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Saturday, July 31, 2010

100th Anniversary Weekend At Riverside Methodist Church

COUDERSPORT ROTARY CLUB DISCUSSES LOCAL PARKS REVITALIZATION PROJECT to RIGHT: Melissa Gee, Coudersport Rotary Vice-President, Josh Bucheit, Student Representative, June Cornish, Coudersport Borough Parks Director and Marlin "Mud" Moore, Coudersport Borough Manager. Josh Bucheit, is one of the 5 youth leaders selected to represent the area's teens in the implementation of the project.

"Local Parks Revitalization Project"

Coudersport, 7/30/2010: Coudersport Borough Manager, Marlin "Mud" Moore and June Cornish, Parks Director, led the Coudersport Rotary Club meeting last Monday in discussion on the club’s "Local Parks Revitalization Project".

Mud and June were asked to attend the Rotary meeting in an attempt by the club to identify revitalization needs of, and possible enhancements to be made to, CARP Park and Mitchell Park, in particular.

Mud discussed several areas of concern regarding Mitchell Park in particular including several sightings of graffiti upon the pavilion, picnic tables and even the baby swings, and suggested the picnic tables and pavilion be repainted as a part of the Club’s revitalization project.

Mud also suggested that playground mulch and timber borders should be purchased and installed around the playground equipment located at Mitchell Park. June Cornish explained that the playground mulch is important because it has been shown to reduce the number and severity of injuries sustained by children playing on playgrounds. June estimated that the playground mulch would cost $3,000.00 for 100ft3 and that approximately 50 timbers would be necessary to border certain areas at a cost of $900.00.

Mud proposed that the Rotary Club also consider replacing two barbeque grills, as well as the teeter totter unit located at Mitchell Park in the event that the teeter totter was no longer covered under warranty. The teeter totter was initially purchased under a cooperative arrangement between the Coudersport Rotary Club and the Coudersport Borough Council in 2000, and was installed by Logan Abplanalp as part of his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 536.

The Borough is currently investigating the installation of water at Mitchell Park, as well as the potential resources of funding of the project, according to Moore.

In an attempt to promote youth leadership and community pride, the Coudersport Rotary Club has selected three (3) youth leaders to represent the area's teens in the implementation of the project; including Sarah and Peter Wright, and Josh Bucheit (pictured above). The Club anticipates recruiting a total of six (6) youth leaders from the area in addition to those boy scouts wishing to incorporate certain segments of Rotary’s revitalization efforts into their Eagle Scout projects.

The Coudersport Rotary Club is scheduled to formulate an action plan and budget for its Local Parks Revitalization Project within the next two (2) weeks after the Club finishing reviewing the suggestions and recommendations received from area residents and community leaders regarding expansion/enhancement and revitalization needs of the parks.

Those wishing to financially contribute to the Local Parks Revitalization Project or desiring to participate in the planning and implementation phases of the project may call Karen Cahilly at (814) 274-9465.

Monday, August 1, 2010 Deadline To Sign Up Choirs For Festival
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EMS Rescue Searching For ATV Accident Victim On Medix Run Trail

ATV Crash

A second call to the Medix Hotel arrived at about the same time as the MVA call. A male person is reported to be injured in an ATV accident at a remote location behind the hotel.

Personnel are on that scene have found the 4 wheeler but are still attempting to find the injured person. The 4 wheeler is registered to a family from Blairsville with a camp in the area.

They think he may have been picked up by another 4 wheeler and transported to another location.

A helicopter placed on standby has been cancelled, and all units returning & available except chiefs who will continue to try to locate where the male was taken.

At 9:58 pm Elk Company 5 Elkland Search & Rescue had been re-dispatched to the scene to continue to search for the injured ATV rider.

At 10:30 pm State Police are reporting the injured person is en route to the DuBois Hospital by private vehicle.

MVA on Quehanna Highway In Benezette

Injury Reported in MVA
At 8:33 pm on Saturday, Elk Company 5 and Cameron Company 16 responded to a motor vehicle accident at 23155 Quehanna highway in Benezette Township with St. Marys and Bennetts Valley ambulances. Units have arrived on scene.
At least one person was transported to St. Marys Hospital.

Coudersport Library Stands Firm For Intellectual Freedom

Potter County library faced protests over gay documentary


Coudersport--After several hours of people pointing their fingers in her face and telling her she was going to hell, Keturah Cappadonia cracked.

In tears, the 28-year-old librarian in this rural town of 2,500 people typed an e-mail to Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer canceling the planned screening of their award-winning PBS documentary about the challenges of being openly gay in rural Pennsylvania.

Wilson and Hamer are traveling the state with their film “Out In The Silence,” and Perry County is on the list of future venues.

The film recounts the men’s return to Oil City after a plea for help from the mother of a gay high school student being bullied at school.

It has been reviewed favorably by the American Library Association and Christianity Today, but it’s getting resistance in some of the rural counties where Wilson and Hamer think it most needs to be seen.

Several churches in Potter County launched a campaign to force the local library to cancel, and the president of the Potter County Tea Party called for the library’s funding to be revoked if it didn’t comply.

The 58-year-old library board president, Jane Metzger, decided she would have none of it.

Regardless of what she thought of homosexuality, she was not going to compromise the library’s mission “because of the very loud voices of a few folks.”

“Basically we’re looking at intellectual freedom,” said Metzger. “That’s the bottom line. That’s what a library is for.”

A quick series of calls to the other members of the board resulted in a unanimous decision: the screening would go forward as planned.

The leader of the Potter County Tea Party, through a local blogger, claimed the library was allowing conservative Christians to be “attacked for our beliefs at a public library we support with our tax money. This is wrong and cannot be tolerated.” Later, he apologized for using the Tea Party name to express his personal opinion.

In the meantime, the filmmakers issued a press release, and the local blogosphere lit up in a bonfire of anonymous comments and accusations.

By the time people began to arrive More...

Former Clinton County Resident Killed For His Gun At A Cumberland County Shooting Range/State Prison Guard Charged With Murder

Enola man was killed over his gun, police say

Joe Elias, The Patriot-News

A guard at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill will be charged in the fatal shooting of Enola lawyer Todd Getgen last week at a North Middleton Twp., Cumberland County, rifle range, authorities said.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said Raymond Franklin Peake, 64, of Hampden Twp., will be charged with homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy in Getgen's death on July 21. A second man, Thomas Franklin Tuso, 34, of Duncannon, also a guard at the prison, will be charged with theft and conspiracy to receive stolen property, Freed said.

At a news conference Friday evening, Freed said police found the rifle Getgen had with him at the range, as well as the weapon believed to be used in the killing and a third gun stolen from the range in May. More...

CHRIS A. COUROGEN, The Patriot-News

A Clinton County native, Getgen was a military veteran who paid his way through Penn State University and Dickinson School of Law after leaving the service, said Charles E. Schmidt Jr., a senior partner at the personal injury firm where Getgen had worked. He left the firm in mid-June in what Schmidt described as a "mutual parting."

Outside the office, Getgen was a man who loved the outdoors and spending time with his wife, Stella, and son, Ethan, Schmidt said.More...

Editor's note:We've been following this story all week on This former Clinton County resident, a veteran who went to school after leaving the service, became a lawyer in Cumberland County, and had plans to possible join the Pennsylvania Game Commission as he loved the outdoors, was killed for his rifle at a Game Commission shooting range last week by a guard at the camp hill state prison. Everyone should read this entire series of stories and wonder WHY?

Hush Money Passed Out For Wind Farms In Eastern Oregon

Turbines Too Loud? Here, Take $5,000

Published: July 31, 201
NY Times/Bradford Today

IONE, Ore. — Residents of the remote high-desert hills near here have had an unusual visitor recently, a fixer working out the kinks in clean energy.

Patricia Pilz of Caithness Energy, a big company from New York that is helping make this part of eastern Oregon one of the fastest-growing wind power regions in the country, is making a tempting offer: sign a waiver saying you will not complain about excessive noise from the turning turbines — the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of the future, advocates say — and she will cut you a check for $5,000.

“Shall we call it hush money?” said one longtime farmer, George Griffith, 84. “It was about as easy as easy money can get.” More...

Repaving Road Ruined By Drilling Oil--WNEP Video


Stand By At Stations

Ulysses & Harrison Valley Dispatched To Stations
At 5:46 pm on Saturday afternoon, Ulysses Dept. 47 and and Harrison Valley Dept. 20 have been dispatched to go to their stations and stand by.

What Is Wellsville To Chelsea Clinton?

Wellsville connection to Clinton wedding

After the couple was engaged and wedding plans started shaping up, she told the Daily Reporter, “Chelsea asked us not to talk to the media until after the wedding.” More...

20 % Hike In National Fuel Gas Rates On Tap Sunday

WESB NEWS--National Fuel Raising Rates
National Fuel Gas customers will see a 20 percent increase in their bills starting Sunday. The monthly bill of a typical customer will go form $76.21 to $91.74. Nancy Taylor of National Fuel says the primary reason for this increase is the completion of a refund of previous over-collections that has been included in rates for the past year. She adds that the market price for natural gas is projected to be greater the current rate.

Volunteers Being Recruited For Water Dog Training

TU Spearheading Training Of Volunteer Water Monitors

waterqualitytest1Trout Unlimited is spearheading training for volunteers who will monitor area streams and rivers for any impact from natural gas drilling. At this month’s Potter County Natural Gas Task Force meeting, TU representative Dr. Peter Ryan announced that volunteers are being recruited from area watershed protection groups.

They’ll be checking waterways for any potential degradation due to natural gas drilling or any other causes. Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council is supporting the monitoring system in Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Jefferson counties.

Dr. Ryan also reported on the recent tanker accident on Peet Brook Road, a tributary to the Allegheny River. Of the 4,200 gallons of contaminated water that was released, all but 400 gallons was recovered and there was evidently no major impact on the waterway. He said the spill was a reminder that, despite regulations, accidents will happen.

McKean County Jail Bursting At The Seams

McKean County Jail Overcrowding

From the Jeffersonian Democrat:

BROOKVILLE - Overcrowding in one county prison may prove to be a boon to the Jefferson County Jail.

Monday Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel said he has been in contact with McKean County about the possibility of housing prisoners for that county.

Read the full story here.

Motorcycle Crash On Rt. 49 In Harrison Valley

Motorcycle Crash
At 1:41 pm on Saturday afternoon, Harrison Valley Dept. 20 and Ulysses Dept. 47 responded to a motorcycle accident at 6583 Route 49 in Harrison Township.

Tri-Town Ambulance and Medic 6 transported at least one patient to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment. All units were back in service by 3:17 pm.

Austin Man Tries To Lose Trooper After Being Clocked At 96 MPH

96 MPH In a 55 MPH Zone
An Austin man who attempted to outrun a State Trooper Friday afternoon at 6:00 pm on Route 155 at Park Road in Shippen Township is facing charges in District Court.

John Oliver of Austin, PA, failed to stop for police who were attempting to initiate a traffic stop for speeding 96 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. Oliver voluntarily stopped his vehicle when his attempt to lose the officer failed.

Oliver faces charges of FLEEING AND ELUDING POLICE, MAXIMUM SPEED LIMITS, AND numerous other traffic violations.

Malware Warnings Were From Widgets On Google

Malware Warnings On Google Chrome
Some readers contacted us this morning that they had gotten a malware warning when they attempted to open Solomon's words and their google home page.

After intensive investigation, we found that some google widgets that were hosted by were causing the malware signal to appear when Chrome tried to load those pages.

Users found several widgets hosted by that company were causing the problem including msnbc news, and some sports widgets.

Upon removing the widgets from the sites, the sites then resumed loading properly. Reviewing our website with google tools indicated that our site never did have any malware.

Tim Walck & Josh Wolf Team Up To Entertain At Olga Tonite


Hamburger Stew Project

Tim Walck & Josh Wolf of the Hamburger Stew Project performing at Cafe Olga
The Hamburger Stew Project

We're excited to have the Hamburger Stew Project back in the house.

Please join us tonight for seriously good food, drinks, & music.

Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Saturday, July 31 @ 8:30 PM
$5 cover charge

Justin L. Kosa, 35, of Ulysses, PA

Justin L. Kosa, 35, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, July 30, 2010 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born September 3, 1974, in Coudersport, he was the son of E. Gene and Nancy Goodwin Kosa.

A 1992 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he served honorably with the US Army from 1992 – 1995.

On November 15, 1997, in Westfield, PA, he married the former Carrine A. Rounds, who survives.

He was employed by Bill Walters Construction. Justin was a member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, the Potter County Honor Guard, and the Ulysses Borough Council. He served as a coach and umpire for Ulysses Youth Baseball and as manager of Kosa Racing.

Surviving besides his wife, Carrine, are: three sons, Austin L. Kosa, Tucker S. Kosa, and Foster G. Kosa; his parents, Gene and Nancy Kosa of Ulysses; two brothers, E. Kevin (Julie) Kosa and M. Joel (Darla) Kosa, both of Ulysses; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Laleen Rounds of Harrison Valley; grandparents, Edward and Helen Kosa of Ulysses, Vera Rounds of Harrison Valley, Fred and Patricia Allen of Westfield, PA; niece, Kourtnee Kosa; nephew, Wyatt Kosa; brother-in-law, Ryan (Emily) Rounds of Harrison Valley; sisters-in-law, Brittany Rounds of Wellsville, NY and Tristin Rounds of Harrison Valley; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, George and Gene Elizabeth Goodwin.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church. The Rev. Jason K. Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “FCNB for the benefit of Kosa children” c/o First Citizens National Bank, 502 Main St., Ulysses, PA 16948.

Mae E. “Betty” Rounsville, 84, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Mae E. “Betty” Rounsville, 84, of Smethport, died early Saturday morning (July 31, 2010) at her residence in Smethport.

She was born Aug. 24, 1925 in Olean, a daughter of William and Alice L. Mansfield O'Brien. On August 24, 1946, in the United Methodist Church of Smethport, she married Richard C. Rounsville, who survives.

Mrs. Rounsville was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School and worked at Backus Company during WWII. She later worked as a cook at the Colonial Hotel in Smethport, retiring in 1987, when she turned 62.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Smethport, the Smethport Fire Dept. Women's Auxiliary, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 Auxiliary of Smethport, and the VFW Post #2497 Auxiliary of Smethport. She loved to spend time with her family, camping, cooking, and playing with her grandchildren. She loved to read and do crossword puzzles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by
one daughter: Karen Rounsville of Smethport, PA
three sons: David (Margaret) Rounsville of Crosby, PA, Gary (Joann) Rounsville of Smethport, PA, Donald (Diane) Rounsville of Bradford, PA
13 Grandchildren; 2 Step Grandchildren; 29 Great Grandchildren; 1 Step Great Grandchild; 11 Great Great Grandchildren
one sister: Freida June Scanlon of Olean, NY
one brother: William (Roma June) O'Brien of Seattle, WA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. Funeral and committal services will be held on Wednesday, at 11am, from the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Bob George, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd. St., New York, NY 10016. Online condolences can be made at

Eldred Fire Rescue Units Respond To Call For Water Rescue

Call For Water Rescue Was Illusion

Eldred Fire Rescue and Ambulance units responded to the area of the Allegheny River bridge at the Larabee Y, south of Eldred at 6:45 am on Saturday morning for a report of a blue SUV having gone into the river at that location.

A caller reported seeing the vehicle go off the road in her rear view mirror as she was traveling west toward Smethport.

Fire Rescue/Ambulance personnel searched the scene and found no indication that a vehicle had entered the river there. They did find a vehicle matching that description that had pulled into the area and parked.

After interviewing the operator of that vehicle, they determined that the vehicle seen had not entered the river, but had pulled off the road and parked in that area.

After a thorough search by personnel on scene, a Dive Team that had been dispatched from from Station 29 was recalled. Eldred ambulance cleared the scene at 7:35 am and the remaining units cleared at 7:40 am.

Missing Horses Have Been Found

2 Horses Missing From Nelson Run Road Have Been Found

Friday, July 30, 2010

Buchanan Flamingo'ed 7/29/2010
Buchanan Flamingo'ed 7/29/2010

Even in the waking hours, just 3 days prior to his retirement party scheduled for Sunday, Richard Buchanan did not miss a beat! Dick may have been #5 on the Flamingo recognition list but he and his wife, Mary, were the first to catch the pink birdies red handed this season!

The Coudersport Rotary Club uses the Flamingo Fundraiser, not only as a way to raise money for this year’s Local Parks Revitalization Project, but also as a means for others in the community to recognize someone that has contributed something to their lives.

Dick Buchanan, second generation owner of the Buchanan Bros. Pharmacy returned to the Coudersport Area in 1980 to join his father as a pharmacist at Smith’s Drug Store, later to be renamed Buchanan Bros. Pharmacy. Now operated by the third generation of family pharmacists, Dick has proudly left the business in the hands of his two daughters, Julie McCusker and Christie Keglovits, and his nephew Joseph Marzo.

Although the Flaminoer’s identity is generally kept anonymous by the Rotary Club Volunteers, Dick’s influence on the community and his kind heart toward his staff over the years was undoubtedly reflected by those 50 pink winged critters that flocked to Dick’s yard last week.

Best wishes and highest regards Richard!

Concetta “Connie” Rose Bango, 85, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Concetta “Connie” Rose Bango, 85, of Smethport, died Friday (July 30, 2010) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

She was born March 2, 1925 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Angelo and Josephine Polito Strano. On Sept. 14, 1946, in Punxsutawney, PA, she married Joseph Louis Bango, who died February 9, 2003.

Mrs. Bango was a graduate of St. Cosmas of Damian High School, Punxsutawney, and had worked at Sylvania GTE, Emporium, Airco-Speer Electronics, Bradford, and Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport, as a nurse’s aide for many years.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Church, the Alter Rosary Society, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Women, and St. Elizabeth's Choir. She also enjoyed social events at Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport. Connie was a loving and caring person to her family, friends, and community.

She is survived by
three sons: Denny (Robin) Bango of Smethport, PA, Thomas (Michele) Bango of Russell, PA, Brian (Valerie Radtke) Bango of Smethport, PA
Grandchildren: Erin Hunt, Stephanie Wharton, Andrew, Brandon, Ashley, and Matthew Bango, and Steven Hartzell.
Great Grandchildren: Audrey, Keegan, Adriana, and Lyla
three sisters: Pauline Ferraro of Punxsutawney, PA, Nina Nase of Pittsburgh, PA, Mary Altheide of Buffalo, NY
two brothers: Angelo Strano of Punxsutawney, PA, Andrew Strano of Greece, NY
and many nieces and nephews

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 2, at 10:00 am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Smethport. A Christian Wake service will be held Sunday at 7:30 pm in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Hamlin Memorial Library, or the American Cancer Society; McKean County. Online condolences can be made at

18 Reps. Nominate Paterno For Award

Thompson Leads Effort Requesting President to Award Medal of Freedom to Joe Paterno

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama with 17 additional bipartisan signatures to ask that Joe Paterno be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“The Medal of Freedom has always stood for those who make a contribution to making our nation a better place to live,” said Thompson. “I believe Joe Paterno represents an ideal of what student and college athletics should be.”

“Rarely has the award been made to someone who has personified sportsmanship on the field of play and academic achievement in the classroom,” Thompson wrote in the letter. “It is our hope, that this year the Medal of Freedom does just that by honoring Joe Paterno for his contribution to the coaching of football, his commitment to the academic integrity of the young men under his charge, and his deep dedication to education in general.”

The letter was signed by 16 other Representatives from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia, Rep. Frank Wolf, who wanted his signature to reflect that he is a Penn State Alumni, “Class of 1961”.

Thompson listed Paterno’s many accomplishments in the letter. “He has amassed nearly 400 wins, more than any other coach in Division I history. His program has never been on probation. There has never been an accusation of corrupt recruiting and, in what is depressingly rare, his players stay in school and graduate.”

The letter also mentions Paterno’s strong support of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and his fundraising and donations to libraries and need-based scholarships for Pennsylvanians.

It concludes: “As Joe Paterno prepares for his 45th year as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, we as Members of the Pennyslvania Congressional delegation are nominating him for the Presidential Medal of Freedom and ask that you give serious consideration to awarding it to him.”

John B. Shalkowski, 90, of, Coudersport, PA

Coudersport- John B. Shalkowski, 90, of, Coudersport, died Friday (July 30, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

He was born Nov 17, 1919 in Falls Creek, a son of Anthony and Anna Warren Shalkowski, on November 1, 1940 in Coudersport, PA, he married Margaret E. Dann, who died July 21, 2006.

Mr. Shalkowski attended Coudersport schools and received his GED in 1974 .

Mr. Shalkowski worked for the Damascus Tanning Co, Coudersport for 33 years. He then worked another 13 years for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation retiring in 1988

He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport.

He is survived by

one daughter: Valerie(Greg) Marshall of Ellicottville, NY

one son: Dann(Nancy) Shalkowski of Port Allegany, PA

one sister: Helen Taubert of St. Petersburg, FL

7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife

There will be no visitation.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 11 AM on August 4, 2010 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church with the Rev. James Campbell, Pastor as celebrant.

Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials may be made to the Long Term Care Unit at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital 1001 E2nd St. Coudersport, PA 16915

Online condolence may be made at

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

Roulette Ambulance Calls

At 5:50 pm on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance has been dispatched to Roulette for a call and then recalled.

Roulette has answered 2 different calls at the same time for the second time today. Roulette is now answering a third call.

Fresh Sweet Corn For Supper--Get It NOW

25 cents each or $3.00 per dozen

Registered Nurses Needed At Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Potter County, PA



Full time, part-time, and per diem positions exist in our Medical/Surgical Unit, Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and Long Term Care Unit for Certified Nurses Aides. Candidates must have a current Pennsylvania Nurses Aide Certificate.

Interested applicants must apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. For more information, please call (814) 274-5431.




Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has a full time Registered Nurse position available in our Home Health Department. Candidates must have a current Pennsylvania Nursing license. Home Health experience preferred and at least one year of med/surg experience required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle availability during scheduled working and on-call hours.

Interested applicants must complete an application electronically by visiting our web site at Click on careers, click on Nursing, click on application and follow the instructions. For additional information, please call (814) 274-5431.


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Course

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Course

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, is offering a Certified Nurses Aide training course. The course will run for approximately 3 full weeks and 1 day. We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic, caring, compassionate, and friendly individuals to assist in various areas of the Hospital. CNA students will be compensated during the training program. Qualified candidates must pass a physical examination and a criminal background check (paid by the candidate). To apply for this class, candidates must have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past two years. The class is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 27, 2010.

Interested applicants must apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. All applications must be received by Friday, August 13, 2010. For more information, please call (814) 274-5431.


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Custodians / Housekeepers Needed

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital
Custodians / Housekeepers

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is currently seeking energetic and dependable individuals to do custodial/janitorial/housekeeping work. Flexible hours – evening/nights/weekends available. Would be scheduled on an as needed basis. Must be at least 18 years of age. Call-in/part time hours available only – part time bonus available in lieu of benefits.

Interested applicants must apply in person in the Human Resources Office at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. For more information, please call (814) 274-5431.


County Retirement Fund OK

County Employee Retirement Fund Rallies In July

stockmarket“Volatility” was the word of the day as an investment manager met with the Potter County Retirement Board Thursday to discuss the status of the county employees’ retirement fund. Jeff Davidek from the firm C. S. McKee explained that the fund lost about $700,000 in value between April 1 and June 30. However, a rally in July erased most of that loss.

As of Thursday, the fund had a value of $9.3 million. It’s up by 11 percent since July 2009. Despite the roller-coaster market of the past several years, the fund shows appreciation of 2.5 percent since 2005.

Davidek said C. S. McKee continues to invest heavily in the energy and health care sectors. He is cautiously optimistic that the second half of 2010 will see a rebound. Members of the Retirement Board include Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel, County Treasurer Krista Miller and Chief Commissioners Clerk Todd Brown.


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has a desirable opportunity for a Staff Athletic Trainer to work with student athletes in area school districts. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university school of Athletic Training; must have or be eligible for State Licensure or certification. Experience preferred.

Responsibilities include providing injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for student athletes under the direction of a physician and in cooperation with other healthcare professionals, athletics administrators, coaches and parents; as well as, the completion and submission of all applicable reports; practicing athletic training consistent with the National Athletic Trainers Association Code of Ethics and Standards of practice.

Interested applicants must complete an application electronically by visiting our web site at Click on careers, click on Clinical, click on application and follow the instructions. For additional information, please call (814) 274-5431.


If You're Headed To The Pocono Raceway.....

I-380 Closed by Fatal Crash

On this Friday when visitors are headed to Pocono Raceway for this weekend's NASCAR race Interstate 380 is a mess after two crashes near the Pocono exit killed two people.

At 4 a.m. two tractor-trailers and a Jeep collided on Interstate 380 southbound. A medical helicopter transported two people to the hospital, including the Jeep's driver, who officials said was seriously hurt.

About a half hour later there was another crash in the northbound lanes in the same area.

A tractor-trailer and two vehicles collided before the big rig and a car veered off into the woods. State police said the crash in the southbound lanes distracted one of the drivers, causing the three vehicles to crash in the northbound lanes of I-380 just after sunrise.

PennDOT detoured all Interstate 380 traffic off the highway from Mount Pocono to Tobyhanna. Northbound drivers found themselves in bumper to bumper gridlock. More...

Roulette is Responding To Ambulance Calls

At 2:10 pm, Roulette Ambulance is responding to 2 different ambulance calls in Roulette Township.

Bradford Ambulance Called For Accident Victim At BRMC Parking Lot

Accident At BRMC Parking Lot
At 1:59 pm on Friday, Bradford City Ambulance is responding to the parking lot of Bradford Regional Medical for a victim of a motor vehicle accident.



Have you applied for Extra Help with Medicare Part D prescription costs?

Have you applied for assistance paying your Medicare Part B premium?

If not, and you meet Pennsylvania criteria for these programs, attend an Extra Help Event and find out if you may be eligible.

Current financial guidelines for these Medicare programs:

You are single and your monthly income is less than $1354.00 and you have less than $12,510.00 in resources, then you may be eligible.

You are married and have total monthly income of less than $1821.00 and less than $25,010.00 in resources, then you may be eligible.

If you currently have Medicare due to age or disability and would like to complete an application, please attend one of the “Extra Help Events” at your local Senior Center.

A Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging Apprise Coordinator will be at the following locations:

Monday, August 9, 2010 at Ulysses Senior Center from 10am until 2pm

Monday, August 16, 2010 at Austin United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until 1 pm

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at Coudersport Senior Center from 10am until 2pm

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Oswayo Valley Senior Center from 10am until 2pm

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Galeton Senior Center from 10am until 2pm

Please bring your Medicare card, Social Security statement, and proof of any other income. Income includes Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Veterans Benefits, Pensions, Annuities, Workers Compensation, Wages, Alimony or Rental income.

Resources include bank accounts (checking, savings, and CDs), stocks, bonds, any real estate other than home you live in.

For further information, please call Darcy Shutt, Apprise Coordinator, at the Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Rabies Clinic --Saturday, July 31, 2010 At Roulette Fire Hall

There will be a Rabies Clinic held on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at the Roulette Fire Hall, Roulette, PA. The clinic will run from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.

All dogs and cats that are at least 12 weeks old can be vaccinated against the rabies virus. 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.

Cost is $5.00 per animal.

The clinic is sponsored by Dr. Ronnie Schenkein of the Coudersport Animal Health Center.

Minor Injuries In Motorcycle/Truck Crash

WESB News--Truck Hits Motorcycle
A truck hit a motorcycle Thursday afternoon on Derrick Road in Foster Township. Foster Township Police say the truck, driven by 20 year-old Gregory Schoonover of Bradford, turned in front of a motorcycle operated by George Hocker of Bradford. Hocker suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Teacher's Pet Rescue Says Thank You

Teacher's Pet Rescue
would like to thank the St. Eulalia and St. Paul's Vacation Bible School for the very generous donation to our rescued dogs.

The children, with the help of their dedicated leaders and parents donated $220.81.

We really appreciate your kindness.

Roger and Kris

Amy M. Empson, 69, of West Bingham, Genesee, PA

Amy M. Empson, 69, of West Bingham, Genesee, PA, died Thursday, July 29, 2010 in her home.

Born January 29, 1941, at home in Bingham Township, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Beatrice French Moe. On March 25, 1961, in Hickox, PA, she married Gary L. Empson, who survives.

She was employed by Galeton Production, Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, and Highland Manor in Wellsville, NY. She was a member of the Bingham Center Bible Church and the Harrison-Ulysses-Genesee senior center.

Surviving besides her husband, Gary, are: two sons, Frank Empson of West Bingham and Donald (Janet) Empson of Goochland, VA; two daughters, Doreen (Kris) Weiss of Ulysses, PA and Nola (Carl) Jonsson of Elma, WA; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Linda Alawine of Elma, WA, Pauline Shutt of Shinglehouse, PA, Margaret Torok of Ulysses, Maryann Williams of Elma, WA, and Nola Gear of Gilbert, AZ; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.

A private graveside service will be held in Ulysses Cemetery. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

John B. Shalkowski, 90, of, Coudersport, PA

Coudersport- John B. Shalkowski, 90, of, Coudersport, died Friday (July 30, 2010) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

There will be no visitation.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass at 11 AM on August 4, 2010 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church with the Rev. James Campbell, Pastor as celebrant.

Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials may be made to the Long Term Care Unit at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital 1001 E2nd St. Coudersport, PA 16915

Online condolence may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany. Are incomplete and will be announces with a full obit


Specialty Farms, LLC Expands Recall of Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad in the North Eastern United States Because of Possible Health Risk

Nutraloid Labs Inc. Conducts Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Two Dietary Supplements Found to Contain Undeclared Drug Ingredient

MVA On Main Street In Duke Center

Crash In Duke Center
At 1:35 am on Friday, Otto Township Dept. 9, has responded to a motor vehicle accident in front of 661 Main Street in Duke Center. Station 11 has been requested to shut down the road at the top of Red Rock Hill. Entrapment is reported.

The crash occurred as Donald O. Nies, 45, of Bradford, PA, was driving a 2010 Ford Focus west on Route 346. His car went off the northern berm and down an embankment where the front of the vehicle impacted a culvert, where it came to rest.

Troopers said Nies was moderately injured. He will be charged with a traffic violation.

Town-Wide Oswayo Sale Starts Today

Oswayo Town Wide Yard Sales
this Friday and Saturday
beginning at 9 a.m.
Oswayo is located between Shinglehouse and Coudersport on Rt. 244 at Coneville.
You won't want to miss these sales!

Allegheny River Riders President's Run Saturday

Sign Up For Genesee Town Wide Yard Sale

Genesee Township is organizing a township-wide yard sale event for
August 13th & 14th. If you are interested in being added to a yard sale map, please call the township at 814-228-3366 a.s.a.p.
Folks in surrounding areas are encouraged to participate as well.

Maps will be available by contacting the Genesee Township office at
814-228-3366, 120 Hickox Rd, Genesee or by

Police Seize Car, Get Search Warrant, Find Drugs/Alcohol In Roulette Woman's Car

Police File Drug Charges After Searching Car
A Roulette woman is facing charges of Possession of Marihuana and Drug Paraphernalia as a result of a traffic stop in the Village of Roulette on February 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm.

Corporal Rothermel of the Coudersport State Police revealed in a news release Thursday that charges have been filed against Shelby Melinda Gleason, 19, of 11 Third Street in Roulette.

The news release reported that after a traffic stop was performed on Burleson Avenue in the village, Gleason's vehicle was seized pending the execution of a search warrant. Upon execution of the search warrant, a small amount of marihuana and related paraphernalia were found inside Gleason's vehicle.

In addition to the Marihuana and Paraphernalia charges, Gleason will be charged with Underage Possession/Transportation of Alcoholic Beverages, and traffic violations related to the incident.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

15 Year Old Smashed Windows Out Of Log Home

Youth Smashed 6 Windows Out Of Residence
Investigation is continuing in a Criminal Mischief incident in Roulette Township on Monday at 7:30 am.

At about 8:00, Troopers called an ambulance from Roulette for a 15 year old male who had lacerations, at the residence of Gerhardus and Barbara Houwer, at 452 Kim Hill Road, Roulette Township.

The 15 year old, who was residing with the Houwers, was apparently injured when he reportedly smashed out 6 windows in the Houwers' log home, just off Route 6 in the Burtville area. The Houwers' built the log home themselves some years ago.

The youth will be cited for violating PA Crimes Code Section 3304. The case will be presented to District Judge Barbara J. Easton of Shinglehouse.

Police Looking For U-Haul/Jail Walk Away From Elk County Jail

Kane State Police are asking the public for information regarding the theft of a U-Haul Truck from Lewis Run Borough Thursday morning at about 9:30 am.

A 26 foot 2005 GMC box truck, white & orange, with U-Haul graphics on it was rented by a known female and was not returned to U-Haul at D S Groff Electric Rental Location in Lewis Run, PA, as per the rental agreement.

Police say the female may be in the company of William M. Umstead, Jr., who is a walk away from the Elk County Jail. The truck is owned by U-Haul Co. of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555.

Ulysses Girl Assaulted Boy In Ulysses Boro

Domestic Altercation
State Police were called to North Main Street in Ulysses Boro on Tuesday at 10:20 pm for an incident of Domestic Violence and Simple Assault.

A 17 year old Ulysses girl got into a verbal altercation with a 15 year old male, threw a lighter at his chest, slapped him in the face, jumped on him, and bit into his right shoulder.

After the male pushed the girl off of him, he left the residence and was chased down the street by the girl with a frying pan. The investigation continues.

Troopers did not reveal what the male said to the girl to provoke that kind of response.

State Police Have Your Cell Phone

Cell Phone Found In Emporium
A cell phone was found on Tuesday night in the parking area of the Prospect Motel along Rt. 155 in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

State Police at Emporium said the owner can claim the phone at PSP Emporium, 814-486-3321.

Burglar Stole Handgun & Cash From Bobby's Run Residence

Handgun Stolen In Burglary
A handgun and cash was stolen in a burglary that occurred between 7-23 and 7-28, 2010 at a residence on Bobby's Run in Shippen Township, Cameron County.

Edward Niebauer, of Emporium, PA, told State Police that an unknown actor forced sentry into his residence and once, inside the actor removed a handgun and an undetermined amount of money. The investigation is continuing.

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of August 2

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219
Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of August 2. 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 bituminous pavement and backfilling 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 continue to truck materials for shoulder back up 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.
• No construction activity is expected on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346. Bridge painting at this location will take place later in August.
• 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.

Attorney General Corbett Named In Lawsuit By Aquitted Man

Acquitted Bonusgate defendant sues for back pay, $2 million in damages

MATTHEW KEMENY, The Patriot-News

Stephen Keefer, a defendant acquitted in one of the Bonusgate Pennsylvania legislative corruption trials, wants his state job back and is suing state Attorney General Tom Corbett and others for more than $2 million in punitive damages and back pay. More...

Potter County Historical Society Program to Focus On Life Of Cora Brooks

Program On Austin’s Cora Brooks Scheduled Friday

corabrooksAn unusual program is scheduled for the next meeting of the Potter County Historical Society.

Focus will be on the life of Cora Brooks, an unlikely hero in the Sept. 30, 1911, Austin flood. Margaret Crosby will present the program at the museum on North Main Street in Coudersport, across from the post office, at 7:30 pm Friday, July 30.

Cora Brooks operated a brothel on the hillside overlooking the Bayless Pulp and Paper Company dam, which gave way in 1911, unleashing a torrent that killed upwards of 80 people and destroyed much of the town of Austin. Brooks contacted telephone operators to warn townspeople that the flood waters were coming. After the disaster, she allowed flood victims to stay at her home.

margcrosbyMargaret Crosby (left) has been researching Brooks’ life since her marriage to Austin native Dustin Crosby, a descendant of Brooks’s. She has combed through accounts in newspapers, court documents, and cemetery records.

Despite her checkered past, Brooks’s actions after the flood earned her the appreciation of townspeople, who circulated a petition pleading for mercy in the pending court case.

Friday’s meeting is open to the public.

Williamsport Marine Killed In Afghanistan Tuesday

PA Marine Dies in Afghanistan

A Pennsylvania Marine died Tuesday in Afghanistan.

21-year-old Lance Cpl. Abram Howard of Williamsport was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of North Versailles, Pa.

Potter County Commissioners Meetings

The Potter County Commissioners and Salary Board met today, you can see their agendas and approved minutes at the links below.

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Agenda For July 29, 2010

Potter County Commissioners Meeting Approved Minutes For July 15, 2010

Potter County Retirement Board Meeting Agenda--July 29, 2010

Potter County Retirement Board Meeting Approved Minutes For May 20, 2010

Drilling Mud Spill Closes One Mile Of Roadway In 2 Counties

Spring Hill Road/Second Street section closed following spill in Bradford and Wyoming counties

July 29

Motorists in the northern tier are advised that a one-mile section of Spring Hill Road (SR 1007 in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County) and Second Street
(SR 3001 in Laceyville, Wyoming County) is currently closed following a spill
of mineral oil-based drilling mud down the center of the road.

The road is currently closed from the intersection of Edinger Hill Road in Tuscarora Township along the length of Second Street in Laceyville.

An oily substance leaked from a truck in the area of the Champdale Farm gas
well pad and has destabilized the roadway.

PennDOT, Chesapeake Energy and other emergency responders are on the scene.

Repairs will need to be made before the roadway can be reopened to traffic.

MVA Reported OnRt. 44 Near Patterson State Park

MVA On Route 44 South--Stat 9 En Route
At 5:38 pm, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Medic 6 have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 44 between Rock Ridge Road and Patterson State Park. It is reported to be one vehicle with one person injured.

Also to assist Stat 9 Medical Helicopter at Cherry Springs Airport with a 22 minute ETA.

Corbett Blames Rendell's Spending For High Unemployment Rate

Corbett: Pennsylvania job losses are the governor's fault

Gubernatorial candidate says incumbent's tax and spend policies led to 9.2 percent unemployment rate.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett on Wednesday laid the blame for lost Pennsylvania jobs at the feet of Gov. Ed Rendell, charging that his tax-and-spend policies have hindered the state's ability to ride out the worst economic downturn since the 1930s.

"In the last eight years our state budget has gone from $22 billion to $28 billion," Corbett said. "And what's the result today? Our state has nearly 600,000 unemployed citizens on the rolls." More...

Car Crash Near Railroad Overpass On Rt. 59

Crash Reported
At 2:35 pm on Thursday, Lafayette Fire Dept., Station 21 and Hilltop Station 7, have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident near the railroad overpass on Route 59 near Ormsby.

Chief 21 on scene reports 3 vehicles under the overpass. One injury.

Motorcycle/Car Crash In Front of Fire Station

Motor VS Car Crash
At 2:29 pm on Thursday, Derrick City Fire Dept. and Bradford Ambulance are responding to a motorcycle/car accident in front of the fire station.

50 Ton Crane Goes Over Embankment On Hyner Mountain

A Slippery Slope

Two-vehicle crash on Hyner Mountain

By KEVIN RAUCH - For The Express

HYNER - Eagle Towing of Wingate was expected to return this morning to the Hyner Run State Park area to pull a large crane up an embankment off Hyner Mountain Road.

The 50-ton crane was involved in an accident there at about 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, when the driver lost control and struck the rear of a large trailer being hauled by a pickup truck, state police at Lamar said. More...

Gloria L. Oleksa, 81, of 39 Euclid Ave., Braddford, PA

Gloria L. Oleksa, 81, of 39 Euclid Ave., passed away, Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at her residence.

Born November 2, 1928, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Amos and Martha (Yount) Shaffer.

On October 16,1948 in St. Francis Church with Msgr. G. Carlton Ritchie presiding she married Joseph Oleksa who survives.

Mrs. Oleksa was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School. She had worked at Davis Bakery, Dresser Manufacturing and then in housekeeping for the Doctors Offices at Bradford Hospital.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and had been a volunteer at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Mrs. Oleksa enjoyed spending time with her family and with the Euclid Ave. ladies group.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by three daughters, Susan (William) Shannon of McKean, PA, Karen (John) Brokaw of Hamburg, NY, and Amy (Jerry) Eberhart of Tega Cay, SC, two sons: Joseph (Ruth) Oleksa of Bradford and Jeffrey (Karen) Oleksa of Stuttgart, Germany, seven sisters, Elizabeth (Ben) Welch of Sunbury, PA, JoAnne Heller of Gaithersburg MD, Marilyn Gross of Bradford, Maureen Shaffer of Bradford, Norma Wells of Bradford, Linda Oden of Mobile, AL, and Carol Steele of Whitmire, SC, a brother, Henry Shaffer of Pittsburgh, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, August 1, 2010, from 3-5 & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where a prayer service will be held on Monday August 2nd at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Francis of Assisi Church with Father Samuel B. Slocum as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 3:00pm Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Roulette's Riverside Methodist Church To Celebrate 100th Birthday

Helen Delia Giddings, 101, of 599 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA

Helen Delia Giddings, 101, of 599 Interstate Parkway, passed away, Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 8, 1908, at Marsh Creek, PA, she was the daughter of the late Amasa C. and Mary E. (Smith) Gee.

On November 10, 1939 in Wellsboro she married Richard A. "Dick" Giddings who died on August 14, 1998.

Mrs. Giddings was a 1930 graduate of Wellsboro High School and a graduate of Mansfield Normal School, class of 1932. She taught in a two room schoolhouse in Marsh Creek in 1938 and in 1947 she moved to Bradford. She was the first grade teacher at 6th ward school for many years, retiring in 1970. She along with her husband were very active with the Bradford High School Rifle Club.

She was a member of Church of the Ascension and a member of the Junior Guild.

Surviving are two sons, Richard (Judith McClure) Giddings of Dover, DE and William (Karen) Giddings of Bradford, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 30, 2010, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave.

Graveside services will be held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Wellsboro, at 11:00am on Saturday, July 31st, with Rev. Dr. Uncle, Alan Macy, retired pastor of the United Church of Christ officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials if desired may be made to the Church of the Ascension or the NRA Wittington Center, U.S. 64, Raton, NM 87740

On line condolences may be made at

Gertrude I. Reese, 100, of Whitehouse Road, Portville, and formerly a longtime resident of Port Allegany, Pa

PORTVILLE — Gertrude I. Reese, 100, of Whitehouse Road, Portville, and formerly a longtime resident of Port Allegany, Pa., passed away Wednesday (July 28, 2010) at Olean General Hospital.

Born Dec. 31, 1909, in Pleasant Valley Township, Pa., she was a daughter of George and Agnes Reid Meacham. On June 24, 1936, she married Donald E. Reese, who died April 7, 2000. They were married 64 years.

Mrs. Reese was a graduate of Port Allegany High School’s class of 1929, which included 43 students. She also graduated from Westbrook Academy of Olean.

She was employed with Meacham Hardware for 65 years and later Johnston Tools Inc., both in Port Allegany.

She was a member of Sartwell Creek Union Church, Burtville, Pa. She was a 50-year member of Keystone Chapter 2, Order of Eastern Star, Duke Center; 68-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Port Allegany; and a former sheriff’s deputy for William Reese. She was an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. She enjoyed embroidery and gave many of her projects as gifts.

Mrs. Reese is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Reese-Parsons of Portville; four grandchildren, Jay (Carolyn) Little and Judi (Gary Brady) Franke, both of Florida, Jill (Robin) Robinson Jr., of Portville and Jackie (Ken) Pickett Jr., of Eldred, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren: Airman Josh Yanetsko, Tyler Robinson, Harley Robinson, Audra Frair, Ryan Friar, Branden Logsdon and Kaleb Franke; and a sister, Thelma Swift, of Coudersport, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; four brothers, Lynn Meacham, Lawrence Meacham, Glenn Meacham and Guy Meacham; and nine sisters, Mabel Prindle, Alta Clark, Celestia Meacham, Laura Stearns, Mildred Dingman, Leona Criss, Margaret Shisler, Pauline Meacham and an infant girl.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (July 30, 2010) at Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 31, 2010) at Sartwell Creek Union Church, with the Rev. LaVerne Howard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sartwell Creek Cemetery, Burtville.

Memorials may be made to Sartwell Creek Union Church or to the Eldred (Pa.) World War II Museum.

Preliminary Hearings Waived By 3 Charged With Drug Sales

WESB Radio--Accused Drug Sellers Waive Hearings

Three people have waived hearings on charges that they sold drugs to confidential informants for the state police. 44-year-old Robert Albney of Eldred is accused of selling marijuana and 60 Xanax pills to the informant for $280 on May 27, 2009, outside the Goodwill Store in Bradford. 47-year-old Nicholas Elliott of Lewis Run is accused of selling 2 Vicodin pills for $10 on December 8, 2009, at McDonald's in Bradford. The next day he allegedly sold 20 pills for $100. 42-year-old Dianna Elliott is accused of selling 20 Vicodin for $105 at the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart on November 5, 2009. She also threw six other pills in for free for the confidential informant to try, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone's office. All three people are free on unsecured bail.

Salsa Sundays Now At Two Mile Inn In Port Allegany

Rape Charged In Middlebury Township

Man charged in Tioga County, Pa., rape

Star Gazette
State police in Mansfield charged a 30-year-old Bedford, Pa., man following a rape Tuesday morning at Ives Run Recreational Area in Middlebury Township, Tioga, Pa.

Police said Leon Travis Tice was being driven home from Fred's Lobster Garden in Tioga, Pa., and asked the female driver to pull over at the recreational area so he could use one of the public restrooms. More...

Kathryn M. Press, 102, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

Kathryn M. Press

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Kathryn M. Press, 102, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, PA.

Born January 12, 1908 in Wharton, PA, she was a daughter of Charles “C.O.” and Julia Dicke Miller. On June 10, 1930 in Olean, NY, she married William Lyon Press, who died on October 13, 1959.

Mrs. Press was educated in the local one room school in Wharton and graduated from Austin High School in 1927. She continued her education by attending Mansfield State Teacher’s College that summer which enabled her to teach school that fall. Her first teaching position was in a one room school at Seven Bridges, teaching all eight grades in addition to being janitor. She then taught in Hulls, PA in another one room school. Mrs. Press then married her husband and did not teach for a while. She worked for North Penn Gas Company for a short time.

In 1953 she returned to teaching in Shinglehouse having taught departmental reading and math for the 5th and 6th grades until retiring in 1974. A strict disciplinarian, she enjoyed working with children and had their best interests at heart.

Mrs. Press was a very active member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and the Mary Martha Class of the church. She was a 77 years member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse, a member of Olean Court #19 Order of the Amaranth, and a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Olean. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, the Potter/Tioga Chapter of Pennsylvania of School Retirees, AARP, and a member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a former member of the board of directors of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association and was active with the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library.

She enjoyed doing crafts. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Marilyn J. Anderson of Port Allegany, PA; two grandsons, James L. (Pamela) Anderson and Joel L. (Dannielle) Anderson, both of Port Allegany; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jacob and Kaitlyn; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Press was predeceased by a brother, Charles H. Miller; three sisters, Emma Miller, Anna Moore, and Viola Alden; and two infant brothers and an infant sister.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home.

Flowers are respectfully declined and will be furnished by the family. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.



By Pastor Peter Tremblay
Coudersport Free Methodist Church


Can you believe it? An activist group comes to the small town of Coudersport, Pa. to show the documentary, "Out in The Silence" - "detailing the struggle to survive of a gay teen". at the local Library. According to the Blog by the activist group the result is a backlash of anger and the threat of a large protest.

The blog is at; Dated Monday July 26, 2010. The title of the Blog is, "Clergy Threaten Public Library -- Promise “Large Protests” over Gay Documentary " Let me give you some highlights.

"We've received phone calls all morning from clergy “screaming at us”, reported a library staff member. “They're threatening large protests and we don't know what to do.” "

"But a week before the event, the librarian tried to postpone, citing concerns by the Board of Directors about “possible protests and community concerns.” "

"But on the morning of Monday July 26, the library suddenly changed its mind yet again. They wrote Wilson canceling the event, stating that the library “cannot be involved” due to the large number of calls they had received from conservative ministers in the area. "

A local area news Blog began to buzz with activity and anonymous comments are made on both sides of the issue. Suggestions are made that there have been "death threats". The character of local Pastors is called into question. Wow! Certainly this is proof that small town America is bigoted; proof that the activist claims are correct; proof of discrimination; proof of victimization.


Coudersport, you have been played! You have been lied to. You have been victimized by a group who uses tactics of sensationalism in order to manipulate your feelings and to convince you they are victims. The true victims are the local people whose characters have been assassinated, the local Churches who have been vilified, and most importantly - THE TRUTH is a victim.

The true story is that a few local Pastors met on Monday evening the week of the movie's showing to discuss how to respond in Christian love. While these Pastors - only about 5 of those in the community - disagreed strongly with the avowed objective of the activists (same-sex marriage); these few Pastor decided that they would keep any response low-keyed. First, they would watch the film privately. Second, they would address the issue in Christian love at a future date. Third, they would pray about the event and the issue in their local churches. Being one of the Pastors at that meeting I can attest to these facts.

There was no call for "large protests".

Only one local Pastor (myself) asked church people to call the Library in Christian love and ask that the movie be shown elsewhere rather than a "tax-payer" supported venue. But nothing more was requested. We found out later that only 10 phone calls had been received by the library; 5 for and 5 against continuing the event. There was NO DEATH THREATS. Local Pastors DID NOT CALL IN ALL MORNING as the activist reported. They did not "scream" at the Library staff. In fact, local Pastors were largely silent on the matter.

One account is true and reported on the activist's blog, "Wilson and Hamer have alerted the media, the state Human Relations Commission, and local law enforcement about the flap and threatened protests."

On Wednesday, I received a call from the local Police asking about this supposed protest. My response to the officer was immediate laughter as I told him that no protest had been planned and that his officers had nothing to worry about. The officer is the one that informed me that only 10 telephone calls had been made to the Library; 5 for and 5 against and there were no death threats made.

Coudersport and Potter County! Whatever your feeling are about the issue of "same-sex marriage", how do like being lied to? How do like being treated as "gullible hicks" by shady characters, who distort the truth, assassinate the characters of local people, churches, and Pastors? How do you like your police department given false information? How do you like your media manipulated to create sensationalism for the purpose of a political agenda?

Diane Bramley of the American Family Association of Pa. was made the villain on the documentary simply because she would not participate in it. But that did not stop Wilson and Hammer from using every technique at their disposal to make her the enemy. Wilson and Hammer can create villains wherever one is needed by the careful use of sound bites, video clips and innuendo. If that's not good enough they will create false stories.

Diane Bramley writes, "This past fall Hamer and Wilson began showing their completed “documentary” on some Public Television stations and in colleges and universities across Pennsylvania, as well as in some locations outside PA. A closer look at their website shows that Pennsylvania is being used as a guinea pig to try out their ‘Community Engagement Campaign.”

I spoke to Diane over the phone and was informed that these tactics were similar to those used by Wilson and Hammer in Oil City. Diane was accused in the documentary of calling for a boycott of the Theater owned by a Lesbian couple. That was another false claim made by Wilson and Hammer. Diane never called for a boycott. But in similar manner, Wilson and Hammer called local media, the Human Rights Commission and Local Police because of threatened protests. Of course such protests never materialized.

Coudersport, you have just experienced Wilson and Hammer's 'Community Engagement Campaign'. How did it taste?


Pastor Peter Tremblay

Coudersport Free Methodist Church


Editor's note--This is a news release from Pastor Tremblay as were the news releases from the film makers who sent information on the movie. Solomon's words allows access to all sides. We did not express an opinion on this controversy. We will try to more clearly indicate the authors of controversial news releases in the future, as we have done with this release from Pastor Tremblay.