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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Captain Fred Forsythe & Volunteers Treat Wounded Warriors To Some Great Fishing

Wounded Warriors Enjoy Fishing Lake Erie/Barcelona Harbor
1st Annual Event - Relaxing Fun is Highlight
July 16, 17, 18 - 2010; 7 US Army War Zone Veterans; 31 Volunteers

……by Dave Barus (aka Forrest Fisher)

Coudersport's Charter Captain Fred Forsythe

Lake Erie walleye Charter Captain Fred Forsythe of Cast Away Charters and his child bride of many years, Darlene, decided they wanted “to do something good” for our U.S war hero veterans. They didn’t know who to call, but it didn’t take long to find out.

In nearby Watertown, New York, the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Brigade Light Infantry Division is stationed at Camp Drum. Many there have been to Kuwait, Iraq or Afghanistan, some have been to all three on war duty!

Seven U.S. Army military regulars recovering from wounds received fighting for freedom overseas won the raffle held on base to enjoy a free, fully paid, fishing weekend at Barcelona Harbor on Lake Erie.

Many have been injured in battle, some have spent months and years healing. Not all were able
to get around exceptionally well, but they didn’t complain about much of anything. They called us sir with honest sincerity, they grinned and belly laughed after a good joke and they said “God
Bless You’ when somebody sneezed. It was such a pleasure to meet them, share life stories, toss a few casts, land some fish. Such a privilege!

Under the leadership of First Sergeant Carl Waltenburg (E-8), 26 year U.S. Army veteran from
Michigan, the wounded warrior heroes travelled to fish Western New York and Lake Erie.

They met Captain Fred at the air-conditioned Theatre Hotel lodging located on Route 20 in Westfield on Friday afternoon where they were escorted to Blue Water Campground.

Located right on Lake Erie, proprietor Brian Hayes provided golf cart rides to the sound of the surf and a walk in the warm, quiet, clean sand of his Lake Erie beach there. The vets enjoyed
a good old-fashioned corn roast from Chautauqua Lake Musky Guide, Larry Jones, and a mouthwatering Lake Erie walleye fish fry by Don Knappenberger.

Big fish story tales from colorful “Eerie Eyes” Charter Captain, Don Walter, keyed the fishing interests of the vets. They learned open water tackle tuning tricks from Dan Millen and Mel Butticci, both charter guide walleye experts that instilled instant confidence from fishing skills
they have honed over several decades.

Everyone laughed heartily at jokes shared by Grizzly Gary, outdoor broadcasting star of WBKX Jamestown based outdoor show "Grizzly Gary's Goin' Fishin' and Huntin' (

Breakfast at Jack’s Barcelona Drive-in at Barcelona Harbor was followed by a small craft advisory the next day. With wind velocity too high for Lake Erie fishing, Captain Walter and Captain Forsythe organized a backup plan and the group headed to do some inland bass fishing at Easton pond.

Sergeant Justin Creedon, from Wisconsin, took “most fish” catching honors with seven bass there, all caught using a Berkley Gulp smelt minnow rubber bait mounted on an Eagle Claw light wire hook. The “biggest fish”, a nice three pound plus bass, was caught by Gheorge Banaduc, from Antwerp, NY.

U.S. Army Specialist (E4) Joseph Heather, took top small fish honors, catching a three-inch fish on a four inch lure! Heather said, “my grandfather taught me when I was just little, fishing is not about how big the fish you catch is, it’s about the fun you have when you’re fishing. I’ve always remembered that! I’m having fun!”

With canes and some careful walking, these guys made their way around the pond perimeter, casting a variety of lures. They shared lots of stories with us, describing some of the battle zone
details of how they were injured. Discussions of roadside bombs, mortar attacks, jammed automatic weapons, grenades in close quarters and a host of other war tales, including most and least effective firearms details were shared.

The next day, weather was better and Lake Erie hosted a small flotilla of eager veterans in search of walleye and other species. Will Elliott, outdoor writer for the Buffalo News, first mated for Captain Forsythe, by noon, 13 glistening walleyes lined the ice-filled cooler.

Lead core line, Walker diving plans and downriggers were used to fool the cooperating fish.

Not all the veterans were able to easily handle the rods and reels, they had aches and pains on the mend, but they all did their best, gritting through the work of reeling in big Lake Erie fish.

They all said, “man, this is so much fun!”

The other two charter boats also landed 13 walleyes each. Lucky 13! The group tallied 39 walleyes and one lake trout in five hours of fishing. A great catch!

At Zebro’s Harbor House restaurant located right on Barcelona Harbor, awards were presented for various categories of fishing expertise achieved over the weekend. All of the war heroes received fishing lures from Northern King Lures, fishing line and Gulp plastic baits from Pure
Fishing (Berkley), hats from Toyota Trucks, “Lucky Fish Hooks”from Eagle Claw.

A deluxe rod/reel from the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen that was presented to Georghe Banaduc for the biggest bass on Saturday, and a ‘Biggest Fish” wall plaque was presented to Sergeant Rick Cain from Conneaut, Ohio, for his 9lb-9oz walleye monster catch of the day on

Every soldier on this trip enjoyed some great WNY fishing, great food, hearty laughs and honorable hero status from all volunteers present.

Ironically, several of the volunteers were Vietnam Era war veterans, sharing in fun and camaraderie. Senator Antoine Thompson, chairman of the New York State Conservation Committee sent his best wishes by telephone for asuccessful outing for these U.S. freedom fighting men.

Special Thanks to: Captain Fred Forsythe, Cast Away Charters: 716-560-9216; Captain Don Walter, Eerie Eyes Sportfishing Charters: 716-753-0784.
Sponsors and Volunteers: Capt. Fred Forsythe & Darlene (Cast Away Charters), Capt, Don Walter & Sally (Eerie Eyes Sport fishing Charters), ‘Grizzly’ Gary Wert, Jock Phillips, Carter Stetson, First Mate - Mel Buttici, First Mate - Dan Millen (and Joni), Bryan Hoffner, Dave Barus, Will Elliott, Capt. Larry Jones, Ken Johnston, Pete Norek, Al Easton, Don Knappenberger, Chuck Hazeltine, Marie Hazeltine, Potter County Fishing (Frank Empson), Allegany Community Federal Credit Union, Bison City Rod & Gun Club, Erie County Federation of Sportsmen, Silver Lake Marine, Blue Water Beach Campground (Brian and Donna Hayes), Kim & Jeff Carter, Barcelona Market, T W Biggins, Westfield Nursery, Hanna Holt Real Estate, Mason Funeral Home,
Southern Tier Spring Water, Quagliana’s Bark Grill, Jack’s Barcelona Drive In, Zebro’s Harbor House, Paul & Janet Odell, Whirley Drinkworks, Trophy Showcase, Northern King Lures, Pure Fishing, Eagle Claw, Toyota Trucks.
……by Dave Barus (aka Forrest Fisher)


California Firm Recalls Frozen Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of August 9

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of August 9

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 9. 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 for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.

• Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.

• Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.

• No construction activity is expected on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346. Bridge painting at this location will take place later in August.

• The contractor expects to place overhead sign structures between Kendall Avenue and Foster Brook. Traffic on Route 219 northbound and southbound will be stopped for short periods during this work.

• 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.

• The contractor continues to perform bridge repairs and highway lighting.

• 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.

Kitten Followed Us Home In Coudersport--Is It Yours?

Could you please post this picture?

My husband and I were walking our dog and this little kitten decided to follow us home. The kitten is very friendly and clean. It was in the area of the Time Warner Lincoln building. We have a full grown cat already or we would gladly keep her until she is claimed.

Please call 274 8175.

Thank you!

Kane Teen Naps In School Cafeteria After Break-In

Back To School A Month Early
Area schools will be open again in less than a month, but a Kane teenager couldn't wait.

Johnathan Card, 18, of Kane, PA, was found early Saturday morning sleeping inside the cafeteria of the Kane Area High School. Kane State Police were called and Card was still sleeping on their arrival at 6:14 am.

Upon further investigation, troopers determined that Card, who apparently had been drinking, had thrown a cement block through the glass portion of a back door, reached through and opened the door from the inside.

Card was placed under arrest and arraigned before on-call District Judge Cercone on charges of Criminal Trespass; Institutional Vandalism; Criminal Mischief; and Underage Drinking.

Judge Cercone remanded Card to the McKean County Jail to finish his nap when he was unable to post $5,000.00 straight bail. The charges will be heard in District Court 48-3-04.

ABATE Raised Money for Teachers Pet Rescue

Sharon A. Geci, 63, of 235 Summit St., Austin, PA, formerly of Emporium, PA

Sharon A. Geci, 63, of 235 Summit St., Austin, PA formerly of Emporium, died at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Friday night. (August 6, 2010).

She was born Aug 8, 1946 in St. Marys a daughter of Mabel Streich Gennocro, Bradford, PA and the late Anthony Gennocro.

She married David Geci, who survives.

Mrs. Geci graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1964. She was a member of Miller-Raffaele Unit #6222 of the America Ladies Auxiliary Unit 194, the American Legion Auxiliary and the 40 & 8.

In addition to her mother Mabel & husband David
Daughter: Denise Geci, Austin
Son: Ron Geci, Emporium
Daughter: Stephanie Geci, Austin
Daughter: Danette Geci, Austin
8 Grandchildren: Erica, Kortney, Ethan, Kiera, Katelyn, Alyssa, Mikala & James
3 Great Grandsons: Treven, Blake & Hunter
Sister: Dorothy "Dot" Chirillo, Bradford
Sister: Mary "Margie" Putt, Emporium
Sister: Gloria Berry, Emporium
Brother: James Gennocro and his wife Dolly, Emporium
Brother: Mick Gennocro and his companion Jan, Tennessee
Brother: Sam Gennocro and his companion Paula, Duke Center
Several: Neces and Nephews,

Preceded in Death By
Father: Anthony Gennocro
Brother: Anthony "Butch" Gennocro

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday from 4:00 - 4:45 PM. Memorial Service will follow, at the funeral home, at 5:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church, officiating.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Emporium Units Respond To Motorcycle/Vehicle Crash

Motorcycle/Vehicle Crash
At 4:22 pm on Saturday, Emporium Fire Dept. and Ambulance are responding to a vehicle versus motorcycle at Route 120 & Sizerville Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Fuel is reported on the roadway. A second EMS unit is requested to the scene BLS. One person is being transported to Elk Regional Medical Center by Emporium Ambulance.

Helen Lazorchak, 88, of Cross Forks, PA

Helen Lazorchak, 88, of Cross Forks, PA, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.

Born April 13, 1922, in Yochum Hill, PA, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Heather “Hattie” (Gnau) Gorg.

She graduated from the Yochum Hill School.

On August 7, 1948 in Phillipsburg, PA, she married Alec R. Lazorchak, who predeceased her in 2002.

Helen worked at Galeton Production, was a homemaker and helped her husband run the family farm. She was a member of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport, the Carter Camp Grange for 50 years, and loved cooking and gardening.

Surviving are: three sons, Kenneth (Marjorie) Wallace, Westfield, Jeffrey (Lisa) Lazorchak, Germania, and Michael (Dorothy) Lazorchak, Yochum Hill; two daughters, Judith (Paul) Beard, Montoursville, PA and Mary Ann Sumner, Oxford, PA; a son-in-law, Lowell Geiser, Germania; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Irene Meshula, Galeton; sisters-in-law, Katherine Lazorchak, Yochum Hill, PA, Pauline Gorg, Gaines, and Margaret Gorg, Wellsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Geiser; five brothers, Mortz, Hugo, Perry, Clyde and Arnold Gorg; and a sister, Frieda Grant.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday August 9, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00pm and on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 from 9:00 to 10:00am with Funeral Services following at 10:00am. Fr. Dan Kovalak will officiate. Interment will be made in Yochum Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Yochum Hill Cemetery Association.

Trailer Released For Unstoppable Movie Shot Locally


On the official trailer for "Unstoppable", there is a little girl looking both ways by the rail road tracks around 45 seconds into it. That little girl is the daughter of Jeremy Barnard, a firefighter from Port Allegany. I thought you might like to post it on Solomon's Words.

Jason Donnelly

Four Horned Sphinx Caterpillar seen in Costello

Four Horned Sphinx Caterpillar - 3 inch long, seen in Costello.

When it turns into a moth it will have a wing span of 3 1/2 to 41/2 inches

They feed on elm, birch, basswood and cherry leaves.
David Orlowski

Dog's Owner Found

Found Dog In Eldred Township

Jim; Just wanted to let you know that the dog has been returned to his owner. Thank you so much for posting so quickly. Renee

Raymond A.Geary Named Executive Director R. Geary


BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Raymond R. Geary executive director of Pitt-Bradford’s Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development.

Geary comes to Pitt-Bradford from Elmira (N.Y.) College, where he was the dean of continuing education and graduate studies. He will begin his new position on Aug. 11 and will report to Pitt-Bradford’s President, Dr. Livingston Alexander. Geary will also serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“Ray Geary impressed us immensely as he competed for this position as part of a national pool of applicants,” Alexander said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, as well as a proven track record of success at several institutions of higher education.”

Geary said, “I am excited to be joining the Pitt-Bradford team. I look forward to developing relationships, partnerships and collaborations in our community and the region and also strengthening the quality programs that already exist.”

In his new role, Geary will direct the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development, which was formerly known as the Office of Outreach Services. Alexander commented on the change in the office’s name.

“Our intent in changing the name is to better reflect the mission of the division and the services provided by the staff.” Alexander said. “Residents in the region will come to regard Pitt-Bradford as the central location for personal and professional enrichment instruction, training and development opportunities for businesses and organizations, summer camps for children and teens, and access to regional and national conferences.”

In addition to connecting businesses with consultants and brokering training, the division works with Community Education Councils to bring credit and noncredit courses to St. Marys, Port Allegany, Warren and the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

Geary will also oversee the campus’s conference services and work to expand the conferences brought to campus.

Most recently, Geary served as dean at Elmira College for two years, where he managed all aspects of the college’s part-time undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to his post at Elmira, he spent seven years at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif., where he served as acting vice president of the school’s Del Norte campus, was acting vice president of its Mendocino Coast campus, and was dean of community and economic development.

Geary has also held positions at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y., the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the American Red Cross.

He served as chairman of the Rochester (N.Y.) Area Colleges Continuing Education Consortium; was a board member and served in various other capacities on the Continuing Education Association of New York; was a representative on the National Council for Continuing Education and Training; and was vice president of the California Community Colleges Association of Occupational Educators.

Geary has received several awards, including the James C. Hall Exemplary Program Award from the Continuing Education Association of New York, the National Council of Continuing Education and Training Exemplary Program Award; and the Economic Development Person of the Year award from the California Community Colleges Association of Community and Continuing Education.

Geary holds a master’s degree in adult education from Syracuse (N.Y.) University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Coudersport Sports Boosters Seek Volunteers To Work Concession Stand

Volunteers Needed
Coudersport will host their first home Varsity game Friday night at Carp Park at 7pm on 9/3/10. The Coudersport Boosters are looking for volunteers to work in the newly remodeled Concession Stand. There are 5 home Varsity games, 4 JV games and 4 JR High and 7th & 8th grade games. Please email or call Pam Sprouse @ 274-9171 to see available games to work at.

Smethport Woman Arrested For Early Morning DUI

DUI After Traffic Stop
A Smethport woman was arrested for DUI early Friday morning in Keating Township after State Police observed traffic violations and made a traffic stop.

Allison M. Nupp, 50, of Smethport, PA, was stopped at SR46 at Dugout Road at 4:35 am, and subsequently determined to be DUI.

Nupp will face charges in District Court 48-3-02 before District Judge William Todd.

Lawnmower Stolen From Sizerville Road Residence

Woman's Lawnmower Stolen
Between 7-21 and 8-4-2010, unknown actor(s) stole Nancy McLeod's push lawn mower from her residence in the area of 565 Sizerville Road in Shippen Township. State Police said the mower was valued at $40.00.

Thieves Steal 2 Bicycles From Bingham Road Residences

Bicycles Stolen On Bingham Road
State Police report that bicycles were stolen from two residences in Bingham Township between August 2 and 4th.

The bicycles stolen were a green 20 inch boys, and a 26 inch gray and yellow 18 speed. the bikes were stolen from the residence of Shane Graves and the residence of Steve McCutcheon in the 2100 block of Bingham Road, Bingham Township, Potter County.

Total value of the stolen bicycles is $150.00.

Anyone with information please contact Troooper Delp at PSP Coudersport 814-274-8690.

Coudersport Man Cited For Harassment

State Police investigated an incident of Harassment at 111 Route 6 West in Coudersport Boro at 2:00 am on Friday.

A known 17 year old male reported being struck in the face by Dana J. Stevens, 38, of Coudersport, following a verbal argument.

Stevens was issued a citation for Harassment.

Genesee Dispatched For Traffic Control

Dispatch For Traffic Control
At 11:15 am on Saturday, Genesee Dept. 37 has been dispatched for traffic control for an MVA at 345 Main Street in Genesee. Fire Police cleared the scene at 11:40 am.

Now or Never Club Performs Tonight At Olga In Coudersport

Saturday, August 7 @ 8:30 PM


Jan Alba, Rusty Crowell, & Terry Rivel of the Now or Never Club performing at Cafe Olga
Jan, Rusty, & Terry of the Now or Never Club at Cafe Olga

Philadelphia & New Jersey based musicians, Jan Alba, Rusty Crowell, Terry Rivel, & Sweet Bonita will be joining Potter County's own Steve Quelet for a memorable night of musical entertainment.

Their last performance was one of the Cafe Olga's best and we're glad to have them back.

For seriously good food, drink, & music put Cafe Olga on your calendar for this Saturday night.

Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Saturday, August 7 @ 8:30 PM
$6 Cover Charge

Barbara L. Bee, 83, of Hummingbird Lane, Open-brook, Smethport, formerly of Pine St., Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- Barbara L. Bee, 83, of Hummingbird Lane, Open-brook, Smethport, formerly of Pine St. passed away Friday (Aug. 6, 2010) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born July 1, 1927, in Cherry Tree, PA, she was a daughter of Harry and Mary Lockard Plouse. On Oct. 18, 1943, in Clymer, PA, she married Theodore M. Bee, who died Oct. 1986.

Barbara was a graduate of Cherry Tree High School, Class of 1942.

She was employed by Viko Furniture Co., later Ethan Allen Co., Eldred, for 32 years before retiring.

Surviving are two sons, Arnold T. Bee of Port Allegany, and Ricky A. (Penny) Bee of Smethport; two daughters, B. Diana (Edward) Janiszewski of Smethport, Judy K. Bee of Port Allegany; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Theodore, a son, Bruce W. Bee, a grandson, Christian J. Bee, a great-grandson, Ty M. Moses, and a lifelong companion, Charles Confer.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 8, 2010) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Private funeral services will be held Monday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Association.

Susan M. Frederick, 62, of Beers Hollow Road, Eldred, PA

Susan Frederick

celebration of life

ELDRED, PA - Susan M. Frederick, 62, of Beers Hollow, died July 4, 2010.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life from 1 to 3pm Saturday (August 7, 2010) at the Otto Township Pavilion in Duke Center, behind the pool. For questions, contact Tina Frederick.

Memorial Service Sunday

John A. (Jack) Foster

DUKE CENTER, PA - John A. "Jack" Foster, 77 of Main Street died June 7, 2010.
Jack's family invites friends and family to attend a memorial service at 2pm Sunday (August 8, 2010) in the Otto Township Fire Hall with Rev. Rusty Horning officiating. It will be followed by a celebration of Jack's life, with refreshments until 4pm.

Memorial Service Scheduled

Wendel E. Loncosky
PORT ALLEGANY- A memorial service will be held for Wendel E. Loncosky, at 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 14, 2010) in the Wrights Evangelical Church, with Rev. Robert Baldwin, officiating. Mr. Loncosky died Dec. 19, 2009. Burial will be in Wrights Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Two Flown After Tioga County Crash

Both Drivers Hurt In Tioga County Collision

Both drivers were hurt in a collision Tuesday afternoon on Route 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County.

State police said Timothy Maben Jr., 26, of Roulette was headed east when his Ford Focus went off the road, rotated counter clockwise and crossed to the other lane where it struck the front passenger side of a Dodge Neon being driven by William Coon, 63, of Gaines. Coon had to be extricated from the wreckage with volunteers using the Jaws of Life.

Both drivers were flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of moderate injuries. Maben has been cited for failing to stay within his traffic lane. More news...

Lycoming County Marine Laid To Rest

Dennis R. “Turk” Anderson, 60, of 30 Clarks Lane, Bradford, PA

Dennis R. “Turk” Anderson, 60, of 30 Clarks Lane, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 4, 2010) at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., with a full obituary.

Jani A. Warnick, 55, of Sweitzer Drive, Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER — Jani A. Warnick, 55, of Sweitzer Drive, died Thursday (Aug. 5, 2010) in the Osceola Regional Hospital in Kissimmee, Fla., while on vacation, surrounded by her family, following a long illness. Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fire Police Requested For Water Main Leak

Water Main Break
At 9:11 pm, Smethport Fire Police have been requested for traffic control at the scene of a water line break on Route 59 near the Smethport Golf Course.

Hamburger Stew Project Tonight At Olga Cafe In Coudersport

Tonight Friday, August 6, 2010

Hamburger Stew Project

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

When Josh Wolf is in his musical kitchen you never know what he is cooking up.

Tonight in lieu of jazz the Hamburger Stew Project will be performing. A great way to start the weekend is with some Hamburger Stew at Cafe Olga.

(as we're writing this the Cafe is filled with talented musicians enjoying Happy Hour...some who have performed here before & some who haven't...who knows who is going to be an ingredient in the Hamburger Stew tonight????)

Cafe Olga
4 East 2nd Street
Coudersport, Pennsylvania 16915
Friday, August 6 @ 7:30 PM
No Cover Charge, but gratuities for musicians graciously accepted.

Dog Found In Gold Area

A dog was found in the Gold area yesterday. Please call 814-558-5648 to identify.

Major Injuries In Rt. 120 Motorcycle Accident Friday

Motorcycle Crash
At 3:36 pm on Friday, Sinnemahoning Fire Dept, Emporium and St. Marys EMS have been dispatched to aid a victim of a motorcycle accident in the area of 2152 Bucktail Trail Highway in Gibson Township.

At 4:01 pm--Emporium Fire Dept. dispatched to set up a landing zone at Emporium High School for a Stat helicopter with an ETA of 16 minutes.

UPDATE: Major Injuries In Driftwood Crash

Dannielle L. Mason, 31, of Driftwood, PA, suffered major injuries in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon on Route 120 in Gibson Township, Cameron County.

She was transported from the scene by Sinnemahoning ambulance and transported to Altoona General Hospital by a Stat Helicopter, according to a news release from Emporium State Police.

Mason was operating a 1996 Honda CBR600 East on SR 120 and rounding a right hand curve when she lost control of the motorcycle for an unknown reason. Mason's bike crossed the double center lines, the westbound lane and the north berm before striking a set of guide rails.

Mason was thrown from the motorcycle, struck the guide rails and came to rest in a wooded area along the north side of the roadway. She was wearing a helmet.

The motorcycle rolled on it's side and continued traveling east along the north berm before coming to rest.

She will be cited with Driving on Roadways Lanes For Traffic.

Howards' Farm Continues Long Tradition Of Excellent Sweet Corn
Harold Howard, long time Burtville area farmer, prepares to help a customer for his famous sweet corn. The Howard family has been selling corn and garden produce from their Sartwell Creek farm for as long as most of us can remember. Harold says the sweet corn is especially sweet and juicy this year. He's had corn available for about 2 weeks. Call him at 814-544-8802 or 814-544-8837 for quantity prices for canning, freezing or resale.

Bridge Rehab Near Asaph In Tioga County Will Detour Traffic

Straight Run Road bridge rehabilitation project starts Aug. 9 with detour

A bridge rehabilitation project on Straight Run Road in Shippen Township, Tioga County, is scheduled to start next week.

The bridge is located over Marsh Creek, just north of the intersection with Route 6 near Asaph.

A detour will be implemented Monday morning, Aug. 9, using Route 6 and Lower Marsh Creek Road.

Prime contractor L. C. Whitford Co., Inc. will replace the existing superstructure (deck and beams). The roadway approaches will be rebuilt and new guiderail will be installed.

The rehabilitated bridge is scheduled to be opened to traffic by late October, with all work completed by early November.

This is one of two bridges being rehabilitated under this $1,294,830 contract in Tioga County.

Saturday Ticket deadline for Merten Music Award benefit

Saturday Ticket deadline for Merten Music Award benefit

Sweden Valley ’s Larry Herbstritt credits the late Bob Merten with sparking his interest in studying music. He has gone on to a successful composing and arranging career and is a driving force behind the Circle of Fifths Music Award.

Reservation deadline is Saturday, Aug. 7, for the fifth annual Robert Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award Benefit, set for Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Coudersport Golf Club. It’s a night of music, dining and reminiscing that has become one of the area’s most popular summertime traditions.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, at $25, for the dinner and program from 5 to 6:30, and the musical performances that will follow. Those who are attending the music portion only, which runs from 7-11, can pay $15 at the door. Advance-sale tickets are available in Coudersport at Olga’s CafĂ© and the Second Street Roost.

Sponsorship donations and memorials are still being accepted. All proceeds go toward the Merten Music Award.

The organizing committee announces the following sponsorships to date: Dr. George and Doris Mosch; Heidi Lewis, in memory of Erik Villesvik; Lark Berfield and Eric Parker, in memory of Barbara Potocek and Carrie Austin; Paul and Lugene Heimel, in memory of Joe Heimel, Erik Villesvik and Clara Watkins; Elaine and Carl Butler and Melanie Butler Connell, in memory of Harold Van Wegen and Eugene Butler; Allen and Carolyn Berfield, in memory of Erik Villesvik; and Alan and Andreea Berfield, in memory of Frank Spear.

Checks should be made payable to: Merten Music Award-PCFAC. They can be sent to Merten Music Award, 107 E. Second St. , Coudersport PA 16915. For more information on sponsorships or ticket reservations, contact Carolyn Berfield by email at

The event has evolved into sort of a town-wide reunion as those who were affected by the late Rev. Merten gather to reminisce and pay tribute to a special man while dining, dancing and supporting the worthy cause of music education.

Topping the bill on Aug. 14 is a reunion performance by Ollie and the Go Gos, Potter County ’s regionally famous rock ‘n roll band from the ‘60s.

Although the Go Gos went their separate ways after high school, they were drawn back together in 2004 for a memorable reunion. This summer, they gather again to honor the memory of a man who was a friend, counselor and inspiration to each of the band members.

Participating in the reunion will be Go-Gos Larry Herbstritt, Dennis Barnett, Allen Berfield, Charlie Cole, David Anderson and Jay Pinsince. Jeff Kazimer and Tom Shaffer will also be sitting in on some numbers. Cole has been working on a repeat performance of his popular rendition of “Wild Thing.”

Herbstritt, who was “Ollie” in the band, was the driving force behind the Merten Circle of Fifths Music Award to develop the talents of local musicians through a scholarship.

It was established as a tribute to the clergyman, intellectual, and musician who died in January 2006 and is presented to a college-bound student who plans to study music.

In addition to Ollie and the Go Gos, there will also be some special guests taking the stage during the evening, including past Circle of Fifths Award winners Brianna Bizarro and Derek Brookens, both of Port Allegany. Also on the bill Aug. 14 are local musicians Mike Kamper, Anne Acker, Christin Dubots, Rosemary Wells, Gabe Trimber, Luke Patterson and Stephanie Symans.

Rabies Clinic Scheduled Saturday, August 14 In Galeton

Rabies Clinic Scheduled Saturday, August 14 In Galeton

There will be a Rabies Clinic held on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Galeton Town Park Gazebo, Galeton, PA. The clinic will run from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

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, the vaccine is effective 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.

Sinnemahoning State Park Programs

Weekend Programs At Sinnemahoning State Park

Friday, August 6th, 2010

7:30 PM - Ssssssssnakes!
Join Sinnemahoning State Park’s Ranger at the campground amphitheater for an afternoon of snaky adventures! Learn all about Pennsylvania’s beneficial and misunderstood resident snakes in this three-part program. The program will start off with a fun kid’s craft and a brief chat about snakes for the adults, including a question and answer session. Afterward, the film “Shadow of Misunderstanding”, about the Eastern Timber Rattlesnake, will be presented.

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

3:00 PM - GPS Basics
Join Sinnemahoning State Park staff for a fun and informative program on the operation and use of GPS receiver units. You’ll learn how to read latitude and longitude, mark waypoints, and locate geo-caches, along with other functions. Bring your own unit, or borrow one of ours. You’ll be navigating like a pro in no time! Meet at 40 Maples Day-Use Area. For more information, please contact Sinnemahoning State Park office at 814-647-8401.

6:00 PM – Sportsman’s Special - Birds of Prey!
Get up close to the many different species of raptors found in PA. Join guest speaker, Earl Schriver, Master Falconer from Baden, Pa. for this presentation that includes several live birds of prey on display. Discover their role as a part of Pennsylvania’s heritage and learn how we can ensure their continued presence. Meet at the campground amphitheater. Bring your own camp chair, as seating is limited.

Dice Run Benefit For Sydney Ellison Saturday In Port Allegany

Emporium Ambulance Responds To Bicycle Accident

Bicycle Accident With Injury
At 10:19 am, Emporium Ambulance is responding to a bicycle accident at the intersection of Midland Road and Meadow Road in Shippen Township. A patient is being transported to Elk Regional.

This accident was dispatched as a bicycle/vehicle accident. We've been advised that there was no vehicle involved.

Wayne Gravel/Driver Assessed Nearly $5 Thousand Fine

Truck Driver/Employer Fined $4,600.00
A Bolivar, NY truck driver and his employer, Wayne Gravel Products of Shinglehouse, PA, are facing fines totaling $4,600.00 after a stop by State Police for a commercial motor vehicle inspection on Route 6 in Pike Township Thursday at 7:00 pm.

Carl A. Hackett, 44, of Bolivar, NY, was operating a 1998 Freightliner Truck Tractor hauling an attached 1995 Eager Beaver flat bed trailer, when he was stopped for a commercial motor vehicle inspection.

The vehicle owned by Wayne Gravel Products, Inc. of Shinglehouse, PA, was hauling a John Deere excavator, which was an oversized load and was marked as such.

When police inspected the vehicle, it was discovered that there was no oversize permit obtained from PennDOT, along with numerous other violations.

The vehicle was placed out of service and fines totaling about $4,600.00 were filed against the driver and his employer.

Beagle Mix Dog Found In Sharon Center

This friendly beagle mix was found in Sharon Center near Rt 44 and Wildcat road. Call 814-260-0266.

Free Financial University Classes Offered At Career Link

Financial Peace University Classes Offered Free At CareerLink

Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions, achieve your financial goals and experience financial freedom.

Northern Tier Community Action Corporation is offering this course, absolutely free to eligible participants.

The 13 session video course will be condensed to 7 afternoon classes, and begins August 17th. The membership kit, including course workbook, audio CD’s of each lesson & Dave’s best-selling book “Financial Peace” will be offered free to anyone who successfully completes the 7-week program.

During this informative and entertaining video course, Dave Ramsey – a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality, and New York Times best-selling author, teaches you and your family how to get out of debt, stay out of debt and build wealth.

Dave breaks through the common financial jargon to explain how money works in a simple easy-to-understand style. You will have fun as you learn about budgeting, investing, insurance and more!

This program funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds.

For more information and to find out if you qualify, please contact: Midge Houghtaling, Potter County CareerLink, phone # (814) 274-9330 EXT-15.

Counter-protest of WBC at funeral of Lance Cpl. Abram Howard

Counter-protest of WBC at funeral of Lance Cpl. Abram Howard

I thought you might like to post this on your blog. Apparently the Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting at a fallen soldiers funeral today in Williamsport.

Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, Annunciation Church
702 West Fourth St.
Williamsport, PA

Lance Cpl. Abram Howard's funeral will begin at 10:15 am
I am not sure where we will meet - just look for members of WBC and stand in front of them!


Potter CountyFair Schedule For Friday & Saturday


Poker Run Saturday To Benefit Northern Tier Camp Cadet

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Port Allegany Car Show On The Square This Saturday

6th annual Port Allegany Car Show
which will be held on the square in Port on
Saturday, August 7, 2010.

Registration of the cars will be from 9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

DJ Bill Emerson will be playing music.

Their will be food, 50/50's, raffle for a gas grill and a chinese auction. Lots of beautiful cars to see and the day is suppose to be perfect.

Proceeds of the show benefit the Port Allegany Fire Department, the Port Allegany Ambulance and Camp JJ.

Port Allegany Teen Seriously Injured In Sizerville Road Crash

Port Allegany Man
Seriously Injured In Crash On Sizerville Road

At 11:00 pm on Thursday night, Emporium Company 14 and Emporium Ambulance responded to a vehicle accident south of the park on Sizerville Road by the ball field in Portage Township. Entrapment was reported.

A Stat helicopter requested to the Portage Township ball field was unable to fly due to weather. Other flight services were also unable to respond.

At 11:34 pm, the patient had been extricated by personnel from the Emporium Fire Department and was transported to Elk Regional Medical Center by Emporium Ambulance where he was subsequently transferred to a trauma center.

UPDATE: James Donald Nellis, 18, of 308 North Main Street, Port Allegany, PA, was driving a 1993 Jeep Station Wagon south on Route 155 on his way to work when he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason.

His Jeep crossed both lanes of travel, crossed the east berm and went over a small embankment before impacting a large tree. The Jeep continued traveling south in a wooded area and struck another large tree where the vehicle came to rest.

Nellis was extricated and taken first to Elk Regional Medical Center and then transferred to a trauma center. His vehicle was severely damaged.

Family members have provided additional information in comments.

One Of Megan Konopka's Killers Gets Life Without Parole

Theobald Gets Two Life Sentences

As expected, Greggory Theobald has been given 2 life sentences without the possibility of parole for killing Megan Konopka and her unborn son last September at the Riddell House.

Theobald was sentenced this afternoon in McKean County Court. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

District Attorney Ray Learn tells WESB and The HERO that he’s satisfied.

“This is a good outcome for everybody involved,” he said, adding that it’s an outcome Konopka’s parents are satisfied with as well.

“It’s a resolution that will take the threat of (Theobald) off the street and see that he dies in jail and never sees the light of day as a free man,” Learn said.

Learn added that even if Theobald went to trial, was convicted and got the death penalty, the case would be tied up in the court system, possibly for decades, in the appeal process.

The case of Thomas Haggie, who is also charged with killing Konopka and the baby, hasn't been resolved yet.

Group Supplied Cocaine To Potter County From Philadelphia Supplier

Area Man Charged In Philly To Potter County Cocaine Connection

Thomas Earl Shadle, 32, whose current address was listed as Westfield, PA was charged this week by agents of the PA Attorney General's office with being part of an organization that distributed cocaine from a source in Philadelphia to Potter County and other locations outside the City.

The Attorney General reported on his website that the charges were the result of a Grand Jury investigation. Charges were filed in a District Court in Montgomery County. Attorney General Corbett said that this is a continuing investigation.

Shadle, whose history shows addresses of Westfield, Pittsburgh, Harrison Valley, Lock Haven, Galeton, and Mill Hall, PA, has a rap sheet of being in trouble with the law that dates back to the 1990's.

Court records show open charges of Terroristic Threats and Harassment filed by Galeton Police Department, with a preliminary hearing set for August 23, 2010 in District Judge Delores Bristol's Courtroom in Galeton.

In Tioga County, Shadle was recently jailed from July 3 to July 9, 2010 for Public Drunkenness charges by Westfield Police that were filed on August 3, 2009.

The charges filed by the Attorney General's office in the District Court 38-1-23 in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County include 7 violations of the DRUG ACT; DRUG ACT; Two Felony 1 Charges of CORRUPT ORGANIZATIONS; Three Felony 1 Charges of DEALING IN PROCEEDS OF UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY; and a Felony 3 Charge of CRIMINAL USE OF COMMUNICATION FACILITY.

He faces a preliminary hearing on August 16, 2010 before District Judge Deborah Lukens In Montgomery County.

Ten other arrests were announced by the Attorney General's office today involving the connections to Philadelphia. No other local area suspects were arrested. A press release from the Attorney General today pictures all the defendants and the charges against them.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Closed Interstate Parkway Bridge Means Alternate Route To Willow Creek Triathlon

Alternate Routes Listed For Triathlon Due To Closed Bridge
BRADFORD, Pa. - Participants and spectators trying to get to Quaker Lake for the start of the Willow Creek Triathlon from Interstate Parkway will have to find an alternate route.

The Fifth Annual Willow Creek Triathlon, which is set for Saturday, starts with the opening ceremony and the swimming event at Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, N.Y.

The access point from Interstate Parkway, Bradford, is closed due to bridge replacement.

Those attending and participating in the triathlon should take Route 346 West, also known as West Washington Street, 16 miles to New York State at which point the route changes to Route 280. Turn right into Allegany State Park and drive around the lake to the swimming area.

Those traveling on Interstate 86 in New York should take Exit 18 to Quaker Lake and continue straight into the state park.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; rules meeting at 9 a.m. and shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

The triathlon, which also includes bicycling and running, benefits the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.

A Mobile Veterans Center will be at the Willows Restaurant, which serves as the finish line, to offer information and services to area veterans.

Paving Work to Start Monday on Route 219 from Lewis Run to Custer City

Paving Work to Start Monday on Route 219 from Lewis Run to Custer City
Traffic will be reduced to one lane

Clearfield – Drivers in McKean County will encounter a lane restriction beginning Monday, August 9 on Route 219 between the villages of Lewis Run and Custer City. The restriction is necessary for paving to begin across a three-mile section of Route 219 in this area. Motorists should expect traffic delays and be alert for flaggers and stopped or slow-moving traffic.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on the $2.9 million project. Lane restrictions are expected to be lifted by Friday, August 20.

To date, other project work has included guide rail upgrades, drainage, and shoulder upgrades.

Gustin's Offers PA Inspection Services For Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles

Kettle Creek Music Festival Starts Next Thursday

It is time for the
10th annual Kettle Creek Music Festival
at the 100 acre Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork on the usual second weekend in August.

To celebrate 10 years, we have added a special band, Hybrid Ice, on Thursday night, August 12. Music will be as usual Friday through Sunday. All live music.

Gates open at 8 AM for breakfast. Free rustic camping with paid weekend ticket. For pictures and more complete information, go to .

Steering Clear Helps To Save Lives/ It's The Law

State Police Issues Reminder Of Steer Clear Law
Captain Scott A. Neal, Commanding Officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney, would like to remind
motorists of the 'Steer Clear' law which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. This law will help prevent injuries and save lives, but only if drivers follow the law and use common sense.

Section 3327, Duty of driver in emergency response areas states:

(a) When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder, shall:

(1) pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or

(2) if passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.

The law applies any time an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing and where road crews or emergency personnel have lighted flares or posted signs to warn motorists. Failure to move over or slow down can result in a summary offense that carries a fine of up to $250. In addition, fines will be doubled for traffic violations occurring in these areas designated as "work zones". If that violation leads to a worker being injured, a 90 day license suspension could result.

In cases where law enforcement may not be present, the law allows road workers and emergency responders to report violations by motorists. Law enforcement can issue citations based on these reports.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers from Troop C will be focusing their attention on Interstate 80 in Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield Counties for motorists in violation of the Steer Clear Law and will be taking appropriate enforcement action .

Captain Neal is asking motorists to be aware of the Steer Clear Law when traversing the highways of Pennsylvania and abide by the statutes listed in the law in order to ensure the safety of those emergency workers and police officers who are tasked with assisting motorists along the highway under very difficult conditions.

No Injuries In Open Brook Crash Wednesday

Car Hit Bridge Guide Rail
A Smethport woman was charged with DRIVING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS after a crash on Wednesday at 3:00 pm on Open Brook Road in Liberty Township.

Wendy L. Sarginger, 39, of Smethport, PA, was driving a 2006 Grand Prix north on Open Brook Road when her vehicle impacted a bridge guide rail with it's right front, spun counter-clockwise, and came to rest against the guide rail.

Sarginger was not injured in the crash.

McKiernan's Garage towed the vehicle.

Setting Up Landing Zone For Juvenile With Head Injury

Set Up Landing Zone
At 1:22 pm on Thursday, Harrison Valley Dept. 20 has been dispatched to set up a Landing Zone for Life Net 7-7 Medical Helicopter at the Northern Potter High School.

Tri-Town ambulance and Medic 6 responded earlier for a juvenile who suffered a fall and is now not responding appropriately at a residence on Route 49 W.


Product Recall - Eugenio Brezzi Truffle Puree

Traffic Switch Scheduled On I-180 Bridges Next Week

I-180 bridge work zone traffic switch Aug. 11

The contractor rehabilitating the two bridges at Mile 2 on Interstate 180 in Northumberland County will be resetting the temporary concrete barrier to switch traffic to Phase 2 on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Traffic will be restricted to 12½ feet wide in each direction in the work zone; currently traffic is restricted to 10' wide.

Motorists are asked to pay full attention to their driving while approaching and passing through the work zone. Be especially alert to the changing traffic patterns starting next Wednesday.

The $3.15 million project is currently scheduled to be completed by mid-November and is on schedule.

Whitesville Driver Facing Charges After Genesee Crash

Occupants Fled Scene of Crash
A Whitesville, NY, man and his two passengers were not injured in a one car crash at 2:40 am last Thursday in Genesee Township, but the driver is facing a myriad of charges.

Robert J. Crittenden, 26, of Whitesville, NY, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala north on SR 244, just north of Commercial Street. For unknown reasons Crittenden failed to operate on the right side of the roadway. His vehicle traveled into the left lane and subsequently onto the western shoulder area of Route 244, where it eventually struck the guide rails.

Crittenden, and his passengers, Nikki D. Ost, 24, of Whitesville, NY, and Ren N. Folts, 25, of Wellsville, NY, all fled from the scene of the crash.


The vehicle was towed by Kightlingers Auto of Coudersport.

Carlos G. Rivera, 86, of Dunkirk, NY

Carlos G. Rivera, 86, of Dunkirk, NY died Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 3, 2010) at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.

He was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on April 29, 1924, the son of the late Juan Gonzalez and Maria Rivera.

A resident of Dunkirk for the past 60 years, Mr. Rivera was a retired farm worker from various local farms.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews including Irma Grandin of Roulette, PA and Maria Fernandez of Dunkirk and several great nieces and great nephews, including Luis Molina of Dunkirk.

A Memorial Service will be held at a date and time to be announced. There will be no prior visitation.

Arrangements by the Newman Funeral Home Inc.

Homemade Amish Root Beer Is Summer Treat

Homemade root beer appears at scores of roadside stands

By AD CRABLE, Staff Writer
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era

Like many of the tourists on visits through Lancaster County, Richard Boyd of Annapolis, Md., has never tasted homemade root beer.

He doesn't even know such a thing exists beyond the canned, commercial variety, with its pumped-in carbon dioxide, found in grocery stores and soda machines.

At the Amish-run Country Store and Miniature Horse Barn roadside stand outside Strasburg, the 61-year-old federal government official hoists a dripping, unmarked glass bottle from an ice chest and steps into the farm lane.

He tilts his head in the glaring sun and lets the brown liquid trickle down his throat.

"That's really good!" he pronounces with confidence and a smidgen of glee. "I like it! It's very refreshing."

He turns to his two daughters. "Try it, it's yummy." More...

Harrison Township-Wide Yard Sale--Aug. 14, 2010

Harrison Township - Township Wide Yard Sale, Book Sale & Bake Sale

At the community building August 14, 9 till 3, rain or shine.

Township residents call 334-5425 to reserve a free space, bring your own table.

Potter County Fair Schedule For Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Photo by Leo Szczesny --Click to enlarge

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Future Potter County Fair Queen
Hi Jim,
Here are a couple pictures from the Potter County fair kiddie parade on Sunday. The little 2024 future fair queen is my granddaughter Emilee Dailey from Coudersport.

Didn't know if you would be interested but thought I'd share them with you.

Millie Dailey

Gas Drillers Excellence Will Gain Public's Confidence

Marcellus Shale drilling industry 'is not operating at an excellent level,' state official says


There are too many spills, too many leaks, and too much natural gas migrating into people’s drinking water wells due to drilling in the Marcellus Shale, said John Hanger, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Environmental Protection.

“The industry as a whole is not operating at an excellent level,” he said. “We are not demanding perfection, but we are demanding excellence.”

Hanger’s comments were made in response to a report from the Pennsylvania Land Trust that Marcellus Shale drilling companies had been cited for 1,435 regulatory violations in the last two and a half years.

“The report disproves the claim made by some that this industry is not regulated in Pennsylvania,” Hanger said. “All of those violations were written by DEP personnel and are an indication we are regularly at drilling sites.” More...

Allegany Man Charged With Olean Man's Homicide

Allegany Man Arrested for Olean Murder

An Allegany man is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old James Williams of Olean early Tuesday morning.

33-year-old Martez Johnson was arrested Tuesday on a parole violation, and was charged Wednesday in connection to the murder. He’s in Cattaraugus County Jail without bail. He’s scheduled to be in Olean City Court August 10.

Williams was found dead in a South Second Street home just before 1 a.m. Tuesday after police received reports of gunshots.

A state police dive team recovered a long gun from the Allegheny River that they believe is the murder weapon.

The man who jumped out a second floor window the morning of the shooting has been identified as Eric Blair of Buffalo. He was visiting Williams at the time of the shooting. Blair is being treated at ECMC for injuries related to the jump.

Details Not Released On Why Shots Were Fired In Lock Haven

Shots fired

CVS break-in suspect caught

LOCK HAVEN EXPRESS - Shots were apparently fired early this morning at the end of a burglary, police chase, crash and arrest, although police are not offering much information in the early stages of the investigation.

Lock Haven Police Chief Skip Hocker issued some information, but declined to comment on the three bullet holes in the windshield of the suspect's car.

District Attorney Michael Salisbury, who also responded to the crash scene and later talked with police at City Hall, said, "two police agencies are looking into the matter and it would be inappropriate for me to offer any information at this time." More...

Port Allegany Dispatched For Unknown Fire

Port Allegany Dispatched To Unknown Type Fire
At 7:07 pm on Wednesday, Port Allegany Dept. 3 has been dispatched to an unknown type fire on Rt. 155 north of Turtlepoint. Firefighter on scene reports large garbage fire. Controlled burn. Recalled at 7:11.

Weekend Programs At Sinnemahoning State Park

EMS Responding To Bicycle/Car Accident On E. 4th Street In Emporium

Car/Bicycle Crash In Emporium
At 6:01 pm, Emporium EMS was dispatched to a car versus bicycle accident at 51 East 4th Street

Genesee Township Yard Sale Days August 13 & 14th, 2010

Community Wide Vacation Bible School Starts Sunday

Custer City Man Allegedly Raped Kids Repeatedly For Three Years

Custer City Man Facing Nearly 300
Charges for Allegedly Raping Children

A Custer City man charged with nearly 300 counts relating to raping two children is in McKean County Jail on $1 million bail.

51-year-old Glenn Vincent was arrested Tuesday night after the mother of the children reported the rapes. He was arraigned by District Judge Rich Luther and sent to jail.

According to paper’s filed in Luther’s office the girls were 10 years and 12 years old when the assaults began in July of 2007. The assaults continued until Tuesday.

Besides charges of rape, sexual assault and indecent assault Vincent is charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bradford Police Post Alert For Stolen Car/Fugitive

Police Looking for Stolen Car Filled with Drugs, Cash

Police in the Twin Tiers are on the lookout for a Pontiac Grand Prix that was stolen at 3:10 this afternoon.

They believe the vehicle is headed toward Buffalo and has drugs and cash in it.

The license plate is NY EXK 9804.

2 Car MVA With Injury On 417 West Of Bolivar

2 Car Crash With Injury West Of Bolivar
At 3:55 pm on Wednesday, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Rescue and Ambulances have been dispatched to a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Rt. 417 West near the Bartlett Road. There is one confirmed injury and multiple occupants who may be injured.

Divers Search For Shotgun/Arrest May Be Close In Olean Shooting

Investigation continues in shooting murder case

Olean Police late Tuesday night identified James A. Williams, 27, as the homicide victim of a shooting early Tuesday morning at his apartment at 102 1/2 S. 2nd St. Reports indicate police are close to making an arrest in the case.

A New York State Police dive team is in the Allegheny River, near First Street in Allegany, looking for a shotgun, which they believe to be the weapon that killed James A. Williams, 27, of 102 1/2 S. 2nd St. early Tuesday morning. More...

Fire District Treasurer Allegedly Misappropriated $119,000. Over 10 Years

The treasurer, who was not identified in the audit report, resigned March 15, while the comptroller’s office was doing its audit. More...

Investigation in Bolivar begins

Chief Torrey: Bolivar Fire Department not involved

By Brian Quinn
The alleged misappropriation of about $119,000 in Bolivar Joint Fire District funds remains under investigation, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

Bolivar Police Chief Rick Whitney said the state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office did most of the initial investigation. A former Bolivar Joint Fire District secretary/treasurer allegedly misappropriated the funds over 10 years.

“Right now the DA’s office is handling it. I talked to Terry (Parker) the week of the fair and he had just gotten the (comptroller’s office) report. I’m not sure what they’re going to do next.”