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Saturday, June 19, 2010

H. Janet Witham, 94 , of 130 Elmwood Drive, Emporium, PA

H. Janet Witham, 94 , of 130 Elmwood Drive, Emporium, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys on Saturday (June 19, 2010) afternoon.

She was born March 10, 1916 in Renovo, PA a daughter of the late Lewis A. and Alice V. Lehman Smith. On November 30, 1939 in St. James Catholic Church, Driftwood she married the late Harold R. "Bus" Witham.

Mrs. Witham graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1934 and St Vincents Nursing Hospital as a registered nurse. She w St. Francis Hospital in Olean NY for 3 yrs and was a nurse at Sylvania for over 43 years. She was known for her love of Butterflies and Hummingbirds. She enjoyed bingo, eating out, taking rides and spending time with family and friends. She was the last member of imm family. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

Sister-in-law: Doris Major, Emporium
Sister-in-law: Leoda Smith, Port Allegany
Several: Nieces and Nephews,

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Lewis and Alice Lehman Smith
Husband: Harold R. "Bus" Witham who died Nov. 15, 1974
3 Brothers: Paul, George and Lewis Smith
2 Sisters: Imelda MacMillan and Eugenia "Jeanne" Armstrong

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (June 22, 2010) at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-8 PM.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Roulette Ambulance Staged For Call To Unsecured Scene

Ambulance Response
At 9:05 pm on Saturday night, Roulette Dept. 46 ambulance responded to a staging area for a call at the Johnson Trailer Park on Fishing Creek Road.

Fire and Ambulance personnel stood by at the staging area near the scene while State Police and Coudersport Boro Police secured the scene. A person signed off on treatment for a minor injury.

At 10:27 all Roulette units reported in quarters and available. State Police have left the scene and further information on the incident will await a news release from the troopers.

Motorcycle Versus Deer Accident With Injury

On Route 417
At 8:02 pm on Saturday night, Wellsville Ambulance has been sent to 2535 Route 417 (the Andover Road) for a motorcycle versus deer accident. A 20 year old is reported injured there.

Coudersport Class of 1970 Reunion July 31, 2010

The Coudersport High School class of 1970 will be hosting their 40th class reunion on July 31,2010 at the Academy Hill Lodge in Coudersport. Class members that have not responded should contact Kathy Erway at 45 Maple Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 prior to July 2,2010 to make your reservations.

Struck Deer Came Through Windshield Of Tractor-Trailer

Deer Was Cut In Half
A Tractor-Trailer/Deer accident Friday morning on Route 6 near Pure Carbon in Eulalia Township resulted in minor injuries for a Wellsboro truck driver.

John E. Tellgren, 63, of Wellsboro, PA, was driving a 2003 Freightliner westbound on Route 6 at 7:23 am, when a deer entered the roadway from the south and ran into the front driver side fender of the truck.

The deer was then thrown through the windshield of the truck. The deer was cut in half with one half coming to rest in the cab of the truck and the other half along the southern roadside.

Tellgren was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses reported a graphic scene with blood everywhere. Troopers did not file any charges in the incident.

Missing Boxer In Millport Area Is Home


I was just wondering if you could post this on Solomon’s Word for me. Just gave him a bath so he had no collar on him this morning when I left him out. It was around 10 am I realized he was missing this morning. Usually when he runs off he comes back shortly. But he is still missing. We are located on Rt. 44 S., Millport PA. The dog is a boxer approximately 6 yrs old. And his name is Rusty.

Rusty has returned home.

Harassment in Mt. Jewett Friday Afternoon

Hair Pulling Incident
State Police at Kane investigated an incident of Harassment Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm at 1 Chestnut Street in Mt. Jewett Boro.

Mary Madeline McClelland, 67, of Mount Jewett, PA entered into a verbal altercation with Pixie Ann McNeil, 52, of Mount Jewett, PA. The incident became physical when McClelland grabbed and pulled McNeil's hair.

No charges have been filed.

Memorial Service for A. Dale Patterson, 85, of Whitney Texas, formerly of 18 Patterson Lane, Bradford, PA

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for A. Dale Patterson, 85, of Whitney Texas, formerly of 18 Patterson Lane, Bradford, who passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2009, in Whitney, TX.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2010, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM at the First Church of the Nazarene in Bradford where funeral services will be held at 11:00AM with Rev. Richard Koning, interim pastor officiating. Military Honors and committal services will be held in McKean Memorial Park.

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

On line condolences may be made at

Joyce E. Anthony, 79, of 2 South Ave., Bradford, PA

Joyce E. Anthony, 79, of 2 South Ave., Bradford, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

She was born on September 17, 1930 in Carrollton, NY, a daughter of the late Charles M. and Harriet H. Langworthy Schermerhorn.

She attended Limestone schools.

She was employed by the former Bush Industries, Inc., Little Valley, NY, and the DeSoto Motels from where she retired.

She is survived by one son, Dennis J. Yehl, Bradford, one brother, Fred (Twila) Schermerhorn, Smethport, two sisters, Doris Shonts, Cyclone, Patricia (Walt) Lawton, Wooster, OH, two grandsons, Joseph C. and Shane M. Yehl, two granddaughters, Ashley M. Yehl Conner, Sunny D. Yehl, five great grandchildren, Jasmine, Jason, Leland, Lilly, William, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Schermerhorn, and three sisters, Katherine Whelan, Lucille Jackson, and Betty Hutcheson.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. At the family’s request there will be no funeral services.

Private burial will be in the Limestone Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the McKean County Visiting Nurses Association Hospice Program.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Coudersport, Galeton Responding For ATV Crash

ATV Crash/ One Person Injured
At 11:47 am on Saturday, Coudersport Dept. 48, Galeton Dept. 10, and Medic 6 have been dispatched to Denton Hill to meet an individual to take them to the scene of an ATV accident where one person has been injured. They are meeting at Rt. 6 & Billy Lewis Road. Life Net 77 is airborne. The crash was described as a roll-over.
At 1:24 pm Coudersport Ambulance is transferring the patient to the landing zone.

FBI Raids PA Senator's Office & Home


Friday, June 18, 2010

Troopers Charge Man Form Corsica, PA With DUI

Traffic Stop Nets DUI
Randy F. Stout, 55, of Corsica, PA, was stopped for a traffic violation on Friday at 5:48 PM on Route 120 at Lions Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County.

Emporium Troopers determined that Stout was Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol. He will be charged with DUI and summary traffic violations in District Court.

Argument Between Two Women Gets Man Charged

Harassment Charged After Confrontation
A Coudersport man will be charged with Harassment according to a report by Troopers.

Jerome Dubots, 57, of Toles Hollow Road, Coudersport, PA, will be charged with one count of Harassment in District Court 55-3-01.

On Wednesday at 7:01 pm, Troopers responded to a location along Toles Hollow Road in Eulalia Township to check out a report of a physical altercation that took place because of a verbal altercation.

Kylie Bahr, 21, of Main St., Coudersport, PA, and Dubot's girlfriend, who was not named in the report, engaged in a verbal confrontation. The girlfriend told Dubots of the confrontation. Dubots proceeded down the road and confronted Bahr, which led to physical contact between the two individuals.

Teenager Charged with Harassment of 41 Year Old Woman

Domestic Harassment
On Thursday at 8:13 pm, the Pennsylvania State Police responded to a residence in Ulysses Township, Potter County and investigated a Domestic Violence incident where an 18 year old known male from Genesee subjected a 41 year old woman from Genesee to physical contact following a verbal altercation.

The teenager will be charged with one count of Harassment in District Court 55-4-03.

Three Hurt In Ellisburg Crash/DUI Charge Filed

Ellisburg Crash Detailed
Coudersport State Police have released information on Thursday night's car crash on Route 244, about 1/4 mile south of Rag Hill Road, in Genesee Township.

The crash occurred at 10:10 pm, as Julie Ann Tilley, 35, of Shinglehouse was driving a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer westbound on Route 244, when the vehicle traveled across the eastbound lane and onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck a guiderail.

Tilley turned sharply away from the guiderail and the vehicle went back across the roadway and struck the embankment on the westbound side of the roadway. The vehicle then rolled two and a quarter times, coming to rest on the driver's side of the vehicle.

Tilley was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered only a minor injury. She was not transported by EMS.

Her front seat passenger, Jeremy Russell Dailey, 23, of Smethport, PA. was moderately injured and was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY by ambulance.

Her rear seat passenger, Benjamin Gutshall, 24, of Shinglehouse, PA, was seriously injured and flown by Life Net 77 medical helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.

Upon investigation of the crash, it was determined that Julia Ann Tilley was Driving Under The Influence Of Alcohol. She was taken into custody without incident and charges are pending in District Court 55-4-01.

Her Blazer was severely damaged and towed from the scent by Black's Towing.

Troopers were assisted by members of the Genesee Fire Dept and Genesee Ambulance. Whitesville Fire Dept. established a landing zone in Genesee for the arrival of Life Net 77.

Pee Wee Has Been Found And Returned Home

Hi Jim~
Good News!
Mr. Fleet just called to say a lady from Shinglehouse found Pee Wee running around down town in front of Edward Jones' office. She looked around and didn't see anyone running after her so she took her back to Shinglehouse with her. This morning she saw the post on Solomon's Word and called Mr. Fleet to say she had found his dog.
Mr. Fleet just called to say Pee Wee is home and they are so very thankful for everyone's help - not to mention happy to see Pee Wee again.
Walter and Shirley Fleet want to say thank you for everything. It was a long sleepless night and they are so very happy to have their pet home with them again. I just love happy endings :>)

Smethport Class of 1990 Reunion Slated June 26th

Smethport Class of 1990 Reunion Slated

The Smethport High School Class of 1990 will hold its 20th reunion at 6 p.m. June 26 at the VFW in Smethport. Class members who have not yet responded can contact Kelly Davis, 887-5710, or Janene Dunn, 465-9898. SAHS faculty and alumni are welcome to attend after 8 p.m.

Father's Day Special At Mosch's Tavern In Coudersport

Farm Accident Injures Man On Sartwell Creek Road

Farm Accident In Roulette Township
At 8:06 pm on Friday, Roulette Dept. 46 is responding to a report of a farming accident at the Howard Residence at 261 Sartwell Creek Road. The patient was reported to have been hit in the head with a hay bale in the barn. Roulette Ambulance with Medic 6 are transporting the patient to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Charles W. Barnes of Ischua, formerly of Eldred, Pa.

ISCHUA - Charles W. Barnes of Ischua, formerly of Eldred, Pa., died today (Friday, June 18, 2010) at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo following a brief illness.

No Explosion At Gas Well/ 2 Workers Airlifted To Hospital

2 hurt in accident at gas well
Star Gazette

GAINES TOWNSHIP — Two workers were airlifted to Robert Packer hospital in Sayre this morning after a pipe coupling came apart at a gas well site along Lick Run Road in Gaines Township, Tioga County, Pa.

“We know that there was no fire or explosion,” said Tom Rathbun, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “We do not believe there were any leaks of any water or natural gas.”

The site is operated by Ultra Resources, a Texas-based company with an office on East Avenue in Wellsboro. A call to that office has not been returned. More...

Ed. note--This was originally dispatched as a gas well explosion

UPDATE--Gas Well Accident Injures Two in Tioga County

Jane Park WENY-TV

GAINES, Pa.-- Two workers were injured at a western Tioga County gas well owned by Ultra Resources, Inc. Officials are denying an actual explosion. A DEP spokesperson said the two workers were connecting a pressurized pipe when it burst and injured them. They were flown to Guthrie Medical Center around 11o'clock this morning. More...

Cocker Spaniel Looking Retriever Found

We have found a white and tan cocker spaniel looking retriever. She has a blue collar. She also seems like she wants to ride in the car. She is very friendly. If this is your dog please call (814)-228-3467 Thank you

Vehicle In River After Tioga County Crash

Beechwood Lake Road
At 5:01 pm on Friday, Westfield Dept. 5 and Clymer Dept. 16 are responding to a motor vehicle accident on the Beechwood Lake Road near the baseball field. A vehicle has struck a pole and is now in the river. Reports indicate the driver is out of the vehicle and possibly not injured.

Entertainment At Olga Cafe' This Weekend

Dear Jim,

Tomorrow evening we're in for a treat. The fabulous Celtic trio Fieldstone will be performing along with Jakob's Hollow at Cafe Olga. Wear your dancing shoes and bring your appetites for a fun-filled evening.

If you need to get your jazz fix or delicious food or fine drink or all of the above, then join us this evening as we'll have Tim Walck performing a solo show. Rumor has it that Guy in a Tie will be performing during the day on Saturday, if you want to experience something special tomorrow afternoon.

We're now opening the Cafe & Bistro at noon Monday through Saturday. The full menu is available until 8 PM or later on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays and until 10 PM or later on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. We have Happy Hour Monday through Friday 5 PM to 7 PM.

I have been making and have brought in a lot of new jewelry, so I've decided to have a jewelry sale. The coupon at the end of the newsletter entitles you to get 10% off on all jewelry. Also I have a new discount room upstairs in the Gallery, so stop in and check it out.

Hope to see you soon.


13th annual Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree

The 13th annual Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree started today at the Pitt-Bradford campus. Hundreds of Jeep enthusiasts came to town to drive trails in the area, get their Jeeps stuck in tight spots, and have fun pulling them out. We took pictures this morning before they headed out on the trail. More info. is available here:
Jeeps line up before heading out on the trail

Nicholus Miedzwicki, 4, poses by his parents’ Jeep as the drivers await the morning trail meeting
Robert Johns of Stafford, N.Y., gets some ideas for his own Jeeps.
Checking out each other’s rides is part of the Jamboree fun.

Photos & information provided
by Kimberly Marcott Wineberg

Wires Down In Coudersport

Wires Down
At 4:16 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has responded to a report of wires down at 709 North West Street in the Boro.
Recalled at 4:20 pm.

Safety Of Fracking Object Of EPA Hearings

EPA to Hold Meetings on Fracking

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning a series of public meetings to collect information on fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, uses injections of water and chemicals to break up underground shale formations so oil and gas can be more easily recovered.

The practice has drawn criticism because of concerns it could affect supplies of drinking water.

The meetings will be held in Cannonsburg, Fort Worth, Texas, Denver, and Binghamton, N.Y.

Sherril E. Stubbs, 61, of Oswayo, PA

Sherril E. Stubbs
“beloved wife, mother and grandmother”

Oswayo, PA---Sherril E. Stubbs, 61, of Oswayo, PA, died surrounded by her loving family in her home on Friday, June 18, 2010 following a long illness.

Born May 17, 1949 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Keith “Whitey” Washburn and Ethelyn “Essie” Newton Washburn Vandernick. On July 15, 1972 in Coudersport, she married Michael J. McChesney, who died in 1993. On February 14, 1998 in Coudersport, she married Jon A. Stubbs, who survives.

Mrs. Stubbs was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, class of 1967. She was employed at Wagner Ace Hardware in Coudersport, which was formerly Frederick’s True Value, for 32 years as a sales clerk, parts specialist, and at the time of her illness, she was the store manager.

She was a life member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Stubbs served as an EMT for the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association in the 1980’s.

She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting, but most especially loved spending time with her family.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Tammi N. (Francis) Updyke of Bolivar, NY; a son Joseph M. (Paula) McChesney of Shinglehouse; two stepdaughters, Kari Stubbs of Shinglehouse and Alicia Stubbs of Spring Mountain, PA; three granddaughters, Kelsea Updyke, Danielle Olivia, and Sarah Stubbs; two grandsons, Clair Updyke and Michael Updyke; her stepmother, Thomasena “Tommie” Washburn of Allegany, NY; a sister, Rayola Appleby of Shinglehouse; two brothers, Carl Washburn of Hornell, NY and Neil Washburn of Allegany, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her first husband, Mrs. Stubbs was predeceased by her stepfather, Duane “Buck” Vandernick.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA with the Rev. Ralph O. Wagner of Coudersport, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Hospice, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Uncontrolled Burn Brings Out Fire Departments

Uncontrolled Burn On Old Bradford Road
At about 3:25 pm, Mount Jewett and Hamilton Township Fire Depts have responded to an uncontrolled burn on the Old Bradford Road on Route 219. Station 21 has also been dispatched with at tanker. Station 2 has now been dispatched for a tanker.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Receives HAP Award

Kelly Thompson, senior director, regulatory advocacy, Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, second from left, presents the 2010 Achievement Award to, from left, Jill Staiger, Patrice Levavasseur, Jennifer Rossman and Janene Dunn. CCMH was one of 17 hospital programs selected across the state for the entry, “Community Benefit Advisory Committees: Advancing Community Partnerships.”

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Receives HAP Award

Kelly Thompson, senior director, regulatory advocacy, Hospital and Healthysystem Association of Pennsylvania, recently presented Charles Cole Memorial Hospital with HAP’s 2010 Achievement Award.

Thompson noted that CCMH’s entry, “Community Benefit Advisory Committees: Advancing Community Partnerships,” stood out among more than 130 entries HAP received for being innovative and creative. “Nineteen judges representing the public and private sectors, health care and business organizations, the media, and for-profit and nonprofit entities evaluated the entries,” she said. “Your story will be shared in many venues over the course of this year as an example of true dedication and commitment to the community.”

CCMH was recognized 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.

“HAP’s Achievement Awards program began in 1978 as a way to recognize the innovation of Pennsylvania’s health care organizations. Over 30 years later, we continue to celebrate the exceptional leadership, teamwork, and creativity within our hospitals as you work to identify new ways to improve health care delivery, address problems, and meet the host of new challenges that arise in an ever changing health care environment,” Thompson said.

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

Extra distribution sites for Senior Farm Market Checks

Additional Sites Listed For Farm Market Checks
In addition to the Senior Farm Market Nutrition Program checks being distributed at the Potter County Senior Centers and Potter County Human Services, we will be distributing the checks at the following sites:

Austin United Methodist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 21st, Monday July 19tth, Monday, August 16th and Monday, September 20th.

Genesee United Methodist Church 10:00 a.m. – Noon on Wednesday, June 30th, Wednesday, July 28th and Wednesday, August 25th.

Harrison Valley Community Building – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30th, Wednesday, July 28th and Wednesday, August 25th.

Coudersport Swim Lesson Schedule

Coudersport Swim Lesson Schedule

The Coudersport Borough Swimming Pool offers swim lessons each week beginning Monday June 21, 2010 and there are seven (7) levels, with the following children to begin this Monday

Level 1 – Begins at 11 a.m.
Hannah Bova, Alexander Davis, Morgan Rapp, Clara Tawbert, Kenia Christensen, Otto and Owen Deutschlander, Sheby Long, Xynder and Ziggo Brown and Emily Snay.

Level 2 – Begins at 10 a.m.
Caydon Christensen, Christian Furman, Olivia Cowburn, Carter Cowburn and Andrew Snay.

Level 3 – Begins at 10 a.m.
Leanna Watson

Level 4 - Begins at 10 a.m.
Mackenzie Davis

Level 5 - Begins at 9 a.m.
Andrew Page, Rosalyn Page, Jillian Furman

Level 6 – Begins 9 a.m.
Alexis Marshall

Level 7 – Begins 9 a.m.
Jillian Updegraff, Adrian Page

Swim Lessons are being scheduled each week with the last week of classes to be held July 19, 2010, if you are interested in having your child trained to swim stop at the pool or call the pool at 274-7041.

The swim hours at the pool are Monday through Friday 1 p.m. till 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon till 5:00 p.m. family passes may be purchased for the entire season or monthly and you may also purchase a daily pass

If you don’t want to swim when small children are in the pool we have an adult night swim every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. come on up and enjoy the clear blue water. Pool is located at the east end of Maple Street, watch for signs.

Job Posting--Charles Cole Memorial Hospital


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is seeking candidates to work as Resident Care Givers at Cole Manor our personal care home. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be conscientious, self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, caring, and friendly individuals. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours as schedules require. A sense of ease with the elderly and understanding of the problems of the well aged; ability to establish professional but personal relationships with the residents; capability for extensive walking, standing and lifting; ability to follow regular routines while using good judgment in emergencies; ability to interact effectively with residents, staff and visitors are required. Major responsibilities include: encouraging appropriate self care by residents and participation in recreational and other activities which promote mental and physical activity; assisting the residents with activities of daily living when the resident is unable to perform such tasks without assistance (e.g. bathing, personal hygiene such as care of hair, nails, teeth, etc., meals, and assisting in ambulation.) Candidates must be able to maintain confidentiality at all times, in all matters.

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

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 21

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of June 21

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 21. 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.
• Contractor will perform sub-base operations and will be pulling into the closed “dead lane” from the northbound “live lane”. Traffic may be slow moving on Route 219 as this work takes place.
• 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 from 6am to 7:30pm. 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.

Car/Deer Crash Reported With Injury On West Warren Road

Car/Deer Crash In Bradford Township
At 2:51 pm on Friday, Bradford City Ambulance and Bradford Township Fire Dept. are responding to a car/deer accident on West Warren Road, just past Songbird Road in Bradford Township. A female is reported injured in this crash.

Stormwater Management Plan Ready For Public Hearing

Stormwater Plan Available Online; Public Hearing June 24

stormwaterrunoffPotter County’s stormwater management ordinance is nearing a vote by the Board of Commissioners. A public hearing is scheduled for 10 am on Thursday, June 24, at the Gunzburger Building. The document has been developed over the past two years by the county’s Planning Commission, an engineer, and a team of township and borough leaders.

A major component is a requirement that certain land developments be accompanied by measures to control water runoff, to reduce flooding and to protect water quality. Arrangements could include everything from rain gardens and dry wells and planting trees.

Under the draft plan, developments that create non-permeable surfaces (primarily building foundations and paved areas) up to 5,000 square feet would be exempt from meeting standards for stormwater management. That’s double the state-recommended cutoff point of 2,500 square feet.

Pa. Act 167 requires each county to develop standards to prevent flooding, soil erosion, road damage and related problems from improperly directed stormwater. Phase I of Potter County’s plan pinpointed some 125 areas where water runoff is being deflected in an irresponsible and/or hazardous manner. Phase II is the management plan now before the commissioners.

Townships and boroughs must administer the ordinance locally, according to Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich, who has been working with a consulting firm, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic (HRG). Majority of the funding has come from the state.

County-approved plans are reviewed by the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to assure that they conform to the objectives of Act 167.

Copies of the Potter County Stormwater Management Plan are available by contacting the Planning Office at 274-8254. The plan can also be accessed on the internet by clicking here.

Forest Workshop Daturday At Port Allegany Moose Hall

Forestry, Stewardship Workshop Planned Saturday

cleangreenSeveral organizations are joining together to hold the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Stewardship Field Day on Saturday, June 19, starting at 9 am at the Port Allegany Moose Hall. Owners and managers of forestland and anyone else interested in stewardship topics are welcome.

Spotlight will be on new developments in dust control on unpaved roads, patch burning to enhance wildlife habitat, shallow water habitat, riparian forest buffers, forest stand improvement, locally grown and marketed products, pollinator habitat, and sustainable management for products such as maple syrup, ginseng and mushrooms.

There will be information on habitat improvement, tree establishment, forest stand improvement and integrated pest management. Participants will also learn about forest management practices eligible for funding throughthe Farm Bill and the new Conservation Stewardship Program.

Sponsors and participants include the Pa. Bureau of Forestry, Northcentral Forest Landowners Association, Pa. Tree Farm Program, Headwaters RC&D Council, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Pa. Game Commission and the Farm Service Agency. More information is available by calling 814-375-1372, extension 4.

Free Water Well Monitoring Program Available

Water Well Owners Sought For Gas-Drilling Study

pennstatePenn State Cooperative Extension is encouraging owners of water wells located in the vicinity of gas drilling in Potter, Cameron, McKean, Tioga and Elk counties to enroll in a free monitoring program. Purpose is to check for possible effects from the drilling on water supplies.

Extension Educator Jim Clark is spearheading the project. He can be reached by email at “We’d like to have a representative sample of water wells located within 2,000 feet of a Marcellus Shale well to be drilled and hydrofractured any time this year,” Clark said.

Meanwhile, Penn State Cooperative Extension is producing a quarterly water quality newsletter, Water Currents. Those who would like to see the newsletter can access it on the internet or to sign up to receive it by email. To access the agency’s highly regarded water management/issues website, click here. To sign up for the newsletter by email, contact Jim Clark.

Smethport Trailhead To Be Dedicated In Memory Of Dr. Doug Bowman

Cat missing on Brooklynside Rd Port Allegany

Cat missing on Brooklynside Rd. Port Allegany

Our cat, Charlie, has been missing since Wed. 6/16 from the Brooklynside Rd area in Port Allegany. Would you please post this and his picture on your blog? He's a red classic tabby with a white chin and bib, and he has extra toes on his front feet. He is semi-feral so we ask that you please don't try to approach him. If anyone has seen him, please contact us at 558-0361.

Bus Going To Harrisburg For Lonny Day Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Last call for the bus to Harrisburg!

The Responsible Drilling Alliance is partnering with Clean Water Action for a Lobby Day in Harrisburg this Tuesday, June 22nd. A bus to Harrisburg will depart from Williamsport and Lewisburg; seats are only $5/person. Please join us.

The Rohrer bus is air-conditioned and rest room equipped. It will be parked at the southeast corner of Wegman’s parking lot in downtown Williamsport at 7:30 AM on Tuesday morning. We will leave Williamsport promptly at 8 AM. The bus will make a stop in Lewisburg at 8:30 to pick up additional passengers. To board in Lewisburg, please be in the parking lot between Big Lots and McDonald’s along Rt 15 no later than 8:20 AM.

We will return to Lewisburg circa 4:30, to Williamsport about 5 PM on Tuesday. You may pack a lunch or purchase a meal in Harrisburg over the noon hour. There are numerous restaurant choices,

You need not be concerned that you will have to make a speech. Your presence is what really matters. If you have something to say – all the better. This is your chance. Clean Water Action will brief us upon arrival and give us a schedule of meetings and appointments.

The gas industry is spending about $1 million a year to influence legislators. The only way to offset their massive campaign is to make our voices heard. Thank you for being a part of democracy in action.

To reserve your seat, please send an email with your name, phone number and city or township of residence to: or

You may also phone 570-435-2272.

If you have made a reservation and have any additional questions, please use the contacts above.

Shirley Eck Cox, formerly of Martha Avenue, Olean, NY

OLEAN, NY - Shirley Eck Cox, formerly of Martha Avenue, passed away Wednesday (June 16, 2010) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville after a long illness.

Born Jan. 2, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Eva Cooke Eck.

A resident of Olean since 1952, she was formerly of Port Allegany and Wellsville.

She worked at the former Paul's Steak House for many years and attended the Olean Revival Center.

Surviving are three sons, Herbert D. (Karen) Cox Jr. of Alma, Donald A. (Sherry) Cox of Cuba, and Steven D. (Virginia) Cox Sr. of Little Genesee; three daughters, Constance A. (Timothy) Lemon of Olean, Diane L. Pringle of French Creek, WV, and Linda E. (Thomas) Eastman of Kane, PA; a brother, Robert Franklin Eck of Wellsville; two half brothers, Clyde Eck of Wellsville and Leland (Shirley) Allen of Olean, two stepsisters, Jane Johnson of Coudersport and Lola (Lester) Cline of Wellsville; a stepbrother, Dick (Sally) Allen of Arizona; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a grandson, Donald Cox Jr.; a sister, Lillian Allen; two brothers, Clifton and Gordon Eck; a stepsister, Bonnie Wheeler; two stepbrothers, Earl and Milan Bailey; a stepmother, Lois Eck; and a stepfather, Harry Allen.

Family will receive friends Friday (June 18, 2010) at the Olean Revival Center, 146 N. 13th St., Olean, from 2 to 3 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held. Pastor Ronald Frazier will officiate.

Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Memorials in memory of Shirley may be made to the Olean Revival Center, 146 N. 13th St., Olean, NY 14760.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., Olean.

Austin Dispatched

Austin Dispatched
At 1:00 pm on Friday, Austin Dept. 44 has been dispatched to their hall for an incident.

Former Rep. Mike Veon Sentenced To 6-14 Years

Veon Sentenced
Former PA Representative Mike Veon was sentenced today to 6 to 14 years in State Prison.

Full story at

Goat's Rue Fatal To Sheep & Cattle Found In Smethport

Noxious Weed Found in Smethport

HARRISBURG -- Goat's Rue, a noxious weed that was recently discovered in Smethport, McKean County, may be fatal to sheep and cattle, but poses no human health threat, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today.

Redding said the main infestation is localized to a two-mile radius of Smethport Borough, Keating Township and adjoining municipalities, and is related to the dredging of Hamlin Lake and the distribution of the fill material to local properties. Small isolated populations of the weed have been found elsewhere in McKean County and in Cameron, Elk and Potter counties. More at 1490 NewsBlog...
Area Men Sentenced In Tioga County Court
Sun Gazette

Michael E. Rinehart, 45, of 39 Prospect Ave., Galeton, two to five years in state prison. His sentence is the result of two revocations of earlier sentences on Westfield Borough police charges stemming from a March 17, 2005, crash on Route 349.

Joel D. Freeman, 30, of 167 W. Main St., Westfield, fined $100 for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was charged by Westfield Borough police during the execution of a bench warrant, when brass pipe fittings containing marijuana residue were found in Freeman's pocket.

Area Obituaries

Donald R. Kidd, formerly of Maryland, passed away Wednesday (June 16, 2010) at the Riddell House, 153 Main St. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Kidd is asked to contact McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill.

DUKE CENTER — Doris V. Kervin, 95, formerly of Duke Center, died Saturday (June 5, 2010) in The Gardens at Columbine Assisted Living in Littleton, Colo., following a short illness. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Medics Dispatched To Gas Well Explosion

Medics Dispatched To Gas Well Explosion
At 10:52 am on Friday, Medic 6 has just been dispatched to a gas well explosion on the Lick Run Road off the Elk Run Road in Gaines Township, directly south of Watrous.

The dispatch reported two persons injured.

Galeton Chief 10-20 is now on scene & will provide landing zone information. A Guthrie Air Helicopter is airborne.


Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Kent Feeds Swine Products

Texas Holdem Tournament At St. Eulalia's Saturday

Fish Consumption Advisories Lifted for Pymatuning Reservoir, Tamarack Lake in Crawford County

Fish Consumption Advisories Lifted; Tests Determine Fish Killed by Naturally Occurring Bacteria

Harrisburg – The departments of Environmental Protection and Health, and the Fish and Boat Commission have lifted the “Do Not Eat” consumption advisory for all species of fish taken from Pymatuning Reservoir and Tamarack Lake in Crawford County.

Fish tissue samples tested by the Fish and Boat Commission and Cornell University determined the large fish kills in both lakes were the result of a Columnaris outbreak. Columnaris is a naturally occurring bacterium that was triggered by several stressors, including rapidly warming waters during the spawning season.

The commonwealth’s Interagency Fish Consumption Advisory Technical Workgroup verified the findings.

DEP also tested water quality and fish tissue samples. The preliminary results show no contaminants of concern for persons who consume fish from the lakes or for downstream water supplies.

Hurry In And Lets Make A Deal At Leona's Greenhouse

Rodney F. Burgess, 59, Fort Pierce, FL

FORT PIERCE, FLA - Rodney F. Burgess, 59, died (May 17, 2010), at his home in Fort Pierce, where he had resided for the past 15 years.

He was born April 8, 1951, in Coudersport, Pa., the son of Alvin and Margaret Burgess.

Mr. Burgess served with the U.S. Army for eight years and was a Green Beret.

Surviving are a son, Rick Burgess of Lafayette, La.; a daughter, Kelly Cushman of Port St. Lucie; two grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Major of Emporium, Pa., and Barbara (Thomas) Robbins of California; a brother, Edward (Barb) Burgess of Port Allegany, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Oran Burgess.

A memorial service will be held June 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Randy Headley officiating.

Friends and family are invited to attend.

Arrangements were handled by All County Funeral Home and Crematory in Stuart.

Gilliland Reports Harrisburg Commission Meeting On Frack Wastewater

Marcellus Shale gas drillers will have to treat water before putting it back in rivers


Water used to drill new gas wells in the Marcellus Shale will have to be treated to drinking-water standards before being put back into Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, under rules approved Thursday.

The state Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved the regulations after a hearing.

In voting for the new rules, Commissioner David Fineman said that without such a standard, “you could end up with our drinking water looking like the seawater in Louisiana.”

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which represents the gas industry, opposed the new rule. More...

Police Reports

Sandy Township Police
On Monday, a woman reportedly received an explicit photo message from an unknown man, followed by a phone call from the same number.

When her boyfriend took the phone, the man became irate. Upon investigation, the caller was determined to be a Woodland man who had the wrong phone number.

Kane State Police
Unknown suspect(s) struck the driver's side mirror of a vehicle owned by Chelsea Lee Dahlke of Port Allegany, PA, at 141 Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township. The incident occurred overnight Wednesday. The mirror was broken off the vehicle. The damage was estimated at $200.00. Anyone with information is asked to call Kane PSP at 814-778-5555. Trooper Andrasko is the investigator.

Wild Well Control To Look At Clearfield Airport For Possible PA Operations Base

Gas well response company to visit Clearfield airport

By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Progress-Clearfield

Officials of Wild Well Control of Houston, Texas, will be visiting the Clearfield Lawrence Township Airport in August to determine if the facility can be used for its operations.

Wild Well Control specializes in oil and gas well blowouts and emergencies and was involved in capping a Marcellus shale well owned by EOG Resources of Houston that had a blowout in Lawrence Township earlier this month.

Wild Well Control is considering moving an emergency response team to Clearfield to service the entire region so it wouldn't have to fly teams in from Texas as it did for the EOG well blowout. More...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Allegany Countians Protest Proposed Outside Wood Boiler Regulation In NYS

Several speak against outdoor wood boiler regulations

BELMONT - More than 150 people crowded into the county legislators’ chambers Wednesday evening to speak against proposed regulations for outdoor wood boilers at a hearing held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

So many people wanted to express their views that the meeting had to be moved into the county’s main courtroom following an initial presentation by department representatives. More...

Iowa Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Iowa Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 21:50:22 -0500

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC, a Council Bluffs, Iowa establishment is recalling Marie Callender's brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals.

One Victim Airlifted After Ellisburg Area Car Crash

At Least Two Injured In Ellisburg Crash
At least two people were injured in a vehicle crash Thursday night at 10:15 pm on Route 244 about a half mile from the road to the compressor station.

A female was reported requesting an ambulance. Upon arrival of the Genesee Ambulance, a medical helicopter was requested to be put airborne.

Mercy Flight was contacted first, but cancelled when Life Net 77 from Hornell was able to lift off with a shorter ETA to the landing zone in Genesee. Life Net 77 transported the patient to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Life Net landed at 11:22 and lifted off for the hospital at 11:33 pm.

An ALS transport unit from Wellsville was subsequently called to the scene to transport a male victim to Jones Memorial Hospital.

Genesee Fire Dept. and Fire Police controlled traffic at the scene. The roadway was cleared and units returned about 11:30 pm. Whitesville Fire Dept. was dispatched to set up the landing zone in Genesee.

Further information will await a news release from PSP Coudersport.

Potter County Commissioners Meet Today

The Potter County Commissioners Met Today, you can see the Agenda for today's meeting by clicking on this link AGENDA

The Commissioners Approved the Minutes of the last meeting. You can read the complete minutes of that meeting MINUTES

Both the meeting agenda and the last meeting's approved minutes are complete with financial information on the links provided.

Reserve Your Father's Day Special Now At Mosch's

Spaghettios with Meatballs May be Underprocessed

Texas Firm Recalls Three Varieties of "Spaghettios" With Meatballs That May Be Underprocessed
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:50:24 -0500

Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC, a Paris, Texas, establishment is recalling approximately 15,000,000 pounds of "SpaghettiOs with Meatballs" canned products due to possible under-processing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

William K. HAMILTON, 82, of Ulysses, PA

William K. HAMILTON, 82, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, June 17, 2010 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born January 15, 1928, in Westfield, PA, he was the son of Loren D. and Myrtle M. Bartoo Hamilton.

On August 23, 1958, in Bingham Center, PA, he married the former Shirley Freeman, who predeceased him in 1976.

He was employed by PennDOT and was a farmer. Surviving are: a daughter, Patricia Ann Hamilton of Ulysses; a brother, Bernard R. Hamilton of Painted Post, NY; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by daughter, Roberta Lynn Hamilton; and a brother, D. Blair Hamilton.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, June 21, 2010 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 1:00 PM. The Rev. Brad J. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Linda D. Steinbiser, 62, of Ulysses PA

Linda D. Steinbiser, 62, of Ulysses PA, died Thursday, June 17,
2010 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA, after a long

Linda was born on December 6, 1947 in Buffalo, NY, and adopted by
Arthur L. and Louise R. Snyder Kemp in 1949. She was raised in
Andover, NY, where she attended Andover Central School, and she was a
graduate of SUNY Alfred, Alfred, NY.

Surviving are: a daughter, Suzette (Peter) Pondillo of Horseheads, NY;
two sons, Gabriel Barber of Ulysses and Calvin Barber; and three
grandchildren, Zane Baumgarner, Zeke Barber, and
Bella-Sophia Pondillo. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased
by a son, Vernon H. Barber, II, in 1990.

The family would like to thank the many friends and caregivers that
Linda had for their comfort, care, and laughter during her long
illness, including her caregivers Jo A. Drew and Charlotte Davies, both
of Westfield, PA, and Bob and Monica Bowman of Coudersport, PA, who
were like family to Linda. Also, the family would like to thank Kris
Lehman of Ulysses, PA, for her support during this difficult time.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service,
Ulysses, PA on Saturday, June, 19, 2010 from 2:00 -- 4:00 PM. Burial
will be in Genesee Cemetery, Genesee, PA.

The family gratefully declines flowers and asks that memorial donations
please be made in her name to “A Way Out”, P.O. Box 447, Coudersport,
PA, 16915.

Governor Rendell Praises Regulatory Panel Vote Protecting PA’s Stream, Rivers from Drilling Wastewater

Governor Rendell Praises Regulatory Panel Vote

HARRISBURG -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today praised two votes by members of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission that he said will protect Pennsylvania’s streams and drinking water supplies against total dissolved solids pollution from Marcellus Shade drilling wells and other sources from stormwater runoff.

The new total dissolved solids, or TDS, rules the commission approved today will ensure that rivers and streams in Pennsylvania do not exceed the safe drinking water standard of 500 milligrams per liter, the Governor said. The rules also will protect businesses by grandfathering all existing discharges and allowing businesses to use a stream’s ability to absorb those discharges while not exceeding drinking water standards.

“Today’s IRRC vote is a great step forward in our efforts to protect one of the state’s greatest natural and economic assets—our waterways,” said Governor Rendell. “Millions of Pennsylvanians rely on the state’s rivers and streams for drinking water; countless numbers of our residents and visitors from out-of-state come here to fish these waters or use them for recreation; and some of our largest industrial employers wouldn’t be able to operate here if not for the clean, reliable supply of water they offer. So, we cannot allow new, heavily polluted sources of wastewater to contaminate them.

“That’s why these regulations are so important,” added the Governor, who noted the approved regulations now await review from the environmental resources and energy committees in the state house and senate.

“As the natural gas industry expands to access the Marcellus Shale reserves in Pennsylvania, the volume of wastewater returned to our streams could increase exponentially, and the only way to protect our water resources is to implement new wastewater treatment standards for the drilling industry,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. “The National Association of Water Companies and many other individuals and groups across the state strongly support the adoption of this rule and I commend the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for taking this action. All other industries are responsible for the waste they generate and the drilling industry should be no exception.”

Hanger noted that drilling wastewater contains very high levels of total dissolved solids – chlorides and sulfides – that must be removed before discharging into surface waters. High TDS levels have damaged industrial equipment, caused drinking water companies to issue drinking water advisories and even led to a massive fish kill on Dunkard Creek. Some of Pennsylvania’s rivers are near their capacity to absorb and dilute additional levels of TDS.

The proposed regulations will require drillers to treat drilling wastewater to 500 mg/l or to drinking water quality at the discharge pipe if they choose to return drilling wastewater to rivers and streams. Drillers have several options to dispose of wastewater in Pennsylvania, including: reuse or recycling; disposal in deep caverns when permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; or full treatment to the 500 mg/l for TDS standard.

The last option will only work if polluted water is properly treated to reduce high TDS levels. Several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Iowa, Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee, prohibit returning any drilling wastewater to streams.

The panel also approved new regulations to enhance existing rules governing erosion, sediment control and stormwater to protect streams from the effects of new development, reduce localized flooding during heavy storms, and cut sediment and nutrient pollution. The new rules, which also include an updated permit fee structure, bring Pennsylvania into compliance with federal requirements for:

• Erosion and sedimentation controls and post-construction stormwater runoff;
• Creating mandatory requirements for establishing and protecting existing streamside and riverside buffers in high quality and exceptional value watersheds; and
• Enhancing agricultural stormwater management provisions beyond plowing and tilling to include animal-heavy use areas.

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Public Invited To American Radio Relay League Field Day

New Wastewater Discharge Rules Approved By IRRC

Rule to protect PA Streams from TDS Passes to Legislators

UPDATE:The independent Regulatory Review Commission has today approved new limits on drilling waste discharge into Pennsylvania Waters. The rules must still be approved by the PA legislature.

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) recently approved stronger discharge regulations that affect natural gas drilling wastewater.

The went before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for action on Thursday (June 17) and were approved 4 to 1.

Supporters, including the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, said the regulations ensure that drilling wastewater containing high concentrations of total dissolved solids does not pollute water supplies, damage industrial equipment, or endanger aquatic life.

Under the new standards, discharges must meet a concentration threshold of 2,000 milligrams per liter and wastewater discharges from drilling operations cannot exceed 500 mg/l.

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

In addition, EQB members approved proposed rules that will strengthen Pennsylvania’s well construction standards and define a drilling company’s responsibility for responding to gas migration issues.

The new rules will require well operators to conduct quarterly well inspections and report results to DEP. The board also enhanced rules governing erosion, sediment control and stormwater. DEP Secretary John Hanger called the proposed regulation “the single most important rule protecting the environment” for decades to come.

Bridge Near Shinglehouse On Rt. 44 Is Completed

Project Funded Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Clearfield – PennDOT District 2 announced today that the new Janders Run Bridge is complete. The bridge is located on Route 44 in Ceres Township, McKean County near the McKean/Potter counties line. The project was financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and finished on schedule.

Work included removal of the existing, single-span bridge and placement of a new pre-cast concrete box culvert. L.C. Whitford Company of Wellsville, New York, was the contractor on this $728,000 job. Some miscellaneous work remains but traffic will not be affected.

This project was part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds for 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.

Port EMS Responding For Fall Victim Outside Store

Fall Victim
At 1:36 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Ambulance 3 has responded to Burleson's True Value store on North Main Street in the boro where a man has fallen outside.

EMS Responding To Honeoye Road For Woman Injured In A Fall

Woman Injured In Fall
At 1:26 pm on Thursday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 and Olean Medics are responding to the Honeoye Road where a woman has been hurt in a fall.

Car Crash Reported On Minard Run Road Near Penn Hills Club

Accident With Injury On Minard Run Road
At 1:21 pm on Thursday, Bradford City Ambulance and Bradford Township Fire Rescue are responding to a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries near the Penn Hills Golf Club on Minard Run Road.

WESB NEWSRADIO--Bradford Man Hurt in Car Accident

A Bradford man was injured in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Minard Run Road in Bradford Township. Bradford Township Police say a car driven by 24 year-old William Magee went off a curve and struck a utility pole on the Pennhills Club golf course. Magee was taken to BRMC for treatment of injuries.

Wires Down On Roadway On Irish Farm Road

Fire Police Requested
At 1:17 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Dept. 48 Fire Police have been dispatched to the Irish Farm Road where a tree has fallen with downed power lines lying in the roadway.

Open House Friday At Sinnemahoning State Park


Sinnemahoning: As part of the continuing public involvement process that DCNR embraces, Sinnemahoning State Park will hold a park information meeting at the park office along Route 872 on Friday, June 18, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public of new programs and projects which include but are not limited to: education and recreational programs; resource management projects and concerns such as the Mile A Minute infestation along the First Fork; improved greening of parks; operational information, maintenance projects and current budget issues.

New brochures, visitor kits and comment cards will be available. The meeting will have an “open house” format with a caravan tour through the park.

Attendees can participate in two separate session: 6:00-7:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm to discuss improvements, concerns and suggestions with park staff.

Sinnemahoning State Park is a 1,910 acre multi-use park with overnight facilities and year-round recreational opportunities. The park offers camping, cabin, environmental education, picnic pavilions, trails, snowmobiling, and George B. Stevenson Reservoir for fishing.

Sinnemahoning is also popular for viewing wildlife such as nesting Bald Eagles and Elk.

For more information about Sinnemahoning State Park call the park office:
Sinnemahoning @ 814-647-8401 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visit

Patricia A. "Patty" O'Connell, 76, of 2277 Big Shanty Road, Lewis Run, PA

Patricia A. "Patty" O'Connell, 76, of 2277 Big Shanty Road, Lewis Run, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born January 14, 1934, in Kane, she was the daughter of the late William and Evelyn (Lindblade) Bonini.

On June 27, 1952 in Mt Jewett she married Francis E. "King" O'Connell who survives.

Mrs. O'Connell attended Mt. Jewett Schools. She had worked at Stackpole and Corning Glass.

In addition to her husband of 57 years she is survived by two daughters: Deborah (Tom) Kilmer of Lantz Corners, and Brenda (Dave) Bauer of Etters, and a son, Matthew (Tammy) O'Connell of Lewis Run, two brothers: William Bonini of Mt. Jewett, and Charles Bonini of Franklinville, NY, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters: Mary Ellen Hooper, Christine Carvolth, an infant daughter, and one grandson, Matty Hooper.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday June 19th at 10:00am in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Lewis Run, with Father Samuel Slocum pastor and Rev. Leo Gallina pastor of St. Bernard Church, as con-celebrants. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

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

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare Recalls Four Product Lots of Benadryl® Allergy Ultratab[TM] Tablets, 100 Count, and One Product Lot of Extra Strength Tylenol® Rapid Release Gels, 50 Count
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:50:00 -0500

Fort Washington, PA (June 15, 2010) – McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is recalling five product lots as an addition to the list of products included in the company’s January 15th, 2010 product recall. The additional lots involved are four product lots of BENADRYL® ALLERGY ULTRATAB™ TABLETS, 100 count, sold in the U.S.; and one product lot of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL® Rapid Release Gels, 50 count sold in the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico.

Most States Already Have Extraction Tax On Natural Gas

Push Continues for Marcellus Extraction Tax In PA

With millions of Americans watching the oil drilling disaster unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Edward G. Rendell continues to push his plan asking big energy companies that drill for gas in the Marcellus Shale to pay a fair extraction tax.

The recent blowout of a Marcellus well in Clearfield County demonstrated the impact that drilling operations can have on the environment and residents.

Most other states where such drilling occurs already impose such a levy, and newspapers across Pennsylvania have endorsed the Governor’s proposal.
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Erie Coke Pays $6 Million Penalty Agrees to Upgrade Coke Ovens, Improve Facilities

Erie Coke Fined $6 Million/Court to Enforce Order, Settle Air Quality Violations

MEADVILLE -- The Department of Environmental Protection today filed in Commonwealth Court a consent decree that legally binds Erie Coke and its owner to comply with environmental laws and regulations, which will improve the environment and air quality in the region.

Erie Coke and its CEO J.D. Crane also paid a $6 million fine upon signing the court-backed consent decree to settle air quality violations that were identified in previous orders.

“This hard-fought settlement ensures cleaner air for Erie residents and confirms that no one is above the law,” said DEP Secretary John Hanger. “Facilities that are issued environmental permits must comply with those permits.”

The agreement, signed by Erie Coke, its CEO J.D. Crane and DEP, requires the company and Crane to bring the coke facility into compliance with Pennsylvania’s Air Pollution Control Act, the Clean Air Act, associated regulations and the facility’s air permit.

The settlement will allow Erie Coke to continue operating under its current Title V air permit while the company follows a legally binding schedule of improvements and activities. Under the consent decree, Erie Coke will, among other things:

• Repair or replace within three months the existing emissions control device (Venturi Scrubber Car) that captures emissions from the pushing operation and then, within 18 months, replace this control device with a coke shed and associated bag house
• Rebuild 27 of its 58 coke ovens within three years under a prescribed timetable.
• Complete end-flue repairs within two years to those coke ovens not being rebuilt.
• Complete a series of boiler and battery stack tests within three months to determine the emissions associated with the coking operations.
• Submit to DEP quarterly progress reports that specifically document actions taken by Erie Coke and identify actions that Erie Coke will take within the next quarter.

“The upgrades to bring this antiquated facility into compliance will require Erie Coke and Mr. Crane to make a substantial investment,” Hanger said. “Erie Coke estimates that the cost of repairs and improvements will be in the neighborhood of $15 million, but these dollars will be well spent to protect local citizens, the community and the air they breathe.”

Because the repairs and improvements will take place over a period of time, the consent decree obligates Erie Coke to pay stipulated penalties, to be payable monthly, for ongoing violations.

The consent decree was developed after DEP issued on May 24 an order revoking Erie Coke’s air permit and directing the company to shut down within 72 hours. The permit allowed the facility to operate legally. Erie Coke appealed the order and the Environmental Hearing Board judge stayed the May 24 order until June 18.

“This consent decree will keep family-supporting jobs in Erie without sacrificing the air we breathe,” said DEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch. “Today’s consent decree tops four years of DEP enforcement efforts to bring Erie Coke into compliance. The company’s compliance and cooperation is what we have sought all along.”

Within five days after Commonwealth Court signs the consent decree, Erie Coke and Crane are to withdraw all appeals of previous DEP orders and DEP will file a motion to dismiss the department from a joint federal action with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Of the $6 million penalty, $4 million was paid to the Clean Air Fund and $2 million will act as a bond to ensure compliance with the consent decree.

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Update On Festival of Choirs USA®

Festival of Choirs USA, August 21st 2010

Hi everyone,

Can you believe we are halfway through the 2010 Festival’s registration period? July 31st is the last day that a church can register. Time goes so fast!

It has been great getting the questions and responses by email and phone. I know that there are a lot of things going on in the area the weekend of the 21st of August. We are praying for the events and that they will all be successful. I think it is so nice for the area to have so many activities to attend. Being in the third world countries as I have been, it makes me appreciate what we have and how BLESSED we all are. Freedom is certainly something to hold onto with thanksgiving.

I just have to insert in to please remember our troops. Pray for our men and women that are in the military because they need as much support and prayers that we can give them. Whenever you see the American flag, especially remember them and what they have done for us!

The software crash that we had in the beginning of the year wiped out our list of people who helped on last year’s Festival. It also took the ones who wanted to help again this year. If you know anyone who would like to help for this year’s Festival please ask them to contact us. The web site has that information. People can also contact us through the information at the bottom.

Word of mouth is our best advertisement so please help us by telling others about the Festival of Choirs USA. It would be great to have people supporting all of the church choirs.

The Festival is being held at 807 Skinner Creek road, Port Allegany, Pa.

August 21, 2010. Time schedule will follow at a later date.

If you have any questions please do one or all of the following:
1. Contact us on the web site at
2. Call me at 757-630-1490
3. Mail to – Jerry Goochee, 952 Copper Stone Circle, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Thanks and be BLESSED