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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rekindle Of Fox Hill Road House Fire

Rekindle of House Fire In Ulysses Township
At 11:22 pm on Saturday, Ulysses Dept. 47 with patrol and tanker dispatched to scene of earlier structure fire on Fox Hill Road for a rekindle.

Port Allegany To Face Curwensville Next Saturday For Championship

Curwensville defeats Cameron County

Joshua Funk, football blogger

BROCKWAY, Pa. - Former Brockway head football coach Ray Reckner brought some food items up to the pressbox early Saturday afternoon, and among the items were a pack of Nestle Crunch chocolate bars.

Curwensville proceeded to crunch the Cameron County defense with its featured tailback, Alex Holland.

Holland ran for 246 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Golden Tide (10-1) amassed 396 yards of total offense against the Red Raiders (8-4) in a 22-13 victory Saturday evening in a District 9 Class A semifinal played at Brockway's Frank Varischetti Field.

With the victory, Curwensville will face Port Allegany (7-4), a 24-17 victor over Redbank Valley next Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. in the District 9 Class A championship game, which will be played at Brockway.

Edra L. Umbaugh, 60, of Shinglehouse, PA

Edra L. Umbaugh
“beloved mother, grandmother & sister”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Edra L. Umbaugh, 60, of Shinglehouse, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 20, 2010 in her home.

Born at home August 8, 1950 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Edd and Rocelia E. Lawton Cutler.

Edra attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.

She was a former member of Tioga County Early Days Association in Mansfield. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and crafts of any kind. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed doing face painting of her grandchildren and their friends.

Surviving are four children, JaJeanna B. (LaVerne) White of Cuba, NY, Jarose M. (Doug) Bolt of Millerton, Jamie L. (Rod) Mesler of Shinglehouse and James L. Umbaugh of Shinglehouse; ten grandchildren; four brothers, Newton F. (Theresa) Cutler of Port Allegany, Donald E. Cutler of Rochester, NY, David E. Cutler of Allentown, NY and Joel E. Cutler of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Bess O. (John) Cooper of Apple Valley, California, Helen E. Cutler of Olean, NY, and Nellie I. (Gordon) Stone of Bradford; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Edra was predeceased by a brother, Edd W. Cutler, Jr. and a sister, Nancy R. Cutler.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 10 a.m. to noon at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Passenger Cars In Unstoppable Movie Came From Ohio

Trains featured in movie starring Denzel Washington
The Daily


Staff Writer

ORRVILLE, OH -- There are a couple movie stars sitting in Orrville. As a matter of fact, they're sitting on a siding at the east edge of the city, a scant block from Main Street.

They are two railroad cars that will be appearing in the new big-screen movie titled "Unstoppable," starring Denzel Washington. The movie's plot focuses on a runaway freight train that is on a collision course with a passenger train loaded with youngsters getting a lesson in railroad safety.

The 52-passenger railroad cars are owned by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society as part of its permanent fleet of rolling stock and are used in rail excursions the longtime organization offers throughout the year. They were leased to the Hollywood production company last year for several days of filming that took place in Pennsylvania and New York State.

The stainless steel body passenger cars -- numbers 103 and 104 in the society's inventory -- were built by the Philadelphia-based Budd Manufacturing Company. No. 104 was originally constructed for the Atlantic Coast Line, and No. 103 was built for the Santa Fe Railroad.

Today car No. 104 carries the nameplate "City of Orrville" in honor of the work that went into the restoration of the city's historic Union Depot built by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Roger Scott, activities director for the ORHS, said that Glenn Bowman, a past president and member of the organization who has close ties to the railroad passenger car logistics industry, was contacted last year by location scouts about a film production company being in need of passenger cars like the ones the society owns.

As a result, the two train cars were transported in the summer of 2009 to the town of Eldred, Pa., where much of the filming was done on a track between there and New York State. Filming took place along a 30-mile stretch of track owned by the Western N.Y. and Pennsylvania Railroad that also involved the towns of Portville and Olean, N.Y. More...

Galeton Female In Warren County Domestic Incident


Jamestown Post-Journal

IRVINE -Kevin Lynn Childs, 41, of Irvine, Pa., was charged with three counts of harassment and public drunkenness on Saturday at 8 p.m. at a house on National Forge Road in Irvine.

He allegedly was involved in a domestic violence incident with a 46-year-old female, of Irvine, a 23-year-old female, of Galeton, Pa., and a 21-year-old male, of Youngsville.

Emporium, St. Marys Men Get Patent On Saw Blade With Replaceable Cutting Teeth

Saw Blade with Replaceable Cutting Teeth Members Developed by Area Inventors

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Three inventors have invented a saw blade with replaceable cutting teeth members. The U.S. Patent was issued on Nov. 16 (No. 7,832,320). The co-inventors are Gregory J. Earle and David Szymanski, St. Marys, Pa., and Gregory F. Magaro, Emporium, Pa.

An abstract of the invention, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, states: "A saw blade with replaceable cutter teeth is provided. The saw blade is generally planer and has a first side and a second side, a leading edge and an inner edge. Plural cutting teeth members are removably secured at alternating spaced apart locations on the first side and the second side of the saw blade. Cutting teeth members have a cutting blade which extends outwardly from the leading edge. A variety of different ways to secure the cutting teeth onto the first side and the second side of the saw blade are disclosed."

The patent was assigned to Indigo Innovators Inc., St. Marys, Pa. The application was filed on May 11, 2006 (No. 11/432,047).

Cabot To Sell Marcellus Pipelines To Williams

Cabot to sell Pa. midstream to Williams

The transaction establishes 25-year arrangement between the two companies.

By Andrew M. Seder
Times Leader Staff Writer

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., which operates several natural gas well sites in Susquehanna County, has announced an agreement to sell its Pennsylvania midstream to Williams Field Services Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P.

The deal, which could be finalized in December, calls for Cabot to sell approximately 75 miles of gas gathering pipelines and two existing compressor stations that the company has installed and constructed over the last three years.

The transaction also establishes a 25-year firm gathering arrangement between Cabot and Williams that calls for Williams, in the next two years, to:

• Complete construction of a 32-mile 24-inch high pressure pipeline to the Transco pipeline in Luzerne County from Cabot’s Lathrop Station in Springville Township, Susquehanna County;

• Build about 65 miles of various 16- to 24-inch trunk lines in Susquehanna County;

• Construct two additional compressor stations with a total of 40,000 horsepower.

During the term of the 25-year agreement, Williams also will connect all Cabot drilling program wells with 8-inch and 10-inch gathering lines and deliver Cabot production to five interstate pipeline delivery points. More...

Ulysses Woman faces hearing

Ulysses Woman faces hearing

Daily Review

Rachel Lynn Thompson, 18, of Ulysses, Pa., faces a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton of Wysox on charges of unsworn falsification to authorities and false reports to law enforcement authorities for an incident Aug. 14 on Route 6 near Route 187 in Wysox Township, according to court papers.

The papers note that Thompson knowingly gave false information to a law enforcement officer with the intent to implicate Allen John Preston, no age or address given, by alleging and providing a signed written statement that Preston choked her while she was operating a vehicle on the highway.

Robert B. Colwell, Jr., 60, of 113 W. 4th Street, Emporium, PA

Robert B. Colwell, Jr., 60, of 113 W. 4th Street, Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium on Saturday morning following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 27, 1950 in Port Allegany a son of Angeline Fapore Colwell of Port Allegany and the late Robert B. Colwell, Sr.

On August 8, 1981 in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Allegany he married Tracy Boschert Colwell, who survives.

Mr. Colwell graduated from Port Allegany High School in the class of 1968 and then from Alfred State University.

He was employed for over 30 years at Northern Tier Community Action and Director of Head Start for the past 20 years. He was one of the co-founders of the County Food Pantry in Emporium. He was also a Grant writer for many projects in the County. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

In addition to his mother Angeline Fapore Colwell
and his wife Tracy Boschert Colwell
Son: Matthew Colwell, Emporium
Son: Timothy Colwell, Emporium

Preceded in Death By
Father: Robert B. Colwell, Sr. who died Aug. 22, 2007

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-8 PM

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Looking for some music on the Thanksgiving weekend?

Say there Mouseketeers,

Looking for some music on the Thanksgiving weekend? Bill and Nancy Trimbur will host lap steel player extraordinaire PAT WICTOR for a house concert on Saturday, Nov 27th, with a jam to follow. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and it is a BYOB event that requires reservations. Seating is limited so reserve early. Call Bill or Nancy at 814-274-7975.



Port Allegany Tops Redbank Valley in District 9 Class A semifinal 24-17

Using ground game, Port Allegany rallies to defeat Redbank Valley

Joshua Funk, football blogger

BROCKWAY, Pa. - Port Allegany never really has been known for a potent aerial attack. Yet the Gators brought sophomore field general Matt Bodamer into Week 12 of 2010 with 1,770 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.

But to get itself into the District 9 Class A championship game, Port Allegany returned to its roots - a punishing, physical ground attack.

Port Allegany (7-4) used grinding second half scoring drives of 90 and 89 yards and the Gator (7-4) defense stuffed Redbank Valley (6-6) on a critical 4th-and-goal from the 1 with 4:06 left to claim a hard-fought 24-17 victory from Frank Varischetti Field in a District 9 Class A semifinal Saturday afternoon.

The Gators finished the day with 265 rushing yards on 43 carries and surprisingly, the passing game yielded a staggeringly low 36 yards.

But Port head coach Mike Bodamer wasn't surprised. More...

MVA Reported On Rt. 219 at Westline Road

5:12 pm on Saturday Lafayette Fire Dept ,Mt Jewett Ambulance, and Kane Medic 5 are responding to a MVA on 219 in the area of Westline Rd.

MVA On Route 6 Near Vet Clinic In Wellsboro

MVA With Injuries On Rt. 6
At 3:46pm on Saturday, Wellsboro Dept. 1 has been dispatched to Route 6 near the Veterinary Clinic for a motor vehicle crash with injuries.

Chief on scene reports 2 vehicles off the roadway, unknown injuries.
Ambulance 1-16 transported to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital.

Tim Walck Photographs Rented Christmas In Ulysses

"Rented Christmas"
Last night I attended the Northern Potter High School's performance of "Rented Christmas", and have some photos to share.

The performance was excellent and the overall show was a huge success!

Attached are a few photos from the performance, and a whole gallery can be viewed in full resolution at:

Tim Walck

Click on any photo to view full screen

Structure Fire Reported In Ulysses Township

Structure Fire On Fox Hill Road
At 2:13 pm on Saturday, Ulysses Dept. 47, Harrison Valley Dept. 20, and Genesee Dept. 37 have been dispatched to a structure fire near 1588 Fox Hill Road in Ulysses Township.

2:19 pm--Coudersport Dept. 48 W/ one tanker to scene.
2:23 pm--Whitesville w/one tanker to Genesee standby
2:50 pm--Westfield to Harrison Valley standby
3:10 pm--Port Allegany transfer 1 engine to Coudersport Standby

Have A Trooper Check Your Child Safety Seat

Be Sure Your Child Safety Seat Is Safe
In correlation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) “Click It or Ticket” campaign the Pennsylvania State Police Coudersport Barracks will be sponsoring a child safety seat check-up event on Wednesday November 24th. The goal of the campaign is to increase safety belt/child safety seat usage rates throughout the Commonwealth.

The safety seat check-up event will be held November 24th from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Coudersport Area Ambulance Hall in Coudersport Borough, Potter County, Pa. Please bring your child safety seat, vehicle manual, and child safety seat instructions. The check should take approximately 15 to 30 minutes per seat.

If you need directions to the check point please call the State Police Barracks at (814)274-8690. Appointments for this event are not required, but are appreciated.

Potter County Budget Next Focus Of Commisioners

Work Continues On County’s 2011 Operating Budget

budgetDepartment heads and managers have been asked to tighten their belts in making their requests for allotments in Potter County’s 2011 operating budget. Work on the spending plan began several weeks ago and will intensify immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover will conduct multiple line-by-line reviews of the budget prior to adopting a preliminary version of it in early December. At that time, the plan will be available for review and public comment prior to formal adoption.

With numerous steps having been taken to reduce expenditures during 2010 the commissioners are hopeful that, despite rising costs for state-mandated services during the year and less state reimbursement, they will be able to avoid an increase in the county’s real estate tax in 2011.

The commissioners have found sources of funding other than taxes — rental of office space to title searchers connected with the natural gas industry, for example — to help offset higher expenses. The board has also been able to reduce staff in some departments to cut payroll costs. Travel expenses have also been curbed.

At the same time, higher inmate counts at the county jail have propelled expenses there well beyond the $1 million mark, which is a significant portion of the county’s $7-million-plus budget for 2010. Uncertainties big and small surround the budget preparation process.

For example, the state still owes Potter County more than $100,000 in reimbursement for the district attorney’s salary in 2009 and an even higher amount for the DA’s 2010 salary. Health insurance costs are expected to reach double digits again in 2011. Four separate labor union contracts with county employee groups that carry over into 2011 will also result in higher expenses.

Gas Wellsite Emergency Training Sunday

Gas Wellsite Emergency Training Sunday In Harrison Valley

gaswellemergencyPotter County Department of Emergency Services (DES) has been working with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to bring a natural gas emergency training program to the Harrison Township Firehall on Sunday, Nov. 21, starting at 9 am. It’s titled “Well Control Incident Management: Effective Strategies and Tactics for Emergency Responders.”

The natural gas industry is supporting the initiative, which features new components targeted specifically at public safety issues associated with shale gas production. Sunday’s free six-hour session 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.

EMS Responding To Possible Broken Leg

Town Of Amity, Allegany County
At 1:22 pm on Saturday, Amity Rescue EMS is responding to a report of a person in the woods with a possible broken leg.

Man Fell From Tree Stand/Landing Zone Set

Fell From Tree Stand
At 1:17 pm on Saturday, Wellsville Medic 700 and Andover EMS are involved in a land rescue/transport/landing zone of a male who fell 16 feet from a tree stand in the area of County Road 30 and Perkins Road in Allegany County, NY.

CPO, Robert S. Weimer, USN(Ret.), 74, of East Flat Rock, NC, former Port Allegany resident

CPO, Robert S. Weimer, USN(Ret.), 74, of East Flat Rock, NC, former Port Allegany resident, left this life Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at the Elizabeth House.

A prior resident of Reno, NV, he had been a resident of Henderson County, NC, for the past 5 ½ years. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the Unites States Navy in 1975 after 20 years, having been involved with the National Security Department encrypting radio messages. Following his service to his country, he was employed with MGM Grand Security for 16 years and Lifestyle Homes up until his retirement in 1999.

Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Erlene Weimer; one son, Michael S. Weimer and his wife, Lavon, of Wamego, KS; one daughter, Kim D. Woods and her husband, Wayne, of New Berlin, WI; one brother, Harry Weimer and his wife, Cindy, of Hendersonville, NC; two grandchildren, Robert S. Weimer of Seattle, WA and Michelle M. Weimer of Manhattan, KS.

A funeral service was held at 2:00PM on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Western Carolina State Veteran Cemetery. Burial will follow in the Veteran Cemetery. Thomas Sheperd Funeral Home handled arrangements.

*Would you please publish this obit of my brother on your blog? Bob was raised in Port Allegany, and graduated Port Allegany High School in 1955. Our stepfather was Harold E. Freer, our mother was Vera (Niles - Weimer) Freer. Maybe some of his old classmates will see this on your blog and remember him.

Thank you in advance,
Harry Weimer

Stephen Richard CURRIER, 28, formerly of Andrews Settlement, PA

Stephen Richard CURRIER, 28, formerly of Andrews Settlement, PA, died Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Ft. Bragg, NC. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

MVA Saturday Morning on Route 6 In Gaines Township

MVA On Rt. 6
Galeton and Wellsboro EMS transported victims of a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 7:32 am Saturday morning at 3501 Rt. 6 in Gaines Township.

2 Vehicle Crash On Main Street In Westfield

2 Vehicle Crash In Westfield
At 11:08 am on Saturday, Fire Rescue, Medic 1 and EMS are responding to a 2 vehicle accident at 311 W. Main Street in Westfield in front of Ackley's.

On scene report 3 refused transport, 1 person injured. Medic 1 recalled.

Northern Potter Players To Present Rented Christmas Saturday At High School Auditorium

Thanksgiving Special At Mosch's Tavern November 21

Cows Reported In Road Near Daily Bread On Rt. 155

2 Cows In The Road On Rt. 155
At 12:10 am on Saturday, Port Allegany Police are checking out a report of a cow in the road on Route 155 near the Daily Bread for State Police.

The cows have gone off the road into the field. The owner has been notified, but drivers should be careful in that area until owners can get them captured.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Austin Dispatched For Assault Victim

Assault Victim In Keating Township
At 11:40 pm on Friday, Austin ambulance has been dispatched with Medic 6 to the Starlite Inn on Bark Shanty for an assault victim with a possible head injury.

Daily Reporter Updates Fatal Accident In Wellsville

UPDATE: Fatal accident in Wellsville, Driving while impaired by drugs charge

By John Anderson
Daily Reporter


Update: 11:30 p.m.

This is the official release from Amity-based State Police

Deceased is Cheyenne E. Wolfer, 11, of Rushford.

The New York State Police investigated a three car fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred at 2:55 PM on Rt-417 in the Town of Wellsville.

Investigation revealed west bound traffic had stopped for an uninvolved school bus which was discharging passengers. A 2007 Dodge pick up truck operated by Robin Drouin, age 54, of Wellsville, New York drove into the rear of a stopped 1999 Dodge Van operated by Julie Wolfer age 44, of Rushford, New York forcing Wolfer’s vehicle into the rear of a 1997 Dodge van operated by Raymond Cichy, age 60, of Hornell, New York. More....

Coudersport Dispatched For MVA on Baker Creek Road

MVA on Baker Creek Road
At 10:28 pm on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Medic 6 have been dispatched to the Baker Creek Road for a one vehicle accident. Report is possibly one injury. Reports Bear Season In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Bear Season Opens Saturday
Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms bear season opens Saturday and continues Monday and Tuesday of next week. The Game Commission says Pennsylvania’s bear population covers more than three-quarters of the state, and includes a number of world-class trophy bears which has has earned Pennsylvania recognition as one of the top states for bear hunters. Every year there have a number of bears exceeding 500 pounds included in the harvest. Since 1992, six bears with an estimated live weight of 800 pounds or more have been taken in Pennsylvania.

The 2009 bear harvest of 3,512 is second only to the 2005 bear harvest, in which hunters took a record 4,164 bears. Other recent harvests were: 3,075 in 2000; 3,063 in 2001; 2,686 in 2002; 3,000 in 2003; 2,972 in 2004; 3,122 in 2006; 2,360 in 2007; and 3,458 in 2008. Over the past ten years, hunters have taken more black bears than in any other decade since the Game Commission began keeping bear harvest records in 1915.

“Conditions this year are favorable for another record harvest,” said Mark Ternent, Game Commission black bear biologist. “Bear populations are up in many parts of the state relative to past years; hunter participation is expected to be good, based on the number of bear licenses being purchased; and acorns are plentiful, which tends to keep bears out of dens and active through the fall hunting season.

Bears were taken in 54 counties last year, which was the same as 2008, but an increase from 2007, when bears were taken in 49 counties. The state’s top five counties -- all from the Northcentral Region – along with the 2008’s harvest results in parentheses, were: Clinton, 295 (139); Lycoming, 280 (252); Tioga, 217 (236); Cameron, 214 (75); and Potter, 181 (294).Hunters will need to have a general hunting license and a bear license. Bear licenses are not part of the junior or senior combination licenses, and must be purchased separately.All hunters who harvest a bear must immediately tag it with their field harvest tag that is part of the bear license, and, if during the statewide three-day season, transport the carcass – minus entrails – to one of the Game Commission bear check stations within 24 hours, and present it along with their general hunting license and bear license.

Hunters who harvest a bear during the three-day statewide season (Nov. 20, 22-23) must take it to one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s check stations within 24 hours. Check stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 20; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 23. In addition, all check stations will be open on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One of the check stations is being held at the Coudersport Fire Hall on Route 6 West. Kitchen will be open. Information about other check stations can be found on page 38 of the 2010-11 Digest. The Game Commission says it has made several operational changes at check stations, including the use of handheld scanners, to expedite the process

Wellsville Accident Appears To Have Become Fatal

"Usually we put up accident and fire photos immediately for our readers. We are getting unconfirmed information that this accident has become a fatal. State Police investigators are shutting down State Route 417 between Andover and Wellsville, which happens when accident reconstruction is needed at a fatality.

Photos and details will be released upon release by State Police.

Free Mamograms For Women 40 & Over

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will offer free mammograms for women 40 and over December 2 at CCMH’s Women’s Health Center. The screenings, funded by the Twin Tiers Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, are intended for the uninsured or underinsured. Appointments can be made at 877/274-8200.

Eileen R. Flint, 85, of, Port Allegany, PA

Port Allegany - Eileen R. Flint, 85, of, Port Allegany, died Thursday (November 18, 2010) at her residence.

She was born Apr 13, 1925 in Buffalo, daughter of Stephen H. and Anne Rettig Crowley. On May 24, 1952 in St. Mary's Church, Sartwell; she married Martin A. Flint, who died May 1982.

Eileen was a 1943 graduate of Port Allegany High School and worked as the chief operator, employed by Bell Telephone in Port Allegany. Eileen was a member of both St Gabriel’s and St Mary’s Churches

She is survived by

Two daughters: Catherine (Patrick) Anne Foley of Corning, NY, Patricia Anne Burdick of Smethport, PA

Two sons: Martin (Susan) Anthony Flint of Port Allegany, PA, Joseph Michael Flint of Port Allegany, PA

Ten grandchildren: Tonya (Eric) Ruff, Buffalo, NY, Kelly (Shane) Lathrop, Port Allegany, Anthony Flint, Charlotte, NC, Craig Flint, Charlotte, NC, B. Flint Foley, Charlotte, NC,

Carissa Foley, Los Angeles, CA, Melissa Flint, West Chester, PA, Amber (James) Berlin, Smethport,PA Ashlee (Cliff) Fillhart, Smethport, PA and Alisha ( Kyle) Bachman, Port Allegany, PA

Ten great grand children

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 3 brothers, Peter Francis Crowley, Daniel Crowley, and Charles E. Crowley.

Two sisters, Margaret Mary Gilluly and Winifred T. Causer.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 6-8PM and on Sunday from 2 - 4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 AM at St Mary's Church, Sartwell with the Rev. Charles R. Schmitt as celebrant.

A Christian wake service will be held 7:30PM Sunday in the funeral home

Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Sartwell,

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Cemetery, Sartwell, PA,
St. Gabriel's Church, Port Allegany or the Potter County Hospice.

Online condolences may be made at

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



Our dog ran off and we cannot find him. He was last seen on South East Street in Coudersport.

His name is Riggs. He is a black medium sized dog. He is part black lab, golden retriever, and chow. His tongue has a lot of black on it. He is very old. He is very grayish/white under his chin and around his snout. He cannot hear or see very well.

He does not have his tags on but has a neon green colored collar.

We have found our dog! Thank you to all of those who helped locate him. Special thanks to Bryan Phelps, Gail Hamilton, and Mrs. Chris Arbogast. My family and I appreciate all you did in helping us get Riggs back home.

Dan, Darla, Dirk & Delanie

MVA W/Serious Injuries Reported East Of Wellsville On Rt. 417

Serious Injury MVA In Wellsville

At 2:56 pm on Friday, Wellsville Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Route 417 East of Wellsville for a 2 car motor vehicle accident with serious injuries.

6 patients reported, at least two entrapped. The crash is by the swamp.

Andover respond 1 ambulance. Amity Rescue--1 ambulance to scene.
Bolivar-1 ambulance to scene.

Ambulance 37-6 to scene

Mercy Flight 5 to Jones Memorial helipad. Landing at 3:28.

3:13 pm--Fire Police Dispatched to close off Rt. 417 at East State Street Extention.

5:02 pm--Fire police to shut 417 down at Elm Valley.

Wellsville Daily Reporter UPDATE with Photo

Holidays Mark Beginning of New Fishing Season

Holidays Mark Beginning of New Fishing Season
Licenses and Vouchers on Sale December 1

Harrisburg, PA – The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for anglers to get a jump on the 2011 sporting season. Anglers can purchase a 2011 license beginning December 1, which gives them a bonus month for free.

Fishing license vouchers also make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Purchasing vouchers for family members and friends is easy and convenient. Vouchers – and licenses - can be purchased online through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Outdoor Shop at A voucher may be redeemed at any of more than 900 issuing agents across the state.

“We sell about 4,000 vouchers each year,” said Bernie Matscavage, director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Administration, which oversees sales. “They are easy to purchase and require only a method of payment. It’s just like a gift certificate. The recipient then redeems the voucher for a fishing license.

“A resident annual fishing license can be purchased for $22.70,” said Matscavage. “Add in a typical trout-salmon permit for $9.70 and an angler can enjoy more than a year of fishing for $32.40 – less than a typical dinner for two and about the price for two people to see one movie.”

In addition to online and at more than 900 issuing agents, fishing licenses and vouchers can be purchased at county treasurers’ offices, and at PFBC regional offices:

* Northwest Region - Meadville (Crawford County), 11528 State Highway 98, Meadville, PA 16335;
* Walnut Creek Access Area – Fairview (Erie County), 241 Manchester Road, Fairview, PA 16415-1710;
* Linesville Visitors Center – Linesville (Crawford County), 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424;
* Southwest Region - Somerset (Somerset County), 236 Lake Road, Somerset, PA 15501;
* PFBC Headquarters - Harrisburg (Dauphin County), 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110;
* Northeast Region – Sweet Valley (Luzerne County), 5566 Main Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656;
* Southeast Region – Elm (Lancaster County), Brubaker Valley Road and Lakeview Drive, Elm, PA 17521;
* Southcentral Region – Newville (Cumberland County), 1704 Pine Road, Newville, PA 17241.

The PFBC also sells a number of angling and boating-related products through the Outdoor Shop, including caps, books, posters and the flagship publication Angler & Boater magazine. Customers can also renew boat registrations and purchase launch permits for un-powered boats online.

For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania – including a calendar of upcoming Family Fishing Programs - please visit our website at To help plan your next outdoor trip in Pennsylvania, visit and select “Outdoor Recreation” under Things To Do.

Serenity Massage Hosting Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Serenity Massage will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce Friday, December 3, 2010 at their new location – 200 North West Street, Coudersport, PA 16915..

Friday’s open house begins with Ribbon Cutting at 11:00 am and will continue until 7:00 pm.

The Open House will showcase what Serenity Massage has to offer including:

· Massage

· Personal Training with Clay Gooch in Private Studio

· Magnetic Bracelets

· Therapy Supplies such as BioFreeze and Cozy Pillows

· Special Packages

Massage has been shown to have many benefits and is accepted as a part of many physical rehabilitation programs. Some benefits help relieve low back pain, fatigue, depression and more.

Extra Parking will be behind the Coudersport Post Office. For more information contact Jennifer McCleary at (814) 203-5292 or visit

Always in Bloom will also be holding their Customer Appreciation Day on December 3, 2010 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Serenity Massage is owned and operated by Jennifer McCleary a licensed and certified Massage and Reiki Therapist.

Mary J. Probert, 79, of Smethport, PA

Mary J. Probert

Smethport – Mary J. Probert, 79, of Smethport, died Friday (Nov. 19, 2010) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced in a full obituary by the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Roulette Ambulance Call

At 11:43 am on Friday, Roulette Ambulance to Main Street for unknown medical.

Otto Twp Chamber of Commerce Angel Tree

Otto Twp Chamber of Commerce Angel Tree Project

The Christmas spirit is in abundance in Otto Township as final preparations are being completed for the 2010 Otto Township Christmas Angel Tree Project.

Through the Angel Tree Project, children from less-fortunate families receive Christmas gifts from anonymous sponsors based upon the child’s ‘needs and wants’.

Angels will be available on November 22 on trees at the following Otto Township locations: Armstrong Telephone; the Duke Center and Rixford Post Offices; and Cochran’s Superette.

Adoption forms for recommending children are available at all Angel Tree locations. The Angel adoption process will remain completely confidential unless requested otherwise.

While only children residing in Otto Township are eligible to participate, anyone can adopt an angel.

For more information, contact Project Chairman, Tim Williams, 814-966-3619.

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2 Year Old St. Bernard Lost In Coudersport Area

We've lost our dog in the South Branch Rd, Baker Creek Rd area. She was recently purchased and still has tags from her past owner. She is an almost two year old St. Bernard, mostly white with black around her eyes and on her ears, and her tags say 'Zoey'. She was last reported being on the North side of Greenman Hill Wed. evening around 5:30. She is very friendly and gentle! Please, if you find her, or if she finds you, could you give us a call at (814)274-7827 or e-mail Thanks!!!

Drug Enforcement Task Force Operating In Potter County

Drug Enforcement Task Force Operating In Potter County

dasealDistrict Attorney Andy Watson has been working with a core group of local law enforcement officers and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in the operation of the Potter County Drug Enforcement Task Force. State funds are covering the basic expenses. The task force’s work complements ongoing drug investigations.

Officials are especially concerned about the drug abuse problem among the county’s youth and young adults. Studies show that there is a growing epidemic of prescription drug trafficking, as well as abuse of other controlled substances.

Law enforcement is just one aspect of the county’s response to the drug problem. Potter County Human Services (PCHS) has been working with local school districts in support of programs geared toward early intervention to help students who show signs of drug abuse. Additionally, PCHS is working with other county agencies and Dickinson Mental Health Center on programs to help prepare Potter County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed as addicts to prepare for re-entry into society.

Specialists are concerned about new trends in the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, as well as limitations in treatment options for those with addiction issues. The PCHS Drug and Alcohol Program’s 2009-10 annual report reveals that alcohol abuse accounts for about 55 percent of referrals, followed by marijuana/hashish at 23 percent. One area of concern is the growing use of cocaine/crack, from just over 1 percent of referrals to more than 8 percent over the period of one year.

Copies of the report are available for review at Potter County Human Services in Roulette or the Potter County Commissioners office in the Gunzburger Building.

Several From July Drug Bust Plead Guilty

Several From July Drug Bust Plead Guilty
Several people who were arrested during a drug bust back in July have pleaded guilty to various drug charges.

Among those pleading to drug charges relating to trafficking of controlled substances are 58 year-old Paul Fero of Crosby, 52 year-old Robert Wilfong of Port Allegany, 51 year-old Thomas Alcock of Smethport, 44 year-old Timothy Swick of Bradford, 44 year-old Thomas Manning of Port Allegany, 35 year-old Christopher Sanford of Port Allegany, 28 year-old Justin Stuck of Smethport and 24 year-old Sam Sherwood of Port Allegany,

The July drug bust in McKean County rounded-up 30 suspects who were selling cocaine and various pain medication.

Ralph A. Culver, 82, of Comes Creek Road, Port Allegany, PA

PORT ALLEGANY — Ralph A. Culver, 82, of Comes Creek Road, passed away Thursday (Nov. 18, 2010) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Richard Alan Coffman, 57, of Rixford, formerly of Derrick City and Eldred, PA

RIXFORD — Richard Alan Coffman, 57, of Rixford, formerly of Derrick City and Eldred, died Wednesday (Nov. 17, 2010) at the Absolut Nursing Home in Salamanca, N.Y., following a long illness. Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, is in charge of arrangements.

Landry Bound Over In Wellsboro Stabbing Death

Texas man to stand for trial for Northern Tier slaying

Landry accused in stabbing death of his landlord

By Jeff Murray •
Star Gazete

A Texas man accused of killing a Wellsboro-area resident earlier this month is bound for trial.

Billy Holden Landry, 49, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the stabbing death of Shawn Charles Miller, 44, of Cherry Flats.

Miller was stabbed Nov. 4 during an altercation at his home, according to state police at Mansfield.

Several witnesses testified at a preliminary hearing in District Court in Wellsboro on Thursday, before District Justice James Carlson of Mansfield ruled that prosecutors met the burden of proof required to transfer the case to Tioga County Court for trial.

Carlson heard the case after Wellsboro District Justice Phillip Sweet recused himself because his son is a state trooper involved in the murder investigation. More...

MVA On Icy Rt. 16 In Knapps Creek

Car/Tree Crash In Knapps Creek
At 6:51 am on Friday, Knapps Creek has been dispatched to a MVA in front of 365 Route 16. A male occupant is reported self extricated from a vehicle that hit a tree.

A male occupant was transported to Olean General Hospital.

Responders have been warned of icy roads there.

Structure Fire Overnight In Sweden Township

Coudersport Firefighters responded overnight to a 3:13 am report of a fire around a chimney in a floor at 1350 Brookland Road in Sweden Township.. The fire was reported out at 3:53 am and units cleared at 5:10 am.

Rollover Crash On Route 49

Rollover MVA East Of North Hollow
At 6:00 am on Friday, Ulysses Dept. 47 and Coudersport Dept. 48 , with Medic 6, are dispatched to a one vehicle rollover motor vehicle accident on Route 49 east of the North Hollow Road. On scene report indicates self extricated occupant. Caution for slippery roads.

Coudersport Ambulance transporting patient to Charles Cole Hospital at 6:34 am.

Northern Potter Players To Present Rented Christmas Friday & Saturday At High School Auditorium

Roulette Men Facing Charges

Two young Roulette men are facing charges as a result of police response to a residence at 87 Main Street in Roulette on November 6 at 8:15 pm.

While investigating the incident, troopers observed several items of drug related contraband in the residence.

George N. Pelc, 20 of 32 Third Street was observed to be intoxicated. He will be cited for Possession; Paraphernalia; and underage drinking.

Gene M. Meridith, 22, of 87 Main Street, Roulette, PA will be cited for Possession; paraphernalia, and Furnishing Alcohol To Minors.

The men will answer the charges in District Court 55-3-01 before District Judge Annette L. Easton.

Galeton Resident Jailed For Felony Burglary/Trespass & Drug Possession

A Galeton resident was jailed Thursday evening on Felony Burglary and other charges filed in District Judge Delores G. Bristol's Courtroom by Galeton Borough Police.

Court records indicate that Jerri Lynn Popovich, 50, of Galeton, PA, was arrested and arraigned at 7:25 pm before Judge Bristol on 6 counts of Burglary (F1); 6 counts of Criminal Trespass-Enter structure (F3); and 12 counts of Possession of Controlled Substance by Person Not Registered (F). The charges were the result of an incident on September 15, 2010.

Judge Bristol set bail at $50,000. percentage bail. Popovich was unable to post bail and was committed to jail.

A preliminary hearing is set for November 24, 2010 at 11:30 am.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Parents, Grandparents Encouraged To Join Committee

Parents, Grandparents Encouraged To Join Committee

Potter County Today

kidsgroupParents and grandparents who would like to be part of planning services for their children and grandchildren are invited to join the Potter County Integrated Children’s Services Planning Committee.

Committee meetings are held four times a year and include organizing the annual Family Fun Fair each summer at the Potter County Fairgrounds. For more information, call Human Services at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline December 31

Potter County Today

rentrebateDeadline for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities to apply property tax or rent rebates from the state has been extended to Dec. 31. The program benefits eligible residents who are 65 and older; widows and widowers 50 and older; and people with disabilities 18 and older.

Annual income limit to qualify for the rebate is $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and $15,000 for renters.

Maximum standard rebate for homeowners and renters is $650. Supplemental property tax rebates of up to $325 — on top of the standard rebates – are available to those who pay more than 15 percent of their income on property taxes.

Rebates continue to be distributed as claims are received and processed. Claim forms are available online at Those who have already applied may check the status of claims on the website or by calling 1-888-728-2937.

Lancaster Man Jailed After Attempt To Shoot Galeton Man

A Lancaster man was committed to jail in Potter County Thursday on Aggravated Assault charges. After getting into a fight with a Galeton man Wednesday night at about 8:30 pm, he pointed a .22 caliber rifle at him and attempted to fire it.

State Police at Coudersport investigated the fight between Jon J. Heidenreich, 59, of 111 Dovefield Drive, Lancaster, PA, and Terry L. Lawson, 56, of PO Box 14, Galeton, PA. The fight occurred at a seasonal residence off Paul Hollow Road in West Branch Township, Potter County.

At one point, a .22 rifle was introduced into the fight, Heidenreich pointed the rifle at Lawson and attempted to fire it.

The rifle did not discharge.

After more arguing, Heidenreich and Lawson had a physical altercation on the ground. Heidenreich punched Lawson multiple times in the face.

Lawson had a laceration above his left eye, a tooth knocked out, and a cut on his upper lip.

Heidenreich was charged on a police criminal complaint and affidavit with:
Aggravated Assault (F2); Simple Assault (M3); and Harassment (S).

He was arraigned in District Court 55-4-03 before District Judge Delores G. Bristol on Thursday at 3:00 am and was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $50,000. straight bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 24 at 10:30 am.

Troopers said the investigation is continuing.

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Jane Margaret Staley of Kansas Branch Road, Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, PA - Jane Margaret Staley of Kansas Branch Road passed away Sunday (Nov. 7, 2010) at Meadow Glen in Leesburg, VA.

Born Sept. 25, 1915, in Olean, she was a daughter of the late Edward Hannon and Margaret Hassett. On Feb. 24, 1941, in Olean, NY, she married Thomas Franklin Staley who passed away March 13, 1991.

She was a graduate of Olean High School, class of 1933, and attended Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean. She was employed at Hamlin Bank in Eldred, PA, for many years as a teller.
Jane was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean; was a volunteer at the voting polls; and was a member of the Duke Center Garden Club, where she served as president from 1968 to 1970. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.

Surviving are a sister, Ann H. Appleby of Vienna, VA, and she was a loving aunt to her 10 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence Hannon and Tom Hannon.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean.

Funeral services will be held Monday (Nov. 22, 2010) beginning with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Church. Father Gregory Dobson, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY.

A Scripture wake service will be held Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Angels Church, 202 S. Union St., Olean, NY 14760.

Temporary Bridge Set Over Allegheny At 4th Street Wednesday

Workers from L.C. Whitford used a large crane to help set a temporary bridge at Fourth Street in Coudersport Wednesday. The bridge will carry traffic across the flood control channel to Woodlawn Avenue while the Seventh street bridge is removed and a new bridge built in its place. Coudersport Borough began a process to replace the Seventh Street bridge over twenty years ago. While workers had hoped to have the bridge open by Thanksgiving, some construction issues have developed that will delay that opening. The 7th street bridge will remain open until those issues are resolved.

Structure Fire Reported In Little Genesee

Structure Fire

At 8:21 pm on Thursday, Bolivar and Richburg Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a structure fire at the Tompkins Residence at 8887 State Route 417, lot number 23, in Little Genesee, NY. Home has been evacuated. Smoke coming from roof.

8:27 pm Clarksville to Richburg--Standby
9:09 pm--Richburg back in quarters

Wild Well Training program Sunday, November 21

The Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Wild Well Training program on Sunday, November 21, 2010. The program begins at 09:00 and all public safety responders are urged to attend. With the upcoming influx of natural gas drilling operations, this training is invaluable.

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Natural Gas Tools Revealed By MIT

MIT unveils civic tools for communities affected by natural gas industry

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (November 18, 2010) - The MIT Center for Future Civic Media has released extrAct, a suite of Internet-based databasing, mapping and communications technologies for use by communities impacted by natural gas development. The Center is launching extrAct at the People's Oil and Gas Summit this weekend in Pittsburgh (

extrAct is targeted not only at communities and landowners but also at the dedicated journalists who cover local development and environment issues. It is a novel platform for community education and civic action.

Outlets such as 60 Minutes ( have picked up on both the unprecedented opportunities and health risks of American natural gas extraction, touted as the country’s path to energy independence. The MIT Center for Future Civic Media has built extrAct to help citizens take advantage of those opportunities while mitigating or pushing back strongly against their risks.

“Land owners around the country are facing significant challenges when coping with leaking wells, industrial traffic, and air and water pollution. They have serious concerns about their health and property value,“ said Center for Future Civic Media director Chris Csikszentmihályi. “The extrAct tools give them ways to document, share, and communicate their experiences. For the first time, a rural landowner in Pennsylvania who is contemplating signing a lease can read about the experiences of a rancher in Colorado who has been dealing with these issues for 20 years. And an epidemiologist, journalist, or regulator using extrAct can survey a wide range of citizen’s experiences.”

extrAct consists of three technologies thus far, each easy to use at the community level:

Landman Report Card (
LRC is a review system for landowners to rate their interactions with gas industry salespeople. These salespeople --known as landmen-- are often independent contractors who work in a loosely regulated, high-pressure environment. LRC helps identify the landmen in your area who make reasonable offers in your interest, while outing the dishonest ones. The LRC website also offers a crash course for what to do if a landman comes knocking.

News Positioning System (
NPS allows anyone to map a news article in context. Landowners and community groups often have folders bursting with years’ worth of newspaper clippings on gas leaks, lawsuits against industry, and more...but with no easy way to share them. NPS solves this problem. If the story is online, you can map it, along with all other local stories on the same topic.

WellWatch (
State agencies track and publish information on well leaks and industry non-compliance with safety and environmental regulations. But that information is often hidden in badly managed websites and poorly designed databased. WellWatch converts those hard-to-navigate state databases containing information about the oil and gas industry to the same platform used by Wikipedia. Impacted communities and individuals can more easily access data about wells and operators in their communities. And more importantly, they can then add to this repository their own considerable knowledge.

The MIT Center for Future Civic Media supports research at MIT to innovate civic media tools and practices and test them in communities. The Center works to create technical and social systems for sharing, prioritizing, organizing, and acting on information. It is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and is made possible by a four-year grant from the Knight Foundation.

Shale Gas Stories In National Geographic

Curt Weinhold has shared a link to National Geographic stories about the Marcellus Shale gas business sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell.

Pa Shale Gas in National Geographic

*This report is produced as part of National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge initiative, sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell, which recently acquired a stake in the Marcellus shale. National Geographic maintains autonomy over content.

Read the entire special report, with photos, interactive map and illustration of the process, at THE GREAT SHALE GAS RUSH.

Bolivar Native's Husband Killed In Afghanistan

WNY native loses husband in Afghanistan

BOLIVAR, N.Y. (WIVB) - A southern tier native is mourning the loss of her husband in Afghanistan.

It's a tragedy for yet another military family.

Army Specialist David Lutes isn't from western New york, but he'll be buried here, so his two young daughters will always be able to visit his grave.

David Lutes, 28, from Maryland died after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

It happened early last week and he was immediately flown to a military hospital in Germany.

His wife Bobbi, originally from Bolivar, flew to his bedside just in time to say good bye to her husband. More....

Work At Galeton Habitat House Delayed By Rain



When we arrived at the house site this morning, we found that the area which had been dug for the house had about six or seven inches of water in it. Therefore, we were not able to finish preparing the site to pour concrete and lay block. We have cancelled delivery of the concrete and block for this weekend.

Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday and bear and deer hunting, we have decided to put off further work until Wednesday, December 1st, 2010. At that time, we will be finish preparing the site for concrete.

We hope to pour the concrete and get the piers built by Saturday, December 4th, 2010. This, of course, will depend on the weather and the volunteers that come to help! If we can count on you to help either December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, please let me know by There are about six yards of concrete to pour and about 250 block to lay.

We will start at 8:00 a.m. each of these days. Thank you for your interest and help with Potter County Habitat For Humanity.

Jim and Charlotte Blain, Volunteer Coordinators

Potter County Habitat For Humanity

Remote Start Sale Ends November 30th

Prosecution Withheld Evidence From Defense

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid by ex-Adelphia Communications Corp. officers John Rigas and his son Timothy to overturn their lengthy prison sentences for defrauding investors by "systematically looting" their now-bankrupt cable television company.

Adelphia’s founder/CEO and its former CFO failed to convince the high court to review their appeal and decide whether federal prosecutors violated their rights under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), by withholding evidence in their case.

Under Brady, the government has a Fifth Amendment due-process obligation to turn over material evidence in its possession to the defense.

However, federal and state appellate courts have split over the scope and application of that decision, and the Rigases unsuccessfully argued that the Supreme Court should use this appeal as the occasion to settle that dispute. More...

DEP Secretary Praises Unanimous Vote for Stronger Well Construction Standards to Prevent Gas Migration, Protect Public and Environment

DEP Secretary Praises Unanimous Vote for Stronger Well Construction Standards to Prevent Gas Migration, Protect Public and Environment

Regulations Move to Attorney General for Approval

HARRISBURG -- A set of new standards that will make natural gas wells safer were approved unanimously today on a vote of 5-0 by the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said today.

Hanger praised the IRRC vote, saying the new regulations will, among other things, impose more stringent construction standards on gas wells, making them less likely to allow natural gas to escape and contaminate water supplies or cause safety concerns.

The final-form regulations now go to the state Office of Attorney General for final review and approval. The regulations were deemed approved by the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committees.

“When gas migrates from a poorly constructed gas well through the ground, it can contaminate water supplies or build up to explosive levels in water wells or even homes,” said Hanger. “These strong rules will eliminate or significantly reduce the problem of gas migration from poorly designed or constructed gas wells, as long as the rules are followed or enforced.”

Hanger added that the new rules also will require drillers to report production and waste volumes electronically and to submit a detailed report of the chemicals they use in the hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – process. In addition to these important provisions, operators will be required to keep a list of emergency contact phone numbers at the well site and follow a new set of instructions on what steps to take in the event of a gas migration incident.

The regulations also include provisions clarifying how and when blow-out prevention equipment is to be installed and operated.

The Environmental Quality Board approved the regulations on a final vote of 15-1 in October, after receiving nearly 2,000 public comments during the comment period and a series of five public hearings. A majority of the comments supported the new regulations.

In drafting the regulations, DEP also met with numerous oil and gas operators, industry groups and environmental groups to discuss the regulations in detail.

The department used the public’s input to make several important changes to the regulations, which further improved the well-design requirements to prevent gas migration incidents, including:

· A provision that requires operators to have a pressure barrier plan to minimize well control events;
· A provision that requires operators to condition the wellbore to ensure an adequate bond between the cement, casing and the formation;
· Provisions that require the use of centralizers to ensure casings are properly positioned in the wellbore; and
· A provision that improves the quality of the cement placed in the casing that protects fresh groundwater.

Once all reviews and approvals are obtained, the regulations will go into effect upon publication in the PA Bulletin.

For more information, visit, and select “Public Participation."

PennDOT to Partner with Police for ‘Operation Safe Holiday’

PennDOT to Partner with Police for ‘Operation Safe Holiday’
Enforcement to Focus on Impaired, Aggressive Driving and Seat Belt Use

Harrisburg – PennDOT will again partner with police agencies across the state for “Operation Safe Holiday” from Thanksgiving through the New Year’s holiday.

Police will use sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols to watch for motorists exhibiting dangerous behaviors, including speeding, aggressive and impaired driving. Pennsylvania will also conduct Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement from Nov. 19 – Dec. 3.

“The holidays bring increased traffic to our highways,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “We’re asking all motorists to be smart about safety by buckling up, obeying speed limits and avoiding distractions behind the wheel.”

According to PennDOT, Thanksgiving continues to be the leading holiday for traffic crashes. There were more than 4,500 crashes and 41 fatalities last year during that period, which includes the weekends before and after the holiday. More than 500 of those crashes were alcohol-related.

To increase safety on long trips, PennDOT encourages motorists to make sure they are well-rested and alert. It is also a good idea to rotate drivers and take frequent breaks, stopping to rest for 10 minutes every 100 miles.

Motorists should also plan for traffic delays and allow extra time for travel.

“Getting there safely is more important than being on time,” Biehler added. “Your family and friends would rather see you arrive late than not at all.”

PennDOT reminds motorists that weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year. Motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit.

Information on travel delays, road conditions and weather forecasts is available by calling 511 from a landline or cell phone, or visiting before leaving home.

Learn more about Operation Safe Holiday by visiting Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

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Search For Lost Pastor Ending Today

Search for elderly hiker to end

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - The massive search for a missing retired pastor will end Thursday.

Thomas Hamilton, 92, has been lost in the wooded wilderness of Allegany State Park for more than one week.

He was hiking with his daughter when they got lost, she hiked on to find help, leaving him behind.

Volunteers have scoured hundreds of acres over the past week, but have found no trace of Hamilton. More...

Drug Busts Cleaning Up Bradford/Buffalo Connection Taken Down

Learn: Wednesday Drug Busts 'Largest
Tactical Operation in Bradford History'

News release from McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn:

On November 17, 2010 at approximately 1:30 PM, a major Buffalo to Bradford cocaine ring was broken-up after a lengthy investigation by the McKean County Drug Task Force. Arrest warrants were issued and served for the following individuals:

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Rainbow Bridge repair to be done today

Rainbow Bridge repair to be done today

Repairs to the Rainbow Bridge (SR 2010) near Wyalusing will be finalized
later today, and the structure will be open to traffic, PennDOT says.

BC3 To Start Classes In January

Good Luck Alex In The Steelers Punt, Pass and Kick Championship

Friends & Family of Alex Burd would like to wish him GOOD LUCK as he travels to the UPMC Sports Complex in Pittsburg on Sunday, November 21, 2010 to compete in the Pittsburgh Steelers Punt, Pass & Kick Championship.

Alex had placed first in his age group at the local and in the Sectional Competitions and was one of the top four with his scores out of eight different sectionals in Pennsylvania.

Alex is in the second grade at Coudersport Elementary School and is the son of David & Wendy Burd of Coudersport. He is also the grandson of John & Lana Foust of Coudersport and Bob & Sandra Burd of Howard, PA.