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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kane Firefighters On Scene Of House Fire

House Fire Near Kane
At 11:17 pm on Saturday night, Kane Firefighters have responded to a house fire across from 6591 Rt. 321 north of Kane. At 11:30 pm a second alarm was sounded for more manpower to the scene.

Snowdeo Continues Sunday At Coudersport

Snowdeo Conditions are Great This Weekend

Rodeo In The Snow
Final Day Sunday
Everyone is invited to the Potter County Snowmobile Association's Snowdeo at the clubhouse on North Hollow Road, just outside of Coudersport. Snow conditions are great for the weekend.

The annual event started Friday and continues through Sunday.

Sunday's schedule starts off with a Pancake breakfast at 8:00 am.

Demo rides and dealer displays will be on site to check out the latest in equipment. The kitchen will be open.


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



WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the opening of its new small plant help-desk, which will provide for operators of small and very small meat, poultry and processed egg products establishments seeking help with agency requirements with direct access to knowledgeable staff specialists. The help-desk also will provide assistance to state and local food regulatory agencies – FSIS' partners in keeping meat, poultry and egg products safe for consumers.

"USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is committed to providing assistance to businesses of all sizes that provide American consumers with access to a safe and healthy food supply," said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Jerold R. Mande. "The small plant help-desk will help the development of small, local producers by offering a one-stop shop for questions about how to make sure their meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe, wholesome and properly labeled."

The new help-desk will support USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative by helping small processors to reduce the time and expense of dealing with agency requirements. "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" is designed to continue the national conversation about developing local and regional food systems and finding ways to support small and mid-sized producers. It emphasizes the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers, building on the 2008 Farm Bill, which provides additional flexibility for USDA programs to promote local foods. More information on the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative can be found at: .

The FSIS small plant help-desk will serve as a "one-stop shop" for plant owners and operators with questions. More than 90% of the 6,000 plants inspected by FSIS are small or very small. FSIS staff will assess callers' requests and provide information and guidance materials that best meet their needs. In situations where the answer is not readily available, the staff will research the issue and follow-up with the caller. As appropriate, the help-desk will provide a portal to other services, such as AskFSIS, FSIS' existing internet service offering official agency responses to inquiries on agency policy.

Inquiries can be made to the small plant help-desk by toll-free telephone or by email. The help-desk is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. To speak to a staff specialist during this time, call 1-877-FSISHelp (1-877-374-7435). Customers may also contact the help-desk by email at .

#USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

Mojo Is Home After A Cold Night

Our dog Mojo came up missing today (Saturday Jan 8th) at around 4pm. It is very unlike him to not be right here on our porch. He is wearing a very wide 4" black and silver reflective collar with his dog license attached. He is very friendly and will come when called. He was last seen at our residence in West Bingham. If any one has any info please call me at 848-7228.
Thanks so much Marge Schweigart
I have attached a recent picture of him
Mojo returned home at 9:00am this morning :) We are greatful that he survived the cold temps last night, he came home warm with not a drop of ice or snow on him, so if someone took him in last night we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We truly LOVE him and are overjoyed that he has returned. And we would also like to thank Solomon's words for the quick post of our story, you are a true asset to this community :)

The Schweigart's

CCMH Surgeon Recognized at National Conference

Foust Recognized At Conference

Dr. Terry Foust

Dr. Terry Foust of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine was recognized for his research paper on spinal surgery at the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics meeting in Boston.

The paper, "Increasing Visualization and Ease of Decompression During Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery by Varying Angle and Laterality of Approach," earned a third place scientific paper award in general orthopedics among over 500 submissions nationwide.

Dr. Foust, a Coudersport native, joined Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in July 2008 and specializes in spinal surgery.

Catherine P. Ayers, 71, of 13 Lincolndale Road, Bradford, PA

Catherine P. Ayers, 71, of 13 Lincolndale Road, Bradford, passed away Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at her residence.

Born October 21, 1938, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late Felix and Eva (Stewart) McLaughlin. She was a 1956 graduate of Bradford High School.

On December 6, 1958 in Bradford she married Hugh Ayers who survives.

She had worked as the park manager at the Foster Township Park.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church.

Surviving is one granddaughter, Christa (Anthont) Ayers-Dominquez of Azuza, CA, three sisters: Gertrude McLaughlin of Grand Junction, CO, Loretta Hill of Coudersport, and Becky McLaughlin of Eldred, two brothers: Patrick McLaughlin of Bradford, and William McLaughlin of Marina, CA, her step mother: Helen McLaughlin and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Douglas Ayers who died in July of 1984, three brothers: Theodore, Fred, and Aaron McLaughlin, two sisters: Clista Haskins, and Judith Howard.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 3 to 5pm & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where a prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 11:000am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Visiting Nurses Association, 20 School St, Bradford, St. Bernard Church, or charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Snowmobile Crash Reported In Area Of Billy Lewis Road

Snowmobile Crash
At 4:55 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to the Billy Lewis Road for a snowmobile accident. One person is reported semi-concious.

The caller was not certain of the location, as they were from out of the area, but thought to be on the Billy Lewis Road. Victim now reported unresponsive.

At 5:32 pm--A medical helicopter is inbound to a landing zone on Gross Hollow Road.

Dr. Stanley Writes About The Joy of Obedience

The Joy of Obedience

The Joy of ObedienceAs believers, we often rely on our own strength and ability instead of fully trusting God. But if we choose not to follow Him completely, we limit ourselves to second best. Read this online article from Dr. Stanley about how to find joy and peace on the pathway of true obedience.

Snowmobile Accident Reported On Ridge Road

Snowmobile Accident
At about 2:15 pm on Saturday, Emporium ambulance has responded to the Ridge Road near the Potter County line for a victim of a snowmobile accident.

William W. Hogan, 93, formerly of 4 Adrienne Drive, South Yarmouth, MA

William W. Hogan, 93, formerly of 4 Adrienne Drive, South Yarmouth, MA, passed away Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born July 20, 1916, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Edward H. and Margaret (Purcell) Hogan.

On Dec. 27, 1941 in St. Bernard Church in Bradford, PA he married Betty E. (Rodebaugh) Hogan who passed away June 28, 1985. On November 9, 1985, St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth, MA, he married Rita Daly Hogan who survives.

A 1934 graduate of St. Bernard High School, he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University in 1949, and his master's degree in Taxation from the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Denver in 1972.

In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in China, Burma, and The Indian Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Major and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as Lt. Colonel until his retirement.

He worked as a Certified Public Accountant and an airline financial executive at New York Airways, BWIA, Frontier Airlines. He retired on August 1, 1981 as Vice President and Treasurer of Frontier Airlines in Denver.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 403. He was also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in South Yarmouth, MA, and the St. Pius X Men's Club.

He was a member of the Bass River Yacht Club, The Bass River Golf Club and the Mid-Cape Men's Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Dorothy A. (Sharon O'Shields) Hogan of Reston VA; Margaret A. (Michael) Whitney of Bend OR, Elizabeth (Hank) Schmidt of Brighton, CO.,
two sons William W. (Mari-Ann) Hogan Jr. of Belmont Mass, Robert F. (Eileen) Hogan of Hackettstown NJ; four step children: Daniel W. (Paula) Daly of Houston TX, David J. (Shirley) Daly Winter Park FL, Thomas R. (Abbe) Daly of Arlington VA, and Marcia A. (James) McAndrew of Bradford, 18 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one niece.

In addition to his parents, and first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward M. Hogan and Donald Hogan.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 11, 2010 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. Friends are also invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Tuesday in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Leo J. Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded at the church following the Mass. Burial will be in The Veteran's Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Bernard Church, The Bradford Ecumenical Home, St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth, Mass., or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Randy H. Abbey, 48, of Ulysses, PA

Randy H. Abbey, 48, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Born October 10, 1961, in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of Hugh J. and H. Virginia Lewis Abbey. On October 3, 1981, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Patti K. Stanford, who survives.

He was employed by Gas Field Specialists in Millport, PA and previously employed as a logger by Sherwood Enterprises, Inc. in Ulysses for 22 years.

Surviving besides his wife, Patti, are: three daughters, Nicole (Michael) Daniels, Heather (Brad) Empson, and Carrie Abbey, all of Ulysses; four grandchildren, Damon Empson, Kaylea Empson, Ty Daniels, and Owen Daniels; his mother, H. Virginia (Harold) Alexander of Wellsboro; a brother, James (Kim) Abbey of Tunnelton, WV; three sisters, Marilyn (Tom) Hunter of Knoxville, PA, Eva (David) Buckley of Ulysses, and Linda Eick of Osceola, PA; his step-mother, Violet Abbey of Knoxville, TN; step-sisters and step-brothers; four aunts, Evelyn Allen and Mary (James) Potter, both of Westfield, PA, Norma Fox of Bath, NY, and Jessie Abbey of Lakeland, FL; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a grandson, Gage Michael Ervolino.

Friends may call Monday, January 11, 2010 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Jason K. Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Zoning Only Way To Locally Regulate Gas & Oil Operations

Greenfield Twp. says gas driller violated zoning ordinance and must stop

Zoning Only Way To Locally Regulate Gas & Oil Operations

by laura legere (staff writer)

GREENFIELD TWP. - The host municipality of the first and only Marcellus Shale natural gas well drilled in Lackawanna County has told the gas exploration company that it violated the township's zoning ordinance and must stop all drilling operations on the site.

Greenfield Twp. issued the violation notice on Tuesday to Exco Resources (PA) Inc., formerly Exco-North Coast Energy Resources, after receiving a complaint from a township resident in December. More...

ARea Obituaries

EMPORIUM — Rebecca J. Little, 83, of West Fourth Street, Emporium, died Friday (Jan. 8, 2010) in the Guy & Mary Felt Manor. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

Zoning Board To Decide About Oil & Gas Equipment

Hedgehog Lane appeal decision coming

The clock is ticking for the Bradford Township Zoning Board to submit a ruling on the Hedgehog Lane appeal hearing.

Jean Hvizdzak, chair of the board, said Friday the deadline for the decision is Feb. 4., but the board is on the way to a decision by the end of January.

The ruling will resolve whether oil and gas drilling equipment, belonging to New Century Pipeline, should be removed from the Hedgehog Lane area due to zoning regulations. More...

Plan To Be Developed For Expansion Of Park At Austin Dam

ruinsA Pittsburgh company has been hired to develop a plan for expansion of the park around the historic Austin Dam ruins, with a goal of linking it with Austin Borough. Officials believe that the project will allow them to capitalize on the broken dam’s tourism potential while expanding recreational opportunities.

Austin Borough Council, which is partnering with the Austin Dam Memorial Association (ADMA) to make the plan a reality, has accepted a bid from Pashek Associates, a landscape architect and community planning firm, for $60,600. Three separate state grants will cover the cost.

A major component of the project is a southern access point to the park that could link it with Austin Borough and establish a recreation trail with historical attractions between the two locations. Austin Borough owns about 17 acres that encompass the ruins of a paper mill and other deteriorated structures along Freeman Run. ADMA owns 76 acres to the north. Another 20 to 30 acres in the region are owned by Patterson Lumber Company. Potter County Today

Austin/Coudersport Responding To Mobile Home Fire

Mobile Home Fire
At 10:33 am on Saturday, Austin Dept. 44 and Coudersport Dept. 48 have been called to a mobile home fire at the Sams residence at 119 Ripple Drive in the Costello Mobile Home Park. Emporium has sent units to this fire, See comments for update.

at 11:20 am Roulette Dept. 46 has responded to cover Coudersport Mutual Aid.
Refresh your browser frequently to get latest updates on developing stories. Fire reported out at 12:49 pm.

Snowmobile Crash--Land Rescue At Coudersport

Land Rescue For Snowmobile Crash
At 10:16 am on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Medic 6 are responding to a land rescue at the Potter County Snowmobile Clubhouse on North Hollow. A snowmobile accident is reported about a mile from the road there. A medical helicopter, placed on standby, has been cancelled.

Units have been redirected to meet a person at the Sweden Hill and North Hollow Heights intersection, to be taken to the scene. At 10:50 am--The injured person has been extricated from the scene by pickup truck.
At 11:00 am--Fire Dept. Units returning to hall.

Lost Dog

Hi! A little girl dropped a paper off at our house stating that she had lost her dog. The dog's name is Bruno. He is a brown and black German Shepard/Akita mix. The girl says that he's big but he is a puppy and he's nice. To contact the owners, please call (814) 274-0707.

This was sent in by one of readers and this is the only information that we have if anyone knows this little girl have them send a picture and the area if they can.

Coudersport Dual Wrestling Tournament Today

Wrestling Tournament Today
COUDERSPORT hosts its annual dual tournament today. Bradford, Cameron County, Johnsonburg, Sheffield, Curwensville, Penns Valley and Lewisburg, along with the Coudersport Falcons will be wrestling.

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Two defendants will be sentenced on February 10 after pleading guilty this week in Potter County Court. Cody Yentzer, 20, of Coudersport pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment (M2). According to Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson, On June 20, 2009 Coudersport and Sweden Valley Police responded to a call of an overdose in Sweden Township, Potter County. The drugs obtained by the victim were Methadone and Oxycodone, both schedule 2 drugs. Upon investigation it was determined that the drugs were illegally obtained by the victim from Yentzer . The DA said Yentzer gave awritten statement admitting he took the pills from his residence, give them to the victim and they were not prescribed to him.

Donovan Freece, 30 of Fairport, NY pleaded guilty to Criminal Conspiracy (M2), and Theft by Unlawful Taking (M2).According to DA Watson, On 7/18/2009, while at the Shinglehouse Saloon, Freece along with a co-defendant; Michael Frederick, reached over the bar and stole approximately $100.00 from the bartender. Freece also took another patrons purse and removed approximately $20.00 from it. Both men were represented by Public Defender Brent Petrosky. More news...

Pennsylvania Farm Show Starts Today In Harrisburg

Commissioner Lenny Lichvar Sworn in as District 4 Representative

Fish & Boat Commission
Commissioner Lenny Lichvar Sworn in as District 4 Representative

Harrisburg – Lenny Lichvar of Boswell, Somerset County, has been sworn in as the District 4 commissioner for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, representing Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

Commissioner Lichvar was reappointed to the post late last year by Gov. Edward Rendell and was confirmed by the Senate on December 16. Commissioners serve eight-year terms and receive no compensation. Commissioner Lichvar’s eight-year term expires on Dec. 16, 2017.

Commissioner Lichvar is deeply involved in conservation matters, both professionally and in numerous volunteer organizations. He is currently district manager for the Somerset Conservation District. He previously served as executive director of the non-profit Southern Alleghenies Conservancy for eight years and currently serves on the conservancy’s board of directors. He is chairman of the Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project and is on the board of the Somerset County Conservancy. Commissioner Lichvar is a board member, Stream Improvement chairman and Yellow Creek Coalition representative for the Mountain Laurel Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He is a member of the Jenner Rod and Gun Club. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

In addition, Commissioner Lichvar is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer whose works have been published in local, state and national publications. Twice he has won recognition from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association for the best published article on trout and coldwater conservation. He is presently an outdoors correspondent for the Somerset Daily American and produces a monthly outdoors page for the newspaper. Other community interests include the Boswell Area Jaycees, where he is an alumni member, two-time past president and current newsletter editor and publisher. He is also the founder and current president of the Boswell Area Historical Society and previously served as chairman of the Boswell Centennial Homecoming Celebration Committee.

Commissioner Lichvar and his wife, Becky, have two children.

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, visit

The vote was 2-1 by Penn Township supervisors to close the Perdix Fire Company.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ulysses Woman Charged After Harassing Other Woman

Woman Harassed
A Ulysses woman was charged by State Police after appearing at another Ulysses woman's residence and making theatening and harassing statements on Friday at 8:05 am.

Doreen Marie Weiss, 48, Of Ulysses, PA, came to the residence of Lisa Jean Outman, 46, at 515 Water Street in Ulysses Borough and made the statements.

Weiss was issued a non-traffic citation for Summary Harassment to be heard in District Court 55-4-03.

Home Entered At 2:00 AM While Family Slept

Criminal Trespass
Coudersport State Police are investigating a Criminal Trespass That occurred New Years Day at 2:00 am in Harrison Township, Potter County.

Troopers reported a known individual gained entry into the residence of Paula Hess of 950 Johnson Road, Ulysses, PA, while Hess and her family were asleep inside. The investigation is continuing.

Butner, NC


Snowdeo Conditions are Great This Weekend

Rodeo In The Snow

Everyone is invited to the Potter County Snowmobile Association's Snowdeo at the clubhouse on North Hollow Road, just outside of Coudersport. Snow conditions are great for the weekend.

The annual event started Friday with a trail ride and continues through Sunday.

Saturday's schedule starts off with a Pancake breakfast at 8:00 am.

From 11 am to 1 pm, sleds compete in the radar run.

Demo rides and dealer displays will be on site to check out the latest in equipment. The kitchen will be open all day.

Boys Basketball, Coudy vs Austin

Boys Basketball, Coudy vs Austin

JV score Coudy 38 Austin 15
Varsity score Coudy 52 Austin 20
Photos courtesy Sunken Branch Photography (Leo Szczesny)

Pitt-Bradford Recognized For CSI House Marketing Plan


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has won an award from CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, for an integrated marketing plan that was used to unveil the Crime Scene Investigation House in fall 2008.

The university received a Silver Award in the 2010 CASE District II Accolades Awards Program in the Individual Special Public Relations Projects category, competing with entries from other colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ontario, Canada. District II is the largest of the eight CASE districts.

The award will be presented at the CASE District Conference in Philadelphia on Feb. 7-9.

The goal of the award-winning plan was to introduce the CSI House to the campus community, alumni, residents in the surrounding community and prospective students who may be interested in majoring in criminal justice.

The plan included opening the CSI House to tours for faculty, staff and students, alumni, members of the public, the media, local and regional law enforcement officers, and prospective students; sending CSI House postcards to 3,600 prospective students interested in criminal justice and 60 high school guidance counselors in the region; inviting regional high school students to tour the facility during the annual Law Enforcement Awareness and Familiarization (LEAF) Day; creating specially designed T-shirts distributed to everyone who visits the CSI House; and showcasing the facility in the university’s admissions materials.

Pat Frantz Cercone, Pitt-Bradford’s director of communications and marketing who developed the plan, said, “We are very fortunate to have the CSI House on our campus. It not only provides valuable hands-on experiences for our students and allows them to use investigative tools that some law enforcement agencies don’t have, but it generated and continues to generate a lot of excitement on campus and in the community.”

Cercone added that implementing the marketing plan involved several people, including Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice, who served as host to more than 500 visitors to the CSI House during the 2008-09 academic year.

Since the CSI House opened, the number of freshmen declaring criminal justice as a major nearly doubled in one year – from 15 in Fall 2008 to 29 in Fall 2009. Additionally, the total number of students in the criminal justice program increased nearly 30 percent, from 81 to 105 in that year.

For additional information on the CSI House, visit the facility’s stop on the university’s virtual tour at or contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-872-1787. To schedule a group tour, contact Cercone at or 814-362-7505.

Nawrocki Speaks To Coudersport Area Lions Club

Lions Hear From Director Of PCECLou Karija photo

Helene Nawrocki, Director of the Potter County Education Council, discusses classes and events listed in the latest PCEC calander of events with members of the Coudersport area Lions Club during the Lions monthly meeting.

Helene covered many topics from nursing to marcelus shale to the Countys Leadership Program Nawrocki was especially proud of the new nursing program PCEC has implemented. LPN'S would be able to work toward their RN and do internships at Charles Cole and Sweden Valley Manor.

Following Nawrocki's presentation the Lions Club members discussed the upcoming annual Chili Dinner, on Jan. 31, 2010, at the Coudersport Fire Dept. Annex.

The Lions will donate a large portion of the proceeds to Potter Co. Habitat for Humanity.

Cohocton Gets Host Payment of $837,500. From Wind Developer

Wind money keeps Cohocton above state economic crisis

By Justin Head
Cohocton, N.Y. -According to town Supervisor Jack Zigenfus, the Town of Cohocton accepted a $837,500 community host payment from the wind energy developer First Wind Monday.More...

The First Wind payments make up about half of the town’s roughly $1.8 million budget, according to Zigenfus.

The surplus of money has allowed the town to budget $220,000 for the purchase of a new highway department truck and plow and pickup truck, as well as money for improvements to the Lawrence Parks recreation area and development plans for highway department facility improvement.

“There really isn’t as much controversy in the area as one would think. There is not more than a handful of these anti-wind people. When we were up for election we won by huge margins ... if people don’t like the decisions you make they let you know at the polls,” said Zigenfus.

William W. Hogan 93, formerly of South Yarmouth, MA

William W. Hogan 93, formerly of South Yarmouth, MA, died Thursday January 7, 2010 in the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 3-5 & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. East Main St, where a prayer service will be held at 10:30am Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as celebrant.

A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of the Bradford Era.

Kenneth L. Cleaveland, 86, of 1079 Gardeau Rd., Austin, PA

Kenneth L. Cleaveland, 86, of 1079 Gardeau Rd., Austin, PA died at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA Friday (January 8, 2010) morning. He was born Feb 7, 1923 in Norway, Maine a son of the late H. Lowell and Hazel Benett Cleaveland.

On August 11, 1945 in First Baptist Church, Emporium He married Maxine Peasley Cleaveland who Survives. Mr. Cleaveland served with the US Army during WW II. He retired from Sylvania where he worked for over 35 years. He worked for Emporium Hardware for several years after retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Emporium where he served as a Lifetime Decon and Sunday School Superintendant and teacher. He was a member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F.and A.M. and the Coudersport Consistory.

In addition to his wife Maxine Peasley Cleaveland
Daughter: Sharon, Mrs. Ivan Baughman, Driftwood
Son: William Cleaveland and his wife Deborah, Roanoke, VA
Son: Dale Cleaveland and his wife Cathy, Columbus, OH
Daughter: Linda, Mrs. Thomas Russell, Warren, PA
Daughter: Beth, Mrs. David McCaskill, Cortland, NY
10 Grandchildren
13 Great Grandchildren
Brother: Sherwood Cleaveland, Florida
Brother: Burton Cleaveland, Indiana
Brother: Floyd Cleaveland, Tennessee
Brother: Roland Cleaveland, Florida
Sister: Agnes, Mrs. Paul Parker, Maine
Sister: Bessie, Mrs. Rex Hartford, Wyoming
Several: Nieces and nephews,
Preceded in Death By
Parents: H. Lowell and Hazel Benett Cleaveland
Brother: George Cleaveland and a brother in infancy
Sister: Hazel Wertz

Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium on Monday (January 11, 2010) at 11:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, officiating.

A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Inc. on Sunday from 2-5 PM where a Masonic Service will take place at 4:45 PM. Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Memorial Fund, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Sweden Valley Manor, Activity Fund, 1028 E. 2nd St, Coudersport, PA 16915

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Portville Man Incicted for Rape, More...

WESB NEWS--Portville Man Indicted for Rape
A Portville man has been indicted on rape and related charges. 21-year-old Daniel Gleason is charged with rape, criminal sexual act, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an incident on May 23 in the Town of Portville. No further information was released.

Route 219 CLOSED South of Lantz Corners

Route 219 CLOSED
At. 3:27 pm on Friday, Mount Jewett Fire Police have been dispatched on authority of Elk County to CLOSE RT. 219 SOUTH AT LANTZ CORNERS, as a result of a motor vehicle accident at Wilcox, PA.

UPDATE:The accident involved a tractor trailer, and a passenger vehicle, and occurred at 1577 Burning Well Road/Route 219.

The accident has both lanes of 219 blocked in Wilcox.

There is 1 injury in this accident.

Tops To Buy Bankrupt Penn Traffic Stores If Court Agrees

Tops to Buy Penn Traffic Stores

Tops Friendly Markets says it will buy all of bankrupt Penn Traffic's 79 supermarkets for $85 million in cash.

Tops says Penn Traffic has accepted its bid and has recommended it to the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware for approval. The bid includes Tops forgiving about $100 million in unsecured claims against the Syracuse-based company.

A ruling on the offer could come this afternoon or early next week.

Penn Traffic filed for bankruptcy in November and moved to sell most or all of its assets. It operates 79 P&C, Quality Markets and BiLo stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire and employs more than 5,700 people.

Joyce MacDonald Zwirnbaum of Richmond, Formerly Shinglehouse, PA

RICHMOND, VA - Joyce MacDonald Zwirnbaum of Richmond died Dec. 11, 2009, in Richmond.

She was the daughter of the late Harry and Pearl MacDonald of Shinglehouse, PA, and was married to Abraham Marcus Zwirnbaum, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Zwirnbaum worked at Bell Helicopter Co. during World War II. After her marriage, she and her husband Max lived in Luzon, Philippines, while he served as a U.S. military advisor to the Philippine National Army. Their lives there were eventful, with their home frequently under fire from the Hukbalahap rebels. They also had an occasional python to deal with.

They then moved to Postwar Japan when Mr. Zwirnbaum was assigned to the first contingent of the U.S. military to counter the North Korean, then Chinese drive toward South Korea. Mrs. Zwirnbaum managed the American Red Cross station there.

In the 1950s they returned to the United States and she was employed in retail sales in Buffalo, NY. Later, she worked as a hostess at Paul's Steak House in Olean, NY. In the 1960s, she and her husband moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as manager of several hair salons.

Mrs. Zwirnbaum had the honor of serving as worthy matron of Eureka Chapter 530 Order of the Eastern Star in Shinglehouse.

Surviving are two sons, Rick Dean (Patricia) Zwirnbaum of Springfield, VA, and Jeffrey Scott (Dianna) Zwirnbaum of Anaheim, CA; grandchildren, Mark, Joyce, Barbara, Kristine and Katrina; and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jeffrey Jr., Jonathan, Mateo, Catherine, Caroline, Xochilt, Connor, Joseph and Madisen.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the Fort Myer Base Chapel. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are under direction of the Robert J. Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington.

Leah B. Witt of 306 Emerald Isle, Smethport, PA

SMETHPORT, PA - Leah B. Witt of 306 Emerald Isle, Smethport, a former resident of Fillmore, NY, died Sunday (Jan. 3, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 3, 1934, in Freedom, NY, she was a daughter of Arthur and Clara Sherwood Burrows. On Oct. 7, 1948, she married Clayton F. Witt, who predeceased her Sept. 21, 1991.

Mrs. Witt was a homemaker and dairy farmer. She also worked at Robeson Appliances in Castile, NY from 1976 through 1987.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and watching TV.

Surviving are her children, Albert (Cheryl) Witt of Scio, NY, Clayton (June) Witt and Sylvia (Dean) Green, both of Hume, NY, Daniel Witt of Smethport, Sandra (Michael) Piraino of Colorado Springs, CO, and David (Becky) Witt of Turtlepoint, PA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several brothers and sisters, among them, Betty Collins of Olean, NY; and several nieces and nephews
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and William Burrows; and a sister, Barbara Burrows.

Family and friends gathered at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore, NY, on Thursday (Jan. 7, 2010) from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services were held. Pastor Tony Edgell of the Turtlepoint Evangelical Church officiated.
Burial was in Freedom Cemetery.

LIHEAP Program Extended, Says Causer

LIHEAP Program Extended

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open until April 2, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and helps income-eligible households pay for heat during the winter months.

The original closing date of the LIHEAP program was March 15, but circumstances have allowed the program to continue until April 2. The cash grant amounts have also increased by $100.

DPW anticipates helping approximately 600,000 families with cash grants during the 2009-10 program year.

To apply for LIHEAP, call or visit the local county assistance office to set up an appointment. Residents should be sure to apply in their home counties and are reminded they need the following to obtain assistance:

· Names of people in the household.

· Dates of birth for people in household.

· Social Security numbers for all household members.

· Proof of income for members of household.

· A copy of a recent heating bill.

For more information, contact the appropriate county assistance office:

· Cameron County -- 814-486-3757.

· McKean County -- 814-362-4671.

· Potter County -- 814-274-4900.

Assistance is also available by calling the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886). Internet users can access additional information at Causer's Web site at



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Admissions Office will hold two information sessions in January.

First Friday, which takes place this month on Jan. 15, is for prospective students who wish to visit during the week. Activities start at 10 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room and include a presentation by the admissions office, a campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Room.

A Saturday information session on Jan. 16 starts at 1 p.m. in the admissions office, located inside Hanley Library, and includes a tour and an opportunity to speak with an admissions counselor.

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

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

Tri-Town Fish Fry Starts Today (Jan. 8-10)

The Tri-Town Fire and Ambulance Co. will again hold its popular fish fry's in 2010. They will begin on Friday Jan. 8th and continue every other Friday through April. Prices will be $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for seniors and children under 12. Take outs will be available for $8.50. Hours will be from 5pm - 7pm.


January 8th & 22nd

February 5th & 19th

March 5th & 19th

April 2nd, 16th & 30th

Randy H. Abbey, 48, of Ulysses, PA

Randy H. Abbey, 48, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Driver Licensing, Motor Vehicle Services Available Online

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site,

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver’s license and photo ID renewals; vehicle registration renewal; driver-history services; change of address; and exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2010 is available on the Web site under “News, Stats and Facts.”
PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

State Burns Entire Forests, But Wants To Regulate Safe, Efficient Outdoor Wood Boilers

This smoke is from just a small brush pile burned for a gas well location, it is nothing compared to a whole forest burning.

Controlled wildfires can revive state forests, game lands

"It's a great tool, whether it's to promote regeneration of desirable forests, to improve wildlife habitat…and to reduce fuel accumulation.


This release from the state last April takes all credibility away from shutting down outdoor wood boilers.

The smoke and products of combustion for burning these forests intentionally will produce more of what these people say is bad for us than all the wood burners in the Northern Tier Of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Eldred Woman DUI After Keating Township Crash

Eldred Woman DUI
An Eldred woman was not injured when her car went into a ditch and hit an embankment on Route 155 at Bush Hill Road in Keating Township, Potter County at 11:39 am Thursday morning.

Unfortunately for Dixie Lee Curran, 47, of Eldred, PA, when a Coudersport Trooper came to investigate, he found Curran to be Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol.

The crash occurred as Curran was driving a 1988 Chevrolet K 1500 northbound on Rt. 155, at Bush Hill Road. Her vehicle drifted over the lane designation line and onto the southbound lane, then onto the southbound shoulder of Rt. 155. It then traveled across soft snow on the right shoulder of the southbound lane. Curran turned towards the right, and crossed both travel lanes, going into a ditch on the northbound side and then striking an embankment on the right side of the ditch.

It was determined she was DUI and taken into custody without incident. Charges are pending at District Court 55-3-01. She was wearing her seat belt.

Cell Phone Stolen From Roulette Residence

Cell Phone Stolen
A cell phone stolen in October from the residence of Savanna R. Carpenter, 22, of 48 Second Street, Roulette, has been in use since then, State Police reported.

The phone is described as a silver LG "ENVY" flip phone. The phone service was cancelled today.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper John Whitcomb at PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

Mailbox Damaged In Village Of Roulette

Mailbox Damaged
Unknown actor(s) damaged a mailbox on Tuesday between 6:00 am and 9:30 pm on Main Street in the Village of Roulette.

Dawn Bacon, 126 Main Street, Roulette, PA was the victim of the Criminal Mischief.

Anyone who may hve any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Roger McCloskey is the investigating officer.

Austin Man Gets Minor Injuries In Wednesday Crash

Schumacher Hurt In Crash
State Police and Austin Fire Department and ambulance responded to a one car accident on Wednesday afternoon , 2 1/2 miles south of Austin on Route 872, in Portage Township, where injuries were reported.

David H. Schumacher, 68, Austin, PA, suffered minor injuries.

Schumacher was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox LT AWD south on Rt. 872. He was attempting to negotiate a left hand curve when he lost control of the vehicle. The car left the travel portion of the roadway for about 200 feet through snow along the western edge of the roadway. It then traveled over a rise in the terrain, going airborne for about 8 feet. Landing on the western edge of the highway, it went another 100 feet before impacting a tree at the 12:00 o'clock position.

Schumacher was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Austin Volunteer Ambulance. Commenters reported he is ok on Thursday, but sore.

Troopers said he will be charged with (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Austin Volunteer Fire Department maintained traffic control at the scene while troopers completed their investigation.

Jakob's Hollow live at Cafe Olga

Jakob's Hollow live at Cafe Olga
This Saturday,
January 9th at 7:30 PM
Jakob's Hollow @ Cafe Olga

Saturday, January 9, 2010
7:30 PM to ?????

$5 cover charge

Songwriters Roundtable At Roulette January 16th

The Songwriter's Roundtable returns for 2010 with a special show at the Fire Hall in Roulette, PA on Saturday, January 16th.

The show will again be hosted by local songwriters/performers, The Jakob's Hollow Band and will feature an appearance by Naples, NY recording artist Lisa Bigwood and the Washday Band .

The Roulette Songwriter's Roundtable will also feature an open stage at 3:00 p.m. (all are welcome), a songwriting and performance workshop at 4:30 p.m., a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. (bring a dish to pass), a special community appreciation presentation for Habitat For Humanity at 7:00 p.m., and a main performance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with the featured performers.

Habitat Donors and Volunteers To Be Recognized

Dear Friend of Potter County Habitat For Humanity:

The Roulette house is finished and we have had the Open House and Dedication which many of you attended. It was a wonderful time of wishing Betty Shalkowski, our new Homeowner, the very best in her new home.

It is our desire to publicly recognize the many Donors and Volunteers who assisted us in this project. You have played a very important part in the success of the building of the Roulette house.

We are looking forward to a time of recognition on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Roulette Fire Hall in Roulette, PA. A Pot Luck Dinner will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and following the dinner we will recognize the donors and volunteers. We hope that you will plan to join us. If you cannot attend would you consider sending someone from your organization.

Our time of recognition is being held in conjunction with the Potter County Songwriters Roundtable, so perhaps you would want to stay for the entertainment which will feature several local songwriters and performers.

If you require further information, please feel free to e-mail our Volunteer Coordinators, Jim and Charlotte Blain at Thank you again. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Scott Ogden, President
Potter County Habitat For Humanity

Jim and Charlotte Blain
Volunteer Coordinators

2010 Natural Gas Expo: Potter – Cameron – McKean Coming to Coudersport

2010 Natural Gas Expo: Potter – Cameron – McKean Coming to Coudersport

Save the Dates!!! The Natural Gas Expo: Potter – Cameron - McKean will be held at the Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport, Pa, March 17 & 18, 2010 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

March 17th will be a day for job seekers, high school students and the public looking to learn about the industry to speak with companies, education and training institutions; and March 18 will be a Business-to-Business day where business owners will be able to speak with the companies and / or vendors to learn how they can benefit from the natural gas boom.

Development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas play is expected to create over 100,000 jobs and contribute over $14 billion into the state's economy in 2010, according to a recent report released by the Pennsylvania State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

For the latest information about the Natural Gas Expo: Potter – Cameron - McKean visit our website at or contact the individual from your county below:
Potter County: Janine Morley - 814 – 274-4877 –
Cameron County: Tina Lorson - 814- 486-4314 -
McKean County: Ann Robinson - 814-362-0255 -

If you area interested in becoming and exhibitor, contact Amy Thompson at 814-260-9144 or email her at

Butter Sculpture At The Farm Show In Harrisburg

2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show
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Newly sworn-in Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson withdrew three misdemeanor charges filed last week against a Sabinsville man during a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Delores Bristol.

In return, to having the charges dropped, 71 year old John Cardy pleaded guilty to summary charges of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Cardy, who was represented by attorney Brent Petrosky, had been charged by state police with terroristic threats and reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking place at a Bingham Township home.

Troopers had claimed that Cardy threatened a 44 year old man with a loaded .22 cal. rifle. More news...

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Harold Jackson Morris, 90, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Sharon Center, PA

Harold J. Morris
“beloved husband, father & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---Harold Jackson Morris, 90, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Sharon Center, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the Bradford Ecumenical Home, Bradford, PA.

Born October 19, 1919 in Millport, PA, he was the son of Jackson L. and Nellie Hay Morris. On February 25, 1942 in Coudersport, PA, he married Mary Ruth Thomas, who survives.
He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. After high school, he attended a mechanical trade school in Shippensburg, PA.

Mr. Morris was a U.S. Army veteran attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant serving during World War II in North Africa and Europe. For many years he worked in local oil and gas fields and was later employed for 18 years at Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY retiring in January of 1982.

He was a member of the former Millport Evangelical United Brethren Church and a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse, where Harold was a volunteer handyman. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, actually having helped construct the post. He loved to fish and hunt. He also loved to do carpentry work. His greatest love was his family; he especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Jerry K. (Evelyn) Morris of Whitesville, NY; two daughters, Sharon E. (Ted) Seamans of Williamsville, NY and Judy C. (Mark) Shaw of Olean, NY; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Morris was predeceased by his stepfather, Fred McAllister; and two stepsisters, Augusta Ward and Jane Foote.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA. In keeping with Harold’s wishes, funeral services will be private. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, PA, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 1005 East Honeoye Street, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Free Adult Physicals to be held in Emporium

Free Adult Physicals to be held in Emporium

The Emporium Health Center will provide free adult physicals for uninsured and underinsured residents of Cameron County starting in January.

Physicals can be scheduled by calling 486-0810 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., January 20; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., February 10; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 17; 10 a .m. to 6:30 p.m., April 8; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., April 22; and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 18. Staff will also be available to discuss charity care and sliding fee scale information.

To qualify, Cameron County residents, ages 18-64, have not had a physical within the last year, and are completely uninsured or underinsured with an individual insurance deductible of $500 or $1,000 per family.

The community health improvement services at the Emporium Health Center were made possible through funding from the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation.

For information on upcoming health events, visit

Governor Rendell Issues Emergency Declaration to Ease Propane, Heating Fuel Deliveries

Drivers Allowed 14 Hours On Road

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed an emergency declaration to ease deliveries of propane and heating fuels during the current cold snap.

The Governor’s declaration waives the normal federal hours of service requirements for drivers of trucks carrying propane gas and heating fuel.

Drivers usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. Under the declaration, the limit is extended to 14 hours.

The propone and heating fuel industries sought relief from the limits to help ease the logistical challenges posed by severe weather conditions across much of the northeastern United States.

The declaration is in force until Jan. 21.

DEP Fines Atlas $85,000 for Violations at 13 Well Sites

Unregulated Drilling Would Be A disaster To The Environment
PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that it has fined Atlas Resources, LLC $85,000 for violations of the Oil and Gas Act, the Clean Streams Law; and the Solid Waste Management Act at 13 well sites in Fayette, Washington, and Greene counties.

“Development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resource is important to the state’s economy. However, that development need not -- and will not -- come at the expense of our environment,” said Southwest Regional Director George Jugovic Jr. “DEP will ensure that Pennsylvania’s gas resources are developed in an environmentally sound manner, consistent with the law.”

The violations, which occurred between Dec. 8, 2008, and July 31, 2009, fall into three categories:

• Atlas failed to implement and maintain erosion and sedimentation control measures to prevent off-site discharges of silt-laden runoff onto the ground at six well sites;
• Atlas failed to restore two well sites by establishing the appropriate perennial vegetative cover within nine months of completion of drilling; and
• Atlas discharged residual and industrial waste, including diesel fuel and production fluids, onto the ground at seven of the 13 well sites.

For more information, visit or call 412.442.4000.

Editor’s Note: Following are the names, permit numbers and host municipalities of the wells at which the violations occurred.

• Burchianti 30, Permit No. 37-059-24476-00, Monongahela Township, Greene County
• Burchianti 41, Permit No. 37-059-24616-00, Monongahela Township, Greene County
• Groves 8, Permit No. 37-059-25160, Cumberland Township, Greene County

• Willis 18, Permit No. 37-059-24708, Cumberland Township, Greene County
• Carter 2, Permit No. 37-059-24111-00, Cumberland Township, Greene County
• Penarnik 8, Permit No. 37-059-24555-00, Cumberland Township, Greene County
• Eckerd 1, Permit No. 37-125-23779-00, Deemston Borough, Washington County
• Henderson 7, Permit No. 37-051-24077-00, Jefferson Township, Fayette County
• Redman 30, Permit No. 37-051-24231-00, Washington Township, Fayette County
• Thompson 32, Permit No. 37-051-23746, Nicholson Township, Fayette County
• Thompson 33, Permit No. 37-051-23747, Nicholson Township, Fayette County
• Dancho-Brown 4, Permit No. 37-051-24152, Redstone Township, Fayette County,
• Kovach 34, Permit No. 37-051-24225, German Township, Fayette County.


Ann & Dick Kessel


By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg

Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

BRADFORD, Pa. – When Ann Kessel of Bradford wanted to get her husband, Dick, an extra special birthday gift, it didn’t take long for her to come up with a solution – a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“We’re very interested in education and want to help students pay for a quality education,” Ann Kessel said. It turned out to be the perfect present. When Dick Kessel needed a present for his wife’s birthday, he added her name to the scholarship.

The Kessels gift was matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge.

This fall, the first Ann and Dick Kessel Scholarship was awarded to Grace Chuhinka, a sophomore nursing major from Marysville.

Preference for the scholarship goes to students enrolled in the business management, sports medicine, nursing and pre-medicine programs.

Ann Kessel said those programs reflect the family’s interests. The Kessels are the owners of Kessel Construction Inc., a respected Bradford Design/Build construction firm specializing in construction of commercial and industrial buildings.

In the early 1960s, the couple took the business over from Dick Kessel’s father, who had started it by building powerhouses in the Bradford oil fields.

Their interest in the medical fields comes from their daughter, Kristin Kessel Asinger, a visiting instructor in sports medicine at Pitt-Bradford.

The Kessels’ scholarship is just their latest contribution to their longtime support of Pitt-Bradford.

“The University is vitally important to Bradford,” said Ann Kessel, who sees the couple’s contributions to Pitt-Bradford as one way to repay the community that’s helped them and their company succeed.

She admits that philanthropy is also fun for the couple.

“Aren’t you rewarded when you give things away?” she asks. “The community has been so good to us. You have to give things back.”

The couple also established the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Memorial Scholarship in memory of Dick Kessel’s cousin, a Pitt-Bradford alumnus and community leader who worked for Kessel Construction. They continued to support the scholarship through an annual golf outing.

Kessel Construction was also the general contractor for Pitt-Bradford’s facilities management building and made major in-kind gifts toward its construction.

Ann Kessel also gives her time to the university, serving as a member of Pitt-Bradford’s Advisory Board, of which Dick Kessel is an honorary member.

The Thomas Scholarship Challenge was made possible by a $1 million gift from Agnes L. Thomas and allows donors to double the amount of gifts between $5,000 and $50,000 to new or existing scholarships, as long as funds last. Gifts must be paid within five years to be eligible.

For more information, contact the Pitt-Bradford office of Institutional Advancement at (814)362-5091 or Joelle Warner, manager of donor relations, at

Marguerite L. "Marnie" Mealey, 93, formerly of 33 Pearl Street, Bradford, and Lakewood, NY

Marguerite L. "Marnie" Mealey, 93, formerly of 33 Pearl Street, Bradford, and Lakewood, NY, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2010 at the Heritage Green Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Home in Greenhurst NY.

Born September 5, 1916 in Kane she was a daughter of the late Godfery and Florence (Foust) Benson. She attended schools in Kane, and Frewsburg.

On September 15, 1939 in Port Allegany, she married Melvin Arvid Mealey who died November 15, 1997.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bradford, and the WIMODAUSIS of the church. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star #61, and of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and the Triangle Club.

Surviving is one daughter: Grace Ann Somers of Jamestown, one son: Gerald W. (Judy) Mealey of Huntingdon, one daughter in law: Phyllis Mealey of Chagrin, OH., and one son in law: Donald Somers of Gary, Ind., one sister: Bernice Swanson of Jamestown, NY, one brother: Donald (Lorraine) Benson of San Jose, CA, seven grandchildren: Bob (Jeannine) Mealey of OH, Mark Mealey of OH, Bart (Nancy) Somers of Ind., Jeff (Laura) Mealey, Sean Mealey, and Scott Mealey all of PA and Tammy Somers of Ind., several great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son: Robert E. Mealey, one sister: Alice Benson, and one granddaughter: Diane Mealey.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

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

Online condolences may be made at

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Long Time Workers At BRMC Laid Off With No Prior Notice/Escorted Out Of Building

Laid-off workers at BRMC share experience

Around noon Wednesday, two elderly men in wheelchairs waited with nurses by the automatic doors in the Bradford Regional Medical Center lobby. Attendants at the information desk assisted two women. An occasional nurse, patient or family member hustled by.

All seemed placid.

However, throughout the day, laid-off workers were escorted out of the building. Some crying, they hugged coworkers and walked into the cold.

“It’s just a dark, sad day up here (at BRMC),” a man said. Individuals with knowledge of the situation spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A female nurse, who worked at BRMC for more than 35 years, said she was called to the conference room at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

An administrator told her that her position had been eliminated, adding that the layoff was strictly budgetary, and unrelated to her performance.

“It hurts,” she said. “You have so much loyalty to a facility and this is how they treat you.”

The administrator didn’t mention severance pay, and unlike others who the nurse spoke to later, she was not offered to take a different shift.

She said she didn’t have time to clean off her desk or say good-bye to her staff. She was only allowed to collect her purse.

Although she was given a list of positions at Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital, her resume is still in her office, which she doesn’t have access to, and she said she didn’t know what she was going to do.

“I’m just devastated,” she said. “I’m kind of numb.” More...

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE is open FRIDAY Jan. 8th from 6:30-8:30pm.

THE SPOT COFFEE HOUSE is open FRIDAY Jan. 8th from 6:30-8:30pm.

"OPEN-MIC" is always an opportunity for those that want to share some "Jesus-Honoring" music.

Games, Snacks, Fellowship -- for the FAMILY !

The SPOT is located 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.

(A ministry of the Free Methodist Church)

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