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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Structure Fire On River Street In Roulette Caused By Electrical Fault

Working Structure Fire In Roulette Deemed Accidental By Fire Marshal
Updated 7:27 pm Sunday
At 11:26 pm on Saturday night, a working structure fire was reported in a house at 6 River Street Extension in the Village of Roulette owned by Gary R. Fessenden of Roulette.

After Roulette firefighters knocked down the fire inside with a handline, the smoky fire that was left burning seemed to be concentrated in the outside wall.

Port Allegany Station 3 was called to the scene for mutual aid and assisted Roulette in tearing off the exterior siding to get at the fire in the wall. It appears to have been stopped with minimal fire damage, but smoke damage throughout the structure.

At 12:11 am the fire appeared to be under control. The fire was declared out at 12:51 am.

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal David A. Surra and Roulette Chemical Engine Company No. 1 Fire Chiefs investigated and determined that the fire, was caused by an electrical fault at an outlet box inside the wall.

The fire was contained by suppression efforts to a small portion of the outside wall of the structure. Damages were estimated at $8,000.00

Troopers Tag 20 Year Old For Underage Drinking

Coudersport Man Charged
A Coudersport man was cited for Underage Drinking after contact was initiated at the Sheetz parking lot at the corner of Rt. 6 and Main Street in the Borough of Coudersport Saturday at 2:24 am.

Eric John Foust, 20, of Coudersport was issued a non-traffic citation for Underage Consumption Of Alcohol. He will answer the charge at District Court 55-3-01.

Vehicle Struck In Seneca Inn Parking Lot Friday Evening

Vehicle Left Without Notifying Owner Of Crash
State Police at Kane are investigating an accident that took place Friday evening at 7:00 pm in the parking lot of the Seneca Inn in Liberty Township.

An unknown vehicle struck a 2005 Toyota Camry that was parked in the Seneca Inn parking lot and fled the scene without providing proper information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Leslie Oates is the investigator.



By Janice Hancharick

Reporting on the progress of the 4-County Gas/Oil Leasing Group is like trying to nail down a twister! For members of this huge group of rights' holders, and those still wondering, it is still a work in progress. Time (sometimes viewed as the enemy) has proved itself to be on our side. From the 3rd meeting in October 2008, when we learned our bid offers had been dropped due to the plunging economy, many went away mumbling "Oh, if we had just signed a bit earlier ...". Then newspapers reported that many of the great leases garnered east of us had been taken back by the companies. THAT is woeful news! We all know when the promise of big money comes along, some folks start spending, or paying off bills that could have waited a little longer. It quickly became apparent that 4-County's non-leasing venture woes were a blessing in disguise.

This "twister" has continued to spin, growing in AC size weekly since that Saturday in '08 ... in PA and NY. Dollar amounts per AC have also grown since then, as we saw when near-by state lands were leased this year. BIG BUCKS! That makes some people drool and others shake in their boots, as the latter fear what could possibly happen to the beautiful countryside.

Leasing is definitely a two-sided coin, and 4-County Group members realize that. As state/federal rules and regulations are up-dated to make safe drilling practices the law, our lease continues to evolve and go above and beyond the "norm" by expanding the environmental addendums and reclamation clauses, because the need is obvious. For the segment of rights' holders who frequently wonder about dollar figures and royalty percentages, they must realize that for the long haul ... the decades the Marcellus play is predicted to be in action ... we must all be mindful of protecting our other natural resources. 4-County Group rights' holders have always had those thoughts in mind ... making the most of this "once in a lifetime" opportunity. We put dollar amounts and environmental issues on a level playing field.

Our 4th meeting, scheduled for 11:00 AM @ the Baptist Church in Shinglehouse on March 27th, will continue to be a learning experience for those who attend. Certainly the public is encouraged to attend as well as group members. PSU's Tom Murphy has provided a wealth of take-home materials from his Marcellus Center office covering all aspects of developing and living with Marcellus shale. The information also covers the financial side, above and beyond dollars per AC and royalties. The reality is the bank material that will also be on hand will provide food for thought ... perhaps for the first time in your life you'll need a financial planner! A lawyer's offering might give you pause to cover all the bases, and do wise estate planning. Rules are changing. 4-County's leasing timeline will be presented, because we need to have a time frame for all this to fall into place. There's so much to consider before we grab that brass ring. Group members want to do it right. This ever-expanding "twister of opportunity" need not turn into a tale of woe if it's handled correctly. Brass doesn't rust.

Gas companies dealing with individuals who have leases coming up for renewal this year are worried, and they should be! Meetings addressing all facets of the Marcellus play are presenting facts to educate the public throughout our area. Folks are looking out for themselves. They are attending these educational seminars and learning the "standard company lease" just doesn't cut it any more! This is a new day. Anyone considering NOT renewing should attend the Shinglehouse meeting, and learn what many others already know. THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE.

Delong Motorsports Sees Changes For 2010 Season

DeLong Motorsports Making Changes For 2010 Season
With a new race season comes new changes and for Delong Motorsports a big change has taken place, besides just changing the looks of the cars, a new owner has taken over.

Due to medical reasons, previous owner Scott Delong has turned ownership over to his wife, Caroyln who will assume owner of the two crate sportman cars effectively immediately.

Delong Motorsports will still be in action this year at the Woodhull Raceway with a few stops at Redline Raceway, Blackrock Speedway and Clinton County Raceway. A big thank you must go out to are following sponsors making this 2010 race season possible.

The Carpenters Shop of Ulysses, PA
Grovers Porta Toilets Of Genesee, PA
Troups Creek Auto Parts Inc of Troupsburg, NY
Watson's X-treme Karting of Coudersport, PA
Tom's Tree Service of Coudersport PA
Ricks Used Auto Parts of Kersey, PA
Greeley's Auto Parts of Coudersport, PA

Once again a special thanks to all of this years sponsors and we hope to see you all during the 2010 race season.
Delong Motorsports

The Coudersport Wellness Center will offer a variety of classes in March.

The Coudersport Wellness Center will offer a variety of classes in March.

Silver Sneakers is a beginner’s class featuring cardio, weights, exercise rope, small ball and stretching and meets from 1 to 2 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays or 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Boot Camp features a variety of step, kickboxing, koga, circuit, weights, strength training, walk, run, abs, exercise ball, and bands and meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kickboxing/Koga is a new workout technique combining yoga and kickboxing to strengthen, tone, and stretch. Classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Yogalates combines yoga and pilates and meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays.

The Combo Class offers step, double step, circuits, cardio, kickboxing, run, walk, yoga flex, upper and lower body/abs. Classes meet from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Step and Pilates will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Yoga and Pilates Workshop features the benefits of mind, body exercise including increased flexibility, improved posture, balance and relaxation, and reduced tension. Classes will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Punch cards of 10, which can be used for any class and combination, cost $68. For more information, or to register, call the wellness center at 274-5353.

Therapeutic Touch to be held At CCMH

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host therapeutic touch at 7 p.m. March 11 at CCMH’s Patterson Cancer Care Center. Therapeutic Touch is free and open to the public. For more information, call 274-9301, ext. 1487.

CCMH to host Alzheimer's support group

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will host an Alzheimer’s support group at 10 a.m. March 10 at the hospital’s main conference room. New and existing patients and their families and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, call 814/274-9301, ext. 1436.

The Victorious Losers support group will meet at 7 p.m

The Victorious Losers support group will meet at 7 p.m., March 10 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s main conference room.

The group is designed for those who need to make life altering decisions, such as weight loss surgery, those who have already undergone surgery, and their friends and family.

Meetings will be led by Paula Warner, a certified support group leader from and Bariatric Support Centers International. She was also a weight loss surgery patient and hopes to offer speakers, cooking classes, special events, and outdoor activities. Feedback from attendees will help develop the meetings to offer the best support, she said. For more information, call CCMH’s community outreach, 260-5550.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Area businesses hoping to make the most of tourism can learn how to create an effective Web site during a free workshop March 10 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The presentation by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State will begin at 5 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The workshop is sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Business Resource Center.

“Effective Web sites that showcase the services and attractions within our region will have a monumental impact on the tourism industry in our communities,” said Lindsay Foster,

business consultant at the resource center.

With many tourism businesses in the Pennsylvania Wilds region having no Web presence, the seminar is geared toward outfitters, guides, liveries, artisans, restaurants, stores and lodges, among others. If a business has a Web site, it is often underused or rarely updated.

During the workshop, small-business owners with successful Web sites will show examples and explain the creation of their sites and the associated costs. PennTAP will hold a discussion on Web site layout and the importance of search engine optimization.

For more information or to register contact the Business Resource Center at 814-362-5078 or

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



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Outreach Services will offer a floral design class next week in the Seneca Building, downtown Bradford.

The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 and March 11 in the sixth-floor conference room. Cost is $15 per person.

Patti Prosser, a state-certified master wedding designer with more than 20 years’ experience, will show participants how to create arrangements and centerpieces along with the tools and materials needed for a professional look.

“We are very excited about offering this new class to the public,” said Barb Burkhouse, assistant director of professional and workforce education at Pitt-Bradford. “Patti’s enthusiasm and willingness to share her designs and expertise with others will make this class very interesting.”

Participants will learn the basics and watch demonstrations on how various arrangements come together. The class will make a corsage of silk flowers along with a small bud vase arrangement to take home. No experience is needed, but participants are asked to bring scissors and wire cutters. Other materials will be provided.

For more information or to register contact Outreach Services at 814-362-5078 or e-mail

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



BRADFORD, Pa. – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford student Andrew Hwang, a business management major from Horsham, is the first recipient of the NEXT STEP Business Grant Competition.

Sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program, the grant awarded $1991 to Hwang for enhancements to his business, LPX (Land Party Extreme) Gaming, located on South Avenue in Bradford.

Hwang was one of four students who made presentations before judges Jill Foys of North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission, Brian Jadlowiec of Northwest Savings Bank and Students in Free Enterprise student Alyssa Smith.

“Andrew’s grant request for his LPX Gaming business was distinguished by the fact that Andrew has already started this fledgling business and has put sweat equity and his own money into it,” said Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program. “He talked to his early customers about what they wanted, and his grant was to provide these items. Andrew has demonstrated the drive and work ethic to make the most of this grant.”

Hwang worked three jobs last summer to earn the money to begin his business at the beginning of the academic year. LPX Gaming is a land-party game room, a place where gamers can play multi-party or Internet-based games in the same room. Aside from video games, non-gamers will be able to play party games, board games, watch movies, sing karaoke and study.

Being in the same room provides the gamers with a different, more social experience than playing separately, Hwang said. “I am trying to bring socializing back to video gaming. In this world of Facebook, and the Internet, people have lost touch with social interactions, and this business is just one way to tie them back together.”

Hwang encountered land-party rooms both at home and while studying abroad in South Korea, where they are very popular. He said he has a steady and growing customer base.

Hwang will use the money from the grant to purchase paint and supplies to re-paint the interior of the gameroom and create a more appealing place. Aside from increasing the number of systems in the store, he will buy new seating for gamers and a stereo headset for each system to give the gamers better sound quality and allow them to play their games without outside distractions.

“By combining these features, we can offer our customers a better playing environment, where they are likely to return and play for long hours,” Hwang said. “These are all suggestions that I received from my customers, and was happy to tell them that I could deliver.

“I would love to give the town of Bradford and Pitt-Bradford students a place to gather and enjoy playing games with one another and start attracting more students to go into town. I hope that I continue to grow as I have been, and that I will be able to offer a better service in the time to come.”

Pennsylvania is Top-Ranked Large State for Delivering on Federal Recovery Program

Pennsylvania is Top-Ranked Large State for Delivering on Federal Recovery Program

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania is the top-ranked large state – and ranks third overall – for the speed with which its Department of Transportation started and delivered projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a Congressional committee.

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s latest ranking of the states showed Pennsylvania climbed from No. 6 to No. 3 and is the highest ranked large state. The committee has paid close attention to how the states have managed the $27 billion in highway and bridge recovery funds allocated by the Recovery Act.

PennDOT is managing nearly four times the amount of road and bridge funding of the two states ranked higher – Maine and Wyoming – combined.

“This recognition reflects the incredibly hard work done by dedicated PennDOT employees on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania,” said Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “From pre-planning to the execution, PennDOT and its partners in the local planning regions and contractors across the state have worked diligently to inject these dollars into the economy as quickly as possible.”

Pennsylvania was allocated $1.026 billion in federal Recovery funds for its state highway and bridge system. All contract bids for 326 projects have been opened.

So far, PennDOT has completed 92 Recovery-funded projects worth $125 million.

More Recovery-funded work will begin as warmer weather returns, putting thousands of people to work across the state. During the peak construction months in 2009, contractors and consultants reported employing more than 5,000 people per month on work funded by the Recovery Act.

Open Arms Church News--Bradford, PA

Hey there everyone!

Here's what's happening at Open Arms...

Where is your vote? Don't forget to vote for the song for Part 3 of
The Simple Life Series. That is coming up next weekend. Go to and click on "read on" under You Choose the
Video. There you can leave a comment with your vote!

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.

Have a great weekend everyone! God Bless!

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

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In recent Potter County Court action, 21 year old Hervey Howell of Galeton was sentenced to a jail term of 2-12 months for theft; and ordered to pay three $100 fines for retail theft, criminal mischief and purchase of alcohol while underage.

According to DA Andy Watson, Howell was arrested when Galeton Borough police were called to the West Street area of that town on complaints that several vehicles had been entered and items had been stolen from the vehicles. One of the victims told police that Howell had been seen in the neighborhood at the time of the thefts.

When police interviewed him, they found he was intoxicated and discovered several stolen items in his home including merchandise he had shoplifted from the Galeton Dollar General store. More news.....

Living within God's Boundaries

Living within God's Boundaries

Living Within God's BoundariesWhen life-changing decisions must be made, sometimes God's will seems like an unsolvable mystery. That's when it's tempting to trust our own instincts rather than biblical truth. Read this week's article from Dr. Stanley and learn how to remain within the boundaries of God's purpose for our lives.

This Week on TV

"God Will Show You His Will"

The Father desires to show us His ways, if we commit to seeking Him first. But sometimes, His path may appear unrecognizable. This week on In Touch, learn why believers shouldn't worry about the future. As Dr. Stanley says, "If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will."

Howard F. McCollough, 66, of Smethport,, PA

Smethport - Howard F. McCollough, 66, of Smethport, died Thursday (March 4, 2010) in the Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, GA.

He was born Aug 4, 1943 in Bradford, a son of Howard M. and Evelyn L. Douthit McCollough. On Sept. 29, 1962, in Port Allegany, PA, he married Audrey J. Ostrander, who survives.

Mr. McCollough was a 1962 graduate of Bradford High School and served proudly in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

He had worked as an Electrical Contractor, employed by IBEW#9, Electricians Union.

He was a member of the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, PA, where he had been a former Past Commander and Treasurer, former Past District Commander, and member of their funeral detail. He was a member of the VFW; Smethport Post #2497, where he had been Treasurer. He was also an advisor for the Sons of the American Legion. He was also a member of local IBEW #9 of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one daughter: Shelby (Daniel) Johnson of Clermont, PA
6 Grandchildren: Dustin, Justin, Tawney, Morgan, Alexandria, and Blake Johnson.
one sister: Denise (James) Soyke of Bradford, PA
and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Donna Moonan.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday 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 Wednesday, March 10, at 11 A.M., with the Rev. Michael Culver, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to McKean County Hospice and VNA, 20 School St., P.O. Box 465, Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences can be made at

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

Lennis T. Leininger, 80, formerly of 124 Summer Street, Bradford, PA

Lennis T. Leininger, 80, formerly of 124 Summer Street, passed away, Friday, March 5th, 2010 at the Bradford Manor

Born November 15, 1929, in Soddy, TN, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Nannie (Collins) Jones.

On August 9, 1956, in Ringold, GA, she married Herbert H. Leininger who proceded her in death.

Mrs. Leininger attended schools in Chattanooga, Tenn. She had worked in house keeping for the City of Elyria, Ohio, in the Administration building for seventeen years. After moving to Bradford she continued working in house keeping and worked for Bradford Public Library, Penn Hills Club, YWCA and Goodwill Industries.

Mrs. Leininger loved her family, and her dogs, she also enjoyed cooking and gardening

Surviving are two children: a daughter, Linda Sue Traster, and a son, Herbert H. Leininger, Jr. both of Bradford, eleven grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and three sisters.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. at which time funeral and committal will be held with at 9:00PM with Rev. Timothy D. Brown, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin, Ohio.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at


McCormick & Company Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from HVP Ingredient

Mincing Overseas Spice Company Voluntarily Recalls Two Lots of Black Pepper

Fresh Food Concepts Announces a Voluntary Recall of Spinach Dips Due to Possible Health Risk

Ed Roller, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Wegmans 9 oz. Food You Feel Good About® Medium Seafood Sauce Due to Undeclared Ingredients on Label

Creative Contract Packaging Corporation Recalls HERB-OX® Bouillon Products Because of Possible Health Risk

One Car Crash Reported On Bordell Road

One Car Crash
At 5:15pm on Saturday evening, Rew Fire Dept and Priority Care ambulance are responding to a one car vehicle accident near 1276 Bordell Road. Two female occupants are self extricated and are at a residence there.

Dorothy M. Pracht, 85, formerly of Aspinwall, and Natrona Heights, PA

Dorothy M. Pracht, 85, formerly of Aspinwall, and Natrona Heights, joined her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, in Smethport.

Born May 12, 1924, in Shaler Township she was a daughter of the late August and Clara (Meyer) Sallach.

On June 6, 1947 in the First Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg she married Robert H. Pracht who survives and resides at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center.

Mrs. Pracht worked for 24 years as a secretary/accountant, retiring from Zimmer Bristow Company in 1977.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed music, photography, family history, and writing poetry.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters: Vicki (Wally) Sander of Smethport, Paula (Dave) Rowsell of Ceder Rapids Iowa, Mary Lou (Marty) Seamon of Knoxville TN, one son Robert M. Pracht of Montezuma CO, one sister, Norma Davis of Pittsburgh, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers: Carl, Bernard, Arnold, and Alvin Sallach, four sisters: Hilda O'Brien, Esther Strasen, Ruth Schaar, and Clara Grip.

There will be a private service and no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center 15 Willow St., Smethport, PA 16749, or a charity of the donors.

On line condolences may be made at

Roulette Red Hat Society Raises $457.00 For Fire Dept. Truck Fund

Roulette Red Hatters were busy today preparing this delicious Spaghetti Dinner at the Roulette Fire Hall. The Red Hatters raised $457.00 to benefit the Fire Dept. Truck Fund. They also had a Chinese Auction and a Bake Sale. Roulette Chemical Engine #1 President Brad Tucker said, "The Department is very appreciative of the work that the Red Hatters did to help the department."

Genesee Man Charged With Megan's Law Violations

Genesee Man Charged With Failing To Register
A Genesee, PA man who is listed as a sexual offender on the Megan's Law Website was jailed Thursday after being arrested for Failing To Register as required by Megan's Law.

Dirk Joseph Pratt, 27, of 422 Hickox Road, Genesee, PA, was discovered to have been staying the night one or two nights a week at a residence on School Street in Genesee, PA. He is required to register his address and any alternate addresses that he resides at.

Pratt failed to register this home as an alternate address, as required by Megan's Law.

State Police arrested him and he was arraigned before District Judge Barbara Easton who set bail at $8,500. Pratt was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 12, 2010 at 10:30 am.


Smethport Man DUI In Roll Over Crash South of Crosby

Driver DUI In Roll Over Crash South Of Crosby
At 12:26 am on Saturday, Norwich Township Fire Dept. and Priority Care Ambulance responded to a one vehicle roll-over accident on Route 46 South of Crosby in Norwich Township.

Troopers said Frank Paul Deblaso, 27, Smethport, PA, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander south on Route 46 when he crossed the centerline onto the eastern berm, up an embankment causing the vehicle to roll over onto the driver's side, on the eastern berm. He was not wearing a seatbelt. No injury was reported.

Deblaso was determined to be Driving Under The Influence and arrested. Charges will be filed in District Court 48-3-02.

Deblaso's vehicle suffered disabling damage and was towed by McKeirnan's Garage.

Housemate Of Bike & Build Cross Country Biker Has Story Published

Sierra magazine
Road Alone

When your camper has a kickstand, sheer bliss comes with near-miss

By Lynn Rapoport

The RV was too close. I could tell by the toasty diesel exhalations cooking my airspace and the faint jack that comes with getting sucked forward by the draft of a large, fast-moving vehicle. But I didn't realize how intimately we'd been sharing the road until I watched it overtake my companion. Pedaling her loaded-up bike a few lengths ahead, she went rigid as the space between her and the metal behemoth narrowed to about a foot. Read more...

Editor's note: The author, Lynn Rapoport is a housemate of Terra Curtis, who traveled by bicycle coast to coast in 2008 with Bike & Build. Terra biked through Potter & McKean Counties, and Solomon's words published her reports as they crossed the US. Terra is living in San Francisco and continues to bike to many locations and advocates for biking transportation issues.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Emporium Man DUI At Traffic Stop Thursday Night

Man Was DUI
When an Emporium Trooper stopped a car for a traffic violation Thursday night at 10:00 pm, on Route 155 at Nickler Road in Shippen Township, he found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol.

John James Boswell, 23, of 25 Gardeau Road, Emporium, PA, was taken to Elk Regional Health Center for a blood draw. DUI Charges will be filed in District Court.

Truck Overturned After Hitting Bank On Ellisburg Road

Genesee Woman Slightly Injured- Child OK
A Genesee woman sustained a minor injury and a one year old child passenger was not injured Friday morning at 9:25 AM when her truck overturned on Route 244, 1/4 mile east of cemetery road in Genesee Township.

Brandy J. Bailey, 30, of Genesee, PA was driving a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 westbound on Route 244 when her truck traveled off the north side of the road and struck an embankment. The vehicle turned onto the driver's side and landed in the westbound lane of Route 244 sliding about 15 yards from the point of impact with the embankment.

Bailey was using a seat belt and the child was in a safety seat. She will be charged with (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Occupants Entrapped In Car That Hit House

Occupants Entrapped In Car That Hit House
At 11:07 pm on Friday Night, Bradford Firefighters and Ambulance are responding to a report of a car into a house at 8 Jackson Avenue in Bradford. Caller reports occupants are entrapped in the vehicle.

At least 3 occupants were taken by ambulance to BRMC. Firefighters report the vehicle has been removed from the house and command terminated at 11:42.


Olean Man Facing Several Charges After
Jeep Crashes into House on Jackson Ave.

An Olean man is facing charges after his Jeep Cherokee crashed into the front porch of a vacant house on Jackson Avenue at about 11 o'clock Friday night.

Bradford City Police tell WESB and The HERO that 19-year-old Victor Farr III was traveling at a high rate of speed, illegally passed another vehicle, couldn't negotiate a sharp turn and lost control of the vehicle.

The owner of the house at 8 Jackson Avenue is Arthur Goodman of Bradford.
Farr had four passengers in the vehicle -- three female juveniles and an adult male. Bradford City Ambulance personnel treated four of the five people for mild to moderate injuries and transported them to BRMC.

Farr is charged with DUI, corruption of minors, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, illegal passing and underage drinking. He was arraigned in front of District Judge Bill Todd and sent to McKean County Jail.

Eldred Boro Fire Dept. Getting Federal Grant Money

Eldred Borough FD Getting Money

The Eldred Borough Fire Department is receiving $27,389 from the federal government.

Federal funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, administered by FEMA under the Department of Homeland Security.

Senator Bob Casey announced the grant today.

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Darren Mattison, 26, of Wellsville, NY has been admitted to the Potter County ARD program for 12 months for DUI and various summary traffic offenses.

He was arrested on August 2, 2009 by Coudersport Police who stopped him in Eulalia Township near the log yard on Rt. 44/49 after observing several traffic violations in Coudersport Borough.

Upon contact with Mattison, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and observed bloodshot and glassy eyes. Mattison was asked to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests which he failed he was then taken to Charles Cole Hospital for a blood draw which indicated is BAC to be .23%, just shy of three times the legal limit in Pennsylvania which is .08%.

Mattison was also ordered tol attend DUI Alcohol Safe Driving School and the DUI Victim Impact Panel Presentation; to complete Drug and Alcohol evaluation and treatment; take part in an approved program of out-patient counseling; perform 25 hours of community service to Potter County, to pay all costs and fees and to surrender his driver’s license for 60 days.More news...

Georgia Company Aquires A.L. Blades & Sons

Hornell's A.L. Blades & Sons sold to Georgia company

By Andy Thompson
Hornell, N.Y. -Oldcastle Materials, Inc. today announced that it has acquired the assets of A.L. Blades & Sons Inc. of Hornell, a general contractor and construction materials manufacturer serving the Southern Tier of New York state and northern Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1922 by Archie Blades, one of the pioneers in the development of the asphalt paver, the company employs more than 250 people, according to a release issued this morning. The company is involved in projects ranging from site development to highway and bridge construction.

“Oldcastle Materials is very fortunate to bring on board a well-respected company with a commitment to its employees and the community. We welcome A.L. Blades & Sons to the Oldcastle Materials team and look forward to working together,’’ said Chris Madden, president of Oldcastle Materials, Northeast Division.

Bob Blades Jr., president of A.L. Blades & Sons, said in the release it was important to the family to ensure a stable future for the company and its employees.

“We are very excited about joining with Oldcastle Materials. They are a leader in this industry and they have a great reputation for innovation, quality and for maintaining the strengths of its individual companies,’’ said Blades. "We feel that we are leaving the company in good hands.”

Blades added that the owners would remain on for a time to ensure a smooth transition.

Oldcastle Materials, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a large vertically integrated supplier of construction materials in the United States: No. 1 in asphalt, No. 3 in aggregates, and top five in ready mixed concrete.

More information about the company can be found on its Web site at:

Jacobs Brothers In Concert Tonight At Free Methodist Church, Coudersport at 7:00 PM

Kathryn B. “Kitty” Gordnier, 65, of Coudersport, PA

Kathryn B. “Kitty” Gordnier, 65, of Coudersport, PA died quietly Thursday, March 4, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born on October 7, 1944 in Wellsville, NY she was the daughter of Jack B. and Eloise M. Glassmire Cleaves. In August of 1962 she married John “Jack” Gordnier.

Kitty was a 1962 graduate of Coudersport High School and later graduated from Olean Business Institute. She was briefly employed as a clerk and typist for Hysol Corporation in Olean. Kitty was a homemaker and passionate about the outdoors enjoying gardening, landscaping, and hunting. She also enjoyed making wine.

Kitty was a volunteer at the Patterson Cancer Center for many years. She had also been active with the Austin Dam Memorial Association, the E. O. Austin Home/Historical Society, the Odin Grange #1254, and the Allegewi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are two sons, Terry A. “Jake” (Leslie) Gordnier of Enterprise, AL, Stewart D. (Tracie) Gordnier of Coudersport, six grandchildren, Sonni Jo, Hilary, Johnny, Cortney (Justin) Gentzyel, Alexandra, and Trevor, two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Mauly, one brother, Jack M. Cleaves of North Carolina, one niece, Christine, and longtime friend, Ken Cordner of Marshburg, PA.

Friends may call at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, on Monday, March 8, 2010 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at which time funeral services will be held. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Homer Cemetery.

Following the services, the family will hold a casual dinner at the American Legion in Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Potter County Hospice, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Center for Rural Health Practice is looking for physicians, physicians’ assistants and dentists to mentor family medicine residents, and medical and dental students during a rural rotation being organized by the Center.

The rotation would give students from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Family Medicine, dental medicine programs and the Pitt medical school the chance to experience the unique setting of rural medicine, and also provide an opportunity for local residents to benefit from their services.

“This is part of our center’s effort to integrate urban academic opportunities with rural challenges to improve health outcomes, and hopefully attract more doctors and dentists to practice in rural communities in the future,” said Dr. Youmasu J. Siewe, director of the center.

The center is gathering the names of interested health professionals as part of its application for a grant that would make the rural rotations possible.

Benefits for the mentors would include opportunities for telemedicine, a position as an adjunct professor and a mentoring workshop.

For more information, contact Siewe at (814)362-5050.


Concord Foods Recalls Concord Foods Seasonings Mixes because of Possible Health Risk

Coudersport High School presents the musical "Footloose" Friday night, March 5th at 7 PM, and Saturday, March 6th matinee at 2 PM

Coudersport High School presents the musical "Footloose" Friday night, March 5th at 7 PM, and Saturday, March 6th matinee at 2 PM in the high school auditorium.

The spirited cast portrays the town of Bomont as newcomer Ren McCormack (Colton Gerhart) shakes up the town.
You don't want to miss it! Tickets are available at the door.

Big Trucks or Little Cars, Gustin's Does Them All


Nellie A. Tomak, 83, of Ulysses, PA

Nellie A. Tomak, 83, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born June 12, 1926, in Elk Run, Gaines Township, PA, she was the daughter of Robert and Gladys Mattison Kern. On October 22, 1943, in Genesee, PA, she married Andrew A. Tamok, who predeceased her in 1997.

Mrs. Tomak and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses Township for many years. She was employed by Galeton Production for over 30 years. Nellie was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA.

Surviving are: three sons, Arthur (Betty) Tomak of Ulysses, Laurence Tomak of Ithaca, NY, and Anthony (Roxanne) Tomak of Campbell, NY; a daughter, Patricia Kish of Ulysses; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Tomak; a grandson, Philip G. Tomak; two brothers, William Kern and Leon Kern; and a sister, Kathryn Cornish.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 1:00 -- 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Robert Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

The family gratefully declines flowers. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Howard F. McCollough, 66, of Smethport, PA

SMETHPORT — Howard F. McCollough, 66, of Smethport, died Thursday (March 4, 2010) at Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, Ga. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.

Braelyn ChrisAnn Marie Gibson, infant daughter of Mark Carlson and Nickole Marie Gibson, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Braelyn ChrisAnn Marie Gibson, infant daughter of Mark Carlson and Nickole Marie Gibson, of Smethport, was stillborn, on Tuesday (March 2, 2010) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by 3 sisters, Starr, SaBreia, and Kaylyn Gibson, all at home in Smethport.
Maternal grandparents: James and Shaw Anna Sellers of Litchfield, IL
Paternal grandparents: Melody McDowell of Crosby, and Lindsey (Judy) Carlson of Smethport
Maternal great grandmother: Barbara Gibson of Emporium
Paternal great grandmother: Alice Elliott of East Smethport
And several Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 7, at 2:00 pm from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating.

Contributions may be made to the family.

Online condolences can be made at

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

Paul Martin Travis Sr., 73, of 175 Willow wood Drive, Emporium,

EMPORIUM — Paul Martin Travis Sr., 73, of 175 Willow wood Drive, Emporium, passed away Wednesday (March 3, 2010) at DuBois Regional Medical Center after a four-year battle with cancer.

Rebecca Marie Gleason, 58, of Rixford, PA,

Rebecca Marie Gleason, 58, of Rixford, PA, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2010, at Vista Medical Center East, Zion, Ill.

She was the wife of Henry Gleason whom she married March 28, 1970. Rebecca was born Sept. 4, 1951, in Clearfield, the daughter of the late Milton and Barbara Fehl Jordan.

She had been employed by WalMart, was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Allegheny Mountain Engine and Implement Association. Rebecca loved crocheting, sewing, knitting and remodeling houses.

Surviving are her husband, Henry; daughters, Tammy Gleason of Bradford, April (Robert) Wheeler of Rixford, Shantille (Shane) Camp of Canastota, N.Y.; two step-grandchildren, Katelyn Wheeler, Chance Wheeler of Smethport; brothers, Robert Jordan of Wellsboro and Barry Jordan, Cochranville.

Friends and family are invited to Rebecca's Life Celebration on Saturday, March 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Marian E. Hartman officiating. Burial will be in Niles Valley Cemetery.

If desired, memorials may be made in her memory to the Cancer Treatment Centers of American, in care of Assistance in Health Care, 220 Elisha Ave., Zion, Ill. 60099.

Overweight Trucks Taken Seriously In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania state police issue $26,000 in fines for overweight trucks

Vehicles owned by Texas-based energy company

By Jason Whong •
Star Gazette

Truck drivers for an energy industry services company were fined for weight violations over two consecutive days in Wysox this week.

State police in Towanda issued more than $26,000 in fines to drivers from 5J Oilfield Services LLC of Palestine, Texas, after stops Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police said Larry J. Russell, 25, of Weatherford, Texas, was driving a truck on U.S. Route 6 in Wysox at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when they found the truck was in violation of its permit.

Police seized the permit and weighed the vehicle. More...

Free Advertising For Your Business At The Millstream Inn

Free Advertising

As most of you are aware, the Gas and Oil Expo is March 17th and 18th in Coudersport.

The Millstream Inn would like to offer you the opportunity to advertise your business at our hotel for free.

There will be over 90 different companies stopping at the Millstream during those two days and we will be handing out a n informational packet detailing our business before, during and after our expansion.

Inside our packet I am also going to have a section that says, “The Millstream Inn in conjunction with the following businesses would like to welcome you to Potter County.”

At the very least, if you could supply us with business cards, pens, hats or whatever your business uses for promotion, we will put them in our packet. Please drop off your promotional items at the Millstream as soon as possible.

This is an excellent opportunity to get your business name in front of the companies that are going to drive the economy of Northern Pa for decades to come.

Thank you.

Scott Buchsen

Accident Reported In Genesse

At 9:22 am Dept 37 and Medic 6 were dispatched to Genesse on Rt 244 one car involved with possibly 2 injuries and entrapment.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Plays This Weekend In Ulysses & Coudersport

Closing Arguments In Rape Case At Lock Haven

Attorneys give different spins on evidence during closing arguments

Lock Haven Express

LOCK HAVEN - The two sides in the jury trial of a Philadelphia man accused of binding and gagging three Lock Haven University students last year - raping two of them - gave much different slants on the evidence presented during the trial.

Clinton County District Attorney Mike Salisbury repeatedly told the jury during his half-hour closing argument Wednesday that all of the evidence, especially from DNA collected after the alleged rapes, pointed solely to Domenique Thomas Wilson, 24.

Wilson's attorney, Todd Fiore of Philadelphia, however, tried to cast doubt that the evidence and the victims' accounts of the events pointed the finger at his client.

Salisbury said Wilson's defense had just three options: claim the crime never occurred, claim the sex with the two victims was consensual or contend someone else carried out the heinous acts on the three roommates in their downtown Lock Haven apartment on Feb. 1, 2009. More...

Wilson convicted on all 37 counts

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Raymond Tomb, 49 of Knoxville has been sentenced to time served and 12 months probation for simple assault for an incident taking place on May 8, 2009 in Roulette Township.

Tomb was also sentenced to time served and 12 months probation for reckless endangerment, to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $100 fines each for reckless endangerment and harassment.

According to DA Andy Watson, Tomb was arrested by state police after they were called to a home on Oak Lane in Roulette for an assault. Upon interviewing the 54 year old female victim at Charles Cole Hospital, they found Tomb had pushed her during an argument, causing her to fall and break a hip. Tomb later provided a written statement admitting he had pushed the woman causing her to fall. Read more news...

William C. Davis, Jr., of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Wellsboro, PA

William C. Davis, Jr.

Shinglehouse, PA – William C. Davis, Jr., of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Wellsboro, PA, died on March 4, 2010, at the age of 88.

He was born in Coalport, PA, on May 18, 1921, the son of W. Cecil Davis, Sr., and Marion Barnes Davis.

He spent his youth in Millport, PA, graduating from Shinglehouse High School in 1937 and from St. Bonaventure University in 1941.

He taught at Shinglehouse High School for one year and married Marguerite McCollum. He joined the Army in 1942, serving at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. After the war, he returned to St. Bonaventure to teach until 1951.

From there he went to work for the U.S. government as a ballistics engineer, moving among several locations over the next 23 years. He assisted with the standardization of small arms and ammunition among NATO countries, and with the improvement of the M-16 rifle.

In 1972 he retired from federal employment and created the Tioga Engineering Co. in Wellsboro, PA, from which he did consulting and gave expert court testimony on firearms. For decades he was a contributing editor for the American Rifleman, which in 1981 published his book, Handloading. He retired for the second time in 2007 and moved back to Shinglehouse.

He was predeceased by his first wife in 1996, as well as by his sister Jean. He is survived by his wife Mary Walker Davis of Shinglehouse, his daughter and son-in-law Ann Davis Elliott and Jim Elliott of Camp Hill, PA, his brother-in-law George Forbes of Clayton, NY, and by his three grandchildren: Elizabeth Elliott Miller of Asheville, NC; Sarah J. Elliott of Madison, WI, and William K. Elliott of Camp Hill. He will also be remembered by Mary’s children, Tom Jenkins, Peggy Windsor, and Harold Jenkins, Jr.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, and a 33rd Degree Mason. He was also an active volunteer with the Oswayo Valley Historical Society.

A memorial service and Masonic service will be held in Shinglehouse at a future date and place to be announced. Interment will be private, in the columbarium of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pearl & Charles Streets, Wellsboro, PA 16901; or the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Walter F. Phillips, 77, of Calabash, NC, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

Walter F. Phillips
“loving husband, father, grandfather, & brother”

Calabash, NC---Walter F. Phillips, 77, of Calabash, NC, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, died Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Loris Healthcare Hospital, Loris, SC, after a short illness.

Born July 2, 1932 in Wayne, NY, he was a son of Walter L. and Jennie Sustakoski Phillips. He married Rita J. Case, who survives.

Mr. Phillips was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, class of 1950. He attended American University in Washington, D.C. and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea.

He was employed 14 years as an engineer for Upson Paper Board Company and 16 years for Diversified Manufacturing both of Lockport, NY. He retired in 1992.

Mr. Phillips was a member of St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte, NC. He was a member of Calabash Elks Lodge and a member of the Calabash American Legion. He was a life member and former Commander of the VFW in Lockport, NY. He was an avid golfer, once having made a hole in one. He loved spending time with his family, especially attending the annual Phillips reunion in Shinglehouse.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Bradley Phillips of Buffalo, NY, Rodney Phillips of Pendleton, NY, and David Phillips of Burgaw, NC; two daughters, Lorrie Rigby of Alva, Florida and Karen Butcher of Calabash; nine grandchildren; a brother, Larry (Ina) Phillips of Springboro, PA; three sisters, Jerri (Albert) Olmstead, Janet (Bob) Dunsmore, and Helen Payne, all of Shinglehouse, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Phillips was predeceased by a brother, Denny Phillips.

A funeral mass was held on February 10, 2010 at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Shallotte, NC. Inurnment was in the St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church Columbarium, Shallote.

Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, 115 Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706 or to the American Red Cross, Cape Fear Chapter, 1102 S. 16th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.