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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rigzone News: Mitsui Joins Anadarko's Marcellus Shale ...

This ties in closely to a response on the mention of foreign interests in "our" Marcellus. There are more foreign companies invested since our economy soured in '08.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Japan's Mitsui will acquire a stake in Anadarko Petroleum's Marcellus Shale gas assets in a $1.4-billion deal, expected to close March 15.

Penn State DuBois Basketball


Coudersport’s Derek Burdick (15) and John Hau (32) have helped the Penn State DuBois basketball team to the Final Four in the PSUAC Conference. Penn State has also been extended an invitation to play in the USCAA National Championship Tournament to be held in Pittsburgh March 2 – 6, 2010. Penn State DuBois has a season record of 22 wins and 5 losses.

Paul Burdick Sports Images


Constance V. “Connie” Leverett, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA

Constance V. Leverett
“beloved mother and grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Constance V. “Connie” Leverett, 80, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Ceres, NY, died Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA, after a long illness.

Born March 6, 1929 in Ceres, NY, she was a daughter of Archie L. and Sadie B. Mascho Loucks. On August 22, 1947 in Brocton, NY, she married Albert M. Leverett, who died on May 1, 1991.

Mrs. Leverett attended school in Ceres, NY. She was employed at AVX Ceramics, Olean, NY from 1966 until retiring in May 1991.

She was a member of Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church in Shinglehouse and a member of the former Sharon Grange. She was also a member of the union at work. She was a cub scout leader.

Mrs. Leverett enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and cooking. She was always involved in activities at church, the grange and the Community Center in Ceres.

Surviving are four children, Albert L. (Estelle) Leverett of Lula, Georgia, Bonnie B. (Ted) Mix, Lois S. (Ronald) Bennett, and Jesse M. (Debi) Leverett, all of Shinglehouse; fourteen grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold Loucks of Mobile, Alabama; a sister, Maritta Williams of Buffalo, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Leverett was predeceased by a brother, Cornelius “Slim” Loucks; and six sisters, Donna Loucks, Verna Loucks, Viola Taylor, Nina Torrey, Etta White, and Beulah Fuller.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, February 22, 2010 at the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA from 10 a.m. to noon with funeral services following at noon. The Rev. Robert N. Hubbard, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Now Until 6 PM At Roulette Fire Hall

Kitchen crew has everything ready for the Chicken & Biscuit Dinner at Roulette Fire Hall. All they need is you to stop by and buy your dinner.
$6.00 Eat in or Take Out.

Part Time Help Wanted At COS Wireless


PA Trooper Seriously Injured On I-95 In Philly

Video courtesy WPVI

This Week's Message From Dr.Charles Stanley

Remodeled through Brokenness

Remodeled through BrokennessJust like a damaged home must be stripped and rebuilt, God desires to renovate our hearts. But the road to transformation is never easy. Read this week's article from Dr. Stanley to learn how the Lord uses brokenness to "remodel" our lives.

This Week on TV

"God's Pathway of Brokenness"

In seasons of hardship, it's easy to focus on the pain we experience. But God has a purpose for our suffering. This week on "In Touch," Dr. Charles Stanley teaches that God breaks our self-will to make us useful servants for His kingdom.

Founders Of Yellow Ribbon Program Coming To Potter County In April

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Founders To Visit

dardaleemmeThe founders of the nationally recognized Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program will be coming to Potter County in April for several local functions, including a meeting that’s open to the public. Dale and Dar Emme from Westminster, Colo., will visit schools and local communities.

They’ll hold a program for the public at 6 pm on April 7 at the auditorium of the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building in Coudersport.

The couple will speak at the annual Teen Tinnitus suicide prevention concert on April 10.

Dale and Dar Emme founded Yellow Ribbon in 1994 after losing their youngest son, Michael, 17, to suicide. They are helping raise awareness about youth suicide and bringing focus, action, intervention, and coalition-building to suicide prevention efforts.

Additional information on local programs is available from Debbie Hamilton 274-8651 or

Girls, 12 & 14, Charged For Drinking Alcoholic Beverage At Potter County School

Early Teen Girls Charged For Drinking At Northern Potter School.

State Police from the Coudersport Station were dispatched to the Northern Potter School in Bingham Township, Potter County, on Thursday at 10:00 am for two juveniles that had been consuming and were in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

A 12 year old girl and a 14 year old girl from Ulysses, PA will be cited through District Court 55-4-03 on the charge of Underage Consumption.

Retired State Police Station Commander Killed On I-80 When Car Breaks Down

Deadly Accident Investigation
Was Mercer PSP Station Commander For 10 Years


Authorities in Mercer county are trying to locate the driver of a truck that struck and killed a retired State Police Lieutenant from Erie.

Billy Ray Williams, 65, was pronounced dead at Grove City Hospital. He retired 5 years ago, after a 36 year career with the State Police, including 10 years as the commander of the Mercer station.

A witness told investigators the trucker kept going east on Interstate 80 after the Thursday night accident. The witness said the car Williams was driving was broken down in the right hand traffic lane. Police say he walked into the left lane and was hit.

Video Courtesy WFMJ

Authorities are now contacting trucking companies and analyzing evidence at the scene to try to find the truck and driver. Authorities are asking anyone with any information to call State Police at Mercer at 724-662-6261.

Gamesa Gets $7.8 Million From State/Feds To Put Workers Back To Work

Wind farm projects could boost employment

Gamesa gets $7.8 million

By David Hurst -
Lock Haven Express

EBENSBURG - When Eric Sheesley got news over Thanksgiving that he was among 79 laid off from Gamesa's recession-hit local plant, he wondered with frustration "where that stimulus money was going."

This week, it brought him back to work.

Sheesley of Nanty Glo and 78 other furloughed plant workers are coming back - and 50 new workers are expected to join them - through a statewide investment of $22.8 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Gov. Ed Rendell said here Thursday.

Flanked by plant officials, Rendell said more than a third of the money - $7.8 million in Green Energy Works funds - will allow Gamesa to install the nearly 150-foot long, "next generation" blades like the ones that sat behind him at three wind farm sites. More...

Bruce E. Milliron, 53, of Orange Park, FL, formerly of Duke Center, Pa.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Bruce E. Milliron, 53, of Orange Park, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., died Friday (Feb. 19, 2010) following a long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, Pa.

Chainsaw Carving Starts Today In Ridgway, PA

It's lumberjacking time

RIDGWAY — It’s time again for the world of extreme art to gather in Ridgway and showcase their chosen media — chainsaws and logs.

For over a decade, Ridgway has continued to lay claim to the title of Chainsaw Capital of the World by bringing hundreds of carvers and thousands of visitors to the sleepy town in northwestern Pennsylvania. Carving will be the universal language that everyone speaks, whether their English is polished or broken.

“Everybody is coming in, the weather is on our side, so I think it’s going to be a really nice rendezvous this year. We have some great carvers coming in,” Liz Boni, co-organizer, said. “The ice carving will be down on the grounds this year. That will allow people to see everything in one place. It’s looking like a really good year. We are getting more calls this year than ever before.”

Starts Today 2-20-10............

Manufacturing Jobs Rescue Spreads To Potter Co.

Manufacturing Jobs Rescue Spreads To Potter Co.

Potter County Today

sewnA state-sponsored effort to protect manufacturing jobs has expanded to include Potter, Tioga and 11 other counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Goal of the Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) is simple: to save jobs. Confidential services to employers with 25 to 500 employees are free and broken down into five strategies:

  • Financial restructuring
  • Employee buyouts
  • Succession planning/ownership transition
  • Labor/management relations
  • Operations and cost management through technology and other adaptations.

As northcentral Pennsylvania residents can attest, manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate. At the start of the decade, 17.3 million Americans were employed in manufacturing. By 2009, the number had dropped to just over 11.9 million.

In fiscal 2008-2009, SEWN provided layoff aversion services to 78 companies. Of these, 48 were new clients employing 1,668 people in 27 Pennsylvania counties. SEWN is sponsored by the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry. For additional information, contact Marsha S. Fay at 540-829-7850 or visit the website,

Ruth J. Griffith, 84, of Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Ruth J. Griffith, 84, of Eldred died Wednesday (Feb. 17, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born July 26, 1925, in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of John H. and Esther Brisbee. On Dec. 4, 1964, in Eldred, she married Lynn L. Griffith, who died March 19, 1996.

She resided in Eldred for many years and had been employed by Viko Furniture. She also worked at AVX in Olean for many years and later for Pittsburgh Corning Glassworks in Port Allegany.

She enjoyed gardening, crafts and socializing with her friends at Wimpy's Restaurant in Eldred.
Surviving are two sons, Charles L. Ervin of Salamanca, NY and Howard (Pam) Griffith of Eldred, PA; five grandchildren, Melissa (Jeffrey) Walker, Sherri (Roger) Dunkelberger, Terra (Todd) Rozler, Nichole (Chris) Crosby and Shawn Griffith; and several half brothers and half sisters.

Friends may call Friday (Feb. 19, 2010) at the Frame Funeral Home from 9 until 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Wallace Mapes, pastor of Healing Reigns Fellowship in Salamanca, officiating. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, NY.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

Luella M. Cordner, 91, of Canfield Hollow Road, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Luella M. Cordner, 91, of Canfield Hollow Road died Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 3, 1918, in Eldred, she was a daughter of Raymond J. and Anna Fowler Wright. In 1935, in Eldred, she married William K. Cordner, who died Jan. 15, 1969.

Mrs. Cordner attended Eldred High School and was a lifelong resident of Eldred. She had been employed by Viko Furniture Co. in Eldred for many years, retiring in 1958.

She was a member of the Phoenix Chapter 15, Order of the Eastern Star, of Smethport. She enjoyed family gatherings, working in her yard, ceramics and crocheting.

Surviving are a son, Kenneth (Winifred) Cordner of Bradford; one daughter, Darla Webb of Annapolis, Md.; five grandchildren, Sandi (Larry) Solinger, Kimberly (Dan) Westlake, Bruce Cordner, Paul (Kirk) Paddock and Lori (Tim) Vidsens; nine great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence E. Fitzsimmons of Eldred; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Linda Eaton in 2009; two brothers, Robert and Raymond Wright; and one sister, Clara Nuhfer.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Frame Funeral Home, where funeral and committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 20, 2010) with the Rev. Dave Heckman, pastor of Eldred United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

The Phoenix Chapter 15, Order of the Eastern Star, of Smethport will conduct a memorial service at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials be made to the McKean County SPCA or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Edna M. Williams, 80, of Main Street, Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, PA -Edna M. Williams, 80, of Main Street passed away Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 16, 1929, in Crosby, PA, she was a daughter of Orlin Herbert and Jennie Huff McClenahan.

On Feb. 3, 1948, in Evangelical United Brethren Church in Rixford, PA, she married James M. "Butch" Williams, who died on Feb. 13, 1984.

Mrs. Williams attended Otto High School and was a lifelong resident of the Eldred and Duke Center area. She had been employed by Viko Furniture of Eldred, Speer Carbon of Bradford for many years, and later for 14 years was employed by Zippo Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1995.

She was a former member of Eldred and Olean, NY, bowling leagues. She enjoyed being with her children and family, playing euchre, snowmobiling, attending her children's sporting events, and attending yard sales and flea markets.

Surviving are two sons; Max "Tim" Williams of Duke Center and Fred (Patty Chamberlain) Williams of Martin, GA; two daughters, Jane Williams and Nancy Williams, both of Duke Center; four grandchildren, Garrett Williams, Matthew Williams, Kyle Williams and Katelyn Williams; one sister, Marlene Thompson of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in death by a sister, Donna Houben; and one nephew, Barry Houben.

Frame Funeral Home in Eldred, where funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday (Feb. 19, 2010), with the Rev. Jay Tennies officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred.

The family requests memorials be made to McKean County Hospice or to the Otto Township Fire Department or Ambulance Fund.

Jeffrey L. Dietz, 50, of Deering, NH

DEERING - Jeffrey L. Dietz, 50, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Concord Hospital.

Born July 25, 1959, in St. Marys, Pa., before moving to Deering 20 years ago. Jeffrey was the son of Edward J. and Joyce (Nelson) Dietz.

Jeff was a graduate of Hillsboro-Deering High School, Class of 1979. He worked for GTE Sylvania in Hillsboro for 31 years.

Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, snowmobiling, geocaching and being outdoors with friends. Most of all, he enjoyed helping people.

Jeffrey was a police officer in Hillsboro and a volunteer firefighter in Deering. He was a member of American Legion Post 59, Hillsboro, Loyal Order of Moose Post 1031, Hillsboro, and the Deering Fish and Game Club for more than 30 years. He was also treasurer for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Marilyn Ann (Misso) Dietz of Deering; his father and stepmother, Edward J. and Lana (Fulger) Dietz of Coudersport, Pa.; two sisters, Lisa J. Scott of Rhode Island and Leslie Hackmann of Andover; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were held at Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Hillsboro.

Private services and burial will be held in the spring.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ice From Tractor Trailer Smashes Car's Windshield--WHTM-

A Perry County man said flying ice from a tractor trailer could have killed him on I-81.

President Obama's proposed budget slashes off-highway trail funding

President Obama's proposed budget slashes off-highway trail funding with potentially dire results

American Motorcycle Association

Many off-highway motorized trails in America's national forests could deteriorate dramatically or even disappear under the new federal budget for 2011 proposed by President Barack Obama to Congress on Feb. 1.

Under the proposal, which must by accepted by Congress before it becomes law, funding for the U.S. Agriculture Department's Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) program would be slashed by $100 million from the $538 million appropriated for the current fiscal year, which began October 1, to $438 million for the next fiscal year.

"This could be disastrous for off-highway motorcycle riders because CIM program money is used for the improvement, maintenance and operation of U.S. Forest Service roads, trails and recreational support," said Ed Moreland, the AMA's vice president for government relations.

Moreland notes that in explaining the reduction, President Obama's administration says that it wants to focus the Forest Service on "road decommissioning, erosion control, watershed health and forest restoration."

"Very little of the proposed CIM budget supports trail-building or maintenance," Moreland said. "This is another way to limit trail-riding opportunities for families, the disabled and others who enjoy the beauty of our federal lands on motorized vehicles.

"The truth is that underfunded forest managers will find it more expedient to close trails rather than maintain them with this plan," Moreland said. "Proper funding of maintenance programs are crucial to the administration's stated goals of erosion control, watershed health and forest restoration."

The administration's budget proposal is also disturbing because it comes at a time when the Forest Service is creating a new planning rule to manage the 193 million acres it controls nationwide. The Forest Service says it is starting the process guided by the principles of restoration, conservation and protection of ecosystems. This proposal could shut out off-highway riding. More...

Possible Oil Spill Reported In Lafayette Township

Possible Oil Spill
At 10:07 pm on Friday night, Lafayette Fire Dept has been toned out to a possible oil spill at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 59.

A caller told the 911 center there was an unknown substance on the roadway, possible oil, and that it was extremely slippery.

140 High School & College Students Participate In Women's Leadership Conference


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford hosted more than 140 high school and college students at a women’s leadership conference Friday to talk about “Lessons of Self-Leadership.”

Lisa B. Marshall, host and creator of the Internet radio program “The Public Speaker,” gave the keynote address to students from Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) Central School, Bradford Area High School, Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College, Otto-Eldred Junior Senior High School, Oswayo Valley High School, Pitt-Bradford, Scio (N.Y.) Central School, Sheffield Area Middle-High School, Smethport Area Junior/Senior High School and Warren Area High School.

Marshall spoke to the students about “Lessons of Self-Leadership,” telling them to “pay attention to your internal dialogue and put things in perspective.” She also exhorted practice as a means to success and learning all that one can.

After listening to Marshall’s talk, students broke into smaller groups to work with Pitt-Bradford staff and faculty members to create a “lessons learned document” to help young women benefit from the experiences of others.

“(Marshall) was very engaging and really reached out to the participants,” said James L. Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and founder of the conference. “I think the participants were very engaged in the presentation and subsequent discussions.”

“The Public Speaker” is one of the Top 200 podcasts on iTunes with more than 175,000 downloads each month.

Marshall is also the author of three blogs, “The Art of Speaking Science,” “The Art of Speaking Business” and “The Public Speaker: Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Communication Skills,” which led to her writing the audio book “The Public Speaker’s Guide to Ace Your Interview: 6 Steps to Get the Job You Want.”

This is the second women’s leadership conference Pitt-Bradford has hosted. Baldwin said he started the conference after reading several articles that stated there was a strong correlation between leadership skills, success and career choices and the number of purposeful contacts that young women have with other professional women.

“I spoke with several of my colleagues,” Baldwin explained, “and we agreed that it would be a very good idea to develop a conference to which we would invite young women in high school and college to discuss topics such as aspirations, goals, empowerment, access, overcoming fears and other self-defeating behaviors, leadership, communication and networking. I am so pleased with this year’s response.”

photo of keynote speaker Lisa B. Marshall from today’s women’s leadership conference, courtesy of Pitt-Bradford.



Fact Sources: Penn State Univ. (PSU) Marcellus Center for Outreach & Development

Energy Information Agency, Baker Hughes, Dept. of Environmental Protection,
PA College of Technology, MSETC … Presented by Tom Murphy, PSCE

*USA spends over $700 Billion buying foreign energy (gas & oil).

*Cost per well in USA’s 4 major shale plays: Barnett - $2.3 M., Fayetteville - $2.7 M.,

Marcellus - $3.5 M., and Haynesville- $8.5 M.

*Marcellus Shale is the largest of these plays.

*Major foreign and domestic companies “in the business” are re-aligning their game plans and investing throughout the Marcellus area.

*In the summer of ’09 it was determined the amount of Marcellus recoverable gas is 489 Trillion Cubic Feet … at current use rates in our country, that’s 100+ yrs. supply.

*Cost of natural gas at delivery can be raised up to 50% based on present-day prices.

*Proximity to markets is key to the Marcellus development and continued success.

*Total PA well permits issued in ’09 is 6,233. Of that total 1,984 permits were in Marcellus Shale.

· 128 horizontal permits issued in Nov; 242 horizontal, and 33 vertical permits issued in

Dec. in PA

* # wells drilled, 763 … as reported by the operators … up-dated 12-07-09.

*1,000’s of AC leased in Tioga and Potter in January of this year.


**The world is projected to use over 2,900 Trillion Cubic Feet of natural gas by 2035. Natural gas is found throughout the world, but often in areas of political unrest, harsh climates, seas and oceans. Can you envision what effect these facts will have on the price of this precious commodity?

**Note by Janice L. Hancharick (4-County Group Coordinator): I would like all Americans to wisely develop and use our own natural resources whenever possible, and throughout the process be open to and actively seek new technology that will better our world. Our quest for alternative energy sources must be continued, but in the meantime let’s use our expanding knowledge to take care of and develop what we have.



BRADFORD, Pa. –– Musician Ed Epstein, who has played in Broadway musicals and as a CBS studio musician for the Arthur Godfrey Show, will perform an improvised piano concert Feb. 25 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“A Songbook of 20th Century Music” will start at 11:30 a.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. The free Noon Tunes series concert is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.
“It’s difficult to predict the music he’ll treat us to during the Noon Tunes concert, but I think it’s safe to say that his roots in jazz and musical theater will come through,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford.

“I think there will be a few surprises, too. Dr. Epstein has internalized a vast amount of repertoire, and it will be exciting to discover what he has planned for the audience.”

A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Epstein began tickling the ivories at age 4, with having lessons twice a week until he was 15. At 8 years of age, he began studying the trumpet.

He began playing professionally while he was still in school. With four friends, Epstein joined a band and performed at a church in the Flatbush area each Saturday night during a time the regular band was on a hiatus. Two years later, Epstein’s band became the main band.
Epstein also worked as a rehearsal pianist for a Broadway show. His experience also includes working as a studio musician for CBS until he was 23 years old. During the stint at CBS, Epstein played trumpet for the Arthur Godfrey Show.

After studying trumpet under Ellie Frankel, who performed on the Merv Griffin Show, Epstein played mostly jazz. He performed in two Broadway shows and at the Broadway Moose Lodge.
“This helped me get work that put me through college,” Epstein said. “The Vietnam War and the draft sort of ended all of that, but I never stopped playing and keeping in touch with my colleagues. I went to New York and played once in awhile, and always arranged, composed and fixed scores for movies.”

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

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

Groups to Meet at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Bereavement Support Group To Meet
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host a Bereavement Support Group at 7 p.m. February 23 at the Patterson Cancer Care Center.

Hospice Clinic and Support Group to Meet
A Hospice Clinic and Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. February 25 at Dr. Rafael Meller’s office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center. The monthly meeting provides a variety of information for doctors, nurses, families, personal caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about area hospice services. Call 814/274-0384 for more information.

Potter County's Natural Gas Task Force Praised

Public’s Perception Of Pros/Cons Of Marcellus Shale Gas Studied

kathrynbrasierPennsylvanians in the Marcellus Shale region see potential economic benefits from natural gas production, but they are worried about some of the environmental and social impacts. Those are some of the early findings of a Penn State research project that continues. Several local residents have been interviewed by the researchers, who have also been monitoring the activities of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force.

Kathy Brasier (shown), associate professor of rural sociology at Penn State, discussed some of the initial results during Friday’s meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Natural Gas Task Force. She spoke highly of the Potter County organization’s progress in engaging a broad cross-section of the populace and serving as an information clearinghouse.

Misinformation has been spread through the rumor mill in areas where gas companies are drilling into the Marcellus Shale, making organizations such as the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force critical as sources of reliable information, Brasier said. “It’s all about the connections that people have,” she added. “The way to get accurate information to the people is to tap into personal networks and embrace all groups. Local leaders need to be hands-on, talking to people and also listening to their concerns.”

Many people interviewed by the researchers are excited about the economic prospects, from income for property owners to jobs and increased commerce. However, Brasier’s group has identified many reservations among respondents:

  • jobs going to people from outside of the area, due to lack of training locally;
  • a reduced sense of community as transients move in;
  • economic polarization between those who directly benefit through leasing and business opportunities, and those who feel left out;
  • higher costs for housing and many goods and services;
  • damage to infrastructure such as roads and bridges;
  • added burdens for the criminal justice system and human services;
  • negative impact on water, wildlife and natural habitat;
  • aesthetic compromises.

Brasier said the researchers have been developing community profiles in Bradford, Washington and Lycoming counties, as well as Steuben County, N.Y., as baselines that will be used to assess the impact of Marcellus Shale gas production in the coming years.

Tentative Agreement Reached Between IUE-CWA Local 88612 and Morgan AM&T, Coudersport.

Tentative Agreement Reached

Between IUE-CWA Local 88612 and Morgan AM&T, Coudersport.

Some of the proposal includes: Cap on insurance premium increases, a .65 cent raise over the term of the agreement and $600.00 ratification bonus.

The membership is set to vote on the proposal on Sunday February 21st

Visit the Union Website for more information.

Coudersport Senior Project Tonight At Park United Methodist Church At 7:00 pm

The movie "Up",
Pixar's 2009 American computer-animated family-oriented adventure film will be shown tonight, Friday February 19th at 7 PM at Park United Methodist Church as a part of Katie Lamb's Coudersport High School Senior Community Service Project.

"Up" won Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. More recently, the film received five Academy AwardBest Picture, making "Up" only the second animated film in history to receive such a nomination, following Beauty and the Beast in 1991. (source Wikipedia) nominations including

Admission is by donation of canned goods which will be donated to the Community Food Bank.

Jay N. Stickles, 75, of 12942 Rt. 59, Smethport, PA

Smethport - Jay N. Stickles, 75, of 12942 Rt. 59, Smethport, died Thursday (February 18, 2010) at his residence in Smethport.

He was born Oct. 28, 1934 in East Smethport, a son of Miller C. and Ethel Love Stickles. He was first married to Claudia A. Rittberg, who preceded him in death on April 11, 1995. On January 1, 2005, in Smethport, he married Elizabeth "Libby" Riley, who survives.

Mr. Stickles was a 1952 graduate of Smethport High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College. He was a bank teller at the Hamlin Bank and Trust Co. of Smethport for many years before retiring.

Mr. Stickles was a life member of the Smethport Fire Dept., and was involved with “Smethport Bingo” at the Fire Hall for the last 39 years. He was also a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460. Jay loved hunting and traveling. He hunted and explored extensively throughout the western states, including his family members in many of his excursions. Jay penned a biography of these hunts which is pending publication.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one daughter: Deborah J. (Alan) Nick of Smethport, PA
two sons: William E. (Lora) Stickles of Smethport, PA, Jay N. (Lori) Stickles, Jr. of Exton, PA
Step Son, Mike (Karen) Riley of Ocala, FL; step daughters, Kathy Crosby of Smethport, PA, and Jodi (Michael) Yohe of Bradford, PA.
7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren
one sister: Jane A. (Archie) McKellop of Erie, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by 1 brother and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, at 11 A.M., in the funeral home, with the Rev. Fred Moore, pastor of the Rew United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smethport Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at

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

Tops To Close Hornell P & C Supermarket

P&C to close

By Tyler Briggs
Hornell, N.Y. -There is one less option for people looking to shop for groceries locally after Tops Friendly Markets decided late Thursday to close the P&C in Hornell.

Katie McKenna, Tops’ Communications and Public Relations manager, said the P&C will be closed by March 20, and the liquidation process could begin as soon as this weekend. More...

Girl Missing From West Elmira Is Home Safe

Mr. Arthur D. Holden, 73, of 46 Columbia Hill Road, Rixford, PA

Mr. Arthur D. Holden, 73, of 46 Columbia Hill Road, Rixford died Friday, February 19th, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born March 16, 1936 in Rixford, he was a son of the late Ralph and Lena (Bush) Holden. He attended Cyclone schools.

He was married to Phyllis N. (Volentine) Holden who survives.

He was employed as a professional truck drive for numerous trucking companies throughout the country.

Surviving in addition to his wife of many years are four daughters: Doris Carlson of Westline, Shelley Pollock of Portville, Donna Lyons of Boston MA, and Neldora Bell of Bradford, three sons Arthur D. Holden Jr. of Rixford, Ralph Holden of Bradford, and Michael Holden of Bradford, two sisters: Nancy Kohler of Cyclone, and Carol Burgess of Eldred, a brother, Lloyd Holden of Gifford, 18 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Esther Holden, and two brothers: Clayton and Howard Holden.

There will be no public services. Private funeral services services will be held with the Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton pastor of the Cyclone Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Rixford Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Alzheimer's Association 1128 State Street, Suite 301 Bradford, Pa Erie.

Online condolences may be made at

A Vintage Base Ball team, playing according to the rules of 1860's will be forming in the Roulette/Coudersport area.

Vintage Base Ball

A Vintage Base Ball team, playing according to the rules of 1860's will be forming in the Roulette/Coudersport area.

Base Ball (historically two words) was originally played for the exercise and the entertainment. The New York Knickerbockers was the first club to write down the rules of what has become modern baseball in 1845. Base ball then began to spread, and the Civil War of 1861-'65 took the game to the nation as soldiers played base ball with local townspeople, in prison camps, and to relieve boredom between battles. The emphasis in the early game was on courtesy among the gentlemen and, occasionally, ladies, playing the sport for exercise. Initially, only few rules governed a match. The rest was left up to the umpire, who judged players' actions by the gentlemanly code of the Victorians. It was played without gloves and in a non-competitive atmosphere where fans cheered for good plays by either side.

In forming this base ball "club", as it was known, we will need players of ages 18 and older. For this type of play, persons of all skills are eligible for playing. For those who feel that they are not able to participate actively on the field of play, we also need non-playing members to provide interpretation of rules to the public and for umpiring.

A meeting to explain the representation of the game and the rules will be held at the Friendly Inn in Roulette on Saturday, February 27th at 4pm. Please contact Randy Lambert at for more information.

Potter County Healthier Than McKean County According To Report

Report: McKean County ranks low in statewide health study

A study of Pennsylvania’s counties ranks McKean at number 50 out of 67 in regards to the health of its residents.

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute studied each county across the nation, taking into account factors such as length of life, quality of life, healthy behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.

In the category of health outcomes, which factors in length and quality of life, McKean County ranked at number 50, while Elk County was even worse, at number 59. Potter County was ranked number 24, while Cameron County was number 40.

The study used premature death rates to calculate the length of life, and four factors to calculate quality of life — poor or fair health, poor physical health days, poor mental health days and low birth weight. More..

DEP Fines Jersey Shore $75,000 for Sewage Treatment Plant Operation, Discharge Violations

DEP Fines Jersey Shore $75,000
Gas Drilling Waste Water Not Processed According To Plan

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined the borough of Jersey Shore $75,000 for operation and discharge violations at its sewage treatment plant in Lycoming County during 2008 and 2009.

“The borough had several violations of its gas well wastewater acceptance plan in addition to violations of its DEP discharge permit,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Robert Yowell. “This has resulted in a significant penalty assessment against the borough.”

Between September 2008 and May 2009, the borough’s sewage treatment plant had 13 discharge violations for contaminants including fecal coliform and total suspended solids, which is a measure of particulates present in water.

In 2008, DEP approved the borough’s gas well wastewater acceptance plan, but imposed a number of operational requirements, as well as sampling and recordkeeping responsibilities.

During a June 2009 plant inspection, DEP discovered that the borough had exceeded the plan’s maximum allowable load based on chloride concentrations in the gas well wastewater by transferring excessive volumes of high chloride wastewater into the plant on 10 occasions during April, May and June 2009.

The borough also processed more than the maximum 50,000 gallons per day of gas well wastewater through its plant on more than 10 occasions without approval from the borough manager or engineer.

The other violations included not receiving or maintaining records of additives used by gas well operators that disposed of wastewater at the borough’s plant and of analytical pollutant data to be submitted by the gas well operators.

DEP issued an order to the borough on June 23, 2009, requiring it to immediately stop accepting gas well wastewater at its treatment plant and to remove all of the wastewater stored onsite to an approved offsite disposal facility.

Jersey Shore has complied with the provisions of DEP’s order and paid the fine to the state’s Clean Water Fund, which pays for cleanups across the state.

For more information, call 570-327-3659 or visit

Governor Rendell Directs Early Release of Liquid Fuel Payments to Ease Burden of Winter Storm Cleanup Costs

Rendell Directs Early Release of Liquid Fuel Payments

Harrisburg – To aid local governments with mounting winter storm cleanup costs, Governor Edward G. Rendell today directed the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to release early $308 million in liquid fuels payments.

“Through a disaster emergency proclamation I issued Feb. 6, PennDOT is able to deliver needed liquid fuels payments a full month ahead of schedule to immediately assist local governments with the costs incurred this winter,” Governor Rendell said.

PennDOT will issue liquid fuels payments starting March 1 to 2,556 local governments throughout the state. These payments normally begin after April 1 each year.

“This winter has placed significant demands on the resources of both PennDOT and its partners in local government. The early release of these funds will help local governments to pay some bills a little bit earlier,” Governor Rendell said.

Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments issued to municipalities to help pay for transportation-related expenses, including snow removal and related materials costs.

The last time advance payment of liquid fuels funds was made was in 2003 when $257 million was released on March 14 as a result of a similar statewide snow emergency.

The funds are generated from a portion of the state gasoline tax and from Act 44.

Eldred Man Slightly Injured In Crash With Mailbox & Tree

Minor Injury In Eldred Crash.
An Eldred, PA man received a minor injury in a Thursday night crash on Route 446 near Slack Hollow Road in Eldred Township at 10:30 pm.

Robert J. Looker, 43, Eldred, PA, was driving a 2007 Dodge Dakota north on Route 446 when he lost control due to snow covered roadways. The pickup traveled off the east berm and struck a mailbox/post. The vehicle continued north and began to slide clockwise, traveling across both lanes and off the west berm where it struck a large tree, coming to rest facing east.

Looker, who was wearing a seatbelt, was slightly injured but did not seek medical treatment. The vehicle was moderately damaged and was towed from the scene.

PennDOT Extends Deadline for Safe Driving Radio Contest

PennDOT Extends Deadline for Safe Driving Radio Contest

Harrisburg – Due to recent weather-related school cancelations, PennDOT has extended until March 12 the deadline for high school students to submit entries for its "Drive Safe PA" radio contest.

The contest invites high school students to create a 30-second radio public service announcement, or PSA, to remind drivers about the importance of highway safety.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to create a PSA focused on aggressive driving, buckling up or driving under the influence. The PSA must include the phrase "Drive Safe PA," which PennDOT introduced last year as part of its continued commitment to highway safety.

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be invited to Harrisburg to have the PSA professionally recorded and then distributed to radio stations in their respective areas. Winning students from each PennDOT district will receive certificates and copies of the finished PSA.

Students can submit a completed audio PSA or written script which can be sent via e-mail to or mailed to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Erin Waters, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA, 17120. Entries must be received or postmarked by March 12.

For complete contest rules, visit

Coudersport Free Methodist Church Announcements

ANGEL FOOD - PICKUP DAY is SATURDAY, Feb. 20, 9-10AM at the SPOT. (3 miles east of Coudersport on Rt 6) If you ordered an Angel Food box for February, please come at this time to pickup your order. march Angel Food menus are ready. You can save 50% on groceries through Angel Food. See Coudersport Free Methodist Church is going on its 7th year as an Angel food Host Site.

COFFEE HOUSE tonight Feb. 19, FRIDAY 6:30-8:30PM. Come by and just relax and play some games and fellowship. The SPOT is located 3 miles east of Coudersport on Route 6. You are invited! Stay tuned for a new schedule for March events. A ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church.

CAFE' WORSHIP 6-7pm. @ THE SPOT -- EVERY SATURDAY; this is an informal worship service. If your work schedule will not allow you to be at worship on Sunday; if you have to be away on Sunday; if Saturday evening is easier than getting out early on Sunday morning; if you just want an even more relaxed worship time; come and join us Saturdays. The SPOT is located 3 miles east of Coudersport on Route 6. A ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church.

In Christ,

Pastor Pete Tremblay

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Local Church Attempts to Make a Dent in the Divorce Rate

'Hey! This isn't working! Let's do it a new way!'

A local church in Bradford, Pa is trying to help put a dent in the divorce rate, and according to Pastor Mike McAvoy, with a divorce rate of 60 percent, it's not going to be easy.

"I hope we're all smart enough and sick and tired enough from all the broken and unsuccessful relationships that we wake up and say 'Hey! This isn't working! Let's do it a new way!' And here's a thought, let's try it the way the Creator of relationships says to do it and find out it actually does work the way He said it does," says McAvoy.

The church is wrapping up the fourth part of a series this week entitled, "Finding Your Bella/Edward" which couples the romantic characters of the Twilight series with practical biblical advice. After discussing dating, courtship, engagement for the past three weeks, McAvoy will end the series this week with a discussion on marriage, and what marriage at its best when it's meant to be.

"We believe God has a plan for every person to be happy and living life to the full, but the statistics tell us that is far from the experience that most married people are having. Why? I believe we are suffering because we do relationships our way instead of God's way. We look to Hollywood, political leaders, or society's opinion to see what relationships should be and look like, but statistics prove that they are wrong. It doesn't work that way. We're going to discuss God's design for successful happy healthy mutually loving relationships. We will see that to get God's results we have to do it God's way."

Open Arms also has several small groups that meet through the week that discuss marriage and relationship issues, including two groups studying "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, and "The Love Dare".

Starting February, 28, Open Arms will begin a series called "The Simple Life" that looks at making sense of the stress caused by a failing economy and strained personal finances. "A lot of studies have shown that the number one cause of divorce is financial troubles," says McAvoy, who hopes that discussing this issue in church can help people find the hope they are looking for to help save their marriages, or the information they need before they start a relationship.

Later in March, Open Arms will present "Relationship Rescue" to offer direction for people in all kinds of struggling relationships.

McAvoy says that Open Arms is not condemning people that have had a divorce, but rather trying to help people find hope and healing in their relationships. "Society has a problem. We think we know what we're doing when it comes to relationships, but according to Neil Clark Warren the Divorce and Separation rate of marriages is well over 70%. That's an indication that we don't know what we're doing. Something is wrong and it's time to try to fix it."

Open Arms Community Church holds services Sundays at 10:15 AM. The messages are also available online at their website at

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Party Time In Potter County

If You Can Afford It.........
Coudersport State Police will be holding a get-together the first weekend in March somewhere in Potter County. Stop in and get a free sobriety check, followed by a free transport to the hospital for a blood check, and then play BAIL OR JAIL at a local District Court.

Here's The UPB First Place Video Winner


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Wednesday celebrated faculty and staff who “go beyond” and chose winners among the student body who submitted homemade Pitt-Bradford videos.

At the 4th annual Go Beyond Brand Party, the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine programs, under the direction of Jason Honeck and Mark Kelley, and the Admissions Office, directed by Alexander Nazemetz, were honored as this year’s Brand Champions.

Selected by Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president, the Brand Champions are those people who best outwardly live the university’s brand promise, which includes providing a safe, friendly and personalized campus environment.

The athletic training and sports medicine programs were recognized for several reasons: The athletic training program received five-year accreditation during its first accreditation visit, which is usually unheard of for brand new programs; athletic training graduates get very high passing rates on the boards and very high retention and graduation rates; Mark Kelley volunteered to take over the directorship of the Freshman Seminar program; and Kristin Asinger, visiting instructor of sports medicine, created the Pitt Improvers, who have performed several shows in the area and have donated the proceeds to many local charities; explained Pat Frantz Cercone, director of communications and marketing.

In addition to Honeck, assistant professor of athletic training, and Kelley, instructor of sports medicine, those honored were Angela Honeck, head athletic trainer; John Eaton , assistant athletic trainer; and Asinger.

The Admissions office was recognized for recruiting the largest freshman class in Pitt-Bradford’s history with 418 freshmen in Fall 2009, which is an 11 percent increase over last year; helped the university reach its longstanding goal of 1,500 full-time equivalent students; and have enhanced its recruiting methods to target areas where counselors know they’ll have success.

In addition to Nazemetz, members of the Admissions staff are Bret Butler, head men’s baseball coach and admissions representative; Stacey M. Colosimo, administrative assistant; Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment; Tad Haight, assistant director of admissions; Shawn Manning, admissions counselor; Cindy Nowacki, transfer and nontraditional student counselor; Vicky Pingie, associate director of admissions; and Gerry Vogt, coordinator of off-campus programs.

Also during the brand celebration, the campus community viewed and voted on the videos the students created, which highlighted the sweet life at Pitt-Bradford. This was the third year of the video contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

The first-place winner was Chris Hooks, a health and physical education major from Elmira, N.Y., whose video, “Motivation of My Friends,” won him a 32 gigabyte iTouch.

The second-place winner was Immanuel Diamant, a biology and psychology major from New Hope, who won a $200 visa gift card for his video, “I Taste the Sweet Life.”

Finally, the third-place winner was Alicia Kubecki, a psychology major from Irvine, who earned a $150 Amazon gift card for her entry, “My Muvee – Outdoor Club.”

To view all nine of the entries, go to Pitt-Bradford’s YouTube channel,

Governor Rendell: Federal Recovery Funds Make Three Large-Scale Wind Projects Possible, Bring Gamesa Employees Back to Work Filling Orders

Announces $22.8 Million for Projects Creating, Retaining Hundreds of Jobs

EBENSBURG -- A Cambria County wind turbine manufacturer that had to temporarily lay off 79 employees last November after new orders fell will be able bring back those workers and hire an additional 50 people thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

During a visit to the Gamesa Wind USA plant, Governor Rendell announced $22.8 million in grants through the federal Recovery program that will not only put people to work at Gamesa, but will also create another 257 jobs at three large-scale wind farms.

“A year ago this week, President Obama -- after only 28 days in office -- and Congress took action to move the United States out of its darkest days since the 1930s by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Governor Rendell. “While some naysayers – often, critics who have little personally at stake -- have questioned whether it was the right thing to do, the reality is that the Recovery Act kept our nation from sinking deeper into economic quicksand.”

The Governor noted that 2 million Americans today have good jobs because of the federal stimulus. In Pennsylvania, the act helped avoid massive layoffs, provided relief to families in need, made higher education more affordable for students, and enabled employers to hire and retain workers doing jobs that are vital to the state’s future, such as developing renewable energy resources.

“One of the premier examples in Pennsylvania, if not the nation, of how we can build a 21st century green economy is the Gamesa plant we’re visiting today. With the support of federal Recovery Act funding, this plant will return to full production and start up a second manufacturing line. That means a great deal to the workers who went back on the job this week.”

Eric Sheesley was one of those workers, said the Governor. Sheesley was laid off from his first shift quality inspector job just before Thanksgiving in 2009. He, his wife and two kids live in nearby Nanty Glo, and while his wife was able to pick up extra hours at her receptionist position, the family mostly relied on Eric’s unemployment compensation to get by. Because of the federal Recovery funds, however, he returned to work on Monday, Feb. 15.

“Eric’s experience is only one of the many positive stories made possible thanks to the federal Recovery Act’s support for advanced energy projects,” said Governor Rendell.

Since the Recovery Act was passed, Pennsylvania companies and communities have received more than $800 million for green energy projects. Those funds are in addition to the nearly $1 billion in state funds spent to help grow this sector in the last seven years. As result, according to the Pew Center, Pennsylvania ranks third for the growth of green jobs just behind the powerhouse energy states of Texas and California.

The $22.8 million that Governor Rendell announced today through the Recovery-funded Green Energy Works! Wind grant program will create or retain 387 jobs, leverage more than $200 million in private investments, and reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 450 million pounds annually -- the equivalent of removing 39,000 passenger vehicles from the road. The three projects receiving grant funding include:

• $7.8 million for Gamesa to install 19 two-megawatt wind turbines at the Chestnut Flats Wind Farm in Cambria and Blair counties. The project is expected to create 85 jobs.
• $10 million Iberdrola Renewables’ South Chestnut wind project to install 23 two-megawatt turbines in Fayette County that will create 129 jobs.
• $5 million for the Broad Mountain Wind Energy Center’s installation of eight turbines near Frackville in Schuykill County under a project that will create 43 jobs.

“If not for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these projects wouldn’t happen now and these Gamesa workers wouldn’t be back on the job making the 50 turbines that each of these projects will use.

“It’s clear that the stimulus is working: it’s providing a lifeline to families, slowing job losses, and helping our economy rebound. In January 2009, America lost 750,000 jobs. One year later, that rate had slowed to only 20,000 jobs and the nation’s GDP grew at its fastest pace in six years during the fourth quarter of 2009.”

For more information on how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working in Pennsylvania, visit

Newly Renovated Office Space In Coudersport


Open Arms Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hello Open Arms!

I hope this E-Newsletter find you well!

God wants us to live a blessed life, but why is it that our pursuit of
the blessings always seems to leave us coming up short? With a
struggling economy, strained personal finances, empty promises from
political saviors, it's difficult to see the blessed life God
promised, let alone actually live it. Join us at Open Arms Community
Church February 28th starting at 10:15am as we start a new series
called "Simple Life". Find the answer to walking in God's blessings
and keeping those blessings from becoming a curse.

Rock for Haiti
a benefit for the free methodist haiti famine relief fund

Feb 27th @6:30
@ Open Arms
$5 Cover Charge

Ariel Campbell
Panic Attack
Josh Hatcher
No Room for Nelson
Marshmellow Overcoat
and more

There will be an ART Raffle as well, featuring art from Jennifer
MacNeill and others.

The final sign up for Growth Groups for the Winter/Spring Semester is
February 21st. Sign up at the Growth Group Table in the foyer or on Groups run February through April.

This week coming up will be our week of Prayer and Fasting (Feb. 22nd
- 26th). What can you abstain from for special prayer on behalf of
the church, community and more?

Our "Last Friday" Prayer and Praise Service will be Friday, February
26th at 7:00pm. Join us in praying for our church, community, nation,
military men and women, persecuted church and for communion.

There will be a Membership Class Sunday, March 14th immediately
following service. Lunch will be provided.

That's all for now! Have a great weekend and God Bless!!

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

Gustin's Truck & Auto Service Offers Dependable Honest Vehicle Service




BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Outreach Services will present a seminar to help individuals and businesses make their Web sites more visible to search engines such as Google.

The seminar will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in Room 105 Swarts Hall and again from 5 to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Community Education Council at 4 Erie Ave. in St. Marys. Cost of the seminar is $29 per participant, with a $5 discount at the Bradford site for Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce members.

“By knowing how to get listed with Google and other search engines, business owners can be sure that a potential customer can find their business the first time they search,” said Lindsay Foster, business consultant with Pitt-Bradford’s Outreach Services.

Seminar participants will learn the basics of search engine optimization, which directs more traffic to a Web site from search engines.

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

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

Open Government Initiative at USDA

Open Government Initiative at USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Open Gov page is now available at We invite you to share your ideas about:

  • Transparency,
  • Participation,
  • Collaboration, and
  • Innovation.

Share your ideas and discuss USDA’s proposals. Your participation will help USDA create its Open Government Plan and be more innovative and efficient

Working Structure Fire On Florida Avenue In Wellsville, NY

Wellsville Battling Structure Fire
Wellsville, NY Firefighters were dispatched to a working structure fire reported at 2914 Florida Avenue at 5:20 pm. At 5:54 pm, a second ambulance was dispatched to stand by in quarters.

The Red Cross has been contacted to assist the occupants.

Wellsville Daily Reporter has Photos. Click on link below.

SLIDE SHOW: Firefighters contend with Florida Avenue, Wellsville blaze

Norwich Township Fire Dept. Dispatched For Traffic Control

Disabled Tractor-Trailer On Rt. 46
At 4:12pm on Thursday, Norwich Fire Department has been dispatched for traffic control for a disabled tractor trailer on Route 46 in the area of the ball fields.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Maps Available For Inspection In Coudersport Boro Office

New PEMA Flood Maps
The Coudersport Borough would like residents to know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has presented the Borough with the preliminary flood insurance study for the Borough of Coudersport.

Preliminary maps of the flood areas in the Borough for anyone wishing to review and comment on them, will be available at the Borough office. If you would like to review these maps you may stop in at 201 S. West Street, Coudersport, Pa. 16915.

Once these preliminary maps are finalized they will be the documents used to determine which properties are required to purchase flood insurance.

The Borough Office is opened from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Federal Recovery Funds Allow Erie’s Shriners Hospital to Reduce Energy Costs, Invest Savings in Patient Care

Federal Recovery Funds Allow Erie’s Shriners Hospital to Reduce Energy Costs

ERIE -- Marking the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said that a Recovery Act-funded project will increase the energy efficiency of the Shriners Hospital’s heating and lighting systems, saving the hospital more than $60,000 per year.

“It was a year ago this week that President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the creation of jobs and provide a boost to our struggling communities, businesses and economy,” Secretary Hanger said during a tour of the facility. “Shriners Hospital saw an opportunity to use this funding to trim its operating costs by replacing obsolete equipment with more energy efficient systems.

“The money saved on utility bills can now be used to support the hospital’s mission to treat young patients with serious orthopedic conditions.”

The hospital treats children with serious orthopedic issues at no cost. The Erie location is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals across the country offering specialized, intensive treatment to children.

Shriners Hospital received a $250,000 PA Conservation Works grant to improve its lighting, air handling and boiler systems.

PA Conservation Works grants were awarded to facilities that proposed energy saving projects resulting in a 25-percent or more reduction in energy use. The hospital’s project will result in an energy saving of 36 percent. Once complete, the hospital estimates an annual savings of $62,000 in utility costs.

The project will cut the hospital’s electrical energy use by 315,367 kilowatt hours per year, reduce the consumption of natural gas by 3,380 million cubic feet per year, and will prevent the use of 28,000 gallons of water annually by reducing the operation level of the hospital’s humidifier.

The energy-saving work is being done by Gerster Trane of Buffalo and Niagara Electrical Contractors of Erie.

To date, more than $5.7 billion of Recovery Act funding has been infused into Pennsylvania’s economy and more than 4,200 jobs have been created or saved in Pennsylvania as a result.

Erie County, alone, has received more than $67.9 million of federal Recovery dollars that is supporting infrastructure improvements to roads and water systems, aiding school districts, and providing tax relief to nearly 119,238 people, among other things.

For more information, visit

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‘Does God Exist?’--Get Your Answer At Lock Haven University Forum

LHU to host forum on ‘Does God exist?’


Does God exist? On Thursday, Feb. 25, Lock Haven University will host an open forum on this age-old question.

Faculty members Andrew Talbot (psychology) and Daniel Shaw (philosophy) will briefly express their views and then open the forum for questions and comments from the audience. The forum will take place at 8 p.m. in the Hamblin Hall of Flags, Robinson Hall. Admission is free and the public is invited. More...

The forum is co-sponsored by The Free Thought Alliance and The Philosophy Club of LHU. For further information, contact Shaw at or 570-484-2052.

Scheduled State Burn Will Produce More Smoke Than All The Outside Wood Boilers In PA

285 acres in Patton Twp. targeted for controlled burn


Centre Daily Times

PATTON TOWNSHIP — Three 95-acre parcels on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township are scheduled to be burned between March 8 and May 8, the state Game Commission said Thursday.

The three parcels — one targeted for a burn that didn't happen last year and the properties on each side of it — will be burned on three separate days during the two-month period, most likely on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, officials said.

Bill Capouillez, the commission’s bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, said that the controlled burns will reduce the possibility of an uncontrolled wildfire impacting the surrounding developed communities.

He said this year goal is to burn the periphery buffer area between the surrounding residential developments and the high fuel loads on the game lands.

“This buffer burn area must be completed first in order to reduce the fuel load closest to the nearby homes, while also creating a much larger safety barrier for our interior burn areas that will begin in 2011,” Capouillez said in a prepared statement. More...

Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop

DEP to Hold Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop

WILKES-BARRE -- The Department of Environmental Protection today invited water suppliers and local officials to learn how they can work together to better protect drinking water sources at a free workshop to be held next month in Bethlehem, Northampton County.

The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at the main campus of Northampton Community College. It will explore how communities can assess and protect the areas surrounding water sources, facilitate better local decision making on land use and open space preservation, and involve the public in contamination prevention efforts. Information on DEP’s source water protection technical assistance program also will be presented.

Those interested in attending must pre-register for the workshop by visiting or by contacting Julie Kollar of the League of Women Voters’ Water Resources Education Network at 267-468-0555 or e-mail

The workshop is sponsored by DEP, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s Water Resources Education Network, the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association (PRWA), the Pennsylvania Section of American Water Works Association, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Lehigh County Conservation District, Northampton County Conservation District, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and the Wildlands Conservancy. PRWA will provide 3.5 contact hours for certified operators.

For more information, visit or call 570-826-2511.