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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gilliland Covers The Artsfest

Crowds flock to Patriot-News Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg despite cover charge


The new $5 cover charge for the three-day Harrisburg Artsfest seemed to have little impact on crowds arriving Saturday to shop for art, enjoy live music and sample the food. More...

Tioga County Motorcyclist Hurt In Out Of Area Crash

Tioga County man transported after crash on Harrisburg Pike in Middlesex Township

By LARA BRENCKLE, The Patriot-News

May 29, 2010, 8:38PM

A Tioga County man was taken to Carlisle Hospital after a motorcycle accident along the Harrisburg Pike this afternoon.

Middlesex police said Kenneth Stirling, 19, of Millerton, had stopped his Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the red light when he was struck from behind by a Buick station wagon driven by Colleen Wheeler, 33, of Carlisle. More...

Theft and Criminal Mischief along Bailey Hill Road

State Police are investigating a Theft and Criminal Mischief incident at a seasonal residence along Bailey Hill Road in Hector Township.

Between November 25, 2009 and May 28, 2010, unknown actor(s) stole a pair of 6x6 wooden posts, a galvanized cattle gate, a 5 foot long section of chain, and a padlock from the front entrance of a camp owned by Judy Althoff, of Hanover, PA.

The actor(s) then approached the camp and ripped two screen windows and damaged three door locks by jamming debris into the key holes.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Chad Savannah is the investigator.

15 Year Old Used Vehicle Without Permission

Criminal charges are being filed against a 15 year old male juvenile who used a Ulysses Township man's 1997 Subaru Outback Legacy, on May 26th from 10:30 to 11:30 pm, without permission.

Troopers said the juvenile used a vehicle owned by Mitchell Lee Crawford, Jr., of 151 Cowburn Road, Ulysses, PA.. The juvenile is facing a charge of UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Port Allegany Teen Injured In Two Mile Road Crash

Went Down Embankment & Hit 2 Parked Vehicles
Coudersport State Police report a Port Allegany teenager was moderately injured in a crash on Thursday night at 8:10 PM on the Two Mile Road in Sharon Township near the Potter-McKean county line.

Mia A. Thompson, 19, of Port Allegany, PA, was driving in a southbound direction on Two Mile Road when she attempted to swerve around a rock that was on the roadway. She lost control of her 2008 Chevrolet Aveo LS, and it began to slide sideways in a south-south eastern direction.

The car left the east side of Two Mile Road and went down an embankment, impacting a 2010 Dodge Ram, which was parked in a driveway. The Dodge then impacted a 2009 Jeep Laredo which was also parked in the same driveway.

Thompson will be cited for (not) DRIVING VEHICLE AT A SAFE SPEED.

Vehicle Crash Reported Near Turtlepoint

Car In The Ditch-No Injuries
At 9:45 pm on Saturday, Port Allegany Station 3, Ambulance and Medic 16 are responding to a report of a motor vehicle accident in Annin Township on Route 155 North near 2197 Rt. 155 N.

There are no reported injuries. Units are RECALLED with the exception of Fire Police.

The dispatch said that address is near Turtlepoint.

New Bible Study Wednesdays @ The SPOT

New Bible Study Wednesdays @ The SPOT, Starting June 2, 2010.

You're Invited!

"Basic Training For Understanding Bible Prophecy"

For those with changing work schedules we will offer 2 class times. Each will be the same lesson.

Class 1: @ Noon ----------Class 2: @ 7pm.

"Basic Training For Understanding Bible Prophecy"

gary_demar.jpgA Video based study by Gay DeMar. In this 12 part video series, Gary DeMar will help you understand the basics of Bible prophecy related to the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21), the rebuilt temple, the abomination of desolation, the return of Christ, the great tribulation, and much more.

Rather than importing the newspaper into God's Word, we will compare Scripture with Scripture and ask the question of how the Author and his hearers understood the message.


Rev. DeMar's videos are about 30 minutes each. I will add some thoughts to his presentation and expand on it.

While the study is on the Olivet Discourse, we may do an overview of the book of The Revelation along side of it.

Classes will be 1 hour.

A book is not necessary, but I suggest "Last Days Madness", by Gary DeMar.

Available at


The SPOT is located 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6. We are a ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church. . Pastor Peter Tremblay

In Christ,

Pastor Pete

Neighbors Photograph Driver Tearing Up Roulette Street

An anonymous resident photographed this pickup truck tearing up Center Street in Roulette Friday night. The smoke is from the rear tires burning as the tires spin on the blacktop.

Emily Giannotti Wins State Track Championship--Escorted Into Coudersport Tonite

Emily Giannotti State Track Champ

Police & Fire Department Escort Welcome State Champion Back To Coudersport

Emily Giannotti was returning from the State Finals at Seth Grove Stadium in Shippensburg, Pa. where she won a PIAA Track and Field Championship for track.

She was met at about 7:45 pm tonite at Sweden Valley and given a royal escort to the Coudersport High School.

A large turnout welcomed Emily back home on Saturday night.

Emily is a Senior At Coudersport High School and will be attending Penn State (main campus) in the Fall.

Carl Strub photo

Memorial Day Events Set

WWII Veterans In Spotlight; Memorial Day Events Set

May 28th, 2010

vetassistanceDedication of the Main Street Bridge at the county seat as the “Potter County World War II Veterans Memorial Bridge” has been scheduled for Memorial Day at the courthouse square. All World War II veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend the brief ceremony, which will follow an 11 am parade and traditional Memorial Day service at the square.

A highlight will be presentation of certificates of appreciation to those World War II veterans in attendance, as well as survivors of deceased WWII vets. Speaker will be Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel. Those World War II veterans or their survivors who plan to attend are asked to contact Shirlee Leete immediately so that the certificates can be prepared in time for the ceremony. She can be reached by phone at 814-335-2738 or 814-274-8627.

Potter County Director of Veterans Affairs Lenny Kalkbrenner has assembled a list of Memorial Day observances taking place throughout the county. All services are on Monday with the exception of those in Genesee:

  • Coudersport: 10:30 am, parade assembly on Oak Street; 11 am, parade to the courthouse square, where services will be held with Mayor Wick Furman as speaker. Dedication of the Potter County World War II Veterans Memorial Bridge will follow.
  • Austin: 9:45 am, lineup for parade at school; 10:30 am, parade from school to town square; 11 am, services at the Veterans Memorial.
  • Ulysses Area: 10 am, parade assembly at medical center; 10:30, parade with services to follow at Ulysses Cemetery; 1:30, services at Mills Cemetery; 2 pm, services at HarrisonValley Memorial.
  • Galeton: 10 am, parade to cemetery; services to follow.
  • Shinglehouse, 10 am, parade from the monument to Maple Grove Memorial; services to follow.
  • Genesee: 2 pm Sunday, May 30, services at Genesee Cemetery.

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Helen D. Olson 89, of Shinglehouse, Pa

Helen D. Olson

Shinglehouse, PA---Helen D. Olson, 89, of Shinglehouse, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport.

Born April 5, 1921 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Ellery and Hazel Osborne Cornelius. On June 27, 1942 in Sanburg, NY, she married Harold “Ole” Olson, who survives.

She was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School and a graduate of Eleanor Beauty School in Niagara Falls, NY

Mrs. Olson was a beautician, owning and operating the former Helen’s Beauty Shop in Shinglehouse. From 1955 to 1972, she along with her husband, owned and operated the former Shinglehouse Cheese Factory, which was well known throughout the area.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse where she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir, and had also served on the Board of Trustees. She also was a Girl Scout leader and was the neighborhood chairman of the Girl Scouts in Shinglehouse. Mrs. Olson was also a former member of the Olean Chapter of Sweet Adelines, where she served as secretary.

Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Mary C. Wardlaw of Shinglehouse, Linea M. (Garry) Taylor of Ceres, and Cherry K. (Michael) Feely of Bolivar, NY; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Olson was predeceased by a brother, Richard Cornelius; and two sisters, Virginia Cramer and Dortha Wood.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 9 to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Aletha R. Mays, 89, formerly of 42 Buchanan Hollow, Pa

Aletha R. Mays, 89, formerly of 42 Buchanan Hollow, passed away Saturday May 29th, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Full Menu Delivery Service To Start June 1st At Mosch's Tavern

Shell Enters Marcellus Play In A Big Way

Shell buys East Resources for $4.7 billion

East Resources, a Pennsylvania oil and gas exploration company started locally in 1983, is being purchased by Shell for a whopping $4.7 billion, the companies announced Friday.

Terrence Pegula, chief executive of East Resources, is formerly of Allegany, N.Y.

The company, now based in Warrendale near Pittsburgh, is one of the biggest players in the natural gas exploration of the Marcellus Shale, controlling 1.25 million acres across an area from West Virginia to New York. More...

Jan L. McCoy, 48, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Mills, PA

Jan L. McCoy, 48, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Mills, PA, died Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Born December 29, 1961, in Wellsboro, PA, she was the daughter of Richard Howard and Janet Hewitt McCoy.

She was a 1980 graduate of Northern Potter High School and a 1982 graduate of Alfred Technical School.

Surviving are: her parents of Mills, PA; a brother, Rick McCoy of Radcliff, KY; a sister, Judy (Chuck) Sinnamond of Wharton, PA; one nephew; three nieces; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Ronald L. McCoy in 1994.

A Memorial Service celebrating Jan’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Sunday, June 6, 2010 in the Mills Union Church, Mills, PA. The Rev. Lowell Watkins will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation, SPCA, or Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Habitat For Humanity Golf Tournament Scheduled June 23rd

18th annual Military Model Show Cameron County High School students made 38 models showcased during the 18th annual Military Model Show Tuesday at Cameron County High School. Eighteen veterans judged the students' work. The students assembled these models during a six-week time frame.

The winners include, from right to left, Erina Clark and Grace Johnson, first-place winning B-52 Stratofortress; Krista Geelen and Jessica Wykoff, second-place winning U.S.S. Constitution "Old Ironsides" (War of 1812); and Mitchell Ream and Trevor Clark, third-place winning CH-46 U.S. Marine helicopter (Vietnam).

As we celebrate this memorial holiday lets take time to remember the veterans that gave the greatest sacrifice of all. This nation is and always will be a free nation because of great individuals like these. Sometimes our daily lives get so busy we tend to forget what is really important . These men and women are the true hero’s of this country.

On behalf of IUE/CWA LOCAL 88612 I want to say THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU.


Fish Consumption Advisory Issued for Tamarack Lake in Crawford County Advisory Remains in Effect for Nearby Pymatuning Reservoir

Fish Consumption Advisory Issued for Tamarack Lake in Crawford County
Advisory Remains in Effect for Nearby Pymatuning Reservoir

HARRISBURG -- The departments of Environmental Protection and Health, and the Fish and Boat Commission today issued a “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from Tamarack Lake in Crawford County while officials investigate the cause of a large fish kill in the lake.

A “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory was issued for the neighboring Pymatuning Reservoir yesterday following a series of fish kills there.

Tamarack Lake is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and managed by the Fish and Boat Commission.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages Pymatuning State Park and has announced that the park is open and there are no fishing, swimming or boating restrictions in place during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Water samples are being analyzed at the DEP laboratory in Harrisburg, and fish samples are being tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and at Cornell University.

The “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory will remain in place until investigators complete their analysis of fish tissue samples.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital to Receive HAP Award

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital to Receive HAP Award

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital was awarded a 2010 Achievement Award by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.

Among 134 entries, 17 of the state’s most innovative hospital programs were selected, according to HAP. CCMH’s entry, “Community Benefit Advisory Committees: Advancing Community Partnerships,” was one of three chosen in the state in the community outreach and engagement category. The entry outlined the hospital’s creation and expansion of five CBACs within its four county service area. CBAC members represent each of their respective communities and offer feedback to enhance the hospital’s image and most recently aided in the development of the strategic plan and inaugural set of Promises and Commitments to the community.

“We are so grateful to our CBAC members for all they do,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director, patient and community relations. “Their valuable input and participation has helped form strong community relationships that are beyond measure. They are an integral element in our pursuit of excellence.”

“These programs are examples of the commitment hospitals and health systems make every day, in good times and bad, to their patients, communities, and employees,” said HAP President and CEO Carolyn F. Scanlan. “They are among the most innovative and creative in the health care field, and we salute their accomplishments.”

“HAP’s Achievement Awards program began in 1978 as a way to recognize the innovation of Pennsylvania’s health care organizations,” Scanlan said. “Although HAP member hospitals and health systems may look and operate very differently now than they did back then, one thing has not changed: their commitment to quality and continuous improvement as they deliver care in their communities.”

The 2010 Achievement Award entries were evaluated by a 19-judge panel representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, the media, and for-profit and nonprofit entities. Details about the award winning programs are available online at

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Earns Top Survey Scores

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Earns Top Survey Scores

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital received its most recent inpatient satisfaction report in which the hospital earned top scores. According to the survey results, CCMH ranked in the top 4 percent among hospitals in Pennsylvania and in the top 6 percent in the U.S.

“We are proud to be among the top hospitals in the nation. We achieved this remarkable achievement because of our dedicated staff who provide outstanding care and service to our patients and their families day in and day out,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director, patient and community relations.

Additionally, the hospital scored well in sections regarding admissions/discharge, nurses, physicians, rooms, tests and treatments, visitors and family, and personal issues.

Memorial Service For Joanne N. Stone June 4th

A Memorial Service for Joanne N. Stone, who passed away on December 30, 2009, will be held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 1:30pm at the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton Pa.

Richard J. Irwin, 31, of 1518 South Ave. Lewis Run, Pa.

Richard J. Irwin, 31, of 1518 South Ave. Lewis Run, passed away, Thursday, May 27th, 2010.

Born February 24, 1979, in, Bradford, he was a son of Terry L. Moore of Ormsby and Betty Irwin of Bradford.

On January 30, 2004 in Bradford he married Vicki Jo (Fanning) Irwin who survives.

He he had been employed at Bradford Forest Products, then ABC Corp. and currently was a truck driver at Superior Well Service.

He enjoyed the outdoors, target practicing, four wheeling, and working on his vehicles.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Vicki, one son, Richard Irwin Jr. at home, a brother, Cody Frederick of Bradford, his maternal grandfather Guido Morelli of Bradford, one nephew Cyruss Fanning, and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, May 31, 2010 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm with Rev. Max Miller, pastor, of the Bradford Area Parish officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the American Cancer Society, or Leukemia Society.

Online condolences may be made at

Area Obituaries

MOUNT JEWETT — Genevieve Barber, 92, formerly of Mount Jewett, died Tuesday (May 25, 2010) in St. Joseph, Mich. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cummings Funeral Home Inc., Mount Jewett.

ELDRED — Patricia J. Harris, 83, of Windfall Road, died Thursday (May 27, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

ELDRED — James E. Gold, 86, of Fowler Brook Road, died Thursday (May 26, 2010) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

Six Juveniles Facing Felony Arson Charges In Fancher Furniture Fire

Six Juveniles Charged with Arson

Six juveniles have been arrested in connection to the former Fancher Furniture building fire in Salamanca earlier this month.

The juveniles, between the ages of 12 and 15, are all being charged with felony counts of arson, reckless endangerment, and burglary. They are also facing a misdemeanor assault charge.

Four firefighters were injured during the fire. None of the injuries were life threatening, and they were all were treated and released.

The District Attorney's Office says the juveniles will be tried in Family Court.

Lewis Run Man Killed In Car Crash Near Ormsby

Fatal Car Crash Thursday Night

A Lewis Run man was killed Thursday night when his vehicle went off the road and hit a tree in Keating Township, McKean County.

Richard J. Irwin, of 1518 South Avenue, Lewis Run, PA, was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner, Michael Cahill.

The crash occurred as Irwin was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer north on Route 646 at 8:52 pm, when his vehicle crossed the center line of Route 646, about a mile north of Route 59. The vehicle then continued across the oncoming lane and onto the western berm where it impacted with a small ditch. It then continues north impacting a second ditch before impacting a tree.

Irwin was not wearing a seatbelt. His Explorer was severely damaged and was towed from the scene.

Hilltop and Smethport Fire Departments responded along with Priority Care EMS. A second Smethport engine was responding to set up a landing zone for an inbound Stat Medevac 9 helicopter at the Ormsby Ball Field, when it was determined Mr. Irwin had passed away.

Fire Police had been dispatched to close the road.

Troopers said PennDOT Assistant County Manager Leon Sherwood also assisted them at the scene.

Jim & Cynthia Jones Celebrating 7th Wedding Anniversary Today

Solomon's words publishers, Jim and Cynthia Jones are celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary Friday, May 28th. They were married by Dr. David Minor (center in photo) at the Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle on May 28, 2003.

Criminal Mischief At Nitzenberger Camp On Rt. 144

Vandals Damage Camp in West Branch Township
$300.00 worth of damages were done the Nitzenberger Camp on Route 144 in West Branch Township, Potter County, between Last September 1 and Monday

Unknown actor(s) broke three windows with rocks at the camp owned by William Keith Nitzenberger of Swan Road, Atglen, PA. Multiple eggs were also thrown at the side of the camp.

Emporium Woman & Child Injured In Rollover Crash On Moore Hill Road

Vehicle's Brakes Failed
An Emporium driver and her 2 year old passenger suffered minor injuries after the brakes failed on their 1998 Civic Thursday evening at 7:20 pm.

Desirae C. Reider, 30, of Emporium and her passenger Payton E. Reider, 2, Emporium, PA, were transported to Elk Regional Health Center in St. Mary's by Emporium EMS Ambulance.

The crash occurred as the Civic was traveling north on Moore Hill (Route 3001) when for unknown reason, the brakes failed. The vehicle traveled off the roadway striking several fixed objects prior to overturning down an embankment on the right shoulder of the roadway.

An investigation is continuing according to troopers, and charges will be filed through District Court 59-3-01. Both driver and the child were restrained by safety belt and car seat.

Emporium Fire Dept. and EMS assisted at the scene.

Starting June 1, Mosch's Will Deliver Food Orders

Guy with a Tie At Olga Friday At 7 PM

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Harrison Valley Man Jailed For Rape Of 12 Year Old

Troopers Charge Man With Rape Of A Child

A Harrison Valley man was arrested and jailed Thursday evening after Troopers said he had inappropriate contact with a known 12 year old female victim in an incident Monday at 6:00 pm at a residence on Tannery Street in the village of Harrison Valley, in Potter County.

Robert Melvin Dick, 30, of 106 West Tannery Street, Harrison Valley, PA, is accused in the incident. He was arrested and arraigned this evening at 7:40 PM before on-call Magisterial District Judge Annette Easton on charges of RAPE OF A CHILD; INVOLUNTARY DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH A CHILD; INDECENT ASSAULT; AND CORRUPTION OF MINORS.

Bail was set at $15,000.00 straight. Dick was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for June 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm in District Court 55-4-03 before Judge Delores G. Bristol.

Rollover Crash Reported Near Cyclone

Rollover Crash
At 8:52 pm on Thursday, Hilltop Station 7, Smethport Station 2 and Medic 16 are responding to a rollover crash between Cyclone and the Rt. 646 & Rt. 59 intersection. The vehicle is reported off the roadway.

UPDATE: 9:06 pm--Smethport is requested to send a second engine to set up a landing zone for Stat Medevac 9 helicopter at the Ormsby Ball Field. Fire Police have been requested to close the roadway. Port Allegany has been requested to stand by for Smethport.

UPDATE: 9:13 PM--The helicopter has been cancelled--Landng zone units have been recalled.

Ambulance, Medics Requested For Assault Victim

Ambulance Requested For Assault Victim
At 8:28 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance and medic 6 have been requested to assist State Police with an assault victim along Route 6, just east of Sweden Valley.

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Man Arrested/Statue Not Recovered In Cemetery Theft

Arrest Made in Cemetery Statue Theft

Police have arrested the man they believe stole a statue from a Marine’s grave site at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

23-year-old George Leaf is charged with a felony count of desecrating a cemetery. He’s in Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

Leaf is accused of taking a statue of St. Michael from the grave site of David Woods, who was a corporal in the Marine Corps.

The statue has not been recovered.

Steven H. Crowley, 60, of Turtlepoint, PA

Port Allegany - Steven H. Crowley, 60, of Turtlepoint, died Thursday (May 27, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

He was born July 27, 1949 in Olean, NY, a son of Daniel and Judith Petrie Crowley.

Mr. Crowley was a 1967 graduate of Port Allegany High School and was a Milk Tester, employed by PA and NY DHIA.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sartwell, and their Parish Council.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his four-wheeler.

He is survived by

two sisters: Monica Crowley of Turtlepoint, PA, Amy Ayers of Port Allegany, PA

two brothers: Daniel Crowley of Turtlepoint, PA, Andrew (Debra) Crowley of Turtlepoint, PA

and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am Saturday, May 29, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sartwell with the Rev. Chris M. Hamlett, pastor as celebrant.

Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sartwell. Online condolences can be made at

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

Public Warned Not to Eat Fish from Pymatuning Reservoir

Public Warned Not to Eat Fish from Pymatuning Reservoir in Crawford County
Officials Investigate Cause of Large Fish Kill

HARRISBURG -- The departments of Environmental Protection and Health and the Fish and Boat Commission have issued a “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from the Pymatuning Reservoir in Crawford County while officials investigate the cause of a large fish kill that has occurred over the past two weeks.

The advisory was issued after approximately 2,500 dead fish were found in various locations in the reservoir beginning on Saturday, May 15.

Water samples have been collected and are being tested at the DEP laboratory in Harrisburg. Fish samples are being tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and at Cornell University. The Ohio Department of Parks is assisting in the investigation.

The Do Not Eat consumption advisory will remain in place until investigators can determine that there is not a danger to public health and safety.

DEP Investigates Illegal Dumping in Lycoming County

DEP Investigates Illegal Dumping in Lycoming County
Unknown Material Threatened Lycoming Creek, Restaurant’s Drinking Water Well

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the illegal disposal of several thousands gallons of an unknown material late on May 20 or early on May 21 near the Deer Crossing Inn, located just off State Route 14 in McIntyre Township, Lycoming County.

“There is no question that the material was deliberately discharged from a tanker truck with a hose into a privately owned field,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber. “The brown, gravy-like material was dumped within 250 feet of the Deer Crossing Inn’s drinking water well and even closer to Lycoming Creek.”

DEP emergency response program staff investigated on Friday after receiving a complaint and noted that the material had a strong chlorine odor. Samples were collected but the results have not yet been received.

Because rain was forecast and the material was fairly close to a creek and drinking water well, DEP used special funds to hire a contractor, Eagle Towing and Recovery, to clean up the material. It took three large tri-axle dump trucks to haul material, along with some topsoil, to the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County for proper disposal.

“DEP is asking that if anyone has any information about this incident, or saw any suspicious activity near the Deer Crossing Inn that night, to please call us,” Taber said. “We want to apprehend the individuals responsible for this brazen act and make sure that they are prosecuted.

This cleanup has cost state taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.”

Anyone with information should call Tony Martinelli with the department’s Bureau of Investigations at 570-220-3110.

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

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of May 31

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project Update for Week of May 31

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of May 31. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• The contractor will not be working on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.
• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street will continue. Traffic is using the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway, placing concrete for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.
• 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.
• The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
• Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains 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.
• Starting the week of May 31, Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 will be restricted to eastbound traffic only. Route 346 westbound under Route 219 will be closed. Westbound traffic will follow the posted detour.
• The contractor continues to excavate existing roadway, place sub-base, 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

Changes At Swain Ski Resort Brings Back Lift-Accessed Mountain Biking


Swain, NY (May 27, 2010) Swain Resort is scheduled to reintroduce lift-accessed mountain biking to its slopes beginning June 5. On select weekends, the lift at Swain Ski & Snowboard Center will carry mountain bikes and their riders to the top of the mountain to access the slopes and wooded trails on Swain’s 265 acres. Trails range from easy to extremely difficult, including various terrain features, known as North Shore. Scenic lift rides, for those who simply wish to ride the lift, are also available during the lift-accessed mountain biking schedule.

Previous management introduced lift-accessed mountain biking to Swain in 2008, but the announcement of Swain’s closure last spring resulted in the mountain being barren of summer activities in 2009. The goal of the new operators is to convert Swain Resort into a year-round recreation destination and lift-accessed mountain biking is just one aspect of that master plan.

Swain Resort’s sister ski area, Ski Denton, also provides lift-accessed mountain biking for downhill and cross-country mountain bike enthusiasts. Scott Carts, one of Swain’s new operators commented, “We’re very excited about this schedule that we have developed between Swain Resort and Ski Denton to offer a full summer of lift-serviced mountain biking opportunity in the region”.

The Shawmut Pub, located in the lodge at Swain Resort, will also increase its hours of operation offering food and beverage anytime during the summer recreation schedule.

Swain Resort’s lift-accessed mountain schedule: June 5-6, 19-20; July 17-18; August 21-22;

September 4-5, 25-26; October 9-10. Hours are 10am-6pm and 8-hour lift tickets are $25. Scenic lift rides are $5.


Woodhull Raceway Every Saturday Night At 6:30 PM

PennDOT Reminds Motorists to Think Safety When Traveling for Holiday

PennDOT Reminds Motorists to Think Safety When Traveling for Holiday

Harrisburg – With the number of travelers expected to increase for the Memorial Day holiday, PennDOT is urging motorists to plan ahead and practice safe driving habits.

“We ask all drivers to buckle up, avoid distractions and obey the speed limit, so that everyone can reach their destinations safely,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Also, if you are going to be celebrating at a party this weekend, please make sure to designate a sober driver.”

Throughout the weekend, PennDOT will partner with Pennsylvania State Police and municipal police departments for this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort. Under it, any unbuckled motorist stopped and cited for a traffic violation will receive a second ticket and fine for not wearing a seat belt.

Also, police will conduct patrols and other enforcement activities aimed at stopping aggressive and impaired drivers.

“Troopers will be watching for aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding and tailgating,” said State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski. “Don’t react in anger to aggressive behavior by other motorists. Stay calm and stay safe.”

According to PennDOT, last year’s Memorial Day holiday period was the deadliest of any holiday in 2009. There were more than 2,900 crashes, resulting in 47 fatalities. Of those, 436 crashes and 24 fatalities were alcohol-related. The holiday period includes Memorial Day and the weekends before and after the holiday.

PennDOT also offers the following tips for safe travel at any time of year:
• Take frequent breaks or rotate drivers during long trips.
• Avoid all distractions, including talking on a cell phone or texting.
• Carry a cell phone and charger in case of emergency.
• Carry extra water and non-perishable food.
• Remember, state law requires headlights to be turned on any time your wipers are in use due to rain or fog.

Biehler added that now is also one of the best times to make sure that vehicles are prepared for the rigors of summer driving. To help make the most of out of you travels this summer, motorist should have their vehicles serviced by a mechanic they trust. A properly trained mechanic will inspect the battery, belt, hoses, air conditioning system and tires and help catch potential problems before they can cause a breakdown.

There are also a few things drivers can do on their own to help ensure fewer vehicle-related problems this summer, such as:

• Regularly check tire air pressure and tread wear.
• Check the condition of wiper blades and if they are frayed or streaking, they need to be replaced.
• Be sure the windshield washer reservoir is filled with a summer fluid that helps remove bugs and road grime.
• Be certain that all lights are working.
• Check the pavement under the vehicle after it has been sitting and report any suspicious fluid leaks to your mechanic.

In addition to driving safely, PennDOT is also advising motorists to plan ahead to avoid travel delays. While PennDOT removes most lane restrictions on interstates and other high-volume expressways for the holiday weekend, restrictions cannot be lifted on some larger projects.

For the most current traffic information on interstates and other major highways, motorists can also visit or call 511 before they leave home.

Wayne Gravel Going Through Chapter 11 Reorganization

Wayne Gravel Products works through Chapter 11 process

SHINGLEHOUSE — The company often referred to as Wayne Paving is working its way through the bankruptcy process it launched in January, when it filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (Title 11).

At that time, the company that also does business as Wayne Companies and Wayne Paving and Contracting filed under the name of Wayne Gravel Products Inc. More...

Census Continues As Workers Go Door-To-Door

Census Workers Going Door-To-Door In Potter County

censusbureau2U. S. Census employees are going door-to-door in Potter County, visiting those who did not return their census forms or verifying information that appeared on returned forms. Visits will continue through mid-June. Potter County improved its response rate to the decennial census this year, with 72 percent of households returning their forms. That’s a higher rate than 2000 and put the county in line with the national response rate, which was also about 72 percent.

Results are used to apportion seats in the U.S. House and allocate federal funding. Census officials are pleased with the results, given growing public apathy toward surveys, not to mention political challenges ranging from anti-government sentiment to tensions over immigration. More than 600,000 census workers have fanned out across the country to knock on the doors of those who did not respond by mail.

Sharon Township residents were the most responsive in the county, with a participation rate of 95 percent, followed by Portage Township at 90 percent. Full results were: Sharon 95, Portage 90, Oswayo Twp. 87, Allegany 87, Ulysses Twp. 86, Pleasant Valley 86, Oswayo Boro. 84, Genesee 84, Bingham 82, Harrison 81, Summit 81, Hebron 80, Sweden 79, Pike 79, Eulalia 78, Homer 76, Ulysses Boro. 76, Galeton 75, Abbott 74, West Branch 73, Coudersport 73, Clara 72, Wharton 66, Shinglehouse 66, Sylvania 65, Austin 61, Roulette 56, Keating 56, Hector 48, Stewardson 12.

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Portville Man Wanted In Florida Turns Himself In

Fugitive Turns Himself In

A Portville man convicted of having sex with a minor in Florida turned himself into authorities in Cattaraugus County.

Sheriff’s deputies say 37-year-old Terrence Harris turned himself in at the county court offices.

Harris was charged as a fugitive from justice based on a warrant filed by the probation department in Brevard County, Florida. He’s accused of violating the terms of his probation.

Harris is in Cattaraugus County Jail without bail awaiting extradition to Florida.

bridge replacement project on Route 555 in Cameron County

Temporary Road, Signal in Effect Next Week

A bridge replacement project on Route 555 in Cameron County will require a temporary one-lane roadway and temporary traffic signal, starting Tuesday, June 1.

The signal will enforce an alternating traffic pattern on the one-lane, temporary road, as crews begin work to replace the Hicks Run Bridge on Route 555 in Gibson Township. The bridge is located on Route 555 about 7 and a half miles west of the village of Driftwood in Cameron County.

L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.1 million job. PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic in early November. All work on the project is weather dependent.Posted by Anne at 1490 NewsBlog

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Up The Hill And Thru The Woods To Leona's Greenhouse We Go

And WOW!! It Was Sure Worth The Trip!!
Fantastic Selections!! Not What You Would Expect
Hidden Back In Those Potter County Hills.

Arlene Jean Summerson, 85, of 4287 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA formerly of Sinnamahoning, PA

Arlene Jean Summerson, 85, of 4287 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA formerly of Sinnamahoning died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Tuesday evening (May 25, 2010)

She was born Dec. 21, 1924 in Big Run, PA a daughter of the late Lawrence and Bertha McCardy Bair. She married the late Dalton "Dean" Summerson

Mrs. Summerson enjoyed traveling to the casino in Salamanca. She also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

Son: Sidney Summerson and his wife Mary, Sinnamahoning
Son: Ronald Summerson and his wife Nancy, Sinnamahoning
Son: Dennis Summerson, Emporium

9 Grandchildren
Several Great Grandchildren
Sister: Evelyn, Mrs. Joe Camuso, Florida
Sister: Doris, Mrs. Jim Pifer, Punxsutawney
Sister: Lila Adams, Punxsutawney

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Lawrence and Bertha McCardy Bair Husband: Dalton "Dean" Summerson
Brother: Ronald "Cub" Bair

There will be No Visitation.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, 3125 Rich Valley Road, Emporium on Wednesday (June 2, 2010) at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jason Claydon, officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

H. Daniel Stoneking, 68, of 907 Gingko Grove Mechanicsburg, formerly of 1050 East Main Street,, Bradford, PA

H. Daniel Stoneking, 68, of 907 Gingko Grove Mechanicsburg, formerly of 1050 East Main Street, passed away, Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born July 29,1941, in Kane, he was the son of the late Herman D. and Evelyn Pauline (Williamson) Stoneking.

On June 8, 1963 in Smethport he married Virginia L. (Abbey) Stoneking who survives.

Mr. Stoneking was a 1959 graduate of Smethport High School and a 1963 graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he received a bachelor's degree in accounting. He worked as a CPA in Buffalo NY at Phillips-Wertman Public Accounting Company, then in 1965 he worked at Forest Oil Corp. and retired as manager of the tax department. In 1991 he formed Smith, Best & Stoneking Accounting Firm where he retired from in October 2008.

He was a member the Sawyer Evangelical Church, a member of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Sawyer of Wellsboro, and Kathy (Bill) Lutz of Wyalusing, a son, Richard (Micki) Stoneking of Harrisburg, two sisters, Roma June (Bill) O'Brien of Renton, WA, and Janice Cannon of Galion, OH, eight grandchildren, twin great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 28, 2010 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave. and again on Saturday, May 29th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. at the Sawyer Evangelical Church where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00AM with Rev. Brad Preston pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Vision Account at the Sawyer Evangelical Church for the Building Fund.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Rollover Crash In Upper Grimes Injures Four

Minor Injuries For 4 In Tuesday Crash
A teen driver and her three passengers suffered only minor injuries in a rollover crash Tuesday evening, according to a report just released by State Police from Kane. The crash occurred on the Upper Grimes Road in Liberty Township, a half mile west of the Freer Road in Liberty Township.

Fire and Ambulance crews from Port Allegany had a hard time finding the scene which was first called in as Open Brook, then North Freer Hollow, South Freer Hollow and Baker Road.

Medics located the crash on Upper Grimes Road, a dirt road between South Freer Hollow that connects to the Baker Road that goes to Bush Hill and Route 6. Four occupants were transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by Port Allegany Ambulance for treatment of their injuries.

Troopers said the 1997 Ford Escort, operated by Kari L. Wilber, 18, of Smethport, PA, was traveling east on Upper Grimes Road at an apparently high rate of speed when she lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the road into an embankment. The vehicle then came back onto the roadway and rolled over, coming to rest on it's upright position on the roadway.

Passengers were Lena M. Carr, 20, of Smethport, PA and two 15 year old male juveniles from Smethport. Troopers did not identify the juveniles.

Wilber was charged with (not) DRIVING AT A SAFE SPEED.

Medicine & Cash Stolen From Shippen Township Home

Burglary On Sunrise Acres Road
State Police at Emporium are investigating a Burglary at the residence of Linda Kotula at 109 Sunrise Acres Road, Shippen Township.

Unknown actor(s) took a known amount of prescription medicine and money from Kotula's home.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David A. Surra is the investigator.

News from Oswayo Valley Memorial Library

Let us cook for you one hot night this summer.
You will be served a 3 course, Italian meal prepared by the LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS, headed by Chef McMullen.
Tickets are for sale at the Library or from ANY board member for $5.00.
The Winner will be notified on July 7th at our OPENING PARTY FOR THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM.
OPEN TO ALL AGES PRE-K Thru 5th grade
Also, summer reading isn't just for kids anymore....
Tweens and teens come and join our book club and earn PRIZES during the summer!
Adults can particpate by reading selected novels and entering in weekly drawings!
OH! And don't forget to bring us your returnable pop cans / water bottles or schedule a pick up ( Pick up limited to the Boro of Shinglehouse). Call the libary today to find out more info! 814-697-6691. Thanks for your support!

John Dippold, President of Innovative Sintered Metals in St. Marys Testifies at Small Business Hearing at Thompson’s Invitation

John Dippold, President of Innovative Sintered Metals in St. Marys Testifies at Small Business Hearing at Thompson’s Invitation

Washington, D.C.—John Dippold, President of Innovative Sintered Metals in St. Marys today told the Committee on Small Business of the U. S. House of Representatives that “in crisis, there is opportunity.”

Dippold testified at the invitation of U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, during a hearing entitled, “Heroes of Small Business.” Dippold asked, “Why didn’t we collapse when the auto industry tanked? The answer has a lot to do with our size, the way we positioned ourselves in the marketplace, and our steady growth.”

“The powdered metals industry involves the production of a hard solid metal starting from powder,” Thompson explained to the Committee. “A much wider range of products can be obtained from powder processes than from direct alloying of fused materials.

“Mr. Dippold and his company sintered Metals are a true testament to the resourcefulness that is so prevalent in the Fifth Congressional District,” added Thompson.

Dippold’s success is evidenced by the fact that the company’s sales projections for 2010 are $4.5 million, an increase of nearly 100 percent over last year. Since 2004 they have doubled the workforce and corporate earnings are up 1,100 percent. But Dippold said it did not start out that way.

“In 2004, the company did little work for the auto industry, had 10 employees and was in the red financially,” said Dippold. He further explained, “Rather than scale, our competitive advantage is service. My partner is an engineer who spends countless hours working with clients on a personal basis. There is no administrative staff or phone tree standing between our customers and our key decision makers.”

Dippold explained that companies must change with the demands of the marketplace and in his case they went to smaller markets.

“Gone are the days when a young man out of high school would train on a machine and work it for 40 years. Our employees are constantly retraining, mastering new processes and production software to accommodate our ever changing lines of business. The company they work at today is different than the one they worked at a year or even six months ago.”

Thompson has been a strong advocate for retooling and transforming the American workforce, in order to compete in a 21st century global market, through his work on the House Small Business and House Education & Labor Committees.

“Many people in Washington believe manufacturing in America is dead. That is simply not true; I am reminded of that every day I travel throughout the 5th District.”

Bradford Resident to share legendary story
Bradford Resident to share legendary story

As spring rolls into summer, many people start to consider how they can shed some pounds to attain their “beach body”. There is one local man who has been shedding more than a few pounds for years.

In the past 7 years, Bradford’s Justin Willoughby has lost 570 lbs. At age sixteen, Justin weighed a remarkable 800 lbs. Now, at 23, he’s weighing in around 230 lbs.

This Saturday night, Justin will be sharing his weight-loss story during a live-taping session at 8:00 PM at Open Arms Community Church. Justin will share two versions of his story- one suited for a school audience and one geared towards a church setting. The messages will be recorded and become part of a press kit, to help Justin book speaking engagements across the U.S., which is part of his dream.

“I would really like to go around inspiring and challenging people to overcome their issues, especially in the area of weight loss,” Willoughby says, “And becoming healthy overall.”

Justin has spoken throughout the region in Bradford, Olean, Salamanca, Wellsville, Houghton, Dubois and Brookville.

“I haven’t yet had the opportunity to speak at many sites nationally,” Justin comments. “But I’d love to inspire more people in different states and even different countries.”

Josh Hatcher, who has aided Justin with his website, as well as other video and media resources seconds the reasoning behind the event. "Justin has been working so hard to develop his speaking talents, and he's already spoken at quite a few events across the region. What we really want to do is help him break in to the national arena, so that he can inspire more people, and achieve his dream of making this a full time career."

"With an article due to come out in Guideposts Magazine this summer, it sets Justin up for a lot of exposure. We're hoping this could set him up to get in churches, schools, and other speaking venues across the country, so that he can do what he's always wanted to do-- inspire people to get healthy, and to reach for their dreams."

As far as Saturday’s taping, Justin says that the audience “can expect to hear my story, to hear where I've been and how I was able to overcome it. They can expect to be challenged and inspired, share my life with me for an evening and have the opportunity to hear what I'm going to do next.”

There is no charge for the event on Saturday. Anyone interested in more information can contact Josh Hatcher, Larry Petry, or Justin Willoughby. There is also a Facebook event page, “Justin Willoughby- Live Taping”.

Contact info:
Larry Petry- (814) 366-1912
Josh Hatcher- (814) 331- 1721

Justin Willoughby (814) 331-2651

Potter County Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day Observances Scheduled Across County

flagPotter County Office of Veterans Affairs has assembled a list of Memorial Day observances taking place in the county. Any veterans’ organization that wishes to add an event to the list is asked to contact VA Director Lenny Kalkbrenner at 814-274-8290, Ext. 210, or He issued the following list of local events:

  • Coudersport: 10:30 am, parade assembly on Oak Street; 11 am, parade to the courthouse square, where services will be heldwith Mayor Wick Furman as speaker. A dedication of the World War II Memorial Bridge – now known as the Main Street Bridge — will also be held. Details will be announced.
  • Austin: 10 am, lineup for parade at school; 10:30 am, parade from school to town square; 11 am, services at the Veterans Memorial.
  • Ulysses Area: 10 am, parade assembly at medical center; 10:30, parade with services to follow at Ulysses Cemetery; 1:30, services at Mills Cemetery; 2 pm, services at HarrisonValley Memorial.
  • Galeton: 10 am, parade to cemetery; services to follow.
  • Shinglehouse, 10 am, parade from the monument to Maple Grove Memorial; services to follow.
  • Genesee: 2 pm Sunday, May 30, services at Genesee Cemetery.

“I wish to express my thanks to local veterans’ organizations for all that they do for our veterans on Memorial Day,” Kalkbrenner said.

The director has also announced that his next veterans’ outreach visit is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, at the Galeton VFW from 11 am to 1 pm. Kalkbrenner is available during regular office hours in the Gunzburger Building on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 am to 3 pm, or Wednesdays through Fridays by appointment. More information is available under Veterans Affairs on the county’s website,

Austin Park Expansion Meeting Tonight at 6:30 pm

Meeting May 26 On Austin Dam Park Expansion

austinmarkerA committee has been formed to work on a plan for expansion and improvements at the Austin Dam Memorial Park. Next meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 pm in the Austin Firehall. The public is welcome. Anyone seeking additional information should contact David Brooks at 814-558-0605.

Austin Borough, in cooperation with Austin Dam Memorial Association (ADMA), hired Pashek Associates to create the plan, which will include elements of recreation/tourism, economic development and historic preservation. Pashek, a landscape architect and community planning firm, is being paid $60,000, with three separate state grants covering the cost. The company will develop a blueprint for expansion of the park around the historic Austin Dam ruins, with a goal of linking it with Austin Borough. A major component of the project is a southern access point to the park that could link it with Austin Borough and establish a recreation trail with historical attractions.

Austin Borough owns about 17 acres that encompass the ruins of a paper mill and other deteriorated structures along Freeman Run. ADMA owns 76 acres to the north. Another 20 to 30 acres in the region are owned by Patterson Lumber Company.

Community Foundation Awards Certificates of Appreciation

Community Foundation Awards Certificates of Appreciation

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) recently recognized those individuals and businesses that have provided financial support to the foundation in 2009. Marilyn Bok, CEO, stated, “The foundation could not have reached its present level of success without the generosity of our contributors.” The Board of Directors presented each donor with a Certificate of Appreciation suitable for framing as a small token of their gratitude.

Presently the CFTT has thirty-three funds under management. Recognized were for their contributions of $500 or more to any of these CFTT funds were:

Individuals: Carla Ross, Dora & R.L. McCarty, Floyd A. Hooker Estate, Frank Comfort, Edward & Marilyn Bok, George and Linda Houser, Guinevere C. Ritter, James R. Cowing III, R. Lowell & Lynne Coolidge, Barb Sowinski, Richard Eaton, Howard & Olynda Smith, Kathleen Bok & Ron Johnson, Marty Borko, Susan & Robert Storch, William & Sarah Ransom, and William McNett.

Organizations: Allen F. Pierce Foundation, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Canton Area School District, Eagles Mere LaPorte Lions Club, Citizens & Northern Bank, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Cargill Wyalusing, First Citizens National Bank, French Azilum, Henry Dunn Inc. Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home Inc., MBRS Research & Consulting, Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Tioga State Bank, and Ulysses Library Association.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is a non-profit public charity established in 2002 that 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.

The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation. It establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for charitable purposes. As the endowment funds grow, the interest earned on these funds is returned to the community in the form of grants.

To learn more about the CFTT or to establish 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 - . CFTT is dedicated to making a difference locally “for good – for ever”

Fire Police Requested For Crash Near Myrtle On Rt. 44

Crash Near Myrtle
At 12:52 pm on Wednesday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 Fire Police have been requested at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 44 North near the village of Myrtle. One lane of the highway is reported blocked. The report stated there are no injuries.

Deadline June 1 To Apply For ‘Clean & Green’ Tax Break

Deadline June 1 To Apply For ‘Clean & Green’ Tax Break

forestlandddUnder the state’s “Clean and Green” law, owners of agriculture, forested or agricultural reserve properties may be able to qualify for reduced real estate taxes — including school district, county and municipal taxes — through preferential assessments. Potter County Chief Assessor Joe Lewis advises property owners that the deadline to apply for the Clean and Green program in the current tax year is Tuesday, June 1. Applications can be downloaded directly from the county’s website (click on Departments/Tax Assessment) here.

Clean and Green was approved by Pennsylvania voters in the early 1970s as a means of preserving farmland, forest land and open space from residential and commercial development. It requires counties to apply a real estate tax assessment based on property use and production potential, as opposed to the fair market value that is used to assess all non-qualifying properties.

More information is available at the Assessment Office in the F. W. Gunzburger County Office Building; telephone 814-274-0517.

Potter County PennDOT Employee One Of 27 Honored For Excellence

PennDOT Honors Star of Excellence Recipients
Agency Recognizes 27 Employees across the Commonwealth

Clearfield – PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. announced today that 27 employees received a Star of Excellence Award, including two from District 2.
Kim Martin and Mike Bennett were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

PennDOT District 2 Executive, Kevin Kline noted, “Kim and Mike are excellent examples of employees striving to stretch resources and dollars to the maximum. We are tasked with such challenges every day. In taking on those challenges, Kim and Mike each exceeded the standard for the Star of Excellence award”.

Kim Martin is a Roadway Program Manager in PennDOT’s District 2 office. Kim is intimately involved in making the most of scarce resources and helps to oversee District 2’s $103 million dollar maintenance budget and a $5.85 million inventory. Kim’s management has resulted in cost savings in the areas of purchasing, budgeting, cost accounting and inventory management.

Mike Bennett is a Highway Equipment Manager in Potter County. Mike strives to be on the leading edge as he looks for ways to implement new technology in Cameron and Potter counties. His research into brine makers was instrumental in the purchase of brine tanks at all eight stockpiles in the two counties and the outfitting of 28 trucks with tailgate tanks. Mike’s research helped to ensure the purchase of state-of-the art equipment, while being cost effective.

“Each of these individuals is extremely dedicated to the mission to provide a first-rate transportation system,” Biehler said. “They have found ways to do their jobs more efficiently and with excellent quality, despite staffing and fiscal constraints. We are so lucky and thankful to have them as members of the PennDOT team.”

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance workers and programming specialists to communications staff and engineering supervisors.