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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two Cars Crash In Front Of Sweden Valley Manor Friday

An eight year old Galeton girl was transported to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of a minor injury on Friday at 3:17 pm after the car she was riding in was struck by another vehicle that was pulling out of the Sweden Valley Manor onto Route 6.

Troopers said the crash occurred as G. Marie O'Donnell, 63, of Galeton was driving an Outback east on Route 6.

Michele A. Hults, 36, of Port Allegany, driving a 2000 Jeep Liberty, was attempting to make a left turn onto Route 6 from the parking lot of Sweden Valley Manor. Hults proceeded onto Route 6 before verifying the move could be made safely, and impacted the side of O'Donnell's car.

All occupants were wearing seat belts and the only one injured was the 8 year old girl who was a rear seat passenger in the O'Donnell car.

Hults will be cited for "Vehicles Entering Roadway." Coudersport Fire Dept. and Coudersport Ambulance responded to the scene.

Roulette Man Jailed After Domestic Assault

Troopers were called to a private residence on North Street in the village of Roulette at 12:28 am on Saturday for a report of an assault.

Timothy Robert Johnson, 28, of Roulette,PA, caused bodily injury to a 29 year old male.

He was arrested and arraigned before on call District Judge Annette Easton on charges of SIMPLE ASSAULT; DISORDERLY CONDUCT; HARASSMENT; AND PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS.

Judge Easton set bail at $5,000. Johnson could not post bail and was committed to the Potter County Jail. Further proceedings will be handled through District Court 55-4-01.

*State Police noted that the relationship between the accused and the victim is classified as domestic violence, therefore the victim's personal information has been withheld.

"Tom Corbett is in the pocket of Big Oil and Gas," Mr. Onorato claimed.

Candidates spar over gas industry contributions
Saturday, October 02, 2010

HARRISBURG -- With the gubernatorial election just a month away, Democrat Dan Onorato and Republican Tom Corbett are increasing the shrillness of their attacks on each other's campaign contributions.

Mr. Onorato, in a statewide conference call with reporters Friday, said that as of the latest campaign finance reports, his opponent has accepted more than $900,000 in donations from the gas industry.

"Tom Corbett is in the pocket of Big Oil and Gas," Mr. Onorato claimed. "He will defend their profits and not do anything for taxpayers." More...

Spin Off Of Gas Drilling Bringing New Business/Jobs To Clinton County

Gas industry supplier finds new home

Firm offers various services to drillers and is looking to hire

October 2, 2010 - By JIM RUNKLE -
Lock Haven Express

MILL HALL -HB Rentals, billed as one of the world's largest suppliers of on-site accommodations and auxiliary equipment for the oil and gas industry, is opening its doors in Lamar Township.

The company is leasing the former E&D Construction Co. complex from R.C. Bowman's Construction next door.

According to Brian Chilton, HB Rentals' operations manager for the northeastern U.S., the opening of operations will mean about 16 new jobs immediately, with the possibility of 30 jobs within a year.

The company offers a variety of services to land-based drilling operations involving wheel-mounted trailer units, telecommunications equipment, water, sewer and septic systems and cold weather skids. More..

Carl E. Mowery, 75, of, Marienville, PA formally of Port Allegany and Bradford, PA

Port Allegany- Carl E. Mowery, 75, of, Marienville, PA formally of Port Allegany and Bradford died Friday (October 1, 2010) in the Warren General Hospital, Warren.

He was born Jan 7, 1935 in Port Allegany, a son of Bertram L. and Kathryn P. Barnett Mowery.

Mr. Mowery attended Port Allegany High School.

He is survived by

Two sisters: Letha M. Thomas of Bradford, PA and Shirley Coleman of Lakeland, FL

He was preceded in death by his parents and a 2 brother Thomas Mowery and Robert Mowery

There will be no visitation. Funeral and committal services will be held at the convenience of the family

Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany, PA.

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

Online condolence may be made at

New Outside Wood Boiler Rules Become Law Today

New Rules For Outside Wood Boilers Become Law
Rules for outside wood boilers became law today when they were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. For the complete text and explanation of the regulations click HERE.

Annex A






§ 121.1. Definitions.

 The definitions in section 3 of the act (35 P. S. § 4003) apply to this article. In addition, the following words and terms, when used in this article, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

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Btu—British thermal unit—The amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of pure liquid water by 1° F at the temperature at which water has its greatest density (39° F).

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Clean wood—The term includes the following:

 (i) Wood that contains no paint, stains or other types of coatings.

 (ii) Wood that has not been treated with preservatives or chemicals, including copper, chromium arsenate, creosote and pentachlorophenol.

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New Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—A Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler that is installed on or after October 2, 2010.

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Non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—An outdoor wood-fired boiler that has not been certified or qualified by the EPA as meeting a particulate matter emission limit of 0.32 pounds per million Btu output or lower and is labeled accordingly.

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Outdoor wood-fired boiler

 (i) A fuel-burning device that:

 (A) Is designed to burn, or is capable of burning, clean wood or other fuels listed under § 123.14(f) (relating to outdoor wood-fired boilers).

 (B) Has a rated thermal output of less than 350,000 Btu per hour.

 (C) The manufacturer designs or specifies for outdoor installation or installation in structures not normally intended for habitation by humans or domestic animals, including structures like garages and sheds.

 (D) Heats building space or fluid, or both, through the distribution, typically through pipes, of a fluid heated in the device, typically water or a mixture of water and antifreeze.

 (ii) The fuel-burning device may also be known as an:

 (A) Outdoor wood-fired furnace.

 (B) Outdoor wood-burning appliance.

 (C) Outdoor hydronic heater.

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Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—An outdoor wood-fired boiler that has been certified or qualified by the EPA as meeting a particulate matter emission limit of 0.32 pounds per million Btu output or lower and is labeled accordingly.

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§ 123.14. Outdoor wood-fired boilers.

 (a) Applicability. Beginning on October 2, 2010, this section applies to the following:

 (1) A person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor who sells, offers for sale, leases or distributes an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth.

 (2) A person who installs an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth.

 (3) A person who purchases, receives, leases, owns, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth.

 (b) Exemptions.

 (1) This section does not apply to a person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor who sells, offers for sale, leases or distributes in this Commonwealth a non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler if the person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor demonstrates the non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler is intended for shipment and use outside of this Commonwealth.

 (2) Subsections (c), (d) and (e) do not apply to a permanently installed outdoor wood-fired boiler that was installed prior to October 2, 2010, and is transferred to a new owner as a result of a real estate transaction.

 (3) A person may not sell, offer for sale, distribute or lease a non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the outdoor wood-fired boiler was manufactured, distributed, purchased or leased and received in this Commonwealth before May 31, 2011.

 (i) This exemption shall remain in effect until May 31, 2011.

 (ii) A non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler purchased during the sell-through period must meet the following requirements:

 (A) Be installed a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.

 (B) Have a permanently attached stack that meets the following requirements:

 (I) Extends a minimum of 10 feet above the ground.

 (II) Is installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.

 (c) Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler. Except as provided under subsection (b):

 (1) A person may not sell, offer for sale, distribute or install an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth unless it is a Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

 (2) A person may not purchase, lease or receive an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth unless it is a Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

 (d) Setback requirements for new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boilers. A person may not install a new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the boiler is installed a minimum of 50 feet from the nearest property line.

 (e) Stack height requirements for new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boilers. A person may not install, use or operate a new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the boiler has a permanently attached stack. The stack must meet both of the following requirements:

 (1) Extend a minimum of 10 feet above the ground.

 (2) Be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.

 (f) Allowed fuels. A person that owns, leases, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth shall use only one or more of the following fuels:

 (1) Clean wood.

 (2) Wood pellets made from clean wood.

 (3) Home heating oil, natural gas or propane that:

 (i) Complies with all applicable sulfur limits.

 (ii) Is used as a starter or supplemental fuel for dual-fired outdoor wood-fired boilers.

 (4) Other types of fuel approved in writing by the Department upon receipt of a written request.

 (g) Prohibited fuels. A person who owns, leases, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth may not burn a fuel or material in that outdoor wood-fired boiler other than those fuels listed under subsection (f).

 (h) Applicable laws and regulatory requirements. A person may not use or operate an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless it complies with applicable Commonwealth, county and local laws and regulations adopted thereunder.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-1876. Filed for public inspection October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

PSP Investigating Apparent Suicide In Lafayette Township

State Police at Kane are investigating the death of a 47 year old male at a residence on Route 59 in Lafayette Township, McKean County.

The man died between September 30 and October 2, 2010 from an apparent suicide

Police said that there are no suspicious circumstances in the death.

EMS Responds To Square For Choking Infant

At 4:12 pm on Saturday, EMS responding to Courthouse Square behind courthouse for an infant choking.



will feature a 3 part series of Small-Group studies by

Francis Chan, "Sold Out To Jesus".

Oct. 2, (tonight), Oct. 17, Oct. 16, Oct. 23

(No Cafe' Worship Oct. 9)

The SPOT is located 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.

a Ministry of the Free Methodist Church

Ulysses Man Sentenced In Tioga County Court

Robert C. Hillyard, 52, of 214 Forks Road, Ulysses, six months' intermediate punishment for driving under the influence of intoxicants, his second offense in 10 years, with the first five days on house arrest/electronic monitoring and the remainder on probation. He was charged by Gaines Township police following a traffic stop Oct. 30, 2009, on Route 6, Gaines. Sun Gazette

Now Or Never Club & Jakobs Hollow Tonight At Olga

Benefit Dinner For Jadon Archer Today

Robert E. Froebel, 81, of Galeton, PA

Robert E. Froebel, 81, of Galeton, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 1, 2010 at his home.

Born January 8, 1929 in Coudersport, PA, he was a son of the late Herman and Eva (Dezutter) Froebel.

Bob was a 1948 Graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a Veteran, having served with the United States Army in the Korean War.

On October 1, 1955, at the St. Germain’s Catholic Church in Germania, PA, he married the former Teresa Geiser , who survives.

Bob worked at Dresser Manufacturing in Wellsboro for 33 years. He was a member of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton; the Galeton VFW Post #6611, where he was a former Commander of the Post; the Knights of Columbus, where he was a Third Degree Knight; and a former member of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Bob loved playing cards with his family and friends, especially pinochle, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, constructing fishing rods, fly tying, gardening, and trapping. He received the Pa Game Commission’s Triple Trophy Award in 1969 for bear, deer and turkey.

Surviving besides his wife of 55 years, Teresa Froebel, are, a son, Gregory (Cynthia) Froebel, Germania; two daughters, Melanie (Rick) Lechler, Germania, and Cindy (Curt) Shadle, Galeton; eight grandchildren, Lance and Jessica Dingman, Venessa Lechler, Alicia and Mathew Shadle, Jen, Jess, and Jeremiah Wagner; three great grandchildren, Rebekah and Brealyn Riddle, and Alexis Dingman; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by two sisters, Leona Hopper and Maxine Corbin, a brother, Buddy Froebel, a daughter-in-law, and a step-grandson.

Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton on Monday, October 4, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm and at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 10:00-11:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Potter County Hospice or to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association.

One Car Crash On Rt. 219

One Car Crash On Rt. 219
At 2:42 pm on Saturday, Lafayette Station 21 and Bradford EMS was dispatched to a one vehicle crash one mile south of Tacks Inn on Route 219. One male was reported self-extricated.

Escaped Inmates From Chautauqua County Have Been Caught

Two escaped inmates caught in Brocton
Updated: Saturday, 02 Oct 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

BROCTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State Police have caught both escapees from the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility in Brocton.

Motor Vehicle Crash On Route 6 in Tioga County

Motor Vehicle Crash On Rt. 6
Galeton & Wellsboro Fire & Ambulance units were dispatched to a motor Vehicle Accident at 9:58 am on Saturday morning at 5426 Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County.

Vehicle Fire In Emporium

Vehicle Fire
At 1:09 pm on Saturday, Cameron Company 14 is on scene of a vehicle fire at 620 East Allegheny Avenue in Emporium.


Public Invited To Sunday Afternoon Event At Coudersport Public Library

Public Invited To Sunday Afternoon Event At Coudersport Public Library

Our forebears recognized that a library was an essential community resource when they founded the Coudersport Public Library more than 150 years ago. There’s no doubt that our library is vibrant community resource utilized by a cross section of area residents. There’s also no doubt that the Coudersport Public Library continues to be challenged by a building that is unable to meet the needs of library patrons today.

The Library Trustees have embarked on a plan to build a new library – a plan that will need the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations from the Coudersport area to make the vision of a new library a reality.

We invite you to learn more about our plans at Building Fund Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, October 3 beginning at 4:00 p.m. (at the conclusion of the Falling Leaves 5K Race). You will have the opportunity to share your suggestions for the library, learn more about the building project and how you can support the effort. We’ll be serving ice cream and cookies and our friends from Jakob’s Hollow have volunteered to serenade us and create a fun and festive atmosphere!

We appreciate your support of the Coudersport Public Library and look forward to seeing you.

Trustees, Coudersport Public Library

Keturah Cappadonia, Library Director

Smethport Responds To Possible Gas Leak At Church

Building Evacuated
At 11:54 am on Saturday, Smethport Dept. 2 has been called to St. Luke's church at 600 Main Street in Smethport for a possible natural gas leak.

Rendell Talks About Spying On Citizens

Featured Story

Pennsylvania Homeland Security Director's 'made a very significant mistake in judgment,' Gov. Ed Rendell says



October 02, 2010, 12:00AM
Gov. Ed Rendell announced Friday that Powers will step down Oct. 8, saying “Jim is a good man who made a very significant mistake in judgment." Full story »

Happy 23rd Birthday Sabrina
Happy 23rd Birthday Sabrina,
Pierce and Peyton

Grand Opening Of The Great Punkin' Patch This Weekend

Grand Opening this weekend!

The Great Punkin’ Patch is open for all ages.

October 1st through October 31st

Have fun in the fall down on the farm.

Open every day noon to dusk

Hay rides, corn maze, hundreds of pumpkins, gift shop, cow-train, petting zoo, Saturday chicken barbeques, camp fires with s’mores and story tellers.

Located one mile off Route 6 on Pine Grove Road in Port Allegany. Look for the Great Punkin’ signs.

962 Pine Grove Road, Port Allegany, PA 16743

$5 admission and free parking.

Families, church and school groups welcomed. Watch for specials and coupons.

Thank you,

Brought to you by the Pine Grove Family Farm

Wayne and Barbara Wright

(814) 598-0224

Unstoppable: How to Stop Your Life From Becoming a Trainwreck starts OCTOBER 3rd

Unstoppable: How to Stop Your Life From Becoming a Trainwreck starts OCTOBER 3rd and runs each Sunday in October at Open Arms Community Church in Bradford, PA.
Services are held Sunday Mornings at 9:15 and 11:00 AM

Does life feel out of control like a runaway train, something so big moving so fast, that it seems unstoppable?
Does it feel like the only outcome will be a devastating crash that destroys you and many around you?

JOIN US at Open Arms SUNDAYS at 9:15AM and 11:00AM starting October 3rd to find out how to prevent your life from becoming a trainwreck, and how to experience life at its best.

This video features Mike McAvoy, Chris Stavish, and the production work of Ariel Campbell, Shaina Abrams, and Josh Hatcher.

Coudersport Library Selling Books Today

Don't forget to stop by the Coudersport Public Library today and check out the booksale!!

We're open until 3:00.

Lots of nonfiction as well as fiction, old & new.

Rick Whitney To Be Allegany County Sheriff/Tompkins Concedes

Tompkins concedes race to Whitney

The Wellsville Daily Reporter reports that Sheriff Tompkins has conceded the Allegany County Sheriff race to Rick Whitney, long time Bolivar Police Chief. Whitney will take over January 1, 2011.

Janice A. Gerringer, 72, of the Windfall Road, Eldred, PA

ELDRED — Janice A. Gerringer, 72, of the Windfall Road, died Friday (Oct. 1, 2010) at her residence following a brief illness. Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home.

Salsa Sundays At Two Mile Inn

Friday, October 1, 2010

Jack Russel Terrier found

Millie has returned! She showed back up at our door about 3AM this morning. Tired and stiff, but she's still kickin. One tough dog I guess. Thanks again for posting and your concerns.

Jack Russel Terrier found but still running loose on Cowburn Rd. in Coudersport it has a blue collar with tags if you post this you may also put my phone number so the owner can contact me 814-274-7196. I'm going to try to catch it in the morning

Chesapeake Energy to upgrade SR 1001 in Bradford County

Chesapeake Energy to upgrade SR 1001 in Bradford County

Motorists in Bradford County are advised that State Route 1001 (Clapper Hill Road) in Tuscarora and Stevens townships will be upgraded by Chesapeake Energy.

Starting today, a detour will be in effect for through traffic. The detour will direct through traffic to use Steam Hollow Hill Road and Spring Hill Road. Local traffic access will be maintained.

The work will take place along the entire 6.2-mile length of Clapper Hill Road, from the intersection with Route 367 to the intersection with Spring Hill Road.

The gas company’s road contractor will reclaim the existing roadway and roadway base material, which involves grinding of the roadway to a depth of approximately 15 inches, adding cement to the soil, mixing it and compacting it. The reclamation will be followed by the placement of seven inches of blacktop pavement.

The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

The gas company hired a contractor to upgrade the road so it will be able to support heavy-truck traffic. The road is currently posted with a year-round, 10-ton weight restriction. Chesapeake has an excess maintenance agreement with PennDOT and is responsible for repairs to damages caused by its heavy trucks. Chesapeake determined that it would be more cost-effective in the long run to upgrade the road rather than continue to make continuous repairs.

Over 55 Youths Sign Up For Scout Pack 536



BRADFORD, Pa – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer creative writing classes in St. Marys.

The Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development will offer “Creative Writing” at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, 4 Erie Ave., Suite 200, St. Marys. The sessions will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

In the sessions, participants will keep a journal to show the development of creativity. Poetry and other literature will be used in class to provide a better understanding.

The cost is $29 per participant. For more information, contact Gerry Vogt, coordinator of off-campus programs at (814) 834-9329 or

2 Car MVA On Interstate Parkway In Front Of Hospital

2 Car Motor Vehicle Accident
At 9:34 pm on Friday, EMS from Bradford has been dispatched to a 2 car motor vehicle accident on Interstate Parkway in front of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Click Ad For Inside Views Of This Property--It's A Steal At $50,000.

Woman Charged With Trespassing At Fire Scene

An Emporium woman has been charged with Criminal Trespass Friday at 4:00 pm when she trespassed on the old Homestead Hotel property on Plank Road Hollow, that was severely damaged in a fire recently.

Troopers said Christine Young, 20, of Emporium, PA, trespassed on the property owned by John Pryce without permission from the owner.

Young will answer the charges in District Judge Brown's courtroom.

Vehicle Fire Reported In Bolivar

Vehicle Fire On Olive Street
At 7:27 pm, Bolivar & Richburg Fire Units have been dispatched for a vehicle fire at 7349 Olive Street Extention. A building is reported located in close proximity to the fire.

Powers Out Over Homeland Security Bulletin Flap

PA Homeland Security director resigns over monitoring of activist groups


October 01, 2010, 2:35PM
James Powers, Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security, has resigned. Gov. Ed Rendell announced Friday that Powers will leave the office Oct. 8. “I didn’t ask for it, this was his idea,” said Rendell. “Jim is a good man who made a very significant mistake in judgment.” For over three weeks, Powers has been at the center of... Full story »

Genesee Supervisors DIY Project Save Taxpayers $$$$

Genesee Township Supervisors Take Bridge Matters Into Own Hands


Members of the Genesee Township Board of Supervisors took matters into their own hands when it came to addressing serious structural deficiencies with two of the township’s aging bridges. Their efforts drew the praise of Doug Morley, chairman of the Potter County Board of Commissioners, during the 81st annual convention of the Potter County Association of Township Officials. “At the risk of singling out one township, I want to commend the team in Genesee Township,” Morley told the group. “The work they did on those two bridge projects was a perfect example of a township working out its own solution to a local problem and using the skills of its own people to get it done.”

raghill1Faced with several expensive options to restore or replace bridges on Cemetery Road and Rag Hill Road, Supervisors Butch Calcote, Bill Elliott and Dick Cornell worked out a plan to build state-approved boxed culverts to carry traffic over two stream sections.

Genesee Township was fortunate, in that the supervisors themselves possessed the skills to perform much of the work, saving the townships tens of thousands of dollars.

“If the township would have been required to contract for this work, the cost to the taxpayers would have been considerable,” said township secretary Susan Williams. “Even the PennDOT district supervisor observed that the work was excellent. PennDOT was impressed with the tenacity and level of expertise that our road crew possesses.” She added that township officials had to adhere to environmental regulations covering stream diversions and equipment operation in the stream beds and banks.


Vehicle Crash On Rt. 287 In Middlebury Township

Crash On Route 287
At 5:33 pm on Friday, Middlebury and Wellsboro Fire Depts. and EMS have responded to a motor vehicle accident near 11653 Route 287 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County.

Wellsboro ambulance and Medic 2 are transporting to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro at 5:53. Ambulance 11-7 transported at 5:55

Traffic is controlled one way at a time through the scene on one lane.

UPDATE; 6:19pm-
All vehicles have been removed-traffic open both directions, command is terminated.

Manhunt For Escaped Inmates In Chautauqua County

Manhunt underway for escaped inmates


BROCTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - Breaking news: a manhunt is underway at this hour for two inmates who have escaped from the Lakeview Shock Facility in Chautauqua County.

Police are conducting roadblocks to check for the missing prisoners. Roadblocks have been set up in and around Brocton. The State Police helicopter and K-9 units have been dispatched to the scene. More...

PennDOT Worker Killed, Second Worker Injured in McKean County

PennDOT Worker Killed, Second Worker Injured in McKean County

Clearfield, PA – A PennDOT worker, Jack Griffin, 51, of Bradford, was killed today when a vehicle crashed into a work zone on State Route 646 in Foster Township, McKean County.

“It is difficult to lose a member of our PennDOT family,” said Ron Keim, assistant district executive for maintenance in PennDOT Engineering District 2. “Our thoughts are with with Jack’s family and friends as they face this sudden and devastating loss.”

Griffin was a flag-person during a pipe replacement operation this morning when a northbound vehicle came through the work zone and struck him. The vehicle then traveled further into the work zone, striking another PennDOT employee, 13-year veteran Jim Burrows. Griffin died at the scene and Burrows was reported to be in stable condition at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Griffin was the 82nd PennDOT employee killed in the line of duty since 1970 and the third to die this year. Earlier this year, PennDOT workers Thomas Allen, 57, of Lebanon County and Richard Bentel, 43, of Lawrence County died in the line of duty.

Today’s fatality marks the first time a PennDOT District 2 employee died in a work-related incident. District 2 covers Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.

To honor Griffin, Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., ordered all Pennsylvania state flags at PennDOT facilities to fly at half-staff for five days beginning Monday, Oct. 4.

“This tragedy prompts us again to urge all drivers to slow down as they approach work zones,” Biehler said.

Information on work zone safety is available at PennDOT’s website by clicking first on the heading for “Traffic Safety Information Center” and then “Work Zone.”

PennDOT Flagman Killed, Another Man Seriously Injured When Struck By Vehicle This Morning

A PennDOT worker was killed and another seriously injured when struck by a vehicle operated by a Salamanca, NY man at 9:05 am this Friday morning on State Route 646, 9/10 of a mile north of Rt. 346 in Foster Township, McKean County.

Jack A. Griffin, 51, of Bradford, PA was killed.

James B. Burrows, 51, of Eldred, PA, was seriously injured.

State Police said the crash occurred as Donald C. Blocher, 42, of Salamanca, NY, failed to see two pedestrians, a PennDOT flagman, and a PennDOT equipment operator in an active work zone.

Blocher's vehicle struck Griffin, who was flagging traffic with a stop sign, propelling him about 51 feet into a ditch along the east side of Route 646.

The vehicle then traveled about 64 feet and struck Burrows as he operated a pavement cutting machine in the northbound lane of the road. After impact with Burrows, Blocher's vehicle and Burrows came to rest in the northbound lane of Rt. 646. Photo.

Both workers were transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center, where Griffin was pronounced dead by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill.

Burrows was then transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie where he is listed in stable condition.

Blocher was not injured. The release from State Police did not list what charges he will face as a result of the crash.

Foster Township Police, PennDOT representatives, McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn,Derrick City Volunteer Fire Dept., Troop C Collision and Reconstruction Team, and Troop C Forensic Services responded to the scene.

2 Vehicle Crash On Rt. 6 In Front Of Sweden Valley Manor

2 Vehicle Crash
At 3:21 on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 has been dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident in front of Sweden Valley Manor on Route 6. A minor injury was reported by a unit on scene.

Mr. Edmond Keith "Ed" Dickerson, 85, Denton, NC

DENTON, NC- Mr. Edmond Keith "Ed" Dickerson, 85, of Highway 49 South died Wednesday (Sept. 29, 2010) at his residence in Denton.

Born Aug. 22, 1925, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of Harold and Edith Ledue Dickerson.

Mr. Dickerson had worked as a welder at CE Air in Wellsville, N.Y., and was an avid hunter and legendary trapper.

In addition to his wife, Nancy Dixon Dickerson, he is survived by four sons, Lyle Dickerson of Olean, N.Y., Kenneth Dickerson, of Ohio, Clarence Dickerson of Shinglehouse, Pa., and Christopher Dickerson of Denton; four daughters, Bonnie Allen of Fairfield, Ohio, Kathleen Dower of Port Allegany, Pa., Nancy Thomas of Eldred, Pa., and Crystal Dickerson of Denton; three brothers, William Dickerson, Orin Dickerson and Tommy Dickerson, all of Millport, Pa.; a sister, Betty Linza of Belmont, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren; and 47 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 1, 2010) at the Briggs Funeral Home, Denton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010) at Briggs Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Terri Cook will officiate. Burial will follow in Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the family.

All State Roads In Central PA Now Open

Flooding update: All state roads in north central PA now open

2:15 p.m. update, Fri., Oct. 1:

Waters have receded on the last state road that had been closed due to flooding.

Bradford Bypass Update Has Been Revised

Revised--Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Oct. 4

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 Oct. 4. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

• Bridge painting has been re-scheduled on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 for Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10. State Route 346 westbound will be closed under Route 219. Traffic is to follow the posted detour using East Main Street to Kendall Avenue to Seaward Avenue and back to Bolivar Drive. State Route 346/Bolivar Drive westbound will be opened by 7am Monday, Oct. 11.

• 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.

• 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.

Robert E. Froebel, 81, of Galeton, PA

Robert E. Froebel, 81, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, October 1, 2010. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.

A full obituary will be released on Saturday.

Ulysses Couple Charged After Sexual Assaults

A Ulysses couple were arraigned today, after turning themselves in, on charges relating to sexual assaults occurring at a Ulysses residence over a period between February 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, involving a 17 year old female.

Roger W. Cole, 51, of Main Street, Ulysses, PA, is accused of Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims (Felony 1); Criminal Attempt-Rape (Felony 1); Endangering Welfare of Children (Felony 3); Indecent Assault-4 counts (Misdemeanor 1) and Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages to Minors (Misdemeanor 3).

Joanne L. Cole, 40, of Main Street, Ulysses, PA, is charged with Endangering the Welfare of Children (Misdemeanor 1); Corruption of Minors (Misdemeanor 1); Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims (Misdemeanor 2); and Selling or Furnishing Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages to Minors (Misdemeanor 3). She was charged because police believe she had knowledge of some of the crimes and did not report it.

State Police investigated a report of a possible sexual assault and after a thorough investigation, filed charges in District Court 55-4-03 who issued arrest warrants on September 27th. Both of the accused turned themselves in today. They were arraigned before District Judge Delores G. Bristol who released them on $25,000. unsecured bail each.

The Coles face a Preliminary Hearing before Judge Bristol tentatively set for October 12 at 3:30 pm.

World's Largest Tannery Gets Marker

New Marker Placed At Site Of World’s Largest Leather Tannery

tannerysignE. O. Austin Historical Society has installed another historical marker, this one at the site of what was once the biggest leather tannery in the world, located in the southern Potter County village of Costello. Property owners Larry and Joanie Tilburg were proud to have the site recognized. The only remnant of the tannery is a section of its stone foundation.

Earlier this year, the E. O. Austin Historical Society erected a marker at the site of the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill, off Rt. 872, between Austin and the ruins of a dam that the Bayless company built in 1910-11 to impound water to operate its plant. Additional markers are planned for significant sites in the coming months.

PA Sends Some Money For DA/Still Nearly 2 Years Behind On Payment

County Receives DA Reimbursement For 2008; 2009-10 Still Overdue

dasealThe Potter County Commissioners this week received another partial payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the amount of $33,686, covering a portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of the Potter County District Attorney’s salary of 2008. The payment cleared the books for 2008. However, the state owes Potter County $104,550 for 2009, representing 65 percent of the DA salary of $160,850, and an equal amount for 2010.

Potter County has footed the bill for the entire DA salary, even though Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent. Sheri Phillips, director of management services for the Office of Attorney General, explained the reason for the chronic delays: “The Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not currently have enough funds to reimburse the full amount . . . As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, we will begin to make partial payments for calendar year 2009.”

Dog Found On Lower Grimes Road, Port Allegany

Dog Found

If this dog belongs to you or anyone you know please call he was found on Lower Grimes Road, Port Allegany


MVA Reported Olean Rd.

At 9:08 station 11 was dispatched to a MVA on Olean Rd. in Foster TWP involving a car and person 2 injuries reported.

No Injuries In Car/Log Truck Crash On Rt 6 Early Friday Morning

Car Hits Log Truck Near Ludlow Friday

(Updated at 12:04 pm)At 5:40 AM on Friday an accident involving a car and a log truck was reported in McKean County one mile from Ludlow.

State Police report the crash occurred as David A. Brown, 44, of Warren, PA, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile westbound on Route 6, a mile east of Ludlow.

Brown attempted to make a legal pass and entered the eastbound travel lane, when he observed an oncoming 2007 International Log Truck driven by Charles S. Allen, 71, of Grand Valley, PA.

Brown veered right, in an attempt to return to the westbound travel lane, when he lost control of his car which traveled off the north berm and onto the embankment. The car then began to spin counter-clockwise, traveled back across the westbound travel lane and impacted the log truck's driver's side tire, battery box and rear axle. The car came to rest in the westbound travel lane.

The log truck came to rest on the south berm.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and neither was injured. The Oldsmobile was towed from the scene. Ludlow Fire Dept. assisted troopers with traffic control.

Brown will be cited through District Judge Fedora's office.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Home Burglar In Cyclone Gets Chain Saw, $900. In Cash

Unknown actor(s) entered a residence owned by Donald Shonts of Cyclone located at 67 Parker Place in Keating Township Monday and stole a chain saw, digital camera, a necklace, wine and $900. in cash.

Kane State Police is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kane at 814-778-5555. Trooper Kenneth Palmer, Jr. is the investigator.

Is This Your Mountain Bike-- Police Have It

Mountain Bike Recovered
State Police at Coudersport would like to remind the public that they have a mountain bicycle that was found along State Road in Harrison Township on August 18th.

The rightful owner can contact PSP with a description of the bike to regain possession.

Coudersport Library Selling Books

Book Lovers!
Come to the Coudersport Public Library from 8-3 on Saturday. There will be a book sale inside the library in the back. We have many new donations, including children's and craft books for sale. Come and take a look while you're out & about Saturday!

Roulette man escaped injury in an accident Monday

Roulette Man Escaped Injury While Avoiding Collision
A Roulette man escaped injury in an accident Monday afternoon on Route 49 in Westfield Township, Tioga County caused by an unknown vehicle.

Mansfield-based state say the unknown vehicle stopped abruptly while heading east causing David Hall Jr. of Greenwood, NY to lose control of his tractor trailer and cross the west lane.

Thomas Caden of Roulette drove onto the berm to avoid a collision with the semi and struck a traffic sign.

State & Water Company To Build Water Line To Dimock Families/ DEP says Cabot Will Pay

Public Water Lines to Provide Safe, Permanent Water Supply to Susquehanna County Residents Impacted by Natural Gas Migration
Pennsylvania American Water to Extend Water Main from Montrose and Establish Local Treatment and Distribution System


Residents of Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, will receive public water service from Pennsylvania American Water to replace private wells contaminated with methane gas migrating from poorly constructed natural gas wells.

Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said the state and the water company will proceed with construction of the water line and will seek to recover the cost of the project from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., whose wells are responsible for the gas migration problems in the township.

“The residents of Dimock have waited long enough for Cabot to provide a permanent solution to the gas migration issues that have plagued this community’s water supplies,” Hanger said. “Today, we are announcing an agreement with Pennsylvania American Water Company to extend public water lines from Montrose and provide a safe, dependable water supply to residents here.”

Gas migration problems in Dimock first became evident when a private water well exploded on Jan. 1, 2009. A DEP investigation revealed that methane gas from a shallow formation had been disturbed and migrated through poorly constructed wells Cabot built while drilling for the much deeper Marcellus Shale formation.
On April 15, 2010, the department ordered Cabot to plug three operating natural gas wells in the township and take remedial action on a fourth well to address gas migration that had contaminated 14 water supplies. In addition, DEP fined Cabot $240,000 and ordered the company to install permanent treatment systems in 14 homes within 30 days. Cabot Oil & Gas also was prohibited from drilling any new wells in a nine-square-mile area around Dimock until April 2011.

On Sept. 14, DEP determined that three additional water supplies serving four residences had been contaminated by migrating gas migration caused by Cabot’s drilling activities.

“The problems in Dimock were caused by Cabot’s failure to construct their natural gas wells properly, and we are holding them responsible for the damage caused by these wells,” Hanger said. “We intend to proceed with construction of a public water system for the Dimock area and will seek recovery of costs from Cabot Oil & Gas.”

Pennsylvania American Water Company will construct a new, 5.5-mile water main from the company’s Lake Montrose water treatment plant south along Route 29 to Dimock and install approximately seven miles of distribution line to provide water service to at least 18 homes. The solution to the drinking water needs in Dimock will also make this basic resource accessible to other residents along Route 29 not currently served by public water. The water company will also install pressure regulating stations and a new treatment facility to serve the community.
The waterline extension and associated facilities is estimated to cost $11.8 million.

“Pennsylvania American has proven itself to be a reliable source of quality drinking water to more than two million Pennsylvanians," said Hanger. "I am disappointed that Cabot has chosen not to embrace this opportunity to put these events behind us and allow everyone involved in this difficult matter to move forward.”

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Hostess Brands, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Hostess® Mini Muffins (Chocolate Chip variety) Due to Unlabeled Allergen

Hostess Brands, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Hostess® Mini Muffins (Chocolate Chip variety) Due to Unlabeled Allergen

Rising Dough Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in the Rising Dough Brand Individual Wrapped Cranberry Muffins

Ruby M. Lee, 80, of Bradford, PA

Ruby M. Lee, 80, of Bradford, passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on June 30, 1930 in Kane, a daughter of the late George W. and Pearl M. Oliphant Clark.

On August 15, 1947 she married Clifford G. Lee in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Bradford. He preceded her in death on September 21, 2003.

She attended Kane area schools.

She was employed by Zippo Manufacturing for 42 years, retiring in 1993.

Mrs. Lee loved to read and was well known in the Bingo community.

She is survived by one son, Dr. Robert E. (Cindi) Lee, Naples, FL, two daughters, Bonnie M. (Glenn) McDonald, Brenda M. (Michael) Baker, both of Bradford, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra K. Baker, two brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Michael D. McMahon, Pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, Bradford, officiating.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Wounded Warrior Facility to be Dedicated to Local Fallen Hero

Wounded Warrior Facility to be Dedicated to Local Fallen Hero

Over a hundred residents and community leaders are expected to turn out for a ceremony honoring local hero Corporal Jason L. Dunham, for whom a new wounded warrior barracks facility is being named at LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve on October 23, 2010.

The colorful Patriot Guard Riders will kick off the ceremony by escorting Corporal Dunham’s parents from their home in Scio, NY for the 20-mile ride to LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve in northern PA, and will join local and military dignitaries in commemorating the selfless acts of service men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The dedication ceremony will begin upon their arrival and will feature guest speaker Major General Randy West (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) and Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Wesley Fox, USMC (ret).

WHO: Patriot Guard Riders, military leaders, wounded warriors, community leaders and elected officials, citizens of northern PA.

WHAT: Dedication ceremony of new wounded warrior barracks at LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve

WHERE: LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 SR 244 East, Oswayo, PA (Potter County)

WHEN: October 23, 2010, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Crash Reported South Of Port Allegany On Rt. 155

Crash By Chet Clark's Garage
At 2:53 pm on Thursday, Port Allegany Dept. 3 and Ambulance 3 have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Route 155 South at the bridge just past Chet Clark's Garage. One vehicle is reported to possibly have rolled over.
Station 3 Units RECALLED at 3:06.



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni Association will honor Craig Hartburg ’73-’75 as its Distinguished Volunteer and Dr. Stephen Robar with the Teaching Excellence Award as part of Alumni and Family Weekend.

Hartburg is the current chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board and was nominated by three separate individuals who have worked closely with him on the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Board and Advisory Board.

Hartburg has been an active alumnus almost since the time of his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh’s campus in Pittsburgh and has served in various posts in the PBAA, the Advisory Board and now the University of Pittsburgh board of trustees. He is the owner and president of Servco Services Inc. janitorial services in Bradford.

“Craig is one alumnus who has taken his knowledge and experience at running a business and applied it to being a volunteer chairman of the board of this multi-million-dollar venture,” said Tim Fannin ’78 in his nomination.

David Higie ’74-’75, who also serves on the Advisory Board, said that “Craig has been a true leader for Pitt-Bradford at both the University level and in the community. He has recruited students to Pitt-Bradford, raised a significant amount of funds for the school, and now has the highest ‘civilian’ position at the university as head of the Advisory Board, where he does an outstanding job.”

Susan Silvestri ’72-’74 noted Hartburg’s accomplishments adding professionals from within the Bradford community and across the state to the Advisory Board, supporting and developing the relationship between the Advisory Board and the PBAA, and developing relationships between the university, business and industry, education, government, the arts and community service organizations.

Robar was nominated by several former students who said he was a knowledgeable, motivating and inspiring professor and made political science interesting.

“He was an excellent professor,” said Sara Vossler ’00. “I really learned a lot from him, and I will remember him in years to come.”

Rachael Canfield ’08 said he was “very inspiring, motivating and knowledgeable and a great guy.”

Robar is an associate professor of political science and chairman of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. His teaching is focused in the areas of environmental policy and politics, U.S. political and policy processes, and the judicial system.

“I have high expectations of my students, and I give them a great deal of challenging work,” Robar said. “But I am fair and flexible with all of my students. I believe I have the knack for blending my management experience with my teaching skills, which creates good discipline and close working relationships.”

Robar holds a doctorate in political science and environmental policy and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

The two men will be honored at a brunch to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Mukaiyama University Room. For reservations, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (814)362-5091.

PennDOT Travel Advisory

Be extra alert driving today into Friday; Heavy rains can make conditions treacherous

With rains falling heavily at times over the next day, motorists are reminded to be extra alert for slick roads, overflowing ditches and the ponding of water.

Fallen leaves can add to the potential for treacherous driving conditions.

Driving conditions can change quickly depending on your location and the amount of rain that has fallen or is falling.

Be extra alert and drive according to the conditions you encounter.

Always refrain from driving through roads that are flooded.

Traffic Advisory--Route 15 Southbound At Buttonwood Exit


Fire Police from Liberty have been dispatched to assist State Police with traffic control.

All You Can Eat Crab Legs Every Wednesday At Two Mile Inn

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Oct. 4

Update for Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project for Week of Oct. 4



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a panel discussion on the “Nuclear Tipping Point” Wednesday Oct. 6.

The program, which is being co-sponsored by the Friends of the Hanley Library and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The “Nuclear Tipping Point’ will explore the debates on nuclear issues in the post-9/11 world. The program will include excerpts from a film in which former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former Senator Sam Nunn urge nations to secure all nuclear weapons and materials globally to the highest standards and to develop a new international system to manage the risks of producing fuel for nuclear power.

The program will also feature a panel discussion and question-and-answer period led by Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor of political science, with additional participation by Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice, Vanessa Durland, a criminal justice major from Meshoppen, Gino Macioce, a criminal justice major from Verona, Cari Olewinski, a criminal justice and radiological science double major from Wilcox, and Danielle Schoonover-Wils, a history/political science major from Bradford.

Deadline Friday To Sign Up For Gas Well Training

County, Pa. Fire Academy Partner For Gas Well Emergency Training

September 30th, 2010

gaswellemergencyRegistration deadline is Friday, Oct. 1, for the first in a series of local training sessions designed to prepare emergency services personnel for response to a natural gas wellsite incident. Potter County Department of Emergency Services is working with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to bring the program to the area.

Those who do not register by Friday for the first session, Wellsite Emergency First Responder Training — being held at 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Roulette Firehall — will not receive certification and may not receive the available handouts.

The natural gas industry is supporting the initiative, which features new components targeted specifically at public safety issues associated with shale gas production. It will cover a host of topics, from what to expect upon arriving at a well site, to how to coordinate with on-site industry personnel, giving first-responders the tools needed to effectively respond to the broad range of scenarios. Schedule for local training is as follows:

  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 pm, Wellsite Emergency First Responder training, Roulette Firehall;
  • Friday, Nov. 19, 9 am, Wild Well Control training program, Coudersport Fire Dept. Training Center;
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 am, Wild Well Control training, Emporium Firehall;
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 9 am, Wild Well Control training, Harrison Township Firehall.

Additional information is available from Potter County DES at 274-8900.

Benjamin R. Vossler, 74, of 405 J.H. Whitaker Road, Newborn, a former resident of Little Genesee, N.Y

NEWBORN, Ga.- Benjamin R. Vossler, 74, of 405 J.H. Whitaker Road, Newborn, a former resident of Little Genesee, N.Y., passed away Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010).

Born Feb. 11, 1936, in Wellsville, N.Y., he was the son of Arthur and Rose Johnston Vossler. He married the former Barbara Brown, who predeceased him. He later married Constance "Connie" Perry, who also predeceased him. On Nov. 24, 2003, in Smethport, Pa., he married Dorothea Hopewell, who survives.

Mr. Vossler was a graduate of Shinglehouse (Pa.) High School, attended Houghton College and graduated from the Braden School of Welding in Pennsylvania. He also attended technical schools for operation and repair of heavy equipment.

He enjoyed working with his father in the oil-well drilling business in both New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Vossler farmed for many years and enjoyed sharing his crops and livestock with friends and family. In addition to farming, he also raised fields of blueberries.

Mr. Vossler enjoyed gardening, loved to read and had a fantastic memory. He enjoyed reading his Bible and attending Faith Baptist Church in Covington, where he loved to be involved in fellowship with his church family and friends. He was a true friend and always helped anyone in need.

Surviving besides his wife are his children, Kathy Simmons of Arkansas, Edwin Vossler, Rosemarie and Kelly Vossler and Clay Vossler, all of Pennsylvania, and Michael Vossler of Florida; stepdaughters, Sylvia Zobel, Barbara Brown and Tina Cornell, all of New York, Kathy Moran of Georgia, Cindy Lloyd of Pennsylvania, and Janine Ellington and Nathane Morgan of New York; stepsons, Randy Stanley of Pennsylvania, Thomas Stanley of Georgia, Kirby Perry of New York, Shawn Perry of Pennsylvania and Leon Perry of New York; a sister, Carolyn Bindon of Novi, Mich.; many grand children and great-grandchildren; and his best friend and cousin, Dale Vossler.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, N.Y., on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010) from 11 a.m. to noon, at which time funeral services will be held. Pastor Roger Hain of the Grace Bible Church in Shinglehouse will officiate. Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.

Memorials may be made to Galilean Children's Home, Box 880, Liberty, KY 42539.

A Different Kind of "Unstoppable" Kicks Off in October

A Different Kind of "Unstoppable" Kicks Off in October

The "Unstoppable" Movie with Denzel Washington may not come out until November 12th, but local residents can get a taste of a different kind of "Unstoppable" this coming weekend.

Open Arms Community Church in Bradford is preparing to launch it's October sermon series entitled, "Unstoppable: How to stop life from becoming a train wreck" during their regular services October 3rd.

"It's something that we feel is of cultural value to our community," says Mike McAvoy, the pastor at Open Arms, "With the movie "Unstoppable" being filmed in our region, it's something that people can relate to." McAvoy explains that the the series is meant to offer hope for people who feel like their lives are out of control.

"So many are frustrated, stressed, miserable, and hurting, but fail to see that a change is what is required. Do what you've always done, get what you've always got, and to think differently is insanity. But, it's not just "a change", it's making "the right change" that will make the difference. Our goal with this series is to help each person identify that "right change" for them that will help them live a better quality of life. "

The sermon series at Open Arms is not affiliated with the Fox Pictures production filmed in McKean and Cameron counties, but the church hopes to use the concepts as a springboard for discussion about faith.

McAvoy explains that the analogy of an out of control train is a perfect analogy for the human condition, "We are all about being proactive, taking preventive steps and measures to keep life moving in the right direction. Unfortunately very few of us can see how the decisions we are making are going to produce this out of control train and there are many life experiences that blindside us. So, we need something to help us reign in this out of control situation and get headed in the right direction, living a new way of life, making new and better choices, and getting better results."

Open Arms has used ideas from popular movies and television shows in the past, including references to NBC's "Heroes", Superman, and the Twilight Saga, to name few. Open Arms Media Coordinator Josh Hatcher explains the church's approach to using culture references this way, "Our culture places a high value on entertainment. At Open Arms, we are always looking for ways to help communicate a message of hope in ways people can value and understand."

Open Arms Community Church's services are held Sunday Mornings at 9:15 and 11:00. For more information, visit their website at:

Oil & Gas Education Trailer In Coudersport

Educational Trailer On Oil/Gas Industry Coming Friday


A unique educational experience on oil and gas production is planned for Friday (Oct. 1) at the courthouse square, as the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U) rolls in. The 44-foot-long trailer with exhibits will be open to the public, free of charge, from 4-7 pm.

Developed by Friends of Drake Well and the petroleum industry, and sponsored locally by Pennsylvania General Energy, MEET-U explains how petroleum is formed, found, produced, refined, used, and conserved. It addresses growing public concern about the rising costs of energy, the environmental impacts of producing it, and the search for alternative energy sources.

MEET-U’s interactive exhibits increase awareness of how dependent daily lifestyles are on energy and products made from oil and natural gas. MEET-U also educates audiences about the role of petroleum in the search for — and manufacturing of — alternative energy sources, as well as encouraging students to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering.

The exhibits include videos, scale models of tools, contemporary well-drilling photographs, and pieces of Marcellus Shale, the sedimentary rock from which regional natural gas reserves are being produced.



BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will induct two new members in its Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.

Lorenzo Newsome ’84 and Bruce Thompson ’91 will both be recognized for their contributions to the men’s basketball program.

A native of Oxon Hill, Md., Newsome played while earning his Bachelor of Science in business management from Pitt-Bradford in 1984. Newsome, who is 6 feet, 5 inches, played forward with extreme confidence, even as a freshman. His power driving to the basket was daunting for opponents while his quickness to fill the lanes on the Panthers’ fast breaks was exceptional.

Newsome was a great leaper who could defend the opposing teams’ tallest players, but most surprising was his shooting touch from 20 feet. He ranks ninth on the career scoring list with 1,291 points and fourth with 692 rebounds.

He is the president and chief investment officer at Xavier Capital Management LLC and is an active member of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

Thompson is a native of Latrobe who was a four-year starter for the Panthers. He earned his Bachelor of Science in business management from 1987 to 1991.

Thompson proved to be a team leader even as a freshman and was a strong player who ran the floor well. He was selected as a team captain during his junior and senior years and is best known as a clutch shooter, solid rebounder and a great foul shooter.

The 6-foot-six-inch forward is eighth on the Pitt-Bradford men’s career scoring list with 1,336 points. He is also third in career free throws made with 410 and also set a Pitt-Bradford record with 27 consecutively made free throws.

The two men will be honored at a brunch to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Mukaiyama University Room. For reservations, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (814)362-5091.

Game Night At The Spot


GAME-NIGHT THIS WEEK. But remember, "Open-Mic" is always available. Stop in and share.

The SPOT is located 3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6, between Mill Creek Plaza and Sweden Valley.

A Ministry of Coudersport Free Methodist Church

Worship Seminar/Concert Oct. 9th At Coudersport Alliance Church

William C. Daniels, 93, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - William C. Daniels, 93, of Smethport, died Tuesday (September 28, 2010) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born Jan 31, 1917 in Smethport, a son of Walter B. and Josephine Hagman Daniels. On Nov. 22, 1950, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, he married Emily J. Johnson, who survives.

Mr. Daniels was a graduate of Smethport Area High School. He was a Pvt. in the U.S. Army, serving during WWII from 1942 to 1945. He fought in the African Theater, in Tunisia, with Co. C 135th Infantry 34th Division as a Machine Gunner. He was wounded there on April 8, 1943, and was awarded the Purple Heart Combat Infantryman Badge for his injuries in action.

Mr. Daniels was the Smethport Borough Water Superintendent for many years. He also had a woodworking shop in which he produced display cutouts for Mr. Leonard Johnson for The Christmas Store in Smethport.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, a past Trinity Lutheran Church Council member, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, and the Smethport Volunteer Fire Dept.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by
one daughter: Beverly D. (Richard) Narvett of Fairview, PA
two sons: Thomas W. (Pamela) Daniels of Munster, IN, and Donald A. (Margaret) Daniels of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Grandchildren: Brian (Ariane Jaskolka) Daniels, Capt. David (Courtney) Daniels, Katherine Daniels, Tara Daniels, Leandra Daniels, and Drew Daniels.
And several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 2 at 11:00 am from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Thomas Beam, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, c/o Barbara Peterson, 912 West Water St., Smethport, PA 16749, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

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

Clara Township Road Closure Moved To Friday

Due to the weather the Clara Township Supervisors would like to inform residents that Moffit Road will now be closed Friday(Oct. 1st) from 8:00 am to late afternoon for a sluice pipe replacement at the Farr property. Anyone needing to travel Moffit Road FRIDAY should plan accordingly. Thank You.


The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch.


The following locations are affected:

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

Driver Rolls Truck Avoiding Stopped Traffic At Larabee Y

Troopers said a Coudersport dump truck driver
was going too fast for conditions on Monday at 10:48 am when he came around a curve in the road and encountered traffic stopped in his lane.

Another truck with an oversized load had stopped in the traffic lane to refasten a chain on his oversize load before proceeding.
Traffic in that lane was stopped.

Marion K. Peet, 59, of Coudersport, PA, was driving a Ford LTL 9000 Dump Truck north on Rt. 155 at the Larabee Y in rainy conditions.

He saw the stopped traffic too late to stop.

He maneuvered the truck to avoid the stopped traffic, but lost control and impacted an embankment and a PennDot sign with the truck's right front corner, causing the truck to spin clockwise and roll over on it's passenger side.

Peet was able to exit the vehicle on his own and suffered only a minor injury. Police cited him for (not) Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed.

Eldred Township Fire Dept., Fire Police, and Port Allegany Ambulance 3 assisted at the scene. Portville Truck was called to remove the truck.