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Saturday, January 16, 2010

DEP eNOTICE - Regulation Update

The following proposed regulation was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 1/16/2010:
Large Appliance and Metal Furniture Surface Coating Processes - This proposed regulation is accessible at The public comment period closes on 3/22/2010.

Comments may be submitted to the Environmental Quality Board at any one of the following addresses:
  • U.S. Mail: EQB, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477;
  • Electronically:;
  • Street Address: 16th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301.

The Pryslak Family Says Thank You

THANK YOU to the Coudersport and Roulette
Fire Department Volunteers who spent their Christmas
Day with us.

Your efficient and professional actions truly saved our
home! To the Fink family for being such caring
To all our friends and neighbors for their
offers and assistance.

And to Ann, Tom and Shirlee Leete for providing a
haven until we could return home.

The Pryslak Family

Texas Firm Ordered To Stop Marcellus Drilling In PA

Marcellus Shale drilling halted in Northern Tier

By Bob Clark
Hornell, N.Y. -A hot-button topic in the Southern Tier — drilling for natural gas — is still under state consideration, while drilling occurs mere miles from Steuben County.

On Tuesday, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, a multi-state authority to protect the waters of the Susquehanna River, ordered a Texas-based drilling company to stop drilling at several sites in Brookfield Township in Tioga County, Pa. — immediately south of the Town of Troupsburg — because the firm was not properly permitted yet.

The firm, Novus Operating, LLC, was ordered to immediately cease all water-related activities at two drilling pad sites in the Marcellus shale formation. While the firm applied for three well sites in Brookfield Township with the state, the SRBC has jurisdiction because much fresh water would be pulled from the river basin. More...

Port Fire/EMS Checking Possible Carbon Monoxide

Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
At 10:45 pm on Saturday night, Port Allegany Ambulance has been dispatched to 49 East Vine Street, in Port Allegany to screen for possible exposure to Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The Fire Dept. responded earlier to check the premises after a Carbon Monoxide detector went off.


Hines Nut Company Announces Recall of Pine Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk

Parkers Farm, Inc. Expands Recall to Include All of Its Products, Regardless of Code Dates, Because of Possible Health Risk Conducts a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Body Building Products

PEO Chapter FO Recalls Roasted Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

Sunday, Noon until 1:30 PM African Dinner!

Sunday, Noon until 1:30 PM African Dinner!
The Youth of Coudersport's Park United Methodist Church are hosting a fund raiser with ethnic cuisines from Africa Sunday January 17th. These tempting dishes will give you authentic tastes from far-away lands including chicken, beef-on-a-stick, whole grain couscous, rice, lentils, African Peanut soup, Moroccan flat bread, and pumpkin pudding.

Come join the Youth at the Christian Education building behind Park Church - but hurry! Food only available until it runs out, and with a meal this awesome, that won't be long! Free-will offering.

Photo of the young chefs by Tom Lamb

Weathering the Storms of Life

Weathering the Storms of LifeWeathering the Storms of Life

When a storm arose on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus' disciples were terrified. How do you respond when faced with a difficult situation or circumstance? Read Dr. Stanley's online article about how the Lord works through hardship, trial and pain to reveal his glory for our benefit.

Emporium Red Raiders Top Coudy Falcons

Photos by Paul Burdick Sports Photos

Red Raiders Over Falcons 50-46

Cameron County Red Raiders over the Coudy Falcons 50-46

This was a very intense game in a packed house. Cameron County brought their own boisterous cheering section which added to the excitement and fun of it all. Great play by two good teams, including some superb individual efforts.

Photos by Leo Szczesny

Man Gets 10 to 20 Years For Child Possessing Porn

City man gets state prison term for possessing child pornography

Williamsport Sun Gazette

A city man who possessed pornography showing children as young as 2 years of age has been sentenced to a lengthy state prison term.

Frederico Antonio Dacenzo, 31, of 429 Anthony St. has been sentenced 10 to 20 years by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts. More...

Mercy Flight Called After Girl Fell & Hit Head In Smethport

Mercy Flight
A Mercy Flight medical helicopter has landed in Smethport at the high school, to transport a 15 year old female who fell and hit her head.

She is being transported to Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

Pottstown, PA Boy Scout Killed In Potter County Sledding Accident

Sled Hit Ski Lift Tower
A 12 year old boy from Pottstown, PA, on a Boy Scout trip to Ski Denton, in the Potter County Township of Ulysses, died early Saturday morning, as a result of a sledding accident.

State Police were dispatched to the scene of the 11:00 pm accident. They said the boy was riding on a saucer type sled, when he impacted a metal ski lift tower, causing severe trauma to the back of his head.

Galeton EMS and medic 6 responded and a medical helicopter was airborne en route to Charles Cole Hospital.

The boy was transported to Charles Cole Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury on 1-16-10 at 1:07 am.

State Police were assisted by Deputy Coroner Kenneth J. Wingo, DCNR, and Galeton EMS.

The TRI-TOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT would like to apologize

would like to apologize for any inconvenience we may have given any of our Fish Fry Patrons on Friday, January 8, 2010. Due to circumstances beyond our control we were unable to hold the Fish Fry as was previously published.

We thank all of you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

We do hope to see you all at our next Fish Fry which will be held on January 22, 2010.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Martin Luther King Day

Federal, State, County Offices Closed For Martin Luther King Day

January 15th, 2010

mlkPotter County offices in Coudersport and Roulette will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. State and federal offices are also closed, as are post offices and banks. There will be no mail delivery. President Ronald Reagan signed the national holiday into law in 1983. It is observed on the third Monday of January, around the time of Dr. King’s birthday of Jan. 15. Some states did not initially observe the holiday but, by 2000, it was observed in all 50 states. Nationwide, about one-third of private sector employers recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

Harrison Valley Man Charged After Truck Hits Tree

DUI Crash
State Police investigated a one vehicle crash on North Fork Road in Harrison Township on Thursday afternoon at 3:03 pm.

James C. Pickering, 47, of North Fork Road, Harrison Valley, PA, was driving a 1996 GMC truck west on North Fork Road. As Pickering encountered a left curve in the roadway, his truck exited the roadway to the north and struck a tree. The truck then slid south across both lanes of travel and came to rest just south of the roadway.

Pickering was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash, however Troopers arrested Pickering for reasonable suspicion of DUI. He will face charges in District Court 55-4-03 along with related summary traffic offenses.

Police Investigating Identity Theft

Identity Theft
Coudersport State Police are investigating an incident of identity theft.

Dennis Paul Cokely, 54, of 184 Main Street, Genesee, PA, was notified by two collection agencies that he owed monies to two different service providers in West Virginia in the amounts of $72.18 and $280.06.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Eric Bowser is the investigating officer.

Recap Of Today's News From Gerri

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Hear the local news first on Black Forest Broadcasting starting at 7:00am


An Emporium driver received minor injuries when his Ford pick up truck ran into the back of a PennDot truck on Route 120 in Shippen Township. Emporium-based state police last night said Curtis Sarnoski was traveling behind a PennDot truck which was spreading cinders just before 11:00 am when his truck rear-ended the Mack truck driven by Clifton Collins also of Emporium. Sarnoski is being cited for speeding.
Mansfield-based state police are looking for the driver of a Chevrolet Sierra which wrecked on Route 49 in Westfield Township early Thursday morning. The truck went off the road near Depot Street, hit a drainage ditch, traveled along the ditch for a short distance before hitting a culvert where it came to rest. The drive fled the scene and has not been located.
A theft of money from a Pepsi machine in Cameron County is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Sometime since Christmas day, thieves took about $40 in change from the machine located along Sizerville Road in Shippen Township owned by Linda Songer of Emporium.
PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on another Cameron County bridge on Route 4004 (Ridge Valley Road). Effective today, the Fishing Creek Bridge in Shippen Township was posted for a 30-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 40-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. Late in 2009, PennDOT also posted the Driftwood Branch Bridge on Route 4004 for 26 and 31 ton weight limits.

The decision to post weight limits on the Fishing Creek Bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The Fishing Creek Bridge was built in 1944; is 33 feet long and carries an average of 1,037 vehicles per day. The posting for the bridge will remain in place until repairs can be made later this year. More News...

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Learn How To Snowshoe Saturday, Jan. 23

The following program will be offered at SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK

Saturday, January 23, 2010

1:00 PM – 3:00 PMSnowshoe Basics - Get out and enjoy the snow!

Sinnemahoning State Park and the folks at Rock, River, and Trail Outfitters are partnering to present a fun lesson on the popular outdoor activity of snowshoeing! Instructors will be on hand, and a variety of snowshoe types and sizes will be available to try. This activity is dependent upon weather (sufficient snow is needed), and pre-registration is required by Jan. 22nd. Meet at the 40 Maples Day-Use Area. Please call the park at 814-647-8401 for more information or to register for this event.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at

New Plant Ships First Ethanol

First ethanol shipment leaves Clearfield plant
The Progress--Clearfield, PA
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
At last night's committee meetings of the Clearfield Borough Council, Code Enforcement Officer Larry Mack said the ethanol plant has been up and running since the day after Christmas and this week sent out its first shipment of ethanol. More...

Man Wants Wellsboro To Regulate Indoor Furnaces

Council encourages use of seasoned wood in Wellsboro

Sun Gazette Correspondent

WELLSBORO - The borough will put information with its next water and sewer bill, imploring residents who burn firewood to follow certain guidelines "to achieve a clean burn and reduce smoke pollution."

Among guidelines are seasoning wood properly, choosing the right size stove and maintaining a clean chimney.

However, according to one resident, that is not enough. Ron Patt of Highland Street told council that it should do more about the pollution caused by indoor furnaces, including considering an ordinance to regulate indoor furnaces. More....

Robert R. Edgcomb, 91, of 112 Alba St., Knoxville, PA

Robert R. Edgcomb, 91, of 112 Alba St., Knoxville, Pa., passed away Jan. 13, 2010 at home with his family.

Born Aug. 13, 1918 in Knoxville to Roy W. and Gladys Glover Edgcomb, Bob was a graduate of Knoxville High School and Elmira Business Institute. A Veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific, Bob attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Bob served as Postmaster in Knoxville for 25 years and also worked at W.H. Edgcomb and Sons in Knoxville.

He was a 70 year member and Past Master of Cowanesque Lodge #351 F & AM and Coudersport Consistory A.A.S.R. A long time scouter, Bob served as Cubmaster of Pack 22; former member of Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company, member of Howard S. Lines VFW, Knoxville, former Knoxville Borough Council member, an active volunteer for Little League Baseball, local historian, and always active in civic matters.

Survived by his wife of 63 years, Hazel Perry Edgcomb; son Brian W. (Cheryl) Edgcomb, Knoxville, Pa.; daughter Donna J. (Doug) Kosa, Ulysses, Pa.; grandchildren Shannon M. (David) Kemp, Knoxville, James R. (Michelle) Edgcomb, Lawrenceville, Joshua Kosa, Ulysses, Elaine (Jeremy) King, Charlotte, N.C., and Kaitlyn (Matthew) Long, Genesee, Pa.; four great-grandsons Christian, Coen and Carsyn Kemp and Kaleb Long; special nieces and nephew Hilma (Keith) Cooper, Wellsboro, Pa., Mary Williams, Elmira, N.Y., Judy (John) Griggs, Haymarket, Va., and Alan (Diane) Forsberg, Wellsville, N.Y. Bob was predeceased by his sister Helen Edgcomb Forsberg, and is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, several cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. The family respectfully requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be sent to Cub Scout Pack 22, c/o Brandi Fitzwater, Treasurer, 4410 Rt. 49, Knoxville, PA, 16928.

Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, Pa.

Bradford Man Jailed For Violating Order Of Protection

Jailed For PFA Violation
A Bradford man was jailed for violating an order of protection at various times between 12-26-09 and 1-14-10.

Darnell Irvine, 49, of Bradford, PA, violated the PFA order at a residence off Route 59 in Lafayette Township, McKean, County.

State Police at Kane said he was arrested and arraigned before on call District Judge Luther. Bond was set at $5,000. cash and Irvine was jailed at the McKean County Jail when he was unable to post bail.

Paul G. Richey, 40, of 183 Doerr Road, Sandycreek Township, PA

Paul G. Richey, 40, of 183 Doerr Road, Sandycreek Township, was killed in the line of duty late Wednesday morning, January 13, 2010.

Paul was born August 29, 1969 in Franklin to his loving parents Clinton (Sam) and Nancy Garmong Richey.

Paul was married August 6, 1994 to his devoted wife Carrie Cornell who survives. He was the proud father of two beautiful children Conner age 9 and Catherine age 6 who survive. He was actively involved with his children and helped with his son’s Cub Scout Troop and coached his little league team. He considered his wife and children his universe.

Paul graduated from Franklin High School in 1988 and from Edinboro University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice/History in 1993. He graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey on November 10, 1993 and was then assigned to Troop F in Milton. He transferred to Troop E in Corry on October 19, 1996, and then to the Franklin Station on May 17, 1997. He was a member of the Swanson Memorial Lodge #48 Fraternal Order of Police.

Paul was raised in the East Grove United Methodist Church. He was presently an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin where he helped teach Junior Church and was a member of the SPRIGS and Gateway Sunday School Classes.

Paul came from a very large close-knit extended family. He was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He considered his father his best friend. A day did not pass that he did not call or visit his parents.

Paul is also survived by a loving sister, Melissa Richey Slack and her husband Van of Roseville, OH and their daughters Abigail and Hannah.

Paul was an avid sportsman and loved spending time hunting and fishing with his family. He cherished his family summer vacations to the beach, trips to Canada, and family picnics.

In addition to his parents, wife, children and sister he is survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rich and Candy Cornell of Seneca; his brothers-in-law, Don Cornell and Thomas Cornell and his fiancée, Erica Schratz, all of Oil City; Niece, Hailey Cornell of Oil City; and Nephews, Bryce Cornell, Hunter Cornell, and Deluca Schratz.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers Clint Richey and Floyd Findlay and paternal grandmother Irene Richey Findlay, maternal grandparents Paul Garmong and Olan Flickner and maternal grandmother Bonnie Garmong Flickner.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Gardinier Funeral Home Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, at the Franklin High School Auditorium, with Rev. David Janz, presiding.

Memorial Donations may be made to Christ United Methodist and/or East Grove United Methodist Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Haitian Earthquake Disaster Email Scams and Search Engine Poisoning Campaigns

From Potter County Dept. Of Emergency Services

Dear Homeland Security Partners,

Haitian Earthquake Disaster Email Scams and Search Engine Poisoning Campaigns (

US-CERT would like to warn users of potential email scams and search engine poisoning campaigns that may circulate regarding the Haitian Earthquake disaster. The scam emails may contain links or attachments which may direct users to phishing or malware-laden websites. Fraudulent search engine results may return similar malicious web links to phishing and malware websites.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:

Thank you,

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

(202) 282-9310

For Sale 1995 Ski-Doo.

For Sale 1995 Ski-Doo.

For sale 1995 ski-doo.Low milage,elec start, reverse,hand warmers, one owner, liquid cooled, oil injected. Milage2,868.
Engine is a 670 , other questions ,use phone please.......Kept indoors when not in use, there are other extras to go with it. May be seen at 28 Fessenden Road , call 814 544 7157 first and for other info.


Potter Players to Produce Musical in May

Potter Players to Produce Musical in May

Potter Players, the Coudersport community theatre organization,
will be
producing the musical Smokey Joe’s Café, May 2010.

This is a musical
revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including
rock and roll, rhythm and
blues songs written by songwriters
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

In the
revue format, the songs are presented by various members
of the cast in
various combinations, with no dialogue. There are
novelty songs (“Charlie
Brown”), romantic ballads (“Spanish
Harlem”) and infectious melodies
(“There Goes My Baby”).
It features some of the greatest songs ever
recorded including
such hits as “Hound Dog”, “On Broadway”, “Love Potion

#9”, “Yakety Yak”, “Poison Ivy”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Kansas City”
“Stand By Me”. This is a fully staged musical which will
include a seven
piece band, scenery, lighting, and costumes.

There will be an informational meeting held at the Presbyterian
Church in
Coudersport on Thursday January 21 @7:00 PM for
anyone who is interested
in finding out more information. A
short clip from the DVD of the show
will be shown . Also, you
may like to view some music from the musical as
performed on

Open auditions will be held February 1 and 2 and rehearsals will
be held
for a period of eight weeks prior to the show. Further
information in
regard to the auditions will be available at the
Potter County
Educational Council Office 227 North Main St.

MVA at Intersection of Route 219 & Route 59

Crash At Tack's Inn
At 2:41pm on Friday, Bradford and Lafayette Emergency services are responding to a MVA at the intersection of Route 59 & Route 219.

Couple Got $3,500. In Food Stamps Illegally

WESB NEWS--Bradford Couple Charged With Welfare Fraud
A Bradford couple were charged Thursday with welfare fraud. Court records show that Cecilia and Gary Blankenship illegally obtained over $3,500 in food stamps by failing to report income to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. The Blankenships are free on bail.

School Bus Drove Wrong Way On Bradford 4 Lane

WESB NEWS--Wrongway BASD Bus Driver Cited A BASD school bus driver was cited Thursday morning for driving the wrong way on the Route 219 Bradford By-pass. Bradford City Police say that 70 year-old William Rivenbark of Olean got on the 219 exit ramp at Owens Way and drove the bus north in the southbound lanes until he reached the Elm Street on-ramp. Southbound drivers called 911 to report the wrong-way bus. Rivenbark told city police that he had an eyesight problem. No children were on the bus at the time.

Vein Specialist To Leave Bradford Hospital Employment In April

Dr. Tahara to leave BRMC and pursue private practice

Dr. Robert W. Tahara, vein specialist, plans to leave his position at Bradford Regional Medical Center to pursue private practice.

Tahara, head of Allegheny Vein & Vascular, said he’s leaving for a “multitude of reasons,” and he will no longer be employed by BRMC by the beginning of April.

“The important thing is I’m not going anywhere,” Tahara said, adding that he plans to stay in Bradford, which has been his community for the last several years.

Originally one of the names listed as a board member for Upper Allegheny Health System, Tahara said he was told that he wasn’t allowed on the board since he was an employee of the hospital.

However, it appears as though other hospital employees still remain on the board, including Dr. Pierre Dionne, family practice physician, and Dr. Muhammed Javed, nephrologist, in Olean, N.Y., and Dr. Jill Owens, family practice physician, in Bradford, according to the Upper Allegheny Health System Web site. More...

Bradford Hospital Sued For Paying Kickbacks Fraud

BRMC being sued in federal court for alleged fraud, paying kickbacks to doctors

Bradford Regional Medical Center is being sued in federal court for alleged fraud, and allegedly paying kickbacks to doctors Peter Vaccaro and Kamran Saleh for referring all their patients to BRMC.

The lawsuit, filed in July of 2004 by doctors Dilbagh Singh, V. Rao Nadella, Paul Kirsch and Martin Jacobs against BRMC, V&S Medical Associates, Vaccaro and Saleh, is still pending in federal court in Erie before Judge Maurice Cohill. The doctors are suing under the Federal False Claims Act, as well as the Stark Law and Medicare anti-kickback statute.

The Stark Law prohibits a physician from referring patients to a medical facility where he holds a financial relationship. The anti-kickback statute prevents a physician from being compensated for referrals. The false claims portion alleges that the defendants perpetuated a scheme where they presented claims for reimbursement to government agencies for services rendered to patients who were illegally referred to BRMC. More...

Penn Traffic Stores Will Probably Close If Aquired By Tops

Penn Traffic-owned stores' future uncertain
Courier Express

Editor's note: This story from Syracuse Post-Standard reporter Bob Niedt appeared on the newspaper's Web site Thursday.

Of the 79 Penn Traffic-owned/operated stores, 11 of them are BiLo or Riverside stores in Pennsylvania and include those in DuBois, Brookville, Clarion, St. Marys, Wellsboro, and Philipsburg. There are also several Quality Market stores, including one in Kane.

Store Closing Signs.......More

How to volunteer for Haiti

From Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Passed on by Potter County DES

Please see the information below on how individuals wanting to volunteer for Haiti can sign up.

Tim Baughman: Bud Mertz provided an article that appeared in the Tribune-Review regarding a local government authority that wants to provide assistance. After discussion with Tim Sevison, we would ask you advise Westmoreland County and ensure they have the contact information for providing assistance which is below.

Tony & Fern: If you have not already done so, please provide the contact information to all county EMCs for their information. Requests on how to volunteer to help are already percolating up to the Governor’s Office who will also be providing the contact information below. Thanks.

State and local governments can send offers of assistance be emailing: FEMA personnel are manning this email address and working directly with the State Dept. to match needs with offers of assistance.

Businesses, NGOs, etc. should post offers of assistance to the database posted on


Westmoreland water authority workers may provide assistance

By Rich Cholodofsky
Friday, January 15, 2010

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County wants to send some of its workers to Haiti to help provide drinking water to the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Authority members on Thursday informally gave permission for the agency's management to contact relief agencies that specialize in water repair projects and offer assistance.

"We have highly trained experts in the field of water quality and purification," said authority manager Chris Kerr. "We will tell (relief) organizations we're willing to pitch in."

The International Red Cross has estimated that as many as 50,000 people died in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on Tuesday.

Kerr said the authority will seek volunteers to travel to Haiti for about two weeks with pay and help with efforts to provide drinking water. Those volunteers would work with relief organizations. The authority would not coordinate any efforts on its own.

The authority, which provides water to more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers in five counties, has made preliminary inquiries about efforts to repair the country's water infrastructure.

Before any volunteers are sent to the island, liability issues must be resolved, authority officials said.

"I think it's a great idea. It's something we as an organization should take a look at," said authority member Keith Staso.

Family Of Bill Richardson, Sr. Says Thank You

The family of Bill Richardson,Sr., who passed away December 29, 2009, would like to thank the North Eulalia Baptist Church, the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital doctors and nurses, Sweden Valley Manor, Area Agency for the Aged, CRI, and Home Care Nurses at CCMH.
Also those who sent many cards, prayers & food, and those who contributed to Meals on Wheels in Bill's name.

Bill's wife Dolly and Family

PennDOT Introduces Online Service to Check Availability of Personalized Plates

PennDOT Introduces Online Service

Harrisburg – Drivers can now go online to check the availability of personalized license plates before submitting an application to PennDOT.

“Pennsylvanians have requested that the option to check personalized license plate availability be added to our increasing list of online driver and vehicle services,” said Kurt J. Myers, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for safety administration. “We are listening to our customers and are pleased to add this online service.”

To check availability, visit, select the “Online Driver and Vehicle Services” link on the left-hand navigation bar. Then, choose “Personalized Vanity Plate Availability.”

Individuals may apply for a personalized license plate by completing Form MV-904, “Application for Special Registration Plate.” There is a one-time application fee of $20.

There are approximately 276,000 personalized plates in use across Pennsylvania.

PennDOT’s online driver and vehicle services are always available 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.


FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Over-The-Counter (OTC) Products in the Americas, UAE, and Fiji

IMPORTANT... Haiti Update From Potter County DES

PEMA participated in a conference call earlier today with the Department of Homeland Security on the Haiti response. DHS and FEMA are working with the US Department of State (lead agency) for response coordination.

Private offers of assistance continue to be directed to the following website:

Center for International Disaster Information

The following information was provided through the DHS Volunteer and Donations section.

In times of great need individuals, voluntary organizations, faith-based groups, private entities, and others from around the world desire to help disaster survivors cope with the upheaval in their lives. These potential donors may be interested in assisting generally with contributing their finances, time, goods, or transportation. We’re all well aware of the importance of effectively marshalling these donated resources not only for the benefit of the intended recipients, but also to efficiently manage the response and recovery effort. This email presents four topics for your awareness: (1) proper “one voice” donations messaging to interested donors, (2) proper referrals for those seeking to donate, (3) the benefits that may come from maintaining situational awareness of donations activities coming from your jurisdiction, and (4) Other Resources.

“One Voice” Messaging to Interested Donors

Emergency Managers and others receiving inquiries from potential donors can play a large role in educating the public on how to properly respond to disasters. The general messages include: (1) cash is best, (2) do not deploy to the disaster site without specific approvals, and (3) know what to collect before collecting goods (clothing, for example, is generally not a desired donation). For a detailed explanation of these points, please refer to the following website:

Referrals for Those Seeking to Donate

CIDI has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at:”

More specifically: To donate cash to a responding organization (preferred):

To donate goods:

To donate time:

Benefits of Maintaining Jurisdictional Awareness of Donations Activity

Emergency Managers can play an important role in helping guide the donations effort not only by sharing the proper messages, but also by maintaining an awareness of donations activities in their jurisdictions. Why? Because the donors identified in the following days are potential donors when events strike closer to home. Additionally, groups that have exerted tremendous effort and resources to gather goods often find roadblocks to fulfilling their desire to donate (transporting to Haiti, for example). These groups sometimes turn to emergency management expecting assistance. The better guidance they receive in the beginning of their efforts, the more understanding they will be when faced with challenges.

Other Resources that May be Needed

Family Reunification – The International Committee of the Red Cross just opened its family/friends unification website, which allows both those in Haiti and those outside Haiti to list their contact information in hopes the other side checks the appropriate list. There is also an option for an active search should the sought-after person not appear on the list.

Family Reunification – State Department Operations Center Helpline at 888-407-4747

Media Inquiries – Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) at 202-821-1983


Emergency Response Update: Ten federal (10) Urban Search and Rescue Teams and one US&R Incident Support Team have been deployed to Haiti. The Pennsylvania Task Force 1 (PA-TF1) is conducting contingency planning and readiness assessments of all resources in anticipation of further engagement of additional US&R system resources. No resource requests have been received for Pennsylvania and emergency response agencies have been advised not to self-deploy resources unless officially requested.


Official U.S. Department of State website. Contains contact information for those looking for family members, as well as donation information.

Official U.S. Department of State blogsite called, “A Disaster in Haiti and How You Can Help”. Contains information on ways to provide assistance.

Official U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

Our New Puppy Got Away, Has Been Found

Lost Puppy has been found
We got a new puppy and she got away Thursday evening from the area of Costa's Grocery in Coudersport. She went across the bridge on Chestnut Street and was last seen in the area of PennDot at about 1:00 am this morning.

Her name is Samina. She is a small brindle pit bull. She has a blue collar with no identification on it as we just got her. She is not familiar with her new home.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Theodore E. Haynes, 61, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Theodore E. Haynes, 61, of Smethport, died Thursday (January 14, 2010) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born July 11, 1948 in Port Allegany, a son of Eugene and Virginia Downey Haynes. On July 3, 1975, in Springfield Township, OH, he married Denise Musser, who survives.

He served in the U. S. Navy during Vietnam.

Mr. Haynes was a machinist employed by Marik Springs in Akron, Ohio.

In addition to his wife and mother, Virginia Downey of Cuyahoga, OH, he is survived by
one daughter: Bobbie (Michael) Smith of Stow, OH
two sons: Brittain (Angie) Haynes of Gifford, PA, Ted (Sheila) Haynes, II of Pittsburgh, PA
Grandchildren, Kristian Haynes and Sierra Haynes.
two sisters: Sandy Cotula of Emporium, Jackie Knarr of Akron, OH

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. Funeral and committal services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11:00 am from the funeral home, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.

Memorials may be made to the Bradford Manor, 50 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences can be made at

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

Sara Diem Lightner, 75, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Sara Diem Lightner, 75, of Smethport, died Wednesday (January 13, 2010) at her residence in Smethport.

She was born Feb 2, 1934 in Mahaffey, a daughter of Harry M. and Effie V. Rupert Diem. In June of 1951, she married Donald L. McGarry, who died in 1956. She went on to marry Howard E. “Hen” Lightner, in Mahaffey, PA, on Nov. 21, 1958. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2001.

Mrs. Lightner was a graduate of Clearfield High School, and worked at the McKean County Courthouse for 27 years, retiring in 2001. She had been the Deputy Treasurer for McKean County for 18 years.

She is survived by
two daughters: Linda M. (Chris) Llewelyn of Palmer, ALASKA, Mary Anne Knight of Smethport, PA
two sons: Michael E. (Christine) Lightner of Smethport, PA, Jeffrey S. Lightner of Smethport, PA
4 Grandchildren: Emily S. Knight, Glenn P. Knight, Kyle E. Lightner, and Karl C. Lightner.
one sister: Jean Thomas of Mahaffey, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers: Henry, Robert, Thomas, and Harry F. Diem, and 2 sisters: Wilma Yoder and Martha Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral services will be held on Monday, at 11 am, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

The Scoop On Farm Show Poop

Dear Friends of Potter County Habitat For Humanity:

Dear Friends of Potter County Habitat For Humanity:


On Sunday, January 31st, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Coudersport Lions Club will hold their 4th Annual Chili For Charity Dinner. It will be held at the Coudersport Fire Hall. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.

This year the proceeds from the dinner will benefit Potter County Habitat For Humanity as well as other local projects.

So … we are asking you, as a Friend of PCHFH, to help make this a very successful dinner. You can do this in several ways:

1) We are in need of pans (13 x 9) of cornbread, and pies and cakes for dessert – take to the Fire Hall on Saturday.

2) We need several people to help on Saturday, January 30th, to prepare the chili and set up for the dinner – beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall.

3) We need 3 servers, 2 ticket sellers, and 1 person to help
with the Chinese Auction on Sunday during the dinner.

4) We need several people to help clean up after the dinner.

5) We need individuals who will be responsible for selling
tickets in advance of the dinner.

If you can help in any of the above ways, please let us know by responding by e-mail to by Friday, January 22nd, 2010. This is a very worthwhile project, so let’s support both the Coudersport Lions and Potter County Habitat For Humanity.

In advance – thank you for your help!

Jim and Charlotte Blain
PCHFH Volunteer Coordinators

26th Anniversary Wishes To Martin & Sarah Fry

Best 26 th Wedding Anniversary to Martin and Sarah Fry of
Coudersport from the Fryafia Boss And Family

Shirley Prouty, 77, of Gaines, PA

Shirley Prouty, 77, of Gaines, PA, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2010 at Williamsport Hospital.

Born July 21, 1932, in Elmira, NY, she was a daughter of Sanford Ernie and Edna (Ripley) Robinson.

She was a 1950 graduate of Gaines High School and attended Houghton College.

On April 19, 1952, she married Kenneth Prouty of Gaines. Shirley and Ken owned and operated the Kenshire Kampground in Gaines for 37 years, retiring in 2009.

She was a member of the Valley Alliance Church in Ansonia, the Gaines Kitchen Band, the Galetones, the Gaines Elk Council of Republican Women, the Gideons International, and the Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 57 years, are two sons, Wayne (Deborah) Prouty, Galeton, Bradley (Sharon) Prouty, Mansfield, PA; two daughters, Sylvia Prouty, Gaines, Rhonda Bryington, Montana; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call at Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 2:00–4:00p.m.and from 6:00-8:00p.m, and on Sunday, January 17, 2010, at the Valley Alliance Church in Ansonia from 1:00–2:00p.m. with a Funeral Service immediately following. Shirley’s son, the Rev. Bradley Prouty, will officiate. Interment will be made in Phoenix Cemetery, Gaines.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International to help supply Bibles.

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Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Open Arms News
Hey everyone! What a beautiful couple of sunny days we've had!
Hopefully we are in for a warm up! I know I could use even just a

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!!

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.

Membership Renewals: Sunday, Jan 24 during service.

Worship System Ministry Meeting: January 24 immediately after
service. If you are involved in a worship team, welcome team, with
the computer, soundboard or video, please attend this meeting to go
over some upcoming changes.

Big Day! January 31. Invite an unchurched friend. We will be
kicking of a new series. What's it about? 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!)

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 the series coming up in the months following

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!

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