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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Roulette Man Jailed After Police Pursuit, Birthday Celebration

Police Apprehend Driver After Chase
Updated at 4:49 pm Sunday
At 11:30 pm on Saturday night, Austin Police reported they were in pursuit of a vehicle on Route 607 headed toward Keating Summit.

Several area police agencies responded to assist Austin Police who were in pursuit of a 2003 Ford pickup truck driven by Kyle Bonneau of Roulette, southbound on
Route 155 toward Emporium.

The chase continued down Route 120 south of Emporium toward Sinnemahoning. At 11:50 PM, police reported the driver was in custody.

An Emporium ambulance, placed on standby for a possible crash, was told to stand down.

Unofficial reports have reached us that the incident st
arted earlier Saturday night when the Roulette man, celebrating his 21st birthday, became angry when he was shut off, and trashed the Friendly Inn bar room.

While troopers were investigating the damage at the Roulette incident, he apparently went over the hill to Austin, where it's reported he continued to celebrate his birthday at two bars there before driving on the sidewalk, smashing a pop machine and windows at the game room, and leading police from 3 counties on the chase.

Court records indicate that Austin Police Chief Kyle Day filed charges against Kyle T. Bonneau, 21, of Roulette in District Judge Barbara Easton's courtroom at 5:00 AM Sunday morning.

Bonneau was arraigned and charged

Bonneau was unable to post $30,000. Straight Bail and was remanded to the Potter County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 17, 2010 in District Court 55-4-01.

Austin Police were assisted by Port Allegany Police, Emporium Police, State Police from Emporium and Coudersport, and possibly others.

Reaping What You Sow

Reaping What You Sow

Reaping What You SowThis time of year, God’s beautiful handiwork is obvious in the flowers and trees. But none of that would exist without the seeds planted long ago. Our lives are the same. Read Dr. Stanley’s article, which reminds us that "whatever a man sows, this he will also reap" (Gal. 6:7).

A Happy Ending Story

Webinar Series--Your Business and Marcellus Shale

“Your Business and Marcellus Shale: Building Business Connections” Webinar Series

Working with Industry – Experience in the Northern Tier
Although the businesses featured will primarily be from the Northern Tier of PA, their stories will be of interest to business owners throughout the Marcellus shale area.
There is a growing need for reliable providers of products and services to the Marcellus shale natural gas industry. Pennsylvania's small businesses have for years provided a diversity of products to the natural gas industry, and with the growth of the business it provides emerging
entrepreneurs and existing business‐owners new opportunities. Business opportunities exist directly with the exploration and production companies as well as with contracting companies to the industry. This session, highlighting experienced natural gas industry representatives, will broaden the knowledge of the opportunities that exist in the market, how to make the connections with the industry, and specific requirements for doing business in this growing industry. The date for this webinar is June 16th beginning at 8 am to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. To register, visit our website at For questions, call Janine Morley at 814.274.4877.

Safety Training and Doing Business with Industry
This workshop will provide you with insights to help you understand, explore, and take advantage of business opportunities arising from the continuing development of the Marcellus shale and the growth of the natural gas industry. Topics covered include a brief overview of the types of goods and services typically needed by natural gas companies, the Master Service Agreement process, defining what Operator Qualified Certification is and who needs it, discussing what type of safety training is typically required to work on a job site, and what type of insurance requirements are typically required for those working with the industry. Please note that this workshop is a summary of typical industry practices; individual companies may have different standards or procedures. The date for this webinar is July 7th, beginning at 8 am to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. To register, visit our website at For questions, call Janine Morley at 814.274.4877.

Business Owners’ Experiences with Industry – Natural Gas Employee‐Related Service Companies
Business owners will provide examples of their experiences of how they successfully took advantage of business opportunities arising from the development of the Marcellus shale. Learn what steps these entrepreneurs took to work with industry, their line of thinking for making certain business decisions, and business tips that worked for them. The date for this webinar is July 21st, beginning at 8 am to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. To register, visit our website at For questions, call Janine Morley at 814.274.4877.

Business Owner’s Experiences with Industry – Industry‐Related Service Companies
Business owners will provide examples of their experiences of how they successfully took advantage of business opportunities arising from the development of the Marcellus shale. Learn what steps these entrepreneurs took to work with industry, their line of thinking for making certain business decisions, and business tips that worked for them. The date for this webinar is August 4th, beginning at 8 am to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. To register, visit our website at For questions, call Janine Morley at 814.274.4877.

Barnett and Haynesville Business Owners’ Experiences
Hear from business owners who have experienced business growth due to shale plays in other parts of the country. Business owners from the Barnett and Haynesville plays will share how their businesses grew out of the industry. The date for this webinar is August 18th, beginning at 8 am to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. To register, visit our website at For questions, call Janine Morley at 814.274.4877.

Free Concert In Galeton On Saturday July 3rd, 2010

Saturday, July 3rd at 6:30 PM, nationally acclaimed singer/song writer Buddy Greene will present a FREE outdoor concert on the grounds of First Baptist Church, Route 6, Galeton, Pa. Buddy plays many instruments including guitar, ukulele, and in one of Nashville’s finest harmonica stylists. Bring a chair and plan to enjoy his unique blend of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues on this patriotic weekend! Plan to stay in Galeton for some of the best fireworks around later that evening.

Shirley Anne Wesley, 63, Whitefish, Montana, Formerly Coudersport, PA

Shirley Anne Wesley, 63, passed away Monday, June 7, 2010 in Whitefish, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 16, 1947, at Coudersport, Pa., to Carl and Rose Smith.

She attended college in Philadelphia, graduating as a lab technician. She worked as a lab tech in Coudersport, until she and her husband, David, moved to Montana in 1974. She worked as a lab tech at North Valley Hospital until retiring to raise her three children.

After her family was grown, she began working at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, until retiring in 2005. Shirley was an avid Dallas Cowboys football fan and never missed a game. When not watching football, she could be found doing anything and everything with her children and grandchildren.

Shirley will be very much missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 43 years, David.

Surviving her are a brother, Robert Smith of Coudersport, Pa.; her children, Robert Wesley and wife, Lexy, of Newport News, Va., Karen Baker and husband, Dave, and David Wesley; as well as grandchildren, Kelsey and Megan Baker, all of Whitefish; and many more family and dear friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Austin Funeral Home Chapel. A reception will follow at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Memorials in her name may be made to the Flathead Animal Shelter.

Comments Requested To Support Legislation To Protect Rivers From Wastewater Discharges

This Legislation Is Vital To Protecting Our Water

DEP Secretary: New Treatment Plant Showcases Technology to Meet Stronger, Greatly Needed Water Quality Standards

NEW STANTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today toured the new Reserve Environmental Services wastewater treatment in Westmoreland County, saying the facility uses the technology needed to meet stronger water quality standards now being considered to better protect Pennsylvania’s waterways from the effects of natural gas drilling.

Hanger said the proposed standards will prevent rivers from being polluted with total dissolved solids, often referred to as TDS, which can kill aquatic life, threaten drinking water and create higher costs for industrial users. As examples, he pointed to incidents over the past two years involving the Monongahela River, where polluted water created foul-smelling drinking water and damaged industrial equipment; and Dunkard Creek, where a toxic algae bloom killed fish and aquatic life over a 30-mile stretch.

“Natural gas exploration and drilling in the Marcellus Shale is booming here in Pennsylvania, creating a significant challenge in terms of how the industry can treat and dispose of gas drilling and fracturing wastewater. This wastewater contains exceptionally high TDS levels and most drinking-water treatment facilities are unable to deal with water containing those high concentrations,” Hanger said.

“High levels of total dissolved solids pollution from natural gas drilling and other sources pose a real threat to Pennsylvania’s streams and rivers, including aquatic life. DEP has created and proposed new regulations that will ensure that drilling wastewater does not pollute drinking water supplies, damage industrial equipment or endanger delicate aquatic life.

“The technology and resources to recycle, treat and dispose of gas well wastewater are available here at this RES facility, making it an essential tool for the oil and gas industry to minimize its impact on the state’s waterways,” Hanger added.

Reserve Environmental Services’ new facility will be a zero-discharge wastewater recycling operation with the capacity to treat one million gallons per day. Over the course of a year, that’s enough capacity to treat the volume of wastewater created by about 350 Marcellus wells.

DEP’s new proposed regulations would establish two standards—one for natural gas drillers and one for new or expanding facilities. Wastewater discharges from new and expanded facilities must meet a concentration threshold of 2,000 milligrams per liter and wastewater discharges from drilling operations cannot exceed 500 mg/l.

The lower standard was set for the drilling industry because drilling wastewater is so heavily polluted and because drillers have options other than returning water to rivers and streams, such as reusing and recycling it, or injecting it deep into caverns situated below ground water supplies when approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Iowa, Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee, prohibit returning any drilling wastewater to streams.

On June 17, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet to consider the proposed regulations, which were approved by the Environmental Quality Board on May 17. The National Association of Water Companies and many other individuals and groups across the state strongly support the adoption of this rule.

To comment on the proposed regulations to better protect Pennsylvania’s water quality, email and reference “Reg. No. 7-446 – Wastewater Treatment Requirements.” Comments must be submitted by June 15.

Compose our own comment or copy & paste this one:

“Reg. No. 7-446 – Wastewater Treatment Requirements.”

Dear Commissioners,

I would like to voice my support for the new wastewater regulations to protect our streams and rivers from drilling wastewater in quantities that will have devastating effects on aquatic life and drinking water downstream. The new standards set by DEP will help to effect this goal.

Thank you,

Your name and address here

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

PA Fish & Boat Commission Pleads For N Gas Severance Tax

Conserve Aquatic Resources with Severance Tax
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission repeated the need today to pass a Marcellus shale severance tax and dedicate a portion of its revenues to make sure that natural gas is developed with as little impact as possible to fish, reptiles, amphibians, and other aquatic organisms and the habitats upon which they depend.

The Commission wants to help the industry protect Pennsylvania waters and habitats and comply with the environmental laws that the General Assembly promulgates. Executive Director John Arway said, “We understand the realities of today’s natural gas rush and recognize the importance of Marcellus gas to fueling our national energy needs; however, this cannot be at the expense of our natural resources, since we have lived the story and have seen what happened to our waters when Pennsylvania coal was extracted from our mountains almost a century ago. We cannot, in good conscience, let that happen again.”

Unfortunately, the Commission does not have the resources (staff and funding) to adequately and proactively assist the industry, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions, and other agencies with addressing Marcellus development. Mr. Arway went on to point out that, “Many people do not realize that the Commission relies almost entirely on fishing license sales, boat registrations, and federal funding tied to fishing and boating to support everything we do, including trying to keep pace and stay ahead of the curve on the current and projected impacts of energy development to fishing, boating, and the resources we are entrusted to protect.”

If the Commission received a portion of a severance tax, it could take a collaborative approach with the industry and other agencies to review, advise, and consult in the field to ensure aquatic resources are protected as well sites and associated infrastructure are built and maintained. Mr. Arway observed, “I truly believe that the public expect that service from us, and the resources under our jurisdiction depend upon it to survive.”

A link to Mr. Arway’s recent testimony to the House of Representatives Finance Committee explaining the Commission’s role with Marcellus shale and the need for dedicated severance tax revenues may be found on the front page of the Commission’s website at

The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit

Job Posting--Charles Cole Memorial Hospital


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has a full time position (four ten hour days or as scheduled or needed) for an Environmental Services Tech III. The major responsibility for this position is to clean and/or polish floors using the buffing machine, and strip or scrub and refinish floors, when assigned. Must be able to work well with others and be able to work independently as directed by the Director of Environmental Services or designee. Must be able to work flexible hours performing floor care when business hours permit. Candidates must be conscientious, self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, caring, friendly individuals. Will vacuum, spot clean or shampoo carpets, as needed. Will frequently lift up to 75 lbs. and occasionally lift 75 lbs. & over. Candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent and be able to read written instructions and comprehend verbal instructions. Professional attitude, appearance and behavior are expected at all times. At least two years of floor care experience preferred.

Please apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

For more information, please call 814-274-5431.

Galeton Library Fundraiser June 19th

Man Accused Of Double Homicide Former Coudersport Resident

Accused Murderer Lived In Coudersport
According to internet searches, Steven Patrick Rebert, 45, of Emporium, PA, accused in the double homicide of a couple in their Brockway, PA home in April, was a former resident of Coudersport.

Court records indicate that Rebert was charged by the PA Game Commission for a violation on 12-2-2002 and he pled guilty to a Theft Of Services charge on 2-19-2003 for an incident in Coudersport Boro. Both of these charges were through Annette Easton's Courtroom and Rebert was listed as having a Coudersport address.

He was fined on 10-25-2007 in Easton's court for failure to change his address. The summons listed his address as Emporium at that time.

State Police at the press conference stated that the investigation is ongoing and that Rebert is a suspect in unsolved murders in Genesee and Orleans Counties in New York. He was born and raised in New York and was there when police made the arrest. Rebert was arraigned Friday night before District Magistrate David Inzana in Reynoldsville.

A Finger Lakes TV News Filed this Report profiling the families in the NY unsolved homicides.

Online sources list former addresses for Rebert as Emporium, Coudersport, Albion, NY, Wassaic, NY, Columbus, GA, Clearwater, FL, and Dunedin, FL.

Anyone with background information on Steven Patrick Rebert is encouraged to pass it on to the editor at for possible use in future stories.


Steve lived in Coudersport and worked as a contractor (Fiber Optic cable installer) for Adelphia and other companies in the area. He used to rent the White farm on Dry Run road.

State Troopers Honored

State Troopers Honored for Actions in Warren, Monroe, Cambria Counties

Hershey - State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski today presented three troopers who risked their lives in separate incidents in Monroe, Warren and Cambria counties with the State Police Medal of Honor - the department's highest award. Pawlowski said fellow troopers lost their lives in two of the incidents.

The medals were presented during an awards ceremony at the State Police Academy in Hershey to Tpr. Robert J. Lombardo, 36, of Troop N, Swiftwater, Monroe County; Andrew G. Goss, 30, of Troop E, Warren, Warren County; and Tpr. Brian N. Lampel, 37, of Troop A, Ebensburg, Cambria County.

"Each of these troopers put his life on the line to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania," Pawlowski said. "They are courageous and dedicated individuals whose heroic actions reflect the high standards of the Pennsylvania State Police."

Lombardo was shot in an incident that claimed the life of Tpr. Joshua D. Miller, 34, of Troop N, Swiftwater, on June 7, 2009.

Lombardo and Miller were involved in a 40-mile pursuit of a man who threatened his estranged wife with a gun and abducted their son. The fleeing vehicle was brought to a stop in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County. As troopers approached the car, shots were exchanged, with bullets striking Miller, Lombardo and the suspect. The suspect was killed, but his son was rescued unharmed from the car. Miller was flown from the scene to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died of his wounds.

"Despite being shot himself, Tpr. Lombardo did not seek medical attention until he helped bring the incident to a close," Pawlowski said.

Goss responded to Route 6 in Conewago Township, Warren County, around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2009, for a report of pickup truck being driven erratically. When he was notified that the pickup was traveling east in the westbound lanes, Goss activated the emergency lighting of his unmarked patrol car and passed a Jeep Cherokee that was the lead vehicle in a line of westbound traffic.

As the eastbound pickup approached, Goss maneuvered his patrol car in front of the Jeep Cherokee and angled the passenger side of the car towards the oncoming vehicle. The pickup struck the right rear of the patrol car at about 60 miles per hour.

"Without reservation or regard for his own safety, Tpr. Goss put himself at grave risk to prevent a head-on crash between the pickup and the Jeep Cherokee," Pawlowski said. "Four members of an Erie family were riding in the Jeep. Who can say how many lives were saved by the trooper's action?"

Following the crash, Goss checked on the occupants of the Jeep Cherokee, who were uninjured. He and another trooper then removed the uninjured driver from the pickup, who was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and other counts.

Lampel and Tpr. Joseph J. Sepp were among state and municipal officers responding to a pursuit of a suspected drunk driver who fled from a traffic stop in Summerhill Township, Cambria County, on Nov. 9, 2002.

The fleeing vehicle hit a utility pole in Ebensburg and came to a stop as Lampel and Sepp, who was driving, arrived at the scene. Lampel got out of the patrol car and ordered the suspect to show his hands. The suspect exited his vehicle with a gun in each hand and immediately began firing at the troopers. Lampel, Sepp and four municipal officers returned fire. Two of Lampel’s shots hit the suspect.

Sepp was hit by one of the suspect's shots and died the following day. The suspect recovered from his wounds and was convicted of first-degree murder.

"Tpr. Lampel exhibited proper restraint in ordering the suspect to surrender," Pawlowski said. "He then risked injury or death by maintaining his position and returning fire."

Lombardo, who lives with his wife in Pittston, Luzerne County, enlisted in the state police in 2003. He received a Medal of Honor in 2005 for his efforts in attempting to rescue two children trapped in a fire in Monroe County in December 2004.

Goss, of Youngsville, Warren County, enlisted in June 2008. He and his wife have two daughters.

Lampel enlisted in September 1995. He lives in Windber, Somerset County, and has two daughters and a son.

State police have presented 55 Medals of Honor since the award was created in 1970.

Photo of Goss, Lampel and Lombardo provided by state police.

Kenneth Carl Thomas, 80, of Sharon Center, PA

Kenneth C. Thomas
“beloved husband, father, and grandfather”

Sharon Center, PA---Kenneth Carl Thomas, 80, of Sharon Center, PA, died Friday, June 11, 2010 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.

Born February 21, 1930 in Canal Fulton, Ohio, he was a son of Delbert R. and Mary E. Hostuttler Thomas. On May 25, 1964 in Stannards, NY, he married Carol Lynn Gross, who survives.

Mr. Thomas attended Shinglehouse High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 20, 1948 and was discharged on November 7, 1952. He served in Co D 81st Recon Battalion and Co E 2nd Armored Calvary as an armorer and radio operator. His rank was Sergeant First Class. He received the Army Occupational Medal while stationed in Germany and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was employed by Dresser-Rand Industries for 30 years as a machinist, retiring in 1995.

Mr. Thomas was a member and past Post Commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 where he also served on several Legion boards, a member of the Potter County Honor Guard, a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport, a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F & AM Shinglehouse, a former member of the Coudersport Consistory, a former member of the Allegany County Shrine Club and a former member of the Ismailia Shrine in Buffalo.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends, hunting, fishing, camping, carpentry work and outdoor work at the house he built.

Surviving besides his devoted wife of 45 years are two sons, Kenneth C. “Buck” Thomas II of Dayton, Ohio and Christopher A. Thomas of Sharon Center; two daughters, Monica J. Thomas of Big Lake, Alaska and Mare R. “Beckie” Thomas of Kingston, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary (Harold--deceased) Morris of Olean, NY and Elizabeth (Donald) King of Weidman, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thomas was predeceased by three infant sons, Joseph, Michael and Mark Thomas; and a brother, Charles Thomas.

At Mr. Thomas’ request there will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a graveside memorial service on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F & AM will conduct a Masonic service on Saturday at the cemetery.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

Donald Ivan George of 670 Heiden Drive, Hummelstown, PA

Donald Ivan George of 670 Heiden Drive, Hummelstown, PA 17036 passed away Friday, June 11, 2010.

He was born January 25, 1929 in Westfield, Tioga County, PA, son of Ray and Cassie Martin George (deceased).

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Franke George; children, Beth George Bremigan and husband Ralph of Muncie, IN, James Donald George and wife Susan; grandchildren, Lynn and Matthew George of Hershey, PA and Thomas Ivan Bremigan; brother, David George and wife Judy of Westfield, PA; sisters-in-law, Diane Franke Catlin of Fallbrook, CA and Wilma Franke Johnson and husband Donald of Wellsboro, PA; and many dear cousins.

Donald and Helen were baptized in the Westfield Baptist Church in November 1942. They were married in the same church on June 17, 1954. Donald served as deacon from 1955 to 2000 and as Sunday School teacher of teenage boys from 1950's through 1970's; he also served in leadership positions on the pulpit committee, in the local Mens Fellowship, on the church's 100th anniversary committee in 1991, and as church moderator. In the larger American Baptist Fellowship, Donald served on the Tioga Baptist Association Board, as Area VP on the ABCMenOPAD Board, and on the American Baptist Churches of PA and Delaware Region Board.

In July 1994, he was chosen Layman of the Year by the Baptist Region Mens Board. In addition, Donald also served his country and community. He served in the US Air Force for four years, has been a member (and adjutant) of the Gerald G. Griffin Post 519 American Legion since 1952; a member of the Masonic Lodge #477 since 1955, a member of Coudersport Consistory since 1974, Zembo Shrine of Harrisburg and Hershey Shrine Club since 2002.

He was a Westfield Boro councilman 1974-1979, a boro auditor and a member of the Planning Commission and Sewer Authority. He was a Boy Scout as a youth, a Boy Scout Committee member 1969-1980 and a Merit Badge Counselor (Personal Management). Donald also worked as a volunteer at the Westfield public Library after his retirement. After graduating from Westfield High School, Donald worked in the office of the Eberle Tanning Company for a year. Following his honorable discharge, Donald was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas Transmission Corporation. He retired in January 1990 as Area Supervisor, Lease & Right-of-Way (State of NY and Northern PA) after 37 years and 4 months.

Donald and Helen moved to the Hershey area in 2000 where they have been associate members of the Derry Presbyterian Church. Donald served there in several ways and enjoyed Wednesday morning golf with other church men.

Receiving visitors 6-8 p.m., Sunday, June 13 at Kenyon Funeral Home. Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 14 at Westfield Baptist Church and 2 p.m. Friday, June 18 at Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey. Burial at Champlin Cemetery. Clergy: Rev. Dr. Louis George and Pastor Lewis Young.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westfield Public Library or Hospice of Central PA, 1370 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Area Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Steuben County native killed in Afghanistan

Marine is 2nd from county to die in combat this year

By Roger Neumann •
Star Gazette
A U.S. Marine who grew up in Steuben County has become the county's second victim this year of the war in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Michael G. Plank, 25, who was born in Corning and lived in nearby Rathbone, was killed Wednesday, "while supporting combat operations" in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Department of Defense reported.Military and DOD sources did not release any details of his death or the operation because the incident is still under investigation. More...

245 Seniors Participate In Games At Pitt-Bradford

Excellent Turnout For Four-County Senior Games

srgames2010horsehoeMore than 150 people, including dozens from Potter County Senior Centers, gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Friday for the annual Four-County Senior Games. Potter County’s representatives competed for prizes while enjoying a day of camaraderie with other contestants from McKean, Cameron and Elk counties.

Among the winners was Blaine Stauffer (shown) of the St. Marys Senior Center, who demonstrated his skills in horseshoe-pitching.

Mark Benson, director of coordinated services for Potter County Human Services, once again served as chairman of the organizing committee. He first became involved in the Senior Games in 1986 and agreed to chair the event the following year. Twenty-four years later, he is still in charge.

Benson was joined by several Potter County Human Services employees in helping to assure that things ran smoothly. He reported that the turnout of 245 people this year — including volunteers and organizers — was about 15 percent higher than the 2009 event, due in part to the ideal weather conditions. Events ranged from a one-mile walk and croquet to darts and softball throwing. One popular addition to the schedule of events was Wii bowling, a video game that promotes exercise.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Emporium Man Charged In Brockway Double Murder

Emporium Man Charged with Homicide

By Anne Holliday

An Emporium man has been charged with killing a Jefferson County couple in their home in April.

45-year-old Steven Rebert is charged with two counts each of criminal homicide and aggravated assault and one count of burglary.

James and Vicky Shugar were found shot to death in their home just south of Brockway on April 12.

Rebert is jailed without bail. State police and Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett held a news conference Friday evening to announce Rebert’s arrest.

Police say the Shugars' neighbors provided key pieces of evidence that led to Rebert's arrest.

One woman reported a suspicious vehicle to them March 3. A man saw a man parked in a car in the area. He wrote down the license number and said the man had a bolt-action rifle with him and knives in his belt. The license number belonged to Rebert's car. Two other residents also saw a car with one person in it parked along the road about 100 yards from the Shugars' home on March 3.

Police said Rebert's name kept coming up through the course of the investigation.

DNA samples of blood found on a pair of work boots in Rebert's possession were sent to the state police crime lab in Greensburg. The blood matched Wayne Shugar’s.

Police say information they obtained during their investigation was turned over to police in New York State, who are investigating murders in Genesee and Orleans counties in 2005 and 2007.

The Shugars were both 61 years old and had been married for 42 years. Wayne Shugar was a retired foreman at Owens-Brockway Glass. Vicky Shugar was the owner of the Flowers & More shop on Main Street in Brockway.

John A. "Jack" Foster, 77, Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, PA - John A. "Jack" Foster, 77, died Monday (June 7, 2010) at Olean General Hospital after a long illness.

Born Jan. 28, 1933, in Olean, NY, he was a son of Lloyd and Ethyl Graham Foster. On Feb. 1, 1957, in Eldred, he married Beverly Shields, who passed away in February 1963. On June 27, 1964, in St. Raphael Church in Eldred, he married Carolyn L. Wasson, who survives.

Mr. Foster was a 1951 graduate of Otto High School and was a lifelong resident of Duke Center.

He started work in 1955 with Clark Brothers Co., which later became Dresser-Rand in Olean, where he worked for 40 years. He retired in 1995.

Mr. Foster was a member, past president and tail twister of the Otto Township Lions Club. He was also a member of the Otto Township Fire Department, Little Nippers sports program, Investors Club and Otto Alumni Association and had been a master of ceremonies at various local events.

He was a man of great work ethic. He also enjoyed a good time. He loved his family and friends very much and was endeared to them as "Jocko" and to his grandchildren as "Papa."

Mr. Foster was an avid Penn State football fan and for the past four years spent winters in Florida.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Barry (James Locke) Wasson of St. Petersburgh, FL; two daughters, Kimberly (Randy) Shay of Eldred and Cara (Heath) Daniell of South Amboy, NY; three grandchildren, Ryan Shay, Kory (Caty Pierotti) Shay and Macy Leighton Daniell; two sisters, Alene Wood of Cottonwood, AZ, and Patricia Bartlett of Allentown; several nieces and nephews; and a mother-in-law, Jeanette Wasson of Bemus Point, NY.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Foster, who died in September 1950 while serving in the Korean War; and a daughter, Kay Marie Foster, who died in 1959.

A celebration of Mr. Foster's life will be held Aug. 8, 2010, at a location to be announced. Frame Funeral Home in Eldred is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests memorials be made to the Beverly Foster Nursing Scholarship, P.O. Box 70, Eldred, PA, 16731; or to the Otto-Eldred Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 38, Duke Center, PA 16729.

Well Involved Vehicle Fire On Costello Road

Vehicle Fire
At 5:30 PM on Friday, Austin Dept. 44 had responded to a vehicle fire in front of 948 Costello Road. Chief reporting a vehicle well involved in fire.

120 Laid Off Truck-Lite Employees Not Recalled In Hiring Blitz

Out With The Old

Truck-Lite Hiring New Employees, Not Pleasing Former Ones

By Dennis Phillips,
Jamestown Post-Journal

FALCONER - The news that Truck-Lite has hired 100 new full-time and 100 temporary employees at its New York and Pennsylvania facilities this year isn't pleasing everyone - mainly their old employees.

After laying off around 120 employees between December 2008 and March 2009, Truck-Lite has been hiring new workers and not recalling any of their former workers. With 200 new employees already hired and 70 to 100 more expected in the coming months, Truck-Lite will be doing no recalling of any laid-off workers.

Greg Certo, Truck-Lite human resources director, said those who were laid off could reapply for re-employment, but no recalls were made.

''Nobody called back with recall rights when we started to hire new people,'' Certo said. ''We allowed people to reapply. A limited number of rehires, no one recalled.'' More...

Jon Huff Appointed Secretary / Treasurer For Roulette Township

Jonathan Huff
was recently appointed
Secretary / Treasurer
for Roulette Township by the
Roulette Township Board of Supervisors.

Jon also continues to be the township Water / Sewer System Operator
and serves as the township's
Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator

All contact information for
Roulette Township
PO Box 253
Roulette, PA 16746-0253

will remain the same.

814-544-7549 - Township Office
814-544-4044 - Fax

USDA To Host Red Meat Mobile Slaughter Unit Information Session

USDA To Host Red Meat Mobile Slaughter Unit Information Session
Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:48:01 -0500

FSIS is hosting a red meat mobile slaughter unit information session on June 24, 2010. The goals of this information session are to educate farmers, ranchers and processors on how to set up mobile slaughter units, receive the federal grant of inspection and meet USDA food safety requirements.

Black Sentenced To 9-23 Months In Jail

WESB NEWSRADIO--Shinglehouse Man Sentenced in Potter County
A Shinglehouse man has been sentenced in Potter County Court to nine to 23 months in jail on pornography charges. 38 year-old Robert Black pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges involving sexting a 17 year-old girl. Black was charged with unlawful contact with a minor and dissemination of explicit materials.

2010 Essence Of Motion Dance Recital Tonite & Saturday At High School

Paul Burdick Photo

2010 Essence Of Motion Dance Recital. Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 at the Coudersport High School Auditorium. Show time is 7:00 PM and tickets are available at the door.

Thefts Reported At Two Area Car Dealers

Thefts from an automobile complaints were received by State Police for incidents that occurred in two area automobile dealers.

Between 6-4-10 and 6-8-10, someone entered a parked GMC Suburban parked at the rear parking lot of E & G Auto, just west of Coudersport, and removed a valid PA State Inpection Sticker with a 10-2010 date on it.

Between 6-8-10 and 6-9-10, someone broke the rear window of a vehicle owned by Christopher R. Kontz, fo Port Allegany, PA, while parked at the side parking lot of Bidwell Auto in Burtville, and removed a small gray toolbox.

Anyone with information can contact the Coudersport PSP Barracks.

Help Needed To Identify People In 1950 Era Photograph Taken In Coudersport

Click on Photo to Enlarge

Could you post the attached picture. Bob Cline stopped by today to present it to our Church with the following message.

My name is Bob Cline. I was born 11-11-1939, am 70 years old and retired Military (30 yrs. service).

From mid-1949 until 1955 I lived at 601 S. Main St. (Coudersport, Pa.), across the street from the "Free Methodist Church"

This picture was taken some time during 1950-1952. Those years were the happiest of my teen life.

I am pictured beneath the lower left corner of the middle window, I have dark hair and am wearing a checkered shirt.

(Standing by the boy with glasses on.) I can't be sure, but I think my mother is on the extreme right side. Her hair is a little bushy.

She volunteered from time to time to help out with church activities.

I have many, many fond memories of summer camps, Bible Schools and other church activities geared towards young people.

I believe the preacher is standing to the far left. I don't remember his name.

I do not remember the occasion for the picture.

With Fondest Memories

Robert Cline

June 7, 2010

(If anyone can help me identify any of the people in the picture, reply to Pastor Pete

I suppose this is a good place to plug our VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL - EXPEDITION JESUS - JUNE 13-16, 6:30-8PM.

at THE SPOT - 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6. Ages 4-12. (Contact Rhonda Morley 814-274-8566 for info)

My friends, this special picture and note I just received today, lets us as Pastors and Churches know that our efforts with yearly Bible Schools and other events, do make a lasting difference to those that attend. Parents, give your children some great memories. Send them to Bible School at our fine local churches.

In Christ,

Pastor Pete

Ira Clinton Hetrick, 85, of Smethport,, PA

Ira Clinton Hetrick of Smethport, 85, went home to the Lord on June 8, 2010 surrounded by family. He had been ill for an extended period and critically ill for two weeks.

Born March 31, 1925 in Huntington County to Blanch (French) and Walter Hetrick, Ira's family moved to Amberson Valley when he was 4. He attended Fannett Township Schools in Dry Run and left high school in 1943 to join the Navy. He served as a gunner for two troop transfer ships involved in the invasion of the Philippines. Ira was awarded his diploma in 2005 in a ceremony recognizing the contribution of WWII veterans.

Following military service, Ira worked construction on the PA turnpike and then at Letterkenny Army Depot while farming in the valley. He transferred to the Army Corp of Engineers to work as a maintenance mechanic for Tionesta and East Branch Dams. He retired in 1980 to Smethport.

In his younger days, Ira was well known for his baseball skills, especially pitching. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, whose heart was never far from the outdoors he loved.

Ira is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Ilo (Young) and six children: Linda O'Laughlin, Oregon City, OR; Darlene Walker, Salt Rock, WV; Clinton of Tionesta, PA; Richard of Sharpsville, PA; Leonard of Marienville, PA; and Dianne of Chambersburg, PA. His nine grandchildren are: Brenda Nicklas (wife of Todd), Sigel, PA; Andrea Glenn, Salt Rock, WV; Robert Walker of Barboursville, WV; Nathan Hetrick, Madison, WI; Joshua Hetrick, Medford, MA; Jonathan Hetrick, Columbus, Ohio; Kendra Gilbert (wife of Gerrid) of Austintown, OH; Melanie Walker, Huntington, WV; and Katie Hetrick of Sharpsville, PA. Great-grandchildren are Chloe and Taylor Glenn of WV. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Janet Piper and Grace Miller; infant son and daughter; and son-in-law Gary Walker.

Ira recently reaffirmed his faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Services will be held at Laurel Grove United Methodist Church, 17697 Amberson Rd., Amberson, PA 17210 on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:00. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 prior to services at the church. Interment will be at Amberson Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the above named church c/o Judy Clayton, P.O. Box 69, Amberson, PA 17210 or the Salvation Army or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Agett-Geisel Funeral Home, Dry Run, PA. Online condolences may be offered at

Horse Found On Peet Brook Road In Allegany Township

Large Black & White Gelding Found
Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport are reporting a horse has been found in the area of Peet Brook Road in Allegany Township.

It is a large black and white Gelding. If this is your horse, it is currently located at the Risser Farm on Peet Brook and can be claimed by the owner there.

Kim Hill Road In Roulette Township Closed Due To Road Work

Roulette Twp. Road Closure Effective Immediately

Kim Hill Road between the intersections of Pomeroy Street and Card Creek Road, will be closed to ALL through traffic to allow the road crew to work on the southern bank of the road.

These closures will be between the hours of 9:00AM and 2:30PM M-F, weather permitting.

The road crew will be performing extensive bank work to move the bank back approximately 3 feet, where possible, and to slope the bank back. This is to allow for better drainage along Kim Hill Road. Signs will be posted at both ends, notifying residents on the days that work will be conducted.

During these times, only residents that live on that road, in the area where work is being performed, and emergency response vehicles will be permitted to pass. All others should make arrangements and allow extra travel time to detour around the area via Route 6.

The Roulette Township Supervisors apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause the affected residents, however the end result will benefit everyone that travels this roadway.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Senior Games At Pitt Bradford Friday

County Fielding Strong Team For ‘Senior Games’

srgamesbowlDozens of Potter County Senior Center members are heading to Pitt-Bradford on Friday (June 11) for the annual Four-County Senior Games. They will be competing for prizes while enjoying a morning of camaraderie with other contestants from McKean, Cameron and Elk counties.

Also making the trip to help as timekeepers, aides and organizers will be several members of the Potter County Human Services staff.

After a continental breakfast and opening ceremonies, the games begin at 10. A luncheon and entertainment will follow.

Competitions will include running and walking at distances ranging from 100 meters to one mile, free-throw shooting, bean bag toss, horseshoes, darts, croquet, table tennis, wheelchair obstacle course and more.

Friendly Flies Lay Eggs In Tent Caterpillars

Tent caterpillars infesting local trees

The huge bare spots on trees seen on hilltops and backyards alike are the result of infestations of the forest tent caterpillar - or millions of the caterpillars.

The infestations can be seen driving along Humphrey Road and Five Mile Road in the town of Humphrey, said Russ Biss, natural resources supervisor for the state Department of Environmental Conservation office in Allegany.

“It’s almost like fall with so many leaves gone” on some hillsides, Mr. Biss said.

Why so many tent caterpillars this year? More...



BRADFORD, Pa. -- The National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease on Tuesday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The screening is part of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program, or KEEP, a free health-screening program designed to help identify and educate adults at increased risk with the purpose of delaying or preventing the development of chronic kidney disease.

Those considered to be at risk are those who either have diabetes and/or high blood pressure or have a parent or sibling with diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease. Diabetes and hypertension are the two leading causes of kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation has partnered with Bradford Regional Medical Center’s Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education and Pitt-Bradford to bring this screening to the region.

“We know that if we start early with education, detection and, if necessary, medical intervention, we can often postpone the onset of kidney disease or kidney failure and in some cases even prevent it from ever developing,” said Deborah Hartman, executive director and regional vice president of the foundation.

KEEP screening participants, 18 or older, will have their weight, blood pressure and waist circumference checked. Medical professionals will collect blood and urine samples for several tests. A physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on site to review results with participants. All screening participants receive educational material about preventing and treating kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Twenty-six million adult Americans have chronic kidney disease. More than 20 million others are at increased risk for developing kidney disease, and most don’t even know it. Additionally, more than 400,000 Americans are in stage five of the disease, which is kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, a condition that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant. There are nearly 108,000 people nationally waiting for organ transplants.

To register for the free screening or for information on upcoming screenings in your area, contact the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies at 1-800-261-4115.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

Feds Buy New Ride For Bradford Bus Commuters, Others

Federal stimulus money used to help buy Fullington Trailways bus

KARI ANDREN, The Patriot-News

About $400,000 in federal stimulus money was used to help buy a Fullington Trailways bus that will connect Harrisburg with small cities across the state.

The 57-seat, $500,000 bus has seatbelts, electrical outlets, Wi-Fi, personally controlled air vents and overhead storage bins. The bus has a wheelchair lift and two sets of seats that can slide backward to make room for wheelchairs.

Officials touted the bus as the future of intercity transportation and said it will travel to Lewistown, State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Clearfield, DuBois, Bradford, Punxsutawney, Indiana, Monroeville and Pittsburgh.

Woman Dead In Salamanca Crash

Rollover crash claims woman's life
Appears the van she was driving ran a stop sign

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A rollover accident left a minivan crushed beneath a dump truck on a front lawn in Salamanca.

Police say a female driver was dead when officers arrived on scene Thursday morning. More....

Suspected Meth Lab in Lock Haven

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 14

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 14

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of June 14. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. 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.
• Work will continue on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346, with flaggers present. Drivers should expect alternating traffic pattern and travel-time delays.
• 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.

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended, Says Causer

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended To Dec. 31, 2010

HARRISBURG - Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for 2009 is being extended from June 30 to December 31, 2010.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2009. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

· $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
· $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and renters)
· $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners only)
· $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners only)

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

Since the program began in 1971, more than $4 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

Residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available at Causer's local offices: 78 Main St., First Floor, in Bradford (814-362-4400) and 107 S. Main St. in Coudersport (814-274-9769). They are also available online at

Man Out On $5,000. Bail After Recording Conversation With Wife

Husband accused of secretly recording wife’s conversation
Sun Gazette
A Loyalsock Township man faces felony charges for using his cell phone to secretly record a private conversation he was having with his wife, state police allege.

Jared Earl Brown, 28, of 1418 Country Club Lane used the digital recorder in his cell phone to record the conversation without his wife's knowledge on May 18. More...

Learn how two weeks can change a child's life forever

As a lover of the great outdoors, I thought this would be an issue that you and the readers of Solomon's Words For The Wise would care about. The Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and home to a child from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you could help to get the word out it would really help us place these wonderful children into a loving host family. It's only for up to two weeks, but it's an experience that can change their life.

Westfield Men Charged With DUI

DUI Charges Filed

Sun Gazette

According to records at the office of District Judge Brian Edgcomb, they are:

Brett Micheal Krietner, 22, of 2001 Route 49, Westfield, two counts by Westfield Borough Police in Westfield on March 27.

Gordon White, 26, of 287 North Street, Westfield, one count by Westfield Borough Police in Westfield on April 11.

Donna L. Luce, 76, of Main Street, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA- Donna L. Luce, 76, of Main Street died Saturday (June 5, 2010) at her residence following a long illness.

Born April 26, 1934, in Corsica, she was a daughter of Clarence R. and Mary J. Aiken Fitzsimmons. On April 2, 1953, in Olean, N.Y., she married William H. Luce, who survives.

Mrs. Luce was a 1952 graduate of Eldred High School and was a lifelong resident of Eldred.

She had been employed as a clerk at Weston's Shoppers City, was later employed by AVX in Olean and for 20 years prior to her retirement had been employed as Eldred Borough secretary.

Mrs. Luce was a past member of the Eldred Fire Department Auxiliary. She loved reading and taking photographs of family and friends. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and Peanut.

Surviving besides her husband are her mother, Mary Soules of The Pavilion in Bradford; two daughters, Terri (Wayne) King and Kelli Luce, both of Eldred; four grandchildren, Tracie (Brian) Barber of Broadman, Ohio, Tammie (Arian Gross) DeYoe of Cuba, N.Y., Brandi Coscia of Eldred and Jami (Brian) Gariepy of Rochester, N.Y.; eight great-grandchildren, Dominick, Christopher and Anthony Barber, Michelle DeYoe, Addysin Gross, Kolby Coscia, Christian and Grace Gariepy; two brothers, Rodger (Shaila) Fitzsimmons of Florida and Tom (Sherry) Fitzsimmons of Fairfax, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a son, Ricky J. Luce, on July 1, 1996; a grandson, Bryan King, on Aug. 14, 1979; and a brother, Michael Fitzsimmons, on April 21, 1986.

Friends called at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, where funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday (June 9, 2010) at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in St. Raphael Cemetery, Eldred.

The family requests memorials be made to the S.W. Smith Library Bookmobile.

Eldred Mother Jailed In Assault On 10 Month Old Son

WESB NEWSRADIO--Eldred Woman Charged With Beating Her Baby
An Eldred woman has been charged with beating her 10 month-old son last November. Court records show that the father and grandmother of the baby told McKean County Children and Youth Services that 22 year-old Jamie McFall hit the child in the head and face causing abrasions, bruises and contusions. McFall is facing several charges including endangering the welfare of a child. She is jailed on $20,000 bail.

Bradford Man Free On Bail After Assault

WESB NEWSRADIO--Bradford Man Facing Assault Charges
A Bradford man is facing assault charges after an incident Tuesday night on South Kendall Avenue in Bradford. Foster Township Police say that Jamie Defilippo told them that 20 year-old George Duke Jr. Duke threw her out of the truck and then choked and hit her. Duke was charged with assault and harassment and is free on $5,000 bail.

Child Struck By Vehicle In Front Of Riddel House in Bradford

Child Hit By Vehicle In Bradford
At 12:17 pm on Thursday, Bradford EMS has responded to a report of a child struck by a vehicle in front of the Riddel House in Bradford.

The child was transported to BRMC by Bradford Ambulance.

Phyllis Brown Chase, 92, of Dallas, N.C., formerly of Smethport, PA

DALLAS - Phyllis Jeanette Chase, 92, passed away May 31, 2010, at her residence.
She was born in McKean County, Pa., to the late Violet Campbell Terry.

Phyllis is survived by a son, Timothy George Chase of New York; and two daughters, Barbara Foley of Bradford, Pa., and Susan Harris of Dallas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The funeral service will be private.

Condolences may be sent to
Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, in Gastonia is serving the family.

Delores E. Turner, 85, of 9 Front Street, Emporium, PA

Delores E. Turner, 85, of 9 Front Street, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Wednesday evening. (June 9, 2010)

She was born April 11, 1925 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late Dominic and Jessie DeJoice Valeria.

Mrs. Turner retired from Sylvania where she worked for over 35 years.

Son: Daniel Wennin and his wife Tonyia, Emporium
Grandson: Brock Wennin
Step Granddaughter: Monica Dixon
3 Great Grandchildren: Nikkole & Brooke Gaberseck & Gavin Wennin
1 Step Great Grandson: Zaiden Daniel Sell
Sister: Marie Meyers, Lock Haven
Sister: Beatrice Goodman, Syracuse, NY

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Dominic and Jessie DeJoice Valeria
Grandson: Paul Wennin Gaberseck
Great Grandson: Mitchell Logan Gaberseck
Brother: Eugene Valeria
3 Sisters: Lucy Hunter, Dorothy Biarski & Jennie Casolo

There will be No Visitation.
At Delores' request there will be No Service.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Tree & Stump Removal/Lot & Field Clearing


Heavy Equipment Hauling, Logs, Wood Chips--TNT Transport, Inc.


Spring Poker Run For Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention This Saturday

Today's Recalls

P&G Recalls Specific Canned Cat Foods Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Emporium Woman Injured In Crash With Deer and Tree

Deer In Roadway
An Emporium woman was slightly injured on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in Route 872 in Grove Township when she struck a deer and lost control of her 2010 Cobalt and struck a tree.

Linda D. Cobb, 57, of Emporium, PA, was traveling north on Route 872 and struck the deer on the roadway. She lost control and traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree.

She was transported to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries by Emporium Ambulance. Sinnemahoning Fire Dept. and Emporium EMS assisted troopers at the scene.

Troopers Update Accident Report

Other Driver Was Drunk Too
In an update to the report of the accident in Harrison Township on Plumstead Road last week where Patrick James McNally, 62, of Westfield was injured when his face was run over by an intoxicated driver, as he attempted to unhook a chain.

Troopers report today that McNally was also under the influence of intoxicating beverages.

He has been charged with one count of DUI and one summary traffic violation in District Court 55-4-03.

Constance M. “Connie” Herzog, 93, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Constance M. “Connie” Herzog, 93, of Smethport, died Tuesday (June 8, 2010) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport, after a brief illness.

Born June 4, 1917 in Bradford, she was the daughter of Walter M. and Mary Ethridge Magee. On August 4, 1936 she married Richard B. Herzog in Smethport. On July 3, 1971 she married Robert L. Herzog in Toms River, NJ. Robert died on June 12, 2000.

She was a graduate of Bradford High School class of 1934. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, a national women’s social sorority. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Smethport and belonged to the Indian Echo Country Club in Port Allegany. She was a former member of the Women’s Literary Club in Bradford.

She is survived by two sons, Tim E. Herzog of Loudon, TN and Todd A. Herzog of McMinnville, TN, two daughters, Toby Jo Woodhouse of Corona Del Mar, CA and Deborah K. Orlov of Berwyn, PA, one grandson Todd R. Herzog of West Carrollton, OH, and five granddaughters – Kara Herzog Glencross of Alpharetta, GA, Susan Herzog of Atlanta, GA, Kim Woodhouse Middleton of Seattle, WA, Kelly King-O’Brien of Chicago, IL, and Carrie O’Brien of Oakhurst, CA. One granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne Clark of McMinnville, TN, predeceased her in 2009. She leaves four stepsons, Gary M. Herzog, Stephen Herzog, and David Herzog all of Smethport and Douglas Herzog of Toms River, NJ, and two stepdaughters, Cheryl Juhasz of Richmond, KY and Julia Herzog of Noblesville, IN. She was predeceased by stepson Greg Herzog in 1986. The survivors also include great grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and several nieces. She leaves one sister, Erla Kay Sipe of Little Valley, NY. She had one brother, Gordon W. Magee, who predeceased her in 2002.

Connie started playing golf at age 60 and played multiple times in 2009 at age 92, including four days in a row last August with her son Todd. The oldest golfer in her Magee family was cousin Margaret who played until age 85. Connie was an active member of the Bowman Fitness Center in Smethport, averaging three workouts a week for the last several years. She was very involved with e-mailing her children and grand children. She even had her own Facebook page. Her faithful companion was Miss Muffet, a female Jack Russell terrier who was at her side every day and recently adopted by daughter Debbie. Connie is best known as a very kind, caring, pleasant, and thoughtful person. She is missed by family and friends alike. She made a difference in many lives. Connie was born five days after JFK.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 27th, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 2 Bank St. Smethport. A funeral service will be offered by the United Methodist Church of Smethport on Wednesday, July 28th at 11 am, with the Rev. Bob George, pastor, officiating.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

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

Brenda E. France, 44, of 114 W. Main St., Friendship, NY

FRIENDSHIP, NY - Brenda E. France, 44, of 114 W. Main St. died Sunday (June 6, 2010) at home following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 11, 1966, in Bradford, PA, she was a daughter of Ken and Marjorie Williams Otto. She was married to Tony R. France, who survives.

Brenda had lived in Rushford most of her life and had attended Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, PA. She was an assembler at Robeson Appliance in Castile for a short period of time. After receiving her certified nurse's aid license, she was a CNA at Houghton Nursing Home for several years, then at Cuba Memorial Hospital for approximately three years. Later, she worked at Underwood Manor as a CNA for many years.

Brenda loved doing crafts of all kinds but her most enjoyable task was to do for and love her family.

Surviving besides her husband are her mother, Marjorie Hammaker of Eldred, PA; two sons, Tony C. (Nicole) France of Franklinville and Timothy M. France of Friendship; a daughter, Tasha M. (Timothy) Giles of Friendship; a grandson; two granddaughters; a brother, Louis (Joyce) Hammaker of Eldred; two sisters, Tammy (Joe) Bruesuer of Friendship and Pam Hammaker of Andover; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her stepfather, Louis Hammaker
Friends are invited to attend memorial visitations at the Friendship United Church, 31 E. Main St., on Friday (June 11, 2010) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at which time a memorial service will be held.

The Rev. Kirk Kirch, pastor, will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are under direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship.

Jean L. Jones of Daniels Gate, formerly of Taggerty Avenue, Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Jean L. Jones of Daniels Gate, formerly of Taggerty Avenue, passed away Wednesday (June 2, 2010) at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Olean.

Born July 24, 1924, in Bolivar, she was a daughter of William and Ina Loop Jones. In 1944, she married Gerald E. Elliott, who predeceased her in 1984.

On Oct. 2, 1993, she married Kenneth C. Jones, who survives.

Mrs. Jones is a graduate of Bolivar High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Pamela E. (Bob) Stevenson of Olean; two granddaughters, Mindy M. Stevenson of Allegany and Megan M. Stevenson of Olean.

Mrs. Jones was predeceased by a son, Dennis G. Elliott in 2008.

There was no public visitation or funeral. A private burial was held in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joyful Rescues, 1319 Turock Dr., Cuba, NY 14727.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, 646 E. State St., Olean.

Joseph A. Tanner Sr., 82, of Biggins Road, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Joseph A. Tanner Sr., 82, of Biggins Road, died Thursday (June 3, 2010) at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA, following a brief illness.

Born April 30, 1928, in Ceres, PA, he was a son of Chester A. and Bertha Nolan Tanner. On Jan. 3, 1951, in Belmont, NY, he married Kathryn J. Brooks, who passed away Oct. 15, 1989.

Mr. Tanner had attended school in Bell Run and Annin Creek and had resided on Biggins Road since 1953.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army as a corporal in Germany, where he was a heavy equipment operator and driver.

He had spent his entire life working on the Biggins dairy farm, where he lived and raised his family. He loved trapping, especially fox; and deer hunting.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph A. Tanner Jr. of Cattaraugus, NY, and Roger (Glenica) Tanner of Eldred; a daughter, Robin (Gary) Dulanski of Olean, NY; two grandchildren, Javan Tanner of Cattaraugus and Avie (Gregory) Shawl of Portville, NY; great-grandson, Sebastian Tanner of Cattaraugus; a sister, Hellena Sherwood of Castile, NY, special niece, Emogene "Punkie" Reed of Shinglehouse; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Alfred and Melford Tanner; and two sisters, Minnie McDonald and Beatrice Dieter.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home, from noon to 2 p.m., Monday (June 7, 2010) at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Glenn Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.

The family respectfully declines flowers. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Evening Kayak Paddle At Sinnemahoning State Park

The following programs will be offered at SINNEMAHONING STATE PARK

Saturday, June 12, 2010

3:00 PM - Wild Things! - Join the park naturalist at the campground amphitheater for a program on one of Pennsylvania’s native animals. This week’s program will focus on Sinnemahoning’s resident salamanders.

5:00 PM – Hiking is for the Birds!
Come to Sinnemahoning State Park and join as we celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by getting out and exercising both legs and eyes! Join the park naturalist for a hike along the Lowlands Trail through unique bird habitats, and stop to listen for the songs of indigo buntings, common yellowthroats, black and white warblers, and many other migratory songbirds. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Meet at the 40 Maples Day Use Area. This easy hike is approximately one mile long, and is mostly level. Water, insect repellent, and sunscreen are recommended. For more information, contact the park office at 814-647-8401

8:30 PM - A Shadow of Misunderstanding

The Eastern Timber Rattlesnake is one of the most misunderstood and maligned creatures in the state. Come to the campground amphitheater and listen as we separate fact from fantasy concerning this incredibly specialized reptile.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at