of each turbine.

The draft copy establishes setbacks of 1,250 feet from occupied residences of non-participating landowners and 1.1 times of the turbine height from public roads. The noise level is 45 decibels measured at the occupied residence of a non-participating landowner. More...

Rena B. Pagano, 93, of Galeton, PA

Rena B. Pagano, 93, of Galeton, PA, died Monday, December 7, 2009, at Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport.

Born January 21, 1916 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Zefferino and Carmela (Larese) Brambilla. In November 1933 in Galeton, she married Carmine J. Pagano, who predeceased her on February 26, 2009.

Rena worked at Galeton Production for 23 years. She was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton and enjoyed the opera, reading, gardening and politics. All those that had the privilege of knowing Rena, knew that she was a devoted mother and gave to every charity that she could.

Surviving are two sons, Charles (Bonnie) Pagano, Bradford, PA, Carmine R. (Joyce) Pagano, Galeton; a daughter, Grace (William) Murray, Santa Fe, NM; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Richard Buck, Wellsville, NY and Max Huber, North Ridge, CA; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband of 75 years, Rena was predeceased by two daughters, Toni Huber and Carmela Buck; a brother and two sisters.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Thursday, December 10, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church on Friday, December 11, 2009, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton or to the Potter County Hospice.