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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dog Found in Coudersport

Dog Found in Coudersport

Found-- Small dog in area of Vine Street in Coudersport. Call 274-0383 to identify.

Milo has been reunited with his owners. He does need a new home so if anyone is interested in him, please call 274-0383.
Milo is a 5 year old purebred Bishon. He is neutered and a great little guy who gets along with other dogs.

Lycoming County Zoning To Regulate Where Gas Wells Can Be Drilled

Zoning rule to focus on gas industry


A zoning ordinance that governs the gas industry in Lycoming County could be in effect by November, but its scope will be limited to activities not regulated at the state and federal levels.

"Locally, you can't regulate the 'how,' but you can regulate the 'where,' " county Department of Planning and Community Development Director Kurt Hausammann Jr. said Thursday following a county Planning Commission meeting.

The commission agreed to distribute a draft of the ordinance to the 18 municipalities that are part of the county zoning partnership and other interested non-partnership communities. More....

John C. Hulett, 84, formerly of North Main Street, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY- John C. Hulett, 84, formerly of N. Main St. died Friday (Sept. 17, 2010) at a close friend’s home, after a lengthy illness.

Born July 23, 1926, in Marquette, MI, he was a son of Pearl Smith.

Mr. Hulett was a truck driver for several years, having worked for Miles Bradford Trucking, before his retirement.

He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the US Navy, and from 1947-49 reenlisted with the US Army.

Surviving are three sons, John C. (Duan) Hulett, Jr., Francis A. (Lou Ann) Hulett, and Dennis J. Hulett all of Jefferson, TX; three daughters, Judith (Dean) Clarkson of Jefferson, TX, Paulette (Barry) Smith of Hinsdale, NY, Lucinda (Joe) Parker of Shreveport, LA; 9 grandsons, 10 granddaughters, 16 great-grand-children; a brother, Francis Smith of Wegoa, IL, and a sister, Gee G. Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Samuel Hulett and a brother, Arthur Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Sept. 20, 2010) in the Veteran’s Memorial Home, Port Allegany.

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

New Dog Law Upsets Dog Lovers

Dog lovers unleash outrage over changes to Pa. law

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The rusting cages along a country road caught Bill Smith's eye.

When he noticed them on the edge of a farm in the heart of Amish country in central Pennsylvania, Smith slammed on the brakes, threw his old Subaru into reverse, parked on the gravel shoulder and jumped out of the car.

"This is it," Smith said, hands on hips. "This is what these dogs live in their whole lives. This is exactly what we fought so hard to get rid of."

For a living area, the cages were tiny: a couple feet tall, a few feet wide. They were elevated off the ground on stilts. They had wire walls and flooring.

To Smith - an animal rights activist who runs Main Line Animal Rescue in neighboring Chester County - such cages symbolize what is wrong with commercial dog breeding in Pennsylvania, and with legislators' failures to protect dogs. More...

High School Football

Elk County Catholic Crusaders over the Coudy Falcons 26-21
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Photos courtesy Leo Szczesny
Sunken Branch Photography

Tom, Jeff & Larry Entertain At Olga Saturday Night

2 Known Actors Cited By Police After Altercation

Two known actors were cited for harassment by Emporium State Police following an altercation at 483 Sunny Lane Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County on 9-12-10 at 8:15 pm.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Known Suspect From Emporium Was DUI

State Police at Emporium midnight patrol encountered a vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner on 9-12-10 at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 120 at 12:44 am. The resultant investigation determined that the operator was intoxicated. The suspect was transported to Elk Regional Health Center for a blood test.

The person involved is a known suspect from Emporium, PA. Charges for DUI are being filed with District Court 59-3-01. The police report did not name the suspect as the recent Commonwealth Court decision allows the police to withhold that information.

Rendell's Staffers Knew

Gov. Ed Rendell's top staffers knew of Homeland Security tracking protesters in July



September 15, 2010, 5:24PM
The Governor's chief policy adviser, Donna Cooper, knew the content of the Homeland Security Bulletins was 'questionable' back in July. Full story »

PA Releases Intelligence Bulletins To Public

Office of Homeland Security releases intelligence bulletins tracking activists


September 17, 2010, 4:14PM
The Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has posted copies of all its intelligence bulletins to its website, so anyone can now see the basis of Gov. Ed. Rendell’s recent cancellation of a $125,000 state contract with the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, the company that supplied information for the bulletins. The governor cancelled the contract - but did... Full story »

Rollover Crash Reported In Keating Township

Rollover Crash
At 7:45 pm on Friday, Smethport Fire Dept. and Ambulance 16 have been dispatched to a rollover motor vehicle accident on Route 46 South, a mile or two past the racetrack in Keating Township.

Smethport Chief on scene reports one vehicle rollover, car on it's roof, one person self extricated and no injuries.

Dulcie A. Kahle, 82, formerly of Duke Center, Pa.

HINSDALE -Dulcie A. Kahle, 82, formerly of Duke Center, Pa., died Monday (Sept. 13, 2010) in Cuba Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born Sept. 14, 1927, in Westline, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Daniel A. and Vesta Q. Harkness Stroup. On Oct. 7, 1950, in Kane, Pa., she married Philip E. Kahle, who passed away Jan. 27, 2006.

Mrs. Kahle was a 1943 graduate of Mount Jewett (Pa.) High School and resided in Duke Center for more than 50 years.

She had been employed by KOA Speer Electronics in Bradford, Pa., for many years and later worked as the second director of the Eldred Senior Center, retiring in 1989.

She was a member of Duke Center United Methodist Church and the Eldred Senior Center, and was a member on the advisory board of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Smethport, Pa.
She loved reading and doing fill-in puzzles, but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Amarylis L. Hollowell of Hinsdale; three grandchildren, Philip (Beth) Hollowell, Melissa Hollowell and Arthur Hollowell; seven great-grandchildren, Philip Jr., Tucker, Gavin, Caleb, Damon, Levi and Shawn Elaine; two sisters, Thursie (Jerome) Rigard of Rustburg, Va., and Shirley Whiteman of Rixford, Pa.; five brothers, Wade Stroup of Madison, Ohio, Daniel (Arlene) Stroup of Warren, Pa., Marvin (Carol) Stroup of Mount Jewett, David (Nancy) Stroup of Westline and Steven Stroup of Dayton, Ohio; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Al (Betty) Owoc of Bluefield, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 19, 2010) at Duke Center United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gary Sheesley, pastor, will officiate. The family requests memorials be made to the Eldred Senior Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.

Feds Block NY From Collecting Tax On Indian Cigarette Sales

NY Can't Collect Taxes from Any Tribe
A federal judge in Albany is blocking the state from enforcing new cigarette tax regulations on any Indian tribes. This afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled that the Department of Taxation and Finance cannot start collecting sales taxes on cigarettes sold by any Native American retailers until at least October 1.

On Thursday, Kahn granted the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation's request for a temporary restraining order. Like the Senecas and Cayugas, the Mohawks are asking for an injunction hearing, claiming that the taxes violate their tribal sovereignty. Kahn has ordered the Mohawks' injunction hearings to start Thursday.

The Senecas' and Cayugas' injunction hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kahn's ruling today supersedes a ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals saying the state can move ahead with enforcement of the tax.

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Bridget M. B. Ceccacci, 69, of Coudersport, PA

Bridget M. B. Ceccacci, 69, of Coudersport, PA died Thursday, September 16, 2010 at her home surrounded by family and friends following a brief illness.

Born on July 18, 1941 in Snowshoe, PA she was the daughter of Charles and Mary Devlin Brown. On October 13, 1962 in Philadelphia, PA she married William L. S. “Bill” Ceccacci who survives.

Bridget had lived in the Coudersport area since June of this year, moving back to the area from New Mexico where she and her husband had lived for the past 10 years. While in New Mexico she was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Roswell and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Prior to moving to New Mexico she and her husband lived in Ulysses. She had been employed with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for many years, where she was an emergency room clerk, switchboard operator, medical secretary and worked with outpatient registration.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Vince (Norma) Ceccacci of Brighton, CO, Mike (Susan) Rash of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Vaughn Ceccacci of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, a daughter, Vicki (David) Johnson of Coudersport, PA, a daughter-in-law, Victoria Ceccacci of Peralta, New Mexico, seven grandchildren, a sister, Marian D’Amora of Ardmore, PA, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Peter Brown and Francis Brown, and a sister, Roseann Brandt.

The family will receive friends at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10:00am – 11:00am at which time a Funeral Mass will be celebrated with Reverend James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Potter County Hospice or to the Visiting Nurses Association, 1001 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Wellsville EMS Responding To Crash On Rt. 19 In Willing

MVA With Injuries
At 5:19 pm on Friday, Wellsville EMS has responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Route 19 and Palmer Road in the Town of Willing. A second & third ambulance from Wellsville has been dispatched.

Willing Fire is dispatched. The location is between the Fire Hall and Howbills on Rt. 19.

Open Arms Church Newsletter

Hey there! Here's what's happening at Open Arms!

This week coming up is our week of prayer and fasting... Think of
something (food, TV, overtime, facebook) from which you will abstain
from Monday through Friday. Devote the time you would NORMALLY spend
doing those things to PRAYER. We're asking you to pray for our fall
launch, when we kick off the UNSTOPPABLE series. Pray for people that
YOU KNOW that need to start a relationship with Jesus.

Last Friday Prayer & Praise Service. September 24, 7p-9p. Join Us for
praise, prayer, communion, and fellowship.

Don't forget! This weekend, bring an address or two of unchurched
friends to put on a post card!

BIG DAY! New Series October 3: Unstoppable- How to keep life from
becoming a train wreck. Everyone bring one!

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 or Mike for details.

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

Growth Groups Sign Ups!
Starting September! Get plugged in!

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

John Okinda: An African Missionary/Minister will be joining us for a
special Evening Service on Wednesday October 13 at 7pm. Come hear
about the work in Migori Africa.

Connect with us on the web! or on facebook!/openarmsbradford.

Have the best weekend ever! God Bless!!

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

Gas Migration Thought To Be From Unfracked Wells 2 to 3 Miles Away

DEP Monitors Stray Gas Remediation in Bradford County Requires Chesapeake to Eliminate Gas Migration

Chesapeake Commits to Evaluate, Remediate All PA Wells to Conform with Improved Casing Regulations

HARRISBURG -- While the Department of Environmental Protection continues to monitor Chesapeake Energy’s progress in remediating stray methane gas in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, the agency announced today that it has directed the company to take steps to prevent similar situations from occurring elsewhere in the region.

On Sept. 2, DEP received reports of bubbling water on the Susquehanna River. DEP and Chesapeake believe the culprit is gas migrating from six wells that are located on three well pads on the “Welles property,” which is approximately two to three miles northwest of the river.

“Ventilation systems have been installed at six private water wells. Water has been provided to the three affected homes and Chesapeake is evaluating and remediating each of its well bores within a four-and-a-half-mile radius of the gas migration, which is essential,” said DEP Secretary John Hanger.

DEP sampled six private water wells affected by the migration for compounds associated with natural gas drilling. Their analysis found methane levels in the water wells that fluctuated between non-detect and 4.4 percent, possibly as a result of barometric pressure in the atmosphere. No stray gas has been detected in the homes served by the water wells. DEP also found:

• Methane concentrations ranging from 2.16 milligrams per liter and 55.8 mg/L.
• The water met the drinking water standards established for barium, chloride and total dissolved solids.
• Three wells exceeded the iron limit of 0.3 mg/L and all six wells exceeded the 0.05 mg/L limit for manganese.

The iron and manganese limits are secondary limits, which mean that the limits are established to prevent taste and odor issues.

DEP and Chesapeake individually sampled isotopic readings from the gas, which could help pinpoint which well is responsible for the gas migration. DEP expects its isotopic analysis to be complete next week while Chesapeake’s is expected sooner.

To help prevent against future migration issues, Hanger said DEP directed Chesapeake to evaluate each of its 171 wells in Pennsylvania that used the well casing procedures used in the six Wilmot Township wells—a procedure that was used exclusively in northeast Pennsylvania. Well casings are installed in a well bore to act as a barrier to the rock formations and maintain the well’s integrity.

To do so, the company is using equipment sensitive to sound and temperature. When the equipment finds an anomaly, the company is to correct it immediately by injecting cement behind the casing that seals off the formation, eliminating the route for gas to migrate.

Once the remediation work is performed, it will take up to two weeks to determine if it was successful, although it may take longer for the stray gas to dissipate.

The Welles property wells were drilled between December 2009 and March 2010, but have not been fractured, or “fracked,” and are not yet producing gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, leading the agency to believe that any stray gas migrating from these wells is from a more shallow formation.

On Sept. 9, DEP issued Chesapeake a notice of violation for failing to prevent gas migration to fresh ground water and for allowing an unpermitted natural gas discharge into the state’s waters. DEP will determine future enforcement actions based in part on the speed with which Chesapeake eliminates the migrating gas.

“This situation perfectly illustrates the problem DEP is addressing through the improved well construction standards we have finalized,” said Hanger. “Chesapeake has assured me that all wells drilled by Chesapeake after July 31 conform to the regulations that the Environmental Quality Board will consider on Oct. 12.”

If approved by the EQB, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission is expected to vote on the regulations in November.

For more information, visit

EMS Responding To ATV Accident In Ulysses Township

ATV Accident
At 3:50 pm on Friday, EMS is responding to assist a person injured in an ATV accident on Telescope Road in Ulysses Township. A medical helicopter has been placed on an airborne standby.

$8,400. Fine For Oversize Truck/Trailer In Potter County

Oversize Load Gets $8,400.00 Fine
State Police report that Galeton Police Department stopped a 2000 Kenworth and a 1996 Fontaine Flatbed Trailer for a traffic stop on Route 144 in West Branch Township, Potter County on Wednesday.

A commercial vehicle inspection was conducted by PSP Coudersport. The vehicle was hauling an oversize load containing a construction excavator on Route 144.


The vehicle operated by Darrell Fock, 29, of Montoursville, PA and owned by motor carrier American Peak Production of Paradise, TX, was placed out of service and oversize permit was confiscated.

Seven citations were issued totaling more than $8,400.00.



BRADFORD, Pa. – Professors are sometimes thought to be enthusiastic only about the subjects they teach. Not so at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Sixteen current and former adjunct and full-time faculty members will have their art work showcased as part of the “Stop, Look, Listen and Read!: First Pitt-Bradford Faculty Arts Exhibition” from Friday, Sept. 24, to Friday, Oct. 29, in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall.

A gallery talk will be given at noon Friday, Sept. 24, in Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall (Room 138), followed by a reception at 12:30 p.m. in KOA Speer Electronics Lobby. The exhibition is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

“This exhibition will give both the students and the faculty the opportunity to share their artistic gifts with each other and with their students,” said Kong Ho, director of the interdisciplinary arts program and the art program and associate professor of art. “I am hoping that by sharing their art with each other and the public that our faculty will gain new insight into the possibility of shared interdisciplinary exchanges.”

Not only will paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, video, sculpture, ceramics and woven baskets be showcased, but also included will be works of literature and the performing arts.

Dr. Gautam Mukerjee, associate professor of economics, submitted paintings from a collection he calls “Glimpses of India.”

“I have painted all my life and with very little formal training,” he said. “I am an economist by trade, and so painting is as far as I can get from my area of expertise. Painting provides tremendous relaxation for me and an opportunity to escape the tensions and challenges of everyday living. Painting and sculpture are by far my most favorite hobbies, and I dabble whenever I get the time and opportunity.”

Betsy Matz is another professor from an analytical discipline who enjoys creating art.

After getting into weaving on a loom in college, Matz, chairwoman of the division of management and education and associate professor of business management, eventually turned to basket weaving.

“It has no relationship at all to my discipline of accounting,” Matz said. “I find weaving to be relaxing. Whether it is the rhythm of the loom or the manipulation of the reeds, it is calming.”

Her pieces were included in a show in the Denver Art Museum, titled “The Art of Craft” and were sold in a number of museum gift shops.

“Showcasing such a variety of artistic work in a gallery space that is normally reserved for visual art is a bit challenging,” Ho said. “I believe that an exhibition of this nature is only possible at a university such as Pitt-Bradford, where the faculty is like a close-knit community. I cannot think of too many places where the faculty would feel comfortable sharing their personal art with others.”

Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, visiting assistant professor of art, shares similar thoughts.

“Everyone works very hard at Pitt-Bradford to create syllabi and programs that speak to the concept of interdisciplinary teaching, and I thought, ‘Wow, there are so many members of our faculty who really are like Renaissance scholars and artists that we should try and use one of the Spectrum Series opportunities to showcase some of the amazing art that is produced by our multi-faceted colleagues,’” she said.

The art gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 to 6 p.m. Friday. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

Coudersport Punt Pass & Kick Competition Results

Punt Pass & Kick Competition Results

The Knights of Columbus Council 1355 sponsored the annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Saturday, September 11th along with the Coudersport Falcon Football team. The football team and their coaches assisted in running the contest along with working with the many youngsters on the skills required for this contest. Mayor Wick Furman along with Coach Chris Fink presented trophies to the winners in each age group.

The following athletes won trophies for each of the age groups:

First Place, Second Place, Third Place

6 Years Old Carter Cowburn, Drew Evens, Christian Furman
7 Years Old Alex Burd, Hayden Keck, Caleb Donnelly
8 Years Old Javon Stiles, Dalton Keglovits, Derek Easton
9 Years Old Kolby VanWhy, Howard Stuckey, Dillion Keglovits
10 Years Old Elliot Hite, Owen Chambers, Haley Keck
11 Years Old Tyler Parrish, Trey Stiles, Chase Whitman
12 Years Old Austen Saulter, Hunter Blumer, Greg Heasley
13 Years Old Jordan Seefeldt, Michael Chambers
14 Years Old Scott Furman, Nick Donnelly, Joel Pepper
15 Years Old Ethan Hite, Ben Ragasta, Forrest Tuttle

Overall Female -Haley Keck, Adrian Page, Morgan Parrish

All of the participants did a terrific job in the competition and the Knights would like to congratulate them and thank the football team as well as the personnel at the Coudersport and Austin schools along with the Sports Boosters association.

Tuscorara's Set Up Toll Booths On Nation's Roads

Tuscarora Indian Nation Taking Action
The Tuscorara nation staged a protest Wednesday along Route 31 in the Town of Sanborn in Niagara County .

Tuscarora Indian Nation representative Nicholas Patterson says their setting up toll booths for a dollar to get thru the reservation on Route 31. The Tuscaroras say they will be out on Route 31 every day until the state backs down from its plan to collect cigarette taxes from non-Indian customers.

On Tuesday, a New York State Appeals Court lifted a temporary restraining order that blocked the state from collecting the taxes.

Estate Auction--Betula--Saturday At 10:00 AM


C&N Recognizes Three For Service

C&N Recognizes Three For Service
Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N president and CEO, presented service awards to, from left, Ruth Wilkinson, Dawn Bessie and Roberta Dieffenbach.

WELLSBORO, PA - Three Citizens & Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 30 years of service to the financial institution.

Recognized during the August/September service awards luncheon were:

Dawn Besse, executive vice president and chief credit officer, Wellsboro, 10 years.

Roberta Dieffenbach, teller, Wellsboro, 10 years.

Ruth Wilkinson, new employee and human resources technician, Wellsboro, 10 years.

Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by C&N President and CEO Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. C&N will recognize 43 employees for a total of 700 years of service to Citizens & Northern in 2010.

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.

Man Gets 10 to 30 Years For Child Rapes

Kane Man Sentenced on Rape Charges

A Kane man has been sentenced to 10 to 30 years in state prison on rape charges.

40 year-old Joseph Frontera Jr. plead guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to raping two young girls over a period of seven years. The sexual assaults began when one girl was five years of age and the other six.

Allegany River Cleanup Crew Finds A Harley

Harley Found in Allegany River

The 2nd annual Allegany River cleanup from the Kinzua Dam downstream to Tidoutte, which began Monday, has yielded a fair amount of trash, including bath tubs, microwaves, tires and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Piper Lindell, who is coordinating the clean-up says volunteers have been posing for pictures with the Allegheny River Harley. The Harley was found in the Allegany River near the Buckaloons Recreation Area.

Master Gardener Clinic--Preparing For Next Year's Garden

Only Minor Injury When Truck Hits ATV On 11 Mile Road

A 12 year old Shinglehouse resident was treated at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for a minor injury after the ATV she was operating was struck by a truck on the Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township on Thursday at 3:40 pm.

The crash occurred as a 12 year old female juvenile, operating a 2001 Polaris Magnum 325, emerged from a blind driveway located at 2215 Eleven Mile Road, while attempting to cross Eleven Mile Road.

Danny Bill Kinney, 43, of Great Valley, NY, was driving a 2002 Ford E-350 van truck westbound on 11 mile.

When the juvenile entered the roadway, Kinney was unable to slow in time to avoid striking the ATV in the left side, ejecting the juvenile from the machine.

She was transported by private vehicle to CCMH where she was treated for a minor injury.

The ATV sustained major damage. The truck was moderately damaged but driven from the scene. Kinney was not injured in the crash.

Troopers said the investigation is ongoing.

Juvenile Unhurt In Crash On Rt. 607 Thursday

A known 17 year old female juvenile suffered a minor injury, on Thursday at 7:00 pm, when she lost control of her vehicle on State Route 607, about a half mile north of Gas Well Road in Keating Township, Potter County.

The juvenile was driving a 2002 Taurus north on Route 607 when she approached a left curve and was traveling too fast for the wet roadway. She attempted to apply her brakes, but was unable to keep the unit from sliding onto the right shoulder where the vehicle struck the embankment on the right roadside.

The juvenile was not injured in the crash. Her car was towed from the scene by Kightlingers. She was cited by troopers for not driving at a safe speed in District Court 55-3-01.

Mailbox Damaged In Hit & Run In Hebron Township

Coudersport PSP investigated a hit & run that occurred on 9-7-2010 on West Hebron Road, a half mile west of Sheldon Hollow Road.

An unknown vehicle was traveling West on West Hebron Road, when it traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck a mailbox before fleeing the scene.

No Injuries In Car/Deer Crash On Cowley Hill Road Monday

A Coudersport teen was uninjured when she swerved to miss deer in the roadway on Monday at 10:25 pm on Cowley Hill Road in Portage Township.

Kayla Elaschat, 19, of Vine Street, Coudersport, PA, was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu easterly on Cowley Hill Road when she sighted several deer. She swerved to miss the deer and lost control of her vehicle, which struck the guiderail along the north side of the road and began to spin, coming to rest in the middle of the roadway.

Elaschat was able to exit the vehicle on her own. Troopers reported no visible injuries. She was not wearing her seatbelt. The Malibu suffered disabling front end damage.

Troopers cited her in District Court 55-3-01 with Driving vehicle at safe speed, and Restraint Systems.

Gas Task Force Meeting Hears Many Subjects

Gas Task Force Hears Of Job Training, Local Stream Monitoring

gassignA wide variety of information was presented at the September meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force. The organization was formed last year by Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover in response to the impending growth of the natural gas industry in the region.

The task force includes representatives of the energy industry, environmental organizations, local government, small business, state and county agencies, public education, agriculture, land services, and other sectors.

Meetings are held bimonthly and are open to the public. More information on the Task Force and the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry is available on the county’s website by clicking here. Following is a summary of some of the reports presented at the September meeting:

  • Trout Unlimited representative Bob Volkmar said training of volunteer water monitors continues. They’ll be checking streams and rivers for any potential degradation due to natural gas drilling or other causes. Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council is supporting the monitoring system in Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Jefferson counties. First phase is to establish a baseline of water conditions coldwater streams, which is now underway.

  • Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich announced that a meeting will be held on Oct. 21 to share information with municipal officials about road bonding, maintenance agreements, overweight vehicles and related topics. Each township and borough will have one-on-one time with LTAP and PennDOT officials and receive a booklet with sample ordinances and other information. Similar topics will be addressed at the Sept. 25 Potter County Association of Township Officials annual convention.

  • Bob Veilleux, from Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Potter County Education Council, reported on training sessions coming up at the Vo-Tech School in Port Allegany for anyone interested in gas industry employment, from welding and truck driving, to rig work and related jobs in the field. He said there has been a high level of interest in training classes that have already been held. Veilleux also discussed other partnerships involving education providers and the gas industry to prepare local residents for employment and he distributed information on area pipeline projects.

  • Amy Thompson announced the Oct. 1 visit of the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U) trailer to Coudersport She said there is a need to educate school students and others on natural gas and other energy issues, since misinformation continues to circulate.

  • Mary Jo Shaub discussed the state-sponsored broadband outreach program. It’s an effort to bring high-speed data/internet capacity across the state, including rural areas, in partnership with private providers. It is being coordinated locally by the Potter County Education Council.

  • John McLaughlin reported on two scheduled water quality workshops: Oct. 14, Brian Swistock, Cooperative Extension, Natural Gas Expo, St. Marys, 3-5 pm; Oct. 19, Jim Clark, Cooperative Extension, 6:30 pm to 8 pm, Galeton Senior Center.

  • Lucinda Weakland from the Potter County Emergency Management Agency presented a summary of upcoming training for first responders, dealing with well site emergencies and related incidents and actions (see scheduled below). She said there is a wealth of preparedness material available through the internet and offered her agency’s assistance for emergency service agencies, schools and others interested in learning more.

PennDOT Announces Changes in Accepting Puerto Rican-Issued Birth Certificates as Credentials for Driver’s Licenses/ID Cards

PennDOT Announces Changes in Accepting Puerto Rican-Issued Birth Certificates as Credentials for Driver’s Licenses/ID Cards

Harrisburg – Starting Oct. 1, PennDOT can no longer accept birth certificates issued by the Puerto Rican government prior to July 1, 2010, as acceptable proof of identity when applying for a driver’s license or photo identification card, the agency announced today.

The change is due to a law passed by the Puerto Rican government last year, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, invalidating all Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010. The law aims to strengthen the birth certificate issuance process to combat the fraudulent use of Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates to unlawfully obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits and other federal services.

Individuals born in Puerto Rico who were issued a birth certificate prior to July 1, 2010, may obtain a new, valid copy of their birth certificate from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record Office. Puerto Rico’s government advises Puerto Rican-born individuals living stateside that only those who need a birth certificate for a transaction or official purpose need apply as soon as possible; those who want to obtain a copy for their records can do so at a later date.

In order to assist the Puerto Rican-born community living in the U.S., the Puerto Rican government has launched an online process for individuals to apply for the new birth certificates available via For more information about the new law and instructions on how to apply by mail, visit

For additional information on the identity and residency documentation needed to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID card, visit the Identity/Security Information Center on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Listen To Blair Heimel Tonight At Olga In Coudersport

Book Sale This Weekend

BOOK SALE: I am no longer doing crafts. I am selling all of my craft books and I also have some very nice cook books by Joanna Lund. 95% of my books are brand new and have never been used and are in excellent condition.Most of them are hard cover and all of the patterns have never been used or cut from the books.There is every type of crafts in them. Especially some great bazaar crafts. This is not a yard sale just strictly a book sale inside because of the bad weather. If interested my address is 368 State Route 244 Coudersport, Pa. Sale hours are 9 am til 5 p.m. Sept. 17, 18 and 19th. If you would like to call my number is 814-698-2580

PennDOT posting Coburn Hill road in Bradford County

PennDOT posting Coburn Hill road in Bradford County

PennDOT is advising motorists in Bradford County that another road will be posted with a permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions.

The following state highway will get the weight restriction along its entire length:

State Route 1079 (Coburn Hill Road) in Warren Township, from the intersection with Warren Center Road to the intersection with Reagan Hill Road.


Advanced Muscle Science Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of AROM-X Capsules, AROM-X UTT Liquid, AROM-XL Liquid, 4-AD Capsules and Decavol Capsules Marketed as a Dietary Supplements Containing ATD

Fizogen Precision Technologies, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of OFF CYCLE II HARDCORE, a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Sept. 20

Clearfield – Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update for the
week of Sept. 20. 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 early October.

• 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 bituminous paving, 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.

Game Night At The Spot

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Call For Woman Fallen Outside In Coudersport

Woman Fallen Outside On N. East St
At 9:10 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Dept. 48 EMS has been dispatched to North East Street in the Boro for a woman fallen outside.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Supper Saturday At Sartwell Creek Church

Penny-Cures Nail Salon In Roulette Open By Appointment

Michael Andrew Sinclair, 47, of Austin, TX

AUSTIN, TX - Michael Andrew Sinclair, 47, of Austin, formerly of 6283 Route 305, Black Creek, NY, passed away Aug. 29, 2010, at St. David's Hospital in Austin after a lengthy illness.

Born April 24, 1963, in Buffalo, NY, he was a son of Lorenzo Curt and Lucy A. Gritts Sinclair, who survive.

Mr. Sinclair was a graduate of the former Cuba Central School, class of 1981.

Michael's love for music led him to play guitar in many bands, both in New York and Texas. He was also a member of the Seneca Nation.

While in Texas, Mr. Sinclair worked construction prior to becoming ill.

Surviving besides his parents of Black Creek are a son, Christopher Michael Sinclair of Toronto, Canada; a daughter, Brandy Sinclair (Brian) O'Hagan of Pittsburgh, PA; a granddaughter, Lemony K. O'Hagan; a brother, David Sinclair of Jamestown, NY; two uncles, Sam Norfire of Stilwell, OK, and Calvin Chase of Duke Center, PA; and aunt, Donna J. Chase of Del Rio, TX; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend with whom he made his home, Marcia Loomis of Austin.

Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba, on Sunday (Sept. 19, 2010) from 2 to 4 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held. The Rev. Sonya "Sunny" Mauser will officiate. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, town of New Hudson, NY.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Peter J. Scotch, 72, of Main Street , Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, PA - Peter J. Scotch, 72, of Main Street died Saturday (Sept. 11, 2010) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born May 15, 1938, in Lockport, NY, he was a son of Peter S. and Fara Simmons Scotch.

Mr. Scotch was a 1956 graduate of Lockport High School and later attended Nyack Christian College. He had lived in Milford, CT, for many years and in Newfane, NY, before moving to Duke Center in 1997.

He had been employed as a draftsman at Perkin-Elmer Corp. in Norwalk, CT, for 13 years and from 1987 until his retirement in 1998 was a draftsman for Dresser-Rand Co. in various locations.

Mr. Scotch was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, where he was active with the Relief Bus Missions, and was a past chairman of Tri-Beach Neighborhood Association in Milford. He enjoyed gardening, painting in acrylics, his mission trips to Israel and Russia, his work with the Relief Bus to New York City and making wordless book bracelets for the mission trips.

Surviving are two sons, Peter (Marcia) Scotch of Wallingford, CT, and David (Beth) Scotch of Carthage, NC; three daughters, Rebekah (Gaylon) Stanley of Westfield, MA, Sarah (Paul) Beckwith of Milford and Rachel Scotch of Boston, MA; six grandchildren, Matthew and Colin Scotch, Bethany Scotch, David Scotch Jr., Aaron Scotch and Cameron Stanley; two brothers, Joseph Scotch of Katy, TX, and Anthony Scotch of Whitney, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. Funeral services were held Wednesday (Sept. 15, 2010) at 11 a.m. in the Duke Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Sheesley officiating. Burial will be in Duke Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Relief Bus, Box 64, Times Square Post Office, New York, NY 10108.

Potter-McKean Residents Urged To Take Shorter Showers

DEP Declares Statewide Drought Watches, Warnings
Below-Normal Rainfall Leads to Water Deficits

PA Residents Urged To Take Shorter Showers While Drillers Take Millions Of Gallons From Rivers & Aquafers

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought warning for 24 Pennsylvania counties and a drought watch for the remaining 43 counties as precipitation deficits continued to build statewide according to Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger.

“The hot, dry conditions over the summer months have led to steadily-declining ground and surface water levels, particularly in the southwest and east-central portions of the state,” Hanger said. “Pennsylvania’s Drought Task Force has concurred with DEP’s recommendation that drought watches and warnings be issued for all 67 counties to alert water suppliers, industry and the public of the need to begin conserving water.”

A drought watch declaration is the first level — and least severe — of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use, and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies.

A drought warning asks residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 10-15 percent.

The 24 counties under a Drought Warning are: Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, and Washington.

The 43 counties under a Drought Watch are: Adams, Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York.

Precipitation deficits over the past 90-day period are currently as great as 5.6 inches below normal in Somerset County and 5.5 inches below normal in Bucks County.
DEP is sending letters to all water suppliers statewide, notifying them of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

DEP monitors a network of groundwater wells and stream gages across the state that provide comprehensive data to the state drought coordinator. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and streamflow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage, and shares this data with other state and federal agencies.

DEP offers the following tips for conserving water around the home:

• In the bathroom:
• Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets;
• Check for household leaks – a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day;
• Take short showers instead of baths.

• Kitchen/laundry areas:
• Replace older appliances with high efficiency, front loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy;
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads;
• Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

The department also offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers.

Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at, keyword: drought.

Margaret E. Zito Anderson, 84, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium formerly of 457 E. Second St.,

Margaret E. Zito Anderson, 84, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium formerly of 457 E. Second St., died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Thursday, (September 16, 2010) morning.

She was born April 18, 1926 in Emporium a daughter of the late Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito.

On August 17, 1946 in St. Mark Rectory she married the late Ross E. Anderson.

Mrs. Anderson graduated from the former Emporium High School. Following graduation she worked for the former NW Mining Co. in DuBois and later for Sylvania in Emporium before transferring to Litton in Williamsport where she worked for several years. She then worked as a legal secretary at Perciballi Law Office in Williamsport before she retired and moved back to Emporium. She was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church.


Sister: Theresa Dixon, DuBois
Sister: Susan Zito, Emporium
Sister: Jean Zito, Emporium
Brother: Gus Zito, Emporium
Numerous: Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in Death By

Parents: Anthony and Amelia Nicolo Zito
Husband: Ross E. Anderson who died Oct. 21, 2009
2 Sisters: Nancy Connors and Stella Zito
5 Brothers: Frank, Dominick, Joe and Tony Zito & Joseph in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home prior to the Mass on Monday from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (September 20, 2010) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.



BRADFORD, Pa. – A masterpiece of slapstick and protest set in a police headquarters where a man has fallen to his death will be performed Monday, Sept. 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“¡Anarchist!” will be performed by the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern of Durham N.C., at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Admission is $6 for all adults and $2 for students. The production is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

“¡Anarchist!” is an updated version of Dario Fo’s classic “Accidental Death of an Anarchist.” Questions are raised as to whether the anarchist jumped or was pushed. A chameleonic maniac turns the tables on a corrupt establishment in an effort to get to the bottom of it.

“Little Green Pig is the most consistently exciting and surprising theater company in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater and director of the theater program at Pitt-Bradford. “‘¡Anarchist!’ played to sold-out houses and rave reviews during the summer in Durham.

“They were then invited to take the show to Mexico for a number of further performances. Since they knew they could take the show on the road to go further south, I was able to convince them it would be a great idea to take it further north as well.”

Tickets are available by calling the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814) 362-5113.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609 or

Electric Pole Fire In Coudersport

Pole Fire Behind Kightlingers in Coudersport
At 4:38 pm on Thursday, Coudersport Dept, 48 has been dispatched to a electrical pole fire at 100 Market Street, behind Kightlingers.

All Units standby at station on orders of Chief 48.
At 4:54 pm---One Engine dispatched to scene

Oldies Night At Mosch's Tavern on Sept. 24th

Westbound Traffic On I-80 Backed Up For Miles

I-80 WB truck crash backs up traffic for miles ahead of Lightstreet Exit 236 in Columbia County

September 16, 2010 @ 3:10 p.m.

Motorists traveling Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia County are advised of truck crash at Mile Marker 235 (near Lightstreet) that has westbound traffic backed up for five or six miles at this hour.

The crash occurred in the single-lane work zone.

Traffic is getting around the crash scene on the shoulder, but the volume of traffic is only expected to make the backlog worse for at least the next several hours.

Westbound motorists are advised to consider alternate routes; otherwise plan plenty of extra time for your travels into the evening hours tonight.

Court Says PSP Incident Reports Not Public Information

Court Rules Against Potter Co. Newspaper

Incident reports filed by Pennsylvania state troopers do not have to be released to the public, according to today’s ruling by the Commonwealth Court.

The 6-1 majority ruling said the forms are covered by an exception to the Right-to-Know Law that allows agencies to withhold criminal investigative records.

The case involves a February 2009 request by the Potter Leader-Enterprise for a complete incident report about a fight in Potter County. The court found that the incident report did not amount to a police blotter, which are public record, and therefore did not have to be released.

Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer wrote, "The incident report is not a chronological listing of arrests. Rather, it is a description of an investigation by the PSP into a complaint of criminal activity."

Office of Open Records Director Terry Mutchler says she is reviewing the decision to decide whether to appeal.

Read more:

Potter County Uncovers Valuable Civil War Induction Records

County Uncovers Valuable Civil War Induction Records

civilwarDuring a recent renovation at the Potter County Courthouse, workers uncovered a pile of old documents that were well-preserved and intriguing. Upon review of the records, the Potter County Commissioners realized that the crew had unearthed a historic gold mine.

The dust-covered papers are induction documents for Potter County men and boys who volunteered to serve with the Union Army in the Civil War. They’re separated by borough and township and include names of many soldiers who have descendants living in the county.

After discussions with David Castano of the Potter County Historical Society, the commissioners agreed to donate the documents to that organization and the records are now in safe storage at the museum in Coudersport. Castano said the timing of receiving the records could not be better, since there’s a research project underway to document Potter County’s involvement in the Civil War.

MVA With Injury In Keating Township

MVA With Injury
At 1:38 pm on Thursday, Smethport Fire Dept. and Ambulance 16 have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 46 and Bordell Crossroads in Keating Township. One person is reported with a back injury who is entrapped.


G.E.T. Issues Voluntary Recall of ArimaDex
Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:12:00 -0500

Genetic Edge Technologies of Phoenix, Arizona is voluntarily recalling 60 count bottles of ArimaDex, because it may contain an Aromatase Inhibitor. Genetic Edge Technologies has been informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that potential adverse events associated with the use of Aromatase Inhibitors could include the following: decreased rate of bone maturation and growth, decreased sperm production, infertility, aggressive behavior, adrenal insufficiency, kidney failure, and liver dysfunction.

Millicent Jean Cosper Mejia, 83, of North Versailles, formerly of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Millicent Jean Cosper Mejia, 83, of North Versailles, formerly of Smethport, died Tuesday (September 14, 2010) in the Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville.

She was born Oct 25, 1926 in Keating Twp., a daughter of Floyd and Kathryn Munch Cosper. On Nov. 14, 1958, in Gambrills, Maryland, she married Gilberto Mejia, who died March 16, 2002.

Mrs. Mejia was a graduate of Smethport Area High School and was a PFC (T) (E-3) in the U.S. Army, as a WAC, serving from 1957 to 1959.

Mrs. Mejia was employed by Lakeview Sr. Care and Living Center, Smethport, in laundry and food service.

She is survived by
one son: G. Fred (Laurie) Mejia of Murrysville, PA
one daughter: Mary Mejia of North Versailles, PA
step daughter: Doris Abbey of Coudersport, PA
grandsons: Fredrick, Aaron, and Andrew Mejia.
one sister: Kathryn Shay of Portville, NY

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

A graveside service will be held Friday, September 17, at 1:00 pm from the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating.

Online condolences can be made at

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

Pennsylvania General Energy Drilling Activities Progressing In Roulette Area

Pennsylvania General Energy (Exxon Mobil) has been granted a DEP permit for a new Marcellus Gas Well pad on Fisk Hollow Road in Roulette Township. This is their 4th pad in this area.

Permits are in process for a 5th well pad and a centralized impoundment pond for fracking water.

Plans are in the works for a pumping station along Route 6 to pump water from water wells they have been drilling on the Kaple Farm to supply their fracking needs, along with a natural gas pipeline to take the natural gas to market from the Fisk Hollow locations. Plans have been submitted to Roulette Township Supervisors for notification and review.

PennDOT Reminds Parents to Get Back to Basics During Child Passenger Safety Week

PennDOT Reminds Parents to Get Back to Basics During Child Passenger Safety Week
Children Up to Age 8 Must Be Properly Restrained in Child Safety Seats

Harrisburg – National Child Passenger Safety Week begins next week and PennDOT is reminding parents and caregivers to get back to basics and review car seat safety for their children.

During Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 19-25, parents and caregivers can visit a fitting station to have their seats checked by a trained technician for proper installation and use.

“Events being held this week are a perfect time to give yourself the extra peace of mind and have your seat checked by a professional,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Keeping children safe while they are traveling is a major responsibility and we are committed to helping parents and guardians.”

PennDOT provides funding for approximately 170 child passenger safety fitting stations, which checked more than 5,000 seats last year. PennDOT found eight out of 10 child safety seats checked at these fitting stations last year were being used improperly. The three major types of misuse included:
• Incorrect harness use with the harness being too loose, routed incorrectly or twisted.
• Incorrect seat selection as the wrong child safety seat was being used for the child’s age, weight, height or physical development and behavioral needs.
• Incorrect installation that the seat was not correctly installed on the vehicle seat using a seat belt or the LATCH system.

Last year on Pennsylvania roads, seven children from newborns up to age eight lost their lives and more than 2,100 were injured in crashes. To increase your child’s chances of surviving a crash, officials encourage you to get back to basics on car seat safety.

The basics of child passenger safety start with the state’s primary child passenger safety law, which requires children up to age four to be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat.

The law also requires infants to be rear-facing until they reach one year of age and 20 pounds. However, for increased injury protection, safety advocates now recommend keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible up to the maximum height or weight limit of the car seat.

Children from age four up to age eight are required by the state’s booster seat law to be properly restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children may need to stay in a booster seat past age eight since seat belts do not fit properly if they weigh less than 80 pounds or are shorter than four-feet, nine inches.

In 2009, nearly 5,000 drivers were cited for violating these laws, resulting in a $100 fine plus associated costs.

Once a child outgrows the booster seat, state law requires that children up to age 18 must be secured in a seat belt system anywhere in the vehicle. Violators of this law are subject to a $10 fine plus associated costs.

A portion of these child passenger safety fines is deposited in the child safety seat loaner program, which provides car seats to families in need. PennDOT’s loan program provided more than 500 child safety seats to families last year.

When choosing a car seat, safety advocates remind parents that not every car seat will fit in every car. Additionally, the price of the seat does not reflect its ability to protect a child since all seats are tested to the same crash standards.

In addition to properly securing their children, parents and guardians can be a good role model by buckling up every time they get in a vehicle.

State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said each state police troop will conduct at least one child passenger safety seat check event during the week. A list of the state police safety seat check locations is available at

For more information on child passenger safety and to view a list of car seat checks, visit, then “Traffic Safety Information Center” and “Child Passenger Safety.”

Below is a list of scheduled checks in the area

Cameron County
Sept. 21; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cool's Auto Repair
SR 155
Emporium, PA 15834

Elk County
Sept. 22; 2 – 8 p.m.
PennDOT - Elk County
32 Saint Leo Ave.

McKean County
Sept. 23; 9a.m. – 3 p.m.
PA State Police - Kane
3178 Route 219

Clearfield County
Sept. 24; 3 – 9 p.m.
Clearfield Fire Department
108 East Cherry Street
Clearfield, PA 16830

Potter County
Sept. 24; 2 – 9 p.m.
Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association
122 E. Second St.

Clinton County
Sept. 25; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Clinton County Fairgrounds
98 Racetrack Rd.

Portage Township Camp Burglarized Over Summer

Emporium State Police are investigating a camp burglary at 353 Hayfield Hollow Road in Portage Township, Cameron County.

Unknown actor(s) entered the camp owned by David Knerr, Harrisburg, PA, between May 5, 2010 and September 13, 2010, after kicking in the door.

At this time it is unknown if anything was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Remote Car Starters Professionally Installed--Sale Now

Thumpin N Bumpin Car Audio

Is having a before the SNOW flies sale on Remote Car Starters.

Single button Remotes Installed $150.00 . factory anti theft bypass are extra.

We have gift certificates , remote starters make a great gift.

Call to make an appointment 814-274-7931

Second Chances Vocal concert - Sept. 26th

Second Chances Choral Concert

The inspirational vocal group Second Chances will be performing on Sunday September 26 at 3:00 PM at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport.

The concert will include arrangements of American spirituals used in the movies "Cold Mountain" and "Brother, Where Art Thou?", an arrangement of the traditional hymn, "Be Thou My Vision" by John Rutter and inspirational acapella pieces performed by this ensemble of tight knit voices.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is a non-perishable food donation for the local food bank. (Poster is attached.) For more information, contact Director Gloria Richardson at 203-5164.

Federal Grant To Hamot To Help Rural Hospitals Improve Care

Rep. Dahlkemper Announces $99,000 Federal Grant to Hamot to Improve Care for Rural Patients

Erie, Pa.—Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper announced today that Hamot Medical Center has received a $99,000 federal grant to partner with three hospitals to provide rural patients greater access to the advanced medical care they need.

The Health and Human Services grant, which Hamot applied for with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys, and Kane Community Hospital in Kane, will specifically help pay for a cache of equipment to be stored at each of the rural hospitals for use while transporting critically ill patients to Hamot.

The equipment includes a portable ventilator, a wireless device to monitor vital signs, and a state-of-the-art portable IV pump. Currently, transfer of critically ill patients to Hamot from the rural hospitals can be significantly delayed because of a lack of equipment and critical-care trained paramedics and nurses.

“The purchase of this equipment will help put an end to critically-ill patients having to wait for a hospital transfer,” Rep. Dahlkemper said. “This equipment will save lives because it will give Hamot doctors the chance to provide the best care possible, as fast as possible. This grant is a great benefit for our rural communities.”

Hamot Medical Center officials said that adding the equipment to rural hospitals will reduce health care disparities in rural areas, improve hospital efficiencies and save lives.

“This grant, due to Rep. Dahlkemper’s leadership, will allow rural patients greater access to the advanced medical care that they need. It will provide critical medical equipment that is needed onsite to stabilize the patient and if necessary, transfer them to a higher level of care,” said Val Jackson, the regional director of the Hamot Heart Institute.