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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Roulette C of C Easter Egg Hunt

Cleaning out and plugging 52 orphan oil wells--Bid Opportunity

Bid Opportunity

[40 Pa.B. 1826]
[Saturday, April 3, 2010]

BOGM 09-8, Cleaning out and plugging 52 orphan oil wells, (Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hillard and Collins Pine Co., Properties (c/o Michael J. Hancharick, Kane Hardwood), Foster Township, McKean County. The principal items of work include cleaning out and plugging 52 orphan oil wells, estimated to be 1,600 feet in depth, to the Department of Environmental Protection specifications; preparing and restoring well sites; and mobilizing and demobilizing plugging equipment. This project issues on April 2, 2010, and bids will be opened on May 6, 2010, at 2 p.m. Bid documents cost $10 per set and will not be mailed until payment has been received. A prebid conference is planned for April 15 and April 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Bradford Mall parking lot. Use the contact information contained in this advertisement to find out more about the prebid. Contact the Construction Contracts Section at (717) 787-7820 or joelmiller@state. for more information on this bid.


Coudersport Golf Club Easter Buffet--Easter Sunday--11 to 4

An Easter Buffet is scheduled at the Coudersport Golf Club from 11:00 am to 4:00 PM on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010.



Serving will be from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Price for adults is $14.95 per person, Children 10 & under $10.95, and 3 & under are FREE.

Plan Your Easter Dinner At Bailey Hill Farms In Ulysses


WILDFIRE In Hamlin Township

At 3:30 pm on Saturday, Hamlin Township Fire Dept. has responded to a WILDFIRE on Stamp Brooke Road. Mt. Jewett has been called to assist. Kane was dispatched to stand by for Mt. Jewett.

Coudersport Firefighters Called To Scene Of WILDFIRE on Sartwell Creek

Coudersport Dept. 48 Called To WILDFIRE
At 3:14 pm on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been called to the scene of the large WILDFIRE on Sartwell Creek in Pleasant Valley Township.

Port Allegany Firefighters Full Company Response To Wildfire In Burtville

Port Allegany Dept. 3 is responding mutual aid to Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township for a large WILDFIRE.

Coudersport Dept. 48 is on standby at their hall to cover for Roulette.

Wildfire On Sartwell Creek Road In Pleasant Valley Townwship

At 2:55 pm on Saturday afternoon, Roulette Dept. 46 firefighters are respomding to a WILDFIRE near 1471 Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township.

Roulette Chief reports fire out, command terminated at 4:44 PM. All units returning.

Lois M. Peterson, 75 of Smethport, formerly of Erie, PA

Smethport-Lois M. Peterson, 75 of Smethport, formerly of Erie, PA, died Friday in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, PA.

She was born March 30,1935, in Holland, NY, a daughter of Raymond and Hazel (Spalti) Hicks. On December 6, 1975, in Smethport, PA, she married Jack H. Peterson, who survives.

Mrs. Peterson graduated from Benezette High School, and was a home maker for most of her life. She loved her family and outdoor life at camp.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:
one daughter: LaWanda D. (Noah) Knauer of Port Allegany, PA
one son: Donald R. Studor of Erie, PA
step sons: Jack (Judy) Peterson of DuBois, PA; Brian K. (Connie) Peterson of Erie, PA; Timothy D. Peterson of Marianna, FL
step daughters: Patricia A. (John) Coleman of Belmont, NY; Wendy L. (James) Gonzales of Erie, PA; Sharon M. (Kevin) Pire of Bradford, PA
23 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren
two sisters: Naomi Klancer of Indiana, PA, Janet Miller of Brockway, PA
one brother: Dennis Hicks of Girard, PA; and several nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 1 brother.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 6, from 10-11 A.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, at which time funeral and committal services will be held at 11, with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, officiating. Burial will be in Clermont Cemetery, Clermont.

The family request memorial donations be sent to The Alzheimer's Association, 1128 State St., Ste. 301, Erie, PA 16501; or the American Cancer Society; McKean County, P.O. Box 67, 56 Thompson Ave., Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences can be made at

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

Austin Firefighters Responding To Wild Fire On Route 607

Wildfire At Dow Residence On Rt. 607
At 1:48 pm on Saturday afternoon, Austin Sept. 44 is responding to a report of WILDFIRE at the Dow residence at 307 Route 607.

Vehicle Fire On Big Shanty Road In Lafayette Township

Working Vehicle Fire
At 1:26 pm on Saturday, Lafayette Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a working vehicle fire at 827 Big Shanty Road in Lafayette Township.

Wildfire Reported At Bradford Gun Club

At 11:23 am on Saturday, firefighters were dispatched to a WILDFIRE at the Bradford Gun Club on the Bradford Gun Club Road.

Bradford House Fire Goes Second Alarm
The picture of the fire above was taken by Joe Austin before firefighters arrived.
Courtesy of 1490 NewsBlog
Photo by Anne Holliday WESB/WBRR News

Fully Involved House Fire In Bradford

At 10:55 am on Saturday, Bradford city Fire Dept. responded to a working structure fire on School Street across from the Elementary School.

A second alarm was sounded as the structure was fully involved. At 2:00 PM, Anne Holliday, WESB/WBRR News Director reported firefighters were still on the scene of this fire. The house was reported to have 4 apartments and it was thought everyone exited safely.

More PHOTOS are posted on 1490NewsBlog along with a complete updated report from the scene by Anne Holliday.

Firefighters were called back to this fire for a rekindle at 6:45 pm. A neighbor reported flames showing.

Pharmacist Charged In Murder Of Unborn Child

Pharmacist charged after he allegedly forces girlfriend to miscarry

By Jason Whong •
Star Gazette

A Bath pharmacist has been charged with causing his pregnant girlfriend -- a Sayre resident -- to have a miscarriage.

Sayre police on Wednesday charged Orbin Eeli Tercero, 38, with criminal homicide of an unborn child, first-degree murder of an unborn child, aggravated assault of an unborn child, aggravated assault, hindering apprehension or prosecution, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Tercero, of Williamson Terrace, was arrested Thursday by state police in Bath as a fugitive from justice.

Motorcycle Crash Kills Wellsboro Man Friday

Wellsboro man dies in motorcycle accident
Star Gazette
A 78-year-old Wellsboro man died Friday afternoon after his motorcycle crashed on state Route 287 near Robey's Trucking in Delmar Township.

Paul South was northbound on his Pegasus motorcycle around 2:40 p.m. but lost control on a left curve, said state police at Mansfield. More...

Canoe Place To Be Demolished Soon For New Sheetz Store In Port Allegany

Site prep underway for new Sheetz

PORT ALLEGANY — Early stages of site preparation are underway at the Canoe Place Inn location, as G&R Excavating and Demolition Inc. of Tyrone removes the contents of the Inn, its restaurant and bar and motel units. The structures will be razed before long, according to Sheetz spokesmen.

In recent days the once popular hostelry, restaurant and bar have had their last “visitors,” as people heeded a sign’s invitation to purchase some of the contents. More...

Easter Egg Hunt For Children Up To 10 Years Old In Roulette Today At NOON

Roulette Chamber Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Noon

The Roulette Chamber of Commerce sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3rd, at NOON,
at the field across from Potter County human services.

There was an EASTER BUNNY.

Hundreds of youngsters and their parents turned out for the event in absolutely beautiful Spring weather. Pictured are the winners of Easter Baskets.

The egg hunt was broken into 5 age groups. Children up to 10 years of age were invited to participate.

A reminder that the Community Park is available for rental at $50.00 per day. Chamber officials said that reservations are coming in quickly and to call 814-544-9967 to reserve a date.

Bradford Man Arrested For DUI Early Saturday Morning

Bradford Man DUI
A Bradford man was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI after a traffic stop by Pennsylvania State Police on Congress Street in the city of Bradford.

Christopher J. Brown, 39, of Bradford, PA, will be charged by troopers in District Court 48-1-01. He was stopped at 2:39 AM today after vehicle code violations were observed. Upon further investigation, Brown was determined to be DUI and arrested.







Remember, In Pennsylvania, you can be held responsible for the costs of extinguishment of WILDFIRES that you started as a result of irresponsible trash burning. This may include the services of an air tanker plane that are very expensive. Please consult your local fire chief before attempting ANY CONTROLLED BURN. Firefighters put their lives in danger every time they answer a call.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Troopers Seeking Criminal Who Exchanged Burn Barrels

Known Female Suspected In Barrel Exchange
State Police are investigating the exchange of empty burn barrels for full ones between March 21 and March 26 at 311 Ellisburg Road in Genesee Township.

Gary Hughes, 55, of Kinney Road , Genesee, PA was the owner of the empty barrels.

The barrels were located on the property of Tammy Crowner, 43, of 311 Ellisburg Road, Genesee, PA.

The empty barrels were replaced with different barrels full of trash. A known female is suspected in this crime. Anyone who can supply information about the crime is asked to contact Trooper Kocher, PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690.

No Injuries In Wednesday Night Crash South Of Shinglehouse

No One Hurt In 2 Car Crash Near Shinglehouse Legion
State Police released details of a Wednesday night 2 car crash on Route 44 South of Shinglehouse in Sharon Township at 8:39 PM.

A 17 year old Female from Coudersport, PA was driving a blue 2002 Dodge Neon 4 dr. sedan south on Route 44, about a mile south of Shinglehouse.

Conrad John Scholl, 71, of Shinglehouse, PA was driving a white 2007 Nissan TK north on Rt. 44 and attempted to make a left hand turn into the Legion Road.

The 17 year old observed the opposing Nisson enter her lane of travel and applied the brakes of her Neon. She left over 93 feet of tire marks on the roadway before striking the rear passenger side area of the Nissan with the front passenger side of the Neon.

The Nissan spun clockwise coming to rest along Legion Road.

The Neon continued along RT. 44 about 174 feet south of the point of impact, before coming to rest .

Both operators were wearing seat belts and were not injured.

Shinglehouse Fire and Ambulance services responded to the scene to assist. The Neon was towed from the scene by Dave Black's Body Shop and the Nissan was moderately damaged but functional and was removed privately.

The 17 year old operator of the Neon will be cited for (not) DRIVING VEHICLE AT SAFE SPEED in District Court 55-4-01.

Milton Man Injured In Motorcylce Crash On Route 144

Milton Cyclist Airlifted To Geisinger After Crash
A Milton, PA motorcyclist was flown to Geisinger Hospital in Danville with moderate injuries sustained late Friday morning after he wrecked his Harley on Route 144 South of Galeton.

Bryon S. Anspach, 47, of Milton, PA, was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson Fatboy 100th Edition motorcycle northbound on Route 144. While attempting to negotiate a left hand curve in the roadway, he steered the bike towards the shoulder of the roadway, where he encountered silt and gravel along the eastern shoulder of the road.

Anspach lost control of the bike and slid about 30 feet along the shoulder before the front tire impacted a ditch. The impact threw him from the bike and he rolled 18 feet past the bike.

He was wearing a helmet, but sustained injuries to his neck and was airlifted to Geisinger. Troopers will file a charge of (not) DRIVING VEHICLE AT SAFE SPEED.

State Police were assisted by Galeton Dept. 10 Ambulance and Germania Fire Company.

PA State Police Warn Of Scams Again

Residents urged to use caution when admitting people to their homes

Capt. Kimberly A. Leemhuis, commanding officer of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop C at Punxsutawney, reminds residents to use caution when admitting individuals into their homes.

There have been a number of cases where people approached a home with items such as air fresheners in hand. After a brief conversation with an unsuspecting resident on how they could help bring a fresh smell to the home, the homeowner will let the salesman in to survey the residence, supposedly checking to see if the fresheners would work.

However, the real reason for the encounter is for the salesman to gain access to the home for a quick examination. This short time spent inside a home could reveal any valuable items that may be stolen at that time or in the future.

She said spring is the time when many homeowners begin to complete home repairs. Although most contractors are legitimate, there are fly-by-night contractors who may swindle people out of their money.

Anyone who needs work done around their house should ask for references for any contractor used. Check to see if they are reputable and don't hand a contractor large amounts of money before a job begins.

In 2008, the state Legislature passed the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. The law requires that all contractors who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register with the Attorney General's Office.

The Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office is a good resource to ensure you have selected a reputable contractor for repairs. There is a published list of contractors on the AG's Web site providing all registered contractors in the state.

Anyone who thinks they have encounter a con artist or less than legitimate contractor should contact law enforcement.

Drilling Companies With More Money Than God Can't Afford To Pay Tax, But Homeowners Can

Commissioners hit Corman on severance tax


LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS- Begging your pardon, Sen. Jake Corman, but these local officials ARE looking at a state severance tax on natural gas production.

At Thursday's meeting of the Clinton County commissioners, board members struggled to make sense of the recent comments made by the key Republican senator, who appears to be discouraging just such a tax as a way to bridge the growing revenue gap at the state level - a problem which would almost certainly trickle down to the county government level.

Regardless, Corman, R-Bellefonte, is saying that it is too early to discuss taxing natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale. He said he considers Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal "off the table" until the industry is established. More...

April Fools Joke Was So Believable That It Worked

Peterson for governor? No, just an April Fool’s joke

Lock Haven Express

TITUSVILLE - April Fool's jokes struck a local cord on Thursday, with former U.S. Rep. John Peterson apparently faking a press release announcing his intention to run for Pennsylvania governor.

In a press release issued yesterday, Peterson said he would run for governor as an independent and he would launch his campaign today with a 10-day bus tour through Pennsylvania.

The ruse was aided by the political Web site,, which posted a banner-headline link to the fake press release.

Peterson even started a Twitter feed for his supposed campaign. It was so believable that a local media outlet also had a news report this morning on the supposed gubernatorial campaign.

The joke was spotted when the press contact for Peterson's campaign was listed as "Sloof Lirpa," or "April Fool's" spelled backwards.

Bank America To Shutter Call Center In Centre County

Update: 165 told they'll lose jobs at call center

Centre Daily Times

About 165 employees were told yesterday they will be losing their jobs at the Bank of America call center on Park Center Boulevard in Ferguson Township.

“They told the site manager two days ago ... and everyone else yesterday,” said one employee, who asked not to be named.

The company confirmed late Thursday evening it would be closing the center as part of an overall restructuring of the company following its merger with Merrill Lynch & Co. Read more:

Cameron Hotel To Be Torn Down In Clean Up Effort

Run-down hotel to be torn down
By Alex W. Davis
Tri County Sunday Correspondent

EMPORIUM - A former Cameron County tavern believed to have been abandoned for more than a decade is set to be demolished in late May.

Putting the wrecking ball to the Cameron Hotel along Route 120, east of Emporium, will be a cure-all for neighbors who have complained about the eyesore, Cameron County Commissioner Phil Jones said. The backyard will also be cleaned up, he said.

"Anytime you can clean up the county, it is a plus," he said. "It shows people you care..." More...

White Male With Beard Damaged Vehicle On Potter Game Club Road

Criminal Mischief In Eulalia Township
State Police investigated an incident of Criminal Mischief on Tuesday at 6:25 pm on Potter Game Club Road in Eulalia Township.

An unknown white male actor with a white beard broke the passenger side headlight cover and caused scratches on the front end of a blue 1990 Chrysler New Yorker owned by Walter E. (MIO) Potter, 68, of 64 Potter Came Club Road.

The actor was driving a small red pickup truck with a rusty truck cap. The actor fled the scene traveling west on the Potter Game Club Road.

Damage was estimated at $1500.00

Census Hoping To Count Everyone

County Passes 60% Mark In Returned Census Forms

censusbadgeJust over 61 percent of Potter County residents have filled out and mailed their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires, according to a report issued today from the Potter County Commissioners. That’s above the statewide (59%) and national (54%) rates — and that’s a good thing, according to Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich. With about $10,000 in state and federal funding during the decade hinging on each person who is counted, the stakes are high, Dietrich pointed out.

She commended the residents of Allegany, Bingham, Genesee, Oswayo, Portage, Summit and Ulysses townships, as well as Oswayo Borough, for reaching the 70-percent milestone as of Friday, April 2. Local rates of return appear below. “Our goal is 100 percent,” Dietrich said. “As high as the consequences of an undercount are for the county, they’re even higher for the townships and boroughs.”

Census data are used to distribute more than 50 federal grants, including support for education, transportation, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, employment services, farming and environmental protection.

Some Potter County residents may have not yet received their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires. They should call a toll-free number, 1-866-872-6868, if their form has not arrived by April 12. U.S. citizens are required by law to complete the census form. Temporary Census Bureau employees will soon begin door-to-door visits of residences that have not returned the questionnaire.

Questionnaires have been reduced from 10 pages to 10 questions. Potter County Human Services is encouraging anyone who has questions or concerns about the forms to attend a workshop at the agency’s office in Roulette from 1-3 pm on April 6 and April 13. There’s also a Questionnaire Assistance Center, available toll-free at 1-866-872-6868.

Percentage of questionnaires returned: Abbott 61, Allegany 74, Austin 53, Bingham 72, Clara 69, Coudersport 63, Eulalia 69, Galeton 66, Genesee 73, Harrison 67, Hector 43, Homer 59, Keating 47, Oswayo Boro 78, Oswayo Twp. 71, Pike 68, Pleasant Valley 64, Portage 78, Roulette 49, Sharon 66, Shinglehouse 61, Stewardson 12, Summit 75, Sweden 65, Sylvania 62, Ulysses Boro 68, Ulysses Twp. 70, West Branch 64, Wharton 55.

Officials Will Seek Input On Distribution Of Block Grant Funds

Grant Targeted For Genesee Water Project, Housing Rehab

cdbg08Officials will soon be seeking public input on a plan for distribution of the county’s $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Federal funds are allotted annually to counties for support of township, borough or county projects that meet the CDBG program’s rigid guidelines.

As he has for more than a quarter-century, Joe Pagano is administering the CDBG program for the Potter County Commissioners in his role as director of development for the Potter County Redevelopment Authority. Pagano met recently with Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel and Doug Morley to review funding requests from a handful of municipalities and develop a tentative spending plan.

Under the proposal, which is open to public comment through April 22, about $120,000 will be provided to Genesee Township in support of a water system improvement project. The remaining $80,000 is designated to support housing rehabilitation countywide for income-eligible families. After reviewing public comment and conferring with Pagano for any final recommendations, the commissioners are scheduled to take action on the plan at their April 22 meeting, scheduled for 11 am at the Gunzburger Building.

DEP Advises Residents, Anglers to Avoid Sewage-Contaminated Tookany, Frankford Creeks

DEP Advises Residents, Anglers to Avoid Sewage-Contaminated Tookany, Frankford Creeks in Montgomery County, Philadelphia
Ongoing Sewer Overflow Releasing Untreated Sewage into Creek

NORRISTOWN -- The Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents and anglers to stay out of Tookany and Frankford creeks in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, as well as in the city of Philadelphia, because untreated sewage is overflowing from a sewer line into the waterways.

According to DEP’s southeast regional director, Joe Feola, the raw sewage creates a potentially severe public health hazard.

“The ongoing raw sewage discharge into these creeks is creating a public safety and health hazard, so we are advising area residents and anglers to stay away until the problem is corrected,” Feola said. “With warmer weather, creeks make an inviting playground for children, and we are concerned that people could be sickened by sewage contamination. We are also advising residents to not let pets drink from the stream.”

The sewage overflow began during recent wet weather. Cheltenham Township, which owns and operates the sewer line, has crews working to filter and chlorinate the discharge, but this temporary measure will not adequately treat the water and remove pathogens that could cause serious health concerns.

DEP is working with local officials and the county to reduce the flow and correct the problem.

For more information, visit

Potter County Outfitters To Host Elite Sports Express Saturday, April 10, 2010

Potter County Outfitters will be hosting the Elite Sports Express brought to you by Big Rock Sports on Saturday, April 10 form 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at their store at 336 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA.

The Elite Sports Express is a traveling showroom featuring the shooting sports industries’ latest in firearms and accessories, optics and shooting aids, scent elimination, knives and much more.

The Express travels with a large inventory of items visiting independent outdoor sporting goods retailers throughout the United States.

Elite Sports Express staff and Potter County Outfitters staff will be on hand, emphasizing firearm safety and product education.

Visitors will be invited into the 75 foot long traveling showroom to get a first-hand look at all the inventory available. Click HERE FOR MAP to Potter County Outfitters.

For more information on this special event, please contact Potter County Outfitters at 814-274-0772.

Wildfire On Jo Jo Road in Kane

At 2:25 PM on Friday, Kane Fire Department is responding to a report of WILDFIRE on Jo Jo Road.

2 Car Crash Reported On Genesee Street In Genesee

2 Car Crash In Genesee
At 2:24 pm on Friday, Genesee Dept. 37 is responding to a 2 car crash on Genesee Street in Genesee, PA.

Wildfire Reported At Montgomery Residence On Sartwell Creek Road At Burtville

At 1:52 PM on Friday, Roulette Dept. 46 is responding to a report of a WILDFIRE at 136 Sartwell Creek Road, the Montgomery Residence. This fire is reported out.
Photo taken from Roulette

The Coudersport Wellness Center will offer a variety of classes in April and May.

The Coudersport Wellness Center will offer a variety of classes in April and May.

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.

ATTENTION to the Hebron Township Residents of North Hebron Township

ATTENTION to the Hebron Township Residents of North Hebron Township (phone prefix 698 or previous 698)

At our April 1, 2010 meeting, a decision was made by the Hebron Township Board of Supervisors to switch Fire & Emergency Protection Coverage from Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association to Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. This decision was reached after much discussion and deliberation based on a significant requested increase by Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.

Any questions, please contact Chairman, Jerry Lambert at (814) 698-2140 or Secretary, Karin Karr at (814) 274-7306.

Chairman, Jerry Lambert

Cutest Pet Winners Announced By Coudersport Library

Cutest Pet Photo Contest Winners
The Coudersport Public Library announces the winners of their Cutest Pet Photo Contest. Receiving the most votes and raising $153.59 for the library were Ethan and Brynen Kisiel's dogs "Jesse" and "Shine."

Second place was awarded to Bob Sherwood's cat, "Lydia", who received $82.41 in donations.

And in third place was Laurie Shear's dog, "Luna," who received $42.20 in donations.

There were 24 entries in the contest and a total of $459.00 was raised in donations through the month of March. We thank all who entered the contest and all who voted by making donations to the library!

Today's Recalls

Watkins Incorporated Recalls Crab Snack & Dip Seasoning Because of Possible Health Risk from Ingredient Supplied by Kerry Ingredients

Zatarain's Recalls Original Dirty Rice Mix Package Due to Unlabeled Wheat and Barley Ingredients

Now It's Central PA's Turn To Drill For Marcellus Gas

Industry looks for more than sites to drill on


LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS- Drive the highways and back roads of central Pennsylvania and it becomes abundantly clear the Marcellus Shale natural gas play is intensifying.

The industry isn't just looking for land on which to drill, but to park trucks, tank trailers, pipe - miles and miles of pipe - compressors and equipment, for office space, to treat water, to draw water.

They're looking for housing for employees, boosting occupancy rates at select area hotels and motels in the region ... the list goes on.

To drill and extract the gas from the shale 5,000 to 8,000 feet deep in the earth, they need sand and water - a very great deal of water - and their plans to use area streams and the Susquehanna River create challenges for local governments to balance progress with safety, serenity and conservation.

Drilling has been going on in earnest for some time in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Now it is central Pennsylvania's turn. More...

Gloria June Schenfield, 85, of 200 Pleasant Street, Bradford, PA

Gloria June Schenfield, 85, of 200 Pleasant Street, passed away, Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC surrounded by her loving family.

Born August 15, 1924, in Bradford, a daughter of the late Clarence and Ila (Howe) Cramer.

On September 22, 1944 in Duke Center she married Louis J. Schenfield who died on January 11, 2003.

Mrs. Schenfield attended Bradford Schools

Surviving are three daughters, Darlene (Travis) Baugh of Ft. Worth, TX, Cheryl Jenkins of Niagara Falls, NY, Jill (Chris) Monti of Pittsburgh, a son, Fred (Susan) Schenfield of Bradford, nine great grandchildren, four great grandchildren, five sisters, Josephine Crooks, Mary Hulings, Barbara Malette, Joyce Caswell and Nancy Engstrom all of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Gertrude Hoy, Marjorie Onuffer, and Dorothy Ann Onuffer.

At the request of the family there will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held privately with Rev. Leo J. Galllina, Pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating.

Mausoleum entombment will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Alzheimer's Association 1128 State Street, Suite 301 Erie, PA or charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill funeral Homes, Inc.

On line condolences may be made at

Thompson Compares Wellsboro To Washington, DC

Politicians propound challenge of gas growth is balancing fact, fiction

Sun Gazette

WELLSBORO - As gas drilling protestors staged a vigil outside, state and federal legislators spoke about that hot topic Thursday at the Tioga County Development Corp.'s 14th annual Legislative Breakfast at the Penn Wells Hotel.

The economic future of the area looks bright, compared to what it looked like a year ago when the sagging economy and massive job losses took center stage, agreed U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard, and state Rep. Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro.

Before an audience of 200, Thompson jokingly compared Tioga County to Washington, D.C.

"You've managed to replicate the traffic in Washington, made it impossible to find a motel room and mobilized citizens with placards protesting out front," he said, referring to a group calling themselves "Citizens Concerned About Natural Gas Drilling." Their placards told passing motorists and pedestrians they are against the hydro fracturing process used by the gas industry. More...

Clarendon Man Was DUI In Early Morning Crash On Rt. 59

DUI Crash
Two residents of Clarendon, PA were uninjured Friday morning at 4:50 AM when their 1998 Ford Taurus went off the road and down a steep embankment on Route 59, about a mile west of Route 219 in Lafayette Township, McKean County.

David A. Littlefield, 21, of Clarendon, PA, was driving east on Route 59 when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway and his car traveled off the south berm and down a steep embankment. The car continued to travel east about 120 feet through a brush field before coming to rest.

State Police said when they arrived, the driver and his passenger, Wendy L. Littlefield, 40, of Clarendon, PA, were attempting to leave the scene.

Upon further investigation, David A. Littlefield was determined to be DUI and was arrested. Charges have been filed through District Judge Todd's office.

Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. The car sustained minor damage and was towed from the scene by Buzzard's garage.

Local Union Marks 20 Years At Morgan AM&T Sunday

Local 88612 hits milestone
of 20 years on Sunday

This month IUE-CWA Local 612 will be celebrating 20 years since the date that members voted in favor of Unionizing.

On April 4th 1990 there were approximately 242 eligible voters and the final count was 121 for and 109 against. The vote resulted in the emergence of IUE Local 612.

Since that time, IUE has Merged with CWA and we are now identified as IUE-CWA Local 88612.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Roulette C of C Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At NOON

Roulette Chamber Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Noon

The Roulette Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3rd, at NOON, at the ball field across from Human Services.

There will be an EASTER BUNNY.

The egg hunt will be broken into 5 age groups. Children up to 10 years of age are invited to participate.

A reminder that the Community Park is available for rental at $50.00 per day. Chamber officials said that reservations are coming in quickly and to call 814-544-9967 to reserve a date.

Plan Your Easter Dinner At Bailey Hill Farms In Ulysses


Emergency Landing In Sinnemahoning

Aircraft Makes Emergency Landing

A plane, with the tail number N7206C, had to make an emergency landing in a field.

The plane landed around 7:45 pm, off of Route 120 in Sinnemahoning PA, Cameron County, in a field across from the Sinnemahoning Tavern. More...

Dale and Dar Emme Lost 17 Year Old Son To Suicide

A True Story

On a quiet September night our 17-year-old son, Mike, got into his cherished yellow '68 Mustang, his heart broken after the sudden ending of his first romance. His girlfriend had told him she was going to get engaged to someone else. Sitting in the car he had so lovingly restored and treasured, Mike shot and killed himself.

In the note he left, he wrote: "I wish I could have learned how to hate....Don't blame yourselves, Mom and Dad. I love you." His note ended "Love, Mike, 11:45 P.M."

At 11:52 P.M. that night, we and Mike's older brother, Vic, pulled into the driveway alongside Mike's car-seven minutes too late!

It wasn't long before stories about Mike started coming in from all sides.

We heard many of them for the first time. His oldest friend, Danny, told us about the time he was frightened to have his picture taken in kindergarten. "It's easy. Just go like this," Mike assured him as he grinned from ear to ear, displaying the bright smile that became his trademark.

Years later, when a classmate became single parent, Mike helped her care for her baby. One of Mike's friends was shot in a drive-by shooting but recovered, with Mike's support. When his high school band went to Florida to march in the Orange Bowl parade, Mike assisted a fellow band member who was blind .

A young mother phoned to tell the story of how Mike had helped her when her car broke down. She and her children were stranded on the roadside when Mike came by. He stopped, showed her his driver's license to assure her he wouldn't hurt her and her children, and got her car started. He followed them home to make sure they arrived safely.

One of Mike's friends revealed the truth about why Mike never got the new transmission we thought he planned to install in his Mustang in preperation for the local drag race. Mike canceled his order for the transmission and instead bought two transmissions from a salvage yard-so his friend could get his car running, too. Mike had told us the reason he didn't buy the brand-new transmission was that it just wasn't right for the way he wanted his car to perform.

Mike's niece was born with cerebral palsy. He learned to replace her tracheotomy tube and how to perform a CPR, should need the arise. He learned the sign language with her (the tracheotomy tube made it impossible for her to speak), and they would "sing" together in sign language.

In the days following Mike's death, many teenagers came to comfort us and asked if they could do anything to help.

Our response to their question was: "Don't ever do this. Don't commit suicide. Reach out to someone and ask for help!" Before Mike's memorial service, Mike's close friends met with us to share their grief, tell their stories of teen suicide. We talked about ways to prevent teen suicide.

This was how the Yellow Ribbon Project came to life.

We decided to establish a foundation dedicated to eliminating suicide, a leading cause of death among teens. Within days after Mike's death, we began printing pocket-sized cards that read:

Yellow Ribbon Project
In loving memory of Michael Emme

This Ribbon Card Is A Lifeline! It carries the message that there are those
who care and will help. If you are in need and don't know how to ask for help, take
this card to a counselor, teacher, clergy parent or friend and say:


Someone, remembering Mike's beloved yellow Mustang, had the idea of attaching yellow ribbons to the cards, which we did. At Mike's memorial service we set out a basket containing 500 of these yellow-ribbon cards. By the end of the service, the basket was empty(and Mike's Mustang was covered with 100 yellow miniature roses, put there by his friends).

Mike's tragic death made us decide to help others, just as Mike did during his life. In time since Mike's death, the Yellow Ribbon Project has touched-and saved-the lives of teens around the world. We receive many letters from teenagers about the Yellow Ribbon Project with comments such as:

"Your Web site has helped me recover from my depression."

"I've tried to commit suicide several times. This time I found the Yellow Ribbon Card in my pocket and held onto it until a friend came by and I was able to give him the card. They recognized that I was suicidal and got me help."

"Thank you for being there to let those without hope know that there is always someone who cares."

Mike's final letter to us contained another important message. In that letter he told us, I'll always be with you." Every time we speak to a group of teenagers or receive a letter from a teen or child who needs help, we know Mike's words are true.

Dale and Dar Emme
Taken From The Book
Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul

The Emme family from Westminster, Colorado will be coming to Potter County.

The Emme family is known for starting the internationally known Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, which has a chapter locally in Potter County.

While here Dale and Dar Emme will visit area schools, tour the county, and hold an information night for the public
about suicide prevention at the Gunzburger Annex Building on April 7, 2010 starting at 6:00pm. There will be light refreshments and a silent basket auction to help raise money for local suicide prevention programming.

If you have any questions about the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program or the Emme Visit please contact Debbie Hamilton 814-274-8651 or



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Admissions Office will hold two information sessions in April for prospective students and their families.

First Friday, a visitors’ program that allows prospective students to have a group visit on campus during the week, takes place on April 9. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include a presentation by the admissions office, a campus tour with a student ambassador and lunch in the KOA Dining Hall.

On April 24, a Saturday information session starts at 1 p.m. in Swarts Hall, Room 162. The session includes a tour and an opportunity to speak with an admissions counselor.
Appointments for First Friday and the information session are preferred, but not required. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the admissions office at (814) 362-7555 or (800) 872-1787 or visit

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

Millstream Inn Wants To Help You Find A Job In The Oil & Gas Business

Looking For Work?
The Millstream would like to offer anyone with interest in getting a job in the oil and gas business to prepare and drop off, or email a resume to the hotel.

From time to time, companies staying with us ask if we know any CDL drivers, heavy equipment operators, tri-axle owner/operators and general laborers.

There is nothing financially in this offer for us, and we can not guarantee anyone a job. We will just copy and handout your resumes when someone is seeking employees.

We know there are lots of honest, hardworking, unemployed people in Potter County and we would like to do what we can to help you find a job.

Scott Buchsen

Wildfire Reported In Ulysses Boro

WildFire In Ulysses Boro
At 5:43 PM on Thursday, Ulysses Dept. 47, Genesee Dept 37, Harrison Valley Dept. 20 and Coudersport Dept. 48 were dispatched to a structure fire near 601 E. Water Street in Ulysses.

This fire is now reported as a WILDFIRE. Coudersport units returned to station.

Hospital Auxiliary Offering Scholarships

Hospital Auxiliary Offering Scholarships

Second-year nursing school students who are residents in a four-county area can now apply for two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

Along with McKean County, the eligible scholarship area includes students from Potter, Cameron and Elk counties.

The scholarship applications are available at HeartStrings Gift Shop in the Outpatient Services Center lobby of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and also in the nursing and financial aid departments of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College in Olean. The application forms can also be downloaded by going to April 23 is the deadline to submit the applications.

“Along with being a second-year nursing student and a resident of McKean, Potter, Cameron or Elk counties, the applicants must have a 2.7 grade-point average to qualify,” says Virginia Hauser, the Auxiliary’s executive director. Read more at 1490 NewsBlog...

April is National Donate Life Month

PennDOT Reminds Customers of Easy Online Organ Donor Registration

Harrisburg – With April marking National Donate Life Month, PennDOT reminds driver’s license and identification card holders they can help another person live a fuller and longer life by registering online as an organ donor.

“Citizens considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or identification card can do so at any time – they do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” said Kurt Myers, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for Safety Administration. “With a very small investment of their time, an individual can have the potential to save or enhance lives by visiting PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services Web site and saying ‘yes’ to organ donation.”

It only takes 90 seconds or less to add the organ donor designation to a driver’s license or identification card by visiting and selecting the Online Services link, where the option to add the organ donor designation is found under Driver’s License/Photo ID Services. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew their driver’s license or identification card.

Currently, nearly 45 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.2 million Pennsylvanians. Nearly 3,700 Pennsylvanians have used the online registration service since it began in 2006. More than 7,100 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants.

Driver’s license and identification card holders, as well as registered vehicle owners, can also support organ donation programs by donating $1 to the Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund at the time of application and/or renewal. Proceeds from the fund are used to educate and promote awareness of the organ donor program through non-profit organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life (GOL) Donor Program. Pennsylvanians have generously donated more than $8.2 million to the fund since 1995.

For more information about organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania, visit

Long Term Care Residents Receive Easter Cards
Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver Easter cards this week. Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center.
Pictured, from left, are Ruth Lentz, Sissy Miller, and Rachel Hile.

Peterson Announcement Was April Fools Joke

Please take a look at the contact on the press release that GrassrootsPA put on line about a Peterson run for Governor. It is April Fool’s spelled backwards. We are getting calls in our office about this. It is definitely a joke.

Thanks, Tina

Tina Kreisher

Communications Director

Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson (R-Howard)

124 Cannon House Office Building

Phone: 202-225-5121

Cell: 202-680-0006

Only 2 Slots Left For Conversational Spanish Classes

Conversational Spanish Classes
The Potter County Education Council will hold a Conversational Spanish Class at the PCEC Coudersport Office.

This flexible course is suitable for those who have never had Spanish or who have had Spanish but would like a review. We will focus on speaking and listening with some reading and writing and only the grammar you might need to move beyond memorization and apply what we learn to new circumstances as well as gestures and cultural differences.

If you encounter Spanish speakers in your life, if you plan to travel, or if you just want to understand some of what you hear in movies or TV, this course is for you. Some content areas we can explore are daily conversation, numbers and time, around town, basic medical and emergency Spanish, and travel vocabulary and phrases.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning on April 13th and ending June 3rd and running from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Cost for the course is $175.00. To register for these classes, visit our website at

Coudersport Golf Club Easter Buffet--Easter Sunday--11 to 4

Easter Buffet To Be Served At Coudersport Golf Club

An Easter Buffet is scheduled at the Coudersport Golf Club from 11:00 am to 4:00 PM on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010.



Serving will be from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Price for adults is $14.95 per person, Children 10 & under $10.95, and 3 & under are FREE.

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

Sean Wrench, Founder of Forsaken Generation Youth Homeless Project to speak tonight in Bradford

Sean Wrench, Founder of Forsaken Generation Youth Homeless Project to speak tonight at World Vision 30 Hour Famine event

Sean Wrench, Founder of the Forsaken Generation Youth Homeless Project will speak tonight at 9pm at the Church of the Nazarene in Bradford,PA during their World Vision 30 hour Famine event.

Attendees will have a chance to learn more about the issue of youth homelessness as well as what they can do to help. Sadly both NY and PA are home to many thousands of homeless children. Nationally 2.8 million children are homeless.

Sean has spoken to numerous groups all over the country. Most recently he spoke to a group of over 300 students at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

The Forsaken Generation Youth Homeless Project is a nationwide effort dedicated to ending youth homelessness and child sex trafficking in the United States. Our organization collaborates with local organizations and shelters across the country to create solutions, increase awareness, raise financial support and build a better future for the nation’s homeless youth.

Visit for more information. Or visit to learn more about this nationwide event.





A Service of Song with Special Music by the Choir & members of the Congregation.


507 S. Main St. Coudersport, Pa.

* Below is a link to a Music Video Created by Pastor Pete of Josh Garrel's song "Good Friday", with pics from "The Passion" movie.

Thank You Lord for the First Good Friday,

Pastor Pete & The Congregation of The Coudersport Free Methodist Church

Senceas--Obama Deliberately Betrayed Native Americans

Snyder: Obama Betrayed Native Americans

Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. called today's signing of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act a "deliberate betrayal" of all Native Americans.

"The President of the United States invited Native American leaders to Washington D.C. in November and looked us in the eye as a sign of good faith in his pledge to protect federal treaties," Snyder said. "Now four months later he has betrayed that promise."

"In 1779, President George Washington was referred to as 'Hanodagonyas,' an Iroquois term meaning 'town destroyer,' for his attempt to quell Native American uprisings. I think that term should be dusted off and given to Barack Obama for the economic destruction that Pact Act will cause," Snyder said.

"This is certainly not the first time a U.S. president has failed to honor federal treaty rights, but it is particularly hurtful when this country's first minority president turns his back on another group of minority Americans, it's a very personal pain and insult," Snyder added. More from 1490 NewsBlog....

Obama Signs Law To Put 1000 Out Of Jobs In Area

WESB NewsRadio--Obama Signs PACT Act

President Obama has signed a bill into law that the Seneca Nation says could leave as many as 1,000 people without jobs.
The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act bars the US Postal Service from shipping cigarettes through the mail. Seneca Indian Nation business owners say the PACT ACT will kill legal Native American commerce and take 1,000 tobacco-industry jobs in New York with it. Synergy Business Managment in Salamanca has filed a notice with the state labor department, saying it will lay off an undertermined number of workers effective June 30. The tobacco-related company which employs 130 people is not affiliated with the Seneca Nation.



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will introduce a new vocal performance course in the fall term that will give students more opportunities to perform.

The course will feature student vocalists in an ensemble performing at luncheons, in classes and at a holiday event in December.

“The initial student response to this offering has been quite good,” said Jeff Guterman, chairman of the Division of Communications and the Arts. “Several student performers have been lined up for the fall, and several more are expected when incoming freshmen register for classes this summer.”

In order to give Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music, more time to work with the students in the one-credit course, the College-Community Choir will not be offered.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, explained how the change fits in with a larger vision for the performing arts at Pitt-Bradford.

“Our plans call for us to now direct our attention to developing the performing arts talents of our students and to showcase those talents at events on and off campus,” he said. “During the next few years, our new music professor, Dr. Levey, will begin the process of developing a student vocal ensemble.

“Unfortunately, this means that he will no longer be available to also organize and lead a college-community choir. We regret that we will have to take this action, but feel that this is in the best interest of the university and is consistent with our plans to develop and expand performing and fine arts options for our growing population of students.”

The College-Community Choir got its start in the 1970s by then-music professor Allan Slovenkay. It fell by the wayside when Slovenkay retired until Dr. Lee Spear, then associate professor of music, agreed to take it up in 1997. Spear retired in December 2008.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of students, faculty, staff and community members on behalf of the choir,” Guterman said. “It’s often not easy to change, but we need to be afforded the opportunity to guide our curriculum and try something new, which in the end will serve a larger number of our students.

Levey said that the new course will “make it easier to recruit and engage students interested in vocal performance, and allow for closer musical collaboration.” He added that the students will sing a wider variety of music -- selections suited to their voices and abilities as well as the events at which will be performed.

The change to a student-centered ensemble also enables Levey to teach an additional three-credit general education course, an increasing need at Pitt-Bradford, where enrollment increased 36 percent between 2005 and 2009.

“That allows the music program to serve 30 to 40 more students each year,” Guterman said.

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of April 5

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of April 5

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of April 5. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
• Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• Tuna Crossroads (T-369) will be closed for bridge demolition. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridge work. Tail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
• Northbound access at Kendall Avenue will remain open.
• Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
• The contractor will excavate existing roadway and perform bridge repairs.
• Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out

Wildfire Reported On Rock Run Road Near Turtlepoint

Wild Fire on Rock Run Road
At 1:05 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Station 3 has been dispatched to a wildfire at the Nellis Residence, about 3 miles up Rock Run Road near Turtlepoint.

Wild Fire Reported At 1788 Rt 6

Wildfire In Roulette
Station 46 was dispatched to a Wild Fire at 1788 Rt 6 on April 1st at 11:52 AM, no buildings are in danger. Advised is 20 by 100 feet and slow moving. At 12:34 fire was under control.

Structure Fire On Old Portage Road In Emporium

Structure Fire On Old Portage Road
At 11:05 am, Austin Dept. 44 has been dispatched to assist Emporium at a working structure fire at 480 Old Portage Road.

U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson to Run for Governor

U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson to Run for Governor as Independent

Will run on a pro-business, anti-tolling, anti-corruption platform

Titusville, PA - After a short year and a half retirement from public service, former U.S. Representative John E. Peterson (PA-05), today announced that he will enter the 2010 Pennsylvania gubernatorial contest as an independent candidate, running on a pro-business, anti I-80 tolling platform. Peterson will formally kick-off his campaign on Friday, April 2 with a ten-day bus tour of the Commonwealth (schedule to follow).

"Having served the people of Pennsylvania for over 38 years at the local, state and federal level, I could no longer sit on the sideline and watch Harrisburg mortgage Pennsylvania's future on ill-advised policy," said Peterson. "After careful consultation with my wife and family, I have decided to put my name forward as an Independent candidate for Governor."

As a Member of Congress representing the sprawling fifth congressional district, Peterson was the driving force that defeated the tolling of I-80 twice while in his final term in office, and was known for his expertise in energy policy. As a state senator, Peterson was a proud supporter of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and was a leader in reforming the state's welfare system. Many of Peterson’s former colleagues site his expertise in the state budget process, and stalwart support for rural health care and economic development.

Peterson stated that he intends to ask former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh to form an inspector general team whose mission will be to eliminate the rampant corruption that has crept into state government agencies, row offices and quasi-governmental agencies that receive taxpayer dollars. “The days of politics and patronage as usual in Pennsylvania will end the minute I take office,” said Peterson. Peterson also singled out the two largest mass transit agencies and other statewide elected offices. “We need to eliminate the waste, fraud, abuse and political patronage at SEPTA and PAT if they want to continue to receive the massive amounts of state funding for which they have become accustomed. The political slush funds in both the Auditor General and Treasurer’s offices will be eliminated."

Peterson expressed a gesture of good will towards his fellow candidates. "While I tip my hat to each of the declared candidates on both the Republican and Democratic tickets, this race lacks a true pro-business, anti-tolling candidate. I am that candidate. Year after year, the leadership in Harrisburg has floated bonds and mortgaged our future instead of making the tough budgetary decisions. And they are now attempting to toll and tax our way into prosperity. The tolling of I-80 is a quick fix to an institutional problem. If elected, I pledge to the people of rural, urban, and suburban Pennsylvania that I'll restore the fiscal discipline to Harrisburg that many Pennsylvania families live by each day. The tax, borrow and spend era created by Governor Rendell will be over. The challenge to develop a lean thoughtful budget will be the toughest assignment anyone in government could face. I'm ready for that challenge."

Peterson also pledged to dissolve the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as his first order of official business if elected. "The turnpike commission exemplifies all that is wrong in Harrisburg. Who in their right mind would borrow over $2 billion dollars with no way of repayment? Better yet, who would allow such a corrupt and mismanaged agency to borrow such a sum of money? Rest assure, these days of spending like drunken sailors is over if Team Peterson is elected."

"We can stop the continued economic decline that has been accepted by our elected leaders in Harrisburg. Our business taxes must be reduced to compete with our neighboring states. We must return to the wise and efficient use of our God given natural resources. Pennsylvania was a wealthy and successful state because we produced timber, coal, oil, gas, and manufactured steel, aluminum and glass. Our natural resources stand ready to bring that much needed prosperity back to Pennsylvania when the right policies are implemented and certainty is given. Our best days are ahead of us, we will indeed regain our old status as the Keystone state that leads the Northeast back to economic growth," concluded Peterson.

The Peterson for Governor bus tour will kick off tomorrow in Titusville, Crawford County at 10AM, followed by a whistle-stop tour across I-80. In the ensuing ten days, Peterson will have met with voters in each of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.

Sloof Lirpa will serve as the Peterson for Governor campaign chairwoman, and his longtime friend and finance director Reid Sentence again will serve in that same position for this campaign.

Emme Family Traveling to Potter County

Emme Family Traveling to Potter County

The Emme family from Westminster, Colorado will be coming to Potter County.

The Emme family is known for starting the internationally known Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, which has a chapter locally in Potter County. While here Dale and Dar Emme will visit area schools, tour the county, and hold an information night for the public. “We are really excited to have them in the area.

This is something that the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Task Force has been working on for some time. Having the Emmes come and share their experiences and knowledge with us will really help us with future prevention efforts” stated John Leete. John Leete worked alongside other communities members to bring the program to Potter County several years ago. Since that time each school district has started a club at their school that promotes wellness and the message “It’s Ok To Ask 4 Help”.

While visiting Potter County, the Emme family will also hold a program for the general public about suicide prevention at the Gunzburger Annex Building on April 7, 2010 starting at 6:00pm. There will be light refreshments and a silent basket auction to help raise money for local suicide prevention programming.

If you have any questions about the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program or the Emme Visit please contact Debbie Hamilton 814-274-8651 or

Backyard Composting Workshops

Backyard Composting Workshops
This workshop encourages residents to reduce their solid waste bill through composting. You will get step-by-step procedures and explanations of the principles of composting to guarantee your success at home. Composting utilizes the natural processes of decay to convert organic materials such as leaves, grass and food scraps into a valuable humus-like material called compost. Reduce your garbage bill and improve the environment all at the same workshop!!

Please Note: Bins will not be given to each participant - there will be a drawing for one free bin per class. This class will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the Seneca Highlands Area Vo-Tech School. The class runs from 6 - 7 p.m. and are free to participants. To register, visit our website at

Cat News

The attached images are of a darling cat that seems to want to make my house it's home. It is very friendly and great with kids (it plays nice with my son and daughter) but it looks as though it is taken care of and already has a home.

She comes and goes from my house as she sees fit, but she doesn't belong to me.

If anyone needs to contact me they can do so by getting a hold of me at: or on my cell phone at 814-331-8102.


Emporium Country Club Welcomes you To The Annual Easter Buffet!

Emporium Country Club Welcomes you
To The Annual Easter Buffet!

Sunday 12:00-5:00
Sliced Prime Rib, Ham, Chicken, Scalloped Potato,
Prince Edward Vegtable, Salad, Rolls,Carrot Cake,
Fresh Fruit, Non-Alcoholic Beverage all included
Adults $15.00
Children 11and under $7.50
kids 3 and under FREE!!
Reservations appreciated @ 814-486-7715 ext 5

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Receives First Vehicle Donation

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Receives First Vehicle Donation
Bill Ransom, the Board Chair of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) announced today that the CFTT has received their first donated vehicle to their newly instituted Vehicle Donation Program.

The donor of the car, Betty Behets stated, “Donating the car was really quite easy. After placing the call to the donation service (1-877-537-5277) my vehicle was picked up at my residence, sold at auction and I received the necessary documentation for tax purposes shortly afterwards. It was a simple way to transfer ownership of a car that I no longer needed while supporting a great local organization. I would definitely recommend it to others.”

Ransom stated this is a program that has many benefits. The donor obtains a tax deduction for the sale price of the vehicle thus reducing their taxable income, they have no need to pay for the costs associated with selling a car and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance and repairs to keep the car in running condition while waiting for a buyer.

He went on further to explain that the CFTT Board has been looking for additional ways to raise some operating capital in these hard economic times. The Board members also saw this program as a way of helping communities get nuisance vehicles off municipal streets and residential properties.

Mr. Ransom explained this program will take many types of motor vehicles in addition to cars, i.e., trucks, motorcycles, boats, motor homes, and even airplanes. They don’t have to be in running condition either but they must have an engine, be towable and the donor must be in possession of a signed, clear title.

All the donor needs do is call this toll free number 1-877-537-5277, answer a few questions, and a towing company will come in two or three business days, pick up the vehicle and give you a receipt for the donation. This receipt will state the CFTT’s name, condition of the vehicle, and date of the donation. The vehicle is then taken to the auction house and auctioned off. The donor is then notified of the sale price of the vehicle.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is a non-profit public foundation established in 2002 by a diverse group of local leaders and residents. The Foundation encourages community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for those who reside in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. It is one of over 750 community foundations in the United States.

The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation. If you have an interest in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund you can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone - 570-888-4759; fax - 570-888-2179; email - ; or visit the website - .