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Odin Grange Expands Community Outreach With First Scholarship

amandaandcharlotteMembers of Odin Grange made history recently with the presentation of the organization’s first educational scholarship. It has been a mission of the Grange for some time to expand its community outreach and service activities through initiation of a scholarship program.

First recipient is Amanda Hershey (left), a graduate of Northern Potter High School. The daughter of Kervin and Roseann Hershey of Coudersport, she is a music education major at Clarion University. She recently served a summer internship with the Potter County Planning Commission and is shown here with Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich.

Odin Grange has also been the site for a resurrection of local square dancing and recently completed a successful series of dances.

Grange is a non-profit family organization dedicated to improving quality of living through educational, social, legislative and community activity. Grange also advances the cause of agriculture, develops leadership, promotes family life and advocates at the local, state and federal government levels.

There are about 300 community Granges in Pennsylvania with roughly 14,000 members. Potter County Today

LeRoy A. Johnson, 73, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - LeRoy A. Johnson, 73, of Smethport, died Thursday (December 24, 2009) in the Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

He was born July 18, 1936 in Rew, a son of the late John W. and Mable Lindquist Johnson. On Feb. 10, 1962, in the United Methodist Church of Smethport, he married Barbara Fox, of Smethport, who survives.

Mr. Johnson was a 1954 graduate of Bradford High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1965.

Mr. Johnson was employed by Dresser Manufacturing of Bradford, PA for 45 years, as a tool and die maker. He was owner and operator of The Brookside Tree Farm in Smethport, PA for 30 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, the American Legion; Bradford Post #108, the Northern Star Lodge #555 F&AM, and AARP. His hobbies included bowling, horse shoes, wood working, camping, and traveling.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one son: Brian Johnson of Erie, PA
one daughter: Cheryl (Ned) Renzi of Murrysville, PA
2 grandsons; 1 granddaughter
two sisters: Evelyn Ackman of Emporium, PA, Mildred MacPhearson of Fort Wayne, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers; Alvin, Reinold, and Robert Johnson; 2 sisters; Dorothy Middlebrough and Virginia McOmber.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11:00 am from the funeral home, with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in the McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Mary Ann Serkleski, 64, of Eleven Mile Road, Millport, PA

Mary Ann Serkleski
“beloved daughter, wife, mother & grandmother”

MILLPORT, PA-----Mary Ann Serkleski, 64, of Eleven Mile Road, Millport, PA, died Saturday (December 26, 2009) surrounded by her loving family in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born May 29, 1945 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Homer L. and Elsie M. Appleby Wheeler. On June 12, 1963 in Shinglehouse, she married Donald L. Serkleski, who survives.
Mrs. Serkleski attended Oswayo Valley High School. She was employed part-time for several years for a cleaning service, but her full-time job was being a wife and mother, raising four children and three foster children.

She was a member of Chrystal United Methodist Church in Chrystal. She had formerly served as a Boy Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was a life member of the former Shinglehouse Ladies Firemen’s Auxiliary where she had held the offices of secretary and president. She was also a member of Tri-County and Allegany County Auxiliary. One of the most important aspects of her life was taking care of her friends and family in need, whether it was a ride, a place to stay, or someone to talk to.

Surviving besides her husband is her mother of Shinglehouse; one son, Donald A. (Roxanne) Serkleski of Millport; three daughters: Donna M. (Philip) Lingenfelter of Kane, and Connie L. Serkleski and Julie A. Serkleski, both of Millport; four grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Brittany, Brooke, and Brandon Serkleski, all of Shinglehouse, and Jamie Lingenfelter of Kane; three foster children: James A. “Tiger” Hayes, Patrick F. Freeman, and Casey L. Freeman; three brothers: Barry L. (Nora) Wheeler of Bolivar, NY, Danny M. Wheeler of Shinglehouse, and Howard M. (Jan) Wheeler of Ashville, NY; two sisters, Kimberly R. (Rod) Dickerson of Millport and Sandy C. (Ryan) Welty of Clinton, Utah; six nephews; nine nieces; and many great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Serkleski was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Anna, Christopher, and Matthew Lingenfelter; a sister, Penny L. Tompkins; a niece, Jessica L. Dickerson; and a nephew, Andrew Wheeler.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 11 a.m. to noon at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Fred Kemp, pastor of the Portville Baptist Church, Portville, NY, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Playwright Sam Kelley, author of the nationally acclaimed play “Pill Hill,” will kick off the spring term Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Spectrum events are free unless otherwise noted.

Kelley will read from “Pill Hill” and two new works at noon Jan. 12 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

“Pill Hill” is a play about African-American steel workers in Chicago, where it has been staged three times, most recently last summer. The visit by Kelley, a distinguished service professor in the departments of Africana Studies and Communication Studies at the State University of New York Cortland, is the first of 10 days of events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The King celebration will culminate in “Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here,” a one-man play written and performed by Barry Scott based on the life of Dr. King at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

During the 90-minute presentation, Scott recreates numerous figures from the Civil Rights era, presenting differing opinions and personalities to capture what King faced.

Scott has performed “Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Beacon Theater in New York, the Fox Theater in Atlanta and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Tickets are $10 for the public; all students are free.

More events for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Pitt-Bradford will be announced.

Also in January, the unveiling of Pitt-Bradford’s award-winning student literary magazine, Baily’s Beads, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The annual literary magazine celebration will also feature readings by contributors.

The 2010 magazine is edited by Mandy Colosimo, a writing major from Bradford. The 2007 and 2005 issues of the magazine were each named one of the top 12 student literary magazines in the country by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

An invitational art exhibit, “The Content of Becoming: Mixed Media Exhibition by Shaqe Kalaj” will open in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall and run through Feb. 26. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and during evening arts events.

A free gallery talk and opening reception will be held beginning at noon Jan. 22 in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall in Blaisdell.

The final Marilyn Horne Residency and Recital at Pitt-Bradford will feature contralto Meredith Arwady at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Bromeley Family Theater. Tickets for the public are $10; students are free.

The national residency series will be moving to new performing space at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Although giving young artists the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall should be very exciting for them, we will still miss hosting the residencies and having the opportunity to meet some exceptionally gifted artists,” said Randy L. Mayes, director of arts programming.

Arwady, a native of Michigan, has performed for five summers at the Chautauqua Institution, performing Madame Flora in “The Medium,” Zita in “Gianni Schicchi,” Mrs. Peachum in “Threepenny Opera,” Mother in “L’Enfant et les sortileges” and Madame de Quimper Karadec in La Vie Parisienne.

In February, novelist Sherrie Flick will visit Feb. 23 to read from her works at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. A reception will follow. She is the author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook “I Call This Flirting.”

Her first novel, “Reconsidering Happiness,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2009.

At noon, Feb. 25, Ed Epstein will play jazz piano as part of the Noon Tunes series in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

Poet Kate Northrup will read from her work at noon March 2 in the University Room, followed by a reception.

Northrup is an assistant professor of English/creative writing at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Rattle and Louisiana Literature.

The Southern Tier Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. March 7 in the Bromeley Family Theater. Tickets are $20 for the public at the door; students are free.

“Music Tells a Story” will be the theme for the pops concert for this regional symphony. Pieces include “The Thrill of the Orchestra” by Russell Peck, “Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham” by Robert Kapilow and “Peter and the Wolf” by Surge Prokofiev.

The Pitt-Bradford Annual Student Art Exhibition will be on display March 19 to April 9 in the KOA Art Gallery with an opening reception at noon March 19 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The Spring College-Community Choir Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in Bromeley Family Theater.

The spring Division of Communication and the Arts theater production will be the “Macbeth Project,” adapted from William Shakespeare.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 8, 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. April 11 in the Studio Theatre in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $6 for the public; $2 for all students.

Shakespeare’s shortest, most intense tragedy gets stripped down even further, then thoroughly imagined and reinvented for the world we find ourselves in now.

The Southern Tier Symphony will perform again at 3 p.m. May 9 in the Bromeley Family Theater. Tickets are $20 for the public; all students are free.

Works with the theme “Fire and Water” will include “The Russian Sailor’s Dance” from “The Red Poppy” by Reinhold Gliere and works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Handel.

“Spectrum offers plenty of activities for both campus and community this spring, and I look forward to each event,” Mayes said. “I do not know of any other university close to our size that offers such a series and hope many people take advantage of it.”

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Chester R. "Pops" Hartman, 76, of Crosby, PA

Chester R. "Pops" Hartman, 76, of Crosby, passed away Thursday, December 24th, 2009 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born December 25, 1932, in Hunlock Creek, PA, he was a son of the late Mason and Lydia (Roushey) Hartman.

Mr. Hartman was formerly married to Loretta (Boysh) Hartmam who survives.

He enlisted in the United States Army on January 15, 1953 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged January 14, 1955.

He had been employed by Mosler Safe Company in Franklinville, NY, from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. After retirement he drove for a Limousine service in Olean and later worked as a clerk for the Uni Marts Stores.

He was a member of the American Legion in Smethport.

Surviving is a daughter, Susan J. Kilpatrick of Bradford, three brothers, William Hartman of Hunlock Creek; Donald Hartman of Virginia, and Thomas Hartman of Texas, 3 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Clinton Hartman.

At the request of the family there will be no public visitation, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Hunlock Creek Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505.

Online condolences may be made at

Roll Of Quarters Stolen From Ulysses Apartment

Coins Stolen In Ulysses
State Police investigated the theft of coins at an apartment in the Boro of Ulysses overnight last Sunday.

Marsha Gay Ostrander, 600 School Street, Ulysses, PA reported that a roll of quarters was stolen from her residence overnight last Sunday into Monday. The quarters were worth $10.00.

The investigation is continuing and Coudersport troopers ask that you call them at 814-274-8690 if you have any information on this incident. Trooper Roger L. McCloskey is the investigating officer.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Roulette Woman Crashed Tuesday West Of Coudy On Rt. 6

Crash West of Coudersport Tuesday
A Roulette driver and her two young boys were taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Roulette Ambulance for an evaluation after a crash, west of Coudersport on Route 6 Tuesday morning at 10:00 am.

Nicole M. Skinner, 30, Roulette, PA, was traveling east on Route 6 in Eulalia Township, when she looked away from the highway and lost control of her 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. The vehicle impacted a guard rail on the right side of the roadway with it's front end, then spun clockwise 1 time across both lanes of Rt. 6. It then impacted an embankment off the northern shoulder of the highway before coming to rest in a ditch.

At the time of the news release, troopers did not know if there were injuries or not. The car was towed from the scene by Kightlinger Motors. They said Skinner will be cited for Careless Driving in District Court 55-3-01.

Troopers Charge Harassment After Harrison Valley Domestic

Harassment Charge
Paul Bethlehem, 20, of 319 Harrison Fox Hill Road, Harrison Valley, PA, is facing a charge of Harassment in a domestic violence incident at a private residence in Harrison Township, Potter County.

Coudersport Troopers report Bethlehem struck a 23 year old female in the leg with a plastic bucket last Tuesday at about 6:30 pm.

A harassment charge will be filed at District Court 55-4-03.

NC Woman DUI In Bradford Township

Troopers to Charge DUI
DUI charges will be filed in District Court 48-3-03 after a North Carolina woman was found to be DUI after a traffic stop in Bradford Township, early Thursday morning.

Sara Marie Westerburg, 26, of Charlotte, NC, was stopped by Troopers on Wagner Avenue near West Washington Street after vehicle code violations were observed. Upon further investigation, Westerburg was determined to be DUI and arrested.

Most Units Recalled From Smethport Crash

Smethport MVA
At 5:00 pm on Christmas Day, most units responding to a 2 car crash in front of State Farm Insurance on Route 59 in Smethport Boro have been recalled.

Port Man Accused Of DUI In Roulette Stop

DUI In Roulette Twp.
A Port Allegany man is accused of DUI after a traffic stop in Roulette Township on Tuesday at 6:42 pm.

Shelley R. Carpenter, 36, of Lower Portage Road, Port Allegany, PA, was stopped by Coudersport Troopers for traffic violations. Carpenter was subsequently arrested for probable cause of DUI.

Charges will be filed through District Court 55-4-01.

1 Car Rollover Crash Near Warehouse On Rt. 59

One Car Roll-Over
At 4:13 on Christmas Day, Station 21 and Bradford Ambulance have been dispatched to a one car roll-over crash on RT. 59 & Rt. 321 near the Warehouse.

Bradford Crash Reports Car Into Pole And Hydrant

Bradford Crash
At about 3:45 pm on Christmas Day, Bradford emergency services have responded to a vehicle accident on W. Washington St., where a vehicle is reported into a pole and a fire hydrant.

Mt. Jewett Woman's Van Damaged On Christmas Eve

Caravan Damaged In Mt. Jewett
Kane State Police are investigating an act of Criminal Mischief that took place Christmas Eve at 60 East Main Street, in Mount Jewett.

A known actor came to the residence of Amanda Mae Furman, 22, of Mount Jewett between 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm and caused an estimated $1,000.00 damage to her 1996 Dodge Caravan .

State Police ask anyone with information about this crime contact them at 814-778-5555. Trooper Kramer is the investigating officer.

One Car Crash South Of Port Allegany on Rt. 155

One Car Crash On Rt. 155
At 3:18 pm on Christmas Day, Port Allegany Star Hose Co. and Port Allegany Ambulance 3 have been dispatched to a one-car accident in the vicinity of 6224 Rt. 155 South. About 3 miles south of Port Allegany.

God's Perfect Gift

God's Perfect GiftGod's Perfect Gift

What was the best Christmas gift you ever received? No matter what your answer, only one perfect present was ever given. Read Dr. Stanley's online teaching about the importance of Christ's eternal gift to mankind.

One Vehicle Roll-Over Crash Reported On Route 6, Just West Of Lantz Corners

Roll-Over Crash On Rt. 6
At 1:25 pm on Christmas Day, Mount Jewett Fire Dept and Ambulance, along with Kane Ambulance have been dispatched to a one car roll-over accident, just west of the Lantz Corners intersection on Route 6. One person is reported out of the vehicle.

Friendship Man Charged In Tioga Township Burglary

Firendship NY Man Charged

Sun Gazette

MANSFIELD - Friendship , NY man charged in District Judge James Carlson's courtroom recently.

Justin R. Bernal, 19, of Friendship, N.Y., with burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass. He was charged by state police after they say he and another man entered Fred's Lobster Garden, Route 15, Tioga Township, Dec. 15 and took $1,200 in cash along with two cases of beer worth $200 along with cigarettes valued at $350. Police said he also caused $1,000 worth of damage to office furniture and vending machines. He was jailed at Tioga County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail. He waived his preliminary hearing and his county court arraignment is set for Jan. 11.

Westfield Man Fined In Tioga Court

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - Sentenced in Tioga County Court Monday. According to court documents,

Gregory Tyler, 52, of 250 Race St., Apt. 303, Westfield, must pay a total of $292 fines and fees for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, plus make restitution of $25 to Howard Folkrod.

He was charged by borough police after he took a two by four board from a garage door at 225 W. Main Street owned by Folkrod and walked down the street swinging it in a threatening manner, and then threw it into the river from a bridge near the Big M Market July 11.

Chimney Fire In Coudersport Boro

Chimney Fire
At 11:53 am on Christmas Day, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to a chimney fire at a residence at 709 North West Street in Coudersport Boro.
Fire Dept. reported some extension into the wall.

At 12:30 pm Roulette Dept. 46 is responding to standby in Coudersport Mutual Aid.

At 1:48 pm, Command reports FIRE OUT.

At 2:18 pm All Roulette Fire Units Back in Quarters

Thanks to the dedicated firefighters who left their families this Christmas Day to save another family's home from fire.

Area Obituaries

SMETHPORT — LeRoy A. Johnson, 73, of Smethport died on Thursday (Dec. 24, 2009) while at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home Inc.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of our family, friends, and loyal readers a Very Merry Christmas. May you have a blessed day.

Jim and Cynthia

Thursday, December 24, 2009

You Are Invited To Christmas Dinner In Coudersport

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Gerhard J. Gebauer, 87, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of 430 W. 6th St., Emporium, PA

Gerhard J. Gebauer, 87, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of 430 W. 6th St., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Thursday afternoon(December 24, 2009)

He was born Sept. 3, 1922 in Jagerndorf, Czechoslovakia a son of the late Heinrich and Steffi Nather Gebauer. On October 18, 1958 in St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium he married Pauline Kassawara Gebauer, who Survives.

Mr. Gebauer immigrated to the US, from Germany, after WW II. He was a prisoner of war in France during WW II. After the War he lived in Austria before moving the the US where he became a Citizen on June 6, 1956. He retired from Sylvania in St. Marys where he worked for 30 years. He was a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium.

In addition to his wife Pauline Kassawara Gebauer
Daughter: Kathy Ann Gebauer, Columbus, OH
Son: Jeffrey J. Gebauer, Olean, NY
Daughter: Christine, Mrs. James Howard, Eldred
Son: Greg Gebauer and his wife Dana, St. Marys
4 Grandchildren Josh & Andrew Gebauer and Aaron & Auston Howard
Sister: Christa Ertel, Salzburg, Austria
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Heinrich and Steffi Nather Gebauer
Brother: Helmut Gebauer
Sister: Elisabeth Griffith

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday, (December 28, 2009) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 11:00 Am to 12:45 PM.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Oklahoma Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Christmas Eve Communion Service At 6:00 PM

The Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle invites you join with us this Christmas Eve for a Candlelight & Communion Service at 6pm.

Grant Available For EMT's To Be Paramedics

Paramedic Training Grant Available
Potter County Fire News

The Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation (Foundation) is very pleased to announce the first annual call for grant applications.

The Grant: The grant will be awarded to an individual EMT or EMTs who would like to further their education and become Paramedics. The deadline for grant applications is February 15, 2010.

The awardee(s) must have been employed as an emergency medical service provider for at least one year with a Pennsylvania licensed EMS agency or have been guaranteed an offer of a position with a Pennsylvania licensed EMS agency following completion of the education program for which the grant was provided. More...

Riverside U. M. C. Caroling In Roulette

Last night Riverside U.M.C. went caroling in Roulette and along the way saw many decorations. Our town is worth coming to see ! Good job everyone!!! boots

photos by Boots Haskins

Wellsville Fire Destroys Apartment/Business Wednesday

Fire destroys apartment in Wellsville and damages Leitzell's Repair Shop

By John Anderson
WELLSVILLE -Wellsville volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers are at the scene of a fire at Leitzell's Repair Shop off Trapping Brook Road in Wellsville.

Fire officials told the Daily Reporter the fire started in the apartment upstairs and destroyed the home. Employees at Leitzell's were working around and with the firefighters to save vehicles and equipment inside the downstairs repair shop. More...

PennDOT Crews Ready to Treat Roads During Christmas Holiday

Motorists Urged to Postpone Travel Until Freezing Rain Stops

Harrisburg – With freezing rain forecast for Christmas day, PennDOT reminds motorists that its crews will be treating and clearing roads, but freezing rain is extremely dangerous and travel should be avoided until the threat for freezing precipitation passes.

“Our crews will be spending time away from their families during the Christmas holiday to help keep state roads passable,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Scott Christie, P.E. “While the memories of last week’s storm are still fresh in the mind of many of us, this upcoming storm could bring freezing rain which can quickly create havoc on roads. Motorists need to carefully monitor forecasts and be prepared to adjust travel plans if necessary.”

According to PennDOT, its strategy for freezing rain is highly dependent on localized weather forecasts and what works in one county may not necessarily work in another.

“Procedures like anti-icing, where roads are treated with brine before a storm, may or may not be used,” Christie said. “Our decision really comes down to a science based on specific forecasts for temperature, winds, type of precipitation expected and how much salt residue is still on the roadway from last week’s storm.”

PennDOT will be treating interstates and other high-volume expressways first while secondary state routes are a lower priority. During this anticipated storm, motorists should not expect all roads to be completely free of ice until after the precipitation has stopped or temperatures have warmed to above freezing. Drivers need to be alert for rapid changes in weather and road conditions.

Because weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly, motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling. Road conditions for interstates and some limited-access highways is available by calling 511 while stopped in a safe location, or by visiting Internet visitors should click on travel conditions, then the traffic map and then check the winter road condition icon on the map legend.

Motorists who must travel should allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks and, for safety reasons, never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

McKean County SPCA Gets Generous Donations

WESB--SPCA Fundraiser Raises $6,831 The McKean County SPCA’s “Drive thru and Donate” fundraiser Wednesday raised $6,831 for the Shelter. The SPCA received food and pet supplies too. Dr. David Godfrey and Blue n Jay Monti donated $1,000 dollars apiece.

Schneider Sentenced To 2 1/2 To 6 Years In State Prison

WESB NEWS--Austin Man Sentenced in Drug Overdose Case
An Austin man has been sentenced to two and a half to six years in state prison in connection with the death of another man last December. 39 year-old Steven Schneider plead guilty in October to involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of Brock Hooftallen, also of Austin. Schneider and Hooftallen were at a party on December 4, 2008 celebrating the 21st birthday party of another individual.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Natural gas industry willing to pay for extra DEC regulation--WENY-TV

Town To Pay $6,000.00 To Test 30 Water Wells Before Marcellus Drilling Starts

Pine supervisors hear details of water testing

By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
Clearfield Progress

Pine Township Supervisors heard details about what is entailed in water testing of residents' wells at last night's meeting.

At the Nov. 24 meeting, the supervisors accepted a low offer from Mahaffey Laboratory Ltd., Curwensville, to test approximately 30 water wells located on township residents' properties in preparation for the possibility of drilling for Marcellus shale. A portion of the Moshannon State Forest land located in Pine Township and managed by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been opened up for the possibility of well leasing.

At the board's Oct. 28 meeting, the supervisors said the township wants to offer its residents living in the three populated areas of the township, Greenwood Road, Crystal Springs and Anderson Creek, an opportunity to have their water tested, at no cost to the property owner, before drilling starts. The testing would provide a record about each well's quality in the event the water would become contaminated through the drilling process.

The costs for testing residents' wells will be paid by the township and are expected to cost approximately $6,000. Those who own camps in the township may also have their water tested at the same time, but owners will assume the expense. More...

Over 100 Kennels Closing Under New PA Dog Laws

More than 100 commercial kennels throughout Pennsylvania will close in a week, largely as a result of new regulations meant to improve conditions for the dogs

For humane societies, shelters and rescue groups, that's meant a flood of dogs needing homes. More...

Centre County Taxes Get Big Boost

Centre raises taxes nearly 23 percent

Average homeowner will pay $88 more next year

Lock Haven Express

BELLEFONTE - Centre County residents will see a 22.8 percent tax hike next year.

The county commissioners Tuesday adopted a $80.91 million budget for 2010, which calls for real estate tax hike of 1.5 mills from 6.59 to 8.09 mills.

Dee Elbell, financial director, said the tax rate will mean the owner of a house with a market value of $113,095, the average in the county, will see taxes rise by $88, to $457. More...

New York City Calls For Ban On Marcellus Drilling

New York City says Marcellus Gas Drilling Too Risky To Fresh Water Supply/ Calls For Ban.

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Copyright: 2008 G.R. Miller. All Rights Reserved.Dustin Carlin, 31 of Genesee has been sentenced in Potter County court for
Criminal Mischief (M3), Harassment (S), DUI (M) 3rd Offense, and Driving w/o a License (S).

According to Potter County DA Dawn Fink,This past June 11 Carlin took a vehicle belonging to his girlfriend’s mother, Peggy Shaffer, without her permission. When he learned that Ms. Shaffer had phoned the police he became irate and smashed the windshield of the vehicle. Carlin also threw a cell phone at his girlfriend, Danielle Lampman. The phone stuck her in the back and caused bruising.

When State Police arrived, they noted that Carlin appeared very intoxicated. He admitted to drinking 12 beers. His BAC registered at .20% when tested at CCMH. Carlin did not have a valid license at the time of the incident.

He was ordered to spend 1-12 months in jail, concurrent with 12-60 months for DUI; 30 days for harassment consecutive to the other sentences and to pay $2700 in fines for DUI and driving without a license. More news....

Hundreds Missing Out As Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Nears

Fill Out Forms Online
Hundreds of eligible older homeowners and renters in the region have not applied for refunds from the state under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Deadline for those senior citizens who want to apply for a rebate this year for property taxes or rent paid in 2008 is Dec. 31. Instructions or Fill In Downloadable

Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The program counts only half of Social Security as income. Household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for homeowners are: up to $8,000, $650 rebate; $8,001 to $15,000, $500; $15,001 to $18,000, $300; $18,001 to $35,000, $250. Renters with incomes up to $8,000 receive a $650 rebate and those with incomes between $8,001 and $15,000 receive $500.

Further information is available by calling toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

Potter County offices will be closed

Potter County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. They’ll also be closed on New Year’s Day.

Closings affect the courthouse, the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building, Potter County Human Services in Roulette and other offices.

CCMH Employees Give Back to the Community

The Heart of Cole Community Connections committee at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital prepares to deliver food and monetary donations to 10 food banks in each of the four counties in Charles Cole’s service area. The committee, which is funded by employee donations, also made contributions to the hospital’s OB Stork closet which provides items to new mothers in need, the Christmas House and the Northern Tier Children’s Home. Pictured, from left, are Anna Fair, Patrice Levavasseur, Jennifer Rossman, and Melvin Blake.

Coudersport Primary Care/Express Care Holiday Hours

Coudersport Primary Care/Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., December 24 for walk-in patients. The office will be closed December 25.

Philip M. Johnson 70, of 52 Sherman St. Bradford, PA

Philip M. Johnson 70, of 52 Sherman St. Bradford, passed away, Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at UPMC- Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born December 17, 1939 in Ridgeway he was the only son of the late Maurice R. and Edith (Billings) Johnson. He was a 1957 graduate of Bradford High School.

He was formerly employed at Dresser Manufacturing Company in the QC department, he was the Parts Manager at Casey Cole Chevrolet, and prior to his retirement was the manager at Risner Auto Parts retiring in 2000.

He formerly attended Church of the Ascension, he was a member of the Marchee Club, and a former member of the Eagles Club and the Moose Lodge. He had a passion for restoring antique cars, drag racing, and boating on the Kinzua Dam.

Surviving are three daughters: Natalie L. Johnson of Cleveland, Christine A. Johnson, and Martha J. Corley, both of Pittsburgh, and one granddaughter Lili Corley.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday December 29, 2009 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave. from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at which time funeral and committal will be held with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor, of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the SPCA, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Coudersport Wellness Center Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule for Wellness Center

Closing at 12:00 Thursday December 24th

will be closed

Friday December 25th and Saturday 26th

Will open up regular hours Sunday 27th 12:30pm-3:30pm

Closing 12:00 Thursday December 31st

Will be closed Friday January 1st

Open regular hours Saturday 2nd 8am-11am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the Wellness Staff!

Area Obituaries

PORT ALLEGANY — Wendell E. Loncosky, 86, of Cady Hollow Road, died Saturday (Dec. 19, 2009) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

CLEARFIELD — The Rev. Leland S. Boring, 85, formerly of Clearfield and most recently of Rixford, passed away Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home Inc., Clearfield.

EMPORIUM — SaraAnn Dill, 92, of Remington, Va., died Tuesday (Dec. 22, 2009) in her home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Gas Drilling/Water Quality Program Scheduled Jan. 5

gaswellsiteOn Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 pm in the Cameron County Courthouse, Bucktail Watershed Association will host a presentation on the potential threats to water resources from increased drilling for natural gas. Jim Clark of Penn State Cooperative Extension will present a 45-minute program, entitled “Gas Well Drilling and Water Quality.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

Also on Jan. 5, Bucktail Watershed Association will share plans for a water quality-monitoring network for portions of the Sinnemahoning Creek watershed. Individuals will have a chance to sign up as volunteer monitors. For more information, contact Jim Zoschg Jr. at 486-0705. Potter County Today

Elizabeth J. Smith, 71, of 17 Homestead Ave., Bradford, PA

Elizabeth J. Smith, 71, of 17 Homestead Ave. passed away, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

Born October 12, 1938, in Bradford she was the daughter of the late James L. and Faith T. (Seaward) Seeker.

On January 20, 1984 in Bradford she married Orlo K. "Smitty" Smith who survives.

Mrs. Smith attended Bradford Area Schools. She had been employed as a waitress at the Bradford Club for over twenty years.

In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Laura J. Dennison of Cyclone, a son, Lonnie Dennison of Bradford, two brothers, James Seeker, Jr. of Georgia, and James Roy Seeker of Jamestown, NY, four grandchildren, Amy Ward of West Virginia, Richard Dennison and Jordan Dennison both of Bradford and Eric Fishkin of Cyclone, four great grandchildren, Kayla Smith and Joey Smith of West Virginia, Adriana Dennison and Kaylee Dennison of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Christine Hope Dennison, and two brothers Carl Seeker and William Richard "Dick" Seeker.

At the family's request there will be no visitation.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to American Cancer Society, McKean Co. Unit , PO Box 67, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

Eleven Complete Police Training Requirements at State Police Facility

Eleven Complete Police Training Requirements at State Police Facility

Harrisburg, PA – Six waterways conservation officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and five Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) rangers have completed Municipal Police Officers Basic Training, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

“The 758-hour training course, held at the Pennsylvania State Police Northwest Training Center in Meadville, Crawford County, covered all phases of police work, from the Vehicle and Crimes codes to use of firearms and conducting criminal investigations,” Pawlowski said.

The Pennsylvania Municipal Police Education and Training Act requires that all beginning law enforcement officers successfully meet training requirements before going to work for a state agency or local police department.

Waterways conservation officer graduates and their home counties are: Anthony R. Beers, Clarion County; Richard D. Daniels, Northumberland County; Eric B. Davis, Westmoreland County; Chad E. Doyle, Venango County; Aaron B. Lupacchini, Carbon County; and Daniel A. Nietupski, Franklin County.

“Waterways conservation officers serve as the Fish and Boat Commission’s primary contact with the general public and the sporting community,” said PFBC Executive Director Douglas J. Austen, Ph.D. “Their responsibilities are immense and widespread, from enforcing regulations to conducting investigations, from stocking fish to participating in public outreach events. The agency’s many accomplishments grow directly from these efforts.”

DCNR ranger graduates and their homes counties are: Mary K. Coursey, York County; Tarah R. Lockner, Lehigh County; Derek M. Smith, Adams County; Robert S. Yurvati, Lehigh County; and Tracy L. Zupich, Lycoming County.

Lockner received both the High Scholastic Award and the High Pistol Award, while Nietupski received the Physical Fitness Award.

Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey addressed a graduation ceremony held Dec. 18 in Meadville. Dr. Austen also offered remarks and Lupacchini spoke on behalf of the class.

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at For more information about the State Police and DCNR, visit or

Vision Support Group to meet at CCMH

Vision Support Group
The Vision Independence Support Group will meet at noon on December 30 at the Irwin Rehabilitation Center at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Led by Dr. Dan Schott, the meeting is open to patients, caregivers, practitioners, and anyone wanting to learn more about permanent vision impairments. Call 274-6180 for more information.

H1N1 Vaccine Now Available To All

Swine Flu Clinic
Cameron County will be hosting an H1N1 Clinic on
January 8 and 9 from 8am until 4pm both days.

The clinic will be held at the Emporium Volunteer Fire
Department Hall.

This clinic is for residents of Cameron and Elk Counties
but if someone registers from another County they will
be accommodated.

The Emporium Rotary Club will be providing the non
medical volunteers to staff the clinic.

Department of Health to Offer H1N1 Vaccine Clinics for All Pennsylvanians

Appointments may be made at or
by phone

Harrisburg - The Department of Health will offer H1N1
flu vaccination
clinics at 33 locations across
Pennsylvania on Jan. 8 and 9, and anyone

wishing to receive the vaccine is urged to make an
appointment to attend.

"We are now able to provide H1N1 vaccine to any
Pennsylvanian who wants it,"
said Health Secretary
Everette James. "Even though flu activity is currently

declining in the state, there is the potential for a third
wave of illness
from H1N1. The upcoming clinics will
give a greater number of residents the

ability to protect against getting and spreading H1N1."

The clinics will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Individuals must
schedule an appointment to receive
the vaccine. Appointments can be made
24 hours a day
at <>
under "What's
Hot." Appointments also may be made
by calling 1-877-PA HEALTH
(1-877-724-3258), Monday
through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and on

Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As it has since the vaccine first debuted, the department
continues to urge
members of priority groups to be
vaccinated against H1N1. They include
pregnant women;
persons six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers
emergency medical services personnel; parents,
household members and
caregivers of children under
six months; and those under 65 years with
underlying medical conditions.

To date, Pennsylvania has been allocated 3,745,600
doses of H1N1 vaccine.
The department has provided
vaccine to 2,096 private providers, local health

departments, and state health centers. The department
will continue to
provide vaccine to certified providers
who have ordered it though the
Statewide Immunization
Information System.

For more information about H1N1, visit <>
or call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).


13 Graduate At Pitt-Bradford

BRADFORD, Pa. -- Thirteen residents of the region graduated Dec. 12 from the master of social work program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, greeted the graduates and their guests, recognizing the continued need of master’s-prepared social workers in the area. Similarly, Dr. Larry Davis, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and discussed expanding social problems across the country.

Two graduates, Lacy Thompson of Erie and Cheryl Tingley of Bradford, shared reflections during the ceremony.

During her remarks, Thompson said, “As social workers, we need to be empathetic and patient, be comfortable with ourselves and others, be strengths-based and be an advocate.”

Tingley said, “I encourage all of us to constantly challenge ourselves and not to become complacent with the status quo. Be an advocate for what you believe in and advocate for equal rights for others.”

Stephanie Eckstrom, Pitt-Bradford MSW program coordinator, commented on the students’ commitment to their program, “You succeeded, and in doing so, demonstrated incredible strength and grace. You are an amazing group of women.”

In addition to Thompson and Tingley, those graduated include Kimberly Cain and Michele Nuhfer, both of Bradford; Nicole Drauschak of Port Allegheny; Jessica Eskesen and Natalie Stenhach, both of Coudersport; Frankie Johnson of Warren; Haley Marshall of Brookville; Diane VonArx of DuBois; Donna Gunsolus of Olean, N.Y.; Karen Swartz of Grand Island, N.Y.; and Patrina VanSickle of Portville, N.Y.

Pitt-Bradford is forming a new cohort, or group that completes the program together as a class, for Fall 2010. For more information, contact Eckstrom at 814-362-7527 or via e-mail at

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

PEMA Urges Public to ‘Resolve to Be Ready’ – Protect Lives and Property in 2010 by Planning Now for Emergencies

Plan Now for Emergencies

Harrisburg – As many Pennsylvanians consider making New Year’s resolutions, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is encouraging citizens to “Resolve to be Ready” by putting emergency preparedness high on their to-do lists for 2010.

“We cannot control disasters and emergencies, but we can control how we prepare for them, and how we react when they occur,” said PEMA Director Robert P. French. “Making sure everyone in your family knows what to do can help keep them calm and safe in an emergency situation.”

The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved.

Be Informed: Learn about the types of emergencies that could occur in your community. Major interstates, large rivers, and industrial facilities are examples of community features that present the opportunity for unique emergency situations.

Be Prepared: Create an emergency kit for the home containing enough basic supplies to survive without outside assistance for at least three days. Smaller emergency kits can also be prepared for use in a car or in the workplace. Families should also create an emergency plan so everyone knows where they should meet if a disaster occurs while they’re separated.

“The time to figure out which parent is picking up which child or older family member is not in the midst of an emergency, when stress can inhibit clear thinking,” said French. “An emergency plan should be reviewed regularly, so that everyone knows where they need to be, who their out-of-town contact is, and how they can evacuate from the area if they’re instructed to do so.”

Be Involved: In addition to taking steps to prepare for your own safety, citizens are encouraged to become active participants in preparing their community and helping others. There are many ways to volunteer to ensure that communities are safer, stronger and better prepared to react to a variety of emergencies. State, federal and local training programs are available and allow citizens to become involved in a wide variety of ways based on their interests.

More detailed information on how the public can “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved,” including downloadable checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

Global Water Shortages Getting Attention

Looming Global Water Shortages

$60 Billion Per Year to Close this Resource Gap

By Nick Hodge
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Energy & Capital

A crisis is unfolding that no one is talking about.

It's not financial. And it's not about oil.

Yet scores of Fortune 500 companies are worried about it. And at the same time, dozens of companies are salivating over the opportunity it presents.

The crisis revolves around water or, more precisely, the growing lack of it.

Of course, the steady supply of freshwater has been in question for some time now. Whether from increased demand, out-of-control pollution, population growth, or changing weather patterns... the political and business worlds are seriously worried about future water supply scenario. More...



BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services will offer two seminars on “Hot Human Resources and Employment Policy Issues for 2010.”

The seminars will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon in Room 218 of the Frame-Westerberg Commons on Jan. 8 and 15. The first session will cover positive discipline, sexual harassment and the Employee Free Choice Act. The second session will deal with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act and workers’ compensation.

Each session is $69 and includes a continental breakfast. Specifically designed for area chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, human resources management, senior management and business owners, the seminar is eligible for WEDnet reimbursement for first-level supervisors.

Outreach developed the seminars at the request of Harvey Golubock, president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group Inc.

“Legislative and regulatory changes are moving at an unprecedented pace, and, as business leaders, we need to keep abreast of these important issues,” Golubock said. “I thought our community business leaders would be interested in hearing about the changes and how they could affect their businesses.”

Ann R. Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center at Pitt-Bradford, said, “By hearing from an industry leader about specific workforce needs, Outreach Services was able to custom design a program to meet those needs. It’s a perfect example of how industry and training can work hand in hand to develop and sharpen the skills and knowledge of the region’s workforce.”

The seminar will be conducted by John B. Stevens of JB Stevens Organizational Solutions Inc. of Olean, N.Y. Stevens holds designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Performance Technologist.

For more information or to register, contact Outreach Services at 814-362-5078 or

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

PennDOT Posts Weight Restrictions for Cameron County Bridge on Route 4004 (Straight Creek Road)

Bridge Weight Restriction
Clearfield – PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on the Driftwood Branch bridge on Route 4004 (Straight Creek Road) in Shippen Township. The bridge has been posted for a 26-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 31-ton weight limit for combination vehicles.

The one lane bridge spans the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek on Route 4004 near the village of Elk River in Cameron County.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The bridge was built in 1971, is 51 feet long and carries an average of 100 vehicles per day. The posting will remain in place until repairs can be made.

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Evening Tribune Turning Off Online Comments

Social Conundrum

Tribune online commenting

By Staff reports

Holiday Cards Delivered to Long Term Care Residents at CCMH

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver holiday 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, from left, are Pearl Coyle, Sissy Miller and Janice Green.

Grinches Busy Throughout The Area

Someone steals Christmas in Wellsville

By John Anderson

WELLSVILLE -On Monday night while a Wellsville couple was sleeping in their home in the village, it appears two people went in the front door, took all of their Christmas gifts right out from under the tree and left. More...

Burglars Stole Christmas In Clinton County WNEP-TV



BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services will hold a workshop on grant writing and budget issues in January.

The workshop will take place in four sessions, each from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2010, in the Outreach classroom on the second floor of the Seneca Building in downtown Bradford. The cost of the workshop is $99.

Participants in the workshop will learn in a hands-on style the fundamentals of searching for grants, writing grant proposals and understanding the administration that is associated with grants.

Experienced grant writer Linda Delaney will be the instructor. Delaney is the coordinator of sponsored programs at Pitt-Bradford.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Laurie Dennis in Outreach at 814-362-5078 or

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

Rep. Bill DeWeese Led Life Of Priviledge

Grand jury testimony tells of DeWeese's demands on staff

By Brad Bumsted

HARRISBURG — With the assistance of his taxpayer-paid staff, Rep. Bill DeWeese led a life of privilege while a Democratic leader in state House, three of his former aides told a grand jury.

DeWeese, a former House speaker and majority and minority leader, used his legislative staff to run his personal life, his former chief of staff Michael Manzo said. They balanced his checkbook, paid bills, picked up dry cleaning, bought condoms, made sure lobbyists would take him to dinner and arranged dinner dates from a list of women, Manzo said. More...

Secret Santa Reported In Hospital After Give Aways

Woman hospitalized after gift giveaways

Updated: Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 1:39 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 1:27 PM EST

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - According to John Anderson of the Wellsville Daily Reporter, the woman who said she was Mrs. Claus when she bought and gave away jewelry from Hart’s Jewelry in Wellsville and wrote a $50,000 tip to a waitress at a bar in Rixford, Pa. all on Dec. 11 is in a mental hospital in DuBois, Pa. More...



BRADFORD, Pa. – Poems by Judy Hopkins, an adjunct writing instructor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, have been accepted for publication in two literary journals.

Her poem titled “How We Once Moved” appears in the current issue of California Quarterly, a poetry journal sponsored by the California State Poetry Society.

“This poem is a contemporary take on the concept of ekphrasis, or the ‘stilled movement’ of art objects,” Hopkins explained.

The other poem titled “The Over-Ripe Imagination of Buckle-Up Country” will appear in an upcoming issue of Timber Creek Review, a quarterly journal.

“‘Buckle-Up Country’ is a term I made up about this area of the map,” Hopkins said. “It’s not flyover country but not the destination either. It’s about how ‘place’ can spark imagination.”

Hopkins holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle and a master’s degree in English from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., where she taught English.

Hopkins has also taught at various colleges in the Los Angeles area and St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.

Since 2001, she has taught composition at Pitt-Bradford, where she also teaches news writing, news editing and courses in public relations.

Report Clearfield County Springs Contaminated

Says water contamination confirmed ...

Brennan on Marcellus shale subcommittee

By Josh Woods Staff Writer
The Progress-Clearfield, PA

Clearfield County Planning and Development Commission Director Jodi Brennan will serve on the PA Wilds planning team's Marcellus shale subcommittee, she announced at last night's meeting. Brennan will study the role the planners might have in relation to the county's Marcellus shale formation, whether it is from an educational or regulatory standpoint.

"Right now the main issue is water supply contamination," said Brennan. "It was confirmed springs in the Trout Run and Laurel Run areas were contaminated."

Emporium Driver Uninjured When Vehicle Rolls

Rolled On Side
An Emporium driver was not hurt when his vehicle overturned on icy Route 120 in Shippen Township, west of Beechwood Road, Tuesday morning at 8:19.

Emporium Troopers report that Dustin R. Erskine, 21, of Emporium, PA, was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer eastbound on Route 120 when he lost control of his vehicle on the slippery road. His Explorer travelled onto the south berm of Route 120 and struck an embankment causing it to roll on it's side.

Erskine will be charged with Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed. He was wearing a seat belt.

Anne Holliday Covers Casey Video Conference

Casey Meets With Local Leaders

WESB/WBRR News Director

US Senator Bob Casey says he wants rural northwestern Pennsylvania to get the money it needs to spur economic development and job growth.

“The worst thing we could do is have a recovery and get out of the hole, and move down the road … and then go back into the ditch because we didn't invest, we didn't build a strong foundation or we made other mistakes,” Casey told a panel of local leaders via video conference Monday morning at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Casey said the main focus of the gathering was to hear the concerns of local industries and governments, but he also wants to see “what’s in the pipeline now that we can move more quickly.”

He said that although Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is improving "numbers don't mean a heck of a lot to real people." More...

Woodworking Business Damaged In Sunday Fire

Firefighters battle blaze at Bradford business
Olean Times Herald

BRADFORD, Pa. - More than 45 Bradford-area firefighters battled a fire at a former school building that housed a woodworking company on South Kendall Avenue late Sunday and early today.

Rew Fire Chief Todd Burkhouse said the fire was reported at 10:20 p.m. Sunday by a passing motorist at the former Lee Driver School building, which was now used by SJS Creative Woodworking Inc. at 693 S. Kendall Ave. Nobody was in the building when the fire was reported. More...

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Merry Christmas from Open Arms Community Church!

I just wanted to tell you how excited I am about our Christmas Eve's
Eve Service this year!

We've bumped it up a notch and I believe it's going to be the best
Eve's Eve we've every had together!

It's a multimedia event packed with Live music, Sing alongs,
Children's programing, impressive videos, powerful messages, and lots
of comedy. It's going to be a great time and fun for the whole family,
so come and join us!

It all starts Wednesday December 23 at 7pm at Open Arms Community
Church. Come and join the excitement!

There will be snacks and refreshments provided afterward.

I hope to see you there and I want to encourage you to invite your
friends and family and feel free to pass this email invite on to

Merry Christmas and God bless!

PS. If you are new to Open Arms you should know a few things:
1. We are a "Come as you are" Church, so dress like you always do and
be yourself.
2. We are rockin', so it's louder than some places you've been.
3. We are 1mile North of Walmart on the left side. 1289 E. Main St.

A soldier of Christ
2Timothy 2:3-4
Pastor Mike

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

Beacon Light To Use Grant In Port Allegany

WESB NEWS--Beacon Light Receives $102,000 Grant
Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in Port Allegany has received a $102,000 grant from the Mee Foundation. Beacon Light CEO Richard Seager says the grant money will be used to improve the facility in Port Allegany.

New Warden At McKean FCI

WESB NEWS--New Warden Coming to FCI- McKean
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has named Archie Longley warden of FCI-McKean. Longley comes to the prison from Camp Yankton, South Dakota. He has 27 years experience in criminal justice field. Longley will assume his role on January 31.



BRADFORD, Pa. — The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will close its administrative offices Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.

Offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. The spring term for students begins Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010.

State Fire Commissioner Offers Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

Harrisburg – While the holidays bring festivities and good cheer, it is also a season of increased risk for home fires, according to State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann.

“Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. When you add to that the distracting nature of the holidays, the risk of home fires increases,” Mann said. “But by taking preventative steps and following simple rules, you can prevent most home fires.”

Mann suggests that simply paying closer attention when decorating, cooking and entertaining can significantly increase safety.

With unattended cooking being the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries, Mann advises:

* Be attentive when cooking. Turn off the stove when leaving the kitchen.
* Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top.
* When simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking. If frying, stay at the stove.
* Create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

December is the peak month for home fires caused by candles. Statistics from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, show that more than half of all candle-related fires start because of candles that are placed too close to flammable items.

Mann offers these tips for candle safety:

* Use flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles.
* When using traditional candles, keep them at least one foot away from anything that can burn.
* Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
* Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over and place them only on uncluttered surfaces.
* Avoid using candles in the bedroom – where two out of five candle fires in the U.S. begin – or in other areas where people may fall asleep.
* Never leave children alone in a room with a burning candle.

According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments annually respond to an average of 250 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Nearly half of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source positioned too close to the tree.

Mann offers the following advice for placing, maintaining and lighting a tree:

• If using an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.

• If using a fresh-cut tree, add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily. Keep pets from drinking the water.

• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights.

• Closely inspect holiday lights and discard any strings that are worn or working intermittently.

• Always turn off tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

• At season’s end, properly discard of the tree. Dried trees are fire hazards and should not be left in the house or garage, or placed outdoors near the home.

• Bring outdoor holiday lights inside soon after the holidays to prevent hazards and lengthen their lifespan.

By following these fire prevention tips, Mann says you can greatly reduce the risk of fire and enjoy a safe holiday season.

Visit for more information and safety tips. For more information on the fire service in Pennsylvania, visit the fire commissioner’s Web site at