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Saturday, August 28, 2010

PennDOT Cautions Drivers,Students On Safety Concerns

PennDOT Reminds Drivers, Students of Shared Safety Concerns as New School Year Starts

Harrisburg – With the rumble of school buses heralding back-to-school season in Pennsylvania, PennDOT today reminded motorists and students to watch out for one another.

“Back-to-school can be an exciting and distracting time for children, which means motorists need to be extra careful; especially at peak times for school buses and pedestrians,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Motorists need to watch for students who are boarding and exiting buses, obey school crossing guards and follow all traffic laws regarding stopped school buses and school zones.”

Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law requires motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended to stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Motorists approaching from all directions are required to stop. However, motorists who encounter a school bus stopping on the opposite side of a divided highway are not required to stop; lanes of a divided highway are clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grassy medians.

Motorists convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law face a $250 fine, five points on their record and a 60-day license suspension.

Motorists must also exercise caution in school zones. Schools are hubs of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, so motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour in school zones. Violations carry a fine and three points on the driver’s record.

Students also share responsibility for remaining safe. PennDOT asks parents to discuss with students the following school bus safety tips:

• Get to the bus stop five minutes early to avoid having to run to catch the bus;

• If crossing the street to board the school bus, be sure to look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT to see that all cars have stopped;

• When waiting for the school bus, stay at least five giant steps away from the curb or roadway to avoid traffic;

• Avoid the “School Bus Danger Zone” by staying at least 10 giant steps away from the bus on all sides so the bus driver can see you. If you drop something near or under a bus, be sure to tell the driver before trying to retrieve it;

• NEVER walk behind the school bus;

• When getting on and off the bus, secure drawstrings and other loose objects so they cannot get caught in the handrail or door;

• Talk quietly while on the bus so the driver is not distracted; and

• Remain seated at all times and wait for the bus to fully stop before standing up to exit.

Student pedestrians should avoid using cell phones or wearing headphones to prevent distractions while walking near traffic.

For more tips, visit the School Bus Safety link under the Traffic Safety Information Center on PennDOT’s highway safety website at The website also features an animated illustration of the school bus stopping law.

Vandals Break Windhield On PennDOT Equiipment

State Police at Kane are investigating a Criminal Mischief incident alongside the intersection of Annin Creek, Two Mile Road and Doyle Hollow in Annin Township.

Between August 19th and August 27 th, actors broke the windshield of a yellow 2002 Komatsu Gallion road grader owned by PennDOT. The damage was estimated at $500.00.

Tire Stolen From Vehicle Saturday Morning

Unknown actor(s) removed a spare tire from the back of a vehicle owned by Jerry Allman at 6761 Route 120, Emporium, PA between 2:45 am and 7:30 am on Saturday.

Emporium Troopers are investigating.

Fire Damage Exceeds $225,000. In Lakeside Inn Fire In Galeton

Galeton Inn Destroyed In Fire--Firefighters Save Residence Next Door--Investigation Ongoing
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit assisted the Galeton Borough Police Department and Goodyear Hose Company Fire Chief in the investigation of a commercial structure fire early Friday morning at the Lakeview Inn at 61 Germania Street in the Borough of Galeton, PA.

The structure, owned by Theresa A. Button, of Imperial, PA, was vacant at the time of the fire. The occupants of the residence next door were alerted and evacuated by the Galeton Police Department. That structure was protected by fire personnel on scene. There were no reported injuries.

It was determined the fire started in the rear of the Lakeview Inn, which sustained severe damage from the fire. Fire Marshal David A. Surra estimated damages to exceed $225,000.00.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Galeton Borough Police Department at 814-435-2600 or the Pennsylvania State Police at Emporium 814-486-3321.

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Motorcycle Accident In Foster Township

Motorcycle Crash At Intersection of Rt. 346 and 646
At 3:40 pm on Saturday, Dept. 11 and Bradford Ambulance have been called to a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Route 346 and 646 in Foster Township.

Carl E. Schwab, 66, of Kansas Branch Road, Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER — Carl E. Schwab, 66, of Kansas Branch Road, died Thursday (Aug. 26, 2010) of injuries from an accident at his camp in Summit Township, Potter County. Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



PICTURED ABOVE: D. Bruce Cahilly, Coudersport Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms, Leslie & Ed Easton, Owners of Potter County Outfitters and Fr. Elaine Silverstrim, Coudersport Rotary Treasurer

The Coudersport Rotary Club announced today that it will hold its 2010 Annual Dinner Auction at the Coudersport Legion, located along Route 872 on Saturday, September 18th starting with a 5 pm social hour.

A Classic Chicken Dinner, prepared by the Women’s Auxiliary will be served at 6:00 p.m. with auctioneers Todd Brown and Jeff Gleason beginning the auction at 7:00 p.m. According to Brown, the auction will include a cash bar and live entertainment provided by Todd Anderson Unplugged, an acoustic soloist who plays a combination of modern rock and old & new country.

Tickets for the Dinner Auction are $15.00 each. A couple of the items to be put up for bid include a 30:06 rifle donated by Potter County Outfitters and a dovetail cedar chest and carved clock donated by Sean Batterson.

The Rotary Club expects to open the bidding on over 50 items this year and anticipates nearly 100 people will turn out for the event. “The food and entertainment alone are well worth the ticket price, but the auctioning of items remains our main focus of the event,” according to Karen Cahilly, Rotary President.

Money raised at the September 18th Dinner Auction is allocated to community projects such as the local parks projects and the Coudersport foreign exchange and youth leadership programs.

Those wishing to donate items or attend the September 18th Rotary Dinner Auction should contact Karen at the Coudersport Rotary Club at (814) 203-3933. Information about the auction and a list of donated items will also be made available at within the next week.

Rabies Clinic Today At Ulysses Fire Hall From 1 to 4 pm

Rabies Clinic TODAY in Ulysses

There will be a Rabies Clinic held on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Ulysses Fire Hall, Ulysses, PA.

The clinic will last from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

All dogs, cats, and ferrets that are at least 12 weeks old can be vaccinated against the rabies virus. The first time an animal is vaccinated, the vaccine 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.

No Injuries When Car Hits Bear Near Port Allegany

A Port Allegany driver was unhurt Friday at 3:00 pm, but her car had to be towed from the scene after it hit a bear on Route 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County.

Troopers said the crash occurred as Mary T. Lashway, 42, of Port Allegany, PA, was driving a 2008 Rcadia northbound on Route 155. A bear entered the roadway from the east and Lashway's car impacted the bear in the northbound lane with it's right front.

Assisting at the scene were Port Allegany Police Dept., McKiernan's Garage, and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Shinglehouse Fire Dept. Annual Luau & Canoe Raffle Today Starting At 5:00 PM

Full Time Cook Wanted At Mosch's Tavern

Storewide Blow Out/ 30% OFF At The Gallery In Coudersport


Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O26 Contamination

Fruiti Pops, Inc. Recalls "Fruiti Pops" Brand Mamey Frozen Fruit Bars Because of Potential Health Risk

Queseria Chipilo Recalls Cheese Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Friday, August 27, 2010

George E. Sisson Jr., of 7474 Forman Hollow Road, Bolivar, NY

BOLIVAR, NY - George E. Sisson Jr., of 7474 Forman Hollow Road, passed away on Monday (Aug. 23, 2010) at his residence.

Born on Jan. 1, 1945, in Weston, WV, he was the son of George E. and Bernadine Hull Sisson.

George attended Bolivar Central School. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard for several years. He was formerly employed by Mapes Woodworking in Wellsville, the Town of Bolivar Highway Department and for the past 38 years at Cutco Cutlery Corp., in Olean. He was a member of the Richburg Rod and Gun Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving are a son, Mark Sisson of Richburg; three grandchildren; a brother, John Sisson, of Olean; four sisters, Vonda Sisson of Chattanooga, TN, Sandra (Paul) West of Painted Post, Sharon (Pete) Caya, of Scio, and Anna (Mark) Bresson, of Port Allegany, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 28, 2010) at the Schaffner Funeral Home in Bolivar. The Reverend Roy Elliott, of the Bolivar House of Prayer, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials made to the Richburg Rod and Gun Club would be appreciated by the family.

George W. Kelly, 98, of Smith Rd., formerly of Port Allegany & Coraopolis, PA

HAMBURG, NY- George W. Kelly, 98, of Smith Rd., formerly of Port Allegany & Coraopolis, PA, passed away Wednesday (August 25, 2010) in the Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, NY.

Born August 15, 1912, in Moon Township, PA, he was a son of Thomas J. and Bertha Goss Kelly. On Sept. 23, 1935, in Coraopolis, PA, he married Lucille M. Doughty, who died May 16, 1999.
Mr. Kelly was in sales and management with Snap-On Tools, Inc., for several years before retiring.

He was a member of the Hamburg United Methodist Church, former member of the Odd Fellows of Coroapolis, PA, National Rifle Association, and American Association of Retired Persons.

Surviving are a son, George A. (Mary Ann) Kelly, and a daughter, Jane L. (Jerry) Schmidt both of Hamburg, NY; three grandchildren: Mike Schmidt, Kathy Kelly and Traci Kelly, and several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife. Lucille, a grandson, Robert Kelly; three brothers, Tom Kelly, David Kelly, William Kelly; and four sisters, Bertha McElhany, Agnes Fox, Isabelle Green, and Mildred Kelly.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 28. 2010) in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg, NY.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rendell Wants Severance Tax/ Protesters Want Moratorium

Gov. Ed Rendell visits Wellsboro to talk about natural gas drilling, and responds to protesters who want a moratorium on hydrofracking. Video Courtesy WENY-TV

Drillers In Marcellus Miss Deadline For Production Reporting

Majority of Marcellus Well Operators Fail to Meet Production Reporting Deadline

DEP Sending Violators Notices Additional Enforcement Actions May Follow

HARRISBURG -- More than half of the natural gas drillers operating in the Marcellus Shale missed the deadline to report the production levels of their wells in violation of state law, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP Secretary John Hanger said today that 41 of the 74 oil and gas companies operating in the Marcellus Shale, or 55 percent, failed to submit reports on the past 12 months of production by the Aug. 15 deadline.

“When the General Assembly approved this law and the Governor signed it, they did so because they believed this requirement provided much-needed transparency into the industry’s operations,” said Hanger. “The fact that so many companies failed to meet the deadline for providing this information is troubling. We plan to follow-up with each non-compliant firm and pursue whatever enforcement action is necessary to get them to follow the law.”

The public can track a Marcellus operator’s compliance with Act 15 production reporting requirements online at The site includes a complete list of operators that did not submit production reports by Aug. 15. The list will be updated on a weekly basis as production report submissions are made. The list of the Marcellus operators that submitted production reports on time is also provided.

The new law, Act 15 of 2010, required gas companies drilling into the Marcellus formation to report production totals from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 by Aug. 15. Subsequent to this deadline, companies will be required to report production every six months, making the next report due Feb. 15.

Prior to Act 15, DEP was required by law to keep production reporting data confidential for five years.

For more information or to view the production reports of companies that met the deadline, visit

A list of the Companies who missed the deadline and those who reported on time can be found here.

Jocelyn Kay Cornelius Makes Her Appearance At Charles Cole Hospital Wednesday

Jessica Clark and Jason Cornelius of Roulette are parents of a new baby girl.

Jocelyn Kay Cornelius was born on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA. She weighed in at 6 pounds and 7 ounces.

Maternal Grandparents are Brenda Watson and Terry Clark. Maternal Great Grand Parents are Bill and Donna Baker of Roulette.

Paternal Grandparents are Errick and Jackie Thomas and Bob Cornelius. Paternal Great Grandparents are Randy and Mary Cornelius and Cheryl Card.

God's Country TU Project Healing Waters designated “National Destination Event”

God's Country TU Project Healing Waters designated “National Destination Event”

After a recent national meeting of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, it was announced that the event sponsored by the God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited qualified to be designated as a “National Destination Event.”

This means that the local event is being added to a national list of fishing destinations where a nominated disabled veteran from anywhere in the United States will be able to attend the event along with regional disabled veterans.

It was also confirmed that Navy Captain retired Ed Nicholson will personally attend next years local event to be held for the fourth consecutive year at the Big Moore's Run Fish & Games Preserve. Captain Nicholson founded the Project Healing Waters program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2004.

The program was initiated by using fly fishing and fly tying as therapy for wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and has expanded to include disabled veterans being treated at VA hospitals throughout the country.

National Program Director David Folkerts is also expected to attend. David was wounded in Iraq and attributes much of his healing to Project Healing Waters. He loved the program so much the he accepted the appointment as program director when Capt. Nicholson requested he do so. Both Ed and Dave expressed their desire to see in person how such a wonderful 3 day event event can be put together by such a small TU chapter!

Ray Markiewicz, Northeast Coordinator for Project Healing Waters since 2007 stated,” the God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, it's volunteers, Roy and Cathy Magarigal -owners of the Big Moore's Run Fish & Game Preserve, and the beautiful people of Potter County deserve this recognition for putting on one of the finest events in our program.”

God's Country TU president Dr. Pete Ryan expressed his feelings about this honor by saying how thrilled and excited the chapter is about this announcement from the national organization, but that the real honor is the thanks we receive from our disabled veteran guests for providing them with such a peaceful, memorable and truly healing experience in God's Country.

Project Healing Waters is an all volunteer not for profit organization, learn more at

Photo-Dr. Pete Ryan holds fish caught by vet T. Rizzo

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Pitt-Bradford Prof Presents Paper On Engineering Education


BRADFORD, Pa. – Klaus Wuersig, assistant professor of engineering, presented a paper on how new fields are affecting engineering education at a conference in Poland this summer.

Wuesig presented a paper titled “How Will Renewable Energy Concepts and Nanotechnology Affect Engineering Education?” at the International Conference on Engineering Education held at Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice.

In his paper, Wuersig argues that the emerging field of renewable energy merits separate programs within engineering.

Wuersig also discussed some of the questions that would have to be answered by universities before the could create such programs, including how faculty from different departments would work together to create inter-disciplinary courses in solar energy, wind power, biodiesel, ethanol, biomass, geothermal, fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Wuersig pointed to nanotechnology, the creation of microscopic and atomic-level structures, as an emerging field that now has its own department within many university schools of engineering.

Wuersig retired from the State University of New York in 1998 as a full professor.

From 1998 to 2000, he was part of a team that set up programs in information technology, mathematics and science at a brand new university for women in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He also spent a year from 1995 to 1996 setting up programs in electrical engineering at the University Technology Malaysia in Batu Pahat, Malaysia.

He has presented numerous papers on engineering education at international conferences in Brazil, Germany, Poland, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Meet Your Congressman Tonight At Denton Hill Ski Lodge
Sponsored by "Friends of Glenn Thompson"

Potter County Transfer Station Closed Labor Day Sept. 6, 2010

Backpacks Still Available

The "To Fill A Backpack" program still has backpacks available. If your family is in need of a backpack for your child/children, please call (814) 544-8032 or log on to our website and go to the "Request A Backpack" page. We will get a backpack to you as soon as possible.

The program is also still accepting monetary and supply donations. We distribute backpacks year round to new families moving in to the area or homes that accept foster children, etc. Supply donations can be made at KOS in Coudersport, Arnot Daycare in Port Allegany, Eldred Borough office in Eldred or you can give us a call at (814) 544-8032 and we will make arrangements to pick up your supplies. Monetary donations can be mailed to To Fill A Backpack - Attn: Donations - 81 Burleson Avenue - Roulette, PA 16746. You can also go to our website and click on the "make a monetary donation" button at the bottom. All donations go through a secure website and can be charged to your credit card.

Thank you for the continued support in "Helping send children to school with the supplies they need"

Andy Kulp

"To Fill A Backpack"

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA 16746

Phone: (814) 544-8032




I-80 Westbound backed up at this time at Lightstreet/Lime Ridge

I-80 Westbound backed up at this time at Lightstreet/Lime Ridge

PennDOT is reporting that traffic is backed up three to four miles heading into
the westbound Interstate 80, single-lane work zone at Exits 236 and 241, at this time in Columbia County.

Motorists should be prepared for delays and may want to try alternate

Both westbound lanes are expected to be open for the weekend by about 6 p.m. this evening. PennDOT reminds motorists to be prepared for sudden slow-downs
near or in work zones, to leave a four-second following distance, to not get distracted from the driving task, and to always buckle up.

Vicki Ouellette Flamingoed By Residents Of Sweden Valley Manor

Vicki Ouellette Recognized by
Sweden Valley Manor Residents

Coudersport - 8/27/2010: In true incognito fashion, Vicki Van Zile Ouellette of Coudersport, was Flamingo'ed in the dark by the Coudersport Rotary Club last week while she slept, thanks to the residents of the Sweden Valley Manor whom wanted to show their gratitude for her friendship and dedicated volunteer work at the Manor!

During Vicki’s 4 ½ years of volunteer service at the Manor, she has been recognized by the administration for furthering the Manor’s mission to provide compassionate, quality health care to all residents and their families, ever mindful of each individual’s dignity and right to self-determination through the friendship and warmth she has shown to the residents, coupled with her determination to keep the residents active during their stay at the Manor.

Vicki spends her Mondays at the Sweden Valley Manor escorting the residents to Catholic Mass and stays to participate in the Mass along their side. She can be found Tuesday mornings facilitating the AM program News and Coffee, assisting with a creative project or reading local history to the Manor’s residents.

Vicki visits with residents one-on-one in their rooms and spends time talking with them, always providing a smile to all the residents of the Manor. Vicki also participates in the Wednesday Sing-along Group.

Vicki is one of only twenty-one Coudersport area residents that will be Flamingo’ed this season by the Coudersport Rotary Club, a fundraising program founded upon the principle of “Service Above Self”.

Although Vicki was #11 on the Flamingo Recognition List, her volunteer work, dedication and friendship has clearly made her #1 this season with the residents of the Sweden Valley Manor!

Traffic Control Dispatched For Oversized Load At Keating Summit

Traffic Control For Oversized Load
At 2:23 pm on Friday, Austin Sept. 44 has been dispatched for traffic control at the intersection of Route 607 and 155 in Keating Summit for an oversized load.

Paul W. Timbrook, 85, of 774 West Washington St., , Bradford, PA

Paul W. Timbrook, 85, of 774 West Washington St., passed away Friday, August 27th, 2010 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born December 6, 1924, in Kansas City, MO, he was a son of the late George R. Timbrook and Susie Sampson Timbrook.

On January 27, 1951 in St. Louis, MO, he married Sophie Augunas Timbrook who survives.

A 1942 graduate of Windsor High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 3, 1943, and served in the South Pacific he was honorably discharged on February 25, 1946. He then attended the University of Missouri at Rolla, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering in 1952.

Early in his career, he worked for several engineering firms, then in 1967, he joined Witco Chemical Corporation in Oakland, NJ as chief engineer. In 1970, he earned his professional Engineering License in NY, PA and NJ. He then moved to Bradford in 1971 and continued his career with Witco serving as the Chief Engineer. He held various positions with Witco, including Plant Manager, he retired on October 1, 1988.

He was an active member of St. Bernard Church where he served on Parish Council, the Cemetery Committee, the Church Choir, the Resurrection Choir and a Eucharistic Minister. He was an original member of the Bradford Ecumenical Home Board of Directors, and also served on the Board of Directors at the Area Transportation Association, The United Way, North Central Work Force Development Board and The Salvation Army. He served several terms on the Bradford Area School Board and was a member of the Rotary Club. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Olean Section, and served as chairman from 1976-1977.

Surviving in addition to his wife Sophie of 59 years, are two daughters: Patricia (Scott) Timbrook-McMullen of Annandale, VA and Jan (Dave) Sennett of Pickerington, OH, a son, Tim (Barb) Timbrook of Alfred Station, NY, 5 grandchildren, one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son David Mark Timbrook who died August 21, 1979 one granddaughter and one brother.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday August 29th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, South Avenue, where a prayer service will be held Monday at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Leo J. Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and military honors will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. A Christian Wake Service will be held Sunday evening at 7:30 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Church, or the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

Water Wells Suddenly Spew Methane Gas In Drilling Areas

Methane Gas in Water Wells

Editors note:Solomon's words has been advised that two families on the Jackson Road in Ulysses are experiencing similar problems with methane gas in their water wells, making them unsafe to use, while drillers there are attempting to find the source. In the Ulysses incident, one resident's water turned muddy last Saturday, changing to a blackish color, and combining with sizzling gas which would support a flame.

A few residents in Bradford County are dealing with methane gas in their water wells. Now, state investigators are looking into whether drilling for natural gas caused the problems near Towanda.

Chesapeake Energy officials said this all started almost two weeks ago so much methane gas built up in a drinking water well that the lid blew off. The gas company is now investigating, along with state environmental crews, after the same gas was found in other wells at neighboring homes.

According to its website, Chesapeake Energy is one of the largest natural gas producers and the largest active driller of new gas wells in the country.

On Monday, Newswatch 16 found workers monitoring gas levels at a home along Brocktown Road in Monroe Township, near Towanda. It is one of three homes officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection believe has been affected by methane gas problems in drinking water wells.

While Chesapeake Energy has not taken responsibility for the issues, the company has hired the inspectors to find the source of methane gas. Chesapeake has even provided the homeowners with drinking water and vents for their wells. More...

Kane Fire Dept. Called For Unknown Type Fire

Unknown Type Fire
At 1:21 pm on Friday, Kane Fire Dept. has been dispatched to an unknown type fire at 349 Kinzua Avenue.

Rendell Comes To Gas Country To Announce Support For Severance Tax To Help Communities Affected By Gas Boom

Governor Rendell Seeks to Protect Environment, Support Communities Affected by Marcellus Shale Gas Industry

New Poll Shows 8 of 10 Pennsylvanians Support Gas Extraction Tax

Wellsboro, Tioga County – Communities in the heart of the booming Marcellus
Shale drilling region are struggling to protect the environment and groundwater
supplies while facing growing social service needs, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today when he visited Tioga County.

“The Marcellus Shale gas industry is just getting started in Pennsylvania, so we
have the opportunity now to ensure that adequate resources are available for local and state government to meeting growing demand for services and protect the environment,” the Governor said. “To accomplish these goals, the gas companies profiting from this rapidly growing industry should be willing to pay a fair share levy.

“I share the view of the eight out of 10 Pennsylvanians who, in a recent poll, said
that they favor a tax on gas companies to fund programs that will protect our
environment and help local governments handled increased demand on their
services,” Governor Rendell said.

Pennsylvania is the only major energy-producing state that does not levy a tax on
natural gas extraction.

“To some extent, the drilling industry has helped Tioga County weather the
recession better than most,” the Governor said, noting that the county
unemployment rate dropped more than one percent to 9.1 percent in the past year.

“That’s still too high, but it is headed in the right direction and is now below the
statewide average.

“But these jobs and economic activity are definitely coming with a cost. Heavy truck traffic is putting pressure on local roads and bridges, leading to weight restrictions being imposed on three bridges in the past four months.”

Of the 1,722 miles of roads covered by bonds posted by Marcellus Shale drillers
statewide, 1,067 have been damaged. More than 500 miles of roads in PennDOT’s
District 3, which includes Tioga and Bradford counties, have been damaged by
drilling vehicles.

Earlier this year, Governor Rendell proposed implementing a severance tax on
natural gas extraction that would be modeled after West Virginia’s levy — straight
5-percent on sales, plus an additional 4.7 cents for each thousand cubic feet of gas

As part of the state budget deal reached in July, the General Assembly agreed to
enact a severance tax by Oct. 1.

“Pennsylvania is the 15th largest natural gas production state, but is the only major
fossil fuel producer that does not levy a tax on natural gas extraction,” Governor
Rendell told the crowd. “That’s just not fair. With your help, we are going to change

To date this year, 1,765 natural gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania. Of that total, 848 have been drilled to access gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale, with 171 of those wells being drilled in Tioga County.

The Department of Environmental Protection has also issued nearly 4,195 drilling
permits this year, of which 1,915 were for Marcellus development. The department
is on track to issue approximately 2,700 Marcellus permits this year — a 36-percent increase over permits issued in 2009.

For more information about natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, visit

Benefit Scheduled Sunday In Port Allegany For James Nellis Family

Bradford Woman Gets State Prison Time For Biting Off Ear

Ear-Biter Gets Prison Time

A Bradford woman has been sentenced to state prison for biting off her boyfriend's ear during a domestic dispute.

27-year-old Erin Moore will spend 19½ to 51 months in state prison for the incident that happened in May at Kiwanis Court.

District Attorney Ray Learn says the stiff sentence was prompted by Moore's history, which includes an incident when she attacked an ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat.

Learn also says a child was present when she bit off her Roger Kline’s ear.

Port Allegany Man Sentenced

Port Allegany Man Sentenced to Probation
A Port Allegany man was sentenced Thursday in McKean County Court to five years probation after being accused of running a chop shop. 35 year-old Jason Daugherty was also ordered to repay over $118,000 dollars in restitution to customers. Daugherty's victims were from seven states.

Governor Scheduled To Make Major Announcement Today

Gov. Rendell was scheduled be in Wellsboro (Tioga County) today (8/27) at 11 a.m. to make a major announcement concerning the local share of the proposed natural gas severance tax from the Marcellus Shale gas formation.

Township officials from throughout the region were invited to come and hear the Governor's announcement. Check back for more on this as it becomes available.

Structure Fire In Galeton At Lakeside Inn

Photo by Amy Mahon

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Photos by Christa Buechler

Galeton Structure Fire--Multiple Depts. Responding
At 1:16 am on Friday, A structure fire with flames showing has been reported in Galeton at the Lakeside Inn at 61 Germania Street in the Boro.

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Incident: 2010 - 18711 Type: FIRE / STRUCTURE
Location: 61 GERMANIA ST
Info as of: 8/27/2010 1:44:30 AM
Responding Unit Activity:
1:21 AM Fire C1020 RESPONDING
1:22 AM Fire C1020 LOG (CLI)
1:23 AM Law 4120 ON SCENE UNIT (CLI)
1:25 AM Fire 10-8 RESPONDING
1:25 AM Fire C1620 RESPONDING
1:25 AM Fire 10-2 RESPONDING
1:25 AM Fire 10-4 RESPONDING
1:26 AM Fire 10-9 ON SCENE UNIT (CLI)
1:26 AM Fire C4810 RESPONDING
1:26 AM Fire C4820 RESPONDING
1:28 AM Fire 10-4 ON SCENE UNIT (CLI)
1:28 AM Fire 10-16 STANDING BY
1:29 AM Fire C4830 RESPONDING
1:30 AM Fire C10 LOG (CLI)
1:31 AM Fire 48-2 RESPONDING
1:31 AM Fire 19-1 RESPONDING
1:31 AM Fire 16-1 RESPONDING
1:32 AM Fire 19-4 RESPONDING
1:33 AM Fire 48-1 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire 10-16 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire C120 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire 01-3 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire 19-5 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire 16-4 RESPONDING
1:36 AM Fire 16-1 CLEAR UNIT
1:37 AM Fire 05-9 RESPONDING
1:37 AM Fire C520 RESPONDING
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Full Time Cook Wanted At Mosch's Tavern

No Injuries In Monday Crash On Route 120 Near Sinnemahoning

A Brooklyn, NY man was not injured when his car crashed into an embankment off State Route 120 in Gibson Township, Cameron County on Monday.

Ibrahima D. Bah, 32, of Brooklyn, NY, was driving a 1996 Toyota 4 runner east on Route 12o when he lost control of his vehicle on the wet roadway and struck the embankment.

Inrahima was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. His vehicle was towed. Troopers charged him with CARELESS DRIVING.

Sinnemahoning Fire Dept. and Ambulance responded and assisted on scene.

Potter County Commissioners Met Thursday

Approved Minutes of Potter County Commissioners Meeting For August 13, 2010

Agenda For Potter County Commissioner's Meeting--August 26, 2010

Click on the links above to see the minutes and agenda of the commissioners meetings complete with financials.

Mobile Home For Sale In Coudersport Mobile Home Park

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Duke Center Man Found Dead At Potter County Camp

A Duke Center man was pronounced dead Friday
after friends found his body at his Potter County camp on Long Toe Road in Summit Township, about one and a half miles west of Route 44.

Coudersport State Police were contacted after friends of Carl E. Schwab, 66, of Duke Center, PA, located him near his camp on Long Toe Road. It was determined that Schwab had died accidentally due to injuries sustained from falling off his camp roof, where he had been performing maintenance.

Assistant Potter County Coroner Patty Dusenbury pronounced Schwab dead on August 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm, due to blunt force trauma suffered in the fall that occurred at an unknown time on or after August 21st.

US Rep. Thompson To Hold Town Hall Meeting In Port Allegany Friday

Thompson to Hold Town Hall in Port Allegany August 27, 2010

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, will hold a series of town hall meetings over the August Congressional recess.

The meetings will focus on a program called America Speaking Out, which offers a website for Americans to register opinions, debate priorities and offer their solutions:

On Friday, August 27, 2010, Thompson will hold a town hall in Port Allegany at the Moose Lodge, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and meet your US Congressman and tell him your cares and concerns, enabling him to go back to Washington, knowing how his constituents feel about federal matters.

Details are as follows--Everyone Welcome--There is no charge to attend.

Port Allegany Town Hall Meeting

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moose Lodge
35 Pearl Street
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Memorial Service For Eva G. Mottern Saturday At 11 AM

Eva G. Mottern, memorial service slated

Roulette- Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Eva G. Mottern, On Saturday, Aug. 28, at 11:00 am from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany, with the Rev. Randall Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Wells Cemetery, Oswayo, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Roulette Volunteer Fire Dept. Online condolences can be made at

Mrs. Mottern died Aug 22, 2010 Her full obituary is HERE.

Vehicle Fire Reported On Minard Run Road

Vehicle Fire
At 6:54 on Thursday, Bradford Township Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a vehicle fire at 283 Minard Run Road. At. 7:01 pm, the vehicle fire is out. All additional units recalled.

New Updated Safety Program For Schools Announced By PennDOT

PennDOT Introduces Updated Highway Safety Program for Schools
‘Survival 101’ Updated with Sections on Distracted Driving and Fatigue

Harrisburg – PennDOT today launched a revamped Survival 101 traffic safety program for students in grades six through 12 that focuses on a range of driver behavior issues.

The program, first introduced in 2003, has been updated to include distracted driving and fatigue in addition to seat belt use, impaired driving and aggressive driving. The new program also includes a video and 9-1-1 re-enactment created using students from Ringghold High School in Washington County and Minersville Area High School in Schuylkill County.

“The updated Survival 101 is designed to be more reflective of the challenges that today’s young drivers encounter,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Programs like this are important in teaching young people safe driving practices right from the start.”

Survival 101 is presented by trained police officers who share real-life experiences. Officers also encourage students to take responsibility for their actions.

Survival 101 is one of three traffic safety programs offered by PennDOT. The Back Is Where It’s At, which is for elementary students, focuses on seat belts, air bags and the importance of placing child passengers in the back seat. The Sixteen Minutes program is for high school students and presented in a small group setting for teens that are within a month of turning 16. Sixteen Minutes covers seat belt use and other safe driving behaviors.

During the previous school year, more than 650 programs were presented to more than 35,000 students statewide.

These programs can be requested through PennDOT’s highway safety website,, by clicking on “Resource Center,” then “School Traffic Safety Resources” and then “Buckle Up PA School Programs.”

Open Arms Church Newsletter--Bradford, PA

Hello everybody!

This weekend's message is called, "Fueled-Keeping Your Spirit
Ablaze." Then beginning in Sept. we will be launching a series
called, "So Others May Live." Come on out and join us! Sundays @
9:15am and 11:00am.

New Ministry Opportunity: God is opening the door to use
Open Arms to help other churches in growing their ministry. If you
are interested in serving in this ministry please see Josh Hatcher or
Pastor Mike.

Youth Group Ministry: Are you interested in assisting with the
training of our young people for Jesus? See Justin Willoughby.

Car Seat Certification Class on Sept. 9th. More details to come.

Worship Teams: We are redoing our teams and rotations. If you are
interested in auditioning for a team please see Pastor Mike.

Growth Groups will be starting soon! Sign ups
coming in Sept. Get Plugged In!!!

Greeters and Ushers: Are you interested in welcoming people, handing
out packets, helping with seating? See Shawn Murphy.

You can always stop by our website: for
interaction over the web with your church family. You can post things
like prayer requests or drop a few lines of prayer for someone else.
Also if you haven't yet, join us on facebook:!/openarmsbradford.

Have a great day! God Bless!!

Open Arms Community Church
1289 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of August 30

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of August 30

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 30. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• The contractor will be paving on Kendall Avenue/State Route 46, Tuesday, August 31.

• The contractor will continue trucking in material for paving operations and will be pulling into the closed “dead lane” from the northbound “live lane”. Traffic may be slow moving on Route 219 as this work takes place.

• 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 September.

• 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.

Rotary Dinner Auction Scheduled For September 18, 2010

Chesapeake Energy to upgrade State Routes 1008 & 2017 in Bradford County

Chesapeake Energy to upgrade State Routes 1008 & 2017 in Bradford County; work starts Aug. 26 with detours

Motorists in Bradford County are advised that State Routes 1008 (Crow Hill Road) and 2017 (Marshview Road) will be upgraded by Chesapeake Energy starting today.

C&N Photo Contest Winners Announced

Ann Kamzelski Wins C&N Photo Contest Grand Prize

WELLSBORO, PA - Ann Kamzelski of Wellsboro has won the grand prize in the annual Citizens & Northern Corporation Photo Contest. Her photo was selected from more than 750 entries.

Winning photographs will be featured on C&N’s 2011 calendar. Kamzelski’s photo is one of 13 selected for inclusion and depicts black-eyed susans reflected in dew drops.

Other winners and the month their photographs will represent include:

- Darla Karchella of Jersey Shore, a winter sleigh ride - January

- Jeffrey Hoodak of Dushore, a porcupine in winter - February

- Robert Andrews of Canisteo, NY, a rainy dell in spring - March

- Donna Sherwood of Dushore, a covered bridge in spring - April

- John Hoodak of Dushore, a railroad track flanked by phlox - May

- Lynn Kibbe of Trout Run, fern-filled woodlands - June

- Donald Biresch of Sabinsville, the Galeton July Fourth celebration – July

- Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown of Wellsboro, a summer sunset –August

- Donna Williams of Troy, a lone boat moored at a dock in fall - September

- Molly Kinsey of Dushore, a peaceful pond in fall - October

- Debra Luchaco of Sayre, horses in winter - November

- Brenda Decker of Gillett, a lone cardinal in the snow - December

All winners will be honored at a luncheon in Wellsboro in October and
will receive cash prizes. The 2011 C&N Photo Calendars will be available
in all offices of Citizens & Northern Bank in late October.

“We are so grateful to the hundreds of amateur photographers who submitted entries and shared their talent with us,” said Yvonne Gill, C&N marketing director. “We rotate judges each year and they are always amazed at the quality of work submitted. Judging is always very difficult and very close.”

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, NY in Steuben County. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at The Company’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

George W. Kelly, 98, of Smith Road, formerly of Port Allegany, Pa., and Coraopolis, Pa

HAMBURG, N.Y. — George W. Kelly, 98, of Smith Road, formerly of Port Allegany, Pa., and Coraopolis, Pa., passed away Wednesday (Aug. 25, 2010) in the Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

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

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Troopers Look Into Criminal Mischief In Liberty Township

Truck Scratched On Coleman Mills Road
Kane State Police are investigating an act of Criminal Mischief where a scratch was placed on the driver's side of a 1999 Chevy 1500 truck owned by David Herd of Port Allegany, Pa, causing damages.

The truck was located on Coleman Mills Road in Liberty Township, McKean County. The incident was discovered at 10:30 am on Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Kramer is the investigator.

The 2nd Annual Joe Lundy Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Tom Lundy and his two granddaughter's Kadence Learn & Trinity Lundy throwing out the first pitch of the tournament

This year's Joe Lundy Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament was a great success. The family of Joe Lundy would like to thank everyone for their help & support!

Once again we were able to raise enough money for two $500.00 Oswayo Valley Scholarships & add to Trinity & Kadence's Trust Funds.

Thank you to all of the teams that entered into the tournament, to Mark Meacham for his help in getting the fields ready for the tournament, to Roger Kellogg, Terry and Brad Babcock for their services as Umpire's and to all of the team player's that helped Ump when they were not playing.

Thank you to Leo & David for their help in cooking the food & to Darlene Howard for all of her help. To George & Loretta Donovan, Bob Friar, Karen and Phil Austin and Lance & Megan Taylor for the use of their land and to Glenn Drake for getting the field ready for parking.

We also want to thank Hailey Black, Katlynn Johnson and their little helpers for selling the 50/50 tickets. Thank you to the following for monetary donations: Jim & Marilyn, Justin, Sabrina Brimmer & girls, Denny & Kelly Keech, Betty & Joe Glogouski, Donnie Norton, Toni & Dave Gibbons from the Shinglehouse Saloon, the Shannon Wood team from Coudersport, Cutco from Olean NY for donating a butcher block knife set for raffling & all other donations.

Thanks to Jim Jones for his generosity for advertising the tournament on Solomons Words for us. Once again, thank you to everyone for all your effort in making this year's tournament a great success!!

American Hospital Association Names Pitchford to Regional Policy Board

Pitchford Named to National Board
Ed Pitchford speaks with US Senator Bob Casey Tuesday in the senator's meeting with local leaders at the Gunzburger building in Coudersport. Pitchford outlined the hospital's needs to the senator.

The American Hospital Association recently named Edward C. Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, to its regional policy board for the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania as a representative of the AHA’s constituency section for small or rural hospitals.

Pitchford was elected to a two-year term on the RPB2 after serving on the Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania Association’s board of directors, its small and rural hospital council and its public policy committee.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and is a 2010 National Rural Health Association fellow. Pitchford has served in his current role at CCMH since 2007 and previously served as an executive at the Borgess Health Alliance based in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“I’m honored to have been selected to serve the American Hospital Association at this time in the history of our industry. We are experiencing the most significant changes in healthcare since the Great Society program of the 1960s which created the Medicare and Medicaid programs and I’m excited to be part of an organization that is influential and helping to lead the way both in Washington, D.C. and in our state,” Pitchford said. “Small rural hospitals need a strong advocate and I intend to fulfill that role during my term with AHA.”

AHA is a national membership services organization that advocates for close to 5,000 acute and specialty care providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. The section for small and rural hospitals has a long history of providing a unique blend of forum and network, linking hospital executives with shared interests and missions to advise AHA on policy and advocacy activities and to discuss issues of great importance to all small or rural hospitals.

The governing council for small or rural hospitals nominates hospital executives to serve on the RPBs. The nine RPBs across the nation meet three times a year through a regional network to foster communication between the AHA, its membership, and state hospital associations.

The purpose of the RPBs is to provide input on public policy issues to be considered by the AHA board of trustees, to serve as ad hoc policy development committees, when appropriate, to assist in implementing AHA grassroots policy and programs and to identify needs unique to a region and assist in developing programs to meet those needs.

Bradford Airport Gets $131,250.00

Governor Rendell Announces $1.9 Million Investment in 15 Airports

Harrisburg – The investment of $1.9 million in federal and state funds will help 15 Pennsylvania airports upgrade equipment and facilities and enhance safety, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.

“While we continue to seek ways to address the state’s growing infrastructure funding challenges, it’s essential for us to maintain our investment in all transportation modes, including aviation,” Governor Rendell said. “These funds will help keep our airports safe, support airport jobs and stimulate the businesses supplying materials and equipment for the enhancements.”

The state portion of funding – $1.7 million from PennDOT’s aviation development program – comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages $781,475 in local matching funds.

The Federal Aviation Administration is providing $270,750 in grants through the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and sale of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 95 percent of eligible costs for projects included in Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program.

Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation airports, designated reliever airports, and non-primary commercial airline airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

There are nearly 290,000 people employed in the aviation industry statewide, representing approximately 5 percent of the workforce. The state has 133 public-use airports and heliports and 14 airports have scheduled commercial service.

For more information, visit or call (717) 783-8800.

McKean County
• Bradford Regional Airport -- $131,250 to purchase an airport security vehicle and airfield maintenance equipment.

Full Time Cook Opening At Mosch's Tavern In Coudersport



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has appointed Dr. Ronald Binder, who has a national reputation as a leader in Greek affairs and risk management, as its new associate dean of student affairs and director of judicial affairs.

Binder joins Pitt-Bradford from the University of South Carolina, where he was the director of Greek life and special projects.

Binder speaks nationally on risk management and alcohol and substance abuse and has been cited in Newsweek, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and Court TV.

Binder has extensive experience in Greek affairs, speaking around the country at Sigma Phi Epsilon leadership programs and traveling to Greece last year with 17 students from the national fraternity to study Greek philosophy.

He is involved with the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention and founded the Hazing Hotline at USC.

Before going to USC, Binder was associate director of residence life at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, where he earned his master’s degree; assistant dean of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and student activities program advisor at the University of Georgia, where he earned his doctoral degree.

Dr. James Evans, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, commented, “Pitt-Bradford is indeed fortunate to have attracted a seasoned professional in Dr. Ron Binder. He brings to the college a wealth of experience informed by outstanding work with students at some of the nation’s top public universities. Dr. Binder will prove to be a strong asset to the Student Affairs division in particular, and to Pitt-Bradford in general. We are delighted to have him with us.”

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Binder earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo and relocated to Bradford to be closer to his family.

Binder began his duties, which include overseeing residential life and housing, the student code of conduct and Greek affairs, Aug. 16.

In his work as director of judicial affairs, he will work with students who are having difficulties “and get them back on track. There are a lot of resources here to help them do that.”

DeBoer Earns National Certification

Colleen DeBoer, RN recently became a certified diabetic educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

Before sitting for the exam, diabetic educators must have at least two years of experience, 1,000 hours of diabetes self management education and at least 15 hours of continuing education.

DeBoer, who has worked at CCMH for over 30 years, stresses the importance of education and proper care. There are so many dangerous complications if people ignore diabetes or don’t properly manage it, she said. For more information on diabetic education, call 274-5351.

NCBDE was established in 1986 as an independent organization to promote the interests of diabetes educators and the public at large by granting certification to qualified health professionals involved in teaching persons with diabetes, through establishment of eligibility requirements and development of a written examination. Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education.

PennDOT Reminds Drivers of Safe Work Zone

PennDOT Reminds Drivers of Safe Work Zone Practices--Motorists should watch for flaggers, remain alert

Clearfield – The summer season may be winding down but area roadway improvement projects are still in progress. PennDOT District 2 reminds motorists that work zone restrictions require drivers to remain alert. District 2 includes the following counties: Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter.

Drivers should pay special attention to the orange road signs as they enter a work zone. These signs provide information about lane closures and the posted speed limit for the work zone.

Motorists can find similar information displayed on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) in some areas. These signs relay traffic information such as lane closures or safety awareness messages.

PennDOT also utilizes the Highway Advisory Radio System (HARS) at 1640 on the AM dial. Drivers can tune to the HARS for roadway condition information. Currently HARS is broadcasting messages on Interstate 80 to advise motorists of lane closures in work zones. HARS is also used for special events, incidents, and weather emergencies.

In work zones, drivers should:
• Be patient
• Obey the posted work zone speed limit, and maintain speed through the work zone as conditions permit
• Be alert for flaggers and stopped or slow-moving traffic
• Turn on headlights
• Avoid any distraction that could take attention away from the road

Last year in PennDOT District 2, 57 crashes occurred in work zones. Nearly half of those crashes were related to aggressive driving.