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Saturday, January 2, 2010

One Car Rollover Crash On Route 59

MVA in Lafayette Township, PA

Posted By Terry Wankel at BradfordPA.Info on January 2, 2010

UPDATED 1-3-10

At 9:38 pm, an MVA was reported in Lafayette Township.

The accident was reported to have occurred on Route 59, 2 miles west of Route 219, east of Music Mountain Road.

Shawn M. Wilcox, 37, Bradford, PA, was not injured in the crash.

Kane Troopers said the crash occurred as Wilcox was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Route 59. After passing another vehicle, Wilcox traveled through drifted snow and began to fishtail.

He over-corrected and spun counter-clockwise across the eastbound lane, striking a snowbank and overturning. The vehicle came to rest upside down on the south roadside.

Wilcox left the scene of the crash.

He will be cited for (Not) Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed; (Not Giving) Immediate Notice of Accident To Police Department; and Restrictions on Alcoholic Beverages.

Lafayette Fire Department assisted troopers on scene.

MVA Reported On South Kendall Avenue

MVA on South Kendall Ave.
At 6:50 pm on Saturday, Station 8 and Ambulance 1 have been dispatched to a 2 car crash on South Kendall Avenue, before the hill on the Bradford side.The road is reported to be completely blocked. More information at

God's Purpose for Intimacy

God's Purpose for Intimacy

God's Purpose for IntimacyThe New Year brings the opportunity to refocus our attention on the Lord. Whether you plan to commit more time to daily prayer or to read through the Bible in a year, this online article from Dr. Stanley teaches you how to make God your top priority in 2010 and beyond.

If You Want It Done Right...... Do It Yourself

Man crafts knives from scratch, local materials

By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
Clearfield The Progress

MUNSON - Have you ever thought about a hunting knife, or perhaps a Bowie knife? Did you ever wonder what goes into making one? Well Samuel W. Domblesky of Munson did after he had been unhappy as a customer of one specific knife company.

About 15 years ago, Domblesky became a disgruntled customer after the company spokesperson told him they didn't care what the customers thought, as long as the company was making money.

He said he told the individual on the other end of the phone he was going to make his own knives then, and that's when he started the process. More...

Little Dog Found Covered In Snow In Roulette

Hi Grampa Jim,

I ran into Mike Hancock at Drabbie's and he wanted to know if I knew who's dog this was. Him and his girlfriend found him/her covered in snow and not sure who the owner is.
Here is a picture. Weighs about 15 pounds and has a collar.
You can reach Mike or Samantha at (814) 558-8566.

The dog mentioned in the above photo is currently residing at my home until the owner can be found. Please contact me at 814-545-1286. If no one is home please leave a message and myself or my husband will return your call as promptly as possible.

Ryan and Kristy Briggs


This is our little maggie, She ran out of the house to my mothers house, who was not home. i found her paw prints at my moms house and then lost them. We look all evening and could not fimd her. This is the second time she has done this. Once this summer. Thank you for being kind enough to pick her up in this cold weather. I live on north st. and mom lives in front of us on main st. she always makes a b-line for moms house. again thank you for your kindness.

Anonymous said... This is our little maggie, She ran out of the house to my mothers house, who was not home. i found her paw prints at my moms house and then lost them. We look all evening and could not fimd her. This is the second time she has done this. Once this summer. Thank you for being kind enough to pick her up in this cold weather. I live on north st. and mom lives in front of us on main st. she always makes a b-line for moms house. again thank you for your kindness.

Entertainment Center For Sale--$50.00

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Ulysses Township Will Re-Organize At Monday Meeting

Reorganizational Meeting

The Ulysses Township Board of Supervisors will hold their reorganizational meeting on Monday, January 4, 2010, at 6:30 PM in the large meeting room of the Potter County Solid Waste Building.

Georgia Lorraine Jones, 79, formerly of 106 Bank St., Smethport, Pa.

Georgia Lorraine Jones, 79, formerly of 106 Bank St., Smethport, Pa., died peacefully at Twinbrook Medical Center on Saturday, December 19, 2009 following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Keating Twp., McKean County on February 19, 1930, the only child of the late Paul and Hazel Sweeley Weber.

She was a resident of Erie most of her life Georgia worked as a nurse for many years at St. Vincent Health Center. She was a member of the Smethport United Methodist Church and very active in the Smethport Senior Center. Georgia also enjoyed various artistic endeavors including painting, ceramics and other crafts. Her greatest joy in life was caring for her two dogs, Regis and Connie.

Survivors include an uncle, Clyde "Doc" Sweeley (Mary) of Lewis Run, Pa.; an aunt, Jeannette Sweeley (Robert) of Smethport, Pa.; several cousins, second and third cousins; and many beloved friends.

Friends attended a Memorial Service at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Thursday at 3 p.m. Private interment Lakeside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Because You Care, P.O. Box 54, McKean, PA 16426 or McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701. To send condolences, visit

Reminder To Protect Pets From Below Zero Wind Chills

Jim --

Could you please post a reminder that these cold temperatures are dangerous not just for people, but for pets as well? Please be sure that your pets have a safe, warm place to stay in these cold temperatures! Water dishes can also freeze over quickly, so please sure there is fresh water available.

Pastor Beth Rosler
Port Allegany Free Methodist Church


Katie Furman has left a new comment on your post "EMAIL FROM COUDERSPORT DENTIST IS SCAM":

My husband had the same thing happen to him, his Yahoo email has just been hacked into and someone is sending out an email asking for money and that he is stuck in London!

We cant even log into it to let people know.

If anyone gets an email from Franklin Furman asking for money, its not real. Please disregard it!

Garage Fire On Mountainview Road Started From Cracked Flu

Garage Fire Accidental
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall Unit and the Emporium Fire Department investigated a fire at a garage on Mountainview Road, in Shippen Township and found it to be accidental.

The garage fire at the residence of Matthew Zoschg, Jr., at 70 Mountainview Road, Emporium, PA, at 2:17 am on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2009, started on the south wall where the chimney went through the wall. The flu was found to be cracked. Damage to the structure were estimated at $20,000.00.



What: PA Dept of Health will offer H1N1 flu vaccine free of charge

Who: Individuals who want to be vaccinated

When: January 8 & 9 - 8 am to 4 pm

Where: Emporium Fire Dept - 419 North Broad Street - Emporium, PA

How: You must schedule an appointment prior to the clinic.
Appointments can be made at under What's Hot, 24 hours a
day, or call 1-877-724-3258 from
9 am to 5 pm. Lines are limited.

Bailey Hill Lodge & Restaurant Burglarized Saturday Night

Burglary In Ulysses Township
The Bailey Hill Lodge and Restaurant at 362 Bailey Hill Road in Ulysses Township was the victim of a burglary overnight on 12-30/31.

Unknown actor(s) entered the Lodge by forcing open a locked door. Once inside the building, the actor(s) were able to open two cash drawers and stole the cash in them.

Nothing else was reported stolen. State police did not disclose how much cash the burglars got.

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

Friday, January 1, 2010

Shinglehouse Woman's Credit Card Stolen

Credit Card Stolen
A Shinglehouse woman had her credit card/debit card stolen between noon on December 24th and midnight on December 25 th, possibly when she was shopping at the K Mart Store in Wellsville, NY on Dec. 24th.

State Police said Kari A. Allen, 42, of 269 Blauvelt Hollow Road, Shinglehouse, PA, lost or had her card stolen and it was used on Christmas day to purchase a subscription to an adult website for $24.95.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper James Culvey at PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Elon B. Simmons, age 92, of Tioga, PA

Bath, N.Y. - Elon B. Simmons, age 92, of Tioga, PA, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.

Elon was born November 23, 1917 in Brookfield, PA, a son of William and Elvira (McPeek) Simmons. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Rathbun) Simmons who passed away on October 16, 2005. Elon was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years, retiring in 1984. Prior to working for the Post Office, he was employed by Corning Glass and Ingersoll Rand. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Wellsboro, the American Legion in Tioga, the V.F.W., and the National Rural Letter Carriers. Elon was a U.S. Army veteran having served in WWII in the 45th Infantry.

Elon is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia and Daryl Butler of Tioga, PA, Kathy Kahlil of Mechanicsburg, PA; three grandchildren, Timmy, Penny, and Tracy; six great grandchildren, Cassandra, Britany, Hannah, Kimberly, Travis and Eric; one great great grandchild, Chloe; two sisters, Elsie Easton of Ulysses, PA, Alice Jean Wood of Coudersport, PA. Elon was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, a sister, Emma Hughes, a brother, Ivan Simmons, and a granddaughter, Irene in 2008.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 4, 2010 from 11:00 A.M. to 12 Noon at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Funeral services will follow at 12 Noon at the funeral home with Pastor Debra Button officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Tioga, PA.

4-County Leasing Group Announcement

4-County Leasing Group Announcement

All current members of the 4-County Gas/Oil Leasing Group need to renew their contracts within the next 2 weeks.

Copies of the contracts are currently being mailed out, but if you are overlooked and don't receive one by Jan.9th, (plus an up-dated group bulletin) a quick phone call or e-mail will remedy the situation. Leasing opportunities are close at hand.

Members of the public are invited to join this group IF their current leases will expire within the next year and nothing has been drilled on their rights' AC. by then, and /or they never joined a leasing group up to this point. These portions of the public definitely need to contact me.

This announcement is good news because now at 22,000+ AC, our bargaining power is strong ... stronger than ever.

Janice L. Hancharick 919.876.2917 e-mail:

Teen Dance Benefit For Kiersten Kio Saturday

Kiersten Kio was injured in an auto accident the day after thanksgiving.

Derrick City House Fire Knocked Down Quickly

Part of Home Damaged by Fire

Fire damaged part of Randy and Joan Connor's Derrick City house Friday afternoon.

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Kelley says at about 2:15 p.m. they got a report of a structure fire at 651 Derrick Road. Heavy smoke was coming from a second story window when they arrived on the scene.

Kelley says firefighters knocked down the blaze "rather quickly," and fire damage was contained to the kitchen area. There was smoke and water damage on the first floor.

Kelley says one person was home at the time of the fire. He made it out safely and went to a neighbor's house to call 9-1-1. There were no injuries.

About 40 firefighters were on the scene for about 2 hours. Besides Derrick City, the departments responding to the scene were Bradford City, Bradford Township, Otto Township and Limestone. Rew firefighters were on standby at Derrick City.

Kelly says the cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, but a state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

Roulette Township, Coudersport Pool Losing Grants


Federal Funds Now Targeted For Ulysses, Coudersport, Galeton Projects

By Paul Heimel

Potter County Today

Potter County officials are proposing revisions to previously discussed allocations of federal funds for public works projects in local communities. The money comes to the county through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and can only be designated for projects that meet certain criteria.

A $60,000 grant originally designated for improvements to a section of the Roulette Municipal Water System is now being targeted to three other projects:

  • $20,000 for development of a water well in Ulysses;
  • $20,000 for property acquisition in Galeton Borough to support construction of the next Potter County Habitat for Humanity home;
  • $20,000 for a water line replacement project on Coudersport’s East Second Street, between Mill Street and Park Avenue.

Additionally, a $70,000 allotment previously targeted to improve handicapped accessibility to the Coudersport Community Swimming Pool is being reallocated to the East Second Street water project in the borough.

Joe Pagano, director of redevelopment for the Potter County Redevelopment Authority, administers the CDBG program and presented his recommendations this week to the Potter County Board of Commissioners.

Pagano said the Roulette project which was originally chosen for the $60,000 grant is not specific enough in detail to move forward under CDBG guidelines.

Meanwhile, Pagano said, the $70,000 that had originally been designated for the pool project was contingent on Coudersport Borough receiving a Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and dedicating borough funds as a match. When those two elements did not materialize, CDBG funding was no longer practical.

Pagano pointed out that the major water project in Coudersport is being worked out through a cooperative arrangement with PennDOT, which will resurface East Second Street in 2010 through funds received under the federal stimulus legislation.

Proposed revisions on 2009 CDBG allotments are subject to public comment. Pagano can be reached at 814-274-7031 or by email at

His office and the commissioners are now determining proposed distribution of the county’s 2010 CDBG funding, with adoption of the plan scheduled for March 11. Townships and boroughs with projects to propose must apply by Feb. 5.

Just one municipality, Harrison Township, was represented at a public meeting on the 2010 CDBG program held on Dec. 10.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roulette Township was awarded the $60,000 grant a year ago. To date there has been no correspondence to Roulette from CDBG that the paperwork wasn't specific enough in detail. When calls were made to Joe Pagano's office regarding this grant, the township was told that because of the economic downswing, the money was not readily available.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:50:00 AM EST

Anonymous Jonathan Huff said...

I guess that I will chime in so that people are aware of the facts, even though I am sure that I will be chastised for it.

As poster Sunday, January 3, 2010 7:50:00 AM EST stated, the last that we were told was that the grant was approved but we would have to wait until 2010 to receive it because of the state funding crisis that took place in 2009 with the budget. The paperwork was all filed in a timely fashion and correctly. There are very specific details in the request, and until I read this article, had no inclination to the contrary from Mr. Pagano's office.
The detail specific grant request was to partially fund, Roulette Township was going to have to come up with $20,000.00 of the $80,000 project cost, a water system betterment. This betterment was in 3 parts. Replace approximately 200 ft of old cast iron piping at the bottom end of 4th Street, install a 150gpm pump in Well #4 increasing its output from 60 gpm, and to install piping from Well #4 to the distribution system to increase the chlorine contact time for the water from this well with the flow increase making it conform to state standards.
What you all need to know is this, the increase in flow from Well #4 is not something that the Township has pulled out of the air to make things better, it is a REQUIREMENT mandated by the DEP. We are required to either increase the flow rate from an existing well or drill additional wells to allow an increase to meet state defined requirements. The supervisors have spent thousands of dollars testing this well to insure that it is capable of producing the additional flow. It was decided that this would be the best and most cost effective manner of meeting the state requirements.
That being said, Roulette Township is mandated to do this betterment. It is not an issue of, not having enough money to do it so we will wait until we do. It must be done, and done within a specific time frame. If the Township does not receive this grant, the burden of the entire cost will be put on the shoulders of the Township. What this means to you all, is there will be no alternative, other than to secure a loan for the total cost, triggering a necessity for a substantial rate increase to all of it's customers. I am sure that this is something that none of you want.

So, rather than spending your time bashing the Township, the Supervisors, the Employees, the County, and the Presidents, your time would be better spent utilizing the link that was supplied in the article to email Mr. Pagano and tell him what you think.

Personally, I don't see how the needs of 1 family outweighs the needs of needs of 400+ families. I will be sending him an email next to make sure he knows what I am thinking as well. Let's hope that he will remember that the details were very specific in needs and requirements and reconsider his decision.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 11:07:00 AM EST

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jon for your input. I, too was not aware of any changes made to the funding from CDBG. If the township had infact made some errors when applying for this grant, we were not informed about any error, infact we were told that the funding was being delayed due to the economic crisis and also waiting to hear if the township needed to do another income survey. Somehow, now it has turned into "lack of detail" I also agree with you, instead of bashing the township, employees, the county, or whoever seems to be the bone of someone's contention, think past that and what this means to every tax payer in Roulette. You people that continually bash -- please stop as this is a very serious matter to the township and its residents.

SBA Disaster Loans Available in Pennsylvania

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, Pike, Potter, Warren and Wayne counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a result of excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds and hail that began on May 16, 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 23, 2010.

A different kind of "drug" problem...

My brother recently sent me this article which I really liked and thought your readers may as well.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Sales Manager - Philos of Pennsylvania


"The significant problems we face, cannot be solved at the same level of

thinking we were at, when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Happy 2010 everyone!
I hope you had a safe and joyous New Year's Eve!

I'm excited for this year! Looking back on 2009 and seeing what God
has done is incredible and amazing. Looking forward to a new year
makes me excited to see what He is going to do in and through us!

If you are making a New Year's Resolution consider this from the
apostle Paul:

"This year I resolve to know nothing but Christ and him crucified." 1
Corinthians 2:2

Now for what's happening at Open Arms.

Growth Groups for the Winter/Spring Semester: Sign ups will be in
January for the February through April semester. Be sure to sign up
for one!!

Membership Class Sunday, January 10 immediately following service.
Lunch will be provided.

Financial Peace University Preview: There will be a short video
preview of Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey on Sunday, Jan
17 immediately following service.

Superbowl Party: We will hold our annual Superbowl party Sunday,
February 7 at 6:00pm. Everyone bring a dish to pass and invite your
friends and family. Anyone who wants to enter our Wing Sauce
Competition can bring your best wing sauce. Prizes are given away
each quarter of the game.

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming up in the months ahead at Open

January: Going Public – Many Christians hide their faith and only let
it come out at church on Sundays, but Jesus told us there is no such
thing as a closet Christian. It’s time to take our faith public. It’s
time to come out of the closet and let our light shine. What does it
mean to be a witness, to be a light, and what makes a person effective
in sharing their faith?

February: Finding Your Bella/Edward – Everyone is looking for that
perfect love. How do we find it and once we find it, how do we keep
it? (Special websites coming soon!)

March: Simple Life – God wants us to live a blessed life, but why does
it seem that so often our blessings are more of a curse? What did God
really have in mind with all this stuff?

April: Relationship Rescue – Everyday relationships are drowning with
no hope of help. Don’t panic, help is here. What are the not-so-secret
keys to Relationship Success and what do we do to rescue a seemingly
hopeless and drowning relationship?

May: Building A Better Life – We want “Skyscraper” lives, but start
with a one-story foundation. Find out what God intended each season of
life to teach and prepare us for success in the seasons to come and
find out how to go back and repair our mistakes.

Spread the word and invite your family and friends!

This weekend's message topic: The Chance To Make The Difference.
Sunday at 10:15. See you there!

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

Let the planning begin!

Let the planning begin!

The “To Fill A Backpack” program will begin planning for a Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon to be held on May 15th, 2010 (this date will be confirmed at the meeting).

Anyone interested in helping to plan this fundraiser is asked to attend a meeting at the Roulette Fire Hall on January 12th, 2010. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and will last for approximately 1 hour or as long as it takes to get all the information gathered. Please come with ideas for check points, prizes to be awarded, etc. All suggestions will be acknowledged and discussed.

We will be looking for locations around the traveling path for the setup of our checkpoints, water stations, etc. If you would like to offer your front yard please feel free to attend the meeting or give us a call. We will be looking for at least 4 or 5 checkpoints and probably 4 or 5 water stations.

This fundraiser will be announced in all newspapers available in the area so we are hoping for it to be very big turnout. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to submit your suggestions via email to or give us a call at (814) 544-8032 and leave a message if no one answers. We are planning on expanding in to more areas this year so we will need as much help as we can get with funding, etc.

Structure Fire Reported On Derrick Road

Structure Fire Reported
At 2:05 pm on New Year's Day, Foster Township and Bradford Firefighters have been summoned to a structure fire on Derrick Road.
At 2:11PM, A 2nd Alarm has sounded for Rew, Otto Township, Bradford Township, and Limestone to a structure fire at 651 Derrick Road in Foster Township.
At. 2:31PM, Fire Police have been dispatched to shut down traffic on Route 646 and Red Rock Road.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year

Port Allegany Man Stopped For DUI Last Week Was Driving 94 Miles Per Hour In Roulette Township

Stopped For 94 MPH
A Port Allegany man is accused of DUI after a traffic stop in Roulette Township on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 6:42 pm.
What State Police didn't disclose in the news release issued last week is that Carpenter was stopped for going 94 miles per hour in a 55 zone and found to be DUI.

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 were filed through District Court 55-4-01, on December 29th. They are Careless Driving; DUI; DUI Highest Rate, (.16 plus); Driving While Suspended or Revoked; and Exceeding the Speed Limit (55) by 39 miles per hour.

Carpenter is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on January 18, 2010 in District Judge Barbara Easton's courtroom.

Sabinsville Man Threatened To Kill Bingham Township Man

Arrested Without Incident
A Sabinsville, PA man was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge Delores Bristol after an incident in the 2100 block of Hickox-Ulysses Road in Bingham Township, Potter County on Monday at 2:06 PM where he is alleged to have threatened to kill a man.

John George Cardy, 71, of 2737 Phoenix Run Road, Sabinsville, PA, is accused of traveling to a 44 year old male's home on the Hickox-Ulysses Road after making verbal threats that he was going to kill the victim.

Cardy was in possession of two .22 caliber rifles, one of which was loaded with 8 rounds, including one in the chamber. Cardy was taken into custody by State Police from the Coudersport barracks without incident.

He was charged with multiple charges including Terroristic Threats; Recklessly Endangering; Harassment; and Disorderly Conduct.

He was arraigned and released on $5,000. unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 5, 2010 before Judge Bristol.

Electric Rates To Jump 30% Tomorrow For Some

Rate Caps Expire
Harrisburg, Pa. - Tonight, midstaters will be counting down to the new year, but the countdown is also on for PPL customers.

Rate caps expire tomorrow.

PPL customers will have to pay 30% more for electricity.

Allegheny Power and Penelec have been allowed to raise rates gradually and unlike other power companies, customers should not see extreme jumps in prices when rate caps expire for those companies one year from now at the beginning of 2011.

Waterdog Takes Aerial Photos Which Reveal Unreported Contamination From Drilling

Gas driller cited for violation after environmentalist takes photos

By Steve McConnell (STAFF WRITER)
Times Tribune

A state investigation sparked by a local environmentalist who rented an airplane to gather photographic evidence has revealed an unreported contaminate release at a natural gas drilling site in Wayne County. More...

"Life Is Hard And It Passes Quickly"

Prosperity is letting God work through us

Some Bible scholars say that Moses wrote this prayer during a particularly painful time of his life that is recorded in the 20th chapter of Numbers.

Three significant events occur in that chapter: The deaths of his sister, Miriam; and his brother, Aaron; and the sin that Moses committed that caused him to be kept from entering the Promised Land with his people. In the midst of that time of profound grief and disappointment, he starts his prayer by acknowledging some rather profound and obvious realities.

First, he recognizes that God has a different perspective on things than we do. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God ... a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday ...”

Things that seem monumental to us in our narrow slice of eternity are mere blips on God’s radar screen. Sometimes the circumstances of our lives can be momentarily overwhelming. It helps to know that God is bigger than our circumstances and that God has a plan and is ultimately in control.

Moses then points out that life is hard and it passes quickly. More...

4 Reported Injured In Car Crash Near Wellsville

New Year's Eve Car Crash
At about 7:00 pm on New Year's Eve, Ambulances from Wellsville and Bolivar have been sent to an accident scene on Route 417 in the Town of Scio where 4 people are reported injured.

Potter County Paying $140,000. To Keep Hebron Township Farm From Being Developed


Peet Farm In Hebron Township

Will Remain Agricultural Only

A ceremony on Wednesday marked the addition of almost 200 acres of prime agricultural property in Hebron Township to the Potter County Farmland Preservation Program. As part of a state/county partnership to protect farms from development, the county’s Farmland Preservation Board purchased development rights on the John and Karlene Peet property, consisting of 199.71 acres, for a purchase price of $710 per acre. Payments will be made to the Peet’s incrementally.

During a ceremony in the office of attorney Alan Acker, Mr. Peet spoke of his close connection with the property, dating back more than 70 years, and his concern about the lack of conservation practices demonstrated elsewhere in the county.

He added that he was pleased to see that — after years of environmental stewardship — the property would remain in use for agricultural purposes, even as pressure could mount to convert it to residential development or other uses.

The Peets are one of Potter County’s pioneer families. Mr. and Mrs. Peet (shown) had signed up for the conservation easement through the Farmland Preservation Program more than five years ago. State funds for the program have been drastically reduced, with the vast majority being committed to counties in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania where development pressures are strongest.

Potter County’s allotment from the state for 2009 was $25,412 and county contributed $10,000 to the fund. Another $60,000 was provided through the County Environmental Initiative Grant Program (“Growing Greener”).

The Potter County Farmland Preservation program has been in existence for 10 years and this is the sixth purchase. Development rights on 985 acres have been acquired. Potter County Conservation District administers the program. For more information, contact Colleen Frank at 814-274-8411, ext 114, or

Potter County Today


Everyone on Coudersport Dentist Pete Ryan's mailing list received this email supposedly from Pete Ryan asking to have money sent to assist him.


Dr. Ryan is not in Scotland. His email account has been hacked and these crooks have sent the message below to everyone on his email list.


How are you doing! I hope you are fine? I'm sorry i didn't inform you about my trip to for a program, I'm presently in Scotland and got mugged at a gun point by some armed robbers on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things were kept including my passport. I would like you to assist me with a loan of 1400Pounds to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.

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Neil C. Herzog, 82, of 101 Nelson Ave., Bradford, PA

Neil C. Herzog, 82, of 101 Nelson Ave. passed away Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at his residence.

Born December 8, 1927, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Cecil and Louise (Eberspacher) Herzog.

On July 30, 1990 in Limestone, he married Geraldine (Oshell) Herzog who survives.

Mr. Herzog served in the United States Army and served in the Philippines during WW II. He had worked as a welder, then in 1990 he moved to North Carolina to work at the Carriage Club in Charlotte. He retired due to ill health and returned to Bradford in 2001.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons Bruce (Diane) Herzog of Bradford and Neil "Buck" (Betty) Herzog, Jr. of Kissimmee, FL, a sister, Mary Barnes of Olean, NY, three grandchildren, Greg Herzog, Andrea Herzog, and Lauren Herzog and several nieces and nephews including Julie Barnes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Ruth Herzog and one brother, John Herzog.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held with at 7:00 PM with Rev. Mary Houck, Pastor of the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Disabled Veterans.

On line condolences may be made at

Claire Marie Martin Smeigh, 91, of 25 Bon Air Ave., Bradford, PA

Claire Marie Martin Smeigh, 91, of 25 Bon Air Ave., Bradford passed away Tuesday, December 29th, 2009.

Born December 14, 1918, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Clifford James and Florence A. (Cotton) Martin.

On September 22, 1943 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford she married Paul Gerald "Jerry" Smeigh who died on July 6, 1981. Mrs. Smeigh still resided in the home that she and her husband built 1948.

Mrs. Smeigh was a 1936 graduate of Bradford High School and a graduate of the Bradford Hospital School of Nursing. During World War II she worked as a nurse's aid at the Bradford Hospital. Later she worked as a private secretary for the Matson family.

She was a member and a past Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church.

She had volunteered her time at the Community Outreach Program, Red Cross Bloodmobile, BRMC Auxiliary, Bradford Ecumenical Home Auxiliary, March of Dimes, and at the McKean County Crippled Children's Clinic. She had been on the Board of Directors and was a member at the YWCA, former member of the Pennhills Club, Valley Hunt Club, Parent Teachers Association, and the YMCA's Swim Team boosters and the Bradford High School Swim Club Boosters.

Mrs. Smeigh is survived by a daughter, Pamela Ann (Peter J.) Digel, of Smethport, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Gloria Martin Rausch and one brother, James Clifford Martin.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM in the First Presbyterian Church, at 11:00 AM funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701 or Hamlin Memorial Library, 123 South Mechanic Street. Smethport, PA 16749

On line condolences may be made at

E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center, PA, formerly of Syracuse, NY, Mills, PA, and Westfield, PA

E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center, PA, formerly of Syracuse, NY, Mills, PA, and Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born November 4, 1940, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Robert S. and Marcia F. Swetland Pease. A US Navy Veteran, he served honorably from August 1958 -- August 1961.

He was employed by International Harvester Co. Truck Division in Syracuse, NY, Halsey Machinery Co. in Mexico, NY, John Deere Construction Division in Syracuse as a territory manager, and the PA Game Commission as a deputy wildlife conservation officer.

Surviving are: companion, S. Jean Little of Duke Center; his mother, Marcia Merritt of Ulysses, PA; two sons, Theodore B. Pease and Kevin M. Pease, both of Syracuse; a daughter, Pamela Ann DeForest of Chittenango, NY; five grandchildren; and an aunt, Audrey Butler of Wellsville, NY. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a sister, Etta J. Beckhorn; and his step-father, Stanley Merritt.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 2, 2010 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Eighty Volunteers Trained As Pine Creek "Water Dogs"

pinecreekDozens of citizens along the Pine Creek watershed, including some from Potter County, have been trained as volunteers to monitor the environmental impact of natural gas drilling in the region. A training session this month brought 50 volunteers, added to a network of 30 monitors trained earlier this year as “Water Dogs.”

They were instructed how to spot adverse effects from gas drilling by the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group and Tioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver, who is the group’s advisor. According to Weaver, early development of gas wells in Marcellus Shale formations has shown that about five million gallons or water are being used per well for hydrofracturing, with 10 to 30 percent coming back to the surface.

Water Dogs were provided with a log book, water sample containers and other materials, including meters that measure the proportion of total dissolved solids (TDS) in waterways, including salt, minerals and metals. They were also asked to watch for road damage, truck traffic and noise, and fish kills.

DEP estimates that, on average, water returning to the surface from hydrofracturing has a concentration of 90,000 parts per million for TDS. In comparison, drinking water standards are set at 500 parts per million. Energy companies are taking steps to reuse the water for other wells to reduce the costs of treatment, which Weaver said is averaging $13 for every 42 gallons.

Additional training sessions will be scheduled, according to Erica Tomlinson, watershed specialist for the Tioga County Conservation District. She is available at 570-724-1801, extension 118. Potter County Today

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Service At Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle

New Year's Service At Tabernacle
There will be a New Years eve service at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle at 6:30 in the old sanctuary.

Holiday Hours Announced

Coudersport Primary Care/Express Care at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will be open from 1 to 6 p.m., December 31 for walk-in patients.

The office will be closed January 1.

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The Potter County Commissioners will hold their final meeting of the year tomorrow at 11:00 am in their conference room in the Gunzburger annex.

The meeting, which will include the adoption of the 2010 budget is open to the public. During the December 17 meeting, the commissioners voted to take out a tax anticipation loan from First Citizens National Bank at a rate of 2.75%. Chairman Doug Morley and commissioner Paul Heimel voted in favor of the motion while Commissioner Susan Kefover abstained because she serves on an advisory committee for the bank.

In questioning from PLE Editor Donald Gilliland, Chairman Morley said the board is hoping the county will not have to draw down the funds, but the loan is in place as insurance against cash flow problems such as what took place this past summer and fall during the state’s budget impasse.

The commissioners also approved the 2010 holiday schedule which eliminates the traditional election day holiday. According to Chairman Morley, since two polling places have moved, there is no longer a need to close the county buildings.

Coudesport’s Ward I polling place has been moved from the courthouse to the gym at the Gunzburger annex. Access to the polls does not interfere with county business and the Roulette polling place has moved from the Human Services building back to the fire hall.

I-80 Westbound Closed In Venango County

Part of I-80 Remains Closed

Seven miles of westbound Interstate 80 in Venango County remain closed because a tanker carrying ammonia turned over and spilled the chemical.

Police say the tanker crashed at about noon, causing a significant amount of ammonia, and at least one other substance, to spill.

Initial reports indicated that a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital with an inhalation injury, but police have said there are no injuries.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The road is closed from exit 35 to exit 42.

Feds Question Effect Of Fracking On Health In NY

Federal EPA drills state's Marcellus framework
One of 10,000 comments on DEC plan

By Tom Wilber •
Star Gazette
The federal Environmental Protection Agency added its voice to the Marcellus debate, with a harsh critique of the state DEC's proposed permitting conditions.

The proposed framework lacks information on how drilling and hydraulic fracturing to develop the Marcellus will impact the health and environment, according to a Dec. 30 letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation from John Filippelli, Chief of the EPA's Strategic Planning and Multi-Media Programs.

In particular, "analysis and discussion of cumulative and direct impacts ... need to be significantly expanded," the letter states. Additionally, "a greater emphasis needs to be placed on the potential health impacts that may be associated with drilling and hydrofracturing." More...

Joanne N. Stone, 83, of Galeton, PA

Joanne N. Stone, 83, of Galeton, PA, died Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, PA.

Penny A. West, 49, of Galeton, PA

Penny A. West, 49, of Galeton, PA, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 30, 1960, in Wellsboro, she was a daughter of Robert J., Sr. and Alice (Trautner) Geiser of Galeton. She was a 1978 graduate of Galeton High School. On July 1, 1978, in Galeton, she married James M. West of Galeton.

Penny worked at Galeton Production for ten years and at Trucklite for ten years. She greatly enjoyed camping with her family. Penny was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and the Galeton community.

Surviving besides her parents and husband are, a son, James R. West, Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Jennifer L. West, Galeton; a granddaughter, Raeley Ruppert, Galeton; three brothers, Philip T. (Billy Jo) Geiser, Galeton, Robert J. Geiser, Jr., Lewisburg, PA, Richard L. (Kristy) Geiser, Horseheads, NY; two sisters, Sandy A. (Mark) Stevens, Wellsboro, PA, Dawn (Corey) Palmatier, Pennsdale, PA; mother-in-law, Donna West, Galeton; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 6:00-8:00PM, and on Sunday, January 3, 2010 from 1:00-2:00PM with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 2:00PM. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will be the Celebrant. Interment will be made In Germania Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center.

NY AG Stops Wellsville Couple From Continuing Wood Pellet Fraud


Company lied to customers and solicited new orders when unable to deliver products as promised

Attorney General Website
BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 29, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Western New York wood-pellet fuel company he sued for taking more than $200,000 from consumers and then failing to deliver any products or refunds.

Based on Cuomo’s lawsuit, Erie County Supreme Court Justice Sheila A. DiTullio today signed a temporary restraining order banning Allegany Pellets, LLC and its owners, Paul and Iasia Ceglia of Wellsville, from accepting advance payments from consumers, destroying any business records or property, and transferring any of their assets.

Allegany Pellets and the Ceglias encouraged consumers to pre-order pellets in Spring 2009. The company took in approximately $200,000 in advance payments from dozens of consumers and promised to deliver 1,900 tons of wood pellets in the subsequent months so that homeowners would be prepared for the 2009-2010 winter season. However, Allegany failed to deliver any of the pellets or issue refunds.

“This company and its owners repeatedly lied to consumers and continued to solicit new orders despite an inability to deliver wood pellets that were bought and paid for months before the winter heating season began,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “My office is seeking restitution, penalties, and additional financial safeguards to ensure this company cannot scam anyone in the future.”

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that in September, Allegany Pellets sent a letter to customers who pre-paid for pellets informing them that it would not deliver the products until the end of the year, well into the heating season. The letter also stated that Allegany had incurred significant layoffs and asked consumers to “dig deep” while the company attempted to make good on their orders.

In reality, Paul and Iasia Ceglia were always the only employees of the company, and while consumers were asked to “dig deep,” the Ceglias were unwilling to do the same. An investigation uncovered that the Ceglias have extensive real estate holdings including 75 acres of oceanfront property in Nova Scotia; 30 acres and 70 rental properties in Wellsville; and their own residence on 2 acres in Wellsville. Rather than use some of the extensive properties as collateral to provide refunds to consumers, the Ceglias only offered the vague promise that, at some future date, they would deliver the pellets for which the customers had already paid.

Additionally, even after the letter detailing the company’s dire situation was sent out, Allegany Pellets continued to solicit pre-order sales and accept payments from consumers.

Cuomo’s lawsuit seeks restitution for the impacted consumers, as well as penalties and costs to the state. Additionally, the suit seeks to bar the Ceglias and Allegany from operating in New York state unless they post a $200,000 performance bond.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General James Morrissey under the supervision of Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the Buffalo Regional Office Russell Ippolito and Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs J. David Sampson.

The House Loses $19 Million

WESB NEWS--Seneca Gaming Loses $19 Million
The Seneca Gaming Corp lost $19 million over a 12 month period from September 2008 thru September of this year. The federal Securities and Exchange Commission says Seneca Gaming is blaming the losses on the recession and is hoping for growth in 2010. Seneca Gaming runs casinos in Salamanca and Niagara Falls.

Bradford Man Beats Mom Up

WESB NEWS--Bradford Man Arrested for Beating Mother
A Bradford man was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting his mother. Bradford City Police say that 22 year-old William Bennett struck his mother repeatedly in the head and face Monday afternoon at her home on Colegrove Avenue. Bennett told police officers her son was intoxicated and is hooked on crack cocaine and other drugs. Police say Bennett also threw paint on the floor of his mother’s home and damaged numerous household items at his residence on Bank Street.

Area Obituaries

Claire Marie Smeigh, 91, of Bon Air Avenue, Bradford, passed away on Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2009). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Ann Marie Kohn, 79, of Green Cove Springs, formerly of Eldred, Pa., died Tuesday (Dec. 29, 2009) in the Middleburg Assisted Living Facility following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Helen E. Hanchett, 85, of Coudersport, PA

Helen E. Hanchett, 85, of Coudersport, PA died Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on July 17, 1924 in Crosby, PA she was the daughter of Elwin and Evelyn Marsh. On September 21, 1944 she married Richard L. Hanchett, who died on November 7, 1985.

Mrs. Hanchett was a homemaker.

Surviving are her son, Jerry A. (Catherine) Hanchett of Coudersport, three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, one great-grandson, two brothers, Edward Marsh and Robert Marsh, and two sisters, Dorothy Morey and Marion Marsh.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Union Church or to the Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.

William Lee “Bill” Richardson, Sr., 81, of Coudersport, PA

William Lee “Bill” Richardson, Sr., 81, of Coudersport, PA went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on March 22, 1928 in Lancaster County, PA he was the son of William Henry and Kate Rhoades Galletmarker Richardson. On March 31, 1956 in Claymont, DE he married Marie L. Kindt who survives.

Mr. Richardson had lived in Coudersport for the past 24 years, coming to the area from Delaware County, PA. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the U. S. Marine Corps. He had been employed for 20 years for the Grace Lawn Memorial Park in Wilmington, DE and after moving to Coudersport he had worked at The Northern. Mr. Richardson was a member of the North Eulalia Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kate (Jeff) Reynold of Roulette, PA, two sons, William Lee (Linda) Richardson, Jr. of Aston, PA, and Thomas W. (Janet) Richardson of Ardentown, DE, ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, one sister, Olive Lilly of Newark, DE and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and several sisters.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 2:00pm Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the North Eulalia Baptist Church with the Reverend Michael Reeves officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, C/O Potter County Area Agency on Aging, Post Office Box 241, Roulette, PA 16746. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Richard D. Earle, 87, of Austin, PA

Richard D. Earle, 87, of Austin, PA died Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at his home.

Born on May 30, 1922 he was the son of Glenn and Clara Coy Earle. On November 21, 1942 in Marysville, CA he married Geraldine C. Schruise who died on September 25, 2003.

Mr. Earle was a veteran of World War II having served with the U. S Army. He was employed with Pittsburgh-Corning Corp. in Port Allegany, PA for 29 years. He was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church, and was a life member of the Austin V. F. W. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Mr. Earle is survived by a son, Bill Earle of Austin, PA seventeen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Glenn E. (Kate) Earle, Jr., of Knoxville, PA, two sisters, Marjorie Rees and Shirley Garzel, both of Austin, PA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son, Richard E. Earle, two brothers, Gene Earle and Leroy Earle, and a sister, Grace Stewart.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin, PA at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 700 5th Avenue, Floor 4, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport, PA.




Dec. 31st 8pm to Midnight!

Bring your favorite snack to share and see the New Year in with us...

Games, Friends and fun without alcohol!


LOCATED - 3 Miles East of Coudersport on Route 6; between Sweden Valley and Mill Creek Plaza on Route 6.

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John Patrick Welch, 43, formerly of Eldred, PA

PITTSBURGH, Pa.- John Patrick Welch, 43, formerly of Eldred, died Monday (Dec. 28, 2009) following an apparent heart attack while hunting in Potter County.

Born April 15, 1966, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Dr. John P. "Jack" and Berniece A. Wallon Welch Jr.

He was a 1984 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School, and a 1989 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in mechanical engineering. He had been employed by Dresser-Rand Corp. as a mechanical engineer in Olean; Baton Rouge, la.; Houston, Texas; and later in Schenectady, N.Y., for more than 10 years.

He was later employed as a mechanical engineer for General Electric in Schenectady before moving to the Pittsburgh area, where he was a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse Corp. While employed at Dresser-Rand, he was credited with several patents in mechanical engineering.

He was a past member of St. Raphael Church in Eldred.

He loved spending time with his children and attending their school and sports activities. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed carpentry and cooking.

Surviving, in addition to his mother of Eldred, are two sons, John Preston Welch III and Alexander Joseph Welch, both of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; one daughter, Madeleine Paige Welch of Ballston Spa; four sisters, Pat Welch of Rochester, N.Y., Kathy (Chris) Merlau of Sun City, Ariz., Jackie (Perry) Burdick of Smethport and Maureen "Mo" (Tim) Raught of Eldred; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Kathy Layfield of Olean.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1996; a brother, Michael J. "Doc" Welch in 1990; and a sister, Dr. Ann Marie Welch in 1982.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 30, 2009) at Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Church in Eldred with the Rev. John Murphy, pastor, and the Rev. Samuel Slocum and the Rev. Brian Vossler as concelebrants. Burial will follow in St. Raphael Cemetery, Eldred.
The rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined by the family.

Turtons Say Thank You!

Thank You!
We would like to take this opportunity to extend
a very
big THANK YOU to everyone that helped
us at the time
of and after our home fire.

Words cannot express the way we feel about the
that has been shown us by our many
good friends and

It has been a very
difficult time for all five of us
losing everything that we have
collected over the
past 30 years but it makes us appreciate the fact

that we have each other, our friends and family
to get us through one
day at a time. Thank you
for the many prayers, cards and donations
our time of loss.

A special thank you to Marylou Erway,
Buck and Kathy Soule for hosting the shower for
us at the
Gold Church and everyone that donated
items to help us fill our
temporary home. Also,
the Free Methodist Church of Ulysses for holding

the benefit dinner.

Everyone has been so kind to us and we really
know how to say thank you to everyone who has
helped us out. It
truly makes you feel blessed to
have so many friends. We also need to
say a big
thank you to all the firefighters who were doing
their best
to try to save some of our belongings.

We appreciate being part of a
community, there is no better place to live than
in a small
community that helps each other out
in their time of need. God bless
everyone and keep
the faith in 2010.

John, Judi, John, Jason, and Justin Turton
Ashley and Tater (Our dogs)

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Pa. Firefighter Dies Following Calls

Pa. Firefighter Dies Following Calls News

A Wellsboro firefighter died at his home on Dec. 26 after responding to a series of EMS and fire calls, according to the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

Clair Melvin Pierce., 68, was the past chief of the Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Joan Allen Pierce; sons, Michael Pierce and Clair Melvin Pierce III; daughters Tammy Frank, Joan Huck; grandchildren, Nicole, Kelly, Jordan, Emily, Rayann, Clair Pierce IV, Glen, Brandon and Shawn Pierce, Teaka and Tess Frank, Jessica, Tyler and Katelyn Huck; sister, Kitty Jones.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 81, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation for fire service personnel will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, 139 Main Street., Wellsboro, Pa.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Wellsboro Cemetery.

Surprise Party

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Basketball - Coudersport Christmas Tournament final two teams

Christmas Tournament

Coudy Boys over the Bucktail Bucks (Farwell PA, Clinton County) 64-37Coudy's David Dupont controls the jump ball.

Coudy Girls over the Cowanesque Valley Indians 40-27

Jenna Matzinger goes up for a shot in the girls game.

- leo szczesny Click any photo to enlarge

Bradford & Lewis Run Residents Collide On Cemetery Hill

4 Minor Injuries In Kane Crash
A Lewis Run woman and a Bradford woman collided Tuesday afternoon at 4:50 pm on slippery Cemetery Hill on Route 66 south of Kane Boro in Wetmore Township.

The crash occurred as Leslie L. Scully, 54, of Lewis Run, PA, was driving a 2002 Dodge Intrepid north on Route 66.

Michelle M. Whittemore, 42, of Bradford, PA, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala south on Rt. 66.

As Scully was negotiating a right curve, her Dodge struck an icy patch on the roadway and began to slide. She was unable to control the slide and her Dodge slid north sideways across both lanes where it was struck by Whittemore's Chevy in the southbound lane.

The Dodge then spun counter-clockwise and came to rest mostly in the southbound lane. The Chevrolet traveled into a snowbank along the west berm where it came to rest.

Whittemore and Scully both received minor injuries as did 6 & 12 year old male juveniles in the Whittemore Chevrolet. All four were transported by Emergy Care Ambulance to Kane Community Hospital for treatment. Everyone was wearing safety belts.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Kane Police Department, Kane Fire Department, Fire Police and PennDot. Neither driver was charged according to the news release.

Charges Against Dow Dismissed/ Kear To Be Charged

Kear To Be Charged
Charges were dismissed for an Austin man who was jailed last month on the allegations of a 21 year old Ulysses woman. The woman is facing charges of giving false statements to law enforcement authorities as a result of written statements and interviews with State Police that falsely accused the man of crimes that resulted in his incarceration.

On November 7, 2009, Patrick Daniel Dow, 29, of 237 Route 607, Austin, PA was jailed as a result of an incident in the driveway of his home in Portage Township involving a 21 year old female, who police did not identify at that time.

As a result of the woman's allegations at that time, State Police released the following report: "The incident occurred as the female and Dow became involved in a physical altercation. Dow grabbed the female by the arms and held her to the ground. At some point during the altercation, Dow slapped the victim across the mouth with an open fist. He also punched her above the eye with a closed fist."

"The female suffered several lacerations to her lip and mouth area."

"After a brief struggle, the female was able to get free from Dow and return to her vehicle where she locked herself in the car. Dow then jumped on the hood of her car as she was attempting to drive away."

"The female backed out of the driveway with Dow still on the hood, while he kicked her windshield, telling her he was going to kill her and then himself."

"Dow rode on the hood of the female's vehicle for about 2 miles, when he finally let go and she was able to drive to safety."

On 11-7-09, charges of: Terroristic Threats; Unlawful Restraint; Simple Assault; Recklessly Endangering; Criminal Mischief; Disorderly Conduct; and Harassment were filed against Dow through District Court 55-3-01 by Coudersport State Police.

On 11-8-09, Dow was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton and bail was set at $50,000.00. Dow was placed in the Potter County Jail when he was unable to post bail.

On 12-22-09 at 12:30 pm, the Pennsylvania State Police investigated an incident where it was determined that Katlyn Marie Kear, 21, 528 Grove Street, Ulysses, PA, did intentionally provide law enforcement authorities with a false written statement while knowing it not to be true. Within the provided written statement and in subsequent interviews, Kear did wrongly incriminate Patrick Dow.

At that point, the charges were dismissed against Dow and he was released from imprisonment.

Charges against Katlyn Marie Kear will be filed with District Judge Annette L. Easton in District Court 55-3-01. Those charges will include Unsworn Falsification To Authorities; False Reports To Law Enforcement Authorities; and Fictitious Reports.

Coudy Fire Dept. Dispatched To Galeton

Coudersport Fire Dispatched to Galeton
At 5:40 pm on Tuesday, Coudersport Dept. 48 was requested to send one engine company to Galeton for mutual aid standby.

Theives Steal Penelec Wires From Poles

Copper Wire Stolen From Poles
Penelec was the victim of a theft of electric wire on Route 46 near Bordell Crossroads in Keating Township recently.

Kane Troopers report that someone cut copper wire from utility poles at that location on 11-26-09.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Cpl. Kurt Sitler is the investigating officer.

2 Car Crash Reported On Cemetery Hill Near Kane

Crash On Cemetery Hill
At 5:05 pm on Tuesday, Kane emergency services have been dispatched to a 2 car accident on Cemetery Hill just south of Kane on Rt. 66. The initial dispatch indicated there were injuries.

Judge Minor, D. A. Watson To Take Office On Monday

minormugshotA brief — but historically significant — ceremony will take place at noon on Monday, Jan. 4, in the courtroom of the Potter County Courthouse. Attorney Steve Minor will place one hand on the Holy Bible and take the oath of office to become President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for a 10-year term that expires at the end of 2019. He was elected in November to succeed John Leete, who is retiring after more than two decades on the bench.

Judge Leete will continue to serve as a senior judge, subject to assignment by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to cases across the commonwealth. Judge-elect Minor is the son of the Rev. David and Lorraine Minor. He and his wife, the former Marie Parnell, have three sons and a daughter and they reside in Coudersport.

apr18watsonmughalfcolAlso during Monday’s ceremony, being hosted by the Potter County Bar Association, Coudersport attorney Andy Watson will be sworn-in as Potter County District Attorney for a four-year term that expires at the end of 2013. He was also elected in November by voters countywide and succeeds Dawn Fink, who has held the position for the past four years. Watson previously served as the county’s assistant district attorney.

Monday’s ceremony will also include installation of Potter County Jury Commissioners Dean Dow and Norma Cobb Nichols and County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury, all of whom were re-elected to a four-year term that begins in January, and deputy row offices for certain county elected officials’ offices.

The swearing-in ceremony is expected to last for just a few minutes and is open to the public. Potter County Today

Millstream Inn--Free TV's

The Millstream is in the process of replacing our tube televisions with HD LCD Flat Screens. We will be giving away our 28" tubed models to anyone that wants one.

Please email me your address and we will contact you when your TV is replaced. We are currently replacing about 5 televisions per week.

First 45 people to email me will be put on a list and please, only one TV per person.

Hey Jim. Looks like the free tv's were a success. All were spoken for in under 1/2 hour. I will contact the winners as the televisions are ready.