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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Transitional Housing Facility--Not In Our Back Yard

Cameron Co. residents oppose plan

By Alex W. Davis
Courier Express/Tri-County Sunday

Cameron County residents sent a clear message earlier this week over establishing a transitional housing intended for substance abuse offenders in Cameron County.

They don't want it!

Some think a spot in Elk County for the nine person-occupancy facility should've been considered instead of the for-sale Prospect Motel on 673 Sizerville Road, about half a mile north of Emporium. The nine units and ranch home, built in the 1960s, has a price tag of $100,000 as listed on the Crown Realty Services website.

Some local residents who get out of jail return to jail for committing the same offense that put him or her there in the first place, said Cindy Zembryki, administrator of the Cameron-Elk Mental Health/Mental Retardation program.

Offenders hang out with the wrong crowds. They gravitate toward bad situations. They put themselves in the wrong places. Or they remain in jail because he or she has no place to go, she said.

Fifty-two percent or more of people with mental or substance abuse problems return to local prisons, and the plan could be key in curbing this problem, she said.

A handful of agencies, including mental health and local prisons and jails, are on-board with the Comprehensive Regional Adult Forensic Treatment program, which would help offenders re-enter society.

Warren State Hospital is also a partner.

Those housed at the facility would come from Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties. Some could arrive from Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion counties.

Read the entire feature article in today's Tri-County Sunday....

Spanish Flamenco Classes In Coudersport July 13th & 15th

Mosch's Tavern Now Taking Orders By Fax For Deliveries


Elk County Business Students Will Benefit From New Scholarship At Pitt-Bradford
Ward and Lori Garner



BRADFORD, Pa. – A new scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will benefit business students from Elk County.

Ward and Lori Garner of Cranberry, a suburb of Pittsburgh, have pledged $5,000 for the creation of the Ward and Lori Garner/PBAA Scholarship. The Garners’ gift will be matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge.

Ward Garner graduated in 1989 from Pitt-Bradford, where he majored in business management.

“I believe that much of my success is due to the education I received at Pitt-Bradford, and I want to give back and help one or two others achieve some success, as I have,” Garner said. “The key to solving social problems is education, and that’s what drives me.”

He graduated from St. Marys Area High School and served five years in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling at Pitt-Bradford.

Garner dabbled in entrepreneurship as a disc jockey from 1985 until 1998.

Last fall, Garner received the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Distinguished Volunteer Award for his work on the PBAA board for six years and as PBAA representative to the Pitt Alumni Association.

He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and senior vice president at Bill Few Associates in Pittsburgh.

The Thomas Scholarship Challenge matches the amount of any gift between $5,000 and $50,000 given for scholarships. The commitment can be paid over five years.

The Garners also chose to have their scholarship be a PBAA Scholarship, which allows a PBAA committee to hand-screen the applicants and recommend recipients based not only on their application information, but also on their responses to an optional essay.

For more information on the Thomas Scholarship Challenge, contact Joelle Warner, manager of donor services, at or (814)362-5104.

Internet & Telephone Service Down For A While Saturday Afternoon

Zito Media internet and phone service was out
Saturday afternoon for about 45 minutes until technicians could be called in to make it better.

Service was out to Coudersport, Roulette, Port Allegany and Emporium according to a Zito service representative. Zito's outages are usually rare and short lived unless a power failure is involved and it can't be restored until the power companies restore electrical power.

As a result of the internet outage, Solomon's words was unable to post incidents that occurred during that period of time including a dispatch for a uncontrolled controlled burn in the area of Potter Pak in Roulette Township. Roulette Firefighters made short work of the fire call.

Actor(s) Shot Windows of House In Roulette With BB's

BB's Shot Through Windows
State Police are investigating a Criminal Mischief incident in the Village of Roulette that occurred between June 30th and July 6.

Actor(s) used a BB/pellet gun to fire 3 bb's through two separate windows on the north side of a house owned by Gary R. Fessenden located at 5 River Street in Roulette.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper John G. Whitcomb is the investigator.

Marcellus Gas July Newsletter Is Available

County’s Natural Gas Newsletter Spotlights Key Issues

gasdrillsiteThe July edition of Marcellus Shale/Natural Gas Monthly Roundup, a newletter produced by the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force, is now available. Copies can be accessed on the county’s website here. Previous editions are archived on the same site. Those who would like a hard copy should contact Commissioner Paul Heimel at 814-274-8290, Ext. 203, or

Here’s a summary of some of the stories appearing in the July edition:

Economic Developments: Severance Tax Issue Now Before State Lawmakers; Cameron County Preparing For Drilling Boom; Rising Rent/Housing Prices Squeezing Out Locals.

Educational Developments: Potter County Education Council And Cooperative Extension Team For Local Gas Job Training; Webinars Scheduled On Gas Issues; Penn State/DuBois Launches Marcellus Shale Gas Curriculum.

Environmental Developments: Strong Water Discharge Regulations Pass State Hurdles; DEP Secretary Talks Tough On Industry Violators; Delaware River Basin Commission Extends Drilling Moratorium; Tioga County Cows Quarantined After Spill.

Misc. Developments: Heavy Trucks Force Weight Limits On Potter County Roads; Gas Well Emergency Response Training Planned; Operation ‘FracNet’ Targets Water Haulers; Red Light/Green Light — Stop The Drilling Or Full Speed Ahead?; Shale Gas Seen As Game-Changer.

July 13 Meeting Preview: Gas Drilling On State Forest Land Focus Of July 13 Task Force Meeting, 7 pm, Gunzburger Building (open to the public).

(Photo courtesy of Curt Weinhold)

Impact Of Drilling On State Forests Is Topic Of Task Force Meeting Tuesday

How Will Gas Drilling Affect State Forest Land?

gaswellforest2What can users of state forest land expect in the coming years, as more acreage is tapped by natural gas drillers? Impact of Marcellus Shale gas production will be the focus of the next public meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force, to be held at 7 pm Tuesday (July 13) at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport.

With the topic having a far-reaching impact on the region, a large turnout is expected. Nathan Bennett, a senior geologist with the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and Susquehannock District Forester Chris Nicholas will be guest speakers.

Mineral rights on roughly half of the 262,000 acres of the Susquehannock State Forest land in Potter and McKean counties are privately owned and available for gas drilling. DCNR has leased thousands of additional acres to energy companies. DCNR anticipates that several thousand gas wells are coming on state forest land over the next decade, a large percentage of them in Potter and McKean counties.

According to District Forester Nicholas, the increased drilling will have an impact on other forest users and his staff is developing policies to adjust and minimize conflicts. Details will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting and public input will be encouraged. There will also be reports on training opportunities for gas industry jobs and issues involving local governments, the environment and public safety.

More information on Marcellus Shale/natural gas issues is available on the Potter County website at

Shinglehouse Dispatched For Traffic Control

Two Vehicle Accident
At 3:52 pm on Saturday, Shinglehouse Dept. 39 has been dispatched non-emergency to 2628 Kings Run Road, in Ceres Township, for a 2 vehicle accident for traffic control. Shinglehouse chiefs are reported on scene reporting roadway blocked at 4:04 pm.

Duke Center Woman Charged With Harassment

Woman Charged
A Duke Center woman was charged with harassment Thursday after striking a Rixford man in the face.

Caroline R. Magee, 42, of Duke Center, PA, was cited after the 8:05 pm incident at 1255 Looker Mountain Trail in Rixford, PA. She is accused of striking William J. Morrisroe, 40, of Rixford in the face during an argument.

Magee will answer the charge in District Court 48-3-03.

FBI Offers Reward For Those Responsible For Attempting To Derail Train

Reward Offered for Railroad Incident

The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for an act of vandalism on the CSX railroad tracks which run through the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Two railroad ties were placed across the tracks sometime before 8:45 Monday morning, about 200 yards from a bridge spanning Cattaraugus Creek. The Amtrak passenger train hit the ties, which flew up and damage its air lines. The train stayed on the tracks and no one was hurt.

Authorities believe the incident may be linked to an ongoing dispute over the sale of mail order cigarettes because signs reading “No Mail – No Rail” were placed near the scene.

The signs have since been removed by order of Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, who issued a statement that said the Senecas would never condone putting innocent workers and passengers in danger as a result of differences of opinion over the PACT Act.

Hazelhurst Motorcyclist Gets Minor Injury In Crash

Oil Spot On Road Topples Motorcyclist
Kane troopers released information on a crash last Monday at 9:45 am on Route 770, just west of Route 646.

Jerry A. Bickford, 29, of Hazelhurst, PA, was operating a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Route 646 as it becomes west on Route 770. As he negotiated a left curve, he encountered oil on the roadway. He was unable to control the motorcycle and failed to negotiate the curve.

The bike traveled across a patch of grass separating Route 646 and Route 770, leaned over and the right side of the bike landed on the pavement.

Bickford was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center for a minor injury. He was not charged.

Bernard E. Schwartz, 76, of Champlin Hill Rd., Smethport, PA

SMETHPORT- Bernard E. Schwartz, 76, of Champlin Hill Rd., passed away Friday (July 9, 2010) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

Born November 15, 1933, in Butler, PA, he was a son of George W. and Grace Riddle Schwartz. On June 22, 1957, in Ecorse, MI, he married Mercedes M. Altmeyer, who survives.

Mr. Schwartz was a veteran having served in the Korean Conflict.
He was a resident of the area for 15 years, coming from Ecorse, MI.
He was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, where he was a church usher; member of the American Legion, Smethport, and Smethport Senior Center.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mercedes, are two sons, George B. (Marilee) Schwartz of Lincoln Park, MI, Carl L. (Suzanne) Schwartz of Ecorse, MI; two daughters, Evelyn M. (Patrick) Mealy of Smethport, Virginia L. Schwartz of North East, PA; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Logan of Luther, MI, Shirley (Harold) Little of Hemet, CA, Eileen Hemple of Detroit, MI, Sharon (Charles) Davis of Clawson, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Diana M. Pearson, a brother, Carl R. Schwartz, and a sister, Laura Lewis.

There will be no visitation. Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. Monday (July 12, 2010) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Campbell, as celebrant. Burial will be in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, MI.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Eggs Thrown At Mt. Jewett Man's Caravan

Van Egged In Mount Jewett
A 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan owned by Raymond Troutman of Mount Jewett, PA was the victim of Criminal Mischief while it was parked at his residence on West Main Street in Mount Jewett Borough. Actor(s) threw eggs at the vehicle according to a release from Kane State Police.

Shnglehouse Man To Be Charged After Striking Woman

Domestic Violence
A 56 year old Shinglehouse man will be charged with HARASSMENT in District Court 55-4-01 after striking a 52 year old Shinglehouse female in the chest on Wednesday at 7:20 pm in a Domestic Violence incident,

Troopers said the individuals engaged in a verbal argument which led to the man striking the woman twice in the chest at a private residence on Hyde Road in Sharon Township, Potter County.

Wellsboro On Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident On Route 6

MVA On Route 6 Near Wellsboro
Wellsboro Fire Rescue and EMS units are on scene of a motor vehicle accident at 8478 Route 6 in Delmar Township. At least one victim has been transported to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. Fire Units have been dispatched to set up a landing zone for a helicopter.

Corbett Comment Controversial

A Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate comes under fire for controversial comment.


State police in Punxsy
Clearfield Progress News
A Cherry Tree boy yelled an obscene phrase at two Westover women on Wednesday along Rail Road Street, Westover Borough. The two women chased the boy down and punched him repeatedly in the face.

PA Auctioning Surplus Equipment At Farm Show Complex On Tuesday

Pa. plans big equipment sale to ease revenue shortfall

HARRISBURG - Budget negotiators last month dug into just about every available pocket of state money, trying to cover the ever-deepening revenue shortfall.

Now they're rooting through the sofa cushions - and selling the sofa, along with other surplus.

Thousands of items, among them wheelchairs and exercise bikes from prisons as well as high-end electronics and tricked-out tires from drug seizures, will go on the auction block Tuesday at the Farm Show complex here.

Aisle after aisle in the massive hall now is lined with pallets of stuff - most used, but some still in boxes - pulled from the cavernous closets of state agencies. There are cabinets and desks from the recently shuttered Philadelphia state office building, lawn mowers and survey equipment from PennDot, industrial kitchen equipment and chafing dishes from Labor and Industry (which operates snack bars), even used urinals from the Farm Show (the complex now has low-flow toilets). More...

If You Go

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show complex, 2300 Cameron St., Harrisburg.

When: Starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday (doors open at 7:30) Preview from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

For more information, to preregister, or to view the complete list of items to be sold, visit and click on "How do I find surplus property items?"

Paving To Begin Monday On I-80 In Clinton County

I-80 paving will include nighttime work

Lock Haven Express

CLEARFIELD Beginning Monday, work on I-80 in Clinton County will include daytime and nighttime paving between mile-markers 190 and 184.

Nighttime paving will normally occur from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Fridays. Daytime paving will normally occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Pennsylvania State Police will be present in the work zone to provide assistance as traffic moves through the six-mile area.

Paving, bridgework, concrete patching and guide-rail updates are taking place on I-80 throughout Clinton County from mile-marker 170 to mile-marker 195. The work is scheduled until Labor Day. More...

Troopers Cite Excessive Speed For Rt. 6 Crash Last Monday

No Injuries In Liberty Township Crash
State Police have released information on the rollover crash that occurred on Monday, July 5, on Route 6, west of Port Allegany in Liberty Township.

Brandon R. Bowser, 19, Roulette, PA, was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram westbound on Route 6, when he encountered gravel on the shoulder of the road, losing control of the vehicle, while traveling at an excessive speed. The pickup truck slid, struck a guiderail and traveled down an embankment where it overturned, coming to rest on the passenger side at the bottom of the embankment.

Bowser and his passenger Derek S. Terwilliger, 18, of Port Allegany, PA, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured in the crash.

Bowser will be cited for DRIVING VEHICLE AT SAFE SPEED in District Court.

Scam Enlists Bucks County Residents To Send Stolen Money To Europe

Township hit by cyber scam


Some people in Eastern Europe stole $69,260 by hacking into the Northampton municipal authority's payroll account, according to investigators.

Law enforcement officials from various agencies are conducting a criminal investigation and efforts are being made to recover all the money.

Nearly $28,000 had been recovered as of June 25, municipal authority Executive Director Tom Zeuner said Thursday.

Basically the hackers got money from the authority's account and transferred it into the individual accounts of people contacted in the U.S. These people, called dupes, then forwarded the bulk of that money to an account or accounts in Europe, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said.

The dupes were told by e-mail they were playing a role in starting a new Eastern European business and could earn a little cash if they made the transfer. Heckler said the dupes had no idea they were dealing with thieves. The hackers' pitch to the dupes was one that seemed "somewhat plausible" and was not the most obvious of e-mail scams, the DA said.

The recovered cash was the money paid to the dupes for transferring the funds. More...

Firefighters Respond To Alarm At Soldiers & Sailors Hospital

Automatic Alarm
At 11:45 am on Saturday, Wellsboro Firefighters responded to an alarm at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital. A waterflow alarm in the attic of an office building summoned firefighters.

An on scene report indicated nothing showing and a subsequent report indicates a possible broken pipe, but no fire present.

Wellsville Ambulance Dispatched For Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycle Crash
At 11:48 am on Saturday, Wellsville ambulance has been dispatched to Bolivar Road for a motorcycle accident.

Man Injured In Fall From Ladder in Costello

Fall From Ladder
At 10:32 am on Saturday, Austin Dept. 44 is responding to an injury call where a man has fallen from a ladder in Sylvania Township near Costello. Victim transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Vehicle Crash Reported On Looker Mountain Trail

Possible Entrapment
At 10:24 am on Saturday, Fire Rescue and EMS units are responding to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Summit Road and Looker Mountain Trail where there are possibly 4 patients with entrapment.

At. 10:39 am--A second ambulance has been dispatched from Bradford City.

On scene report indicates 3 patients, 2 to be transported by ambulance, a third to be life flighted.

Pauline L. "Pete" Houben, 95, Eldred, PA

ELDRED, PA - Pauline L. "Pete" Houben, 95, of Jenny L. Manor died Monday (July 5, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born Aug., 18, 1914, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of David L. and Ida Burrows Hunt. On April 11, 1937, in Portville, NY, she married Caldwell Houben, who passed away Oct. 16, 1995.

Mrs. Houben was a 1933 graduate of Eldred High School and later graduated from the Bradford Hospital School of Nursing as a licensed practical nurse. A lifelong resident of West Eldred Road, she had been employed as an LPN at Bradford Hospital and the Pavilion. Prior to retirement, she had worked as a private duty nurse in the area.

Pauline was a devout Christian and a faithful member of the Coryville Church of Faith. She was very artistic and for many years drew the artwork for the church's weekly service bulletins. She loved crafts and needlework. Her passion was wildlife, which she watched and cared for. Pauline was a loving wife, mother, aunt and neighbor.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Jean (Robert) Trask of Eldred, PA; two grandchildren Anita Sue (Robin Bobb) Trask and their children, Leslie and Chase Trask, and Kristie (John) Couls and their children, Josiah, Cara, Jonathan and Jesse; a brother, James (Mary) Hunt of Apple Valley, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, John G. Houben, in 1989; five sisters, Ione Slaughenhaupt, Luella Whalin, Irene Wandover, Phyllis Batt and Agnes Houben; and two brothers, Matthew Hunt and Kenneth Hunt.

Friends may call at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.; and at the Coryville Church of Faith on Thursday (July 8, 2010) from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Kent Hill, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery, Farmers Valley.

The family requests memorials be made to the Coryville Church of Faith.

Police Ask Help To Identify Man Who Assaulted Roulette Resident

Roulette Man Assaulted
Police Seek Help To Identify Assailant

State Police are looking for information on the identity of a man who assaulted a Roulette man and subjected a Coudersport woman to unwanted physical contact in the parking lot of the Friendly Inn in Roulette
early Saturday morning .

An unidentified actor, described as a white male, 5' 10" to 6 ' tall, 275 to 300 lbs, with a shaved head, red beard, in his 30's, struck Adam J. Worrell, 38, of Roulette, PA, several times in the face and kicked him as he was on the ground, causing bodily injury.

The same unknown actor subjected Danyel M. Gibson, 24, of Coudersport, PA, to unwanted physical contact during the assault at 1:30 am on Saturday morning.

The unidentified assailant may have departed the scene in a vehicle with Arkansas registration.

Any information from the public that might aid in identifying the assailant would be helpful. Coudersport PSP can be reached at 814-274-8690. Trooper Christopher Bock is the investigator.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Reminder of Boy Scout Food Drive Sat. July 10

7-10-10 Boy Scout Troop #536 Food Drive TODAY

“Residents of downtown Coudersport, living between the areas of the High School and the Chestnut Street Bridge and the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Level 3 plus residents of the North Coudersport Trailer Court and Rubbertown are asked to help the Boy Scouts of Troop #536 with a food drive. Please place non-perishable items in a bag and hang them on your door knobs or next to your door by 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th. Writing Boy Scouts on the bag would be helpful. The food will be collected by the scouts and delivered to the local food bank located in the Alliance Youth Barn Basement on Avenue A. Anyone living outside this area may also make donations at the barn between the hours of 9-11 a.m. that morning. Troop #536 would like to thank you in advance for your participation.”

Sadie Is Back Home

Sadie, our choc/black Lab wandered away Thursday morning.

She left her collar at home. We live in the Millport area.

Jim....Thanks for posting Sadie for us...she is home....Thanks to all who helped us locate her....

Rabies Shots Saturday In Austin

Reduced-Price Rabies Shots Saturday In Austin

July 9th, 2010

dogshotsReduced-price rabies shots will be available for dogs, cats and ferrets on Saturday (July 10) from 1-4 pm at the Austin firehall. Animals 12 weeks and older will be vaccinated for $5.00 per shot. PotterCounty 4-H is assisting veterinarian Dr. Ronnie Schenkein in administering the shots.

The first time an animal is vaccinated, it is good for one year. Each time after that, the vaccination is good for three years. All animals must be on a leash or in a container.

Fieldstone Back At Cafe' Olga On Saturday Night

at Cafe Olga this Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 PM


A mix of Celtic, Folk, Traditional, & Original music will be performed by Mark & Bekki Titchner of Fieldstone at Cafe Olga this Saturday.

If you attended their last concert, you'll surely want to return and if you missed it you're lucky they're doing an encore performance this Saturday.

Some guest musicians you may or may not know maybe joining Fieldstone, so we'll just have to wait and see what the evening presents. Also we bet we'll get to see some Celtic dancing before the evening concludes.

Learn more about Fieldstone @
Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Saturday, July 10 @ 8:30 PM
Cover $6

Cruise Night Was A Washout In Roulette
File photo

The Cruise Night event
scheduled for Friday night from 6 to 8 pm at the Roulette Fire Hall was a wash. About 6 Cruisers showed up, but rain persisted, washing out the event.
Roulette Fire Hall will try again with another Cruise Night being scheduled for July 23rd.

Seneca President Dissapointed With Railroad Tie Incident

Snyder Angry Over Railroad Incident

Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder, Sr., today expressed anger and disappointment over recent incident where railroad ties were purposely placed on CSX railroad tracks near the Cattaraugus Creek Railroad Bridge, resulting in damage to an Amtrak passenger train.

“This was an extremely irresponsible and dangerous act that could have resulted in harm to Amtrak passengers and crew members, and other railroad personnel who utilize this rail corridor,” President Snyder said in a news release.

“While the Seneca Nation is at odds with the federal government over the PACT Act and the State of New York regarding planned collection of sales tax on cigarettes, we would never condone putting innocent railroad workers and passengers in danger as a result of those differences of opinion.”

On July 5, an Amtrak train sustained damage to its air lines when it struck railroad ties lying across the tracks approximately 200 yards east of the Cattaraugus Creek Bridge. There were no injuries to the train’s passengers or crew.

President Snyder said the Nation has been in contact with federal and state law enforcement officials following the July 5 incident and is working with authorities to identify the person or persons involved.

“We want to get to the bottom of this very serious matter and make sure there are no repeat incidents,” Snyder said, noting Nation representatives met with state investigators as recently as this morning.

The Nation encourages anyone with information about the track vandalism to contact the Seneca Nation Marshals Department at 532-3040 or the New York State Police Springville-Collins barracks at 532-6820.

Wellsville House Struck By Lightning

House Struck By Lightning
At 4:28 pm on Friday, Wellsville Fire Dept. is responding to 2181 Meservy Hill Road where a house has been struck by lightning.

Other Allegany County Fire units have responded to trees down and water over the roadways.

Mosch's Tavern Now Taking Orders By Fax For Deliveries


Erie County Man Sworn In As Commissioner For PFBC

Commissioner Edward Mascharka III Sworn in as District 1 Representative

Harrisburg, PA – Edward P Mascharka III, of Erie County, has been sworn in as the District 1 Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), representing Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties.

Commissioner Mascharka was nominated by Gov. Edward Rendell in late March and was confirmed by the Senate on June 21. Commissioners serve eight-year terms and are not compensated for their services. Commissioner Mascharka’s eight-year term expires on June 21, 2018.

A lifelong outdoor, hunting and fishing enthusiast, Commissioner Mascharka is the President and CEO of Janitors Supply Company, Inc., a family business spanning all of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Western New York, Northern West Virginia, and Western Maryland. He is a graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Commissioner Mascharka is currently a member of the Presque Isle Advisory Board, and a committee member for Ducks Unlimited. Additionally, he is a team coach for the youth shooting squad at the Erie Skeet Club. He has served as a board member of the Erie Yacht Club, Bayfront East Side Task Force, and as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. He is also a member of the PA Land Owners Associations, S.O.N.’s of Lake Erie, NW PA Duck Hunter Association, Erie Skeet Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and several other conservation organizations.

Commissioner Mascharka and his wife Jane reside in Erie and have four children, five grandchildren and a black Labrador retriever.

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, visit

Mom Says Congratulations To June Watson Wiley

Hi Jim,

I would like to congratulate my daughter on a job well done. She went back to school after working at Ethan Allen for 30 years. She was student of the month, made the Deans List with a grade point of 4.0. Her name is June Watson Wiley a Coudy grad. Way to go babe!

A very proud mom,

Connie Welsh

Openings Still Available For Fly Fishing Program Saturday At Sinnemahoning State Park

Tim Walck Performing Friday Night At Olga Cafe'

Train Hits Ties Placed On RR Tracks On Seneca Reservation

Train Hits Railroad Ties Placed on Tracks

An Amtrak passenger train hit railroad ties that had been placed on the tracks on the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Reservation in Irving.

State police say there are signs on the reservation saying "No Mail-No Rail," in reference to the PACT Act, that prohibits cigarette sellers from shipping tobacco products through the mail.

A federal judge is allowing 140 Seneca Indian-owned businesses to ignore the law until at least the end of the month as they challenge it in federal court.

As for Thursday’s incident on the railroad tracks, troopers say no one was hurt when the train splintered the ties, but the train’s air lines were damaged.

Two Smethport Men Jailed For Drug Sales

WESB NEWSRADIO--Smethport Men Arrested on Drug Charges
Two Smethport men have been arrested for allegedly supplying drugs in McKean County. 28-year-old Zachary Nelson and 45-year-old Todd Ladlee were arrested Thursday by the McKean County Drug Task Force following a yearlong investigation.

Nelson is accused of selling cocaine to a confidential informant on a number of occasions and Ladlee is accused of selling Vicodin pills.

Both men are in McKean County Jail in lieu of bail with preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Monday in Smethport.

Today's REcalls

J. Hellman Frozen Foods, Inc. Recalls SeƱor Mexicano[TM] Avocado Pulp Due to Possible Health Risk

Miravalle Foods Inc. Recalls Chile California & Chile Nuevo Mexico Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Over-The-Counter (OTC) Products in the United States, Fiji, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica

Potter County Woman Killed When Struck By Car In Colorado

Pedestrian killed while crossing Main in Cortez

Cortez Journal

A Pennsylvania woman was struck by a car and killed Wednesday night while crossing in the 1100 block of East Main Street in Cortez.

Her 12-year-old grandson, also of Pennsylvania, was injured in the same accident, but was treated and released.

Mae Wentz, 76, of Ulysses, Pa., had finished dinner at J Fargo's Grill and Bar, 1209 E. Main, and was crossing about 9:29 p.m. with her daughter and grandson north to the Rodeway Inn, 1120 E. Main, where they were staying, said Angela Herrmann, Public Information Officer with the Cortez Police Department. More...

Mae is a retired 4th grade teacher from Galeton and she and her husband Ralph also own the 9 Mile the bottom of Denton Hill. Arrangements are in charge of Hess Funeral Home and have not been released.

Gallery Open Saturday 10 AM To 5:30 PM

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Keystone Central To Offer It's Own Cyber School

‘Cyber school’ created for Keystone Central


Lock Haven Express

MILL HALL - Hey kid ... Want to go to school in your pajamas?

Keystone Central has got a deal for you - or it will have in the near future.

Among the administrative changes approved Tuesday evening by the Keystone Central School Board were the creation of supervision for a new concept being pursued by the district as an innovative option for home-schooled participants in "Cyber Schools."

Basically, the district wants students who have opted to attend school at home via computer terminals to return to the district's fold.

District officials hope the newly created "Virtual Academy" will compete with the present, outside-school system, offer some options for students desiring a district graduation diploma and become an integral part of the "bricks and mortar" education now being offered.

The district is basically giving a nod to the ongoing changes in education wrought by the computer era, while hoping to save a bit of money in the process.

As it stands, all cyber education is paid for by district taxpayers and allows students from kindergarten through 12th grade to learn from a computer at home. More...

New Scam Spoofs Caller ID To Get Financial Information

Scam artists faking out phones' caller ID

It is called "Caller ID spoofing'' and it tricks victims into revealing credit card or other sensitive information.

Don't believe the caller ID.

A suspected scammer recently targeted a Buckingham resident by having the phone number of the township tax collector appear on the resident's caller identification, officials said.

While the resident's phone showed the call was from the tax office of Dorothy Campana, the tax collector was not phoning and the call was likely from a con man intent on obtaining personal information that could be used to financially exploit unsuspecting victims, officials said.

The would-be scammer used what officials say is "Caller ID spoofing" to make it appear the call was legitimately from the tax collector's office.

They were likely using a computer program that can make any phone number appear on a call recipient's called ID, said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Fortunately, the Buckingham resident, who did not wish to comment for this story, did not fall for the scam.

"Just because a number is displayed on the caller ID is not verification that it is from the source it claims," said Frederiksen.

Campana said there are at least two variations of the scam. Read more....

"ToFill A Backpack" Needs Businesses To Help

The "To Fill A Backpack" program is looking for business locations to help distribute our flyers. We will supply you with all the flyers and also a brochure holder if you need one. We are looking for locations in Coudersport, Galeton, Port Allegany, Shinglehouse and Smethport. Flyers will be distributed between July 12th and August 31st. . If you are interested please contact Andy at (814) 544-8032 or send an email to with your name, business name, your city and contact phone #.

3rd Annual "To Fill A Backpack" Campaign Kicks Off July 12

‘To Fill A Backpack’
collections begin July 12

Now in its third year, the “To Fill a Backpack” program will begin its collection of 2010-2011 supplies and monetary donations July 12, with the campaign running through Sept. 30.

A variety of school supplies are needed for the program, which provides backpacks and school supplies to children and families in need from kindergarten through high school age in Potter, McKean and Tioga county communities.

In addition to providing items needed for school, the backpacks serve as a self-esteem booster for children whose families might otherwise be unable to afford the items.

Backpacks are distributed in Coudersport, Roulette, Austin, Galeton, Port Allegany, Shinglehouse, Ulysses, Eldred and Smethport. Wellsboro has been added to the list for this year, and organizers also hope to expand to Bradford, although volunteers are needed to serve as coordinators there.

Coordinators and dropoff locations are also needed in the Emporium area in order to further expand the program there. The program provides informational brochures, flyers, etc., with the coordinators helping to organize fundraisers for the area, find locations to distribute flyers and to serve as drop off locations for supplies. Coordinators also pick up items from the dropoff points and help distribute the backpacks to the children/families in need when the time arrives. Coordinators are not required to take care of monetary donations, as these should be mailed to the Backpack office. Those interested may contact the program by phone or email.

“The more people we can get to help the more children that we are able to help,” noted Andy Kulp of Roulette, one of the program’s founders.

Last year, the program distributed 372 backpacks in nine different towns. Items included in the packs are markers, pencil sharpeners, pencils (#2 yellow), single subject notebooks, two-pocket portfolios, notebook filler paper, three-ring binders (1”-1.5”), Kleenex (small packs), crayons, highlighters, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, index cards, colored pencils, small hand sanitizers and coloring books. Backpacks for elementary age children include different supplies from the high school bags.

“We try to supply the children with the main supplies needed for school,” remarked coordinator Andy Kulp of Roulette. Those donating supplies are asked to avoid gender specific items because there is not enough time to differentiate and mark them when packing the bags; volunteers need to be able to just mark them for high school or elementary.

Organizers collect supplies and monetary donations and fill the backpacks, but they do not decide who receives them – the person in need makes the decision. Most are sent to churches, family centers, etc., to be distributed. Kulp noted that there are some personal requests and referrals.

“We ask no personal information from anyone…if you ask for a backpack we will give you one. We trust that those asking for a backpack are truly in need of one and not just asking because it is there. We figure that if 95% of the backpacks that are distributed go to people that actually need them, we are doing well,” he added.

Homeschooled children are also eligible for backpacks; organizers maintain that those children have the same needs as children attending public schools.

“People have been very generous with their donations,” Kulp observed. “Any child who asks for a backpack will never hear ‘Sorry, but we are out of backpacks.’ With the monetary donations that are received, there should always be a backpack for whoever asks for one -- one way or the other the child will get a backpack!

“We started this program to assure that all our children had the supplies, etc. that they needed when they went to school. We feel the program has done what we set out for it to do the last two years and we hope that with the continued support we will be able to grow bigger, and be sure that we are here to help send children to school with the supplies they need,” Kulp concluded.

Although the primary campaign runs through September, donations are accepted at any time.

Drop off locations for those wishing to donate supplies are: Perry’s Country Store in

Austin; Coudersport Public Library, KOS, Inc., Gauld’s Corner Store, all of Coudersport; Eldred Boro Office, Eldred; Potter County Education Council Galeton office; Suzy Pire in Oswayo; Arnot Childcare & Learning Center and Everyday Happy-nings, Port Allegany; Drabee’s Mini Mart, Roulette; Ed’s Service and Northwest Savings Bank, Shinglehouse.

Monetary donations should be mailed to: To Fill A Backpack - Attn: Donations, 81 Burleson Avenue, Roulette, PA 16746.

For more information or to make suggestions, contact Andy Kulp, 544-8032; email; visit the website,; or send a note to: To Fill A Backpack, 81 Burleson Avenue, Roulette, PA 16746.

Locals Youths Place High In National Competition


Although 2 local youth placed First in the Aquafina Pitch Hit & Run Competition held recently at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, they will not be moving on to the MLB All Star Game in Anaheim, CA


Howard Stuckey - 6th Place Nationwide in the 7-8 Year Old Division

Kaylee Brooks - 11th Place Nationwide in the 13-14 Year Old Division

Nationwide 31 individuals participated in Pitch Hit & Run in each age division

Thanks to everyone who supported our local youth !

Potter County May Lose $13 Million In State & Federal Funding

‘Sneak Preview’ Of Census Shows Ominous Numbers For Potter Co.

graphupthendownAlthough the 2010 census is still a work in progress, the U.S. Census Bureau has released another interim report estimating each county’s population as of 2009. Entering 2010, Potter County’s population stood at 16,714, a decrease of some 1,366 people from the official 2000 census.

Job losses and an aging population are two of the major factors driving the local figures downward. The county’s population was rising rapidly at the start of the decade, hitting a modern-day peak of 18,155 in July 2002. Then, Adelphia Communications Corp. plunged into bankruptcy and hundreds of families packed up and fled.

But not all of the population decrease is attributable to outmigration. Potter County’s population has been aging rapidly. At the same time that more retirees are relocating to the region — and more high school graduates moving away — a larger proportion of long-time residents are reaching the end of their life expectancy.

It’s difficult to quantify the ripple effect of a population decrease, but one measure is the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate that each person counted brings to a county some $10,000 in federal and state funding during the decade. By simple multiplication, the impact of outmigration on federal and state funding alone would measure more than $13 million in Potter County.

Patricia Jo Thomas, 58, of Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Patricia Jo Thomas, 58, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (July 7, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

She was born Feb 29, 1952 in Carson City, MI, a daughter of Howard and Irma Jean Duffy Ringle.

Ms. Thomas was a Sewer, employed by Ethan Allen Co. in Eldred for over 30 years.

She was a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460, and the VFW Auxillary Post #6391 of Port Allegany.

In addition to her father, Howard Ringle, she is survived by
one son: Josh H. Thomas of Maple Rapids, MI
three sisters: Judy (Rodger) Sherman of Robertadale, AL, Debbie (Mike) Polach of Ashley, MI, Kathy Ringle of Beaverton, MI
one brother: Bill (Rhonda) Ringle of Ithaca, MI, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, a brother, and her longtime companion, David Hadden.

At Patty’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Troopers Play Catch Up With Holiday Weekend Crashes

Area State Police finally got a break from an extremely busy holiday weekend and are catching up with accident reports.

7-3-10--4:00 am--Walter S. Huffman, 59, of Kittaning, PA was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche west on Route 555, in Gibson Township, when he swerved left to avoid a deer in the roadway. Huffman lost control of his vehicle and impacted a utility pole on the south berm of the roadway. His vehicle sustained disabling damage and was towed from the scene. He was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured.

7-3-10--11:30 pm--Jacob G. Lovenduski, 23, of Force, PA, was driving a 2002 Ford F-350 west on Rt. 555 in Gibson Township, Cameron County. He lost control of his vehicle after dropping off the roadway onto the north berm and over correcting to the left. His vehicle spun counterclockwise impacting the guide rail along the south shoulder. After impact, the vehicle broke through the guiderail and continued down an embankment impacting a large tree before coming to rest. Lovenduski was wearing a seatbelt. He sustained a minor injury. His vehicle sustained disabling damage. He was charged with CARELESS DRIVING.

7-3-10--11:30 pm--Richard P. Snyder, 26, of Shippenville, PA was driving a 1994 Infinity west on T-347 in Gibson Township, Cameron County, when he lost control of his vehicle after running off the highway. The vehicle crossed both lanes of travel and rolled over into a stream. It was unknown if Snyder or his passenger, Martin J. Snyder, 47, of St. Mary's, PA, were injured or not. He will be charged with CARELESS DRIVING.

7-5-10--2:30 pm--Joann K. Nelson, 25, of Shinglehouse, PA, was driving a 1999 Mistique south on Route 872 when the vehicle crossed the roadway and struck the east guide rail, then traveled in the oncoming lane for about 60 feet and struck the east guide rail again. The vehicle then crossed both lanes and struck the west guide rail, then traveled back across both lanes and struck the east guide rail, crossed back over and hit the west guide rail again coming to rest. Nelson and two juvenile passengers, Pheonix Connolly, 4, and Clayton Nelson, 0, were all wearing restraints. Nelson was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for a minor injury. The children were not injured. Nelson will be charged with ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC.

7-6-10--11:20 am--Crash occurred as Ralph S. Carr, 52, of Bradford, PA, was slowing his 2005 Yamaha to a stop on Route 770 at the stop sign. Jeffrey L. Switzer, 47, of Rew,, PA, was driving a 2005 Ford F-250, and was turning from Route 59 onto Route 770 at the Marshburg intersection, when he failed to stay in his lane when turning and went into the westbound lane of RT. 770, where Carr was just stopping his bike at the stop sign. Switzer's car hit Carr's Yamaha in the westbound lane of Route 770. Carr was ejected from his bike onto the ground. Switzer continued through the intersection where his vehicle came to rest on the north berm. Carr suffered a moderate injury. Switzer was not injured. Switzer will be charged with DRIVING ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

Coming Events This Weekend In Roulette Area


Lawn Ornament Thieves Hit Again In Emporium Area

The Emporium area continues to be plagued by thefts of lawn ornaments.

In the latest report, actors removed lawn ornaments from the yard of Lewis Clair Dobson at 1469 Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA. The theft occurred overnight on July 2/3 on Route 46, 3/10 mile south of Rich Valley Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Actor(s) Remove American Flag From Ulysses

American Flag Stolen From Main Street

Pennsylvania State Police investigated a theft at property owned by Joseph Lerch at 610 Main Street, Ulysses, PA. overnight on July 2/3.

Unknown actor(s) removed an an American Flag and attached pole from Lerch's residence. The stolen items were located in the front yard, about 15 feet away from Main Street, supported by a wooden Uncle Sam figure. The flag and pole are valued at $44.00.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact PSP Coudersport at 814-274-8690. Trooper Timothy Nicewonger is the investigator.

First Annual Alumni Football Game on Saturday, July 17, 2010

Please help spread the word on Solomon's about the
First Annual Alumni Football Game on Saturday, July 17.
Port Allegany Gator Alumni vs. Portville Panther Alumni at the Port Allegany Football field.

Come see players from 21 to 45 years old play live contact football with full pads. Food and Beverages available at the concession stands and Tshirts on sale.

All proceeds from the game will go to the Port Allegany Local Football and the S.W. Smith Library Funds.

Charges To Be Filed After Prescription Delivery

Prescription Delivered To Former Address
State Police from Kane are filing charges against a resident of the west side of Rt. 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

Samuel J, Gross of Olean, NY, reported that his Veteran's Administration prescription was delivered in error to his old address on Route 155. The investigation revealed that the prescription was signed for by a known actor.

Charges of PACC/3924 THEFT OF PROPERTY LOST, MISLAID OR DELIVERED BY MISTAKE will be filed against the current resident.

Robert H. Pracht, 90, formerly of Aspinwall and Natrona Heights,

Robert H. Pracht, 90, formerly of Aspinwall and Natrona Heights, joined his Lord and Savior, Wednesday (July 7, 2010) at Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center in Smethport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of July 12

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of July 12

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219
Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of July 12. 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. 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 continue to truck materials for sub-base and paving 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 7am to 7pm. Drivers should expect alternating traffic pattern and travel-time delays.
• The contractor continues to fine grade, place sub-base, pave, 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.

Coudersport EMS Dispatched

Unknown Medical
At 2:03 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 have been dispatched to the intersection of Rt.6 and the Cherry Springs Road for an Unknown Medical Call.

PA Lottery Up And Running Again

PA Lottery Computer Network Went Down This Morning--Back Up Now

Patriot News
Pennsylvania Lottery officials said that its statewide computer network that sells terminal-based games and validates winning tickets is working again.

It had been unavailable from about 6 to 11:40 a.m. The problem affected all of lottery’s approximately 8,500 retailers.More...

"Hunter" Is Looking For A Home

Looking for a home
2yr old Mixed Cocker Spaniel

Not neutered
Very friendly and loves attention.

Gets along with other dog and cats.

If interested please call the CC SPCA @ (814)486-0101

$5,000.00 Grants Available For Installation Of Nitrogen Stations

DEP Accepting Applications for Nitrogen Tire Inflation Grants

HARRISBURG -- Automotive service providers can now apply for financial assistance to purchase and install systems that will help their customers get better gas mileage and increase the life of their tires by inflating them with nitrogen.

Under the Pennsylvania’s Nitrogen Tire Inflation System Grant Program, service providers are eligible for up to $5,000 in reimbursement costs. Applicants must provide a 50-percent match of the equipment’s total cost.

The equipment must deliver at least 95 percent nitrogen according to manufacturer specifications and it must have been installed after July 1, 2010.

A total of $100,000 is available for reimbursements.

“Automotive tires filled with nitrogen rather than conventional air maintain their pressure up to four-times longer,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. “Properly inflated tires are safer and more fuel efficient, which translates into saving money at the gas pump.

“All motorists should check tire pressure on a regular basis,” said Hanger. “Because tires inflated with nitrogen maintain their pressure longer, they have to be checked less frequently and run at cooler temperatures -- improving safety and handling.

“In the program’s first two years, DEP provided grants to 56 businesses in 24 counties. By providing a stimulus to invest in advanced fuel-saving technology, Pennsylvania is helping its residents to better manage our natural resources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Applications should be mailed to the DEP Grants Center, Nitrogen Tire Inflation System Grant, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will remain open until funds have been exhausted or until June 30, 2011.

For more information and applications, visit, keyword “Alternative Fuels,” call 717-783-8411, or e-mail

Forecast 50% More Trucks On The Road

Governor Rendell: New Report Shows Economy Sorely Needs Freight Infrastructure Investments

National Report Forecasts More Congestion, Impending Capacity Crisis

Harrisburg – Freight volume will double in 40 years, resulting in 50 percent more trucks on highways and straining air, rail and port capacity, according to a new report highlighted today by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

The national Unlocking Freight report was released today by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or AASHTO.

“This report outlines what’s at stake if we fail to invest to meet the growing demands on our transportation infrastructure,” Governor Rendell said. “This includes the roads, rails, and seaports we need to move raw materials and goods to market and keep our economy globally competitive. More...

Feds Call For Moratorium On Gas Wells In The Delaware River Basin

“Grandfathered” Test Wells Must Now Be Subject to Full DRBC review, Says NPS and FWS.

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) is pleased to have learned that both the National Park Service (NPS) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have written letters to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) requesting that DRBC subject all gas wells in the Delaware RiverBasin to a moratorium until it has completed its regulations.

The full letters are available at these links

Debris In Roadway Causing Problems West Of Port Allegany

Rocks In The Roadway On Route 6
At 1:00 pm on Thursday, Fire Police from Port Allegany are on scene Route 6 west of Port Allegany, where a truck lost some of it's load of rocks in the roadway. Those traveling in that direction might consider using another route.

Blogger Says Attention Diverted From Real Marcellus Issues

On Water... The Red Herring

Posted by Michael Havelka
Go Marcellus

I thought I would take time this week to discuss the red herrings that have been used to divert our attention from the important things going on in the Marcellus Shale and hydraulic fracturing in particular. As you know, the definition of "red herring" is something used to divert attention from a person or organization's actual goals.

The Gasland fiction that premiered last week was effectively debunked here and on a number of web sites YET I did not see this once in the mainstream media or significant electronic media outlets. I submitted a Letter to the Editor to the WSJ that I have yet to hear back on regarding these issues.

I will be the first to admit that the water issues related to natural gas development are ones that are complex and require professional attentional to ameliorate. But, the fact that the industry is deluged with a range of false accusations make it nearly impossible to get actual facts in front of the public and stakeholders. So in no particular order, my favorite Marcellus shale red herrings: More...

$300,000.00 Damage In Fire At Rink Home On Minard Run Road On Wednesday Night

Fire on Minard Run Road

The cause of a fire that damaged a Minard Run home is still under investigation.

State police fire marshal Greg Agosti, along with Bradford Township police and fire departments are looking into the cause of the blaze that damaged the home of 69-year-old Ray Rink. The fire started just before 9 o’clock Wednesday night.

Agosti says Rink was home at the time of the fire but was not hurt.

One firefighter was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a heat-related condition. Three other firefighters were treated by EMS personnel at the scene.

Damage to the house is estimated at $300,000.

Bradford Township Fire Department was assisted on scene by Bradford City, Smethport, Derrick City, Lewis Run, and Lafayette Fire Departments.

Grass/Brush Fire In Wilcox

Grass/Brush Fire In Wilcox
At 11:40 am on Thursday, Elk Fire Company 6 is on scene of a grass/brush fire at 4408 Wilcox Road in Wilcox.

Farm Tractor Destroyed InFire On Eleven Mile Road On Wednesday

Tractor Fire
On 11 Mile Road Wednesday

By Minnie Dailey

As you can see it didn't spread as far as was feared.

The tractor belongs to Kar-Dale Acres the Hoffman family farm.

Thankfully no one was hurt.

The fire sure made quick work of the tractor.

Shinglehouse Fire Dept. had it out in no time.

Mosch's Tavern Now Taking Orders By Fax For Deliveries




JULY 12 – JULY 16

11:00 A.M.

Corbin Sallade, Camerynn Stambaugh, Madison Goodrich, Wade Barshinger, Emily Arueson

10:00 A.M.

Erica Arueson, James Liller, Emily Barshinger, Breyon Cobb, Jaden Studer, Brianna Sallade, Taylor Dover, Kerri Welsh, Emma Saulter, Gianna Allen, Caleb Donnelly, Kevin Johnson, Kim Johnson, Collin Morey,

10:00 A.M.

Dalton Keglovits

9:00 A.M.

Dillon Keglovits

9:00 P.M.

Derek Keglovits

9:00 P.M.

Katelynn McInroy
Luke Barshinger

Gustin's Is Now Offering Motorcycle Inspections As Well As For Cars & Trucks

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Carol Spaulding

Happy Birthday Carol Spaulding.......
You Make This World A Better Place....Jim & Cynthia

Ambulance Responding For 4 Firefighters At Fire Scene

4 Firefighters Have Heat Exhaustion
At 10:00 pm on Wednesday, Bradford City Ambulance responded to the fire scene on Minard Run where 4 firefighters are suffering from heat exhaustion.

Patricia M. Worthington of 2428 Route 446, Eldred, PA

Eldred, PA – Patricia M. Worthington of 2428 Route 446 passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (June 30, 2010) at the Meadville Medical Center.

Born Jan. 26,1939, in Wellsboro, she was a daughter of the late Harley A. and Eunice Clark Worthington. She was married to Theodore Shaffer, who died in 1996.

She was a member of the Resurrection Life Fellowship in Bradford.

Patricia enjoyed doing arts and crafts, making quilts, watching television, sitting and watching the birds, playing bingo and collecting angels and chimes. She was a very good "pack rat." Most of all, she loved her family and friends.

Surviving are her daughter, Jean (Gerald) Button Sr. of Bolivar, NY, sons Leon Woods of Erie, Mike (Terry) Woods of Kane and Ted (Brenda) Shaffer of Smethport; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; five brothers, Lyle (Francine) Worthington of West Clarksville, NY, John Worthington of Eldred, Harold (Alice) Worthington of Portville, NY, Robert (Elaine) Worthington of Cuba, NY, and William (Tracy) Worthington of Eldred; four sisters, Doris Schoonover of Eldred, Audrey (Forrest) Sweitzer of Lewistown, Connie (Don) Sikes of Shinglehouse and Diane (John) Harvey of Eldred; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Worthington.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, NY, at a date and time to be announced. Pastor Ted Shaffer, her son, will officiate. Internment will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Structure Fire Reported On Minard Run Road In Bradford Township

Structure Fire On Minard Run Road
At 8:51 pm on Wednesday, Bradford Township Dept. 15 has been dispatched to a structure fire at 560 Minard Run Road in Bradford Township.

At 9:11, Station 11, 6, and 19 have been requested to send one engine to this fire.

Fire Companies from all over McKean County and surrounding area have been dispatched for this fire or for standby assignments.

Water Skiing Accident At Cowanesque Lake In Tioga County

Water Rescue
At 8:05 pm on Wednesday, Lawrenceville and Nelson Fire rescue units are responding along with LifeNet77 medical helicopter to Cowanesque Lake for a water skiing accident.

Governor's Newsletter: Special Budget Edition

New State Budget Invests in Pennsylvania’s Future

The new state budget signed this week by Governor Edward G. Rendell continues to invest in Pennsylvania’s future, despite challenging economic times. While not increasing taxes, the budget makes substantial new investments in education and job creation programs that are critical to our state’s ongoing efforts to recover from the national recession. Since the national economic downturn began in 2008, Governor Rendell and the General Assembly have eliminated $3 billion in annual spending. Learn more.

New Budget Preserves Education Gains

The new budget advances Pennsylvania’s winning education strategy by increasing basic education funding and preserving other vital programs that have boosted student achievement over the past seven years. The $250 million boost in basic education funding reflects a 4.5 percent increase. Overall, education spending received a 1.3 percent increase. Governor Rendell says these smart investments will preserve gains in student performance to give Pennsylvania’s children a competitive edge in tomorrow’s workforce. Learn more.

Budget Invests in Job Creation, Economic Growth

One key to economic growth is helping to create new jobs for Pennsylvanians. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program bill that the Governor signed as part of the budget will put an estimated 18,000 people to work by jump-starting important economic development projects in every region of the state. Since 2003, RACP and related state programs have created or retained approximately 300,000 jobs and leveraged more than $10 billion in private investment. Learn more.

Quick Budget Facts

• The Governor’s Office budget was cut to 1996-97 levels.

• Administrative spending in the new budget is 14 percent lower than it was in 2002-03.

• Improved government management by the Governor’s administration has helped to reduce operating costs by more than $1.75 billion annually.

Ready to Learn More?

The Office of the Budget website offers resources to help you better understand the 2010-11 state budget and how it will affect you: