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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bradford Groups Raised Over $1,000.00 For Haiti Famine Relief

Rock for Haiti Totals

Rock for Haiti pulled in $822.22, plus an additional 200 dollars in the art raffle, totalling over $1,000.00 raised for the Free Methodist Haiti Famine Relief Fund.

Find out more details about the fund at

Coudersport Firefighters Dispatched To Automatic Alarm

Fire Alarm
At 1:55 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at 3084 East Second Street. First responder reports nothing showing.

Karthaus Waste Coal Electric Power Plant Project Said Dead

Mixed reaction to demise of River Hill project

The Progress News-Clearfield, PA
By Wendy B. Lynn Staff writer

KARTHAUS - The Quehanna Industrial Development Corp. in Karthaus has been trying to bring to fruition a multi-million dollar project for the region in the form of the River Hill Power Plant, a facility that would burn waste coal in order to produce electricity.

Recently, board member Ray Savel informed The Progress that plans for the power plant are dead. More...

Gregory D. DeHaven Sr., 54, of Bushnell Street, formerly of Port Allegany, PA

BRADFORD- Gregory D. DeHaven, Sr., 54, of Bushnell St., formerly of Port Allegany, died Friday (Feb. 26, 2010) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Born April 22, 1955, in Olean, NY, he was a son of Donald A. and Norma J. Grimes DeHaven.

Mr. DeHaven had been employed by Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany, for 23 years, had worked in area oil fields, and had driven truck before his illness.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1973.

He was an avid outsdoorsman, enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Norma, of Port Allegany, are a daughter, Kari J. (Darren Bailey) DeHaven of Bradford; two sons, Daniel A. DeHaven and Gregory D. DeHaven, Jr. both of Bradford; three grandchildren: Emma C. Kurban, Kate-Lynn J. Bailey, and Jenya L. DeHaven all of Bradford; three sisters, Karen S. DeHaven, of Kodak, TN, Lisa D. DeHaven of Port Allegany, Paula J. DeHaven of Sevierville, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald A. DeHaven, Feb. 2, 2010.

Friends will be received from 1-3 and 5-7 P.M. Sunday (Feb. 28, 2010) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Roger Laktash, officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to McKean County SPCA or a charity of the donor's choice.



The SPOT will be open tonight (Saturday) for CAFE' WORSHIP 6-7pm. This is a casual worship time for seekers; to bring friends or as an alternative worship service if it better fits your work schedule

(The SPOT is located 3 Miles East of Coudersport on Route 6)

A Ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church.

Economist To Present Report On Effect Of Gas Boom On Communities

Speaker To Forecast Potter County’s Economic Future

kelseysmallmugshotHow will Potter County’s economy be affected by the dawning natural gas boom? How will our communities change? How should local leaders respond? Those are among the issues that will be addressed as a respected rural economics professor from Penn State, Dr. Tim Kelsey, speaks at the next meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force. The session is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 9, at the Gunzburger Building Auditorium and is open to the public.

Dr. Kelsey has studied the potential impact of Marcellus Shale gas production in Pennsylvania. He forecasts that many sectors of the economy will benefit, with opportunities for a number of industries, including construction, retail and trade. He says the two-fold economic challenge is:

  • Finding ways to help local businesses and workers compete for the new business opportunities arising from natural gas.
  • Finding ways to encourage businesses, workers, and royalty owners to spend locally.

Kelsey also states that “local jurisdictions with natural gas wells very likely will face higher demands for services and thus higher costs, and yet receive little new revenues to pay for those services.” For a copy of a report he wrote on the topic, click here.

More information on the program for the March 9 meeting will be announced. A Marcellus Shale/Natural Gas section of the county’s website,, is regularly updated with developments of interest that are occurring on an almost-daily basis.

Eldred Township Firefighters Requested To Send Tanker To Olean

Tanker Dispatched To Town of Olean
At 10:30 am on Saturday, Eldred Township Fire Dept. Station 18, has been dispatched to send a tanker mutual aid to Town of Olean Fire Dept. for stand by.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Police Respond To Report Of Shot Fired

Police Respond To Report Of Shot Fired On Horse Run Road
Police from several area communities and Pennsylvania State Police responded Friday night to the Horse Run Road in the Shinglehouse area after a neighbor dispute was reported to have escalated and a rifle was said to have been fired.

Police had the situation under control in a short period of time and further information is pending release of information from police.

Many Events Listed For Saturday, Feb. 27th

Check out the RED sidebar of Solomon's words for many, many events happening Saturday.

Westline Woman Seriously Injured In Head-On Crash On Rt. 219

Head-On Crash In Lewis Run
A Westline, PA woman suffered severe injuries Friday morning at 11:36 am on Route 219 in the area of Allegany Bradford Corporation in Lewis Run.

Katherine Carrow, 50, of Westline, PA, was traveling north on Route 219 in a 1996 Dodge Stratus.

Jesse Shembeda, 20, Bradford, PA, was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee south on Rt. 219.

Shembeda swerved into the northbound lane in order to miss a vehicle driven by Cindy Hatch of Bradford, which was entering the roadway from the Allegany Bradford Corp. driveway. As he swerved into the northbound lane, his Jeep hit Carrow's Dodge head-on.

Carrow was transported to Bradford Hospital by Lafayette Township EMS with severe injuries. Shembeda was not injured. Both vehicles suffered disabling damage.

1 1/2 Cord Firewood Stolen From 11 Mile

Firewood Stolen On 11 Mile
State Police are investigating a theft of 1 1/2 cords of firewood owned by Thomas Kemp, of Shinglehouse, PA.

The firewood was taken from 3090 Eleven Mile Road, Oswayo Township, Potter County between 2-15-10 and 2-25-10.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Travis Pena is the investigator.

Doris I. Yale, 76, of 14 Virginia Road Cheektawaga, NY, formerly of Bradford, PA

Doris I. Yale, 76, of 14 Virginia Road Cheektawaga, NY, formerly of Bradford, passed away, Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at St. Joe's Hospital in Cheektawaga.

Born March 20, 1933, in Ridgway, she was a daughter of the late Lester Glenn and Bertha M. (Bundy) Yale.

Ms. Yale was a 1952 graduate of Bradford High School. She served with the United States Army from 1953 to 1964. She later attended Buffalo State College and graduated in 1978 with a degree in Food Service Management.

She was employed as a clerk at Wegman's in Cheektawaga at the time of her death. She formerly held many positions retail management. She was member of the American Legion, and the Eagles Club.

Surviving is a sister, Elaine (Leland "Bud") Case of Bradford, a sister in law Barbara Yale, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by he parents, one brother Velmore Yale, and one sister Lois McKee.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., at 2:00PM on Tuesday March 2nd, with Rev. John Schubert pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Coudy Lions Raise $1,000. For Habitat For Humanity

Chili For Charity Nets $1,000. For Habitat For Humanity
Lions club President Ron Angood hands a $1000.00 check to Pastor Scott Ogden of Park United Methodist Church.

Pastor Scott is the President of Habitat for Humanity and the money was donated by the Lions club from the proceeds of the Lions clubs annual Chili for Charity event held in Jan. at the Coudersport Fire Hall.

Habitat for Humanity is building a home in Galeton this year.

The Lions club wants to remind everyone that it is going to present a Mystery Dinner Theater at the Coudersport Fire Hall on March 20 th at 6;00 pm. Lisa Lepovetsky of Saint Marys has agreed to come to Coudersport to perform the mystery theater for the Lions club to benefit childrens camps sponsored by Lions International , Lisa is very well known for her mistery dinners in the Saint Marys area.

Tickets are available from Ron Angood, Dan Cobb, Linda or Lou Karija or Steve Erway.


James R. Strang, 63, of Bradford, PA

James R. Strang, 63, of Bradford, passed away, Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at the Bradford Manor.

Born January 30, 1947, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Clifford and Anna May (Hurrle) Strang.

Mr. Strang attended Port Allegany Schools, and served in the United States Air Force.

Surviving is a daughter, Charlotte Marie Strang, a sister, Jeanne Caruso of Buffalo, and a brother, Gary Strang of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Bruce Strang.

At the family's request there will be no visitation, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

On line condolences may be made at

One Car Crash Reported In Norwich Township

Car on Roof South of Crosby
At 9:15 pm on Friday night, Norwich Township Fire Dept. 12 and Priority Care Ambulance 16 have been dispatched to the intersection of Route 46 and Rt. 146 for a vehicle accident.

The caller reported that the vehicle was on it's roof. A second caller reported everyone out of the vehicle and possibly no injuries.

Gwendolyn H. Shaughnessy Covert, 91, formerly of 312 East main St., and 157 High St., Bradford, PA

Gwendolyn H. Shaughnessy Covert, 91, formerly of 312 East main St., and 157 High St., Bradford passed away Friday, February 26th surrounded by her loving family at the Bradford Manor.

Born March 21, 1918, in Bradford she was a daughter of the late George and Felicia (Bodine) Hemphill. She was a 1935 graduate of Bradford High School and very active in the Reunion Committee.

On July 17, 1954 in St. Francis Church, she married Robert T. Shaughnessy who died September 4, 1964, In 1966 she married Walter D. Covert who died in February of 1967.

She was formerly employed at Anderson's Market in East Bradford, Lloyd Smith's, Bradford Area United Fund, and prior to her retirement at the Bradford Visiting Nurses Association.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, and the St. Francis 50 Plus Group.

Surviving is one daughter, Joan E. (Larry) Yohe of Bradford, one grandson, Jeremy (Laura) Yohe, two granddaughters: Christy (Ben Graham) Yohe, and Rebecca (Mike) Ward, all of Bradford, six great grandchildren: Ryan, Adam and Sean Ward, Emma and Kari Yohe, and Alex Graham, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister June E. Shaughnessy, and one brother George W. Hemphill.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday March 2, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St. where a prayer service will be held Wednesday at 11:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as Celebrant.

Burial will be in in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Visiting Nurses Association, or the Bradford Twp. Lions Club.

On line condolences may be made at

TNT Transport, Inc. of Shinglehouse, PA


Ag Secretary Encourages Producers to Consider Farm Needs During Winter Storm

Ag Secretary Encourages Producers to Consider Farm Needs During Winter Storm; Reminds Farmers about Procedures for Milk Dumping

Harrisburg – Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today reminded farmers about the importance of pre-planning in light of the current bout of winter weather across Pennsylvania and offered guidance on how milk should be dumped if needed.

“Earlier this month, we experienced back-to-back blizzards that brought record-setting levels of snow to some parts of the state,” Redding said. “This extreme snowfall brought unique challenges to the agriculture industry, from milk trucks being unable to reach farms to feed shipments being delayed on the roads and railways.

“By anticipating issues you may experience and preparing in advance for a storm, farmers and agribusinesses can be ready for potentially challenging weather.”

Redding offered the following tips for producers to consider:

  • Work with suppliers in advance of storms to ensure timely delivery of feed and other essential items.
  • Contact co-ops and milk haulers in advance of the storm to discuss your storage tank capacity and possible alternate pick-up schedules.
  • Reach out to your township supervisor to alert them to pickup and delivery needs at your farm and receive updates on when roads leading to your farm may be plowed.
  • Create a bank of important phone numbers for individuals and suppliers you work with and coordinate schedule adjustments with them.
  • Know the contact information for your local emergency management agency and contact them in the event of serious issues.
  • Make arrangements for snow removal and clearing on your farm, including private farm lanes. When clearing snow, remember to check barn roofs as well to avoid structural damage or collapses.

During the previous storms, some dairy producers had to discard milk due to road closures and other hazards. According to Redding, the Department of Environmental Protection offers the following guidance if you must dump milk:

  • Take all necessary steps prevent milk from entering any waterways.
  • Dump milk into a manure pond or natural depression.
  • Only dump the amount of milk necessary to accommodate the needed milking due to runoff when snow melts.

For more information about agriculture in Pennsylvania, visit

To learn more about disaster preparedness for your family, visit

1 Car Crash on Route 44 and Bell Run Road

One Car Crash
At 5:12 pm Friday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 is responding to a one car accident at the intersection of Bells Run Road and Route 44 where a car is reported on it's side in the ditch.

Learn What Steps You can Take To Protect Your Water From Drilling

Meeting On Gas Drilling/Water Issues Sat. In McKean County

gastaskforceclarkA free program entitled “Gas Well Drilling and Water Quality” will be held at 2 pm Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Hamlin Township Building in Hazel Hurst, McKean County. Guest speaker will be Jim Clark, an educator and water authority with Penn State Cooperative Extension, shown here during a recent appearance before the Potter County Natural Task Force.

He will present a program on water issues and answer questions. His presentation will center on potential threats to drinking water supplies and public waters from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Clark will share information with property owners on steps they can take to monitor their drinking water quality and document any changes that might occur.

Potter County Looking At 109 Wind Turbines

Two Potter County Wind Energy Plans Moving Forward

winddddTwo large-scale industrial wind energy projects in northern Potter County are moving forward. Members of the Ulysses Township Board of Supervisors last week tabled action on a proposed “host community agreement” with AES Corporation. AES plans to build an industrial wind energy plant in Ulysses and Hector townships, leasing property from several landowners for construction of approximately 50 turbines.

Another company, the Chicago-based Invenergy, plans to build 59 wind turbines in Sweden, Allegany and western Ulysses townships. The turbines shown above are among those now in operation in the area of Bliss and Eagle in New York.

3 Bedroom Home For Rent In Coudersport

For Rent:

Three bedroom house Crandall Street Ext. Coudersport.
$600 plus utilities. Newer home with large yard. Appliances included. Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator and Stove.

Call: 814-558-7143 or 814-544-9074

2 Car Crash On Route 155 South of Port Allegany Was Gone On Arrival

2 Car Crash Gone On Arrival
At 4:17 pm on Friday, Port Allegany Station 3 and Port Allegany Ambulance 3 are responding to a 2 car motor vehicle accident in the area of 7085 Rt. 155, south. Occupants are reported to be out of the vehicles. The location is just past Hamilton Hollow in the Village of Wrights. Responders reporting slick roadways. A Recall was issued when nothing was found.

One Car Crash Reported On Hazelhurst Hill

One Car Crash
At 4:04 pm on Friday, Mount Jewett Station 10, and Mount Jewett Ambulance are responding to a one vehicle accident on Route 6, on Hazelhurst Hill, just below the roadside rest.

Top Notch Enterprise, Inc.


Joanne Lillian Gaberseck, 73, of Coudersport, PA

Coudersport - Joanne Lillian Gaberseck, 73, of Coudersport, died Thursday (February 25, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

She was born April 30, 1936 in Coudersport, a daughter of Joel Clark and Marguerite A. Rossman Randall. On Sept. 20, 1958, in Coudersport, she married Francis V. "Frank" Gaberseck, who died May 20, 2008.

Mrs. Gaberseck was a graduate of Coudersport High School and was employed by the I.U. 9, and by T.C. Specialties in printing.

She was a member of the Odin Grange, the American Legion Potter Post #192 Auxiliary of Coudersport, and loved playing cards in various card groups.

She is survived by
two sons: Timothy (Karen) John Gaberseck of Marlow, NH, Thomas (Denise) Francis Gaberseck of Hillsborough, NH
Grandson, Drew Gaberseck; Grand Daughter, Presley Gaberseck.
one sister: Jean Lates of Fillmore, NY
two brothers: Joel Clark Randall of Buffalo, NY, Jerry Randall of Friendship, NY

At Joanne's request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 6, 2010 from the American Legion Potter Post #192, Coudersport, with the Rev. Pete Tremblay, pastor of the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be held privately with the family.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Gilbert E. Parish, 92, of Turtlepoint, formerly of Port Allegany, PA

Turtlepoint - Gilbert E. Parish, 92, of Turtlepoint, formerly of Port Allegany died Friday (February 26, 2010) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

He was born Oct 24, 1917 in Port Allegany, a son of Joseph H. and Lena E. Grabe Parish, On April 15, 1939 in Port Allegany, PA, he married Eva S. Strait, who died Jan. 17, 2003.

Mr. Parish was a 1936 graduate of Port Allegany High School.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving from 1944 to 1946.

Mr. Parish was a Supervisor, employed by North Penn Gas Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1979.

He was an avid hunter and enjoyed making maple syrup.

He was a member of Eulalia Lodge#342 Free and Accepted Masons, of Coudersport, PA., and
Was a 50 year member of The Coudersport Consistory. He also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6391, Port Allegany, PA

He is survived by
Two sons: Joseph D. (Ursula) Parish of Turtlepoint, PA, Wayne E. (Dian) Parish of Turtlepoint, PA
Four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr. Parish was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers and 1 sister

At Mr. Parish's request there will be no visitation. Private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice; online condolence may be made at

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

Explosive Devices Detonated North Of Jersey Shore

Explosive situation

Bomb squads defuse dangerous devices
Lock Haven Express

JERSEY SHORE - A potentially deadly situation was averted Thursday when an explosive device attached to a traffic sign near here was safely exploded.

Police bomb squads were summoned to the area of Dennison Drive at Nichols Run Road in Watson Township, just north of Jersey Shore, after authorities found what appeared to be a bomb attached to a traffic sign.

In the process, they found one explosive device placed on a weight limit sign had been detonated some time earlier.

One street sign was damaged and another destroyed, but no injuries were reported, according to Independent Hose Co. Chief Brian Flook, who described it as a dangerous situation.

"If it would've gone off when somebody was driving by or standing at the signs or handling the devices, there was aluminum shrapnel that could've hit them," Flook said. More...

Myrna J. Holden, 68, of 3080 Rt. 646, Rew, PA

Myrna J. Holden, 68, of 3080 Rt. 646, Rew, passed from this earth into the arms of our Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 25th, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at BRMC.

Born February 7, 1942, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur and Laura (Peterson) Smead.

On February 20, 1960, in Bradford she married Lloyd J. Holden who survives.

Mrs. Holden attended West Branch Elementary School, School Street Junior High School and Bradford Senior High School. She latter attained her GED.

She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing where she enjoyed working with her friends and co-workers from 1961 until her retirement in 1998.

She was a former member of the West Branch United Methodist Church, and a lifelong believer in Jesus Christ our Lord.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, with whom she spent many, many happy hours. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and true friend. Her memory will forever be cherished by those dear to her.

In addition to her husband of 50 years she is survived by a daughter, Tama (Richard) Fitzsimmons of Cyclone, a son, Lloyd C. (Jessica) Holden of Gifford, three granddaughters: Buffy (Yuri) Merrick, Heather Holden and Mercedes Holden, four grandsons: Aaron Fitzsimmons, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Clayton Holden and Parker Holden, one great granddaughter: Vanessa Merrick, three sisters: Bonnie (Neal) McMillen of Bradford, Sandra Schlopy of Bradford, and Violet Zawacki of Aiken, two brothers Wilbur (Ida) Smead of Hastings, FL, and Paul (Barbara) Smead of Bradford, and a daughter in law, Rhonda Holden of Aiken, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 28, 2010 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, March 1st, with Rev. Glenn A. Hamilton, pastor of the Cyclone Free Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will be in Clermont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McKean County VNA Hospice 20 School Street Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Injuries & Entrapment Reported In Rt. 219 Crash In Lewis Run

Head-On 2 Car Crash In Lewis Run
At 11:35 am on Friday, Station 6 and Bradford Ambulance are responding to a 2 vehicle head-on crash on Route 219 in Lewis Run. Injuries and entrapment are reported in this crash. Advanced Life Support has been requested to this crash.

1 Car Crash Reported on Route 44

Crash In Ceres Township on Route 44
At 11:35 am on Friday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 responded to a one vehicle motor vehicle accident near 964 Route 44 in Ceres Township, McKean County.

State Police report Anton A. Varavva, 23, of Buffalo, NY, was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan south on Route 44, just west of Bells Run Road, when he lost control on a left hand curve due to a snow covered roadway. His van began to fishtail, sliding sideways off the westbound berm of the roadway into a ditch, where it impacted a utility pole, coming to rest at the point of impact.

Varavva was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Troopers cited Varavva with a summary traffic violation.

Fire Police Dispatched For Crash In Coudersport Boro

Crash In Coudersport Boro
At 11:31 on Friday, Coudersport Fire Police have been dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 6 East in the area of Jennigen's Auto Body for traffic control. There are no injuries.


Trader Joe's Company Voluntarily Recalls Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars

LifeScan Recalls Specific Lots of Consumer and Professional OneTouch® SureStep® Test Strips Due To Inaccurate

Thumb Oilseed Recalls Soy Grits and Flour Because of Possible Health Risk

Johnny's Fine Foods Recalls Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus Because of Possible Health Risk

Homemade Soup Sale Galeton Public Library

Galeton Public Library Homemade Soup

Homemade Soup Sale @ Galeton Public Library
Saturday, Feb 27 1-4pm
Quart soup $5.00
Breadbowl $2.00
Quart soup w/2 breadbowls $8.00
Take-out only.

Coudersport Schools

Coudersport Schools are closed as of 5:56AM. See the School website for verification

Coudersport Public Library

The Coudersport Public Library will be closed today, Friday, Feb. 26, due to inclement weather. No overdue fines will accrue on items due today. We apologize for any inconvenience.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool is closed today, Friday, February 26, 2010 due to the weather. This applies to both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Scarnati Looks Over New Physician Assistant Classroom At Charles Cole Hospital Joint Program With Lock Haven University

First Class Of 12 Physician Assistant Students To Start May 17th

Walt Eisenhauer, physician assistant program director at Lock Haven University, at right, shows Sen. Joe Scarnati, second from left, LHU’s new physician assistant classroom at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Thursday.

Also pictured, are from left, Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer, Scarnati, Dr. Thomas Ormond, dean, college of education and human services at LHU, and Eisenhauer.

Thursday’s visit is the first time Scarnati has visited CCMH since announcing funding from the State Department of Education in September 2008.

LHU used the funding for infrastructure and capital improvements related to expanding the master’s level PA program into Coudersport and Harrisburg.

LHU will welcome the inaugural class of 12 PA students in Coudersport May 17, some with local ties, according to Eisenhauer. He said that LHU had a record number of 800 applicants for the program this year for spots in Coudersport, Harrisburg, Clearfield, and Lock Haven.

Roulette Man Accused Of Sex Offenses With 14 Year Old

Committed To Potter County Jail
The Pennsylvania State Police investigated a report of a possible Statutory Sexual Assault which was alleged to have occurred at a residence located in Roulette Township over a period from January 1, 2010 and January 15, 2010, involving a known 14 year old female resident of Roulette.

Trooper J. P. Yoder wrote, "Upon completion of a thorough investigation, through multiple interviews and physical evidence, it was determined that probable cause did exist to arrest Gregory David Green, 20, of 26 Cow Hollow Road, Roulette, PA, for the following charges: Statutory Sexual Assault (Felony 2); Indecent Exposure (Misdemeanor 1); Corruption Of Minors (Misdemeanor 1); and Indecent Assault (Misdemeanor 2)."

Green turned himself in on February 24, 2010. He was arraigned before Judge Barbara Easton in District Court 55-4-01. The judge set bail at $30,000.00 straight bail. Green was unable to post bail and was committed to the Potter County Jail.

Green faces a Preliminary Hearing on March 4 at 2:00 pm in Judge Easton's Courtroom.

Wellsboro Man Crashed On Rt. 49 In Potter Brook Area

Route 49 Was Closed While Poles Replaced
A Wellsboro man was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Tri-Town Ambulance Thursday afternoon for observation or treatment of minor injuries, after a crash on Route 49 in Westfield Township.

State Police from Coudersport who investigated said, the 2:10 pm crash occurred as Matthew R. Finkele, 29, of Wellsboro, PA, drove a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Route 49, swerved from the right lane into the left lane and off the roadway striking 2 mailboxes, two utility poles and a pine tree.

The Volkswagen received disabling damage to all sides of the vehicle.

Finkele will face a charge of (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed. He was wearing a seat belt.

Route 49 was temporarily shut down until the utility companies could replace the poles.

Coudersport Troopers were assisted by Ulysses, Harrison Valley, and Westfield Fire Departments and Tri-Town Ambulance.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

North Central PA Residents Not Consulted On Area Code Change

814 numbers being exhausted, change coming
Thursday, February 25, 2010
By Wendy B. Lynn Staff Writer
The Progress-Clearfield

STATE COLLEGE - Residents of the 814 area code may be seeing some changes coming within the next few years, according to the Public Utilities Commission.

The PUC recently determined that phone numbers for the 814 area will be exhausted by the third quarter of 2012. Even though plans are already under way to create area code relief, the office of consumer advocate requested that the PUC hold a series of public hearings about the matter to receive input from those most affected by the changes.

One such hearing was held last night at the Ramada Inn in State College; however, public interest was lacking as only four members of the public attended the hearing conducted by Administrative Law Judge David Salapa. More...

More information on the plan can be found at the PUC's Web site, by searching docket No. P-2009-2112925.

Five hearings were scheduled, the first in Altoona on Monday, the second in Johnstown on Tuesday, last night's hearing in State College, a hearing in Erie tonight, which was canceled due to the anticipated storm, and a final hearing in Somerset March 4.

Shinglehouse Man Unhurt In Coneville Crash

Hit Bank & Guardrail
A Shinglehouse man was unhurt at 8:27 Thursday morning when his vehicle struck an embankment and a guard rail on Route 44, about a half mile north of Coneville in Hebron Township.

Troopers said Joshua A. Estes, 32, of Shinglehouse, PA, was driving a 1997 Saturn 4 door south on Route 44, when the vehicle traveled off the west side of the road where the rear end struck an embankment.

It then traveled back onto Route 44 and crossed both travel lanes, off the east side of the road and struck a guard rail with it's front, sliding about 16 feet south along the guard rail before coming to rest.

Estes will be charged with (not) Driving Vehicle At A Safe Speed. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Hello there everyone!

How about this weather? I think we've had a pretty easy winter so
far. So I'm not surprised we are in for some snow.

Here's what going on! Get ready to mark your calendars!!

You Choose The Video!! This weekend, Open Arms Launches “The Simple
Life.” We’re picking our music videos for the coming weeks. We need
your help picking the video for Part Three of the series. Go to our
website for details and to leave comments
about your fav. pick!

What's The Simple Life about?
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. Find the answer to walking
in God's blessings
and keeping those blessings from becoming a curse.

Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 26th is our "Last Friday" Praise and Prayer
Service. Join us at Open Arms for a time of music, prayer, and
communion. It starts at 7pm. We will be praying for our community and
it's needs, our church and it's needs, our nation, our soldiers, our
persecuted believers overseas, and the people and church of Haiti.

The Benefit for the free Methodist Haiti famine relief fund - Rock For
Haiti is this Saturday, Feb. 27th! Starting at 6:30 come and hear:
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.

If you have a family member or a friend in the military, you may
submit their picture, name and information to Shawn Murphy or Chris
Stavish to be posted on the Soldiers Prayer Wall.

Growth Group Leaders Huddle on March 7th, immediately after service.

Diaper Drive: March 7th and 14th for the Bradford Crisis Pregnancy
Center. Please bring in diapers and place on the back table in the

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

Join us for a Jam Session! March 20th at 6:30pm. Can you sing or
play an instrument? Come and jam!!

Week of Prayer and Fasting: March 22nd - 26th. Followed by our Last
Friday Prayer and Praise Service on Friday, March 26th @ 7pm.

BIG DAY!! Bring a friend!! Palm Sunday, March 28th. We will be
launching our Relationship Rescue Series.

There you go! Everyone have a great day and if you have to go out, be
safe and God bless!!

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

News Video From North Eastern PA WNEP-TV


Lady Has Been Found/ Returned Home

Lost Dog is Home
1 1/2 year old German Short Hair.

She ran off Wednesday around 5:00 pm. Last seen near the Austin School. She is a really sweet girl answering to the name of "Lady" or "Lady Bird"
Thank you for all your help and support in searching for our dog. She was found today and returned safely.

Your site was wonderful in helping. We are greatly appreciative.
Stuckey Family

Susan J. Kline, 85, of 200 Pleasant Street, Bradford, PA formerly of Wood St., Emporium, PA

Susan J. Kline, 85, of 200 Pleasant Street, Bradford, PA formerly of Wood St., Emporium, died at Bradford Nursing Pavilion on Wednesday, (February 24, 2010) evening.

She was born Jun 16, 1924 in Emporium a daughter of the late William and Virginia Woodring Gibbs. She was married the late Bernard D. Kline, Sr.

Mrs. Kline retired from Motor Coil in Emporium where she worked for over 20 years.

Son: William Kline and his wife Karen, Smethport
9 Grandchildren
Sister: Mary Jane Petterson and her husband Dan, California
Sister: Patricia Zofrea, Ohio
Sister: Gert Smith, Emporium
Brother: William "Ike" Gibbs, Emporium
Brother: John "Mick" Gibbs and his wife Barb, Emporium
Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Virginia Woodring Gibbs
Husband: Bernard D. Kline, Sr.
Son: Bernard D. Kline, Jr.
5 Sisters: Louise Rutz, Bessie Neenan, Lois Brown, Nina Shadman & Virginia Russell
4 Brothers: Robert, Thomas, Amsey, & James Gibbs in 1920

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Saturday (February 27, 2010) at 1:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

If desired, Memorials may be made to Bradford Nursing Pavilion, 200 Pleasant St. Bradford, PA 16701

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Doris I. Yale, 76, of Cheektowaga NY, formerly of Bradford, PA

Doris I. Yale, 76, of Cheektowaga NY, formerly of Bradford, passed away Wednesday February 24, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buffalo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Vincent E. Tate, 86, of Sweden Valley, PA

Vincent E. Tate, 86, of Sweden Valley, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Born on January 10, 1924 in Coudersport, he was the son of Elmer V. and Pearl O. Fourness Tate. In 1946 in Coudersport, he married Jean Jones who survives.

Mr. Tate was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was employed for close to thirty years with the Damascus Tanning Company and later worked for L. H. Lincoln and Son. He attended the Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church. He liked the outdoors and farmed as a hobby.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Vicky (Calvin “Fuz”) Haskins of Sweden Valley, Beryle Palmatier of Spring Mills, PA, one son, Vincent H. (Diane) Tate of Littleton, CO, five grandchildren, Jeff, Joshua, Jason, Jacob and Katie, three great-grandchildren, Jared, Micaela, and Philip, one sister, Anne Marie Wilber of Wellsboro, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 11:00am until 12Noon at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Reverend Thomas Shatto officiating. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to the American Heart Association, 823 Fillmore Avenue, Erie, PA 16505, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

DEP Orders Shreiner Oil & Gas To Stop Drilling Until Water Wells Are Fixed

Driller Must Restore Water Supplies at Two Homes in McKean County Contaminated By Drilling


MEADVILLE -- The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Schreiner Oil and Gas Co. to provide a permanent solution to water supply issues at two homes the company’s drilling activity impacted near Hedgehog Lane, McKean County.

DEP previously determined that the company, based in Massillon, Ohio, was liable for affecting the water supplies of homes in that area of Bradford Township. Water supplies at seven homes have been restored, but the problem remains unresolved at two other residences.

“The families in this neighborhood have had their lives disrupted for too long,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “While Schreiner had installed treatment systems at these two homes, they were only a partial solution. The order calls on Schreiner to rectify the situation completely.”

Schreiner has been actively drilling combination oil and gas wells in the area since 2008 and did not establish background water quality in the area prior to drilling. Therefore, Schreiner must demonstrate that the contaminants in the affected water supplies do not exceed the maximum contaminant levels established under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act.

DEP ordered Schreiner to submit to the department within 10 days a permanent water supply restoration plan for the two remaining residences. After DEP approves the plan, Schreiner has 30 days to implement and complete it.

DEP took samples at both homes over several months to confirm its findings. Among the contaminants identified were total dissolved solids, chlorides, manganese, iron, dissolved methane and ethane gas.

The order, which was issued Feb. 23, also directs the company to continue maintaining the other seven water supplies and to improve cement casing at three of its drilled oil/gas wells to prevent groundwater contamination.

Under the order, Schreiner is to apply within 60 days to have any of its 15 abandoned wells placed in inactive status or to plug the abandoned wells fully.

Until the gas migration issue is resolved fully, Schreiner cannot drill any new wells.

Vehicle Reported Into A Pole In Harrison Township

Vehicle Hit Pole/Unknown If Injuries
At 2:13 pm on Thursday, Harrison Valley Dept. 20 amd Ulysses Dept 47 have been dispatched for a vehicle into a pole in the area of 2001 Route 49 in Harrison Township near the county line.

At Mosch's Tavern In Coudersport This Weekend


Vern L. Canfield, 74, of Smethport, PA, formerly of Ceres, PA and North Hudson, NY

Vern L. Canfield
“avid fisherman”

Vern L. Canfield, 74, of Smethport, PA, formerly of Ceres, PA and North Hudson, NY, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport, after a long illness.

Born March 24, 1935 in Shinglehouse, PA, he was a son of Sherman Sr. and Eva Kemp Canfield. On December 19, 1985 in Richburg, NY, he married Mary Frances Pearson, who died on February 7, 1997.

Mr. Canfield was a graduate of Smethport High School, class of 1953. Vern grew up on the family farm in Ceres, PA, having worked long hours before and after school. He was employed for Servidone Construction in Castleton, NY for over 20 years and was known for his great expertise in welding on all heavy equipment, bridges and water dams throughout the country.

He was a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, where he was very active in fundraising along with his friend, the late Kenneth “Baldy” Herzog. Together they organized many chicken barbeques and sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser. He was a life member of the NRA, the American Fishing Association, a member of the NACA, and a member of the Richburg (NY) Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid fisherman, especially enjoying his trips salmon fishing in the state of Washington with his daughter, Ronda and her husband, Sid, and his granddaughter, Whitney. Vern will be remembered as a very caring man, assisting anyone who needed help.

Surviving are a daughter, Ronda (Sid) Samora of Silverdale, Washington; three sons, Dennis Vern Canfield of Silverdale, Washington, Joseph E. (Theresa) Canfield of Bothel, Washington, and Scott Canfield; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline (Robert) Ross of Cedar Park, Texas; many nieces and nephews; and a special longtime and caring friend, Joyce G. Burdick of North Hudson, NY.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Canfield was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Canfield; two brothers, Sherman Canfield, Jr. and Leon Canfield; and five sisters, Lenora Canfield, Arlena Roundsville, Phyllis Coleman, Jean Phillips, and Rena Armstrong.

A special thank you to Sena-Kean Manor staff for all the loving care given to Vern. A very special thank you to his caring grandchildren, Eric, Brandy, Lisa and Nicole for all the love and support they gave Grandpa.

At Vern’s request, there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend graveside burial services on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. The Rev. Leon J. Canfield, Vern’s nephew and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bradford, will officiate.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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



The “To Fill A Backpack” program will be holding its 2nd meeting to plan the Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon

Planning Meeting For Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon

The “To Fill A Backpack” program will be holding its 2nd meeting to plan the Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday March 2nd at 6:30pm at the Roulette Fire Hall.

Anyone that would like to help plan or volunteer is urged to attend.

The fundraiser will be held on May 15th in Roulette from 9am to 3pm. We would like to plan assorted activities including face painting, clowns, etc. that everyone could enjoy and help raise money for the Backpack program.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact us via email or phone…all information is shown below.

The program will be expanding in to the Wellsboro area this year so we will need all the help we can get. Check out our website for more information on the program and also information on the Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon.

Andy Kulp

"To Fill A Backpack"

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA 16746

Phone: (814) 544-8032




Smoke In Basement Again At Barrett Hill Road Residence

Smoke In Basement Again
At 9:22 am on Thursday, Smethport Dept. 2 has been dispatched to 34 Barrett Hill Road in Keating Township, where the resident has returned home again to find the basement full of smoke and soot. Smethport firefighters were sent there last night for the same type of call.

Concert Saturday At Open Arms To Benefit Haiti

Musicians Ariel Campbell, Josh Hatcher, and Panic Attack (Justin Willoughby and Larry Petry) performed on WESB Radio's "Liveline" program Tuesday Afternoon to promote the "Rock for Haiti" to be held at Open Arms Community Church on Saturday Night
Local church, artists, musicians work to benefit Haiti

This Saturday, Open Arms Community Church will be hosting “Rock for Haiti”, a benefit concert with proceeds going to support famine relief in Haiti. The show –which starts at 6:30 in the evening at the church- will feature several local acts. The lineup includes: Josh Hatcher (acoustic rock), Ariel Campbell (acoustic rock), No Room For Nelson (alternative rock), Panic Attack (hip-hop), Marshmellow Overcoat (rock), and Horizons Open Wide (rock/ska).

There will be a $5 cover charge, with funds going towards the Free Methodist Haitian Famine Relief Fund. The Famine Relief Fund has been a long-term presence in Haiti and is one of several branch organizations of Free Methodist World Missions, which has raised over $840,000 in post-earthquake relief funds (For more information, see

Local artists Julia Allen, Denise Drummond, and Jennifer MacNeill have donated artwork that will be raffled off throughout the evening. Jennifer’s photography has been featured on the UN website. Raffle tickets will be available starting at one dollar per ticket.

“We’re really excited about this show,” said Larry Petry, one of the benefit’s organizers. “We all saw the devastation with the earthquake in Haiti, and wanted to help. This is an opportunity for local artists and music lovers to have a great time at a show and make a world of difference for the people of Haiti. All of the artists are looking forward to using our talents to bring some hope and healing to Haiti.”

Anyone looking to make a donation, or for more for information can contact Josh Hatcher (814-331-1721,, Larry Petry (814-366-1912,, or Open Arms Community church. Additional information can also be found on the “Rock for Haiti” facebook page.

Artist pages:

Ariel Campbell

Josh Hatcher

Panic Attack attack

Horizons Open Wide

Marshmellow Overcoat

No Room for Nelson

The photo of the two children in the flyer was taken by Jennifer MacNeill

Gustin's Auto & Truck Service Does PA Inspections For Cars & Trucks


Governor Reminds Public in Affected Areas to Prepare Now for Snow, Possible Road Closures and Power Outages

Urges Safety First by Avoiding All Unnecessary Travel

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell is warning motorists to prepare for possible road restrictions and closures in anticipation of another major winter snow storm that is expected impact much of the state. The storm’s strong winds also mean citizens should prepare for power outages.

“If conditions warrant, we will implement travel restrictions and road closures in the hardest hit areas,” said Governor Rendell. “It’s for the safety of motorists so they don’t get stranded, the safety of emergency responders who would need to rescue stranded motorists, and so road crews can quickly and safely do their jobs and get highways reopened.”

As of Wednesday evening, northeastern Pennsylvania was expecting the brunt of the storm. If road conditions deteriorate during the storm, the first step will be to ban trucks. If conditions continue to deteriorate, speed restrictions could also be implemented. The final action to ensure safety is to close the road. Closing specific roads does not equate to a mandatory statewide travel ban, but motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel during extreme weather.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will increase staffing and operations at the State Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Thursday. The move will bring staff from other state agencies, including the departments of Transportation and Military and Veteran Affairs and Pennsylvania State Police to the SEOC to monitor storm conditions and power outages across the state.

Up to 700 National Guard members will be placed on active duty Thursday morning for duties that could include assisting police and helping first responders transport patients during the storm.

“Anyone who thinks they need to go somewhere during the storm should ask themselves if they truly need to travel and if they do, they absolutely should not leave home without emergency supplies,” said PEMA Director Robert P. French. “Motorists should also let friends or family know what time they’re leaving, when they anticipate arriving at their destination, and the route they plan to take.”

French said a home emergency kit should allow a household to survive without outside assistance for at least three days and include basics such as: one gallon of water per person per day; non-perishable food; extra medication; battery-operated radio and flashlights; first aid kit; and any special needs items such as baby and pet supplies. An emergency kit for a car should contain many of the same items but in smaller quantities, as well as extra warm clothing, blankets and a car cell phone charger.

If travel is a must, either call 511 or visit before leaving for information on interstate road conditions, weather reports and incidents. The site also has views from more than 400 cameras at locations around the state. Pennsylvania Turnpike roadway and weather conditions are available at or by calling 1-866-976-8747.

Crash Reported On Hickox-Ulysses Road

Vehicle Hit parked Car
At about 8:20 am on Thursday, a no injury crash has been reported on the Hickox-Ulysses Road where a vehicle hit a parked car and is un-drivable.

Vehicle Crash Reported On Route 44

Vehicle Crash on Route 44 North of Coneville
At 8:29 am on Thursday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 is responding to a report of a vehicle crash 1 1/2 miles north of Coneville on Route 44. Initial report indicates no injuries.

Car Into Pole Crash Reported On Looker Mountain Trail

Car Crash On Looker Mountain Trail
At 8:00 am on Thursday, Otto Township Ambulance, Eldred Township Fire Dept. for rescue, and medic 1 are responding to a report of a vehicle into a utility pole on Looker Mountain Trail near Stuck's Garage. Eldred Township has been recalled by Otto Township Ambulance on scene. An occupant is being transported to BRMC.

Troopers Make Record Drug Bust On Turnpike

Police Make $500K Heroin Bust on Turnpike
WHTM Video

State police say they found a half-million dollars worth of heroin hidden away in an SUV stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cumberland County.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ulysses Man Loses $400.00 When Wallet Is Stolen From Jeep

Wallet Stolen From Vehicle.
State Police are investigating a theft that occurred from a motor vehicle at 603 Brown Road in Hector Township between 2-17-10 and 2-23-10.

Unknown actor(s) removed a green nylon bi-fold wallet with a velcro latch from a blue 2004 Jeep Station Wagon belonging to James Herbey McPherson, 603 Brown Road, Ulysses, PA.

The wallet contained over $400.00 in cash when it was stolen. This investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Timothy Nicewonger is the investigator.

DEP Hires Contractor to Quickly Plug Abandoned Oil Well Leaking Natural Gas

Action Will Prevent Potential Gas Migration in Residential Area of Moon Township

PITTSBURGH -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it is acting immediately to plug an abandoned oil well that is releasing natural gas into the air near a residential neighborhood in Moon Township, Allegheny County.

The well will be plugged by Thursday, Feb. 25.

The work, which is being performed under an emergency contract with Hydrocarbon Well Services of Buckhannon, WV, will protect the public by preventing gas from migrating through the soils and away from the well.

There is no indication that the well poses a risk to area residents or to children attending the nearby J.A. Allard Elementary School, but until the work is completed, DEP advises the public to keep a safe distance from the well.

The well was discovered last fall after a property owner cleared brush from the area. DEP inspected the area and placed the well on a list of abandoned wells to be plugged. DEP began receiving numerous odor complaints from residents beginning Feb. 6 and a subsequent inspection showed that a hole had been eroded into the casing, allowing the release of pressurized gas.

Because abandoned wells can cause many problems, the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 requires well operators to plug non-producing wells. However, many wells were abandoned prior to when state regulations took effect.

In 1992, the legislature amended the Oil and Gas Act to allow certain oil or gas wells abandoned before April 1985 to be classified as “orphan” wells. That amendment also gave DEP the authority and the financial means to plug them.

Funds for well plugging come from Growing Greener grants and from surcharges on well-drilling permits issued in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit or call 412-442-4000.

70 Employees Will Get State Help For Job Losses

Rapid Response Team To Assist Adelphoi Employees

Help is on the way for the approximately 70 people who will lose their jobs when Adelphoi Village in Potter County closes its doors on April 29. It’s uncertain what will happen at the Northern Tier Children’s Home property occupied by Adephoi for the past nine years.

Arrangements have been made to bring a state-sponsored “rapid response” team to the facility on Tuesday, March 9, to meet with the affected employees and help them to connect with available services. Experts on employment and related services from Pennsylvania CareerLink, unemployment compensation, and health insurance options will be part of the rapid response team.

Adelphoi Village provides treatment services to youths from dozens of counties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware. Adelphoi Village receives referrals from juvenile probation and children’s services organizations.

kear_buildingChanges in state funding and new policies that encourage more family involvement and treatment facilities closer to home have caused financial challenges that the corporation, Adelphoi USA, is no longer willing to endure. Sixty-five full-time employees and five part-time workers will lose their jobs. The property consists of about 270 acres, a dormitory, offices, staff housing and the Kear Building (shown), which includes a gymnasium.

Coudersport Man Not Hurt In DuBois Area Crash

Coudersport Man Uninjured

The Progress, Clearfield

DuBois State Police--Alexander Dovensky of Coudersport was not injured yesterday in Brady Township when he lost control of his vehicle while attempting to negotiate a curve and struck a culvert.

Fire Destroys Residence In Gaines Township

Photo courtesy of Jim Green

Fire Started In Crawl Space Under Laundry Area
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit and Goodyear Hose Company (Galeton) Fire Chief investigated an accidental fire that destroyed a single story residential structure at 54 Llama Lane in Gaines Township, Tioga County, Tuesday at 3:35 pm.

Upon investigation it was found the fire had started in a crawl space beneath the laundry room area.

The home's occupant, Alexandra Suzanne Lundgren was in the residence at the time of the fire and was alerted by an activated smoke detector. She escaped without injury. Damage was estimated at $75,000.00

Smethport Responds To Stove Fire On West Main Street

Stove Fire On Main Street
At 7:43 pm on Wednesday, Smethport Firefighters are responding to a report of a stove fire at 305 West Main Street in Smethport in an upstairs apartment.

Marion G. Van Etten Brooks, 93, a longtime resident of Westfield, PA, and recently of Elkland, PA

Marion G. Van Etten Brooks, 93, a longtime resident of Westfield, PA, and recently of Elkland, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010.

Born February 9, 1917, in Harrison Township, PA, she was the youngest of six children of William and Sara English Van Etten.

A 1935 graduate of Harrison Valley High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Mansfield State Teacher's College.

On July 1, 1939, in Dansville, NY, she married Edwin L. Brooks of Westfield, PA. He predeceased her on April 24, 2000 after 60 years of marriage.

Marion began her teaching career in one room school houses in Elmer and North Fork. She was a longtime teacher in the Northern Tioga School District, teaching in the Westfield Township School, Knoxville School, and Westfield Borough School, retiring in 1979.

She and Ed spent several winters in Florida in the early years of their retirement. In later years, Marion enjoyed her Friday night card parties with her friends. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and teacher. She was a member of the Westfield First Baptist Church, OES Cowanesque Chapter #33, and Pennsylvania Assoc. of School Retirees.

Surviving are: a son, Robert (Mary) Brooks of Westfield; a daughter, Brenda (Bruce) Matis of Elkland; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Russell Van Etten, Rex Van Etten, Mark Van Etten, and Rev. Dorr Van Etten; and a sister, Kathryn Van Pelt.

Friends may call Friday, February 26, 2010 from 2:00 -- 4:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Pastor F. Lewis Young will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

An Eastern Star service will be held 4:00 PM, Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 122 Church Street, Westfield, PA 16950 or to Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

Smoke In A Structure In Smethport Area

Smoke In A Structure
At 3:56 pm on Wednesday, Smethport Firefighters have been toned out to a report of smoke in a structure at 34 Barrett Hill off Riley Hollow Road. The resident reported coming home to smoke and soot in the house, but did not see any fire.

Real Estate Listings From Stevens Realtors


Training Cancelled Due To Predicted Storm

Due to the predicted weather for February 25-26, the NIMS Training scheduled for Friday, February 26th at the County EOC has been cancelled. Anyone who was previously registered for the class may contact the DES Office at 274-8900 for additional information.

H. Nelson Austin, 94, of Shinglehouse, PA

H. Nelson Austin
“beloved husband, father, & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---H. Nelson Austin, 94, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in his home after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Born November 18, 1915 in Bell Run, PA, he was a son of Earl L. and Dacia Howard Austin. On April 17, 1935 in Shinglehouse, he married his wife of 74 years, Ruby M. Confer, who survives.

Mr. Austin attended Bell Run Country School and was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1933. He was a self employed dairy farmer for all of his life. During World War II, Mr. Austin was employed by the former Empire Gas Company as a well pumper in local oil fields. He was a Ceres Township supervisor for 30 years. For many years, Mr. Austin oversaw the Bell Run Cemetery.

He attended Bell Run Union Church and was a member of F.A. & I. U. Insurance group (the Myrtle Alliance). He enjoyed hunting and snowmobiling. His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Daniel N. (Marie) Austin and Lloyd E. (Phyllis) Austin, both of Shinglehouse, and Herbert L. (Elsie) Austin of Corry, PA; two daughters in law, Beverly Van Der Griff of Galeton and Jane Austin of Shinglehouse; twenty grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Morris H. (Onalie) Austin and H. Perry (Ellen) Austin, both of Shinglehouse; a sister, Maxine M. Austin of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Austin was predeceased by two sons, N. Robert Austin and Wayne P. Austin; three granddaughters; five sisters, Pauline Austin, Charlotte E. Austin, Ella A. Karr, Iona F. Wood, and Dacia V. Dietze; and four brothers, Orville L. Austin, Howard E. Austin, Erwin L. Austin, and Clair L. Austin.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, and the Rev. Robert G. Achey, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Clearfield, PA, officiating. Burial will be in the Bell Run Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church or to the Bell Run Community Club.

Eldred Man Facing Charges After Incident Outside Eldred Hotel

Eldred Man Charged
State Police at the Kane station have released a report on an incident of Aggravated Assault, DUI Crash, and Drug Possession that occurred early Wednesday morning outside the Gold Eagle Hotel in Eldred, PA.

Troopers said the incident started at 1:36 am outside the Gold Eagle Hotel when Brian R. Miller, 49, of Eldred, PA, engaged in a verbal altercation with Douglas M. Gunsolus, 38, of Eldred, PA.

The altercation turned physical when Miller pushed Melissa A. Gunsolus, 35, of Eldred, PA, when she attempted to intervene. Douglas Gunsolus and Miller then engaged in a brief physical altercation. That altercation was broken up by Robert D. Windsor III, 26, of Eldred, PA.

Both Douglas Gunsolus and Windsor walked across the street to an adjacent parking lot.

Miller then entered his 1992 Chevrolet van and drove towards Gunsolus and Windsor, striking Gunsolus who received injury to his arm and hand.

Miller fled the scene on Route 446. State Police and area police agencies were alerted to watch for an older white conversion van.

Miller was located by Troopers on Route 446 as he attempted to turn left onto Route 346. Miller lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the guard rail resulting in minor damage to Miller's van. Miller was not injured in the crash.

Miller was determined to be DUI and found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with Aggravated Assault, DUI, and Drug Possession and several summary traffic violations. He was arraigned before District Judge William Todd.

Douglas Gunsolus was transported to Olean General Hospital for treatment of his injuries by the Eldred Boro Ambulance.

PennDOT Readies for Major Winter Storm, Urges Motorists in Affected Areas to Avoid Unnecessary Travel

PennDOT Readies for Major Winter Storm

Urges Motorists in Affected Areas to Avoid Unnecessary Travel

Harrisburg – For the third time this month, PennDOT crews are preparing to deal with another massive snowstorm that will impact much of Pennsylvania, and the department is urging motorists in affected areas to avoid unnecessary travel.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow and severe winds between 20 and 30 mph, and those who absolutely must travel should expect delays and be certain that their emergency survival kits are packed in each vehicle.

“It’s been a trying winter for all of us, and I sincerely thank all motorists who have wisely avoided unnecessary travel during the worst of conditions,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Some forecasts suggest this upcoming storm could be on par with – or worse than -- other recent storms. I ask motorists to heed our renewed warnings and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.”

Earlier this month, much of southern Pennsylvania was battered with blizzard conditions, and this storm could bring similar conditions as wind gusts are expected to approach 50 mph across a large portion of the state.

“PennDOT and local crews fought through drifts as high as 15 feet during the Feb. 10 blizzard and this upcoming storm could produce similar, if not worse, conditions,” Biehler said. “The bottom line is that with the extreme conditions expected, motorists must be prepared if they become stranded.”

PennDOT warns motorists that with extreme wind gusts approaching 50 mph and heavy snowfall rates of one- to two-inches per hour, some secondary roads where drifting is prevalent will be blown shut until crews can direct equipment from primary routes.

“This is a very dangerous storm that is forecast, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of staying off the roads unless travel is completely necessary,” Biehler said. “In addition to protecting your own safety and that of other drivers, minimizing travel during storms helps PennDOT to do its job more efficiently and effectively.”

Motorists who become stranded should not risk trying to walk to safety unless they are absolutely certain of their surroundings. If stranded in a vehicle, PennDOT recommends that motorists stay with their vehicle and use the items packed in their emergency kit. Drivers should keep a downwind window cracked for fresh air and turn the vehicle on every so often for heat, but only after clearing the tailpipe from snow.

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

In addition to packing a survival kit, motorists should tell a relative or friend what time they will travel, the route they’ll take and their destination.

Due to the extreme wind gusts currently forecast, PennDOT advises motorists who encounter expected white-out conditions to stop only after safely getting as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so. Also, do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.

According to Biehler, interstates and other high-volume expressways are treated first during winter storms. Secondary state routes are a lower priority and during severe winter storms, deeper accumulations will occur on these roadways.

PennDOT reminds motorists that its primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until after precipitation stops and roads are clear. The department has more than 480,000 tons of salt in stock around the state.

Including the storms from earlier this month, PennDOT has spent $159 million out of its projected winter allocation of $180 million. If the department exhausts its winter budget, it will tap funds normally reserved for spring maintenance. PennDOT’s winter budget is part of its overall $1.2 billion roadway maintenance budget. PennDOT has spent about 52 percent of its overall roadway maintenance budget for the 2009/10 fiscal year.

PennDOT asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

Because weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly, motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling. Road conditions for interstates and some limited-access highways are available by visiting before you leave home, or by calling 511 while stopped in a safe location.

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

PennDOT also reminds citizen that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.